“If they were telling the truth.” He muttered as he nuzzled under her chin. “I hate that they did what they did… I…”
“What?” Silver whispered.
“I almost killed them Silver… I felt like my world was falling apart… I would have killed them and I would have… I would have…” He fell silent.
Silver felt his tears falling on her hoof. She pulled him against her. “I love you Doxy. I really love you. I am glad we are still together, alive and well.”
“Yes…” He said with a sob. “I love you Silver… I want you to be safe, I am sorry that this happened. I think it’s because I am who I am… I bring bad luck to you. I… am not worthy of you.”
“Dox, no… I don’t care that you think you are bad luck… It never will change the fact that I will love you forever.” She leaned against him. He put his arms around her as they sat in the bed holding each other.
Silver moved slightly to her side and suddenly gasped as a pain shot through her. “What?”
Paradox was instantly awake and looked over at her. “What is it?”
She shook her head and moved again and the pain radiated around her stomach. “Oh!”
Paradox sat up and looked at his wife in concern. “Silver, tell me.”
She put her hoof up as she took in deep breath and then let it out slowly. “Wait a moment.” She took in another breath and then her eyes widened. “Ouch. Oh…” She gasped as she looked at him nervously.
Paradox blinked at his wife. “Is…?”
Silver yelled out in pain as it radiated around her stomach. “Doxy… I… think so.”
He jumped out of bed. “It’s time, I’m gonna be a dad; oh what do I do; what should I do? Silver…?”
She looked at him and slowly rubbed her belly as he looked at her for advice. “Tell the doctor? Take me to the hospital, tell my family and yours.” She smiled then clutched her stomach and let out a pained whimper.
He went over to her and kissed her face. “How do I do all this?”
“Get me to the hospital first.” She gasped out as another wave of pain hit her. “Remember the pain you had when your sister… um… Lilly went into labor?”
He nodded and swallowed hard. “Don’t remind me. I’m going to get you to the hospital.” He moved to her side and picked her up gently.
“Don’t use magic Doxy. Please.” She said quickly.
“What? How am I to get you to the hospital fast?” He asked with slight panic in his voice.
“You can fly… fly me there.” She said as she put her hoof on his cheek. “Just don’t use magic Doxy.”
He let out a sigh as he nodded. “Ok, I’ll fly you there, although I am a little rusty.” He walked to the door to the balcony off their bedroom and went out. Swallowing hard he spread his wings out, stretching them out fully and flapping them in the early morning.
Silver squeaked and closed her eyes when he jumped up and took flight. This was the first time he ever flew while holding her and she could have sworn that he had never flown the whole time they ever dated; although he had mentioned several times that her mother made him fly laps as punishments for different things when he was younger.
He flew up and held Silver to him gently but firmly. He wanted to be careful as he flew over a part of Everfree Forest and over his parent’s cottage. As he flew over their cottage he looked down to see if either one of them were outside. There wasn’t a sign of either one of them so he pumped his wings and flew towards Ponyville.
Silver carefully opened her eyes and let out the breath she was holding in. She whimpered with the pain but she was also in awe on how well he flew.
He held her protectively as he used heavy strong beats of his wings to move swiftly. They flew through the outskirts of Ponyville and Silver noticed that Paradox was starting to breathe heavily. He flew over Sweet Apple Acres as he scanned the orchard and suddenly noticed trees being shook to loosen apples. He flew for it.
Silver didn’t know what he was doing since he took a slight detour into Sweet Apple Acres. “Doxy? What are you … Doing?” She gasped out as she was hit with another pain.
“Don’t worry…” He panted as he answered her. He suddenly reversed his forward movement to hover in place his wings beating hard and fast as he hovered over the trees being bucked and spotted Big Mac, Crispin Apple and Apple Jack.
Silver now knew what Paradox wanted to do. She saw her father. “Dad!”
Big Mac, AJ and Crispin all looked up. “What the hay is going on?” Apple Jack demanded.
Paradox was panting hard. “I can hardly talk… Tell him Silver.”
Silver nodded and let out a slight cry of pain then composed herself. “I’m in labor and Doxy is taking me to the hospital tell every pony please.” She said.
Big Mac ran forward just as Paradox turned and flew off with Silver. “Sorry…” He shouted back over his shoulder. “I got to get you there before I run out of breath.” He muttered.
Silver nodded. Paradox gave bigger wing beats and flew towards the hospital. When he got to the Ponyville general hospital he landed at the entrance and stood to regain his strength still holding her in his arms. Folding his wings behind him he walked her into the emergency room carrying her still. “My wife is in labor.”
The nurses perked up and they helped Paradox by taking Silver into the back. He went with them his wings were feeling tired as they unfurled and dragged behind him.
Lilly put her claw through her gryphon plumage and looked at the leader of the gryphon clan. They had come upon a gryphon clan on the outskirts of the gryphon kingdom. The clan that Zero and she came to was friendly and welcomed them. They were able to become friends with the leader quickly, because his eldest son was having a bit of a relationship problem. LillyRose was able to solve it easily, by just telling him to be himself.
“Are you sure that if we marry here, it will be binding everywhere?” She asked the leader. The leader was a gray gryphon with gray eyes. He had a scar on one cheek where he had fought for leadership of his clan years ago.
“Oh Yes, LillyRose.” He winked at her. “Even in the pony lands this marriage will be binding.”
Lilly blushed as she took in a deep breath. “Okay Bleak Claw, can we have the ceremony tomorrow?”
He laughed. “Of course. I guess that Zero would like to know this plan as well?”
She giggled. “Yeah, I guess so.”
“I’ll have my son tell him. You and my daughters shall stay in. He shall not see you until the day you and he exchange your vows.” Bleak Claw announced.
She blinked. “What? I didn’t know that…” Lilly started to fluff up her feathers.
“Don’t ruffle your feathers so. It will be fine daughter of chaos.” Bleak Claw winked to her. “I am glad you were honest with me, but as clan tradition… you shall not see your chosen mate until you say I do. We are going by gryphon clan tradition.”
“Why must I be blind folded?” Zero asked nervously. “These gryphon clan traditions are quite unusual.”
Bleak Claw’s son Falco laughed. “It’s okay; we all have to wear the blind fold when we marry. This represents that you are blind in soul before finding your mate for life.”
Zero tried to see beyond his blind fold, and really felt like it was a dumb idea. He also was afraid they’d dupe him into marrying the wrong girl. “I don’t know.”
“Don’t you worry Lilly has to wear a blind fold too.” Falco said. “Now come, grab my tail and follow me.”
He reached out with his claw and found the other gryphon’s tail and held on to it. ‘Weird being able to hold things.’ He caught himself thinking. Falco lead him through the clan village and the other gryphons watched, some clapped, some cheered and a couple made a loud scree noise.
“This is so odd.” Zero stated.
“Its tradition, I am hoping I shall have this traditional walk sometime soon.” Falco stated. “We have arrived. Good luck my friend.” Falco patted Zero on his flank and pushed him over to a spot.
“You look to be a little nervous?” Falco’s father said.
“I cannot see a thing. Of course I’m nervous.” Zero stated as he blinked under the blind fold.
“Ah, here is the bride.” Bleak Claw announced.
Zero’s ears perked up as he heard some pony crying and snuffling. It wasn’t Lilly, but some pony else. “So proud of her…” was all that Zero could hear.
“Let it be known that these two wish to be bound together with the sacrament of marriage. Two young ones, forever life mates.” Zero felt Bleak Claw grab his claw and place it into Lilly’s paw.
“LillyRose and Zero Clash, two lost souls, finding one another from within darkness. “Remove your blind folds and look upon your mate for life.”
They both took off their blind folds and Zero stared at her. She was blushing and staring back, she looked really beautiful as a gryphon.
“As you see your life mate and you have only eyes for one another, as I can see here. Then you are married.” Bleak Claw bowed. “Kiss one another and give your rings.”
They kissed; a long lingering one and Zero placed a ring on Lilly’s finger, she did the same. “I love you.” Zero said.
“I love you.” Lilly blushed.
“Good, now let’s celebrate!” Bleak Claw shouted.
The room erupted in cheering gryphons and carts of food and drink were brought in. There was a sudden appearance of a rather large female hippogryph that made Zero’s eyes widen in surprise. She had tears running down her face and she stood looking at Lilly and Zero. She stood on her hind legs and held herself the way Discord held himself.
Lilly looked at the hippogryph and blinked. “Aunt Misery?”
“Oh, I wasn’t wrong. I knew it…” She whispered. “Little Lilly having a mate, my little Lilly.” The hippogryph approached Lilly and smiled. “I heard you were searching for me?”
Lilly smiled as a tear started to run down her cheek. “Yes we were, but apparently you found us first. Dad was worried about you, he doesn’t say as much but I know how he is.”
“Is it true Lilly? Rumor has it that Dissy is the ruler of Equestria?”
Lilly nodded. “Yes. It’s not a rumor.”
She grinned showing she had sharp teeth. “That makes me so happy for him. Tell me more please. I know you and Zero just gotten married and such but I need to know more.” She looked at Zero.
“Aunt Misery, this is Zero. He was my guard in Canterlot. Now he isn’t”
Misery started to smile evilly. “Oh, Lilly you’re naughty I can tell. So… when is it due?”
Zero blinked in shock. “How did you know?”
Misery clapped. “Hee! I didn’t know, now I do.”
Lilly laughed. “Misery, you know how to manipulate men don’t you?”
“You just have to know what questions to ask.” she said with a wink.
Zero gave Misery a surprised look and frowned. “She “is” your father’s sister.” He mumbled to Lilly.
“So Lilly, when are you going to tell Dissy about your wedding?” She rubbed her claws together. “Can I tell him?”
Lilly shook her head. “No. Oh no. I don’t want him to kill my husband before we even consummate our marriage. Don’t Aunt Missy… please?”
“Spoil sport.” Misery pouted.
Zero looked absolutely terrified and was suddenly looking around the room as if he was waiting for Discord to appear out of thin air. “I rather not die at all.”
Misery grinned and got close to Zero. “Good, it is best not to die.” She licked her lips as she looked at Zero closer. She then stood up straight and looked at Lilly. “Oh I am so very envious of you!”
“What? Why?” Lilly asked.
“Your husband, he wants to be dominated. Lucky Lilly.” Misery grinned.
“I… do?” Zero asked in surprise.
Lilly was blushing deeply. “Missy, please. He doesn’t really.”
“I’m serious Lilly.” Misery suddenly leaned over to her niece and started to whisper in her ear.
Zero blinked at them and Lilly suddenly put her claw on her mouth and looked at him. “Oh Aunt, you’re funny.”
Misery winked at Lilly and then at Zero. “Okay, I can take hint. I’m going to go to Equestria in a few days. You and Zero please go and have fun on your honeymoon. I won’t tell Dissy about your wedding… yet.” She winked at them and slowly walked through the gathering of gryphons and up to Bleak Claw who she suddenly kissed. He grinned at her as she went by and followed her out of the room.
Lilly blinked when she noticed that her aunt left with Bleak Claw. “Oh. Ha… I see what is going on now.”
Zero huffed. “I sure wish I did.”
“I’ll explain later. I think we should be going soon.” Lilly smiled at her new husband. “I missed you last night and I’m feeling a bit…” She leaned over and whispered in his ear.
Fluttershy felt so embarrassed sitting on the throne that Discord had fashioned for her. “Um, I… don’t like how every pony is staring at me.”
Discord looked at his wife and smiled. “They are not staring at you, they are admiring your beauty and envious of me who has such a beautiful wife. Eat your hearts out! She is mine!” He rubbed behind her wings as she blushed and tried to make herself look smaller.
“Lord?” The Captain of the guards addressed Discord. “Luna has assigned guards for you and your family. I do hope they meet your approval.” He stepped back and indicated the guards standing behind him at attention.
“Oh?” Discord leaned forward as he looked at the guards. “Which one is my wife’s?”
A young Pegasus stepped forward. “I… I am.” She said nervously.
“Excellent, I approve all of them, whatever Luna thinks would be best for my family so be it.” He grinned and sat back on the throne. “Oh, this is easy Fluttershy.”
Fluttershy just looked terrified on the throne. “C… can I go?”
Discord looked at her in shock. “But we just got here…” He noticed her panicking. “Oh, alright.”
“You.” Discord pointed at the Pegasus. “Take Lady Fluttershy to our room.”
“Thank you.” Fluttershy squeaked to him as her guard went over to her.
“Come on Aunt Fluttershy. I mean… Lady Fluttershy.” The Pegasus said.
Fluttershy looked at the Pegasus better and hazarded a smile. “Little Silver Dash, thank goodness you are someone I know. Aren’t you a little young to be in the guard?”
“Well you know how mom is…” Silver whispered as she walked with Fluttershy out of the throne room.
Fluttershy looked back at Discord as he started to get up and walk around the throne room. “Yes… I do know how Rainbow Dash can be.” She didn’t notice that Lilly had walked into the throne room quietly as the door closed.
The guards went to where they were supposed to go and meet up with their charges. Only one guard left was standing with the Captain. The earth pony guard Zero stood with the Captain as Discord kept changing their uniforms for his amusement. The Captain stood without emotion as Discord snapped his fingers making the guard’s uniform turn into pink tutus, cheerleading outfits, etc.
“Why are you still here?” Discord asked them both as he changed their uniform the color of puce. “I am sure you aren’t here because you want my company.”
“Your daughter told me that she would be here.” The Captain said. “This is her appointed guard.”
Discord looked at Zero and shook his head as he shrugged. “Well, if Lilly says she’ll be here she’ll be here.” He went back to his throne and sat down.
Lilly appeared out of thin air next to the Captain and the earth pony guard. “I am here.” She said calmly then looked at her appointed guard and back at her father. “I don’t need a guard Dad.” She said as she trotted up to Discord and went to sit on Fluttershy’s throne. “I am not a foal; I can take care of myself without a guard tagging along.”
“Lilly, the guards are here to protect us.” Discord sighed as he looked at his daughter.
Zero’s eyes widened as he watched Lilly argue with her father, but then he snapped to attention when he saw her point at him while she argued.
“What makes you think that he can even keep up with me?” Lilly huffed.
“You are not suggesting that you would try to lose the guard?” Discord muttered at her.
“No…” She grumbled, because that is what she was going to try to do the first chance she got. “Can we talk about this in private? I hate having them listen to me.” She waved at the guards. “I have to tell you something important, plus… where is Mom?”
“Your Mom got nervous being here, so I let her leave with her guard.”
Lilly sighed and looked tiredly at her father. “I need to talk to her too. I still don’t need a guard…”
“Too bad LillyRose. I’m going to put my hoof down… You will have a guard.” Discord folded his arms and put his hoof down.
“Fine!” Lilly groused as she stormed past the guard and to the door of the throne room. She looked back at him. “Well?!” She shouted at him.
Zero blinked suddenly when he realized she was talking to him. “Oh, um yes… Lady Chaos.” He trotted after her.
Lilly trotted quickly down the hallway and her mane seemed to spark with electricity as she walked. Zero followed behind her and he didn’t say anything as he heard her grumbling. “All I want to do is help and then I am told to have a guard watching me all the time…” She stopped for a second and turned to look right at Zero. “You! Don’t repeat what I say!” She growled.
Zero blinked at her. “Yes Lady Chaos.”
“Good.” She then started to walk again and he followed her.