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Story: Paradox’s Despair – Chapter 37.

37.

Scarlet Grace sat across the table from her parents she tapped her claw on the table as she waited for her husband to get into the room. “Sorry, um but he witnessed Scarlet’s prediction I was just along for the ride.”

“Nothing to worry about dear.” Fluttershy smiled at her daughter.

“I’m here, I apologize for being late.” A young Pegasus pony came into the room he had a dark gray mane and a bright orange coat; his cutie mark was a pair of wings. He walked over to Scarlet Grace and gave her a kiss. Discord sat up slightly then remembered that his daughter was married and sat back.

“Flight Strike?” Fluttershy asked him. “What was Scarlet’s prediction?”

Scarlet Grace’s husband looked at Fluttershy. “Well, it was last night and Gracie was making some salad when she dropped the spoons. I was surprised but I saw she was having one of her episodes, so I watched and listened to her.”

“What did she say?” Discord asked as he sat up again.

Flight Strike looked at his father-in-law warily. “I… um…” He swallowed hard.flightstrike

Scarlet Grace placed her paw on him and smiled. “Dad, you’re scaring him again.”

Discord folded his arms. “I’m not sorry; he’ll have to get over the fact that I’m intimidating.”

Fluttershy smiled as she flapped her wings. “Flight Strike, just tell me, okay?”

He looked at her and he visibly relaxed. “Sorry but anyway; Scarlet said: There is a wall, the reign is not ending. The shadow will return.”

Discord stood up and Flight Strike shrank back. “Was that all she said?”

“Yes, I’m sorry I really tried to pay attention.” He whispered and walked slightly behind Scarlet Grace.

“For a pony that married some pony that looks almost like her father, you sure are nervous around me.” Discord grinned. “Scarlet Grace resembles me. Why are you more frightened of me than her?” He asked as he loomed over Flight Strike.

“You’re her father, I respect you and… you’re scary. Scarlet is so beautiful, sweet and kind.” Flight Strike answered with big eyes.

Fluttershy started to giggle.

Discord looked at her. “What? Am I not beautiful, sweet and kind?”

“In your own way.” Fluttershy replied still giggling.

Scarlet Grace hugged Flight and kissed his cheek. “Dad isn’t that scary.”

“Says you, he’s your father.” He grinned up at Discord. “Sir… dad… Um can Scarlet Grace and I go now?”

Discord frowned. “No.”

Scarlet Grace looked at her father in shock. “Dad, why?”

He pouted at Scarlet Grace. “It’s like you don’t want to see me anymore. The first to leave the nest, the first to be married. Makes me sad.”

“Don’t be sad.” She grinned. “It’s okay Dad, Flight just wants to pick up some things in Canterlot. Besides I’m not the first in everything, I was the last born.”

Fluttershy looked up. “Not for long.”

“What?” Scarlet looked at her mother. “Mom? Are you saying?”

Fluttershy was blushing as she smiled and nodded. “Yes.”

Scarlet got up and walked around the table to hug her mother. “I’m going to be an older sister!” She hugged Fluttershy. “This is so exciting! Does Paradox and LillyRose know yet?”

“No.” Discord answered. “Lilly is still gone and Paradox has been scarce today, probably hanging out with your Mother’s guard.”

Scarlet Grace started to blink. “Mother’s guard? You mean Silver Dash?”

Fluttershy nodded. “Yes…” She brought her hoof up and waved it to Discord.

Flight Strike noticed Fluttershy waving and he quickly went to stand next to his wife. Discord’s ears went up and he walked closer to Fluttershy to look at Scarlet.

“You can’t leave yet Lilly. You are needed in Canterlot.”

Scarlet started to blink faster and she suddenly grabbed Discord and her eyes became clouded over. “Nervous tension, someone has feelings, you will be accused, but nothing will come of it. The baby… the baby…” She stumbled slightly and Flight steadied her. “Celebrations, happiness and sadness. The shadow… it waits and will no longer be starved.”

Fluttershy said in a shaky voice. “What about the baby? Whose baby? Which baby?”

Scarlet Grace blinked her eyes again and saw all three of them looking at her. “What? Oh… I have a bad headache. Don’t tell me… I did it again?” She placed her paw on her pregnant belly.

“Yes, you did.” Discord said as he helped his daughter sit down with the assistance of Flight Strike. “Now I insist you and Flight stay here and have dinner with us.”

“What did I, I mean Scarlet say?” She asked as she sat down.

“You grabbed your father’s arm.” Flight said. “Just relax please.”

Discord kneeled in front of his daughter. “Scarlet mentioned a baby, but didn’t say anything more about it. She also said something about celebrations, happiness and sadness. I really wish I could figure out Scarlet’s predictions, but we don’t know the answers behind them until they happen. The shadow was mentioned again, I am not happy to know about the shadow.”

Flight Strike looked up. “What is the shadow?”

“The shadow is the reason Discord is ruling Equestria in Celestia’s place.” Fluttershy explained.

“I thought…” He stopped talking when he looked at his father-in-law. “Never mind.”

Discord started to laugh. “Grace, you never told him?”

“It slipped my mind.” She smiled. “I was busy…”pregnantsg

“Yeah, busy.” Discord made air quotes at the word busy.

Story: Paradox’s Despair – Chapter 12

12.

Two guards stood outside Paradox’s room at attention looking forward with no emotion. One an earth pony the other a unicorn.

“There is a way to make you happy again.” Lilly said, “I’m going to make you happy.”

“How?” Paradox asked as he sat looking at the food that Lilly brought him.

“I don’t know yet.” she said as she looked at her hooves. “We moved to this great looking castle and there are many other ponies here in Canterlot and you choose to hide in this room.”

“Only because you have found your inner power, you’re Lady Chaos.” Paradox muttered as he poked the cake on his dessert plate.apple

“Big deal Dox. I’m still looking for myself.” Lilly grabbed the apple from his plate and started to eat it.

“Maybe you should ask Scarlet for insight.” he muttered.

“Scarlet doesn’t say anything unless it’s important, plus she never gives a straight answer. Besides it’ll just confuse Grace.” She then smiled. “Oh, did you know? Grace has a boyfriend.”

Paradox growled and sat up. “What?”

“Yes, it’s serious too. I met him; he’s a real gentle pony.”

“What does dad think of him?” Paradox was frowning.

“You know how dad is…” Lilly rolled her eyes.

Paradox lay back. “He terrorized him. Good.”

“Yeah, but no.” Lilly smirked.

Paradox looked at his sister. “Lilly, you are not telling me everything.”

She grinned at him. “I don’t want to. What a better way to get you out of here to talk to some pony else than mom and I.”

“I’m not interested.” He answered. “Besides, no one wants to talk to a monster.”

“I’ll tell you something… I am planning on leaving, I don’t know when or how long I will be gone.”

Paradox looked at her. “Why?”

“I cannot explain it Dox, but I feel like I am drowning at night and I feel like I need to claw through mud to catch my breath. It was like when I was being possessed by that evil entity that broke Celestia.” She gulped. “I don’t like that feeling Dox…”

“That is how I feel everyday Lilly. I need to destroy this feeling though; I don’t know how you can bare it while I feel like it is going to take me over.” Paradox closed his eyes. “Sometimes I let it just wash completely over me and wish it would really drown me, but it doesn’t. I awake the next morning.”

“Don’t drown Dox. I wouldn’t want that to happen to you. I want… no I think I need you to be happy again.” She leaned against him and sighed. “I love you Doxy. You have always been with me. I wish you were well enough to travel with me.”

Paradox sighed and leaned against her. “It is family that keeps me going. I am guessing that I would be lost if it wasn’t for you. I love you too Lilly. I am sorry if I cannot let this feeling go within me.”

"I would be lost if it wasn’t for you."
“I would be lost if it wasn’t for you.”

“I will find a way to make you escape those strange claws of doubt within you.” She muttered as she hugged him. “Eat something Doxy. I’m going to go and talk to Mom and Dad.”

Lilly walked out of her brother’s room and stopped when her guard snapped to attention. She let out a frustrated huff as she walked down the steps of the tower while her guard followed her.

“If you were a Pegasus; we’d already be at my parent’s room.” She muttered to the guard. He didn’t say anything as he walked behind her. He looked around and slowly looked down at her long scaly tail as she carried it slightly up so it wouldn’t drag on the ground. His eyes traveled up her tail to her hips and he felt his face start to burn with a blush; he looked away quickly.

Lilly kept grumbling as she started up the steps to the tower where her parents stayed. “How can I tell them?” She was asking herself. “So do I tell them that I am leaving and that they should not worry about me?”

Zero wanted to say something but he kept quiet as he walked up the stairs behind her, he kept his eyes averted from looking at her rear again though. Professionalism, remember your training, and keep thoughts to yourself.

Zero's View.
Zero’s View.

 

As they go to the top of the tower Lilly trotted to the doors where two guards were standing. They both put up their wings to block Lilly. “Halt.”

Lilly frowned at the guards. “Seriously? I am their daughter.”

“Lord Discord said they are not to be disturbed.” A large guard muttered to Lilly.

“I’m their daughter!” Lilly growled.

“My Lady?” Zero suddenly spoke up.

Lilly turned and looked at her guard. “What?”

“Maybe, they are doing something… important?” Zero gulped as she stared at him with her crimson eyes.

Lilly looked at the guards at the door, then she turned away her face was suddenly burning as a blush ran over her cheeks. “Oh.” She suddenly extended her wings. “I’m going to fly to my room, if you want to guard it, you’ll have to get there on your own.” She jumped up and flew towards her room in another tower.

Zero let out a deep sigh and hung his head after he looked at the two guards. They both shook their heads at him as he set out at a run to find Lilly’s room on his own.

Zero let out a deep sigh...
Zero let out a deep sigh

Story: Paradox’s Despair – Chapter 5

“You can’t leave yet Lilly. You are needed in Canterlot.”
“You can’t leave yet Lilly. You are needed in Canterlot.”

5.
Few Months later

Paradox stayed in bed again and Lilly told her friends that she wouldn’t be going out with them for a long while. She sat in the room with her brother she felt ill when she sat with him, each of his heart beats matched hers and she felt like she was in a tunnel flooded with darkness. Even when the outside was clear with birds singing; she felt despair and loneliness.

“Paradox… I want you to know that I will find you a cure. You’re not alone… You’re my brother.” Lilly muttered to him. “I don’t know why I have been feeling sick. Ever since you got ill, I have been sick.”

Paradox looked at her, his eyes were dark rimmed and unemotional. “Just let me get rid of the monster.”

“No. You promised Dad you wouldn’t.” Lilly whispered, “That is why we sit in the room with you. So you don’t hurt yourself.”

“I hurt myself by living another day.” He muttered as he rolled over to look at the wall.

Lilly got up and left the room. “Augh! You make me so frustrated.” She stopped suddenly in the hallway by Scarlet Grace.

Scarlet looked tired as she looked at Lilly; she blinked and her eyes turned blind. “You can’t leave yet Lilly. You are needed in Canterlot.” Grace then shook her head, her eyes turned normal and she frowned at her sister. “Lilly! Where are you going? Dad said not to leave Doxy by himself.”

“I’m not leaving him for long.” She walked behind Grace and pushed her into Paradox’s room. “See you are here. Watch him for your big sister.”

“But… It’s not my turn!” She looked at Paradox lying on his side facing the wall. “Not that I don’t mind sitting and watching my sweet kind older brother.” She muttered as she sat down.

Lilly went down the stairs quickly as she felt a chill down her back. What did Scarlet mean by saying she was needed in Canterlot. Maybe her father would know, she stumbled off the last step of the stairs and fell on her face. “Ouch.”

Discord looked up from the book he was reading to see Lilly on the floor getting up slowly. “It’s easier to walk when you look at where you are going.” He said as he put the book up to read some more.

“Dad…” Lilly said as she jumped up and ran at him in a full gallop only to plow into him making him drop the book and fall backwards out of the chair he was sitting in. “Dad, Scarlet spoke to me.” Lilly panted after she got up.

Discord frowned as he got up too. “No, Scarlet never talks unless it is something very important.” He picked up the book. “Are you sure it wasn’t her faraway voice?”

“I am sure. She told me that I shouldn’t leave and I am needed in Canterlot.” She shook her head as she put her hoof on her muzzle. “I hurt my muzzle.”

“Who’s watching Paradox?” Discord asked.

“Grace.” Lilly said quietly.

“Lilly, you need to take responsibility. Come on.” He went upstairs with Lilly when they got up to Paradox’s room Grace was staring at her brother but he had fallen asleep. “Hey little Grace, what is new?” Discord ruffled Scarlet Grace’s yellow mane.

“Hi Dad. I was just watching Dox for Lilly…” She stood up then stretched her back legs wiggling her dragon toes.

“Thank you for watching him for a few moments.” Lilly said as she sighed and walked past Grace.

Scarlet grabbed Lilly with her claw and then grabbed Discord with her paw, her eyes turned blind again. “You’re needed in Canterlot. The Princess of the Moon needs you, it’s important.” She then shook her head again as she let go of her father and sister. “Dad, I have a headache, can I go to bed?”

Discord stared at Grace and then looked at Lilly. “That was Scarlet.”

“I told you Dad.” Lilly said.

“What are you talking about?” Grace asked as she looked at them. “Oh my head is really hurting.”

“Go lie down Grace.” Discord smiled at his daughter. “I’ll get you something for your headache.”

Grace walked to her bedroom slowly and closed the door behind her.

“Dad, what does it mean?” Lilly asked. “You said that Scarlet only talks when it’s important she talked to both of us.”

Discord still looked shocked. “I… think we need to go to Canterlot.”

Lilly was suddenly flustered, “B… but Dad… I don’t know why me, why do I need to go? I’m scared… Why me?”

He shook his head. “I don’t know Lilly. We have to tell your mother. Stay here with your brother.”

Lilly sat down as she looked at Paradox sleeping. “What is going on?” She asked as she looked at her brother.

Discord reappeared next to Lilly and she jumped slightly. “Alright Lilly, your mom will be up here in a moment. Then we leave immediately.”

“We’re leaving? But… I never been to Canterlot. I… What about?” Lilly started to stutter as tears started to form in her eyes.

Discord smiled down at Lilly, “You’re just like your mom.”

Fluttershy trotted into the room. “Sorry it took me so long… Are you sure you have to go? Grace and I will have to keep an eye on Dox alone.”

“I’m sure Fluttershy my love. Scarlet only talks when it’s important.” Discord kissed her. “Lilly and I will be back as soon as we could.”

“Mom. I love you.” Lilly said nervously as Discord placed his claw on her shoulder and they disappeared.