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Story: Paradox’s Despair – Chapter 106

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“I believe I have figured it out.” Discord stated as he, Luna and Twilight left the room where his wife and daughter were recovering from giving birth. “We have been going about this shadow business at the wrong angle.”

“We are open to any ideas thou may present to us.” Luna said as she looked at him.

“I believe Celestia is still possessed, but not with the shadow that possessed you Luna, but she is possessed by a lesser demon.” He started to grin. “And I think I know how to lure it away.”

“What are you thinking?” Twilight asked warily.

He started to laugh more. “I’m going to offer myself to it.”

Both Luna and Twilight looked at him.

“Don’t you both start talking me out of it at once. The outpouring of your concern is overwhelming.” He said sarcastically as he made a face.

Luna looked at him directly. “We do not think it is wise for thou to do this. Thou is quite powerful; we would hate to have to punish thou for something ye cannot help.”

Discord looked at her in surprise. “I think I can overpower this lesser demon, but I’ll need your help Luna. Same with you Twilight.”

“Me?” Twilight asked. “Why me?”

“You see, this lesser demon I believe is working for my brother. My brother is a stronger demon in Tartarus and cannot leave that realm without Aidoneus’ permission but is sending this demon to torment my family and initially… the main possession of Celestia was to lure me and my children out to be possessed as well. It didn’t know that LillyRose was as strong as she is.” He looked at Twilight. “You are going to disguise yourself as Lilly in a way to lure this demon out.”

“I don’t know about this Discord.” Twilight said as she swallowed hard.

“We will have to face this demon in the dream realm. In Celestia’s dreams.” Luna said. “We suggest we do it immediately.”

“Yes, I want to do it before Fluttershy finds out.” He suddenly stopped as he looked back at the room where his wife and daughter were resting.

Twilight saw his look of concern. “Are you sure you want to do this? If you are possessed…”

He leaned over to her and placed his finger on her chin. “That is why I am having you and Luna help me. You both have the power to restrain me.”

Twilight started to blush and she pulled away from him. “If you think so.” She still felt uncomfortable with how he made her feel and her image of him in restraints made her feel weird and uncomfortable.

Luna turned. “Twilight, ye must go to bed, as we explained before, thou has to be asleep before ye can enter the dreams of others.” All three of them went down the hall towards Celestia’s bedroom.

They walked in the room and Discord saw Celestia in the bed sleeping serenely. He approached her slowly and looked at her. “She looks peaceful.”sleepingcele

Luna nodded. “Yes, very misleading.” She pointed to another bed. “Twilight we shall try this again like earlier.”

“But what about the box?” Twilight said as she looked more at Discord than at Luna.

“The magic had already been spent.” Luna said. “Thou will have to make due.”

Twilight gulped. “Alright.” She went over to the bed crawled in it and settled down under the blankets.

Discord turned to Luna. “Promise me that if I am possessed and unable to be controlled, you tell Fluttershy and my family that I love them very much.”

Luna smiled. “Ye can tell them after this is done.” Both of them waited until Twilight was asleep. When she was, Luna blinked as her eyes glowed like the moon. Discord hesitantly reached out and touched Celestia’s temple.

Story: Paradox’s Despair – Chapter 101

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Paradox was instantly awake. “Lilly is in labor.”

Silver yawned as she looked at him. “What Doxy?” She asked, she had been trying to keep him awake for a few hours and she felt worn out.

“Lilly needs me to help her. Silver come on. I need to give her my strength.” He was on his feet fast as he grabbed Silver’s hoof. “No time to rest my love.”

Silver yawned again. “Okay.” She let him drag her down the hallway.

He turned a corner and looked back at her when she hadn’t caught up with him. “Silver?”

“Can’t you just use your teleportation magic and just pop us over to Lilly?” She asked tiredly.

“You’re a genius!” He replied as he grabbed her and they suddenly appeared in the room with Zero and Lilly.

Lilly looked up at her brother and she started to cry. “Thank goodness you’re here!”

“I’m here for you Lilly.” Paradox said as he went to his sister. “You need to get into the bed, you cannot foal on the cold floor.” He picked Lilly up and carried her over to a bed. “Your Brother will be here for you.” He then turned to look at Zero. “Go and get Mom and any pony else you can.”

“I’ll be back Lilly.” Zero nodded and ran out of the room.

Lilly nodded as she sniffled. “I’ll be ok.”

“What about me?” Silver asked.

Paradox stopped for a moment. “Whoa, that hurt!” He looked at his sister in surprise.

“Sorry.” Lilly said as grit her teeth. “The pain is getting worse and I have to tell you something…”

“No… shush…” He said as he looked at Silver. “Come here Silver… I need you to be sure we both don’t pass out from pain.” He suddenly grabbed his stomach and let out a groan. Lilly gasped and groaned as well.

“I’m confused!” Silver said suddenly. “It’s like you both are going to have a foal at once!”

“I’m just trying to take all her pain.” Paradox said as he gasped. “I’m not having a foal… she is… I just want her to transfer her pain to me.”

“I can’t give you all of my pain Dox.” Lilly cried out. “I really have to tell you something!”

“Can it wait?” Paradox asked.

“No… No it can’t.” Lilly hissed through the pain.

Silver pat her hoof. “Tell us Lilly.”

“I had fallen asleep… before I… went into labor, I had a dream…”

Paradox looked at her in shock. “We weren’t supposed to sleep.”

She shook her head then let out a groan of pain. “I know… The shadow was there and…”

Paradox shook his head, “No… I know already… Don’t tell me. The foal is safe, believe me.”

Fluttershy came into the room and slid across the floor she stopped to look at Lilly, Silver and Paradox. “Good, I’m not too late. I sent a message to Dr. Calliope, but I think she’s taking a break because she just had a foal herself a month ago.”

Fluttershy looked at her son in shock. “Doxy? You look like you’re in pain.”

“I’m alright Mom. Lilly needs help.” He stumbled back against the wall.

Silver went over to him. “Relax Dox. Fluttershy and I can help Lilly.”

He nodded and slid down to the floor as pain was shooting through him. “It’s kind of hard to relax…”

Zero ran into the room panting as Discord pushed him aside. “Zero found me as soon as Twilight and I got back from Tartarus.” He went over to Lilly and Fluttershy.

“Daddy… Zero…” Lilly cried lightly and let out a moan as she felt pain run over her stomach.

Zero trotted over after he caught his breath. “Lilly, I’m sorry I shouldn’t have… fallen asleep… I should’ve stayed awake.”

Discord turned to look at him. “You fell asleep? Who was keeping Lilly from sleeping?”

“It’s okay Dad…” Paradox got up while holding onto the wall. “It’s not Zeros fault.”

“What happened? I need to know.”

Lilly let out a loud yell. “I fell asleep, don’t blame Zero!” She panted as she looked at Discord. “I’ll tell you what happened… I…” She let out a moan and started to cry.

“Ah!” Paradox suddenly fell to his knees. “That is painful!!!”

Discord looked from his son to his daughter and back again. “What is going on?”

Paradox grit his teeth and feigned a smile. “I’m trying to take Lilly’s pain away.”

“Doxy? You can do that?” Fluttershy asked, she had been wondering why her son was acting the way he was.

Discord walked over to his son and put his paw on his head. Paradox blinked a couple times. “Thanks dad.” He sighed and leaned against the wall with a relieved smile on his face.

“Now Lilly. Tell me what happened? It’s important what happened in your dream.”

LillyRose panted as she tried to calm down. “I fell asleep and I dreamed the shadow, it was stronger…” She grit her teeth and stifled a cry. “I was ready to fight it, but it said it didn’t want me… and started to wrap is tentacles around my pregnant belly.” She looked up at her father. “It wants to possess my foal.”

Paradox suddenly stood up. “No! This uncle won’t allow it.”

Fluttershy gasped. “Can it do that?”

Discord shook his head, “I don’t know what it can do, I confronted my brother, he’s not doing this directly, but I do think he’s involved in some way.”

“You said that uncle Sorrow was dead.” Paradox mumbled as he looked at LillyRose then back to Discord.

“He is.” He muttered. “He’s a demon, and he has no control over us.”

Paradox’s ears went back as his eyes widened. “Wh… what?” He swallowed hard. “He’s been haunting my dreams! He’s the demon! He trying to make me miserable.”

“He’s trying to make you his replacement.” Discord growled. “I told him to leave you alone.”

“Replacement? What am I supposed to replace?”

“He wants you to bring the end.”

Every pony stared at Discord except for Fluttershy she was trying hard not to be emotional. She spoke first. “Your father and his siblings were destined to be the destruction of Equestria. Aunt Misery is Famine, your father is War, your aunt Rose is Death and your uncle was Pestilence.”

Paradox blinked several times and LillyRose was so shocked that she forgot her labor pains.

“Wait a minute?” Silver Dash spoke up. “This Pestilence demon wants my Doxy to take his place?”

Sighing deeply Discord nodded. “That is his intention.”

“Forget that!” Paradox yelled. “I’m not some puppet to amuse my uncle. Dad, how do I get rid of him?”

“You don’t. He’s already dead. The only way to not become him is to be happy and you’re already on that road and you did that all on your own.” Discord said as a smile returned to his face. “Now LillyRose, your baby is safe. The question remains are you still in labor?”

LillyRose looked at her father and blinked. “I… Don’t think I am in labo… Ooh! Nope, spoke too soon.” She let out a gasp. “I really do think… The foal is coming.” She leaned forward suddenly and let out a groan.

Zero’s ears went forward. “Alright!” He pointed at Silver Dash. “Silver. Get some water.” Silver saluted and trotted from the room. “Paradox, I need you to find some towels and blankets for your sister. This may get messy.” He glanced at Discord suddenly and gulped at the look his father-in-law gave him, but he continued. “Lady Fluttershy, can you help your daughter?”

“I can, but I really think we need a doctor here.” Fluttershy said softly.

“I’ll try and get Epona.” Discord said suddenly and disappeared.

“Zero…?” Lilly panted out.

He went to his wife’s side. “Yes Lilly?” He said as he looked at her and placed his hoof against her shoulder.

“I… Think you made an impression on dad.” She said and took in a deep breath.

He blinked. “I did?”

She nodded and suddenly let out a scream. “Ah! Oh, I wish this didn’t hurt…”

Story: Paradox’s Despair – Chapter 100

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Lilly leaned forward and started to drift off to sleep while standing up. Zero stood close to her and wasn’t doing a very good job at keeping awake himself. They were suddenly leaning against one another asleep.

Lilly trotted into a very dark room she glanced around and jumped when a shadow grew tall beside her. She looked at the shadowy figure as her ears went back and she let out a low menacing growl.

“Lilly, I’m not here for you…” The shadow whispered in her ear.

Shadowy tendrils wrapped around her and she let out a cry of panic as the tendrils rubbed against her pregnant belly. “NO!” She screamed.

She awoke letting out a scream and instantly put her hoof against her belly. Her body felt a jolt of pain shoot through her and she slowly sank down to the floor. “Oh… Oh NO!”

Zero awoke instantly and saw Lilly was on the floor she was shivering all over. “Lilly!” He got down and looked into her eyes. “Tell me what is wrong. What should I do?”

Lilly was gasping and she looked into her husband’s eyes. “I’m in labor.”lillyroseworry

“What? Now?” Zero started to breathe quickly. “Oh! What do we do? What should I do? Who do I call?”

Story: Paradox’s Despair – Chapter 94

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Luna, Twilight, Discord, Lilly, Paradox and Fluttershy all sat at the table.

“What is going on?” Twilight asked. “Discord, what is this shadow?”

He looked at her. “If I knew that then I could deal with it. As of right now, I have no idea what we are dealing with.”

Luna wrinkled her nose. “The entity was forming a corporal body but before we could discern a shape it had taken Celestia and disappeared.”

“Dad, it’s the demon from my depression! It wants me back. It wants my soul. I don’t want to go back. I don’t. I… feel so helpless.” Paradox gasped out. “Please Dad don’t let it get me.”Comingforme

Discord put his paw on Paradox’s shoulder and squeezed him reassuringly. “I won’t let it near you. You’ll be alright.”

Silver Dash was standing right beside Zero; they both were in their uniforms. “It’ll be alright Doxy.” She whispered.

Zero looked at Silver. “I hope so.” He said to her.

Scarlet Grace walked into the room followed by her husband Flight Strike she had Trouble in her arms. “We came as soon as we could. What happened?”

“Twilight and Luna decided to visit Celestia in her dreams.” Discord muttered. “It didn’t go the way it should have.”

Scarlet Grace blinked. “What?”

Twilight Sparkle sighed and told Scarlet Grace what had happened to get her up to speed.

Fluttershy looked up at her daughter. “Gracie, I think Scarlet needs to place her paw on Luna or Twilight. Maybe she can get a vision of what is going on.”

Flight Strike walked forward. “Oh no. She doesn’t need the stress.”flightstrike

“Flight, it’s ok. I’ll be fine.” She gave him Trouble to hold. “It’s a good thing he’s asleep.” She walked over to Luna. “Princess Luna? May I?”

Luna glanced at every pony in the room and nodded. “Yes.”

Scarlet placed her paw on Luna’s shoulder then looked over at Twilight. “Auntie, I mean… Princess Twilight? May I?”

“Sure.” Twilight nodded, she felt odd that her niece was asking permission to touch her shoulder.

Scarlet placed her claw on Twilight and suddenly let out a soft breath. She started to blink as her eyes clouded over and they glowed white. “Revenge, retribution. He’ll please his master he’ll not be defeated. The unborn. P… Paradox. Make him be who he doesn’t want to be. Corrupt all. The ultimate prize.” She suddenly let go of both of the Alicorn’s and stumbled back. Both Zero and Silver stepped forward and steadied Scarlet Grace. She leaned on them as they led her to the chair close to Flight.

She sat down her eyes still blind as she placed her claw and paw on the table in front of her. She opened her mouth slightly and seemed to be talking to herself, a whispering noise was coming from her lips. She put her head up and gasped loudly several times as if she was needing air. When she looked back down her eyes had turned completely black.

“That is creepy.” Breathed Paradox as he stared at his younger sister.gracetrance“Shush.” LillyRose muttered.

Scarlet stared ahead with her black eyes. She opened her mouth to talk, her voice wasn’t her own. She looked directly at Paradox. “You’re going to come back.” She looked over at Discord. “I… will destroy you.”

Discord growled as he hit the table in front of Scarlet. “Who are you!?”

“You know who I am.” Scarlet growled back. “Don’t be ignorant.”

Discord suddenly frowned. “Get out of my daughter now!”

“Now Discord… You know I am just being filtered through her. Although she is quite comfortable; maybe I’ll stay for a while.”

Flight Strike got up. “NO! Not my Gracie!”

Lilly put her hoof up and made Flight sit back down. “It’s alright Flight, she’s just a vessel right now. She’ll not be harmed.”

Scarlet looks at LillyRose. “You… I underestimated you last time. I know how to get you now… You are just part of the whole.”

Scarlet suddenly gasped loudly and her head went forward and she started to shake as she closed her eyes. Everyone stood up as they watched Scarlet go into a convulsion. She grabbed the table digging her claws into the wood. She put her head back again as she growled. “GET OUT!” She shook again as she put her head against the table. She slowly opened her eyes and they were back to normal.

“Grace.” Flight Strike said to her as he gave her a kiss on her muzzle. “Are you alright?”

Grace looked at every pony staring at her. “I think I passed out. Sorry.”

Discord suddenly sat down heavily on his chair. “I think I know who it is.”

Every pony looked at him.

Twilight blinked. “WHO!?”

“It’s a demon!” Paradox yelled. “And he’s coming to drag me into Tartarus! I cannot… I won’t go!” He looked at Fluttershy. “Mom… The demon tried to turn me… he tried to make me a monster… Please Mom… Please.”

Fluttershy hugged Paradox and held him close. “It’s okay Doxy. We’ll keep you safe. Won’t we?” She looked up at Discord.

“Of course we will.” Discord answered. “Nothing is going to tear my family apart.” He looked at Twilight and Luna. “We have to talk…. Privately.”

Both Luna and Twilight nodded.

He kissed Fluttershy on her lips. “I just need to go. I’ll be back love.” Fluttershy nodded. He ruffled Paradox’s mane and hugged Lilly and Scarlet Grace. “Don’t worry I’ll fix this.”

“Dad, what are you going to do?” Lilly asked as she suddenly saw that her father was following Luna and Twilight out the door.

“I’m going to fix the problem Lilly.”

“I’m coming with you.” Lilly said.

Zero suddenly walked over to Lilly. “Dear. I don’t think it’s wise, you’re about to foal.”

She bit her bottom lip. “But… I cannot just…”

Discord looked at Lilly. “It’ll be okay. The shadow was banished before… It can be again.”

Story: Paradox’s Despair – Chapter 93

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Discord rolled in his sleep and he suddenly sat up and smacked his lips. “What is that pounding in my ears?”

Fluttershy awoke too and heard the loud pounding on the door. “Some pony is at the front door. Can you get that? Tell them we already have everything we need.”

Discord nodded as he sleepily got up from the bed and stumbled over to the door. He opened it and Lilly fell onto the floor in front of him. “It’s Lilly.” He told Fluttershy.

“I thought we already ordered lilies?” Fluttershy muttered in her sleep.

Lilly got up and looked at her father. “Dad… I have something to tell you.”

Discord yawned and stretched. “Sure tell me. I think I’m awake enough to hear you.”

“The shadow is back… It was trying to possess Doxy.” She said trying to hold back the panic from her voice.

Discord suddenly felt wide awake. “WHAT?”

Fluttershy sat up when she heard the tone of her husband’s voice. “What’s wrong?”

Story: Paradox’s Despair – Chapter 91

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Paradox yawned and stretched as he put his arm around Silver but he suddenly gasped. She wasn’t there and he jumped up. “SILVER!”

“Sssssilver isn’t here. Come on Paradox, you need to come back to me… Didn’t you enjoy drowning in your dessspair?” Long shadowy tendrils rose around him and Paradox gulped.

“Go away.” Paradox closed his eyes. “Lilly saved me from you.”

“Come with me… I’ll ssshow you what they all really think of you…” The shadow grabbed Paradox’s wings and wrapped around them. “You’re a monsssster… ssshe will never marry the monssssster that dwellsss within your sssoul…”doxnightmare“NO! I’m not going with you! NO!” Paradox sat up in his bed and started gasping he looked around in his bedroom and saw Silver looking at him worry on her face.

“What happened Doxy?” She asked.

“Oh! Silver, you’re here… My sweet love.” Paradox put his fingers through her mane. “Don’t leave me Silver, please.”

“I’m here Dox, I won’t leave you.” She leaned against him. “I love you.”

“I love you too. Don’t leave me. I’m not really a monster, I’m not.” He gulped as he looked into her eyes.

Silver kissed his muzzle. “I know you’re not a monster. I know who I fell in love with.” She stared into his beautiful blue eyes as she kissed him. “I will forever think about how I can fly in the blue of your eyes getting lost but yet never lost because I would be a part of you forever.”

He sat up and pulled her to him. “Silver, its back, and it wants to drag me down again, I have to tell Lilly and Dad.”

“What is it?” Silver asked.

“I don’t know… but it said it needed me to fall back into despair again.” He let out a shuddering breath. “I don’t want to go back… I don’t ever want to be in that darkness again. I had nightmares that would last for days or weeks at a time. A demon would haunt me in those nightmares. I couldn’t see this demon, but he’d be there, whispering poison into my ears. At times I would think it was best if I just ended my life. I almost did a few times. I don’t want to be there again Silver. I don’t.”

“I won’t let it get you Doxy.” Silver said gently. “I’m here for you.”

Story: Paradox’s Despair – Chapter 90

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Luna brought the box into the room. She looked at it and shook her head. “Unusual spell on this.” She looked at her sister then over to Twilight who was snuggled in a bed. “It will help though.” She opened the box and suddenly stumbled back as she gasped, her hooves shook slightly as the chaotic spell spilled invisibly out of the box. “Alright, now to see what Celestia is dreaming.”thebox

She went over to Twilight and placed her hoof on her forehead. “I’ll help thee.”

She blinked and her eyes turned the color of the moon as she sat down.

Luna walked down many corridors, she was used to walking through the dreams of others and she stopped in front of a large door. She opened the door and saw Twilight sitting in an empty room. “Are ye ready Twilight?”

Twilight jumped and turned to look at Luna. “Oh! Yes! I was wondering why I wasn’t dreaming what I usually dreamt.”

“The box is helping with that.” Luna stated.

“There was something in that box?” Twilight asked.

“Of course.” Luna said as she opened a door. “Now please follow me. We’re going to visit Celestia.”

Twilight got up she blinked and suddenly everything changed around them, they were in a room that was painted a very light pink. A table was in the middle with a red and white checked table cloth on it, on the table was a banana split. Sitting on the opposite of the table was Princess Celestia and she was eating the banana split. She put a huge spoonful in her mouth as she suddenly looked up and saw Luna and Twilight looking at her. She blinked her violet eyes at them as she swallowed what she had in her mouth. “Twilight Sparkle… Little Sister? What are you two doing in my dream?”

“Princess Celestia…” Twilight said nervously. “Are you alright?”

“Of course I am. Why do you ask?” She smiled and she lifted the spoon with her magic to eat more of the banana split.celestiaeat

“Sister, ye have been sick for over a year. Ye have been; forgive me for saying, of not the right mind.”

Celestia put the spoon down. “What do you mean?”

“Discord has been in charge of raising the sun for over a year and a half.” Twilight said quickly. “He and his family have been in the castle making sure that everything is kept safe and working properly while you’ve been away.”

Celestia got up. “What? Is this true, not that I am doubting you Twilight but… This is a dream and dreams can quickly turn.”

“Tis true sister. We had put Discord in charge of the day.” Luna said without apology.

Celestia smiled. “That is interesting, hmm I guess Fluttershy had tamed him down quite a bit then hadn’t she? So how did I end up being … Out of my senses for so long?”

Luna approached her. “The shadow, it was different this time, it consumed thee before we knew it had invaded thy mind. We were completely shocked that Discord and his daughter showed up as it grew in strength, we didn’t even call for help. The shadow had changed it was a different entity and it wanted not only ye, but it wanted LillyRose and Discord as well.” She stopped talking for a moment as she looked down. “It escaped after Lilly banished it… Ye became terribly ill.”

“I still cannot awaken.” Celestia suddenly said. “Are you sure LillyRose purged all of the shadow from me?”

Twilight and Luna both looked at one another and back at Celestia.

“What does thou mean?” Luna asked cautiously.

Celestia looked behind her as a shadow started to form on the wall behind her. Twilight started to back away. “Luna, we need to leave…” Luna frowned as she stepped forward.theshadow“Very unwisssseee of you to come into my domain. Celesssstia isss sstill mine…” The shadow started to take a faint shape. “You figured it out Luna… I am not the sssame ssshade that had taken you… I need Dissscord… I need hisss children… I need to…” The shadow stopped talking. “I’m not going to reveal my plansss to you!” The shadow engulfed Celestia suddenly and they both disappeared. Both Luna and Twilight were pushed out of Celestia’s dreams.

Twilight sat up in bed gasping and panting loudly. “What went wrong? I used the potion… It should have worked.” Twilight flapped her wings. “What do we do?”

Luna looked over to her as she stood up. “Twilight, my sister isn’t cured yet. We need to inform Discord. Perhaps he knows what this shadow is and why it wants him and his children.”

Story: Paradox’s Despair – Chapter 75

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Fluttershy awoke in a panic. “Oh my goodness!” Her heart was racing and she was shaking all over.

Discord was instantly alert. “What is it? Who’s there?” He asked in the darkness until he realized it was his wife that was shaking. “Fluttershy? What is it?”

“I had a bad dream, but it seemed so very real.” She started to shiver.

He put his arms around her and pulled her to him. “Tell me about it. It might be nothing. Do you remember any of it?”

“I remember running away and my wings were gone and I…” She leaned against him. “It scared me.”

“Almost sounds like you were dreaming of our first meeting.” He chuckled.

She shook her head, “No. I was scared then, but this was… worse.”

“Okay Fluttershy, let me calm you.” He whispered as he placed his claw over her head moving his fingers though her mane softly. She usually thought he did that to soothe her but what he really was doing was entering her dreams.headmassageDiscord stood in Fluttershy’s dreamscape he looked around and saw a few doors. He strolled through them; they were well organized and labeled appropriately. “Animals, birds, insects, love, Discord, food, recipes, friends, pregnancy, dragons, monsters, shadows, strange noises…” from happy to scary dreams. He stopped at the door that read: recent dreams. Placing a paw on it he opened to door slowly and walked in.

Fluttershy was running quickly and suddenly ran right into him. “Oh my goodness! Discord!” She was panting. “We have to run! Please run.” She looked behind her with panic in her eyes.

He looked at what was approaching and saw nothing. “Fluttershy, there’s nothing there.”

“No its there! Go Discord! Please!” She wiggled from his grasp and ran off.

“It’sss you!” A voice whispered to him.

“The shadow?” Discord’s eyes narrowed. “What’re you doing in my wife’s dreams?”

“The quessstion isn’t that, it’ss what are you doing in her dreamsss?” The shadow started to loom up above him. “We’d love to invade your dreamsss maybe we’d get you to be on our ssside.”

“I doubt that.” He frowned as he looked at the shadow closer, for a moment he could have sworn it sounded like… He shook his head. “Leave my family alone.”

“Discord? What are thou doing?” Luna said as she walked into the dream.

Discord pointed at the shadow. “This is trying to come back.”

The shadow suddenly started to cringe and recede at the sight of Luna. “Hisss.”

She looked at Discord. “I’ll handle it. Please Discord let Fluttershy know that she is safe as long as I’m around.”

“Thank you Luna.” He blinked and was out of the dream and back in bed slowly rubbing Fluttershy’s mane.

“Discord, that feels so wonderful.” Fluttershy murmured as she cuddled up against him. She had no idea he’d gone into her dreams.

“Do you feel better?” He asked her softly continuing to rub her mane behind her ears and down her neck.

“Knowing that you are here, I feel better.” She whispered and yawned.

“Luna will protect you in your dreams.” He whispered to her. “I’ll protect you here.” He rubbed down her back between her wings and moved his paw to her pregnant belly. “I only want you to be happy, healthy and relaxed. I love you and our family.” He frowned as he recalled the voice of the shadow. It sounded like some pony familiar.