The crowd of ponies cheered as the fliers lined up. Paradox looked over at his mother-in-law as he stretched at the starting line. Rainbow Dash looked back at him. “Just because you’re my daughter’s husband doesn’t mean I’ll go easy on you.”
“You’re also a grandmother to twins.” He answered and she gave him a stern stare. He gave her a smug grin in return.
Other fliers looked at them, at each other and shrugged. A couple were gryphons, one was a young dragon and three more ponies. Celestia stepped out and waved to the crowd the cheering from the crowd increased and quickly quieted down when Celestia raised her hoof.
“Thank you. I am happy so many of you came out today to watch this race. This race is for various charities here, across Equestria and surrounding kingdoms. To help all that need help. I hope for a fair and fun race. We have the fastest fliers in Equestria and surrounding kingdoms.” The fliers all waved and bowed. Paradox just waved at Silver, she waved back at him and her mother as she stood next to the baby carriage. “Now fliers, on your mark!” Paradox stood at his place same with Rainbow Dash and the others. “Get set!” They all crouched down eyes focused ahead. “Go!” Celestia shouted.
The fliers took off like a shot and Paradox as well as Rainbow Dash flew ahead of them easily. “I imagine you are tired already.” Rainbow Dash asked him as she flew around him.
Paradox looked at her. “I’m not tired at all. You sound winded… are you feeling your age?” He asked her as they flew through the first mile marker cloud together.
“Not even close to feeling winded.” She retorted as she flapped her wings and passed him.
Paradox let her fly ahead and set his pace he didn’t want to lose steam as the race went. He let the gryphons pass him by but didn’t allow the dragon or the other ponies get ahead of him.
Silver watched her mother at the head of the race and looked for Paradox. She saw him and let out a sigh at where he was in the race.
The announcer pony was giving all the details over the PA system. “Paradox the draconequus is letting his competition pass him by. Our own Rainbow Dash is ahead of the pack. Wait. Here comes the gryphon Havok; he’s catching up to Rainbow Dash.”
Rainbow looked behind her and saw the gryphon flying up behind her. “I don’t think so.” She whispered as she pumped her wings. She smiled satisfied when the gryphon was left far behind her.
“We are getting closer to the last lap and there is some movement.” The announcer continued. “What is this? Paradox is making a move!”
Silver gasped as she watched as Paradox casually flew around the gryphons as if they weren’t moving. “Come on Doxy. You can do it.” She whispered.
Paradox pumped his wings as he passed the gryphons they looked at him and frowned. “I’m just flying like I usually do.” He said to them.
Rainbow Dash looked at him. “Dox, you know I adore you but no way am I going to let you come in first.”
“I guess we’ll see what happens.” He grinned as they flew side by side.
Rainbow Dash nodded as she kept pace with him.
“It’s neck and neck! Rainbow Dash and Paradox! This is so exciting!” The announcer shouted over the cheers of the gathered ponies.
Silver watched as both her husband and mother went zooming past the finish line. She didn’t know who was first. She blinked. “Who won?”
“This is totally unprecedented. Both Paradox and Rainbow Dash crossed the finish line at the same time. We have to look at the photo to see who really won.” The announcer sounded shocked.
The other racers went through the line and the gryphon Havok got third place.
Paradox and Rainbow Dash flew up and landed close to Havok and the announcer as Celestia looked at the photo. Celestia looked up from the photo and smiled. “This is amazing.” She whispered and then talked to one of the race officials. Rainbow Dash sat and didn’t look winded at all. Paradox was shaking and breathing heavy as he looked around for his wife.
Silver flew up with the baby carriage and landed close to him and her mother. “Mom! Doxy!” She said.
“Hey Silver.” He smiled at his wife as she approached him.
“You’re sweaty.” Silver giggled as she hugged him. “Just like the way you get in bed.” She whispered.
He grinned as he gave her a small kiss. “Don’t be naughty… we’re in the presence of royalty and your mother.”
She nodded and hugged her mother. “You did great mom. You and Doxy both did.”
“I’ve got to admit it, Dox gave me good competition.” Rainbow Dash smiled.
“The winner of the race has been determined. By just a hair…” Princess Celestia said loudly. “Rainbow Dash came in first. Lord Paradox was second. The gryphon Havok third.”
There was cheering and Rainbow Dash jumped up and cheered for herself. “Oh! Yeah! I still got it!”
Silver and Paradox clapped for her. “Congratulations mom.” Silver replied and looked at Paradox. “Congratulations Paradox.”
He looked at her and blushed. “I tried my best. Your mother is tough.” He suddenly stumbled back when Rainbow Dash flew down and hugged him. “Whoa!”
“Way to go! You gave me great competition! Thank you Dox!” She exclaimed and stopped hugging him when she realized her daughter was looking at her smugly. “Ahem… Good job.” She cuffed his shoulder.