Bride of Discord: Chapter 1-The EscapeEverything was going well. They had found the Elements of Harmony and they were all returned to normal. Their enemy thought nothing of it, only yawned on his red and black throne as Twilight powered up her spell. Light illuminated the six ponies as they were lifted into the air. It was the same as when they had defeated Nightmare Moon, until more light shot from their necklaces.
"What's this?" Discord said in wonder.
Fluttershy had sworn to close her eyes, but opened one for a moment. Even through the bright light, she could clearly see the draconequus' face. She recognized it as pure fear.
"No," he uttered.
The pegasus couldn't stand it anymore and shut her eye again, as Twilight opened hers, revealing them to be white. As a rainbow shot from their bodies, Fluttershy heard the creature's horrifying scream. She tried to block it out, but it was useless. That scream would forever haunt her.
When the blast was over, the friends gently floated to the ground. Ponyville was back in order, b
Bride of Discord: Chapter 6-The Decision"I hope we don't run into any Timberwolves," Fluttershy quivered as she and her friend trudged through the Everfree forest.
"Don't worry," Applejack assured her. "If we come across those critters, I'll take care of 'em."
They approached the zebra's tree and knocked on the door.
"Who is coming to say hi?" Zecora asked as she opened the door. "Why, it's dear Applejack and Fluttershy. Won't you come in with me and have some tea?"
She poured them both a cup of tea, which eased their nerves a bit.
"It is wonderful to see your face, now what brings you here to my place?"
Fluttershy was too nervous to speak, so Applejack explained for her. "As you may have noticed, Discord's back."
The zebra narrowed her eyes and stomped her hoof on the table. "I am fully aware that creature's in town, when I came to find my hut upside-down!"
The southern pony glanced around at the mess of broken bottles and turned over furniture. "Yeah, I can see that. I'm sure you heard of his…demands?"
Bride of Discord: Chapter 4-The PropositionDiscord continued to spread his chaos across Equestria. He turned the railroads into red licorice, the buffalos into gymnasts, the trees into candy canes and the birds into oranges. The last one was thanks to Twilight Sparkle. He then switched from night to day every few minutes so he could see his work. He saved Ponyville for last.
"Hmm, let's see," he murmured to himself as he hovered over the unsuspecting town. "What to do? What to do?"
He paused when he heard laughter. He glanced down and saw two ponies having a picnic under a gazebo. He recognized them as Applejack's older brother and the local school teacher. The stallion was wearing a bowtie and dinner jacket, while the mare was wearing a pretty pink dress. Discord perched himself on a cloud and watched.
"It was nice of you to plan a picnic, Big Mac," said Cheerilee.
"Yup," her date nodded.
The draconequus had to duck as she looked up at the sky. "Beautiful night, isn't it?"
Big Macintosh looked in her direction. "Yup."
Bride of Discord: Chapter 9-The SparkDiscord watched the pegasus from his bedroom window as she fed her animals. He had distanced himself, as his presence disturbed the critters. Besides, he did not want her to notice him staring.
He was fascinated by how well she was able to tame every creature, calming them down and nuzzling them. Even the large bear posed no threat to her. She even allowed it to lick her mane.
How did she do it? How could she be so kind that even the fiercest of creatures were enchanted by her? Ironically enough, that was exactly what he thought of her: enchanting.
He shook his head. "What's happening to me?"
His reflection responded, "You're turning into a sap, and all for that wimpy pegasus!"
"Hey!" Discord exclaimed, glaring at the mirror. "Don't talk about her that way!"
"See? You've even stooped so low as to defend her honor! You've fallen for your own act!"
"I have not! I just…" he twiddled his fingers, "happen to find my fiancé…slightly attractive. What's wrong with that?"
Bride of Discord: Chapter 3-The ReturnSo far, the Gala was a success. Even the snobbiest of ponies were enjoying themselves. While Pinkie Pie kept the entertainment going, Rainbow Dash and Applejack were hanging with the orphans, who were eager to see them both.
"I wanna be just like you!" they kept saying to either one or the other.
"Aw, shucks," Applejack blushed.
"Think big, kids," Rainbow said. "With a lot of practice and guts, you can go anywhere!"
"Girls," Twilight interjected. "Have either of you seen Fluttershy? It's almost time for her to go on."
"She wasn't in her room?" Applejack asked.
"No, I've checked."
"She's probably in the garden. Ya know how she feels more comfortable with the critters."
"I'll go get her," Rainbow volunteered.
Indeed, Fluttershy was in the garden, warming up her voice. She was so nervous, she felt like it was going to crack.
"Oh, what am I doing?" she muttered to herself. "I can't go up in front of every pony and sing."
"Why not? We all know you're great."
She turned to see Rainbow Dash i
Butterfly Wings .:Chapter 9:.
A white light flashed just outside Fluttershy's home. It lingered around for a few moments, ruffling the grass, before fading and revealing the ponies, Discord, and Celestia.
"Help me lift him," Twilight said quickly. Rarity and Celestia's horns glowed along with Twilight's as they lifted Discord off of the ground, carefully and slowly.
Fluttershy ran over to the bridge, saying in a shaky voice, "Bring him over here. I've noticed this is where he likes to be most often."
With that they moved him over, carefully placing him on the bridge.
Fluttershy then ran inside. She made her way to the bathroom and gathered up some supplies for Discord. She got bandages, disinfectant spray, a small pail, and tweezers.
The other ponies waited outside next to Discord. The moon shone brightly on their pelts; lighting up their manes. Their eyes all seemed to glow and the warm glimmering of Celestia's mane reflected off of the others'. The moon also reflected off of the stream below them, causing a cool
Bride of Discord: Chapter 2-The GalaThe Grand Galloping Gala was next week and Twilight had called all her friends to help with the preparations, except for Rainbow Dash, as she and the Wonderbolts were part of the entertainment anyway. Applejack was to be in charge of the food, Fluttershy was to bring her songbirds, Pinkie Pie was to decorate and Rarity was to make every pony's dresses.
The four approached the palace gate and were let through, as the guards already knew them. Instead of Twilight, they were greeted by her brother.
"Hello, girls," Shining Armor said. "We're so glad you could make it. Twilie and the others are already having dinner. They asked me to escort you."
Applejack sighed in relief. "Thank goodness! I'm starved!"
Pinkie Pie bounced down the hallway. "I love having dinner with the princesses!"
"You love having dinner with any pony, darling," Rarity chuckled.
In the dining hall, Celestia sat at the head of the table, Twilight and Spike on her right, Luna and Cadence on her left. When she saw her frien
Bride of Discord: Chapter 10-The MirrorWhen Discord woke, Fluttershy was still asleep. Smiling, he caressed her face. This is better than I imagined, he thought. Not only do I get a beautiful bride, but one who likes me! Oh, what a queen she will make! He then had a fantasy of himself sitting on a throne, overlooking Equestria in its natural chaotic state, a smaller throne beside him, occupied by Fluttershy, dressed in a red and black gown, a jeweled crown on her head. She would look so radiant.
Fluttershy stirred as she started waking up. Discord retracted his paw and shut his eyes.
When she gained consciousness, the first thing she saw was the draconequus' face, supposedly asleep. She saw that his body had curled around her. She slowly tried to get off the cloud without waking him, but the draconequus decided to have some fun and used his tail to pull her closer.
Fluttershy was trapped. She considered waking Discord, but she did not want to be rude. Besides, his body was soft against her back. So she had no
Bride of Discord: Chapter 7-The ArrangementDiscord was still laughing when they arrived at their destination. Fluttershy gazed up at the floating dark castle. Cotton candy clouds surrounded it, raining chocolate milk.
"Like what I've done with the place?" the draconequus asked her.
"It's…" she stammered, "lovely."
"Wait until you see the inside!"
He carried her to the door and opened it up. Fluttershy's eyes widened at the interior. It was like looking at a drawing by M.C. Escher, with stairs leading to nowhere and doors hanging sideways.
"Welcome to my humble abode!" Discord said proudly. "Or should I say our humble abode? What do you think?"
She put a hoof to her head. "I think I'm getting dizzy."
He chuckled. "You'll get used to it, my dear. After all, this is your new home."
Overwhelmed with it all, Fluttershy fainted in his arms. He summoned a daybed and set her down gently. He gazed in triumph at his prize. So innocent, he thought. Well, we'll soon fix that.
"She sacrificed hers
Bride of Discord: Chapter 5-The Dilemma"We're not really going to give into his demands, are we?" Rarity asked.
They had left the waxy throne room to continue their meeting in the map room.
"We may not have a choice," Twilight said. "Discord thought this out very well. I need my horn to power the Elements, but the only way I can get it back is if we don't use the Elements to stop him. Finding a piece of land with no ponies around will not be difficult."
"What about the third deal?" Applejack inquired.
She sighed. "Discord knows how desperate we are to get the princesses back."
"But we can't just hand some pony over to be his wife!" Rarity exclaimed. "We might as well be making a sacrifice to the Devil!"
"He said his bride has to go willingly. I think we should announce this to the citizens and see if any pony is willing to make such a sacrifice."
Fluttershy had been silent the entire time. She couldn't get over the fact that Discord had been there. The way he had spoken to her, touched her, looked at her, it gave her the sh
Bride of Discord: Chapter 8-The GiftFluttershy's usual nightmare was interrupted by a loud, familiar voice: "STAY AWAY FROM HER OR WE SHALL VANQUISH THEE!"
The draconequus then vanished and a certain blue alicorn appeared before her in the darkness.
"Princess Luna?" she gasped.
"Are you alright, Fluttershy?" the princess inquired.
"Yes. Thank you, but…I heard you could enter dreams, but how come you haven't shown up before?"
"Apologies, for I have many subjects. It was very inconsiderate of me not to have rid your head of that creature before. But Fluttershy, your friends worry about you. Has he hurt you? The real Discord?"
"So far, no…"
"Has he been cruel to you in any way?"
"Well, not exactly, but…"
She gulped. "He…he wants me to love him."
Luna's eyes widened. "Pardon?"
"You see, I…I convinced him to postpone the wedding, but he wants me to love him first."
"Can you love a creature so horrid and cruel?!" Luna asked angrily.
"He's…not so bad…"
"Fluttershy, he is a
Butterfly Wings .:chapter 6:.
After her friends left, Fluttershy went looking for Discord in the EverFree Forest. She eventually found him brooding in a tree.
"Discord? Please come down," Fluttershy looked up at Discord, laying grumpily on a high tree branch. He rolled over, facing away from her, "Go away. Leave me alone."
Fluttershy raised an eyebrow at him, "Don't make me bring out... The Stare."
Discord rolled his eyes, "You can stare at me all you like. I ain't budging."
Fluttershy sighed and flew up to Discord's resting place to meet his eyes, "Why'd you hit Rainbow before?"
"Why do you think?"
Fluttershy was silent for a while, "It's getting cold out. You're always welcome inside."
"Of course," Discord looked away from her again. Fluttershy followed his gaze, "Are you okay?"
"Hm? Yeah. I'm fine. Just thinking," he glanced at Fluttershy who was still gazing down the path he had been, "May I be left in peace?"
"Oh. Sure," Fluttershy gave him a small, apologetic glance, "I should get out of here anyw