"Targeting the Dazzlings"
"All right, I don't understand aside from the fact that you supposedly came back from the dead," said Dr. Strange, pacing back and forth in front of the resurrected Tony Stark. "That the Thanos you snapped away is in reality, a different Thanos. How could this happen?"
"Trust me, I'm just as confused about this as you are," replied Tony, shrugging his shoulders. "Either way, I don't enter paradise until Thanos is completely dead once and for all."
"And neither do I," added Natasha, much to Dr. Strange's confusion and causing Natasha to quickly correct herself. "I'm Natasha Romanoff, by the way."
"Dr. Stephen Strange of the Mystic Arts," replied Dr. Strange, shaking Natasha's hand. But despite the introductions, there was plenty of work that needed to be done. "Now, what are we going to do? It's clear to me that we need to get everyone assembled."
Strange looked at Tony for a possible solution, but he got nothing.
"Well, as far as I'm concerned," answered Tony, rubbing his face in his hands. "We need Rogers, Barton, Parker, Quill, Build a Bear and their people…"
"Wait," interrupted Strange. "Build a Bear?"
"There is a talking raccoon that worked with us while you were away," corrected Natasha. "Named Rocket."
"Okay, Rocket," continued Tony. "All I'm saying is we need to get back together again and go after Thanos, the Thanos who snapped you doctor and 50% of the universe away, not the one we faced that decimated our home base. As leader, I will go and get everyone…"
But Strange interrupted Tony again.
"There is a problem, Stark," he said. "You're dead. How is anyone going to see you alive and well? I'll go and do the recruiting."
This made Tony sigh heavily and sit down on the sanctum's stairs.
"There has to be a way for me to be physical again," Tony sighed. "But, I doubt there is anything you can do about it, Doctor."
"I'm a wizard, not Jesus Christ and you are Tony Stark, not Lazarus."
It was then that Natasha got herself an idea.
"We don't need to be physical, Tony," she said, getting up from her sitting spot. "We're floating spirits and can communicate with the living. The one downside is that it has to be with those we were very close with."
Tony realized at that moment Natasha was right.
"Besides, I've been meaning to visit Bruce and Clint for a while now," she continued.
"You might as well go at once," advised Dr. Strange. "In the meantime, I'll spread the word to those of whom you don't know very well or have very ill feelings against you."
Activating his magic, Dr. Strange stepped through the portal and disappeared, leaving Wong alone with the spirits of Tony and Natasha.
"What are you going to do, Wong?" Tony asked.
"Might as well stay here and guard the sanctum," answered Wong, shrugging his shoulders as Tony and Natasha disappeared from Wong's view.
Back at Canterlot High, Sombra arrived the next morning, but he wasn't there to teach full time. Arriving into the school, he made his way over to his assigned classroom, but kept his eagle eye on Sunset Shimmer and her friends.
At the same time, Thanos remained hidden from view as he made his way around town, studying the area he was in.
"Excuse me sir," said a passerby. "You seem to be new here and are lost. Need any help?"
Thanos realized at that moment that his cover was about to be blown and using the gauntlet, he blanked the passerby's mind.
"Uh, I guess you're familiar with the place," the passerby said as he walked gingerly away.
No sooner did the passerby leave did Thanos detect a source with his gauntlet. The gauntlet led him towards a back alley way and in that alley way, he heard the sounds of moaning coming from behind a large box. Snatching the box away, he saw a yellow skinned girl with large red hair dressed in an outfit that had long been ruined, eating on a moldy sandwich. Yelping, the girl crawled away, accidentally knocking over a pair of trash cans.
"What do you want with me?" the girl whispered, her voice filled with fear. But, Thanos just stood there. "I don't have anything to give you, so just go away!"
Still Thanos stayed where he was.
"I won't hurt you, child," he said, bending down to the girl's level and extending out his hand. "You seem to have suffered a lot. What is your name?"
Before the girl could answer, Thanos suddenly felt something in her brain. Using the mind stone, Thanos detected strange vibes in the girl's mind.
"What are you doing?" the girl whimpered.
"I sense something of great power," Thanos replied. "You seem to not…be of this world."
"What does that mean? How do you know I am not of this world?"
"Because I can feel it," Thanos answered, taking his hand off of the girl's forehead. "You are not a human, but a different creature called…a siren."
The girl gasped, shocked at her true identity being revealed.
"Tell me again, what is your name?"
"Adagio, Adagio Dazzle."
Just then, he suddenly heard a pair of footsteps walking towards them. Turning around, he saw a purple skinned girl and a blue skinned girl enter the alley way. Both were startled when they saw Thanos.
"Hey, get away from her!" cried the purple skinned girl, getting into a combat stance.
"Yeah, what she said!" added the blue skinned girl.
Both charged towards Thanos, but Thanos was seemingly prepared. Using the infinity gauntlet once more, he stopped the two girls from moving any further. He then detected similar brain waves from these girls as well.
"Don't you hurt them!" cried Adagio, but Thanos turned towards her and smiled sinisterly. Placing his hands on the two girls, he detected the brain movements equally as strong as Adagio's. Sensing this, he released the two girls from his gauntlet's control, sending them both onto their knees.
"You share the same power as these two," Thanos remarked to Adagio. "A power far greater than anything I have ever encountered before."
"I don't know who you are," snarled the purple skinned girl, rising to her feet. "But, you'd better leave us alone right now!"
"Wait, Aria Blaze!" cried Adagio.
"But, Adagio, he's a big meanie!" cried the blue skinned girl.
"He doesn't seem all that violent to me," remarked Adagio, rising to her feet and smiling softly. "In fact, he knows who we truly are."
Adagio's companions slowly walked forward and all gathered around Thanos to hear what he had to say.
"I do know who you all are," explained Thanos. "You all are creatures of great power, feeding on the anger and pain of others to increase your own. What if I be the one to help you get back to your home?"
"He scares me," whispered the blue skinned girl to Aria Blaze, who didn't have any tolerance for her friend's fear. "Aria!"
"You'll have to excuse Sonata Dusk," remarked Adagio while giving the blue skinned girl a hard stare. "She can be quite a crybaby sometimes."
"It's all right to be afraid," said Thanos, turning around and bending down to Sonata's level. "All of the lands I have conquered had children whose faces are filled with fear. In fact, my adoptive daughter was from those lands."
"We…are you sure you really had a daughter?" whimpered Sonata Dusk. "Is she like you?"
Aria silenced Sonata by placing a hand on her mouth.
"Not another word out of you, Sonata!" barked Adagio. "What's in it for us?"
"Swear your allegiance to me, Thanos, and I shall help you gather enough power to return to your home."
"But, our pendants were destroyed by Sunset Shimmer and her friends," replied Sonata. "We feed on hate from those around us and…"
Activating the time stone in the gauntlet, Thanos produced a power that magically restored three red pendants to the three girls.
"But, how?" wondered Adagio, amazed that her pendant was restored.
"Like I said, my children," replied Thanos. "I have powers that are beyond your imagination and when all is said and done, everything that you love will be yours. Now bow and swear to me, your lord and master, Thanos."
Acting on his words, the three girls each got down on one knee and swore their loyalty to their new lord and master.
Back at Canterlot High, Sombra walked into his assigned classroom and looked at the students present. He heard one of them coughing and was quick to act.
"SILENCE!" he screamed, shocking the students sitting in front of him. "You are here because you have abused your way of life and have DISGRACED THE NAME of Canterlot High School."
A look of confusion befell upon the students faces.
"Now, I know some schools where they have their students take tests like intelligent human beings," Sombra explained. "Well, that's not the way we do things in this class! As far as I'm concerned, you are all WILD PIGS!"
"I'm a wild pig," cried Snips, one of the students.
"SILENCE!" shouted Sombra, getting the attention of the students once more and slapping the riding crop he had in his hands. "There will be no talking whatsoever. I will not tolerate eating food of any kind. Blowing your nose is STRICTLY PROHIBITED!"
Snails, who had been blowing his nose, was left with no choice but to swallow the snot he tried to blow out.
"Now, let us review the BASIC! ELEMENTS! OF! SOCIAL STUDIES!"
The sounds of Sombra's screams could be heard from other classrooms and in another class, Cranky Doodle was getting annoyed.
"What is with this new teacher?" he asked himself, before turning to his class. "Do any of you have him as a teacher?"
"Um, he is supposedly the new social studies teacher," remarked Sunset. "A bit over the top, don't you think?"
Sunset could only imagine what was going through her mind at that moment.
Later that day after school was over, she gathered her friends in the computer lab to discuss what was happening.
"The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that this isn't just your ordinary teacher," she said.
"Oh, puh-lease, Sunset," remarked Rarity. "We have had plenty of aggressive teachers already. Why isn't this Sombra any different?"
"I don't know," said Sci-Twi. "But, I don't recall him teaching at Crystal Prep, not even from my former classmates there. I think that Principal Celestia and Vice-Principal Luna aren't going to rest until Sombra is fired."
"Yeah, what exactly is this guy's problem?" asked Applejack. "All I could hear in biology class is just yelling from his mouth. It's almost as if he has no inside voice."
"Either way, he is someone we need to keep an eye on," cautioned Sunset. "In fact, we need to watch out for him at all times."
The rest of the girls listened in even further upon hearing this.
"What do you mean?" asked Fluttershy.
"I mean that Sombra may very well be from Equestria, Fluttershy," answered Sunset. "When I was Princess Celestia's student, I remember learning about a unicorn named King Sombra who had a heart that was black as night and ruled the Crystal Empire until he was overthrown by Celestia and Luna. If this is who I think it is, guys, then we may be dealing with a dangerous form of Equestrian Magic powered by a dangerous creature from Equestria!"
Sure enough at that moment, the two sister principals made their way towards Sombra's classroom to talk to him about his behavior towards the students.
"Sombra!" said Vice Principal Luna, banging on the door. "We need to talk!"
"Luna, he's probably gone to the bathroom or something," remarked Principal Celestia. "He's not in his classroom."
"Then maybe we should just wait in there until he returns. There is absolutely no excuse for his behavior that he is inflicting on our students!"
So they waited and waited for several minutes, but Sombra didn't return to his classroom.
"All right, it's clear he's gone for the day, sister," remarked Principal Celestia. "We'll talk to him first thing in the morning."
"If you say so," muttered Vice Principal Luna. "In fact, I think we need to let the entire student body know of what is happening."