It was raining hard. Poor Loyal had gotten caught out in the open rain. He was trying to find shelter, until he could find his home again. He hadn't been able to find any place to stay. It was surprisingly hard finding a shade or something, apparently. Ponyville was a big place, but not big enough for shade.
Loyal kept running, looking to and for a place to stay. Unfortunately, he was not looking where he was going, and as a result, slammed into a light pole, making a loud *CLANG* sound. His vision was blurry, his movement was difficult to handle, and he couldn't think...
He fell to his knees, and all he could see before passing out, was a door near him opening, and somepony shouting to him... (That's Octavia's cue)
Octavia was prepared to go out the house. She has her rain coat on and opens the door.
She notices Loyal on the ground in a puzzled and in disapproval.
You just look awful down there. I believe you want to come in, correct? Come right. This rain is just pouring and I hate to be wet at a time like this.
Octavia noticed Loyal didn't reply, nor did he move...she could tell something was SERIOUSLY wrong.
Then she realized what happened.
Octavia looks closely at Loyal.
Hello... you okay? Oh Celestia. What has happened to you? I am in need of help. VINYL! I need your help over here! Something is not right with this pony on the ground.
Minutes later, Loyal was safely inside the residence of Octavia and Vinyl. But they noticed something. Loyal was not a Pegasus, or a Unicorn, or an Earth pony....he was an Alicorn!
Octavia was surprised to see what kind of pony Loyal is.
Is... is he an... alicorn!? He must be from the royal family. I thought there were only Celestia, Luna, Cadence, and Twilight. We need to help him in good health. Eugk, he is all wet. Best to put him towels.
She goes to get towels to help dry Loyal out and at the same time help him get warm, if he was cold.
Minutes later, Loyal was wrapped in towels.
Octavia and Vinyl decided to leave him so he could get his rest. Since Octavia had trouble getting to sleep, she decided to practice her cello.
A few more minutes later, Loyal woke up....the first thing he heard was the sound of a beautiful cello playing an incredibly familiar song...
"Muh-Moonlight S-Sonata..." He muttered, gaining the cellist's attention.
She heard a voice and stopped playing the cello. She looks to see Loyal awake.
Hello there. You are finally awake. I apologize that I have woken you from your rest. I am only practicing my cello as usual. Keeping up to be the best celloist.
I-it's fine.....if you wish, do keep playing....your music...it's so very beautiful.
Why thank you... uh... what is your name by the way? I never got a chance to ask you earlier, seeing you were unconscious.
Loyal Defender. Just Loyal is fine.
Loyal it is. It is a fine name for a pony. I am curious, are you a prince?
No. I was born.....from a wish..I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.
She looks all confused and disbelieved
A wish!? If only some wishes are to be very true in that instance. *sigh*
"Well...another thing came with the wish...a curse. Beings of darkness follow me...never stopping their pursuit.."
Oh my... that is bad. Are they still chasing you around?
Suddenly, pools of darknness began forming around the two ponies. I think that answers your question!
WHAT!? What in Equestria is this? I will not be a victim of your curse!
She takes her cello and hides behind it.
Do you know how to get rid of these? You got magic, try to stop it!
Loyal's horn glowed , and shot out an energy sword. Loyal caught it in midair, and waited for the shadows to form.They swarmed around Octavia, but Loyla wasn''t about to let them take her.
The shadows materialized into pony-like shapes. Loyal began slicing through them.
Octavia had never been more frightened, but at the saem time, she felt safe with Loyal around.
Please be careful and get rid of these! I can't stand a single more second with these... curse!
"You should know, this curse only affects me. But don't worry, there's only a few of these beasts left. Loyal saw the last 3 darkness beasts, and struck through them like a kabob.
Octavia and Loyal heard hooves thudding against the stairs. Vinyl came down into the living room.
Yo, what's with all the racket? I can't focus on my wubs if...I'm... she saw the darkness beasts vanish into nothingness. ...disctracted.
She noticed Vinyl coming down checking out the post battle.
Oh! Glad you weren't here to witness what just happened. It is like a nightmare! Oh, and um... this is Loyal Defender. Defender, this is Vinyl Scratch.
Loyal walked up to Vinyl and held out a hoof. Pleasure to meet you, Miss Scratch.
Vinyl returned the hoofshake, and smiled, as she lifted her glasses up. Call me Vinyl. OR DJ PON-3. Whichever works for ya.
Well... now that this nightmare is over, we can finally return back to practicing. Sorry if we disturbed you Vinyl. Well... no more disruptions this time.
Eventually, things retund to normal, Octavia returned to her cello,
and Loyal sat against the wall, looking at a locket he had pulled out. IT was the only thing he had left to remind him of his mother.
Octavia plays her cello, practicing some of her favorite charts she has created. The melody fills the entire room, giving a sense of class and relaxation.
Loyal allows the melody to fill his mind, eventually lulling him to sleep.
Octavia continues to practice her cello. In a bit, she now decides to try out new melodies. She does her best finding the proper notes, sometimes bringing up the incorrect notes, easily making her cringe hearing a nasty note. Little by little, she is making some progress making her own chart, a new melody is being produced from her mastery of music. She looks around and sees Loyal asleep.
He's asleep? That battle may have tired him out. It can't be my music can it? No way can my music be a good sleeping music.
She continues again with creating her new music, practicing and rearranging notes to make the proper melody.
Meanwhile, Loyal was rather unfortunate.
He had gotten himself stuck in a dream of darkness. He had been surrounded by darkness, and he was unable to fight it. His strength had been drained. He didn't realize what was happening on the outside. Octavia noticed his horn glowing dark.
Octavia started to get very worried by the darkening Loyal.
Loyal! Wake up! You are in danger!
Loyal moved for a moment, then shot up. GAH! Ahhh...thank you. I can't believe I forgot the second part of the curse: I can't allow myself to become vulnerable, otherwise....they'll take over my mind with darkness....I'll only be safe after 24 hours...those creatures make it hard to live my life."
*sign* Poor you. To think that wishing you an alicorn will be good, only to be nothing but bad luck. A burden to your life. Why have the ponies wished you to be an alicorn? I find it uncouth if they never thought about curses.
Well...it wasn't exactly THEM who cursed me. It was the darkness. And as of how I became what I am...let's say my parents died, leaving me to live alone. I lived by myself for three years. One night, a godly being came down, saying she saw how depressed and upset I was. She gave me a chance to be happy. I told her I wanted a way to protect others, so I could make up for how I couldn't protect my parents. She gave me the power of Unicorn, Pegasus, and Earth pony.
Ugh you lost me there. One... sorry of your parents. And second, what is this "godly figure"?
Promise you won't think I'm crazy if I tell you?
I thought you were crazy before. Now I do believe your story... I promise then.
It was Princess Celestia.
Celestia!? She made you an alicorn? But... how is that so? Only those who are worthy like Princess Twilight become alicorns. Did she found you just as worthy?
Well...it's like I said: The reason I became an Alicorn....I wanted to help protect everypony, but I knew I wouldn't be able to simply help all three types. So I asked for the power of Unicorn, Pegasus, and Earth Pony. The Unicorn was to help protect and assist ponies with situations requiring magic, the Pegasus was for helping ponies in the sky, and Earth Pony was to be able to use good strength to help everypony... It might sound ridiculous, but she actually agreed. Thing is, I wasn't going to end up becoming a POWERFUL Alicorn, which I didn't mind. The magic you saw me use, I taught it to myself.
Loyal realized how crazy he must have sounded.
Please, don't think I'm crazy. I'm actually being quite honest...
I know how crazy a story like that sounds... but I do believe you. I just find myself confused hearing Celestia giving you alicorn magic without a proper exam. Twilight had taken years of lessons to graduate as the Princess of Friendship. I really admire you wanting to protect the ponies you love and care. I now see you may need ponies to help you with this darkness chasing you. Why are they chasing you? Is it because you are an alicorn?
Possibly. One night, I had a dream...I heard voices around me...one of them mentioned something about capturing and using me...like I was needed for something. I'm not sure what, but I do know that I must do whatever I can in my power to ensure I DO NOT get caught. Who knows? Whatever they need me for, it's likely to put everypony in danger.
In that one night. Seems it may be the work of somepony. Have you spoke to Princess Luna? If anypony knows of dreams, it is her.
Well, I'll need to get a good chance to ask her, and-- *clock chimes, signaling it being time for sleep*
Octavia got up, and was just about to reply, when she realized something. Since Loyal had saved her life, the least she could do was a favor for him. She decided she would consider allowing Loyal to sleep in her bed, as well. Plus, he'd need somepony to wake him up in case he had another nightmare.
Octavia continues to play her cello downstairs.
Inside Loyal's dream, a presence is being made. In his dream, a moon shines onto him like a spotlight. Descending from the moon is a figure of a pony. Not just any pony, but an alicorn pony. A blue pony flies down and upon closer look turns out to be the princess of the night. Princess Luna appears in front of Loyal.
Hello Loyal. I have heard of your sleep disturbances, and I am here to help.
(Peace, sooner or later, Octi and Loyal will unknowingly cuddle, darn it! You missed the chance for Octi to get into bed WITH Loyal! XD)
Yes....I do have some issues...there's this mysterious darkness that keeps pursuing me in dreamland AND in reality...do you have any idea what it could be...? It worries me...
*-Hehe don't worry. I'll work it up to a different surprise soon. :]
*-Also sorry for being super late. Took me longer than expected. Also spent so much time rendering a video took me 8 hours to finish.
Hmm... I do not know. I have seen these darkness just as you dreamed earlier, but I have no knowledge as to what these are. In due time, I may find the answer. Best hopes that it will be soon enough. It is my duty to watch over ponies who sleep.
They seem to want me for something, but I'm not sure what. If I'm captured though, it might put everypony in danger...what should I do?
I am not sure. I have a guess, but it may not be the correct answer. It may be because of your newly acquired alicorn magic. Only those worthy become alicorns, and I feel the darkness is willing to control you to take advantage of the magic. My other guess may be from your past that continue to haunt you till this day. In any case, those are my guesses, and I cannot be very certain until I can find the answer to what this darkness really is. Until then, keep yourself well. I'll be watching over. Have a good rest.
She begins to flap skyward up to the moonlight continuing to look down to Loyal in his dream.
The ground began to shake, meaning Loyal was waking up.
As soon as Loyal was awake, he felt something firmly wrapped around him...he looked up, and blushed when he saw Octavia asleep on the bed with him, hugging him.
Octavia is asleep soundly on her bed. It is very interesting to see Octavia sleeping with one front hoof wrapped around Loyal somehow.
Even as Loyal said um, Octavia was still asleep soundly.
Loyal attempted to sloooowly slip out of Octavia's grip without waking her..
Octavia was still sleeping, without any change in her breathing. She hasn't even turned or twitched in any way.
Loyal managed to slip out of her hoof, and got out of bed. He looked back, and smiled. Octavia looked so adorable sleeping like that...
He headed downstairs and decided to return the favor by making breakfast for her....his famous omelets. He got got out a chef's hat and apron and got to work.
Octavia began to twitch a bit, takes a deep breath, and peeks an eye out. She notices Loyal had disappeared. She became concerned as to what may have happened to Loyal since he does have the curse to worry about. She decides to get up and stretch a bit. She walks by and looks to Vinyl's door, seeing her snoring on her... DJ. She nods with a smile looking up and continues to walk down stairs still searching for Loyal. She rubs her eyes to clear her vision more. She then decides to enter the kitchen wondering if he is looking for something to eat.
Loyal hears Octavia entering the kitchen Good morning, sleeping beauty! I already have breakfast made. I do hope you like omelets.
Octavia is relieved that Loyal is doing well and is cooking. She find herself confused and then sees the omelet. She is quite surprised and walks in.
Hello Loyal. I am surprised you are doing well. And um... I thank you for the omelet. Looks delectable to be honest.
Thank you. Trust me, it's more delicious than it looks. Loyal noticked Vinyl hadn't gotten up yet. Err....should I go get Vinyl? I made one for her, too..
Octavia prepares to eat, but before that, she answers to Loyal.
Yes please. She should learn not to stay up late. She usually sleeps until the sun reaches the middle of the sky. And with me finally finished, she comes down looking for something to eat. It is an enygma to live, but she can be quite supportive, being helpful at times.
Loyal nodded in understanding, and headed up the stairs. He quickly found Vinyl's room, decorated with DJ discs and spotlights.
Vinyl was asleep on the turntable, snoring.
Loyal approached the DJ, and gently nudged her. Vinyl...wakey wakey...
Vinyl stops snoring and moves her head up. She is still wearing her famous glasses and looks around stretching a bit. She looks around and first thing she sees is Loyal. She gives another stretch and a yawn. She waves to Loyal a good morning and begins to trot out of her room to go downstairs.
Loyal headed out the door and down the stairs. He was somewhat surprised to see Vinyl ALREADY eating away at her omelet.
One delicious breakfast later, Vinyl and Octavia were satisfied. Since Loyal knew that both ponies were to be busy soon, he figured he'd pass the time by walking. He turned to Octavia and asked,
Say, is it alright if I go for a bit of a walk? Don't worry, I'll be careful. Takes awhile before the darkness finds me again anyway. ALWAYS does.
Octavia looks to him finally finishing his meal.
Well be very careful out there. Will you be returning here soon?
Loyal nodded, Don't worry, I'll be back soon.
He went out the door, and began his walk. There wasn't much to say about the walk. Loyal usually walked through town, and to the plains connecting the forest.
Loyal finished walking through the town, and arrived at the plains at the forest. There, he saw an unusual sight. It was Octavia...but how did she beat Loyal here?
O-octavia?! What are you doing here? I thought you had a bit of cello practice to do!
Octavia didn't reply. Instead, she slowly approached Loyal, with an annoyed look on her face. She then stopped, crouched down, and attempted to tackle Loyal onto the ground, which was successful. She then attempted to punch Loyal, which he kept dodging. He tried to pry her off of him, but she was somehow difficult to remove. He could only think of one other option...
SOMEPONY HELP MEEEEEEE!
Meanwhile, back at Octavia's home...
Octavia is practicing on her cello while Vinyl is on her DJ. They are now crossing over musical tastes to get prepared for new soundtracks to play for future events. She wonders to herself and asks Vinyl.
I'm worried Vinyl. I am afraid that whatever is chasing Loyal is after his alicorn magic. Do you think he will ever be okay?
Vinyl gives a shrug and a frown and goes back to her DJ
I wouldn't worry too much, Tavi. Sure, he['s a cursed Alicorn, but he's got powerful magic. I'm sure he's just having the time of his life right now. What could happen?
Both ponies suddenly heard an audible "Somepony help meeeeee!"
But he is not... *she now hears a scream* Is that Loyal? I think he needs help now. Come on Vinyl.
She stops her playing and leaves everything on the floor to rush to the door. She looks around looking around for the sound.
Octavia and Vinyl heard another cry for help coming from the forest to the left..
Oh? THAT is the sound of Loyal. I think we should start heading there. He may be in trouble.
She begins to run to the direction of the forest in hopes she finds him.
Octavia and Vinly rushed towards the forest and were shocked to see a second Octavia pinning him against a tree.
mention of violance is against the rules. rule 17 to be exact.
What the... it is an imposter of me!? I can't let this happen. Help me Vinyl.
She rushes to the fake Octavia and tackles it away.
Get away from Loyal you imposter!
Loyal watched as the two ponies double-teamed on the Octi imposter....he was somewhat hurt from the fight, so he couldn't really help..
mention of violance is against the rules. rule 17 to be exact.
You leave it alone. Be gone you... you... changeling or darkness you...
She continues to wrestle the imposter away from Loyal. She used as much might as she can to get it away as far as possible.
Wanting to end the feud, Loyal shot a small energy bolt at the imposter, praying it didn't hit the real Octavia by mistake.
Thankfully, the impostor got hit instead. It froze, with an incredibly creepy look of horror on its face. It began to swell up like a balloon, before eventually exploding in a cloud of darkness.
Octavia was relieved that the impostor was gone, but now she had Loyal to worry about. He had gotten injured from being punched so many times.
Vinyl and Octavia ran over to Loyal..
I don't even know what happened..I....I'm....I'm so terribly sorry if I brought you two into this....
Hey, it is all okay. We would be very sorry if we never came to help you. Come on then, let us take you back.
She tries to lift Loyal up.
You look very aweful. You need a doctor. Vinyl, let's take her to the hospital.
A while later, Octavia and Vinyl arrived at the hospital. Once checked in, Loyal was taken to an emergency room. A white coated pony with a cutie mark of a red cross and four pink hearts on each corner was examining him.
Hmmm....well, you have suffered some injuries, but thankfully, none of them seem to be fatal. It's just some deep bruises. They'll take about a week to heal, as long as nothing else happens to your body.
Octavia breathed a sigh of relief, thankful Loyal wasn't in danger.
Thank you so much nurse. Great he isn't seriously hurt.
To Loyal: I'm sure you will be in and out of the hospital in no time. We will be waiting for you here. Um... if only there was a cello lying around, oh and a DJ for Vinyl.
Loyal gently smiled. Don't worry, I'll be out before you know it...I've been in hospitals several times before, and they were for much worse reasons.
Oh... uh... okay...
Octavia gets more worried. Been hurt more in the past? Could this also be from the imposter, or the darkness? Is this something Loyal isn't telling her? She decides to tell him later on.
Well... wish you well then.
A week went by quickly. Nurse Redheart came to check on Loyal every few hours, only to usually find him asleep. She didn't mind, though, as other patients did the same thing.
Before he knew it, Loyal was rolled out of the hospital, assisted by Tavi and Vinyl.See? Told ya I'd be out before you knew it.
Well if a week to you is a very short time, I am glad you got out in a jiffy. Now, how are you doing? Did anything happened in the hospital?
Mostly just sleeping, sleeping, and more sleeping. Believe me, that was one of the best choices I've made ever.
Believe me you never want it to be the last thing you do and never wake up for a long time. Well the best part is you are safe. Are you going back home or are you still wanting to visit us? You can still stay with us for as long as you need.
For right now, I think staying with you seems like a better choice. Plus, I might need a break from protecting folks now and then until I can actually fight again. I really thank you for your kindness, Miss....um...you know, all this time, I don't think I got your name...did I?
You never have. Now that all this is over for now, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Octavia, and my friend here name is Vinyl Scratch. She sometimes go by the name of DJ Pon-3. *whispers* I still find that name a bit iffy.
It's very nice to meet you both. I've known Octavia is famous for her glorious cellist skills, and that DJ PON-3 plays the HOTTEST music in Equestria. Seems I'm lucky I found and befriended those ponies. ....We ARE friends, right?
Hmmhmm... well of course we are sir. I am quite flattered by your compliments. Well let's head back to our home. I am sure you will like my new song I just made back at home, and Vinyl may have a surprise for you, too.
Just as before they leave, behind Vinyl, Octavia gives Loyal a light kiss.
Vinyl put her two front hooves on Loyal's eyes. But nooo peeking till we get there....hehehe...
The three ponies began to head back towards OCtavia's home.
Meanwhile, in a faraway floating fortress....
Hmmmm....looks like our little prince survived the ambush of our minion..No matter. I'll just have to send another, but one much stronger and better than the last. CLEMENT! A pony in a dark hood came running into the room, only to trip.
(Evil master has a clumsy assistant cliche. *ding*)
Tell our special little minion I've got a job for him....
R-right away, Master!
The pony, now known as Clement, took off running into another door leading into darkness...
Soon, Loyal, you'll be all mine...and I'll use your power to rule Equestria....hehehehehehe.....hahahahahahaa.....AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Back in Equestria, Loyal, Vinyl, and Tavi had just arrived. Tavi uncovered Loyal's eyes once they opened the door for a surprise.
The house was decorated with a WELCOME BACK LOYAL sign and baloons and stuff.
We even have a song for you as well. Me and Vinyl took nearly the whole week making this for you. You ready Vinyl?
Ready when you are!
One... two... three... go!
DJ started the beats and Octavia began to play with the rhythm. It is a harmony not heard by anypony kind. It is a sound unique to anypony. Truly this has taken so much effort to produce.
After about 10 minutes of wonderous styles of music, it has finally ended. Octavia wipes her forhead in success and looks to Loyal.
So... how do you like that music? Hope you enjoyed it all.
All it takes is a look of astonish and amazement on Loyal's face to tell the ponies they did their job well.
I see you are speechless. Well... judging by that grin on that face I say we have done a job well done. She liked it Vinyl.
Hehe, ya see? I KNEW it would work!
Octavia decides to give Vinyl a high hoof, even though she isn't much of a fan of that. She looks to Loyal.
Now that our gift is given, how bout some cake. You want some cake? I am surprised Pinkie dropped by with a cake. That crazy pony is always prepared with cakes and parties, which definitely explains the decorations.
Sure, cake sounds good.
Octavia lead Loyal into the kitchen.
Waiting in the kitchen is a huge cake fit for 10 ponies.
It is a welcome cake for you by a generous Pinkie. She may have overdid it with the cake, but if you feel very hungry I guess this cake would be enough. Hopefully you enjoy the cake.
There's not a single cake I wouldn't enjoy.
Ah perfect. Now... before we dig in, make sure to take a plate and fork before eating. Also remember to take a napkin to wipe your mouth to keep yourself clean.
Before Loyal could reply, sounds of snickering could be heard.
hehehehe...T-tavi...you just showed your formal side....to Loyal...
She proceeded to burst out laughing..
I can't help it Vinyl. I mean it would be nice to eat while keeping clean. I mean I already going to have to clean up all this decoration Pinkie left behind. I just don't want to lose any more cello time. I must keep practicing to be perfect.
One delicious cake later, each pony was clean (still awkward), full, and satisfied. Loyal had helped to clean up the party decorations, though he didn't have to.
A while after that, things seemed pretty calm. Tavi was practicing her cello, Vinyl was....being Vinyl, and Loyal just slept.
Octavia plays her melodies just as beautifully as usual. While she plays, she keeps an eye on Loyal hoping the darkness doesn't consume him. He constantly watches while playing the cello. Somehow she can still play the cello well even without looking down on her cello.
Meanwhile, inside Loyal's dream, he was recieving a visit from Princess Luna, explaning what happened in the week she hadn't visited.
and then, there was this clone of Octavia that began pounding me! I don't know what it was, though....have you perhaps found an answer to this darkness yet?
mention of violance of that nature is against the rules. rule 17 to be exact.
Hmm... this is more serious. If it also manifests into real life, then this darkness surely is from without. It may be an actual being of darkness. May seem possible this being will do what they can to capture you. I still have not found the answer you are looking for, but I can assure you I am working on it as best I can. You keep alert, and stay away from trouble.
I don't think fighting's an option, considering my condition...
I saw how you feel. The darkness will continue to come after you, which you may have no choice but to defend yourself. I believe you may need help from your friends, but be warned, as you may also put your friends at risk. The road to the light will not be easy. If you can persevere, and understand the ones responsible, only then can we tell whether your future is a certain light.
And just like that, the dream was over. Loyal woke up to see Octavia looking at him funny. She heard him talking in his sleep.
I see you were awake. You were muttering words about the darkness and something.
I spoke to Luna about our situation. She said, 'The darkness will continue to come after you, which you may have no choice but to defend yourself. I believe you may need help from your friends, but be warned, as you may also put your friends at risk. The road to the light will not be easy. If you can persevere, and understand the ones responsible, only then can we tell whether your future is a certain light.'"
That certainly sounds like Luna. So she came into your dream to help you out? That is good news the princess is helping you out. So... she asks that you can get help from friends... well... I understand that how badly the darkness is trying to get to you, but take this from me, no darkness shall get anywhere close to you Loyal. If it means to protect a friend, I will do all I can for your safetly.
Thank you kindly. It's nice to know you and Vinyl have my back.
Of course we will have your back, right Vinyl?
Of course! We're you're friends, it's our job to keep ya safe!
Then it is agreed. We will stick together to help you take care of the darkness. It is a promise we will keep.
Suddenly, a voice of evil rang out...
You pathetic little equines. You really think you can beat back the darkness? HA! I'll show you the power of TRUE DARKNESS!
GaAAhhh... show yourself! We won't be afraid of you. What do you want with Loyal?
I shall use his power to rule Equestria! Once he's mine, he'll become my slave once he's too powerless to stop me! But that doesn't concern you...
Oh yes it does! You will NOT use Loyal as your slave!
Hehehe....we'll see about that!
Octavia stands by Loyal, keeping an eye of the darkness seeing what its next move will be. She knows what she has gotten herself into, but it is for her sake of Loyal.
Vinyl does the same. The two act like bodyguards, protecting the young Alicorn.
The dark mass begins to form...until it forms into a copy of Loyal.
I don't think this guy knows I don't know many spells, so Loyal could be easy to take out. Be on your guard, though. Darkness is unpredictable.
Alright... then you know this darkness well... you should know what to do to take this darkness out.
Yeahhh...about that...if this is a legitimate copy of me, then it knows the same spells I do....including force field spells. Thankfully, the force field spells drains most of his magic, weakening him. If it's after me, though, then it's likely to not use the force field on you. Which means...YOU two have to be the ones to take it out. I'll try to help, but most of my magic will prove useless.
Well I will do all I can. I don't really have any magic... but I could try what I can. I am not really a fighter at all, but I do this for you. Vinyl... be careful of this thing. Hope you got some good magic spells to help fight this thing.
Magic? Heh, not a problem.
Vinyl fired a laser from her horn, causing the fake Loyal to put up a shield.
There. Now once the shield is down, we can use whatever we can to beat this thing. It'll be unable to protect itself again, due to weakened magic..
Keep at it Vinyl. I think you should help as well Loyal. If it uses a lot of its magic, we can all go together at it. And finally can we get rid of this weirdo.
The fake Loyal realized it was tricked, and backed up against the wall. The three ponies began to close in on it...
We tackle it on my mark...
She assumes her running position.
Octavia sprints at the fake Loyal with a huge tackle with all she can do.
The fake Loyal tried to block the impact, but failed miserably, and fully took the blow.
When Octavia backed up, the fake was now lying on the ground, wheezing. It slowly began to fade away.
ugh, I really need a break without having to deal with enemies so often...
You should now leave Loyal alone. Don't ever think of coming back for him again.
The evil voice soon returned, full of anger.
What....why you....how....how DARE you beat my minion like that! I'll make you pay for that!
Just before vanishing, the fake Loyal shot a laser at Octavia's cello, and broke it in half.
That'll teach you not to mess with me! Nyahahahahahahahahah! Soon after, the voice faded away...
Octavia didn't say a word. She just stood there.
Vinyl approached Loyal, and used her magic to drag him away. Uhhh...Loyal, you MIGHT wanna back up...this isn't gonna be pretty.
My...cello. That was my favorite cello. The NERVE of that dastardly darkness! He shall soon PAY for what it has done to my cello!
Loyal slowly begins backing up to go behind Vinyl, somewhat terrified with how ticked Octavia seemed...
Octavia continues to look up angrily at the direction the darkness may have fled to. She then looks down collecting the broken pieces of her cello. She begins to calm down a bit from her rage before going into sediment.
Loyal sits next to Octavia.
He'll pay for what he's done....he'll pay for tormenting us...he'll pay for everything he's done to us...
The two ponies practically see the rage flames engulfing Loyal, which slightly worries them...
Loyal... you seem to be catching on fire. Are you... angry as well?
Angry.? That's an understatement.....you could call me.....RAGING MAD.
For a magical alicorn like you, you definitely show that rage. Settle it down before you burn my house down. Listen... it is just a cello... the important thing is that you are safe.
But...you loved that cello more than anything.... The flames vanish..
I do... it is my valuable memory... I can always replace a cello, but I can never replace you. You are what is more valuable to me.
Loyal is sweetened by what she said, so he did something he never thought he'd do. He hugged Octavia.
Octavia hugs Loyal back.
Don't worry so much. We will have our vengeance for my cello. But for now... we should relax for a bit. We will be ready for that baddy again.
Agreed...but it's best if we set out tomorrow to find this baddy's stronghold.
Sure. But for now... We should go get me a new cello. I need to continue my music.
Loyal nodded, and the three got up, and headed towards the music shop to purchase the perfect cello for Octavia. Half an hour later, they returned home. By then, it was dark out. Loyal decided he'd head to bed, and went upstairs.
Octavia spent her time up trying to fine tune her cello. She knows that perfect music must be set with perfection.
Loyal was having yet another dream. This time, he was in some large stone sanctuary...he wasn't sure where he was, but he had the feeling it was important. Luna? Are you here?
Luna again comes down from the nightly sky's moon shining down. She lands right in front of Loyal.
I hear your calls. Does the darkness continue to chase you?
Yes. But my friends and I have a plan.
A plan? With your friends? I assume you and your friends are planning to confront this darkness, yes?
Yes. And I get a really strong feeling that the darkness is in some kind of stronghold or castle. I'm just trying to figure out where that is.
You may be right on that. It hides somewhere. Listen closely, I figured this darkness is an evil being looking to rule Equestria by means of mimicing, fear, and restlessness. Until their target can no longer defend themselves, they strip their magic to become stronger. If they grow strong enough, they can possess magic that may make them unstoppable. You contain enough magic to be their target and once they possess it, they can become a great threat. You must defeat them, but you must not leave yourself vulnerable in any way.
Do they strip it each time I use it?
Luckily no. They need to completely capture you if I understand their magic well from the past. I am unsure of today. Be very careful.
Before Loyal could answer, the scenery around him changed.....Luna was gone...
Loyal soon found himself in a dream he never wanted to dream about. He found himself on the side of a road. He immediately recognized this as the road his parents died on. Things happened so quickly in the dream, up until the point where his parents were driving on the road. The vehicle suddenly spun out of control, flipped over several times, and eventually crashed.
Flames and smoke began appearing in the rubble and debris. All Loyal could say was..."No....Mother! Father! Noooooooooooooo!" He tried to break free of the dream's force holding him back, but he was unable to....tears leaked out of his eyes ucontrollably...the wind smacked against his face, combining with the smoke, stinging his eyes....he had failed to protect them.....
There was a slow bright flash of light....and before he knew it, Loyal was awake, with tears in his eyes..he looked around, and his vision eventually landed on Octavia looking at him in the bd....she had seen him cry in his sleep.
What happened Loyal? You looks like you had a horrible dream.
I did....and it wasn't the darkness this time.../
It wasn't? Then what happened? I want to know.
I saw my parents die again....and I couldn't save them...
Tears stream down his face...
*gasp* Huh... what? That's awful. That surely is a tragedy. I'm sorry to know Loyal.
Octavia hugs Loyal to show reassurance and comfort.
I was hoping that dream wouldn't come back to haunt me...
Oh... must be such a dramatic memory. Hurts to relive that again.
Moments, then minutes passed. Eventually, the silence was broken when Vinyl opened the bedroom door. Uuuggh...what's all the chatter about..?
Oh hello Vinyl. Just comforting Loyal from a bad memory. Everything will be alright soon.
While you're both here.....Luna tlod me something very important about the darkness.She said, 'Listen closely, I figured this darkness is an evil being looking to rule Equestria by means of mimicing, fear, and restlessness. Until their target can no longer defend themselves, they strip their magic to become stronger. If they grow strong enough, they can possess magic that may make them unstoppable. You contain enough magic to be their target and once they possess it, they can become a great threat. You must defeat them, but you must not leave yourself vulnerable in any way.'
*-lol mimic the exact words
So that is what the darkness is trying to do. Those good-for-nothings should be stopped. We won't let them get their dirty magic on you. It is great for Luna to finally solve these darknesses.
Agreed. We should probably get rest, though. No use letting this night slip by just by talking...
True. We should rest for tomorrow. By then we can talk more about it.
Loyal nodded, and lay back down on the bed. Before he knew it, he was asleep....
The next morning, Loyal, Tavi, and Vinyl all had breakfast (without Octi's formal mode, thank goodness), and prepared to journey to the Darkness' Fortress.
Tavi equipped a cello, plenty of bows, most of her music stuff, and other things. Vinyl equipped mostly sharp CDs, laser lights, and Dj stuff. The items may have seemed useless, but you never know when musical items could come in handy.
Loyal put on war paint, a camouflage helmet and suit, and got out an item he never used in a long time: His special music baton, Melody. He never went anywhere without it. IT would help in making his own music cannon. He went downstairs to meet the others, who were surprised to see Loyal dressed up in such serious gear.
Wow... you look... fearsome I should say.
They mess with one of us, they mess with ALL of us. And this gear proves it.
I'm sure it would be very serious for you, dear. And definitely we will not let you do this alone. Now... where will we be heading exactly?
Before Loyal could answer, screams of ponies came from outside.
Huh!? What was that sound?
Octavia runs to the door and opens it. She looks around to see where the source of the sound came from.
Sounds of explosions (MICHAEL BAAAAY) rang outside, and the ground rattled. I'm guessing that's our cue to head outside.
Wonder what is causing that? I just hope it isn't those big bad darkness.
The trio headed outside, and looked up to see a giant castle in the sky. Suddenly, a familiar evil voice rang out...PUNY EQUESTRIANS! I HAVE COME HERE TO INVADE AND CONQUER YOUR LAND! SURRENDER NOW, OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES!
It's the big bad darkness.
That's the darkness??? Looks all big and mighty. For somepony being as big and bad, you would think Twilight and her friends would come together and confront it. Worries me about you. I guess you are a threat to him, which is why he wants your magic.
We need a way up there, but how....?
Unfortunately we are not pegasi. Best way is to get on a hot air balloon all the way up there. That or a cannon.
Loyal looked back at his wings, and got an idea.
He used his magic, and suddenly grew bigger. He spread his wings to show that flying was now an option.
O...kay. Did not expect anypony to make a growth spell on themselves. Guess now we can now get up there. Come on Vinyl. *getting up on Loyal*
Once Vinyl and Tavi were on Loyal's back, he hunched over, prepared to launch, and took off into the sky. Soon after, Tavi and Vinyl noticed a laser cannon appearing under the castle.
Oh dear. Be very careful. That laser under looks pretty dangerous.
A laser suddenly shot out from the cannon. Loyal did a sideways loop to avoid it, and flew faster, avoiding any more laser shots. Eventually, he spotted a balcony to land on, and flew there.
Okay, we're here! All we need to do now is find this villain, and stop him!
Octavia gets off of Loyal, who at that time was gripping on hard on his back.
Okay... um... if I know castles so well, they usually be in the highest tower or in the largest building. We can try looking for the highest tower.
Loyal nodded, and once Vinyl got off his back, the three headed into a doorway. The path lead through several stone halls and pathways, leading into a confusing maze.
I feel like we're getting more lost...
We cannot give up. Hmm I find this surprising there aren't many resistance. Almost as if it is lonely. Perhaps a good map or mark can help us find our way.
Before Loyal could reply, he was suddenly knocked out. Octavia didn't have time to see what hit him, as did Vinyl. Before they knew it, all three poniesv were knocked out..
Octavia eventually woke up, and found herself in some kind of....cell. She looked over to see Vinyl and....what looked like a hairless monkey (wearing clothes, of course), next to her. It seemed a bit smaller than Octavia..
Oh dear... what happened? Vinyl? Where are you- *Seeing vinyl* Oh Vinyl. Glad to see you with me. I am not so glad to be in here. Are we in a dungeon? What on... AAAAAHHHHHH!
She was freaked out seeing what appears to be a primate inside the cell with them. Never have she ever seen such an animal like that in her life.
Wha... what is that doing in this cell!? Where is Loyal? They may have taken Loyal somewhere else.
The creature, hearing screams, opened its eyed, and tried to get up, only to stagger and fall onto its knees.
Loyal Defender, here and accounted for... He replied, before falling back onto the ground, as if he passed out.
Wait... you know Loyal... you ARE Loyal? This can't be! What has that darkness done to you?
Loyal looked down and gasped in shock.Oh, no.....nonononononononono, this is bad. VERY BAD. My locket is gone! That not only contained the only picture of my mother, it also contained my Alicorn magic! Without it, I'm powerless! Being in my original form, too...something I'd never thought
I'd see again.
Pendant? Wait... so that pendant makes you an alicorn? You didn't told me about the pendant giving you magic. So... is this who you really are? This... thing?
Yes. It's the only thing that gives me power....and if the darkness is using it.....oh, my God...we need to find a way out of here, and stop them before they use that power to hurt everypony!
Just then, Vinyl woke up, and the first thing she was was Loyal./Uuuugh....wh---wheraaAAHHHHHH! WHAT I IS THAT THING?
Don't worry Vinyl... well... don't alarm too much. This is Loyal. It is his real form. He had a pendant that made him an alicorn and gave him the magic of one. Now he says the darkness has taken the pendant away and now holds the power.
Vinyl looked at Loyal.Oh....that's weird...well, what are we doing still in here? Let's get ouf of here!
Vinyl somehow pulled out her Bass Cannon, and aimed it at a wall.
Great job Vinyl! Glad they didn't take the cannon from you. I am surprised they kept my cello here as well. Well... since we know there could be some bad ponies lurking in the maze, time to serenade them with music.
She picks her cello and plays a beautiful melody. The music plays a soothing music of rest, a music that she hoped the lurkers would here and fall asleep by the music. She also knows the maze echoes her music, which will help travel across a vast area of the maze.
At the same time, Vinyl slammed a button down on the cannon, causing it to charge up and fire a laser at the wall, breaking through it, and conveniently revealing two large double doors at the end of a large hallway. The trio walked towards the door.
You two ready?
Octavia readies her cello on her back. She stands looking to Loyal, hoping he will be ready. Octavia was ready with determination.
I am ready for whatever comes at me.
Loyal calmly pushed open the doors, and on the other side was large room with a big window in front. Inside the room was a being made of darkness. IT turned around, and smirked.
Well, well, well.....I was hoping you three would arrive. I suppose you've been wondering who I am. My name is Lord Xerox. I've been waiting to find a strong magical power, and yet, your Alicorn friend had it all along. Heh, but let's cut to the chase. I won't be needing him anymore, and the same goes for you two. Your musical abilities make for good strength, though. Raather nice of you to add to my power, really. It can do SO much for me. Including.....THIS!
Xerox shot a blast at Octavia. Loyal suddenly jumped in front of her, taking the hit, resulting in being slammed against the wall with a loud THUD. He fell to the floor....but he didn't get up..
AAAHHHH! LOYAL!!! You fiend!!!
She runs at Xerox in attempt to land a blow.
Xerox simple stood to the side, causing Octavia to miss.
Octavia crashes to the ground, but quickly gets up from her rage and goes at Xerox once again.
At the same time, Vinyl begins charging an energy spell. She had learned it in the time Loyal had been in the hospital. She took aim at Xerox, and once Octavia missed, Xerox began to laugh, and Vinyl shot the beam.
*insert Guns n Roses reference here (You Give Love A Bad Name, maybe)*
Wh-what?! IMPOSSIBLE! Only Loyal knew that spell! He was the only one who could defeat me! This....can't be happening! Bits of darkness began pouring from Xerox's body....it turned out he was strong in attack, but weak in defense. He WAS darkness after all. He could be defeated, if using the right strategy...distract and attack.
He began to fade away... Noo.....noo.......noooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOO....!
Soon....all that was left was Loyal's pendant...
Well done Vinyl! We finally defeated that darkness.
She notices the pendant on the ground and draws herself to the pendant. She lifts it with her mouth and trots her way to Loyal, seeing him still laying. She looks and begins to worry.
Loyal? You still awake? You alright there? We finally have your pendant and finally defeated that darkness.
Loyal didn't move. He didn't respond, he didn't do anything.
She decides to shake Loyal.
Wake up! You can't be that knocked out. Please! Vinyl! Help me here! He's not waking up.
Vinyl walked over, and learned down onto Loyal's chest. After a few moments, she shook her head gently and said two words Octavia wished she didn't have to hear...
No pulse?... then... this means... *in a small wimper* Loyal... you can't be... please... no!
She falls back, realizing his grave condition. She may have lost a friend she only made just days ago. She throws herself onto Loyal, gagging in saddness, tears rolling. Soon her gag grows into a loud cry, sobbing onto Loyal, crying with her forelegs wrapping around her face on her fallen friend. Her cries continue for an extended time, releasing every emotion she has built up in her gray-coated body. She lifts her head looking down to Loyal's true animal face.
I'm sorry. I've done all I can... I... I wished we didn't lose you.
She looks down to Loyal then looks down to the pendant. She now holds the pendant on her hooves above Loyal. She decides to open the pendant to see what was inside. She sees the image of what appears to be his parents also in the same animal form Loyal is in. She lays the pendant on Loyals chest and lays her head low, giving a moment of silence to a fallen friend.
All Vinyl could do was sit there...she felt just as sad as Octavia was...but she wasn't one to show it.
The pendant on Loyal's chest began to glow a bright white color, slowly filling the room with light..
Octavia continues to tilt her head down giving her respects, until she caught something in her vision. Her sediment turned into surprise, unknown to what was going on. She sees the pendant lighting up and covers her eyes from the blinding light.
The pendant... what's going on?
The pendant glowed even brighter, slowly lifting up into the air...memories of Loyal's life flashed through Octavia's and Vinyl's minds...and soon, it came to Loyal's POV of getting shot by the darkness blast.
Loyal's body began to glow as well, and the pendant lowered itself into his chest, absorbing into it....Loyal's body brightened a bit.....and after a few moments, the glow in the room faded...
Eventually, there was a cough....Loyal opened his eyes weakly, and faced the two ponies..
Octavia was in total awe seeing what was the life of Loyal, a life completely different to the life their pony lives lived. Seeing now the light fade, she now opens her eyes scanning the room and looking to Loyal. She was very surprised to now see Loyal awake.
Loyal... is that you? You are alive again!!!
She begins to run to Loyal in happiness, with tears running down her face again.
Loyal barely had any time to react before Octavia lifted him up and tightly hugged him. Of course, he weakly managed to hug her back. He was badly hurt from the battle, but all that mattered was that he was alive.
I saw my life flash before my eyes before I died....I thought I'd never see you two again...but I'm happy you still managed to defeat Xerox for me..you know, it was your pure love for me that brought me back....you didn't want to lose me, you cared so much for me...AAGHH!
Are you all right?!
Yeah....just a bit injured from that blast...but I'll manage...you know, we haven't figured out how we'll get back down...
Vinyl knows a teleportation spell, thankfully...once we get back, you'll need a lot of rest. I'll hire Nurse Redheart to check up on you every so often...I won't let this slide, you know.
Don't worry, we'll also be there to take care of you until you're better. I'll be honest, I did NOT expect you to come back to life...I thought you were actually dead. Well, I mean, you WERE, but that's besides the point. Vnyl's horn glowed a magenta color, and there was a slow, but sudden flash of light.
*a few days later*
Loyal was still in bed, resting. Nurse Redheart diagnosed a full two to three weeks of bed rest. The injuries would take a while to heal, but soon after, Loyal would be good as new. Octavia was in bed next to him, chatting with him. I'll be honest, I'm kind of glad the darkness no longer haunts me. Believe me, I've had enough of an adventure for one day.
Octavia chuckled. I get the feeling there's going to be a lot of adventures down the road....but I guess we'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, I'll show you some of mmy newest classical music I've created!
Octavia pulled out her cello, and began playing the one song Loyal heard when they first met...]