© Beloved Doll
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TenderSweet, ShadowSentry, MidnightHallow, Druid, Dead Eye, StratSlice, Constellation, Mourn, Somber, December, Moonlight, Waffles, Nightmare Castle and Nightmare Ponies concept/group are created and owned by me, Beloved Doll.
All other ponies, Spike and the whole My Little Pony franchise along with other locations (example: PonyVille) and structures (example: Dream Castle) are (c) Hasbro.
Note: This series is written as the characters are bi-pedal, rather than the traditional 4-legged form.
Note 2: I use ponies from various generations, not just the G4/Friendship is Magic (FiM).
The dragon`s jaws come very close to the three young fillies in attempt to chomp them. The girls scream again as they see the dragon`s shadow looming over them.
Without warning, the dragon`s jaw is suddenly knocked back behind the girls.
The girls bolt inside TenderSweet`s home with Macintosh and Granny Smith. However, TenderSweet does`t shut the door. Instead, she`s standing in the doorway, awe-struck by what is taking place before her.
Landing on his two hovered feet is an alicorn, and an unusual looking one at that.
His body is black but his arms and legs have a red fade starting at the extremities and fading to black at his elbows and knees. The hair on his mane and tail are black with red stripes. His wings would be completely black if it were`t for the red tips on the ends of the outer row of feathers. His horn is all black and his face sports a fading red mask over his muzzle. His eyes have red colored iris to them with what would be best described as a layer of red eye shadow running a line on his top eye lids. Like the normal ponies, he, too, has a cutie mark on his flanks. His cutie mark is a full moon peeking out from behind a sentry tower.
Even though the dragon is massively bigger than he is, this black alicorn stands fearlessly against it. The winged unicorn boldly steps forward and screams out the sound of a wild horse scream. The dragon seems taken aback by this pony`s actions. Then it quickly wipes away these feelings and gives a roar at the alicorn pony.
TenderSweet blinks disbelievingly. She hash`t heard that sound ever before. Who was this black winged unicorn pony?
The alicorn lets out another wild horse scream and charges at the dragon. The dragon takes aim and opens his mouth. A beam of fire comes blasting from the dragon`s mouth towards his tiny opponent. The alicorn avoids the attack by quickly jumping to the side. He attacks back with his horn, using magic to send an energy ball at the dragon. The energy ball explodes upon impact. The dragon roars out from the pain of the explosion. Luckily for him, his tough hide allows his body to remain in-tact.
With his ears laid back, the alicorn gives his tail an angry flick and his right hoof stomps the ground. He huffs loudly. The dragon thrusts his head down to take a bite out of the alicorn. But the alicorn turns around and does a hand stand to allow himself to rear-kick the dragon in the jaw with both of his hooves. The dragon rears his head back with a short roar and gives his head a quick shake, as if to re-align himself.
The dragon begins to back up; he obviously didn`t expect there to be a retaliation. As he starts backing away, the alicorn steps closer to the dragon. Finally ,the dragon turns around and begins to exit the town. As the dragon breaks into a run, the alicorn chases after the dragon.
All the ponies who have bore witness to this winged unicorn standing up to the dragon, including TenderSweet, are all completely floored by how the alicorn has the dragon on the run. TenderSweet`s mouth drops open and she places a hand over her chest. The three young fillies, Scootaloo, AppleBloom and Sweetie Belle, are standing beside TenderSweet with Macintosh standing behind them. Sweetie Belle is the first to break the silence of the group,"Wow! Did you see that?"
Scootaloo bounces up,"Yeah! That was awesome!"
AppleBloom turns to her two friends,"Did you see that mean ol` dragon run away scared? Heehee!"
Sweetie Belle looks up at TenderSweet,"Who was that, TenderSweet?"
TenderSweet softly answers,"I don`t know…I`ve never seen him before."
The following day rolls around. Despite yesterday`s dragon attack, the ponies are getting their lives back to normal. As there is no dancing classes today, TenderSweet wants to meet up with her friends. Twilight Sparkle lives the closest to her so she decides to go to the library first.
Upon arriving at the library, TenderSweet finds that Rarity, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash are already there. They are engaged in a conversation with Twilight Sparkle. When she gets closer, TenderSweet can hear what they are saying. The first pony she can hear talking is Rarity,"But I thought that alicorn ponies could only be girls?"
Twilight Sparkle puts a hand to the back of her head, seeming confused,"So did I."
Fluttershy quietly remarks,"He looked pretty scary…"
Rainbow Dash smiles,"Yeah but did you see that? He totally beat that dragon and sent it packing! It was totally awesome!"
Rarity turns to Rainbow Dash,"Yes, it was quite impressive. Sweetie Belle could`t stop talking about it last night."
TenderSweet steps up and joins the conversation at this point, looking at Twilight Sparkle,"Excuse me, I`m sorry to interrupt."
Twilight Sparkle gives a nod to TenderSweet,"Go right ahead."
TenderSweet continues,"Um, I thought I heard Rarity say that alicorn ponies were only supposed to be girls?"
Twilight Sparkle nods her head,"Yep, that`s right. Or at least I thought it was."
"Do you think that perhaps we could ask Princess Celestia about it? Or would we be bothering her too much…?"
Twilight Sparkle shakes her head,"I don`t think the princess would be mad at us for asking her. In fact, she may be glad to know about this."
A thought pops into Rarity`s head,"Gasp, wait! Do you think that maybe…he`s a prince?"
Rainbow Dash rolls her eyes,"Now why would this guy be a prince?"
"Think about it, Dashie-"
"Princess Celestia and Princess Luna are both alicorn ponies and they are both royalty. Maybe he is, too. I mean, how many other alicorn have we seen?"
Fluttershy looks at Rainbow Dash,"She does have a point. Maybe he is."
Twilight Sparkle begins to head inside the library,"Well, we don`t know that yet."
As the other ponies follow Twilight Sparkle inside the library, she continues,"Despite working with Princess Celestia for many years, I don`t know very much about alicorns. I think we should do some studying on this before we go and do anything rash."
Rainbow Dash gives Twilight Sparkle a strange look,"Studying? As in…sitting around reading books? Borrrrrring!"
Rarity smiles,"Actually, that would`t be a bad idea. Twilight Sparkle can look into all of the details about alicorn and what they`re about."
Twilight Sparkle bites her bottom lip,"Erm, well, I was hoping that maybe you girls could help me research, since there`s so many books-"
Rainbow Dash suddenly jumps up,"Oh would you just look at the time? I am soooo late for that…race I promised that other pegasus I`d do. Uh, sorry, guys, but I gotta go. See ya!"
Rainbow Dash dashes out of the library. Twilight Sparkle sighs as she rolls her eyes at Rainbow Dash`s obviously false excuse. Fluttershy quickly changes the subject from Rainbow Dash back on to the black winged unicorn,"If he is a prince, where do you think he came from?"
Rarity answers Fluttershy,"Who knows? But if he is royalty, he sure does`t dress or act like it."
TenderSweet speaks up,"He did make some strange sounds."
Twilight Sparkle looks at TenderSweet,"What sounds was he making?"
TenderSweet shakes her head,"I don`t know. I`ve never heard any pony make sounds like it before."
"I wish I was there to see the whole thing myself."
Spike decides to finally break his silence and make his presence known to the ponies,"Do you want to send a letter to the princess?"
Twilight Sparkle turns to Spike,"As eager as I am to tell her about the alicorn, no. I think I`ll gather more information before writing to her. She`ll want to be informed as much as possible, too."
Fluttershy looks at Twilight Sparkle,"Do you think he`ll come back?"
Rarity shares the same concern as Fluttershy,"He just came out of the blue, from no where. It could be that perhaps he was just traveling and happened to come by at the right time."
Spike looks up at Rarity,"What about that creepy castle that appeared overnight up on the hill?"
Rarity puts a hand to her cheek in thought,"Hmm, you are right-he did look like he was suited for living in a place like that."
Twilight Sparkle`s eyes widen,"Oh my gosh, I totally forgot about that castle!"
Fluttershy asks,"So, if he is royalty, and he lives in that scary castle…There must be other ponies there, too."
Twilight Sparkle nods her head,"I think you`re right. I hope they`re friendly."
The rest of the day goes without anything eventful going. Twilight Sparkle finds all of the books she can about alicorns. Even with Rarity, Fluttershy and TenderSweet helping her go through the books, not much information can be found. Most of the references they find are the stories about Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. Otherwise, the books speak of how alicorns are mysterious and seldom seen. It would appear that learning about alicorns would have to come straight from the mouths of the alicorns themselves.
When the following day comes, Pinkie Pie has everyone round up to have a picnic out in the field outside of PonyVille. It is such a bright and sunny day with the perfect temperature that Pinkie Pie felt today would be the best day for a picnic. Rarity brings the blanket for everyone to sit on together. Rainbow Dash brings her music player. Twilight Sparkle brings the plates and cups. Fluttershy brings coloring books and a few other games that are in books. Applejack brings along some snacks. TenderSweet brings a collection of various drinks like water, juices and soda.
Seeing TenderSweet is here, Pinkie Pie bounces up to her with excitement,"I`m so glad you could make it today!"
TenderSweet smiles back to the bouncy pink pony,"I am, too. I`m glad you arranged a picnic for us."
Rainbow Dash puts on her sunglasses and turns on her music player. Then she lays on her back on the bianket and lets out a relaxing "ahhhh." Twilight Sparkle and Spike pass out the plates and cups to everyone. While Fluttershy puts her activity books in a pile for everyone to get into after eating, Applejack divides the food up with everyone. At the same time, TenderSweet serves the drinks to everyone.
As a song comes on the radio that`s of the rock genre, Rainbow Dash`s energy visibly picks up,"Aw yeah! Now this is what I`m talking about!"
Pinkie Pie is bouncing, as usual, keeping beat to the music,"I really like this song!"
TenderSweet smiles,"Rainbow Dash knows how to pick good music."
Rainbow Dash can feel her ego being fed by TenderSweet`s comment,"That I do, that I do."
Rarity rolls her eyes,"Ugh, really…"
Applejack takes a bite of an apple,"Yeah, this is all right, but I could really go for some country."
Twilight Sparkle giggles a bit and takes a sip of her orange juice. TenderSweet slowly drinks her strawberry-banana juice through a straw. Pinkie Pie continues to dance while Rarity and Rainbow Dash argue over what style of music should be playing. Fluttershy tries to calm the fight by trying to distract Rainbow Dash and Rarity with possibly one of the games she brought,"How about a nice game of Sudoku?"
Twilight Sparkle gives her friends a strange look,"Is it just me or did it suddenly get a lot warmer?"
TenderSweet looks at Twilight Sparkle. Her expression goes from happy to scared,"Um…Oh my…"
"What? What`s wrong?"
Applejack jumps to her feet and begins to run,"RUN!!"
Twilight Sparkle looks behind her and sees 5 dragons standing behind her. The heat must have come from their fiery breaths. Twilight Sparkle jumps up with a scream and begins to run. The rest of the group are already ahead of Twilight Sparkle but TenderSweet isn`t as quick as they are in running. Twilight Sparkle manages to catch up and run past her.
The dragons give chase after the fleeing ponies and baby dragon. With no other idea on how to escape the dragon attack, the ponies head for PonyVille. At least there has buildings they can run and hide in. Unfortunately, as the chase goes on, TenderSweet is falling further and further behind. She is doing her best but can`t seem to move as fast as her more active friends. Seeing the gap grow more and more between herself and her friends, TenderSweet calls out,"Help!"
Just as she calls out, TenderSweet gets picked up by a dragon in it`s claws. She fits neatly in the large dragon`s hand as she is lifted off the ground. The dragon looks at her a moment. Being so close to the dragon`s face and worried that he will blow fire on her, TenderSweet begins to cry out frantically.
Just outside the borderline of PonyVille, the girls stop and turn around, hearing TenderSweet cry out. Quite a distance back, they see the dragons have TenderSweet captured and are relishing in having the tables turned back on their side against the ponies. Fluttershy`s heart begins to beat even faster than it did before,"Oh my…They have TenderSweet! What do we do??"
To be continued...