Discords statue began to crack. 9 years of struggling his way out of it, he finally succeeded. It was much easier than the first time he escaped, but this time it didn't feel right. He felt a pain in the pit of his stomach.... Guilt. After his statue shattered, he didn't even bother to try and keep his balance and he fell off the platform he was standing on. He hit the ground hard, but he didn't care. He just gazed at a patch of dirt in front of him. After several minutes, he finally got onto his feet and began to head towards PonyVille. He walked through the streeats of PonyVille, careful to stay in the shadows. It was a peaceful night. The houses around him were dark and silent as the Ponies slept, the sky was clear and the stars shun brightly in the sky and there was a small, calm wind that blew through the trees.
Rainbow Dash was soaring through the night sky, practising for the Wonderbolts' audition. She came to a hault when she saw a strange shadow on the street below her. "Hey you!" she called out. The shadow spun around and faced Rainbow Dash, eyes glowing bright yellow. "What are you doing up? Everypony's supposed to be in bed!" "I recognise that voice as Rainbow Dash. Is that you?" The shadow called out. "Who's down there?..." Rainbow Dash moved closer to investigate the shadow. As she got closer, it formed the shape of Discord's body. She froze, then moved slightly closer. Discord's colour and full shape came into view. Rainbow jumped back. "DISCORD?!" She screamed, then covered her mouth as a few house lights came on. "What a guess... Although, I was hoping you'd be a bit more welcoming." said Discord, rolling his eyes. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?!" She yelled. "Uhh.. Well..I..." Discord was stumped. "DISCORD! I BET YOUR HERE TO DESTROY PONYVILLE AGAIN, AREN'T YOU?!" she accused. What? no." House doors opened and sleepy ponies stepped out. "What's going on?" Asked one of them. Discord moved back further into the shadows. "Did you say Discord?" another asked. "Uhh. No. I was just talking to myself.. Sorry everypony!" She lied. The ponies stormed angrily back into their homes. "Aah. Look what you've done. You woke everypony up." Said Discord. "No! You're the one who woke everypony up!" Rainbow shout/whispered. "Excuse me? I'm not the one that's yelling. You are." "Well you're the cause! Plus, You shouldn't even be here! Get out of PonyVille, now!" "If you say so..." Discord clicked his fingers, and just like that, he was gone. Rainbow Dash somehow knew that he was headed to the EverFree Forest, as nopony ever goes there, so she rushed off to tell Fluttershy, as her house, was right next to the forest.
Discord strolled through the forest, kicking a small pebble infront of him. "Ponies.. Typical. What was I thinking? They'll never forgive me. They'll never even come CLOSE to forgiving me." He sighed, and continued walking. He found a large tree stump and settled down next to it. He gazed at the stars through a small patch in the canopy of the forest. His eyes bacame heavy and he eventually fell asleep.
Meanwhile, Rainbow Dash was rushing to Fluttershy's house to tell her all about it. She knocked on her door, just loud enough for Fluttershy to wake up. Fluttershy stirred in her bed, the slowly got up to answer the door. She grabbed her bed robe and wrapped it around her body to keep her warm. "Who is it?" "IT'S ME! RAINBOW DASH! YA GOTTA LET ME IN! I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU!" Fluttershy opened the door and let rainbow dash in. "What's the rush?" She rubbed her eyes. "it's the middle of the night." Fluttershy sat down and offered a seat to Rainbow Dash. "It's Discord! He's returned and he's out in the forest right now!" She said quickly. "What?!" Fluttershy squealed and hid under her sofa blanket. Rainbow Dash could see her shivering underneath. "Hey, come out. It's ok. he's probably deep in the forest by now. "B-but what if he's not? H-he could be anywhere!" "True..." agreed Rainbow Dash. Fluttershy slowly came out from under her blanket, and simply wrapped it around herself. "Where did you see him?" Asked Fluttershy. "In PonyVille. He was just walking through the streets. Probably on his way to canterlot to... Do whatever it is he does! Probably terrorize the princess! But anyway, I told him he wasn't supposed to be here, and he did that wierd dissappearing act he does." "Oh.. My... Do the others know?" "No. Not yet. I came to tell you first because you're right next to the forest and you can be ready if he happens to attack." Explained Rainbow Dash. "A-attack?!" Fluttershy jumped under her blanket again.
Back in the forest, Discord was awoken by sticks and rocks hitting him on the head. He opened his eyes to see an extremely aggressive rabbit infront of him, holding a pebble in it's paw. He easily recognised it. It was Angel. "Stupid rabbit. Leave me alone. Go on! Shoo!" Angel didnt budge, and just continued throwing things at Discord. "That's it. Come on." Discord scooped up Angel in his arms and began to carry him to Fluttershy's. Angel was squirming and struggling. He bit Discord's finger several times, but Discord just ignored him. He walked up to Futtershy's door and knocked on it. Fluttershy squealed and continued to hide under her blanket. Rainbow Dash walked over to the window and peaked out. She gasped. "It's Discord." she told fluttershy. Discord called out "I just came to return yor rabbit!" he placed angel on Fluttershy's doorstep, and turned around and headed back towards the forest. Fluttershy got up and walked to the door to collect Angel. "Fluttershy! Are you crazy?! It's clearly a trap!" She ignored Rainbow, opened the door and Angel ran frantically into the house. Discord heard the door open and he turned around. Fluttershy looked up, and their eyes met. Discord stared at her with deep, dark, lonely eyes. "Thankyou" Fluttershy mouthed. Discord nodded and turned around and headed into the shadows of the forest. The scales on his tail shun brightly in the moonlight. Fluttershy shut the door and just stood there, staring at her hooves. "Well?" asked Rainbow. "He wasn't there. He left before I could see him." She lied. "Hmm... Well, i'm gonna go back home and grab some rest. We'll talk more about it in the morning." "ok."
Rainbow dash dashed out the house, back home and Fluttershy walked back upstairs to her bed. She got under the covers, and stared out the widnow. she could just see the moonlight shining in Discords eyes.