Chapter 9: Scars from the Past
“But, Princess-!” Twilight protested.
“Twilight.” Celestia interrupted. “Please. This enemy is strange and dangerous. At least let us find out anything we can.”
Twilight reluctantly nodded in agreement.
With that, Celestia and Luna took off toward the sky, following the path Fulgora took.
Twilight kicked the ground.
“Aw, Twi…” AJ said, placing a hoof on her friend’s shoulder. “They're doin’ this for your own good. Ain’t nopony even heard of this enemy. Even if they aren’t able to beat her, not that I doubt ‘em at all, any information is better than goin’ in blind.”
Twilight sighed. “I guess you’re right. Though, I’m sure the two of them together could easily take care of her…She doesn’t even have any magic.” She looked up toward the sky. “And I know how much power Princess Celestia and Princess Luna possess…After all, I had to hold onto it.”
“So there’s no need to worry!” Rainbow said. “The Princesses will take care of that over-sized, over-confident Pegasus!”
Celestia and Luna stayed together as they cautiously searched the clouds for Fulgora
“Be careful sister.” Celestia warned. “Do not confront her. I sense a dark presence within-“
Fulgora laughed. “Oh, Celestia. Always so cautious and selfless…It really is dull.”
Celestia glared at her opponent. “Who are you, and what exactly do you intend to do?”
Fulgora scoffed. “Are all Princesses deaf?” Lightning flashed and thunder resounded. “Who am I?” Another lightning bolt shone bright. “I am Fulgora.” The thunder followed. “As for what my intentions are…”
Several bolts illuminated the area, causing both Celestia and Luna to shield their eyes.
“Well, that would ruin the fun, wouldn’t it?” Fulgora practically whispered.
Instantly the lightning storm that surrounded Fulgora flew out all at once, catching both royal sisters in the blast.
Several bolts also fell to the earth below, striking all around Ponyville. Most hit the ground, but a few hit buildings, causing the ponies inside to run outside and try to find shelter elsewhere.
The flash of the blast caught the eyes of the mane six. Twilight’s eyes grew wide with fear. “Princess Celestia! Princess Luna!” She cried.
Weakly, Luna rose to her feet. She was standing on a storm cloud, her sister lying injured in front of her.
“Sister!” She exclaimed, rushing over to her fallen sibling.
Fulgora landed behind her. A deeper, darker voice came from her throat. “Oh Luna. So concerned for your older sister…The one who betrayed you one thousand years ago.”
Luna turned to face her enemy. “You monster!”
“Come now, who is really the monster here?” The voice continued. “Your sister has not changed. She may say she loves you, but you’re still living in her shadow. Your night is still shunned by the ponies, and you still fall short of recognition.”
Luna shook her head. “You’re wrong!”
“Am I?” Fulgora raised her hoof. By using sparks, she formed something out of a cloud. Small figures of the four princesses stood between them. “Cadence, the Princess of an entire Empire.” She began.
“What are you getting at?” Luna demanded suspiciously.
“Princess Celestia, the Princess of the Sun, who also took on the moon when her sister was banished for her misdeeds. Multiple time savior of Equestria.”
Luna shook her head. “Enough of this!”
“And finally, the newest royal addition, Princess Twilight Sparkle, the Princess of Friendship.” Fulgora finished. “All three of these Princesses, even the minor Twilight Sparkle, outshine you.”
Luna stomped her hoof. “That is untrue! Enough of your deceptive tongue, be gone!”
“You cannot deny what I have said. Each princess has some claim to fame…And yet you do not. Your only claim is that you once were evil! You were once a terrible villain known as Nightmare Moon! That is the only thing you are known for!” The voice provoked. “You cannot ever live your sins down!”
“STOP!” Celestia commanded, rising to her feet.
Luna looked back with surprise. “Celestia..!”
Celestia walked proudly toward Fulgora. “I will not allow you to torment my sister any longer! You will fall today, you will fall now!”
“And what makes you think you can defeat me?” Fulgora taunted. “You couldn’t defeat me one thousand years ago, and nothing has changed now!”
Celestia grit her teeth fiercely. “Do not attempt to provoke me!”
Fulgora’s voice slowly returned as she laughed. “Attempt? It would seem I have already succeeded!” She took a stance as if she were about to pounce on the sisters. “Now, be stricken down by the hoof of your greatest foe!”
Lightning struck the two from all sides. Both targets let out a scream of pain before all went silent.