Pony POV Series
Dark World Drabbles
Burying the Hatchet
Part 2 of 3?
Hello, it’s me Diamond Tiara and…Rainbow Dash, why do I have to introduce myself? I helped save the world from Grogar!
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): Sorry Diamond, Rarity’s orders. Doing it with every one.)
Fine. I’m the new Element of Cruelty. And yes, I know what my cousin did with it when she had it. Uncle Discord didn’t approve of it either. But she’s still my cousin…And I wish I had been able to get to know her no matter what she did.
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): Ugh…no offense, but even after learning that Discord was being forced to still be a monster by Paradox, it’s still weird hearing you call him and Fluttercruel your family-and put the cartoon mallet away! Geez! Sorry!)
Look! I know my uncle and my cousin did a lot of bad things! But I love them both! If you’re really my friend you should understand that!
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): GAH!…Ugh…I guess I can…a lot of ponies still talk about Pinkie as Angry Pie. Like there never WAS a Pinkie Pie. It’s a hard pill for them to swallow she was a victim just like everypony else since she never got a chance to set things right with them…Sorry, Diamond, I stick my hoof in my mouth…a lot…)
…Apology accepted…I didn’t hurt you too bad did I? I didn’t mean for my Element to kick in. I’m still getting used to being able to actually get really angry…and showing restraint…and being sane…and feel empathy…and a lot of stuff come to think about it.
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): Nah, I‘ve had enough real swords cut me I‘m kinda used to it, but while we’re on the subject why not tell them what you just did to me?)
I’ve always known how to cut deep with my words. I’m surprised it isn’t my special talent sometimes. My Element of Cruelty makes it so my words literally cut deep, and make whoever I say them to feel like I actually DID cut them, as badly as the words hurt. Queen Libra says its possible if I cut deep enough I could actually physically cut them, but I’ve never had the chance to do that. As for how I represent it, I’m still cruel, I still can tear ponies apart with my words. I’m still vicious in a fight. Just now, it’s not blank flanks because they’re there or ponies who I thought I could play with for fun, it’s bad guys who deserve it. Though it is kind funny to smack bad guys over the head with a cartoon mallet though. I guess I’m like Gilda there, how I represent it hasn’t changed, but who I direct it at has. Let me just take off my Element and put the mallet away…
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): By eating it?)
Hehe, what can I say? I got some of my uncle’s crazy side still. Now where was I?
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): Up to you, it’s your interview.)
…Alright then…I don’t think you’ll like it.
(Interviewer’s Note (Rainbow Dash):…I’ll try to tolerate it. Go ahead.)
“Mad Tiara? Screwball?” Uncle Discord asked.
We hopped up to him, mom stretching into the room like a rubber band. Hehe! I love it when she does that!
“Yes Master?” mom asked sincerely, both of us smiling wider than our mouths could without our powers. Thank you Master! We couldn’t show you how happy we are without them!
“How did you enjoy today?”
“It was perfect! Just like every day! Hehe! Thank you so much for making the world make sense!” momma exclaimed cheerfully.
“And thanks for making it so I can see it how momma sees it!” I exclaimed. Everyday was great! Everyday I played with lots of ponies! Everyday with momma! The world made sense! I was so happy! We were so happy!
“Good. You’re quite welcome,” he said, giving a smile. He always smiles so nice to us! Uncle is always so nice to us! “But remember how I said that eventually, it would be time for you to retire?”
“I’m afraid it’s time,” he said with a small smile. Then he looked a little less happy than he was supposed to look! Master isn’t supposed to be sad! I hugged him super tight! “Thank you, Mad Tiara, just…voices in my head.”
“Oh I have those sometimes! They can be annoying! Or funny! Or angry! They can be lots of things!”
Isn’t that right voices in my head? Hehe!
‘That’s right Mad Tiara!’ said one of the voices in my head!
He laughed a little bit. “Yes, I know. But as I was saying, Twilight and her friends are all ready to go. It’s time for you to retire.”
We frowned. “Oh can’t we stay? We like being here with you!” mom announced.
I nodded. I liked being with Master! It was so fun fun fun!
Master cringed a little. He looked sad again. “No no, it is very very important you retire. Very important. Please, if you won’t do this for yourself, then do it for Uncle Discord.”
We frowned but nodded. It was for Master, for Uncle Discord. Of course we’d do it! We’ll do anything for Uncle Discord!
“And besides, you won’t go far,” he said, pulling a four dimensional golden carrot off a shelf and giving it to me to eat. How nice! “You’ll be right here as little music box ponies! You’ll still be with me! Never out of my sight! Won’t that be wonderful?”
“Yeah! Of course it will be fun!”
We were just happy we could still be with him! And with each other! I’d be with momma and Uncle Discord and the voices in my head forever and ever! Isn’t it great voices in my head?!
‘It’s great Mad Tiara!’
Discord picked us up and hugged us both! We hugged him back! “Thank you, Screwball, Mad Tiara…This means a lot to me. Just stay safe and sound in you little music box and enjoy retirement, okay?”
With a snap of his fingers we were in a pretty little music box just for us! Me and mom just dancing and dancing and dancing a little endless waltz with Uncle Discord watching us! Hehe! This is so great!
I love you momma! And I love you too Uncle Discord!
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): Wow…that was…)
Say it…It was creepy. It was scary. You didn’t WANT to know what it was like to be insane! That’s what you were going to say, right?!
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): No…okay, yeah, kinda feel that way. But…I meant it was just kinda surreal. Seeing Discord act like that.)
Oh…well, he did to me and mom! And Fluttercruel too! He…He loved us…He was my Uncle…I…I think now he was trying to keep us safe from Eclipse. That he retired us so she couldn’t make us get hurt or kill us to hurt him…
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): It sounds like something she‘d do…it’s just kinda hard for me to think Discord as having a heart. You know what he did to me…)
…He’s sorry for that…
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): I know…Look, I accept that he’d changed, it’s just taking some getting used to thinking of him as a good guy…)
I know…And ponies wonder why I spend so much time with the Sea Ponies.
…There is one thing I could talk about after Queen Libra made me and mom sane again. Oh…yes, becoming sane. I won’t lie, I LIKED being insane. I enjoyed it. I don’t hate my uncle for making me that way, I LOVE HIM for it…because me and mom could make sense to each other, and the world made sense. He didn’t break my mind in two with one of his lectures, I ACCEPTED being insane if it meant being with my mom. I don‘t regret it! I might feel guilty for some things, but I DON‘T feel guilty for being insane just to be with my mom!…You don’t get it do you?
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): No, Diamond…I think I do. I think part of the reason some of the six…five of us didn’t turn on Discord before we did is we didn’t want to be apart. Even when he’d tied our brains in knots, we still were important to each other deep down…I know how you feel, kid.)
Thanks…But I do kinda like being sane too, it has some advantages. The biggest is…mom is sane too. If Queen Libra had only been able to heal me and not mom, I’d have chosen to stay insane and be with her. We’re still together, we still love each other. We’re still family.
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): No offense, but I think your mom can be scarier now than when she was insane.)
Hehe. I think Grogar’s Anti-Elements squad would agree with you on that.
“This is for foalnapping my princess!” mom yelled as she drew what looked like mix between a giant cannon and a flint lock pistol about twice her size from a normal sized holster she was suddenly wearing. She took aim at these suped up soldiers in magical robotic suits Grogar had designed to take out both sets of Elements (they’d been doing a frighteningly good job of it too until mom, Minty, and the Changeling Rangers showed up) as they were trying to break out of the ice Minty had locked them in.
Mom pulled the trigger and fired a HUGE blast while the Changeling Rangers fired their big combined cannon thingie.
“Avenge us Lord Grogar!”
“Tambelon will prevail!”
And then Grogar’s elite soldiers got blown straight to Great Uncle Havoc.
“Princess! Are you alright?!” mom called a second later as she ran to me when the explosion died down.
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): Grogar did NOT mess around making those guys to take us out. Good thing he didn‘t count on us having back up that WEREN‘T Element Bearers or we might have been toast.)
Yeah, tell me about it.
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): By the way, why does your mom still call herself Screwball most of the time but you went back to Diamond Tiara?)
Simple, I think it sounds better than Mad Tiara. Though I’d still take that over my birth name any day.
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): What’s your birth name?)
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): Yikes! Don’t blame you there!)
Thanks…Now can I get back to what I wanted to talk about?
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): Yeah, sorry.)
I think Libra was waiting to see how me and mom took being sane again before letting me know so I’d really appreciate what was being done for me…because…when I found out what happened after Uncle made me crazy like mom, I…I couldn’t accept it. I knew it happened but I didn’t want to accept it. I…I buried it as deeply as…as mom did after what happened before…before she got taken away…
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): Are you okay Diamond?)
Y-Yeah, just…Libra helped me and mom get through it when she made us sane again. Mom remembered it right away and…I don’t want to talk about it, okay?
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): I gotcha. So long as you don’t let it eat you alive, okay Diamond?)
Yeah, Queen Libra said that too…I guess she’s an Element of Honesty for a reason.
…Even after my sanity came back, I guess I just kind of buried it…I didn’t want to accept it…until.
I just stared at her. A grey filly with a silver mane in pig tails. A silver spoon with a heart in the handle for her Cutie Mark. Blue glasses on her face.
“S-Silver Spoon?” I squeaked out, feeling my heart starting to race as memories flashed through my head.
“No! She’s not gone! Haha! Nice joke! She’s just on vacation! Yeah, that’s it! She’s on vacation! She’ll be back!”
Except now I didn’t have insanity shielding me from the truth that was right in front of me, literally staring me in the face a couple of hooves away from me.
“It’s me Diamond! I’m back!”
I just…broke down. I cried. A thousand years of denying…denying she was dead broke loose all at once. I know I could have made some kind of excuse again…but I just didn’t know HOW to handle this! I wasn’t USED to it! The only time I’d felt anything LIKE this was when Uncle Discord died! And this time I didn’t have insanity to shield me.
…Instead Silver just hugged me and let me cry on her shoulder.
Silver is the Element of Kindness for a reason.
“It’s okay, Diamond. I missed you too…”
We decided to find some peace and quiet with the Shady Tribe so we could talk.
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): What is the deal with those mares anyway? Even they don’t seem to know why Discord made them.)
I don’t know either, he never told us. All I know is they all look like the statues in the Hall of Shame and Mount Shady and Uncle Discord treated them nice and they have always been nice to me and mom. Uncle Discord might have just made them on a whim like the Sea Ponies, Breezies, the building blocks dimension, half the mods for Minecraft, and the dimension of sapient pork chops.
I didn’t know what to say to Silver. It’d been a thousand years, and I done my best to NOT acknowledge she’d been dead. I didn’t know HOW to feel. And…well…even before I became Mad Tiara, I wasn’t exactly the best at expressing my feelings…
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): For what it’s worth, I’ve kinda been there. I’m not good at the emotional stuff, that’s AJ and Rarity’s thing.)
Thanks…At least you cared other ponies HAD feelings…in a weird way, Uncle Discord was the one that taught me that…
“Diamond…I’m glad to see you again. I was afraid I’d never see you again…”
“…I know, Silver…Did your dad come back too?”
Silver looked down sadly. “…No, he died of old age…we had to convince him it wasn’t his fault he…”
She touched her neck a little bit on impulse. I shuddered. “…It took me and mom a long time to convince him to forgive himself so he could come with us…”
“…And your mom?”
“…Old age too…Discord made sure she would…”
“T-Then why come back? Why did you leave your family?”
Silver gave a little smile. “I came back because you needed me more, Diamond.”
“You…You came back for me?”
She nodded. “Yeah…You’re my friend. It…It took a long time for me to realize it but-”
“…You should have stayed in Heaven…”
“You…You shouldn’t have left your family for me…I’m…I’m not worth it…” I said. Yes I cried! I admit I did!
“Daddy didn’t come back! Uncle Discord’s dead! My cousin’s dead! Mom’s all the family I have left! You…You should have stayed with your family…why did you choose me over them? I’m not worth it…”
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): Wait, ‘not worth it‘? Where’d that come from?)
It’ll make sense later.
She didn’t get angry, she didn’t get mad…she just hugged me. “It…It took me a long time to realize it but…You were my only friend…I needed you. I’ve had a thousand years with mom and dad, they‘ll be waiting for me when I get back. I only had a couple years with my only friend. ”
I…I didn’t know what to say to that. I was speechless. I thought about what she’d said. I was her only friend?
“What about…no…how about…no, he was in love with Twist…Oh there was…no…”
I was hitting a brick wall…she…she was right. I was the only friend she’d had…and what’s more…the more I thought about the friends she didn’t have…I realized something else.
“…You’re right…and…and…” the waterworks started again. “And you were mine…”
There! I admit it! She was my ONLY friend! I was such a jerk that no pony except her wanted to be my friend!
“You’re the only friend I’ve ever had…”
She just hugged me again. “That’s why I came back, Diamond…we need each other…”
I finally hugged her back. We just sat there for a few minutes.
Then she backed up and got in a pose I recognized. I smiled.
“Bump, bump, sugar lump rump!” we recited, doing our hoofshake we hadn’t done in a thousand years. And it felt GOOD!
“I missed that!”
I chuckled. “Yeah…so did I, thanks…”
…Then I noticed Silver’s glasses had fallen off during the last part of it, but she hadn’t made a move to grab them.
“Uh…Silver, your glasses?”
She blinked her CRYSTAL eyes and felt her face. “Oh!…Oops!”
I blinked. “Wait…Libra fixed your eyes?”
“…Yeah…But…I wore my glasses again because…I didn’t know if you’d recognize me without them.”
I couldn’t help but chuckle. “Silver, I have crazy toon powers now, I should be afraid I’m the one who’s changed too much!”
We both got a good laugh out of that. It felt like things did a thousand years ago except…maybe a bit better. Realizing Silver had died…that I’d lost her. And…and she came back for me. It made me realize how much I’d taken her for granted…Ugh! Since when was I so sappy?!
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): Hehe, believe me, Diamond, I’d be more surprised if you hadn’t changed after a thousand years.)
…I guess you have a point.
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash): And I know this isn’t my strong suit, but…since Discord made the Shady Tribe, the Breezies, Sea Ponies, and Eden, doesn‘t that mean they‘re kinda your cousins too?)
…I…I guess you’re right…I hadn’t thought about it that way…Maybe I’m not so alone after all…Thanks.
(Interviewer’s Notes (Rainbow Dash) What are friends for? Now…I think it’s time we got to the main event if you’re ready.)
Alright. I guess its time to talk about how me and Scootaloo became friends…