'Ghost of the Crystal Empire' Chapter 10: Until WeIn the center of the Crystal Empire, Princess Cadance and Shining Armor stood before The Doctor and his TARDIS on the insignia of the crystalline snowflake as the Crystal Ponies around them seemed be of a sunnier disposition in stark contrast to the depressed and frightened expressions they wore earlier.
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for us and the empire.” Spoke Cadance.
“Yeah,” agreed Shining Armor. “I’m just not sure how we’re going to repay you…”
“Ah, that won’t be necessary.” The Doctor replied, waving a hoof dismissively.
“But, what if the empire ever comes under a similar attack and we need you again?” Shining added as an afterthought.
“I wouldn’t worry about it too much if I was you-I tend to show up wherever I’m needed.”
“Well, I certainly hope we don’t have to wait for the next crisis in order to see you again…it’s always good to
'Ghost of the Crystal Empire' Chapter 9: FearThe Doctor returned to see Cadance sitting up in bed with Shining Armor kneeling down next to her holding her hooves.
“How are you feeling, Cadance?” asked The Doctor as he entered.
“I…I can see again!” she exclaimed, happily.
“But, how did the curse break?” pressed Shining Armor.
“Sombra spent more time trying to kill and hinder us to focus his magical energy where he really needed it.” The Doctor explained.
“His life-force, he was using his dark magic as a substitute for it and being as vindictive as Sombra is he used far too much of it to seek vengeance instead of listening to his survival instinct.”
“You’re talking about him as if he were still alive.” Cadance noted.
“Well he is…sort of, you see; imagine a goldfish in a plastic bag filled with water.”
“Uh…okay?” mumbled Shining Armor.
“Back in the cave Sombra was that goldfish.
'Ghost of the Crystal Empire' Chapter 8: HateSombra let a deep, booming laugh once he observed his surroundings.
“Thanks to your foolishness I am once again free!” he gleefully exclaimed.
“Only your consciousness,” The Doctor reminded him. “And it’s still deteriorating.”
“That no longer matters!” he replied, brushing off The Doctor’s observation. “I am no longer confined in that accursed crystalline prison! No longer shall I need to wait for my curse to finish its work for me-I can take Cadance’s body by force now!”
“Aren’t you still forgetting something?”
“And what pray tell, would that be?” asked Sombra with a confident smirk.
“The Crystal Heart,”
“It’s still in the center of town, the only reason it didn’t affect your consciousness is because it was already within the empire and concealed within that prison, but now that you outside of it, the Heart has detected your presen
'Ghost of the Crystal Empire' Chapter 7:ConfessionIn the Royal Bedroom or Shining and Cadance’s agreed bedroom out of the one hundred and thirty available within the castle, while he could understand having two or three for guests; Shining Armor couldn’t fathom anyone possibly needing over one hundred bedrooms in one’s own home.
Once they arrived, Cadance laid back on the bed as he sat on the edge.
Now was the time to tell her, if he didn’t and he lost her to Sombra’s curse he’d regret it for the rest of his life.
“Cadance?” he spoke softly.
Her eyes moved to the direction of his voice.
Her voice was so calm and relaxed; she looked so beautiful and peaceful in spite of her current condition, which made this even harder for him.
“I…” he swallowed, feeling his throat getting dry. “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry…”
She gave him a questioning look.
“Before our wedding in Canterlot…when I thought the Changeling Queen wa