"So Luna, what contract do you have for me on this fine night?" I said with a satisfied look on my face
"A very simple one" Princess Luna said, "Well, in my opinion at least. Remember a while back when I said ponies were disappearing one by one all over Equestria and were never found again?"
I was about to say something, but she continued on, "I have found this villain, and I need you to kill her."
Ah Finally! I silently cheered; Time to bring this pony to justice!
"Sounds easy enough" I spoke up, "But, what did this pony do wrong, because I don't like to have innocents involved. Not after what happened last time." I looked down at my hoofs, memory rushing through my head.
"Don't worry Adomia; the residence of this pony is on the border to the Everfree Forest near Ponyville." Luna said, "She has been seen taking ponies into the forest to do Celestia knows what, but it involves some method of killing since another one of our scouts reported that she has been seen wheeling out a large cart into the forest, and saw a sharp blade sticking out of it. It's unclear to me why she would so such a thing, but nevertheless she has been doing it for quite a long time, and it needs to stop."
Quite of hand of information you have there, Luna. I thought, in most cases I would question the amount of information she has, but she has given me much more in others, and after all she did bring me up as if I was one of her own, so she wants to protect me by giving me as much info as possible. I admire her for that.
"Any questions?" Luna asked.
"Can I have the name of the pony?"
"Fluttershy" Luna now had a satisfied look in her eyes.
"Well then" I said matter-o-factly, "Better get started, I estimate about one hour before I return."
I turned and walked out of the alley and went back to my apartment to get my supplies and stopped before heading out the door making sure I had everything I needed, I had my cloak (which included a hood), my hidden blade, and a small saddle bag to bring back proof of my work. Arriving outside of Canterlot I saw the full moon, shining in all its glory. Instantly I thought of Luna, as she is a creature of the night, like me. I let the cold air fill my lungs and looked back at all the contracts I've done for her. Most were common thieves, but I felt that this contract was my highest ever.
Better not mess this up I thought, who knows what Luna would do to me?
I took off letting my wings carry me in the direction of the Everfree Forest. Hmm I thought, Luna must've forgotten to tell me what the target is capable of. She did say that she owns sharp instruments, so I might have that to deal with, and she hasn't given me anything I couldn't handle, so why worry?
I landed silently on the roof of a small cottage, Seems to match the specifications Luna gave me, I thought, such a small place will leave very little chance of escaping. I chuckled to myself, one of my favorite moments of my work. Flying down to one of the small windows I saw a young mare with a light pink mane and yellow coat, and judging by the actions she just finished cleaning her living space. She yawned and started to head up the stairs, Perfect! I silently cheered to myself; I want to see her face right before I take the stab that will end her murderous life.
It seemed like an eternity before all the lights went off, but when they did I felt adrenaline starting to pump through my veins and build as I slowly entered the house through the window. Sneaking up ever so quietly I entered the room with the mare sleeping peacefully. I got right up beside her, and inaudibly flew above her bed. The adrenaline finally pushed over its borders and I rashly decided to land right on top of her. She woke up instantly and a scream tore from her throat, she tried to move but I had her pinned down. I was enjoying every second of this, letting this pony feel the fear that she put into many other ponies lives as she slowly killed them.
"Looks like fate has caught up to you, Fluttershy." I said and laughed, "I always love this part, you simply have to watch, helpless against me." I extended my blade and asked her, "I assume you know why I am here?"
She had complete fear in her eyes and whispered, "N-n-n-o-o-o I d-d-d-on't."
I became irritated, how dare her! I thought, Trying to play dumb in the face of an assassin, it makes me sick.
"Oh well, I don't need a reason, you know what you did." I said I pointed my blade right at her throat, "May my blade give you peace on this black night." The line sounded biblical, but it was a habit Luna made me develop before taking any kill that used stealth. She tried to scream again, but I took my cold blade and stabbed it right through her beating heart. She looked at me with her green-blue eyes for the final time, and slumped. I jumped off her and wiped my bloody blade on her coat, and proceeded to start slicing her Cutie Mark off, as I had to bring back proof of what I did to Luna.
I was on my way back to the alley where me and Luna meet I thought to myself, Another bites the dust, such simple work, but so much fun at the same time. Killing the pony can be a hard job, but I take delight in knowing that I am making this world a better place.
I entered the alley and Luna came out from the shadows, "Is the job done?" she asked.
"Does this answer your question." I said and took the Cutie Marks out of my saddle pack and tossed them to her. A glow filled her emerald eyes; she looked like she could barely contain herself.
She realized I was still there expecting my payment, and reacquired her composure and threw me a bag of bits, "well done Adomia, flawless as always." I took a bow and walked out of the alley and back to my apartment.
When I arrived I instantly felt tired as the last of the adrenaline faded from my body. I turned off the lights and went to my small bed, and propped myself in and had a little laugh to myself. Thinking of how the situation is repeating itself, only this time I thought, I don't have an assassin at my throat.
I had a dreamless slumber and woke up at noon two days after I had committed the murder, customary for me since my work involves a large amount of Adrenaline and this causes me to get more tired than anypony naturally would. I walked into my little kitchen and was looking for something to eat when I heard something hit my floor. I turned to see that a newspaper was sitting there all wrapped up in a fine string. That's weird I thought, I don't have a subscription to the paper since Luna told me not to buy one. She said it was a waste of bits, must've been a new paper delivery pony, a simple mistake. I tried to dismiss this, but it looked to enticing as if calling for me to read it.
What's one little paper going to do to me? I questioned myself, after all it was free.
I unwrapped the paper and took a look at the main headline, and I instantly tensed as I saw in big black letters.
Update! Fluttershy's Killer Named!
Uh oh, Luna is not going to like this, I thought. I read on seeing what the article had to say. I realized it was two days old.
Late last night, the pegasus of Ponyville named Fluttershy was found dead, her throat slit, and her Cutie Marks removed, shortly after, we received word from Princess Luna that the killer is named Adomia Fetter, and she had been trying to track him down for some time. She gave us a list of all the crimes this villain has committed, and all of Ponyville is in a state of panic and anger, "This Adomia character will be found, and face the crimes he has committed!" - Princess Luna.
I slumped to the floor, Luna... had betrayed me. She ratted me out... played me for a fool! I had to speak with her, perhaps this was all one misunderstanding, perhaps the paper was just some mumbo jumbo. I turned out to go to the castle, but stopped myself, If I went know, the guards would arrest me on the spot, I have to go at night, where I can hide in the shadows.
Waiting for the sun to take its toll felt agonizing. I wanted to ask her now, but I had to keep to my word. Eventually, the sun set over the horizon and the shiny day gave way to the black void of night. I put on my cloak and took off, heading for the palace.
I knew the layout of the palace well, and knew that she had guards stationed at most areas. Well, except in the sewage pipes. The route I knew took me right up to her room, under the floor boards. She didn't see me and I wanted to ask her now, but she was talking to a pony that looked like one of her guards, but I had a feeling in my gut that I have seen him before, I just don't know where. Luna was standing by her window, looking out to the night sky.
Luna decided to say the first word, "I've been waiting a long time for this you know? The one day I can get rid of the Holders of Harmony." She turned and continued, "How simple it was, to get some pawn like Adomia to put in some dirty work, and now their little band is broken into little shattered pieces."
The guard decided to speak up, "Miss, but the other five are still alive. How are you going to deal with them?"
"Who cares?" Luna said, "One of them is dead, the elements won't stop me this time, I will finally ascend to power."
A puzzled look spread across the stallions face, "What about Adomia? You're just going to leave him to authority?"
"Nightbane," Luna said, "Adomia is just a tool, he can't kill me, I know all his moves and secrets, and he can't get help since he's now a wanted criminal. Thanks to that story I sent in roughly thirty minutes after Adomia reported back."
The guard called Nightbane was about to say something, but she continued anyway, "He's done for, trapped between a rock and a hard place."
I immediately dropped out from the floor boards and was completely silent until I got back home. There I closed the door and started to pack my saddle bags with as much food as possible, when I finished I sat down on the cold ground, broken and defeated.
I started to yell angrily to myself, "How could I have let this happen! How could I have been misled into killing somepony very important?! How did I not notice where Luna got her information?!"
I pulled out my hidden blade and held it up to my throat thinking, Well Adomia, this is the end for you. You trusted Luna and know you pay the price, it wasn't Fluttershy's time to die, and now I have a debt to repay. I was about to take the stab that would end my life when I stopped myself. No, I thought, this is not how it should end; this is not repaying my debt. I think the only way to redeem myself is to kill the pony that sent me to meet my doom.
But I thought, vengeance can wait until the morning. I was pretty worn out and decided to go to sleep.
I awoke the next morning feeling refreshed. I decided to think about the situation at hand, ok, so Luna doesn't know that I heard what she said, and there won't be another meeting for four days. She said something about the 'Holders of Harmony' I think I should learn about these 'Holders of Harmony'. I'm sure there could be something about them in the Canterlot library, I only have four days to research. Because when that time ends, Luna will find out about my treachery and give every pony in Equestria a reason to put me on their wanted list. Looks like the odds are not in my favor.
I left my apartment forever, taking my saddle bags, my cloak, and my hidden blade. The morning gave way to the afternoon and I headed toward the Canterlot library. I arrived, and the smell of books instantly clung to the air, something feels empty about this place I pondered about why I was feeling this for a while when I just realized, that purple unicorn! I thought, she isn't in here, I would often see her studying on magic while I read up on old assassin diaries. Thanks to Luna, the diaries taught me the art of stealth. Even the hidden blade idea came from one of these diaries. While I was studying up on these that unicorn would be out in the open studying magic. How little did I know then, I chuckled at the memory and continued, I never really met that pony, nor did I learn her name, heck I don't even think she saw me at all, always submerged in those books of her, while I stayed and studied in the shadows.
I decided to stop reminiscing and looked for a book which had some information on the Holders of Harmony. However I found none, I did remember when Luna told me about how she broke free of her binding in the moon. She said something about trying to take down Celestia after building her power, she said she would've won if six ponies didn't come in and cause her to lose her powers thanks to to the Elements of Harmony! That's it! I need to find out about the Elements of Harmony.
Looking under E I found a book under the name
- Elements of Harmony: A Reference Guide.
"Looks like Fluttershy was the holder of one of these elements, and by eliminating her I caused a gap in the other five." I continued thinking out loud, "So, with her out of the way Luna can regain her power and no one can stop her. I don't even know if Princess Celestia can do it, because she almost did it last time, only the Elements of Harmony stopped her." I was about to continue my research when I heard hoofsteps behind me. I turned to see Princess Luna standing there, with a menacing look in her eye.
She saw the book I was reading and narrowed her eyes, and then she asked, "Adomia, why are you reading about the Elements of Harmony?"
I knew I couldn't lie my way out of this one so I unsheathed my blade and yelled, "because you lied to me about Fluttershy! Now I have a debt to repay."
She laughed and said, "Aww little Adomia, you had to betray me now? Ah well you would've been killed anyway, but this way I can carry out the deed myself."
Her horn started to glow along with her eyes, turning into a blinding white, and I felt my windpipe close. I started gasping for air that wouldn't come, and each second I grew weaker and weaker. Everything started to go dark and my last thoughts were of Fluttershy, with complete fear in her eyes. For some strange reason it built a fire built within me and vision started to return, I took a step forward, then another, then another until I was right up to Luna. She looked at me with her soul piercing eyes and broke the spell. I felt the wonderful air fill my lungs as I collapsed to the ground. I thought Luna would be tired after performing a spell like that, but she didn't even break a sweat. I knew I was out-matched for this and ran as fast as I could to my saddle bags and picked them up.
Luna laughed and said, "Running away already? I thought you would be more than happy to fight me. After all, I did bring you up as if you were one of my own. Ah well, I'm truthfully going to miss you Adomia." She continued, "You were such a big help, too bad you were also the defector." She said the final words with a hint of disgust. She proceeded to lock me in place and I sat mercilessly as she prepared a deadly spell.
Darkness swirled around her and she started to move, the darkness started to surround her like a cone of black lightning, books and papers were being thrown across the library. I thought I was about to die there, but the spell she was executing took almost all her concentration and the magical shackles on me weakened. Right as she was about to connect I jumped and broke free of the binding, and she missed. She turned to see that I had already gone somewhere else in the library.
She stomped her hoof in anger and yelled, "Adomia! Show yourself! I know your still in here!"
She was right, but I knew she couldn't see me so I decided to make my getaway. I jumped onto the top of the bookshelves and silently snuck around her, I managed to get outside and jump into a sewer grate.
Luna gave up the search and left the scene immediately only leaving lots of books scattered on the floor. I sighed in complete relief after I heard her wings flap away, and I traveled in the sewer until I arrived out of Canterlot.
I decided to head for the Everfree Forest, since I knew she would have a hard time finding me there. On the way there I thought, it's only a matter of time before she announces about what I've done, I didn't want to go to this conclusion but, I gulped a little and finished the thought, I have to enlist the help of the Holders of Harmony.
To Be Continued