Quantum Gallop

Five of the youth of House Path are abruptly whisked away by the enigmatic Doctor Whooves, and they find themselves in a Ponyville that they can scarcely recognize. A tyrant queen rules Equestria, alliances were never forged with Griffonia and the Changeling Hives, and three of the group had never been born! Someone has changed history, and it's up to them to figure out when, how, and who did it, or Equestria will suffer, and the rest of the world along with it.
This is the direct sequel to "The Growing Years" and "A Different Perspective", and I advise reading those stories first.

https://www.fimfiction.net/story/328566/quantum-gallop

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34. Chapter 21 - Consequences Part 2

 

“May I ask why you have been just standing here and staring at the snow then?”

Crystal smiled softly. “I’m not looking at the snow – I’m looking for the future.”

“Future? You are a Princess of the Crystal Kingdom – might not your future lie here?”

Crystal turned to Shining and shook her head. “I love it here, and you have been the best parents that I could have wished for. However, I don’t believe that I can stay.”

“Why not? The people love you. I know one or two stallions have wanted to court you. Your mother and I certainly don’t wish to see you leave.”

Crystal sighed and nuzzled Shining. “Thank you, Father. I know that I am loved. As a changeling, I cannot help but know that as I thrive on it. But that’s not enough now. You and mother are the immortal rulers of this kingdom, and even if something happened to you, my older sister, Flurry Heart would ascend to your place. While you have given me the responsibility to watch over the kingdom at times when you have traveled, that is merely a token of what I am capable of doing. Father – I need to go out and do something that really matters.”

“What would you do? Build a hive? You could do that here.”

She shook her head. “For starters, if I were to build a hive, I would have to contend with the Heart’s influence which is constantly growing. While Queen Gossamer has promised me the drones in cold storage if I choose to start a new Blue Hive, they would not be able to cope with too much love energy pouring out of the Heart. The point is a bit moot at the moment though. I have no desire to start the hive as yet. One day I will inevitably get the urge to breed as all changeling queens do, and then I will build a hive somewhere suitable. Until then, however, I want to explore the world and find my place in it.”

Shining chuckled. “In other words, you are a typical member of House Path. The urge to travel, discover, and learn seems ingrained in every one of our children.”

Crystal smirked a little. “Well, it is in my name, after all.”

“It is indeed. Considering that this is what the House does best, I think that perhaps you might have the right goals in mind. However, unless you plan to walk out into the snow right now, I suggest that you come home with me. Dinner will be ready soon. We can talk about this more over the meal if you wish?”

Crystal nodded. “I’d like that.”

Shining turned and spread his wings to take flight, but Crystal stopped him.

“Father, can we just walk together for a while?”

Shining nodded and folded his wings back up. “Okay.”

They started walking back to the castle, and Crystal moved up against Shining’s side, laying a wing across his back. Shining looked at her and then lifted his wing across her back and pulled her closer.

“I love you, Father,” Crystal said softly.

“I love you too, Daughter. Whatever you choose to do with your life, never forget that.”

“I promise, for what would I be without my family?”

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Author's Note:

Phew! It's done! End of story and the end of the Chrysalis Resurgent trilogy. Over half a million words between the three stories, and that isn't counting some side stories. However, this does not mean the end of the House Path stories. Two more series are in the planning stage —

1. Love, Life, and Death in the House of Path.
This will be an episodic story featuring special moments in the lives of the Path family. This will also occasionally include adult situations which I did not want in the previous stories.

2. Cosmic Lotus. 
Ponies leave Equus for the first time, and discover that they are not alone in the universe. This will be a crossover story with my Chakat Universe, something that I hinted at in Quantum Gallop.

Art by Kat Miller a.k.a. Foxenawolf. The Princess Crystal picture was done quite a while ago, and I've been dying to write that scene!

 
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