Riverblaze gasped and galloped towards Thornfrost, but stopped as Stormtail squeezed harder, and Thornfrost’s eyes bulged.
Riverblaze took a step back, and her flank bumped against a thick hide. She whimpered and turned around. Seastone and four other guards stood behind them, wings raised.
“Help!” she whinnied, and Stormtail laughed at her.
“No one’s coming for you, little filly,” Stormtail glared at her.
Thornfrost, who was wheezing, tried to kick Stormtail.
Stormtail raised his eyebrow and smiled. “Fly straight and find your rest, Thornfrost,” he said, and gave one hard squeeze. Thornfrost’s bright eyes quickly emptied of color and he crumpled at Stormtail’s hooves.
“No!” she screamed. Tears blurred her vision and she sobbed. “Why are you so evil?!” Riverblaze screamed.
Stormtail clacked his teeth and stepped over Thornfrost’s lifeless body. “Your next,” he hissed, not answering her question.
“Stop,” said a voice.
Riverblaze looked up as a small figure flew overhead. It landed in front of Stormtail. It was Riversun. She flared her nostrils, and silver smoke blew from her nose. She raised her hoof, which was glowing silver.
Stormtail’s eyes widened. “Riversun?” he asked.
Riversun glared at him, and a tear ran down her cheek. As it did, the silver sparks that sizzled on her hide turned gold, and a white flower sprouted at her golden hooves.
She stepped forward, and Stormtail lowered his head, his eyes on Riversun.
Riversun lifted her chin and turned away, towards Thornfrost. Fresh tears erupted from her eyes as she swept a wing over his body. Riversun lowered her head and tried to nuzzle him, but there was no response.
Taking a deep breath, she closed her eyes and opened her mouth, roaring golden fire. The flames swept around Thornfrost, lifting him.
Nothing happened. Thornfrost didn’t twitch, didn’t move.
Riversun slowly set him down, crying all the while. “I can’t help him,” she whispered.
Stormtail stared at her, his lip curled.
I cried my heart out for them.