"My second trip to Canterlot was going as badly as I expected it to. I had already been chased by Diamond Dogs, and the threatening roars of Dragons reminded me that I'd probably be chased by one of those soon enough, too. But I felt compelled to come back here, a strong dedication to go back to Canterlot Tower and hope that I could learn what became of the Elements shortly after being caught in the middle of a battle between the warring Dogs and Dragons.
"A chill in the breeze caused me to shiver, and I realised that it was beginning to snow. I stopped for a moment, confused at the sight. 'Winter is still months away,' I pondered aloud, 'So why is Cloudsdale releasing the Winter weather early?' The realisation hit me just as I finished my sentence; there were no ponies in Cloudsdale managing the Weather Factory, so something could've gone wrong, and the Winter weather could've been allowed to form early.
"I shook my head and broke out into a steady canter before my mind could conjure up thoughts of Cloudsdale being completely desolate, and focused on getting to Canterlot Tower. On the way, while making sure I remained unseen, I looked at the damage the city had taken, as well as the castle. While the fires seemed to have burned out for the most part, countless buildings had been levelled, and parts of the palace had been destroyed.
"Like the majority of the castle, Canterlot Tower was nothing more than a ruin with a missing roof. The door was sealed shut by debris on the inside, so I flew over the wall and landed down on top of the rubble, disturbing some dust and snowflakes with my wings. My heart began to sink as I looked over the destruction. I had once seen all of the Elements of Harmony in here, along with Princess Celestia's crown. But in the chaos of the fight, and in the rush to escape, I had left with only the Princess' crown, and a gang of Diamond Dogs hounding me down.
"I shivered again, only this time out of fear from the memory than the chilly air. I started walking on the rubble idly, not sure what to do, until I saw a faint light under some bricks.
"I perked up and started making my way over to the light, as I got closer, it became stronger, and brighter. I hurried up and rushed over, starting to dig the source of the light free from the rubble. As I lifted and pushed a shattered slab out of the way, I gasped at what I saw in surprise. There, laying in the debris, was the Element of Magic, glowing brightly and giving out a comforting blanket of heat.
"I had never seen any of the Elements of Harmony do this before, at least not without my friends and I using them to save Equestria from Nightmare Moon or Discord. I held my hoof over the tiara tentatively, worried that it might be hot to the touch or otherwise dangerous to disturb. But the Element seemed to glow brighter and become more warm the closer my hoof got to it, as if it was beckoning me to pick it up.
"Slowly, I reached for the Element, intending to scoop it up and place it inside my saddlebag. But when my hoof connected with it, jolts of magic coursed up my foreleg and swept over me. A strange, relaxing warmth followed and I felt myself start to fall into a deep slumber. I should have started to panic, but I was too tired to even stand up, and somehow, I knew that there was no reason to be afraid.
"I closed my eyes, and drifted away to another world."
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This started out as a sketch that I didn't know what to do with. So I sat on it for a couple of days trying to work out what was missing. I won't say what it was that was missing, but I found it, and it made this picture even better.
I also tried a different style, where I aimed to not have outlines, instead relying heavily on shading and on minimal use of lines to make things have a border and appear less flat - especially in the case of Fluttershy. I think I did very good!
There's a scene already planned straight after this, and I just might draw it and upload it next because I'm most willing to draw that than any other scene I have planned right now.
Anyway, tell me what you think of this scene! And feel free to leave any other Survivor Shy related comments, too!
((As per suggestion, Fluttershy's canteen strap has been drawn shorter this time around))