*Excerpt from Doctor Whooves: Episode 3 - Along Came a Spider*
“You have the gall… to claim greater moral standing? YOU!? The creature that set a million worlds ablaze… YOU!? The ruin of entire civilizations… entire species at a whim… because they do not meet your approval!? The killer of his OWN KIND!?”
“Anasi!” The Doctor spared a look upward as the roc came down closer, eliciting halt in the arachnid's rant as he took an unconscious step back.
“YOU!?… Whose title echoes in eternity across the whole of the multiverse from the Medusa Cascade… Yes… I know who you are… ‘Destroyer of Worlds’!”
The Doctor flinched visibly at the title, a terrible memory jumping to the front of his mind.
“Don’t you dare… judge me... ‘Doctor’!” Anasi twisted violently.
The roc stopped short of the ground, pulling up suddenly with a precision that no organic creature should have been capable of as its talons ever so gently grazed over the sentient spider’s body, eliciting a loud, sharp gasp, but leaving her laying in place as the roc took off again, its talons apparently empty.
“Don’t... you…” Anasi heaved, her legs twitching as she fought to draw in one more breath.
And failing, the attempt gasping as her eight black eyes glazed over and a rattling breath escaped her mandibles.
The enormous spider, self proclaimed Queen of All then went still…
And did not move again.
The stallion released a breath that he had not even realized he had been holding. Sniffling slightly as he tried to still his hearts, he absently reached up to adjust his bowtie in an attempt to steady himself, turning about…
And froze with a gasp.
Standing not ten feet away, a disheveled-looking zebra filly watched him with eyes wide open, a green mark bleeding through the bandage on her neck and an expression of pure, abject horror written across her face.
“Zecora…” The stallion started, his tone as soft as he could make it as he fought back a rising flood of sadness the look in her eyes brought him. The cold, hard look in his blue eyes gave in to a softer edge, but not quickly enough.
The filly took a step back as he extended a hoof slowly.
“It’s alright… Please…”
The filly dove away at full gallop, not looking back as she charged to the north as fast as her short legs could carry her.
The brown stallion stood, now alone as he watched that remarkable, valiant young zebra mare flee in terror.
“…Please… don’t be afraid of me…” The Doctor bowed his head, falling back on his rump in the pooled waters as he tried push down the knot that had formed in his throat and block out the flood of terrible memories that threatened to overwhelm him.
The cycle of events had come full circle.
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