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Thread 30793036 Post 30818351

!F9CBa509ak 2017-08-27 01:59:49 No. 30818351

> You're shaking again - not of fear, but of anger now.
> Or at least, shaking as much as the bindings allow.
"Aren't you listening to me? I - I screwed up. I failed them. Again! After I condemned them to - to this for-"
> "Again, Cadance?"
> He's leaning forward, face nearing your own with a hard look on it.
> "I don't happen to remember you lashing out at anyone like you did at Haute before - not anyone who didn't deserve it. Unless there's something you need to tell me?"
"Not like that! I am their princess. I should be protecting them, not ordering them whipped!"
> Anonymous rocks back in his head, one hand pinching the bridge of his nose.
> "God, I should have seen this coming for so long. After all, when I told you to pass judgement on your ringleaders you decided to put yourself up and take both the punishments you offered them..."
"I was their leader. I organized the whole thing!"
> "And you were punished for it. This - you didn't have any part of this!"
> Of course you do.
> You were their leader, their princess still.
"I haven't done anything except force myself to endure the same things they are! I told you, I won't carry myself above them!"
> "An eye for an eye doesn't fit here, Cadance. There's no guilt in doing what you have to do. I don't know how much more I can say that!"
> Snarling angrily, you try to lunge forward again.
> You can feel the bridle's straps cutting in to you, but it barely seems to matter.
> Not compared to the pain now boiling and churning inside of you.
"If I were a real leader - a good leader - I wouldn't have to do that."
> "Being a real leader doesn't mean avoiding the hard choices, Cadance. It means knowing they are hard, and making them anyway."
"Then I wouldn't even let them get there! I'd stop them before they were a problem - wouldn't need to give ponies a chance to do anything wrong!"
> "You're talking about an impossibility."
"No, I'm not!"
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