Aftermath (MLP Fic)
"Please, let me find somepony... Please, let me find somepony... Please..."
The unicorn colt climbed as best he could up the hill. It was a relatively small, gentle slope, but to him, it felt like trying to climb Mount Everfree. Dust filled the air, making him choke on every breath. He was bleeding from a dozen cuts and scrapes, and he hadn't slept in days.
When the colt finally reached the summit of the hill, his face fell. The once bustling city of Outer Canterlot was now nearly indistinguishable from the rest of the land around it. Skeletal remains of a few buildings sprang up from the otherwise featureless wasteland. Ash covered everything, painting everything he could see a dull, lifeless grey. Even the clouds were affected, all but completely concealing the sun.
All of this paled in comparison, however, to what the colt saw even further in the distance. Just behind the city, Canterlot mountain stood, holding the famous capital in its peaks. Or rather, it should have. All that was