"And that's the end of the story. Thanks to the Hecate, I've become the Übermensch, and at the end of the war, I've become the general of the branch. I was one the most important officers in Red Army in a time of the Civil War, I was always asking myself, why I wasn't dying in tough battles, but now I understand everything."
"I've met the humans once, in the time of my youthfulness." White alicorn started, looking at me. Her voice was reflective, there was also a note of bitterness. "You were always more advanced than us, lack of magic forced you to search new ways of solving a problems. Your science and technology helped you a lot, but also," She looked at me with contempt. "turned you into ruthless monsters, who were killing each other. I came to your world as a young mare with my husband, in the period of your history, called the Middle Ages. This, as I thought, adventure turned into a complete disaster. We were attacked by a group of bandits, who almost killed us. I've never returned to this world. So I'm asking you, as a representative of this species, why are you so savage?" She expected the fast answer, her eyes shone with fury.
"You had a husband?!" Twilight never heard of the past of her mentor. Until now.
"Of course my faithful student." She changed her moon in one moment. She was always kind and motherly to her subjects, but to the other species, she was more restrain. "Your friend, Sunset Shimmer is my daughter."
Her revelation caused a lively discussion between ponies. All of them were enormous astonished. They thought, their ruler never had never fallen in love, especially gave birth to the children. They were talking by minutes, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Pinkie were talking with Celestia, how she met her husband and when this Sunset Shimmer was born, Applejack and Rainbow Dash congratulated Twilight of reforming the daughter of their mentor and forging a great friendship between these two. The were acting like they forgot about mentioned progressive destruction of their world.
Two of us, I and Kaganovich were waiting, this speech made us confused, we didn't understand why they decided to talk right now. I looked at Flick, expecting the answer, but he only lifted his hooves, don't understanding the whole situation too. Kaganovich asked me if he could come out. After the short reflection, I let him do it, but instead of staying here I came out with him. We stayed outside the doors, planning the next moves. We've established, ponies will be protected, throughout their stay, while keeping them from engaging in politics. Kaganovich mentioned, Kalinn is coming back from the United States today, and he will land at the Vnukovo Airport. I ordered him to bring the Kalinin to the Kremlin, and assure him the safety. We shaked our hands, and after thid action, Kaganovich left the Kremlin. I returned to the room, ponies were still talking, expect Flick. He wasn't interested in this discussion he was even falling asleep.
"Ladies! And, Flick." All of them looked at me. " I don't want to interrupt you this - no doubt - interesting conversation. But your ruler asked me a question. Twilight, you, my dear, interrupted my response. I'm not better in Savoir-Vivre than you, but you, as the royal, should represent some level of the manners."
"Sorry Comrade Stalin, I was just too surprised. I never thought, Celestia has a daughter. Whole nation thought, alicorns are sterile, they aren't able to give a birth to a child. I will let you talk, but at last." She looked at her mentor. "could we find out, who is the father of the Sunset?"
"Sorry my dear." On the cheek of the Mother of Son, a simple tear has appeared. "It's too hard even for me. I want to keep it as a secret."
"As you wish, your highness." Little alicorn hugged the older one. Surprised, Celestia wiped her tear, and embraced her former student with her hoof. Between those two, a strong feeling has been created. It wasn't only relation like between teacher and the student, or between two friends. It was a relaton between daughter and mother.
"Judging from the saying of my subjects, noble titles are forbidden, as a symbols of the old world. I've heard, you killed a lot of aristocrats, and you threatened them," she pointed at the mares. "shouting and them".
"Yeah.... Let me explain everything. I admit. I killed a lot of aristocrats and shouted at your subjects. But these facts aren't connected at all. Your, as I presume, closest friend didn't tell you, the great landowners of this country treated serving peasants like slaves. You should know what the slavery is. At the time of the Great War the biggest part of the cadre, was the aristocrats. I was the one of the few exception. Officers' academies, choosing their student always preferred aristocrats sons than these one borned in the lower class. Everything because of the money. When simple folks were dying in the trenches of the Great War, officers safe in their headquarters, sent to death thousands of men. I was an officer too, but in contrast to other high officers, I stayed in trench with my soldiers. Because of the simple duty. And about shouting at the mares, I was just too restive, I hadn't sleep by a 2 weeks, and I was still nervous about Germans offensive."
"How many people died in this Great War? I don't think, the Great War was so brutal, as you think."
"I ensure you it was. 14 milion of people died in this conflict."
"My godness....." Eyes of the oldest alicorn, became glassy from the tears. She never heard such cruelty and hatred in one nation. "[u]How could you force this amount of people die in this preposterous conflict? Why are you waging a wars so brutal? I thought, thorugh the ages you became more civilized than before.[/u]
"Easy Allmother. Remember who's in charge here. I explained it later to your subjects. Human is a predator. Without fangs, claws, but with mind of a predator. We're expansive, we've conquered the whole world. Reason of every war is always the same, money, territory and population. Propaganda deals with the rest. Our predatory instincts were improved by newest technology. With every next century, amount of killed people were increasing. Great War was the apogeum of the genocide. Military tactics weren't adapted to the newest technological solutions. So war which had to end all wars, turned into enormous slaughter and prelude to the new war."
"I never thought, there are creatures worse than griffons. If you're right, officers from the time of the Great and Civil War were even worse than Sombra."
"And who is this, Sombra?" She didn't saw that, but I was playing with her. I wanted to pull out every information from her.
. He was a powerful unicorn, a lord of the Steel Kingdom, and the commander of the Royal Guards in the Heroes Age. Due to some events he became a monster, he killed my sister and conquered the Crystal Empire naming himself a new basileus. He was a tyrant, he enslaved all crystal ponies. If someone critisized his opinion could be locked in sows or sent to the crystal mines on the cold north. We defeated him, twice, first time, a thousand years before, and second time, 5 years ago, thanks to my niece, and my student" She pointed at Twilight.
"Very interesting story." I smiled to her friendly. "However, Red Army would deal with him, despite his powerful magic skills."
"No human would defeat Sombra. Trust me, he was too powerful." White alicorn tried to convince me.
"Never underestimate the power of the common folks, Celestia. Remember, before the Soviet Union, Russia was an empire, we overthrown the last Russian emperor. He wasn't so powerful as Sombra, hovewer he was very influential. An October Revolution, after overthorw of the emperor, led to the Civil War between us and whites, an imperialistic reactionaries. As you see, we won this war. And now, I'm most powerful man in this country, a head of state."
"And what about you, comrade president Joseph Stalin?" Twilight looked at me researchingly. "Why you let us, keep the old titles. If your hatred to the monarchy is so big? I saw something in your eyes. When were talking about Sombra, I saw a gleam in your eye, like you felt some connection with our old tyrant."
"Yeah, it's funny, because I am about 1000 times worse than Sombra. Tell me Twilight, how many people does Sombra killed? I'm talking about his subjects no victims of wars."
"It's weird, but he didn't kill anyone. Why are you asking that?" I heard a note of uncertainty in lavenders voice. Like feeling what can come next, Celestia hugged Twilight.
"It's my mystery, I will tell you later. It should be enough to you, that I killed a lot of people. I won't tell you how many, but their death was important for the revolution. What about the Soviet Union, this country is ruled in way, which would be called a dictatorship. And believe, there is no other way, to rule this country than in dictatorship way. I know it's hard for you, you've nver saw such a cruelty, but I promise, a politics of my country won't affect you."
I was asking myself, should I tell them about my politics of massive terror. Part of my mind was telling me, I should be honest with them, however, this explanations had to end a willingness to leave this place, from the ponies side. I would alienate them to me, and loose a powerful ally.
Suddenly I reminded myself, the creature locked in Kremlins dungeons, fits the Celestia's description. 1.85 meters tall unicorn, with a red horn. Only two persons knew about him, Nikolai Yezhow, after his death Beria and I. He never spoke anything, but I felt he is somewhat special. I was torturing him personally, to force him to speak. Last time, I saw him a month ago. After finishing the tortures, I bandaged his wounds. I wasn't afraid, he's going to hurt me. When our glances crossed, in his red old eyes, I saw hatred, pride, pain, royalty and fatigue. He saw the same thing in my eyes, we were similar to each other. Beria brought him a horse food, taken from the cavalrymen. He looked at it with disgust, but after a short reflection, he started to eat it. We left the cell, leaving Sombra inside, he didn't say anything and was looking at me with the same expression. "I hope as a potentially sapient creature, you will show your uniqueness," I spoke to him. I never visited him again, only Beria took care of him. I've heard once, he was fatally injured, I ticked off him for that. He promised, he will never hurt him again, but I felt he's going to break this promise.
I wanted to tell Celestia, her biggest enemy is still alive and locked in the dungeons, but in the same moments, Beria entered with the mysterious woman. She was dressed up in Red Army uniform with starshina insignias. I never saw her before, in contrast to Flick. When Beria saw the ponies, he turned into a pillar of salt. I walked to him, comforting him, and introduced him to the ponies.
"Dear ponies, this is tovarishch Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria, People Commissar of the Internal Affairs, he is responsible for safety in the Soviet Union. He was appointed after the tragic death of Nikolay Yezhow, the previous Commissar. And if you're curious what is the people commissar, it's an equivalent of the minister. For example, as a People Commissar of the Defense of the USSR, I supervise the army." I spoke to the Beria. "Come on tovarishch Lavrentiy, why aren't you saying anything."
"Hello, comrade Beria." Pinkie spoke with the smile.
"Es ts’khenebi, amboben..... Rogor? (These ponies are talking.... How?)" He was speaking in georgian. It seemed, he forgot how to speak russian for a moment, because of shock.
"Beria.... Speak russian damn it..." I lectured him. Thanks to my words, he woke up from a shock.
"Sorry comrade Joseph Vissarionovich. I never expected that sapient, talking and colorful creatures exists. But it's not the reason, why I came here. This woman," He pointed at starshina. "Had very important information for you. Her name is Alexandra Wasilevna."
The mysterious woman sat on the Kaganovich's chair. She had long, black hair, and amber eyes. Her skin was pale, she had red painted lips, and scar by her left eye. She was well-built, even athletic. She was wearing an olive jacket, black trousers, black gloves and black leather coat.
"Good morning tovarishch Generalissimus." She spoke the alto. For a second, my heart stopped beating. I knew that voice.
End of the Part I