Adagio Dazzle stood across the street from Canterlot High School, for what seemed like the hundredth time that week, and simply stared at the ruined Wondercolt statue that housed the portal between this world and the world of Equus, the place where she and her sisters had come from. Adagio had pale apple green colored skin, with vivid orange colored hair that had brilliant yellow streaks, and had brilliant raspberry colored eyes, though she was still wearing the clothing she had worn when she and her sisters enrolled in the High School. Once upon a time she and her sisters had been Sirens, magical creatures that spread disharmony among the ponies that called Equus home with just their songs, but now the three of them had been reduced to mere humans and singing their voices had been broken.
The reason she was staring at the ruined statue, besides the fact that it housed the only portal that could take her, Aria, and Sonata home, was because one of the Rainbooms, a certain Sunset Shimmer, had entered the portal with the purpose of spending time in her home world... and that was a month ago.
Sonata, being the friendliest of the trio, had approached the remaining Rainbooms and spent some time with them, asking them what was wrong as she tried to understand what could have happened to Sunset. From what she was able to learn Sunset was supposed to communicate with her friends via a special book that allowed the writer to communicate with whoever had the one it was linked to. As they understood it the Rainbooms had seen Sunset writing in her book and the message appeared on Princess Twilight Sparkle's book, the Twilight from Equus anyway, and that was how she devised a way to force open the portal so she could help the Rainbooms defeat the three of them.
Now, however, the book was connected to nothing, as every time one of the Rainbooms attempted to write in it they never got a response, meaning they had no idea what had happened to their friend, as it appeared that Sunset Shimmer had simply disappeared from the face of existence.
What surprised Adagio was that Aria came up with a few suggestions that might explain why they suddenly lost contact with Sunset Shimmer; she could have been taken to an entirely different world and was killed upon arrival, she could have been hurled into space, or she could have arrived safe and sound... only to terminate the anchor to this world, cutting off all communication between this world and Equus. Adagio told Aria that the third option didn't make any sense, considering that Sunset would never do something like that to her new friends, while Aria always agreed with that statement... only to suggest that Discord had to be behind it. She wasn't sure what the Spirit of Disharmony would gain from such an act, and she was sure that he might have the power to do something like that, but none of it explained why the portal was still active from their side.
"I'm surprised that you are still wasting your time on staring at that statue," a voice said, to which Adagio turned her gaze away from the ruined statue and glanced to her right, where she noticed Aria heading her way with her usual frown on her face.
Aria Blaze had pale light grayish fuchsia colored skin, with a moderate purple colored hair that had light brilliant aquamarine colored streaks, and had moderate mulberry colored eyes, though at the same time Adagio noticed that she was also wearing the same outfit she wore back when they pretended to be students. Aria also happened to dislike the fact that Adagio was trying to figure out what happened to Sunset Shimmer, as there was no reason for her sudden disappearance, but she was used to the leader of their little group spending her time in such a manner.
"I'm trying to figure out if the portal is dangerous or not," Adagio replied, though that was only part of the truth, because if the portal could take them to different worlds, instead of Equus, she could be putting herself and her sisters in danger, without any way for them to get back to this planet.
"Then why don't we enter the portal and find out?" another voice said, to which both Adagio and Aria glanced down the street and watched as Sonata Dusk, the third former Siren, walked towards them with her usual happy expression on her face, like she didn't have a care in the world.
Sonata had arctic bluish white colored skin, which was vastly different from what Adagio and Aria had, with light arctic blue colored hair that had moderate persian blue colored streaks, and had moderate raspberry colored eyes, and she, just like Adagio and Aria, was also wearing the clothing she had been wearing while they were students. Sonata was the most scatterbrained of all three of them, as she was sometimes easily distracted by what was happening around her, but even Adagio had to admit that there were a few instances where she had a stroke of genius... though sadly this wasn't one of those rare instances.
"That sounds like the most retarded thing I have ever heard," Aria stated, once more indicating that one of Sonata's ideas were stupid and shouldn't be taken seriously, though at the same time Adagio was curious as to why their sister thought that using the portal was a good idea.
"Why would you suggest such a thing?" Adagio asked, because she was curious as to where Sonata was actually trying to impress them by figuring something out, or if she was playing around in an attempt to annoy Aria, though Adagio silently admitted that it didn't take much to set Aria off sometimes.
"Well, Sunset's been on whatever world the portal sent her for the last month," Sonata replied, clearly stating what she knew from everything that the Rainbooms had told her, while at the same time she moved around her sisters until she was staring at the statue's base, "and, from what the Rainbooms learned before the connection was severed, the portal had to be connected to a planet that has some sort of magic. Sunset told the girls that she used to be a unicorn before she came here, a powerful one at that, so if she went to a world where magic existed she would regain her former powers and potentially push herself to new heights... and she's likely cleared the place of any threats as well."
"So you're telling us that the portal is now connected to a world that's filled with magic?" Aria inquired, though at the same time she couldn't help but sigh, which told Adagio that Aria was getting annoyed with Sonata once more and that it might get physical this time around, "I don't buy that one bit. Starswirl designed the portal to send us to a world without magic, where we would have eventually withered away until we were dead, if we had been separated from our gemstones anyway. Besides, there's no way that the portal could have been rewired to suddenly send someone to another world that has magic..."
"You're right Aria, Starswirl designed the original portal to go to a world without magic," Sonata said, surprising both of her sisters by the fact that she admitted that one of them was right, which was generally something that she didn't do, but that only made Adagio and Aria curious about what she was thinking about, "but consider this for a moment, Starswirl isn't around anymore. Someone, or something, has likely taken control over the portal and are using it in whatever way they desire, which means that the rules are either the same as they were when Starswirl was around..."
"...or they have been changed." Adagio finished, as she was starting to see where Sonata was going with this train of thought, while at the same time she was proud that this might actually be one of those rare instances she had thought about earlier, "Let's say Sonata's right, about someone else having control over the portal between this world and Equus, and let's say that she's also correct about it still being connected to the world that Sunset Shimmer was sent to... that just leaves the question as to who would do something like this."
"Well, we can rule out Tirek, since he's likely still locked away in Tartarus," Aria replied, though at the same time she racked her brain for all of the potential foes and villains that might, just might, have the ability to seize control of the magical portal and use it for their own purposes, "and I doubt Ahuizotl could do it, unless he found a specific artifact that was designed for such a thing, so we can rule him out as well. Grogar... well, he's likely still trapped in whatever realm he was banished to, thus allowing us to rule him out, and we can do the same with all of the alicorns we've heard about, as I'm sure that they wouldn't do something like this. That means that we're fresh out of creatures and ponies that would have the necessary power to do anything with the portal between worlds."
"Silly Aria, you missed someone," Sonata said, to which both Adagio and Aria turned towards her again, as Adagio was surprised that Sonata might have a decent idea while Aria was annoyed at being called 'silly' by Sonata, "You forgot to mention Discord."
Adagio hated admitting that Discord might have control over the portal between worlds, as he was the only one that would send Sunset Shimmer to an entirely new world for fun, but at the same time that information worried her, because if they entered the portal they could end up in another entirely different world... or end up separated from each other. Adagio knew that she and her sisters wanted some of their magic back, not enough to do what they had done to the students of Canterlot High School, but enough to feel like their old selves again. The shattering of their pendants, and their powers, had left a void in their very being, one that was hard to replace given how the new magic of this world worked... yet Adagio was certain that, if they took the chance, they might gain some form of magic to fill the void.
It was a gamble that could either grant them what they truly desired or cost them everything, which was why she constantly weighed her options in her head before she said anything to Aria and Sonata... but today she decided that it was time that she made up her mind, even if the others were shocked by her decision.
"So what if Discord is the one in control of the portal?" Adagio asked, causing her sisters to turn towards her, as they were curious as to what she was going to say next, especially since she had been studying the portal since the day Sunset disappeared, "According to what we know the portal is going to be connected to a world with magic, how much we have no idea, but this means that there is a slim possibility that we might be able to head home, especially since there's a new gatekeeper for the portal. All we have to do is slip through the portal and see what awaits us on the other side."
"You're willing to risk heading through that portal, to head to an unknown world I might add, just to leave the world that has been our prison for so many years?" Aria inquired, though even as she spoke she knew that she wanted to leave this world behind, as it was painful to pass by the school where they had lost their magic, even though she kept that thought to herself.
"Well, not exactly," Adagio said, to which she rubbed the back of her head for a moment, as she really didn't like the wording that Aria had used, but before she could actually say what she meant she, as well as Aria, discovered that Sonata was already on the move and was walking towards the ruined statue.
Adagio and Aria rushed towards Sonata, hoping to prevent her from accessing the portal so they could come up with a better plan for using the portal, when they all agreed to it, but before they could reach her Sonata simply smiled at them and walked through the shimmering side of the ruined statue base. The moment Sonata disappeared, and left this world behind, Aria and Adagio considered letting her make the journey alone, so she could understand the consequences of her actions, but then they decided not to do that. Aria growled as she charged into the portal and followed after Sonata, leaving Adagio alone for a few seconds... where she was glad that there was no one around to see them disappear like this, despite the fact that the entirety of Canterlot High School knew about magic at this point in time.
"God dammit Sonata," Adagio said, though that was followed by her steeling herself as she walked through the portal as well, allowing it to take her to whatever world her sisters happened to be traveling to.