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  1. I think we need more dynamic between Luna and Celestia as sisters. Who agrees? A snapshot of their childhood, and their current friendship would be so cute!! I mean, Celestia is always reading letters from the mane six, what about her writing a letter to Luna at the end? Maybe I'm just crazy, but we need more Princess Luna!
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    From the album: My art stuffs.

    Ok so i fixed to problem. Its all good now ^^ This took 3 hours to make. I hope you like it ^^

    © Blaze

  3. From the album: Fish's Sketches

    Luna quickly drawn
  4. I don't know how many Applications I went through today of Pegasus characters who had the wings of Princess Celestia. Those are not normal wings for a Pegasus! If you have them on your character, even just as the picture—CHANGE THEM. BEFORE I FIND YOU. Here, I made a comparison:
  5. AN: Written between 'Luna's Biggest Fan' and 'One Year Later', this was yet another one-shot featuring Luna. This one is a little grimdark, so there's your warning. This takes place the year after the Grand Galloping Gala shown in The Best Night Ever. FiMFiction Link Description This takes place the year after the Grand Galloping Gala shown in The Best Night Ever. Worse Nights Princess Celestia was busily greeting the guests of the Grand Galloping Gala, standing in her usual place at the top of the steps in the Main Hall. There, everypony would be sure to see her, and have the chance to greet her if they wished. A lull rose in the seemingly endless stream of hoofshaking ponies, and Celestia allowed herself a moment to relax. She knew it would be brief, but she breathed a sigh, taking a moment to take in the sights and sounds of the Gala. She caught something out of the corner of her eye, and turned her head sharply. On either side of her were two staircases, leading up into other parts of the Canterlot Castle. At the top of the stairs to Celestia's left stood Princess Luna beckoning her with a hoof to come closer. Luna was out of view of any of the other guests, standing just inside the hallway so that only Celestia could see her. Taking a quick glance down the steps in front of her to make sure that nopony was approaching, Celestia made her way up the stairs, a slight hurried-ness in her steps. But when she got to the top, Luna was gone... Making her way down the hall, Luna was waiting at the first turn. The first thing Celestia noticed was her dress. It was elegant, yet simply, deep blue with a slight waviness, and adorned with peacock feathers. She looked...beautiful. “Luna...” Her sister hadn't ventured out much since her return, preferring to devote her time to study and re-learning a few things. She'd stayed very much to herself, keeping to her room or other quiet and unoccupied places around the castle. But now—she was finally here, at the Gala! “Luna, you look amazing.” She paused. “Beyond amazing. You're absolutely stunning Luna.” Luna looked down at the ground, her ears drooping. “Luna, what's the matter?” Celestia prodded. “Come on, let's go enjoy the Gala together.” She caught a whiff of something fruity—was Luna wearing perfume, even? My, she'd certainly done herself up, hadn't she? “I've already been to the Gala.” Luna mumbled. “You have? Why didn't you tell me? Luna, really what is the matter?” Celestia's originally excited mood had been dampened by her sister's sorry look. Luna turned to look up at Celestia, looking as if she was about to cry. “I went to the Ballroom, just to try out the Gala for the first time, and— there was this bright pink pony, she was absolutely crazy! So I turned to leave, but I bumped into one of the tables...” she looked at the ground, shuffling her hooves nervously. “I ended up with a punchbowl on my head. I don't know if anypony saw, but I just couldn't stay there after that. But I wanted to show you my outfit before I retired for the evening.” Luna blushed, slightly embarrassed to admit in front of her sister that she actually liked to dress up and look pretty. Celestia felt so foolish. How had she not noticed before? Luna's slightly tangled hair, the fruity spell of punch, and the even darker patches of her dress where the drink had splattered. “Luna, you're beautiful anyways. Always. And your dress is absolutely lovely.” Celestia complemented her sister. “Thank you, Celestia. I think I shall go and bathe now. I'm starting to get rather sticky.” Luna lifted a front hoof to demonstrate, the slight suction-y sound proving her point. “Alright Luna, if you're sure...” Celestia glanced back to the Main Hall where her subjects were surely wondering where she'd disappeared to. “I am, quite. Thank you Celestia.” Luna turned, heading off somewhere else in the castle, as Celestia resumed her royal greeting duty. * * * After shampooing her hair and getting the stickiness off of her body, Luna debated getting out of the bathtub...and then decided to have some relaxation time instead. Laying on her back in the warm water, Luna let the warmth seep into herself and warm her down to the bone. Taking a giant gulp of breath, she slid under, letting the world of water take her away. It was so calm and peaceful, like she was floating... Wouldn't it be fine to just...float away? Leave everything behind, and slowly fade away... Luna let a few bubbles escape her lips, peering through the glimmering water to the ceiling. So warm, and such a calm feeling... Luna let the rest of the air escape her, a mound of bubbles rising to the surface...but Luna stayed below. Sucking in water through her nose, and feeling the sickly feeling inside her throat as, too fast, water made its way inside her. The edges of her vision became fuzzy and hazed. Reflexively, her mouth opened, hoping to gather some oxygen. Air! Air! AIR! Her body screamed, and suddenly Luna was thrashing about, her hooves making contact with one of the sides of the tub...but pushing against it did not reveal her face to the surface. Struggling get off her back and find bottom, Luna suddenly felt herself being pulled by her neck, and with a wooshing of water she felt the refreshing cool rush of air as she was brought to the surface. The upper half of her body was laid against the side of the side of the tub, while Luna coughed and sputtered water and gasped for air. She felt something press against her cheek, before she heard somepony speak. “Luna? Luna can you hear me?!” But seemingly in response, Luna's head fell limply to the side. Princess Celestia nudged her sister frantically, hoping, praying that she hadn't been too late. She couldn't forgive herself if— if— No! Not on the night of the Gala! Such a lovely night couldn't end— end with— Just then, Luna's eyes fluttered, opening as her breathing became less shallow. She tilted her head so that she was resting on her chin on the side of the tub, and looked up at her sister with sorrow filled eyes. Celestia breathed a heavy sigh of relief. “Luna! Luna I'm so glad that you're alright. I was so worried!” She checked Luna over with her eyes, wanting to comfort her, to reassure her that she was there. But she didn't want to crowd her. “Luna, what happened?” she prodded, slightly more calm than she had been. Luna's ears drooped even further, and her face fell. Staring at the floor, she breathed a sigh, not meeting her sister's worried eyes. “I'm sorry.” she whispered, barely audible. “S-Sorry for what?” Celestia asked, bending her head down to nuzzle her sister's face. “Everything's alright now. You're alright.” A tear escaped her, rolling down her slanted nose and dropping lightly onto Luna. Celestia gave a light sniff herself, bringing her head up again. She decided it would be easier to speak with her sister were she more on her level, and so she knelt beside the tub, placing her regal head next to Luna's on the edge of the bathtub. “I'm here Luna. Alright? I'll stay here as long as you need.” Luna closed her eyes and took in a sharp breath. “How can you say that if you don't love me?” Her voice was tainted with bitterness as she spoke. Celestia gasped, raising her head back quickly. “Luna I—I don't—What in the world would make you think that?” she felt tears welling up inside her, and squinted her once to hopefully avoid the waterworks. Luna vied to answer and instead began to climb out of the tub. With both front hooves on the edge, she placed on back hoof up as well, to hoist herself over. But it was far too slippery, and Luna fell over the side. Luckily, Celestia quickly stretched her neck in front of Luna to soften the tumble. Helping her sister up as best she could, Celestia meanwhile pulled a towel from one of the racks, levitating it to Luna using her magic. Luna sat in silence, her shoulders hunched and ears drooping and eyes staring at the floor. Celestia wrapped the towel around her mane, gently soaking up the excess water. Grabbing another towel, Celestia laid it across Luna's back. She'd begun to shiver ever so slightly in the cool air, but still had not replied to her sister. “Luna?” Celestia prodded. “Please Luna, talk to me.” “You know why.” Luna mumbled, looking up at her sister, her eyes glaring and boring into her. Of course Celestia knew. But bringing it back up wasn't helping anypony. She wouldn't say that Luna's punishment hurt herself more than her sister...but she had had to struggle too, through all those years. “Luna, I'm so sorry! I don't know how many times I have to say it. I don't know what I can do to make it better. Not having you here tore me apart. I don't think I ever told you that. I felt so guilty, after I realized what I'd done. I don't know what that must have been like... I wish that I could take back all those years. But know Luna, please do... You didn't suffer alone. What I experienced may pale in comparison to what you had to go through. But I know that what happened to you is my fault. We were both so young, and I was foolish—I—I just...” Celestia rose, turning to leave. Several tears escaped her eyes now, rolling down her face and splashing to the floor. She'd finally said her piece, what had been bottled up for so long. She and Luna had been dodging around each other for the past year, avoiding each other or else avoiding the topics they both had so desperately been needing to talk about. Everything was just so hard and complicated now. Celestia hadn't brought anything up because she didn't think that Luna wanted to talk about it—that Luna didn't want to talk to her. “Celestia!” Luna called after her, an edge of panic in her voice. “Please don't leave me alone.” Celestia turned sharply, whipping around to face her sister. “Luna—Luna of course not!” She moved to her knees again so that she was closer to her sister. She wiped her eyes, a hopeful smile creeping across her face. “You shouldn't blame yourself!” Luna exclaimed. “I do, but I shouldn't. Everything is my fault. It always was. I was selfish, and foolish—” “But you didn't deserve that!” Celestia cut in. “If—If I had known... I didn't know what I was doing anymore than you did. We made a mistake—but we can't spend our whole lives thinking on one regret. This is tearing us apart Luna! It's tearing ME apart!” Celestia's voice cracked on the last bit She shut her eyes tight, partially to keep from crying again and partially to keep from looking at Luna. She was so ashamed of what she'd done...what she'd made Luna go through. She was the older sister. She should have protected her from harm, not brought it upon her. Luna shook off both towels and let them fall to the floor. Then she rushed to her sister, rubbing against her chest and lower neck, feeling her warmth and hearing her heartbeat. She'd been gone for so long, without contact from anypony...It was difficult to believe this was actually real. Celestia opened her eyes, looking down at her sister. She wrapped her neck around Luna's, holding her close. This was how it was always meant to be, the two of them, together, in harmony. Celestia held Luna for several long minutes while silence reigned. After they had let go, Celestia noticed Luna's mussed and still slightly damp mane. Telekinetically grabbing a brush from the counter, Celestia began to brush her sisters hair, while they both remained enveloped in their thoughts. But after only a few moments Luna pulled away and whipped around. “I'm not a foal Celestia! I can brush my own mane!” she yelled, a sudden change in her mood. “Oh!” Celestia exclaimed, jerking back a little at the sudden outburst. “Alright then.” she said softly, placing the brush back on the counter. “But I—would prefer if you did it.” Luna sighed, almost in a defeated manner. “Come over here, Luna.” Celestia motioned in front of herself with one hoof as the brush came over. Luna sat down in front of Celestia, her half tangled mane partially falling into her eyes. As Celestia carefully brushed Luna's thick locks, both of them were silent. Celestia felt that they had talked enough seriousness for the night. Luna was just absorbed in the feeling that having her hair brushed by somepony else brought. She could her the slow breathing of herself along with Celestia's, and it was comforting just to have somepony nearby. She sighed with happiness, a moment of content settling upon her. For once, Luna was actually, truly happy. But then Luna thought of something. “Celestia, what about the Galaaaaaa—” she'd turned to her sister, and had accidentally caused the brush to become caught in her mane. “There will be another one next year.” Celestia said nonchalantly, smiling at Luna and trying to maneuver the brush back to her sister's hair again. “But your subjects—” Celestia placed a hoof over Luna's mouth to hush her. “Luna, there will also be somepony who needs me, somepony who needs my attention. But right now, that pony happens to be you. And I wouldn't miss this moment for all of Equestria. We're finally together again. And no number of Gala's could take the place of spending time with you.” Celestia smiled, rubbing her face against Luna's in reassurance. Luna welcomed the gesture for a moment before she spoke. “But how did you know? That I was—in trouble?” she asked. “Luna, we're sisters—I don't know, I suppose it was instinct.” Celestia mused. Luna continued to enjoy the soft touch of her sister for a few seconds longer, before she took a couple of steps back. “You—You asked what happened. Earlier.” she paused and swallowed. “I tried—I tried to—I thought that—” Luna took a deep breath, holding it for a second before she continued. “I don't know what came over me. I was trying to—I almost took my life by my own hoof! Oh gosh, I almost—I could've—” Celestia's eyes went wide and she gasped as it all became clear. Luna had attempted to take her own life—and had nearly succeeded. “Luna—Luna why?” Celestia stared in shocked disbelief that her sister would attempt something so—so rash. “I don't—I don't know exactly. I just—I guess I thought that things might be better that way. Without me... You know, being in the way of things.” Celestia stood up, moving the couple of steps forward to her sister and nudging her with a leg. “Luna, you must never think that. I'll always love you, no matter what. I held on to the hope, for years...that you would come back one day, and be by my side again. I don't ever want to lose you like I did. I couldn't bear it, especially if I knew that I was the one who was responsible. Luna, I don't know if you can ever forgive me—and I don't blame you if you don't. But promise me you won't leave me again.” Celestia bent her neck so she could rub her nose along Luna's neck, hoping that she would understand. Luna turned her cheek so that it touched Celestia's. “Why is it then that you have you been avoiding me so much since my return?” Luna asked, a pang of sadness in her voice now. “Luna—I haven't spoken with you because I thought that was what you wanted. I only want to give you every happiness I possibly can. You deserve it after—everything that happened. If you'd only told me I would've stayed by your side every moment I could—” “Celestia.” Luna made her way around her sister's front legs and under her belly, popping up again between Celestia's two front hooves and looking up at her. Luna placed the top of her head against the under side of her sister, placing her front hooves in front of Celestia's. Luna basked in the closeness, almost jittery with excitement that at long last, they were together again. She felt the warmth emanating from her sister, could feel the soft rise and fall of her stomach as she breathed. She could, perhaps, even hear the soft flutter of her sister's heartbeat, and feel the pounding of her own, in unison—just as it should be. Luna spoke. “This won't be easy for either of us. I don't know who's going to have the harder time in all this. But you're here, now. We'll get through this, right? We're together now. We said we always would be—and truly, we always have.” Luna said thoughtfully. “Luna, there is NOTHING that can ever separate us like that again.” Celestia bent to touch noses with her sister. “We're connected by destiny. But more than that, we are connected by blood.” “And by love.” Luna added. And for the first time, in a very long time, both of them smiled... TOGETHER.
  6. From the album: WhiteHawke's Stuff

    Click for fanimation. Scene 3 and 4 added. Scene 4's missing the sky (Oops!). Both scenes have a lot of kinks needed to be ironed out, though the limited amount of manes I can use made it insanely difficult to pull off decently. I think there's over 50 layers I have to take into consideration at all times. I really should have used the motion guide option more often. Would have saved me a boatload of time. Also, still no shimmering. I HAVE figured it out, it's just that I didn't like my first 2 attempts, so I dumped them for now. Unfortunately, this file is so huge that I had to reduce the resolution to make it fit on the site's gallery. So this is the last preview of the fanimation. Next time you see it will be when it's complete.

    © My Little Pony (c) Hasbro

  7. That's the name of the (free) pony album I'm working on. I will release 2 versions: the first one will feature the complete productions from start to finish and the second one will have all the tracks in 1 big mix. I'm currently working on an album cover too, so you should be seeing that within the next week or so. One of the tracks is released already, the bonus track of the album. It's a remix of Eurobeat Brony's track Luna, the rest of the album will be 'original' (as in: still based on MLP while not using materials from other producers). The track below is the first thing I ever finished in the 3 months I've been producing, I've learned a lot along the way though so expect future productions to be even better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUhiKkeYn7g I'll keep you guys updated! EDIT: Btw, if you guys have any ideas for an exclusive Canterlot.com track, give me a shout! Especially if any of you guys would like to be a vocalist for it.
  8. I'm currently working on a fanfic that will require some anecdotes on Celestia and Luna both as foals and when they are jointly ruling Equestria together. I want it to be as canon as possible Foalhood My story will start them off as foals during the reign of Discord. All I want to do at this point is to show these character traits in them: Celestia: Older sister (by a few seconds, since they will be twins in this one) More outgoing Kind with a big heart relatively innocent and straightforward Compassionate and empathetic towards her sister, though she doesn't understand her and her glumness at all Luna More reserved Prefers to stay at home, more studious suffering from inferiority complex from what she sees as living in the constant shadow of her sister more of the kind that will hide in a corner when other kids are playing in the playground haphazardly more wily and perceptive than her sister, though she doesn't show it I'm looking for potential story points/events to show the contrast between the 2 sisters, something lighthearted, fun and innocent. Post Discord. Pre FIM The next segment will be about the period after which they defeated Discord and are ruling Equestria together. It'll be more focused on Luna and her subsequent turn to Nightmare Moon as a result of slow building jealousy and resentment towards her sister and the general populace. More to be added later Background Data on Equestria as presented in my story Discord in this story he'll be the all powerful, mischievous, malevolent, immature ruler of Equestria. Basically he'll be doing whatever he wants and doesn't care about the consequences. He'll perform these acts less often than shown in the 1st 2 eps of S2 but with more devastating effects, because basically when you are the undisputed ruler, torturing your subjects on a daily basis gets boring after a while. Government and Environment The governmental structure will be based on an Tudor/Victorian English era aristocracy. This means that there will be a monarch (first Discord and then the 2 sisters) followed by "nobles" who act as governors and mayors to their respective areas (Celestia and Liuna's dad will be one of those) The main influence on the environment will be Discord himself, since he's doing whatever he likes and has pretty much ommipotent power, some stuff I'll have him do will be: Change the size of the raindrops from normal size to jackfruit size (killing one of the background characters as a result) Releasing parasprites just because "seeing ponies run around screaming is funny" Destroying someone's crops through consistent cola rain I'll think of stuff for Discord to do as and when its needed, but any suggestions/ideas are welcome!
  9. Trix of the Trade Chapter 1 Trixie was tired. Not just tired, but exhausted, hungry, and lost. Upon leaving Ponyville, she'd fled in the Everfree Forest without so much as her hat and cloak. She hadn't a bit on her—no that it mattered, seeing as she hadn't been able to find a town in weeks. That was another thing. Everfree was always dark, the thick trees blocking out the sun whether it was day or night. So when she was tired, Trixie slept. If she was hungry, she could only hope to find some wild berries. And if she was thirsty—which happened a lot—she would hope to come across a stream. Trixie was no navigator, and she had no map. So day after day, she wandered the Everfree Forest, lost and cold and alone. Trixie came upon a stream one day. It was a welcome sight for her dry and parched lips. She attempted to primp herself using her wavy reflection, running her hoof through her mane a few times. Not that it helped her tangled hair, full of leaves and dirt. She laid down beside the stream, deciding this would be a good place to rest before she moved on. Trixie sighed, a tear escaping her. What if she died here? All alone, with nopony in the world who gave a care about her fate. She rested her head on her front legs, a terrible pillow, but the only one she had. She awoke sometime later as she felt something prodding her. Trixie was instantly awake, jolting up and jumping away from whatever it was. In the same moment, her horn glowed blindingly bright, lighting up the surround area so that she could see her attacker, and hopefully scare whatever it was away in the process. The initial flash blinded Trixie herself for a moment. As soon as she could see, however, she realized that before her stood another pony. A Unicorn, to be exact, her dark blue pelt covered by a darker cloak, and her face shrouded by a hood. Only her horn and nose stood out, her own horn glowing lightly. Trixie let the light from her horn fade out, panting heavily. She'd exerted her energy with the spell. Though it wasn't complicated, she was weak. Her body shook, but Trixie could not show weakness. The other Unicorn increased the light from her horn and approached Trixie slowly. “I'm sorry if I startled you. Are you alright?” The closer she got, the more it became apparent that this pony was in bad shape. “Do you need help?” she asked, already knowing the answer. “Hmph.” Trixie said, turning away. “The great and powerful Trixie does not need help.” she scoffed at the notion. Her mind and body pleaded with her to accept the offer, but her pride overruled her better judgment. “Are you certain?” The Unicorn persisted, taking another step closer to Trixie. She unlatched her cloak, floating it over and placing it on Trixie's back. Trixie shivered with pleasure, the warmth from the clothing seeping into her bones for a brief moment. It had been a long time since Trixie had truly been warm. She turned around. “Thank you, but—“ Trixie stopped, staring at the mare before her. Now that she had removed her cloak, her identity was made plain. P-P-P-P-Princess L-L-Luna!” Trixie fell to the ground, her face against the cold dirt. “Trixie apologizes for not recognizing your majesty sooner.” She inched forward on her belly, kissing the shod hooves of Princess Luna. “St-Stop that!” Luna backed away. “PLEASE accept Trixie's apology, your highness!” Trixie was genuinely afraid. After all, Celestia had banished her own sister to the moon for a thousand years. Luna was probably capable of the same thing, or worse. Trixie trembled where she lay, both from the cold of the dirt and stones beneath her, and from fear. Luna looked irritated for a moment, and Trixie flinched, closing her eyes and turning her head down. “Come now, get up.” Luna said. Trixie did as she was bade, pushing herself up from the ground and doing her best to wipe the dirt from her coat. After all, this was a princess. She still had to look presentable. Trixie fought to steady her breath, not wanting to let anypony, especially a princess, know how exhausted she really was. “Now, you are certain you do not require assistance?” Luna pressed again. Trixie was in too poor of shape to hide it no matter what she did. “Of course. Trixie is always sure of everything.” Trixie tried to sound bold, but she had to take a breath at least three times during her short sentence. “Then how about a friend?” Luna prodded, trying one last approach. This pony obviously needed help, but she wasn't going to admit that. Luna knew that it was her duty, not just as a princess, but from one pony to another, to help somepony in need. “Your majesty wishes to befriend the great and powerful Trixie?” Trixie pretended to act surprised, but really, why wouldn't everypony want to be her friend? But she bowed, kneeling on her front knees in front of the dark blue Alicorn. “Trixie is honored by your request, and humbly accepts.” Luna nodded her head once in acknowledgment. “Then it's settled. You're coming back to Canterlot Castle with me. Friend.” “Oh, very well.” Trixie said, trying to act nonchalant. In reality, she was ecstatic. She'd likely be the guest of honor at some feast... and that meant FOOD. Oh glorious food. Trixie would have salivated if she wasn't completely dehydrated. So they set off. Luna's cloak remained on Trixie's back, and she was silently grateful. She's felt rather naked the past weeks (or perhaps months), without her own hat and cape. Plus, she hadn't had so much as a blanket to sleep with to keep warm. And now, finally, she was going to get out of her. So maybe she wouldn't get any of her things back from Ponyville... she hated the thought. Then again, she was going to Canterlot, for a delicious meal with one—or perhaps both—of the princesses. Oh, if that smug little Twilight Sparkle could see her now... dining with the princesses, while she was living in little ol' Ponyville. Well, fortune certainly favored the worthy, Trixie smirked to herself. Chapter 2 As they moved along, Trixie began by walking beside the dark Alicorn. She didn't attempt to make much conversation, for which Trixie was grateful. What little energy she had left was focused on walking, and couldn't be wasted on idle chatter, even with a princess. But try as she might, she began to fall farther and farther behind. Her hooves dragged upon the ground, her muscles aching as they had for days. Eventually, Luna noticed that her companion was lagging. She turned, her horn placing Trixie into the full light. Trixie's head and ears drooped, and her tongue lolled. Under the eyes of the princess, however, she straightened up, holding her head high. But Luna could still here her labored breathing, see her chest heaving. “Are you alright?” she asked yet again. How long could this mare go on like this? She'd obviously been pushing herself forward in this condition for far too long, and Luna could see that her strength was dwindling. “I'm fine.” Trixie said curtly, turning her head and gaze away so that Luna could not see her weary eyes. “You don't look fine at all.” Luna placed her hoof under Trixie's chin, bringing her face forward. Trixie grimaced, ashamed to be in such a state in front of royalty. Luna studied her thin face, looking over her features—the numerous tiny cuts, the cheek bones that were just starting to show through, the grimy hair that looped over one ear... finally she focused on the eyes: tired, worn, broken, and full of sadness. Trixie fought the urge to pull away. Of everypony who could see her like this, why did it have to be her? “Come on. You can ride on my back.” Trixie blinked a few times before she realized Luna was talking to her. “W-What? No, oh no, I couldn't—“ Her weakened body longed to rest, but... that wouldn't be proper! “Trixie is fine” she exclaimed, trying to convince herself. As she walked forward, head high and chest out, she tripped over a tree root. “Oooohh.” she groaned. She was too exhausted to get up. She quit. She was going to just lay down and die right here. Her head pounded, every muscle ached, and she was just... so very tired. Luna came to stand in front of her. “No discussion. You shall ride on my back. That's an order from a princess.” Trixie feebly opened her eyes, no longer giving any protest. She felt weightless for a moment, as if she were floating through the air. Then, she felt Luna's soft warm coat under her. She may have snuggled into her mane a bit, feeling comforted in a way she hadn't felt in a very long time. The quiet rise and fall of Princess Luna's hooves and her paced breathing were the last sounds Trixie heard, before drifting off to sleep.
  10. AN: This was originally written for the Equestria Daily: Midnight Shadow's Happy Luna Fanfiction Competition. FiMFiction Link Description A thousand years is a long time to be away from Equestria. Times have changed, and with that, technology. Can Luna manage to fit into a world that she no longer recognizes? Princess Celestia hopes that a day out in Canterlot is just what Luna needs. Cantering Around Canterlot Princess Celestia awoke one morning, just as she always did, ready to tackle the affairs of the day. Something nagged at the back of her mind, something that she was forgetting today. She ran through a list of current affairs, things she needed to tend to—but none of them were satisfying the feeling. As she stepped out of her room, however, she noticed a peculiar box sitting outside her door. There was a blue ribbon around the box, and a tag attached. Celestia levitated the tag closer to her face in order to read what was written on it. Happy Birthday Celestia Love, Luna Birthday? It suddenly clicked in Celestia's mind. Today was her birthday. Of course, she'd stopped celebrating her own birthday long ago. There was far too much to do to take a day off. Anyway, she got invited to and hosted enough parties and events during the year to make up for that. Celestia had nearly forgotten that she actually had a birthday... It had been so long. So many years had passed... Perhaps it was really because Luna hadn't been here to celebrate with her. A birthday just wouldn't have been the same without—Well, that was in the past now. What was done was done, and anyway... today should be happy. If Luna wanted to celebrate her birthday, than that's what Celestia would do. She could use a day off, in any case. Celestia realized that she had been lost in thought and was still holding the mysterious package aloft. She pulled off the bow, and it fell lightly to the floor. Lifting the lid, Celestia saw a blue lump of something. Pulling it out, she could see that it was a scarf. A rather long one at that too. It was a dark blue, exactly the color of her sister. There were white crescent moons adorning each end, melded carefully in with the rest of the scarf. It wasn't sewn, but... Celestia couldn't remember the correct term for this type of material craft. She examined the tassels at the each end... The entire thing was well made and quite beautiful. But where had Luna gotten it, exactly? Celestia found herself at the doors of the dining hall. She'd been so wrapped up in examining the gift that she hadn't realized she'd subconsciously made her way to her routine destination. Well, breakfast first, and then there was the matter of—No. No working today. Everything could wait. Everything would wait. Celestia took the scarf and wrapped it around her neck. The castle wasn't particularly chilly, but it wasn't exactly warm, either. Besides, it was the perfect time of year for scarves, even if it wasn't normal attire for Celestia to wear. Celestia had tailors asking—no, begging to make her all manner of custom outfits and accessories—but to each she declined. She had no need to wear frilly outfits or expensive jewels. Everypony knew that she was the ruler of Equestria, and there was no need to flaunt that. She pushed open the doors, and was surprised to see Luna already at the breakfast table. Luna's head swiveled around as she heard the ancient door squeak on it's hinges, announcing the new arrival. She looked a bit surprised to see her sister, though exactly why she wasn't sure. Celestia made her way to the table, noticing Luna picking at a bowl of oatmeal. She took a seat directly across from her sister. It would be easier to talk that way. The table was lavishly adorned with fruits and breads and even pastries...but Luna had chosen such a simple thing for herself. “G-Good morning, Celestia.” Luna stammered quietly, staring at a silver spoon she was swiveling around the bowl. Celestia wasn't sure what he sister's silence meant. She'd given her this wonderful birthday present, and was now strangely silent... Well, perhaps she'd come around. Celestia began to gather different fares from around the table. But the silence persisted, and Celestia couldn't stand not knowing why. “Luna, oatmeal? Are you crazy?” Celestia blurted. Luna stopped her merry-go-round motion and looked up at Celestia. Then she simply shrugged, laying the spoon down inside the bowl, but returning her eyes back to it. Celestia was about to suggest that Luna try one of the tastier pieces on the table when her sister spoke first. “You don't have to wear that you know.” Luna mumbled. Celestia paused, her mouth open in anticipation of a raspberry pastry she was levitating before her mouth. She set it down on her plate, her complete focus on Luna now. “Why wouldn't I want to wear it?” Celestia asked, confused. “It's perfectly lovely, Luna. Wherever did you get it?” “I—I made it.” Luna's head drifted up slowly to meet her sister's gaze. “I was making it just for myself, for practice. You know that I used to like crocheting, and it's been awhile since I've been able to do it... But I just got so excited that I made it far too long before I even realized it, and then I remembered that it was your birthday. And since I couldn't wear it anymore I just thought it might be nice to give it to you, but it really isn't your color and there are probably loads of mistakes on it and—and—and you don't even wear scarves!” Luna's voice had been steadily raising as she'd gone on her rant, and she breathed just a bit faster than normal from her sudden explosion of words. “Luna, you are being ridiculous!” Celestia said. “The scarf is beautiful. I will treasure it always! And it's absolutely the best time to wear it, seeing as it's Fall. And you know what else Luna? WE are going to have cake!” Celestia clapped her forehooves together, and an attendant quickly came to her side. Celestia whispered something in his ear, and he trotted off quickly. Celestia scooted the bowl of oatmeal away from Luna and pushed her own plate away. “But—“ Luna protested, reaching for the breakfast that had been snatched from her, even if she hadn't been eating it. “And—“ Celestia apparently hadn't finished. “—we are going to celebrate YOUR birthday!” She pointed a hoof at her sister at this statement, smirking. Luna herself looked at Celestia in surprise. “But it's not—“ “Doesn't matter.” Celestia interrupted. “I've had far too many. And you've celebrated far too few.” Luna opened her mouth, and then closed it, sighing. “Alright.” Celestia beamed, but she could see that Luna still wasn't into the whole thing. She tapped a hoof on her chin, thinking. Then her face lit up as she thought of the perfect thing. “I know! We'll go down into Canterlot! You haven't had a chance to see it yet. You'll love it Luna! I can never find enough excuses to get out of this castle to see it myself either. So it will be fun for the both of us!” Celestia was grinning. She could also see the tiniest bit of a smile creeping up on Luna's face. “I, uh...I might like that.” One corner of Luna's mouth lifted, much as she tried to hide it. Celestia beamed down at her sister, not even trying to hide her own excitement. And then there was cake. It was nothing really extravagant, and the cooks had whipped it up surprisingly fast. It was just a round cake, although it was a bit larger than average. On top were the words Happy Birthday Princess Luna. There was a single small blue candle, as requested by Celestia. The frosting was a dark blue, much like the color of Luna herself. The wording was white, a perfect contrast against the dark background. Luna gasped when she saw it. “But it's still not—“ “I meant it when I said we were going to celebrate YOUR birthday. I'm just sorry that the cake couldn't be more extravagant.” Celestia said, solemn. “No—no it's perfect!” Luna's face lit up. Celestia smiled down at her sister, glad that she'd finally struck the 'happy Luna' chord. She quickly cut out two generous slices of cake, although Luna's seemed significantly bigger. As Luna grabbed a fork, she glanced across the table, where Celestia was already chowing down on her slice, free of silverware. Celestia looked up and noticed the confused look from her sister. “What?” Luna glanced at the fork she held in the air for a moment. But then she tossed it behind herself, shoving her muzzle onto her plate. This really was a lot of cake... Then again, it had been a long time since she had any cake. She gulped it down with gusto, and when she was finished, she cleaned her plate of any frosting or crumbs. She really was acting like such a foal... But she didn't care, and neither did Celestia. It made her happy just to see Luna happy. Luna licked around her lips, her tongue making happy smacking sounds. Celestia, giggled, covering her mouth with a hoof. “What?” Luna asked, her smile replaced by curiosity. “Oh, nothing Luna.” Celestia made her way around the table to her sister. “Just that you missed a spot. Right HERE.” Her tongue made a slurping sound as it ran up Luna's cheek. The blue pony let out a squeal of surprise as she shivered. Celestia just grinned down at her. “T-That tickled!” Luna exclaimed. But then she burst into laughter, amused by her sister's foal-like antics. She wasn't sure if it was just an act to make her feel better, or if Celestia was really having fun herself. Luna rubbed a hoof against her face, attempting to clean off the slobbery mess. Then she groaned. “Oooooh, I think I ate too much cake.” she leaned back and rubbed her belly. “Well then...” a sly smirk spread across Celestia's face, “...if you can't walk...” she suddenly slipped her neck under Luna, using her head to push her onto her back, “...I'll just have to carry you!” She began to walk towards the door, but Luna started to flail in protest. “I can walk myself!” she flapped her wings, and Celestia felt Luna's weight leave her backside. She promptly landed on the ground next to Celestia, and after dusting herself off, pranced forward with her head held high. But Celestia could see the sly smirk on Luna's face through her high-and-mighty act. “Hey, Lulu! Oh little Lulu!” Celestia called, following after her. Luna stiffened at the nickname, pausing before the double doors that led to the hall. “D—Don't call me that!” she stammered, turning to Celestia with a blush. “Why not, Lu?” Celestia shortened the name this time. “B—Because Tia—“ Luna quickly covered her mouth with her hooves at her slip-up on her sister's name. “I—I mean Celestia. We're not kids anymore, so it's not funny.” But her argument was weak rather than angry. Celestia bent down and nuzzled her sister. “Okay. I promise I won't call you that...” she suddenly threw open the double doors, racing through the front hall to the entrance of the castle, and calling back over her shoulder, “...in public! Come on Lu!” Luna stamped a hoof before chasing after Celestia. She caught up, just as Celestia opened the door to reveal the city of Canterlot spread out before them. Luna blinked in the sudden flash of sunlight beaming into the hall, shading her face with a wing. Wow, Canterlot was huge, Luna thought. Canterlot hadn't even existed a thousand years ago. There were so many cities and towns that Luna didn't recognize. Equestria had once been her home, but nowadays she felt like a stranger in a foreign land. “You know what, I've changed my mind.” Luna turned to walk back inside. But Celestia was too quick, and she grabbed onto Luna's tail with her teeth, pulling her out the door. “No you don't.” Celestia managed around a mouthful of hair. “Gah!” Luna exclaimed, attempting to pull away. But Celestia was bigger and stronger, so it was no use. She stopped in her struggle, allowing herself to be dragged down the first flight of steps, and giving a blustery sigh in defeat. Celestia let go, satisfied, but Luna stayed put on the ground. “Come on Luna!” Celestia stuffed her nose under her sister's belly, urging her to get up. Try as she might to stay in a pouting mood, Luna began to giggle. “H—Hey, that tickles too!” she hopped away from Celestia. But her sister was satisfied; at least she was standing. “Well, I wouldn't have had to do that if you had just walked like you claimed you were so capable of.” Celestia said sarcastically. Luna stood, a scowl on her face now. But she looked into the wise, kind eyes of her sister, and couldn't help but smile. It started out small and reluctant, but quickly spread across her face into a wide grin. She rushed forward, pressing her head against Celestia's chest. “Thank you.” Celestia bent down to wrap her neck around Luna in an embrace. They stood like that for a moment, sharing in the joy of finally being together again. Then Celestia straightened, turning toward the marvelous city of Canterlot. “Come on, let's go.” She and Luna made their way into the heart of the city, where the marketplace was. There, ponies were selling their wares, mostly an assortment of hoofmade items that you couldn't buy in any of the shops. There was jewelery and pottery and toys and pretty much anything else you could imagine. Luna stared wide-eyed at the spectacle for a moment, mouth gaping, and then composed herself. No matter how excited she was, she had to remind herself that she was a princess, and as such everypony would looking to her as an example. She had to show them that she was every bit as sophisticated as her sister, even though she was a little out of practice. “Oh, Luna, come over here.” Celestia said, gesturing with a wing to one of the vendor stalls. Luna curiously made her way over, wondering what sort of new and interesting object she'd find. She saw an assortment of squares, held upright somehow, with ornate decorations around the edges. She took one in her front hooves, picking it up and examining it closely. “What is it?” The stallion behind the stall covered his mouth with a hoof, trying not to laugh at the ridiculous question. Celestia eyeballed him, and he immediately cleared his throat to rid himself of the smile on his face. “Can I help you two find a particular picture frame today?” he name dropped the name of the item to help Luna out. “What's it do?” Luna asked, still squinting at the object in her hooves. The vendor developed a sudden coughing fit, and had to turn away for a few moments while he recovered himself. Then he turned to Luna with a smile. “You put pictures in it.” “Oh.” Luna said, setting the picture frame back down with a blank look on her face. She scanned the rest of the ones sitting around, but none of them gave any further clue as to the purpose of the item. “Luna, come over here.” Celestia had already moved on to another seller, seeing as Luna didn't seem particularly interested in the current one. As Luna came over, Celestia dropped something around her neck. Luna was caught off guard for a moment, letting out an “oof” as she adjusted to the added weight. She looked down at the strange object, and then back at Celestia with a questioning look. “It's a camera Luna.” she smiled down at her. “Just take your hooves like this...” she picked up the camera, pointing the lens toward her sister, “...and then...” Luna let out a sudden squeal at the bright flash that radiated from the camera. She backed up in surprise, knocking into one of the vendor stalls that was selling pottery. The salespony behind the counter glared down at her as his precious clay wares were jostled about. Luna blushed furiously, turning her face away. This was a terrible idea! Luna thought. What appeared to be a square paper ejected itself from the camera just then, and Luna blinked down at it. What now? And then, she found herself staring down at a duplicate of what her own face must have looked like after the flash of light. “How did—“ Luna started to ask, as Celestia pulled the photo from the camera and held it in front of her face, chuckling. Then she presented it back to her sister. “Remember the painted portraits we have hanging in the castle? It's like that, but different.” Celestia tapped her chin with a hoof, thinking for a moment. “The camera takes an immediate picture, and then you have it!” Luna scowled at the picture before her. “Well—just—put it back before somepony sees!” Luna attempted to shove the photograph back into the slot whence it had come. “I'm afraid you can't do that Luna. Pictures are forever.” Celestia grinned. “Well, what do I do with it? What if somepony sees it Celestia? It's embarrassing.” Luna stressed the last word. “Hmm...” Normally, Celestia would have continued the teasing. However, she wanted Luna to have fun today, and as long as that picture was present, Luna wouldn't be happy. So, Celestia grabbed a set of saddlebags, plunking down some bits she procured from... … … … Well, who knows, probably her sentient hair. Moving on, Celestia plopped the saddlebags on Luna's back, although this time she was at least expecting it. She shoves the picture inside one of them, not caring if it got crumpled or torn. It just had to be hidden, now. She didn't notice that the top flap on each side of the saddlebags said I *heart* Canterlot. Then Luna saw something that caught her eye. It was quite peculiar, and unlike anything that she'd seen before. She walked over to the stall, staring at the multicolored fabric. There were several hanging above her on a line between two polls, and many more adorning the counter top. “Oh, what an honor it is to have a princess browsing my humble stock! All of these socks are hoofmade by myself.” she paused. “You know, this pair would really go with your eyes.” The Unicorn salespony behind the vendor stall said. “O—Oh.” Luna said, taken aback. “What are they for?” she asked, taking one in her hooves and examining it. The salespony had turned away for a moment, leaving Luna to solve the mystery on her own. Luna found that there was a sort of pocket on the inside. Contemplating about its use, Luna placed it over one of her ears. Hm, there were two... Although the first one didn't quite fit her ear snugly... it wouldn't make sense to go over the nose though, Luna mused. Wouldn't be able to breath properly or talk. Plus, there was still the matter of the two... The female salespony was busily digging through some boxes of extra stock just behind her and hadn't fully noticed Luna's peculiar antics. “...I know I have the other pair somewhere...” “...and with Winter on the way, this is the perfect time to buy—“ she paused, the second pair of turquoise socks held aloft as she confusedly and rather surprisingly looked at the sock eared princess before her. She placed the socks on the counter, and then motioned for Luna to come closer. Luna tentatively moved forward, leaning over the counter just a bit. The other pony leaned over the counter, coming as close as she dared. She placed a hoof to one side of her mouth, and whispered, “They go on your hooves.”, making a downward motion as she did so. Luna glanced down at the blue ornate shoes she normally wore, and then moved her head back up to quickly scan the multitude of socks. Then she remembered the ones on her ears, and how ridiculous she must have looked. She tore them off, tossing them away like they were hot coals, straight into the face of the Unicorn salespony. She blushed again, hoping that nopony had seen... Oh gosh, this day was turning out just awful. The Unicorn sputtered in surprise, gingerly removing the socks from her face and placing them back down with the other two she had pulled out. “Oh, Luna, come look at—“ Celestia turned from the wares she had been eying, spotting Luna at a different stall. She had thought that her sister was right beside her, but it seemed that Luna had found something that peeked her interest. Celestia excused herself from the Pegasus at hoof, and made her way over to a red face Luna and a flustered salespony. “Oh Luna, what did you find?” she asked, already knowing the answer. “I—uh—socks, I think.” Luna answered hurriedly. “Socks? Ah yes, I can never find them in my size. You know Luna, you should make me a pair. Do you know—“ Celestia said, turning to the sock selling pony, “—that Luna made this scarf all by—“ “I hate socks.” Luna had turned away from the vendor and was sitting on the ground in a rather defeated manner. “—herself.” Celestia finished, turning to Luna. At the same time, the sock salespony shrunk back behind the safety of her vending stall. She cleared her throat and turned away to dig inside one of her boxes of overstock. Celestia caught the upset look on the poor mare's face, though she had tried to hide it. She turned to her sister, who simply sighed, still not looking up. “Luna...” she prodded, and Luna slowly lifted her head up. Celestia gave a quick flick of her head, gesturing toward the saddened pony. Luna glanced over, and became instantly aware of her fumble. She stood up, whirling around toward the stand. “You know what? You're RIGHT!” she moved back up to the counter, and the surprised salespony whipped her head up at Luna's sudden outburst. “These 'socks' are an ingenious invention. They'll especially come in handy when walking around the castle, since the stone floors tend to be cold even in the Summer. Celestia, I want them all!” she demanded, gesturing across the displayed socks with a hoof, a determined look on her face. Both Celestia and the salesmare were taken aback for a moment. But Celestia was quickest to recover herself, and promptly plunked down a sack full of bits. Luna had already begun stuffing her saddlebags with various colors of socks. However, she picked out four, seemingly at random, and placed them on her hooves. She looked ridiculous, but she didn't care. She found that she was happy making somepony else happy. There were sure to be quite a few ponies who would get a giggle from her antics... and though she was a princess... acting silly gave her a bit of realism. Now she realized why Celestia didn't always act properly, like with the cake, and how she was wearing the scarf. She acted proper at the proper time, and improper whenever it fit the situation. It took the Unicorn a moment to register exactly what had just happened. Her mouth was gaping at the unexpected turn of events. But, it dawned on her that she was still in the presence of royalty, and so she coughed, using the moment to compose herself. “O—Oh my, are you s—sure?” she asked, barely daring to believe it. “Yes, yes, quite.” Luna replied. She had finished emptying the counter of the remainder of the socks, and realized that her bags were getting a little full. She had realized there were so many of these “socks.” “I'll send somepony for the rest of them later, if you don't mind.” Celestia relived Luna of the dilemma of where in the world to fit more socks. “O—Oh, well I... thank you, your majesties.” The Unicorn bowed graciously before them. “It was really our pleasure.” said Celestia, ushering Luna away with a wing. There was a lot more to see in Canterlot than just plain socks. “Now Luna, come over here.” she indicated to the stall she had been looking at earlier. “Here, try this.” she placed down the bits and thanked the salespony. Then Celestia telekinetically handed Luna something. Luna investigated the item, swiveling it around so she could see all sides. “What is it?” she asked, still skeptical of all the strange new things she was finding. “You eat it.” Celestia said as they walked along the seemingly never ending line of vendors and stalls. She herself was licking the outside, but then she took a bite. Luna watched and began to follow suit. “Well, it does taste good...” she took a tentative bite, and herself unable to move her jaw properly. She struggled against the sticky substance until it gave way and allowed her to speak again. “W—What happened? What is it?” “It's a caramel apple Luna. Aren't they delicious?” Celestia smiled. She was still enjoying her own. “Well—Well, I guess.” she gnawed on hers for a bit, still wary of the new treat. As she was finishing, though, something else caught her eye. She moved toward it, already knowing that Celestia would follow. She stared at the multicolored round objects, which seemed to need to be tethered down by strings. Luna poked one, and it moved away. But then, it began coming back, bumping against her still raised hoof, and then settling in it's original place. “Can I interest you in—oh!” A look of surprise replaced the smile on the salespony's face as Celestia made her way over, and the pony realized just who he was speaking to. He cleared his throat before speaking again, regaining his composure. “Can I interest you in one of these fine balloons?” “What's it for?” Luna asked the stallion curiously. “Well, they're balloons.” he began with confidence. “There are a lot of different colors, and they—well, they float, for one thing... And they, uh... Y'know, they're a big hit with the foals... Foals just get a kick out of them...” He cleared his throat again. “...Maybe it's just not something you'd be particularly interested in...” he hung his head. “Oh no I... I think that they do seem a bit fascinating. You know they didn't have these a thousand years ago...” Celestia already had the bits down on the counter as Luna plucked a pink balloon from the bunch. The Pegasus salespony was flustered for a moment, before tucking away the bits. Celestia was already tying the balloon to the strap of her saddlebags. “Th—Thank you. Come again!” The balloon salespony perked up. Celestia nodded a thank you as she and Luna trotted away. The rest of the day was full of exploring for Luna. Celestia could see that she was finally enjoying herself. After the whole sock fiasco, everything seemed to go better. Luna tried on hats, ate cotton candy, bought a pair of sunglasses, lost several bits gambling, went to a movie, took more photos with the camera, and even attempted to put on a puppet show for some foals. It was an exciting day for all, with both the princesses out and about in Canterlot. But, it was nearly time for Celestia to lower the sun and make way for the moon, thus ending another day. The two sisters walked back to the castle, Luna's saddlebags full of all the interesting items she'd found throughout the day. No matter how useless the object, Celestia had paid for it, because it helped out her subjects, and it made Luna happy. Celestia saw Luna's eyes drooping and her hooves dragging. It had been a long day for both of them. Her horn glowed as she picked up Luna, placing her on her own back. “I can walk... my... self...” Luna trailed off, asleep. Celestia smiled. Today, Luna had finally been able to enjoy herself since her return. And though not even Celestia knew what the next day would hold, she hoped that it would be as pleasant as this one. Luna was home now, back where she belonged. Celestia felt her sister's warm body against her own. It was... comforting, to have her so close after so long. And there was nothing in Equestria that could separate them again. Celestia was sure of that. No matter what it took... They were going to be together. Forever.
  11. AN: Another one-shot fic. I think this turned out to be one of my better works, and kind of where I started writing more interesting MLP fanfics as a whole. FiMFiction Link Description It has been a year since the banishment of Nightmare Moon. Celestia pays a visit to her sister—or so she thinks. Nightmare Reborn Princess Celestia walked slowly and quietly into her private chambers late one night. She moved purposefully to the one window in the room. Moonlight was showing through, casting a faint white glow about the room. The fireplace was unlit, and there was no wind tonight to stir the tapestries that contained Historic events in Equestrian history. As soon as it came into sight, Celestia's eyes were focused on the moon. She stood in front of the window, staring up at the glowing orb. Her head lowered and her eyes closed as her horn begins to gleam brightly. She was concentrating hard, and her eyes squeezed tighter as she tried to focus. Celestia found herself on a gray and barren world. Did the spell work correctly? Did I transport my full self instead? Celestia wondered to herself. She looked down, noticing that she was transparent. However, she quickly became a bit more solid, gaining her white coat and looking every bit like her real counterpart. She looked around, but there was no sign of anypony. Celestia sighed in defeat. Perhaps the spell did not work correctly, or perhaps... Celestia gulped, forcing her thoughts away from worse punishments that could have happened to her sister. After all, how much did Celestia really know about the Elements of Harmony? Celestia's ears perked up suddenly. She'd heard a voice. “Celestia?” There was Luna, standing a ways off in front of Celestia. Luna galloped forward as Celestia's mouth opened in disbelief. There was Luna. Not Nightmare Moon, but Luna. The real, actual Luna: her sister. Luna stopped short of Celestia, not moving forward for an embrace or any sort of touch. Celestia's ears pinned back. She knew that Luna must resent her. However, her sister's face held a wide but worried looking smile across it. Luna's hooves even sort of looked like they were stuck to the ground. “Celestia? T—Tia? What are you doing here?” Luna asked, shocked and a bit confused. “Oh Luna! I'm so glad that you're alright, and that—that—“ Celestia bit her lip. There was no need to bring up Nightmare Moon. That was in the past now, and Luna was here and Nightmare Moon was gone. “It's a spell, Luna. I'm only here in my mind.” “O—Oh.” Luna responded, as her ears drooped and her smile faded. Celestia paused. Something was the matter. Although, that was to be expected. After all, she had banished her own sister to an empty land for an indefinite amount of time. Luna's head suddenly whipped up, and there were tears in her eyes, ready to spill over. “Please Tia, let me come home!” Luna pleaded. Then she began to cry. Celestia took a step back, reminded of the nickname that Luna used to call her when they were just fillies. Her heart ached, reminded of their innocent and carefree days. It pained her to see Luna suffering like this. But no more. “Luna. Luna of course I will! The Nightmare is gone now, and you won't have to be alone. I'm here, Luna. You don't—“ Celestia was cut off by the sound of laughter. It was a low and quiet laugh, dripping with contempt. Celestia quickly glanced around for the sound, as it quickly built up to a loud and booming cackle. But when she looked back at Luna, the ghostly figure of Nightmare Moon was standing over her sister, literally. Her dark form grew more solid as she spoke, while Luna completely faded away. “Luna belongs to me now, Tia.” Nightmare Moon sneered at the childish nickname. “Her body, her mind, her memories—they're all tied to me now, and all under my control. You can't have her, and you'll never see her again.” Nightmare Moon had been edging toward Celestia as the white Alicorn slowly moved backward. She wasn't quite sure who exactly she was dealing with. She had very little power here, and wasn't sure just how much power Nightmare Moon had truly retained upon her banishment. Suddenly, Nightmare Moon convulsed, and her head lowered and her eyes squinted shut. She stood like that for only a few seconds before her eyes opened again, glancing up at Celestia. And as Celestia looked up at Nightmare Moon again, she saw not the fearsome eyes of her adversary, but the eyes of her sister: Luna. Those sweet, beautiful, turquoise eyes were sad and pleading. “Tia...” The word was just a forced whisper. But Nightmare Moon convulsed a second time, her eyes squinting shut again as she regained control. The transformation was quicker this time, as Nightmare Moon was the stronger and more powerful. Once her eyes opened again, they were those of the evil Alicorn. “If you ever wish to defeat me, you'll have to destroy her too.” Nightmare Moon knew that she had the upper hoof. She was tainting the oh-so-powerful sun princess, knowing that there was nothing she could do. She could see the pain on Celestia face, and she smiled with pleasure. Nightmare Moon began to laugh again, the same as before. It started out low, but built up much quicker and louder this time. Clouds and lightning surrounded her from seemingly nowhere, and Celestia stepped back. Celestia found herself back in her room, still staring up at the moon. She crumpled to the floor, her eyes still locked on the white orb. “LUNA!” she cried out in agony, long and loud and clear. A sob escaped her as tears began to roll down her face. It was that moment in life when one believes that everything is going to be alright, and turn out okay. And then they get the news that the exact opposite has happened totally unexpectedly. The moment when the good news that was sure to come, absolutely sure... came as bad news. A patrolling guard heard Celestia's cry. He slowly opened the door, and Celestia heard it squeak. “Princess? Are you alright?” The guard inquired. “Leave me.” Celestia whispered, although it was too low for the guard to hear. “Princess?” The guard prodded again, taking a few steps closer. Celestia heard his hoofsteps on the stone floor. Suddenly, her head whipped around to face him. Her face was still wet with tears, and the emotions of pain, sorrow, and horror were clearly written over her features. “I SAID LEAVE ME!” she yelled at the guard, nearly choking on her words. The guard was startled, and his eyes went instantly wide, and fear took over his concerned expression. He backed up a couple of steps before turning and fleeing for his life. Celestia hung her head and turned back to the window. That was no way for a princess to act. It was awful and mean—she'd have to remember to apologize. It wasn't his fault. It was hers. Celestia sniffled as a shudder ran through her. She looked up at the moon for a last time that night. “Happy Birthday, Luna.”
  12. Now that this has gone live over at Equestria Daily April Friend-Off, I will share it here as well! AN: This was a fanfic inspired by a comic by MadMax. FiMFiction Link Description Luna's Biggest Fan “Luna! Luna, look at this!” Celestia sounded excited. Luna was having tea in her room, quietly reading. She looked up when she heard Celestia coming down the hallway. When she threw open the door, Luna nearly dropped her tea. “LUNA!” Celestia yelled. “Come look at this!” she telepathically waved an open scroll through the air. Luna sighed and closed her book, setting it on a side table with her tea before she hopped down. “What is it?” she asked as she walked over to Celestia. She was actually curious now. Celestia looked as though she would burst with excitement. “It's a letter from one of our subjects! He's been a fan of you for a long time, and wants to meet you!” “Let me see that!” Luna said, grabbing the parchment with her own magic. Scanning it over, there could be no mistake. “I—I have a—a....fan?” she said disbelievingly. Luna had thought that everypony had forgotten who she was, and yet...here was somepony who really, truly cared. Celestia grinned at her, her smiled only widening as Luna looked up. Her eyes welled up with tears—not of unhappiness, but of joy. Real, true joy, something that Luna had not had the pleasure of experiencing since her return. Celestia kept the huge smile on her face as she spoke. “I've already arranged for him to meet you in the royal garden later today. Now go and put on your best saddle!” Celestia nearly skipped from the room, leaving Luna alone with the letter. Luna read over it again to be sure, but there it was, plain as day. Somepony, and a Stallion at that, really, truly, wanted to meet her. Her heart beat faster as she moved over to her rather lacking wardrobe, which held just one frilly cloth saddle on a mannequin. Such a simple and yet beautiful thing. Celestia brought it for Luna just a few days earlier, as a gift. Suddenly, Luna was in a frenzy. She quickly slipped on the saddle, and then moved over to a mirror—goodness, it wouldn't do to meet a charming Stallion looking like this. So, after an hour or two of primping, Luna still felt that she wasn't ready—but it was time. She had pinned her hair up, trying to keep up to date with the latest trends...but she had no idea if it looked good or right. She had a pink bow around her tail, and even a ring on her horn—she'd thought that last bit had been too much, but Celestia said she looked perfect. Nervously, Luna walked down the hallway to the door leading to the castle garden. Celestia was alongside her, still smiling brilliantly. She opened the door, ushering Luna out, when Luna suddenly got cold feet. Her legs wobbled, and she stood, frozen. “What if—what if he doesn't like me?” she said, voicing her concerns to Celestia. “Nonsense!” Celestia assured her. “He'll love you. He IS your biggest fan, after all.” Luna swallowed, taking the first step onto the cool tall grass of the garden. Celestia butted her with her nose, and then Luna found herself standing alone. Luna took a deep breath and sighed, taking a couple more steps and glancing around for her mysterious admirer. She spread her wings one more time, laying them lightly against her sides and making sure her feathers were straight. “Hello?” Luna called tentatively, when simply looking yielded nothing. There was no answer, and Luna glanced back to look at Celestia—but she had gone, and the door was shut. Walking through the garden, Luna glanced this way and that...he had to be here. Celestia herself had arranged it. Clearing her throat, Luna once again called out, just a bit louder, “Hello?” Still no answer. Turning to the side in order to search elsewhere, Luna came face to face with—no, it couldn't be. Celestia wouldn't. But...she had. There was the fan. A fan. An actual, real, three bladed fan. Luna stared at it in shock and disbelief. While her mind struggled to comprehend Celestia's cruel joke, Luna suddenly heard laughing. Very loud laughing, echoing off the mountain and through the garden. Luna turned and looked up toward one of the castle balconies overlooking the garden, where Celestia was clearly visible. There she was, her head tilted back, her hooves holding her stomach as she shook with laughter. Things had always been this way. Celestia had always been a prankster, playing tricks on Luna. But why now. Luna had thought Celestia had grown out of her days of foolery and pranks. When they were foals, it was common for her sister to trick her. But they hadn't seen each other in a thousand years...and this was how Celestia was going to treat her? Luna's face and throat burned, fighting back tears as she turned back to the fan. Kicking it over with a hoof, Luna ran back to the castle door, Celestia's laughing ringing in her ears. Tears threatened to break free of her eyes, but Luna held them back. Not yet. Telepathically reaching for the door handle, Luna had the sudden feeling that Celestia may have locked the door...but to her relief, the door gave way, and Luna hurried inside, shutting it behind herself. She could still hear Celestia's insistent laughter through the door, and she ran as fast as she could back to her chambers. Once safely inside her room, Luna locked the door. Then the tears fell, heavy and fast. Luna tore the saddle off and ripped the hair pins from her mane, scattering the objects where they fell. The ribbon on her tail and the ring on her horn came off as well, falling to the floor and nearly being trampled in Luna's haste. Throwing herself onto the bed, Luna sobbed. It wasn't so much the prank as it was the nature of it. They hadn't seen each other in so long, and yet—Celestia had not changed. Luna needed her sister's love more than ever now. Most ponies in Equestria were not very fond of Luna due to her recent escapade. And in spite of that, Celestia still saw fit to make Luna suffer. How could Celestia do that? For once, just once, Luna had thought that maybe she would have a real friend. Somepony who had waited and wanted to meet her. Somepony other than Celestia that actually cared about her. But there seemed to be no such thing. Even though Luna was back in Equestria, she was still just as lonely as she had been during her imprisonment. But this time, ponies could choose whether or not they wanted to meet her or talk with her. And so far, no pony had. But Luna had dared to hope that once...just this once...that things were different. Things were no different, things had not changed. Celestia was still Celestia, loved by all Equestria. Everypony went on with their lives as if Luna did not exist. And for the amount of attention they paid to her, Luna may as well not have. As Luna cried into her already damp pillow, her sobs shaking her body as they ran like shivers through her, cut-off from the world and betrayed by her only sister, she felt completely alone.
  13. So Skye, MudBug, and I had this series of RPs going. I thought that it might make a good fic, so I've been editing it all together so it fits a story format. Not all of you may follow RPs you aren't in, but this one contains Luna, Celestia, and one OC: Skye. Description Luna and Celestia struggle to gain back their relationship after a thousand years. But this is not an easy road they must travel, and things may never be the same as they once were. Can the bond of sisterhood withstand the test of time? Can an old yet new friend help overcome old memories and forge new bonds between the sisters? FiMFiction Link
  14. I've sent the first 2+1 chapters to EQD (still being pre-read), but I want editors for chapters after that. Links (Google Docs format - no sign-in): Prologue Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Any advice, and please PM me; I'll get back to you on that. Thanks in advance for your help! EDIT: Mild coarse language; most of it's been ponified.
  15. Crossposted from DA. 'Cause Luna needs some love, too. We've pretty much gone through all the old fantasy cliches already, whatwith ancient curses, princesses, dragons and so on, so why not throw in a minstrel giving his fair lady a serenade under her balcony? This thing came out so sticky sweet that I'm almost ashamed of myself. To fully get in the mood, try imagining him singing this song: http://www.chivalry....redredrose.html
  16. So, I thought about this the other day. We all know about the summer sun celebration. But what about the winter moon celebration, the event to enjoy the longest night of the year. Would anypony like to indulge on this RP idea? What do you guys think? I haven't thought about the whole "Will Luna do it, or will Celestia do it" thing.
  17. (Before I begin: This is going to be a bit of a new thing for me. Although I've written stories before, up until very recently I didn't show them to anybody but close friends. And this is my first try at writing fanfiction, because at some point in the distant past, when I was young and impressionable and depressed by the quality of what I'd been reading, I swore that I would never, ever, write fanfic of any sort ever, lest I contribute to the problem. But after I became a brony, and when I started reading some of the stories that wound up on Equestria Daily and realized that they were often very good, it got me to rethink things. So I've started working on a story of my own; if it goes the way it looks like it'll go, it'll end up being quite long, and it will probably travel into grimdark territory later on, so I don't know if I'll be posting all of it here. But I have the prologue pretty well solidified, so I thought I would throw it out there for comments. If I post any further material, it'll be in subsequent posts in this thread. The story is going to be based around Celestia and Luna. I've always had a fascination with mythology, and let's face it: in the world of MLP the sisters are walking myths. A lot could be done with that. So, moving on to the story...) Whence Comes the Moon, Whence Comes the Sun by Shyriath Farstrider, Harbinger of Cheese "Vouch to me second, Vafþrúðnir: If your wisdom serves you well: Whence comes the moon, whence comes the sun, That move alike over men?" –Vafþrúðnismál 22, the Poetic Edda Prologue: Reflections All across the broad valley that was the heartland of Equestria, the light of another day began to wane. Far off in the west, the sun sank toward the distant spires of Dragon Mountain and its sibling peaks; the shadows grew long, and the light began to redden and dim. In Ponyville and Cloudsdale and the other towns of the valley, the business of the day began to wind down, and ponies of all kinds trickled slowly out of the shops and restaurants to retire to their homes. Some few of those who were outdoors paused and looked to the east. Some were visitors from outside the valley, from Fillydelphia or Manehattan or more distant parts of Equestria, who had heard about the sight and were curious to see for themselves; others were locals, who had seen it every day but somehow never tired of watching. Their gaze focused on a mountain in the distance, where there rose stately buildings and high towers, white walls and golden spires. It was already a beautiful sight, but the watchers knew that at a certain time of the day, when the sun was at just the right angle… And, as happened every day, the watchers stared in awe, or gasped in delight, or simply smiled, as majestic Canterlot blazed in orange and gold, shining down on them like a second sun. For several minutes the entire valley was drenched in liquid gold, until at last the reflected light faded away. Among the scattered watchers, there was a moment of stillness… and then, remembering they had places to go, they peeled their gaze away and moved on. ==================== High above the valley, Canterlot too prepared for the day's end. Here, though, unlike the towns below, the activity did not diminish; it merely changed its rhythm. Canterlot was the seat of the royal court, capital of a kingdom that extended for hundreds of miles, and the business of government never ceased. Messengers, functionaries, and ambassadors thronged the halls of the castle and the streets of the city alike, day or night, and the lives of the other inhabitants had adopted the same indifference to mere time. While the bustle of the city continued, one particular pony, high above, had done her best to separate herself from it, even if only briefly. She had settled herself into her accustomed place, on a west-facing balcony near the peak of the castle's highest tower. She watched the sun continue its slow descent toward the mountains on the other side of the valley, in the manner of someone ensuring that some familiar and reliable machine was running properly: not with particular concentration, but nonetheless watching, just in case. Although no one actually within Canterlot itself had the vantage point to see the city shine, they could see its reflected light in the valley below. The pony watched the land between the mountains fill with a soft, golden light; it reflected back onto her horn and wings, and her rainbow mane seemed almost to glow in tandem. After a few minutes, the glow faded, and giving a faint sigh of satisfaction, she stood and withdrew into her chambers. Celestia had watched the sun go down nearly every day for as long as she could remember. She didn't really need to, she knew; unlike sunrise, sunset happened without her intervention. For that matter, she did not have to see the sun to know where it was or if something was wrong with it; she simply knew. But she had started watching it long ago, back in the beginning, and ever since it had been a daily ritual. It fulfilled her sense of responsibility in her duties, and it was, in a way, comforting. She had even done the same with the moon, when she'd had to take responsibility for that as well. Luna, on the other hand- "That's silly, Tia. It sets on its own. Why should I watch it?" The princess smiled wistfully. She recalled the look her sister had given her when she'd suggested she keep a closer eye on the moon. Teal eyes sparkling with amusement, laughing at stodgy old Tia... She sighed, and put away the memory. She knew if she dwelled on it too long, she'd start thinking about less pleasant times, and she'd done enough dwelling to last her for eternity. She preferred to think of Luna as she'd once been, not as Nightmare Moon. A dark mare, a shadowy mane, a cruel, unpitying laugh- No. She looked in her mirror and glared at herself. "None of that, old girl. You've got things to do." Celestia exited her chambers, and the guards posted outside her doors fell in behind her as an escort as she made her way toward the castle library. After watching the waning of the day, Celestia normally spent her time resting before raising the moon, but for the past several weeks she'd had another matter to attend to at about the same time. It was a small change in her routine; not unpleasant, by any means, but a bit distracting. Waiting for her inside the doors to the library was Scrivener, the Royal Archivist and head librarian. Celestia had always found him rather stuffy, even when he was younger, but the elderly unicorn was exemplary in the performance of his duties. He was also unfailingly courteous and helpful toward those around him, a trait all too rare amongst the haughty class-consciousness of the royal court, and that was worth a certain amount of stuffiness. He bowed, somewhat shakily, to the princess as she entered. "Majesty." "Scrivener." Celestia smiled at him. "I did tell you you don't have to bow. Your legs aren't as young as they used to be, after all." The blue unicorn hauled himself upright and sniffed. "Your Majesty, as I recall, you didn't tell me I couldn't bow. Am I right?" "That's true, yes." "Then I will continue to do so." An uncharacteristically mischievous look crossed his face. "At any rate, Majesty... under the circumstances, commenting on the age of my legs seems slightly incongruous. Although I would not dream of speculating on a mare's age-" The archivist's statement was cut short by a brief peal of laughter. Celestia covered her mouth with her hoof, grinning. "Ahem. You surprise me, Scrivener. No offense, but you don't often show a sense of humor - though I must say it was the politely worded rebuke I've ever received." "Yes, Majesty," he replied blandly. "At any rate, I expect you've come to check on your student?" "Were you able to get her attention this time?" The princess began walking alongside Scrivener between the endless rows of shelves. "I'm pleased to say that when I called her to lunch, she put aside her studies without complaint; but she doesn't yet seem to find sleep quite so important." The archivist glanced at Celestia. "I of all ponies can't object to a love of reading, but I have to say she takes it to extremes that I find a bit frightening. Most fillies her age, after a day at school, would be... out playing. Or something." "That's true," she replied. "She is a faithful student, but she really should be out making friends- ah." The vast library had many reading areas, and this was one. Here, the neat rows of shelves had been been bent around a square area with a wide table, piled high with books. From this angle, the only sign that there was someone behind the literary mountains was the occasional sound of a turning page. With a smile, Celestia walked around the table to the other side; here, a thick tome was propped up on a pile of other books, where it was being subjected to the rapt attention of a young, lavender-colored unicorn, perched on a high stool. Smiling, Celestia quietly walked up behind her, and then loudly cleared her throat. "Hm?" The filly replied, not looking up from the book. Celestia, still smiling, moved closer, leaned over the filly, and stretched her neck out and down. The studious little unicorn sudden found herself staring straight into a large, upside-down face. "Aaaah! Oh... hello, Princess..." "Hello, Twilight. Don't you think it's a little late to be studying?" "But I've only been reading for, um..." Twilight Sparkle glanced over at a nearby clock, and blinked at it. "Oh." "Yes, little one. It's near sunset again." The princess stepped back as the filly stretched and rubbed her eyes. "I don't mind visiting after tutoring, Twilight, but why is it you don't respond when Scrivener tries to get you to bed?" Twilight glanced over at the old unicorn, and then leaned toward Celestia and whispered, "Well, his voice is kinda boring." Celestia made an impressive attempt at keeping her face straight. "Ahem. Nonetheless, I'd appreciate it if you could listen to what he says. There's always more time to study tomorrow." She glanced at the book Twilight had been reading. "That looks like... a dictionary?" "I was looking for books about the beginning of the world," the filly explained. "The public library just has stories and legends, and when you said I could study in here I started looking for something better. But I keep finding books written in Old Equestrian, and I can't read them. So I found a dictionary to help me." Twilight jumped down from the stool and followed Celestia toward the library's exit; Scrivener followed both at a polite distance. The princess asked, "And have you found anything?" "There are quotes from some other book, but I don't know where to find it. There's a library code starting with RHC." "The Royal Household Collection," said Scrivener behind them. "You would not have seen it on the library maps, Miss Twilight, because that section of the library contains material that is the personal property of the royal house of Equestria. I can enter because of my duties as Royal Archivist, but otherwise only Her Majesty may peruse the material freely." "I hardly ever go in," Celestia said. "Most of what used to be in there was relinquished to the Library ages ago." She frowned. "What would a history book be doing in there? Do you remember the number, Twilight?" "RHC, er, zero-zero-five-two?" "Scrivener, could you fetch that? I'm curious about it myself." The librarian bowed stiffly and walked off between the shelves. The princess and her student went to the library doors to wait for him. Twilight asked, hopefully, "If he finds it, can I take it with me to read?" "I don't think that would be a good idea, little one." Celestia smiled down at her. "Most of the books in that collection are very old and fragile. And besides, if it's in Old Equestrian you'd need the dictionary with you just to make sense of it. It can wait until tomorrow, but at least I can look at it myself and see if it's what you're looking for." "How will you know, princess? If we can't read it..." Twilight trailed off, and then said, "Oh. I guess... you were around to learn it?" "Oh, yes. Everyone spoke it, once. And they read it and wrote it, if they knew how to read and write." "How long ago was that?" The princess laughed. "Long enough that I don't bother to count. ...Ah, Scrivener. You found it?" The old unicorn trotted up, a mildly offended look on his face. A book floated along behind him. "Your Majesty, if I cannot find a book in this library, I haven't been doing my job. This one is quite distinct, anyway." Celestia's horn glowed faintly as she took the book. It floated in front of her face, and the covers opened. From below, Twilight could see that it was indeed an unusual book; the covers and spine were metal, hinged together. There was a curious, gilded design on the front, etched into the cover itself, like two stylized ponies following each other in a circle, a sun and moon between them. The spine had several short lines of writing, but it was even less recognizable than the Old Equestrian had been. There was a long silence. Finally, unable to contain her impatience, the filly asked, "Princess, is it a history book?" After another silence, Celestia moved the book away from her face, and shut it quietly. Just for a moment after her face became visible again, a strange and unhappy expression remained in place, before being quickly replaced by a weak smile. "No. No, Twilight, it's just... more stories." Twilight simply nodded, looking worried. She suddenly felt that she wasn't all that curious about what was in the book. She had never seen an expression like that before in her short life, and she didn't know exactly what it meant, but it wasn’t one she was keen on seeing again. The princess straightened. "I'm sure Scrivener can find something more helpful for you tomorrow. But I must go raise the moon... and you really should get some sleep. And I’m sure little Spike is missing you, spending so much time in here." Twilight nodded again. Now the princess' faint smile looked as it always did, and the filly found herself wondering if it had left at all. Casting the occasional glance over her shoulder, she left for her room, with one of the royal guards escorting her. The princess fixed her gaze on the floor for a few moments, sighed, and then turned to Scrivener. "Would you mind helping Twilight find some history books tomorrow? I don't think we have anything better than what she's found already, but give what help you can." "Of course, Your Majesty," replied Scrivener. He watched her face closely. "Shall I put that book back for you?" She glanced at it again, closed her eyes, and shook her head. "No," she said quietly, "I think I'll take it with me for now. Good night, Scrivener." "Good night, Majesty." The old unicorn watched her go. He was seventy-two, and despite his fondness for the peace and quiet of his library he had seen quite a lot in his life. Twilight Sparkle might have been too young to recognize the brief look that had been on the princess' face, but it was one that he had had occasion to see. It had spoken of old memories, deep pain, and deep regrets. And how deep might they go, he thought sadly, for one who has watched centuries go by? ==================== The moon began its journey into the sky above Canterlot. Celestia looked wistfully at the dark shape on its surface, like the silhouette of a unicorn's head, and then turned away, closing the balcony doors behind her. She laid herself on her bed, staring at nothing, and then turned to look at the nightstand nearby. There was always a heavy stack of books on it, because, like her student, Celestia was an avid reader; she had placed the metal-bound book on top of the stack. It looked exactly as she remembered, gleaming like new in the dim lights of her chambers. She hesitated; it was already late, and she wanted to sleep, but... Celestia pulled the book onto the bed and opened it. The first page was covered an intricate design, a tracery of black ink, in the center of which was a stylized sun, the mirror of her own cutie mark. And on the next page, several lines of writing, in a language so old that almost no one, except for her, remembered it had ever existed. Her eyes followed the lines of complex, looping symbols. She read: ACCOUNTS OF BEGINNINGS, Written here that they not be forgotten. And below: As seen by and told to CELESTIA, THE DAYKINDLER. She sighed, shook her head, and closed the book again. She had responsibilities. She needed sleep, because tomorrow was a busy day. Surely, it would be a waste of time to go dredging up memories... But, thought Celestia, as she lay down her head, maybe tomorrow I'll look through it. Just for a while. And there she slept, the book still in her hooves, as the night moved on.
  18. So I'm working on a little something right now and wanted to take care of two things with a short little pre-chapter one bit (not really a prologue, just like a tidbit from the night before the chapter begins. The first of which is a minor issue that's bugged me since the beginning of the show. The other is bit of a fan squabble that I wanted to establish the standing of in my little fic. The light of the moon was nearly gone; the day was soon to begin, it was as if the sun were eager to reveal the pony. The tear gently rolled of her cheek, touching down with a soft splash onto the gravestone before her. She raised a hoof slightly, tenderly sliding it across the name carved in an elegant font on the stone’s face. The alicorn bowed her head slightly, her soft, teal eyes growing even tearier as they passed over the name marking the second stone just to her right. The two stones stood alone with her, the three of them sitting in the otherwise barren gorge. She brought her hoof to her face and dried her eyes, though she felt the moistness return near immediately. “Naturia,” she muttered softly at the stone directly in front of her, “C-Chronos,” as she stole another glance at the other. A heavy sob escaped her and she let her face drop towards the ground. She brought her forelegs’ hooves to her face, slightly ashamed that she had allowed herself to break down. “M-mom… Dad…” she muttered. Her light blue mane fell over her eyes as she let her hooves fall back to the ground before the graves, still sobbing gently. There was a slight shuffling noise behind her and she turned around, a look of slight surprise crossing her face. “Tia… I’m sorry, I j-just…” The other alicorn simply nodded, a sad smile on her lips, and walked up to her, embracing her with her wings. “It’s okay Lu. It’s perfectly okay,” her sister assured her, pulling the grayish-purple pony close. After a long moment, Luna pulled away timidly and Celestia smiled. “I’m just glad I found you. Are you ready to come back home, Lu?” “I…” Luna stopped, and then began to cry again. She gave a gentle nod and the two alicorns began to walk away from the stones, spreading their wings in anticipation of a coming flight. As the two left the ground, Luna came to a sudden halt, glancing back at the graves once more. “Tia!” she called out and her sister stopped to turn back to her. “Yes, what is it Lu?” “Do…” Luna’s gaze dropped to the ground, “Do you think they’d be proud of me? E-even after all that’s happened?” The slightly younger alicorn saw her sister smile. “I’m sure they would have been Lu. I’m absolutely sure.” “Thank you, sister,” Luna said with a smile and the two began to fly into the sky. After a brief moment, two flashes of light surged in the air and the alicorns were gone, teleported far away into their home in Canterlot. Okay, so that's the little intro I have so far. The thing that bugged me, if you didn't quite figure it out, is who Celestia and Luna's parents are. I'm going off a theory I heard that alicorns aren't really immortal. They just live for a REALLY LONG TIME, many millenniums in fact. The fan squabble, is whether Celestia and Luna get along. In my fic, they do. Quite well. I think this little bit helps establish a foundation for me to clearly state that at the very least. So, what do you guys think? I just whipped this up a few nights ago so criticism would be appreciated. I also want to point out, this will EVENTUALLY morph into a TwiLuna.fic. It'll take it's sweet time getting there, by all means it will be slow, but I think slowness flows a bit more natural than some of the rather quick ship fics that exist.Anyway, FEEDBACK PLEASE! KTHNXBAI!
  19. So does anybody know a good Celestia vs Luna rp? If not does anybody want to join mine if I make one?
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