It was morning and Amaryllis, Peaches and Star Cluster left
the house, walking towards the thick forest. Star Custer and
Amaryllis each carried a large pink bag around their necks.
"Isn't this the forth time this week that we're walking
through the forest?" Star Cluster asked.
"I love fall, it's cool outside and the trees are so pretty,
besides this is a picnic," Amaryllis told him, "There's
a lake not to far from the house, we...or used to go there a
lot to have a picnic," Amaryllis paused looking sad for
a minute then smiled at him, "You'll love it. It's wide
open and mountains all around us. At this time of the year it
looks even more prettier."
"A lake?" Star Cluster asked, "How big?"
"Well it's pretty big, it could take you 30 minutes to an
hour to walk around it," Amaryllis answered, "And it's
the clearest lake I've seen."
Star Cluster smiled, "Well then lets not waste time."
They walked quickly through the forest while Peaches continued
to ask how far is it. When they walked out of the forest and
into a large clearing, Star Cluster stood and stared at the lake
which was pretty large, it curved around the bend near the largest
hill. The lake sparkled in the sunlight and the distance trees
around them was very pretty. Reds and yellows leaves were all
over the hills with a bit of orange and a few darker colors.
The leaves were falling even faster than before and soon winter
will be upon them before they knew it.
"Well?" Amaryllis asked noticing his silence.
"It's certainly is pretty."
"Lets pick a spot to set your picnic up," Amaryllis
Star Cluster followed her to a slight hill top over looking the
large lake and the large hill in the distance.
They put their bags on the ground while Peaches ran to the lake.
"Peaches!" Amaryllis yelled, "Be careful!"
Star Cluster took out a light blue blanket and laid it on the
grass. Amaryllis laid the plates and food down, then she laid
down and watched Peaches splash in the water, "Star Cluster
that looks like fun, don't you think so?"
Star Cluster didn't answer her at first, the way Peaches was
splashing in the water had made an image flash before his mind,
an image of him running and splashing water at someone but the
pony was so blurry to tell who it was.
"Star Cluster?" Amaryllis called to him noticing his
Star Cluster blinked and smiled at her, "Lets go and join
Amaryllis smiled at him, she stood up and ran with him. Star
Cluster looked at her and smiled, he felt that he never had so
much fun before. Had he always played before? was he a playful
type pony? Even though he couldn't remember, he felt he was not
always the playful pony.
They ran to the lake and splashed water at each other, Peaches
got soaked but still continued to play.
Amaryllis and Peaches joined teams and started splashing water
"Ok, you two won, I'm going to dry off," Star Cluster
laughed and then walked out of the water. She laid down in the
grass letting the sun and wind dry his dark purple coat. He watched
Amaryllis and Peaches play in at the edge of the lake. He looked
at the colorful trees and smiled at it's beauty. Just then he
noticed something pink white and gold, it was tall but somewhat
hazy. He looked again on the hill but it wasn't there. He rubbed
his eyes and looked again but still there was nothing there.
"What..was that?" Star Custer thought. He looked at
the hill and tried to remember what he had seen or thought he
saw, then it happened again, he was a tall light pink and white
castle with a little bit of gold on it, sitting on the hill.
He rubbed his eyes again, he knew a castle could not possibly
be there. When he looked again, it wasn't there. He couldn't
believe he saw a castle on the hill. He didn't recall ever seeing
a castle before or in books and yet that castle looked very familiar.
Where had he seen that castle?
Amaryllis and Peaches left the lake and sat next to Star Cluster
"Amaryllis, do you see anything on that hill?" Star
Cluster asked her.
Amaryllis looked at the hill, "No, there's nothing there.
Why do you ask?"
"I thought I saw...well I guess I was imagining it."
"Saw what?" Amaryllis asked curiously, "It could
be something from your memories."
"A tall light pink and white castle with a little bit of
gold," Star Cluster answered.
"A Castle?" Amaryllis asked surprisingly, "I've
never seen a castle like that before."
"You haven't?" Star Cluster asked.
"No, not in that color combination," Amaryllis answered.
"Castle?" Peaches asked, "Was it pretty?"
Star Cluster smiled at Peaches, "Yes it was very pretty.
"Lets go eat," Amaryllis suggested.
"Sound good to me," Star Cluster replied.
"Me too," Peaches cried and them she ran to the blanket.
After they had eaten on the blanket and laid down feeling
full, Peaches smiled when she saw a butterfly, she ran from the
blanket and chased it.
"There she goes," Star Cluster exclaimed.
Amaryllis laughed, "Shall we join her?"
Star Cluster stood up and began gathering leaves, "Lets
play something else with her."
"Oh, I get it," Amaryllis smiled, "Sure, this
will be fun," then she too gathered leaves.
While Peaches chased the butterfly, Amaryllis walked up to her
and waited till Peaches was close to her then she dumped the
leaves on her.
Peaches smiled and giggled. She picked up the leaves and threw
them at her mother but she wasn't there. Peaches laughed and
began chasing her just then Star Cluster threw the leaves at
Peaches but missed and hit Amaryllis. Peaches stood laughing
at her. Amaryllis picked up the leaves and threw them at Star
Cluster. Before long, the three of them were throwing Leaves
at each other. After awhile Amaryllis got tired and decided to
rest, she walked back to the blanket and rested then Star Cluster
"Giving up already?" Star Cluster asked her.
"I haven't played this much in a long time," Amaryllis
Star Cluster smiled at her, "You should more often."
Amaryllis smiled at him, "So should you."
Peaches ran around the grass chasing anything that was moving.
Amaryllis continued to watch her while Star Cluster looked at
the hill again and imagined the castle. Just then Peaches ran
up to him and tackled him as she laughed. Star cluster fell over
on the ground with Peaches on him laughing.
"So you think that was funny?" Star Cluster asked smiling
at her. Then he noticed Amaryllis laughing, she to thought it
was funny. Amaryllis walked over to Star Cluster and laid in
the grass. Peaches continued to lay on him, she was no longer
laughing but smiling instead.
"It's a pretty day to just relax," Amaryllis told him.
"Yes it is," Star Cluster replied.
The sun was going down fast and before long Peaches had fallen
asleep on him. Amaryllis giggled, "I think someone fell
asleep on you."
Star Cluster looked at Peaches and smiled, "That's the second
time she's done that."
"Well it's time to be heading home anyways," Amaryllis
told him, she stood up and shook Peaches awake, "Get up,
time to go home."
Peaches climbed off of him and yawed. Star Cluster stood up and
stretched his legs then he walked over to the blanket and helped
pack. When they were done, they hung the bags around their necks
and noticed Peaches had fallen asleep again.
"She really worn herself out, today," Amaryllis muttered.
"Put her on my back, I'll carry her home."
Amaryllis smiled at him, "You really like her don't you?"
"Yes, I do," Star Cluster replied smiling at her, "She'll
grow up to be pretty just like her mother."
Amaryllis looked at him surprisingly. Did she hear him right?
Did he really think she was pretty?
"Really?" Amaryllis asked almost blushing.
Star Cluster smiled at her, "Yes."
The two stood staring at each other for a minute.
"I umm...better get Peaches," Amaryllis nervously told
him. She walked to Peaches and picked her up.
Peaches slowly opened her eyes and looked at her, "mommy,
your face is red."
"It is?" Amaryllis asked surprisingly.
Star Cluster chuckled.
"Oh, well...ummm. I was..umm. Hot," Amaryllis replied
nervously, "Star Cluster is going to carry you home."
Peaches tiredly smiled. Amaryllis sat her on his back with her
feet hanging to each of his sides and her front feet cured under
her chin. She felt very comfortable and quickly fell back to
They left the lake and walked through the thick forest walking
side by side.
"I had a great time today," Amaryllis told him.
"So did I," Star Cluster agreed, "We should have
picnics more often."
"I would love that," Amaryllis replied.