It was in the afternoon when Amaryllis and Star Cluster sat
by the house talking and watching Peaches. Suddenly Amaryllis
notices Peaches by the edge of the forest.
"Peaches!" Amaryllis yelled, "I have told you
to never go near the forest edge without me!"
"But mommy, there something in there and it's got my ball."
"Peaches, get away, now!" Amaryllis yelled fearing
it could be a wild animal.
Peaches stood and stared are the figure, she wanted her ball
so bad and yet she could hear her mother yelling angrily at her.
Amaryllis stood up and walked towards her while Star Cluster
stayed behind watching. He knew better than to interfere. As
Amaryllis walked closer she noticed Peaches backing away looking
scared. Suddenly Amaryllis and Star Cluster heard a roar. Peaches
screamed and ran into another part of the forest, she didn't
see her mother running after her or Star Cluster running right
behind her mother. Peaches ran as fast as she could with a brown
bear close behind her. She cried as tears poured from her eyes.
She had to hide and quick. The only thing she saw was a hole
at the base of a large tree. Peaches ran for the hole and squeezed
through it just as the bear was ready to swing it's large paw
at her. Peaches curled in a ball far from the hole as she could
get. She didn't care about the dirt she sat on or the dirt above
her coming down in tiny crumbs. She sat there and cried loudly.
When she saw a large paw inching it's way into the hole, she
Amaryllis and Star Cluster arrived to find a large brown bear
digging at the whole in the ground. It was clear that the bear
"Peaches!" Amaryllis screamed fearfully.
"I'll take care of the bear. You get Peaches and head home,"
Star Cluster told her.
Amaryllis wasn't about to argue or reply. All she wanted was
to have Peaches safe. She quickly hid behind some bushes and
trees while Star Cluster picked up a few rocks and threw it at
the bear. After a few rocks he had gotten the bears attention,
it turned and roared angrily at him. Star Cluster turned and
ran with the bear close behind him. Once the bear was gone, Amaryllis
hurried to the hole and called for Peaches.
"Peaches, come out!" Amaryllis cried worriedly but
all she heard was her daughter crying, "It's alright. The
bear is gone."
Peaches peaked out the hole and then she saw her mother standing
there. Peaches crawled out of the hole and hugged her mother
as she cried. Amaryllis picked her up, cradling her in her arms.
She quietly walked through the forest till she reached the field.
She looked around and didn't see Star Cluster or the bear. She
began wondering if he got away. Was he hurt? Had the bear caught
him? She couldn't stand the thought of something happening to
him. As she hurried to the house she began to feel worried for
Once she reached the house she hurried inside with Peaches still
crying. Amaryllis went to Peach's room and sat her on the pink
"Stay right here, Peaches. Do not leave your room till I
get back," Amaryllis told her, then she hurried out of the
room and ran outside. She ran to the center of the field yelling
his name but she heard nothing. She walked to the place she had
seen him last and began following his trail as she called his
name. The trail lead to the field but she wasn't sure which way
he want after that. She decided to continued going straight calling
for his name. She walked across the field and entered the forest
"Star Cluster!" she yelled loudly. She was about to
call for him again when she faintly heard her name.
"Where are you?" She yelled again. She heard Star Cluster
but she couldn't make out what he said. She continued walking
as she followed his voice.
"Amaryllis!" Star Cluster yelled.
Amaryllis suddenly stopped, she could clearly hear him but she
couldn't see him.
"Where are you?!" Amaryllis asked.
"Here!" Star Cluster replied.
"Where?" Amaryllis asked again as she looked around.
"Just look up!" Star Cluster replied.
Amaryllis turned towards the tree and looked up. She had expected
Star Cluster to be a few branches up but when she saw how high
he was she gasped shockingly. He was sitting on a branch hugging
the tree trunk at the very top.
"How in the world did you get up there?" Amaryllis
asked still surprised.
"I jumped," Star Cluster replied.
"From here?" Amaryllis asked.
"I jump from the ground to a branch and then here,"
Star Cluster replied, "how do I get down?"
"Climb down very carefully!" Amaryllis replied. As
she watched him slowly climb his way down she started to worry
that he would fall.
Star Cluster slowly made his way to the ground and then dropped
from the last branch to the ground.
"It's good to be back on the ground again," Star Cluster
"You...jumped?" Amaryllis asked again, "but...how?"
"I...don't know. The bear was chasing me and it was so close.
I went to jump on that branch but instead I want half way up.
I grabbed the branch and jumped to the top. I honestly didn't
know I could jump so high or how I even know I could do it,"
Star Cluster explained.
Amaryllis looked at him with a confused look, he was clearly
not a normal male pony. There was something...special about him.
Amaryllis felt a tear drip from her cheek, she was so happy to
see he was alright. To Star Cluster's surprise, she suddenly
hugged him. Amaryllis didn't want to let go, she had realized
she not only liked him but she also loved him. Star Cluster stood
on his hind leg and held her in his arms. Amaryllis felt for
a second like she was hugging her husband again.
"I was worried," Amaryllis finally said.
"I'm fine. How's Peaches?" Star Cluster asked.
Amaryllis let go and looked at him, "she's fine...scared
to death but fine. I don't think she'll be going near the edge
of the forest again."
"What made that bear so mad?" Star Cluster asked.
"Peaches was probably to close to it's cubs. bears are very
protective of their cubs," Amaryllis answered.
Star Cluster smiled, "Well, lets go home."
Amaryllis smiled and walked beside him as the left the forest
heading towards the house.