Chapter 117: Past Unnoticed
Stardust and Lunarstar had traveled all morning through the forest,
stopping every now and then to eat berries or get a drink of
Lunarstar saw a mountain from in the distance through the parting
"Is that it?" Lunarstar asked.
"Yes, that is Mooney Mountain," Stardust answered.
Lunarstar gasped, she had never seen Mooney Mountain during the
day or from a distance. It was a tall mountain covered with grass
and thick trees. At the bottom was a clearing and a town, is
wasn't large but not a tinny town either.
"That town is called Woodlock," Stardust commented
after noticing Lunarstar staring at it.
"Are we going through it?" Lunarstar asked.
"I don't want to but to take the road up the Mountain, we
have to go through town."
"Can't we go around it?" Lunarstar asked.
"We could but it's steep and," Stardust paused, "and
I dropped you once going down it. Believe me, it'll be safer
to take the road."
"You dropped me?" Lunarstar asked surprisingly.
"I told you but I guess you were so scared at the time to
remember. That is why your head was hurting, I accidently dropped
you on the mountain and you hit your head on some rocks."
"Oh," Lunarstar replied, remembering when she first
woke up in the cave.
"Before we get any closer, I want you to change. If my brothers
happen to see you, they won't know it's you."
"Ok," Lunarstar's horn began to glow, her hair turned
purple, then her wings and horn disappeared. Stardust still couldn't
get over her changing. She looked like a normal earth pony with
long purple hair.
"Well?" Lunarstar asked noticing his stare.
"Oh, yes...well lets go," Stardust stuttered.
They walked down the hill and through the forest to a clearing.
Stardust stopped and looked around for his brothers, he knew
they were nearby he could sense them.
"Follow me and stay very close," Stardust ordered.
Lunarstar knotted her head and then followed him towards town.
They walked to a building and stayed behind it walking from one
building to the next, avoiding the street. Stardust peeked around
each building to be sure his brothers wasn't there. He knew he
was getting close to them but wasn't sure where they were. He
continued walking behind the building when he suddenly stopped,
in the alley just around the corner of the building was Skyview
standing and watching the street. Stardust quietly backed away
along with Lunarstar.
Skyview stood waiting impatiently for Stardust when Starfire
walked up to him from the street, "I don't see him."
"Keep watching, he has to come through here either today
or tomorrow," Skyview replied.
Suddenly they heard a snapping sound.
Stardust looked at Lunarstar who had stepped on a swig.
"What was that?" Skyview asked.
"What was what?" Starfire asked who heard nothing.
Skyview turned walking towards the back of the building.
Stardust stood ready to charge at Skyview. Lunarstar had an idea,
she turned into a white cat Looking a lot like Sweetheart's cat
and casually walked around the corner catching Stardust by surprise.
Skyview stopped with Starfire next to him.
"It was just a stupid cat," Skyview remarked.
The white cat flattened it's ears and hissed at them showing
"I don't think the cat liked what you said, " Starfire
"It's a cat, how would it know what I said?" Skyview
replied, he took a step forward and stomped his hoof at the cat.
The white cat turned and ran around the corner hiding behind
Skyview and Starfire turned around heading to the street.
"Lets keep searching," Skyview suggested, "he's
bound to show up."
Once Skyview and Starfire had left the alley, Stardust picked
up Lunarstar in his mouth like a mother cat and carried her.
He walked behind the building till he could see the road to the
mountain. He quietly walked around the corner and checked the
street before leaving the alley. He saw his brothers standing
in the street but they had their backs turned. Ponies nearby,
went around them staring at them in fear. Stardust took a chance
and dashed across the street.
Skyview turned just in time to see Stardust disappear into an
"There he is!" Skyview cried.
They ran down the street not paying attention to the ponies staring
at them. They ran into the alley after Stardust. Starfire took
a flying leap in the air and began flapping his wings. Skyview
disappeared in a cloudy mist.
Stardust ran along the road and up the mountain when suddenly
Skyview appeared in front of him. Stardust threw Lunarstar in
the bushes off the road and charged at Skyview. Lunarstar landed
on her feet and walked out from the bush to see what he was doing.
Stardust rammed into Skyview sending him across the dirt road.
Starfire landed behind him and charged at him. Stardust whirled
around catching Starfire by surprise. He stood preparing himself
for the impact.
Starfire rammed into him but didn't knock him down, Stardust
bent down and caught Starfire on his back. Stardust reared on
his hind legs sending him sliding down his back. Skyview was
still trying to recover from the impact.
When Starfire stood up and ready to grabbed him, Stardust rammed
into him sending him rolling down hill then he turned around
and ran up to Skyview. He skidded to a stop and reared as high
as he could looking down. Skyview looked up and gasped, he knew
immediately what Stardust was going to do. Skyview quickly scooted
himself back, then he tucked his front feet under his chin hoping
Stardust wouldn't step on him and brake a bone. He knew Stardust
could do it if he wanted to.
Stardust landed hard on the ground with in inches from Skyview's
face. The ground rumble under Skyview, one would have to be very
close to hear it.
Stardust turned, picked up Lunarstar in his mouth and ran past
Skyview towards Moonlight Castle.
Skyview looked at the ground and was relieved he was alright
but gasped when he noticed the imprint in the ground.
Starfire managed to stand up after rolling off the road. He walked
up to Skyview who was in the process of getting on his feet.
"You ok?" Starfire asked.
Starfire looked up the mountain knowing they had let Stardust
get pass them.
"We should go after him," Starfire exclaimed.
"No, It's to late. He's probably already there," Skyview
"Did you noticed the cat?" Starfire asked, "it
was a white cat."
"The one from the alley?" Skyview asked.
"That is strange," Skyview muttered.
"Why does he have the cat and where did the Princess go?"
"Humm," Skyview muttered.
"I wish you quite that and tell me," Starfire remarked.
"Well, this could be a diversion while the Princess sneaks
past us," Skyview walked down the hill, "Lets go look
Starfire turned and followed Skyview, "Your plan failed."
"Shut up. You couldn't have done any better!" Skyview
"I probably could have."
The two continued arguing as they walked down the hill along
the dirt road.