Chapter 124: Kitchen Thief
Banner walked through the hall heading outside when he heard
a commotion at the end of another hallway. He could quite make
out what they were saying or who they were. He turned down the
hallway and followed the noise, at the end of the long hallway
he discovered the noise was coming from the kitchen. He could
hear the ponies arguing over something. He walked to the kitchen
and peaked around the corner.
"I swear, those were dry and hang up before the kitchen
was closed," The dark pink pony shouted.
"How do you explain the misplaced foods?" The white
male pony asked loudly.
"I don't know."
"It's got to be a ghost," another cook exclaimed.
"That's nonsense. There are no such thing as a ghost,"
the white pony replied.
"But I heard a noise in the kitchen the other night,"
another pony replied.
"Why didn't you check it out?"
"I did and when I got her, there was no one here."
Banner quietly left the kitchen, he could still here them arguing.
He tuned down the hall and continued walk. He knew there was
no such thing as a ghost but he knew there couldn't have been
anyone in the kitchen at the middle of the night.
A soldier walked up to Banner interrupting his thoughts, "King
Sea Mist wants to speak with you."
"Ok," Banner followed the soldier to the throne room.
The soldier stopped at the door as Banner continued in the room.
King Sea Mist sat at the throne alone, Queen Snowfall wasn't
"You sent for me?" Banner asked.
"Yes, my cooks have told me about food going missing and
misplaced. Pots and pans being watched and the floor looking
dirty. I believe there's a kitchen thief at night, probably someone
flying in a time and stealing the food from the kitchen. Banner,
I want you and a few soldiers to check it out tonight, I have
a feeling the thief will be back tonight."
"Yes, you Majesty."
"Inform me in the morning on who you find," King Sea
Banner bowed and left the throne room, he walked down he wide
halls. He left the halls and walked into the Great Hall. He opened
the door and left the castle heading down the stairs.
He walked across the yard to the Castle wall and climbed the
stairs. Charades was walking around the walls checking on all
"Charades," Banner called.
Charades hurried over to Banner, "Yes, what is it?"
"Have you heard about the kitchen?" Banner asked.
"The cooks thinks there's a ghost in the kitchen at night
but King Sea mist thinks someone is stealing food at night. He
wants a few of us to check it out tonight. I want you and Buster
to come with me tonight."
"Don't tell anyone. We don't want to scare the thief away."
"Alright, I'll get Buster," Charades turned and walked
around the wall to find Buster.
Later that night when the sun was completely gone and the stars
twinkled brightly behind the drifting clouds, Banner, Buster
and Charades went into the castle. Everyone was sound asleep
on the second and third floor. Soldiers at the throne room stood
awake guarding the doors. Banner, Buster and Charades turned
down the hall and continued walking, as they got closer they
could hear noise. Clanking noise and doors shutting. Banner couldn't
believe the cooks where right. could there really be a ghost?
They stopped and looked around the corner and gasped, under the
door was light, not very bright but it was enough to see the
Banner went first and threw open the door expecting to see a
thief or ghost but to their surprise it was Stardust and two
soldiers sitting at a small wooden table eating soup from their
plastic yellow bowels.
"You?" Banner cried.
"What?" Stardust asked surprisingly.
"We heard there was a ghost or thief in the kitchen at night
but it was only you?" Banner asked.
"I can't sleep so I come here and since those two are watching
me they might as well eat to," Stardust explained.
"Your eating soup?" Buster asked.
"Stardust is a great cook," the yellow pony exclaimed.
"There's plenty of soup in the pot," the pink Soldier
"I wouldn't mind having some," Buster replied.
"Looks good to me," Charades added.
Banner stood and stared at Stardust as he eat, Banner wasn't
to crazy about eating next to Stardust.
Buster walked up to the pot and looked in, he saw noodles swimming
in the broth with pieces of chicken.
"It's homemade," Stardust said still eating his soup,
"The bowls are below you on the right."
Buster took opened the cupboard and took a pink bowel, Charades
too a red bowel.
"Well," Stardust asked Banner.
"I guess it couldn't hurt," Banner walked to the cupboard
and took a blue bowel. The three of them fill their bowels and
sat at the table.
They spent awhile eating their soup will there was no more soup
left in the pot.
"This is good soup," Charades commented.
"Where did you learn to cook?" Buster asked.
"I don't know," Stardust stood up and walked over to
the pot leaving Buster, Charades and Banner suspicious.
"What do you mean you don't know?" Charades asked.
Stardust took the pot and cleaned it in a large sink, "I
rather not talk about it," Stardust took their bowels once
they were finished and quickly washed them, then left them on
the counter to dry.
Banner didn't like Stardust but he had to admit the soup he made
When Stardust was done they all left the kitchen heading outside.
Banner stopped at the base of the stairs and watched as Stardust
walked back into the yard.
"What?" Charades asked.
"He doesn't know a whole lot," Banner replied.
"What do you mean?" Buster asked.
"He doesn't know where he learned to cook or what happened
to Queen Royal Heart or the questions he asked Skyview in the
Dungeon," Banner paused, "for some reason, I can't
help but feel sorry for him."
"You?" Charades exclaimed, "feel sorry for him?
I thought you didn't like the Black ponies?"
"I said I felt sorry for him, I never said I liked him,"
Banner continued walking towards the castle wall laying on the
grass next to the wall. Charades and Buster glanced at each other
and then looked at Stardust who had fallen fast asleep. They
yawned and joined Banner at the wall.