It was in the morning when the soldiers woke up Stardust.
"What?" Stardust yawned.
"You don't want to miss breakfast," the orange Soldier
Stardust stood up yawning and stretching his legs. He shook the
grass out of his coat and began walking towards the castle with
the two soldiers close behind him. Stardust walked in the castle
and down the long hallway towards the kitchen. He heard the usually
noise in the kitchen, cooks talking and yelling, water boiling
in pots and steam coming out of the oven. Stardust walked in
and waited for the cooks to notice him. One of them gave him
a plate full of waffles and 2 strawberries on the side. The two
soldiers behind him got the same, they took their plates and
followed Stardust in the next room into the servants dinning
hall. The room was big, all the servants and a few soldiers sat
at the long tables. Stardust sat at the end of a long table with
the two soldiers sitting in front of him. As he eat, he looked
at the two soldiers in front of him, for a minute he imagined
his two brothers sitting there eating. He sighed sadly, it had
been a little over two weeks and he hadn't seen or hard from
them. He wondered if Skyview was ok, was Skyview still thinking
about what he said in the dungeon?
When Stardust and the two soldier were done they left the
room, leaving their plates on the table. The soldiers fallowed
Stardust down the hall when he suddenly stopped. Ahead was Lunarstar
talking to Queen Snowfall.
As Stardust stood and watched, he suddenly saw Banner instead
of Lunarstar in a lighter and wider hallway. Stardust rubbed
his eyes and looked, it was Lunarstar instead of Banner.
"You ok?" The purple soldier asked.
"You've been doing that for a few days now," The orange
Stardust turned and looked at them, "Don't you two tell
anyone about it."
"Ok," The two soldiers quickly answered.
Lunarstar turned and noticed Stardust. She said goodbye to
Queen Snowfall and left rushing over to Stardust.
"Good morning Stardust," Lunarstar exclaimed excitedly.
"Good morning," Stardust replied smiling.
"Are we going to play today?" Lunarstar asked.
"You sure love to play, don't you?"
Lunarstar blushed, "Well, sure I do. I never got a chance
to play with someone when I was growing up, not till I moved
to ponyland and meet my friends."
"Oh," Stardust replied, "Well, lets just spend
the day relaxing."
"Relaxing?" Lunarstar asked.
"You can't play all the time," Stardust replied, "come
on, this is fun and it doesn't involve playing."
"Ok," Lunarstar replied and followed him outside. He
walked down the steps and around to the side of the castle. Lunarstar
could hear the cooks talking, she could even see them through
a window. Stardust took her to the back yard which was full of
squar cut bushes and flowers along the side of a stony path.
The path lead to a small pound in the middle of the yard. Stardust
stayed in the grass and walked far from the bushes and trees.
He stopped and laid down, rolling over on his back with his feet
in the air.
"What are you waiting for?" Stardust asked noticing
Lunarstar just standing there, "Lay down and watch the clouds."
"Watch the clouds?" Lunarstar asked.
"Yes," Stardust replied, "Like that one,"
Stardust pointed, "It looks like an ice cream cone."
Lunarstar looked up and smiled, the shape of the cloud looked
like the top of an ice cream with eh cone trailing off in the
Lunarstar flattened her wings to her sides, she laid on the grass
and rolled on her back looking up at the clouds.
"See, isn't this fun?" Stardust asked.
"Yeah!" Lunarstar exclaimed as she stared at the clouds,
"That one looks like a bird," Lunarstar pointed.
"Yes it does," Stardust agreed.
"That one looks like a book and that looks like a fish,"
as Lunarstar kept naming what she saw Stardust stared at the
clouds, he was no longer listening to her. Images flashed before
him, they were like a dream, fuzzy and cloudy. He could make
out most of them but some he couldn't tell what they were. Some
were images of ponies and places he never seen before.
"Stardust!" Lunarstar yelled.
Stardust snapped out of it and looked at Lunarstar, "What?"
"You weren't even listening."
"I'm sorry, Lunarstar. I was just thinking."
"Oh, about what?" Lunarstar asked curiously.
When Lunarstar asked that question, it felt familiar to him like
someone had asked him that same question many times to him.
"Oh, nothing important," Stardust lied. He didn't want
to tell her he had been seeing images and having nightmares.
"Oh," Lunarstar signed, she turned and looked up at
the clouds, "Look there," Lunarstar pointed, "Kind
of looks like me."
Stardust smiled, "Yes, it sure does."
As they laid in the grass staring at the clouds. He thought about
his brothers and wondered what they were doing. He felt bad he
had to turn against them but hoped they would joint him. After
awhile he realized Lunarstar had gotten quiet. He turned his
head to find Lunarstar sound asleep with her head turn and her
feet still in the air.
as he looked at her sleeping face, he suddenly saw her as a white
pony with long blue hair. Stardust blinked a few times till all
he saw was Lunarstar sleeping.
"Strange, I know I've seen that pony before," Stardust
thought. He turned and continued looking at the clouds, thinking.
The sun was setting turning the sky orange and pink. He looked
at Lunarstar who was still asleep. He reached over with his hoof
and shook her, "Wake up."
Lunarstar slowly opened her eyes and yawned.
"It's getting late," Stardust added.
Lunarstar quickly sat up surprisingly, "I slept through
most of the day?"
"Yes you did. I guess you needed it."
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to fall asleep on you."
Stardust laughed, "It's quite alright."
"Well I had fun, though," Lunarstar looked at the sky
one last time, "I better be going before someone comes looking
for me," Lunarstar stood up, "Talk to you tomorrow.
Stardust just smiled at her and watched her run into the castle
from the back yard. Once she was inside, he turned over on his
side laying his head on the grass.
"Aren't you going in front?" The purple pony asked.
"Why? Does it matter where I sleep?" Stardust asked.
"No, I guess not," The orange turned and waved at the
two soldiers with lanterns. When the solders arrived, the other
Stardust had quickly fallen asleep as the two soldiers with Lanterns
stood at a distance watching him.