Stardust and his brothers went up stairs to Lunarstar's room,
they stopped and knocked on the door.
"Lunarstar, let us in," Stardust yelled through the
door, "It's important."
Suddenly the door opened. Stardust walked in and saw Lunarstar
on the bed facing away from him. He noticed the glow from her
horn dimming. He guessed she used her horn to open the door.
"Lunarstar, I hear you miss your parents," Stardust
"Yes," Lunarstar muttered.
"How would you like to see your parents tonight?" Stardust
Lunarstar sat up and turned her head, "Really?"
The boys could see she had been crying. Her eyes were still watery
and her face was wet.
"I did promise you I'd take you back. King Sea Mist said
you could go but just for a visit. Me, Skyview, Starfire, Buster
and Charades will go with you," Stardust replied, "Now
cheer up. You wouldn't want your parents to know you've been
Lunarstar faced away from him, she felt embarrassed that they
had seen her crying. She wiped the tears from her eyes and climbed
off the bed and walked to her dresser. She brushed her hair and
then followed the boys outside.
"Why visit? Couldn't I just stay there?" Lunarstar
asked once they were outside.
"It's still not safe outside the walls. Star Cluster has
others working for him. You haven't forgotten those Apetons and
Alfeo Castle, have you?" Stardust asked.
"Oh," Lunarstar sighed. "But..."
"Lunarstar, trust me. He will come after you eventually.
You are safer here with us. We won't risk losing you to Star
Cluster your...too important," Stardust explained.
Lunarstar looked away towards the ground, sadly.
"Cheer up, Lunarstar. At least you'll get to see your parents!"
Lunarstar smiled. She was sad that she couldn't stay, but happy
that she was finally going to see her parents.
They walked to the gate and meet up with Buster and Charades
who were still wearing their metal leg bands and a sword at their
"Your going like that?" Lunarstar asked them.
Charades smiled, "We don't plan to stay, it's just for a
When the gates opened, they walked through it followed by Banner
and a small group of soldiers. They followed the dirt road to
a turn, but they continued walking into the forest. The sun was
setting fast and by the time they arrived at the Gate, the sun
was almost gone.
They sat and waited till the sun was gone and the full moon shined
brightly. Lunarstar watched with fascination as a rippling mirror
image appeared in the center of the gate.
"It's open, so lets hurry and go through it!" Charades
He and Buster walked through the gate first then, Stardust, Lunarstar
and his brothers. Banner and the rest of the soldiers sat around
the gate and watched as they waited for their return.
Charades led them through the ruins along the trail and down
the steep hill. Their glowing coats made it easier to see where
they were going. They walked through the forest and stopped just
short of the edge of the forest.
"There's her house," Charades pointed at the green
Lunarstar smiled greatly.
"Don't go anywhere without us, Lunarstar," Stardust
quickly said, sensing her eagerness to go home.
"So how do we get there without being seen?" Starfire
"Seen by who?" Skyview asked, "There's no one
outside. We should be able to just walk over there."
"He's right," Stardust agreed, "Lets go."
Buster and Charades walked ahead to the house and knocked on
the door while Lunarstar and the black ponies followed them.
Booster answered the door and was shocked to see who was standing
at their door.
"May we come in?" Charades asked. He noticed his worried
look while staring at the black ponies. "It's alright, they're
with us. Please we have to talk."
Booster opened the door wider and let them in. Lunarstar couldn't
stand it any longer, she ran out from the black ponies and up
to her father. Booster stood on his hind legs and hugged her
"Lunarstar...We...we thought we'd never see you again,"
Starfire shut the door since he was the last one to walk in the
house. Booster continued to hug Lunarstar. He then picked her
up still hugging her.
"Rosebud!" Booster cried.
Rosebud was upstairs when she heard Booster call for her.
"Hurry, it's Lunarstar!"
Rosebud dropped what she was doing and hurried out of the room.
She ran downstairs the instant she saw Lunarstar in Booster's
She stood on her hind legs and hugged Lunarstar as tears poured
from her eyes.
"My little girl...Lunarstar. Oh, I missed you terribly!"
Rosebud muttered in Lunarstar's ear.
Stardust stood and watched. He felt his heart ache and felt terrible
for kidnaping her. He could tell her adopted parents truly loved
Booster looked up and noticed they were standing their waiting
for him. Booster handed Lunarstar to Rosebud and then showed
his guests to the livingroom. Rosebud sat on the stairs still
crying and hugging Lunarstar. She didn't want to ever let Lunarstar
Lunarstar was crying as well. She too was happy to see her mother.
Neither one of them could talk for awhile.
Booster took them to the living room and then he stopped.
He turned and faced them with curiosity and a bit afraid of the
"Booster," Charades began to say, "You remember
the black ponies we told you about, well they have changed sides
and has joined us."
Stardust stepped forward, "My name is Stardust and there's
a lot I must tell you before we go back."
"Go back?" Booster asked.
"Yes, we are here visiting. Lunarstar will have to go back
with us. It's too dangerous for her to stay here," Stardust
"What do you mean! You three were the only ones after Lunarstar!"
"Can we sit first?" Stardust asked.
"Oh, sure," Booster sat on the floor while the others
sat on the couches.
"Star Cluster has most of the Kingdoms working for him.
The three of us weren't the only ones sent to catch her. She
would be safer with us in the other world where we can watch
her," Stardust paused, "I apologize for kidnaping Lunarstar.
I feel bad about it, but it was probably a good thing I did.
I don't think I would have left Star Cluster if it wasn't for
Stardust continued to explain from the time he kidnaped Lunarstar
until now. The boys sat quietly, listening.
Rosebud and Lunarstar had calmed down a bit and were able
"Mom, can I call my friends?" Lunarstar asked.
"Yes, they would love to hear from you. They're very worried
about you," Rosebud replied.
Lunarstar stood up and walked to the living room with Rosebud
by her side. When they got the living room, Rosebud gasped at
the sight of the black ponies. Lunarstar looked up at her mother,
"It's alright. They're my friends now."
"Friends?" Rosebud asked surprisingly.
"Yeah. Stardust is actually nice and his brothers decided
to join us. I heard it had something to do with Star Cluster
chasing them away. Well, I have to hurry and call my friends,"
Lunarstar left her and quietly walked around the couches to the
small table where the phone sat. Lunarstar picked up the phone
and carried it to the dining room where she was sure she wouldn't
disturb anyone in the living room.
While Lunarstar called her friends, Rosebud stood and stared
at the black ponies.
"Honey, it's ok," Booster quickly said once he noticed
her standing there. Rosebud walked into the living room and sat
next to him.
"Hi," Stardust replied, "I'm Stardust and these
are my brothers, Skyview and Starfire."
"Umm...Hi," Rosebud replied.
"I'm the one who took Lunarstar and I want to apologize
for it. We had orders to take her to Dream Castle, but at the
last minute I changed my mind."
"It's a good thing he did to. We all love Lunarstar. She's
such a sweet little pony," Skyview added.
"Yes, she is a very sweet little pony," Starfire agreed.
While they talked, Buster could hear Lunarstar talking excitedly
on the phone. He smiled watching how happy she was.
"Hurry, because I don't know how long I'm going to be here!"
"Ok, I'll get the others and we'll be right over,"
Starlight replied then she hung up the phone.
Lunarstar took the phone back to the living room.
"So did you talk to your friends?" Buster asked in
a whispering voice.
"I sure did. They'll be here soon," Lunarstar replied
with a smile.
"Sit and wait until they get here then," Buster suggested.
"Buster," Charades whispered, "I think she's too
excited to sit and wait."
Lunarstar walked behind the couch and whispered in Skyview and
Starfire's ear. "Let me show you around. I'll show you my
Skyview and Starfire smiled.
"I suppose we can let Stardust do all the explaining,"
"Where are you two going?" Stardust asked when he saw
"Lunarstar wants to show us around," Skyview replied.
"Do you mind if we look around?" Starfire asked Booster
"No, go ahead," Booster replied.
Lunarstar smiled greatly. "Well, come on!"
She took them to the kitchen and then the dining room and to
the rest of the rooms on the first floor. Then she hurried upstairs
and took them to her room. Lunarstar jumped on her bed and laid
down, "I miss my bed."
Skyview and Starfire chuckled at Lunarstar's excitement over
her bed. They looked around her room while she laid on her bed.
Skyview noticed a thick book on her dresser.
Lunarstar watched as Skyview picked the book up and quickly flipped
though the pages.
"I got that book for my birthday. It was from Buster and
Charades. I haven't had a chance to read it though," Lunarstar
"I don't think I read this book. It looks interesting though,"
"They all looks interesting to you," Starfire remarked
as he peeked through her curtains.
"Not all of them, just most," Skyview replied.
"I'm sure you read every book in Dream Castle."
"No I haven't, just a few" Skyview replied.
"Starfire, don't you like to read?" Lunarstar asked
as she got off her bed.
"I don't mind them if I can stay awake long enough to read
"Oh, are they that boring?" Lunarstar asked.
"Yes, most of them are," Starfire replied. Just then
he noticed a small group of ponies hurrying up the street, "There's
some little ponies coming this way."
Lunarstar peeked though the curtain under Starfire, "They're
Lunarstar hurried out of the room and down the stairs. She opened
the door before they could knock. They stood happy and surprised
at the same time.
"It's true!" Melody exclaimed happily.
"Your back!" Patch cried.
The girls hurried inside and gave Lunarstar a group hug.
Rosebud stood up and quickly shut the door.
When the girls were done, Lunarstar took them to the living room.
They gasped the minute they noticed Stardust sitting on the couch.
"What...what's he doing here?" Clover asked.
"He's my friend and his brothers are here too," Lunarstar
"Where? I don't see them," Melody replied.
"Here," Skyview answered, standing behind them.
The girls gasped and quickly stood aside.
Skyview smiled at them, "You girls have no need to be afraid
of us." Skyview and Starfire walked past the girls and into
the living room.
"Stardust we should be going. We can't keep Banner and the
soldiers waiting for too long," Skyview said.
"He's right, we have to be going," Stardust told Booster.
"When will Lunarstar be back?" Booster asked.
"Be back?" Rosebud and the girls asked.
"Lunarstar can't stay," Stardust replied, "It's
not safe yet. It won't be safe until Star Cluster is defeated.
We'll bring Lunarstar back to visit when the gate opens again."
Stardust stood up from the couch and walked to the girls smiling
at them, "It's nice to see you girls again."
The girls just stood and stared at them, they even noticed Buster
and Charades wearing leg bands and swords.
"What are you wearing?" Sweetheart asked them.
"We are soldiers. Wearing these things are necessary for
a soldier," Charades answered.
"Oh," the girls replied still staring at them.
"Wait, I want to bring some things with me!" Lunarstar
exclaimed. She winked out, then a few minutes later she winked
back in with her school bag around her neck.
"What's in the bag?" Skyview asked noticing the bumps
on the bag.
"A book and some pictures," Lunarstar replied.
"Well, it was nice meeting you, Booster," Stardust
looked at Rosebud, "It was nice meeting you too." He
turned to Buster, Charades and his brothers, "Lets go."
Lunarstar turned and hugged her parents then she folloed the
boys out the door.
They carefully walked out of the house making sure no one was
"Bye!" the girls cried as they watched Lunarstar leave.
Lunarstar and the others hurried into the forest. Lunarstar
was happy to have seen her parents, she was relieved that they
wouldn't be worried about her now that they know she's safe at
As they walked through the forest, Stardust looked down at Lunarstar,
"Luna, are you excited to come back next full moon?"
"Oh yeah, I can't wait!" Lunarstar replied.
"Stardust, why did you call her Luna?" Skyview asked
"I...did?" Stardust asked not realizing it that he
had said it.
"Yes, you did," Starfire replied.
"I must have heard the name from somewhere," Stardust
"Lunarstar's best friend, Prism called her Luna," Charades
"I don't think Stardust ever heard Prism call me that,"
Stardust was silent for awhile, "Then where did I hear it
"The question is why did you call her that?" Skyview
Neither one of them knew why. Stardust knew he heard the name
and was sure it wasn't from one of Lunarstar's friends. They
continued walking to the gate while Stardust kept silent pondering
on what he had just said.