Chapter 152: Stardust acting strange

The early morning sun woke up Skyview from his sleep. He yawned and stretched, then he threw the covers off of him, and got off the bed. He walked to the balcony and looked at the distant hills. Something out of the corner of his eye caught his attention. He turned his head and noticed Stardust on the balcony, sitting down with his front feet over the railing and his head resting on his front feet. Stardust was sleeping peacefully. Skyview noticed the morning sunlight on him didn't seem to wake him up. Skyview winked to Stardust's balcony and shook him awake.
"Wake up!" Skyview exclaimed.
Stardust slowly opened his eyes, he yawned and then looked up at Skyview.
"I found you sleeping on the balcony," Skyview remarked. "Are you ok?"
"I'm fine," Stardust answered as he yawned.
He stood up, stretched, and then walked into him room.
"What were you doing on the balcony?" Skyview asked.
"I woke up last night and went out to the balcony. I guess I must have fallen asleep."
"Oh, well I'll see you sometime after breakfast then," Skyview winked back to his room just as the servant to walk in with a tray.

After breakfast they left their rooms and walked through the halls heading towards the stairs. They were about to turn the corner when they bumped into Lunarstar.
"Good morning!" Lunarstar said excitedly.
"Hi, Luna...I mean Lunarstar," Stardust replied.
"Good morning," Skyview and Starfire replied.
"Do you want to play today?" Lunarstar asked them.
"Not today, Lunarstar," Stardust walked past her and went downstairs.
Lunarstar turned towards Skyview and Starfire worriedly, "Did I do anything wrong?"
Skyview smiled, "No, you didn't. It's just Stardust. Something is just bothering him."
"Oh well, do you two want to play?"
"Not at the moment. I've got...things to do first. Maybe later," Skyview replied, and then he left.
"How about you?" Lunarstar asked Starfire.
"Sure, what would you like to play?" Starfire asked.
"Rope Toss!" Lunarstar replied excitedly.
"Go get the rope and meet me outside then."
Lunarstar left and hurried to her room while Starfire walked downstairs after Skyview.

Skyview had just reach the first floor when he heard Starfire hurrying downstairs.
"Wait, Skyview!" Starfire exclaimed.
Skyview stopped and waited.
"What's bothering Stardust?" Starfire asked.
"I don't know. I'm going to spend the day trying to find out. This morning I found him asleep on the balcony, hanging on the railing. I woke him up and asked if anything was wrong. He said nothing was wrong. I asked him why was he asleep on the balcony, and he said he woke up and went to the balcony last night. He said he must have fallen asleep there."
"So, that sounds normal," Starfire remarked.
"Yes but it's not for Stardust. It wasn't normal when he woke up from him nightmare and slept outside in the other world," Skyview pointed out.
"Oh, I see your point. So what do you think is wrong with him?"
"I'm not sure. With him it could be anything but...well...I could be wrong, but what if he's remembered something?"
"He could at least tell us!" Starfire exclaimed.
"Yes, he could but you know Stardust. I have to drag it out of him before he tells us. You go play with Lunarstar, and I'll let you know if he tells me anything."
"Ok." Starfire turned and walked down the hall, heading outside.

Skyview walked around the first floor looking for Stardust. When he couldn't find him, he asked a servant.
"I saw him heading to the throne room," she replied.
"Thanks," Skyview left her and hurried to the throne room where he was stopped by two soldiers.
"I wish to speak to the King and Queen."
"Wait right here," One of the soldiers walked through the doors. A minute later he came back. "You may go in."
Skyview walked into the throne room to the King and Queen. He stood before the thrones and knotted his head at them. "I was told Stardust was here. Do you know where he's at now?"
"Yes, I do," Queen Snowfall answered. "He's in my garden. He said he wanted a place where he could be alone for awhile."
"May I go speak to him?" Skyview asked.
"I'm sorry but you can't. He doesn't want to be disturbed," Queen Snowfall answered.
"Oh, well, can I just see what he's doing? He won't know I'm there. Something is bothering him and I'm just worried."
"Ok, but you can not go in the garden," Queen Snowfall stood up from her throne and took Skyview to her private quarters. Skyview stood just in the doorway looking out the windows. Stardust was laying down by a tree with his back turned towards him. Skyview stared trying to catch a glimpse of his face, but Stardust had his face hidden behind the tree.
"What's wrong with him?" Skyview asked.
"I don't know but he did seemed a bit sad," Queen Snowfall replied.
Skyview turned around and left the room, walking into the throne room.
"Your Majesty, has he told you about the memory loss?" Skyview asked.
"Yes, Stardust told us," King Sea Mist answered.
"Princess Lunarstar should know about her mother," Queen snowfall added.
"I know. I'll tell her soon," Skyview replied. He knotted his head and left the throne room.

He walked outside and saw Starfire flying to the ground with Lunarstar right behind him. Starfire flew over the tree tops with the rope in his mouth. When he was closest to the water fountain, he landed and ran. By the time Lunarstar reached him, he was already at the water fountain waiting on her.
"That's not fair! Your too fast!" Lunarstar exclaimed.
Starfire smiled. "I'm sorry, I'll go a bit more slow next time."
Lunarstar looked at the castle and smiled when she saw Skyview watching her. She ran across the yard and stood before him.
"Hi, are you going to watch or play?" Lunarstar asked excitedly.
"Lunarstar I...uh..." Skyview found it hard to tell her about her mother once he saw how happy she looked. "I would love to play."
"Great!" Lunarstar exclaimed, "Come on, lets hurry before Starfire plays without us."
Skyview spent the day playing with Lunarstar and Starfire. Every now and then his mind would wonder back to Stardust. Wondering what's wrong with him and why was he sad.

The sun was setting and Skyview and Starfire stopped playing.
"Oh, one more?" Lunarstar begged.
Skyview chuckled, "You certainly like this game, don't you?"
"You haven't stopped playing it since Stardust taught you the game," Starfire remarked.
"I can't help it. It's fun."
"Well it's getting late and it's time to quit for the night," Skyview told Lunarstar.
Lunarstar sighed.
Skyview smiled, "Go on to bed. We can always play more tomorrow."
"Ok, goodnight," Lunarstar winked out after the two had said their goodnights.
"She sure is a lot of fun. It's great to have someone who can fly and play the game. Do you know how much fun it is playing the game in the air?" Starfire asked excitedly.
"I don't fly. Do I look like I have wings?" Skyview asked.
"Aww, that's just too bad," Starfire replied with a smile.
Skyview just glared at him.
"So did you find out what's wrong with Stardust?" Starfire asked after a while.
"No I didn't. He went to the garden and didn't want to be disturbed. The Queen did say he looked sad."
"Sad?" Starfire asked.
"I went and looked. He was laying by a tree facing away from me so I didn't see anything. Starfire, it'll be dark soon and Stardust will be heading to bed. Come with me and lets see if we can find out what's wrong with him."
"Ok."

The two walked into the castle and upstairs to the second floor, heading to Stardust's room. Skyview knocked on the door.
"Come in," Stardust replied, knowing who was at the door.
Skyview and Starfire entered the room and shut the door. Stardust was on the balcony watching the sunset. Skyview and Starfire walked to the balcony.
"Stardust what was wrong with you today?" Skyview asked.
"Nothing," Stardust answered.
"I don't believe that. There is something wrong with you. I was told you went to the garden and wanted to be alone. You didn't see Lunarstar today and you didn't speak a word to Lunarstar since this morning," Skyview observed.
"Stardust, we are your brothers, we has a right to know what's going on!" Starfire exclaimed.
Stardust stood with his front feet on the railing looking at his brothers.
"Well?" Skyview asked.
"I have some...things on my mind," Stardust answered.
"We can tell," Starfire replied.
"Like what?" Skyview asked.
Stardust didn't answer. He continued to watch the sun until it was gone.
"Stardust!" Skyview and Starfire exclaimed loudly.
Stardust turned and sat on his bed. "I'll tell you tomorrow."
"Why tomorrow?" Starfire asked.
"Because if I told you two now, you guys won't get any sleep." Stardust laid down on the bed covering himself with the covers.
"Stardust, is it your memories?" Skyview asked, "Do you remember something?"
Stardust looked at him, hesitating to answer, "Yes. No go to bed you two," he turned over facing away from them.
"Can you..." Starfire was quickly interrupted by Stardust. "No, not until tomorrow. Now, goodnight!"
"Not just yet. I have to tell Lunarstar about her mother," Skyview replied.
"Royal Heart?" Stardust asked still facing away from him.
"Yes, she has the right to know about her mother."
"Fine but don't tell her anything else," Stardust replied.
"I'm just going to tell her I saw her mother. What else would I tell her?" Skyview asked.
"Oh, I'm sorry. Well, goodnight," Stardust pulled the covers over his head as his brothers left.

Skyview and Starfire left as they said goodnight to Stardust. Starfire went to his room while Skyview went to Lunarstar's room. He stood at her door and knocked.
"Come in," Lunarstar said sounding very tired.
Skyview walked in her room and saw her laying on her bed under her covers.
"Skyview!" Lunarstar exclaimed, "You never came to see me to bed before."
"Well, I came to talk to you," Skyview replied sitting on the floor in front of her. Lunarstar noticed he wasn't smiling. He looked serious and tired at the same time.
"You probaly heard that me and Starfire were chased out of Dream Castle," Skyview added.
"Yes, I overheard it," Lunarstar replied.
"Well, I was in Star Cluster's room looking for those prisoners my brothers and I had caught over the years."
"In his room?" Lunarstar asked surprisingly, "Wouldn't they be in the dungeon or something."
"We looked and the dungeon wwas empy and dusty. The last place I haven't thoroughly searched was Star Cluster's room and guess what?" Skyview continued. "I found them. They were hidden behind a fake wall."
"That's got to be one large room."
Skyview smiled at first but quickly faded as he continued. "It was indeed large but the prisoners me and my brothers had caught were in small crystal balls. I even found more prisoners that I know we had never seen before," Skyview paused. This was the moment he waited all day to tell her.
"What?...What's wrong?" Lunarstar asked worriedly when he stopped talking.
"Lunarstar, I...found your mother."
Lunarstar looked at him shockingly. "Mom? You...you found...her?"
"Yes, she was in one of those crystal balls."
"Is she ok?" Lunarstar asked.
"I don't know, she was frozen and unable to move. She wore that same cloak the night...we caught her."
Lunarstar looked down at her bed sheet sadly.
"I'm sorry, Lunarstar. I couldn't rescue her. Just as I was about to grab her, Star Cluster came in and boy was he mad. Me and Starfire never went back sense."
"But...I wish..." Tears began to fall from her eyes. "I hear so much about her but...I don't remember her."
"You were to little to remember her," Skyview brushed her hair away from her horn and placed it behind her ear. "Me and my brothers will get her back."
Lunarstar looked up at him, trying to smile.
Skyview smiled at her, "I'm sorry, I should have told you sooner. Now why don't you lay down and go to sleep."
"I can't," Lunarstar sobbed.
Skyview stood up and gently forced her to lay down. He then he covered her with her covers. "Try and sleep. I'll see you in the morning. Goodnight."
"I'll try. Goodnight."
As Skyview left, Lunarstar closed her eyes, but she couldn't get the thought of what Skyview said out of her mind. Now that they had found her mother, could they find her father?