The sun shined brightly through the drifting clouds. The wind
was blowing slightly. It was a perfect day to relax outside.
Luna left the castle with her head held low as she yawned a few
times. She didn't see Skyview in the front so she walked around
the back and saw him laying in the grass reading a yellow book.
Lunarstar walked up to him, "Hi."
Skyview stopped reading and turned his head smiling, "Hi."
"What are you reading?" Luna asked.
"Just a story about a lost pony."
"Oh. Do you mind if I sit with you?" Luna asked.
"I guess not," Skyview replied.
Luna laid on the grass leaning up against his coat at his shoulders.
Skyview still wasn't used to the thought of him being an uncle.
He thought about it every time he saw her and wished he could
"Want me to read it to you?" Skyview asked.
"Sure," Luna yawned.
As Skyview read the book, Luna felt even more tired. She tried
to listen but her eyes felt to heavy to keep them opened. Her
head slowly began to droop lower and lower till she had fallen
fast asleep between her front legs.
Skyview stopped reading once he felt her head dropping. He looked
and saw her sound asleep, he remembered during breakfast when
she had fallen sleeping eating. Starfire left the castle and
spotted Luna next to Skyview. He walked over to them only to
find Luna asleep.
"She's asleep again?" Starfire exclaimed. "She's
been doing that all day."
"Has she?" Skyview asked.
"I wonder if she's getting any sleep at night?" Skyview
wondered out loud.
"Well, Stardust said not to let her sleep till she goes
to bed," Starfire put his hoof on Luna and shook her, "Get
"Mmm?" Luna muttered.
"You can't sleep now. Come on, get up," Starfire repeated.
Luna slowly opened her eyes. She felt to comfortable to move.
"Come on, get up, Luna," Starfire repeated.
Luna slowly got to her feet yawning again.
"Luna, didn't you get any sleep last night?" Skyview
"Some," Luna answered, she turned and left walking
back into the castle to look for another spot to sleep.
"I better watch her," Starfire turned and left following
Luna into the castle.
Skyview continued to watch till they were both gone. he couldn't
help but wonder if there was something wrong with Luna.
Later that night Luna laid on her bed trying hard to keep
awake. She heard the owls and crickets outside her baloney. She
stared at her floor where the moonlight was shining, casting
a shadow of the railings on her balcony. Her eyes felt very heavy
and began to hurt from not sleeping. Her head was to heavy to
hold up. Her body was beginning to relax, she lowered her head
on the bed and quickly fell asleep.
It was after midnight when she began to dream, it was a nice
dream but then it began to turn into a nightmare. Luna thrashed
her feet, tears trickled down her cheek. She was moving so much
that she fell on the floor and woke up. Luna hurried to the balcony
and silently cried.
"Why?" Luna sobbed. "I can't sleep without having
a horrible nightmare."
The next morning Luna was still awake when Starfire walked
in to get her. He found her on the balcony half asleep.
Luna jumped at the sound of his voice. She turned and saw Starfire
standing behind her.
"Are you ok?" Starfire asked.
"Yes I...just got up early."
"Oh well, it's breakfast time," Starfire reminded her.
He didn't believe her, he knew something was wrong.
She left the balcony and followed Starfire into Stardust room
where she and the black ponies eat together.
She walked in her father's room and saw Stardust and Skyview
were already eating. There were two empty tray the sat next to
"Your late again, Luna," Stardust commented.
"This is the third time you were late and you never miss
having the Queen's pancakes," Stardust added.
"Are you alright, Luna?" Skyview asked. He had worried
about her since yesterday.
"No your not," Stardust quickly said. "Something
is wrong. I can see it in your eyes, your hiding something."
Luna looked at her father, her eyes told him he was right but
she tried not to show it on her face.
Stardust stood up and walked over to her, "Tell me Luna.
If there's something wrong, you have to tell me," He gave
her a cheek rub. "You're my daughter don't forget."
Luna could no longer hold her tears back, they trickled from
her eyes and down her cheek. Luna turned around, feeling embarrassed.
"Luna, Please," Stardust whispered to her.
Luna tried to wipe the tears from her eyes with her front hooves.
"I..." Luna began to sob. "I...had a bad dream."
"A nightmare?" Stardust asked.
"Yeah," Luna replied still whipping the tears from
her eyes. "I'm afraid to sleep...I have bad dreams every
night...every time I try to sleep."
Stardust picked her up in his arms as she cried, covering her
face with her front hooves. Stardust stood and watched her as
she quickly fell asleep.
"Wow, she's asleep already?" Starfire asked surprisingly.
"She was tired and with her crying just simply wore her
out," Stardust answered. He turned around and laid her on
his bed then he sat down at his tray.
"She seems to be sleeping just fine now," Starfire
They watched her for a few minutes as she slept peacefully.
"She didn't seem to have any problem sleeping yesterday,"
"Let her sleep till we're done eating. I want you two to
keep her awake all day so she'll be so tired tonight that she'll
want to sleep. Something about this whole thing doesn't feel
right and I want to see her sleeping tonight," Stardust
"Ok," they replied.
Later that night, Luna went to bed. She refused to sleep.
She even passed around her room to keep awake, she tried reading
and looking out her balcony. She tried counting and almost fell
asleep doing it. She sat on her bed trying hard to keep awake
but she felt even more tired than she had the other night. She
laid on her bed trying her best to keep her eyes opened fearing
what would happened if she fell asleep. Her eyes eventually close
and soon she was sound asleep.
Skyview appeared to Stardust from his cloud form.
"She's asleep," Skyview reported.
"Good, lets go and keep quiet," Stardust led the way
through the hall to her room. He opened the door and walked in.
The three of them gasped when they saw Luna thrashing her feet
and crying in her sleep. Skyview couldn't help but notice a faint
glow under the bed. Skyview lowed his head and looked under the
bed. "Stardust, look at this."
Stardust and Starfire both looked. Stardust knew immediately
what it was but Skyview and Starfire had no idea what the glowing
Crystal was or why it was glowing. Stardust hurried to Luna's
bed, he forcibly held her tightly keeping her from throwing her
feet in his face. He turned and hurried out of her room. Skyview
noticed as soon as Luna was out of the room, the crystal stopped
glowing. Stardust loosened his grip on Luna once he felt she
was relaxing, soon she was sleeping peacefully in his arms.
"Stardust what...?" Skyview began to asked.
"Skyview take her to my bed," Stardust gave him Luna.
Skyview took Luna and winked to Stardust room, he laid her on
the bed and winked back to her room only to find Starfire crawling
under the bed for the crystal. He stood up holding a small round
blue crystal. Stardust took the crystal from him.
"What kind of crystal is that?" Starfire asked.
"It's a Night Crystal."
"A what?" Starfire asked.
"How do you know what it is?" Skyview asked. "I've
never seen that before."
"I...don't know how I know what it is," Stardust answered.
"What does it do?" Starfire asked.
"How did it get in Luna's room" Skyview asked.
Stardust noticed something moving on the balcony from the corner
of his eye. He looked up and saw a big black bird on the balcony,
half in the room. The bird turned and quickly flew away.
"Starfire, quickly! get that bird!" Stardust pointed
at the balcony.
Starfire looked just in time to see the bird fly away. He ran
out of her room and flew from the balcony.
"What does that bird have to do with this?" Skyview
"He was listening to us. If those soldiers at Paradise Estate
were created by Star Cluster then that bird could have also been
created by him," Stardust explained.
Several minutes later, Starfire flew back to the room landing
on the balcony.
"Where's the bird?" Stardust asked.
"It...uh...you won't believe it but it turned into a beam
of light and went straight towards Dream Castle," Starfire
"Dream Castle?" Skyview asked.
"What a Night Crystal" Starfire asked.
"It's a crystal that turns your good dreams into nightmares,"
Stardust answered as he stared at the crystal. Something about
it seemed familiar, he had seen it before but didn't know where.
Suddenly images flashed before his eyes. It was so intense that
he had to close his eyes. He held his head with one hoof as he
felt a headache coming. His brother called to him but he couldn't
answer till the flash backs were done.
"I'm fine," Stardust answered, "The rest of my
memories just flashed before me." Stardust dropped the crystal
and then pounced on it as hard as he could with his front hoofs.
The Crystal broke to a million pieces. "I remembered, dad
had all these crystals destroyed. It's obvious he missed one."
"Why did he destroy all of them?" Starfire asked.
"I can't remember why...something...in the castle,"
Stardust paused. "I'm to tired to try and remember. I'm
going to bed. I'll try to remember in the morning." He tuned
and left the room heading back to his room. He took a pillow
off his bed and laid on the floor, letting Luna have the whole
bed to herself.
It was after midnight when Stardust began to have his nightmare,
He kicked his feet and grunted a few time, then he yelled no.
A few minutes later he jumped awake. He sat up and rubbed his
face with his hooves. He stood up and looked at Luna to see if
she was asleep. She hadn't moved since Stardust walked in the
He walked to his balcony and stood staring towards Dream Castle.
He was so deep in thought that he didn't hear Skyview behind
"Dreaming again?" Skyview asked.
Stardust jumped, his fur stood on end. Stardust turned around
glaring at him.
"Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you. I honestly didn't mean
to. I heard you and decided to check on you," Skyview quickly
Stardust turned and continued staring at the distant mountains.
"Is it that same nightmare?" Skyview asked.
"Yes it is."
"Is that it?" Skyview asked hoping he would say more.
"I remember everything. I remembered what happened after
we left Luna at the castle. I know what the dream is about,"
Stardust paused as if he was afraid to tell him something. "I
remember who Star Cluster is."