It was morning and the birds were chirping. Stardust and the
others woke up and continued their journey through the forest.
Luna hadn't forgotten the tiny pony she had seen last night and
wondered if she was still following them.
Luna walked along side her father as he, Starfire and King Sunrise
talked. Luna continued to glance around hoping to see the tiny
pony. She wondered if there were more like her. She remembered
last night when she felt the tiny pony on her face and wondered
what the pony was doing. Why was it on her face? Luna was curious
to know but she knew no one would know the answer.
While the others talked Luna slowed down as she looked around.
She looked behind her and saw something fall from the tree and
hit a bush. Luna hurried to the bush to see what it was. She
hoped it was one of those tiny ponies. Luna parted the bush with
her hooves and saw a tiny yellow pony with her hair tangled in
the twigs. the yellow pony gasped and tried to wiggle free but
couldn't. Luna noticed it was the same yellow pony that she had
seen last night.
One of the soldiers looked back and saw Luna alone at a bush.
He turned and looked at the two Kings.
"Excuse me sire, King Stardust," the soldier interrupted.
King Sunrise, Stardust and Starfire stopped and looked back at
"The Princess is still back there," the soldier pointed.
Stardust and the others looked behind the soldiers and saw Luna
standing at a bush.
"Luna!" Stardust yelled but she didn't reply, she was
interested in something she was doing in the bush. Stardust and
the others walked back towards Luna to see what she was doing.
Luna's horn began to glow. She used her horn and carefully
broke the twigs to the tiny pony's hair and lifted her up. Then
she carefully took the twigs out of the tinny pony's hair and
placed the pony in her hooves. The yellow pony smiled at Luna
as if she was thanking her. Luna's horn stopped glowing.
"Luna!" Stardust yelled again.
The tiny pony gasped and flew into Luna's long white hair. She
tried to hid herself from the big ponies, only her wings stuck
Starfire got close and saw a par of butterfly wings. "What
Stardust and the others all looked.
"It looks like a tiny pony with butterfly wings," a
"I heard about them...I think. It was so long ago though,"
King Sunrise replied.
"That is either a Summer Wing Pony or a Windy Wing Pony.
I'm not sure which one though," Stardust answered.
"You found her in a bush?" Starfire asked.
"I saw her fall from a tree and into this bush," Luna
Stardust looked up at the tree and was surprised to see so many
tiny ponies. The large group of tiny ponies gasped and flew higher
into the tree except for one. A tiny light peach pony with pink,
peach and white hair stood on the branch. Her wings were peach
She flew from the branch to Stardust's eye level.
"We are Summer Wing Ponies," the tiny pony answered.
"What's the difference?" Starfire asked.
The tiny pony flew close to his face and stared at him curiously,
"Summer Wing Ponies hibernate during the winter. Windy Wing
Ponies hibernate during the summer." The peach pony touched
Starfire's nose with her hoof and she looked at her hoof. "You
really are black. I thought you were painted black or something."
Stardust and Starfire laughed.
"No, we really are black," Starfire replied.
"Oh. I didn't think ponies came in black."
"They don't. Me and my two brothers are the only black ponies,"
"There's three? I only see two," The peach pony looked
"The third one is not here, he's at Moonlight castle,"
"Oh," the peach pony replied flying around the black
ponies and staring at them curiously.
"Who are you?" King Sunrise asked.
The peach pony flew to the center and looked at him, "I'm
sorry, I got so...fascinated by their black fur that I forgot
to introduce myself. I am Queen Rosy Peach," she flew up
to Luna and around her then hovered near her hair where the other
Summer Wing pony hid,."I am sorry about Little Flitter.
She often hits something or...gets in trouble."
"Who?" Luna asked.
"The one in your hair is Little Flitter," Queen Rosy
Little Flitter crawled out from Luna's hair and stood on her,
Queen Rosy Peach looked up in the tree, "It's alright everyone.
You can come down."
Just then a group of Summer wing ponies flew to the ground and
around the ponies, most were interested in the black ponies and
Luna. Some were fascinated with their reflection on King Sunrise's
"Why were you following us?" Luna asked.
"It's not to often that we see ponies walking through the
swamp and into this forest. We were interested in you though.
I know there are unicorns and pegasus but I never heard of a
flying unicorn. Little Flitter went to check you out while you
were sleeping even though I had forbid her to do so," Queen
Rosy Peach replied.
Little Flitter sighed sadly. "Sorry. I just wanted to see
if her horn and wings were real."
"Is that what you were doing on my face?" Luna asked
"Yes," Little Flitter replied shyly.
Queen Rosy Peach flew close to Luna's horn and touched it, "It's
real and very pretty. I never seen a unicorn with a pearly horn
"Pearly?" Stardust asked. He looked closely and saw
Luna's horn was indeed pearly.
"I never noticed," Stardust replied. "You can't
tell unless you look closely."
"So, doesn't all unicorns have pearly horns?" Luna
"No," Stardust replied, "I haven't seen any with
"Neither have I," King Sunrise added looking closely
at her horn.
Luna got nervous with everyone staring at her horn. She winked
out with the pony on her head and surprised everyone. She reappeared
next to Stardust.
Queen Rosy Peach flew close to her, "I'm sorry, I didn't
mean to frighten you."
"Luna, don't worry. It's hard to notice unless you get close,"
Stardust assured her.
Luna smiled hoping her father was right.
Queen Rosy Peach turned and flew up to King Sunrise. "May
I ask you what's on your head?"
King Sunrise smiled. "It's a crown."
"Made of gold?" she asked
"Yes," King Sunrise replied.
Queen Rosy Peach flew close to the crown joined by two other
"It's really pretty," Queen Rosy Peach commented. She
turned and flew back to the center, "May I ask you where
"Were are heading to Mushroom Valley," Starfire answered.
"I don't think there's any valleys named that," Queen
Rosy Peach replied.
"We're going to see Moochick," Stardust explained.
Suddenly the Summer Wing ponies began whispering "The Moochick."
"Quiet down everyone!" Queen Rosy Peach cried, she
turned and faced Stardust with a serious look. It was strange
to see her so serious, it didn't seem natural to them.
"The Moochick?" Queen Rosy Peach asked.
"Yes. Do you know him?" Stardust asked.
"We did. He lived in the Mushromp," Queen Rosy Peach
"Mushromp? The book said Mushroom Valley," Starfire
"I guess ponies used to call it Mushroom Valley but it's
always been called Mushromp. Why do you ponies want to see him?"
Queen Rosy Peach asked.
"We want to ask him some questions about Star Cluster's
staff," Stardust answered.
Queen Rosy Peach gasped, "Star Cluster?!"
"You've...heard of him?" King Sunrise asked.
"Yes and I've seen him too," She answered.
"What did you mean by we did?" one of the soldiers
"Well, Moochick is no longer there," She answered sadly.
"He was captured. He hasn't been back since."
"Captured?" They asked.
"What happened?" Stardust asked.
"Me and a few of us went to see how he was doing when we
heard a voice. We went to the window and peeked inside. We saw
a dark purple pony with colorful hair. He had a staff and introduced
himself as King Star Cluster. He had cornered the Moochick between
some book cases. As scared and shy as we were we wouldn't have
done anything but the Moochick was our friend. We went inside
and distracted Star Cluster. He shot lighting bolts at us. The
Moochick left the house, Star Cluster realized what we were doing
and left the house. He quickly caught the Moochick and shot a
lighting bolt at him. He froze solid then shrank and turned into
a small crystal ball. We scared to death. None of us had ever
seen anything like it," Queen Rosy Peach explained.
"So we're too late," Starfire remarked.
"So that staff is what impressions ponies and other creatures
in crystal balls. Why was the Moochick scared? He must have know
what Star Cluster was going to do," Stardust thought out
loud. "Queen Rosy Peach, did he say anything?"
She hovered quietly thinking. It was so long ago she wasn't quite
sure if he said something or not.
"Staff...umm...forbidden....ummm I think he called the staff,
The Forbidden Staff."
Everyone became silent, The name didn't sound good. It was obvious
the Moochick knew what the staff was but it was too late to ask
"Queen Rosy Peach, can you take us to his house?" Stardust
"Yes but I must warn you, it's very messy," Queen Rosy
Peach replied. "Follow me." She flew past them while
some of the Summer Wing ponies sat on the soldiers, King Sunrise,
the black ponies and Luna's backs. Others flew along side them
or above their heads.