It was morning and the birds began chirping. Stardust and
an army of soldiers continued walking through the shadowy forest
as they looked around for wild animals. At times a soldier would
spot a deer or possum and at times a rabbit would run by. Starfire
had yawned several times since he first woke up.
"Haven't you woken up yet?" Skyview asked him.
"Yes, I'm simply tired from being board," Starfire
"Well we can't play which I'm kind of glad. I don't feel
like playing," Skyview told him.
"You never feel like playing. If it wasn't for me you'd
be an old grouch," Starfire replied.
Skyview glared at him.
Luna giggled, "well there is a game I used to play with..umm...Rosebud
and Booster when I was li..I mean younger." Luna almost
forgot that not all the soldiers knew about the gates.
"Luna, you know what I said about playing," Stardust
"I know but this game require no running around. Just your
eyes and brains," Luna replied.
"What kind of game is it?" Starfire asked curiously.
"Well, you look around and choose something you see. Tell
what color it is and only one color. Then the other pony has
to guess what it was that you were looking at," Luna replied.
"That does not sound like fun," Skyview replied.
"It is. It'll help pass the time. I can go first,"
Luna told him. She looked around for something, anything that
wouldn't be hard to guess and not so easy either, "I see
something you don't see and it's...yellow."
"Yellow?" Starfire and Skyview asked.
"There's nothing around here that's yellow," Skyview
Royal Heart laughed.
Starfire and Skyview looked around but all they saw was green
grass, green trees and blue skies.
"Oh, the flowers," Starfire guessed.
"Nope," Luna replied smiling.
"Something yellow...Oh how about, yellow pony soldiers?"
"Nope," Luna replied.
"Oh, I know...gold like Stardust's crown and our collars,"
Luna smiled, "Yes. I'd thought you'd never guess."
Royal Heart laughed, "how could you not notice that?"
The two just smiled not sure why neither of them noticed.
"Well I'll go next," Starfire quickly said.
They spent all afternoon playing the game till they came to
the edge of the forest. They stopped and stared at the open valley.
Not much grew there, only a few trees, grass and flowers. The
valley was also full of hills and flattened again at the other
end of the valley where the forest begins again.
"Wow, all those hill and not one flat ground," Luna
exclaimed surprisingly. She had seen places with quite a few
hill but nothing like this place.
"This is the Valley of Hills," Stardust told her, "Royal
Heart want to rest or continue?"
"I'm fine, lets get going," Royal Heart told him.
They continued walking slowly going down the hill, as soon
as they reached the bottom they started to climb. After going
over four hills Luna was getting tied of the constant ups and
downs, she was ready for flat land. Royal Heart's feet was starting
to hurt her as she climbed the hill.
"Wait, I got to rest," Royal Heart told Stardust on
the fifth hill.
Stardust stopped and Royal Heart sat down resting. The soldiers
sat down too. Luna could only imagine the armor tiring them out
easily on the climbs. Starfire laid on the grass next to Stardust
enjoying the wind blowing through the valley. Skyview was scanning
the forest as usual.
"Skyview, what are you looking for?" Luna asked curiously.
"Oh..uh...nothing. Nothing at all. Just...noticing how pretty
the forest is," Skyview replied smiling.
"Oh," Luna replied as she sat and watched Skyview continue
to scan the forest as if he was still looking for something.
She knew something wasn't right, there was something he wasn't
After a while Royal Heart stood up and was ready to leave
again. The soldiers stood up and followed Stardust over the hill.
Their hooves thundered the ground as they walked, the wind blew
harder at the top of the hills. They soon reached the forest
and left the hills behind them, Royal Heart and Luna were relieved.
"The sun will be setting soon. We'll have to find a place
to sleep for the night," Stardust said.
They walked through bushes and past large rocks till they came
to a place that had few bushes and soft grass, perfect for a
Buster took the royal Family's blanks off another soldier and
handed them each a blanket. Then each soldier unrolled their
blankets and laid on the grass under their blanket.
Royal Heart curled in a ball next to Stardust, Luna slept next
to her mother. Blizzard slept next Skyview and Starfire. As the
sun set and the sky got dark, the ponies slowly fell asleep.