After they had just finished eating in the dinning room, they
walked through the short hallway to the large empty room. They
sat on the floor around the square hole in the middle of the
floor where the fire used to be. Whisper sat next to her mother
still staring at their guests.
"So how come no one knows about this valley?" Starfire
"It's just well hidden. The closer you get to this valley
the harder the storm is. The Storm hides this place. Outside
these walls it may looks like another steep mountain so quite
a few ponies goes around it. Those who tries to go over the walls
either die in the storm or barley survives. Once they come to
this valley they fall in love with the beauty of it and decides
to stay never to leave again," Raindrop explained.
"So there are others that came from outside this valley?"
"Yes but it's been a long time since this valley had new
visitors. Ponies will be thrilled to see you all, especially
Skyview, Starfire and Luna," Raindrop answered.
"I figured that," Skyview muttered.
"Stardust, you said you're not staying here?" Raindrop
"No, we're leaving but not anytime soon. We may stay for
awhile though," Stardust replied.
"So you will need a place to stay then. My home is small
and there's only two bedrooms for me and my daughter but you
are welcome to stay here and sleep in this room," Raindrop
"Thank you. This room will be perfect," Stardust told
"Why are there no doors here?" Starfire asked.
"We don't need doors, We know each other here and it's so
warm in this valley all the time so there's no need for doors,"
"You mean it never snows here?" Starfire asked.
"No, never. Not even once has it ever snowed. It's like
this all year round," Raindrop answered.
"What if it rains?" Starfire asked.
"It doesn't rain either," Raindrop answered.
"So how does the planets in this valley survive without
rain?" Skyview asked.
"There's a mist that comes every night and covers the valley.
It waters all the planets, then by morning the mist disappears,"
"That's very interesting," Skyview muttered.
"So how is it that the storm never comes to this valley
or gets cold?" Stardust asked curiously.
"I don't know. The snow storm never goes past the walls.
I've lived here all my life and so have my parents and their
parents. This valley has always been here and never changed,"
"Raindrop, you live here alone with your daughter?"
"Yes, just me and Whisper," Raindrop explained.
"What happened to your husband?" Stardust asked.
"Please, I rather not talk about that," Raindrop replied
looking at the floor.
"I'm sorry," Stardust replied. He looked at her face
and eyes, she was upset and scared at the same time.
"What is this room for?" Skyview asked, "It's
"We rarely us it. It's mostly used for meetings and guests,"
"What is it that you do here in the valley?" Skyview
"I have a garden I spend my time on and sell food in the
market. That's pretty much it," Raindrop explained, "We
don't spend much time indoors."
"I can see why," Starfire replied, "It's pretty
Raindrop and Whisper stood up from the floor after glancing
"It's going to get dark soon, we'll bring out your pillows
and blankets to sleep on," Raindrop said. She and whisper
left the room.
"This is an intrusting place," Skyview commented.
"It certainly is," Starfire agreed looking at the hall
"Dad, how long are we staying?" Luna asked.
"For a few days," Stardust replied.
"We'll rest before we continue our search for..." Stardust
paused just as Raindrop and Whisper entered the room with an
arm full of pillows and blankets.
Raindrop and Whisper sat them on the floor in front of their
"Breakfast is at sun up. Tomorrow I can show you around
town after dinner," Raindrop told them, "Goodnight."
"Goodnight," Stardust replied.
"Goodnight," Starfire replied smiling at her.
Raindrop smiled at him and left with Whisper.
Stardust took a pillow and blanket and handing them to Luna,
then he took a pillow and blanket for himself. Skyview, Starfire
and Blizzard did the same. They spread themselves around the
room and laid their blankets out on the wooden floor, then they
sat their pillows on the floor. Starfire and Blizzard laid on
one side of the room while Luna, Stardust and Skyview laid on
the other side of the room.
Blizzard laid on his blanket with his head raised high. He could
see past the doorway and out into the forest. It wasn't as bright
at it was a minute ago, the longer he watched the quicker it
got dark. A light misty fog began to appear on the grass and
slowly rolling into the house. Fireflies flew above the mist
as their light flashed on and off.
"Stardust, do you think we could stay a little longer than
two days?" Starfire asked laying his head down.
"We came out here for a reason Starfire," Stardust
whispered as he laid his head on the pillow.
"I wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do with
a certain girl," Skyview whispered.
Stardust smiled, "Oh, I see."
"I've seen the way you look at her and how you told her
goodnight," Skyview whispered, "I know you very well."
"Alright so I like her," Starfire whispered turning
his head from his brothers.
"Ok, four days then," Stardust told him.
Starfire looked at him and smiled, "Thanks."
Stardust yawned, "Now lets get some sleep."
It was after midnight, the stars shined brightly. The mist
was thick, the crickets made loud noises in the grass. Everyone
was asleep except for Raindrop. She left her room quietly and
walked to the big room where her guests laid sound asleep. She
stopped and stared at Blizzard with a suspicious look. Then she
smiled at Starfire's sleeping face and active feet. After several
minutes, she left the room and walked outside onto her wooden
porch. She turned left and sat at the edge of the porch staring
sadly into the dark misty forest that half surrounded her house.
Whisper left her room and walked through the big room not realizing
that Skyview was awake. He laid still watching her leave the
room. Then he listened carefully wondering what was going on.
Whisper stood on the porch looking around for her mother and
saw her sitting at the side of the house on the porch. Whisper
quietly approached her and sat next to her, "Mom. Are you
"I'm fine," Raindrop answered.
"It's...returned hasn't it?" Whisper asked worriedly.
Raindrop lowed her head staring at the grass below her, "Yes.
Whisper leaning on her and laid her head on her shoulder.
Raindrop looked at her and smiled, "I'll be fine eventually.
It'll go away like it always does."
"But it's been so long since..." Whisper began to say
but she was quickly interrupted.
"Please Whisper. Don't worry. Just go back to bed. I'm just
going to sit here for awhile."
Whisper stood up and looked at her worriedly, "Are you sure?"
Raindrop smiled at her, "Yes I am. Now goodnight."
"Goodnight," Whisper replied then she left and went
into the house.
Raindrop's smile quickly faded as she stared into the darkness,
"Why now? After all this time."