The mist had disappeared the minute the sun's light hit the
valley. Stardust shook his brothers awake with his large hairy
hoof, then he woke up Luna and Blizzard. Stardust looked around
the room at the blankets scattered on the floor. "I thinks
it's best if we packed the blankets and pillows against the wall
Starfire yawned and stretched his legs then he flapped his wings
a few times. Everyone rolled up their blankets and sat them against
the wall with their pillows.
Footsteps echoed through the wooden floor, they could hear someone
coming. They stood and waited knowing it could only be Raindrop
since she and her daughter are the only ones living in the house.
Raindrop entered the room, "I see you're all up in time
for breakfast. The food is waiting in the dinning room."
They followed Raindrop down the short hallway, past two closed
doors and into an open room. It was long and open spaced with
a doorway ahead of them. On one end of the room it had a square
table with chairs and open windows all around. Non of the windows
were glass, letting the morning breeze freely flow through the
room. The other end of the room was the kitchen where Whispers
was making her own breakfast.
They all sat down and began eating.
It wasn't long till they had all finished their breakfast.
Whispers left the house as usually leaving her mother with the
"Where is she going?" Luna asked watching her walk
into the forest.
"To...play with her friends I guess," Raindrop answered
as she put the plates into the kitchen. She turned to her guests
who were still sitting at the table. "I got to tend to my
garden. You're all welcome to come till I can take you on that
tour through the valley."
Starfire stood up smiling, "I'll go with you." Raindrop
smiled greatly, there was just something about him she liked.
"I guess I'll go too," Luna said.
"I'll go as well," Blizzard added.
"I'll wait here," Stardust said.
"I'll wait here too," added Skyview.
Raindrop walked to the dinning room and took her light green
bag. She hung it around her neck. "Shall we go?" She
turned and walked from the dinning room to the doorway and down
the steps. Starfire, Luna and Blizzard followed her. Stardust
and Skyview went down the hall to the large room and then they
stood on the porch staring in the distance.
Raindrop led them up a slight hill and past several trees
to an open field. There were rows of dirt in square patches,
some of the patches had something growing in them.
"This doesn't looks like a flower garden," Luna said.
Raindrop laughed, "No, it sure isn't. This is my vegetable
garden." She walked forward and led then through a narrow
path between the square patches. Raindrop examine each square.
"Oh no," Raindrop exclaimed. She stopped and looked
at a square patch that had lots of weeds growing in it. "Those
weeds will have to come up. Could you guys help me pull them
"Sure," Starfire quickly answered.
"Sure," Luna replied.
"I have nothing better to do," Blizzard answered.
They gathered around the square patch and began pulling the weeds.
"No, not like that," Raindrop exclaimed. "Grab
the base of the weed and pull it, that way you'll take the roots
out with it and the weed won't grow back."
"Oh," they all replied.
Blizzard sat on the grass pulling up weeds one by one. He found
it quite interesting as each root came up from the ground. He
occasionally looked around, there were houses in the distance.
Ponies on the stony road would stare as they walked by. Blizzard
looked at them which caused them to turn away quickly and leave.
Then he noticed something, in the distance but not to far, sat
a tall white building.
"Is that a castle?" Blizzard asked, pointing ahead
Raindrop stopped what she was doing and looked. "Yes it
"So who are the rulers of this valley?" Starfire asked
"No one," Raindrop replied staring at the ground. "No
one lives there."
"Why?" Starfire asked, "Where are they?"
"No one has ruled this land for..." Raindrop paused,
"several centuries now. That's all there is to it."
"And no one rules this land in that long of time?"
Starfire asked curiously.
Raindrop looked at him sadly and yet there was a hint of anger
in her eyes. "Ponies in this land has lived this long without
them. We have our rules and one of them is never to go near that
castle. Now please just drop it."
"Why?" Luna asked.
"No one lives there and no one is aloud near it. That is
the rules now please don't ask anymore questions about it,"
Raindrop exclaimed. She stood up and looked away. Starfire, Luna
and Blizzard watched her wondering what got her so upset. After
standing in silence for a while she let out a deep breath and
turned to her worried and confused guests. "I'm sorry. I...get
a little touchy about the castle."
"The castle is pretty," Luna commented, "It almost
looks like glass."
Raindrop smiled briefly, "It's made of white rocks that
surrounds this valley so the castle often looks like glass or
ice from a distance."
"What's the castle called?" Blizzard asked.
Raindrop looked at Blizzard for several minutes as if she was
studying him. "It's called Winterfall Castle." She
turned and looked at the castle again then she examine the rest
of her garden, "If you three don't mind, I'm going to work
on pulling the rest of the weeds in the other patches."
She left them and went to a few squares down.
The afternoon seemed to have flew by quickly, Raindrop finished
picking some of her vegetable that she thought were ripped, the
rest wasn't ripe enough. Raindrop stood up with an arm full of
vegetables and walked to Starfire, Luna and Blizzard who were
looking around for more weeds. "We should be getting back
home. It'll be dinner soon."
Starfire, Luna and Blizzard stood up and followed Raindrop.
They walked past the trees to her house. Skyview was resting
on the grass while Stardust sat next to him looking around.
Luna left Starfire and hurried to her father with Blizzard behind
her. Starfire followed Raindrop to the house still wanting to
"Luna, did you enjoy yourself?" Stardust asked smiling
"Not really, We spent all day picking weeds," Luna
"Stardust, there's a castle in this valley," Blizzard
told him suddenly.
"We noticed," Skyview replied.
"It's called Winterfall Castle," Blizzard told them.
"Winterfall Castle?" Stardust asked.
"So who rules this valley?" Skyview asked.
"No one. That castle has been empty for several centuries,"
Stardust looked at the white castle peeking over the tree tops.
"That makes no sense. Someone should be living there. Someone
high as a king or close to him can rule if there's no living
relative. Why would they simply leave the castle empty for so
"Dad," Luna said, "No one is aloud near that castle."
Stardust and Skyview looked at her. Then they looked at each
"No one lives there and no one is aloud near that castle.
That's very interesting," Stardust muttered.
"What happened to the rulers of this valley?" Skyview
"She didn't say," Luna answered.
"Raindrop got upset just talking about it," Blizzard
replied, "me, Starfire and Luna thought it was best not
to ask her again."
Stardust stood up and studied the castle, then he looked at Luna
and Blizzard, "If no one rules this valley then who made
the rule that no one is aloud near that castle? Why haven't they
appointed a ruler for this valley?" Stardust looked at Skyview,
"Skyview something doesn't make sense. I want you to see
what you can find out about that castle. Find out all you can
about this valley."
Skyview stood up ad nodded.
Whisper came out of the house and approached Stardust, Skyview,
Blizzard and Luna. "Dinner will be ready soon."
"Thanks," Stardust told her.
Whisper smiled and went into the house.
"Luna, find out what you can from Whisper as well,"
Stardust told her. "I can not believe this valley is so
great and peacefully for this long without someone to rule over
the ponies and guide them."
They turned and slowly heading into the house.