After breakfast, Blizzard left the house. Luna followed him
wondering where he was going.
"Blizzard," Luna called to him.
Blizzard stopped and smiled at her, "Lets go for a walk."
Luna stood next to him and smiled, "Ok."
They walked to the road and headed towards the castle.
"Stardust wants me to check out the castle. I thought you
might want to get a closer look at it too," Blizzard explained.
Luna smiled at him, "I'd love to get a closer look. What
do you think will be there?"
"I don't expect much. Maybe a soldier at the door or something,"
Blizzard answered, "Since no one will tell us what's going
on we hoped the answers will be at the castle."
"I hope so. I hear so many reports from Skyview and Starfire
and dad, It makes me wonder how can ponies live like that. Sad
always scared of telling their secret. A secret the whole valley
shares and I have a feeling ponies in the valley wants us gone
"I'm not surprise. We've been asking too many questions,
being nosy and upsetting them. Who knows, we might even get kicked
out of the valley. It wouldn't mater if we did, we don't plan
on staying anyways," Blizzard replied.
They walked for sometime smiling at ponies who tried to keep
their distance. No one wanted to get near the new guests fearing
of getting asked about the secret. Luna looked at the ponies,
they seemed scared or cautious. She remembered when they were
curious and friendly now they keep their distance and refuse
to smile at them. Luna felt sorry for the ponies in the valley,
she wished there was something that could be done to help them.
They walked on the road and past several crossroad. Luna thought
they were lost as times.
"Maybe we should ask how to get there," Luna suggested.
"It would be a good idea but somehow I doubt anyone will
give us directions," Blizzard replied.
They walked till they came to a bridge. Luna smiled greatly,
she knew where they were and it should be easy to get to the
castle from here. The castle looked closer now, She was excited
to see the castle up close. She wanted to see how white the bricks
on the castle was. Where they like crystals, snow or glass or
just plan white rocks?
They crossed the bridge and followed the road through a shaded
forest, the road became stony but smooth and flat. They climbed
the hill till they reached the end of the forest. Luna and Blizzard
stood staring at the Castle. It was as tall as Dream Castle.
Luna thought it looked a lot like Dream Castle but only white.
It was very pretty. Luna was about to take a step closer when
Blizzard stopped her, "Wait."
"Why?" Luna asked.
Blizzard pointed to the row of soldiers in silver armor standing
just outside a white iron fence.
"Soldiers?" Luna asked, "But I thought no one
"So did I," Blizzard answered, "Wait here. I'll
go see what's up."
Blizzard left Luna and followed the road to the row of soldiers.
A white pony soldier with light blue, pink and white hair stopped
him, "Stop right there!"
"Does anyone live here?" Blizzard asked.
"No and you are not aloud near it. No one is, now leave.
immediately," The soldier ordered him to.
"Why?" Blizzard asked.
"Do not ask. We have orders not to let anyone near the castle
unless you work inside. This is your last warning, Leave or else!"
Blizzard glared at the soldier then he turned and left heading
back to Luna.
"What happened?" Luna asked curiously.
"I was ordered to leave but I'll be back," Blizzard
told her. Luna turned and followed Blizzard through the forest
and back to the bridge. They stood on the bridge leaning on each
other and admiring the view. Blizzard thought about the castle.
He wondered why he couldn't get near it?
After awhile they left the bridge and continued walking back
to the house. When they got there, they saw Stardust and Skyview
talking by a tree. Starfire was inside keeping Raindrop busy.
"Well, what did you find out?" Stardust asked.
"Not much I'm afraid. There were rows of soldiers guarding
the castle. They told me to leave. They said they have orders
not to let anyone near the castle," Blizzard reported.
Stardust looked at him curiously, "Who is giving orders?
And if there's not royal family left in the valley then where
did the soldiers come from?"
"This valley is full of questions," Skyview replied.
"We got to find out quickly. I don't want to spend much
more time away from home. I'm sure Royal Heart is very worried
about us," Stardust remarked, "Blizzard try and get
more information from the castle. Skyview, since no one is talking
to us now, sneak around and while your at it, find out all you
can from Birdie. It seems that Raindrop refuses to talk to us
about her life or the castle so Birdie is the only one we can
get the answers from."
"Ok but in my own time," Skyview told him, "I
love her and I don't want her ignoring me completely like the
ponies in this valley."