Stardust sat outside with Luna talking about what else Blizzard
had said last night when Skyview approached them.
"I'm going to Birdie's house. I'll see you two later,"
Skyview told them.
"Skyview, ask her about the castle," Stardust told
"I tried and she won't talk about it," Skyview replied.
"Pressure her into telling you. If you have to you can tell
her everything about us. Skyview I don't know what else to do.
She's our only hope," Stardust told him.
"I'll try," Skyview replied. He turned into a cloud
and floated from the house and over the tree tops.
Birdie was on the porch reading a book when she saw Skyview
in cloud form coming towards her. She stood up, closed her book
and smiled. The cloud landed on the porch and returned to pony
"Skyview, I was hoping you would come and visit me,"
Birdie exclaimed excitedly.
Skyview smiled, "I come as often as I can."
Birdie hugged him, "Come let me make something to drink
Birdie led him into the living room, then she went into the kitchen
to make tea. Skyview stood trying to think of a way to ask her
about the castle. After awhile Birdie walked into the living
room with two glasses of tea. She gave Skyview a glass and drank
the other glass.
"So you want to just sit on the porch or take a walk or..."
Birdie began to say but was quickly interrupted.
"Actually I want to talk," Skyview replied setting
his glass on the coffee table.
"About what?" Birdie asked curiously.
"About Winterfall Castle and the secret everyone is keeping
from us," Skyview asked.
Birdie stood up leaving her glass on the coffee table, "I
can't. I'm sorry but I just can't talk about that."
Skyview approached her, "Why?"
"I'm not allowed to. I told you that," Birdie answered.
"Someone gave orders not to tell us?" Skyview asked,
"Who is giving orders?"
"We're not just allowed to tell you, we're not aloud to
talk about to at all," Birdie replied.
"Who is giving orders? Who is still ruling this valley?"
Birdie turned from him as tear began to stream down her face,
"I can't. Now please leave."
Skyview walked around her to face her, "No, I'm not leaving
till you tell me what's going on."
"I can't tell you," Birdie muttered.
Skyview grabbed her with his hooves, "Please tell me. Why
are you afraid to tell me? I'm here, I won't let anyone hurt
"I..I..uhhh," Birdie muttered, trying hard not to tell
him. She hugged him and held him tightly, "You promise nothing
will happen to me?"
"As long as I'm with you, you'll be safe. Now what is going
on? Who is ruling this valley?" Skyview asked.
It was several minutes before Birdie gave in and told him, "Raindrop
"What?" Skyview exclaim surprisingly, "You're
afraid of those two?"
"I told you Raindrop changed, she's not like she used to
be. Whisper is the one that really runs this valley but Raindrop
helps her. Whisper uses the animals to make sure no one speaks
about the secret. It's a terrible memory for Raindrop. She has
nightmares and it really upsets her when someone talks about
the secret. She'd tear down the castle if she could, Just the
sight of it gives her nightmare."
Skyview led Birdie to the couch, "Before you tell me everything
I think there's something you need to know about me and my brothers."
"You're Princes?" Birdie asked.
"Raindrop told you then?" Skyview asked.
"Yes she did."
"Well, there's more," Skyview sat on the couch next
to birdie facing her, "I'm Prince Skyview, Starfire is a
prince as well but Stardust isn't, he's a King known as King
"What?" Birdie ask surprisingly, then she began to
smile, "You mean we have a real King here in the valley
staying at Raindrop's house and she doesn't know it?"
Skyview smiled, "Yes. Well you know Luna is his daughter
so that would make her a Princess. There's something else about
us. I can hear very well. I can hear someone whispering outside
or in their house. Starfire is very fast at flying. No one can
out fly him. Stardust is very fast at running. I don't know who
is faster, Starfire or Stardust. He also has great strength and
has been known to shake the castle when he's angry."
"Are you serious?" Birdie asked, "Sounds like
a fairy tale."
"I'm very serious," Skyview answered.
"And what about Blizzard?" Birdie asked anxious to
find out more about him.
"We don't know. His parents were killed in a tent fire so
we have no idea where he really came from," Skyview answered,
he paused when he notice the shocked look on her face, "He
lived with a pony named Teriney who is really a dragon. Teriney
often punished Blizzard by burning his legs. Last year Blizzard
turned against Teriney and stayed with us. Shortly after that
Blizzard's necklace was taken by Teriney. We have tracked Teriney
to the north and instead of finding him we found this Valley."
"Ummm...W-where are you from?" Birdie asked still shocked
at Blizzard's life story.
"We are from Ponyland which is a very long way from here,"
"So, Stardust is King of Ponyland?" Birdie asked.
"And Blizzard's necklace. It ummm...wouldn't be gold would
it?" Birdie asked.
"Yes but who told you that?"
"It wouldn't have diamonds on it and a...snowflake...would
it?" Birdie asked. Her heart was racing from excitement
"Birdie, who told you that?" Skyview demanded to know.
"No one. Oh Skyview, you and your brothers have the right
to know about the secret," Birdie exclaimed.