It was a nice sunny afternoon, the wind blew slightly and
the birds chirped happily in the trees. Luna walked slowly down
the steps in the castle. Her two little boys followed her as
best they could while trying not to fall. Iceberg was four and
his brother Skymint was three. Skymint looked just like his father,
he was ice blue with ice blue and white hair, on his head was
a horn but he had no wings.
Luna had her mane up with her wavy hair hanging over her wings
in strains. Her tail was also in waves. On her head was a her
crown and around her neck was her collar. When she reached the
bottom step, she stopped and waited for her little boys. They
slowly climbed down the steps while keeping their mother with
in their sights . When they had reached the bottom steps they
hurried towards her and stood at her feet. Luna faced the two
soldiers at the door next to her, "Is Blizzard in the throne
"Yes, your majesty," one of the soldiers answered.
Luna and her boys went into the throne room and saw Blizzard
sitting on his throne, talking to a group of ponies. Behind him
was a long red silk cloth stretching to the sides of the platform.
In Blizzard's arms was his baby girl sound asleep wrapped in
a red blanket. She was an ice blue pony with white hair and wings
on her back. Luna approached Blizzard feeling bad about interrupting
"Luna I see you finally got up. Are you feeling better?"
"Yes much better," Luna replied smiling at him, "I
see you're busy. There's something I have to talk to you about.
Can you meet me in the garden?"
"Ok, I'll be there as soon as I'm done here," Blizzard
replied smiling at her.
Luna smiled, "Ok, don't take long," She looked at her
boys next to her and smiled, "Come you two. Lets go see
Iceberg and Skymint smiled greatly and rushed to the tall doors.
As soon as Luna and the boys left the throne room, Blizzard continued
his discussions with the group of ponies.
Luna led the boys down the hall and out into the garden which
was covered in bright colored flowers that grew in square patches.
Archways sat at every pathway. It was quiet, not a single pony
could be seen in the garden. Luna smiled she liked having the
garden to herself where no one would be watching her. She walked
through the paths to the tree where a white bench sat. She sat
down on the bench and smiled at her two boys as they played with
each other and attacked one another.
Luna took a deep breath and rubbed her stomach, "I wonder
if it's going to be a boy or girl. I already have two boys, it'll
be nice to have another girl. I can't wait to tell Blizzard that
we'll have another baby." Luna looked up at the sky and
smiled, "I think four children should be enough."
Just then she felt her two boys climbing on her hind legs.
"Mommy," Iceberg exclaimed.
"Momma," Skymint exclaimed.
Luna smiled and picked her two boys then sat them on the bench
with beside her, "what is it?"
"Play," Iceberg exclaimed excitedly.
"Well what would you two like to play?" Luna asked.
Her two boys remained silent. He wanted to play but wasn't sure
what to play.
"Well how about clouds?" Luna asked pointing up but
her two boys didn't smile, "Oh I take that as a no. Well
how about....walking around?" her two boys refused to smiled,
"Ok, how about rope toss? On second thought...I think you're
far to young for that. Well...ummm. What do you want to play?"
"Hide!" Iceberg cried excitedly.
"Hide?" Luna asked not sure what he was talking about.
Iceberg stood on his hind leg and hugged his mother's shoulder,
Luna smiled, "Oh, Hide and seek. Well how about you two
"Hide!" Iceberg exclaimed happily.
Luna sat her two boys on the ground, "Remember, do not touch
Iceberg and Skymint ran from their mother happily while Luna
closed her eyes and counted to four slowly. When she finished
counting she stood up and walked around the square patches of
flowers. She looked around while hearing the little hoofs of
her two boys.
"I hear you," Luna said softly, "I wonder where
they are?" She turned the corner of the path and saw her
two boys running. Luna smiled and ran after them, it didn't take
long till she caught up to them. She grabbed them and hugged
them, giving them kisses. The boys laughed and wigged out of
"Go hide again," Luna told them. She closed her eye
and heard her boys running. She counted to four and opened her
eyes. She scanned the garden and began walking around, "Now
where did those two run off to?" Luna scanned the area till
she saw her boys running from her sight. She ran after them and
caught them, kissing them again. The boys laughed and wiggled
out of her arms.
"Want to play again?" Luna asked them.
Her boys smiled greatly at her.
Luna laughed, "Ok, hurry and hide."
Luna closed her eyes listening to her boys running. When she
finished counting she opened her eyes and looked around. She
took her time and walked around the garden listening to the tinny
hoofs. She walked under the gate and stopped at the cross paths.
She looked both ways and still didn't see them but she could
While Luna was busy looking around, two male ponies walked through
the Gate quietly. They paused and gasped at Luna. One was a dark
purple pony with pink hair and the other was a brown pony with
yellow hair. They looked at each other then ran toward Luna.
Luna turned quickly, the running hoofs were far too loud to sound
like her boys.
"Who are..." Luna began to say but before she could
finish the purple pony grabbed her. Luna screamed but it was
a short scream for the brown pony muzzled her with a rope. During
her struggle and kicking, her crown fell off and landed in the
flowers. Her collar had fallen to the stony path as the purple
pony tried to hold onto her.
"We'll have to finish the job through the gate. Her scream
will bring soldiers here," the brown pony told him.
They picked up Luna as she tried to wiggle from their grip. Just
then two soldiers ran out of the castle just in time to see Luna
being carried through the Gate. The two soldiers ran to the Gate
but it was to late by the time they reached it. The Gate had
closed and all that was left of her was her crown and collar.
"Quick, we have to tell the King!" one of the soldiers
exclaimed. They turned and ran into the castle not knowing that
the two baby boys are hiding fearfully in the garden.
Blizzard heard what had happened and ran to the garden worriedly.
He looked around and didn't see Luna or his boys.
"Are you sure?" Blizzard asked.
"Yes your majesty. We saw it happen. We're very sorry that
we couldn't get to her in time," the other soldier replied.
"What about my two sons?" Blizzard asked.
"We didn't see them," the other soldier answered.
Blizzard handed his baby girl to the soldier and walked from
the doors, standing in front of the soldiers, "Iceburg,
Skymint!" After a few minutes he heard tinny hoofs running.
He looked to his left and saw his boys running to him. Blizzard
sat down and hugged them as they cried fearfully.
"Oh you two are alright. I'm so glad," Blizzard muttered
feeling a little relieved that nothing happened to his sons.
Skyview ran through the Gate wearing his golden key and collar.
"Skyview, something happened to Luna," Blizzard quickly
"I felt something was wrong. I felt Luna and two other ponies
go through the Gate but...It didn't feel normal. What happened?"
"Well, Luna was in the garden with Iceberg and Skymint when
two ponies kidnaped her and carried her through the Gate. My
two soldiers heard her scream and saw the two ponies but couldn't
stop them in time." Blizzard stood up still holding his
two boys, "Skyview help me find her."
"I'll do all I can to find her no mater how long it takes.
We'll have to tell Stardust about this," Skyview told him.
He looked at the soldiers seriously, "Was their feet hair
or smooth like a girl?"
"Hairy like ours," one of the soldiers answered.
"Well at lest they're from this world," Skyview muttered.
"Umm, Prince Skyview," the soldier called to him, "I
don't know if it will help you any but I remember they were wearing
"Like mine?" Skyview asked pointing to his golden collar.
"No, like your round golden necklace."
"Oh, my..key?" Skyview asked, "Are you certain?"
"Now that he mentioned it," the other soldier muttered,
"I think I saw them wearing it too."
"Them?" Blizzard asked, "Both of them had one?"
"yes," the soldiers replied.
"How is that possible?" Blizzard asked Skyview, "I
got one, you got one and so does Stardust."
"We must tell Stardust quickly," Skyview told him.
Blizzard looked at his two soldiers, "take care of my baby
girl till I get back and let no one else into the castle. I don't
know how long I'm going to be gone."
The soldiers nodded their heads, "Yes your majesty."
Blizzard turned and followed Skyview through the gate.
Luna was carried through the Gate as she struggled with her
"Now we're safe," the brown pony told him.
"She's alive?" a voice exclaimed.
Luna looked towards the forest and saw a mint green pony with
rainbow hair approach her. Luna was muzzled with a rope so she
wasn't able to scream or yell for help.
"Sorry sir, Soldiers were coming. We had to bring her here,"
the purple pony explained.
The mint green pony took out his sword from his side and held
it above Luna.
He smiled greatly at her, "I never imagine I'd face the
great Queen, the first Winged Unicorn. It was truly an honor
to see you but I'm sorry to say...you must die now."
Luna gasped fearfully at what was about to happen. She was kidnaped
just to be killed. Luna closed her eyes, tears trickled down
her face. She couldn't let this happen. She couldn't leave her
two loving boys and baby girl behind. She thought about her unborn
baby that she might not see if she was killed. Luna opened her
eyes, turning green with slits. Her horn glowed and then the
three ponies were blown away from her, out of her sight.
Luna landed in the grass on her back with a thud. She untied
the rope from her muzzle and quickly stood up facing the Gate
hoping to return home but the Gate had closed. Luna looked around
wondering where she was and how she was going to get home. Just
then the three ponies ran out of the forest towards her.
"Don't let her escape!" The mint green pony yelled.
Luna gasped. She couldn't run up hill, the two ponies blocked
her path. She had no choice but go down hill. She quickly and
carefully climbed down the steep hill with the two ponies chasing
her. Luna looked back and saw they were having trouble keeping
their foot from slipping. Even she was having some trouble as
"We can't chase her like this," the brown pony told
the other pony, "Lets take the road half way down."
They turned and left the forest.
Luna hurried as quickly as she could and not being careful. Her
foot slipped and she slid down the hill. Her hair came undone
and her wavy hair looked like it got tangled. Luna eventually
slowed down and when she had reached the bottom before the two
ponies had. Luna stood up and ran from the hill. She soon came
to the edge of the forest and stopped in her tracks. In front
of her was a large city. Buildings towering high, cars going
from one street to another. At first Luna though she had went
to the other world but something was different about this one.
The city was full of unicorns, pegasus and flutter ponies...ponies
of all kinds. The only kind she didn't see were Winged Unicorns.
Luna heard a noise and turned to see the two ponies still chasing
her. Luna ran from the forest and into an alley. The two male
ponies ran into the alley after her, but when they got there
she was gone. They walked to the sidewalk and looked up and down
the busy street but she was no where to be seen.
"He's going to be angry about this," the purple pony
"The great Queen loose...in this time. We really have made
a mess of things. Lets go back and report to him," the brown
pony replied. They turned and ran into the forest.
Luna had turned herself into an earth pony with purple hair
and she even used her horn to hide her scratches and grass stains
on her body. Her hair was a mess which took her several minuted
to quickly straighten it out.
She quickly looked around the corner and saw the two ponies had
given up and left. Luna soon felt relieved, she took a deep breath
and let it out trying to calm down. Then she looked around staring
at the tall buildings and ponies carrying shopping bags around
their necks. Stores had glass doors, some opened by themselves.
That was something Luna had never seen before, not even in the
other world. A white and blue bus stopped at the corner letting
ponies off. Unicorns, Pegasus and earth ponies left the bus,
a few of them were male unicorns and male Pegasus. Luna couldn't
help but stare at them. One of the male unicorns glared at her,
Luna blinked, "Sorry, I didn't mean to stare." Then
she quickly walked across the street. She felt lost, scared and
in a world she didn't know.
She continued walking staring at every store window. She even
walked into one, the bell above the door rang as she opened it.
Luna saw many things, she looked at the hats, books and other
household items that she recognized. She eventually left and
walked around the busy streets.
"I wonder what world I'm in?" Luna thought.
She noticed what looked like newspaper stands. She stopped and
looked at the glass door since she could open it. She paused
to read the headline at the very top.
"Woodlock newspaper," Luna muttered, "This is
Woodlock? The same name as the one in my world."
She continued walking and looking around at the city she had
never seen before. She came to another corner and looked left.
She saw the mountain she had fell down on. The mountain that
had the Gate. She could never go back fearing the three ponies
would be there waiting to kill her. She thought about her two
little baby boys that she was just playing with. She wondered
if they were alright. Did Blizzard find out she was kidnaped?
Did her parents find out yet? Were they looking for her now?
She thought about her unborn baby, was it alright? She had fallen
quite far from the Gate. She thought about what she had planed
for today. She wanted to spend time with Blizzard telling him
the great news and having fun with her boys. Luna sighed sadly
looking away from the mountain. How was she going to get home
if she didn't know where she was? The mountain looked familiar
but the city didn't.
She continued walking, crossing the street with a group of
ponies. She glanced at a few stores as she past by till she saw
something that caught her interests. It was a book store but
it was as fancy as a library. She walked into the story and saw
many books on shelves. Then she noticed another shelf with calendars
and even smaller calenders. She knew the best place for information
was a book store. She walked around going from one aisle to another
till she came to a rack that turned in circles. On it were maps
in all sizes. Luna picked up a strange looking map. It was plastic
and hard to bend. She opened it and was surprised, there were
many cities, towns, houses and parks all over. She looked for
a place called Woodlock and soon found it, right next to a set
of bold words saying 'Moonlight Castle'
Luna blinked a few times, she couldn't believe there was a castle
with the same name as the one in her world. She looked for another
bold word and continued reading familiar castle names till she
came to one that almost made her faint.
"Dream Castle?" Luna thought, "That's not possible.
A world that's just like mine?"
"Excuse me miss," a voice said to her. Luna looked
up and was a white pony with bright red and yellow hair. It was
a female earth pony with a name tag hanging around her neck,
"Is there something I can help you with?"
"Well, Ummm...this place. Is it Woodlock?" Luna asked.
"Yes it is."
"That mountain it wouldn't be...Moony mountain?" Luna
"Yes it is," the pony answered, "Are you lost
"Well, I guess so. Ummm, can you tell me about Ponyland?"
"Ponyland?" the white pony asked, "That's where
the famous city is, Dream Valley city. It's very large. The royal
Family of Dream castle rules it."
"Royal Family?" Luna asked, "Like King Stardust?"
"King Stardust?" the white pony asked, "No, the
black ponies are long gone, their decedents rules Ponyland now."
"Decedents?" Luna asked. She felt even more confused.
Was she in another world? or a parallel dimension or worse...another
"Yes. You must have heard of King Stardust, Prince Skyview
and Prince Starfire and Prince Star Cluster in the history books.
Even Stardust's daughter, the first winged unicorn," The
pony paused seeing the shocked look on Luna's face, "Miss
are you alright?"
"I ummm..." Luna tired to get over the shock. What
it possible that she had gone through time? "umm...where's
"You can take the 01 bus, it's a day travel by the bus,"
the white pony replied, "you'll need money to get there."
"I don't have the money," Luna told her.
"I'm sorry miss," the white pony replied.
"What direction is Ponyland?" Luna asked.
The white pony took Luna to the window and pointed, "That
Luna handed the pony the map, "Thank you." Then Luna
left the store.
Luna figured she'd walk to Ponyland till dark and fly the
rest of the way. Walking wasn't as easy as Luna had thought.
She continued walking from street to street passing many stores
and large shopping stores. She crossed the parking lots and walked
through allies trying to go in the right direction. When the
afternoon had past and the sun was setting fast Luna felt her
stomach growling. With all the excitement she forgot how hungry
she was. She had slept through the morning and didn't eat breakfast,
now she wished she had eaten. She walked past restaurants and
fast foods smelling the food they were cooking. She felt her
stomach turning in several knots at the thought of food but she
didn't have the money to buy anything. Luna hurried past the
smell of food and walked into a community of houses with large
fenced in yards. She continued to roam through the streets till
sunset. When the street was clear of ponies she turned into a
winged unicorn, flapped her wings and flew high as she could
towards the clouds. The city and houses below her got smaller
till all she saw were lights covering the land. The sun was barley
showing and the sky became dark. Tears trickled down her cheek
as she thought about the awful day she had, her stomach was making
her feel worse. She had no money and no way of getting some.
She only knew she had to get to Ponyland in hope that the royal
family would help her.
She flew all night and even had to stop to rest in parks at
times. When she finally reached Ponyland her wings was ready
to fall off. She was tired and achy. Ahead of her was a large
city full of lights. Dream Valley looked at if it had doubled
in size many times over. It was a city her father had only dreamed
of. Luna landed in a park in a community of houses. It looked
similar to where she grew up at. Houses and small businesses
surrounded the park. Luna turned into an earth pony with long
purple hair and left the park. She walked towards the city keeping
it within her sight at all times. As the sun rose higher and
the lights in the city dimmed, she began to see a strange building
unlike the ones in the city. It took her several minutes to recognize
"Dream Castle," Luna thought smiling.
It had taken all night for her to realize she was in the future.
It was the only explanation she had to explain why there were
cities in places she knew was only a small town. Buses and cars
for ponies to travel in when she knew ponies only walked to places.
"I hope they can help me," Luna thought. She didn't
see why they couldn't. She was family and she was sure they'd
believe her if she explained everything.
The afternoon had came and Dream Castle was looking bigger
every minute. She could now see the tall brick walls that surrounded
the castle. Soon she came to the last house and walked past a
small forest. When she came to the corner, she stopped. There
was a black iron fence that surround the large yard and the brick
walls. She had not expected to see an iron fence but everything
else looked the same. The brick walls the castle the large yard,
nothing had changed. Luna was determined to get in so she followed
the fence to the front of the castle where there was only forest
sitting covering one side of the street she walked on. She eventually
came upon a guard post, it was a tinny building that sat in front
of an iron gate with two armored soldiers. Luna approached the
guard post just as the pony inside noticed her. He was white
with rainbow hair and wore a thick padded vest on his chest,
side and back. On his side was a sword and in his hooves was
a long silver staff with blue lights on it.
"Umm, Can I talk to the King?" Luna nervously asked.
"Name, please," the pony replied.
"Why?" Luna asked curiously. She didn't see the need
to tell him her name.
"To see if you're on the list," the pony replied.
"What list?" Luna asked.
The pony held up to her a tablet with papers on it. It had a
long list of names, "If your name is on the list I can let
you through, if not I'll have to ask you to leave."
Luna had a feeling her name would not be found on the list, "Luna."
"Luna?" the pony asked her, then he scanned through
the list of names, from one page to another, then he looked at
her, "Sorry, you're not on the list."
"How about Queen Luna?" Luna asked.
The pony gave her a serious look, "This is not joking mater.
What is your real name?"
"Luna...Queen Luna?" The pony glared at her.
"That is my name," Luna told him.
"Let me tell you miss. You are not a Queen of any Kind,
a Queen don't walk up to me from the streets. You don't look
anything like Queen Luna now leave or I'll force you to,"
the pony told her.
The pony pointed the silver staff at her.
"W-what's that?" Luna asked curiously.
"A Stinger. You don't leave now I'll have to paralyze you
with this!" the pony exclaimed.
Luna took a few steps back. The pony looked down the road and
saw a white limousine with dark windows and three royal flags
on it. The pony hurried to the gate, "Quickly open the gates.
Luna stood and watched the long white care drive slowly past
her. She could see dark figures inside, one of them looked at
her and not once did the pony look away. Once the car had past
the pony turned towards Luna, "Leave or else!"
"How do I get on the list?" Luna asked.
"Get a layer. It could take you a year to even get on the
list," the pony replied pointing the staff at her.
"Who just went by?" Luna asked taking a few more steps
"Silverstar," the pony replied.
Luna gasped and took a step close.
"Soldiers!" the pony shouted, "Get her!"
Soldiers left the iron gate and ran after Luna down the street.
Luna eventually lost sight of them and stopped to watch the white
car still driving up to the brick wall.
Silverstar sat in the car by a window glancing back. His black
strip of hair blended in with the dark window. His dark blue
strip was barley seen in his reflection, only his light blue
strip was easily seen. His silvery coat had a few gray hairs
but it was hard to see since it blended in with his coat. The
white pony with long purple hair was stuck in his mind, he found
himself wanting to get another look at her.
"Prince Silverstar, is something wrong?" A female pegasus
pony asked sitting a cross from him.
"That pony at the gate. Have you seen her before?"
"I'm sorry I haven't," the pony answered.
Silverstar looked out his window again, "She looks like
someone I used to know." Silverstar looked at the female
pony, "When is Vas returning?"
"Tomorrow afternoon," the pony answered.
The soldiers finally caught up to her and approached her at
a running pase, Luna began running, the soldiers got close and
grabbed her tail. Luna was forced to stop, she turned and looked
at them feeling scared. She didn't know what they would do to
her if they caught her but she didn't want to find out.
"I'm really sorry about this," Luna closed her eyes,
her horn and wings faintly appeared catching the soldiers by
surprise. Then suddenly, they were blown back several feet away.
Luna turned and ran into the small forest across the street.
The soldiers stood up after hitting the ground hard.
"Did you see that?" the other soldier asked.
"A winged unicorn. We got to report this," the soldier
They turned around and ran back to the guard.
"She got away?" The pony asked.
"Yes but...She was a winged unicorn," The soldier replied.
"She used her horn to throw us back," the other soldier
"A winged unicorn this close to the castle?" The pony
asked, "I didn't think they'd use a girl though. I got to
report this to the king," the pony rushed into his post
and began dialing numbers.
"Sire....no...it's not about the kids this time....yes well
there is a problem here or was....no sire....There was a winged
unicorn here trying to get in. she....no sire....She looked like
a normal earth pony....yes sire." then the pony hung up
and looked at the soldiers, "Watch my post till I return."
Then he walked through the iron gates and hurried to the castle.
Luna had left the forest and wondered towards the city trying
to think of a way to get to Silverstar. She wondered what he
looked like as an older pony. Would he recognize her? What was
he like now? Would he be able to help her?
Luna walked till she was in the city. Unicorns, Pegasus, earth
ponies and flutter ponies walked in crowds on the sidewalk. Some
were Male Pegasus and male Unicorns. Luna couldn't believe what
she was seeing.
"They'd have to be related to Skyview and Starfire,"
She continued walking till she got tired then she eventually
found herself walking through a park. Luna sat down on a black
iron bench next to a dark red pony with white and light blue
hair. He was reading the newspaper not paying attention to who
sat next to him.
Luna looked around the park and watched the baby ponies playing
in a sandbox. It reminded her of her unborn baby. She had completely
forgotten it and felt bad that she did. As she rested she began
to feel the hunger pains in her stomach again, she had gone a
day and a half without eating. She knew it wasn't good for her
baby but she didn't know what she could do about it.
As she sat there her stomach began to rumble getting louder by
the minute and soon it began to annoy the pony next to her.
The red pony lowered his newspaper and looked at her annoyingly,
"Please go eat something."
"You don't know how much I'd love to," Luna replied,
"But I have no money."
"Then you could go home and eat," The red pony suggested.
"I'd love to but...I can't. I don't have one really,"
Luna replied sadly rubbing her empty stomach.
The red pony blinked a few times and sat his paper on the bench,
"Yes, you could say that," Luna replied.
Her stomach continued to growled annoying him even more.
"Miss, how about I buy you something?" the red pony
Luna smiled greatly, "You would? Really?"
The red pony smiled at her, "Of course." Then he stood
up, "Lets go over to that vender, I'm sure he's got something
you want to eat."
Luna stood up and followed the pony to the vender, it looked
more like a box on wheels with an umbrella over him.
"Well?" the red pony asked.
"So much to choose," Luna replied, "How about
those?" Luna pointed.
"Hotdogs?" the red pony asked.
"Yes, hotdogs, and lemonade please," Luna replied.
The blue pony gave her a hotdog in a bun and a large cup of lemonade.
The red pony paid him and followed Luna to a tree where she sat
"So how did you become homeless?" the red pony asked.
"I was kidnaped..." Luna paused and noticed the surprised
look on the pony, "I got away and I can't get home so at
the moment I'm homeless."
"Kidnaped?...by who?" the pony asked.
"I don't know. Please I rather not talk about it,"
Luna replied sadly as she ate.
"Oh, I'm sorry," the pony replied, "Oh by the
way my name is Raven."
"I'm Lu..." Luna paused she remembered the trouble
she had with the guard at the iron gate giving him her name,
Raven smiled, "Well it's nice to meet you. Have you been
to this city before?"
"No but I've been to Ponyland before," Luna replied.
Raven looked at her with a confused face not sure what to make
of her answer.
"Do you live here?" Luna asked.
"No. I live quite far," Raven replied, "How about
you? Where's your home?"
"Far, to far to ride a bus, fly or walk there," Luna
replied, "I don't know how I'm going to get home."
Raven sat quietly he could tell how worried and scared she was,
"So you never been in the city?"
"No, I never seen a city this big," Luna replied enjoying
Raven studied her carefully.
"So what are you doing in this city?" Luna asked looking
at him and catching him off guard as if he was thinking about
"I'm visiting. I take it you haven't looked around the city
yet?" Raven guessed.
"No I haven't. It's so big I'm afraid I'd get lost in it,"
Luna replied smiling.
Raven smiled at her, "well I'd be happy to show you around
"You would?" Luna asked finishing off her hotdog, "You
don't have something else to do?"
"Oh no. I have nothing to do today," Raven replied
smiling. He stood up and waited till Luna finished her drink
then he walked her out of the park.
Raven took her to many stores, past tall buildings and even
showed her Dream Valley newspaper building. It was a tall tan
building and the main lobby was just as large. On the wall was
a large painting of Star Cluster still wearing his golden collar
and silver key.
"Prince Star Cluster," Raven muttered, "He was
the founder of Ponyland's newspaper. His family still owns it."
Luna left and followed Raven through town till she noticed a
theater with a name rushing across the front 'The Great Queen'
Luna remembered what the mint green pony had called her. She
had forgotten all about it till now. She hurried to the theater
and looked at the posters that hung on the glass windows.
"The Great Queen, I heard they made up a few things in the
movie," Raven told her.
"It's about Queen Luna?" Luna asked.
"Yes, It just came out too," Raven replied, "I
haven't seen it yet."
They continued walking till the tall buildings seemed to be getting
shorter and the sidewalk looked less crowded. Luna glanced at
the windows as she past and pause when something caught her eye.
"What is it?" Raven asked curiously looking back at
"That book," Luna pointed to a white book with a picture
of herself as a Queen. Luna hurried inside the store and picked
up the book from the display shelf. She opened it and looked
at the pictures of Ponyland as it once was and her as a baby.
"They say a lot of things about her, where she grew up and
stuff but no one really knows for sure. The royal family knows
and they're not telling anyone," Raven explained.
"I don't blame them," Luna muttered as she turned the
"The wedding or what they think it looked like," Raven
explained looking at a picture of a painting.
"Well it's not quite right," Luna replied.
"It's not?" Raven asked curiously.
Luna looked up at him, "I mean...It..umm doesn't look right
to me." Then she continued turning the pages till she saw
painting of three dragons. She knew who the dragons were suppose
to be but they didn't look right. The only thing they got right
were the colors.
"She's suppose to be a feathered dragon with pearly horns,"
Raven looked at her suspiously. Luna closed the book not wanting
to see anything more, she couldn't believe some of the things
they had gotten wrong. She put the book back and left the store
with Raven at her side. They walked in silence for sometime with
Luna deep in thought.
"So you like the city?" Raven asked.
"It's great," Luna replied smiling at him, then her
smile faded, "Raven. Have you ever seen the Gates?"
"The gates?" Raven asked, "Sure, there's a guard
standing in front of them. It's almost impossible to pass him
without giving him your name."
"No, not that kind of gate. I mean the Gates, the kind you
walk through to get to another place," Luna told him.
Raven looked at her feeling rather confused, "Like a wooden
gate or iron gate?"
"No, I mean...well..." Luna paused she couldn't explain
it so she had no choice but to just tell him, "I mean archways.
There's three stone archways called the Gates. Have you heard
"No I'm sorry," Raven replied staring at her with a
"How about the keys?" Luna asked.
"Keys?" Raven asked, "You lost a set of keys?"
"No, there's three keys for each Gate," Luna explained.
"This isn't in a book you read is it?" Raven asked.
Luna sighed sadly, "Forget it. I'm sorry I brought it up."
She decided to give up asking him. She just wasn't getting anywhere
with him. This time obviously was keeping the Gate a closely
They eventually wondered to the school in a large open field
almost in the middle of the city. They followed the sidewalk
to the large yard. The sidewalk split going to a large one story
building and the other split to a very familiar school.
"They say King Stardust built the old school," Raven
explained, "After time had past the school was getting crowded
so they built a bigger school but kept this school. It's just
a history building, something of the old times to look at now."
Luna approached a large white sign in front of the old school
house and read it. It said pretty much what Raven had told her.
It even told who was the first teacher to teach in the old school
"Just imagine little ponies in side. It must have been great
back then," Raven muttered.
Luna smiled, "It was."
Raven stopped smiling and looked at her suspiciously. When Luna
looked at him he quickly smiled.
"Sun is going down," Luna told him.
"I guess it is. Where are you going to sleep tonight?"
Raven asked her.
"Here. Inside," Luna replied.
"In..side?" Raven asked surprisingly, "No one
is aloud inside."
"It's as close to home as I'll get. Besides like you said,
no one goes inside so I'll be safe there...if you don't tell
Raven smiled, "Alright, I'll see you tomorrow then."
He turned and left.
Luna winked inside when he wasn't looking. Everything inside
looked the same, it felt as if she never left home. She wished
all she had to do is look out the window and see Ponyland as
it used to be. Time is nothing but a distant memory now. Luna
felt as if she'll never get home. She was beginning to think
she was stuck in the future. As she laid curled in a ball in
the dark corner, she thought of her home, Blizzard, her baby
girl and two baby boys. Tears flooded her cheeks as memories
of everyone she knew in her time came to her mind.
Night had came and the sky was pitch black. The city lights
glowed brightly lighting up the sky. The street light lit the
dark streets. Everyone was sounds asleep except for the ponies
in the city.
Raven returned to the school grounds and stopped to look around
making sure no one was around, then he approached the new school
building and saw two dark hooded figures.
"Did you find out anything?" the hooded pony asked.
"No. Dream Castle is well guarded," Raven answered.
"It didn't look like it to me," the other hooded figure
"It doesn't on the outside of the brick wall but there's
soldiers all over the place once you past the brick wall,"
The hooded figure took out a rolled up newspaper and handed it
to Raven showing his golden collar for a few seconds.
"I saw that newspaper this morning," Raven told him.
"This is the newest edition that just came out this evening,"
The hooded figure told him.
Raven unrolled the paper and saw a drawing of a familiar pony.
"Find her. My brother thinks she could be very useful to
us. The King of Ponyland wants her badly and my brother wants
her before the King gets her first," the hooded figure told
Raven turned towards the light that hung on the school roof and
gasped at the picture, "I know her."
"You do?" the hooded figure asked sounding surprised,
"Where is she?"
Raven handed the newspaper back and pointed to the old school
building across from him, "She's asleep in that school."
"Well we have to go get her," the hooded figure told
"Wait there's more about her you need to know," Raven
exclaimed standing in front of them.
"Go on, I'm listening."
"She knows about the Gates and the three keys. She knows
you can travel through them," raven told him.
"Are you sure of this?" The hooded figure asked curiously.
"Yes, she even knows about the guardian dragon and that
it's a she dragon and a feathered one with pearly horns,"
Raven told him.
"She knows far to much," The hooded figure replied,
"What do you know about her?"
"Nothing much. Only that she was kidnaped and now she's
homeless," Raven replied.
The two hooded figures took a step closer towards the old school
"Wait, let me talk to her tomorrow and see what else I can
get out of her first," Raven begged.
The hooded figure stared at the old school building for a minute
then looked at Raven, "Alright but you meet us in the woods,"
the hooded pony pointed next to him, "As sunset."
"Ok," Raven replied.
"Watch her closely. Every pony in Ponyland will be looking
for her tomorrow. We don't want the King of Ponyland getting
her before we do."
"I know. I'll stay close to her," Raven replied then
he nodded and left them.
The next morning Luna woke up yawning and stretching. She
stood up, turned herself into an earth pony and winked outside
behind the building. She sat in the cool grass staring at the
woods and remembering what her time was like. The last few days
felt like a dream but today she began to realize it was no dream,
it was real. She was really seeing the future. She knew the Gates
could be used for time travel but she never dreams she would
actually travel through time. She knew it was dangerous and the
longer she stay the larger the risk the future would be. She
could unknowingly change time and not know it.
"Lunarstar?" Raven called to her standing at the corner
of the building.
Luna looked up at him and smiled. She was glad to have made a
friend in the future one she hoped would help return her to her
own time...if only she could get him to believe her.
Luna stood up, "I was just sitting here thinking. So what
are you going to show me today?"
"What ever you like," Raven replied.
"I'm not sure. How about ummm....seeing Paradise Estate?"
"Paradise Estate is guarded like Dream Castle. You will
only see it from a distance though," Raven told her.
"That's fine. It's better than not seeing it at all,"
Luna replied smiling.
They left the school grounds and walked far, going down many
streets avoiding the larger part of the cities.
"Wouldn't it be best to just cut through that busy part
of the city?" Luna asked curiously.
"It's crowded and...well, it's better going around it. Besides
we don't have to push our way through the crowds this way,"
Raven replied smiling at her.
"Yes, I guess your right. I'm not to crazy about crowds
anyways," Luna replied.
They walked far till they came to a corner with a tall brick
wall around it. On the cliff side was Paradise Estate. It too
looked as if it never changed. Luna felt relieved that the old
estate building will always stay the same.
"The oldest building in Ponyland," Raven explained
to her, "Only the relatives from the Royal family live there."
Just then he heard her stomach growling. Raven laughed, "I
take it you're hungry?"
Luna smiled a him, "Yes I am. I'm starving actually."
"What would you like to eat then?" Raven asked.
"Anything I feel like I can eat a lot," Luna told him.
"Humm...a place with lots of food and...quiet...hidden,"
Raven mumbled to himself, "I know. How about Pizza?"
Luna smiled greatly, "I haven't had pizza in ages."
Raven smiled and took her down the street to a pizza place they
had past earlier. They walked in and sat down in dark blue booths.
They quickly ordered drinks and a large pizza. Luna could feel
her stomach aching for food. She was thrilled when the pizza
was finally placed on their table. Luna quickly took a slice
and began eating.
"So umm do you have a family?" Raven asked hoping it
wouldn't upset her to talk about it.
"Yes, I'm married. I have 2 boys, a baby girl and another
one on the way," Luna replied taking a bit out of her pizza.
Raven looked at her surprisingly, "On the way? You mean
"Yes," Luna answered as she continued to eat. She was
to hungry to notice the surprise look on his face. After a few
minutes of silence Luna looked up at him smiling, "how about
"umm..me?" Raven asked.
"Yes, do you have a family?" Luna asked him.
"Yes, I'm married too and I have a little girl who is dying
to see me when I get home," Raven replied smiling.
Luna smiled and giggled, "I can imagine she would be."
Luna continued to eat till she had finished a large pizza, then
Raven paid the bill and left with Luna at his side.
As they walked down the street he continued to glance at her
till she caught him.
"What?" Luna asked.
"Nothing," Raven replied looking away.
"You keep looking at me. Please what is it?" Luna asked
"You don't look pregnant," Raven replied.
"Well I just found out shortly before I was kidnaped. I
was in the garden playing with my two boys and waiting for...my
husband. I was going to tell him the good news but I was kidnaped,"
"You obviously got here from home. Can't you get home from
here too?" Raven asked.
Luna stopped at the corner of the sidewalk looking down sadly,
"No." She looked up at him, "Raven, I'm...from
the past. The old times as you would call it. I was taken through
the Gates, the ones I told you about earlier. I was taken through
time and landed in this time to be killed. I escaped and I came
to Ponyland to ask the Royal Family for help but.." Luna
paused and looked down sadly, "I was chased off. Now I'm
just stuck here in this time."
"Are you serious?" Raven asked surprisingly.
"I don't care if you don't believe me. I'm tired of this
time. I miss my home, my family. Please I just want to go home.
Help me...please," Luna looked up at him sadly.
Raven stood silently looking at her. It was hard to believe but
he knew it was possible to travel through time with the Gates.
"I'll do what I can," Raven replied.
Luna smiled, "Really?"
"Yes," Raven answered.
Luna was thrilled, maybe there was a small chance of getting
home after all. They walked for hours heading back to the school.
Luna wasn't used to the big city and nosy streets, crowded sidewalks
so she just wanted to head back to the old school house where
it was quiet.
"Are you sure you don't want to walk around the stores or
something?" Raven asked.
"No please. I'm tired and I just want to sit where it's
quiet," Luna replied, "Thank you anyways."
"Well, I'll see you later then," Raven replied.
"Thank you for everything. You've been a great help to me,"
Luna told him, "Well, goodnight." She walked to the
back of the school and sat down. Raven smiled at her then he
too walked away.
Luna sat in the grass thinking of home, it's all she had thought
about since she was kidnaped. She had no idea how much she loved
home, her time and the ponies in the kingdoms till now. She looked
at the sky and saw the sun setting, she would soon be heading
inside the school house to sleep for another day in the future.
As she sat in the grass she suddenly noticed two hooded strangers
next to her. Luna quickly stood up being so startled to see them.
Was she too deep in thought to hear them approach?
"W-what do you want?" Luna nervously asked.
The pony nodded and the other pony grabbed her. The other pony
muzzled her with a rope. Luna closed her eyes in fear, it was
happening all over again just like on the mountain. She was sure
they would kill her this time.
"You heard what he said, be careful with her," the
"I'm trying," the other pony replied struggling with
They carried Luna into the woods and winked out. They appeared
far from the city in the forest. There was no city noise only
pony voices and hooves rustling the grass.
"We're not going to hurt you so please, relax," the
pony told Luna.
Luna looked at the hooded pony, it didn't sound like the same
pony who had kidnaped her before.
The hooded pony took his hood off revealing his face to her.
He smiled gently at her. He was a light pink pony with white
hair and a horn on his head.
"Lets go," the pink pony said.
They picked her up and carried her out of the forest and into
a large clearing. Many tents sat in rows near a lake. Ponies
in armor walked from tent to tent or sat in the grass talking.
Luna gasped when she noticed They were all Winged Unicorns, there
were a few Pegasus as well.
Ponies in camp stop and watched silently as she was carried to
a light blue tent. They carefully sat her down and took off the
rope from her mouth.
"Wait here," Then he walked into the tent and quickly
came out, "he's not there. Watch her while I find him."
The pony left leaving Luna siting on the grass with a pony behind
her. She nervously looked around and saw male winged unicorns
staring at her some just smiled at her.
"Lunarstar," A familiar voice called to her.
Luna looked around and saw a dark red winged unicorn.
"It's me, Raven."
Luna stood up staring at his horn and wings, "Raven?"
"Yes, I took you out for pizza." Raven reminded her.
"But you're a or was an earth pony," Luna pointed out.
"I'm really a winged unicorn. Very few of us can change
to an earth pony," Raven explained.
Luna approached him looking at his horn and wings, "You
do look...ummm quite different."
"Is something wrong with that?" Raven asked.
"No, not at all," Luna smiled then her smile faded,
"What's the idea of kidnaping me and scaring me to death?"
"Sorry about that. You're wanted all over Ponyland and we
had to get you before The king of Ponyland did," Raven explained.
"What?" Luna exclaimed.
Raven took a newspaper from a nearby tent and showed her the
front cover, "Why do they want you?"
Luna stared at the drawing of her on the cover, "I don't
know. I don't know why anyone want me. Why I was kidnaped in
the first place, why Ponyland want me. Why someone dried to kill
me. I have done nothing wrong to anyone. I was minding my own
business!" Luna exclaimed getting upset at the thought of
"The King of Ponyland just doesn't post a wanted poster
on the cover of the newspapers unless you did something to them,"
a deep voice replied.
Luna noticed how everyone was suddenly quiet and stared behind
her. Luna turned and gasped at the white winged unicorn that
stood before her. His eyes were ice blue, his tail was white
and ice blue. His mane was white except for a strip of ice blue.
Next to him was a pony who looked just like Blizzard only he
was a unicorn. Both of them wore a golden collar from Winterfall
"I am Iceberg and this is my brother, Skymint. Who are you?"
Luna froze she couldn't believe she was facing her sons in this
time. They were adults now and quite handsome to look at.
Raven tapped her on the shoulder after there was no answer, "Say
something to him."
Luna couldn't utter a word she was so shocked to see them. She
felt tired suddenly, her legs felt to weak to hold her much longer.
Her vision began to spin and she felt hot.
"Are you alright?" Skymint asked looking at her curiously.
Luna collapsed suddenly as her eyes closed leaving her in a deep
comfortable darkness. The voices around her faded and soon she
could no longer hear anyone.
Iceberg, SkyMint and Raven approached Luna and looked at her
"She fainted," SkyMint muttered.
As they watched, her hair began to fade rapidly to white, her
horn appeared, then her wings. Scratches and grass stains appeared
on her body. It surprised everyone who saw it.
"I never seen a pony who can change their hair and body
too," Raven muttered.
"I have," Iceberg told him.
"You know she does look similar to...mom," Skymint
muttered to him.
"I've seen a lot of ponies who looks like her but this pony...she's
not even pure white," Iceberg replied. Luna was so dirty
that her white coat looked light gray.
"I thinks she's just very dirty," Skymint guessed looking
closely at her coat.
"I had no idea she was a winged unicorn or that she...was
such a mess," Raven said.
"Well, take her in my tent and try to wake her up,"
Iceberg told him.
Raven called to another winged unicorn and the two carried her
into the tent, then they laid her on the piles of colored pillows.
"Alright you saw it now get back to what you were doing!"
Everyone turned and continued talking or walking around.
Iceberg walked into the tent and saw Raven fanning her with
his wing. Luna began to ster, she moved a leg slightly and then
she took a few deep breaths.
"Lunarstar," Raven called to her.
Luna slowly opened her eyes and saw Raven's large wings cooling
her off much like Starfire had did to her once. When he saw Luna
had woken up he stopped fanning her and stood back for Iceberg
and Skymint to see her.
"Who are you and how did you get so dirty?" Iceberg
Luna was still tired and didn't feel like sitting up so she laid
still, "My real name is Luna. I'm...from the past. I was
kidnaped, taken through the Gate and I fell down a mountain which
is why I'm so dirty. Then I flew all the way here to find help.
I need to get back home."
"You..came through time?" Skymint asked curiously.
Luna could see he looked and acted a lot like Blizzard, it almost
made her want to cry.
"Yes," Luna answered.
Iceberg looked at her suspiously, "How did you know about
"I made those Gates so I know all about them!"
"Mother made those Gate!" Iceberg exclaimed.
"I'm Queen Luna from the past," Luna exclaimed getting
"You can not be her. Show me some proof. Shapeshift then,"
Iceberg told her.
"I can't. I'm pregnant. I wouldn't dare shapeshift now,"
"You're pregnant?" Iceberg asked looking at her stomach.
"You can't tell at the moment. Not for a few months,"
Luna told him.
"Time travel isn't impossible but I still need proof that
you are my mother," Iceberg replied her.
"What kind of proof?" Luna asked curiously.
"I have several questions that only my mother knows,"
Iceberg replied, "Who named me?"
"Blizzard did," Luna answered.
"What are your names?" Iceberg asked.
"Luna, Lunarstar and Kesia."
"What did your parents named you after?" Iceberg asked.
"The moon because I was so white like the full moon,"
"What happened to you between three and twelve?" Iceberg
"I was raised by two ponies in another world. They adopted
me and then Buster and Charades found me and told me everything,"
"Well you got all the answers right. There is one questions
that I ask dad once. He told me and no one else except, only
mom, grandpa and my uncles knows. Who raised dad and where did
he live before he was crowned King?" Iceberg asked.
"Teriney found Blizzard and raised him in isolation at the
Volcano of Gloom. There's a stone house in the volcano,"
Iceberg studied her for several minutes.
"Honestly Iceberg, it really is me. Do I really have to
tell my whole life story to you?" Luna asked.
Iceberg smiled, "Well it is hard to believe that you...our
mother is sitting right here."
Skymint looked at Iceberg and whispered, "Look at her horn.
It's got to be mom."
Iceberg stood closer to Luna and looked at her horn then he smiled,
"Only mom had a pearly horn. I'm sorry for not believing
you. it's good to see you."
Luna smiled greatly and nodded.
Raven lowered his head and looked at her curiously, "So
you're really the great Queen...Queen Luna? The first winged
unicorn ever born?"
Luna smiled, "Yes I am."
"You live in another world at the time that Prince Star
Cluster took over as King?" Raven asked.
"Yes I did. I had many friends. My adopted parents even
had a girl and named her Flurry," Luna replied, "Iceberg,
where did all these Winged Unicorns come from?"
"You of course and mostly me and a few from Skymint and
some from our sisters. Some are great great great grandsons and
cousins like Raven here and some are nephews from many generations,"
"All of them?" Luna asked surpassingly.
Iceberg smiled, "Mom, We're very old despite our looks.
We've lived along time. There's not many of us left from the
old days. There's just me, Skymint, our two sisters and Silverstar."
"Two sisters?" Luna asked curiously, "You mean
I'm going to have a girl?"
Iceberg smiled, "Yes, you're carrying a girl but don't ask
us about your future children."
Luna rubbed her stomach, "I was hoping it would be a girl.
I can't wait to tell Blizzard," Luna paused and looked up
at Iceberg, "You'll get me home to my time, won't you?"
"Yes, we'll do everything we can to get you home. One way
or another you'll get home. I promise," Iceberg replied.
"What do you mean one way or another?" Luna asked curiously.
"I guess I better tell you," Iceberg replied, "For
a very long time we had dad's key. Every king who sat on his
throne wore his key and soon it became a symbol of royalty. The
royal Family of Dream Castle had two keys and always kept them
safe around their necks. Then several years ago dad's key was
stolen and a note from Silverstar was left in it's place. He
claims the key belongs in his family and that we no longer have
the right to keep it. We got mad and the king sent us here to
get it back. We came with an army of ponies who could fly. We've
demanded the key to be returned but they lied and told us they
don't have it. We've been at war with Ponyland for sometime now."
"Silverstar?" Luna asked surprisingly, "But I
don't believe he would do such a thing."
"He did and we have his note to prove it," Skymint
Luna was surprised at what she heard about her baby brother,
she never thought he'd steal from family, especially someone
close as Iceberg.
"I...I can't imagine that Silverstar would send someone
through time. Grandpa forbid anyone to time travel. Silverstar
should know better," Iceberg exclaimed.
"I still can't believe Silverstar would do such a thing,"
Luna told them.
"He most certainly did," Skymint replied.
Luna stood up, "My baby brother...Try to kill me, brake
a forbidden rule and steal the key, I won't believe it."
"It's true," Skymint told her again.
Luna sighed sadly, she hoped it wasn't true. She loved her baby
brother and couldn't imagine him doing anything to hurt the family.
"Is there a place I can take a bath?" Luna asked.
"Yes, at the lake," Iceberg pointed out of the tent,
"But it'll be getting dark very soon."
"Where do I sleep?" Luna asked.
"Oh umm...my bed. I'll find a place else where to sleep,"
Luna was still sad at the news she heard about Silverstar. She
had learned so much, meet her sons and now she was worried about
the Keys. It weighed her down making her feel tired. She laid
on the pillows and yawned, "I'll see you all in the morning
"Are you sure you're alright?" Iceberg asked worriedly.
"I'm fine. Just tired and have so much to think about,"
Luna answered. She laid her head on the pillows and closed her
eyes thinking about what her sons had told her.
Iceberg, Skymint and Raven left the tent and walked to a distance.
"Raven, I want you to deliver a note for me to Dream Castle,"
Iceberg told him.
"Ok," Raven replied.
The next morning Iceberg was the first to go check on Luna
but when he looked in the tent she wasn't there.
"She's not there," a voice told him.
Iceberg took a few steps back and saw Skymint standing next to
him, "I noticed when I looked in. Where is she?"
"At the lake," Skymint told him pointing towards the
Iceberg left camp and walked to the lake. Luna was rubbing dirt
off her fur and washed dir and grass out of her hair, then she
left the water. Iceberg stood and stared at her. She was clean,
pure white with long white hair and even her horn seem to shin
brightly in the morning sunlight. It was clear that her horn
was pearly, one didn't have to get close to notice it now.
Luna smiled, her fur dripped with water, her wings hung low heavy
with water. Even her hair dragged the ground. The scratches,
dirt and grass stains were gone.
"Do I look better?" Luna asked.
Iceberg smiled, "You look...pretty as ever. Mom"
"Good, now I just got to dry off," Luna replied smiling.
She grabbed her mane and rung the water out and then she did
the same to her tail. She flapped her wings to shake out the
water in them. Only thing left was her coat. She stood and shook
her body till she was no longer wet but felt damp instead.
Just then Raven winked next to them with a folded tan letter.
He handed the letter to Iceberg, "He wrote back."
Iceberg took the letter and opened it. Luna could see on his
face that he wasn't pleased with the letter.
"Who wrote back?" Luna asked curiously.
Iceberg folded the letter and looked at his mother, "It's
from Silverstar and he still claims that we took his keys. This
was my final warning. We have no choice but to attack Dream castle
and get the keys back."
"What?!" Luna exclaimed surprisingly.
"I'm sorry but we're going to war...again. Skymint tell
the rest of ponies. Raven take care of her in the mean time.
I'm sorry mom, I got to get ready," Iceberg turned and left
the lake, heading back to camp.
"War?" Luna asked worriedly, "He can't do that."
"We fought Dream Castle a year ago and had to go back for
reinforcements. I'm sorry but there's no stopping him,"
Luna sighed sadly, "But they're family."
"They were friends too and now they're enemies," Raven
"There's got to be another way," Luna muttered. She
had to talk to Silverstar, she knew something was wrong. "Umm.
do you deliver letters to Silverstar personally?"
"No, just to the guard at the gate, they'll never allow
me a winged unicorn through the gates," Raven replied, "Why
do you ask?"
"Just wondering," Luna replied walking back to camp.
Later that night after everyone in camp had gone to sleep,
Luna woke up and sat up on the pillows. It was so dark she couldn't
see anything, not even the pillows she sat on. She lit her horn
careful not to wake up someone. She looked around the tent for
paper and something to write with but she didn't see anything
but a small sitting hidden behind her. She curiously opened the
box and saw a stack of papers and a pen. She took two papers
and wrote a letter on them signing them with Iceberg and Silverstar's
name. Then she folded the paper.. Then she stood up, left the
tent and searched every tent for Raven. Every pony was sound
asleep curled in a ball or stretched out. She even found Skymint
sleeping on a set of pillows and Iceberg at the other corner
of the tent on a set of pillows. Luna couldn't help but smile
when she saw her two boys sound asleep.
She soon left the tent and continued searching. Four tents away
from Skymint's tent was Raven sound asleep in a ball with his
wing covering him like a blanket. Most of the ponies slept on
a blanket and one pillow for their heads which hardly any of
them used. Iceberg and Skymint were the only ones who slept on
a stack of pillows. Luna silently walked up to Raven and shook
him. He uttered something that was hardly even a word and then
he went back to sleep again. Luna shook him harder this time
till she saw his eyes open. He folded his wings back and looked
up at Luna yawning.
"What?" Raven asked not realizing who was in his tent
at first. After blinking a few times he gasped, "What are
you doing in here? I mean shouldn't you be sleeping or something?"
"Shhhh," Luna whispered to him. "There's something
I need you to do," Luna held up two letters, "I need
you to deliver one to Silverstar."
"Now at this time of night?" Raven whispered yawning.
"Please Raven. This is important. I don't want anyone to
know about this," Luna whispered to him.
"Alright," Raven yawned.
Luna smiled at him, "Thank you. Now I need you to deliver
this one to Silverstar, personally. This one goes to Iceberg
when you get back. What ever you do, don't tell anyone I wrote
"Why?" Raven asked curiously, "What's the letters
"Something about this whole thing between Iceberg and Silverstar
doesn't seem right and I'm going to find out what it is. I'm
hoping these letter will work," Luna answered, "Now
hurry, it'll be sunrise soon."
Raven took the letters and left the tent. Luna went back to bed
in Iceberg's tent till morning.
Luna felt like she had just fell sleep when Iceberg woke her
up. She shook her, "Mom it's morning."
Luna yawned and sat up, "Already?"
Skymint walked into the tent with a plate and a cup. He sat it
in front of Luna and smiled, "It's your breakfast."
Luna smiled, it had been awhile since she had breakfast. She
actually felt like eating breakfast too.
Luna leaned close and smelled the pancakes filling her nose.
"It smells wonderful," Luna replied.
"We know how much you love pancakes," Iceberg told
her, "Mom I got a lot to do today to prepare everyone for
battle, please excuse me." Then he turned and left.
Luna remembered Raven and the letters she gave him last night.
She wondered if Silverstar had received the letter.
"Ummm, Are you going to eat?" Skymint asked.
Luna smiled, "Yes, I'm starving."
As Luna ate she continued to think about the stolen keys and
the letters and Silverstar sudden change.
"Skymint," Luna called to him, "do you have the
letter from Silverstar. The one he left in place of the key?"
"Yes, We brought it with is. My great great nephew the king
thought we should hold on to it to prove he took the key,"
"Where is it?" Luna asked.
"In the box behind you. Iceberg keeps all the letters and
papers in there," Skymint explained.
Luna quickly ate the second pancake and then she took the box
from behind her and opened it.
"Where?" Luna asked.
"Might be berried under all that," SkyMint answered.
Luna lifted all the papers and took out a pink folded letter.
"That's it," Skymint said.
Luna opened the letter and read it silently.
Dear Iceberg and family, it has been known to that you have
the third key for several hundred years. It's time to return
the key to it's rightful place in Ponyland so I have saved you
time and grief and took the key myself. So for now on you'll
have to take the long way to visit ponyland.
Love, Uncle Silverstar
Luna looked up at Skymint suspiously, "Are you sure this
is from Silverstar?"
"It's got his name on it and he knows the Winterfall castle
better than anyone. He knows where all three keys are kept. I'm
sorry mom but that letter is from Silverstar," Skymint replied.
Luna sat sadly staring at the letter, "I...I just can't
imagine him doing such a thing." After staring at the letter,
she put it back and left the tent. Ponies walked around carrying
swords, some in the field practiced fighting or talking about
flight plans. Luna walked past them and stopped in the tall grass
watching Iceberg talking to a group of ponies.
"He's making plans," SkyMint explained noticing his
mother staring at Iceberg.
Luna didn't have to ask why he was making plans she already knew.
She couldn't believe it was all happening.
Just then Raven appeared in the meadow walking up to Iceberg.
Luna watched closely as Raven handed him her letter.
Iceberg took the letter and opened it, after several minutes
he smiled, "So he's finally coming to his senses."
He turned and approached Skymint, "Silverstar is returning
the key and is meeting us at the old school house at sunset."
"We're not going along unprotected are we?" Skymint
"Of course not. We'll bring a few winged unicorns with us,"
"I want to go," Luna told him.
"It's safer if you stayed," Iceberg told her.
Luna glared at him, "I got to go, Iceberg."
Iceberg stared at her, studying her determination. He knew he
couldn't stop her if he wanted, "Alright but I want someone
to stay with you incase something happens," Iceberg told
"Raven will be with me then," Luna replied smiling.
Iceberg looked at Raven, "Get your sword and be ready to
leave." Then Iceberg left heading to the camp to gather
a few winged unicorns.
The sun was starting to set and a small group of winged unicorns
waited behind the trees, Iceberg and Skymint hid behind the old
school house. Luna and Raven hid behind Skymint.
Iceberg peaked around the corner of the building and saw a white
"He's here. Mom stay here with Raven," Iceberg told
Luna gave him a doubting look, she wasn't about to listen to
her son, she was going to find out what really happened to the
Two black limousines stopped behind the white one and ponies
with swords and metal leg bands came rushing out of them. They
gathered around the three limousines, some around the new school
and a few near the old school. News reporters in a white van
parked nearby and began filming.
A light pink pony opened the limousine door and let Silverstar
out. He wore a golden collar, his hair was shiny and his coat
was brushed fine.
"Stay here and don't let anyone close, especially the news
media," Silverstar ordered then he began walking towards
the school house.
"There he is. Come on Skymint," Iceberg told him. They
walked out from behind the school and approached Silverstar.
"Well, did you bring it?" Silverstar asked.
"Bring what?" Iceberg asked not sure what he was talking
"The keys," Silverstar replied.
"No, you were going to return the key to us," Iceberg
"Your letter said you'd return the keys, now where are they?"
Iceberg looked at him angrily, "Your letter said you'd return
the key. I'm here and want it back."
While the three of them argued Luna peaked around the corner
and gasped at Silverstar's appearance.
"Look at him, he's older. He's grown so much," Luna
whispered, "In fact he looks a bit like dad."
Luna turned and walked tot he other side of the school house
with Raven behind her.
"We're to stay put," Raven told her.
"I didn't come here to sit and watch, Raven," Luna
She peaked around the corner by the front door, "Well I
guess it's time to settle this once and for all."
Luna walked out from behind the building, the three ponies still
argued and didn't even notice her but the soldiers around the
"This is a low trick you're playing, Iceberg," Silverstar
told him angrily, "Writing a letter to bring me out in the
open and meet at an old spot."
"What are you talking about. You wrote that letter and told
me to meet you here!" Iceberg exclaimed.
"I saw the letter as well," Skymint added, "It
said you decided to return the key and to meet you at the old
"What sort of lie is this?" Silverstar asked getting
"I wrote those letters," Luna interrupted them.
"What?!" Iceberg and Skymint exclaimed looking at her.
Silverstar was shocked to see Luna.
"I wrote them and sent them to both of you," Luna explained.
"Why?" Skymint asked, "He took the key and isn't
giving it back to us."
Luna looked at Silverstar who continued to stare at her. She
smiled greatly, "Hello baby brother."
"Luna?" Silverstar finally asked, "This can't
be. You two are trying to trick me!"
"It's no trick, Silverstar. It's really me...Luna. I'm from
the past and I need your help...all three of you to get me home.
I don't belong in this time."
Silverstar approached Luna and studied her. Luna couldn't help
but laugh, "I'm serious Silverstar. I'm Luna."
"You time traveled?" Silverstar asked curiously.
"Yes, two ponies kidnaped me and tried to kill me in this
time. Now please where are the three keys?" Luna asked desperately,
"I must get home."
"Yes, Silverstar where are the keys?" Iceberg asked.
"Why ask me, you had stolen them," Silverstar replied.
"I didn't no such thing..."
"Shut up, all three of you. You're family, uncle and nephew.
Just how old are you three?" Luna asked suspiously.
"Old enough," Silverstar replied.
"You've been friends with Iceberg and Skymint since they
were born. You were best friends. You know them better than anyone.
Iceberg, Skymint, he's was your best friend, you three played
all the time. I'm sure you did," Luna replied.
"Yes, we did. Every chance we got," Iceberg answered.
"Rope toss was our favorite," Skymint added.
"We ran all over the yard," Silverstar smiled remembering
the old days.
Luna smiled, "Do you three really think you'd steal the
keys from each other that meant so much to you?"
The three boys looked at each other sorrowfully.
"I give you my word, Iceberg, Skymint, that I didn't take
the key," Silverstar told them, "I know how much it
meant to you especially with Blizzard gone now."
"We didn't take the two keys either. We couldn't steal them
from you," Iceberg told him.
"So non of us has the keys then who does?" Skymint
"Who ever kidnaped mom from her time," Iceberg answered.
"Luna, who kidnaped you?" Silverstar asked.
"I don't know," Luna answered.
"Tell me what happened from the beginning," Silverstar
Luna took a deep breath preparing herself to tell the story once
again, "I was in the garden with Iceberg and Skymint, they
were four and three at the time. I was there playing with them
waiting for Blizzard. I had great news to tell him."
"What news?" Silverstar asked curiously.
Luna smiled, "I'm pregnant with my fourth baby. I know he
will be thrilled when I tell him if I ever get home. Well anyways,
I was in the middle of playing when two ponies came through the
Gate and took me by force. I had no time to react. My crown fell
off in the struggle and I'm sure my collar did as well."
"What did they look like?" Silverstar asked.
"One was brown and the other was purple like Star Cluster.
They took me to this time and the third pony, I guess he's their
leader, took his sword and tried to kill me with it. I escaped
and came here to ponyland for help only the guard at Dream Castle
chased me away."
"You wasn't that long purple haired pony...were you?"
"You saw me?" Luna asked smiling.
"Yes, if I known it was truly you I'd help you that instant,"
Silverstar answered. "What did the third pony look like?"
"He was mint green with rainbow hair," Luna answered.
"Are you sure?" Silverstar asked surprisingly.
"Yes, I'm curtain," Luna replied.
"It can't be him," Silverstar replied.
"Who?" Luna asked.
"Vas. He's the mint green pony. He works for the royal family.
Mostly dealing with the media, erins and a few other important
things," Silverstar answered.
"Him?" Iceberg asked.
"He's the one who didn't like us much," Skymint added.
"But I've known him since he was little," Silverstar
replied, "He wouldn't steal from the royal Family..from
"Does he know where all three keys are kept? Does he know
about the Gates? About time travel? Have he gone to Winterfall
castle through the Gates?" Luna asked.
Silverstar sighed sadly, "Yes he knows everything about
the royal family and is sworn by the King to never tell a soul
about it. Vas...I...I can't believe it."
"Was he the one who told you that the keys were stolen?"
"Yes, he informed the King and me," Silverstar replied.
"He must have been the one who wrote that letter about taking
the key back," Skymint pointed you.
"Letter?" Silverstar asked.
"Yes, there was a letter in place of the keys saying you
took the key back and that we have no right to it anymore,"
"I wrote that letter?" Silverstar asked surprisingly.
"It was sighed by you. Love Uncle Silverstar," Skymint
Silverstar gave him a suspicious and ugly look, "Uncle?
You know how much I hate being called that. I'd never write uncle
on any letter that I personally write."
Iceberg and Skymint suddenly realized how wrong they were for
accusing him of stealing.
"I'm sorry Silverstar. We should have know better,"
Iceberg sorrowfully replied.
"We used to tease you all the time calling you uncle till
Grandpa made us stop," Skymint added.
Silverstar smiled, "So I take it we're friends again?"
"If you still want to be friends," Iceberg replied.
"Well, I think we better go take care of Vas before he does
anymore damage. He almost ruined our family and since this if
a family mater, I want you three to come with me," Silverstar
"Raven too," Luna replied, "He's family."
"Distant relative though," Raven replied.
Silverstar smiled, "You're close enough to the family to
know all the secrets Raven, so you're welcome to come as well."
Silverstar turned and saw three ponies stood outside the white
van in the distance, one with a news camera, another with a microphone.
"The news media will have a field day with our meeting here.
I'm sure Vas is seeing this too. We better hurry and get to the
castle." Iceberg, Skymint, Luna and Raven followed Silverstar
to the white limousine.
"Um Prince Silverstar. You're inviting..." the pink
pony began to say but was interrupted.
"They're family and this stupid war is over," Silverstar
faced his two nephews, Luna and Raven, "Get in quickly."
Iceberg lowed his head and carefully went into the limousine,
then Skymint and Raven. Luna approached the door and lowered
her head forgetting about her horn. The rim around the door bummed
her horn. Luna rubbed her head.
"Are you alright?" Silverstar asked.
"It's a good thing We don't have cars...in my time,"
Luna muttered. She lowed her head and carefully climbed inside.
Silverstar followed and sat down. The door shut and Silverstar
gave orders to the driver to return to Dream Castle.
Luna sat next to Silverstar looking up at him and all around
the inside of the limousine.
"What's wrong?" SIlverstar asked.
"I can't believe how big you are. You look a little like
dad," Luna replied.
Silverstar smiled, "It's good to see you again Luna. It's
been a long time."
Luna leaned on him and smiled, he looked more like a big brother
than a baby brother.
The sky was getting dark, the city lights began to appear
making it look like a glowing city. The sun was only a sliver
over the horizon. The limousine drove past the guard and through
the gates. It drove in a circle stopping at the steps.
"This yard has changed," Luna exclaimed surprisingly.
"Yes, things change and Dream Castle had to change with
it," Silverstar replied.
"So Dream Castle is different too?" Luna asked.
Silverstar smiled, "A little. Some things are different
and some are the same."
The door opened and Silverstar led them all out of the car. Luna
stood and looked around, there were several limousines a one
side of the yard in a long garage. The black pathment circled
and connected at the gates.
"Come on, hurry," Silverstar exclaimed.
Luna followed them anxiously into the castle.
Once she was inside she could tell the castle looked the same,
nothing that she could see had changed. Soldiers with only mettle
leg bands and a sword stood at the doors they just walked through.
A tinny summerwing pony flew down towards them from the ceiling.
She was bright yellow with green and blue hair.
"I see you're back, should I in form the King and Queen?"
Luna was happy to see the tinny ponies still worked in the castle.
She didn't see any in town and wondered where they were all hiding.
"That won't be necessary," a voice said.
Silverstar and the others turned and looked down the hall. The
King and Queen were approaching them. The King was an earth pony
with a white coat and yellow, pink and white hair. The queen
was a bright green unicorn with white, blue and red hair. Her
eye were of a twinkled eyed pony.
"Grandpa, you have returned so quickly," the King paused,
"I see you brought the thieves with you."
"Where's Vas?" Silverstar asked suddenly.
"He was in the library with us watching the news. Then he
got up and hurried out of the room. Why do you ask?" The
"Vas is the one who stolen the keys," Silverstar replied.
"Come on, grandpa, that can't be," the king replied
Silverstar turned and faced Luna pointing at her, "This
is Luna. She came through the Gates...through time thanks to
Vas and a few ponies he hired."
"Queen Luna?" the Queen asked looking at her surprisingly.
Luna smiled, "Umm..Hi." She wasn't sure what else to
say to her.
"Vas must have seen the news and saw mom talking to us,"
"He must have known we'd figured it out and ran off,"
"If I were Vas, I would know there's now place on this planet
I could hide," Raven added.
"Vas have the three Keys and know how to use them...The
Gates, He must be escaping through the Gates!" Silverstar
exclaimed. He turned and ran down the hall with Luna, Iceberg,
Skymint and Raven behind him.
"I never seen Grandpa run before," The King commented.
He looked at the soldiers at the door, "Come with us!"
Then he turned and ran down the hall.
Silverstar came to the double doors and opened them. Luna,
Iceberg, Skymint, Raven and the King and Queen stood at the front
steps gasping at the Gate.
"It's too late. He opened the Gates," Silverstar exclaimed.
"We got to go after him," Iceberg suggested.
"We don't know where it will take us," Silverstar told
Suddenly two ponies were thrown through the Gate and landed in
front of Silverstar on the hard stony ground.
"The gardeners?" The Queen asked surprisingly.
"Those two were the ones who kidnaped me," Luna exclaimed.
Suddenly Vas was thrown through the gate and landed on the two
"Soldiers, take those three to the dungeon at once!"
the King exclaimed.
The two soldiers took the three ponies from the ground and marched
them into the castle.
"What's going to happen to them?" Luna asked curiously.
"They'll be killed," The King answered, "It's
death if you're caught going through time. Besides, he's a traitor."
"Oh," Luna replied.
Just then Stardust walked through the Gate and stood in front
of it. He still wore his golden crown and collar.
Luna smiled greatly, "Dad!" She left Silverstar and
ran towards Stardust.
Stardust smiled and stood on his hind legs giving Luna a hug.
Luna cried happily as tears slowly trickled down her cheek.
"Are you alright?" Stardust asked, "I mean you
are the one who was taken from her home?"
"Yes dad, It's me. Lost in time and kidnaped from my garden,"
Stardust hugged her happily not wanting to let go. He came close
to not seeing her again and couldn't bare the thought of it.
"Dad," Luna whispered painfully, "not to tight."
Stardust let go, "I'm sorry Luna. I'm just excited to see
you're alright. Sorry it's took me awhile to find the right time."
"You mean you opened the gate?" Luna asked looking
up at him.
"Yes I did and three ponies came barging through us,"
"Two of them were the ones that kidnaped me," Luna
"I know, I talked to the soldiers that saw it happened.
I came through the Gate to finish them off but I guess I don't
have to now," Stardust smiled looking at the future royal
family that stood staring at him.
"You got to be careful when it comes to his hugs,"
Skyview told her.
Luna turned and smiled greatly. She approached him and hugged
him. Starfire came through the Gate with three keys and handed
them to Stardust. Luna smiled at Starfire and hugged him too.
Stardust took the keys and approached the future King of Ponyland.
Then he handed the keys back to him, "I'm guessing these
belongs to you."
"Yes," The king hesitated to answer gasping at Stardust.
The King noticed Stardust's key around his neck was glowing,
he had heard they glow only for the guardians but it was amazing
to see it.
Silverstar took the snowflake key and handed it to Iceberg, "This
one doesn't belong to us." Iceberg took the key and smiled.
Stardust looked at the king, "I shouldn't have to tell you
how important those keys are."
"I know, King Stardust. Especially after today," the
"Keep them safe and keep the Gates safe too. Only the royal
family and trusted ponies should know about it," Stardust
"You're right. This won't happen again," The king replied.
Stardust smiled, he looked at this older son and grandsons. He
nodded and left heading back to his brothers. Blizzard walked
through the Gate and smiled greatly when he saw Luna.
Luna quickly gave him a hug as tears fell from her cheek, "I
thought I wasn't going to see you again."
"So did I. I missed you greatly, Luna," Blizzard told
"Is the boys ok?" Luna asked.
"Yes, they were scared at first. You're mother is watching
them now and she's taken care of the baby too," Blizzard
Luna smiled almost forgetting the great news she wanted to tell
him, "Mom will have one more baby to watch soon."
"What do you mean?" Blizzard asked.
"I'll tell you when we get home," Luna replied hugging
"Well, I don't know about the rest of the future but at
least the garden still looks the same," Starfire observed.
"It doesn't sound the same though. It's strange, I hear
lots of noises, loud sirens and odd sounds I can't make out,"
Skyview paused, "This future is too noisy for me."
Then he turned and went through the Gate
"What's he talking about. I don't hear anything," Starfire
"Starfire go tell Royal Heart we found Luna," Stardust
"Ok," Then he turned and followed Skyview through the
"Luna, we should go," Stardust told her.
"Wait," Silverstar quickly said, "I must do something
first before Luna goes."
"Do what?" Luna asked curiously as Silverstar approached
"I got to erase your memories of all that you learned in
this time," Silverstar told her.
"What?" Luna exclaimed, "I don't want to forget
you or Iceberg or Skymint or Raven or..."
"Luna you know far to much. You know your future, mine,
Icebergs. You know about the future of Ponyland. You go back
now and you could change this time without even knowing it,"
"He's right Luna. Knowing your future is far more dangerous
than the enemies you faced. In fact I should band anyone from
ever using the gates to travel through time. Death to anyone
who dare travel through time," Stardust muttered.
Luna sighed, she knew they were right, it had to be done.
"Will it hurt? Have you done it before? What will happen
to me after your done?" Luna continued to ask.
"You won't even know I've done it. I've done it many times
but never on you. You'll be fine afterwards...trust me Luna,"
Silverstar replied smiling.
"Alright then," Luna replied.
"Stand to the side. I don't want to accidently hypnotize
anyone else," Silverstar remarked.
Luna stood to the side of the gate with Silverstar facing her.
"Relax Luna," Silverstar told her noticing how scared
His eyes began to glow putting Luna in a trance. He whispered
to her, "You are to forget all that you saw in the future.
You are to forget that you were kidnaped. Do you understand?"
"Yes," Luna replied.
"When I let you go, you will go to sleep and anything you
happened to remember is nothing but a faded dream," Silverstar
told her. Then his eyes stopped glowing and Luna collapsed to
the ground falling fast asleep.
"What happened to her?" Blizzard asked.
"Shhhh," She's asleep. She will not remember anything
that happened in this time or that she was kidnaped. If by pure
luck she does she is to think it was a dream and nothing more.
Please take her to bed before she does wake up," Silverstar
Stardust leaned down and carefully scooped up Luna in his arms
holding her close to his black coat.
"Lets go Blizzard," Stardust told him. Blizzard walked
through the Gate while Stardust paused and looked at Silverstar,
"Wait please," the King said. He and the Queen approached
"Please make it quick," Stardust told him.
"I've always been told about you and the guardians of the
Gate but I've always wondered who becomes the next guardian of
the gates? I know you and your brothers don't live forever and
that you three are the guardians of these Gates. Who is appointed
guardian after you're gone?" The king asked.
"No one. Me and brothers are the only guardians. There will
never be anyone else," Stardust answered.
"But I don't understand, I know it's important to keep the
keys safe and the Gates too but is there another reason too?
Why keep them safe and secret?" The King asked.
Stardust looked at him seriously, "We will always be guardians
of the Gates but when the time comes and the Gates are once again
in great danger, we'll return like the first time and reclaim
the Gates. Till then keep them safe," Stardust looked at
his son, "Take care my son." Then he turned and walked
through the gate. With in a few minutes, the Gate closed.
"What did he mean by return like the first time?" The
"He was born, became king and found out he was guardian
of this gate," Silverstar guessed.
Iceberg, Skymint and Raven approached them.
"So does that mean they'll be reborn?" Raven asked.
They looked at him curiously and wondered if he was right.
"Well now that Vas is caught, we'll need someone to replace
him," the King said.
"Raven, since Mom trusted him," Skymint suggested.
"Raven would be perfect," Iceberg replied smiling at
him, "And he is the most trusted and know all the family
"But my family. They're waiting for me back home,"
"Vas has a large home. Once he's gone he won't be needing
it. You and your family can live there and work for me in Vas's
place," The King told him.
Raven smiled, "Then I'd be honored to work for you but please
give me a month to move and settle in."
"Lets go inside and we can talk about this," the king
Silverstar, Iceberg and Skymint followed Raven inside the castle.
They were happy to have the keys back and have everything return
to normal once again, thank to their mother and Stardust.