Begin Part 7
“Huh?” Was all spiked said as he stared at the two mares before him.
“Never mind,” Colgate deadpanned while she floated her sunglasses away. “Just, please get us a quill and a scroll real fast.”
“Why should I?” Spike asked, raising his eyebrow.
“Because it's important, and it involves the princess!” Colgate said in a half-pleading tone.
“Yeah right, you're just two crazy ponies trying to play a prank on me,” Spike crossed his arms.
Colgate huffed lightly, but realized she may not have a choice.
She turned to Carrot Top, whispering in her ear.
“It's time to turn to plan B...” Colgate whispered, Carrot Top nodding with a slight gulp.
Spike took his eyes off the two for a few moments, taking the time to wipe his eyes and then look up at the sky to see just how late it was. He put his attention back onto the two mares for a moment before realizing that they had somewhat.. changed. They were still them, but their expressions were different, standing in much more dissimilar poses. Carrot Top had her head hung low with one of her hooves batting at her mane with her body slightly turned, wagging her flank slightly. Colgate had her body curved in a half-circle, puckering her lips and wagging her eyebrows. Both of them stared at spike with the most seductive gazes they could put on, making Spike freeze as he felt a cold shiver run up his spine.
“Wh-what are you... two...” He began, his throat beginning to chuck up as a bead of sweat ran down his cheek.
“Hey there big boy,” Colgate spoke up, taking a single step closer. “Do you think you can help us with out little... problem?”
“I'm sure a strong, confident, handsome dragon such as yourself can work his way through anything that gets in his way,” Carrot Top said, wagging her flank a bit more.
The two approached slowly, batting their eyelashes at the young dragon while still keeping up the same seductive gazes they had started out with. Spike began to back up, walking into the library with the two mares coming in after him. His words stuttered as he tried to make something come out of his mouth, but his throat kept choking from the sight of two mares approaching in such a manner. Are these crazy ponies coming on to me!? He yelled in his mind.
“Your scales must be so tough, and so hard... I wonder how hard he really is,” Colgate giggled with a playful wink.
“I just know how hot he can get with that fire... ooh, I think I'm already starting to sweat,” Carrot Top cooed as she pretended to wipe her forehead.
The two came closer, forcing Spike back further until he finally backed up against a bookcase. Spike gasped, feeling himself unable to backpedal any further as the menacing mares closed in. His eyes grew wider, his claws dug into the wood shelves and he began to sweat. He knew the look in their eyes, a look he's seen in other mares as they stared at somepony they really really liked. His mind began to run wild with images of those two ponies starting to touch him, their hooves sliding around him and kissing him.
“W-w-what d-do you want with, m-me?” Spike fumbled, biting onto his lower lip as the two mares came close enough for him to feel their breaths.
“We just need a little favor is all,” Colgate began, whispering in his ear as Carrot Top sniffed at his scales. “Think you can handle that... big boy?”
Spike didn't know how much longer he could stay conscious. He blushed madly as all the blood seemed to run straight to his head, his whole body shivering intensely. He watched as Colgate rose up a hoof, placing it on his upper chest and slowly began dragging it down. That's when he lost his cool...
“N-n-no! Please! I'll talk, I'll talk!”
“You'll... talk?” Carrot Top blinked.
“I'm the one who paid Sweetie Belle to take pictures of Rarity in the shower!” Spike blurted out suddenly, catching the two mares off guard. “I'm the one who found Twilight's hidden stash of medieval romance books!” Spike fell to his knees in a pleading manner. “I was the one that spiked the punch at Pinkie's last party! I was the one sneaking into Applejack's house when the crusaders were sleeping over! I'm the one who paid Scootaloo to take pictures of Rainbow Dash while she was exercising! I'm the one that snuk into Fluttershy's house dressed up as a scared fox to sleep in her bed with her! It was all me, I'm sorry!”
Colgate and Carrot Top stared at the distraught dragon, unable to believe their ears.
“Just please, please don't take my virginity away! I want to wait till I have a shot with Rarity!”
“Ya see!?” Colgate blurted out as she turned to Carrot Top. “I told you he was a pervert!”
“Ugh...” Carrot Top grumbled before grabbing onto Spike with both hooves and shook him in aggravation. “Look, Spike! Just send a letter to the princess for us, that's all we came here to do!”
“W-what...? Really?” Spike's eyes looked back at her, doing his best puppy dog resemblance.
“Yes! We weren't really going to seduce you, we just wanted to use our feminine wilds to get perverts like you to do what we want them to do!”
“But, I, hey! I'm not a perv- oh wait...” Spike stopped in mid-sentence, remembering all the stuff he had just blurted out.
“Ugh! Colgate, just get the letter started please...”
“Fine fine, there's a quill and a blank scroll over here, I'll get started.” Using her magic, Colgate began to write down the message on the scroll while Carrot Top continued to hold onto Spike.
The message was brief, but it told them what they had planned. It pretty much said that they suspected Berry Punch to be somehow in alliance with Princess Luna, and that she was waiting for them at the Ponyville Windmill. The letter also said that the two of them would be bait to draw out Luna so that Celestia could capture her when she came out to get them. The letter also said that they would be there within five minutes of sending it out through the dragon, and very briefly mentioned something about him being a pervert. Afterwords, Colgate rolled up the letter and floated it over, ready to be sent by Spike.
“Alright, it's ready. Let's get this thing sent and put an end to all this!”
“Send it, Spike,” Carrot Top ordered as she let go of the still shaking dragon and backed up a couple steps.
Spike looked back and forth between the two for a moment, wondering exactly what the contents of the letter was. But at the moment he didn't have much of a choice, and he didn't want the mares to begin using their 'feminine wilds' on him again, regardless of all the nice feelings he got below his tummy. So, he took a deep breath, and blew his fire at the letter, engulfing it and sending it away in a poof of smoke.
“T-there, it's on its way.” Spike said nervously.
“Alright, that should do it,” Colgate said to Carrot Top. “Let's get going to the Windmill now, we don't have much time!”
“Right!” Carrot Top nodded, and in a few seconds the two ponies were rushing out he door through Ponyville.
Completely alone, and after a few moments of silence, Spike finally sat down onto his rump as he thought about what just happened. Was something going on with princess Celestia? Where was Twilight? Why had those two mares shown up and were now heading towards that Windmill in Ponyville? And most importantly of all... were they going to let the whole town know of his deepest darkest secrets!?
Spike didn't know, but he figured he had to do something. Against his better judgment, he decided to quickly rush out and follow the two ponies from before, hoping he can somehow prevent them from telling everypony in Ponyville what he had told them. After all, it wasn't his fault he was surrounded by females all day every day, always playing with each other and giving him the strangest temptations. Somewhere inside his mind, deep down, he truly and wholeheartedly blamed Pinkie Pie for all of this.
Celestia and Applejack had managed to run into Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash on their way to 'Melody's Midnight Mares,' briefing them on what they had learned. With them were six total royal guards as escorts, the others either out scouting, doing patrols of certain areas, or were escorting other members of the mane 6. As the club came into view, they saw a pony stepping out of the entrance, heading the opposite direction. Immediately Applejack, Twilight, and Rainbow Dash were able to recognize it to be Berry Punch, who they all believed to be Luna's first target. Celestia was about to rush over to question the mare, but suddenly a poof of smoke appeared in front of her, quickly forming into a scroll that unraveled before her eyes.
“Is that a letter? From Spike?” Twilight asked, surprised to see that her young assistant would be up this late.
“It's not in his handwriting, but it is from him...” Celestia said as she quickly analyzed the contents. In a few seconds she had read through it, gasping lightly at what she had just been told, “It's a letter from a pony by the name of Colgate.”
“Colgate?” Applejack asked. “What the hay is she doin with Spike?”
“My little ponies,” Celestia began, turning to the group. “I think we may have just found our ticket to stopping Luna.”
Celestia quickly briefed the group on the letter, passing around to let them see as she kept watch on Berry Punch out of the corner of her eye. She watched as the mare began to head towards the town Windmill, confirming part of the letter. The other ponies couldn't believe what they had just read, but all were willing to take the lead if it meant helping Luna as quick as possible.
“Are you sure about this princess?” Applejack asked as she looked around to keep watch of Berry Punch, who was almost out of view.
“I'm certain. Rainbow Dash, you go and round up the other search groups as quickly as you can, and bring them to the windmill on the double!”
“On it!” Rainbow Dash said with a salute, and flew off without a moment's pause.
“Applejack, Twilight, you two along with my royal guards will hide around the perimeter of the Windmill. When you see one of your friends or some guards passing by, hail them over and brief them on what's going on, and keep them close around the windmill, waiting for my command to bring out the elements.”
“Not a problem, princess!” Twilight beamed optimistically as Applejack gave an assuring nod.
“I'll follow the one named Berry Punch closely, keeping an eye out for Luna as well. Are you girls ready?”
“We sure as sugar are!” Applejack announced.
“Be careful My Little Ponies, for I feel some things may not be as they seem...”
Celestia gave an almost paranoid glance in both directions before she turned around and took flight, flying slow and low to the ground in order to keep an eye on Berry Punch. Twilight and Applejack nodded to each other, and then to the guards around them as they all rushed around another street, taking a back path to the Windmill so they won't be seen by Berry Punch on their way there. In the distance, Rainbow Dash had already found Fluttershy and the few guards that were with her, and were already close to pinpointing Rarity's location.
Just reaching the outskirts of Ponyville, a very exhausted unicorn finally came to a slow canter as she looked towards the town. This would be her third visit to the little backwater village, but her reasoning for being here was no less important than the last time. She may have lost her big chance at winning Celestia's heart last time, but she would not fall short again! She had been appreciative of the guard who had informed her of the situation, for without him she would not have even known that the current events with Princess Luna were even going on.
It took some time for her to catch her breath, but she knew that she would soon be able to show her true worth. It would soon be time for her to shine, just as she always had on stage, just as she always dreamed of doing in front of the princess's of Equestria. With her hat on her head and her cape on her back, she knew she was finally going to be recognized as the greatest and most powerful unicorn in all of Equestria! And there was nothing that would stand in her way this time... not even Twilight Sparkle.
“Hey Berry, we're here!” Came a voice from the entrance of the windmill.
The inside of the windmill was dark, save for the one lit lantern held on a horizontal beam above the center of the inside of the structure. The inside was mostly hollow, several large wooden gears and systems required for the windmill to function on some of the sides while a few square bails of hay were scattered around in no real particular order. There was only one entrance to the inside of the windmill, that being the single door at the front. There were windows, but those were boarded up almost completely, only a few peep holes lightly scattered around some of the boards.
Berry Punch was on the complete opposite end, waiting eagerly for her friends to arrive. She was sitting on a bail of hay, trying her best to look as casual as possible. When she saw her friends come in, she immediately perked up and put on as big of a smile as she could.
“Colgate! Carrot Top!” She called, her voice filled with excitement as she pressed on her unseen hair clip with her hoof. “I'm glad you both could make it!”
“Not a problem, Berry!” Colgate replied as her and Carrot Top entered the windmill, leaving the door open. “We wouldn't miss a party with your relatives for anything!”
“Yeah, so where is the party Berry?” Carrot Top asked as she looked around the empty windmill.
“Oh, they're coming!” Berry said as she got up and slowly began to canter towards her friends. “They're just... preparing for tonight's entertainment!” Berry giggled as she looked to her left and right.
“Ooh, sounds neat!” Colgate spoke up, looking around excitedly. “So, what's tonight's entertainment?”
“You!” Boomed a voice out of nowhere, followed by the main door slamming shut and locking instantly.
A cool breeze seemed to blow inside of the windmill as the light began to fade, as if the lantern was starting to die out. There was the feel of magic in the air, and in a few seconds the magic had twisted and formed around, finally shaping together in the center of the room. In a bright flash the magic faded away, and a large dark-blue alicorn stood tall, staring down at Colgate and Carrot Top with a hungry stare.
“Princess Luna!?” Colgate and Carrot Top both gasped in unison.
“Well done Berry,” Luna said, keeping her eyes on the two mares in front of her. “You have served us well... and for that, you will be wonderfully rewarded...”
“I, I will my mistress?” Berry asked, a twinkle in her eyes as she ran up beside Luna.
“Yes... now, before we take all of you at once, Berry...” Luna looked over at the purple drunkard. “We'll let you have a go at one of the two first. It's up to you, take your pick of which mare you have desired most to feel...”
Berry's eyes squinted as she closely examined Carrot Top and Colgate, neither of which could believe what they were seeing, or hearing! They took a step back, but both of them knew that their escape route was already cut off. After a few short seconds, Berry Punch finally pointed her hoof.
“Her!” She smiled deviously, her hoof pointed at the mare with the orange mane. “I want to feel Carrot Top!”
“M-me!?” Carrot Top guffawed. “B-but, but why...!?”
“Yeah, well...” Berry blushed intensively as she smiled, looking down at the ground and scratching at it with her hoof. “I guess, I've always really had this big crush on you Carrot... you're just really sexy...”
“I don't know if I should feel relieved,” Colgate began as she looked at Carrot Top, “hurt,” she said, taking a look at Berry Punch, “or horrified...” she ended, taking a look at Luna who proceeded to lick her lips at her.
“Hehe, just look at it this way, Colgate...” Luna said as she pulled the unicorn towards her with her magic. “At the end of this, at least we'll have some very clean teeth, as well as some other parts of us...”
Colgate gulped loudly, the princess's magic pulling them up against each other. Luna leaned down, her grin widening as she slid her tongue out from between her lips. Colgate cringed and tried to turn away, feeling Luna's tongue dab against her cheek. It slowly began to slither around her cheek, just barely beginning to touch her lips...
“Stop right there Luna!” A majestic voice suddenly boomed.
“Celestia...!?” Luna called out in astonishment as the inside of the windmill filled up with light.
After the bright flash, Celestia was seen standing near the entrance of the windmill, with all six of the element holders at her side, their elemental ornaments at the ready. There were even a few royal guards that had managed to bust their way through some of the boarded up windows, letting a small bit of moonlight into the establishment. Celestia approached slowly, the mane 6 fanning out into a straight line in front of her as they all stared at Luna, who 'gently' pushed Colgate away from her into a pile of hay. Carrot Top simply stepped aside as she breathed a sigh of relief.
“It's over Luna, it's time to end this,” Celestia demanded, her eyes narrowing as she stared at her sister.
“Y-you can't do that sister, you can't stop us now!” Luna stomped her hoof, lowering her head as if ready to fight with Celestia.
“Don't try it, sister. I have the elements with me, there's no fighting it, you know that well enough...”
“So what, you just expect us to submit like that? To stop and give in, even though we're doing what we really want to do!? we're not like you sister... we're not like what happened a couple days ago, just going around assaulting ponies mindlessly!” Her words seemed to strike Celestia deep, her head lowing as Luna continued. “we're doing this of our own accord, because we feel something! We don't know what it is, but we want to find out what! It's the only way!”
“I know...” Celestia whispered softly, pausing for a few moments afterwords before she looked up and began approaching her sister. “I know you're doing this of your own accord, my sister...”
“Princess Celestia,” Twilight spoke up in a raised whisper. “Should we get her now while she's standing still?”
“Stay there Twilight... all of you, stand your ground,” Celestia said as she cantered forward y herself, the element bearers blinking in confusion.
I have to find out for sure... Celestia said to herself as she approached her sister, who lowered her body slightly further in a readied state. I have to talk with Luna, but not just her, but the other side within her... within me. There is only one way I can figure out how to put an end to Molestia and Lunaughty once and for all... Celestia cantered closer, a soft smile appearing on her face, catching her sister off guard. Luna reared back slightly, unsure of her sister's motives as they came face to face.
“Luna, my dear sister...” Celestia whispered slowly. “I do not wish to fight you... I simply wish to know...”
“Know what...?” Luna asked, honestly perplexed. “What is it you are seeking, sister?”
“You can control it, somehow, someway...” Celestia began to explain as she stared into her sisters eyes. “I could not... I had my other side held back magically all my life, while you allowed yours to flourish while you were away. Mine is like a separate entity, while yours is more intertwined with your true being...”
Unseen to everypony in the windmill, a blue unicorn mare had begun to stare in through a window.
“I want to know what it is that allows you to do that Luna, what allows you to find a balance to your two sides! The elements have not sealed my other side away from me like other magics have, it's let me feel it, let it whisper to me from a distance! I want to know how to control it, to be a part of it without it consuming me! How do you do it sister... what makes you still have control?”
Luna closed her eyes, her head lowing as she thought deeply. She thought back first to her wild mental experiences on the moon, all the ideas and scenarios she had played out while locked away. Her mind then shifted to when she was released, and she felt nothing of those other thoughts. Venturing forward in time, she thought about the Molestia night, about what she felt, and how that triggered something inside of her... something she didn't realize she had since she was on the moon. Then her mind rested on the night with Twilight, how she had experienced a great epiphany of some sort, where she seemed at balance with herself and this other side...
At balance... Luna thought to herself. I was at balance with this other side, like it was truly another side of me... and it is! So why does my sister not have the same feeling?
“Sister...” Luna said finally, opening her eyes and looking back at Celestia. “We have found a balance in our mind, in our heart that allows us to feel at piece... but only if we indulge...”
“A balance?” Celestia pondered her thoughts briefly.
“Yes, when we were freed from Nightmare Moon, our mind was clean, it was fresh... functioning not too dissimilar from yours. But when you had your Molestia side released, and you assaulted us, it jogged something in our memory! We were reminded then what we had experienced on our stay of the moon for a thousand years! Our mind was aloud to flourish, to explore itself and not keep certain parts locked away like you had. I had given every part of my mind the freedom it desired, and all it took from me was a bit of indulging in order to satisfy it...”
“Give and take...” Celestia gasped lightly, as if pieces of a puzzle suddenly fell into place. “That's it... that explains it all!”
“Luna, my dear sister, I could not have figured this out without you...” Celestia said in her most sincere voice, a soft smile on her lips. “Even with my vast wisdom and knowledge, I only saw that other side of me as an undesirable essence, a part of me that did indeed need to be locked away. But I see now the folly of my ways! Balance... it's all about giving and taking. The inside of my mind has never been balanced, because the parts of it that needed attention were never given anything! I never gave, so when they erupted though force, they had to aggressively take!” Celestia looked back at the mane 6 briefly, and then returned her look to Luna.
“Sister...” Luna began, hesitantly. “Are you saying, it's not wrong for us to indulge...?”
“...No, no I do not believe it is, not anymore...” Celestia said quietly, her eyes closing for a moment before opening up again to look at her sister in the eyes. “I see now what it is I must do... what we must do, my dear sister...” Celestia leaned forward slightly, her beginning to ever so gently tilt to one side.
“'Tia...” Luna whispered, her own head leaning forward with a tilt in the opposite direction as she slowly began to shut her eyes.
“Luna...” Celestia whispered back, her eyes beginning to shut as well.
The room was dead silent, everypony inside frozen, including the guards, staring at Celestia and Luna. They could not believe their ears, and they certainly could not believe their eyes as they watched the two goddesses close the gap...
And press their lips together.
End Part 7