“Okay, sugarcube, what’s the matter?” Applejack asked, looking at her shy friend who had joined her and Rainbow Dash in the kitchen. She offered Fluttershy a jar of cider, placing it on the table right in front of her.
“Well, um, you see…” Fluttershy grabbed the jar, giving it a very faint sip. She gently gasped and placed the jar back on the table. “Twilight said that she found Lauren last night.”
“Found her? What does that mean?” Rainbow asked, putting down the jar she was holding. Applejack had really outdid herself this time. It was a very high quality cider, as expected.
“She… she said she found her lying in the terrible storm last night,” Fluttershy muttered, trying to picture the scenario in her mind.
“That sounds terrible,” Applejack added, looking at her timid friend who was staring at her cider. “Why was she outside in the storm?”
“Oh, I don’t know… I don’t think Twilight knows either, she only found her outside,” Fluttershy quickly replied. She raised her jar once again, drinking more of the fresh cider. She let out a faint gasp after placing the jar back on the table. She didn’t drink often, but the cider was really good. “But that’s not the worst part,” she added.
“Hmm? Then what is it?” Rainbow asked, her jar was almost empty. She had been craving for some cider since the morning, and a few jars weren't going to enough for her.
“Well, Twilight said that Lauren lost her memory. She can’t remember where she’s from or anything before Twilight found her.” Fluttershy made a short pause to catch her breath. “She could only remember her name, and on the way here she remembered her husband’s name.”
Applejack was looking at Fluttershy with surprise. She didn’t expect to hear something like that from Miss Lauren. She felt sorry for the poor ‘unicorn’. “Oh my, that’s awful.” Applejack looked down at the table.
“What was her husband's name?” Rainbow asked. Her jar was empty, again. Applejack noticed and took the jar to refill it.
“Oh um, she said it was Craig,” Fluttershy answered.
“Well, that’s not a very common name,” Applejack added, handing the refilled jar of fresh cider to Rainbow, who responded back with a smile, happily accepting it. “Neither is Lauren, I guess.”
“Well, um, I think that’s it. That’s all Twilight told me.” Fluttershy placed her jar on the table, wiping the remaining drops of cider off her lips with her tongue. It had been a very good cider after all.
“I see, for all we know, she might not even be from around these parts. Maybe that explains her unusual name.” Applejack placed a hoof on her chin. “Oh, right!” she exclaimed, looking at Rainbow Dash, who returned a surprised stare. “You said you noticed something about her, right? What was it?” she asked.
“Oh, I told you, I’m not entirely sure about it.” Rainbow looked down at her cider, thinking about what she saw just a while ago.
“It doesn’t matter, Rainbow. What is it?” Applejack began to get more curious. Fluttershy was only staring at Rainbow, waiting for her story. There were a few seconds of silence in the kitchen until Rainbow finally spoke.
“Well, I noticed the dress she was wearing,” Rainbow said, “I think it's the one Twilight wore at her birthday party.”
“Yes, I noticed it too, but I didn’t say anything,” Applejack replied, looking at Fluttershy who wanted to speak. “What is it, Fluttershy?”
“Um, Lauren said she was wearing that dress because she loved it, so Twilight let her use it,” Fluttershy mumbled, looking at her empty jar of cider.
“Oh, okay. Well, if that’s all, then-” Applejack was interrupted by Rainbow’s voice.
“No, that’s not what I mean!” Rainbow exclaimed.
“Then what is it?” Applejack asked, confused about what Rainbow could possibly notice about her. Was it her face? Her mane? Her coat color? Her hooves?
“Well, I think she was hiding a pair of wings under that dress,” Rainbow confessed, deeply looking at Applejack's green eyes, waiting for her response.
Fluttershy and Applejack opened their eyes wide. They stared at Rainbow, trying to process what they had just heard. Did she really just say 'wings'?
“Wings?” Applejack finally broke the silence. “But... that’s impossible! She had a horn on her forehead! I saw her! She’s a unicorn.”
“That’s what I was thinking too, and I tell you, I’m not sure, but…” Rainbow paused and rolled her eyes. “Rarity has used me as a model for her dresses so many times. I know how pegasi look with dresses that cover their wings.” Rainbow raised her hooves and pointed them at her wings.
“Then, if what you’re saying it’s true, then that means Miss Lauren is…” Applejack didn’t finish the sentence. She obviously knew what it could only mean, but she couldn't believe it.
“An... alicorn?” Fluttershy squeaked, she couldn’t believe it either. It was too weird to be true.
“Now, hold on, we’re not totally sure, maybe she had something else under that dress,” Applejack quickly responded, trying to find a logical answer to the whole matter. “Besides, that’s impossible. The only alicorns are Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, remember?”
“Maybe, but I think we better go ask her, to be sure.” Rainbow stood up from her chair, determined to find the truth behind it.
“Um, Twilight said she and Lauren were going to come over here in a while,” Fluttershy interrupted Rainbow.
“Oh, if that’s the case we better wait for them then,” Applejack said, turning back to her small cider mill. “More cider, anypony?”
Both pegasi nodded.
Beams of sunlight shined upon the face of a royal blue mare. She twitched her closed eyes and covered her face with her blanket. It was around noon, her job was done a few hours ago, and now she wanted to rest on her soft bed.
“Luna,” a voice whispered.
Luna, still covered with her blanket, resumed her slumber quite quickly, unable to listen the soft whisper of her name.
“Luna,” the voice whispered again.
The Princess was rolling her head under her blanket. She was about to be disturbed from her slumber. It was still too soon to wake up.
“Luna!” the voice called, this time in a loud tone.
“Whoa!” Luna suddenly opened her eyes, moving and fighting around her blanket. She finally stuck her head out of it, realizing somepony was lying in her bed right in front of her. She rubbed her eyes with her hooves, opening them and recognizing who was there. “Uh, Tia?” she mumbled, looking at the gorgeous multicolored mane of her sister.
“Good morning, sister,” Celestia greeted her sleepy sister, giving her a warm smile.
“Tia! What are you doing here? Why did you wake me up?” Luna yelled. She was annoyed, she didn’t like when she was disturbed from her sleep, and even less at noon.
“Please forgive me, sister.” Celestia lowered her head. “But I have something very important to tell you.” She looked at her annoyed sister, who's expression changed after that last statement.
“Something important?” Luna asked, shaking her head.
“Yes.” Celestia nodded. “Listen, there’s something that has been bugging me since last night.”
“Last night? Was the storm too hard for you?” Luna asked in a childish tone, with a smirk on her face.
“No, Luna, this is no laughing matter!” Celestia exclaimed in a serious tone. The smirk on Luna’s face disappeared right away. “I know something has been bugging you too, right?”
“Well now that you mention it.” Luna moved, trying to get a more comfortable position at her bed. “I was gazing upon my beautiful moon that night, when suddenly, I felt chills through my body.”
“So it wasn’t just me then,” Celestia nervously whispered. “Listen!”
“Yes?” Luna rapidly answered.
“I’m going to Ponyville to find out what’s going on, and you’re coming with me.” Celestia pointed her hoof at Luna.
“What?! It’s noon! I’m tired!” Luna complained, waving her hooves in the air.
“I know, Luna, and I’m really sorry for waking you up, but this is very important. I don’t know what’s going on, so please, try to understand,” Celestia explained in a soft tone, placing a hoof on Luna’s shoulder.
“Oh fine then…” Luna grumped. She was indeed annoyed, but she couldn’t ignore her concerned sister like that. She stood up from her bed and levitated a brush from her nightstand. “Okay, Tia, just give me a minute to get ready.”
“Of course, we’ll leave when you’re ready.” Celestia climbed down Luna’s bed and walked towards the door. “We’ll take the Royal Chariot.”
Luna only nodded in agreement and her sister left the room. “Okay then.” She yawned, trying to fully wake up.
Somepony knocked on the door.
“Finally!” Rainbow sprinted towards the door, quickly being followed by Applejack and Fluttershy. She eagerly opened the door. “Twi-” She couldn’t finish the word as soon as she realized who was behind the door.
“Hi, Dashie!” An energetic pink pony greeted Rainbow, who was staring at her with a surprised stare.
“Pinkie Pie? What are you doing here?” Rainbow asked, letting her energetic friend in. Fluttershy and Applejack sighed. They were expecting Twilight and Lauren after all.
“Oh, I finished baking, so I decided to stop by and get some of Applejack’s cider!” Pinkie exclaimed, bouncing in front of Applejack, who only looked at her with an innocent smile.
“Eh… oh yeah, follow me.” Applejack walked towards the kitchen. Pinkie bounced behind her, leaving Rainbow and Fluttershy exchanging stares. They soon followed the two earth ponies.
Applejack had finished another jar of cider. She handed it to Pinkie who drank it all in one gulp. It was quite shocking to see. Not even Rainbow could drink that fast, but it was Pinkie after all.
“Oh! Fluttershy? I thought you were going to Rarity’s place with Twilight and Lauren!” Pinkie remembered their encounter a while ago. She wasn't sure why would Fluttershy leave them behind.
Fluttershy was about to answer when she got interrupted.
“Wait, did you meet Lauren?” Rainbow asked, pointing her hoof at Pinkie.
“Yup! A while ago she, along with Twilight and Fluttershy came over to Sugarcube Corner. They told me they were going to see Rarity, but since I was busy I couldn’t join them!” Pinkie happily explained.
“Ah I see,” Rainbow whispered.
“Oh um, Rarity wasn’t home, so we decided to come here instead,” Fluttershy replied, “but, Twilight told me to come here; she said she and Lauren would arrive here later,” she added.
“Uh, that’s weird!” Pinkie exclaimed, slamming her hoof on the table. “Why would she want to be alone with Lauren? That’s not fair! She’s everypony’s friend!”
“Now, Pinkie, hold on,” Applejack interrupted her hyperactive friend. “I'm sure they had to talk about something or maybe Twilight wanted to show her something, we don’t know.” Applejack looked at her.
“Maybe you’re right.” Pinkie removed her hoof from the table, placing it on her tummy. “Can I have more cider, please?”
“Of course, Pinkie.” Applejack smiled and turned back to make another jar of cider. She knew Pinkie could drink even more cider than Rainbow.
“Oh, right, Pinkie Pie, we haven’t told you,” Fluttershy suddenly muttered, “Rainbow Dash?” She looked at her.
“What? Oh, right!” Rainbow realized she hadn’t told Pinkie about her suspicion. The suspicion of Lauren being an alicorn. “Pinkie, did you notice anything weird on Lauren?”
“Uh? Let me think…” Pinkie gently tapped her chin with her hoof several times, looking at the top right of the kitchen. “Nope, nothing. She was very friendly!” she exclaimed with a smile. “Why? Is there something wrong?” she asked.
“Well, it’s only something I noticed when she came here.” Rainbow looked at Pinkie. “I think she has a pair of wings under that dress she was wearing.”
Pinkie looked at Rainbow. Her smile turned off for a moment. Silence shrouded the kitchen. Suddenly, Pinkie smiled and waved her hoof at Rainbow Dash. “Oh, that?” Pinkie laughed. “Well, duh! Of course she had a pair of wings, you silly filly!” Pinkie kept laughing.
Rainbow, Applejack and Fluttershy stared at Pinkie Pie with their eyes wide open. “WHAT?!” the three mares yelled at unison.
“Tia, I’m ready,” Luna said, walking out of her room. She was wearing her simple black crown, along with her crystal adornments on her hooves. Celestia was standing outside, waiting for her. It was just the beginning of what it seemed like a long day.
“Very well then, let’s go,” Celestia replied, leading the way towards the Royal Chariot.
Both Princesses were walking through the castle halls, climbing up a stairway. “Say, Tia, what’s bothering you?” Luna asked.
“I’m not totally sure,” Celestia answered, “but, it feels like… if someone I know from a long time ago is here.”
Luna was surprised to hear that last sentence. Someone her sister knows from a long time ago? “Could it be… that Discord is back?” Luna asked, looking at her sister.
“No, impossible. He was turned back to stone for good thanks to the Elements of Harmony. Besides, his presence is very familiar to me. And this unknown presence I’m feeling is not him,” Celestia answered.
“Well, I don’t know, I only felt chills all over my body last night, but I haven’t-” Luna stopped talking. She began to shiver.
“Luna? What’s the matter?” Celestia stopped walking, moving back to her sister.
“That feeling, I’m feeling the same thing as you. Somehow, I think I know that unknown presence,” Luna gasped, looking at the floor. She raised her head and looked at her sister. “We've got to hurry.”
Celestia nodded. Both Princesses walked faster towards the Royal Chariot.
They finally arrived at the Chariot Balcony. There were two pegasi Royal Guards talking, until one of them noticed the Princesses who had walked in. Both Guards bowed down in sign of respect. “Your Highness! Your Majesty!” they both exclaimed.
“We need to get to Ponyville, quickly,” Celestia ordered.
“Yes, your highness.” Both guards walked in front of the golden Chariot, attaching the harnesses to their bodies. Meanwhile, both Princesses climbed up onto the Chariot, taking a seat.
“Let’s go!” Luna ordered. Both guards obeyed, opening their wings and soaring from the floor. They began to fly towards Ponyville.
Twilight and Lauren were walking towards the train station. Lauren kept gazing at her surroundings. She couldn’t ignore every single detail of the world she created.
“I’m sorry about this, I’m sure you wanted to taste Applejack’s cider,” Twilight apologized for her sudden actions.
“Oh don’t worry Twilight, it’s okay.” To be honest, I wanted to taste her cider, but that’s not important. The important thing is to ask Celestia for help. Lauren was not very motivated, as she thought earlier, she wasn’t sure if Celestia would know how to help her.
Twilight and Lauren kept walking towards the station. They didn’t speak to each other until then. Before Lauren knew, they had arrived at Ponyville’s train station. Seems familiar, somehow. There weren’t so many scenes with the station in the show, but I can still recognize it. “So this is the station?”
“Indeed, please wait here while I go check the train schedule,” Twilight requested, walking towards a bulletin board close to them.
Lauren looked around and sighed. She began to play with her new hooves, beating the floor with and trying to come up with a tune. It feels weird to have these hooves instead of my hands.
“Lauren,” Twilight called. Lauren got startled. “The next train to Canterlot will arrive in twenty minutes, so we got time until…” she stopped talking; her gaze was directed towards the sky.
“Twilight?” Lauren asked.
Twilight raised her hoof and pointed it at the sky. “Look! That Chariot!”
Lauren turned her head and looked at the sky. Far away, there was a Chariot flying towards the town. She could barely notice the two familiar mares that were aboard. Celestia and Luna!
“That’s the Royal Chariot! The Princesses are coming to town!” Twilight chimed, “come on, Lauren, we don’t need the train now! The Chariot will most likely land on Ponyville’s square.” Twilight turned back and began to run. Lauren ran behind her.
So I’m not only meeting Celestia, but Luna too? Oh, this day keeps getting crazier! “Hey! Wait for me!”
Celestia jumped in her seat. “Huh?”
“Something wrong, Tia?” Luna asked.
Celestia stared at her sister. “No, nothing,” she replied, “look, we’re here.” She pointed her hoof at Ponyville. The Chariot was slowly descending.
“Oh, okay.” Luna looked down upon Ponyville. The last time she set hooves on Ponyville was on Nightmare Night. She was still grateful with her sister’s student, Twilight Sparkle, for teaching her how to have fun with the citizens of Ponyville. “Wait, what are we supposed to do here?” Luna asked.
“We need to find Twilight Sparkle,” Celestia quickly answered.
“What for? What could she tell us?” Luna was confused.
“I need to ask her if she's seen anything unusual,” Celestia answered. She was worried about Twilight. Somehow, she felt that the ‘familiar’ presence was near her student.
The Chariot slowly began to descend upon Ponyville. The guards carefully laid their hooves in the ground, trotting to reduce their speed, until they finally stopped. “Your Majesty, Your Highness, we’re here.”
Both Princesses climbed down from the Chariot. Naturally, the ponies that were around them bowed in a sign of respect. Celestia raised one hoof and the ponies resumed their labors. Some of them were whispering about the sudden presence of the Princesses. Some of them were still surprised to see Princess Luna, even when it wasn't Nightmare Night.
“Thank you, you may return to the castle now,” Celestia said. Both replied with a common ‘Yes, Your Majesty’ before taking off and flying back to Canterlot.
“What do you mean, Pinkie?!” Rainbow asked in a loud tone.
“I don’t know, I noticed she had a pair of wings under her dress, that’s all!” Pinkie replied, laughing and drinking some of her cider.
“That doesn’t even make sense!” Applejack intervened, slamming her hoof on the table. “How can you be so sure?”
“Well, first of all, I noticed she was fidgeting her back a little. Like if something was bothering her!” Pinkie pointed her hoof at her back. “And I noticed she had two barely noticeable bumps on her back as well!”
“See, I told you!” Rainbow said to Applejack, who was still looking at Pinkie in confusion.
“But I don’t know what’s the big deal? They’re only wings! Dashie and Fluttershy got them too!” Pinkie exclaimed, drinking her cider.
“Pinkie… don’t you get it? Didn’t you notice the horn on her forehead?” Applejack asked.
“Yes, I did!” Pinkie chimed, “I still don’t see the problem!” she claimed.
“Um, Pinkie Pie, don’t you know what does that mean?” Fluttershy mumbled. Pinkie stared back at her with a puzzled look on her face.
“Oh, girls, I don’t know what you’re all talking about!” Pinkie laughed. She took the almost empty jar of cider and began to drink again. Suddenly, realization struck her mind. She spat her cider all over Rainbow’s face. “She’s an alicorn!” she yelled.
“Ugh!” Rainbow cringed, wiping the cider from her face with her hoof. “Took you long enough, Pinkie.” Applejack gave her a napkin to clean her face. She could felt the warmness of the cider that was inside Pinkie’s mouth just a while ago.
“Oh my gosh! That’s awesome!” Pinkie began to bounce in excitement.
“No, Pinkie, it is not awesome,” Applejack said, “I mean, how can there be a third alicorn? Maybe she’s related to the Princesses?”
“Yeah, I think that could be the only explanation,” Rainbow exclaimed. She finished wiping off the cider from her face.
“But, um, she doesn’t remember where she is from,” Fluttershy intervened, looking at Applejack.
“Well that’s true. She might not even know the Princess.” Applejack was confused about the matter. There was really no other option but to find Lauren and get some answers from her. “C’mon, everypony, we gotta find Twilight and Lauren if we want some answers!”
“But, Fluttershy said they were going to get here.” Rainbow pointed her hoof at the timid pegasus.
“Yeah, well, there’s no time for waiting, we need answers now!” Applejack walked towards the door. “So, Fluttershy, where were you when Twilight asked you to come?”
“Um, we were in front of Carousel Boutique,” Fluttershy replied, looking at her.
“Alright then, c’mon!” Applejack cheered. Fluttershy and Rainbow stood up from their seats and walked behind her. Pinkie, instead, bounced right behind them.
Applejack opened the door and the four mares trotted outside, heading to where Fluttershy last saw Twilight and Lauren. They were going to find the truth, no matter what.
Phew, walking as a pony is one thing, but running? It feels so weird! Lauren was trying her best to run with her new body. Twilight was ahead of her, but Lauren tried her best to keep up with her. She almost tripped few times, but she was getting used to it.
“I’m sure the Chariot descended here, but I don’t see the Princesses around,” Twilight said, looking around for any sign of her mentor. They were back to the Ponyville square. “Excuse me.” Twilight walked towards a gray mare.
Lauren looked at Twilight who was talking with a very familiar mare. Her light gray coat, along with a blond mane and tail were indeed familiar, but it was her unmistakable eyes which confirmed her identity. Oh wow, it’s Derpy.
“Do you know if Princess Celestia was here?” Twilight asked Derpy, who was stashing some letters into her mailbag.
“Oh, yes, Princess Celestia and Princess Luna arrived here a few minutes ago.” Derpy pointed her hoof at the spot where the Chariot descended. “They went that way.” She moved her hoof, pointing the direction.
“That’s the way to the library! Thanks.” Twilight smiled at the gray mare, walking back to Lauren. “The Princesses went to the library, come!” She ran towards the library, leaving Lauren behind, again.
Ugh, not again. Lauren ran behind Twilight. She was getting used to running, at least.
As they ran through the streets of Ponyville, Lauren began to get more anxious. What if, what if Celestia knows what happened? What if she knows about humans? What if she knows who I am? All those thoughts were floating in Lauren’s mind. No, come on, it’s impossible that she could know who I am. Cartoons don’t usually know their creators, unless the creator wants to, but I didn’t do that!
As soon as the two mares turned a corner, they could see the library. Twilight stopped running and gasped. “The Princesses!” she exclaimed, resuming her movement towards the library.
Lauren stopped running as well. She was staring at the Princesses who were in front of the library’s entrance. She noticed the multicolored waving mane and tail of Celestia, as well as the royal blue waving mane and tail of Luna. She swallowed her own saliva, trying to catch up with Twilight.
“Princess Celestia!” Twilight exclaimed. Both Princesses turned their heads in surprise. They noticed the unicorn running towards them. Finally, she arrived in front of the Princesses.
“Twilight! My faithful-” Celestia didn’t finish her sentence. Her attention went towards the cream colored unicorn that was approaching them. She never saw that pony before. She felt the same feeling again, but this time it was stronger. “Student…” Celestia finished.
“Hello, Princess,” Twilight quickly greeted her mentor. She was confused as to why Celestia and Luna were at her library.
Lauren finally arrived. She stopped and stared at the two alicorns who were staring back at her with a surprised look. Oh my, it’s them. They seem a lot… bigger than I thought.
“Hmm, Twilight?” Celestia stared back at Twilight. “Aren’t you going to introduce us to your friend?” Celestia moved her head, looking back at the small, disguised alicorn.
“Oh yes, sorry.” Twilight walked next to Lauren. “She is Lauren, a… new friend of mine.” Twilight placed her hoof on Lauren’s shoulder. Lauren smiled at the Princesses.
“Charmed!” Luna exclaimed.
“Pleased to meet you, Lauren,” Celestia said in a lower tone than her sister.
“The pleasure is all mine, Princess Celestia.” Lauren smiled at the white alicorn, turning her head to the other alicorn in front of her. “And I’m charmed to meet you too, Princess Luna.”
Both Princesses smiled at the ‘unicorn’. Celestia then, looked back at Twilight.
“So Princess, what brings you here in Ponyville?” Twilight asked.
“We actually wanted to speak with you,” Celestia replied, “may we please go inside the library to get ourselves more comfortable?”
“Oh, of course, Princess.” Twilight walked in front of the door and opened it with her magic. Luna and Celestia walked in first. “Come on,” she said to Lauren, waving her hoof.
Lauren and Twilight went back inside the library. Twilight closed the door and levitated a pair of cushions for the Princesses. She placed them near to the center of the library. The Princesses took a seat on them, while Twilight and Lauren sat in front of them.
“So, Princess Celestia, what did you want to talk about?” Twilight asked, “oh, excuse me, Spike isn’t home so let me get some tea and biscuits-” Twilight quickly stood up from the floor.
“It is not necessary, Twilight, thank you.” Celestia stopped her, raising one hoof.
“Oh okay.” Twilight sat down back on her spot. “So?”
“Well, my sister and I have been feeling something… strange.” Celestia looked at Luna, who remained silent.
“Something strange? Like what?” Twilight was confused about what could possibly be bothering her mentor.
“Yes, since last night, we’ve been feeling a familiar presence. But not a familiar presence we know, it feels familiar, but it’s unknown to us.” Celestia stared at Lauren, who was daydreaming staring at the bookshelves in the walls. But even if she looked distracted, she was listening to the conversation.
“That’s indeed strange, Princess.” Twilight placed a hoof on her chin. “When did you two began to feel this feeling?” Twilight asked.
“Since last night, around late midnight or so.” This time, it was Luna who answered.
Lauren stopped looking around and eagerly looked back at Luna. Since late midnight? Isn’t that the time when Twilight found me under the storm? The time when… I was teleported here. Luna noticed Lauren’s sudden stare.
“Since late midnight?!” Twilight asked in a loud tone, almost yelling.
“Yes. You both seem surprised about the matter.” Celestia looked at the two ponies that had their eyes wide open. “Is something wrong?”
Twilight moved her head, looking at Lauren. She knew what Twilight was thinking, after all, they were heading to Canterlot to talk to the Princess about her situation. Lauren only nodded in agreement. “Well Princess you see, there’s something about Lauren you need to know.” She pointed her hoof at the third alicorn. She mentioned how she found her outside in the storm last night, about her memory loss, and how she was trying to help to get back her memories.
“I see. So you say you found her last night, around midnight, right?” Celestia raised one eyebrow. She began to suspect there was a link between her and her sister’s feeling and Lauren’s arrival.
“Yes, I believe that your feeling and her apparition are somehow connected.” Twilight looked at Lauren. “But there’s something else. Lauren, could you take off my dress?” Twilight asked her.
“Sure,” Lauren replied, standing up from the floor. So, if my arrival and the Princesses' feelings are somehow connected, does it mean they know me? But, they couldn’t recognize me, they would have mentioned something. She struggled her way out of the dress, but she got stuck. “Uh, a little help, Twilight?”
“Oh, sure,” Twilight said, enveloping the dress with magic. With a bit of effort, Twilight pulled out the dress from Lauren.
“Wha-?!” Luna exclaimed, her eyes and mouth opened wide open. Celestia had the same reaction, but she was a little less surprised.
In front of them was the cream colored alicorn with pair of wings on her back and her horn. Lauren tried to stretch her wings, feeling the muscles, she opened her small wings. Uh, this feels weird. I can feel the wings on my back. To test her muscles, she opened and closed her wings.
“Twilight, do you mean she’s an-” Celestia finally spoke, looking at her student with an insecure look.
“Yes, Princess, Lauren is an alicorn, just like you and Princess Luna.” Twilight was getting nervous due the Princesses’ surprised reaction.
Celestia stared once again at Lauren. “So, you’re an alicorn who lost her memory?” she asked.
“Um, yes, it seems like it,” Lauren muttered.
“And… is Lauren your full name?” Celestia asked.
Twilight noticed a different tone of voice coming from her mentor. She looked at Lauren; until now, she thought her full name was Lauren. She never thought of the possibility of a second name.
“Actually, it’s Faust. I’m Lauren Faust. That’s my full name,” Lauren answered with confidence. What’s the matter? Did I notice a certain change in her tone of voice?
“Princess,” Twilight chimed, turning her head back to her mentor. “Her name, the fact that she is an alicorn, her memory loss, does that mean anything to you Princess?”
Luna, who was still staring at the small alicorn, turned her head to her sister, waiting for her answer to Twilight’s question.
“No, unfortunately, it doesn’t mean anything to me. This is the first time I’ve heard of such thing,” Celestia answered. Her face made a quick expression, that only Lauren noticed.
Huh? What? Lauren gasped. Did Celestia... She stared right at Celestia's eyes. Did she just hide the faintest of smiles?