When Twilight woke up it was mid-morning. She gave a huge yawn and rubbed her eyes, she was momentarily confused, not recognising her unfamiliar surroundings. However, Twilight looked to her left and saw a blue mare, still sleeping peacefully under her covers and remembered everything from the night before. Luna was going to live with her for more than three years as soon as she was well enough to move about. This thought still blew Twilight away, never in a million years would she think that a princess would live with her. She also remembered the dream meeting they shared last night, where Luna had got her to talk about Ponyville. Something didn’t add up though, why was she in Luna’s bed? She looked around the room and spotted her bed in the opposite corner, it looked like someone had just gotten up from it. Twilight used to sleepwalk back when she was a filly, but hadn’t done so in over a decade so it probably wasn’t that. Did she even get into her bed last night? She distinctly remembered doing so, so she must have gotten up at some point in the night and gone over to Luna’s bed, perhaps when she had entered their shared dream realm and sat on the bench next to her? Maybe her dreams were affecting her more than just mentally. Twilight thought through several more reasons as to why she was next to Luna before mentally slapping herself. 'You’re forgetting the point here', she thought to herself, 'you’re still in the bed'. Twilight blushed deeply and made to slide carefully off the bed without disturbing the other mare. Luna, on the other hand, turned over with a small groan, at the same time putting a front leg over Twilight’s shoulder and pulling her in tight.
Twilight’s blush reddened further but she didn’t resist, not wanting to disturb Luna, who now had her face buried in Twilight’s mane. Twilight tried levering Luna’s arm away from her and slip out but Luna held on tight and there was no way to get her to let go without waking her. Eventually Twilight gave up on trying to get away and settled back with a small sigh, knowing she would have to wait for Luna to wake up to move, and that an awkward conversation would likely follow. Twilight thought up excuses as to why she was in Luna’s bed but could only come up with saying that she must have sleepwalked, a feeble excuse and she knew it but she could think of nothing else. Twilight wasn’t sure how long she lay there for with Luna wrapped around her but as the time went on she began to realise that she didn’t really mind, it was quite comforting. No one had held her like this since she lived with her parents. As time wore on, nothing disturbed the silence apart from the soft, rhythmic breathing of the two mares and then Twilight came up with an idea.
If Luna could call Twilight to her dreams, would it work the other way round? Twilight gave it a go, opening her mind wide and calling out,
"Luna?" She waited for about a minute with bated breath before the reply came from the darkness.
"Can I ask you a question?" Twilight asked
"You already have, but I’ll allow another." Came the reply, Twilight could imagine the small smile Luna would have on with that reply. Twilight mentally smiled back before replying.
"Umm, can you move your left foreleg in the real world please?" Twilight asked, Luna wasn’t expecting a question like this,
"Ok, I guess I could, may I ask why?" Luna replied, her real life form’s arm releasing Twilight. Twilight’s voice became quiet as she explained.
"Well... you were sort of holding onto me and I wanted to get up without waking you." Luna gave a slight giggle.
"Ok, I won’t ask why I was holding onto you if you get me a glass of water, I might as well get up too." Luna replied after the giggle subsided. Twilight sighed, relieved that Luna wouldn’t carry on with the questioning. She pulled away from her mind and carefully maneuvered herself from the bed and made her way to Luna’s ensuite bathroom to fill up a glass with water. When she came back, glass of water held aloft via magic, Luna was stretching, seeming a lot better for her rest. Twilight handed the glass over and Luna took it graciously between her hooves, taking care not to spill it and took a gulp, followed by a much smaller sip. When she had taken her fill of the water she set it down on the small mahogany table at the head of her bed and stood up unsteadily.
Luna shook with the effort of standing up and threatened to fall, and would have had Twilight not darted forward to support Luna with her body.
"Thanks." Luna said quickly, focussing on her hooves, she hesitantly took a step forward, Twilight standing close by to catch her should she fall. The step was successful and was quickly followed by another, more confident, one. Luna walked all the way to the door before stopping, this short excursion leaving her breathless but triumphant. 'She certainly wasn’t a quitter', Twilight thought. Once Luna regained her breath she sat on the floor, and Twilight joined her, pulling open the curtains opposite them with her magic at the same time. Together they sat in silence, viewing the bright morning glare through Luna’s floor to ceiling windows. The light cast long shadows across the room, one from the bookcase cast a shadow that covered their eyes, giving them a clear view out of the window without being blinded. From their low vantage point, high up in the castle, there was no pony-made structures visible, all that could be seen was the Everfree Forest, stretching into the distance, the dew covering the trees giving off a shimmering effect from the morning sun.
The two must have sat there for over half an hour before Luna’s stomach grumbled audibly, making them both burst into laughter. As if on cue, Twilight’s stomach joined with the grumbling making them laugh all the more. After their laughter subsided, they wiped their eyes and stood, supporting each other as they rose.
"I think we should find something to eat." Luna said, leaning on Twilight. Twilight gave another small laugh.
"You think?" She replied and Luna joined in her small laughter, fits of giggles threatening to return. They slowly made their way to the door, Twilight taking most of Luna’s weight. Twilight opened the door before them with her magic and they moved to the doorway. The two Royal Guards posted at the door turned around and were surprised to see the princess up and about, albeit in need of support, but they did not try to stop them. They were probably under orders not to stop Twilight from whatever it was she was trying to do. Ever so slowly the two made their way towards the Dining Halls but turned left at the doors to get to the kitchen, they had consciously decided it would be better to eat in the relative privacy of the kitchens instead of the Royal Dining Halls where several important people likely were eating, all of which shouldn’t see their princess in this state.
Twilight once more opened the door ahead with her, or really, their magic since the frequencies were the same. Once they had maneuvered inside, having to squeeze through the door slightly, they were met with the gaze of a dozen servants who had looked up to find out who had entered the door. When the realisation that Princess Luna, and Princess Celestia’s prized student were the ones who entered, everypony sprung into action, cleaning surfaces and polishing floors, getting everything fit for a princess. This is exactly what Luna wanted to avoid though. She cleared her throat and spoke in a voice that was halfway between the Royal Canterlot speech and modern Equestrian.
"Calm down, we are just here to eat." The servant ponies stopped, seemingly momentarily confused as they had to switch between cleaning and cooking mode. If any of them were wondering why the Princess and Twilight were in the kitchens, and why the Princess was in her current form, and why she was being supported by Twilight, nopony asked. They pulled out a spare wooden table, not the solid oak of the dining tables but a simple pine rectangle, they then placed two simple wooden chairs, side by side, under the table before going back to preparing food. As Twilight and Luna moved over to the chairs and sat down a tawny stallion with a hazel coloured mane and a cutie-mark in the shape of a whisk walked up to them.
"May I ask what the Princess and Her Guest would like for breakfast?" He asked in a timid voice, obviously not used to dealing with royalty directly. Twilight and Luna looked at each other briefly, both of them sitting next to each other on the chairs, and tried to decide what they wanted.
"I’m not sure what sort of stuff they have here, you’re more familiar with the food so I’ll just have whatever you’re having." Twilight said to Luna with a shrug. Luna pondered this for a moment before turning back to the servant, who was looking rather annoyed that Twilight called their food ‘stuff’.
"We’ll both just have some toast thank you, lightly buttered." Luna told the waiting stallion. Twilight blushed slightly having thought they wouldn’t have anything normal, like toast. When the toast arrived, a few minutes later, both mares dug in with ferocity, tearing the toast with their teeth, as if it had murdered their families. They finished their last bite simultaneously.
"That hit the spot." Twilight said, hunger now taken care of.
Luna gave a nod, "Agreed." She said, hunger also dissipated slightly. Twilight turned to the blue mare and spotted a smudge of butter spread across the side of her face, likely the result of an overzealous munch.
"Luna, you have some butter on your face." Twilight told the Princess, who turned to face her.
"Where?" Luna replied, gesturing at her face for emphasis.
"Right here." Twilight said, touching to corresponding part of her own face as an example. Luna proceeded to wipe the complete opposite side of her face. Twilight laughed and picked up one of the napkins on the table with her hoof.
"Here, I’ll get it for you." Twilight said, leaning over and going to wipe the butter off, however, Luna started uncontrollably laughing over Twilight’s concentrating face, making Twilight smear the butter even more than it already was. Twilight burst into laughter and the smear spread to the other side of Luna’s face, they sat there laughing for over half a minute, Twilight continuing to smear the butter, unable to stop due to her laughter. Every single servant pony in the room had stopped what they were doing and stood there staring at the two playing like little fillies. The laughter was interrupted however by the sudden opening of the kitchen door and the entrance of one princess.
"Twilight! Luna! You’re he... What are you doing?" Princess Celestia asked, momentarily confused by the sight of her pupil apparently rubbing butter all over her sister’s face. Twilight and Luna both turned a deep shade of red and Twilight slowly lowered her foreleg.
"We were... eating breakfast." Luna replied, recovering before Twilight.
Celestia hid a smirk and replied, "Well, you seem to have missed somewhat, now come on, wash yourself off and follow me, there are some matters I need to discuss with the both of you." Luna accepted the damp towel one of the servant ponies had brought forth and wiped her face clean, drying it with an unused napkin. They both stood up, Luna once more supporting herself slightly on Twilight, Celestia looked slightly concerned at this, but said nothing, trusting them both to not overwork Luna when she was so weak. The trio made their way out of the door, Twilight and Luna still blushing slightly. The two shared a glance that made them have to hold their breath to stop themselves from bursting into laughter once more, they carried on shaking with the silent giggles as they made their way down the corridor together. Celestia led the way, oblivious to the muffled noises behind her.
Twilight felt like Luna didn't really need to be leaning on her but she didn’t say anything, she didn't mind. It was pretty fun trying to walk along like that anyway. Once Celestia had reached a corner of the corridor with a bench she sat Twilight and Luna down on it and stood in front of them, multicolour mane flowing impressively despite the complete lack of a noticeable breeze.
"I trust Twilight has informed you that you are going to live with her, at least until you are strong enough to once more take up your celestial duties?" Celestia asked, starting of the conversation. Luna nodded in reply and Celestia continued, this seemed like it would be a very one sided conversation.
"Well, I wish to know your reaction to this, as well as a rough estimate for when you believe you will be ready to leave." Celestia said. Luna glanced at Twilight before continuing.
"Well, initially I was shocked but it makes sense, I have no problem with it, actually I think it would be a nice break from the life of a princess, something I believe you should have sister. You have already had to endure my side of the celestial duties for a thousand years, it seems a burden to do it once more, even if it is unavoidable." Celestia nodded.
"Yes, it is quite... displeasing, however there is no other alternative, and once more I wish to say that I’m glad that out of all of the ponies that could be tied to my sister, I’m glad to say it is my prized pupil." Twilight acknowledged this compliment with a slight lowering of her head. "Now then, can you give me an estimate of when you believe you will be ready?" Celestia continued.
"With Twilight’s help, I think that I will be ready tomorrow." Luna replied, Celestia nodded and turned to her pupil.
"Now then, Twilight Sparkle, there is something I need you to do." Celestia said to her student, Twilight raised her gaze to meet her mentor’s.
"What is it?" Twilight asked, ready to perform any task for her teacher.
"I wish for you to take a gap from your studies on friendship, while you will still be learning, I want you to stop writing your reports for the duration of Luna’s stay." Twilight was stunned, this was not what she was expecting, "You see, I wish you to focus on the task at hand, which you cannot do if you are bound by your weekly reports, also, there is more." Celestia elaborated.
"M-More?" Twilight asked, not prepared to handle more drastic changes in her life.
"From this moment on, I will no longer be your teacher, the reason I sent you to Ponyville wasn’t just to make friends, you are now an adult, and I have taught you all I can. However, there is still more to learn, you may not know this, but Luna is actually much smarter than me, I know more of the customs and laws, but it was always Luna who knew everything there was to know about magic. As of the moment you leave Canterlot castle, your tutorship will be transferred over to my sister." Celestia finished, Twilight sat silent, Luna also seemed stunned by this news, she had never taken on a pupil before, much less one that had already received tutoring by Princess Celestia. Celestia looked concerned at her student’s reaction, she knew that this was big news that she was laying down and she didn't want to scare her pupil. Twilight stared at the floor in silence, not moving apart from her chest rising and falling with her breath.
"Twilight, you have to believe me that I am doing this to benefit you, if I felt that there was absolutely anything else that I should teach to you, that Luna couldn’t do even better, I wouldn’t hesitate to help you, but there isn’t. And remember, this isn’t a total cut off from me, we can still communicate by letters and meet up occasionally." Celestia said, trying to calm down Twilight, it seemed to have worked a bit, as Twilight gave a slight nod and replied.
"I know, it’s just... even though I know you’re doing this for my own good, it feels like you’re abandoning me..." Celestia nodded, understanding her student’s pain.
"I am not abandoning you, think of this as your graduation to higher education." Celestia said the best thing she could think of, and it worked. Twilight perked up at the mention of graduation, and raised her head to the Sun Princess.
"Graduation?" Twilight asked, Celestia nodded. Twilight gave a slight smile, "Umm... Can we be left alone for a moment, Princess? I just need some time to work things out." Twilight asked. Celestia nodded and turned to leave.
"I will see you tomorrow then." Princess Celestia said, more like a friend saying farewell to another friend, than a teacher telling her student to meet her tomorrow. As soon as the Princess left Luna spoke up.
"Do you wish for me to leave too?" Twilight shook her head,
"No, I’m meant to be looking after you, just because I have some problems, doesn’t mean I should ignore my main mission." Twilight replied, Luna nodded and leant on Twilight’s shoulder, placing a foreleg around her neck and pulling her in tight.
"You know, I’ve never taken on a student before, so I guess this will be a learning experience for both of us." Twilight didn’t resist the foreleg and gave out a sigh.
"It’s just so sudden, I wasn’t expecting any of this when I woke up a few days ago, planning my itinerary for that day. That one letter has just changed everything." Luna gave Twilight’s shoulder a rub sympathetically. A single tear ran down Twilight’s face, ignored by the both of them.
"Come on, let’s go for a walk, it’ll help clear your head, it always does for me." Luna said, standing up, more steady than she was that morning.
"Are you sure? Don’t you need to rest?" Twilight asked, but stood up anyway.
"I’ll be fine as long as you support me." Luna replied, and the two set off, Luna leaning against Twilight as they walked. As they wandered aimlessly around the castle, they talked about magic, Twilight quickly found out that Luna was indeed knowledgeable in this subject. Every question that Twilight asked, Luna answered in terms that Twilight could understand. The longer they talked, the more Twilight realised that Luna would be a better teacher than Celestia, and even though she would miss her old mentor, at least she was in good hooves. When the sun fell, and the moon rose over the horizon, they started to make their way to Luna’s bedroom. The two Royal Guards that seemed to be permanently posted outside her doors opened them as they approached, and the two mares nodded gratefully at them before stepping inside, the doors closing behind them. Twilight led Luna over to her bed, and Luna climbed in, drawing the covers up,
"Thank you, Twilight, for all of your help." Luna said before falling into sleep. Twilight smiled, not sure whether to be happy or sad, after everything that had happened today. Revelations that had shaken Twilight to her very core, but it was tempered with... Luna. She had spent the whole day with her and discovered that she really enjoyed it. Luna was the sort of mare that the more time you spent with them, the more you liked them. Twilight walked over to her bed and climbed in; falling asleep with thoughts of Luna still in her mind.