An accident, that is how it all started. It was only an accident. However, this accident changed two ponies’ lives forever. But we are getting ahead of ourselves here. Let us begin this correctly, at the beginning. It all started with a princess…
Princess Luna sat on her balcony. Her beautiful night sky was overhead with her moon lighting up the night. Everything was quiet, for winter had settled over the land. All the animals were either tucked away in their homes or gone south so they would not have to bear the cold. Nopony dared go outside either. Especially at night for fear of the bitter cold nipping at them. Luna understood this. She was also beginning to feel the effects of winter on her own body. Still, she wished somepony was awake to talk to her. There were her Lunar Guards but they weren’t big talkers. Her sister was certainly sleeping, preparing her tired body to raise the sun when she awoke. Luna let out a sigh which immediately turned to fog once her warm breath hit the cold air. With that she went inside to her chambers.
Her room was quite dark except for a few lit candles placed randomly around her room. Paperwork sat in high stacks on her work desk, books and pieces of blank parchment were scattered about on the floor and on tables. Luna’s large bed beckoned to her as she walked around her room. Its sleek silk covers dyed a deep blue wanted to welcome her with open arms. Her fluffy blue pillows begged for a head to be lain on them. Seeing no other way to entertain herself she answered their callings. She carefully snuggled into the covers and gently laid her head on the soft pillows. This time a content sigh escaped her lips. She got comfortable and just laid there, staring into the darkness around her. Of course she didn’t get into the bed to sleep. She was the Princess of the Night after all. But that didn’t mean that she could not sleep at night to be awake during the day when that was required of her. She just laid there, thinking. That was her only way to really waste time on nights like these. Her mind drifted off into deep thought. She thought about all the paperwork she still had to do. She thought about when she returned to Canterlot for the first time in a thousand years. She thought about how many ponies now actually looked at her night instead of just falling asleep. Then her thoughts wandered over to a lavender unicorn. Somepony who had helped her become better acquainted with the modern world.
“Twilight Sparkle…” Luna whispered to herself. Luna’s mind kept thinking back to that night. How kind and understanding Twilight had been. How she had helped her make some friends with many of the ponies in Ponyville. But most important of all, was how Twilight had not given up on her and stayed faithful to her. Luna smiled in the darkness.
“I should really try to go see Twilight Sparkle again. It has been a while since our last meeting with each other. Then again that second Nightmare Night was not really a get together. It was still pretty fun though. Yes, I think I shall clear a few days off to go see Twilight Sparkle, and maybe some of her friends. After all, what better time than the holidays?” With that in mind Luna noticed that her night was almost over. As much as she loved to see her sister raise the sun, she decided that it was time for her to sleep. And so, with much difficulty due to her excitement, Luna slowly faded from consciousness.
“Spike! Do you know where the snowflake decorations are?” Asked a frantic Twilight as she did her best to prepare for the upcoming holiday of Hearth’s Warming Eve. However, she was in a panicked frenzy as Hearth’s Warming Eve was only four days away. She still needed to finish decorating the inside of the library, get all the gifts wrapped, and make plans with her friends.
“They’re in the closet right behind you.” A rather irritated Spike answered. He hated when Twilight got like this. She never really listened to reason in this state.
Upon hearing the baby dragon’s answer Twilight immediately searched the closet and found the decorations. She let out a sigh of relief. She grabbed the decorations with her magic and began positioning them on the celling.
“Hey Twilight?” Spike asked while finishing putting a bow on the end of the stairway.
“Yes Spike?” Twilight asked back while still hanging the last of the snowflakes.
“I’m finished decorating and I’ve already done all my chores. Can I go to Rarity’s now? PLEASE?!?!” Spike asked desperately.
“Sure Spike. Just remember to dress warmly and be careful out there. It’s already beginning to get dark.” Twilight said with some concern in her voice.
“Already ahead of you Twilight.” Spike said as he was buttoning up his coat and wrapped a scarf around his neck. “I’ll be back tomorrow probably around noon okay Twilight?” Spike said heading for the door.
“Okay Spike, see you tomorrow.” Twilight gave the baby dragon a small smile as he departed from the library. As soon as he was gone Twilight looked around the room, looking to see if anypony was watching her. When she had confirmed nopony was near her she made her way over to one of the many shelves that lined the library. Only this shelf was never touched by anypony other than Twilight. Not even Spike was allowed near it. Why? Because this shelf contained Twilight’s special books. Most of them being photo books or some of her favorite book titles. However, there was a much more secret reason that this shelf was off limits. She looked around one more time to make sure the coast was clear. She then used her magic to get a book from the top of the shelf. It was a thick book with the title The Starry Night. She carefully opened the large book to the back cover where something was hidden in plain sight. What would seem to be a normal book cover was actually a secret compartment. Twilight gently opened the back cover to reveal pages hidden underneath it. On each page was a different date and then a Dear Diary. Twilight had been given the secret diary from Princess Celestia when she was a young filly so that she could record new spells and potions without anypony getting their hooves on them. That and to write about her day. Twilight had accepted it without hesitation. She had been writing in it whenever she could.
“Now I can finally write another entry. Let’s see, Dear Diary, Today I…” Suddenly a knock came at the door. Twilight quickly closed her dairy and the book and put it back in its place. As she ran to the door she wondered who would be bothering her at this hour. When she opened the door complete shock filled her body. In front of her was the Princess of the Night!
“P-princess Luna! W-what are you doing here? Not that there is anything wrong with you being here!” Twilight stuttered as she was still shocked at her surprise guest.
“Greetings Twilight Sparkle! I come here to… Twilight, why are you shaking?” Luna asked the unicorn. Twilight was indeed shaking and it wasn’t from the cold.
“I’m just very surprised to see you is all, and a little shocked…” Twilight said as she began to calm down.
“I see, well then. I have come here to ask you if I may be able to, well… spend a few days with you. And maybe if I could stay for Hearth’s Warming Eve?” Luna said, her confidence slowly draining from her body as the fear of rejection took its place. Twilight just stared at her for a minute, her brain trying to process what the princess had just said. Her eyes then suddenly went wide and a giant smile appeared on her face.
“YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!! OF COURSE YOU CAN STAY!!!” Luna had a shocked and confused expression on her face as Twilight jumped around her with her big grin on. Soon enough though Twilight calmed down, but the smile remained on her face. Luna couldn’t help but smile back at her. “Um, sorry about that Princess. I guess I got a little excited.” Twilight said with a slight blush on her face.
“A little?” Luna asked teasingly as her nervousness and fear faded away. Twilight’s blush deepened. “So Twilight Sparkle, where shall I be sleeping?” Luna asked while looking around the library.
Well, I don’t really have the guest room made up yet so the best I could do is offer you my bed while I sleep in a sleeping bag.” Twilight said while feeling a bit embarrassed that she was not prepared for guests.
“No Twilight Sparkle, I shall not accept thy, I mean your bed. Do you perhaps have another one of these sleeping bags?” Luna asked.
“I do actually, but are you sure you don’t want my bed Princess? I mean sleeping bags aren’t always comfy.”
“It is quite alright Twilight, and please just call me Luna.”
“Okay Prin- I mean, Luna. I’ll go get the sleeping bags from the closet.” And so Twilight made her way upstairs. Luna looked around at the library some more, wondering if there was a good book on one of the many shelves. She looked at all of the titles and different genres but none of them really spiked her interests. Then her eyes were drawn to one particular shelf in the room. It was full of photo books and interesting titles, but one called out to her. It was titled The Starry Night. Luna was immediately interested. The book was then wrapped in a blue aurora and it floated down to Luna. She began to open the book when she heard hoof beats coming down the stairs. She looked up to see Twilight carrying two sleeping bags and a book in her magic as she made her way down. Luna put the book back in its place and headed over to Twilight. When Twilight reached the bottom she used her magic to unfurl the two sleeping bags and place them on the cool ground.
“So these are sleeping bags?” Luna asked looking at the two odd things in front of her.
“Yep! They may not be as comfortable as beds but they will keep us warm.” Twilight gave Luna a weak smile to reassure her. Luna gave a small smile in return. Luna then looked at the book Twilight was holding.
“Um, Twilight, what is that book you are holding about?” Luna asked while trying to see the book’s title.
“Oh, this is a book I think I need to take a look at again since it’s been a while since my last slumber party.” Twilight then showed the book to Luna.
“Slumber 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Slumber Parties But Were Afraid to Ask. Twilight, what is a slumber party?” Luna asked. Twilight’s jaw dropped open.
“You mean you’ve never had a slumber party before?” Twilight asked shocked.
“No, what is it?” Luna asked again.
“Well, it’s where a whole bunch of friends stay up late at night and have fun!” Twilight explained. Now Luna’s jaw dropped.
“You mean ponies actually stay up at night and have, fun…” Luna asked as her excitement built up.
“Yeah! Lots of ponies do it! And we get to do it tonight.” Twilight gave Luna another smile. Luna just looked at her with complete happiness and went up to Twilight and embraced her in a tight hug!
“OH THIS IS GOING TO BE SO MUCH FUN!!!” Luna exclaimed as she spun around with Twilight still in her arms.
“Ugh Princess, do you think you could put me down please, I’m getting dizzy!” With that Luna stopped spinning and immediately put down the purple unicorn who was now swaying a little.
“Sorry Twilight, it seems I got a little excited!” Luna said with a small blush. Twilight looked at her and began laughing. Luna soon joined in. When they both calmed down a bit Twilight opened her book and began reading the first page.
“Let’s see here… The first thing we do is… makeovers!” Twilight said with a giddy smile on her face. Luna just had a very unsure look on hers.
Well, thirty minutes later and the two of them had their hair done and a mud mask on their faces. Of course Twilight did have to explain to Luna that a mud mask was not just mud from the ground that put on your face. The two sat back relaxing on their sleeping bags, each letting out a content sigh. After a little while longer of relaxing the two of them removed their masks and felt how smooth their faces had become.
“Wow, I never thought that mud could do this!” Luna said happily.
“Well, now that we’ve done makeovers, the next thing is ghost stories.” Twilight said in an eerie voice. Luna just sat down and gave Twilight her full attention. She knew of telling ghost stories. Celestia would sometimes tell her a spooky ghost story at night when they were younger to give her a scare. This usually led to Celestia sleeping next to Luna, cuddling her and telling her that she would keep her safe.
Twilight scooted a little closer to Luna and turned off the light with her magic, except for a tiny candle which she put between them. Its soft and warm glow only illuminated a small part of the two mares’ faces which gave the room an eerie feel.
“So, would you like to go first Luna, or should I?” Twilight asked.
“I would like you to go first.” Luna said as she had her ears ready to listen.
“Okay, this one is called the Ghost of Canterlot…”
And so Twilight told Luna the tale of the Ghost that roamed Canterlot Castle, seeking anypony foolish enough to enter his territory deep under the castle and trapping them for eternity in the dungeons located there. It was indeed a spooky tale, a little too spooky. Twilight then finished her story and saw Luna’s expression show a slight hint of fear as she looked back and forth in the darkness. Twilight giggled at this.
“Okay Luna, would you like to tell a story now?”
“N-no, I’m quite sure I have had enough ghost stories for one night.” Luna said still looking back and forth in the darkness. Twilight giggled again and turned on the lights once more. Luna let out a sigh of relief.
“Okay, next on the list is s’mores!” Twilight said.
“Um, what are these, s’mores?” Luna asked with a puzzled look on her face.
“Oh, they’re these delicious little treats! They’re made of graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate! They taste amazing!” Twilight explained.
“Very well then. Where are they?” Luna asked. Twilight just looked at her and began laughing. “What is so funny Twilight?” Luna asked with a rather embarrassed look on her face.
“We have to make them Luna!” Twilight said after she finally stopped laughing.
“Oh, well then let us get started.” And so Twilight led the way and the two of them went upstairs to the fireplace and began the wondrous process of making s’mores. It was a little weird for Luna at first but with Twilight’s help she began to get the hang of making the wonderful little treats. Once they were finished Luna looked at the thing called a s’more in front of her.
“So this is a s’more?” Luna asked with an unsure look.
“Yep! It’s okay Luna, trust me they taste delicious!” With that Luna slowly brought the s’more to her mouth and took a small bite. Her eyes immediately went wide and within a second the s’more was gone, eaten whole by Luna’s eager mouth. Luna then went over to the tray holding the other s’mores. They were soon all gobbled up into Luna’s stomach. Twilight just stared at the princess who still had some marshmallow stuck on her cheeks.
“I knew they were good but did you have to eat all of them?” Twilight joked. Luna blushed realizing what she had done.
“I am sorry Twilight; I don’t know what came over me.” Luna confessed.
“It’s okay, they are delicious!”
“Indeed. So what is next on our list of fun?” Luna asked with excitement in her voice.
“Let’s see here. The next thing is… Truth or Dare!” Twilight squeed with excitement.
“Um, what is that?” Luna asked.
“It’s a fun game where a pony asks another pony to tell a deep truth or to do a daring dare! It’s really fun!” Twilight exclaimed.
“If you say so Twilight. I guess you ask first.”
“Let’s see. Luna, have you ever dated another pony?” Twilight asked with a sly smile on her face. Luna immediately blushed a deep red.
“Well, I-I, um… can we do something else please?” Luna asked with pleading eyes.
“Sure, but you have to ask me a question or dare me to do something first!” Twilight said.
“Very well then. Hmmm, I dare you to… give me a hug!” Luna said with a smile on her face. Twilight blushed a little at the dare but none the less went up to Luna and wrapped her hooves around her. Luna returned the hug and tightened it a little. Twilight was shocked at the warmth of Luna’s body. She was also very soft and smooth. Luna also had this intoxicating aroma. She smelt of an open field at night during the spring with a nice breeze blowing through the grass and flowers. Twilight could have hugged her forever.
“Um, Twilight, you can let go now.” Luna said, snapping Twilight out of her trance. She immediately released Luna and backed away a little.
“I’m sorry Luna, I didn’t me to-” Twilight was cut off as Luna hushed her with her hoof.
“It’s alright Twilight. There was no harm done. So, is there anything else to do, tis getting a little late after all. I know ponies need their sleep.” Luna said looking at the clock. It read 10:50 pm.
“Well there is one more thing but I’m not sure if you would like it. It’s called a pillow fight and what you do is…” *wham* Twilight was rammed right in the face with a pillow. Twilight slowly looked over to Luna who had a few more pillows ready to fire. Twilight just gave Luna a look and got a few of her own pillows.
“Let the fun BEGIN!” Luna declared as pillows were suddenly sent flying through the air as the two ponies began their epic battle! About thirty minutes of pillow throwing action later the two ponies dropped to the ground in complete exhaustion.
“I, I give Luna, I can’t go on…” Twilight gasped for breath.
“Nor can I. Truce?” Luna was also trying to gain control of her breathing.
“Truce.” Twilight said finally getting her lungs to calm down. The two exhausted ponies then went downstairs to the beckoning sleeping bags. Each of them gratefully entered their own bag and wrapped themselves up in the warm cloth. They both let out a content sigh and they both began to let sleep claim them. Luna looked over to Twilight and smiled to herself. Thinking Twilight had already fallen asleep she whispered,
“Good night, my little love.” And Luna then faded from consciousness. However, Twilight now laid in her bag, wide awake.
Twilight laid there in the darkness, unable to comprehend what she had just heard. Her brain was abuzz with activity as it tried its best to make sense of what it had witnessed.
“Did Princess Luna just call me her… little love?!?” Twilight whispered to herself. Shock was now setting in and Twilight began to shiver. “Calm down Twilight, calm down!” Twilight urged her body to comply. She slowly got a hold of herself. She then slowly looked over at Luna and just starred at her. She was beautiful. Her glowing blue mane softly illuminated the room with its tiny sparkles that resembled the stars. Her face was calm and peaceful as if not a thing in the world could bother her. Twilight was in a trance, she just couldn’t look away. No matter how hard she tried her eyes stayed fixed on Luna. “A-am I in love with Princess Luna?!?” Twilight asked herself. Her thought broke her from the trance as she pondered at the possibility that she might actually love Luna.. “Well, it is possible. No, I can’t love the princess! It would never work. She would be too busy and I would be busy with my studies. But she does look beautiful, and she’s very kind…” Twilight trailed off as she was back in her trance. Her eyes then began to grow heavy and they slowly started to close. The last thing Twilight saw was Luna’s face, her peaceful and cute face.
Luna awoke with a start, immediately sitting up and looking at her surroundings. When she saw that she was in Twilight’s library she calmed down and slowly went back to lying down on her sleeping bag.
“Phew, I thought I was late for one of the royal meetings!” Luna said to herself. She looked up at the clock which read 6:00 am. She let out a content sigh and snuggled into her little cocoon some more. She noticed something was covering her right eye. She soon realized that it was her mane. No, not her dark blue starry mane. It had been replaced with light blue hair as had her tail. It was what happened during the day since she was not of the age where her mane stays in the flowing form as her sister’s did. She did like her mane this way though. She liked how she could decorate and style it, which she had done many times when she was younger. However, what she liked most about it was its simplicity. It made her feel that her complicated world could fade away into a manageable and nice one. That and her sister always thought that she looked adorable with her mane like this. Her attention then turned away from her mane. She looked over at Twilight and smiled at the sleeping unicorn. “She looks so adorable when she’s asleep.” Luna said. Luna then put a hoof to her mouth. “W-what did I just say?”
“You said that you thought she looked adorable in her sleep. And I must agree.” A voice said from seemingly nowhere.
“N-nightmare? I-is that you?” Luna asked, now scared.
“Yes dear, it’s me. How have you been?” Nightmare asked out of the blue.
“F-fine, what are you doing here? You’re not going to corrupt me again if that’s your-” Luna was cut off by Nightmare’s voice.
“Now Luna you know as well as I do that it was not just my doing that got us our punishment. However nopony can blame you, especially from what you endured. And you know I’m not going to corrupt you. The elements of harmony have seen to that. I am now pure, just as you are. So, my little pony has been making friends?” Nightmare asked in a surprisingly kind voice.
“Y-yes, I have. Why does that concern you?” Luna asked with some shakiness in her voice.
“My dear, I am a part of you. Everything you do concerns me. I am happy for you though. You are finally making some friends unlike a thousand years ago. Oh, you were so lonely, it was heartbreaking! However, I am wondering why you are starting a love life so soon.” Nightmare said all of this with a motherly voice, much like Celestia. It took Luna completely by surprise. But what really shocked her was Nightmare talking about her starting a love life.
“What do you mean by a love life? I don’t have a special somepony.” Luna said back, a small blush appearing on her face.
“Luna, I am a part of you. I know you better than you know yourself! That and you called Twilight ‘my little love’. I know that you have feelings for Miss Twilight Sparkle, and I couldn’t be happier. However, remember to be careful in a relationship, things don’t always turn out the way you expect them to.” Nightmare was beginning to sound more like a nurturing mother than a voice inside of Luna’s mind. Luna was still not sure how or why Nightmare was acting this way. Nightmare sensed this. “Ah, questioning my change in personality? Luna, as I said before, the Elements of Harmony also purified me. And you apparently also forget that I kept you company during our, rather long period away from home.” Nightmare explained.
Out of all that explaining though Luna just asked one question.
“I called Twilight ‘my little love’?” Luna asked while trying to remember those words leaving her mouth.
“Yes, of course you were very tired. I guess it just slipped from your thoughts to your mouth and you said it by accident. But you two do make a cute couple!” Nightmare said.
“I-I I…” Luna trailed off, unsure of what to say. Then she realized who she was talking to.
“How do I know that I can trust you? How do I know that you are speaking the truth and not lies?” Luna asked.
“Because my sweet little Luna, you know that you have control over me, and that I could not hurt or corrupt you even if I tried. And what I tell you is just some friendly advice and a little slip of your tongue! Nothing more.” Nightmare said innocently. Luna knew that she did speak the truth, even if it was hard to believe. Nightmare had been like a mother to her on the moon, much like Celestia had been to her when they were still little. It was rather strange, especially because Luna remembered that Nightmare had caused much suffering to Equestria. But, Celestia did tell her before to let others have a second chance, if they deserved one. Well if she got a second chance, then why not let Nightmare have a second one?
“Oh Luna, I do have a rather big question to ask of you.” Nightmare said.
“What is your question?” Luna asked.
“May I be free for a few minutes please? I need to stretch my wings and legs.” Nightmare asked pleadingly. Luna was very hesitant on the matter, especially since Twilight could wake up at any moment. In the end her kindness won over her logic.
“Okay, but only for a few minutes. Then you go straight back into my mind.”
“Of course, I only need a quick stretch.” Nightmare replied.
With that said Luna let Nightmare flow free from within her. Darkness began to cover her body. Her beautiful blue coat changed to pitch black, she slowly grew taller and her horn grew in length. Her cutie mark changed from black to an illuminated purple behind the crescent moon. Her light blue mane and tail dissipated away, being replaced by a dark blue mist with sparkles shining within it. And finally light blue armor formed from the darkness on her chest and head. Luna was no longer there. In her place stood Nightmare Moon. Nightmare then immediately stretched out her stiff wings and legs. She let out a deep sigh of relief.
“Much better. And now that I am free I can now make it night time eternal!” Nightmare laughed as she spoke.
“WHAT?!?!” NO!!!” Luna pleaded as she began to struggle for control of her body. Then something incredible happened.
Nightmare… giggled, yes giggled!
“Oh, oh that was too good! Luna, did you actually think I was serious?” Now Nightmare began to laugh. Luna was shocked beyond words. Nightmare Moon had just made a joke! Unfortunately for both Nightmare and Luna, Twilight began to wake up from Nightmare’s laughter. Neither of them noticed as the unicorn opened her eyes and the first thing she saw was Nightmare Moon, laughing, in her house.
“… AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Twilight’s scream was so loud that many sleeping residents were awoken from their slumber. However, Twilight’s scream was soon cut short as a hoof was put to her mouth.
“Twilight Sparkle, do not yell. Do you wish for everypony to come in here and see me?” Nightmare said with haste in her voice. Twilight gave a slow nod to indicate that she did. “Now Twilight, I am not here to cause any harm, do not worry or fret okay? I’m going to remove my hoof and I want you to close your eyes.” Twilight complied. Nightmare slowly removed her hoof from Twilight’s mouth. When no scream came she let out a sigh of relief. She then began to glow and her shape began to change. She was becoming smaller, her mane turning back to hair, her pitch black fur becoming blue, and her armor dissipating away. Luna now stood where Nightmare Moon had been a few moments ago.
Luna ran up to Twilight and shook her a little. Twilight slowly opened her eyes and when she saw Luna she hugged her tightly.
“W-what was Nightmare Moon doing here?” Twilight barely managed to say through her shaky voice.
“Well, the best way to put this is that she needed to get out for a little bit.” Luna said with a little blush. Twilight wasn’t really listening as she cuddled closer to Luna. She was so warm, so soft, so comforting. She almost made Twilight forget that Nightmare Moon had just been in her house. However something was different about the Princess of the Night. Twilight realized it was her mane. It was light blue hair instead of a starry night sky.
“Princess, what happened to your mane?” Twilight asked as she stared at the Princess.
“Oh, it gets like this during the day. It will return to the form you know of when night falls.” Luna gave her a small smile, happy to see her finally calmed down. Twilight put on her own smile.
Suddenly Twilight’s door burst open and Rainbow Dash, Apple Jack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Spike stood in the doorway.
“Twilight are you okay? We heard your scream and…” Rainbow trailed off. All of their eyes grew wide with shock with the scene before them. Twilight was hugging Princess Luna, their faces close together. “Umm, what’s going on here?” Dash asked as the rest of the group was too shocked to speak. Twilight and Luna looked at each other then back at the group.
“IT’S NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!!!” They both yelled.
Author's Notes: Here it is! Chapter 2! And it's short... That means all future chapters will be much longer! Hopefully... Anyway I hope you enjoy and SUPRISE for a new main character! Also I put a joke in here! It has something to do from the comments! Let's see if anyone can find it!!!
AN - Well here it is everyone! First I would like to apologize for how long it took, how bad it might be, and for any grammar errors. But that's why I'm typing this. Please leave any errors you find in the comments, or anything you feel should be improved on. Anyway thank you all so much for reading this far! And here's a summary of what happened in the other two chapters that way you don't have to go back and re-read unless you want to.
In the previous chapters Luna decided to visit Twilight a few days before Hearth's Warming Eve so she can better develop her social skills and so she can get to know Twi and her friends a bit more. Well, Luna and Twi have a nice little slumber party and have some normal mare fun. After they go to sleep Luna wakes up to the voice of Nightmare Moon who is now apparently good and kind. Luna lets her out for a bit and Twi wakes up and sees Nightmare and freaks out. Luna turns back, Twilight jumps into her hooves and her friends burst in with Twi in Luna's hooves looking as if they were about to kiss.
Two hours is how long it took for Twilight and Luna to convince the others that nothing had happened between them. Two hours of sitting in the main room of the library and explaining over and over again that Twilight had merely been startled and had jumped into Luna’s hooves out of fear. It felt like an eternity to them, especially since Pinkie Pie kept asking to throw them a party for their new relationship.
“Please Twilight? Pretty please with cherries on the top? Come on, who doesn't like cherries?!” Pinkie asked with pleading eyes. Twilight just rolled her eyes and let out a deep sigh. Her patience was nonexistent at this point.
“For the hundredth time Pinkie, you can’t throw us a party because Luna and I are NOT in a relationship!”
“But you two looked like you were ready to kiss! And you both looked so funny when your faces turned as red as Applejack’s apples when we came in to see if you were okay.” Pinkie giggled. Luna’s cheeks turned a light red at the comment, as did Twilight’s before she let out a groan and facehoofed.
“Pinkie, come’n now. Twilight ‘n Luna have obviously had a long night. ‘N Ah reckon Twi is still shak’n from see’n Nightmare.” Applejack said. When Pinkie saw the serious expression on her friend’s face she immediately stopped giggling. “Now Ah’m mighty sorry for us burst’n in on yall, but when we heard ya scream, Twilight, we all ran over think’n you were in some sorta trouble.” Applejack tried to explain. Twilight simply nodded her head.
“Don’t worry, I understand. At least you had good intentions…” She said with a small smile. She was grateful that her friends had been nice enough to check on her. After all, she would have done the same for any of them. Still, she wished they hadn’t come in when they did. Catching her and Luna like that was almost as embarrassing as when she had accidentally tripped in front of Princess Celestia and made her stumble as well. Actually, this may have been more embarrassing. She then remembered being in Luna’s hooves. She still couldn’t believe how soft and warm Luna’s fur had been. She could have sworn she was cuddled up in a silk blanket while lying on a cloud. She definitely had to remember to ask Luna how she got her coat so soft. That was when she remembered why Luna had come to Ponyville in the first place. “Oh, Luna! While we’re all here, why don’t you get better acquainted with my friends?” Twilight asked with a big grin on her face. Luna couldn’t have said no even if she wanted to and just nodded with a smile of her own.
“That sounds good!” Luna said. After all, she did want to get more social. However, before she even knew what happened, she was being pushed right in front of everypony. Twilight then jumped from behind her and started introducing her to everypony.
“Luna, this is Applejack. She represents the Element of Honesty and is a good problem solver plus a real hard worker. And she makes the most amazing apple snacks and baked goods!”
“Howdy Princess.” Applejack tipped her hat in a hello gesture. Twilight was already starting introducing Fluttershy.
“This is Fluttershy. You remember her right?”
“Of course. She was the one that helped me with my voice problem.” Luna chuckled a little.
“Mhm, and she represents the-”
“Twilight I know what element they all represent. My sister has informed me on all of this.” Luna informed her.
“Oh, right… hehe…” Twilight had a light blush on her face which made everypony chuckle a bit. “Anyway, she’s the one to go to if you’re having some animal problems. However, she is a bit shy.”
“A bit?” Rainbow smirked.
“Oh hush Rainbow!” Twilight shot her a look and Rainbow kept her mouth shut.
“Um… hello… Princess….” Fluttershy’s eyes stayed glued to the floor as she greeted Luna. Twilight then moved on to Pinkie Pie.
“This is Pinkie Pie.”
“Ah, yes. I definitely remember her.” Luna smiled.
“Then I’m pretty sure you already know that she’s the best party thrower you’ll find in all of Equestria, and she’s a great cook.”
“Good to see you again Princess! Hmm, maybe I should throw a “Hello Princess Luna Party” or maybe a “Good to See you Again” party, or-”
“Maybe later Pinkie.” Twilight cut her off but gave her a reassuring smile.
“Okie dokie lokie!” Pinkie said with a big smile on her face. Twilight then began introducing Rainbow Dash.
“This is Rainbow Dash. She is an amazing flyer and a very loyal friend. But is a bit of a show off and sore loser.” She smirked as she said it.
“Hey, not cool!” Rainbow tried to say in her defense. Twilight and the others laughed a little. Rainbow just let out a light sigh. “Hi Princess.” Rainbow said as she rolled her eyes at her friends. Twilight then moved on to Rarity.
“And this is Rarity. She makes the most spectacular dresses you’ve ever seen!”
“Twilight, you’re too kind. Glad to make your acquaintance Princess.” Rarity gave a slight bow.
“It’s very nice to meet all of you casually for once.” Luna had a small smile on her face. “Being formal all the time can get a bit annoying.” Everypony nodded in agreement.
“So Princess, are you hungry at all?” Pinkie asked.
“Actually, I do feel a bit famished. Does anypony know of a good place to eat?” Pinkie Pie immediately jumped up.
“SUGAR CUBE CORNER! Theyhavethebestpiescakescupcakescandyteapancakes and ALL OTHER KINDS OF FOOD! LET’S GO!!!!” Before anypony could comprehend what she had said, or even respond they were all being pushed by Pinkie Pie out the door of the library and straight to Sugar Cube Corner.
“Is she always like this Twilight?” Luna asked as she and the others were still being pushed towards the bakery.
“Yeah, hehe. You get used to it after a while.” Twilight put on a small smile while rubbing the back of her head. Luna returned the smile. When they turned their heads forward they were at the entrance to Sugar Cube.
“What is everypony waiting for?! Let’s go inside and get some food!” Before anypony could speak Pinkie Pie had already ran inside, a dust trail indicating where she had been mere moments ago. The others trotted inside and found Pinkie at the counter talking to Mrs. Cake. Noticing the others, she greeted them.
“Hello everypony! How are you all tod-” When Mrs. Cake saw Luna she immediately got on her fore hooves in a bow. “Greeting Princess Luna. What brings you to our bakery?” Mrs. Cake’s voice was shaky and everypony could tell that she was nervous and quite surprised.
“Oh, I’m here with Twilight and her friends. And please do not act so formally. Tia already told me of how uptight you and your husband were when she came here with Philomena. This is just a casual visit.” Luna gave a reassuring smile. Mrs. Cake got up and apologized.
“Oh, forgive me your majesty. It’s just that we’re not used serving royalty, especially on such short notice. And I definitely didn’t expect to see one of the Royal Sisters here!”
“It is quite alright Mrs. Cake. May we order our breakfast now?”
“But of course! What will all of you like?”
“OH I KNOW WHAT I WANT-“
“I already know what you want Pinkie. A stack of pancakes, double syrup, two butter squares and a light sprinkle of powder sugar.” Pinkie just simply grinned in response.
“Um, I’ll have the Hay Sandwich with a side of daisies if ya please.”
“Okay Applejack. How about you Fluttershy?”
“Oh, um. I would like the um, the Cherry Pancakes with some maple syrup please.”
“Okay, and you Rainbow Dash?”
“I’ll just have the haybrowns with some biscuits.”
“Alrighty then. What about you Miss Rarity?”
“I’ll take the Tulip Special.”
“Fancy as always. And you Twilight?”
“I’ll just have a grass sandwich with a daisy.”
“Simple but tasty, got it! And you Princess?”
“… What is a pancake?” Everypony’s eyes went wide and their mouths became agape. “Did I say something offensive?” Luna was starting to get nervous; she never liked being stared at oddly, then again who does?
“How do you not possibly know what a pancake is?!” Pinkie Pie’s eyes were in total shock and surprise.
“Well… I never had a thing like that when I lived in Equestria. You know… before my banishment…” Twilight went over to Luna and gently put a hoof on her shoulder.
“Well, maybe it’s time you try some pancakes.” She offered a small smile which Luna returned.
“Pancakes it is for me then please.”
“Right away your highness!” With that Mrs. Cake rushed into the kitchen to start making the food.
“…So, is everypony decorated for the holiday?” Twilight asked to stir up a conversation as they sat around one of the tables.
“Actually, I just got finished. Some of my animals helped out but most of them are already sleeping or gone south.” Fluttershy said with a small smile.
“Oh I got my lights and some red and green streamers hung up!” Pinkie said excitedly.
“I just hung up some lights and stuff, nothing too big.” Rainbow said while shrugging her shoulders.
“Apple Bloom was helpin' me an' Big Mac yesterday with puttin' up streamers and ornaments on th' house an' barn.” Applejack smiled.
“Well all my decorations are up, but I still need to work on a few festive dresses.” Rarity said proudly. Rainbow Dash rolled her eyes.
“Yeah, that figures.”
“Well some of us like to look festive!” Rarity said in her defense.
“Oh excuse me Miss Perfect.” Dash rolled her eyes again.
Twilight mumbled under her breath. “Oh no, now is not the time for a fight.”
“Well I think you should go look in the mirror Miss Filthy Mane. Honestly dear do you even wash that thing?” Rarity had a slight face of disgust.
“Of course I wash it!” Rainbow put her hooves to her mane in defense.
“Well it doesn’t show dear…”
“Alright you two stop ya bickerin'.” Applejack butted in. Both Rarity and Rainbow jumped in and claimed the other started it. AJ just shook her head.
“And ya'll both are actin' like fillies.”
“And we have company.” Twilight said as she tilted her head to Luna.
“Oh, terribly sorry Princess.” Rarity slightly bowed.
“Right, sorry Princess.” Rainbow scratched the back of her head.
“I suppose it’s alright. And please, just call me Luna.”
“Oh, sorry Pr- um, Luna” Rarity said with a slight blush. Rainbow Dash also apologized. The others laughed a bit and looked around, waiting for their food.
“…Why don't ya'll like bein' called Princess?” Applejack asked. Luna pondered for a moment in thought.
“Well… I just never really grew fond of the title. Plus I think it sounds a little too prissy.”
“Okay, so why didn’t you and Twilight tell us you were a couple?!” Pinkie Pie put her hooves on the table and put her face right in front of Twilight’s and Luna’s. Twilight let out a groan.
“Pinkie, for the last time we aren’t a couple!”
“Well you two seemed close when we found you!” Rainbow laughed. Twilight immediately got a light blush on her face.
“I-I got startled!”
“Ya'll were blushin' like ya had just been caught kissin'.” Applejack chuckled.
“Y-you were blushing Twilight….” Fluttershy added. Twi’s face went red.
“We weren’t kissing!” Almost everypony was chuckling at Twilight’s reaction.
“Oh come now darling stop being so defensive.” Rarity said between a light laugh.
“I’m not being defensive!” Twilight nearly yelled. Now everypony was laughing, except for Luna and Twilight of course.
“Ya'll sure seem like it, Twi.” Applejack snickered. Pinkie let out a giggle.
“Twilight and Luna are together!” Pinkie was laughing as she spoke.
“U-um P-pinkie I don’t t-think you should-” Fluttershy was cut off by Twilight yelling.
“WE’RE NOT A COUPLE!!!” Everypony went quiet.
“… Well… it did seem like you two were…” Pinkie said quietly.
“Luna only came over just last night! This is our first time actually spending time together besides Nightmare Night!”
Twilight said loudly as she was still a little worked up.
“Alright, alright calm down darling…” Rarity said gently. Twilight took a deep breath and slowly let it out, putting a hoof to her chest and stretching it out in front of her just like Cadence had taught her.
“Sorry girls… I just…”
“I-it’s alright.” Fluttershy reassured her.
“We were being a bit pushy” Rarity admitted.
“Yeah, sorry” Rainbow apologized.
“Sorry” Applejack said.
“I’m sorry too.” Pinkie said, her face low.
“And I’m sorry for yelling.” Twilight said. With their apologies said they all quickly just hugged each other, proving their apology and that all was well. Luna just smiled at how close each of them were to each other.
“Oh Prin- I mean, Luna. Why are you here?” Rarity asked.
“Hm? Oh, I came here to spend the holiday with Twilight. And get to know all of you a bit more. Plus Tia said I should get out more.”
“So you’re sure you’re not a couple?” Pinkie asked Twilight. She let out a sigh before she answered.
“For the last time Pinkie, no we’re not a couple. We’re just friends like everypony else here. Please stop asking.”
“Oh, while we’re on that topic! Has anypony found their special somepony yet? Hmm?” Rarity asked, looking at everypony’s faces for an indication that they had.
“Ah've been too busy workin' on the farm.” Applejack answered.
“There’s nopony for me yet.” Pinkie said.
“U-um… nopony for me either.” Fluttershy sunk down a little.
“Same for me” Rainbow said.
“Nopony.” Twi said it quickly and without hesitation.
“Really? Nopony? For any of you?” Rarity said, a bit surprised. “No even you Prin- Luna?”
“I have not found anypony that suites me. Plus a Princess would never just reveal their lover. There would be too many stories and rumors.”
“Even so, I still can’t believe that none of you have found somepony to date.” Rarity said, still a bit surprised.
“Well maybe one of us will meet a nice stallion or mare! Who knows? I mean I would love to have a special somepony
but I have to baby sit, help Mr. and Mrs. Cake, do my daily running around and-”
“We get it Pinkie” Rainbow chuckled. “And I get what she means. I still have to train and do cloud duty,” Rainbow saw the look on her friends’ faces in response to the last statement. “Okay, maybe just train…”
“Well Ah'm always workin' on the farm, so Ah don't really get the chance.” Applejack said in her defense.
“I have my animals to take care of” Fluttershy said quietly.
“Well I’m always having orders to fill and dresses to make.” Rarity stated.
“It seems that we’re all just busy bees!” Pinkie giggled.
“Well what about you Twilight?” Rainbow asked.
“What about me?”
“Well all you do is read all day. Why don’t you go out and find somepony?” Rainbow suggested.
“That doesn’t sound like a bad idea” Rarity agreed, finishing her tulip.
“I have studies to do!” Twi said quickly.
“Ya mean readin' that you'll do later or that you’ve already done.” Applejack chuckled.
“Well… but I…” Twi faltered. Luna lightly chuckled at the situation Twilight was stuck in.
“I, um… think you could get a date Twi…” Fluttershy said with a small smile.
“Yeah! Like a date with Princess Luna!” Pinkie exclaimed.
“PINKIE!” Twi nearly shouted.
“Well you two would make a cute couple…” Rarity admitted.
“R-Rarity!” Twilight said, surprised, a light blush forming on her face.
“Well I’m just saying dear.” Rarity took a sip of her tea, avoiding eye contact with Twilight.
“You kind of would…” Fluttershy said as she sunk down in her chair a little.
“F-Fluttershy…” Twi’s blush deepened a bit.
“S-sorry” Fluttershy said, sinking deeper into her chair.
“Somepony’s getting red!” Rainbow laughed.
“Oh! Oh! Maybe she wants to be with Luna!” Pinkie said while giggling with Rainbow. At that comment, Twilight’s face went almost completely red, making almost everypony chuckle or laugh. Luna also had a slight blush on her face and was slightly hiding behind her mane.
“Besides Twi, it wouldn’t hurt for you two to date. Especially since you’re pretty hopeless with anypony else.” Twilight just gave Rainbow an un-amused look at her comment.
“Really dear, what harm would it do? Besides, you two are spending time over the holiday anyway.” Rarity added.
“Well the harm that it could do would be Princess Celestia not being comfortable with her sister dating somepony.” Twilight countered.
“Well I think she’d be happy for her.” Applejack said with a smile.
“Yeah! Plus the Princess already knows you Twilight! There’s no way she’d get mad at you two!” Pinkie added.
“But…” Twi trailed off.
“Come on dear, you might as well try.” Rarity said.
“It won’t hurt nopony” Applejack agreed.
“But I… I mean… but…” Twilight stuttered, unsure of how to respond.
“… Well… it doesn’t have to be anything serious…” To everypony’s surprise it was Luna that had spoken.
“Y-you’re okay with this Luna?!” The lavender unicorn said, shocked. A light blush came onto Luna’s cheeks as she gently shied away a little.
“Well, again it doesn’t have to be serious…” Luna said again.
“See, even the Princess agrees!” Pinkie said, bouncing a bit in her seat from the excitement of the conversation.
“There really is no harm in it dear.” Rarity assured her.
“Come on, just try it Twi.” Applejack urged.
“I… but…” Twilight let out a long sigh. “Fine… I guess we could try it… but it’s nothing serious!” Every one of her friends stared at her for a second in shock then cheered a little. They had actually convinced Twilight into a relationship. Serious or not, they had done it.
Luna just sat there still a little shocked that Twilight had actually agreed, but she was even more shocked at herself. The fact that she actually kind of wanted to see what it would be like to be in a relationship, a real one. She could not remember the last true relationship she had. As far as she could tell, the only pony that had truly shown her love was her sister. She could barely contain her excitement at the thought of finally being with somepony. However she soon remembered it was just a “get to know each other better” relationship and her ears dropped a little. Plus, she really didn’t know if she would even like Twilight like that. However, she was still happy by the fact that she would get to spend some time with Twilight and her friends.
Twilight was also lost deep in thought at what she had just agreed to. She wondered how this would work, what was going to happen in the days to come, and how was she going to make a princess feel at home in her library. She was on the verge of almost panicking at the thought when Mrs. Cake finally brought out their food. With the intoxicating aroma of freshly cooked pancakes, syrup, toasted bread, and melted butter filling the air, both Twilight and Luna lost any worries their minds had harbored. Hunger soon filled their minds and everypony was ready to satisfy their stomachs’ needs. But before any of them started to eat they all looked over at Luna who was looking over her pancakes. The question on everypony’s mind now was, was Luna going to like them?
“Well that was a nice breakfast with everypony.” Luna said as she and Twilight walked back to the library along the snow covered path. The town looked absolutely beautiful. Luna had seen Canterlot covered with snow before but somehow the peace of the small village glimmering with the tiny white flakes brought a smile to her face.
“I guess…” Twilight said, doing her best to avoid eye contact with Luna. The princess was still busy admiring the scenery and was still remembering the delectable breakfast she had. The golden brown circles everypony called pancakes had given off the most intoxicating aroma. When Pinkie had suggested putting syrup on them Luna could have sworn her tongue was given the most delicious food in existence. She could have let herself slump in the chair and just relish in the feeling of enjoyment. Unfortunately she was still a princess and being such meant she had a certain composure to keep, especially in the presence of her subjects, formal or not. She then decided to try and start a conversation with her unicorn companion. After all she had been nice enough to let her stay with her for the holidays.
“I especially enjoyed the pancakes! I’ll have to remember to tell the chefs at the castle to start making them.” Twilight was still looking away from her. “Um, Twilight, are you alright?”
“Huh? Oh, I’m fine. I’m just… a little stressed.” Luna was a little surprised to hear this. This morning, other than the awkward moment of Twilight’s friends finding them in that position, had been rather good. They had a nice breakfast, and Luna got to meet Twilight’s friends.
Perhaps it is the coming of Hearth’s Warming Eve that has her worrying. Hm, maybe I can offer my assistance. Luna thought to herself. Twilight was being generously nice to her; she might as well try to return the favor.
“Well as a Princess it is my duty to help my subjects wherever and whenever I can. What is wrong?” Twilight just let out a slight sigh and looked at Luna, her lavender eyes met with Luna’s teal ones.
“I just… well…” Luna could tell by her reaction that it wasn’t the holiday that had her in stressed.
“You’re not comfortable with us being in a ‘relationship’, are you?” That caught Twilight off guard.
“N-no, I mean- well…” Twilight struggled to say the right words.
“I understand. I too am not quite… comfortable” Luna admitted.
“It’s been quite some time since I’ve loved or been loved, Twilight. I am not sure if I even remember what a relationship feels like… however, as I said before, it does not need to be a serious relationship”
“I-I guess…” Twilight’s eyes slowly went to look at the snow covered ground again. The snow reflected the morning’s light, making a beautiful sight and it almost seemed to make Ponyville glow. However, the unicorn was too busy trying to make sure that she avoided eye contact with Luna to notice.
“Twilight, you do not need to take part if you do not wish. I will not force you and I am sure your friends will not either”
“Well they certainly were insistent that I get in a relationship…” Luna giggled a bit at that, remembering how everypony was trying to persuade Twilight and herself to get together. It had been quite entertaining.
“They were indeed, determined. However, it seemed to me that they only wanted to help out their friend” Luna slowly gave a small smile. Twilight just let out another sigh and slowly looked into Luna’s eyes once again.
“I guess that’s one way to put it… But, I only agreed to it because I thought you wanted to try it…” Twilight’s voice lowered to a whisper as she ended her sentence. Luna just slowly raised her eyebrows.
“What do you mean?” A small blush placed itself on Twilight’s face.
“W-well… I know you don’t know many ponies yet and Princess Celestia said you spend a lot of time in the castle so… I just thought that…” She trailed off, losing her train of thought. Luna just smiled and nodded her head slowly, understanding what she was trying to say.
“So you agreed to be in a relationship so I would not be so… lonely, is it?” The blush on the lavender mare’s face slightly darkened. She slowly nodded her head, her eyes doing their best to avoid looking at the teal ones right in front of them. Luna’s smile grew a bit. “I appreciate that Twilight Sparkle. I appreciate it very much. But I will not force you to be in something that makes you uncomfortable for my benefit alone.”
“Well, I-I mean, we can still try it…” Luna gave a confused look to the unicorn. “Well, we already agreed… and besides, I don’t want my friends to start trying to find somepony else for me to date” Luna laughed at that and even Twilight gave a slight giggle.
“Very well Twilight, we shall remain in our “relationship” as long as you are comfortable” Twilight nodded her head, if only a little hesitantly.
“I am, Luna” She gave a small smile and Luna happily returned it.
“Very well Twilight Sparkle, very well”
When they made it to the library they were greeted by Spike, who had been waiting for them.
“There you are Twilight!” He ran over and wrapped his claws around one of her hooves. “I was wondering where you were!” Twilight let out a slight giggle.
“Sorry Spike, I had some unexpected company last night.”
“What do you mea-”As soon as he saw Luna he let go of Twilight’s hoof and stared surprised with a little bit of shock. “P-P-Princess Luna?”
“Oh, this is Spike correct?”
“Yes, he’s my number one assistant”
“U-uh, nice to see you Princess. Um, do I need to make tea or clean up more or-” Twilight let out a little chuckle and shook her head.
“No Spike everything looks fine. Besides, I think you’ve worked enough, it is getting close to the holiday. And since everypony had breakfast and you didn’t come, why don’t you go help yourself to some gems?” At the mere mention of gems Spike’s mouth drooled a little. Twilight just giggled at him and gave him a little push towards the kitchen where he happily went to.
“He is the one who helps you?” Luna asked, watching the dragon make his way to the kitchen.
“Mhm, as I said, he’s my number one assistant. He helps me sort my books and notes, helps clean and delivers my letters. He can be a little full of himself sometimes, but he’s sweet.” Both Twilight and Luna smiled. “Uh, so what do you feel like doing today?” Twilight asked to try and stir a conversation and try and get an idea of what to do. After all, she had never had a princess as a house guest. A student to one, yes. Had one as an informal, or as close as you could get to informal, guest, no.
Luna pondered a moment, trying to think of something she’d actually want to do. To her surprise she actually couldn’t think of anything. She had expected Twilight to have things planned. And it wasn’t a situation like last time where activities had been set up because of Nightmare Night. As she tried to think of something to do her eyes drifted to the many books that lined the shelves of the library. “How about we read together?” Twilight’s eyes immediately lit up at the mere mention of reading.
“Really? Okay, let’s read together! What do you want to read, I have a lot of books so we can read fiction, adventure, mystery, maybe a historical book!” Luna chuckled at the unicorn’s enthusiasm. She could tell she had made a very good choice for their activity.
Tia wasn’t kidding when she said Twilight loved to read. She let out another chuckle. “Do you have a nice adventure story? I always enjoyed hearing those kinds of stories when I was little.”
“Of course. Have you read any of the Daring Do books?”
“Spike!” At the mention of his name the small dragon ran into the room.
“Can you please go get me Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone?”
“You got it!” With that he ran off upstairs to the book’s location. Less than a minute later he was back with the book in his claws. “Here you go Twilight”
“That’s what I’m here for” With that he went back to the kitchen to help himself to a few more gems.
“Have a look Luna” Twilight smiled and handed over the book to her. Luna looked it over closely, a bit intrigued by the mare that was dangling from a vine with crocodiles snapping bellow her.
“I take it that this mare is the so called Daring Do?”
“Yep! It’s a great read if I do say so myself.” Twi gave a small smile and Luna returned it.
“So… would you like to start reading first?” Luna offered, and Twilight happily agreed. She went and laid down on the rug in the center of the room and patted the ground next to her for Luna to join her. The princess accepted and laid down next to her, making sure not to get too close. Even though Twilight had said that they could stay in their “relationship” Luna could tell that the unicorn was still hesitant to the idea. To be quite honest so was she. She knew Twilight was indeed a very nice mare and a great friend; however a marefriend was a different story. And Luna also felt that she couldn’t really be a good marefriend to Twilight in return, especially with her duties. But she could at least see where it went. Perhaps she would help Twilight find somepony she actually liked, maybe even loved. Though Luna couldn’t deny that she did find her quite cute.
As Twilight began reading Luna tuned her ears to hear only her voice. She let the words journey into her mind and form pictures of the world within the book. She saw the tropical jungle that Daring was journeying through; she felt the heat press on her and heard the buzzing of insects and the many sounds of the jungle echo through her head. It reminded her of when Celestia had told her stories when they were very young. It would always comfort her, no matter what… well… almost. However that incident was in the past, and there it would remain. Luna focused back on Twilight’s words, letting herself visualize the jungle around her once again and feeling the wind rush past her as she was following this Daring Do character running from a bunch of big, rather unfriendly cats. As she listened in, lost in the world she had visualized, she failed to realize that she was beginning to lean her head towards Twilight, and Twilight, caught up in reading, failed to notice as well.
Soon enough, Luna’s head was lying on Twi’s shoulder, her eyes closed and a content smile on her face. She barely noticed, thinking the soft thing she was lying on was simply the carpet. Twilight, however, soon realized and her face went crimson in an instant. She was about to say something, until she saw the look on Luna’s face. It was one of comfort and safety, much like that of a young filly when they are held by their loving mother. So, she simply sighed and continued reading, the blush never leaving her face.
Halfway through the book, Twilight looked back at Luna to find her asleep, a very small smile on her face. She couldn’t help but smile as well. She gently closed the book and laid her own head down on her hooves. She could use a little nap too, after all what’s the harm? Almost all her decorations were up, she was far ahead in her studies and she had company, royal company at that. She let her eyes slowly drift close and let her mind wander. “Maybe this relationship thing isn’t the worst idea after all…” With that she drifted off to sleep.
“Sleep well Twilight… and sleep well Luna. I believe this is going to be an interesting few days” Nightmare Moon said to herself, a smile on her face. “Perhaps you have finally found somepony you can call a friend Luna… or maybe even perhaps, marefriend” She smiled to herself at the thought. “Sweet dreams”
As Luna slowly opened her eyes she let herself enjoy the soft carpet below her. She’d have to remember to ask Twilight where she got it, as it felt absolutely divine. She let out a yawn and gently snuggled into the carpet more. It felt just as comfortable as her bed at the palace did. She couldn’t believe how nice it felt. That is, until she felt the carpet breathing. As she looked down her face went red in a heartbeat as she saw Twilight asleep beneath her. Her head shot up off of the purple mare. Her quick movement had also stirred Twilight from her sleep and her eyes gently fluttered open.
“Hm…? Oh, hello Luna. Did you sleep well?” Twilight let out a yawn and stretched out her hooves a bit. Luna sat motionless and silent, the blush still on her face. “Um, are you okay Luna?” Twi gave her a confused look as she wondered why Luna was blushing and had a look on her face as if she had just done the worst thing imaginable. That’s when she remembered how Luna had fallen asleep, and a light blush found its way onto her face as well. “Oh… right… It’s fine Luna, really. It was… actually kind of comfortable.” Her blush deepened a bit to the color of a bright rose as she said those words, mainly because it was true.
“… I… I’m still very sorry. I should have been more aware of my surroundings.” Luna looked down in shame. How could she have been so careless? Twilight has been so nice to her and she repays her by using her as a pillow, of all things!
“Luna, it’s okay really. Let’s just forget it happened, okay?” Yeah, great job Twilight, those words are soooo helpful.
“Okay… um… I still offer my apologies for my carelessness.”
“There’s nothing to be sorry for. But, you’re forgiven” This is so weird… if anything I should be apologizing. There’s just something not right with a princess saying sorry to a normal pony… Twilight shook her head to try and get her thoughts in order. She took a breath and looked at the clock. It read twelve o’clock on the dot. “Oh, that gives us plenty of time”
“What do you mean Twilight?” Luna sat there, a bit confused by Twilight’s words.
“Oh, I mean that we still have plenty of time to do some things around Ponyville” She smiled as she said it. “Actually… I still have a few decorations that need to go up. Would you want to help me?” A smile slowly appeared on Luna’s face.
“I think that sounds like a fine idea. It is getting close to Hearth's Warming Eve after all. I’d be happy to help”
“Great! I’ll be right back” Twilight ran upstairs, leaving Luna to wonder what she had in store for her.
“So, enjoying your stay so far?” Luna jumped as she heard Nightmare’s voice.
“Oh, it’s you Nightmare… Yes, I am enjoying myself quite a bit actually”
“It certainly seems like it. Especially with you sleeping on Twilight” She let out a bit of laughter, making Luna blush. “Oh don’t be so shy about it. After all, Twilight didn’t seem to mind when she noticed after you fell asleep. In fact, she seemed rather happy.” Luna’s blush only deepened more.
“S-still, that was not appropriate of me. I should have been more careful and respected Twilight’s spa-” Nightmare cut her off before she could finish.
“Now Luna, you’re here to enjoy yourself. There’s no need to be as proper as you are at the castle. And remember, you’re here to relax and get to know a few more ponies.”
“Luna please, you need this. And honestly, so do I. Enjoy yourself! Have some fun like you did during Nightmare Night. And don’t feel so shy around Twilight. After all, you two are in a relationship” Luna’s face turned crimson at Nightmare’s words, making the mare laugh again. “Promise me you’ll at least try to enjoy yourself?”
“I-I… I’ll try…” Nightmare smiled to herself.
“Thank you. Now then, I’ll leave you be” No sooner had Nightmare’s voice faded from Luna’s thoughts that Twilight came back downstairs, a box full of all kinds of decorations suspended in her magic. She gently set it down and started rummaging through it. She pulled out a few streamers and handed some to Luna.
“I need a few of these hanging around the house and some branches outside. Do you think you could put a few in here while I hang the ones outside?”
“Oh, sure” Luna smiled as she used her magic to lift one of the streamers to a window started to let it unwind itself down. “Like that?”
“Perfect! I’ll be back after I’m done hanging these and then I can get us some hot cocoa” Twilight went upstairs with a smile; leaving Luna to hang up the streamers she had been given. She happily started hanging the streamers from some of the bookshelves and windows. That’s when an idea struck her. She took the streamers in her magic and began to gently bring them to the center of the room. She started to twist and string the different streamers together, their colors of green, red, and white mending together and shaping to Luna’s liking. A few hours passed by as she gently twisted the last of the streamers together. She let out a happy sigh as she saw her creation. The room had the streamers gently circling it, as if in a whirlpool motion all the way to the center where they seemed to become one streamer, their colors mixing together perfectly. In the center of the room sat a beautiful heart, the many colors making up its form seemed to give it life. Giving a satisfied nod, Luna gently sat down and admired her work.
“I hope Twilight will like it…” She let herself smile, imagining Twilight’s expression as she came into the room. Her eyes would go wide, her mouth gently hanging open and it would slowly turn into a smile. Luna felt warm and tingly just thinking about it. She couldn’t wait for Twilight to come down. In fact, why wait? She was upstairs and maybe Luna could help her more there. With that in mind, Luna made her way upstairs.
“Twilight? Do you require any assistance?” As she went up she looked around a bit. It was quite a simple room, a nice purple carpet in the center, a decent sized bed, a nice little basket bed that Luna could only guess was for Spike, and a few knickknacks here and there. She then went to the balcony where she saw Twilight wrapping a few streamers around the railing. A few streamers were already hanging down from a few of the branches as well, along with a few other decorations such as snowflakes and ornaments. She walked out and felt the cold wind run through her fur. It actually felt somewhat nice and refreshing. A bit of snow was carried with it, giving it an even chillier feel. Luna took a deep breath of the icy cold air and gently breathed out, watching her breath form in front of her. She let out a giggle and went over to Twilight who was just finishing up. “That looks very nice”
Twilight jumped from hearing Luna’s voice and nearly slipped on the snow covered balcony. Luna couldn’t help but giggle. “Sorry, I did not mean to startle you” A light blush placed itself on Twi’s face as she tried to recompose herself.
“I-it’s fine. Um, so you finished up downstairs?” Luna nodded, giving her a small smile.
“I think you’ll like what I did” Twilight returned the smile.
“Well then let’s go see. I’m all done here. And thank you for helping me”
“But of course, I’m happy to be of assistance” Twilight gave another smile and was beginning to make her way over to Luna. That is until one of her hooves slid on the snow, making her trip and nearly topple over. That is if it wasn't for Luna hurrying over and catching her before she hit the floor.
Twilight laid in Luna’s hooves, their faces a few inches apart and both their faces dark crimson as they stared into each other’s eyes, both unsure of what to do in the awkward position. Twilight was stuck in Luna’s grasp and Luna didn't know whether to let Twilight get herself up or if she should help her.
“I-I… um…” Twilight managed to stutter out.
“S-sorry, here let me-” Luna tried to say.
“I-it’s okay I can-” Before either of them could finish their sentence their confused movements led to both of them slipping and their muzzles being pressed together. Both of their eyes went wide as they felt each other’s lips press against the other’s. Their already crimson faces darkened immensely as they both stared at each other waiting for the other to make a move or effort to get out of the situation they were in. However, they both remained motionless, each unsure what to do, their lips still pressed together. It seemed like an eternity to them before they both gently moved their heads back, their lips finally separating and their warm breath filling the cold air. They continued starring at each other a bit, both speechless as to what had just happened.
Twilight then slowly moved out of Luna’s hooves and stood up, however their eyes never broke contact with each other. Both of them were still confused at what had just transpired and neither of them knew what to say or do to try and make the situation less awkward. They both just continued to stare at each other, not knowing what to do. That is until Luna spoke.
“D-do… you want to see what I did downstairs… to see if you approve?”
“… S-sure… that sounds like a… good idea…” They both stared at each other for a few more seconds before Luna finally started to go back inside, Twilight slowly following behind her. They remained silent however as they began making their way downstairs, their faces still crimson. However, as Twilight made her way down she started to notice the pattern on the floor at the bottom of the stairs. As her eyes followed the streamers her eyes went wide, not with shock but with awe at the beautiful heart in the center of the room. The events from the balcony vanished from her mind as she looked at the marvelous creation before her. Her mouth hung open and she stared at the heart, also admiring the streamers that encircled it, making it look as if the whole room was centered on the masterpiece in the middle. Her mouth slightly twitched and began to form itself into a huge smile. “This is amazing Luna!” She said while still staring at the heart.
She looked back at Twilight and saw the look on her face, and couldn’t help but smile. “Y-you like it…?”
“I love it! It really makes this place feel ready for the holidays. What made you think of this?”
“I-I honestly just started putting the streamers together and… well this is what became of them…” If she wasn’t already blushing from earlier events, Luna’s cheeks would have turned red at Twilight’s generous comments.
“It looks amazing! Thank you Luna, this makes the house look great!”
“I… I’m happy I could help” Twilight’s smile was becoming contagious as Luna’s smile began to slowly widen. She started to feel a bit fluttery inside again. That’s when she remembered something that Twilight had said earlier. “Twilight, may we still have some hot cocoa?” Twilight took her eyes away from the heart and smiled at Luna.
“Of course. I’ll go start making us some” Twilight then headed into the kitchen to start some hot chocolate. She fired up the stove and poured some water into a pot and let it boil. As she waited for the water her mind went back to the balcony and the incident that had happened there only a few moments ago. The blush returned to her face as she remembered her lips being pressed against Luna’s. How soft and warm they had been. How nice it had actually felt… She shook her head, trying to clear her mind of it. “It was just an accident Twilight… just an accident…” She let out a sigh and then got the chocolate powder ready to pour into the now boiling water.
Back in the main room Luna sat near the heart she had made, glancing at it now and then. She was still overjoyed that Twilight had actually liked it. She was still a bit tingly from the unicorn’s comments about it. She hadn’t felt like this for quite some time. The last time she had felt this good was when Celestia had actually managed to forgive her for what she had done all those years ago… A gentle sigh escaped Luna’s lips as her mind wandered back to that fateful day… That is until Nightmare interrupted her thoughts.
“I thought you promised me that you’d enjoy yourself” Luna jumped a bit at the intrusion.
“Nightmare… I-I was just-“
“Thinking about something that’s long behind you? Luna, you have to move on. Celestia already said she forgave you”
“It’s not that easy… or that simple… the things I did…”
“You mean what I did, Luna”
“It’s just as much of my fault”
“Luna, you were scared and confused. You didn’t know what you were doing”
“Yes I did…”
“Luna, can you at least forget about the past while you’re here? We can talk about this later”
“… Very well”
“Thank you… now then, about what happened on the balcony” Luna’s cheeks turned crimson yet again. Nightmare just giggled at her reaction, knowing full well what she was about to say to try and defend herself.
“I-it was an accident”
“Oh, I’m well aware of that. I’m also aware of how much you liked it”
“…I…uh” Nightmare chuckled a bit, knowing that Luna could do nothing to even try to deny it.
“You two are in a relationship you know”
“I-it’s nothing official… Twilight’s just doing it so I don’t feel lonely”
“Are you sure she might not be doing it because she likes you back? Hmmm?”
“Don’t be ridiculous Nightmare… what would she want me for?”
“Because I’ve been watching her through your eyes. What you don’t realize is that she actually quite enjoys your company.”
“She’s just being nice… there are plenty of other ponies that are better suited than I am”
“That doesn’t mean that she’ll like them”
“Why are you doing this to me?”
“Trying to make me actually feel like there’s hope that I can be loved…”
“Because you are loved Luna. Me on the other hand, not so much. The only reason you don’t see it is because you’re not letting yourself see it”
“Because I don’t deserve it…”
“Luna… I can prove to you that you not only can be loved, but that you do deserve it”
“Kiss Twilight when she comes back” Luna was completely silent, not believing what Nightmare was actually suggesting. “I promise that it will show you that you are loved”
“Just… trust me…”
“I-I don’t know if-” Luna was cut off as Twilight came back, two steaming mugs of hot chocolate grasped in her magic.
“The cocoa’s ready” With a smile Twilight offered one of the cups to Luna who took it in her own magic and slowly brought it to her mouth.
“Thank you, Twilight”
“Mhm, just be careful, it did just get done so it’s still very hot” Twi smiled at her but Luna seemed to be hiding behind her mug, her eyes looking at the ground and her ears low. “Luna is something wrong?” Luna didn’t respond, her eyes still looking at the ground.
Oh no, something’s wrong… is the hot cocoa too hot? Or maybe there’s not enough marshmallows. Or… maybe she’s thinking about what happened on the balcony… Twilight gently set her mug down on the center table and took a deep breath. “Luna, I-” She never got to finish her sentence as Luna’s lips pressed themselves against her own. Twilight’s eyes went wide and her whole body shivered at the feeling of Luna’s lips against hers once more. Her mind went completely blank, her hooves went wobbly and her fur stood on end as Luna continued to kiss her.
When the kiss finally ended, Luna gently pulled her head back, her ears still drooped down and a completely terrified look on her face as she saw Twi’s shocked expression. She sat there in silence, Twilight’s blank stare looking directly at her, making her feel even more guilty for what she had just done. There was nothing she could do or say to apologize for her actions and she knew that Twilight was mere moments away from telling her to get out of her house and to go back to Canterlot. She braced herself for the words to leave Twilight’s mouth and for the painful agony that came with them to strike her right in the heart.
Luna cringed as she felt something wrap around her. She thought it was the feeling of rejection and agony taking their hold on her once again. However, when she felt the soft touch of what was wrapped around her she slowly opened her eyes. What she saw left her dumbfounded. Twilight was… hugging her. Her embrace was warm and comforting, instead of the hateful and disgusted reaction Luna had been so sure was going to come.
Twilight’s head was lying gently against Luna’s chest and her hooves were wrapped around Luna, actually bringing a sense of comfort to her. She couldn’t believe what was happening. She was so sure that Twilight was going to reject her, so sure that she was going to be forced out of her house and told to never look in her direction again. And then she heard Twilight’s voice, which was even more of a shock than anything so far. Her voice was gentle and soft. It held no hate, no disgust, and no sense of rejection or disapproval
“Luna… you can stop crying now…” Luna hadn’t even realized the tears that had come out of her eyes. Small streams flowed from her them, creating waterfalls that fell to her chest. She sniffled a bit and tried to recompose herself as best as she could.
“I-I am… deeply sorry for my actions Twilight…” She couldn’t think of anything else to say. In fact, she was lucky enough to be able to get those words out as her mind was still trying to comprehend what was happening.
“You don’t need to be sorry Luna. In fact… I uh… I was… kind of hoping to talk to you about what happened on the balcony…” Luna stayed silent, listening closely to Twilight’s words. “I… guess my friends do know a good pony for me when they see one” Twilight looked up at her and gave a small smile.
“A-are you saying that…” Twilight just gave her another small smile and gently pressed her lips to Luna’s, her cheeks turning a bright red, as did Luna’s.
Nightmare smiled to herself as she watched the events play out before her. “I told you Luna, you are loved. And now you get to return it.”