13w, 2dLong Fics
Characters (Human): Cloudchaser, Luna/Selene, TWP, Twilight, Celestia/Amy, Flitter
Characters (Pony): Luna
Original Write Date: 04/03/2012
Cloudchaser makes her way to the center of the town’s park in the middle of the night. This would seem weird for most people, but tonight she is not alone. Several others are forming up and making a small group atop a central hill. Four people are already at the top of the hill setting up telescopes. Cloudchaser recognizes one of them as Twilight Sparkle from her help preparing for Tornado Day. With her are two other women and a man. The man seems too engrossed in working on the telescopes to notice Twilight snap at one of the other women. The woman giggles and backs away. The other woman, no older than fifteen or sixteen and with long grey hair, is also absorbed with the telescopes. Cloudchaser finds a place to sit near the front of the group. The woman Twilight yelled at sits next to her.
Twilight looks over the telescopes before turning to the gathered crowd. ‘Good evening. I am Twilight Sparkle. Welcome to the first meeting of the astronomy club.’
A number of people in the crowd clap, including Cloudchaser. Cloudchaser might be part of the weather patrol, but her comet-shaped cutie mark reveals her interest in the stars as well. She does not have a job as awesome as her cousin Star Chaser, but the two enjoy similar hobbies. Cloudchaser has not met many other people in town that share her interests, but she hopes this club will introduce her to the right people.
‘The purpose of this club is to share our love of stargazing and to learn more about the stars,’ Twilight continues. ‘As club co-founder, I will be explaining all about the lovely heavens that Princess Luna provided us.’ She pauses. ‘Ahem. James.’
James looks up from a telescope. ‘Uh, hey. I am The Wandering Physicist. You can call me James or Mr Wanderer if you prefer. I will be correcting everything Twilight tells you, such as the fact that Luna did not create the heavens and the changes between newer and older star charts are due to stellar drift.’
Twilight groans at James. The woman besides Cloudchaser boos.
‘Well, it looks like Selene and I agree on something,’ Twilight states with a nod.
‘Actually, I was booing stellar drift,’ Selene replies. ‘The rest of that is all true.’
Twilight growls again and turns back to the group. ‘Anyway, since this is our first meeting, we should do introductions. Let’s start at the other end of the group so that Selene doesn’t hog all our time.’
While the rest of the group starts their introductions, Cloudchaser looks over at Selene. The woman appears to be about as tall at Cloudchaser or Twilight. She has long, light-blue hair tied off in a ponytail. Though she seems to be about as old as Cloudchaser, her rounder face and glasses make her look a lot younger. There is just something about this woman Cloudchaser cannot put her finger on.
Selene looks over at Cloudchaser and smiles. ‘You’re up.’
Cloudchaser blushes, stands, turns to the group and bows. ‘Oh! Uh, hi! I am Cloudchaser! Nice to meet everyone.’
‘Thank you, Miss Cloudchaser.’ Twilight smiles. She turns to the group. ‘For our first night, James and I have selected a few fascinating objects to observe. He and Inkie have been setting up the telescopes for us. Um, for the next meeting, if you have telescopes of your own that you wish to bring, that is encouraged but for now, we will all share the ones here. Remember: this club is about making friends and learning about astronomy, so be friendly.’
The group starts getting up and going to the telescopes. A hand is extended in front of Cloudchaser. She looks up to see Selene smiling down at her.
‘Come on. Let’s have some fun together.’ Selene grins.
Cloudchaser blushes a bit and takes the offer. She lets Selene lead her to the telescopes.
Hours later, the meeting is over. James and Twilight are loading up his SUV with their telescopes. In the back seat, a young girl with long red hair tied back with a bow is sleeping. Twilight sighs as she loads another telescope.
‘She tried her best,’ Twilight comments. ‘She staying with you?’
‘Yeah. It is a miracle Applejack even let her come out with us,’ James says.
‘Why did she want to come anyway?’
James sits on the back of his car. ‘Well, she shows an innate skill in design and construction. It follows she has an interest in the science and engineering that makes up that talent.’
‘And the fact she can sew and do crafts like that?’
‘Materials engineering. Nothing too fancy.’
Twilight groans and rolls her eyes. Cloudchaser approaches the couple.
‘Um... Excuse me,’ Cloudchaser says.
‘Uh, hey. Miss...’ James replies.
‘I’m Cloudchaser,’ Cloudchaser greets. ‘Twilight, we met before when...’
‘Tornado Day,’ Twilight completes. ‘I remember. Funny you show interest in astronomy when you can’t get a simple anemometer.’
‘Sorry. This is more of a hobby of mine than anything else. Anyway, I have a question for you.’
‘Um, well...’ Cloudchaser nervously looks down and plays with her hands. ‘Are, are we going to have more meetings like this?’
‘Well, we have to set up the newsletter, website, social networks... Should take a week or so...’ James muses.
Twilight sighs. ‘We’ll send out an email. Should be again soon. I’m going to try to schedule two meetings so we can have more informal ones for adults during the week and weekend ones with activities planned so more kids can come.’
‘Great. Cool.’ Cloudchaser glances up. ‘Will, uh, Selene be there?’
James grins. ‘You fancy her?’
Twilight groans at the comment. Cloudchaser blushes and looks away. James laughs.
‘Nothing to be embarrassed about. I like her too.’
Twilight snorts. ‘Yeah. That’s why she’ll be back.’
‘Twilight... What did you learn about sharing?’
Twilight growls and turns away. ‘I’ll be in the car.’
James groans. ‘Anyway, Miss Cloudchaser...’
‘Just Cloudchaser is fine.’
‘Right. Uh, I am sure Selene will be at the next meeting. She is a very open person if you just talk to her. I know she would love making a new friend.’
‘Thank you. I can’t wait.’
‘Want a lift? We have the room.’
‘Oh. No. I live near here. I don’t mind the walk. Besides, I am morning shift with the weather crew. I’m not that tired at all.’
‘Right on. Well, see ya around.’
James gets up from his car and closes the back, carefully to not wake Apple Bloom. He climbs in and drives off. Cloudchaser takes a moment to stretch before jogging home to get ready for work.
The next weekend, Cloudchaser runs to the park to get to the astronomy club early. She really wants to see Selene again. Cloudchaser cannot explain the feeling. She has had boyfriends and girlfriends before but even when she was dating the adorable Thunderlane, she never felt like this. Cloudchaser charges up the hill to see if Selene has arrived early as well. She grins widely when she sees Twilight, James, Inkie and Apple Bloom setting up the telescopes. Selene is there as well.
Twilight and Inkie are both working on a telescope on their own. James is showing Apple Bloom how to set up a telescope. The young girl is staring in awe at all of the dials and astronomical instruments. Selene is laying on the grass staring at the sky. She has her shoes kicked off, but the hood on her jacket is up. Cloudchaser smiles at the scene.
‘Uh, can I help?’ Cloudchaser asks.
‘Kick off your shoes and get comfortable,’ Selene replies. ‘James brought snacks, but left them in the car for some reason.’
‘Don’t worry. Rei is bringing the snacks,’ James mumbles.
Twilight looks up from her telescope. ‘You left Rei alone with the food?’
Cloudchaser thinks. ‘I think I know Rei. She is the kid who hangs out with Dash, right?’
James looks up. ‘Wait. We left Rei alone with the food? Not good.’
James scrambles up and runs back down the hill. Twilight groans. Selene laughs. Inkie sighs. Apple Bloom just ignores the adults and continues playing with the telescope.
‘Yo! Cloudchaser,’ Selene calls. She pats the ground beside her. ‘Just get comfy and wait for the show to start.’
‘How do you know my name?’
‘Twi told me you were looking for me.’ Selene reaches a hand up. ‘Great to meet ya!’
Cloudchaser takes the hand to shake it, but Selene pulls her down. Cloudchaser catches herself before she collapses on top of Selene. Cloudchaser blushes as the bespectacled Selene looks her over. Selene pushes Cloudchaser off, and she lands with a thump next to the other woman.
‘Sky watching is fun. Don’t you think, Cloudchaser?’ Selene asks.
‘What? Yeah,’ Cloudchaser replies. ‘It is just so beautiful. Everything. The clouds. The wind. The weather. The planets and stars. Just imagining what it would be like to be out there with them...’
‘I know. Amazing isn’t it.’
‘What do you think aliens are like?’
Selene laughs. ‘I think they are different parts brilliant, crazy, handsome, and at times terrifying. I bet they’re all around us too.’
Cloudchaser laughs. ‘I think they would be really daft to come here. They’d have to be be the oddest creatures to want to come to this planet.’
Selene smiles. ‘I bet they would have their reasons.’
James returns. He is escorting a short girl in an oversized, cat-eared hoodie. Cloudchaser recognizes her as Rei from her work with the weather crews. Rei is holding her stomach. Rei collapses by Selene.
‘Sel-chan... Rei-chan’s tummy hurts,’ Rei moans.
James shakes his head and sighs. ‘I hope someone else brought snacks. I’m tapped out.’
Twilight facepalms. ‘Don’t tell me she ate it all?’
James grimaces. ‘Everything but the crudités.’
Twilight groans. ‘So all but the health food.’
‘Well, she does have good taste in snacks.’
Twilight growls. Rei rolls to her stomach and burps.
Selene laughs from her vantage point. ‘This is going to be a great night.’ She turns to Cloudchaser. ‘Settle in for the fun.’
After the meeting, Selene and Cloudchaser are helping James and Twilight load up his SUV. Rei and Apple Bloom are sleeping in the back seat.
‘Thanks for the help, Cloudchaser.’ Twilight says. ‘Glad to get someone who is willing to lend a hand.’
‘Hey. I’m helping.’ Selene protests.
‘Not after getting Rei to go all hyper on us.’
Selene laughs. ‘At least she eventually crashed. It was fun.’
‘I still don’t know why you invited her,’ Twilight grumbles.
James shrugs. ‘If Inkie is there, Rei is usually not far behind. Besides, she gave the kids someone to play with.’
‘I guess that was a good...’ Twilight gives a big yawn and starts nodding off.
James directs Twilight to the front seat. ‘Okay. Looks like we’re having a big sleepover at my place.’
‘Meh.’ Selene shrugs. ‘I have to make the train back to the capital if I am to make it to work in the morning.’
‘Yeah... Same here.’ Cloudchaser sighs.
‘All right. Well, wish you a good morning or whatever.’ James waves. ‘See you soon.’
Selene and Cloudchaser wave as the car drives away. They start heading back into town as well.
Selene turns to Cloudchaser. ‘Hey. Want to get together sometime?’
Cloudchaser freezes and blushes. ‘I-I would like that.’
‘Great! How about the cafe near midtown, uh, Thursday evening?’
‘Yes! I’ll look forward to that.’
Selene smiles. ‘I’ll see you around then.’
Selene gives a small bow as she splits off to head to the train station. Cloudchaser smiles and does a small dance before rushing home to get ready for work.
Wait until Flitter hears about this!
Cloudchaser is trying to find the perfect outfit for her date with Selene. Well, she thinks it is a date. She is not sure if Selene thinks the same way. She has picked out a nice lilac-colored blouse, but she does not know what to wear with it. She huffs and grabs a light blue tank top and similarly-colored skirt. She quickly slips them on and grabs her purse.
Cloudchaser heads out of her home and hops on her bicycle. She could afford a car, but she prefers the workout. She takes a deep breath and hopes she does not sweat too much. Another breath and off she goes.
Cloudchaser parks her bike a block from the cafe. She takes a moment to confirm a lack of visible sweat before turning to the cafe. Selene is standing outside waiting. She looks a little older than she normally does. It must be a trick of the light or the midnight blue dress she is wearing. Cloudchaser dons a big smile and approaches. Selene turns and smiles.
‘Sorry I’m late,’ Cloudchaser apologizes. ‘I didn’t know what to wear.’
‘I think you look lovely,’ Selene replies.
Cloudchaser blushes and looks away. ‘Thanks. So do you.’
Selene moves to the door. ‘Let’s get inside. I want to learn all about you.’
‘If you want to learn everything, you are definitely paying for the drinks.’
The women laugh as they head inside for their dinner.
Selene escorts Cloudchaser back to her home. Cloudchaser is a little tipsy after a bit too much wine with dinner. Selene chains Cloudchaser’s bike out front before helping her friend to the door. Cloudchaser opens the door.
‘Want to come in for some coffee or something?’ Cloudchaser offers.
‘I am not that easy of a first date,’ Selene laughs.
Cloudchaser blushes. ‘So this is a date?’
‘I thought you knew.’
‘Well, in that case, I am not that easy of a first date either.’
‘I hope not.’
The two women laugh at the joke.
‘Want to get together again soon?’ Selene offers.
‘I would love to. I’ll call you in the morning.’
Selene looks away. ‘Uh... How about I call after you’re done from work. I have some morning duties.’
‘I look forward to your call.’ Cloudchaser smiles. ‘And even more forward to our next date.’
Cloudchaser giggles. She leans in and gives Selene a kiss. Selene is briefly surprised but returns the kiss. Cloudchaser backs away and smiles again.
‘I’ll call you,’ Selene says as she walks back towards the center of town.
‘You better!’ Cloudchaser calls back. ‘I know people that can literally rain on your day.’
The women laugh and wave before Cloudchaser leans against the door. She lets out a loud squeal.
‘Best. Date. Ever!’
A few days later, Cloudchaser is changing in the weather patrol locker room after work. She is ready to get home and have a nice shower before getting some rest for the day. A woman with long, pale green hair runs up.
‘Cloudchaser! I got a sweet assignment. You have to come with.’
Cloudchaser puts on her shirt. ‘What is it, Flitter?’
Flitter holds up a sealed envelope. ‘Boss asked me to drop off the monthly weather report to the office in the capital. You have to come.’
‘I don’t know. We had a pretty long day.’
‘Come on. It will be fun.’ An idea strikes. ‘Oh! Your girlfriend works in the capital too. Give her a call! We can do lunch.’
‘Selene is probably too busy...’
‘Please! I really want to meet her! I’ll pay for your lunch, even if she can’t make it.’
Cloudchaser sighs. ‘Fine. Don’t blame me if she says “no”.’
Cloudchaser gets her mobile out of her locker and dials a number. She rolls her eyes at Flitter’s giddy smile. The phone on the opposite end picks up.
‘Ah! Selene. It is Cloudchaser.’
`Oh. Hey. Mornin’.`
‘Um... Are you free this afternoon?’
`This afternoon? As in this afternoon this afternoon?`
‘Uh... See, my friend Flitter and I are going to be coming in to the capital on some business.’ Cloudchaser winces. ‘And would you like to join us for lunch?’
Flitter giggles at Cloudchaser’s behavior. There is a long pause on the line and a new voice cuts in.
`We would so love to join you, Cloudchaser!` The new voice says. `Say.... The French restaurant on Broad?`
‘Uh... Okay? Sounds good?’
`Great! Sis sends kisses!`
The call ends, and Cloudchaser looks at her phone in confusion.
‘So...’ Flitter asks.
Cloudchaser sighs. ‘Get dressed. We have a date.’
Flitter giggles and goes to her locker.
Cloudchaser and Flitter exit a bus at a stop in the middle of the capital. All of the other pedestrians ignore the women as they scan the street. Flitter taps Cloudchaser on the shoulder when she notices the restaurant they are looking for. The pair make their way to the restaurant. Selene is standing out front next to another woman. She is several centimeters taller than Selene and much, much more curvy. Whereas Selene has a bit of a scowl, this other woman is smiling and waving to people. She also seems to be flaunting a fancy necklace strategically placed above her cleavage. It is this woman who first notices Cloudchaser and Flitter approaching and waves them over. Flitter waves back as they get near.
‘You must be Cloudchaser,’ the new woman greets. ‘So lovely to finally meet you.’
The woman grabs Cloudchaser in a hug and shoves Cloudchaser’s head into her chest. Cloudchaser is bright red when she is finally let free.
‘Amy! I told you to stop doing that!’ Selene snaps.
‘I just wanted to get to know your special friend,’ Amy grins back.
‘Hi! I’m Flitter!’ Flitter greets with a happy wave.
‘Nice to meet you too,’ Amy says as she grabs Flitter in a hug as well.
‘I am not complaining,’ Flitter says from her predicament.
Amy lets the other woman free and winks. ‘That is good to hear.’
‘Sister!’ Selene yells.
Amy smirks. Selene scowls then turns away. She takes Cloudchaser by the hand and leads her inside. The others follow as well. The maitre d’ looks up from his station.
‘We’re ready for our table, good sir!’ Amy cheers.
A waiter leads the group to a table. Amy gives him a wink after he leaves the group. The group starts going over the menu.
‘Cloudchaser, I heard you met my sister at some astronomy thing.’
‘Uh, yeah. We’re in the astronomy club together,’ Cloudchaser replies.
‘The one run by Twilight Sparkle,’ Selene adds.
Amy perks up.
Selene grins. ‘And James.’
Amy snorts. ‘I knew there was a reason I preferred to get my beauty sleep.’ She sets down her menu. ‘So, what is everyone drinking? Hopefully nothing under 100 proof.’
Selene facepalms. ‘Sister. They have a train ride home after this.’
‘Not to mention we had the morning shift too,’ Cloudchaser adds.
‘I just hope the meal gives me enough energy to stay awake until we get home.’ Flitter turns to Cloudchaser. ‘I’m stealing your bed if I can’t make it home.’
Cloudchaser groans at her friend. Selene giggles. Amy frowns for a second before getting a crafty grin.
‘You could sleep over with the two of us. It is pretty lonely where we live. Sure, two is company, and three is a crowd, but four would be an orgy.’
Selene instantly spits her sip of water across the table. Cloudchaser and Flitter both tense up and blush bright red. They glance over at each other before turning away and blushing redder. Amy laughs to herself and leans back in her seat while taking a sip of her water.
The rest of lunch goes just about the same with Amy pushing the limits of what she can say and do before Selene makes a scene. Selene keeps her calm. She does not want to embarrass herself in front of Cloudchaser. Both Cloudchaser and Flitter make it through the lunch embarrassed but not harmed. Cloudchaser actually enjoys the time she was able to have with her girlfriend.
In the restaurant’s foyer, the group is gets ready to go their separate ways. Amy exchanges handshakes with the two guests instead of hugs.
‘Great meeting both of you. I am glad to see my little sister met someone she really likes.’
‘Thank you, Amy,’ Cloudchaser replies. ‘It was... interesting meeting you too.’
‘Yeah. Thanks for treating us, too,’ Flitter adds.
‘It was my pleasure.’ Amy bows. She jabs Selene. ‘Go on.’
Selene blushes and kisses Cloudchaser on the cheek. ‘Sorry for my sister. It was lovely seeing you again. It honestly made my day.’
Cloudchaser blushes too. ‘Mine too.’
‘We’ll have to do it again some time. ... Maybe more privately.’
Cloudchaser giggles. ‘Definitely.’
Cloudchaser and Flitter wave a goodbye and head out of the restaurant. They start heading back to the bus stop. Cloudchaser stops.
‘Oh! I wanted to get a card from the place. To prove we’ve been there.’
‘Okay. Take your time.’
Cloudchaser jogs back. She does not see Selene and Amy when she goes in, but the maitre d’ gives her a card for the restaurant, and she is on her way. As she gets near the door, she sees Princess Celestia and Princess Luna come out of a washroom together. For some reason, they are dressed just like Selene and Amy. Luna looks very upset about something. Cloudchaser hides and watches for a chance to approach them.
‘Did you have to behave like that the whole time, sister?’ Luna hisses.
‘Oh please.’ Celestia rolls her eyes. ‘I was just having a little fun. Besides, I wanted to make an impression on them.’ She grins. ‘Like they left on me.’
‘Ugh. With your behavior, I have no idea how she could be my child when you are the one obsessed with that same subject.’
‘Once you have it, you will know,’ Celestia smirks.
Luna turns bright red. ‘Sister!’
Celestia laughs. She smiles for a second before sighing. ‘Are you sure about her?’
‘What do you mean?’
‘I know you wanted to see what it was like dating another woman, but are you sure you want to keep up with the charade?’
‘I was going to tell her when I was ready. Cloudchaser deserves that much.’
Cloudchaser’s heart skips. She has been dating Princess Luna!
‘That is not what I meant.’ Celestia sighs. ‘I mean, did you really want to try juggling her and your secret boyfriend as well? You are doing a poor enough job hiding your relationship with him from the general public. Do you want to try keeping a second relationship secret as well?’
Cloudchaser really wants to hear the rest of that thought.
‘Lulu, I know you care. I could tell that with every glance, but I also know you spend a disproportionate amount of your time with James. If you are going to maintain a secret relationship, you have to pick: James or Cloudchaser?’
Luna frowns and chokes back a tear. ‘Okay... I’ll tell her tomorrow...’
Cloudchaser’s heart shatters.
‘I’m sorry, Lulu...’ Celestia hugs her sister.
A limousine pulls up in front of the restaurant. The princesses exit the restaurant and enter the limousine. Cloudchaser stands where she had been hiding for a moment. She wipes the tears away and runs out of the restaurant. Flitter is waiting nearby.
‘CC! Did you see the...’
Cloudchaser grabs her friend’s hand and keeps running to the bus stop. She cannot contain her tears any longer.
Cloudchaser has spent her entire time since she got home crying. After crying all night in her bed, she is crying in her living room. She is completely devastated knowing that Luna will be coming later. She dreads the coming knock on her door. Then it comes. Cloudchaser gets up and checks out the window. She sees Flitter standing outside. She lets Flitter in and goes back to the couch.
‘CC, what is wrong?’ Flitter frowns and sits by her friend. ‘I haven’t seen you this devastated since you and Thunderlane broke up.’
Cloudchaser hugs her friend and starts crying. ‘It is Selene...’
‘What did she do!’ Flitter roars. ‘I will end her!’
‘No... She is Luna...’
Flitter gasps. ‘That is so cool!’
Cloudchaser shakes her head. ‘No... She is going to break up with me... She can’t see me any more.’
Flitter nods. ‘Yep. She is dead. No one hurts my CC and gets away with it.’
The friends hug again as Cloudchaser resumes crying. There is another knock on the door.
‘Cloudchaser... It is me... Selene...’ is said from the other side of the door.
Flitter lets her friend go and goes to the door.
‘What do you want?’ Flitter snaps.
Luna grimaces. ‘I... guess you heard... I guess that is good since that means what I have to say won’t hurt her too much more...’
Flitter looks back at Cloudchaser and gets a nod. Flitter opens the door. Luna, not in any disguise as Selene, is standing on the other side. Behind her, a pair of bodyguards watch the street. Flitter glares at the sad-looking princess.
‘Miss Flitter, I apologize to you too.’
Flitter pulls down the right side of her jeans to reveal her cutie mark. ‘See these? They’re dragonflies. That means if you make my best friend any more upset, I will fly at you and go dragon on your ass. Got it?’
Luna nods in reply. The two women circle around each other as Luna enters the house. Flitter closes the door behind her. The bodyguards look back. Flitter snorts, and the bodyguards turn away from the smaller woman.
Luna stands at the door, not knowing what to do. Cloudchaser curls onto the couch and glares across the room. Luna moves to the couch and sits down, prompting Cloudchaser to move as far away as she can.
‘Cloudchaser... I am so sorry.’ Luna apologizes.
‘I hate you and your sister so much right now,’ Cloudchaser growls.
Luna looks down. ‘So you heard that much?’
‘I heard it all. If you really cared for me, you would have stood up to her.
‘Because she was right. She was right that I am bad at my relationship with James. She was right that if I kept seeing you, everything would implode around me. She was right that I could not handle it.’
‘Was she also right that you just wanted to see what it was like dating another woman?’
Luna winces. ‘Yes, I had wondered what that was like for some time now. But that had no bearing on why I asked you out. You are fun. You are interesting. You are exciting to be around.’
‘So I am so normal it is an adventure to you?’
‘No! That is not it. When I heard you asked about me, I was excited. Not too many people want to get to know the Princess of the Night. Heck, I have that stupid holiday from when I was possessed. Just knowing that you had some interest in me...’
‘But still, it doesn’t sound like you asked me out for the right reason.’
‘I wanted a relationship! I really did!’
‘Oh yeah? Prove it. Kiss me. Right now.’
Cloudchaser closes her eyes and leans forward. Luna moves over and kisses Cloudchaser. Cloudchaser grabs one of Luna’s hands and puts it over her heart. She put her other hand over Luna’s heart. After a moment, Cloudchaser back away and shakes her head.
‘Feel that? Feel my heart?’ Cloudchaser asks.
‘Well, that is not what I feel with yours.’
The pain of the statement cuts Luna deeply. Cloudchaser looks away.
‘Goodbye, Luna. Tell Selene, I will miss her.’
‘She’ll miss you too, Cloudchaser.’
Luna gets up and goes to the door. A glaring Flitter sees the princess out. Flitter closes the door behind her and rushes over to comfort her sobbing friend.
A few days later, James and Twilight are unloading telescopes from the back of his SUV before the next meeting. Apple Bloom is helping carry supplies as well. Twilight gets out the last telescope and starts heading to the hill. James gives Apple Bloom a large basket of food.
‘Now, don’t let Rei anywhere near that. Got it?’
Apple Bloom sighs. ‘Ah know. Ah know.’
Apple Bloom starts heading to the meeting spot. A bicycle pulls up next to the car. James turns and sits in the back.
‘I almost thought you wouldn’t come.’
Cloudchaser walks her bike up and sits down. ‘I need something to help clear my head. This was the best idea.’
James looks over. ‘I am so sorry. I really am. I thought you two looked nice together.’
‘Nice. Yeah. Look where it got us.’ Cloudchaser looks James over. ‘Are you two really..?’
James shrugs. ‘More or less. I mean, there is, what, the seven to one? Ten to one ratio? She actually helps me get to my quota.’
‘She’s a lucky woman.’
‘I thought the same thing. She had a smart, kind, athletic and, now that Twilight won’t kill me for saying so, a quite sexy woman she was seeing.’
Cloudchaser blushes and looks away. ‘Why are you saying all of that?’
‘I have no clue. I am just talking and hoping it makes you feel better. I am worse at relationships than Luna is.’
‘I can still give you a run for your money.’
James and Cloudchaser look up to see Luna, disguised as Selene, walking up. Cloudchaser instantly looks away. Luna sits on James’ other side.
‘Lovely evening, Luna,’ James greets.
‘Yes, nature has really outdone herself,’ Luna sighs.
‘Well, I’ll be off.’ James jumps up. ‘Close her up once you’re done.’
James starts walking away.
‘James! Wait.’ Luna calls.
James turns back.
Luna briefly glances over at Cloudchaser. ‘If you were to consider... I mean, if it were okay...’
‘Don’t tell Twilight, but yes.’
‘Don’t tell me what?’
James turns to see Twilight walking up. She has her suspicious scowl that he is so used to seeing.
‘Nothing!’ James turns his head to the side. ‘I can see at least one star already.’
Twilight turns bright red and covers her bottom despite it being under her jeans and the bottom of her jacket. James laughs and heads up the hill. Twilight chases after him. Luna and Cloudchaser laugh at the couple. Once they are gone, an awkward silence falls.
‘My first boyfriend was Discord,’ Luna says.
‘What?’ Cloudchaser is confused.
‘My first boyfriend was Discord. A long, long time ago. It was this whole... thing. Then I sealed him in stone.’
‘Why are you telling me this?’
‘Because, with him and James, I want you to know that all of my boyfriends have been pretty crazy.’
‘I heard that!’ is shouted from the hill.
Luna laughs. Cloudchaser continues to give Luna a confused look.
‘I make some odd choices when it comes to the guys I like. That is why I was so happy that the first girl I liked was someone so perfect.’
Cloudchaser blushes and looks away. ‘If this is some sort of stupid apology...’
Luna shakes her head. ‘No. I could never apologize for how I hurt you. Even another thousand years on the moon wouldn’t be punishment enough. But...’
Cloudchaser looks up. ‘But what?’
Luna leans in and kisses Cloudchaser. She takes Cloudchaser’s hand and hold it over her heart. Cloudchaser stares in shock.
‘But I think I am starting to understand what you are talking about.’
That was the best story so far! I loved the ending so much! It was so touching. You are the best human fanfic writer in Equestria.
PS: It did seem somewhat familiar to me for some reason though...
Luna hits send on the message, and it get posted straight away on the human fiction site she is browsing. She sits back from her computer and laughs.
‘That Harpflank... I’d love to meet her some day.’
A new message appears on the site.
‘A new one already?’ Luna scans the message. ‘ “Mistress of Fashion”? Rated M for sex?’
Luna looks around nervously. She uses her magic to make sure all of her doors and windows are sealed, the curtains are drawn and a magical barrier is erected to prevent anypony from teleporting into her chamber. With one hoof on the mouse and the other drifting slowly downward, she opens the story.