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I spend almost four hours forging and enchanting Storm's armor. I've got the basic shape down, embedded the gems so they sit above his marks, set the Spartan logo in the chest plate with the metal from the amulet and some from the chain mail, and buff n' shine it to make it look pretty. I gave him the strength enchantment again, plus a dexterity one. I saw him manipulate lighting before, so I also set one to lessen the effects from that on him. With these three enchantments a mark of an upside down triangle with three wavy lines underneath it appears. Along the side a lighting bolt appears, going from the front to the back. It's stronger then the armor he had before, but still doesn't compare to Terridisian armor. I bring it up stairs and set it on his bed, it should be a nice surprise for him when he gets back. I make my way back down stairs and go to the fridge to get a drink when I hear growling out back. I walk to the door and open to find the entire back area covered in scorch marks with the wolf from earlier laying in the middle of all of it, gnawing away at something. The wolf stops eating and looks up to me, staring at me with those grey eyes. After a minute of intense staring it finally starts to wag it's tail happily as it opens it's mouth slightly as it pants lightly. I guess it trusts me.
"Hey, get inside" I call out as I step to the side. It runs straight inside and runs around the walls of my house, sniffing along the floor as it goes. I shut the door and slowly follow it around. It stops by the couch where it sniffs the corner intensely, what are you doing. It walks forward a bit and starts to raise its leg a bit...
"Hey!" I yell, making it stop and look back to me. "You better put that leg down." He stares at me for a second before it lowers its leg and runs off, giving an annoyed growl a long the way. I follow him upstairs where he investigates every room, sniffing everything until he decides to move to the next object to sniff. We eventually get to my room where, after sniffing everything else, it gets to the secret door and starts to scratch at it.
"Sorry, that one stays shut."
"Bark bark bark." It sits down and stares at the door, as if something is behind the wall. Curiosity peeked, I slide the door open and look inside.
"See, nothing inside" I say as it walks inside and sniffs around. Somehow, it knows not to walk into the center of the Mico platform. I walk out and wait for it to run out before I shut the door. We make our way down stairs where I go to the kitchen and grab a few apples and sit at the kitchen table, watching the wolf run around. After my first apple it runs up to me and sits down, watching me with those big grey eyes. I look down to the core and then back to it. It seems to be looking between me and the core. I offer it the core and wait for it to take it. It gives the core a few sniff before it slowly bites onto it. The second I let go it chomps down on the core and devours it in seconds.
"Alrighty then, I think I shall keep you... but you need a name first though... how about... Lupus." It looks back up to me and licks its nose a couple times, I'm taking that as a yes. Now... are you a boy or a girl? I lean over and look down... yup! It's a boy. I reach out and put my hand on top of his head. I begin to pet his head, getting him to rub against my hand with every pet. He's so fluffy.... I should call him fluffy.... nah, Lupus is better. I stop rubbing his head and start eating the next apple, only to get him to nudge my free hand.
"Alright, alright, I can take a hint" I say as I pet him some more, getting him to wag his tail some more. I don't get why the girls were so afraid of him. He's completely harmless. I finish eating all of the apples, feeding him all of the cores after he gives me those big eye's, and head to the front porch. It's night time now, guess time flies when you're enchanting... and petting wolves. I sit on the steps and look up to the night sky, it doesn't seem to have it's normal sheen. I guess that's to be expected. As I watch the night sky, Lupus comes up beside me and lays against me. I lose track of time as I watch the dull moon slowly crawl its way across the sky. I finally decide to get up and go to bed, much to Lupus's dislike.
"Sister please, its time to raise the moon. Please come out of bed." I've been by her bed side for over an hour, trying to get her to raise the moon, but she simply won't. Ever since she left Miles's house all she has done is lay in bed and hold onto her tear soaked pillow. She won't talk. She won't eat. Even moving the moon has no appeal to her. I don't know what to do here, it's getting late and the sun is still up. With a deep sigh I go out to the balcony and perform both duties. I have to send the moon and sun to the correct celestial positions, which will probably make a few ponies worry, but I'll deal with that when I get to it. I walk back inside and go to the other side of the bed to face Luna.
"Luna... I just raised thee moon."
"I'm sorry, I know how much you dislike it when I do it... but it had to be done."
"Please sister, say something, anything. You're really starting to scare me."
"*sigh* very well. Please do try to get some rest sister... I love you" I say as I kiss her forehead and walk out to the balcony. I look back at her still form and shut the doors slowly. I've never seen her so devastated before. There has to be something I can do to get her out of this heart ache. I fly over to my room and go to write a note to Twilight.
Dear my most faithful student Twilight,
I am in most urgent need of you're opinion of Miles because...
I crumple up the note and try again.
Dear my most faithful student Twilight,
I am writing to ask you're opinion on a subject that needs immediate attention, Luna is...
I crumple this one up as well and toss it aside. I go through an entire stack of papers, unable to write my thoughts down. I don't know what to write. Hey Twilight, I just broke Luna's heart got any ideas to fix it. I doubt that would go over very well. Not to mention that she's friends with him, she would most likely try to help her friend. For the first time, I can't rely on Twilight. Maybe... NO! I refuse to even think of that. It's simply out of the question. I can think of something without him. She is my sister I can do this. Just think...
"Ahem, your highness."
"Wha!" I look around to find that I had fallen asleep on my desk. A guard has enter my room to wake me.
"I'm sorry to disturb you, but it time to raise the sun..."
"of course, of course." I walk out and send thee moon away and raise the sun, making sure to put each into it's proper course. I turn and fly over to Luna's tower to check up on her. I walk in as quietly as possible only to find her in the same state she was in before, only with blood shot eye's. "Sister, please tell me you got some sleep."
"Luna please! Say something!"
"You give me no choice. I'm going to give you a sedative spell to make you get some sleep, I'm sorry" I give her a light zap that makes her eye's shut instantly. Why is she doing this? How could she have lost her will so easily? I need to help her... I can't believe I'm even considering doing this, but I don't see an alternative. I inform the guards of my departure and order them to stay behind and to attend to other needs. Once they're gone I teleport away.
"Shut the fuck up Lupus" I say as I roll over to see what he's growling at. "What are you doing here?"
"Why do you have a wolf in your bed?!" Celestia asks as she backs away from my bed.
"Why are you in my room?"
"Why is there a WOLF in your bed!?" I look down to see that Lupus has slept at the bottom of my bed and is now bearing his teeth at Celestia.
"OY! Fluffy! Cute and cuddly." I say to him, making him drop the tough act and walk up to me to lick my face. "Yeah yeah, I get it, too early Lupus."
"You have a pet wolf! Why would you want a pet wolf?"
"Becuase he's so fluffy!" I say as I grab his cheeks and pull the side to side, getting him to bounce up and down.
"Right... anyway... I...need your help Miles" she says as she looks away, obviously swallowing her pride to ask this. I let go of Lupus and get out of bed, heading for the door.
"What is it you need" I say as I leave the room and head downstairs, Lupus by my side. I hear Celestia mumble something as she follows me to the kitchen.
"It's Luna. She's in some sort of state. She won't talk, eat, she won't do anything except hold onto her pillow."
"Yeah... sounds like I broke her heart..." I say as I look through my fridge. I'm trying to be nonchalant, but this is ripping my heart apart.
"You have to talk to her..."
"HA! First you threaten me to never see her again, now you want me to talk to her. If ever there was a defining moment for irony..."
"Miles! Please! This is serious.."
"I AM SERIOUS!" I yell as I slam the door shut, making Lupus run away. "WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO PLAY WITH OUR HEARTS LIKE THIS! I CAN'T GO TO HER BECUASE I..."
"This isn't about you, it's about her." She says, getting me to walk away. "You have to talk to her, convince her that life is worth living. I tried, but she won't listen to me. But she'll listen to you."
"And what exactly would I say?" I say as I take a seat at the table. "Hey there, I know you're in a lot of pain but cheer up, it'll only hurt for as long as I'm alive. Yeah right, get real." I lean over and bury my face in my hands and sigh. Why am I doing this? Why am I fighting with her. I open my eye's when I hear a high pitch moan. I look over to see Lupus sitting next to me, looking saddened with his ears laying down. I reach over to him and start petting him, getting him to start to lick my face again. "Fine... I'll go. But I don't do this for you. This is for Luna" I say as I stand up and face Celestia. She nods and teleports the two of us to Luna's balcony. I walk inside and approach her bed, where I find her asleep. I can still see the stains from all of her tears on her face and pillow. It breaks my heart to see this, but I keep a strong face on as I turn to Celestia. "I thought you said she wouldn't sleep."
"I sedated her. I'll undo the spell and give you a few minutes of privacy, but I will be waiting outside so don't..."
"I already promised her I would never try anything." I say as I walk over to her. I look up to Celestia and wait for her to undo the spell and leave the room. Once she's gone I look back to Luna and wait. I can she her slowly start to wake, so I put my hand on the side of her face and gently rub her, getting her to wake faster.
"Mmm.. Miles?" She says sleepily. As she tries to pick her head up.
"Hey... everything alright?" I ask softly.
"Hey, I'm sorry I yelled at you earlier. It wasn't fair for me to take my frustration out on you..."
"And I'm sorry that I had to say what I said.... I didn't want to end everything, but..."
"Hey this is probably for the best. With your immortality and my... living handicap, it would only end in a heart ache worse then this." She sits up and looks me over a bit before she gets out of bed and walks over to the balcony. Well, mission accomplished, I think.
"Celestia, can you come in here please" She says, getting Celestia to run in and hug Luna instantly.
"Sister! Are you alright? What do you need? How..."
"First off," she says as she breaks the hug and steps back, "I'm still mad at you. But if you help me with this I will forgive you."
"Help you with what?"
"Miles could you please explain to my sister what's going on?" I walk over and look over the two before I sigh and comply.
"It basically goes like this. My power is constantly growing. Eventually it will grow to a point where my body cannot tolerate, and I'll burn out. If I use my magic, it progresses, if I don't use it, it will build up and force its way out. I have anywhere from six to sixteen years." She looks a little shocked by this, but keeps a level expression on.
"I want you to help me find a way to fix this" Luna says as she walks to my side and looks me over. "If you can help me with this, I will forgive you, what do you say?"
"I... I will help."
"Sorry to burst your bubbles, but there's nothing you can do to help..."
"How so?" Luna asks as she walk around me.
"I've explored every possible route to go, and none of them can help me."
"What if we just took away your powers?" Celestia asks as she looks me over.
"Then I'd turn into nothing more then just a rock. My powers are an extension of my soul. Take away my powers, take away my soul."
"What if we you used a ton of your power to lower yourself, then used a constant supply to keep it down?" Luna asks.
"First off, that would be painful, secondly it would accelerate the burn out quickly. The minute I fall asleep I would grow the power back and burn out." They both stop in front of me and sit down, trying too think of a way to fix me.
"What if we just put more of those restraints on you?" Celestia asks.
"That would only solve the problem for, at most, sixteen years. By that point, I wouldn't be able to move my arms and legs."
"Well... what if we... tried..." Luna says.
"Look, I appreciate you both trying to fix this, but it can't be fixed. I'm going to die. This is the reality of my being."
"But Miles..." Luna says as tries to approach me, only to stop when I back away.
"I'm going to have to accept this, and so will you. Now if you don't mind, I'd like to go home." Luna and Celestia give me worried looks before Luna lowers her head and teleports us to my place.
"Are you sure that there is nothing we can do?" She asks.
"Unless you can match my power, and find a way to calm my soul, no. There's nothing we can do." I say as I sit on the edge of my bed.
"Well... what is your power level?"
"Last I checked, it was over forty thousand."
"Yeah. I..." I start to say but stop when Lupus runs into the room and tackles me in a fit of joy and facial licks.
"WHY IS THERE A WOLF IN YOUR HOUSE!" Luna yells as she jumps back.
"He's my pet.. *lick* I've decided to keep him. His name is Lupus." I say as I sit up and pet Lupus.
"And why would you want a wolf for a pet?" Luna asks as she steps closer to us.
"Because he's so flooffy!" I say as I scruff up his face. Luna walks over to him and starts to pet him as well, getting him to lay on his back and show us his belly.
"You know, I thought you would do something stupid, like name him wolf or something." She says as she rubs his belly, getting his leg to shake like crazy.
"Yeah, who would ever do something dumb like that" I say as I look over to her. I wait for her to put one and one together before we both start laughing.
"What? It suites him."
A/N: Shout out to Meliron and Crimson Lionheart for picking the extra enchantments for Storm's armor. Thanks for reading, Brony on!