Silence. The term alone does not do the silence of the vacuum justice. No air meant that sound couldn't travel. The only oxygen for millions of miles came from the bubble that surrounded Percy and I. Desolate and cold, the moon was a far worse punishment than anyone before had noticed. We began our walk, not wanting to talk. I already felt choked up, knowing somewhere here there would be a dead friend, a dead love. Tears attacked the back of my eyes, trying to push forward. A soft cough was all I let out.
"You okay Twi?" Percy looked up, a concerned look on his face. His face that so perfectly mimicked his fathers.
"I'm fine," I said meekly. I couldn't bear to look at him. We continued our previous silence, walking around in search of Caesar. After a while we came to the lip of a crater. I looked down, hoping he was not there. He wasn't, thankfully, but something was definitely odd. It almost appeared that there was a door, and a small mound on the far side. "Come on Percy."
The door was there, cold and foreboding. I walked up and lightly nudged the door. Slowly it swung open. Light splashed out, singing our eyes. I stepped inside, heart beginning to race. I wanted to gallop away. This wasn't natural. The moon is a place of death.The door slammed behind us, echoing into the unknown depths before us.
"No no No NO NO NO NO!" I slammed my back hooves into the door repeatedly, yet it would not budge. The echoes faded into the distance, but silence did not come. The sound of hooves clopped closer and closer. "Get behind me Percy," I said, preparing for the worst. A soft shadow began to approach from the hall ahead of us, growing closer and more clear with each step. The cowl covering the strangers face fell backwards, and before us was Luna.
"Twilight Sparkle? Is that you?" She asked, looking confused and scared.
"Yes, yes it is Princess Luna? Is everything ok?" This was not right. She should know who I am. We saved her from Nightmare Moon. Why didn't she recognize me?
"Are you sure? Hmm... What did the Elements of Harmony look like when you were fighting Nightmare Moon?" She asked, panic creeping through her voice.
"They were stone objects that changed into jewelry after we found the spark of friendship. Why?"
"Good, you're not her! She trapped me here, come to me in many forms to interrogate me, to crack me. But I haven't talked. I've done well." She spewed, words slurring together and becoming muffled as she embraced me. I pushed her away quickly.
"What are you babbling about Princess?!? Are you okay? Have you been drinking AJ's 'Special Cider'??" This was so unlike her. She never hugs people, and certainly doesn't talk in such an informal manner.
"What do you mean? Certainly you know about the Changeling and how i've been trapped here?!?" She began to sound panicked again. A changeling? Again? That seemed unlikely. Shining Armor and Cadences spell should have sent them to the ends of the planet, far outside of Equestria.
"Princess, there are no more Changelings, they were all cast to the other side of the planet by Armor and Cadence."
"That's where you're wrong!" She scolded me, glaring at me with angry eyes. "Chrysalis and her Changelings were just the scouting force. The main army, it approaches soon. I've seen it. In this building there are many things, many strange rooms. It is much larger on the inside than it appears on the outside. The corridors stretch on for miles, and there are many doors that can not be opened. Much like the one you came in. This is how she trapped me. Magic does not work in here and the doors are one way." I stared, silent, mouth agape.
"So, what you're saying, is that we're trapped?!?" I questioned furiously. "How will we survive? What about Percy?? And Derpy??? And what about Caesar?!? We came here to finally give him a burial!!!" I began to pace furiously, kicking a couple vases to try and calm down. It did help, but not enough. Percy began to cry, and my temporary rage was brought to an abrupt halt.
"Wait, you speak of Percy and Derpy? And Caesar?? Frying Caesar???"
"Yes, yes I do," I said, nuzzling Percy to stop the crying.
"You must come with me. Quickly. I do not know how much more time we have. Much time has passed." She said, and began to trot off towards the corridor ahead of us.
"Come on Percy," I said, pulling him onto my back. "Let's see what she wants to show us."
The corridors were wide, wide enough for us all to walk in a straight line across it, but it still felt cramped, closed. We trotted along, turning ever couple of hallways to change course. After what felt like hours we arrived at a small door, barely large enough for a stallion to fit through. It was made of a light wood, soft in appearance. I placed a hoof on it to try and open it and it didn't budge. There was a small box above the door with numbers. It was counting down.
"Oh good, we got here before the numbers hit zero. I've no idea what happens when they do, but it probably isn't good." Luna told us, staring at the numbers. "We should step back. There is little time left." The numbers counted down still, not getting faster or slower. 3:28, 3:27, 3:26, 3:25, 3:24, 3:23, 3:22. A quiet note left the box of lights, then another. It was playing a song. The notes continued to play, growing louder and louder. A voice spoke out of the box quietly.
"Sometimes I feel like I don't have anypony..." Then it hit me. This was his favorite song. Of all time. A single tear broke through my mental barriers. Then another, and another. I turned and walked away from the tiny singing box. It kept playing. The walls seemed to fall down, the floor felt non-existent. I felt like I was floating, floating through space with Caesar. I opened my eyes. The corridors were still there. The floor still supported me.
"I don't ever wanna feeeeel, like I did that day; take me to the place I love, take me all the way!" The song began to fade. The time counted down to zero. A faint click sounded off, and the door began to open. Steam hissing quietly. Air flooded the room, and light made it glow softly. We stepped inside, the fog covering our hooves.
"A voice came from this room from time to time. Whispering things to me. Names. Percy, Derpy, Twilight. It started a year ago." Luna spoke softly, knowing how hard this was for me. The tears streamed down my face as I looked towards the figure before me. I heard Percy break down, begin to sob and weep and croak his anguish. It sounded muffled. I walked forward more. Here he was. Look of terror upon his face. The fear in his eyes. All perfectly preserved. Here he was. We'd found Caesar.