This story is a fan-fiction of MLP:FiM. I don't own any of it. It belongs to Hasbro, etc, etc.
Don't sue. Seriously. That would be so uncouth.
I can hear my hoofsteps reverberate off of the hard stone floor of the Princess' castle. This place is nothing like my home, but it somehow makes me happy. I had always wanted to get out into the world, away from Stalliongrad, see everything I could and then maybe settle down. Maybe even become a Blacksmith pony like my father. But I knew everything would be different the day I saw her.
It was 2 years ago that I first saw her. I had been in Canterlot square with my father for the Summer Sun Celebration. We had been selling our wares and getting investments for our metal work. But suddenly everything went dark. The sky became a veil of ink as day suddenly receded into the pitch-black of midnight. The upper class ponies and commoners of Canterlot began to panic. Luckily, the Solar Guards, lead by Shining Armor, were there to calm everypony. Father and I did not know what to make of this.
“Perhaps it could be some sort of prank the Princess has planned for the festivities?” my father asked.
I could not reply. I watched as Shining Armor climbed onto a podium and amplified his voice with magic to adress the jittery crowds.
“Listen everypony!” he commanded. “We aren't sure what's going on, but the Solar Guard is here to protect you. As of right now, Princess Celestia is in Ponyville, but what I am sure of is that she will return soon when this whole mess is fixed up. Now please calm down, the Summer Sun Celebration hasn't stopped, so let the festivities continue!”
“Well the Sun has never disappeared during the Summer Sun celebration!” shouted a scared unicorn.
"Come on, ponies! It's not like the setting of the sun has stopped us before. The Celebration last year if I remember correctly went all the way through the night and into the next afternoon.” Shining answered. “Just think of it as celebrating at night.” He continued to say. His words must have assuaged the crowds because they broke up and went back to their normal business.
It was hours later when everypony saw Celestia again. But there was somepony with her. She decided to hold a special address to the public in Canterlot gardens.
“My little ponies” she said jubilantly to the gathering crowds “I have very good news!”
“My dearest sister Luna has returned from her 1000 year banishment as Nightmare Moon.” she said with the largest grin I have ever seen. There was complete silence, before I heard some gentleponies gasp and faint.
“Nightmare Moon is back!” somepony screamed.
Then the panic happened.
Ponies started to scream and run in fear, causing a mass panic. A few other levelheaded ponies like father and myself tried to quell the situation to no avail. It was then a booming voice could be heard from the balcony where Princess Celestia stood.
“SUBJECTS! WE ART NOT NIGHTMARE MOON ANY LONGER. WE HAVE SEEN THE ERR IN OUR ACTIONS, BUT FRET NOT, FOR WE HAVE BEEN FREED FROM OUR OWN ENTOMBMENT MY THE MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP!”
The speech came from a dark-blue Alicorn who was smaller than Celestia. As many in the crowd cowered beneath the power of her voice, I looked on in fascination. Princess Luna was beautiful. Her coat was a midnight-blue that reminded me of the sky night in summer. Her ethereal mane blew in the same cosmic wind as Celestia's, but contained the pinpricks of hope and beauty us ponies like to call stars. I was truly transfixed with her.
As I came to stop before the door that led into the great hall of Canterlot Castle, I looked out at the night sky. It's beauty struck me as it always had, stopping my racing heart for just a fraction of a hoofbeat. I took a breath and steeled myself before putting a hoof to the door handle.
“Luna preserve us.” I whispered as I opened the chamber doors.