Luna versus Ponyville
Part 8: The Spa
By Andrew J. Talon
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Luna escorted the Cutie Mark Crusaders back to Ponyville, Applebloom to her farm and Scootaloo to Rainbow Dash’s cloud castle (which struck Luna as a bit odd but she thought nothing more of it), which left Sweetie Belle. The pale filly was all smiles and her mouth kept flapping the entire way to her home.
“Ooh Mommy’s always going on about how I keep ending up in the basement and the room with the water heater and the trash can-I don’t really know myself, I guess I just get distracted-OOF!” Sweetie Belle ran into a fence post and rubbed her nose. “Owww...”
“Are you all right?” Luna asked automatically, as at this point the poor filly had run into several obstacles. Sweetie Belle smiled cheerfully.
“Good,” Luna said.
“So anyway, Big Sister keeps telling me to not eat butterflies because they’re bad for my health but they taste sooo yummy! I don’t know why, they just do and...”
“Sweetie Belle! SWEETIE BELLE!” Called a smooth female voice that Luna recognized. She looked over at a nearby fashion shop, where the elegant looking proprietress waved from the door. She had an expertly coiffed mane and tail, both of deep purple, with well kept white fur and warm blue eyes. Sweetie Belle brightened.
“Hi Rarity!” She galloped over to her apparent sister and nuzzled her, an action the pony returned. She looked up at Luna who stood there a bit awkwardly and offered a dazzling smile.
“This is my big sister, Rarity!” Sweetie Belle introduced.
“Hello! Welcome to Ponyville, Miss... Selene was it?”
“Ah, yes. Yes, that’s me, how did you know?” Luna asked, self consciously adjusting her glasses.
“Pinky Pie has invited everypony, simply everypony to the celebrations and-Oh my goodness, look!”
“What? Where?” Luna looked behind herself. Seeing nothing alarming, she turned her gaze back-And very nearly bumped heads with Rarity. “Eep!”
“You’re absolutely filthy! Your hair is a mess, your fur hasn’t been combed-My dear, you look like a complete and total wreck!” Rarity shook her head. “Well, there’s nothing for it. You cannot go to the party looking like that!”
“No no, this will not do! Go on Sweetie Belle, mother is expecting you. I must tend to Miss Selene!” Rarity took hold of Luna’s hoof and began dragging her off. Luna, alarmed, began flapping her wings but the white furred pony seemed possessed of a far greater strength than her slender form would suggest.
“N-Now hang on a moment! There’s really no need-!”
“There is every need! And I am more than happy to fulfill it!”
“Goodbye Miss Selene! See you later!” Sweetie Bell said cheerfully.
“Run right home to mother Sweetie Belle, and no eating butterflies!”
“No buts!” Rarity said sternly as she dragged the helpless Luna away.
“No! Wait! Sweetie Belle! Help!”
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“Now then,” Rarity said pleasantly as she dragged Luna into a tall wooden building with some aesthetics of the Orient incorporated into it’s architecture. “This will have to be a short session, but I believe a mare like you won’t need that long.”
“Uh, well, here’s the thing, I’ve never really-” Luna tried, but Rarity interrupted with that same easy grace and authority.
“Nonsense! You don’t have to worry about a thing dear,” Rarity said. “Come along!”
Feeling trapped, Luna sighed and trotted after Rarity into a wide open office that seemed designed to make one feel relaxed with it’s warm temperature, wooden floors, and sky blue and cloud white walls. The white mare signed them in at the front desk, and trotted over to two attractive twin mares-One blue, the other pink. Both of them bowed, and dressed Rarity in a white bathrobe. Rarity batted her eyes at Luna with a warm smile.
“Come along! I assure you, it will be simply marvelous!”
“Well,” Luna looked between the attendants, then found herself shrugging. “All right...”
The attendants moved as one and slipped Luna into a bathrobe with holes for her wings. An approving look from Rarity calmed her down somewhat and the two ponies were escorted into the baths. Luna moved towards the nearest pool, but Rarity waved her hoof.
“No no no, we start with a nice, relaxing table shower!”
“Table shower?” Luna asked with a raised brow.
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“AUGH! IT’S COLD! IT’S COLD!”
“Oops! Sorry, it takes a bit to warm up.”
“EEP! Why are you scrubbing there?!”
“Now darling, just relax! They must get everywhere...”
“I-I suppose-EEP! HEY!”
“Now now, don’t get so defensive, we are professionals.”
“Well I suppose but-EEEEEP! N-Now just one moment!”
“She’s being very uncooperative, Lotus.”
“I know Aloe. Whatever shall we do?”
“We must use... The Auto-Brush.”
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Rarity chuckled as she gracefully trotted out of the shower area. “Come along dear, it wasn’t that bad.”
Luna trotted after, wincing and swaying. “Ergh...”
“Now admittedly, it does tug a bit hard the first time... My dear, since when did you last brush your fur anyway?”
“Um...” Luna tried to think.
“No matter! It’s brushed now so you can move to the next part of relaxation!” Rarity said cheerfully. She got onto a low lying table and waved her tail to the one next to her. “Come along!”
“What’s the next part?” Luna asked as she laid down. Aloe was almost immediately by her, and began drumming her hooves over Luna’s back. “Hee?!”
“A relaxing massage! Oh thank you Lotus, mmm... That is just lovely,” Rarity practically purred as Lotus’s hooves went over her back. Luna winced as Aloe’s hooves went all over her back and atop her flanks.
“My Miss Selene, you are tense,” Aloe observed in a soothing voice.
“Er, well...” I’m not comfortable with being touched and so I’m magically reinforcing my body, she thought to herself in a rather sarcastic tone.
“That’s all right,” Aloe said with a smile. “I know just what to use on you.”
“Um... What?” Luna asked. Lotus tossed Aloe a pair of cucumber shaped devices, which she twirled around like a nin-pony might a pair of swords. She smirked and flicked on both devices, which began to vibrate.
“These will help you relax,” Aloe said with an almost fiendish glee.
“ACK!” Luna rolled off the table to avoid the back massagers, and jumped up. “I’m getting out of this mad house!”
“No pony can escape our relaxing hooves!” Lotus contributed, hopping up onto her back hooves with another pair of back massagers buzzing away in her forehooves. Rarity blinked and looked between the grinning attendants.
“Ah... Darlings? Aren’t you coming on just a bit too strong?”
“EEP!” Luna jumped up and flapped her wings, deftly avoiding the two attendants. “You ponies are mad!”
Lotus jumped over to Aloe, who caught her in her forehooves and thrust up to throw her into the air. Lotus curled into a ball and somersaulted to kick off the ceiling, back massagers plunging down like knives. Luna dodged with a triumphant smile.
“AHA! You will not find me so easy a foe to-”
She had, unfortunately, forgotten Aloe below.
“HEE! AHAHAHAHA! N-NO, STOP IT, STOP IT AHAHAHAHA!” Luna cackled as she was tickled furiously by first Aloe, and then Lotus. She fell to the table and laughed hysterically under the dual assault.
“HOLD IT!” Rarity said loudly, holding her hooves up high. She glared at Aloe and Lotus, who ceased their attack on the giggling princess. “Clearly, she is rather uncomfortable with the situation. Why don’t you let me handle things from this point, girls?”
“Ah, but Miss Rarity,” Lotus protested, “we are here to pamper you!”
“Be that as it may, Miss Selene is in need of more pampering,” Rarity said gently. “You can attend to me later, allow me to handle her.”
The twins looked disappointed, and a bit resentful, but they obeyed their mistress and departed through the doors. Luna caught her breath on the table and tried to get up.
“Ah... Thank you, I need to-Oof!” Rarity pushed her down with a smile. “Ah, Rarity?”
“Now now, let Mistress Rarity take care of all your problems,” Rarity cooed as she began to massage the bases of her wings. Luna trembled and found her muscles all turning to jelly.
“Oh-Ohhh...” She moaned.
“Oh my, you do have a lot of tension here! When was the last time you got a massage?” Rarity asked.
“A-A thousand yearssss...!”
“Feels like it!” Rarity smiled. "You know, your voice really is wonderful. You should let it out more often."
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Some time later, Luna was walking on air (almost literally) with Rarity to the baths. Aloe and Lotus were now out of sight. Luna kept scanning carefully, keeping her magical senses locked onto them.
“You know Selene, you really are quite the fighter,” Rarity observed. “Far more... Aggressive than I thought.” She raised a graceful eyebrow. Luna flushed and looked aside.
“Ah... Sorry... I’m not very comfortable being... Touched, I suppose.”
“Oh? Why is that?” Rarity asked as she sank into the warm water. She sighed happily and rolled her head on her neck. Luna sank in nearby, trying to keep her distance without looking like she was keeping her distance.
“Um... I suppose I’m not... Good with other ponies socially,” Luna said with a heavy blush. “I don’t um... Do well.” She sighed. “I’m here because I’m not good socially.”
“Oh? What happened?” Rarity asked. Luna sighed.
“I um... I accidentally walked in on my... Uh... Roommate and her...”
“Oh... Oh! Oh dear,” Rarity said. She laid a comforting hoof on Luna’s shoulder. “I completely understand. That can be very awkward.”
“I don’t know how to go back and face them... And here I feel like I’ve caused so many problems. I mean, I’ve been forgiven for them but...” Luna sighed.
“You feel like you don’t deserve it?” Rarity asked. Luna shrugged.
“... Maybe a little.”
“Dear, you need to realize that forgiveness is a two way street. It involves trust on both sides,” Rarity said. “I’m sure your friend will realize you didn’t mean to walk in on her, and I’m sure you will realize you didn’t cause anything too harmful.” Rarity smiled and nuzzled Luna’s cheek.
“You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself.”
“You’ve been in the same situation?” Luna asked.
“Certainly... More times than I would like,” Rarity sighed. She smiled. “It didn’t always turn out badly though...”
Luna stared at Rarity expectantly. Rarity stared into space, the smile still on her face and a slight blush on her cheeks. Her forelegs came around the moon princess.
“Hm? Yes?” Rarity asked. “Something wrong?”
“You’re... Er... Hugging me,” Luna said.
“Do you mind?” Rarity asked softly.
“Er... I suppose not?” Luna said, looking to the side.
“Good...” Rarity purred.
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To be continued...
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