Teaser for Future Story · 12:06am
The two were alone now. They looked at each other for a moment, before the one in the cell coughed into his hoof.
"Well, this is awkward," he said as lightly as he could.
"That's one way to put it," Twilight retorted, ruffling her wings.
Phoenix flinched at that. "I'm guessing you're not too happy with me, huh?"
"Why, whatever gave you that impression?" Twilight asked, sarcasm dripping from her tone. Before the human-turned-pony could respond, she dropped the facade. "I'm furious! I've spent the better part of nine years trying to forget you and what you did to me! I thought I had finally gotten over it! Then you show up out of the blue, as a pony no less, and rip open all these old wounds!"
Phoenix cringed. "I don't suppose saying 'I'm sorry' would help, would it?"
"No, it wouldn't," the alicorn replied icily. "You broke up with me, Phoenix! You broke my heart! I was a wreck for nearly two weeks because of that!"
"Was it really that bad?" the neo-pegasus asked warily.
Twilight glared in response, her eyes briefly flaring red. "Let's make a list of the things you did wrong, shall we? First off, you broke up with me three days after my coronation. I was planning to go to Earth at the next opportunity and share the good news with you! Now, I realize you couldn't have known I'd just been coronated, but still, you had incredibly bad timing when you sent that letter.
"Speaking of, that's another thing you botched." Her horn flared, and an envelope appeared in a flash. She drew out a piece of paper, opened it, and began to read:
I know this may seem sudden, but I have to make a decision now. I'm afraid we can no longer see each other. I can't explain why here, but trust me when I say it's for the best. I'll never stop caring for you, but you're better off not getting involved with me anymore.
Folding up the letter, Twilight resumed her glare at Phoenix. "I could have manured Sweet Apple Acres with the amount of horseapples in this thing! And, by the way, really stallion-like, sending me a letter to tell me something life-changing!" She grumbled to herself, and Phoenix thought he heard "just like my brother" amid her growls. Before he could ask, she continued. "You didn't have the guts to tell me to my face that you were going to break up with me! That hurt, Phoenix!
"But the worst part..." Finally, her glare seemed to soften. "The worst part is that you didn't tell me why. Why did you do this to me, Phoenix? I thought we meant more to each other than this. I thought I would have deserved more than a four-sentence letter."
There were a few moments of silence. Then Phoenix sighed. "You're right, Twilight. You deserved more than that." He looked up. "Which is why I'll tell you now. I'll tell you everything... about why I broke up with you, nine years ago."
Part of a chapter for a future story. This is meant to be a sequel to Turnabout Storm, specifically the novelization. I'm currently in the planning stages with Firesight, the fic's editor, for this sequel, but here's a little slice for you all.