Yawn “-Good morning, Tia… wait, Tia?!” Lunair said as she walked into the kitchen to find Celestia and Twilight talking over breakfast.
“I said I'd be over in the morning, didn't I?” Celestia asked as she looked at the baffled Draconic Alicorn filly.
“Yes, but I expected you to make your arrival known to us once you did arrive,” she said as she sat down across from the two princesses.
“So, how have you and your brother taken to the forms you now bear?” she asked after she took a bite of her Breakfast Cake.
“Our forms are our original ones. The only problem we find with them is that we can’t just walk out the front door and into Ponyville,” she replied as Spike came out with a plate with a Breakfast Cake for Lunair.
“Twilight was just telling me how she learned you two could breath elemental magic,” Celestia continued as Lunair took a bite of her Breakfast Cake.
“Yes and as I was saying: the last place I looked was the library and that's where I found them and the explanation,” Twilight concluded.
“Well, it was better to find out then rather than if they got mad and froze a pony or set one on fire,” she said after pushing her empty plate aside.
“Still, Blue-Fire and Red-Ice?” she continued.
Yawn “-Good morning, Tia. What’s for breakfast?” Solair asked as he entered the kitchen.
“Breakfast Cakes,” Spike said as he came in with a plate for Solair.
“So, you let him know I was here, but not what was for breakfast?” Celestia asked the filly.
“We use our shared knowledge ability on a need to know basis,” she replied as Solair sat beside her.
“It saves one of us from boring details sometimes,” Solair concluded before he began eating.
“You call breakfast a boring detail?” Twilight asked as she looked at the Twins.
The Twins looked at each other, then at Twilight, and then replied in an unsure tone: “Yes?”
“Ugh!” Twilight exclaimed as she looked up for a second.
“Twilight, before this era they had no need for food,” Celestia started, “so, as far as they are concerned, food is still an optional thing.”
“You've learned our thought patterns well, Tia,” Lunair said as she looked at the princess while her brother stuffed his mouth. “Slow down, brother, you make us both choke,” she said as she looked at him.
Gulp “-What can I say? I'm hungry!” He replied before continuing to eat.
“Just don't bite your tongue or choke. It'll hurt both of us,” she responded.
“You needn't worry, Lunair,” Celestia started. “I'm sure he knows to be careful.”
“Can you pass the syrup?” Solair asked as he turned to face Celestia.
“Sure,” she replied as she gave him what he asked for. “Are the Breakfast Cakes too dry?”
“No, just ran out of syrup in this bottle,” he responded while picking up and showing Celestia an empty bottle.
“Lunair is he going through his growth phases now?” Celestia asked trying to ask in a more delicate manner.
“We both are,” she replied as she looked at Celestia.
“But how? You never went through these changes before,” she said.
“We have, but in the realm outside of time,” she responded nervously while glancing at her brother every now and again.
“You're purposely trying to avoid being greedy, aren't you?” she asked as she took notice of her friend’s actions.
“Y-yes,” she replied, still nervous that something she fears may happen.
Celestia's eyes flashed and she peered into the thoughts of her friend. “You’re afraid of growing too big for Pipsqueak,” she said. “You're afraid that if you grow too much, he'll not like you any more,” she finished bringing tears to Lunair's eyes but not causing her to cry.
“Think of him, and you will overcome your fears,” she said as she put her hoof across the table on Lunair's claw causing her to focus on what she was saying.
“I… I…” she mumbled barely audible. “PIP!” she yelled before burying her head in her claws crying.
“Lunair, you're getting smaller!” Twilight exclaimed as Lunair shrunk to the size of Pipsqueak.
“Twilight, don't worry. She is doing this for the one she loves,” Celestia said before she stood up and walked around the table to Lunair. “Lunair? How are you feeling?”
“T-tir-” was all she could say before falling over unconscious.
“Sister!” Solair said attempting to revive his sister like he did the last time something like this happened. But his efforts were wasted as she did not awaken.
“I’ll take her to her room, you two continue eating,” Celestia said before lifting Lunair with her magic and walking off.
“Stop laughing!” Lunair said as she looked around her at all the silhouettes of laughing colts and fillies. “It’s not funny!!” she exclaimed as a tear came to her eye. “I AM NORMAL!!!” she yelled in saddened anger.
“Lunair, wake up!” Celestia said again and again as she gently shook the filly awake.
“I AM NORMAL!!!” she yelled as she sprung awake.
“Calm down, Lunair, it was only a dream,” Celestia said calmly as she sat down near the bed.
“They were… laughing,” she started as tears came to her eyes. “Laughing at me. Because-” sniffle “-I’m now so small and different,” she continued as she started crying harder. “Was it really a good choice-” sniffle “-to become like this?”
“If Pip still loves you, then that is all that matters, right?” she asked as she brushed her hoof against Lunair's cheek, wiping away a tear as she did.
“I'm afraid,” she started after drying her tears. “I'm afraid he won't like it. I'm afraid I'll be mocked by all the colts and fillies at school. I'm afraid… my life won't be normal,” she concluded.
“Don’t worry,” she said before summoning parchment, a quill, and ink.
“What are you doing?” she asked as she watched Celestia write a letter to somepony.
“You'll see,” she said as she continued writing.
She could make out a few of the words from the way the sun was shining on the parchment:
…would like to invite… …Twilight's castle… …school gets out for… …Twilight will escort… …you have my word.
The Princess of the Sun,
The rest was illegible to Lunair from the angle she was at.
When she was done, she sent the letter using her magic.
“It was for Pip to visit wasn't it?” she asked as she raised a brow.
“Wait and see,” she replied before getting up. “You stay here and rest. I know that much of a change requires a large amount of energy.”
“Thank you, Tia,” she said before laying back down and quickly drifting off to sleep.
“Stop it!” Lunair said as the other colts and fillies pointed and laughed at her. “Stop LAUGHING!!!” she yelled before she froze them all in ice. She then looked to her right and saw she had froze Pipsqueak. “Pip!” she exclaimed as she ran to the crystal he was in. “PIP!!!” she yelled with an echo as her dream faded away.
“PIP!!!” she yelled as she sprung awake again.
“Lulu, what is it?” she heard Pipsqueak's voice say to her right.
She looked where she heard the voice and Pipsqueak was there.
“How did you-”
“Princess Celestia sent a letter of invitation to my parents and they gave me permission to come,” he said as he looked up at her.
She hopped down off the bed and when she stood as tall as she could, she was eye level with him.
“You're as tall as me!” he exclaimed as he looked at her.
“You don't like it?” she asked nervously as she rubbed her right forehoof against her left foreleg.
“No, I love it. I love you, and nothing will ever change that,” he said before he lifted her right claw with his left forehoof. “And no matter what happens, I'm with you, always,” he said before kissing her claw.
“Please, you'll make me blush,” she said as her cheeks turned fifty shades redder.
“You already have,” he said before hugging her.
“You feel so warm,” she said as she rest her head on his back.
“And you feel cold,” he replied in a near shiver.
“Oh, that's right,” she said before letting him go. “I breath Red-Ice,” she said before exhaling and creating a small solid Red-Ice ball that was, for the most part, perfectly round.
“Cool!” He said before grabbing the ball.
“Please, don't drop it. If it shatters we'll have to find every last piece,” she said.
“Twilight!” Rarity shouted as she entered the castle with Sweetie Belle in tow.
“What is it, Rarity?” she responded as she looked up from the book she was reading.
“Sweetie Belle can breathe Blue-Fire!” she exclaimed before Sweetie blew a ball of fire out of her mouth.
“What!!!” Twilight exclaimed as the book she was holding with her magic hit the floor.
“Twilight, what's wrong?” Celestia said as she entered the main hall.
“Sweetie Belle can breathe Blue-Fire!” she replied as she looked at her.
“I knew it was only a matter of time before this would happen,” she said as she descended the stairs.
“You knew this would happen!??” the three said in almost perfect synchronization.
“Yes, I knew,” she replied as she reached the base of the stairs. “I knew because it has happened twice before.”
“What exactly happened?” Twilight asked as she pulled out a scroll, quill, and ink.
“I will let the Twins tell you when they want to,” she said. “It's not up to me to reveal parts of their past that would now cause them to grieve.”
“Alright then, but that doesn't explain why Sweetie Belle can breathe fire,” Rarity said as she came nearer to the princess.
“Solair loves her,” Celestia started. “Therefore, when she kissed him, he gave her a token of his love: The ability to breathe Blue-Fire.”
“Sweet! Now I can roast marshmallows whenever I want!” the filly said with a smile.
“But my boutique is on fire!” Rarity exclaimed.
“Lunair will put the fire out so long as you can quickly put together a cloak for her to wear,” Celestia said as she began walking to the Twins’ room.
“Why does she need a cloak? Wasn't the vest enough?” Rarity asked as she, her sister, and Twilight followed behind the princess.
“Look for yourself,” Celestia said as they came across Solair in the hallway.
“My word!” Rarity exclaimed as she looked at him.
He had added about half his size prior to the last time Celestia had seen him. He also had alternating Crimson and Black spines his back forming like an armour coating. Also, the tuft of his tail had become a Crimson flame and had curved Black spines around it in a sort of flame guard shape around the flame.
“You look just like my daydream showed you looked!” Sweetie said as she ran over to Solair and hugged him.
He hugged her back then asked a question. “Would I ever lie to you?”
“You have a lot of explaining to do!” Rarity said as she looked at Solair with an angered expression.
“I'm assuming you found out about my gift to Sweetie,” he said as they let go of each other.
“And in doing so, my boutique went up in flames that have yet to be put out by the fire department!” she exclaimed.
“Please, calm down, Rarity,” Celestia said. “Not only is this gift such a curse, it's also a blessing.”
“How so?” she asked as she raised a brow.
“Sweetie Belle, wear this necklace,” she replied as she pulled a necklace with a sun shaped, Crimson coloured gem in it out of her mane.
“Where did that come from?” Twilight asked, not being noticed.
“What'll happen?” she asked as she put it on.
“Catch!” she replied as she sent a ball of magic energy at the filly.
“Aah!” she yelled as she closed her eyes and put her left forehoof in front of her pointing at the ball of magic.
“What!!!” Twilight and Rarity exclaimed simultaneously.
Sweetie Belle opened her eyes to see she had caught the ball of magic with her hoof.
“What? How!?” she said as she looked at it, turning it in all directions.
“That ball is comprised of highly dangerous elemental lighting magic energy,” Celestia said. “Had I threw that at any other pony, they faced the possibility of being shocked to death.”
“But, how can I hold it and not get hurt?” Sweetie asked as she looked up at Celestia.
“You also have the ability to use a special type of arcane magic, that is, so long as you wear that necklace,” she answered. “And if you like, Solair can reform it into any piece of jewelry you wish it to be,” she concluded.
“He can!” she exclaimed before the ball of magic burst sending electrical energy everywhere.
The energy missed Rarity, Celestia, and Solair, but hit Twilight in the neck sending her to the floor.
“Twilight!” the two sisters exclaimed.
“Ugh, my neck,” she said as she lifted herself off the floor slowly.
“Twilight are you alright?!” Rarity asked as she came to her friend’s side.
“I'm alright except a small sting in the neck,” she said as she turned and looked at her friend while rubbing her neck.
“We thought you died!” Sweetie Belle said as she rushed over to her.
“Died?” she asked. “It would take a lot more than a little shock to stop me.”
“So all you felt was a little shock?” she wondered.
“To an alicorn, arcane magic is practically nothing on the pain chart,” Celestia said before they resumed their walk to the Twins’ room.
“So I'm going to have to make a cloak that would fit an older filly that has a long tail and neck and is covered in spines?” Rarity asked as they neared the door to the Twins’ room.
“No, you'll need to make a cloak to fit a young filly with a long neck and tail,” she said as she opened the door to the Twins’ room.
“My word!” she said as she looked at the small Draconic Alicorn filly.
“How did she get smaller?” Sweetie Belle asked as she came into the room and nearer to Lunair and Pipsqueak.
“I shrank myself by expelling magic from my body,” she said as she turned her head and looked up at the filly.
“Pipsqueak, I have something for you,” Celestia said as she pulled a gold fabric bandana with a crescent moon shaped, Cobalt coloured gem in it out of her mane and gave it to him.
“Seriously, where did that come from?” Twilight asked as she looked at the princess.
“Oh, nowhere special, just a literal 'pocket’ dimension,” she replied before letting out a slight giggle.
“I will find a scientific answer one day,” she replied before focusing on the task at hoof.
“What’s this for?” he asked as he put it around his neck.
“Lunair, have you given him his gift?” Celestia asked as she looked at the filly.
“He hasn't given me a chance to give it to him,” she replied as she looked at him.
“Give me what?” he asked before Lunair came closer to him.
“This,” she said before giving him a moderately short kiss on the lips.
“Oh, dear!” Rarity said before covering Sweetie's eyes.
“Hey!” she said trying to get Rarity's hoof out of her line of sight.
“What was that for?” he asked as he blushed a bit.
“Exhale slowly,” Lunair said as she looked him in the eyes.
He exhaled and as he did a Red mist came out of his mouth.
“Yes, you can now breathe Red-Ice like myself,” she said as she hugged him.
“Hey you don't feel cold anymore!” he said as they let go of each other.
“That's because your body temperature has fallen so that you can breathe the Red-Ice,” she replied.
“Anyway, my boutique is on fire and no pony in Ponyville, but you, can put it out,” Rarity said as she rushed at Lunair and turned her to face her.
“Alright, I'll put it out. But I'll need a cloak, or something to cover myself, to get there,” she said as she looked up at the now ‘ten-hoof-tall’ looking mare.
“I'll need materials, my glasses, and you standing still,” she said finishing by pointing at Lunair.
“You have these two at least,” Celestia said before summoning material for Rarity, and her glasses.
“How did you-?” Rarity said before realizing she shouldn't question the power of an alicorn.
“And you have my cooperation,” Lunair said before standing as still as she could.
“Well let's get started, I guess,” she said before getting to work.
After half an hour, she arrived at a functional but not so stylish design. A Light Amber hooded cloak with a Gold fabric tie around the neck and Cobalt trim. It did well to cover the entirety of her body from muzzle to tuft.
“How does it feel?” Rarity asked the filly.
“It'll do for now, let's get going before they evaporate all the water in Ponyville,” she said before they started out the door.
“Lunair, it may be too much for you to handle alone seeing as how you expelled a large amount of energy from yourself,” Celestia said as they exited the castle. “Perhaps Pip should help,” she concluded.
“Wise words,” Lunair replied as they trot through the streets of Ponyville. “Pip, consider yourself a firefighter for today. I know you dream of being one,” she finished.
“You can enter others’ dreams like Princess Luna, can't you?” he asked as he ran alongside his new best friend.
“Yes, and I'm the one who’s going to make them come true for a day, so let’s hop to it,” she said as she picked up the pace.
It took them about two and a half minutes to get where they were going. Luckily they weren't yet out of breath…
“Pip, so long as you keep that bandana on, you will be safe from harm,” Lunair said when they arrive at the scene.
“What happens if I take it off?” he asked, curious as to what might happen.
“Pip, if you take that bandana off while you're near Blue-Fire, I will never forgive myself for what will happen to you,” she said as she looked him in the eyes and put her claw on his shoulder.
“Understood,” he said nervously before Celestia walked over to the fire chief.
“Stand down, boys, the Princess will take care of it,” he said after she whispered something in his ear.
“Now, you two!” she called back letting the two ice breathers know it was their ‘time to shine'.
Pipsqueak and Lunair began heading for the boutique but we're stopped by a firefighter.
“Who do you think you are?” he asked them.
Lunair took off her hood and began ranting: “I’m Lunair Solstice. I’m a Metamagica. I was created in the Origin Of Time. I’m the fourth oldest creature in known existence. I’m the filly who’s going to stop that fire because you can’t… You got a problem with that?”
“Lies!” a firefighter called from afar off.
“Whoever said that gets one minute in jail,” Celestia said before you could hear hoofbeats running away. “One more for abandoning post!” she hollered in the direction of the hoofbeats. You could then hear the hoofbeats coming back.
“Alright, you're comin’ with Murphy,” a cop said before taking the firefighter into custody.
“Very well then,” Lunair started. “Allons-y!” she finished before she and Pipsqueak rushed inside.
“What should I do?” he asked as they worked their way to the kitchen.
“First of check your bandana and see if it feels damp,” she replied as she looked for the sink.
“Not that damp, but damp nonetheless,” he responded.
“Good, all you need to do now is keep yourself hydrated and focus on freezing the flames,” she said before pushing a chair near the sink, hopping on it, hopping on the counter, and turning on the cold water.
“And how do I do that?” he asked as he neared a small patch of fire.
“Think of something very cold, the coldest thing you can think of, then exhale on the flames,” she said before getting a glass of water and drinking it.
He stood there for a second with his eyes tightly closed thinking hard about the coldest thing he remembered.
He remembered the feeling of the cold winter winds. But that wasn't the coldest thing he knew he could remember… The coldest thing he remembered was the passing of his grandmother in Trottingham the winter before his family left.
“Grandmum…” he mumbled, as he did a wave of cold air escaped his mouth stopping the fire in the room.
“Good, keep that thought, and help me clear the other rooms,” Lunair said not knowing what he said as she began to exit the room.
“Grandmum!” he said as he began to cry.
“I didn't mean for you to recall that!” she exclaimed as she rushed to his side.
“I miss her,” he said as he cried harder.
She put her claw on his shoulder- “Pip, please you'll- oh, no,” she said as she felt his body temperature lower drastically. “Pip, change thoughts quickly or you'll freeze over with sadness! The warm summer nights in Ponyville, the hot Breakfast Cakes your mum fixes for you every morning, a nice day at the park, anything other than this!” she said in fear she would lose him.
“Grandmum,” he said as tears continued to flow.
“Fried seaweed and custard,” she said causing him to stop crying.
“What?” he asked as he looked at her.
“Fried seaweed and custard,” she repeated as she looked back at him.
“Fried seaweed and custard!” he said as he began to laugh. “Fried seaweed and custard!” he repeated over and over. “That's a good memory to have,” he said before hugging Lunair.
“Good,” she replied. “This time, only think of the cold winter winds of the Trottingham Northside Park in in midwinter,” she concluded before letting him go.
He felt his bandana- “My bandana isn’t damp anymore,” he said as he looked at her.
“Go to the sink and get something to drink,” she started as she pointed in the direction of the sink. “Hydration is very important for you in this kind of a situation.”
“Got it,” he replied while going in the direction of the sink.
“Meet me upstairs, I'll be in the first room up,” she said before leaving the room.
After getting a drink, Pipsqueak ran upstairs after Lunair.
“How are you doing?” he asked as he entered Sweetie Belle's room.
“Fire’s out in here,” she started as she wobbled from side to side. “Thanks for helping, Pip.”
“Lulu, are you okay?” he asked as he rushed over to her.
“I’m… fine,” she replied as she corrected her balance.
“What's wrong?” he asked, knowing that something was up.
“I’ve expended too much energy,” she said before taking a few steps with the aid of her friend. “Will you clear Ms. Rarity's room for me?”
“Sure, where is it?” he replied as she began walking on her own.
“Up one fl-” was all she could say before falling to the floor unconscious.
“Lulu!” he cried before rushing to her. “Lulu, wake up! Lulu, please, wake up!” he said as he shook her. “CELESTIA!!!” he yelled as loud as he could and within a minute, she was there.
“Oh my,” she said a she saw her friend on the floor. “You put the fire in Rarity's room out as best you can. I'll tend to Lunair,” she said before he darted off and up the stairs.
“I can't lose her, I just can’t!” he thought as he ascended the staircase. When he arrived at Rarity's room he was crying. “Lulu, please don’t leave me,” he mumbled quietly.
His thoughts of losing her were so sad and cold that the instant he mumbled what he did the fire in the room was out and the room was covered in Red-Ice.
“I can't think of losing her, I'll freeze over with sorrow,” he thought before thinking of what she said in the kitchen. He began laughing “-Fried seaweed and custard,” he said again and again. He looked up and noticed the room was covered in Red-Ice and then immediately began down the stairs back to where Lunair and Celestia were.
“She’ll be fine, Pip,” Celestia said as she turned to face him.
He looked past her to see only a cloak on the floor “-Where is she?!” he asked in a frightened tone.
“Don't worry, she'll be back soon,” she replied as she came nearer to Pipsqueak.
“No, I want an answer, now!” he yelled in anger as he backed away from her.
“Pip, if you backup any further you'll fall down the steps and get seriously hurt,” she said trying to get him to stop moving.
“I will if that's what it takes to get an answer!” he said as he rose his back left leg like he was going to go back another step.
“Pip, I'm fine,” he heard Lunair's voice from upstairs.
“Lulu?” he questioned as he looked up the stairs to see a silhouette of Lunair.
He then walked up the stairs to find Lunair without her cloak on.
“I needed you to freeze over an entire room so I could recover,” she said as she hugged him.
“But, how did you get up here?” he asked before she strengthened her grip on him.
“I’d rather not tell you,” she said before letting him go.
“Well, either way, you're alright and that’s what matters,” he said before the walked down the stairs to Sweetie Belle's room to get Lunair her cloak.
“So, you have fully recovered?” Celestia asked as the two entered the room.
“I’ve recovered enough to leave,” she started, “but I'll need him to freeze over another room in Twilight's castle later to completely recover,” she finished as she put her cloak back on.
“Okay, I'll bring your brother over later and get him to thaw Rarity's room,” she said before the three left the building. “The fire’s out, go back to your duties,” she said to the firefighters before they left.
“Oh good, did anything become completely useless?” Rarity asked as she looked at the princess.
“Blue-Fire doesn't burn things, it only surrounds them if applied at all angles,” she replied.
“Oh… that's good… I guess,” she replied as she held a hoof to her chin.
“One more thing, Miss Rarity,” Lunair started as she looked up at the mare. “Pip accidentally covered your room in Red-Ice,” she concluded as she looked downward.
“He did what?!!” she exclaimed as she looked at Pipsqueak.
“I’m sorry, Miss Rarity, honest!” he said defending himself.
“Rarity, myight I speak to you in private a second?” Celestia asked the mare.
“Why, certainly,” she replied before they stepped away from the two foals for a second.
“Do you think I'm in trouble?” Pipsqueak asked Lunair.
“No, I'm pretty sure she's pleading your case right now,” she replied.
“Okay, Princess Celestia told me way happened and I forgive you,” Rarity said as she and the princess came back over to the foals.
“Pipsqueak, I must tell you, if you think of sad things, you may end up accidentally causing bad things to happen,” Celestia said as she looked at him.
“Keep a positive attitude, got it,” he said before they all began their way back to Twilight's castle.
“So, Lunair, what do you plan to do when you are free of your creator’s challenge?” Celestia asked as she looked at the filly.
“I haven't yet given that a thought,” she replied.
“May I suggest starting a life with Pip, when he’s old enough, and moving to the Frozen North?” she asked as they passed through a back street of Ponyville.
“That sounds good,” she started. “What do you think, Pip?” she asked the young colt.
“The Frozen North is the coldest place in Equestria,” he started, “are you sure we could live their?”
“Pip, we can breathe Red-Ice, I'm pretty sure there’s nothing cold enough to freeze us,” she replied as they left the back street.
“Princess Celestia!” they heard before looking around to see a large group of ponies had spotted her and bowed.
“Arise, there is no need for a disruption in your day work,” she said before they all rose and went about their business.
“As I was saying,” she resumed, “Pip, there’s no way we can be frozen if we breathe Red-Ice, because Red-Ice is the coldest thing in the world.”
“Well, okay, I'm fine with living in the Frozen North if you are,” he replied.
A pony then stepped on Lunair’s cloak by accident. As she took a step forward, it came undone and off of her. This caused the surrounding ponies to panic at the sight of her.
“Please, calm down!” Celestia said calmly failing to stop the panic. “SILENCE!!!” she yelled finally ending it. “Do not fear this creature, for she has saved this town from disaster twice already,” she began. “Go about your day normally, and remember to not fear those who are different, but appreciate their differences and help them live a normal life like you,” she finished before everypony hurriedly left the streets of Ponyville.
“Everypony fears you, I see. Is this your true form before me?” a voice like Zecora’s said behind them.
They all four turned around to see Zecora's standing before them. She was looking directly at Lunair.