A New Visitor

by Kali Azizia

Of Spiders and Pixie Dust


Starlight looked up from the desk she was sitting at and looked around quizzically. Seeing nothing out of the ordinary, she went back to reading her book.

Starlight looked up again and glared around her bedroom. Nothing seemed out of place and nothing could possibly be making that, odd noise. Still seeing nothing out of place, she went back to her book.


"Nope, its nothing." Starlight said to herself. "Its absolutely nothing."


Starlight glared at the pages of her book, refusing to look up.


Suddenly the noise stopped. Starlight looked up and sighed in relief. Just as she was about to get back to reading, everything began to shake. Starlight was thrown to the floor as the crystal walls around her began to crack and shake loose. Yelping in surprise, Starlight dove out of the way as chunks of the ceiling crashed into and through the floor. Starlight scrambled to her hooves and dove for the door, doing her best to shield herself with magic. As she neared the door a very hefty volume of the Space Galactic Volume IV smacked her between the eyes and the world went dark.

"Oh dear me are you ok? Heeelllooooo?

Starlight groaned and slowly blinked her eyes. A blurry purple shape wobbled over her worriedly.

"T-Twilight? What happened?" Starlight said as she rubbed her eyes.

"Twilight?" Said the purple blob. "Who's Twilight?"

Suddenly Starlight's memories came rushing back and she sat up quickly and looked around wildly, looking for the thing. She was in a small room that was mostly empty besides from a few small bookcases and a bed she was currently sitting next to. Not seeing anything else, Starlight shook her head and rubbed her head.

"Get a grip Starlight. You just hit your head when you fell off the bed. You are not hearing voices and you defiantly are not going crazy!" She said to herself in a cheery voice. "Nope, not crazy at all."

"Well I can say for sure, you are defiantly not crazy!" Said a voice from over her head. Starlight gave a small shriek and jumped to her hooves, her horn charging with dangerous energy.

"Show yourself!" Starlight shouted, getting ready to blast anything to Tartarus.

"Whoa! Hold the magic there doll face! " A small orb of purple light floated down to eye level and Starlight took a step back in surprise. "What?" The orb said. "Do I got something on my face?" The orb suddenly gasped. "Did I sleep in the glitter jar again? Uhhhg I hate it when I sleep fly. I always end up in the strangest places! One sec, let me just use a bit of magic..." The purple orb began to glow with a bright white light and a tinkling music medley slowly filled the room. With a pop of music, the light and music faded revealing a small winged creature.

It was about three inches tall and its skin was a deep tan. It wore a simple white dress that clasped at the shoulders with two small gold hooks. The creature's hair was electric shock green and flowed freely around its body, drifting lazily as its butterfly like wings flapped softly. Out of all of this however, Starlight was more focused on its eyes. Its irises, instead of typical eye colors, were a kaleidoscope of colors that seemed to shift and change the more Starlight stared into them. "Ah there we go! Now I look absolutely dazzling don't I!" The creature winked, but Starlight
couldn't help but notice that it still had glitter stuck in its hair and wings.

What she saw before her shattered Starlight's concentration and her horn fizzled out as she stared at the small creature before her, an expression of awe and shock on her face. "What...are you??" she asked slowly. The creature giggled and twirled in the air before her.

"What, you never seen a Pixie before?" Starlight shook her head then stopped, realization flashing in her eyes.

"Wait...your a Pixie? Like one of the mythical creatures from the olden times? That kind of Pixie?" Starlight gasped, her jaw dropping in awe, again. "Your race mysteriously disappeared thousands of years ago, just after the foundation of Equestria! How-how are you.." Starlight was cut off as the Pixie before her began to laugh.

"Bwhahahahaha!" the Pixie flopped on her back in the air and kicked her legs in laughter. "Oh you ponies are sooo funny! Of course we still exist! We just moved, silly!" She fluttered up to Starlight and booped her nose. "So I'm Iris! What's your name!"

Starlight shook her head, pushing aside her questions for now. "I'm Starlight, Starlight Glimmer. Nice to meet you Iris." The Pixie laughed and she flew up and landed on Starlight's horn. "So if your kind moved away, why are you here in Ponyville?" The Pixie gave a small laugh and flew around Starlight's head a few times.

"Weell its a bit of a long story, but to ease you the trouble of my deep and conflicted back story, I moved here with my mistress! She rescued me a while back and well I've stuck with her ever since." Iris sighed, a dreamy expression on her face.

"Wait...is your mistress..." Starlight began to stammer, memories resurfacing of long spidery legs and dripping fangs flashed through her mind and she wobbled on her hooves.

"Yes, I believe you've met her. Her appearance tends to...cause others to be afraid of her at times. Arachne tend to be feared by most, except for those who live in the forests where I'm from. Creatures of magic tend to stick together." Starlight looked at Iris curiously.

"Where are you two from, by the way?" Starlight asked Iris. "You said your from a forest, are you from the Everfree? It's defiantly big enough."

"Oh no, that forest is way to scary. No I'm from the Emerald Forest, its beyond the Badlands, near the ocean."

Starlight nodded to herself. "That makes sense, the Emerald Forests are rumored to be full of magic. From what I read about the forest, all sorts of mythical creatures live there like the tree spirits, The Dryads, Deer, and a variety of plants." Iris nodded in agreement, a small smirk forming on her face.

"Yeah, your mostly right except for one small, itsy bitsy thing." Iris struck a dramatic pose in front of Starlight, her tiny hands in the air. "None of them are mythical. All of them are 100% real." She dropped the pose and looked at Starlight with a serious expression. "All humor aside, my mistress is not used to living among ponies and well...your reaction wasn't exactly...helpful."

Starlight sighed. "Yeah, I know. Its just...I'm not a big fan of spiders." She slumped against the bed in defeat and hid her head between her hooves. "I'm terrible and making good first impressions. I always manage to mess things up."

"Don't be like that Starlight. You were fine when talking to me and I think your pretty great!" Iris grabbed Starlight's horn and tugged. "Now if anything my mistress is nothing but kind and you seem like a pony who can overcome any challenge. So get up, channel your inner strength, and overcome your fear!"

Starlight sighed and got up from the floor. She closed her eyes and nodded and Iris let out a squee of joy!

"Ok." Starlight said, her eyes opening, a determined look in her eyes. "Lets got make friends with a spider."