Land of Equines

by Daddy Joe

The Princess Of Love....

The Princess Of Love....
May 4th, 2013

It was now getting later in the afternoon. Four o'clock, to be exact. I already checked up on Applejack in the bakery building and the food seems to be going along real well. I can't really lie when I say that I was at a dilemma on whether I should take or leave some of those delicious apple fritters that were left out in the open for anyone to take. But in the end, I decided not to because, come on, that would probably be pretty rude, especially for a royal wedding. Can't get obese just yet.

Anyways, after that, I went back inside the castle and wandered throughout the vast hallways. It was relatively quiet. So, it was no surprise when I began to hear the sound of hooves clopping against the marble floor.

"Alright, try to look good in casual clothing." I thought to myself while flattening out my black t-shirt and khaki shorts.

Of course, I assumed that it was going to Princess Cadance around the corner, but I was wrong. It was Twilight instead.

"Hey, Twilight." I said.

"Shhhh! C'mere for a second." Twilight whispered discretely.

I reared my head back a little bit and looked behind me. I didn't see anybody at all.

"Why are you whispering?" I said.

"Just come here, Caleb." Twilight repeated, sounding a little bit more agitated.

I complied with Twilight and walked over to her.

"Did that pink nightmare walk by?" Twilight asked.

"Alright. Tell me what's happening now." I said, assuming some incoming drama, but that didn't seem like Twilight.

"Did she, or did she not?" Twilight asked.

"Wait, who? Pinkie Pie?" I asked.

"Not her. Princess Mi Amore Cadenza." Twilight clarified.

"No, she did not. Why are you asking?" I said.

"Because she was just walking down this hallway and turned the corner." Twilight said.

"So? She's an alicorn. She probably teleported out of the building." I said.

"I'll give you that, but something is extremely off about her. She's not the foalsitter I once knew." Twilight said.

"What do you mean?" I asked, confused.

"She's absolutely rude and disrespectful! Get this, Applejack offers her a bag of freshly made treats. And you know what she does? She just opens up a flippin' trashcan and throws them away! Does that not sound like somepony who's rude, or not?" Twilight said, waiting for an answer.

"I mean, that does sound rude... but maybe she didn't want them. Or maybe they were burnt." I said.

"Applejack giving away burnt food?" Twilight asked.

"Well, I don't know. If she is being rude, its gotta be from stress. Shining Armor told me that he himself is stressed out with with the wedding and protecting Canterlot, so it wouldn't really be a surprise if the bride is stressed out, too. Actually, I think the bride would be more stressed out. You ever hear or seen a bridezilla?" I said.

"Bridezilla?" Twilight asked.

"It's a human term. Basically a bride who goes crazy over everything." I explained.

"But that's not the same behavior as Cadance! She's just being mean for the sole intent to do so." Twilight said.

"You're overreacting, Twilight. You can overreact in certain situations, y'know that?" I said.

"I'm telling the truth. I can prove it to you!" Twilight persisted, followed by a period of silence.

"Okay, fine. If you believe she's so mean, then let's find her. I'll meet her for the first time and I'll examine her behavior. If she seems mean, then I'll believe you." I said.

"I like the sound of that," Twilight said, seeming more happy with my choice. Her eyes then fixated out the window before letting out a short gasp. "There she is! Right out the window!"

I then looked out the window and there she was. She had pink coat, an attractive colored mane that was beautifully styled, wore a tiara of her own on top her head, a gold necklace with a heart in the middle. From what it seems, she was probably the shortest out of the princesses. She was around the same height as Shining Armor and had a slim body mixed in with a little curve.

"Wow. She is gorgeous. And that's coming from a human." I admitted.

"I know, she's soooo pretty. Just get out there before she gets away and I'll keep watch. You'll see who she's truly like." Twilight said before she teleported out of the castle.

I slightly shook my head and sucked in my lips before fast-pacing to the nearest exit of the castle.

"There's always gotta be something wrong or going on." I mumbled to myself.

Again, I straightened out my clothing before approaching the princess. As I exited the castle and took a left, Cadance was a little bit further away now. I didn't want come up to her from behind incase of startling her. I don't know, I was a bit nervous.

"Excuse me, Princess Cadance?" I called out.

In an instant, she snapped her head in my direction as if she knew I was about to speak.

"She reacts quick." I remarked to myself.

She looked at me in a way I wasn't expecting her to. I was expecting an expression of surprise and delight, but she had a raised eyebrow and looked both annoyed and confused. She then turned herself and began to walk towards me, keeping an eye on me.

"She's mad! She's mad! She's mad!" I mentally repeated.

She continued to look at me in a way that began to make me feel a little uncomfortable, but as she got closer, she seemed less tense.

"Aren't you going to bow before me?" Cadance asked.

"Oh, yes. So sorry, your highness." I sincerely apologized, bowing before her.

As I rose up, she maintained her distance between me and her, still examining me.

"What exactly are you supposed to be? And for your information, I wish to be refered as Princess Mi Amore Cadenza." she asked, somewhat rudely.

"Don't you recognize me? I'm Caleb Barlow, the first human in Equestria. Your fiancee mentioned that you read all about me." I said, crossing my arms and beginning to believe Twilight a little bit.

Princess Cadance's eyes lit up to that statement.

"Ohhhh, how silly of me! I'm sorry, my mind must've slipped up from all the stress I've been going through lately." Princess Cadance said, laughing at herself now with a positive behavior.

"No, no, it's alright! At first, I thought Shining Armor was saying that just not make me so nerved up." I said, laughing as well.

"Shining Armor? That sounds nothing like him at all. He's always truthful to me." Cadance said.

"Well, that's good for a relationship. Especially in taking the next step into marriage." I said.

"Yes. Indeed it is." Cadance agreed.

"But yeah, I just wanted congratulate you on your wedding. I can't wait to attend it tomorrow." I said.

"Oh, why thank you very much." Cadance said, smiling.

"So, have you caught up with your Twilight much? The mare who you used to foalsit when you were young?" I asked.

"Um... yes. We kinda talked for a while and caught up on things in our lives over the years. It was a nice reunion." Cadance replied.

"Good, good." I said, nodding my head.

"Are you friends with her?" Cadance asked.

"Oh, definitely. She was the pony who really showed me around Ponyville on my second day in this world. That also counts with the five other mares who are helping out with the wedding. A dragon also included." I said.

"Yes, I met them. Close friends?" Cadance said.

"Yeah. To be honest, they're kinda like a new family. That may sound really weird, I know, but I... I care for them. Probably because they're the only ponies I've been with the most and bonded with." I said.

"Really?" Cadance asked, intriged in a way. "And how long have you been friends with them?"

"Six months." I replied.

"I see," Cadance said before pausing. "Here, I want to give you something."

"Okay. What do you have?" I asked.

"I'm not sure if anypony told you, but the princess of love always gives a peace offering to new ponies they meet. I've actually given out quite a bunch today." Cadance said.

"No, I did not know that." I said.

"Really? Because I actually have something for you." Cadance said.

"Alright then. What do you have?" I asked.

"Well, I'll just let you know right now that it comes in the form of magic." Cadance said.

"Magic, huh? Alright, I gotta see this." I said, interested in what I was about to receive.

"Very good..." Cadance said with a grin.

Cadance's horn began to undulate a green aura and a whitish-green beam began to slowly shoot out of the tip.

"This isn't dangerous, right?" I asked.

"Caleb, it's a peace offering. I wouldn't do anything to harm you in anyway." Cadance replied.

Trusting in her word, I allowed her to continue and the beam then made contact with my forehead. I could feel the magic entering inside my head and I was instantly overcomed with the feeling of absolute bliss and happiness from a high amount of dopamine released.

"Feels good, doesn't it?" she asked.

"Oh, yeah. That's nice. That's real nice..." I said, biting my bottom lip.

The feeling of bliss lasted for a good fifteen seconds before it abruptly left. However, after my short dopamine high, I felt dazed and weary. Almost as if I just woke up with a lack of sleep. And for some reason, I couldn't take my eyes off Cadance. I had the ability of free movement and choice, but I felt the need to just stare at her for some reason, and I didn't think anything of it being a bad thing, it just felt... normal.

"Well, it was great on meeting you for the first time, but I should get a move on and check up on my husband, if you know what I mean." Cadance said.

"Yeah. Uh-huh." I said, my mouth halfway open.

"I'll be expecting you at the wedding tomorrow." she said, turning herself and walking away.

Like before, I didn't move my head, but my eyes followed her as she walked away. Once she went inside the castle, my trance had went away, snapping me back into reality. I closed my eyes and slightly rolled my head, shivering as I opened up my eyes again. And the cool thing was that I felt so lively and awake after that. My body felt great, like an athlete.

"Thanks, Princess Mi Amore Cadenza." I said to myself.

Twilight then teleported behind me with a flash of light. "You see? What did I say about her?" she asked.

"Okay, she may have seemed a little bit blunt at first, but she was nice to me once she remembered who I was." I said.

"That's not right. Do you not find it suspicious at the very least that she had no idea who you were despite the fact that my brother even told you that she actually knew who you were?" Twilight asked.

"That was actually kinda odd," I admitted. "But, that doesn't really prove that she's mean. Her mind could've slipped and forgot."

"Yeah, she completely forgot about the seven foot bipedal human." Twilight said, sarcastically, followed by a sigh. "But what was the magic junk she gave you?"

"It was a peace offering. I guess it's supposed to make you feel really good because that's what I felt like. Did she give you one?" I said.

"No." Twilight replied.

"Oh. She said she already gave out a bunch today, so I was just wondering if you got one yet." I said.

Twilight rubbed the bottom of her muzzle with her hoof. "Hmm. Then I think I'll see what this spell is, exactly."

"You gonna get one?" I asked.

"Nah. I'm think I'll continue to keep an eye on her." Twilight said.

"If you insist. But I'm telling you, she's not mean." I said.

Twilight didn't respond to my belief and decided to just trot after Princess Cadance.

"You can be stubborn unicorn sometimes, Twilight. Still, got Princess Cadance off my check list." I mumbled once she entered the castle.