On a beautiful day in Equestria, Sparkler, Twilight, Light, and Dark were on a train, headed to the City of Canterlot. Light and Dark were excited. “Brothers, sisters, parents.”
“Grandparents, an uncle, Aunts, a cousin. We’re really living the high life now!” Light and Dark said as they high hooved each other.
Sparkler and Twilight chuckled and nodded. “Yes you are.” Twilight said as she and Sparkler went back to their discussion. “Ok, so we’ll head to my parents’ first to tell them the good news, and then explain what’s going on with Light and Dark.” She said. “After that I’m gonna go see somepony about the new librarian job at the new Golden Oaks Library.”
“And while you’re doing that, I need to head to Fleur’s house to talk about something important.” Sparkler responded.
Twilight glanced at Sparkler. “You do?” She asked. This was the first she was hearing of this.
“Yeah.” Sparkler responded. “When I was in the future I learned something about her. Something shocking.”
“What did you learn?” Asked Twilight.
Sparkler sighed. “I learned that she is my biological sister.” She revealed.
Twilight blinked, taking a second to process what Sparkler just said. “Uh…you don’t have a biological sister?” She said, confused.
“Apparently I do. And it’s Fleur.” Sparkler responded.
Twilight’s jaw dropped as her brain caught up with the conversation. If what Sparkler said was true…that would explain why Fleur and Fancypants never hated Sparkler in the first place. “Wait, if she is your sister, why did she never say anything? Does that mean you’re adopted? Or her?” She asked a thousand questions on her mind.
“I don’t know.” Sparkler responded. “I-I don’t know the why, how, or anything. But there’s one thing I do know. Both Fleur De Lis and my parents have some serious explaining to do.” She said.
Twilight nodded. “How are you feeling right now about it?” She asked as she came to the realization the impact this information must be having on her fiancée.
Sparkler sighed. “I don’t know. This revelation has thrown me for a loop. A million questions in my head. Now I just want to know the truth.” She said.
Twilight transferred over to the seat next to Sparkler and hugged her. “Well, I’m here if you want to talk, or vent.” She said.
Sparkler nodded and nuzzled Twilight’s cheek. “Thanks Twi.” She said, grateful that Twilight was with her, and now no longer in danger of going insane.
“So. You did ask my parents for permission to propose?” Twilight asked.
“Didn’t need to. The last time we saw each other they brought it up when you were out of earshot.” Sparkler responded, chuckling. Indeed. When Velvet and Nightlight came by for a visit just before the Detrot event, they took the first opportunity out of earshot of Twilight to tell her that she had their permission. “Something about being able to see that we’re…if not there already, than EXTREMELY close.”
Twilight chuckled. “I mean. We did kinda speed along the progression with moving in and adopting 11 kids.” She said.
Some time later, in the Sparkle Household, Velvet pulled a cake out of the fridge. She beamed excitedly. “Can you believe it Nightlight? Our little girl is getting married!” She squealed in excitement.
“And with two additional kids to boot.” Nightlight responded as he was looking at a picture of their two new grandkids. “Uh, honey, which one’s Light-Wing again?” He asked.
“Dark furred Bat pony is Light-Wing, light furred is Dark-Wing.” Velvet responded.
Nightlight nodded. Princess Luna had come by the previous day to let them know that they had two new grandchildren with unique looks. They were surprised at first, but they very quickly came around. During the visit, Luna had let it slip that Sparkler and Twilight were engaged. So that’s why Velvet baked a cake to celebrate the occasion.
“Alicorn, Earth pony, Pegasus, Unicorn, and now bat pony, are they missing any pony species?” Nightlight asked.
“Not sure.” Velvet responded. “I think all are represented.”
“Figures that our daughter would be the one with the most diverse family. She is the Princess of Friendship.” Nightlight commented.
“True.” Velvet responded with a chuckle.
At that moment, they heard the front door open and Twilight call into the house. “Hey mom! Hey dad!”
“Guess who!” They heard Sparkler say.
Velvet and Nightlight beamed and trotted into the foyer to see Twilight, Sparkler, and their two new kids enter. “There they are!” Velvet said as she immediately pulled Twilight into a hug.
“The happy new brides-to-be.” Nightlight said.
“You know already?” Sparkler asked as Velvet pulled her into a hug.
“Luna spilled the beans.” Nightlight explained as he hugged Twilight and Sparkler. “She also let us know about a pair of new additions to your family.” He added as he and Velvet turned their attention to the foals.
Light and Dark gulped a bit before holding out their hooves. “Uh, nice to meet you.” Light said.
Velvet chuckled. She could see they were nervous. “Oh no need to be nervous dears.” She said with a smile.
“Mom, dad.” Twilight said. “This is Light Wing and Dark Wing. Mine and Sparkler’s twin batpony foals as of two days ago.” She said.
Light Wing and Dark Wing shook hooves with Velvet and Nightlight, before the two older ponies pulled the twins into a hug. “Pleasure to meet you two. Ooh you two are so cute!” Velvet squealed.
Light and Dark smiled and returned the hug. Everyday. Everyday they were continually reminded that meeting Sparkler was the best thing to ever happen to them.
After a few moments, the hug split and Velvet clapped her hooves. “Alright, I got a celebratory cake in the kitchen. You can tell us everything. Who popped the question, where did Light and Dark come from, everything!” She said.
Sparkler and Twilight chuckled as they and Light and Dark followed Velvet and Nightlight into the kitchen. They were gonna be here for a while. Good thing their friends agreed to help with the other kids for as long as needed.
A few hours later, Light and Dark were left with Velvet and Nightlight while Sparkler and Twilight went to do their other business. Twilight has suggested they go to Fleur together, but Sparkler insisted she needed to do it alone. “Don’t take this the wrong way, but your status as a princess might affect the conversation.” Sparkler had reasoned, to which Twilight admitted was entirely possible.
So instead Twilight went directly to see an old friend. I hope she accepts. We really don’t get to spend time together as much as we used to. Twilight arrived at her destination and knocked on the door.
The door eventually opened and the vanilla cream unicorn mare inside smiled when she saw who was at her door. “Well, if it isn’t Twilight Sparkle. Fancy seeing you here.” She said.
Twilight beamed as they hugged. “Hello Moondancer! How’ve you been?” She asked as Moondancer led her inside.
“I’ve been good. How about you? I hear Ponyville’s finally getting a new dedicated Library building. It’s about time.” Moondancer said.
“Yeah.” Twilight responded. “The New Golden Oaks Library.”
“Nice.” Moondancer responded. “Want anything to drink?”’ She asked.
“I’m good thanks. There’s something I’d like to talk to you about Moondancer, on the topic of the new Library.” Twilight said.
Moondancer raised an eyebrow. “Oh?” She asked. “What might that be?”
Meanwhile, Sparkler and Flash Sentry, who was still assigned as Sparkler’s guard, stood outside what Flash claimed was Fleur’s and Fancy’s house. “So…this is where my alleged Biological sister lives.” Sparkler commented.
Flash shivered. Sparkler had filled him in on the way, and he could only imagine the shouting match to come. “Yep.” He said. “Should we maybe send a warning out to Canterlot? In case a pair of ponies start using the RCV in a shouting match?” He asked.
“So long as Fleur gives a reasonable explanation for why she never told me, there shouldn’t be any shouting…intentionally.” Sparkler responded. “There might be an accidental use or two.”
Flash nodded. “Right. Well, shall we?” He asked.
“I want you to stay out here Flash.” Sparkler responded. “I want this conversation to be as free of outside influence as possible. No princess fiancée, no guard that might scare her into telling me what I want to hear, I want her answers to be her own, honest answers.” She explained.
“I’m only gonna say yes to that because you have magic and can defend yourself.” Flash responded. “But you holler if you need me. You hear?” He asked.
“Sure thing Cap.” Sparkler responded. With Flash waiting at the gates, she walked up to the front door and knocked.
It took a few moments but eventually the door opened to reveal a mare. “Oh, hello there.” She said.
“Hi.” Sparkler responded. “I’m here to see Fleur De Lis.” She said.
“Oh, is she expecting you?” Asked the mare.
“No. But if she’s not busy, I have something important to discuss with her.” Sparkler responded.
“Nancy? Who’s at the door?” Called in a stallion’s voice.
“It looks like Sparkling Medley sir Fancypants.” The mare apparently named Nancy responded. Sparkler figured she knew her from reading the papers when she made the rounds.
“Sparkler? Wonderful. Let her in.” Fancypants responded.
Nancy nodded and let Sparkler in. Inside she saw Fancypants smiling. “Sparkler. This is quite a surprise.” He said as he shook hooves with her. “To what do we owe the pleasure of a visit from Princess Twilight Sparkle’s Consort?” He asked.
…Right, I’m a Princess consort. Outside influence can still affect the conversation. Hopefully I can get Fancy out of the room. “Is Fleur De Lis around? I need to speak with her about something important.” She said.
“She is in the living room. I’ll bring you to her.” Fancypants responded as he began to Lead her through the house. “Might I inquire the something you need to discuss with my wife?” He asked.
“It’s…rather personal.” Sparkler responded. “I’d rather it be kept between Fleur and me. At least until we have our talk.”
“Alright. I understand.” Fancypants responded.
They made it to the living room and Fancy cleared his throat. “Honey! You have a visitor!” He called out.
Fleur De Lis was sitting on the couch reading when her husband called. She glanced up from her book and saw that Fancypants wasn’t alone. Sparkler was with him. “Sparkler.” She smiled as she put the book down and got up off the couch. “This is a surprise. What brings you here?” She asked.
“Something I learned during my latest adventure. Something you apparently have neglected to tell me for half a year.” Sparkler responded.
Fleur’s smile turned into a look of confusion. “Neglected?” She asked.
Fancypants raised an eyebrow. “What has Fleur neglected to tell you?” He asked.
“The rather personal thing I mentioned.” Sparkler responded. “If you would please give us some privacy?” She asked.
Fancypants nodded and left the room. Fleur was super confused now. “Sparkler? Is there something wrong?” She asked. Starting to see that Sparkler wasn’t in the most happy mood.
“Apparently I have a BIOLOGICAL sister who never thought to tell me in the 6 months I’ve been out as an Alicorn.” Sparkler said. “We’ve talked a few times. But she never thought to tell me.” She explained, giving Fleur De Lis a look that told her exactly who she was talking about.
Fleur’s eyes widened in shock. SHE KNOWS?! She was speechless. How did Sparkler find out about that?!
Sparkler saw the eyes widen, and it told her all she needed to know. “So it’s true.” She said. “This whole time, you’ve been my biological sister, you KNEW that you were.” Her expression descended into anger with each sentence as she approached Fleur. “And you never once thought to tell me. You never once took a second to think that I might WANT to know that I had a biological sister?” She asked.
Fleur took a step back as her voice came back. “How did you find out?” She asked.
“My latest adventure was an accidental skip into the future. And while there, somepony let slip that you were my biological sister.” Sparkler explained.
Fleur gasped. She knew Sparkler wouldn’t make anything up. Seeing that she was busted, she sighed. “Fine. You got me. Yes. I’m your biological, twin sister.” She said, lowering her head in shame and bracing herself for the outburst.
Sparkler blinked. “Twin?” She asked. She shook her head. “No, that’s trivial in comparison. WHY!” She growled. “Why did you never TELL me?!” She asked. “I spent most of my life surrounded by ponies who hated my guts. I nearly gave up on friendship and almost died due to a prank, my only friend was a parrot! And this entire time, you’ve been presumably living the dream in Canterlot. I can excuse most of my life because you probably didn’t know where I was, but when I came out as an Alicorn, that’s where the excuse ends. So why did you never tell me!” She demanded.
“I…I can’t explain it right now!” Fleur responded, trying to not break down in tears. “You weren’t even supposed to know I was your sister yet.” She said.
“I wasn’t supposed to know yet? I wasn’t supposed to know yet!” Sparkler growled. “You’re seriously ok with NOT telling me you're my sister? Do you not want to be my sister?!” She asked.
“No. That’s not it at all!” Fleur responded shakily. “I DO want to be your sister. Honest.” She said.
“Then why did you never say anything?!” Sparkler asked. “All you had to do was pull me aside and tell me.”
“I wanted to, but the first opportunity, you were on guard during the Yule Ball debacle, and then I was told you couldn’t know yet.” Fleur explained.
“Told by who?” Sparkler asked. “Who told you to hide your relation to me FROM me?” She asked.
“I…I can’t tell you.” Fleur responded. She sighed. “They don’t want you to know. At least not yet.” She said.
Sparkler facehooved. “Ok fine, don’t tell me. You’re good at not telling me anything so don’t let me mess that up.” She said as she turned to leave.
“I’m sorry Sparkler!” Fleur blurted out. Tears finally dropping. “You’re right, I shoulda told you long ago.” She said.
Sparkler stopped in her tracks as Fleur continued. “I wanted to tell you. By the heavens I wanted to tell you so bad. But beyond being told not to, I also didn’t want to mess up the life you have in Ponyville.” She said.
That took Sparkler by surprise. “What?” She asked.
“Celestia told me about your hurtful past, how your time in Ponyville is helping you heal. I was afraid that if I came in and told you I was your sister…that it would undo the progress you made.” Fleur explained. “I was afraid that if I told you, you’d be so emotionally compromised that you’d…” Fleur trailed off. Not wanting to finish the sentence.
Sparkler got what Fleur was saying. “You know about my magical breakdown. And was worried the same thing would happen, and wouldn’t be able to be stopped.” She said.
Fleur nodded. “I’m sorry Sparkler. I’m so sorry. You had every right to know I’m your sister.” She said.
For the moment, there was silence. After a few moments, Fleur broke it. “It’s ok if you don’t forgive me. Faust knows I don’t deserve your forgiveness…nor do I deserve the right to be your sister.” She said. It was all out now.
Silence returned. Sparkler’s head was reeling. On one hoof, she was furious at Fleur. But on another hoof, she found Fleur’s explanation, her second reason at least, reasonable. And that’s what she wanted, that’s all she wanted. A reasonable explanation. After a few moments, she sighed.
“Are you doing anything for the next few days?” She asked.
Fleur glanced up and saw Sparkler turn around. “What?” She asked.
“Are you doing anything for the next few days? Because I think we both should go to Saddle Arabia and figure this mess out on the adoption front.” Sparkler explained. “And to confront my parents and see what THEY know.”
Fleur blinked her tears away. “D-does that mean…” She asked, a glimmer of hope forming in her.
Sparkler nodded. “I wanted you to be honest with me and I believe you have been.” She said. “You shoulda done it six months ago. But better late than never I suppose.” She said.
Fleur couldn’t believe it. “Really?” She asked, a smile forming on her muzzle.
“Yeah.” Sparkler responded. “And hey. If Twilight’s going to have all her siblings at the wedding. I should be able to have mine there too.” She added.
Fleur blinked. “W-wedding?” She asked.
“Twilight and I are engaged.” Sparkler responded. “Oh, and also, there’s gonna be 11 kids calling you aunt now.” She said. “And they’ll be calling you uncle Sir Fancypants!” She called out.
There was a definitely drop of something before Sir Fancypants revealed himself from around a corner. “Ahem. My sincerest apologies. The shouting started before I was out of earshot…not that any attempt to be quiet was made.” He said.
“Yeah yeah.” Sparkler responded. “Ok. So here’s what’s gonna happen. Fleur and I are gonna head to Saddle Arabia to sort it out with my parents, and then, when we get back. The both of you are going to visit Ponyville and have dinner with us at the castle.” She said. “Does that sound like a plan?”
“Yeah.” Fleur responded.
“W-we’d be honored, Princess Consort Sparkler.” Fancypants said as he bowed.
“No.” Sparkler responded. “No, you are not to address me like that.” She said.
Fancypants gulped and nodded. “A-Alright.”
Sparkler nodded. “Ok then.” She said. One down, one to go.
To be continued…