The Secret of War

by Evil-Lovieness


“Dear Miss Jaclyn Anne Smith,” Jaclyn read out loud, after her entire family bugged her to read the letter out loud. To actually hear what, exactly, was written on it.
“We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected for a very important task we wish to ask of you. Keep in mind that this selection is no easy feat, and is completely serious. With that being said we are confident in our choice in you, and we wish to see you as soon as possible. We cannot tell you just what it is, exactly, that you have been chosen for. All we are allowed to tell you is that it’s a chance of a life time, and we hope you consider it.” Jaclyn read. The shock still evident in her heavily accented voice.
Jaclyn paused when she heard her sister squeak. Thinking that her little sister, probably had a million question up at this point.
“Yes?” Jaclyn asked, in a, some-what impatient manner, wanting to finish reading the letter out loud.
Blossom was silent, her curiosity too strong to interrupt her sister with this new information. Even though she did look like she was doing her hardest to contain her excitement.
Granny Smith just stared with wide old eyes at her eldest granddaughter. With a look mixed with shock, pride, and a gaze lost in thought. Like she was trying to figure out what the princesses wanted with her granddaughter even more than Jaclyn did.
Big Mac, though, just kept his stance leaning on the tree, not saying a peep, wanting to hear the rest of his sister’s letter. But even though his body language was neutral in tone, even he couldn’t hide the shock from his face. With his eyes widening to the size of dinner plates and his jaw going slack, with his hay straw, still somehow kept in his mouth.
“Good.” Jaclyn said, flipping the letter to stand up right and continued what was being read.

“For the most part, we wish to employ you in an urgent business that we feel could use her expertise in. We are quite well aware of the unique powers and abilities you possess. As of such, it would be, in our own opinion, a waste to decline our offer. However we do not wish to force you to agree to our offer: We only wish to inform you. We are also well aware that if you are leaving any family members behind without much support, then don’t fret. Should you choose to accept, we will pay handsomely, providing for both you and your family. We tell you this, again, not to push you, but to simply inform you. This is your own choice, and we wish to learn that your chose is of your own accord.” Juliet quoted the letter that was levitated right in front of her, her hands currently being full of her own clothes.
“That’s so cool!” Buttercup exclaimed, jumping into the air and hovering for a minute with her tiny wings.
“I can’t believe you got called in by the princesses!” Exclaimed Barbra, clasping her palms together like she was almost swooning; thinking that all of this was like some kind of fairy tale. Even if what happening to her sister.
“OOoo.. I always knew you were gonna be worth something really grand sweet heart!” Juliet’s father said, walking in and hugging his eldest daughter.
“And to think, you’ve always wanted to go to the Eclipse State. Now you not only get to go, but the capital: Canterlot Kingdom itself!” Juliet’s mother said.
“But wait, how are you gonna get there?” Buttercup asked, realizing the obvious a bit too late after her own little cheer.
“Oh yeah, hey. What about that?” John asked.
“Well if ya need it Sweet-Pea, then we can help pay for the ticket.” Margret offered.
“That’s a very generous offer mother, and I thank you for it.” Juliet said, giving a true grateful look to her mother, while her father was staring at his wife as if to silently ask, ‘What are you thinking? We can’t afford train tickets to the Eclipsed State!
“However I must decline.” Juliet finished, earning loud shocked gasps from everyone in the room.
“B-b-but Juliet!” Cried Barbra. “You’ve been dreaming about this opportunity. How are you gonna make it if you don’t transportation to get there?” She asked logically, hoping that her sister’s ego didn’t inflate to the point where she thought that they would send a personal chariot for her.
“Simple, Barbra, Sweetie. It’s actually explained in the next paragraph.” Juliet said waving the letter in front of her, getting ready to read yet again.

“Don’t worry about transportation, for attached to the letter we have also sent one ticket by train for you, and you only. The date limit to these tickets however expires in three weeks’ time. We feel that should be a sufficient amount of time to think out offer to you over thoroughly! And if you do choose to accept, then it will also give you time to pack! EEE!!! We suggest packing a large quantity of your belongings. Do not fret if you feel if it isn’t enough. Trust us, it is. Keep in mind this information is only useful to you should you choose to accept!” Diane finished with an excited squeal, stuffing her bright, pink, poofy clothes in her suitcase.
“So I take it you’re accepting the offer?” Another female in the room asked, looking completely out of place in the bright pink room with her over conservative, grey outfit.
“You know it Tavi!” Diane exclaimed yet again, searching her entire room for something.
The girl named Tavi just sighed.
“This is a very big thing Diane. You can’t just jump to an immediate answer like this. The princesses even said to take you time to think it through.” Tavi explained, trying, though knowing she would fail, to put some sense in her over active pink friend.
“Oh Tavi, you’re so cute when you try telling me things I already know!” Diane paused her searching, to smile at her stiff Earth Walker friend. But the comment only made her blush, which made Diane giggle at the complete obviousness of her friend.
“So you have thought it through?” Tavi said, trying to force down her blush.
“Yupper-doodles! I’m a fast thinker you know?” Diane said, looking through her closet now.
“That’s what I’m afraid of.” Tavi grumbled to herself, knowing fully well of Diane’s “fast-thinking”. Though it wasn’t all bad considering it was how they became friends in the first place. And despite whatever Tavi, or her family, might say, she had grown quite fond of the bubbly pink Earth Walker’s antics. She found them quite funny and cute, and, though she was loathe to admit it, were it not for… Certain circumstances, she could actually find herself falling for Diane. But no, her heart belonged to another… Even though the one who captured it hates her.
Tavi tried to shake the bitter thoughts out of her head, but it wasn’t until a hard, wet, squishy clamp had befallen onto her hand was she able to snap out of it: With a scream.
“Diane!” Tavie shrieked.
“Gummy! Don’t gum guest unless they say it’s okay!” Diane snapped at her pet. The pet in question was a tiny, baby alligator; with a fitting name due to his lack of teeth and a wide grin that was nothing but the creature’s gums.
Gummy, however, just let go of his mistresses guest's hand and then went soaring in the air to bite down on his mistress’s fluffy pink hair instead.
“That’s better!” Diane smiled before going back to her search.
“Really Diane, you’re going to have to do something about him. One of these days he’s going to grow out his teeth you know. And his bites will be a lot more painful than that.” Tavi said, trying to look for a sink to wash off her hands.
“Not likely, Gummy’s a rare case. Apparently he has a disfigure, making it so that he can’t grow his teeth out.” Diane explained, now searching underneath her bed. Though, because of her position, Tavi had to fight the urge to force down any blood flow to her head, less she grow a humiliating blush. Or worse, gain a violent nose-bleed.
“What do you mean?” Tavi said calmly, looking away and trying to distract herself.
“Well by now Gummy should’ve grown out his teeth, so I took him to the vet a couple of weeks ago. Apparently he has this special thing that prevents his teeth from ever, properly forming. I think it had something to do with his breeding or incubation.” Diane explained.
“A-ha! Found you!” She exclaimed a second latter: Crawling out from under her bed to reveal her ever popular party cannon.
“You’re not really gonna pack that are you?” Tavi asked.
“Of course I am! Never leave home without it!” Diane explained.
“Right. So why did you call me out again?” Tavi asked, leaning against the dresser again.
“Oh, because I don’t know how long I’ll be gone. So I need you to watch Gummy for me.” Diane explained.
“Me? B-bu-but what about..?” Tavi started before she got interrupted by her friend.
“The Cakes are busy people day in and out, so I couldn’t possibly ask them. And Violet is getting ready for her tour. You the only person I know who will be close by who can watch Gummy that I trust to watch over him. Please, Tavi. Pleeeaasse!!!!” Diane pleaded, giving her friend her ever heart melting puppy-dog look.
Tavi folded in like a house of cards.
“Fine.” Tavi said grabbing a hold of the cross-eyed gator from her friends hair. “But only if you finish reading that letter.” Tavi said, trying to sound like she hadn’t folded in a nano-second.
“Okie Dokie Loki!” Was all Diane said before grabbing her letter again and started reading.

“With all this being said, we hope to see in any day from the day after you receive this later to the expiration date. And keep in mind, while we sent this message specifically to you, a few amount of the same letter has been sent to other citizens of the country: Both in the Solar Empire and New Lunar Republic. The key word being “few”. This is no simple feat and only select few have ever gained this letter. We hope to see you real soon should you choose to accept.

Princess Celestia
Princess Luna”

Rachel finished reading the letter aloud, but not to anyone specific. Her shy friend had already read it, and she doubted that any of the animals could even fathom half of the stuff that they were talking about. Truth was that Rachel wasn’t much of a reader growing up and in the present. To her name, she’s only read one book series and plans to keep it that way. However, whenever she does read she usually reads aloud, not even realizing half the time.
Rachel took one more look at the letter, at several different angles mind you. Mumbling the words over again, not even realizing it.
And then the words printed on the paper finally sunk in.
“Flaust! Do you know what this means!”
Flaust, who was silently star at her rainbow haired friend, with a slight grin to her face, jumped when Rachel exclaimed her statement AND jumping in the air.
“N-n-no.” She answered hesitantly.
“This is it! The big break!” Rachel said, flapping her wings in the air excitedly.
“W-what Big break?” Flaust asked honestly. She felt like her life was just fine right where it was thank you.
“Our big break in life! Our chance in life to make something out of our own names. To go out and see the world! Meet exotic new people! And maybe new exotic new animals.” Rachel finally said, noticing her friend’s shivering from her nervousness, trying to pull her out of it.
“’Cause I remember a young Angel-Folk girl who’s just been dreaming of the day where she could go to the Cantorlot Gardens to see all of the exotic animals.” Rachel baited, trying to pull her shy friend out of her fears.
“But those where just silly dreams! Not to be taking seriously! I don’t know if I have the heart for travel.” Flaust admitted with a slight blush to her face.
Rachel just sighed at her friend’s refusal. Then she got an idea.
Rachel flew over to Flaust’s only pet: A white bunny named Angel. After years of knowing Flaust’s antics with her animals, Rachel knew that out of all the animals, her bunny could understand Human speak.
Whispering her request to the stubborn bunny, Angel just nodded and gathered up all of his animal “roommates”. And soon all of the animals that stayed over at their care-taker’s cottage swarmed around Flaust with pleading eyes and determined looks: Angel in the middle holding the letter in front of him, so as to goad his mistress to accept.
Soon Flaust took the letter in her hand again and just stared at its contents again. And with one more look at her animal friend’s faces, her decision was made.
“Fine. I’ll go.” Flaust said.
“Yeeeesss!!” Rachel cheered fist pounding the air.
“But I’m gonna need to pack.” Flaust said quickly.
“No probs Flaust.” Rachel said, grounding herself. “I’ll help. And then later you can help me with my packing.” She finished, clutching her friend’s shoulder offering her a confidant smile.
Flaust smiled back softly at her friend.
“Ok.” Flaust Agreed.
“Yes! You hear that Princesses?” Rachel called out to the heavens. “We accept!”

“What!?” Blossom exclaimed after hearing her older sister’s announcement.
“Ya heard me Blossom, and ya know it. I accept.” Jaclyn said with an edge of stubbornness to her voice.
“But what about the apples?” Blossom asked.
“Oh horse feathers, Big Mac is strong enough to harvest the apples. Aint that right Macky?” Granny Smith stated calling out to her only grandson, causing him to blush at the old nick-name he had when he was little.
His reply was to simply punch the apple tree he was leaning against, in a mysterious looking pose. Soon all the apples from the tree rained down around him. He simply just said, “Eee-yup.”
“See there Blossom? Now come on Jaclyn, let’s get you all packed up.” Granny Smith said offering her arm out as if to guide her granddaughter.
“B-b-but..!” Blossom tried to argue, following her older sister as she made her way with her granny.
“No Buts about it. I’m going and that’s final!” Jaclyn said, hating the way she had to storm down on her little sister.
“Now if ya’ll excuse me I need ta get packing. Canterlot’s waiting fer me.”

“Cool! Hey are ya gonna need any help?” Buttercup asked quickly, thinking that she could earn her Mark by either being helpful, or by packing up things.
“Hey yeah! What about it sis?” Barbra asked her sister, wanting to have a valid excuse for looking through her older sister’s dresses rather than looking for her Mark.
“No, I don’t think so girls. But thank you for offering.” Juliet declined, using her magic to pack up her clothes neatly into the elegant looking suitcase.
“Oh maybe we can give you some really nifty tourist guides to help walk around town sweet heart!” Margret offered.
“No thank you mother. This is important business, and though exploring Canterlot does seem lovely, I don’t want to come off to all the people there like I’m some kind of wall-gaping tourist.” Juliet explained, giving her father a stern look, knowing what he was going to ask.
“And yes father, that does mean I won’t be googling any of the boys there. Seesh.” Juliet said, recognizing the look her father gave her whenever she would go out on her own with her friend.
I’m 24 years old and I still have to put up with this!’ Juliet thought glumly.
With one of the suitcases being filled, Juliet closed it and used her magic to bring out another one to continue packing.
“Well then we’ll just let you be darling.” John said excusing himself and his wife out of their daughter’s room.
The other two, younger, quickly grew bored with watching the older woman pack and decided to leave to meet up with their third friend.
Finally Juliet was all alone… As of such she decided to let out what she was really feeling about the letter.
“Eeee! This is so exciting!”

“I can’t believe I’m going to the Eclipsed State! Oh if only my family could see me now!” Diane exclaimed, having finished her packing, decided to celebrate in a little mini-congrats-your-going-to-meet-the-Princesses-going-away party.
However there were only three guests, four if one included Gummy: Cain and Carol Cake, and Tavi.
“N-now Diane, are you sure you want to do this?” Carol asked her perky employee, only to receive a feverish nod from the perky pink party planner.
“B-b-but Diane! You know how big this is. R-right?” Cain asked timidly too, only to receive the same answer. Diane was just too excited, that she was in her own little world, barely able to form words.
“Trust me Mr. and Mrs. Cake. I’ve tried talking about this with her, and you know how stubborn she can be with decisions.” Tavi said, trying to enjoy the party by getting a slice of cake for herself. And trying to feed a slice to the gator, trying to figure out how to take care of the way Diane does.
“Just one more question though Diane.” Tavi finally said, halting the mad dancing girl. “Just when do you plan on leaving?” Tavi asked. Which was a simple question really, but still Tavi hoped that it didn’t sound too pushy.
Diane just smiled.
And then, though they all didn’t know it, all five of the girls, at the exact same time said…
“Tomorrow’s the day I’m leaving for the Eclipsed State!”