Nightshade

by Blazing Dragon


Library Nights

Library Nights

Written By: Blazing Dragon Edited By: BeneathTheShade

I quickly finished my duties for the evening, excited to talk to my new friend.

‘I wonder if she meant what she said about talking with me again. I'm tired of being lonely during my shift.’

Making my way through the long hallway to the library, I pass many rooms and windows as my hooves click upon the marble floor. The castle is so empty and peaceful, and I love the cooler shades my night casts over the gardens. I wander over to the window closest to me and lift my muzzle to catch the draft from the outside. Its cool breeze and wonderful scent bring back pleasant memories of my past.

I stare into her bluish-green eyes, my moon reflecting within them. My hooves wrap around her waist pulling her close to me. Wind from the cool night blows through her light blue mane. 'Such a beautiful mare,' I thought, leaning in and kissing her neck. She shivers at the touch of my lips on her greenish coat, and with a pleased smirk, I continue to her lips.

"I miss you, Wildflower."

"Thinking of her again, dear sister?" I snap out of my trance and turn to look at the intruding voice next to me. I find my sister standing there calmly enjoying the view alongside me. 'Why didn't I hear her approach me?' I thought. 'How odd.'

"Yes sister, I was..."

"It seemed like a good memory."

'My sister has changed a lot in the last thousand years I've been gone. She never cared to talk to me at night before... always busy. Ever since my return, she's practically fallen over backward to make me comfortable.'

"What is it you need?" I asked, raising an eyebrow.

"Nothing Lulu, just caught you zoning out again, but with a smile instead of the usual sad frown on your face. Lulu, it's not good to live in the past, especially for us immortals."

I scoff, laughing bitterly. "Yes, well, easier said than done, when all I have left are memories to keep me company."

I watch as my sister closes her eyes and turns her head from me. 'Is she crying?' I thought, trying to get a better look at her face. "Tia, are you okay?"

To my surprise, I see a tear on my sister’s face as it makes its descent to the marble floor. "You know, mortals seem to think the hardest part of being immortal is letting go of the ones we love, but it's the regret and mistakes that haunt us…” Celestia shakes her head and wipes the moisture from her eyes. "Sorry Luna, I should be getting to bed, it's been a long day."

Concerned, I stare at my sister. "Tia, are you feeling okay?"

"I'll live, Lulu." She counters, trotting her way up the spiral staircase to her bed chambers.

My sister has been acting strange lately, or maybe I'm just starting to notice it. Besides, what does she know of regret anyway? She doesn't have the blood of ponies on her hooves or the memory of the one she loved staring at her in terror. I fight the memory back and take a deep breath, trying to concentrate on more positive thoughts.

'Like the unicorn waiting for me in the library.'

I finally reach the library and open the doors making my way inside. The scent of old books brings another pleasant memory of my past.

"Should we really be doing this here Luna?" Wildflower whispered "What if somepony sees us?" she asked, frantically looking around the library worried. I put my hoof up to her lips. "Shhh, my love. No one will see us, besides, ponies aren't in the library at this hour anyway." I reassured her, feeling her relax under me. "Now where were we?" I asked with a smirk. I feel her giggle under me. "If I recall correctly, you were kissing me."

I pass the large bookcases that fill the library looking for Twilight in the place I found her the other night. When I arrive at my destination I look around to see nopony at the telescope. A sigh escapes me.

'Well, maybe she was busy and couldn't make it.' I thought, turning to leave until I hear a strange noise coming from one of the tables in the library.

I saunter over to it and can’t help but laugh at what I see. Twilight snoring with her head in a book. Chuckling on my way over to her I poke her with my hoof.

"Twilight, wake up..." I say, trying to shake her awake.

She cracks an eye open, mumbling incoherently. "Wha..." she starts, smacking her lips together and yawning. Stepping over to one of the chairs next to me, I sit down, smiling playfully at her. “Twilight, did you forget that you invited me to chat this evening?”

“I tried to wait for you, I really did but I couldn't keep my eyes open. Princess Celestia has been keeping me busy with all this research on political mechanics,” she sighs loudly “It’s been cutting in on my own research!” She finishes, slamming her head in her book, pouting.

‘By the heavens she’s adorable!’

“Well, why don’t you take a small break? I have some things I wish to discuss with you actually.”

“Really, it isn’t more research, is it? I don’t think I can handle any more at the moment.”

“No... it’s about the book from last night, you asked for me to give my thoughts on it.”

Her head raises from the book she is currently laying in, her eyes focused on me. I have her full attention. “W-what did you think?”

‘She wrote the book, I know it.’ I thought, pleased by her reaction.

I crack a smile. “I thought it was actually pretty good if a bit unrealistic at times.”

“How was it unrealistic?” She asked, frowning slightly.

“It’s okay Twilight I didn't hate the story, I just thought the romance was a bit unrealistic. Especially the part where the two lovers confess their undying love for each other the day they meet!” I facehoof, sighing and shaking my head, then continuing. “But the adventure side of things was written very well, I especially liked the part where Nightshade saves Starlight from the lair of the Dragon King, that was very exciting.”

Twilight perks up a bit at my last statement. “What about the part where she fights the Lord of the Vamponies?!”

“Oh yes, that was one of my favorites, I really liked how she defeated his vampony minions by poisoning The Fountain of Blood with garlic, very ingenious.” I said, chuckling into my hoof.

She laughed with me, smiling widely. “I’m glad you liked it…” Her smile faded into a frown. “No one else did though. Except for Spike, and that’s only because he liked the Dragon King part.”

“Twilight, I’ve been meaning to ask you a question all night but did Lavender Night write any more books?”

“No she didn't… nothing published anyway.”

“Twilight, are you Lavender Night?”

“What?!” she yells loudly, getting up rapidly and sending the chair she was sitting in flying backward. She looks behind her noticing the extreme reaction she had and starts to chuckle sheepishly. “Sorry,” she said grabbing the chair with her magic and putting it back. “H-how did you find out?” She asks nervously sitting back down.

“Twilight, your pseudonym, Lavender Night was practically a dead giveaway, and you were acting very strange last night when we talked about it.”

She grunts loudly, “I’m so stupid!” She exclaimed throwing her hooves in the air.

“Calm down Twilight, you’re not stupid.” I said trying desperately not to laugh at her antics. “You know I’m getting a little hungry, how about you?” I asked, getting up from my seat.

She answers with her stomach grumbling loudly, chuckling. “Yes, but isn’t the kitchen staff all asleep?”

“Twilight, I’m not an invalid. I can make my own sandwich and I would love to talk more about your unpublished work.”

“Okay Princess, if you say so, but most of my unpublished work is fanfic of Nightshade and Daring Do teaming up to stop The Curse of the Mummy King.”

“Please, call me Luna, and what is fanfic?”