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Rest For The Weary - Sweet Tale



The Princesses provide foalsitting for a human child.

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Chapter 2

CANTERLOT

The evening in Canterlot came sooner than expected for the regal sisters as they went about their days. Celestia had taken her place on the throne to commence day court whereas Luna was helping the guards track down a certain pony.

Listening to another subject seek advice from her, Celestia quietly groaned and tried to suppress a yawn. ‘Surely this pony has more important things to do...’ She was barely listening at this point. The last thing she remembered hearing was something about how tall somepony’s hedge was.

“What do you think Princess? Do you think I have a claim?” the visitor, a black maned pegasus stallion, asked.

Celestia’s attention was now fully on this pony. ‘A claim about what?!’ She cursed herself mentally for not listening but put on her best faux smile and kept calm. “My dearest subject. There are no laws against how tall somepony’s hedge can be.” She just hoped she’d got it right.

“Are you certain, Your Highness? Nothing at all?” the pegasus asked.

‘NAILED IT!’ She giggled softly and nodded. “Absolutely. As long as it is tendered to and cared for, I am afraid there is nothing I can do.”

The pegasus frowned and sighed. “All I wanted to do was see the sunrise every morning…” he mumbled as he walked away from the throne.”

A pang of guilt welled up inside the solar Princess which she wanted expelled as soon as possible. “Wait!” The pegasus froze and turned around to see Celestia approaching him. Her horn glowed once and a scroll materialised in front of the pegasus. “One admission to the observatory. You may use to witness the sunrise like you never have done before.” she spoke with an awe-inducing voice.

The pegasus beamed a huge smile and bowed before her. “Thank you, Your Highness!” He laughed and galloped away out of the throne room.

Celestia sighed and let out a breath. “The things I do for some ponies…” Turning back around, she trotted back to her throne and sat herself down. She looked to the left to see the sky getting darker. “She’s been gone all day. I wonder if she was able to find her.”

As soon as she finished her sentence, the throne room doors flung open and a few guards approached and bowed. “Your Highness. We have retrieved the pony you asked for.” They motioned to who was behind them.

At seeing this pony, Celestia’s smile grew tenfold. “Oh it is so good to--”

“Sister! I have found the perfect candidate!” called Luna from the balcony. The lunar Princess galloped over with another pony following close behind. “I believe you will find THIS is the best foal-sitter in all of Equestria!”

Celestia looked at both of the ponies repeatedly, switching from one to the other. Groaning, she brought a hoof to her face and dragged it down. “I can’t decide this!”

“Did we not bring the right pony?” asked one of the guards.

“Yes. Is this not the pony you were after?” Luna added.

The two visitors remained silent as the Princesses queried about who should be right for the job. The two ponies looked at each other before smiling and giving each other a quick hug. It had been a long time since they last saw each other.

“I believe that is the most viable option, dear Sister of mine.” Luna said with a nod.

“Then it shall be done.” Celestia looked at her two visitors and smiled. “You will both remain here whilst I contact one of my friends. In the meantime, Luna?” Said pony turned her head at the call of her name. “Can you take our visitors somewhere and explain our friend to them?”

“Of course. Please follow me.” With that, Luna and the two ponies exited the throne room, closing the doors behind them.

“I do hope they’ll be understanding.” Celestia summoned a scroll and a quill and began to compose a letter. “Maybe I should leave out something here…”


EARTH

One VERY tired human sat at his desk and twiddled with a pencil, held in his left hand. On the screen in front of him lay a spreadsheet with a variety of details on it. Yawning, he continued to type.

“Cross-check customer details...cheers Dave, thanks a bunch.” Jason mumbled under his breath. The wake-up call last night wasn’t exactly the best way to start the day. Turns out, no more sleep was to be had after he finished writing his letter to the Princesses. As for Sarah, oh, she slept like a log.

“Jason? You got a minute?” came a familiar voice.

Jason looked up to see a friendly face. “Oh hey Steven. How can…” He yawned mid-sentence. “...I help you?”

“Well, I was gonna ask you if you wanted to go over these budget plans but…” Steven leaned in closer and shook his head. “Jason mate, you can’t continue like this. Take some time off.”

“I can’t, you know that. I need to support my family and I’m the only one working.” Jason replied.

"Haven't you tried to hire a baby-sitter?"

“Yeah we have but we’re quite secluded so no-one will come out.” His sentence was cut short by the ringing of the phone. “I’ll just grab this.” He picked up the receiver. “Hello, Jason--”

“Honey, you’ve got to come home, right now!” shouted Sarah from the other end.

“Whoa, calm down. What’s the matter?”

"We've got a reply! You know...from her?!"

“I’ll be right there.” Jason shut the phone down. “I’m off home, something’s happened.” he said to Steven as he grabbed his coat and escaped the hell-hole known as work. Jason quickly unlocked his bike and began to pedal home as fast as he could. Jason smiled as he couldn’t wait to see what Celestia had written to him. All he could think about was a restless night.

Within half an hour, he made it back to his cottage and parked the bike up. Entering the house, he found Sarah sat on the sofa with the scroll in her hand. “I haven’t read it yet as I wanted to wait for you.” she said with a smile. She leant over to the side of the sofa to gently rock Glen as he slept in his cradle.

Jason approached the cradle and every so softly stroked his son’s cheek before sitting down next to his wife. “Go on...open it. This could be the start of a perfect night’s sleep.” Jason replied with vigour. Sarah unrolled the cream-coloured parchment and passed it to her husband who began to read the stunning calligraphy.

Dearest Jason and Sarah,

Raising a child is a devilishly difficult task and one that can make or break someone. It seems it is starting to break you both and I am sorry to hear that you are struggling.

After a lengthy conversation with my Sister, we have come to an agreement. Unfortunately, we can only offer advice that you know already. But there is something we can do…”

I turned the scroll over to continue reading...but there wasn’t anything. “Was there another scroll?” Jason asked.

"No..." Sarah sat down next to the cradle. "But at least they were truthful."

Jason slumped onto the sofa and sighed. “Yeah…” He dragged his hands down his face and shook his head. “But...what did it mean by something they can do?”

“I’m not--”

Sarah’s sentence was cut short by a blinding flash of light. They both knew what and WHO this was. The light died down to reveal Celestia standing there with a big smile on her muzzle.

“Something that can give you peace for a while.” the alicorn said.

The humans’ mouths dropped as she answered their question. “You heard us...from Equestria?!” Jason asked.

“Magic scroll. Allows me to hear whoever reads it.” She planted herself on the floor. “And yes, I do have a solution to your problem. Albeit, temporary but it will give you peace for a few days at least.”

“Great!” Sarah exclaimed, before slamming a hand over her mouth and checking she hadn’t woken her child. She didn’t. “That was close.”

Celestia craned her head over the cradle to observe the sleeping human child. “Still as adorable as the day he came into this world.” Her horn lit up with a soft glow. “May I?” she asked to which Sarah nodded. Ever so gently, Celestia wrapped Glen in her yellow aura, lifting him slowly out of his cradle and into her hooves. She carefully held him, using part of her wing as a makeshift blanket.

“Not even a gurgle…” Sarah said in astonishment. “How do you do it?”

“When you’ve lived for as long as I have, you pick up a few tricks. I’ve never been a mother myself but I’ve cared for so many ponies in my life.” Celestia softly spoke, reminiscing about her past. The faces of many ponies she had come to love and lose flashed before her eyes.

“You must miss them.” Jason whispered. Celestia nodded and gave a sad smile. “So...what was your plan?”

Celestia nodded and gently handled Glen back into his cradle. “I hate to see you in this condition. I mean no disrespect but...you look dreadful.” They both nodded but said nothing. “So I have an idea which would benefit all of us.” Celestia rose to her hooves and held her head high. “I propose that you let Glen spend time in Equestria, in the care of one of my most faithful foal-sitters.”

“...”

“Are you...interested?” Celestia asked with a curious smile as both of the humans said nothing. She slowly approached them and cautiously raised a hoof, prodding the still silent male in the shoulder. “Jason?”

Jason turned to Sarah and smiled. She replied by doing the same. “We travelled to your world and our baby was even born there.” Jason replied. “I think the trust has been gained, don’t you?” he added, talking to his wife.

“I do.” Sarah turned to Celestia. “It’s a fantastic idea but…”

Celestia noticed the change of Sarah’s facial expression. “But?”

“Will the ponies know how to take care of him?” she continued, looking down at Glen. “I trust you with all of my being but I need to know that my baby will be safe.”

Sarah felt a wing encircle her shoulders as she continued to watch the sleeping form of her child. “You have my utmost promise that Glen will always be top priority in his time in Equestria. Besides, you will have C…” Celestia shook her head and laughed. “Of course! You haven’t met her yet! Just hold on for one minute.”

With that, Celestia vanished in another flash of light, leaving the humans alone. Jason shuffled up to his wife and put his arm round her.

"What do you think?" he asked hesitantly.

“It is a good idea but...I know I’m just going to worry the whole time. What if something bad happens to him?” Sarah replied.

“Look at me.” Sarah did so, sighing slowly. “She has never steered us wrong. She has always treated us with the utmost respect and friendship. She helped us when we had nowhere else to turn.” I gave her a small kiss on the cheek. “Everything will be fine. Besides! We’re getting the best foal-sitter!”

Two flashes of light illuminated the room, blinding the humans. When the light cleared, two ponies were standing in front of them. Celestia had returned but it was who stood next to her that took their breath away. Standing there, with a pink body, wings and horn, tri-colour mane was none other than…

“Princess Cadance!” Jason exclaimed.

The pink alicorn smiled in response as she witnessed a brand new creature address her by name. “My Auntie has told me so much about you.” She approached them both on the sofa and put a hoof around each of their shoulders. “It’s so good to meet you!” she exclaimed in her cheery voice.

The humans returned the hug, a bit hesitantly but friendly nonetheless. Releasing the hug, Cadance stepped back and looked over at the cradle. Walking over and peering inside, she gasped and squealed in delight at the sight of the human child.

“Is this who I’m foal-sitting?” she asked in delight. At the nod of the humans, she smiled even more and looked back at the child. “He’s so adorable!”

Whilst she was d’aawing over the child, Celestia approached and knelt down in front of the humans. “Now that you know who will be looking after your child, will you allow us to give you some well earned rest?” she asked with that infectious smile she has.

Both Jason and Sarah didn’t need to think twice about this. “She foal-sat Twilight and look how she turned out. Of course she can look after him!” Jason said, trying his best not to yawn.

“Excellent.” Celestia replied. “We have all the supplies we need at the castle so nothing will need to be brought there from here.” She looked over at Cadance who was still fascinated over Glen. “Cadance sweetie, I think the parents want to say goodbye to their child.” she said with a giggle.

Cadance immediately stepped back with a sheepish look. “Oh, I’m...sorry.” she replied with a small laugh.

Jason leant down and picked up Glen from the cradle, holding him tight. “See you in a few days, alright buddy?” He kissed him on the forehead and then passed him to Sarah who did the same.

Celestia’s horn glowed, enveloping herself, Cadance and the cradle in her yellow aura. “Have a pleasant rest. We will return in two days.” The glow grew brighter before they all disappeared, travelling back to Equestria.

Jason and Sarah stood there, motionless as the house was eerily silent. The clock read 14:34. Jason said the only thing that needed to be said.

“Bed.”


CANTERLOT

Arriving back in Canterlot, Celestia immediately ushered Cadance and Glen to one of the many private bedrooms the castle had to offer. Setting the cradle down ever so gently, Celestia lay a hoof on Cadance’s shoulder.

“Do you think I did the right thing? By not telling them about the other pony?” she asked.

“Oh I’m sure it’ll be fine.” Cadance replied. “As a matter of fact, where is she?”

“RIGHT HERE!” came a voice from the plant pot in the corner of the room.

“SHHHH!” the Princesses hushed. “The baby is asleep!”

Celestia approached the plant pot and pulled the pony out of it. “Listen, you have to be careful with this child. You are one of the best foal-sitters in Equestria so I trust you will do well to look after him?”

The pony saluted and smiled greatly. “Don’t you worry Princess! I’ll do my very best!”

The smell of candy floss and sugary snacks filled the air as she bounced around the room, mouthing off all the fun she’s going to have. “I’m sure you will Pinkie, I’m sure you will.”

Author's Note:

I completely forgot about this story! HOW COULD I DO SUCH A THING!

Comments ( 25 )

......................................Oh dear god...........The Pink Has Been Doubled...

Pinkie AND Cadence?

Well, I was half-right.

Also, regarding this chapter: ABOUT DAMN TIME.

you FORGOT about this story:twilightangry2:

You forgot the story, but you DID remember, AND you made an excellent chapter to go with it!:moustache:

Pinkie and Cadence? The great pink shitstorm is coming...

I swear that I am going to lose my shit and laugh my ass off if Glen starts floating through the air due to magic because he was born in Equestria.:twilightblush:

....ok so I was half right.... you know they are the two best foal sitters, no lets just hope the smell of sugary treats is just Pinkie's scent and not a bag of candy she will feed the kid.

Sheesh -- If he needs time off he should have asked for some bits. They use GOLD -- as valuable as that is here and as meh as it is there, 50 bits would pay for quite the vacation.

3311839 LMAO!!!! That is the funnest thing I ever heard! :rainbowlaugh:

well this is going to be interesting

*removes glasses* Mother of God. :rainbowderp:

I hope to see another chapter soon :) .

What would be really interesting is if we had a chapter with Cadance and Pinkie try to one-up the other in terms of childcare. Competitive childcare, why isn't this an Olympic event? :rainbowlaugh: Now to watch as the other tries to surpass the action of the other foalsitter.

Any chance of more of “Rest for the Weary”?

Cadence and PINKiE
Great choice but I have a feeling that pinkie is gonna bugger something up :pinkiecrazy:

Is this abandoned?

Pinkie and cadence oh shit how the princess of love and element of laughter baby sit human next time on dragon ball Z :pinkiehappy:

pls dont let this story die!:raritydespair:
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!:raritycry:
it was sooooo good!:fluttercry:

7033367
ikr?
it would be a complete waste of a good story :fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry:

7036911
yeah like totally, coz i for one haven't read anything yet that involves two humans (male and female) having a baby that also circulates the story around equestria.:twilightsmile:
so i hope sweet tale continues this fic.:applecry:

Is it dead?! *pokes with stick* PLEASE DON'T BE DEAD! :raritydespair:

9023123
It’s been dead for five years. I’m sorry mate

I completely forgot about this story! HOW COULD I DO SUCH A THING!

Very easily, as it seems... Apparently you've done it again. ;]


Would be nice if there was a continuation. The story's interesting.

Um dead? Author could you say something?

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