• Published 11th May 2014
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In All But Name - SPark

Celestia goes to extra effort to make the sunrise perfect for a very special holiday. Yet once that is done, Celestia herself is left sad and alone, for she has never been a mother... (A short Mother's Day story.)

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A Very Special Sunrise

Celestia stood on her balcony and smiled at the distant horizon. It was already growing bright as her sun slowly drew nearer. She coaxed the sun gently upwards with the utmost care. Today was a special day, and Celestia wanted it to be absolutely perfect.

Slowly the light grew, the few clouds near the horizon catching the sun's rays and turning gold, while the sky behind them flushed a perfect pink. The Canterhorn above her caught the light next, the snowy peak reflecting the pink and gold of the morning sky. The sky just on the horizon brightened further, to a gold that was almost white.

Then at last the sun itself peeked above the distant mountains, sending a warm flood of sunshine out into the world. It edged Celestia's coat, tinting the pearlescent white with honeyed golden light.

Her smile grew just a little bit broader and more satisfied. The sunrise had been absolutely perfect. As the gold of dawn that had colored the clouds brightened to the soft white of a lovely spring day, a team of pegasi cleared them away, leaving the sky a pure, limitless blue. Everything was just right on this special day, exactly as it had been every year since Celestia herself had established this holiday at the request of her little ponies.

Yet once the immortal alicorn retired to her room, the smile on her face vanished, to be replaced by an expression of gentle melancholy.

It was Mother's Day. Once called Dam's Day, the holiday had been a tradition for more than a century now. All over Equestria colts and fillies would be honoring their mothers with gifts of food and flowers. Breakfasts would be served in bed, or picnics would be had, and fathers would take care of the chores their wives normally performed, while the mothers smiled and laughed when their husbands managed to do them all wrong.

Meanwhile the only part Celestia had in the holiday was to raise the sun so that the day would be as beautiful as possible. Her own mother was many centuries gone. And while the alicorn had done many, many things over her long life, there was one thing she had never done. She had never been a mother. She reminded herself, as she sat at her desk and began the day's paperwork, that she had too many responsibilities to look after a foal. She had seldom even found time for a mate down the centuries, certainly now she had none.

Even if she had currently possessed a consort, and were to decide she wanted to have children soon, everything she knew about the future suggested that now was absolutely not the time for such things. Dire calamities loomed on the horizon, and she would need all her time and energy to deal with them. Any foal she had would be sadly neglected. It was true, yet still some small part of her regretted it.

"I am the mother of all Equestria," she said with a quiet smile. "I have a thousand, thousand foals. My subjects love me, and I love them." That too was true, yet still she couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to hear foalish hooves in the hall outside as her son or daughter carried flowers, no doubt with a hoof-made card dripping with glitter and glue, to give to her.

Suddenly she did hear hooves, and her ears pricked up in surprise. The gait was even that of a foal, rapid and light on the marble floor outside her room. She stared at the door in surprise. She heard low voices as whoever it was conferred with the guards outside the door.

A moment later, the door swung open to reveal the familiar form of a small purple unicorn. "Hi, Princess Celestia!"

"Twilight?" Celestia frowned faintly at her student. "You should be at home, with your mother." Twilight had been living in the castle for several years now, ever since becoming Celestia's personal student, but Celestia was quite certain she'd sent the filly home to her family yesterday, so she could be with them for the holiday.

"Shiny is making the breakfast in bed, Princess. I'll go in just a minute to help him give it to Mom, and to give her my present, but first I needed to do something."

Her horn was glowing, and a moment later she pulled a bouquet of flowers out from behind her. A construction paper card was tied to the bouquet. She floated card and flowers together to Celestia. "Happy Mother's Day!"

Celestia gaped at the flowers, taking them in her magic in something of a daze. "But... I am not your mother."

"You're kind of like my mother. You take care of me and teach me and I come to your room when I get scared at night, just like Mom when I lived at home. I knew that you haven't got any foals to give you flowers, and that was kind of sad, so I got you some!"

Celestia opened the card. Inside was a crayon drawing of her standing next to Twilight. Her mane and tail had been covered in glitter, which had gotten small sparkles all over the rest of the card as well. On the other half of the card it said "Happy Mother's Day to my teacher who is like a mother even if she isn't."

"I... I don't know what to say. Thank you, Twilight."

"I gotta go now! Shiny will be done with breakfast soon. Bye, Princess Celestia!"

"Goodbye, Twilight."

Twilight waved cheerily, then turned and trotted back down the hall.

Celestia lowered her nose to the flowers and inhaled the sweet scent, a sheen of tears hazing her vision. "Thank you, Twilight," she repeated in a soft whisper. "Thank you very much."

Author's Note:

I'll have to admit I'm surprised how much people seem to like this one.

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Comments ( 95 )

Great. I'm dead. You killed me by making me D'awww so much. Also, the Adorableness help twist the twine knifes of Oh how cute and So sweet into my heart!

Good show!

Yay! So cute!

Thanks guys, glad you liked it! :twilightsmile:

"Shiny is making the breakfast in bed, Princess."

Now I'm envisioning Shining Armor sitting in the bed, trying to cook a pancake over a burning pillow.

Awwwwwww momlestia!!!

4370485 love it and definetly faving it

4370487 Yaaaaay! :yay:

4370337 Pfft. Heee. :pinkiehappy:

4370503 yes yes, momlestia is best lestia. Oh and I added this to my group California Bronies

4370516 Awesome. Thank you!

Dude... ~_~ Happy mothers day.

Awesome and heart warming.

awww little Twily is so precious :raritystarry:

You killed me with the feels. Now I can't say how adorable this is.

Argh! The feels!

this is so sweet i have now diabetes

>story about Celestia feeling like a mom to Twilight
>was added to Twilestia is Bestia group


4372442 Have you actually looked at that group? It's not strictly a shipping group, they specifically have folders for non-ship stuff.

No, I haven't. That's a pretty misleading group name in that case, lol.

4372471 Technically, it is a shipping group. We keep the Momlestians, cloppers, darkfic fans and everyone else on board for contrast with the pairing, not because we are Momlestians at core or a Momlestia group. The folders before I came on staff were labelled "shipping" and "other", to give you an idea. Just because we accept a group of people and cater to them does not mean we exist for their sake. Hence why our collab is a shipping collab and our contests are shipping contests (though I have been thinking of starting a Momlestia collab and a Twilestia clop collab for people who like that sort of thing--i.e., not me), and why our "main" stories folder is 80% shipping and 10% Momlestia.

If you want a group that is dedicated to Momlestia specifically, that already exists and is a very finely managed group at that. 4372559 Is right in identifying the group purpose. Having said that, they have posted the story in the correct folder (mother/daughter) and are supporting the pairing of Twi and Tia together, so they are perfectly in the right here and the group has sufficiently forewarned you that the content you are reading here is not shipping via the folder names.

Tl;dr, SPark is wrong about the group's purpose but right that it is a legal story within the content of the group and the shipping element is not strictly maintained. Just know that it's a cog in a shipping engine while it's there, not a feature focus of the group

EDIT: Oh man, the butthurt at this comment. You guys are worse than Flashlight for your rage-boner levels, my goodness.

That was adorable :rainbowkiss:

4373598 Yikes. I apparently hit a nerve there. I was mostly trying to explain that NO this story isn't meant to be a creepy, incestuous shipfic, and that the group allows non-ship stuff, that's all.

4373682 That wasn't me being angry. I was just telling you what the group was and wasn't, since your tone during the debate in the forums suggested you didn't know otherwise. You being a part of the group while considering the pairing incestuous and creepy, on the other hand....

I don't think he thinks of romantic relationships between them in general as being 'incestuous and creepy'. It seemed to me that he was saying what he did in the context of this momlestia story to say that this isn't a story about Celestia pretending to be Twilight's sexy mother who wants to be spanked by her pretend-daughter. 'Cause that'd be creepy to most, regardless of their general view on their relationship. (Unless you're into that sort of thing, I guess.)

4374277 I meant it would be incestuous and creepy if THIS Celestia, who is Twilight's mother figure, were in a romance. I write romantic Twilestia! :twilightoops: Geez. You seem to be going out of your way to misunderstand me today.

(Also I guess that you didn't understand my point in that debate at all. I was saying that *if* Celestia were Twi's mother figure, I wouldn't see it as an abusive relationship. What that has to do with understanding the group's purpose I have no idea. But if it is strictly a shipping group, somebody should tell whoever made all those non-shipping folders... )

4374422 Yeah, that was exactly what I was trying to say. I'm glad I'm actually speaking English here, I was getting so thoroughly misunderstood that I was starting to wonder.

4374434 Not strictly shipping, but being in the group itself and finding the ship creepy is...yeah. Anyway, I am sorry to have misunderstood you, but you haven't been exactly entirely clear. Not to mention I have had a very stressful week as is.

4374892 Sorry if I've added to it. Hopefully next week will be better for you. :pinkiesmile:

4374901 It's fine. An internet debate is kind of a drop in the bucket compared to the death of a loved one. What can you do? :applejackunsure:

This was a cute little story. Even an immortal needs the care only a family can give every now and again. Don't ask how I know that. Another job well done SPark. Now I return to the waiting position for the next story by your hand.

Death by Dawwww's , it's a hell of a way to go.:heart::heart:

I love it:heart::heart::heart:my mom was in the hospital for part of mother's day

:trixieshiftleft:Alright, I'll admit it. That was kinda cute. Dumb kids, with your simple cuteness, I don't even LIKE you...

4378156 Senpai why are you tsundere. Why wont you just accept your feelings. We kouhai worry for you ya know?

4376142 Apparently the consensus here is definitely "aww". :twilightsmile: Glad you guys liked it!

"...and the flowers were delicious." :pinkiehappy:

Well done! :twilightsmile:

4382374 Hee. I love how flowers are a pretty gift and a food gift in the MLP-verse. (And thanks!) :twilightsmile:

:trollestia:Because you're missing two question marks. Also most kinds of kindness drain my dark powers.

4384187 mugyuu. Why wont you just love us Kohai, Senpai?
We think you are so kawaii-desu ne!


I've learned quickly that everyone you care about easily becomes another bullet for your feelings in time. I try my best to make that gamble as little as possible.

4386111 But freindship is magic!!

Friendship is potentially the darkest magic of all. Treading down the wrong path is too likely for this poor man. If I've found my way down it myself, I won't drag others down with me.:ajsleepy:

That was beautiful... Well-written, Twilight talks the way a somewhat mentally advanced child would, and Celestia feels the way any mare in her position would. What kind of monsters could have had the heart to downvote this fantastic, absolutely fantastic, work of art?!

Queen Chrysalis, King Sombra, and Tirek must have disliked this fiction.

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