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After the Gala - twilightsparkle3562



Twilight tries to find out if Celestia has feelings for Discord.

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Harboring Feelings

Author's Note:

Disclaimer: I do not own "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," or its characters. They are property of Hasbro Studios and DHX Media.

"After the Gala"
By TwilightSparkle3562

Chapter 1

"Harboring Feelings"

Following the antics caused by the ex-master of chaos, Discord and his companion, the Smooze, Twilight and Princess Celestia stood as they watched Pinkie Pie dance with the slimy creature. It was the night of the Grand Galloping Gala, the biggest night in Equestria and all had descended on Canterlot for the soiree.

However, for Princess Twilight Sparkle, who was attending the gala for the first time since she was crowned a princess, had come to help organize the gala and thought that she had failed to help her mentor relax and enjoy herself. It was the first major event in Cantelot since the events with Tirek and many of the ponies were still feeling the effects from his rampage.

Tonight, in her mind, was supposed to be a part of the healing process until Discord and the Smooze arrived.

"I'm sorry, Princess Celestia," said Twilight. "I thought I could give you a break tonight, but it turns out I was in over my head."

However, Celestia said otherwise, for little did Twilight know that she had enjoyed herself immensely.

"You have nothing to apologize for," replied Celestia, happily. "This has been the most FUN GALA in years!"

"I know," sighed Twilight, lowering her head and shutting her eyes. "It was a…WHAT?"

Twilight couldn't believe what Celestia had just said. In her mind, she thought that Celestia was going to be cross for letting the Gala get out of control.

"But there was ooze all over the place," protested Twilight, running to face Celestia. "And one of the guests tried to send somepony to another dimension."

"I know," replied Celestia, opening her wings. "Can you imagine how dull it would have been if I hadn't invited Discord?"

Celestia then pushed Twilight onto the dance floor with her left wing, excited to finally get involved with the festivities.

"Come on, whoo!" she cried, pushing Twilight onto the dance floor. "The night is still young!"

This conversation ran through Twilight's mind for the rest of the evening. She didn't bother to think of the first time she was at the gala. Celestia had said that it always awful and thanks to inviting Twilight and her friends the first time around, it was what she always wanted it to be, lively and enjoyable. But it seemed that thanks to the events with Tirek and the Plunderseeds, Twilight had tried to make it easier for Celestia so that she could actually enjoy it.

"I don't understand," thought Twilight as she and Celestia retreated to her private quarters that night. "Why would Celestia say that this was the most fun gala in years? Could it be that she may like Discord after all he has done? There is something about her liking Discord."

Soon, the gala had come to an end and Twilight was still thinking about why Celestia would invite a creature like Discord to even come to the biggest night of the year.

"Princess, can I ask you something?" asked Twilight as she accompanied Celestia to her quarters that night. "There has been something on my mind and I need to tell you about it.

"Of course, Twilight," replied Celestia, still feeling giddy at all that had happened tonight. "What is it you want to ask me about?"

"I'm glad to see that you enjoyed yourself tonight," said Twilight, who was feeling slightly sheepish. "But, I wanted to help you oversee the gala so that you could have a break from your royal duties. Is it just me, or do you like it when royal events are ruined?"

Celestia could only chuckle at this as she and Twilight walked into her quarters. In her mind, she knew that Discord had truly changed for the better.

"Well, you know that the Grand Galloping Gala is always awful," replied Celestia as she laid down by her fireplace. "I know you were trying to make it easier for me, but I wanted to give Discord a chance to show that he is truly reformed and willing to learn the magic of friendship."

"If he is going to learn the magic of friendship," said Twilight, joining her mentor by the fire. "Then he definitely has a lot to learn. I warned him to keep his friend under control and he didn't listen to me."

Celestia could see that despite Discord being fully reformed, she could see that Twilight was still not going to trust him fully.

"I think you are just being too hard on yourself, Twilight," said Celestia, looking over to her student. "Just because you are a princess doesn't mean you have to act formal and regal all the time. I have seen you be yourself and it doesn't have to stop. There is much more to me underneath the regal of my title and I know there is much more underneath the regal of your title, too."

"Are you saying that you wanted Discord to come tonight?" remarked Twilight, using her magic to undo the bun in her mane.

"I did," said Celestia, sighing in exhaustion. "We've been through a lot these past couple of months, Twilight. Tonight was a night that we could have fun for once. Besides, I liked Discord's joke about flying better than you."

Despite being insulted when Discord made that joke, Twilight let out a small chuckle.

"I have to admit," chuckled Twilight. "That was a little bit funny, even if it was insulting. I have to admit, I still have trouble flying even though I am an alicorn."

Feeling as though she had gotten through to Twilight, Celestia smiled to herself. Tonight was about letting loose and Twilight was starting to let it loose.

"We all have trouble at something, Twilight," chuckled Celestia. "Sometimes, it's best to make light of the situation in a fun manner."

"Good thing Cadence wasn't here tonight," continued Twilight. "She probably would have been insulted. Then again, she did like how Discord livened up our visit when she came to Ponyville."

"But, I would have told her it was all in good fun," replied Celestia, who got up and used her magic to remove her red gown that she had worn for the gala. "Besides, Discord is much more than just a creature of chaos, Twilight. He has a heart and I know he can be a trusted ally to us. I said that I have seen a change in him and I mean it."

Twilight could see that she was starting to get the message that Celestia was trying to get across to her. She was right, Discord had a heart. But, his antics were still concerning to her.

"It's a step in the right direction for him," said Twilight. "However, I cannot help but wonder about that other dimension he tried to send Fluttershy's friend to. Who exactly was that creature on the other side?"

Celestia's eyes widened upon hearing that and began to think of when Tirek sent her, Luna and Cadence to Tartarus. Had it not been for Fluttershy intervening, she could have been reliving that dark moment in her life.

"Princess, is something wrong?" asked Twilight, nervously. "Was it something I said?"

"No, Twilight," replied Celestia, trying to hide her worried look. "It's just that the portal Discord opened tonight reminded me of when Tirek sent me, Luna and Cadence to Tartarus. I will have to admit that it did bother me a little bit tonight."

Twilight sighed and agreed with Celestia on that. Discord did try to go too far in sending Tree Hugger to the other dimension.

"I'm sorry, Princess," said Twilight in a comforting voice. "I know you went through that experience all too well. That creature on the other side was probably worse than Cerberus."

"Not really," replied Celestia, who suddenly broke into a smile, much to Twilight's confusion. "He looked harmless and a little funny looking, if I do say so myself. I would like to meet him someday."

This caused both princesses to break out into a small laughter. Yes, it was another dimension, but it was a funny looking dimension that looked harmless as Discord had made it out to be.

"Before I leave, Princess," said Twilight. "There is one thing I have to ask you and it's kind of strange, but…"

"Yes, Twilight?" asked Celestia, getting up from being in front of the fireplace. "What is it?"

"Well, uh, I know it sounds silly, but," stuttered Twilight. "Do you love Discord?"

A slight blush of red came to Celestia's face and she chuckled a little bit in embarrassment. In her mind, she thought of why Twilight would ask such a question. Maybe it was because of that bouquet of flowers that Discord had given her when Twilight received her castle and title.

"I don't think that I love him, Twilight," said Celestia, nervously.

"Come on," insisted Twilight, hinting at her mentor's embarrassment. "I know you do."

Celestia hesitantly shrunk down at her youngest equal's insistence and it was at that moment, she knew that she had to tell Twilight something.

"We're just friends, Twilight," whispered Celestia in a low voice. "If you think that Discord and I are like Cadence and Shining Armor, you're mistaken."

Feeling that she had gotten her answer, Twilight backed away from Celestia and allowed the elder princess to get back to her normal position. By the time their conversation had concluded, it was nearly time for Celestia to raise the sun and she needed her rest.

"Well, if there is anything else I can do for you, Princess," said Twilight, walking to the door of Celestia's quarters. "I'd best be getting back to my castle."

"You might as well," she replied. "I'll be raising the sun soon and I need my rest."

Hugging her mentor goodbye, Twilight walked out of Celestia's quarters and headed back towards her castle.

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