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A sequel to 'Hiatus' - Spurred on by her sister, Luna decides to open a summer camp dedicated to the arts and sciences in an attempt to become further involved with the daily lives of Equestria's citizens, hopefully improving her reputation in the process. The campers that sign up prove to be more than what the Princess of the Night was expecting, however. 'Camp Counselor' certainly wasn't supposed to be part of the royal duties.

The Cycle of Days (Luna's Lullaby) - Written by Ariamaki
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Note: This story will contain references to 'Hiatus'. Reading 'Hiatus' beforehand is recommended, but not necessarily required.


YES!!! A SEQUEL!!!:pinkiehappy::raritystarry::yay::rainbowkiss::heart:

Yes, finally!
You have a better grip on Luna and Celestia, with only demi-canon personalities, than established characters. And this is why Hiatus was superior to your other fic
I know this is going to be good, and I hope you will sucseed with a (presumably) larger cast.

Good luck!

Looks like the ratebombers are out and about today.


This sounds interesting.....

And now Celestia sends out the prototype flyer in an attempt to be 'helpful'. :trollestia:

Awesome A SEQUAL YAAAAAAAAY :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::twilightsmile::twilightsmile::twilightsmile::ajsmug::ajsmug::ajsmug::pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile:

I don't know if I can wait until next christmas to get a #1 Co-Princess mug of my own.

Sir, this story is tracked! :pinkiehappy:

I'll admit, I had first written that scene with the mug saying "#1 Princess", but I remembered that wasn't exactly fair to Luna. It became "#1 Co-Princess" in the end.

I have to say that I didn't expect this direction to be taken with a continuation of Hiatus, but I'm pumped to see where it goes!

This ought to be interesting! The perfect material for me to read while suffering from a temporal case of insomnia xD

Well, this is quite an interesting direction to take this story.
It's unexpected to say the least, but it shows promise.
It will be fun to see how you have the whole thing play out.

I am a bit worried about Luna's donut intake though.
Is it a possible addiction, just what do they put in those things anyway? :rainbowhuh:

Well, Pony Joe is a unicorn, so... magic, I guess?

And yes, I know it's an unexpected direction to take the story, but I have things planned out.

Luna picks up a new hobby. Time to play the guessing game and see if you folks can figure it out before the next chapter goes up (which is also the first time it's mentioned).

This ought to be interesting!
Waiting patiently for new chapter :3 xD

Incoming Derpy appearance.

Though I personally refer to her as 'Derpy', she'll always be 'Ditzy Doo' whenever she shows up in my fics. 'Derpy' seems more like one of those mean nicknames you use to mock someone, rather than an actual name.


I know this one was going to be good based on you previous work especially sens it being an sequel to Hiatus (best fanfic ever)
and the first chapter did not disappoint me at all, just as expected it was relay!!!! good

I want just want to add that i like the way you portray Luna and Celestia in Hiatus (and this story so far).
relay like you´r interpretation of there personalty´s in making both a bit of a prankster just having fun with each other. but still keep them serious and not completely random, and i like the over all building on Luna´s character, loves studying reading painting etc. its good to see that you take initiative to build on the characters. and last i like the Luna camp idea, first time i ever come across that concept before and im sure its going to be a blast reading it


i agree whit you Axz, i like to way Luna and Celestia (especially Luna) was in Hiatus and in this one.
To characterizing Luna as a studious bookworm ho struggles a bit whit social interaction skills and her appearance to the people seams to correspond very well whit her appearance in Luna Eclipsed, and i do like seeing Luna that way, i think it somehow fits her quite well.

Btw Vargras i like the idea of making Luna interesting in painting, i think it goes very well in hand whit the way the fan community sees her (and my personal opinion), so thumps up on that one.
I was a bit unsure aboute the hole camp idea first when i read the description, but my fears are long forgotten this chapter was epic cant wait for more keep the awesome chapters coming :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

great you've opened the door, now to walk through it... is that me in a door frame?


Haven't read it (or the comments) yet, but after Hiatus, this was an insta-follow. :yay:

...And now I've read it. In-story, I'd recommend Luna change "Reading" to "Literature", if I were engaged in a conversation over the flyer with her. :pinkiesmile: However, the word "Reading" fits her personality, so I'm not actually suggesting you change it :facehoof:; I love the story just the way it is. :yay: I'm just saying I can follow the organic feel of this story very well. :eeyup:

No one ever said that social interaction was Luna's forte. :twilightsheepish:

I actually held a pen in my mouth and talked to myself, just so I could get Celestia's speech right in this one.

Now to see if anyone misinterprets that comment before reading.

91463 so your saying you had a dick in your mouth to get Celestia's speach right? :rainbowhuh:

91491 Must be a really small private eye if he can hold it in his mouth. :moustache:

I've said it before and I'll say it again:
thanks for writing a story that's good, funny and doesn't involve the possible end of equestria :twilightsmile:

If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.~Dick Cavett

hard to image the allmighty fuhrer of equestria doing something mundane as painting
(yes i know she isnt a "tyrant" but i felt like saying it!"

i'd laugh if she turned out painting the next monet or picasso or something

91492 regarding the post you :twilightangry2:'d at, that was such a :trollestia: post it hurt.
Anyway, I liked Hiatus, and find it pleasing that you continued in that universe. :pinkiehappy: Please continue.

Next chapter will delve a bit into Celestia.


Nice one I loved the prequel and I'm loving this kinda weird how nobody else signed up I mean at least some other random campers

I wouldn't expect many kids to sign up for a camp that has nothing but astronomy, reading, drawing, and painting.


94748 I would sign up because of the astronomy and reading art not so much cause I love astronomy and reading and gaming (I'm a nerd deal with it)

You've also got to take into account the fact that Ponyville isn't all that big a town, I'd view it more as a glorified village than anything else.

Also, sad to say, but seeing as the radio and the telephone were only created last year, I highly doubt they have any form of game station. Us nerds are left out in that aspect I guess... ;-;
(By the way, if anyone reads that and catches the reference, then you get brownie points :pinkiesmile: )

Now, onto the matter at hand:
Why in the world have I not commented on this?

Well, for starters, I can't see why I'm surprised about Luna's new 'hobby'. It only makes sense, I mean, she is pretty much the goddess of the night. Yet, I wouldn't really call it a hobby, because that makes it sound tedious and unimportant. She is making stars, which in essence are giant, molten balls of assorted substances and elements. Along with stars comes red giants, super novas and the occasional black hole - I would classify it more along the lines of an extreme sport. Think of the fics and what happens when Twilight looses focus and screws up a spell, now think about what could happen if Luna does that exact same thing. The consequences would be much greater, I can assure you that.

Next is the Ditzy Doo thing, and I have to say that that was pretty heart warming, I'm not sure how other authors write Derpy - I tend to stay away from stories focusing on her - but I enjoy the way you do it. She is just your normal average mare, with the exception of a lazy eye of course, no mental disability to be heard of. Now you set her up as having a relationship with Luna, who then goes and gives her the money to pay for eye surgery, or something of the like? Well that is extremely kind of Luna, and if it wasn't shown already, it really adds to her personality you've built. Especially to people who haven't read Hiatus, shows she's compassionate and caring and the like.

And now you have Celestia coming up in the next chapter? Hmm... We have seen little bits and pieces of her in your writing so far, but mainly in Luna's perspective. From what you've shown so far, she seems like quite the tease, but it will be nice to see how you flesh out her character and build on what you already have.

I eagerly await the next chapter :pinkiesmile:

Okay, so it's not really a 'hobby'. It's still tedious, considering she can really only make one per night, but it's still important work. And though Twilight may be powerful, I'm pretty sure she can't make stars from scratch. As for the Ditzy Doo thing, my own headcanon has her as simply having an eye disorder, which also affects her depth perception and coordination. Leads to the 'Ditzy' part of her name. Other than that, she's completely normal. In regards to her relationship with Luna, she was gone for a thousand years. She doesn't really have any ties of her own, and the ones she does have are probably exceptionally strong.

And yep, more Celestia! I will say that it's a teensy bit darker (akin to the lucid dreaming about Luna's childhood during the Hearth's Warming Eve bonus chapter), but nothing too serious. While Hiatus itself was definitely all about Luna, I'm trying to spread it out more with this fic. Might even throw in an interlude later on that's about Celestia, and no one else.

I think you said in your blog here that people are saying this story isn't living up to Hiatus because, well... Let's face it, it's a different story. Sure, they are related, but the concept is entirely different despite being in the same continuity.
Regardless, I'm enjoying it (particularly those bits with Celly and Luna talking and overall just being your average sisters) for what it is, and hope to see more of this soon. =3

Nah, I never said that. All I said was that the success Hiatus had was a complete and total fluke, and I doubt I'll be able to ever recreate that.

At the very least, it's built me up a nice little base of readers - namely, you guys. :twilightsmile:

Oh, I wouldn't call it a fluke. Sure, it might have been at a good time, but it became popular because it was good, it was quite entertaining, to say the least.
And I'm sure you can recreate it. Maybe not this story (but I hope you do, and even better), maybe not the next (assuming there's one, please do one next too), but it'll happen. :twilightsmile:

Nah, a lot of it was due to the old fimfiction layout. Any time a story was updated, it was reposted on the front page for everyone to see. If your story got featured, any updates put it right back up in the featured box again. Those two contributed a lot to how many views I've gotten.

Will write more tomorrow, and maybe get this chapter out as well. Dunno yet.


95612 gimmie the brownies I got it


95982 I don't think it was a fluke I think it's just people understood it better because it had happend while this is an off topic subject and by that I mean hiatus used the first episode of the seaspn to make the story while this uses a refernce from one episode so I think hiatus was just better formed at the start is basiclay what I'm saying

Hurrdidurr. I expected the CMC to pop up on that list too! xD
But yush, I get to read about Pip! I have read far too little fanfics about him. xD

Moar Celestia, and misinterpreting things! Wooooo!


Funnily enough I was just as confused as luna when I saw about the guard in the room and when he left I still had my suspicions I mean celestia s an all powerful bring,not hard to assume she could magic him and her outta bed instantly.

I c? Wut u did thar:rainbowlaugh:

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