Hidden Secrets

by Princess Rosaline

First published

Rose attempts to find Enton with Celestia, Luna, and Cadence

After Enton's escape, Princess Rose makes it her lifelong duty to find and kill him. With the help of Celestia, Luna, and Cadence, can they possibly find Enton and bring Rose to justice?

The Search

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Rose paced in the hallway of Canterlot Palace. "Oh no....Oh no oh no........"

Celestia, Cadence, and Luna were there. Twilight was in Ponyville.

"Rose," said Celestia. "We will find h-" she was interrupted by a letter floating down above them. Celestia took it in her magic, and read it. When she had finished, her eyes went wide.

"Let me see!" demanded Rose. She took it in her magic.

Dear Princesses Rose, Luna, Celestia, and Cadence,
I assume you are all looking for me, though your efforts are in vain. You will never find me. I am well hidden somewhere you cannot penetrate. I will be seeking forgiveness, and expect it by the time i return. Oh yes, i will be returning. When, i cannot say. I hope to see you all soon.

Your beloved citizen,

P.S. Rose, i have Swirl in my custody. No harm will come to him if you accept defeat, and forgive me by . . . Tick tock, goes the clock......

Rose gasped at the last sentence. " S-swirl.....N-no...."

Celestia was trembling with fury. " He will not harm Star Swirl. Swirl knows how to defend himself..."

Luna spoke up. " Yes, but sister, did not Star Swirl change himself? We predict that Swirl will most possibly be...unable to defend himself."

Cadence nodded quietly. " I agree with Auntie Luna, but not knowing him myself..."

Rose was trembling with fury like Celestia. "I will set out right now and find him. I will look everyday and night if i have to."

Celestia, Luna, and Cadence looked at each other. "I'll go along." said Cadence. Luna nodded her head, and even Celestia nodded.

Rose smiled. "Thank you. Thank you so much."

"It is thees pleasure." said Luna.

"If we are to go, we must depart now." said Celestia. The rest nodded, and Cadence went to inform the Royal Guard, ( and her husband, Shining Armour, ) that they were to go.

After Cadence returned, the rest had packed. Cadence quickly packed, and that was it. Then, they were to set off. They went to the back Castle gates, as the front would attract to much attention. They flew the rest of the way, aiming for a Northern mountain, in the Frozen North. They flew over Cloudsdale, and went over the Crystal Mountains. They stayed there for refuge one night. While Luna and Celestia were at the tent, Rose went out, and sat ontop of a large mound of rock. She was later joined by Cadence.

"Hi Rose." she said with a sad smile.

"Hello..." Rose responded. She put her head in her hooves, and Cadence sat next to her. They stayed in silence for a moment.

"Rose....." said Cadence. "We're going to get him back. I promise you that. No matter what it takes."

Rose smiled. "Thanks Cadence.......I really hope we're not to late....."

To Enton's lair......

"Enton.....please don't harm her......." Star Swirl was in a large cell, hidden in the shadows. "She was...is....my little filly....please, I'm begging you..."

Enton chuckles darkly. "I do not intend to harm her, Swirl. I intend to help her."

Star Swirl was not fooled. "You always have a purpose for something. Tell me Enton, I can give you anything! Just...please don't harm Rose......"

"Didnt you hear?" said Enton. "She goes by Princess Rose these days."

Swirl's eyes went wide. "Celestia and Luna found out?"

Enton chuckled. "Maybe......maybe...." and he used his magic for something that cannot be described in words. All that can be said, the birds heard Star Swirl scream from 12 miles away......

Back to Rose and Cadence......

Cadence had put a wing around Rose, who was now in tears.

"Hush Rose.....Hush..it's alright....." Cadence said softly.

"I can't believe it.....I should've stayed.....this is all my fault...." Rose sobbed.

"Rose...no it's not. He told you to run, and you did....oh Rose......" Cadence hated seeing somepony cry. She was the Princess of Love, she was supposed to make ponies happy. She wrapped her wing tighter around Rose, and allowed her to put her head on Cadence's shoulder.

"Thank...thank you.....C-Cadence....." Rose sniffed. She lifted her head up and smiled at Cadence.

"No problem, Rose. Are you feeling better?" Cadence asked.

"Yes...." Rose replied. "Have I ever shown you my locket?"

"No, I don't think you have."

Rose used to make a locket out of thin air, then opened it to show a heart. Inside the heart there were two pictures. One of filly Rose, then the other one of Star Swirl.

"Rose....." Cadence smiled as tears came to her eyes. "Its beautiful.."

Rose smiled. "Its the last thing he gave me before.....before......" a dark expression came over her face.

Cadence, sensing danger emotion, stood up. "Shall we go back inside?"

Rose nodded and stood up too. "And, Cadence?"

Cadence turned. "Yes?"

"Thank you."

It Goes on..

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After the rest, the Princesses set off again. They flew high around mountains, for a long time. Eventually, they reached a small field. They stayed there for the night, and Luna went off to raise the moon. Rose went inside to sleep, and Cadence was outside, looking at the now raising moon. Celestia joined her her long after.

"Hello my niece. Is something troubling you?" Celestia asked.

Cadence sighed. "Auntie Tia..... has Rose ever told you about her and Star Swirl?"

Celestia hesitated. "Yes but, why would you ask such a thing?"

"Rose and I talked about him last night, and I.....I would like to know."

Celestia paused, then sat down next to Cadence. "I will tell you, but it is a long story..."

The Story

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Star Swirl the Bearded, the Great Unicorn, walked along the dirt path on his way to the village. He was humming a tune long forgotten to "normal" folk, and he himself vaguely remembered it. He was almost hallway down the path, when he stopped. He heard........crying. that was strange. Almost nopony came down this path. The crying was coming from some bushes. He pulled them apart, and found a young filly. Her coat was a light pink, and her mane a slightly darker one. She was a unicorn. That reminded Star Swirl about another young Alicorn filly naked Celestia, who had been his student.He approached the filly, and she did not resist as he pulled her out of the bushes gently. She said she was named 'Rosaline', which Star Swirl shortened to 'Rose'. It was all going fine.....until.......crashes....cries...a fuzzy image of lights.... a barely remembered.."Run Rose, run!" a great flash....a pair of wings......another cry....and silence. The dust cleared. Swirl, standing there, unharmed. Enton, the stallion, on the floor panting. Rosaline. The filly. Gone......Gone forever....

And So We Continue.....

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It was time to set off again. The Princesses flew high once again, this time finally reaching their destination. Rose was the first one to land on the mountain, her horn glowing dark pink with magic. Inside the mountain there was a concealed cave. The Princesses entered inside it, and at once knew it was the correct place. For one, there were sketches and blueprints on the walls. For another, there was a cell in the corner.
"P-princesses...." came a hoarse whisper from the cell.
Luna and Rose quickly turned. "Star Swirl...?" said Rose, her voice trembling.
"M-my filly.....how much you have g-grown....." It moved out of the shadows, and Rose and Luna retreated, looking horrified. A monster. With red claws, eyes, and wings. Black goo dripped from its mouth, while his body was a dark grey. It's eyes sparkled with tears of happiness, and regret.
"W-what......." Rose stuttered, looking at the Star Swirl monster with wide eyes.
"Star Swirl?" asked Celestia, staring, also with wide eyes. "This is...."
"Celestia.....Luna....." said Swirl, tears now falling down his face. He had remembered.....after all these years..... "you must get out of here. all of you. He will be expecting it."
"No! We cannot leave thee, Star Swirl." Said Luna, now trying to find a way to break the cell.
"Leave me! I am not worth it any more!"
"Swirl.....father......" said Roe, tears falling down her muzzle. "We aren't going to just.....Leave you. I came here for you, and I will leave with you."
Swirl hesitated, then nodded slowly. "The spell's answer should be somewhere on the desk..."
Cadence, who was nearest to the desk, went to it and started moving papers with her magic. She became slightly frantic after a while, and Celestia and Luna joined her. The problem was, there were so many papers, it was impossible to see the table. Rose went to the cell and continued talking to Swirl, telling him what happened when she left.

"Rose.....I was so worried.....when you left..."

"I know....I'm sorry, i should've stayed..."

"What happened after you left? Where did you go?"

"I ran towards the woods, and started experimenting with my magic."

"Ahh yes, the horn I gave you..."

"Then after that, I-" Rose was interrupted by a happy cry from Luna.

"I hast found it!"

Rose rushed to her, and saw a small paper tilted: Counter Spell To Cell Lock.

"Yes!" Cried Cadence.

"Now we must open it." said Celestia

They headed toward the cell, but stopped dead in their tracks seeing what was standing in front of the cell.

"Oh no...." said Rose softly.

"Hello, your majesty." said Enton, grinning devilishly.