Empress of the night: Childhood years.

by Fernando1717

First published

Little Luna Regal started life the worst way possible, but this future lady will learn that is not how.far you can get in life, but how hard you can kick life in the nuts and keep moving forward

Let's accompany Luna as she walks through her firsts years of life, experiencing her interactions with her older sister Celestia and her less that ideal relationship with her father, Luna will struggle, will curse, will ramble and cry but sooner o later an Empress will be make out of her.
(Part of my SunsetxBigMac Universe).

1.- Birth and promise.

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At the outside of Canterlot Town was seated the mansion of the Regal Family, any local would know the name of the famous family that along with their loyal companions, the Apple clan, founded the small community that now was in its way to become a full fledged city.

A couple of centuries ago this prestigious family did its way here from Europe and settled in the land where they still reside in the present, but in the present the prestige and power of the Regals was more a legend that nothing else, the once prosperous family that was as numerous as the Apples was now reduce to only 3 members, one of them was just born.

Many rumors said that somewhere in the time the family was cursed for whatever reason, members started to die too young, bad business diminished their fortune and the land that they owned was lost little by little.

Indeed it would seem that the Regals were cursed specially in days like this one, a day were the joy of a new member been born was overshadowed by the passing of another, the patriarch of the family, Sol Regal could not bare the news that his beloved wife of 10 years Night Vail, pass away while giving birth to her second daughter, Luna, as the news were given he marched straight into the room where his wife was, only to find her resting peacefully in the hospital bed, her face wearing a sad smile, for a second Sol thought that this was a bad joke that Vail or someone else wanted to play on him, a sick joke that while retarded it was infinity times better that reality.

But it wasn't a joke, as much as Sol did wanted it to be, his wife died of cardial arrest while in labor, the doctors quickly tried to revive her but finding it impossible they did the though choice of saving the baby instead, an so it was that Luna Regal, second daughter of Sol Regal was born the day her mother Night Vail left the living.

Sol returned home alone, defeated, broken, empty, he didn't even took his daughter Celestia back with him, didn't even took a look at his new daughter, he was afraid, afraid of what would happen if he saw the baby.

He was alone in his office back in his mansion, he asked the housekeeper not to be disturbed but the person who bursted through the door didn't care about that.

"Here ya are ya overgrown fool! What's the matter with ya leaving like that!".

Sol was slumped on his office chair with a bottle of some liquor in front of him, by the looks of it he has already downed half of the bottle.

The sad man didn't even register the entrance of his long time friend and business partner, when he looks at her he just nod and reach out for the bottle but the intruder takes it away.

"Are ya frigging kiddin me Sol? Drinkin? Right now? God above, if it wasn't because Ah need ya awake ah would puncha right in the guts ya moron!".

"Granny please".

"Don Granny me! Only family and friends can call me Granny and Ah am sure as hell ah don have friends that abandon their kin in the hospital to run away and get drunk, if Rusty was still alive he would tell ya the same!". Granny Smith said to the man spitting her husband's name.

"Rusty?... How Smithy, how do you continue without him, how can I keep moving without Vail, how am I suppose to tell Celestia that her dear mother is gone and she won't come back, how do I tell her that her mother died while her sister lives, TELL ME!". Sol screamed the last words while his face cried with nonstop.

Granny Smith felt a pang of sorrow remembering her own lost, Rusty Moonshine her crazy ass husband who was stupid enough to date her and crazy enough to marry her later, even so, Granny Smith wasn't going to fall in his game so she waited until Sol calmed down.

"Ah can expend the rest of the day tellin you what to do but ya have two kids that can't, so either ye rise yer sorry ass of that chair and fo to them or ah will pick ya up myself and take ya there!".

Sol knew better not to underestimate his old friend, Smith was a farmer to the bone and though enough to wrestle two men at the same time which he had witnessed.

"I'm sorry Smithy... For Rusty and... for everything... You're right, my daughters need me, and I don't need this!". With a weak throw Sol launched the bottle to the wall but it broke still.

"No problem friend, yer not alone, Night Vail would kick mah sorry arse if ah didn help ya with the munchkins, let's go, Sol... Yer daughters are waitin". Granny smiled sadly and hugged Sol, the two then went back to the hospital were the two little Regal girls awaited.
4 year old Celestia waited in the hallway of the hospital, her father was missing and Celestia didn't know what happened with her mother of her new sister, she was nervous but not scared as she wasn't alone, to her side was Bright Mac, Granny Smith one and only son, Celestia knew the older boy well and they were playmates and friends.

" don worry non Tia, ah am sure Ma is gonna get yer Dad over here in no time!". The boy exclaimed sure of himself.

Celestia just nodded, her face contorted i doubt yet, not that she didn't believe it but somehow she felt cold, like something left her and she didn't know what or who, Bright Mac seemed to feel her stress and jumped off his chair with a plan.

"Ah know! Why don we look for yer sister? She must be somewhere around right? We may even find yer ma too!".

The desired effect was immediately shown when Celestia smiled and jumped off her chair too although with less control.

"Yes! I want to see my sister!".

"That's the spirit, yehaaaa!".

"Hey quiet! This is an hospital!".

"Mighty sorry ma'am". Bright winked and Celestia giggled watching the farmer boy antics.

The two walked around the first floor collecting info about the whereabouts of the maternity wing and learned from an old nurse that it was in the second floor, she even took them there after some promises of fresh pick apples as thanks.

Soon the kids were led to the hallway in from of the nursery where the babies were kept.

"There is it, now then children, do not cause trouble and wait here for your parents.

"Yes Ma'am".

"Thank you Miss nurse".

"You're welcome".

The two kids approached the window but only Bright Mac was tall enough to see over the edge at the inside, Celestia tried reaching up by jumping but couldn't.

"I want to see!".

Bright Mac inspected around but found nothing that could help them with their high problem, seen his little friend sad was bad for Bright's heart, Celestia was his first friend that wasn't a family member, sure she was way younger that him but she was smart and funny to be around and she always had candy with her! Then an idea did its way inside the farmer's head.

"Ah know what ta do, here jump up!". Bright Mac kneel down and gestured for Celestia to get on top of him, Celestia smiled and climbed up through her friend's back to reach higher.

"Ya ok there Sugarcube?".

"Ye-yes". Celestia answered, with her new improved high Celestia could see way beyond what she needed and started looking for any signs of her baby sister.

It didn't took long for there were only a few newborns in the room, Celestia found the Regal name attached to one of the small cribs and knew that that was her sister.

"Luna! I can see her Bright! I can see her!".


Celestia saw with happiness a pair of little tanned arms reaching up and Celestia felt the need to run inside and touch the little hands, her moment was interrupted when a nurse entered the room, she talked with the nurse guarding the babies and the both went were baby Luna was.


"Somethin wrong?". Asked the farmer boy sounding a bit tired from supporting the girl in his back.

"They... Wait... They taking her! They are taking Luna!".


"Haaaa!". In his surprise Bright Mac got up forgetting that Celestia was still using him as a stepping stool dropping the little girl in her backside.

"Sorry Tia".

"Ugh, I'm... I'm ok, wait We have to find my sister!". Celestia remembered as Bright help her back to her feet, the kids ran were the door to the nursery was but found the nurse long gone.

"Over there!". Pointed Celestia to where a nurse was pushing a little cart, the duo called out to the nurse but they were scolded again for noisy and running in the hallway causing them to loose the nurse from their sight.

Celestia became downcast again and Bright scratched the back of his head trying to think what would his Dad do in a case like this, he decided to simply wrap the girl in a tight hug and tell her that everything would be ok.
Inside room 214 Sol Regal watched his wife, her face just like last time, with a sad smile in her lips, the man thought that it would be different this time, that seen his wife like this will not shock him like before but he was wrong, an attack of tears and shakes force him to seat down but even now be could not accept reality.

He took deep breaths, the tears never stopped but he tried to put his emotions under reins so that the next task wouldn't be so hard, with trembling hands Sol took the sheet that covered his wife and moved it to cover her face, not before giving ber one last kiss, after that Sol sat again an waited while the nurse brought his baby daughter, Granny Smith was looking for Celestia and her son.

"Hello? May I come in?". A knock in the door follow it by the nurse asking permission brought Sol back to the here and now.

"Yes, please go ahead".

The nurse entered with the cart containing his daughter next to her. "The baby is sleep now but you can pick her up if you want to, i can show you how if you need". The nurse offered.

"I... That's... That's ok, I'll let her rest for now". The nurse saw his face and understood that his decision was final, with one smile of condolence the retreated.

Sol didn't move immediately to look her daughter using the same excuse he gave the nurse before but he knew sooner o later he had to do it, he pulled himself up from the chair and walked silently next to the little cart, the baby was tightly wrapped in a little bundle of cotton sheets, remembering that Night Vail knit a blanket for the baby he went where her belongings were kept and took it out, he displayed the handiwork in front of his eyes admiring how his wife created things with such love, that also brought the fresh pain of remembering that her body was just a few feet away but her soul wasn't even in this world.

Taking the blanket Sol approached the cart one more time as he did it next to the baby Sol could see her now, her little face adorned with dark blue hair, her skin a bit darker that his own or Celestia's. Her name was more that earned " Luna". Sol told the sleeping angel, the name was chosen by Night Vail herself, Sol still could recall the moment she thought of the name.

As if the little baby already recognized her own name Luna open her eyes and let out an instant yawn her dark blue orbs quickly scanning her surrounding then they zoomed in the magenta eyes of her father, in that instant something that was cracked and about to break already inside Sol burst couldn't hold it no more, Sol didn't know what it was but he feared that it was how his daughter looked like a perfect carbon copy of Night Vail.

Sol retreated from the newborn as the little girl felt the sorrow of her father pass to her and stated crying with full and powerful lungs.

Sol dropped next the bed where his wife still rested, hugging his knees and sobbing while his daughter continued calling for attention with her cry. The tired man never saw when Granny Smith and a nurse entered the room in hurry nor when Celestia did her way to her sleeping mother or when she started crying because she wouldn't wake up.

His last impression was that of an enraged Smith shaking him to get a reaction out of him aside of his crying before finally losing her patience and slap him across the face, the strike was too strong and the man felt unconscious.
Smith Apple watched over the sleeping man, her dear friend who right now was a wreck of a person, she could understand him of course, she experienced the same when her husband passed away, ever since then the responsibility of the family farm and rise her only son fell completely and solemnly over her, she felt almost crushed by the weight of things during that time, it was thanks to her family and friends that she was able to pull herself up, friends like the man she slapped and was now there, logged in that bed, with a sigh Smith left him rest.

Outside of the room she found Sol's daughter Celestia talking with her own son, neither noticed her so she left them be to check on the baby.

"No... It's not... true...why...mom is... I don't want her gone".

"Sorry Tia, when mah Pa left too ah didn wanted to believe it... It hurts, sometimes ah think he's callin me to work with him, ah take mah tools and run to the orchard to find him... but he's not there... Ma says that the pain will go little by little... that it would never go away completely because that's how we know we loved them but... it will ease... a bit at a time... Sorry Tia, ah am some dumb kid, sorry if ah don do a flickiry sense".

"Thank you Bright and you are not dumb, I'm just too smart". Celestia teased with a smile, sad and tiny but a smile non the lest.

"My mom wanted to take care of dad and Luna and me, but know I'll do it for her, I'll take care of Luna, I'll do it".

"Ah know ya can Sugarcube! Yer four and yer pretty smart already so ah know ya can do it, Ma and I will help ya and when little Lulu grows up we three are gonna play together, right?".

"Lulu?". Asked Celestia.

"Uh? Yeah? Thought she may like it".

"Lulu... Yes... Lulu sounds fine".

"Celestia? Come here sweety".

"Coming Granny!". Celestia went where Granny Smith called her.

"Yer sister is awake, will ya like to see her?".

"Yes!". Smith nodded and moved from the door to let the little girl inside, but blocked her son's path when he tried to follow.


"Sorry Sugarcube but yer friend needs to do this alone, ya can see Luna after her".

"Ok Ma...Ma, do ya think Mr Sol and Tia will be ok?".

Smith hugged her son with one arm. "Don know for sure Bright, only thing we can do is stay close and offer help like we Apples always do, people say that the Regals are cursed and that the family will one day disappear".


Smith only shook her head looking to the two Regal sister. "And ah always said that That's manure! Cos here when its look like it gonna get damn dark for them the sun and the moon always shine for brighter".

Bright only nodded, not understanding what his mother means.

Inside the room Celestia talked with her baby sister while the baby holds on of her fingers with her tiny hand. "And I'm going to show you everything and of you cry I'll give you kisses and hugs like... like mom use to do... I'll take care of you Lulu... For my mom I promise". Celestia sobbed for a while but then she felt a little tug in her hand and saw her baby sister smiling at her. Her heart still hurt a lot but like Bright told her, the pain would remind her that her mother existed and that she would always would remember her in the face of her sister.

2.- To laugh and cry.

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With a mischievous smile 6 year old Luna Regal saw her handiwork, she has just ruined the wall of the hallway using his father's favorite pen that was supposed to be expensive and hard to replace, she knew that it was his favorite because it was the one the father of his father used as well, he even got mad one time when her sister used it to write him a birthday note and if the item even caused Celestia to get scolded then its important had to be extreme.

The tip of the pen was ruined and it was almost out of ink, to ensure complete success she drawn a ridiculous caricature of her father with the word useless in the bottom of her masterpiece, now Luna was sure she would get punished for real, she paused when she heard heavy steps coming up the stairs and in giggles Luna left the pen in the middle of the hallway and ran toward her room, in the way she crossed in front of her sister room were Celestia was busy reading another book, she barely caught a glimpse of her sister as she passed by, she then jumped in her bed and hugging her moon shaped plushie she waited for the sure to come punishment.

"Dear sister? Are you ok?" asked Celestia as her head appeared in the doorway.

"I'm ok Tia, just playing". Celestia fell chills run down her spine hearing her sister playful tone, Luna's kind of play normally didn't end up well for someone in the house.

"Sister what did you do this time?".

"Nothing Tia, go back to reading, I'm fine!". Celestia's big sister alarm activated, she knew full well that if Luna wanted to do something bad she wanted her out of the way.

"Just tell me please, I won't be mad, I promise".

Luna rolled her eyes and left herself fall completely over her bed. "It's nothing ok? Just a little draw I did in the wall, that's all".

Celestia's mind worked through all possible scenarios that her sister could produce, a drawing on the wall wasn't good but it was kind of tame compared with other more chaotic pranks she had come up with. 'Just a drawing doesn't sound to bad, of course she could be lying but she had never lied to me once, maybe is where she drawn... Or with what... Oh no!'.

When realisation struck Celestia she left Luna's room in a hurry, making her way to her father's office, however she found him kneeling next to the wall where a drawing of a man was depicted, his attention however was upon the pen in his hand.

Celestia was right then, her baby sister used the pen that was used by their Grandfather and passed down to Sol Regal." Fa-father, I... What do you... think of my drawing?". Celestia told her father trying to shift the blame to her and protect her sister like she promised her Mother.

Sol Regal turned to his oldest daughter his eyes full of rage. "Follow me to my office Celestia". As they walked Sol lost some of his edge, as they entered the office Sol seemed stern but not as angry as he was in the begining. "I'm... I'm sorry Father I... I just wanted to draw something for you a... a little prank, yes just that but I'm sorry for-".

"Celestia stop there please, I know perfectly well that it wasn't you, this is not the first time your sister do something like this and I'm sure it won't be the last, I'm... angry but I will not punish her severely, this pen... was something your grandfather gave me when I took over the family business, he was proud of me but... I'm not sure I deserved the pen anymore, in any case, i need to do something about out Luna".

"Are you going to talk to her then?". Asked Celestia a bit hopeful.

"I... I'll think about it but for now, I think a little change will be better". Celestia's hope fell after hearing that, she was just 10 year old but she knew well that her sister constant pranks and misbehavior was her way of trying to call for her father's attention, in all honestly she couldn't recall even one time where she saw her father and Luna speaking more that 2 sentences.

Worst yet was the fact that Luna was increasing the quantity and quality of the pranks and the possibility where Luna could put herself in danger was ever growing, Celestia needed to put a stop to that but as long as her father continued to avoid Luna she wouldn't succeed.

Unknown to Celestia and Sol, Luna heard most of the conversation and finding her sister disturbing her plans hurt her more that her father's lack of attention.

"Stupid Tia, why did she blame herself ? I hate this place! I hate it here!". Little Luna cleaned the tears that ran down her angry face, she did her way downstairs and when she saw one of the few remaining maids she called her.

"Hey you! I need you to do something for me!".

"Miss Luna? Oh hm sure Miss, what can I do for you?". The maid asked intimidated by the little tanned lady.

"I need you to take me to the Apple's farm right now".

"Uh? The Apples? You mean Sweet Apple Acres?".

"Well duh? You can drive right? Then take me there this instant!".

"But... but I can't!".

"Tsk, fine! If you take me there I'll give you $3, how about that".

"What? No I can't! Mr Regal will fire me if I do that!".

"Fine! I'll give you $5! And nothing more you golddigger".

"Mi-Miss Luna! Where did you learn that word?!".

"Uh? School... maybe?".

"I'm sorry but I can't and please don't ask me something so ridiculous!". The maid ran away as soon as she delivered her final words to an annoyed Luna.

"Urrrgh! No one in this house care a out me! I'm going away one way or another!". After exclaiming her purpose Luna went to the back of the mansion were she found the object that would help her reach her future destination.

"It should be here around in this junk... ah ha, here you are!". Luna pulled her find as hard as possible until she managed to free it from the pile of things, the thing was an old bicycle, a bit rusty but still useful, she didn't know how it got here , her father never bought bicycle for Celestia or her and she never saw anyone ride one to the mansion.

She took it outside and used an old rag from the kitchen to clean it, the tires still have air enough to make it useable, it even have a basket in the front and a small tray in the back of the seat to accommodate a box or so, she thought about ride it already but she was wearing a short skirt and shoes unfit for such activity, she went back to her room and changed her clothes, she also took her moon plushie and snacks from her secret stash and throw them inside her backpack and went back to the bicycle, she took it to the backyard away from other eyes although she was sure that only her sister would show any interest in her doings.

"Ok, now... how do I ride this thing? Can't be that hard". The bike was clearly for a taller person but Luna was confident that she could reach the pedals, she have seen a lot of kids in school ride theirs but only that, feeling that experience was the best teacher she posed the bicycle next to a rock and used the rock to climb up then she sat an struck the pedal hard she pushed with her feet again and managed to advance a few meter smiling for her accomplishment, however it only lasted a few more seconds when she lost balance and fell to the side, yelling.

"Ugh, it... hurt... Tia... Granny ubbb ". Her sobbing progressed to full crying, her knee has a scratch an her elbow hurt as well, she cried for a few more minutes but soon her pain turned to irritation.

"I... I didn't came to cry here!". Getting up hurt more but Luna suck it up and took the bike back were the rock was, again she tried and again she fell hurting more of her small body in doing so but also improving, every try got her farther and farther until falling, her tears of pain mixed with her big smile as she knew she was doing better, she didn't even fell the last few times she managed to correct her posture and land on her feet, she even was able to jump on the seat without the need of the rock.

When she felt confident enough she pushed more force in the pedals and even tried to steer between obstacles, her smile morphed into a pure grin of success, she didn't need anyone to take her to Granny's house, she didn't need anyone taking her anywhere, that in some way did make her feel lonely again but only for a second, Tia could also learn to ride a bike and if she wanted they could fo out together sometime, this time it will be her teaching her older sister and not the other way like usual.

After enough practice Luna mounted her plushie in the front basket and tied her backpack to the tray, she jumped on the bike once again and took road at the direction she knew were the farm was, increasing speed and letting out a laugh when she felt the wind rushing along, pure joy filled her heart making her forget her problems back in home, she felt free and happy, she was sure the rest of the day was going to be great.

The day was awful, Luna felt her legs were just jelly under her, her butt hurt too after almost an hour of hard pedaling, she took breaks between her starting point and her destination but it was still too much for the 6 year old.

She continued for a few more tries until she finally reached the first line of apple trees, she let herself fall and took out a chocolate bar that was starting to melt, her normally tanned cheeks were pink already and her hair was a mess, she was thirsty too as she forgot to bring water with her, that was the most activity she ever had in her life.

As she waited to recover she saw a truck approach from the way she came, old Ford pick up, Luna took her plushie and prepared herself to be showered in dust and dirt but the truck slowed down until it stopped in front of her, from the driver seat a red headed guy with cowboy hat called to her.

"Heya there Miss Luna! What yer doin so close to our farm?".

"Bright? Hey... I was going to your home, I got a business with Granny".

"That so? Hum? Ma didn't say nothin about you and yer dad comin today, are ya sure?"

"Ugh just take me there you gruf, I'll talk with Granny myself!". Bright Mac saw the littls girl trying to look intimidating but her pouting face and the way she was hugging her stuffed toy make her look rather funny if not cute.

"Ok Miss, just hold there for a second". Bright talked with another person inside the truck that Luna just noticed and walked out of his truck to put the bicycle in the trunk.

"Ok Miss Luna, jump in". Luna didn't wait for more commands and scooted inside coming face to face with the other occupant of the truck, a girl probably as old as Bright with orange hair and freckles in her cheeks, she smiled to her.

"Hey there lil one! Mah name is Pear Butter, how about you?".

Luna scanned the girl from head to toe, she was another farmer by the way she talked and her clothes, she wasn't one of the regulars Luna had seen in the farm before so she was most likely a new worker or another Apple member.

"Luna, Luna Regal, Lady of the night and protector of dreams!". Luna said while posing with refinement, Pear Butter giggled and followed her in her charade.

"A pleasure Mah lady, forgive this intrusive... Uh?".

"Commoner?". Added Bright seen the older girl getting stuck in her conversation.

"Yes, this intrusive commoner".

Luna looked pleased with her answer and continued. "Thee are forgotten for i am benevolent and glorious, now, can we hurry up! I need to use the throne of holy release".

Soon the truck entered the property of the Apples and Luna practically jumped out of the truck and rushed inside almost crashing with Smith Apple in the process.

"What in tarnation happen with that girl, did she came with you boy?".

"Sure did Ma, found her near the farm all worn out and ridin an ol bike".

"By herself? Hmm better call Sol, for all ah know that lil missy could had run away from home, now then speakin of runaways , yer Pa was lookin for ya lass, don keep him waitin now".

"Ok Ms Apple, thanks, I'll see ya later Bright".

"Later Buttercup, love ya". The two farmer teens kissed and after Pear Butter left back to her family's farm while Bright Macintosh watched her with dreamy eyes, when he turned around he found his mother a few inches away from him.

"Listen well lad, yer mah son and ah love ya, but ya better don come tellin me ya got one lil Apple in that Lass before ya get married or yer gonna be eatin from a straw from the beatin ah m gonna give ya!". Bright's smile turned forced hearing her mother's warning.

"Anyway, try to distract the lil Miss while ah talk to Sol".

"Sure thing Ma". Bright went to the kitchen where he found Luna coming through after her break, she looked a bit tired bit now she seemed better that when Bright found her.

"Hey Luna, would ya like some apple pie and cool juice?".

"Do I? Bring them in!". Luna sat around the table and started humming some song while Bright prepared her snacks.

"How's Tia? Haven't spoke to her in a while".

Luna thought about it and realised that indeed her sister hasn't spend any of her weekends or vacations in the farm like she use to, she wondered why tough. "She's fine, at school and in our house although... Lately I haven't seen her smiling that much".

"She hasn't? That's bad, mah Pa always told me to smile even if things looked bad or ya were afraid, a simple smile and boom! All yer troubles are gone".

"Hmm I don't know, hasn't work for me neither" Bright put a plate in front of her with a couple of apple pie slices and a glass with apple juice. Luna took a bit of both but still looked gloomy.

"Still in bads with Mr Sol?".

Luna was about to devour another slice but stopped at the mention of her father and Bright quickly tried to correct his error.
"Ah am sorry Luna ah didn't mean to eh hm let me uh Ah! Here!" In a hurry Bright trued to make the little girl laugh by been funny, he took the rest of the pie and slammed the plate in his face leaving him covered in fruit filling and crust.

"That's the worst act of comedy my innocent eyes have ever seen, you suck at been a clown Bright!

"Oh yeah, think ya can do better that ol me missy?". Bright smiled as he accomplished his objective of distracting Luna.

"Of course I can! Just watch... Ahem, so what's the first thing a newly wed husband gives to his wife, uh?".

"The... first thing?".

"Yeah oh and remember, she's a virgin".

"Wut? Ah... Ah mean". Bright started sweating as only one answer came to mind in that moment.

"I'll give you a clue, it's... hard, really hard and she expected it to be hard". Luna giggled watching the farmer struggling. " Do you give up is the ring you pervert!".

"Lu-Luna... Where did ya learn that stuff?".

"Uh... School, I think?". Luna faking ignorance and Bright could only shake his head in annoyance.

Luna was about to deliver her second act when Smith's strong voice boomed from the other side of the house. "Wait here Luna, let me see what got Ma so loud". Luna nodded and Bright moved around the living room to where his mother was using the phone, as he approached the ongoing conversation became audible to him.

"Sol Regal! This ain't the way to fix this damn problem! Yer just pushing it aside ta me, have ya even asked Celestia what she thinks? Na right? Yer just doin what's easier for ya again!".

"Smithy please! I can't deal with this right now, Stinky Rich and his lawyers are driving me to a corner and I need to put my all into winning, if I fail there will be nothing left for my daughters to inherit!". Smith heard the plead but she was still skeptical.

"I now that I'm useless as a father Smithy, Celestia is a bright child and I know she will do better that anything I have accomplished until now, and Luna... She's... she's like her mother, I can see it every time she invent something new to make me angry and I know that tenacity is all Night Vail's. She will struggle but she will brake any obstacle she come across".

"Then why wouldn't ya tell her ya idiot! If ya know how hungry is Luna for yer recognition then why keep her away! Gods Sol, sometimes ah wonder how yer mind works?".

A heavy sigh came from the other side of the line. "Smithy... I'm still afraid, I'm a coward, every time I see Luna I feel guilt in me growing, I failed Night Vail but I want to give Luna at least something better that what I have give her so far, that's why I can't fail in this or I will lose everything including what is theirs!".

"Sol... Ya damn moron... Fine! But only cus the girl is like mah family as well!".

"I know Smithy and I know that Night Vail would approve too, thank you, for whatever is worth, thank you".

"Just don mess up Sol, yer daughter will be waiting fer ya".
Along the long rows of apple trees three figures walked awkwardly, one adult holding a young girl with each hand, Celestia in one and Luna in the other, Luna felt weird, for a long time she wanted to be approached by her father the same way he did her sister but he simply ignored her and now here they were walking with him holding her hand, it was now that Sol Regal stopped and let go, he stepped forward and turned to face both girls. "Celestia, Luna, I need to talk to you about something important".

"Listen well my daughters because I love both of you the same even... even if I act like I don't must of the time". Luna knew who he was referring to. "Right now I'm in a tight spot, there's some people that I'm having trouble with and they want to take what little we have left from us, I need to face them... but I need time and patience, but more importantly I need energy to do this and because of this... I won't be able to take care of you two... so you will be moving with Granny and Bright for a while".

"Fa-father? What are you saying?". Celestia asked distressed.

"What?". Luna didn't understand anything her father was saying either but her mind worked the worst explanation possible in that instant. "It's... it's because of me? Are you kicking us out? Us? M-me?".

"Gods no! No girls nothing like that, I would never do that it's complicated but I-".

"NO!" Luna screamed, tears running down her face with no end.

"You... You hate me! You... You won't come back, if you do you'll only take Tia right? You'll leave me behind!".

"Lu-Luna? No I... I won't lea-".

"NO! You can't even see me in the eyes! You... I hate you! I hate my face! You hate me because I look like Mother don't you! You don't lo-". Luna didn't even finished when her cheek was slapped by the hand of her sister who was crying too.

"No one hate you sister! I don't and Father doesn't either, I...".

Luna stepped back, her sister had never hurt her like that, to her that was more proof that any word her family could say or not, proof of her worthiness, Luna turned around and ran, ran while both her sister and father yelled her name.

Luna sat over a wooden platform constructed over an Apple tree, it was supposed to be a tree house but no one had finished yet, Luna hummed to herself an old tune that Granny thought her some time ago while she munched an apple she picked in her way.

Her face still showing the results of her crying, her peace was interrupted when the ladder used to climb started cracking under stress, the noise wasn't that loud which meant that it wasn't an adult climbing up.

"You missed the sunset, you like those don't you".

"Yes, I do sister". Celestia took a seat next to her sister although in a more refined and lady like way, the contrast of the two sisters was very obvious, like the sun and the moon, Celestia was preen and proper while Luna was rough and unbound, their ideas how to interact with daily problems were different too with Celestia more of an observer and analyser while Luna was an explorer and 'get into it' kind of person.


"You know we love you right?". Luna didn't respond, instead took a loud bite at her apple stretching the time more before answering.

"Luna?". Celestia became nervous hearing no answer from her sister but Luna's simply answer was a chuckle. "Sister please answer me!".

"Alright alright ha ha, sorry Tia, yes... I know that you love me".

"And father?".

"Hmm, I don't know".


"I'm serious sister, I don't know, I guess he does, in his own weird way, but not the way I want, not the way he does love you".

"But he loves you and he will be back for both of us I'm sure".

"And If he doesn't?".

"Then... Then I'll kick him in the... balls?". Celestia turned red saying the last word which got her sister into a laughing wreck.

"Oh my God Tia, where did you learned that ha ha".

"Hmm school?". Luna stopped for a moment only to break in laughs again. "Lulu isn't the only one who can learn bad words you know?".

"Yeah but at least I don't turn into a human tomato when I joke around like you!". Luna continued laughing for a bit more before stopping, she then cleaned her face of tear again. "Thank you Tia, I needed that".

"What are big sisters for? Anyway, father is probably getting a lecture from Granny right now so we can stay here a bit longer".

"I don't hate been here you know, if anything I love Granny and Bright is like an older brother in puberty". Celestia seemed to flinch a little at the mention of the farmer boy. "I think he have a girlfriend now though".

"Maybe so, anyway this is just temporal, I'm sure we'll be back to our own home in no time".

"I guess, Tia?".


"Do you think... Do you think Mother would have love us, i mean... If she were alive?".

Celestia smiled bittersweet and hugged her sister. "I know she would sister, I do". Both sisters remained looking at the horizon uncertain of what the future had in store for them but confident that when together they could surpass anything.

3.- And what about the stork?.

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Living in with a family of farmers was way new for Luna and her sister, she had spend some night with the Apples a few times before but living day by day, week after week was way different to what the Regal sisters would imagine.

First was the mornings, waking up before everyone else in Canterlot was common for farm owners, Granny Smith graciously allow them to sleep two extra hours compared to them, even so every morning was a battle to remain awake through the first chores of the day. Even with a healthy and warm breakfast the sisters still struggled through the morning and it would be around middle of the day when their bodies finally catch up to them.

The first few days of this was a nightmare for them, Luna would sleep through the first few classes back in school and Celestia was surprised snoozing out a couple of times.

The chores themselves weren't that bad, make up their beds, inspecting if the chickens did lay any eggs, feed the pigs, sometimes get milk from the cows and finally prepare the table for breakfast. In a couple of days both girls were able to do the chores with more o less success.

Next came the after school chores, after eating and doing homework the girls assisted Bright Mac in a few things around the orchards, nothing that their small bodies couldn't handle but like before it took sweat and some blood to learned and getting use to, still the young girls pressed on.

"Why was today harder that before?". Asked Celestia falling face down into her bed.

"Duh! Granny wasn't here to help us, didn't you realize?". Answered Luna who still had energy to jump in her bed.

"I know that! What i meant to say was... Nevermind, I'm just very tired to explain".

"It wasn't so bad, Bright did all the heavy lifting and Pear Butter helped picking the ripe apples, I like her by the way!". Luna stopped in her jumps and suddenly remembered seen her sister making faces every time Pear Butter tried to help her.

"I guess you do, but I'm not so sure of her intentions, isn't her family rivals with the Apples anyway?". Celestia said remembering a few comments she heard from her father about a feud over lands and customers.

"Really? Well, she's nice and I think Bright think so too". At Luna mention of Bright liking the pear farmer Celestia growled.

"Even so, we should be careful, the Pears are partners with the Rich family and by proxy rivals of our own". Another bit of information that she heard from her father who was still fighting both in business and legal matters.

"Wherever!". Luna decided to drop the topic before it became more serious which Luna hated, also her tummy told her that she could do with a glass of milk.

Walking down the stairs Luna did her way to the kitchen and got her milk, then traced back to the guestroom, before getting in her sister called to her. "Lulu, remember to brush your teeth or I'll tell Granny". Luna did a raspberry of annoyance and went to the bathroom, as she crossed Bright's room she thought she could heard giggles, of the female kind. She waited but the noise didn't repeat so Luna dismissed the noise and carried on.

After cleaning her mouth she went back this time walking with a more gentle step and again passing in front of the door of Bright Mac's room she heard a other noise, this time it wasn't a giggle but it sounded more like... pain? Not exactly thought Luna, it sounded close to a mix of both pain and delight, like biting your tongue while enjoying your favorite candy and yet focusing in how good it was.

Also, like before the sound was that of a girl, was someone with Bright? Some girl or woman was with him, that couldn't be Granny, not only was she absent to visit some relatives but also the sound belonged to someone way younger.

"What to do?". Luna asked herself as her wondering mind pushed her to knock in the door and ask directly while other part of her mind, the rational one told her to simply walk away and forget hearing anything, of course Luna been Luna ignored the latter.

"Hey Bright! Can I ask you something?!". Luna knocked hard in the door and then heard a distinctive yelp followed by shushes and the silence, then more movement and curses that one would exclaim if it were to hit its foot against something hard.

"Everything ok in there?". Luna asked grinning now, she knew mischief when she heard it and this definitely was that, she also knew that if Bright brought a girl to his house while his mother was gone it was the perfect opportunity for some good old blackmailing.

After a bit of more struggle the door finally opened and Bright showed up, hair al mess up, shirt all wrinkly and... " He-hey there Lil Luna, can I-can I help you?".

"No, just wondering what that noise coming from room was".

"Noise? Wha-what noise? he he, I didn't heard a thing, must be yer mind playin trick on ya!".

"Are you sure? Could had swear heard a woman's voice in there?".

"N-no that's stupid, why would a girl be in mah house, inside my room this late?".

"I never said that it was a girl Bright, only that it sounded like a woman's, I thought that maybe Granny came back early".

"Ha-haem, well Ma ain't back yet and ya are mistaken about the noise, it pretty late actually, should ya be in yer own bed now?". Bright Mac tried to swing his way out but again Luna been Luna there wasn't didn't back down.

A Cheshire smile appeared in Luna. "Are you suuuuure You're not hiding something?" Bright started sweating profundily.

"Definitely sure lil partner, no trouble here, no trouble at all, he he". Bright's eyes twitched at the end and now Luna was convinced of her suspicions.

"Ok, if you say so, oh by the way I like that shirt of yours with the pink flowers and all, anyway, see ya". Luna disappeared inside her room leaving Bright with zero chance to stop her, to his horror he had put on his girlfriend's blouse only confirming his lie.

He went back inside and locked the door, out of the other side of the bed Pear Butter appeared. "Is it clear now?". Asked the worried girl.

Bright didn't answer instead seated on his bed and held his head in his hands clearily shaking now. "Ah am so dead! When Luna tells Ma she's gonna hang me from the tallest branch in the orchard!".

"You think- you think she'll tell Granny?". Asked Pear Butter as she quickly dressed, founding the reason as to why she couldn't find her blouse.

"She will unless I buy her silence". Bright informed her as he took of her girlfriend's piece of clothing.

"You mean that she will blackmail you? I can't believed, but she look to cute to do something like that!".

"Ya don know Luna like ah do Buttercup, if she smell something that she can used she WILL use it!". Bright remembered all the times his little friend tricked him and Celestia into one of her traps.

"Do you... Do you think she, that she knows is me?".

"Ah don think so but she'll definitely gonna look for an answer tomorrow".

"Should I leave then? Maybe I can ask Chiffon to let me stay the night, it was what I told Pa after all"

Bright stopped her before she could cement her idea. " No sugarcube, I... Listen, ah know the risk ya run every time ya come to see me and I love ya more for that, ah want ya to know that when ya feel ready ta tell yer Dad about us ah ll be there with ya".

Pear Butter's eyes watered hearing the love of her life assurance. " Thanks Bright Mac, I love you".

"And ah love ya Buttercup". The two young farmers embraced their lips in a kiss letting fear wash away by their love. Not soon after their caresses turned more daring and lust took over making them forget about the two girls in the nearby room.

It was pass 6am when Luna and Celestia finally woke up, Luna woke up full of energy just thinking what would she ask from Bright in exchange from her silence about last night's incident.

To her disappointment unlike last night Bright admitted his crime rather easily and didn't even tried to bargain for her silence, instead he offered the best deal right away, no chores until Granny Smith was back.

While the deal was excellent it did took all the good part out of the whole situation, so much so that it did Luna a tad suspicious about why Bright would show no resistance against her whatsoever, but the deal was still too good to let pass so she didn't pressed the issue.

With a handshake and a spit to the side as per Apple custom the deal was made and now Luna couldn't peep about last night to anyone and while that sucked it was counterbalanced by having extra free time.

Luna bounced her way to where her sister was already picking up apples, the weekends there weren't any labors coming to help so the task took longer, still the sisters and Bright were capable of finishing before mid-day and sometimes they would receive help from one of Bright's friends, this time it was Burnt Oak, Bright's best friend.

After saying hello to the girls Burn Oak went to help his friend leaving the sister to chat.
" What's up with you Lulu? You have been smiling since this waking up".

"Can I be happy for no reason from time to time Tia?".

"Don't think so, you did something bad didn't you?".

"Guh! You... No I didn't do anything this time at least not me". Luna's said smiling again at the end.

"What do you mean sister?". Celestia asked now worried that one of her pranks could get them kicked out of the farm.

"Nooothing dear sister just dropped".

"Fine! It if you get in trouble I won't help you".

"Fine with me!".




"Whuwww!". Sticking her tongue out Luna continued with her banter.

"You are such a kid Luna".

"Well duh".

"Not what I meant, you know what? I'll switch with Burnt Oak, I can't work with you!". Not waiting for another childish respond the elder sister stomped her way to the guys.

It didn't took long for Celestia to find the older guys near the barn, as she approached she heard whisperings and that did make her stop, it seemed to be a private conversation and Celestia was well mannered to know not to interrupt their conversation and so she waited there, however that distance still put her within range of their not so secret talk.

"... And then we kinda just did it then and there man!".

"I... I don't know what to tell you Bright, if things turn out like I fear then you and the lady are in more trouble that a turkey in Thanksgiving".

"I know I know and is all mah fault! If Grand Pear learn of this ah am afraid for Buttercup!".

"You aren't so safe yourself Bright, Granny may know of you two dating but she doesn't know of... the other thing, if she finds out yer dead my friend".

"Ughh thanks for reminding me Burnt, yer a real pal".

"Hey I'm just been honest here, no point in sugarcoat what it is already a sour mess".

"Ah guess".

" Hey at least no one else knows right?".


"Right Bright?".




"Oh, for the love of... Who?!".

"Lil Luna".





"Yer dead, you know that don't you?".

"Ah have a deal with her, she won't sing".

"How sure are you of that?".

" As long as ah keep my end of the bargain she won't break her promise".

"Well brother, for both of your sake I hope she doesn't, now let get this done so we can at least play a few hands of poker".

" Well you see? Mah part of the deal was to do her chores for a time he he".

Burnt Oak suddenly felt pretty old hearing that. "Yer a real piece of work Bright you knew that?".

"Come on pal, help me here will ya?".

"Grrrrrrh!". Burnt walked away toward the back of the farm while Bright kept behind asking his friend for aid.

Celestia didn't follow after them, her mind was still reeling from the information she just heard, she wondered what was the 'thing' that had Bright so worried and who was involved besides her sister also when did this deal took form?. It had to have been recent specially if the 'deal' was been paid starting today.

Celestia decided to continue with her original plan and ask Burnt Oak to assist Luna so she could have alone time with Bright Mac, despite spend more time with him and make herself useful she did little progress into calling his attention, her little crush in him was even more affected by the constant presence of Pear Butter and Celestia found that annoying, she knew there was a concidered age gap of almost 6 years but she was confident that if she showed her good traits Bright may concede to be more that friends in the future.

Celestia dropped down to her bed with a grunt and more sore that she had ever been in her life, the last two days she had been trying unsuccessfully to find out what dirt did Luna had on Bright Mac to make him do her chores but she didn't even peep, she should had expected this of course, despite her problematic personality Luna was loyal to those she either had a deal with or that she considered friends.

Bright Mac was just as stubborn, been his secret it was to be expected that he'll guarded from everyone but Celestia thought he may feel the need to talk to her and confess about his problems to ask her opinion but he didn't and that hurt her.

Matter of fact he acted more relaxed around Luna that around her, when she was around Mac would put his guard up in case she would start asking questions again to make him slip, finally Celestia was completely shove aside when the nice intruder came back.

Bright and Pear Butter stuck together like peanut butter and jelly and that irked Celestia, the fact that she was so damn nice did Celestia no better making her feel guilty when she overstepped in their circle.

Celestia's young mind couldn't understand why Bright would prefer spend time with her rather that with Celestia who was his friend since they were kids. Celestia's thoughts were stopped when she felt something poking her in the back, she turned to find Luna with a pencil in mid motion, until now Luna had been busy doing homework but once finished her attention turned to her tired sister, after a brief moment of eye contact Luna resumed her poking.

"Can you stop please? It's annoying". Celestia told her kin while swapping her pencil with low energy.

"You look bad sister, why is that?". Luna poked again.

"Why? Maybe because I don't have my own butler".

"I don't have butter?".

"I said butler, someone who do my chores for me, you know like a maid".

"Oh, yeah, too bad for you". Luna poked her again.

"Sister please stop, I'm not in the mood?".

"But We haven't played together in a while!".

"Then why don't you ask your best friend Pear Butter?". Celestia got up and dragged her feet all the way to the kitchen looking for any source of distraction that would take her mind off of her current gloom mood however this backfired when in the kitchen Celestia came to interrupt a young couple in the middle of a kiss.

"Wha!?". Celestia clamped her mouth shot and hide herself back in the next room.

" Did you heard something just now Bright?". Asked a jumpy Pear Butter.

"Only the silence of yer lips cus yer not kissing me sugarcube". Answered Bright completely distracted.

"I'm serious here Bright!".

"So am ah Buttercup, yer letting me high and dry here!".

" Haha you're impossible Bright Macintosh". The couple went back to their love business while Celestia waited frozen just a few feet away from them, holding back tears, with what little strength she had left Celestia did her way to the barn, once inside she thought of her sister.

'That's the secret that Luna must be keeping, she probably saw them together and Bright told her to not tell anyone, even me, and Bright! What does he see in her, sure she's older that me and... Pretty, strong, and I'm probably just a kid for him, what's a 10 year old girl but a friend to a almost 17 year old guy, but why? Why not telling me too? Does no one trust me?".

It would be pretty late when Celestia finally went back inside the house, her sister was sleep by then and Bright was about to go search for her, Celestia didn't explain why was she so late outside when Bright asked her, she instead shot him a cold stare and went inside without any words making Bright nervous.

" If ah have a kid in the future ah hope he never stay silent, that would give me the Willie's". Bright said to himself and then walked inside to sleep and dream of his girlfriend.

With the return of Granny Smith at the farm things went back to normal, or what could be considered normal in such circumstances. Celestia was keeping her distance from both Luna and Bright only answering with the minimum of dialogue needed.

Bright Mac acted nervous and it was pretty obvious for Granny that he was hiding something, next little Luna was more chirpy that usual, sure the lad was vivid since coming to live with the Apples but her mischievous personality had been so far under control due to her lack of energy after a full day of chores, more so since Granny was absent for a good amount of days, yet she acted full of boundless vigor.

Lastly it was Pear Butter, Granny didn't had any particular bad feelings about the girl, even if she was born into a rival family she so far hasn't done anything to Granny or to her son despite her father clear animosity for them, Granny knew that she and her son were dating in secret from Grand Pear but like all secrets sooner or later they would come out at the open and then the girl would have to confront her father about it, she would have to either oppose her father or brake up with Bright, either one would hurt and neither one would lead to a happy Apple-Pear reunion, she herself wouldn't accept Grand Pear's presence more that she would allow her farm to catch fire, there was just too much bad blood in their generation, maybe in the kids things could be different but not in her's.

The stomping sound of small feet indicated that little Celestia was walking down the stairs, Smith saw her multicolored hair wave as she strode out of the house, soon behind came her sister, running at full speed trying to catch up to her sister, the childs looked upset like the last few days since Smith came back

" About time ah had a chat with the lass, been moody like that so young it's gonna turn her into cranky doodle". With a sigh Granny Smith rose from her chair and followed the marching girls.

Smith lost track of the little girls but she had a feeling of where they were heading so she took her time walking there, been 35 years old wasn't much problem but working day by day in a farm was not good for the body either.

As Smith came out at a clearing she found the place and just as she expected she found Celestia and Luna on top of an unfinished tree house, the floor and the handrails were finished but it still lacked more work, the ladder was replaced not too long ago for a stronger one to hold an adult but Smith didn't climb up, instead walked under the floor of the house without them noticing her, she soon put her attention on their conversation.

"And I told you that I want to be alone! What part of alone do you not understand Luna?". Celestia angrily told her sister.

"Why are you been so mean to me? You told me that we would be together always and now all you do is going away when you see me, even in school you wouldn't talk to me, why!". Luna yelled at her sister, her voice cracking at the end and the start of tears appeared in her eyes.

Celestia huffed and turned away. "Yes I promised that and how did you repaid me? By hiding secrets and not telling me that Bright liked someone else? Then bragging because you got him to do your chores while I brake my back doing mine? Then you got the nerves to ask me to play?".

Luna didn't know how to answer, it was true that she enjoyed the freedom that the deal let her to have but in doing so she probably looked smugy to her sister. "But, but you saw them together too, you knew that Bright was seeing Pear Butter!".

"Yes but I didn't know they were together at night too and you did!".

"What?" Asked Luna confused.

"WHAT?!". A second and more resounding question came from below, only then did the girls realized that they were been watch, both girls looked from the handrails down where the angry form of Smith Apple came in view.

"What in tarnation are ya two talking about, who's been showing up at night?". Both girls looked at each other wondering how deep where they in trouble and how could they answer without sinking lower.

"Uh Hi Granny, didn't, didn't see you there".

"Answer me lil ladies! Who. Had. Been. Coming. At. Night!".

"Gra-granny you see we-". A single glare from the woman cut any hope of defusing the situation. "Pe-Pear Butter, she came a few nights while you were gone".

"She did?". Asked Luna finally realising who was the girl she heard a few nights ago.

Smith absorbed the news, so much for respect, coming at night while she was gone and Bright almost alone, only one reason came to mind for that. "Yer both grounded until ah say so, capishe?". Both sisters nodded. Then Smith turned tail and went to look for his soon to have a purple eye son.

"What was that for?". Asked Luna coming back to her reality.

"Granny thinks Bright and Pear have been... you know, doing that".

"And what exactly is THAT?".

"You know, that! What adults do that we shouldn't".

"You mean sex? And why is that bad, isn't that like... what adults normally do?".

"Y-yes but only if they are adults and married, and and and using protection!".

"Protection? Do they punch each other?". Asked Luna scratching her head.

"You're joking right? Anyway we have to catch Granny, she's going for Bright!". Luna nodded and followed her sister down the tree but Granny had many meters off head start.

It didn't took long for Smith to find his son, he was refilling the barn with hey for the cows while whistling an old tune Rusty taught him, of course he heard his mother approaching but didn't expected to be grabbed by the collar of his shirt by her and been tossed against the pile he just finished.


"GET UP! GET YER IMPRUDENT DEFIANT NO SENSE ASS NOW BRIGHT MACINTOSH APPLE!". Bright was stunt and not only by how easily his mother send him flying but by her use of his full name which was reserved to only the utmost outrageous of situations.

"M-ma? Wha... What's goin on?". Bright looked left and right to see if he did a mistake inside the barn that he failed to notice but also to look for a possible escape route.

"Ya tell me ya little MISTER! Tell me again the rules of this household! The rules yer Pa and Ah tried to root in that empty brain of yers!. Smith yelled while stepping closer.

"Ah-ah Don underta-".

"NOW BOY!". Said his mother while getting closer again.

"To-to always respect mah parents and their rules, to take care of the farm and mah kin!".

"Mah house is mah sanctuary, when ah am gone ah expect mah children to obey mah rules and protect what's inside!".

Bright didn't need more explanation to understand what his mother was furious about, to cement his suspicion the little Regals were just at the entrance of the barn, their expressions told Bright what happened, their eyes looked full of guilt and worry.

"They didn't told me anything, ah heard everythin without them knowing and even if that was the case this whole thing is yer fault and only ya are responsible for it, you... and that lass! Ah trusted her, thought she would know better that to mess with our family this way but at the very end she's a Pear".

"Ma please ah-".

"SILENCE! Yer in the dog house right now young man, think for a minute, what do ya think could happen if the lass end up pregnant? Ya think that her father is gonna be all chippy and throw a party for both of ya? Ya think ah wanna see ya ruining yer life for not thinkin with yer right head?". Smith said the last words stomping the floor right between Bright's legs just inches away from his crotch.

While the Apples continued their discussion Luna started one of her own with Celestia.
"Sister? Is sex really that dangerous? You mention protection and Granny look scared that Pear Butter may hurt Bright".

"What? Sister, are you been serious right now? I mean, you know about sex but you don't know what can happen after?". Luna simply shrugged. " We have to check what are they teaching you in school, but... for now all you need to know is that Pear Butter may be expecting". Celestia turned her attention back to the Apples were apparently things were getting more heated if the broken lip Bright was sporting now was any sign.

"Expecting what?". Luna asked again insistent, before Celestia could formulate any kind of answer Smith delivered another punch.

"Wow! Granny really know how to throw a hook!".

"Stoooop!". All eyes turned to the newcomer, her scream making the angry Smith Apple freeze while holding her son by the hair and him guarding his face.

"Stop fighting you two! Please do not hurt him anymore!". Pear Butter moved to place herself between the two Apples.

"Lass! Ah will tell ya this only once! Move away!". Smith told the Pear girl, Bright Mac tried to remove his girlfriend but instead he was pushed back by her.

"Buttercup, please step aside, ah don want to see ya gettin hurt for me".

"I will not! I know that what we did was stupid and reckless but I will not stay still while you beat the heck out of your own son and the man I love!". The girl had fire in her eyes and Smith been a woman who at one point also fought for her man knew how strong that fire could make her.

Smith took a look at her son a saw the damage she had inflicted on him, while she still wanted to punch him some more she also knew that nothing good would come out of it, her ire was still there but it was now just a turning into cinders. "Tch, fine! But ah am not done with ya just yet boy! And you lass, we have a lot to talk about don we?".

"Yes Ms Apple, we do".

"Girls, please fetch the first aid box from the kitchen and give it to Bright, after that to to your room". Smith commanded.

"Yes Granny!". The two girls responded in unison and quickly went to do as they were told.

"So what is it?". Asked Luna as they went into the house.

"What is what?".

"What's Pear Butter expecting? A letter?". Celestia almost tripped thanks to her sister's question.

"Sister? You really don't know?". Asked Celestia as the girls got into the kitchen, Celestia pulled out a chair and Luna jumped on top to reach the cabinet where the first aid box was located.

"Nope". Luna said again as she looked for the target. "Found it!". She jumped down and followed her sister back to Bright Mac.

"And you don't have the slightest idea?".

"I think they are ordering a baby, you know, like our parents did with us".

"Ordering? Like... by mail?".

"What? No Tia! Online!". Before Celestia could correct her sister and wonder further what kind of education her little sister was receiving the girls arrived where Bright Mac was seating now.

Luna handed the box to Bright who spat some blood at the side. "Thanks ya two". After opening the box Bright started his treatment by first desinfecting his lip followed by applying a small band-aid over the cut, meanwhile Celestia was nervously watching, after a while Luna spoke first.

"I'm sorry Bright, it's my fault".

"No, it is mine, ah am the one who Granny heard talking, Luna kept her promise".


"That's ok ya two, if anythin is mah own fault ah end up like this, should have know better to not break Ma's rules, ah am an idiot".

"Still sorry for been jealous, I... had a little crush on you and I got mad that you didn't noticed". Celestia said with pink cheeks.

"What! Ya did? Well geez ah am honored Celestia but...".

"I know, you like Pear Butter".

"Well yeah but, ah see ya two more like lil sisters and friends, sorry Celestia".

"That's ok, it hurts but its better now".

A moment of silence stretched before Luna broke it. " So where are Granny and Pear Butter?".

"They're talkin in private and don worry, Ma promised to not harm her before they left, anyway, ah ll wait for them here, ya should head out for yer room before Ma comes back". Then girls wanted to ask more questions but the promise of punishment by Granny was to heavy to disobey.

A few minutes later the girls were in their room, Celestia doing her hair while Luna was on her bed with her head dangling from the edge and her feet kicking the air.


"Excuse me?".

"About the baby, how do you make one?". Asked Luna very curious right where Celestia was brushing the tips of her hair causing the older sister to pull a little to hard, her comb came out with a few strands of pink and teal colored hair.

With a sigh Celestia answered. "Well, um when a man and a woma-".

"No no, I know that part already, what I want to know is how to make a baby".

"Why are you so curious sister?". Luna stopped her air kicks and seated straight with a sad expression.

"I... I thought that maybe if we have a baby then I wouldn't be lonely when father come and take you back". A few tears appeared in Luna's face and Celestia sat next to her hugging her.

"Oh Lulu, why wouldn't father take you with us? He loves you as do I, never forget that".

"You mean it?". Celestia rolled her eyes and did a classic 'shake and spit' Apple style that got giggles out of her sister.

"Girls! Ya better not been spittin inside mah house!". Smith angry yell could be heard all the way from the kitchen meaning she was back from her talk with Pear Butter.

Luna ran to the door leaving Celestia behind. "It was Tia Granny!". Luna turned to her sister with a grin in her face.

"Why you!". Celestia ran after her laughing and promising belly tickles once she catch her.


4.- And that's how it happened.

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Actions always have reactions, they teach that in school and home, Luna didn't took that lesson seriously but in the matter of a 8 months she saw the lesson take effect, not in her directly but close to her, in the couple of Bright Mac and his now wife Pear Butter.

Action, the couple continued with their relationship both romantically and physically. Reaction, Pear Butter end up pregnant.

Action, They tried to keep it a secret until Bright could talk to Grand Pear about them.
Reaction, Grand Pear learned the true from another source causing him lock his daughter in their house.

Action, with his daughter about to give birth to an Apple he prepared for baby to be put into adoption. Reaction, with Bright's help Pear Butter escaped from home and they run away from town, they married in a small church in the next County.

Action, the whole affair became public and Smith Apple contacted all Apples around the state and outside of it and a full blown search for the couple begun. Reaction, in Canterlot Town public opinion turned sour for Grand Pear and his family, to avoid been dragged as well Stinky Rich broke ties with the Pears and this lead to them selling their lands and moving away forgetting about Pear Butter and her child.

It would be three months before they were found working in a ranch farm not far from Canterlot Town, Bright Mac found job as a hired hand and Pear Butter became the assistant for the local vet, working for her Pear Butter learned the tricks and signs of horse breeding.

An accidental visit from one of the owners to Canterlot revealed the identity of the couple and soon Smith was let in in the information, she marched to the ranch and after beating some sense into his son, both literally and figuratively she dragged the two back to Sweet Apple Acres, after all was all was said and done that same day the Apples celebrated their return, wedding and baby all at the same time.

During all that time Celestia and Luna did their best to do what they could in the farm, they weren't alone of course, a lot of the younger Apples that came to help in the search were left behind to tend to the farm, they were more experienced that the Regal sisters but Celestia knew the farm better and had a better sense of teamwork that the rest so it wasn't a surprise when she took leadership, Luna meanwhile tried to have fun with the new additions of the farm but as it turn out Bright was perhaps the more calm and we'll behaved of the Apple lot, his cousins, nephews and nieces were a rowdy bunch and more that once did Luna had to hide behind Celestia who on the other hand was respected and even feared by them.

And so, the months passed, Luna became Pear Butter personal helper when Granny wasn't around, by this point Pear Butter was in her height month.

"You're still afraid that my belly may burst are ya Luna?". Asked Pear Butter as she stretched a little feeling her back sore from the extra weight in her stomach.

"N-no, I'm not afraid of that, that's silly, you're been silly". Said Luna not sounding convincing at all.

"I knew it was a bad idea let ya see that horror movie with us, you screamed so loud that the neighbors almost called the police, and the live almost a mile away!".

"Hey Bright was louder than me and he screams like a little girl!".

"So he does, anyway, would you like to feel the baby?".

"Eh? Hmm I, I don't know? Do you promise that it not going to burst out like in the movie?". Luna asked still skeptical.

"I promise, besides in the movie the alien came out of the chest not the tummy?".
Luna looked to Pear Butter's breast that were bigger now due to the pregnancy.

" No, there's no alien in my chest either, come over here, be brave, if you're lucky you may feel it moving".

"O-ok". Taking a deep breath Luna moved closer to the future Mom and she took her smaller hand guiding it to her belly. Luna touched over the fabric of the gown that Pear Butter was wearing, it felt warm and smooth but nothing impressive or scary as she thought, guided again by Pear Butter Luna moved to another area feeling a small bump, curious she pressed softly, nothing happened first but then there was a shift under the covered skin, the movement was quick and unexpected. "Eeep!". Luna jumped away with her hands flailing wild. "Wha-what was that?! A karate chop? The five knuckle shuffle? The fist of the northern star? What!".

The young woman laughed without malice. "Hahahaha, I, I don't even know what those are, haha, no, ha sorry, that... That was the baby, it was probably a kick, it likes to do that from time to time, specially if you press where it is". She caressed the area where Luna was touching before.

"A kick? How do you know it was a kick, maybe it was its hand, maybe it was a high five! If it is that baby is pretty smart, oh and cool".

"Well, as long as he doesn't scream like it's father I'll be more than happy".

"Did ah just heard ya badmouthing yer husband now Buttercup?". The two female turned to find Bright Macintosh leaning at the doorway.

"Hey Hon".

"Hey Bright".

"Howdy ya two, so... Making fun of my manly alarm yell?". Asked Bright as he steeped behind his wife hugging her.

"Ya call that, manly? I have heard cats making less pitched noises when someone step on their tails". Pear Butter replayed getting the trio laughing at the joke.

"Anyway, can I ask you something?" Asked Luna approaching Pear Butter once more, less afraid that something would jump at her.

"Sure thing Sugarcube, what's on yer mind".

"Ok, you keep calling the baby an 'it' . Don't you know yet if your gonna get a boy or a girl?". Luna finally touched the same spot in Pear Butter's stomach looking again for the bump. After so much insistence on her part she finally got explained how the process worked and it didn't involve Online order, delivery mail or giant flying birds, it didn't even had to do with fighting in battle armor as she originally thought thanks to Celestia's half ass comments although that one would have been very cool in Luna's opinion, no, it was a slow process were the baby was carried by the mother inside something called the uterus for around 9 months were the baby would grow until ready.

After hearing that Luna could not see a woman without imagining them having their stomach replaced by an oven, because giving birth now sounded like baking a cake, the same thing happened every time Luna saw a cake or a pie, she saw them now as small babies, delicious and sweet babies, which did very hard for Luna to enjoy them from then on.

In any case, the actions of the two teens weren't so bad, in preparation for the birth one member of the Apple family stood in the farm to now, an old lady called Goldy Delicious who was supposed be very experienced in child births but when she asked where the binding ropes were and some other outdated stuff it was decided that Luna would be assisting Pear Butter instead.

"We do that because we don't know yet?".

"Uh? Isn't the doctor supposed to know? Or is he ramsom you for the info".

"Haha lil Luna, just where do you learn all that nonsense, but no, the good Doc knows already but we decided to wait until the baby is born to find out". Answered Bring happily.

"I see, but wait, what if you buy girl stuff and it turn out a boy, would that confuse him?".

"Haha ah don't think that's really an issue, anyway, what do ya think the baby is gonna be? boy or girl?".

"I hope it is a boy, there's too many of us here already, it is a little unfair that when we vote about something Bright is all by himself and never wins". Luna said while making a benevolent expression.

"It's that so? Or could it be that you want less work load when the boy turns big n' strong?". Pear Butter asked with a smirk.

"That's... Maybe". Been discovered caused Luna to blush getting the couple to laugh, after the embarrassment Luna laughed with them.

After some minor chores around the farm and a quick visit from her Father which was still a bit awkward for Luna, things were cut short when suddenly a heavy rain and strong winds started to show up causing everyone to go to bed earlier that day, the only complication of the day was when Pear Butter complained about a bit of discomfort in her belly and Luna was a bit worried that she tired her too much with her constant questions but the young mother reassured her that it wasn't the case.

Luna was long sleep and dreaming, in there she played in top of a castle made entirely at her liking with tons of small toy servants and she was the princess of the castle, Celestia and the rest were subjects that came to ask the princess favor to solve their mundane lives.

All princess Luna needed to do was click her fingers and her wish would be granted and the villages would get their help praising Luna non-stop with chants and songs.

"Bring forth my next subject dear servants, let it in!". Commanded Luna to her toy guard.

"Aye, your highness!". The toy obeyed and forward walked a trembling young woman with puffy orange hair and freckles, dressed in a modest green dress and a bonnet over her head.

"Her majesty, my dear princess of the night I request thee help!". The girl kneeled down and implored.

"Rise my dear subject, I have no need for beggers, you're one of my most loyal subjects, helping you is my pleasure!".

"You're too kind my princess, too kind". The woman said while getting back to her feet.

"Now then, what do you require of mua". Luna said in what she thought was old french.

"It is about my tree, my apple tree, your highness, some vines have grown around to much and they are beginning to tangle my three, they grew so fast that now they are to thick for me to chop or cut by myself".

"Yes, we remember the tree, you planted the seed with your childhood friend Bright, right? And now it is a big tree, but you said that those vines are surrounding the tree?".

"Yes! My dear princess, as you said, that little tree is now big and about to head Fruits but if the vines grow to big they may strangle it".

"I see, then don't worry it will be ok". Princess Luna rised a hand and clicked her royal fingers, normally this a blue spark would have indicated the result of success but this time there was no spark and no wish granted.

Luna panicked but dismissed it as a fluke, she tried again and again, getting no better.

"You, your majesty? Is it done? Is my tree safe?". Asked the woman nervously.

"I, hold on, give my a minute". Luna kept trying but her dream magic didn't work at all.

"Princess, Ma'am?".

"Hehe, yo-you know what? Let's just go over there where you tree is and let's try the old fashion way, you know... an axe or a sword, one of those".

"Are, are you sure? I mean I'm still honored but wouldn't it be better doing it your way?". The woman clicked her fingers for emphasis.

"No no, it's ok, its not good for me to stay all day inside the castle you know, you get fat and get diabetes and then expend a lot of money in medicines and surgery and... Let's just go shall we?".

"Uh sure why not".

And so the Princess and her friend subject arrived at the house, a small house with a simple fence protecting it, behind it, the top of the tree was visible. As they moved around the house Luna saw the beautiful tree been coiled by the evil vines, its leaves looked pale and the trunk was completely surrounded by the vampiric plants.

"Oh my dear! It looks worst that when I left! Please princess! You have to save mah tree!".

"I-I will, don't worry, servant! The axe!". One of the guards that came with them handed Luna an small axe and Luna took it. Placing herself next to the tree she could see the damage the vines were doing to the tree.

After adopting the best position Luna spit in her hands and rubbed them together, something that got a 'yuck' of response from the guard followed by an elbow to his plastic ribs by the owner of the tree. "That's how we do it".

Luna put her entire body strength into the axe and let momentum add itself with the swing, the axe hit the thick body of the nearest vine and the tree shook, at the same time the young woman felt a sharp pain in her abdomen as she fell to her knees. "Aaaaahg!".

"Are you ok, subject?".

"I-I... I'm ok, keep going!". The woman told the princess as she got to her feet shaking.

Luna saw her hands holding the axe, its sharp edge stained with vine juice, then the tree, still pale and looking sick then to the woman, brave and loyal despite the pain adorning her lovely face.

Once more Luna swung the axe, hitting dead center into another vine, like before there was a reaction among the witness, the woman, Pear Butter doubled by pain fell again, this time she didn't got up immediately but slowly and with pain the whole time, the tree also lost more color and even some of its leaves fell from the branches.

Luna's mind tried to show her something but the dream was still confusing, her princess powers didn't work and she had never seen people she loved been hurt in her adventures, so there was more to it, she looked at Pear Butter again holding her stomach with tears in her eyes and cheeks, there was something missing there, but what, she looked at the tree again, the remaining vines increasing their grasp in the poor tree, a tree loved by her owner who like a... like a...!.

"A mayer!". Luna woke up yelling the incoherent word laud enough to wake her sister next to her.

"Hnng, Lulu? Are you having a nightmare?".

"Mom! Mom! Pear Butter!". Luna got up and tried to jump from bed tangling herself in the sheets and falling hard.

The hard landing wake up Luna completely, Celestia rubbed her eyes while her sister raced for the door still tangled. "Lu-na?". The younger sister didn't stop, opening the door and running to her left where the next room was.

Celestia heard another hard fall and Luna grunting which finished waking her. Celestia followed her sister outside where she found her ferociously hitting the door belonging to the married couple. "Bright! Bright! Pear Butter!". Are you there? Hey!".

"Sis-sister! Stop that! That's rude". Celestia demanded to her sister who ignored her in favor of the door, Celestia took her sister's hand but Luna broke free and marched inside. "Luna!?".

Celestia followed. "Luna! Guys, I'm so sorry for my- guys?". Celestia stopped when she saw Luna frozen in front of the only occupant of the bed, Pear Butter who was sweating and doubled in pain, holding her buldgy stomach with tears streaming down.

"Pe-ar? Pear? Where? Where's Bright!". Luna turned to her sister. "Tia! Go downstairs, maybe he went down to call the doctor I'm not sure, go! I'll stay with her".

Celestia wanted to argue about switching roles but something in her sister's order didn't let her, she sounded sure and in control, also she was the one that came rushing to find Pear Butter like this. "Ok, I'll look for Granny first". Luna nodded and a second later Celestia was banging at her guardian's door with no answer from it.

As fast as she could Celestia was downstairs and in the kitchen she found the two adults, wet and muddy from been outside fixing the damage that the storm was causing around the farm. "Lil lady, why are ya out of yer bed?". Asked Smith.

"Come, come quickly! Pear Butter, she's in pain! Luna is with her, now!". The girl didn't needed to repeat herself when Bright was in action jumping up the stairs like a man possessed. In minutes Smith was calling their family doctor and Bright was taking Pear Butter inside the his truck to meet the doctor in the hospital, after the adrenaline of the shock settled, the whole weight of the night left the girls tired, still Luna didn't even dare closing her eyes for long worried that she may miss hearing how Pear Butter was doing, fortunately it wasn't long when the doctor came out of the operation room.

"Doc! Doc please! How is she? How's mah wife? and the baby, is it alright?".

The doctor looked to the two girls shook his head. "Its ok Doc, it was actually thanks to them that we were able to bring mah wife in time, they too deserve to listen".

"Its that so? I see, ok then, it would seem that the baby got the umbilical cord around his neck and little by little the cord started to tight even more during the last few days, the fact that you brought them here in time may as well saved their lives". Before the doctor could continue both Bright and Smith turned around and grabbed both girls in a tight hug.

"Thank y'all, thanks with all mah heart!". Bright cried while hugging them.

"Right now my team is finishing the surgery but the worst is behind, it will take a few more hours to let your wife and the baby rest, congratulations Mr Apple, you have a baby boy now". Before the doctor could excuse himself the same hug that the Regal sisters received was now upon him, when the Apples turned to the girls again they were sleeping soundly hugging each other.

After what felt like an eternity, the Regal sisters were allowed to enter the room where Pear Butter was resting. Luna felt nervous, she never liked hospitals, maybe as a result of her own birth and how her mother paid with her life for Luna's, still, the girl showed a brave face and walked next to the bed.

"Just who I been waiting for, my two little heroes, seriously girls, thank you, thanks to you I am here with everyone and... him too". Pear Butter adjusted her body so that the little bundle she had been guarding could be seen by the girls.

"It was mostly Luna, she's the one who bolted out of the room looking for you, when we found you in bad shape she took her role of assistant more that serious". Celestia patted Luna on the head getting her red-faced.

"Thanks Luna, you're my savior, now come closer you two".
The baby was wrapped in a cozy looking blanket, his little body was all covered but by the outline Luna could tell the baby was really small, only his face was visible and Luna took a closer look, the baby had a tiny mop of blonde in top of his head and his mother's freckles too and his eyes were a shiny green.

The baby looked at them with curiosity. "Luna, Celestia we want ya to meet our son Macintosh Apple, I hope that ya can show him many things and play with him as he grows and I'm sure he'll be there to help ya if ya need".

"It's adorable! Congratulations Bright and Pear Butter, you too Granny, now you're a real Granny". Said Celestia jocking.

"Ya bet lil Tia, ya bet". Granny's hard face broke for a few seconds but she got right back in an instant." And ya better take good care of him ya hear me".

"It's alright to cry Ma".

"Who's cryin ya lazzy son of mine, now ah better not heard complains from Pear Butter ya heard or ah ll deal with ya". Bright gulped and nodded instantly.

Luna continued with her stare contest again the new born, dark blue eyes locked with dark green until a small smile appeared in both childs, something that send a chill down Bright Mac's back but he kept quiet about it.

"And that's how thanks to me you are here enjoying life, you're welcome by the way". Said Luna as she finished her retelling of how Big Mac was born to her little audience.

"I don't get it" said the only boy present in the room, a 5 year old boy with blonde hair and a single red fringe falling down his forehead and freckles in his cheeks and cyan colored eyes.

"Please Kent, there's nothing complicated, I saved your old man's life and because of that he got to meet your Mom and the rest is history". Said Luna with a bit of impatience.

"That's not what we meant when we asked why are we here Aunty Luna". Asked the twin sister. Like her brother she had blonde hair and freckles but she sported her fire red fringes at the sides giving her a more wild look that her twin brother, her eyes were a light green color.

"Listen kids you asked me for a story and I just gave you the best ones I know, ok?".

"Mom! I'm gonna tell Aunt Tia that you're making things up again". Said the last kid in the dark room, another 5 year old girl with dark blue hair and light blue eyes.

"Agh! I can believe my own daughter would betray me, where did I go wrong!".

"Unless... If you tell us another story about Granny Smith I won't tell on you". Said the girl with a mischievous smile while the twins nodded in approval.

"First betrayal and now extortion? Ufufu poor me, poor me". Luna cried but instead of repent the kids simply give her blank looks.

"Tch, fine, you win! But not today kiddos, its late and your folks are gonna chew me if they learn that I'm letting you stay awake pretty late". Before the trio could start to complain she offered more in the deal. "Tomorrow I will tell you another tale of Granny Smith and I'll even put some smoores for dinner, how does that sound, eh?". The kids finally agreed happily.

Luna went to the each of the roll beds and kissed the kid inside. "Good night Sia".

"Good night Aunty Luna". Said the flaming headed girl

"Good night Kent".

"Nights, hum Aunt Luna? You think we can invite Sonata tomorrow, ya know, so we can all play". Luna could almost see the cheeks of the kid burn even in the dark.' You're so Big Mac's son '.

"We'll see Sugarcube, we have to ask her Moms for permission, do you know who of them will crack faster under blackmail?".

" I think it would be Ms Blaze".

"I see, good boy, I'll see what I can do, ok?

"Thanks!". Responded the boy with excitement.

"Good night sweetheart, don't forget to remove your glasses". Luna's daughter did as asked.

"Good night Mom, love you and Dad".

"I've you back Starry". With a kiss to her daughter Luna turned the lights off and let the three kids to their sleep inside the room while she moved downstairs finding her husband how she left him, stuck to the screen of the old computer sending messages to his 'friend'.

"Finally sleeping? Or still giving you a fight?".

"About to sleep and I hope that they don't take long, I barely managed to avoid answering when Ambrosia and Kent asked me about their parents".

"Hmmm, I suppose it was to be expected, the way Sunset was behaving was a bit unnerving, never saw her like that before".

"No, maybe, hm, I think I remember one time when she was like that it was right before...". Her memory was interrupted when her phone ringed. "About time big guy, you got us worried over here, calling in the middle of the night and saying that Sunset had an emergency... Uh?".

"Why are you asking me if I'll like to spend more time with the kids? Of course I love to have them here as long as you repay me with...".

"What? Another kid? Wait, wait, wait! Wait! Wait! You did not... Sunset isn't... God damnit Big Mac, I'm just barely forgetting the hell of changing diapers at midnight and you just have to score another touchdown in Sunsetland, what the actual heck!".

"No! I'm not putting a price for my freedom! I will not accept any pri-uh? What? Hm, seriously? Hmm, not a bad bargain to begin with-wait! No! I'm not falling for that one again! Uh? Ghhh Fine! We'll discuss it when you come back over here and you better bring cider with you, like a lot, the good one! Good! I'll see you tomorrow then!".

After hanging out Luna breathe hard, the news sinking even deeper. Another baby, another baby! Celestia was going to freak out when she heard it!.

"Uh? Good news Honey?". Asked the man finally turning away from the computer after hearing his wife howl like crazy.

"Yeah, just peachy, making plans in my head in how to torture two horny rabbits, maybe showing up in their dreams or jump out of the closet when they get kinky, anyway prepare plan 4 no plan 6, yes, 6 should do it".

"6? Are you sure my dear?".

"Yes, I am, now come, I'm tired and I need a massage right now". Luna walked up to their room while her husband got up and hurried to gather what he needed.

"Its going to be a long night it seems".