Cadence smiles widely, seeing what day it was. she planned to walk around, making sure this day was perfect. she heads out, seeing everypony was already coupling up and putting heart and hooves day decorations up. Spike was staying inside. Twilight notices. "Spike? Is something wrong?" He sighs. "I don't know, i'm always left disappointed on this day every year…”she smiles. “i know you are. i could see about fixing that. you just need to tell me who you really like. i know you gave up on rarity” he sighs. “you saw is stopped bothering her and following her?” she nods. “i think you need to pick somepony who may actually like you back and not take advantage of you” he nods. “i have no idea who would like me… even if somepony did, i doubt they’d tell me because of my age…” she sighs, knowing his confidence was really low right now. “spike, i never had a date on heart and hooves day before either, i never had a love life or interest in anyone” spike nods. “you’re waiting for the right stallion to come along” she nods. “come on, most of us haven’t had a date yet! almost every member of the elements of harmony hasn’t had a love” spike blinks. “almost?” she sighs. “rainbow dash found somepony” he scratches his head. “who? someone learned to deal with her?” she rolls her eyes. “that’s mean, yes, somepony did. she’s with a unicorn royal guard in canterlot” he nods. “those types are extremely calm and patient…” she nods. “well, the one with dash is different than the others, he seems to be more outgoing and lax than the other ones. he’s actually similar in personality to rainbow dash!” he nods. “wow, perfect match or what?” she nods. “the guard dash fell in love with is assigned to the lunar wing. he’s extremely obedient to luna and even sleeps during the day” “did luna start a cult following?” twilight smiles and shakes her head. “no, i actually know why. luna secretly had a son with somepony” spike double takes. “how is that? luna hasn’t been off the moon that long” she nods. “you got to remember, if she did have a child, they’d share her long life abilities” he nods. “so rainbow dash’s coltfriend is over 1000 years old?” twilight nods. “it would be my guess.” “wow” “So, back to you. i could see if cadence could pair you up with somepony! today is her favorite day” he shrugs. “maybe…” dash was happy she finally got a love on this day. she hated being alone on heart and hooves day. she wondered if her friends had also gotten dates for today. she doubted it, but stayed positive about it. cadence was humming a happy tune and walking through ponyville. she notices a colt sitting alone, looking disappointed. she walks over. “hello! what’s wrong?” he looks up and was nervous, seeing an alicorn talking to him. “i’m just bummed i’m too young to be with who i like…” she nods. “who is that? who do you have in your sights for today?” he calmed down, seeing she was trying to help. “my teacher miss cheerilee…” she nods. “oh! her? you remind me of someone else who’s also in love with an older mare” he nods. “i know who you’re talking about, spike?” she nods. “yes, he’s a good friend” he nods. “i don’t think you could help me there, could you?” she shakes her head. “i specialize in love, but you are in a difficult position. miss sparkle could probably help you! she’s great with magic and potions” he got an idea from the video games her plays. “think she could make me an aging potion?” she nods. “very likely, there isn’t much she can’t make” she nods. “Thank you princess!” she nods and starts walking, humming a happy tune. he heads to twilight’s library. she smiles seeing him walk in. “hello button! can i help you?” he nods. “can you make me an aging potion?” she nods. “sure… what for?” “i want to be with cheerilee but i’m not old enough to do so…” she nods. “i was thinking about doing the same thing for spike once he figures out who he likes” he nods. “great! i just hope this doesn’t backfire” she nods. “i am going to inform your mom about this later though. i don’t think you should be drinking potions without permission” he sighs and nods. “okay…” she sends a letter. she starts mixing two potions. “the reason you need permission is because these are permanent! i don’t want you to come back if cheerilee doesn’t accept” he nods, accepting the possible consequences. the potions took about 20 minutes to make and bottle. she hands one to him. “you mom replied and said she was fine with it! good luck” he nods and accepts the potion. “thank you princess!” she smiles. he walks out and spike heard that. “wait, aging potion?” she nods. “don’t worry, i made one for you too!” she hands it to him and he blinks. “so what will it do?” “it it set to age you at least ten years older. It's permanent though." He nods. "Good. I'd hate to be older and suddenly turn back to normal in the middle of something" She nods. "But there is a slight catch to it..." he shakes his head. "There always is... What's the catch?" "You must kiss your actual love before midnight" he sighs. "Why is it always midnight?" She shrugs. "Beats me. I need to go, I'm meeting with somepony who may or may not be my date for today" he nods. "Can I Wait to use this? I need some time to think" She sighs. "But why waste the opportunity of this day?.do you have anypony in mind?" He sighs. "I might, but She stays secluded in her home normally, Even on a day like this" She nods. "Good luck then" She leaves to go meet this guy. He lived out near the ocean, actually kind of far from ponyville. She knocks on the door and he answers. She was surprised. "Are you miles?" He nods, smiling warmly at her. "Good morning princess, you're looking lovely today" She was surprised and flattered by the comment. "Why thank you..." he steps aside. "I'd be honored to have you occupy my home" She nods and walks inside. She looks around at his home. It was simple and organized. She noticed he had no pictures of family or friends, except for one. A picture of him and sonic. She looks at the picture. "This looks like somebody I've seen here" he nods. "I believe you have, he looks quite different now than I was used to" She nods. "I've noticed you have no pictures of family members or anything" he sighs. "I was an only child and my parents died when I was born" She nods. "I'm sorry time hear that..." he shakes his head. "Please, don't be. I never knew them anyway" She nods. "You contacted me for heart and hooves day?" He nods, smiling. "My friend suggested it. He has his hands full with a rainbow haired Pegasus apparently" She nods. "You mean rainbow dash? She's a good friend of mine" he nods. "No wonder, rainbow dash must have told him about you and he told me" She nods. "Well, I'm Okay with it. I've never had a date or coltfriend on this day anyway" he nods. "Great, I'll try my best. I've never been with anyone at all in a relationship, so I might mess up" She smiles and nods. "Trust me, I'd do the same thing" he nods. "Then We'll learn together" She nods. "By the way, the politeness and compliments about my status aren't nessesary. They're nice, but I don't want to feel more important than anypony else" he nods. "Okay, I'm fine with that" She looks around his house some more. He had self drawn blueprints, research papers, and inventions he was working on. She wasn't used to seeing this normally unless She was doing it. "Hey, What's your name?" "Miles power" She nods. "I'm Twilight sparkle, I've noticed your work, you research and invent things?" He nods. "It's what I do most of the time I can and sonic calls me an egghead because of it" She nods. "My friend rainbow dash calls me the same exact thing all the time" he nods. She had to ask. "You aren't from equestria, are you?" He shakes his head. "No, I'm from the next planet over. It's inhabited by humanoid animals mostly. It's a jungle planet and houses alot of ancient ruins" She nods. "Sounds interesting! it'd be fun to explore" he nods. "It's dangerous though. Also, the ruins are remains of the ancient echidna war tribes that used to Rome the planet 10000 years ago" She nods. "That's a long time ago. Are echidnas rare on the planet?" He nods. "Only a handful exist now. I'm friends with one of them. He's stubborn and would protect the ruins with his life" She nods. She realized half an hour had passed while they were talking. "Wow, time flies" he nods. "Equestrian culture is different than mobius, there, this day is called Valentine's day" She nods. "That is simpler to say. But That's there" he nods. He walks off and comes back with some roses. "I got these for when you got here. Hope you like them!" She smiles smiles we're and accepts the fragrant flowers. They smelled stronger than ones on equestria, or at least ones She had smelled. And a pony specialized in rose growing in ponyville. "Wow, these smell wonderful. Thank you" he nods, glad She liked them. "I'm just glad you didn't laugh at me or something for trying to make you happy" She nods. "I'd never do that miles, why would I laugh at you?" he shrugs. "someone else i tried dating did when i tried and they turned out to be a traitor” she nods. “traitor?” he nods. “back on mobius, i was part of a resistance group called the freedom fighters. a tyrannical mastermind named doctor robotnik is trying to take over mobius” she nods. “wow, is that why you left?” he nods. “sonic and i gave up when the leader of the freedom fighters was assassinated by robotnik’s robots. she… she was a good friend” she nods. “i’m sorry to hear that. so this mobian you tried dating turned out to be working with the opposing force?” he nods. “yes, i’m just glad to be done with her. wasn’t worth it at all. i’m glad you’re not like that at all” she smiles and nods. “my mentor taught me to be this way. to be positive and nice, instead of mean. it’s not right to take advantage of anyone” he nods. “another reason i love this place, everyone is a lot nicer than on mobius. especially you” she blushes a bit. “for such a violent planet, you turned out pretty well” he nods. “there’s no point in staying so negative and down in the dumps for a few bad things” twilight was starting to warm up to him, liking his personality and over average intelligence, as well as his politeness. but she wasn’t going to get ahead of herself here. miles was thinking the same thing. he liked her, but wasn’t going to be stupid about it. they were both looking at each other in silence. sonic was dropping by his little buddy and opens the door to see them. he grins and waits, leaning against the door. miles notices and sighs. twilight turns around. “are you sonic?” he nods. “yep, i was just checking to see how tails was doing on this day. looks like he’s doing pretty well” she nods. “we’re getting to know each other first” he crosses his arms. “when? when you stop staring into each other’s eyes?” she sighs. “we actually talked” he nods. “i have a feeling you two will be seeing each other again after today. looks like i was right to suggest you to him” she actually blushes and looks at miles when sonic said that. “you’re right, i’d like seeing him again later” miles was surprised at this, not expecting to actually warm up to him. twilight smiles. “miles, i’ll meet you again later. i need to go do something real quick” he nods. “take your time, i can wait” she nods and before she left, kisses his cheek. she leaves and sonic pats him on the back. “dang buddy! dash told me she left for your place not even an hour ago! good job!” he shrugs. “i was just being myself and trying not to mess up” sonic nods. “she likes you for that then. dash told me twilight is always hard about things like this. she normally declines dash or even cadence trying to pair her with somepony” miles nods. “wonder why she changed this time” he nods. “you must be lucky. by the looks of things, she really likes you. take it slow though. try dating her for a few months, even just being her friend for now to fully get to know her and seeing if it will work before making any moves” he nods. “that was my plan. if this is real, i want to try not to mess up.” sonic nods. “dashie and i are already in love. you and twilight can be the same if you play your cards right. be careful, she is mostly calm and sweet. but she can get very angry if you insult her or mess with her in any way. she can overreact sometimes” he nods. “okay, i’ll be careful.” “so, how’d you get her to like you so much already?” “i greeted her warmly and complimented her when she got here and gave her roses. we then talked about each other and why i left mobius to live here” sonic grins. “you tried the same thing you did on fiona. it actually worked this time” miles nods. “i’m a little nervous though, with her being one of the alicorn princesses” sonic nods. “don’t worry about that! dash admitted the same thing pretty much with me. i told her i was no different than she was. she had accepted that, but i haven’t yet told her something i found out” he nods. “what did you find out?” “she’s… actually already related to me” “how is that?? she hiding something from you?” he shakes his head. “i don’t even think she knows, but i found out who her mom is. you’ve seen her, who does she look like?” he pictured dash in his mind. “well, she has multicolored hair, a rare feature for natural hair on this planet, strong, powerful wings, which is also uncommon. she’s also a natural at weather manipulation. the colored hair and eyes are the most thought about… she kind of looks like two of the princesses” he nods. “bingo, but i know cadence isn’t it, she’s young for an alicorn still and just got married not two months ago.” miles nods. “what, is she the daughter of the infamous monarch who has ruled over equestria for over 2000 years?” he nods. “i think she’s hiding something and won’t admit it at the time” “you should tell dash so she can know” “i plan to when i next see her. well, let’s talk about what looks like your first girlfriend! by what i saw before she left, it will take at most two months before you two are in love. she seemed embarrassed about it when i was watching, i think this is her first relationship as well” he nods. “think she’ll be more open to her new feelings when you aren’t here?” he nods. “well, you’re doing a bang up job for today for once! good job. i think you found your possible love” miles chuckles nervously. “i just hope i’m up for it” sonic pats him on the back again. “you will be! heck, you’re 18 now! go and make her happy” he nods. sonic leaves and twilight gets back. “hello again twi” she blushes hearing this nickname. no one had ever called her that and he said it warmly in a loving matter. “h-hi miles… sorry for leaving earlier. i was waiting for your friend to leave and to get over some nervousness i had” he nods. “everyone needs a breather sometimes. are you okay?” she nods. “yes, i was just really nervous. so, what were you talking to him about?” “about something sonic found out about rainbow dash” she blinks. “What’s that?” “about who her mother is” twilight was suddenly interested. “he found out something rainbow dash herself couldn’t figure out?” he nods. “he’s basing this on how dash looks and who she looks similar to." She nods. "I never thought about that. Who does he think is rainbow dash's Mom anyway?" "He said it's princess celestia" She gasps, realizing it. "He's right, they are similar... I'll need to test this later. If dash is celestia's daughter, she'll have the same abilities, well, at least I think so" he nods. "Sonic plans to tell dash when he next sees her" sonic wanted to ask celestia before he told dash to make sure. She smiles when he walks in. "Happy heart and hooves day! I'm hoping you're making the most of it with the element of loyalty" he nods. "I am. I need to ask you something" She nods. "You have questions, I have answers!" He nods. "Did you have a second daughter?" She opens her mouth to respond, but closes it. he sighs. "I was only asking, you don't need to respond if you don't want to" he turns to leave. "Wait! I will answer..." he turns around. "I did... but they were taken from me by someone. I never found out and never found them... I miss them and I'm hoping They're somewhere" he nods. "Okay, i think i found them” she gasps. “you did?? where are they? are they alright?” he nods. “calm down, she’s fine. you see her almost every day now! she visits me in the lunar wing” she realizes it and shakes her head. “i’m sorry, it had been so long, i had completely forgotten what they looked like! i never realized she was right there the entire time. thank you very much for helping me realize the truth. now i just need to find who had taken her from me….” he nods. “how old is dash now?” she thinks. “by now, about 115 years. her alicorn features should start showing up soon. could you bring her to me? i doubt she even remembers when that happened so long ago” he nods. “sure, i’ll go find her and be right back” she smiles and nods. he leaves and celestia felt better and finally could stop worrying if they were even still alive, she now knew they were and could be with her again. dash grins when she sees sonic heading for her. “hey sonic! what’s the rush?” “princess celestia wishes to speak with you in private” she nods. “what for? she almost never just needs one of us. normally, she requires all of us to show up, unless she’s seeing twilight” he nods. “she said it’s urgent you come by yourself. she said i can’t even be there.” she blinks and fluttershy was listening. dash sighs. “alright, i’ll see you later fluttershy!” she nods. “oh, i need to try and find somepony for today anyway…” dash nods. “good luck! i’m sure you’ll find someone!” she nods and dash flies off. fluttershy had to ask. “why does the princess want to see just her? is something wrong?” he shakes his head. “nah, nothing like that. it’s a family issue” she shakes her head. “but… she isn’t part of the royal family, is she?” he nods. “she is, she didn’t even know. i’m part of it myself” she nods. “i can see the resemblance between you and with princess luna, she’s nice but kind of intimidating” he nods. “she has that effect on some ponies. mostly because of what happened” she nods. “she’s frightening when she’s nightmare moon” he nods. “well, every member of the royal family, rainbow dash included, have that ability. luna is the first to ever show it” she was surprised. “wait, all of you do?” he nods. “i have almost gone into that form a couple times whenever i’m very angry or upset. the change is caused and affected by strong, negative emotions” she nods. “no wonder most of you don’t change! you’re always happy” he nods. “only real reason i would fully go into that form is if something ever happened to dash or anyone else in my family” she nods. “wow, i’m afraid of that with dash. she gets angry very easily sometimes” he nods. “well, she’ll learn to control that. i had to. luna taught me how to control when and if i ever go into that form and not to allow my emotions to get the better of me and be out of control” she nods. “so… you can go into the form whenever you want?” he nods. “yeah, but i do believe if i did that here, everyone is ponyville would have a heart attack” “yes, please don’t do that” he nods. “you alone today?” she nods. “i do like someone, but i’m afraid i can’t because he’s younger than me by several years” he nods. “who is that?” she blushes, suddenly wishing she hadn’t mentioned that. “well, spike…” he grins. “the little dragon that lives with twilight?” she nods. “it sounds stupid…” he shakes his head. “not really, no one can tell you it’s wrong. just because he’s not a pony doesn’t mean you can’t love him” she nods. “but it cannot be because of our age difference…” he shrugs. “i can’t help you there. maybe when he’s a little older?” she nods. “probably…” “you could go tell him” she shakes her head. “what if he doesn’t like me back?” he smiles. “it’d be hard not to with your good looks” she smiles and nods. “thank you, i am going to go tell him how i feel” he nods and she walks toward the library. she walks inside, peaking in to see if was there. she heard him and she knew she saw twilight leave earlier. she quietly closes the door and looks around. “spike? are you here?” he hears her and walks out. “fluttershy? you don’t have anyone today either?” she sadly nods. “i never really do, but i think i’m going to try today” he nods. “i wish i could figure that out too…” he looks at her and then the potion he was holding. “well, maybe i could be yours today” she sighs. “i wish we could, but you know i am older than you are” he nods. “twilight made something for me before leaving. it’s an aging potion that permanently ages me ten years” she gasps. “she did? oh my…” she was blushing. “w-would you drink it for me?” he nods. “sure, i’m fine with doing that” he drinks the potion and it takes immediate effect. it finishes and she looks in awe. he looks at himself. “wow, didn’t know i’d look like this…” he noticed his voice was smoother and deeper. he looks at her, who was so red in the face, big macintosh would be jealous. “shy?” she snaps out of it. “y-yes?” “are you okay?” her head bobs up and down sheepishly. he had to admit something. “i never actually liked rarity. that was blind love and i wasn’t thinking straight then. i’ve known i can easily talk to you and spend time with you knowing how caring and nice you are” she stays silent. he continues. “you were the first of the elements of harmony besides twilight i met and got to know. i’m willing to be with you if you’re okay with that.” her eyes widen “YES!” she covers her mouth, embarrassed that she did that. he smiles. “i’m starting to see you like me back…” he walks over to her, making her face redden even more, despite the fact she was covering her mouth, he could see a smile on her face. he gently puts a hand on her hands and lifts them before putting it on her face and gently pushing her long, pink hair out of her face. he nears her with half closed eyes. she didn’t resist or stop him. he gently places his lips on hers, holding her hands. he felt her tense up before relaxing. they close their eyes, enjoying the affectionate interaction. they separate and he smiles at her. she was happy, but surprised he did that. she never expected he’d be so romantic and open to her. “love you, shy…” she nods, feeling warm inside. she does something bold and wraps her arms around him and kisses him passionately. he gladly kissed back. twilight and miles walk into the library and sees them. twilight was surprised. “spike?? fluttershy??” they stop and look at them. spike nods. “i realized and found out she loved me, so we were showing those feelings” miles nods. “that’s quite a way to show it…” fluttershy was still redder than an apple at the time. twilight smiles. “i didn’t know you liked him!” she shyly nods. “i have for a little while actually…” she nods. “feel good that you can finally show those feelings?” she nods. “yes, it does…” she smiles at spike. he nods. “i admitted to her i did have feelings for her. i hadn’t mentioned that to you because i didn’t want you to know just yet” twilight nods. “fair enough. that was a lot of love you two were putting in that! you obviously really like each other” they nod. “we’ll go into another room if you want us to” she nods. “okay, i want to talk to miles here anyway” he nods and they walk upstairs. the only room upstairs was twilight’s bedroom. they close the door. twilight smiles. “those two were very passionate when we walked in. makes me wonder how long they were waiting to do that” he nods. “that’s what happens when two beings love each other, but cannot be together yet. now that they can, they aren’t wasting any time showing it” she nods. “i’m actually glad who spike picked. that relationship will last” he nods. “sonic told me about spike. saying how he was young and little. he was taller than all three of us!" She nods. "Yes, you should see what dragons look like when They're fully grown." He nods. dash gets to the castle and sees celestia. she noticed the doors were closed and the guards were dismissed. “you needed me princess?” she nods and walks over to her. “yes, do you know why you are here?” she shakes her head. “no, sonic said it was urgent though…” she nods. “do you remember your parents?” she shakes her head. “i remember my dad a bit. he looked a lot like i do” she shakes her head. “you never had a father though….” dash blinks. “how do you know?” “because, when you were young, you were kidnapped from here and taken away from me…” dash shakes her head. “woah woah woah! what??” she nods. “you were too young at the time to remember… but yes, i am your mother” she hugs dash, who was still confused. “if you knew that, why did you wait until now?” she sighs. “i had forgotten, i thought you were gone and i’d never see you again, so i had given up and had forgotten what you looked like. sonic reminded me before retrieving you” dash nods. “who took me away?” she shrugs. “i don’t know, they were gone before i could see who or what they were. but they didn’t look like anything on equestria” she nods. “what did they looks like?” “a humanoid hedgehog of some sort. they had black fur and were very quick. i could feel the dark aura that was emanating off them” she nods. “don’t humanoid hedgehogs live on mobius?” she nods. “i think so, but why would anyone from there do that?” she shrugs. pinkie had found someone besides sweets for heart and hooves day this year. she showed a side she didn’t even know she had when he was around her and they were alone. her hair was down when she was like that, but she wasn’t angry or upset, so she guessed it was okay. he was very quiet, even quieter than fluttershy and intimidated mostly everyone who saw him. she wasn’t bothered by his appearance though. she found him handsome and he didn’t mind her company. sonic was waiting for dash to get back and walks into the bakery and sees him. “shadow? you’re here too?” he grumbles. “what do you want sonic?” “i was just wondering why you’re here” “i’m seeing someone here today” sonic nods. “here? seems a little bright for you” he rolls his eyes. “i don’t mind this place. who i’m seeing is actually brighter than this place is” he nods. “you’re seeing someone happy??” he nods. “something wrong with that?” he shakes his head. “not at all, that just sounds completely different than you, that’s all” he nods. “well, knuckles came with me here. i think he wandered off somewhere” he nods. “knowing him, he’ll find someone to fight or find something hard to do” shadow nods. “well, who i’m seeing is getting a few supplies before she comes back.” sonic nods. “what kind of supplies?” “sugar, sugar, flour, sugar, sprinkles,eggs, sugar….” he sighs. “she really likes sugar” sonic grins. “i know exactly who you mean! but her? she’s your literal exact opposite!” shadow nods. "Opposites attract" sonic nods. "My girlfriend is just like me! The princess tails is seeing is alot like him too" shadow shrugs. "I don't know then" She gets there with a big smile on her face. "Hi sonic! Hi shadow!" They nod. She skips into the bakery, bags bobbing behind her. Sonic grins. "So pinkie! You're with shadow?" She cheerfully nods. "Yes! We met when I was skipping along might ding my own business when I saw this guy looking all down in the dumps on such a great day! Did I mention that was last year?" Sonic nods. "So he's seeing you again this year" She shakes her head. "No! He's been with me the entire time! Another side of seems to come out whenever I'm alone with him!" He nods. "Well, That's what having multiple personalities would do to you" she nods. "Yep! I actually need to close the Bakery for a bit! Shadow can stay, but sonic, can you please leave?" He nods. "Fine by me. I'll come back later" he leaves. He had no idea shadow was secretly living in ponyville with Pinkie pie. He wondered if they had a real relationship. He walks along and notices knuckles pulling a large cart full of apples and cider. "Hey Knux!" He grimaces. "I'm busy right now!" He nods and walks with him. "You delivering for the apple family?" He nods. "Needed something hard to do" he nods. "Anything else besides work interest you?" He shrugs. "Not really. Sure, there's the owner of the farm, but she didn't seem to bat an eye at me" sonic nods. "Well, even if She did like you for some reason, she's extremely stubborn like you are" "I'm not stubborn!" He grins. "Really now?" He sighs. "Why are you here? Why do you look different?" "This is my home, my Mom has a powerful role here" he nods. "Who's your Mom? Let me guess, one of the royals?" He was joking, but sonic nods. "Actually, Yes. She's not seen as much as celestia and cadence are. If you want to see her, you need to be up at night" knuckles roles his eyes. "Riiight, your mother is that drop dead gorgeous night princess" sonic grins. "Yeah, She looks good for 1500, huh?" Knuckles pales. "Wait, what?!" He nods. "Her older sister celestia is over 2000 years old." Knuckles shakes his head. "That's pretty old, but they look younger than most adults on this planet" sonic nods. "I'm around 1100 myself." Knuckles sighs. "You're really pushing me with how you think I'm gullible..." sonic shakes his head. "I'm not fooling you this time. You can ask anyone on this planet and they'll tell you the same thing" he sighs "I need to go, I'm not believing anything you're telling me" sonic nods. "See you around, knucklehead" he walks to the apple farm. Applejack was sitting on the front porch with a bottle of cider. She notices him walk up. "Huh, never thought you'd come down here without rainbow dash with ya! What can I do you for?" "I see my friend knuckles is helping you now?" She nods. "He's as strong as big Macintosh, how could I object? We could use the extra help around here" he nods. "Ever thought about finding somepony?" She shrugs. "What, like gettin hitched?" He laughs at her southern tongue. "Nah, just a boyfriend or something. Today is heart and hooves day" She shakes her head. "I don't think so, if you're implyin your friend, forget it. I'm not lettin ya pair me up with him" he nods. "Suit yourself. I may not be as good as my cousin cadence, but I did pair Twilight with my buddy tails and helped Fluttershy get the confidence to admit She loved spike" She shakes her head. "I reckon you did Okay. But I ain't the commitment type unless it involves hard work" he nods. "Alright. I doubt you and him could make it work anyway, he's extremely stubborn and so are you" She puts her hat back on. "What was that? You don't think I could do it, huh?" He grins. "Nah, you two just aren't the type!" She shakes her head. "I'm going to find him" he nods. "Prove me wrong then" "I will!" She leaves and he chuckles, seeing She was too much like knuckles. If She was echidna, she'd likely be just like knuckles. Knuckles hears running and looks behind him to see her heading toward him. "Huh? What did sonic say?" She pants for a moment. "He said he doubted we could be a couple because we're too stubborn!" He shakes his head "he thinks I'm gullible too, he tried telling me his Mom is princess Luna".She nods. "That's actually true! You don't see the resemblance? Why else would he be here other than his girlfriend?" He sighs. "So he wasn't kidding me about that..." She nods. "Well, want to prove sonic wrong about being too stubborn?" He nods. "After I finish this run of apples for you" She nods. rarity realized she was the only one of herself and her friends that didn’t have a date. she was jealous of fluttershy now, based on how spike was now. twilight was modest about her date though. they were talking in the library. “twilight dear, stop kidding yourself! you know you like him!” twilight sighs and slowly nods. “fine… i do like him, but… we just met” she nods. “does that mean you can’t start right away? look at spike and fluttershy…” she sighs. twilight notices. “sounds like you’re jealous” she nods. “to tell you the truth, i was starting to really warm up to him…” twilight nods. “i’m sorry, but you missed your chance. he told me this morning he had given up on you” she nods, upset now. “i guess you’re right… i saw even applejack is with someone” “who’s that?” “the echidna from mobius working on the apple farm. he’s apparently strong and stubborn like she is” twilight nods. “i don’t get who pinkie is with… he’s… creepy” rarity nods. “he is, but he seems to be nice to pinkie and no one else, literally. he’s sort of a jerk” she nods. “well, he’s like that, sonic told me shadow was the same on mobius. but the reason he’s so closed off is because of what happened when he was young” rarity nods. “what happened?” “apparently someone close to shadow died when he was young and he just shut himself off from the rest of the world and decides only certain individuals get his better side” she nods. “wonder why he chose pinkie…” “she probably reminds him when he was happy himself. her happiness and his negativeness evens out” “how’d you fall for that fox from mobius so quickly?” twilight shrugs. “he’s sweet and not self centered like a lot of stallions on this planet. he’s actually trying to impress me without making a fool of himself. he’s also very intelligent and curious. he also understands everything i’m talking about” rarity nods. “wow, did you find your perfect match??” she nods. “i think so, also, he’s a kitsune, which means he’ll live as long as i will” rarity sighs. “i doubt anyone would be just like me….” twilight sighs. “well, you share that fact with princess celestia! she’s always been single and never found anyone she ever liked” rarity nods. “well, she has forever to find somepony…i don’t” twilight nods. “i’m looking to fix that. it’d suck if most of my friends weren’t there. i couldn’t live with myself if i had to watch you all die” rarity nods. “i’m guessing celestia objected to the idea of using that one special spell she used on you?” she nods. “yes, she said that spell was special and only for special reasons” she sighs. “i bet spike will outlive the others too?” twilight nods. “yes, he’ll have to realize that fact when the time comes. if it comes, if i have anything to say about it” rarity smiles. “thank you. i wonder how dash was the first one of us to get with somepony. she got with the only male alicorn in the family too…” twilight nods. “well, dash got lucky. did you hear that rainbow dash found out who her family is?” rarity shakes her head. “no, what?” “she found out princess celestia is her mom and cadence is her sister” rarity groans. “now i envy her even more…” spike and fluttershy walk down from twilight’s room. twilight smiles. “you two were in there for a while, what were you doing?” fluttershy blushes. “oh, nothing…” twilight remembered hearing noises from up there, mostly fluttershy making noises. spike nods. “it’s between us” twilight nods. rarity was staring at spike. he notices and she looks away. dash flies in through an open window. “how’s it going? hey fluttershy, why do you look like that?” fluttershy looked tired and winded. “you exercise or something?” she swallows. “umm… something like that…” dash gave her a look that made fluttershy squeak in embarrassment. dash looks at rarity, who was staring at spike again. “hey rarity! what’s wrong? jealous much?” she blushes and spike looks at her. twilight sighs. “yes, she told me she’s jealous of fluttershy now and you dash” dash nods. “getting jealous won’t help you, though. it just puts a wall in between you and whomever you are jealous of and won’t work the way you want it to normally” rarity sighs and nods. “i know that, i can’t help it” dash nods. “well, you can work on that. you’ll find someone to fill that spot for you eventually” rarity nods. “i know, i just have no clue what to do right now” dash nods. the day was almost over and luna wakes. she walks out at sunset and sighs, deeply missing her love. she sighs, feeling lonely tears go down her face. she had been offered multiple choices to love again, but her heart ached for only one and they were gone forever. she watches the sun disappear over the horizon, feeling the pain. she remembered when she’d be out here with him, just the two of them watching the sunset. celestia walks out to her. luna hears her. “it has been 1100 years since i’ve felt his touch…” celestia nods. “i’m so sorry for what happened then…” luna sadly nods. “i know, you didn’t know that would happen to him by sending him to support the defence of the crystal empire” celestia felt horribly guilty for doing that. “it was a huge mistake i made, one i cannot take back. i wish i could every day” luna didn’t respond to that. celestia goes back inside, knowing her sister wanted to be alone. she looks up into the dark nighttime sky. “i miss you… wherever you are” she raises the moon in a heart shape like she did every heart and hooves day, but it had a crack through the middle, representing her broken heart. dash walks out next to luna. “good evening princess” she sadly nods. “hello rainbow dash, did you at least have a good heart and hooves day?” dash nods. “yeah, it was much better than others i’ve had. i’m sorry that you didn’t” luna shakes her head. “it’s okay…” dash smiles at her. “maybe next year will be better for you. miracles happen everyday on equestria!” she sighs. “i know, but some miracles are too good to hope for…” dash nods. “i know, but don’t give up hope too quickly!” she nods. dash flies up into the sky and makes it rain to add to the effect. luna didn’t mind the rain at all, it actually helped to an extent. dash lands next to her. “could you tell me about him?” luna nods. “sure, he was a lot like shining armor, but lunar. he was very romantic and there when no one else was. he’s the reason you have your love.” dash nods. “i wish i could thank him, but i do thank you for bringing him to the world” luna smiles and nods. “you’re welcome. he was strict and effective in training and organizing the night guards. he was gentle with me though. he obeyed every order i gave him, no matter what it was. he’d always answer with ‘as you wish’. it’s the last thing i ever heard him say before celestia made me send him to help the crystal empire when sombra first appeared. he never took orders or listened to celestia, only me. i just lost it when i heard of his demise…” dash nods. “is that why you turned on celestia?” “partly, the other part was the fact i had lost the only friend i ever had. even celestia paid no heed to me at the time. she was always too busy to pay attention to me. she didn’t apologize for sending him to his death until after my banishment was over. well, it wasn’t supposed to end. i escaped as the prophecy said. i was supposed to stay on the moon for eternity” dash nods. “that’d suck. i’d hate to be stuck somewhere with no contact with anyone or anything else for the rest of my life” she nods. “it was horribly lonely there. i hated it there. it was complete torture and was brought onto me by someone i thought loved me…” dash nods. “she does though, she told me about that night and said it was hard for her to do.” luna nods.”i hope that’s true...but, even when i needed her most, she turned her back on me” dash nods. “things have changed now, everyone pays as much attention to you as they do celestia. i even come out to talk to you almost every night!” luna smiles. “thank you for the company. yes, it is better. but one thing is missing that i had then and not now. and it was better than any of this…” “you miss him” she nods. “it has felt like eternity since i’ve seen him” dash nods. “sonic told me he nearly attacked celestia for banishing you. he missed you” she nods. “as i did him. but i he had done that, it would’ve meant death. i was in severe pain in the magic she used to banish me. he was very young and magic undeveloped at the time for an alicorn. he would’ve been killed by the amount of magic” dash nods. “he said he fled to mobius until you returned” she nods. “he felt unwelcome like i did back then. he was considered alien to everyone else on the planet.” dash nods. “well, i need to go. i hope you have a nice night. i’ll pray with you your love comes back to you one day” she nods. “farewell” dash returns home and tells sonic about the talk she had with luna. he nods. “trust me, she hasn’t been the same since that happened. she’s still on thin ice with celestia though. they don’t fully trust each other again just yet” dash nods. “i could sense some anger in her tone when discussing what happened to make her crack” he nods. “i wasn’t too happy with celestia myself, as i’ve told you. but i found out my father hadn’t died. he was corrupted and purged of any good in him and turned into a demon controlled and manipulated by sombra…” dash gasps. “how do you know that?!” “because i fought him on mobius…. i resisted fighting and he defeated me and almost killed me… there was more emotional pain than physical though…” dash nods. “what did he look like?” “he had taken the form of a mouthless, dark hedgehog similar in appearance to my friend/rival shadow” she was silent and pale. he blinks. “dash? what’s wrong?” she swallows. “h-he’s who kidnapped and hid me away from celestia when i was born…” he sighs and shakes his head. “he’s likely being controlled by rage in need for revenge for her causing what happened to him. a malevolent spirit” she nods. “we need to tell her!” “which one?” “both!” he nods. “good, i’ll track him down afterwards. i know how to tell it’s him. he can shapeshift to look like literally anyone. you know it’s him when their eyes are pale green, they have no mouth, are more slender and frail than normal” she nods. “yeah, i’ve seen him a few times, just standing there staring at me. his stare puts shivers down my spine” he nods. “me too, i hope we can cleanse him. celestia will want to kill him and luna will want him to be cleansed. watch” she nods and they hurry to the castle. luna was still at her post when they get there and dash had to wake celestia up. “mmf, rainbow dash? it’s like 12:30…” “we need to talk to you! we figured out who had kidnapped me!” she wakes up hearing that. “you did?? who or what did?” “follow me, luna needs to know as well” she blinks .”Why does she need to know?” “just please follow me, we’ll explain then” she nods and follows dash out. dash had never seen what celestia looked like when her hair wasn’t flowing. it was a solid pink with a few streaks of blue and green, but looked like normal hair. they get out to where luna was. luna nods at her. “so, what is this about?” sonic nods. “well, dash told me about what she talked to luna about and i remembered i had figured out what happened to artemis” luna gasps. “you did? how?” “i….i fought him and lost on mobius…” she blinks, suddenly worried. “why’d he fight you??” “he was corrupted and turned into a demon by king sombra” this upset her. she wanted him to rest in peace, but he was instead tormented and forced to do evil things. “h-how could that happen… he was such a good person…” sonic nods. “sombra overpowered him. i’m sorry you had to find out. he had kidnapped and hid rainbow dash away from celestia in revenge for what she caused to him. dash has lived in fear he’d take her again” dash nods. “i see him all the time, just watching me. his eyes like snakes…” celestia nods and luna was in disbelief. “i must find him and cleanse him of the darkness that has tarnished his soul” sonic shakes his head. “it’s not that simple, he’s there and he isn’t there. he’s in between reality and the afterlife. not exactly a ghost, but not completely alive either. if he was to be cleansed of his corruption, it would likely kill him” luna starts crying and he tries to comfort her. “there is a chance he would survive it though, but he’d be a husk of his former self. he wouldn’t remember any of us and would be completely emotionless. all his good and emotions were ripped from him by sombra over 1000 years ago. he’d never recover” luna sadly nods, wiping tears away. “it’d basically be the same if he was dead…” he nods. “i’m sorry” celestia sighs. “we must free his soul from this torment then. before he hurts someone” luna was a wreck listening to this. she didn’t want to hear this at all, it hurt too much. if she tried to confront him and cleanse him, she’d likely be killed by him, but he would die as well, so she could possibly be with him again. dash felt bad for luna right now. she held so much sadness and love for her lost love, but would never truly see him again. luna suddenly flies off, bent on finding him, no matter the cost. dash was going to get her and sonic stopped her. “let her go, she must be allowed to do this on her own” dash reluctantly stops. celestia was worried about her sister now, hoping she’ll come back alive. Luna travels to the crystal empire, where he was defeated by sombra. Cadence had gone to bed by now, so She wasn't out, nor were anyone else. She walks through the quiet city, being cautious. She then sees a lone figure standing on top of the fountain in the middle of the square. She knew it was him, but was frightened by his appearance. He had what looked like dark crystals covering him and demonic red and green eyes. Her presence didn't even faze him at all, he didn't look at her with regret or sadness, just blankly. "You shouldn't have come looking for me..." his voice bothered her, it was otherworldly and cold. "I-i needed to... I miss you!" He doesn't respond. "You can't help me. Now leave before I have a reason to kill you..." She flinchs, never expecting him to ever say something so cold to her. She didn't hear any remorse in his cold voice. He really was gone. She runs up and hugs him. "Please stop! you can resist! Sombra is gone! Don't give in!" He slugs her, knocking her to the ground. She coughs up some blood from how hard he hit her and felt her stinging face to feel a jagged cut. She looks at the blood, tears going down her face. He didn't even blink, but he looks at her blood on his hand silently. She stays there on the ground in pain, feeling betrayed and heartbroken. He walks over to her and she tries getting up and he kicks her back down. It knocks the wind from her and She was bleeding there now. "You're pathetic, you claim to be such a powerful being on this planet and I've broken you in just two strikes. Now you will die" She looks into his eyes. "A-as you wish..."