It was morning and Stardust was asleep in bed, dreaming. He
kicked his feet and turned several times, grunting and breathing
heavily. The covers were half on the floor from his constant
kicking. Stardust rolled over and grunted a few more times.
Suddenly he shouted, "No!" waking himself up. He quickly
sat up and looked around. Then he rubbed his face with his hoof.
"When will it end?"
Stardust laid back down on the pillow and stared at the ceiling.
For a second he thought he saw a something. It was an image of
something he felt was important, but it was too blurry to tell
what it was.
His flashing images used to come and go in an instant. Every
since he had returned to moonlight castle, the images lasted
longer, yet they were blurry.
The birds were chirping loudly outside his balcony. He tired
to ignore them but couldn't. He sat up, yawned, got off the bed
and stretched his legs. He turned and walked to the balcony and
looked at the distant hills. For a few minutes he though he saw
a pony flying through the sky. Stardust rubbed his eyes and looked
again only there was no pony in the sky.
"I'm seeing things again," Stardust sighed and looked
down at the ground. He watched the soldiers walk around the walls
and going in and out of the castle.
He took a deep breath and relaxed, resting his front feet on
the railing with his head on his front hooves. "I wonder
what Skyview and Starfire doing?" Stardust smiled. "Probably
It was peaceful on the balcony, with the wind blowing through
his mane. It was so quiet and relaxing that Stardust was ready
to fall asleep. A sudden knock at the door woke him from his
relaxing morning on the balcony.
Stardust turned around, "Come in!"
A red unicorn walked in with a tray. She sat it on the table
and then left the room. Stardust walked to the table and took
the lid off, reveling scrambled eggs and five small pancakes
with a glass of orange juice.
Stardust picked up the glass and began drinking it. Then he started
eating what was on his plate.
Lunarstar, King Sea Mist and Queen Snowfall were in there
private quarters eating breakfast together. They sat on the couch
eating and looking outside at the garden while they talked.
"Princess Lunarstar, I hear you've been playing with Stardust
a lot," King Sea Mist commented.
"Well, there's not much to do and Stardust is the only one
who will play with me," Lunarstar paused. "I didn't
have anyone to play with growing up."
"Oh, well that's understandable," Queen Snowfall replied.
"Princess, you've been with Stardust a lot haven't you?"
King Sea Mist asked, as he finished his orange juice, "Have
you noticed anything...odd about him?"
"Odd?" Lunarstar asked, "Not really. Why do you
"Oh, I and a few of my soldiers noticed he's...staring a
lot," King Sea Mist replied.
"Oh," Lunarstar sighed, "He does do that quite
a bit lately. He did it a few times before the Elves took me."
"And you don't know what's wrong with him?" Queen Snowfall
"No," Lunarstar answered, "When we play games
he tends to stare, mainly at me which I can't figure out why.
I have to call him a few times for him to hear me," Lunarstar
paused looking at her empty plate as she ate her last bite of
pancakes. "I sometimes think he would rather be alone."
"Princess, maybe it's best if you let him be for today.
Something seems to be bothering him and maybe he needs this time
to sort it out," King Sea Mist suggested.
"What am I going to do today?" Lunarstar asked.
"You could explore the castle again or spend the day with
me," Queen Snowfall suggested, "You could also go to
the library and read."
"You could go and visit the soldiers. I think it's been
awhile since you talked to your two friends," King Sea Mist
"Well, it has been a while since I've talked to Buster and
Charades," Lunarstar smiled, "Would it be ok if I go
"Sure, if your done," Queen Snowfall answered.
Lunarstar stood up and hurried out of the room. She ran across
the throne room and out to the hall surprising the soldiers on
She slowed down to a walk and went outside. She stood on the
steps at the door looking on the walls for Buster and Charades.
She saw Charades standing on the wall close to the gates but
she couldn't find Buster, there were too many soldiers on the
walls. Lunarstar walked down the steps and across the yard to
the wall. She climbed the stares and walked over to Charades
who was doing nothing but staring at the forest. He wore medal
leg bands like all the other soldiers on the wall.
"Hi," Lunarstar said.
Charades turned his head and smiled, "Well hello, Lunarstar.
What brings you up here?"
"Nothing?" Charades repeated. "Are you sure?"
Lunarstar blushed, "I...just wanted to see you."
"Oh, you missed me," Charades guessed with a smile.
Lunarstar stood blushing, "Yes."
"Well, I missed you too," Charades replied.
Lunarstar sat down and looked up at Charades, "What do you
do up here all day?"
"Walk around the wall and watch the forest and road. When
someone comes either me or Banner gives the order to open the
"Why just you two?" Lunarstar asked.
"I'm second in command and Banner is head of the soldiers."
"Oh," Lunarstar replied, "So what were you just
looking at before I came up here?"
"I was watching the forest and animals. It's really pretty
up here," Charades replied as he stared at the forest.
"Is that what you do? Spend most of the time staring at
the forest?" Lunarstar asked.
"No, just sometimes," Charades turned at looked at
her, "Where's Stardust. You're usually with him."
"Oh, well, something seems to be bothering him so I decided
not to bother him today."
Lunarstar and Charades stood and watched the forest as they talked.
The sunlight sparkled on the tree tops. Shadows danced on the
ground and partly on the castle wall.
"Good morning, Lunarstar," said a familiar voice.
Lunarstar turned and smiled.
"Buster. Where were you?" Lunarstar asked, "I
saw Charades but not you."
"I was down there," Buster pointed at the corner of
"Oh. Well no wonder I didn't see you, there's too many soldiers
Buster and Charades laughed.
"Hi, Lunarstar," said Banner as he approached her.
"Hi," Lunarstar replied.
"What are you doing up here?" Banner asked curiously.
"I got bored."
"Lunarstar, have you noticed anything strange about Stardust?"
"You mean staring a lot?" Lunarstar asked.
"The King and Queen just asked me about it and I told them
I don't know."
"Well, when you get a chance, could you ask Stardust?"
They stood on the wall for most of the morning talking when
Stardust walked out of the castle and down the steps. He stopped
at the base of the stairs and looked at the walls.
Buster was the first to notice him.
"There he is now," Buster pointed at Stardust.
Banner, Charades and Lunarstar turned and looked.
"What's he doing?" Charades asked notice him looking
"Searching for someone," Banner guessed.
"Probably Lunarstar," Buster guessed.
The three of then turned and looked at her. Lunarstar smiled,
"I guess I'll be going. See you guys later!" Lunarstar
jumped off the wall, flapping her wings. She had forgotten what
it was like to fly. She wished she could fly more often but she
knew the King and the Soldiers would never allow her to. Lunarstar
flew across the yard, over tree tops and landing in front of
"Looking for me?" Lunarstar asked.
"Yes, when you didn't come and see me I got worried,"
"Oh, I was talking to Buster, Charades and Banner,"
"Do you want to play?" Lunarstar asked.
"How about the rope toss or card games?" Lunarstar
"How about we just watch clouds?" Stardust asked.
"Lets go in the back where there's less soldiers watching
us," Stardust suggested as he looked around the walls.
Lunarstar followed him to the back yard, past the square cut
"Can I ask you something?" Lunarstar asked.
"Well..." Lunarstar paused, she wasn't sure how to
Stardust stopped and turned towards her, "What is it?"
"Well...I was wondering. Are you alright?" Lunarstar
Stardust detected she may have noticed he had been staring or
holding his head, "What do you mean?"
"You don't seem with it sometimes."
"Oh," Stardust sighed, "I'm sorry I..um was busy
thinking." Stardust didn't want to tell anyone he's been
seeing things and has nightmares. He didn't feel comfortable
to let anyone know.
"Oh, well ok," Lunarstar continued walk to an open
grassy area. She laid on the grass with Stardust next to her.
For most of the day they watched the clouds. At times an image
would flash before Stardust, but this time he made sure Lunarstar