The sun was setting fast as the sky began to get darker. Buster
and Charades started to look brighter as they walked through
the shadowy forest. Booster and Rosebud followed them quietly
as they thought about Luna. They walked through the forest and
up the hill on the cobble stone trail. The animals stopped and
watched them as they walked by.
By the time they reached the Gate there was only a sliver of
the sun left. Buster and Charades were glowing even more than
they did before.
"It'll be open very soon," Charades told everyone.
Buster lowered his head at a thought he had. "I feel awful.
We are her guards, we were suppose to protect her."
"Protect her from what?" Booster asked. "No one
knew this would ever happen or who took her and why."
"Yes you're right, but we are still her guards and it is
our job to protect her," Buster told them.
"That does not bother me," Charades suddenly said.
"What bothers me is what King Stardust will say to us for
not guarding his daughter."
"I'm sure he will understand. Besides, she was going to
school. You guys can't follow her to school every morning,"
Booster pointed out.
"Your right," Buster finally admitted.
Once the sun was completely gone, the gate opened showing
a mirror rippling image of the other world.
Stardust wearing his crown and golden collar walked through the
gate with his two brothers. They too wore their golden collars.
Stardust stood before them and noticed Luna was not with them
nor could he sense her anywhere nearby.
"Where is Luna?" Stardust asked.
"She's gone," Charades answered.
"She went to school this morning but never got there or
came home," Booster explained.
"What happened to her?" Skyview asked.
"We don't know," Charades answered. "We looked
all over town and didn't find her."
"We only found her school bag and locket," Booster
Stardust was deeply worried as he suddenly looked at the ground.
"This seems to be the night for bad news."
"What do you mean?" Buster asked.
Stardust looked up at them with a serious look. "Star Cluster
and Fallon are gone. A pony snuck into Dream Castle and took
the crystal ball that they were in. We came here to warn you
and Luna but...it looks like we're too late."
"What?" Buster exclaimed surprised what he had heard.
"I thought the crystal ball was well guarded!" Charades
"Yes it is for any normal pony," Skyview replied.
"But this pony wasn't normal," Starfire added.
"He had the ability to freeze anyone. He froze my guards
and took the ball. Keep an eye out for him," Stardust told
them. "He's ice blue, wears a cloak and is about the same
age as Luna."
"Isn't he...part of the Royal family?" Buster asked.
"No he is not," Stardust answered.
"But how is it possible for someone outside the Royal family
to have abilities?" Charades asked.
"We don't know," Skyview answered. "We don't know
anything else about him."
"So could he have taken Lunarstar?" Rosebud asked as
her tears slowed down to a slight trickle.
"I doubt it. He was after Star Cluster and Fallon, not Luna,"
Stardust pointed out.
"Could Star Cluster have taken her?" Rosebud asked.
"I can't see how. The Gate was closed when he was taken
and hasn't opened till now. No one can possibly go through the
gate, not even Star Cluster," Stardust answered.
"So who could have taken her and why?" Booster asked.
"Stardust, what are we going to do?" Starfire asked.
"We should stay and look for her," Stardust answered.
He looked at Booster and Rosebud. "Do you have room for
us in your house for a while?"
"We only have one guest room," Booster replied.
"That will be fine. We can manage," Stardust told him.
"King Stardust, what about Queen Royal Heart?" Charades
"I will send a letter to her to explain everything,"
"Well come with us to the house," Booster said to him.
They left the gate and began walking through the forest as
the light from their glowing bodies lit the forest surroundings.
They followed the copper stone trail down the hill and through
the thick forest. When they came to the edge of the forest they
stopped and looked around.
"I think I better wink Starfire and me to the house,"
Skyview muttered. His horn began to glow, he turned facing Starfire
and touched his horn on Starfire's head. Suddenly they disappeared
in a misty gray cloud. A second later, Skyview appeared and touched
Stardust on the head then winked out.
Booster, Rosebud, Buster and Charades left the forest and walked
quickly to the house. They walked in and saw the black ponies
standing in the living room.
"I need a piece of paper and something to write on,"
"I'll get it," Rosebud hurried up stairs, a few minutes
later she came down stairs carrying a large pink and blue paper
with a pen. She set it on the table next to Stardust and sat
on the couch next to Luna's school bag.
Stardust took the pen and began writing on the paper while everyone
stood silently watching. Stardust wrote a long letter and hoped
Royal Heart wouldn't worry. When he was done, he folded the paper
and handed it to Skyview, "Take that to King Sea Mist and
have him send a pegasus to Dream Castle. It must be given directly
to Royal Heart. Hurry Skyview before the gate closes."
Skyview took the paper and winked out.
"We should get to bed when Skyview gets back. I want to
get an early start tomorrow looking for Luna," Stardust
"She's not in Ponyland," Booster told him.
"I'd feel better if I looked for myself," Stardust
"I can show you where her stuff was found," Buster
"That's fine," Stardust replied.
"What stuff?" Starfire asked.
Booster pointed to the couch. "Her school bag and locket."
Stardust picked up the torn end of the bag, "Looks like
it was torn from the seems."
"She had to be struggling hard for it to tear like that,"
Stardust picked up the locket and opened it.
"She never takes that off," Rosebud whispered as she
tried her best not to cry.
Stardust set the locket on the table.
"If your going to tomorrow, you might not want to wear your
crown and collar," Booster suggested.
"Oh," Stardust took his crown off his head. "I
forgot. If it's alright, I would like to leave my crown and our
collars here until we return through the gate."
Of course," Rosebud said.
Booster took the crown. "It'll be safe in the attic for
Rosebud took Starfire's collar and waited till Skyview returned.
After a short while Skyview winked back into the living room,
"The letter is on it's way to Dream Castle."
"Good. Skyview give your collar to Rosebud," Stardust
Skyview slipped his collar off his neck and handed it to her.
"We can not wear them in this world. We'll get them back
when we're ready to return through the Gate," Stardust explained,
"In the meantime, let's get some sleep."
I'll show you to your room," Booster said and lead them
upstairs with Rosebud behind them.
Buster and Charades left the house and headed back to their rented
Booster took them to the room next to Luna's then he left them
and went to the end of the hall where a set of stairs stood in
the corner, Rosebud followed him.
"Goodnight," Rosebud said to the black ponies as they
entered the room.
"Goodnight," the black ponies replied.