It was morning and Star Cluster heard a pony calling for him.
He woke and saw Pineapple holding a bowel.
"Ummm...Are-are you hungry?" She asked looking a bit
Star Cluster sat up from his blanket and yawned. He looked over
at Luna and saw that she was finally able to roll on her stomach
and eat for herself.
"Yes I am,"Star Cluster replied.
Pineapple held the bowl out to him. Star Cluster took the bowel
and began eating the chopped fruit. Luna eat slowly while Star
Cluster wasted no time finishing his bowl. When he was done,
he stood up and stretched his legs. He could definitely feel
his strength returning to his legs. He was able to stand longer
without feeling shaky.
Star Cluster did not feel welcome in the house. He knew everyone
was mad at him but he didn't care. He left the house and roamed
around the village as ponies stared at him cautiously. He walked
to the well watching the females flock around it for water. When
they saw Star Cluster approach, they stepped back. Star Cluster
stopped. He noticed they seemed a bit scared of him. He turned
and walked towards a patch of grass between two houses. He turned
around and laid down watching the girls. They continued to flock
around the well, each drawing out a bucket of water. Every now
and then they would look up from the well and stare at him or
whispers things about him. Star Cluster didn't care what they
said about him. He was used to ponies whispering about him.
As Star cluster watched he remembered when he was little and
had went to a party with his parents and three brothers. Everyone
was fascinated with the four of them. Every now and then Star
Cluster would hear his name whispered among the group.
"Well there you are, Pretty boy!" Starfire exclaimed.
Star Cluster blinked a few times, then looked up at him.
"Stop calling me that," Star Cluster stood up and left
Starfire. He walked behind the houses watching the families through
the windows as he past them. There was something about them that
felt familiar something he had long since forgotten. He lowered
his head and continued walking, he had walked to the edge of
the village and laid down next to a tree. In the distance he
could see little ponies playing and chasing each other around.
Star Cluster began to remember when he used to play with his
brothers. They would play their favorite game Rope Toss, he would
chase Stardust all over the yard. It took a long time to finally
Just then a ball rolled towards Star Cluster and stopped a few
feet away from him. One fo the little ponies walked towards him
slowly and picked up the ball without looking away from him.
Then he kicked the ball and ran.
"Why is everyone staring at me or acting so scared?"
Star Cluster wondered. "They must have heard about what
I did no doubt."
"There you are, pretty boy!"
Star Cluster jumped then turned to see Skyview standing behind
him. Star Cluster stood up and brushed his fur flat.
"Stop calling me that!" Star Cluster yelled. Then he
turned and walked away from him going even farther from the village.
"Stop what?" Skyview asked walking next to him.
"Stop calling me Pretty Boy!" Star Cluster yelled angrily.
"I have a name!" then he walked even faster.
"That's just a nick name..."
"I hate it!" Star Cluster began to run.
Skyview stood looking at him angrily. Suddenly he winked out
and appeared in front of Star Cluster stopping him in his tracks.
"It's just a nickname we gave you!" Skyview explained.
"I don't like it!" Star Cluster exclaimed. "You
three did nothing but tease me with it."
"Is that what you thought all these years?" Skyview
asked, "We gave you that name. It's a special name we thought
you'd like. Everyone calls us the three black ponies, we felt
you were left out so we gave you the name Pretty Boy. We never
teased you with it. All these years you got upset over it? I
don't mind being called the three black ponies because it's true.
I don't see why the name Pretty Boy bothers you so much. It's
true, you are pretty," Skyview took a step back. "Look
at me. I'm black, there's hardly anything pretty about me. You
should consider yourself lucky you have more colors than us!"
Skyview began walking past him. "No one calls you Pretty
Boy but us."
Star Cluster watched him as Skyview left. He didn't move from
the spot till Skyview was in the village. Star Cluster turned
and began walking through the tall trees in the forest. Soon
he came to a sandy white beach and sat down staring out in the
ocean, thinking about what Skyview had said.
He thought about when he was little and his brothers called him
pretty boy a number of times. Then he realized they called him
that as if they were calling his real name. Could he have been
wrong about them teasing him?
Star Cluster remembered what Skyview said at the last minute
before he left. 'No one calls you Pretty Boy but us' for once
Star Cluster smiled. Although he was glad no one was around to
see his smile.