During breakfast at the white table, the black ponies and
the Chief talked about finding Fallon and how to get rid of him
while Star Cluster had other things on his mind. He thought about
Luna's dream and wondered what the ball could be. He looked down
at Luna sitting next to him who was eating and listening to her
"Ask him," Star Cluster whispered.
Luna looked up at him wondering what he was talking about.
"Ask him about the ball in your dream," Star Cluster
whispered to her.
"Not now," Luna whispered back.
"Yes this is the perfect time," Star Cluster whispered.
Skyview was sitting across from them listing to their whispering.
"Ask what?" Skyview asked.
"Nothing," Luna replied.
"Ask him or I will," Star Cluster told her.
Stardust and everyone at the table suddenly became silent after
hearing Star Cluster.
"Tell who what?" Starfire asked.
Luna looked down at her bowl feeling embarrassed, "Umm,
well..." She looked up at Chief Tahoe and Pinneapple who
sat next to him. "Umm, Chief Tahoe. Have you ever seen a
ball on fire but not burning?"
Chief Tahoe and his daughter looked at her surprisingly.
"Where have you seen it?" Chief Tahoe asked looking
"In my dreams. Why? What is it?" Luna asked.
"What dreams?" Stardust asked.
"Luna's been having dreams every night about a ball on fire
and dragons," Star Cluster answered.
"I remember Rosebud telling us about your dreaming of dragons,"
"I dream about Kesia a lot and another dragon she's fighting
with. But before that I dream about a white ball on fire then
a white hand or Kesia's hand grabs the ball turning it and the
fire to smoke. From the smoke a voice keeps calling for Kesia,"
Luna explained, then she looks at her father, "Why is it
calling me Kesia? I'm not Kesia. I've told it that!"
"What kind of ball would be in flames?" Skyview asked.
"That could only be the Pearl," Chief Tahoe answered.
"A pearl?" Starfire asked.
"Not just any pearl. What I'm about to tell you, you all
must swear you won't speak another word of this. No one outside
my family knows about the pearl. All everyone know is Kesia has
guarded a great treasure of power and wisdom," Chief Tahoe
"We wouldn't tell a soul," Stardust told him, his brothers
and daughter agreed.
"I'm trusting you all on your word," Chief Tahoe replied,
"Kesia has guarded a white pearl but not just your average
small white pearl, this one is big and it is on fire all the
time. The Pearl holds great power to do anything you want it
to do. It also holds great wisdom."
"Something round," Luna muttered remembering when she
and Pinneapple were looking for something, "Pineapple, is
that what you were looking for?"
"Yes, I was. I...was hoping to bring mom back," Pinneapple
Chief Tahoe hug his daughter, "Oh Pineapple. You're just
like your mother, she would be proud of you but I don't think
she would want you to use the Pearl's power on her. Lets just
let her rest."
Pineapple began crying. "You talk about her a lot."
"Of course. It's hard not to when I see you. You look and
act just like her," Chief Tahoe replied.
"Yes," Chief Tahoe smiled at her, then he looked at
the black ponies. "The pearl is called The Flaming Pearl.
Ponies for centuries have searched for it and never found it."
"How do you know about it?" Star Cluster asked.
"Remember that story I told you, the one about Melon and
Kesia? Well Melon was great friends with Kesia and she told him
everything. She trusted him and so he kept the secret within
his family. I too have searched for it when I was little but
I never found it."
"A pearl of great power?" Skyview asked.
"Stardust, remember that book, the one that told about a
great beast imprissoned in the crystal ball?" Skyview asked.
"Yes, I remember," Stardust exclaimed, "Something
about wanting power."
"Wishing for power?" Starfire asked.
"Yes, Fallon was imprissoned for wanting or wishing for
power," Skyview guessed, "I bet he was after the Pearl
for it's power and the guardian Kesia imprisoned him."
"He's after the Pearl, again." Star Cluster exclaimed
who just figured it out.
"That's what it said," Luna remarked.
"It did?" Starfire asked.
"It said, find me before Fallon does."
"It talks?" Skyview asked.
"No, it doesn't," Chief Tahoe quickly said, "I
never heard of it talking."
"But it's got to be the pearl talking to me," Luna
"Why would it call for Kesia in your dreams?" Pineapple
"I don't know. I asked it that and it told me nothing,"
"So, we must find the Flaming Pearl before Fallon does but
how?" Stardust asked.
Everyone sat at the table silently at they thought about it and
continued eating. Star Cluster had many thought about Luna and
Kesia. He looked at Luna as if he suspected something. Then he
looked up at the Chief, "Did you say in your story that
Kesia made those dragon statues?"
"Yes she did. She made many and scattered them all over
"Wait a minute. The dragon was sitting on a ball, was that
the flaming pearl?" Skyview asked.
"Yes it is," Chief Tahoe answered.
"Could the Flaming pearl have something to do with those
statues?" Starfire asked.
"I wouldn't be surprised. Kesia seemed worried when Melon
got curious about the stone," Star Cluster pointed out.
"Chief Tahoe. Would it be ok for us to go on a treasure
hunt?" Stardust asked.
"Yes, I think we better find it before Fallon does. I will
go with you."
"Daddy, can I come?" Pineapple asked.
"No, I need you here to take care of the village while I'm
Luna looked at Stardust.
"No, you'll be safer here," Stardust answered as if
he knew what Luna was going to ask.
"When would you like to leave?" Chief Tahoe asked.
"As soon as possible," Stardust answered.
"We can leave after breakfast."
"Great, the four of us will go," Stardust told him.
"I would rather not go," Star Cluster told him.
"Youre my little brother. I would love to have you
join us," Stardust replied.
Star Cluster kept quiet realizing he had no choice but go with
"Do you have a map of the island?" Skyview asked.
"Yes," Chief Tahoe answered.
"Good, lets bring it and map out the statues so we don't
run into the same one twice," Skyview told him.
"That's a good idea."
"Dad, how long will you be gone?" Luna asked.
"I don't know," Stardust replied.
"For a week at lest," Chief Tahoe replied.
"But..." Luna looked worriedly at Stardust, "The
moon, it'll be full soon."
"I almost forgot about that. Well, it'll make our night
journey easier then," Stardust replied.
"What about the moon?" Chief Tahoe asked.
"Every month when the moon is full we glow," Stardust
"Glow?" Chief Tahoe asked, "Why?"
"We are from Ponyland in another world. We got we through
the Gate which only opens on a full moon. When the Gate opens
we glow," Stardust explained.
"Your from another world?" Chief Tahoe asked.
"Kind of hard to believe isn't it?" Starfire asked
"Well, after what I've heard and seen, I can believe just
about anything," Chief Tahoe replied.
When they finished eating, Pineapple packed their food for a
few days and gave each pony a bag to carry around their necks.
Stardust nuzzled Luna, "Be good and stay near the Village
while I'm gone."
"I will Dad." Luna nuzzled his neck and muscular shoulders.
Stardust smiled and left the house with his brothers and Chief
Stardust, his brothers and the Chief had traveled all over
for four days, marking on the map where the statues are. When
it started to get dark, they made a camp fire and laid around
it as the sky got darker. The Full Moon shined brightly as Stardust
and his brother began to glow. The surrounding areas where they
laid lit up. Chief Tahoe couldn't stop staring at them, it was
like seeing a glowing ghost.
"What did you say caused you to glow?" Chief Tahoe
"The Gate. When it's open we glow," Stardust explained.
"At the moment it's opened," Skyview said looking up
at the full moon.
"That's amazing," Chief Tahoe commented.
"That reminds me of something. Star Cluster, how did you
know the Gates was your inheritance?" Stardust asked, "You
left the castle before dad could announce it."
"I heard him and I still don't want them. Starfire or Skyview
can have them," Star Cluster exclaimed.
"But dad gave..." Skyview started to say.
"I don't want them!" Star Cluster yelled angrily, "They're
useless to me. Just who am I suppose to guard them from?"
"Why are you getting so mad about it? Are you still jealous
of us? It's not our fault dad gave them to you," Stardust
Star Cluster lowered his head, "I didn't mean to. I wish
I had something that meant.."
"Something meaningful from our parents?" Stardust asked.
"Just how did you know about the inheritance?" Skyview
Star Cluster looked up at his brothers and the curious Chief,
"When I was little I laid in bed. It was after midnight
and I couldn't sleep. I was hungry and so I decided to sneak
to the kitchen and get a quick bite to eat. I was hoping it'll
quiet my stomach long enough for me to get to sleep. On my way
there I thought I'd check on mom and dad to be sure they were
asleep, the last thing I wanted was to get in trouble again.
When I got to their rooms I found out they were wide awake and
talking about our inheritance. Needless to say I was rather excited
about it. Of course I knew what Stardust would get, that was
obvious. They talked for hours about what to give to Skyview
and Starfire and me. Stardust got the throne and the land, Skyview
got the town or at lest be in charge of running it. Then Skyview
and Starfire inherited Paradise Estate even when our parents
moved out. I was sad and thought they had forgotten about me
which wasn't too surprising but they didn't forget. They decided
the only thing left was the Gate. I was to guard the gate. I
was so upset and mad, I went to my room and forgot about how
hungry I was."
"There is something to guard and protect. The Gate is important...especially
to Luna," Stardust pointed out. "She travels through
the gate all the time to see us."
Star Cluster thought about what Stardust had said. The Gate was
important to Luna, that would be the only reason worth guarding
"Maybe...it isn't so bad," Star Cluster muttered, "But
if I don't like it, you can give the gate to someone else."
"That's fine," Stardust replied smiling.
"So, Stardust, you have a castle?" Chief Tahoe asked.
"Yes, I am king and I rule Ponyland with my brothers' help,"
Chief Tahoe smiled, "I thought you might have been some
kind of leader, you just seem like you would be."
Skyview sat up and took the rolled up map from the bag and unrolled
it, "I wonder how many Dragon Statues there are on the island?"
"Quite a few more," Chief Tahoe replied, "It'll
take a few more days to find the rest."
"I hope we find...the treasure," Starfire muttered.
They spent the night looking at the map and talking about it.
During the days they were gone, Luna spent the time with Pinneapple
or alone on the beach. She was lonely and wished her father would
return soon. She searched for pearls on the beach but never found
any. She swam with Pinneapple in the ocean and played games in
the house. She even stayed up late on the night when the moon
was full, talking to Pineapple and telling stories.
One evening, Luna was returning from the beach to the house when
she saw her uncles walking in the house. Luna smiled greatly
and was happy to see that they have returned. Luna ran through
the village and into the house.
"Dad!" Luna cried.
Stardust turned and smiled at Luna, "Well, did you have
a good time while I was gone?"
Luna rushed up to him and nuzzled him on the neck and muscular
shoulder. Stardust nuzzled her shoulder and back, "I'm guessing
you missed me."
After a few minutes Luna looked up at him, "Did you find
"No I'm afraid not. We checked every Dragon Statue and it
was not there."
"Oh, so I'm going to continue to have the dream til it is
found?" Luna asked feeling disappointed that the Flaming
pearl wasn't found.
"Luna," Star Cluster called to her, "Why don't
you ask the Flaming Pearl in your dream where it is or how we
can find it?"
"Yes Luna, ask it the next time you dream," Stardust
After they had dinner and were feeling full, they went to
bed. The black ponies and Star Cluster laid sound asleep. Luna
laid asleep next to her father dreaming.
The white pearl in flames lit the darkness. Then suddenly Kesia's
hand grabbed it, turning it to smoke.
"Kesia. You must find me!"
"Why do you call me that?" Luna asked but there was
no answer, "How do I find you? Where are you?" Luna
Suddenly she saw the dragon statue. Then the forest rushed past
her like a blur, the only thing she saw was all the dragon statues.
The next thing she knew she had whooshed up into the air and
saw Drakon island below her with all the dragon statues. They
were in the shape of a crescent moon.
"A moon?" Luna asked.
Suddenly Luna fell from the sky. She flapped her wings frantically
but it didn't work. Luna was scared and began yelling. Suddenly
she woke up yelling.
Stardust jumped awake, "What? What's wrong?"
"I...It...I was falling," Luna replied.
Star Cluster, Starfire and Skyview woke up after hearing Luna
yell. Even Pineapple and Chief Tahoe woke up and came to the
room to see what the yelling was about.
"Are you ok?" Starfire asked.
"You had that dream again but this time it was different,"
Star Cluster guessed.
Luna sat up on her blanket.
"Luna, what did you see?" Stardust asked.
"I saw the dragon statues. There was a lot of them, then
I saw them from above."
"The Flaming Pearl showed you?" Chief Tahoe asked.
Luna looked up at him, "Yes, I asked and it showed me.."
Luna paused when she saw the medallion around his neck.
"What's wrong?" Pineapple asked tiredly.
"That," Luna pointed, "That medallion."
"What about it?" Chief Tahoe asked.
"It has a crescent moon on it."
"Yes it does."
"What about it?" Skyview asked.
Luna looked up at Skyview, "The dragon Statues I saw were
lined in a row in a shape of a crescent moon but.." Luna
looked at the medallion, "There was no dot below the moon."
Everyone looked at the medallion and thought silently.
"Where's the map?" Skyview asked.
"In your bag of course," Star Cluster answered.
"Oh," Skyview left the room, a minute later he came
in the room and spread the map on the floor, then he lit his
horn to see the map better. Chief Tahoe and Pineapple were fascinated
with his glowing horn at first.
"Chief, "Can I see your medallion?" Skyview asked.
"Sure," Chief Tahoe took it off and handed it to Skyview.
Everyone gathered around the map watching.
Luna gasped at the X marks on the map, "The moon,"
"Yes, It does look like a moon. Why didn't we notice this
before?" Stardust asked.
Skyview put the medallion on the map. The number of dots matched
the number of X's.
"What about that dot?" Starfire asked, "There's
no Dragon Statue in that spot on the map."
"That is where the Flaming Pearl is," Luna answered.
Everyone looked at her surprisingly.
"How did you know that?" Stardust asked.
"I..uh...I don't know. I just...do," Luna replied worriedly.
Star Cluster looked at her suspiciously as if he had suspected
"We must go and find it as soon as possible," Stardust
"We can leave in the morning. I would like to bring a few
guards in case we run into Fallon," Chief Tahoe quickly
"Can I go?" Pineapple asked.
"No, I must have you here," Chief Tahoe answered.
Luna looked at her father and was about to ask the same question
but Stardust answered before she could ask, "No. Your safer
Luna sighed sadly.
"Stardust, I think she should go," Star Cluster told
"No, it's not safe for her."
"She is the one with the dreams. She is the one who knew
where the Flaming Pearl is. I think she is the one who is suppose
to find it," Star Cluster explained, "besides if your
worried about Fallon getting her, don't be. He has no use for
her now. All he wants is the Flaming Pearl."
Stardust thought abut what he said. He knew Star Cluster was
"Alright Luna you can go but do not for any reason, leave
my side," Stardust told her.
Luna smiled greatly.
"Lets get some sleep. We will need it in the morning,"
Stardust added as he handed the medallion back to the Chief.
Chief Tahoe put on his medallion and left the room with Pineapple
while the four brothers and Luna went back to sleep.