My Little Pony: Storm of Centuries
Chapter 2: Royal Meetings
So where exactly are we going? I asked as Twilight Reached for the door struggling to keep me up. It's not like in my condition I should be going much of anywhere.
Celestia told me we should get you changed, She replied. and I agreed.
Hearing this for the first time I looked down to find I was wearing a white T-shirt that was ripped along the side and jeans that had been soaked to the point it had lost its color. I looked over at Twilight to notice there was much contrast to her bright, violet sundress, to my attire. Wow... so tell me again why you picked me up off the streets looking like this?
Twilight smiled up at me, now finally getting a proper grip on the handle while still keeping me up. I'd never leave someone on the street like that. Saying this she opened the door.
Outside the door was the most astonishing view I had seen in my life. We were in a tall tower that loomed over a large city made of brick and stone following the same White, Amethyst and gold color pattern as the room did. The city was built on the side of mountain with a beautiful flowing waterfall at the border and was the perfect angle so the sun glistened off the city wonderfully.
Whoa. Was the only thing I could mutter as Twilight pulled me out and down the spiraling staircase.
Twilight raised an eyebrow looking at me. What? She asked. It's like you've never been in Canterlot.
I shook my head trying not to fall over as she refused to stop for me. I don't know if I have or not... but I certainly have never seen it from this height.
Twilight smiled. It is an amazing view isn't it? I nodded in agreement with her though before I could fully reply she interrupted. It's... kind of overwhelming at times... I mean. sometimes I think that I don't really... She shook her head forcing a laugh. I'm sorry, I ramble sometimes.
I shook my head trying my best to not agree with her. It's no problem I understand things must be stressful around here, and no thanks to me.
None of it's your fault, trust me. She stated.
After that we remained in silence until we finally reached the bottom of the stairs where we were greeted by two guards. They wore gold colored iron armor with helmets that showed much more of their face than it should. Finally awake I see. The one on the left said.
We were worried you had croaked. The one on the right added.
What's the plan for you then? Gonna get new clothes then be on your merry way or- The one on the left was cut off my Twilight.
Do not speak to him in such a way. Twilight stated trying to keep her cool, though she was obviously irritated.
Both guards straightened up. Yes ma'am! Sorry ma'am! The said in synchronized fear.
Twilight giggled proud of herself. Good. She said happily walking in.
Here we are. She said pushing me into a room and shutting the door behind me without warning. Your clothes are on the desk. She yelled through the door.
The room I was suddenly thrust into was lined with vanity mirrors across the white walls on each side of the room that lead to the back which was lined instead with crimson curtains that matched the carpet on the floor.
I looked over at one of the mirrors to see a set of clothes on the desk under it. I took the set of clothes and walked behind the curtains to get changed.
After getting changed I walked out to view my self in the mirror. I was in a black tux with a red tie and an emblem of the moon with the sun behind it over my chest pocket. I had just realized looking in the mirror I still couldn't see my face which I hadn't seen yet and still didn't know how I looked so I chose to walk closer so I could bend down and see it.
Walking over to the mirror I went to bend down to look at my face but stopped seeing my chin. For some reason I was scared. I started to wonder what I would look like, if I'd like my face, if I'd remember who I was and hate myself. There were so many questions going through my mind I couldn't even begin to understand what could happen.
Finally I took a breath and bent down looking at my face. I had short, raggedy, black hair and bright green eyes. I looked rather plain and normal, other than one thing that bothered me. Under my left eye there was a scar. It was small, but it was noticeable enough that it got on my nerves. I started to wonder where it had come from and who or what gave it to me.
After a bit contemplation I shook my head and stood up straight. Come on Twilight's waiting for me. I stated. I shouldn't be keeping her waiting. I walked out the door to see Twilight looking down the hall and I noticed it. Just like on Celestia and Luna she had wings. Twilight?
Twilight turned around. Oh! You're done. She giggled. I knew that would look good on you. I'll be sure to thank Rarity for picking it out. With a wave of her hand my tie straightened itself with a bit of a light show going on around it.
I turned a bit pink at her statement. It's just a suit. I shook my head. Erm... Twilight I wanted to ask.
Twilight tilted her head. What is it?
Do you... Uhm... are those real wings?
Twilight giggled. Yes. Yes they are.
I nodded unconvinced. Sure they are.
Just cause I can use magic doesn't mean I can't have wings... though it was weird... the Day I got them.
Magic? I asked.
Yeah magic. She waved her hand and the door I came out of flew open. See? She asked and at another wave of her hand the door closed.
I... Must have forgotten a lot more than I should have.
Twilight nodded. I'll say. She smiled. Look at that. You're standing all on your own.
I sighed and rolled my eyes. Yeah I know, I'm not a child.
She giggled and started walking away. I know but you needed my help before.
I followed her stumbling a bit. I still hurt you know.
Well I know you can walk on your own now so you'll have to do just that.
I nodded looking away. Of course.
Reaching the end of the hallway we entered into a large entrance room. The room had purple walls, marble flooring and from the roof hung banners of the sun and moon. The stairs, just like the floor in the dressing room had red carpeting leading from the stair case to the large entrance doors. Though one thing I didn't expect were all of the streamers and decorations; most of them being riddled with glitter. What's with the decorations? I asked as guards started bringing in tables and chairs to line the room with.
Twilight looked over at me. Oh yeah. Loosing your memory would probably make you forget wouldn't it? Twilight asked leading me to the bottom of the stair case.
I nodded and replied rather bluntly. Statistically... yes.
Twilight rolled her eyes. Don't get smart with me. She smiled happier than ever. Tomorrow night is the Grand gala!
I looked at her rather confused. The what?
Twilight groaned. It's a big party to say the least. She giggled. And I suppose because you're staying here, you're invited.
I smiled at her feeling flattered. Why thank you. I have no clue why it's such a big deal... but thanks.
Twilight rolled her eyes. I should dump you in the library and see what happens.
I'd probably learn nothing.
My eye twitched a bit at her comment. Well then.
She giggled. Hey you said it not me. Suddenly she clapped her hands together scaring me. I just realized you'll be able to meet a lot of my friends today, including my brother.
Brother? I asked recovering from the initial shock of her clapping for no reason.
Shining Ar- She clasped her hands over her mouth. Gotta get used to that. Sorry, prince Shining Armor.
I chuckled. Brother's a prince huh?
Twilight nodded with a sigh. Yeah. He became a prince before I was a princess.
Wait... how does that work?
In Equestria being a princess is not decided by your blood.
So it's a democracy?
Reaching the bottom of the staircase a woman with slightly curled lilac hair that bounced elegantly with each step burst into the room with large boxes of decorations, silverware, and fine china floating around her. Everyone out of the way I'm carrying a lot of fragile things. she stated making them all float over to the tables and delicately placing them down. Now looking her up and down I noticed she wore a white, skin tight turtle neck dress with long sleeves and fit snugly around her.
Rarity! Twilight called out, quickly making her way over to the woman and wrapping her arms around her.
Twilight! The woman replied doing the same. It's been too long.
Twilight rolled her eyes with a sigh. It's only been three weeks.
Yes Rarity. Three weeks.
I told you it's been too long. Rarity stated before now noticing me and letting go of Twilight and clearing her throat. But let's not be rude we can catch up later. Who is this Twilight? She walked over and straightened my tie with her hands rather than her magic. I've never seen him around the castle before.
I'm. I began only to have Twilight cut me off.
This Erravi. He's the one I asked you to have the suit made for.
Erravi? Rarity asked. What a pleasant name. She smiled letting go of my tie. How did you two become friends?
Well- I began only to be cut off once again by Twilight.
We became friends after we took him under our care.
Oh yes of course you sent me a letter about him. Rarity replied. Well it's a pleasure to meet you darling. I am Rarity.
I held out my hand to her. It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance.
Rarity gasped in what seemed like offense to what I said. Acquaintance!? No no no no no. She took my hand in hers and pulled me out of the room. Come on keep up. You're going to help me decorate and coordinate until we're friends not, acquaintances.
Twilight watched confused as Rarity pulled me away. Oh uhm... Twilight mumbled. I guess I'll just... go see Celestia about... tomorrow night. You two have fun.
Of course we will. Now come on. Rarity kept pulling me outside as I looked back at Twilight pleading for help with my eyes.
Finally we walked outside and looked at a large carriage parked outside at the bottom of the staircase leading out of the castle. Carry these boxes inside. Don't worry about organizing I'll do that after. Rarity stated waving both her hands and having the boxes levitate around her.
How many boxes are in there? I asked.
About five left.
I sighed walking over to the carriage. Of course.
Rarity laughed walking in with the boxes she took out. An earthling like you should have no problem carrying a few boxes. With that that she walked back inside out of site.
Earthling? What is she talking about? I asked myself picking up two of the boxes piled on top of each other. What ever. I walked inside only to be greeted by Rarity giving me a curious look.
Two? She asked.
Yeah two... what's wrong with two?
Rarity shook her head. Nothing nothing... just odd... I mean... other than the fact Applebloom could carry at least three...
Nothing! Sorry dear just thinking aloud. She smiled nervously walking over to the door. Just set them down with the other dinning wear and I'll get the rest.
Reaching the door she sighed. Please call me Rarity.
I took a breath setting the boxes down. Yes Rarity.
She laughed. Thank you darling.
Walking back in with the boxes she looked around. Now to set the plates. She walked over and took out a fork, knife, cloth, wine glass and a plate. Now, She stated walking over to the table Despite what I wanted to do Celestia wanted to keep this year a bit simple with it's layout. So for china placement I want you to set the plate in the middle and the wine glass on the top left and fold the fork and knife into a cloth. I want eight people to be seated at each table so make sure you count it properly.
Got it. I stated following her example as she prepared the first set for me.
Just do the same for each table while I work on the decorations.
Will do. I smiled at her and started setting up the tables.
We spent the rest of the day after that setting up plates and decorating the Hall with streamers and a admittedly heavy ice sculpture of a harp which I'm still trying to understand the point of. The only time we would get distracted would either be when Rarity would get frustrated from a minor detail she missed because she turned around due to me placing a wine glass too far to the right (which only happened once or twice... or five times).
So what does Erravi mean? Rarity asked putting up the last few decorations.
Being asked this I almost dropped one of the wine glasses but saved it by placing it down quickly. Twilight told me it meant, I am lost. I replied grabbing the last set of table ware.
Twilight told you? Why would she have to tell you.
Well... To be honest it's not my real name.
Oh? She asked finally finishing with her task and walking over to me leaning against the table I was working on.
Yeah... I stopped in the middle of folding the cloth for the silverware. I don't even remember the most basic of things... I closed my eyes only to have them shoot open as I realized I had stopped working. I didn't even know who Celestia and Luna were. I chuckled finishing the fold. Sad huh? I then reached over and placed the last wine glass.
Rarity stood up straight and placed her hand on my shoulder with a concerned look on her face. Well if you can't remember anything let me teach you something. She smiled. I'll be sure to tell you about anything you want to know and help you with anything.
A friend of Twilight's is a friend of mine. At this moment I realized just how kind these people really were. They're smiles were genuine and there concern for me was most sincere thing I could ever imagine. I was liked this, I was happy with it, and little did I know I would meet more and more people like this as I lived. Now come on. She stated nodding her head towards the stairs. Twilight must be waiting for you.
'Course. I said following her to the stairs only to be greeted by Twilight.
Oh! You're done. She stated. Perfect! Cadance and Shining Armor will be here soon!
Well you seem excited. I replied with a smile.
Of course I am! Cadance and Shining only visit every so often now.
Rarity giggled. It will be a pleasure to see them again.
Of course it will.
Rarity pouted suddenly realizing something. To bad the others couldn't come.
Twilight sighed. Yes well Rainbow dash had to take care of an accident with Ponyville's cloud control, Applejack fell behind on apple harvesting because she broke her arm last week and Pinkie... well Pinkiepie's Pinkiepie, who knows what she's doing.
Rarity nodded. Those three are always doing something that keeps them from visiting.
It's a busy life we all live now.
I nodded. I completely agree. I stated sarcastically.
Hush you. Twilight sent me a somewhat harsh glare.
No. I replied with scoff holding my head up high only to have Rarity pull on my earlobe.
Stop acting like a child. Rarity replied, now letting go of my ear. I swear Twilight the people you meet...
Sorry sorry. I rubbed my earlobe and started walking away. I'm just going to wander around the castle if you'd be so kinda as to let m- I was interrupted by a frail, pink haired girl wearing a bright yellow dress and sandals who hadn't realized I was even talking.
Twilight. Is it true Shining and Cadance are arriving today? She said in a soft, delicate voice.
Twilight nodded with excitement. It's very true. I looked at the pink haired girl and questioned if I should hold out my hand to her to introduce myself but I soon found out Twilight was glad to do it for me. Oh Fluttershy, this is Erravi. He's the one who's been staying in the guest room.
Fluttershy looked at me and jumped a bit. Oh I'm so sorry I didn't mean to ignore you I just-
I cut her off before she could say anything else. It's fine. I replied with a slight chuckle. It's a pleasure to meet you. I held my hand out to her.
She gingerly took my hand in hers and shook it. I-it's nice to meet you too.
I let go of her hand and almost ended up patting her head from how innocent she seemed to be.
Twilight looked at the doors a bit worried now. Oh... They never bothered telling us when they'd Arrive. She said fiddling with her thumbs.
Seemingly out of nowhere I reached over and patted her shoulder. Twilight calm down they'll get here get here. Saying this I started to look off into space as I removed my hand. I'd like to say that was just me trying to be nice, but that had come so naturally it scared me; not to mention Twilight.
Twilight looked curiously. Y-yes I suppose. By the tone of her voice she was about as confused as I was if not more. Though this probably helped keep her mind off of everything.
T-Twilight? Fluttershy asked both trying to ignore my presence while still acknowledging my existence (which is impossible to do but somehow she did it). By this it had confirmed my suspicion that she was more nervous of me than she was of people in general. I came to ask you about the garden.
Yes Fluttershy? Twilight asked.
I was wondering if during the Gala if you would be okay with me-
Twilight sighed putting her index finger and her thumb to the bridge of her nose. Fluttershy... I let you last year so yes you can spend your time in the garden rather than the Main Hall. Just make sure to get back in time for when they serve dinner.
Rarity quickly interjected. And please, do make sure not to get your dress filthy. I worked hard on it and I would like to see in top condition when you're in public.
Fluttershy nodded. Of course Rarity I'd never ruin your hard work.
Rarity took a small sigh of relief. Thank you.
Just then a man walked into the room with hair made up of royal sapphire blue mixed with varying lightness of turquoise streaks. He wore a white tuxedo with a blue tie and had a smile of what I could only explain as either pure happiness, or complete idiocy. Twilie! He called out running over to her and hugging her; a hug which Twilight quickly returned. I missed ya kid.
Twilight giggled pulling herself away from the hug a bit to look at his face. I missed you too big bro. She looked past him at the door. Where's Cadance? She asked looking back at him.
Oh she should be here soon, she wanted to get some th- He stopped looking over at me and letting go of Twilight. Who's this?
I jumped slightly, a bit shaken a bit by the fact I was finally noticed. O-oh right, uhm I'm Erra-
Twilight quickly cut me off. He's Erravi.
I was getting to that.
You took too long.
I was speaking like a normal human being.
Well, uhm isn't a word so technically you weren't.
Neither is Canterlot but you don't hear me complaining.
Twilight gasped. You take that back.
I will not.
Just as Twilight was about to say something else The blue haired man cut her off. Well Erravi I'm Shining Armor. He held his hand out to me and I took it.
It's a pleasure to meet you. I replied shaking his hand.
Rarity walked over to him and smiled. It's good to see you again Shining. She said with a slight curtsy.
We haven't seen you since Twilight's crowning. Fluttershy cut in.
Yeah we've been pretty busy. Shining replied to them. Running a nation takes a lot out of you. He chuckled. Say where's spike? I expected him to be here.
Twilight snapped his fingers. Oh he should b-
Who's Spike? I asked cutting her off.
Could I get some time to explain? She huffed.
You didn't give me time.
She let out an annoyed sigh making it known she was irritated. You're a child.
Ugh nothing. Spike is my assistant. He's a baby dragon. Now as I was saying. She cleared her throat. He's in Manehatten taking care of some business on an airship I wanted made so we could fly past the borders of Equestria much easier.
We all stared blankly at her a bit stunned. W-well okay then. Shining said looking at the door. Well Cadance should be done sorting everything out by now so-
Just then a woman with wonderful hair that consisted of a combination of rose pink, Aureoline, and Violet, twirling together down her back reaching down to her waist. She wore a long pink flowing dress with a corset around her. With her she carried odd paper bags I could only assume to be shopping bags.
Hello everyone. She said kindly walking into the room. I Hope I'm not interrupting. She looked over at me and stared curiously. Oh. I didn't realize there would be someone new... I brought gifts for everyone from the palace but I didn't expect Twilight would have a new friend. She quite literally dropped everything onto Shining Armor and held her hand out to me. I'm Ca- er Princess Mi Amore Cadenza.
I couldn't help but smile listening to her struggle to be so formal with me. You must be Cadance. I took her hand in mine, shaking it. I'm Erravi. It's an honor to meet you.
Shining Armor had placed the bags down and looked over at me chuckling. What about me? He asked.
Letting go of Cadance's hand I made a motion towards him as if to brush him to the side. Eh you're not special enough. After I said this I looked over at Twilight who looked like she was about to die from the things I just said. I mean it's an honor.
No it's not.
After a small amount of awkward silence Twilight suddenly gasped. Cadance I just remembered! Twilight exclaimed taking Cadance's hand. You should see the stain glass painting we have of you in the hall from our time in the Crystal Empire, come on!
Cadance giggled following Twilight. Okay okay.
I suppose we should follow so they don't get into trouble. Rarity said chasing after them as she took Fluttershy's hand who followed with a slight squeak, leaving Shining Armor and I standing awkwardly in the Main Hall.
After we had finally realized we had been ditched I looked over at Shining Armor and chuckled nervously. I think Twilight forgot she promised me food for getting out of bed.
Shining Armor jumped a bit from my response and looked around awkwardly. Oh really? Well Twilight seems to forget things like that when Cadance or I visit.
Really? I hadn't noticed...
Shining Armor cleared his throat breaking the conversation for a little while until he finally looked at me. Hey if Twilight forgot your food you wanna maybe... head into the city and get a drink of apple cider and maybe a bite to eat?
Uhm, sure why not right? I scratched behind my head. Though I've never had apple cider.
Suddenly a smile grew on Shining's face and he chuckled walking towards the doors leading outside. Oh trust me you'll come to love it.