Luna sat within her room staring out across Equestria. Ponyville lay at the base of Canterlot and stretched out far before the Everfree forest consumed all that was in sight save a few skyscrapers from Manehattan that peeked over the trees at the very edge of the horizon. She enjoyed her view of Equestria but it wasn't what she really loved to look at. Luna turned her head up towards her beautiful night sky that was adorned by brightly shining stars burning brightly from millions of miles away just for her. The stars however were the only things out tonight as Equestria had fallen silently into the night as it did whenever Luna would raise the moon.
The normal chirping of the crickets and the dancing of the lightning bugs were absent tonight and it all seemed especially lonely.
Even after her sisters constant reassurance and kind words she still felt saddened.
"Dearest sister, do not be sad. The night is very important to ponies all across Equestria. It is the time when they can rest and recover from the day. They need the night the most of all for this. You are very important to all of Equestria, Luna. Don't ever forget that."
Why couldn't some ponies come out and enjoy her lovely night? Sure there were always things like the Gran Galloping Gala where ponies would be out until the early hours of the morning talking and laughing and having fun but in truth they were all inside enjoying those things and barely took to mind any thought of glancing upwards at her sparkling friends.
Luna sighed. Even though she was now back home with her sister she still felt as alone as ever.
The Canterlot castle was vast and Luna often found herself lost when trying to explore. Her sister was always busy as well with important business and frequently was not around at all when she needed her. Luna had even tried talking to the Canterlot royal guards but they always seemed so nervous around her and conversations often never progressed past hello. Her one and only true best friend forever lay at her side as she always had and Luna picked her up and cradled her.
"Oh Abby... I wish a falling star would come my way so maybe my wish would come true,"
The red abacus remained silent as abacus' do but Luna still felt slightly better relieving the tension from her chest. She stared far off into the distant darkness and that was when she saw it. A falling star. A true falling star, right from the sky itself.
But... Luna never remembered falling stars being rainbow colored....
The rainbow colored falling star crashed down from the sky into Ponyville and Luna gasped. This were her chance! If she could get that falling star then her wish would come true for sure!
"Abby!" she exclaimed squeezing the abacus. "Do you know what this means?"
The abacus was silent. She took the abacus and tucked it safely into a saddle bag that she immediately threw on her haunches.
"That's right. We're going to Ponyville!"
"Ow... not cool." Rainbow Dash mumbled as she pulled herself up off the dirt, her body aching.
She groaned and glanced up at the sky. Not a single sonic rainboom to be seen for miles. Dash sighed. She was sure that she had it this time... except for the whole misjudging how close the ground was. She was so focused that she didn't have time to pull out of her dive. She could only open her wings slightly and soften her landing but it still hurt quite a bit.
Rainbow Dash had been sneaking off through the night towards her secret training grounds as she did every night. She needed to perfect the sonic rainboom. The first time as a filly was a fluke and it only happened again at the Best Young Fliers competition because Rarity was in danger. Dash felt like she would never be able to do it on her own. But she was going to try anyways because after all if she didn't perfect her moves soon then she would never be Wonderbolt material. She prepped herself for takeoff, spread her wings and then promptly fell to her haunches as pain ran across her back. She had landed on her left wing slightly and now it hurt too much to even stretch it out normally.
"Oh no," she gasped. "No, no, NO! This CANNOT happen! I mean I have to practice for the Wonderbolts and tomorrow I'm on weather duty and I promised to help Twilight dust the top of her bookshelves and that I would deliver cakes for Pinkie Pie and Rarity needed me to pick up an important package in Manehattan for her and how am I going to get back to Cloudsdale?"
She began to freak out and couldn't stop herself from rambling which in all reality was absolutely not cool but this entire situation was NOT COOL AT ALL. Maybe Twilight was awake. She was always reading all of those books so maybe she had read something about pegasus first aid. Yeah! Maybe she could use her magic to fix her wing. But as Dash looked around she realized that she was a lot farther from Twilight's house than she originally thought. By the time she got there Twilight would definitely be asleep and she had told Dash the other day that she had important Canterlot business to attend to this week. If she bothered Twilight she might not be able to finish her work.
Rainbow Dash sighed and looked around. She was quite close to the Everfree forest.
"Maybe Zecora..." She shuddered, her sentence cut off.
The Everfree forest? At night? No way. And in any case Zecora still unnerved her a bit. Dash sighed and looked up into the night sky. The darkened deep blue of the sky was speckled by the bright shining stars that illuminated Ponyville slightly in their glow. The faint wind across her mane and the rustling of leaves in the trees was quite pleasant and the night sky was so beautiful.
Well it was until something smacked her straight in the head.
"Abby!" she heard a distant voice cry before something else fell to the ground with a loud thump.
"Awh..." Dash groaned as her vision returned and she picked up the strange red thing that had fallen on her.
"What the hay is this?" she said as she examined it.
"Careful!" the voice cried again before somepony ran up to her and snatched it away.
"Abby are you okay?"
The pony began checking "Abby" closely before tucking it back into her saddle bag. Rainbow Dash could barely make out who this pony was until the clouds shifted in the wind and let the moonlight shine down, illuminating Ponyville.
Luna became flustered as the pony bowed to her. She didn't know what to do or how to react so for a few long arduous moments it was slightly awkward. Luna hated it when ponies bowed to her. She felt ashamed for her actions as Nightmare Moon and felt like she didn't deserve anypony's praise or admiration. Finally the pony stood from bowing and Luna felt relieved, her face losing its flush.
"Princess Luna did you just fall out of the sky?"
Luna instantly became flustered again.
"Well, yes. I don't really fly that often so I'm not very good." Luna hung her head in embarrassment What kind of alicorn princess couldn't fly properly?
Being trapped in the moon for a thousand years didn't really help either.
"So.. what are you doing out here so late at night, Princess Luna?" The blue pony with multicolored hair asked, her hooves digging at the ground slightly.
"Oh I um... I saw a falling star and I was just looking for it," Her voice was quiet. "You wouldn't happen to have seen it would you?"
The blue pony seemed to think for a moment and it was then that Luna noticed her wings.
A pegasus pony down in Ponyville so late at night? She felt confused.
"Hmm.. no I haven't. See I was off to practice some cool moves but I fell all the way from Cloudsdale. I haven't really seen much other than the ground tonight." The blue pegasus laughed.
"You fell from Cloudsdale?" Luna spoke, taken aback.
"Heh, yeah. The clouds weren't perfectly pushed together in one part and it was dark so I couldn't see so... here I am."
It was then that Luna recognized the pegasus pony. She was one of Twilight Sparkle's friends, an element of harmony! Luna suddenly felt very uncomfortable. What must this pegasus think of me after what I did as Nightmare Moon? But the pegasus with the rainbow mane didn't seem unnerved at all and instead asked Luna another question.
"So Princess Luna, what was that thing that fell on my head?"
"Oh, Abby is my abacus."
"Aba-what now?" Rainbow Dash was thoroughly confused.
"Uhm... it's used to add and subtract things." Luna said, unable to truly explain what an abacus was.
"Oh I see. So why are you carrying it around with you?" Rainbow Dash questioned. It seemed strange for a pony to be carrying something like that with them in the middle of the night.
"Abby is my best friend. She's always been with me."
"Sounds like you need to get out more." Rainbow Dash laughed. "You should come down to Ponyville more often, you're quite funny."
Luna once again found herself flustered. Go down to Ponyville? She would be so nervous to walk the streets. What everypony must think of her...
"Hey Princess Luna," she seemed to speak confidently. "You wouldn't happen to know of any medic ponies that would be up this late, would you?" Her voice trailed off a bit.
"Medic ponies? Why are you looking for a medic pony...uhm..." Luna couldn't quite remember her name.
"Oh I'm Rainbow Dash, remember?"
That's right. Rainbow Dash; The element of loyalty.
"I sort of need one," Rainbow Dash said. "See when I fell from the clouds I landed on my wing and now I can't exactly fly."
Luna nodded and thought for a moment before perking up. "Well, I could always heal you."
Rainbow Dash looked at her curiously. "You could?"
Luna nodded again and explained to Rainbow Dash that while she was imprisoned on the moon for a thousand years she needed a way to pass the time so she learned to hone her magical ability for quite a few different things. Rainbow Dash seemed a bit reluctant after the mention of her imprisonment but she couldn't be stuck with a hurt wing all night.
She carefully stretched out her injured wing for Luna and closed her eyes tightly in preparation. Luna breathed in a bit of cool night air and then began to focus as her wings spread outwards and her horn began to glow a faint purple slowly becoming brighter. Rainbow Dash's wing began to glow as well as Luna began to mend it. Dash had expected it to hurt and thus had prepared herself but Princess Luna was being very careful and gentle and within moments her wing felt as good as new. Luna sighed slightly as the magic left her and her horn ceased to glow and smiled slightly towards the pegasus who was now stretching out and rotating her wings in a most peculiar fashion.
"Sweet, I can fly again!" Rainbow Dash exclaimed as she bolted up towards the sky and then back down again, spinning and floating the air seemingly effortlessly. She landed next to Luna and then quickly embraced her with a high pitch squeal of thank you.
Rainbow Dash suddenly backed away from Luna and apologized.
"I'm sorry Princess I just got so excited... heh." She rubbed the back of her head with her hoof in embarrassment
But in the deep blue darkness of that evening she couldn't see the extent of the blush that had consumed
Princess Luna's cheeks.
As the pegasus began to sway the conversation in a different way Luna couldn't make out the words that she spoke.
Luna suddenly realized how cold the night air really was and how she wanted once again to be embraced by the pegasus whom had felt so warm against her. At first she didn't understand the feelings that she felt. She wished her sister was there to help her but she knew in the back of her mind she would only bear witness to her sisters signature smile and a few kind words about needing to find herself.
But how was she supposed to find herself when she didn't even know what feelings she was experiencing?
Was this friendship? Did she finally have a friend? Was this what it felt like? A million thoughts flooded Luna's mind and she felt excited and embarrassed all at once. Being on the moon was... torture for her. She had been deprived of interaction with other ponies for a thousand years. This was the first time that somepony has hugged her other than her sister for all of those years. There was nothing that describe the feeling of loneliness that Luna had felt as the cold dark moon held her small form.
"So do you think you're up for it Princess Luna?" Rainbow Dash asked grinning.
The word escaped her lips before she could even think about it let alone realize what Rainbow Dash has even been talking about.
At this moment she felt as if she could only say yes to the rainbow maned pegasus. She only wished that her body hadn't failed her so that she would know what she just agreed to. But Rainbow Dash piped up again excitedly quickly answering her question.
"Great! Let's go then. Your first super awesome flight lesson begins now."
And before Luna could realize what was going on Rainbow Dash had grabbed her hoof and they were off through the night sky faster than anypony could have flown. Luna's precious star friends rushed past her yet grew closer as they ascended higher. The clouds before them began to part and Luna was able to see that they were heading towards the very edge of Equestria itself where the mountains that bordered the land turned into valleys that sloped off into the great oceans. As the two ponies began to descend Luna once again looked skyward and her eyes widened slightly. Just then, out of the corner of her eye, Luna had seen a single streak of starlight as it streamed across the sky.
"Was that..." Luna began but Rainbow Dash couldn't hear her for her words were so soft spoken. Rainbow Dash leveled off along the ground and set Luna down softly.
"Isn't this place great? I come here all the time to practice." Dash said.
Luna had been so busy staring up at the sky that she didn't notice where they had landed. It took her a minute to form the words to describe the view that lay before her.
The valley seemed to stretch out into the distance forever and beautiful waterfalls lines the high slopes that surrounded the two ponies. The water glowed in the moonlight and lit up the valley in it's entirety. It wasn't bright like sunlight but it was a soft glow reminiscent of the starlight that Luna adored.
"This is... so amazing. The water is so pretty. Why does it glow like that?" Luna asked.
"I'm not too into the whole science thing but I thought Twilight would find it cool so I brought her back some. She told me that there are some sort of..." Dash seemed to be searching for the word. "Oh yeah, luminescent. Twilight told me there were luminescent creatures in the water like tiny sprites. They glow in the dark so that's why the water is lit up." Rainbow Dash grinned.
Luna was amazed. She had never heard of creatures that glowed before. She smiled to herself. This was the kind of beauty that Luna had been wishing she could find in her darkness. Something that maybe somepony would enjoy. She glanced back at Rainbow Dash who was in the process of stretching her body and wings. Rainbow Dash seemed to enjoy being out at night even if it was just for practice. At least there was one pony that Luna now knew of.
"You should probably stretch out before you start flying Lu- I mean, Princess Luna." Rainbow Dash corrected herself. She had almost forgotten that Luna was of the same stature as Princess Celestia.
"Oh, alright," Luna said shyly. "And you can call me Luna if you like." Luna began to mimic what she had seen Rainbow Dash doing but she felt a bit silly.
"But you're a princess of Equestria. I can't just not address you as princess. That would be... uncool of me." Dash seemed to stumble over her words slightly.
"Well...," Luna blushed slightly. "Would you like to be my friend? If we were friends you could address me as Luna, right?" Her head lowered slightly as her hooves shuffled the dirt beneath them.
"Psh, we're totally already friends." Dash said confidently. "So then Luna, you all warmed up and ready to fly?" Dash had lowered herself on her forehooves with her wings prepped and outstretched to her sides.
"I uh..." Luna looked around, avoiding Dash's gaze.
"Oh come on, it's not that hard. You'll do great. Just try it." The encouragement from Rainbow Dash made Luna feel a bit confident in herself. Though, she still felt nervous. Her daring flight from Canterlot to Ponyville had been quite unnerving. Luna had at first thought that she would graciously float along ground level to her destination but a sudden updraft sent her high into the sky. She could only panic and descend as slow as her beating wings would allow until she finally fell the last few feet to the ground. Luna wasn't exactly looking forward to a repeat instance. Her wings snapped shut tightly against her body thinking of it. Rainbow Dash sighed.
"Are you really that scared Luna?" Dash's voice was soft.
"Only slightly." Luna lied a bit. She was very scared. She didn't want to fall again but she also wanted to learn how to fly properly. She was torn.
"Hm..." Rainbow Dash began to think. She hovered in the air around Luna one hoof resting under her chin and the other across her chest. Dash then perked up and clopped her hooves together. "I got it!"
"I know a way that you can fly without using your wings." she said.
Luna was now thoroughly confused. How was she going to fly without her wings? It was impossible.
"What you need is help, Pinkie Pie style." Dash said with a grin upon her face.
Luna found herself lost in translation.
What does pie have anything to do with flying?
And why in Equestria would pie be pink?