“YOU TOLD HIM WHAT?!”
A typical Luna reaction. You see, she always wants to meet everypony halfway, agree to every simple little request made to us from ambassadors, royalty, or anyone at equal or higher power than the two of us. The opposite of me, I might add. When I get something in my head, I won’t let it go.
“Well, I wasn’t going to tell him yes,” I answer plainly, looking my sister in her rage-filled, disappointed eyes.
“And why not? This is going to break the bond between Equestria and Gryphonia for sure!”
Now that’s funny. We don’t have a bond, the bond Luna speaks of is nonexistent, and thanks to me, I suppose, will stay that way. “What bond? You mean the one that’s being negotiated right now? That’s hardly a bond, dear sister.”
Luna feigns laughter with a snarky, nasty look on her face, “Well, now there’s never going to be one! Celestia, we have to comply with Ambassador Iceclaw’s every demand in order to unite our two kingdoms.”
I’m not really paying attention, I’ll admit. In fact, what she said made me notice something: if King Talon really wanted our kingdoms to be allies, how come he didn’t come here himself? I’m here, Luna’s here, he should be present too. Hmmph, I wouldn’t want to be allies with a lazy king anyway.
“Why couldn’t you have just given in for once?” Luna’s voice is small and pleading now, and her eyes are tired. “What’s so bad about what he asked?”
And now it’s my turn to be angry. “Listen to yourself, Luna! Iceclaw asked for marriage, and not just any marriage, a wedding between their stupid, violent, uppity Prince and our ‘Head Element!’ They have no respect for the Elements, if they did they’d at least know their names and that they’re forces to be reckoned with!”
It seems our roles really have been reversed as Luna lets out a small chuckle, “Yes, Fluttershy and Pinkamena are extremely terrifying.”
“That’s not what I meant and you know it,” I snap, glaring daggers at her. Finally, I sigh, “If I had said yes, that means Twilight Sparkle would’ve been shipped away. Away from Ponyville and her friends, away from us and her family. And she’d be married and certainly not to the pony she loves.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?” Luna questions, narrowing her eyes.
“If you’d been reading her letters,” I can’t hide the edge of superiority in my voice. “You’d know that she and Pinkie Pie are in love.”
“Oh.” Luna dips her head down, examining the marble floor with interest. Her voice is sheepish and embarrassed, like a filly caught red-hoofed, “I didn’t know that.”
“See? I couldn’t have said yes. Split up the Elements and throw away true love? I couldn’t have.”
“All right, fine, I agree,” Luna grumbles, kicking at the floor with her hoof. “I guess that means no treaty.”
“Oh, come now, sister,” I brighten considerably after she concedes. “I’m sure there’s something we can give Iceclaw that will suit his fancy.”
“We could give him Blueblood,” Luna muses, a small smile forming on her face.
“You know, that’s not a bad idea. I bet taking Blueblood to Gryphonia would be easier than taking a heartbroken, sobbing Element of Magic,” I smirk, half-hoping that we could go through with our plan.
We didn’t, of course, but Iceclaw did accept some of the Crystal Caves’ finest specimens, a few bushels of apples, and a promise of complete Equestrian Royal Military protection in case of an invasion of Gryphonia. In one day, I single-hoofedly saved true love and secured an alliance between one of Equestria’s oldest rivals. So, all-in-all, it wasn’t a bad day in the life of me.
Norse Pony’s comments: Heh. Snarky Celestia and diplomatic Luna are amusing characterizations. I appreciate the Twinkie nod, too. You know how to play to this mod’s preferences. : D And finally, Celestia’s self-congratulatory epilogue made me laugh. Well-handled, my good author.