Things change. They grow and die, they mature. It is the natural way. That is why, in the course of events, if one of these things does not happen, the rest cannot either. This is how it must be for those who were not born into immortality. Death is inevitable. Well, sometimes.
This is why alicorns do not change. They do not die, so they do not change. They can only improve upon what was given to them. This is why they have the best of every race, the best brains, the best physical condition. They do not need sustenance other than the will to live; they need no sleep. They have souls that affect those around them, depending on how close they are. This is why the Ancient laws were in place.
This is why I immediately poured myself into research when Spike reported mention of odd behavior in Twilight. Well, odder than normal, in the least. It had all started when Spike used his flames to send himself to me, something I hadn’t known he could do.
“Well at first I thought it was just normal Twilight stuff, not eating or sleeping, ‘cause she does that sometimes when she’s in research mode. But never for two weeks straight! At first I thought she was using magic to keep herself up, but magic works off your body’s strength, so that couldn’t be it! But y’know, I thought maybe her magic was more powerful than that. She seemed fine, but no way, no how could she have outrun Applejack even at her peak strength!”, he said in an explosion of breath.
“She wasn’t even trying! Applejack was trying to catch a runaway cow, and Twilight was running for fun, which is an oddity in itself. She never wants to do anything physical. But she just breezed past her like it was nothing! And then of course there was the time when Pinkie Pie made her jump and she landed on a roof! I mean, it could have been magic, but I didn’t see the glowie stuff. That’s still not the craziest part!”
“Spike dearest, might I implore you to take a breath so I can think this through?”
“No! You have to hear this! She read my mind!”, he yelled.
“She read your mind?!?”
No. She- she can’t. She’s not able to do that. That would mean…
“Spike. It seems the repercussions of my actions have caught up with me. Excuse me.”, I could barely hold it in.
“What? Your actions?”
“Go back to Twilight. I’ll send word soon.”
“Dearest sister, I believe I may have-“
“Broken an Ancient Law! Celestia, are you out of your mind?”
“-broken an Ancient Law. You just did.”
“You know reading minds isn’t restricted between immortals. Wait a second, Twilight broke that Law? Why would you think- Oh Celestia you didn’t!”
“I might have, just a little. I didn’t mean to! How was I supposed to know that would happen?”
“You could have consulted me!”
“One does not discuss such intimate relationships with one’s sister.”
“One does when it’s a relationship with a mortal, especially when that mortal is the Element of Magic! You could have at least mentioned it!”
“Do you know what could happen? The High Council will have both your heads! They’ll incinerate her and incarcerate you! Giving immortality and sharing power with a mortal is strictly forbidden! Rectify the situation immediately, before it gets too far!”
“Before what gets too far?”, a familiar voice said from the doorway.
We turned to look at her.
“Oh my, indeed sister. Do you know what’s going to happen? There’s no going back now. You better be prepared, an you better prepare her.”, with that, the Princess of the Night vanished in a puff of blue smoke.
I hadn’t taken my eyes off my student.
Two inches taller.
Death is inevitable for her.
Not her death, not now.
Everyone else, she’ll lose them.
Because I couldn’t lose her.
Comments by Kyronea:
Strange how Celestia, an immortal, didn’t think her actions through all that much. To me that says she’s not so different from the mortals she leads, even if this High Council tries to insist otherwise. If she wants to love Twilight, I don’t see why she can’t. For Twilight to be condemned to die just because she slept with Celestia seems horrible to me, and part of me wants to urge Celestia to save Twilight. Although that said, I am wondering where many of the themes of this story came from. I feel like there’s a major reference or six that I’m missing.