I had lived in the Everfree Forest, apart from all my people, for many years because I had a job to do. And when I witnessed her return, I knew I would be seeing her before long. That’s why I was not surprised when I saw Princess Luna come into my home.
“Hello,” she said with a friendly smile. “You must be Zecora.”
“That’s right,” I said.
“Where’s your rhyme?”
“I’m not in the mood.”
She smiled again, a bit awkwardly.
“My mother told me about you,” I said. “You were a friend to the zebras more than five-thousand years ago. Back then, you had a different name, and a different form as well. My great, great…I can’t remember how many, knew you well.”
“That’s right,” said Luna. Her third smile was not returned.
“The zebras are dying,” I said. “Today, there are only a few thousand of us left. Our land is slowly but surely being taken from us. I live here with two hooves in each world, but I have no illusions; I know the day will come when I have to choose which side I’m going stay with.”
“I understand,” said Luna. “It’s regrettable that this happened, but I couldn’t abandon my sister. I couldn’t abandon her then, and I can’t abandon her now. I came to tell you that I’m sorry.”
My silence told us both that we understood each other perfectly, and Luna got up to leave.
“You always have a choice, Princess Luna. Remember that. What will you choose?”
I like the idea that Luna was a friend to the zebra, all those thousands of years ago - it’s an interesting glimpse into her character, and adds a lot to the choice she had to make. It’s easier to make a choice - even if it’s a wrong choice - for your family, but it’s always harder when it hurts your friends. Nicely done.