“You’re kidding. You’re kidding, right?”
Celestia shook her head solemnly. “When have I ever played a joke on my little sister, Lu’?”
Luna raised an eyebrow.
“Okay, so when have I played a joke on you this month?”
Luna’a eyebrow shot up again.
Celestia scowled. “Heyheyhey…That incident with the white paint was not my fault. He should have known the floor had just been washed.”
“You laughed your ass off!” growled Luna.
”I laughed, sister mine, because the paint had hit you smack in the face. With your dark fur, it made you look just like a mime. Anyway, the poor colt was so terrified of possible repercussions that I had to have a guard escort him home - he could barely stand, poor thing. I paid him triple as compensation as well.”
Luna grumbled and then grinned slightly. “Yes, I suppose put that way, it was amusing. Perhaps I’ll pay him a visit and tell him there are no hard feelings. But back to the point at hand: you’re dating him?”
“Yes. What of it?” asked Celestia.
“But he not even a pony, ‘tai!”
Celestia tutted. “Shame on you, Luna. Let’s not bring race into it - you know all are equal within my…within our kingdom. Anyway, you’re hardly one to cast aspersions. I happen to know you have your eye set on a certain griffon. Shockwing was his name I think?”
Luna blushed. “You know about that? I thought I’d hidden that rather well. And it’s ‘Lockwing’.”
Celestia grinned at her younger sister’s discomfort. “You’ve always been the more emotional of the two of us. And not very good at hiding your feelings. I can see the attraction, though - he’s quite handsome.”
“Don’t evade the topic, sister. We were talking about your interest, not mine. And I still can’t believe you’re dating him.”
“I really fail to see your problem.”
“But he’s so…crude.”
“I admit he’s a tad rough around the edges, but it’s almost entirely an act - he’s surprisingly kind when he’s not working. You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.”
“And the way he shouts all the time…”
Celestia cleared her throat. ”Remind you of anyone, Lu’?”
Luna had the good grace to be embarrassed.
“I mean it’s not like he knows it’s me anyway, `lu - obviously I go out disguised unless it’s an official function, same as you do - we don`t just sit in the castle all day. He thinks I’m nothing more than a rather pretty pegasus named Dawnsun. This is just for fun - he gets some well deserved affection and I get more of a feel for the constituents of our kingdom - get to know them more as who they are.
“He actually complimented me on my beauty the very first time I saw him. We’d bumped into each other while at the market. He apologized extremely politely, even though it was really my fault and then commented on how lovely I was and asked my name. When I told him, he said it was perfect name for me. I was so impressed with his unexpected politeness that I decided to pursue a relationship. It actually took a while to get him to agree to begin dating; he’s rather shy in these situations.”
“As I said, ‘Lu: Book. Cover. Marvelous singing voice, too.”
“Oh now you are kidding.”
“I promise - every word I speak is the truth. We even had breakfast together once. Quite nice - he really took quite an effort to impress me. His Belgian waffles are to die for.”
“So he’s polite, he can sing well and he can cook?”
“Yes. Quite a ‘catch’ I believe the term is. Wouldn’t you agree?”
Celestia grinned wryly.
When I posted this prompt, an idle thought ran through my head: “I am totally going to get an Iron Will/Celestia story.” And lo and behold, here it is, and it’s actually fantastic. I loved Luna playing the foil here, obviously only aware of Iron Will’s public persona, and Celestia letting her sister know about the real minotaur underneath all the hype. Their dialogue felt very natural, running off into tangents just like any conversation between siblings would. This story, like Iron Will, is a keeper.