"Phoenix come to play with us!!" Shouted a little filly, "Its so much more fun when you play with us." The pegasus they called Phoenix came trotting over to the little brown and white filly, "What do you want to play Featherheart?" At that moment one of the mares in River Herd came galloping through the trees, "Featherheart, Phoenix, Lakeheart, come on Star is back!!" As they ran through the forest Phoenix wondered what Star looked like, she had been born in the trap so she didn't know who Star was. Until recently when the herds came to the trap to hide from Nightwing. I wonder what is like? Maybe he's really handsome and really strong. I wonder when I'll get to meet him? Phoenix wondered. As she had that thought they got to the clearing where the herds have council meetings. There's Star!! WOW, he's handsome!!! "Star welcome back!!" "Star its so good to finally meet you." That was Phoenix, as soon as she said that everyone hushed. "She doesn't know Star?" "Why doesn't she know Star?"
"Hello, it seems you know who I am but what is your name?" Star asked. "M-my name is Phoenix, Starwing." She answered quietly, I hope he NEVER finds out who my father is. He killed my mother and father, I can never forgive him for that. "Well its nice to meet you Phoenix, and please call me Star." Star said, "I have never seen you around the trap, when did you get here?" "I was born in these woods, they belonged to my father and mother, but they died in a war between the herds." They are dead because of you. Phoenix added silently. "I'm very sorry for your loss," Star said sympathetically. Her father, Rockwing, was a wonderful father. Lightfeather was a good mother. I wish I could have known my grandsire. "Thank you, Star," Phoenix said. "Phoenix if you don't mind me asking, who were your parents? And why don't you have two parts in your name?" "I will not say who my mother and father are, my name is because I am not born to any herds," Phoenix replied. "Why won't you say who your dam and sire are?" asked a voice from the trees. "Are you trying to hide them?" Phoenix finally located the source of the voice, it was coming from a young stallion. "I am only keeping a secret, I know you have a secret Whispertail." At that, everyone gasped, "How does she know who he is?" "How does she know he has a secret?" came the reply. "I know because I'm an animus" Phoenix muttered. "Whats an animus?" someone asked from the crowd,
the pegasi parted to let two little fillies through. "I'm Shadepebble and this is Autumnhoney, my friend." Shadepebble said boldly, "What is an animus?" she asked again. "An animus is a pegasus who is born with more power than The Black Foal." Phoenix nickered. As she said 'more powerful than The Black Foal' everyone gasped. Who would have thought someone was so powerful? "Who are your parents?" Whispertail questioned again. "Yes who Phoenix?" This time Star asked to. "My sire was Rockwing. I won't say who my dam was." Oh, why did I say who my father is?!!! "Haha, um did I say Rockwing? I meant I don't have a sire." Phoenix practically screamed.
"Rockwing? Does that mean you are my half-sister?" Shadepebble inquired.
Phoenix hesitated, "Yes, it does. And though I have more power than Star over there," she said, pointing at Star, "I do not use my power often. I may not use my power often, but I still know how to use it. Even to kill. So I advise you pick your fights carefully."
... 3 Months Later...
As Phoenix walked through the Trap she wondered what she should do today. Ever since the day I met Star not many pegasi have talked to me. I miss having Lakeheart and Featherheart as my friends, she thought. The only pegasus that really talked to Phoenix was Whispertail.
"Phoenix," called a voice. "What are you doing all alone?"
Phoenix jumped "Ahhh!!! Don't do that! You scared me." Phoenix yelped.
"Phoenix," the voice called again.
"Yes? Who are you?"
"I am not important, what you need to do is listen to me." the voice said. "You know who your mother is, correct?"
"Yes, my dam is Lightfeather. Why do ask?" Phoenix answered
"So you know who your half-brother and half-sisters are?"
"Yes, Star is my half-brother, and Petalcloud and Shadepebble are my sisters."
"Then you shouldn't have a problem with the mission I have for you." said the voice. "I need you to kill Star and Shadepebble."
"Kill them?" Phoenix yelped, "But they're my family!!"
"Yes, yes, I'm aware." the voice said calmly.
"When am I to kill them, and why?" Phoenix's voice shook as she asked.
"I'll give you 1 month to kill them both, and why isn't of your concern." said the voice. "Will you let me think about it?" Phoenix inquired, "I'm not sure I want to kill my only family left."
"Fine, you may think about. I will give you two days and two nights. On the second night, at midnight you will give me your answer. And if you don't kill them..." the voice paused, "I guess I'll just have to kill you as well as Star and Shadepebble." And with that, the voice disappeared.
Kill them? But they're my family! I CANT kill them! NO, I have to, or I will die too. I will kill them as soon as I have the opportunity. The next morning as Phoenix grazed, Whispertail came trotting up.
"Hello Phoenix!!" he whinnied.
"Hi, Whispertail" Phoenix nickered. "What have you been doing lately Phoenix?"
"Nothing much," she replied "Talking to a voice about killing my half-brother and half-sister."
"Ok, is it a mare, filly, stallion, or colt? Wait... WHAT?!!" he neighed. "Um... She's a mare or filly, she is around the age of 7... Guessing by the sound of her voice. She wanted me to kill them in the next month." Phoenix explained.
"Did she say why she wanted you to kill them?" Whispertail asked, "Did you say yes?"
"You said YES?!!!" Whispertail exclaimed, "What were you thinking?!!!! Wait... I know what you were thinking... That if you killed them maybe you could finally avenge your parents!!!"
"Wait, please Whispertail!!! Let me explain!!" Phoenix begged.
"Get on with it then."
"She just arrived out of nowhere!! She said that she would give me two days and two nights to decide, she told me that if I didn't kill Star and Shadepebble, she would just kill them and then me."
"Like I'd believe that!!" said Whispertail.
"Please believe me! Whispertail... I-I love you."
Whispertail was shocked, Phoenix loves me?
"I-I umm... You love me?" He was so confused.
"Yes, I've loved you Whispertail for a while." Phoenix was hoping he loved her too.
"Why didn't you tell me?" He asked.
"I was scared you wouldn't love me back. Do you love me?" She said.
"I-I don't know. I think I do, but I don't know." Whispertail knew that he loved Phoenix, he knew he would always love her. "I... Yes, Phoenix. I love you." Whispertail wanted Phoenix to be his mate, he just didn't know if he should be her mate.
"Phoenix, will you... Will you be my mate?" He blurted.
Phoenix blushed, "Yes, I will be your mate."
As they nuzzled each other Phoenix nickered "We should tell the herd."
"Yes, let's go tell them now." As they cantered towards the herd Whispertail knew he was with the mate he would always want.
"Please gather around!!!" Whispertail neighed, "We have an announcement." As the steeds looked curiously at Phoenix and Whispertail, they noticed that Phoenix was paying close attention to Star and Shadepebble.
"We have decided that we shall become mates. So Whispertail is taken." Phoenix said with a meaningful glance at all the mares and fillies.
It had been four moons since Phoenix and Whispertail had announced to the herd that they had become mates. Life had gone on as normal, Phoenix had told the strange mare that if she waited and got closer to Star and Shadepebble, they wouldn't suspect she was planning to murder them. The mare had agreed and they had parted. Now Phoenix was grazing with Whispertail, talking about their future.
"Do you want to have foals Phoenix?"
"Foals? Yes, why do you ask?"
After that, they talked about many things; grazing, migration, even if Phoenix was still planning on killing Star and Shadepebble!!
One Moon Later
Phoenix trotted up to Sweetroot.
"Sweetroot, do you think I should have foals?"
"Foals? Well, you are healthy enough to have a foal. A little young though. And anyway..." Sweetroot added amused, " It is too late to be asking, your with foal"
Holy cow that was so much work, do you guys have any idea how many mistakes there are in my writing?!! I spent the past 30 minutes trying to fix them but there are still a ton left!!