Starpebble felt like she was floating away in the black stallion’s gaze. He took her face in his wings and said, “You will meet two black foals, Ember and Spark--”
“I know!” broke in Starpebble. “I’m trying to find them to help get my brother back--”
“Starpebble!” rumbled the stallion. “Listen. You must make sure neither turns to the silver starfire. If one did it would undo all I have ever worked for.”
Starpebble stared at the Ancestor. “You’re Star!”
The stallion inclined his head. Suddenly, other Ancestors began to come into view all around him. There was Morningleaf and Thundersky, Echofrost, Hazelwind, Brackentail, Silverlake, Grasswing, Shadepebble, Lightfeather, Bumblewind, and even Redfire, their wings glowing with an ethereal light and all smiling at Starpebble.
Brackentail stepped forward. “Help them to be who they must.” He bowed his head. “Like I did not.”
Grasswing came forward. “Fight for what is right.”
“Never turn your back on them,” said Thundersky.
“Protect them,” Silverlake nickered softly.
Echofrost raised her head, a fierce light in her eye. “If they hurt you, forgive them.”
Redfire flared his wings. “Teach them what you know and they do not”
Bumblewind smiled at her. “Cheer them up when they’re sad.”
Hazelwind raised his neck. “Fight beside them.”
“Leave lies behind,” said Shadepebble.
“Love them,” Lightfeather whispered.
Morningleaf stepped forward. “Starpebble, this is what you must do. Never stop doing it.
“Believe in them.”
Then there was a bright flash of light and all the pegasi who had ever known and loved and helped Star were there, even Hollyblaze. And they whispered advice into Starpebble’s ears and reassured her.
Then the dream faded away and Starpebble awoke, but not without Star’s last words ringing in her ears.
“Remember, we will always be with you.”
She raised her head to the sky and love and thanks and determination filled her heart until she thought it would burst.
She would rescue her brother.
She would help the black foals to become healers.
She would do all the Ancestors had asked of her as well as she could and trust in them to give her advice in dreams. And if she failed she would try to set it all right.
Her head sank back down, she curled into her wings, and she fell into a deep, dreamless sleep.
“Believe in them.”
“We will always be with you.”