The months passed, and a cold breeze blew from the mountain tops, a light snowfall blanketing the mountain pegasi with snow. It was the first snowfall of the season, and Starshine was ready for a hard season ahead. Leopardwing had taken the herd farther down the mountain to warmer pastures, but even that didn’t stop the biting cold winds and the snowfall from reaching them. Starshine shook her hide, scattering snowflakes in every direction. She was terrified, she could foal any moment, and she was terrified of what would happen when she did. She so desperately wanted to speak with her sister, but her three guards, Tornfeather, a burly dapple gray stallion with ice blue wings, Kestrelhoof, a small brownish mare with dark blue wings with black spots on the tips, and Burntface, a scarred bay stallion with pale green wings and a large burn scar on his face from the time he leapt through a wall of flames to rescue a foal during a wildfire. They weren’t chosen by Leopardwing to guard her because of their kindness, that was for sure, they were mean, and would do anything to keep her under Leopardwing’s control. She glared at the guards, fluffing out her feathers to keep out another blast of cold wind as she lowered her head to graze silently. The sound of wingbeats drew her attention to the sky, and she looked up to see Leopardwing descending from the sky, his hide glossy and sleek.
He landed on the perimeter of the ring the guards made, nodding to Tornfeather as he passed. He stopped in front of Starshine, his gaze unreadable, “I will ask one more time…” He nickered calmly, “Will you…”
“No!” Starshine interrupted abruptly, her eyes glaring at the Over-Stallion.
Leopardwing’s eyes glittered with malice, “You know…” He murmured, “You are JUST like your sister…”
Starshine huffed, looking away, “Why would you say that?” She asked, pinning her ears back angrily.
“She also refused my offer…” He said coolly.
“If you harm my sister…” Starshine hissed angrily.
“Don’t worry,” Leopardwing said, pinning his ears back, “I didn’t hurt her any more than I hurt you.” He glared at her, his wings ruffled.
“So, you’re saying you put her under guard!?” She hissed, pawing the ground, scattering snowflakes in every direction.
Leopardwing snorted, “I did, just as I did to you.” He growled, lashing his tail.
Starshine fought the urge to rear, she could NOT go against the Over-Stallion, not in front of her guards, and maybe not ever again, “You had no right to…”
“No right to what?” Challenged Leopardwing, “No right to keep your sister safe?”
“Tha…that is not…”
“I see…that is not what you were saying.” He growled.
Starshine’s guards stepped close, “I’m sure that’s what she meant…” Hissed Tornfeather, a warning gleam in his eyes.
“She’s VERY loyal to you!” Snarled Kestrelhoof with a sneer.
Starshine lowered her head, she couldn’t do anything without risking the safety of her unborn foal. So, without any Pegasus having to force her to do so, she choked out her words, “Th…they’re right…” She murmured, looking at the ground in defeat, “I’m loyal to my Over-Stallion…”
Pleased with the result, Leopardwing nodded to the guards before flaring his wings, “Remember that when the day of your foaling comes.” He hissed, “You do NOT want me as your enemy!” He snarled, kicking off into the air and gliding away.
Kestrelhoof stalked over, shoving Starflight harshly on the shoulder with her wing, “He’s right you know!” She snarled, “He is an enemy you do NOT want to have…” She said, trotting back to the perimeter the guards had set up around her. Starshine’s ears pinned back, this was NOT how she imagined her first pregnancy…she imagined being able to spend some alone time with her mate…and NOT being watched every hour of every day because she defied the will of her Over-Stallion. Starshine chastised herself inwardly, how could she have defied her Over-Stallion!? She wasn’t strong enough to last long…and…when her foal was born…NO! No, she could not think like that, her foal will be fine, there was no reason to think that anything would happen…even if she was terrified for her unborn foal. Wrapping her wings around her stomach, she pinned her ears back worriedly, “I…I promise…I will protect you as long as I can.” She murmured softly.
Kestrelhoof snickered, “You think you can protect your foal from LEOPARDWING?!” She asked in amazement, “You have about as much chance of THAT as fighting off a group of bears single hoofed.” She snorted, raising her head haughtily.
“I have a good chance of fighting off a group of bears.” She growled.
“Oh? And why is that?” Kestrelhoof snorted.
“Because bears don’t USUALLY travel in groups.” Starshine snorted, looking away from the snobbish mare.
Kestrelhoof snarled, pawing the ground a couple times, sending snow flying in all directions, before turning her attention away from Starshine, finding an interest in a particularly large pile of snow.
Starshine snorted, “As if the pile of snow is going to jump out to get me…” She whispered, brushing snow away with her wing to search for some grass to nibble on. A few moments later, the sound of wingbeats once again drew her attention to the sky, she snorted, “Leopardwing, if you’re here again to…”
“Halt!” Snapped Tornfeather, pawing the ground with a hoof, “No one is allowed to…”
“I am her MATE!” Snapped an angry voice, “I’m sure that Leopardwing will let me speak with her.”
Starshine looked up in shock, Eaglefeather, he was HERE.
Tornfeather reared, “WHY should I let you pass!?” He snapped.
Eaglefeather’s eyes widened at the sight of the angry stallion, but he stood his ground, “I came to see my mate.” He answered coolly, “And you can either let me pass or…”
“Or what?!” Snapped Kestrelhoof, taking her attention away from the pile of snow, “You’ll get killed? Because that’s the only alternative I see.” She snapped, stepping closer.
Starshine opened her mouth to speak, but quickly shut it when a sharp pain shot through her stomach. Lowering her muzzle until it almost touched the white snow, her legs began to quiver, and her breath came in quick breaths, ‘No…’ She thought, ‘No, no no no! Not NOW!’ She thought in terror, her heart racing, “Eaglefeather…” She whispered.
“I’d rather DIE then let you keep my mate from me!” Eaglefeather snarled, flaring his wings. Burntface’s attention was brought to Starshine, and his eyes widen when she saw her. Stepping back, he ruffled his green feathers.
“Uh…guys…” He nickered, staring at the pregnant mare.
Tornfeather stepped closer to Eaglefeather, lifting a large hoof, “THAT could be arranged!” He snarled, staring down at Eaglefeather, who just stared right back.
“Eaglefeather…” Starshine murmured again, this time more loudly.
“QUIET!” Snapped Tornfeather momentarily glaring at Starshine, turning his sights on Eaglefeather again he sneered, “I will give you ONE more chance…leave or…”
“GUYS!” Snapped Burntface.
“WHAT!?” Snarled Tornfeather, turning on his comrade, his wings rattling in anger.
Burntface pointed with a wing towards Starshine.
Tornfeather rolled his eyes, “WHAT is it!?” He snarled.
Starshine glared at the stallion, but groaned when a fresh wave of pain washed over her.
Eaglefeather was agitated now, and he pranced in place, his eyes wide and wild, “Starshine…are you…” He began, only to be interrupted by Starshine’s lifted wing.
“Eaglefeather…” She murmured, “It’s time…”
HEYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! A NEW PART!!! I hope you liked it! AS always, constructive criticisms and theories are welcome!! ~ Skysun