They walked back to the herd in silence. She didn't know why, but she had become over-whelmed by emotion. She thought of her 'normal' life in Dawn Meadow before Nightwing. She missed her parents. She walked slower, letting her hooves drag across the ground as if they were hard heavy rocks. Star furrowed his eyes.
"Whats wrong?" Star asked.
At first, Morningleaf didn't answer. She slowed to a halt and looked at the grass, wishing to see it dance in the wind the way it did when Silvercloud showed her the meadow, taking her to the highest hills to overlook the entire Herd. Morningleaf learned every in-and-out of that territory. She knew it like the back of her wing. Yet- it seemed to distant. Like a long lost memory calling her back.
She sighed. "I miss him. I miss all of them."
Star knew she didn't miss everyone equally. He knew she was longing for her brother whom she barely got to spend time with. Her best friend who was tortured, traumatized, and avoided her, because Star decided to heal her tormentor. She longed for the frisky battle mare that always teased Bumblewind and lightened the tense mood. She missed the young pinto stallion who never met a pegasus he didn't like. She missed her mother. Her mother who had been torn apart from her mate, her foals, and her herd. The brave mare that stuck with Star through the good and the bad. She missed her father. The fierce over stallion who had isolated himself from his family, in order to protect the herd. The over stallion that had a softer heart than the cotton that lined the trees across the plains.
Before Star could answer he felt Morningleaf bury her head in his mane and let silent tears drop to the ground.
"I know. I miss them too."
By the time they returned to the herd, it was nearly dark. Pink and orange streaks decorated the evening sky. They were greeted by their weary friends and set off for sleep. That night Morningleaf slept alone, overwhelmed by her thoughts. She was awoken in the night by a dark shadow. She blinked making out a white star on the shadow's head.