Honeyfall opened her eyes, and looked at the sky. It was clear, not a cloud in sight, this is going to be a great day, she thought. Then Honeyfall took a deep breath and gaged on the rank sent of death. With in seconds the horror of what had taken part the night before rushed back to her. Tears started to well up in Honeyfall's eyes again, but she forced them to go away.
"Your awake!" said a voice near to Honeyfall. For a second she thought it was Brightsun, but then she realized it was Sunstrike, who was apparently curled next to her.
"What do you want." Honeyfall snapped, and she stood up abruptly.
"I wanted to make sure you were alright." answered Sunstrike, then he stood up as well.
Honeyfall looked at him, Sunstrike's chestnut flanks were streaked with dried blood, his flaxen mane and tail was a mess, he looked like he would fall over any moment from lack of sleep, but his sky blue eyes shone bright. "Have you been up all night?" asked Honeyfall.
Sunstrike shrugged, "I didn't want you to be alone."
"You should have slept."
Sunstrikes eyes filled with tears, "I couldn't."
"There-there where so many horrible things happening." Tears poured out of his eyes. Sunstrike had always been sensitive, everything made him cry. Usually Honeyfall would tell him to suck it up, but right now she understood and let him cry.
Honeyfall looked around Sky Meadow, the bodies of dead pegasi from all five herds were being gathered and counted. Sweetroot, Sun Herd's medicine mare, and her assistants were tending to the injured pegasi. The elders were consoling weanlings that had lost one or both of their parents in the battle. Rockwing's army patrolled over this all, and stopped to mock steeds here and there.
Honeyfall watched all this with horror, how could this happen? She knew what the answer was, it was the black foal's fault. None if this would have happened if he hadn't been born, and he provoked the other herds into doing this by killing Snakewing. The blood of her parents were on his wings.
Finally Honeyfall couldn't watch anymore, and turned her attention back to Sunstrike, who was still crying next to the dead body of Brightsun. Seeing this was the final straw.
"I'm leaving." decided Honeyfall.
Sunstrike looked up at her, tears still in his eyes. "What?"
"I'm leaving, I can't stay here anymore. I hate this place."
"No, don't try to talk me out of it."
Sunstrike burst into a new wave of tears. "Don't leave me, I have no one!"
Honeyfall stared at him. "You have your sire and dam, and your older sister."
"No I don't." he sobbed, "There all dead!
Honeyfall fell silent, she hadn't been expecting this. How could Sunstrike's whole family also be dead? Honeyfall thought for a long moment, then said, "What about Sparkfeather?"
Sunstrike brighted a bit at Sparkfeather's name. Sparkfeather was a chestnut pinto filly that Sunstrike had a crush on, and she had one on him to.
"Is still alive?" asked Honeyfall, slightly worried.
"O-of course she's alive." Sunstrike used his wing to point at Sparkfeather, who was standing near the Grandmother tree. "But please, don't leave."
Honeyfall saw the hurt in her cousin's eyes. But it was to late, she had already made up her mind to leave. "I have to go."
Sunstrike whipped his eyes with his jade green feathers, "No."
"Yes. Don't try to stop me."
Sunstrike let out a long breath. "If you feel you need to leave Sun Herd, then I won't stand in your way." He stepped back from Honeyfall.
Honeyfall dipped her head, "Thank you for understanding. Maybe we'll see each other again."
"I hope so." Sunstrike wrapped his wings around Honeyfall, "Be safe."
With that Honeyfall left Sunstrike's embrace, and bent down to nuzzle Brightsun one last time. Then she cantered into the woods where she had hidden during the battle. Honeyfall stopped at the tree line and looked back one more time and with that she disappeared in to the shadows.