*𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘖𝘊, 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘭𝘢𝘥𝘦. 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘺 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯 14-15 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘐 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘈𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘭 𝘰𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘺 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯, 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 1 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢 𝘥𝘢𝘺. 𝘐 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺.*
𝑶𝒗𝒆𝒓 300 𝒚𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝑺𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒅 𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝑾𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒓, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒂 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒎𝒔. 𝑨𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒘𝒂𝒍𝒌𝒆𝒓𝒔 (𝑺𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒘𝒆𝒏𝒔), 𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒄𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑺𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒅, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎. 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒔 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒆𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒇𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒅, 𝒐𝒓 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒌𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒆𝒆, 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒅𝒔. 𝑰𝒏𝒔𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒆𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑨𝒏𝒐𝒌, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓-𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒎. 5 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒅𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒅. 𝑷𝒍𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔 𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒅, 𝑪𝒍𝒐𝒖𝒅 𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒅, 𝑴𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒐𝒘 𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒅, 𝑪𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒐𝒏 𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒅, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑭𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒅.
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒄𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒂 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒈 𝒇𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑪𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒐𝒏 𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒅, 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒈𝒈𝒍𝒆𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒇𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒐𝒎, 𝒄𝒂𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒕𝒚, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈. 𝑺𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒄𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒉𝒊𝒈𝒉, 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒔𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒕, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒖𝒕 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓.
" Stormwing!" Dawnriver cried, as she was flapping her wings toward the overstallion. She got his attention. "It's happening!"
"What?!?! How could you leave her?" He cried, filled with rage at the medicine mare.
"Don't worry. My apprentices are with her. She appears to be fine." Dawnriver consoled him. "Would you like to see her?" She asked.
"Of course! Where is she?" The overstallion asked.
"In the meadow." She said.
"What are we waiting for? Let's go!"
Meanwhile in the meadow....
Brightcloud nickered with contentment as her newborn filly lay curled next to her, sleeping. She was a blue roan whose color was like rain, with brown legs, dark, dusty-blue wings, and covered all over with dozens of tiny white and light brown speckles. She had just sent Dawnriver to get her mate, Stormwing. Brightcloud knew he was patrolling the skies, and so it may take a while for him to come, but that didn't stop her from being impatient. This filly was their first foal, and she wanted him to be there when she woke up.
Suddenly she saw them. It appeared as though Stormwing was flying as fast and hard as he could, while Dawnriver followed calmly behind. They landed a few wing-lengths away.
"Brightcloud!" He cried, as he galloped over to her.
"Shhh.... she's sleeping" Brightcloud hushed. Stormwing gasped as he saw his filly for the first time.
"She's beautiful" He said. Brightcloud smiled.
"What do you think of Riverglade, for a name?" She asked.
" It's perfect" He replied.
The next day............
"Riverglade! Stay close!" Brightcloud whinnied to her filly. Riverglade was only one day old, and didn't know the dangers of the world yet. And, being so young and the overstallions' first foal, she was an easy target to be taken hostage by another herd.
Just as she was thinking this, she saw a mare walk out of the meadow with a pretty palomino filly. It was her friend, Sunflower, with her new foal! Brightcloud trotted over to meet the filly.
" Hello, Sunflower," She greeted. "Who is this?" She asked
"This is Lightbreeze" Sunflower said proudly.
"She is lovely"
"Thank you" She said.
Suddenly they heard a shout.
"Mama! Look! I'm flying!" It was Riverglade. She had recently discovered her wings, and had been practicing flying the whole day. Lightbreeze's eyes widened in fear and surprise as the blue roan filly came carreening toward them as fast as possible for a newborn pegasus. She crash landed in a heap at her mother's hooves, laughing and neighing with joy.