The call of an overstallion interrupted their thoughts. It was Stormwing, calling Canyon Herd to a meeting. From all directions pegasi began flying towards the source of the call, to hear the news. Ashwind saw his friends Nightshade and Sunfeather flying with their mother, Dawnriver, Canyon Herd's medicine mare. he scanned the skies for his own mother, Crystalwood. He spotted her and her exoticlly colored wings already on the ground, searching for her colt.
"Mama!" He cried. Crystalwood whinnied and fluttered her feathers so her son could see her. Ashwind flew down and landed next to her. She nuzzled her colt, then noticed something was wrong.
"Ashwind? What's wrong?" She asked. Ashwind then told her the same story he told the yearlings, this time ending with "And I'm scared that Riverglade was captured and I'm never going to see her again," Causing the surrounding pegasi to nicker in amusement that Ashwind wasn't able to hide evidence of his crush on Riverglade. The colt was typically able to hide his feelings for the blue roan filly, but occasionally it slips without him noticing.
Crystalwood noticed how distressed her colt was, and wrapped her large wings around him. "That may not be the case, Ashwind. They may have just gotten lost." Ashwind shook his head. "No, that couldn't have happened, Riverglade knows every inch of Canyon Herd's territory."
"Riverglade knows every inch of our winter and spring territory, of Hidden valley. She and Lightbreeze have never been outside of it before, and they haven't been in the Void, either." Crystalwood said.
Crystalwood interrupted him by putting her wing over his mouth. "sh...... remember. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst." It was Canyon Herd's motto for war. Ashwind nodded, knowing he wasn't going to get another chance to talk.
Everyone around them silenced. Canyon Herd's leaders, Brightcloud and Stormwing, were walking towards the herd. Sablestone followed them closely behind. Brightcloud looked devastated. Her beautiful, soft blue eyes were dull, and it looked like she had shed a fair amount of feathers. Stormwing had a look of focused determination usually reserved for battle or when the herd is in trouble. Ashwind feared the worst.
Stormwing faced his herd, with his head held high, surveying them. He took a deep breath, then said "Riverglade and Lightbreeze have been captured by Plains Herd."