WOOOOO it's been a while since I posted one of these! luckily, I think I have FINALLY come out f the dark abyss that is writer's block!! Anyways, this chapter is back to the day Riverglade and Lightbreeze got captured. Yeah, I probably could have placed this better, but oh well. Enjoy!
Sablestone watched as Stormwing glided back over the trees with his envoy, returning from trying to get Riverglade and Lightbreeze back from Hawkwing and Plains Herd. Clearly, whatever plan they had didn't work, because the fillies weren't with them.
They landed, and Brightcloud trotted to her mate, her expression and worried. The two whispered heatedly until Stormwing said something that made Brightcloud calm down. The two rubbed muzzles, and then separated. Stormwing beckoned Sablestone over.
Sablestone threw his head up, searching the herd for Mistfeather. This may be the last time he will ever see her, since Riverglade no doubt told Stormwing about his role in the capturing. He found her standing with her friends. They saw him watching her, and started giggling and pointing. Rude, He thought.
Mistfeather shushed them, then nickered and trotted towards Sablestone. Stormwing cleared his throat. "Sablestone," He said, getting the young stallion's attention. Sablestone reluctantly turned away from Mistfeather, and followed him into the trees. Stormwing led him into a clearing, and stopped walking. He turned to face Sablestone.
"Riverglade told me that you helped Hawkwing capture her and Lightbreeze. Is this true?" Stormwing asked, his face solemn.
Sablestone hung his head, ashamed. "Yes, sir. It is. I am very ashamed of it, but it is true." He confessed. "If I had the choice not to, I wouldn't have. I promise on my ability to fly."
Stormwing's eyes softened, realizing that Sablestone was telling the truth. Sablestone lowered his head to the ground, and sniffed the dirt, surrendering to the overstallion. "I understand that what I did was wrong, and I am prepared to take whatever consequences you deem fit." He said.
But he hoped it wouldn't have to come to that. Stormwing was compassionate, and merciful. It was those traits that made Sablestone admire the overstallion so much. But he also knew that while Stormwing was compassionate, he won't let bad actions go unpunished.
Stormwing took a deep breath, hating what he knew he had to do. "I am sorry, but Sablestone, you are banished from Canyon Herd. Rustfire will escort you to the Void in the morning."
Sablestone's heart dropped. Banished?! He thought. I'll never see Mistfeather again,
Stormwing saw the look of despair on the young stallion's face, and decided to give him a little help. "I believe you will be accepted in Forest Herd," He said. "Their new overstallion, Dustwing, is searching to increase their numbers."
Sablestone nodded, numb. All he could think about was how he would never see Mistfeather again. Stormwing sighed, and walked away, dismissing his captains and Sablestone with a flick of his tail. Sablestone sighed, and walked slowly back to the herd, dreading having to tell Mistfeather what he'd done.
The light gray mare trotted towards him, a look of betrayal and hurt on her face. The light reflected off of her light pink and silver feathers. Sablestone followed her back into the trees. She turned to face him, and rattled her light pink and silver feathers, catching the sunlight. Sablestone opened his mouth to explain what happened, but Mistfeather stopped him.
"Stop," She said, holding up a wing. "I don't want to hear it. How could you?!?! We trusted you! I trusted you!"
One by one Sablestone heart his heart break into a bunch of little pieces. "Mistfeather, I-"
"You what, Sablestone?" Mistfeather interjected. "You betrayed your HERD. You got innocent weanlings captured captured by one of the cruelest overstallions in history. Nothing you could ever say or do will make that right. NOTHING."
"Mistfeather, please listen to me!" Sablestone plead, desperate to make things right. "Don't talk to me, Sablestone. Please." And with that, Mistfeather trotted away, tears brimming her eyes.
Sablestone watched her leave, his heart feeling as though it had broken into millions of little pieces, never to be put back together again.