The Decisive Conversation
Star twitched his ears in thoughtful concentration. He had just gotten done telling Aquawind that she would be staying at their Oak Tree for the rest of the day, and even now he could see her sulking under the shade of the large oak. Now, however, he was dealing with another problem: how was he going to answer Sweetroot’s question? Sure, he knew he was the best candidate for the job, at least in the Council’s eyes, but even he knew that not all of the stallions would be happy to hear the news. He sighed, fluttering his wings slightly.
“What’s wrong, Star?” Asked his mate, Morningleaf. He hadn’t told her the news, and had hoped to had made his decision when he told her.
“It’s nothing, Morningleaf.” He said, nuzzling her, but she pulled away, suspicion in her gaze.
“Star…” She murmured. “I know when something’s bothering you. We’ve literally known each other since we were foals.”
Star sighed, looking away. Morningleaf really did know him better then any other Pegasus, and that’s why he loved her, but sometimes he wished she didn’t know him THAT well. “I…” He paused for a moment, trying to gather his words. “Well, the Council has decided to appoint an Over-Stallion…and…”
Morningleaf snorted quietly. “We don’t need an Over-Stallion. Doesn’t the Council understand that?” She asked, ruffling her bright aqua feathers, a feature their daughter, Aquawind, had inherited.
“I think the same way,” Star replied, “But I can also see the added bonus of having an Over-Stallion and Lead Mare, two pegasai who can keep the Herd from falling apart.” He explained.
Morningleaf huffed, “I see your point…” She replied, “Who did the Council nominate as Over-Stallion anyway?” She asked as she bent down to tear a mouthful of grass.
“That’s what has been bothering me…” Star murmured. “The Council has…well…they’ve chosen me for the job.” He replied nervously. Morningleaf stopped midchew, absolutely astonished.
“Wha…what?” She stuttered, staring at her mate, her ears perked towards him in an attempt to catch every word he said.
“They asked ME to be the Over-Stallion.” He repeated, pinning his ears back nervously.
“What did you say?” She replied, swallowing the rest of the grass.
“I said I needed to think about it.” He said, looking away.
“What do you want to do?” She asked him.
“I’m not sure!” Star whinnied in panic, “I can see their point, and that makes me want to agree. But what if the Herd doesn’t accept me…and then there’s the fact that you…”
“Star, stop it!” Morningleaf whinnied, grabbing her mate’s face with her wings. She made him to look her in the eyes, and she could see the calming affect it had on him. “You are stronger then you realize, and if you decide to lead River Herd as Over-Stallion, I’m sure that the Herd will be behind you.”
“But what about you?” He nickered softly.
“Are you worrying about me again, Star?” She asked with a playful whinny, dropping her wings and folding them neatly onto her side.
Star simply nodded.
“There’s no need to worry about me, Star.” She said, pressing her forehead against his. Star pulled back, sighing, looking at the sky for a few tense moments.
“Sweetroot!” He finally called out. The chestnut paint mare lifted her head, and kicking off of the ground, she soared away from the main herd, landing a few winglengths away.
“Yes, Star?” She asked, perking her ears curiously.
“I’ve made my decision.”
It's baaaaaaaack!! I've had some free time on my hooves and decided to post the next part of The Yearling's Secret!! I hope you enjoy it! And, as always, criticism is welcome!