Seacloud had been trying to locate where exactly the stones were for the past week. A guard walked up to her and dipped his head. “Hello, Seacloud. I have located the stones you were searching for,” he said, raising his head.
“Show me,” said Seacloud. The two steeds started to fly toward the abnormally large stones.
Two hours later, after finding the stones, Seacloud had a wing cramp, causing her to gallop circles around the stallion with her. These stupid cramps are getting on my last nerve! thought Seacloud. Once she felt better and the cramp had ceased, she whinnied as bugs swarmed them. “I’m going to tell the herd—” she stopped as a bug flew into her mouth, causing her to cough.
“Get to the herd!” shouted Seacloud, stressed. The guard nodded and shot off the ground, galloping through the sky to his herd. She laid down for a quick nap, but fell asleep for almost two hours. Two hours later, she woke up. I should get back. she thought. Seacloud galloped forward, jumped into the sky, pumping her wings, lifting herself into the roaring currents of air.
She flapped her wings faster and soared toward Moon Herd. When she was above it, her wing cramped up again, causing her to fall out of the currents. Spidertail and Brightsun were the first to notice. “Mama!” they whinnied, launching into the sky, flying as fast as their small wings can take them. Tears streamed down their cheeks when they realized they wouldn’t make it. Springstorm went into the sky and shot a huge, flat beam of light under Seacloud, trying to save her. “I need help!” she whinnied to her friends.
Her mate, Redwing, launched himself into the air and flew underneath Seacloud, trying to push her upwards. Seacloud's wing cramp had gone away, so she flapped her wings and was able to steady herself, but her parents were going to crash.
Snakeleaf heard something and went to check it out. When she got to Moon Herd, she stopped, shocked.
“Moon herd. . .” she whispered to herself.
Seacloud used her magic to lift her parents into the air, saving them. She placed them on the ground and flew down next to them. “Are you okay?” she whispered to them, sitting down.
“Yes, we’re alright. Thank you for helping us, I guess,” said Redwing.
Snakeleaf trotted past Moon Herd, in doing so she snapped a twig with her hoof.
Seacloud's ears perked up, alerted. She stood up and crept into the forest where Snakeleaf was. “Who are you?” she whinnied.
Snakeleaf was scared and turned around. “My name's Snakeleaf.” she said in a cheerful voice. Seacloud sighed, annoyed. “Why are you here, Snakeleaf?” she whinnied, standing to her full height.
“Well, I was looking for my brother, but I lost him.” Snakeleaf’s body language went from happy to sad in just a few seconds.
“Who is your brother?”
“Oh, it’s Sundust,” said Snakeleaf.
“But he’s my brother!”
“Does that mean we’re sisters?”
“I guess so,” Seacloud mother was Oceanheart, but she didn’t recognize this filly.
Snakeleaf was thinking of Sundust and trying to remember where he was. “Snakeleaf! Where are you?” neighed Sundust, worried. Seacloud's ears perked up at the voice. “Sundust?! Where are you?”
Sundust galloped to Seacloud and hugged her. “Oh my stars! I missed you! Where is Snakeleaf?” he said worriedly. Seacloud buried her muzzle in his mane, drinking in the scent of dirt and sweat. “Are you alright, Sundust? You look so scared and sick.”
“I was looking for you and Snakeleaf everywhere!” said Sundust. He had been crying, that much was clear. “Brother, it is alright we are here now.” said Seacloud, wiping away his tears. “Want to go see Mom? And meet my foals?”
Sundust hugged both Snakeleaf and Seacloud. “I missed you guys. . .” nickered Sundust, wincing.
“We missed you brother. . .” Snakeleaf said, smiling. Seacloud sank to her knees in sudden pain.
Sundust and Snakeleaf looked at Seacloud. “Are you okay?!” said
Sundust and Snakeleaf worriedly. Seacloud began to cry from the pain as a tree branch fell, about to hit her. She flipped around and stopped the tree as soon as it was about to squish her.
Sundust and Snakeleaf both sighed. “We should go. I feel like there is something else going on here.” said Sundust.
“Yeah, we should go,” said Snakeleaf, about to trot away with Sundust. Suddenly, Seacloud screamed and formed a protective barrier around herself. Sundust looked at Seacloud. “Are you okay?” Sundust asked. Seacloud was sweating, terrified. “No, I’m not okay, my back hurts so much,.” she neighed softly, falling onto her side.
Snakeleaf used her wings to heal Seacloud. “I used my wings to heal you.” Snakeleaf hugged Seacloud.
Seacloud stared, stunned. “But I thought that was impossible! I thought you had to have a horn to heal and do magic!”
“She does have a horn; she just doesn’t show it.” said Sundust. Seacloud thought about this for a long minute. This can’t be possible! No creature can hide their features, whether they’re a unicorn, pegacorn, or pegasus! thought Seacloud.
Seacloud's head was hanging low, and she was sad today, for some reason. “Are you alright?” asked Snakeleaf.
Snakeleaf hugged Seacloud. Seacloud wrapped her wing around Snakeleaf, hugging her.
Snakeleaf smiled. “Want to go meet my family and my herd, Sundust and Snakeleaf?” asked Seacloud. Sundust and Snakeleaf looked at each other. “Sure,” they both said. Seacloud smiled and began to trot to Moon Herd. A few minutes later, they were standing on Death Rock. “Do you want to say anything to the herd?” she whispered to the two siblings.
Seacloud looked down and shuffled her hooves a bit. “Hey, Sundust and Snakeleaf do you guys want to be over-mare and over stallion? I’m getting tired of leading the herd.”
“Sure, we don’t mind at all!” they said. Seacloud whinnied, satisfied. She looked at the herd. “Listen to me for the last time! I am handing my authority over to my siblings.”
Snakeleaf’s eyes lit up. “Oh my stars, yes!” Snakeleaf said with excitement. Seacloud looked out into the herd. “Say hello to your new over-mare, Snakeleaf, who will now be known as Snakecloud, and lead stallion, Sundust, who will now be known as Sunwing!” she neighed. Seacloud, now Seashade, trotted off Death Rock.
“Wait Seashade, you can stay, we don’t mind.” said Sunwing. Seashade's ears drooped. “Are you sure?” she asked.
“We’re sure. I mean, you are our sister after all!” Snakecloud said. Seashade's ears perked up again, and she walked, with her head down, toward the new leaders.
Snakecloud and Sunwing hugged her. Seashade whinnied for her foals, Brightsun and Spidertail. They flew up to her and landed on each other, squealing happily.
Snakecloud greeted them. “Hi, there! I’m Snakecloud!” she nickered. The two foals squealed, a bit frightened by the large mare. Soon, they walked out from under their mother’s hooves toward the mare, sniffing her, not fully trusting her.
Snakecloud giggled a bit. “It’s alright if you don’t trust me yet, I get it.” Snakecloud smiled. Brightsun hugged the mare. Snakecloud hugged her and then smiled. “I need to go to Sunwing now! Bye, guys!” waved Snakecloud, trotting off. “Mama, I’m hungry!” said Spidertail, nipping at the grass.
Sunwing looked sad and lay on the grass. Snakecloud looked at Sunwing. “Are you okay Sunwing?” asked Snakecloud. Sunwing looked at his sister and then looked away again. Snakecloud hugged him, seeming to stare at nothing. Snakecloud sighed and hurried away to Seashade. “Sunwing won’t say anything.” neighed Snakecloud. Seashade flew up to her siblings and landed in front of Sunwing. “Sunwing?” she said, asking if he was alright.
Sunwing woke up and immediately began to yell and scream in Seashade's face, angry. “What’s with all the yelling?” Snakecloud said, waking up.
“Shut up, you two-muzzled murderer!” whinnied Sunwing.
Snakecloud stayed quiet for a moment. Seashade looked away, thinking of Echosong, and how she killed her. Snakecloud said nothing and hugged Seashade. “It’s alright, Seashade, you had to kill that crazy mare,” said Snakecloud. Suddenly, Echosong appeared. Seashade whinnied, shocked. “Guys, leave! Echosong is alive again!” she spread her hooves, so she wouldn’t fall if Echosong blasted her. Echosong giggled in a sweet yet psychotic way.
Snakecloud was spooked by the laugh. Seashade launched off the ground, headed straight toward Echosong's head. Sunwing and Snakecloud watched the battle. “Get the herd to safety!” neighed Seashade at her siblings.
“Get out of here!” Snakecloud yelled. The herd immediately followed her instructions and galloped into the woods. Seashade's wings gave out, and she started falling toward land. Snakecloud dived down after her. "Are you okay?” asked Snakecloud. Seashade opened her wings and steadied herself. “I’m fine!” whinnied Seashade. Snakecloud also steadied herself and flew toward Echosong. “Why are you here? What could you possibly gain from doing this?!” she asked.
Echosong flew toward Seashade at her top speed, slicing her chest. “Come on, mare. Show me what you can do to—” she stopped mid-sentence as a huge fireball zipped right past her head. Echosong flapped her wings, shocked. “Not bad.” she said, snorting. “But still not good enough to stop me!” whinnied Echosong, blasting Seashade in the leg.
Seashade winced, biting back the pain. “You will never win! I’ll be certain of that!” she whinnied, waves of electricity rolling over her glossy white coat. They flew around each other, trading blows. Icelily, Seashade's opposite self, flew beside her twin. “Are you alright?” she asked angrily. Seashade was afraid to turn her back on Echosong. “No, I’m not alright, can you not see Echosong and me fighting?” she whispered to her twin.
Suddenly, Icelily got blasted in the chest, causing her to somersault out of control. She fell towards Mysteria Lake. She fell back-first into the lake and began to sink toward the bottom. I need to get out of this lake! thought Icelily. She began to kick her legs, trying to swim to the surface. She was able to make it to the surface but realized she was very far away from shore.
“Where’s Icelily? Is she alright?” asked Snakecloud. Seashade whinnied, shocked. “How do you know the name of my opposite side?” she neighed. Snakecloud looked at Seashade's sharp hooves. “I met her when you and I were flying around the herd. . .” she said, still somewhat scared of Seashade and her magical abilities. Seashade began advancing on her sister, not believing her at all.
“You’re lying!” she neighed.
“What?! I don’t lie! I have never lied!” exclaimed Snakecloud, worried.
“I am not a liar!”
“Just be quiet!”
“Fine . . .” said Snakecloud, her ears drooping. She turned around and was about to fly away, but then she saw a figure rise out of the lake. It was Icelily! Icelily tried to reach out to her sister with her wing, but she fell onto the cold, damp sand, out of breath.
“Icelily!” exclaimed Snakecloud, worried. Icelily was able to get up and sit down. “Yes?” she asked, coughing.
“Where did you go?” asked Snakecloud.
Where did I go? Is that all she’ll ask?! No “are you alright?”. thought Icelily. “You blasted me out of the sky and into Mysteria Lake!” she neighed.
Snakecloud rolled her eyes. Seashade watched the two mares argue for hours, eventually having enough. “Stop arguing!” she whinnied.
Snakecloud’s ears drooped, showing her fear. “I’m sorry, Seashade.” she said. Seashade stamped her hoof on the sand. “A sorry is not enough to be forgiven. If sorries could fix everything, why would we need guards? Why would there have been wars if sorries could work?” she said.
Snakecloud said nothing. Icelily kicked Snakecloud in the shin, sending her hurtling away from them. Sunwing went to his sister and sat down next to her. Seashade hated to admit it, but maybe Echosong was right about her. She flew back to the herd and sat down, thinking.
“You okay, sis?” asked Sunwing.
“Yeah. . .” said Snakecloud. Icelily stormed up to Snakecloud with an angry look on her face. “Why did you yell at my twin sister?!” she neighed, angry. Snakecloud said nothing and scooted closer to Sunwing.
“You’re weak, Snakecloud. No wonder Seashade hates you.” said Icelily, shaking her head in disgust and flying away. Sunwing gave Icelily a low growl and looked at Snakecloud. “I don’t understand why she’s so rude to you like that.” he said. Snakecloud looked up at her brother.
“Whatever . . .” said Snakecloud with a sad face. Echosong was battling the entire herd by herself, and the herd was losing the fight.
Seashade sat alone, looking around for her mother. When she spotted her, she walked to Oceanheart. “Mother? Can I talk with you for a few minutes?” she asked. Oceanheart nodded her head in response.
“I was wondering if you had any other foals after me.” she asked.
“Yes, I did. I named them Snakeleaf and Sundust. Why?”
“So, they really are my siblings?”
“Of course they are! I hadn’t raised them to be liars!”
“Mother, I’m not saying that! I was just shocked!”
Oceanheart stared at Seashade and then up to her other foals. It’s time I left to another world. thought Oceanheart. Seashade read her mind. “Another world?” she wondered aloud.