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Letters from the Princesses by Baron-Engel Letters from the Princesses by Baron-Engel

 

Applebloom slowly awoke in her bed in my Equestria dreamscape. The morning was dim and it was raining outside, it drummed steadily on roof and gurgled and sloshed in the gutters and drain.

 

Applebloom rolled over and looked at the alarm clock on her nightstand with one bleary eye. It was seven in the morning, well after her usual wake up time. Why had the alarm not gone off last night? Then she remembered she’d never set it last night, she hadn’t gotten to sleep until well after her normal bedtime. She snuggled into her pillow and pulled the fluffy comforter up over her head.  Helping Luna last night had really taken a lot of her and even more out of the Princess. In fact the Princess of the Moon had been out cold in bed with her when she’d finally drifted off to sleep. link 

 

“PRINCESS LUNA!” Applebloom sat upright in bed and look over to where the Princess had been sleeping last night. Applebloom was now the only occupant of the bed. Resting on pillow next to the little filly was a rolled up scroll bearing Princess Luna’s Royal Seal. Applebloom tumbled out of bed and went over and threw open the curtains to let more cold grey morning light into her bedroom. Scrambling back into bed she picked up the scroll and examined it. It was addressed to her; she ripped off the seal and quickly unrolled it. Writing was in Luna’s usual beautiful flowing script.

 

“To my dearest little Applebloom. Tis essential that a growing filly gets her sleep so I did not wish to disturb thee when I had to leave early this morning to perform my official duties. However it would be unconscionable for me to take my leave without at least leaving some token of appreciation for what thee did for myself last night.”

 

   Applebloom wiped the sleep from her eyes with a front hoof and the continued reading

 

“Last night you displayed all the traits that are admirable in a good pony, courage, compassion, wisdom and a willingness to help your fellow pony. My sister stated recently that she believed that you had the strength to overcome the foul burden that monster had left you. I now have no doubt of Celestia’s declaration. Last night you performed a deed that all of Equestria should thank you for.  You helped me confront a fear that has resided deep inside of me since I have returned from my banishment. By your actions you have strengthened the Crown and contributed to the greater stability of Equestria.” 

 

Applebloom reread the last paragraph to make certain she’d understood it in her still sleepy state. Was Luna really talking about her? She read the last part.

 

“I will be in further communications with thee in the next day or so, until that time peace be with thee.”

 

Sincerely, Princess Luna Co-ruler of Equestria.

 

Applebloom just stared at letter for several seconds.

 

“Um yer welcome. “ Said the little filly to the empty room.

 

Carefully she rolled the scroll up and crawled out of bed. With all the thoughts spinning in her head she couldn’t sleep anymore. Besides she needed to use the bathroom, a short while later she’d given herself her morning brushing and straightened her signature red bow in her mane. 

 

  

AJ and Granny Smith were standing in the kitchen when buttercream filly came down the stairs. AJ had a quizzical look on her face.

 

“Hey there Bloom how ya doing today? Is Luna okay? I checked in on ya around five this morning and she was gone. What all happened last night?”

 

Applebloom climbed up on to one of the dining room chairs and rested her front hoofs on the old oak table. Granny Smith brought a couple slices of warm apple bread and mug of tea over for the little filly.  The matriarch of the Apple family smiled gently at the little filly as she pulled up a chair herself to.

 

“From the sounds of it you and da Princess took care something important last night.” Said Granny. “Eat some breakfast and then tell us whatcha can. “ AJ joined the other two ponies at the table.

 

Over the next half hour or so Applebloom told of hers and Luna’s ordeal last night. AJ looked horrified several times during the little filly’s tale, but Granny Smith just sat quietly with a sleepy smile on her face the whole time.

 

“From what I’m a hearing it sounds like Princess Luna got rid of some old deadwood last night.” Said Granny Smith. “Ya did a good thing there last night little one. However I’d caution against discussing it with anypony outside this farm for now. Da Princess has extended a great amount trust in ya, but she might not want everypony to know about it. So mums the word, ya know what I mean right?”

 

Applebloom nodded her head and took sip of her tea. “Okay.” Said the little filly. “From her letter she dun left I get the feeling she’ll be contacting me in a day or so anyways.”     

 

“Letter?” Asked AJ.

 

“Yeah, let me go get it.” Applebloom left the dining room and went back upstairs to her room. A few seconds later she came trotting back in with the scroll in her mouth. Applejack and Granny read the letter then returned it to the little filly.

 

“I’d treasure that if I was you.” Said Applejack. “But Granny is right, I wouldn’t discuss this with any other pony with the exception of Big Mac until we hear elsewise from Luna. Okay Sugar Cube?”

 

Since Luna scheduled her session at the end of school weeks Applebloom had no classes that day, so after cleaning up her breakfast she went about taking care of her chores. It was about two in the afternoon and the little filly was in the kitchen peeling potatoes for dinner when there was a knock on the front door. Quickly she cleaned potato peels off herself, then the little filly trotted over and opened the front door.

 

Standing at the front door was a green pegasus mare she’d never seen before, but Applebloom recognized the mare’s livery as being that of the Palace Courier Corp. The mare snapped to attention as she addressed the little filly.

 

“Good afternoon! I am looking for a pony by the name of Applebloom, do you know where I can find her?”

 

“Yes I do.” Said the little filly. “I’m Applebloom! Um, ah what do ya need see me for?”

 

Without another word the courier snapped open one of the deep violet panniers she wore and quickly retrieved a large envelope from it. Holding it in her teeth she set it gently on the ground in front of the little filly.

 

“I was instructed by the Royal Court to deliver this parcel to you promptly. Now could I please get your signature please in my log?”

 

After getting a hastily scrawled signature from Applebloom the pegasus gave the filly a bow and then took off into the afternoon sky.  AJ was coming out of the barn when the courier went soaring over her.  Curious she strolled over to her little sister who was still staring at the envelope on the porch.

 

“Hey their Sugar Cube, what was that pony in the uniform doing here? “

 

Applebloom was still staring at the envelope intently. It was made of a sturdy ivory colored rag paper and bore it both the Royal Sisters seals on it.

 

“Ain’t certain sis, that courier was from the Royal Courts and she just gave me this letter addressed to me; it’s got both Luna and Celestia’s seals on it.”

 

“Well then don’t just leave it on the porch like morning paper! “ Exclaimed her big sister. “Bring it in and let’s see what’s inside.”

 

Applebloom set the package on the dining room table and Applejack opened it with a knife she carried in her satchel. Inside were several documents. They all looked very official and important except for one that obviously was a letter. It was not Luna’s flowing writing but it had many of the same graceful strokes and flourishes to it. The little filly began reading it.

 

“To my dearest Applebloom, Earlier today my sister told me of the courageous deed you performed rescuing her with a magical attack of a very serious nature. She had nothing but praise for you’re actions, and wishes that you and your family be rewarded and acknowledged for your actions.

 

Therefore it is my pleasure to invite you and your family to be VIP guests at this years Service to the Crown Parade. Both you and your family will be guests of the Crown here in Canterlot and all of your room, board and travel expenses will be paid for. Also an allowance for clothing and other apparel has been approved. I know that running a farm is a full-time occupation but I do hope you can attend this year. Twilight Sparkle will be acting as our liaison in my Ponyville, please let her now as soon as possible so we can make arrangements on our end. In the interest of efficiency I have already included several documents that we will need filled out by your family to finalize plans.

 

Both Luna and I cannot express in words the pride and joy we have for you and your family. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Sincerely Princess Celestia, Co-Ruler of Equestria.”

 

“Um big sis, I think we’re going have get some new fancy threads from Rarity cause we’ve got a parade to attend!” Exclaimed Applebloom. 

 

AJ whistled softly and stared at the letter and forms.  “Whoa Nelly! Little Bloom you’ve sure made some kind of big impression on Luna and Celestia, but if we’re going to attend this shindig we’re going to have make arrangements with our neighbors and see if they wouldn’t mind helping take care of things here while we’re gone for a day or two. We’ll discuss this over dinner. Okay.”

 

To be continued.               

 

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:iconthetrollbread:
TheTrollBread Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student General Artist
it's So FABOOTYLICIOUS!!!!!!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you are enjoying it.
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:iconthetrollbread:
TheTrollBread Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Wheeeeeeeeeeeee I love your art style
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you're enjoying it, feel free to look around. If you are curious where this all started here is the beginning baron-engel.deviantart.com/art…
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TheTrollBread Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Cooliooolioooooooooolio
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dorkifiedness Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Continue this
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I will be making a new posting in next couple days about it.
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dorkifiedness Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay send me the link
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well if you are just interested in just the Luna/ Applebloom thread here is technically the next installment baron-engel.deviantart.com/art… however almost all of my Equestria postings are part of a series of ongoing lucid dreams and they do interlink.
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dorkifiedness Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched you now don't let me down
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Enjoy the show. If you want to where this all began start here. baron-engel.deviantart.com/art…
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dorkifiedness Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so well done, you really capture the scene in both writing and art.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I am trying to get my writing skills so they begin to match my drawing skills. Let's just there is plenty room for improvement with my writing, and I'm always discovering new things about drawing and the visual arts.
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is very difficult. I'm kinda on the other side. I have a short story published, but I can't get my art to show what I want it to.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I still to someday write and illustrate a couple of books ideas I have trundling around in my head. It maybe a long shot but it is good to have dreams. 
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I think you'll get there. Your art is wonderful and your writing is very easy to follow and nicely descriptive. Write every day like you draw and you will find your way.

I learned this way late and although I'm not yet old I feel way behind.

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ecchidonzablue Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student General Artist
:O_o: Strange, 
a male letter carrier in a winged hat and I immediately think of Moist Von Lipwig


. . . . I should probably lay off Terry Pratchett for a while
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Eagerly awaiting seeing Granny Smith give some Canterlot highbrows a piece of her mind!  Heh, I kid, still that's pretty awesome to be guests of honor at a big event like that.
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SparkyGeek Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Squeal!! cute outfits for the Apple Family?! YES!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes Rarity fashionista senses are a tingling.
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SparkyGeek Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome!
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Kudos on your work.

I get letters from the Princesses.
Too bad they are cease and desist messages.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I get letters from the Princesses.
Too bad they are cease and desist messages.

Hopefully no court restraining orders. Wink/Razz
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
*Knocks on wood*
No jury duty messages either.

Rarity has a restraining order out on me.
Have to stay 400 pixels away from her.
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Halpthiuian Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope a certain pink rich-filly doesn't take one look at her on the dais WITH THE PRINCESSES(?!?!!!) and try to ruin it for her.

Then again I can see it catalyzing a fit of scheming to "teach her to mind her place." Which (if it hasn't happened yet in your dreamscape yet) could make that version of Ponyville Confidential's events rather interesting.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope a certain pink rich-filly doesn't take one look at her on the dais WITH THE PRINCESSES(?!?!!!) and try to ruin it for her.

Oh there will be an interesting bit interaction that will occur between them later, but most of it will not happen in Canterlot.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Applejack is still surprised by stuff like this? The Bearer of the Element of Honesty? Defeater of Discord? Honored how many times?

Your version of Granny Smith looks a little more spry than usual in the series.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Applejack is still surprised by stuff like this? The Bearer of the Element of Honesty? Defeater of Discord? Honored how many times?

Actually only she and the Mane Six have only been official honored once so far and that and that was when the princesses unveiled the stained glass window in the palace in honor of them defeating Discord. Besides AJ is deep down just a simple farm pony and really doesn't dwell much on what she's done. She's got a farm to run ya know.


FYI. the other Mane Six well be going to the parade to as guests.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Only "guests," not "VIP guests"?

Applejack is the kind of pony that Celestia and Luna rely on to make Equestria what it is.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nah, they'll be VIPs too along with Petina, Carousel and I! It is going to be fun, fun, fun!
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting. I'll admit I'm surprised by such a high profile bit there...  it'll be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

- Polecat
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well the invite is also for her sister AJ to. Since the  Nightmare Moon and Discord events occurred after last years Service to the Crown Day. So this first time the Apple Family is getting recognition for their service to the Crown in relation to this holiday.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a good point...  tho usually AJ is part of the "team" in those instances. In this case, they're flying solo....  Well, maybe not. Good bet Twilight will be along.

- Polecat
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah.
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
A parade and a royal stipend for clothes shopping?  I think your brain just wants you to draw more ponies in classy, elaborate outfits.  X3
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Emmmmm, maybe. Stay tuned to find out.
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Staying tuned... but I can totally hear Petina rubbing those devious little hands of hers together with glee~
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Petina looks confused. "You make that sound like a bad thing. Oh, and when I'm a pony I have hoofs not hands, but I can rubs those. "
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Oh, it's not a bad thing at all.  :3

And I just assumed you'd revert to mousey form when looking over Baron's shoulder, so you'd have hands right now.  :3
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
"Ah right you are! Exclaims the little white mouse!"
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Sounds about right!
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FlyingRam Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
I adore that uniform.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm kind of surprised how much folks are enjoying the couriers uniform/ outfit.
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FlyingRam Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Pony costumes are always fun.
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jardape Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Tha courier mare looks beautiful.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she was adorable.
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jardape Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Do you know her name?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No not at this time.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
The Apples in Canterlot, and guests of the Crown? This will be hilarious, or tragic, or very touching. Or knowing you, all three at once.
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