It was as if Twilight had been thrown into a sea of despair with weights tied to her hooves as she felt Starling begin to move her aside after his apology, "No..." she choked out, but didn't try to stop him, her emotions sapping her of all her strength. Her fore hoof clattered along the armor on Starling's back before he moved beyond her reach. She watched him until he took off his helmet, then averted her eyes, wiping them with the back of one of her fore hooves, 'I'll always love Starling.' she repeated to herself in her head, over and over. She squeezed her eyes shut and awaited the sound of the weapon discharging. Starling's voice came instead, ordering Armature to tell him that he had changed. Hope burst into Twilight's heart like the Grand Galloping Gala fireworks. She looked on, although she didn't expect much from the ill-historied stallion, there was a glimmer of hope for Starling, and Twilight embraced it with her entire being.
Armature looked into Starling's eyes, so he would know that he told the truth, "Up until 12 hours ago... I was the same vile old pony who had left you with a suit of armor, a threat and a youth of awful memories. But yesterday... The Moon Goddess herself appeared outside my prison cell." tears formed in his eyes, "Princess Luna, accompanied by Queen Madison and Lord-Commander Spike... I thought, that I had been fated for judgement far beyond what any mortals could bestow. In her presence, for the first time, I was afraid. She spoke... And my hatred vanished. For so long, I had wanted to kill you, but that vanished as well. She told me that a new age was beginning. And that past sins would be atoned for, but not on the gallows... She told me that I must become a pony again."