Celestia felt tired, being awake so late that the sky had turned a dark purple and stars winked on its surface. She watched the sky anxiously, looking for the sign. Her heart was mostly confident, but there was a hint of doubt. Her student might fail.
A change, suddenly. Three bands of colored light suddenly danced across the dark sky, illuminating it. Celestia's wings unfurled and she raised a hoof in surprise. Not that it had been done, but at the beauty of the sight. 'I knew you could do it.' She thought.
Magenta eyes turned to the pony she had been sharing a space with. She smiled warmly at the shorter equine and touched her horn with hers.
A high, sharp trill ululated through the train car, waking Celestia, then turned into a low, bluesy moan. The unicorn looked about the car, taking stock of the windows, the cots, and the ponies on top of them. Across the aisle from her, Starburst stretched. The train whistle continuing to cry out, imitating the pleas of a heartbroken lover. Celestia smiled. The engineer pony was a mare named Octavia. She always got to her destination on time, but the impromptu performances with the train whistle were always the best part of the trip.
Celestia and Starburst got their saddlebags together and stepped out onto the platform. Celestia took some papers from her bags, noting their assignment. Ponyville had had a bit of a baby boom lately. "Four unmarked foals in this town alone. I suppose we should get started," she said, rolling up and scroll and storing it away with her horn. She glanced about the town. In all her travels, this one town she hadn't visited yet. It was not unpleasant, with a stone arch bridge spanning a stream, thatch roof houses and a statue made of some rose colored stone. Suddenly the unicorn's stomach made an angry growl, and Starburst's ears perked.
"Celestia? When is the last time you ate?"
Celestia opened her mouth and, just before she spoke noticed the crumbs on her colleague's muzzle: cake crumbs. She smirked smirked inwardly, and said "Oh, I don't know...I was planning on getting a bite to eat on the train but I must have dozed off before that happened..."
"Oh," Starburst blinked, put and put his hoof to his muzzle, guiltily. Celestia was sure he had eaten the cake slice he had brought for her when he had found her sleeping on her cot. "Oh, well um...jee, Tia, that's really unfortunate." She was certain now, and she grinned widely. Seeing this, Starburst put his ears down "Oh Tia...can't get nothing past you," he said, wiping a few more crumbs off his muzzle.
Celestia laughed. She did like making ponies sweat sometimes, but she wasn't the least upset with her colleague. "Well," Starburst continued "there's a cafe over there," he reached into Celestia's saddlebag with his hoof "how about you get something to eat, and I'll scout on ahead?"
"Oh well if you insist!" Celestia said with a playful smile, giving Starburst a pat on the shoulder. She trotted over to the outdoor cafe. She found a table with a menu already on it, and her eyes searched through some of the entries. Suddenly something drew her eyes away. She put her menu down. There was a blue pegasus at the across from her. The pony from her dream!
But...no. That wasn't correct. The pony in her dream had had a horn, and this mare certainly didn't. And besides, why would she be seeing dream ponies in the real world? She shook her head. Perhaps my hunger is getting to me. Celestia put her menu back up and continued to read. But she flipped the corner of it with her horn, glancing the blue pegasus again. She couldn't shake the feeling that she knew this pony from somewhere. From school perhaps? But that's ridiculous- she has a weather mark! We would not have gone to the same institution!