Chapter 7: Under the Stars
Night was beginning to fall as Night Light, Shining Armor, Cadance, Twilight, Bartok and Angel made their way home. Night Light was walking ahead, Shining Armor, Cadance, and Twilight were walking behind with shamefaced looks on their faces, and Bartok and Angel were flying/hopping in between, staring back at the three ponies in concern.
Then Night Light said, "Bartok, Angel!"
At this, Bartok and Angel went over and stood in front of Night Light, as Angel saluted and Bartok asked, "Yes, sire?"
"Take Twilight and Cadance home," said Night Light. "I have to teach my son a lesson."
He turned to Shining Armor, who nervously ducked down, before Bartok and Angel went over to the three.
"Come, Twilight and Cadance," said Bartok. He then said to Shining Armor, "Master Armor…good luck."
With that, he, Angel, Twilight, and Cadance left, leaving Shining Armor and Night Light alone.
A moment passed before Night Light said sternly, making Shining Armor cringe, "Shining Armor!"
Shining Armor turned and slowly walked over to Night Light. As he did, he stepped on a depression in the ground. Looking down, he saw his hoof standing in his father's hoofprint. He resumed walking over to his father's side before he stopped and sat beside him.
Night Light thought silently for a moment, before he turned to his son and said, "Shining Armor, I'm very disappointed in you."
Shining Armor looked absolutely ashamed as he said, "I know."
"You could have been killed," said Night Light. "You deliberately disobeyed me! And what's worse, you put Twilight and Cadance in danger!"
Shining Armor seemed close to crying as he said, "I just wanted to be brave like you."
"I'm only brave when I have to be," Night Light told him. "Shining…being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble."
Shining Armor looked confused and said, "But you're not scared of anything."
"I was today," Night Light admitted.
"You were?" asked Shining Armor in surprise.
"Yes, I thought I might lose you and Twilight," Night Light told him.
"Oh, I guess even kings get scared, huh?" said Shining Armor.
Night Light nodded once before Shining Armor whispered conspiratorially, "But you know what?"
"What?" Night Light whispered back.
"I think those Diamond Dogs were even scareder," said Shining Armor.
Night Light smirked and laughed as he told him, "'Cause nobody messes with your dad." He then grabbed Shining Armor and said, "Come here, you!"
"Oh no, no," Shining Armor exclaimed as Night Light gave him a noogie.
Finally, Shining Armor struggled free and the two began to tussle playfully. Soon, it ended with Night Light lying down in the grass with Shining Armor on top of his head.
"Dad?" said Shining Armor.
"Hmm?" said Night Light.
"We're pals, right?"
"And we'll always be together, right?"
At this, Night Light sat up and said, "Shining, let me tell you something that my father told me. Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars."
"Really?" asked Shining Armor.
"Yes," said Night Light. "So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I."
With that, both father and son continued to stare up at the stars.