A Real Rarity

When Rarity overhears Princess Celestia and Princess Luna talking about a rare jewel within the Crystal Empire, she just had to get her hooves on it. But she knew it wouldn't be easy, considering the only jewel of it's kind was deep in the Crystal Palace, protected by King Sombras curses. Rarity just knew he number one baby dragon Spike would have to come along and assist her. But even if they do survive the booby traps and curses, will they get past the ghostly shadow of a pony that guards the jewel itself?


1. Sombra's Crystal Eye

It was a beautful summers day, Princess Twilight Sparkle had been informed of a meeting at the castle in Canterlot between the Princesses. As always, Twilight Sparkle was occompanied by her her faithful baby dragon assistant Spike, and her best friends Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity. Twilight Sparkle was nervous as usual, wondering what Princess Celestia had in store for her today. When she arrived at the castle, the royal guards bowed down respectfully to her, and quickly moved aside to give her access. Twilight Sparkled gulped nervously, as she entered the open doors. She shuddered as she noticed Princess Celestia talking importantly to Princess Luna, and Princess Cadence. Princess Celestia looked up with a smile and said in a friendly tone "oh Princess Twilight Sparkle, I so glad your finally here". Twilight Sparkle edged slowly closer to the Princesses, Spike, and her best friends following closely behind her. Princess Luna said sternly "I beleive it may be wise if only Princess Twilight Sparkle partakes in our royal chat". Princess Cadence smiled lovingly and said softly "we will let you ponies know when you can come back in". Without further a do, Twilight Sparkles friends quickly left, one behind the other. All but one... Rarity had other plans, and Spike watching her admiringly as usual, saw her slip sneakily behind a pillar to listen in on the conversation.


Rarity sat quietly, eagerly awaiting what the Princesses had to say to Twilight Sparkle. "What are you doing?" Spike said in a loud whisper of anger, causing Rarity to nearly shriek with shock, almost giving her hiding spot away to the Princesses. Rarity put her hoof to her lips and said crossly "Shhhh! I'm trying to listen". Spike continued to whisper looking quite annoyed. "You shouldn't be doing that" he said madly. Rarity sighed and quickly kissed Spike on the cheek. Spike was so dazed by her actions, that he shut up for the rest of the time.


Princess Celestia spoke first in a hushed whisper. "I have heard news that there is a rare jewel at The Crystal Empire hidden deep in the walls of The Crystal Palace". Rarity's eyes lit up immediatly at the words 'RARE' and 'JEWEL'. She had always been a mad fan for shiny things, and diamonds, and gems cut the bill nicely. Spike also become very interested, as he enjoyed eating gem stones very much. Twilight Sparkle said with wonder "what is it?" Princess Cadence said with great interest "why is it so rare?" Princess Celestia said mysteriously "the rare jewel is a green crystal eye. Only one was ever made. This is why it is so rare. Rumour has it that it is still cursed with the shadowed soal of King Sombra if it is ever touched by another unicorn".

"How did you find out about this Crystal Eye?" Twilight Sparkle asked eager for some answers. Princess Luna spoke up for the first time since the conversation had started. "I told her".

"But how did you find out about it?" Princess Cadence wondered. Princess Luna bowed her head down shamefully as she said "I was once quite close to Sombra... Back when I was young and stupid". Twilight Sparkle and Princess Cadence looked shocked at this information. Twilight Sparkle brought herself to say it as she awkwardly said "was Sombra once your very special somepony?" Princess Luna appeared to be remenising as she said with disgust "yes Twilight, he once was... But then he changed, and our love fell apart". Princess Celestia smiled caringly at her little sister, as Princess Luna remained strong.


Princess Cadence said seriously "anyway, tell us about Sombra's Crystal Eye". Princess Luna seemed glad to quickly change the subject, but it always led back to her and Sombra being close. "Well, when me and Sombra were together, he turned to the shadows, as did I. However, I was born into the darkness, whereas King Sombra was cursed. He had always been into black magic". Princess Luna paused before continuing. "Anyway, I'm not at all proud of it, but for a while I remained at his side, ruling all of Equestria as Queen Luna, or as you know me Twilight, Nightmare Moon... I was so madly in love with him, it took 1000 years trapped in the moon for me to realize I was blinded by my love for him, and couldn't see how evil he had truly become. I only wanted it to be night time forever, he just wanted to enslave all the ponies of Equestria, starting with all of the Crystal Ponies. Before I was banished to the moon, Celestia did manage to lead me to good, long enough for me banish Sombra for good, or so we both thought anyway. That was when The Crystal Empire was banished also".


Princess Celestia said in a comforting tone "it's time you tell them both about the Crystal Eye". Princess Luna nodded obediantly to her older sister, and turned back round to face Twilight Sparkle and Princess Cadence. "Well now you know the past, I will now tell you about the Crystal Eye. When both me and Sombra had turned to the shadows, I just happened to say one day 'I have never seen a unicorn with such vibrant green eyes... It's was those eyes that have hypnotized me to rule Equestria by your side forever my love'. His reply always makes my heart ache, for I hate to admit it, but he was like my soul mate back then, and I wished to spend the rest of my life with him. He looked at me romantically right in the eyes, and said in his deep husky voice 'and we shall rule Equestria together for all eternity my little Nightmare'. After that, Sombra forced all of the Crystal ponies to search all of Equestria for the most valuable gems, and jewels they could find. Eventually the ending result was a perfectly rounded green crystal ball, that was identicle to the actual look of Sombra's evil green stare Nightmare Moon fell in love with... Or should I say, I did".


Princess Luna sighed as a tear drop fell down her cheek. Princess Celestia said soothingly "do you want me to finish the story Luna?" Princess Luna shook her head and started to tell the rest of the story again. "Well... When the Crystal Eye was finally complete, after 4 full moons went by, Sombra took me on a moonlight walk, as it was always night time, and presented the Crystal Eye to me. People say he's bad, and I know now their all right, but they wouldn't have thought so if they met the loving side of him. Granted he did force the Crystal Ponies to make the Crystal Eye, but it was specially made for me, and such a loving sentimant, considering I fell in love with his eyes after all". Princess Celestia cleared her throat to warn Princess Luna that she was going off subject with her soppy love affections for Sombra once again.


Princess Luna looked a little saddened as she went to finish her depressing story. "But soon after Sombra gave me the Crystal Eye out of deep passionate love for me, he soon noticed I was being lead away from the shadows, and away from him by my faithful older sister Celestia. After all she never gave up on me, even after a 1000 years in the moon away from her". Princess Luna looked tearfully at her big sister, as Princess Celestia began to tear up with happiness. Princess Luna then finally got round to ending her story. "Anyway, Sombra decided the only way to keep me, was to curse the Crystal Eye, as I would no longer stare into his eyes, and I still consulted the Crystal Eye for answers. But considering he was gifted with dark powers, and I was born into the shadows, the cursed Crystal Eye didn't work on me. I left with Celestia after realizing what Sombra had done. I had all the information I needed, and now saw how much of a monster Sombra really had become. It broke my heart, and it was hard to banish him when he offered for me to return to his side once more. But I had to do it, for the sake of my family, all of Equestria, and for my own sake as well".


Rarity was apsolutly shocked by all she had heard the princesses say. She had never expected such a sad and dark past hanging in the shadows of Princess Luna's dark memories. She watched Princess Celestia and Princess Luna embrace each other in a heart warming hug, Twilight Sparkle and Princess Cadence just stood their looking at them awkwardly, before she decided sneak away before she was caught spying. Rarity came running down the hall, got stared at weirdly by a royal guard, confronted by Applejack, interogated by Rainbow Dash, shouted at by Pinkie Pie, and scared Fluttershy out of her wits in her mad hurry to leave the castle. When Rarity finally got outside, Spike now breathing heavily with exaustion, after trying to keep up with her for so long, Rarity began jumping up and down excitedly on the spot. Spike said seriously "your not thinking what I think your thinking are you?!" Rarity grinned deviously at Spike as she said quickly "yep! But I'm going to need an assistant to help me!" Spike sighed and said sternly "nuh uh! I am not betraying Twilight Sparkle and the Princesses, not even for the pony of my dr- uh, I mean not even for a good friend like you Rarity!" Rarity grinned cheekily and said with a sexy wink "I'll make it worth your while". Spike gulped nervously as he said with hope in his voice "how so?" Rarity said romantically "how about going on our first ever date". Spikes eyes lit up with excitement, he fell to the floor in a daze as he said slowly "you've got yourself a deal... I have to be dreaming!" As Rarity walked away, Spike surprisingly close at her side, she thought to herself 'I never said anything about a second date though did I'.

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