Princess Amity

Chapter II

All throughout the day, Celestia tells the same story to Lily's other classes, and after telling the story to the last class with the students already dismissed, the teacher lifts her white purse with her magic, wraps it around her neck, and approaches the princess. "Thank you so much, Your Majesty" Mrs. Lily says.

"Thank you for inviting me," Celestia replies. The teacher bows her head and heads for the door. "Before we leave the school," Celestia says to Lily. "I would like to ask you a question." The educator turns to her, and the princess asks, "May I see Amity's grades for these nine weeks?"

"Sure but why?” the teacher asks curiously.

“Just to see how she did,” Celestia answers.

“Of course," Lily responds. She walks back to her desk, opens a drawer, and takes out a file with "Amity" written on the file tab. She places it on her desk and opens the file containing highly graded tests, quizzes, homework, and rubrics. Using her magic, Mrs. Lily lifts the graded material in the air in a straight line. As Celestia observes each graded assignment, Lily says, "She is or was a fantastic student and one of thr best students without a doubt. So bright, responsive, respectful..."

"What is this?" Celestia asks in concerned tone. With her magic, the princess brings one test closer to her face and stares at a red 80 at the top of the assessment. Then, Celestia turns her head to her left to see Amity with an empty bookcase standing in the classroom doorway.

"What?" Amity asks. Celestia with a stern expression shows the young princess the paper. Amity looks at the paper, her pupils slightly dilate, looks back at Celestia, and simply smiles. Celestia raises her left eyebrow.

"Your Majesty?" Mrs. Lily interjects. "That test was about a week ago. It really didn’t affect her average much. Not to mention, she made the highest grade on that assessment. Don’t be mad at her. This grade's practically pointless." Celestia places the test back in the row, organizes all of the grades neatly, and sets them back in the teacher's folder.

Celestia approaches Amity and says, "From now on, you will tell me every grade you make."

She passes Amity who says, "But today was my last day of school."

"Exactly," Celestia replies. "I was referring if you go to college." Amity rolls her eyes behind her mom's back. Celestia then says, "Don't roll those eyes behind my back. I'll roll that little head of yours." Amity sighs knowing anything she does is pointless. Celestia continues, "Now, let's go home and practice your magic. I have something unique to teach you."

Amity darts beside her and responds, "But I wanted to help see the hoof-ball game tonight. It’s the last sporting event of the school year."

Celestia looks at her and says, "You can go to the game later, but you need to practice your magic first."

Amity breathes out and replies, "Okay."

Thirty minutes later, Celestia and Amity stand in the middle of the Castle Ballroom alone. Celestia stands in front of Amity and says, "Like I said earlier, we’re going to learn something unique today."

"Alright!" Amity enthusiastically say, "Let's do it! Is it a powerful magic beam?"

Celestia chuckles and calmly answers, "No."

Still excited, Amity asks, "Is it a powerful spell in controlling all the natural elements? Will my eyes glow when that happens?"

Celestia shakes her head, and Amity responds in a less excited tone, "Uh, going to a different dimension where we stand on two legs and wear clothes all the time?"

Celestia with raised eyebrows responds, "I knew you were creative, but…wow. No. It's something you'll like but first practice your teleportation spell."

Amity's enthusiasm quickly deteriorates, "Mom, really? That's like the most basic spell I know. Heck, I learned it when I was two."

Celestia shows an expression of annoyance with her right eyebrow raised high. Amity seeing her mother annoyed, purse her lips knwoing not to further annoy her. She then breathes in and out heavily, makes a neutral expression, closes her eyes, and thinks of one of the corners in the ballroom. She concentrates her magic in her horn, and then a golden-colored aura glows around her entire horn. Suddenly, a white flash engulfs her, and when the flash disappears Mity had vanished. Celestia turns to her left to see Amity standing at one of the room's corner. Her daughter then says, "Now what?"

"Do it again," Celestia answers. Amity repeats the same process but now appears in front of the room's main doors. As soon as Amity appears, Celestia says, "Keep doing it until I tell you to stop."

Amity in an slightly annoyed tone, "Okay." Amity continues teleporting without as her mother said, but after the sixth time, she stops and realizes Celestia has vanished. Amity looks around and says out loud, "Mom? Where did you go?"

"Nowhere," Celestia's voice echoes in the room. Amity looks all around the room but does not see her mother. Suddenly, Celestia spooks Amity by whispering in her right ear, "Boo."

Amity shrieks and jumps in the air with her wings start flapping keeping her in the air. The spooked alicorn shouts, "Mom, that's not funny!" Celestia giggles which Amity hears underneath her. Suddenly, she feels a slap across her plot and yells, “Ow!” She turns swiftly to see nothing. She's then tackled from above by something invisible​​​ and is pinned to the floor. Amity is not hurt but is being held by something bigger than her.

"Gotcha," Celestia says to Amity in her left ear. Amity feels Celestia holding her down for a brief second until she is suddenly free. Celestia then says from a distance, "This is your new lesson but answer this question first. What are the five senses?"

Amity stands up and answers aloud, "The five senses? Touch, hear, taste, smell, and see. Why?"

"Well," Celestia replies, "there is a sixth sense that only unicorns and alicorns have: the sense of magic." Amity displays a confused expression. Celestia continues, "Basically, because alicorns and unicorns are active with magic, both species can use their own magic to sense the magic within others including the passive species, Earth ponies and pegasi.”

“Okay,” Amity replies, “but how do I do it and why is it useful?”

"I was able to spank you just then right?" Celestia answers. “Listen carefully because it is confusing at first. Close your eyes concentrate your magic just like you did with teleportation but at the same time, remove all of the other senses."

Amity closes her eyes and concentrates with great effort. Her horn glows gold again, but she is unable to sense Celestia. Amity stops and breathes heavily and says, "Can't sense anything."

“You’re doing something wrong," Celestia replies.

"What is it?" Amity asks.

"Try to find out," Celestia says back.

Amity concentrates hard again but still with no success. She stops again and breathes again. This time though she starts to feel a slight pain at the base of her horn. She turns all around but the pain doesn't change it's place. Amity points her horn up and the pain instatntly moves to the tip of her horn. However, befpre she could act, Celestia grabs her daughter again and says, “Gotcha again.”

Amity playfully responds, "Not for long." Amity rolls on the floor with her mother still holding on, but Celestia starts tickling her daughter with her left hoof. Amity squeals a bit and slides out of her mother's arms. Both princesses stand and stare each other down with playful smiles. Amity suddenly leaps at Celestia, but within a second, Celestia teleports herself right above Amity wrapping her arms around her daughter again. Both princesses drop to the ground laughing. Celestia calmly says, "You've grown up so much, Amity. You’re graduating. It was like yesterday you were going to Kindergarten. I love you.”

"I love you too, Mom," Amity replies.

"After the graduation ceremony next month, what do you want to do to celebrate?" Celestia asks.

Amity merely shrugs and turns her head to look at her mother, but she stops when she sees her blank flank. Her playful smile slowly turns into a frown of disappointment. She lowers her head and stares at the floor.

Celestia raises her head and asks, "What's wrong?" Amity just keeps looking at the floor. Celestia then looks at her daughter's flank and says, "Oh. Amity, how many times have I said to ignore it?"

Amity sighs and responds, "Too many, but I can't let it go. Your and Aunt Luna's cutie marks represent more than just raising or lowering the sun and moon. They stand for the marvelous things you both had done in the past. I'm 19 and still don't have one. When I look at my blank flank, it just reminds me that I’ve done…nothing. What kind of princess am I?"

Celestia lays her head on her daughter's cheek and replies, "I understand how you feel, but you can't let it haunt you. If you work hard and stay true to yourself, destiny will reward you someday."

"I hope so," Amity says.

"I know so," Celestia says back. She kisses her daughter's cheek, and both princesses stand up. "Go ahead to the ball game," Celestia says Amity. Her daughter hugs her and runs through the ballroom's main doors.

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