Chapter 1: Promise
Summer Solo couldn’t muster anything more than a groan when he heard his bedroom door creak open. It was well into midday, he was sure, but he was still exhausted. He hadn’t been able to get to sleep as he felt a creeping paranoia of terrible things to come. Yes, it was peaceful at the moment, but at any given point, a dragon could raze Canterlot and eat the Princess. Or some other equally terrifying thing. And he was tired. Tired of fighting off everything. Tired of failure. Tired of trying.
He just wanted to sleep until everything got better. Summer Solo shifted, burying himself deeper into his blankets as he ignored the approaching hoof steps. He felt comfortable. The most comfortable he’d been in months. Which of course meant that Spring Serenade had to rip his blankets off and expose him to the colder ambient air.
“Heeeey!” he whined, curling himself into a ball as he felt his hairs all stand on edge.
“Come on, Summer, no more moping.” Spring Serenade ignored her brother’s whining and shoved him. “You know you could have been very useful in rebuilding Canterlot, right?”
“What’s the point?” Summer Solo sighed. “It’ll just be knocked over when an Ursa Major hopped up on Wild Magic decides to throw a fit.”
“Ah, I see. Going through that, eh?” Spring Serenade nodded as she helped herself to a seat next to him. “Look- I’m not sure what the right thing to say or do is to help you get going again, but you can’t mope here forever. I know a lot of things feel futile and pointless and that’s because ultimately they are.”
“Wow, that really… helps.” Summer Solo rolls to his other side, turning his back towards the pastel pegasus.
“Buuuut- that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.” she tried to argue back. “It’s like doing the dishes. You clean them even though you know they’re going to be dirty again, right?”
“Yeah. I don’t want to eat off of dirty plates.”
“Then you need to keep fighting and rebuilding because you don’t want to live in a ruined city.” Spring Serendate concluded.
“Hey, Princess Dawn Bringer announced that she wants to host the Equestria Games again.” the pegasus flared her wings. “I think you should go and enjoy it when it swings around. Have some fun and relax.”
Summer Solo said nothing, not even a huff or a sigh escaped his nose.
“Well, I’d like for you to think about it. At least try to have some fun while we have it. Dawn Bringer is trying her best to give us some reprieve, but that can’t happen if you don’t let it.”
Spring Serenade feeling like she wouldn’t be able to make any more progress with the younger unicorn, scoots out of his bed. As she makes her way out the door, she finally hears him speak up.
“Think there’ll be funnel cake?” Summer Solo asks. His head was lifted off the bed, but he made no extra effort to make eye contact. But this was progress.
“I’m pretty sure there will be.”
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