As she trotted along, she couldn't help but have a big smile on her face. Twilight walked along the streets of Canterlot with joy in her heart. The day was great, with the sun shining, the birds chirping, and everything seeming just as cheery as she was.
It had only been three days since she and her friends had arrived in the city, and thus only three days since her colt-firend, Dusk, had asked her that very important question. Twilight decision was not something that she regretted. On the contrary, it made her all the happier. But now that she'd made her decision, there were many things that needed to be sorted out. And one of those things was exactly why she was walking down the city's main street.
For as she continued down the road, she eventually came upon her destination. The royal palace of Canterlot. This place had, during much of her upbringing, been like a second home to her. And it always made her happy to see it. Walking up the main stairs, she eventually came upon the massive doors of the palace's main entrance.
She was briefly stopped by two of the royal guard. But one of them immediately recognised her as the personal protégé of Princess Celestia. Realising this, the guards dutifully backed down and even opened the door for her, for which she was thankful. Entering the palace, Twilight was amazed as always to see the immaculate interior, with it's splendid stained-glass windows and clean red carpets. It was a sight she'd seen many time, but today was not a time to admire architecture. She had important business to attend to.
After walking down the main hall of the palace, she was greeted once gaain by a large door, once more guarded. But these guards, rather than halt her, immediately opened the doors. Twilight smiled. She knew she was expected. Entering through the doors, she came across a massive room, at the end of which was a smaller flight of stairs, leading up to two ornately designed thrones, one golden and one a shining sapphire.
Sitting on those thrones were two very important ponies,. THE most important in all of Equestria. The two princesses themselves, Celestia and Luna. As Twilight approached, the two princesses rose from their seats and walked down the stairs to meet her. Once at the bottom, they stopped, as did Twilight once she reached them. They stared at each other for a few moments, saying nothing.
Celestia glanced behind Twilight and nodded at the guards who were stationed there. She nodded to them, the guards nodded back, and soon the room was vacated of all ponies but the two princesses and Twilight.
Then, after much waiting, the two princesses broke out into massive smiles, as did Twilight. Celestia opened her forelegs and Twilight rushed forward, embraced by the princess in a big hug.
"I've heard the news. Congratulations Twilight!" She said kindly.
Twilight's smile grew even wider at that. She was indeed happy about all this, and seeing her mentor, her monarch, her surrogate mother, be happy as well was exactly what she wanted to see. Breaking away from her, Twilight glanced over to the younger princess, who was herself smiling at her.
"Indeed Twilight. Dusk is a fine stallion. He is lucky to have one such as you be at his side."
Twilight nodded. Luna was certainly right about that.
"And I'm lucky to have him as well." Twilight replied.
Turning back to Celestia, Twilight decided to say what she'd come here to discuss.
"I was wondering if I could talk about preparations for the wedding with you?" She asked.
"But of course my student. I would be glad to discuss it with you."
The sun princess gestured to the side, leading Twilight's gaze to a table and chairs on one side of the room. The three of them walked over and sat themselves down, Celestia magically conjuring some tea for them to drink as they spoke.
"Now then Twilight. Where are you planning to hold this wedding of yours?"
Twilight took a sip of tea before answering.
"Well. I've discussed it with Dusk and we've agreed that the ceremony should take place in Ponyville."
Celestia and Luna looked at each other briefly, clearly surprised by the answer. Luna spoke first.
"Ponyville? But Twilight, we expected you to have your wedding take place here, in your birth-city."
"Originally I had thought so too. But after thinking about it, I'd rather have it in Ponyville. A wedding in Canterlot would be big news. Everypony from here to Mane-Hattan would come here to watch it. My brother and Cadence might have liked a big wedding like that, but for me, I'd much rather keep it to friends and family."
Celestia nodded. She'd known her student long enough to know that this would probably suit her more. But Twilight's last comment made her curious.
"You say friends and family. Who, may I ask, do you intend to bring to this ceremony?"
"Well, my parents of course, Shining Armour and Cadence. My five friends, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie and their families. Spike will be there too of course. Not to mention the ponies I've made friends with about town. And then..."
She looked at Celestia, and then Luna.
"And of course, we'd want the two of you to attend, if possible."
The two sisters gave each other a smile before looking back at the young mare.
"Of course Twilight. I have known you for most of your life. You've been like a daughter to me. I would not miss such an important day for all the world."
That was a comment that made Twilight happy. Then, Twilight remembered something else that was very important. She fell quiet for a moment. Luna and Celestia saw her gain a look of embarrassment on her face, as though she was afraid of what to say next. She looked directly at Celestia and spoke.
Celestia tilted her head slightly.
Twilight gulped before speaking again.
"I...I was wondering if...if you'd...perform the ceremony. Like you did with my brother's wedding."
The room fell silent. Luna looked at Twilight, whose head was still bowed down slightly, then looked over to her sister, who's poker face was as impossible to read as usual.
Then Celestia spoke.
"My dear Twilight. As if you needed to ask."
That one line made Twilight's heart lift like never before. She looked up at her mentor's face, which was now smiling widely, and, ignoring proper manners, leapt up and wrapped her forelegs around the princess' neck in a hug. The princess hugged back whilst Luna enjoyed this heart-warming moment.
"Tis a fine day Twilight Sparkle. I shall bring forth a spectacular night and bright stars on the day of your wedding to celebrate this glorious occasion!" She said in her usual poetic way of speaking.
Twilight and Celestia chuckled at this as they parted. The elder sister looked back at her student as a question emerged in her mind.
"Tell me Twilight, what other arrangements do you need to make for your special day?" She asked.
Sitting back down, Twilight had a look on her face that was hard to read by the two sisters as she spoke.
"That's another thing I've got to sort out today, but not here."
"Now behave yourselves you two." He said sternly.
Shining was sitting on the floor, watching his two children, Star and Blaze, play with each other a few feet away from him. Looking up, he saw his wife, Cadence, enter the room nearby. The two smiled at each other as they sat down together, enjoying the sight of their young ones playing nicely with each other.
"It's incredible isn't it?" Cadence said.
Shining looked at her and raised an eyebrow.
"What?" He asked.
Cadence pointed a hoof a the kids.
"Them. Twilight and Dusk. All of it. So many good things happening right now."
Shining placed a hoof over her shoulder and smiled at her. She was right of course. This was a good time for all of them, especially for his younger sister. There had been moments when he had doubts about her choice of mate, but Dusk had proven himself worthy enough when he risked his life to save him and her long ago. And he trusted his wife when she said how much they loved each other. Nopony knew love like Cadence did.
But just as Shining opened his mouth to speak, there was a knocking at the door. Cadence was getting ready to stand up, but Shining stopped her.
"It's okay, I'll get it." He said.
Getting to his hooves, she walked over to the door while Cadence stayed with their children. Opening the door, Shining smiled as he saw his little sister on the other side.
"Twily? This is a surprise. Please, come in!" He said
Twilight walked it, and smiled upon seeing her sister-in-law, who was now getting up and walked over to her, giving her a hug in greeting.
"Twilight! So good to see you again. I take it you had your meeting with my aunts?" She asked.
The young mare nodded.
"Yes. Everything's set up now. Princess Celestia will perform the ceremony in Ponyville."
Shining gave a brief chuckle.
"I still can't believe it. My little sister getting married."
Now it was Twilight's turn to laugh.
"If you think YOU find it hard to believe, just remember what Mom and Dad went through."
All three of them laughed at this comment. True enough, Twilight and Shining's parents had both been quite surprised to hear of their daughter's upcoming marriage. Of course, it was news that made them quite happy, Mrs Sparkle in particular was so thrilled she almost wouldn't let go of her when she hugged. But eventually that, and the screaming, had died down long enough for everything to be discussed with them. All of them were looking forward to the ceremony, which had been planned for a few months from now.
Shining looked at his sister and became curious about something.
"Tell me sis. Did you come here to say goodbye before heading back to Ponyville?"
Twilight shook her head.
"Not exactly. There was one other thing I needed to do before leaving. And it concerns both of you."
That remarked caused Cadence and Shining to raise their eyebrows at one another before turning their attention back to Twilight.
"What do you need?"
Twilight took a deep breath before speaking.
"Brother. Cadence. It was wondering if you would consent to be the best stallion and mare-of-honour at the wedding."
The married couple gaped at Twilight like a pair of fish. They turned towards each other, perhaps to confirm that they'd both heard the same thing. Then, as time went on and Twilight's request slowly sank in, they smiled and looked back at her.
"Twily, it would be our honour." Shining replied.
Twilight was about ready to hug her brother for this, but Cadence, squealing like a school filly, beat her to it and hugged both her and her brother together. The three of them, laughed together, all happy over this decision. They eventually parted ways and Shining spoke up.
"This decision, was Dusk aware of it?"
"Yes. We talked things over and he said he was happy with whoever I picked out for the roles. And when I told him who I wanted, he said he couldn't think of anyone better."
Shining made sure to remember to thank Dusk for that the next time they met. After that, the three of them talked some more and had a few drinks together before it was finally time for Twilight to leave. She and her friends had to catch the last train to Ponyville before dark. Exiting their home, Twilight looked back and gave a wave to her brother and Cadence. The two waved back as Twilight made her way down the street and towards the train station.
Once there, she made her way to the right platform and eventually found her friends, Spike and Dusk waiting for her. Dusk walked forward to greet her.
"Did everything go okay?" He asked.
Twilight nodded, kissing her fiancé on the cheek before answering.
"Yes. I think our wedding with be a very good day."