Afraid At Last
One thousand years is a long time to hold such responsibilities, to raise both the sun and the moon alongside one's royal obligations. Now, with the return of her sister, Celestia was looking forward to the reprieve the night could offer.
When the time came for the day to end and the night to begin, Celestia waited for Luna to arrive. Close to an hour passed, but Luna never came. Concerned, Celestia temporarily abandoned her duty to find her younger sister.
There was only one place in which she could beher chambers. Celestia dismissed the guards before speaking through the wood. "Luna? It's time for you to raise the moon."
The responding voice was very small, despite the effort at the Royal Canterlot Voice, at sounding regal. "We cannot tonight. We apologize."
"What do you mean?" Celestia asked, stepping closer and almost pressing her ear to the door.
"We cannot," Luna repeated, a little louder.
Had they been any other pair, Celestia might have asked permission before entering he