The Pony Queen

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is an idea I had when "The Lion King" first came out in theaters. Heather and I are only now putting this into a story. We're using songs from the original movie, with some lyrical modifications. But the songs were written by Elton John, Tim Rice, and Hans Zimmer. Also appearing are two characters from the original "Lion King," Timon and Pumbaa, as a request to Heather. I'd like to note that Slap Shot, Moonshine, Fleur-Di-Lis, and Jump Shot are our own creations.

The sun was rising high in the sky above Dream Valley. Today was a special day as well. It was a day that all the ponies in the Ponyland gathered to Dream Castle to witness the birth of the new queen.

From the day we arrive on the planet

And blinking, step into the sun

There's more to see, than can ever be seen

More to do, than has ever been done

There's far too much to take in here

More to find than can ever be found

But the sun rolling high

Through the sapphire sky

Keeps great and small on the endless round

Soon all the ponies were gathered outside of Dream Castle where a teal unicorn named Moonshine trotted up to the draw bridge where Slap Shot, the current king of Ponyland was standing. The teal unicorn bowed down to him. He nodded as all the ponies stood back to allow a human named Mike, who lived outside of Ponyland through. He carried a stick with cantaloupes on the end of it. He was a magician from a tribe known as The Monkees. He and Slap Shot happened to be friends. Both of them soon embraced.

It's the circle of life
And it moves us all

Through despair and hope

Through faith and love

Till we find our place

On the path unwinding

In the circle

The circle of life

Mike and Slap Shot then turned inside the main entrance of the castle, where Queen Fleur-Di-Lis carried out her baby, Majesty in her mouth. Mike stepped up just as Fleur-Di-Lis gently set the baby down on the ground. The Monkee smiled and waved the cantaloupes on the stick over her. Majesty giggled and began playing with the fruit. Then Mike broke the cantaloupe open and dipped his thumb in it. He then took his thumb and smeared sticky pink liquid on Majesty's forehead. After that he took some dirt on the ground and sprinkled it on her forehead. Some of it got in her nose, causing her to sneeze lightly. Slap Shot and Fleur-Di-Lis laughed silently at that. Mike then looked at the two parents as if he were asking for their blessings to take the baby. Fleur-Di-Lis nodded, then Mike took Majesty up to the roof of the castle. When he was on the roof, he hoisted her above all the ponies. They began cheering and rearing up in celebration. Then they bowed as the sun shone down on their future queen.

It's the circle of life

And it moves us all

Through despair and hope

Through faith and love

Till we find our place

On the path unwinding

In the circle

The circle of life

Meanwhile, in a cave outside of Dream Valley, a black unicorn pony with fire engine red hair was looking at a ladybug who was crawling by. She soon stamped her hoof on it and lifted it up to her mouth.

"Life's not fair, is it?" she asked it. "I'll never be queen, and you . . . well you're about to become Pony Chow. Ta-Ta!" As she was about to eat the lady bug, a voice cut in.

"Didn't your Mommy tell you not to play with your food." That voice caused the black pony to drop the ladybug, which in turn caused the bug to quickly scamper away.

"Moonshine, why did you do that? You made me lose my lunch." Moonshine, who had entered the cave unannounced, bowed.

"I'm here to tell you that the queen is on her way. And lunch is the last thing you'll lose once she gets through with you."

"And why is that?"

"Because you're going to have to have pretty darn good excuse for missing the ceremony. She's pretty ticked off right now."

"Ooh, I'm frightened," the black pony said, although she didn't sound like she meant it. In fact she looked like she was thinking of doing some life altering damage to Moonshine.

"Uh, Black Widow," Moonshine said to the dark pony. "Don't give me that look! HELP!" But Black Widow soon sat down on the teal pony's head. Soon Moonshine began gasping for breath.

"Black Widow!" a regal voice commanded. The black pony turned to see Fleur-Di-Lis standing at the entrance of the cave.

"Mmm hmm?" she asked innocently.

"Get off Moonshine's head."

"Oh all right," Black Widow said like a child who got her taken a way. She soon got off of the teal pony's head.

"Perfect timing, your majesty," Moonshine said in a loopy voice.

"Why if it isn't my sister," Black Widow said as she walked over to the pale blue unicorn, "come down to mingle with the common ponies."

"Slap Shot and I didn't see you at the presentation of Majesty."

"That was today!? Oh dear, it must have slipped my mind."

"Yeah," Moonshine said as he got his wits back, "well, slippery minds should still keep in mind important dates. And as the queen's sister you should've been at the head of the herd."

"Well I was front and center. Until that little fuzz ball was born." Fleur-Di-Lis glared at Black Widow as she said in a low, yet angry type voice . . .

"That 'fuzz ball' is my daughter, and your future queen."

"Oh," Black Widow replied in a lighter voice dripping with sarcasm. "I shall practice my royal bow." She then turned her back on her sister.

"Don't look away from me, Sister!"

"Oh no, Sister, perhaps you shouldn't look away from me." With that said, Fleur-Di-Lis angrily dashed over to Black Widow.

"Is that a threat!?" she thundered.

"Do I look like the type to threaten you? Really, you're much stronger than I am." She then walked away again. "After all I'm just a pathetic little weakling who'll never be queen." Fleur-Di-Lis then sighed and looked at Moonshine.

"What am I going to do with her?"

"She'd look great above the fireplace, don't you think?" Moonshine replied.

"Moonshine!"

"Well, she would." And with that, the two ponies headed back to Dream Castle.

Meanwhile, in a tree house outside of Dream Castle, Mike was whistling Monkee Tribe's national anthem ("Hey, Hey, We're the Monkees") while painting a blue outline of Majesty on the wall. He then took a look at it, then dipped his thumb in some pink paint, and smeared it across the outline's forehead. Taking a few steps away from his "masterpiece" he smiled.

A few weeks later, the sun was shining over Dream Valley. Majesty came bounding around the castle, trying to get to her mom and dad.

"Mommy!" she called, as she began running. "Mom! Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom!"

Majesty continued yelling and bounding when she accidentally tripped, and bumped into another pony.

"Oops, sorry," she said, and continued bounding until she got to Slap Shot and Fleur-Di-Lis. "Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom!"

"Your daughter is awake," Slap Shot said.

"Before sunrise, she's your daughter," Fleur-Di-Lis said.

"Come on, Mommy, you promised!" Majesty shouted, pulling on her mother's mane. Fleur-Di-Lis finally gave in, and got up.

"All right," she said. "I'm up, I'm up."

Fleur-Di-Lis and Slap Shot got up, and followed Majesty to the window. Together, the three of them watched the sunrise and looking out at all of Ponyland.

"Wow," Majesty said. "All of this will be mine? Cool! But what about that shadowy place?"

"That's beyond our borders," Fleur-Di-Lis said. "You can't ever go there."

"Why not?"

"It could be dangerous. No one from our herd has ever gone out there."

"Oh."

With that, Majesty went out to play with her friends. But before she did, she went to drop in on her aunt, Black Widow.

"Auntie Widow!" she called. "Guess what?"

"I so detest guessing games," Black Widow grumbled. But Majesty didn't hear her.

"I'm gonna be queen!" she shouted, jumping onto Black Widow's back.

"Do tell."

"Hey, if I'm queen, what'll that make you?"

"A Monkee's Uncle."

"A Monkee's Uncle? Ha, ha, ha! You're silly!"

"You don't have a clue, do you, child?"

Majesty giggled, and rolled off Black Widow.

"And Mommy said all of Ponyland will be mine," she said. "Except for that shadowy place."

"Well, your mother is so right," Black Widow said. "An Elephant's Graveyard is no place for a future queen."

"An Elephant's Graveyard?" Majesty asked with interest. "Cool!"

"Oh dear," Black Widow said, with mock horror. "I've said too much already. Just do me a little favor, and promise never to go to that terrible place."

"Riiiiight," Majesty said.

And with that, Majesty ran off back to Dream Castle. There she found her best friend, Jump Shot, getting his daily bath.

"Hey Jump Shot!" she shouted.

"Hi Majesty," Jump Shot said.

"I got something to tell you," Majesty said. "I know this really cool place."

"Majesty, I'm kind of in the middle of a bath!" Jump Shot shouted.

"And speaking of baths," Slap Shot replied, pulling Majesty to him. "It's time for yours!"

"Eeek!" Majesty shouted, as her father began washing her with a hose he had around.

"Okay, Daddy, I'm clean, I'm clean!" Majesty shouted, shaking out her mane. "So wanna come with me to this really cool place?"

"Well . . . ." Jump Shot said.

"And where exactly is this really cool place?" Slap Shot asked.

"Oh," Majesty said. "It's . . . . . near the pool."

"The pool?!" Jump Shot shouted. "What's so great about the pool?!"

"I'll show you when we get there," Majesty said through gritted teeth.

"Oh," Jump Shot said. "So what do you say, Mom? Can I go?"

"Pleeeeaaaaaassse?" both Jump Shot and Majesty asked, plastering big toothy grins on their faces.

"It's up to you, Slap," Jump Shot's mother said.

"Well . . . ." Slap Shot said, thinking it over. "Okay."

"Yipee!" Jump Shot shouted.

"Hooray!" Majesty cheered.

"As long as Moonshine goes with you," Slap Shot said.

Both the little ponies groaned at the thought of having Moonshine go with them to this "really cool spot." But there was no way out of it. Pretty soon, the three ponies were heading through Ponyland.

"Hup one, hup two, hup one, hup two!" Moonshine shouted. "The sooner we get to the pool, the sooner we can go home. What with the news of Raptorians in the area. You know they're just smelly, stupid beasts."

"So where are we really going?" Jump Shot whispered.

"An Elephant's Graveyard," Majesty whispered.

"Whoa!"

"Shh!"

"Oh yeah. So how do we ditch the doofus?"

Majesty and Jump Shot began whispering about how they were going to ditch the doofus . . . . . I mean Moonshine. The teal unicorn looked over at the two of them and laughed.

"Oh isn't that cute?" he asked. "You two whispering sweet nothings like that. Especially with you two being betrothed and all."

"Betrothed?" Jump Shot asked. "What does that mean?"

"One day, you two will be married!" Moonshine exclaimed.

Majesty and Jump Shot looked at each other in shock, and turned away quickly.

"Eeeeuuuwwwww!" they shouted in perfect unison.

"I can't marry him," Majesty shouted. "He's my best friend."

"Yeah," Jump Shot said. "It would be weird."

"Well, weird or not," Moonshine said. "Can't do anything about it."

"Well, I'm getting rid of that rule!" Majesty shouted.

"Now while I'm around, sister!" Moonshine shouted.

"Well then, you're fired."

"Nice try, but only a queen can do that."

"Well, she's the future queen," Jump Shot said.

"Right, so you gotta do what I tell you!" Majesty shouted.

"Not yet I don't," Moonshine said. "And with that attitude, you're shaping up to be a pretty pathetic queen!"

"Not the way I see it!" Majesty shouted, and she began to sing.

Majesty: I'm gonna be a mighty queen

So enemies beware!

Moonshine: Well I've never seen a queen of beasts

With quite so little hair

Majesty: I'm gonna be the "mane" event

Like no queen was before

I'm brushing up on looking down

I'm working on my ROAR!

"Ponies don't roar," Moonshine said, and began singing again.

Moonshine: Thus far, a rather uninspiring thing

Majesty: Oh I just can't wait to be queen!

"You've got a long way to go, Majesty," Moonshine said. "If you think . . . ."

Majesty: No one saying "Do this."

Jump Shot: No one saying "be there"

Majesty: No one saying "Stop that!"

Both: No one saying "See here!"

"NOW SEE HERE!" Moonshine shrieked.

Majesty: Free to run around all day

"Well that's definitely out," Moonshine said.

Majesty: Free to do it all my way

Moonshine had about had it with Majesty's devil-may-care attitude, and was ready to scream at her, but she managed to curb her temper.

Moonshine: I think it's time that you and I

Arranged a heart to heart

Majesty: Queens don't need advice

From little Horn Heads for a start

"Horn head?!" Moonshine shouted. Now he was really angry.

Moonshine: If this is where the monarchy

is headed count me out

Out of service, out of Ponyland

I wouldn't hang about

This girl is getting

Wildly out of wing

Majesty: Oh I just can't wait to be queen

Everybody look left

Everybody look right

Everywhere you like I'm

Standing spot light

"Not yet!" Moonshine yelled.

Ponies: Let every pony go for broke and sing

Let's hear it in the herd and on the wing

It's gonna be Queen Majesty's finest fling

Majesty: Oh I just can't wait to be queen!

Oh I just can't wait to be queen!

Oh I just can't wait to be queen!

And with that, a pile of ponies crashed to the ground, all landing on top of Moonshine. She wasn't too happy about that.

"Pardon me, madam," he said to a pink pony. "But GET OFF MY HEAD!"

While Moonshine was trying to pull himself out of the avalanche of ponies, Majesty and Jump Shot had made it to the Elephant's Graveyard.

"Whoa," Jump Shot said.

"You can say that again," Majesty replied.

"Whoa."

Majesty and Jump Shot wandered around, looking at the bones and things. It was creepy, but cool. While they were walking around, Moonshine finally had gotten out of the pile of ponies and made it to the graveyard.

"All right!" she shouted. "You two are gonna turn around and head back to Dream Castle! Do not pass Go! Do not collect two hundred dollars!"

"Good grief," Majesty groaned. "Moonshine, you're nothing but a kill joy."

"Don't you realize all the Raptorians hang out here?" Moonshine asked. "This place is dangerous!"

"Dangerous?" Majesty asked. "Ha! I laugh in the face of danger! Ha, ha, ha, ha!"

As Majesty laughed, another laugh was heard, but it was from a bunch of Raptorians hiding behind an elephant's skull. Two of them were boys and one was a girl.

"Well, what do we have here?" the girl Raptorian asked. "What do you think we have here Fearo?"

"I don't know, Sierra," Fearo said. "What do you think we have here, Joe?"

Joe just laughed stupidly, like a laughing hyena.

"Yeah, just what I was thinking," Fearo said. "A couple of tasty tidbits!"

"Mmm, yummy!" Sierra shouted.

"Stay back," Majesty said. "I'm warning you!"

"Uhh, forget it," Moonshine said. "Let's get out of here!"

"But you said Raptorians were smelly, stupid beasts."

"Ix-nay on the oopid-stay!"

"Hey, who're you callin' 'oopid-stay'?!" Fearo shouted at Moonshine.

"Nobody," Moonshine said. "Let's go!"

The three ponies began to run off, with the Raptorians hot on their heels. They chased them until they reached a dead end and were trapped.

"Uh oh," Jump Shot said.

"Dead end," Sierra said, laughing.

Majesty gulped, and got up on her hind legs, ready to kick out. She let out a teeny, tiny whinny, which caused the Raptorians to laugh hysterically.

"I love it!" Sierra shouted. "Do it again!"

Majesty took a deep breath, and whinnied again, only this time it was louder and fiercer. The Raptorians looked up and saw Fleur-Di-Lis standing on a nearby rock. She was rearing and kicking her legs out. Then she jumped onto the Raptorians.

"Hi," Fearo said. "How are ya?"

"If I ever catch you near my daughter again . . . ." Fleur-Di-Lis said.

"Daughter? Your daughter?" Sierra asked. "Did you know this was her daughter?"

"No, no," Fearo said. "Did you?"

"No!" Sierra shouted. Then they turned to their companion.

"Joe?" they asked. Stupidly, Joe nodded his head vigorously. With that, Fleur-Di-Lis turned around, and gave the Raptorians a swift kick with her hind legs. They sailed away.

"Good shot, your majesty!" Moonshine shouted.

"Moonshine take Jump Shot home," Fleur-Di-Lis said. "I need to speak with my daughter."

"Got it."

Zoom. Moonshine and Jump Shot were gone in a flash. Fleur-Di-Lis and Majesty began walking back to Dream Castle.

"Mommy?" Majesty asked, timidly. "Are you mad at me?"

"I'm disappointed in you, Majesty," Fleur-Di-Lis said. "What were you thinking? You deliberately disobeyed me, and what's worse, you put Jump Shot in danger."

"I just wanted to be brave, like you."

"Majesty, being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble."

"But you aren't scared of anything."

"I was today."

"You were?"

"Yes. I was scared because I could've lost my baby." Fleur-Di-Lis then nuzzled Majesty's face.

"Oh. I see. But you want to know something? I think those Raptorians were even scarder."

"Because nobody messes with your Mom. Come here, you." Fleur-Di-Lis then pulled Majesty close to her and gave her a pony noogie.

"Ack!" Majesty squealed. "Mom!" Fleur-Di-Lis then took off running with Majesty chasing her throughout the fields. The chasing ended when the young pony tackled the adult.

"Mommy," Majesty said as she got off Fleur-Di-Lis's back. "Will we always be together?"

"Majesty, let me tell you something. Look at the stars. The queens of the past are up there looking down on us. When my time comes, I'll also be among them . . . and I want you to think of me whenever you stare at the night sky."

Meanwhile, in a cave . . .

"Man that stupid Fleur-Di-Lis," Fearo said as he examined the bruises on his rump. "I won't be able to sit for a week." Joe soon began laughing. "It's not funny, Joe!" That made the stupid Raptorian laugh harder. "Will you just shut up!" Joe laughed even harder. "All right! That's it!" Then the smarter of the two male Raptorians lunged at the other in a fight.

"Will you two knock it off!" Sierra ordered.

"Well he started it!" Fearo then pointed to Joe who was gnawing on his own leg.

"You know something," Sierra continued, "if it weren't for those stupid ponies we'd own this place."

"Yeah, I hate ponies."

"They're too colorful, and cutesy," Sierra said.

"And man are they uuugggglyyy!" both of them added at the same time.

"Oh surely we aren't all that bad," a voice replied, breaking the two Raptorians out of their laughter. They soon found that it was only Black Widow, their leader.

"Oh, Black Widow," Sierra sighed. "It's just you."

"We thought it was Fleur-Di-Lis," Fearo replied.

"Yeah. Every time I hear that name I shudder."

"Fleur-Di-Lis," Fearo whispered, making Sierra shudder.

"Oooh. Again."

"Fleur-Di-Lis."

"Oooh!"

"Fleur-Di-Lis! Fleur-Di-Lis! Fleur-Di-Lis!"

"Oooh ooh ooh."

"I'm surrounded by idiots," Black Widow sighed.

"By the way," Fearo said. "Did you get us anything to eat? Did ya, did ya, did ya!?"

"Are you kidding? I practically gift wrapped those baby ponies for you, and you couldn't even get rid of them? So why should I reward you for failing your job?"

"Well, it wasn't necessarily our fault, Black Widow," Sierra said. "They weren't alone you know."

"Yeah," Fearo added. "What are we supposed to do? Kill Fleur-Di-Lis?" Black Widow then got an evil grin on her face.

"Exactly."

"Huh?" the Raptorians asked in unison while giving their leader a confused look. Soon she began singing.

I know that your powers of retention

Are as wet as a warthog's backside

But thick as you are, pay attention!
My words are a matter of pride

It's clear from your vacant expressions

The lights are not all on upstairs

But we're talking queens and succession

Even you can't be caught unawares

So prepare for the chance of a life time

Be prepared for sensational news

A shining new era is tiptoeing nearer

Sierra: And where do we feature

Black Widow: Just listen to teacher

I know it sounds sordid

But you'll be rewarded

When at last I am given my dues

And injustice deliciously squared

Be prepared

"Yeah!" Fearo cheered. "Be prepared. We'll be prepared." He then got a confused look. "For what?"

"For the death of the queen!" Black Widow shouted.

"Why, is she sick?" Fearo asked.

"No you fool, we're going to kill her. Majesty too."

"Great idea!" Sierra agreed. "Who needs a queen?" Then the three Raptorians ran around in circles chanting merrily . . .

"No queen, no queen, la la la la la!"

"You idiots!" Black Widow shouted. "I will be queen! Stick with me, and you'll never go hungry again!"

"All right!" Fearo and Sierra shouted. "Long live the queen!" Soon more Raptorians appeared chanting "Long live the queen as well." Then they all began singing.

It's great that we'll soon be connected

With a queen who'll be all time adored

Black Widow: Of course quid pro quo you're expected

To take certain duties aboard

The future is littered with prizes

And though I'm the main addressee

The point that I must emphasize is

YOU WON'T GET A SNIFF WITHOUT ME!

So prepare for the coup of the century

Be prepared for the murkiest scam

Meticulous planning
Tenacity spanning
Decades of denial

Is simply while I'll

Be queen undisputed

Respected
Saluted

And seen for the wonder I am

Yes my teeth and ambitions are bared

Be prepared

All: Yes our teeth and ambitions are bared

Be prepared

The next morning, Black Widow brought Majesty to a canyon of some kind. They appeared to be waiting for Fleur-Di-Lis.

"So what are we doing here?" Majesty asked.

"Oh, I've got a little surprise in store for you mother," Black Widow said.

"What is it?"

"Now if I told you, it wouldn't be a surprise, silly! But she's sure going to love it!"

"If I promised to act surprised, will you tell me?"

"Oooh, you are a naughty girl! No, no, no. This is just between you and your mommy. A little . . . . . mother daughter . . . . . . thing. Well, I'd better go tell her."

"Can I go with you?"

"NO! I mean, no. Why don't you just stay on your rock. We wouldn't want to have another incident like we did with the Raptorians, now would we?"

"You know about that."

"Majesty, everybody knows about that."

"Really?"

"Oh yes. Lucky Mommy was there to save you. Oh and just between you and me, you might want to work on that little whinny of yours."

And with that Black Widow walked off. Majesty sat down on the rock, and began tossing a pebble back and forth between her hooves. In the meantime, the Raptorians were looking at a herd of dragons. Fearo was staring at them hungrily.

"Just one!" he shouted. "Can't I have just one?"

"No!" Sierra shouted.

"How 'bout one of those baby dragons?"

"No! We wait for the signal from Black Widow."

Just then Black Widow appeared over the rock the Raptorians were standing on. That was the signal. The three Raptorians flew out to the dragon herd and began chasing them. That caused the whole herd to start stampeding. Of course, Majesty didn't realize that. She saw a caterpillar crawling along, and decided to practice working on her "little whinny." Of course, it was still a teeny little thing. Until she put her whole heart into it. Of course, it seemed to echo through the canyon walls. Majesty smiled, until she felt the ground shaking. She turned around, and saw a herd of charging dragons coming right at her. She screamed and began running like crazy. She couldn't wink out like her mother, because she hadn't learned how to do that yet. So she just ran. From the top of a cliff, Fleur-Di-Lis was staring at the stampeding dragons.

"I wonder what's gotten them so upset?" she said to herself.

"Fleur-Di-Lis!" Black Widow shouted, running over. "Hurry! You have to stop the stampede! Majesty's down there!"

"Majesty!" Fleur-Di-Lis shouted, and she winked out. She winked back in, right in front of Majesty. She grabbed her baby by the neck, and threw her onto her back, and then she began running as fast as she could. She threw Majesty over to a tree branch.

"Stay there!" she shouted.

"Mommy!" Majesty shouted.

Fleur-Di-Lis winked out, and found herself on a canyon wall. She grabbed a branch with her teeth, and tried her best to climb up. She saw Black Widow just standing there.

"Black Widow!" she shouted. "Help me!"

Black Widow smiled sneakily, and bent down, as if she were going to help her sister.

"Long live the queen," she said, sarcastically, and bit the branch Fleur-Di-Lis was hanging onto. Fleur-Di-Lis plummeted into the canyon where the dragons were still stampeding. Black Widow laughed, and trotted off.

Once the dragons were done stampeding, and the dust cleared, Majesty walked over to Fleur-Di-Lis and nudged her with her nose.

"Mommy?" she asked. "Mommy, get up. Please get up, Mommy."

Majesty continued nudging her mother with her nose, expecting Fleur-Di-Lis to get up, but she didn't. Majesty sniffled, and positioned herself underneath Fleur-Di-Lis's leg. Black Widow came onto the scene and looked at what happened.

"Majesty, what have you done?" she asked.

"I didn't mean to," Majesty said. "It was an accident!"

"Ooohhh, of course it was," Black Widow said. "But the queen is dead, and if it hadn't have been for you, she'd still be alive. Why, what would your father think?"

"What am I going to do, Auntie Widow?"

"I think there's only one thing you can do. Run! Run away and never return!"

And with that, Majesty began to run off as fast as she could. As she ran, Black Widow watched her. The three Raptorians gathered behind her.

"Kill her," she said.

The Raptorians flew after Majesty. The little unicorn saw them coming and ran faster than she had ever ran before. She ran as fast as her little pony legs would carry her. Majesty made her escape from them by ducking into a hole that happened to be next to a cactus field. Unfortunately, Fearo missed the hole, and landed directly in the field. He ended up with cactus needles jabbing him in his seat.

"Yeeeeouuuuuuch!" he shouted, zooming back to his friends. By the time Majesty darted out of the hole, she was running across to a desert.

"Hey there she goes!" Sierra shouted.

"So go after her!" Fearo shouted.

"No way I'm going after her, and come out looking like you, Cactus Butt! Besides, she's as good as dead out there anyway. And if she ever comes back, we'll kill her."

"Yeah. YOU HEAR THAT LITTLE PONY?! IF YOU EVER COME BACK, WE'LL KILL YOU!"

The Raptorians returned to Dream Castle, where all the little ponies were gathered, saddened to hear the news of Fleur-Di-Lis's passing.

"I know it's a great loss to lose our queen," Black Widow said. "And poor little Majesty, too. However, as the queen's sister, I will assume all duties as queen of Ponyland."

There was a small moment of silence.

"Well, they ain't gettin' any deader!" Black Widow shouted.

Back at Mike's tree house, he was also saddened to hear of the death of both Fleur-Di-Lis and especially Majesty. As he leaned up against the trunk of the tree and squeezed his eyes tightly shut, he let out a sad sigh. He then turned to look at Majesty's outline, and then swiped his hand through it . . . causing streaks of paint and dust to wipe out the picture.

Meanwhile, Majesty was lying in the middle of a desert somewhere, unconscious. Soon a flock of buzzards, who had been circling over her for a while, landed and began picking at her. Before they could even begin feasting a loud . . .

"YAAAAAHHH!" was heard. Soon a warthog, with a meerkat on his head came charging in, knocking all the buzzards away.

"Go on!" the meerkat shouted as he waved the buzzards away with his paws. "Beat it! The least you can do is wait till it's completely dead!" He then turned to the warthog who was standing by Majesty. "It isn't dead, yet, is it?"

"Nope," the warthog replied. "But it's gonna be if we don't get it out of here."

"Yeah," the meerkat nodded. "We shouldn't let this . . . horse thingy fry out here. Who knows, maybe we can teach it a thing or too." The warthog then used his tusks to hoist Majesty on his snout as the meerkat climbed back up on his head. "Geez, I'm fried. Let's go find some shade." And with that, the warthog and the meerkat carried Majesty out of the desert.

Moments later the three of them were at a jungle oasis where the meerkat was splashing some water in Majesty's face to rouse her. She soon began waking up.

"Hey, you okay kid?" the meerkat asked.

"Yeah, I think so," Majesty replied.

"You nearly died," the warthog said.

"I saved you," the meerkat said before the warthog snorted in his face. "Well, Pumbaa helped . . . a little."

"Thanks for the help," Majesty half heartedly said. She then began walking away.

"Hey, where ya going?" the meerkat asked.

"No where." As the pony began heading back for the desert, her rescuers looked after her a little sympathetically.

"Gee, she looks blue," the meerkat said.

"In a greenish way too," Pumbaa replied.

"No, no. I mean she's depressed." The two then caught up with Majesty.

"Say, kid, what's eating you?" the meerkat asked.

"I can't go back home," Majesty sadly said.

"Ah, so you're an outcast! That's great, so are we!"

"What'd you do?" Pumbaa asked.

"Something awful. But I can't talk about it."

"Good, we don't wanna hear about it," the meerkat said, as Pumbaa shot his pint sized friend an angry look.

"Come on, Timon," he said softly to his meerkat buddy. "Is there anything we can do?" he asked in concern to Majesty.

"Not unless you can change the past."

"You know, it's times like this my best buddy Timon would say, you've got to put your behind in your past."

"No, no, no!" Timon exclaimed as he pushed Pumbaa back some. "Amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself." He then turned to Majesty. "It's you have to put your past behind you. Look, bad things happen, and there's nothing you can do about it, right?"

"Right," Majesty sadly answered.

"WRONG!" Timon then put his finger in Majesty's snout before he turned around and declared, "when the world turns it's back on you, you turn your back on da world!"

"I wasn't taught anything like that," Majesty said.

"Well maybe you need a new lesson. Repeat after me." Timon then cleared his throat. "Hakuna Matata."

"What?"

"Hakuna Matata," Pumbaa repeated. "It means no worries."

"Hakuna Matata," Timon repeated a third time, "what a wonderful phrase."

"Hakuna Matata," Pumbaa added. Then he began singing, "Ain't no passin' craze."

Timon: It means no worries

For the rest of your days

T&P: It's our problem free

Philosophy

Timon: Hakuna Matata

"Hakuna Matata?" Majesty asked.

"Yeah," Pumbaa nodded. "It's our motto."

"What's a motto?"

"Nothing," Timon replied once they were all back at the oasis, "what's the motto with you." He then began laughing at his own (bad) joke.

"These two words are going to change your life," Pumbaa said.

"That's right," Timon added. "Take Pumbaa for example. Why . . ."

Timon: When he was a young warthog

Pumbaa: (Dramatically) When I was a young warthoooog!

"Very nice," Timon said as he cleaned out his ear.

"Thanks," Pumbaa replied.

Timon: He found his aroma lacked a certain appeal

He could clear the savannah after every meal

Pumbaa: I'm a sensitive soul

Though I seemed thick skinned

And it hurt that my friends never stood down wind

And oh the shame

Timon: He was ashamed

Pumbaa: Thought of changing my name

Timon: Oh what's in a name

Pumbaa: And I got downhearted

Timon: How'd you feel?

Pumbaa: Every time that I . . .

"Hey, Pumbaa!" Timon exclaimed as he put his hand over Pumbaa's mouth. "Not in front of the kids."

"Oh," Pumbaa replied. "Sorry." Majesty then gave them all an odd look before the duo resumed singing.

T&P: Hakuna Matata

What a wonderful phrase

Hakuna Matata

Ain't no passin' craze

Majesty: It means no worries, for the rest of the rest of your days.

Timon: Yeah, sing it, kid.

T&F: It's our problem free

Pumbaa: Philosophy!

All 3: Hakuna Matata.

Soon Timon and Pumbaa showed Majesty the rest of their jungle oasis.

"Welcome," Timon said as he moved a palm leaf out of the way, "to our humble abode."

"You live here?" Majesty asked as she saw lush trees and waterfalls.

"Yep," Pumbaa replied. "Home is where your rump rests."

"It's beautiful."

Soon they began walking around the oasis. Pumbaa began to burp.

"Boy, am I starved," he said.

"I'm so hungry I could eat a whole gallon of ice cream."

"Uh, fresh out of ice cream," Timon said.

"Strawberry cupcakes?"

"Nope."

"Chocolate chip cookies?"

"Look, kid, if you want to live like us, you're gonna have to eat like us." Timon then came upon a log. "This looks like a good spot to rustle up some grub." Pumbaa then lifted the log up to reveal a bunch of crawling bugs underneath. Timon then picked up a big fat grub.

"Ew, what's that?" Majesty asked, looking disgusted.

"A grub," Timon replied. "What's it look like?"

"Gross!" Soon Timon was licking his fingers.

"Tastes like chicken," he replied.

"You'll learn to love 'em," Pumbaa added.

"These are very rare delicacies," Timon said as he picked up a red bug and took a bite. It had a crunchy texture to it. "Pecans, with a very pleasant crunch."

"Slimy yet satisfying," Pumbaa said as he slurped some worms.

"I'm telling you kid," Timon said while pulling bugs off a log and putting them on a leaf platter. "No rules, no responsibilities . . ." he then paused, picked up a purple and white bug, and began squeezing it. "Ooh, the little green filled kind." He then walked over to Majesty with the leaf bug platter. "And definitely no worries. Well?" He then offered the bugs to the pony.

"Well," Majesty said as she picked up a grub, "Hakuna Matata." She then swallowed the bug and gulped it down whole. After she finally swallowed it, she found out that eating bugs wasn't as bad as it sounded.

"Slimy," she said, "yet satisfying."

"That's it," Timon said as the bugs flew off the platter.

Soon all three of them were walking across a log. Apparently time was flying by rapidly, because Majesty began aging from a cute little kid pony, into a pretty full grown adult pony.

T&P: Hakuna Matata

Hakuna Matata

Hakuna Matata


Majesty: It means no worries for the rest of your days

All 3: It's our problem free

Philosophy

Timon: Hakuna Matata

Majesty: Hakuna Matata

Timon: Hakuna Matata

Majesty: Hakuna Matata

The three then began walking off into the sunset.

"So," Majesty said, "where are we going to sleep tonight?"

"Well, I was thinking some where near the wide open skies," Timon replied.

"But, Timon," Pumbaa started, "don't we need to cross a river to get to those wide open skies."

"A river?" Majesty asked. "Neato! Come on!" She then galloped off.

"Wait a sec," Timon said, "I forgot about that river!"

"Come on slow pokes!" Majesty said. "Last one to jump the river is a rotten egg!" The trio soon came to the river. Majesty was able to jump it easily. So was Pumbaa, to some extent. Unfortunately, since Timon was so small, he came to a problem.

"Uh guys," Timon started.

"Come on," Majesty prompted. "This is an easy jump!"

"Look who's talking," Timon sighed. "Oh well, Hakuna Matata." He then prepared to jump, but didn't quite make it as far. He ended up landing directly in the river, and ended up being swept away.

"GUYS!" he shouted as he tried to swim out . . . to no extent.

"TIMON!" Majesty and Pumbaa cried at the same time.

"We gotta save him before he goes over the falls!" Pumbaa quickly shouted. Majesty just stood paralyzed at first. She knew she shouldn't have prompted Timon to jump. If he died, it would be all her fault. Timon, in the meantime was bobbing his head out of the water to avoid drowning. He soon came across a low hanging tree branch, which was growing inches away from the waterfall. He quickly latched onto it and catapulted to the other side of the bank where Pumbaa and Majesty caught up with him.

"Oy," he said. "Well, that was certainly refreshing." He then shook himself off. Majesty just stared at him. "What?"

"You nearly diiiiied!" she screamed.

"Yeah, I know," Timon said.

"And it would've been my fault," Majesty came close to crying. "I never should've prompted you to jump! If you had gone over . . ."

"Hey, Fizz!" Timon interrupted her. "Hakuna Matata. Let it goooo." He then started to walk off. "Well are you two coming or not. I wanna get there before night fall." Pumbaa began following his best friend as Majesty lingered behind. She figured to not dwell on what could've been. After all, Timon had forgiven her, so her mind was now at ease, for now.

Elsewhere in Ponyland, things at Dream Castle were a little . . . . . run down, shall we say? The purple-pink color of the castle became dingy and dirty. It was almost dark all the time, and no one seemed to have any fun, of course. Except for Black Widow. She was lounging around, keeping Moonshine in a cage. Moonshine was Black Widow's "Official Entertainer."

"Nobody knows the troubles I've seen," Moonshine sang. "Nobody knows my sorrow."

"Moonshine, Moonshine, Moonshine," Black Widow said. "Lighten up a little, will ya? Sing something with some more . . . . . . bounce in it."

Well, she asked for it. Moonshine began singing the bounciest tune he knew.

"My Little Pony, My Little Pony," he sang.

"No! No!" Black Widow shouted. "Anything but that!"

Moonshine sighed, and began singing another upbeat tune she knew, one he thought Black Widow would like.

"Oh, I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts," he sanf. "Deedle dee dee-dee. There they are standing in a row."

"Bum, bum, bum," Black Widow sang along. She loved this song.

"Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head!" she and Moonshine sang together. Moonshine watched Black Widow sing, and then groaned.

"I never had to do this with Fleur-Di-Lis," he said.

"WHAT WAS THAT?!" Black Widow shrieked.

"Nothing!" Moonshine shouted. "Nothing at all!"

"Good," Black Widow said. Then she began to relax. But her relaxation didn't last long. The Raptorians came inside the castle, and they were mad as heck.

"Hey listen, Widow!" Fearo shouted. "We've got a bone to pick with you!"

"Let me handle this," Sierra said. "Black Widow, there is no food and no water."

"Yeah, it's dinner time," Fearo said. "And we don't have nothin' around here to munch on!"

"It's the Pegasi's job to gather food!" Black Widow shouted, feeling exasperated.

"Well, they ain't gathering!" Fearo shouted.

"Ooohhhh," Black Widow groaned. "Eat Moonshine then."

"Oooohhh no, you don't want to eat me!" Moonshine shouted. "Unicorn meat is bad for the heart. And besides, you might choke on my horn!"

"Things were never this bad before," Fearo groaned.

"I heard that!" Black Widow shouted. "And you'd better not say it again. Now get out of here!"

The three Raptorians started out of the castle, but they turned back shortly afterwards.

"But we're still hungry," Fearo said.

"OUT!" Black Widow shouted, throwing a bowl at the Raptorians. They took off like a shot. Black Widow laughed, and made herself comfortable among her pile of pillows.

Meanwhile, in the long grasses under the jungle night sky . . .

"Boy, am I stuffed," Majesty said as the trio were lying on their backs, looking at the stars in the sky.

"Yeah," Pumbaa added. "I ate like a pig."

"Pumbaa, you are a pig."

"Oh." Then all three of them heaved big sighs and gazed at the sky.

"Say, Timon," Pumbaa started, "do you ever wonder what those sparkly things are?"

"Pumbaa, I don't wonder. I know."

"Oh? What are they?"

"They're fireflies. Fireflies that got stuck up in that big bluish black thing."

"Oh," Pumbaa nodded. "I thought they were big balls of gas burning billions of miles away."

"Pumbaa, with you every thing's gas."

"What do you think they are, Majesty?" Pumbaa asked.

"Well . . . I don't know," the unicorn hesitantly replied.

"Come on, we told you ours," Pumbaa prompted.

"Well . . ."

"Yes? Yes?" Timon asked.

"Okay. Someone once told me that all the great kings and queens of the past are up there looking down on us."

"You mean a bunch of royal dead guys are watching us?" Timon asked. Then he and Pumbaa burst out laughing. "What crazy idea is that?"

"Yeah," Majesty said, laughing a little herself, although it was half heartedly. "Pretty dumb, huh?"

"What mook made that up?" Timon asked.

"Yeah," Majesty added. She then sadly got up and walked away. Timon and Pumbaa looked at each other after she was gone.

"Was it something I said?" Timon asked, feeling kinda bad that they had laughed at Majesty like that.

Majesty was soon on a cliff looking out at the stars. She felt a little upset that her best friends made fun of her mother . . . yet she knew they didn't mean any harm. After all, she never told them about her mother, so how were they to know? She then sadly sighed and flopped down on a bunch of plants, scattering their seeds and a few feathers into the night sky.

The next morning, in Mike's tree house, he was playing around with a magic wand he had. He was creating flowers on his tree when he suddenly felt something. Something in his inner psyches. He stood up, and smiled.

"She's alive!" he shouted.

Mike raced to the top of his tree house with his paints, and began drawing long pink, white, and dark blue curls on his outline of Majesty. As a final touch, he shook his magic wand at the picture. On the spot where Majesty's eyes were stood two glittering dark pink gems.

In the grass lands, Timon and Pumbaa were walking around singing that oldie but goody by the Tokens, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

"A wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh," Pumbaa sang.

"In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight," Timon sang. "In the jungle the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight!"

While Timon was singing, Pumbaa went to follow a bug, in order to have a small mid-morning snack. Of course, Timon didn't realize his buddy wasn't with him.

"I can't hear ya buddy! Back me up!" he shouted, and began singing again. "A weeeee-eeee-eeeee-eeeee-eeeeee a Pumbaa-ba-baweh! A . . . . Pumbaa?"

Timon turned around, and began to look for his friend. Pumbaa, in the meantime, was still following a bug. He followed it under an upraised root of a tree, and wouldn't you know it, he got stuck!

"Uh oh," he said. "Timon? Hey Timon!"

As Pumbaa struggled, someone was watching him. Or at least the root he was stuck under. It was a white Big Brother Pony with blue mane. He was staring at the root, ready to jump over it. He began to run to it. By that time, Timon had found Pumbaa.

"Get me out of here, Timon!" Pumbaa shouted. "I'm stuck!"

"Jeez, why do I always have to save your . . . . . ." Timon said, and he saw the pony charging for the root. "AAAAAHHHHHHH!"

Of course, Timon's scream scared the pony, and he began jumping all over the place, whinnying his head off. He began kicking his legs around like crazy. He managed to kick Pumbaa loose, and he ran off. Timon ran after him, trying to avoid getting crushed by this pony. Luckily, all the noise attracted Majesty. She looked over at what was going on, and saw the Big Brother Pony jumping all over the place. She ran over, and managed to grab him by the tail to get him to stop jumping around. Then she got a good look at his rump and saw that he had a water hose on it.

"Jump Shot?" she asked, his tail still in her mouth.

"Majesty?" Jump Shot asked, turning around. "Majesty is that you?"

"Yeah," Majesty said. "Is that you Jump Shot?"

"Yeah."

Majesty and Jump Shot just stared at each other for a moment or so. And then they screamed and began jumping all over the place.

"What are you doing here?" Majesty asked.

"Looking for food," Jump Shot said. "What are you doing here?"

"It's a long story," Majesty said. "Very long."

"Uhh, did we miss something here?" Timon asked.

"Oh!" Majesty shouted. "Oh yeah. Guys, this is Jump Shot, my best friend in the whole world."

"Pleasure to make your acquaintance," Pumbaa said.

"The pleasure's all mine," Jump Shot replied.

"Uh huh," Timon said. "Now let me get this straight. You know him, he knows you, and yet he wants to crush me. And everyone's okay with this? DID I MISS SOMETHING HERE!?"

"Relax, Timon," Majesty started.

"Wait till everyone knows you've been here all this time," Jump Shot said. "And your father . . . what will he think?"

"He doesn't have to know," Majesty replied. "Nobody does."

"Of course they do, everyone thinks you're dead."

"They do?"

"Yeah. Black Widow told us about the stampede."

"What else did she tell you?" Majesty looked a little unnerved that her Auntie Widow had told all of Ponyland about that fateful day.

"What else matters?" Jump Shot asked, "you're alive. At that means . . . you're the queen." Timon and Pumbaa, who had been silent for some time walked in between both ponies.

"The queen?" he asked. He then let out a little laugh. "Buster, have you got your ponies crossed."

"The queen," Pumbaa said in a whisper. He then threw himself at Majesty's feet. "Your highness, I gravel at your feet."

"Pumbaa . . ." Majesty started as she lifted her hoof away from the warthog.

"It's grovel, not gravel," Timon corrected his buddy, "and don't. She's not the queen." He then turned to Majesty. "Aren't ya?"

"No!" Majesty vehemently exclaimed.

"Majesty?" Jump Shot asked as if he couldn't believe what she just said.

"Maybe I was going to be," Majesty added. "But not anymore."

"Wait a sec," Timon continued. "You're the queen, and you never told us."

"Look, I'm still the same girl," Majesty added with a friendly smile.

"But with power!" Timon exclaimed as he thrust his fist in the air.

"Can you guys excuse us for a few minutes?" Jump Shot asked.

"Hey, whatever Fizz says, she can say it in front of us," Timon said as he patted Pumbaa's snout.

"Umm," Majesty started, "I think maybe you oughta go." Timon stared aghast at Majesty's suggestion, which was more of an order.

"It starts," he said as he headed into the bush. "You think you know a person. Fine, Fizz, we'll do what you want. After all, we're just your short subjects now."

"After all," Pumbaa added, while following Timon, "she is the queen."

"Timon and Pumbaa," Majesty said with somewhat of a sigh. "You'll learn to love 'em." She then saw Jump Shot walking away with his head bowed sadly. "What's wrong?"

"It's like you're back from the dead," he said. He then turned to Majesty. "You don't know what this'll mean to everyone. What it means to me."

"It's going to be all right." Majesty then nuzzled Jump Shot.

"I've really missed you," Jump Shot said as he returned her nuzzle.

"I've missed you too."

From the bush, Timon and Pumbaa were watching the two ponies cuddling. Timon had a look of disgust on his face.

"I tell ya, Pumbaa, this stinks."

"Oh, sorry," Pumbaa apologized.

"Not you! Them!" He then made a starry eyed expression as if to mimic the way to two ponies were feeling. "Him, her, alone."

"What's wrong with that?"

Timon: I can see what's happening

Pumbaa: What?

Timon: And they don't have a clue!

Pumbaa: Who?

Timon: They'll fall in love and here's the bottom line

Our trio's down to two.

Pumbaa: Oh.

Timon: The sweet caress of twilight

There's magic everywhere

And with all this romantic atmosphere

Disaster's in the air!

Jump Shot and Majesty were running along the grasslands in Timon and Pumbaa's lush green area. Behind them, voices were singing.

Can you feel the love tonight?

The peace the evening brings

The world for once in perfect harmony

With all it's living things

Majesty: So many things to tell him

But how to make him see?
The truth about my past? Impossible!
He'd turn away from me

Jump Shot: She's holding back, she's hiding

But what I can't decide

Why won't she be the queen I know she is

The queen I see inside?

Voices: Can you feel the love tonight?

The peace the evening brings

The world for once in perfect harmony

With all it's living things

Can you feel the love tonight?
You needn't look too far

Cause stealing through the night's uncertainty

Love is where they are

Timon: And if she falls in love tonight

It can be assumed

Pumbaa: Her carefree days with us are history

Both: In short our gal is doomed!

Timon and Pumbaa looked out at the two cuddling ponies, and thinking about if Majesty fell in love. It was too much for them to handle.

"Waaaaahhhhhhhh!" they burst out crying.

Moments later, Majesty was showing Jump Shot her "home."

"Nice place, isn't it?" she asked him.

"Yeah," Jump Shot added. "Nice. There's just one thing I'm not sure about. You've been alive all this time. Why didn't you return to Ponyland?"

"I just needed to get out and live my own life," Majesty replied. She then got up in a hammock and began swinging. "And I did, and it's great!"

"We've really needed you at home," Jump Shot said as he put his hooves on the side of the hammock.

"Nobody needs me," Majesty sighed.

"Yes we do! You're the queen!"

"Jump Shot we've been through this before. I'm not the queen." Jump Shot sighed, then looked Majesty directly in the eye.

"Fizz, Black Widow let the Raptorians take over Ponyland."

"She did?"

"There's no food and no water. If you don't do something soon we're all gonna die!"

"Well, what about you?" Majesty countered back. "You left!"

"I left to find help! And I found you. Don't you get it? You're our only hope."

"Sorry," Majesty then walked away.

"What's happened to you? You're not the Majesty I remember."

"That's right! I'm not. Are you happy now?"

"No. Just disappointed."

"You know you sound a lot like my mother now."

"Good. At least one of us does." Majesty then whirled back on Jump Shot.

"You think you can just show up and tell me how to live my own life!" Majesty thundered. "You don't even know what I've been through!"

"I would if you'd just tell me for crying out loud!" Jump Shot replied.

"Forget it!" Majesty then angrily walked away.

"FINE!" Jump Shot shouted after her. He then turned his face to side and began sulking. Majesty in the meantime had gone over to a field so she could be alone.

"He's wrong!" she said to herself while pacing back and forth. "I can't go back. What would it prove anyway? You can't change the past!" She then turned to the stars. "YOU SAID YOU'D ALWAYS BE THERE FOR ME!" she shouted. She then bowed her head in sorrow. "But you're not. And it's because of me! It's my fault!" She then sobbed some.

As Majesty sobbed, she began to hear the tones of the oldie but goody, "Daydream Believer," but instead of a British accent singing, a Texas accent was singing it. And it was driving her crazy.

"Hey knock it off!" Majesty shouted.

"Can't knock it off," Mike said. "It'll come right back!"

And he went back to singing the refrain of "Daydream Believer." Majesty gave him a Look, and began walking off. Mike followed her.

"Cheer up, Sleepy Jean," he sang. "Oh what can it mean to a Daydream Believer and a homecomin' queen?"

"Look, stop following me, okay?" she asked. "Who are you?"

"I think the question is who are you?" Mike said.

"I used to know. But I don't anymore."

"Oh, I know who you are. But it's a secret. Come closer and I'll tell ya."

Majesty gave Mike a funny look, and leaned closer, expecting him to tell her who she was. But instead . . . . .

"Cheer up, Sleepy Jean. Oh what can it mean to a Daydream Believer and a homecomin' queen?"

"What does that mean?" Majesty asked.

"It means you are a crazy Monkee," Mike said. "And I'm not!"

"I think you're a little mixed up."

"I'm a little mixed up?! Doesn't even know who she is, and she thinks I'm mixed up. How can you say that? You don't know who you are!"

"And I suppose you do?"

"Darn right I do, babe. You're Fleur-Di-Lis's little girl!"

That caught Majesty by surprise. She turned around and stared at Mike.

"Bye!" Mike called, and ran off. Majesty ran after him. She caught up with the Monkee, and found him sitting on a rock, cross-legged, eyes closed, and in a meditating position.

"You knew my mother?" she asked.

"Correction," Mike said, as if he were in a trance. "I know your mother."

"I hate to tell you this . . . . . but my mother died a long time ago."

"Eeehhhh! Wrong!" Mike shouted like a game show buzzer. He ran over to a thick patch of brush and turned to Majesty.

"She's alive!" he shouted. "Come on, I'll show her to ya."

Mike ducked into the brush and began running off. Majesty looked inside the brush and began following him.

"Hurry up!" Mike shouted. "I don't have all night, you know!"

Majesty crawled through the bushes and came across Mike by a small pond. He indicated Majesty to take a look, but said nothing. Majesty looked, and blinked.

"That's just my reflection," she said.

"Look a little closer," Mike said.

So Majesty looked at her reflection a little closer. Mike stuck his magic wand into the water and began stirring it around a little. Majesty's reflection then swirled into an image of Fleur-Di-Lis.

"Mommy?" Majesty asked, staring at the reflection.

"She lives inside of you," Mike said. "Boy, does that sound like a Hallmark card or what?"

Majesty looked up into the clouds and saw Fleur-Di-Lis there.

"Majesty," Fleur-Di-Lis said. "You have forgotten me."

"No!" Majesty shouted. "No I haven't! How could I forget you?"

"You've forgotten who you are. And so you have forgotten me. You are my daughter, the true queen of Ponyland. You must take your rightful place at Dream Castle. Remember who you are."

With that, Fleur-Di-Lis began to fade away. Majesty ran after the clouds. She didn't want to lose her mother again.

"Mommy!" she shouted. "Mommy, come back! Don't leave me again, Mommy!"

And with that, the clouds disappeared.

"Unusual weather we're havin' ain't it?" Mike asked.

"Yeah, it looks like the winds are a-changing," Majesty said.

"Change is good."

"Yeah, but it's not easy. I know what I have to do, but it'll mean facing my past. I've been running from it for so long."

And with that, Mike hit Majesty on the head with his magic wand. BONK!

"Ouch!" Majesty shouted. "Why did you do that?"

"Who cares? It's in the past," Mike said, shrugging. "But there are two ways of lookin' at it, baby. You can either run from it, or learn from it."

Mike swung his wand again. Majesty ducked before he could bonk her on the head again.

"There ya go," Mike said. "You catch on fast. Now, what are you gonna do?"

"First, I'm gonna take your stick!" Majesty shouted, and she lit up her horn. A large bubble came out of it, and enclosed itself around Mike's wand. It floated forward, and popped. Mike caught his wand before it could hit the ground. He turned around and saw Majesty running down the field.

"Hey!" he shouted. "Where are you goin'?!"

"I'm going back to Dream Valley!" Majesty shouted.

"Good! Get out of here! Scram!"

Once Majesty was out of sight, Mike turned around, made a fist, and pulled it downwards triumphantly.

"Yyyyyessss!" he shouted.

Meanwhile, Timon and Pumbaa were sleeping soundly, dreaming about bugs, and grubs, and worms, and the like (yuck!) Jump Shot walked up to them, and nudged Timon with his hoof.

"Hey," he said. "Hey wake up."

Timon slowly opened his eyes, and saw Jump Shot standing there in front of him. He saw his eyes staring down at him and nearly jumped a mile.

"AAAAGGGHHH!" he screamed, which woke up Pumbaa, and both of them began screaming their heads off.

"Whoa! Whoa!" Jump Shot shouted. "It's okay! It's me, it's me!"

"Oh," Timon said, calming down a little. "Don't ever do that! Ponies! Oy!"

"Sorry," Jump Shot said. "Have you seen Majesty?

"We thought she was with you."

"Well, she was, but now I can't find her."

"And you won't find her here, baby," Mike said, from the tree. "She pulled up stakes and hit the road. Last I saw, she was headin' for Dream Valley."

"Dream Valley?" Jump Shot asked. "You mean she went back?"

"Say what's going on here?" Timon asked. "Who's the Monkee?!"

Before he could say anything else, Mike was gone.

"Majesty's gone back to challenge Black Widow," Jump Shot said.

"Who's a widow?" Pumbaa asked.

"No, it's her aunt," Jump Shot said.

"The Monkee's her aunt?" Timon asked. "I thought it was Monkee's Uncle."

"No!" Jump Shot shouted. "Majesty's gone back to challenge her aunt as queen!"

"Ohhhhh," Timon and Pumbaa said in unison.

In fact, it was that moment that Majesty was running through the forest to go back to Ponyland. As she approached it, she saw that all the plants and everything was dead. In fact it looked more like Death Valley than Dream Valley.

"Majesty!" Jump Shot called as he ran to catch up with her. "Wait up!" Majesty turned to look at him. "It's awful, isn't it?"

"I didn't want to believe you," Majesty said.

"What made you change your mind?"

"I had some sense knocked into me," she then gestured to her head, "the hard way. Besides, this is my home. If I don't fight for it, who will?"

"I will," Jump Shot nobly said.

"It's gonna be dangerous."

"Danger!? Hah! I laugh in the face of danger. Ha ha ha ha ha!"

"I see nothing funny about this," Timon said as he and Pumbaa also joined Majesty.

"Timon?" she asked. "Pumbaa! What are you guys doing here?"

"At your service my liege," Pumbaa said while bowing.

"We're going to fight your aunt for this?" Timon asked in disbelief.

"Yes, Timon," Majesty nodded. "This is my home."

"Talk about your fixer upper," Timon sighed. "Well, if it's important to you Fizz, we're with you till the end." Majesty smiled, then everyone looked out over the horizon at what they were about to do.

Moments later, the four appeared behind a thorny, bare, bush at a bunch of Raptorians chewing on bones.

"I hate carnivores," Timon groaned. He then turned to Majesty. "So what's your plan for getting past these guys?"

"Live bait," Majesty replied.

"Good idea." Timon then realized what "live bait" meant. "Hey!"

"Come on, Timon," Majesty continued. "You and Pumbaa need to distract those Raptorians."

"What do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do the hula?"

Moments later, drum beats were heard as the Raptorians turned toward Timon, who had their back facing toward them. He then whirled around wearing a grass skirt, a lei around his neck, and a flower on his head and shouted . . .

"Luau!" he then began singing and dancing in a Hawaiian type way while Pumbaa was sitting to the side with an apple in his mouth.

If you're hungry for a hunk of fat and juicy meat

Eat my buddy, Pumbaa here, because he is a treat

Come on down and dine

On this tasty swine

All ya gotta do is stand in line

Soon the Raptorians began to gang up on the two buddies. Timon nervously gave them a look before resuming his song, with Pumbaa helping him.

Are ya achin?

(Yup, yup, yup)

For some bacon

(Yup, yup, yup)

He's a big pig

(Yup, yup)
You can be a big pig too.

Oy!

When Timon was done with his "hula" the Raptorians edged in closer. That made both the meerkat and the warthog scream, and run away in panic. The Raptorians then chased them as Majesty and Jump Shot made their way toward Dream Castle without being noticed.

Majesty and Jump Shot soon approached the castle, where even more Raptorians were gathered. Majesty knew she would need help.

"You gather the rest of the Big Brother Ponies and my father," Majesty told him. "I'll go find Black Widow." Jump Shot nodded, and the two ponies went their own separate ways. As Majesty was behind the draw bridge to the castle, she heard Black Widow bellowing from the roof of the castle.

"SLAP SHOT!" Majesty gasped as she hid from view. Soon she saw Slap Shot approaching, trying to look as regal as possible with the Raptorians gnawing at his feet. He soon approached Black Widow, who was now on the draw bridge.

"Yes, Black Widow?" he asked as if he had better things to do.

"The pegasi aren't doing their jobs," Black Widow said.

"Black Widow, there's no food and no water," Slap Shot continued.

"No," Black Widow said, "the pegasi aren't trying hard enough."

"It's over! We have only one choice. We must leave Dream Valley."

"We aren't going anywhere."

"Then you have just sentenced us to death."

"So be it!"

"You can't do that!" Slap Shot said, flashing Black Widow a dirty glare.

"I'm the queen. I can do whatever I want."

"If you were half the queen Fleur-Di-Lis was you'd . . ." before Slap Shot could finish, Black Widow kicked him with her hind legs right on his face.

"I'M TEN TIMES THE QUEEN FLEUR-DI-LIS WAS!" she roared as Slap Shot ended up hitting his head on a rock. That was the straw that broke the camel's back for Majesty. She whinnied angrily as she charged down to her father. At that moment, Black Widow thought it was Fleur-Di-Lis.

"Fleur-Di-Lis!?" Black Widow asked in astonishment. "It can't be. You're dead!" Majesty then began nuzzling Slap Shot to rouse him up.

"Ugh," he groaned. He then looked at her face. "Fleur-Di-Lis?"

"No," Majesty said. "It's me." Slap Shot stared at Majesty for a few minutes, then smiled. "Majesty? How can that be?"

"It doesn't matter now," Majesty said as she nuzzled her daddy. "I'm home." Black Widow took a few moments for Majesty's face to sink in. She then smiled a bit evilly.

"Majesty, I'm a little surprised to see you. Alive!" She then gave a murderous glare at Sierra, Fearo, and Joe, who gulped, and retreated.

"Give me one good reason why poke your eyes out!" Majesty growled.

"Oh, Majesty," Black Widow said, about to cower in fear. "You have to realize the pressures of ruling Ponyland . . ."

"Are no longer yours," Majesty replied. "Step down, Black Widow."

"Oh, I'd love to, really. But you see them?" She then pointed up at the Raptorians, who were gathering at their master's whim. "They think I'm queen."

"Well we don't," Jump Shot said as Tex and Slugger began helping Slap Shot up. "Majesty's the rightful queen."

"You have two choices Black Widow," Majesty added. "Either step down, or fight."

"Must this all end in violence?" Black Widow asked. "I'd hate to be responsible for the death of a family member. Wouldn't you agree?"

"That isn't going to work. I've put it behind me." Black Widow then walked over to Slap Shot and the other Big Brother Ponies, who were giving her all angry looks.

"Ah, but what about your loyal subjects? Have they put it behind them?"

"Majesty, what the heck is she talking about?" Jump Shot asked.

"Ah, so you haven't told them your little secret. Well then, why don't you tell them who's responsible for the death of Fleur-Di-Lis?" Jump Shot and Slap Shot looked about ready to attack Black Widow any minute, but then they looked in shock toward Majesty. She sighed and finally admitted.

"I am." Jump Shot and especially Slap Shot looked shocked at that news. Slap Shot then approached his daughter.

"Say it isn't so," he said in a sorrowful voice. "Please, say it isn't so!"

"I'm sorry, Daddy," Majesty sighed as she bowed her head. "It is."

"See," Black Widow declared. "She admits it! Murderer!"

"No!" Majesty cried. "I'm not a murderer!" Black Widow then began to force Majesty to the edge of a cliff.

"If it hadn't been for you your mother would still be alive! Do you deny it?"

"No."

"Then you're guilty!"

"It was an accident!" Majesty was now getting closer and closer to the edge of the cliff.

"Oh Majesty, you're in trouble again. Only this time Mommy isn't here to save you, and now everyone knows why!" Majesty soon fell half way off the cliff as a bolt of lighting struck a thorny bush below, setting it on fire.

"Majesty!" Jump Shot cried in horror. Majesty tried to keep herself hanging onto the cliff as Black Widow approached her.

"Mm," she said. "This looks familiar . . . oh yes. This was the same look your mother had on her face before she died." She then put her hooves on top of Majesty's. "Now I can let you in on a little secret." She then whispered "I killed Fleur-Di-Lis," into Majesty's ear. Majesty then flashed back to that fateful day when she witnessed her mother falling.

"NOOOO!" she cried. She then tackled Black Widow on her back. "MURDERER!" The Big Brothers were now confused. First Black Widow accused Majesty of Fleur-Di-Lis's death, and now it was the other way around.

"Wait," Black Widow started, "this is all a big misunderstanding."

"Tell them the truth, Black Widow," Majesty started.

"Truth? But truth is in the eye of the . . ." Majesty then stepped lightly on Black Widow's throat, not hard enough to kill her, but just hard enough to threaten the truth out of her evil aunt. "All right! All right! I did it!"

"So they can hear you."

"I killed Fleur-Di-Lis!" Black Widow shouted. Jump Shot and Slap Shot were soon the first of the Big Brothers to charge at Black Widow. At that same moment, the Raptorians attacked Majesty.

"CHARGE!" Tex shouted, and every last pony that was left in Dream Valley began jumping on the Raptorians.

It was one huge battle. Timon and Pumbaa ran onto the scene, bowling over some of the Raptorians. Then they plastered menacing looks to their faces, and jumped around a little, trying to look threatening. The Raptorians were still going strong. One was chewing on Majesty's leg. But before it could get to the meat, it got clobbered on the head by none other than Mike and his magic wand. More Raptorians surrounded him, but the Monkee kept fighting them off.

"Hiya!" he shouted, like a karate master, hitting the Raptorians. "Hah! Hah! Heeyah!"

Mike stood there for a moment, polishing his magic wand. A Raptorian snuck up behind him. Mike made a fist and punched it out. Then he examined his fingernails.

"Didn't even break a nail," he said.

In the meantime, Sierra, Joe, and Fear were chasing Timon into the throne room of Dream Castle. Moonshine saw him coming.

"Let me out, let me out!" she shouted.

"Let me in, let me in!" Timon yelled, running into the cage.

"What do we have here?" Fearo asked.

"Dinner!" Sierra shouted, licking her chops.

"Please don't eat me!" Timon begged. "I have a low threshold for pain!"

"EXCUSE ME?!" Pumbaa shouted, trying to sound threatening. The Raptorians turned around and looked at him.

"Hey," Fearo said. "Who's the pig?"

"What did you call me?" Pumbaa asked.

"Uh oh," Timon said. "Called him a pig."

"What did you call me?!" Pumbaa shouted.

"Shouldn't have done that."

"WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?!"

"Now you're in for it."

"THEY CALL ME . . . . . . MISTER PIG! AAAAHHHH!"

With that loud scream, Pumbaa charged the Raptorians and began to try tearing them apart. They screamed, and ran off as fast as they could. Timon, Pumbaa, and Moonshine ran outside, and watched them run like rabbits.

"I guess that'll teach 'em!" Moonshine shouted.

"Hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo!" the trio grunted in triumph.

In the meantime, Majesty and Black Widow were in the middle of their own brawl. Majesty gave Black Widow a good blow, which caused her to fall. Then the blue-green unicorn lowered her head so her horn was pointing right at her aunt.

"Majesty," Black Widow said. "Heh, heh. You wouldn't do anything to your poor old Auntie Widow, would you?"

"I might," Majesty said.

"No, Majesty, you don't understand! It's the Raptorians. They're the real enemy!"

As it so happened, Fearo, Sierra, and Joe were standing on a rock, watching the whole thing. They weren't too happy with Black Widow after that remark!

"Just let me redeem myself!" Black Widow begged. "I'll do anything!"

"Okay," Majesty said. "Run away. Run away and never return."

"Oh. Of course. I'll do just that. Anything you say . . . . . . . your royal highness!"

Black Widow then kicked an enflamed branch in Majesty's face. The younger pony squealed, and shook the flaming pieces of coal out of her eyes. While she was occupied, Black Widow crouched down to attack. As she ran towards Majesty, the unicorn ducked at the last minute to get the soot out of her eyes, and Black Widow tripped over her and fell down the cliff. She landed flat on the ground.

"Oooch!" she shouted. Once she sat up, she was surrounded by Raptorians.

"Ahh," she said, smiling. "My friends!"

"Friends?" Sierra asked. "Did she say friends?"

"Yeah, last I heard," Fearo said. "We were the enemy."

"Joe?" both of them asked, looking at their stupid companion.

Joe just laughed stupidly, but evilly. All the other Raptorians had the same look in their eyes. And that look said "FEEDING FRENZY!"

"Don't look at me like that," Black Widow said, backing away. "Don't look at me like that! AAAAAAHHHHHH!"

Black Widow ran for the hills with the Raptorians hot on her heels. None of them were ever seen again.

Once Black Widow was gone, clouds formed over the sky, and rain poured out of it. All the ponies gathered around the castle. Majesty began to walk over towards it. Everyone was looking at her, encouraging to go forward. Moonshine actually bowed down to her. Timon and Pumbaa looked at her, and nodded for her to go up to the entrance of the castle. Once she was there, Majesty looked into the sky, and saw the clouds part.

"Remember who you are," the voice of Fleur-Di-Lis said.

Majesty continued looking into the sky. Then she got up on her hind legs, and whinnied with all her might. All the other ponies began to rear and whinny as well. All the pegasus ponies flew into the air and circled. In no time at all, Dream Valley was returned to it's original state, and all the ponies had gathered around Dream Castle, awaiting the birth of a new queen. Mike held her up to the other ponies who had all bowed.

And Twilight reprised her song.

Till we find our place

On the path unwinding

In the circle

The circle of life

The End