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A Mentor's Helping Hand by Esuka A Mentor's Helping Hand by Esuka
"You've certainly come along in your studies, Twilight," Celestia said as she looked over her student's latest report.

"Thank you, your Highness. It's only because I have such a good teacher."

"Well, as your teacher," Celestia stood and paced around the much smaller unicorn, "I think it's time to try something new. Or rather, it's time to retry something."


"I'm sure you remember your first, hmm, encounter with real magical power?"

"Oh... yes." Twilight hung her head. She knew where this was going. "Princess, I don't think I'm ready. I'm not sure I'll ever be-"

"And I certainly don't expect you to be." Celestia nuzzled Twilight on her cheek. "This is merely to see how far you've progressed. I'll be with you the entire time." Her voice dropped to a whisper, as a mother might use towards their child. "I won't let anything bad happen." Twilight looked up at her. She bit her lip, but after a moment, nodded weakly.

Celestia guided her student to the center of the circular study, as far away from its high, heavily adorned walls. She Twilight stood directly in the middle, Celestia facing her. The unicorn tensed as she felt magic, Celestia's very own, reach around hers, nudging it, poking it. Her mentor's magic was always warm, always inviting, but to have even less control made Twilight uneasy.

As Celestia found the lock in Twilight's mind, the unicorn panicked. She tried to shout, to tell her to stop, but she was drowning. Everything was a blinding white. As she searched for her voice, any sound to tell her mentor of the pain, her discomfort eased. Colors she had never imagined bled into the endless brightness. Where had this been before? Had she not been strong enough to make any sense of the cascading energy when she had earned her cutie mark? She craned her neck up to see as much as she could. Flitting in and out of the storm, like fish in a rapid, magic the color of fire guided her own energies.

A soft cheek pressed against Twilight's, and through it all she could hear Celestia ask her, "What do you see?"

"It's... beautiful..."

Alternate response: "My god, it's full of stars!"

Aaaand that's as much fanfiction as I'm going to get into. It actually turned out longer than I expected. As much fun as it is to poke fun at Trollestia and everything, I think Our Little Sun Goddess is a lot better than we give her credit for. Princess or not, the fact that Twilight trusts her so completely implies a powerfully positive relationship.

Done in PS CS4
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zakosist Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Awesome! I am looking through pony/horse images, and this really stands outclap2 
ytsejam58 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Train of thought... now I know why it's called Avatar. see, these people are the avatar body for that spirit thingy that I forget the name of.  they talked about it in Korra.
ytsejam58 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
This reminded me a lot of Avatar, near the beginning when Aang had his first Avatar State freak out and Katara helped pull him out of it... yeah
2NightPrincessLuna Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
You're fan of "Avatar the last Airbender?'' :o
ytsejam58 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Yep. I haven't watched it in a while since they took it off netflix.
xelianthought Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
tinierme91 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Twilight will ascend, someday, to the one who will bring friendship and happiness throughout the universe, the past, present and future.
Aubri Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
"They should have sent a poet!"
mirrdae Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Saw this image in the EQD DrawFriend and I HAD to hit the source link to see the description, since the first thing that popped into my head was Celestia comforting Twilight during another magic surge. It was even better than I'd guessed. :) Adds so much to the image. The mini-fic is exactly the sort of relationship I see them really having. This made my night!
SlyWitWritingIsMagic Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student Writer
I'm so tempted to make a "Our horns are touching" joke, but . . .

The art/mini-fic is pretty sweet and I adore the Celestia/Twilight relation as mentor-mother/student.
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