Paige didn’t know why she was out here, alone in the dark. She had no reason to be out and about right now, too dark to try and collect herbs and roots. Shops in the town were closed and ponies were fast asleep. Paige had trouble sleeping, even as a foal she roused at the slightest sounds. Taking walks seemed to ease her mind, lately she kept coming to the same little hill in the pasture’s clearing. Just past the trees and out of the sight of wander ponies, Paige would stand here.

Staring up into the black night sky she let out slow sigh like breathes. Longing ached inside her, what for? She couldn’t tell you, she didn’t even know herself. Defiance itched beneath her coat. She could hear her Nana’s words now murmuring in the back of her mind, "Don’t show… Don’t let anyone see them." Paige swallowed and lowered her wings out from under her coat.

The air tickled her feathers and made her shiver. It was cooler out than she realized which only made her breath feel sharper. What was the point to having wings? Paige thought to herself, Why have them if they can never touch the sky. Awkwardly she stretched them out, testing the weak muscles that strained to pull them above her back. Years of binding and being curled up out of sight withered them. Now they looked just like long ruffled mess of feathers attached to her back. Paige stretched again trying to raise them higher and higher but something tugged them back. Swallowing the knot in her throat her wings lowered and her head wobbled down. “Don’t show… Don’t show.” She choked a whisper to herself feeling her wings droop, the tips brushing against the ground.

Paige knew better. She didn’t know what Nana knew, but Paige knew there had to be a good reason to keep her wings hidden, tucked away for years and years.  There just had to be a good reason, right? She felt the sting of tears in her eyes as she turned her head to pull the coat over her wings again, making sure to tuck all her feathers under before leaving the pasture.

Whatever she was looking for tonight, she did not find it. Paige turned and left the field in hopes that maybe tonight she would fall asleep much easier than before.

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  3. colfaxstarrider said: No! No sad ponies… Sad ponies hurt my heart.