The guard led the knights and mares to another large pair of doors. The doors slowly opened, revealing a smaller throne room. There, they saw the two princesses, Knighton, Yorkshire, and Fluttershy waiting for them. They entered the room walking towards the steps where the princesses were standing above.
Princess Celestia gave them a warm welcoming smile.
The guard, the mares and knights all bowed before her.
"Welcome to my council room, where all of my private meetings take place." Celestia said.
"Thank you your majesty." Llanfair said. "May I ask for what business you have bringing us here?" he asked with a curious look on his face.
"What do you want to talk to us about?" Yorkshire asked. "I'm wondering that too."
She giggled. "I have wonderful news to tell you six then." she explained. "Knighton has told me about your victory against a dark army. Your story has moved me dearly. Your courage and dedication to protect those in need are just what we need here in the city of Canterlot."
The knights wondered what she was talking about. They all looked at each other and suddenly had the same thought. They all showed each other big smiles.
"What are you saying your majesty?" Knighton asked.
"How would you and your comrades like to become my royal knights?" she asked, smiling.
The knights couldn't help but suddenly cheer and laugh happily hearing her offer to becoming top ranked knights. The mares also cheered and congratulated them.
"Oh Yorkshire, I'm so happy for you." Fluttershy said, rubbing her head against his head blushing. "You'll do wonderful as a royal knight."
He chuckled. "Thanks Fluttershy. I always have you to support me." he said.
"This is gonna be so awesome!" Tregaron said laughing.
"Yeah!" Llanfair agreed. "I've always had the thought of myself becoming a knight for a royal figure!"
"We thank you for your wish for us to become your knights, your highness." Knighton said. He turned to the other knights. "Men, shall we accept it?" he asked them.
"Yeah!!!" they knights all shouted happily.
He laughed. "Very well then! Princess Celestia, we would be honored of becoming your royal knights!"
The mares cheered and whooped louder. Pinkie Pie was hooping up and down like crazy from all of the excitement.
"Wonderful!" Celestia said. "Shall we begin the ceremony?" her horn started to slowly glow magically. The light from the room slowly began to dim into little darkness. Suddenly something appeared in a bright flash over everypony's heads. They all looked up and saw a glowing magical sword appear from the light covered in gold and jewels. It slowly began to lower down to Celestia.
All eyes but Celestia's were in awe seeing such a beautifully crafted sword.
"Celestia, what's with the sword
?" Princess Luna asked her older sister quietly.
"This is the sword that is used to dub stallions into royal knighthood." she explained. "It has been a thousand years since it was used." she turned to the knights. "All of you stallions form a straight horizontal line please." she requested.
They knights all formed a line below the princesses. It was ordered from Knighton down to Yorkshire. The girls felt such happiness and excitement for the knights.
"This is so exciting!" Rarity said. "I've always wanted to see a ceremony like this."
"Well of course." Applejack said to her. "This here's a huge thing for knights like them."
Celestia walked down to the knights with the sword above her head. "Please kneel." she said to them.
The knights all knelt down at the same time.
She walked towards Knighton to be the first one dubbed. With the sword magically floating by her, she gently tapped the blade on his shoulders, and did the same with the other four. "As Princess Celestia of Equestria, I dub thee, Sir Knighton the Brave, Sir Llanfair the Swift, Sir Penarth the Strong, Sir Rhayader the Sharp, Sir Tregaron the True
" she walked up to the last knight to be dubbed, Yorkshire.
He slowly looked up at her and smiled a bit.
She looked down and smiled back. "
and I dub thee, Sir Yorkshire
the Young." she said, gently tapping the sword's blade on his shoulders. "All rise." she said. The knights slowly stood back up on their hooves. "It is with great pleasure as the eldest princess to announce that all of you as of today, are royal knights of the city of Canterlot!"
The newly dubbed knights bowed to Celestia as a thank you. The girls walked over to them and congratulated them loudly and cheerfully.
"We're very happy for you fellas!" Applejack said, patting Rhayader's shoulder. "Ya'll are gonna do a great job as royal knights!"
Rhayader laughed. "I hope so."
Knighton turned to Celestia. "We thank you for the titles you have given us your majesty. We will always pledge our allegiance to you." he said.
"You are most welcome Sir Knighton." she said. "As royal knights, you will be staying here in Canterlot from now on."
"Thank you your highness." he said, bowing down to her.
The other four bowed to her but Yorkshire, showing a look of dissatisfaction.
Celestia looked to Yorkshire who was still standing, seeing his depressed look on his face. "Sir Yorkshire," the princess said with pity in her tone. "you seem disappointed. Is something wrong?"
He sighed a bit. "Forgive me your majesty, I appreciate the offer for letting us stay here. Personally, I'm afraid I'm going to have to decline."
Everypony gasped quietly, hearing somepony declining something from Princess Celestia for the first time.
Tregaron smacked Yorkshire in the back of the head, making him exclaim quietly in pain. "Yorkshire, you're not making any sense!" he yelled at him.
"Yes I am!" Yorkshire yelled back at him. He slowly walked up to Celestia. "I am sorry ma'am, but I do not wish to stay in a place that will prevent me from seeing somepony that I truly care about."
The princess soon understood what he meant. He looked over to the mares, looking at Fluttershy. She knew that he was talking about her. The thought of being far from somepony he loved would be depressing. She looked back down at him and smiled. "I understand." she said.
He looked up at her. "You do?" he asked.
"Yes. You do not have to stay here, but the gates of Canterlot are always welcome to you."
He smiled. "Thank you so much your majesty." he said, bowing to her.
"Wait." Knighton said. "If he's not going to stay, then I'm not going to too."
"What in Sam hill are ya talkin' about?" Applejack asked him confused.
"I'm not going to let my little brother stay in a town all alone." he replied chuckling. "With all due respect your highness, we knights stick together. We watch each others flanks if we're in any trouble. We're a team."
The other knights looked at each other with confusion.
"Should we join him
?" Tregaron whispered to Rhayader.
He shrugged. "He is the leader after all." he whispered back. "We might as well go along with it. Besides, I do like the barn. It's nice and toasty in there."
I kinda wanted to stay here." he quietly complained.
"Oh, don't be such a filly."
"So all of you do not wish to stay?" Celestia asked.
They all nodded slowly.
"Sticking together and watching over each other." she said to them. "That is something I would want to see in knights like you. Very well then, I will respect your wishes."
"Applejack?" Yorkshire asked.
"Yes?" she asked.
He chuckled nervously. "Is it alright if we stay at the old barn a little longer?"
She smiled. "Ya'll can stay there as long as ya want. We don't have any plans to use that old place for anythin'."
"Thank you very much."
Pinkie Pie looked up and saw a large clock above the throne that said eleven o'clock. "Hey look!" she said pointing to the clock. "The big hand is on the twelve and the small hand is on the eleven!"
"Oh wow!" Knighton said to himself. "It's around that time that we should be getting back." he bowed to Princess Celestia. "Please forgive us your highness. It is about time we left and rest."
Celestia nodded. "I was just about to end the meeting anyways. Thank you so much for coming to the Grand Galloping Gala. We hope that all of you had a wonderful time."
"We sure did Princess Celestia." Twilight Sparkle said. "Thank you so much for inviting me, my friends, and the knights to come along with us."
"And we also thank you for giving us the honor to be your royal knights." Yorkshire said. "We will be honored to serve you your grace."
She smiled. "I will send you a letter if I am in need of your presence. Have a safe trip back to Ponyville and good night!"
"Good night your majesties!" the mares and knights said in unison, all bowing to them at the same time.
Yorkshire turned to Fluttershy. "Fluttershy, may I have the honor of walking you home?" he asked smiling.
Fluttershy blushed, giggling. "I would love that
Sir Yorkshire." she replied in a calm tone.
He blushed a bit and then chuckled.
They all started to walk towards the exit of the council room. Knighton felt a tap on his flank, stopping him. He turned around and saw Princess Luna in front of him.
"Thank you so much for your time with me." Luna said blushing a bit. "I have never had company with someone as kind as you."
He smiled. He gently rubbed his head against her head. "The pleasure was mine, Princess." he replied.
ever see you again?" she asked in a little worried tone.
"Of course you will." he replied. "I too hope to see you again."
"That wonderful dance, being together and having little chit-chats, I've never been so happy before in my entire life
" she gently kissed his cheek. "Thank you
He blushed and had no intention to hide it. He kissed her cheek back. "I promise to visit you before the week is out."
She giggled. "Or maybe I can visit you during the night." she whispered in his ear. "We would have the nights all to ourselves with no one around."
He chuckled. "That is a nice idea." he quietly said. "I could watch you bring the night out."
"Oh, I would just love that!" she gave him a bigger smile.
"I bid thee farewell, Princess Luna." he said, kissing one of her front hooves.
"Good-bye Knighton. I hope to see you soon." she said.
Knighton turned around and walked to the exit where everypony else was waiting for him. Together they walked out, never to forget the great time they all had together at the Grand Galloping Gala.
. . .
Later while everypony else was heading back to their homes, Yorkshire and Fluttershy walked together back her cottage like he promised to do so. They approached the front door, and looked at each other with smiles on their faces.
"Thank you for walking me home." Fluttershy said. "I get a little nervous when I walk around alone at night."
"You are welcome." he replied. "I had a great time with you at the Gala. Thank you so much for asking me to come with you." he kissed her cheek to show her his gratitude.
She blushed and giggled. "I had a wonderful time with you too. Thank you for accepting my invitation, and thank you for everything else that has happened tonight." she kissed his cheek back, making him bush as well. She opened her cottage door and walked inside. "Good night Yorkshire." she said, speaking her final words for the night.
"Good night Fluttershy." he said. "Have pleasant dreams."
She giggled once again and slowly closed her door.
He sighed happily as he galloped away from the cottage. "This has got to be the best night in my entire life." he said to himself and continued to go on back to the barn in Sweet Apple Acres.
Meanwhile, Fluttershy walked upstairs into her bedroom to get ready for bed. She slipped off her Gala dress and climbed into her bed. She blew out the candle on her nightstand that lit her room, making it dark. She rested her head on her soft pillow and closed her eyes. In her head were wonderful thoughts of the wonderful time with Yorkshire at the Gala. She soon fell into deep sleep and began to dream about her knight in shining armor for the rest of the peaceful night.