Queen Chrysalis cantered slowly along the shores of the lagoon. All the while, her draping mane flowed gracefully in the gentle wind, and the sheen of her eyes and fangs became all the more illuminated by the bright sun above. Every now and then, she stopped to look down into the lagoon, where she would see herself beautifully reflected in its waters. She would look, smile at herself, and then happily continue on her way. Other times, she would find herself trotting beneath the reaches of the occasional palm tree, whose leaves would rustle in the wind, as if whispering to her as she passed.
The queen continued her jovial stroll along the lagoon. After a while, she began to round another bend, where a large palm tree, with yawning leaves, came into her sight. Further inspection revealed a figure of sorts positioned below the tree. Upon seeing this, she smiled, and began to move at an even faster pace, towards to the large tree. As she increased her speed, the clopping of her hooves against the dirt path created a louder sound that seemed to penetrate the lagoon's otherwise tranquil atmosphere. She savored these otherwise still noises, letting them fill her mind with a sense of ease and relaxation.
Finally, Chrysalis began nearing the palm tree. She soon got a better look of the figure situated beneath it, and also saw that he was fast asleep against its sturdy trunk. It was a young man, in his early twenties. Glasses framed his closed eyes, and he had short, sandy-brown hair that the wind blew ever so slightly. The queen smiled as she looked upon him, and walked up to him ever so slowly, so as to not disturb his slumber. Once she found herself standing practically face-to-face with the young man, she lowered her head, and let her mane hang in the breeze. The winds carried her unkempt hairs forward ever so slightly, so that they tickled the tips of the young man's nose. A soft smile began to grace his face, and he began to speak.
"…Chrysalis…" he said happily, his eyes still closed
Chrysalis giggled upon hearing him say her name. Smiling joyously, she began to rest her knees upon the soft grass, and lay herself by his side, under the palm's comforting shade. The young man reached out his hand, and placed it delicately upon Chrysalis' backside. He placed it ever so close to her wings, allowing their fluttering motion to gracefully tickle his fingers.
"Hello Drew." Chrysalis finally said, turning her face towards him
Drew opened his eyes, and slowly turned to face Chrysalis. The two looked long into one another's eyes, the only sound being of the wind rustling through the palm's lush green leaves and across the surface of the serene lagoon. The bright sun would also shine its rays through the tree's leaves every now and again, showering the two with streams of light. Eventually, Drew lifted his hand off of Chrysalis' back, and began to stroke it through her mane. He would stroke until he reached one of her ears, where he would then let his fingers gently slide across it, towards its tip. All the while, as Drew's fingers were caressing her ear, Chrysalis would giggle softly. Time seemed to pass slowly but pleasantly, as the two sat in silence for the longest time, simply gazing out upon the lagoon, and occasionally at one another.
"A lovely day," Chrysalis finally said, breaking the silence, "wouldn't you agree?"
"Indeed," Drew replied in an upbeat tone, "one of the best days we have had in quite a while."
"Such a wonderful idea it was, to come down to the lagoon this day." Chrysalis continued, "We live in such a lovely house, yet even it can feel dull, when cooped up inside on such a day like this."
Drew nodded gently in agreement, but otherwise remained quiet. He continued looking out at the lagoon, and began to savor the sound of the birds of paradise, whose voices could be heard singing in the treetops. Chrysalis perked up her ears, and began to listen to them as well. She smiled at their sweet sounds.
"They sound beautiful." She said, "Wouldn't you agree?"
"Yes," Drew began to say in response, "but their voices are but hollow echoes compared to your own, which brings joy to my ears every time you utter but a single word."
Charmed by her lover's poetic words, Chrysalis began to blush. She lifted one of her front legs, and laid it gently upon Drew's lap. Drew noticed, and with one of his own hands, held her hoof delicately. Her hoof was chilled, while his hand was very warm. Together, they delivered a very comforting feeling to one another. Still holding Chrysalis' hoof, Drew closed his eyes once again, and once again relaxed his back against the palm tree's trunk. Chrysalis watched him enter into this pensive state of tranquility, and decided to follow him. She lowered her head, placed it ever so gently in his lap, and closed her emerald-green eyes, until they were entirely veiled by her jade-green lids. Almost unconsciously, Drew reached out his other hand, placed it softly atop Chrysalis' head, and the both drifted off into a state of afternoon sleep.
A short time passed, before Drew began to slowly reopen his eyes. After taking a moment to remember where he was, and what had happened, he looked once again upon the lagoon. Its waters were still as calm as ever, but their once azure colors had now been replaced by a fiery orange, as the sun above was now making its way towards the western horizon.
Drew turned his gaze down towards Chrysalis, who was now slowly opening her own eyes. As her blurred vision began to clear, she looked up at Drew, who was partially silhouetted against the setting sunlight. Eyes still only half open, she looked up at him, and gave a soft smile.
"Hello, my radiant queen…" Drew said charmingly
Keeping her head upon Drew's lap, Chrysalis shifted it ever so slightly, to look out upon the lagoon. Like Drew, she too was mesmerized by the fiery glow that its waters now emitted.
As he continued to look about, at all of the sunset-laden scenery that was now around him and his queen, Drew spotted a vividly-colored tropical flower growing in the grass nearby. He reached out, and plucked it from the grass. After giving it one sniff, savoring its alluring aroma, he then placed it before Chrysalis, who also sniffed and savored its scent.
"It's a very beautiful flower." Chrysalis said softly
Drew then took the flower, and placed it delicately in Chrysalis' mane, just off to one side of her twisted horn.
"It looks all the more beautiful upon you." He said with a smile
Chrysalis grinned widely from her lover's deed and words, her brilliant fangs now shining ivory-white against the bright light of the setting sun.
After sitting together for a little while longer, Chrysalis finally stood back up on all fours. Drew watched, and then stood up beside her. Once again, they found themselves looking into each other's eyes. Slowly, Drew put his arms around Chrysalis' neck, and slowly nuzzled his face against hers. Soon afterwards, the two began to walk side by side, further along the edge of the lagoon. The sun had now fallen deep into the west, its last remaining rays projecting both of their forms in long shadows across the grassy ground. The couple continued their walk, until the cloak of night had shrouded the entire lagoon, and its once fiery orange waters were now gleaming silver, from the light of the rising moon. The stars now appearing in the sky, Drew turned to face Chrysalis, whose eyes began glowing amidst the night's encroaching shadows.
"Night has fallen, and the moon has risen." Drew said, "Perhaps it is time we retired to our abode?"
"Yes," Chrysalis said, her soft voice floating through the stillness of the night air, "but let us still savor the joy of this beautiful night."
Understanding clearly what his queen desired, Drew began leading her from the lagoon, towards home. All along the way, they meandered through groves of palm trees, the light of the moon gently creeping through the leaves and glistened down upon them. Eventually, their elegant house came into view, its luxurious form semi visible against the moonlight. As the two stood and gazed upon the house for a short period of time, Drew took Chrysalis by one of her front hooves, and led her gently towards it. Once they reached the porch, they sat down upon it, and took one last look at the moon, and upon the moonlit lagoon below.
"This has been such a beautiful day…" Chrysalis said, her alluring voice now sounding all the more hypnotic as it meshed with the stillness of the night air
"Yes…" Drew simply said in response, laying his head very gently against his queen's, to the point that he could even smell the flower that was still pinned in her mane, "a very, very beautiful day…"