“They’re simply beautiful! What are they called?” Rarity asked although she knew the answer. Anything to stall the end of Celestia’s garden tour- the two had been here for the better part of an hour. Celestia recited the names and uses for the dozens of plants and flowers that decorated the royal courtyard and Rarity clung to her every word, drinking them in as if they were honeyed.
Celestia almost looked embarrassed as she replied, “They’re known as daystars,” She glanced at Rarity who met her gaze shyly and nodded. “They are quite beautiful…” Her voiced wavered ever so marginally as she went on, “Named for me- for the sun’s radiant beauty.” She let the sentence drop and a hoof rose towards her face out of habit, only to come slamming back down with a sharp clop against the pavement. A silence fell over the pair as Celestia stared down into the flower bed, but only for a heartbeat.
Celestia’s head turned slowly a she felt something brush her ear. Rarity feigned innocence as she tucked one of the blossoms snugly behind one of the Princess’s ears, “Whoever named them did so aptly- but…I might have to disagree.” Her eyes flickered toward Celestia’s face and she gave a gentle smile, “Their beauty only matches a portion of the radiant sun herself.”