Rarity fizzled with excitement- the Queen liked her work! If she wasn’t such a dignified lady, she might’ve squealed with pleasure. Even so, she couldn’t keep the smile from spreading across her face as she said, “Well, not all magic…but they should be able to absorb a good amount and dampen any spell thrown your way. Too much and they’ll shatter, but it’s easy enough to replace.”
“Astounding…I didn’t realize gemstones could hold so much power. In any case, I am very interested in commissioning a full set of battle armor. Would you be up to the task?”
Rarity nearly stumbled over her own hooves as the words met her ears, “Of course, darling! It would be an honor!” She realized a second too soon what she said and her eyes widened, “Oh dear- I meant Your Majesty…I was caught up in the moment.” She paused to bow but a hoof stayed her.
She titled her head up to meet Celestia’s gaze, brow crinkled with worry but the Queen gave a half smile. That in of itself was rare.
“Darling? No one’s called me that in centuries.” The smile grew marginally wider, “Hm…I rather like that.”
Rarity felt heat rush to her face as the queen turned her head coyly away and continued down the hall. Had that truly just happened?