Dearest Princess Celestia,

Today I learned you can sometimes find friends where you least expect them. Meeting up with Zecora proved to my friends and I that you can't always judge a book by it's cover. Our most recent visitor demonstrated that even if you think you've read the book, and know it's contents, you may have only read a few chapters, and not know it's true meaning at all.

You may have to look deeper to truly understand someone. However, if you're willing to make the effort, and they are willing to let you see that much of themselves, the results may surprise and please you both. I'm certain both Rarity and Duke Blueblood would agree.

Your faithful student,

Twilight Sparkle.

Princess Celestia read her students latest missive with a smile that grew wider as she continued. It sounded like things had gone well. Her many times great nephew needed to realise that not all fillies were like the ones that had hounded him at the palace, and Rarity's advent at the Gala had been exactly the wake-up call he'd needed.

Immortal didn't mean omniscient, and she'd underestimated just how thoroughly he'd throw himself into the role she suggested as a defence. However, if there were any group of fillies who'd be ideal at breaking him out of his self imposed shell, her Elements were the ones. Reading between the lines, it seemed Rarity might do more than that.

It seemed making him wait, and think about what he was going to say had paid off. Blueblood with a potential new filly-friend, check. Rarity with a potential new colt-friend, check. Applejack assisted with her desires to help her family, check. New friendship lesson learned, check. Adorable unicorn foals to spoil rotten... well that would hopefully come later.

She loved it when a plan came together.

Authors Note: Okay, not what was promised, but I do have a real second chapter in progress. I'll work on it when I can.