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Bugs and Birds by Lopoddity Bugs and Birds by Lopoddity

Princess Luna's ear flicked to catch a familiar whine. With a sigh, she closed her book, and turned to greet the newcomer to her study. "Hello to you too, Artemis."

"Mother, I beseech thee to do something at once about Iridescence! The pest simply won't leave me alone! She makes a mess of my things, she drools, she burps, she chews on my books!" Artemis stomped a tiny hoof down, utterly indignant.

"Your cousin is but an infant, dear. She is simply doing what babies do." Luna smiled fondly. "As I recall, you were the same way, my little love. You used to chew on your pudgy little hooves and babble and giggle most adorably-"

"I would never!" Artemis protested, feathers fluffing up. "Iridescence must learn her place, if she is ever to be a proper heir to the kingdom! As it stands, she is only a...a bothersome little bug!" Artemis glared, and grumbled their next words. "...She's not even a pony."

"No, not entirely, but then again, neither are you, child. Possessing mixed lineage does not make either of you less fit to rule." Luna said seriously, before her voice dropped into a playful coo. "Remember that well, my little growly-owly."

"Mother!" Artemis turned crimson, mortified. "I told thou to cease with that baby name! Somepony might hear!" Arte shoved a tiny hoof to Luna's muzzle, desperately attempting to silence her.

"I am the Queen of the Night. I do as I will." Luna scooped her foal up to her chest, and peppered Artemis' pudgy cheeks with warm kisses, even as Arte squeaked and struggled in protest.

"Do you know what I think?" Luna paused momentarily in her assault of affection, glancing down at her child's pout. "I don't think this is about your cousin pestering you at all. I think somepony is jealous that they aren't the baby anymore, so to speak. Perhaps a certain little Artemis is jealous that Auntie Tia doesn't seem to have as much time for snuggles and stories anymore."

Luna was surprised when Artemis wilted against her, burying their face against her chest.

"Am I correct in this guess, child?"

Artemis didn't answer at all, and Luna's sharp ears caught the teeniest of sniffles against her chest.

"My poor, proud little Artemis." Luna rocked her foal gently, and Artemis didn't resist, sniffling. "A new baby is nothing to be jealous of. Little Iridescence's presence doesn't mean your Aunt Celestia and I love you any less. Thou may not be the baby anymore, but thou will always be my baby, and my sister and I will love you forever, my little growly-owly."

Artemis peered up at her with watery eyes, resting their cheek against her chest. "Promise, mama?" Their voice was small.

"I promise. I also promise to do something about Irie chewing up your books, as long as you promise to be nicer to your cousin. You're such a smart child, I'm sure you have much you can teach her."

Artemis scrubbed their face and lifted their head haughtily, trying to pretend they hadn't just been blubbering over their mother like the little foal they were. "Y-yes. Yes, that is a good idea, Mother. There's much I can teach Iridescence-perhaps she can shape up to be a proper royal after all. I'll do my best, but I shan't promise a miracle."

"I won't ask one of you, little moon. Just that you aren't so quick to snap at her when she tries to cuddle with you. Iridescence loves you too, after all." Luna pressed a sweet kiss to Arte's forehead.

"If you say so, Mother. This discussion between royals has left me quite refreshed. I shall adjourn to bed shortly." Artemis frowned, preparing to go. Before they reached the door, they paused, remembering something.

"...Will you come tuck me in, mama?"

"Of course, Artemis."


from my notes:

Art will never admit it, but they were definitely jealous when Eerie was born. Who was THIS tiny grub hogging up all of THEIR Auntie Celestia's attention, and getting snuggles that should rightfully be Art's? Artemis is supposed to be the baby! Artemis is supposed to be cooed over and adored! I can see Art trying more and more desperate schemes to catch the attention of Celestia, failing more and more spectacularly, and eventually finally dissolving into sad little whimpers until Celestia scoops them and Eerie up for double snuggles
also yeah little artemis is a precocious dork birdie bab that loves their mommy

that lil grub baby thing is young Princess Iridescence, the daughter of Princess Celestia and Queen Chrysalis
Artemis is the child of Princess Luna and an unknown deceased hippogriff
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tophxomi Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't care for the story or ships, but I'm faving anyway because Iridescence is cute AF.
NightyNightmares Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
they are so fluffles and baby irie is so cute
DShadow101 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Little Artemis with foal Iridescence, a very CUTE and ADORABLE pair!
NiightlyPonies Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Oriana-jua Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Professional
What tool do you use for the outlining?
NomeArts Featured By Owner Edited Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to squish Artemis and their fluff
PenRosa Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
*bug is weak to flying, not the other way around, dammit
AquaSongMLP Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So fluffy and cute!
Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Now I love Artemis! The way they talk is most adorable!!
darksmirf Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
Thats's adorable.
E-Turtle Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016
Have we ever see Artimis' adorable tailfeathers in their adult form? And does their father even know they exist? (That is, do Artimis' dad know Artimis exists, not their tailfeathers)
Lopoddity Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Artemis' father is long dead, but yes, he did know about Artemis' existence and birth.
power5pro Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
buttercream-cookie Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
whitebearboy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Very cute, but how did Celestia and Chrysalis have child?
coolcat1510 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
whitebearboy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
Of course XD
Rosyspiritlily Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
we don't ask
whitebearboy Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016
Got it XD
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016
So cute it needs warning labels!
Rosinfilledpecncil Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Artemis is so fluffy😄
kitycat225 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
soucuteLove Love Love Gotta catch 'em all DREAM SANS Heart Love la in love Pikachu Loves It Plz 
hehehihi2023 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder how Artemis and Iridescence's relationship is when their older... Eww or Hmm 
bunniesareawesome308 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
RainstormOfEquestria Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*ever so patiently waits to find out who Artie's dad (or other mom) is*
ToastyBrain Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We probably won't know who the father is since he is not present in Arte's life. But people joke around that it's Silver Quill.
TheMobiusPony Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
Oh, that suggestion made me cackle with glee
MlpFanKAR Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is dad i dont remember but it was a dad XD
LoveliDay Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Now i get it
AmelzaDrawz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thish Ish Show Cute!
MlpFanKAR Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Irisdence she's so cute there!!!! :3 :3 :3 :3 x3 x3 x3 x3 x3 x3 X3 X3 X3 3X 3 X3 X3 X3 X3 X3 IM GONNA DIE
Fulicious Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016
I somehow imagine Artemis with a British accent. x3
onesmartcookie11 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016
I wonder how Artemis would react to seeing the nightmare moon side of Luna? Any thoughts ?
Leopardfang13 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016
I feel like the only reason Luna would go into Nightmare Moon form would be if some pony tried to hurt her precious bird child. Protective mommy Nightmare Moon! Everyone flee for your lives!!!
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016
I would give anything to see that. 
XxXSpooksXxX Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I swear Artemis is me xD
RainstormOfEquestria Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur profile tho
rnko26 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is just simply adorable!
wintersunstudio Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute!!!☺️
DuomoChiaro Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ffffff- stop being so goshdarned cute, Artie!!!
MyOCPastelRainbow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love her hair!!!!
Leequor Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I think you mean 
Birds and bees

silvervEXin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Markiplier Hot Damn You're Cute! HuniePop #3 
DerpymuffinArtist Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't like bugs.
But I like this one.
She's way to cute.
Helios75 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
So would Iridescence be the princess of hope since she's a cross breed and brought together eguestria and the changelings.
Crydius Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
So Iridescence was a rather greyish brown when she was a grub. Does that mean she graduatly became lighter as she grew or did her light fur simply grow over her Original skin tone? Wait does she have fur...? I need more background on how this character works! O_O
AwesomeHeart Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist
Awww, that's so cute! Don't be shy Artemis, she won't bite just spit acid. XD
Cattailarts Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww~ So precious. qwq
CitrusEucalyptus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Professional General Artist

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