Phoebe and I strolled back towards the clearing, walking perfectly in step. My eyes caught a lot of movement through the trees that remained between us and the spring.
"Looks like we're setting off," said Phoebe.
She was right. Melody, Grace and Sophie were getting the pegasi ready in the clearing.
I nodded, and continued towards the clearing, but Phoebe paused and put a hand on my shoulder. I stopped and looked at her.
"Flare," she said. "There's a spark in you. I can see it, I can hear it. Not many people have it, but you do. Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing thing, to be able to voice your opinions and let you feelings be known..."
I felt my face flush. I knew where she was going with this; she blamed me for this whole argument, because I'd been the first one to speak up about Aria's behaviour towards Astrid.
"It wasn't my fault, Phoebe! She was completely out of line! Astrid's my friend, and she was -"
"No, no, Flare, I'm not mad," said Phoebe, her eyes twinkling. "But just like you defended your friend back there, I now have to defend mine. I've known Aria for a very long time, and I know she has a hard shell. If you give it time, you'll start to see the person that I know."
Guilt flooded into my veins. Phoebe was right. Aria had done just as much good as the other three; there was no reason I should treat her any differently.
"I'm sorry," I muttered, biting my lip.
Phoebe looked surprised. "Don't apologize for having an opinion and a backbone," she said with a small grin. "Like I said, you have a spark - just try not to direct it at friends anymore. Save it for the enemy, yeah?"
I smiled and nodded. I heard someone say my name. Grace was waving at us through the trees, and Aria and Astrid had re-joined the group now. Phoebe and I headed into the clearing; it looked like it was time to move on.