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The gray light from outside poked through my window and slapped me in the face, reminding me that hiding in my dreams would only last so long. I tried to tune out the light but it was no use, even after throwing a pillow over my head."Curses..."
I slowly sat up only to be hit by the worst migraine I had had in a long time. Between that and my sore, swollen eyes, this morning would be worse than waking up after a night of drinking the Apple family's cider.
I wanted to lay back down on the couch and will my headache away but I knew I had work to do. My animals needed feeding, despite how sick I felt at that moment.
I slowly pushed myself off the couch and while walking outside glanced at myself in the mirror, almost cringing at the sight.
My pink mane was tangled and sticking up in certain areas. I knew maybe I could ask Angel or something to brush my hair but not right now. He was probably starving.
Once outside, I grabbed the bag of feed and headed over to my chicken coop and backyard where all my little critters seemed to gather. Putting on my best fake smile and clearing my throat, I dusted the ground with the feed that everypony seemed to enjoy. Or at least tolerate. But there was one animal I knew
wouldn't even tolerate this bland mixture.
"Oh Angel~" I called out to him. Of course, he didn't come so I fluttered in the air, flying over to his little house.
"Angel, who's a hungry baby?" I cooed in my best baby voice, hoping he'd hop out of his little hut happily.
Panic set in at this point as I dashed over and peered into his hut. It seemed empty, but some chewed up apple cores made me suspect he was here recently. My breathing speed increased as I felt a panicked lump in my throat form.
"Angel..?! Angel...?!?" I called, panicking. I rushed over back to my tree house, practically running despite being in the air as I flew.
I heard a chuckle near my front door and it sounded familiar. I felt fear and anxiety sink in as I flew faster and faster. Finally arriving, I sighed in relief when I saw the white little fluff ball hopping up and down. However, my relief quickly escaped as I saw a dark stallion standing in front of the rabbit.
"Hey! Would you cut it out?!" he snapped in annoyance. I could see not a playful look in his eyes, more of an annoyed look. Once those green eyes settled on me, he seemed to adjust his facial expression almost instantly and grinned.
I felt myself shutter with both anticipation and fear.
"Oh hey there, Fluttershy." he said, placing his hoof on Angel's head. "Is this little guy yours?" he asked, releasing his hoof as Angel frantically hopped over to me and hid behind my foreleg.
I nodded nervously. "Y-yes. This is Angel." my eyes lowered a bit in suspicion as I tilted my head. "He's one of my closest companions." I could feel Angel flailing about behind me, obviously upset at what RedRobin had been doing. I really wasn't in the mood to fight, so I simply picked Angel up and placed him on my back. "He wasn't bothering you, was he?" I asked Red.
RedRobin adjusted himself and cleared his throat, puffing his chest out. "Huhn? Him? Nah. He's...quite the cutie pie." he said through his teeth. It didn't take a genius to see that he wasn't too thrilled by Angel, however not many ponies liked the bunny either.
"I was just going to feed him...would you maybe like to join me?" I didn't want to let either Angel or Red out of my sight. I didn't want them to fight, or Red to interact with my other animals.
RedRobin hesitated at first but shrugged. "Sure, I don't mind!" he said, trotting closely next to me. I could feel Angel grow restless behind me as I walked to where I kept all my vegetables. As we trotted along, I tried to fight sleep but it seemed despite how quickly I passed out last night, I was still tired. Probably this headache.
As I felt myself zone out, I heard a blood curdling scream and my back feel slightly lighter than before. I whisked around to see RedRobin bucking about angrily as Angel chewed relentlessly on his ear. My jaw dropped and I heard myself let out a squeak as I stood motionless for a few moments, unsure of what to do.
Angel normally had good judge of character, but to be this mean to RedRobin...this stallion couldn't be that
bad, could he?
"Ah! Angel must be hungry!" I said, nervously giggling. This time, it didn't seem Red was too happy about the way things turned out.
"Ah..I..guess...so!!" he said, shaking his head about. This time I felt I needed to intervene. He was going to hurt both himself AND Angel at this point.
I ran over, grabbing Angel's food with my mouth and prying him off of Red. Tossing Angel on my back and wrapping him up in my wings, I turned to see blood dripping down Red's ear, and his once cool and flirtatious eyes take on a red hot fiery rage. His teeth were showing and he almost looked like an angry Timber Wolf.
Gritting his teeth, he shot daggers at Angel, who I assumed glared angrily back at the bleeding Pegasus. "Might..want to keep that thing on a leash, eh?" he hissed.
I turned back to face Angel who was still giving this guy dirty looks. Biting my bottom lip, I knelt down and slipped Angel off my back.
"Maybe..it's time you go back to your hut, Angel. I'll feed you later." I said in a hushed voice. The tiny bunny folded his arms, but listened to me and darted back toward his hut. I trotted over to Red, examining his ear. "Let me...patch that up for you." I said with a shrug.
Red turned to me, the fire in his eyes cooling and he blinked a couple times before nodding. "Okay. That would be nice."
Once I wrapped the wound around his ear in gauze and bandages, he seemed to calm down almost instantly. Maybe his ego forgot he was attacked by a rabbit five times smaller than himself.
"I'm telling you, Fluttershy.." he went on. "...being on tour and seeing all of Equestria-no, all of the world is truly amazing! You see things beyond your wildest dreams." he fell backwards on my couch and smiled at me. "It'd be great if you accompanied me."
I turned and washed the bloodied rags I used to dry his wound and closed my eyes. "I don't know, RedRobin.." I muttered. "I have a lot of responsibilities here-"
I heard a scoff. "What, you mean those flea ridden animals-Er I mean...your little friends?" he said, correcting himself. I heard his hoof steps approach me and he placed a wing on my shoulder. I flinched a bit, but turned my eyes up toward him.
"Aren't you ready to follow your dreams?" he asked in a soft voice. I shrugged and backed away a bit. "I..I dunno. This was always my dream, caring for animals."
He laughed. "In this house? In Ponyville? Don't you want to care for more than just goats and cows? And ...rabbits?" he backed away, lifting his hooves in the air for effect. "How about a dragon? Or a griffin? Or exotic animals and creatures you've only read about in story books?" he asked me. And immediately words like exotic, and dragons, and griffins...and animals began to buzz in my head like a million Parasprites. RedRobin trotted over to me again, that same cool grin on his face.
"All I'm saying is..why limit yourself to Ponyville?" he practically whispered in my ear, seducing me with ideas of being one of the greatest animal caretakers in all the land.
I remained silent, unsure of what excuse I could make. "But..if I do go with, who will care for my animals?" I asked, frowning at the idea of my lovelies starving.
"Already taken care of." he said almost instantly. "I will send over five ponies over everyday to check on them, feed them, clean their homes...even the little demon rabbit." he assured me, wrapping his foreleg around me. I cringed again at his touch, but tried to hide it better this time. He was doing me a huge favor.
RedRobin leaned in, whispering in my ear. "Come with me..and I will make sure you get into the finest vet school in Equestria."
I remained motionless until I pushed him off me and blinked my cyan eyes at him. "And...what is the catch?" I asked hesitantly.
He paused, before bursting into an uproar of laughter. "Catch?! Oh silly Fluttershy, there is no catch! Just keep me company whenever I'm not singing and dancing for my fans!"
Again, hesitation set in. When he said 'keep me company' did he mean just sit and talk..or something else...? I bit my bottom lip, knowing I couldn't turn an offer like this down. A free term at the best vet college in Equestria..how could I say no?
"Just..give me some time to get my things together, and I'll go.." I said, trying to hide the hesitation in my voice.
His mouth contorted into that same cool smile, except his eyes seemed to show a bit more of a crazed look. "Aw good, you made the right choice." he trotted over to the door, already awaiting a carriage to take him off. "I'll be back at around say...8 o'clock. I trust you'll make the necessary arrangements until then?" he asked. Before I could answer he disappeared into his carriage as it road down the path away from my house. I released a captive sigh and closed the door.
What would I say to all my friends...to Angel..and Rarity, and Twilight...and Pinkie and Applejack and...and...
I shut my eyes tightly. "Well..I'm following my dream..." I whispered, trying to fight back tears. "I hope you do the same. Or this was all for nothing." I picked myself up and began to trot upstairs, to pack my bags. Then I would go off to say goodbye to my friends.