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"It was getting dark, but Spike and I carried on searching, knowing that we were so close to reaching our destination. Just as the Sun passed beneath the horizon, leaving the Moon that was already high in the sky on its own, we came upon the collection of caves and waterfalls that Lord Perry had said that the Element of Honesty had been delivered to. Why anybody would want to pay who knows what to have a valuable item transported here, and simply left inside a dark, labyrinthian system of caves was beyond me. I only hoped that the Element had not yet been collected, or some clues as to where it went had been left behind at least.

"'Are we really going in there?' Spike asked, looking up at the many cave entrances in the hillside. I looked up at some of them, too, and I could have sworn I saw a few pairs of glowing, green eyes peeking out from the shadows before winking out. It unsettled me, and a nervous weight dropped into the pit of my stomach.

"I took a deep breath, a shook my head. 'Not tonight, Spike, but tomorrow, yes, we will be.' I thought I saw Spike shudder. 'It's okay to be afraid, you know.' I reassured him.

"'I'm not scared, I'm just cold.' he lied. It was like a Summer's evening, and the mosquitoes were out in full force, already biting. I didn't bother pointing out his little lie, instead, I scanned around for a place to camp out. My eyes fell upon a large waterfall that fell from the very top of the hill. At the bottom, I noticed a strange glow behind the water.

"'Let's go, I think I see something.' I knelt down and allowed Spike to climb onto my back, and I began walking to edge of the water. Carefully, I eased myself into the water, so that Spike wouldn't lose his balance. The cool water came up to my barrel, and the bottom of my saddlebags took a dip, too. I hoped that I sewn up all of the holes, and that the contents would be safe inside, as I started wading through the water toward the waterfall.

"'You're going to have to hold on tight and hold your breath for a teeny, tiny moment, Spike. Are you ready?" I heard him take a deep inhale, and a few seconds later, I did the same and slowly passed through the falling water, walking straight inside a cave.

"The cave was small, and was filled with a peaceful, blue-ish glow. It was much cooler inside, with a light mist gently hovering above the water. Spike exhaled and fidgeted as he looked around, 'So why did you pick this cave when we could've just camped outside?'

"'There's a wall of water falling behind us, mosquitoes and other insects can't fly if they get their wings wet, so they won't follow us through here.' I said simply. Spike merely responded with a 'Huh' as he continued looking around.

"'What's with the glow?' He quizzed, 'They seem to be coming from that mossy stuff, do you know anything about them?'

"I shook my head, slowly heading for a sandy bank. 'No, it only reminds me of the glowing vines that I saw in the Everfree Forest.' A thought clicked inside my head as I climbed out of the water. 'Actually, I might have the answer in my saddlebags. Spike, could you bring out the copy of Supernaturals I have while I fill up our canteens?'

"Spike hopped down and plonked his backpack down as I took my saddlebags off. 'You have a copy of that book with you? When did you get that?' He asked as he took his canteen out of his backpack and passed it to me.

"I tucked Spike's canteen under my wing so that I could speak, 'I... well I borrowed it. From Zecora.'

"'You mean Zecora is still okay?' Spike seemed to get his hopes up. 'What does she think has happened to all the ponies, surely she might have some clu-'

"I put my hoof over his mouth, and looked him in the eyes with remorse. 'I never said she was there to lend it to me.'

"I turned away before either of us could see the other react, and started refilling the canteens. Spike remained quiet, and started going through my saddlebags for the book. A few moments later, I dropped my canteen beside our bags, and gave Spike his canteen as he passed the book over to me. As he stashed his water away, I flicked through the pages of the looted book until I found a page that showed a plant similar to the ones growing in this cave.

"I rested myself on the sand as I read, and Spike sat down beside me. He put his claws behind his head and rested himself against me. A moment later, he broke the silence between us. 'So, what's the book say?'

"'Weeping Wall Tears, also known as Glowing Moss, is an unusual plant in that it has the appearance of moss but also shares characteristics with flowers.' I quoted, 'It favours damp and dark conditions where bats are likely to nest. The style and stigma are covered in a glowing nectar that frugivores consume. Pollen is transferred to a passing creature such as a bat eating the nectar, and is carried over to the next plant, allowing pollination to occur. The nectar is sweet and is commonly harvested for use as an additional ingredient in otherwise foul-tasting medicines. The inclusion of the nectar improves the taste and gives the brew a slight glow, making it easier to give medicine to fussy, sick foals who enjoy the glowing appearance and sweeter taste.'

"I twisted around to speak to Spike, 'Did you hear all of that?' Spike had leant forward and curled up into a ball, I instantly started to worry. 'Spike? What's wrong? You can tell me.'

"'We're alone, aren't we? How could I have believed that Zecora made it through this, especially after I saw what it did with Twilight and Princess Luna.'"

"I shifted uncomfortably, surprised that he was beginning to open up to me about what happened when everypony vanished. 'Spike? Would you like to tell me what happened? It's okay if you don't want to.'

"He lifted his head and looked over to me, tears in his eyes. 'She saved you, you know. Twilight. When I was woken up to your letter arriving, I also woke up to Twilight panicking. She spoke too fast for me to catch everything, all I know is that her and Luna had discovered what was going on, and that we needed to get everypony together right now. I reminded her that everypony else was still away on their assignments, and only you had just sent a letter to me. With her magic, she snatched the letter from me and read it in the space of a few seconds, then she picked up a quill and some paper and started scribbling something strange on it. Princess Luna landed through the balcony doors, telling us that Princess Celestia was fetching the Elements of Harmony, before I could ask what was going on, Twilight finished writing and told me to send her message to where your letter had come from, before you moved too far away for the letter to find you. I breathed my flames on it and the smoke went on its way. I asked her what she had wrote, and Twilight told me that she had sent you a self-activating ward in hopes that it would protect you. Before I could ask from what, it happened.'

"Spike stopped speaking for a few moments, fresh tears starting to fall. I nuzzled the little dragon to help sooth him. 'You don't need to say anything more if you don't want to, I know what happened, too.'

"'You didn't see the closest pony to you become lost in the light, you didn't hear her scream, and you haven't been having nightmares of that moment every night since then.' Spike curled back up into a ball, and for a moment, I wasn't sure what to say. I nuzzled him again and whispered that it's okay now, as he now had somepony to turn to. He peeked up at me, and I offered him a kind smile, even though the thought of seeing what Spike saw was upsetting me, too. 'Do you really think the Elements of Harmony can bring them back, Fluttershy?' He asked.

"'I hope so, Spike, I won't know unless I try, and I promise I will try.' I looked him in the eyes. 'I owe it to you and Twilight especially, and I will not let you down.'


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EDIT(s): - Improved minor grammar errors and corrected spelling issues. I'll try not to rush writing in future.

Good. Grief.

This started out as a simple scene. but rapidly grew into a behemoth. I'm still learning a lot when it comes to digitally painting scenes, and the environment almost killed me.

Then there were the light sources, which I decided were fictitious plants that glow, which resulted in spending about 30 minutes alone on giving the plant a name and a reason for being (which allowed me to stretch some world building muscles and address a whole bunch of questions in the story).

Basically, almost everything became much bigger than I expected for this scene. And I hope it doesn't turn some people off when they see how long this excerpt is. I won't be making it this long again, I'll refrain from cramming so much information into a single scene in future.

Anyway. I would absolutely LOVE your feedback! So don't be shy, click the comment box and bash your head on your keyboard (don't do that).

I was a day late with this update, and I'm not sure if I'll make tomorrow's update to get back into schedule, unless I buy myself an extra day and work on an animated scene. There's one that I should really do in light of this scene. So perhaps now is the best time for it.
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"Spike led the way into the caves, his torch bathing the tunnels and inner-caverns with a fiery, yellow-green light. In the darkness, I could hear the sounds of stones skittering along the floor and other noises that I couldn't place the source of. My heart started thumping in my ears, and I began to consider turning back and leaving as quickly possible.

"Spike stopped and turned to face me, and I could tell that he was nervous. In a hushed whisper, he asked me, 'Are you sure it's here?'

"'Yes,' I told him, 'It's here, even if you don't trust Lord Perry, I just know it's here.' I bent my head down and nuzzled him, trying to reassure him. 'I know you're afraid, Spike, I am, too. But as long as we look out for eachother, not even the scariest things can hurt us.'

"He smiled up at me, and I smiled back, and we carried on. Being reunited with Spike was the happiest day I had ever experienced ever since everypony vanished, I wasn't alone anymore, and neither was he. Spike was a very brave little dragon, definitely more than I was, but he was still a baby dragon, and I wasn't going to ever let him face this world alone again.

"We ventured deeper into the caves, both of us looking up, down, and all around in hopes of catching a glint or a sign of where the Element of Honesty was. It had to be here, I just knew it, and in spite of us both being scared, I knew neither of us would be happy with leaving without it. Both of us shared the same sense of... duty: To our friends, to the Princesses, to all of Equestria. Everypony was counting on us, and no matter how hard my heart pounded on my eardrums, I was going to do my best.

"'Uh, Fluttershy?' Spike pulled me out of my thoughts, I looked at him quizzically 'You're kinda pushing me along, and you've stepped on my tail twice. Could you slow down?'

"I halted, realising I was moving much faster than I thought. 'I'm sorry, I was lost in my thoughts...'

"Spike grinned as he waved his arm over the room we were in; 'Then welcome back! Did you bring any souvenirs?'

"I couldn't help but giggle. Spike seemed glad to have got a laugh out of me, and then turned toward a tunnel. 'Come on, we haven't gone this way, yet. If we don't find it in the next few minutes, could we look for gemstones instead? A sapphire sounds tasty right now, how about you?'

"'I don't think we'll find any Daisy sandwiches or a bushel of Apples down here!' I joked. We both laughed after that, but suddenly, we heard galloping echoing throughout the caves, which frightened us into silence. We both looked around, trying to see beyond the range of the torch. 'Do you see anypony, Spike? Or anything?' I whispered.

"Spike shook his head, 'No, but it sounds like it came from down there.' he waved his torch over to the tunnel he was speaking of. He looked back at me, unsure of what to do.

"I nodded at him, telling him that we should go that way, and we started on again, Spike quietly leading the way. But just as we entered the tunnel, I heard a dragging sound on the opposite side of the room we were in. I stopped and turned my head around in an instant, startling Spike. I couldn't believe what I saw. In the shadows, I could just about see another tunnel, and in that tunnel, I could've swore I saw somepony walking away from us.

"Spike twisted around, seemingly glued to where he stood, 'What's wrong, Fluttershy? What did you see?'

"'Applejack?'" I said uncertainly.


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I took way too long with this...
I'm probably going to start stepping up the rate at which I post these, because I basically have a full story written down, now. So schedule permitting, I'll be drawing scenes as often as possible.

Anyway, we've been long overdue for some Spike involvement, so I made a point of creating a scene that included him. I'm still getting used to drawing him, and finding the colour scheme I like most for him is obviously slowing me down. I'm not sure if I like these specific colours just yet, future scenes will warrant further expermentation with shades and what not.

Anyhoo, enjoy!
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"I leapt down from the ledge and started flying as fast as I could, heading straight for Spike. He stopped himself from throwing his fist down at the ledge I was just on and watched with bemusement as I lined myself up with his upper abdomen and bucked as hard I could into it, doing my best to block out my conscious all the while. The massive dragon doubled over and pulled his arms in, and I immediately flew and over his right shoulder, giving a hurried apology as I passed and attempted to land on his back. He responded by lashing his right arm out, swinging a balled-up claw over his shoulder and after me, only to hit the rocky ceiling and cause it to start collapsing.

"I abandoned my landing and dove down, attempting to escape the falling rocks, my wings protested as I corkscrewed and twisted clumsily, but I pushed myself through it. Suddenly, a boulder clipped one of my wings, throwing me out of balance and into a downwards spiral. I collided with Spike's horde, scattering bits and books all over the floor, and crashing into sets of golden armour and just barely avoiding the decorative weapons he had stolen. For a spell, I was seeing birds and butterflies flying around, I shook my head and they faded away, and the cave came back into focus.

"I stood back onto my hooves, and winced at the sharp pain in my wing. I had landed on it and sprained it badly, rendering me flightless. I carefully folded my wing away with the assistance of a hoof, and took stock of my situation. Spike had lost sight of me, and was searching the nooks and crevices on the opposite side of the large cavern. Boulders and rubble littered the floor, and Spike's tail was waving idly above them. I ran through the vast collection of treasures, and leapt onto a large rock. From there, I started hopping onto bigger and bigger boulders and debris, taking a final leap onto Spike's tail as it passed. I stumbled a little upon the unsteady surface, and bit down into one of Spike's spines to steady myself. The dragon realised where I was, and started to crane his neck around.

"Not wasting a heartbeat, I clambered up his body, making it impossible for him to see or reach me. Spike let out an irritated roar, and started to jump and thrash about. I bit down on one of his scales and held on for dear life, praying that the scale wouldn't fail me and come out, or that I would lose my grip and fall. Spike slammed into walls and shook the cave, causing more debris to fall. Rocks landed on him, making him stop and cover his head as they bounced off him and tumbled down towards me. One barely missed me, but another was following behind, I swung to the side and let go, flinging myself clear of the falling rock, and planted my hooves onto Spike's back. I slid down a little as I was trying to get a grip, but my hooves finally found purchase, and I started climbing back up hurriedly, using missing and damaged scales to climb up and hang on with. Spike came down onto all fours, making the surface horizontal. No longer needing to climb, I started to gallop along his back, almost reaching his shoulder height before he started to shake like a wet dog. I lost my balance and fell onto my side, and in a panic I scrambled over to one the green spines on Spike's back and bit down and held on tight. Realising his tactic wasn't working, Spike stopped shaking, and instead started to try and roll onto his back. I let go and ran to stay upright on Spike, and made for his shoulder, the sound of boulders being ground into dust as they were crushed leaving nothing to my imagination if I were to fall.

"I was now on the front side of Spike, treading on the softer scales, making my prescence even more known. He reached a claw out to grab me, and I just barely slipped between his digits. He closed his claw and brought it infront of his vision, and was surprised to see it was empty. He growled angrily as I started to gallop up his neck, and reached to grab again. This time, I leapt up and bit onto a loose purple scale to escape his blind grab, the sharpness of it cut my mouth and drew blood. As his claw retreated, the scale proved too loose to stay attached, and I dropped back onto the green scales on the underside of his neck. Spike felt me drop down and started to reach to grab with both claws this time, his patience already wearing thin. I met the palm of one claw with a swift buck, and by reflex it closed like a trap. I then clambered onto it to escape the other open claw, taking the purple scale with me.

"For a moment Spike had lost track of me, and he stood upright to see his arms and to try to cause me to slip and fall if I were still on his neck. As soon as he spotted me stood on the back of his claw, his eyes narrowed and a growl escaped him, and he started to take a breath in.

"I looked around me for somewhere to leap to, but there was nowhere to go, and running up his arm wouldn't escape his fire-breath. I tasted the blood in my mouth, and looked down to see the way the purple scale in my mouth was catching the light. My eyes fell upon the hand I was stood on, and I had an idea. I looked up at Spike, and saw the tell-tale glow escaping his nostrils. 'Mmf Thorry.' I said in apology, and drove the tip of the scale into his claw as hard as I could. Spike roared out and threw his claw up in pain, launching me up into the air. The scale left my grip and I spun around helplessly, unable to fly with a sprained wing. I started to fall, and I closed my eyes so that I wouldn't see the ground come rushing up to me. I hit the floor much sooner than I anticipated, and I was still alive, if badly battered and bruised. I opened my eyes, and they met two massive, green eyes, focused on me with intense fury."


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(q)What is this?
(a-short answer) Survivor Shy, an ongoing series following Fluttershy on a mission to survive being in an Equestria in ruins, and to restore Equestria and ponykind.
(a-long answer) A project I began after binging on Fallout 3 and Fluttershy episodes. It originally began as a couple of pictures that depicted Fluttershy in an ambigious, post-apocalyptic setting. But since then, Survivor Shy has evolved into an ongoing adventure/fantasy series following Shy's journey to restore Equestria and ponykind.

(q)Where do I start? In what order do these pictures go?
(a-short answer) Follow them in any order, none of them are in chronological order, and I've left it up to you to work out the correct order.
(a-long answer) I'm experimenting with an unusual way of storytelling. I focus on drawing dramatic scenes that fit the basic theme of Survivor Shy, and once I'm finished, I write a story excerpt based on the picture. As time goes by and I complete and upload new scenes, the chronological order of the story shall become clearer, and the story shall practically write itself. Once I finish the 'last' scene of Survivor Shy, I'll see about linking the scenes together into chronological order.

(q)Why are your animated pictures so big? They make me lag!
(a)I'm a silly pony who likes massive pictures, but I'll downscale the gifs so that they don't lag so much from now on.

(q)Is this going to be Grimdark/Mature?
(a) I have no intention of drawing anything that could be classed as Grimdark. We're talking Disney-levels of blood and overall darkness. As for the written parts, I will not write anything graphic, but the written parts do have less-strict rules.

(q)Will Fluttershy die?
(a)I can't say exactly, I will say that she could die, but I'll never draw her dead or write words to the effect of "Fluttershy died". If your imagination says that she died after a certain scene, then that's your interpretation.

*End of FAQ*

I took way too long making this update...

This time, I've gone against my usual way of submitting scenes out of chronological order and drawn up a scene that occurs straight after my previous submission, "Survivor Shy - 'It's Me! Fluttershy!'". This is actually the second scene of a three-part set. The third will be up within an hour or so, I've already made a big enough of a cliffhanger out of the last scene.

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Whoa, Spike, settle down. Maybe you should treat those gems to dinner before getting all freaky on them.

Feel free to use. It was taken from episode 17, A Dog And Pony Show. Totally forgot about this one I made

Spike belong to My Little Pony (c) Hasbro
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was made for television by Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:
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Divine Intervention
Written By: Closer-To-The-Sun (Joseph Noblit)
Chapter 1: Turn The Page

Celestia's sun was shining down on Ponyville, giving a warm afternoon feel for the residents. While most of the ponyfolk were relaxed, there was one light blue pegasus who was racing towards her destination. It was Rainbow Dash, whose multi-colored mane was a blur to anypony who saw her. Finally landing in front of the Ponyville library, she checked the saddlebag on her back, double-checking to make sure it had not fallen off mid-flight, which it had a tendency to do. After her examination, she knocked on the door.

"Just a second!" a muffled voice from inside called out.

"No rush," Rainbow Dash replied to the voice. While she wasn't in a hurry, almost everything in her life was some sort of race or competition. It's how she was.

After what felt like eternity to the blue mare, the door was opened. Expecting to see her purple unicorn friend, Dash saw a small purple and green dragon.

"Oh, hello Rainbow Dash!" Spike said excitedly.

"Hey there, Spike. Is Twilight around?" Rainbow Dash asked in a bit puzzled tone.

The dragon shook his head, "No, she was called to Canterlot on official business for a few days."

"She is? Bummer, I needed to return some of the books she let me borrow," Dash explained, making a slight motion to her saddlebag.

"Oh, in that case, I can help you out!" said Spike enthusiastically, "Come on in!"

A small smile came across Rainbow's face in relief that she could return the books. The only issue she has with reading was the fact of late fees. They scared her to death. She followed the dragon inside the library.

Spike led the pegasus to the center table in the library. Without being told what to do, Dash took her books out of the saddlebag and placed them on the table so Spike could check them back in. Writing down the book titles on the sheet of paper, Daring Do and the Final Crusade and Daring Do and the Kingdom of the Sapphire Skull, he then took them to the shelf and place them in their proper location.

"So you really liked those Daring Do books, don't ya?" Spike asked as he was on his stepstool.

"Yeah, gotta admit Daring is pretty awesome. That last book of the series is really weird though. Not as good as the first one," Dash commented.

Spike chuckled as he got back on the floor, "Yeah, I remember when I read that last one. Thankfully, Twilight told me some other good books to read."

"You read, too? But aren't you like three years old in dragon years?" the pegasus asked in surprise.

"I'm thirteen….in dragon years I think….you know what, I'm not sure how the age thing works with me. All I know is that I'm pretty smart compared to most dragons," Spike thought about exactly how his age would work out being a dragon amongst ponies.

Rainbow laughed, "Yeah, what other dragons know how to get blueberry stains out of their scales?"

"Hey, watch it! I might show you how hard it is to get those out!" Spike threatened as his face was flustered.

Still laughing, Rainbow placed a hoof on Spike's head and roughed him up slightly, "I'm just messing with ya, you little twerp. You know that."

Spike still looked sour, but he seemed to brush it off, "So, what kind of book are you looking for?"

"Hm…." Rainbow Dash put a hoof to her chin, "something with action is always good, and something funny would be cool, oh, and totally have something that makes me want to keep reading!"

Spike waddled to the bookcase to grab a few books down, "Well, if you want action, then you will really want to read Luna Wars: A New Hope. It's a personal favorite of mine. Oh! And another great one would be Buck Cassidy And the Sundance Colt. It takes place in the badlands when Equestria was still very wild. And you totally have to read Donkey Quixote, it's really fun to read."

Rainbow Dash was surprised at the stack of books that Spike had in his claws, "Whoa, are you sure these are some good books for me?"

"Trust me, these are some of my favorites. If you don't like any of them, I'll buy you lunch!" Spike sounded extremely confident.

A sly smile came across Rainbow Dash's face, "Alright, you're on!" The blue pegasus began loading the books into her saddlebag.

Spike pointed to the mare, "But no cheating, alright? You can't just look over it like it's nothing and put it down! You have to give them a shot."

Rainbow smirked and placed her hoof on Spike's head again, "What, you don't trust me?"

"You broke into a hospital and the library to continue reading a book because you were to proud to admit you like reading," Spike reminded her.

Dash was silent, trying to think of a comeback, but she knew that she was beat, "Alright, you got me there, you little nerd."

The pegasus and dragon started there way towards the door. "I'll stop by tomorrow then and let ya know how my reading goes," Dash continued.

"Hey, don't just rush through them! Enjoy them!" Spike was a little bothered that she seemed to be so relaxed about her new reading material.

"Geez, Spike, you really are the egghead's assistant, aren't ya?" Rainbow turned to him after she stepped outside.

"And proud of it!" the dragon boasted.

Laughing Rainbow Dash began to take off, "Alright, well, see ya later, shorty!" And with that, the pegasus returned to her home in Cloudsdale.

Later that night, Rainbow Dash was busy reading the new books she had checked out from the library. Already done with Donkey Quixote and Luna Wars, she was in the middle of Buck Cassidy And The Sundance Colt. Rainbow had to admit, Spike knew what he was talking about.
“You may be right/I may be crazy/But it just may be a lunatic your looking for.” –Billy Joel, “You May Be Right”

Chapter 1: You are here : "Turn The Page"
Chapter 2: [link] : "New"
Chapter 3: [link] : "Outer Space"
Chapter 4: [link] : "You May Be Right"
Chapter 5: [link] : "You"

A NEW FAN-FIC! Sorry that it's been a while. I have been quite busy, and I'm lucky enough to get this started. Let's hope I can finish it. Anyway, here's another Spike shipping story for all of you ponies out there. Have fun. Also, enjoy the references.

Title: Divine Intervention
Chapter 1: Turn The Page
Premise: Rainbow Dash comes looking for a book. Will Spike have anything to interest her?

The title for this short story is taken from the song "Divine Intervention" by Matthew Sweet, from the album 'Girlfriend'.
The name of this chapter is taken from the song "Turn The Page" by Bob Seger from the album to 'Back In '72', most known for the live version that appears on the album 'Live Bullet'
Don Quixote (also known by it's full title, 'El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha') was written by Miguel de Cervantes in 1605 and 1615
Star Wars: A New Hope was written and directed by George Lucas (as was the novelization, though ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster)
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid was written by William Goldman and directed by George Roy Hill
All characters belong to My Little Pony (c) Hasbro
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was made for television by Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:
Written by :iconcloser-to-the-sun:
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Love Interruption
Written By Joseph Noblit (Closer-To-The-Sun)
Chapter 4: Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

Celestia's sun was just beginning the go down in the east after another day of work at Sweet Apple Acres. Applejack was slightly troubled with her work during the day. This due to her recent revelation. Almost 24 hours beforehoof, the orange mare came to the conclusion that she was fond of Spike the dragon. Despite her persistent mind thinking about the dragon, Applejack continued with her chores, including the barreling in the barn that she was doing when the purple dragon stopped by.

"Hey Applejack! I'm really sorry that I'm late! I had to help Twilight and I totally lost track of time!" Spike rushed through the open doors.

Applejack was a bit caught of guard by his sudden appearance, "Huh?! Oh, howdy there, Spike. No need to fret. Just figured ah'd get started before ya got here."

"Well, seems ya didn't need me all that much," Spike commented, noticing that the pony was close to finishing her barreling.

The orange mare didn't turn to reply to Spike this time, "Ah guess, but ya can stick around if ya like." Her voice was meek, almost uncharacteristic for her.

Spike hopped up on top a barrel and began jumping from one to another until he got closer to Applejack, "Sure, why not? I like hanging around the farm." After enough hopping, he sat down on one of the barrels.

On her face, Applejack looked worried. She continued her barreling of the apples and tried to force herself to make small talk with Spike. The dragon seemed more than happy to oblige, talking about his day at the library. He in returned asked Applejack about how she was feeling. It was this question that caused her to fall silent.

"Everything alright, AJ?" Spike asked with a puzzled look after a few moments of stillness.

"Truth be told, ah'm not exactly sure," Applejack admitted.

Spike gave a concerned look, "What seems to be the problem?"

Taking a deep breath, Applejack turned to Spike and answered, "Spike, ah think ah'm keen on ya."

The dragon paused before replying, "Come again?"

"Ah mean it, ah really like ya."

The content and happy-go-lucky atmosphere around Spike vanished. What was left was a very nervous and bashful little dragon. With pink on his cheeks, Spike replied, "Oh….uh….well….I really like you too, Applejack….you are a great friend and what not…."

Seeing the timid and blushing Spike caused Applejack to warmly smile and caused her own nervousness to vanish. Trotting closer to him, Applejack spoke, "Ah'm sorry if that sounded all sudden and weird fer ya. Didn't mean ta make things strange or nothin'. It's jus' after a lotta thinkin', ah really like ya….well, maybe more than just likin' somepony…."

"For real?" Spike asked, his face blushing a bold pink.

"Really real, sugarcube," Applejack's smile seemed to rub off onto the dragon.

"Well," looking away and rubbing one of his arms with the opposite claw, Spike began to state his mind, "I have to admit this is really sudden and stuff….but I would be lying if I said I didn't think you were pretty cool, Applejack. And I have always liked helping you out with stuff on the farm because….well, you wouldn't treat me like a some sort of baby." Spike's face not only had a smile, but was also blushing fiercely. Finally, with a nervous smile, Spike turned back to face Applejack.

The dragon's innocent and tense expression was enough to make Applejack softly chuckle. With a smile, she planted a light peck on Spike's forehead. "Do ya know that yer mighty adorable, sugarcube?"

Spike couldn't help but give a small laugh at Applejack's comment, causing his face to grow an even bolder shade of red.

While the two laughed at their own awkward moment of admitting their feelings, an idea entered the mare's mind, "Say Spike, hop on mah back, will ya?"

Spike agreed to do so, and Applejack took the two of them to the barn's ladder that would go up to the second floor rafters. Being careful with her steps, Applejack carried Spike to the front wooden wall, where just below was the entrance that Spike entered not too long ago. Applejack signaled for Spike to dismount from her, to which he did so. The dragon looked at the wall that Applejack seemed to be fiddling around with. Suddenly, with a grunt from Applejack as she pushed the wall, it opened, revealing that it was the second floor door which is normally used for getting items to the second floor of the barn for storage. Both the pony and dragon looked out from the second floor door to see the setting sun in the distance, accompanied by a breathtaking landscape. As Celestia's sun was setting, it painted the sky multiple colors.

With a smirk, Applejack looked at Spike who seemed to be at a loss for words, "What'cha think, sugarcube?"

"Whoa…." was all Spike could utter. The beauty of the scenery left the dragon astonished.

Applejack laid on her stomach on top of a nearby bushel of hay, "This little getaway spot is kinda a secret of mine. Ah always liked comin' up here alone after a hard day's work, but ah don't mind sharin' it with a special dragon."

Spike smiled at Applejack's words as he sat down to lean back against Applejack's body, "I would be honored to."

Applejack gave a warm laugh before she kissed Spike's check lovingly. The two continued watched the sunset from the top of the barn.

Inside, Applejack finally felt that the void that was previously present was completely gone. It had been filled by her love of a small purple dragon.

“You're my blue sky, you're my sunny day/Lord, you know it makes me high when you turn your love my way/Turn your love my way, yeah.” –The Allman Brothers Band, “Blue Sky”

Chapter 1: [link] : "Rotten Apples"
Chapter 2: [link] : "Blue Sky"
Chapter 3: [link] : "Tangled Up In Blue"
Chapter 4: You are here : "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"

And the end of 'Love Interruption', the AppleSpike fic. This was pretty fun to come up with, but it would of been better if I could have just been able to focus most of my energy on it without life poking it's head into this. Anyway, time for a new fic.

Title: Love Interruption
Chapter 4: Stop Draggin' My Heart ARound
Premise: Applejack finally comes clean. Will things get weird and fast?

The title for this short story is taken from the song "Love Interruption" by Jack White, from the album 'Blunderbuss'.
The name of this chapter comes from the song "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty from the album 'Bella Donna'.
All characters belong to My Little Pony (c) Hasbro
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was made for television by Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:
Written by :iconcloser-to-the-sun:
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"Okay, so what're some things we both like doing?" Rainbow asked looking at a blank sheet of paper.

"W-Well…I really like watching you practice." Fluttershy thought.

"And I always like showing off." Rainbow said writing down 'Flight practice' on the paper.

"You really like my cooking…so dinners are always an option." Fluttershy said while thinking about possible new recipes to try for Rainbow Dash.

"Full bellies, check." Rainbow said writing down 'Dinner' on the paper.

"Uhm…we both like hanging out with our friends, going to Pinkie Pie's parties and getting a good sleep." Fluttershy listed off the most obvious things first.

"Check, check and check." Rainbow said listing off 'Hanging out', 'Parties' and 'Napping'.

"Uhm…" Fluttershy said tapping her chin thoughts, "How do you feel about the weather you make for Ponyville?"

"Well, I love having a good thunderstorm! Flying past lightning as it strikes is one of the most intense things ever! The wind and rain in your mane is just incredible!" Rainbow grinned thinking about it.

"O-Oh…I just kind of prefer it when there's a light summer shower of sorts. Watching the calm rain is rather soothing." Fluttershy said thinking about it.

"Eh…close enough." Rainbow said writing down 'Weather fun' on the paper. "What about pranks?" Rainbow asked looking up at Fluttershy.

"Oh…uhm…well I guess as long as it's in good fun and no one is offended that they're okay…I-I'm just not good at coming up with ones." Fluttershy admitted.

"I'm counting it. You could join me and Pinkie in doing some awesome prank fests." Rainbow chuckled as she wrote down 'Pranks'.

"Well…I know you're not too interested in taking care of animals like I do…how are you about swimming?" Fluttershy remembered enjoying a good swim every so often.

"Swimming? Well…it's not as fun as flying, but I suppose its fun, can't say I have anything against it." Rainbow wrote down 'Swimming'. "I know you're not much for competitions like me and Applejack tend to have, but is there anything physical you enjoy?"

Fluttershy couldn't help but blush at the way Rainbow worded that, "Oh uhm…W-Well…" Fluttershy rubbed a hoof over her leg as she thought, "P-Physical…I-I like h-hugging and cuddling…being close b-but…I'm not very strong or anything. I-I'll mostly be a cheerleader for you…a-as best I can though."

"Mmm…" Rainbow chewed the pencil in thought, "I've never been too big on stuff like that…" she tilted her head while crossing her hooves, "But, we are together now. I'll have to try some of that with you, see if I like it." Rainbow wrote down 'Hugging?' on the paper.

Fluttershy blushed again, thinking happily at the thought of cuddling with Rainbow Dash. She was really sticking to her word and giving this a serious try, it really made her happy.

Suddenly there were several knocks on Fluttershy's door.

"Oh, I'll get it." Fluttershy quickly got up, heading for the door. Just as she was about to open the door, it flew open suddenly.

"Oh, there you are Fluttershy-dear. It took me forever but I was finally able to get your new dress looking as good as new. I even spruced up some of the finer edges, so it should shine ever more now." Rarity said walking into Fluttershy's house with a white box.

"O-Oh. Thank you Rarity, I appreciate it." Fluttershy smiled.

"Now, you didn't give me any of the details about what happened that night, so you simply MUST tell me now. How'd it go? I can't imagine it going too well with the state your dress was in." Rarity said before turning to see Rainbow Dash looking at Rarity with a pencil in her mouth, "Oh, good evening Rainbow Dash, I wasn't expecting to see you in Fluttershy's house."

"Well I'm here." Rainbow grinned before putting the pencil down.

"Oh…well uhm…about that night…" Fluttershy said, not sure what to say. She looked nervously at Rainbow Dash. "You see…I…" Rainbow could see Fluttershy's invisible question of 'What do I do?'

"Hey, go ahead and tell her Fluttershy, she is our friend, I'm sure she'll understand." Rainbow Dash with a grin, not really wanting to hide anything.

"What? You've already told Rainbow Dash?" Rarity said amazed, "Oh you simply MUST tell me now!"

"W-Well…I didn't really tell her…s-see, it's like this…" Fluttershy said nervously beginning her story.

"-And then she kissed me saying 'What do you think?' And we just kind of went from there." Fluttershy finished her story, scrapping her hoof against the ground.

"Yea, it was shortly after that the Unicorn team came up and gave Fluttershy a full refund for the show. Man, those guys had egg on their faces." Rainbow laughed nonchalantly.

"O-Oh…you mean…the pony you were trying to impress was…Rainbow Dash?" Rarity said still trying to process everything.

"Well…yea…I-I'm sorry I wasn't forthcoming about it…" Fluttershy apologized softly.

"Good Heaven's Fluttershy." Rarity said shaking her head, "Why didn't you tell me sooner?"

"Hey, what's with that tone?" Rainbow asked not liking the way Rarity said that.

"I-I'm sorry Rarity…I was just nervous." Fluttershy rubbed her leg gently.

"Oh my, no WONDER your night was terrible." Rarity sighed, "I gave you dating advice on how to attract a Gentlecolt, not Rainbow Dash. Rainbow Dash is far from a good Gentlecolt." Rarity said in her usual sophisticated matter.

"Hey! I can be fancy when I need to, I just don't feel like it." Rainbow Dash huffed.

"Never the less, I gave the wrong advice for the suitor Fluttershy was trying to attract." Rarity addressed Rainbow Dash before turning to Fluttershy with a smile, "And something simple would've been much better for attracting Rainbow Dash. Perhaps something with a rainbow flare to it, something that would visualize to her 'I'm thinking of you'. Yes, it truly would make a gorgeous piece." Rarity said smiling as she thought about it.

"S-so wait…you're okay with Rainbow Dash and I…dating?" Fluttershy said a little surprised.

"But of course dear, whatever made you think I wouldn't?" Rarity smiled at her dear friend, with a warming smile.

"Oh…I guess I was just nervous that you or the others wouldn't like the idea…" Fluttershy admitted.

"Oh darling, you shouldn't ever feel that way. We are your friends! We love you for who you are, and if you like mares then that's fine by us. If it's what makes you happy, then of course we support you!" Rarity said happily, "Though I must admit, I was hoping you'd fall for someone with a touch more grace, but not everypony is me I suppose." Rarity chuckled.

"Oh haha, very funny." Rainbow Dash rolled her eyes before walking up to Fluttershy, before showing Rarity a big grin, "But if you wouldn't mind, Fluttershy and I were in the middle of some important 'relationship' business." This comment elicited a large blush from Fluttershy as she tried to hide her face in her mane.

"Oh, but of course. How rude of me, I'll go ahead and escort myself out." Rarity smiled before heading back for the door. "Oh, and one more thing Rainbow Dash."

"Yea, what is it?" Dash asked raising an eyebrow.

"You better treat Fluttershy right. She's my dearest friend and I would hate to see anything sadden her." Rarity glanced at Rainbow from the corner of her eye.

"You kiddin' me? I'd rather lose my wings then do anything to hurt Fluttershy." Rainbow grinned at Rarity.

"Very good. I leave her to you then." Rarity nodded before her horn lit up, closing the door behind her.

"T-Thank you…Rainbow…t-that means a lot to me." Fluttershy blushed as she spoke quietly.

"Hey, what's a marefriend for?" Rainbow grinned before nuzzling up against Fluttershy. "Now come on, we need to finish this list before I figure out a good date to take you on." Rainbow quickly walked back to where she had placed the paper before sitting down.

"Y-You? T-Taking me…on a date?" Fluttershy sounded surprised.

"Well yea. I'm taking this seriously, so it's only fair that I take you out sometimes." Rainbow picked up the pencil before scribbling on the paper again, "Besides, I may not know a whole lot about being mushy and romantic, but it requires effort on both parts right? You put the effort in, so it's my turn now."

Fluttershy blushed as a smile came to her face. "I guess you're right." Fluttershy happily headed towards Rainbow again. However, this time she sat down next to Rainbow, nuzzling up against her. A soft blush appeared on Rainbow's face.

"H-Hey, that tickles." Rainbow chuckled as Fluttershy nuzzled in close.

'I have the best marefriend ever.' Fluttershy thought to herself happily.
And there we go, a nice short little epilogue to help tie things together better for you peeps. And hopefully give you some insight as to how this relationship will play out, at least for now~

Plot twists in the horizon of a new story? Possibly. I got some fun ideas to be had till then.
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Chapter 1

The cool fall air sent a breeze through Fluttershy's mane as she slowly walked through the streets of Ponyville. Winter would be here soon, the streets would be covered in the beautiful blanket of white snow that embraced it every year. This was always one of her favorite times of the year, when everything was quiet and calm, the soft chill giving the world a sort of serene beauty. Even though most animals would be hibernating for the winter leaving her without much work, she always spent her time simply admiring the beauty the landscapes had to offer.

She felt a constant sense of awe in the simple wonders of the world this time of year, the way the leaves would change colors from their luscious green to the beautiful harmony of reds, oranges and yellows. The air would almost always have a wonderful smell to it as somepony would have a small fire going, or perhaps would be wood roasting some new savory dish or even the simple crisp air that nature provided.

However, things were not so calm for her this fall day. It felt like a knot had been tied around her heart and every day it was growing just a little tighter.

Fluttershy looked around Ponyville. Many of the houses were still decorated from Nightmare Night that had just come and past two week ago. She saw several ponies taking down the celebratory decorations to make way for the next holiday, while others were still enjoying the efforts of their work, their houses did look magnificent.

All the spooky decorations sent a shiver up her spine. She had remembered a time when she used to be able to enjoy Nightmare Night for all its wonder and spectacle. She even had helped the young ones with their festivities that night so that they could have a wonderful time. But the decorations only reminded her of things she'd like to put behind her now.

Of a certain fog-filled Ponyville and what it had told her of her past.

Fluttershy shook her head quickly, trying to let the thoughts go. She accepted what happened to her, she knew that well. She was thankful for it because of everything her experiences had given her in life…

It was exactly for that reason that it felt like the knot on her heart grew a little tighter.

She took a deep breath and kept walking through Ponyville. She didn't want to keep stopping every few feet to reassure herself, someone was waiting for her and she didn't want to be deterred any further.

The familiar smell of heated air, scented lotions and herbs, the very image of relaxation wafted all about her. The very presence of the spa did wonders for her nerves.

"Ah, there you are Fluttershy darling." Rarity greeted her dear friend happily as she entered the familiar building, "I was getting worried I'd have to go in without you."

"Sorry Rarity, I got a little caught up on things. The usual?" Fluttershy smiled cheerfully.

"The usual!" Rarity repeated cheerfully so the spa attendants could hear. Aloe and Lotus showed up in their usual promptness and quickly lead the two mares into the back.


"Ooooh, this is always so relaxing." Rarity stretched on the wooden seats as steam billowed from the coals, "Don't you agree Fluttershy?"

"Oh…yes, everything's fine." Fluttershy smiled as kindly as she could to her friend.

Rarity suddenly drew closer to Fluttershy, as if inspecting her face carefully.

"W-what's the matt-" Fluttershy was interrupted as she suddenly felt herself go stiff. Rarity placed her hooves against Fluttershy's back and rubbed up and down it carefully.

"My goodness Fluttershy, I knew SOMETHING was up, but you're so tense! Your back is riddled with knots! We simply must get you a massage right away! Masseuse!" Rarity cried out quickly. Before Fluttershy could even blink, the spa ponies whisked into the steam room and grabbed them, quickly bringing them to the usual massage tables. Fluttershy did her best to say a word of protest, but the moment the talented hooves hit her back she felt as if she was melting on the table.

"Isn't it heavenly Fluttershy?" Rarity asked as hooves began to work wonders on her back.

"Oh…oh yes…" Fluttershy cooed softly as she closed her eyes resting against the table. For a moment it really felt like her worries could be lifted away simply by the massaging of hooves on her back, as if the world just seemed to slip away and there was nothing else to worry about.

"Now…what is troubling you this time Fluttershy?" Rarity asked, cooing to her own feelings of comfort, "You know I don't like seeing you troubled."

Fluttershy was quiet. She wanted to feel upset at Rarity for having brought it up while she was relaxing, but she was doing a poor job at it. She simply just couldn't find a way to bring up a single negative emotion while those hooves did magic on her. She let out a reluctant sigh, there was no point in hiding anything from Rarity.

"It's Rainbow Dash." Fluttershy finally admitted.

"Her again?" Rarity mused as the set of hooves on her back began to strike just the right spots, "Mmm…she's not giving you trouble is she?"

"Well…no…just the opposite actually…" Fluttershy lifted her head to look at her friend, "She's actually been very distant…e-ever since she came back from the Wonderbolts audition she's barely said a word to me." She laid her head back down, trying to concentrate despite the miracle being performed on her back. "This whole week she's been avoiding me…if I try to talk to her she says she's busy, if I try to invite her somewhere she'd turn me down…I even got her a gift and she just thanked me for it and went off."

"Oh my, this sounds serious." Rarity tapped a hoof against her chin. "Mud bath!" She suddenly called out to the workers. In the next instance Fluttershy was whisked from the table and placed before the warm pits of mud. She gasped as the sea weed was wrapped almost too tightly around her body, but as they let go the sea weed fit snuggly against her. She was always impressed with the accuracy and speed of their work.

With grace Rarity hopped into the bath, elegant as ever. Fluttershy carefully lowered into the bath, feeling the warm mud wash over her fur and sea weed. The mud seemed to reach each of her muscles, the heat being welcomed into her body. She could feel her muscles relax and loosen all over eliciting a soft sigh from her lips as she indulged in the relaxation.

"Now, do tell me more dear, what exactly does she do when she avoids you?" Rarity turned to her friend, "I must know the details."

"W-Well…okay, as you know it started the night she got back from the Wonderbolts audition…she came back and told me they were going to give her a second audition in a month and then she spent the night with me, but when I woke up she had left a note for me saying she had to take care of her weather duties."

"Huh? Rainbow Dash getting up early to take care of the weather?" Rarity asked almost in shock.

"I was just as surprised as you were. Usually when she spends her nights with me she sleeps in later than usual. But when I checked outside the clouds were cleared."

"How odd…and she didn't come back afterwards?"

"No, I didn't see her the rest of the day."

"Alright, well what happened the next time you saw her?"

"Well…the next time I saw her…"


"Rainbow Dash!" Fluttershy called out seeing her streak across the sky.

"Oh!" Rainbow said stopping to turn to Fluttershy, "Hey Fluttershy, I don't really have time to stop right now."

"You don't? What are you doing?" She asked confused.

"Oh you know, places to be, ponies to see, clouds to clear." Rainbow waved her hoof dismissively. Fluttershy looked around the sky curiously.

"But the sky is clear…there aren't anymore clouds to clear." Fluttershy asked a little worried about Dash's story.

"Well…some clouds are…uh…expected to wander in! Yes! Cloudsdale has been overproducing them and they've been caught in the air currents! Yea, that's it. So I gotta be around to clear them up when they come around. Yup." Dash laughed awkwardly.

Something was clearly wrong with what she was saying. Fluttershy was sure she could tell when Dash was lying by now, but it wasn't a situation that came around that often. The last time they had to lie was for Pinkie's birthday, and that lie had even been more awkward than this one.

"Is that…really what you have to do today?" Fluttershy crossed her front hooves and gave her best big-sappy eyes she could, blinking them softly at Rainbow Dash.

Rainbow Dash instantly seemed to hesitate, rubbing a hoof against her neck as she looked around.

"Oh, hey, look at the time!" Rainbow said quickly pointing to a non-existent watch on her hoof, she apparently didn't even have time to draw one this time, "Would love to stay but I got things to do BYE!" Rainbow disappeared in a blur in the next instance, escaping from Fluttershy's sight.

"Oh…she escaped my gaze…I guess this really is important." Fluttershy thought to herself. "Well, I'm sure she'll have time for me when she's done then." She smiled thoughtfully as she continued with her day.


"She just left? With that flimsy excuse?" Rarity sounded appalled.

"Well…yea…I mean it was only the second day that we didn't spend much time together. I don't mind spending time apart, I just would like to know why, you know?" Fluttershy asked meekly.

"Oh but of course dear, it's only appropriate." Rarity nodded her head sagely, "Now do go on. What happened the next day?"

"Well…much the same. I got a chance to see Rainbow around town but she made another excuse and flew off. So I thought, maybe I could invite her to lunch the next day, I mean she constantly tells me how much she loves it when I cook for her…but she turned that down as well." Fluttershy said with a hint of disappointment in her voice.

"What about the gift? What happened with that?"

"Oh, well, see what happened there was…"


Fluttershy looked around the skies of Ponyville. She was carrying a small box in her mouth, inside of which was a scarf she had painstakingly sewn together just the day before. She had carefully stitched it together with rose colored yawn, embroidered with a soft yellow pattern. She made it to match her eyes, while still giving her something extra to think about her while she worked. Winter would be coming soon after all and Rainbow would be in charge of the weather as always. She wanted to make sure her marefriend would be warm and it'd be an excuse to see her, since she'd been avoiding her all week.

She continued to scan, looking for the single sign of her marefriend. It seemed that Rainbow had become craftier in her ability to be elusive, as if Rainbow knew she was looking for her.

"Ah-hah!" She mumbled, seeing the streak of Rainbow going through the town at a high speed. She adjusted her flight and then flew as quickly as she could to catch up to the speeding rainbow. The rainbow streak came to a stop just before a house. Fluttershy smiled as she quickly came up from behind her.

"Rainbow Dash!" she cried out quickly, interrupting Rainbow who was just about to knock on the door, "There you are, I've been looking for you."

"Oh! Fluttershy…heeeeeeeeey." Rainbow Dash laughed awkwardly, stepping away from the yellow Pegasus, "You found me…"

"Of course, I've been looking for you." She smiled before carefully holding out her decorative box, "I made this for you."

"O-Oh…uh…thanks…" Rainbow quickly reached over to grab the package. Fluttershy tried to lean into a kiss as Rainbow took the package, but she slipped back away escaping the embrace. Fluttershy felt herself pout a little. "Thanks for the gift, really! I gotta go though." Rainbow said as she turned spreading her wings.

"Wait, you're not even going to open it?" Fluttershy felt hurt at the gesture, after all the time she'd put into making the gift, "And weren't you about to go into that house?"

"…Well I just remembered that this is the wrong house." Rainbow said, though this time it was obvious she was lying, "And I will look at it, I promise just…I can't right now."

"Why not? I…I worked really hard on making it Rainbow Dash…" Fluttershy said softly, feeling tears start to form at the edges of her eyes at Rainbow's words. They felt like they bit into her, even though she knew Rainbow wouldn't hurt her on purpose…would she?

"…H-Hey, don't do that." Rainbow said quickly brushing a hoof against Fluttershy's face, wiping the forming tears. Fluttershy looked surprised at this, "I'll look at it, okay? Here." Rainbow put the gift down quickly, grabbing at the ribbons and pulling it off. She opened the box before staring at the scarf inside.

"Whoa…Fluttershy…you…you made this?" Rainbow picked up the soft rose colored material, looking at it in awe.

"I did." Fluttershy nodded proudly, "I haven't seen you much the past few days and I know winter will be starting soon…so I wanted to make sure you'd be warm." She blushed softly, rubbing a hoof against her leg.

Rainbow's lips quivered as she stared at the gift. She then forced herself to swallow, as she quickly wrapped it around her neck.

"ThankyoualotforthegiftbutIhavetogonow." Rainbow said all in one breath, as if she was trying to hold herself back from saying anything more, before vanishing in a streak of a rainbow once more. Fluttershy stared as she left, her mouth opening slightly.

"Wait…but Dash…don't you want to spend time with me?" She asked quietly to the air where Rainbow had disappeared to.


"She just ignored your gift!?" Rarity asked appalled, taking a hoof out of the hoof-soaking tub to try and cover her expression.

"Yea…and I didn't see her yesterday so I haven't seen her since." Fluttershy admitted gently swirling a hoof around her own tub, mixing the bubbly waters.

"That ruffian!" Rarity said gracefully stomping her hoof back into the water to minimize the splash, "I simply cannot stand by and watch my best friend be neglected in such a way by the pony she cares for most!"

"I-It's okay Rarity, I'm sure things will work themselves out." Fluttershy quickly tried to reassure her friend, that she would most likely be okay by the end of all this.

"Oh don't try to hide your pain darling; I've known you long enough now that I simply cannot let such crude behavior hurt you any longer." Rarity lifted a hoof from the tub and examined it, "This will have to do for now. Come Fluttershy, let us wrap up." Rarity said stepping out of the tub onto a towel, carefully drying her hooves.

"Leave? So soon?" Fluttershy said surprised. Usually they spent at least another thirty minutes in the spa with their 'usual' treatments.

"But of course Fluttershy, we have an expedition to go on! We're going to hunt down Rainbow Dash and figure out just what she's been doing from behind your back!" Rarity's eyes seemed to gleam with mischievousness, "She can't hide her delinquent activities from the eyes of Rarity the magnificent."

"No, really, that's not necessary Rarity. I-I'm sure things will work out on their own…" Fluttershy hesitated, her heart was telling her it was wrong to try and find out what Rainbow Dash was up to, as it was her private business and she shouldn't pry into it. She wanted to trust that Rainbow Dash had the best intentions in mind, even if it hurt not know what was going on.

"Nonsense. If Rainbow Dash hasn't said a word to you and made it a POINT to avoid you, then we have no choice but to find out what she's up to. There is no excuse for hurting your loved one this way!" Rarity carefully shook her mane before checking it in the mirror. She quickly spruced herself up, making sure she was in perfect working order. "Come Fluttershy, we must find out what in Equestria your marefriend has been up to."

"I…I guess I can't stop you then." Fluttershy murmured quietly stepping out of the tub and onto a towel, drying her hooves off, "Just promise me you won't do anything drastic?"

"I promise you dear. We're just doing a little…espionage." Rarity seemed to give a devils smirk at the word, "We'll find out what she's up to before she even knows we're following her."

It felt like butterflies had started flying all around Fluttershy's stomach. She admitted to being curious, wanting to know why Rainbow Dash had been avoiding her, but she still held reservations about invading her privacy. But Rarity wasn't going to be stopped and they were already leaving to find out what was going on.

'I hope you can forgive me for intruding Rainbow Dash…' Fluttershy thought quietly, quickly following Rarity out the spa doors.
Okay, I'm not quite sure why this took so long to finish, but I suppose my perfectionist nature was being like "No, don't rush this out. Make sure everything is right before you do so~"

This also hasn't been officially proofread yet, as in I was the only one who re-read it to make sure it was well. So chances are Rarity might be a teensy-bit out of character, but oh well.

The plot thickens, what could possibly be the reason Dash has been avoiding Fluttershy for the past week?~

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Chapter 2

With a small bag containing a pair of binoculars in it strapped on, Rarity set forth into Ponyville in search of her prey. She kept her eyes scanning through the sky, looking for any possible hint of their elusive prey rainbow haired creature.

"I still don't think this is such a good idea." Fluttershy hesitated as she followed Rarity, who looked more like she was openly prowling than searching.

"Nonsense Fluttershy, we have everything that we'll need to properly find out what Rainbow Dash is up to." Rarity said mulling through things in her mind, "All we have to do is catch a simple glimpse of our elusive target and then we can track her." Rarity took another glimpse around the sky, "Fluttershy darling, why don't you fly up and see if you can spot her?"

"Uh…well…okay." Fluttershy agreed quickly spreading her wings and heading into the skies of Ponyville. As it had been for the last week it was cloud free, Rainbow Dash had been working hard every morning to ensure the skies would be cloud free. This allowed the winds more freedom, sending a soft chill down Fluttershy's back as the fresh fall air swept through her fur and between the feathers of her wings.

The added benefit of the clear sky was that it was easier to search from anypony you were looking for in town. As Fluttershy scanned the streets of Ponyville it didn't take long to spot the streaks of a rainbow moving quickly through the town square in an unusual manner.

"She's in the town square moving kind of…sporadically." Fluttershy told Rarity after quickly flying back down.

"Very well! We shall sneak to the edge of the town square and see what she's up to!" Rarity grinned before heading off in full gallop.

"W-wait for me!" Fluttershy quickly said flying as best she could to keep up with Rarity.

It didn't take long to reach the edge of town square. A good thing too, as it seemed that whatever Rainbow Dash had been doing she had about finished when they got there.

"Alright, let's see what we can find out." Rarity quipped quickly while pulling out a pair of rather fancy gold and silver binoculars laced with a few gem stones. She levitated up to her eyes and adjusted them carefully to get a better look at Rainbow Dash, who seemed to be standing outside of city hall.

"What do you see?" Fluttershy asked curiously.

"Well…it seems that Rainbow Dash is talking to the Mayor." Rarity seemed a little confused by this.

"The mayor? I wonder what she wants…" Fluttershy said trying to see what was happening from the distance they were.

"Well it looks like they're just talking…wait!" Rarity said moving forward and adjusting the binoculars again, "It looks like the Mayor is giving Rainbow Dash some kind of a gift."

"A gift?" Fluttershy squeezed her eyes to try and see it. The two figures looked like they were exchanging something, but it was hard to tell. "What's it look like?"

"It's a small bag. I couldn't say…Rainbow is putting it in her shoulder bag…oh, it seems they're done talking." Fluttershy could see Rainbow heading away from the town hall. With a flap of her wings she was streaking through the sky once more, this time heading for the outskirts of town.

"Quickly! We have to keep following her!" Rarity said following after the streak, "Keep an eye on her from the sky Fluttershy." She ordered.

"R-Right." Fluttershy said taking to the sky. She watched that wondrous rainbow streak away as it seemed to fly straight for one of the houses just outside of Ponyville, one that belonged to one of the vegetable growers in Ponyville, Carrot Top. "She's headed for Carrot Top's place." Fluttershy called down to Rarity.

"Let us make haste then!" Rarity said not wanting to miss a moment of what Rainbow was up to.

It only took them about a minute to reach Carrot Top's place. At this part of town there was plenty of nature around the area, and Rarity seemed to have found the perfect bush to hide behind.

"What business could she possibly have at Carrot Top's house?" Rarity mused to herself as she once again took out her binoculars. Fluttershy watched Rainbow Dash as she talked with the orange furred and haired Carrot Top. The two seemed to share a quick laugh before moving to different parts of the garden Carrot Top managed.

"Is Rainbow Dash…gardening?" Fluttershy blinked in confusion, watching her rainbow haired marefriend digging at the dirt with her hooves, pulling out a few carrots that looked ready to be harvested. "It's awfully late in the season to be harvesting carrots too…this must be Carrot Top's last one for the year." Fluttershy thought curiously, "But why is Rainbow helping her with her harvest? She hates gardening…"

"I can't blame her, getting all that icky mud on your hooves must dreadful." Rarity shivered at the thought, before turning back to watch Rainbow Dash carefully, constantly adjusting her binoculars, "Though she seems fully enthused to work on the garden here. Honestly I don't think I've ever seen her with such work ethic."

"She has been working hard lately, it's weird." Fluttershy commented before going back to watch her marefriend toil away hard at the ground in front of Carrot Top's house. Her and Carrot Top were very quickly mulling back and forth, pulling out carrots from the ground and placing them in her cart. There was a surprisingly large crop that they were pulling and it certainly seemed that at the pace Carrot Top was pulling that she'd have been there all day pulling. Rainbow Dash, however, was pulling quickly and efficiently and was pulling carrots at least three times the speed Carrot Top was.

Rarity and Fluttershy continued to watch until every last carrot had been picked, a task that took a surprisingly short time thanks to Dash's efforts. She was covered in dirt almost completely as she walked up to Carrot Top.

"Argh, I still can't hear what they're talking about." Rarity said frustrated, still not wanting to get closer in fear of giving away their position.

Fluttershy tried to listen carefully, but even to her it just sounded like mumbled gibberish. Carrot Top then seemed to gesture that they go inside, but Rainbow Dash shook her head. Carrot Top seemed to frown a little and question Dash's decision pointing to all the dirt on her body, but Dash just nodded her head. Dash then stepped away from Carrot Top before shaking herself free of the dirt she had accumulated. She spoke up now, letting Fluttershy and Rarity hear a bit of the conversation.

"Thanks though, I do appreciate it. I just can't spend too much longer here; I got others to see today." Rainbow nodded.

"Well alright, I understand." Carrot Top smiled, "I'm sure they'll be more than willing to 'help' you too."

"What did she mean by 'help'?" Rarity whispered quietly, "She seemed to have phrased that weirdly…"

"Shh." Fluttershy said quickly, trying to listen in more.

"Well if you need me again, don't be afraid to ask! The sooner the better though." Dash nodded.

"Alright, I'll keep that in mind." Carrot Top grinned happily.

"Seeya later Carrot Top." Dash said waving to her before heading into the sky once more, Carrot Top waving back.

"Drat, come on Fluttershy, we can't lose her." Rarity said quickly running out from behind the bush, Fluttershy quickly doing her best to follow after Rarity in such a rush.

"…Huh? Was that Fluttershy and Rarity?" Carrot Top blinked watching the two ponies heading into town after Rainbow Dash.

Rainbow landed quickly before the entrance to Sugar Cube Corner. She looked around the streets quickly, seeing ponies around, but seemed to be looking out for specific ones. Satisfied with her scan she briskly walked into the delectable bakery.

"She clearly wants to make sure what she's doing is kept secret from somepony. Most likely you." Rarity pondered the actions from behind the house corner they were currently stationed.

"Other than her work ethic…I didn't really see anything wrong with her helping Carrot Top with her garden…I'm sure she's just buying something from Sugar Cube Corner." Fluttershy mumbled softly, starting to think even more now that they were just invading Rainbow's privacy.

"Nonsense Fluttershy, that alone is enough to warrant more research. She acted out of character with Carrot Top, meaning she's up to something." Rarity pondered more, "What reason could she have for doing something she dislikes?" Rarity went quiet for a moment as her mind mulled it over.

Fluttershy caught the undertones of Rarity's words. The only time Dash did things she disliked is when it made somepony else happy. After all, in the half a year they'd been dating Dash had done so many wonderful things for her that Dash didn't like to do that much. Be it simply sitting around and watching nature, or quietly cuddling into the night…she only did that for somepony that she loved…

"Come on; let's see if we can sneak a peek into Sugar Cube Corner." Rarity said quickly prancing over to the sugar coated building. Fluttershy followed quickly as the two of them carefully peeked into the bakery.

The window revealed the kitchen within filled with a blue Pegasus and a pink earth pony busy mixing ingredients. They seemed to be working quickly while conversing the whole time. Rarity tried pressing her ear against the window to listen in, but the sound was simply too distorted by the clashing of spoons mixing, hooves walking behind them and conversations all over.

"Well…it just looks like Rainbow is helping out at Sugar Cube Corner…" Fluttershy mumbled quietly to Rarity.

"Yes…but that doesn't answer the question of why she would avoid you for this." Rarity squinted her eyes watching the two ponies in question. It seemed like simple baking enough, until a mishap with a bowl sent it flying and landed on Rainbow's head. Rainbow quickly shook her mane and seemed to get a grin, before throwing her bowl full of flour back at Pinkie.

In perhaps one of the quickest manners possible, the situation inside went from a simple 'help bake' to a full on food fight. The kitchen was quickly becoming a mess as the two goofed around, just playing around inside of the kitchen.

"Oh look at that ruffian! She's making an absolute mess! And all that flour and sugar in her mane…oh its simply dreadful!" Rarity shivered watching the display. "What on earth do they think they're doing?" She asked turning to look at Fluttershy.

Fluttershy had placed a hoof against the window as she watched the two mares playing inside of the bakery. Rarity stopped speaking as she saw the look in Fluttershy's eyes. It seemed sadness was starting to wash over her, a sense of loneliness over the fact that Rainbow Dash didn't want her around while she was off having fun.

'Am I…holding her back from having fun?' The thought ran through Fluttershy's head as she watched them play around. Rainbow wasn't this rough around her; it was as if Rainbow Dash always made sure to take care of her by being delicate and gentle. But here she was free to be as rough as she wanted, Pinkie Pie could handle it and it looked like she was having so much fun…

"Fluttershy dear, I don't know if this means anything just yet." Rarity said putting a hoof against her shoulder for comfort, "I'm sure there's a reason for all of this. Let's just keep observing, alright?" Rarity did her best to smile, realizing how things were starting to look.

"A-Alright…" Fluttershy said quietly, turning back to watch the two playing inside.

The play fight lasted for a few minutes before the two collapsed together on the floor of kitchen laughing over their escapades. Once they'd had a moment to calm down, Rainbow looked around the room and spoke to Pinkie quickly. Pinkie nodded and the two of them briskly went to work cleaning up the mess they had made of the kitchen. The two working together didn't take long and were soon pulling freshly baked goods out of the oven to decorate.

Rarity and Fluttershy watched for about an hour in total, getting strange looks from passing ponies but were left alone to their spying. Rainbow had finally finished her business in Sugar Cube Corner and headed for the front door.

"Move move!" Rarity said quickly to Fluttershy, the two of them quickly moving around the corner of the building and out of sight.

"Thanks again Pinkie Pie." Rainbow said as the front door opened and she stepped out.

"I should be the one thanking YOU Dashie! I got so much work done, it was worth it! You should really come by again sometime to make MORE treats!" Pinkie said cheerfully.

"I probably will. But I still have some things I gotta do first. I'll catch ya later alright?" Rainbow grinned to her friend.

"Okie Dokie! Bye Dashie!" Pinkie waved as Rainbow took off into the sky once more, before Pinkie disappeared back into Sugar Cube Corner.

"Okay, so her little adventure here seems to have come to an end." Rarity said peeking her head around the corner, "We should follow her before we lose sight of her."

"Right." Fluttershy nodded.

"Spy mission accepted." Pinkie said saluting.

"EEP!" Fluttershy said jumping back from the sudden appearing pony.

"Pinkie Pie!? What're you doing here?" Rarity asked turning to look baffled at their friend.

"Oh don't be silly, you've been watching us for a while now." Pinkie giggled, "Why didn't you come inside and play? It was a lot of fun!"

"Pinkie, we're following Rainbow Dash. We're trying to find out why she's been avoiding Fluttershy." Rarity explained quickly.

"Huh? Rainbow Dash has been avoiding Fluttershy?" Pinkie sounded shocked as she tapped her chin in thought. "Oh! I know why!" Pinkie grinned happily.

"R-Really?" Fluttershy blinked confused.

"You do?" Rarity asked shocked, "Then why don't you tell us already?"

"Oh well you see it's because…" Pinkie had been bouncing in place before stopping herself as if she realized something, "Oh…uh…sorry, I know but I can't tell you. I promised Dash I wouldn't."

"…O-Oh…w-well it's okay then Pinkie…" Fluttershy mumbled rubbing her hoof against her leg.

"Ugh." Rarity put a hoof to her face, "Pinkie Pie, you do know that sometimes it's just better to tell the truth than to let your friends be hurt, right?"

"Sorry Rarity, no can do. I Pinkie Pie swore, so I can't go back on it or else I'll get a cupcake in my eye." Pinkie motioned her hoof into her eye, "Though I already had my face covered in cupcakes for the day. They were just tasty though, not because I broke my promise. Hey, do you guys want some cupcakes? We just baked some fresh ones and they're really delicious!" Pinkie licked her lips happily.

"Sorry darling, maybe next time. If you're not telling us what she's up to we have to keep following her." Rarity nodded, not wanting to let this go till she got some answers.

"W-Well…we've lost track of her now…we don't know where she went…" Fluttershy said in dissapointment, looking around.

"Oh, that's easy. She went over to Lyra and Bonbon's house." Pinkie smiled.

"Wait, I thought you weren't allowed to tell us?" Rarity raised an eyebrow curiously.

"Oh silly, I didn't tell you what she's up to, just where she went." Pinkie smiled happily, "Well good luck with your spy mission! I'd join you but I don't think Dash would like that very much. So I'll just keep baking some treats in Sugar Cube Corner." Pinkie then bounced off merrily towards the store.

"Hmmm…" Rarity thought about Pinkie's actions carefully.

"What's the matter Rarity?" Fluttershy asked confused.

"I don't know…that just seemed…how do I put this…odd? I'm not sure what's going on at all now. Let's go find Rainbow Dash and see what she's up to. I'm CERTAIN we can get more answers before the day is done." Rarity said, quickly walking in the direction of Lyra and Bonbon's house.

Fluttershy followed quickly, not sure what to say either, only able to take the events that had transpired for what they appeared to be.

Rarity and Fluttershy stood outside of Lyra and Bonbon's house for what seemed like an eternity. At first they had thought perhaps Pinkie had lied to them to throw them off of Rainbow's trail, but they had spotted the Pegasus passing by a window and knew she was in the house. Though it felt like a lot of time had passed, only about thirty minutes had actually passed since they had started watching.

At that time the door clicked open and the two spying mares hid themselves as best as possible, viewing what would happen next.

"Huuuuuu…" Rainbow let out a deep breath as she exited the house; it was obviously noticeable that she had been perspiring, a lot. "Thanks you two, I really needed that." Rainbow laughed softly, a little out of breath as she adjusted her shoulder bag and stretched.

"Oh no, no need to thank us, we couldn't have done this without you." Bonbon smiled to the Pegasus.

"Yea, you were a BIG help! That would've been impossible if it had just been between the two of us." Lyra grinned happily.

"Well no problem guys, just give me a shout if you need me again! I promise I'll give you the same excellent Rainbow Dash service." Rainbow patted her chest happily.

"We'll do just thank. See you later." Bonbon waved.

"Thanks for everything!" Lyra waved as well. Rainbow spread her wings and carefully took off into the sky this time, breathing a little heavier than she had been before, as if she had just been tired out.

Rarity and Fluttershy stared quietly, taking what just happened.

"I'm…I'm sure that WASN'T what it just seemed like." Rarity laughed awkwardly, looking around shiftily.

"Y-Yea…Rainbow…Rainbow Dash isn't that kind of mare…" Fluttershy swallowed carefully, trying to control her emotions. She had to keep telling herself she trusted Rainbow Dash, that she wouldn't do anything to hurt her on purpose. She loved her after all, Rainbow wouldn't do bad things behind her back…right?

"C-Come on Fluttershy, I'm sure if we see where she's going now it'll clear this whole fiasco up." Rarity tried to laugh in comfort, placing a hoof on Fluttershy's shoulders. Fluttershy nodded slowly to her friend and the two quickly followed after their rainbow colored target.

Rainbow Dash hadn't gone too far from Lyra and Bonbon's house. Just about two streets away and was currently talking with a cream coated pony with burgundy hair they knew named Rose. As Fluttershy and Rarity hid behind a conveniently placed bush in town watching them, it seemed that the two were arguing over a piece of paper in Rainbow's hands.

"What do you think they're arguing about?" Fluttershy asked, confused watching Rainbow Dash push her hoof against the paper she was holding as she seemed to argue with Roseluck.

"I'm not sure…" Rarity rubbed her chin in thought, "She does seem to be very passionate about her case though."

It was true. Rose was walking back and forth before Rainbow Dash, flicking her head around, waving her hoof in the air, twirling her mane as she spoke. Rose was very animated for whatever she was talking to Rainbow Dash about. Once again, they couldn't get too close, if they got within speaking distance there was a strong possibility of getting caught spying.

"Hmmm…I don't suppose this could be any kind of property dispute or…wait!" Rarity said stopping herself watching the scene suddenly change. Rose drew closer to Rainbow Dash as the conversation continued. Rainbow didn't really seem to notice, just reading away at the paper before her.

Suddenly Rose placed a hoof against Rainbow's shoulder, making Rainbow look up in surprise. In that instance, Rose pressed her lips against Rainbow's.

Fluttershy suddenly felt as if the world had shattered around her. She hadn't wanted to believe it, but she was seeing it with her own eyes now. Rainbow Dash wasn't hanging out with her anymore because she wanted the company of other ponies. Not just one, but many other ponies. Her face grew hot as she could feel the tears instantly begin to burn at the edges of her eyes.

"Fluttershy, I-" Rarity began to say but she didn't want to stick around anymore. She turned and ran, flapping her wings as she took off into the sky, feeling the cold splash of her tears streaming down her face.

"RAINBOW DASH!" Fluttershy heard the loud yell of her dear friend, but she didn't stop. She didn't want to be around anypony right now. It felt like a gaping hole had opened in her chest and it hurt to breath. She flew straight for her house, as fast as she could fly.

Nothing felt real anymore as she slammed her front door closed and isolated herself from the world.
Again, no proofreader, but my goal was to get this done BEFORE I headed to work and mission accomplished.

Oh no, it seems the worst possible situation has arrived~

Or has it?

I guess we'll find out!

-Rushes out to work-
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This time is Spike who is giving a ride to Fluttershy.
I like this one but i'm going back to painting cute pictures
I'm thinking of painting other ponies besides Fluttershy

BTW, this was my first try to shading. I hope it's good :P
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Behold the duo of mages that is Spike the Dragon and Twilight Sparkle!
EDIT: Arcanic Circle Image:[link]

Brohoof, anyone? /)

Spike & Twilight (c) Hasbro
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Look into his staff and see the future... or just run away in fear, whichever comes first. :P

Spike (c) Hasbro; I do not own this character.
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My second picture in my series of Spike and the filly Mane 6. Who do you think I should do next? 

Fluttershy: here
Spike & Fluttershy (c) My Little Pony: Hasbro
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AJ and Twilght were only minding their business, after day 2 of Spike's admittance to the hospital, finally she allowed herself to go to the libary and have a small shut-eye. AJ was with her, going back to check on him.

Surprisingly, after opening the door of Room 909 she found Flutersy lying besides him.

"Wha-what in tarnation!" AJ shouted. Fluttershy and Spike got startled. She turned to face them, blushing furiously. Spike jumped and almost bumped his bandaged back again.

"Um....good morning girls...I was...feeding Spike...if that's ok with you...."

"Shehs da besht!" Spike responded, with his mouth still full. He swallowed.

"Seriously?" Twilight said, still processing the previous scene. "The *here comes the plane* game?"

"Laugh if you want, Twi. But she just does it in such a caring, special way...can't say no to that!"

Fluttershy got down the bed, carrying the plate and the spoon. "Glad I could make you feel at home, Spike. I'm coming back at luchtime!" she walked past her two wide eyed friends. "If you two don't mind..."

"The hay would ah mind, it's not that I need that attention, girly!" AJ said, shifty eyed.

"Oh Applejack" Fluttershy answered, with a sympathetic tone. "There's no need to be jealous...."

AJ blushed and was about to protest but Fluttershy continued. "..I promise I will do something nice for you too after Spike gets better!" she completed, beaming.

Applejack sighed, relieved. "...ah...shucks. Thanks Shy, you DO make things better don't ya..."

Twilight approached Sipke's bed. "If I recall correctly, those bandages must be replaced now..."


Twi's Reaction


Rainbow Dash

Twilight Sparkle

Pinkie Pie

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"You really should go back home, Twilight" said Spike while combing her mane with his hand.
A gentle snore was his answer. He then yawned and tried to sleep even in his unconfortable position.
"She'll eventually move..." He said.

Moar Wingspain:

Twi's Reaction


Rainbow Dash


Pinkie Pie

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Twi's initial reaction. This one found it's way to Derpibooru... nice.
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Rainbow Dash

Twilight Sparkle


Pinkie Pie

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"...we're not alone"

Twi and Spike in a distopian future. The idea of giving Twi tattoos of her fallen comrades' cutie marks seemed less depressing originally ;-;. Maybe they're all still alive somewhere.

Tried to make Spike look slightly older, although who knows what that means in dragon terms.
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Another piece of the puzzle. Did Twilight really hear what she thinks she did? Or is it merely the product of an stress-addled mind? ( I'm really loving all of your interpretations of these drawings! Here's something else to chew on...)

The first drawing in the series (?):
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for once, an animal gets to take care of fluttershy
oh yeah, i actually recolored my "you give great massages, spike" vector five times and made it into spike scratching every one of the mane 6
now tell me which you like the best

my little pony (c) hasbro and lauren faust

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the source image was blurry as crap, but i still succeeded this vector
i always wanted to vector this part of the episode, cause i enjoy seeing fluttershy caring for spike
how 'bout you?

traced from "friendship is magic part 1"

my little pony (c) hasbro and lauren faust

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unlike when i always vector what that source image shows what something looks like on a character, i included fluttershys wings that were absent from the shot

and here, i say it looks like fluttershys shielding her belly from fans who adore her so

traced from "trade ya"

my little pony (c) hasbro and lauren faust

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Everyone relax, they are kissing. Nothing more

Please tell me of any typos you see! Thanks!

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I looked long and hard at my friends. They were my best friends. Truly they were. However, my love for Fluttershy was greater than the way I felt about my friends. So if they shunned us for this, then fine. We still had Pinkie on our side, anyway. I slammed my hooves into the water, making the 3 flinch and I finally spoke.

"Fluttershy and I are more than just friends." I said, narrowing my eyes at them. They remained silent. Applejack knew, but she wanted to hear it from the pony's mouth.

"Yeah, we're together. We're a couple. The both of us." I knew everypony in the area was watching me. Watching us. But I didn't care. I felt even stronger with her there. However, out of the corner of my eye, I could see her lowering herself into the water more, as Pinkie tried to be there to comfort her.

Rarity opened her mouth to speak. "Rainbow Dash, Darling, we don't judge you for that!" she said, her voice carrying a high note at the end. I tilted my head, confused.

Twilight nodded. "Yeah Rainbow, you're our friend! We don't care who you date, or who you love!" she was smiling when she said this, but her smile fell. "The only problem is..if you two break up-"

I cut her off. "Like I told Applejack, don't worry about it!"

Twilight glared at me, her voice hiring. "Let me finish, Rainbow! As I said, if you two break up, our whole gang will break up as well!"

Applejack nodded. "That's what ah meant, Sugarcube! If you two broke up, then what would we do? We'd either lose one, or both of ya'll! The group would be torn apart because of your break up."

My ears lowered as well, and I could tell my face contorted into fear. Oh Celestia, she was right. But the thought of me leaving her. Of us breaking up, send a cold chill through my body. It felt like my organs would shut down at the very thought.

"That's not going to happen. Because.." I gulped. "Because Fluttershy and I will not be breaking up." I said this loudly, and proudly. I didn't care if the whole park heard. They needed to know how I felt. She did as well.

Out of the corner of my eye, I could see her slowly rising above water, looking at me. Her eyes blinked curiously as I turned to face her, giving her a bright smile. I flew over to her and placed my wing around her comfortingly. "I will not break up with her. We are going to make this work. For ourselves, and for our friendship...And we want you all to support this. Okay?"

I could feel Fluttershy welcoming this affection, even if it was a public display of it. She rested her head on my shoulder and I sighed contently. We watched the others and how they would react. Of course, Pinkie flipped.

"Yahoo! See! I told everypony, didn't I?! You guys are really perfect!" she hopped around the water, splashing all of us. Rarity whined in protest at getting wet.

"Yes yes, of course we will support you! If you think this will work, then...who are we to break up a happy couple??" she shouted with a smile.

Twilight and Applejack looked at eachother, before giving in and smiling at us too.

"Aw shucks, Rainbow, Ah didn't know ya'll truly felt that strongly. Of course we will support ya'll."

Twilight nodded, swimming over to us. "I think we should celebrate!" she took out her notebook and pencil, jotting down notes. "And for me, celebrating is calculating the speed of the slide I just rode~"

Applejack hopped over to her, knocking the notebook and pencil into the water, much to a very displeased Twilight. "Ah say last one to the Dragon Drench is a rotten apple!" she whooped, before hopping out of the pool.

Twilight groaned, getting up beside Rarity. But they both trotted after them, their noses in the air. However, they both gave us a smile before disappearing after Applejack.

Pinkie hopped out of the pool too, cheering and squealing. "Woohoo! The Dragon Drench! That's the best waterslide here! Come on you slow ponies!" she called to us.

I sat there a few moments with Fluttershy, smiling down at her. "You wanna just stay here? Swim a bit?" I asked.

She shook her head, pulling away from me to get out of the water. "You wanna be a rotten apple?" she asked me, grinning slyly.

I sat there a few seconds before, shooting out of the water. "Aha! Yeah right! It's gonna be you who is!" Despite this, we both trotted together to follow Applejack to the slide.


Today was amazing. My friends knew about us, and accepted it! Not only that, Fluttershy didn't hate my public display of love for her. And if she did, she certainly didn't show it. We had a wonderful time riding the slides, eating various treats, and joking around. I think after I stopped being so stubborn and opening up a bit more to everypony, they didn't get so defensive. I should learn how to tone down my cocky attitude.

Or maybe not.

As the park began to close, we headed out to a bus this time instead. It would get us back quicker. The bus waited at the park for everypony to board, making their way back to wherever they were from.

Rarity, Twilight, Pinkie, and Applejack were walking ahead of us, as we only walked a few feet behind. I remembered what Applejack said, and Fluttershy and I made sure to include them in our conversations and they did the same. It was so much easier now that everypony knew. I couldn't be happier!

"Alright, everypony!" said Twilight. "The bus will be here in 20 minutes. We should get out there and wait first. So we can get good seats!" she said.

Applejack nodded. "Yeah. Ah'm pretty tuckered out from today. It'll be nice to rest my hooves." she said, rubbing them against the ground in an attempt to massage them.

Rarity stuck her nose in the air, feeling simply disgusted with herself. Her beautifully curled hair was now hanging down around her shoulders. Stringy and wet from the events from today. "I simply can't believe I let you ponies drag me onto those waterslides. My once perfectly curled hair is now a mess." she whined.

Applejack was the first to speak up. "Aw shucks, Rarity. Ya'll had a blast today. Can't ya just accept it? 'Sides, you can shower when ya get home."

Rarity stuck her tongue out at Applejack. "Hmph! Unlike some ponies, I take great pride in my appearance!" she said coyly to Applejack again, now grinning.

Pinkie Pie still had as much energy as ever, hopping around all of us as we sat in tired heaps at the bus stop. "Ooh! I'm still all wound up from today!" she said, giggle snorting. Suddenly however, she stopped, a loud rumble could be heard among us. We all turned to Pinkie to see her face have a look of surprise.

"Oh..guess I'm hungry!" she said, before laughing. We all joined in.

"Yeah, I guess I'm hungry too...anypony volunteer to grab us a vegidog before boarding the bus?"

We were all silent, avoiding eye contact, before surprisingly, Fluttershy spoke up. "Rainbow Dash and I can get them." she said.

I looked over at her, and rolled my eyes. I didn't feel like moving much either. But Fluttershy looked at me, insisting I go. My ears perked up and I nodded eagerly. "Yeah, yeah we'll go!"

The others sighed in relief, happily handing us their bits to pay for the food with. "Thanks so much, you two. Hurry back!" said Twilight. We nodded, and went off to the stand together


I assumed the worst. She wanted to lecture me about speaking so loudly about us infront of everypony else. Or maybe it was because I was on the slides too much today and didn't talk to her a lot. All I knew was this could be good, or bad.

As we arrived at the vegidog stand, I took out the bits, counting them. "Well let's see. We have enough to give each Pony a vegidog and-" and in that instant, I felt Fluttershy practically pushing me behind the stand, without the prying eyes of the last few ponies leaving to see. She pushed me against the wall and I felt her lips attack mine, and her tongue invade my mouth. My eyes shot open. This was not what I expected. Not in the least.

I felt her push me on the ground now and we sat, and she wrapped her back legs around my waist, still kissing me passionately. She had done stuff like this before, but never this much. She always said kissing wasn't her thing. Well tonight she sure showed me wrong. Finally, after a few minutes of this, she pulled away.

"Rainbow Dash..what you said today. About never wanting to leave me...." she was only a few millimeters away from my lips, and it felt as though she would spring on them anytime. "It made me feel so special..." she buried her head under my chin, squeezing me tightly.

I was stunned. How could she not think I already found her special. I smiled, squeezing her back. "Well, are a very special pony to me. You know that, don't you?" I whispered tenderly.

She nodded, and made a small whimper. "I love you, Rainbow Dash..."

I kissed her on the forehead, then trailed my kisses down to her neck before answering. "And I love you, Fluttershy."

She gave me one more kiss on the lips before pulling herself away. We bought the vegidogs and brought them back to the girls. At first, their faces lit up at the sight of their food, then they fell, looking almost shocked, before breaking into fits of laughter.

"No wonder why it took you both so long to get our vegidogs" giggled Twilight.

Applejack chuckled as well. "Heehee, have fun you two?" she asked.

Pinkie tilted her head, already shoving her vegidog in her mouth. "What? I don't get it!" she complained.

It took us both a minute to realize, but our manes were a mess. They were tangled and it looked like somepony's hooves were playing in them. We both giggled shyly, and as we did, the bus for home arrived.

We sat next to eachother on the way home. As she fell asleep on my shoulder, I looked out the window at the night sky. Today was one of the best days of my life I think. Nothing would top this. Not even joining the Wonderbolts. Nothing would be as perfect as today was.

I wish it would stay like this forever.
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DISCLAIMER: Sorry it's taken so long, everypony! I'm not too proud of this. A lot of emotional stress has been happening, and my computer has been messing up plus my job has been getting in the way. Please understand! I hope you all enjoy :>


It was about 4 in the morning when I heard a loud screeching throughout the hallway.

"Up and at em, Bolts! Time to get up!" the griffin's voice shrieked, letting us all know it was time to wake up. I groaned and sat up, immediately wincing. My head was throbbing and my eyes were sore as well. I slowly craned my head toward my window. The sun wasn't even up yet. I wanted to just sleep again but I knew that I had to start moving eventually. I heard a soft knock on my door.

"Hello?" a voice called. It was different, not like Gilda's. My ears perked up instantly. I knew exactly who it was and it jolted me awake. Oh my Celestia.

"S..Spitfire???" I managed to choke out at her. "I uh.." I began to scramble out of bed, despite how terrible my body felt, the adrenaline sort of eased the pain as my heart pounded in my ears. Spitfire was actually talking to me! "I'll be out in a minute!"

I could hear her giggle as a few other hoofsteps outside could be heard. "Alright, meet us outside on the back cloud track, okay? Take your time." she assured me. I most certainly would not. This was Spitfire! I was actually going to train with Spitfire and the Wonderbolts!

Once I heard the other hoofsteps sort of fade out, the adrenaline rush subsided and I felt a surge of pain engulf my entire body. My eyes were swollen and sore from the night of crying and my throat was scratchy from my sobbing as well. My mane was probably a mess and my head was pounding. The headache was the worst. It was like a night of partying without the fun and booze. With each heart beat it throbbed in my ears and in my temples, reminding me of the crying I had done just a few hours earlier. I groaned before opening the door to the empty hallway. The other ponies must already be outside. I swallowed hard and tried to walk my best outside to where they were. The back cloud track, as Spitfire said. I assumed it was out the backdoor.

Once I found the track, Gilda was doing something to the Bolts, but it was a bit too dark and I was too tired to figure out what it was. I squinted my eyes to see it better, but increased my pace a bit to figure it all out. Once I was close enough my eyes widened a bit. I realized Gilda was...tying a rope around their waists'! I gasped and turned to her. Even as the sun was peaking over the clouds ever so slightly, her eyes gave off that eerie yellow glow.

"Gilda, what in Celestia's name are you doing?" I asked in a somewhat weak voice. I cleared my throat, however, ready to sound a bit more aggressive when I talked. She clacked her beak and leaned closer.

"Ah, Dash. You're late." she said simply, taking a rope in her talons and walking over to me. I was too stunned to move when I realized what she was doing. Before I knew it, a rope was tied around my torso, holding my wings down. She backed away, smiling at her work. "Cool your jets, Dash. You have no room to question my managing." she said simply as the Bolts all lined up, waiting for Gilda's instructions. I grumbled and stood with them, waiting to hear what she'd say.

"Okay, Bolts, obviously you all know what's going on. But since our friend Rainbow Dash is new, we should give her a run down." she said, pacing up and down the line, looking at me intently. I lowered my eyes at her. "Now in the mornings like this, I want you guys to get your leg strength up. Because not only do you need your legs to help you run to take off, but you need strong legs to help you land."

Gilda walked over and lifted up Spitfire's front leg, revealing how well toned she was. I swallowed hard. Even I wasn't that toned and athletic. Maybe this would be hard to keep up. Spitfire nodded, helping Gilda speak.

"That's right, Bolts." Spitfire said. "Landing in a split second after flying over 200 miles per hour can hurt. Luckily, our legs are trained for that." They all nodded, except me. I merely felt fear wash over me like a cold wave splashing on the shore.

Gilda nodded. "Okay, any questions...?" she asked, again, looking right at me. The others looked at me as well and I felt all attention on me. Although this felt like...condescending attention. Negative attention. Rainbow does not like that. I merely shook my head.

"No, let's get going." I said to them. Gilda nodded.

"I agree, go on, Bolts!" she barked.

And with that, the Wonderbolts were trotting at a quick pace around the track and I followed soon after. Surprisingly, my thoughts were not on Fluttershy now. Maybe it was because I was working out, trying to impress my heroes. I was still awe struck I was with the Wonderbolts finally. Like I was dreaming.

I saw Spitfire slow her pace and my stomach flood with butterflies. Oh my Celestia, she was actually coming to talk to me?! I felt a smile try to force it's way on my face, but it was as if my mouth forgot how to. She turned to me and smiled, the morning sun slowly peaking over the clouds.

"Hey, newbie!" she said. "I think I know you...I've seen you around a few times, correct?" she asked, keeping a medium pace with me. I was merely awestruck but I nodded.

"Y-yeah! I'm Rainbow Dash." I managed to mutter. She rolled her eyes with a smile and giggle snorted.

"Well, I knew that silly!" she remarked. I couldn't help but find myself wanting to laugh with her. But it was still early, and I was still recovering from last night.

"Is the rope really necessary?" I asked with skepticism in my voice. She was silent for a moment but closed her eyes and smiled, almost like a shrug.

"Mehhh she's been doing this since she first signed on as our manager. It seems to be working. It helps suppress my urge to fly and builds leg strength." she tried to convince me.

I looked forward, still not convinced. She could sense my silence as a sign of not really buying into that. But she kept her nonchalant face and attitude.

"We tend not to..question, Gilda's methods." she said finally. I was curious as to why. Were they..afraid of her? Was she too strict on them and were her methods a bit..extreme? Or was she genuinely a good manager? She seemed like she was pretty serious when it came to training, and the Bolts seemed to go along with it okay. I kept it at that and continued the run, ignoring the throbbing in my head and eyes.

"By the way..." Spitfire continued. "I had a hard time sleeping last night."

I felt my stomach churn at that. Oh great..did she hear me? I bit my bottom lip. "O-oh?" I asked.

"Yeah. I heard somepony...crying." she said a bit casual, as if it was nothing. "Would you know anything about that?" she asked. I could tell that she knew it was from me. I knew she knew it was from me. But, I denied it. Knowing very well I was lying to her.

"N-no? Didn't hear anything last night." I said nervously. I was an awful liar. She let the silence set between our conversation for a bit before nodding.

"Ah okay." she said, smiling. "But if you figure out what's going on with it, come tell me, okay?" she asked, grinning. Was she implying that I could..tell her? Everything? There was no way, I just met her and it is the first time meeting her where she acknowledged me! My mouth gaped open a bit before I spoke up.

"Ah..okay. I'll try." I assured her. She nodded.

"No problem! Welcome to the team!" and with that, she galloped off ahead of me. I hadn't realized how fast she was. I was beginning to feel out of breath! How long had we been running?! I tried to keep pace with the others, but could feel myself falling behind a bit. I panted, trying to keep up. The lack of food wasn't helping much either. But the sooner I finished this, the sooner we'd be done. I grit my teeth and hammered down on the clouds, trotting and galloping as fast as I could to the finish line on the last lap.

Once I arrived, the other Bolts were already getting water and doing cool down stretches and exercises. Gilda walked over to me, yanking the rope off. It burnt my skin a bit, but it was nothing I couldn't handle. "Get some water and rest up. When you're done, it's breakfast." she said and then walked away.

I felt relieved as I felt the cold water splash down my throat. I was actually hungry from the work out. And I knew no matter how full I thought I was, I had to keep eating. Because I never want to feel like I'm falling behind with their work outs. I want to be the best.

Then, it hit me.

Like a ton of bricks.

I had to be the best Wonderbolt. The best. Maybe. Just maybe. If I'm the best, Fluttershy will surely notice! Yeah! I couldn't help but feel all the negative emotions wash away. If only for a second. I had this new hope instilled in me. If I was going to win Fluttershy back I needed to be new, I needed to be improved. And most of all, I needed to be the best.

Because she deserved the best. Then I felt my thoughts drift to her again, and my mood dipped as well. I sighed and my head began to slowly fall forward. As if there were weights weighing it down. Oh Fluttershy...where were you now? Did you miss me like I missed you? I felt myself slowly being dragged to the ground, like gravity increased. I wanted to curl up in a ball when I thought of her. When I thought of us. I felt my eyes slowly close as I fought back tears before those familiar talons were near my face and Gilda leaned down, whispering in my ear.

"Dash, not good to lay down after a work out." and when she said that, I could feel her beak slowly lean over to nibble on my ear. I flinched immediately and scrambled backwards. I gave her a disgusted look and narrowed my eyes at her.

"Do NOT do that again." I warned her. Gilda merely giggled playfully and slowly turned away.

"Whatever you say, Dash." she shrugged. "Okay, Bolts! Let's head inside for breakfast!" she said. I heard them all gasp with delight and follow her. I'm sure they were all starving.

Despite having virtually nothing in my stomach, I was stuffed. Hopefully I could force myself to eat something at breakfast.
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It had been a while since my talk with Pinkie Pie. I chose to just keep it at that and see where it went. The gang and I would have our usual adventures but Fluttershy and I never really interacted alone except when she helped me pick out Tank, my Tortoise. After that I had more of a reason to interact with her since she would help me provide food and what not for him. That made me extremely happy that I could see her often enough alone and get to know her more. I would end up staying a bit longer than intended as we would talk for almost hours at a time. Whether it was about how the weather would be tomorrow or what animals she had taken care of. I didn't really care as long as we talked. It seemed she would open up to me more and more which made me even happier.

One evening I was headed over to get more food for Tank. Nothing out of the ordinary, except that I was flying extra fast to see her. Because I was planning on asking her to hang out with me. Like, officially hang out. I couldn't be more excited. As I flew overhead I saw her not at her house, but near a few lonely trees in a field, sitting alone. Panic set in as my stomach dropped. What was the matter? I swooped down as quickly as I could, landing a few feet away. "Fluttershy? What's wrong?" I asked in a panicked voice.

Suddenly she turned around and looked at me with those big blue eyes filled with tears. I gulped at the site and my heart dropped. What had happened...? "Oh Rainbow was just awful!" she sobbed as she nuzzled her head under my chin for comfort. I felt as though I was going to collapse. My knees grew weak and my heart raced. I had never actually had her be affectionate with me before. Even if it was some feeble attempt to get me to comfort her. Despite it not being my style to be sympathetic, I nuzzled back slightly in an instant.

"What's the matter...Fluttershy..huh?" I asked trying to soothe her enough to calm her down. When I noticed she had a brown bird cradled in her hooves I sighed. It must have been hurt.

"I-I..I don't know what happened, Rainbow Dash. I fed him this morning and he was fine. Then..then I was going to check on him and I found him like this!" her sobs grew more and more uncontrollable as I did my best to make her feel better. I know I was awful for enjoying her touch while she was so upset..but I just couldn't resist.

"Fluttershy hey...." I whispered in a soothing voice. "If anypony can help him, it's you" she began to calm down now, wiping her nose.

" believe that...?" she asked, still crying but not as hard.

I nodded, gently rubbing her back. "I know you can fix him." she was beginning to become more subdued now. "But you need to relax and calm doctor can help a patient when they're crying now, right?" I asked, hoping I didn't sound too harsh.

Her sobs calmed down now and she began to sniffle. "I..I guess not."

I smiled down at her. "'ve got to keep cool and put your emotions aside to help your patients...and I've seen you with injured animals. You can do it."

She pulled away as I stood in the same position, yearning for more. "Th-thank you, Rainbow Dash. You're such a good friend." she said, smiling through her tears.

Those words were bitter sweet. A good friend? I sighed, but smiled nonetheless, nodding. "Yeah yeah, don't sweat it."

Fluttershy bat her eyes at me, moving closer. "I mean it, Rainbow Dash..I don't know what I'd do without you." she said, pressing on.

I rubbed the back of my head and gulped. It felt like I had parasprites in my stomach fluttering their wings. "Really, really it's nothing." I assured her. Why was I so afraid? I wanted this didn't I? No...I shouldn't get my hopes up. I should stop reading into this too deeply.

She put the bird gently on her back and lifted into the sky. "I know you came for Tank's food, but I gave you the last bag last week. I'll have another tomorrow, okay?" she said to me. "Thanks again, Rainbow.." she said before she took off.

I marveled at how slow and gracefully she flew. Despite not being fast or flying high, it was such a soothing site to see. Maybe I could take her flying sometime...take her flying...
"Hey wait, Fluttershy!" I shouted.

She turned to me, a confused look on her face. "Yes, Rainbow Dash?" she asked.

I swallowed hard. "You wanna come with me to watch the meteor showers in the sky tomorrow? It's gonna be cloudy and the earth and unicorn ponies can't see it..but I figured maybe you'd wanna watch it with me? Since we're both pegasus ponies after all." I said, showing off my wings.

Then Fluttershy just looked at me, not saying a word. This went on for a good 10 seconds. My pose changed as I tried to make myself look smaller and smaller, lowering my ears, still a nervous smile on my face. I felt relief when she smiled at me and nodded.

"O-oh okay. That sounds nice, Rainbow Dash. I'll see you tomorrow then!" she said smiling at me, and then flew off. Obviously eager to get the bird back.

I smiled joyfully and hopped up and down. "Okay, great! Pick you up at 8!" and I flew up into the sky, and in no time I was above the clouds, spinning and twirling. All of Ponyville must have heard my whoops and yells of joy. This was really happening. We were going to hang out, together, just us! I couldn't wait.
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