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Finally wanna hear what I wanna say? Oh yeah! Oh yeah! Whose the man? Whose the man? Whose the raddest, baddest, and all around best dragon around? Yours truly! Number One Assistant to the one and only Twilight Sparkle, who happens to be the student of Princess Celestia Herself, not to mention savior of the whole wide world! Oh yeah! That's me!

Seriously! What kept you guys so long? Don't you guys know I'm a major part of this group? I mean have you tried to keep things organized up to Twilight's level? It's practically impossible! But the impossible is what I do! And those letters to Celestia don't write and send themselves! Even when Dash wrote her own I was still the one to send it!

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Pony POV Series Butterflies Part 11
"Spike"

I mean, all this stuff has been going on, and I've been left out, ignored, pushed aside, left to hold down the fort, and all that other jazz! I'm happy to see you guys have finally come to your senses and finally had the common sense to interview yours truly! I mean, you gotta realize my adoring fans are all demanding you give my point of view on things! You interviewed the owl before me!

Really, come on, you guys have been doing this for months, interviewing every pony every which way. But you don't interview Ponyville's one resident dragon? For shame!

I did NOT stuff your PO Box with letters asking for an interview with me! Ponies just want to hear my side of things! Jeeze you guys have some nerve!

I've bore witness to a lot in Ponyville, and I mean a lot. Who you think takes care of Twilight? You think -she- cooks and cleans and does the groceries? Twilight? Sorry, nope, Twilight's best pony, well, a really really really great pony, but once she starts a study session, she forgets the rest of the world even exists! Why do you think she needs another assistant JUST for the nighttime?

Waddaya mean you think I'm boring?! Oh that is it! Put'em up! Put'em up right now! Humph! Don't wanna huh? Then keep yer trap shut and . . . oh right, you're doing the interview. My mistake. Well how about you ask some questions that -don't- interfere with my integrity as a dragon? Hm?

I hope you get it already that yeah, a bunch of ponies DO want to hear what I have to say, I am the only male point of view in the whole group! Hey! You! Will you stop falling asleep already? You do that again and I'm gonna breath fire on ya! Geeze, I get the feeling you didn't treat the others you interviewed like this.

Yeah yeah, I got left behind a lot lately, I get it. No, I wasn't happy about that.

What was it like being Princess Gaia's knight? It was so cool! I finally got wings like I'm supposed to have! Gaudy butterfly wings, but still wings! I mean come on, dragons are -supposed- to have wings!

I felt so big, so important, I was sure Rarity would think I was great like that.

I was sad to see'em go. I asked Fluttershy if she could give them to me again so Rarity could see them, and she switched places with Cruelly on the spot and told me to beat it before she hoofed me in the face. Turns out there was this pink pegasus at the loony bin, er, mental hospital Twilight volunteers at begging Fluttershy for the same thing. So yeah, I learned my lesson.

Yeah I didn't think to ask Twilight, she's always saying no when I asked for any spell that'll help Rarity notice me.

Me and the day of Discord? You really pretty much know all the details already. I stayed in town while the others went to check out the freaky weather. What? Somebody had to send them a letter if the situation back home changed you know! I-I did not just make that up.

The sun and moon went crazy like Luna and Celestia had been scarfing down rock salt like it was rock candy. I decided to get some sleep, only to get woken up by Fluttercruel (and yes, it was her, she told me it was her and not Fluttershy) dumping a bucket of water on my head. Dash was missing, everyone but Twilight was acting completely out of their gourd and they treated Twilight like they were bullies from Magic Kindergarden. I ended up having to face-off against Rarity and the rest of the team just to give Twilight some breathing room.

All I knew was that Rarity wasn't acting like Rarity. It was like some awful parody of her had slipped into her hooves.

I got my first look at the new source of all our troubles, the really UGLY source of all our troubles. Twilight had to explain things to me later.

I sucked eggs at being a substitute Element of Loyalty.

I ran off with my tail between my legs, I can kinda guess why the Element of Loyalty didn't like me.

I hid upstairs, like that was going to do anything, considering the world was ending. I left Twilight.

No. Discord didn't come for me. He didn't taunt me, I didn't start turning gray and then tell him to shut it showing just how tough I am at heart. I just began puking letters left and right. I have never been in so much pain in my life!

Far too much later Twilight came up, now looking as gray as the rest. She said something or other about leaving and no clue to where. I was in too much agony to really hear her. Seriously you guys already know all this or you wouldn't be asking these questions to begin with! Twilight reads her own letters to Princess Celestia, Twilight breaks out of her funk, and goes off to snap our friends out of it, and after too many letters it finally stops. And the big giant rainbow dome, and everything was sane again. I do kind of wish that I'd been well enough to see the look on Discord's face when he realized he was done for, Dash said it was priceless.

Yeah I know it's so sweetly preserved forever in the statue garden, but I wish I had had front row seat!

I got to be there when we celebrated in Canterlot for saving the world, again. Twilight didn't even blame little me for running. The Princess couldn't have a better student.

Twilight's wondered why Discord didn't target me. Maybe he wasn't interested in breaking anyone but ponies. Maybe he had a soft spot for dragons, yeah I know, haha. Maybe he wanted a straight man to look on in horror at his show. Maybe he just wanted to let me break on my own like Twilight did. The reason that bites at me however, is that he just didn't think me being worth his time, I was too small, too tiny, and too worthless for him to bother with.

No, that's NOT why I was ticked off when the pony Twilight turned out to be helping was Trixie! Oh come off it! Jealous of Trixie being worth Discord torturing but not me? Dudes, I'm a lotta things, but dumb isn't one of them. I was angry because Twilight was throwing away her effort on a pony who was the opposite of her in every way! Twilight's a great pony, I didn't want to see Trixie just use her. . .

No, I didn't go to that 'happy you're better' party Pinkie unwittingly threw for Trixie. I didn't want anything to do with her! She was just bad news. And -then- she has to go and steal Twilight's place from her by being another Element of Magic? Oh come on! A snotty, lying, cruel, narcissistic, nose in the air nag like her? Sounds more like a bad dream to me!

. . . Yeah I get it. Twilight drilled into her that 'Me!Me!Me!' is no way to live. Yeah I get that the others accepted her. It's just, HOW CAN YOU JERKS FIXATE SO MUCH ON HER-?! I've been here since the beginning! She showed up in town once before, caused trouble, left, and came back because life handed her what she deserved and suddenly everypony feels SORRY for her-?! I've always been here, I've always done my best and been here for Twilight and Rarity! And suddenly everypony's eyes are on her. What about me? When do they think about me? She was the world's biggest jerk and started acting nice and everypony was happy for her?

I've always been nice, I'm not perfect I know, but what about me? I sent the message to Princess Celestia and saved Twilight from going bonkers and Ponyville from throttling itself. I've been besides Rarity, always doing what she asked. Why am I always left out? Why am I always pushed aside? You have any idea how much it hurt that I wasn't at Twilight's birthday in Canterlot? Our home? In particular when we were moving it so Rarity could be there? She was facing up against those snobs and I wasn't there for her.

"I'm sorry Spike, I, with everything that was happening, and everything that did happen, I, I just forgot about you." Twilight told me the next morning. Yeah I could tell she was sorry. But that didn't make it hurt less. Dangit, got some dust in my eye.

Is it 'cause I'm not a pony?

The only real times I've thought of myself as a dragon was that time I tried to use it as a shield when it accidentally stumbled on that adult dragon's hoard, and my birthday.

That was the worst and best day of my life. Worst because I ruined Ponyville, nearly killed Rarity, hurt my friends, and all around realized just how -different- I am from all of them. Taking stuff? It felt as natural as breathing. I hurt my friends and just saw them as threats to my turf! Like I was some big ugly parody of myself.

I still think Twilight's magic she says she used on me when I first hatched had something to do with it. There's no way I should have shrunk back down just because I remembered myself, after all, I still had the most valuable part of my hoard still in my claws.

And that's why it was the best. Because it showed deep down, even when my brain was swimming in hormones and I was running off instinct, that Rarity was still the greatest treasure in the world to me. I tried to tell Rarity what I thought about her, and it turns out she knew. And she kissed me again. This time I had it framed and photographed before Twilight had it cleaned off in my sleep (cheater).

You have no idea how scared I was at myself when I looked at the claw print I had left in the ground. And how light I felt when Rarity was willing to be there besides me right after.

She even told a couple of her gossip circles how I saved her from the dragon that ripped through Ponyville!

"It's not a lie Spike. You did save me from a horrid beast." She told me. Yeah, that made me feel great. Yeah I'm smiling here! Hehe.

"You know Spike. I think you might be stronger than me."

Now where did that come from? "Huh?"

"Twilight had to use magic to get me to remember myself. You remembered yourself without Twilight's horn. I believe that says greatly about you. And little of me." Rarity lowered her head.

"Now come on! That's not fair!"

"You beat the monster inside you. I couldn't."

Since when did we all become such a bunch of depressed ponies, people? What happened to the thick as thieves herd that took on every day with a smile rain or shine?

"Oh come on!" I hopped onto her table. "There's no way I could have gotten free if you hadn't been there! You -reminded me- what it felt like to give you something! You were MY memory spell!"

Rarity looked at me blankly for half a second, burst out laughing like a hundred sleigh bells, and hugged and kissed me on the lips. After I came to she assured me it wasn't a dream.

And she's not scared around me, not in the least. Anyone who says Rarity's real beauty isn't on the inside is blind in the worst possible way.

That all the dragons I've heard about seemed intelligent and rational to me again says I think Twilight's magic fluke might have something to do with it. Do I blame her? Get real. She had no more control over what was happening to her than I did. Next subject.

How did the legal aftermath go and everything after I went nuts and destroyed half the town? Well, Pinkie didn't tell the Cakes I was the dragon who destroyed their house. Mrs. Cake didn't need the stress given she was pregnant.

So yeah, Princess Celestia pulled strings again to get Ponyville the repairs funds it needed (though her saying she was running the royal coffers dry didn't help), and for me to be off the hook so the town didn't know I was the dragon who had ruined their homes, threatened their lives, and destroyed their businesses. She also handed me over to a slew of dracologists sworn to secrecy (I hate to say it, but I'm pretty sure Princess Luna held the Element of Honesty when the two brought down Discord). I had never been magically poked and probed in more places in my life. Then The Princess commissioned Zecora to give me the once over just for good measure. They promised I didn't show any signs of having another 'greed attack' any time soon and I was given back to Twilight with Celestia's blessings. To be honest, as unpleasant as that was, it's a relief to know I'm not turning back into 'Spikezilla' soon.

Hey, I'm a baby dragon, what did you expect, a trial?

Alright next question. NO, I WAS NOT A ROCK BEFORE TWILIGHT USED HER SPELL! Twilight's the most powerful unicorn there is, but she's no Alicorn, she can't make life out of nothing.

I asked around, and it turns out most unicorns aren't given a dragon egg to hatch as their test. No, I didn't tell Twilight. I don't want to upset the applecart.

So where did my egg come from in the first place? Hee-hee, well, I actually asked Princess Celestia a bit before she sent Twilight to 'make some friends.'

Well, kinda sorta, what? No! She didn't steal it! Celestia's not a thief! Sorry, it's kinda private.

What do I do in my spare time? Are you kidding? What spare time? Between cooking, cleaning, organizing things for Twilight, and of course helping Rarity any chance I get, what you makes think I -have- spare time? Slave? Gag me! Slaves are owned. I know how Twilight goes on about how I'm her responsibility, but I'm NOT her property!

Yeah, Twilight used to have bad dreams 'bout what'll, ya know, happen when I'm big and take off, but I always figured she'd be, ya know, had her run by then and . . . c-can we please not talk about that one? Please? Thanks.

Fluttershy? Well Fluttershy thinks I'm too cute for words (duh), which is kinda weird given how she's scared to death of the big boys. And she trusts me enough to look after her animals. Yeah, Angel doesn't like me elbowing in on his territory, but I can appreciate that.

The other Flutter? I haven't forgotten how she treated Twilight--okay, okay, yeah, no need to go off like that, you're as bad as Twilight sometimes you know? I know she's done a lot of growing up. First impression are hard to shake off.

How well do I get along with the others? Rainbow? Applejack? Pinkie?

Dash is, fine. Applejack is, fine. Pinkie Pie is, fine. See? All fine. How am I with Sweetie Belle? What kind of question is that? Okay she's Rarity's sister so she's gonna be my sister-in-law someday so, we're fine.

Seeing a pattern? Okay, maybe I do.

Huh? Wadda ya mean shallow? Where do you come off saying- Oh. Not me, just my connection with the others? You're saying that's the real reason why Loyalty wouldn't recognize me? Because I don't connect with the others as much as I should?

Yes they're my friends. . . . They're just friends of friends? Now hold on that's not . . . alright fine.

Maybe I am kinda sorta fixated on Rarity and ignore everypony else except Twilight and maybe Fluttershy. Twilight never had any friends besides me and Smarty Pants, and she kinda stopped hanging out with Smarty Pants. And I kinda learned from example from her.

. . . Okay, I get it. I'm ignored because half the time I don't even want to do what all the GIRLS around me are doing. You don't need to so rude about it. Alright fine. So . . . you're saying what I need to do, if I want to get more noticed is that I have to try to be there with them -personally- rather than just us as a herd?

Ya know, thanks. I think I needed to hear that, you're not so bad after all. Maybe it's about time I did start making friends of my own.

"Spike? I'm sorry Rarity isn't here right now, she's visiting the spa with the Flutters."

"Erm, that's okay…Say Sweetie, you doin' anything with your friends today?"

"Uh, not for a bit, Scootaloo is having lessons with Rainbow Dash, and Applebloom says she's having trouble finding the fireworks for our next Cutie Mark Crusader project."

"Eh, I won't ask."

"Really? We actually put a lot of thought into this one. Applebloom remembered how Applejack is always saying how we can't -force- our Cutie Marks to appear 'before their time' so Scootaloo thought-"

"Ya know, on second thought, I think I would like to hear it. Ya got any gems Rarity was just gonna throw out?"

"She's put some aside for you in the cupboard over there, don't tell her I said so, but she picks some out for you every time she get a new bundle."

"Heh, I won't, so tell me more about this idea of yours?"

"Well it's not really my idea, I wanted to use the fireworks for a concert, but ya know, if you're interested we could really use a dragon I think for this."

"Tell me more."

By the time the most beautiful mare on the planet had walked in the door, I saw I had spent a whole hour, just talking with the little filly. No, I don't think she's cute. But it felt so, don't go telling Twilight this, nice just to talk with someone.

Yah now, I was one of the people telling Twilight she should've followed Celestia's advice back when all this stuff with the Elements Of Harmony started…Maybe I should've taken my own.

Dear Princess Celestia

Today, I learned a lesson that's been staring me in the face all this time, I just never saw it. I was with you all the way when you told Twilight to get out and make some friends, but I didn't realize I needed that advice as much as she did. I've been upset lately that no pony seemed to be paying attention to me, but now I know why. If you want your friends to pay attention to you, you've got to be more than just a 'friend of their friend' or part of the herd, you've got to try be their friend. And it turns out that's not so hard, you've just got to take the time to try. Sometimes it's as easy as sitting down and listening to what they have to say. Now if you excuse me, some friends invited me for something they've promised will be the time of my life! Don't worry! They're just fillies!

Your Faithful Servant And Messenger And Eyes On Twilight Sparkle, Kenbroth Gilspotten Heathspike "Spike" The Seventh


Interviewer's Notes: "I'm happy for you Spike."
Discord's beaten, but invisible scars take the longest to heal for the mane six and all of Ponyville. Anyone can die, living is the actually challenge.

Hmmmm . . . . so many chapter, so many characters, so many interviews, have we missed anypony?

"Not anyPONY!"

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Frozen-Doopliss's avatar

The post-Spikezilla interaction with rarity was nice, and the "moral of the episode" was honestly a pretty good one.

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*hugs* Thank dude.

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:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
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The chapter begins with an energetic and cheerful greeting from Ponyville's most important dragon: Spike. Okay, he has that title by default but he is proud to be Twilight's Number One assistant and the only one able to organize things around her. But he feels a bit insulted that he was left out so long from these interviews since being Twilight's Number One assistant MUST mean that he is important. And all this time the story pushed him to the sidelines, leaving him with support duties for Trixie and later on left him behind in Ponyville while the heroes confronted Nightmare Whisper. And now they interviewed even the owl first which did have an even less important part in the recent events. But the dragon most certainly did not send fake letters to them demanding an interview with him. Just because sending letters is his special talent, doesn't mean that he sends each and every one. I wonder if his cutie mark would be related to letters if dragons would get those.

Without him Twilight would hardly be able to handle the most basic things in her life as she becomes almost a zombie when she begins a study session. That is somewhat similar to Trixie's former apathetic state if you think about it. No wonder that Spike was so good in taking care of the showpony. Even one of the interviewers seems to think that he is boring... that is actually pretty harsh towards the little hard working dragon. Plus he is one of the few male characters in the otherwise clearly female dominated cast. At this point in the series we have basically only Big Mac, Discord and Spike as the most important male characters. It is sad to think about that Spike is literally one third of the male characters that actually have an important role and one of them is the monstrous main villain.

Spike is NOT happy to be constantly left behind: Twilight left him in Ponyville when they searched for the Elements of Harmony in the battle against Nightmare Moon, Twilight left him in Ponyville when they searched for the Elements of Harmony in the struggle against Discord and Twilight left him in Ponyville when they searched for the missing Element of Kindness and encountered Nightmare Whisper. Do you see the pattern? The last time he at least got some humiliating looking wings out of the ordeal. He hoped that with these wings he might finally get Rarity's attention but they were gone before he even had the chance to show them to her. Then again considering the unicorn's own humiliating event with fake butterfly wings, I doubt that she would have liked them. The dragon even asked Fluttershy if he could have them again but he soon regretted that request when he learned of another Pegasus that had lost her own wings and desperately longs for the wings of Nightmare Whisper. Fluttershy can not help that pony any longer and this selfish question is just a cruel reminder of this fact.

The day of Chaos was pretty much just weird for him until he was forced to encounter the corrupted former friends of Twilight. It is very telling that he had no hesitation to stand up to the corrupted Rarity to shield Twilight. Over time he fell in love with Rarity's personality and not just her looks. So when the greedy, selfish, arrogant and mean-spirited version of the unicorn had shown up, he stood up to her. Ironically I think that is actually a good example of REAL loyalty, he was loyal towards what Rarity really is and not just loyal towards her looks or name. The Element of Loyalty should have given him a chance. But then again even if it had accepted him, the other corrupted Elements could not have added their parts anyway. So his rejection by the Element didn't really change anything. But in the end the world was saved and he did play a huge role in it to deliver all the letters in a very painful manner. And Twilight was not angry at all about his earlier failure, the patience and endurance of that unicorn is pretty amazing. It is really sad to think that the one time she needed the help of her friends when she had her own nervous breakdown, they were the once that ignored her until it was almost too late. No wonder that she is the one carrying the Element of Friendship.

They do wonder why Discord didn't target him directly but there could be countless reasons: he could have wanted him to fall into total despair from seeing the utter mockeries of his former friends and idols, he could have wanted Spike to break through contact with other corrupted, he could have simply not have reached the dragon just like he missed Scootaloo, he could actually exclude a few mortals from his corruption by pure random chance or maybe he didn't care about the dragon. The question if Discord is a racist is really no issue since he did already commit multiple genocides, his evil is so beyond any measure that him being a regular racist would actually be an improvement for the Draconequus. But the dragon certainly didn't envy Trixie for being worth Discord's attention, he was just unable to trust her after what she did to his friends. And it is fair to point out that this is the other side of friendship, that having a close bond to somebody usually means to reject those that once harmed your friends. And Trixie did hurt both Rarity and Twilight.

His distrust towards Trixie went so far that he utterly rejected the idea that she could embody Magic/Friendship on her own. She must haven stolen it somehow! What really bothers him is how unfair things are. Trixie was a minor annoyance in her one appearance and when she returned and turned into a better person, everybody suddenly embraced her. But the dragon that worked SO hard for all these years and was always there for the others just gets ignored. They just take him for granted because he is always there, because he is always reliable and because they don't even think about it what it would be like without him. He was the ONLY ONE of Twilight's friends that did notice that something was wrong with her and sent the message towards Princess Celestia that prevented worse and in return the unicorn didn't even invite him to her own birthday party in Canterlot. Even Twilight is not always a perfect Element of Friendship. It sure hurt the dragon a lot that his big sister/mother figure did just forget about him. These are the times when he genuinely wonders if it has something to do with his species.

The day when he suddenly transformed into an adult dragon also made clear how different ponies and dragons are. It all felt so natural to him as he drowned in his own instinct and rampaged through the entire town, hurt all of his friends one way or another and almost killed Rarity in the end. But there was one light in this entire mess: Rarity. Even in his darkest moment, she was still his greatest treasure and her reaction to his declaration of love was almost worth dying for. Even after all the destruction the white unicorn stood by his side and spread rumors that he was the one that saved her from the rampaging dragon. And in a way that is true, Spike's personality and love towards her were the only things that did save her from the rampaging dragon. He would have been stopped sooner or later but then it would have been too late for her.

But at the same time Rarity is depressed that she was not able to snap out of her corruption by herself and had to rely on others to pull her out. The unicorn really feels like she let her friends down. Now that she is feeling useless the dragon knows exactly what to say: She was the one that pulled him out of his own corruption, she was his light in the darkness, his memory spell. Her loving reaction reminds him again why he loves Rarity's very core and not just her looks. While he suspects that Twilight's magic did play a role in his transformation, he doesn't blame her for it. If she forgives him for his mistakes, it is only fair to repay her kindness. In the end Princess Celestia did pay for the repairs in Ponyville... How many times was that place almost destroyed again? It was already attacked by an Ursa Minor, eaten by the Parasprites and twisted by Discord before Spike rampaged through it. And after that the Alicorn found some real experts (unlike that failure of a doctor) and made sure that there were no further greed attacks coming.

He can also guarantee that only few unicorns were given this egg test, so it is pretty clear that whoever made this choice (Celestia or one of the teachers) knew that Twilight had the potential to become an Element. It seems that he does know a few things about the origin of his egg but didn't share that information with Twilight. It is very private, so the interviewers will not learn it as well. But he admits that he has so much to do that there is little time left but Twilight isn't an owner in his eyes, she is family. That makes it even more painful for him to realize that he will outlive her easily. She will be long dead before he becomes an adult, it is another harsh reminder how different ponies and dragons are. You could very well argue that his relationship with these ponies will only bring him pain but the precious time he can spend with them makes it all worth for him. But a true love between him and Rarity seems impossible.

He does notice the irony that Fluttershy is able to adore him to no end while being mortally afraid of adult dragons but there is no denying his cuteness. She also thinks that he is responsible enough to take care of her animals and while Angel treats him like a rival, Spike does understand this feeling very well. He didn't react kindly to the owl as well. The dragon doesn't like the first impression that Fluttercruel made but as he has to think about his relationships with the other members of the groups, he begins to notice a pattern. Spike certainly has a close bond to Twilight and Rarity but with everybody else it is a LOT less. The interviewers are certain that this is the real reason the Element of Loyalty rejected him. His didn't really befriend any of Twilight's friends besides Rarity. It is not easy for him since all of them are girls but he is willing to give this friendship thing a try.

So the next time he runs into Sweetie, he begins to talk with her about the usual CMC business. You know how strange these three are since time travel doesn't seem to be that bizarre compared to the other things three little fillies have put together. If the three were somehow three parts of an Alicorn with amnesia it would sure explain a lot. But Sweetie Belle is certainly not good at keeping secrets and reveals that Rarity does always pick out gems just for the dragon. Eventually when the Element of Generosity returns he has already spent an entire hour just talking with her little sister and did enjoy it quite a bit. He should more often take breaks from his work to just spent some time with others. In the end he writes his own letter to Princess Celestia of how he should have taken her advice towards Twilight as well. He also needed to make friends and what could possibly go wrong with spending some time with the CMC and their time travel plan... on second thought he could have picked friends that are less dangerous. But the interviewers are certainly happy that he found friends.

Overall Spike was a likeable character whose positive traits did clearly outnumber his negative personality traits like greed and a certain indifference towards everybody who isn't Twilight or Rarity. It was really sad to see how much it hurt him to be constantly pushed aside but at the same time he didn't really blame them for that, he could understand all the stress and pressure the recent events had on them. Ironically the baby dragon was quite adult in a few aspects and his loyalty towards Twilight and Rarity actually felt deep. And yet tragedy seems unavoidable for him as his friends, his mother figure and his love will die much sooner then he will. Dragons and ponies are just so different by nature that a closer bond seems almost impossible but yet he keeps doing it, now starting to befriend the CMC as well. There is something very optimistic about him, like it will all work out in the end.
alexwarlorn's avatar
*hugs*

Thank you for this review. Thank you.

I hope this chapter HOLDS UP, and has Spike's character DEVELOP, rather than just have it explored.
ItsfromPeople's avatar
Ironically I still think that he does show some surprisingly impressive feats of loyalty. There is surely another timeline where he is able to wield the Element of Loyalty...

But his beginning friendship with the CMC sure has a lot of potential.
alexwarlorn's avatar
I hope it's shinned through where it's shown. 
yoshiegg64's avatar
Wait I thought the interview with Owlicious was non cannon as the interviewers wouldn't be able to understand him. But Spike confirms they did interview the owl. So apparently they can speak owl or did Owlicious write all his responses on paper?
alexwarlorn's avatar
Twilight admitted she was figuring out how to properly communicate with Owlowcious back in Trixie's healing chapter. And any answer that you feel suits you best is correct.
yoshiegg64's avatar
I am getting very curious about who these interviewers are and why they are being so thorough. I mean they interviewed an owl? AN OWL!!! Are there no limits to who they will not ask? Next thing you know they will interview Discord himself just get his side of the story. (>_<)
alexwarlorn's avatar
You'll see. Just you wait. Things are only going to get more interesting from here.
ardashir's avatar
I re-read this one and still enjoy it, not least for this line:

Slave? Gag me! Slaves are owned. I know how Twilight goes on about how I'm her responsibility, but I'm NOT her property!

An awful lot of fans seem to think that Spike is either Twi's pet or her slave. How anyone can watch the show and arrive at that conclusion I have no idea!

And I really did like how you made Spike sound a little egotistical (so very draconic!) while still being likable.
alexwarlorn's avatar
"An awful lot of fans seem to think that Spike is either Twi's pet or her slave. How anyone can watch the show and arrive at that conclusion I have no idea!"

Thanks!

"And I really did like how you made Spike sound a little egotistical (so very draconic!) while still being likable."

I can imagine that can a tricky balancing act.
twilightgamer92's avatar
What was the question that everyone felt needed to be asked? Also, it's nice to get to see Spike grow as a character of so much time out on the limelight.
alexwarlorn's avatar
P.S. Only because every last pony is under Celestia's protection, is Pinkie Diane not likely feeling the doctor's wrath for using his TARDIS.

"What was the question that everyone felt needed to be asked?"

I don't remember anymore. It's been so long. I don't even remember putting in that edit alert.

"Also, it's nice to get to see Spike grow as a character of so much time out on the limelight."

Everyone wanted a character development chapter for him. So here it is.
DracoDei's avatar
SPOILER ALERT!!!




Even when Dash wrote her own I was still one to send it!
-Yeah, he is being a bit egotistical here... guess he has some lingering jealousy issues that got spiked(hah...) by Owlysious getting a chapter.

I mean, all this stuff has been going on, and I've been left out, ignored, pushed aside, left to hold down the fort, and all that other jazz!
-That too...

I finally got wings like I'm supposed to have!
-I assume that those come with NON-greed growth? Or does he have a birth-defect? I supposed nobody might know if you are keeping "Dragon Quest" as part of your continuity.

Turns out there was this pink pegasus at the loony bin, er, mental hospital Twilight volunteers at begging Fluttershy for the same thing.
-Ah, yes, that would make sense. Makes me more sure that the lotus-eater-butterflies in the terminal patient ward are Celestia's now and that Fluttershy didn't come out of the experience with any residual "powers" of her own.

Somebody had to send them a letter if the situation back home changed you know! I-I did not just make that up.
-Not only does it sound like a lie, it sounds like an ill-thought-out on.

I sucked eggs at being a substitute Element of Loyalty.
-I wouldn't say THAT... he showed wisdom, and if the Element hadn't been bonded to Rainbow still, I would have said he would have had a chance at bonding it.

I hide upstairs, like that was going to do anything, considering the world was ending. I left Twilight.
-Ok, point.

I do kind of wish that I'd been well enough to see the look on Discord's face when he realized he was done for,
-Well, it is a still image, and gray-scale, but I would think that a visit to the sculpture garden would give him that...

Twilight didn't even blame me little me for running.
-"little" and/or one of the "me"s needs to go I think.

I've always been here, I've always done my best and been here for Twilight and Rarity!
-Ah, yes... the complaint of the brother of the prodigal son.

The only real times I've thought of myself as a dragon was that time I tried to use it as a shield when it accidentally stumbled on that adult dragon's hoard, and my birthday.
-So either "Dragon Quest" isn't going to be part of the continuity, or it is going to happen soonish.

I still had the most valuable part of my hoard still in my claws.
-Rarity I assume, not just the gem?

that Rarity was still the greatest treasure in the world to me.
-Right. That answers that.

This time I had it framed and photographed before Twilight had it cleaned off in my sleep (cheater).
-Photo... good. I would keep it in box though...

You remembered yourself without Twilight's horn.
-Good point.

You were MY memory spell!"
-Or at least his friendship letters (which would be more in his favor).

kissed me on the lips.
-A... bit impulsive of her if he really is going to always be too young for her.

I had never been magically poked and probed in more places in my life.
-As it should be... rare source of data. Well, maybe not so much if Dragon Quest isn't canonical.

happen when I'm big and take off,
-He thinks that will happen? I would think a 50 year nap would be more likely, all things considered. In other words, I find "It takes a Village" more plausible in that respect than the comic you are referring to. Then again, both ARE plausible.

I'm ignored because half the time I don't even want to do what all the GIRLS around me are doing.
-Point...

"Spike? I'm sorry Rarity isn't here right now, she's visiting the spa with the Flutters."
-This could maybe use some sort of scene break for the change of narrative style.

Applejack is always saying how we can't -force- our Cutie Marks to appear 'before their time' so Scootaloo thought-
-Why do I think that the phrase "88 miles per hour" may be involved in this plan?

if you're interested we could really use a dragon I think for this.
-Spike as a rocket propulsion unit? Or maybe they just want him to light all the fuses nicely simultaneously.

Kenbroth Gilspotten Heathspike "Spike" The Seventh
-Not sure if want... also either Twilight named him early and went overboard, or Celestia has a good idea of who his parents are to name him "The Seventh".
alexwarlorn's avatar
I finally got wings like I'm supposed to have!
-I assume that those come with NON-greed growth? Or does he have a birth-defect? I supposed nobody might know if you are keeping "Dragon Quest" as part of your continuity.

You didn't see any dragons WALKING THERE did you?


I've always been here, I've always done my best and been here for Twilight and Rarity!
-Ah, yes... the complaint of the brother of the prodigal son.

I didn't even think of that.

The only real times I've thought of myself as a dragon was that time I tried to use it as a shield when it accidentally stumbled on that adult dragon's hoard, and my birthday.
-So either "Dragon Quest" isn't going to be part of the continuity, or it is going to happen soonish.

Soonish.


kissed me on the lips.
-A... bit impulsive of her if he really is going to always be too young for her.

Generosity.

I had never been magically poked and probed in more places in my life.
-As it should be... rare source of data. Well, maybe not so much if Dragon Quest isn't canonical.

Celestia before didn't want him treated like a lab specimen, now it's for Spike's own good.

Applejack is always saying how we can't -force- our Cutie Marks to appear 'before their time' so Scootaloo thought-
-Why do I think that the phrase "88 miles per hour" may be involved in this plan?

BECAUSE WE DO THINK ALIKE!!!!

if you're interested we could really use a dragon I think for this.
-Spike as a rocket propulsion unit? Or maybe they just want him to light all the fuses nicely simultaneously.

Both.

Kenbroth Gilspotten Heathspike "Spike" The Seventh
-Not sure if want... also either Twilight named him early and went overboard, or Celestia has a good idea of who his parents are to name him "The Seventh".

Either works. And that name is straight from G3.
I was still one to send it! <- Missing 'the' between 'still' & 'one'

asking an interview with me! <- Missing 'for' between 'asking' & 'an'

Don't wanna huh? Then kept yer trap shut <- Replace with 'keep'

I hide upstairs, like that was going to do anything, considering the world was ending. I left Twilight. <- Replace with 'hid'

She said something or other <- Replace with 'another'

you guys already know all this or you wouldn't asking these questions <- Missing 'be' between "wouldn't" & 'asking'

Twilight didn't even blame me little me for running. <- Extra 'me'

he just didn't think me worth his time <- Recommend adding 'being' between 'me' and 'worth'
alexwarlorn's avatar
She said something or other <- Replace with 'another'

My web search said 'or other' is the proper phrasing.

he just didn't think me worth his time <- Recommend adding 'being' between 'me' and 'worth'

Sigh. Fine.

There. Added. Thanks dude for the help.

1139 messages to go through.
ArcheonZ's avatar
"If you want your friends to pay attention to you, you've got to be more than just a 'friend of their friend' or part of the herd, you've got to try be their friend."

That's good advice. In fact, it's so good that I'm going to make a point to act on it. Great story - I love this whole series!
alexwarlorn's avatar
Thanks dude! :-) Working out character development for Spike was a challenge in of itself.
MyndMon's avatar
"I asked Fluttershy if she could give them to me again so Rarity could see them, and she switched places with Cruelly on the spot and told me to beat it before she hoofed me in the face."

but then way back in the Princess Gaia arch I read this line.

"Spike was on the floor covered in hoof prints and Trixie was half way to the Everfree Forest by the time everyone's brain processed the angry Trixie shaped blur that stomped out of the house tree"

Well, more like beat in that case.
MyndMon's avatar
Poor Spike. First Trixie hits him and now Fluttercruel... XD
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