Determined not to let her dreams deter her and Applejack's friendship, Rainbow Dash got up early to go say hello. Well, relatively early. About noon instead of around 3 o' clock. As her hooves touched down onto the lightly wavering grass, she noticed Applejack carrying a white bundle and called out her name. Applejack nearly shot a whole hoof off the ground in shock. Oh horseapples, what am Ah gonna say? Applejack thought to herself, looking around for an escape route. Seeing a hole in some nearby bushes, she made a run for it, dropping the sheets on the ground.
Rainbow Dash was just finishing up her laughing fit when she saw Applejack dart into the bushes. What the hay? Maybe she wants to race! Oh, it's on! Dash thought, grabbing the sheets in her mouth and taking off after Applejack.
Applejack swatted branches out of her way as she snaked through the growing foliage. She could hear trees swooshing behind her in Rainbow's wake. Turning another corner, she found herself constrained by thorn bushes. The more she fought, the more the thorns bit into her like little fangs. Gosh darn it, what have Ah got mahself into? Okay, let's just breathe this one out. Ah can't rightly get mahself out of here. Ah guess Ah only got one choice. . . Applejack sighed. "RAINBOW!" She called out.
Even though Dash was hopelessly lost, she heard her friend's cry for help and practically tore her wings off doing a pin-point turnaround to locate Applejack. She coasted above the trees, hoping to spot her companion. "RAINBOW! DOWN HERE!" She heard the call, and dove straight down. Dash found Applejack in her tangle of briars, and proceeded to try and bite the vines away. Ouch, that stings! You can do this, Dash. Don't leave AJ hanging. Dash told herself, tearing vines after vines away slowly as not to hurt Applejack. Look at her go. What would Ah do without her? Ah'd prolly be stuck here fer days! Applejack pondered. In a few moments, she was thorn free and stretching her legs out.
"That was mighty helpful of yah, Dash. I can't thank yah enough for getting' me outta that snag," Applejack said, looking into her crush's magenta eyes. Next thing she knew, Rainbow Dash had thrown the dirty sheets over her head, saying, "What would you ever do without me? Now let's get back to the barn to check out these nasty cuts." In reality, Dash was just covering for her rapidly increasing blushing and expanding wings.
They walked in silence for a while until Rainbow Dash said, "Well, that race could have gone better." Applejack looked at her out of the corner of her eye. She thought we were racin'? Well, Ah guess that's one less thing Ah need to explain. "Yeah, some race. . ." Applejack said distantly. They had just arrived at the barn, and AJ invited Dash in. As they walked into the kitchen, Dash decided to take a chance.
"Y'know, AJ, you might have some bad cuts on you. You want me to take a look?" She asked, trying to keep the hopefulness out of her voice.
"Sure Dash, that'd be great," Applejack answered. Rainbow began gliding her hoof up and down Applejack's legs, searching for cuts. Applejack had to focus all her attention on breathing normally as her friend's touch sent her heart racing and her face warming.
"You look all good, nothing a good bath won't fix," Dash said, smiling.
"Thank yah, Dash. How's yer mouth doin'? Those thorns sure can do a number on yer soft parts," Applejack asked, taking a chance of her own.
"Umm, it does hurt a little, now that you mention it. . . You mind takin' a look?"
Applejack walked over to Rainbow, opening her mouth slowly. I am sooo glad I brushed my teeth today! Dash thought to herself, eyeing anything but the glistening emerald's in front of her nose.
"Yer lip's a tad cut up, but the rest looks nice an' healthy!"
Dash was barely listening as she gently closed her mouth. She and Applejack were mere inches apart. These were the moments of Rainbow's and Applejack's dreams, and neither was sure where to go in the real world.
"Well, Ah should-" Applejack began to say as she tripped on a loose floorboard, and she unfortunately caught herself. Using Dash's lips for support. For her own. Both were shocked beyond all thought. Dash was the first to realize what had happened, and pulled back.
"Well that was, er. . . You. . . IneedanapseeyalaterApplejack!" She said, flying out the door with her already fully-expanded wings. AJ just stood stock-still, mind still frozen by what had just occurred. OH. MAH. GOSH. Did we just- Did Ah- With Dash?! Her brain locked up, panicking, while her heart screamed with joy. Ah just kissed Dash! Oh, she must think Ah'm some sort of fillyfooler. . . Well, Ah suppose Ah am, but it was just an accident! But it was so. . . So. . . Amazin'! While telling herself all of this, Applejack didn't bother to look out her window to see the fading Sonic Rainboom glowing in the evening sky.
"WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!" Dash shouted at the top of her lungs, the sounded fading to nothing at the speed she was flying. She had broken the sound barrier easily enough, and she knew why. She kissed me! It was amazing! There were fireworks, and stars, and all that stuff they always say happens! But she didn't seem like she meant it. Maybe it was just an accident. . . Oh hay, I've been getting worked up over nothing! But what if it wasn't? I guess there's only one way to find out. I'll go see her tomo- Dash's thoughts were cut short as she flew, much to fast, into her front door. Which would not have been a problem, had she not been a pegasus. She hit the door like it was a solid object, and was promptly knocked out cold on her front porch.
Back at Sweet Apple Acres, Applejack was just getting out of a nice warm bath, just as Rainbow Dash had suggested. Her thoughts were still circling around the events of the evening as she stepped into the hallway outside her room. Maybe she knows it was an accident. Yeah, Ah bet she'd be cool with it if she knew that. Well, she's cool with everythin', cause she's so gosh darn cool. Applejack thought to herself, rolling her eyes and giggling at the thought. Well, Ah guess Ah'll just hafta go an' ask her tomorrow. She lay down on her bed, and, for the first time in a while, drifted into an uninterrupted slumber.