Pinkie had awoken the next morning with a smile on her face, something she hadn't done in a few days. Then she figured out why she was smiling, Dashie had pulled her close and had wrapped her hoof around Pinkie's midsection. It felt so right, so she snuggled into the pegasus' chest and sighed happily.
"Pinks..? You're awake?" Pinkie's heart skipped a beat at the nickname, no matter if she was back to normal or not, she still loved hearing that nickname.
"Yeah...I'm awake." Pinkie moved away from the mare. "Dashie, I'm sorry for hurting you.." Pinkie had ben wanting to say that, and now it felt so good.
"You didn't hurt me, sure these ropes chafe a little, but they don't hurt." Dash smiled and stood up on her own, slowly.
"N-No...you don't understand..." Pinkie was struggling to stay positive. "I'm the one who made the lightning hit you..." Dash blinked and smiled lightly.
"Pinkie...I know. I kinda figures that out on my own." Dash pulled her friend into a hug. "I forgive you.." Those three words seemed to make everything better for Pinkie, well...almost everything.
"But, I broke my promise..." Pinkie hung her head. "My Pinkie Promise.."
"What promise would that be, Pinkie?"
Pinkie Pie, just a filly at the time, trotted away from the train station. She had been Sent to the small town of Ponyville by her parents to stay with her distant relatives the Cakes. They were supposed to meet her right when she got off of the train, but Pinkie hadn't seen them. Then again, she only had a photo of them from some years ago, so she might have saw them and not realized it.
She looked around the village, it was so big to her. Then again, she grew up on a rock farm, so anything was bigger than the shack she had lived in. But, the most exciting part was all the ponies. She had only grown up around same 4 ponies for the first years of her life, so the diversity was the most shocking about the town. It had unicorns, pegasi, and a pony for every color of the rainbow.
That's when her eyes were drawn to a walking rainbow. The blue pegasus filly was trotting around as if she was looking for somepony, but the most interesting feature of the filly was her rainbow mane and tail. It reminded Pinkie of the rainbow that earned her the cutie mark on her flank, and that made her smile.
The earth pony filly decided now was a good time to make her first ever friend, and why not with a pony that made her smile? So, she trotted over and tapped on her side. The pegasus turned and eyed her suspiciously.
"Umm..Hi..?" Her voice sounded a little raspy, almost as if she was doing a bad impersonation of a colt.
"Hi! I'm Pinkamina Diane Pie! Who are you?" Pinkie held out her hoof and put on her friendliest smile.
"Uh...wow. That's a long name...ever thought of shortening it?" The rainbow filly looked at Pinkie's hoof. "My name's Rainbow Dash" She gave the pink filly's hoof a firm shake.
"Shortening my name? Like to what? Diane?" She looked up quizically, trying to think of a shorter name.
"No, like to Pinkie or Pinks or something like that..." Dash's eyes were drawn to Pinkie's mane. "urm...you have a real bad case of bed mane there, Pinks." Dash leaned closer to Pinkie and poked her hoof at the earth pony's wild mane.
"My mane is always like that! Well...it used to be all straight and bleh, but then a big rainbow happened and I smiled and this happened." Pinkie rocked on her hooves as she ranted.
"Riiight...say, do you know where I can find a pony named Fluttershy?" After getting a blank stare, Dash elaborated. "A pegasus like me" She flared her small wings. "Yellow coat, pink mane, easily scared." pinkie just shook her head.
"I'm new in town actually...do you know where I can find Mr. and Mrs. Cake?" Rainbow Dash shook her head.
"I just came here to look for Fluttershy. This is my first time in this town." Pinkie had a brilliant idea
at that point.
"Ooh! I know, let's help each other. We'll look for the Cakes and Shutterfly together!" Pinkie bounced around her new found friend happily.
"It's Fluttershy, and can you stop that? You're making me busy." Dash shook her head to get the image of the bouncing Pinkie out of her head.
"Sure!" Pinkie stopped midair and just hung there. She wasn't quite sure how she did it, but she did.
"How...How are you...?" Dash let her jaw hang open.
"I don't know." The pink floating pony chirped happily, then dropped to the ground. "C'mon, let's go!" Pinkie bounced off, leaving Rainbow Dash to groan and trudge after her.
"Yeah, that was the first day we met, I remember that." Dash smiled at the memory. "I thought you were a madpony." Both mares laughed at the notion...one a little more nervously than the other. "But what does that have to do anything?"
"Dashie, you were my first friend. Ever. You've always been very special to me as a friend." Dash blushed, she never knew she meant that much to Pinkie....well..beyond the whole 'I love you so much, I held you captive' thing. "I..I promised on that day, that I would never let you get hurt. No matter what...I broke that promise.." Pinkie let a single tear escape from her blue eye and fall to the floor.
Rainbow sighed, she knew what it meant when somepony broke a Pinkie Promise, but if Pinkie broke one. Not even she could imagine how much weight that put on the party pony's mind.
"Pinkie, you helped me. You may have injured me...but hurt is more than just physical pain. There has to be a mental aspect to it, and you...you didn't even let me feel the pain. As far as I'm concerned, you haven't broken your promise." Dash nuzzled Pinkie's side gently.
"And I can still keep it.." Pinkie rushed over to the column and started undoing the ropes, then she went to Rainbow Dash and undid the ropes around her neck and her haunch. She was going to make sure that Rainbow Dash wouldn't feel hurt, not by her. She was going to make it alright. "Dash, I'm taking you to the hospital." Rainbow could only nod and lean on Pinkie for support, but the earth mare had other plans. Pinkie dipped underneath Dash's midsection and stood up, making the pegsus lay across her back.
Now while earth ponies were known for their strength, pegasi were also known for how light they were. Pinkie had always enjoyed the feeling of pegasi, they were soft. If you were just holding onto one, you could have mistaken it for nothing but feathers and fur, that's how fluffy they were. Dash had explained that pegasus bones were hollow, which allowed them to fully achieve lift-off. For right now though, the lightness was working in Pinkie's favor.
Pinkie quickly but carefully trotted up the stairs and out of Sugarcube Corner. She had been to the Hospital a lot over the years, most recently for Dash's broken wing. She knew the way by heart. The mare ignored the stares from passing ponies and just kept going, she heard a few grunts and protests from Rainbow Dash, but she ignored those too. She had a mission.
When the duo finally got to the hospital, the nurses immediately took Rainbow Dash from her back and took her to one of the many operating wounds, then she heard a doctor mention calling the cops.....Pinkie knew one thing at that point. She had an awful lot of explaining to do.