The morning light was shining through the cracks of Rainbow's cloud home. It was a busy day in Ponyville. Everypony was making preparations for the heavy weather that was sure to come when the winter was done settling in. Fluttershy sat down on Rainbow's couch. The cloud home was poorly decorated but very cosy. A small desk sat in a corner of the room. Several pictures of Dash's heroes The Wonderbolts were laying atop of it. A heart was drawn over the picture of Spitfire, the youngest member of Equestria's best flying team. Fluttershy smiled softly at the picture as she set it back in it's place.
After a while Rainbow Dash entered the room. "So how have you been Shy?" she said as she sat down next to her friend.
Fluttershy continued to explain everything that had happened over the last few days in great detail. "So that's why Rarity wanted me to ask you to fillysit Sweetie Belle for tonight.. I mean.. if you have the time.." she said softly.
Rainbow Dash thought about it for a while before speaking up. "Sure shy. I'm so happy for you!" she said smiling. "I mean, how hard can watching one little filly be!"
"E-e-exactly.." Fluttershy said thinking about how much of a handful Sweetie Belle could really be.
Back at Fluttershy's cottage the laughter of fillies filled the air. The Cutie Mark Crusaders were having a fierce snowball fight in the snowy hills surrounding the place.
Sweetie Belle sat hiding in a hoof made snow fort. "December 14th.. 2011.. This war has taken more from our people than it was worth.. The enemy attacks with deceiving tactics.. My comrades have fallen to the mercy of winter.."
Scootaloo and Apple Bloom were standing at the door of the snow fort "General Sweetie Belle! The blood of our people demands justice! Come forth coward and answer for your crimes!"
Sweetie belle stood atop the roof of the fort with a heavy arsenal of snowballs. "You speak of justice! Of cowardice! I will show you the justice of the snow and the true meaning of fear!"
Rarity was sitting in a chair with her head lying on the desk of her workshop. A large pile of crumbled up paper was lying next to her. She was forcing herself to just start drawing a design but every time she finished a plan it felt like something was missing. It needed.. something. But what was it?
She looked at the vase next to her. A smile appeared on her face as she saw the roses Fluttershy had given her. Suddenly a spark ignited inside her. She quickly grabbed a piece of paper and started drawing. After an hour of hasted drawing Rarity finally dropped the quill on the ground as she sat back in the chair looking at the ceiling.
She lowered her head to look at the design in front of her. The white pieces of cloth covering the back resembled the petals of roses. Small pieces of snowflake shaped crystals adorned the edges of the dress. The front of the dress resembled the shape of a white dove. The entire design was an ode to elegance.
A sparkle appeared in her eyes as she looked at her creation. She looked at the roses once more and whispered under her breath "Thank you Fluttershy.."
Fluttershy was flying towards her home when she heard the sound of the laughing fillies. She landed near them and walked up to Sweetie Belle. "Sweetie Belle, Rainbow Dash will be watching after you tonight while me and your sister take care of some buisness in Ponyville." She said smiling.
"But Fluttershy! I'm way too old for a fillysitter!" She exclaimed angrily.
"I'm sure you are. But your sister insisted on it." She said laughing.
Rarity was busy measuring the white cloth for her dress when Fluttershy entered the cabin. Fluttershy walked up next to her and looked at the design on the desk. "Rarity! it's beautiful!" she said with amazement. She knew Rarity had a talent for making dresses but she never knew she was this good.
Rarity gave Fluttershy a kiss on the cheek "someone gave me some inspiration.." She said blushing.
Rarity and Fluttershy were walking down the streets of Ponyville. It was getting dark but the light coming from the windows of the surrounding houses enlightened the rural village. "Come on Fluttershy just do it!" a voice inside her said. "But what if I make her uncomfortable.." she thought. "She didn't seem to mind when you kissed her."
Carefully Fluttershy walked closer to Rarity and folded her wing over her love's back. Rarity smiled softly at Fluttershy. "So where are we going Fluttershy?" Rarity said, her eyes full of anticipation.
"Some place nice Rarity.." She said as she returned the smile. Fluttershy had been saving up the money she received from healing the pets of Ponyville's residents so she could take Rarity to a restaurant she deserved.
The Cobblestone paths running through Ponyville were covered with a thin blanket of snow as the moon started to rise from beneath the hills. The two ponies entered the restaurant and were greeted by a smiling waiter.
"Good evening ladies, Names please?" He said as he looked at his clipboard.
"Fluttershy. A reservation for two." She said.
"Ah yes Miss Fluttershy. Right this way." He said as he signalled them to a table next to the window.
"Take your time." he said as he handed them a menu.
Rarity's eyes shot open in surprise as she looked at the prices. "Fluttershy this place is way too expensive." She said whispering.
"Don't worry about it Rarity." She said smiling.
The two ponies were enjoying their meals talking about whatever came to mind. The moon could faintly be seen through the ice covered window. When They both finished their meals a comfortable silence filled the air. Fluttershy extended her hoof to Rarity's and held it.
Rarity looked into Fluttershy's eyes. They just sat there silently looking into each other's soul. No words were spoken but they both knew what the other was thinking. Some ponies looked at them suspiciously and whispers filled the room but the two were completely oblivious to it.
All they could see. All they could hear. All they could think about was the pony sitting on the other end. After a while Fluttershy managed to speak again. "Let's go."
Fluttershy was running through the hills bordering Ponyville Rarity running close behind her. "Fluttershy! where are we going!?" She yelled. "I want to show you something!" Fluttershy said. Fluttershy suddenly stopped at the top of the largest hill in the area .
A huge lake laid before them. Snow covered trees formed a wall around the clearing. The moon was standing high in the sky, its light reflecting from the partially frozen lake. Rarity looked in amazement at the scene before her.
"I come here when I need to think.." Fluttershy said as she sat against one of the trees and invited Rarity to sit next to her.
Rarity walked over to Fluttershy and laid up against her. For what seemed like an eternity the two merely looked at the stars and the moon as they were lost in thought. Fluttershy turned around and scratched a heart in the base of the tree with her hoof.
Rarity scratched their names inside the heart and turned to hug Fluttershy in a long loving embrace.
The two entered Fluttershy's cabin to find Rainbow Dash snoozing on the couch. Rarity face-hooved as she walked up to the couch and pushed the pegasus off of it causing her to fall to the floor. "Woah! What's happening! Burglars!? Come at me bro!" Rainbow dash screamed still sleeping. She opened her eyes to see Rarity standing over her with an unamused look on her face.
"You can't watch my little sister with your eyes closed now can you!?" She said.
"Pff no worries, she's sound asleep." Rainbow Dash said as she brushed the dust off of her shoulders.
"Thank you for helping us out Rainbow.." Fluttershy whispered.
"That's ok! I'll see you around Shy! You too Rarity!" She yelled as she flew out of the window.
Fluttershy lit the fireplace and sat down on her haunches near the flames. Rarity took her place next to her. "Fluttershy.. I had a really great time tonight. Thank you.." she said.
Fluttershy responded by pulling Rarity into her and lying on her back. They both started blushing. Their faces merely inches away from each other as Rarity laid on top of Fluttershy.
The sound of Rainbow colliding with the floor had awakened Sweetie Belle. She was rubbing her eyes as she slowly got out of bed. She opened the door and walked downstairs.
Fluttershy and Rarity were locked in a kiss as hooves could be heard walking down the stairs. The two didn't notice as they were completely lost in each other's embrace. Suddenly a loud gasp could be heard from the base of the stairs.
Rarity quickly released Fluttershy and turned her head to see a little filly run upstairs with tears in her eyes. She could feel her heart sink in her chest. "Oh no.." she whispered. Rarity quickly ran after her sister. She turned around as she saw Fluttershy following her. "I'm sorry Fluttershy.. but she needs to talk to me alone right now.." She said hoping the pegasus would understand.
Fluttershy merely nodded and started walking back down the stairs with a worried look on her face.
Rarity opened the door to the guest room. It was dark inside and the sobbing of a little filly could be heard from underneath the sheets. She slowly stepped inside.
"Sweetie.. I owe you an explanation.." She said softly as she put her hoof on the crying heap of a pony lying underneath the covers.
Slowly Sweetie Belle got out of bed and looked at her sister with anger. "Why didn't you tell me!?" She yelled.
"I.. I just thought you were too young to understand.. Not everyone in this world looks kindly to.. Fillyfoolers.." She closed her eyes in pain as she uttered the hurtful word.
Sweetie Belle tilted her head in confusion. "What? Rarity I don't care. I'm mad because you didn't tell me you were dating Fluttershy!" She yelled. "We are sisters! We promised each other to always tell the truth! If I can't trust you who can I trust!?"
Rarity sighed. "Sweetie Belle.. You are right.. I shouldn't have lied to you. It's just.. there has been so much going on lately and you seemed so happy. I just.. didn't want to upset you." She said in a caring tone.
"Rarity.. Do you love her?" she asked as she looked into her sister's eyes.
Rarity thought back at all the feelings that had been rushing through her lately. She walked up to her little sister, rubbing the tears out of her eyes and hugging the filly tightly.
"Yes I love her.."