Chapter 4: I've Been Waiting
Celestia's sun rose into the sky, allowing for the dawn of another day to begin in the town of Ponyville. Fluttershy was already beginning her busy morning routine of mending all of all her animal friends. She happily hummed as she unwrapped a bandage from a blue jay's wing. Smiling, she told the small bird to try it out. The bird flapped its wings and took off around the living room before returning the pegasus, landing on top of her pink mane. Fluttershy smiled as she stood on her hooves.
"I guess we can let you return outdoors, if you would like Mister Blue Jay. Allow me to get the door for you," the yellow mare spoke as she made her way to her front door. When she opened the door, she was surprised to see a red stallion paused with his hoof in the air as if he was to knock on the door and a basket in his mouth. It was Big Macintosh.
The blue jay had flapped its wings and left the two ponies alone. They stared at each other for a good thirty seconds, if not more before Fluttershy had the courage to say something.
"H-Hello there, Big Macintosh….how….um….how are you feeling?" the pegasus spoke quietly with her cheeks turning lightly pink as her mind remembered what happened the last time they met.
"Howdy, Miss Fluttershy. Mah back is much better now thanks ta yer help," the red stallion spoke in his low voice after placing the basket down from his mouth, "Ah wanted ta come by and thank ya personally."
Fluttershy's cheeks kept their pink tint, "Oh, Big Mac, you really don't have to worry about anything like that. I just like help out anypony when I can."
Big Mac smiled and used his hoof to remove the cloth from the basket to show a small batch of gala apples, "Still, Miss Fluttershy, I really am mighty thankful fer ya help me, so ah figured that the least ah could do is give ya a fresh batch of gala apples."
The pegasus's eyes lit up the same way her friend Twilight Sparkle's did when she saw a book she had yet read, "Gala apples? Those are my favorite!"
"Ah know," Big Mac stated with a hint of pride.
Fluttershy looked towards the colt, "How did you know that?"
Big Mac was a bit taken back, "Ya told me, remember?"
The mare's face turned red as she remembered meeting with Big Mac at Sweet Apple Acres a few days before, "Oh…heh heh, right….I'm so sorry."
A smile crept onto Big Mac's face. He couldn't help but smile at how cute Fluttershy was when she was embarrassed, "No need to be sorry, Miss Fluttershy."
With her face still red, she replied, "But still, thank you very much, Big Mac."
With a nod, Big Mac watched Fluttershy set the basket just inside on a small table. When she returned, he spoke again, "Uh….Miss Fluttershy?"
"Hmm?" she gave a warm smile.
Big Mac seemed to be acting unlike himself before he finally spoke, "Ah was uh….wonderin' if ya would….uh….possibly go on a….date with me?" Big Mac looked downward after he spoke his statement, his face burning red.
This caught Fluttershy completely off guard. Her face went from a slight pink to a deep red. "I-I-I b-beg yo-your p-p-pardon?" she frantically replied, stumbling over her words.
Big Mac still looked downward and away from Fluttershy, "Ah was wonderin' if ya would like ta. Ah understand if ya don't, but ah do feel that ah should tell ya that ah am quite fond of ya, Miss Fluttershy."
Fluttershy was frozen in shock.
The stallion continued after he didn't hear her say anything, "Ah've been waitin' for sometime ta ask ya, and ah guess the injury helped me jus' get it out." He paused again, hoping the pegasus would speak. When there was no sound, he softly sighed before speaking again, "Well, ah thought ah'd at least tell ya how ah feel. Ah understand if ya don't wan-"
"I'd love to."
Big Mac raised his head to see Fluttershy covering her mouth with her hooves in a shocked manner, "I mean, if you don't mind me saying yes…."
"Ya mean it?" Big Mac was in disbelief.
The flustered pegasus nodded, "Yes, I really would love to go on a date with you sometime, Big Mac. Whenever you'd like." Fluttershy was surprising the both of them with how bold she was being. Yet, some part of Fluttershy knew that this was what she was hoping would happen.
Big Mac gave a small smile, "Well, are ya free right now, Miss Fluttershy?"
"But don't you have to work?"
"Well, mah doctor told me to not work today," the stallion winked.
Smiling and blushing, Fluttershy replied, "I guess she did say that, shall we go then?"