The dragon seems like he could maybe help you out, sure. But somepony's going to a lot of effort trying to get your attention, even to the point of skipping the big town meeting today, and you'll kick yourself later if you don't find out why.
"Hold that thought," you say to the dragon as you walk over to the bushes, and you can yeah him groan as he shuts the door behind you.
As soon as you get close enough to the bushes, a pink hoof stretches out, grabs you around the neck and drags you in.
"Hi Raindrops!" she says in an exaggerated whisper. "Are you super excited about your Wrap Up? And your really weird book, and the fact that I'm getting minor deja vu? I am! I even made cupcakes for you! But I didn't know-"
"Whoa there- hey, it's Pinkie, right? You helped Thunderlane with my birthday party last year." You thought you'd recognised her! Pinkie's a decent sort, you guess, even if she could do with cutting back on the caffeine a little. Maybe a lot. She certainly seems pleased that you remember her.
"I sure did! That was such a great party, wasn't it? See, Thunderlane knew you liked spicy food more than sweet food so he didn't think you'd want a cake at all, but who doesn't want a cake at their very own birthday party? So then I thought what if a cake could be sweet and spicy all at the same time! So I did some experiments and-"
"Pinkie, what in the hay am I doing in the bushes? If you just wanted to reminisce you could have come round for a cup of tea sometime. I really need to take care of this book!"
"Oh, don't worry about that, silly. Spike'll take care of the book, you can leave it with me to give to him. I've known him forever, he won't mind doing me a favour! This is much more important than that." Suddenly, her demeanour changs as she brings out a tray of three cupcakes, pushing them in front of her. She looks genuinely serious. That's a little unsettling- you don't think you've ever actually seen her serious before. If she can get this stupid book thing sorted out, though, you're willing to listen. As soon as this is off your back you'll feel a lot lighter, metaphorically and physically.
"These are special made-to-match-your-day cupcakes, Raindrops. See, I didn't know what kind of very special day you wanted, so you can have one of these, but only one, and then your day should match up. If I cooked them right. This is going to be the most special Winter Wrap Up for you ever!" Now she's back to her usual bouncy self, grinning furiously and waving at the cupcakes in front of her.
They're all different. The first one has a heart design etched into the top, and icing the same colour and consistency as cotton candy. The second one has no design at all, and icing as grey as a thunderhead. The third one has multicoloured icing, and a little balloon floating from a tiny string on the top of it.
"Go on! Pick the cupcake that'll match your day!" Pinkie encourages you.
This is so weird.
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