I suppose it's only natural that "Dangerous Business," as its title is so commonly shortened, should find its way to FIMfiction. This is the premiere destination for MLP fanfics nowadays, and it would seem amiss if a story that so many people have read did not take its place here.
As most of you know by now, this is a story about Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Rarity, going out on a grand adventure into lands beyond Equestria to save the life of Twilight Sparkle. It's about those three ponies growing both separately and together, and it's about exploring just what makes up the world where Friendship Is Magic takes place. It's a story about growth, struggle, and sacrifice. Nopony in it leaves it unchanged.
You will notice, if you have read this story before, that I have removed a lot of the use of bold text and some of the uses of italics. I really did use a great deal of marked-up text in this story, far more than is actually necessary to convey meaning and emphasis. Hopefully this makes for a cleaner read.
A huge debt is owed to everyone who has read this story since I started writing it way back in 2011. You all helped me keep going when my spirit seemed to falter. It is for you that I place this story here- and for you that I write what will come next.