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[Mystery]: There may be spoilers in the comments. You've been warned.
For their first home together, Twilight and Applejack wanted a house close to Applejack's farm and big enough for Twilight's books, with a little something special besides. They settled on the perfect place, one of the oldest barns on Sweet Apple Acres, and had it converted into a comfortable house for their little family. But when strange things start happening just after they move in, Twilight finds that she has a mystery to solve before she can really call her dream house "home."
My entry into the TwiJack Hearth's Warming Contest.
"Awkward, but worth it."
This is the phrase Twilight Sparkle used when Rainbow Dash first attempted to work up the courage to confess her love for Applejack. Rainbow quickly realized that she was right--it was awkward, but worth it. What she didn't realize was just how applicable that statement would be throughout all her life. That first conversation. That first kiss. That first night spent together. That time Apple Bloom walked in on them. That first apology after their first argument. The arrival of that acceptance letter. And on so many more occasions.
Throughout it all, Rainbow kept smiling.
It was awkward, yes. At times so much so that she wished she could sink into the ground and disappear forever.
But in the end, every time--every time--it was always so very, very worth it.
Following Applejack and Rainbow Dash's little sleepover, Rainbow Dash begins to question why her friend is so content with her all-work little-play lifestyle. She knows that the earth pony is capable of having a good time, but so rarely does she do so.
As curiosity develops into scheming, Rainbow Dash takes a sudden interest in showing Applejack some of the better things she's missing out on while the world keeps on passing her by one sunrise at a time.
Twilight just wants to sleep; unfortunately for her, not only is Celestia in a playful mood, but Luna is itching for some quality time. Shining Armor and Cadence then show up, and it turns into tug of war with Twilight as the rope. The prize? Spending quality time with everypony's favorite purple alicorn.
This story has Twilight/Celestia and implied Twilight/Luna. Also, Cadence has a very... vivid imagination.
Now a plotless(okay, so there's a bit of plot. Just a smidge, though.) ball of comedic fluff with multiple chapters.
Chapters currently edited:
Chapter 1 - Say It - edited by ultra1437
This was a fun little collaboration done with the likes of bookplayer, sparkfyre, Future, xjuggernaughtx, KrazyTheFox and KitsuneRisu. Each author has written their own portion to this story, and their name will appear in the chapter that they have written.
Here's the catch: this fiction works in the same way that a game of telephone works. bookplayer started off our fic. She then gave her portion to me, and only me. Then, I wrote my section, and I handed off my section, and only my section, to sparkfyre. This worked itself all the way down to KitsuneRisu. So, each author was only able to see the section written by the author before them, not the entire story, much like the game you might have played in your childhood.
Cover art unrelated. Well, kind of.
Applejack drops preparations for her own family's Hearth's Warming Day celebration when she finds out that her marefriend, Rainbow Dash, is going to go visit her family for the first time in a few years. Rainbow Dash is reluctant to introduce Applejack to her family, but the farmer won't take "no" for an answer. Together, the two travel north to Vanhoover where Applejack gets to meet the ponies that raised the awesome and amazing Rainbow Dash.
On the eve of her 50th anniversary, Applejack reviews her "scrap table"--some of the small, stupid, inconsequential, yet supremely important things that have helped her relationship with Rainbow Dash become what it is. It certainly hasn't been easy, and the effects of their relationship have gone far beyond Ponyville proper, but one thing is for sure:
She regrets none of it.
Originally supposed to be a part of AppleDash Collab number two, but it kindof crashed and burned died, with mine being the only entry (who says ADD is a complete curse?). I decided I'd post what I had in the AppleDash Prompt Tag, but then realized, it's over two thousand words. It might as well be its own submission.
And so now it is.
Now, the rules of this collab were, pick a pony and pick a random item, and write a flashback on how it affected their relationship / brought them together / helped them through a tough time / saved Equestria / that sort of thing; hence the chapter name.
Notice that it's marked "On Hiatus". I'm currently working on another few stories, but if someone were to, say, comment with an item and a pony giving it, it might just get written.