Here's a sneak peak at the next chapter of If You Hear Me, Let Me Know!
"Mom? Everything alright?" Scootaloo asked. Spitfire smiled warmly, but again, Scootaloo could sense a certain weariness from the older mare.
"Everything's fine, Scoot," Spitfire responded, breathing a sigh of relief. "For once, everything is just fine. Come on, there's a couple of ponies I'd like you to meet."
Scootaloo cocked an eyebrow at her mom.
"You're not going to tell me that my birthparents weren't my actual birthparents and that I was kidnapped at birth and swapped with a flash clone that only lived to be eight years old, are you?"
Spitfire blinked, her face a mask of utter confusion.
"I'm not sure what's worse...the fact that I raised my daughter to have a capacity to come up with whacked-out ideas like that or the fact that my family life is so ridiculous that your suggestion actually could be very plausible."
This time, it was Scootaloo's turn to blink and wear a mask of confusion.
"No, it's nothing like that," Spitfire answered quickly. "Come on, let's just-"
"Uh, Spits? What do I do when the water starts to boil? Maybe if I...SWEET CELESTIA AND ALL HER WACKY NEPHEWS, THAT IS A HOT POT!" Rainbow screamed from the kitchen, accompanied by a loud crash from what sounded like pots and pans falling to a hardwood floor-an impressive feat in a cloud home. Spitfire rolled her eyes, and Scootaloo heard a couple of voices from the kitchen that she didn't recognize.
"You turn down the burner! Haven't you ever cooked before?" A female voice asked.
"Yes! Well, kind of! I mean, I know how to use a microwave! That counts as cooking!" Rainbow answered.
"No, it really doesn't," A male voice retorted.
Spitfire planted a hoof to her face before turning around and heading to the kitchen, while Scootaloo and Lightning simply chuckled at Rainbow Dash's simply being Rainbow Dash. The couple stepped into the kitchen, where Spitfire was already busy lecturing Rainbow Dash on the tenets of kitchen safety and reminding her of the reason they couldn't have nice things.
"Sorry, Mooom, Rainbow huffed. Spitfire's face contorted with rage, but before she let her temper get out of hand, she took a deep breath and turned her focus away from the mess in the kitchen and toward her daughter.
"Scootaloo..." Spitfire began. She paused, remembering the last time she suddenly revealed a new family member to one of her children. "These...are your grandparents."
Scootaloo looked at the two older ponies that were in the kitchen, then back to Spitfire. Then back to the older couple, then back to Spitfire.
"Umm...No?" Scootaloo half-asked. Spitfire gave Scootaloo a confused look.
"No? What do you mean, no?"
Scootaloo looked back to the older couple, noticing that they looked significantly more uncomfortable than they had when she first walked in.
"The last time I checked, my grandparents aren't those two ponies. Unless...is this that "plastic surgery" thing I keep hearing about?"
Spitfire brought a hoof to her face for roughly the millionth time in this trilogy. Her hoof had seemed to naturally seek her face, as if there were a magnetic connection between the two parts of her body. Rainbow Dash simply fell over in raucous laughter.
"Scootaloo, these are my parents, not Rainbow's," Spitfire grunted irritably. Upon hearing this revelation, Scootaloo's face lit up with understanding, and an eager smile crossed her features.
"Oh, the one's that ditched you! I get it now!"
As soon as Scootaloo finished her sentence, she regretted her words. The icy daggers that came from Spitfire's eyes seemed to physically pierce Scootaloo's skin, forcing her to shrink back while simultaneously sending shivers up and down her spine. The irony of how a mare by the name of Spitfire could summon such an icy gaze was not lost on Scootaloo, but at the moment the young mare's survival was dependent on flying out of the hole she was in before Spitfire buried her in it.
"-But they're here, visiting, like parents do!" Scootaloo stammered nervously. "And I'm introducing myself to them, because I'm their daughter's daugther! Well kind of, my parents adopted me, and...is it hot in here?"
And that's a sneak peak! I am going to spend the rest of my evening tonight working on it, and hopefully getting close to finishing it! Wish me luck!