Disclaimer: I do not own My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. If I did, Spike would be the main Character for season 3. After the initial opening boss battle against an ancient sealed evil of course. (I'd pick Cthulu, just for fun.)
With the annual Grand Galloping Gala only two days away, he thought himself a little nervous. In truth though, he was nervous enough to make Rainbow Dash's breakdown at the Best Young Flyer competition look tame. He paced in front of the door, sure to wear a groove into the ground, while he waited for her to answer the door.
'She was probably just in the middle of breakfast or something when I stopped by' he assured himself. "But I really shouldn't do this to her..." he mumbled to himself. "It's not fair of me to ask her so much, with only one day to prepare."
His problem was a date. Well, not exactly. His full problem was that he didn't have a date to go to the Grand Galloping Gala with, and he wasn't able to attend without one. He had lost his invitation two days before and was certain that he would not be able to get another from Princess Celestia. He then spent an entire day searching and retracing his steps trying to find his magic golden ticket to the world famous event, but he couldn't find it anywhere. So he had spent the next day searching Ponyville trying to find anypony who would be willing to part with theirs for anything he could offer, but everypony knew that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and he couldn't burden his friends with such a request.
That evening though, he realized the most common reason a pony wouldn't part with his ticket was a fillyfriend he was taking to the Grand Galloping Gala as a date. He had finally found the solution to his dilemma. He simply had to find a mare that that had a ticket and wasn't already going with somepony. Unfortunately, this was easier said than done, as every mare that was found to have a ticket to this exclusive extravaganza had already been sought out by a stallion or, in a few cases, another mare. He simply couldn't find anypony that wasn't taken already. Then, while he was thinking of all the wonderful things that would be there and the famous ponies that would be attending, his mind strayed across a brilliant idea. As he recalled, from his previous times at the Gala, none of the Mane Six had ever brought a date. He would simply ask
So, here he was, standing in front of her door, waiting for her to answer.
"Good morning, sir. May I help you?" She asked the white maned, brown pony standing in front of her boutique.
"Uhm...*ahem* g-good morning to you as well Mrs. Rarity. My name is Elise B. Fur, I'm sure you've heard of me after my performances at the Gala and at the Vienna Musikverein. As to what you could help me with, well... it's about the Grand Gall-"
"I do apologize" She cut him off, "but as I'm sure you know, the Gala is only two days away and I simply do not have the time to make any new suits. Though if you could stand it, I'm sure I could tailor up one of last year's designs for you that I still have in the back, and since it would be old" she shuddered at the thought, "I would certainly not charge my regular price." said Rarity.
"Actually, I already have one of your wonderful outfits to wear for this coming Gala."
"Oh, that's wonderful! But, what else could I possibly help you with?" Rarity asked, now confused and curious.
"It's a matter of attending, actually. You see, since this year's music at the Gala is being performed by Octavia and that new up and coming Disc Jockey, Vinyl Scratch, I am required to have a ticket to attend this year. Most unfortunately, though, I lost my ticket just a few days ago and have been dreadfully unsuccessful in procuring a new one. I have come here wondering if you would perhaps help me...umm...attend the Gala?" "Please?" he finished in a quiet and hopeful voice, 'definitely not begging though' he thought to himself.
"Are you asking me" she started slowly, "to use my best friend's connection to Princess Celestia to get you another ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala? How dare you! I would never use my friends for who they know, no matter what the case! Especially not for somepony I hardly know!" She nearly yelled at him.
"What?" He had thought about how she might react to his request, but he certainly had not expected this. "I wasn't asking that of you at all! I was hoping that you might take me to the Gala as your date!"
"Huh?" she stated eloquently as a fur-hidden blush slowly rose on her cheeks, both from his statement and her previous outburst.
"I was...umm...hoping that you would take me as your date, if you aren't taken already of course!" he finished hurriedly, lest he insult her more.
"Oh," she stated shyly. "Well, I didn't plan on taking anypony as a date, but," she started, her pride coming back as she realized this famous pianist was asking her to take him to the Grand Galloping Gala, "I suppose we could have a wonderful time together. You will also have to be introduced to my friends of course, I'm sure you know of them."
He broke out into a smile as he realized he would be going to the Gala and had a beautiful, famous mare to go with as well. "Thank you so much Mrs. Rarity, I will do my best to make sure we have a wonderful time. Shall I pick you up here, or shall we meet in Canterlot?" Elise asked.
"I will meet you there Elise. My friends and I are going to be travelling there together, you understand." Rarity replied.
"Oh of course Mrs. Rarity, I will see you there. Till then, and thank you ever so much." he said as he turned to walk away.
"Goodbye." she said, waving a hoof and then closing the door as he walked back down the street.
Spike backed away from the corner he was hiding behind, leaving behind a small bouquet of purple Irises, white Azalea and a single tear.