As the bag was pulled off of Spike, he looked so dizzy that it looked he was about to throw up. After a while, he shook his head to snap out of his daze, and looked around. He was outside and apparently was surrounded by nothing, until he saw the cutie mark crusaders by some giant thing, covered up by a sheet.
"Uh...what is that thing?" Spike asked, confused.
"It's just something we thought could work, with you around," Scootaloo said, pulling the sheet down, by her teeth.
Unfortunately, the sheet got a little stuck, so Sweetie Belle and Applebloom had to help pull it down. Spike seemed curious about what was under that sheet, so he decided to go see where the problem. Apparently, part of the sheet was caught on, what looked to be a steak in the ground. He then used his claws to cut the part of the sheet that was stuck, causing to be launched up, uncovering what was under, and having the cutie mark crusaders fall backwards. Spike then looked with surprise, to see a hot air balloon in tact. He then looked back at the crusaders, who were picking each other up, and gave out a confused expression.
"So what are you going to do, to get your special talent?" he asked.
"Sky diving!" they all answered, and getting parachutes out of the carrier basket.
"Oh...kay then, but can you tell me at least HOW you got a hot air balloon?"
"I know someone," Scootaloo said, narrowing her eyes away.
Her thoughts then lead to Derpy Hooves, bringing them a huge crate over to them at the cliff. She then came back to reality as she turned her attention back to Spike.
"You see, we WERE going to get a book of matches to get the fire going, but since you're already with us, you'll do it TWICE as better," Sweetie Belle said.
"Well, even if I WASN'T part of this, it's still pretty dangerous, don't you think?" Spike asked.
"It feels like you WANT us to tell Rarity about your little crush on her," Scootaloo said, in a teasing tone.
Spike's eyes then widened again, as he sighed, getting into the basket.
Elsewhere, during that same time...
As Twilight and the others arrived at Fluttershy's cottage, they saw her tending to some of the rabbits nearby. She had chopped up some of the carrots, for the new baby bunnies, worrying that it would be hard to eat for them.
"There you go, little fellas," she said, in a quiet tone.
She then looked up to see the others arrive, and glided towards them.
"Hey Twilight," she said in the same tone, "Enjoying the day so far?"
"Well, we would be," Twilight said, "But we've got a problem. Applebloom and her friends got Spike to help them try to find their special talents, and we kind need your help."
"Well, I'm not sure. How bad could it be? It isn't dangerous or anything, is it?"
"We don't know yet. But what we DO know, is that they threaten to tell..."
Twilight was then cut off, when she saw Pinkie Pie giving off her glare again. She then sighed, and turned back towards Fluttershy.
"...Tell one of Spike's secrets to...a CERTAIN pony, that Spike doesn't want to know."
Fluttershy then was in surprise by it, but then looked at Twilight with caution.
"It's not his crush on Applejack is it?" she asked.
Everyone then looked at her with disbelief. It wasn't long, before Rainbowdash started to burst with laughter, holding her sides with her front legs. Fluttershy seemed a little confused by it, until she looked back at Twilight.
"Wrong pony, Fluttershy," Twilight said, "Though why did you think it was Applejack?"
"Because I once saw him almost kiss her, when Rarity got kidnapped," she answered.
Twilight and Pinkie's expressions were now in real confusion, as they turned towards Applejack.
"Now that just leads to another question," Twilight said, to Applejack, "How come YOU didn't think Spike liked Rarity, when he was daydreaming and almost kissed you by mistake?"
"I...kind of forgot that," AJ said, rubbing the back of her neck.
"Well, isn't that just..." Pinkie started, before she started to shutter and feel her tail twitch suddenly, "...Uh oh."
"Wait, was that your Pinkie sense?" Twilight asked.
"Yeah, but this time...*shutters*...it's gonna happen somewhere in Ponyville!"
Everyone was now in shock, even Rainbowdash who had stopped laughing, as they rushed towards town as fast as they could.
Back where we left Spike and the crusaders...
As Spike entered the basket, the crusaders soon jumped in, with a sack and three parachutes.
"What's the bag for?" Spike asked.
"Well, we figured, since spicy foods can make your breath a lot hotter, and that you're a dragon, we thought that it would make your breath hot enough to fill the balloon," Sweetie Belle answered.
"Wait, don't hot air balloons have some sort of metal thing, that can spark up a fire or..." Spike started, but then realized that there wasn't one.
"There was," Applebloom said, "But it kind of got a little busted up, from when it was being delievered."
Spike's eyelids lowered, as he looked at the three fillies.
"Alright, so what spicy food did you get?" he asked.
"Green peppers," Scootaloo said, opening the bag.
Spike was now shocked, as he started to back away.
"Oh no," he said, "! No way!"
"Why Spike?" Applebloom said, teasingly, "Do you want Rarity to know you love her THAT badly?"
"No, guys, you don't understand! I can NOT even be NEAR green peppers!"
"Well, it happened like this, three days ago..."