Pinkie Pie burst through the doors of the library and instantly began her search for Twilight. “Twi?” she called as she poked her head into the kitchen. Seeing that it was empty, Pinkie Pie decided to check upstairs next. “Twilight?” she called as she bolted up the stairs.
The pink furred pony then stuck her head into Twilight’s bedroom. “Twilight are you…” Her voice trailed off when she cast her gaze upon the lavender mare. She was sitting on her bed with a small book open on her lap. Occasionally a teardrop would land on the page she was reading.
The pink coated pony slowly began to trot over to her lavender friend, until she was standing right in front of her. Twilight seemed to pay no mind to the extra presence in the room; she only seemed to focus on her book.
“Twilight?” Pinkie asked softly, “What happened?”
The lavender unicorn slowly closed the cover of the book, and placed it at her side. She then looked up at Pinkie Pie with bloodshot eyes and a tear soaked face. “Spike heard everything.”
A young dragon was walking through the streets of Ponyville, with no real destination in mind. He only wished to be away from the library, away from Pinkie Pie, and most of all away from Twilight. He just couldn’t handle seeing them after this; not after having his heart broken twice
“Howdy Spike. What seems to be the matter with ya?” asked a kind and familiar southern voice.
Quickly, the little dragon looked up to see that he had ran all the way to Sweet Apple Acres. The next thing he noticed was an orange furred pony with a blond mane walking over to him from an apple tree.
Spike sniffled slightly and said “Oh hi Applejack. It’s nothing. Don’t worry about it.”
“Pony feathers! If one of my friends is sad I’ma do everything I can to help. So what’s wrong with ya? Do I need to go buck some sense into a colt or two?”
Spike smiled faintly. “No, it’s just… Something happened.”
Applejack raised an eyebrow. “Is that so? Well what happened?”
The young dragon let out a slight sigh. “Can you keep a secret?”
“Of course I can.”
“I-I-I have a crush on Twilight,” Spike stuttered.
Applejack had a very surprised expression. “Well how is that a bad thing?”
“B-Because I think she hates me.”
“What? Now listen Spike, Twilight doesn’t hate you. She never has and she never will.”
“No, AJ. I heard her talking to Pinkie Pie. She does.”
“Huh? What in Equestria did she say?”
“I really don’t want to talk about it. Not right now at least.”
“Ah, I see. Well I’ma head over to Twi’s and see just what in the hay she’s said.”
“No! Then she’ll know I’m here. Please don’t go!”
Applejack backed up slightly. “Whoa, calm down partner.”
The young dragon regretfully looked down and said, “I’m sorry AJ. I’m just…” Spike’s words trailed off and a moment later he let out a soft sigh.
The orange coated mare looked down at the dragon with sympathy and slowly placed a hoof onto his shoulder. “Ah it’ll be okay Spike. I’m sure this mess’ll get sorted out one way or another.”
Spike looked up at her with watery eyes and replied, “I hope you’re right AJ.”
Applejack couldn’t stand to see her friend on the verge of tears, so quickly she wrapped a foreleg around him. This in turn caused Spike to wrap his arms around her. “Aw Spike, don’t worry. I’ll make sure that everything’s okay.”
“But how could you?”
The orange furred pony smiled warmly. “I’m one of the elements of harmony; which means I could get my little necklace thingy and blast things back into order if I have to.”
Spike smiled faintly at Applejack’s joke. “Thanks AJ, but I’m not sure if that’ll help me too much.”
Applejack smiled as well. “Heh, well I promise to only use it if talkin doesn’t help.”
“Hey AJ, do you mind if I stay here for a little while? Just until everything cools down.”
“Ah not at all Spike, but I best be off to Fluttershy’s right now. I promised her I’d bring some apples for her critters and you know how they can get… Especially that little white one.”
“Oh It’s okay. I understand.”
Applejack then began to trot over to the tree which she was standing by earlier. Then she turned to Spike and said “Hey, how about you and Applebloom catch up while I’m gone. She hasn’t seen you in a while and she ain’t been doing much crusading since she got her cutie mark. Besides I’m sure she could give ya some advice.”
“Oh okay AJ. It would be nice to see some old friends anyways.”
Rainbow Dash was zooming over the streets of Ponyville on her way to the library. She had just finished the last of her Daring Doo books, and was eager to know if Twilight had gotten anymore.
As the library came into sight, the blue coated Pegasus began to slow herself on her descent. Moments later she came to a gentle landing at the library’s front door.
Rainbow Dash opened the door, while trying to conceal an eager smile. “Hey Twilight do you-“ “He hates me Pinkie, and it’s all my fault!” screamed Twilight.
The blue furred mare just stared in shock. “Uhhhhhhhhh, Twilight?”
The lavender mare quickly turned to Rainbow Dash, as Pinkie Pie shot down the stairs. It was immediately apparent that she’d been crying, due to the obviously tear soaked fur under her eyes. “I’m sorry Rainbow,” Twilight said in a much more calm tone.
“W-What happened?” Rainbow Dash stuttered.
Just as those words left her lips, Pinkie Pie jumped in front of Twilight and almost screamed, “Uh, not right now Rainbow! Twilight’s really upset because Spike likes her and she likes him, but he thinks that she hates him even though she doesn’t!”
Twilight then stepped out from behind the pink furred pony and nodded. “Yeah, that’s about right.”
Rainbow Dash just blinked. “Uhhh, I think I’ll just come back later.”
“I’m not trying to be rude Dashie, but yeah that may be best right now,” concurred Twilight.
“Well, uh, later guys,” the blue furred Pegasus said as she awkwardly waved a hoof. And with that she left.
Applejack was trotting down the streets of Ponyville, with a basket of apples on her back, when she passed a very confused looking Rainbow Dash. Normally she would have greeted her, but she needed to get to the library and have a talk with Twilight.
As she approached the large tree, she looked on her back and said to herself “Why the hay am I still carryin this?” So quickly she grasped the basket’s handle in her mouth and set it down on the ground. She then continued her trot. ‘I’m sure all of this can be fixed real easily’ she thought.
The orange coated pony knocked her hoof against the door and almost instantly Pinkie Pie answered it. “Sorry AJ, but Twilight’s really upset because Spike has a crush on her and she has a crush on him, but Spike thinks she hates him! Could you come back later please?”
Applejack just blinked in confusion, but after a moment a smile began to form on her face. “Y’all two are about as backwards as a chicken in a doghouse.”
“Huh?” Pinkie Pie asked with a confused expression.
“Let me have a word with Twilight.”
Spike sat down on a picket fence next to Applebloom and said, “I just don’t get it. I try so hard to get somepony to like me and it always ends with me alone and a lot of time wasted.”
Applebloom rested a hoof on Spike’s shoulder and smiled warmly at him. “Hey now don’t be like that. I’m sure there’s somepony out there who likes ya.”
The young dragon let out a sigh. “It doesn’t seem like it Applebloom. I mean it was practically Rarity all over again.”
“Honestly I never thought Rarity was right for ya in the first place. She was always too-”
“Stuck up, arrogant, annoying, dumb!” Spike interrupted.
Applebloom had a rather shocked expression on her face. “I was just gonna say posh.”
Spike smiled slightly, thinking Applebloom’s innocence was somewhat amusing. “Oh.”
“But in all seriousness I think there is someone out there who likes you, you just have to look.”
“Yeah, Twilight told me the same thing after Rarity.”
“Well she’s right. After all Twi is a smart pony.”
Spike looked down and tried to hide a blush from Applebloom, as thoughts of Twilight began to fill his head. Then his crimson cheeks quickly went back to their natural color when one thought in particular came to mind. This caused the young dragon to let out a sad sigh. “Hey AB? Do you ever think you’ve made a mistake?”
“Well I think we all have at one point or another.”
“Yeah, I guess it’s only natural. But do you ever feel guilty after it’s all said and done?”
The young filly didn’t even need to hear the rest of Spike’s story; she already knew what he was talking about. “Ya feel guilty about what you said to Twilight don’t ya?”
Spike placed his hands onto his knees and looked over to Applebloom. “I don’t know what I think. I’m mad, upset, sad, and… guilty.”
“Well Spike, there is one way to make that guilt go away.”
“Yeah, I know, but I don’t think I’m ready for that yet.”
“Well how do you think Twilight feels right now? It’s not just you ya know.”
“But she said-“
Applebloom quickly cut Spike off. “Spike she doesn’t hate ya. From what you’ve told me it sounds like she just doesn’t have a crush on ya.”
Applebloom’s words caused Spike’s heart to sink once more. “Yeah, I know.”
“Are ya sure about that? Cause it seems to me that you think she can’t stomach ya. Are ya sure that ya ain’t making this bigger than it seems?”
“I-I, but she-“
“Spike, it’s not what she did,” she interrupted, “it’s what you’re making of it.”
The young dragon hung his head and sadly said “Yeah, you’re right. You’re absolutely right.”
Applebloom smiled comfortingly and put a foreleg around Spike. “But hey, just because she doesn’t like you don’t mean that she doesn’t love you.”
Spike looked up at the yellow filly with a confused expression. “Huh?”
“Spike, she’s your best friend so of course she loves ya. I mean I love Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle, but that doesn’t mean I wanna date em.”
Spike couldn’t help but chuckle. “I see what you mean.”
“What I mean is that ya should get off your tail and go talk to Twilight, because nothing is going to change things between ya two; not even this.”
“Dang Applebloom, you sure are mature for a fourteen year old.”
“Girls mature faster than boys, don’t ya know?”
Spike rolled his eyes at the young filly. “Yeah right!”
Applebloom just smirked. “Point proven.”
“You mean Spike doesn’t hate me?” Twilight asked.
Applejack placed a hoof onto her shoulder and said, “Twilight, there is nothin in all of Equestria that would make that boy hate you. He may not be too happy, but that’s what friends do; they fight. Now come on before I have to buck your flank over there.”
Twilight smiled slightly. “I still can’t believe that you lied to him.”
The orange coated mare chuckled lightly and replied, “Yeah, well honesty has it’s exceptions if love is involved.”
“Alright, let’s go then.”
Suddenly Pinkie Pie shot up between the pair from seemingly out of nowhere. “And I can throw a make up party! Well not like Rarity’s makeup parties, more like a kiss and make up party, but I don’t know if you guys are going to kiss, but if you do let me know so I can throw you a first kiss slash make up party!”
“Pinkie Pie,” Twilight said in a rather unamused voice. “I don’t think-“
Before Twilight could finish, Applejack leaned over to her and whispered “Let her have some fun Twi.”
The lavender mare sighed and forced a small smiled. “Go crazy Pinkie. Make it the biggest party yet.”
The pink pony instantly let out a shocked gasp. “The biggest one yet!? Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I finally get to use my party bomb, party cannon, and party dynamite!”
Twilight just blinked. “I’m not sure if I should be horrified or excited.”
Spike and Applebloom were walking down the path to Ponyville on their way to the library. Despite the fact that she had convinced Spike to go see Twilight he was still rather hesitant about the whole idea.
“But what do I say?” Asked Spike.
“Well let’s start with I’m sorry.”
“Well yeah, but then what? What do I do if she’s mad? What do I do if she never wants to see me again?”
“What do you do if she’s a giant rampaging dragon!?” Applebloom joked. “Spike, you’ll figure it out, I promise.”
“How can you be sure?”
“Because you don’t have time to think about it anymore.”
The young dragon looked at Applebloom with a rather confused look on his face. “Huh? What are you talking about?”
Instead of replying, the young filly just lifted up a hoof and looked straight ahead.
Spike followed it and wanted to run in terror when he saw what, or rather who, was a head of them. There before the pair was Twilight and Applejack.
Twilight had about the same look on her face as Spike, but despite that, she was the one to take the first step forward. “Hi,” she said sheepishly.
“Hi,” replied Spike in a similar tone. After a moment more he added “I-I-I’m sorry Twilight.”
The second those words left Spike’s lips she could feel the tears beginning to form. Then suddenly she galloped over to Spike and wrapped him up in an embrace. “I’m sorry too! I’m so sorry!”
Spike was rather surprised by the sudden embrace, but that didn’t mean he didn’t enjoy it. However, this moment of joy was quickly replaced with a moment of confusion. “What are you sorry for Twi? It’s my fault.”
“No Spike! I’m sorry for not telling you.”
“Telling me what?”
Twilight looked into Spike’s confused eyes with her own tear filled ones and smiled. “Spike, I love you!”
“What!?” Spike and Applebloom yelled in unison.
Twilight and Applejack couldn't help but chuckle when they heard this.
“It’s true Spike,” began Twilight, “I just didn’t want to say anything because I was scared of what you’d think. It’s funny how that worked out.”
Spike just stared at Twilight flabbergasted. “S-S-So you like me too?”
The lavender mare giggled slightly. “I think it’s a bit more than like now.”
The young dragon stared in shock for a second more, when suddenly he wrapped his arms around Twilight and pressed his lips to hers.