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# Bronius Maximus

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Why do I write? Because I can't draw! I write mainly as an outlet, and don't take it too seriously. If you like what I write, awesome! If not, that's cool too.

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## 11. Weight Problem » Breaking Barriers

Chapter 11- Weight Problem

Mac strained against his yoke, the sweat beading down his neck as his veins bulged in concentrated strength. This was the biggest dead tree in the southeast field, and it was putting up quite a fight. Ordinarily, he could just buck the tree down, but pulling out an entire tree was a lot easier than trying to remove a stump. It was hard work, probably the hardest job he ever had to do.

Plowing was simple, unless he hit a rock. Applebucking didn't even seem like work, and pulling the apple cart into town might as well have been a leisurely stroll.

Mac stopped pulling and glanced over his shoulder. The roots were beginning to budge, but it was barely noticeable. He exhaled sharply before turning back around, his old yoke pressing into his shoulders as he continued to give it everything he had. Sure, he could pull a house, but a house wasn't rooted ten feet into the ground.

A tree this size usually only took a few tugs, but this one was certainly being stubborn.

"Hey Mac, how's the tree clearin' comin'?" AJ's voice stopped him in the middle of his effort as he unclenched his eyes.

"How's it look like it's comin'?" he grunted, taking a sip from a small canteen of water he had slung over his shoulder. This tree was getting on his nerves.

"No need ta get snippy, Ah was just askin'," she shot back.

Applejack looked to the many smaller dead trees around him. "How come you're startin' with the toughest tree first?"

"Makes the work get easier as I go, instead of harder," he replied, setting himself for another attempt. He planted his massive hooves in the dirt, and tightened the chains around his yoke. He was damn near ready to give this tree everything he had to uproot it.

With one final tug, he felt the stubborn roots give way, and heard the dirt rip from the ground as he took a few steps forward to avoid having the tree land on him.

"Mind tellin' me where you went for six hours after supper last night?" AJ asked sternly, as Mac unhitched himself from the chains wrapped around the now felled tree.

"Ah was at Rainbow's, and she wasn't there, so Ah waited on her ta get back," he explained, taking a break to finish all the water he had on him. "It was pretty late before she got home, 'cause she—" Mac stopped himself. It wasn't exactly his place to go spreading her good news around. Then again, he had read the announcement in the Ponyville Gazette, so he figured AJ must have as well.

"'Cause she what?"

"She made it into the Wonderbolts," he smiled, unable to hide his happiness for his marefriend.

His sister's eyes sparkled at the news. Apparently, she hadn't read the morning paper.

"She did? Well hot damn! Ah bet she was thrilled when she finally got home!"

Mac shifted his eyes away from her, "She was somethin'," he muttered.

"C'mon back to the barn Mac, lunch is ready," she said, looking behind him to the fruits of his labor, "You've earned it."

He followed his sister into the farm house, more than willing to chow down, and grab some food for his no doubt hungry marefriend as well.

After lunch and finishing his afternoon chores, Mac decided to pay Rainbow a visit. He remembered how drunk she'd been the night before, and how well she did with hangovers, so he figured she could use some food and apple juice. Packing the items in his saddlebag, he departed, but not before readying another batch of the potion he needed not to fall through Rainbow's house. This was a fresh batch, and he was honestly starting to get used to the taste.

It usually took about the time needed to walk to her house for the lightness potion to kick in. He hoped she'd been drinking a lot of water since last night, but it was already almost four, so he figured she'd at least be conscious by now.

Once he had arrived, he waited for the tingle in his legs to signal it was safe to ascend to Rainbow's house.

No sooner had he set his hoof on the first rung of the ladder did he feel himself begin float skywards. Mac clutched the ladder between his forelegs as he continued to climb like a balloon set free on the breeze.

"Rainbow!" he shouted, praying she was home. Who knows how far he would have floated it he'd let go. He certainly didn't want the dubious honor of being the first pony in space. "Rainbow, help!"

It had only been a few minutes after she began to sink into the depths of self pity when Rainbow could have sworn she heard Mac calling her name. Playing it off as nothing, she stared back down at her belly. How could she have let this happen? She was Rainbow Dash! Always in control, always the master of her own destiny, but this! This was a cosmic curveball she should have seen coming. She and Mac had never once thought about the consequences of their bedroom antics. She knew there was a chance, but figured as long as he 'pulled out' she wouldn't end up like this.

She could have kicked herself for being so careless. Her fears immediately turned to her new employers. She hadn't had time to read the entire contract, and even if she had, she was no lawyer. What if they fired her, or worse, made her give back the money, some of which she already spent! There was no way she could ask Scootaloo's mother for that money back! She'd simply have to work it off. On a normal pony's salary, that would probably only take...

Fifty years, if I don't eat, and sell my house. she guessed, though she was no mathematics whiz.

Rainbow's ears perked up. There it was again! She knew somepony was calling her name, and whoever it was would soon feel the wrath of pregnant Rainbow Dash.

She made her way to her front door, ready to hurl some anger somepony's way, when she noticed Mac's predicament.

Her rage fading and her lips curling into a slight smile, she had to know; "How did you get up there?"

The very situation erased some of the turmoil she'd been wrestling with earlier. Drying her tears with a hoof, she contemplated what she was going to tell Mac about her 'news'.

"Ah took too much of that lightness potion! You're just gonna have ta visit the farm from now on!" he called with a hoof to his mouth, not daring to let go of the rope ladder with his other hoof.

"How's the view from up there?" she teased, unable to resist having a bit of fun at his expense.

"Will you please just take me ta Ms. Twilight's so she can fix this?" he insisted.

"You'd like to go see Twilight, wouldn't you?" she replied in an accusatory tone.

"Ah told you what Ah was doin' with her, now are you gonna help me or not?"

"I was just kidding, geez, keep your yoke on..." Rainbow mumbled, trotting to the base of the rope ladder and untying it from her house, gripping it firmly between her teeth.

"Hang on!" she managed with a mouthful of rope. Dash took off into the sky dragging Mac behind her, made her way to Twilight's treehouse. On the way, she recalled she'd always wanted to take Mac flying with her, though she knew she'd never be able to lift him on her own. This wasn't exactly how she would have wanted it, but it was close enough.

Her balloon coltfriend floating behind her, she finally made it to Twilight's. Upon landing, she pulled him down to the ground and sat on his back, momentarily keeping him grounded while she secured one end of the rope around his foreleg and the other around Twilight's mailbox.

"I'll be back in a second with Twilight," she told him, dismounting as he began to rise back into the sky like a big red party balloon.

"Why don't you just sit on my back and let me come in?" he complained, reaching his full height and drifting slightly in the afternoon breeze.

"Because. I'll be right back, I promise," she insisted, barging through Twilight's door without so much as a knock.

"Well just come right in, Rainbow!" Twilight snapped sarcastically, Dash having nearly knocked her over on her way in.

"Twilight... there's something I need to talk to you about," Rainbow whispered nervously. Twilight could tell by her shifting hooves and lack of eye contact that this must have been something huge.

"Okay, what is it?" she asked, forgetting her rude entry and striding toward the couch in her living room.

Dash glanced at Spike, idly sorting the day's library returns. "Uhm... I kinda need to talk to you, alone."

Twilight saw what she was getting at and removed her flank from the cushions, "Spike's still got some work to do, but we can head upstairs if you want," she suggested.

Rainbow nodded, forgetting all about Mac outside, focused on the growing problem in her belly. The two mares trotted up stairs and shut Twilight's bedroom door.

"Okay Rainbow, what's going on?" she asked curiously, her inquisitive nature now piqued by Dash's general evasiveness.

"Well... I... uhm..." Rainbow's eyes darted around the room nervously. C'mon Rainbow, don't be such a coward! If anypony would know what to do in this situation it's an egghead like Twilight! Now pony up and tell her you're pregnant! she scolded herself.

Twilight raised an eyebrow as she took a seat on her bed, still waiting on an answer.

"I'm... pregnant," she mumbled softly, Twilight still unsure of what she said.

"What was that? You're gonna have to speak up Rainbow, I couldn't—"

"I said," she roared, only to soften the next two words considerably, "I'm pregnant."

As Dash expected, her friend was silent. Her jaw opened slightly, just as hers had when she'd first heard the news.

"You... are you sure?"

"Of course I'm sure! I went to the doctor and everything! Twilight, my life is ruined!" she moaned, throwing herself over Twilight's bed in a very Rarity-esque fashion.

"Uh... I..." the studious unicorn shook her head and regained her wits. "Rainbow, your life isn't ruined, you should be happy!"

Rainbow's mood went from pitiful to angry in the time it took for her friend to say the word 'happy'.

"Happy? Happy?!" she growled, "You think this thing inside me keeping me from flying with the Wonderbolts should make me happy?"

Rainbow hopped off the bed and began pacing around the room, continuing to give Twilight a verbal lashing. "You think I'm ready to raise a foal? I hate foals! I can barely stand Scootaloo, and she isn't even my kid!"

"Rainbow, keep your voice down or the whole town is going to know!" Twilight hushed from her bed, standing to confront her irritated friend.

"I don't care! This is the worst thing that's ever happened to me! And..." she began, her anger fading back into sadness as she stopped her brisk pacing. "And... it's my fault. I'm such an idiot!" she admonished herself, tears beginning to cloud her ruby eyes. Twilight walked softly over to her, embracing her friend with a gentle hug.

"Rainbow, it doesn't matter whose fault it is, what matters is that it happened," she explained in the most gentle tone she could manage, though consoling a pregnant mare was certainly new territory for her. "You've got two options. Mares can give it up, or, you can have this foal, and give it the life you think it deserves."

Rainbow didn't think she could bring herself to end a life on purpose, but she did have other concerns. "But... but what if I'm a bad mother?" she whimpered, her true anxieties finally coming out after just a bit of coaxing. Twilight idly stroked her prismatic mane to try and calm her friend as she continued.

"You won't be a bad mother Rainbow," she replied softly, "If the princess herself trusts you with the element of loyalty, then I'd trust you with a foal. Do you think Scootaloo thinks so highly of you by accident?"

Dash could probably explain that particular example, but chose not to undermine Twilight's first and hopefully last attempt at sympathy for her.

"No... I guess not," she squeaked.

"See? Now, am I to assume that Mac is the father of this foal?"

"Y-yeah."

"Does he know?"

"Not exactly..."

Dash sighed. She knew he did, and it was a jerk move not going to him right away, but she had bigger problems. "I know... but it's the mare's job to keep track of her heat cycle, and I didn't even know what that was until the doctor told me about it!"

Twilight looked a bit shocked. When Princess Celestia had given her 'the talk', she'd learned most everything she needed to from the books supplied. "So, your mom never... uhm... you know, told you about... stuff?"

"My mom was always uncomfortable with it, so she gave me a book on the subject. I don't think I have to tell you how interested I was in reading when I was a filly," Rainbow explained, "I just kind of figured it out as I went."

Twilight shuddered at the idea, but continued nonetheless. "Well what's done is done, why haven't you told Mac yet?"

"Because! It's the mare's job to make sure she doesn't have sex during her heat cycle, and I screwed that up! What if he hates me for letting myself get pregnant?"

Twilight stood Rainbow up on her hooves, whisking her to the bed to alleviate her flanks, which were fast falling asleep on the hardwood floor.

"Mac? Hate you? Are you sure we're talking about the same stallion?" she replied skeptically.

"Well... what if he's not ready for foals either? What then?"

Twilight patted Rainbow's head in an almost condescending manner as she answered, "If anypony in town is prepared to be a father, it's Big Mac. You just need to tell him, and you'll see." she finished happily.

"Okay, you're right," Rainbow admitted, running a hoof through her mane. "I'll just tell him...eventually," she mumbled.

I just need to think up a way to do it gently.

"Great! And Rainbow, whatever you and Mac decide to do with the foal, I'm happy for you," Twilight smiled. Rainbow threw her forelegs around her studious pal and gave her a peck on the cheek.

"Thanks for listening, Twilight. Oh! There's something else I came by for," she added, hopping off her bed and into her usual hover.

"Really? The new Daring Do books are still on backorder, so I'm not sure when they'll—"

"No, not that, it's outside," Rainbow interrupted, fluttering down the stairs as Twilight followed close behind.

Rainbow Dash opened her front door and the two ponies stared up at the still floating Big Macintosh. A small crowd had gathered around him, wondering how the town's resident heavyweight was managing to float gracefully on the breeze.

"It's about time!" he shouted from the end of his tether. "Will one of y'all please get me down from here!"

Rainbow glanced over at the still slack jawed Twilight.

"Any chance you know how to fix this?"

#1 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

"Uh, just hang on for a sec, Mac!"

"Very funny!"

Yet another good chapter.  Overdramatic Rainbow Dash is funniest Rainbow Dash.

#2 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Testing: KAJSFKJ KJKGBKJSBFKJNFV

*edit after refreshing.

Yay! Second. Wait, can I claim first because /\ didn't?

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#3 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Oh that end to the chapter... Poor Mac getting gawked at. I wonder what he'll say once he hears Rainbow's news.

#4 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

It's funny, houses ARE rooted about ten feet into the ground!

#5 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Lol a floating Big Mac, priceless!

#6 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Another spellbinding chapter. I love this story so much

#7 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Initial reaction: YESYESYESWIN

#8 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Hmm, first time (and last) I can call Big Mac an airhead.

#9 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Lol if it Mac already knew.

#10 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

"Sure, he could pull a house, but a house wasn't rooted ten feet into the ground."

So...apparently most houses in Ponyville don't have foundations?

#11 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

It's funny;  in the same episode where Big Macintosh pulls the house, Sweetie Belle overpowers him with one hoof...

#12 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

So. Much. Win! Poor, Big Baloontosh!

#13 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Love the crowd at the end.

#14 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

#15 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1001439

Well, building codes typically only stipulate the foundation go at least 6 inches below the 100-year frost line.  Ponyville seems fairly temperate, though the lakes ice over in winter, so I'd estimate the average Ponyville dwelling would have to be at least 2 feet deep to meet codes.

However, it's equally likely that the royalty in Canterlot has been taking kickbacks from the builder's unions allowing them to skirt regulations to cut costs.

I'm really hoping this wraps up soon, I don't know if I can take much more drama!

That, and I'm really, really, REALLY looking forward to seeing Dash as a mother.  I hope she takes to it well...

#16 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

So short!!! Moar, moar, it's so gooood!!!

#17 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1001348

Not in Soviet Equestria

#18 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

MOAR!

#19 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Hey Twilight! Look at this cool balloon I won at the carnival!

#20 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1001439

Given how easily Derpy damages town hall in 'The Last Roundup' as well as the dam breaking, the road that ends in a cliff and other disasters in 'The Mysterious Mare Do Well'. I for one would like to have a serious chat with Mayor Mare about Ponyville's building codes and related by-laws.

And while I'm glad Rainbow has decided not to solely blame Mac for her pregnancy, I'm not a big fan of her thinking it's only the mare's duty to worry about protection.

#21 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1001374

your attempt to abort has failed. Aborting abortion.

#22 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

I was about to go to bed, but sleep can be postponed. This is obviously more important!

#23 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

I was expecting him to overhear from the window...

#24 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1001916 You'll have to take that up with her.

#25 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

All in all, that worked out better for Mac than I anticipated. I was expecting Pinkie to throw a "Let's get High" party or, worse, Cutie Mark Crusader Big Brother Balloon Brigade!

Lawdy. I can see it now. A rope tied to each leg and a basket slung underneath. The CMC ridin' in the basket with leather helmets, goggles, and fighting over a single spyglass... At least I have something entertaining to fall asleep thinking on.

Looking forward to more.

#26 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1001310

Don't know about overdramatic.  This isn't exactly being late with a homework assignment.

Still I wouldn't think getting knocked up would be a breach of contract.

#27 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Haha!! Poor Big Mac!

#28 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Twilight is best relationship counselor.

#29 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

i so wouldn't fix big i would walk around town with my big red balloon xD

#30 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Hmm, this is proceeding better than I thought... no panic yet...

#31 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Wow, a great chapter, despite how short it is. RD acted pretty much how I thought she'd act: completely aghast and out of control of her life. Also, I think it was sweet and so endearing that her biggest fear is that she'd make a terrible mother. I don't think she needs to worry: as Twilight said, if she can be trusted with a piece of a Weapon of Mass Friendship, I'm sure she won't be too bad at raisin' a kid. Especially if she gets her own mother involved. NOTHING brings out happiness and joy in a female than finding out she's going to have a grandkid to spoil rotten. Yanno, eventually, after the shock wears off and all.

Question is, how ARE the Wonderbolts going to react? How is this going to affect Dash's career with them? Is Firefly going to be a complete b*tch and use this in machinations against RD? ("Spitfire, you know I should be made section leader over Dash. I wasn't the one so irresponsible to get pregnant by accident after all.") How is Big Mac going to take this? We all know he'll be upright and be there for the child, and if worst comes to worst, will raise the kid alone if Dash really can't be there. But how's he gonna feel towards Rainbow? How's this gonna figure into the stress and strain of the farm in trouble? Also, if he's played true to form as an upright Southern boy, he's gonna strongly consider "making an honest mare" out of RD, but that brings with it its own problems; all the dirty gossip about how he happens to knock her up and marry her right after she comes into money and whatnot. THAT's gonna look bad, especially since tabloids would latch onto that like a lamprey and work until there's nothing but blood in the water. Then there's the shame of being so irresponsible in the first place in not taking precautions.

All in all, drama awaits. Also, vulnerable Dash is most adorable Dash.

>>1001348

Depends on the place. I live in Florida and a lot of single-story buildings, houses included, are just set on (and anchored to) concrete pads about a foot and a half thick. Mainly because the water table's too high to build really deep foundations cheaply for anything that doesn't really need it, but also because it's very flat here so there's little chance of things sliding around. Except during hurricanes, but those tend to be all or nothing situations: either the house was strong enough to survive, or it's debris. Aside from the usual projectile damage, of course.

#32 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

NOOOOOOOOO I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!! god damn it!

#33 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

this reminds me of a song: I was gonna pull trees, but then I got high. I was gonna eat lunch, but then I got high.

#34 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

Even if Dash can't be there to raise the baby, she does have an amazing support network in the others. I have a feeling that everything is going to turnout just fine. That is unless Firefly decides to become a royal bitch about it and does whatever she can to ruin Dash's position in the Wonderbolts.E

#35 · 71w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1003342 This man has said all of my thoughts.

I hope Rainbow is able to raise the kid. It would be so adorable I don't even. I still wanna know what it looks like. :D Maybe a li'l red pony with big violet eyes and rainbow hair (with an extra-large orange section)? Also, it would be hilariously ironic if the foal ended up being a unicorn. I vote for it.

"Mommy, how do I do magic?"

"But she smells like dusty old books! Daddy? Can you teach me?"

"Aw...."

#36 · 71w, 1d ago · · ·

Love it as always, Bronius!

#37 · 71w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1003342

Yes, but plumbing, heating, electrical tubing and wire anchor the house into the ground. This is why bathrooms are arguably the safest place in tornadoes and such, all of the plumbing secures the room to the foundations of the house.

#38 · 71w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1007300 Lol you guys will argue about the what I thought would be an insignificant detail...

#39 · 71w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1007300

Yeah, but they ain't 10 feet below ground. Deep enough to act like roots, but not nearly as much as an actual tree would be.

#40 · 71w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1007322 Yeah, florida is my current state of residence, so I was thinking shallow foundations as well. Anyway, I'm glad you're enjoying the ride!

#41 · 71w, 1d ago · · ·

A new chapter and all anyone wants to talk about is building codes, foundations and the amount of force required to uproot a big stubborn tree.

Nevermind the rest of the chapter, let's just see Equestria's building codes.

If anything, I think the wonderbolts will be even more impressed with Rainbow after they get the news. Why? Think about it. She made the cut, while she was pregnant. I don't think there are many athletes in real life that can pull that off. So that's a feat. And it could explain her explosive temper early on.

#42 · 71w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1007320

Pfft, nerds will argue about anything if they feel like it. And yes, I do mean myself as well.

>>1007583

Current for you, my only one for me; natural born Floridian here. Which means I have sworn eternal irascibility towards the denizens of New York City.

Honestly, how can anyone live where water freezes and falls out of the sky part of the year? That's crazy talk!

#43 · 71w, 1d ago · · ·

Poor Big Mac I wonder hows he's going to react to the news, Rainbow will probably be really melodramatic about it Yay, can't wait for the next chapter

#44 · 70w, 6d ago · · ·

I'm going to change gears for a second. Rainbow's foal is going to be the luckiest one in Ponyville. Think about it. He/she will have five awesome aunts, Big Macintosh as a father, and practically have Scootaloo as an older sister! What kid could be luckier than having Scoots and the other CMCs as older sisters (even though AB would be her aunt, technically speaking)?

May the Grace of the Valar Protect You

Shire Folk

#45 · 70w, 5d ago · · ·

This kid is gonna end up with a zapapple cutie mark. ISN'T IT OBVIOUS?! += ZAPAPPLE CHILD!

#46 · 69w, 1d ago · · ·

>>576639

Hello,I'm sorry to ask this but, can I ask what there's no new chapters yet ?

#47 · 69w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1090228 Because my pre-readers are still pre-reading. The chapter is written, and is twice as long as the last chapter, but it's still being edited.

#48 · 69w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1090235 How long ?

#49 · 69w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1090260 idk.

#50 · 69w, 20h ago · · ·

>>1003274  Duuuuude!  I WANT that kid!  That is the most awesome face ever!

I could show it off at fairs and charge two bits a gander!

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