"What's wrong dear...don't you like eggs?" Rarity whimpered, her bottom lip quivering. Tears were threatening to spill out of her eyes as she carefully watched Sweetie Belle poke and prod at the black, charred mess of eggness that rested on her plate.
"Well...sure I like eggs but..." Sweetie Belle began, pushing the eggs around on her plate with a magically levitated fork "...aren't eggs supposed to be...you know...yellow?" Rarity sighed, turning away from the table and walking quietly towards the stove.
"Suppose I'll try again..." she whispered, opening the fridge with magic and bringing out the half empty carton of eggs. She was normally a good cook, able to feed herself and Sweetie Belle with no issue at all. The one thing that always seemed to elude her though...was the skill of cooking eggs. "Oh yes I see...two rotations and...hmmm" Rarity muttered, reading over the small cookbook she had propped up against a large jar of sugar. It was this sight that caused Sweetie Belle to sigh and chuck the plate of torched eggs into the trash, her hopes of a good breakfast quickly fading away.
Just as Rarity was about to pour a freshly wicked cup of yolk into the pan, her doorbell rang, dragging a sigh of relief out of Sweetie Belle. Perhaps her breakfast could be saved after all, but only if she acted fast.
"Oh, the door bell!" Sweetie Belle exclaimed, a little more over-the-top then needed. She rushed over to where Rarity stood in front of the stove and quickly put her two front hooves on the unicorn's side. She shouted, making Rarity blink in astonishment "Might be a customer! You should go answer that! Wouldn't want to lose a customer right?!"
Rarity stared with wide eyes at Sweetie Belle's overjoyed face, the filly's smile creeping her out just enough to draw a slow, concerned sentence out of her "Right...well...I suppose I'll just leave you to the eggs then...". Sweetie Belle nodded with intense enthusiasm, using all her might to push Rarity towards the entrance to the kitchen. The diva simply sighed as she was semi-pushed from the kitchen, her hooves quickly taking her to the door as the doorbell rang again.
"I'm coming, I'm coming!!!!" Rarity shouted towards the door, quickly illuminating it with her magic and swinging it inwards. She smiled as she spotted the pink waves of a silky mane, and the canary-yellow fur of a timid, kind-hearted mare she knew as one of her best friends. "Fluttershy! Why darling this is such a wonderful surprise! What brings you...to.....um, Fluttershy? Are you ok dear?"
Rarity's smile quickly faded, her eyes quickly widening as she saw the state her friend was in. Fluttershy's eyes were wider then Rarity's, her breath coming out in ragged gasps and her cheeks blazing with the reddest blush Rarity had ever seen. Her mane looked a bit ruffled, and her wings kept twitching every few seconds...a sign that Rarity recognized as a Pegasus who has been startled or taken by extreme surprise. "My goodness! Fluttershy what ever has happened?!" Rarity exclaimed, a hoof up towards her own mouth as she looked the frantic Pegasus up and down slowly.
"I...I....I...!" Fluttershy squeaked, her voice high in pitch. She tried her best to speak, with Rarity only catching small bits and pieces of her sentence up "I...need...I just...Macintosh....he...um..."
"Calm...down dear. Slow, easy breaths" Rarity coached, putting a tender hoof on Fluttershy's shoulder. She had gone through these motions before with the timid pony, remembering many a time when she had found Fluttershy in a similar state on her front porch whenever a terrible storm passed over the town. This however...was mere filly's play to the other times Fluttershy had been to Rarity's in her current condition.
Fluttershy nodded slightly, taking a deep breath and uttering out the low word of "Tea...". Rarity nodded quickly, helping her friend inside and towards one of the many circular tables that rested inside the Boutique.
"You wait right here dear...I'll be right back." Rarity said, patting Fluttershy on her back as she settled in a small chair by the table and nodded.
Several minutes passed, with Rarity praising Sweetie Belle in the kitchen for her progress with breakfast followed by a kettle that had been placed on the stove for Fluttershy's tea. The Pegasus in question had seemed to calm down slightly, her breath more under control and her wings growing still at last. She smiled slightly as Rarity trotted in with a tray that held two cups of warm, fresh tea for them both.
"Th...thank you..." Fluttershy said, taking a relieving sip out of her cup and placing it on the table.
"Oh it was no trouble at all dear...you gave me quite a fright however" Rarity said, taking a sip of her own and cocking her head in confusion towards the Pegasus "What happened to get you all riled up though? I've never seen you in such a terrified state!"
Fluttershy's blush practically gleamed as she muttered "W...well...it all started last night...Macintosh had just gotten off of work..."
"Can't I go in?!"
"Come on you fatass, let us go!!!"
"Is that all you can say is 'Eeyup' you inbred hic!?"
"There's no way the club is full!!!"
The shouts and taunts of the ponies in line continued to fall upon the deaf ears of a hunking red stallion known around town as the 'Work Horse' for Sweet Apple Acres: Big Macintosh. Night time was fast approaching in Ponyville, with Princess Luna eager to begin her celestial magic in Canterlot. It was an unfortunate thing for Macintosh, as the more unruly, rough crowd tended to come out after the sun had gone down. In addition to being a farmer pony, Macintosh was also widely known for his job as a Bouncer for Vinyl Scratch, guarding the metal door at the bottom of a staircase leading inside to Vinyl's Cage Corral. He had already given a friendly hello to a semi-straight haired Pinkie Pie who had gotten in with the V.I.P. password about ten minutes earlier...and for some reason regretted it. It was because of this that the line of ponies had begun to grow more and more impatient with each passing second.
On any other night, Macintosh wouldn't really care about what the crowd shouted at him...but with the plans he had, he didn't want anything setting off his mood. He sat on his haunches, sighing in aggravation and adjusting the black beanie pressed down on his head with a gentle push of his hoof. His black sweater wasn't doing much to help either, making his whole body itch from the wool-like fabric. He was just about through with the stupid crowd, nearly losing it when somepony shouted "He probably ate out his STD infested sister, it would explain why he couldn't talk since his throats all fucked up!"
Fate would smile on Big Macintosh however, a breath of relief escaping his lips as his replacement trotted up to him. A stallion, a little bit bigger then Macintosh and slightly bulkier, nodded to him as he approached. He was dressed in similar garb to Macintosh's, and spoke quickly and sternly with little emotion in his voice "Shift's over Macintosh. Go home."
Macintosh let out a small whinny, hopping up on his hooves and dashing away from the depressing spot in front of the staircase with a loud "Eeeeeeyup!!!!" He was eager to get away and on towards his destination as soon as possible, knowing what he'd get when he got there. Fluttershy had only hinted to the stallion about what the night's plans were, and just the sheer thought of it was enough to poke and tease Macintosh's brain to a point of pure insanity.
The wind whipped through the stallion's mane as his hooves beat loudly against the ground, sending him flying across the streets of Ponyville and right out of the northern edge of town. He didn't even bother himself with taking the extra time to cross over the bridge that led over the river, launching himself over the water with a quick kick of his hooves. As he moved down the winding dirt path, the light's of Fluttershy's cottage started to become clearer and clearer. Soon enough, he spotted the wooden bridge leading over the small little river that ran in the front of the cottage, and wasted no time in leaping clean over it.
Meanwhile, from the inside of the cottage, Fluttershy hurriedly tried to make herself ready and presentable for her Stallion lover, going over the checklist of everything she had planned (With the item of 'Thank Twilight for teaching me about Checklists...still unchecked). Candles, Dinner...the outfit discreetly bought from the 'Naughty Store', as she liked to call it. She gave herself a quick look over as the thunderous padding of Macintosh's hooves reached her perked ears, making sure she was fully ready for him. She blushed at her own reflection, looking up and down the red-velvet dress she had on. It was a one piece gown, the fabric soft but see-through, and showed off a yellowish tint of her fur through it. Near the bottom portion of the dress which was stretched skin-tight over her flank, was the slight frill of a modified skirt made to fit her and stretch as she moved. She smiled and stared at herself as she finally finished adjusting the big red bow in her hair, giving herself the impression that she was some kind of 'Present'.
As she heard him approaching the cottage with frantic speed, she lept over the arm of her couch and landing with a soft squeak. She spread her hooves out and laid herself out on her side, with one hoof propping her head up so that she could stare towards the door. A blush as red as her dress had settled on her face, a thought racing through her head as Macintosh tried his best to unlock her door with the spare key she had given him "Oh...I do hope Rainbow Dash was right about this being assertive...I really want to be good to him and not be so timid when it comes to...to....this."
She let out a little squeak of fright as the front door flew open, a winded Macintosh trotting in quickly and sucking in a breath when his eyes landed on the sexily dressed mare laid out before him on the couch. Fluttershy felt as if her face was on fire, her eyes on Macintosh's which were traveling up and down her body. "Oh...mah...stars." Macintosh breathed, his own blush visible through his deep red coat.
"D...do you like it?" Fluttershy spoke, her voice a bit soft but still clearly audible. Big Macintosh couldn't help but smile as he looked around the dimly lit living room at all the scented candles that had been lit up just for him, and his favorite dinner (It being 'Apple-Getti', a combination of Spaghetti and Apples) set out on the kitchen table just for him.
"Apple-scented candles..." Macintosh sighed, taking a deep breath that made his heart throb with the familiarity and comfort of home.
Fluttershy giggled and spoke as he quickly made his way over to her "I knew that today was going to be extra hard on you...because of it being Happy Tuesday at the Corral. I thought I'd...give you something to look forward too."
Macintosh couldn't help but smile, pressing his lips against Fluttershy's and diving into a passionate embrace with her. The mare's wings immediately fanned out along the couch with a loud 'POOMF!', and was followed quickly by her front hooves which wrapped around the stallion's neck, drawing deeper into their kiss.
"Flutt...mmmh" Macintosh tried to speak, his words getting muffled by the heavy pecks and presses of Fluttershy's lips against his "Ah wanted...mmph, to tell th-mmmm...ah had a surprise of my own for...for you..."
Fluttershy pulled her lips away for a moment, her breath slightly heavy as she whispered "A surprise...for me?"
Macintosh nodded with a quiet "Eeyup" and gave her a quick peck on her lips before going on "I wanted to make it up to you for all the late nights the Corral has been giving me...because I know you don't like to be here all alone at night. I have to give it to you tommorow morning though...if that's alright."
Fluttershy giggled and ran her hooves down Macintosh's chest and sides, getting a shudder out of the Stallion and a small wheeze of breath. She smiled and gently helped Macintosh up onto the couch, blushing as he gently settled down on top of her and adjusted his posture as not to crush the frail mare. "Oh..." Fluttershy smiled "I think I'll be able to wait for the morning...we haven't even gotten started on the night yet...".
Macintosh shivered as he felt Fluttershy's teeth nibble at his ear and he breathed "M...Miss Dash has been talkin' to ya'll about the assertive thing again...hasn't she?" Fluttershy nodded and pushed her lips up against his with a small smile on her face, one hoof pressed against his side, and another trailing itself down his chest, stomach...and right to his - "Whoa Nelly!" Macintosh breathed, his blush increasing tenfold in intensity and his breath coming out in a raspy shudder. "Ah...ah didn't know you wanted to...you want to do this...tonight?"
Fluttershy gave a small nod, her eyes staring up into Macintosh's as she whispered "Y...yes. I know we talked about...about my first and...I want it to be you. I want it to be here...tonight...with you." Macintosh couldn't be any more proud and happy to hear those words escape her love's lips. For her to trust him with something so sacred and precious, it was a true sign that Fluttershy indeed loved him more then anything in the entire world of Equestria.
Macintosh sighed in pure bliss as Fluttershy pulled him down into yet another deep kiss...setting off the fuse for a night they would not soon forget in the coming years.
It was early the next morning when Fluttershy opened her eyes, a low groan escaping her lips. She tried to move slightly, but found herself unable, stuck in a single spot. It was then that she finally felt the quiet 'Thump Thump' of a heartbeat against her back, and the gentle, warm breath of Big Macintosh on the back of her neck. She smiled as she looked down at the front hooves that were wrapped around her middle, pulling her snugly against Macintosh's belly. She sighed with a content smile on her face, her blankets filling her with the scent of apples and trees. It was during the night that the two had moved from the living room to the bedroom, with Macintosh doing the carrying and most of the...delicate work.
It took her a bit of work, but eventually she managed to pry herself out of the passed out stallion and slip out of bed. The moment her hooves it the ground however, they threatened to give out from under her. Her legs wobbled and shook as she tried her best to stay on her hooves, a throbbing, sore pain making itself clearly known near her flank...
Fluttershy let out small, pained sigh as she wobbled towards the bathroom door, her business aching to be done. She wasn't upset that she was in pain...after all, she knew what she was getting herself into. There was comfort to be had however, as Macintosh had indeed kept his promise to be nice and gentle with the fragile mare during the night.
Wasting no time at all, Fluttershy quickly closed the door shut behind her, unaware that Big Macintosh had woken up the moment Fluttershy tried to wiggle her way out of his hooves. He had always been a light sleeper, and with Fluttershy now in his life, it would only seem to reinforce it. Who knew if danger could be lurking during the night...danger that he'd need to be awake, aware, and fully prepared for.
With a light sigh, Macintosh rolled over in the tangled mess of the pink colored blankets and took a good look at the small clock that rested on Fluttershy's wall. It was hard to see through the dim morning light, but he could just make out the time of 5:45. "Perfect!" he thought, looking towards the bathroom as a flush was heard "Just in time fer me to take her outside for the sunrise...". The door to the bathroom opened and Fluttershy stepped out, still wobbling but with a look of relief on her face. This faded slightly however as she watched Macintosh sit up in her bed, her voice squeaking as she spoke "Oh no...I didn't wake you up did I?"
Macintosh shook his head, slowly inching his way out of bed as he said "Ee-nope! I was meanin' to get up round' this time anyway. Your surprise is comin' up at the crack uh dawn!"
Fluttershy blinked in surprise for a moment and whispered "R...really? Why so early?"
It was then that Macintosh blushed, a bashful grin on his face as he muttered to the Pegasus before pecking her on the lips "Ya'll will see...don't worry!"
It was just nearing the time for the sun to peak over the world, with the sky ablaze in beautiful colors of red and orange. Already Fluttershy felt the soothing warmth of the approaching sun on her coat and skin, and smiled as she watched Macintosh trot from the backdoor of her cottage and into her backyard. It was here that they could get a perfect look at the mountain range that rested to the far west, the sun just about ready to peak over the mountaintops. As Macintosh made his way over to her, Fluttershy could just barely make out a large plastic bag clutched in his mouth. He smiled as he placed it gently down in front of her, the first rays of the sun now beginning to make their presence known.
Macintosh cleared his throat slightly and took Fluttershy's hoof in his own, smiling as he spoke "Fluttershy...ah...ah just wanted to tell you something. Out of the time we've been together...ah feel like ah can say that you are the most wonderful, beautiful, and amazin' thing to ever have happened to this silly little farm pony. No matter what, on any day, you always bring a warm smile and a throbbing heat to mah swellin' heart. Ah know it's been a few months...and ah know it may seem like ah'm jumping the gun here...but ah just wanted to say that ah've given it some thought. Ah know deep in my heart that ah will never find a mare like you...as kind as you...and wonderful as you. Ah can't fathom it, and ah can't ever fathom the thought of losing you. Fluttershy...ah want to be with you for the rest of mah life...ah want to grow old with you and...and be whatever it is you want me to be. A work horse...an animal doctor...a father...ah don't care what. Ah'll be anything and everything for you Fluttershy...because ah love you." Fluttershy was in tears by the end of his heart-warming speech, her hooves settling over her heart on her chest. A wide smile was stretched across her face as Macintosh reached down to the bag, pulling out a medium-sized black box and whispering "Fluttershy...ah got a question to ask you..."
"Y...yes?" Fluttershy squeaked in question, the edge of the radiant sun just starting to show over the mountains. Macintosh smiled, his eyes looking over towards the mountains for just a brief moment. He needed to time it just right...just perfectly in order to give her the full effect! As the sun's rays beamed in the direction of Ponyville, Macintosh flipped open the box and held it up in his hoof, a squeal sputtering out of Fluttershy's lips.
The sun's rays caught the Diamond hoof-ring perfectly, the gem sparkling and lighting up with the color of the majestic sky. Macintosh smiled as he whispered, staring at a whimpering, but smiling mare who stared at the ring with a look of pure joy on her face.
At first Fluttershy was utterly speechless, her throat refusing to work as the raw emotions of love and joy threatened to make her thudding heart explode with pure happiness. Finally, with a new found strength coursing through her body, she lept at Big Macintosh. The stallion was surprised as the sheer strength of the mare, who had by some miracle managed to tackle him on his back. She pressed her lips against his with as much force as she could have ever mustered, and cried. She smiled as she pulled her head back, staring down at her smiling lover as her tears gently dripped onto his cheeks.
"O...of course I'll marry you!" Fluttershy squeaked, watching as Macintosh popped the ring from its place in the box and slid it over her outstretched hoof. The mare practically squealed, hugging Macintosh tightly and burying her face in the side of his furry neck. "I love you...oh by Celestia's Mane I love you so much..." She whimpered into his neck, her eyes wetting his red fur.
"Ah love you too Sugarcube..." Macintosh whispered, thankful that Fluttershy had managed to just remind him about something. He would need to write a very extensive thank-you card for the requested sunrise.
"Oh...oh my gosh" Fluttershy gasped, leaning up to stare down at Macintosh who looked up at her with a smile on his face "I have to tell Rarity! I have to tell the others! Is it ok if I tell them?! I won't if you don't want me to but oh I don't know if I'll be able to handle it and-"
"Honey...ah don't mind if you tell all of Ponyville" Macintosh chuckled, his lips getting pecked once more by the yellow mare.
"Oh thank you! Can I meet you for breakfast at Daisy's? I'll be real quick I promise!" Fluttershy squeaked, drawing a nod out of Big Macintosh. He chuckled as she thanked him and gave him another quick kiss before darting away, her wings fanning out and carrying her up into the air. He sat up slightly to watch her go, smiling at her fading form before turning his head to watch he rest of the sunrise. He felt his heart swell with love and joy as the rays of the sun warmed his face and body, a sense of calm and fulfillment filling him. He took in and let out a deep breath of relaxation, uttering only a single word to the soothing air...
(So! Sort of a new Chapter style I'm trying there. Let me know how it worked! 4,000 words...AWESOME! I'll fill that quota yet!)
(Also, a cool story, it's 4:18 A.M., so you all better appreciate the pain I've gone through to pump this sucker out!!! God I need some Advil....love you guys.)