“So why did you come to Ponyville anyways?” Shadow sat across from his date, sipping on a glass of well aged cider. The mental debate of whether or not to ask the waiter for a Canterlot cigar raged in Shadow’s mind. That would just be so damn classy. But what if they don’t allow cigars in the restaurant? What if they don’t even have them here?! Dear Luna I’d look like an idiot. Better not risk it and just focus on Twilight, after all, she’s interesting enough to listen to. I mean, I practically hang on every word she says!
“ -so after that whole ordeal I decided to stay in Ponyville with the other Elements of Harmony!”
Shadow stared blankly. He had no clue what the filly had said, or what in the hay ‘elements of harmony’ were.
“Wow! That’s quite the.. uh.. story!”
“I know right! I feel so very lucky to have such great friends, and have Princess Celestia’s patronage! By the way Shadow... Who exactly is supporting you? I mean, a student’s life isn’t cheap.” Shadow cringed at the question, it only reminded him of how low his finances actually were.
“Ah well... I did a few under-the-table jobs back in Canterlot, and they paid well enough for me to get started here in Ponyville. But I was actually going to start selling herbs and teas. Hopefully that will be enough for me to keep living here.” Twilight smiled and began to talk about the abundance of flora and fauna in Ponyville.
Shadow glanced over at the stairs that led to the second floor, something had caught his eye. He saw a small school-aged filly sticking her head around the corner, hoping to catch a glance of the dining ponies. However, almost as quickly as the filly appeared, a faint voice called for her return.
“Silver Spoon! No going outside until you finish your extra assignments.”
“But moooom, none of the other fillies have to do extra homework!”
“No buts dear, if you want to be the best, then you have to spend more time than other fillies.”
“But even Miss Cherilee says I already have the highest grades in the class. Why can’t I just go out and play with my friends?”
“Because I said so!”
The faint voice suddenly grew rough, and frustrated. Shadow decided now would be a good time to stop eavesdropping. It seemed funny to him, how some things never change. Back in Canterlot his aunt and uncle had always kept a watchful eye over him, to watchful. When he began to act out against them, coming home late or not at all, growing him mane longer than all the other ‘respectable’ colts, it only made them more controlling. And when asked he asked why they decided to control his life, the same answer was always given, ‘because we said so’. Of course, that always led to the same response, ‘buck you! you’re not even my real bucking parents!’. After those words were spoken, as they always seemed to be, Shadow would run off into the night, only being guided by the moon.
“ -and so then Pinkie Pie actually knew what they were, and got rid of them just as the Princess arrived.”
It suddenly became obvious to Shadow that Twilight was talking. Shit...
“Oh wow! Haha! That’s great!” The sudden trip back into his youth made Shadow feel slightly less talkative than before.
“Anywhooves! Wanna get going? It’s almost sunset!” Twilight showed no signs of fatigue or discomfort, she was cheerful as ever. The lavender mare’s smile gave Shadow a little comfort.
The sun was low in the sky, casting out a rich blanket of red across Ponyville’s skies. Shadow and Twilight walked side by side, just taking pleasure in each other company. However, as many married ponies can tell you, that feeling can sometimes be cut short.
“Quit taking up all the space!” A squeaky voice could be heard in the distance.
“I ain’t takin up all the space! It’s that big talking that tree that’s taking up all the space!” The sound of young fillies was slowly approaching.
“What in the world are you talking about Applebloom?”
“Trees Sweetie Bell! Trees! Hey Scoots! Why don’t y’all get a bigger space-chip so we can fit all the trees?”
“No can do AB, remember the last time I tried to pull something bigger than this wagon?”
“Oh yea... Those poor chickens...”
“Exactly! Anyways, with this, I can pull us super fast cause it’s so light!”
Twilight remained oblivious to the conversation that had just ensued. Shadow wondered if she was hard of hearing, or if this was just normal background noise in Ponyville. However, background noise soon became a quickly approaching problem.
“Aaah!!! Hit the breaks Scootaloo!”
“I can’t Sweetie Bell! We’re going to fast!”
The sight of three fillies speeding uncontrollably in a wagon was a sight that normally wouldn’t annoy Shadow. But this was different, this time they were speeding uncontrollably right towards him, and this annoyed him. Without even attempting to get out of the way Shadow planted his hooves in the ground and steadied himself for the incoming charge of fillies.
With a high pitched harmonized scream, the Cutie Mark Crusader-mobile collided with the dark colt’s flank. Three colourful fillies layed in a pile beside the still-standing, and rather unimpressed looking, Shadow. When they finally got a better look at the brick wall they had just crashed into, the cutie mark crusaders’ pupils dilated to a level of cuteness that had previously been unattainable.
“Oh sir, we’re ever so sorry! We didn’t mean to run into your castle!” Applebloom finally spoke up.
“Yeah, we’re really sorry for crashing into you mister.” Scootaloo apologized with her head hung low.
“Hi Twilight!” All heads turned to Sweetie Belle’s squeaky voice. She had long since turned her attention from the annoyed looking colt.
“Oh hi Sweetie Belle. Out and about as always hm?” Twilight completely ignored the fact that they had just crashed in to Shadow.
“Mhm! We were out trying to get out cutie marks in wild mushroom picking!” Twilight’s look suddenly turned from cheerful to the ‘are you kidding me?’ face. Shadow thought to himself, holy buck these fillies are stupid.
“Well, you’re all feeling ok, right?” Twilight asked with a look of concern.
“Mhm! Except Applebloom, she’s been saying some funny stuff. But she always says funny stuff!” Applebloom hadn’t moved since she last spoke up. She stood in a staring match with the scowling Shadow.
Slowly she raised a hoof up to his face.
“It’s like... I can touch you...” The country filly slowly jabbed her hoof into Shadow’s eye. He lethargically blinked, trying not to laugh at the little ball of tripping cuteness that stood before him. It poked his eye once again before he felt it necessary to use his magic to grab hold of Apple Bloom’s hoof.
“Oh my. OH MY!” The little filly cried out in excitement. “It’s beautiful! It ’taint like nothing I’ve ever seen! I can see the moon! And the stars! And all the planets up in the sky! Ain't it just gargeous!” Apple Bloom stared at the glowing aura around her hoof in amazement.
“Yeah. Like I said, she’s been sayin some funny stuff.” Sweetie Bell said cheerfully. “Right Scootaloo?” She looked back to her friend, but she had left her post beside the unicorn filly. Instead, Scootaloo chose to stare directly at Shadow’s flank.
“Wow! That’s a cool cutie mark you got there mister!”
“Yeah. Um. It is pretty cool I guess.” Shadow felt slightly flattered at the comment
“I can hear it calling out to me!” Applebloom chimed in.
“Uhh.. Yeah..” Scootaloo gave her fellow crusader a slight tap on the head, resulting in an inexplicably cute ‘donk’ sound.
“Ma head! Ma head is apples!”
“Looks like we should be getting someone home.” Twilight chimed in, trying to assert herself.
“I taste green!”
“Nah Twilight, we still have to go to Rarity’s shop pick up the capes she made for us!” Scootaloo hooted excitedly as she placed Applebloom back in her wagon.
“This space-chip feels like fast!”
Sweetie Bell quickly hopped into the wagon, and in a flutter of Scootaloo’s wings, they were gone.
“Byyyyeeeee!” The three shouted in unison as they disappeared into Ponyville. Well, Applebloom didn’t really shout, more of a gurgle. Twilight hung her head and sighed as she lost sight of the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
“Hmmm, I don’t know what we’re gonna do with those fillies.” Twilight showed genuine concern for her friend’s sisters and company. Shadow, on the other hoof, couldn’t contain himself any longer.
“Hahahaha! Discord’s dentures! Did you see that?! That little filly was tripping the buck out!” Shadow’s knees buckled underneath him, and he had to steady himself before he collapsed and came down with a serious case of the giggles. His mare companion was less than impressed.
“Shadow! Those fillies could have seriously gotten hurt! And here you are laughing?!”
“Oh c’mon, fillies will be fillies. And you have to admit, it was really cute when her pupils tripled in size.” A stern looked cemented itself on Twilights face. She didn’t want to start arguing, but Shadow was just so incorrect. Sensing Twilight’s displeasure, the dark colt tried to change the topic.
“Hehe uuh... How about some... tea?”
“Tea... would be nice.” The mare decided to let it go. After all, no sense letting one small thing ruin a perfectly nice evening. The two trotted over the
Shadow and Twilight strolled out of a cafe, two cups of steaming hot tea floating in front of them.
“C’mon Shadow, I know this really great place where we can watch the stars come out!”
“Sounds good to me.”
The two of them trotted to the outskirts of Ponyville. Every now and then one of them would awkwardly lean into the other, intending a small act of affection, but usually just throwing both of them off balance. Shadow had always been jealous of the pegasi and their wings. The fact that they could embrace their marefriends with their wings while they walked always seemed like most ingenious thing.
After a walk that left both of their shoulders a bit sore, they arrived at a hill atop a clearing. Twilight lay down on the warm grass, and motioned Shadow to lie beside her. Trying to be as obliging as he could, he cuddled up next to her, and put a foreleg around the inviting mare.
Twilight rolled over and faced the dark colt, ran her hoof along the length of his body and pressed the back of his head in close. She could smell the faint scent of herbal tea on his breath, and she liked it. Without a second thought, Twilight rolled on top of the colt, and held him between her legs. She bent her head down and grasped his lips with hers, keeping her body firm on top of his. Shadow slipped his tongue onto Twilight’s wet lips, her tongue eagerly pulled his into her mouth. His hoofs ran down her slick coat that was slightly damp from the dew of the grass.
The stars glistened and Luna’s full moon shone down on them, providing just enough light for the couple to navigate lovemaking. The mare’s hip rocked back and forth on top of the strong colt. A few woodland animals were able to hear the moaning of the pair, the female’s especially. Even the lurking timberwolves began to steer clear on account of the noise.
Shadow’s mind was entranced by the gorgeous filly that was on top of him. Her slender body, her wincing face, the fact her cutie mark reminded him of the stars. Without thinking he let his eyes wander from Twilight’s flanks, to the night sky. The moon was full, and the sky perfectly clear. Everything about the sky was breathtaking, every single ball of exploding light, and especially the glowing moon.
No! There is a time and a place for everything, and now is not the time to be thinking about the moon! Shadow tried to focus on the task at hand.
Twilight’s moans began to grow louder, beads of sweat started to mingle with the moisture of the night air and dew. She was practically shimmering in the moonlight, but Shadow’s eyes began to wander once more.
Damn it! This isn’t working! I need to focus! But I can’t focus while I’m staring up at the moon! Buck! I’m starting to lose it. I can’t mess this up. But what the hell am I going to do!?
Suddenly it came to him. If he couldn’t focus over the distractions, he’d just get rid of them. Shadow grabbed Twilight by her flank, flipped her over onto her back, and assumed a position on top of the gasping mare. Twilight grinned mischievously and brought her lover in for a kiss. Shadow no longer had any trouble keeping his eyes locked in the pleasured mare. The only distraction he had now was the grass, and the occasional beetle that crawled by. After a good twenty minutes, Shadow rolled off of the breathless Twilight.
As the two laid on their backs, side by side, they gazed up at the moon. Shadow felt happy, he knew he had been accepted into Ponyville for who he was. Not only that, he had a filly who he cared about, and who cared about him. He shifted his eyes over to look at the dozing Twilight, mane dishevelled, and eyes half open. She caught him staring, and rolled over and embraced him. As she buried her head in Shadow’s shoulder, she asked him a question.
“When you stare up at the moon... What do you think about?”
At this point, Shadow knew he had given the wrongest answer possible. He had basically just won the wrong Olympics. On a scale of things that are wrong, he was up there with genocide and infant sex trade.
Twilight’s eyes hardened, she was not a pony to judge when it came to saying out of place things, but what Shadow had just said was just so remarkably dumb. However, before anything more could be said, a voice began to call out in the distance.
“Angel Bunny? Angel Bunny where are you?”
Both ponies recognized the voice, it belonged to a familiar yellow pegasus. Shadow spoke up in an attempt to redeem himself.
“Hey Twilight, remember that time when that one pegasus walked in on us? Then almost killed herself walking into a door?”
Twilight couldn’t help but giggle. Of course she remembered, the vivid image replayed in her mind and only made her giggle more as she responded
“Oh yeah! I remember that. Who was that again? Rainbow Dash?”
“You mean the one with the rainbow mane and rainbow tale?”
“I distinctly remember more yellow, and alot less ego... Maybe it was that other one.”
The wandering voice grew louder, as Fluttershy’s search for her pet brought her closer to the couple.
“That’s the one! Maybe we should get going before history repeats itself.”
With that, the two unicorns began to walk back to town. They repeated their ritual of occasionally leaning on the other as they walked, only this time they were a bit more successful, and hardly knocked each other off balance. After about ten minutes they couldn’t hear the uncharacteristically loud shouts coming from Fluttershy. The silence was pleasant, but after hearing Fluttershy’s bloodcurdlingly cute yelling, it made them uneasy.
The path was supple underneath their feet as they trotted along a forest path. However, one step felt different, it felt like they stepped on a thin layer of something that was placed on top of the ground. Suddenly a
net swept them up off the ground and suspended them in the air.
“I’ve got you now my precious!” A wild voice called out from the trees. “Now you’re all mine! MINE!”
The yellow pegasus bolted out from the brush and flew up to the net. Shadow and Twilight stared in awe at the wild huntress.
“Fluttershy?!” Twilight exclaimed.
Fluttershy’s expression turned from bloodthirsty to perfectly amiable in a quarter second flat.
“Oh! It’s you! I’m sorry. I hope I didn’t interrupt anything.”
“Fluttershy! What are you doing?” The purple unicorn had no clue how to react.
“Just rounding up my animals for their dinner.” Fluttershy smiled a smile that would melt even the hardest of hearts.
“Is this... how you always do it?”
“Oh no, only when their being... difficult.” Fluttershy’s innocent eyes widened.
Shadow used a small flare of his magic to cut the rope that suspended them, causing the pair to tumble a couple feet to the ground.
“Well, I have to get going you guys. Animals to take care of.” Fluttershy smiled gracefully, and fluttered off down the path calling Angel Bunny’s name.
Shadow couldn’t help but think of the situation as hilarious. No matter how amiable or innocent Fluttershy seemed, he knew that the craziest ponies always kept it hidden the best.
“Wow, Fluttershy sure cares about her animals.” Shadow said honestly. Well, at least he made it sound honest, but deep down he was just a bit sarcastic. He knew that she did care for them of course, but there
was that tinge of insanity that Fluttershy had that made her care so much. Twilight didn’t detect his sarcasm, which was probably for the best, and responded with a smile.
“Oh yes, she really is quite passionate about them.”
“Oh yeah. Obviously.” Shadow gave a light laugh.
“Well, I really should be getting back to the library. I have an experiment, and if it doesn’t get any moonlight it will catch fire.”
“There seems to be a lot of fire involved in your experiments.”
“Yea, I’m writing a paper about different minerals and how they combust in different atmosphere.”
“Sounds interesting. Well, I won’t keep you. So, uh... See you... soon.”
Twilight smiled and leaned in to give him a kiss. Fate had different plans though. As Twilight leaned she moved one of her legs to get a better footing, unluckily, her new footing included a large rock underneath her hoof. She stumbled forward and her muzzle collided with Shadow’s, resulting in a familiar ‘donk’ sound.
“Oh Celestia... Sorry about that. I didn’t mean to, um, do that.”
“Haha, Oh Twi, if you wanted to hit me all you had to do was ask.” Shadow grinned as he placed his lips on Twilight’s. He was feeling just a tad romantic tonight. Twilight embraced his warm kiss for a couple seconds before she spoke up.
“Ok, I really have to get going before I start a fire. Soooo, how about we both use a teleportation spell at the same time k?”
“Sounds good to me.”
“Great!” With that, the ponies began to count down in unison.
In a second, both were at their respective homes.
Shadow began to think about the nights event, but decided that he’d put off thinking until the morning. He strolled into his kitchen, put a kettle on to boil, and stared out the window at his stars.
Twilight was lying in her bed thinking about nothing but what had just happened. She never would have imagined her first time would be on a grassy hill under the moonlight. It was just like in the books she kept hidden from Spike.