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Rainbow Dash was laying on her back, staring at the ceiling as if it held the sense of life.
The mare’s gaze seemingly examined every single splinter that made it up. She was contemplating her recent changes in her life. Was those changes for the better? Or for the worse?
I’m happy with Applejack! She screamed in her mind, as if she wanted to convince herself that this was true.
I already organized my life here, I have a house to live in, my own room which I can sleep and most important I have a loving, caring, honest, sexy - At this moment Dash’s face formed an involuntary smirk - responsible and awesome marefriend! SO WHAT IS MY PROBLEM?
At this thought she slammed her left hoof on her bed at full force. The kinetic force of the blow made the whole mattress sway up and down like a jelly. Rainbow became terrified that she woke Applejack up and will have to answer hard questions and give excuses to why she did that, as if she didn’t already have questions to answer when the orange mare woke up. Dash waited a few tense seconds, but the farmer’s snoring, thank Celestia, did not falter. Rainbow always knew that Applejack was a ridiculously deep sleeper.
She sleeps like a rock. I’m guessing this apple buck season sure took a toll on her, I should thank her for her hard work later.
A few moments later, Rainbow acknowledged this moment as funny. She even stifled a brief laugh. However, after an another moment grim thoughts started crossing her mind, her moment of laughter was cut off by her returning thoughts about the mare beside her.
What is happening to me? I don’t understand any of this, why, oh Celestia, WHY can’t I be happy? Every day I get up, wash myself, eat breakfast and go to work. So where is the error?
Rainbow’s eyes widened when realization hit her.
Maybe THIS is my error? I got sucked up by the daily routine and that’s why I cannot be happy again? Before I hooked up with Applejack I used to get up at any time I wanted. I ate whatever i desired, I even could order pizza for breakfast. My weather duties could be done in ten seconds flat so I basically had the whole day for myself after performing them. On the other hoof, here I have to get up on a preset hour, which is painfully early, do the washing QUICKLY because there is only one bathroom in the whole house. After eating my pie...
At this thought Dash’s face turned into a grimace of disgust
Seriously, what do they see in those apple pies? We eat them every day! Not every second day, not every week, EVERY SINGLE BUCKING DAY. At first those pies were OK, I was happy that I could eat them and what was important I didn’t have to prepare them my self. However after a month or two I grew tired of those bucking pies. But it’s not only about pies, oh no. Everything they eat here is consisting of apples! I’ll explode if I have to eat another one!
The cyan mare took a deep breath through her nostrils, the faint apple scent hitting her at full force. Her face turned yet again to an involuntary grimace.
I’m tired of this place... and the duties, oh don’t get me started on them. My weather work was bread and butter compared to this. Hours and hours of hard, exhausting, boring, monotonous and Sisyphean labour! This is earth pony work, not Pegasus! It is so hard, I don’t have he muscles of an earth pony, so why did they force me to work? Well they did not DIRECTLY force me but rather maneuvered me into it.
Suddenly Rainbow could not stand to stay in bed any second longer. She longed for fresh air; she was suffocating with her own thoughts. She got a sudden and severe headache.
I NEED to get out of here NOW! She yelled in her mind in panic.
She raised a shaky hoof and uncovered herself form under the thick quilt. Sudden cold hit her and made her shake. Dash took a few seconds to collect her thoughts and started to very slowly get up, cautious to not wake Applejack up. When last of her four hooves touched the floor she moved the quilt the way it was before. Next the Pegasus began her slow sneak towards the door. No matter how hard she tried, she never could memorize which of the floor panels made squeaky noises when stepped on. So before each step she very carefully checked if the panel would not reveal what she was doing when stepped on.
After around five minutes of monotonous work, she finally got to the door, luckily without making any revealing sounds. She slowly began turning the door knob and opening the door. When the door was ajar, she peeked on to the corridor. It was enveloped by darkness. The only light source was the window at the far end of the corridor, the drapes of which, thank Celestia, were not fully drawn, allowing a small ray of light through.
Dash tired to sharpen her hearing to determine if the remaining family members were asleep as Applejack was. She heard loud snoring coming from Big Macintosh’s room - he was asleep for sure. Rainbows head turned to face the door to Apple Bloom’s room. This time the Pegasus could not hear a thing.
What is this filly doing in the middle of the night, if not sleeping?
Rainbow decided to investigate if the filly was asleep. As reckless as this idea was, Dash considered it as great. The rest of her cyan form exited her room and she slowly closed the door behind herself, careful not to slam it. She begun sneaking to the door, once again testing each and every floor panel. When she finally reached her destination, she started the nerve wrecking process of opening the door. When a small slit formed, she popped her head inside like a periscope. The bed became a target of her inspecting gaze. She could form a dark silhouette on the bed, contrasting with the moonlight from the window. The form on the bed was steadily going up and down, but no snoring could be heard.
Of course, she simply does not snore, she is too young! I’m so stupid! She scolded herself for her foolishness in her mind.
Dash moved her head back to the corridor and closed the door behind herself.
Dash froze in her tracks. She prayed to Celestia that nopony woke up from their slumber. The tension was so thick it could be cut with a knife. Rainbow stood on the corridor, drops of cold sweat making their journey from her forehead to the floor, a feeling of anxiety twisting in her
stomach. Seconds passed one after the other, like grains of sand in a hourglass. She once again strove to hear anything. It seemed that the situation did not change, snoring could be heard from Big Mac’s room as well as from Applejack’s room.
OK, it’s OK. Nopony woke up, it’s clear that they all sleep Rainbow tried to calm herself.
After a few calming breaths she started a very slow gait to the stairs leading to the kitchen. When she got to the stairs she doubled her caution.
I can’t afford making another sound or I'll be discovered!
Three minutes of painfully slow gait down the stairs proved to be very exhausting. When she finally got down she decided that she can tone down her caution a bit. She walked to the front door and opened it. The rush of fresh air immediately cleared her burdened mind and sharpened her senses. The bite of cold was a pleasant change from the stuffy air in her room.
I really miss my cloud home, It was always fresh and never so stuffy, the clouds pass a enormous amount of air...
Dash stepped out of the house and carefully closed the door behind herself. She found an old, wooden rocking chair. It used to be green, but now the paint was scraping off. Rainbow chose to sit on it anyway. When she did, the chair started to rock gently. Then she moved her gaze upwards. She was blown away with the sight of the sky. There was literally not a single cloud on the night sky and the full moon was unusually bright.
The sight of this natural marvel combined with the fresh and cool night air soothed her senses and brought peace to her mind. She finally could think straight.
OK Rainbow Danger Dash - She used her fake middle name for confidence and to calm herself - you need to regain composure. PRONTO
She looked back at the wooden farmhouse.
I don’t want to go back there this thought crossed her mind faster than she could control it.
Seriously, Dash? What the buck is wrong with you? Have you gone insane? I’ve already told you... no, I’ve already told myself that I have everything that a mare would ask for! But as hard as she tried to convince herself, she subconsciously knew that that was wrong. Very wrong. Her face grew morose, her eyes welled up and she was fighting against tears with all her might.
Maybe... maybe, just maybe, t-this was not a good decision after all She stuttered in her own mind from all the anxiety. Thoughts of that day, not so long ago, started flooding her mind against her will.
“Applejack, I think that I love you,” Rainbow Dash said.
No, this sounds lame, totally not awesome, she thought, angry with herself. She never liked when something didn’t go according to her. Really, what is so hard in this? Just go there and tell her everything! Nothing hard, nothing to worry about, easy Dash, take it easy, she thought for confidence.
Rainbow was standing in her cloud house, in front of a huge mirror near the front door. She’d put the mirror there a long time ago, just to be able to adore herself in front of it. She never would have guessed that it would serve the purpose it served now. Rehearsing admitting love to a friend. Dash had to make sure that she would do it in an awesome way, like she does everything. But no matter how many times she tried and how many variants she thought of, it always sounded lame to her.
Admitting love simply IS lame... even when I do it...
She pondered for a second.
Maybe I will fly really fast and I will write ‘ I love you Applejack’ with my rainbow trail?” she mused. Nah, too much.
I know, I’ll just go to her and admit everything there and then, just like that. I hope everything will go according to plan, I mean, all the fierce competition! This girl has to have a thing for me, just has to!
With that she flew out of her cloud home, not even minding to close the front door.
She suddenly became very anxious, her confidence faltering with every meter passed.
“C’mon Dash! Pony up! Just go and spill everything in front of her!” she said out loud to aid her confidence.
After a minute or so of flying, she arrived at the air space above Sweet Apple Acres. She was flying above the endless rows of apple trees, looking for the orange farmer, whom she had had a crush on for as long as she could remember. As she was flying she heard a very faint Thump Thump Thump
Aha! The sound of bucking trees! This girl sees nothing but trees!
She steadied herself in the air to determine the location from which the sound was coming from. After a second or two she made a ninety degree turn to the right and soared away.
The sound was getting louder and louder as she was flying towards the source. She finally spotted her crush, bucking trees with the devotion of a true Apple family member, completely oblivious to her gaze.
“Just look at her! She’s so hot ,” she whispered to herself. Her wings chose this very moment to stiffen, making it hard to fly. Rainbow Dash had to touchdown in front of Applejack faster than she would like, she didn’t have time to finally choose what to say.
“Well hello there Dash! Nice to see ya!” Applejack mused when she spotted that Rainbow had landed right in front of her. ”Tell me, what urgent matter brought you here to me?” She said with a friendly smile.
Since Dash did not really plan what to say she stood there, like she was encased in stone.
“Hello there... Applejack...” she said with a uneasy look on her face. “Well it was nice to chat with you butIthinkthatIleftthestoveonbye! “she blurted out and dashed off in a random direction.
“DASH, WAIT!” Applejack shouted, but the Pegasus was already too far away to hear her. Even if she could, she was too embarrassed to come back. “Well that was... odd.” Applejack admitted as she watched the Pegasus fly away, “What is wrong with that filly,” When that was said she went back to her duties.
Rainbow Dash was flying at an unbelievable speed. “What the hay have I done? I blew my chance, I’m not Rainbow Danger Dash enough...”
She flew slower and slower until she finally stopped. “NO, I really need to do this! It’s killing me, rejection would be better than this!”
With that she made a one hundred and eighty degree turn and again sped towards Applejack. After a few seconds she got to the place from which she previously fled. She aimed directly at Applejack, her flight speed not decreasing.
The cyan mare crashed into the farmer at a high velocity. They tumbled together for a good few meters before stopping. Rainbow was on top of Applejack, looking right into her beautiful green eyes.
“Rainbow! What do ya think-” Applejack’s voice was muffled by Dash’s hoof. When Rainbow withdrew her hoof, Applejack remained silent. The Pegasus, not thinking too much has leaned and connected lips with the farmer. Her tongue forcefully making it’s way into Applejack’s mouth. The orange pony’s eyes shot open with surprise. Their tongues danced around each others in greeting, their gazes meeting and their hooves wrapping around each other. Surprised at first; Applejack soon returned the kiss with vigor. No matter how much she wanted it to continue, Rainbow Dash had to stop just to catch her breath. When they parted lips their gazes stayed, their hooves tangled around each other. A small bridge of saliva still connected the two mares.
“Applejack, I think I love you...” Rainbow said sheepishly, a heavy blush on her face.
“Darlin’, Ah don’t know what to say... I love you too!” The farm pony said, color of her face comparable to her brother’s color.
They remained it that position for a few seconds, sharing their first romantic moment, sudden as it may have been. Dash leaned for another kiss but Applejack pushed her gently away and stood up. She confronted the confused look on Dash’s face with a seductive one.
“Follow me sugarcube,” she half whispered.
“But-” This time she was cut off by a hoof. The same hoof grabbed her and gently dragged towards the barn.
When they made it into the barn Applejack leaned for another passionate kiss, which lasted even longer than the last one. After the kiss Applejack walked to the barn door, grabbed it with a hoof and said “Let me show ya how we do it here on th’ farm” With this she forcefully closed the door with a loud thud.
The memory left a crying Rainbow Dash in its wake. Her cheeks were stained with tears, her face a grimace.
Why does this memory sadden me? There is seriously something wrong... this should make me happy!
Without a word she got up from the old rocking chair, stole one last look at the night sky and returned to the farmhouse, completely forgetting about being quiet. She went to her room and laid next to a slumbering Applejack. This will be a sleepless night.