The light of the morning shined through the window of Fluttershy's bedroom. Opening her eyes, Fluttershy looked down to see the Pegasus colt still sleeping in her forelegs. He snuggled into her chest fur and continued to sleep peacefully. Fluttershy gave the colt a gentle smile before giving him a kiss on the top of his head. The small colt slowly opened his eyes and let out a yawn before looking at Fluttershy. The two smiled at each other for a minute, before Fluttershy began to speak.
“Good morning sweetheart, did you sleep well?” She asked the colt sweetly.
The Colt simply nodded his head while smiling.
“Are you hungry?” Fluttershy asked him earning a nod once again
Smiling at him she kissed him on the forehead before gently picking him up and placing him the bed.
“Okay sweetheart, you stay her and I will go make you a bowl of oatmeal.” She said to the the colt
Turning around Fluttershy began to make her way downstairs, only to stop at the doorway when she heard a soft quiet voice.
“Lightning Twister” the voice said
Fluttershy turned around to the source of the voice. It was the colt, he had finally spoken to her.
“M-my name is L-Lightning Twister.” The cold spoke nervously
His voice was gentle and soft like a glass harp. But it also sounded broken and scared like last night when he was screaming during the nightmare he was having. Fluttershy smiled at the colt and let out a small giggle.
“It's nice to meet you Lightning Twister” She said to him, glad that he was finally comfortable enough around her to talk to her.
Fluttershy descended down the stairs, and headed to the kitchen to make Lightning Twister some oatmeal. While she made the oatmeal, she realized she needed to introduce Lightning Twister to her friends but she decided to let Lightning eat first. Finished with making the oatmeal, Fluttershy held the bowl carefully before flying upstairs. When she returned She saw Lightning Twister sitting where he was as he was told to do.
“Fluttershy flew up to him and said, “Here you go Lightning sweetheart”
She placed the bowl in his lap and he ate, the entire bowl of oatmeal slowly and steadily. When he was finished Fluttershy took the bowl from him.
“Thank you Fluttershy” Lightning Twister said to the mare in front of him.
Fluttershy couldn't help but giggle at Lightning Twister. He had oatmeal all over his face. Taking a napkin in her hoof, Fluttershy used it to clean Lightning Twister's face off.
“Your welcome Lightning!” She said with a smile while she cleaned the little colts face.
Once Lightning's face was oatmeal free Fluttershy asked him gently
“Lightning, how would like to meet my friends?”
Lightning just nodded in response
“Great!” Fluttershy said with excitement
A few minutes later Fluttershy was ready to go out the door with Lightning Twister right beside her.
“Are you ready Lightning?” She asked the colt earning a nod in return.
With nothing left to be said the pair left the cottage and began their travel to Ponyville.
Lighting Twister was somewhat scared of his new surroundings. Everything was so much bigger than he was. Lightning stayed as close to Fluttershy as possible, not wanting to be separated from her. Arriving at Ponyville, Fluttershy stopped where she was and looked down at Lightning Twister. She smiled at him and said
“Welcome to Ponyville Lightning, everypony here is really nice, so there is no need to be scared”
Lightning said nothing and stared at the town in front of him. After a moment of silence, Fluttershy and Lightning went into the town. Lightning Twister looked around the area he looked at all the buildings and Ponies that were around him. Some of the Ponies looked and smiled at him, this made Lightning Twister very uncomfortable. Even though Fluttershy said that everypony here was nice, Lightning was still scared. All the ponies around him were giants compared to him. He continued to stay as close to Fluttershy as possible until something jumped in front of him, making him yelp in surprise.
Standing in front of Lightning was a bright pink earth pony mare with a large poofy dark pink mane and tail. The Pony jumped even closer to Lightning and stared at him with large blue eyes. She got as close to him as possible. The Ponies eyes were mere inches away from Lightning's and they came close and closer until Lightning was on his back. the eyes continued to come closer making Lightning more scared and Uncomfortable than he already was. With the eyes being closer than they should be the mare opened her mouth and said with incredible quickness...
“Hi I'm pinkie Pie, who are you, are you new here, I know everypony in Ponyville, but I don't know you, so you must be new, and oooh aren't you such a little cutie, you are so cute, I could just eat you up, What's you name, what is it huh, what is it, what is it, what is it, what is it, Wha-”
Pinkie Pie's rambling was cut off by a hoof in her mouth. Lightning Quickly ran under the source of the hoof. Fluttershy continued to keep her hoof in Pinkies as the two stared at each other.
“Pinkie!” Fluttershy said “You need to calm down now. your scaring the little one.”
Fluttershy Looked under her and saw Lightning shaking violently with small tears in his eyes he had never met or seen a pony that eccentric. Fluttershy gave him a small nuzzle to try and calm him down.
“It's okay Lightning sweetheart, you can come out now.” Fluttershy said softly and gently to the scared colt “This is my Friend Pinkie Pie, she's not going to hurt you. She may be very hyper but she's very sweet, so don't be afraid of her, please come out.”
Lightning however shook his head violently. He refused to go anywhere near that crazy pink pony. Lightning stayed under Fluttershy and tried to hide his face in his hooves while continuing to tremble in fear. He was extremely terrified of the pink pony in front of him. Letting out a sigh, Fluttershy glared at Pinkie Pie.
“Now look what you've done Pinkie.” She said to her in an irritated tone.
The tone in Fluttershy's voice caused pinkie to step back a bit. Her normally kind friend never talked like that. She then Looked down at Lightning and reached a hoof out to him, only for Lightning to shy away from it while making a small whimpering sound. Seeing him like this caused Pinkies mane and tail to deflate like a balloon.
“Oh, I'm so, so sorry Lightning. I didn't mean to scare you.” She said apologetically to the small and scared colt.
Lightning said nothing and clung tightly to Fluttershy's leg while continuing to shake violently. Letting out another sigh, Fluttershy said
“I think you should leave now Pinkie. We'll come by Sugarcube Corner tomorrow when Lightning Twister's calm and we'll try this again.”
Pinkies Mane and Tail poofed back to normal and pinkie said in her usual cheerful way
“Okie dokie Fluttershy, see you both tomorrow”
With that said Pinkie bounced off acting like nothing even happened. With pinkie gone Fluttershy turned around and nuzzled Lightning Twisters cheek. Lightning Continued to whimper in fear even though what scared him had bounced away.
“Shhh...It's okay Lightning, she's gone now. we'll go see Pinkie tomorrow and I promise she'll be much calmer.”
Lighting Twister Started to calm down now that Pinkie was gone and nodded at Fluttershy. The two then continued to make there way through Ponyville.
The next pony Lightning met was Rainbow Dash, however they did not get along well. Rainbow was in the middle of moving clouds when she kicked one that unbeknownst to her shot lightning and thunder. This scared Lighting Twister and caused him to cry due too his strong fear of thunder and lightning. Seeing this caused Rainbow to think that Lightning was a crybaby. Fluttershy was not pleased with Rainbows snide remarks and flew off with Lightning Twister being held in her forelegs. Things were not going the way that Fluttershy had hoped.
The next Pony That Lightning met was The Country mare Applejack. Not trusting anymore of Fluttershy's friends, Lightning refused to even look at Applejack. He clung to Fluttershy's neck while he was In her Forelegs. Fluttershy explained to Applejack what happened with Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash. She then tried to get Lightning to look at Applejack but he didn't listen to a word she said. Things did not look well until Applejack offered Lightning Twister some Apple juice in which he accepted hesitantly. Lightning took a small nervous sip of the Apple juice and was amazed how it tasted. It tasted sweet and tangy. The taste made the rest of the juice to tempting to resist, and Lighting slammed the rest of the drink with both Fluttershy and Applejack giggling in delight.
When he finished the Apple juice Fluttershy put Lightning gently on the ground, and he decided to take a look at Applejack who gave him a gentle smile. This was the first pony besides Fluttershy that was being nice to him and didn't scare him. Feeling completely horrible about how treated her with such distrust, Lightning trotted slowly up to Applejack and gently hugged her lug since he couldn't reach her chest or neck.
“Aw..don't worry sugarcube” she said sweetly to the colt “I'm not upset that ya didn't trust me at first. And Don't you worry none about Rainbow Dash, she may be a bit rude, but she's one of the nicest ponies you'll ever meet once you get to know her.”
Lightning Twister nodded deciding to trust Applejack's words and Went back beside Fluttershy who lifted the small colt onto her back.
“Well Applejack we have two more friends to meet we'll see you later.” Fluttershy said to the country pony.
after saying goodbye to each other, Fluttershy and Lightning Twister turned around and went back into town.
The next place that Fluttershy and Lightning Twister went to was Carousel Boutique the home of Rarity. Looking out the window and seeing Fluttershy heading her way, Rarity opened the door and Allowed Fluttershy in. Lightning Twister Kept himself hidden in Fluttershy's long pink mane.
“Fluttershy, darling It's been to long” Rarity said in an elegant and regal Voice
“Hi, Rarity” Fluttershy replied in response
“We simply must get together more often” Rarity said to her close friend.
“Your right we should” Fluttershy said while giggling.
“How can I help you Darling?” Rarity asked Fluttershy sweetly while Fluttering her eyes.
“Well” Fluttershy started “I wanted to introduce you to somepony.”
Fluttershy then looked behind her and saw Lightning Twister hiding behind her mane. Fluttershy moved her mane out of the way and gave the colt a small nuzzle before saying to him.
“It's okay sweetheart, you can come out now.” She said gently to the scared colt on her back.
Lightning Twister slowly poked his head out and looked into the blue eyes of the white unicorn mare in front of him.
"Lightning, this is my friend Rarity. She is one of the best clothes makers in all of Equestira” Fluttershy said to the small colt
“Rarity,” Fluttershy said to her friend “This is lightning Twister. He's this little colt I'm looking after.”
Lightning Twister just looked at Rarity as she did the same.
“Awww..aren't you just the most adorable little colt I've ever seen.” Rarity said to Lightning before she raised a hoof out to touch him.
Lightning ran away from the hoof and hid under Fluttershy while shaking.
“I'm sorry, Rarity” Fluttershy apologized “He's a very scared little colt. The only pony he is not afraid of is me. He's a little bit better with Applejack, but he's still somewhat scared of her.” Fluttershy explained to the unicorn in front of her.
Rarity looked down at the little colt and smiled gently at him.
“Oh sweetie, you don't have to be scared of me” rarity said to the scared colt waiting for a response from him. This action caused Fluttershy to explain one more thing to her friend.
“He doesn't like to talk much” Fluttershy said to Rarity “he's only said a few words to me.”
Rarity looked at the little and just nodded her head while smiling.
“well then I'll wait” She said to Fluttershy.
Fluttershy she tilted her head in confusion to what Rarity had just said
“What do you mean?” she asked
“I mean” Rarity began “I will be patient and let little Lightning Twister talk to me when he's ready.” She said while smiling down at Lightning Twister.
Lightning had calmed down a little bit and on his own came out from under Fluttershy and Trotted up to Rarity. He then gave her a small nuzzle on her leg causing Rarity to tear up a little.
“Awww..your such a sweet little one Lightning darling” Rarity said to him before giving him a small nuzzle on the cheek.
Rarity's curly mane tickled Lightning Twister causing him to giggle a little bit. Hearing this, Rarity got a mischievous look in her eye.
“Oh, so we're ticklish are we?” She said before she reached a hoof under Lightning and began to gently tickle him.
Lightning Twister fell on his back and laughed happily as Rarity laid down beside him and continued to tickle him. Fluttershy looked on at the two glad that the two were getting along so well. Things were finally starting to go right. After a few minutes, Fluttershy put Lightning Twister on her back and said goodbye to Rarity as it was was starting to become sundown.
The final stop was the Golden Oak Library home of the Unicorn Twilight Sparkle. Fluttershy Knocked on the door and waited for a minute
the owner of the library Twilight Sparkle Opened the door and Greeted Fluttershy.
“Hello Fluttershy it's good to see you, please come in.”
Fluttershy went into the library entering the main room she turned around and faced Twilight
“How are you Twilight?” she asked the Lavender mare in front of of her.
“I'm okay” Twilight Replied while smiling at her friend “Spikes in Canterlot with Princess Celestia for a few weeks so it's only me here. It's actually pretty quiet around here without him” Twilight closed her eyes before letting out a small giggle.
Reopening her eyes, Twilight looked at Fluttershy once again. She was about to say something, but she remained silent when she saw something sticking out of Fluttershy's mane. Realizing she was looking at Lightning Twister, Fluttershy picked him and set him gently on the ground. Lightning Looked at Twilight for a second before trotting up to her slowly. It was different and surprising reaction compared to his reaction with every other pony that Lightning had met. Fluttershy smile at him before saying
“Twilight, this is Lightning Twister, a little colt that I'm taking care of.”
Fluttershy then Looked at Lightning Twister and said
“Lightning sweetheart, this my friend Twilight Sparkle, She is great with magic, incredibly smart, and one of the sweetest ponies you will meet.”
Twilight looked down at Lightning and said to him gently and sweetly
“Hello Lightning twister, It's nice to meet you.”
Lightning said nothing and just stared at Twilight. Everyone and everything in the room was completely quiet until Lightning started to whimper and sob.
Looking at Twilight, Lightning realized how much she looked like his mother except Twilight was a unicorn and not a Pegasus. However that did not matter, Twilight still reminded him of her. From the way she looked, to the sweetness in her voice. She was almost an exact replica of his own mother. Seeing her made Lightning realized just how much he missed his mother.
“Lightning, is something wrong sweetheart?” Twilight asked the colt. Her vice was filled with concern and worry
Lightning backed away from Twilight while whimpering. He then laid on the floor and cried heavily. Fluttershy immediately scooped him up into her forelegs.
“Shhh...It's okay Lightning...Shhh...”She said to the little colt gently. She said to the colt trying to calm him down.
Lightning buried his face into Fluttershy's chest fur and continued to cry. Seeing all this made Twilight's heart brake. She stared at the ground and closed her eyes in sadness. But that sadness was quickly replace with an idea. Knowing of a way to calm Lightning Twister down, Twilight trotted over to Fluttershy asked very gently
“Fluttershy can I hold Lightning Twister for a few minutes?”
Fluttershy was a bit hesitant. She did not know how Lightning Would react since she was the only one so far that could calm him down. Fluttershy however decided to let Twilight hold the little colt. Fluttershy nodded and Twilight motioned to her with a hoof to follow her. The group went to the fireplace where there were two chairs Twilight sat in one of the them and held out her hooves.
Fluttershy placed Lightning Twister gently in twilight's hooves and Twilight cradled him close to her. Lightning continued to cry becoming scared of being in the hooves of someone else besides Fluttershy. Twilight began to rock him ever so gently while making a soft hushing sound. Lightning's crying continued until Twilight started to hum a soft song in his ear. Lightning's crying reduced to sobs as Twilight continued to gently rock him and hum the soft song in his ear. Twilight finished humming her song and continued to rock him. Lightning's sobs turned to sniffles. Twilight rocked him gently and once more made a soft hushing sound. After a few minutes, Lightning fell asleep in Twilight's forelegs. She gave him a small kiss on the forehead and said to him sweetly, gently, and quietly
“Sweet dreams little one.”
Twilight continued to hold Lightning Twister while Fluttershy looked at her in amazement.
“Twilight, that was amazing!” She said quietly not wanting to wake up Lightning Twister.
“how did you do that?” she asked
Twilight just smiled and said
“This was the same thing I did for Spike when I first started taking care of him. I actually still do it for him now when he's scared at night or when he has nightmares” Twilight explained to her friend before looking down and smiling gently at the colt she was holding.
Fluttershy had forgotten that Twilight has pretty much been Spike's mother since she first hatched him. No wonder she had gotten Lightning Twister to sleep so easily and calmly. Fluttershy let out a sigh, and gave her friend a gentle smile. She knew Twilight was going to be a great mother someday.
Looking outside she saw the sun had set, and it had become dark out. Without waking up the sleeping colt she was holding, Twilight gave Lightning Twister back to Fluttershy who cradled him close to her. Fluttershy and Twilight each gave Lightning a loving smile as he snuggled into Fluttershy warm and soft chest fur.
“Well you two had better head home.” Twilight said quietly no wanting to wake Lightning up. “Have a good night Fluttershy” she said with a cheerful smile
“You too Twilight, and Thank You” Fluttershy replied.
With that said Fluttershy turned around and flew for home. when she arrived at her cottage, she flew upstairs and into her bedroom. She pulled her bed covers back and gently set Lightning Twister on the bed. Fluttershy gently tucked him in. without waking up the peacefully sleeping colt, Fluttershy gave him a soft gentle kiss on the forehead. Lightning Twister felt the kiss and a small smile crept across his face while he continued to sleep peacefully. Fluttershy gave him one last gentle smile and Flew downstairs.
Lightning Twister slept peacefully through the night with moon shining down upon him with a warm comforting glow.