Dawn breaks in Equestria as Princess Celestia's sun rises in the horizon. In Fluttershy's cottage, Fluttershy began to open her eyes. She let out a yawn and rubbed her eyes with her hooves. Fluttershy looked out the window to the outside world. A smile was placed on her face as she watched the sun fully rise into the clear blue sky.
When she was finished watching the sun rise, Fluttershy remembered what she was going to do today. She remembered that she was going to reintroduce Lightning Twister to Pinkie Pie after yesterdays incident with the hyper pink pony. However fluttershy felt it would be best if they both had some breakfast first. Getting to her hooves, Fluttershy went upstairs to wake the sleeping colt in her bedroom. She opened her bedroom door slowly and quietly and went over to the bed. In her bed, Lightning Twister continued to sleep peacefully. Fluttershy bent her down to the sleeping colt and gently kissed him on the forehead.
"Lightning it's time wake up sweetheart." she whispered in his ear softly and sweetly.
Hearing her soft and gentle voice, Lightning Twister began to slowly open his eyes. He rubbed his eyes with his hooves and looked up at the kind and caring Pegasus in front of him.
"Good morning Fluttershy." Lightning said to her in his soft and quiet tone.
"Good morning sweetheart did you sleep well last night." Fluttershy asked Lightning kindly.
Lightning Twister nodded his head in response to Fluttershy's question.
Fluttershy smiled at him before asking, "Would you like some breakfast?"
"Yes please." Lightning replied while his stomach grumbled.
Fluttershy nodded at the small colt while smiling and lifted him onto her back. Turning her head to look at him she said, "Okay sweetheart lets go make you some breakfast." Lightning Twister nodded his head once more and Fluttershy spread her wings and flew downstairs.
When they arrived in the living room, Fluttershy descended to the ground and brought her hooves up to take Lightning off her back and put him on the couch. However before she was able to do so Lightning's small voice spoke up.
"Fluttershy can I try to get off of your back by myself?" Lightning asked her softly and kindly.
Fluttershy was a bit hesitant to respond as she remembered the night she had first found Lightning Twister. She remembered when they arrived at the cottage and Lightning tried to get off her back by himself. He had hopped of her back, and tried to use his little wings to help him land safely. However his wings weren't strong enough, and Fluttershy had to catch him before he hit the ground. Remembering all this Fluttershy was a little bit worried about what would happen if Lightning tried to land on his own again. However it was best to let him try.
"Yes you may Lightning." Fluttershy said to the small colt on her back. "Just be careful okay sweetheart?"
Lightning nodded his before saying, "Okay I will."
Getting to his hoofs lightning looked down at the ground below. Being his height, Lightning began to shake nervously because of how far down it looked. Closing his eyes Lightning let out a shaky deep breath and hopped off of Fluttershy's back. Lightning flapped his little wings as hard as he could to slow his fall and land safely on the ground beside Fluttershy. However just like last time, his wings tired out and lightning began to fall quickly. Fluttershy however quickly caught him with her forelegs. She had a feeling this would happen and she was able to react quickly enough to catch him.
Lightning looked at his wings and then at Fluttershy with a look of sadness on his face. Still holding him in her forelegs, Fluttershy smiled at Lightning gently and gave him a small nuzzle.
"Aww don't be sad sweetheart!" Fluttershy said to the small colt gently and sweetly. "Your wings just aren't strong enough yet. Don't worry though. Their are lots of other Pegasus ponies at your age who are weak flyers. I was a weak flyer when I was little filly."
Lightning gave Fluttershy a gentle smile and nodded his head. Fluttershy placed the Lightning on the couch before saying to him, "Okay Lightning, you wait here and I'll go make us some eggs for breakfast."
"Okay Fluttershy." Lightning said as his stomach grumbled once more making Fluttershy giggle.
Fluttershy smiled at Lightning for a moment before flying into the kitchen to Lightning and herself some breakfast. While she was making breakfast, Fluttershy couldn't help but feel sad for Lightning Twister. While he was a very polite and sweet colt, she could tell he was very scared and had a broken heart. She felt her own heart brake seeing how sad he was when he was not able able to hover in the air. It also broke her heart to sad how upset he was last night when he met Twilight. It brought a tear to Fluttershy's eye to even wonder how long Lightning has been without a family.
When she finished making breakfast, Fluttershy put two small plates onto a tray and flew into the living room where Lightning Twister was sitting on the couch like he was told to do. Fluttershy smiled at the the little colt while she put a plate in front of him.
"Here you go sweetheart I made us some scrambled eggs." Fluttershy said to Lighting Twister while smiling.
Lightning smiled at Fluttershy before taking a bite of scrambled eggs.
"Thank you Fluttershy. These are very good" Lightning said to the butter coated mare softly.
Fluttershy smiled gently at the colt before saying, "Your welcome Lightning. I used fresh eggs that were laid by my chickens. I'm glad you like them."
With nothing left to be said Fluttershy and Lightning Twister ate their breakfast together. When they were finished Fluttershy put the two plates in her sink and returned to the living room. However when she returned, she saw Lightning Twister sitting on the couch sniffling. Worried about him, Fluttershy went over to him and saw small tears rolling down his cheeks.
"Lightning sweetheart, what's wrong?" Fluttershy asked the little colt with worry filling her voice. Lightning looked up at her with tears still streaming down his cheeks.
"Y-you've *sniff* been s-so *sniff* n-nice to me." Lightning sobbed "N-nopony has ever b-been *sniff* so n-nice to m-me."
Fluttershy felt her heart ache seeing the little colt so upset. She sat down next to Lightning Twister and put him on lap. She stroked gently stroke his side with her hoof as lightning continued to cry.
"F-Fluttershy *sniff* d-do you think i'm a f-freak?" Lightning asked the kind and caring Pegasus that was holding him.
Fluttershy felt a tear of her own stream down her cheek when she heard the question. Why would he even think something like that?
Fluttershy nuzzled his cheek before saying, "Of course I don't think that sweetheart, why in Equestria would you think such a thing?"
Fluttershy stroked his side side as Lightning began to tremble like leaf and his crying began to grow even harder.
"M-my *sniff* d-daddy *sniff* c-calls me a *sniff* f-freak" Lightning sobbed
Fluttershy let out a gasp of shock. She had thought both of his parents were dead. Lightning's crying grew harder and louder as he looked into the beautiful and caring eyes of the pegasus that was holding him.
"M-my momma *sniff* d-died when she h-had m-me. D-daddy *sniff* s-says it's all m-my *sniff* f-fault." Lightning cried
Hearing him say that made Fluttershy's heart break in two. Lightning Twister's mother had died giving birth to him, but how could his father say such a thing?
"D-daddy y-yells at m-me, *sniff* h-hits me, *sniff* c-calls me n-names, and *sniff* s-scares me with s-storm clouds" Ligthning sobbed before burying his head into Fluttershy's soft chest fur. Lightning cried into Fluttershy's chest fur. He was still speaking but he was crying so hard that Fluttershy couldn't understand what he was saying.
With tears streaming down her face, Fluttershy wrapped her hooves around Lightning Twister and held his trembling body close to her. She now knew the reason why Lightning Twister was so scared. Fluttershy closed her eyes and kissed the top of Lightning's Forehead. She felt so bad for the poor little colt that she was holding in her forelegs.
As she held Lightning Twister close to her, Fluttershy noticed something underneath his little wings. She very carefully moved one of the wings without disturbing the crying colt in her forelegs. What she saw made her gasp in shock. There were several bruises underneath his wings, some of them were turning purple. Fluttershy remained calm on the outside but on the inside she was seething with anger as she glared at the bruises on the little colt. How could a father do such a thing to his own son? How could he beat him, insult him, and frighten him with the one thing he's scared to death of?
Fluttershy anger started to cool when she looked down at Lightning Twister who was still crying. She kissed him gently on the forehead and began making a soft hushing sound to calm the little colt down. Lightning's crying reduced to sobs and then to sniffles as he brought his head out of Fluttershy's chest fur. He looked into her eyes as she smiled down at him lovingly and gave him a small nuzzle.
She gave him another kiss on the forehead before saying, "Lightning, I'm so sorry your father did all those awful things to you sweetheart. But please believe me when I say it's not your fault your mother died. I promise you it's not your fault."
Lightning said nothing as he gave Fluttershy a sad smile while a few tears still streamed down his cheeks. Fluttershy gently brushed the tears with her hoof before pulling Lightning back into a soft and loving embrace. Lightning closed his and smiled as Fluttershy's soft, warm fur and her soft pink mane blanketed him with warmth. Lightning could smell Fluttershy's mane. it smelled like a fresh spring river, and it made him calm and relaxed.
The two remained like this until Fluttershy pulled him away and gave him a kiss on the forehead.
She gave Lightning Twister a gentle smile before asking, "Do you feel better sweetheart?"
Lightning said nothing and gave Fluttershy a small while softly smiling at her.
Fluttershy gave him a small nuzzle while smiling before saying, " Good I'm glad you feel better. Now Let's go to Sugarcube Corner so you can try to meet Pinkie Pie again."
Lightning began to shake nervously after Fluttershy mentioned that crazy pink pony's name. Fluttershy felt this and she started to softly hush him.
"Shhh...It's okay Lightning sweetheart. I promise she'll be much calmer than last time." Fluttershy said to the young colt who began to calm his shaking.
Lightning was was a bit hesitant but he gave Fluttershy a gentle nod deciding to her words.
"O-okay Fluttershy" Lightning said to her while smiling softly.
Fluttershy scooped Lightning into her forelegs and placed him on her back. She turned her head around gave him one more kiss on the forehead.
With nothing left to be said Fluttershy stepped outside while thinkig to herself, "Don't worry Lightning I'll take great care of you I promise."