The morning sun began to rise in Ponyville. The beautiful light shined through the windows of the Ponyville Hospital. Fluttershy slowly opened her eyes and sat up in the hospital bed she was sleeping in. After letting out a quiet yawn and a gentle stretch, Fluttershy looked at Lightning Twister who was sleeping soundly in his bed. Fluttershy was going to wake him, but she decided to let him sleep until the nurse arrived. This gave Fluttershy the opportunity to think about something.
Tomorrow was Lightning's birthday, and she wanted to do something special for her son. Lightning had told Fluttershy when his birthday was a few days after she adopted him. He also told her that he never celebrated his birthday. His father never cared about his son's birthday. The only thing that Lightning's father did was yell at him and remind him that it was the day that Lightning had caused his mothers death. Just thinking about it made Fluttershy furious. However her anger cooled as quickly as it came when she looked at her son.
Fluttershy wanted to do something special for Lightning. She wanted his birthday to be a day for him to remember. Fluttershy tried to think of something, and let out a quiet gasp when she came up with the perfect idea. The more Fluttershy thought about her idea made a smile grow on her face. She knew what she wanted to do for Lightning's birthday, but in order for it to happen she had to talk to Twilight.
Fluttershy's thoughts were interrupted when the hospital room door opened and Nurse Redheat stepped inside. She saw Fluttershy sitting on the edge of the bed, and trotted up to her.
"Good Morning Fluttershy did you sleep okay last night?" Nurse Redheart asked kindly
Fluttershy simply nodded her head in response.
Nurse Redheart smiled at Fluttershy and said, "That's good. I was just coming to wake Lightning up so I can give him some medicine. After I give it to him, you can take him home."
Fluttershy smiled before saying, "Okay Nurse Redheart, I'll wake him up for you."
Nurse Redheart nodded her head and Fluttershy trotted up to her sleeping son. She gently nuzzled his cheek and kissed him on the forehead.
"Lightning, it's time to wake up sweetheart."
Lightning opened his and rubbed them with his hooves. He looked into his mother loving blue eyes and smiled softly.
"Good morning Momma." Lightning said softly.
He tried to hug his mother, but he felt a surge of pain through his broken leg making him yelp in pain. Small tears formed in his eyes but he quickly brushed them away when Nurse Redheart came beside him.
"Don't try move too much sweetheart." Nurse Redheart said to lightning sweetly as Fluttershy held Lightning's hoof. "I'm going to give you some medicine Lightning to help your leg feel better. Once you take the medicine, you can go home."
Lightning nodded his head and Nurse Redheart gave him a small blue pill and small cup of water. Lightning quickly swallowed the pill and drank all the water before handing the empty cup back to Nurse Redheart. The nurse smiled at Lightning gently before looking at Fluttershy.
"Okay Fluttershy, while the medicine kicks in, I'm going to go get a wheelchair so we can take Lightning outside" Nurse Redheart said to Fluttershy kindly before giving her a roll of bandages and bottle of the blue pills that Lightning took. She then let out a sigh and explained and gave Fluttershy her instructions.
"Lightning needs to stay off his leg for the next three weeks. Give him one of those pills when he wakes up in the morning and one before he goes to sleep for the next three weeks. I would replace the bandages he's wearing tonight with fresh ones, and give him fresh bandages again in the morning. The bandages must be replaced once a day."
Fluttershy listened to the Nurse's instructions as she held her sons hoof.
"Okay Nurse Redheart, I promise I will do all of that. " Fluttershy said in a promising tone of voice.
Nurse Redheart smiled at Fluttershy before looking at Lightning.
"Lightning, make sure you stay off that leg for three weeks okay?" Nurse Redheart said to the injured colt sweetly.
Lightning softly smiled at the nurse and said, "Okay Nurse Redheart, I'll stay off my leg."
Nurse Redheart smiled at the little colt before saying, "I'll be right back with a wheelchair."
When Nurse Redheart left the room, Lightning let out a long and tired yawn, and Fluttershy smiled at him sadly. The poor colt had gotten very little sleep last night. His broken leg was causing him too much pain. Fluttershy had decided that it was best to take Lightning home and put him down for a nap now that he has some medicine to help relieve some of the pain in his leg. She had also decided that after Lightning was situated and asleep she would go talk to Twilight about her idea for Lightning's birthday. However she needed someone to watch Lightning while she was gone, but who?
Fluttershy's thoughts were cut short when Nurse Redheart entered a room with a wheelchair. With help from Fluttershy, she helped move Lightning out of the bed and into the wheelchair without hurting his leg. Once Lightning was settled into the wheelchair, Nurse Redheart and Fluttershy led him to the entrance of the hospital. When they arrived, Fluttershy gently helped Lightning out of the wheelchair and held him close to her.
Before Fluttershy and Lightning left, Fluttershy smiled at Nurse Redheart and said, "Thank you so much or taking care of my little boy Nurse Redheart."
Nurse Redheart returned the smile with one of her own and said, "Your quite welcome Fluttershy, I'm always happy to help." Nurse Redheart looked at Lightning and said, "You get well soon Lightning."
Lightning softly smiled at the nurse and nodded his head.
With nothing left to be said, Fluttershy flew away from the hospital with her son in her forelegs. After a few minutes Fluttershy arrived at her house. She opened the door, and flew inside. Once inside, Fluttershy flew upstairs as Lightning held onto her neck and let out another long and tired yawn.
Fluttershy nuzzled her son before asking him, "Are you tired sweetheart?"
Lightning nodded his head as rubbed one of his eyes with his hoof.
Fluttershy gently held him close to her and said to him "you didn't get much sleep last night. So how about you take a nap for a while."
Lightning smiled and nodded his head before resting it on Fluttershy's neck.
Fluttershy took her son to his room and gently placed him in the bed without hurting his leg. She gently placed the covers over him and nuzzled his cheek lovingly. Lightning's little eyes began to close as Fluttershy gently stroked his head.
"Sweet dreams, sweetheart." Fluttershy said to Lightning gently.
"Sweet dreams, Momma." Lightning said to his mother before falling asleep.
Suddenly there was a knock on Fluttershy's door. Fluttershy gently kissed her son on the forehead and flew downstairs to see who was at the door. Fluttershy opened the door and saw Rainbow Dash floating in front of her while holding a book.
"Heya, Flutters'" Rainbow said cheerfully. "I just wanted to see how Lightning was doing. Twilight and the others are wondering how he's doing too."
Fluttershy smiled at her longtime friend and said, "He's doing just fine, Rainbow. He didn't get much sleep last night so he's sleeping right now in his room. Oh where are my manners, please come in."
Rainbow chuckled at Fluttershy's politeness and flew inside her house. Fluttershy closed the door and looked at the beautiful cyan mare in front of her. Maybe Rainbow could watch Lightning While she went to talk to Twilight.
"Um...Rainbow? Can you do something for me..that is if you don't mind?" Fluttershy asked shyly.
Rainbow let out a sigh before smiling at Fluttershy.
"Fluttershy, you and I have been best friends since we were fillies. Of course I'll do something for you."
Fluttershy softly smiled at Rainbow before asking, "Can you watch Lightning for a little while? I have to talk to Twilight about a special surprise for Lightning's birthday tomorrow."
Rainbow just smiled and said, "Of course I can Fluttershy but if you don't mind me asking, what is this special surprise?"
Fluttershy smiled and whispered into Rainbow's ear. As Rainbow listened, the smile on her face grew wider and wider.
"That's perfect Flutters, since you told the girls and I that Lightning never celebrated his birthday, that would be the perfect way to have an awesome birthday I can even do my sonic rainboom after he blows out the candles on the cake."
Fluttershy gently smiled at Rainbow and said, "I'm sure he would like that Rainbow."
Rainbow gave Fluttershy a proud smirk before Fluttershy started to make her way out the door.
"Thank you for watching Lightning for me Rainbow, I'll be back in a little bit." Fluttershy said kindly as she took to the sky.
Rainbow and Fluttershy waved at each other as Fluttershy disappeared towards Ponyville, and Rainbow went into the cottage.
After a few minutes, Fluttershy arrived at Twilight's library. She descended to the ground and knocked on the door. The door opened and revealed Twilight who smiled at Fluttershy.
"Hi Fluttershy, please come in." Twilight said politely before allowing her friend inside.
Fluttershy trotted inside and saw the rest of her friends sitting together and socializing with one another. When they saw Fluttershy they immediately went up to her and smiled at her.
"Hi girls." Fluttershy said kindly
"Howdy Fluttershy." Applejack said while smiling.
"Fluttershy, how's my darling little nephew?" Rarity asked worryingly.
"He's just fine girls." Fluttershy said gently. "He's at home taking a nap right now. I asked Rainbow to watch while I came over here." Fluttershy then looked at Twilight and said, "Twilight, I was wondering if you could do something for me."
Twilight smiled at Fluttershy and said, "Of course I can, what is it?"
Fluttershy let out a sigh before telling Twilight her idea.
"Well, Lightning's birthday is tomorrow, and I know he's never had a real birthday with friends and family that actually care about him. I wanted to throw him a surprise birthday party, but I don't want to do it here. I was wondering Twilight, If you could ask Princess Celestia if we can come to Canterlot and use the castle ballroom for Lightning's birthday just like we did for yours."
Twilight nodded her head while smiling, "That's sounds like a great idea Fluttershy. Of course I'll ask Princess Celestia."
Twilight wrote Fluttershy's request on a scroll. She then turned towards the staircase and called for Spike. The baby dragon Twilight call him and came downstairs. Twilight smiled at him and asked him to send the letter. Spike smiled and nodded his head before taking the letter and using his magic fire to send the the letter to the princess. After a minute, Spike belched out a letter from the Princess. He showed the letter to Twilight and Twilight read the letter. When she finished reading it, She turned to Fluttershy and smiled at her.
"Good News Fluttershy, the princess is going to let us use the ballroom tomorrow." Twilight said happily. "She also wanted to ask you if Lightning could meet Princess Luna while he's at the castle."
Fluttershy smiled and said, "Of course she can, I'm sure Lightning would love to meet her."
"Since Lightning can't walk, I'll see if I can borrow Granny Smith's old wheelchair for the day." Applejack said happily
Pinkie Pie was loving the idea of the part as she bounced giggling with glee before shouting, "I can bake Lightning a super duper delicious cake."
Fluttershy was smiling everyone of her friends were wanting to do something, but she had a very special gift in mind for Lightning and she needed Rarity's help to make it.
"Um.. Rarity?" Fluttershy asked softly
"Yes darling?" Rarity responded.
Fluttershy whispered her idea of Lightning's gift and Rarity smiled.
"Of course I can do that my dear, I'm sure my darling little nephew will love it." Rarity said before putting her hoof to her chin. "Now I must think of something that I should give to him."
The rest of Fluttershy's friends brainstormed ideas for Lightning's gifts as well as Fluttershy looked out the window and gasped. The sun was already setting and she need to go home and take care of her son.
"Um... girls I need to go home." Fluttershy said gently "Thank you so much for doing all these things for Lightning."
Fluttershy went around the room and hugged every one of her friends. After she had hugged Twilight, she went to the door and opened it.
"I'll see you girls tomorrow." Fluttershy said happily before flying off while waving goodbye to them.
Fluttershy saw her friends wave goodbye to her until they were out of sight. Fluttershy made her way home and entered the cottage. She saw Rainbow sitting on the couch with her leg's crossed and she was reading her book. Rainbow looked up from the book and smiled at her friend.
"Hey Flutters' how did everything go?" Rainbow asked curiously
Fluttershy smiled at her friend and said, "Everything went great. How did things go over here?"
"Great!" Rainbow said happily "Lightning's still asleep. I've checked on him several times while you were gone."
Fluttershy flew up to rainbow and hugged her.
"Thank you for watching Lightning for me Rainbow. your the best friend a mare could ask for." Fluttershy said happily as Rainbow returned the hug.
"No Problem Fluttershy" Rainbow said gently "but I better get home, It's getting late."
Rainbow and Fluttershy said there goodbyes and Rainbow left the cottage. Fluttershy closed the door and went upstairs to wake her son up. Fluttershy entered the room and smiled softly at the sleeping colt. She gently kissed his cheek making Lightning open his eyes.
"Hi Momma." He said as Fluttershy nuzzled him.
"Hi sweetheart, would you like some dinner?" Fluttershy asked sweetly
Lightning felt his stomach grumble and nodded his head.
"Okay Sweetie, I'll be right back with some soup." Fluttershy said before going downstairs.
After a few minutes, Fluttershy returned to Lightning's room with a bowl of soup. She sat on the edge of the bed and scooped up a spoonful of soup and blew on it. When it was cool Fluttershy brought the spoon to Lightning's mouth. Lightning ate the spoonful of soup while smiling at his mother. Once all the soup was gone. Fluttershy went downstairs and put the bowl in the sink before returning upstairs with a cup of water. Fluttershy opened the bottle of pills Nurse Redheart gave to her and put one in Lightning's hoof. Lightning swallowed the pill and drank the water Fluttershy gave him.
"Okay sweetheart, let's replace your bandages." Fluttershy said to her
Fluttershy very gently touched Lightning's broken leg and carefully unwrapped the bandages. Lightning let out a small yelp of pain as Fluttershy touched his leg, but Fluttershy very softly spoke to him to help keep him calm.
"I know this hurts sweetheart, but we're almost done okay?" Fluttershy said in a soft motherly tone.
Lightning felt small tears of pain form in his eyes, but he brushed them away with his hoof while nodding his head. After a few minutes Fluttershy was finished wrapping new bandages around Lightning's broken leg. Suddenly a flash of lightning and a loud boom of thunder sounded making Lightning yelp in terror. Fluttershy quickly hugged son before he could hurt himself. Tears flowed down Lightning's face as Fluttershy softly hushed him and stroked his back with her hoof.
"Shhh...It's okay sweetheart, I'm here." Fluttershy said softly into Lightning's ear. "Would you like to sleep with me tonight?" Fluttershy asked sweetly.
Lightning sniffled and nodded his head.
"Okay sweetheart, Let's go to my room." Fluttershy said gently
Fluttershy very carefully cradled Lightning in her forelegs without hurting him. She the flew to her room as another rumble of thunder sounded and a flash of Lightning lit the night sky. Lightning whimpered and trembled in fear, but Fluttershy softly hushed to calm him down. Fluttershy then tucked Lightning into her bed and she laid down beside him. She placed a gentle wing over him as Lightning let out a small yawn and Laid his back on the pillow. Fluttershy then softly sang Lightning to sleep.
After a few minuted Lightning fell asleep and Fluttershy kissed him on the forehead.
"Goodnight my little one." Fluttershy whispered sweetly into lightning's ear.
Fluttershy then fell asleep with her wing over Lightning. Lightning snuggled up against her and smiled in his sleep. The two then slept peacefully through the stormy night until the storm ended, and Princess Luna's beautiful moon blanketed them in a warm comforting glow.