Dawn breaks over Equestria as Princess Celestia's magnificent sun rises over the town of Ponyville. Fluttershy slowly opens her eyes and lets out a gentle yawn. She stretches a little bit before leaving her bed and going to her son's bedroom. Slowly opening the door, Fluttershy trots over to her son and Nuzzles him to wake him up.
"Lightning, It's time to wake up, sweetheart." She said sweetly.
Lightning's eyes slowly open and he looks into the beautiful caring eyes of his mother.
"Good Morning, Momma." Lightning said softly before wrapping his little forelegs around his mothers neck.
Fluttershy wraps one foreleg around Lightning's body and gently kisses his forehead.
"Good Morning, Sweetheart. Would you like some breakfast before school?" She asks gently
"Yes please." Lightning replies politely
Fluttershy nods her head and trots downstairs. Lightning reaches over to his nightstand and puts on the necklace Fluttershy gave him before following her downstairs. Five weeks have passed and Lightning was finally able to walk again. However he was limping because his back leg was still hurting him a little bit. Luckily the doctor said he would feel better in a few weeks. When Lightning arrived in the kitchen, Fluttershy had fresh eggs made for him. Lightning heard his stomach grumble and he began devouring his food. Fluttershy saw her sons table manners and she raised an eyebrow while giving him a disapproving look.
"Oh, hehe...sorry Momma." Lightning said sheepishly as he rubbed the back of his neck.
Fluttershy gaze softened and she rolled her eyes before giggling.
"It's alright sweetheart. Just be sure to work on your manners." She said sweetly and firmly.
"Okay Momma, I will." Lightning replied before eating the rest of his eggs slowly.
When they finished breakfast Fluttershy washed the plates and went into the living room to say goodbye to her son. It was a half day today so he would be home by lunch.
when she entered the living room, Lightning came up to her and asked, "Momma, Scootaloo wants to practice flying with me after school, can I go?"
Fluttershy gave her son a gentle smile and rubbed his back.
"Of course you can sweetheart," she said softly. "Just be careful and don't do anything reckless."
"I won't Momma, I pinkie promise i'll be safe this time." Lightning replied as he did the motions for the pinkie promise.
Fluttershy giggled as she watched her son do the motions that his Auntie Pinkie had taught him. She quickly looked at the clock and saw that it was starting to get late.
"Okay sweetie you go ahead and head to school before your late."
Lightning nodded his head and hugged his mother while nuzzling her cheek. Fluttershy did the same until she broke the hug and Lightning went out the door.
"Bye, Momma, I love you!" Lightning said before taking to the sky.
"I love you too sweetheart." Fluttershy said as she watched her son until he flew out of sight.
Ever since Lightning was able to walk again he had been flying almost everywhere. He enjoyed the feeling more and more ever since he started flying. He would practice every morning before school and every night before he went to sleep. He would often try to do dangerous tricks which often led to Fluttershy scolding him but it was only out of her protective habit. But if there one thing Lightning had gained most out of practice it was speed. Lightning loved going as fast as he could go. He was not as fast as his Auntie Rainbow, but he was still going at highly impressive speeds for a colt his age. Scootaloo has also been flying with him and her speeds match his in almost every way. Thinking about Scootaloo gave Lightning a brilliant idea.
With five minutes to spare, Lightning arrived at the school and saw Miss Cheerilee standing at the door like she does every morning. Lightning went up to his teacher and smiled at her.
"Hello Lightning, how are you, dear?" Cheerilee asked.
"I'm alright Miss Cheerilee." Lightning responded before heading inside. Looking around the classroom he saw his friends and Lightning went to talk with them until the bell rang.
"Hey Lightning, Good to see you." Applebloom said earning nods of agreement from both Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle
"You ready to go flying today, Lightning?" Scootaloo asked with a smirk. Lightning nodded and gave her a smirk of his own.
"Hey, Scootaloo, I have an Idea," he said to the pegasus filly making her look at him with curiosity.
"Since I was able to start walking again I've been practicing flying every day on my own and I'm getting pretty good. I know you are too Scootaloo, so that's why I have this idea. How about you and I have a race after school to see which one of us is a faster flyer I thought it would be fun. So what do you say, you and me, one lap around Ponyville after school."
Scootaloo Listened to every word Lightning said and her smirk grew wider and wider.
"I like that Idea, Lightning, your on!" Scootaloo said.
The two friends shook hooves and the bell rang. The two sat sat in their seats properly and miss Cheerilee began her lesson. A few hours later the bell rang and the students were dismissed because of toady being an early release day.
"Alright my little ponies have a great hearths warming holiday!" Miss Cheerilee called
Lightning had a look of confusion on his face, what was the Hearth's Warming Holiday? He'd have to ask his mother when he got home but right now he had a race to think about. Lighting soon joined Scootaloo along with Sweetie Belle and Applebloom.
"Hey Lightning," Scootaloo said. "I asked Sweetie Belle and Applebloom to help out in the race. Sweetie Belle will start the race and Applebloom will be the judge to see who won."
Lightning nodded his head in approval and the four friends went to a nearby field on the outskirts of town to start the race.
When they arrived, Lightning and Scootaloo decided to just a little bit of warm up flying before the race. they flew around side by side and Lightning looked at Scootaloo. He began to blush when he looked at her, he never noticed how pretty she looked when her mane flowed in the wind.
Lightning continued to blush before shaking his head and flying back to his friends with Scootaloo right behind him. When they arrived they both got into a racing position and Sweetie Belle stood in front of them before speaking.
"Alright you two, let's keep this a nice friendly race. You both will go one lap around Ponyville the first one to make it back here will be the winner."
Both Lightning and Scootaloo nodded their heads and looked at each other as sweetie began to speak.
Scootaloo smiled at Lightning
Lightning returned the smile with one of his own
Lightning and Scootaloo both shot off like bullets leaving Applebloom and Sweetie Belle in a cloud of dust. The two stayed neck and neck as they arrived at the entrance to Ponyville. Entering the town and arriving at the town square, Lightning was able to take the lead he showed his skills of maneuverability by flying around several buildings with Scootaloo right behind him showing her skills. Shooting past town hall, Lightning lost a bit of speed and Scootaloo took advantage. She was able to gain the lead and blocked every one of Lightning's moves to pass her. Looking back at him she gave him a smirk and tickled his nose with her tail. She giggled a little bit before sticking her tongue out and shooting away. Lightning shook his head and sped up to catch up with her. Ripping past Carousel Boutique Lightning was able to get beside Scootaloo and the two were once again neck and neck. They remained this way until they exited the town and arrived at the home stretch. Both racers then gave it everything they had to go as fast as their little wings could take them. Scootaloo tried to take the lead but Lightning wouldn't have it. The two began to feel their wings cramp a little bit, but they fought through the pain until they passed the finish line.
The two fell to the ground panting and gasping for air. Once they had enough wind in them to speak they looked at each other and Lightning began to speak.
"Your...Really....Fast....Scootaloo." Lightning said between breaths
"Thanks...You...Too." Scootaloo replied while gasping for air.
once they were finally able to breath again Lightning got to his feet first and went over to Scootaloo. He held out a hoof to her to help her up. Scootaloo softly smiled and took his hoof. Once she was up the two went over to Applebloom to see who won.
"Well, who won, Applebloom?" Scootaloo asked.
Applebloom rubbed the back of her neck and said, "Actually it was a tie, you both crossed at the same time."
Lightning and Scootaloo said nothing, instead they smiled at each other and shook hooves. Neither of them noticed two flashes of bright light. The only thing that got their attention was Sweetie Belle and Applebloom squealing and giggling with glee while pointing at their flanks. Lightning and Scootaloo looked at them in confusion and looked at their flanks. They gasped an smiled at the the sight they saw. On Lightning's flank were two crossing checkered flags and on Scootaloo's was just one checkered flag but it had a streak of fire under it.
"I got my cutie mark!" The two shouted with glee.
They now know their special talent was speed and racing. Lightning and Scootaloo immediately hugged each other while their eyes were closed and smiles of joy were on their face. Once they opened their eyes, both of them blushed and broke the hug. Applebloom and Sweetie Belle giggled at the sight before Lightning began to speak.
"I better head home and tell my Momma that I got my cutie mark!"
"Yeah, and a better head home and tell Rainbow Dash!" Scootaloo replied
The two shook hooves once again and flew in the opposite direction while shouting and waving goodbye to each other and their friends. When Lightning arrived at his house, he opened the door and shouted out for Fluttershy.
"Momma! Momma, where are you!? You'll never believe what happened today!" He shouted
Fluttershy flew downstairs and smiled at her son.
"Lightning, Settle down, sweetheart, tell me what happened." Fluttershy said gently
Lightning turned around and pointed at his flanking while shouting with joy, "I got my cutie mark!"
Fluttershy gasped and immediately picked her son up and spun around in the air while smiling happily.
"Oh, sweetie, Momma's so proud of you!" she softly cheered "What's your special talent?"
"It's speed and racing!" Lightning Cheered "Scootaloo and I had a race and we were both going really fast. We both tied and Scootaloo got her cutie mark too!"
Fluttershy continued to hold and hug her son and Lightning wrapped his hooves around his mothers neck. The two stayed like this for a few minutes and Fluttershy finally put Lightning back on the ground.
"Sweetheart, I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of you." Fluttershy said sweetly.
"Thank you Momma." Lightning said softly.
He then remembered Miss Cheerilee talking about Hearth's Warming and that's when he remember the question he wanted to ask his mother.
"Momma, What's Hearth's Warming?"
Fluttershy gasped and looked at her son before asking, "You don't know what Hearth's Warming is sweetheart?"
Lightning shook his head and frowned, "Daddy never told me about it and we never celebrated it."
Fluttershy gently rubbed her sons shoulder and said, "it's alright, sweetheart, I'll tell you all about it."
Fluttershy then began to explain the founding of Equestria to her son and began telling him all about the hearth's warming eve pageant that she and her friends perform every year in Canterlot. She told him about the beautiful sight during the holidays, but the most important thing she told him was about the time you would spend with family.
"So are you doing the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant again this year Momma?" Lightning asked curiously
"Yes I am Sweetheart." Fluttershy said softly. "Your Auntie Twilight's parents have also invited us and all of our friends over to their for Hearth's Warming Eve party tomorrow night. Mr. and Mrs. Sparkle are really sweet and Auntie Twilight has told them all about you. They are really excited to finally meet you, sweetie."
Lightning smiled softly and said, "I would like to meet them to Momma."
Fluttershy gently smiled at him and kissed him on the forehead.
"That's my sweet boy." She said sweetly "Now let's go make some lunch."
Lightning nodded his head and followed his mother into the kitchen while thinking about the amazing time he would have tomorrow."