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The Announcment

Rainbow and Rarity sat on either side of Rainbow's desk in her new office. She had been given an office on the top floor of the Canterlot HQ. Rainbow was currently looking over a set of cue cards. "Are you sure about this? I mean the armor is my bodyguard? That seems a little flimsy to me," Rainbow said, not sure about the content of the cards.

Rarity sighed in annoyance. "Listen Rainbow. If every pony just knew it was you, it'd bring a lot of unwanted attention to you and those close to you," Rarity explained, knowing what Rainbow wanted to say to the press, waiting in the buildings lobby.

"I get that, but can't we just tell them it was a super hero," Rainbow suggested. "We wouldn't be lying exactly."

Rarity rolled her eyes. "Absolutely not. Spider-Mare is enough of a problem. If you came out to the worlds as a super hero we'd start having ordinary ponies dressing up to fight crime. It would create a problem that S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't prepared for," Rarity explained.

Rainbow nodded, a forced smile on her face. "Right the secret organization of super spies. Between you and me I think you and your friends are enough of a secret. Things like this are bound to get out at some point, why avoid the inevitable?" Rainbow asked.

"Because postponing the problem gives us time to prepare for it," Rarity argued.

Rainbow was about to respond when the door opened and Caramel walked in with a newspaper. "They're ready for you downstairs," the stallion said.

Rainbow looked at the head line if the newspaper and smiled. "Hello," she said happily, snatching the paper. "The Iron Mare," Rainbow announced showing Rarity he paper. "That's catchy. Not technically right, but that's just details," the Pegasus said, smiling at the article.

"I've read it. I was hoping you wouldn't," Rarity stated, giving Caramel a disapproving look. Caramel smiled sheepishly.

"Rainbow asked for it and I'm her assistant. I was kinda obligated," the stallion said, rubbing the back of his head.

"Awe sweet!" Rainbow exclaimed, catching Rarity's attention. "Look, right here they call me a super hero," Rainbow said, cheering inwardly. "Come on they already think I'm a hero, let's give the ponies what they want," Rainbow suggested.

"What they want and what they need are not the same thing," Rarity countered growing increasingly annoyed.

Rainbow sighed in defeat. "Fine I'll read the stupid cards," she relinquished, grabbing the pieces of paper and heading for the door. Caramel opened it and Rarity followed the pair out.

"Thank you Rainbow," Rarity said with a smile. "You'll be hearing from us in the near future," she told them as the elevator across the hall opened. Rarity stepped inside and Rainbow and Caramel watched curiously as the floor indicator went up. Rainbow looked at her assistant and smiled.

The pair stepped into the next elevator and Caramel hit the button for the first floor. "So what do you think of me being a super hero?" Rainbow asked smiling.

Caramel frowned. "I'm not a fan of the idea of you being in constant danger, but I know you enough to know you can't stay out of the armor," Caramel said. His frown quickly became a smile. "It is nice to see you flying though."

Rainbow smiled at this. "It's great to be back in the air," Rainbow said, wistfully. Rainbow looked at Caramel and saw him fidgeting. "You okay?" Rainbow asked.

Caramel looked nervous. "Yeah. I was just thinking. As a superhero... well all the best ones have a... ummm... well a love interest..." Caramel trailed off as he noticed the amused smile Rainbow was giving him.

"Caramel are you asking your boss out on a date?" Rainbow asked, scooting closer to the stallion.

Caramel searched for the right words. "Umm... yeah," he admitted, twiddling his hooves awkwardly.

Rainbow let him stew before replying. "Sure. When?" she asked shocking Caramel.

"Ummm.... tomorrow at eight?" he suggested.

"Sounds great," Rainbow said as the elevator stopped and the door opened. Spitfire was waiting for them and lifted an eyebrow at Caramel. "Are you sick Caramel?" she asked, concerned.

"He's fine," Rainbow answered stepping out of the elevator. Caramel nodded in agreement, following his boss.

"Okay then," Spitfire said as the stallion walked off, a dumb smile on his face. “Anyway you ready?" Spitfire asked Rainbow.

"Ready or not, here I go," Rainbow replied as she walked into the main lobby, where a mass of reporters were waiting. They exploded into questions as soon as Rainbow stepped up to the podium that had been set up for her.

"Please, settle down. Rainbow won't be answering any questions at this time," Spitfire announced, nodding for Rainbow to proceed.

"Ahem," Rainbow cleared her throat before continuing. "There has been some speculation on the events of last night, that I was directly involved in the fight between the hero Iron Mare and her unknown adversary," Rainbow started, noticing Spitfire glaring at her.

"That's not on the cards," Spitfire whispered in Rainbow's ear.

"Sorry," Rainbow replied, turning back to the crowd. "Right so I'm just gonna tell you the truth here," the Pegasus said into the microphone. "The truth is," she began holding up the first card. Before she went any further she stopped. Thinking about her last days with her father. The reactor and suit they'd made and put together. S.H.I.E.L.D. wanted her to hide that? Spitfire gave Rainbow a nudge, bringing her out if her thoughts.

"The truth is," Rainbow said, setting down the cards and pausing for effect. "I am Iron Mare," she announced, the press erupting into questions as Spitfire face palmed.

Author's Note:

The Invincible Iron Mare
By: TheInvincibleIronBrony

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