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Those Beautiful Magenta Eyes - Upatree502



This is not your typical love story where upon realizing my feelings for Rainbow Dash, I confess my love and we live happily ever after. This is a story about my infatuation with my best friend, and my constant fear of letting that secret out.

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Chapter 3

Chapter 3

Sunday came quicker than I thought it would and before I knew it I found myself opening my front door to let in my recent guest. Rainbow Dash stepped inside, her magenta eyes burning fiercely with anticipation of the day’s coming events.

“Sup, AJ? ‘Bout time you answered your friggin’ door. I was waiting there for like ten minutes,” she said, examining my house as if it were her first time seeing it.

“You were only waiting for thirty seconds,” I answered, rolling my eyes.

She shrugged. “Whatever, same diff’.”

“You wearing your suit?” I asked.

“Yep,” she said, smiling at me.

“Perfect, so am I. Come on, let’s go.”

I lead her out of the house and the two of us walked side by side in the direction of the pond. I looked over at her, smiling happily. The day was beautiful and on top of the great night’s sleep I had, I was feeling pretty good.

“So how was your date with that Clad guy? You went out with him Friday, right?” I asked.

“Yep! It was fun; we went to the movies and spent most of the night just hanging out and talking. We share a lot in common, and he’s athletic like me,” she smiled, her eyes gleaming with excitement.

I smirked and rolled my eyes. “Sounds like just the kind of guy for you.”

“He seems really cool so far and we’re going on a second date next week,” she answered.

“Does he go to our school?” I asked.

“No, he used to but his parents transferred him to Shadow Creek High,” Rainbow answered, sounding a little disappointed.

“Shadow Creek? Isn’t that that private, all boys school?”

“Yeah. Must really suck.”

I breathed a laugh in agreement with Dash. At the same time, I was slightly relieved; at least I didn’t have to worry about seeing Clad and Rainbow Dash together holding hands— or worse, making out— in the middle of the school hallway.

Rainbow Dash suddenly let out a less-than-attractive bear of a noise, throwing her head back in exasperation as she did so. “I can’t believe school starts next Monday. Just kill me now before I have to go through another year of that hell-hole.”

I giggled, empathizing with Rainbow Dash. “Come on, it’s our senior year. This is going to be the best year yet!”

“Bleh, maybe,” she groaned, bringing her head back to normal. “I can already feel a major case of senioritis coming along, if it hasn’t already.”

Before having a chance to reply, we soon caught sight of the lake and an excited smile broke across my face. “We’re here!” I said.

“Sweet!” Rainbow Dash exclaimed, her previously exhausted face replaced with pure exhilaration. “Race ya’ there,” she said and suddenly bolted towards the lake.

I huffed in exasperation and started running after her. “Well, that’s no fair; you got a head start!”

I could hear her laughing up ahead and instead my anger dissipated, replaced with the mixed feelings of queasy joy that usually tended to happen to me whenever I was with Rainbow Dash.

Running towards the lake, both of us threw off our clothes and jumped in, the cool water tickling my skin like a splash of delightful nostalgia. I blindly headed towards the surface, breaking through with a short gasp, followed by bouts of laughter. Rainbow Dash was by my side, doing the exact same thing, and she splashed me playfully.

“It’s been way too long since we’ve done this,” I sighed, a smile resting on my face.

“Yeah,” my swimming partner agreed, casting her bright pink eyes upon me.

I wish I could have taken a picture of this moment— or rather, of Rainbow Dash. Her usually-spiky hair flattened messily against her face, the reflection of the sun against the water gleaming in her eyes, her perfect smile, and of course that one little water drop I even happened to notice just barely hanging onto a strand of Rainbow’s hair. She wasn’t just beautiful— she was damn sexy.

As soon as the perfect picture had formed, however, it was flung into the past as Rainbow Dash pushed my head, the sudden imbalance causing me to fall back slightly into the water. I glared at her in annoyance, rolling my eyes as she only smiled wider back at me.

“Stop staring at my sexy bod’ and come on. Are we gonna do this swimming contest or what?” she said and began to swim towards a more shallow area.

I always knew she was joking whenever Rainbow Dash commented on how I was “checking her out” or something of the sort, but I wondered if she actually knew how accurate she was. I didn’t exactly do a good job in keeping my feelings for her a secret and I wouldn’t have been surprised if she already knew.

I contemplated on subtly asking her, or even just asking her outright, playing it off as a joke. From the way she joked about it, though, I didn’t think she had any clue what my true feelings for her were. And if she did know, she’d probably bring it up anyway, being the blunt and outspoken person she was.

But then again… she did like to have her ego stroked.

I mumbled in frustration, deciding just to leave the matter alone. I had a contest to focus on.

Standing in a shallower area of the lake, Rainbow Dash scanned the area as if deciding how to set up the competition. “So what’re we gonna do, Applejack?” she asked nonchalantly, still gazing at the lake. “Guess there really isn’t anything else to do except race.”

Glancing down at me suddenly with devious eyes, she smirked, “Unless we wanna do it like Pinkie and see who can hold their breath underwater the longest.”

I smirked. “Yeah, I‘d rather not have to give you mouth-to-mouth, thank you very much.”

Actually…

She smiled and started heading further down the lake. Naturally, I followed. “We’ll start at that boulder and the finish line could be where we first jumped in,” she stated.

“No kicking, punching, or holding heads underwater,” I smirked, knowing that if I didn’t set up any ground rules she’d probably do just about all of those. “Or fake drowning.”

“I totally got you that one time,” she snickered. “Man, you should have seen the look on your face! You were in too much of a shock to even finish out the race!”

I shot her a dead-panned look. “I know, Rainbow. You remind me just about every time that topic comes up.”

I wasn’t surprised when she continued to laugh, pretty much to the point of tears. “Oh, that was priceless,” she said, wiping away a tear.

I shoved her playfully and headed over towards the boulder. “Shut up and let’s just start this race already.”

Heading over towards the boulder, Rainbow Dash was still laughing by the time she got there. Jeez, it really didn’t take much to amuse this girl, did it?

Gasping for air, she finally managed to get out, “Okay, okay. I’m better now. Get ready, Applejack. I ain’t going easy on you.”

I flashed a cocky smile. “Do you ever?”

She returned the look and both of us got in our ready positions. The two of us had come to an agreement that should a third person not be there with us, we would count down together to make sure no one got a head start. I knew Rainbow Dash liked to cheat but even she happily complied with this method.

“One…”

“Two.”

I couldn’t help but feel my heart thump roughly against my chest in the anticipation of the final second.

“Three!”

I swam madly, wanting more than ever to beat Rainbow Dash in this competition. I don’t know if it was from my good night’s sleep or from the buildup of all the anxiety and stress I’d had recently but I swam like hell, adrenaline surging through my veins with each stroke. I might have even forgotten how to breathe, finding myself more often than not choking on splashes of water.

Until now, I hadn’t dared to look at Rainbow Dash for fear of losing my momentum but my curiosity burned and I couldn’t help but steal a glance her way. To my surprise, she wasn’t parallel with me as I thought she would be but instead lagged behind a bit.

As expected, my turning to look at Rainbow Dash did cost me a bit of my momentum but I powered through and, with triumph, soon found myself crossing the invisible finish line. I stopped swimming and smiled victoriously at Rainbow.

She caught up with me, panting madly. “God, Applejack, have you been secretly practicing for this? I could barely even keep up with you.”

“Correction, you couldn’t keep up with me,” I smirked arrogantly. Conceited? Yes. But, hey, I had the right to act proud when I beat Rainbow Dash in a race. Plus, I honestly kind of wanted to rub it in her face.

“Heh, whatever. You win this time, Applejack, but you know you’d never beat me in a real race.”

“You’re right about that one, partner. I may be athletic but you were a born runner. Hell, I don’t even think anyone in our school is as fast as you.”

“They’re not,” she smirked deviously. “I was the fastest one on the track team last year, remember?”

I nodded, remembering all-too-well. I was proud of her, really. For some reason, when it came to competing on a team Rainbow Dash didn’t have her usual cocky air but instead was determined and hard-working. I admired her for that. She may not have been the most motivated person when it came to school work, but when it came to sports she was dead serious.

“And I’m going to beat my record this year,” she added in a quieter tone, her eyes gleaming with ambition. She turned to me, the usual fight back in her eyes. “Heck, maybe I can even become one of those Olympic runners.”

“Good luck with that, Dash,” I said, laughing light-heartedly. “Speaking of which, are you going to join any fall sports?”

“Yeah, I think I’m gonna join cross country,” she said, playing with a strand of hair idly.

“Oh, really? Not volleyball again?” I asked innocently, kicking my legs through the water softly.

“I don’t think so,” she shrugged. “Volleyball’s great but running’s more my thing. I remember liking cross country my freshman year so I think I’m going to go back to it.”

I couldn’t help but chuckle. “Sometimes I forget just how many sports you were in, RD.”

She sat up abruptly, splashing a couple drops of water on me. “How come none of our damn friends have joined any sports?” she exclaimed.

“Well you know I’d probably join one if I didn’t have my duties at the farm, but that takes up nearly all of my time,” I said. Rainbow nodded idly, apparently wanting me to continue. “As for the others, well, Twilight’s too busy studying all the time— although if you ask me she could benefit from putting a book down for once and participating in some kind of team sport.”

Rainbow snorted in agreement. I continued, “Fluttershy’s too meek to join any sports— no offense to her, but you know it’s true—, Pinkie Pie could be in a sport but I think her work schedule would interfere with it, and Rarity won’t even go near sports equipment, let alone the actual sport.”

Rainbow Dash laughed and nodded. “Yeah, although to be honest I think Rarity would be an awesome athlete. You know how whenever she gets really angry about something she goes mental and practically rips our faces off in the process?”

I burst out in laughter, picturing the scene all too well. “Yeah, just imagine what she’d do when the other team pisses her off,” Rainbow Dash said.

“Oh God, maybe it’s a good thing Rarity isn’t in any sports now that I think about it,” I said between laughs. I couldn’t help but imagine Rarity’s huffy reaction if she’d been able to hear our conversation.

Rainbow Dash sighed peacefully and I sunk a little further into the water, realizing just how good the cool temperature felt on my muscles. My thoughts drifted to a time when Rarity invited me to the spa with her. I had respectfully declined, since spas weren’t really my thing, but with all the work I’d been doing lately, a soothing spa treatment with massage included started to sound pretty nice. I might just have to take Rarity up on that offer later.

“So, how exactly do you and Pinkie know all those guys that were at the baseball game with us?” I asked, simply making small-talk.

“They go to a lot of Vinyl’s parties so we got to know them pretty quickly,” Dash explained. She looked at me with a wry smile. “Plus, it gets easier to be friendly around people once you’ve had a couple drinks.”

Pinkie and Dash were kind of party animals, and with Vinyl Scratch as a close friend of theirs, they were always getting word of new parties. I didn’t exactly approve, especially since I wasn’t entirely sure what even went down at those things.

“Ugh, you know I don’t approve of you drinking, Dash,” I scolded her softly, rolling my eyes.

“Yeah, yeah. We don’t do it very often, I promise. And even when we do we don’t even get that drunk,” she said in her defense.

I sighed quietly. “Well, just be careful.”

She smirked. “Okay, Mom,” she teased, jumping over and tickling me. I burst out into laughter, futilely attempting to block her attacks. That was one weakness of mine that I hated. I was extremely ticklish, and Dash used it as a weapon against me whenever she was trying to get her way or whenever she felt like teasing me.

“S-stop!” I choked out through my bouts of laughter, my stomach beginning to ache.

I could barely breathe now, gasping for breath as Dash’s devious smirk widened. In a desperate attempt to stop the torturous assault, I grabbed Rainbow Dash’s wrists and lifted my feet from the bottom of the pond, attempting to break loose with my body weight.

I suddenly reached up towards her neck, pulling her down towards me swiftly. Dash gasped in surprise and we both plunged into the water. I pushed away from her quickly and swam towards the surface, laughing defiantly as she followed suit, her drenched bangs covering her face.

“Ha!” I shouted, a victorious smirk on my face. I panted heavily, still out of breath from the merciless tickling, unable to say anything else.

Dash exhaled and moved her bangs to the side of her face. She smiled, releasing a slightly stressed laugh. “Gotta say, I wasn’t expecting you to pull me underwater like that.”

My smirk widened. “Don’t tickle me. Next time, I’ll catch you when you’re not expecting it and then… then you’ll be sorry.”

My face darkened and Dash laughed nervously. She, too, was ticklish and next time I had the chance, I would be relentless.

“Hmm, I think I have some rope in the barn I could use…” I pondered jokingly.

Rainbow’s face turned to one of horror. “Oh, God no! Ehehe, you know, I was just having some fun… no need to get drastic…”

I smirked and inched closer to her. “I can’t just let you get off scot-free, now, can I?”

She backed away slightly, the terror in her face increasing. It took some strength to hold back my laughter; the look on her face was just priceless. “P-please, don’t! I’ll do anything! I’m sorry!”

I released a few strained laughs and stopped my advance towards her. “Anything?”

“Anything!” she exclaimed eagerly.

I thought of the possibilities of this moment. Here was Rainbow Dash, willing to give me anything to escape the terrible fate she knew lay ahead of her. I could have asked her to do work at the farm for a week; with her hatred of any manual labor whatsoever, it would definitely be entertaining to watch.

But another form of payback lingered in my mind. I could play it off as a joke, laugh about it afterwards, tease her about it. All I had to do was say two simple words.

“Kiss me.”

Rainbow’s nervous expression dropped completely and she blinked with slight confusion and surprise. I held a blank expression, but secretly my heart beat furiously. At first, I meant it as a joke. But now that I had said it, I realized that it was probably a huge mistake.

Dash furrowed her brow and took a step toward me. Oh God, was she actually going to do it?!

I took a step back and put my hands up, smiling nervously. “I was kidding, Dash,” I said and let out a nervous laugh.

She continued to walk towards me and I took a step back. I mean, sure, of course I wanted to kiss her! But not like this! Not when it was a request, rather than an actual romantic… thing.

She was close enough to me now and she grabbed the back of my neck, pulling me closer to her. I practically had a friggin’ heart attack at this point, and I was too confused about my own feelings to even speak.

She rested her forehead on mine, her eyes flickering back and forth slightly as she looked at me. I was too stunned to move, wanting it so badly but also screaming inside in protest. She looked at my lips, and then back at my eyes. She parted her lips slightly. Oh my God, she was actually going to do it.

Her face darkened as she leaned in closer and…

“I have a boyfriend, silly,” she whispered and then pulled away from me.

I gaped at her, still in shock from that entire scene. She smiled and laughed at my expression. I tried to snap out of it quickly.

“Christ, Rainbow, you scared the shit out of me!” I gasped, rubbing the back of my head. She laughed louder.

“Well then don’t make such a bold request next time,” she said and winked at me.

I shook my head. “And you do not have a boyfriend. You guys have been on one date…” I muttered.

She shrugged. “Whatever.”

I walked over to her and shoved her, making my way toward dry land. I was honestly a bit peeved off about the whole thing. She didn’t even know how torturous that was for me…

“Aw, come on. You’re not mad, are you? I was just joking!” she called out after me and I heard a couple splashes as she followed me.

I picked up my clothes and began to put them back on. My legs were still wet since I’d just been standing in the water but my torso was mostly dry. I caught Rainbow’s eye when I was putting on my shirt. She looked nervous.

“What?” I asked after putting my shirt on.

“Are you mad at me?”

I felt bad— she honestly looked really guilty. Sure, I was a bit annoyed, but I was more taken aback then anything. I definitely wasn’t mad at her.

I smiled sympathetically. “No, of course not.”

She breathed a sigh of relief and looked at the ground. “Good. I didn’t mean for that to be uncomfortable or anything. I just thought it’d be funny to see your reaction…”

“And was it funny?” I asked with one eyebrow raised.

She looked up, her face slightly shadowed from her bangs. A tiny smirk escaped her lips.

“Yes.”

I rolled my eyes and pushed her again and began heading back to my house. “Oh, shut up, you moron. We are never coming back here again. This happens every time…”

“I’m pretty sure this is the first time you’ve asked me to kiss you,” I heard her say from behind me.

I whipped my head around and scowled at her. “Not that. I mean, you always play up some kind of scene to officially scare the crap out of me. Fake drowning, pretending like there’s a spider on my back, and now this!”

“That spider one was freakin’ hilarious! I think you peed yourself!” she decided to generously point out.

I stopped and whirled around, lifting up my arm as if about to backhand her— not that I’d actually ever hit her, though. I was fuming at this point, and I’m pretty sure that much was obvious by my expression. She stopped too and held up her arms in defense. Even Rainbow was smart enough not to egg on an angry Applejack.

“Okay, okay, I’m sorry,” she said. “I won’t do it again.”

I lowered my hand and squinted at her with distrust. “Won’t do what again?”

She sighed and rolled her eyes. “I’ll stop makin’ up fake stories and stuff to scare you. And I won’t pretend to kiss you again…. Unless you want me to, that is,” she added with a smirk and a daring wink.

I’m pretty sure my eye twitched. I just about lost it.

I lunged forward, slinging my arm around her neck and pushing her to the ground. She yelped in surprise and tried to push me back with her feet. I had the upper hand, though, and soon had her pinned. I’d wrestled enough with her before to know it was best to pin her soon and pin her fast. She looked up at me, nervous.

“I swear to God, Rainbow, if you say one more thing I’m going to break that tiny little neck of yours,” I warned.

She pursed her lips, eyes wide with terror. She knew I wasn’t serious, of course, but there’s no telling what I’d do if she kept going. I’d probably hit her for starters…

“Now, what am I gonna do with you?” I contemplated.

She laughed nervously. “You could let me off the hook, I apologize like mad, and we pretend you don’t look like a crazed serial killer right now?”

I couldn’t help but smile slightly at how terrified she looked right then. Her face was pale and I could feel her heartbeat beating rapidly. This was twice that I had her completely under my control. When would she ever learn?

I smirked evilly as a thought crossed my mind and I moved one hand closer to her stomach, letting my fingers hover.

“I could tickle you until you pee yourself, and I will be relentless,” I warned.

At this point, she honestly looked like she was about to cry. Hey, she deserved this.

“Please, don’t! Applejack, I’m seriously sorry! I’ll stop teasing you, I swear!” she begged.

I sighed and put my hand on the ground. I decided to let her up and sat on the ground. She looked at me, hesitantly moving to a sitting position. Suddenly, I flicked her on the forehead.

“Ow!” she yelped, rubbing her forehead.

That’s for being an annoying asshole,” I said, getting up.

“Come on, Applejack. You know being an annoying asshole is my specialty,” she said and followed me.

I smirked. “Come on, weirdo. We’ve got some leftover apple pie in the fridge if you want some.”

She was silent for a moment. “…Do you have any cider, too?”

I smiled. “Maybe.”

Her face lit up and she was about to say something but I interrupted her. “But! After that little display, you’re not getting any.”

Her smile dropped completely.

“Aw, come on, Applejack!”

Author's Note:

Originally, this chapter actually had a different ending. But after a couple comments about a desired awkward ending between the two, I changed it up a bit. Hope you enjoy ;)