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Repair and Deliver - SleeplessScribe

If there are two things Torque loves more than anything, they're helping people and mechanical work. When a worker shortage forces him to move to Ponyville, he meets a young filly with a struggling mother that allows him to do both.

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Chapter 6: Dinky's New Friends

Repair and Deliver
Story 6
Chapter 6: Dinky’s New Friends
By: SleeplessScribe

I woke up to a really yummy smell that morning. Normally momma didn’t have time to cook in the mornings, so I guessed that she got up early today. All I could smell was the rich scent of chocolate as I made my way into the kitchen. Momma did get up early, and I caught her pulling a fresh batch of chocolate chip muffins out of the oven!

“Good morning, honey!”

I couldn’t help but run up to her and give her a big hug. She was the best mom ever, and I always tried to let her know that. “Good morning, momma! Are those for tomorrow?”

She slowly shook her head, lifting me up and setting me down at the table. “Nope. These are for us right now. You can have one for breakfast, and if you want, you can take one to eat with your lunch, too.”

My hooves came together in a clap. Her muffins were the best, and having one for breakfast was a super special treat! Once she set the batch down on the table, I made a move for one, but Momma set her hoof on mine.

“No, Dinky, wait until they cool down a little, okay?”

I nodded slowly, blowing on them to help them cool down. After my mom said I could, I picked one up and took a bit bite out of it. “Mm! That’s delicious, Momma! You always make such yummy treats!”

She leaned forward and kissed me right below my horn. “I love you, Dinky.”

Being short was never fun, and Momma had to lean down so I could kiss her back. “I love you too Momma! You’re the bestest mommy ever!”

Momma picked me up as I nibbled the muffin, nuzzling her cheek against mine. “You’re the best daughter ever!”

She gave me another kiss and trotted off to the fridge, leaving me to eat my muffin again. “What would you like for lunch, honey?”

I didn’t like having to make decisions like this. “Anything is good, Momma.”

After a few more bites of the muffin, it was gone and I was full. I looked over to my mom but her back was to me, so I walked over and poked my head over the counter. From the looks of things, she was making a little sandwich with peanut butter and jelly, another one of my favorite foods!

“Mm, you’re just spoiling me with all kinds of good stuff!”

She giggled some and gave me another kiss. “My little Dinky deserves the best.”

I’m sure everyone agreed when I said she was the best mom ever. As she brought out my lunchbox, I started thinking. Momma deserved something nice, something to really let her know how good of a mom she was. Maybe Mister Torque knew something I could do, though I didn’t have much time to think about it as I was nudged.

“Come now, sweetie, it’s time to go.” My mom kept nudging me playfully all the way to the door. She opened it for me and we both walked out.

Again she kissed me before turning the other way. “Have a good day at school, Dinky! I love you!”

I started waving at her with a big smile. “Love you too, Momma!”

The best thing about walking to school was the fact that it wasn’t too far away. Fridays were my favorite school day, because Miss Cheerilee always had something special for us. As I walked, I tried to imagine where her surprise would be today, and I was really excited to find out. It wasn’t quite time for class to start yet, as the sight of the few ponies playing around when I opened the door told me.

Just like always, nopony asked me to play with them. I made my way to Miss Cheerilee’s desk, setting my lunchbox in one of her drawers.

“Dinky, what are you doing at my desk?”

Her sudden appearance almost made me jump. I mean, I wasn’t doing anything wrong, but it still startled me. “Oh, hi Miss Cheerilee! I-I was just putting my lunch in your desk so nopony could take it today.”

She started to smile, patting me on the head. “That’s a very good idea, Dinky, but next time please ask me. You shouldn’t mess with things that aren’t yours without permission, okay?”

I nodded slowly. “Yes ma’am, I’ll remember that.”

Being early was normal for me, and my usual routine was to play with the building bricks our teacher had in the back of the room. I’ll be honest, sometimes I have to face the wall because it hurts to be alone, and I cry, but this time I was brought to tears by something much different, and much worse.

Just when I finished making a little boat, a pink hoof slammed down right next to it and almost crushed it. “Well, well, well, what do we have here? The walking disaster just waiting to happen! Your big buddy’s not here to protect you now, and I want you to pay up for breaking my window and the town hall!”

Before I could even say anything, Silver Spoon picked up my boat and showed it to the filly who was speaking. “Look here, Diamond Tiara! What is this thing?”

They both raised their brows at it mockingly. Diamond Tiara took it from her friend and looked at it closely. “I don’t know, it looks like some kind of ugly bowl!”

I tried to reach for it, but she held it behind her to keep it from me. “That’s my boat! Give it back!”

Silver Spoon looked at it again before looking at me. “Aaw, how cute, it’s a little boat.” Right before my eyes, Diamond Tiara dropped it on the floor and they both kicked it, smashing it back into single bricks. A few even hit me, and the two girls picked some up that were close and began to throw them at me.

“This is what you get for ruining my house!” I was curled up into a ball, feeling the toys hit my back. However, it soon stopped and I heard two loud thumps.

When I peeked out to see what happened, both bullies were on the floor, and Scootaloo was in front of me. Beside her was the new filly that had just come from Manehattan, and I unfortunately didn’t remember her name. She actually kind of looked like Scootaloo… kind of. Actually, never mind.

I had trouble telling if the pegasus was brown or orange, but this earth pony was definitely brown, even if it was a pretty light brown. Not only that, but Scootaloo’s hair was obviously purple, where this filly’s was just a much darker brown. She was actually a little scary, seeing as how she was holding down the two bullies by herself.

“Hey! Let us go!”

The filly shook her head as Scootaloo went to get Miss Cheerilee. “No way! You two are great, big bullies, and we’re tired of it! I haven’t been here very long, but I know enough. It was real dumb of you two to mess with this here filly right out in the open.”

She had a really weird voice. I think Momma called it an… assent? Accent! That’s the word. This filly had a funny accent, but I couldn’t tell you where it came from.

“Now, Sprint, two wrongs don’t make a right, dear.” Sprint was her name! Our teacher nudged her off of the two friends, giving them rather scary looks. “Now that I have proof that you two are indeed the ones behind Dinky’s missing lunch, I believe you’ve earned the right to sit in time out when we play our game today.”

They weren’t quite perfect, but they spoke almost at the exact same time. “Aw, but Miss Cheerilee!”

The teacher waved a hoof in front of them. “No buts. There’s no excuse for your behavior. Now leave Dinky alone before I’m forced to speak with your parents.”

Neither of them said a word as they walked away, leaving me with the other fillies and our teacher. “Now Dinky, the next time somepony is mean to you, you come get me, okay?”

I just nodded, letting Miss Cheerilee go back to what she was doing. When she was gone, Scootaloo gave me a gentle elbow. “Why didn’t you just tell her in the first place?”

My tail tucked itself between my legs like a dog. “I… I didn’t want to be a tattle tale.”

Sprint patted my shoulder, sitting down beside me with a smile. “That’s not tattling, Dinky. It’s different when the problem is actually affecting you.”

“It is?” I tilted my head at the both of them as they nodded.

“Yeah, and now that we know we’re not the only ones that those two have been pushing around, we can all stick together.” The pegasus was smiling too, and it wasn’t long before I started to myself.

I looked from Scootaloo to Sprint, hugging them both. “Are you saying we’re friends?”

They both nodded again and returned my hug. “Yep!”

“Don’t forget us!” Two voices came up from behind us as Sweetie Belle and Applebloom joined in the hug. This was a big surprise, considering the unicorn’s big boost in popularity.

I found myself tilting my head again as I looked at her. This was actually a little confusing, now. “Even you, Sweetie Belle? You’re, like, the most popular filly in school right now! Why would you want to be friends with me?”

Once again, she hugged me, her brand new cutie mark standing out like a sore hoof around all of us who didn’t have ours yet. “Of course! We probably shouldn’t have, but we all just assumed you stayed alone because you liked to be by yourself. Rarity told me about how things really are, and now that we know Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are giving you a hard time too, we’re all in this together!”

This was too amazing for words. In about five minutes, I made four new friends and went from crying to smiling in the blink of an eye. Sweetie started talking again, and just that alone made me feel really good.

“That’s not all Rarity said. She told me to tell you that you can come over any time you want!”

Now that made me jump up. “Really? I can come see you after school and stuff?”

She nodded and I started to clap. This was the best day ever! Not only that, but when it was finally time for class to actually start, Miss Cheerilee made Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon sit in the back and let Sprint and I sit in their spots. This week’s big surprise was that the entire class would be all games! She wanted to teach about teamwork, so everyone had to be part of a group.

Knowing that, I got to play with all my new friends for the whole day, while the bullies were forced to write an essay about teamwork instead. As mean as it was, I couldn’t help but feel a little good watching them, like I had gotten back at them without doing anything.

Everything we did was just so much fun, and the fact that I was with ponies that wanted me there instead of having Miss Cheerilee put me in a group made it even better. We had a relay race outside, played capture the flag, and lots of other neat stuff. We didn’t win a lot of things, but it was too fun for us to even care about it!

Finally it was time to cool down for lunch time. Before we all got our food out, Miss Cheerilee reviewed the list of students and called me out. Turns out Monday was show and tell day, and it was my turn. This really was the best day ever!

The day only got better when I got to eat my own lunch for once, too, and I didn’t have to do it alone. All four girls sat with me and actually talked to me.

Sprint was the first to say something, even with a mouthful of applesauce. “So Dinky, what are you going to bring on Monday?”

I was a little grossed out by the food, but it was kinda funny too. “I don’t know. I don’t really have a lot of interesting things at home.” I took a bite of my sandwich and hoped that Sprint was the only who didn’t have a problem with talking with a full mouth. I really hoped this subject would get changed soon, and luckily it did.

Applebloom swallowed her own applesauce and smiled at me. “You know what’s starting next month, right? Family Appreciate Day! After what happened with Granny Smith, I can’t wait to bring in somepony else to show off!”

Scootaloo pointed her hoof right at Applebloom, causing her to jump. “Hey, do you think Miss Cheerilee will let you and Sprint bring Jet together?”

They both looked at each other for a moment before hoof bumping. I forgot Sprint was actually living with Applebloom. “That would be awesome! Heck, big brother already treats AB like he does me.”

I was honestly happy just listening to them, but my fellow unicorn soon brought the focus back to me. “Hey Dinky, you’ve never actually done Family Appreciation Day, have you?” She tilted her head after I shook mine. “Aw, is there any reason why?”

All I did was shrug. “Momma doesn’t wanna take any time off from work unless she has to. We don’t have a lot of money right now.”

Most everypony knew I didn’t actually have a dad, so none of them asked about that. Instead I was met with lots of apologies and hugs instead. “Why are you all sorry? It’s not like it’s your fault.”

Sprint began tapping her chin, and she looked like she was thinking really hard. “You know what? Why do we do that? Sometimes it seems just right to apologize even when you don’t do anything to be sorry for.”

We all shrugged and continued eating. As I finished my sandwich, I remembered the muffin Momma gave me and started to break it up. When I was done I had five pieces that I split between all of us.

“Try it! My mom makes the best muffins ever!” I didn’t let them push the pieces back even when they tried. “You’re my friends now. I like being nice to my friends!”

Well, I liked being nice to everyone. These girls were special, though. They were the first friends I ever had that weren’t grown-ups, and they actually talked back to me when I said stuff. Each of them took a bit of their muffin chunk, and their loud “Mm” brought a big smile to my face.

Again Sprint started talking with her mouth full. This time I just looked at my lunchbox until she was done, though. “Wow! This is amazing, Dinky! I’ve never had a muffin so yummy before!”

I tried to say something, but Scootaloo just had to give her input, too. “You said it, Sprint! You should come to the bake sale her mom has every Saturday.”

Now I needed to say something. I threw my hooves up to make sure I had their attention and swallowed what I was chewing. “Actually… Momma’s not having one tomorrow. She told me she’s not gonna be home since Mister Torque is taking her somewhere. She said I could go too, but I don’t want to be a burden.”

As soon as I was done, the unicorn clapped with a big grin on her face. “Hey! You should totally come over to my house for our sleepover! All of us are going to be there, and I’m sure Rarity won’t mind one more.”

My eyes widened. I’d never even been over to someone else’s house for more than an hour or two, let alone at a sleepover. I gave my friend a tight hug, almost squealing with excitement. “That would be the best thing ever! I’ll ask Momma if it’s okay, I’m sure she’ll say yes!”

They all smiled at each other, setting their left hooves on the table. It took a moment, but with all of them looking at me I finally got the hint and joined my own in the group before me. At once they all shouted, filling the room with the echoes of their excitement.

“Cutie Mark Crusaders Sleepover at Carousel Boutique! Yay!” With that, I could now say I knew what it felt like to be deaf, even if it was just for a few moments. Then something dawned on me.

“Wait, it’s a Cutie Mark Crusaders sleepover… does that mean you want me to-“

Sweetie held up her hoof, biting her lip and trying to keep her eyes focused on me. “Now, now, now, don’t get ahead of yourself, Dinky. Only the most daring and super cool ponies can join the Crusaders.”

My ears fell flat, but that was understandable. Still, it’s not like they actually said I couldn’t join. “So… could I earn my way in?”

They all had sly grins on their faces as they glanced at each other. I guess Sweetie Belle was the “leader” now since she was the only one with her cutie mark. “We’ll think about it.”

Again, it wasn’t an outright “no”, so it was good enough for me. We all continued our lunch in silence, finally focused more on eating than talking. All my friends seemed to really enjoy the treat I had shared, and that had me absolutely beaming.

The day went on with even more fun. As we played and laughed and danced and sang, I found myself really looking forward to going home as well. Don’t get me wrong, today had been the best day I’d ever had, but not I was eager to get home and tell my mom all about how awesome it was.

Eventually that time did come. Leaving and saying goodbye to my new friends was probably the hardest thing I had to do all week. Knowing I’d get to see them all again tomorrow made it a bit easier, but I’d have felt much better if I didn’t need to say goodbye at all. On the bright side, it wouldn’t be long before Momma got home so I could tell her everything.

I was actually in the middle of a tea party with Mr. Wags when she came through the door. Without any regard for the little paper top hat on my head, I pounced on my mom and put all my strength into the biggest hug I could give.

“Momma! Momma! Today was the best day ever!”

She started laughing, wrapping her forelegs around me with a huge smile. “Really? Please, tell me why it was so special!”