• Published 31st May 2012
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Wings for a Pony: Becoming Mommy - Brawney Hooves

Rainbow Dash learns what it means to be a mother as she raises her adopted son Clay.

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Rainbow Dash the Wonderbolt

“Clay I know you’re upset, but Mommy can’t stay home today I have to go to work.” Dash looked down at sad colt in front of her, feeling twinges of sadness and guilt as she looked into his brown eyes.

“But…but…I…I don’t want you to go Mommy.”

“I know, and believe me Clay, I want to stay home with you too. But the Wonderbolts need me to perform tonight.”

Clay was not happy with her answer. “But. . . today's Mother’s Day. . . I won’t even get to do anything with you. You’ll be gone all day!”

“Clay, I’m really sorry, but I can’t take today off. Spitfire is the one in charge and she needs me to be at Cloudsdale.”

“Can’t you just pretend to be sick like last time?”

“I don’t think I would get away with that again. . . and I don’t want you pretending you’re sick, either. Got it?”

Clay hung his head depressed.

“It’s not fair.” He muttered angrily

“I know it’s not, but I’m not the only mom working today. Dinky’s mom is working late too. Maybe you two could get together and play?”

“I don’t wanna play with Dinky! I wanna play with you!”

Dash began to rub her temples as she began to feel a migraine forming.

“Clay, honey I know that this isn’t fair, and I know that you want to spend time with me I do too. But the fact is that I have to go to work or else I can’t bring home bits so we can afford everything we have. Besides you’re birthdays coming soon don’t you want some new presents for your birthday?”

Clay looked up at his mother, his lip quivering. “All I want for my birthday is for you to be home, Mommy.”

Dash cocked an eyebrow. “You don’t mean that Clay.”

“I do…I…that’s all I want Mommy.”

Rainbow's heart was breaking into tiny fragments as tears began to stream down Clays face. Trying to calm him down she brought him in close with a foreleg and nuzzled his face.

“I'll be home for your birthday. I’ll even be up when you get up, I promise.”

Clay looked like he was about to speak, but he kept quite besides the occasional sniffle.

“Aunt Fluttershy’s going to stop by later to baby-sit you. So I need you to behave yourself while I’m gone, okay?”

“I…I will Mommy…and I’m not a baby!”

Dash chuckled. “I know you aren’t. Now go play while Mommy gets ready for work.”

Clay slowly walked up to his room while Dash followed behind. They both went to their rooms keeping quiet for the next thirty minutes. Soon after there was a knock at the door and Clay was the first to answer. He opened the door to reveal a butterscotch Pegasus with pink hair.

“Hi Aunt Fluttershy!” Clay said excitedly.

“Hello Clay, my you’ve gotten big since the last time I saw you.” Fluttershy whispered in her usual gentle, timid voice.

“Uh-huh. I grew three inches!”

“Oh my. Soon you’ll be as big and strong as Big Mac.”

“Really?” Clay asked stunned.

“Mm-hm. By the way is your mother still here?”

“Yep. She’s just getting her…uniform.” Clays face fell.

“What’s wrong Clay?”

“T-today is mother’s day.”

“Oh…I see.”

“Why does Mommy have to go to work? Why can’t she stay here?”

Fluttershy placed a hoof on Clay’s cheek. “Sometimes mommies and daddies have to miss out on things with their kids because they have too, Clay.”

“But…why does she have to go?”

Fluttershy looked at the heart broken earth pony and gave him a gentle hug. “Clay…would it help if we pretended that I was your mommy…just for today?”

“It wouldn’t be the same.” Clay sighed sadly.

“I guess not…I’m not as assertive as Rainbow is.”

As Fluttershy released Clay, Rainbow started to climb down the stairs.

“Thanks for coming Fluttershy. Sorry I can’t talk, but I need to get to Cloudsdale ASAP.”

“It’s no trouble, Rainbow. I love babysitting Clay.”

Dash ruffled Clay’s hair, then turned to open the door when something tugged at her back leg. She looked behind her to see Clay holding onto her leg tightly.

“Clay…stop it.”

Clay looked up at Rainbows rosy eyes and said in a small voice. “I’ll miss you, Mommy.”

Rainbow blinked as he released her leg and looked to the ground. She turned to him, sat down, and gave him a tight hug, feeling his soft little body against hers.

“I’ll miss you too Clay.” She kissed the top of his head and held the hug for a few more seconds before releasing him and standing back up. She gave his mane one last ruffle and then left the house where the sounds of flapping wings were heard outside.

Rainbow Dash had reached the stadium in Cloudsdale where she and the other Wonderbolts would perform that day. She spotted Spitfire and started to walk over when she overheard a young filly Pegasus and her mother talking.

“Do you like the tickets that me and Daddy got for you, Mommy?” The filly squeaked.

“I love them sweetie. I can’t believe that you and your father actually managed to get Wonderbolts tickets for the three of us!”

“Daddy said that you always wanted to see the Wonderbolts and I thought it would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift.”

The mother pegasus smiled her daughter. “I love my gift, sweetie, but I already have a great Mother’s Day gift.”

“What’s that, Mommy?” The filly asked curiously.


The filly smiled and hugged her mother as she returned it. “I love you Mommy.”

“I love you too, Humming Bird.” The mother replied.

As the two ponies hugged, Dash’s chest began to tighten due to what she was witnessing. She thought of Clay for a few seconds and continued her walk to the back of the stadium with her head dropped slightly.

“There you are, Rainbow Dash. You ready for tonight’s show?” asked Spitfire.

“Yeah, I guess.” Rainbow said unenthusiastically.

“Wow, what’s with you? I’ve never seen you so down before a show.”

“I just…have a lot on my mind right now.”

Spitfire raised an eyebrow. “Well, I need you at your best today, so leave that personal stuff at the door okay?”

Dash gave a slight nod.

“Good. Now come on, the others are already inside.” Spitfire pushed past the door, and Rainbow followed still looking sadly at the floor as she entered.

Dash was in the locker room with Spitfire and the other mare Wonderbolts, putting on her uniform from her saddle bag. As she placed the goggles over her head, she placed the saddle bag in her locker and was surprised when a piece of paper fell out and floated to the floor.

Dash picked it up and sat on a bench so she could unfold the paper. When she did she saw that it was a crudely drawn picture of a Pegasus Wonderbolt with a rainbow mane and tail, and beneath the Wonderbolt were bold colorful letters that spelled “HAPY MODERS DAY MOMY”

As Dash finished reading her eyes began to fill with tears and she found it difficult to suppress the sobs that threatened to escape her throat. She had never thought much about Mother’s Day before, mostly because it simply reminded her that she no longer had a mother. Yet right now it was the only thing that was filling her mind as she sat on the bench. She didn’t want to be here, she wanted to be with her son telling him that she loved him and playing games with him.

Rainbows sniffling caught the attention of Spitfire, who walked over to her coworker and saw the picture in her hoof.

“Rainbow…I’m sorry.”

“I shouldn’t be here.” Dash sobbed. “I should be at home with my son.”

Spitfire placed a hoof on Rainbow’s shoulder and gave a sympathetic look. “I know it doesn’t feel right. But we can’t do this performance without you.”

Dash wiped her eyes and placed the picture in her bag, then shut her locker. Then she put on her bravest face and left with Spitfire to perform.

So far the airshow had gone off without a hitch, all that was needed was her sonic rainboom and that would be the end of it. Dash soared as high as she could and then began speeding back down to the ground. She pushed the wind barrier, causing a large colorful explosion, but she didn’t stop. Instead she kept going and a few seconds later a second sonic rainboom exploded from Dash as she left a rainbow streak in her wake. The crowd went wild as the second explosion expanded across the sky. Rainbow landed on the stadium with Spitfire and the other Wonderbolts and bid the crowd farewell.

Spitfire and the others talked excitedly around Rainbow, not believing what they had witnessed.

“Rainbow Dash how did you do that!?” asked Surprise, a white and yellow Pegasus Wonderbolt.

Dash’s only response was a smile. As Spitfire and the others left the locker room, Dash stayed behind as she placed her jumpsuit into her saddle bag and placed it onto her back. She shut the door, and then reached into the bag to pull out the drawing Clay had made her and smiled at it as a tear began to run down her face.

“That was for you Clay.” She whispered.

Dash placed it back into her bag then left the locker room. As she left the building she saw Soarin, Spitfire and several other Wonderbolts looking at her smiling.

“Hey Dash, we’re going over to the thunder dome to celebrate a great show and your double sonic rainboom. You want to come with us?” Soarin asked eagerly. Dash looked to her coworkers and smiled.

“Sorry guys…but I have other plans.”

All the other ponies looked at her confused, except for Spitfire who smiled, knowing what she intended. Rainbow waved goodbye to the others and then took off into the sky, flying home as fast as she could to the pony that mattered to her more than anything in Equestria. Soon she was once again on solid ground and before she knew it the front door had flung open to have a small colt running up to her happily. Clay hugged her tightly and she did the same.

“I missed you Mommy.” Clay said happily as he continued hugging her.

“I missed you too, squirt.” Dash replied a small tear running down her face.

“I saw your picture.” She reached into her bag and pulled it out so he could see.

“Do you like it?” Clay said excitedly.

To be honest the words were misspelled, the lines weren’t completely straight, and the Wonderbolt didn’t look too much like her save for the multicolored mane. But Dash simply smiled.

“I love it Clay.” She gave Clay a warm hug, and he returned with a big grin on his face.

“Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy.” Clay said happily.

“Thank you Clay.” Dash whispered. The two ponies sat there enjoying the hug, as the sun began to descend leaving the sky a beautiful orange.