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Chapter 2

It was not long after Twilight and Rainbow Dash had left SugarCube Coner that the sun had set, and the moon had risen. Usually, when the moon was in the sky, all of the ponies in Ponyville would retire and go back to their homes to get some rest. But, these two ponies had a mission. They had to figure out if their suspicions that they had were true. They had to know if Rarity and Pinkie Pie were more than friends.

The sound of hoofsteps echoed across the small town. Twilight and Rainbow were rushing to get to Rarity's boutique. They both shared a lot of excitement having heard that Pinkie was with Rarity. They knew that if they were going to get to the bottom of this mystery, it would happen tonight. Rainbow Dash's curiosity would be put to rest and Twilight may learn something that her books could not teach her.

"So, what should we do once we get there? We can't exactly just knock on Rarity's door and ask if her and Pinkie are alone together, can we?" Rainbow Dash asked Twilight.
"Of course not." Twilight responded. "I have us covered. When we got back from taking care of the dragon I looked up a few spells that would help us with our research," Twilight said.
"Ok, cool," Rainbow simply replied.

Twilight and Rainbow Dash continued to run until they finally arrived at Rarity's Boutique.
"Okay I'm going to use one of my spells." Twilight said as she started to slowly approach Rarity's door. Twilight sat down in front of the Boutique, she slowly closed her eyes and began to focus. Her horn started shining, and a small aura of purple surrounded it.

Soon Twilight stopped, her horn stopped shining and she collapsed onto the ground. She was breathing heavily and had sweat beads going across her body. Rainbow walked over to Twilight. "Hey Twilight, are you oka-" Rainbow stopped talking mid sentence. She was looking down at Twilight, her mane frazzled and messed up, just barely covering one of her eyes. Her beautiful purple coat wet was from her sweat, and it seemed to glow in the moonlight.

Rainbow could not take her eyes off of her. 'Has Twilight always been this... pretty?' Rainbow thought to herself for only a second before pushing the thought out of her mind. Rainbow shook her head quickly and reached out her hoof for Twilight.
"Yeah, I'm fine Rainbow. It's just this spell is pretty hard." Twilight said through her hard breathing.

"So, do you need to cast it again, then?" Rainbow asked.
"No, it worked. See?" Twilight said as she pointed her hoof towards the outcome of her spell. Rainbow had no idea what it was that Twilight had made, or how it was supposed to help them. It looked like a big bubble. You could kind of see through it, but not completely, and it floated in the air.

"What is it?" Rainbow finally asked.
"It's a sound carrier!" Twilight said happily, "What it does, is it takes any noise that is near it and carries it throughout the enitre bubble!"
"How is that supposed to help us?" Rainbow asked. Twilight gave her a look that said, 'do I really have to explain it?' Twilight then walked over to the sound carrier and started to stretch it. She stretched it until it was about fifteen hooves long.

"What I'm going to do, is I'll shove this underneath Rarity's door. Then I'll find Rarity and Pinkie Pie by following their voices, and eventually the sound carrier will be close enough to them so that we can here whatever it is that they say!" Twilight sounded very excited about her plan, almost too excited. Rainbow understood what she meant, but there was one big flaw to Twilight's plan.
"Um, Twilight. I'm pretty sure that if Rarity or Pinkie Pie saw something like that crawl up next to them they wouldn't just keep talking like it's not there. They'd probably freak out." Twilight looked as though she were expecting Rainbow to point that out, she then said.
"That is why I'm going to be putting another spell on it, that will make it invisible. So, Pinkie Pie and Rarity won't be able to see it at all." Twilight then tapped the sound carrier with her horn and it turned invisible.

Rainbow did not understand how any of the magic stuff that Twilight did worked, but that did not keep her from being very impressed by the spell that Twilight had casted. "Woah, that's pretty cool!" Rainbow quietly yelled. Twilight, at this, got a huge grin. She was very happy to see Rainbow finally showing some interest in magic.
"I know, isn't it!" Twilight said.

"Okay, enough standing around. Let's do this!" Rainbow Dash said. Twilight then grabbed the sound carrier and flattened part of it. She then shoved it underneath Rarity's door and started to listen for any sounds that Rarity and Pinkie might be making. There was nothing. Twilight could not hear anything. So, she proceeded to shove more of the sound carrier under the door. She kept pushing and pushing, until finally she heard a giggle.

Twilight instantly pushed her sound carrier towards the source of the giggle. It started to get louder and louder. Soon Twilight could clearly hear voices. "Rainbow Dash" Twilight whispered "Come here, hurry!" Rainbow almost instantly appeared next to Twilight. They both put their ears next to the sound carrier. They were finally listening in on Rarity and Pinkie Pie.

"Whee! That was fun!" Rainbow and Twilight quickly looked at each other. They then both said at the same time,
"That was Pinkie Pie!" They started to listen more intently. They now knew that Pinkie was definitely over at Rarity's.
"What should we do now!?" Pinkie said cheerfully.
"I'm not sure, that was rather exhausting. I think I need to get my beauty sleep." Rarity responded.
"Oh, you're going to bed, already?" Pinkie Pie said.
"I'm sorry, darling. But like I said, I'm very tired, and if I don't get my proper rest I may get wrinkles." Rarity replied.
"Alright, I guess I'll go back home then."
"Oh, don't worry about that, darling. It's alright if you stay here for the night."
"REALLY!?!?" Pinkie yelled. When Pinkie yelled both Rainbow Dash and Twilight were forced to pull their heads away from the voice carrier.
"Of course! It's already pretty late, so we might as well make this a sleepover." Rarity replied.
"Yay! Sleepover!!" Pinkie yelled, again. Twilight and Rainbow could then hear a big thump and springs being pushed. They both guessed that the noise had to have been Pinkie jumping onto Rarity's bed. "It's alright if I sleep here with you, right?" Pinkie asked Rarity.
"Of course, after all we are ma-"*scrrzzzzz*.

At that moment the noise carrier deactivated. It had disappeared almost instantly. "WHAT!?!?!?!" Rainbow yelled. "What just happened?" Rainbow asked Twilight, angrily.
"I-I don't know! That shouldn't have happened." Twilight said.
"Well that's just great! Rarity was just about to say something really important. And now we'll never know WHAT!" Rainbow vented. Twilight was barely listening. She was thinking really hard about what could've gone wrong with her spell.

She had cast the spell perfectly. That spell should've lasted at least an hour, but it had barely made it past five minutes. Twilight went through the whole process of making the spell several times in her head. But no matter how many times she thought it through, she could not see anything wrong with the way she had casted the spell.

Twilight was soon broken out of her concentration by the sound of a door opening.
"Hello? Is anypony the-? Twilight? Rainbow Dash? What are you doing here? And why were you yelling?" Rarity asked the two ponies.
'Oh no oh no oh no! What are we going to do?' Was all Twilight could think. 'What should I say, what if I say something that sounds made up and Rarity finds out that we've been spying on her!?'
"We were just taking a walk." Rainbow said, calmly. Rarity looked confused by this answer.
"Okay, so why were you yelling Rainbow Dash?" Rarity then asked.
"Oh, that? I started running ahead of Twilight, and I wasn't paying attention to where I was going and hit my hoof on a rock. It really hurt, so I yelled in pain." Rainbow easily lied.

Twilight did not know how Rainbow did it, but she just came up with a completely realistic story in a matter of seconds. Twilight then realized how easy it was to rely on Rainbow. How dependable Rainbow Dash was. No matter what task you gave her, you knew that Rainbow Dash would not ever let you down. You could always count on her. After all, she was the element of loyalty.

"Oh, I suppose that makes sense." Rarity said "But why were you out walking at night anyway?" Rarity then asked.
"I dunno. Me and Twilight just felt like taking a walk together, so we did." Rainbow replied, yet again, very calmly. Rarity looked a little suspicious for a second, but then something hit her. Twilight was not really sure what it was, but Rarity had an odd expression on her face.

"Oh, okay. I get it, say no more Rainbow. I'll go back inside so you two can continue your walk. Goodnight." Rarity then giggled and closed her door behind her.
"What was that about?" Twilight asked.
"Who cares," Rainbow shrugged. "she bought our story. That's all that matters."
"Yeah, I guess your right. Well, I guess we can call it a night. I don't think we're going to get any more info with the sound carrier. And I'm too tired to try to cast it again," Twilght said. Rainbow then nodded her head in agreement.
"Alright. I guess we can continue tomorrow then."
"Sure. Although, I don't know what it is that we could do tomorrow."
"Well, I don't think anypony had any plans tomorrow, so Rarity and Pinkie Pie will probably just hang out tomorrow. So we could at least watch them." Rainbow suggested.
"Yeah, I guess we could start by doing that."

The two ponies then set a time and a location to meet up, then they said their farewells. As Twilight walked back to the library she thought of the things that occurred tonight. About Pinkie Pie and Rarity, about her spell. But most importantly, Rainbow Dash. For some reason, Twilight could not stop thinking about her. She then just assumed it was because she was happy to have a partner in one of her experiments, and continued back to her house.

Rainbow flew through the air, heading in the direction to her cloud house in the sky. She too was thinking about the things that occurred tonight. But like Twilight, Pinkie and Rarity were only a small thing that was going on in her thoughts. Rainbow could not stop thinking of Twilight. Especially how she looked when she collapsed after casting her spell. Through the entire night, she had not been able to get the picture out of her mind.

Rainbow tried and tried to get the image out of her head, but it never worked. No matter what she did, her head always went back to that image. Rainbow then arrived at her house, she walked in and laid down on one of her favorite clouds. She closed her eyes, so she could get some rest. But she found falling asleep to be a lot harder than usual. The image of Twilight still in her head made her unable to sleep. Rainbow tossed and turned for well over an hour before finally drifting off to sleep.

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Rainbow Dash woke up to a loud thumping noise. She rolled off of her cloud and attempted to wake herself up by rubbing her eyes with her hooves. She looked around to see what the source of the thumping was. After a few seconds Rainbow realized that the thumping was knocks on her door.

Rainbow looked out a window and saw that it was still dark out. It was definitely WAY too early to be waking up. The knocking continued.
"Hang on! I'm coming!" Rainbow yelled. She walked through her house and approached the door. What she saw when she opened the door was probably the last thing she expected to see.

"Twilight? What're you doing here? How are you even up here?" Rainbow asked, getting more confused by the second.
"I used the a new spell, and I used the balloon to get up here," Twilight said calmly, yet urgently.
"Alright, but what're you doing up here?" Rainbow asked again.

Twilight looked down at her hooves, and she awkwardly kicked one of her front hooves. "Um, well, I kinda, sorta needed to talk to you about something." Twilight said, very awkwardly.
"Well? What is it?" Rainbow asked, now growing impatient.
"Well, you see. Last night, there were a few moments where I kindathoughtaboutyouinawaythatfriendsshouldn'tthinkabouteachother." Twilight said, impressively fast, and even more quietly than Fluttershy.

"Do you wanna run that by me again, Twi? Kinda didn't catch the last part." Rainbow said, in a monotone fashion. Twilight again looked down at her hooves. Then she started talking to herself.
"It's okay Twilight. You can do this." Twilight said. She then drew in a big breath and let it go, slowly. "Okay. Last night there were times when I looked at you in a... different perspective." Twilght paused to get a response, but all she got was a face from Rainbow Dash saying to continue.

"Umm, a certain perspective that I haven't ever looked at another pony in. I am not sure why, or when, or how it happened, but I seem to be focused on you, more than usual." Twilight finished, her cheeks glowing red. Rainbow Dash had no idea what she was talking about. Nothing she was saying made any sense, so she decided to go with a simple approach.
"Twilight," she started. "speak English."

Twilight sighed. "Fine, I'll make it obvious for you." Twilight then ran up to Rainbow Dash and planted her lips onto Rainbow's. Rainbow did not know what was happening, but what she did know, was that she was enjoying every second of it. The deep and passionate kiss seemed to last for a lifetime, but eventually the two mares pulled apart, but they were still holding each other with their hooves.

Rainbow then looked Twilight in the eyes. She looked deep into Twilight's beautiful purple eyes. She then saw something shine in Twilight's eyes. It was an odd red spark. And Twilight continued to gaze into Rainbow's eyes as she let go of Rainbow, and as if Twilight were the only thing that kept Rainbow in her house, Rainbow Dash started to fall.

Rainbow Dash slipped through her house and was falling straight towards Ponyville. And for some reason, she wasn't able to use her wings. No matter how hard she tried, her wings would not listen to her. So she just kept falling. Rainbow Dash was mere seconds away from hitting the ground. She got closer and closer until finally.

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"AAAHH!" Rainbow yelled as she jumped off of her cloud. She looked at her surroundings and figured out she was back in her house. "Was it just... a dream?" Rainbow asked herself. It was a few seconds before she realized that her cheeks were so hot that she could have guessed they were on fire.

"What was up with that dream?" Rainbow asked herself. Rainbow continued to think about it, then she remembered how great it felt to kiss Twilight. How beautiful Twilight was, and how much she wanted to be with her right now. "Do I... love Twilight?" Rainbow asked herself.

Right when she said the word love, she realized that it was true. She was not sure when it happened, she had fallen in love with Twilight. And all she wanted to do at that moment was be near the purple unicorn. But, she would have to wait until they met up again that day. It seemed like it was going to be forever before she would see Twilight again.

"Twilight won't mind if I show up early, right?" Rainbow asked herself. "Hmmm, nah." She then took flight as fast as she could towards Twilight's house.

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Author's note,

Okay so, there still wasn't very much Raripie in this chapter, but next chapter will have more of it I swear! I hope you enjoyed this chapter, and I hope you continue to enjoy the rest of the story from here on.

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