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This story is a sequel to Finding Home

When Rainbow agreed to go on a date with Pinkie, she had some mixed feelings about it. Pinkie was one of her best friends, and they always had fun together. On the other hoof, Rainbow didn't usually like to date her friends. Still, it was just a casual date, and they were going to the Spitfire 500, one of the biggest aerial racing events of the year. How bad could it possibly be?

Oh, and there was also the teeny tiny fact that Rainbow had never been on a date with another mare before.

A story set in the Who We Become series.

Who We Become is a realistic romantic drama series focussing on queer characters. People sensitive to queer issues should take caution before reading.

While not a full collaboration, Mind Jack did write some scenes I was struggling with, and this story is better for it :rainbowdetermined2:
Thanks go out to Mind Jack, mouch30, elmago02, and Eddie Grammar for proofreading :pinkiehappy:
And thanks again to mouch30, or Dessert as they’re known elsewhere, for the cover art :yay:

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It was a very nice story though I am slightly sad at how it ended though it did still end well for the result you went for.

Not gonna lie, I was pretty tempted to make them wind up together in the end :twilightsheepish:
Glad you liked it :pinkiesmile:


Yea I would have been tempted too. It was strange how they go from slightly awkward to having some good chemistry.

They undeniably do work well together, and most of the awkwardness was just in Rainbow’s head (everything was her POV, after all), so once she decided to stop worrying about it, it completely stopped being awkward.

Thank you for this fic. I've been going trough a rough time but some cute Rainbowpie is good for the soul. Have a fave.

Glad I could help cheer you up, even if I'm a bit surprised this did the trick even with the ending being what it is :twilightsheepish:

7440149 It's hopeful, at least.

You suck! You suck more than the suckiest thing that ever sucked! You suck so much. Just, like, so damn much.


Wait, no, that's not quite right. What's...what's the opposite of that, again?


Ah, yes, thank you Neil.

Seriously though, I loved the story. It's sad that they didn't get together, sure, but you like what you like and sometimes that won't change. Also, it's nice to see that they're still friendly without the unnecessary angst that people tend to shoehorn into any kind of breakup. Don't get me wrong, there are certainly breakup scenarios where the angst is justified and works really well (which I'm sure we'll see you handling just as well in another certain story on your writing list), but sometimes you actually can go into a date as friends and stay that way when all is said and done. So I'm glad that this ended with them still getting along so well and being the same friends that they were before, even if Dash couldn't feel the same way. So great job on another fun story.

So I checked this comment at work, and just started laughing in the middle of the store. I closed my phone without reading anything but the first part of the comment to keep from having to explain to anyone why I was laughing, and spent a good ten minutes expecting this to be a very different comment than it was. Not that I thought you were seriously upset, but still.

Anyway, glad you enjoyed it :twilightsmile: I tend to dislike the tendency some people have of making every character's orientation be completely flexible, and who better to be completely straight than Rainbow Dash? Having the rainbow themed tomboy be hetero in a story with more than a statistically likely amount of gay characters was one of the first elements of the story I thought of.

Booyah! If I've managed to make someone laugh inappropriately in the middle of work, then I've done my job.

And yeah, I can understand where you're coming from with RD. I love her in plenty of different pairings, straight or otherwise, but it's nice to see her in a story where she gives going on a date with a mare a shot because she already likes the mare that's asking, but ultimately...you know...just isn't into it, and really is just straight mare who happens to enjoy traditionally masculine things. Not a mare who never dated another mare before, and suddenly discovers that she's totally gay/bi because it conveniently suits the ship.

Sweet! Glad to see that the story turned out well. Thanks for letting me use my OCs in the race. I find it hard sometimes using ones I'm unfamiliar with.

Of course :scootangel: Thanks again for your help, I think having those extra scenes pull us out of Rainbow's head for a bit goes a long way :yay:
And I don't think I've ever mentioned, but I seriously love Storm Warning :ajsmug:

Me too. He appears in my future story, which will be up after my current rotation of chapters.

So how is this technically a sequel to Finding Home when it had nothing to do with PinkieDash?

Finding Home features Pinkie flirting with Rainbow over several months, then asking her on date in the last chapter, which is what led to this story. Additionally, both are part of a on going series, Who We Become, and both stories will be referenced in inevitable sequels.

7445537 So if Pinkie and Dash are in that story, how come they're not among the listed characters?

Because they aren't main characters in it. Fimfiction allows for five character tags, so that people focus on main characters in the tag. Say someone was looking for Pinkie Pie stories, they may be interested in Up in the Air, since she's one of the main characters here, but probably wouldn't be interested in Finding Home, where she appears in like six chapters (out of twenty-three, so not really a sizable amount).

7445537 Where in the last chapter of Finding Home does Pinkie ask Rainbow on a date?

The actual asking happens off screen. What's shown of it is Pinkie telling Twilight she's looking for Rainbow; then later Rainbow starting to tell Fluttershy about it, but getting distracted before she can tell her the full thing; then later Rainbow tells Sunset about how Pinkie asked her out, and Sunset suggest she accepts, which leads to this story.

Two things I love about this story:

1: It has PinkieDash in it.:pinkiehappy::rainbowkiss:
2: It was published on my birthday!:rainbowdetermined2:

That's awesome :yay: Happy belated birthday to you :raritywink:

Awww, you don't suck that much. :scootangel:

In all seriousness though, yeah, if you're not into someone you can't force yourself (though some people do, to not so great results I'm sure). I'm actually glad you went this way in this story. I guess well have to get our DashiePie fix elsewhere this time.

I knew no one who read my other stories would have a problem, but I was honestly expecting Pinkiedash fans to throw some shade :twilightblush: Glad to say it didn't happen, or at least hasn't happened yet :scootangel:

Glad you liked it :ajsmug:


Nah. If you had done it by making one or both a real bitch (aka OOC) then you might have some people mad. Most of us can understand having Pinkie liking Dash and it may not apply the other way around but it was nice to see Dash try anyway for Pinkie.

Here's me. Throwing shade.
When Dash said nah I was like COME ON.

Finally! Someone had to say it lol
Truthfully, I love them together so much that I wanted to make things work by the time I was done writing :twilightsheepish:

It's supported by canon!
And after I read Vaguely Familiar years ago I was unable to unsee it.

Is Storm Warning supposed to be Dale Earnhardt?

There’s so many ship moments between all the mane six in the show, they’re all supported by canon if you look for it :raritywink:

He’s not actually my OC, so I couldn’t say. Mind Jack, regular editor of mine, stepped in to help with the racing because I’m bad at sports. It’s quite possible though, since I did specify that the race was meant to be more NASCAR than like a footrace.

Well sure, but certain ones are supported the mostest.
There's a lot of friendshipping in canon to get across that these six are all good friends, but there's a bit more between at least Rarity and Applejack and Pinkie and Dash.

Bestfriendshipping :yay:

lol to be honest I do ship the hell out of Pinkiedash, I just... love the idea that Rainbow is straight while many of her friends aren’t :scootangel:

Very nice. Don’t see many stories where it has this kind of ending.

Yeah lol, I was a bit nervous about doing this kinda thing, and I had even considered changing my mind while writing it because I love Pinkiedash so much. But I’m pretty happy with this story, and think I made the right call on it :scootangel:

I would agree. And not just because you seem to be at your best having your characters go through varying levels of disappointment and pain.

This was cute and wholesome! Leave it to Dash to try anything once, especially for a friend. And they still had a good time and no one's feelings were hurt!

I figured we were either getting this ending or it was all going to be a misunderstanding and Pinkie never intended it to be a romantic date. When the kissing started my second guess was losing ground.

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it :twilightsmile: Both the idea of conflicting sexual orientations and the idea of a shipfic where the relationship doesn't actually develop were always appealing to me because you just never see that in fanfiction, and I'm still proud of how this story turned out. Always nice to see people giving this story a read after it's been so long since I wrote it :yay:

Interesting take. Being so short I don't have all that much to say about it(I feel like I said that for another WWB story too :trixieshiftright: ) but I did enjoy it. It is very true that it's so rare to see a story like this, where the proposed relationship doesn't actually happen, but I do wonder about Rainbow. Figuring out your sexual orientation can be absolute Hell, especially since Rainbow spent so many years adamantly maintaining that she was straight. As we all know, sexuality goes far deeper than just straight/gay/bi, so maybe one day Rainbow will reach a more concrete answer.

All I’ll say on the topic of Rainbow’s orientation is that I wrote her a specific way (that way not necessarily meant to be clear to readers at this point) and have plans for her in the future regarding her relationship. I’m glad you enjoyed the story with or without much to say :scootangel:

I just realized now that my author’s notes here don’t link to the next WWB fic. You may well have already seen the next story is In Pieces elsewhere, but if not, here’s a link :ajsmug:


Ayep, that one's next, and then I'll have read every story in this series. That one should be very interesting, being it's an Amber story!

Pinkie helped Rainbow up, and together they stumbled their way to their room. Pinkie let go of her when they reached the door, and she tried to fit the key in the hole.


Rainbow sighed and knocked on the door. “Hey, uh, we’re really sorry!”

And drunk!

The hotel room. Of course, that’s what she really needed to remember. Pinkie had climbed into bed, and Rainbow went to the other bed. Somehow – and she honestly couldn’t remember how – she was pretty sure that they wound up in the same bed anyway. She figured Pinkie must have come into her bed at some point, and she was okay with that.

The power of the Author compelled your bodies to be on the same bed

I honestly never expected them to actually date, but since I'm reading this after In Pieces, I can tell they have a relationship closer than friendship and just short of dating. I also wouldn't say friends with benefits (unless I could say it without meaning sex, which I probably can but many wouldn't really understand). So basically, any ideal platonic friendship, for me, takes form in what you managed to create here and on In Pieces.

I honestly don't think it's sad they didn't actually started dating, because this story brought them closer together than ever, so I count it as a win in a lot of ways, actually. Really great.

I was prepared for people to be upset that the characters don't get together and then no one was lmao. Glad you enjoyed it, and yeah I think Pinkie and Rainbow have a pretty ideal relationship tbh

I don't really think there's anything to be upset about. It's not like they were about to get married and then their baby died or something

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