• Published 15th Nov 2016
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Five Letter Word - Enigmatic Otaku

Rainbow and Soarin' are expecting and deal with the hardships that come with it. One thing's for sure: he's sorry.

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Did I tell you that I'm sorry?

"Ugh," Rainbow grunted indignantly, the bathroom scale revealing to her that she weighed roughly ten pounds more since she last had the courage to check.

Stepping off the scale, Rainbow's thoughts skimmed the reasons as to why that was; her lack of exercise, her body's hormones, her growing food cravings that were getting more eccentric by the day (ice cream with pickles being a common combination for her), and the doctor's orders to stay in bed all came instantly to mind. Stupid doctor, what did he know? She was a pegasus--she was born to fly, to be active, not stay cooped up at home all day!

With another grunt, Rainbow trudged to the mirror, plopped her haunches before it, then pouted at her reflection. Staring back at her was the same mare she'd always known, only her mane had grown longer and disheveled in places (a byproduct of her having stayed in bed sleeping for the last month or so), and she had gotten a bit...well, thicker.

Rainbow raised her hoof, then gently traced the flat of it up and down over her swollen, even bulbous belly. No, as much as Rainbow would like to think that she'd simply gotten a bit pudgy due to laziness, the truth was far from obvious. She was pregnant, about ten months in, and oh did it show. The deed has long been done, and she had learned to accept that when she first learned.

"Stupid Soarin' not pulling out in time..."

Rainbow then scowled, silently berating herself for her silent little outburst. She didn't hate Soarin' for what happened--in fact, it was as much her fault as it was his--she just wished that they were a bit more careful. Though, in both their defenses, it was a passionate night that was well worth the memories. They even held onto the straps and gags that were partially responsible, which were frequently used whenever Rainbow's pregnancy mood swings landed on frisky.

Not to say that the experience was all rainbows and sunshine, of course, but Rainbow Dash both loved yet hated being pregnant. Due to hormones, she'd be happy-go lucky one minute, then an emotional wreck the next. It surely didn't help that she had the occasional lapse of morning sickness, frequent bathroom trips, and the constant feeling of bloating. Why, if it weren't for Soarin' waiting on her hoof and muzzle at every hour of the day whenever work allowed, she would have been driven crazy long ago.

Soarin', bless his little heart, he'd been her rock from the get-go. Being the honest stallion that he was, she expected him to support her when she broke the news to him, but never would she have fathomed that he'd suddenly propose to her on the spot. She accepted, of course; she loved that goofball, and no unexpected pregnancy was gonna change that. However, seeing as the ordeal of planning a wedding would put them both through several octaves of stress (which Rainbow could do without while she was still carrying the foal), they decided to postpone the event until a later date after the foal's birth.

Until then, Soarin' did just about everything for Rainbow. He'd make sure to wake up before her to prepare her breakfast in bed, buy her everything she had written on a list whenever he went on a grocery run, entertain her whenever the need for it arose, he'd even taken a side-job at the Wonderbolts academy training recruits so they've have extra bits saved up for the foal. As much as she loved him for all that, though, Rainbow couldn't help but worry if all his efforts were starting to take their toll on the stallion. To her, it seemed as if the bags under his eyes seemed to have doubled since...

"I'm sorry..."

Speaking of her husband-to-be, Rainbow could see him reflected in the mirror. He was in the corner, huddled on the bathroom floor, an apologetic look on his face. Again, much to her chagrin, he had just apologized, something he's been doing time and time again ever since she gave him the news. To say that it annoyed her would be an understatement.

"Can you stop with the 'sorry's already!?" she snapped, turning back to him. Soarin' flinched, getting even lower to the ground.

"I'm sorry..."

Irked, Rainbow grit her teeth. "What did I just say!?"

His eyes wide and face sullen, Soarin' replied with a near-quiet, "Sorry..."

"Ugh!" Rainbow relented, huffing as she turned back to the mirror.

She whipped her mane out of her face, then gave herself one hard look in the mirror as she tried to calm down. She knew that really wasn't her, that gargoyle that just flew off the handle at Soarin', and she hoped Soarin' understood that as well. He was just feeling guilty for being one of the factors that put her in her current situation, and he was just trying to express his atonement in any and all ways he could.

Darn her hormones, she didn't deserve such a stallion in her life.

Finally, after shutting her eyes and counting her slow breaths, Rainbow spoke.

"Soarin', I'm so--" she bit her lip, then tried again. "I apologize. I didn't mean to yell at you like that. You can, uh...you can unbatten the hatches now."

His expression easing somewhat, Soarin' rose, then slowly approached her.

"It's fine, Rainbow. It really is. And again, I really am--" he didn't really know what else to say other than: "--sor--"

"Stop it, alright! Just stop," Rainbow interrupted, her hoof over the mouth of Soarin's reflection. "Please...enough of that." With him opting to stay silent, Rainbow sighed in relief. She pressed her forehead against the mirror's cool glass, then took a breath before continuing. "Listen: it's not your fault. Ok, well maybe not all your fault, but...eh. What happened, happened, and no amount of 'sorry's is gonna change that. Besides," she turned to him, then gave his side a friendly punch, "we're way past the halfway mark, right? Won't be long now before we've got a little tike running around, and you can say all the 'sorry's you gosh darn please."

Soarin' rubbed his side, a low, light hearted chuckle escaping past his lips. However, mere seconds later, his smile faltered, and he gave Rainbow that same, irritating look before: the kind she just wanted to punch preemptively before it even had a chance to mutter that accursed five lettered word.

"Hey," she said, a hoof on her belly as she sat on her flanks. "Give it a feel. Come on."

After looking into her patient, rose-colored irises, then her round belly, Soarin' did just that. Slowly he raised his hoof, tentatively reaching it towards her stomach. Once it was near, he pulled his hoof back, hesitating for a fraction of a second before stallion-ing up and finally placing the flat of it against her firm yet soft blue fur. He couldn't help but crack a smile when her belly gave a bit of a squish to his touch.

"You feel that?" Rainbow said as she placed her hoof atop Soarin's. "Does that feel like something you should be constantly apologizing for?"

Soarin' stayed silent, feeling the comforting warmth radiating from her belly. To think, new life was growing within her, and in about a month's time, the two would finally get to meet their foal, be it a colt or filly. They didn't know what the foal's gender was, and they wanted to keep it that way until its birth. They saw it as a nice surprise to look forward to; a surprise they even convinced their doctor to refrain from spoiling whenever Dash and Soarin' went to his office for a checkup on the foal via ultrasound.

Moments later, Soarin felt a subtle 'thump' against his hoof, one which elicited an excited, childlike giggle from him.

"Oh my gosh, did you feel that!?"

Smiling, Rainbow nodded.

"Mhmm, sure did."

Soarin' felt a second thump, then a third. Quickly, he placed his ear against her stomach, listening to the sounds their foal was making. His lip curled upwards and quivered, a tear starting to form in his eye.

"They're gonna be great at hoofball, I just know it..."

"There you go," Rainbow cooed, her hoof stroking lovingly through his mane. "Feel better? No more apologies?"

Shutting his eyes with a sniffle, Soarin' nodded.

"Good...good," Rainbow uttered. "Hey, uh...you went to the store earlier, right?"

Again, Soarin' nodded.


"You remembered to get the ice cream?"

Another nod.

"Chocolate flavored?"

A second.

"The spicy potato chips?"

A third.


Right as he was about to make a fourth nod, he paused.

"Aw, shoot!" Separating himself from her belly, Soarin' facehoofed. "The pickles! How could I forget the pickles!? Rainbow, I'm so--"

"Uhp, uhp, uhp," Rainbow silenced, her hoof held over his lips. Suddenly, she grinned. "I guess I can let it slide this one time, but uh...I know one way you can make it up to me right now~"

"Oh?" Soarin' responded curiously as Rainbow removed her hoof from his mouth.

Her smile turning salacious, Rainbow turned, then sauntered her way towards the door with a purposeful sway in her hips, but not before raising her tail and running it under the stunned stallion's chin, beckoning him to follow.

Soarin just stood there, a dumbfounded look on his face as he watched her tail disappear in the direction of their bedroom, his wings slowly extending, and his mouth growing into a large, goofy grin.

"I'm sorry I don't forget the pickles more often," he uttered before following.

Author's Note:

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Comments ( 56 )

Inb4 enigma realizes there's five letters in 'sorry'

I'm glad the drama was very light. Nice little prompt-fic.

Dash is always funniest Mom because you just know she's going to be the most upset about the weight gain (except maybe Rarity) and the Doctor's orders involving amount of activity.

Klamnei #3 · Nov 15th, 2016 · · 1 ·


now write the sex please senpai

That was adorably awesome!:yay: SoarinDash is so cute, especially when their both put into a scenario involving a foal and/or pregnancy like this.

We all know there could be a sexy sequel to this... and I'm not even sorry for the suggestion.:rainbowlaugh:

That was really cute, I really like RD in this one.

7724179>>7724201 Yeah sexy sequel would be good please!:rainbowwild:

It's so fluffy!:rainbowkiss:

Rainbow ? help but worry if all his efforts were starting to take their toll on the stallion.

? = couldn't

7724145 was waiting for a 'NOOOO' from Soarin.

7724167 AJ wouldn't like it either, but only cause she couldn't do her chores and have the rest of the family falling all over her.
"AHhhh, will ya all stahp it! I'm so bored, will ya lemme apple-bucking do summin already?"

He was in the corner, huddled on the bathroom floor,

What the Sombra is Soarin doing on the floor?:rainbowhuh:
"Will you quit perving on my flanks, and stop doing that, you'll go blind for Clover's sake!"

went to his office for a checkup on the foal via ultrasound.

One day someone will be more inventive in this and come up with Lunar Echo Location Imaging, rebounding a Lunar pony's echo location signals off of the womb and 3D imprinting into a large magic imbued crystal, ideal keepsake.

his wings slowly extending,

I vote for 'his wings snapping out to a supersonic crack of a wingboner':rainbowwild:

Story Approver

Lot of people have issue making short one shots that work well. You do not have that issue.

Well done, very amusing for the short read it was. I know some are calling for a sequel, and I share that sentiment. Would be great to see this as a long story. Definitely.


"Sorry", and it's other variation, "I'm sorry."


Excuse me.


Its a nice little short story, good job dear sir.:moustache:

In which we find Soarin is Fluttershy's long-lost other brother.


his wings slowly extending,
I vote for 'his wings snapping out to a supersonic crack of a wingboner':rainbowwild:

Yeah, I read a lot of clop, and those are the two basic interpretations of what a wingboner looks like. Slowly rising to the occasion, or flaring suddenly at the rush. I also vote for the supersonic crack.

They totally banged. I just know it. :trollestia:

Delightful little story!


Story description in the featured box cuts off right at saying "...he keeps uttering the same word that annoys Rainbow to no end."
My first thought:
"Abort" :pinkiegasp: :rainbowlaugh: :twilightsmile:

(I'm a terrible person.) :trollestia:

Cute. This could do with a sequel.

So this story was basically about Soarin, if he was Canadian. I'm okay with that.

Luckily, Soarin had one pickle left for Dash at the end.

Ayyyy, you got it!

Gold star!

be it a colt of filly.

Little typo there, but anyway, it was an enjoyable read. :pinkiesmile:

But I just met you...
And this is crazy...

Haven't read this yet, but I just had to comment that saying "sorry" is my default reaction when I don't know how to react. It... annoys some people, but it virtually guarantees that no one gets TOO mad at you. That said, it's probably not a good habit.

This is a perfect example of why Soarindash is a unique shipping and my OTP.
They're just so cute together!:rainbowkiss::raritystarry::derpytongue2:

7726709 WE'RE ALL CRAZY! :pinkiecrazy:


And Soarins reaction at the end though :rainbowlaugh:

:duck: Cravings? I'll give you cravings ever get the wanting of licking gems?
:moustache: and fire proofing everywhere the baby goes?
:twilightsheepish: or her teething on the castle walls?
:twilightsheepish: what's so funny?
:rainbowwild: Letting my foal out over Ponyville diaperless!
:moustache: cool!

Despite not liking, hell even hating soarinxdash, this is a nice fic.

Also god damn it, I *JUST* realized that it was YOU who did it XD Chalk another one up to the list!

Where did you get that from?


Where did you get that from?

The pictures came from Derpibooru. The artist is was Kumkrum

:rainbowlaugh: I swear to god I thought Rainbow Dash was going to kill him if he said sorry one more time :pinkiecrazy:

If Soarin thinks he's sorry now, just wait until Dash goes into labor. No sorry in the world will keep him safe.

7724580 Shh! If you pump his ego up any more, his head will explode. :P





No, even worse...

What is the word?



While on the whole good, I wish a little more had been done with Soarin. It felt like you could have taken almost any male character and replaced Soarin with them; he didn't feel distinct enough. Basically, I wish there had been a little more to make the story feel like it was about Rainbow Dash and Soarin rather than Rainbow Dash and a stallion who happens to be Soarin.

Notes for later stories.

Wow, that was lovely! Thanks you for that! Short but very, very sweet!

Wow is all I can say. Honestly.

I loved how you pointed out she has patient rose colored eyes. Not only did you give her eyes a better adjective, you had shown that under that thought exterior, she is still beautiful. Although you'd expect that, she's in a little girls' show.

I also like how Rainbow was able to tell Soarin' he doesn't always need to say 'sorry'.

"I'm sorry I don't forget the pickles more often," he uttered before following

LOL:rainbowlaugh: Soarin you wouldn't see your kid if that happened!!:rainbowlaugh:

"I just had something the size of a watermelon forced through something the size of a lemon. How do you THINK I feel?" (From the movie Look Who's Talking ?(ICR)

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