• Published 15th Mar 2019
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A Healthy Lesson - StuffMyCrust

Silverstream is determined to help her friend, Anon, to recover from an illness he caught.

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Ch 4: Coming Back To Life

Dreams can be a very interesting thing. It can either be one in favor or one that could really traumatize one. When the bad ones hit, one doesn’t want to slumber the next night. For the most part, a bad dream can quickly awaken a being.

Anon quickly arose from his slumber after dealing with quite an interesting nightmare. It was in a dark realm where he watched his family get devoured alive by interstellar beings. He would then be the next victim when the alien would inject him with a microbe that would rupture his insides. A slow and very painful death.

“Phew….just a nightmare after all. Could’ve helped me out there, Luna” the human said short of breath.

After a minute of coming to full senses, Anon checked the clock and it read 5:09am. Typically Anon usually woke up right before 7:00am, but he just assumed going to bed a little earlier resulted in a little adjustment to his schedule. As much as the human wanted to resume sleep, he was wide awake now. He then decided to get himself out of bed and do typical morning stuff. The sun wouldn’t rise for another hour.

Anon went to the bathroom to do some business and checked his temperature. Good news is that his temperature was lower than yesterday, registering at 99.9 degrees. The medicine was doing their job after all. Silverstream would be overjoyed to hear the news.

After Anon brushed his teeth and showered, he went to his kitchen to start up some coffee and take some more medicine. Though he wasn’t fully off the hook, he was well enough to function more efficiently. As the coffee started brewing, music filled up the room. Anon was in a jazzy mood this morning.

Anon sat down on his couch and took a sip from the coffee. The sun started to rise up from the horizon. He then wondered when Silverstream planned to show up.

“Hmmm, I suppose I can get some materials ready in case we decide to review,” the human said walking towards his storage room to grab some books.

Once everything was set on the table, Anon then patiently awaited for Silverstream’s arrival.

Silverstream quickly awoke from a terrible nightmare she experienced. Within her nightmare, the hippogriff sat there, an emotional mess, as Anon would succumb to his illness and pass away. She would never be able to see him again, to tell him she loved him. But most importantly, she would lose her best friend.

As Silverstream gathered her thoughts, she was relieved that it was only just a dream. But the thought of it ever happening still scared the poor hippogriff. She needed to see him now, but her stomach told her otherwise signifying she was hungry. Breakfast was a necessity for the moment.

The hippogriff got out of her bed and styled her mane, getting herself ready for the day. She assumed since there was no class today, she would be able to sneak out a little early without getting caught. Once breakfast filled up her stomach, she quickly decided to make her way to Anon’s place. Before she left though, she was interrupted by Ocellus.

“Hey Silverstream, good luck out there, alright?” the changeling cheered on.

“Thanks Ocellus, I’m gonna need it”.

The commute to Anon’s place wasn’t really that long, only took about 3 minutes to get there. Silverstream hoped that Anon would be alright after having to leave him behind yesterday. She waved at a few other ponies here and there as Anon’s house came closer to view. Once there, she landed at his front door and knocked a few times. She hoped the human was at least awake.

“Guess that’s her…” the human said as he walked towards his door.

Anon opened the door and it revealed the hippogriff he was expecting. Before he could say anything, he was quickly bombarded with a tightening hug from Silverstream.

“Oh Anon, I’m so happy you’re still alive! I had a terrible nightmare where you died and….and…” Silverstream said as tears welled in her eyes.

“There...there it’s alright. I’m still here and am doing much better now thanks to you,” Anon said rubbing Silverstream’s mane.

A minute passed as Silverstream continued to hug Anon letting her tears leave a stain on his shirt. Anon didn’t mind though, the hippogriff was really worried about him and he enjoyed the moment nonetheless. Silverstream finally spoke once more.

“Please tell me you’re being honest. Are you seriously feeling better? You’re not feeling any worse now”?

“Silver, I wouldn’t lie to you. I’m doing a lot better now. My condition is almost back to normal now and you really helped me out yesterday. I can’t thank you enough for all that you do for me”.

Silverstream then resumed the hug as she was extremely happy that the human was near full recovery. Anon just couldn’t bare how adorable the hippogriff was. She always brought a smile to his face. She was an amazing friend.

“I can also say, your little lesson of friendship proved itself. You stuck around with me for the most part when I was ill, you’ve come a long way, Silver”.

“Y-yeah, I guess I have. I’m so glad to have been there for you, Anon,” the hippogriff said wiping the last tear out of her eye.

After a few more cute moments at the front door, Anon motioned Silverstream to come inside. The hippogriff happily obliged and she flew to his living room and sat herself on his couch. As she adjusted herself, Anon sat next to her and swallowed a pill.

“I thought you said you were feeling better”?

“I’m almost completely better, I’m just taking some more medicine to win the final battle in my immune system”.

“Ohhhhhh okay”.

Silverstream sat there for a moment, watching every movement Anon made. All in her mind right now was how she was gonna come clean to Anon. She wanted to tell him how much he truly meant to her and how she truly felt. But she didn’t know if now was the right time. She then noticed Anon was almost out of water.

“H-hold on, let me get you some more!” she said dashing towards the kitchen.

Anon sat there and had one thing in mind. Why was Silverstream staring at him in a very exotic way? He noticed lately Silverstream had been acting a little bit strange around him, but he never really thought too much about it. Was something bothering her? Perhaps he might bring something up about it later on. The hippogriff just finished an emotional breakdown at his front door minutes ago.

Almost a minute passes and Silverstream returns with a fresh cup of water. Her face had visible droplets of water, signaling she did water first then ice yet again.

“Here you go, Anon!” Silverstream said handing the cup to Anon.

“Thank you, Silver”.

Anon was a little dehydrated to begin with, so he almost slammed down the entire cup. Silverstream sat there yet again watching his every movement. The human assumed she was just doing it to be extra precautious in case he somehow collapsed.

“So….Silver, you wanna do that session we initially intended to do yesterday”?

“Uhhhh...sure, sounds good to me!” she said with an enthusiastic smile.

“So, what do you need some assistance on”?

“Hmmm...I was initially wanting some help on some healthy ways of friendship and treating yourself well, but….I suppose there’s still some things I’d like to understand better on the topic”.

“Alright, so what you need help with”?

“I guess...to be a real helpful, dependable friend. One that someone could always count me on. Professor Applejack stated that honesty is a big key to maintaining a healthy friendship and to also be honest with yourself, but…..I can never seem to be honest with myself yet I’m totally real with everyone else”.

Silverstream was just wanting help on honesty in general, sure she was honest with anyone besides herself, but she wants to be true to herself in general.

“Well yes, it is always important to be honest. Honesty is what makes you trustworthy and a dependable source for others. But if you aren’t honest with yourself overall, you’re only hurting yourself. You need to always need to just be you, be true to yourself and everyone around. If you can manage to be your best and not be false, you’ll be able to be a dependable friend”.

“But what if others wanna judge me for being true to myself”?

“Don’t let them get to you, if someone has a problem, you don’t give them the time of day”.

These helpful words were starting to come clear to the hippogriff. Overall, being honest with herself was just something she needed a more in-depth clarification on. She always knew Anon would give out the best possible answer, it’s why she asked him to be her tutor in the first place.

“Here, one second I’m gonna put my coffee up and wash it,” Anon said getting up from the couch.

“N-no, let me do it! You sit there and don’t push yourself, you’re still not completely better yet!” Silverstream said snatching the coffee mug out of Anon’s hand.

Once she returned, she brought Anon another cup of water since she noticed the previous one was almost empty. Silverstream always knew it was important to stay hydrated.

“Thank you, Silver...I honestly won’t know what I’d do without you sometimes. You’ve….treated me so well since I first met you and have always helped me out when needed. Just like now, helping me feel better for the past day, I don’t know how much I can thank you and repay my debt to you now”.

Silverstream processed those words. Every word that came out of Anon’s mouth brought a warm feeling in her chest. It meant so much to her that Anon was very thankful for her influence. But the last few words stuck out to the hippogriff more than the rest. Anon wanting to repay her for all his troubles, he felt as if he owed her something in return. Silverstream pondered the thought of how he could return such a favor.

Out of nowhere, a random thought struck the hippogriff’s mind. She might have an idea for how Anon could repay the debt he owed her. It seemed a little absurd, but she was considering the idea. She then spoke out.

“Ummm...I mean there is something you could do to return the favor, if you’re willing to do it for me,” she said with puppy eyes. How could Anon resist that anyways?

“You know I’d do anything for you, Silver”.

Silverstream was really gonna get Anon to oblige to what she had in mind. She was very nervous about it but deep down she thought it was worth a shot to try and win him over.

“C-could you...close your eyes for a moment?" Silverstream said with hesitation.

“Huh? Why do you need me to close my eyes”?

“Just do it….it’s a...surprise,” Silverstream said with a huge blush on her face.

“Ummm okay I guess?” the human obliged, curious as to what the hippogriff had planned for him.

A moment of hesitation and Silverstream leaned forward towards Anon. She stopped in place and knew she couldn’t turn back now. She was gonna pull it off. She leaned in a little more to Anon’s face and planted her beak to his lips, giving him a kiss. She could cherish the moment forever.

All Anon could think was just what had happened. Silverstream had just kissed him on the lips and he didn’t know how to respond. The hippogriff then ended the kiss and moved away. Anon had opened his eyes and just looked at Silverstream, who was severely blushing. Anon admitted it was quite the adorable display, but he had questions for the hippogriff now.

“S-silver? What was...that?” the human said in shock.

“A-a….kiss?" she said while her face was basically red now.

“Is there...something I should know”?

This was it, Silverstream couldn’t go back now. She had to tell him. Anon now basically had the general idea and she couldn’t deny. She decided she was gonna be honest with herself, just like Anon had advised minutes ago.

She sighed, “yes, there is something you should know...I love you Anon. I have always had a crush on you and I….I just feel all tingly inside whenever I’m around you. You always make me happy and….I really care for you….I can’t help it, I love you and I don’t wanna lose you for it and…” she said as tears began forming in her eyes.

Anon sat there registering every word that came out of the hippogriff. She loved him, she wanted to be his lover. Anon didn’t know what to say. Was it even okay to be with someone of another species? He then thought of how hippogriffs in general were hybrids so there were some interspecies relations going on there. But a human and a hippogriff, how would that even work? He knew he had to say something soon before Silverstream would get the wrong idea. He had to think fast.

“I...I honestly don’t know what to say Silverstream. Do you really mean everything you said”?

“I do….I’m scared, I don’t want to lose you, I want to be there for you...I just want you to accept me and not leave me behind,” she said sniffling.

Anon wondered why Silverstream would assume he would leave her behind just because she loved him in the way in which she wanted to be his lover. But did Anon feel the same way? Anon pondered the thought repeatedly. He needed a few minutes to think about it.

“Alright look, could I have a few minutes to process everything real quick? Don’t go anywhere, I’ll be right back. I’m not gonna leave you behind, got it”?

“O-okay…” the hippogriff said.

Anon then made his way do his bathroom and sat there for a few minutes. He needed to think about this whole scenario. Does he share the same feelings to Silverstream? Does he even want to commit to pursuing such a relationship with her if he did? All these questions shooting through his head. He was gonna need to be quick and not keep the hippogriff waiting.

“Fuck me honestly….” Anon said staring at himself in the mirror. This was gonna be a tough one to think out for sure.

Author's Note:

Alright guys, I know what y'all are thinking. Why cut off the chapter before Anon could make a decision? I just wanted to save the best for the last chapter, don't worry guys the next chapter will be the conclusion.