• Published 28th Jul 2019
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Romantic Mischief - TheHardie-Boy

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A Very Happy Hearths Warming (by Peni Parker)

Hearths Warming Eve had arrived once again. And as usual, Twilight Sparkle had waited until the last minute to decorate the castle.

“Spike!” the alicorn princess yelled from in front of the library, “Spike, where’s that mistletoe?!”

“Coming right up, Twilight,” Spike yelled back as he dashed through the hallway heading towards the library.

Needless to say, Twilight was freaking out. It was her first Hearths Warming with Starlight and Jake, and she wanted everything to be perfect, which of course included having plenty of mistletoe hung throughout the castle.

“Here…you…are,” Spike said in between breaths as he reached the library.

“Perfect, thank you!” Twilight elated as she took the mistletoe from Spike with her magic and hung it over the library’s door.

“Don’t…mention…it.” Spike continued to pant.

Twilight looked down and Spike and, seeing how exhausted he was, decided that maybe it was time for them to take a break. After all, they had been working on the decorations since dawn.

“I’m sorry I’ve been so demanding today, Spike,” Twilight said as she made her way into the library. “It’s just, this is my first Heaths Warming with Jake and Starlight, and I really want to make it special,” She continued as she took a seat on the couch.

“It’s okay, Twilight,” Spike reassured as he took a seat next to Twilight. “I get it. And besides, all this decorating hustle-and-bustle isn’t any worse than last year.”

Twilight gave Spike a quick look that seemed to say ‘Really?’, but she just as quickly broke it and gave a small sigh.

“It’s just, I was kind of hoping we could all put up the decorations together,” Twilight lamented. “But Starlight wanted to spend time with Trixie today and Jake just disappeared saying he had stuff to do. What if they don’t want to spend Hearths Warming together at all?”

A tear began to form in Twilight’s eye as Spike put his claw on Twilight’s shoulder.

“I’m sure that's not true,” he comforted her. “Besides, Starlight said she’d be back before dinner, and Jake’s probably just doing some last minute shopping.”

Spikes words helped put Twilight at ease.

“You’re right, Spike,” she affirmed as she wrapped her wing around the little dragon. “I’m sure this is going to be the best Hearths Warming ever.”

“The best,” Spike reiterated.

Twilight broke the wing hug and stood up from the couch with vigor.

“Come on, let’s get the rest of the decorations up!” she enthusiastically stated as she started heading towards the door. Spike stood up and slowly followed.

“So much for a break,” he whispered to himself.

The rest of the decorating only took a few hours. Twilight and Spike were both resting in the Map Room when Starlight Glimmer returned.

“Hello? I’m back,” Starlight said as she poked her head into the Map room.

“Hi,” Twilight replied in a somewhat tired manner, not even bothering to get up from her seat. “How’s Trixie?”

“She’s fine,” Starlight answered as she made her way into the room. “But what happened to you two?” she inquired, noticing Twilight’s and Spike’s semi-exhausted states.

“We spent the whole day putting up decorations,” Spike stated somewhat dryly.

Starlight just looked at her two friends with a confused expression.

“Wait, why did you wait until Hearths Warming Eve to put up decorations?” she asked.

Twilight didn’t give an answer, she just gave a blank stare. Spike simply rolled his eyes. Rather than make things more awkward than they were already starting to become, Starlight changed the subject.

“So, where’s Jake?” She asked.

“No idea,” Twilight answered with a shrug of her shoulders. “He just left this morning saying that he had some things to take care of.”

The vagueness of Twilight’s answer was concerning to Starlight. On her way back to the castle it had begun to snow and as she looked out the window she noticed it was snowing even harder.

“He didn’t say where he was going or how long he’d be?” she asked for clarification.

“I’m afraid not,” Twilight somberly replied, picking up on Starlight’s concern.

“Jake’s a tough guy,” Spike spoke up. “I’m sure he’ll be back soon, safe and sound.”

Just as Spike finished speaking, the sound of the front door opening was heard. Twilight, Starlight and Spike all made their way out to the foyer to see Jake Taylor coming in from the cold, wintery weather with two boxes in his hands.

“Jake!” both mares said as they rushed over to their boyfriend.

“Hey girls, whoa,” he greeted his marefriends as they embraced him in a warm hug. “Everything okay?” he asked.

“Everything’s fine,” Starlight said as she tightened her hug. “We’re just glad you’re back safe.”

“Where have you been all day?” Twilight inquired.

“I had some last minute shopping to do,” Jake replied as he put his boxes down and returned the hugs. “Sorry if I made you worry.”

Twilight broke her hug, followed by Starlight doing the same, and started ‘Twilighting’, as her friends put it.

“Worry? No, we weren’t worried, at least I wasn’t worried, where you worried Starlight?” she said as she turned to her pupil.

“I might have been worried a little bit,” Starlight admitted, a light blush crossing her face.

Twilight turned back to Jake and continued her ‘Twilighting’.

“Well I wasn’t worried, I’m just glad your back because…now we can exchange gifts,” she fibbed. “Spike was getting tired of waiting but I told him we weren’t going to start without you, hehe.”

Jake turned to Spike to see him glaring at Twilight for clearly throwing him under the bus rather than admitting she was worried.

“Well, we can exchange gifts now if you want. Just give me a few minutes to get these wrapped,” he said as he picked his boxes up off the floor.

“Yeah, I gotta get my presents from my room,” Starlight said.

“Okay, let’s all meet up in the library in 10 minutes then,” Twilight suggested.

Everyone nodded in agreement and went their separate ways, except for Spike who started following Twilight.

“Told ya he was just doing some last minute shopping,” he whispered.

Twilight, Starlight, and Spike were all seated around the fireplace in the library, waiting for Jake.

“Why is it that we keep waiting around for Jake today?” Spike commented.

Both Twilight and Starlight gave Spike a disapproving look just as Jake walked into the library with the two boxes from earlier, and a new third one, now covered in colorful wrapping paper and bows, though not well.

“Sorry for the wait,” Jake apologized as he sat down. “I’m not the best gift wrapper in the world.”

“Clearly,” Spike said softly. “Ow,” he said as Starlight gave him a light jab.

“No worries, Jake,” Twilight said. “But now that you’re here, we can get started. Who wants give out their gifts first?”

“Ooh me, me,” Spike excitedly volunteered.

Starlight playfully rolled her eyes as Twilight let out a small giggle.

“Okay, Spike, you can go first,” Twilight said.

“Sweet,” the little dragon said as he handed out his gifts. “Hope you guys like them.”

Twilight, Starlight, and Jake all opened their gifts at the same time. Twilight got a book about the history of the Greco-Pony Empire, Starlight got a new kite shaped like a dragon egg, and Jake got a Power Ponies comic book. All three of them thanked Spike for the thoughtful gifts.

“I guess I’ll go next,” Starlight stated as she levitated her gifts over to their recipients with her magic.

Once again, everyone opened their gifts at the same time. Twilight got a the new Daring Do book, Spike got a Power Ponies comic book (different for the one he’d given Jake), and Jake got a hoofmade coupon book containing such redeemable coupons as ‘Good for one free hug’ and ‘Good for one free cuddle’.

Twilight and Spike thanked Starlight for the gifts as Jake tore one of the coupons from the book.

“I think I’ll redeem this one now,” he said as he presented Starlight with the ‘Good for one free hug’ coupon.

Starlight giggled as she took the coupon with her magic and gave Jake the biggest hug she could.

“Thanks, Glimmy,” Jake said as he returned the hug.

“You’re welcome, “ Starlight replied softly.

The two broke the hug and Twilight volunteered to go next. She passed out her gifts and, to no pony’s surprise, they were all books. Starlight got a book of advanced spells, Spike got a book about various magical creatures, and Jake got what appeared to be a blank book.

“Uh, Twilight, there’s nothing in this book,” Jake commented.

“That’s because it’s a scrap book,” Twilight enthusiastically explained. “I figured you could put all the pictures from your travels in it.”

‘Leave it to Twilight to turn organization into a gift,’ Jake playfully thought to himself.

“Thanks, Twily, I love it,” he said aloud.

Twilight just smiled as she began to blush.

“I guess that just leave me,” Jake then said, “But before I give out my gifts I have a small request; is it alright if Spike gets his gift first, and then I give Twilight and Starlight their gifts at the same time.”

The two mares and dragon exchanged quizzical looks but didn’t object to the request.

“Okay then,” Jake said as he handed Spike his gift. “Here you go Spike.”

Spike quickly opened it to reveal an assortment of rare gems, causing his eyes to become as wide as dinner plates.

“Whoa, where did you get these?!” Spike said in disbelief.

“They’re from a cave Maud told me she discovered last week,” Jake clarified. “She took all the samples she needed out of it, so when I asked if it’d be alright to take some for you, she said okay.”

Spike could barely contain his gratitude as he leapt from his seat and hugged Jake.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!” he exclaimed.

“Don’t mention it, buddy,” Jake replied as he gave Spike a few pats on the head.

Twilight and Starlight couldn’t help but giggle at the scene playing out before them.

“Okay, Spike,” Twilight spoke up. “I’m glad you like you like your present, but I believe Jake still has more gifts to give out.”

“Oh, yeah, hehe, sorry,” he said as he broke the hug and returned to his seat.

Jake couldn’t help but chuckle a bit, feeling happy that Spike liked his gift.

“Okay, now for Twilight and Starlight,” he said as he handed his marefriends their gifts.

Both mares opened them at the same time. At first, each mare gave a look of confusion at what they had received, but when they each held them up with their magic and saw what the other had gotten, they were at a loss for words.

Jake had given both of them half of a heart shaped necklace.

Starlight and Twilight could feel tears forming in their eyes as they turned to Jake.

“I wanted to give you both something that symbolized our relationship,” Jake explained. “I know that what we share is unconventional, and sometimes even a bit confusing, but it still means more to me than words can ever describe. Each of you holds a piece of my heart, and when we’re all together my heart is whole. I love you both so much,” he concluded as his emotions started to show.

At this point both Twilight and Starlight were unable to hold back their feelings any longer. They started crying tears of joy as they embraced their boyfriend.

“We love you too, Jake,” Starlight managed to say through her tears.

“So, so much,” Twilight added.

Jake hugged his marefriends back and started to cry himself but kept a better composure.

“So, I take it you like the necklaces?” He asked.

“They’re wonderful,” Twilight assured him, planting a small kiss on this cheek.

“They’re the perfect gift,” Starlight reassured as she planted a small kiss on Jake’s other cheek.

Jake pulled the two mares in closer as Twilight nuzzled his chest and Starlight nuzzled his shoulder.

“Aw geez, get a room you three,” Spike playfully commented in a choked-up tone.

Jake, Twilight, and Starlight all looked over at Spike, having forgotten that he was still in the room. The baby dragon was trying to hold back tears of his own, obviously having been affected by the powerful displays of affection he’d just witnessed.

Twilight broke the three-way hug first as she tried to compose herself.

“M-maybe we should all call it a night,” she suggested.

Starlight broke the hug next, also trying to get a better hold of her emotions.

“Y-yeah,” she agreed. “It’s been a long day for everypony.”

With that Spike quickly stood up and made his way towards the door.

“Thanks again for the presents, you guys,” he said on his way out.

After Spike had exited the library, Jake felt a twinge of guilt. It wasn’t his intention to cause such a scene over his gifts, and it certainly wasn’t his intention to make it right in front of Spike.

“I hope he’s okay,” he commented.

Twilight picked up on the distraught emotions behind Jake’s words and put her hoof on his shoulder.

“I’m sure Spike’s fine,” Twilight assured him. “He just got caught up in the state of the room is all.”

“Yeah, you know Spike,” Starlight interjected. “Deep down he’s just a big softie.”

Jake felt a bit better after hearing his marefriends reassuring words.

“Thanks girls.” He said.

Both mares gave Jake a warm smile as they all got up and made their way out of the library.

“Well, since it’s your night with Jake, Twilight, I’ll see you both in the morning,” Starlight said as she made her way back to her room.”

“Starlight, wait!” Jake yelled down the hall before Starlight got too far.

Starlight stopped and turned around to see Jake closing the distance between them.

“I was thinking,” he continued. “Since it’s Hearths Warming Eve, maybe all three of us could share a bed tonight.”

The suggestion caught both mares by surprise. In the time since their relationship with Jake had begun, there had never been a time when all three of them spent the night together. They quickly gave each other a look, but simply smiled.

“I’m okay with it if you are, Twilight,” Starlight said.

“I am, I think it sounds like a great idea,” Twilight affirmed.

Jake smiled back at his two marefriends as they all made their way to Twilight’s bedroom (since Twilight had the largest bed in the castle).

Once there, Jake took a seat on the bed as Twilight and Starlight took a seat on either side of him.

“So, how are we going to do this?” Starlight inquired.

“Well, I guess the simplest way would be for Jake to be in the middle and you and I will each take one side of him,” Twilight suggested.

“Makes sense to me,” Jake said as he laid himself in the middle of the bed.

Starlight moved over to Jake’s right side and Twilight to his left. They both wrapped their forehooves around his chest as he wrapped his arms around them as they began their first ever three-way cuddle session.

“Ah,” Starlight sighed in contentment.

“Hmmm, this feels nice,” Twilight softly whispered.

“Yeah, it really does,” Jake replied as all they all began to fall peacefully to sleep.

As the sun rose on Hearths Warming Day, Jake was the first to awaken, and to an unusual sight. Somehow during the night, Twilight had rolled over to his right side and ended up cuddling with Starlight. Not wanting to disturb them he slowly got up and made his way out into the hall, quietly closing the door behind him.

“I wish I could see the looks on their faces when they wake up,” Jake whispered to himself. “But I could really go for some breakfast right now.”

As he walked into kitchen he was surprised to see Spike already there, making enough toast, pancakes, and cinnamon buns for everypony.

“Morning, Jake,” Spike greeted him as he placed a fresh batch of toast on the table.

“Wow, Spike, how long have you been up making all this?” Jake inquired. It’s wasn’t that unusual for Spike to be up early making breakfast, but for him to make this much had to have taken him a while.

“Just about an hour,” Spike replied.

Jake took a seat at the table as Spike went back to preparing more breakfast.

“Hey Spike, about last night,” Jake started to say. “I’m sorry things got so emotional. I hope we didn’t make you uncomfortable.”

Spike looked over to Jake as he continued preparing more pancakes.

“It’s fine, Jake,” Spike solemnly stated. “I know you, Twilight, and Starlight are in a relationship, and I’m really happy for you guys, but sometimes it’s just difficult being on the outside looking in on that kind of stuff.”

Sensing Spike’s distraught state, Jake got up from the table and put his hands on Spike’s shoulders.

“Spike,” he said as he made the young dragon look him in the eyes. “I understand how you feel, but I don’t want you to ever feel like you aren’t a part of this family. We may not have an intimate relationship, but I still care about you a lot. You’re like a little brother to me, and I know Twilight and Starlight feel the same way.”

Spike simply smiled at Jake’s kind words and gave him a quick hug.

“Thanks, Jake. I care about you a lot too,” he said.

Before the situation could emotional elevate further, both Jake and Spike heard the sound of two mares screaming.

“Well, I guess Twilight and Starlight are up,” Jake said as he returned to his seat.

“Okay, but, why did they just scream?” Spike asked, having a feeling Jake knew something he didn’t.

“Oh, I’m guessing because they realized that at some point during the night they started cuddling with each other,” Jake answered nonchalantly.

Spike couldn’t help but laugh as he pictured Twilight and Starlight cuddling with each other.

It wasn’t more than a minute later that the two mares entered to kitchen.

“Morning,” they both said almost in complete unison, trying to hide the blush on their faces.

“Morning,” Spike reiterated.

“Morning girls, happy Hearths Warming,” Jake replied as he swallowed some toast.

“So, sleep well?” Spike asked in a sly manner.

Twilight and Starlight’s blushes only grew larger as they each took their seats at the breakfast table.

“Oh, yeah, super well,” Starlight said trying to act as normal as possible, and failing.

“Yeah, me too, best nights sleep I ever had,” Twilight said, also trying and failing to act normal.

Jake and Spike simply shared a small laugh.

“So, what’s the plan for today?” Jake inquired as he took another bite of toast.

“Well, both of my parents are coming in from Canterlot this afternoon and Starlight’s dad is coming in from Sires Hollow. Until then I don’t think there’s anything else going on.” Twilight answered.

“I didn’t have anything else planned either,” Starlight added.

The two mares started digging into their Hearths warming breakfast as Jake offered a suggestion.

“How about we spend the morning putting my new scrap book together then. I’m dying to tell you guys about some the adventures I had. I know you’ll like my story about the Dragonlands, Spike.”

“Sure, can’t wait to hear it,” Spike said with a mouth full of pancakes.

“Yes!” Twilight said a bit more enthusiastically then she intended. “I mean, sure. I’d love to hear about your travels,” she recovered.

“Sound like a plan,” Starlight said.

Jake smiled as his family continued eating their breakfast, getting ready for what was sure to be the best Hearths Warming ever.

Author's Note:

Shout-out to Peni Parker for writing this. see, folks, it's that easy. just write a story and PM it to me. Also, I know it’s nowhere near Christmas, but I don’t care.

Finally, I feel the need to point out that not all contributions have to be strictly romance. It can be comedy too, like the fist story was