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A New Hero - Alex The Lone Wolf



What if there was another pony who joined the pony gang? (Look at longer description...)

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Green Isn't Your Color

Episode 20 – Green Isn't Your Color

Slowly opening my eyes to the sun's warmth, I looked around with just my eyes. After a moment, I sat up and yawned lightly. I wonder if Fluttershy is still at the spa with Rarity… I moved my legs towards the side of the bed and stepped off. I walked down the stairs and looked out the kitchen window. I continued observing the outside until I saw something from a distance. Near the spa building, I could see…Fluttershy…she was sitting outside alone for some reason… I quickly walked out the front door and began heading towards her.

"Hey, Fluttershy." I greeted as I walked towards her.

She moved her head from looking at the ground to me. She formed a smiled on her face and greeted back. "Hi, Alex!"

I took a seat next to her. "What are you doing here all by yourself? Aren't you supposed to be at the spa with Rarity?"

"Oh, I was. We just finished, but she said that she felt a pimple coming on, so she went back in there."

"That's Rarity…"

There was a short moment of silence until Fluttershy spoke to me. "Hey, Alex?" She called, looking towards me.

"Hm?" I replied, returning a look.

"There's something I was wondering you could do for me…"

"What is it?"

"Well…you see… Rarity met this famous fashion photographer and she wants me to model clothes for her and… I was wondering if you could be there with me…"

"Of course, Fluttershy. I understand… but… why did you agree to be Rarity's model?"

"She was practically begging me to go… I didn't want to let her down."

"But you're shy...wouldn't you really be uncomfortable with that kind of stuff?"

"Well…" She looked away with her eyes. "As long you're there… I think I'll be okay…besides…it's just a few photos… it can't be that bad…right?"

I didn't get to reply as Rarity burst out of the spa exclaiming, "I'm back!" She walked over to us, freshly cleansed, and noticed me. "Oh, hello, Alex. You should have been here earlier. Perhaps you could have joined us?"

"Maybe…" was all I could respond with.

Rarity looked over to Fluttershy. "Come now, Fluttershy. We must get you ready for Photo Finish!"

Fluttershy could only look at me worriedly as she was dragged by Rarity towards her shop. I began following them, making sure that I would be there for Fluttershy.

As soon as I entered the shop, Rarity was already dressing Fluttershy behind some blinds and pulled her out when she was ready. Fluttershy was wearing…some kind of outfit that had a dark pink headdress along with a dress that was speckled with so many different colored dots and with dark pink furry trim at the hem.

"Hm..." Rarity paced around Fluttershy, observing her. "She's going to want to see attitude and pizzazz."

"A-a-attitude and, um... pizzazz." Fluttershy tried to act confident, but she was left was a worried tone.

"More light!" Rarity ordered. "It has to catch the sequins just so or the whole outfit is just a disaster." Twilight used her magic to increase the amount of light. "Oh, and the headdress needs more feathers. Pinkie Pie! More feathers!" Pinkie Pie hopped joyfully over to her, bringing a basket of feathers. Rarity grabbed about five and moved them over to the headdress, causing Fluttershy to flinch a little. Rarity gasped. "And sequins! More sequins!" Spike walked over to her in a dazed look, bringing back the sequins Rarity ordered. Rarity grabbed them as well, throwing them on Fluttershy and making her whine a little as she flinched. "And more ribbon!" Spike placed a couple of bows on Fluttershy. "Oh no! Less ribbon." Spike removed them. "No! More ribbon." Spike reattached them, which led to Fluttershy giving him an annoyed look. "Oh, this hem is completely off." Rarity continued, observing the dress. "PINCUSHION!" Spike rushed back, having a couple of regular pins on his back, along with a couple shaped as hearts. She pulled a few out and scooted Spike away. As Spike backed away slowly, Rarity placed the pins on Fluttershy's dress. "Thank you all for helping me. I'm sorry to be so short with you, but I'm... I'm just so nervous."

"Oh," Twilight expressed, creating a painful expression towards Spike. "Doesn't that hurt?"

"Thick scales. Can't feel a thing." Spike explained. "And even if I could, there is no pain that would keep me from assisting the most beautiful creature in the world. I'm gonna tell you two a secret since Alex already knows." Spike turned to us and spoke softly. "But you have to promise not to tell anyone."

"I promise." Twilight responded.

"Cross my heart and hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye!" Pinkie added, actually poking her eye.

Spike motioned for them to come closer. They did. He motioned more. They followed. He grabbed their faces and whispered to them. "I have a crush on Rarity!"

His answered gave Twilight a very disappointed face while Pinkie Pie was left shocked. She gasped. "We won't say a word!"

"Give me a break." Twilight replied out loud. "Everypony already knows how you..."

"Twilight!" Pinkie Pie interrupted her. "You promised Spike you wouldn't say anything. He trusts you. And losing a friend's trust is the fastest way to lose a friend forever!" Spike looked at Twilight with his pleading eyes, clearly presenting a message for her to not tell any pony.

"But..."

"FOREVER!"

"My lips are sealed." Twilight surrendered. "Though I'm pretty sure Rarity is gonna pick up on your feelings."

Spike looked down to see the T-shirt he was wearing, which contained Rarity in a big heart right on the middle.

The doorbell suddenly sounded, causing us to turn back. Three ponies were revealed.

"I, Photo Finish... have awwived." The pony in the middle spoke.

"Let me just say, what an honor!" Rarity responded as she walked over to Photo Finish, who turned her attention to Fluttershy instead.

"We begin..." Another pony placed a suitcase in front of her, which she immediately kicked open to set up a camera. "NOW!"

Rarity whispered something to a worried Fluttershy and rushed back toward us. Photo Finish snapped pictures of Fluttershy as she stood there, flinching at each flash of the camera.

"Yes! Show Photo Finish something." Photo Finish encouraged as she continued to snap pictures. Fluttershy began a pose Rarity must have instructed her to do, but Photo Finish disagreed. "No!" Fluttershy immediately lowered herself and held her head low as she let out another whine. "Yeees." Photo Finish took another picture. Rarity instructed another pose behind Photo Finish, which Fluttershy followed. "No!" Fluttershy, shocked, stared at floor in a sad expression. "Yeees." Rarity presented another strong pose, which Fluttershy yet again followed. "No!" Fluttershy laid herself on the platform in another depressing pose. "Yeees." Photo Finish took two more pictures until she finally yelled out, "ENOUGH!"

The camera returned back to its suitcase form and a pony came by to pick it up. As Photo Finish began walking out the shop, Twilight commented. "She hardly took any pictures."

"I'm so sorry. I tried my best." Fluttershy told Rarity, who was removing her headdress.

"Well, the headdress is too big for you and cape had too much sparkle. I can't believe I ever thought I could impress her." Rarity responded.

Photo Finish suddenly returned and made an announcement. "It seems that I, Photo Finish, have found a next fashion star here in Ponyville."

"Really?" Rarity asked, her eyes suddenly glowing with hope.

"Yes. Really. And I, Photo Finish, am going to help her to shine all over Eqvestria." Rarity released a grin. "In an hour, a photo shoot in ze park." There was an awkward pause. "I go!" She ran out the door.

"Did you hear that? I am going to 'shine all over Equestria'." Rarity announced to us.

"Oh, Rarity. I was so worried I'd ruined everything." Fluttershy responded.

"Oh, never. I knew you'd be perfect." Rarity suddenly began giggling, which soon formed into a very excited laughter as she bounced up and down on Spike's tail, inflicting pain on him as he just stood there, staring at Rarity. Twilight noticed this and dragged him out of the way with a bored expression on her face. When Rarity finished her excitement, she looked over to Fluttershy. "Come on, Fluttershy! We have to get ready for another photo shoot!" Rarity rushed outside.

Before Fluttershy and I started following Rarity, we looked over to Twilight and Pinkie Pie. "Are you girls coming?" I asked.

"No thanks, Pinkie Pie, Spike, and I are going to get something to eat." Twilight responded.

"Oh, alright. I'll see you ponies later, I guess." Fluttershy and I continued walking behind Rarity.

When we arrived in the park, Rarity had already set up some dressing blinds and was retrieving the outfits she had for Fluttershy to wear. Rarity moved the outfits behind the blinds and brought Fluttershy as well.

As I stood outside near the blinds, I could hear Rarity dress Fluttershy in various outfits as she offered her opinion on each one. "No, no, no, yes!" She closed the blinds and revealed Fluttershy in a gem-studded outfit. "That is definitely the one. Photo Finish is going to love it. Everypony is going to love it!"

"Oh, I am so excited for you." Fluttershy responded, softly. "Just don't forget us little ponies when you become the most famous designer in all of Equestria."

"Never." Rarity assured.

"Put me down here." A voice commanded near us. We looked to see it was Photo Finish. The ponies carrying her placed her down and she jumped off the platform she was sitting on. She observed Fluttershy's outfit for a moment. "Oh, nonononononono. The model should be in something simple! Something inspired by... the nature!"

"That's just what I was thinking." Rarity responded and rushed over to her cart to look for something else. After, she kicked the cart away, nervously. "Um... give me a moment and I'll, uh, put a little something together."

"Yes... that will not be necessary." Photo Finish replied.

"But... but... how are you going to help me 'shine across Equestria' if I don't design something new for these pictures?"

"I am not going to help you shine across Equestria. I am going to help her shine." She pointed her hoof at Fluttershy, surprising every one of us. A couple of the ponies that assisted her starting pushing Fluttershy off to somewhere else in the park. "She is my star." She looked at Rarity. "You! Go!"

"Fluttershy…" I spoke softly. "…a model…?" I instantly began feeling the illness of depression fall on me as I watched Fluttershy be dragged over to Photo Finish's position so she could be dressed in something new. Beside me, Rarity was shocked and couldn't believe at the fact that Photo Finish was never actually talking about her the entire time.

Rarity and I sadly walked over to Fluttershy who was now dressed in a nature-inspiring dress. Rarity had grabbed the outfit she had place on Fluttershy, which was thrown on the floor, and placed it back on her cart full of other dresses while holding her head low.

"Fluttershy…" I called her with a low voice. "Do you really want to be a model…?"

She shook her head and replied. "I can't."

Rarity immediately heard this and added in on the conversation. "Oh, but you must, Fluttershy. Photo Finish wants to make you a star. This is the opportunity of a lifetime. I know we were all hoping it would be my lifetime, but nonetheless you can't throw away this chance. You must do this for me. You must. You must! YOU MUST!"

I tried to intervene. "But—

Suddenly, Photo Finish's voice erupted. "Floottershy! It is time to make... the magics!" Fluttershy looked over at us. Rarity gave her a wide and accepting grin, but I couldn't help but turn my head away, sadly. Fluttershy turned around and began walking towards Photo Finish. "Oh, wunderbar! You are like a delicate flower. So much more alluring without all those sparkles und feathers." She commented as she walked with Fluttershy.

Rarity sighed sadly as she walked away from the scene. I felt like leaving too… but I couldn't leave Fluttershy behind, so I stayed with her. Photo Finish continued to take photos of Fluttershy's innocent appearance as that somehow… intrigued her…

"Oh, my Floottershy! I neet to show you to everypony immediately!" Photo Finish announced after she was done taking the pictures. "Come now! We have much work to do! We go!" Photo Finish began leading Fluttershy to someplace else. She looked back towards me while giving off another worried expression on her face. Her eyes told me that she needed me to be with her… and I definitely couldn't leave her like that. I began walking behind them, following wherever they walked to.

They arrived at some building where Photo Finish was going to host a fashion show for Fluttershy. Photo Finish, and the other workers and assistants, didn't seem to notice that I was there… which was actually a good thing for me at this point because I didn't want to leave Fluttershy all by herself. Fluttershy was being prepared in the dressing room. They pulled a side of her mane up and left the other side alone while giving her different styled bangs. They dressed her in something, of course, green and nature-presenting. One of the dressers tugged at her dress. Another came by and sprayed her mane. Yet another began placing blush on Fluttershy's cheeks, revealing a pink oval on each cheek that matched the color of her mane.

Photo Finish observed this and commented."Too much blush." The pony wiped Fluttershy's face. "Not enuf." The pony placed it on again. "Too much." She removed it. "Not enuf." For the third and last time, she placed the blush. "Perfiect."

Fluttershy began making the sound when somepony is about to sneeze. At first, it started off as if it was going to be very loud, but at the end, she released a very soft and gentle sneeze.

"Oh, yes! Even her schneezes are gressful." Photo Finish expressed. "NOW GO!" She began walking with Fluttershy towards the curtains as I trailed behind. "How do you feel? Excited? Overjoyed? Frilled beyond your wildest dreams?"

"N... nervous."

"Nervous? Dun be ridiculous. You're only facing a large crowd of ponies, who will be watching your every move and silently judging you." Photo Finish turned around to work on something else.

"Fluttershy…" I walked over to her.

"Alex…" She replied softly. "I'm scared…"

"You know, you don't have to do this…"

"I must… I can't let Rarity down…"

I looked at her, very gloomily. When I felt these entire sad emotions race in my heart, I hugged her. It was the kind of hug that is given when some pony you care about is leaving to somewhere far away… Fluttershy looked at me, as if she wanted to express something more. "Alex…"

Suddenly, music began playing and Photo Finish rushed over to Fluttershy. "Your cue! Now go!" She pushed Fluttershy away from me and onto the catwalk. She realized that she was in front of many ponies and looked around. She seemed as if she didn't know what to do. She began walking to the middle of the catwalk, trying to keep herself calm. When she reached the end, she looked at the ponies and released an innocent pose. After, the ponies watching seemed to be giving her positive reviews as they began cheering.

In no time, she was advertised on covers and many other things. Each little thing I saw seemed to make my feelings even worse, hurting my heart a little more each time. Applejack had even placed Fluttershy's image on her buckets of apples, which showed Fluttershy carrying nests of apples. I saw Rainbow Dash flying in the air, having a rope attached to her which depicted another image of Fluttershy advertising for some carrot juice. I noticed that in that image, she was smiling and looked very happy... but was she...? Really...? Or was it just another deception beyond looks and images?

When Fluttershy was finally free, I ran up to her when I saw her walking through town by herself…

"Fluttershy!" I called her as I raced towards her.

"Alex?" She asked when I reached up to her.

"Fluttershy…it feels like I haven't seen you in forever…well…besides on advertisements…"

"Me too Alex…I…I really miss you…"

Her response surprised me. I felt as if she had glued back the broken pieces of my heart.

"Fluttershy…" I responded. "There's… something I need to tell you…" I wanted to share my feelings… I wanted to share them in hopes that all this separation from her modeling will end.

"What is it, Alex…?"

"You see… I…I really…um…" I felt nervous, but I continued to try to bring out my feelings. "I really…li—

"It's Fluttershy!" One of the ponies exclaimed near us.

Everypony instantly began grouping together and chasing after Fluttershy. "Come on!" I grabbed Fluttershy's hoof and began our escape from the crowd. We could hear their cheers and excitement follow us along with their snapshots of the camera. We stopped nearby a house to see even more ponies with their cameras bombard Fluttershy with pictures. Fluttershy flinched at the sight of the flashes from the camera. I quickly took her somewhere else away from the crowd. Fortunately, I spotted Rarity's shop not far from us. I led Fluttershy towards the shop as fast as I could. I reached the door and immediately opened it, bringing Fluttershy in and slamming the door shut. I lay Fluttershy below the windows as I held the door shut. The crowds outside begged Fluttershy to show her face and take a picture.

"Wow. Look how popular you are." Rarity had spotted us, obviously, and spoke to Fluttershy. "I'm so excited for you. You must be having the best time ever."

The crowds outside finally died down or either left. I released my grip on the door and walked towards Rarity. "Best time ever? Ponies in town won't leave her alone!"

Rarity sighed. "That has always been my dream…"

I turned around and walked towards Fluttershy. "Fluttershy… do you really want to keep modeling?" I asked softly. Her eyes moved away as she thought. "Just tell her how you feel Fluttershy…" Fluttershy's eyes moved back towards me and she held her head down. She rose up from the floor and walked towards Rarity.

"Rarity… I… I think I—

"Flootershy!" The door barged open and in came Photo Finish. "I have been looking for you everywhere. We have the thing at the place."

Fluttershy looked over to Photo Finish and then to me. She hesitated for a moment and then turned towards Rarity. "I'll see you at the spa. Our usual time?"

"Of course!" Rarity replied. "I can't wait to hear all about the... 'thing' at the place."

Before Fluttershy started walking out the door, she looked at me and held her head down. "I'm sorry, Alex…" She said real softly. As Photo Finish pulled her away from the shop, I could only stare at her leave and lower my head in sadness…

Rarity groaned. "I'm the one who should be mobbed by strangers wherever I go."

I looked at her, but didn't say anything…

The door bell suddenly rang as two ponies rushed in.

"Welcome to Carousel Boutique!" Rarity greeted.

"Is she still here? We heard Fluttershy was here." One of the excitedly asked.

"Sorry. You just missed her." Rarity responded, annoyed, but then changed her attitude. "But you're still in luck. I'm having a huge sale of some of my best designs."

The two ponies looked at each other, and then back at Rarity. "And you are...?"

"Rarity, of course."

"Never heard of you." Afterwards, they left the shop.

Rarity cheeks grew red with anger as she steamed. Finally, she sighed and calmed down. "Well, at least I still have our spa time together!" She told herself. After, she noticed my silence and looked over to me. "Is something wrong, Alex?" I didn't answer. I just stared at the floor. "Come now, how about you join us at the spa? That always cheers me up!"

I looked at her, not moving my head, and sighed. "I guess…"

Rarity took me to the spa where she was to have the appointment with Fluttershy. The good thing about going to the spa was that I would be able to see Fluttershy again…

Rarity received a towel and wrapped it around her mane as she entered the huge tub of water inside one of the rooms. I just let myself descend into the water and moved over to the edge of the tub. My hooves fell lifelessly outside the edge of the tub as I stared at the ground beneath it. I remained silent throughout the whole time, only able to think about Fluttershy.

"Cheer up, Alex!" Rarity announced near me. "Fluttershy will be here at any moment, just sit back and relax!"

I glanced back at her with my eyes but then returned to staring at the floor.

A long while passed and Fluttershy had still not shown up… I heard hooves clatter near me, causing me to turn my head quickly until I noticed it was Twilight. I sadly turned my head back to stare gloomily at the floor.

"Hey!" Twilight greeted us.

I remained silent.

"Oh, hello Twilight. What brings you here?" Rarity asked.

"Just thought I could use some relaxing myself… what about you Rarity?"

"Fluttershy and I had an appointment…My hooves are getting positively pruney, I've been waiting here so long. Obviously Fluttershy's just too busy with her new career to spend time with her best friend."

"I'm sure she just got tied up…"

"Of course she did. She's a big bright shining star! I wish that star would burn out."

I was shocked by what Rarity said, but it made me just even more depressed…

"Rarity! Fluttershy is your friend."

"I know, I know. And I should be happy for her, but instead I'm just... jealous! Oh, please promise you won't tell her I feel this way. Please, please, pleasepleasePLEASE!" Rarity begged.

"You have my word. Losing a friend's trust is the fastest way to lose a friend."

"FOREVER!" Pinkie Pie suddenly appeared in the bowl of sponges nearby, shocking Twilight. She stared at Twilight as she slowly departed back into the bowl.

Rarity had climbed out of the tub and into a new dress.

"Wow! You look great!" Twilight exclaimed to Rarity.

"Fluttershy may be the one who's famous," Rarity explained. "…but that doesn't mean I have to stop looking fabulous." Rarity walked out of the door.

Twilight climbed into the tub and relaxed herself. She looked over to my sulking and asked about me. "So, what's going on with you, Alex?"

I remained silent for a moment as I continued staring at the floor. "Nothing…"

She noticed my tone. "What's the matter, Alex? What's gotten you so down?"

I sighed and looked back at her. "It's…it's Fluttershy…"

"Fluttershy? What do you mean?" She asked.

"She's… she's just been so busy with her modeling… it feels like we aren't friends anymore… it feels like I don't see her anymore… it feels like…" I sighed again, with a little more emotion slipping through my tongue.

"You miss her?" Twilight added.

I looked at her with almost teary eyes and then looked away for a moment, thinking. "Yes…I do…I…miss her…"

There was a pause. "Alex… can I ask you something?" Twilight asked.

"What is it…?" I responded.

"Do you…have special feelings towards Fluttershy…?"

My heart jumped. I turned around and let my hooves hang outside the edge of the tub again. "Yes…"

"Then why don't you tell her, Alex? I'm pretty sure, once she hears them from you, she'll stop modeling."

"I almost did… but we were interrupted by a crowd of ponies…"

"Oh… well tell her when she comes by!"

"What if she never gets to come…?" I questioned softly.

"Alex…?" Twilight asked.

I climbed out of the tub and began walking out the door. "I'll see you later Twilight…" I told her and left the spa.

I left towards my home. Once I entered, I walked upstairs and fell on top of my bed. I placed my face on my pillow and remained there. There was a long silence, but it didn't bother me… I was just too… depressed…

I didn't know how long it was when I woke up. I think I had just dozed off before and took a nap. I had heard a light knocking and wondered on who it could be. I walked downstairs, sluggishly. I opened the door and received a sudden surprise.

"Hey, Alex… can I come in…?"

"Fluttershy…?" I was breathless. I had never had anyone in my home before… I shook my head. "Um…yeah…" I opened the door and she walked in sadly. I walked her to the living room, which just contained a sofa, a coffee table, another table with some drawers, some empty photo frames, and a few other minor things, all which already came with the house. She took a seat on the sofa. "Sorry…" I apologized as I took a seat next to her. "I don't have anything to offer… I've never expected anyone to come for a visit…"

"It's okay Alex… I just wanted talk to you so bad…to see you…"

"See me?" I questioned, surprised.

"Yes… I was so late to the spa, that I found Twilight in there alone. She told me that you were there but you had just left a second before I made it… I had also missed my appointment with Rarity…" She placed her hooves on her eyes. "I feel like such a…jerk…"

"Fluttershy…"

"Alex, I don't like being a model. No, I hate being a model. All this attention is awful, just awful. It's made me just so busy to not even be able to see my friends… and separate myself from them…especially you…Alex…"

"Why don't you tell Rarity, Fluttershy?"

"I'm only doing it because Rarity told me I must. I must! I MUST!" Fluttershy sighed. "I must…"

"Fluttershy…" I responded. "Tell Rarity how you feel... She'll understand…"

"You really think I should?"

I nodded. "I'll go with you."

Fluttershy looked away to think for a moment and then turned back to see me. "Okay, Alex…"

Fluttershy and I walked outside of my home and headed towards Rarity's shop.

When we arrived, we opened the door to see Rarity notice us in shock. "Fluttershy? What are you doing here? I was just getting ready to see your performance at the fashion show!"

"Rarity…" Fluttershy began. "There's something I need to tell you…"

"What is it?" Rarity responded, walking over to us.

"I…" Fluttershy hesitated and looked over to me with worried eyes. I placed my hoof on her. She nodded and looked back to Rarity, who stood waiting to hear what Fluttershy had to say. "…I don't want to be a model anymore…"

"What? Why?" She asked in a very concerned tone.

"I just can't take the attention anymore… it's driving me away from being with my friends…"

"Oh, Fluttershy…why didn't you tell me sooner?"

"I was afraid if I quit, you'd be mad at me for not wanting to... 'shine all over Equestria'."

"Oh! Fluttershy! Never! Ugh, I feel so terrible!"

"Why?" Fluttershy asked, shocked.

"Because…I wanted the ponies to turn on you…I'm sorry…I'm so sorry. I was jealous! I wanted all the attention. And instead it was going to you. I even started hoping that you would do something silly so your modeling career would be over. But then I did some thinking and I realized how horrible it was of me to be like that! Especially to a friend!"

"Oh, Rarity! Why didn't you tell me?"

"I thought if I told you how jealous I was of your success, you'd think I was a terrible friend…"

"Never!"

"All this time!"

"If we just told each other the truth, we wouldn't have had to go through all this…"

"I promise never to keep my feelings in secret again."

"Me too."

"Cross my heart and hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye." The both expressed in unison and laughed happily after.

"Flootershy!" The door suddenly barged open to reveal Photo Finish. "I've been looking everywhere for you! Come! We're going to be late for the photo shoot!"

"I'm sorry, Photo Finish, but I don't think I'll be able to make it." Fluttershy responded.

"Wat?" Photo Finish asked, shocked.

"I don't want to be a model anymore, Photo Finish, so I guess you'll have to find a new one to replace me."

"But… you… I…" Photo Finish stuttered as Rarity began leading her out of the shop.

Once Rarity had removed Photo Finish, she closed the door and walked over to Fluttershy. "We go!" They both exclaimed and clapped hooves together.

"Now that we've gotten all that out of the way…" Rarity began. "How about we have a real spa get together, what do you say ponies?" She asked both of us.

Fluttershy smiled and nodded.

"Yeah." I responded in confidence, suddenly being stripped of all that depression that hung around me earlier.

Fluttershy, Rarity, and I traveled to the spa, where we met with Twilight again. Twilight wondered what we were all doing here for the second time, but Rarity and Fluttershy told her the whole story. Afterwards, they shared a laugh about it, and we all began our relaxation with no distractions.

"Now this is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon." Fluttershy expressed delightfully as we relaxed in the tub.

"Isn't it, though?" Rarity announced from the steam room.

"Dear Princess Celestia," Twilight began her letter while soaking in another smaller tub. "Being a good friend means being able to keep a secret. But you should never be afraid to share your true feelings with a good friend. Did you get all that Spike?"

"I would love to…" Spike replied. "But... I'm a little busy at the moment." Spike was fanning Rarity with a fan that had the same logo as the T-shirt he was wearing at the very beginning.

Twilight sighed happily and rolled her eyes.

After we all had a relaxing day at the spa, everypony departed to their homes, leaving me to walk Fluttershy home…in peace… We walked through the dark, but gentle night sky and cool breeze. This time, we didn't end our day by the door; Fluttershy invited me inside her home and poured me a cup of her amazing tea.

"I hope I never have to go through that again…" Fluttershy spoke as she sat down near me on the couch in the living room.

"Yeah…" I replied as I took a sip of the tea. I remembered what Twilight told me… that I should tell my feelings to Fluttershy. I placed the cup of tea down and looked at Fluttershy. "Listen, Fluttershy…"

"Hm?" She returned a look to me.

"I…" I struggled with what words I should say… "When you were modeling…" I paused for a moment. "I…I… was really sad…"

"Oh, Alex…"

"I really was… I felt like…I don't know… empty… You were just so busy with your modeling… that… I just…" I paused again. "I just…I just missed you so much…"

"Alex." Fluttershy placed her hooves in front of her mouth and blushed.

"I mean…"I continued speaking. "You shouldn't be a model…You're really…beautiful… and nice… and so much more… but… you aren't the type of pony to model. I think it's great when you are only yourself…"

Fluttershy had suddenly embraced me. "Alex… that's so sweet of you to say…"

"It's true…" I responded, starting to feel myself blush as well.

"Thank you…"

"For what?"

"For accepting me for who I am…"

"You know I do, Fluttershy…"

We remained in a heartwarming hug for a while. As she held me, I felt a little... proud... that I was able to share some of my feelings for Fluttershy... though... they weren't all of them... But at least it was a great start. After, Fluttershy slowly pulled herself back and began looking at the floor. "Alex… there's something I've been wanting to ask you for a while…"

"What is it, Fluttershy?" I asked.

She began rubbing her hooves together and looked a little embarrassed. "Well… first of all… has any pony asked you to the Grand Galloping Gala yet?"

I looked away, sadly, to the ground and answered. "No… I told you that no pony will ever want to go with me…"

"Don't you remember?" Fluttershy asked me.

I quickly turned back to face her. "What do you mean?"

"I said that I was sure that there's some pony that does."

"Fluttershy…?" I questioned her, a little confused.

"Alex…" She began as she rubbed her hooves bashfully, looking straight at me while blushing. "…will you… go to the Grand Galloping Gala with me…? As a date?"

My heart suddenly dropped, but in a good way. I felt an intense pleasure in my heart and it was blooming throughout my entire body. "Yes…" The word slipped out almost instantly as I just gazed at Fluttershy, breathless.

"Oh, Alex, I'm so happy to hear you say that!" She hugged me again as I sat, stunned. After a while, she pulled back, a little embarrassed. "Sorry…"

"It's okay…" I looked out the window and noticed how late it was getting. "I guess I should be heading home now…" I stood up from the couch and looked at Fluttershy. "…but thanks for asking me Fluttershy… I… I really appreciate it…"

"It's my pleasure, Alex…" Fluttershy responded, still having a little of a blushed expression. "I can't wait for the Grand Galloping Gala…"

"Me either…but I'll see you tomorrow, okay?"

"Yes…" Fluttershy stood up and planted a kiss on my cheek. "Goodnight Alex."

"Goodnight…Fluttershy…" I walked outside the home, feeling strange.

As I headed towards my house, I couldn't help but feel disoriented. I almost tripped and bumped myself into things. Why was I acting like this?

When I finally reached my door, I opened it and let myself in, closing it after me. I walked carefully up the stairs and to my bed. After, I fell on top of it and turned around to face the ceiling. My heart was pounding almost furiously now as I held my hooves on it.

Fluttershy actually asked me to the Grand Galloping Gala… she actually was the one who wanted to go with me all along? I can't believe it… I feel… I feel…

I dozed off.

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