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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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Hearts and Hooves Day

Episode 43 – Hearts and Hooves Day

I woke up, feeling excited. I already knew it was Hearts and Hooves Day. I basically had memorized it when I continuously began to think about spending the wonderful day with Fluttershy all the time. Of course, I didn't buy her the gifts beforehand. Flowers? They wouldn't have been as fresh as if I had bought them the day before. I noticed how I continued to think so much about the day already that I quickly jumped out of bed, but quickly made it before leaving to do something else.

My ears perked up and I remembered to take a shower. I raced to the bathroom and jumped into the tub. I turned on the shower and bathed myself. I made sure to scrub/rinse really well. I have to look my best for Fluttershy! Afterwards, I jumped out of the tub and shook my coat and mane, drying anything left with a towel. I walked towards the mirror and smiled, showing my teeth. I observed myself for a moment, feeling highly confident. Then, I quickly walked out of the bathroom and downstairs. I grabbed my saddlebag from the counter in the hallway and placed it on.

Of course, I had placed several bits inside, making sure I had everything I needed to make sure our day was fantastic. I also inserted my drawing of Fluttershy. Before, heading out, I walked to the refrigerator and grabbed the picnic basket I had inside and placed it in my saddlebag as well. After, I took in a deep breath and presented a great smile. I opened the door and walked outside.

I was immediately confronted by many decorations for Hearts and Hooves Day. There were couples everywhere, obviously being intimate, and the color of red and even light pink flooded the entire town. Nonetheless, I trotted towards the stands of items they were selling for this special day.

As I waited in line, I began hearing small grunts of effort. I turned my head to try to find out where it was coming from, but I actually saw a huge card in the form of a heart being carried past me. I managed to spot Applebloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle struggling with it. Applebloom and Sweetie Belle were on each side of the card, grabbing it with their teeth and trying to keep a grip on it while not ruining it. Scootaloo was underneath, giving support for the middle.

"Um…hey girls… need any help…?"

"No…thank you!" Applebloom responded, her words being slightly muffled due to the card in her mouth.

"Alright… be careful…" I replied.

"Okay!" Applebloom exclaimed, still muffled, as they continued to walk away carefully.

Hm... I thought. I wonder if they are taking that to school… They're probably having a party or something… I lightly shook my head and faced the stand, becoming the first pony in line now.

I ended up buying a bouquet of flowers that were just wonderful, beautiful, and perfect for Fluttershy. I placed them in my saddlebag. Then, I bought a heart box that was filled with chocolates. I placed that in my saddlebag as well. Next, I also bought a stuffed teddy bear for Fluttershy…yes… I also placed that in my bag. Finally, I began walking out of the market place until Derpy nicely stopped to see me.

"Hi, Alex! Happy Hearts and Hooves Day!" Derpy exclaimed and presented a card towards me. I slightly widened my eyes and grabbed it. I opened it and read it. It was a Hearts and Hooves Day card…expressing her wishes for me to have a happy Hearts and Hooves Day…just like she told me… I smiled and hugged her.

"Thanks Derpy. That really means a lot." I placed it in my saddle bag.

"You deserve it!" She smiled brightly. "Are you going to see your very special somepony?" She asked.

"Yeah." I nodded. "What about you? Do you have a very special somepony?"

She slightly frowned. "No…"

I tilted my head and became concerned for her. "Do you want me to help you look for one?"

She managed to smile again. "Thanks, Alex, but I don't want to interrupt your Hearts and Hooves Day. I'll be fine! Maybe I'll meet some pony."

I still felt a little bad, definitely knowing how it feels like to be alone. "Alright… Well I really hope you find somepony, Derpy. You really deserve it as well."

"Thanks, Alex." She smiled a bit more. "Well, I should let you get back to your day. See you later!" She waved and began flying away.

I waved as well and began heading towards Fluttershy's, hoping she has a fantastic one as well.

When I arrived at Fluttershy's door, I began feeling romantic, so I knocked on her door and waited with a smile on my face. Seconds later, she opened it and smiled to see me as well. Instead of our usual greeting, I bowed and began to speak.

"Hello madam, I was wondering if you might spend this wonderful day with me as my very special somepony?"

She giggled and decided to play along. "Sorry, I already have a very special somepony. I'm actually waiting for him right now."

"Oh…?" I raised an eyebrow, still continuing the fun. "And who exactly is this 'very special somepony'?"

"Oh! He's just so amazing! He's so nice…caring…considerate…strong…brave…Oh! There are so many things to say about him! He's the best pony ever! Hooves down!"

"I see… I guess I'll just have to wait for him to come over. And then we'll so who's the best pony!"

"Careful!" Fluttershy pointed out. "He's right there!" She pointed right at me, but I playfully turned around, searching for him(myself) intensely.

"Where? Where?"I questioned quickly.

"Right here!" I was surprised to see Fluttershy tackle me to the ground after she flew up in the air and landed on me.

We both shared a laugh and looked at each other. "You're so amazing, Fluttershy." I commented.

"You are too!" She exclaimed softly and carefully pulled away from me, allowing me to stand up.

I chuckled a bit. "So ready for our very special day?"

"Of course!" She responded. "Let me get one thing though…" She raced back into her house. After a few moments, she walked back out, carrying something in her mouth. She walked towards me with her wings spread out. She looked at me with the most innocent eyes I could ever observe. Only one of her ears, the right one, was visible as her mane covered her left one. When she was in front of me, I could see what she was carrying. It was a big red heart that was hung by a small piece of rope which she carried with her mouth. I could only widen my eyes in surprise. "I made it myself… I hope you like it…"

I smiled warmly and sent her loving eyes. "I love it…" I purposely placed my lips on hers, wanting to retrieve her gift, but mostly to touch her lips. When I pulled away, holding her gift in my mouth instead, she was blushing so adorably. I smiled and placed the gift in my saddlebag. "Wait until you see the picnic I planned out for you."

Fluttershy gasped lightly in excitement. "You planned a picnic?"

"Yup. So many fantastic things wait for you ahead."

She smiled brightly and quickly embraced me.

After, we began strolling towards the park for the perfect picnic spot.

After walking through town and noticing how many couples were at the café or restaurants sitting across from each other romantically, we arrived at the park, looking around for a spot to place our picnic. There didn't seem to be that many ponies here. I assumed that most of them were spending their date…well… in town. Walking around for a few minutes, we came across a spot that attracted me. It looked as if that spot was prepared for us. Grass laid in the middle as trees stood guard around it. Fluttershy shared a joyful look and walked towards it.

I placed my saddlebag on the ground and retrieved the picnic basket from inside. I then placed the picnic basket on the ground and began setting up the area for our romantic lunch. I grabbed the blanket from inside the basket and carefully placed it on the grass. Before retrieving the food, I looked at Fluttershy. "Please, sit down, madam." She giggled and did so. I quickly reached into my saddlebag and pulled out the bouquet of flowers I bought. "For you, madam." I told her as I held it out to her.

"Oh…" She carefully grabbed it with her hooves and began smelling them.

Before she could say another word, I retrieved the chocolates from my saddlebag and also offered them to her. "Also for you, madam."

She placed the flowers down to retrieve the heart-shaped box, releasing a surprised expression again. Yet again, before she could say one word, I grabbed the stuffed teddy bear and gently placed it in front of her. Afterwards, I smiled brightly as I faced her, sitting down.

"Oh, Alex… you're so thoughtful… I appreciate this… I really do! These are just so many nice things… I feel bad now…"

"Why? I quickly asked, tilting my head and looking concerned.

"Well… I feel as if I wasn't fair with the gift exchanging…"

"Are you serious?" I replied. "You made me something so beautifully! Nothing can surpass that! I promise!"

"Really…?"

"Yes, ma'am!" I answered, confidently.

She smiled and placed the items to the side and wrapped her forelegs around me. "You're the best boyfriend ever, Alex…"

I returned another smile and placed my hooves on her back. "I feel the same way about you, Fluttershy…"

We pulled away and looked at each other's eyes for a moment. We then closed our eyes and began leaning in to kiss each other. Just as our lips were about to touch, we suddenly heard little filly voices from a short distance.

"Hey, look! It's Alex!"

We opened our eyes and turned our heads to see where it came from. I noticed Scootaloo, along with Applebloom and Sweetie Belle running towards us.

"Alex! Alex!" Scootaloo called my name as she arrived and bounced happily near us.

"What? What's up?" I asked.

"Alex, we need somepony to be Mrs. Cheerilee's very special somepony!" Applebloom responded.

"Will you be her special somepony? Huh?" Sweetie Belle questioned.

"Uh…girls…" I answered, looking over to Fluttershy.

"What?" They answered, obviously not getting the hint.

"I'm kind of in the middle of something…?" I gestured my head towards Fluttershy, trying to make them remember that she's my girlfriend and we're both celebrating Hearts and Hooves Day together.

"…what do you mean…?" Applebloom inquired with a confused expression on her face.

I sighed and decided to just say it frankly. "Fluttershy's my girlfriend, remember? We're each other's very special somepony and we're spending Hearts and Hooves Day together."

"Oh…" They lowered their heads and returned a disappointed look.

"Sorry, girls…" I expressed, frowning a bit as well. "I'm sure there are other ponies who will be Cheerilee's very special somepony…"

Scootaloo sighed. "Alright… let's go." She directed towards the others and began walking away.

I frowned at them as I saw them walk away, feeling a little bad. I would go help them find a very special somepony, as well as help Derpy find hers, but I definitely can't leave Fluttershy and spend the whole day helping other ponies when I should be spending it with the one I really love…

"Alex?" Fluttershy called me, looking a bit worried. "Are you okay?"

"Oh, yeah…" I rubbed my head with my hoof. "I'm fine, sorry about that." I began sorting through the picnic basket. "Alright…let's see…" I brought out several food items and placed them neatly on the blanket. I had personally made food for our date, with the help of Pinkie at her sweet shop. She had also had those special heart shaped candies to put on cupcakes and other things. I managed to bake some sweets and also make some sandwiches and other foods for us to eat.

When I finished, I remembered one more gift that I had for her. "Oh." I announced when I realized it. I began going through my saddlebag and finally pulled out the drawing of Fluttershy that I had made. I turned my heads towards her and offered it to her. She looked a little surprised again as she slightly widened her eyes and accepted the offer. She observed it for a moment and then looked at me with her eyes remaining open a little more than usual.

"…is this me…?" She asked, a little shocked in a good way.

I smiled gently. "Yeah…"

"…and…you drew this…?"

I nodded lightly. "I drew it in the hospital." I chuckled a little. "All I was thinking at that moment was you."

Fluttershy embraced me. "I love it…" She sighed. "You really are the best ever…I am so lucky to have you… I don't see why you were so lonely before you met us…"

I shrugged and wrapped my hooves around her as well. "I wonder about that myself too…but I guess ponies just wanted to take advantage of that instead… But it doesn't matter now. What matters is that I have an amazing girlfriend, and we have such wonderful friends.

Fluttershy lightly pulled away and faced me. "You're right… And I have such an amazing boyfriend."

I smiled, and afterwards, I closed my eyes to attempt our passionate kiss again. We both leaned towards each other. We both shared a fantastic and uninterrupted kiss this time. After several seconds, we pulled away. I spotted some activity of blush in Fluttershy's cheeks as she returned a good kind of embarrassing look to me.

"I love you…" She announced softly, almost in a whisper, to me.

I sent her loving eyes once again. "I love you too, Fluttershy."

After a moment, we began eating our lunch. I attempted to be as romantic as possible. Honestly, I wasn't too much familiar with the kind of romance that is produced today, but I figured the romance that came from my heart would be enough. I'd kindly offer anything Fluttershy seemed interested in. We even shared a few laughs when I fed Fluttershy myself. Things are going so great…

I began to reach out my hoof to pick up a cupcake with a heart on top of the frosting until I heard some movement near us, catching our attention. We turned our heads to see Applebloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo, walking towards us with some things that seemed to be for a picnic as well.

"Hi, Alex!" Sweetie Belle greeted when they stopped in front of us.

"Uh…hi, girls… What's with all this stuff?" I answered.

"Mind if you share that spot with us?"

"Uh…well…" I tried to respond. I really wanted to be alone with Fluttershy…but I wasn't really the type of pony to reject others, especially little fillies, with this sort of thing… Actually…I can just try to tell them gently… Before I could open my mouth, they began placing a blanket near us.

"Thanks!" Sweetie Belle thanked and her friends helped her set up the area.

I looked at Fluttershy and sighed. "Um…girls… what exactly are you doing…?"

"We're making a romantic setting for Big Macintosh and Cheerilee!" Scootaloo answered.

"…what…?"

"That sounds wonderful!" Fluttershy commented, smiling and closing her eyes. She didn't really seem bothered by more company…

"Thanks, Fluttershy!" Scootaloo and Applebloom retrieved plates and placed them on the blanket near us.

"Flowers!" Sweetie Belle exclaimed, directing towards the empty vase. "Don't forget the flowers."

"Oops. I'm on it!" Applebloom responded and left to bring back flowers.

Scootaloo raised her head and looked at the two paths in the park, revealing Ms. Cheerilee and Big Macintosh walking from opposite sides. She gasped. "They're coming! This is gonna be perfect. Miss Cheerilee is gonna have the best Hearts and Hooves Day ever."

"With her new very special somepony." Sweetie Belle commented and giggled.

I sighed. I don't want to seem like…well…a jerk…but I really just want to spend some alone time with Fluttershy… I looked at Fluttershy and tried to continue our lunch…but it just didn't seem that great anymore…

"Hi girls." Ms. Cheerilee greeted them as they stood excitedly by us.

"Hi Miss Cheerilee!" They answered together in unison.

She spotted us and waved, greeting us both as well. Fluttershy smiled and waved back while I tried to bring a smile as well.

"So you three said you needed help identifying a tree you found here near the gazebo?" She asked them. They nodded and spread their hooves towards a nearby apple tree as they smiled brightly, showing all their teeth. Cheerilee formed a sort of confused expression for a moment and then narrowed her eyes, speaking dryly. "That's an apple tree…" Wow… I don't think I've ever heard Ms. Cheerilee speak like that before…

"Is it?" Applebloom asked and they resumed their giggling. Ms. Cheerilee lowered her head and almost actually looked annoyed. Don't worry… I think I feel the same way as you do… Then, Big Macintosh came by, carrying a toolbox and placing it down on the ground. He opened it and picked up a hammer, looking towards the perfectly fine gazebo above us. He noticed this and widened his eyes. "Oh, sorry big brother. We went and fixed up the gazebo all on our own." She pushed him closer towards Ms. Cheerilee, causing him to drop his hammer and remain silent. "See?" Um…

Scootaloo also pushed Cheerilee closer to Big Macintosh. "As long as you're here, why not have a bite to eat from this romantic-looking picnic?" She pointed towards the picnic near us. "Oh gosh, seems like there's only room for two."

"I guess we'll just be going then, huh." Applebloom added and they immediately sped off, but not before Sweetie Belle came back and began playing a gramophone. Afterwards, they hid in a nearby bush as classical, and in some way cheesy, romantic music filled the air. I narrowed my eyes and lowered my head, beginning to feel annoyed. Couldn't they have just chosen somewhere else…?

What the girls did really resulted in an awkward silence from all of us. I couldn't even really speak to Fluttershy because the situation with Big Macintosh and Cheerilee was really bothering me and making me uncomfortable. All I could really do was wait, and hopefully we both might somehow be alone again… Big Macintosh and Ms. Cheerilee could only look at each other awkwardly. She tried to look around and made some uneasy small talk. "Beautiful day we're having…"

Big Macintosh merely looked straight upwards and around us. "Eeyup."

"Any big plans for tonight?" She asked.

He picked up his hoof and rubbed it on his chin as he looked back in thought. "Nope." He answered, shaking his head.

They could only look around, even glancing at us a bit. Then, Cheerilee turned her attention back towards Big Macintosh. Unexpectedly, she stared at him and slowly began to lean towards him, inch by inch as he could only stare back with a blank expression.

"Big Mac..." Cheerilee announced, almost as if she was ready to ask something…

"Eeyup?"

"You have something stuck in your teeth…" She pointed out, pulling away. Coincidentally, the record scratched and stopped playing.

"AW COME ON!" Sweetie Belle announced loudly from the bush, but was quickly pulled back in by Scootaloo.

The record then strangely began playing erratically.

"Well this has been... strange." Ms. Cheerilee said as Big Macintosh finished picking his teeth with a toothpick.

"Eeyup." He answered with a widened eye.

I agree…

"I need to get going. I'm pretty sure Alex and Fluttershy here don't want to be disturbed." I mentally nodded. Cheerilee began turning around. "But it's always great running into a good friend."

"Yup." Big Macintosh answered briefly, returning to his smile, and then they both walked away casually.

I sighed… Finally… That was really… uncomfortable…

The three girls eventually came out of the bush and walked towards where they set up the picnic.

"Aw! What did we do wrong?" Sweetie Belle asked as they began removing what they set up.

"I don't know…" Applebloom returned an answer sadly. "We were so close!" She sighed. "I guess we should be going…" They finished packing and Applebloom glanced over at us. "Sorry to bother you two."

"It's…alright…" I responded. I'm just glad that we can finally be alone again…

Afterwards, they began walking, possibly towards town.

"Is everything alright?" Fluttershy asked, most likely noticing my expression.

I shrugged. "It's just that… I don't really want to be interrupted while we're spending some time together like this… This is our special day, and I want to make the most of it…together…alone…"

"I understand…" Fluttershy placed a hoof on my shoulder and managed to slip out a soft smile.

As usual, her smile caused me to return one as well. "Come on, let's finish. There are still other things I want to do with you today."

She lightly giggled and nodded. "Okay."

After, we finished our sweets and drank up our drinks. We finished with our lunch. Just as I was beginning to fold the blanket to place it back in the picnic basket, Applebloom and her friends came by us again.

"Oh…sorry…" She apologized. "Were you still using this spot…?"

"No, it's okay, Applebloom." I answered, giving a smile. "We just finished eating and Fluttershy and I were about to go do something else."

"Oh, okay!" Her face brightened up. "So it's alright if we use this spot?"

"Sure. Knock yourselves out." I replied as I placed the blanket in the basket, along with the other things leftover.

"Alright!" They cheered and slapped hooves.

We both released a small chuckle.

"Come on." I told Fluttershy, placing her gifts in my saddlebag, along with the picnic basket. "Let's go drop off your stuff at home. Then, we'll do something else together!"

"Mmk." She nodded happily.

As we began walking away from the area, I noticed the girls setting up a picnic again, bringing out two cups of something pink… Hm…

Strolling through town, we came across Twilight. She contained a saddlebag full of books. She spotted us as well and walked over to us, sending a greeting. "Hey, you two! How is Hearts and Hooves Day going for you?" She asked.

We exchanged a brief look with each other and faced Twilight again. "It's going great." I answered. "We're actually off to Fluttershy's cottage to drop off her stuff and then we're going to go do something together!"

"That's great." Twilight replied, smiling with her eyes closed.

"What about you?" I teased, nudging her with my hoof. "Do you have a very special somepony you're spending this fine day with?"

She blushed and looked away bashfully. "No…" She looked back at us, her blush fading away. "I'm too busy reading books." She presented the books in her saddlebag to us. "It's all fine."

"Alright. Well, I hope you have a great day, Twilight."

"You too! Have fun, you two!" She teased me as well, beginning to walk away.

However, I wasn't going to let her end with that comment, playfully. I turned back to look at her. "Why don't you ask Spike to be your very special somedragon!"

I heard her giggle from a small distance. "Shut up!" She told me playfully.

I smiled and looked at Fluttershy, who was also giggling a little. Then, we resumed our way towards her cottage.

When we arrived, I helped her place the bouquet of flowers somewhere in water, then I placed the half-filled box of chocolates in the fridge (the other half was eaten when we shared them at the picnic), and finally placed the teddy bear on her bed upstairs. I also managed to place the drawing in a picture frame and place it on a counter inside.

Doing this made some room in my saddlebag. It wasn't heavy, but it had made it slightly lighter. The things that remained in my saddlebag were some bits, Fluttershy's amazing hoof-crafted gift, Derpy's nice card, and the picnic basket. I thought for a moment and decided I could probably drop the stuff at my home so there will be absolutely no distractions when spending the rest of the day with Fluttershy.

"What do you want to do now?" Fluttershy asked me as I walked down the stairs.

"Hm…" I thought about that, placing my hoof on my chin. "Maybe something calm…soothing…where we can just do nothing but be together…"

"Lie on the grass and stare at clouds?" Fluttershy offered.

I placed my hoof back on the floor and nodded. "That sounds nice." I walked to Fluttershy and gave her a quick kiss. "I'll be right back. I'm going to drop off this saddlebag at my house and then we'll go out, alright?"

"Okay." Fluttershy agreed, smiling.

"See you in a few minutes!" I announced and began rushing towards my home, not wanting to waste any second without her.

I quickly returned back to her home after getting rid of my saddlebag back home. I opened the door to see Fluttershy playing with Angel. I smiled at the scene and walked up to her. "Ready to go?" I asked.

"Oh." She looked up to me, almost surprised to see me. "Okay!" She began standing from the floor until Angel tugged at her front hoof, wanting her to stay with him. Fluttershy noticed and lowered herself again to speak with him. "Sorry, Angel. I have to go for a while now…" He lowered his head sadly and began hopping away.

I felt a little bad for him. "Why don't you bring him along?" I suggested.

"Are you sure it's fine…?" Fluttershy questioned.

"Sure!" I responded, smiling.

Fluttershy sent me a thankful smile and called out to Angel. "Angel!" He perked his head up and looked at Fluttershy. "Want to come with us?" He didn't seem too excited. Nonetheless, he hopped onto Fluttershy's back, and we began to leave the cottage.

Outside, we decided to head to the park again to relax. However, I noticed Fluttershy flying softly beside me, causing me to feel a little of longing for…

Fluttershy noticed my expression and frowned. "What's wrong?"

I sighed. "Lately… I've been feeling a little…hm…what's the word I'm looking for…" I shrugged. "Longing, I guess…"

"What do you mean?" Fluttershy inquired, concerned.

"Well… especially since you're my girlfriend… there's so much more we could do if I was able to fly… I mean… we could fly so high in the sky!" I chuckled at the thought, but slightly frowned again. "But… I'm limiting you to the ground… and I'm starting to feel bad about it…"

"Oh…don't feel bad about it…" Fluttershy tried to comfort me. "Really, I don't mind if we both can't fly. I love being with you. It doesn't matter where we are, as long as we're together…

I looked at her and observed her for a moment. I noticed how she smiled lightly, wanting me to feel the same way as well… Again… as always… I managed to smile lightly because of her. "Thanks, Fluttershy…"

When we arrived at the park, we picked a spot to lie in. Fluttershy then landed, allowing Angel to hop off and begin to scurry around near us. We then lay next to each other, looking at the clouds above us. I inhaled the air and then exhaled. I looked at Fluttershy's side, noticing how her hoof was alone. I slid my hoof on the grass and gently grabbed her hoof, causing Fluttershy to be gently startled, but she looked over to me and noticed what I did. Afterwards, she blushed and tightened the grip on my hoof.

Staring at the clouds was a nice and gentle way to spend our time with each other. Most ponies would consider it as a waste of time actually…probably because you don't really do anything…but that's more for ponies like Rainbow Dash.

"Still…" I slipped out from my thoughts.

"Hm?" Fluttershy questioned, looking at me…

"It would be great being up there…" I pointed towards the clouds. I chuckled a little and shook my head. "Sorry, Fluttershy. I'm rambling again…"

"No, don't be…" Fluttershy responded, placing her hoof on my chest. "It's great to have dreams…"

"Hm…" I frowned slightly. "I know I can probably ask Twilight to put that spell on me…but it only lasts for a while and it's very hard for her to do… I don't want to bother her… Even so… I still wouldn't really feel…me…" I sighed. "I hope I'm not sounding selfish or anything… but I would only feel me if I was born with wings… but as you can see…" I looked at my sides. "I wasn't…"

"Well… either way, Alex… all I can do is hope or wish for you to have some…"

"I'm sorry. I don't mean to make you feel sad…"

"It's okay…" She managed to smile a bit. "I'll take a kiss…" She told me while beginning to pull back her head bashfully as her cheeks reddened.

I smiled as well and brought my head closer to her. "Of course…" Just as I was about to lean in for a sweet agreement, Angel hopped between us and slapped me in the face. Of course, it didn't hurt, but it did distract me and caused me to open my eyes. "Angel?" I questioned. He tapped his feet on the ground as he crossed his legs and looked at me with an irritated look on his face. I lightly smirked and decided I could do a little teasing since he interrupted our kiss. "What's wrong? Afraid that I'm going to take your mom away from you?" He furrowed his eyebrows and raised his paw to possibly slap me again, but a rumble in his tummy stopped him and caused his eyes to widen.

Fluttershy giggled. "Looks like Angel's hungry."

"I suppose we can go to the sweet shop and get some snacks…" I looked at Fluttershy and formed loving eyes. "And maybe we can share a ice cream float together…"

She did the same to me. "That sounds wonderful…"

But before we could show any love or affection, Angel tapped his foot impatiently between us, causing us to share a small laughter and agree to his demands. I stood up and helped Fluttershy with my hoof. Angel hopped on Fluttershy's back and we then began heading towards the sweet shop at Sugarcube Corner, stopping on the way to retrieve my saddlebag with bits.

Arriving at Sugarcube Corner, we walked through the door, hearing the bell ring after. Mrs. Cake heard this too as she trotted over to us. "Hello! I'm guessing you two are here for the special too?"

"Special?" I asked, a little confused.

"Yes! In Hearts and Hooves day, we have discounts on all our couple-themed treats!"

"Alright then." I replied, smiling. I looked at Fluttershy. "Anything you want?"

"I'm fine with that ice cream float." She answered me.

I nodded and faced back at Mrs. Cake. "We'll take an ice cream float." I heard Angel tap his foot. "And a small piece of carrot cake."

"Coming right up! Go ahead and take a seat!" Mrs. Cake then began trotting into the kitchen. We walked towards a nearby table and sat across from each other. Angel moved to Fluttershy's shoulder, excitedly waiting for that carrot cake we promised him.

We heard the bell ring as another couple of ponies walked in.

"You're my shmoopy-doopy sweedy-weedy pony pie." We heard, causing us to look back to see it was actually Big Macintosh expressing that sentence to Ms. Cheerilee.

"No, you're my shmoopy-doopy sweedy-weedy pony pie." Cheerilee responded.

They obviously looked in love…which really confused me.

Mrs. Cake came out and brought us our order, noticing them as well. "Why, hello! What can I get for you two today?"

"I'll have an ice cream float… for my cutie-patootie lovie-dovie honey-bunny!" Cheerilee responded.

"Um…okay…" Mrs. Cake responded and awkwardly walked back in the kitchen.

"You're my heartie-smartie smirchy-wirchy baby-waby." Big Macintosh told Ms. Cheerilee as they took a seat in the table near us.

"You're my cuddly-wuddly boopsie-woopsie pumpkin pie." Cheerilee answered, and only continued to stare into his eyes.

"Um…what's going on with them…?" I asked. "Just a while ago, they were just friends…but now they're all…" I observed them as they continued to be overly dramatic about their…romance…?

Angel didn't really care as he hopped off of Fluttershy's shoulder and began to devour the carrot cake.

"It's a little…strange…" Fluttershy slightly flinched at the sight of them.

Then, as Mrs. Cake was bringing back the float for the two of them, we heard the door bell ring again as three little fillies walked inside. It was Applejack, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle. Mrs. Cake placed the float on the table between them, but they continued to stare directly at each other's eyes. They had planted their back legs on the stool and their front legs on the table, supporting their chins as they resumed their gazing. "Here you go…"

"You take the first sip, snuggle-wuggles." Cheerilee offered, pushing the float towards him.

"No, you take it, schnoodle-bump." Big Macintosh suggested, pushing the float back.

"No, you, shnooky-lumps." Cheerilee objected, repeating the same action.

"No, you, pookie-pie."

Fluttershy and I could only stare at them a little uneasily, instead of enjoying our float. Mrs. Cake turned around after witnessing the apparent love-fest they were bringing up. She walked towards the fillies. "I'm all for romance, but this is…quite uncomfortable…" I agreed with Mrs. Cake on that. Fluttershy and I were stuck with watching Big Macintosh and Cheerilee both have the same cherry in each of their mouths, playing with it. "What's happened to these two?"

Sweetie Belle chuckled nervously. "Who knows?"

Mrs. Cake could only stare at them for a while as they shifted around uneasily. I could already tell these three must have had something to do with this…especially with all their picnic planning they had been doing… "Well, these love birds will probably be planning a wedding soon. I can always use the catering business."

A wedding…?

"A wedding! That's it! Miss Cheerilee and Big Mac should get married!" Sweetie Belle suggested as Fluttershy and I continued to become uncomfortable with the scene Big Macintosh and Cheerilee were putting up. …They were both holding up the float, licking each side of it…

"How is gettin' hitched gonna keep them apart?" Applebloom asked.

"They aren't really gonna get married. They're just gonna get ready to get married."

"Sweetie Belle…" I spoke up, still being disturbed when the couple continued to be…odd… "What's going on?"

"Oh…" She answered nervously. "You see…" She rubbed her hoof on the back of her head. "We…may…have…um…got them too in love…"

"…what…?" I questioned with a confused face, but our conversation was interrupted by them, once again.

"No you biscuit-wiscuit bear!" Ms. Cheerilee exclaimed.

"Nope, you huggy-wuggy snuggy bunny!" Big Macintosh now pressed his hoof forward, actually causing the float to fly off the table and spill over its contents on the floor. Wow…

Sweetie Belle walked over to them and confronted Ms. Cheerilee. "Hi Miss Cheerilee, how are you?"

"I have a very special somepony!" She presented a photo frame with Big Macintosh inside…

"I have a very special somepony." Big Macintosh repeated…

"Yeah… we noticed." Applebloom commented.

They both leaned in more and now started rubbing their noses together…definitely starting to distract and creep me out a little… It wasn't bad or anything… It was just a little weird… I mean… just earlier today… they were just friendly… and now… I sighed mentally as they continued. What could have made them fall so madly in love with each other so quick?

"Gosh!" Sweetie Belle suddenly intervened, placing her hooves on them and spreading them apart, which they reacted by trying to reach out to each other again. "You two are so in love, the next thing you know, you'll be getting married." Sweetie Belle released her hooves, causing them to bump onto each other and then return a shocked silence.

"Married?" They both questioned in unison.

"That's right." Sweetie Bell emphasized. "Maaariiied."

"Married." They repeated, now love-struck again as they sat on their seats.

Applebloom then created a vomiting gesture and noise. "Ugh." After, she formed a stern face and walked towards Big Macintosh as they were rubbing their noses again. "'Course, if you're gonna get married…" She began pushing him away from Ms. Cheerilee. "…you wanna pick out a really nice diamond for your…" She stuck out her tongue and groaned in disgust. "ugh... shmoopy-doopy-uh-pookie-pie."

"Diamond!" Big Macintosh exclaimed and sped away, causing Applebloom to shut the door immediately after.

"Shmoopy!" Cheerilee called out in distress, having Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo try to hold her back.

"Don't you think you should start looking for your wedding dress?" Scootaloo asked. "You'll wanna look your best for your... honey-bunny snuggle-baby…"

Cheerilee suddenly stopped and waved her hooves in the air. "Oh, dress!" She sped out, even breaking the door to pieces which surprised all of us.

Before I could question anypony, the three girls ran outside. Alright… I won't go after them this time… I'm just going to spend this time with Fluttershy and hopefully the issue gets resolved some other way.

"Okay…" I announced. "At least we can spend some time alone now…" I faced Fluttershy.

She managed to form a smile and leaned forward to begin to place her lips on the straw in the float. I repeated her action and placed my lips on the other straw as well. I somehow became trapped in her gaze as we both stared into each other's eyes, drinking the float slowly. After some time, Mrs. Cake came back in.

"Whoa! What happened?" She exclaimed as she spotted the door completely broken and the other couple's former float on the floor.

"Oh…" I shook my head, being broken from our gazing. "Um, the girls placed the idea of marriage in their heads…and…well…to be honest… a lot of things happened that I am still very confused about…"

She sighed. "I'll go call a handypony…"

She left the room, allowing us to continue to drink our float.

When we finished, Fluttershy retrieved Angel from the table, who seemed to be too stuffed to move, and placed him on her back. Meanwhile, I went to the counter and placed my bits on there, paying a little more to hopefully cover the damage. However, I wanted to leave before Mrs. Cake came back so she wouldn't try to argue with me in keeping the bits I don't owe.

"Ready to go, Fluttershy?" I asked her.

"Mm-hm." She nodded, and then we began leaving through the open hole in wall which used to be the front door…

We began strolling through town, heading towards Fluttershy's cottage to drop off the sleeping Angel.

"Looks like Angel had a little too much than his little body could handle." I commented, laughing a little.

Fluttershy giggled as well. "Yup… I hope his tummy doesn't hurt when he wakes up…"

"Yeah… me eith—

We suddenly heard rumbling on the ground. We looked behind us to see Big Macintosh pulling an entire house on the ground. "What the…?" He was pulling it by a rope… and the rope didn't even snap! I also noticed Applebloom trail behind him as they passed us. I exchanged a look with Fluttershy and then began to run after them, causing Fluttershy to follow me as well.

As I began getting nearer to them, I saw Applebloom jump towards Big Macintosh and wrap her hooves around him to try to stop him, but it didn't work. He continued bouncing and I could see him heading straight for the Carousel Boutique! At the front of the building, I also saw Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle pop up, looking dirty.

"Move away!" Scootaloo announced, waving her forelegs.

"He'll get to her! He's too strong!" Applebloom responded.

The rope finally snapped, and Big Macintosh continued bouncing.

"Let him go!" Sweetie Belle exclaimed, flailing her forelegs as well.

Applebloom received the message and jumped off from him.

"Huh…?" I questioned, but continued running.

"Shmoopy-doo–whoa!" Big Macintosh exclaimed joyfully until he suddenly fell through the ground. I almost actually fell inside the hole that lay before me, but I quickly stopped right in front of it, kicking some dirt inside. Fluttershy stopped behind me.

"What's going on?" She asked.

I couldn't really answer that… I honestly have no clue…

Scootaloo sighed. "I sure am glad you found those shovels."

I looked in the hole to see Big Macintosh face down on a mattress.

"One more minute and the spell will be broken!" Applebloom commented.

"Girls, what is going o—

"Shmoopy-doo!" Big Macintosh suddenly called out desperately, raising his hoof and interrupting me.

"Sweetums?" We heard Ms. Cheerilee's voice inside the boutique. Then crashes sounded after, causing the girls to look back at the boutique in surprise. They looked over to the clock tower to hear it chime. Then, the front door of the boutique was being harshly banged on until the whole wall was broken! What even surprised me more was that it was Cheerilee who did that! She literally burst out, wearing a wedding veil.

"Shmoopy-doo!" Big Macintosh called from inside the hole again.

The girls then attempted to block his view of him from her for some reason, causing her to quickly charge towards him. Fluttershy and I could only stare at the scene, switching our view from one another as Cheerilee continued to hurriedly rush towards Big Macintosh. The girls also continued to stare at the clock tower until Cheerilee was nearing them. Then, they closed their eyes tightly and braced themselves for impact.

Ms. Cheerilee went through them, knocking them like bowling pins and causing them to fly up in the air. She then jumped towards the hole, preparing to meet Big Macintosh. Really… we both could only stare in utter confusion, making everything look as if they were in slow motion.

Finally, Cheerilee bumped into Big Macintosh, landing in the hole as well. The clock tower bell chimed as dust sprayed out from the hole.

"Oh please be normal, please be normal." Applebloom cried.

Fluttershy and I looked at each other and then in the hole to see Big Macintosh and Cheerilee inside the hole, looking completely confused as well.

"Hey, Ms. Cheerilee…" I announced as stared downwards at them. "You alright?"

"Um…" She responded, looking as if she had suddenly just woke up. "Am I wearing a wedding veil?"

"Eeyup." Big Macintosh answered.

Cheerilee observed what they were standing on. "Are you sitting on a feather bed in a hole in the ground?"

"Eeyup." He repeated his answer.

"Girls!" She called out. "Can you explain why I look like I'm getting married at the bottom of a pit?"

"…We may have given you the teeny-tiniest bit of love potion... that may have turned out to actually be a love poison, and you may have gone just a teeny-tiniest bit nutty…" Sweetie Belle answered, trying to sound careful with her words.

"But we only did it because we thought you and Big Mac would be really happy if you could be each other's very special someponies on Hearts and Hooves Day." Applebloom explained.

"Our hearts and hooves were in the right place." Scootaloo added, flinching a bit.

"We appreciate that you care about us and want us to be happy but–

"But no matter how good our intentions might have been, we shoulda never meddled in your relationship." Applebloom finished Ms. Cheerilee's sentence.

"No pony can force two ponies to be together." Scootaloo agreed.

"It's up to everypony to choose that very special somepony for themselves." Sweetie Belle included.

"We're sorry." They finished with a big apology in unison.

"And you can think about how sorry you are while you're doing all of Big Mac's chores at Sweet Apple Acres." Cheerilee responded and faced Big Macintosh. "Does that seem like a fair punishment to you?"

"Eeyup." He agreed, closing his eyes in settling the deal.

"So that explains everything." I spoke as I began helping Ms. Cheerilee out of the hole.

"What do you mean?" She questioned when she was out of the hole now.

"Well…" I grunted as I tried helping Big Macintosh now. "Fluttershy and I were seeing you both all over town looking really…well…you know… and acting sappy." Big Macintosh was now out. "But, we honestly had absolutely no clue about the whole situation. Finally, we understand after the girls explained what happened to you two."

"I see…" Ms. Cheerilee responded and then looked over to the girls. "Girls, before you start with Big Mac's chores, you can start by filling in the hole again. You don't want any pony to fall and get hurt, do you?"

They sighed. "No, Miss Cheerilee…"

"Great then! Let's go, Big Mac." She began walking away with him. "Bye you two!" She directed towards us and left.

The girls then grabbed their shovels and began undoing their hole.

"Well…see you three later…" I announced, beginning to turn around with Fluttershy.

"Bye, Alex. Bye, Fluttershy." They answered.

"Bye, girls." Fluttershy said as well, and we began walking to her cottage again. I would have helped the girls with this… but it was their punishment… Anyways… as I walked nearby Fluttershy, I could still see Angel sleeping with his stomach full, causing me to chuckle lightly.

When we arrived at the cottage, Fluttershy placed Angel in his bed and then faced me. "Is there anything else you want to do for the rest of this day, Alex?" She asked.

"Well…" I tapped a hoof to my chin. "Maybe we can just spend the evening together… I don't know… perhaps… cuddling outside or something…" I felt a little embarrassed when saying this… but I did love body contact with Fluttershy. It was something that was still a bit new to me…

Fluttershy's cheeks bloomed as she looked away, but moved her eyes towards me. "Okay…"

We spent the rest of the day in and out her cottage, just being together. We kissed several times, feeling a lot of emotions between us. We played a few games, but eventually night fell. We cuddled outside, watching the stars and beautiful night sky.

"This has been the best Hearts and Hooves Day ever…" Fluttershy commented as we both continued to gaze upwards. "Well… it's really the only Hearts and Hooves Day I've spent with a special somepony… you…"

I smiled and chuckled a little. "Yeah…same here…" After a moment, I looked at her and noticed her becoming a little tired. "I should probably let you get some sleep, especially from everything we've been through today."

"Oh, alright." She replied as we both stood up. "I'll see you tomorrow though, right?"

I nodded and grabbed my saddlebag that was sitting by me, placing it on. "Of course." I walked her to her door and opened it for her. She walked in and faced me.

"Okay… Goodnight, Alex." Fluttershy pulled me closer to her for an embrace and a passionate kiss.

I smiled warmly and once again sent her loving eyes. "Goodnight, Fluttershy." I returned the kiss and after several seconds, I carefully pulled away from her.

She smiled and turned around to head to bed as I slowly closed the door behind her. I turned around as well and began to head home.

I arrived at my front door and walked in, shutting the door behind me. I placed my saddle bag on the counter and opened it. I grabbed Fluttershy's gift and took it with me upstairs. I placed it on the shelf along with my other possessions. I hung it on there actually, so I would be able to see it every time I lay in bed. Afterwards, I walked back downstairs and went through my saddlebag again. I brought out the picnic basket and placed it in the kitchen. Then, I took out Derpy's card and observed it. Hm… that reminds me… I wonder how she spent her day? Or if she found somepony too? I continued thinking about it for a moment, but eventually took the card upstairs. I placed it on my nightstand near the lit lamp and finally began getting ready for bed.

However, I felt like I wanted to take a shower first, so I entered the bathroom and turned the shower on. I rinsed for a moment until I came back out, shaking and using a towel to dry myself. I walked back to my bedroom and yawned, stretching a little as well. I wrapped myself inside the blankets in my bed and turned off the lamp. I closed my eyes and immediately began thinking about Fluttershy. Hm… I wonder if she's thinking about me right now too? I mentally shrugged and waited for dreamland.

This Hearts and Hooves Day was great…

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