It was a quiet, peaceful night in Equestria, and the beautiful Pegasus known as Fluttershy was busy putting her animals to sleep. To Fluttershy, it was a little bit early to be putting her animals to sleep. But one of her best friends, Rainbow Dash, had came to her a little while ago, and told her that a storm was coming. So Fluttershy decided to put her animals to sleep early.
After putting her pet rabbit, Angel, to bed, Fluttershy was heading back to her cottage but she stopped where she was when she heard a noise. Wondering if she was just hearing things, she remained perfectly still and listened intently. She found out quickly she was not just hearing things. She heard the noise and this time much more clearly. The noise was the sound of someone crying and from what it sounded like, it was someone young.
Tracking the direction of the noise, Fluttershy found herself at the entrance of the dangerous Everfree Forest. She was a little bit nervous, but was not completely afraid because the crying was not deep inside the forest. It sounded like it was very close to one of the nearby trees. Venturing into the forest a little bit, Fluttershy found the source of the crying behind one of the trees. She went behind the tree and was shocked at what she found.
A small Pegasus colt was curled up into a ball crying hard but quietly. The colt looked like he was no older than 5. He had a dark blue coat that was covered in dirt and mud and a green mane and tail that had small little twigs and sticks sticking out of it. Fluttershy stared at him for a minute wondering where this colt came from and why was he out here in the Everfree Forest all alone. She also wondered how long he's been out here. Based on how he looked right now, he looked like he had only been out here for a few hours.
Snapping back to reality, Fluttershy reached out a hoof to touch the colt. But before she could, the colt looked up and saw Fluttershy. He let out a small yelp before running past her to the entrance of the Everfree Forest. Fluttershy immediately perused him. When she was back at the forest entrance, she saw the little colt curled up in a ball once again looking more terrified than when she first found him. The colt looked at Fluttershy once again and ran off just like before. But he did not get far this time because he tripped over his own hooves.
Fluttershy trotted up to him slowly, not wanting to scare him again. The colt whimpered when he saw her and he let his tears flow freely. Fluttershy had a look of sadness on her face, seeing how scared the little colt was. She tried to reach a hoof out to him again but he shied away from it. The colt was terrified of her, but she continued to move towards him and was finally able to put a hoof on him.
“Shh...It's okay. I'm not going to hurt you” She said softly and gently to the terrified colt while she rubbed his tiny shoulder.
The colt looked at her surprised by the gentleness in her voice. He was about to open his mouth and say something until...
Flash, Flash, Kra-Koom
A powerful rumble of thunder and lightning made the colt scream in terror and run to Fluttershy's leg. He held her leg while crying uncontrollably. He was scared to death of the thunderstorm. Fluttershy was the same way when she was a filly but she was not this scared.
Fluttershy gently stroked the back of the crying colt and asked him sweetly, “Do you live nearby, sweetheart?”
The colt's crying reduced to sobbing and he shook his head in response to Fluttershy's question.
“Do your parents know you're out here?” Fluttershy asked him.
The colt began to shake and looked as if he were holding back tears that he had not yet cried.
Fluttershy began to fear for the colt and she asked him nervously, “D-Do you have any parents?”
This question caused the colt to break down and cry harder than ever before.
Fluttershy felt her heart break in two. This colt had no parents and he was alone and scared. She did everything she could to comfort the crying colt until...
Flash, Flash, Kra-koom
Another burst of thunder and lightning broke the sky causing the colt to cry even harder. Now knowing that he had nowhere to go, Fluttershy decided to let him to stay with her for the night and decide what happens next in the morning.
“Come with me, sweetheart, you can sleep at my house” she said to him while stroking his back.
The colt nodded in response and Fluttershy picked him up and placed him gently on her back. With rain starting to come down, Fluttershy flew towards her cottage with the colt gently holding onto to her neck.
Arriving at her cottage, Fluttershy opened the door to her humble home and flew inside. The colt was still holding on to her neck. Once she was on the ground, Fluttershy bent down to let him off her back. The colt tried to float down but he did not have the strength to do so. Luckily, before he hit the ground, Fluttershy was able to catch him and put him safely on the ground. Fluttershy felt bad for the poor colt, seeing how weak of a flier he was, but she put that sadness behind her before asking the colt in a soft, gentle voice
“Are you hungry, sweetheart?”
The colt's stomach did the talking for him when it made a loud rumble.
“I'll take that as a yes.” Fluttershy said, letting out a small giggle “Alright, you stay here and I'll go make you something to eat.”
But before she went into the kitchen, she stopped and turned to him realizing she had never introduced herself to the colt.
“My name is Fluttershy by the way.” She said to him before disappearing into the kitchen
A few minutes later, Fluttershy came back with a spoon and a steaming hot bowl of daffodil soup. The colt's mouth began to water when the smell of the soup hit his small nostrils. Fluttershy put the soup onto a small tray and put the colt onto the couch. She then took the soup and put it in front of the colt. The colt took the spoon and took a small sip of the soup. The heat from it melted away the cold feeling he felt in the storm like ice. The colt took another sip of the soup before devouring it. When he was done, Fluttershy took the bowl from him and put it in her sink. When she returned, she sat on the couch next to the colt and rubbed his back gently with her hoof.
“Well, now that you've had something to eat, I think It's best that I gave you a bath.” She said to him.
She then proceeded to put the colt on her back and then flew upstairs. While she flew to her bathroom, Fluttershy realized he had not said anything since she found him. She decided, however to let him talk to her when he was ready.
When she got to her bathroom, she closed the door, took the colt off her back, and placed him beside her. She then began to fill her tub with warm water. When It was the perfect level for the small colt, she lifted him up and tried to put him in the bath. The colt, however, resisted by holding her neck tightly. He believed that she was trying to drown him in the water.
“It's okay, sweetheart, It's just water. There's no need to be afraid” she said gently to the scared colt
Fluttershy tried as best she could to get him off of her and into the tub, but she was unsuccessful. The colt began to kick and scream refusing to trust her words and let her bathe him. Knowing she could not convince him to go into the bath alone, Fluttershy had no other choice but to use the alternative option.
“Alright, have it your way, If you won't take a bath alone, I guess I'll have to come in with you.” She said to the colt before getting into the bath with him in her forelegs.
The colt screamed in terror as the water came in contact with his body. He then stared splashing Fluttershy and struggled to get out of the bath, he knew she was going to drown him. Much to his surprise however Fluttershy just sat there keeping a gentle but tight grip on him. After a few seconds of Fluttershy remaining completely still, the colt finally calmed down, starting to believe she would not drown him.
“There, there. See? The water is not going to hurt you.” She said to him in soft gentle voice.
The colt then looked at her and lowered his head in shame now fully realizing she was not going to drown him. Fluttershy said nothing and just rubbed his shoulder while giving him a gentle smile in which he returned with a small smile of his own.
After a few minutes of silence, Fluttershy began to clean the colt with him no longer putting up a fight. She gently got the small bits of twigs and branches out of his green mane and then lathered his mane in shampoo. She then took a small bucket of water and dumped it over his head to wash the shampoo out of him mane. Feeling the water, the colt yelped in terror but he immediately silenced himself when Fluttershy started rubbing at his side, calming him down. When he was calm, Fluttershy very gently washed his body and got all the dirt and mud off of him. With the colt Finally clean, Fluttershy got out of the bath, picked the colt up, placed him next to her, and drained the tub. Once the tub was drained, she used a towel and gently dried him, and herself, off.
Leaving the bathroom, Fluttershy looked at the clock on her wall and looked down at the colt who let out a quiet yawn.
“Alright, sweetheart, it's time for bed. You can sleep in my bed and I'll sleep on my couch.” Fluttershy said to him sweetly.
The colt gave her a small nod before she lifted him onto her back to go to her bedroom. When she reached her bedroom, she placed the colt on her bed and tucked him in. She was about to blow out the candle when the colt started whimpering in fear. He was afraid of the dark. Fluttershy smiled softly and left the candle lit so the room had a nice small glow and the colt would not be scared. Fluttershy then went over to the colt and gave him a gentle kiss on the forehead.
“If you need anything, I'll be downstairs, okay?” She said to him.
The colt gave her a small soft smile and nodded
“Alright, sweet dreams, little one” she said to him gently. she gave him one more kiss on the forehead and went downstairs.
A few hours later, Fluttershy was awoken from her peaceful sleep on the couch by a rumble of thunder and lightning as well as a loud scream coming from upstairs. Remembering the colt that she found, Fluttershy quickly flew upstairs. When she reached her bedroom, she saw the colt wrestling with the bed covers. He then screamed louder than before. When she got a little bit closer, she saw that he was having a nightmare.
“M-Momma!” He screamed at the top of his lungs while crying heavily.
Fluttershy immediately scooped the colt up in her forelegs and cradled him close to her. The colt woke up almost instantly and started to scream again. However he stopped screaming as quickly as he started, when when he remembered that he was being held by Fluttershy. He looked at her and fresh tears formed in his eyes.
The colt buried his head into Fluttershy's chest fur and cried heavily. Fluttershy nuzzled the small colt while trying to calm him down.
“Shhh...it's okay little one It was just a bad dream.”
A rumble of thunder and lightning struck once again outside, making the colt scream and cry harder while shaking in fear. Fluttershy began to gently rock him while making soft gentle hushing noises.
“Shhh...Don't worry. I'm here...Shhh” She hushed as the colt continued to cry.
She then started to softly sing a soft lullaby to the crying colt.
“Hush now, Quiet now”
“It's time to lay your sleepy head”
“Hush now, Quiet now”
“It's time to go to bed”
“Drifting off to sleep leave the exciting day behind you”
“Drifting off to sleep let the joy of dreamland find you”
“Hush now, Quiet now”
“It's time to lay your sleepy head”
“Hush now, Quiet now”
“It's time to go to bed”
The colt stopped crying as Fluttershy held him and continued to rock him. Fluttershy gave him a tender loving smile. She has shown him so much love and compassion even though they just met. The colt then snuggled into Fluttershy's chest, and laid his head against her neck. Tears formed in Fluttershy's eyes but she brushed them away with her hoof and kissed the colt on the forehead. Not wanting him to be alone tonight, Fluttershy continued to hold the colt in her forelegs while she laid down in her bed. She pulled the covers over herself and the colt so they would be warm. The two slept through the night peacefully with the colt sleeping in Fluttershy's gentle and loving embrace.
The light of the morning shined through the window of Fluttershy's bedroom. Opening her eyes, Fluttershy looked down to see the Pegasus colt still sleeping in her forelegs. He snuggled into her chest fur and continued to sleep peacefully. Fluttershy gave the colt a gentle smile before giving him a kiss on the top of his head. The small colt slowly opened his eyes and let out a yawn before looking at Fluttershy. The two smiled at each other for a minute, before Fluttershy began to speak.
“Good morning sweetheart, did you sleep well?” She asked the colt sweetly.
The Colt simply nodded his head while smiling.
“Are you hungry?” Fluttershy asked him earning a nod once again
Smiling at him she kissed him on the forehead before gently picking him up and placing him the bed.
“Okay sweetheart, you stay her and I will go make you a bowl of oatmeal.” She said to the the colt
Turning around Fluttershy began to make her way downstairs, only to stop at the doorway when she heard a soft quiet voice.
“Lightning Twister” the voice said
Fluttershy turned around to the source of the voice. It was the colt, he had finally spoken to her.
“M-my name is L-Lightning Twister.” The cold spoke nervously
His voice was gentle and soft like a glass harp. But it also sounded broken and scared like last night when he was screaming during the nightmare he was having. Fluttershy smiled at the colt and let out a small giggle.
“It's nice to meet you Lightning Twister” She said to him, glad that he was finally comfortable enough around her to talk to her.
Fluttershy descended down the stairs, and headed to the kitchen to make Lightning Twister some oatmeal. While she made the oatmeal, she realized she needed to introduce Lightning Twister to her friends but she decided to let Lightning eat first. Finished with making the oatmeal, Fluttershy held the bowl carefully before flying upstairs. When she returned She saw Lightning Twister sitting where he was as he was told to do.
“Fluttershy flew up to him and said, “Here you go Lightning sweetheart”
She placed the bowl in his lap and he ate, the entire bowl of oatmeal slowly and steadily. When he was finished Fluttershy took the bowl from him.
“Thank you Fluttershy” Lightning Twister said to the mare in front of him.
Fluttershy couldn't help but giggle at Lightning Twister. He had oatmeal all over his face. Taking a napkin in her hoof, Fluttershy used it to clean Lightning Twister's face off.
“Your welcome Lightning!” She said with a smile while she cleaned the little colts face.
Once Lightning's face was oatmeal free Fluttershy asked him gently
“Lightning, how would like to meet my friends?”
Lightning just nodded in response
“Great!” Fluttershy said with excitement
A few minutes later Fluttershy was ready to go out the door with Lightning Twister right beside her.
“Are you ready Lightning?” She asked the colt earning a nod in return.
With nothing left to be said the pair left the cottage and began their travel to Ponyville.
Lighting Twister was somewhat scared of his new surroundings. Everything was so much bigger than he was. Lightning stayed as close to Fluttershy as possible, not wanting to be separated from her. Arriving at Ponyville, Fluttershy stopped where she was and looked down at Lightning Twister. She smiled at him and said
“Welcome to Ponyville Lightning, everypony here is really nice, so there is no need to be scared”
Lightning said nothing and stared at the town in front of him. After a moment of silence, Fluttershy and Lightning went into the town. Lightning Twister looked around the area he looked at all the buildings and Ponies that were around him. Some of the Ponies looked and smiled at him, this made Lightning Twister very uncomfortable. Even though Fluttershy said that everypony here was nice, Lightning was still scared. All the ponies around him were giants compared to him. He continued to stay as close to Fluttershy as possible until something jumped in front of him, making him yelp in surprise.
Standing in front of Lightning was a bright pink earth pony mare with a large poofy dark pink mane and tail. The Pony jumped even closer to Lightning and stared at him with large blue eyes. She got as close to him as possible. The Ponies eyes were mere inches away from Lightning's and they came close and closer until Lightning was on his back. the eyes continued to come closer making Lightning more scared and Uncomfortable than he already was. With the eyes being closer than they should be the mare opened her mouth and said with incredible quickness...
“Hi I'm pinkie Pie, who are you, are you new here, I know everypony in Ponyville, but I don't know you, so you must be new, and oooh aren't you such a little cutie, you are so cute, I could just eat you up, What's you name, what is it huh, what is it, what is it, what is it, what is it, Wha-”
Pinkie Pie's rambling was cut off by a hoof in her mouth. Lightning Quickly ran under the source of the hoof. Fluttershy continued to keep her hoof in Pinkies as the two stared at each other.
“Pinkie!” Fluttershy said “You need to calm down now. your scaring the little one.”
Fluttershy Looked under her and saw Lightning shaking violently with small tears in his eyes he had never met or seen a pony that eccentric. Fluttershy gave him a small nuzzle to try and calm him down.
“It's okay Lightning sweetheart, you can come out now.” Fluttershy said softly and gently to the scared colt “This is my Friend Pinkie Pie, she's not going to hurt you. She may be very hyper but she's very sweet, so don't be afraid of her, please come out.”
Lightning however shook his head violently. He refused to go anywhere near that crazy pink pony. Lightning stayed under Fluttershy and tried to hide his face in his hooves while continuing to tremble in fear. He was extremely terrified of the pink pony in front of him. Letting out a sigh, Fluttershy glared at Pinkie Pie.
“Now look what you've done Pinkie.” She said to her in an irritated tone.
The tone in Fluttershy's voice caused pinkie to step back a bit. Her normally kind friend never talked like that. She then Looked down at Lightning and reached a hoof out to him, only for Lightning to shy away from it while making a small whimpering sound. Seeing him like this caused Pinkies mane and tail to deflate like a balloon.
“Oh, I'm so, so sorry Lightning. I didn't mean to scare you.” She said apologetically to the small and scared colt.
Lightning said nothing and clung tightly to Fluttershy's leg while continuing to shake violently. Letting out another sigh, Fluttershy said
“I think you should leave now Pinkie. We'll come by Sugarcube Corner tomorrow when Lightning Twister's calm and we'll try this again.”
Pinkies Mane and Tail poofed back to normal and pinkie said in her usual cheerful way
“Okie dokie Fluttershy, see you both tomorrow”
With that said Pinkie bounced off acting like nothing even happened. With pinkie gone Fluttershy turned around and nuzzled Lightning Twisters cheek. Lightning Continued to whimper in fear even though what scared him had bounced away.
“Shhh...It's okay Lightning, she's gone now. we'll go see Pinkie tomorrow and I promise she'll be much calmer.”
Lighting Twister Started to calm down now that Pinkie was gone and nodded at Fluttershy. The two then continued to make there way through Ponyville.
The next pony Lightning met was Rainbow Dash, however they did not get along well. Rainbow was in the middle of moving clouds when she kicked one that unbeknownst to her shot lightning and thunder. This scared Lighting Twister and caused him to cry due too his strong fear of thunder and lightning. Seeing this caused Rainbow to think that Lightning was a crybaby. Fluttershy was not pleased with Rainbows snide remarks and flew off with Lightning Twister being held in her forelegs. Things were not going the way that Fluttershy had hoped.
The next Pony That Lightning met was The Country mare Applejack. Not trusting anymore of Fluttershy's friends, Lightning refused to even look at Applejack. He clung to Fluttershy's neck while he was In her Forelegs. Fluttershy explained to Applejack what happened with Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash. She then tried to get Lightning to look at Applejack but he didn't listen to a word she said. Things did not look well until Applejack offered Lightning Twister some Apple juice in which he accepted hesitantly. Lightning took a small nervous sip of the Apple juice and was amazed how it tasted. It tasted sweet and tangy. The taste made the rest of the juice to tempting to resist, and Lighting slammed the rest of the drink with both Fluttershy and Applejack giggling in delight.
When he finished the Apple juice Fluttershy put Lightning gently on the ground, and he decided to take a look at Applejack who gave him a gentle smile. This was the first pony besides Fluttershy that was being nice to him and didn't scare him. Feeling completely horrible about how treated her with such distrust, Lightning trotted slowly up to Applejack and gently hugged her lug since he couldn't reach her chest or neck.
“Aw..don't worry sugarcube” she said sweetly to the colt “I'm not upset that ya didn't trust me at first. And Don't you worry none about Rainbow Dash, she may be a bit rude, but she's one of the nicest ponies you'll ever meet once you get to know her.”
Lightning Twister nodded deciding to trust Applejack's words and Went back beside Fluttershy who lifted the small colt onto her back.
“Well Applejack we have two more friends to meet we'll see you later.” Fluttershy said to the country pony.
after saying goodbye to each other, Fluttershy and Lightning Twister turned around and went back into town.
The next place that Fluttershy and Lightning Twister went to was Carousel Boutique the home of Rarity. Looking out the window and seeing Fluttershy heading her way, Rarity opened the door and Allowed Fluttershy in. Lightning Twister Kept himself hidden in Fluttershy's long pink mane.
“Fluttershy, darling It's been to long” Rarity said in an elegant and regal Voice
“Hi, Rarity” Fluttershy replied in response
“We simply must get together more often” Rarity said to her close friend.
“Your right we should” Fluttershy said while giggling.
“How can I help you Darling?” Rarity asked Fluttershy sweetly while Fluttering her eyes.
“Well” Fluttershy started “I wanted to introduce you to somepony.”
Fluttershy then looked behind her and saw Lightning Twister hiding behind her mane. Fluttershy moved her mane out of the way and gave the colt a small nuzzle before saying to him.
“It's okay sweetheart, you can come out now.” She said gently to the scared colt on her back.
Lightning Twister slowly poked his head out and looked into the blue eyes of the white unicorn mare in front of him.
"Lightning, this is my friend Rarity. She is one of the best clothes makers in all of Equestira” Fluttershy said to the small colt
“Rarity,” Fluttershy said to her friend “This is lightning Twister. He's this little colt I'm looking after.”
Lightning Twister just looked at Rarity as she did the same.
“Awww..aren't you just the most adorable little colt I've ever seen.” Rarity said to Lightning before she raised a hoof out to touch him.
Lightning ran away from the hoof and hid under Fluttershy while shaking.
“I'm sorry, Rarity” Fluttershy apologized “He's a very scared little colt. The only pony he is not afraid of is me. He's a little bit better with Applejack, but he's still somewhat scared of her.” Fluttershy explained to the unicorn in front of her.
Rarity looked down at the little colt and smiled gently at him.
“Oh sweetie, you don't have to be scared of me” rarity said to the scared colt waiting for a response from him. This action caused Fluttershy to explain one more thing to her friend.
“He doesn't like to talk much” Fluttershy said to Rarity “he's only said a few words to me.”
Rarity looked at the little and just nodded her head while smiling.
“well then I'll wait” She said to Fluttershy.
Fluttershy she tilted her head in confusion to what Rarity had just said
“What do you mean?” she asked
“I mean” Rarity began “I will be patient and let little Lightning Twister talk to me when he's ready.” She said while smiling down at Lightning Twister.
Lightning had calmed down a little bit and on his own came out from under Fluttershy and Trotted up to Rarity. He then gave her a small nuzzle on her leg causing Rarity to tear up a little.
“Awww..your such a sweet little one Lightning darling” Rarity said to him before giving him a small nuzzle on the cheek.
Rarity's curly mane tickled Lightning Twister causing him to giggle a little bit. Hearing this, Rarity got a mischievous look in her eye.
“Oh, so we're ticklish are we?” She said before she reached a hoof under Lightning and began to gently tickle him.
Lightning Twister fell on his back and laughed happily as Rarity laid down beside him and continued to tickle him. Fluttershy looked on at the two glad that the two were getting along so well. Things were finally starting to go right. After a few minutes, Fluttershy put Lightning Twister on her back and said goodbye to Rarity as it was was starting to become sundown.
The final stop was the Golden Oak Library home of the Unicorn Twilight Sparkle. Fluttershy Knocked on the door and waited for a minute
the owner of the library Twilight Sparkle Opened the door and Greeted Fluttershy.
“Hello Fluttershy it's good to see you, please come in.”
Fluttershy went into the library entering the main room she turned around and faced Twilight
“How are you Twilight?” she asked the Lavender mare in front of of her.
“I'm okay” Twilight Replied while smiling at her friend “Spikes in Canterlot with Princess Celestia for a few weeks so it's only me here. It's actually pretty quiet around here without him” Twilight closed her eyes before letting out a small giggle.
Reopening her eyes, Twilight looked at Fluttershy once again. She was about to say something, but she remained silent when she saw something sticking out of Fluttershy's mane. Realizing she was looking at Lightning Twister, Fluttershy picked him and set him gently on the ground. Lightning Looked at Twilight for a second before trotting up to her slowly. It was different and surprising reaction compared to his reaction with every other pony that Lightning had met. Fluttershy smile at him before saying
“Twilight, this is Lightning Twister, a little colt that I'm taking care of.”
Fluttershy then Looked at Lightning Twister and said
“Lightning sweetheart, this my friend Twilight Sparkle, She is great with magic, incredibly smart, and one of the sweetest ponies you will meet.”
Twilight looked down at Lightning and said to him gently and sweetly
“Hello Lightning twister, It's nice to meet you.”
Lightning said nothing and just stared at Twilight. Everyone and everything in the room was completely quiet until Lightning started to whimper and sob.
Looking at Twilight, Lightning realized how much she looked like his mother except Twilight was a unicorn and not a Pegasus. However that did not matter, Twilight still reminded him of her. From the way she looked, to the sweetness in her voice. She was almost an exact replica of his own mother. Seeing her made Lightning realized just how much he missed his mother.
“Lightning, is something wrong sweetheart?” Twilight asked the colt. Her vice was filled with concern and worry
Lightning backed away from Twilight while whimpering. He then laid on the floor and cried heavily. Fluttershy immediately scooped him up into her forelegs.
“Shhh...It's okay Lightning...Shhh...”She said to the little colt gently. She said to the colt trying to calm him down.
Lightning buried his face into Fluttershy's chest fur and continued to cry. Seeing all this made Twilight's heart brake. She stared at the ground and closed her eyes in sadness. But that sadness was quickly replace with an idea. Knowing of a way to calm Lightning Twister down, Twilight trotted over to Fluttershy asked very gently
“Fluttershy can I hold Lightning Twister for a few minutes?”
Fluttershy was a bit hesitant. She did not know how Lightning Would react since she was the only one so far that could calm him down. Fluttershy however decided to let Twilight hold the little colt. Fluttershy nodded and Twilight motioned to her with a hoof to follow her. The group went to the fireplace where there were two chairs Twilight sat in one of the them and held out her hooves.
Fluttershy placed Lightning Twister gently in twilight's hooves and Twilight cradled him close to her. Lightning continued to cry becoming scared of being in the hooves of someone else besides Fluttershy. Twilight began to rock him ever so gently while making a soft hushing sound. Lightning's crying continued until Twilight started to hum a soft song in his ear. Lightning's crying reduced to sobs as Twilight continued to gently rock him and hum the soft song in his ear. Twilight finished humming her song and continued to rock him. Lightning's sobs turned to sniffles. Twilight rocked him gently and once more made a soft hushing sound. After a few minutes, Lightning fell asleep in Twilight's forelegs. She gave him a small kiss on the forehead and said to him sweetly, gently, and quietly
“Sweet dreams little one.”
Twilight continued to hold Lightning Twister while Fluttershy looked at her in amazement.
“Twilight, that was amazing!” She said quietly not wanting to wake up Lightning Twister.
“how did you do that?” she asked
Twilight just smiled and said
“This was the same thing I did for Spike when I first started taking care of him. I actually still do it for him now when he's scared at night or when he has nightmares” Twilight explained to her friend before looking down and smiling gently at the colt she was holding.
Fluttershy had forgotten that Twilight has pretty much been Spike's mother since she first hatched him. No wonder she had gotten Lightning Twister to sleep so easily and calmly. Fluttershy let out a sigh, and gave her friend a gentle smile. She knew Twilight was going to be a great mother someday.
Looking outside she saw the sun had set, and it had become dark out. Without waking up the sleeping colt she was holding, Twilight gave Lightning Twister back to Fluttershy who cradled him close to her. Fluttershy and Twilight each gave Lightning a loving smile as he snuggled into Fluttershy warm and soft chest fur.
“Well you two had better head home.” Twilight said quietly no wanting to wake Lightning up. “Have a good night Fluttershy” she said with a cheerful smile
“You too Twilight, and Thank You” Fluttershy replied.
With that said Fluttershy turned around and flew for home. when she arrived at her cottage, she flew upstairs and into her bedroom. She pulled her bed covers back and gently set Lightning Twister on the bed. Fluttershy gently tucked him in. without waking up the peacefully sleeping colt, Fluttershy gave him a soft gentle kiss on the forehead. Lightning Twister felt the kiss and a small smile crept across his face while he continued to sleep peacefully. Fluttershy gave him one last gentle smile and Flew downstairs.
Lightning Twister slept peacefully through the night with moon shining down upon him with a warm comforting glow.
Dawn breaks in Equestria as Princess Celestia's sun rises in the horizon. In Fluttershy's cottage, Fluttershy began to open her eyes. She let out a yawn and rubbed her eyes with her hooves. Fluttershy looked out the window to the outside world. A smile was placed on her face as she watched the sun fully rise into the clear blue sky.
When she was finished watching the sun rise, Fluttershy remembered what she was going to do today. She remembered that she was going to reintroduce Lightning Twister to Pinkie Pie after yesterdays incident with the hyper pink pony. However fluttershy felt it would be best if they both had some breakfast first. Getting to her hooves, Fluttershy went upstairs to wake the sleeping colt in her bedroom. She opened her bedroom door slowly and quietly and went over to the bed. In her bed, Lightning Twister continued to sleep peacefully. Fluttershy bent her down to the sleeping colt and gently kissed him on the forehead.
"Lightning it's time wake up sweetheart." she whispered in his ear softly and sweetly.
Hearing her soft and gentle voice, Lightning Twister began to slowly open his eyes. He rubbed his eyes with his hooves and looked up at the kind and caring Pegasus in front of him.
"Good morning Fluttershy." Lightning said to her in his soft and quiet tone.
"Good morning sweetheart did you sleep well last night." Fluttershy asked Lightning kindly.
Lightning Twister nodded his head in response to Fluttershy's question.
Fluttershy smiled at him before asking, "Would you like some breakfast?"
"Yes please." Lightning replied while his stomach grumbled.
Fluttershy nodded at the small colt while smiling and lifted him onto her back. Turning her head to look at him she said, "Okay sweetheart lets go make you some breakfast." Lightning Twister nodded his head once more and Fluttershy spread her wings and flew downstairs.
When they arrived in the living room, Fluttershy descended to the ground and brought her hooves up to take Lightning off her back and put him on the couch. However before she was able to do so Lightning's small voice spoke up.
"Fluttershy can I try to get off of your back by myself?" Lightning asked her softly and kindly.
Fluttershy was a bit hesitant to respond as she remembered the night she had first found Lightning Twister. She remembered when they arrived at the cottage and Lightning tried to get off her back by himself. He had hopped of her back, and tried to use his little wings to help him land safely. However his wings weren't strong enough, and Fluttershy had to catch him before he hit the ground. Remembering all this Fluttershy was a little bit worried about what would happen if Lightning tried to land on his own again. However it was best to let him try.
"Yes you may Lightning." Fluttershy said to the small colt on her back. "Just be careful okay sweetheart?"
Lightning nodded his before saying, "Okay I will."
Getting to his hoofs lightning looked down at the ground below. Being his height, Lightning began to shake nervously because of how far down it looked. Closing his eyes Lightning let out a shaky deep breath and hopped off of Fluttershy's back. Lightning flapped his little wings as hard as he could to slow his fall and land safely on the ground beside Fluttershy. However just like last time, his wings tired out and lightning began to fall quickly. Fluttershy however quickly caught him with her forelegs. She had a feeling this would happen and she was able to react quickly enough to catch him.
Lightning looked at his wings and then at Fluttershy with a look of sadness on his face. Still holding him in her forelegs, Fluttershy smiled at Lightning gently and gave him a small nuzzle.
"Aww don't be sad sweetheart!" Fluttershy said to the small colt gently and sweetly. "Your wings just aren't strong enough yet. Don't worry though. Their are lots of other Pegasus ponies at your age who are weak flyers. I was a weak flyer when I was little filly."
Lightning gave Fluttershy a gentle smile and nodded his head. Fluttershy placed the Lightning on the couch before saying to him, "Okay Lightning, you wait here and I'll go make us some eggs for breakfast."
"Okay Fluttershy." Lightning said as his stomach grumbled once more making Fluttershy giggle.
Fluttershy smiled at Lightning for a moment before flying into the kitchen to Lightning and herself some breakfast. While she was making breakfast, Fluttershy couldn't help but feel sad for Lightning Twister. While he was a very polite and sweet colt, she could tell he was very scared and had a broken heart. She felt her own heart brake seeing how sad he was when he was not able able to hover in the air. It also broke her heart to sad how upset he was last night when he met Twilight. It brought a tear to Fluttershy's eye to even wonder how long Lightning has been without a family.
When she finished making breakfast, Fluttershy put two small plates onto a tray and flew into the living room where Lightning Twister was sitting on the couch like he was told to do. Fluttershy smiled at the the little colt while she put a plate in front of him.
"Here you go sweetheart I made us some scrambled eggs." Fluttershy said to Lighting Twister while smiling.
Lightning smiled at Fluttershy before taking a bite of scrambled eggs.
"Thank you Fluttershy. These are very good" Lightning said to the butter coated mare softly.
Fluttershy smiled gently at the colt before saying, "Your welcome Lightning. I used fresh eggs that were laid by my chickens. I'm glad you like them."
With nothing left to be said Fluttershy and Lightning Twister ate their breakfast together. When they were finished Fluttershy put the two plates in her sink and returned to the living room. However when she returned, she saw Lightning Twister sitting on the couch sniffling. Worried about him, Fluttershy went over to him and saw small tears rolling down his cheeks.
"Lightning sweetheart, what's wrong?" Fluttershy asked the little colt with worry filling her voice. Lightning looked up at her with tears still streaming down his cheeks.
"Y-you've *sniff* been s-so *sniff* n-nice to me." Lightning sobbed "N-nopony has ever b-been *sniff* so n-nice to m-me."
Fluttershy felt her heart ache seeing the little colt so upset. She sat down next to Lightning Twister and put him on lap. She stroked gently stroke his side with her hoof as lightning continued to cry.
"F-Fluttershy *sniff* d-do you think i'm a f-freak?" Lightning asked the kind and caring Pegasus that was holding him.
Fluttershy felt a tear of her own stream down her cheek when she heard the question. Why would he even think something like that?
Fluttershy nuzzled his cheek before saying, "Of course I don't think that sweetheart, why in Equestria would you think such a thing?"
Fluttershy stroked his side side as Lightning began to tremble like leaf and his crying began to grow even harder.
"M-my *sniff* d-daddy *sniff* c-calls me a *sniff* f-freak" Lightning sobbed
Fluttershy let out a gasp of shock. She had thought both of his parents were dead. Lightning's crying grew harder and louder as he looked into the beautiful and caring eyes of the pegasus that was holding him.
"M-my momma *sniff* d-died when she h-had m-me. D-daddy *sniff* s-says it's all m-my *sniff* f-fault." Lightning cried
Hearing him say that made Fluttershy's heart break in two. Lightning Twister's mother had died giving birth to him, but how could his father say such a thing?
"D-daddy y-yells at m-me, *sniff* h-hits me, *sniff* c-calls me n-names, and *sniff* s-scares me with s-storm clouds" Ligthning sobbed before burying his head into Fluttershy's soft chest fur. Lightning cried into Fluttershy's chest fur. He was still speaking but he was crying so hard that Fluttershy couldn't understand what he was saying.
With tears streaming down her face, Fluttershy wrapped her hooves around Lightning Twister and held his trembling body close to her. She now knew the reason why Lightning Twister was so scared. Fluttershy closed her eyes and kissed the top of Lightning's Forehead. She felt so bad for the poor little colt that she was holding in her forelegs.
As she held Lightning Twister close to her, Fluttershy noticed something underneath his little wings. She very carefully moved one of the wings without disturbing the crying colt in her forelegs. What she saw made her gasp in shock. There were several bruises underneath his wings, some of them were turning purple. Fluttershy remained calm on the outside but on the inside she was seething with anger as she glared at the bruises on the little colt. How could a father do such a thing to his own son? How could he beat him, insult him, and frighten him with the one thing he's scared to death of?
Fluttershy anger started to cool when she looked down at Lightning Twister who was still crying. She kissed him gently on the forehead and began making a soft hushing sound to calm the little colt down. Lightning's crying reduced to sobs and then to sniffles as he brought his head out of Fluttershy's chest fur. He looked into her eyes as she smiled down at him lovingly and gave him a small nuzzle.
She gave him another kiss on the forehead before saying, "Lightning, I'm so sorry your father did all those awful things to you sweetheart. But please believe me when I say it's not your fault your mother died. I promise you it's not your fault."
Lightning said nothing as he gave Fluttershy a sad smile while a few tears still streamed down his cheeks. Fluttershy gently brushed the tears with her hoof before pulling Lightning back into a soft and loving embrace. Lightning closed his and smiled as Fluttershy's soft, warm fur and her soft pink mane blanketed him with warmth. Lightning could smell Fluttershy's mane. it smelled like a fresh spring river, and it made him calm and relaxed.
The two remained like this until Fluttershy pulled him away and gave him a kiss on the forehead.
She gave Lightning Twister a gentle smile before asking, "Do you feel better sweetheart?"
Lightning said nothing and gave Fluttershy a small while softly smiling at her.
Fluttershy gave him a small nuzzle while smiling before saying, " Good I'm glad you feel better. Now Let's go to Sugarcube Corner so you can try to meet Pinkie Pie again."
Lightning began to shake nervously after Fluttershy mentioned that crazy pink pony's name. Fluttershy felt this and she started to softly hush him.
"Shhh...It's okay Lightning sweetheart. I promise she'll be much calmer than last time." Fluttershy said to the young colt who began to calm his shaking.
Lightning was was a bit hesitant but he gave Fluttershy a gentle nod deciding to her words.
"O-okay Fluttershy" Lightning said to her while smiling softly.
Fluttershy scooped Lightning into her forelegs and placed him on her back. She turned her head around gave him one more kiss on the forehead.
With nothing left to be said Fluttershy stepped outside while thinkig to herself, "Don't worry Lightning I'll take great care of you I promise."
Standing at the entrance to Ponyville with Lightning on her back, Fluttershy took a deep breath and entered the peaceful town, hoping not to have the same problems that occurred yesterday. Lightning began tremble and quickly hid under fluttershy's mane when he started to see other ponies. Fluttershy looked at him worryingly and gave him a small nuzzle.
"Lightning sweetheart there's no reason to be scared, I promise everything will be okay this time." Fluttershy said to the scared colt hiding under her mane. Lightning calmed his trembling and peeked out from fluttershy's mane. He gave her small nod and Fluttershy continued her journey to Sugarcube Corner.
Halfway to their destination A voice called out to Fluttershy making both her and Lightning yelp in surprise. Fluttershy turned to the source of the voice and smiled. Coming towards her and Lightning was Applejack and a small yellow filly with a red mane and tail and she had a pink bow in her mane. She also had no cutie mark on her flank. The two waved at Fluttershy before Applejack spoke up.
"Well howdy there Fluttershy, Where's that little feller Lightning Twister?" Applejack asked Fluttershy happily.
Hearing Applejack's familiar voice Lightning nervously peeked his head out from under Fluttershy's mane revealing himself to the country mare. However before Applejack could say anything, Lightning noticed the little filly beside her and quickly hid himself under Fluttershy's mane once more. Seeing this made Applejack giggle as she approached Fluttershy, and moved her mane with her hoof so she could look at Lightning.
"Aww..there's no reason to be frightened of me sugarcube, you know I won't hurt ya." Applejack said gently the frightened colt on Fluttershy's back as he began to tremble once more. "Besides I want to introduce ya to somepony." Applejack scooped the frightened off fluttershy's back and into her forelegs. Applejack set him on the ground gently in front of the yellow filly who was smiling at him.
Applejack cleared her throat before saying, "Lightning I would like you to meet my little sister Applebloom."
The little filly made her way towards Lightning Twister slowly, hoping not to scare him. However Lightning quickly ran underneath Fluttershy and began to tremble while making a small whimpering sound.
Fluttershy said to Lightning softly and gently, "Lightning sweetheart it's okay, there's no reason to be scared of Applebloom she's a very sweet little filly."
Applebloom gently smiled at the frightened colt with southern voice as Applejack, "It's okay Lightning I would never hurt ya. Please come out."
Hearing the sweetness in Applebloom's voice , Lightning Twister nervously stepped out from underneath Fluttershy and slowly approached the little filly. Applebloom raised one of her little hooves and held it out to Lightning Twister hoping she could shake hooves with him. Lightning raised a shaking hoof and wrapped it around Applebloom's, and the two finally shook hooves. Applejack and Fluttershy smiled at the site.
"Ya see sugarcube there ain't nothin' to be afraid of." Applejack said to lightning before turning to Fluttershy. "Say where are you two headed?" Applejack asked Fluttershy curiously.
Fluttershy smiled at Applejack and said, "Were going to Sugarcube Corner so I can try to reintroduce Lightning Twister to Pinkie Pie."
"Oh that's right I forgot ya told me that thing's didn't go so well last time." Applejack replied. "I was on my way there as well to have lunch with Twilight, Rarity, and Rainbow dash. How about ya'll join us."
Hearing this made Applebloom gasp in delight. "Yeah and I can introduce Lightning Twister to Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo since their probably with them!" she said happily.
Fluttershy smiled and thought it was a great idea. Not only could she have lunch with her best friends, she could also tell them what she learned about Lightning Twister earlier. She turned to the Apple sisters and nodded her head signaling her approval of the idea. The Apple sisters nodded in response as Fluttershy picked up Lightning Twister and placed him on her back. The four then made their way to Sugarcube Corner to meet with the rest of her friends.
When they arrived at Sugarcube Corner, Fluttershy could feel lighting trembling and whimpering under her mane. Not only was afraid of Pinkie Pie he was terrified of Rainbow Dash. She looked at the little colt under mane and nuzzled him.
"It's okay sweetheart I promise nothing bad will happen this time." Fluttershy said to the little colt gently. Lightning calmed down a little bit but he continued to tremble softly out of both fear and nervousness.
Entering Sugarcube corner, Fluttershy saw her friends sitting at a nearby table and Pinkie Pie behind the counter. All of Fluttershy's friends smiled and waved at the group. Fluttershy took the small colt off of her back and placed him on the ground before going over to the counter where Pinkie Pie was. With some reassurance from Applejack, Lightning nervously followed Fluttershy towards the hyper pink pony that he feared.
When they were in front of pinkie, Lightning ran and hid under Fluttershy. Fluttershy let out a deep sigh before saying to the pink pony, "Hi Pinkie I'd like to reintroduce you to Lightning Twister."
Fluttershy smiled at pinkie then at the frightened colt under her. After saying some calming and reassuring words, Lightning nervously walked out from under Fluttershy and clung to her leg while still looking at Pinkie. He feared that the Pinkie would do exactly what she did last time. However instead of bouncing over to Lightning Twister, Pinkie Pie just smiled and trotted slowly and calmly over to him trying not to scare him again.
She then said to the frightened colt in a cheerful yet very calm tone, "Hi Lightning Twister it's great to meet you. I'm Pinkie Pie!"
Both Fluttershy and Lightning were in shock. Pinkie did not bounce, yell, or completely chatter uncontrollably. She was actually calm and introduced herself in a tone that was gentle but it also had the same cheerfulness that Pinkie Pie was known for. It left Lightning wide eyed and Left Fluttershy's jaw hanging slightly open.
Snapping back to reality, Fluttershy smiled said to Pinkie, "Thank you for being much calmer this time Pinkie." Pinkie simply nodded her head as Fluttershy looked to the colt was sill clinging to her leg. "See Lightning you don't need to afraid of Pinkie Pie."
Lightning continued to look at Pinkie who was smiling at him. He let go of Fluttershy leg and softly smiled at the pink pony. Fluttershy smiled at the little colt and gave him a small nuzzle. She was happy that he was now starting to warm up to Pinkie Pie. "Alright everypony let's go have a super duper lunch together!" Pinkie said happily. As the group made their way to the table where all there friends were.
When they arrived Applebloom trotted up to Lightning Twister with two other fillies by her side. One was a unicorn filly with same white coat as Rarity and she had a curly purple and pink mane and tail. The other was a Pegasus filly with an orange coat a purple mane and tail.
The pegasus filly trotted up to Lightning and introduced herself. "Hi there Lightning it's nice to meet you, I'm Scootaloo."
The next to come up was the unicorn filly. "Hi Lightning I'm Sweetie Belle." She said happily before Applebloom stepped in between the two fillies.
"Together we are...THE CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS!" All three fillies shouted making Lightning cover his ears.
Taking his hooves off his ears, Lightning said the three very softly, "It's nice to meet you all!"
Everyone in the room smiled at the scene of the four children. This was the first time anyone besides Fluttershy actually heard Lightning speak. Lightning stayed with the three fillies as they all talked together happily. Seeing this made Fluttershy very happy.
Turning back to her friends, Fluttershy said to them, "I'm so happy Lightnings is starting to warm up to other ponies."
Everyone nodded their heads in agreement still smiling at the little colt and three fillies. Everything was pleasant until a look of sadness came across Fluttershy's face.
"Fluttershy dear, whatever is the matter?" Rarity asked Fluttershy with her voice filled with concern.
Fluttershy looked at her friends and said, "Girls, I found out the reason why Lightning's so scared."
All five of Fluttershy's friends listened with interest.
"Lightning's mother had died giving birth to him and his father has abused him." Fluttershy said with sadness in her voice increasing with every word.
Everyone in the room gasped in shock and urged Fluttershy to continue.
Fluttershy let several tears roll down her eyes as she spoke more about Lightning's father.
"His father has yelled at him and insulted him. He called Lightning a freak, and the poor little one asked me earlier if I thought he was a freak. He told Lightning that is was his fault that his mother had died. He also scares Lightning with storm clouds. That must why Lightning is scared to death of thunder and lightning. But the worst thing I found out was that his father has physically beaten him. I found several bruises underneath lightnings little wings. When I saw them I started crying. How could someone do something like that to a child?"
When Fluttershy had finished, everypony in the room had tears in their eyes. Hearing all of this made Rainbow Dash feel incredibly guilty. She remembered she had called Lightning a crybaby when she first met him. Now that she heard about how his father had insulted him, she couldn't help but wish she could what she said back.
"The poor little darling, no wonder he was so afraid of all of us." Rarity said with everyone else nodding in agreement.
Before anyone else could say anything, Lightning and the CMC had trotted up to the group. Lightning looked at Rainbow Dash and ran behind Fluttershy while whimpering in fear. Rainbow let out sigh of guilt she wanted to make things right with the little colt. She carefully got up from her seat and trotted towards the little colt.
She knelt down and said to him, "Hey kid, I'm sorry I called you a crybaby. Lightning looked at the the cyan Pegasus in shock. He then gave her a small nod. However he continued to tremble a little bit because he was still somewhat afraid of her.
Seeing him shake Rainbow Dash tried to reassure him in her usually cocky way. "Hey listen Lightning, I promise you there's no need to be scared of the most awesome pony in all of Equestria."
Lightning however was not impressed as he continued to tremble and hide behind Fluttershy. Rainbow Dash looked down in sadness. Fluttershy placed a hoof on Rainbow's shoulder and smiled at her friend letting her know to give Lightning some time.
Twilight sat there and gave the colt beside a sad smile. However was curious about something. She didn't understand why Lightning Twister broke down and cried when he first saw her. She needed to know what was wrong with her.
Twilight knelt down to Lightning's Level to speak with him.
"Lightning, I am so sorry for everything that you've been through" Twilight said with the others nodding "But I can ask you something sweetheart?"
Lightning simply nodded his head.
Twilight took a deep breath before saying, "When you first saw me you started crying. Is it okay to ask If there's something wrong with me?"
Lightning quickly shook his head before saying, "No Twilight there's nothing wrong with you. It's just you look a lot like my Momma."
Everypony in the room was as lightning continued to speak.
"I had a picture of my Momma in my room. It was a picture of her before I was born. She was very pretty." Lightning said before he started whimpering and tears began to form in his eyes. "Th-that p-picture was all I h-had of her. B-but then my daddy t-took the p-picture away from m-me and b-broke it. H-he s-said I was a f-freak and I d-didn't deserve that p-picture."
Lightning Fell to the floor and cried. Fluttershy pulled him close and stroked the back of his mane softly. She silently hushed him as everyone looked on with sadness. Deep inside, Fluttershy and the others couldn't believe that this little colts father could be so cruel. One last question entered their minds. They wondered how Lightning had gotten away from that horrible stallion.
Fluttershy stroked the back of his mane for a few more minutes before pulling Lightning back and said, "Lightning I'm so sorry your father has done all of this to you. But can I ask you something sweetie?"
Lightning nodded and Fluttershy asked, "Lightning, why were you all alone when I found you?"
Fluttershy could feel Lightning trembling as he closed eyes tightly with tears still pouring out.
"I-I-I r-ran away." Lightning sobbed softly. Everypony in the room was silent.
Lightning immediately Buried his face in Fluttershy's chest and let his tears soak her fur..
"P-Please Fluttershy, d-dont send me back to my d-daddy! I d-don't wanna go b-back!" Lightning wailed.
Fluttershy wrapped her hooves around Lightning and stroked his side. She didn't know what she was going to do but she did no one thing. There was no way she was going to let him go back to his awful father.
"Shhh...It's alright Lightning sweetheart. I'm not going to send you back to your father." Fluttershy said to the colt softly and sweetly.
Lightning Immediately wrapped his little forelegs around fluttershy's neck and cried more tears, but this time they were tears of joy.
"Oh, th-thank you F-Fluttersh-shy th-thank you!" He cried as Fluttershy stroked his back with hoof. Everyone watched on with tears of happiness in their eyes, including Rainbow Dash and the CMC.
Pinkie Pie began to bounce with glee while shouting, "WOO! I'm gonna throw Lightning Twister the best "Welcome To Ponyville." party EVER!" Everyone laughed after they heard this even Lightning Twister.
The sun eventually began to set and everyone said there goodbyes. Everyone went their own way leaving only Fluttershy and Lightning Twister. Fluttershy scooped lightning into her forelegs and placed him on her back. She then took to the sky and flew back to her cottage. When she arrived she flew upstairs and placed lightning into her bed and kissed him gently on the forehead. She was about to blow the candle out until she heard Lightning's tiny little voice.
"Please Fluttershy can you the light on. I-I'm scared of the dark."
Hearing this made Fluttershy remember his fear and she nodded her head. She turned to leave but Lightning's voice stopped her once more.
"Fl-Fluttershy can you sing to me like you did before?"
Fluttershy smiled at him gently and said, "Of course I can sweetheart."
She then sung to him her lullaby that she had sang to him when she first found him. Lightning had fallen asleep halfway through the lullaby. Fluttershy trotted up to him and gave him one last gentle kiss before leaving the room. Lightning slept Peacfuly under the comforting warmth Princess Luna's beautiful moon.
The sun barely began to rise over the horizon when Fluttershy began to wake. She let out a yawn stretched her legs. She was about to wake Lightning Twister until she heard crying coming from upstairs. Fluttershy ran up the stairs worried about Lightning. When she arrived at her bedroom she saw Lightning wrestling with the covers before curling into a ball. He trembled like a leaf while crying and whimering with fear. Fluttershy immediately scooped Lightning into her forelegs and cradled him close to her. She made a soft hushing sound to try and calm him down, but she stopped when she heard Lightnings voice.
"N-no! D-daddy p-please don't h-hurt me!" Lightning cried. Fluttershy gasped in shock he was having a nightmare about his father hurting him. She was about to wake him up until he heard his small broken voice speak once more.
That was all Lightning said before waking and breathing heavily. His teary eyes met with Fluttershy's and he buried his face into her neck and let his tears flow free. Fluttershy felt tears of her own fall as she closed her eyes and continued to make a soft hushing sound in Lightning's ear. She rocked him ever so gently as his tears continued to flow. After a few minuets Lightning had calmed down a little, but still had tears streaming down his face. Fluttershy very gently brushed the tears away with her hoof and nuzzled the colt to comfort him,
Lightning was about to speak until Fluttershy said to him softly, "Shhh...It's okay sweetheart, I'm here. Go back to sleep."
Lightning smiled at Fluttershy and fell asleep in her forelegs. Fluttershy gently kissed him in the forehead placed him back in her bed. She very carefully tucked him in without waking him. Fluttershy stood there and softly smiled at the little colt while gently stroking his head until she heard a knock on her door. Giving Lightning one more kiss on the forehead, Fluttershy flew downstairs to see who was at the door.
When she arrived downstairs and opened the door, she was greeted by all five if her friends.
Pinkie Pie jumped into the room and shouted at the top of her lungs excitedly, "Hi Fluttershy! Where's the little cutie Lighting Twister I want to throw him a "Welcome to Ponyville" Party! It's going to be so much fun! There's going to be cake and cookies and games and-"
Pinkie was cut off by Fluttershy's hoof in her mouth. Fluttershy looked upstairs hoping that Pinkie didn't wake Lightning.
After a few seconds if silence Fluttershy let out a sigh of relief before said to Pinkie in a very stern tone. "Pinkie you need to calm down and be quiet. Lightning's asleep and I don't want you to wake him."
Pinkie nodded her head and Fluttershy took her hoof out of Pinkies mouth.
Turning to the rest of her friends she began to explain what had happened with Lightning a few minutes ago.
"I was going to wake him up, but I heard him crying upstairs. When I made it upstairs, The poor dear was having an awful Nightmare. He was trembling uncontrollably when I got closer to him, he was crying and screaming like he did the night I first found him."
Twilight and others nodded their heads in understanding before Twilight asked, "Do you know what the nightmare was about?"
Fluttershy nodded her head. "He was dreaming about his horrible father hurting him."
The group looked at each other with concern before Fluttershy continued to speak.
"He was also dreaming about his mother. He was begging her not to leave him."
Fluttershy and her friends looked down in sadness knowing how much this little colt has gone through.
"He finally woke up and I had never seen him so scared and upset." Fluttershy said "I was able to calm him down though. I rocked him to sleep like my own mother did for me when I was a filly."
The group smiled at Fluttershy softly before Rarity spoke up. "That was a wonderful thing for you to do darling." she said earning nods of approval from everyone else.
Fluttershy smiled before looking down in sadness. "Oh girls, I don't know what to do with Lightning." she sniffled as small tears formed in her eyes.
Rainbow Dash trotted up to her longtime friend and placed a hoof on her shoulder. "You don't need to do anything with him Fluttershy."
Fluttershy looked at Rainbow with confusion before Applejack trotted over to her and said, "What she's trying to say sugarcube, is that your doing just fine."
Fluttershy still didn't understand. Pinkie bounced forward and said, "Your doing a great job taking care of the little cutie."
Fluttershy smiled at her friends and thanked them each for their reassurance.
After a few hours of talking everyone said there goodbyes and Fluttershy went upstairs to wake Lightning once again. Lightning continued to sleep peacefully until Fluttershy gently nudged him. Lightning opened his eyes and yawned. Fluttershy lifted him and placed him in her lap. She smiled and looked into his eyes before asking him, "are you feeling better, sweetheart?"
Lightning nodded and laid his head against Fluttershy's neck.
Fluttershy stroked his side with her hoof for a few minutes before asking, "Would you like some lunch, sweetie?"
Lightning felt his stomach grumble and nodded his head. Fluttershy smiled at Lightning and placed him on her back. She flew downstairs and into the kitchen. She gently placed lightning in one of the kitchen chairs and Went to the cabinets to make him something to eat.
After a few minutes Fluttershy set a sandwich in front of Lightning and said, "Here you go, Lightning, sweetheart, I made you a delicious daisy sandwich."
Lightning smiled at Fluttershy before picking up the sandwich. He took a small bite before devouring the entire sandwich.
Fluttershy giggled and said, "My, you were hungry. Would you like another one?"
"Yes please" Lightning responded politely
Fluttershy nodded and made Lightning another sandwich which he ate happily and not as fast. After eating the sandwich Lightning was full and Fluttershy quickly washed the plate.
The next thing the two did was go out and feed Fluttershy's animals. Lightning watched as Fluttershy fed each animal their meal. Lightning fed some of them too with help from Fluttershy.
With all the animals fed Fluttershy asked, "Lightning would you like to fly for a little while?"
Lightning looked down in sadness knowing that he couldn't fly yet. Fluttershy frowned at him and lifted his chin with her hoof.
"Just because you can't fly yet sweetheart, doesn't mean you can't feel what it's like to fly." She said to the young colt sweetly.
Fluttershy placed Lightning on her back, spread her wings, and took off. Lightnings eyes were shut tight and his little hooves were wrapped around Fluttershy's neck. Fluttershy could feel him trembling on her back as she rubbed one his hooves that clung to her neck with her hoof.
"It's okay Lightning sweetie. You can open your eyes now." Fluttershy said to the young colt gently.
Lightning slowly opened and looked down. He yelped in fear and held on to Fluttershy''s neck a little bit tighter. He had never been this high before.
Fluttershy continued to rub his hoof with hers as she said, "It's alright sweetheart. I promise I won't let you fall."
Lightning nodded as tears formed in his eyes from fear of being this high in the sky. However as the wind gently blew against him and the clouds smoothly glided by, Lightnings fear started to melt away as he began to get use to the new world around him. He was still somewhat afraid, but Fluttershy's gentle comforting drove that fear away as Lightning began to enjoy the feeling of Flying. A smile began to grow on his face as the sun's warmth went down his back and the wind made his mane flow. He had never felt such an experience before and he loved every minute of this new experience.
The sun was beginning to set when Fluttershy landed on the ground. She took Lightning off of her back and placed him in front of her. However before she could even react or say anything, Lightning wrapped his little hooves around her neck and Hugged her tightly. She had show him what it was like to do something he had always dreamed about doing.
"Thank you so much Fluttershy. I never knew what it felt like to fly." Lightning said gratefully.
Fluttershy wrapped a wing around Lightnings body rubbed at his back before saying, "Your welcome sweetheart, I'm glad I could help you see what it's like. If you ever want to do it again I will be more than happy to take you flying. Now let's go home and make something for dinner."
Lightning nodded and Followed Fluttershy back to her cottage. When they arrived they went inside and Fluttershy made lightning and herself a delicious salad. When they finished dinner, Fluttershy took Lightning upstairs to give him a quick bath. When they were finished, Fluttershy went to her bedroom to tuck lightning in for the night. She placed him under the covers and before she could do anything else she heard a small whimper come out Lightning.
She sat on the bed and place him in her lap before asking, "Lightning sweetie what's wrong?"
Lightning let a few small tears flow free as he shook his head not wanting to answer the question
Fluttershy pulled him closer to her and stoked his side with her hoof. Lightning laid his head against her soft chest and and he could hear her heartbeat. It was so calming and gentle just like her loving embrace. Lightning didn't know why but he felt safe and loved when Fluttershy held him.
He looked up at Fluttershy and said to her sadly, "I miss my Momma Fluttershy."
Fluttershy closed her eyes and softly hushed the little colt.
"Shhh...It's alright Lightning, I know how you feel I lost my mother when I was a little filly."
Lightning gasped in shock and pulled away from Fluttershy to look her in the eye.
"I'm sorry Fluttershy" He said.
Fluttershy gently pulled him back into her embrace and hushed him once more.
"Shhh...It's okay sweetheart. I was sad every day since I lost her. I missed her greatly and and I wished I could see her again. But I remembered she said something to me. Do you know what she said?
Lightning remained in Fluttershy embrace as he shook his head in response to her question.
Fluttershy smiled and said, "She told me that no matter how far apart we are she would always be with me..." Fluttershy gently placed a hoof over Lightnings heart "...In here."
Lightning smiled and snuggled into Fluttershy and let out a yawn.
His eyes began to close but he was able to say something before he fell asleep.
"When I'm with you Fluttershy It feels like my Momma's right beside me."
Lightning fell asleep in Fluttershy's embrace and tears stung Fluttershy's eyes. She closed them as the tears flowed freely.
She continued to rub Lightning's side with her hoof, and she began to softly sing into his ear a song that her mother had sang to her.
When she finished, she tucked Lightning in and kissed him on the forehead but instead of going downstairs she laid down beside him and placed a wing over him. Lightning snuggled into her side and smiled while he slept. Fluttershy gave Lightning a gentle loving smile and gave him one more kiss on the forehead. She then closed her eyes and fell asleep with Lightning snuggled up beside her.
As the sun began to rise, Fluttershy slowly opened her eyes and looked down at Lightning Twister who was still under her wing sleeping soundly. Looking at the clock, she saw that it was still very early so she decided to let Lightning sleep for a little while longer. Fluttershy very carefully got out of bed without waking Lightning Twister. As gently and carefully as possible she moved Lightning underneath the covers and tucked him in. After giving Lightning a gentle kiss on the forehead, Fluttershy flew down the stairs and sat on the living room couch. As she sat there she decided to go see her friends for a few minutes. She wanted to talk to them about Lightning.
Quickly heading into her room, Fluttershy gently nudged Lightning causing him to wake. He let out a yawn and smiled at Fluttershy. But before he could do anything, Fluttershy placed a hoof on his shoulder.
"Shh...You don't have to get up yet sweetheart. I'm going over to Twilight's for a few minutes. You go back to sleep and I promise I'll be here when you wake up. If I'm not back before you wake up, don't leave the cottage. Do you understand?" Fluttershy told him in a loving yet stern tone.
"Yes Ma'am." Lightning said before laying his head back onto the pillow and shutting his eyes.
"Okay I'll be back in a bit sweetie." Fluttershy said to Lightning before giving him a kiss on the forehead.
Fluttershy left the cottage and locked the door. Before she left she looked at the window to the room where Lightning slept and said, "Don't worry Lightning I promise I'll take great care of you." With that said Fluttershy made her way to Twilight's library.
When she arrived at Twilight's library she opened the door and gasped in shock at the sight she saw Not only were all of her friends there but also standing in the library was none other than Princess Celestia. Fluttershy stepped inside and bowed respectfully to the princess.
Princess Celestia giggled and said in her usual gentle and motherly tone, "Please Fluttershy you don't have to bow to me. I'm here because I received a letter from Twilight telling me that you have found a runaway colt and have taken him in."
Fluttershy hesitantly nodded. She feared that if the Princess knew he was a runaway, she would send him back to his abusive father.
seeing the fear in Fluttershy's eyes the Princess gently placed a hoof on her shoulder and said, "Please relax my little pony. There's no need to be afraid. I wanted to tell you how proud I am of your actions to take care of this little colt."
Fluttershy's eyes went wide at hearing what the princess said.
"R-Really!?" Fluttershy stammered earning a nod from the Princess.
"Yes, I would also like to say to all of you, that I have sent the police to find his father and arrest him. I absolutely will not tolerate child abuse from anypony whatsoever." Princess Celestia said in a calm yet very angry tone. Everyone frowned and nodded in agreement.
Fluttershy gave the princess a grateful smile. "Princess may I say something?" Fluttershy asked
"Of course my dear." Celestia said to Fluttershy gently
Fluttershy let out a deep breath before saying, "The young colts name is Lightning Twister and I love him like he was my own son. Last night he told me that when I'm with him it feels like his own mother is right beside him. I've thought long and hard about this and If it's alright with you and my friends. I would like to adopt Lightning Twister."
Fluttershy's friends gasped in shock before Applejack spoke up.
"Sugarcube are you sure about this?"
"Yes I am Applejack." Fluttershy said "The poor little colt has had nopony to love and care for him. The only pony that might have loved him had died when he was born. He's all alone in the world with no actual family. Since I took him in, I have shown him the love that he has not been shown for who knows how long. I want to be his mother. I want to be the one to love and care for him. I love him with all of my heart and I don't want him to be alone anymore."
Hearing what Fluttershy said brought tears to everyone's eyes including Princess Celestia. Twilight magically levitated a tissue to everyone.
After the Princess wiped her eyes she smiled at Fluttershy and said, "We were all hoping you would say that Fluttershy. Because we couldn't think of any better pony to be a mother for Lightning Twister than you."
Fluttershy felt tears sting her own eyes.
"Y-you r-really think so?." she sobbed happily
Everyone in the room nodded happily while Twilight levitated a tissue to Fluttershy.
Fluttershy wiped her eyes before giving her friends and the princess a hug while saying, "Thank you everyone!"
"Ooh Ooh does this mean we're his Aunts!?" Pinkie asked while bouncing excitedly.
Fluttershy giggled and said: "Of course, um If that's alright everyone."
It didn't take long for all of Fluttershy's friends for to say yes and tackle her into a group hug.
Princess Celestia smiled at the sight and said, "I will go get the adoption papers and bring them to you Fluttershy."
Fluttershy nodded her head and looked at Pinkie Pie before asking, "Pinkie can you put together a simple party for just family?"
Fluttershy returned to her cottage and went upstairs. When she reached her she saw that Lightning was still asleep. She trotted up to the young colt and nuzzled his cheek to wake him up. Letting out a yawn Lightning rubbed his eyes and looked at Fluttershy.
"Good Morning Lightning did you sleep well last night." Fluttershy asked him sweetly
Lightning nodded his head and Fluttershy smiled at him before asking, "would you like some breakfast?"
"Yes Please." Lightning said politely.
Fluttershy nodded her head and the two trotted downstairs to have some breakfast. When they were finished eating, Fluttershy quickly washed the dishes. When everything was clean, Fluttershy and Lightning went into the living room to feed the animals. The two fed the animals happily while Fluttershy hummed a happy song.
With all the animals finished Fluttershy looked at Lighting and asked, "Lightning would you like to go to Twilight's for a few minutes?"
Lightning nodded his head and She went out the door with Lightning following her, When they stepped outside the two began their journey to Ponyville. Entering the town square, Fluttershy sees a familiar figure that she had not introduced Lightning too. It was a small purple dragon with green scales.
"Spike!" Fluttershy calls out catching the dragons attention.
Spike waves at Fluttershy who walks over to the dragon.
Spike smiles at Fluttershy and says, "Hey Fluttershy, good to see you again."
Fluttershy returns the smile whiles saying, "You too Spike did you have a good time in Canterlot?"
"Yeah it was great!" Spike said happily
Before either spike of Fluttershy could say anything they could hear a small whimpering sound coming from behind Fluttershy. Fluttershy turned her around to see Lightning hiding behind her while trembling and whimpering.
With concern in her voice Fluttershy asked, "Lightning what's the matter?"
Lightning continued to whimper while he pointed a shaking hoof at spike.
"Is that the Little guy that Twilight told me about Fluttershy?" Spike asked curiously
Fluttershy nodded while gently stroking Lightning's mane.
"Spike this is Lightning Twister. He's the little colt I'm taking care of." Fluttershy said to spike happily
Lightning continued to whimper in fear of Spike. He had never seen a dragon before. His father had told them that they were vicious and hungry monsters that would get Lightning if he misbehaved. Lightning feared that he had some something wrong and Spike had come here to hurt him.
Seeing that Lightning was probably afraid of him, Spike started to walk over to Lightning to show him that there was no need to be afraid of him. However when spike got near Lightning, Lightning ran underneath Fluttershy and buried his face in his hooves. Fluttershy Reached a foreleg under her and Picked up Lightning to calm and reassure him that he didn't need to be afraid of spike.
"Shhh...It's okay Lightning. Spike's not going to hurt you. He's a kind and sweet little dragon." Fluttershy said to lighting gently.
Lightning looked at Fluttershy and then at spike who smiled at him. Fluttershy very gently put lightning back on the ground and kept a hoof on his shoulder to keep him calm.
"Hey there little guy I'm Spike I'm Twilight's number one assistant. You don't need to be afraid of me. I'm just a baby dragon, and I wouldn't hurt a fly." Spike said hoping that he could get Lightning to trust him.
Spike raised a claw and held it out. He continued to wear a happy smile as Lightning looked at him and then at the claw. Spike wasn't trying to hurt him. He was being as friendly as the Cutie Mark Crusaders when they met Lightning maybe he wasn't a mean dragon. Lightning finally gave Spike a small smile, raised a hoof, and put it in Spike's small claw. The two shook hoof and claw in friendship.
After a minute Spike looked at Fluttershy who smiled at him.
"Well guys I'm gonna head back to Twilight's Library." Spike said while giving a wink to Fluttershy.
Fluttershy smiled at Spike and nodded her head. He must know about the party for Lightning. Spike waved at Fluttershy and Lightning and made his way back home. Fluttershy looked down at Lightning who looked at the ground sadly.
Lightning looked at Fluttershy and said, "I'm sorry I was scared of Spike Fluttershy. I had never seen a dragon before. Daddy told my that dragons were mean and they would get me if I was bad."
Fluttershy frowned at Lightning and rubbed his shoulder. She truly hated his father for saying and doing so many horrible things to Lightning.
"It's alright sweetheart, I'm afraid of dragons too. If you want to I will tell you a story sometime about how my friends and I had to get a giant sleeping dragon to leave Ponyville because he was snoring and was causing black smoke." Fluttershy said to Lightning gently
Lightning smiled at Fluttershy and said, "That would be nice Fluttershy thank you."
Fluttershy and Lightning smiled at each other and continued to make their way way to Twilight's Library.
When they arrived Fluttershy looked at Lightning and said, "Lightning could you close your eyes for a minute? Don't worry I'll guide you in."
Lightning nodded and closed his eyes as he was told to do. Fluttershy opened the door and Very carefully led Lightning into the Library. When Fluttershy closed the door, sat down behind Lightning put her hooves over his eyes.
"Okay sweetheart you can open your eyes now." Fluttershy said to Lightning.
Lightning opened his eyes and Fluttershy removed her hooves.
"SURPRISE!" shouts a room full of ponies.
Lightning looked around with eyes wide with surprise. Everypony that he had met was here. All of Fluttershy's friends, The Cutie Mark Crusaders, and Spike.
"I-Is this all f-for me." Lightning stammered in confusion.
Pinkie bounced up to Lightning and said "Yep,This is your welcome Ponyville party!"
Fluttershy smile at Pinkie and the at Lightning who had a huge smile on his face. They had done all of this for him to make him feel welcome and to make him feel like he was truly home.
"Thank You everypony!' Lightning said happily.
Everyone in the room smiled at him as Pinkie Pie jumped in the air and shouted, "Alright everypony let's party!"
Everyone at the party was having a great time Fluttershy and her friends were talking and Lightning Twister as well as Spike and the CMC were talking with with one another. Lightning's smile barely left his face since the party had started. For once in his life he was happy. He was around people that actually liked him and cared about him.
Lightning and his new friends were all laughing when a voice called out to Lightning. It was the voice of Rainbow Dash. Lightning began to tremble when he heard the cyan Pegasus call his name but he stopped when he felt a reassuring hoof touch his shoulder. Lightning looked at the source of the hoof and saw Scootaloo smiling at him. She knew that Lightning was somewhat afraid of Rainbow Dash. So she figured that since she and Rainbow were so close, and she Lightning were now friends, she would go with Lightning to make him a little more comfortable.
"Come on Lightning, I'll go with you to see Rainbow Dash since she and I are like sisters. I'm sure what she has to say will be awesome just like she is." Scootaloo said to Lightning proudly.
Lightning nodded his head and said, "Okay Scootaloo."
The two trotted up to Rainbow Dash who left her group of friends to meet them halfway. Lightning started to tremble once more until he felt a gentle hoof from both Scootaloo and another mare he didn't expect Rainbow Dash."
"Hey Lightning, Hey Scoots" Rainbow said to the the colt and the filly.
"Hey Rainbow Dash." Scootaloo said happily
Lightning looked at Rainbow with nervous eyes. Rainbow let out a sigh and began talking to the young colt while Scootaloo held his shoulders with her hooves to keep him from being nervous.
"Hey Lightning I know your still scared of me after what I said to you, and I wanted to say again that I am truly sorry I called you a crybaby. I didn't know that you were afraid of thunder and lightning and your father scared you a lot with storm clouds. I made a mistake calling you a crybaby little guy, and I wish I could take it back. Lightning can you ever forgive me for what I said?"
Lightning looked at Rainbow for minute. He looked deep into her magenta eyes and he saw that she was telling the truth and she meant every word since the beginning. Now it was Lightnings turn to feel ashamed. He should have trusted her apology the last time she said she was sorry. Looking at rainbow, Lightning smiled and walked up too her. He stared at the beautiful cyan mare and wrapped his hooves around her neck.
"I'm sorry I didn't trust you Rainbow." Lightning said
Rainbow felt small tears form in the edges of her eyes and she wrapped her forelegs around Lightning. She may be tough but she was also willing to her softer side.
"It's alright little guy." Rainbow said before Pulling Lightning away to look him in the eyes. "Hey Fluttershy tells me your not a very good flier. I was wondering if you would like me to teach you how to fly."
Scootaloo immediately dashed in front of Lightning and said, "That would be great Lightning Rainbow Dash is teaching me how to fly. You and I can learn together. Come on say yes, It'll be totally awesome."
Lightning chuckled and said, "I'd like that Rainbow Thank you."
Rainbow gave him a proud smirk and ruffled his mane with her hoof.
The party went on with everyone continuing to have a great time. Eveyone played, talked, and laughed until a flash entered the Library. The flash revealed Princess Celestia and Everyone except Lightning Twister bowed.
Celestia giggled and said playfully, "I told you my little ponies there is no need to bow to me at something like this."
Lightning crawled his way Towards Fluttershy while trying to avoid eye contact with the princess. He had never seen her before and he was quite afraid of her. The princess saw Lightning as hid under Fluttershy.
She trotted over to the scared colt and said, "You must be Lightning Twister."
Lightning said nothing until Fluttershy silently reassured him that Celestia wasn't going to hurt him.
Lightning very carefully made his way out from under Fluttershy and walked up to the sun goddess. He bowed respectfully to her and Princess Celestia put a gentle hoof in his shoulder.
"Please young one nopony else has to bow to me and you don't have to either." She said in her gentle and motherly tone.
Lightning raised to his hooves and looked up at the princess.
Celestia smiled and said, "I'm glad I was finally able to meet you Lightning Twister. I am here because I was asked to come here by Fluttershy."
Lightning gasped and looker at Fluttershy who gave him a gentle smile.
"Y-you asked her to come Fluttershy?" Lightning asked in shock
"Yes I did sweetheart." Fluttershy said. "I asked her to come because I want to ask you something."
Lightning looked at Fluttershy curiously as Fluttershy picked him up and held him in her forelegs. She felt small tears sting her eyes as she began to speak to lightning softy, gently, and sweetly.
"Lightning since the night I found you, you have changed my life. I have come to love and care you more than anypony in Equestria. You have a very special place in my heart now. I love you more than anything Lightning. I know you never knew your real mother, and I was wondering if I could be your mother."
Lightning looked at Fluttershy in shock as tears began to form in his eyes.
"Y-you w-want to be m-my M-Momma?" Lightning sobbed happily
Fluttershy's tears began to roll down her face as she nodded her head.
That one gesture made tears flow out of Lightning's eyes like a river. Except they weren't tears of sadness they were tears of joy.
"Y-y-yes! I-I w-want' you t-to b-be my M-M-Momma F-F-Fluttershy!" Lightning cried as he wrapped his arms around her neck.
Fluttershy said nothing as she hugged Lightning with her eyes close and her tears of happiness flowing freely. Everyone else in the room had tears in their eyes as well as they watched Fluttershy and Lightning Twister hold each other.
"Th-Thank you F-Fluttershy! I p-promise I'll b-be the best s-son in th-the world." Lightning sobbed happily
Fluttershy shook her head and cried gently, "You already are sweetheart I promise you."
Princess Celestia watched the two happily and trotted up to them while holding out the Adoption Papers.
The princess put the papers and a quill on a table and said to Fluttershy, "Here you go Fluttershy. Just sign this and you will officially be Lightning's new mother."
Fluttershy picked up the quill with her mouth and signed the papers as everyone cheered for Fluttershy and her new son.
Everyone continued to enjoy themselves until the sun went down. Being completely exhausted everyone said their goodbyes and went home. Fluttershy and Lightning made their to the door way of Twilight's library until they were stopped by Twilight who had just put Spike to bed.
Twilight smiled at the two and said, "I'm so happy for both of you. Goodnight and sweet dreams both of you.
Fluttershy nodded at Twilight and Lightning went up to her and hugged her neck.
"Goodnight Twilight thank you for everything." Lightning said as he looked into Twilight's eyes
Twilight wrapped a foreleg around Lightning and said, "Your welcome sweetheart."
After a a few minuted the two broke the hug and said goodbye. Fluttershy put Lightning on her back and Flew home. When they got home they were both tired but Fluttershy wanted to do one more thing.
Fluttershy took lightning upstairs and took him off of her back. She then tucked him in and sat down on the bed beside him.
Smiling at her new son, Fluttershy asked said, "Lightning I came up with a new lullaby just for you would you like me to sing it?"
Lightning nodded as got out of the covers and laid down on his new mothers lap. Fluttershy Picked up the you colt and cradled him close to her. She very gently brushed a loose hair out his face and she began to gently rock him while softly singing in his ear.
"Sleep my angel, Sleep all the night."
"Dream my baby, dream again."
"Sleep my angel, Sleep all the night."
"Dream my baby, dream again."
"Dreams are free like clouds in the sky."
"Dreams are bright like stars and the sun."
"Dreams are real like a castle in the sand"
"Dreams are real like a castle in the sand"
When she finished singing, Lightning's eyes closed and snuggled his head into Fluttershy's neck.
"Goodnight Momma." Lightning said while letting out a yawn.
Fluttershy felt tears sting her eyes and Lightning used his little hoof to brush them away before falling asleep.
Fluttershy continued to hold Lightning for a few minutes. She very carefully laid down in the bed and placed the cover over both of them. She laid her head onto the pillow and Looked at Lightning who snuggled into her neck once more.
"Goodnight my baby boy." Fluttershy said.
The new mother and son fell asleep with smiles on their faces and holding each other in a loving embrace. The two slept like that through the night with Princess Luna's moon bathing them in a warm comforting glow.
The beautiful sun of Princess Celestia had began to rise over the horizon. The sun's warm light shined through the windows of Fluttershy's cottage. It's been three weeks since Fluttershy had adopted Lightning Twister, and today was going to be Lightning's first day of school. Fluttershy ascended her staircase to the room where her son was sleeping. She entered the room and trotted over to Lightning Twister.
"Lightning, It's time to wake up sweetheart." Fluttershy said to Lightning sweetly
Lightning stirred in the bed for a minute and opened his eyes. He let out a soft yawn and used his little hooves to rub his eyes. He then looked into the beautiful blue eyes of his mother.
"Good Morning Momma." Lightning said softly before giving her a hug.
Fluttershy wrapped a foreleg around Lightning and said, "Good morning sweetheart, are you ready for your first day of school?"
Lightning began to tremble a little bit out of nervousness.
"I-I don't know Momma. The other kids at my old school were mean to me because I couldn't fly. What if the other kids at this school are mean to me?" Lightning asked his mother nervously
Fluttershy gently stroked Lightnings mane to calm his trembling.
"Don't worry sweetie." Fluttershy said gently "I promise the other kids won't be mean. Besides Applebloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo will be there with you."
Lightning gave Fluttershy a little smile. He was happy to hear that his friends would be there with him.
"Okay Momma." Lightning said softly
"That's my boy, Now let's go have some breakfast before you go to school." Fluttershy said happily
The two went downstairs to have some breakfast. Fluttershy made Lightning some delicious oatmeal and made herself some toast. When they finished, Fluttershy made Lightning a daisy sandwhich and some fresh apple juice for lunch and put them in a small bag. Before Fluttershy could do anything else, a knock on the front door was heard. Fluttershy and Lightning went over to see who was at the door. When they opened it, They were greeted with the smiles of Applebloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo.
"Good morning Fluttershy, good morning Lightning" Applebloom said happily
Fluttershy and Lightning smiled at the three fillies.
"Good Morning girls how are you?" Fluttershy asked them softly
"We're great Fluttershy!" Scootaloo said cheerfully as sweetie belle stepped in between her and Applebloom
"We were just wondering if we could take Lightning with us to school with us." Sweetie belle said innocently while pointing at a wagon that was attached to a scooter.
Fluttershy looked at the three fillies and then at Lightning. Lightning smiled at his mother and Fluttershy returned with one of her own.
"Lightning would you like the girls to take you to school with them?" Fluttershy asked her son
Lightning simply nodded his head. Fluttershy quickly went into the kitchen to grab Lightning's lunch. When she came back, she gave Lightning his his lunch. Lightning put his lunch on the ground and wrapped forelegs around his mothers neck. Fluttershy wrapped a foreleg around her son and gently rubbed his back.
"You just listen to your teacher and be careful okay?" Fluttershy said to her son sweetly
"I will Momma, I love you." Lightning said as he kissed his mothers cheek.
Fluttershy gave her son a loving smile and kissed him on the forehead.
"I love you too sweetheart. Now hurry along or you'll be late." Fluttershy said before breaking the hug and giving Lightning a small nudge to go to his friends.
Lightning went outside and followed his friends to the wagon they arrived in. Before Getting in Lightning turned around and waved goodbye to his mother.
"Bye Momma!" Lightning shouted before being helped into the wagon by Applebloom.
Scootaloo got onto her scooter and buzzed her little wings. The scooter then took off towards Ponyville as Fluttershy watched it disappear.
"Goodbye Lightning!" Fluttershy said softly before going back into the cottage.
As Lightning and the CMC flew through the streets of Ponyville, Applebloom and Sweetie Belle looked at Lightning and could see a worried expression on his face.
"What's the matter Lightning are you nervous about your first day?" Sweetie Belle asked her friend curiously
Lightning nodded his head and Applebloom put her hoof on his shoulder
"Don't worry Lightning you'll love it at our school, and you'll love our teacher!" Applebloom said happily
"Yeah, Miss Cheerilee's Awesome!" Scootaloo said as she kept her eyes on the road in front of her.
Lightning smiled at the three fillies and nodded his head.
When they arrived at the school, Lightning saw all of the other colts and fillies going inside and he saw a mulberry earth pony mare greeting the children. Lightning got out of the wagon along with the rest of the CMC and went up to the pony by the door.
"Good Morning girls, who's this young colt?" The mare asked the three fillies.
Scootaloo stepped and put a foreleg around Lightning.
"This is our friend Lightning Twister, he's a new student here." Scootaloo said while smiling at her teacher.
The mare looked at the young colt and said, "It's a pleasure to meet you Lightning Twister, I'm your teacher Miss Cheerilee."
Lightning gave the teacher a shy smile and said, "It's nice to meet you Miss Cheerilee."
"Alright Kids let's go inside." Cheerilee said to the four happily.
Cheerilee walked inside and the four friends followed her. When they were inside, Applebloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle went to their seats while Cheerilee placed a hoof on Lightning's shoulder. When the three Fillies made it to their seats, Cheerilee approached the class and made a motion to Lightning Twister telling him to follow her.
"Alright my little ponies let's settle down." Cheerilee said to the student's
The students went silent and looked at their teacher who placed her hoof on Lightning's shoulder.
"Everyone we have a new student joining us today. This is Lightning Twister." Cheerilee said before looking at Lightning. "Lightning would you like to say something to the rest of the class?"
Lightning looked around and saw smiles on almost every colt and filly in the classroom. He was about to say something until he saw a pink earth pony filly with a tiara on her head giving him an icy cold glare. That one filly drove all of Lightnings courage away as he shook his head violently not wanting to speak anyomore. The rest of the class looked down in sadness. they wanted to hear what the new student had to say.
Cheerilee smiled at Lightning and said, "Come on Lightning you can do it."
Lightning once again met the pink, tiara waring filly's glare. He could tell she was telling him to not talk. Lightning however looked around and saw everypony else in the room smiling at him they wanted to hear say something.
Letting out a deep sigh, Lightning opened his mouth and said nervously, "H-Hi everypony, i-it's nice to m-meet you all."
The class smiled at the young colt. Some of them waved at him and the tiara wearing filly shook her head in anger.
Cheerilee placed a gentle hoof on Lightning's shoulder and said, "Thank You Lightning, now go find your seat. You can sit anywhere you like. Lightning looked around and saw an empty seat next to Scootaloo. Lightning went over to his friend and sat down next to her. With all of her student's situated Cheerilee began her lesson.
As the lesson went on, The tiara wearing filly continued to glare at Lightning.
"So that little runt thinks he can steal my spotlight?" The tiara wearing said to herself "well I'll make sure his first day will becomes his last."
The tiara wearing filly had mischievous grin on her face as she watched the young colt listen to his teacher's every word.
After a few hours it was time for lunch and recess. Lightning and his friends all ate lunch happily. when they finished scootaloo trotted up to him.
"Hey lightning do you want to practice flying a bit?" scootaloo asked him with a smile on her face.
Lightning was a little bit nervous to respond since he wasn't a strong flier. At his old school he was bullied and tormented by other kids for not being able to fly yet he was constantly teased and laughed at. However he remembered that Scootaloo was also learning how to fly. She was also his friend, so she wouldn't laugh at him.
Lightning nodded his head and prepared his wings. Scootaloo hopped into the air and hovered for about a minuted before coming back down. Lightning tried to do the same, but as he flapped his tiny wings his strength left him, and he fell flat on his face. Scootaloo gasped and reached a hoof out to help him up.
"Are you alright buddy?" Scootlaloo asked lightning
Lightning nodded his head and said, "Yeah, thanks for helping me up."
Scootaloo smiled at him, but before she could say anything, she could hear the sound of a familiar laugh coming their way. Scootaloo's face turned into an annoyed glare as she turned to the source of the laughter. The tiara wearing filly that was glaring at Lightning earlier was coming their way. Beside was a silver coated Earth pony filly wearing glasses, she stayed behind the tiara wearing filly, giving her an annoyed look.
"Well, Well, Well, looks like we have another blank flank loser in the school." The tiara wearing filly said rudely
Scootaloo's glare did not leave her face as she said to the tiara wearing filly, "What do you want Diamond Tiara, can't you go annoy somepony else."
Diamond Tiara just laughed at Scootaloo. Diamond Tiara has always been cruel to the Cutie Mark Crusaders because they were not as rich as her, and also because they didn't have their cutie marks. Even when she wasn't picking on them she was snobby and rude towards everypony else. She was also spoiled and could get away with anything because of her father was one of the richest ponies in Ponyville.
"I just wanted to talk to the new runt." Diamond said cruelly as she looked at Lightning was trembling at the sight of her, "I saw you trying to fly and I saw you fall flat on your face."
Lightning tried to back away from Diamond Tiara but crept closer to him. With filly behind giving Lightning a worried look.
"Ha! Now we have another flightless loser right Silver Spoon?" Diamond taunted while looking at the filly behind her.
"Um yeah." Silver said hesitantly. Silver Spoon always worked alongside Diamond tiara in tormenting the CMC. However Silver Spoon did not like being a bully to them. they did nothing to her. Silver was also growing tired of Diamond constantly teasing and tormenting other ponies. However she dared not to say anything because she feared what might happen if she tried to stop Diamond's tormenting.
"P-please l-leave me a-and m-my friends alone." Lightning started trying to defend himself
Be quiet you little runt!" Diamond snapped making Lightning tremble even harder and cover his head with his hooves
"Hey I heard you were adopted by the town coward Fluttershy." Diamond said cruelly
Lightning tried to defend his mother, but all of his courage was gone and he couldn't say anything.
"I just don't understand what that loser scaredy pony was thinking when she adopted you. I mean what good are you to her if you can't even fly? She can't possibly love you." Diamond said to Lightning cruelly making everyone gasp in shock.
An angry Applebloom jumped in front of diamond and said, "you leave Lightning alone, and don't you dare make fun of Fluttershy."
"Beat it blank flank." Diamond said dismissively as she walked past Applebloom, and walked towards a now whimpering Lightning to continue tormenting him.
"That's right your fake mommy doesn't love you. She doesn't love you because because your a flightless loser. She doesn't want you and even your real parents didn't want you because of how pathetic you are." Diamond tormented making Lightning cry.
Lightning wasn't even looking at Diamond Tiara anymore. His face was buried in his hooves as he sobbed uncontrollably.
"Diamond, don't you think your going a little to far?" Silver Spoon asked her friend
"Shut up!" Diamond snapped to silver
she was about to continue to verbally abuse Lightning until Sweetie Belle jumped in front of him. She glared menacingly at Diamond, having enough of her cruelty.
"Go away Diamond!" Sweetie belle hissed angrily. "Lightning didn't do anything to you."
Diamond shoved Sweetie Belle to the ground and continued her verbal assault on the crying defenseless colt.
"Who's your real mommy Lightning? Do you know who she is?" Diamond asked cruelly
"S-stop p-please!" Lightning sobbed
"You don't have a real mommy do you?"
Lightning Twister said nothing he cried as hard he could the rest of his friends tried to defend him but they were too shocked at how diamond was acting this was a new level of cruelty for her.
"HAHAHAHAHA!" Diamond laughed hysterically "you never had a real mommy. I wonder why, I bet that sorry excuse for a mare didn't even want you." Diamond said not even caring how far she was going.
The rest of the fillies watched on in horror. They couldn't believe what they were hearing.
"I bet she didn't want you because your weak, ugly, pathetic, you can't fly, and a your a crybaby." Diamond said cruelly not caring about how much she was hurting Lightning.
That last horrible comment sparked a furious anger in Silver Spoon as she stood in front of the scared and broken down colt.
"That's Enough Diamond Tiara!" Silver Spoon snapped. "This is a new low even for you. You've taken this way to far. That little colt didn't deserve a single word you said to him. It's his first day of school and look what you've done to him Diamond."
Silver spoon Pointed at the Lightning, but when she turned around she saw she was pointing at nothing but air. Everyone except Diamond Tiara gasped in shock wondering where Lightning went. The looked around saw Lightning running for the entrance of the school while crying uncontrollably.
"Lightning wait!" the CMC called out to the colt, but Lightning couldn't hear them. Lightning ran away from the school as fast as he could. He didn't care if anyone saw him crying.
The bell that ended lunch and recess rang as Diamond, Silver, and the CMC watched Lightning disappear. The CMC looked down in sadness they tried to defend their friend but they failed to do so. Each one of the fillies gave the filly that had caused all of this a glare of hatred that would make anypony shudder. The three fillies stormed up to Diamond Tiara. Tears formed in their as they thought of how much pain Lightning was in after hearing Diamond's cruel lies.
"I hope your happy you spoiled rotten brat!" Scootaloo screamed at Diamond making her friends jump back.
Diamond gave an uncaring smirk as Applebloom restrained Scootaloo from tackling Diamond to the ground and beating her senseless.
"Your really are a horrible filly Diamond! We're telling Miss Cheerilee everything you said to Lightning!" Applebloom screamed in anger.
Applebloom Held onto Scootaloo as she went back to the schoolhouse. Sweetie Belle glared at Diamond Tiara, seething with rage. However she didn't say anything. She ran away from Diamond while crying and screaming in anger and sadness.
Diamond looked down the road that lightning had ran with a proud smirk.
"That little runt got what he deserved." Diamond said proudly
Silver Spoon stepped in front of Diamond and got nose to nose with her. She glared at Diamond as she spoke to her with great anger in her voice.
"I'm telling Miss Cheerilee what happened too. I can't believe you Diamond Tiara. Scootaloo's right about you. Your a spoiled rotten brat. You crossed the line with what you said. Why did you say all those horrible things to that poor little colt Diamond, because somepony besides you was getting a little bit of attention? He's not the pathetic one Diamond, you are."
Silver Spoon shoved Diamond out of her way as she went back to the schoolhouse.
However before she left she turned back to diamond and said, "I don't know what I saw in you as a friend."
Diamond however was not caring as she flicked her mane and walked back to the school house while saying, "Whatever, that little runt's never coming back."
Fluttershy was busy Feeding her animals when her door was swung open so powerfully it scared away the animals. Turning around, Fluttershy was pushed a little bit by something. Fluttershy heard someone crying and looked down to see Lightning Twister bawling into her chest fur.
"Lightning wha-" Fluttershy was cut off by lightning's crying
"P-P-Please M-M-Momma! D-don't make me go b-back there!" Lightning wailed as he hugged his mother.
Lightning was crying so hard he was having trouble breathing. Futtershy looked at her son in confusion for a moment. She had no idea what Lightning had just been through. But lightning's uncontrollable crying broke Fluttershy out of her state of confusion as she wrapped her forelegs and her wings around her son.
She gently hushed him as she held him but lightning wasn't calming down. After a moment Fluttershy picked up Lightning and flew over to the couch she sat down and place the crying colt on her lap. She then pulled him into a loving embrace and gently rubbed his side gently make soft hushing sounds in his ear.
"I-I-I l-love you M-Momma!" Lightning cried
Fluttershy looked at Lightning sadly. She didn't know why Lightning had come home from school so early, and she didn't know why he was crying. However that didn't matter right now. Right now she needed to comfort her son. She would ask what happened later, right now, Lightning needed her beside him.
"I love you too lightning." Fluttershy said gently
Lightnings crying continued as Fluttershy held him close to her.
Fluttershy nuzzled the little colt lovingly and whispered softly in his ear, "Shhh...It's okay my baby boy Momma's here."
The day was coming to an end, and the light from the beautiful sunset shined through through the windows of Fluttershy's cottage. Lightning Twister had cried himself to sleep on Fluttershy's couch after he had explained to his mother what had happened earlier in the day. Fluttershy was busy making some soup for her and her son to eat for dinner. She would occasionally go to the living room and check on Lightning. She felt so horrible that her son had been bullied on his first day of school. When he had come home crying, it took Fluttershy about an hour to calm him down a little bit. She was glad that he was resting. She believed that was probably what he needed right now.
When Fluttershy finished the soup, she decided to check on Lightning once more while it cooled. She went into the living room and saw lightning sleeping peacefully, but he had a few tears falling from his eyes. Fluttershy very gently brushed the tears away with her hoof. Lightning began to stir a bit while making a low whining noise. Fluttershy gently stroked her son's mane to calm him. Lightning felt his mother's gentle touch and began to settle down. Fluttershy continued to stroke Lightning's mane until she heard a knock on her front door.
Opening the door, Fluttershy's face immediately turned into an angry glare. Standing at the door was Diamond Tiara and her father Filthy Rich. Filthy Rich stepped towards Fluttershy and introduced himself.
"Good evening Miss Fluttershy I am-" Filthy Rich was cut off by an irritated Fluttershy
"I know who you are." Fluttershy said harshly
Filthy stepped back a bit in surprise of Fluttershy's tone of voice. However he understood how upset she was, and he believed she had every right to be. He continued to speak to her in a very calm manner.
"Miss Fluttershy, Miss Cheerilee had informed me of my daughter teasing your son."
Fluttershy gasped as if Filthy had just insulted her.
"She teased him!? Mr. Rich, your daughter's horrible words caused my son to run away from school crying!" Fluttershy nearly shouted before pointing a hoof at Diamond Tiara "Because of her my son is scared to go back to school! He was bullied and teased at his old school because he could hardly fly, and your daughter was doing the same thing! And she was telling him cruel lies about his mother and I that broke his little heart!"
Filthy Rich stepped back even further as Fluttershy's eyes were narrowed into daggers of anger.
"Your daughter was not just teasing him Mr. Rich! She crossed the line with what she said!" Fluttershy said angrily while glaring coldly at the spoiled filly.
Diamond Tiara however was not even looking at her, she just stood there and looked at her hoof while not listening or caring about what Fluttershy was saying. Filthy Rich scowled at his disrespectful daughter before looking at Fluttershy once more.
"I can understand why you are upset Miss Fluttershy." he said gently. "I promise you I am not at all proud of my daughter or pleased with what she said to your son. I had raised her better than that and It shames me to hear that she would dare say such things. What my daughter did to your son Miss Fluttershy, Is the reason why we are here tonight."
Fluttershy's glare of anger left her face long enough to look at her sleeping son. Her glare returned when she once again looked at the two ponies at her door.
"Miss Fluttershy, we are here so my daughter can apologize for her horrible words." Filthy said to Fluttershy before glaring at his daughter. "And we are not leaving until she does."
Diamond looked at her father like he was crazy
"Are you kidding me Daddy!?" She snapped angrily "I am not apologizing to that crybaby!"
That one comment sparked in anger inside Fluttershy that she had never felt before.
"How dare you!" Fluttershy snapped angrily before shouting at Diamond Tiara "How dare you talk about my son that way you horrible little monster! Just who do you think you are!? Do you have any Idea what he's been through!? Do you know what his life was like you spoiled little brat!?"
"Miss Fluttershy! Please calm yourself." Filthy Rich said sternly yet calmly before looking at his daughter angrily. "Diamond Tiara you are going to apologize right now young lady."
Diamond however did not listen.
"No way! I'm not apologizing to that flightless loser or his lame mother!" Diamond yelled before storming away.
"Diamond Tiara you come back here this instant!" Filthy shouted angrily.
Diamond however did not listen and continued walk away. Filthy Rich was seething with anger. However he let out a shaky sigh as he rubbed his temples with his hooves. He then turned towards Fluttershy and smiled at her sadly.
"Miss Fluttershy, I am truly sorry about my daughter's comments towards your son. I promise you she will be punished for her actions." Filthy Rich said as calmly as possible.
Fluttershy however was not smiling. Her glare did not leave her face as she stepped closer to Filthy Rich and said to him in a very cold tone of voice that nopony has ever heard from her.
"Your daughter should be ashamed of herself for what she said to Lightning! She is a horrible little filly, and I don't want her going anywhere near my son again! Do you understand me!?"
Filthy Rich nodded his head before saying, "I understand Miss Fluttershy. I promise you she will not be anywhere near your son. Miss Cheerilee has also told me that my daughter has been bullying everyone else in her class as well for quite some time. My daughter is going to be home schooled from now on. You won't have to worry about your son being bullied by her anymore."
Fluttershy's glare softened a little bit as Filthy Continued to speak.
"I apologize again for my daughters actions. Please tell your son that I am truly sorry as well. Have a good night."
Filthy Rich shook Fluttershy's hoof before turning around and leaving her cottage. Fluttershy went back inside and closed the door. When the door was closed she could hear Filthy Rich yelling at his daughter. Fluttershy let out a sigh of relief. She was glad that they were gone. Fluttershy looked at the couch and saw that Lightning was still asleep. Thinking that soup had probably cooled down long enough, Fluttershy went over to the couch and sat down beside Lightning. She placed the sleeping colt on her lap and softly nuzzled his cheek to wake him up.
"Lightning sweetheart it's time to wake up my sweet little one." she said softly before continuing to nuzzle him.
Lightning's eyes opened and he saw his mother smiling at him sweetly.
Lightning smiled at her softly before saying, "Hi Momma!"
Lightning rested his head on Fluttershy's chest, and nuzzled the bottom of her cheek.
Fluttershy kissed Lightning's forhead before asking, "Are you hungry sweetie?"
Lightning nodded his head and Fluttershy took him off of her lap and placed him gently on the couch.
"Alright Lightning, you stay here and I'll bring you some dinner." Fluttershy said happily.
After a few minutes, Fluttershy returned to the living room with two bowls of soup. One for Lightning and one for her.
"Here you go sweetheart, I hope you like it." Fluttershy said to lightning as she set the bowls on the table in front of them. However before Fluttershy could do anything else, she felt Lightning wrap his little forelegs around her waist.
"I'm sorry I ran away from school today Momma. I was just so scared of that mean filly. Please don't be mad me." Lightning said sadly while trembling.
Fluttershy wrapped a foreleg around her son and gently rubbed his back to help calm his trembling.
"Shh...It's okay sweetheart, I'm not mad at you. I'm sorry that horrible little filly said all those mean things to you. But next time when somepony is being mean to you, just tell Miss Cheerilee and she'll help you okay?" Fluttershy said softly
"Okay Momma I will." Lightning responded before hugging his mother tightly.
"That's my boy, Now eat your soup before It gets cold." Fluttershy said gently
Lightning nodded his head and ate his soup.
When they finished, Fluttershy was about to get lightning ready for bed but until she heard another knock on the door. Fluttershy immediately scowled with anger. She couldn't help but think it was Diamond Tiara and Filthy Rich again. She went over to the door and opened it. However when she looked outside her face went from anger to shock. Standing outside the door was not Diamond Tiara or Filthy Rich, It was Silver Spoon.
"Hi Miss Fluttershy is Lightning Twister here?" Silver Spoon asked politely?
Hearing his name, Lightning went over to the door. But when he saw who was at the door, he ran behind Fluttershy and tried to hide himself using Fluttershy's tail.
Y-you were with that m-mean filly." Lightning said nervously
Silver Spoon looked at the ground sadly and nodded her head.
"I just wanted to say I'm sorry Lightning." Silver Spoon said before looking into Lightnings scared blue eyes. "I'm so sorry about what Diamond said to you. What she said to you was horrible and you didn't deserve anything she said. I tried to stop her but she wouldn't listen. I'm so very sorry Lightning."
Silver Spoon felt small tears form in her eyes from the guilt of not being able to defend Lightning, but those tears stopped when Lightning put his hoof on her shoulder.
"It's okay Silver Spoon It's not your fault. You were just trying to help me." Lightning said gently making Silver Spoon smile a little bit.
"Thank you Lightning." Silver Spoon said before continuing to speak. "I already talked to the Cutie Mark Crusaders and apologized for everything I did to them. They were a little bit hesitant but they forgave me. I also told Miss Cheerilee what happened and she told me where you lived. She was worried about you, so she asked me to come check on you."
Lightning smiled and nodded his head as Fluttershy wrapped a foreleg around him.
"Thank you for trying to help my little Lightning Silver Spoon. I know you and Diamond Tiara are friends and it takes a lot of courage to stand up to to a friend."
Silver Smiled and shook her head before saying, "Your welcome Miss Fluttershy, but Diamond and I aren't friends anymore after what she did to Lightning."
Silver Spoon saw a clock on Fluttershy's wall and saw what time it was. "I had better be getting home. I'll see you at school tomorrow Lightning, goodnight, and goodnight to you too Miss Fluttershy." Silver Spoon said as she Left Fluttershy's home.
"Bye Silver Spoon." Lightning said to the filly.
When Silver Spoon disappeared, Fluttershy closed the door and saw Lightning yawn.
Fluttershy giggled and said, "It looks like a certain little colt is tired."
Fluttershy picked Lightning up and Lightning held onto Fluttershy's neck.
"It's time for bed Sweetheart." Fluttershy said softly to Lightning
"But I'm *yawn* not tired." Lightning said sleepily.
"Oh yes you are mister. You've had a long day." Fluttershy said while giggling.
Fluttershy flew up to the bedroom and tucked Lightning in. She then sang him to sleep. When she finished, she stayed by Lightning's side for a moment as his little eyes finally closed.
"Goodnight sweetheart, I'll see you in the morning." Fluttershy said softly in Lightnings ear before giving him a gentle kiss on the forehead.
Fluttershy let out a quiet yawn and turned around to go downstairs. She turned her head to look at Lightning one more time. Fluttershy gave her son a gentle smile before flying downstairs.
As Princess Celstia's sun began to rise, Fluttershy was making her way upstairs to wake Lightning Twister. She opened her bedroom door and walked over to her sleeping son. Fluttershy gently smiled at her son as she watched his chest slowly rise and fall.
After a minute, Fluttershy kissed him on the forehead and said softly, "Lightning, It's time wake up sweetheart."
Hearing his mother's gentle voice, Lightning sat up in the bed and let out a tired yawn. He rubbed his eyes with his hooves before smiling at his mother.
"Good morning Momma!" Lightning said softly as he rubbed one of his eyes one more time with his hoof.
"Good morning sweetheart, do you sleep okay last night?" Fluttershy asked him
Lightning smiled and said, "Yes I did Momma."
"That's good, would you like some breakfast before you go to school?" Fluttershy asked gently
Lightning was a bit nervous about going to school because he feared running into Diamond Tiara again. However he remembered last night when they eating dinner, Fluttershy had told him that Diamond Tiara was going to be home schooled from now on, so he wouldn't have to worry about her bullying him anymore. Remembering all this made Lightning much more comfortable with going to school.
Fluttershy nodded and went her way downstairs with Lightning following her. She quickly made Lightning some toast with zap apple jam to eat for breakfast. When Lightning finished eating, he heard a knock on the door, and he went to open it. When he opened the door he saw Applebloom standing in front of him before she gasped and tackled him into a hug.
"Thank Celestia your alright Lightning. Me and the other girls were worried sick about you after what happened yesterday." Applebloom said happily.
Lightning wrapped a foreleg around Applebloom's neck and returned the hug while saying, "Don't worry Applebloom, I'm okay. I'm sorry I worried all of you."
The two finally broke the hug and smiled at each other before Fluttershy came into the room and approached them.
"Good Morning Applebloom." Fluttershy said cheerfully. "Are you here to take Lightning to school?"
Applebloom nodded her head and said, "Yep! But I have to get Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle first. Is it okay if Lightning comes with me Fluttershy?"
Fluttershy smiled gently at the filly and said, "Of course it is Applebloom!"
Lightning and Applebloom both smiled as Lightning went up to his mother and hugged her. Fluttershy wrapped her forelegs around her son and held him for a moment in her loving embrace.
"Thank you Momma!" Lightning said happily.
Fluttershy broke the hug and put her hooves on Lightning's shoulders while smiling at him.
"Your welcome sweetheart." Fluttershy said gently. "You be good and remember what I told you about dealing with bullies."
Lightning nodded his head and hugged his mother once again and Fluttershy did the same.
"Bye Momma I'll see you tonight." Lightning said softly before kissing Fluttershy on the cheek. "I love you!"
Fluttershy watched as Lightning and Applebloom ran off towards Ponyville. and smiled at them
"I love you too!" Fluttershy shouted before going back inside. When she closed the door, she smiled and thought of a wonderful idea.
After about thirty minutes, Applebloom and Lightning Twister had finally gathered their friends. Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo did the same thing as Applebloom did when she first saw lightning this morning, and Lightning reassured them both that he was okay. With all four friends together again they ran to school not wanting to be late. When they arrived they saw Miss Cheerilee standing at the door to greet them. Cheerilee smiled warmly at the four and trotted up to them. Lightning was a bit nervous about facing Cheerilee. He didn't know if she was mad at him for Running away yesterday.
"Hello Lightning!" Cheerilee said warmly to Lightning Twister. "I'm so glad to see your alright. When the girls told me what happened yesterday, I was so worried about you."
Lightning lowered his head and sadness and said, "I'm sorry I ran away Miss Cheerilee. Please don't be mad at me."
Cheerilee put her hoof under Lightnings chin and gently lifted his head.
She gave him a caring smile and said, "I'm not mad at you dear. I'm just glad to see your safe. But next time when somepony is bothering you just come see me."
Lightning smiled at Cheerilee as she said the exact same words his mother had told him last night. Lightning nodded his head as Cheerilee stroked his mane.
"Alright my little ponies let's go inside." Cheerilee said before going inside. Lightning and his friends followed her ready to start the day."
When recess came, Lightning was asked to stay inside to discuss what he had missed yesterday. This gave the Applebloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo the opportunity to discuss something. After a few minutes, Lightning was finished talking with Cheerilee and went outside to play with his friends. He looked around and saw Sweetie Belle waving her hooves in the air wildly while shouting his name. Lightning went over to his friends and sat down with them at a table.
They all smiled at Lightning as Scootaloo said, "Hey Lightning, we want to ask you something."
"The girls and I were talking while you were inside and we wanted to know if you would like to become a member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders." Applebloom said happily
Lightning said nothing and looked at them curiously. He remembered them telling him that they were the CMC together but he didn't know what the CMC actually was.
Sweetie Belle noticed his confusion and giggled before she explained to Lightning what the CMC was.
"The Cutie Mark Crusaders is a club for ponies that are trying to get their cutie mark. Since you didn't have a cutie mark and since your also our friend we were thinking we thought it would be fun if you joined the crusaders and we can all earn our cutie marks together."
Lightning smiled and said, "I would like that girls. I would love to be part of the Cutie Mark Crusaders."
The three fillies cheered as they wrapped Lightning in a group hug. As they broke the hug, the school bell rang and the group of friends went inside. About an hour later. the bell rang once more and the school day came to an end.
"Alright my little ponies have a great weekend." Miss Cheerilee said happily as the students left the school.
Lightning and his friends were making their way down the street as Scootaloo bounced around happily.
"What an awesome way to start a weekend!" she cheered. "We're finally free of Diamond Tiara, Lightning's going to be a member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, and tomorrow Lightning and I have our first flying lesson with Rainbow Dash!"
the group smiled at scootaloo as Sweetie Belle spoke up.
"Come on girls, let's take Lightning over to the clubhouse!"
The fillies and Lightning smiled as they ran towards the clubhouse. However when they reached halfway they ran into Applejack.
"Hi Auntie Applejack!" Lightning said cheerfully as he went up to the country mare and hugged her.
"Hey there Lightning, I've been looking all over for ya sugarcube." Applejack said as she returned Lightning's hug.
"Hey Sis guess what, Lightning's going to be New member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders!" Applebloom cheered to her sister
Applejack smiled and said, "Well ain't that nice. you just be careful Lightning, those three fillies know how to cause trouble."
Lightning let out a small giggle and said, "I will Auntie Applejack!"
"We were just on our way to show Lightning the clubhouse." Sweetie Belle said cheerfully
Applejack smiled at Sweetie Belle as she gently rubbed lightning's shoulder with her hoof.
"Well that sounds fine and dandy sugarcube, but that may have to wait until tomorrow." Applejack said before looking at Lightning. "Your Momma's got a special surprise for ya Lightning, and she wants ya to come home."
"Really a surprise for me?" Lightning said curiously.
Applejack laughed and said, "That's right sugarcube, she asked me to come find ya so I can take ya home."
Lightning nodded his head and looked at his friends who all smiled at him.
"We'll show you the clubhouse tomorrow after our flying lesson Lightning." Scootaloo said
Lightning nodded his head once more and said, "Bye girls, I'll see you tomorrow." Lightning smiled and turned to face Applejack. "I'm ready to go home now Auntie Applejack."
Applejack smiled at the colt and picked him up.
She put him and on her back and said, "Alright, hold on tight sugarcube."
With that said, Appljack quickly made her way towards Fluttershy's cottage with the CMC shouting goodbye to Lightning. The sun was beginning to set by the time Applejack arrived at Fluttershy's house. Applejack let Lightning off of her back, and the little colt turned around to look at her.
"Alright Lightning I have to go." Applejack said before she gave Lightning a hug and nuzzled his cheek. "You tell your Momma I said hi okay?"
Lightning smiled at and hugged her again her while saying, "I will Auntie Applejack I Love you."
"I love you too sugarcube." Applejack said gently before she returned the hug and a kissed Lightning on the forehead.
The two broke the hug and Lightning quickly kissed Applejack on the cheek before running home. When he went inside he looked around and couldn't find Fluttershy.
"Momma!" Lightning called out.
Fluttershy made her way out of the Kitchen and saw her son. Lightning ran up to her and hugged her. Fluttershy returned the hug and nuzzled Lightning and Lightning did the same.
"Hi sweetheart, how was school toady?" Fluttershy asked sweetly and curiously
"It was great Momma It was a lot better now that Diamond Tiara's gone." Lightning said Happily
"That's great to hear sweetie, now let's go upstairs. I have a special surprise for you." Fluttershy said gently
Lightning smiled and Followed his mother upstairs.
When the reached the top of the staircase Fluttershy turned around and said, "Alright Lightning, I wan't you to close your eyes."
Lightning did as he was told and closed his little eyes. he followed his mothers sweet and gentle voice down the hallway. Lightning opened his eyes a small bit, but he was caught by Fluttershy.
"Ahah! No peeking!" Fluttershy said
Lightning giggled and closed his eyes once again. He continued to follow Fluttershy's voice until she told him to stop. The now stood in front of a door. With Lightning's eyes still closed Fluttershy opened the door gently nudged Lightning to go forward. Lightning took a few small steps until Fluttershy said stop again.
"Alright sweetheart, you can open your eyes now."
Lightning nodded and opened his eyes. When he did his eyes went wide with amazement. He was inside a simple down to earth room that had the same natural wood as Fluttershy's bedroom, but it had a bed and window that had a beautiful view of the sunset.
"W-what is this M-Momma?" Lightning stuttered in amazement.
Fluttershy giggled and sweetly said to her son, "This is your surprise sweetheart, welcome to your new bedroom."
"M-My!?" was all Lightning could say before tears of happiness started to stream down his face. he immediately jumped into his mother and hugged her.
"Th-thank you M-Momma, I-I l-love it!" Lightning cried happily.
Fluttershy's heart melted and she wrapped a soft gentle wing around her son.
"I'm so glad you like sweetheart, I asked Your Auntie Applejack to make it for you." Fluttershy said gently as she rubbed her sons back with her wing.
Lightning said nothing as he continued to cry tears of joy. Fluttershy wrapped her forelegs and both of her wings around Lighting as Lightning's head rested on Fluttershy's neck. The two stayed that way for a while until Fluttershy broke the hug.
"Alright sweetheart, you go take a bath while I make us some dinner."
Lightning nodded his head and kissed his mothers cheek before saying, "Okay Momma! thank you again for my new room! I love it and I love you"
Fluttershy nuzzle Lightning lovingly and said, "I love you to my little one. Now you go take a bath, Dinner will be ready soon."
Lightning nodded his head once again and made his way to the bathroom while Fluttershy made her way downstairs. After Lightning had a bath he went downstairs and went into the kitchen. on the table he saw his mother's delicious soup she made last night as well as her delicious salad. Lightning and Fluttershy ate dinner together, and by the time they were finished, it was dark out and Lightning was tired.
Fluttershy and Lightning went upstairs and went to Lightning's new bedroom. Fluttershy helped Lightning into his bed, and tucked him in. The bed was large and soft like Fluttershy's. Fluttershy then lit a candle that gave the room a nice dim glow so Lightning wouldn't be scared of the dark.
Fluttershy gently smiled at her son and said, "Alright sweetheart, my room is right beside yours and I'll be there if you need me okay?"
Lightning smiled and said, "Okay Momma, I love you!"
Lightning yawned as Fluttershy kissed his forehead and gently strokes his mane with her hoof.
"I love you too my baby boy." Fluttershy said lovingly.
After a minute Lightning fell asleep and Fluttershy gently gave him one more kiss on the forehead. She then very quietly left the room as Princess Luna's beautiful moon shined down on Lightning Twister.
The sun was beginning to rise in the horizon as Rainbow Dash flew through the sky's gracefully. She smiled as the wind gently blew against her face and let her mane flow freely behind her. Rainbow had the day off from weather duty today so she decided to spend the day teaching her number one fan and her new nephew how to fly. After a few minutes of flying rainbow dash heard the voice of a young filly calling her name. Looking down, she saw Scootaloo jumping up and down and waving her hooves like a mad pony.
Rainbow flew down to the little filly and said, "Good Morning Scoots' you ready to do some flying today."
Scootaloo smiled like a Cheshire cat and shouted, "Yes! Yes! Yes! I can't wait to get started!"
Rainbow dash giggled at the filly's excitement and ruffled her mane with her hoof.
"Alright, settle down squirt. Let's go get my awesome nephew so we can get started." Rainbow Dash said before setting Scootaloo on her back.
After a few minutes, the two arrived at Fluttershy's cottage. Rainbow landed on the ground and knocked on the door. After a minute Fluttershy opened the door and smiled when she saw Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash. Scootaloo waved at Fluttershy and Fluttershy returned the wave with one of her own.
"Hi Rainbow, How are you this morning?" Fluttershy asked kindly
"I'm just fine Flutters', where's Lightning Twister?" Rainbow Asked curiously
"He's in the kitchen eating breakfast." Fluttershy said before stepping to the side. "Please come in." She said politely.
Rainbow nodded her head and went inside. When she entered the living room Lightning came out to greet her. Rainbow and Scootaloo smiled at the the young colt and Scootaloo waved at him while smiling.
"Hi Auntie Rainbow, Hi Scootaloo." Lightning said happily while waving at Scootaloo. He then went up to Rainbow and hugged her. Rainbow returned the hug and gave Lightning a playful noogie. Fluttershy smiled at the site before Lightning trotted up to her.
"I put my dish in the sink like you told me to Momma." Lightning said to his mother. Fluttershy smiled at her son and nodded her head before looking at Rainbow Dash.
"What can I do for you Rainbow? Fluttershy asked politely
Rainbow smiled and said, "I was just wondering if Lightning could spend the day with his Auntie Rainbow. I was going to teach him and Scootaloo how to fly."
Scootaloo smiled and spoke to Fluttershy with puppy dog eyes.
"Can he come Fluttershy please, It would be so awesome to learn how to fly with my little buddy. With Rainbow Dash teaching us we could grow up to be two of the best flyers in all of Equestria. Can he come, Please?
Fluttershy was a bit nervous about saying yes she knew Lightning was a weak flyer and she didn't want to see him get hurt. However she knew he had to learn how to fly sometime, and there was no better teacher than one of the best young flyers in Equestria, Rainbow Dash.
Fluttershy smiled at Rainbow softly and said, "Okay Rainbow you can take him for the day. But please be careful."
Lightning smiled at his mother and Scootaloo cheered happily.
Fluttershy let out a sigh and looked at her son.
"Alright sweetheart, I want you to listen to Rainbow Dash and I want you to promise me you'll be careful." She said to him softly but firmly
Lightning gave Fluttershy a soft smile and wrapped his little forelegs around her neck before saying, "Okay Momma, I promise I'll be careful."
Fluttershy gently smiled at her son and kissed him on the forehead as Lightning nuzzled her cheek.
"Alright Lightning, run along now." She said to him softly
"Okay Momma, I love you." Lightning said before going to Rainbow Dash.
"I love you too sweetheart." Fluttershy responded.
Rainbow bent down as Scootaloo helped Lightning onto her back.
"Are you all set Lightning?" Rainbow asked the young colt on her back. Lightning nodded his head in response
Rainbow looked at Fluttershy and smiled at her.
"Don't worry Fluttershy, I'll look after him. I'll bring him back home this evening." She said in a kind and promising voice
Fluttershy nodded as Rainbow walked out of the cottage and got ready to take off.
"You guys ready?" Rainbow asked the colt and filly on her back.
The two nodded their heads in response.
"Alright hang on tight." Rainbow said before flying into the air.
Fluttershy smiled as she watched her son head up to the clouds. She was a little bit worried that something might happen, but she put that fear aside knowing that Rainbow would keep him safe. Letting out a calm sigh Fluttershy went back into the cottage and closed the door.
Up in the sky's Rainbow was flying higher and higher until she found the perfect spot to start practicing. Rainbow landed on a large cloud and bent down so Scootaloo and Lightning Twister could get off of her back. The two hopped down and Lightning looked over the edge of the cloud. He began to tremble in fear of being this high up. Rainbow noticed this and went up to her nephew.
She put a hoof on his shoulder and said, "Don't worry Lightning I promise you'll be safe as long as I'm around."
Lightning trusted his Aunts words and calmed his shaking before saying a bit nervously, "O-okay Auntie Rainbow."
Rainbow and Lightning trotted back to Scootaloo who was looking around. Lightning stood by Scootaloo as Rainbow Dash stood in front of both of them.
Rainbow let out a sigh before speaking to the colt and filly.
"Alright little ones, flying is not as heard as you think it might be. The way we fly is no different than how a bird flies. Our wings are just like a bird's wings. First I'm going to show you each how to hover. We're going to do this one at a time. Scootaloo your first, I want you to get into the same stance that I'm going to go into."
Scootaloo nodded and watched as rainbow dash crouched down into a takeoff position and spread her legs.
"Alright scoots' your turn." Rainbow said as she stood in her stance
Scootaloo did the exact same thing as Rainbow Dash and crouched down into a takeoff position before spreading her legs.
"Good Job scoot's," Rainbow said calmly. "Now I want you to jump into the air and flap your wings at a very easy speed, don't flap them to fast."
Rainbow jumped into the air and she started flapping her wings at a gentle and rhythmic motion as she hovered above her two students. Scootaloo let out a sigh and jumped into the air once she was at a certain point she started flapping her wings in a calm and rhythmic movement. She gasped in shock realizing that for once she was actually staying in the air longer than she ever had.
Wearing a huge smile Scootaloo cheered, "I'm doing it I'm actually flying!"
Rainbow smiled and said, "Good Job Scoot's, now I want you to move around a bit, but don't leave the cloud."
Scootaloo nodded and moved her body around as she continue to flap her wings she felt tears stinging as she was actually flying around in the air. Rainbow watched on proudly before looking at a nervous Lightning Twister.
"Alright Lightning, It's your turn. Don't be scared, just watch me and do exactly as I do." Rainbow said calmly and gently.
Lightning nodded his head and did the exact same things as Scootaloo did. He closed his eyes, fearing that he was going to fall. However after a moment Lightning opened his eyes ever so slightly and then his eyes went wide with shock. He let out a small gasp before a smile began to grow larger and larger on his face. He was actually flying by himself.
"I-I'm doing it! I'm actually flying!" Lightning said as tears of happiness stung his eyes.
He brushed the tears away away as Rainbow flew up to him while smiling proudly.
"See buddy, you can do it!" Rainbow said "Now I want you to move around a little bit."
Lightning nodded his head as he moved his body a little bit while flapping his wings calmly and gently. He stumbled a little bit but was able to stay in the air. One he got use to the new feeling of flying, he moved all around the cloud as Rainbow watched on with small tears in her eyes.
"Well done you two you guys define awesome right now." She said before playfully ruffling both Lightning and Scootaloo's mane. "Alright now let's learn how to glide. Follow Me!"
Scootaloo and Lightning nodded to each other and Followed Rainbow away from the cloud.
"Alright guys just flap your wings up and down just like I'm doing." Rainbow said as she moved her wings up and down slowly.
Scootaloo and Lightning did the same as the wind gently blew against their faces. They were both speechless they couldn't believe they were actually flying. Scootaloo began to increase her speed and Lightning did the same. However when Lightning started to go a little bit fast and began to lose control. Luckily Scootaloo grabbed him.
Rainbow saw all of this and said, "Don't fight the wind currents, move with them."
Lightning was a bit nervous to let go of Scootaloo's hoof, but when he looked at her he saw her smiling at him gently.
"Don't worry Lightning, you'll be okay." She said reassuringly.
Lightning gave a hesitant nod and let go of Scootaloo's hoof. He did as Rainbow Dash said and used the wind currents instead of fighting them. Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash smiled on at the young colt happily as he was finally getting used to the feeling of Flying.
"I can't be I'm actually flying!" Lightning shouted happily
Rainbow went backward and Flew beside him on one side and Scootaloo flew beside him on the other.
"I'm proud of you Lightning." Rainbow said before looking at both him and Scootaloo. "I'm proud of both of you. you guys are naturals at flying."
Lightning and Scootaloo smiled at each other before looking forward. After a few minutes they were both flying at decent speeds. However Lightning began to tire out. He was about to speak up before feeling a major cramp in one of his wings. Lightning couldn't move as he began to fall. Once he could move his wings again he tried to flap them but he was too tired.
Rainbow and Scootaloo gasped in shock before rainbow took off at lightning speed to catch her nephew.
"Hang on Lightning!" she shouted as she increased her speed
She managed to get a hold of his hoof to stop him from falling just before he fell into a forest. However Lightning couldn't hold on. Lightning lost his grip on Rainbow Dash's hoof and fell into the trees bellow before Rainbow could react. He hit several branches before landing on the ground with a hard thud.
Lightning tried to get to his feet but a surge of excruciating pain went through his leg. The pain was unbearable and it made him unable to stand. Tears stung Lightning's eyes as let out a small whimper of pain even though he wanted to cry. Lightning began to observe his new surroundings. After a moment Lightning became incredibly scared as he realized where he was. He was in the dangerous Everfree forest.
Lightning had been in the Everfree forest the night Fluttershy had found him. He saw many frightening things that made him never want to go back in. Now he couldn't move, and he was in the dangerous forest all alone.
Letting a small whimper of both pain and fear, Lightning called out for the one person he wanted right now. "M-Momma!"
After no response Lightning began to cry. He was all alone and he didn't know if he would ever be found. As Lightning cried, a pair of glowing yellow eyes lurked in the shadows and it made a low threatening growl. Lightning heard the growl and turned around. Approaching out of the Darkness was a Timberwolf. Lightning tried to move but the pain in his leg was too much for him to bear. The Timberwolf inched closer and closer as it growled even louder than before
"H-help!" Lightning whimpered as tears flowed from his eyes.
The Timberwolf was ready to attack until something jumped in front of Lightgning making the Timberwolf stop dead in it's tracks. Lightning looked in the same direction and gasped in shock as he saw Rainbow Dash Standing in front of him. Rainbow turned around fiercely bucked the Timberwolf, sending him flying into the horizon.
"No one messes with my nephew!" Rainbow said proudly before turning to Lightning.
"Hey buddy are you okay?" Rainbow asked worryingly
Lightning tried to move but once again the pain his leg made him unable to move. Lightning began to cry in pain once again.
"M-my l-leg. I-It h-hurts!" He sobbed as he pointed at his injured leg.
Rainbow looked at his leg with concern. She reached out a hoof to touch the leg, but once she did, the pain Lightning felt made him scream at the top of his lungs. Rainbow Dash immediately moved her hoof away from Lightning's foreleg. She knew this was not good. Rainbow Dash picked up Lightning gently as she could and cradled him close to her. She had to get him to a doctor. Before she could take off, she saw Scootaloo flying above the forest trees.
Rainbow flew up to her and Scootaloo gasped in shock at the crying colt in Rainbow's forelegs.
"Scootaloo, I want you to go find Fluttershy and tell her to meet me at the hospital. Do you understand?" Rainbow ordered.
Scootaloo nodded her head and took off towards Fluttershy's cottage. Rainbow looked down at Lightning as he continued to quietly cry in pain
Rainbow showed her caring, motherly side and nuzzled the crying colt to try and calm him. She didn't care about being tough right now. She needed to help the colt that she has come to know and love.
"Shhh..It's going to be okay buddy. I'm going to take you to the hospital so we can make your leg better." Rainbow cooed gently
Rainbow shot off like a bullet towards the hospital while cradling her nephew close to her chest.
After about ten minutes, Lightning was in a hospital bed with his injured leg bandaged and being held in a sling. A white earth pony mare with a light pink mane and tail named Nurse Redheart was busy putting the last of the bandages around Lightning's leg. Rainbow Dash stood by Lightning's side and gently stroked his shoulder with her hoof to keep him calm. When Nurse Redheart finished wrapping the bandages, the hospital room door swung open revealing Fluttershy who dashed inside with tears flowing down her face. When Fluttershy saw her son she immediately wrapped her forelegs around him.
"Oh Lightning, my precious little boy your okay!" Fluttershy sobbed happily "I was so worried about you."
Nurse Redheart tapped on Fluttershy's shoulder and place a gentle hoof on it.
"It's okay Fluttershy, your son is going to be just fine." Nurse Redheart said calmly while giving Fluttershy a gentle smile. "The poor dear has a broken leg, but he should make a full recovery in a few weeks. However we're going to keep him here for tonight so he can rest."
Fluttershy let out a sigh of relief and smiled at the nurse.
She nodded her head and said, "Thank you Nurse Redheart."
The kind nurse nodded and left them room. Fluttershy looked at Rainbow Dash who immediately started apologizing
"Fluttershy I'm so sorry this happened. I'm sorry I broke my promise to keep him safe. I'm-" Rainbow was was cut off by Fluttershy who pulled her friend her friend into a loving sisterly embrace.
"Shhh...It's okay Rainbow you don't have to apologize. It wasn't your fault. Accident's happen." Fluttershy said sweetly before pulling her out of the hug to look her in the eyes. "Thank you so much Rainbow for taking Lightning to the hospital."
Rainbow said nothing, and brought Fluttershy into another hug. The two friends stayed like that as Scootaloo burst into the room and tackled Lightning into a hug when she saw him.
"Lightning are you okay?! I was worried sick when you fell into the Everfree Forest!" Scootaloo asked worryingly
Lightning blushed when Scootaloo hugged him, but he wrapped his forelegs around her and returned the hug.
"I'll be okay Scootaloo." Lightning said in his usual soft voice.
The two stayed like that for a moment before breaking the hug. Everyone in the room smiled at each other when Nurse Redheart entered the room.
"Alright Everypony, it's getting late so I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to leave." Nurse Redheart said before looking at Fluttershy who was gently stroking her sons mane. "Fluttershy since your his mother, would you like to stay here for the night?"
Lightning Twister put his hoof on Fluttershy's hoof and said almost pleadingly, "Please stay Momma, I don't want to be alone tonight."
Fluttershy gently smiled at her son and nodded her head.
Nurse Redheart saw this and pointed to an empty bed while saying, "You can use this bed tonight Fluttershy, I'll go get you a blanket."
When Nurse Redheart left the Room, Rainbow Dash put Scootaloo on her back and said, "Come on Scoot's lets go home. I'll see you Tomorrow Fluttershy. Bye Lightning you get well soon."
Scootaloo waved to Fluttershy and Lightning and Lightning waved in return.
"Bye girls. See you tomorrow." Fluttershy said happily
After Rainbow and Scootaloo left, Fluttershy looked at Lightning and gently nuzzled his cheek until she heard him whimpering.
"Lightning sweetheart, what's the matter?" Fluttershy asked worringly.
Lightning began to quietly cry while saying, "I-I broke m-my p-promise to you M-Momma. I p-promised I w-would be s-safe. N-Now you h-hate m-me."
Hearing this brought tears to Fluttershy's eyes. How could Lightning ever think such a thing? Without saying anything, Fluttershy sat on the edge of the bed and pulled Lightning into a loving embrace without moving his broken leg. She softly hushed him while gently stroking his side with her hoof.
"Shhh... please don't cry sweetheart, Momma's here." Fluttershy gently said softly. "I promise Lightning that I don't hate you. No matter what happens I will never hate you. Your a such a sweet little colt, and I always will love you with all of my heart. What happened to you today was nopony's fault. Like I said to your Auntie Rainbow, accident's happen. But your safe now sweetheart, and I promise I don't hate you and I never will. I love you so much my sweet baby boy."
Lightning's crying stopped as he listened to what his mother said. Tears were still coming down his face and Fluttershy gently licked them away before nuzzling her son lovingly and Lightning did the same.
Nurse Redheart had entered the room and heard what Fluttershy had said. Tears stung her eyes as eyes as she watched the loving moment between the mother and son.
Brushing her tears away, Nurse Redheart let out a sigh and said, "There is a pillow and blanket on the bed Fluttershy feel free to use it whenever your ready."
With nothing left to be said Nurse Redheart left the room, leaving Lightning and Fluttershy alone. Fluttershy continued to hold her son as she she hummed a soft melody in his ear until he fell asleep.
Fluttershy held Lightning close to her as she whispered in his ear, "I promise you Lightning, I will always love you no matter what."
The morning sun began to rise in Ponyville. The beautiful light shined through the windows of the Ponyville Hospital. Fluttershy slowly opened her eyes and sat up in the hospital bed she was sleeping in. After letting out a quiet yawn and a gentle stretch, Fluttershy looked at Lightning Twister who was sleeping soundly in his bed. Fluttershy was going to wake him, but she decided to let him sleep until the nurse arrived. This gave Fluttershy the opportunity to think about something.
Tomorrow was Lightning's birthday, and she wanted to do something special for her son. Lightning had told Fluttershy when his birthday was a few days after she adopted him. He also told her that he never celebrated his birthday. His father never cared about his son's birthday. The only thing that Lightning's father did was yell at him and remind him that it was the day that Lightning had caused his mothers death. Just thinking about it made Fluttershy furious. However her anger cooled as quickly as it came when she looked at her son.
Fluttershy wanted to do something special for Lightning. She wanted his birthday to be a day for him to remember. Fluttershy tried to think of something, and let out a quiet gasp when she came up with the perfect idea. The more Fluttershy thought about her idea made a smile grow on her face. She knew what she wanted to do for Lightning's birthday, but in order for it to happen she had to talk to Twilight.
Fluttershy's thoughts were interrupted when the hospital room door opened and Nurse Redheat stepped inside. She saw Fluttershy sitting on the edge of the bed, and trotted up to her.
"Good Morning Fluttershy did you sleep okay last night?" Nurse Redheart asked kindly
Fluttershy simply nodded her head in response.
Nurse Redheart smiled at Fluttershy and said, "That's good. I was just coming to wake Lightning up so I can give him some medicine. After I give it to him, you can take him home."
Fluttershy smiled before saying, "Okay Nurse Redheart, I'll wake him up for you."
Nurse Redheart nodded her head and Fluttershy trotted up to her sleeping son. She gently nuzzled his cheek and kissed him on the forehead.
"Lightning, it's time to wake up sweetheart."
Lightning opened his and rubbed them with his hooves. He looked into his mother loving blue eyes and smiled softly.
"Good morning Momma." Lightning said softly.
He tried to hug his mother, but he felt a surge of pain through his broken leg making him yelp in pain. Small tears formed in his eyes but he quickly brushed them away when Nurse Redheart came beside him.
"Don't try move too much sweetheart." Nurse Redheart said to lightning sweetly as Fluttershy held Lightning's hoof. "I'm going to give you some medicine Lightning to help your leg feel better. Once you take the medicine, you can go home."
Lightning nodded his head and Nurse Redheart gave him a small blue pill and small cup of water. Lightning quickly swallowed the pill and drank all the water before handing the empty cup back to Nurse Redheart. The nurse smiled at Lightning gently before looking at Fluttershy.
"Okay Fluttershy, while the medicine kicks in, I'm going to go get a wheelchair so we can take Lightning outside" Nurse Redheart said to Fluttershy kindly before giving her a roll of bandages and bottle of the blue pills that Lightning took. She then let out a sigh and explained and gave Fluttershy her instructions.
"Lightning needs to stay off his leg for the next three weeks. Give him one of those pills when he wakes up in the morning and one before he goes to sleep for the next three weeks. I would replace the bandages he's wearing tonight with fresh ones, and give him fresh bandages again in the morning. The bandages must be replaced once a day."
Fluttershy listened to the Nurse's instructions as she held her sons hoof.
"Okay Nurse Redheart, I promise I will do all of that. " Fluttershy said in a promising tone of voice.
Nurse Redheart smiled at Fluttershy before looking at Lightning.
"Lightning, make sure you stay off that leg for three weeks okay?" Nurse Redheart said to the injured colt sweetly.
Lightning softly smiled at the nurse and said, "Okay Nurse Redheart, I'll stay off my leg."
Nurse Redheart smiled at the little colt before saying, "I'll be right back with a wheelchair."
When Nurse Redheart left the room, Lightning let out a long and tired yawn, and Fluttershy smiled at him sadly. The poor colt had gotten very little sleep last night. His broken leg was causing him too much pain. Fluttershy had decided that it was best to take Lightning home and put him down for a nap now that he has some medicine to help relieve some of the pain in his leg. She had also decided that after Lightning was situated and asleep she would go talk to Twilight about her idea for Lightning's birthday. However she needed someone to watch Lightning while she was gone, but who?
Fluttershy's thoughts were cut short when Nurse Redheart entered a room with a wheelchair. With help from Fluttershy, she helped move Lightning out of the bed and into the wheelchair without hurting his leg. Once Lightning was settled into the wheelchair, Nurse Redheart and Fluttershy led him to the entrance of the hospital. When they arrived, Fluttershy gently helped Lightning out of the wheelchair and held him close to her.
Before Fluttershy and Lightning left, Fluttershy smiled at Nurse Redheart and said, "Thank you so much or taking care of my little boy Nurse Redheart."
Nurse Redheart returned the smile with one of her own and said, "Your quite welcome Fluttershy, I'm always happy to help." Nurse Redheart looked at Lightning and said, "You get well soon Lightning."
Lightning softly smiled at the nurse and nodded his head.
With nothing left to be said, Fluttershy flew away from the hospital with her son in her forelegs. After a few minutes Fluttershy arrived at her house. She opened the door, and flew inside. Once inside, Fluttershy flew upstairs as Lightning held onto her neck and let out another long and tired yawn.
Fluttershy nuzzled her son before asking him, "Are you tired sweetheart?"
Lightning nodded his head as rubbed one of his eyes with his hoof.
Fluttershy gently held him close to her and said to him "you didn't get much sleep last night. So how about you take a nap for a while."
Lightning smiled and nodded his head before resting it on Fluttershy's neck.
Fluttershy took her son to his room and gently placed him in the bed without hurting his leg. She gently placed the covers over him and nuzzled his cheek lovingly. Lightning's little eyes began to close as Fluttershy gently stroked his head.
"Sweet dreams, sweetheart." Fluttershy said to Lightning gently.
"Sweet dreams, Momma." Lightning said to his mother before falling asleep.
Suddenly there was a knock on Fluttershy's door. Fluttershy gently kissed her son on the forehead and flew downstairs to see who was at the door. Fluttershy opened the door and saw Rainbow Dash floating in front of her while holding a book.
"Heya, Flutters'" Rainbow said cheerfully. "I just wanted to see how Lightning was doing. Twilight and the others are wondering how he's doing too."
Fluttershy smiled at her longtime friend and said, "He's doing just fine, Rainbow. He didn't get much sleep last night so he's sleeping right now in his room. Oh where are my manners, please come in."
Rainbow chuckled at Fluttershy's politeness and flew inside her house. Fluttershy closed the door and looked at the beautiful cyan mare in front of her. Maybe Rainbow could watch Lightning While she went to talk to Twilight.
"Um...Rainbow? Can you do something for me..that is if you don't mind?" Fluttershy asked shyly.
Rainbow let out a sigh before smiling at Fluttershy.
"Fluttershy, you and I have been best friends since we were fillies. Of course I'll do something for you."
Fluttershy softly smiled at Rainbow before asking, "Can you watch Lightning for a little while? I have to talk to Twilight about a special surprise for Lightning's birthday tomorrow."
Rainbow just smiled and said, "Of course I can Fluttershy but if you don't mind me asking, what is this special surprise?"
Fluttershy smiled and whispered into Rainbow's ear. As Rainbow listened, the smile on her face grew wider and wider.
"That's perfect Flutters, since you told the girls and I that Lightning never celebrated his birthday, that would be the perfect way to have an awesome birthday I can even do my sonic rainboom after he blows out the candles on the cake."
Fluttershy gently smiled at Rainbow and said, "I'm sure he would like that Rainbow."
Rainbow gave Fluttershy a proud smirk before Fluttershy started to make her way out the door.
"Thank you for watching Lightning for me Rainbow, I'll be back in a little bit." Fluttershy said kindly as she took to the sky.
Rainbow and Fluttershy waved at each other as Fluttershy disappeared towards Ponyville, and Rainbow went into the cottage.
After a few minutes, Fluttershy arrived at Twilight's library. She descended to the ground and knocked on the door. The door opened and revealed Twilight who smiled at Fluttershy.
"Hi Fluttershy, please come in." Twilight said politely before allowing her friend inside.
Fluttershy trotted inside and saw the rest of her friends sitting together and socializing with one another. When they saw Fluttershy they immediately went up to her and smiled at her.
"Hi girls." Fluttershy said kindly
"Howdy Fluttershy." Applejack said while smiling.
"Fluttershy, how's my darling little nephew?" Rarity asked worryingly.
"He's just fine girls." Fluttershy said gently. "He's at home taking a nap right now. I asked Rainbow to watch while I came over here." Fluttershy then looked at Twilight and said, "Twilight, I was wondering if you could do something for me."
Twilight smiled at Fluttershy and said, "Of course I can, what is it?"
Fluttershy let out a sigh before telling Twilight her idea.
"Well, Lightning's birthday is tomorrow, and I know he's never had a real birthday with friends and family that actually care about him. I wanted to throw him a surprise birthday party, but I don't want to do it here. I was wondering Twilight, If you could ask Princess Celestia if we can come to Canterlot and use the castle ballroom for Lightning's birthday just like we did for yours."
Twilight nodded her head while smiling, "That's sounds like a great idea Fluttershy. Of course I'll ask Princess Celestia."
Twilight wrote Fluttershy's request on a scroll. She then turned towards the staircase and called for Spike. The baby dragon Twilight call him and came downstairs. Twilight smiled at him and asked him to send the letter. Spike smiled and nodded his head before taking the letter and using his magic fire to send the the letter to the princess. After a minute, Spike belched out a letter from the Princess. He showed the letter to Twilight and Twilight read the letter. When she finished reading it, She turned to Fluttershy and smiled at her.
"Good News Fluttershy, the princess is going to let us use the ballroom tomorrow." Twilight said happily. "She also wanted to ask you if Lightning could meet Princess Luna while he's at the castle."
Fluttershy smiled and said, "Of course she can, I'm sure Lightning would love to meet her."
"Since Lightning can't walk, I'll see if I can borrow Granny Smith's old wheelchair for the day." Applejack said happily
Pinkie Pie was loving the idea of the part as she bounced giggling with glee before shouting, "I can bake Lightning a super duper delicious cake."
Fluttershy was smiling everyone of her friends were wanting to do something, but she had a very special gift in mind for Lightning and she needed Rarity's help to make it.
"Um.. Rarity?" Fluttershy asked softly
"Yes darling?" Rarity responded.
Fluttershy whispered her idea of Lightning's gift and Rarity smiled.
"Of course I can do that my dear, I'm sure my darling little nephew will love it." Rarity said before putting her hoof to her chin. "Now I must think of something that I should give to him."
The rest of Fluttershy's friends brainstormed ideas for Lightning's gifts as well as Fluttershy looked out the window and gasped. The sun was already setting and she need to go home and take care of her son.
"Um... girls I need to go home." Fluttershy said gently "Thank you so much for doing all these things for Lightning."
Fluttershy went around the room and hugged every one of her friends. After she had hugged Twilight, she went to the door and opened it.
"I'll see you girls tomorrow." Fluttershy said happily before flying off while waving goodbye to them.
Fluttershy saw her friends wave goodbye to her until they were out of sight. Fluttershy made her way home and entered the cottage. She saw Rainbow sitting on the couch with her leg's crossed and she was reading her book. Rainbow looked up from the book and smiled at her friend.
"Hey Flutters' how did everything go?" Rainbow asked curiously
Fluttershy smiled at her friend and said, "Everything went great. How did things go over here?"
"Great!" Rainbow said happily "Lightning's still asleep. I've checked on him several times while you were gone."
Fluttershy flew up to rainbow and hugged her.
"Thank you for watching Lightning for me Rainbow. your the best friend a mare could ask for." Fluttershy said happily as Rainbow returned the hug.
"No Problem Fluttershy" Rainbow said gently "but I better get home, It's getting late."
Rainbow and Fluttershy said there goodbyes and Rainbow left the cottage. Fluttershy closed the door and went upstairs to wake her son up. Fluttershy entered the room and smiled softly at the sleeping colt. She gently kissed his cheek making Lightning open his eyes.
"Hi Momma." He said as Fluttershy nuzzled him.
"Hi sweetheart, would you like some dinner?" Fluttershy asked sweetly
Lightning felt his stomach grumble and nodded his head.
"Okay Sweetie, I'll be right back with some soup." Fluttershy said before going downstairs.
After a few minutes, Fluttershy returned to Lightning's room with a bowl of soup. She sat on the edge of the bed and scooped up a spoonful of soup and blew on it. When it was cool Fluttershy brought the spoon to Lightning's mouth. Lightning ate the spoonful of soup while smiling at his mother. Once all the soup was gone. Fluttershy went downstairs and put the bowl in the sink before returning upstairs with a cup of water. Fluttershy opened the bottle of pills Nurse Redheart gave to her and put one in Lightning's hoof. Lightning swallowed the pill and drank the water Fluttershy gave him.
"Okay sweetheart, let's replace your bandages." Fluttershy said to her
Fluttershy very gently touched Lightning's broken leg and carefully unwrapped the bandages. Lightning let out a small yelp of pain as Fluttershy touched his leg, but Fluttershy very softly spoke to him to help keep him calm.
"I know this hurts sweetheart, but we're almost done okay?" Fluttershy said in a soft motherly tone.
Lightning felt small tears of pain form in his eyes, but he brushed them away with his hoof while nodding his head. After a few minutes Fluttershy was finished wrapping new bandages around Lightning's broken leg. Suddenly a flash of lightning and a loud boom of thunder sounded making Lightning yelp in terror. Fluttershy quickly hugged son before he could hurt himself. Tears flowed down Lightning's face as Fluttershy softly hushed him and stroked his back with her hoof.
"Shhh...It's okay sweetheart, I'm here." Fluttershy said softly into Lightning's ear. "Would you like to sleep with me tonight?" Fluttershy asked sweetly.
Lightning sniffled and nodded his head.
"Okay sweetheart, Let's go to my room." Fluttershy said gently
Fluttershy very carefully cradled Lightning in her forelegs without hurting him. She the flew to her room as another rumble of thunder sounded and a flash of Lightning lit the night sky. Lightning whimpered and trembled in fear, but Fluttershy softly hushed to calm him down. Fluttershy then tucked Lightning into her bed and she laid down beside him. She placed a gentle wing over him as Lightning let out a small yawn and Laid his back on the pillow. Fluttershy then softly sang Lightning to sleep.
After a few minuted Lightning fell asleep and Fluttershy kissed him on the forehead.
"Goodnight my little one." Fluttershy whispered sweetly into lightning's ear.
Fluttershy then fell asleep with her wing over Lightning. Lightning snuggled up against her and smiled in his sleep. The two then slept peacefully through the stormy night until the storm ended, and Princess Luna's beautiful moon blanketed them in a warm comforting glow.
The morning sun began to rise in the horizon and started to bathe Ponyville in a warm and bright glow. Fluttershy slept in her bed soundly with Lightning Twister snuggled up next her. A few minutes later, a knock on the front door woke Fluttershy out of her peaceful sleep. Without hurting or waking him, she picked up Lightning, got out of the bed, and gently set her son back in the bed. She quickly tucked him and gave him a kiss on the forehead before flying downstairs to answer the door.
When she opened the door, Fluttershy was greeted by all of her friends.
"Howdy, Fluttershy." Applejack said happily Before Pinkie bounced in front of her with her party canon.
Pinkie was about to start screaming but she saw Fluttershy give her a look telling her that Lightning was still asleep and now was not a good time to start making noise. Pinkie immediately put her own hooves over her mouth to silence herself. Fluttershy softly smiled and giggled at Pinkie before allowing her friends in. The five stepped into the house and went into the living room as Fluttershy stayed behind them. They all looked at Fluttershy and began speaking in tone that was loud enough for them to hear each other but quiet enough to not wake Lightning.
"Fluttershy darling," Rarity said "I finished your gift for Lightning and I just know it will be his favorite gift out of all of ours. I will wrap it and bring it to the party for you."
Fluttershy nodded as Twilight spoke up.
"I invited Spike to the party and I found out that Princess Cadence and Shining Armor are visiting for a few days." she said calmly and quietly. "I've told them all about Lightning Twister and they are excited to finally meet him. Princess Celestia and Princess Luna have also provided us with rooms for the night just in case it get's too late."
Fluttershy simply smiled as Rainbow Dash began to quietly express her excitement about tonight.
"Aw yeah, I can't wait to show Lightning the sonic rainboom." She said happily "Pinkie and I came up with an awesome idea last night but I'm not going to say what it is."
Pinkie was giggling happily as she thought of the special surprise for her nephew.
"I asked Applebloom and her friends to come too since they are Lightning's friends." Applejack said while smiling.
Words could not express how happy Fluttershy was right now. Every one of her friends were going way out of their way to make tonight a night for Lightning to always remember.
"Thank you all so much everypony! I can't even begin to think about how happy Lightning will be when he finds finds how much you all have done!" Fluttershy said happily
"Fluttershy, I think your counting yourself out." Rainbow said as she put a hoof on Fluttershy's shoulder and smiled at her.
Fluttershy gave her a look on confusion as Twilight trotted up to her and smiled.
"You've done the most for Lightning out of all of us." she said "You gave him a home, you made him your son, you have shown him more love and compassion than anypony else here. We love Lightning with all of our hearts but he does not love anypony else more than you."
Fluttershy felt tears roll down her eyes and she wrapped Twilight in loving sisterly hug.
"Thank you so much, Twilight." she said sweetly
Twilight smiled and wrapped her forelegs around Fluttershy.
"Your welcome, Fluttershy." Twilight said gently "I better get back to the library. I'll meet you at the train station tonight."
Fluttershy nodded as Twilight left her cottage. Everyone else followed her out the door so they could go to their homes. Applejack was the last one to leave but before she did, she turned around and faced Fluttershy.
"I'll bring granny smith's old wheelchair to you tonight Fluttershy, see you then." she said gently.
Fluttershy simply nodded her head and Applejack left the cottage. With all of her friends gone, Fluttershy closed the door and went into the kitchen to make Lightning a special breakfast. When she finished she went upstairs to wake her sleeping son.
Entering her bedroom, Fluttershy went over to Lightning and gently kissed him on the cheek.
"Lightning, It's time to wake up, sweetheart." she said softly
Lightning opened his eyes and rubbed them with his little hooves. he looked at his mother and wrapped his forelegs around her neck.
Lightning smiled at his mother and said, "Thank you, Momma."
"Your welcome, sweetheart," Fluttershy replied with a smile on her face. "Now, let's give you your medicine then go downstairs. I made a special breakfast for you."
Lightning nodded his head and Fluttershy went to the bathroom to grab his pills and a glass of water. When she returned she handed the glass to Lightning and a small blue pill. Lightning let out a sigh and quickly swallowed the pill and drank the water. After letting out a few small coughs, Lightning looked into his mothers loving and caring eyes.
"Alright sweetie, now that you've had your medicine, let's go downstairs and have some breakfast."
Fluttershy gently picked up Lightning without hurting his broken leg and held him close to her. She then flew downstairs as Lightning held on to his mothers neck. When they arrived at the kitchen Lightning saw his breakfast and smiled. On a plate was a stack of delicious pancakes that had whipped cream on the top as well as a few sliced strawberry's.
"Is this my breakfast, Momma?" Lightning asked curiously
Fluttershy giggled and said, "yes it is sweetheart. I wanted to make you a special birthday breakfast."
Fluttershy gently set Lightning into one of the chairs and Lightning began to eat his delicious breakfast. After he was finished, Fluttershy took the plate and put it into the sink before returning to her son's side. When she looked at him she began to giggle. Lightning had a patch of whipped cream underneath his lips. Fluttershy continued giggling as she took a napkin and wiped his face.
"Thank you for my delicious breakfast, Momma." Lightning said happily
Fluttershy smiled at her son and nuzzled his cheek lovingly in response. Lightning wrapped his hooves around Fluttershy's neck and laid his head against her chest. The two stayed like that for a few minutes until Fluttershy spoke up.
"Okay sweetie, Let's go into the living and change your bandages." she said sweetly before gently picking up her son.
Fluttershy placed Lightning on the couch and went upstairs to the bathroom to get the bandages. When she returned, she carefully unwrapped the old bandages and replaced them with fresh one while she hummed a happy tune. Lightning cringed a few times at the pain in his leg but his mothers beautiful voice helped keep him calm. When she finished, Fluttershy gently set his leg back on the couch and helped him sit up. Once he was comfortable, Fluttershy went over to one of the bookshelves and picked out a Daring Do book that Rainbow Dash gave to her.
"Would you like me to read you a story for little while, Lightning?" Fluttershy asked her son gently. "Rainbow Dash has told me all about these books and she gave me some because she thought you might like them."
Lightning stared at the book for a moment and nodded his head. Fluttershy smiled at him and flew over to the couch. She sat down beside Lightning and opened the book. Lightning snuggled into his mother's side as she wrapped a foreleg around his body and held him close. Both of them smiled at each other until Fluttershy began to read to Lightning.
A few hours had passed and Fluttershy was halfway through the book. She looked up at the clock and saw what time it was. She closed the book and put it on the table in front of her. Lightning looked at her and gave her an unhappy look.
"Aw, do we have to stop, Momma?" Lightning asked, as he was greatly enjoying the story.
Fluttershy giggled and nuzzled Lightning before saying, "Yes we do sweetheart. Don't worry, i'll read you the rest of the book tonight as a bedtime story. Besides your aunties and I want to take you somewhere very special."
Lightning looked at Fluttershy curiously.
"Don't worry sweetheart, you'll see where we're going soon enough." Fluttershy said sweetly before giving Lightning a gentle hug. "Now let's go see your, Auntie Twilight."
Lightning nodded his head as Fluttershy gently set him on her back without hurting him. Lightning held onto his mother's neck as she flew out of the cottage and made her way towards Ponyville. After arriving at the town square, Fluttershy stopped where she was when she heard the voice if a young filly calling out to her. Turning around, the two saw Silver Spoon heading their way with a brown paper bag and a card in her mouth.
"Hi Miss Fluttershy, hi Lightning." Silver said happily when she arrived.
"Hi, Silver Spoon." Lightning replied.
Silver trotted around Fluttershy and saw Lightning's broken leg. She gave him a sad smile as she remembered Miss Cheerilee telling her and the class that Lightning had broken his leg and would be out for a few weeks. Since then, she wanted to do something to help Lightning and Fluttershy and that's why she was here now. Looking at Fluttershy, Silver gave her the bag she had in her mouth. Fluttershy gasped in shock when she saw what was inside, it was a bagful of bits.
"W-what's this, Silver?" Fluttershy stammered
Silver Spoon drew circles in the ground with her hoof as she answered Fluttershy's question.
"Well, Miss Cheerilee told me and the class that Lightning had broken his leg. I felt bad that Lightning got hurt and I wanted to so something for him and for you. So I asked my Daddy if I could give you some bits to help you take care of Lightning until he got better. I hope you don't mind."
Fluttershy couldn't help but smile as she listened to silver.
"I also felt like I owe Lightning since I couldn't help him during the incident with Diamond Tiara." Silver said as she looked at the ground in sadness.
After hearing those last words, Fluttershy pulled the little filly into soft and loving embrace. She gently rubbed up and down her back as Silver just closed her eyes and smiled.
"Silver, I thank you for the bits." Fluttershy said gently and happily, "and please stop blaming yourself for what happened with that awful Diamond Tiara. It was not your fault. You are a very sweet and caring little filly and I know your going to grow up into a wonderful young mare."
Silver couldn't help but hug Fluttershy. The two stayed like that with Lightning watching on with a smile on his face.
After a moment silver handed the card she had to Lightning while saying, "here Lightning, The Cutie Mark Crusaders told me that it was your birthday today so I made you this."
Lightning opened the card and smiled once more when he saw what was written in beautiful cursive handwriting.
Happy birthday, Lightning! I hope you feel better soon!
Love your friend, Silver Spoon
"Thank you, Silver Spoon." Lightning said happily.
"Your welcome Lightning. I cant wait to see you in school again. Miss Cheerilee and everyone else misses you, and so do I" Silver said gently.
Lightning was at a lost for words. He can't believe that the other colts and fillies miss him. He remembers at his old school he was teased, tormented, and beaten by other colts and fillies at his old school. They would shove him into lockers. dump water on him and constantly scare him to the point where he would cry and cause his tormenting to become even worse. However the students at this school actually wanted to know him and try to be his friend.
"Thank you for letting me know that, Silver Spoon." Lightning finally replied.
"Your welcome, Lightning, I'll see you later and happy birthday!" Silver shouted as she left the mother and son.
Lightning stared at the card and remembered the special breakfast Fluttershy made for him earlier. They were both the first wonderful things he had ever gotten for his birthday. Tears of happiness formed in Lightnings eyes as he hugged Fluttershy's neck.
Fluttershy looked at her son and gave him a gentle smile.
"Momma," Lightning began, "This has been the best birthday ever!"
Fluttershy gently took her son off her back and held him in a tender and loving hug.
"I'm so glad to hear that, sweetheart." Fluttershy said. "But your birthday has just begun."
Lightning looked at Fluttershy in confusion.
Fluttershy giggled and said, "Your Aunties and I still have a special surprise waiting for you."
Lightning smiled as Fluttershy flew to Twilight's Library with Lightning in her forelegs and holding in to her neck. She knew that tonight was truly going to be a night for Lightning to always remember.
The sun was beginning to set when Fluttershy and Lightning Twister arrived at the Golden Oak Library. After Fluttershy knocked on the door, it opened and revealed a smiling Twilight Sparkle.
"Hi, Fluttershy, please come in." she said while motioning a hoof to come inside.
Fluttershy entered the room and saw the rest of her friends and Lightnings friends there as well. Lightning held out his forelegs to Twilight who scooped him into hers and hugged him.
"Happy birthday, Lightning, sweetheart." Twilight said as she kissed him on the forehead.
Lightning smiled softly and said, "Thank you, Auntie Twilight."
Twilight went over to the rest of friends as Lightning held onto her neck.
"Well hey there sugarcube, Happy birthday!" Applejack said sweetly.
Everyone else said Happy Birthday as well and Lightning thanked them all. He continued to hold onto Twilight's neck as he smiled at everyone happily.
"Thank you so much everypony, this is this is the best birthday ever!" Lightning cheered
"Your quite welcome darling," Rarity said gently. "But we have a special surprise waiting for you in Canterlot."
Lightning looked at his Aunt Twilight in confusion before asking, "Canterlot? Isn't that the place where the princesses live?"
Twilight smiled and said, "Yes it is sweetheart and we have something special for you in the castle."
Lightning's eyes went wide with excitement. "Ooh what is it, Auntie Twilight!? What is It!?" He asked excitedly
Twilight laughed and handed Lightning back to Fluttershy before saying, "If I told you, it would ruin the surprise, sweetheart."
"Alright everypony, let's quit the small talk and get to the castle before it gets any later." Rainbow Dash said before flying out the door.
Fluttershy helped Lightning into the wheelchair that Granny Smith allowed her to borrow for the night. Once Lightning was situated everyone made their way out of the library with Spike being the last person so he can lock the door.
"You ready to see Canterlot, buddy?" Scootaloo asked lightning earning a nod in response.
Everyone smiled and made their way to the train station with Fluttershy pushing Lightning's wheelchair. Once they arrived at the station they gave the conductor their tickets and found the a car to sit in. Lightning and his friends were all crowded together laughing. Fluttershy smiled at her sons happiness, she was so glad that he was enjoying his first real birthday with his family and friends. When the train arrived at Canterlot, everyone made their way to the castle as the moon began to rise.
Entering the main hall, the group walked through the corridors with Lightning looking around the castle in total awe. he had never seen a place so beautiful in his life. When they arrived at the ballroom, Twilight opened the door and everyone in the group went inside except Lightning and Fluttershy who had a foreleg over his eyes so he couldn't see his surprise.
Fluttershy removed her foreleg before saying, "Okay, sweetheart, I need you to close your eyes."
Lightning nodded at and closed his eyes. Fluttershy smiled and brought him inside the ballroom.
"Alright, Sweetie, you can open your eyes now." Fluttershy said gently.
Lightning opened his his eyes and the immediately went wide with shock.
"Surpirse!" Shouted the room full of ponies
Lightning looked all around the ballroom.. It was decorated with streamers, balloons, and in the center of the room was a banner that said in large blue and green colored words, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIGHTNING" Lightning couldn't help but cry tears of joy.
"I-is this for m-me" Lightning sobbed happily
"Happy Birthday, Lightning!" Everyone shouted in response
"This was the surprise I told you about, Lightning, sweetheart." Fluttershy said sweetly
Lightning continued to cry happily as reached out for his mother. Fluttershy gently picked lightning up and held him close. Lightning nuzzled Fluttershy's cheek as she did the same thing. Everyone in the room dawwe'd at this sight as four more ponies entered the room.
'Lightning," Twilight called out. "May I introduce you to some ponies?"
Lightning nodded his head as Fluttershy flew over to the new group that had entered the room.Lightning saw the new group and observed them. One of the ponies was Princess Celestia. The other three were new faces to Lightning. One was an alicorn with a dark sapphire blue coat and a flowing dark blue mane that had stars shimmering out of it. The other two ponies were a pink alicorn with a mane and tail that had streaks of pink, yellow, and dark violet, and white unicorn with a dark blue mane and tail.
Princess Celestia walked up to Lightning and said in her usual soft and motherly tone, "There you are Lightning, happy birthday my dear."
Lightning bowed his head respectfully and replied politely, "Thank you Princess Celestia."
The dark blue alicorn walked up to Lightning and smiled at him gently.
"Lightning," Princess Celestia began "I would like you to meet my sister."
the sun Princess stepped back to the other two ponies to let the dark blue alicorn introduce her self.
"Greetings young Lightning, I am princess Luna, the princess of the night. My good friend Twilight Sparkle and My dear sister Celestia have told me many things about you. It is great to finally meet you." She said gently
Lightning once again bowed his head in respect now that he knew she was a princess.
"It's nice to meet you Princess Luna." he said politely
Luna let out a small giggle before putting her hoof under Lightning's chin and gently raising his head.
"Please young one, there is no need to bow to me. This is your birthday, you are the guest of honor not I." she said sweetly to the young colt.
Lightning nodded his head as Twilight stepped forward with the other two ponies.
"Lightning," he said "This is Princess Cadence and my brother Prince Shining Armor."
Princess Cadence and Shining Armor stepped up to Lightning.
"So your the young colt that Twilight has told us about, well you certainly are adorable." Cadence said making Lightning blush
"It's great to finally meet you Lightning Twily has told me all about you." Shining Armor said happily
Lightning gently smiled and said softly, "It's nice to meet you both, Auntie Twilight has told me all about you and told me all about the Crystal Empire. I've never been there before."
Shining Armor smiled and said, "Well buddy, if you ever come to the Crystal Empire I'll have to give you the grand tour."
Cadence playfully jabbed her husband with her hoof.
"We'll have to give him the grand tour." she said before giggling. Lighting giggled as well he really liked these new ponies.
Before anyone else could say anything the Cutie Mark Crusaders came up to Fluttershy and tapped her shoulder.
"Hey Fluttershy, can we take Lightning outside for a few minutes?" Applebloom asked politely
Fluttershy was a bit hesitant but she eventually replied, "Yes you may, Um...you will be nearby right?"
Sweetie belle nodded her head vigorously "We sure will, Fluttershy, we'll be just outside the door." she said
"We just want to give Lightning a special surprise." Scootaloo said as she floated in the air beside Lightning.
After hearing what they said Fluttershy closed her eyes and gave a somewhat hesitant nod. Fluttershy was a bit worried about Lightning since he has a broken leg. However she knew that the girls would take care of her son. Fluttershy very gently took Lightning off of her back and carefully placed him back in the wheelchair. Once he was situated, Scootaloo stood behind Lightning ready to guide him out the door to give him his surprise. Everyone that Lightning had talked too waved goodbye and Lightning did the same. The CMC then took Lightning outside the ballroom with Scootaloo pushing the wheelchair. Fluttershy smiled at them but was still somewhat worried. She then saw Spike coming her way and she met him halfway by flying to him.
"Um... Spike can you do something for me?" Fluttershy asked the little dragon
"Sure Fluttershy whats up?" Spike asked curiously
Fluttershy let out a sigh and said, "Lightning and the girls just went outside. Can you keep an eye on Lightning. I'm worried about something happening to him."
Spike saluted the butter coated Pegasus and said, "Say no more, Fluttershy. I'll keep an eye on my little buddy."
With that said Spike ran for the exit and stayed by the door. He peeked his head around the corner to where he could see the group of friends. The CMC were now all wearing the crusader capes as they stood in a circle around Lightning. Sweetie Belle stood in the center. She cleared her throat and began to speak.
"Fellow Cutie Mark Crusaders, we are here today to swear in our newest member, Lightning Twister. Is there anyone here who objects to this?"
Scootaloo and Applebloom gave Sweetie an unsure look.
"Do what now?" they asked in unison.
Sweetie groaned and slapped herself in the face with her hoof.
"Is there anyone here that says no to Lightning becoming a Crusader." She said flatly
"Oh!" the two fillies said in realization before shaking their heads.
Sweetie smiled at this and said, "Then it is with great honor that we now make Lightning Twister a fellow cutie mark crusader!"
The other two fillies cheered as a smile grew on Lightning's face from ear to ear.
Applebloom handed something to Scootaloo. It was a crusader cape just like theirs. Scootaloo went over to Lightning and very gently wrapped the cape around his neck to where it fit but didn't choke him.
"We now present our newest member with his very own crusader cape!" She said while tying the cape. "Wear it with honor and pride!"
Sweetie pushed Lightning wheelchair around and he saw his reflection in one of the windows. He observed the cape before looking at the rest of the crusaders.
"Thank you girls," He said softly before giving them all a proud smirk "I know that if we work together we'll all discover our special talents and get our cutie marks."
The now four crusaders all bumped their hooves together before cheering and laughing. However none of them noticed someone coming their direction. It was a white unicorn with a blonde mane and tail. Scootaloo grabbed Lightnings wheelchair and turned him around. However she was laughing with joy and she accidentally bumped into the unicorn that was coming their way.
"Hey, watch where you going!" the unicorn snapped very harshly and regally making everyone fall silent and stare at him.
Lightning ears fell flat as he said very nervously, "Oh. I'm s-sorry m-mister, w-we didn't mean t-"
"Be quiet," The unicorn snapped harshly making Lightning tremble and whimper. "I am Prince Blueblood and you shall address me as such!"
Spike was still watching Lightning and he had seen everything that just happened. Recognizing Blueblood's name, he ran back into the ballroom to find Fluttershy. Lightning continued to whimper and shake as Scootaloo tried to calm him. However it was to no avail as Blueblood became more irate and began snapping at the group once more.
"Do you know what you did!? you just ruined my perfect grooming with your filthy commoner hooves! Now I have to get a whole new one! Haven't your parents taught you heathens any manners!? How did you even get into my castle anyway!?"
Lightning was now completely afraid this stallion was treating him just like his father had. Scootaloo saw how scared he was and she flew up and got face to face with the pompous prince.
"Hey It was an accident and we said we were sorry you jerk!" Scootaloo snapped. She didn't care who this stallion was no one was going to talk to Lightning or her friends like that.
"P-please sir. Let us go." Lightning whimpered. "We were just going-"
"The only thing you four are doing is leaving!" Blueblood snapped. "Guards! Escort these hooligans out of my Castle!"
"Blueblood!" A new voice snapped. Blueblood turned around and saw the source of the voice. It was Fluttershy and she was not smiling at all.
"You will call me-" Blueblood was cut off by Fluttershy who was now nose to nose with the spoiled prince and she was giving him the stare.
"Be quiet!" she snapped "Just who do you think you are, talking to my son and his friends like that? Neither you nor the guards will lay a hand on them. First of all, you may live here but this not your castle. Second of all, today is my son's birthday and we were allowed to use the castle ballroom for his birthday party."
Blueblood was backed into a corner and was trembling as Fluttershy's continued talking.
"Now I suggest you leave, you royal pain in the flank. I'm still upset about how you treated my friend Rarity at the Grand Galloping Gala last year. If you ever threaten my son or his friends again, I promise you, the last thing your going to have to worry about is your stupid grooming, You got that!?"
Blueblood was now cowering in fear. He vigorously nodded his head and ran off in the other direction.
Fluttershy crossed her forelegs and she gave wicked little smirk. She refused to let anyone mess with those she cared about.
"Wow, Fluttershy, that was awesome!" Scootaloo cheered.
Fluttershy blushed a little bit before giggling. She and the rest of the CMC turned to the distressed Lightning. Fluttershy rubbed one of his arms and Scootaloo rubbed the other as Applebloom and Sweetie Belle gave him warm smiles.
"Are you alright, sweetheart?" Fluttershy asked him sweetly
Lightning nodded his and said, "Thanks for helping me and my friends, Momma." He then gave her a hug as best as he could.
Fluttershy smiled before picking her son up without hurting him and returning the hug.
"Your welcome sweetheart, I'm just glad your alright. Now I think it's time for a certain birthday colt to blow out the candles on his cake." She said gently before playing nuzzling her son, making him giggle.
She then placed him back into the wheelchair and brought him back into the ballroom where Pinkie was busy lighting the candles on his cake. She then brought the cake to one of the windows that showed a beautiful view of the moonlit sky. She then ran outside with a large canon but she stopped in her tracks and smiled happily at Lightning.
"Hey there, Lightning," She said cheerfully. "Your Auntie Rainbow and I have a special present we're going to give you as you blow out the candles."
Lightning saw his cyan colored aunt fly up to the window and wave to him. Lightning waved back as Rainbow Dash shot out of sight and Pinkie ran outside to the field.
Fluttershy took Lightning over to the cake and he looked at the beautiful night sky one more time before looking at all of his friends and family.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIGHTNING!!!!" Everyone cheered.
Lightning took a huge breath and blew out everyone of the candles. Next thing he knew he heard a loud explosion outside and was greeted by a beautiful rainbow streak forming in the night sky as well as Fireworks that spelled out, "Happy Birthday Lightning!"
Tears of joy flowed down Lightning's face as Pinkie and Rainbow returned to the room. He reached out his forelegs and the two mares engulfed him in a group hug. Lightning said nothing as he cried happily into the shoulders of his Aunts.
"Did you enjoy that buddy?" Rainbow asked him.
With tears still in Lightning's eyes he nodded his head before baying his face into Rainbow's chest. Rainbow gave him to Pinkie who kissed him on the forehead before placing him back into the wheelchair. Fluttershy pushed him over to the rest of his friends and family as Rainbow and Pinkie followed them.
Fluttershy then handed Lightning a small box.
"Here you go sweetheart," She said sweetly. "This is a gift from me, I hope you like it."
Lightning nodded his head and opened the box. The second he laid eyes on what was inside they went completely wide. Inside the box was a necklace with a silver chain that held beautiful dark blue gem as it's centerpiece. The gem matched lightnings fur color and created a beautiful blue glow from the moons reflection. Lightning had never seen anything so pretty. He felt like he could stare at it for hours.
Fluttershy gently took the necklace out of the box and gently put it around Lightning's neck. Tears of happiness formed once again in Lightning's eyes as hugged his mothers neck.
"Th-thank y-you so much M-Momma! I l-love it!" he sobbed happily
Tears of happiness formed in Fluttershy's eyes as she picked up her son and held him close to her. She gave him a gentle kiss on the forehead and nuzzled his cheek and Lightning did the same. Everyone in the room d'awwed at this site and smile at the moment between mother and son.
"Th-thank y-you all so m-much for th-this w-wonderful b-birthday." Lightning cried happily to the rest of the ponies in the room. Everyone simply smiled at the young colt before he once again started hugging and nuzzling his mother. They stayed like this with everyone watching on happily. This was truly a night for Lightning to remember.
After a few minutes Lightning let out a long yawn.
"Are tired sweetie, would you like to go home?"
Lightning nodded his head and laid it on his mothers neck.
"I think we're going to go back to Ponyville everyone." Fluttershy said softly "Thank you all for making this a night to remember for my precious little boy."
Everyone nodded their and gently smiled at the little colt as he fell asleep in his mothers arms. Everyone d'awwed once again and said their goodbyes to the two. Princess Celestia then decided to call for a carriage to take them home so they could get home faster. When it arrived Fluttershy very carefully entered it and sat down without disturbing Lightning. She placed him in her lap and pulled him close to where his head rested on her neck. Lightning eventually opened his eyes and looked into the beautiful eyes of his loving mother while his head stayed on her neck. Fluttershy gently kissed him on the forehead as the carriage made it's way back to Ponyville.
Lightning had fallen asleep once again by the time the carriage arrived in Ponyville. Fluttershy very carefully flew out of the carriage, thanked the two royal guards that flew it, and made way back home with her son cradled close to her chest. When she arrived at her cottage, she went inside, quietly closed the door, and Flew upstairs to Lightning's bedroom. She placed him in his bed and tucked him in. Lightning yawned and smiled in his sleep and held Fluttershy's hoof. Fluttershy gently smiled at him and kissed him on the forehead.
Princess Luna's beautiful moon shined down on them as Fluttershy gently stroked Lightning's mane.
With her loving smile still on her face, Fluttershy gently kissed him on the forehead and said, "Happy birthday Lightning. I love you my precious baby boy."
Dawn breaks over Equestria as Princess Celestia's magnificent sun rises over the town of Ponyville. Fluttershy slowly opens her eyes and lets out a gentle yawn. She stretches a little bit before leaving her bed and going to her son's bedroom. Slowly opening the door, Fluttershy trots over to her son and Nuzzles him to wake him up.
"Lightning, It's time to wake up, sweetheart." She said sweetly.
Lightning's eyes slowly open and he looks into the beautiful caring eyes of his mother.
"Good Morning, Momma." Lightning said softly before wrapping his little forelegs around his mothers neck.
Fluttershy wraps one foreleg around Lightning's body and gently kisses his forehead.
"Good Morning, Sweetheart. Would you like some breakfast before school?" She asks gently
"Yes please." Lightning replies politely
Fluttershy nods her head and trots downstairs. Lightning reaches over to his nightstand and puts on the necklace Fluttershy gave him before following her downstairs. Five weeks have passed and Lightning was finally able to walk again. However he was limping because his back leg was still hurting him a little bit. Luckily the doctor said he would feel better in a few weeks. When Lightning arrived in the kitchen, Fluttershy had fresh eggs made for him. Lightning heard his stomach grumble and he began devouring his food. Fluttershy saw her sons table manners and she raised an eyebrow while giving him a disapproving look.
"Oh, hehe...sorry Momma." Lightning said sheepishly as he rubbed the back of his neck.
Fluttershy gaze softened and she rolled her eyes before giggling.
"It's alright sweetheart. Just be sure to work on your manners." She said sweetly and firmly.
"Okay Momma, I will." Lightning replied before eating the rest of his eggs slowly.
When they finished breakfast Fluttershy washed the plates and went into the living room to say goodbye to her son. It was a half day today so he would be home by lunch.
when she entered the living room, Lightning came up to her and asked, "Momma, Scootaloo wants to practice flying with me after school, can I go?"
Fluttershy gave her son a gentle smile and rubbed his back.
"Of course you can sweetheart," she said softly. "Just be careful and don't do anything reckless."
"I won't Momma, I pinkie promise i'll be safe this time." Lightning replied as he did the motions for the pinkie promise.
Fluttershy giggled as she watched her son do the motions that his Auntie Pinkie had taught him. She quickly looked at the clock and saw that it was starting to get late.
"Okay sweetie you go ahead and head to school before your late."
Lightning nodded his head and hugged his mother while nuzzling her cheek. Fluttershy did the same until she broke the hug and Lightning went out the door.
"Bye, Momma, I love you!" Lightning said before taking to the sky.
"I love you too sweetheart." Fluttershy said as she watched her son until he flew out of sight.
Ever since Lightning was able to walk again he had been flying almost everywhere. He enjoyed the feeling more and more ever since he started flying. He would practice every morning before school and every night before he went to sleep. He would often try to do dangerous tricks which often led to Fluttershy scolding him but it was only out of her protective habit. But if there one thing Lightning had gained most out of practice it was speed. Lightning loved going as fast as he could go. He was not as fast as his Auntie Rainbow, but he was still going at highly impressive speeds for a colt his age. Scootaloo has also been flying with him and her speeds match his in almost every way. Thinking about Scootaloo gave Lightning a brilliant idea.
With five minutes to spare, Lightning arrived at the school and saw Miss Cheerilee standing at the door like she does every morning. Lightning went up to his teacher and smiled at her.
"Hello Lightning, how are you, dear?" Cheerilee asked.
"I'm alright Miss Cheerilee." Lightning responded before heading inside. Looking around the classroom he saw his friends and Lightning went to talk with them until the bell rang.
"Hey Lightning, Good to see you." Applebloom said earning nods of agreement from both Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle
"You ready to go flying today, Lightning?" Scootaloo asked with a smirk. Lightning nodded and gave her a smirk of his own.
"Hey, Scootaloo, I have an Idea," he said to the pegasus filly making her look at him with curiosity.
"Since I was able to start walking again I've been practicing flying every day on my own and I'm getting pretty good. I know you are too Scootaloo, so that's why I have this idea. How about you and I have a race after school to see which one of us is a faster flyer I thought it would be fun. So what do you say, you and me, one lap around Ponyville after school."
Scootaloo Listened to every word Lightning said and her smirk grew wider and wider.
"I like that Idea, Lightning, your on!" Scootaloo said.
The two friends shook hooves and the bell rang. The two sat sat in their seats properly and miss Cheerilee began her lesson. A few hours later the bell rang and the students were dismissed because of toady being an early release day.
"Alright my little ponies have a great hearths warming holiday!" Miss Cheerilee called
Lightning had a look of confusion on his face, what was the Hearth's Warming Holiday? He'd have to ask his mother when he got home but right now he had a race to think about. Lighting soon joined Scootaloo along with Sweetie Belle and Applebloom.
"Hey Lightning," Scootaloo said. "I asked Sweetie Belle and Applebloom to help out in the race. Sweetie Belle will start the race and Applebloom will be the judge to see who won."
Lightning nodded his head in approval and the four friends went to a nearby field on the outskirts of town to start the race.
When they arrived, Lightning and Scootaloo decided to just a little bit of warm up flying before the race. they flew around side by side and Lightning looked at Scootaloo. He began to blush when he looked at her, he never noticed how pretty she looked when her mane flowed in the wind.
Lightning continued to blush before shaking his head and flying back to his friends with Scootaloo right behind him. When they arrived they both got into a racing position and Sweetie Belle stood in front of them before speaking.
"Alright you two, let's keep this a nice friendly race. You both will go one lap around Ponyville the first one to make it back here will be the winner."
Both Lightning and Scootaloo nodded their heads and looked at each other as sweetie began to speak.
Scootaloo smiled at Lightning
Lightning returned the smile with one of his own
Lightning and Scootaloo both shot off like bullets leaving Applebloom and Sweetie Belle in a cloud of dust. The two stayed neck and neck as they arrived at the entrance to Ponyville. Entering the town and arriving at the town square, Lightning was able to take the lead he showed his skills of maneuverability by flying around several buildings with Scootaloo right behind him showing her skills. Shooting past town hall, Lightning lost a bit of speed and Scootaloo took advantage. She was able to gain the lead and blocked every one of Lightning's moves to pass her. Looking back at him she gave him a smirk and tickled his nose with her tail. She giggled a little bit before sticking her tongue out and shooting away. Lightning shook his head and sped up to catch up with her. Ripping past Carousel Boutique Lightning was able to get beside Scootaloo and the two were once again neck and neck. They remained this way until they exited the town and arrived at the home stretch. Both racers then gave it everything they had to go as fast as their little wings could take them. Scootaloo tried to take the lead but Lightning wouldn't have it. The two began to feel their wings cramp a little bit, but they fought through the pain until they passed the finish line.
The two fell to the ground panting and gasping for air. Once they had enough wind in them to speak they looked at each other and Lightning began to speak.
"Your...Really....Fast....Scootaloo." Lightning said between breaths
"Thanks...You...Too." Scootaloo replied while gasping for air.
once they were finally able to breath again Lightning got to his feet first and went over to Scootaloo. He held out a hoof to her to help her up. Scootaloo softly smiled and took his hoof. Once she was up the two went over to Applebloom to see who won.
"Well, who won, Applebloom?" Scootaloo asked.
Applebloom rubbed the back of her neck and said, "Actually it was a tie, you both crossed at the same time."
Lightning and Scootaloo said nothing, instead they smiled at each other and shook hooves. Neither of them noticed two flashes of bright light. The only thing that got their attention was Sweetie Belle and Applebloom squealing and giggling with glee while pointing at their flanks. Lightning and Scootaloo looked at them in confusion and looked at their flanks. They gasped an smiled at the the sight they saw. On Lightning's flank were two crossing checkered flags and on Scootaloo's was just one checkered flag but it had a streak of fire under it.
"I got my cutie mark!" The two shouted with glee.
They now know their special talent was speed and racing. Lightning and Scootaloo immediately hugged each other while their eyes were closed and smiles of joy were on their face. Once they opened their eyes, both of them blushed and broke the hug. Applebloom and Sweetie Belle giggled at the sight before Lightning began to speak.
"I better head home and tell my Momma that I got my cutie mark!"
"Yeah, and a better head home and tell Rainbow Dash!" Scootaloo replied
The two shook hooves once again and flew in the opposite direction while shouting and waving goodbye to each other and their friends. When Lightning arrived at his house, he opened the door and shouted out for Fluttershy.
"Momma! Momma, where are you!? You'll never believe what happened today!" He shouted
Fluttershy flew downstairs and smiled at her son.
"Lightning, Settle down, sweetheart, tell me what happened." Fluttershy said gently
Lightning turned around and pointed at his flanking while shouting with joy, "I got my cutie mark!"
Fluttershy gasped and immediately picked her son up and spun around in the air while smiling happily.
"Oh, sweetie, Momma's so proud of you!" she softly cheered "What's your special talent?"
"It's speed and racing!" Lightning Cheered "Scootaloo and I had a race and we were both going really fast. We both tied and Scootaloo got her cutie mark too!"
Fluttershy continued to hold and hug her son and Lightning wrapped his hooves around his mothers neck. The two stayed like this for a few minutes and Fluttershy finally put Lightning back on the ground.
"Sweetheart, I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of you." Fluttershy said sweetly.
"Thank you Momma." Lightning said softly.
He then remembered Miss Cheerilee talking about Hearth's Warming and that's when he remember the question he wanted to ask his mother.
"Momma, What's Hearth's Warming?"
Fluttershy gasped and looked at her son before asking, "You don't know what Hearth's Warming is sweetheart?"
Lightning shook his head and frowned, "Daddy never told me about it and we never celebrated it."
Fluttershy gently rubbed her sons shoulder and said, "it's alright, sweetheart, I'll tell you all about it."
Fluttershy then began to explain the founding of Equestria to her son and began telling him all about the hearth's warming eve pageant that she and her friends perform every year in Canterlot. She told him about the beautiful sight during the holidays, but the most important thing she told him was about the time you would spend with family.
"So are you doing the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant again this year Momma?" Lightning asked curiously
"Yes I am Sweetheart." Fluttershy said softly. "Your Auntie Twilight's parents have also invited us and all of our friends over to their for Hearth's Warming Eve party tomorrow night. Mr. and Mrs. Sparkle are really sweet and Auntie Twilight has told them all about you. They are really excited to finally meet you, sweetie."
Lightning smiled softly and said, "I would like to meet them to Momma."
Fluttershy gently smiled at him and kissed him on the forehead.
"That's my sweet boy." She said sweetly "Now let's go make some lunch."
Lightning nodded his head and followed his mother into the kitchen while thinking about the amazing time he would have tomorrow."
Princess Celestia's sun began to set as Lightning looked out the window of Fluttershy's cottage. Outside he could see snow coming down all across Ponyville.
"It's snowing outside, Momma!" Lightning said happily.
Fluttershy gave her son a gentle smile and said, "Well it is winter, sweetie, now come over here and put your coat on."
Lightning nodded his head before taking off his necklace. Fluttershy helped him into his coat and Lightning put his necklace back on. It was the most precious thing to him since his picture of his real mother. He never wanted to lose it. Lightning could not sleep last night because he was excited about celebrating his first Hearth's Warming Eve with his friends and family. He had been waiting for this evening all day it took Fluttershy a little while to convince him to be a little more patient. Now the evening was finally here and Lightning was ready to leave.
Fluttershy zipped his coat and kissed and nuzzled him before saying, "Are you ready to go to Canterlot, sweetheart?"
Lightning nodded his head vigorously as he and his mother stepped out into the snow and Fluttershy closing the door. The two smiled at each other before flying to the train station. When they arrived the saw all of their friends waiting for them.
When they landed Rainbow Dash immediately ran up and said, "Hey there Lightning, Scootaloo told me about what happened yesterday, let's see that cutie mark!"
Scootaloo walked up to Lightning and stood beside and the two showed off their cutie marks together. The rest of the group squealed and cheered as Lightning and Scootaloo smiled at each other.
"I'm so proud of both of you." Rarity said earning nods of agreement from everyone else.
"So are you ready for your first, Hearth's Warming Eve Sugarcube?" Applejack asked Lightning gently
Lightning nodded his head as Scootaloo tapped him on the shoulder.
"Hey Lightning, guess who we invited to come with us." Scootaloo said as she guided him over to the rest of the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
When they arrived Lightning's eyes went wide with shock when he saw who was with them, It was Silver Spoon.
"Hey Lightning." Silver said sweetly
"Hi Silver," Lightning replied "Are you the one the girls invited to come with us?"
Silver nodded her before saying, "Yes I am, The girls and I have been getting along a lot better since I stopped being friends with Diamond Tiara, They knew you and I were friends so they thought it would be fun if we all went to Miss Twilight's parent's Hearth's Warming Party together.
Lightning softly smiled at the rest of his friends and nodded his thinking it was a good idea. After about a minute the train to Canterlot arrived at the station. Everyone handed the conductor their tickets and went to find their seats. Lighting sat with Scootaloo while Applebloom, Silver Spoon, and Sweetie Belle crammed together into a seat. Spike sat next to rarity While Fluttershy sat with Twilight. Rainbow chose a seat to herself while Pinkie and Applejack shared a seat together. The train eventually departed from the station and began it's journey to Canterlot.
When they arrived Everyone exited the car and Lighting looked around at the snowy and festive holiday streets. Everyone made their way to the town theater where the Hearth's Warming Pageant would take place. It was late into the night by time the play ended and everyone made their way to Twilight's Parents House.
When they arrived Twilight knocked on the door and it was soon answered by her mother.
"Twilight, there you all are!" She said happily "Please come in."
Everyone entered the room and gave thanks to Mrs. Sparkle one by one. Once Everyone was inside she shut the door and stood in the middle of the group before speaking.
"Alright everypony, I'd like to thank you all for coming. I would like to wish you all a happy hearths warming eve. There's plenty of food, so lets sit here with our stomachs rumbling, everypony dig in."
Everyone nodded their heads and made their way to the buffet of food on the table in the kitchen. However Lightning actually decided to see his Auntie Twilight before he ate. Twilight some him coming and motioned with her hoof to come over to him. When he arrived he saw Princess Cadence and Shining Armor who had arrived a few minutes before he did. He also saw Twilight's parents as well.
"Hi Lightning," Twilight said gently "come here I'd like to introduce you to my parents."
Lightning looked at the two unicorns but hid behind Twilight a little bit out of shyness. Twilight nuzzled him and softly reassured him that there was nothing to be afraid of. Lightning took a few small steps towards the unicorns. He didn't know why he was so afraid of the them.
"So your Lightning Twister. It's a pleasure to finally meet you." Mr. Sparkle said "Come on out my boy, there's no need to be afraid."
Lightning took a few more steps towards them as Mrs. Sparkle began to speak.
"That's right, Lightning, you're part of the family now. You're welcome here anytime."
Lightning smiled as he thought of the great kindness and hospitality he was shown by Twilight's parents. He couldn't help but come up to them and hug them both. Mr. and Mrs. Sparkle smiled at each other before they each wrapped a foreleg around Lightning and pulled him closer to them. The caring Parent's rubbed up and down Lightning's back as Fluttershy came up to Twilight and stood beside her. She watched on happily as her son now had a bigger loving and caring family. The three eventually broke the hug and Lightning went over to his mother.
"Did you meet Twilight's parents, sweetheart?" Fluttershy asked her son sweetly
"Yes I did, Momma," Lightning replied "Their really nice and caring."
"That's what hearths warming is about sweetheart being with those that love and care for you." Fluttershy said gently as she wrapped a foreleg around her son and pulled him into a loving embrace.
The two stayed like that for a few minutes until Fluttershy broke the hug and took her son over to the table so he could eat something. Their were lots of delicious sweets like cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and more. There also delicious drinks, like hot chocolate, Apple family cider, and delicious chocolate milk.
He saw all of his friends talking except for Scootaloo who was resting by the fireplace. Lightning ate about two brownies before grabbing two cups of hot chocolate. He let out a sigh and went over to the lone filly. Scootaloo looked up at him and softly smiled as Lightning gave her a glass of hot chocolate.
"Here, Scootaloo, I thought you might like some hot chocolate." Lightning said softly before sitting down next to her.
Scootaloo softly smiled and said, "Thanks, Lightning, that was sweet of you."
Lightning softly smiled in return and the two stayed together and talked about flying and the race they had. They already wanted to plan another race when spring came and they wanted it to be longer than one lap. Scootaloo then talked to Lightning about Rainbow Dash and the Wonderbolts and Lightning grew more and more fascinated. They both enjoyed each others company until they decided to get up and get some more to drink. Unbeknownst to them, Silver Spoon and the rest of the CMC set up a trap for them.
After they had gotten the drinks they had decided to join the rest of their friends who asked the to come to the hallway. Lightning and Scootaloo looked at them in confusion but did as the were told. The two arrived in the hallway and they were met with mischievous smirks from Silver Spoon and the CMC. The three fillies pointed up and Scootaloo and Lightning's eyes went wide with shock. They were standing under a mistletoe.
Lightning and Scootaloo both took off in separate directions but Scootaloo was caught by Applebloom and Sweetie Belle and Lightning was caught by Silver Spoon.
"Ah, Ah, Ah, Lightning, your not getting away that easily. You know the rules of the mistletoe." Silver Spoon said playfully as her mischievous grin was still on her face.
"Same goes for you Scoots'" Applebloom said to the orange filly in her grasp. While Lightning and Scootaloo both tried to get away The others managed to drag them back under the mistletoe.
Scootaloo gave a death glare to all three fillies while Lighting did the same while blushing a little bit.
"I am so going to get you all for this." Scootaloo said before looking back at Lightning.
Both began blushing like mad before closing their eyes and slowly moving their heads towards one another. The three fillies watched on with joyous looks on their faces as Lightning and Scootaloo's lips finally met. It was only about a second before they broke the kiss. Even if it was short, both of their faces were bright red.
All of their friends giggle as the two looked at each other.
Scootaloo finally brought her head up to Lighting and whispered, "I have a good prank in mind for them tomorrow you want in buddy?"
Lighting nodded his head and both smiled mischievously at the three fillies. The two then chased after them as they forgot all about the kiss.
A few hours passed and the party was starting to wind down. Eventually all of the children fell asleep. Silver Spoon was asleep on the rug near the fireplace. Applebloom and Sweetie Belle were both sleeping on the backs of their sisters while Scootaloo was asleep on Rainbow Dash's back. Lighting was being held by his mother and was asleep in her forelegs while his head rested against her neck. Twilight stood with her friends with spike asleep on her back. Mr. and Mrs. Sparkle all smiled at the sleeping children before Mrs. Sparkle began to speak.
"It's getting late everypony, I think you all should head back to Ponyville. Thank you all so much for coming. We enjoyed seeing all of you."
Everyone said their goodbyes as the group of friends left the house and made their way to the station to catch the last train to Ponyville. It was about an hour before Everyone was back in Ponyville. Twilight agreed to take Silver Spoon home while everyone else went to their respective homes. Fluttershy eventually arrived at her cottage and went upstairs to tuck Lighting in. Once he she was in his bedroom she lit his candle and carefully tucked him under the cover. Once he was situated she kissed him on the forehead and made her way to the door.
However once she was at the doorway, Lightning began to whimper and whine. Fluttershy looked back and saw him crying in his sleep. She quickly went over to him and Lighting immediately shot up while panting and breathing heavily. He began shaking as he looked up at his mother.
Fluttershy softly hushed him before asking, "Did you have a bad dream, sweetheart?"
Lightning nodded his head and he continued to whimper. Fluttershy sat on the edge of Lighting's bed and put her son on her lap. Lightning just sat in his mothers lap and whimpered while trembling like a leaf. Fluttershy laid his body against her soft warm fur and gently stroked his side with her hoof.
"Shhh...It's okay sweetheart, Momma's here." she softly cooed into Lighting's ear.
Lighting eventually calmed down and looked at his mother thankfully.
"I had a great time at the party, Momma." Lightning said softly as Fluttershy gently squeezed him
"I'm glad, sweetheart." She replied
"Momma," Lightning quickly said. "Do you remember what you said to me at the party, about Hearth's Warming Eve being a day to be with those you loved?"
Fluttershy nodded her head as Lighting snuggled his head into neck while speaking.
"I'm happy I got to spend it with you. Your the best Momma ever."
Tears flowed down Fluttershy's face as Lighting began to fall asleep in his mothers embrace.
He closed his eyes and gently nuzzled her cheek before saying, "I love you, Momma."
Lightning rested his head on Fluttershy's soft chest fur and fell asleep as tears continued to flow down Fluttershy's face.
Fluttershy gave her son a gentle kiss on the forehead and nuzzled him before saying, "I love you too my precious baby boy."
It was a beautiful Saturday morning and Lightning Twister was already awake and was pacing around his bedroom. He couldn't sleep last night, ever since the night he kissed Scootaloo under the mistletoe at the hearth's warming eve party, he hasn't been able to stop thinking about her. He knew hearts and Hooves day was tomorrow and it was obvious to all of his friends that he liked her. He wanted to get her something but he didn't know what.
Lightning continued to pace around his room until Fluttershy entered the room.
"Lightning is everything alright sweetie?" Fluttershy asked worryingly
Lightning looked at his mother for a second before wondering if she could help him. He shook his head in response to her question before saying, "I have a little problem, Momma."
Fluttershy sat down in front of her son and Listened
"Tomorrow is hearts and hooves day and...um...I want to get something for a filly I have a crush on."
Fluttershy smiled at hearing that her son had a crush.
"Oh, that's wonderful sweetie, who do you have a crush on?"
Lightning let out a sigh and said, "I have a crush on Scootaloo."
Fluttershy gasped in shock but urged her son continue talking.
"She's nice, she's funny, we both like racing and flying, and she is very pretty. I like Scootaloo, Momma and I want her to be my special somepony for Hearts and Hooves day. I want to get her a gift, but I don't know what to give her."
Fluttershy softly smiled at Lightning at first she thought he was a little young to like a filly, but then she remembered that Lightning is growing up and Scootaloo's only a year older than him. She was also the one out of all his friends that he spends time with the most. She may act like Rainbow Dash at times but she really was a sweet little filly.
Remembering her sons dilemma she smiled at her son before speaking,
"Well, sweetheart, the best thing you can do is give her something that comes from your heart. Give her something that tells her how much you care about her. If you do that I'm sure she would like just about anything you gave her."
Lightning listened to his mother and pondered for a few minutes on what to give her. He then thought of a good idea.
"I think I know what I'll give her, thank you, Momma." Lighting said to his mother before hugging her and nuzzling her cheek.
"You're welcome, sweetheart," Fluttershy said sweetly "Now let's go downstairs and have some breakfast."
Lightning softly smiled and nodded his head before going downstairs with his mother.
In the cloud home of Rainbow Dash, Scootaloo was sitting on her bed while rubbing her temples with her hooves. She stopped when she heard a knock on her bedroom door.
"Come in!" Scootaloo called out
The door opened and revealed Rainbow Dash who entered the room. She had look of concern on her face when she laid eyes on Scootaloo.
"Hey Scoots," Rainbow began "You've been up here all morning is something wrong?"
Scootaloo immediately shook her head in response before saying, "No, everything's fine, Rainbow Dash."
Rainbow gave her a knowing look before arching and eyebrow and tapping her hoof expectantly.
"Scootaloo, I know your lying to me, now spill it." Rainbow said firmly.
Scootaloo just closed her eyes and lowered her head. She knew she couldn't get anything past Rainbow Dash. She wanted to tell her what was bothering her but she didn't know what Rainbow would say. Scootaloo let out a sigh knowing it was probably best to tell her.
"Tomorrow is Hearts and Hooves day." Scootaloo said
Rainbow looked at her in confusion and said, "Yeah, so?"
Scootaloo gulped and let out a sigh before saying, "I kind of have a crush on a colt."
Rainbow gave her a smug look and said, "You like Lightning Twister don't you?"
Scootaloo's face went bright red.
"How did you know that?" She asked
Rainbow chuckled a little bit before saying, "I've seen the way you've been acting around him these past few months and I also saw you two kiss at the Hearth's Warming Eve party."
Scootaloo was now red with embarrassment. She didn't want to tell Rainbow Dash that she liked Lightning, but she was right. She did have feelings for Lightning.
Scootaloo eventually let out a long sigh and said, "Yes I do like, Lightning Twister. He's totally awesome. He's fast, he likes flying and he's really sweet. He's also kind of cute. Whenever I'm with him I feel happy."
Scootaloo looked down in sadness while Rainbow looked at her in confusion.
"What's wrong Scootaloo," Rainbow asked. "Is liking Lightning Twister a bad thing?"
Scootaloo looked up to her surrogate older sister before talking.
"I just thought if I told you I liked him, you would think it was sappy and uncool." She confessed
Rainbow didn't know what to say to that. Instead she went over to Scootaloo and sat down beside her on the bed. She wrapped a foreleg around and pulled her close before talking to her.
"Listen kiddo, I don't think you liking Lightning is sappy or uncool. In fact I think it is kind of cool that you like a colt. Don't ever think that liking someone is uncool. It's okay to be tough but still have a softer side. I may be the most awesome Pegasus in Equestria, but I'm still a girl. I may be tough and athletic but I like being a little girly, sometimes." She said before putting emphasis on the word sometimes.
Scootaloo giggled a little bit before nodding her head. She understood what Rainbow was trying to say. She gave her a hug around her waist and thanked her. However she was still stumped on what she could do for Lightning on hearts and hooves day.
Rainbow could tell what she was thinking and said, "Look scoots don't worry I'm sure you'll think of something for Lightning. I'm sure you he will like whatever you give him." Rainbow looked at Scootaloo and gave her a mischievous smile. "I'm sure by the time tomorrows over, you both will be just fine and will be going back to smooch city."
Rainbow playfully making kissing sounds which made Scootaloo throw her pillow at the cyan mare while laughing.
She jumped off the bed and ran to the door before saying, "Yeah, well what are going to do for Soarin tomorrow?"
Rainbow face turned bright red when she heard Sorain's name. Scootaloo laughed at Rainbows reaction and ran down the stairs.
Rainbow let out a laugh of happiness before going after the little filly while shouting, "Hey come back here!"
The afternoon sun shined across Equestria as Applebloom and Sweetie Belle made their way over to Fluttershy's house. When they arrived they knocked on the door and it was soon answered by Fluttershy.
"Good Morning, Fluttershy, happy Hearts and Hooves day!" Applebloom said cheerfully "Is Lightning here?"
Fluttershy shook her head before saying, "He took several bits and left early this morning. He wanted get a gift for Scootaloo."
Applebloom and Sweetie Belle nodded their head in understanding before handing two cards to Fluttershy.
"Well Sweetie Belle's parents invited me to a vacation with Sweetie Belle and them for a week I already asked Applejack and she said yes." Applebloom said happily "Could give these cards to Lightning? Tell him their from me and Sweetie Belle."
Fluttershy nodded her head and the two fillies said goodbye before running off. Fluttershy closed the door and smiled.
"I hope my little boy will have the best Hearts and Hooves day ever." She said softly
At a nearby shop in ponyville, Lightning Twister exited the shop with a box on his back. as well as a card in his mouth.
"I hope Scootaloo likes this gift." Lightning said to himself. He then remembered one last thing he wanted to get for her. Spreading his wings Lightning flew off towards Sugarcube Corner. When he arrived at the shop he went inside and saw Pinkie Pie working at the counter. The hyper pink pony saw Lightning and bounced over to him.
"Hey there Lightning, How's my cutie of a nephew?" She asked playfully before ruffling his mane.
Lightning giggled a little bit and straightened his mane out before saying, "I'm doing good, Auntie Pinkie."
Pinkie then bounced back behind the counter.
"Are you here for your order?" She asked him earning a nod in return
Pinkie took out a large chocolate cupcake with orange and purple frosting. She put it in a box and gave it to Lightning and the little colt gave his Aunt the exact amount of bits he owed her. She put the bits in the register before smiling at her nephew.
"So is the cupcake and all that stuff you have for a special filly?" She asked with great interest.
Lightning nodded his head before saying, "It's for Scootaloo, I just hope she likes what I give her. I hope she wants to be my special somepony."
Pinkie just ruffled Lightnings mane again and said, "You're worrying to much, sweetie, I just know Scootaloo's gonna love all of this."
Lightning softly smiled at her and nodded his head.
"Thanks, Auntie Pinkie, I better get going." Lightning said before saying goodbye and exiting the shop.
Arriving at the Ponyville park Scootaloo looked all around for Lightning. She finally smiled when she saw him flying down a hill with several items. When he landed in front of her he put the two boxes he had down on the ground and began swaeting nervously. He could feel his heart racing and Scootaloo could feel hers doing the same. This was the moment they had both been waiting for.
"Um...Hi Scootaloo." Lightning said softly with a gentle smile
Scootaloo blushed a little bit and softly smiled before saying, "Hi Lightning, happy Hearts and Hooves day."
"Y-you too, Do y-you wanna fly for a bit?" Lightning asked nervously hoping it would give him a chance to let his nerves settle.
Scootaloo nodded her head in response. The two took to the air and flew all around the park. Both were way to nervous to give each other a gift, but they both knew if they wanted to let one another know how much they felt about each other, they would have to do it soon. They decided to fly for a few more minutes. However neither of them realized that since they took off from the ground, they were holding each others hooves. Lightning and Scootaloo both noticed this and blushed before quickly letting go of each others hooves even though neither of them wanted too.
After about ten more minute of flying, Lightning left Scootaloo's side and went back to the gifts he left on the ground. He picked them up while in the air and flew over to a nearby tree by the lake. Scootaloo eventually landed beside him with a card in her mouth. She took it out of her mouth and presented it to Lightning.
"Um...I made you this card, Lightning. I-I hope you like it." She said shyly and nervously.
Lightning opened the card and read what was inside.
"When I see you smile, I can face the world, I can do anything. "When I see you smile, I see a ray of light shining through the rain. "When I see you smile at me "Happy hearts and hooves day, Lightning"
" Love, Scootaloo."
Lightning felt tears sting his eyes as he wrapped his hooves around Scootaloo with a smile on his face.
"Thank you, Scootaloo this is one of the greatest gift I've ever gotten."
After a few minutes he broke the hug before grabbing a card of his own. He gave it to Scootaloo with a shaking hoof and the pegasus filly took it, opened it and read what was inside.
"I wish a happy hearts and hooves day to the most awesome filly in all of Equesrtia.
Love, Lightning Twister"
Tears were already forming in Scootaloo's magenta eyes as Lightning grabbed a small silver box and gave it to her. She opened the box and inside made her tears flow like a gentle river. In the box was a necklace with a silver chain that held a beautiful gem encrusted version of Scootaloo's scooter. It had the exact same colors of the scooter, from the handles to the wheels. Scootaloo looked at Lightning as tears continued to flow from her eyes.
"I know you don't like jewelry, but I thought it would be nice gift." Lightning said shyly while scratching the ground with his hoof.
Scootaloo shook her head before ran up to Lightning and wrapped her forelegs around him.
Her tears of joy continued to flow as she said, "Lightning, this is the sweetest, most thoughtful I've ever gotten."
Scootaloo continued to hug Lightning and he eventually wrapped his forelegs around her. Scootaloo then kissed Lightning on the cheek for what felt like an hour. Lightning was blushing like crazy when Scootaloo broke the hug. He put his hoof over the cheek she kissed him on for a moment before smiling at her.
"S-Scootaloo?" Lightning stuttered nervously
The wind made Scootaloo's mane flow as she said, "What is it Lightning?"
Lightning let out a shaky sigh before asking nervously, "W-would you b-be my special somepony?"
Scootaloo simply nodded her head before saying, "Lightning, there is no other colt I would want to have as my special somepony than you."
She then went up to Lightning and kissed him on the cheek once more making him blush again. The two of the wrapped a foreleg around each other and nuzzled one another while both were smiling and crying tears of joy. Neither of them noticed Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash laying on a cloud right above them, watching the whole thing. The two friends smiled at one another before flying off to let the two be alone for a while.
Lightning gave Scootaloo the last box he had and she opened it. The box revealed the cupcake and Scootaloo couldn't help but kiss him on the cheek again. Lightning blushed once more even though she kissed him on the cheek three times now.
"Thank you Lightning, chocolate is my favorite flavor. Do you wanna share it?" Scootaloo asked sweetly.
Lightning softly smiled at her and nodded his head. The two sat down under the tree by the lake and shared the cupcake as the sun began to set beautifully on the lake. Both Lightning and Scootaloo had never been happier than they were right now. Both of them laid down beside each other and Scootaloo put one of her hooves on top of Lightning's. Lightning looked into Scootaloo's beautiful magenta eyes and Scootaloo looked into Lightning dark blue ones. A few small tears escaped both of their eyes as the smiled softly at one another. Lightning brought the hoof the Scootaloo wasn't holding up and gently brushed away Scootaloo's tears from her beautiful eyes. Scootaloo continued to smile as she brought her to Lightning's and licked away his tears. She then rested her head under his and closed her eyes before letting out a sigh of happiness. Lightning smiled and let his rest gently on top of hers before closing his eyes. The two stayed this way, happy to be with one another, as the beautiful sunset shined across the lake.
"Are you sure you don't want to come to the Grand Galloping Gala this years, Spike?" Twilight asked her baby dragon curiously
Spike nodded his in response before saying, "Yeah, I just don't feel like going this year."
Twilight decided not to argue anymore and just nodded her head. She couldn't understand why spike would turn down an invitation to one of the biggest party's in Canterlot. She knew last year she and her friends caused quite a bit of chaos. However this year was going to be different. She and her friends were actually going to enjoy the night with each other. They even invited Lightning and his friends to come.
"I'm going to ask you one more time, Spike. Are you absolutely certain you don't want to go? We're going to do everything you wanted to do last year." Twilight said hoping the baby dragon would change his mind.
"Sorry, Twilight, but hey don't worry about me. You all just enjoy yourselves this time." Spike replied happily while giving Twilight a reassuring smile.
Twilight however didn't respond she looked like she was lost in some sort of trance. She shivered for a moment before shaking her head and once again looking at Spike with both sadness and concern. Spike looked at her and couldn't help but be concerned as well.
"What's the matter, Twilight?" Spike asked
Twilight shook her head before saying, "I don't know why but for the past few days, I've had a bad feeling that something bad is going to happen."
Spike was now deeply concerned. Twilight's suspicions about something bad were usually correct.
"Do you know what?" He asked the lavender mare
Twilight shook her head again and said, "No I don't Spike. However I think it has something to do with Lightning. I don't want to think it, but I can't help but feel like something bad's going to happen to him. I better go talk to Fluttershy."
Spike nodded his head in agreement thinking it was probably the best idea as well. Twilight said goodbye to him before leaving the Library and making her way to Fluttershy's house. When she arrived, she knocked on the door and it was answered by Fluttershy.
"Hi, Fluttershy." Twilight said kindly
Fluttershy softly smiled and replied, "Hi, Twilight, please come in."
Fluttershy stepped aside and Let her friend enter the cottage.
She closed the door and looked at the lavender mare before asking, "Would you like some tea?"
Twilight nodded her head in response and Fluttershy poured a cup of her homemade tea. Twilight used her magic to sip some of it before talking to Fluttershy.
"Is, Lightning here?" Twilight asked curiously.
Fluttershy shook her head before saying, "No he's not, Rarity came by earlier to take him to her shop so she could get his measurements for his tuxedo for the Grand Galloping Gala."
Twilight looked down in sadness which made Fluttershy concerned.
"Is something wrong,Twilight?" Fluttershy asked before she put a gentle hoof on her friends shoulder.
Twilight let out a sigh before looking into Fluttershy's caring blue eyes.
"Fluttershy, has everything been okay with Lightning for the past few days?" She asked
Fluttershy nodded her head before saying, "Yes, Everything's been fine. Why, is something wrong?"
Twilight let out a sigh before saying, "Well I've just had a bad feeling for these past few days that something bad is going to happen to him."
Fluttershy was starting to get a little bit scared when she heard those words. She didn't want anything to happen to her son. He's already been through enough. But she was able to put that fear aside and smile at her best friend.
"I'm sure everything will be alright, Twilight." Fluttershy said sweetly. "I think you're worrying to much. I know if anything bad happens to my precious little boy, you and all of our friends would be there to help him in less than a second."
Twilight gave Fluttershy a little smile before saying, "You're probably right, Fluttershy, Thank you."
The two mare hugged each and finished the rest of their tea while talking the day away.
At carousel boutique, Lightning and his friends came out of the shop. Applebloom and Sweetie Belle both smile while Lightning and Scootaloo both groaned and stretched their wings.
"Ugh..I hated having to stand there for that long." Scootaloo complained earning a nod from Lightning in return.
Sweetie Belle tried to lightened their moods and said, "Still, aren't you both excited to go to the Grand Galloping Gala?"
Applebloom nodded her head vigorously and Scootaloo gave them a soft smile.
"Yeah, I guess," Scootaloo said "I mean, I hate having to wear a dress, but Rainbow Dash said she would get Lightning and I in to the VIP area to meet the Wonderbolts, It's going to be awesome."
Lightning smiled at Scootaloo before saying, "I just hope we don't run into to that jerk, Prince Blueblood. Auntie Rarity told me he was her date last year and she wished she'd had never met him."
Everyone else nodded in agreement as they all remembered how the the arrogant prince treated Lightning on his birthday. The sun began to set and both Sweetie Belle and Applebloom let out gasps of shock.
"I need to get home of I'll be late for dinner." Applebloom said before running off while shouting goodbye to her friends.
"I better be getting home too. I'll see you you both tomorrow." Sweetie Belle said to Lightning and Scootaloo before running off.
Lightning and Scootaloo waved and shouted goodbye before smiling at each other.
"You up for a little race, Lightning?" Scootaloo asked with a smirk
Lightning gave the filly a smirk of his own before saying, "You're on! Last one to the clubhouse is a rotten egg!"
The two then took off towards the clubhouse. Then sun was almost completely set by the time they arrived. The race ended just like the first one had, in a tie. That was usually how their races ended. They were both evenly matched flyers, but they always showed good sportsmanship by shaking hooves. The two smiled at each other for a moment before flying to Lightning's house. The moon shined brightly by the time they arrived. The two said goodnight and hugged one another. They nuzzled each other for a moment before saying goodnight again. Scootaloo then took off and made her way back to her house as Lightning watched his fillyfriend fly away until she disappeared into the night. With the colt all alone he walked back to his home and went inside.
Fluttershy was there in the living room to greet him. Lightning ran over to his mother and wrapped his forelegs around her neck before kissing her on the cheek.
"Hi, sweetheart, Did you have a good day today?" Fluttershy asked sweetly
"Yes, I did Momma." Lightning replied as he continued to hug her.
He eventually broke the hug and let out a tired yawn.
Fluttershy giggled before saying, "It looks like a certain little colt is tired. Let's give a sandwich before you go to bed, okay sweetheart?"
Lightning nodded his head and the two went into the kitchen. Fluttershy made her son a daisy sandwich and he ate it happily before letting out another long and tired yawn. Lightning thanked his mother for the sandwich before making his way upstairs. Fluttershy followed him until they reached Lightning's bedroom. Fluttershy gently tucked her son in and decided to read him a bedtime story. However she was only one chapter into the book before Lightning fell asleep. Fluttershy smiled at her sleeping child and nuzzled him for a moment.
"Goodnight, Sweetheart." She said softly and lovingly before kissing Lightning on the forehead and leaving the room.
Fluttershy went to her room and tucked herself into her bed. However, she was unable to sleep. She couldn't help but remember Twilight's fears from earlier in the day. She began to worry a little bit about something bad happening to Lightning. However, she soon brushed that fear out of her mind as she thought of the wonderful time she and Lightning would have in a few days at the Grand Galloping Gala. She would spend the evening having fun with her friends, and Lightning would spend his having fun with his friends as well as have a special night with Scootaloo. Those happy thought's helped Fluttershy fall asleep with Princess Luna's moon shining down on both her and her son.
The sun was beginning to set as Lightning, the main six, and Lightning's friends were all at Carousel Boutique getting ready for the Grand Galloping Gala. Fluttershy and her friends were already in their dress which were remake of their dresses from last year. Fluttershy was busy tying the tie to Lightning's tuxedo while Lightning squirmed around a little bit in discomfort. He was wearing a black and tuxedo with a black tie. His mane was combed perfectly straight and around his neck was the necklace that Fluttershy had given him for his birthday.
"Oh, come on, sweetheart." Fluttershy said to her son gently "It's not that bad, you only have to wear this for one night."
Lightning said nothing as continued to wish he didn't have to dress up at all in the first place. Fluttershy finally finished with the tie and stepped back so she could get a full view of her son. The rest of her friend looked at him as well.
"Oh, Lightning, darling, you look absolutely handsome." Rarity said happily
Rainbow flew over to her nephew and nudged his shoulder
"Heh, looking sharp, little buddy, hoping to catch a certain filly's eye?" She said with a smug look on her face.
Lightning blushed a little bit at the compliments before hearing hoofsteps coming down the stairs. Everyone turned and saw Applebloom coming down the stairs. She was wearing a red and pink pattern dress that had a similar design to Applejack's. Her mane was combed to the side and tied into a small ponytail with a small bright red bow, while she still wore her original pink bow.
Sweetie bell cam downstairs next. she wore a lavender dress that hall all the same designs from her dress that she wore when she was a flower filly. Instead of her mane looking as it normally did, It was fully combed straight. and had some small white flowers in it much like Fluttershy's mane. Everyone smiled at the two fillies.
"Oh my, both of you fillies look absolutely beautiful." Fluttershy said softly and kindly
The two spun around in their dresses as one more pair of hoofsteps were heard, getting everyone's attention. The last filly coming down the steps made Everyone smile and made Lightning go wide eyed.
Scootaloo was walking down the steps in a beautiful purple dress that looked almost like Fluttershy's. Her mane was combed to the side like Twilight's normally was, and around her neck she was wearing the necklace Lightning had gave to her on Hearts and Hooves Day. She never takes that necklace off unless she's taking a bath or going to bed. Even then, it stays in the silver box that Lightning gave to her. It was now one of her most precious possessions.
Lightning stared with his jaw hanging open as Scootaloo began to approach the group. Applebloom and Sweetie gently shoved him toward her a little bit. The two met each other halfway and both were blushing.
"W-wow, S-Scootaloo," Lightning stammered as he gazed at the filly in front of him. "y-you look beautiful."
Scootaloo's face was now bright red as she replied, "Th-thank you, Lightning. Y-you d-don't look so bad yourself."
Everyone in the room either had a soft smiles on their faces or were giggling.
"Alright, you two lovebirds. Let's get going we don't want to be late." Rainbow said before making her way out the door.
Everyone followed behind her as Lightning and Scootaloo continued to stare at each other for one more minute before joining the group. Once everyone was at the station, they gave the conductor their tickets and made their way onto the train to Canterlot. Almost everypony on board was wearing something fancy as well. Everyone looked at all the well the well dressed ponies before finding a car.
Everyone entered the car and found their seats. Fluttershy sat with Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie sat with Applejack, and Twilight sat with Rarity. On the opposite side of the car, Applebloom sat in a seat with Sweetie Belle and Lightning sat in a seat with Scootaloo. Everyone began talking about what they were going to do Tonight as the train began to pull out of the station and began it's journey to Canterlot.
When the train arrived everyone exited the train and began making their way to the castle. Lightning stood as close as could to Fluttershy. Even though he had been here before and the streets were practically abandoned at night, It was still a large city and Lightning didn't want to get separated from his mother or the rest of his friends and family. When the group finally arrived at the castle, everyone stood there and smiled knowing that they finally reached their destination and tonight would be the true best night ever. However before anyone went in, Rarity stepped forward and addressed her friends.
"Alright everypony, we're finally here and we will truly have the best night ever this time. Now, as for the children, I want you all to be on your best behavior. We are at one of the biggest events of the year after all. It's 7 o'clock now, I want you all to meet us back here at 11 o'clock so we can catch the last train to Ponyville. However the most important thing I want you all to do tonight, is have fun. Don't be like us last year and ruin what could really be the best night ever."
Lightning and his friends all nodded their heads as the main six smiled at them.
"Alright then," twilight said, "Let's have the best night ever!"
The main six said goodbye to the children before departing together. Lightning and his friends all smiled at one another.
"Well, we have about an hour before Rainbow Dash introduces Lightning and I to the Wonderbolts. What should we all do until then?" Scootaloo pondered while tapping her chin with her hoof.
"Let's get something to eat, I'm starving!" Applebloom suggested.
The rest of the friends heard their stomach's grumble and nodded their heads in agreement. The four friends made their way to the ballroom where a buffet was at. Their wasn't a highly appetizing selection but it was better than no food at all. the four friends all took a little bit of food as well as some cake and cookies that Princess Celestia asked Sugarcube Corner to provide. They all found a table and sat down together. Once all their food was gone, they began talking and laughing somewhat loudly earning glares of disapproval from almost every pony in the room. Lightning shrunk a little bit under the hard looks everyone was giving him. Scootaloo rubbed his shoulder in comfort and reassurance before she began to speak.
"I think we better go somewhere where most of the ponies aren't complete snobs." She said loud enough for the glaring ponies to hear.
The ponies gasped and scowled at her. Scootaloo however didn't care as she and her friends all left the room.
Once they were outside, they began exploring the castle halls while talking and laughing once more. However, they all stopped laughing and glared angrily at a familiar stallion heading their direction, It was Prince Blueblood. Not wanting anything to do with the arrogant prince, the four friends went in the opposite direction. However, once the prince was out of sight, the friends saw once of the castles servants walking down the hallway with a large chocolate cake. A wicked mischievous smile grew on everyone's faces as Blueblood turned the corner and was once again behind them.
Wanting to get some payback at how the spoiled prince treated them at Lightning's birthday party, The four kept walking until they were right beside the servant with the cake. Lightning and Scootaloo both stuck one of their back legs out without the servant knowing and tripped him. The servant fell flat on his face and lost control of the cart. The cart eventually fell and the cake was sent flying right into Prince Blueblood. The cake coated stallion began screaming like a young filly as Lightning and his friends helped the servant up and acted like it was an accident. The servant assured them that everything was fine as Lightning and his friends tried to contain their Laughter at the still screaming prince.
Once they were out of sight, They fell to the ground four let out a hearty roll of laughter. Their faces were turning red and tears were coming out of their eyes as they laughed for almost five minutes straight. Once they were calm again Sweetie Bell helped Applebloom get to her hooves as Lightning helped Scootaloo get to hers. The three friends friends began walking again until they were cut off by Rainbow Dash who landed in front of them.
"Hey there kids, you all enjoying yourselves?" The cyan mare asked the colt and fillies.
The children nodded their heads in response and Rainbow said, "That's good! I'm glad you all are Enjoying the night together. I'm afraid I'm here to split you all up though, because I just got done talking to the Wonderbolts. They told me they wanna meet Lightning and Scootaloo."
Lightning and Scootaloo immediately began getting energetic as Applebloom and Sweetie Belle nodded their heads in understanding. The two said goodbye and ran off to find something to do.
Rainbow smiled at Lightning and Scootaloo before asking, "You two ready to meet the Wonderbolts?"
The colt and filly nodded their heads vigorously and Flew off with Rainbow Dash to the VIP area.
Arriving at the VIP area, the three saw everypony except the Wonderbolts leaving. Rainbow had special permission from Spitfire herself to visit them after everyone else had to leave. Scootaloo had a wide excited grin and Lightning's excitement turned to shyness when he laid eyes on the famous flying team. It took a few minutes of Encouragement from Rainbow Dash to give Lightning enough courage to approach the Wonderbolts. When they did Rainbow Called Spitfire and Soarin over to them them. spitfire gave the young colt and Filly a soft smile before Rainbow introduced him.
"Spitfire, Soarin, I'd like to introduce you to My nephew Lightning Twister and my number one fan Scootaloo."
Scootaloo immediately went up to them While Lightning tried make himself unseen by hiding behind Rainbow's dress. After Spitfire talked with Scootaloo she saw Rainbow gently bring out Lightning and Trotted up to the shy colt.
"So you're the colt, Rainbow Dash has been telling me about, huh?" Spitfire asked Lightning kindly
Lightning couldn't say anything and nodded his head. Spitfire could understand how shy he was. She laid one of her hooves on his shoulder before talking to him.
"Well, you certainly are a shy little fan aren't you?" she said, "Heh, don't worry, Lightning, I'm not gonna hurt ya. It's alright to be a little shy. I get that way sometimes when I meet certain ponies like Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. I'm also a little shy about performing sometimes too, but I always overcome it when I hear the crowd cheering for us."
Lightning was starting to warm up to the kind mare.
She gently smiled at him before bending her head down to his ear and whispering, "Just between you and me, Soarin says he's not shy about anything, but he's an absolute chicken when talking to Rainbow Dash."
Lightning giggled at that and Rainbow began blushing when she heard the stallions name. Soarin heard what Spitfire said as well and blushed. He then went over to Lightning and introduced himself. Lightning was finally comfortable around both of the Wonderbolts as everyone smiled at him.
Soarin looked at both Lightning and Scootaloo before saying, "So, Rainbow Dash tells me that besides her, you two are two of the fastest fliers in Ponyville."
Lightning and Scootaloo both looked at each other and blushed.
"Well, we're not that fast." Scootaloo said sheepishly while rubbing the back of her neck.
Lightning nodded in agreement and all three of the adults smiled at them.
"Well, we better get going, we have a show tomorrow in Manehatten. It was not meeting both of you." Spitfire said to Lightning and Scootaloo. Everyone said their goodbyes and the two Wonderbolts flew off into the night.
Rainbow smiled at Lightning and Scootaloo and said, "I'm gonna head back to Fluttershy and the others, I'll see you two later."
With Lightning and Scootaloo all alone the two smiled at each other for a moment.
"So what do we do now?" Lightning asked.
Scootaloo smiled at him and replied, "Applebloom and Sweetie Belle are probably with their sisters, but I was kind of wondering if you wanted to take a walk through the castle gardens for a little while, just the two of us."
Lightning smiled at her softly and replied, "I would like that Scootaloo."
The two then took one of each others hooves and flew off towards the gardens.
When they arrived, the two landed and looked around the beautiful, peaceful, and quiet surroundings. The two walked around in silence as they both smelled the flowers. After about thirty minutes they found themselves at the center of the gardens where there was a fountain that had had smooth flowing water.Lightning and Scootaloo over to the fountain and looked at their reflections.
The two then looked at each other and Lightning asked curiously, "Why did you want to do this Scootaloo?"
"What do you mean?" The filly replied in confusion.
"Well, this just doesn't seem like something you would like. Your normally trying to be a tough pony like Auntie Rainbow, but sometimes you aren't like that."
Scootaloo understood what Lightning was saying and smiled at him.
"Well, Rainbow Dash told me that it's okay to have a softer side. While I like trying to be as tough as her, I kind of like showing my softer more girly side. I don't know why, I just do. I guess I was kind of afraid to show it, but when I'm with you Lightning, I feel like I'm safe to show my softer, girly side."
Lightning blushed a little bit and replied, "I'm glad can do that Scootaloo. I like this side of you as well as your normal side."
Scootaloo now blushed a little bit and gently nuzzled Lightning's cheek. Lightning looked into her beautiful and she looked into his. The two smiled at one another before closing their eyes. Their heads began moving closer and closer to one another. Both didn't know they were about to kiss. Just before Scootaloo's lips connected to Lightning's, she felt a powerful pain in her shoulder as if something yanked it with hard force. Scootaloo opened her eyes and saw that Lightning was no longer in front of her. When she turned her head she immediately gasped in shock and horror.
Lightning was tackled onto the ground by a tall very angry looking Pegasus stallion with a dark red coat and a black mane and tail. The stallion was trying to get a grip of Lightning as Lightning began screaming for help. The stallion tried to get a hoof over his mouth to silence him but he broke free of the stallions grip. However before he could run, the stallion got hold of his tuxedo collar and ripped the whole tuxedo off of him and grabbed him once more. Scootaloo tried to attack the Pegasus and break Lightning free of his grip. However the Pegasus slapped her with a great amount of force and set her flying a few feet away from him knocking the filly unconscious. Lightning gasped in horror, but before he could say anything, The stallion put a hoof over his mouth and held him to the ground. He then took out a burlap sack and quickly put Lightning inside before tying it. He could feel Lightning kicking around inside and screaming for help. The Pegasus kicked Lightning inside the sack which made him be quiet. The the stallion then spread his wings and flew off into the night with Lightning.
By the time Scootaloo was conscious again she couldn't see Lightning anywhere. Tears welled up in her eyes as she frantically looked around for a second. She then let her tears flow free as she immediately ran inside while crying and screaming at the top of her lungs in the most scared and pain filled voice.
The stallion was now far from Canterlot with Lightning who was in the bag trembling harder than he ever had in the past. The stallion made his way to an old house just a few miles outside Ponyville. He immediately went inside and slammed the door shut. He dropped the sack with Lightning inside on the floor and went all around the house locking all windows and doors. He then shut all the curtains on the windows so no one could see inside. Once he felt like the house was secure, The stallion picked up the sack and untied before dumping Lightning out of it and making the little hit the ground hard. Lightning was shaking and sobbing uncontrollably, but he finally looked up at the stallion. Lightning let out a frightened gasp as he began to recognize the stallion. He could only udder out one word in the most terrified tone of voice.
"D-D-Daddy?" Lightning stuttered in fear of the Pegasus Stallion in front of him.
Lightning's father, Cold Wind, gave his son a wicked evil smirk.
"Thought you've seen the last of me did you?" He said cruelly before grabbing Lightning's mane making the small colt yelp in pain. "I've been looking all over the bucking place for you boy!"
Lightning couldn't do anything but cry in pain and fear.
"The royal guard showed up at my house months ago and tried to arrest me. Then they tell me you've been adopted by somepony named Fluttershy!" Cold wind snapped
Lightning still said nothing as he tried as hard as he could to not look into his fathers eyes.
"I've been forced to live in this old piece of junk, and It's all because of you!" Cold Wind Screamed making Lightning cry even harder "You're the reason your mothers dead and You're the reason I'm here now! Ever since then, I swore I would find because If you wanted to ruin my old life, I'm going to ruin you're new one!"
Lightning continued to cry and he was barely able to say, "P-Please D-Daddy, d-don't h-hurt m-me! L-let m-me g-go! I w-wanna g-go h-home!"
"Shut up!" Cold wind screamed as he struck Lightning hard across the face with his hoof "The only place you're going you little mistake is the basement!"
Cold Wind the grabbed Lightning by his mane and dragged him to the basement door. However neither of them were aware of a certain baby dragon running back to Ponyville because he had seen and heard the whole thing.
Cold Wind kicked the basement door open and threw his son inside making him land hard on the cold ground. He quickly flew over to a nearby box and tied Lightning's hooves and wings together before Lightning could even move. He then saw the necklace around Lightning's neck.
"Aww, what's this? Is this from your new Momma?" Cold Wind asked his son as he grabbed the necklace and snapped off of Lightning's neck. "You actually think she loves you? Give me a break I bet she can't even look at your ugly pathetic little face."
Lightning continued to shake and cry as he remembered those exact words coming from Diamond Tiara and from his father months before he ran away. Cold Wind took the necklace and grabbed a hammer from another nearby box.
"It would serve you right if I smashed this piece of junk!" He snapped angrily before dropping the necklace and smashing it to tiny little pieces with the hammer.
Lightning felt his own heart shatter as bits of the beautiful crystal from the necklace scattered in front of him. Cold Wind glared at his son before going up the steps.
"Not a sound, you little runt, not one word or you will be sorry." He snapped before slamming the door Leaving Lightning in the darkness.
Lightning quietly cried over several things, the shattered necklace, the fear of darkness, the fear if his father, but most importantly the fear of never seeing his friends or family again. As his fear of the darkness began to overwhelm him, he began to quietly cry out for the one pony he wished was by his side right now.
At the gala Scootaloo was running frantically through the castle looking for Fluttershy while still crying and screaming her name as loud as she could. She eventually arrived at the ballroom and finally saw the mare she was looking for standing with her friends.
"Fluttershy!" Scootaloo screamed as she ran towards her.
One of the mares remembered her from earlier and began to snap at her rudely.
"Young filly, you had best-"
"Shut Up!" Scootaloo shouted at the mare angrily before looking at Fluttershy.
"Scootaloo why are you crying and what happen-" Fluttershy cut herself off when she noticed someone was missing. Her fears of a couple night's ago began to haunt her once more.
"S-Scootaloo, w-wheres Lightning!?" Fluttershy stammered at her fears began to overwhelm her.
Scootaloo's composure crumbled once more as she fell to the floor and cried at Fluttershy's hooves.
"He's been foalnapped, Fluttershy! This big Pegasus attacked him and put him in a bag before flying off. I tried to stop him but I just couldn't do it!"
Everyone gasped upon Hearing those words and Fluttershy fell silent and Lightheaded. She felt like she was going to faint her son was just foalnapped, but why would anyone want to foalnap a colt as sweet as Lightning? However Fluttershy's began to break down while sobbing and Hyperventilating and Rainbow Dash put her hooves on her friends shoulders.
"Fluttershy, calm down, I'm going to promise you right now, we'll get Lightning back!" She said trying to help Fluttershy calm down a little bit.
"Rainbow's Right," Twilight said as calmly as she could even though she was scared "We just need to find out who took Lightning and where they took him."
Just as those words left her mouth, Princess Celestia called out to Twilight and her friends while running into the room as fast as she could go.
"Twilight, I have an urgent letter for you." The princess said before giving the letter to her student.
Twilight opened the letter and gasped in shock and horror after reading the first sentence.
"Girls. this letters from Spike, He said that Lightning was foalnapped by his father."
The rest of the friends gasped and Fluttershy began to tremble in fear as Twilight continued.
"It says he has Lightning in a house a few miles just outside Ponyville."
Scootaloo and her friends were now to scared to speak as Fluttershy began to hyperventilate once more.
"My baby boy's been foalnapped by that monster!? We have to get him back!" She screamed before crying uncontrollably
Applejack wrapped her forelegs around Fluttershy and hushed her.
"We will Sugarcube," Applejack cooed softly "I promise you we'll get him back."
Twilight looked at the three scared fillies and calmly spoke to them.
"Girls, I'm going to teleport all of you to my Library. I want all of you to stay inside with Spike. I don't want any of you to get hurt if something happens. Lock the door and I'll come see you when we have Lightning back."
The three nodded their heads solemnly as tears began to flow out of Scootaloo's eyes once more.
Twilight put her hoof under the young filly's chin and looked her in the eyes.
"I promise we'll get Lightning back Scootaloo." she said gently before giving the filly a small hug.
Twilight teleported the fillies away before looking at her friends.
"Alright girls lets go get Lightning back!" she said with a determined look on her face.
"That low down varmint that has him is in for a good old fashioned bucking!" Applejack said angrily earning a nod of Agreement from Rainbow Dash.
The main six threw off their dresses and ran from the gala with looks of anger and determination on their faces.
Fluttershy was ready to snap but kept her composure as she said to herself, "Don't worry, Lightning, my precious baby boy, Momma's coming!"
Fluttershy and her friends were going as fast as their bodies would allow them to go to reach Cold Wind's house and rescue Lightning from him. Fluttershy had tears flowing down her face as she thought of how much pain her son could be in right now. Rainbow flew alongside her and rubbed her shoulder trying to keep her calm.
"Don't worry, Flutters we're almost there. I promised you we would get Lightning back and we will." Rainbow said as gently as possible even though she was ready to tear Cold Wind limb from limb.
Fluttershy nodded her head and picked up speed trying to get to Cold Wind's house faster.
At his house, Cold Wind went downstairs to the basement to get a look at the tied up Lightning Twister. When he saw him, he saw that Lightning was crying and trembling uncontrollably out of both being cold and being afraid.
"D-Daddy P-please L-let m-me g-" Lightning was cut off by a sharp strike to the face making his eye turn black.
"I told you I didn't want to hear a sound out of you, you sniveling little freak." Cold Wind snapped harshly before going to a nearby box and pulling out a cloth.
"if you can't shut up then I guess I'm gonna have to make you." he said cruelly.
Cold Wind tied the cloth around Lightning's mouth making his cries muffled. Once it was good and tight, Cold Wind got to his hooves and spit right in Lightning's black eye.
"I'm gonna go try to find a place in Cloudsdale to stay, and your coming with me when I do find one. Until then your staying down here!" he snapped harshly.
He flew back upstairs and slammed the basement door closed once again leaving Lightning in darkness. Once he was back in his Living room he quickly opened one of the window curtains to see if there was still nothing outside. However when he looked out the window he saw six ponies coming his way at an incredibly fast speed.
Cold Wind quickly grabbed a key a locked the basement door shut as the ponies drew closer. However once he turned around his front door was immediately broken down by an irate Rainbow Dash. The second Rainbow laid eyes on him, she charged at him and tackled him with enough force to break down the kitchen door with both his and her body. Before Cold Wind could even react, Rainbow grabbed him by his mane and threw him back into the Living Room where he was now laying in front of five other furious ponies.
Applejack turned around and tried to buck him but Cold Wind was able able to avoid it and get back on his feet. He did not stay on them for long though as an Enraged Fluttershy tackled him and pinned him to the floor. She stomped on his stomach, knocking the wind on him. She then sat on his stomach and began bringing down several sharp hooves to his face, causing him to get a black eye and a broken bloody nose. This side of Fluttershy began to make the others a little uncomfortable. They knew she was upset and angry but they never seen her like this.
"Fluttershy, darling you need to calm down." Rarity said
Fluttershy however wasn't listening as she got off of Cold Wind and pinned his body to the wall before giving him the stare.
"Where is my son!? Where is Lightning!?" Fluttershy snapped in a cold venomous tone that made all of her friends step back and made Cold Wind cringe somewhat.
"Wait your his Mother?" Cold Wind said with a look of confusion on his face.
Fluttershy however said nothing and threw him back onto the ground where he was bucked by Applejack. Before he could even make another move he was grasped around the neck and began being choked by Twilight's magic. She trotted up to him and glared at him coldly before speaking in a low furious tone.
"I suggest you be quiet and listen Cold Wind, I'm going to give you three seconds to tell us where Lightning is or I will break your neck as easily as breaking a twig."
Cold Wind felt himself beginning to fade as he finally revealed Lightning's location.
"He's in the Basement!"
Twilight released her magical grip on him and he fell to the floor but just as he caught his breath Fluttershy immediately brought her hoof down on his neck and snapped, "Where is the basement?"
Cold Wind knew he couldn't fight anymore and he pointed towards the basement door. Fluttershy immediately flew over to the door as Pinkie and Rarity watched Cold Wind to make sure he didn't move. She tried to open it but it was locked. She was about to go back and attack Cold Wind once more but Applejack and Rainbow worked together to kick the door down. They stepped aside and let Fluttershy fly inside to get Lightning.
When she flew down the stairs she gasped when she saw Lightning tied up in the center of the room.
"Lightning!" She shouted before flying over to her injured son.
She untied the cloth from his mouth and untied his wings and hooves. Lightning turned over and was blinded a little bit by the light, but when the blurriness from his good eye began to clear he gasped as he recognized the pony in front of him.
"M-Momma!" Lightning cried as he embraced his mother.
He began shaking and crying so hard and uncontrollably that he was having trouble breathing. Fluttershy scooped the little colt into her forelegs and cradled him close to her. She gently rocked him while nuzzling and hushing him.
"Shh...it's alright, sweetheart, Momma's here. Momma's going to make everything alright." She softly cooed. Lightning continued crying as Fluttershy got a look of his rope burned hooves and wings as well as his swollen black eye. Lightning continued to tremble and cry uncontrollably as he buried his head into his mother's soft chest fur. Fluttershy became enraged when she saw the condition her son was in. She flew upstairs and glared angrily at Cold Wind.
"You did this to him didn't you?" She hissed coldly to the stallion making Cold Wind shudder a little.
Rarity trotted up to Fluttershy and she gently grabbed hold of Lightning and cradled him close to her.
"N-No M-Momma!" Lightning screamed in fear as his eyes were closed and he was unaware of who was holding him.
"Shh..It's okay my sweet and darling little nephew, It's only your Auntie Rarity." Rarity softly cooed into the terrified colts ear in the gentlest of voices.
With her son safe in Rarity's forelegs, Fluttershy immediately shot towards Cold Wind and tackled him back onto the ground.
"You monster!" She screamed in his face "How could you do all this to your own child, you sorry excuse for a father!?"
Cold Wind had enough of Fluttershy and he used his hind legs to kick her off of him. Fluttershy grunted and landed hard on the ground leaving everyone in shock. Cold Wind used the opportunity to escape the house full of ponies. However he only made it a few yards away before he was face to face with two royal guards and a very angry Princess Celestia.
Cold Wind recognized her and immediately flew in the opposite direction. The princess however was able to catch him and bring him back to the house with him in her magical grasp. Two royal guards immediately flew over to Cold Wind and pinned him to the ground before shackling his hooves.
"Cold Wind, you are under arrest for child abuse and avoiding arrest." Princess Celestia snapped as the guards began taking him away.
Cold Wind Fought as hard as he could to avoid being taken but the two guards were stronger than him. With an enraged look in his eye, he looked into his son's terrified and tear filled eyes and screamed at him at the top of his lungs.
"I HOPE YOUR HAPPY LIGHTNING TWISTER!!! YOUR MOTHER'S DEAD BECAUSE OF YOU AND NOW I'M GOING TO JAIL BECAUSE OF YOU!!! AND IF YOU THINK THAT SORRY EXCUSE OF A MARE YOU CALL YOUR NEW MOTHER ACTUALLY LOVES YOU, YOUR DEAD WRONG!!! NO ONE WILL EVER LOVE A SNIVELING, WHINING, AND PATHETIC LITTLE FREAK LIKE YOU!!!!!"
The guards eventually got him out of the house and Princess Celestia began to trot over to Lightning who was back in Fluttershy's forelegs and was crying and shaking from fear and hearing his fathers cruel words. The princess softly nuzzled the little colt and hushed him.
"Shh..It's alright my little pony, your fathers gone and your safe now." She said to him softly as Lightning continued to cry.
The princess looked at the rest of the ponies in the room and said, "I must leave now, I thank you all for helping capture Cold Wind and I congratulate you for getting Lightning back."
The princess stepped out of the house and beside a now exhausted Cold Wind. She glared at him coldly before disappearing with him in a flash of light.
Fluttershy was satisfied that Cold Wind was gone and looked down at her son who was still shaking and crying uncontrollably. He had not stopped crying since Fluttershy freed him but she thought it would be best for him to let it all out. He was hurt and scared to death.
"Shhh...It's alright, Lightning, Momma's got you." Fluttershy softly cooed into Lightning's ear as she gently nuzzled him. "Everything's will be alright, sweetheart...shhh."
While Lightning cried quietly Fluttershy looked at her friends and said, "I think we should take him to a doctor to have him looked at."
Everyone nodded in agreement and Everyone left the old house and made their way back to Ponyville. Fluttershy cradled her crying son close to her soft warm fur and gently kissed him on the forehead. He was safe now.
At the ponyville hospital, everyone and everything was quiet as Fluttershy and her friends waited for Nurse Redheart. Lightning was sitting on Twilight's lap as the she held him close to her and gently rubbed up and downs his side with her hooves. Lightning had cried himself to sleep in Twilight's forelegs but he was still shaking uncontrollably as Twilight softly hushed him and hummed a soft melody in his ear like she did the night she first met him. Fluttershy was pacing in the waiting room back and forth while occasionally looking back at her sleeping son. Nurse Redheart soon came out with a clipboard in her mouth and Fluttershy immediately ran over to her.
"Oh, please, Nurse Redheart, tell me my son will be okay." Fluttershy said in a panicked tone as the nurse softly hushed her and put a hoof on her shoulder.
"Shh...It's alright Fluttershy," Nurse Redheart said sweetly "your son's going to be fine, he just has some minor irritation on his legs and wings and a black eye that will recover in time. He's going to need a few days to recover but he will be fine. Now I suggest you take him home and let him rest, we're going to be closing soon."
As nurse Redheart left the room four familiar faces walked through the door, It was Spike and the CMC.
"Lightning!" They all shouted happily as everyone quickly hushed them so they didn't wake the sleeping colt in Twilight's embrace.
Lightning began to wake as he looked up at a gentle smiling Twilight before seeing his friends.
"Spike, girls, Your here!" He shouted as he jumped off of Twilight and ran towards them.
The four embraced him in a group hug as the adults watched on with soft smiles.
"I thought I would never see any of you again." Lightning sobbed happily as they hugged him. He eventually broke the hug and Scootaloo immediatly embraced him again while crying happily as Lightning did the same. Spike and the others watched as Twilight quickly grabbed the baby dragon with her magic and embraced him along with Fluttershy.
"Spike," Twilight began "I cannot be more thankful or more proud of you than I am now. If it weren't for you. We would never have found Lightning. You are a hero to all of us Spike."
Twilight gently kissed the baby dragon on the forehead and continued to hug and hold him happily as Spike returned the hug and said nothing,
Lightning and Scootaloo eventually broke their hug and Scootaloo kissed him on the cheek making him blush.
"I was worried sick about you Lightning!" Scootaloo said before crying again. "I'm so sorry I couldn't stop your Dad from taking you away!"
Scootaloo continued to cry in guilt and Lightning softly nuzzled her to calm her down.
"It's okay, Scootaloo, my Daddy's gone now. Thank You for trying to help me." He said softly and sweetly to her before hugging her again.
Spike eventually fell asleep in Twilight's embrace and Twilight levitated him onto her back.
"It's getting late everypony, I think we should all head home." Twilight said gently.
Lightning let out a tired yawn as Fluttershy picked him up and rested his head against her neck.
"Aww..but we just saw Lightning we want to make sure he's okay before we leave." Applebloom complained earning a nod from Sweetie Belle.
"No buts Applebloom," Applejack said "Lightning's going to be fine. Ya'll can check on him tomorrow."
"The same goes for you Sweetie Belle." Rarity said as Rainbow picked up Scootaloo and put her on her back.
"Let's go home Scoots' I'll see all of you tomorrow." Rainbow said before flying off. The others said there goodbyes and left the hospital, leaving Fluttershy alone with her son who was starting to fall asleep in her forelegs.
Fluttershy gently kissed him on the forehead and said, "let's go home, sweetheart."
Lightning nodded his head and the two flew home. When they arrived at the cottage, Fluttershy opened the door and decided to let Lightning sleep with her tonight. She flew upstairs and tucked Lightning in. She then got into the bed herself and soon fell asleep.
Hours into the night, Fluttershy was awoken by her son crying and whimpering, he was having a bad dream. Fluttershy immediately shook her son and woke him up. Lightning was shaking and breathing heavily as Fluttershy pulled him into a soft loving embrace.
"Shhh...It's okay sweetheart, Momma's here." She said softly and sweetly. "Did you have a bad dream, sweetie?"
Lightning nodded his head before saying, "I was remembering what my Daddy said about you not loving a freak like me. I had a bad dream that you never wanted me and you left me all alone." Lightning began to quietly cry. "I-I was so s-scared."
Lightning then buried his head into Fluttershy soft chest fur and continued to cry. He was trying to say something but Fluttershy couldn't understand him. She rubbed up and down his side with her hoof and hushed him while speaking in the softest and gentlest of voices.
"Shhh...It's okay, sweetheart, Everythings going to be alright. Lightning don't listen to your father. Your not a freak, and I could never abandon you. I told you when I first became your mother that I love you with all of my heart. I still do, sweetie, and I will never stop. You mean the world to me Lightning, I promise that I will always love you."
Lightning began to calm down as Fluttershy gently licked away his tears. He continued to sniffel as Fluttershy sung him a soft lullaby.
When she finished singing, Lightning smiled softly at his mother and fell asleep while saying, "I love you Momma!"
Fluttershy smiled at him softly and nuzzled him. She then gave him a gentle kiss on the muzzle and said, "I love you to my precious baby boy."
Fluttershy fell asleep minutes after with Princess Luna's beautiful moon shining down upon her and her son. Lightning snuggled into his mothers side and smiled in his sleep. No matter what happens Fluttershy would never stop loving him she would always be there to show him a mothers love.
Hello my friends, I just wanted to say I hope enjoyed reading "A Mothers Love" It was a ton of fun to make I've some good moments and bad moments I think I turned out to be a pretty decent story what do you all think?
Now I have good news Lightning Twister's journey is not over yet. I have had an idea of a cute short story between Lightning and Scootaloo where they will have their first date. I have been thinking about that since many fans enjoy the idea of them being together and I thought It would be a cute and fun little story.
I am also going to do a sequel but that's going to be later down the road because I need some ideas about what could happen. I want to tell you all this because I feel like you all deserve to know what I have in store for the future.
I want to thank you all once again for the love and support of this story and I will see you all later.
Hello my friends In the last Chapter I talked about doing a sequel to this story and now I can confirm that I will do one in the future. The story will feature one villain. I don't know when I will work on the sequel but I just wanted to let you know I will do one. With that said I wanted to thank everyone again for the love, support, and friendship. I'll see you all later.