An episode idea I have centering on Twilight and her junior assistant, Owlowiscious.
Ever since Owlowiscious first retrieved Twilight's scroll on that fateful night, becoming Twilight's junior assistant, he has been attending and helping Twilight throughout the years, taking care of Twilight and her needs. Only Owlowiscious soon enough needs Twilight's complete care and love, during which Twilight comes with a tough, life changing decision for both of them...
Today was a very quiet summer day for the Princess of Friendship, Twilight Sparkle, currently in the library and study of her castle home, enjoying the peacefulness of the mostly empty library and enjoying her work preparing for the next school year at the School of Friendship, which was right next to her home. Writing out the curriculum, with scroll on desk and quill in her magical hold, Twilight put a lot of thought into what subjects there would be next year. Dipping the drying quill into the ink pot to refresh it, the quill got only a little as Twilight took a look and saw the pot was very nearly empty.
"Owlowiscious, could you please fetch some more ink?" Twilight asked her junior assistant and feathery companion, who was sitting on a perch next to the desk, ready to assist his owner with whatever she needs.
"Hoo! Hoo." The owl responded, although a little quietly for him as he flew off to where Twilight kept the ink jar in the library, Owlowiscious fetching some more ink as Twilight smiled, but noticed the owl's softer tone.
"Thanks Owlowiscious, I'm so glad you're here to help me while Spike is over in Canterlot." Twilight told the owl as he returned to his perch.
Yes Spike, the baby dragon who Twilight raised and Twilight's number one assistant, was in Canterlot for a few days because of a diplomatic meeting between the royal sisters, Celestia and Luna and Dragon Lord Ember and since Spike was the "official Equestrian friendship ambassador for the Dragon Lands", it was very important that he be there as well to make sure things go smoothly. So that left Twilight with her junior assistant, who is, always, a great help, on his perch, ready to attend to whatever Twilight needed him to do. Although since Spike left for Canterlot, Twilight has been noticing that Owlowiscious has been slower, looking a bit more tired and quieter than he usually is, Twilight didn't complain or say anything about it however, but deep down she began to worry a little.
"Maybe I should add some more notes on Mistmane's adventures..." Twilight thought out loud as she turned to Owlowiscious. "Owlowiscious, do you mind getting the biography I have on Mistmane?"
"Hoo. Hoo." The owl replied and flew off.
Twilight watched as the owl looked through the bookshelves and after a couple of minutes found it and with his claws, took it out carefully from its place on the shelf, only as the book was free, Twilight saw that Owlowiscious almost lost his grip and dropped it, but managed to hold it tightly enough as he brought it back to Twilight. Twilight saw that Owlowiscious had a rather tough time, struggling to keep his hold on the book, but making it and putting it down as carefully as he could on the desk. The owl returned to his perch, seemingly out of breath as Twilight made sure her owl was alright before getting back to work.
After a long day in the library, Twilight decided it was time to eat some dinner before heading off to bed, making sure that Owlowiscious had a nice meal too before the two headed off to rest, with her owl standing on her back, Twilight trotted to her bedroom, yawning as she was exhausted from her work load. Entering the room, Twilight put Owlowiscious on his perch, the owl's eyes looking heavy as he was also pretty tired from the day. Before snuggling herself under her bed covers, Twilight reached up and gave her junior assistant a quick goodnight kiss.
"Good night Owlowiscious, thank you for all your help today." Twilight said softly as the owl hooted back.
Twilight then got under her covers and slept, although during the night she thought a lot about what was wrong with Owlowiscious, maybe he was tired and in need of a break? Or something more serious? Either way, Twilight didn't sleep all too well thinking about it as morning came with the sun shining through the bedroom window and the princess waking up. Looking over at Owlowiscious on his perch, she could see that the owl was now asleep, his head slightly moving up and down as he was quietly snoring. Twilight stayed as quiet as she could, not wanting to wake him up from his peaceful sleep as Twilight decided to go out for the day.
"You rest today my junior assistant, I'll be back." Twilight smiled as she picked up her saddle bags with her magic before lowering it onto her back and making her way out of the castle, making sure to close the front door before trotting through town, going to the marketplace to get some stuff the castle was running low on. While there, she also decided to get some of Owlowiscious' favorite treats to thank him for all the hard work he has been doing for the past few days.
"Hello Princess Twilight, here to pick up Owlowiscious' favorite treats?" The pet treat seller asked happily.
"Yes, he has been working hard lately and I thought I would reward him for his efforts." Twilight answered.
"Well good for the little guy, I wish I had an assistant like him, tell him I hope he enjoys his treats." The seller smiled.
"Will do." Twilight replied as she paid for the treats before putting them inside her saddle bags and trotting off.
Before going back to her castle however, Twilight decided to make one last stop, the Sweet Feather Sanctuary, just outside the town limits, where Twilight knew that one of her friends, Fluttershy, would most likely be now, taking care of the animal residents of the sanctuary. And sure enough Twilight saw the yellow pegasus currently feeding a tall giraffe some leaves, wearing a smile as she then climbed down and went to take care of the next animal, but Fluttershy saw Twilight trot up, waving to the alicorn.
"Hey Twilight." Fluttershy called.
"Hey Fluttershy." Twilight replied back as Twilight entered the sanctuary, trotting through it as Fluttershy took a seat, patting the spot next to her for Twilight to sit down. "Boy, I'm still amazed that you can run this place alone, must be hard."
"It is hard, but well worth it to take care of all the animals." Fluttershy replied as the pegasus noticed Twilight's tone and look on her face. "But something tells me you're not just here for a social visit, something wrong?"
"Well, since Spike left for Canterlot a few days ago, Owlowiscious has been helping me alone, but I don't know he seems more exhausted than usual, plus he had a hard time carrying over a book I asked him to grab for me." Twilight revealed as Fluttershy put a hoof to her muzzle, a bit surprised to hear what Twilight said.
"Well maybe he's just overworked, he most likely needs a day of rest, I'm sure he's okay and there's nothing too wrong with him." Fluttershy tried staying positive for her friend.
"I guess so, plus I went to the marketplace today and got a few of his favorite treats, so I'm sure he'll feel better with them." Twilight brightening up a little.
"Well I would love to keep chatting Twilight, but I still have lots of animals that need my attention." Fluttershy informed her friend.
"Of course, I wouldn't hold you up any longer, thanks for the help Fluttershy." Twilight smiled as she got up and began trotting out of the sanctuary. "See you later."
"Bye Twilight, tell Owlowiscious I hope he feels better." Fluttershy called out.
So with her day out done, Twilight trotted back to her castle, trying to stay positive as she opened her front door, hoping to see that Owlowiscious was out and maybe even waiting for her to come back home. Only the halls were empty as Twilight wasn't concerned just yet...
"Owlowiscious!" Twilight called out. "I'm home, I got a few of your favorite treats for you to eat to thank you for your hard work while Spike is away." Twilight kept calling as her owl didn't come flying to her.
Now Twilight began to get worried as she checked the rooms throughout the castle, the library, kitchen, dining room, the bathrooms, the map room, but still no Owlowiscious as the only room left was her bedroom, where she last saw the owl resting on his perch. Trotting to her bedroom door, her door, which Twilight left a little open so her owl could go out if he wanted to, was still open as Twilight heard Owlowiscious' quiet hooting as she trotted closer and closer...
"Owlowiscious..." Twilight called as she slowly opened her bedroom door with one of her hooves and was greeted by her worst fears...
"Owlowiscious!" Twilight nearly screamed at the top of her lungs. "What's wrong!?"
There was Owlowiscious... Now on the floor, instead of his perch, shaking like he was in a very nervous fit as he had his wings wrapped around himself, well... What little good that did him as Twilight quickly picked him up with her magic and looked for any injuries, which she didn't. Then grabbing a towel, she wrapped it around Owlowiscious, which seemed to work a little bit, but still didn't stop the owl's shaking as Twilight knew it was time for a run to Dr. Fauna to see what exactly was wrong with her feathery companion.
"Don't worry Owlowiscious, we're going to see Dr. Fauna, she'll know what's wrong with you." Twilight assured her owl as she gently snuggled him into her saddle bags and took off for the vet clinic, galloping out of her castle home, nearly bumping into several ponies as she rushed to the clinic, almost bumping into one of her friends...
"Hey Twilight!" Applejack called to her alicorn friend as Twilight, of course, didn't hear, much less pay attention as the alicorn zoomed past the orange pony. "What's wrong with her..." Applejack wondered as she just managed to notice Owlowiscious' head poking out from one of Twilight's saddle bags.
After a run of several minutes, which seemed like an eternity to Twilight, she reached the vet clinic, taking a quick second to compose herself as she entered the building, which luckily there were no other ponies, with their companions waiting, except...
"Oh darling, what are you doing here?" Rarity asked as a familiar white cat was sitting down next to her.
"Oh Rarity..." Twilight blushed. "I think there's something wrong with Owlowiscious, I just rushed here to see Dr. Fauna as soon as I can.
"Oh poor dear..." Rarity expressed as she noticed Twilight's distraught look. "I'm just here for Opal's usual checkup."
And then the door to Dr. Fauna's office opened as the yellow pony with a light blue mane, wearing vet's coat, started to speak to Rarity...
"Alright Rarity, I'm ready for Opal's check..." Dr. Fauna started before she noticed Twilight. "Oh Princess Twilight, what can I help you with?"
"Dr. Fauna, there's something wrong with Owlowiscious, but I guess Rarity was here before me, so she has to go first..." Twilight began, only for Rarity to cut her friend off.
"Oh darling, you simply seem upset, you can go first, Opal and I can wait." Rarity expressed honestly as her visit was not as important as Twilight's.
"Thank you Rarity, thank you so much." Twilight very nearly cried out a tear as Dr. Fauna let Twilight and Owlowiscious in while Opal was very relieved.
"But don't think this excuses you from your checkup Opal dear..." Rarity told her cat as the cat hissed back, who was clearly happy for a second, only to have her hopes dashed...
Meanwhile, Twilight took out Owlowiscious from her saddle bag, but leaving the towel wrapped around him as Dr. Fauna started to get to work.
"Alright, lets see what's wrong with my favorite owl." Dr. Fauna began as she slowly took off the towel, which of course in turn made the owl shake all that much more. "This is so strange, Owlowiscious was perfectly fine during his last checkup, Princess Twilight, have you noticed any signs lately?"
"Well he has been more tired than usual lately, you see Spike had to leave for Canterlot a few days ago, so Owlowiscious has been helping me, bringing me more ink and books, stuff like that, but he has done that before and was fine..." Twilight expressed.
"Strange..." Dr. Fauna thought as she then felt the owl's body, which was rather cold, despite the office being normal room temperature, the vet then taking out her stethoscope and put it against the owl's heart, which was beating a little more slowly. "Well, his heart rate's not as regular as it should be... But I don't see any cuts or things like that. My guess is that Owlowiscious had a breakdown, simply a response to the difference from being a house owl. Owls are not your typical domesticated pet, like a dog or cat is, they're meant to live in the forest after all. And you did tell me that he did come to you ."
"So, what do you suggest for him Dr. Fauna?" Twilight asked.
"I suggest he doesn't help you for the time being, I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but you have to watch over him, make sure he's comfortable and in a warm spot, preferably by a fireplace." Dr. Fauna suggested. "Wait for a few days and if he shows no signs of improvement, than come back to me and I'll see what I can do to help him get better."
"Okay, thank you Dr. Fauna, I'll get right to it." Twilight replied, putting a comforting hoof on her owl as he turned his tired and sick looking face to his owner.
"You're welcome." Dr. Fauna smiled as Twilight wrapped her owl back up in the towel and put him in her saddle bags as Dr. Fauna opened her office door while Twilight trotted out.
And what Twilight saw next put a faint smile on her face...
"Is Owlowiscious okay Twilight..." Fluttershy asked first as she, with Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie came to the vet, obviously Applejack got her friends and they all dropped what they were doing and came over and since Rarity was already there, that was one less friend Applejack needed to get.
"No, he's not Fluttershy..." Twilight got back to her sadness as she hung her head low.
"Well, what's wrong than?" Rainbow Dash asked.
"He's just in need of some rest, I have to take him back to the castle and make sure he's warm and comfortable." Twilight answered as she trotted past her friends, to go back home.
"Well, we're coming with you Twilight." Pinkie Pie addressed as she turned around to join Twilight.
"But, I don't want to interrupt all your plans and..." Twilight began, but Applejack cut her off.
"Now, now Twilight, don't you know at this point that we're going to stick by you no matter what?" Applejack reminded Twilight. "And besides, you would do the same for us."
"Thanks Applejack, I guess I can accept a little help now." Twilight once again smiled as Rarity now spoke up.
"I'll join you shortly darlings, right now, Opal needs her checkup and I'll come with a nice blanket for Owlowiscious to tuck him under." Rarity told her friends as she picked up her cat and the two went into Dr. Faun'a office, with Opal not looking too pleased at having her checkup still...
Meanwhile the rest of the group trotted together back to the castle, the group right away going to the cozy living room of the castle, where the fireplace was. With Twilight setting down her owl, Applejack, with Rainbow Dash's help, got the fire going in the fireplace, which very quickly filled the living room with a nice warmness. While that was going on, Fluttershy watched over the owl while Twilight and Pinkie got a big enough basket for Owlowiscious to lay in and rest, although Owlowiscious tried getting up.
"No, no, Owlowiscious, you need to rest." Fluttershy explained as Twilight and Pinkie came back with the basket, Twilight also seeing her owl trying to get up.
"Yes my junior assistant, you just rest, you done enough for me." Twilight urged the sick owl as Owlowiscious gave up and was placed gently into the basket.
With the fire going and with Rarity coming as fast as she could after Opal's checkup, with a nice, soft blanket for the owl, Owlowiscious was laid as close to the fire as possible and well it seemed to work. The shaky owl stopped shaking after a few minutes and soon enough was fast asleep, finally giving Twilight a breather.
"Looks like some owl's finally asleep..." Pinkie softly spoke.
"Yeah, I hope he stays that way." Fluttershy agreed.
"Well, we y'll better give him some space." Applejack advised as Twilight's friends began to leave, but not before reassuring Twilight that Owlowiscious was going to be okay.
"Don't worry Twilight, it's just like when I was afraid Tank was going to hibernate, if I got through that, you can get through this." Rainbow Dash told Twilight.
"I hope so Rainbow..." Twilight replied as she looked back at her sleeping owl, finally comfortable, safe for now. "I really hope so..."