Move Along

by butboifranko

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Pinkie Pie helps Fluttershy move along after a heart breaking event

Pinkie Pie has had feelings for Fluttershy for the longest time, but on the day she decides to go and tell her; she finds Fluttershy in a state of disaster after recent events with a certain pegasus. With Fluttershy hurt and shattered; Pinkie Pie makes a decision that could end up being good, or bad.

Chapter One

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It’s been a crazy and hectic day here at Sugarcube Corner; a lot of ponies have been coming by to buy chocolate and other scrumptious treats for Hearts and Hooves Day. Cinnamon hearts…pink, red, and white cupcakes topped with tiny heart sprinkles, and conversation hearts; ya know! Those delicious heart shaped candies with phrases like, ‘I love you’, and ‘will you be mine?’!

Holy molly, we sure sold tons of those. They seem to be the most popular at the moment. Which isn’t really THAT big of a shock; they usually sell the most every year.

So yeah! Sugarcube Corners been busy, so I haven’t been able to get much of a break from working. Which totally isn’t fun, but don’t me wrong; No, no! I really do love working with the Cakes, and spreading joy by selling candy to the residents of Ponyville, and the few ponies that stray into town from time to time, that I become friends with of course! But I’ve kinda been making plans for this Heart and Hooves Day…and with the lack of break and free time; I haven’t really been able to fulfill them.

Sadly though, I’m kind of stuck in Sugarcube Corner with the Cakes; so they’ll have to wait until my shift is over, and then hopefully I’ll be able to get out of this crazy place for the rest of the day.


“Alright Pinkie, you’re off duty. We’ll keep things under control while you’re…out and about.” Mrs. Cake gave me that worried smile, but she’s probably just stressed with all the costumers. I know I would if I had a line going out the door, asking for high demands.

“Okey dokey Mrs. Cake, I’ll be back later!” I turned to the door and grabbed the basket full of goods from the table and headed out.

Soon I was making my way through the somewhat bustling streets of Ponyville. Everypony seemed even more cheerful than usual! Greeting me as I continued on my bouncy way, I totally said ‘hi’ back to them, but I didn’t have that much time to spare. I had a pony to visit!

After not that long of a trot, I arrived at my destination. Which was the super lovely cottage that belonged to Fluttershy; the pony I’ve been planning on visiting. DUH.

I knocked on the door and waited for Fluttershy, or somepony to answer. I sure hope she was home alone, or this would be really, really awkward. Well unless I didn’t say what I wanted to say…then it wouldn’t and maybe I could become friends with whoever the pony is! Wow, now I’m really in the mood to see if she has a guest. That’d be such a twist!

After a minute or two with no answer, I got a little impatient, so I gave the door one more knock; a little harder then before. The door creaked open slowly. I opened it the rest of the way and looked inside and around the house. There was no sign of Fluttershy anywhere.

She may have gone out or something. It’s not like she was expecting me. It was supposed to be a surprise!

I turned around to leave and head back to Sugarcube Corner, but then I heard a fainted sniffling sound coming from upstairs. My immediate thought was; Fluttershy was crying.

Without hesitation, I made my way up to Fluttershy’s room as cautiously as I could. The last thing I would want to do was scare the jeepers out of her.

When I got up to Fluttershy’s door, I saw her pet rabbit, Angel; sitting on his haunches in front of the door. He looked pretty upset, but I think he’s always upset.

I lowered my head down to the rabbit, “Hey there Angel. Is Fluttershy alright?”

The rabbit shook his head indicating that she wasn’t. My heart sunk a little deeper from the confirmation…which I should’ve figured, since she was crying in her room. Silly Pinkie!

“Oh I see. I’m gonna check on her. So you be a good little bunny and watch the house for her. I’m sure she’ll really appreciate it if you did that, okay?”

Angel raised his ears and gave me a little bunny salute and prepared to bounce off, but instead stopped and glared at me. I didn’t really understand, since well ya know; I don’t talk to animals! But I figured what he was thinking…he didn’t want to leave his owners side. Gummy could be like that when I’m all Saddie Pie, which isn’t very often; but that’s one of the great things about pets.

“I see what you’re trying to get at Angel. When I’m done talking to Fluttershy I’ll leave the door open so you can go in and see her, okey dokey?”

With that said Angel nodded and hopped along down the stairs to the lower floor; leaving me in the midst of a upset Fluttershy. Now I felt a lump in my throat as I opened the door slowly, hearing the sniffling coming from her room.

When I was in the room, I saw her laying on her bed buried in her mane and tail. I opened my mouth to say something but was stopped by a loud shutter from Fluttershy. I waited till she quieted, somewhat down, and took a step forward.

“Fluttershy…are you alright?” I asked quietly, receiving a ‘eep’ from Fluttershy. She lifted her head and took part of her mane out of her face, “Pinkie Pie?”

“Yep! I came over to see you, but when I knocked nopony answered, and when I knocked again…the door opened, and I heard sniffling from upstairs so I came to check on you.” I looked to the ground with a small smile to represent some kind of comfort for Fluttershy, “Are you alright Flutters?”

She didn’t say anything, but instead lowered her head back to where it was before and sobbed out, “No.”

I couldn’t help but skip on over to her bed and sit beside her, pulling her into a hug. Fluttershy made a scared ‘eep’ again, but eventually hugged me back. I just let her cry for a minute to get some emotions out before asking her what happened that had made her so sad.

Seeing her cry against my shoulder was pretty heart breaking, and a tinsy bit flattering. I hugged her a bit tighter as she continued to sob against me and took a breath, “Do you wanna talk about what happened?”

Fluttershy didn’t respond right away, but after a moment or two she mumbled something inaudible. “Sorry, what was that Fluttershy?”

She raised her head from my shoulder and wiped her eyes with a stutter. Still heart breaking.

“I, I don’t know if you’ll understand Pinkie Pie…”

“What do you mean? I can be smart pony! In fact, you can ask me any question about Equestrian history, fractions, pie charts, and a bunch of other stuff! What ever it is, I’m sure I’ll be able to understand Flutters.”

Fluttershy looked at me with her glassy eyes and gave me a crooked frown; that seemed to be turning upside down to a small smile.

“Oh well, it concerns…something that happened today that I planned to do for a while, but it didn’t turn out how I wanted.” Fluttershy explained, but it wasn’t enough for me to help her.

“Well, what was it that you planned?”

. Fluttershy stirred in my grasp and buried her head in my chest; making me feel my face heat up, but only to be cooled down by the tears now dampening my coat.

“I…I went to tell, Rainbow Dash something. But when I finally found her, she…she…”

More tears dripped down Fluttershy’s cheeks as she buried herself deeper into my chest. I hugged her tightly and rubbed her back as she continued to sob. I couldn’t help but feel sad too…but this wasn’t about me, it was about what was troubling Fluttershy.

“What happened when you found Dashie, Flutters?”

With some more stirring, she came back up to face me with a tear stained face. I wiped a few tears from her face and gave her a small smile.

She let out a stuttered sigh, “When I found Rainbow…she was with, Twilight…cuddling, in the Library.”

Oh no! Is that why Fluttershy was upset; because Dashie didn’t tell her about her and Twilight’s relationship? Aw…she must feel hurt that Dash didn’t tell her about it first. They are best friends and all! She must feel excluded.

“Aw Fluttershy, you don’t have to worry about Dashie not being your friend! You’re still one of her bestest pony friends, and I’m sure she didn’t mean to block you out. She was gonna tell you later this week, I’m super sure!”

Fluttershy looked at me and shook her head, wiping a tear. “That’s, not why I’m upset Pinkie. It’s because…I was going to, tell Rainbow Dash that I…”

“That you, what?”

“I was going to tell Rainbow Dash about my feelings for her.” Fluttershy let out before turning away and burying her head into one of her pillows, wrapping her tail around her like a cat.

My heart must’ve of cracked a bit as my small smile was flipped around into a frown. That not only hurt Fluttershy from just saying it…but it hurt me from having to hear she had feelings for Dashie. Seeing Twilight with Rainbow must’ve been just terrible! But I can’t help but feel jealous…Fluttershy liking Dashie and all. Now isn’t the time for me to be sad though, Fluttershy comes first.

Fluttershy laid there crying as I scooted closer. I put my hoof on her shoulder and tried to think of something comforting to say. Nothing came to mind…there wasn’t much I could say to her at this point. Her crush was dating somepony else, and being Fluttershy; she was taking it severely hard. I don’t even know if she ever liked anypony else.

Oh wait idea!

“I can see you’re taking this pretty hard, but I was just wondering…did you ever like any other pony in that way?”

Fluttershy clutched her pillow and buried herself deeper and let out a muffled, “No.”

Oh pickle barrel cumquat; this is serious business here! “So…you’ve only liked Dashie from foalhood to now?”

She nodded into the pillow, and got up shortly after wiping her eyes with her dampened hoof. She turned to face me, “Aren’t you…a little surprised about me, liking other mares?”

I was a little shocked at the question, but since I was kind of hoping she was; I wasn’t actually. Oh wait a diddly second…did I say why I came here in the first place? Huh, I don’t think I did. Well since I have a chance now, I guess it’ll be a good time. So, I’ve had a crush on Fluttershy for a while now. Probably since a while after we all met Twilight and became BPFF’s!

But I can’t tell Fluttershy that, not yet. It would be a terrible idea to tell her that now, considering what she’s going through. Others come first!

I cleared my throat, “Well not really, and it doesn’t matter. You can be in love with a flamingo and I wouldn’t care; as long as you’re happy!”

Fluttershy let out a sigh that seemed to be of relief, “Oh thank goodness. It was part of the reason why I never told anypony about my crush on…Rainbow. Not even Rarity. Which I feel terrible about! How could I keep something like that from one of my best friends?”

I smiled, “Well you told me, and got it out right? And I’m sure if you explained to Rarity why you didn’t tell her; she’d understand.”

“I guess you’re right…but I, don’t know if I even want to go out right now after what happened. I don’t think I’d be able to see, Rainbow. I would rather just stay in my home…and be alone.”

With that; Fluttershy crawled under her covers and squeezed her pillow once again. I just stared at her and made a small smile and giggled, “Oh Fluttershy. Now isn’t the best time to be alone.” I went over Fluttershy on the bed and plopped onto my side on the opposite side of her. She turned around to face me.

“I can spend the time with you! I’m sure the Cakes will understand if I take some time off to help out a friend.”

Fluttershy wiped her nose, and made a quizzical frown. “You…you’d do that for me?”

I scooted closer to her and pulled her into a hug, “Of course I would! You’re my friend, and that’s what friends are for silly!” I nuzzled her cheek and gained a very small smile from Fluttershy. “Besides, you’ll need help through this; and I’ll be you’re helper help helper!”

Fluttershy nuzzled me back with a sniffle, “Thanks Pinkie…that means a lot to me.”

The room had gotten dark, so I guess I must’ve been out for longer then I thought. Shocking actually…I guess time does fly when you’re engulfed in a moment. Or was it because I got off of work at six? I dunno, but I guess it was pretty late now ‘cause I was getting tired.

Fluttershy yawned and looked at me with her still glassy eyes. “Well, since you’ll be staying with me for a few days…I guess you could sleep downstairs on the couch if you wouldn’t mind.”

Aw shucks, I was actually looking forward to maybe cuddling Flutters up! Oh well, it’s best to take it slow, “Oh yeah that’s okey dokey Fluttershy. I’ll head down now ‘cause I’m pretty tired!”

I leapt off the bed and made my way to the door, opening it and turning around to face her. “I’ll see ya in the morning Flutters, have a good sleep and if you need me, I’m right below ya!”

“Goodnight Pinkie.” Fluttershy responded quietly before turning off her light and shuffling under her covers. I closed the door slightly behind me, leaving it opened enough so Angel could slip in and sleep with Fluttershy. A promise is a promise!

When I got downstairs I took the liberty to make sure all the lights that were left on were turned off, and pulled out one of Fluttershy’s spare blankets from a chest and got comfy underneath it on the couch. With the cabin quiet and seeing Angel hopping up the stairs; I closed my eyes and waited for sleep.

Chapter Two

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Fluttershy has or had a crush on Rainbow Dash. For some reason I can’t really think about it without feeling extremely jealous.

I couldn’t sleep very well last night. It could’ve been the couch and how I had to sleep in strange positions, or because I couldn’t stop thinking about Fluttershy being with Rainbow Dash instead of myself. Like, I had always picture Flutters being with me. Imagining me and her baking super scrumptious goods, cuddling by the fire while rain pelted down, watching it drip down the panels of the window…doing just about everything together, telling each other our deep dark scary- secrets…

What does Rainbow Dash have that I don’t?

Actually; she has a lot more than I do. First of all, she’s an incredibly talented flier. Secondly, she’s pretty good-looking. To be honest, even I think she’s pretty scrumptious. But besides that; Rainbow Dash lives by herself in a big cloud house up in the sky, while I live in the attic of a bakery. I can’t top that!

Though, I doubt Fluttershy only likes Rainbow Dash because she has a good life style. It could also be because they've known each other for like, ever! Flutters and me didn’t get to actually know each other until Twilight came to Ponyville and we all became BPFF’s! Before then she was really, really shy and didn’t talk to many ponies besides Dashie. This explains why they’re so comfortable with each other. I don’t know if Fluttershy talked to any other ponies beside Rainbow, but I can presume that when Dash came to Ponyville after graduating from Flight School, they had a lot to catch up on.

And maybe even some build up in feelings…wait, build up in feelings? That could mean that…That Fluttershy told Rainbow how much she missed her while they were separated after she wanted to drop out of Flight School, and move down to Ponyville to be closer to wild life. While Dash continued her education in flight, and eventually graduated with honors for being such an awesome-tastic flier! And then decided the perfect place to settle down was in Ponyville, while she secretly moved to Ponyville because she knew that’s where Fluttershy went to, and during their get together she confesses she only came to Ponyville to be able to see Flutters again, and Flutters was all flabbergasted because she had a secret crush on her the whole time and is of course incredibly flattered.

Then Rainbow shoots her a seductive glance and moves in and kisses Fluttershy, while ‘Shy of course kisses her back with passion because she loves her, right!? And then Dashie sweeps Fluttershy off from the couch and cradles her in her cyan hooves and flaps her big pegasi wings, and carries her up the stairs while…

No. I shouldn’t over analyze things like that. Mama Pie always said to never over think a situation, and to just go with the flow and see how it goes. That kinda rhymes, so it must be true!

Geez, I wonder when Fluttershy is gonna wake up. Or…maybe she’s already up, but she’s just hiding out in her room. She did say that she didn’t wanna come out last night, so that’s probably what she’s doing. I should go up and check to see if she’s awake.

I made my way up the stairs to her room, getting a better look at the walls, which had pictures of what seemed to be her family and little cutesy-wutesy animals alongside Fluttershy in different sceneries, which make a nice touch to her small cabin. After what seemed to be a countless number pictures of animals, I got up to Fluttershy’s room and knocked.

“Who is it?” I opened my mouth to say ‘Pinkie Pie’ but decided not to. Instead I cleared my throat and made my best game face, “Rainbow Dash!”

A loud thud came from the other sided of the door and along with a signature Fluttershy ‘eep!’

“Rainbow Dash, what…how did you get in the cabin past Pinkie? And, oh! Don’t come in! I’m- I mean my room is a mess.”

I opened the door, “Fluttershy I was just jokin’ around. It’s me Pinkie Pie!”

Fluttershy popped her head out from under the bed sheets, which must’ve tagged along with her when she fell out of bed. Her eyes looked at me; big cyan glassy eyes, along with her very messy mane. She seemed upset, and a little scared…Snapple jacks! I shouldn’t have used Rainbow Dash. That’s so predicable of me. Good gravy!

“Pinkie…you scared me! I thought Rainbow Dash was actually here. Why would you trick me like- I mean…never mind.”

“I’m sorry Fluttershy. I didn’t mean to upset you. I was just-” I hopped over to her and poked her sides, “Tickling your funny bone!”

“Oh, wha-hehehe, stop stop!” Fluttershy squirmed in my hoofs as I tickled her completely vulnerable sides. She’s so fluffin’ adorable! Her face turned red, and I withdrew my hoofs and laughed along with her. Fluttershy looked up with the cutest smile, blushing like a maniac.

“So Fluttershy, what do you plan to do today, anything exciting? Like going off into a balloon and floating up to Cloudsdale and then jumping in the rainbow liquid stuff and coming out, and going around making rainbow hoof prints?”

“Well…no. I don’t know what I’m going to do today, besides I can just fly up to Cloudsdale... but I’ll be going downstairs shortly to feed the animals and stuff like that, eat breakfast, and then come back here…how about you?”

“Today, I’ll be going down to Sugarcube Corner to let Mister and Misses Cake know that I’ll be staying with you for a while, and then-”

Fluttershy placed a hoof to my mouth. Assertiveness…Pinkie likey! “Don’t tell them the real reason you’re staying with me, please? I don’t want anypony but you, and eventually Rarity knowing alright?”

She removed her hoof. “Sure thing Fluttershy, I’ll think up an excuse on the way into town…and when I come back I can help you around the cabin if you want! I’m pretty good with animals, I think.”

“I don’t see any reason why you can’t help, but I’ll probably have everything done by the time you get back from town…thank you for offering though Pinkie, it’s very generous of you.”

I feel flattered. Should I? I don’t know! “No problem Fluttershy, and hey; it’s what I’m staying with you for, to help out!”

Flutters gave me a hug and I couldn’t resist but to hug the adorable mare back. “Thanks again, Pinkie.”

I hugged her a little tighter, “No problemo Flutters.”

As suckish as it is, I can’t sit here and hug her all day. I have things to do back in Ponyville before I can get too comfortable. I moved out of the hug and gave her a hopefully, comforting smile. Ponies say my smiles scare them sometimes, but ya know what. They’re a bunch of sour-pusses!

“Okay. I’m gonna head down to Ponyville and do what I gotta do, and I’ll be back A.S.A.P, okey dokey?”

Fluttershy nodded, “Alright, I’ll be here most likely when you get back I guess.”

I gave her a quick smile and made my way out of her room, down the stairs, out the door, and onward to Ponyville.

Chapter Three

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The door shut behind me as I began to make my way back to Ponyville. It was gonna take quite a bit of time to get there, since Fluttershy lives all the way outside of town and by the Everfree Forest. Which never really made any sense to me, since she’s so afraid of how animals can take care of themselves, and all the different species and all that crazy stuff; yet she lives no more than a good ten minute trot away from it! Like is this filly loco in the coco? For me of course I’d just giggle and chortle it up in the ghostie’s face and go all Pinkie Dianne style, but Fluttershy is too much of a scaredy cat to face her fears.

But, I will be staying with her for who knows how long…I can totally teach her how to take care of them! Oh wow it’ll be so much fun to teach her. At first she’ll probably be all ‘Oh…I don’t know Pinkie. I think I take care of them much better by hiding in my home, in my closet.’ And then I’ll be all like ‘Don’t be a scaredy filly silly! You gotta giggle at the ghosties, and then they’ll be gone forever and ever!’

Then she’ll giggle at the monsters, and all that stuff she’s afraid of; with that cute, heart melting laugh that you rarely catch when she cracks out of her shell and lets her luminous, vibrant colors shine right in your face; lighting even the darkest corners of every room and vanquishing every evil thing that creeps up on you…things that not even giggling can conquer over.

Her demons will be vanquished, and she’ll turn around with her glowing eyes that lock with mine. Her eyes pulling me toward her like a magnet, muzzles touching with both our faces red hot like a bottle of hot sauce…that burning sensation in my throat when I gulf down a whole bottle lickety split! But instead of it consuming all the dry and coolness in your throat, it engulfs all the chill from the night breeze from your cheeks, leaving a burn of red crimson as all we can do is move closer and closer-

“Pinkie Pie watch where you’re going!” I coughed from the dirty dust as I lay on the floor. I shook my head quickly, realizing I had completely zoned out again; and saw Twilight down on her side beside me.

“Oops, sorry Twilight…I must’ve zoned out again. I’ve been doing that a lot recently, but I’m not really sure why,” Which I totally do. “It may be because I have a lot on my mind, or maybe I’m just really out of it all the time. What do you think Twilight? Do you think I’m out of it a lot? I really need to know so I can improve to be a better, practical pony!”

Twilight got off from the ground and laughed as she brushed herself off. “Well I’m sure you’re certainly not a practical pony, Pinkie Pie. You’re too genuine to be that, and if I were you I wouldn’t worry about it, ‘cause it’s what makes you…”

“It’s alright Twilight, I like being my Pinkie self anyway-”

Twilight looked away and bit her lip. Odd, she never really stumbles over her words. “Hey Twi’, you okay? You seem kind of confuzzled or something.”

She shook her head, “No. I just feel kinda weird…complimenting other mares right now.”

“Why would you feel weird about being nice Twilight?”

Twilight sighed, “It’s just different now that Rainbow and I are dating. I feel bad for giving a mare or even a stallion a compliment. I feel like I’m cheating on Dash, without the physical part.”

“You’re so silly Twi’! It’s not cheating if you compliment your friends. It’s only cheating when you flirt with someone. If you know the pony then it’s alright!”

She smiled, still looking a tiny bit confused…though Twilight is always confused about something, but she figures it out shortly after. It’s the best part of being a super smart pony like herself!

“I think I get what you’re saying Pinkie Pie…but can you please not call me, ‘Twi’ anymore? The last time someone called me that, in front of Rainbow, she got pretty upset. I think she takes it as a ‘pet name’ or something, and you know how she is…all defensive and whatnot.”

“Totally understandable, Twilight, I’d feel the same way too if I were Dashie.” What?! I can’t call her Twi’ anymore? This is insanely terrible!

Twilight took in a hiss of breath, “Sorry Pinkie…but that’s what I call Rainbow.” Pickle barrel cumwhat!?

“Oh…I see, Twilight. I won’t call…Rainbow that anymore, since it’s your pet name for her and all that nice cute couple stuff!”

She sighed with a content smile, “Thanks Pinkie Pie. I guess that saves any awkward moments in the future at any of our gatherings, or whatnot.”

Twilight averted her attention toward the clock and her eyes widened, “But right now I’m running a little late for a meeting with, Dashie. It was nice talking to you though Pinkie, see you later!”

With that, Twilight began a fast trot in the opposite direction, as I continued my way to Sugarcube Corner.

I can’t believe I can’t use those nicknames anymore because they’re both dating each other! And hello, I was the one who made up Rainbow’s nickname, Dashie. Real creative Twilight… Applejack was the one who called Twilight, Twi’ but I got a little attached to it at some point and even called her it sometimes! So that’s or groups nickname for her. Like geez Louise! Now I’m gonna have to think up another nickname for each of them.

Not like it’s a big deal or anything, but I guess it’ll take some time to get used to calling them by their full names.

Sugarcube Corner was silent; so silent it almost felt unnatural. The counter was bare of Mrs. Cake, or anyone else, and the platters of cupcakes and other assorted scrumptious goods were mostly half gone; meaning that they had gotten some business for the day. Thank goodness!

I made my way over to the counter and took a look at the pastries, and oh my glabber they looked delicioso! They appear to be vanilla cupcakes with butter cream icing of multiple colors that consisted of purple, red, and yellow; and spiffed up with red and white sprinkles.

Oh my goodness, I think I’m drooling.

“Pinkie Pie!” Mrs. Cake rounded the corner of the kitchen, and made her way toward the counter. She appeared to be upset that my drool had got on the glass.

“Howdy, Mrs. Cake! I’m sorry about the drooly wooly on the glass counter; I can clean it up lickety spli-”

She rushed up to me and hugged me. “Pinkie, where have you been? We’ve been worried sick about you!”

“Y-you have?” I stuttered, surprised that she was worried about me for being out for a night without notice.

Strange of her to not get upset about my drool on the glass though; she always gets mad at me whenever I fantasize about eating one of the pastries that are inside. Maybe she didn’t notice…or it could be that she wasn’t really concerned about it, and had her mind of other things like, where I’ve been all night.

Like sheesh mckeesh, its not like I didn’t tell her I was going out; and I clearly remember past me telling past Mrs. Cake that I’ll see her later, not saying if I’d be back before morning or night.

Although… I’d be pretty upset and worried if someone I knew went out and didn’t come back before morning, but it just slips my mind that Mister and Misses Cake are kind of like my step parents. It’s not that I was put up for adoption or something crazy like that, but when I decided to fulfill my dream of throwing parties to spread joy to everypony, they were the only ponies in Ponyville that had a room up for rent, and they even offered me a job to pay for the rent. Which is my opinion doesn’t make any sense, ‘cause they’re paying me to pay them; I don’t think they’ve figured it out yet.

Besides that, they’ve always treated me like on of their own; even though I moved in just a few years back in my mid-teen years. Man, I remember when I had to have braces from trying to bite a jawbreaker. They’re still a little out of place to this day; totally worth it though.

“Of course we have Pinkie Pie! We waited up quite late for you to come back.” She took a deep breath, probably to calm herself down.

I went up to Mrs. Cake and gave her a hug, and was greeted with a fore-leg around me in return.

“I’m really sorry Mrs. Cake, I ended up spending the night with Fluttershy, and coming back before morning totally slipped my mind.”

Mrs. Cake sighed, and laughed. “Oh who am I kidding, you’re a grown mare and I’m sure you’re capable of taking care of yourself.”

She let go of me and smiled. “And how is Fluttershy? I know you’ve been meaning to go over to visit her and such-” She looked at me with a confused face, almost as if she just realized something, “Which by the way, you haven’t told me why. Not like it matters or anything, especially when it comes to you Pinkie, but it concerns me for the times you’d get upset when you weren’t able to go.”

Maybe I should tell Mrs. Cake about how I feel for Fluttershy… She might be able to give me advice. Though, if I tell her it’ll turn to why I’m staying with Flutters, and I promised her I wouldn’t tell Mrs. Cake the real reason for my absence.

“It’s just that Fluttershy has been really squashed from the work load of animal care taking for the past month or so, and I told her a while back that I’d be happy to help her out; you know how much I love helping my friends!”

Mrs. Cake gave me a thoughtful smile. “Well that’s quite kind of you Pinkie Pie...And yes I’m aware.”

Her face altered again to a concerned one, “But I don’t see how that’d make you stay the night, and come back at mid day.”

“She has nocturnal animals too, like raccoons and stuff so I offered to stick around for the night duties and I ended up crashing on her couch…Which is why I came back to ask for an absence from running the counter for a while. Fluttershy really needs help, and I can’t stand to leave her out in her cottage all by… Herself.”

Odd…I feel bad for some reason for, lying? Oh my gosh I’m turning into Applejack! Wait no, what am I doing? I can’t lie to Mrs. Cake; well at least not entirely. She deserves to know the truth to why I’ve been meaning to go and see Fluttershy for the past month…It’s the right thing to do.

“Well since you have a, valid and noble reason…How long do you expect to be with her?”

“Mrs. Cake I’m sorry, but I need to tell you the truth.”

She looked at me surprised, “The truth Pinkie Pie?”

“Yes, I haven’t been meaning to go to Fluttershy’s because I felt bad that she had a huge work load with the animals. I’ve been wanting to go because...”

I scratched the back of my head, “Because I…” Why can’t I just say it?

“Pinkie Pie, what is it? Do you wanna…Write it down on this piece of paper, or something?”

Mrs. Cake slid a piece of parchment towards me on the counter along with a quill. She’s so smart sometimes!

I picked up the quill with my teeth and tried my best to write what I needed to say. When I was finished I slid it back over to Mrs. Cake.

She read it, and looked up to me smiling. “Huh, like I didn’t see this coming.”

“Wait, you already knew that I liked her? Who told you!?”

Mrs. Cake laughed, “Pinkie Pie it’s so obvious that even a filly could see it. You always turn redder than a cherry when she talks to you, and most of the day while you’re home, you’re zoning in and out; obviously thinking about her from the way you drool.” She laughed, “Unless you’re thinking about how good our pastries are; I can’t think of any other reason.”

“Don’t get me wrong Mrs. Cake, you’re cupcakes are mouthwatering; but yes… I have been thinking about her a lot and no matter what I do, I can’t stop feeling the way I feel, which is why I need to stay with her to help her, and to maybe see if she feels the same way, or show her that I do…at least.” Too bad I can’t tell her how much more complicated it really is.

“That’s very brave of you Pinkie. I know I don’t have the guts to do anything like that, and you’re really taking a plunge for her. I’ll gladly give you time off since you’ve given a noble and caring reason. Just name the time length, and I’ll give you it off.”

“Two weeks at the most, I’m not sure how long it’ll take Fluttershy to get all the work done, but if I need more or less time I’ll come by and talk to you though!”

Mrs. Cake wrote it into her schedule book with her quill, and when she finished she looked back up to me. “It’s done, and yes please do…and I guess you’ll be taking some of your stuff to Fluttershy’s for your stay, yes?”

“Yup! I plan to pack a bag, and then I’ll be out of your mane!”

She closed the book and put the quill back in its case. “Sounds like a plan then. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some orders to bake…but I’ll see you later though, and good luck with Fluttershy!”

I ran up to her and gave her a hug. “Thanks Mrs. Cake! You’re the best.”

Mrs. Cake patted me on the back. “No problem sugar.”

My luggage wasn’t very heavy; all I had packed was my tooth brush, pillow, confetti blasters, and my party cannon, ‘cause you never know when you’ll need an quickly put together party, and of course I brought Gummy along with me; because I know he’ll miss me to smithereens if I didn’t bring him along.

When I got inside the cottage I noticed that Fluttershy set up a little sleeping area for me on the couch. It wasn’t anything special, but its better than sleeping on the floor…of course it would be nice to share a bed with Fluttershy; not in that way though sillies!

Not like it’d be a bad thing…but we’re not even in a relationship, and right now I should be thinking about how I’m going to help Fluttershy with this whole drama with Rainbow Dash; especially when I have feelings for her, and she likes Dashi- I mean Rainbow. It’s a pretty tangled mess, but I’d do anything to help Fluttershy; even if it’d be me finding someone more suitable for her.

Whatever it takes, I’ll make that mare happy. It’s all I could ever ask for.

I un-packed my things and placed them the couch and out of the way of any critter that could get their claws on them. I wouldn’t want some squirrel busting up my party canon, or some ninja raccoon stealing my slippers. Those pesky varmints! How could they even think up such a scheme? Stealing innocent ol’ Pinkie Pie’s slippers for their dastardly deeds, adding them to their collection that they’ll sell to the raccoon overlord and use the money to take over Equestria!

With that thought in my mind, I think its best I hide my slippers under the cushions so they won’t go missing…or stolen.

My ear twitched as I was finishing up un-packing, and I turned around to see a raccoon walking in through the front door, then I saw the basket of assorted goods I had brought yesterday for Fluttershy. By Starswirley’s beard! I completely forgot that I brought those.

I shook my head and averted my eyes from the basket to the raccoon, who was already half way up the table!

“Oh no you don’t you varmint! Those aren’t for you, you filthy ninja!”

I charged at the raccoon and stared at it’s masked face. It’s facial expression showed fear, but deep down inside it had a cunning plan and I wasn’t going to let it steal that basket! No sir, those are for Fluttershy!

In a flash, I was rolling and tumbling with the raccoon, receiving scratches. The raccoon swiped at my face and got around my eye. I screamed bloody baking and rolled out of the rumbling and tumbling, and the raccoon ran out of the cabin. I heard a rush of hoof-steps approaching, but I just remained on the floor. That raccoon was too much of a match for me!

“Pinkie Pie, is that you? Pinkie- Oh my goodness!”

Fluttershy was over me right away, inspecting my scratched up body. “What in Equestria happened Pinkie? Are you okay?!”

I rolled onto my back and moved my hoof over my face, “I-I got in a fight with the ninja raccoon, and he fought valiantly…I was left with these battle wounds from defending the basket of goods.”

She moved in closer when I removed my hoof from the area the raccoon had done the most damage, she gasped, and rushed into another room without a word and came back just as fast as she went with bandaging, scissors, and gauge tape.

“Pinkie Pie, could you roll onto your stomach…if you wouldn’t mind that is.” Fluttershy asked hesitantly.

“Sure thing, Flutters?”

I rolled onto my stomach, not knowing why she wanted me to roll over, and then I felt Fluttershy pushing her muzzle underneath my leg; lifting me off the floor and onto all fours. The weight of my body didn’t hurt, but when I moved around I felt a faint sting on my back, probably from the un-attended scratches. Fluttershy helped me onto the couch and laid me on my stomach. I heard her cutting gauge tape, and felt her rubbing my back with that stuff that makes it sting a lot!

I let out of a hiss, and felt Fluttershy’s hoof slide away. “I’m sorry Pinkie Pie…I know it hurts, but this’ll make it feel better in no time.”

“It’s okay Fluttershy, its no problem at all!” I tried to sound cheery, but it really did hurt, a lot.

She continued tending to the scratches, massaging the wounded areas with the alcohol. After a while you get kinda used to the stingy feeling, and it feels like a massage… somewhat.

I let out a sigh and melted into the couch as Fluttershy continued with her hoof work.

“Pinkie Pie, why did the raccoon attack you exactly? I’m not saying you did anything wrong, but pretty much all the raccoons I know are quite pleasant to be around, but this one scratched you up pretty bad.”

“Oh no, Fluttershy, that’s not what went down. I thought the raccoon was a ninja and was trying to steal the basket of goods, so I charged at him and got in a super smashing brawl…He clearly won though.”

“Basket of goods, ninja raccoon…what are you talking about?”

“Well, yesterday I brought a basket of goodies from Sugarcube Corner to bring to you, as a gift; but when I was un-packing my things; I saw the raccoon trying to get it’s grubby little claws on them. So I charged at it, ‘cause…The basket was for you, and nopony else.”

Fluttershy stopped massaging my back, I turned over onto my back, presuming she was done, and gave her smile.

She looked down at the floor blushing, “You brought me a basket of…treats, and then defended them from a ninja raccoon?”

Is she flattered? Oh yes! “Of course Fluttershy, why wouldn’t I?”

Fluttershy shook her head and smiled, “I don’t know Pinkie, it was just really sweet of you to bring me something, not to mention…”

She hid under her mane a little more, while her smile grew a little brighter, “coming around when I needed someone the most. I guess it was just a coincidence.”

I felt my face heat up a bit at the thought of Fluttershy being happy I was, and am there for her, but I tried my best not to show it.

“It may have been a coincidence, or it could’ve just been fate; or I could’ve just happened to bounce in on the right time.”

Fluttershy brushed her mane out of her face, “That’s a possibility too.” She rubbed her head before reaching for the gauge and scissors, and started cutting pieces of gauge to go with the bandaging. There weren’t as many scratches on my front side, heck probably less than ten.

“So um…how did things with the Cakes go? Did they give you time off or, something?”

“Yeeup! Mrs. Cake gave me a few weeks off from work, and gave me the o-k to stay with you for the time being; Great right?!”

Fluttershy laughed, “Yes that is great. But um…you didn’t tell Mrs. Cake why you were actually staying with me right? If you did, that’s understandable; it’s best not to li-”

“Well I didn’t tell her the whole truth, but I didn’t tell her it was because of Rainbow and Twilight’s relationship. I made up an excuse that is kind of the same thing as what I’m doing on my stay in the first place, which is helping you!”

“That’s, that’s good news Pinkie Pie. Thanks for doing that.” Fluttershy covered up the last of the scratches. “I’m all done bandaging the scratches Pinkie Pie, you can get up if you’d like.”

I stretched out on the couch, getting out the kinks from my back and yawning. “Nah, I think I’m good just like this!”

“Oh, well…um, did anything interesting happen when you were in town?”

Fluttershy is so cute when she tries to make up a conversation. “Well...yes actually! When I was walking to Sugarcube Corner I bumped into Twilight and we had a little chat about her and Rainbow’s relationship!”

Fluttershy’s eyes bulged, “What? What did she say about their relationship? Are they having difficulties, not getting along, about to break up!?”

I stared at her for a second, feeling nothing but concerned. But I get it, if my crush was dating someone…wait, I’d want them to be happy. Good grief she’s got it bad.

“No, no, nothing like that Fluttershy. What went down was Twilight was about to compliment me, but then she felt bad because she thought complimenting other ponies was considered cheating on Rainbow Dash, and then I explained to her it’s alright to compliment ponies if they’re your friends and you know them, or just trying to be nice. Then, she got upset ‘cause I called her Twi, and then all went down hill from there. Overall, we can’t call either of them Twi, or Dashie.”

She blinked, “Oh well, that’s um…great I suppose. Nice to know they have things all figured out!”

Her smile altered to a frown and she curled up on the couch by my leg.

“Fluttershy…are you okay?”

All of a sudden, I heard someone knocking on the door. Goodness, we could have had a moment!

“I’ll get it Flutters, just sit tight.”

I got up off the couch and made my way to the door, and peered through the eye hole.