A/N: And here we have the second part of this thing. Hope you guys like it. Enjoy.
Disclaimer: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic belongs to Hasbro.
Pinkie Pie was grinning from ear to ear as she bounced excitably in her room within Sugarcube Corner. Twilight Sparkle was taking her on a date. She had never been on a date before, but it sounded like so much fun. Especially since it was Twilight and she was such a great pony. Pinkie just couldn't wait.
Suddenly, Pinkie decided she was hungry. Her head bouncing from side to side, she left her room and went downstairs. She saw some tasty looking pink cupcakes resting on a tray on a table. She threw three of them in her mouth all at once and gulped them down with a smile. They were super delicious. Pinkie's whole body quivered as she enjoyed the amazing flavor.
"Enjoying yourself, Pinkie?" Mrs. Cake, who was standing nearby, asked with an awkward laugh as she watched the pink pony. Pinkie glanced at her.
"Yep, yep! These are super tasty!" Pinkie cheered, bouncing toward her caretaker.
"That's nice, dearie..." said the older mare. "But you really should know to ask before you-"
"Oh! Oh! did you know?" Pinkie suddenly started, cutting Mrs. Cake off. "I'm so excited. Guess what's happening tonight?"
"I... er... I don't know, Pinkie," said Mrs. Cake, forcing a smile. "What is happening tonight?"
"I'm going on a date!" Pinkie announced gleefully.
Mrs. Cake stared ahead in disbelief. "Wha... Really? You... on a date, Pinkie...?"
"Yeah! Isn't that like the best ever?" Pinkie said, with a lot of excitement.
"Oh... well..." Mrs. Cake seemed to be at something of a loss for words. "Just who would-"
"I've never been on a date before," said Pinkie, cutting the other pony off again. "What's it like?"
"Oh... well... it's been a while since me and Mr. Cake were young..." said Mrs. Cake with a fond smile on her face. "But it was really great... Those first few dates were kind of awkward and more than a little nervous, but so fun and romantic. It didn't take very long before I knew I was completely in love."
Pinkie smiled and giggled. It sounded wonderful to her. Pinkie had always wanted to experience real, deep love. If it could be with a super amazing pony like Twilight Sparkle, that would be the best ever. "This is going to be so awesome..." she cheered.
"Well, I'm very happy for you, Pinkie..." said Mrs. Cake, nodding. "I hope everything goes just as well for you as it did for me."
"Thanks!" Pinkie replied, nodding energetically.
"So..." Mrs. Cake tentatively started. "Who is this nice pony who asked you out?"
"Oh," said Pinkie, smiling. "It's Twilight!"
Mrs. Cake was taken aback. "Twilight? Y-you mean your friend Twilight Sparkle?" she asked, her smile becoming forced again.
"Yup! That's right! She's like the coolest pony ever!" said Pinkie with a big smile. "I'm so excited."
"Ah... um... that's nice, dearie..." Mrs. Cake said, looking down, seemingly unsure how to react to this.
Pinkie bobbed her head up and down a bit then looked up. "Yup. I think I'm going to go have fun until it's time to meet Twilight."
"Alright, Pinkie..." said Mrs. Cake still at something of a loss. "You do that..."
Pinkie nodded and grabbed some more cupcakes. She stuffed them in her mouth as she began to bounce away.
"Pinkie... you know those are supposed to be for the customers..." Mrs. Cake said through a deep sigh.
"Sorry, Mrs. Cake, but I'm hungry..." Pinkie said while still chewing. "And these are just too good to resist!"
Pinkie merrily bounced away as the older mare sighed yet again, shaking her head. The pink pony emerged from the cake shop and looked around. She tilted her head, pondering just how to spend the time remaining until her date. It was then that she happened to see Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy walking down the street, talking to each other. Giddily, she jumped spontaneously toward them.
"Hi, hi!" Pinkie called out loudly. A startled Fluttershy let out a scream and backed up rapidly. Even Rainbow Dash seemed taken aback.
"Oh... uh... Pinkie Pie..." Dash said, shaking her head. "You really probably shouldn't do that..."
"Ah... it's just Pinkie..." Fluttershy said, opening her eyes and finally recognizing her friend. "I... er..."
"So how are you guys doing? I'm doing great myself. I'm really happy. I have super awesome stuff planned for tonight that makes me super excited," said Pinkie rapidly while the other stared.
"That's... uh... nice..." said Fluttershy quietly, looking away.
"You aren't planning another party, are you, Pinkie?" asked Dash, shaking her head.
"Nope! Guess again!" Pinkie started, giggling.
"You've got some great prank planned?" Dash asked, smiling.
Pinkie tilted her head and paused for a moment. She then loudly shouted, "Nope!" Fluttershy squirmed again at the sudden outburst.
"I really have no idea then..." Dash said. Fluttershy gave a nod in agreement.
"I'm going on a date!" Pinkie Pie cheerfully announced while her friends stared.
"Uh... really?" Fluttershy asked, looking unsure how to react.
"Would ask you out on a-" Rainbow Dash started. She cut herself off as her eyes flew wide open. "No..." she said in a slow voice. "It can't be..."
"It isn't with Twilight Sparkle... is it?" Fluttershy asked quietly, looking nervous.
"Oh wow, Fluttershy! you're an amazing guesser!" Pinkie gleefully started.
"Um... she kind of asked me too..." Fluttershy said, looking away.
"Whoa really?" Dash suddenly started. "That nerd... Just who didn't she ask?"
"Wait... you mean... you too?" Fluttershy started, looking at the other pegasus.
"Yeah..." said Dash smiling. "Funniest thing I heard all day."
"Twilight really asked you guys too?" Pinkie asked, her spirits falling more than her persisting smile let on. "Does that mean this is some kind of group date?"
"I don't think so..." said Fluttershy in a mild voice. "I turned Twilight down..." She averted her eyes and added. "I'm actually surprised you'd say yes..."
"I still can't believe that pony was even serious..." said Dash shaking her head.
Pinkie's smile fell a little. "But Twilight is a really great pony... Why would you guys refuse her like that?" she asked slowly.
"She's a really nice friend..." said Fluttershy looking down. "But dating usually means something more than just that... and I really don't think Twilight understood that..."
"You don't think?" Dash snorted and started laugh. "You did see that ridiculous book she was hauling around? That unicorn is so lost..."
"Yeah... " Fluttershy said in a tentative voice. "I was hoping... someone would set her right..."
"Easier said than done," Dash said with a laugh. "That pony has her head so stuck in those books of hers you can read the words off her face..."
Fluttershy gave a mild giggle. "Dash..." she said, shaking her head.
Pinkie stared at her friends, not sure what to think. Twilight had asked them out before her? Now those friends were being kind of mean to Twilight. It didn't really connect to her and it made her feel bad. Yet she supposed that it didn't really matter. She was going on a date with Twilight and it was going to be super fun. That was the important part. She wasn't about to let these mean ponies bring her down.
"Hmmph!" Pinkie started stepping forward, causing the other two to look at her again. "Well, me and Twilight are going to have a super fun time together! Then you'll be sorry it wasn't you instead!"
"Alright, Pinkie..." said Dash shaking her head. "Be sure to tell us about it..."
"Yeah..." said Fluttershy, nodding.
"I will!" Pinkie said with intensity. "And you'll be jealous!"
"Heh... you two really just might be perfect for each other..." said Dash with a strong chuckle.
"That's right!" said Pinkie with a firm nod.
"Well... have fun then..." said Fluttershy in a quiet voice.
"I will... " said Pinkie, bouncing ahead. "You'll see!"
Pinkie Pie continued bouncing away from the pegasi, still able to hear Dash laughing at her. She blocked it out as she moved ahead. After a few minutes of bouncing along, she found something to take her mind off the whole conversation. A whole bunch of tasty, juicy apples were right there in her sights. She suddenly felt hungry again. Eagerly she bounded ahead, coming to a halt before the basket of apples. She grabbed one and popped it into her mouth whole, eating it messily.
"Uhmm..." started someone nearby, giving a cough. Pinkie looked up to see Applejack standing there next to the apples, a stern look on her face.
"Oh! Hi, Applejack! Didn't see you there," she cheerfully greeted the other earth pony.
"Ya do intend to pay for that, don't ya, Pinkie Pie?" asked Applejack, glaring at the other.
"Pay for what?" asked Pinkie, looking around.
"The apple you just ate!" Applejack shouted,
"What apple?" asked PInkie, tilting her head, looking for an apple.
"The one already in your stomach," Applejack coldly replied. "I can't keep the farm runnin' on nothin', Pinkie..."
"Aw, come on... what's a couple bits between friends?" Pinkie cheerfully replied.
"Pinkie Pie..." Applejack sternly responded.
Pinkie's eyes shot open. "Oh, hey, Applejack! You'll never guess what happened to me today!"
Applejack gave a long, heavy sigh. She rolled her eyes. "What happened then, Pinkie Pie?" she asked.
"Twilight Sparkle asked me out on a date!" Pinkie cheered, clapping her hooves together excitedly.
"She didn't..." Applejack muttered, her eyes narrowing.
"Yep! She did. I bet your jealous! I have a date with Twilight Sparkle!" Pinkie excitedly spoke, smiling brightly.
"Hate to break it to you, but that silly pony asked me too..." Applejack said shaking her head.
Pinkie's smile fell again, shocked to hear this. She looked down. "Really?" she asked.
Applejack just nodded. "For such a smart pony Twilight can sure be a might bit stupid at times..."
Pinkie gasped. "That's mean!" she said, shocked to hear Applejack say something like that.
"Pinkie..." said Applejack. "I ain't trying to be mean about nothin'. It's just that pony don't always get it. She spent far too long all too herself in Canterlot. The princess sent her to learn about the world and she still has a lot of learnin' to do..."
"Whatever, meanie!" Pinkie responded childishly.
"And Twilight really ain't gettin' nothin' out of you leadin' her along," said Applejack, shaking her head. "That pony really needs to learn how silly this dating thing is for herself..."
"Meanie!" Pinkie repeated, pointing her hoof in accusation.
Applejack shook her head and glared at the other pony. "Believe me, Pinkie. I can show ya mean, if that's what you want. This ain't it."
"Hmmph!" Pinkie huffed. "I'm not listening to someone so mean!"
"Fine," said Applejack coldly. "Then why don't you mosey right along. I got customers I should be attendin' to..." the apple farmer turned her head. "You know, people who actually pay for what they take."
"Fine!" Pinkie started, jumping away from Applejack's store. "Meanie!" she called back one more time before darting off.
Pinkie was still a little mad as she continued to bounce away. She thought it was because of Applejack's grumpy attitude. However, it was something else she kept returning to in her head that was getting to her even more than that. Twilight had asked three other ponies out before asking Pinkie. For some reason, that made her kind of sad. Twilight had asked her out, but she was beginning to question just how special she was to the unicorn.
She needed something to keep happy. She was still going out with Twilight. Twilight was still fun. The two of them were bound to have a super great time anyway. Nothing else mattered. Pinkie was just having a hard time believing that. She needed a distraction. She needed something to get excited about the date again. Looking around, she suddenly spotted Carousel Boutique. That was it! She'd get some super cute clothes from Rarity to wear on the date! It would take her mind off everything, not to mention it was sure to impress Twilight.
The bounce restored to her step, Pinkie quickly moved toward the familiar dress shop. Approaching the building, she threw the door open suddenly and jumped inside. Rarity, standing nearby, stared at her for a moment.
"Oh, hi Pinkie Pie," she said in a quiet voice. "You come to play around?"
"Nope!" said Pinkie with a firm nod. "Today, I am here as a customer!"
"Really?" Rarity spoke, looking more than a little surprised. "You don't say?"
"Yep!" Pinkie chimed.
"Well, wonderful!" said Rarity, smiling and nodding. "You want me to make you a dress?"
"No... I don't have time for all that..." said Pinkie, shaking her head. "I'm looking for something already made. Something super cute, that's bound to impress, but is not too formal..."
"Oh," said Rarity, nodding as she considered the words "And this dress is for you?"
"It sure is," said Pinkie cheerfully.
"I think I have something in mind just perfect for you," said Rarity, a creative spark just in her eyes before suddenly she darted off.
"Great!" Pinkie eagerly replied.
"Here we are!" Rarity said, returning almost too quickly with some kind of pink outfit.
"Oh, awesome!" said Pinkie cheerfully. "I just know this is going to be perfect."
"Of course! Nothing short of perfection is acceptable," Rarity responded with energy as she moved toward the other pony with her chosen clothes. "If you don't mind me asking, what's the occasion?"
"I'm going on a date!" Pinkie squealed. Rarity blinked several times.
"You don't say?" she said with a laugh. "I must say I'm surprised. I never really say you as the dating sort of pony, Pinkie Pie."
"I've never gone on a date before," said Pinkie. "That's part of why I'm excited."
"Part?" Rarity questioned, tilting her head.
"The other part is the pony I'm going with!" Pinkie called out with a happy nod.
"Oh, is it someone I know?" Rarity questioned curiously.
"Yep!" said Pinkie giving a playful jump. "Twilight Sparkle!"
"Oh..." the excitement left Rarity's voice as she hung her head and sighed. "So this is all about that then?"
"All about what?" asked Pinkie, confused.
"So Twilight asked you out and you accepted then?" Rarity asked in a quiet voice, nodding.
"That's right," said Pinkie, still smiling.
"I suppose you're both on the same page then..." Rarity said, shaking her head. "I want you to listen to me, Pinkie Pie. Going out with a friend to do something fun is fine and completely harmless. But when you start to call it dating... there are different connotations and expectations... I'm not sure you and Twilight understand that..."
"I think I understand that just fine," said Pinkie after thinking it over. "Dating is about love!"
"Yes," said Rarity, nodding. "That's exactly right. Now ask yourself, do you love Twilight, Pinkie?"
"Of course I do, silly!" Pinkie replied without even thinking about it.
Rarity sighed. "Right. She is a very close friend to you, of course you love her. But, Pinkie Pie, there are different types of love in this world..."
"I know that!" said Pinkie closing her eyes and nodding. "There's love shared between families, love shared between friends and then there's the kind of love Mr. and Mrs. Cake have for each other."
"Exactly!" Rarity responded. "And Pinkie, dating typically entails that third kind."
"Yeah, "said Pinkie, unfazed. "I know."
"You don't mean to say you actually do like Twilight like that?" Rarity asked, taken aback.
"Well, not quite... not yet," said Pinkie after thinking it over. "But I really want to feel something like that. And I already like Twilight a whole lot. That's why I said yes when she asked me! I'd like to have that kind of love with Twilight."
Rarity was silent for a while. Eventually she spoke very slowly. "You honestly have your heart wide open for Twilight then...?"
Pinkie just nodded. "Yep!"
"Oh..." Rarity started in a very heavy voice. "This is... this is bad..."
"What's bad?" asked Pinkie, confused.
"This might be kind of hard to hear, Pinkie," Rarity said slowly. "But I do fear you and Twilight may be going into this date with entirely different expectations..."
"Expectations?" Pinkie questioned. "What do you mean?"
"You seem to understand," said Rarity shaking her head. "Twilight on the other hand, doesn't have a clue."
"Huh?" Pinkie started, not following.
"Twilight doesn't understand what it means to date somepony," said Rarity. "She's just blindly following the words in some book."
"But she still asked me out. That means-" Pinkie started.
"She asked me out too," Rarity cut the other off to say.
"What? Seriously?" Pinkie questioned. This made four...
"She doesn't care who it is, Pinkie. She doesn't understand that that should be the most important part," said Rarity shaking her head. "She's just been asking anypony she can, hoping somepony would say yes."
"I don't believe that," Pinkie replied firmly.
"Believe me, Pinkie. I've been asked out on numerous dates over the years. I know the sorts of things that should be there, and it was all lacking with that pony," said Rarity in a heavy voice.
"But..." Pinkie started, but wasn't entirely sure what to say.
"To put it most simply, Pinkie. Twilight has no special feelings for you and is not at all interested in developing any," said the unicorn. "She's just using you for the sake of some experiment on dating because she doesn't know any better."
Pinkie blinked several times before this set in. Then it did. All at once, her mane and tail deflated, becoming perfectly straight and flat. Her smile flipped on itself, becoming a deep frown. Her whole body all at once seemed to become very heavy.
"Wow... Pinkie... what happened to your..." Rarity stared in shock.
Pinkie turned around and began to trudge off without a word.
"I-I'm sorry..." Rarity said, calling out to the other. "I shouldn't have been so blunt..."
Pinkie gave no respond and didn't even turn around as she left the shop behind. She trotted very slowly through town, her mind completely numb. In that state, she didn't recognize any of the faces she passed by. If anyone called out to her, she didn't hear it. She was in her own dark place and no one was going to get through to her.
She returned to Sugarcube Corner. She threw the door open and slammed it behind her. While moving toward the stairs, she crossed the tray of cupcakes from before. She grabbed the tray and slid its entire contents into her mouth. Even so many cupcakes did nothing to ease her pain. She threw the metal tray to the ground, causing a huge banging sound as the metal hit the floor. Mrs. Cake came rushing toward her.
"Is something the matter, dearie?" she asked as she approached Pinkie, fear clear in her voice.
Pinkie Pie just turned her head and scowled at her caretaker, who promptly backed up into a nearby wall. She then continued toward and then up the steps to her room. When she got there, she slammed her door and locked it. She threw herself on her bed and let the thoughts spin in her head.
She had been so genuinely happy. She was pony in love with the idea of love. Twilight was one of her most favorite ponies ever. Being asked out by Twilight had filled her with so much joy and hope. Now, in just a matter of hours, that had all be crushed. To crash down from such an incredible height to such a horrible low was unbearably painful. She hated it. It made her feel so very alone.
Time passed slowly as Pinkie sunk gradually deeper and deeper into her world of misery. She began to feel alienated from everypony she knew. She didn't need her friends. She could survive without them. She could find new friends. She didn't need Twilight's love. She could find a much better lover than her! She just needed to look around. Quickly she twisted her head all around, looking at every corner of her room.
She stood up and moved toward a potted plant sitting on a table nearby. "You love me, don't you, Mr. Plantington?" she asked, her voice dark and heavy.
"Of course, Pinkie," Mr. Plantington replied in a suave voice. "I love you more than that pony Twilight Sparkle ever could..."
Pinkie nodded. "Yeah. Who needs that pony when I have you." She stepped forward and began hugging the plant.
"Oh Pinkie Pie, you are the most wonderful pony in all of Ponyville," Mr. Plantington said as Pinkie hugged him, "I love you so much."
"Mr. Plantington..." Pinkie said through a sigh.
"Pinkie!" a voice suddenly called from the door. Pinkie recognized it immediately as being Mrs. Cake.
"I'm busy!" she called back in a curt voice.
"Pinkie..." Mrs. Cake said. "I don't know what happened... but your friend Twilight Sparkle is here for you now... she's waiting..."
"Tell her to go away!" Pinkie shouted harshly. "We're through! I don't need her anymore!" Pinkie hugged the potted plant some more. "I've already moved on to better things!"
Mrs. Cake didn't reply. Instead, after a few moments, Twilight herself suddenly teleported into her room. She stared at Pinkie very confused for a moment.
"Pinkie, what in Equestria are you doing?" she asked as she stared at the pony still hugging the plant.
"Go away! I don't want to see you!" Pinkie shouted, glaring at the pony as she hugged the plant some more. "I'm perfectly happy with Mr. Plantington!"
"That's right!" said Mr. Plantington. "My love is more than enough for Pinkie Pie! You're not needed here!"
"Pinkie... this is getting really weird..." said Twilight, tilting her head. "Come on... you're worrying Mrs. Cake..."
"No!" called Pinkie angrily, scowling deeply.
"You don't want to go out with me anymore?" Twilight asked, concern in her expression.
"What are you talking about?" Pinkie started. "You never wanted to go out with me at all!"
"Pinkie..." Twilight started, hanging her head. "If I didn't want to, why would I have asked?"
"Because you're a big stupid meanie!" Pinkie said, harshly. "I don't matter to you. I bet you don't even really like me..."
"Pinkie..." Twilight spoke. "Of course I like you. You're my friend..."
"Then why did you ask everypony else before me?" Pinkie questioned. "Not that that matters! You weren't actually interested in any of us!"
"Pinkie Pie..." Twilight started, staring at her friend. "I did something wrong didn't I? I'm sorry. I really do still want to do this if you will-"
"Liar!" Pinkie shouted. "You don't even know what dating someone leads to, do you?"
"Leads to?" Twilight started, her face suddenly becoming flush. She looked down. "Yeah... I know about that..." she said.
"And you're saying you can actually see that between me and you?" Pinkie asked, staring at the unicorn very scrupulously.
"Oh... um..." Twilight spoke, giving a cough. "I... er... I'm still not sure how comfortable I am with that kind of stuff..."
Pinkie shook her head, feeling once again hurt. "You're horrible, Twilight."
"Pinkie...? What do you..." Twilight started, confused.
Pinkie wouldn't hear it. She didn't care anymore. She just wanted to be away from this pony. She moved toward the door and opened it quickly. She then just began to ran. She ran past Mrs. Cake and away from Sugarcube Corner. She ran and ran and didn't stop running. She couldn't stop. Ponyville flew by quickly as she sped down its streets. In no time at all, she was at the very edges of town.
The Everfree forest was in sight. There she was sure she could be alone. She slowed down as she approached the forest. She stood still at it's edge for a moment, not sure what she was waiting for. She then took a very reluctant step forward.
"Pinkie Pie, wait!" a voice called after her. It was Twilight Sparkle. The unicorn had followed after her. Pinkie Pie wasn't sure why.
"Why are you here?" she screamed, taking another step toward the forest.
"What do you mean, why? I'm seriously scared here," said Twilight, coming near the other. "I don't know what's gotten you like this, but please... just come back to us..."
"You honestly mean to say you don't know?" Pinkie started in disbelief.
"That's right, Pinkie. I don't know," said Twilight in a soft voice.
"We're not friends anymore," Pinkie said taking several steps forward, not wanting to hear it anymore.
"Fine!" Twilight shouted suddenly. "We can do those things... right now if you want... I'll let you do anything you want to me..."
Pinkie turned and looked at the other pony. She tilted her head in curiosity, studying Twilight. She was posed very vulnerably; her face was beet red. She looked all together shy and timid. Pinkie didn't understand it at first. Then, after a moment, it connected.
"You didn't take it like that..." she said, shaking her head. "You did, didn't you?" She looked down and shook her head even more. "Rarity was right. You really are clueless..."
"What... what are you waiting for?" Twilight asked, gulping. "I'm ready. If it's so important... We can... right here..."
"When I asked if you knew what dating lead to, I wasn't talking about the physical things, Twilight," said Pinkie, shaking her head.
"You weren't?" Twilight started, shocked.
"Of course not!" Pinkie exclaimed. "I was talking about the emotional things it leads to..." Pinkie looked down. "I was asking if you could see us being in love... and when you said you weren't comfortable with it..."
"Pinkie..." Twilight spoke in a heavy voice. "Is that... is that right?"
"Yeah," said Pinkie nodding.
"I see..." Twilight said, her face still red. "I'm sorry I didn't understand... I really shouldn't have jumped to conclusions like that based on what I read..."
"Yeah," said Pinkie coldly. "You shouldn't have."
"I didn't mean to hurt you..." said Twilight in a soft voice.
"Didn't you?" Pinkie accused. "You still asked me out on a date just for the sake of some stupid experiment."
Twilight's eyes widened as she stood silent for a moment. Eventually, in a quiet voice she spoke. "This is really stupid, isn't it?" she questioned. "I didn't even want to do it at first... but I just became curious and I didn't even think about what I was doing..."
"Saying it doesn't change anything, you know?" said Pinkie tersely.
"I've learned lots of things just by reading books and conducting analytical experiments based on them," said Twilight in a heavy voice. "But that isn't always right approach... especially when it involves the most sensitive feelings of the people I care about most." Twilight shook her head and took a step forward. "Rainbow Dash was right to laugh in my face. This was just stupid... and callous of me..."
"It's kind of late for all that," said Pinkie wanting to listen, but at the same time still feeling hurt.
"Please, Pinkie..." the unicorn suddenly sounded quite needing. "When you said you weren't my friend anymore, I realized just how important you are to me... I was honestly willing to give you anything you wanted... and even now... I..." Twilight trailed off and took a step forward. "You're irreplaceable to me, Pinkie."
"Do you honestly, truly mean that deep in your heart, Twilight Sparkle?" Pinkie asked, staring at her friend, gravely serious.
"Of course I do," said Twilight firmly. "I swear it."
"Really?" Pinkie started, still looking hesitant.
"Cross my heart and hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye," Twilight said with a firm nod and the appropriate hand gestures. Pinkie's expression evened out and a small smile even appeared. She was convinced.
Pinkie then suddenly felt an electric wave surge throughout her body, spreading to every inch. All at once she leapt into the air. Her mane suddenly exploded out into its usual pink puffiness. A slight smile appeared on her face once more.
"Okay. We can be friends again then," said Pinkie nodding and bouncing toward Twilight. The unicorn smiled brightly.
"Pinkie Pie... I'm so glad..." she said.
Pinkie noticed there were tears in her eyes. She felt touched deep down. It made her feel kind of funny.
"Let's go back," Twilight suggested after a moment. "Mrs. Cake is still worried..."
"Wait..." said Pinkie in a quiet voice. "There's still something..."
"Yeah?" Twilight spoke, looking her friend in the eyes.
"It's about the date," said Pinkie with a smile.
"Forget it," said Twilight. "It was silly of me to even ask."
"Alright," said Pinkie, nodding. After a few seconds, she spoke again. "So... Twilight...?"
"Yeah?" Twilight started.
"Will you go out with me?" Pinkie asked in a direct voice, not breaking eye contact.
Twilight seemed taken aback at first. She didn't respond for about half a minute. Then she smiled. "I'd absolutely love to."
"You would?" Pinkie asked, glee in her voice.
"Of course," said Twilight. "You're kind of silly and sometimes really confusing. But it's always fun having you around. With you there, I'm always able to find it in me to smile. You mean so much to me; of course I'd go out with you."
The strange feelings continued to run through Pinkie's body as she stepped toward Twilight. She wondered then if perhaps her feelings or this pony ran deeper than she had thought. She looked Twilight in the eye. All at once, she could just feel her answer.
"Twilight...?" Pinkie spoke, getting even closer to the other pony, who seemed to tense up once more.
"Yes, Pinkie?" the unicorn questioned, her voice gentle.
"My heart just fluttered really fast in my chest six times in a row," said Pinkie in a serious voice.
"Is that some kind of pinkie sense?" Twilight asked giving a quiet laugh.
"Yeah," said Pinkie nodding softly.
"So what's it mean?" asked Twilight, a faint blush on her face.
"It means I love you," said Pinkie simply.
Twilight smiled and closed her eyes., dropping her guard entirely "The offer still stands... for being such a jerk to you... you can do whatever you want to me..."
Pinkie didn't waste a second. She took the last few steps forward and pressed her lips to Twilight's. The other pony kissed her back very softly and tentatively at first but she gradually grew more passionate. The moment lasted for a long time, and for Pinkie Pie it was ultimately satisfying. When it finally did end, she felt like she could just sing. For once in her life, she resisted that urge.
"Did you like that?" Pinkie asked, as she stepped back and looked at Twilight.
"Yeah..." the other pony said, blushing cutely. "It was nice."
"It's already pretty late," said Pinkie looking up at the now darkened sky. "How about we save our first date for tomorrow?"
"Okay..." said Twilight, still looking really shy.
"Let's go back," Pinkie suggested with a nod.
"Yeah..." Twilight said, smiling fondly.
The two of them began to walk back toward Ponyville. They moved slowly and with little distance between them. Pinkie had to say it felt really nice.
"I remembered!" she said suddenly, perking up.
"Remembered? Remembered what?" asked Twilight, curious.
"You remember earlier today when we played that game where i had you guess what I as thinking of and you guessed a bunch of stuff and it was all wrong then I told you it was a pony and you guessed a bunch of ponies and I said they were all wrong and then you just asked what I was thinking of and then I told you I forgot?" Pinkie said all at once, not stopping for breath.
"Yeah... I remember..." said Twilight, giving a pleasant laugh.
"Well, I remembered what pony I was thinking about!" said Pinkie cheerfully.
"Oh?" Twilight started.
"It was you, Twilight Sparkle!" said Pinkie cheerfully.
"I see..." said the unicorn. "How exactly did you forget then? I mean you were right there talking to me..."
"I forgot," Pinkie said after thinking about it a moment.
Twilight just laughed and shook her head. Pinkie smiled and gave a single joyful bounce ahead before falling back and matching pace with Twilight. The two of them continued back slowly, nearly flank to flank.
"It's great to have you back," said Twilight with a smile as she greeted the familiar face she hadn't seen in days. Spike had returned from Canterlot. Twilight was happy to see him again.
"Yeah," said Spike. "It's always good to go back, but I do start to miss you guys after a while."
"We all missed you too, Spike," said Twilight nodding.
"So what did I miss? Anything important?" the young dragon asked as he took a seat in the library.
"Maybe a few small things..." Twilight coughed looking down. It had been two days now since Pinkie had confessed to her. They had indeed gone out the next night, and though it was kind of a silly time, it had been fun. Though not as intense as the emotional night before, Twilight could definitely feel her affection for Pinkie grow. She was certainly intending to keep pursuing it.
"Well," said Spike, nodding. "You got any scrolls for me to send to Princess Celestia?"
"Er..." Twilight started. "There is one..."
"Cool. I'll send that for you right away," said Spike readily.
"Well... okay..." said Twilight, blushing as she retrieved an already rolled scroll. She handed it to the dragon.
"Let's see..." Spike said with a laugh as he began to unfurl it.
"Wait... no... this one's private..." Twilight spoke, her face becoming redder.
"Oh, I gotta see this..." the dragon mischievously started, fully opening the scroll. Twilight almost ripped it to pieces, but stopped herself. Hiding things from Spike wasn't going to help her any.
"Fine... you can read it..." she said, looking away.
"Dear Princess Celesita," Spike started to read the letter. "Today I learned about something different from friendship. It's something that comes from the same place, but is deeper and perhaps even more beautiful. That's right, today I came to understand love. It's something very special. it's something surprising, that comes from where you'd least expect it. It's something that is just all around confusing sometimes. Yet at it's heart, it's just tender and fulfilling when it's finally aloud to connect. Like friendship, it's something I hope to explore even more in the future. Your faithful student, Twilight Sparkle."
Spike put down the letter slowly. Twilight stared at her dragon companion, waiting for a response.
"What did I just read?" Spike exclaimed suddenly, in shock, feigning like it made him sick.
"Just send it..." Twilight said, hanging her head, feeling a little shamed.
"If you insist..." Spike said, rolling the scroll back up. "But seriously, since when are you some swooning, starry-eyed romantic?"
"I-I..." Twilight started. Just then, there was a knock on the door. Twilight went to go answer it. Rarity appeared in the doorway. "Ah, Rarity..."
"Hello, Twilight," the other unicorn spoke, a worried look on her face as she steeped in. "I was in the are and a I just thought I'd..."
"Rarity..." Spike started, stars appearing in his eyes as he began to swoon as he gazed upon the unicorn. Twilight had to giggle at the irony.
"Oh, hello Spike," Rarity said, nodding to the dragon. "Welcome back..."
"You're here because of what happened the other day, aren't you?" asked Twilight, smiling at her friend's concern.
"That transparent, I suppose..." said Rarity, hanging her head. "I wonder if it isn't Pinkie Pie I should be checking up on instead..."
"We're both fine," said Twilight smiling. "More than fine, actually. Everything ended up really good for us both."
"Really? You don't say...?" Rarity questioned, obviously surprised to hear this.
"Yeah..." said Twilight. "You gave me some good advice back there... I was just too stubborn to listen to it completely..." She smiled and nodded. "But sometimes mistakes can bring things out in the open that wouldn't have been there otherwise."
"Now I'm curious," said Rarity, taken aback. "You mean to say this whole mess actually worked itself out?"
"More than work itself out..." said Twilight, smiling timidly. "Things between me and Pinkie... they're better than they were before..."
"Really?" Rarity started, completely shocked.
"Wait..." Spike spoke up, glancing down at the letter, seeming to have finally associated it with the conversation at hand. "You and Pinkie Pie?" he exclaimed.
Twilight forced a smile and a laugh, not sure how to say it exactly. Suddenly then she didn't have to. The door flung wildly open and a certain pink pony popped into the room with a cheerful grin.
"Twilight!" Pinkie Pie called out happily. She looked around. "And Spike and Rarity too!"
"Oh, hi, Pinkie Pie..." said Rarity, nodding. "I'm surprised... but I suppose I really am happy things worked out for you..."
"Thanks a bunch!" said Pinkie bouncing forward. "So, Twilight. You ready for another date tonight?"
"Yeah," said Twilight, smiling. "I look forward to it."
"This is really serious..." Spike commented, in disbelief. "Not some elaborate Pinkie Pie prank?"
"Of course not, silly," Pinkie Pie started with a giggled. "Rainbow Dash and Applejack didn't believe me either..."
"It is just a little unbelievable..." Rarity admitted, looking downward. "But if you're both happy, that's what matters."
"Yeah," said Twilight with a smile. "Right, Spike?"
The dragon seemed unable to articulate any sort of response. Twilight smiled. She could see this as being something that might take some time to get used to for her friends, especially if it did develop into something even deeper. Still, she was happy and Pinkie was happy. That was more than enough for her.
A/N: The end. I think it turned out really cute. Writing Pinkie POV was a lot more interesting than I anticipated. Pinkie really is a cute character, and with Twilight things are even better. This was a fun little piece to write. I should be back with even more ponies soon. I've used all the mane six now, so I can start repeating. I'm taking that poll I'm running on my profile into account for what I next do. But I'm not necessarily going with the top choice; I'm actually looking just as hard at the bottom results. still no clue what I'm doing next.