Chapter Four: Love That Lasts

After Forrest brought Fluttershy back to her cottage to "recuperate", Fluttershy decided to treat her new-found love with a song. She sang an ancient medly, well-known to ponies throughout Equestria, to the point where it was practically considered to be their national anthem, and which she often sang while cleaning, or harmonising with her bird friends, especially the hummingbird Hummingway.

Forrest listened to her song with awe and wonder, having never heard such beautiful sounds before.

"Wow." He whispered, as Fluttershy finished. "That was incredible. Figures you'd have a beautiful voice to match that beautiful face of yours."

"Oh, Forrest." Fluttershy blushed, joining her paramour on the couch. "You're so sweet."

"Not as sweet as you." Forrest replied, nuzzling his nose against hers.

Angel promptly gagged on his carrot. The pair had only been back for an hour, but their saccharine antics had already nauseated the less-cute-on-the-inside-then-the-out bunny beyond belief.

"This is wonderful." Smiled Fluttershy, kissing Forrest on the cheek. "You're wonderful."

"So are you." Forrest smiled back. "I always wondered what it would be like to have a marefriend, and now I know."

"You've never had a marefriend before?" Fluttershy asked increduously.

"Never." Admitted Forrest. "Growing up, I was always kinda shy. I never had the courage to ask another pony out on a date."

"Me too." Said Fluttershy. "I've never had a coltfriend... until today."

"That's why we're so good for each other." Smiled Forrest. "We've got so much in common."

Up until now, Fluttershy's mind had been swimming in happiness, but it suddenly registered something.

"Didn't you say you were only visiting Ponyville?" Inquired Fluttershy. "What happens when you have to go home?"

"Don't worry." Smiled Forrest. "Like I told you when we first met: I live right on the other side of the Everfree Forest. I could fly from there to here in... twenty minutes, tops!"

"And maybe I can come over to your little shack sometimes." Fluttershy said hopefully.

"You sure can." Agreed Forrest. "So you see, my leaving Ponyville isn't the end of the world. We can still see each other all the time."

"That's good." Fluttershy breathed a sigh of relief. "I was beginning to think that I was going to lose you, right after I just found you."

"Never gonna happen." Forrest whispered, kissing Fluttershy once more. "And even better, my cousins won't be needing me back until way later tonight, so I can stick around here for as long as I like... and as long as you'd like."

"Oh, goody..." Fluttershy giggled.

As the day wore on, the two enjoyed their company more and more. After sharing a romantic dinner, the two then went outside and looked up at the clear night skies together, taking in the awe-inspiring sight of the stars above Equestria. It was almost as if Princess Luna herself had arranged this perfect night, just for the two of them. It was with a heavy heart that Forrest finally decided it was time for him to head back to his cousins'. Sharing one last kiss, he flew home, leaving Fluttershy both happy and sad at the same time.

The next morning, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash came into Ponyville to see Forrest off, his visit to his cousins having come to an end.

"See ya 'round, flyboy." Said Rainbow, sharing a "high hoof" with him.

"Stay cool, Dash." Forrest smiled. "And good luck with the Wonderbolts."

"With skill like mine, who needs luck?" Boasted Rainbow.

Forrest and Fluttershy embraced each other.

"Come and visit soon." Fluttershy whispered.

"Oh, I will." Chuckled Forrest. "Wild dragons couldn't keep me away!"

The two shared one last kiss, before Forrest took off into the wild blue yonder. As she watched her love vanish into the horizon, Fluttershy shed a single tear.

"Missin' him already, huh?" Rainbow asked kindly. "Come on. Let's go get some some hay smoothies. My treat."

"Oh, that's not necessary." Protested Fluttershy. "I'll pay. It's the least I can do after the horrible way I treated you yesterday."

"Forget it." Shrugged Rainbow. "Let's just let bygones be bygones. I'll pay. I insist."

"No, I insist." Fluttershy retorted.

"No, I insist." Rainbow shot back.

The two continued their arguing all the way to the local café, where they eventually compromised by paying for each others' drinks. As they drank their beverages, Fluttershy's thoughts once again drifted towards Forrest, and she starting gazing dreanily into space, sucking on her straw long after she had drained the cup.

"Thinking about 'him' again, are we?" Smirked Rainbow. "Girl, you've got it bad."

"And it feels so good." Smiled Fluttershy contentedly.

The End.

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