Gem Girls

Three Gems, One Dragon Ending

"I can't decide!" Spike admitted aloud to the dismay of the three fillies.

"Awww!" They all groaned.

"I've been really thinking hard about it though." Spike told them.

"When do you think you might be able to make a decision?" Sweetie Belle asked.

"Soon.. I think." Spike said scratching his head.

"How soon? Like tomorrow?" Scootaloo was almost demanding in her tone.

"It'll be soon I promise."

"How close are you to making a decision?" Apple Bloom asked. All three fillies were leaning in intently awaiting an answer. Spike could practically feel their gazes as they pushed him for an answer he didn't have.

"What's that, Twilight? Alright, I'm coming." Spike shouted.

"I didn't hear anything." Scootaloo said.

"I got to go, but I will definitely have an answer soon!" Spike said quickly closing the door. The fillies were left there without any idea of when the dragon would come to a real decision.

"Soon? What does that even mean?" Scootaloo kicked the ground in frustration.

"Maybe we ought to just wait." Apple Bloom sighed.

"Yeah, we can't force him to choose." Sweetie Belle agreed. Scootaloo suddenly got a smile on her face as she started to slink away. Apple Bloom manage to catch the pegasus trying to tiptoe away though.

"Where are you going?"

"I'm… uhh… tired! Yeah, that's it!" Scootaloo let out an obviously over the top yawn as she continued to move away.

"It's barely ten o'clock in the morning. How could you be tired?" Sweetie Belle asked.

"Can't a filly catch a little sleep around here without getting the third degree?

"We're sorry, Scootaloo." Apple Bloom sighed.

"Yeah, I think this situation with Spike just got us all riled up. Go ahead and take a nap. We'll go look for our cutie marks or something."

"I'll meet up with you later, ok?" Scootaloo said rushing away without waiting for an answer. The last thing on her mind was sleep. Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle were right about one thing. They couldn't force Spike to choose one of them, but that didn't she couldn't tip the scale in her favor a bit. The filly ran home unaware of the pair of suspicious watching her.

"For somepony who was yapping about being tired, she sure looks pretty spry." Apple Bloom pointed out as she watched Scootaloo run.

"Maybe she's just really sleepy and wants to get home as soon as possible."

"How many dead tired ponies who can break into a full sprint? She's up to something." Apple Bloom asked.

"Maybe she's really, really tired?" The unicorn said making Apple Bloom smack her forehead.

"I'm following her." Apple Bloom said giving chase.

"Wait for me!" Sweetie Belle shouted as she ran after her.

Later that day

"I can't believe you didn't pick yet." Twilight repeated for the billionth time since Spike told her.

"I couldn't make a decision. What's the big deal?" Spike said putting a book on the shelf.

"The Cutie Mark Crusaders aren't known for being patient, Spike. If you don't choose soon, they're going to take matter into their own hooves."

"You're overreacting, Twi. It's not like they can force me to make a decision and I'm going to pick really soon anyway."

"For your sake, I hope you do. It's not going to be pretty if they get impatient."

"Come on, Twilight. What's the worse that could happen?" Spike waved off her concerns as there was a knock at the door. The two of them turned their heads to look at the door then each other.

"Are you expecting somepony?" Twilight asked.

"Maybe someone wants to check out a book?" Spike joked. No one except Twilight's friends ever checked out books. The rest of the town steered clear of the library, unless Pinkie Pie was throwing a party here.

"You're so funny I forgot to laugh." Twilight said walking towards the door. She opened it and found Scootaloo standing on her scooter with a bag in her mouth. She seemed to be looking behind her back as if being followed. As soon as she was done looking back, she hopped off her scooter and dropped the bag at the door.

"Is…. Spike…. here?" She said breathing heavily.

"Are you alright?"

"Spike… please." She insisted.

"Come in." Twilight ushered the filly in. The filly picked up her pouch and walked inside. Spike immediately spotted the new visitor as she entered.

"Scootaloo? What are you doing here?" Spike asked the exhausted filly who just put the bag on the ground and smiled.

"I just… wanted to…. give you something." She said pushing the present towards him. Spike opened it to find the purple gem he had given her inside.

"You're giving this back to me! I thought this meant a lot to you." He said shocked.

"It does. That's why I'm giving it back. I wanted to do something to let you know how I feel about you." Scootaloo said blushing. The weight of her gesture made Spike blush as well.

"Wow… I don't know what to say Scootaloo." Spike failed to find words that could adequately respond to her gift. Twilight could see an ulterior motive though.

"You don't have to do anything, Spike. It's just something I wanted to do for you."

"Thanks, Scootaloo. I appreciate it."

"I got to go, but I'll see you later, okay?"

"Yeah, I'll see you later." He responded as she took her leave.

After Scootaloo left, Twilight looked at Spike who was staring at the gem. She could tell what Scootaloo was doing, but Spike was clearly oblivious to what was going on.

"You know what just happened?" The unicorn asked her assistant.

"Scootaloo gave me a gift."

"She's manipulating you, Spike. She gave you that gem so you'd pick her."

"What are you talking about? She gave this to me because she likes me. I still don't know who I'm going to pick."

"Think about it, Spike. Don't you feel sort of obligated to pick her now?"

"Well, I might be leaning towards her, but it's not like I feel obligated." Spike said unsure of his motivations. Twilight was about to continue but there was somepony knocking on the door again. Spike took the opportunity as a chance to escape Twilight's questions which was making him more stressed than he'd like to admit. As he opened the door, he found Sweetie Belle standing there with a familiar scent that made him completely miss the gift wrapped box on her back.

"Hey, Spike!" She giggled.

"Hey, Sweetie Belle. You smell so…. familiar." Spike said taking in that wonderful scent. Twilight on the other hoof was covering her nose from the scent which was extremely overpowering. She took a few steps back as the filly walked into the library.

"Hello, Twilight Sparkle."

"Hi, Sweetie Belle. Are you wearing perfume by any chance?" She asked backing away.

"I borrowed some from my sister. It's her favorite." Twilight wondered what her definition of some was as the smell played havoc with her ability to breathe.

"Mine too." A spellbound Spike told her.

"I'm glad you like it, Spike. I brought you something." Sweetie Belle said getting close enough to Spike that Twilight wondered how he could handle the scent.

"Really for me?" Spike said still holding the gem Scootaloo just gave him. He wrapped the gem in his tail in order to open the box. He opened the box to find the gem Sweetie Belle had given him the green gem he had given her.

"You're giving me this?" Spike said holding the green gem.

"Yep, I just wanted to let you know how special you are to me. Do you like it?" She asked.

"I love it, Sweetie Belle! Thanks!"

"I'm glad you like it! I have to go, but I'll see you later." Sweetie Belle hugged him. The smell of Sweetie Belle's perfume was burning Twilight's nose from across the room. The fact that Spike could hug her without gagging seemed impossible

"Bye!" Spike waved as she left.

Twilight took her time moving towards Spike as the scent lingered in the center of the room. He was now holding Sweetie Belle's gem in his claws and Scootaloo's in his tail. There was no way he couldn't see what was going on.

"You see what they're doing now, Spike?"

"They gave me gifts. So what? It's not going to affect my decision."

"How can you remain objective with so many variables?"

"I got this, Twilight. I am not going to be swayed by a couple of gems."

"I don't know. You seem pretty sweet on Sweetie Belle back there."

"It's just a gem." Spike said sniffing the remnants of perfume on the jewel.

"Yeah, that seems real objective." Twilight said unconvinced. A knock at the door cut the conversation and Spike's weird gem sniffing short.

"Do you want to get this one or should I?"

"It's obviously for you. Why should I get it?" Twilight asked annoyed.

"Geez, you don't have to be grouchy about it." Spike raised his claw to open the door when it burst open and knocked him on his tail. A stream of confetti burst forth as the visitor pounced on top of Spike.

"Happy Birthday, Spikey!" Pinkie Pie exclaimed as she pinned Spike to the ground.

"What are you talking about Pinkie Pie?" Twilight asked.

"Everypony is giving Spike gems, right? So it must be some kind of weird dragon holiday?"

"Wait a second! How do you know Spike is getting gems?" Twilight asked.

"I saw Apple Bloom running home and I asked her, 'Why the rush, dashy pants?' She told me Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle are giving Spike gems and she had to run home to get hers before it was too late."

"It's not a weird dragon holiday, Pinkie. They're giving Spike gems because they like him."

"Of course, they do! Who doesn't like cute Spikey-Wikey?" Pinkie said picking him up and hugging him.

"It's a different kind of like, Pinkie." Spike said as Pinkie shook him back and forth. As Spike tried to explain to Pinkie, another visitor appeared at the door.

"Hello, is Spike here?" Apple Bloom announced.

"Hey, Apple Bloom! He's right here." Pinkie Pie said putting the dizzy dragon on the ground. Spike stumbled forward dropping the other two gems in front of Apple Bloom.

"Oh," The filly said watching the gems clatter on the floor. Spike quickly picked the gems up. One in each claw and stuck them behind his back. The damage was already done as he faced a distraught filly.

"Apple Bloom, it's not what you think!" Spike cried out as Apple Bloom ran away dropping a yellow gem as she fled. Spike looked down at the lone gem and sighed as he felt the weight of his actions crash around him. Spike picked up the gem and held all three in his claws once again. He knew what he had to do.

"I got to go, Twilight. I'll be right back."

"Where are you going?"

"I've made my decision. I just got to tell them who I picked." Spike said as he ran out the door.

"You could have told me who you picked first." Twilight sighed as Spike left.

"Is this part of the weird dragon holiday?" Pinkie Pie asked causing the unicorn to groan.

Spike ran to Sweet Apple Acres clutching the gems in his claws. His mind focused on his choice and what it would mean for everyone involved. The dragon only knew he had to settle things before they got completely out of hand. He reached his destination to find that all three fillies were there. All was not well at the Cutie Mark Crusader tree house as an argument was going on.

Spike walked up the ramp to the sound of accusations being thrown at each other. Apple Bloom accused Scootaloo of trying to steal Spike. Scootaloo claimed that she was only trying to help him decide and accused Apple Bloom of doing the same. Sweetie Belle claimed that they only did it because Scootaloo had done it without consulting either of them. Spike knocked on the door and announced his prescence.

"Hey, it's Spike. I wanted to talk to you guys." He said as the inside of the tree house went completely silent. He opened the door to see the three fillies standing against a different wall. The tension between them as they stood there was thick as they all focused on him.

"I wanted to give these back to you." Spike said holding out the stones.

"Why?" Sweetie Belle asked.

"Because I've made my choice." The three fillies nearly pushed Spike out the door as they jumped forward.

"Who is it?" Scootaloo asked. Spike took a deep breath and exhaled.

"Yeah about that, I've decided not to pick anyone." Spike said quickly. It took a few seconds for the fillies to react.

"What!" They all shouted.

"I'm sorry, but I realize that the longer I make you wait that it's just going to make it harder on you. I don't want that."

"We can wait." Apple Bloom said desperately.

"Of course, we can. We're experts at waiting." Scootaloo added.

"We've been waiting for our cutie marks forever." Sweetie Belle said to the chagrin of her fellow crusaders.

"I'm sorry, girls, but I heard you fighting and I know the longer it takes me to decide that it's just going to make you more and more miserable. I don't want that and I don't think you want that either. Here, I want you to take these." He held out the gems to the fillies who just looked at them with sad expressions.

"Are you sure about this?" Scootaloo asked.

"Yeah, I'm pretty sure. We can still be friends, right?" Spike said with a forced smile. His gesture fell flat as Sweetie Belle started to cry.

"Please, Spike. It can't end like this. I don't care if you pick me but pick somepony. I could handle it if at least one of my friends was happy, but if we're all sad, it'll be for nothing." She said as her plea got the better of her friends. It wasn't long before all three fillies were crying.

"I don't care if you pick me either." Apple Bloom joined her friend.

"Yeah, I don't care who you pick either. I'd rather have at least one of us be happy than all of us miserable." Scootaloo said standing with her friends. Spike was touched by the display but he still couldn't bring himself to choose one of them.

"I'm sorry, but I still can't come to a decision. You're all so great that it's hard to pick. I wish I could choose one-"

"Wait a second! What if you didn't have to pick?" Apple Bloom said getting a idea.

"I don't get it." Spike said scratching his head.

"Huddle up, girls!" The earth pony said as the trio formed a circle keeping Spike out. The dragon's curiosity was short lived as the fillies broke their huddle and surrounded him with devious looks on their faces. Spike was more than a little nervous by their close proximity and smiling faces.

"You like all of us, right?" Scootaloo asked as she grabbed his right arm.

"Y-yeah, I g-g-guess." He stammered.

"And you can't pick because you want us all to be happy, right?" Sweetie Belle said wrapping herself around his left arm.

"Th-that's r-r-right." Spike gulped as the weight of two very cute and very soft fillies hanging off of him. To make things worse, Sweetie Belle's perfume still lingered a bit from earlier. The smell wasn't as strong anymore, but it was effective enough to make the dragon's blood rush. Apple Bloom stepped forward and placed her hoof on the flustered dragon's chest.

"What if there was a way you could make us all happy?" She said circling his rapidly beating heart.

"B-but I haven't even been with one pony before. I don't even know how three would work!"

"We've never been with anyone else either!" Scootaloo said tugging on his arm.

"Yeah, it'll be everyone's first time!" Sweetie Belle said excitedly pulling on him as well.

"I guess that's true. I got to say though that I wasn't expecting this when I came over. I'm not against the idea. I'm actually really excited about it." Spike said sweating a little bit.

"So you'll do it?" Apple Bloom asked. All three of them looked at him with eager looks in their faces.

"How could I say no? Of course, I'll do it." The dragon said causing the three of them to hug him.

"Yay, Spike's our boyfriend!" Sweetie Belle cheered.

"Wait a second! That's what you were asking? All three of you want to be my girlfriends at the same time!"

"What did you think we were asking?" Scootaloo asked as all three sets of eyes stared at him curious as to just what the dragon had in mind. Spike ducked out of the embrace and nervously fiddled his claws.

"Well, I thought we were going to… you know." Spike coughed before whimpering his answer. "Be together in a different way."

"What do you mean by 'together'?" Apple Bloom wondered aiming a suspicious glare directly him.

"Umm… have sex." He squeaked out.

"What kind of fillies do you take us for?" Scootaloo shouted.

"Yeah, we're supposed to throw ourselves at you because you wouldn't choose!" Apple Bloom told him off.

"I didn't say that." Spike spoke up in his defense.

"Some boyfriend you are! I don't know if I want some pervert to be the official Cutie Mark Crusader boyfriend." Sweetie Belle huffed.

"I'm sorry. It was stupid of me. Okay? Now will somepony tell me what the heck is the official Cutie Mark Crusader boyfriend is?"

"It was you until you thought we were all going to hop on you like a bunch of animals." Apple Bloom said turning her nose upward.

"Technically, we're all animals." Spike chuckled to the amusement of a very silent, hostile group of fillies. The dragon instantly dropped to his knees and clasped his claws together.

"I'm sorry, alright. Now will someone explain to me what I really agreed to?"

"Since you were too wishy-washy, we've decided to make it easy for you." Scootaloo said proudly.

"We've decided to share you. It was my idea." Apple Bloom told him.

"Share me?"

"Not like that either!" Sweetie Belle accusingly pointed a hoof at the dragon.

"I said I was sorry. So how is this relationship going to work?"

"We haven't worked out all the details, but we figure it's the only way you don't have to decide and everyone gets to be happy."

"I guess it really is the only option. Well, I'll do whatever it takes to make it work. You three mean a lot to me and I know if we try our hardest that we can make this work." Spike said putting his claw outward.

"That's so sweet!" Sweetie Belle said placing her hoof on his claw.

"It's kind of corny, but I still agree." Scootaloo said adding her hoof.

"We can definitely do this!" Apple Bloom said adding her hoof. The four of them were about to break when Sweetie Belle spoke up.

"Hold on a second! Shouldn't new couples kiss to celebrate? This seems like something we do all the time."

"Spike can't kiss all of us at the same time though." Apple Bloom told her.

"Who says we can't? I mean it's not like anything else about our relationship is exactly normal. I say we give it a shot." Scootaloo said.

"Well, Spike. What do you think?" Apple Bloom deferred to the dragon. Spike had never kissed anyone before, let alone three fillies at the same time. Sharing his first kiss with three different fillies seemed kind of strange but exciting.

"I'll do it, but how do we go about it?" Spike asked. Scootaloo had an idea of how to go about it.

"Don't pucker your lips, Spike. Two of us will take the corners and the last one will take the front. Since Apple Bloom is standing in front of Spike she'll take the front. I'll take the right and Sweetie Belle will take the left. Agreed?" Scootaloo issued her plans as if she were a general explaining a battle plan. The other fillies nodded as they removed their hooves and stepped towards Spike.

"Ready?" Scootaloo asked.

"As I'll ever be." Spike said before leaning forward and closing his eyes. It was few seconds before he felt their lips press against his own. It was a weird feeling at first having three sets of lips converge at his own but after he stopped thinking about it and relaxed, it was actually quite nice. It was like his lips were surrounded by warm, soft clouds. When they pulled away, Spike had to stop himself from slumping acting disappointed that it was over.

"That was interesting." Apple Bloom spoke up.

"Yeah, it was definitely something." Scootaloo said looking at the floor.

"What's wrong? Did I do something I shouldn't have?" Spike asked. Sweetie Belle decided to let Spike

"It's not you, Spike. It's just our lips kind of touched each other when we kissed you."

"Oh, I see. Did you.. uhh.. like it?" He asked.

"Why do you want to know?" Scootaloo asked.

"I'm just curious is all. Aren't you guys a little curious? Maybe we should just relax and explore our curiosity together. " He said nervously.

"Spike!" Apple Bloom said as all three fillies glared at him.

"Now hear me out! Maybe we pair off and just see where things go." Spike chuckled.

"Get him!" Scootaloo said as all three fillies tried to pounce on the dragon. Spike barely managed to roll away as he opened the door.

"It was just a joke!" Spike said as he was chased by the three fillies.

The Next Day

"Why are we here, Twilight? I could be practicing a new trick right now. Scootaloo better have a really good reason for making me miss flight practice." Rainbow Dash said hovering above the ground with her hooves crossed.

"Sweetie Belle told me that she had something very important to tell me and that I should come to the library this afternoon. Do you have any idea how busy I am? Fleur de Lis has commissioned that I make a dress for her. Can you imagine what it will do for my business if somepony as beautiful as her wears one of my creations? I need to get back to my work immediately." Rarity said tossing her mane back.

"Come on, you two. Apple Bloom and her friends called us out here for a reason. The least we could do is give them a few moments of our time." Applejack said.

"Spike hasn't told me what's going on either. I'm just as in the dark about what this meeting is about as the rest of you, but Applejack is right. We should at least hear them out." Twilight told them.

"Umm… why are me and Pinkie Pie here?" Fluttershy asked.

"I don't know. Who invited you?" Twilight asked.

"Nopony invited us, silly. I decided to crash this party with Fluttershy." Pinkie Pie said putting a hoof around the yellow pegasus.

"I'm so sorry. I understand if you don't want me around." Fluttershy said. Twilight just sighed as she decided to let her stay.

"It's fine, Fluttershy. You can stay. Where are they?" Twilight said tapping her hoof impatiently. She knew this probably had something to do with Spike's decision but he never told her what it was. She was completely in the dark as to why Spike and the Cutie Mark Crusaders would call a meeting. As she wondered what could have happened between them, the four of them entered the library.

"There you are, Sweetie Belle. Could you hurry up and tell me what this is about?"

"Yeah, you invited us here and you aren't even here when we arrive. Not cool." Rainbow Dash said. Apple Bloom decided to explain their tardiness.

"I'm sorry. We were just deciding how to break the news. Go on, Spike. Tell them." The earth pony said pushing Spike forward.

"Do I have to?" Spike whined. The three fillies just glared at Spike making him turn to face the six mares.

"We're… uhhh…. kind of dating."

"You and Apple Bloom, huh? I wish you'd have run it by me sooner, but I know you'll do right by my sister." Applejack consented.

"Is that all? You dragged me away from practice to tell me about you and Apple Bloom!" Rainbow Dash complained.

"I didn't mean it like that."

"So you're dating Scootaloo? I guess that's kind of cool. Congratulations!" Rainbow Dash told them.

"No, that's not quite it either." Spike admitted.

"Are you perhaps courting my little Sweetie Belle, Spike? I think we have much to discuss should that be the case." Rarity said.

"Let me put it this way. You're all kind of right." Spike laughed nervously.

"What are you saying, Spike? You're not dating all three of them, are you?" Twilight asked.

"Umm… yes."

"What!" They all exclaimed.

"Oh my!" Fluttershy gasped.

"Whoo! This calls for a celebration." Pinkie Pie shouted.

"The hay it does! No sister of mine is going to share a boyfriend. Come on, Apple Bloom!" Applejack said grabbing her sister's hoof.

"I agree with Applejack for once. No sister of mine will be involved in a polygamous relationship! You're coming with me, young lady. I think it's time you and I had a long talk." Rarity ordered.

"They're right, Scootaloo! Let's bail. This whole thing is crazy." Rainbow Dash said scooping the filly up.

"I'm not going anywhere, Applejack." Apple Bloom said pulling away from her sister.

"You can't tell me what to do, Rarity." Sweetie Belle stomped her hoof.

"I'm not going anywhere, Dash." Scootaloo said jumping back to the ground.

"Yeah, we only told you so you wouldn't think Spike was cheating on us." Apple Bloom explained. The three mares turned their attention to Spike.

"I can't believe you would do such a thing, Spike." Rarity told him.

"I reckon I'm disappointed in you as well." Applejack shook her head at the dragon.

"Where do you get off tricking three innocent fillies into a some sort of weird relationship? I expected better of you, Spike." The pegasus said glaring at him.

"Um… excuse me?"

"Spike didn't trick us into anything. It was our idea!" Apple Bloom proclaimed.

"I can not believe what I'm hearing! Is this true, Sweetie Belle?" Rarity said appalled by this revelation.

"If I could just…"

"Yeah! I don't care what you think either. You can't keep us apart." She said hugging Spike's arm.

"You realize how crazy this is, Scootaloo! What are you going to do if Spike decides to dump one of you? Are the other two just going to keep dating him? What then?"

"I'd like to speak if that's…"

"If it happens, we'll deal with it. We'll talk it out, and if it doesn't, then it's not really a problem." Scootaloo shot back.

The arguments continued back and forth. The fillies fiercely rebutting their counterparts and their claims of foolish and reckless behavior on their part. Each side continued to bicker and it would have continued without end if not for one voice which spoke up and stopped the bickering.

"Excuse me! I'd like to speak! If that's okay with everyone, I mean." Flutteshy said shrinking back after raising her voice. All eyes were on the yellow pony with half her face hidden behind her mane.

"Go on, Fluttershy. You have something to say." Twilight said giving her the floor.

"Well, I just wanted to say that I support their relationship and you should too." She said looking to Rarity, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash.

"You can't be serious, Fluttershy." Rarity said shocked.

"What are you saying? We should just accept it." Rainbow Dash told her incredulous at the very idea.

"Didn't you accept the fact that Spike was dating Scootaloo earlier? What about you, Applejack? I could tell you were very accepting of Spike when it was just Apple Bloom." Fluttershy directed her attention to Applejack who was caught off guard.

"Th-that was different, Fluttershy. It was before I knew he was dating Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo too."

"And how is that any different?" Fluttershy asked.

"Well, he'd be dating two other fillies for starters." Rainbow Dash commented.

"They've accepted that, and If they're happy, how can you be against it? Don't you think that matters above all else? That they're happy."

"Aw shucks, Fluttershy. I guess you got a point." Applejack admitted.

"As long as their cool with it, we can't be too mad about it. No matter how crazy it is." Rainbow Dash said rubbing her hoof in Scootaloo's mane.

"I suppose I'll go along with this, but if Spike should end up hurting my precious Sweetie Belle, he'll have me to deal with it." Rarity said giving Spike a glare that sent chills up his point. The three fillies converged on the pegasus and embraced her. All the while thanking her for her assistance in convincing everypony.

"It was no problem, girls. I'm just happy I could help." Fluttershy said.

"Whoo! Let's celebrate the new couple." Pinkie Pie shouted.

"I don't think four people in a relationship qualifies as a couple. What the hay do you call it anyway?" Applejack asked.

"I believe the proper term is harem. A relationship where several people devote themselves to one individual." Twilight explained.

"Speaking of which, you girls are only interested in Spike, right?" Rainbow Dash pondered aloud.

"We're not into each other if that's what you're implying. It's just because we like Spike." Scootaloo informed her.

"Too bad! Huh, Spike?" Rainbow Dash said nudging him.

"Tell me about it." Spike said earning evil looks from the three fillies. Everyone laughed as they celebrated the newfound union of the Cutie Mark Crusaders and Spike. Afterwards as the party winded down, he had to stay and clean up. Twilight wouldn't let him shirk his duties again like yesterday, but before the girls left, he stopped them.

"Hey, I was waiting for a good time to give you these, but I guess now is as good a time as any." Spike said catching them at the door, The dragon pulled the gems out from his back. This time they were polished with a gleaming sparkle with a white string threaded through a small, makeshift hole at the top of each one.

"I know they're not exactly the elements of harmony, but I figured I wanted to do something with them and I didn't want to eat them." Spike said a little ashamed of his gift. The last time he gave the gems to them he was breaking up with them. He wondered if they'd like it.

"They're beautiful, Spike." Sweetie Belle said looking at them.

"I think they look really cool." Scootaloo added.

You really like them?" Spike said surprised and glad things weren't awkward.

"Of course, we do! Could you do the honors?" Apple Bloom said as they all lowered their heads to receive Spike's gifts. Spike carefully placed each stone around their necks. The stones sat perfectly on their chest as they shined in the light.

"Spike, we have a lot of work to do from yesterday, and I'm not going to let you skip out again." Twilight shouted.

"Well, I better get back to work. I'll see you-" Spike was interrupted as each filly kissed him as they left.

"Bye, Spike!" They said waving to him as he just stood there with a goofy smile on his face until an abrupt call from inside broke his trance.

"Spike, we need to get back to work. Where are you?"

"I'm coming, Twilight." Spike sighed as he closed the door and walked back to the unicorn.

"Finally, we can get back to work. With all this love nonsense, we've got an entire day of lollygagging to make up for. Are you ready, Spike?"

"I guess." Spike slumped his shoulders. Twilight couldn't help but take notice of her number one assistant's lackluster attitude.

"Ugh! Just go already! I know you want to." The unicorn relented.

"Thanks, Twi. I'm going to work three times as hard tomorrow. I promise." He said as gave her a quick hug.

"Yeah, just don't get use to it. I have a lot of work to do and I can't have you running off constantly." She said as she watched him run after the trio. Something told her that this wouldn't be the last time Spike shirked his duties to hang out with the Cutie Mark Crusaders.

The End

A/N: I did not like Season three's season finale. It felt like a rushed cheap effort for something that should have been much more drawn out. I don't want to blame the show, but it was a big part of why I haven't uploaded anything lately. I seriously considered turning in my brony card over this one episode. I know it sounds like I'm being sensitive, but this is the first time I've ever felt this betrayed by anything. I actually fear the coming of season four because I fear what corner or changes they might make in order to sell a bunch of toys. If they would press fast forward on Twilight becoming an alicorn, it means nothing is off limits. Nothing is forbidded, Everything is permitted in Equestria now. Be wary, people.