Author's Note: This is my first try at a dark/tragic fanfic. I recently started thinking about both Cupcakes and The Lovely Bones and I decided to make a story in which I combine the two into a dark and tragic drama. I promise not to add a lot of gore like the original story for this will be more along the lines of a tragic drama than a gory grimdark. I hope you all enjoy this more complex take on the infamous fanfic, Cupcakes. Lastly, I should note that I do not own any of the unoriginal characters used in this story.

The Lovely Bones

Afterlife of a Murdered Pegasus

Chapter 1: Dashie and Stormy

"Get off of me!" ordered the 8-year-old Rainbow Dash. Her 5-year-old brother, Sunkick, was laying on her back and holding on tightly.

"I don't feel like it!" he said with a snarky grin. Rainbow bucked and bucked until the small yellow pegasus flew off her back. He knocked the dust out of his red mane as he stood up to go another round.

"That's enough, you two," said Rainbow's 14-year-old sister, Stormflower. "Do you want me to tell Mom and Dad about the way you've been acting when they get home?"

"Stop being such a killjoy, Stormy!" Rainbow snapped.

"Don't call me Stormy. That name is so degrading."

"Stormy! Stormy! I'm saying it! Stormy! Stormy!"

Stormflower flew at the cyan pegasus and wrapped her in a headlock.

"Give her a punch for me, sis!" cheered Sunkick.

"There's not going to be anymore punching, okay? Just calm down!" snapped Stormflower. Rainbow struggled against her sister's grip but the teenage pegasus had more than enough strength to hold her down for a while. Rainbow eventually stopped and Stormflower let her go.

"Do you know when they're going to be back?" Rainbow asked.

"I'm not sure. Dad told me that something big had happened and that he was needed to look into it right away," Stormflower replied as she patted the dust off her pink coat and purple mane.

"What does Daddy do again?" asked Sunkick.

"He's a detective. You know. Ponies who go around and investigate so that they can catch bad guys."

"Oh. Cool! I want to be a detective when I grow up!"

"Good luck with that dream!" teased Rainbow.

"Shut up!"

The two young pegasi began fighting again and Stormflower broke them up.

It wasn't until an hour later that their parents, Thunder Storm and Caroline Dash, returned home. Thunder had been gone for three days now and Caroline had gone to meet him earlier that day. The three children were extremely happy to see their father again.

"Did you catch any bad guys?" asked Sunkick as Thunder picked him up.

"One," Thunder replied.

"What did he do?" asked Rainbow.

"A bad thing."

"Well that explains a lot!"

"I'll tell you when you're older."

"Dad! You're always saying that!"

"I won't be saying that forever. Besides, it's time for you and your brother to head on up to bed."

"What about Stormflower?"

"She's older than you and thus she has the right to stay up later. Don't worry, Dashie, when you become older you'll have more privileges to enjoy. But you're not grown up yet so it's time for you to go to bed."

Rainbow groaned but ultimately gave in and went upstairs. Caroline carried the tired Sunkick to his room while Rainbow trudged off to the room that she shared with Stormflower.

"So what happened?" Rainbow heard Stormflower ask.

"Are you sure that you want to know?" Thunder asked. "It was a really horrific crime."

"Dad, I'm fourteen years old. I think I can handle it."

"Okay then. Let's go into the kitchen and talk."

Rainbow wanted to hear more about what the bad guy did but she knew that her father wouldn't have told her anything about it. She simply climbed into bed and waited.

Stormflower came up a couple hours later. Rainbow was still wide awake. Stormflower fell down on her bed and got into a comfortable position.

"So?" Rainbow asked.

"So what?" asked Stormflower.

"What did Daddy tell you?"

"He...he told me about what the bad guy did."

"And...what did he do?"

"I...I can't say."

"What do you mean that you can't say?"

"I just can't, Dash. I just can't. It was...horrible."

Rainbow could here sniffles coming from the other side of the room. Stormflower was crying. Rainbow hopped out of bed and approached her sister's bed.

"Come on, sis," she said as she patted Stormflower on the back. "There's no need to cry! I'm here!"

Stormflower turned over to face her younger sister. She smiled and wiped the tears from her face.

"Yeah. You are here," she choked.

"And I'll always will be! Don't you ever think otherwise!"

"Could...could you sleep with me tonight?"

"Sure! If it'll make you feel better!"

Stormflower made room in the bed and Rainbow climbed into the sheets. The two sisters hugged each other and held each other close.

"I'll always be there for you, Stormy," said Rainbow.

"And I'll always be there for you, Dashie," said Stormflower.