Pure, unadulterated joy.
That was what Rainbow Dash felt as she lay belly-down on a two pegasus cloud in the sky.
The joy was written all over her face in the form of a big goofy grin as she gazed down at her best friend, Fluttershy. Although she could have seen sleeping after her morning at work, the cyan mare had chosen to instead watch over her timid friend.
Down below on the ground, Fluttershy was happily frolicking about in the grass, tending to her flowers. All the while, a few of her animal friends watched and surrounded her, making their little animal noises as they communicated with her. Fluttershy smiled brightly at a couple of bunnies, speaking back to them sweetly.
Although Dash did like animals, she normally wouldn't spare any a second thought. However, the sight of her secret crush at play amongst them stirred something in the bold pegasus's heart. "Wow Fluttershy... you have no idea how awesome you look..." Dash commented quietly to herself so that nopony else would know.
Fluttershy said a few things to her animals, before then skipping happily along the ground and humming to herself before she began singing.
"The hills are alive with the sound of music..."
Dash buzzed, feeling alive in the presence of her friend's magical song. Her wings fluttered with excitement and she happily found herself hanging off every word.
"With songs they have sung for a thousand years..." Fluttershy continued to sing, blissfully unaware of her audience, as she proceeded to pick some herbs from her garden.
'Oh Fluttershy... if only you knew... I'd listen to your singing forever...' Dash thought, her mind melting under the soft tones that caressed her ears.
"The hills fill my heart with the sound of music..." The creamy yellow pegasus frolicking upon the ground below sang a little more in volume, as some animals sat around and watched with entranced smiles.
Without a second thought, the sky blue mare above opened her own mouth, turning the gentle song into a duo. "My heart wants to sing every song it hears..."
For a brief moment, Fluttershy paused, but it wasn't long before she got back into singing yet again. "My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds that rise from the lake to the trees..."
Taking a deep breath Dash continued, stronger. "My heart wants to sigh like the chime that flies from a church on a breeze."
A very giggly and happy Fluttershy rose a couple inches into the air, her yellow wings flapping gently as she hovered along the ground, "To laugh like a brook when it trips and falls over stones on its way..."
Dash absentmindedly propelled her cloud towards her heart's desire as she sung even stronger. "To sing through the night like a lark who is leaning to prey."
Fluttershy lept into the air, spreading her forelegs with joy as she sang all the more louder with a rising crescendo, "I go to the hills when my heart is lonely...!"
"I know I will hear, what I've heard before..." Dash replied, also continuing to rise in volume.
"My heart will be blessed with the sound of music..." Fluttershy sang wistfully, her ears catching another voice, but shook it off. It was probably her imagination, anyway.
"And I'll sing once more." Dash finished, wearing an elated look upon her cyan muzzle. This was too good to be true. She had just sung a duo with her crush and Fluttershy hadn't even seemed to notice.
The bold mare suddenly realised what she was doing. She had flown her cloud so far down that she could almost pounce on the shy pony if she wanted to. She hastily backpedaled, lifting far off back into the sky on her plush cloud. "That was too close for comfort. Imagine what would have happened if you got caught. Fluttershy would freak." The annoyed pony reprimanded herself in an annoyed undertone.
Laughter rang from down below as Fluttershy frolicked along the little rises in the ground like they were hills, dancing a bit both on the ground and in the air. She tended to a few of her animals, including a very fussy and impatient Angel. Of course, she managed to dispatch the problem by giving him a carrot that she picked fresh from her vegetable garden.
Trotting along, a thoughtful look overcame the cream yellow Pegasus as she gazed around the landscape surrounding her cottage. She mumbled something to herself that Rainbow couldn't hear, her wings flaring slightly before receding into her sides.
To the surprise of the pegasus above, the shy mare began singing once more. Her soft voice reaching Dash's ears and once again, instantly enchanting her.
"Climb ev'ry mountain
Search high and low
Follow every highway
Every path you know..." Sang a very thoughtful, wistful Fluttershy as she slowly frolicked along the ground, wishing she had a special somepony to share the song with.
Taking a deep breath, Rainbow joined in, powerful wings slowly propelling her downwards, doing her best to quietly get closer to the source.
"Climb ev'ry mountain,
Ford every strean
Follow every rainbow," Dash slowly laughed at this, she pretty much was a rainbow. She no longer cared that she was approaching her crush, this beautiful song was giving her wings power she didn't know she had.
"Till you find your dream." Fluttershy paused, sighing. 'If only I could find my dream.' She thought to herself, briefly running the last few lines through her mind.
The shy singer raised her chin up to continue the song, only to find herself muzzle to muzzle with the rainbow of her dreams. "Eeep!" She jumped in surprise, wide-eyed at the sudden appearance of her best friend. "R-R-Rainbow...?!"
Cyan wings flaring, the surprised cloudrider toppled backwards onto her cushiony ride. "Fluttershy! Don't do that! I-I was only singing along!" She tried to cover the real reason she had been watching and singing.
"Um....! Oh...well..I...um...eep!" Fluttershy hid behind her mane shyly. "You heard that? ...You wanted to sing with me?"
Cheeks flushing, the grinning spectrum of a pegasus nodded. "Yup. You sounded divine Flutters, I...I couldn't help but join in."
"Oh..." The creamy yellow pony blushed all the more, rubbing her forelegs shyly. "Um...thank you, Rainbow... I...I didn't think...you would want to sing with me again..."
"Of course I would. You're the most talented mare in Equestria when it comes to singing. You even make my sonic Rainboom look boring." Dash grinned down. "Sorry, guess I got carried away there..."
"Oh...you're just saying that..." Fluttershy mumbled. "My singing is okay...but it can't surpass anything like that."
"Oh yea? Then how else did you draw me in so much that we bumped noses?" She accentuated her point with a hoof, bumping the blushing pegasus on her cute yellow nose.
"Ee!" Fluttershy giggled. "What has gotten into you, Rainbow? You're so sweet..." She blushed all the more. "In fact, you've really been a lot sweeter lately..."
"No I haven't. Only around you." Dash replied, slowly shrinking away, embarrassed that she had been caught by her crush.
"Um...but...why? I mean...I know...we...well...have had a chance to get closer...kind of like we'd been back during our fillyhood... But...oh my....um...well... I just...I'm curious..."
"It's... it's nothing." Dash grabbed her cloud, preparing for a hasty retreat from sentimentality.
The creamy yellow pegasus then looked disappointed. It was too good to be true, anyway. "...Oh...okay. All right, well... I guess...I'll leave you to it, Rainbow..." She began to sadly walk away.
The retreating mare turned on her perch to gaze the receding flank of her crush. "Well...um... you know... All I was doing was keeping an eye on you."
"....Thank you, Rainbow...that's nice of you," Fluttershy's unhappy tone rang from where she was, not even bother to turn around. "Well, I'm fine...you can leave...I don't want to keep you from anything important you need to do."
"Well I do have one important thing I need to do. I...probably should have done it a long time ago..." Dash reluctantly conceded from her vantage point, sinking slowly into her cloud.
"...Okay...good for you, Rainbow...good luck with that..." Fluttershy said softly, though inwardly berating herself for not being forward with her feelings. "I'm happy for you."
"Actually... I was hoping...um..." The bold mare's courage shattered. "That I would be able to work up the courage to ask somepony out. The only pony more awesome than me."
At this, unseen to Dash, Fluttershy's eyes filled with tears. Not only did she chicken out and lose her nerve, but she just about lost her chances altogether. She really was too late. Too late to try. Somepony had already caught her attention. Most especially to the point of Rainbow Dash admitting that this pony was more awesome than she was. That alone meant this pony was special. "...I...I...I...see...well....that pony will be so lucky...to have you, Rainbow..." Her voice broke a bit.
"Well duh." The cheeky side of the unaware pegasus won out and she grinned cheerly down, doing her best to hide her nerves that currently racked her body. "She sure is the most awesome pegasus around." Inwardly Dash was hating herself for not being able to admit straight out to her crush.
Nodding, Fluttershy made a slow beeline for her cottage. "That's...that's great...you deserve the best, Rainbow Dash... You always have...I-I hope it works out for you..." Her words rang hollow to herself 'She! I could have had a chance...' Further tears joined the few already leaking down her muzzle.
The cyan pegasus buried her muzzle in her cloud. 'Come on... Say something!' But the butterflies in her tummy persisted, keeping her from speaking.
"I'll...see you soon then, Rainbow...good luck." Fluttershy managed, a couple of tears rolling down her face. 'I'll be fine...I just need to be alone...to get over this...accept it...I'll be fine...I've been through far worse... I'm going to be okay... She's still here, she's still my friend... Oh...'
A muffled voice rang from within the cloud. "Fluttershy... do you have any idea who the most awesome mare I've ever met is?"
Fluttershy froze in the doorway, unsure if she wanted to know who that special awesome mare was.
A cyan head popped up from the cloud cover, swinging the stunning multi-coloured mane around, clearing the cloudstuff from her face. Dash began to softly sing, repeating the last song she had been privileged to join in with, this time adding her own little twist.
"I Climbed ev'ry mountain
Forded every stream..."
Dash spluttered into silence, unable to continue.
This little spectacle stunned Fluttershy as her teary eyes gazed with wonder and curiosity at her best friend. What exactly was she trying to do? To say?
'Darn it Fluttershy. I don't know how to ask anypony out! Just get the message already!' The light blue muzzle contorted in anguish.
"Followed ev'ry rainbow...
'Till you found your dream...?" The last bit came out as more of a question for Fluttershy's part. She wasn't even sure why she answered with that bit of the song, combined with the little twist of her own.
Powerful sky blue wings flared and began propelling the cloudbound pegasus forward, slowly making her way to her ground bound friend.
"A dream that will need,
All the love that I can give..." Dash softly replied, a soft cheeky grin upon her face as a tear rolled from her eye.
It was all Fluttershy needed.
"Ev'ry day of my life,
For as long as I live..." The soft, sweet singing of the creamy yellow pegasus reached her nervous duo partners ears. Fluttershy felt herself smile, tears pouring down her cheeks.
Bold cheeky blue met shy yellow and Dash yoinked her best friend up onto her cloud, seating her on the two pegasus ride. Fluttershy nestled into the loving embrace of her longtime friend, relishing the soft warmth that came from the contact.
Together, they continued singing as Dash propelled their cloud upwards, at a leisurely pace.
"Climb ev'ry mountain
Ford ev'ry stream
Follow ev'ry rainbow
Till you find your dream..."
At this point Dash paused, taking time out from her duo action to nuzzle her crush back. She affectionately nibbled the ear of the tearful pegasus by her side, gently bringing her into a strong embrace. This elicited soft pleasured noises from the quiet mare.
"Rainbow Dash..." Fluttershy murmured, her voice breaking, but with sweet, joyful sadness, rather than actual sorrow.
"What's up, pal?" Dash tenderly licked the yellow muzzle that hovered in front of her. The bold mare still felt the invading butterflies in her tummy, but this time, she was happy to have a trio pressed up against herself at the same time.
Blushing all the while, Fluttershy could barely string together a good response, instead sighing dreamily.
"Y-you like that?" Asked the multi-coloured mare as she wrapped a sky blue wing over the dreamy looking pegasus in her grasp.
"...Y-Yes..." Giggled the shy pony. "...And I....I like you, too..."
A tongue gently wiped away the tears that persisted upon the yellow face of the pony Dash was cuddling. "Only like? You shed a lot of tears for somepony who only likes me and my awesomeness."
".....You're right....I...I mean...to correct myself...." Fluttershy blushed and nuzzled into her neck. "...I love you..." She gripped her strong defender as if her life depended on it, straining her forelegs in an attempt to cuddle up even more.
"And... well...I..." Dash took a deep breath, steadying herself, this was much harder than she imagined. "I love you too Fluttershy. You are the awesome pony I was talking about." Dash slowly wrapped her lover in a full body embrace, settling them both comfortably down upon the cloud made for two. "And now... I have the most awesome mare in all of Equestria right here with me on this cloud."
"...Really?" Fluttershy beamed, more tears of happiness flowing down her cheeks. Her entire face just seemed to brighten all the more with her smile and gleaming eyes.
"Yes. Of course. I would never settle for anypony less." Her cheeky grin returned full force. The sky blue mare nuzzled her companion, relishing the light scent of the animal lover, the warmth of her touch and the sense of belonging she felt here and now in the loving hold of her fellow pegasus.
"Rainbow...!" A very happy Fluttershy snuggled more into their full-body embrace, giggling, "Rainbow, I love you! I'm so happy...! I hope you're happy too...!"
"I am. This is the coolest day ever!" Dash fell into contented silence, entwining her tail with her love's.
For a few moments, everything was perfect as the new couple contented themselves with simply lying wrapped up in each other.
Fluttershy smiled and nuzzled their noses. "So far..."
Sudden concern arrived upon Dash's face and she pulled away a little to gaze into the pretty aquamarine eyes in front of her. "So far? Do you think something will happen?"
"...Well...we still have...a lot of time to see...just how much more wonderful this can be..." Whispered the enraptured pink-maned pegasus.
"Oh good." The multi-coloured speedster snuggled back in.
"Oh...I'm sorry... I-I didn't mean to worry you," Fluttershy nuzzled her best friend, now her fillyfriend, in assurance.
"It's okay. I just never expected you to want to be more than just my friend and the pony I protect. We're both so different." Dash slowly stroked the soft pink mane, amazed by how soft it was to the touch.
"...We are..." Fluttershy murmured, snuggling closer, if that were possible. "I...I hope...it still keeps us together..."
"We don't seem to have any trouble with that, snuggly." The cheeky mare nibbled her fillyfriend's ear gently before leaning in gently to whisper into the perky yellow appendage. "I could get used to this..."
"...Are you sure? I don't want to hold you back, Rainbow... I know how much a more slow-paced and quiet way of going about a day isn't your thing..."
"But you also know how lazy I am... having somepony there to cuddle with is... nice..." The lazy speedster closed her eyes, feigning sleep.
Fluttershy giggled and smiled a bit, "Well....I'll always be there to cuddle when you need it..."
"Plus... you can be my medic." Dash grinned at her marefriend. "Because I just know something will get in my way. I'm annoyingly good at crashing into things."
"I could surely help heal you, of course." Fluttershy nestled in under her champion's chin, snuggling away like her life depended on it.
"Awesome." Dash softly nuzzled her cuddly fillyfriend, ruffing her mane with strong sky blue wings. "Plus... I need somepony awesome to fly with. I know you can do it when I'm here." She boasted, moving the affectionate motions to caress the delicate yellow feathers that held her tight.
"Yay!" It hit Fluttershy then that because she too was a pegasus and could fly just fine, they would be able to have leisurely flights together. Just as two ponies in love would do when sharing some fun together. Flying together. She knew that would mean the world to Rainbow Dash, and once again, couldn't help but REALLY feel proud about being a pegasus.
The joy radiating from the pretty pegasus lifted Dash's soul sky high and she felt her heart flutter gently. With such desires came a sense of boundless energy. She felt like, right here and now, she could do anything. "Flutters... I feel the need... the need for speed." She smiled lightly, hoping her fillyfriend would agree with her new urge.
"Oh...you want to go fly?" Fluttershy pouted, not at all willing to give up their wonderful snuggling.
"Not quite..." Dash confessed, nuzzling her mare, doing her best to calm her. "We still have a duo to finish. Also.... there's something I've found that I always wanted to show my special somepony..."
"...What is it?" Fluttershy relaxed, looking less disappointed and more curious.
"Well... If I can fly this two pegasus cloud... I'll show my special filly..." Rainbow lightly licked the yellow muzzle, eliciting an adorable giggle from the receiving pegasus.
With a nod, the timid mare smiled a bit more, "All right, Rainbow...I trust you."
The powerful cyan mare extracted herself from the embrace with her fillyfriend, flicking her wings out, ready for flight. She wrapped a forehoof around her sad looking companion, calming her.
"Here comes the Dash." With that announcement, she took off, flying the cozy cloud with the skill and speed of a veteran weather pony, preparing for song as she lifted them toward the nearby mountains.
"W-Where....where are we going?"
"Sssshhh... As long as my pretty filly cuddles in close... I'll show her. Trust me, it's like... the coolest thing you've ever seen. Okay?" The powerful pegasus grinned hopefully at her new fillyfriend.
Fluttershy nodded, holding close to the cyan mare, "Okay, Rainbow...I trust you."
"Awesome." Dash lifted a foreleg, "want in?" She smiled welcomingly, hoping for the right answer.
"Sure..." Fluttershy smiled.
The bold pegasus paused her wing beats to place the forehoof over her fillyfriend. The yellow mare cuddled in underneath, nuzzling the muscular underside of the cyan flyer. This was a perfect location for her as she feared extreme heights such as this. Instead, the cocoon of warmth and love from her protector made her feel great. She would happily remain this way even if Dash chose to fly the length of Equestria, or even right up to the heavens. As long as she was sheltered by her guardian, she knew she was perfectly safe.
Pretty much standing, straddled over Fluttershy, Dash smiled. Now she was both cuddled up with her fillyfriend and able to steer their cloud along to it's destination. This provided her with the peace of mind, knowing her charge was safe and at the same time she was able to fly her cloud with all the skill and speed she was used to. This allowed the speedster to quickly fly up, up, up, avoiding the approaching mountain.
"Enjoying the view there, snuggly?" Shining cerise eyes met the sheltered pegasus's own cyan ones as Dash turned her view away from flying, happily focusing upon the most important pony in her life.
"Absolutely, Rainbow." Fluttershy said softly, her eyes gleaming with love and adoration.
Together, in sweet harmony, they finished the last bit of the song,
"A dream that will need,
All the love you can give
Every day of your life
For as long you live
Climb ev'ry mountain
Ford ev'ry stream
Follow ev'ry rainbow
'Till you find your dream..."
The song left both lovebirds glowing and they took a graceful moment to contentedly gaze into each others shining eyes. Cyan wings slowed their montone as the world around the couple began to disappear.
With a kindling flame inside, Fluttershy slowly leaned in, coming closer and closer to her fillyfriend's muzzle. Delicate eyelashes fluttered closed as she approached, her whole mind filled with the mare who held her protected. This was going to be a perfect first real kiss with her first ever fillyfriend!
A powerful beat of sky blue wings cuts the shy pony out of her romantic reverie. It was as if the silly multi-coloured mare had no romantic sense at all! Fluttershy gave her protector a sad, pleading look.
"What?" Dash leaned down and gave her old friend a quick nuzzle. 'What was that filly trying to do? Look cute? She always looks cute... That was...I don't know.' She almost wondered aloud.
The cyan mare paused her wingbeats to give a quick affectionate ruffle to her fillyfriend's soft mane with a forehoof. She leaned down a little, resting just above a perky yellow ear. "We're almost there, don't worry."
'She did miss it!' Fluttershy gave up, blobbing down into the plushy cloud, content between it and the strong warm mass of the pony she loved. 'It can wait I guess.' She anchored her forehooves around a strong cyan foreleg, nuzzling it. She occasionally gazed down over the landscape they were speeding over but mostly found her joy killed by the extreme heights as vertigo would promptly kick in.