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Sugarcube Corner, on the very few moments before this scene.
Autumn. Wind was tough and clouds made a thick surface in the sky, partially blocking the sunlight. Despite the unusual abscence of a certain pink pony who was supposed to be working in the kitchen, the Cakes were handling pretty well the little line in front of the balcony. At a table close to the front door, two mares were talking about an event that could only be described as cute.
"Tell him, then."
"I-I can’t, Applejack. What if… what if he doesn’t feel the same?" Hesitation was evident. Applejack knew Rainbow Dash didn’t feel quite comfortable when she talked about feelings. It has been a big susprise for her, therefore, when the pegasus had landed earlier at Sweet Apple Acres asking her, with an almost begging look in her face, if she could help with ‘something only best friends could talk about’.
"But sugarcube, y’all was just tellin’ me what he’s done fer ya the night ‘fore yesterday."
The blue pegasus blushed. “But I was drunk.” She turned her face to not look into her friend’s eyes. “And rather upset because of what Twilight said.” Then she raised her voice. “Besides, he was just being kind by taking me home, without any second intentoins, if you’re thinking what I know you are thinking.”
Applejack laughted. “Ah was thinkin’ nothin’, silly filly. But ser’sly, Dash. Ah kin see the way he cares ‘bout ya. Bet my apple cart on how he likes y’all the way ya like him.”
Rainbow Dash looked down to the tabble, her mind full with memories. Her time with Thunderlane had gave her a feeling she had never felt before, some kind of warmth inside her chest. For whichever reasons, he made her think back in her fillyhood. More specifically, when his father was by her side. In fact, the colt reminded her of him. The same bright golden eyes, the same playful personality… The way he took care of her when she was sad. Even that stubborn, challenging attitude. ‘Home’. That's it. He made her feel like she was back home.
And Celestia’s blowing mane, home never felt that good.
She looked back at Applejack, who was smiling. A genuine smile. How couldn’t that be? It was Applejack, after all. “You mean it?” The words were full with hope.
"Did Ah ever lie to ya?"
Needless to answer. She smiled back instead. Not that usual, confident grin, though. Rainbow Dash was simply beaming with joy and gratitude for having such a great friend as Applejack. “Then I’ll do it, AJ. I’ll tell him!” she stood up and headed toeards the door with an energetic hurry. “Right now, I’m gonna find him…” she open the door and runned in no specific direction, looking at everywhere and barely noticing Applejack behind her, struggling against the cold gale. “… and look straight into his eyes…” She was almost flying at that point. The earth pony couldn’t be happier for her friend. “… and say: ‘Thunderlane, I-‘”
"Oh, horseapples." Applejack said.
But Rainbow Dash didn’t hear her.
She didn’t hear anything.
She haven’t even realized she had stopped running at the moment she saw him.
There, in front of her, was Thunderlane. The steed she loved. With Rarity. One of her best friends.
As Rainbow Dash tried to understand what her eyes could see, but not believe, a single tear dropped through her cheek.
That was the first time Applejack lied to her.
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