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Apple Blossom
Written By Closer-To-The-Sun (Joseph Noblit)
Chapter 1: When I Grow Up

It was a bright morning in Ponyville. With Celestia’s sun peeking through the window, sunlight brushed across a yellow pony’s face. Her face squinted and stirred as she woke up. Opening and rubbing her eyes, a smile appeared on her face. Using her hooves to push her red mane back and behind her head, she then hopped down from her bed. She quickly tied her pink bow in her mane and made her way downstairs. In the kitchen, her family welcomed her.

The elderly green pony spoke “Well, good morning there, birthday filly!”

“Yeah, happy birthday, Applebloom!” her sister also commented.

Applebloom smiled brightly, “Hehe, thanks, Granny Smith and Applejack!”

“How does it feel ta be seventeen?” her brother Big Mac asked, chewing on an apple.

“Ah’m so excited! This means ah can help out more around the farm, right?”  Applebloom asked as she took a seat at the table.

“Well, of course ya get to help out more ‘round the farm,” the orange pony stated, placing a plate of sliced apples covered lightly in caramel.

“Nah, not like that, ah talkin’ ‘bout doin’ more important stuff like applebuckin’ and barrelin’!” Applebloom replied with energy, taking a bite of one of the sliced apples.

Applejack and Big Mac gave each other uneasy looks. Big Mac softly spoke, “Well, ah don’t know ‘bout that right away, Applebloom.”

The yellow pony tilted her head to the side as she spoke with her mouth full, “Buhf why?”

“It’s not that we don’t want ya ta help us out ‘round the farm or nothin’, it’s just it’s a lotta hard work. We don’t want ta give ya more than ya can haddle,” Applejack explained, careful to not hurt her sister’s feelings.

“But….what about mah cutie mark? Ah just know if ah help out more ‘round the farm, ah’ll get it! Ah just know it!” Applebloom pleaded, “Ah’m all grown up now after all!”

AJ started her reply, “Sorry, Applebloom, but we can still have you help with other things lik-“

“Ah, hush up, Applejack!” Granny Smith interrupted, “Applebloom is plenty old enough ta pull her own weight! Why, you weren’t much older when ya were doin’ the same kind of work yer doin’ now. An’ jus’ look at her, she’s growin’ into be quite an Apple. She’s more than ready to start barrelin’ and soon enough buckin’.”

“Ya really think ah’m ready, Granny?” the yellow pony asked with stars in her eyes.

“Darn tootin’!” the green pony nodded “Yer a member of the Apple family are ya not? It’s in yer blood! An’ ah reckon soon yer gonna get yer cutie mark.”

“Thanks, Granny Smith!” Applebloom said as she finished her breakfast, “Ah’m gonna go see mah friends in Ponyville now. Ah’ll be back later!” The mare stood up from her seat and began to rush out of the room.

“Just remember that tomorra we’re gonna start applebuckin’ season!” Applejack called out to her sister.

Applebloom called back faintly, “Okay!” With that, she left the house and made her way towards the town.

“Ya really think she’s ready for such responsibility, Granny?” Applejack asked with doubt.

“Ah think she needs some sort of push in the right direction for the little filly,” the green pony smirked.

“A push? Ah still don’t think Applebloom is ready fer such work ‘round the farm. She might be seventeen today, but she still has a ways ta go,” Big Mac commented.

Granny Smith closed her eyes and gave a small chuckle, “Well, we gotta give the little pony some room to grow an’ mature. She might not think so, but she’s still got a lotta growin’ ta do to blossom into a mare.”
"So I walk up on high/And I step to the edge/To see my world below./And I laugh at myself/While the tears roll down/'Cause it's the world I know/Oh it's the world I know." -Collective Soul, "The World I Know"

Chapter 1: You are here - "When I Grow Up"
Chapter 2: [link] - "Strange Times"
Chapter 3: [link] - "I Won't Say (I'm In Love)"
Chapter 4: [link] - "On Your Porch"
Chapter 5: [link] - "17"
Chapter 6: [link] - "Simple Kind Of Life"
Chapter 7: [link] - "The World I Know"

Now that it's summer for me, I get to write up some new fan-fics! And here is the first one that was voted on some time ago, 'Apple Blossom', featuring a Spike and Applebloom ship.

Title: Apple Blossom
Chapter 1: When I Grow Up
Premise: It's Applebloom's seventeenth birthday. Will she get the new responsibility that she begs for?

The name of the short story is taken from the song "Apple Blossom" by The White Stripes, from the album 'De Stijl'.
The name of this chapter is taken from the song "When I Grow Up" by Garbage, from the album 'Version 2.0'
All characters belong to My Little Pony (c) Hasbro
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was made for television by Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:
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Karlos1234ify Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
TheDragonWarlock Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Sheesh. She STILL hasn't got her cutie mark? Is this story not only going to be shipping, but also about AB finding her cutie mark?
Closer-To-The-Sun Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You'll just have to read and find out, won't you? xD But to answer, no, it's not going to be about the second half.
TheDragonWarlock Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Yeesh, you just love making her a blank flank huh?
Closer-To-The-Sun Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just think she's adorable as she is xD
TheDragonWarlock Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
She's destined to be an :iconengineerplz: though with her construction skills.
Karlos1234ify Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Sentry going up.
TheDragonWarlock Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Karlos1234ify Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
IKR :) :p
blaa6 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Or maybe a freelance builder/set designer at least according to my fanfic and half of the rest of the fandom. That or being an artist.
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