Written By: Closer-To-The-Sun (Joseph Noblit)
Chapter 1: Turn The Page
Celestia's sun was shining down on Ponyville, giving a warm afternoon feel for the residents. While most of the ponyfolk were relaxed, there was one light blue pegasus who was racing towards her destination. It was Rainbow Dash, whose multi-colored mane was a blur to anypony who saw her. Finally landing in front of the Ponyville library, she checked the saddlebag on her back, double-checking to make sure it had not fallen off mid-flight, which it had a tendency to do. After her examination, she knocked on the door.
"Just a second!" a muffled voice from inside called out.
"No rush," Rainbow Dash replied to the voice. While she wasn't in a hurry, almost everything in her life was some sort of race or competition. It's how she was.
After what felt like eternity to the blue mare, the door was opened. Expecting to see her purple unicorn friend, Dash saw a small purple and green dragon.
"Oh, hello Rainbow Dash!" Spike said excitedly.
"Hey there, Spike. Is Twilight around?" Rainbow Dash asked in a bit puzzled tone.
The dragon shook his head, "No, she was called to Canterlot on official business for a few days."
"She is? Bummer, I needed to return some of the books she let me borrow," Dash explained, making a slight motion to her saddlebag.
"Oh, in that case, I can help you out!" said Spike enthusiastically, "Come on in!"
A small smile came across Rainbow's face in relief that she could return the books. The only issue she has with reading was the fact of late fees. They scared her to death. She followed the dragon inside the library.
Spike led the pegasus to the center table in the library. Without being told what to do, Dash took her books out of the saddlebag and placed them on the table so Spike could check them back in. Writing down the book titles on the sheet of paper, Daring Do and the Final Crusade and Daring Do and the Kingdom of the Sapphire Skull, he then took them to the shelf and place them in their proper location.
"So you really liked those Daring Do books, don't ya?" Spike asked as he was on his stepstool.
"Yeah, gotta admit Daring is pretty awesome. That last book of the series is really weird though. Not as good as the first one," Dash commented.
Spike chuckled as he got back on the floor, "Yeah, I remember when I read that last one. Thankfully, Twilight told me some other good books to read."
"You read, too? But aren't you like three years old in dragon years?" the pegasus asked in surprise.
.in dragon years I think
.you know what, I'm not sure how the age thing works with me. All I know is that I'm pretty smart compared to most dragons," Spike thought about exactly how his age would work out being a dragon amongst ponies.
Rainbow laughed, "Yeah, what other dragons know how to get blueberry stains out of their scales?"
"Hey, watch it! I might show you how hard it is to get those out!" Spike threatened as his face was flustered.
Still laughing, Rainbow placed a hoof on Spike's head and roughed him up slightly, "I'm just messing with ya, you little twerp. You know that."
Spike still looked sour, but he seemed to brush it off, "So, what kind of book are you looking for?"
." Rainbow Dash put a hoof to her chin, "something with action is always good, and something funny would be cool, oh, and totally have something that makes me want to keep reading!"
Spike waddled to the bookcase to grab a few books down, "Well, if you want action, then you will really want to read Luna Wars: A New Hope. It's a personal favorite of mine. Oh! And another great one would be Buck Cassidy And the Sundance Colt. It takes place in the badlands when Equestria was still very wild. And you totally have to read Donkey Quixote, it's really fun to read."
Rainbow Dash was surprised at the stack of books that Spike had in his claws, "Whoa, are you sure these are some good books for me?"
"Trust me, these are some of my favorites. If you don't like any of them, I'll buy you lunch!" Spike sounded extremely confident.
A sly smile came across Rainbow Dash's face, "Alright, you're on!" The blue pegasus began loading the books into her saddlebag.
Spike pointed to the mare, "But no cheating, alright? You can't just look over it like it's nothing and put it down! You have to give them a shot."
Rainbow smirked and placed her hoof on Spike's head again, "What, you don't trust me?"
"You broke into a hospital and the library to continue reading a book because you were to proud to admit you like reading," Spike reminded her.
Dash was silent, trying to think of a comeback, but she knew that she was beat, "Alright, you got me there, you little nerd."
The pegasus and dragon started there way towards the door. "I'll stop by tomorrow then and let ya know how my reading goes," Dash continued.
"Hey, don't just rush through them! Enjoy them!" Spike was a little bothered that she seemed to be so relaxed about her new reading material.
"Geez, Spike, you really are the egghead's assistant, aren't ya?" Rainbow turned to him after she stepped outside.
"And proud of it!" the dragon boasted.
Laughing Rainbow Dash began to take off, "Alright, well, see ya later, shorty!" And with that, the pegasus returned to her home in Cloudsdale.
Later that night, Rainbow Dash was busy reading the new books she had checked out from the library. Already done with Donkey Quixote and Luna Wars, she was in the middle of Buck Cassidy And The Sundance Colt. Rainbow had to admit, Spike knew what he was talking about.