Written By Closer-To-The-Sun (Joseph Noblit)
Chapter 2: New
The next day, Rainbow Dash flew back to the Ponyville library with the newly finished books in her saddlebag. The blue pegasus was surprised at herself for staying up all night to read the books Spike lent her. While she did feel a bit nerdy for reading all night, she had to hand it to Spike for recommending good books to her.
Dash landed and knocked on the door of the Ponyville library. Almost instantly, the familiar purple and green dragon answered the door with a warm and welcoming smile.
"Hiya, Rainbow Dash!" Spike greeted her, "What brings you around here so soon?"
"Would ya believe me if I said I finished those books you gave me?" Dash replied with a smirk.
Spike gave a grin, "I knew you would like those books! Come on in, I'll return the books for ya."
Rainbow followed the dragon inside the building to the table in the center of the room, "I have to admit, those were great books you suggested. I loved each of them, especially Luna Wars." She placed the three books on the table.
Spike began his work of checking the books back into the catalog, "It's a great series to read. Sometimes I reread it just for fun."
"Do ya happen to have the next one?"
Spike paused to think before replying, "Unfortunately no, a brown stallion came in yesterday after you left and asked if there was a copy of Luna Wars: The Chaos Strikes Back. He commented that it was a matter of life and death, so I lent it to him. Apparently he really needed to read it for something."
"Bummer, I was looking forward to it," Rainbow commented bitterly.
Spike noticed that his pegasus friend was a bit upset, "Hey, there are still other amazing books to read, Rainbow Dash!"
The pony's ears perked up, "Like what?"
Spike pauses for a moment, placing one of his claws under his chin, as if it was the only thing to keep his head from falling off. With a sudden burst of energy, the dragon rushes to his stool to pick it up. Grabbing it, he hurries to another part of the library shelves. Rainbow Dash looks on with a puzzled look at Spike, as if he has lost his mind. Spike then places the stool down. Climbing up, he pulls out a large and heavy-looking book. Though he struggles a bit, he manages to get it to the center table all by himself. Taking a big sigh of relief, he proudly spoke, "Here we go! You'll love this book!"
Dash stared at the brown cover of the book, "Um
.what is this?"
"This is a great story called Seven Guards. Don't let the size of it scare you, it's an amazing story," Spike explained.
Dash looked uncertain, "How about giving me a quick summary?"
"Well, to be brief and not spoil too much, a group of misfit and former guardponies have to save a town from bandits," Spike spoke, picking his words carefully, "and trust me on this, you will be surprised with this book."
Rainbow Dash seemed to be persuaded, "Alright then, I'll give it a shot," she looked at the book and then back to Spike, "though I'm not sure I can fly with this thing
"Oh, don't worry! You can read it here in the library!" the dragon cheerfully offered.
"You sure it's cool if I do that?"
"Of course! I'm just going to be cleaning up a bit before Twilight returns from Canterlot."
Dash smiled at the dragon, using her front hoof to pull Spike to her and rough his head up slightly, "Heh, thanks, pint size."
Spike laughed as Dash teased him, "Haha, don't worry about it. Anyway, you can go to the couch there and read." He pointed to the sofa that most ponies that visited the library relaxed and read.
The pegasus went to the sofa and began to read the large novel. Her attention, however, was focused on the movement out of the corner of her eye. While she wanted to read, the small dragon performing his daily chores seemed to interest her more. Spike didn't seem to notice Dash looking at him every so often, and she prayed to Celestia that didn't the dragon find out.
Forcing herself to stop looking, Rainbow stuck her nose in the book and began to think to herself. 'Alright, Rainbow Dash
.what was that? Why did were you staring at the pipsqueak of a dragon? He's a little squirt, nothing more,' Rainbow paused to peer out from the book to see Spike placing some books back on the shelves, 'Okay, maybe a little more than just that. He did change a bit after that whole thing during the dragon migration. I mean, sure, his body didn't exactly change, but he really seems more
.awesome. And after what the girls told me about Spike filling in for me during the Discord thing. Maybe Spike isn't the little punk I always thought he was