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Fairy Tales
Written by Closer-To-The-Sun (Joseph Noblit)
Chapter 4: Call And Answer

The white unicorn froze at Spike's question. Her mind was trying to form an answer as quickly as possible, but nothing was coming to her. Tripping over her words, Rarity mumbled something that was almost impossible to understand.

"What was that?" Spike asked, tilting his head to the side.

"Well," Rarity started, "I….uh….well…." The unicorn looked at the purple dragon, whose eyes gave a hopeful look to her, "I….honestly don't know, dear."

Spike raised an eyebrow, "Huh?"

Rarity sighed, "About this being a date, I don't know, Spike." The tone of her voice was a bit depressed, knowing she gave an answer that Spike did not want to hear.

"I….don't follow…." Spike admitted to being confused.

Rarity looked upward to the partly clouded night sky. A few stars were visible and the waxing moon of Luna's was hiding behind a cloud. "Well, that's just it, I don't know if this is a date. I did insist I take you out for supper for all of the hard work you've done for me."

"Yeah, doesn't that mean you asked me on a date?" Spike asked trying to piece the puzzle together.

Rarity closed her eyes and looked down at her front hooves on the ground, "Not exactly…." Rarity paused before continuing, "To be completely honest with you dahling, I felt I should do this for you because I've think I've been taking advantage of you."

Spike was perplexed, "Taking advantage of me?"

"Yes, with you helping me around the boutique."

"Oh…." Spike finally understood.

A silence grew between them. Rarity looked down at her front hooves, moving her right hoof lightly against the ground beneath her while Spike rubbed his left claw against his right arm. Neither of them knew what to say.

"I'm sorry, Spike…." Rarity managed to say. Her voice was very soft and full of sorrow.

Spike didn't respond right away. However, when he did, he replied, "It's alright, Rarity. I'm just happy to help my friend is all." His voice sounded calm and his facial expression had a smile. While he seemed to be fine, it was apparent he was masking his true emotions.

"Are you sure, dear?" Rarity was very concerned for the young dragon.

"Yeah," he replied, still hiding his true feelings, "No big deal or anything." The unicorn wasn't completely convinced. The dragon changed the subject, "Actually, I'm feeling really tired. I think I'm going to go home early and sleep. Twilight said I shouldn't be out too late anyway."

"Spike…."

"Really, Rarity, I'm fine!" Spike's voice became slightly distorted as he replied, "No need to worry at all."

"Okay…..shall I walk back with you then, dear?" the unicorn asked, trusting Spike's word.

"Nah, I'll be fine. I'll see you later then, Rarity!" Spike called out as he turned around and headed back to the Ponyville library.

"Buh-bye, Spike!" Rarity called back, worried for the dragon.

Slowly walking back to the boutique, Rarity thought about her words to Spike. She felt completely horrible with her words. The only thing that she was pleased about the entire ordeal was that she was honest. Rarity knew that if she wasn't, she could never forgive herself for hurting Spike in that manner. 'Oh my, I feel just awful about all of this. I do care for Spike, he's such a wonderful dragon and all. I just feel….like such a mule for all of this. I do hope the poor dear is okay.'

Back at the library, Spike had returned and told Twilight Sparkle that he was going to retire to bed early. Unbeknownst to everypony else, the purple dragon was in his bed, quietly weeping and hugging his pillow tightly until he fell asleep.
“Someday we'll know if love can move a mountain/Someday we'll know why the sky is blue/Someday we'll know why I wasn't meant for you.” –New Radicals, “Someday We’ll Know”

Chapter 1: [link] - "Give A Little Bit"
Chapter 2: [link] - "Limelight"
Chapter 3: [link] - "Gratitude"
Chapter 4: You are here - "Call And Answer"
Chapter 5: [link] - "Someday We'll Know"
Epilogue: [link] - "Fortress"

Alright, here we are, new chapter! Consider it an Xmas gift to ya all. Thanks for reading, and I hope to have the last chapter up by the end of the year. Until then, enjoy. And sorry for it's shortness. Also, the title of this chapter is a wonderful song, captures this chapter well. Listen to it now.

Title: Fairy Tales
Chapter 4: Call And Answer
Premise: Rarity is surprised by a question from Spike. What will her response be?


The title for this short story is taken from the song "Fairy Tales" by Hypernova, from the album 'Through The Chaos'.
The name of this chapter is taken from the song "Call And Answer" by Barenaked Ladies, from the album 'Stunt'.
All characters belong to My Little Pony (c) Hasbro
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was made for television by Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:
Written by :iconcloser-to-the-sun:
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TelbornMoth Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Very touching chapter, I feel sorry for both of them really—mostly for Spike though.

I just wonder if Rarity will change her mind about Spike, or if Spike can get over what happened.

Looking forward to next chapter!
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TruthSender Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
@dlaerous me too.

That was soooo saad :.(
Poor Spike.

After reading I think it should be "Youthful Expression" prequel
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Closer-To-The-Sun Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, this is a different continuity, and it's also not done.
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TruthSender Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
OK!
Waiting for more!
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insaneplayer03 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Quite touching... I could somewhat relate to what kind of pain Spike is going through by experience. I am pretty sure Spike would get over it... or at least I hope. Nice story, I will be reading more of your working, it is interesting.
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Closer-To-The-Sun Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I know what Spike is going through in this chapter as well. But fret not, for it is not over yet.
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SH313 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
I read this so I could get into the feeling of writing something Christmas-y.

I feel so bade for Spike, but these things tend to work themselves out as long as you're honest. Don't give up!
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Closer-To-The-Sun Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate to burst your bubble, but I'm not that much of a Christmas-y person, and I do apologize to ya.
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SH313 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Even so, I needed something to get me in the pony mood, and your stories always help. I'm not usually a fan of Christmas because I don't like the drama or get-togethers, but I feel particularly festive this year.
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Closer-To-The-Sun Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I never am a huge fan of Christmas, but a few things are exceptions, like "Olive, the Other Reindeer".
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