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Chapter Eighty-One: Citizenship Declared

Having been left behind by her attendant, Chenoa had wandered off, curious of the calamity.  She had seen Fluttershy right before she disappeared behind the squadron of officers.  Waddling and weaving between their legs to get to her mother, she gave pause the instant Smokey came into her sight, laying on his side and groaning.  Eager to get to him too, she bounded right up to his side.

“Dada!” she cried out in elation, oblivious of her father’s pain and that his position on the ground was a signal that he was encouraging her to play with him.

“Get that baby away from him!” bellowed one of the police ponies.

Fluttershy snapped her head up, her eyes wide as she heard her child call out to the dragon.  As she turned her head, she noticed one of the officers was beginning to make the move to swoop in and scoop her up.

“No, wait, please!” she called out. “That’s my daughter!” Huffing, she shifted to Chenoa, stretching her forelegs out. “It’s okay, sweetie! Come to Mommy!”

“Hold on! Isn’t that the chick that’s in custody of Pendulum?” queried one of the officers as he slid a foreleg around the child and stepped away from Fluttershy.  The baby tried to resist, wriggling and reaching her little eagle paws out to the yellow and pink mare.  Her friends tried to intervene, but were held back by the police.

Flashbacks dispersing, Pendulum shook his head and rose up onto his haunches.  Holding his injured leg, he observed the scene before him.  He was utterly shocked to see Fluttershy near Smokey, even though he was not in his right frame of mind.  Though, he knew his own spell would soon wear off.

Seeing the pegasus and griffon long for each other ignited a deep-seated jealousy within him.  His own mother having died when giving birth to him, he had never experienced a mother’s love.

“Let ‘er ‘ave the child,” he instructed the stallion holding Chenoa.

The equine in uniform was a bit shocked, but obeyed--albeit reluctantly.  As Chenoa toddled up to Fluttershy, the mare sobbed as she gathered up the baby in her forelegs, hugging her tightly.

“Oh, Chenoa, I’m sorry!” she whimpered, kissing her forehead. “I’m so sorry I was such a bad mother! I promise I will never leave you behind again. Never, ever! I love you so much…”

The small griffon squeaked and babbled excitedly as she found herself in the embrace of her mother.  Clinging to her, tiny claws digging into her fur, she nuzzled her and attempted to preen her coat as she was kissed again.

Groaning on the ground, Smokey’s eyes slowly returned to normal as the spell gradually wore off.  Curling up into a ball, he squeezed his eyes shut and compressed his teeth with an agonized wince.  He didn’t know why he was there and not located in his cage.

Sighing, Fluttershy turned around.  Tears spilling down her face, she was at his side, pressing her head against his.

“Smokey? Smokey… can you hear me??”

Still slightly dazed and confused, the draconic being’s eyes opened, ear frills perking at the familiar voice.

“F… Fluttershy?” he ventured, lifting his head to see both the pegasus and chick. “Chenoa?”

Bursting into tears anew, the mare nuzzled the side of his face while hugging Chenoa closer.

“Smokey…” Fluttershy murmured. “You’re… Oh, you’re back to your old self…! I’m so relieved…”

As she continued to nuzzle him, Twilight Sparkle gave a sigh and turned to Pendulum, stepping into his direction with a look that clearly said she had a word she wanted to have with him.

“What are you doing here?” the dragon asked, weakly returning the nuzzle, his eyes misting over. “I… I missed you and Chenoa so much…”

“Dada!” the baby griffon squealed.

Hearing her call him that for the very first time evoked tears from his eyes.  Removing one of his hands from his injury, he brought it to the chick’s fuzzy head to stroke it.

Before Twilight Sparkle could reach Pendulum, one of the officers approached Fluttershy and placed a hoof on her shoulder.

“Excuse me, miss. We still need to terminate him. So, could you please back away?”

“We came to bring you home,” Fluttershy replied, then turned to her friends. “We all came to bring you home.”

Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Rarity responded with warm smiles as Pinkie Pie bounced in place.

“As for you…” Fluttershy said to the officer, narrowing her gaze at him. “I will not let you hurt him. If you want him, you’re going to have to go through me, first!”

She felt a hoof on her back, and she slightly jumped at the unexpected touch.  Turning her attention, she found Twilight Sparkle.

“And if you want to get to her, you’re going to have to get through me. Stand down, officer. I assure you Smokey will be no harm to you at this point. You have my word as a princess of Equestria.”

Rainbow Dash snorted, zipping in front of Fluttershy with the rest of the mares falling into place at the yellow pegasus’ side.  They--with the exception of Pinkie Pie--had failed to believe in her and defend her when they had been assured that Smokey never bit Pendulum, and that was a mistake they were going to make up for by standing with her; her and Smokey.

“He bit that stallion,” the officer stated, pointing to Pendulum. “By law we have to destroy him.”

Despite the searing pain in his pastern, Pendulum was moved by the fact these six mares went through all the trouble of tracking down Smokey.  He had assumed they would have replaced him eventually, but he was beginning to see that he was irreplaceable to them--especially to Fluttershy and Chenoa.

Smokey grunted as he returned his free hand to his wound, a bolt of pain shooting through him.

“It hurts…”

“Oh, you poor dear…” Fluttershy crooned, leaning in to inspect his injury. “Here, let me take a look…”

Twilight Sparkle, not taking her gaze off of the officer, narrowed her eyes into a glare.

“You would defy a direct order from a princess of Equestria,” she questioned, wings bristling noticeably.

“It dooesn’t matter,” Pendulum interjected, staring intensely at the officer.  He couldn’t keep the dragon away from his family.  Though he never experienced a loving father, he wasn’t going to deny the baby griffon the chance to have one. “I’m drooping all charges. Truthfully, it was my fault. I antagonized ‘im. I am willing to let ‘im goo.”

The entire force was bewildered to hear this.  Not knowing what to do, they turned to their chief.  The stallion sighed through his nostrils, remaining silent for a few moments.

“Well… we can’t disobey a princess…”

Shifting his attention to the one employee who happened to remain behind out of morbid curiosity, Pendulum opened his mouth to address the pony.

“Soora Skies, goo find the dooctoor.” He paused and extended his injured hoof to Smokey. “Foor ‘im.”

“The doctor??” Stormy Skies looked like she had just swallowed something sour. “For that… BEAST??”

She was met with several glares--mainly from the myriad of mares that were congregated around the dragon.  Snorting indignantly, she turned around and departed to fetch the doctor.

“Well. Now that’s been settled…” the lavender alicorn said, turning to Smokey. “Let’s get these chains off of you.”

“Do I have to move?” he inquired shakily, obviously still in much agony.

“No. Just stay where you are,” Twilight Sparkle replied.  Focusing her magic very carefully, the shackles binding his wrists broke apart and, crumbling into several rusted iron pieces.

“Smokey…” Fluttershy shivered, softly crying again--relieved that he was now free.  Allowing Pinkie Pie to take Chenoa from her, the pegasus wrapped both of her forelegs around him to hold him close, nuzzling him. “Oh, Smokey, I’m so sorry. I never should have let you go…”

Smokey was glad his wrists were now free of his binds.  They had been digging uncomfortably into his scales.  Unfolding a wing and bringing it forward to drape it over Fluttershy’s back, he nuzzled her in return with a purr.

“I… still don’t understand why Mr. Pendulum is letting me go… I bit him…”

“I tricked you, booy. I ‘ypnootized you and planted fish blood oon you,” Pendulum filled in, even though the police were still present.  The response he received from Smokey was nothing short of bewilderment. “Seeing ‘oow much these yooung ladies care aboout you… I apooloogize. I shoouldn’t ‘ave doone it. ‘aving as much mooney as I do, noor ‘aving a looving family, I never learned there are soome things that cannoot be replaced.”

“Darn right, and furthermore--” Applejack started, only to pause as she stared at the stallion. “Wait… wha? You… mean to tell me y’never…?”

Fluttershy brought a hoof to her mouth, stifling a gasp.

The stallion nodded in affirmation.

“My moother died while giving birth to me, and my father blamed me foor it and beat me ooften. Noot oonce do I recall ‘im smiling foor me. There was noo winning ‘is approval. Oof coourse I inherited everything, but oonly to keep the foortune in the family.”

“That’s… terrible…” Smokey said, still reeling in from the shock at the fact that he had been manipulated all along.  Growing up parentless, he could sympathize.

“That still doesn’t give you the right to dragonnap Smokey!” the prism-maned mare declared.

“I have to agree,” Twilight Sparkle said. “Abuse or not, there is no excuse for you to have taken our friend and chain him up like he were some… wild animal!”

“Erm, beg your pardon, darling,” Rarity cut in. “But… didn’t you say that Smokey sort of… is? No paperwork and all?”

“…Yes. Yes, I did say that. And you know what? To Tartarus with it!” The alicorn’s wings flared open as she turned to Fluttershy and Smokey.  Smiling lightly, she moved closer and raised a hoof to lay it on the dragon’s shoulder. “Smokey, you are… probably one of the nicest, most selfless individuals I have ever had the fortune of meeting. You have given so much of yourself for the ones you love, never once taking the risks to your own personal health or safety into account. If I knew nothing else about you, it would be enough, but you have shown me a valor and a quality of character many ponies could never hope to achieve. You may be of wild origins, but for all you have exemplified you may as well have descended from a noble line.”

She lifted her head, turning to speak to everyone in the vicinity, from her friends, to Pendulum, to the police force still present.

“From this moment forward, I hereby royally decree Smokey as an Equestrian citizen, with all the rights and privileges hereof! This is my word, and as such, is beyond contestation!

Smokey was quite surprised, and moved, as Twilight Sparkle gave her monologue and outright declared him an official citizen.  Tearing up again, a wide grin pulled at the corners of his maw.

“Th-thank you…”

It was then the doctor entered the big top.  About to tend to his boss’ bite, Pendulum shook his head and motioned it into Smokey’s direction.

“Patch ‘im up.”

Equestria’s youngest princess bit her lip as she watched the medic comply, though confused, as he seemed to want to actually focus on Pendulum more than the dragon.

Fluttershy exhumed a sigh, nuzzling Smokey again.

“You’re going to be all right,” she reassured in a gentle intonation. “You just have to be. I…” She pressed her forehead against the side of his, caressing his cheek with a hoof. “Smokey, I honestly thought I was going to lose you for real. I wouldn’t have been able to bare it. I… Smokey, I…”

She blushed.  As she picked up her head, she drew in a breath, glancing over her shoulder at her friends.  Upon receiving their encouraging smiles and nods, she turned back to the winged reptile.  Tears still in her eyes, she took another deep breath.

“… I…”

Time seemed to slow to a crawl… and she found that, despite herself, she still couldn’t bring herself to say three specific words that she had admitted to her friends--and even the officers--to the one she truly felt for.  Wings flapping softly, she cursed herself for being unable to utter them.

It was then, she realized, that actions spoke louder than words, anyway.  Giving him a loving smile, she just nuzzled him on the side of his face, her face wet with fresh tears.
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 81
After following a baby griffon into a dangerous situation, Fluttershy finds herself rescued by a kind-hearted dragon and ends up befriending him. Ultimately, they both decide to raise the child together in a platonic relationship. As Fluttershy and her friends spend time with the lonely dragon, the more he learns about friendship and the more he reveals about his tragic past.

Co-authored by: :iconekardshadowreaver:

Chapter One:…
Chapter Seventeen: The Struggles Are Real

The next episode opened up with the woman racing through the jungle, vainly calling out for anyone who might be around. As she succumbed to exhaustion, she dropped to he knees and buried her face into her palms. Her sobbing only managed to attract the attention of a hungry carnivorous show-created Pokemon. Hearing the maned lizard-like beast hiss, she screamed and scrambled to her feet, adrenaline overriding her fatigue.

The German woman ran, exhaustion creeping up on her again, but she refused to give up. After a three minute chase scene, she burst through a wall of large ferns and skidded to a halt upon seeing the cliff right in front of her. Slipping over onto her side and legs sliding over the edge, she grabbed a hold of a giant root and held on for her dear life.

The hungry Pokemon snarled, peering over the edge and down at her, maliciously baring its gleaming fangs. Valerie drew in a small breath through her nose, leaning in closer to Jackson at what her eyes beheld upon the television screen. Just when the Pokemon was about to snap at her, it was engulfed in a purple aura. Being lifted off of its feet, it was flung over the edge where it landed on top of a tree that broke its fall.

The woman was then cloaked in the purple aura and placed onto the safety of solid ground. She then gasped upon seeing the lab Pokemon staring at her intensely. He stared at her for several moments before he finally spoke telepathically to her that her screaming had been annoying him and he turned his back to her.

She was shocked over the fact that he had saved her--as was Valerie, to a lesser extent. After thinking for a moment, the German-accented woman wasn’t entirely sure that he came just to shut her up, but she was too afraid to say anything. A short while elapsed when she did speak, pointing out his injuries. He had told her that he was fine, even though his injuries were quite serious. She insisted on helping him, but he kept his distance from her… before relenting and allowing her to tear off part of her lab coat to wrap some of his gaping lacerations.

Picking up the pillow on her end of the couch, Valerie placed it on Jackson’s lap and slid away from him to position herself onto her side and rest her head. Smiling down at the woman, Jackson set his plate down on the armrest and brought his hand to her head to repeatedly stroke it. A smile tipped her lips, a murr escaping her at the feeling of the man’s hand gliding over her head. With a gentle sigh, she closed her eyes.

Running his hands over her hair, his fingers traveled to her cheek, smoothing them over her soft skin. Another purr emanated from the woman at the gentle physical contact. It wasn’t much longer until she drifted off into a peaceful slumber.


Jackson carefully lifted the pillow and Valerie’s head to slide out from underneath her, only to place it back onto the couch. As he picked up Swablu, the bird loudly chirped, causing the man to wince and quietly urged her to keep the volume down even though he knew she wouldn’t understand him.

Valerie stirred, but did not wake. The baby Pokemon’s chirping reaching her in her unconscious state, she smiled and snuggled into the pillow with a contented sigh.

Soon, Swablu’s chirps turned into louder squawks that pierced Jackson’s eardrums. Taking her into the kitchen, he set her down on the counter next to the refrigerator and pulled open the appliance’s door to retrieve a pre-made formula with the liking of baby cereal.

The squawks roused Valerie from her slumber. Stretching and releasing a yawn, she lethargically pushed herself off of the couch. Her groggy mind hadn’t come to the immediate realization that she had fallen asleep against her companion, her cheeks flushing a light shade of pink once she did.

There was a clattering originating from the kitchen as Jackson rummaged through the drawers that only added to Swablu’s hunger cries. Putting a portion of the mixture into the microwave, he proceeded to heat it up, then spun around on time to prevent the chick from shuffling off the counter. Listening in, Valerie smiled warmly, heading into the kitchen the moment the man caught the baby Pokemon. Stepping forward, she spread her arms to slide them around the small Flying-type to draw her into a cuddle.

“Aww, is the baby hungry?”

“I would say she is.” He exhaled on a relieved sigh as his anxiety was becalmed. As the timer drew him back to the microwave, Swablu squawked up at the woman holding her as if expecting her to feed her. Putting down the container as he pulled it out of the microwave, he touched his finger to the mushy food to test its temperature, only to swiftly retract it as the heat seared him. “Ouch!”

Valerie winced a bit.

“Oooh. Be careful, Jackson.”

She pursed her lips in empathy then pressed them to the top of Swablu’s head in a display of affection.

“I think I put this in too long…” he said as he fished out a spoon from one of the drawers to mix it around. “I really don’t like making her wait…”

Transferring Swablu into one arm, Valerie brought her free hand up to her chin. Eyes brightening as an idea formed within her mind, she pulled out one of her Poke’ Balls and enlarged it.

“Mawile, come on out!” Cracking open, the Ball released a familiar white energy that materialized into the Steel-type. Turning to her, the woman smiled. “Mawile, could you use your Icy Wind on that container Jackson’s holding, please? Just a short breath.”

Mawile nodded. Turning to the young man, she waited for him to extend the container to him and parted her lips to blow a breath of Icy Wind. Hands chilled, Jackson, mixed the formula and tested it a second time. A smile pulled at the corners of his lips, deeming it the appropriate temperature.

“Thanks, Mawile.”

The Steel-and-Fairy-type let out a cry of happiness at the praise, her trainer administering a rub on her head. Pouring the mixture into a syringe, Jackson walked over to Valerie and proceeded to feed Swablu, taking especial care not to get any into her windpipe. Watching him feed her, Valerie stroked her hand over the soft cottony wings.

Fed, Swablu calmed down and sank into the arm of the woman holding her while Jackson immediately washed the syringe. Once it was finished drying it off, he gave Mawile a pat on the head and headed back to the comfort of the couch, falling into step behind Valerie.

“Thanks for the help… Sometimes it’s difficult watching her and getting her meal ready at the same time…” said Jackson as he took his seat next to the Gym Leader. “Especially every two hours.”

“You’re more than welcome, Jackson. After all, she’s my baby, too, hmm?” she stated, reaching over to brush her free hand over his.

A hot blush bloomed upon the man’s face and he nodded slowly, his eyes dropping to Swablu as she nodded off. Valerie sighed, scooting closer to lean against him again. His heart picked up into a faster beat, half turning his body to furl his arms around her shoulders and upper arms. In response, she rested her head upon his shoulder, her fingers gently kneading through the soft bird Pokemon’s down.

“Do… you want to spend the night?”

“Oh?” The woman lifted her head to meet her friend’s gaze. “You wouldn’t mind me staying here? I wouldn’t want to be a bother to you.”

“I d-don’t mind,” he assured her. “You… can… even use my bed.”

A pleased smile tipped her lips, brushing her fingers over his cheek briefly.

“Aw. You’re sweet, Jackson. Although, really, it’s fine. I don’t mind sleeping here on the couch. You were quite comfortable.”

A second blush saturating his face, he gave her a gentle squeeze.

“Why don’t I put the baby back in her nest?” he suggested.

Valerie nodded once.

“Of course.” As she carefully handed the chick to Jackson’s awaiting arms, she couldn’t help but plant one more kiss to her head. “Such a sweet baby.”

“She is…” Cradling Swablu with an affectionate smile, he lowered his head to kiss the bird himself. With the utmost care, he set the little one back into her nest and underneath the warmth of her heat lamp and sat back down to slide his arms back around Valerie.

The Gym Leader curled up, her arms snaking around him as she rests her head on his shoulder again.

“I’m sorry I fell asleep earlier.”

“It’s… all right. I don’t mind.”

The young woman blushed in mild embarrassment, slowly shutting her eyelids.

“What all did I miss?”

“Just a couple more episodes, but… they can be re-watched.”

She nodded, nuzzling up against his shoulder and neck.

“Hmm. I’ll probably have to sit on the other side of the couch if we do. I’m feeling kind of drowsy again,” she informed.

Keeping his arms around her, he turned his body fully to her and slowly laid back, bringing her with him as he did so.

“Umm… Is… this okay?” he inquired with a hard blush.

Emitting a short surprised squeak, she followed it with a giggle as she sank down on him.

“Yes, this is fine. I’m not hurting you, am I?”

Jackson’s blush deepened.

“O-of course not. I… I’m comfortable,” he answered, his heart speeding up into a faster beat again.

The young woman realized just how things were, looking him over, her arms on either side of him and laying on top of him. Giving him a sly, playful smirk, she touched her lips to his nose to give him a quick peck. Eyes practically bugging out, his cheeks flushed a brilliant scarlet, a series of incoherence spewing from his mouth. Amused, she responded with a giggle.

“You’re adorable. Especially when you get flustered like that,” she commented.

Jackson just gave her a nervous, yet goofy, grin. Still blushing, he picked a hand up to glide it over her hair. At this, she went a bit pink in her face.

“Thank you for giving me a good time tonight, Jackson.”

The man nodded slowly as she snuggled up against him, preparing to turn in for the night.

“… A-anytime."
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Chapter Eighty: A Bite of Karma

Stormy Skies would rather be anywhere but there, doing anything but this routine--though her paint was bright and cheery, the grin plastered upon her face was obviously forced as she juggled pies while riding a unicycle around Terra Cotta, who stood upright upon her hind hooves.  The small filly was wearing on her front hooves gloves with five fingers on each one.  She wavered before appearing to notice them for the first time.  Looking shocked, she attempted to remove them--only to be nailed in the face with a pie by her elder sibling.

The audience laughed uproariously as the pie hit Terra Cotta in the face, though there were certain individuals who weren’t laughing.

“Isn’t that the kid from before?” asked Rainbow Dash, squinting as to get a better view of the small filly.

The other five mares narrowed their eyelids as they pinpointed their attention to the filly, before Fluttershy gasped with recognition as Stormy Skies sprayed Terra Cotta in the face with a bouquet of trick roses.

“It… it IS!”

The mares’ eyes sprang open wide, staring at the siblings intensely.  While their antics were amusing, it became fairly apparent after a while the smaller Terra Cotta seemed to be the victim of every prank, pratfall, and mean-spirited trick--at least, it seemed, whenever she and Stormy Skies shared the spotlight.

Fluttershy almost swore at during what ever skit’s the two of them were in together, the older sibling seemed to possess a genuinely gleeful--almost sadistic--expression on her countenance.

Even Chuckles had joined in pelting poor Terra Cotta with pies and any other tricks he performed.  Though, unlike Stormy Skies, he did not appear sadistic at all.  In fact, he appeared sympathetic at times--but, only allowed it to show for a split-second.

The mares watched in empathy, but Pinkie Pie was amused--up until she realized the little one was taking the brunt of all the physical jokes.  Her uproarious laughter and cheers gradually diminished and eventually ceased entirely.

“That’s just sick,” said Applejack after observing the balancing act involving the sisters, with the younger bumbling and messing up, landing on her head but rolling forward with her forelegs raised, as if she were okay, and proceeded to dance and stumble her way out of the spotlight.

“That fall looked quite nasty,” Rarity winced. “I certainly hope she’s not hurt!”

Chuckles, too, had winced as Terra Cotta fell and watched worriedly as she hobbled away, wondering the same thing.  As she left his vision, he snapped out of his concerned state and jumped right back into character.  Fluttershy whimpered, feeling bad for the young filly--then felt even worse as the pegasus in the spotlight found it to be far more amusing than anything she had done to her sister.

As the trapeze artists and acrobats replaced the clowns, the rosy-maned mare felt a brief surge of anxiety at their high-flying, almost daredevil, performance, and that anxiety only grew when she realized neither of them were pegasi and there was no net underneath them in which to catch them if they were to fall.  Despite the fact that there was nothing underneath them, the acrobatic equines were fully confident and felt their lives were safe.

Fluttershy emitted a short squeak as one pony narrowly came close to falling, thought it was revealed to be only an act--and it seemed apparent the acrobats were never in any real danger, despite the lack of a net.  As the miscellaneous tricks were performed, some of the animals were being brought out--the lion tamers directing the white lions and golden tigers onto the raised platforms, sticking their heads into gaping mouths and commanding them to jump through flaming rings.  Focusing on the rings of fire, the mare released an outraged cry, nearly fainting on the spot.

Pendulum’s specific instructions were to not use much fire and use only the largest hoops for his felines.  The stallion himself didn’t even know why he had smaller ones to begin with.  After all, he didn’t want his precious creatures getting singed.  Even so, the pristine white lions and graceful golden tigers leapt through the hoops cleanly without any hint of fear.  They were long used to it.

Fluttershy watched the big cats jump through the hoops, bravely and without hesitation.  Gasping, she grasped the railing in front of her in both pasterns in apprehension.  If these animals were out now… then, surely, it wouldn’t be long before… he came out…

Pendulum entered the center ring once again, whip in his magical grasp.  With a proud smile, he opened his mouth to address the audience.

“Fillies and gentlecoolts! I will noow present Equestria’s moost dangerous creature! The woorld’s oonly captive dragoon!”

With that, he stepped aside as a few brave, yet frightened stallions wheeled out the snarling and raging red-scaled dragon.  A mournful cry escaped Fluttershy.  Her eyes widening and her jaw dropping, she leaned partially over the railing, a hoof extended into the reptilian’s direction.  Twilight Sparkle furled her arms around her as Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash all laid a hoof on her back in a comforting gesture.

There was a collective gasp from the audience as the beast roared and pulled hard against the chains binding him.  What the entire staff didn’t know was that the unbreakable spell applied to his restraints were slowly wearing off.  The pony responsible had completely forgotten to reapply his magic to Smokey’s shackles and chains.

“Smokey…” Fluttershy moaned out. “Smokey…!!”

Another sob emerging from her, she latched onto Twilight Sparkle, her remaining friends running their consoling hooves over her back.  The alicorn held her close in a comforting embrace as she watched the winged reptile lunge into the direction of the cage door.  Whimpering, sobbing, shaking, the pegasus sat there for several long minutes, before she let go of the lavender equine and rose to her hooves.

“Fluttershy?” Twilight Sparkle implored, resting her vision upon her friend.

“I can’t stand to watch him like this,” she replied. “I just can’t stand it!”

Patting the yellow-furred pony’s back, Rainbow Dash watched the dragon intently.  Spell finally wearing off, the chains’ strength gave away and one mighty pull severed the links.  Loose chains dangling from his body, Smokey threw his weight at the cage door, sending it flying off its hinges.

He was free…

There were gasps at first, then silence…

Then a scream.  Without warning, a massive surge of ponies panicked, a number of them attempting to swarm towards the exit in an amassed herd at once.  Fluttershy screamed out, leaping from her seat and almost fell over the railing--only catching herself in the air at the last second.

Roaring wrathfully, Smokey bent over, clawed hands gripping the bottom of his cage and tipping it over before leaping over it to tear apart the cages behind his.  Though the animals could leave their cages, they remained inside for their own personal safety.

“SMOKEY!!” Fluttershy cried, fluttering into his direction.

“Are you crazy?!” Rainbow Dash exclaimed as she zipped in front of her fellow pegasus to hold her back.

One member of the staff had informed the authorities with haste as a few of the unicorns attempted to use their magic to hold Smokey in place.  However, their fear prevented them from doing the job.

“SMOKEY!!” Fluttershy cried, practically tackled from behind by Twilight Sparkle. “SMOKEY!!!”

“Sugarcube, stop! He’s berserk!” Applejack shouted as she came up from behind the princess with the others at her heels.

“NO! I can get through to him! I know I can!!” Fluttershy hollered. “SMOKEEEEEEEY!!!”

“Fluttershy, stop! He’ll attack us!”

Rainbow Dash turned her head around to locate the exact position of the dragon.  Seeing that the yellow mare’s shouting had grasped Smokey’s attention, she went into protective mode.

Just as he was about to charge into their direction, a whip struck them in the back of the head then came back to coil around his neck.  Pendulum gritted his teeth, shifting his attention to the six mares.

“Get oout while ye still can!”


Fluttershy’s surge of mixed anger, frustration, fear, and selfless regard for her safety caused her to forcibly shove her friends off of her to fly straight to Smokey.  Whirling around to him, she threw her forelegs around his neck, pressing her muzzle against the side of his face.

“Smokey! PLEASE! Calm down!” she sobbed. “Smokey, it’s me! Fluttershy!! I know you’re in there! I know you can hear me!! PLEASE!!”

Snarling indignantly at having the pony attached to him, he swung his head back and forth to toss her off.  Fluttershy tried hanging, crying out to her beloved, but was shaken off and flung a short distance away.  Correcting herself in mid-air, she flared her wings and flipped around purely on instance--her emotional drive causing her to react in a way she normally would have never been able to.

It was shortly after then several heavily armed unicorns burst into the tent…

After the pegasus was dislodged, Smokey turned towards the Shetlandish stallion who still had the whip coiled around his neck.  Tilting his head to the side to grab part of the object between his teeth, he tugged it out of Pendulum’s magical grasp.

Throwing the whip aside, the draconic being dropped down on all fours and charged at the equine to bite him in the left foreleg.  As he growled hatefully, he sank his teeth deeper into his flesh.

Yelling in pain, Pendulum attempted to utilize his hoof to hit the dragon in the lower jaw in order to persuade him to let go.  This annoyed Smokey and he parted his jaws.  As the reptilian rose back up onto his hind legs and towered over the stallion threateningly, the pony began to experience flashbacks, his mind envisioning the imposing beast as his own father with a belt held between his teeth.  Whimpering and curling up into a ball, he called out to his deceased father not to beat him, that he promised to be a good boy.  This didn’t dissuade Smokey, and was about to take another bite out of him before he was surrounded by heavily armed unicorns.  Lowering their heads, the gaggle of stallions fired magic from their horns.


Many beams fired through the air, searing across the gap and slicing through the canvas at the far end of the big top, one partially cutting on of the tent supports.  One blast in particular came dangerously close to Smokey and hit the stands near Pendulum, where it exploded with a violent detonation.  Shrapnel went everywhere, though by some miraculous grace, he wasn’t hurt more than he already was.

“FOR FUDGE SAKES, JONES,” came the booming voice of the squad’s chief. “KILL THE DRAGON NOT THE CIVILIANS!!”

Another beam, not as powerful as the first, struck Smokey dead on, cutting through his scales and searing the skin underneath.  Roaring in agony, the reptile stepped away from Pendulum and doubled over.

“SMOKEY!!” Fluttershy cried, flying through several bolts and dodging a few that nearly sliced through her as well.  At his side again, she wrapped her forelegs around his neck.

“Hold your fire!” the chief ordered. “Miss, get out of the way!!”

“NO!” the mare defied. “I WON’T LET YOU HURT HIM!!”

“Miss, he’s a dangerous, wild animal! Get away from--”

“NO!!” she wailed again, tightening her hold on him and pressing her body against him. “I LOVE HIM!! I love him and I will NOT let you hurt him!!”

The officers were stunned at the mare’s revelation as they observed her embrace his neck.  Groaning on the ground, Smokey was in too much pain to throw her off.  Plus, the spell induced on him was beginning to wear off.
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 80
After following a baby griffon into a dangerous situation, Fluttershy finds herself rescued by a kind-hearted dragon and ends up befriending him. Ultimately, they both decide to raise the child together in a platonic relationship. As Fluttershy and her friends spend time with the lonely dragon, the more he learns about friendship and the more he reveals about his tragic past.

Co-authored by: :iconekardshadowreaver:

Chapter One:…
Chapter Seventy-Nine: Stalemate

Shock pulsing through Twilight Sparkle, she attempted to magik the handkerchief out of the flames--but, as she did, it was already too late.  The cloth had already burned up; all that was left was naught but a useless pile of ash.

The rage was loud, and the response was immediate.  Applejack and Rainbow Dash were two inches away from Pendulum’s face and most certainly would have given him a double black eye had it not been for the alicorn’s aura holding them back.  Rarity was fuming, Pinkie Pie was complaining and wildly flailing her forelegs in the air, Fluttershy just stood shock still, and Applejack and Rainbow Dash--red in their faces, the latter hovering in the air, were throwing out very colorful phrases that would put any sailor to shame.

Pendulum exhumed a triumphant sigh, magically unscrewing the jar of baby food and levitating a spoon over to feed Chenoa.  Sure, he just destroyed evidence in front of a princess, with her friends as witnesses, but he cannot be condemned without physical evidence to actually PROVE anything.  Not when he had the best lawyers money could buy.  At least, that was his thinking.

“You cannot arrest me if you ‘ave noo evidence.”

“AH’M GOING TO HURT YOU AND HURT YOU AND HURT YOU!!” Applejack bellowed while Rainbow Dash spouted out more obscenities.

“Rainbow Dash, Applejack, calm down!” Twilight Sparkle shouted, reeling them both in with her magic.  Grunting, she cast a sharp glare at the stallion with an expression that if looks could kill he would’ve been stone dead before he could fall over. “You’re not going to get away with this!”

Pendulum didn’t respond at first, being occupied with spoon feeding the small griffon.  His smile returned as a thought crossed his mind.  The chick really did love the yellow-furred pegasus and it would be cruel to keep them apart.  Plus, he valued her knowledge of animals and she possibly could be more effective in controlling Smokey than him.  Twisting his neck to gaze back at the mares, he opened his mouth to speak.

“I will give back the baby under oone coonditioon.”

“A condition?!” the apple farmer snarled.

“What is it?” Fluttershy almost immediately questioned. “Please, I’ll do anything! Just give me my baby back!”

“You, Miss Fluttershy,” he addressed the pegasus. “Take my ‘oof in marriage and travel Equestria with me.”

“WHAT?!” Rainbow Dash exploded, her face scrunching up in outrage as she turned her full attention to her fellow pegasus. “Fluttershy! You can’t marry this creep!”

“Yeah!” Applejack and Pinkie Pie agreed.

“Marry?” Rarity sniffed, as if she had stepped in Diamond Dog dung.  Her anger at his suggestion for this was quite through the roof, and it was only now that she, like her farmer and rainbow-maned comrades, seemed ready to pound some literal sense into him.

“… Marry you…?” Fluttershy repeated, the shock clenching her heart. “But… that’s… that’s not fair!”

“Then I suppoose you’ll never see little Chenooa again after we leave. She’ll foorget you ever existed oover time,” he said as he fed the baby another spoonful of the mushy food, which she seemed to really enjoy.

“You wouldn’t dare,” Fluttershy hissed, whirling to Twilight Sparkle. “Twilight! Can’t you do something?! Can’t we go to the authorities and report a kidnapping?!”

“I’ve already goone to the authoorities and reported that this child was loose in the Everfree Foorest. They knoow she’s in prooper hooves noow,” the stallion cut in.

“We can,” Twilight Sparkle replied, choosing not to respond to Pendulum. “If you have the paperwork stating you’re the true, legitimate guardian of Chenoa.”

Silence was the reply the young princess received from her friend.

“… You… DID… fill out forms… didn’t you?”

“I…” Fluttershy began. “I… never submitted any forms. I never applied to actually--”

“Well, what’re we waiting for?” Applejack interrupted. “There’s gotta be an adoption center ‘round here! We can do that right now!”

“I hate to burst your bubble,” Rarity interjected. “But doesn’t an adoption process take at least six weeks?”

“I’ve already filled oout foorms,” said Pendulum, wiping a little bit of baby food off of Chenoa’s beak. “In that time, I’ll be her new guardian. Plus, the public woon’t take kindly to taking a child froom soomepoony who took ‘er in after finding ‘er oout in the wild and giving ‘er back to the mare who loost ‘er.”

“Why you…!” Rainbow Dash seethed, making an attempt to pounce at the stallion, only to be intercepted by the magic bubble of Twilight Sparkle.

“This is a travesty of justice,” the alicorn growled. “I will be looking into this and I will make sure I do what I can to stop this from--”

“I’ll do it,” came the voice of Fluttershy.

There was a pause as befuddlement descended upon the mares.

“… What did you say?” Rarity pressed.

“I’ll do it,” Fluttershy whispered, sounding defeated.  Suffering, enraged, but defeated nonetheless.  She glared at Pendulum with a deep, shaking anger--an expression that her friends could say that would actually be considered hateful was inscribed upon her visage. “But only on one condition, too.”

“And… what would that be?” Pendulum tentatively asked, surprised that she actually gave in.

“You let Smokey go free,” she said, tears in her eyes. “You go right down there this minute, you… you… snap him out of what spell you have him under, you get those chains off him and you let him walk free. It’s me or him, Pendulum. I won’t let you have both of us.”

The stallion hesitated.  Set him free?  Maybe he… No.  He shook his head.  He couldn’t do that.  He was the main draw of his circus.  Where would the future of his employees be when his rare animals died from old age and his fortune somehow was lost?  How would they survive?   Would they survive?  Dragons lived for many generations.  With him as a permanent attraction, he was certain they would be secure for many years to come.

“Noo cann do, darling. ‘e’s my main attractioon.” The stallion shook his head again. “Besides, you’re in noo poositioon to be making demands.”

Fluttershy trembled with barely suppressed rage.

“You’re… an evil… evil pony…” she breathed with contempt.

This struck Pendulum hard.  All acts that would be considered evil really began after he met Smokey.  At least his employees didn’t think of him in such a manner, he mentally reassured himself as he resumed feeding Chenoa.

“Oonce you get to knoow me, you’ll think ootherwise. After all, we’re getting married. You’ll ‘ave plenty oof time to get to knoow me.”

“This is ridiculous!” Twilight Sparkle exclaimed. “I’m getting SICK of your attitude, Pendulum! You’re seriously pushing my buttons here. Do you have ANY idea who you’re dealing with?!”

“Equestria’s newest princess and oour coountry’s herooes. Oof course I knoow,” he replied, not even looking back at them.

“Twilight, please!” Fluttershy spoke up, placing a hoof upon her shoulder. “Stop! Think about this! What would Princess Celestia say if she were here??”

Twilight Sparkle opened her mouth to argue with the stallion, but slowly closed it.  Without saying anything else, she merely turned around.

“Wait… Twilight, where--Are we givin’ up just like that?!” Applejack sputtered.

“No,” she responded, directing herself to the doorway. “Not by a long shot.”

“But where are you going?” Fluttershy queried.

“To the authorities to do what I do best. To do some research!” The mare spun back around, facing Pendulum. “You and your caravan are to remain here until I say otherwise, that’s a royal order!”

“You are oonly wasting your time, Princess Twilight. The poolice already knoow little Chenooa and Smookey are ‘ere. I repoorted them.”

‘And made a generoous doonatioon to the families oof the members oof their staff who ‘ad been wounded oor killed oon the joob,’ he mentally added.

Twilight Sparkle ignored him, hopped out of the car, and walked off with her friends at her heels.

“Twilight…” Fluttershy piped up. “Twilight, what are we going to do?”

“We’ll think of something,” she replied. “We’ll… Why… why don’t we go see this show, anyway? Maybe something will come to us there.”

Rainbow Dash pumped her wings faster to speed up enough to position herself above the princess, a devious glint in her eyes.

“Maybe we can spring Smokey later tonight.”

Coming to a cessation, Twilight Sparkle turned to the cyan pegasus, narrowing her eyes.

“Rainbow Dash, I’m shocked and appalled at you. What you’re suggesting is nothing short of criminalizing. It’s dastardly, it’s underhooved, and it’s absolutely petty.” There was a brief elapse. “I know you want to help… and, if circumstances were different, I’d be inclined to agree, but… we can’t risk this, without being possibly branded criminals ourselves.”

“But yer a princess, ain’tcha?” Applejack butted in. “Couldn’t ya just, Ah dunno, give Pendulum a royal order to surrender Smokey over to yer custody for the safety of Equestria?”

“And Chenoa?” Twilight Sparkle countered. “What about her?”

“Can’t you order him to give her up, too?” the sky blue pegasus pressed, even more distraught.

His paperwork is in order. And, well, Fluttershy… I’m sorry, I know you have an affinity with animals and you trust Angel completely… but leaving a defenseless child in the care of a bunny WAS a pretty boneheaded thing to do.”

Fluttershy felt, and looked, as if Twilight Sparkle had just punched her in the gut.  Her entire world was being torn into shreds…

“I very well could… but to do so would be rather… well, I’m afraid that would react fairly poorly, especially when viewed from a cut-and-dry perspective. He’s well within his rights. Legally, there’s really nothing I can do without arousing suspicion.”

“BUCK suspicion!!” Applejack snapped. “We’re doing what’s RIGHT!”

“No,” Fluttershy sighed. “… She’s… They’re right. I should’ve put in the forms sooner. And I should’ve waited for the Cakes to come home. Perhaps… perhaps I don’t deserve to have her, but I refuse to let that… that… evil excuse of a pony take my daughter away from me!”

“Darling, you seriously can’t be--” Rarity began, but was cut off.

“What would you have me do?!” the pegasus yelled, causing the alabaster unicorn to take a step back in astonishment. “Give up my BABY?! No, I don’t want to do that! I don’t WANT to marry Pendulum, but at LEAST this way I can make sure Chenoa still has me in her life AND I can still…” Her voice faltered, beginning to crack. “I can still… get to see Smokey…”

“But, Fluttershy!” Rainbow Dash interjected. “We can’t split up!”

Fluttershy heavily exhaled on a forlorn sigh.

“… Would… No, I don’t want to do that, either… I really don’t have a choice, girls. I… I’m sorry!”

“What if Equestria’s in trouble again? We can’t save Equestria without you!” the rainbow-haired equine attempted to reason.

“Then what WOULD you HAVE me DO, Rainbow Dash?!” Fluttershy raised her voice again. “I am NOT leaving my CHILD!”

“What’s more important? Chenoa or the fate of Equestria?”

Applejack let out a sigh.


“I agree with Fluttershy!” Pinkie Pie spoke up. “You don’t know what she feels like!”

“And you do?” Rarity scoffed.

“That baby is her life!” the pink mare protested. “She’s acting like Mr. and Mrs. Cake when Pound and Pumpkin got lost one time! I’d feel the same way about Chenoa, I feel the same way about them!” She then turned to Applejack. “YOU’D feel the same way about Apple Bloom!”

“Yeh,” Applejack confirmed. “But Apple Bloom’s not a baby!”

“And the Cakes aren’t YOUR foals,” Rarity reminded.

“They’re just as good as!” Pinkie Pie retorted, incensed.

“But they’re not--” Rarity attempted to protest again, only to be silenced by Pinkie Pie’s glare.  It was hard enough to argue with her under normal circumstances, and she wasn’t going to press her luck… especially if it involved getting physical.  That job belonged to Applejack and Rainbow Dash.

Twilight Sparkle rolled her eyes.

“Regardless of what Pinkie thinks, that still doesn’t solve our issue.”

“You can’t leave us,” Rainbow Dash said, growing even more agitated. “If Equestria falls into chaos again, think how safe it’ll be for Chenoa!”

A shudder coursed through Fluttershy, tears beginning to spear from her eyes.  Sighing, Rarity sidled up to the mare to slip a foreleg around her shoulders and draw her into a comforting embrace.

“Don’t cry, Fluttershy, we’ll think of something. Let’s… let’s go get something to eat,” the fashionista recommended.

“Let’s catch the show, too!” Pinkie Pie suggested. “We can eat popcorn and watch the acrobats and the trapeze artists--”

“I can see Smokey,” Fluttershy realized. “… Yes. Why don’t we?”

Applejack was not too certain about this idea.

“Ah… Ah’m… Ah’m not sure that’s such a good idea, darlin’… Maybe--”

“I want to see Smokey,” the pale yellow mare said firmly, voice breaking. “I don’t care what Pendulum did to him, I…”

“Shhh, darling,” Rarity crooned, nuzzling the side of Fluttershy’s head. “Don’t you worry, we’ll go see the show.”

“Yeah! You look like you seriously need some cheering up!” Pinkie Pie commented, earning her a disapproving stare from Rarity for her bluntness.

Rainbow Dash sighed, her vexation dying down as she fluttered over to the tent to peer underneath it, observing that the stands reserved for the audience were filling up.

“We better get our seats fast. It looks like they can’t fit many more ponies.”

“All right, let’s go then,” Twilight Sparkle said, leading the group around the big top and over towards the main entrance.  Issuing the ticket master standing at the front her warmest, friendliest smile, she levitated a coin purse from her saddlebag. “Six tickets, please.”

As she hovered the coin purse before her to pay, a question burned within her mind.  While she could flex her royal authority, she didn’t want to overstep her boundaries.  She wondered, vaguely, what Pendulum would request if she were to offer to compensate him for his animals…

“You got it!” the ticket master cheerfully chirped, wearing a jovial grin of his own as he retrieved the tickets. “Say… aren’t you Princess Twilight Sparkle?”

“Why, yes, I certainly am!” She offered a quick polite bow. “Pleased to make your acquaintance.”

“The pleasure’s all mine! Please, enjoy the show!” he said as he handed over the tickets.

“We certainly will.”

Enveloping the tickets in her aura of magic, she bestowed each one to her friends as they made their way inside.  Each mare giving the head stallion their ticket respectively, they were allowed inside.  Twilight Sparkle took point and led them to empty spaces a few rows away from the front in the middle stands.  Fluttershy sat next to the alicorn, with Rainbow Dash to her other side.  Applejack seated herself behind her with Rarity to her left, behind Fluttershy, while Pinkie Pie was positioned behind Twilight Sparkle.

The show began with Pendulum in the spotlight, dead center to greet his guests and introduce the performers as they filed in, starting with the clowns.

Putting out his cigarette, the lead clown dubbed Chuckles--though his expression appeared anything but happy until he forced a wide grin--led Stormy Skies and Terra Cotta into the ring to begin their routine.
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 79
After following a baby griffon into a dangerous situation, Fluttershy finds herself rescued by a kind-hearted dragon and ends up befriending him. Ultimately, they both decide to raise the child together in a platonic relationship. As Fluttershy and her friends spend time with the lonely dragon, the more he learns about friendship and the more he reveals about his tragic past.

Co-authored by: :iconekardshadowreaver:

Chapter One:…
I'm sorry I've been lazy with submitting stuff. The Lion and the Lamb currently has 93 chapters and Valerie's Admirer IS complete, I just haven't been uploading on here. Hopefully I should get around to it soon. X3
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FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What did I miss? =p
CrazyRabidPony Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
Oh, not much. x3
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CrazyRabidPony Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
That's cool. I agree with that one guy that he has too much skill. Balance him out. Also, blue roan isn't a breed, it's a color. :P
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FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
May I show you something real quick? :3
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Hello! Thank you very much for the Llama! :D :heart:
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You're welcome! ^^
shayla567 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you gave me my first llama on November 26 2011

it's about time i return the favor :meow:
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No problem!
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I am enjoying your Valerie's admirer story so far. Cannot wait for the next part:D
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