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The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 38Chapter Thirty-Eight: The Plan
Fluttershy continued to flee, her wings pinned to her sides with both the book and box of pastries balanced unusually steady on her back for the speed she was going. She didn’t even notice as she left town, or as the road lead into an orchard of trees, all of which were filled with bright, shining ruby red, succulent green, and golden yellow apples.
The pegasus risked a glance over her shoulder, curious if anyone was following her. It was highly unlikely someone would be tailing her, but she had that nagging paranoia eating at her.
Groaning, the mare opened her eyes, pain lightly coursing through her body as she pulled herself to her hooves. The book and box she had been carrying were now located on the ground - the box having flown open with muffins and donuts dotted along the path, the book, open, crushing one of the muffins underneath its heavy spine.
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 37Chapter Thirty-Seven: Inanities
Just as Fluttershy had expected, Rainbow Dash wasn’t much help and she was not sure where to go next. She was curious. Rarity and the cyan pegasus offered their advice and opinions - what would everyone else say? Her eyes coming to rest on the Books and Branches Library, she figured that Twilight Sparkle was the next choice to ask. Wondering what she would think, she made a beeline right for the location. Landing on the ground in front of the entrance, she nudged the door open while knocking softly.
“Hello?” she meekly called inside.
“Oh, hey there, Fluttershy! The lavender alicorn princess lifted her head to remove her gaze from a book she had been reading, positioned on her belly in the middle of the foyer. “What brings you here?”
“I… have a small question. I… um… I’m spending time with Smokey, and we… we want to have a little
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 36Chapter Thirty-Six: Just Go With It
Feeling she had won, a broad smile painted itself across Rarity’s face. She would make sure Fluttershy’s first date went perfectly, even if the winged pony herself exhibited some reluctance. Her friend would thank her in the end, she was sure of it.
“Moving right along. How are things going with Chenoa?”
“Things are going fine.” Fluttershy allowed herself a smile, a bit of relief washing over her now that the subject had been changed. “She’s becoming far more active and curious than I expected! She’s just babbling all day - she says Mama a lot, but she’s still learning to speak.”
“That’s nice. She’ll be getting herself into mischief sooner than you think. Sweetie Belle was always getting into trouble when she was a foal. She still does from time to time.”
“That’s true. She and
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 35Chapter Thirty-Five: It’s Not A Date
A couple of days later, Ponyville had finally calmed down from the scare that Smokey had inadvertently caused. Repairs were going nicely, and the residents had more-or-less readjusted back to their mainly humdrum lives. Fluttershy had kept Smokey out of town, not wanting to risk another uproar, but she was unable to come up with a plan of her own.
To that end, she decided to ask for advice from a close friend. While she could have asked any of her friends - with, she mentally amended, the possible exception of Pinkie Pie. She didn’t really want to know what inanity she would have to offer - , she felt that going to Rarity was the best option for matters of this caliber. She always seemed to know what to say.
That morning was the day that she had her weekly spa sessions with her. After informing Smokey of her plans, she left Chenoa in his care and
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 34Chapter Thirty-Four: Downtime
Fluttershy smiled widely, stretching her forelegs out to take Chenoa from Smokey. Kissing her forehead, she nuzzled her muzzle into her fluffy cranium.
“Oh, I’m so happy you’re all right.”
She lifted her head, beaming at the dragon.
“I’m glad Daddy was able to keep you safe.”
The griffon cooed, snuggling into the security of her mother’s embrace lovingly. Smokey just watched the pair, a pleasant warmth flooding his chest at the very sight of them. Something like this never failed to do so.
“Well… one of us needed to take her, right?”
“True. Though, had I known something like this was going to happen, I would have held onto her,” she said, holding the baby tighter. “… But… I didn’t know…”
“It’s all right, my dear,” Smokey reassured. “At l
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 33Chapter Thirty-Three: Pandemonium
They didn’t waste a second. As the small group reached the borders of Ponyville, Pure Heart branched off to inform her husband and brother-in-law. Fluttershy, Smokey, and the animals remained together to gather up the rest of their friends. After that, they all split to cover more of town, the dragon unintentionally sending a gaggle of ponies he flew past into a blind panic.
The mild wreckage done by a few panicking ponies only alarmed even more, leading them into running amok and causing a higher amount of damage. Vendors and carts were tipped over - smashing the wooden material they were made from - lampposts were knocked down, food was spilled into the streets and subsequently trampled on… a fire hydrant spontaneously combusted.
There hadn’t been this level of pandemonium since the parasprite invasion.
Despite the chaos, there was one grey-coate
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 32Chapter Thirty-Two: An Emergency
Days passed deeper into the swiftly flourishing spring. Smokey’s doves and rabbit adopted the habit of sleeping outside with their new friends - which worried him immensely. He knew there would come a day where they would find partners and wish to leave to produce offspring…
But why did it have to be so soon? It was difficult, but he knew he had to let them go.
Since that was the case, he spent the nights on Fluttershy’s couch in order to cope with his isolophobia and the separation anxiety with his animals. Despite his emotional and psychological issues, he was glad to be there to help the mare tend to Chenoa’s nightly needs. He would have felt bad if he left the pegasus to do most of the work. After all, this came with helping to raise a child, and he was glad to do it.
On the day the picnic was scheduled, Smokey’s animal c
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 31Chapter Thirty-One: Smokey’s Past
One of the chickens emerged from the coop to get a quick drink from the water trough. With half-closed, sleep-laden eyes, the bird didn’t even notice the large dragon nestled beside the pen. Scooping water into her beak until her thirst was quenched, the hen turned right around to return to her nest. Her vision caught the reptile, but the chicken’s brain had not yet registered his existence. She didn’t realize anything out of the ordinary until she took her first step into the henhouse.
Backpedaling to investigate the foreign lump that appeared outside the pen, the chicken’s eyes snapped open wide in astonishment. Leaping into the air, flapping her wings wildly, she let out a string of hysterical clucks.
Smokey’s sleep having been disturbed, whispered as soothingly as possible in his anxious note in order to calm her - and hoping Fluttersh
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 30Chapter Thirty: Making Plans
A large grin pulled itself across Chenoa’s beak as the butterfly fluttered a little closer before eventually coming to a rest on Fluttershy’s nose. The image of the insect sitting on her mother’s face she found rather comical. She laughed uproariously in her high-pitched baby laugh, ultimately causing the dragon holding her to chuckle.
Hearing Chenoa laugh never failed to deliver a warm feeling the hearts of Fluttershy and Smokey. The pegasus smiled kindly, a rosy tint blooming on her cheeks.
“Now what’s gotten our baby so tickled?” she giggled softly.
“Your little butterfly friend has landed on your nose, my dear,” the dragon chuckled, finding it quite amusing himself.
“I know,” the buttercream mare giggled a second time. “I just… didn’t expect her to start laughing like that is all.”
“I must admit… it is ju
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