The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 57Chapter Fifty-Seven: Fun At the Lake
“Isn’t this exciting, Miss Fluttershy? Introducing our baby girl to the water… Well, water that expands on a greater scale than the sink and bathtub.”
Smokey was really looking forward to teaching Chenoa how to swim. She could flail in the water and stay afloat -- she had proved that during her and Fluttershy’s near-death experience, but the dragon hadn’t been around to see her do it, and had been told by the pegasus herself.
“She’s not exactly…” Fluttershy began, wanting to bring that point up, but she wasn’t sure whether or not she should. “Come to think of it, I wonder how she will take to it. She’s been fine in the sink or tub, but…”
She had wondered if the trauma would have left some fear of water or enclosed spaces. Or, deep water, to be exact. They would find out soon enough.
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 56Chapter Fifty-Six: The Great Soda Pop War
Horn glowing, Rarity levitated two bottles of soda from the table behind Rainbow Dash to shake them up violently, point them both at her, and open them.
“Girls!” Fluttershy cried out from around Smokey. “No, please! Not in the house…!”
Rainbow Dash, as well as the other mares and Spike, unfortunately didn’t hear her. Laughing jovially, the rainbow-maned pegasus continued spraying her friends.
“Oh, my goodness… This is going to be quite a mess to clean up…” Smokey mused, surveying the puddles of soda on the floor.
“Ohhh!” Fluttershy moaned. “My posies!… My furniture!”
The remaining equines laughed joyously as they played out their soda war -- Pinkie Pie going in for close range hits as often as she could, despite being thoroughly soaked at this point -- and poor Spike, who just attempted to get away and
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 55Chapter Fifty-Five: The Party
“Awright!” exclaimed a rather jubilant Spike from his spot on Twilight Sparkle’s back as she was let into the cottage. “Here I am, let’s get this party started!”
“Hello, Spike,” Smokey affectionately greeted the younger dragon, his tail swishing in excitement, threatening to knock something over.
“Hey there, Smokey!” Spike grinned, hopping off of the alicorn’s back and heading over to him as Fluttershy precipitated herself to the vase that had nearly been knocked over by Smokey’s tail to move it. “How ya doin’?”
“Glad to see you here.”
Holding Chenoa in one arm, the older draconian bent over and lowered his other hand to curl it into a fist in front of Spike.
“Yeah, same here!” Spike balled his own hand to bump it with Smokey’s. “It’s not often I get to hang out with another dragon ‘round here -- I j
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 54Chapter Fifty-Four: SURPRISE!
A wide grin tugged at the corners of Smokey’s mouth upon hearing Fluttershy’s acceptance, his heart rate speeding up and his tail swishing, accidentally knocking over the chair behind him.
Both he and Fluttershy whirled around to greet Pinkie Pie with a smile, though the dragon’s could not be seen through his mask.
“Hello, Miss Pinkie Pie. How are you?”
“I’m doing super incredible today!” Pinkie Pie chimed. “How are you?”
“Doing well,” Fluttershy replied. “So… you heard?”
“Heard what?” the curly-maned mare inquired, her eyes and smile wide. “I was just passing by, saw you and wanted to say hi to my bestest best friends in all of Equestria!”
“How many bestest best friends do you happen to have, Miss Pinkie?”
The dragon smirked, playfully nudging the pink pony in the side of the head wi
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 53Chapter Fifty-Three: A Familiar Face
Chenoa squealed, emitting another “Mama” as she scooted closer to the ice cream dish. Though, she wanted the contents within the bowl, she kept her loving eyes on Fluttershy, amber orbs twinkling with the desire for more.
“She certainly loves that sundae,” Smokey commented with a brief chuckle directed at the baby griffon.
Fluttershy released a giggle and nodded.
“She sure does.” Pushing the bowl right up to her, she clicked her tongue. “Here you go, have the rest.”
Gasping, the small chick performed a face plant into the small amount that was left, causing the dragon to laugh in amusement. For the next few minutes, Chenoa practically inhaled the remnants, getting her face coated like she always did. She tried pawing at her face, but her own legs were too short to allow her to do so.
“Hang on, Chenoa, I’ll get that for you.&
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 52Chapter Fifty-Two: An Embarrassing Misunderstanding
Allowing Fluttershy to enter the establishment first, the dragon in disguise followed her inside. Door closing behind him, his eyes wandered around the interior, admiring the building’s welcoming atmosphere. The place was quite quaint, though it had an unusual design to it, mixing a malt shop from the 1950’s with a feudal teahouse from Japony.
Tearing his eyes off the décor, he trotted up beside Fluttershy and Chenoa to scan the various tubs of ice cream through the sneeze guard.
“What will you be getting, my dear?”
“Oooh, I don’t know.” Fluttershy surveyed the various flavors then looked up at the menu displayed on the wall behind the counter. “I was hoping for a butterscotch sundae, but I don’t see one listed on the menu…”
“Butterscotch sundae?” piped a voice from the back before the owner of the voice bu
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 51Chapter Fifty-One: Failure
A few days later saw the town square bustling with colts and fillies situated before a recently constructed mobile stage. The local elementary schoolteacher, Cheerilee, had graciously brought her class on a field trip to Smokey’s first magic show on Fluttershy’s request. Even a few passing adults invested their interest.
As the dragon in disguise prepared behind the privacy of the purple curtain, he began to have doubts about performing. His magic abilities have been suffering lately.
“I don’t know, Ross. Perhaps we should quit before I end up making a fool out of myself…”
The small brown rabbit before the draconian, crossed his arms over his furry chest and shook his head. He certainly wasn’t going to allow his caretaker to back down after they worked so hard.
Fluttershy, Spike, and Chenoa, who was sitting on Pinkie Pie’s bac
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 50Chapter Fifty: Worry
Thanks to Gregory, it didn’t take long for him to lead the dragons and griffon chick back to the surface. Spike was thankful, as even he was beginning to gag from the pungent odor emanating from Chenoa’s diaper.
“Oh, man! That really reeks! She’s gonna need a good bath before her diaper change…” Casting his eyes skyward, he noticed the sun had sank much lower, just a short distance above the horizon. “Whoa! It’s that late already?? Oh, jeez, we’d better get Chenoa back home before Fluttershy gets worried!”
“If she already isn’t worried. We’ve been gone for hours!”
The red dragon was beginning to dread a confrontation with Fluttershy and the others -- but predominately Fluttershy. Spike had bruises covering his scaly hide and that was definitely going to raise questions.
His stomach was one big knot by the time the cottage