What's in a Name?

by IcarusFics

Chapter 3: Chapter Three

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I shot up again, waking from the same dream I’d been having for the past week. This time, it had gone exactly the way it had for the past week. I stood at the edge of the cliff, as the strong Breeze blew, before I jumped off and plummeted to my death. I looked to my side and saw Lily sleeping peacefully. She looked absolutely adorable, a small smile on her sleeping face that distracted me for a short time, causing me to smile at the sight. She was lying nuzzled up to Simon as he purred happily, which only caused me to melt even more at the sight.

I pulled myself up to my hooves before I felt a strange wave of nausea sweep my body. I tensed my muscles as a cold sweat formed on my head and I breathed heavily, trying my hardest to settle down and relax. My head spun even more and the nausea grew stronger. I tripped a little and bumped into Lily, waking her up.

“R-Rose? Is it morning already?” She said as she rubbed her eyes clean of sleep.

I turned to her and her face filled with a look of worry.

“Oh gosh, are you okay?”

A new wave of nausea hit and a small amount of vomit filled my mouth. I pursed my lips shook my head before jumping off the couch and running to the bathroom. I ran through and dipped my head downward into the toilet, letting all of the nausea (and last night's dinner) pour out. Tears began to flow from my eyes as the pain from the vomit became more and more intense.

I heard the hoofsteps of Lily come up behind me and she reached downward, lifting my hair up out of the toilet bowl and pulling it behind my head, away from the water. I was about to lift my head up to thank her when the nausea surged again and I was forced back down again.

After a few more “rounds”, i finally felt the majority of the nausea subside. I lifted myself up and looked over at Lily, a weak thankful smile on my face. I pulled away from the toilet and toward the bathroom sink. As I got there, I remembered just how small I was and that the sink was out of reach. The taste in my mouth was almost making me want to vomit again, so I jumped into the shower and turned the it on, letting the cold water cover me and fill up my mouth.

“It’s freezing in there, you’ll catch a cold!” Lily shouted at me in a panic.

I wanted to reply, but I was enjoying the fact that the taste was now leaving my mouth and I stayed in the water until it was gone. I shivered as I leant forward and turned the shower off. I stepped out of the shower, but my hooves lost all traction when they landed on the tile and I was sent sprawling to the floor.

“R-Rose!” Lily shouted in a panic and ran to my side, almost tripping herself on the tiles. She got to my side and for the second time in two days, helped me to my hooves.

“What was all that about?”

I tried to reply, but my teeth were chattering too much for me to get even one word out.

“Oh jeez, let’s get you dry and warm.” She said and wrapped a nearby towel around me. She started to wipe down my legs and body with the towel before drying my mane and tail thoroughly. By the time she was done drying me, my body was still chilled to the bone and she began walking me toward the living room. She helped me up onto the couch and wrapped a large blanket around me.

“Th-th-th-thanks, L-L-Lily.” I chattered out, trying to smile, but the muscles of my mouth too sore to do anything but grit my teeth and try to stop the chattering.

“Don’t thank me. I’m gonna make you a cup of tea, try to warm up your insides.” She smiled with her brows furrowed in worry before rushing to the kitchen and putting the kettle on. After a few minutes, I was no warmer, but the tea was done and she brought it over to me, holding it by the handle in her mouth. She placed it on the table and I leant forward to grab it between my hooves. Luckily, she hadn’t filled up the cup all the way, so it was relatively easy to handle without spilling any by accident.

“Th-thanks again, L-Lily.”

She smiled and jumped onto the couch with me, pulling herself under the blanket and hugging me.

“Wh-wh-what are you d-doing?”

“I’m warming you up, dummy. Wouldn’t have to do this if you hadn’t jumped in the shower like an idiot.”

I turned away from her silently and took a sip from the cup, enjoying the warmth and relaxation that both the tea and her unexpected affection was providing me. I felt my cheeks began to warm up, not only from the fact that my body was warming up fast, but also from the fact that I was enjoying this hug a little too much. Soon enough, my shivering stopped and I felt my muscles relax. Lily hummed happily next to me and I closed my eyes, sipping from the cup. I felt strangely happy like this. I felt Lily’s body next to mine and couldn’t help but feel completely relaxed.

All of a sudden, Lily pulled herself away from me and removed herself from the blanket.

“You feeling warmer now?”

“Uh, y-yeah.” I said, finding it hard to hide the disappointment in my voice.

“You sure? You look a little uncomfortable still.”

“N-no, I’m fine.”

She raised an eyebrow and smiled at me.

“If you say so. I’m probably gonna have some more leftovers to eat. Did you want any?”

“Yes, thanks.” I returned to my drink as Lily left the couch and walked toward the kitchen.

What was with that whole interaction? I felt so comfortable next to her, like I never had before. I mean, me and Lily had never been anything like that when she was still Jack. If I had gotten myself cold, the most she would have done would have been to throw me a blanket and call me a pussy.

And why did it make me so… Happy? To be like that? It had been so unexpected, and Lily had done it without even a seconds contemplation. Did she know I would have liked it? Did she do it… for more than just the purpose of warming me up? My cheeks began to flush again at the thought of her cuddling up next to me and I pushed the thought thought from my mind.

She’s just being a good friend, no other reason.

Once I felt that I had warmed up enough, I pulled the blanket off of myself and walked to the kitchen where I found Lily taking a plate of food out of the microwave. She had set up a chair next to the stool so she could leap to that before leaping up to the stool, which reached the microwave. She jumped down carefully before placing the plate on the table, then crawling up again and placing a second in the microwave.

“H-hey, Lily.”

“Oh, hey Rose!” She smiled happily as the plate cooked. “You’re looking a lot better now.”

“Y-yeah, thanks to you.” I tried to hold back a blush as I thought of what had happened on the couch.

“Hey, I owe you for listening to me ramble about my problems last night.” Lily rubbed the back of her neck with a hoof.

“If I remember right, I did just as much rambling as you did.” I giggled as she laughed as well.

“Yeah, you did.” She pulled the now finished meal out of the microwave and placed it back on the table. I jumped up and ate slowly, careful not to upset my nausea from this morning again.

“So, any idea what upset your stomach this morning?” Lily asked after we had been eating for a short while.

“Not too sure.” I swallowed my bite and stared at the plate. “I don’t think it was the chinese, you had just as much as me, if not more, and didn’t get sick. You don’t feel sick now, do you?”

“Nope. I doubt it was the food, and I got just as much a noseful of that bacon smell as you, so unless you decided to eat some, then I doubt it was that too.”

“What could it have been?”

“Not too sure, Rose. Just make sure you don’t get yourself cold if it happens again.” She giggled.

A weird thought passed my mind. I wanted it to happen again. For some reason, I felt myself wish that it would all happen again purely for the chance to cuddle up next to Lily again. I shook my head, trying to dispel the thought from my head.

“Something wrong?”

I shot up, my face red from the thoughts.

“No! Uh, I mean, nothing’s wrong. Just… thinking about stuff.”

“Your face looks really hot, you sure you didn’t heat yourself up too much from being under that blanket?”

“No…” I wanted to do it again. I wanted to hold her again. “Gah!”

“Rose, what is going on? You’re acting all weird!”

“No! I’m fine, I swear!” Shut up, brain. Stop thinking like that. She’s your friend. I need to distract myself…

“I’m… I’m just bored. Yeah, that. Can we do something? Watch a movie? TV show?” Please say yes, I just need to stop my brain from thinking of this stuff.

“Sure.” She smiled and leapt down after finishing the last few bites of food she had left. I finished my food and followed her to the couch. She opened up her laptop as I crawled up next to her.

“What you wanna watch?”

“Anything.” Anything to distract me from wanting to cuddle with you.

“How about we watch Harry Potter? I haven’t watched that in years.”

“Ugh, no thanks. I hated that movie.”

“What about a series? Oh, I know! Let’s watch Pokemon from the very beginning!”

“Sure, that might be fun.”

Lily opened up her files and slowly navigated to where she had apparently downloaded the entire series of Pokemon, all the way up to the modern seasons.

After a few episodes time, it was obvious that watching shows wasn’t working to distract me. I found myself wanting to drift towards Lily the entire time and had forced myself to avoid it. Lily was completely oblivious, and as the episodes went on and on, the sun eventually began to drop below the horizon and we were illuminated only by the light of the computer screen.

I looked to my side and saw that Lily had already fallen asleep, her head drooping and her mouth slightly open as she breathed in and out peacefully. I smiled at the sight and picked up a blanket, covering her in it. I shut her laptop and moved myself to the other side of the couch, curling up in a ball and attempting to fall asleep.


I awoke a little more calmly this time, not because my dream was any different than last time, but because I had prepared myself for it. I was still sweating and uncomfortable from the dream, but I managed to calm myself down faster waking up.

I felt a weight on my back and realized that some time during the night, Lily had put a blanket over my back. I was about to pull myself up when I realized that a hoof was draped around me. I froze, knowing exactly whose hoof that was. I scrambled up and moved away from Lily, who luckily had not woken up. She moaned in her sleep and rolled over, but showed no other signs of being conscious.

I moved to the kitchen and decided to do the same thing that Lily had done for me a few days ago and make her a coffee for when she woke up. I made my way to the kitchen and making use of the stair-like setup of chairs and stools, I got up to the bench and started boiling the kettle. As it was nearing a finish, I heard hoofsteps approach from behind. I looked around and saw Lily yawning adorably before smiling at me sleepily.

“Mmmm… Morning, Rose.”

“Morning.” I turned from her, not wanting her to see my blush after remembering how I had woken up. “Sleep well?”

“I slept amazingly. Thanks for covering me in the blanket last night. Didn’t think I could fall asleep so easily, I was just super comfortable.”

“N-no problem.” I said, pouring water from the kettle into a mug for her. “How do you like your coffee?”

“Black, no sugar, thanks.” She took a seat at the table and I brought the mug over to her. She smiled at me and took a sip before humming in satisfaction.

“Thank you, Rose. Perfect.”

“No problem.” I blushed and smiled at her, enjoying the praise. “Anything for you.”

“Don’t throw that around too lightly, I might get you to do something embarrassing.” She laughed, but that only made me blush harder. I went back to the kitchen bench and made my own coffee before placing it on the table and sipping slowly.

“So what did you want to do today?” Lily asked between sips.

“I-I dunno. We should probably try and do something about our lack of food.”

“Yeah, this chinese food will only last us so long, even if we seem to need less to eat now.”

“Hmmm…” I thought about what I wanted to eat for a second and for some reason, came across a very weird desire. “I kinda… I kinda want prawns. And peanut butter.”

“What?” Lily laughed. “That’s so weird!”

I giggled nervously.

“Yeah, I guess it is. I just really want to have that for some reason.”

“Well, hate to break it to you, but I don’t really think you should risk eating prawns. They could have the same effect that the bacon did, and I do not want to revisit that.”

I nodded in agreeance. It was a strange request, but for whatever reason, that’s what I wanted.

“Hey.” Lily spoke up. “Don’t some grocery stores do home delivery now?”

“Oh yeah! I guess we could order it online and just get them to leave it at the door to the apartment.”

“Sounds like a good plan.” Lily smiled and jumped down from the chair. I was about to follow her when another wave of nausea overtook me.

“Oh god.” I strained out as I felt sicker and sicker.

“Rose?” Lily turned to face me. “What’s wrong?”

“I’m gonna be sick.”

“Oh gosh. Uh, is there a bucket around?”

“Nope.” I jumped off the chair and ran to the bathroom, Lily following close behind. I immediately went to the toilet and began retching, now with nothing but bile and coffee coming out. My eyes watered up again as Lily lifted my mane out of my face.

“What is wrong with me!?” I screamed into the toilet bowl before retching again, my stomach nearly completely empty now, nothing coming out of my mouth.

Lily said nothing and stroked my hair, trying her hardest to calm me down and make this as painless as possible. After a while, the sickness and nausea subsided again and I cried loudly into the toilet.

“Shhh, It’s okay, honey. You’ll be fine.”

“Why is this happening!?”

“I… I don’t know, but I’m here for you.”

I sniffed and lifted myself up with the assistance of Lily. She flushed the toilet for me and started up the shower again, this time turning the hot water on, unlike how I had done yesterday. I was still crying as she helped me into the shower, following me in afterward.

I was about to ask what she was doing before she grabbed a loofah and squeezed some soap onto it. I sniffed, my eyes stinging from the tears as Lily stepped forward and began to scrub my fur and mane.

“Th-thanks.” I muttered out as she washed me clean of any remnants of what had just happened.

“It’s fine, hon. Turn around for me?”

I turned around and Lily wiped down my back and tail. It was strangely relaxing and I sighed in comfort as I felt the loofah scrub me down. After a short while, Lily rinsed me off and turned off the shower. She stepped out and held out a hoof for me to take, which I held onto as I stepped out of the shower.

She dried me down the same way that she did last time and then lead me to the couch and wrapped me in my blanket. Just as I was about to close my eyes, I felt Lily wrap her hooves around me.

I began to cry, letting all my confusion, sadness, and worry pour out. Lily did nothing but hold me harder and stroke my mane as I cried.

“What’s happening to me?”

“I don’t know.”

“...Promise you won’t leave me?”

“I promise.”

After a short while, I felt exhaustion overtake me and I fell into a dreamless sleep.


As I woke, I saw that It was already around midday and it had begun to rain during my sleep. Simon was purring next to me, but Lily was nowhere to be found. I groggily stood up, my body feeling a lot more refreshed and calm now that Lily had helped me and I had been resting for a while.

She was being so nice to me. Even though she had no idea what was happening, all she did was help me and make me feel… wanted. It was such a strange feeling, this “wanted” feeling. I had never felt it before, and even though it was alien to me, it was one of the most enjoyable feelings I had ever felt. It made me all… Warm inside and want to smile, no matter what was happening.

The sound of a door opening derailed my train of thought and I watched as Lily pull in a box from the front door with her teeth. She dropped it inside before rushing out again and grabbing another.

On her second time returning with a box, she saw me and dropped the box, smiling at me warmly.

“Hey, Rose. You feeling alright now?”

“Uh, y-yeah. Thanks to you, that is…”

“Don’t think too much of it. If you don’t mind, could you come help me bring in the food? I ordered some groceries over the net while you were asleep and they just arrived. I want to spend as little time in the hall as possible to avoid getting caught.”

I smiled and nodded, following her out. She said “don’t think too much of it.” But honestly, right now, all I could do was think of her. How kind she had been to me, how soft her fur felt, how nice her mane smelled…

I scrunched up my eyes again and forced the feelings down and away from my mind as I grabbed a box in my mouth and pulled it in. After one more trip, all of the boxes were inside and we closed the door.

It took us awhile, but together, we helped eachother pack the groceries into the proper places. My nausea returned temporarily while we were doing the work, but stopped not long after we were finished.

“Pwah!” Lily exclaimed as she dropped the last item into a drawer. “Thanks for helping. You feeling alright?”

“Y-yeah, I think so.” I said as the nausea subsided.

“Rose, do… do you mind if I talk to you about something real quick?” She said, her tone suddenly quite serious.

I froze up. What did she want to talk about? Did she think I was being too touchy feely? Did she want to go home? Did she want to leave me here alone!?

“It’s about you getting sick. I think… I think I know why.”

I relaxed a bit, but not entirely.

“My nausea? Wh-what do you think it is?”

“You might… You might wanna sit down for this.”

We walked toward the couch together and sat down. I stroked Simons back with a hoof, which helped me calm down and prepare for what Lily had to say.

“I was…” Lily started, nervously fiddling with her hooves. “I was looking up what it might be on the internet while you were out, and found some… Impossible stuff.”

“Impossible? How?”

“Well, not completely impossible. I mean, either of us would have said what happened to us a few days ago would be impossible, but look at us now. That got me thinking… Maybe it wasn’t as impossible as I thought. I mean, we magically turned into ponies who could talk, so why not?”

My heart was beating like crazy.

“Please, Lily.” I put a hoof on hers. “Please tell me what you think is causing this.”

“Rose, I…” She me in the eyes before looking down at my stomach and then back to me. “I think… Because of all the sickness, and the weird cravings you were having for prawns and peanut butter, I think…”

She took in a deep breath before breathing out.

“I think you’re pregnant, Rose.”

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