My Little Pony: Love is Confusing

by TheTwientist

Chapter 21: How Spike Got His Swag Back

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Meanwhile, in the darkness which cloaked most of the city, three indistinct forms moved out of an alley and lurked in the shadows.

"I told you we shouldn't have hidden in the luggage compartment," hissed the first.

"We were stuck in there for hours!" added the second.

"Well, how else were we supposed ta get ta Canterlot?" whispered the third indignantly. "We couldn't afford train tickets!"

They continued bickering until one of them happened to look across the street.

"Look girls, the palace gates! We made it!"

There were shouts of exictement. "I knew it! We just follow the sounds of the fireworks, and we'd find it!" said the first.

"Ah still don't think those were fireworks," came the reply. "Where were all the pretty lights?"

They were angrily shushed by the third, and all three crept across the street and squeezed through the gate.

"So are we ready to get our cutie marks?" asked the one. She was greeted with a resounding "Yes!" by the others.

"Wait a minute . . ." said the second one. "Weren't we supposed to bring dates?"

The other two looked at her in confusion.

The third nodded. "That's why Rarity got real mad at Applejack, right? Applejack stole her date . . ."

The first groaned. "I can't believe we forgot something like that! How are we supposed to get our ballroom dancing cutie marks if we don't have dates?"

Spike sat alone atop a low wall in the garden. Through the window, he could just make out three tables, where six familiar ponies sat in pairs. They were all smiling and hugging and kissing and talking happily.

Spike smiled a little bit. He'd made Rarity happy, and that made him happy. Right?

Well, yes, but Spike had the strange feeling that it would be a while until his broken heart mended.

Four ponies cheered as Applejack, having consumed far too many mugs of cider, finally worked up the nerve to kiss Rarity.

Spike sighed and stared out over Canterlot's skyline.

He was surprised to see Apple Bloom, Sweetie Bell, and Scootaloo trotting up the pathway, arguing loudly.

"Hi girls!" he called.

They all stopped and stared at him with a look like he was a gift from heaven.

"I saw him first!" shouted Sweetie Belle.

"No, I did!" said Apple Bloom.

"I really like his scales!" cried Scootaloo. The three immediately started fighting, complete with cartoon dustball.

Spike had no idea what was going on, but he couldn't help but smile.

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