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A sound of hoof steps in the doorway caused the group of ponies to look up and see a tired looking Nurse Redheart, standing with Granny Smith at her side. The ancient mare was dabbing her eyes with the hem of her shawl and grinning from ear to ear. The white medical pony smiled at Applejack. "Cabbage Leaf was wondering if the Apple family would like to come in and meet their newest member."

The blonde earth pony drew herself up and caught her breath, tears welling in her eyes. Her voice trembled as she answered. "Why yes, I surely would, Nurse Redheart. I s-surely would."

With that she traded some quick hugs with Twilight, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash, and hurried up the steps, pausing and giving Pinkie a hug as well, and then fell into step beside Granny Smith, helping the Apple family's matriarch make her way back inside. Apple Bloom came bounding excitedly down the stairs with a towel draped over her withers, a beaming, disheveled Zecora in tow. The younger sister took up her position on the other side of her grandmother, and the three mares headed back the hall toward their brother and sister in law's bedroom, while the white earth pony nurse and the zebra herbalist leaned on one another in happy exhaustion.

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A short time later the parlor was full of happy chatter from contented ponies. Pinkie and Twilight had ventured into the kitchen and brought out a selection of apple pies, apple tarts, apple cider, and fresh bread with apple butter, spreading the delicious, home cooked food on the rustic coffee table for the gathering of friends to enjoy, while Rarity served tea to Zecora and Nurse Redheart and made light conversation. Caramel had been moved to the love seat, where he dozed peacefully with his head propped up on the foreleg rest.

As Rainbow Dash removed her jumpsuit to get more comfortable, the lumpy little paper wrapped bundle she'd acquired at Madison Mare Garden tumbled out. She chuckled to herself as she picked it up off of the floor and began to unwrap it.

Pinkie Pie smiled, managing a little bounce despite her exhaustion. "Ooh! You brought a present! What is it? What is it?"

The pegasus grinned self consciously. "Just a little thing. Check it out."

She set a little stuffed pegasus pony figure on the coffee table, its tiny cyan blue snout and wings poking out of a yellow and blue bodysuit, a felt mane and tail printed with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple stripes.

Dash glanced up at her friends with a wry smile and cocked ears. "Okay, so I know what you're thinking. There goes Rainbow floating her own cloud again, but it's not like that." She rubbed the back of her head with a shrug. "Okay, it IS a little like that. Can you believe they made a doll of me? Oh... My... Gosh..."

She reached out and gave her tiny duplicate a poke with her hoof, causing it to flop onto its side. "When I was a little fledgeling someone gave me a Fire Fly doll, back before I even had any idea what a Wonderbolt was. I carried that thing with me everywhere I went, and I mean everywhere. Even after she'd turned all gray and her mane and tail fell out and Mom had to find a new button to replace one of her eyes. She was my buddy and my good luck charm. I've still got her stashed in my steamer trunk while I tour."

The pegasus mare reached out and righted it, casting a fond smile toward the hallway where the Apple family had retreated, before meeting her friends' eyes again. "I figure if I'm really lucky, Fluttershy's foal will maybe do the same, which will be great because then it'll be like we're hangin' out all the time, even though I'm out touring the world with the team." She gave a shrug with a slight blush on her face. "I guess that's kinda silly..."

Rarity gave her a warm smile. "Not at all darling. I think it's a wonderful gift, and a fine sentiment."

Pinkie Pie picked up the doll and made it hop along the table, her eyes furrowed in playful concentration. "You realize, of course, that I will now proceed to pester you until we all have our very own little Dashie." She pointed the tiny figure at Rainbow Dash and made it mime as she spoke in a squeaky little imitation of her friend's voice. "That's right!"

Twilight chuckled. "I might have to ask for an extra one for Spike. I hope you don't mind being teamed up with Thunderpony."

Rarity was looking thoughtful, and she chimed in. "Darlings, I think we all could follow Rainbow Dash's example here, and I think I have a good idea how we might do it."

Pinkie set the doll down gently and grinned "Y'know, we never did have a foal shower for Fluttershy." The pink mare lapsed into such a perfect imitation of her yellow pegasus friend that they could have been considered the same mare. "She was always like 'oh no, don't bother' 'no need to make a fuss over me' and 'that's okay'." She gave another little hop and reverted to her normal cheery tone. "But now I bet we could talk her into it, 'cos it wouldn't be a party for her so much as a party for her foal!"

Before anypony else could respond, they heard hoof steps in the hallway. All heads turned at the sound of Applejack's gentle voice. "Speakin' o' which, how'd you all like to come n' see my n-niece?"

With a broad grin, Rainbow Dash was instantly on her hooves. Rarity and Twilight stood, giving polite nods to Zecora and Nurse Redheart as the two mares beamed up at them over their tea cups. Pinkie glanced at the slumbering Caramel and kissed him on the cheek. He stirred gently and muttered "puppy nuggets" under his breath. She smiled warmly down at him before giving a little hop and following after her friends.

Applejack led them quietly into the stillness of the rustic, farmhouse bedroom, the warm light of the lamps turning the air to soft gold.

In one corner, Apple Bloom and Granny Smith sat on a soft throw rug leaned against one another, sharing a joyous moment as grandmother and granddaughter. The stocky figure of Cabbage Leaf busied herself folding towels and repacking her saddle bags, a wide grin on her face as she hummed softly to herself.

On the large, soft bed in the center of the room they saw Fluttershy, nestled against Big Macintosh with a quilt laid over her back and wings, both ponies looking thoroughly exhausted with their legs tucked under them.

The butter colored pegasus' coat was rough and matted with sweat, and her long pink mane was frayed and hanging limply on either side of her face, but despite that she seemed to almost glow with an inner light, her bearing as graceful as a deer from the deep glens of Whitetail Wood. Her eyes were closed, as she dozed peacefully.

Her husband's orange mane was frazzled as well, with sweat on his brow and a different sort of moisture glistening on his freckled cheeks. His gaze was locked on a tiny rounded shape curled up against his massive chest atop his tree trunk thick, muscular forelegs.

The little bundle was the color and texture of a rosy peach, with a pair of impossibly delicate, downy wings folded against the curve of her back. These stretched out and refolded themselves as the foal squirmed in her father's lap and rolled over with a yawn followed by a tiny whisper of a sigh, revealing a sweetly sleeping face with even rosier cheeks and a wisp of silky pink mane falling across the filly's untroubled forehead.

At this feather light stirring, Big Macintosh's lower lip and chin started to tremble, a look of such profound love etched upon his normally impassive features that it was clear for all to see that not even the Princess's who moved Equestria's very sun and moon could ever hope to dislodge his tiny daughter from her seat on the throne of the giant earth pony's heart.

Pinkie Pie drew in a huge gasp of breath, causing the others to glance sharply over at her, expecting some sort of raucous outburst, but instead the pink mare gave a small hop and let out a soft little "yay".

At her side, Rainbow Dash was intoning a very faint chant of "ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh", her sandy voice cracking slightly as tears came to her eyes.

Twilight Sparkle was at a loss for words, and was uncertain that she would be able to express what she was feeling at that moment in one of her letters to the Princess even if she had the rest of her life to compose it.

Applejack spoke up with a voice thick with emotion. "Ain't that just a sight? I'm so proud I'm fit t' burst right now."

Rarity's voice came hushed and trembling. "Oh, she's ever so beautiful..."

Big Macintosh nodded haltingly, his own deep voice faltering as he forced his reply over the stumbling blocks of his own emotions. "E-eyup."

At the sound of her husband's voice Fluttershy stirred and opened her eyes, which sparkled like emeralds in the dim light. She craned her neck and planted a tender kiss on her massive stallion's cheek.

She turned and looked up at her dearest friends with a smile, her mellow voice soft but clear in the stillness. "Girls, I'd like you to meet my daughter, Windfall Apple."

She inclined her head and nuzzled the little filly's cheek, prompting another tiny sigh."Windfall, I'd like to introduce you to your Aunt Rainbow, your Aunt Rarity, your Aunt Pinkie, and your Aunt Twilight."

She raised her shining eyes to meet her friends' gaze. "I know that's a lot of names to remember, but don't worry, you'll learn them all. I've got a lot of stories to tell you about them."

THE END



The characters depicted in this fiction are copyright and trademarks of Hasbro, Inc. This is a work of fan fiction, and the author makes no claim on Hasbro's copyright or trademarks.

A My Little Pony - Friendship Is Magic Fan Fiction.

This story is set several years after the events depicted in Season 1.

Part 11

And so we wrap up, with a new generation making its arrival in Ponyville.

I hope you enjoyed these little extrapolations on my part. Thanks for reading.

If you enjoyed it enough to want to read it again, here's Part 1->[link]

Added a bonus chapter -> [link]
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FireheartTheInferno Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! that was the feel-good story I was hoping for...
--Better yet even, since it had real comic gold in it as well!
On another note, this is seriously one of the best
and most touching fan-fics I've ever read!--without a doubt!
That said, if you'll excuse me, I'll just be wiping my misty eyes right about now!
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YinMai Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This.. *Rainbow-worthy-stream-of-ohmygosh's* so beautifully well-written, they ought to make this a two-part season opener! Welcome to the World little Windfall ^^
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Rathika Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Awww! So cute!
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CodWars Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awwww waterfall!!! wonderful!!!
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BronyBear1 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
*Manly tears* A well written story. /)*(\
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FennecFyre Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, there goes my diabetes acting up again.
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Snow10101 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
My heart just imploded from how cavity-inducingly sweet and beautiful that chapter was! :'3
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Billybob88 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
d'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw! *manly tears* My heart exploded twice
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10art1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D'awwww rainbow is so sensitive
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Saro0fD3monz Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This was a beautiful story, I plan on reading the bonus chapter after this, but I would like to ask if I could possibly use Windfall in a fic i am writing. I haven't been able to come up with a proper foal for big mac and fluttershy in mine and its kind of important to have one as its based on the next generation of ponies, including Nyx from past sins. If you say no, I understand, if you say yes, credit will be given to you in each chapter as Windfall is your creation. I will also be extremely grateful if you do say yes.
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Regidrian Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Fantastic all the way through, easily one of the best fanfics involving the mane six I've read so far. Love how you managed to capture pretty much every character perfectly, as well as build a believable future that might as well be canon its so good. 5/5 stars hooves down
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richards292 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
nothing to say but fantastic work you have here
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frostfeatherluver Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loved it!
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Darkeyeshadowtheo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I DO want to read it again! I do i do! That was beautiful, and well written...and in some places inexplicable epic! xD Great story :3
And awww for such a cute foal! n_n
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Desolateshadow30 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG!!!I love it!!You got the characters just right!!
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Ragnarok311 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Amazing, truly. It was beautiful. Definitely an improvement over the grimdark stories i usually read. I have never read a story so, well, happy. it reminds me of when my aunt was giving birth to my cousin. Overall it is the best fanfiction that i have read out of the whole group of stories. I swear, change the characters (so hasbro doesn't sue) and you could sell this as a short story.
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EROCKERTORRES Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Besides "My Little Dashie" this is only the second fanfic I actually sat and read it in one sitting. I absolutely loved your story from start to finish.
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BobtheLurker Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!! This has to be the most epic pony story ever told. I laughed. I cried. I..just...wow!

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Kendell2 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
I just read the entire thing in one setting. Great job! It was honestly a beautiful and touching story. I especially like the part where Windfall is born! Great job!

Also, just to ask, how'd you get this idea anyway? I'm curious.
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
I can't rightly say where the overall idea came from. Probably started with "shipping" Fluttershy & Big Macintosh and grew from there.
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Kendell2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
I see. And it worked, though it's something I like about this fic. The shipping expect isn't the MAIN thing, they're already Happily Married and everything, the main focus is on the friendship of the mane cast and the birth of her first foal.

I also must say, I adore the part where Big Macintosh is moved by the sight of his daughter, it's so adorable!
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Thanks, I think that was one of the earliest images to form in my mind while I was writing it, and it's one of my favorite parts too, if I may say so myself.

I was actually a bit uncertain about tagging it with "shipping" when I submitted it to EQ daily. I figured I'd go the safe route and do so since it *did* involve putting canon characters in non-canon relationships, but you're right the story isn't *really* about anypony falling in love in the present tense...

Thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed it! :)
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Kendell2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Agreed, and you're welcome, you did an awesome job and deserve the praise.

One scene I find hilarius is the scene were Fluttershy loses it and goes off on Big Mac, Granny Smith's response makes it perfect.
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MC231096 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Photographer
That was one of the BEST fanfics I have EVER read.
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SparklinBurgndy Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*DIES OF THE CUTE*

If you'll excuse me, I need to go take some insulin now.
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Nemmisis205 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Haissan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Dawww...
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CrystalRose2 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
I LOVE this story!!!
XD
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NIwuffet Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
...Eek.
I think I might have died for a couple minutes.
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speedyson Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
you know how to play both the game of comedy and the game of "aww".
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Another blanket thanks to all the kind folks who've come by to read this story. I'm glad you did, and even more glad if folks like it.

Stay awesome, stay positive, stay sweet, ponyfans!
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dragonofcolors Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
-intake of breath- AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!that was amazing that is the best my little pony story i've ever read :D in my entire life [but personaly that hasent been very long] this story touched my heart filled with love humour and freindship thank you for making this wonderful story
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ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Faved.
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Stinger-VXR42 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
My heart. It just exploded.
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Pyritefoolsgold Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
A fic with a completeness of purpose and emotion that's something to aspire to. good work.
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RandomRedneck1990 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
:clap: That was a good story.
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Anonymous425 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011   Writer
Awesome just pure awesome,excuse me I have something in my eye-sniff-
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SummerPwny Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
seriously beautifull, it was a blast to read, the comedy was amazing, and it made me a lil teary eyed too ^^
well done <3
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Ironwolves21 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a piece of work man, I shed a brony tear.
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TrueMefista Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh,so nice and cute!I like it so much^^
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rjpugh Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
This was a very sweet fic. And as others have mentioned, it's a very positive one. There is almost none of the cynicism that fanfic tends to be rife with these days, and that makes it a breath of fresh air.

It makes your gallery 20% cooler, and Ditzy Doo will arrive with your muffins any minute now.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
This story is sweet and wonderful and beautiful, and thank you for writing it.
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I did not get diabetes. I got hypertriglyceridemia. I just gotta be different! :D

Very adorable ending to an adorable story.
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Man-Child Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I don't often comment on Deviant Art, but this story was just so sweet...ending with a vivid description of the wonder of a new life entering the world. Thank you so much.
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Graber Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Great. Thanks a lot. Now I'm crying and I think I have diabetes.
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Could you try doing it again?
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Zerus63 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just read it all... BRAVO, FUCKING BRAVO! :iconclapplz: you good writer of this amazing fiction are boss :iconbrohoof1plz::iconbrohoof2plz: If I were there to pat you the back I'd probably send you through a wall cause I'd be overwhelmed with joy and force. its just brilliant.
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ClockwiseGear Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
(D'aww)^100
Thanks for the great read! Hope to see something else from you soon!
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Cometctchr Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
absolutely awesome its one of the sweetest stories i've read for the fandom can't wait for anything else you write because there's no possible way it can be anything but awesome.
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Sage42 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
:iconclapplz: beautiful my good sir, simply beautiful.
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