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Spike the dragon lounged in a nearly pony sized basket next to Twilight Sparkle's desk in the office shared by several of Canterlot U's junior faculty and student teachers, seemingly flipping lazily through an advanced and esoteric tome of magical theory.

In truth, he was perusing the four color panels of the latest issue of Thunderpony tucked neatly into the pages of the larger book. He'd picked up a lot in his years as the lavender unicorn's assistant, and knew how to choose books to get the best startled double takes from any students or faculty who happened to pass by.

His stomach rumbled a bit, and he glanced at the somnolently ticking grandfather clock that stood by the door, noticing that Princess Celestia's beaming portrait on the dial had been replaced by Princess Luna's shyly smiling visage.

As the comic book he read wrapped up on a cliffhanger, he began to mutter petulantly under his breath. "Is this it for our hero? Will Thunderdragon ever... eat... again... Will the nefarious Not A Doctor Yet Twilight Von Sparkle triumph in her sinister scheme to starve him to death?" He snorted to himself and idly turned his attention to the letters column and novelty ads in the back pages.

The spines over his ear holes twitched at the sound of galloping hooves in the hallway outside. With a blase expression he looked up to see Twilight Sparkle attempt screech to a halt on the highly polished marble floor, only to keep sliding on past, her eyes wide in alarm as she began to spin with her hooves splayed wider and wider beneath her. He lowered his gaze back down to an advertisement depicting a smiling family of pink, scaly Seaponies as a softly echoing whoop and a crash sounded from down the hall.

He looked up again sharply as another pony hove into view in the doorway and called after her in a melodious voice he instantly recognized. There was the alabaster white and pastel pink and purple figure of his childhood crush's younger sister, standing with her green eyes wide with alarm and a hoof to her mouth. "Oh! Miss Twilight are you okay?"

Spike raised a scaly brow ridge. "Sweetie Belle? What are you doing here!"

The young unicorn's innocent as a button face turned toward him, startled. She began to look rapidly back and forth at him and down the hall while hopping on her hooves in a frantic tempo. "Having a foal!"

A small gout of green flame popped unbidden from his throat as he reared up in his basket, tossing the heavy tome aside with a thud. "WHAT?"

Twilight came hurriedly limping into view, her cravat, mane, and tail in disarray. "Fluttershy is having her foal! Right now!"

At this Spike surged to his clawed feet and tumbled out of the basket, scrabbling a moment to get upright, where he looked his guardian in the eyes and laid his hands on her shoulders. "Holey Guacamole! What are we waiting for? Lets go see if we can get a chariot!"

The lavender unicorn gently shouldered him aside as she stepped up to her desk and began to root through the drawers. She pulled a couple of pages of foolscap and an ink bottle and quill out and floated them over to him. "First things first. I need you to send a couple of quick notes off."

The young dragon took the writing implements and nodded, breathing deeply to both calm himself and stoke his internal fires. "Right. The Princess..." He started writing "Dear Princess Celestia..."

He stopped scribbling as his guardian interjected. "Hold it! Yes, I want you to send one to the Princess. Both of them. And then send off a note to the Dean. But first I need you to send one to Rainbow Dash."

She grunted in satisfaction as she tugged a colorful mailer out from under a stack of books, featuring a familiar squad of blue and yellow suited pegasi with a photo inset of a brashly smiling rainbow maned mare. Twilight spread the pamphlet out on a clear spot on the desk with her hooves and peered at it. "She's in... Manehattan! At Madison Mare Gardens tonight. Think you can zero in on her?"

The little dragon puffed out his chest after crossing out the Princess' name on the header. "If I can see 'em in my mind's eye I can drop a scroll right on their head. Rainbow Dash is a no brainer."

Twilight nodded, and proceeded to use her telekinesis to undo her cravat. "Good. All right, I'm on my way. Sweetie Belle, I'm leaving Spike in your care. If you can't get a chariot take any of the morning express balloons. You can use my Royal Transit Pass, it's in the top left drawer of my desk there, and Spike knows where I keep my wallet. Spike, do what Sweetie tells you. Sweetie, listen to what Spike has to say and try to pay attention. I'll meet you both at the Library in Ponyville at lunchtime if I don't see you sooner."

With that she turned and hurried toward a large set of windows framed by potted plants at the end of the row of desks, the western night sky beginning to twinkle over the ruddy glow of the city lights as Princess Luna brought the stars online.

The younger unicorn and dragonet looked at each other in confusion as Spike lifted his quill from the page. "Wait, what? Aren't we taking a chariot together?"

Twilight paused and looked back at them, shaking her head. "That's too slow. Pinkie's "Pinkie Sense" is coming in at full on "doozy". You know what that means. Time is of the essence."

She threw open the windows, climbing up on the sill as a chill mountain wind suddenly blew in, knifing through the stuffy air of the offices and ruffling the leaves on the plants and the papers on the desks. The lavender mare looked over her shoulder. "In fact, you'd better specifically write "doozy" in your letter to Rainbow, and tell her it's at Sweet Apple Acres."

She turned back with a wink. "See you kids in Ponyville!"

She stared out over the ivory towers of Canterlot, looking down the vastness of the valley toward the canopy of clouds gathered over the distant hamlet where she'd found all of her most beloved friends. Closing her eyes, she centered herself, concentrating on the sun blessed apple orchards and sweet scent of hay and earth of a particular farm where she'd spent so many glorious summers. Her brow furrowed as she bunched up her rear legs and crouched in a starter's position on the windowsill.

Sweetie Belle leaned in, speaking to Spike in a silvery whisper as her earnest green eyes grew wide. "Uhhh... She knows she's not a pegasus... right?"

The little dragon's own green eyes narrowed as Twilight's horn began to shimmer and spark. "She's not gonna... oh wow, she is!" He threw up an arm to shield his face. "Don't look directly at..."

Before Spike could finish Twilight Sparkle pushed off from the window and launched herself into the air, her hooves thrown wide as she sailed over the campus so many stories below. Sweetie Belle shrieked in alarm as a sphere of blinding white flared, throwing everything in the office into stark black as rectangular beams of hazy light shot forth between the window frames.

A split second later, all the young unicorn could see was luminous spots dancing before her eyes.

Spike peered over his upraised arm as the primrose colored mare slumped heavily onto her rump beside him. The stars twinkled cheerily over the warm blaze of the sunset in an empty, deep purple sky. He muttered under his breath as he resumed writing on the parchment in his claw.

Sweetie Belle's voice came out in a low vibrato next to him. "S-spike. I can't feel my face..."

The young dragon nodded vaguely. "That'll pass. Do you spell "doozy" with a Y or an IE?"

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 6

Since time is of the essence, Twilight decides to take the fastest mode of travel available to her.

Part 7-> [link]
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FireheartTheInferno Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang! What an exit that was!
ShadowLDrago Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
I love how Spike treats Tqilight trying to skid to a halt like it's a Don't Know Don't Wanna Know event.
CodWars Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
yay twilight go
thefezzXD Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Spike is just so hilariously Awesome! xD
Saro0fD3monz Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
LOL, i love how spike freaked when he heard sweetie say "having a foal" XD poor dragon must have thought Sweetie was gonna be a mother XD
Luffy-Kun Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost expected Spike to get a little thang for Sweetie now, they're closer in age then him and Rarity.

How old are the girls in human years? I had always thought them around fifteen/sixteen in the show so this must be quite a few years in the future.
WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
The actual age of the ponies is a pretty ambiguous subject, intentionally so according to canon sources.

I kind of think of them in human terms, so I'd say in current show terms they're late teens/early twenties. With the seven year time skip in this story that puts them in their late 20's, early thirties.

The Cutie Mark Crusaders would all be around the age of the "Mane Six" in this, since I see them as being somewhere around 8-10 years old in the show.
Luffy-Kun Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh. Makes sense.
DuplexFields Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The time skip and the instant transport made me think of this story as MLPFiM-Z.
HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
By the way, is Spike an adolescent dragon now?
WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Hard to say for sure. I'm winging it (no pun intended) as far as how fast dragons of Spike's type physically age. Based on his ultimate size as hinted in "Call of the Cutie Mark" I'd say physically he's still an infant.

He would probably be termed an adolescent, if not a young adult, in outlook, though. He's had 5-7 years of additional experience from when we see him in the show, where he seems to act like a precocious pre-teen most of the time.
DracoDei Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Do you mean "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" or are you referring to a fanfic?
WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
I got the episode names mixed up. Yeah, "Cutie Mark Chronicles". The episode where all the Mane 6 are depicted as little fillies.
HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Alright, because I read that later on he's grown so big that he can't ride on Twilight Sparkle's back anymore.
WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Well, being roughly pony sized in this case, it'd be like having a full grown person riding piggyback on your shoulders vs. having a little kid do it.
HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
That definitely makes more sense.
HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Twilight never ceases to amaze me with her potential in her unlimited power of magic.
kamenriderculamon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Now that's an exit.
So Spike is roughly her size now? And can send letters as long as he can see them in his mind's eye and as a general location. That's pretty neat.
MagicaITrevor Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
NF! Trevor has to cook dinner now! The rest of the chapters had better not go anywhere! Trevor still has to read them you know!

~ Magical Trevor, Minstrel of Equestria
Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Agree with tempest again... must... keep reading. so good thus far.

You did twilight and her awesome magik justice this chapter, and I loved your take on spike. I could totally see him lounging there as undergrads trotted by wide eyed. yay! rainbow is next!
KriahFox Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Madison Mare Gardens? Did you make that up or did it slip by in an episode and I missed it?
WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Made it up, seemed fitting.

Horse puns are hard sometimes, tho... :)
BradNeko14 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Not A Yet Twilight Von Sparkle is a demon D: who could let somepony (in this case dragon) starve to death that's just PURE. EVIL!!
hahaha I love this XD
TempestRunner Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Gotta keep reading! *pant*
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