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The ponies gathered in the parlor of the farmhouse at Sweet Apple Acres sat in silence, too anxious to talk but still drawing comfort from each other's presence.

Caramel shared the love seat with Pinkie Pie, gamely trying to sip his coffee or take a bite of a pfeffernusse without spilling or getting crumbs all over due to his fiancee's relentless oscillations.

The pink mare herself was looking a tad green around the gills, and was uncharacteristically uninterested in any of the apple based baked goods freely on tap in the kitchen.

Rarity huddled on the couch wrapped in a rustic quilt, her mane bound up in a red and white checked towel, a cup of tea cooling on a barrel converted into an end table next to her. She was looking a bit peaked herself, her deep blue eyes never settling for long on any particular point in the room, although whether it was from her recent ordeal or simply from being immersed up to her horn in the Apple family's down home country decor she declined to say.

Granny Smith sat placidly on a rocking chair, humming tunelessly to herself as she worked at knitting a set of foal booties with a beatific expression on her wizened face.

Apple Bloom sat beside her on a little stool and busied herself carving a small figure of a pony out of a block of apple wood, letting the shavings flutter quietly into a bucket on the floor.

Applejack's physical nature was getting the best of her at the moment. Lacking a quiet hobby to occupy her mind and without even the minimal distraction of feeling under the weather like Pinkie or Rarity, all the blonde farm mare could do was pace, which was even more infuriating because she was trying her best to walk softly and not disturb the occupants of her brother and sister in law's room.

The orange earth pony's head whipped around as a blinding flash of light blossomed outside, followed by a yelp and a splat and the frantic barking of Naomi, starting from a point under the porch and then moving out into the courtyard.

Applejack rushed over to the radiator, plucking up her drying hat and flipping it onto her head, then galloped out the door, screeching to a stop on the rain dampened planks of the front porch as the other ponies craned their necks in curiosity. Apple Bloom dropped carving and knife into the bucket with a plunk and rose, following her sister outside and taking up a position at her side, her brow sternly furrowed.

Naomi was running laps around a steaming, hemispherical crater in the yard, from which a mud and soot smeared unicorn rose shakily to her hooves, a plume of grey smoke rising from the tip of her glowing horn as it faded from white-hot to yellow to ruddy red. The new arrival shook her head and blinked, and then gave the Apple sisters a grin, her violet eyes and white teeth showing plainly in her soot blackened face.

An equally wide grin spread across Applejack's face, causing her freckled cheeks to bunch up under her smiling eyes. She bounded down the steps and slid down over the lip of the crater, throwing her front hooves around the unicorn mare's neck. "Howdy, Sugarcube! Glad you could make it."

Twilight Sparkle hugged Applejack back with shaky limbs. "At least an acceptable percentage of me did."

Apple Bloom let out a sigh and turned toward the door with a lash of her tail. "I'll go n' fill up th' tub agin..."

As soon as Applejack had led a slightly disoriented and staggering Twilight Sparkle inside, Rarity was on her feet and hurrying to join them, followed closely by Pinkie who didn't get up so much as allow her vibrations to carry her off the edge of the love seat and onto the floor. The quartet of dear friends, two thirds of the Elements of Harmony, all embraced and exchanged warm greetings with one another as Caramel and Granny Smith looked on.

When the group hug disengaged, the lavender unicorn looked expectantly at her friends. "How's Fluttershy doing?"

Before any of them could answer, a fearsome shriek like a roaring manticore came from the cloistered back room, followed by a voice the group of mares had first heard when the chaos had reached its absolute height at that first Grand Galloping Gala they'd attended so many years ago. "YOU DID THIS TO ME YOU BIG... LUNK-HEADED... BRUTE! NO! YOU KEEP BREATHING! THAT'S RIGHT, TRY TO KEEP BREATHING WHILE I STRANGLE YOUR STUPID HEAD OFF OF YOUR BIG... FAT... RED NECK! LET GO OF ME YOU NAGS! I'M GOING TO STRANGLE HIM! LET ME UP SO I CAN STRANGLE MY HUSBAND!"

In the stunned silence that followed, only the sound of Granny Smith's low chuckle and the rhythmic clack of her rocking could be heard. The old mare smiled fondly as she knitted. "Such a sweet filly. I sure as shootin' weren't so gentle with my husband when I was a-birthin' my first."

The group of younger mares merely gaped at her, and looked up in unison as the bedroom door opened with a soft click. Nurse Redheart came tottering out, her nurse's hat askew. The sounds of low murmuring and sobs could be heard from the dim room behind her. She gave them a glassy eyed smile before glancing in the elderly Apple clan matriarch's direction and clearing her throat. "Um..."

Granny Smith kept gently rocking with her eyes on her knitting. "China hutch by th' kitchen door, third drawer down."

Nurse Redheart nodded and stumbled to where she'd been directed, pulling open the drawer and lifting out a small jug marked with three X's. With shaky white hooves gripping the sides, she pulled the cork with her teeth and set it aside, then raised the jug to her lips and took a long pull from it. She coughed, wiped her mouth with the back of a hoof, replaced the cork and then very carefully replaced the bottle, slid the drawer shut, then turned and crossed back to the door.

After staring long and hard into the room, the pink maned medical mare set her hooves, adjusted her hat, hiked her tail, and strode back inside, pulling the door gently closed behind her.

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 7

Twilight arrives at Sweet Apple Acres, and Fluttershy seems to be having some labor pains.

Part 8 ->[link]
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FireheartTheInferno Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. I've stopped chuckling like a maniac at this page,
so I can actually manage to compose a proper comment! XD

I feel bad for Redheart, but I feel more for poor Mac!
He must have felt even worse after that. :C

Also, Granny Smith's last statement was a terrifying thought! O_O;
mykah16 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
well i would hate to be big mac at this point because fluttershy is practicly going to strangle him
Tori-the-Eevee1234 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like Flutterbit h has returned... *insert insane screaming at Big Mac here*
CodWars Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awww flutter shy you sweety
cosmofur Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow nearly a direct quote from my wife when she was in labor for 41 hours.
jsk001 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Fluttershy was funny. Granny Smith's comment following it was HILARIOUS
Saro0fD3monz Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was wondering when we'd see Fluttershy go crazy about all of this. I was present for my younger brother being born and I've seen a mothers rage in those moments...very well done.
PaladinBrony Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
I loved when Fluttershy was at the Gala and she got all mad and yelled, so when I read what she was yelling at Big Mac it made me laugh! I always thought she was super cute when she was totally pissed off!
SagelyByMoonlight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Good lord, that bit with Fluttershy doing her level best to throttle Big Mac was...well, it was a bit out of character, but I assume labor pains would make any mother in the throes of childbirth into some unholy demonspawn, which made it hilarious.

Do I love this story so far? YEEEEEEEEAAAAAH!
Luffy-Kun Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the Fluttershy I wanted to see. Haha. That's fucking fantastic. Especially Granny Smith's reply to it. I wonder what obscenities she threw out during labor.
Mark-Firehaven Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Seeing as the fact is FLUTTERSHY, I would say that that was the worst of it, and that she never memorized a swear.
Luffy-Kun Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww. Let me imagine she's naughty.
Mark-Firehaven Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013

(She is grand master of innocence in fics)
Ragnarok311 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
HAHAHAHAHAHA Flutterage. That was the best part of this. But, now i'm scared of Granny Smith...
thehornydog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
dud you are awesome. this may not be what you were going for but i thought it was hilarious
giraffylord Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Uh, because it was Nurse Tenderheart's night off?

Perhaps you could be more specific in your hysterics?
HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Oh dear. Bearing her child must more immensely painful for Fluttershy than it would be for other mare ponies.
WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Not being a lady type person I can't speak to how painful childbirth is, but I have had kidney stones, which I've been led to believe can be a comparable sensation.

That being said, I didn't imagine this being more painful than other mare's experience. The whole screaming abuse at the husband is a fairly old gag in childbirth type situations, as elucidated by TV tropes here: [link]

But mayhap I go to far in explaining the joke here...
Mark-Firehaven Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Take your bottom lip... and stretch it over your head to the back of your neck. That is what I heard-

Wait... You are One of Us.
HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Sadly, I've never had kidney stones before or thought of that situation as a gag either.
WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
There's nothing sad about never having suffered kidney stones. Thank your lucky stars.

It's very much like having a knife jammed in your back, and all you can do is weather it until the stone passes.

I can't say it's a direct comparison to being in labor, but from what I've gathered it's a reasonable analog.
HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
In addition, it was a great idea to have Twilight Sparkle teleport from a long distance like that.
Katfeathers Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta say, that's one thing 'bout the c-section I'm glad of in rettrospect. Also, can't seem t' keep from adding an extra comma, or mabe elips, as I read Apple Blooms comment... just before the again.
RandomRedneck1990 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Whoa...pissed off Fluttershy.
jacknicko Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
I lol'ed so hard! This is just a great story.
ardashir Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I love that bit of dialogue from berserk Fluttershy!
pokeplayer984 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Ah, the old mood swings during labor kicked in right on cue.

If THAT is sweet, I'd hate to see how the others would react with their first.
Deltathewolf Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I.....I got nothing.
marmelmm Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
"Such a sweet filly. I sure as shootin' weren't so gentle with my husband when I was a-birthin' my first."

ClockwiseGear Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Loved Applebloom's reaction to Twilight's appearance.

That, and Flutterage, of course.
Dr-Oblivian Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
everything form the fluttershy freaking out paragraph and down, made me lol so hard
EvilPaladin11 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
And this is reason number 58 why a vesectomy is a good idea.
kamenriderculamon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
LoL! OH My God the LOL!!

I fully understand the logic
FlutterRage + Labor + Full Range Stare = Need a Drink.
sbeaumont Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Confound you Fluttershy, you lead Red Heart to drink.
Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I've waited for that scene the entire time I've been reading. I was far from disappointed. ANd poor redheart.

this is proving to be consistently brilliant and I am consistently smiling and chuckling the whole time. I can wait for the end.

OMG what are they gunna NAME it?!?!
WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Regarding Redheart, I couldn't fit it into the narrative smoothly, but you know "The Stare" was getting unleashed in that room a few times as the night wore on. I kinda figured she just took one with both barrels... er... eyes at this point...
BradNeko14 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Sweet god D: and the worst thing is that the freak out really happens in real life.
BladeSquall Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh... you know, I'm not surprised. Never seen a woman in labor in real life before, but mood swings in labor tend to make anyone freak out.

Now, if that's supposed to be sweet, then what could have happened with Granny Smith?
Comma-Kazie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
There's a reason we only ever see HER in the series, methinks.
TempestRunner Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Damn, Fluttershy, you scary.
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