The next several days went by with little trouble, Jade continued to help Fluttershy at the cottage and would play with Spike. This distracted her from the troubles she was having, though there were times where she still thought of her family. When it kept happening she decided to speak with Spike.
"So Spike, I was wondering... I mean, you've been living with ponies for a long time, right?" Jade asked, trying to get the dreaded conversation started.
Spike simply replied with "Yeah."
"So how did you deal with it in the beginning?" the dragoness asked curiously.
"What do you mean, Jade?"
"I guess you're over it now, but you missed your family at first, right? How did you end up living with Twilight, by the way?" Jade asked.
Spike, confused at first, but soon realizing what she was getting at, said: "I've always lived among ponies. I was hatched in Canterlot. As for why I ended up with Twilight, she's the one who hatched me."
"Oh. I'm sorry, I didn't know." Jade replied, feeling stupid for making the assumption.
"No need to apologize. My life's great! Sure, Twilight can be a total wacko sometimes, but I wouldn't trade living with her for anything!" Spike said fondly.
Jade was silent for a while, then asked: "Don't you ever wonder what it's like to live with your real family?"
Spike frowned. That was obviously the wrong thing to say.
Jade realized her mistake when she saw his expression. "Nevermind. Sorry if I offended you or anything." She quickly said.
"It's fine." Spike muttered.
Jade wasn't convinced, but didn't want to push the matter. Suddenly her eyes went wide. "I almost forgot!" she cried, "Fluttershy asked me to go to Sugarcube Corner to pick up two muffins... whatever those are."
"Muffins, huh?" Spike inquired with a grin, "You're pretty lucky!"
"Are they good?"
"Are they? Man, you're in for a treat!"
"Am I?" Jade asked excitedly, but her happy smile became awkward one, "So... where's Sugarcube Corner?"
"Haha! I'll show you." Spike laughed.
Meanwhile at the library Twilight was vehemently studying when she heard a few knocks on the door. She answered it and was greeted by a familiar, friendly face.
"Howdy, Twilight. I just came from Fluttershy's to see that new baby dragon. She said she'd be here."
"Oh, she and Spike are out. But you're welcome to stay and wait for them to come back." Twilight said, secretly thrilled to have a break from her studies to talk to one of her friends.
"I have a lot to do back at the farm, but it's been a while since the two of us got to spend some together, with us both bein' such busy ponies. Why not?" Applejack said, as if reading her friend's mind.
"That sounds great!" Twilight replied, a little more worn out than she intended to.
As the two mares cought up, Spike walked Jade to Sugarcube Corner. She would only be a few minutes, so Spike waited outside. As the little dragoness walked into the store she took in all the unfamiliar, but not unwelcome scents of the myriad of baked goods displayed in the shop. Behind the counter stood a blue mare, who was certainly well filled out. Who could blame her? She was surrounded by all these treats all day after all. The mare spoke.
"Why, hello there! If it isn't the little dragon I've been hearing so much about! What can I do for you?" She asked.
"I'm here to buy muffins." Jade answered.
"Those are delicious, aren't they? How many would you like?"
The mare glanced outside and suddenly started to behave a little strange. She spoke again. "Oh, I see. You really are going about this the right way. You know what they say: the love of a stallion, or in this case dragon, goes through his stomach!"
Jade just blinked confusedly, but shrugged it off and reached for the bits Fluttershy gave to her in order to pay.
"That's alright, dearie, these are on the house. You go get him, girl!" The odd blue mare said with a wink.
"What are you talking about?" The confusion was too much for Jade; she had to ask.
"Aren't you sharing these with Spike?" The mare asked, seemlingly taken aback by the question.
"No, I was getting them for Fluttershy." Jade rebutted.
The mare was flustered upon hearing this. "Oh... OH! My bad! Hehehe... you know what, just take them anyway. Fluttershy's a good customer of mine, tell her they're free."
Jade smiled. She already liked her, even if she was a little weird. "Okay, thanks! Bye!" She cheered before walking out. In the back of her head she was wondering what Mrs. Cake was meaning. Deep down she knew, but she was pushing that thought away, dismissing it as silly. Once outside she showed Spike the muffins and said, "I'm going to get these over to Fluttershy's so I can eat mine right away."
"Alright, I'll head home then, see you tomorrow Jade," replied Spike before he turned and started walking off.
Spike made it to the library in a short time, once inside he saw Applejack and Twilight sitting at a table. The conversation they were having was quieted when he entered. Applejack was the first to speak.
"Howdy Spike, good to see ya!"
Spike waved, "Hey Applejack, how've you been?"
"Pretty good," said Applejack, "Thank you kindly for askin'. Say, weren't y'all supposed to be playing with this other baby dragon?"
Spike happily said, "We were earlier, but she went back to Fluttershy's already."
AJ stomped a hoof, "Shucks, an' I already spent any spare time I had socializin' with Twilight. If the two of y'all are playin' together tomorrow, mind dropping by the farm? I've been hoping to meet Ponyville's newest dragon for some time."
Spike looked over to Twilight, "Can we?"
Twilight smirked and said with a laugh, "I don't see why not."
Applejack said, "Well alright then. I'm headed back to the farm now, I'm sure that Big Macintosh is wonderin' where his sister's been by now. It's been mighty nice catching up with you, Twilight. See you tomorrow, Spike."
They bid their farewells and Applejack left the library.
Nighttime fell upon the serene town of Ponyville, as a little dragoness patted her full stomach in contentment. Spike was right about muffins, she thought to herself. She stared at the ceiling and thought about the events of the past week once more. She then thought of a phrase her mother used to say so much, it had basically become her catch phrase. It was mostly Jade's fault and she knew it. Either that, or her sneaky sister had succesfully foisted her blame onto her again. She let out a satisfied sigh and smiled as she repeated it.
"What a predicament."
With that, she drifted off to sleep.
This is the end of the introduction. I'm waiting for the release of season 4 to continue and see what parts may need some editing. I won't be editing the art, but the story might change if need be.