Fluttershy’s ears perked up when she heard the sound of hooves rapping on her door. Whoever was knocking was in a hurry. Before Fluttershy could answer, her guest had already helped herself in.
“Hi, Rainbow Dash!” said Fluttershy happily. Rainbow Dash rushed up to her and held her by the shoulders.
“Fluttershy, you’ve gotta help me! I promised the others Tank was gonna show off some awesome moves at our next pony pet play date, but he won’t do any of the tricks you taught him! He just keeps staring at me like I’m some kind of…” Rainbow Dash was interrupted by a particularly loud snore. The cyan mare stopped and fixed her eyes on what was behind her friend. She couldn’t quite make out what she was looking at and asked: “What’s in the basket?”
Fluttershy lit up at the question. “She’s a baby dragon. I found her just outside the cottage. Isn’t she adorable?”
Rainbow Dash said nothing as she walked over to the basket to get a closer look at what was inside. Sure enough, that was a dragon. Dash's eyes widened in shock.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa! You just found a baby dragon and took it?” Rainbow Dash asked in disbelief. Images of irate, full grown dragons rampaging in search of their child were racing through her mind.
“Well… yes.” Fluttershy almost casually responded.
“First Princess Celestia’s pet and now some dragons’ kid? No offense, but don’t you think you should stop doing that; you know, kidnapping things? Just a thought.” Dash said, obviously worried.
“This is different, Rainbow Dash. The poor thing was all alone. She was really hungry and tired. What else was I supposed to do?” Fluttershy retorted. She looked back at the scaly heap, whose chest rhythmically rose and fell as she snored, deeply sunk into a peaceful slumber. She seemed content enough and already looked less tired than before. Fluttershy’s gaze turned pensive. Surely she had done the right thing?
“Are you sure she was all alone? I guess it does explain why Ponyville hasn’t been torn up yet.” Rainbow Dash said, still uncertain about the whole situation, then added: “But I still think you should’ve left her be.”
Fluttershy’s expression turned somewhat stern at the suggestion, though not uncharacteristically so. Whatever doubts she had before had vanished. Firmly, but softly she spoke:
“And abandon an innocent creature in need of my help? You know I could never do that!”
“I guess not.” Rainbow Dash said defeated and continued after a short pause: “I gotta go see Twilight. I’m… picking up the latest book in the Daring Do series.”
“Okay, so I guess we’ll talk about Tank later?” Fluttershy asked.
“Oh, yeah, sure! See you around! Bye!” Rainbow Dash said, before zooming off into the library's direction.
Meanwhile at said library Twilight was working hard to catch up on her studies. She had a lot to do and all those social get-togethers and royal duties she’d had as of late did not help her case. She may have been a princess, but that didn’t mean she had lost her scholastic aspirations.
“Spike, could you get me the Extended Encyclopedia of Everything Eccentric, Exceptional and Extranormal?” she asked.
“The what?” her assistant asked.
“You know, those eight big red books with the golden letters on the cover…” she clarified, rather amused.
“OH! Got it!” Spike exclaimed before doing as he was asked.
Twilight was pleased with the progress she had made so far. At this rate she would be ahead of schedule by four after two! She was snapped out of her thoughts when she heard a familiar, distressed voice shout her name.
"Twilight!" Rainbow Dash shouted in prolonged fashion, almost crashing through the door of the library. Luckily Spike had already anticipated the moment of her arrival and had quickly opened it in advance. Needless to say the residents of the literal tree house were getting pretty accustomed to this sort of entrance. Though these entries never ceased to startle them.
“Rainbow Dash, What’s going on?” Twilight demanded with a concerned tone. She was used to a certain fashionista behaving this way, but with Rainbow Dash one never knew.
“You won’t believe this! Fluttershy’s caught a dragon!” Rainbow Dash yelled. She was panting profusely from making such a speedy trip, but managed to get the two sentences out in one piece. All of her worries had become greater on her way over.
Twilight just stood there with a confused look for a moment, then spoke: “a dragon?”
“Did I stutter?” Rainbow Dash said, her voice still loud.
“But I thought Fluttershy was afraid of dragons.” said Twilight, making her friend bury her face in one of her hooves.
“Not a big one! A baby dragon! Like Spike, except this one can actually fly!”
“I’m right here, you know!” Spike spat.
“You’re not making this up, are you?” Twilight demanded.
“Why would I make something like that up!?” Rainbow Dash cried.
“I need to see this for myself. Come on, Spike. We’re going to Fluttershy’s.” Twilight said. Her assistant did not hesitate and hopped onto Twilight’s back. As soon as he was positioned, the three headed out to their friend’s cottage.