Metal's eye panels slowly began to light up as his system came back online. The first thing he noticed was the fact he was indoors, and on a bed no less. the wood paneling of the walls, roof and floor of the room a pleasant brown color. He began to sit up, his gears grinding and hydraulics hissing as they finally began to move again. He looked over to a window on the other side of the room and got out of bed, heading toward it slowly. When he looked out he saw many griffins flying around, this confirmed his suspicions. Gilda must have brought him there while he was in standby mode. He could see a lot of gorges and canyons, as well as mountains. This place was certainly like he'd imagined.
"nice to see you up and about" Gilda said from behind him, having just entered the room. He turned his head, looking at her through the corner of his eye before returning his gaze to the outside.
"any leads?" he asked.
"all intel points to Ponyville" she said.
"then lets prepare, we move out to Ponyville in 3 days" he said.
Luna and Trixie were out in the courtyard, watching Silver as he dueled Blaze. Marine was sitting with Luna and Trixie, eating some popcorn.
Silver glowed a green color before he shot off toward Blaze at high speed in the air. She dodged it swiftly before making some fire rise below him. He swung his hand to disperse it before landing and firing a blade of psychic energy at her. She jumped over it before launching a few fireballs at him. He caught them before launching them back with his mind. She was hit by the fireballs since she didn't have much to work with, still in the air and all. She landed, a little singed as she glared at him.
"these two are quite the remarkable fighters" Luna said in amazement as she watched a literal battle of minds.
"they sure are mate" Marine said with a smile.
Blaze ran at Silver, pulling her fist back before throwing a punch at him. He dodged it before going for a knee to the gut, which she avoided by jumping back. Silver ran at her and went for a left hook. She caught his fist and pulled him toward her before kneeing him in the gut and tossing him onto the ground. He was now on his stomach, groaning a bit. She sat on his back and smiled.
"you lose" she said. Silver just chuckled at that as Blaze got up and helped him up.
"I almost had ya too" Silver said with a smile.
"yet you still lost" she teased him. He opened his mouth to say something, but had nothing to say. She just laughed at that.
Fluttershy awoke from her slumber, her eyes slowly opening as a soft yawn escaped her. Once her eyes adjusted, she could see Tails there with her. His arm wrapped around her to hold her close. she kissed his cheek softly, her mind beginning to race now.
I wish I wasn't so shy
I wish I had the courage to tell you how I feel
" she said sadly. Her heart pounding in her chest from what she was feeling. she just nuzzled her head against his chest, listening to the steady beating of his heart. Closing her eyes and focusing on listening to his heart, it was like a soft song that helped soothe her. A soft blush appearing on her cheeks as she smiled happily, enjoying his warmth. She felt something moving around on the bed and turned her gaze to Changer, who was curling up at the foot of the bed. She smiled softly and giggled at how cute he was. This moment was interrupted however, by Angel, who had opened the door and tossed a carrot at Fluttershy. The small vegetable flew and got her right between the eyes, a quiet "ow" escaping her when it hit.
"alright Angel, I'll get your breakfast" she said as she gently got out of the bed to go feed her needy pet.
Somewhere outside Ponyville
Sonic was laying on the grass, his eyes closed as he relaxed. A gentle breeze blowing by and a pleasant summer scent to the air.
"napping away the day huh?" Rainbow Dash asked from above him, he opened his eyes and saw her looking right back into his with a smile. She then walked around him and laid down beside him. "I prefer clouds, but I guess this is fine too" she said. he just smiled at that.
"wonder what ol' egghead's up to" Sonic said.
"probably the latest blueprint of how he's gonna have his butt handed to him" Rainbow said with a grin. Sonic laughed at that.
"yeah, probably" he said before sharing a small laugh with Rainbow.
"you know Sonic, you're pretty cool. I like spending time with you" she said with a smile, and light blush.
"yeah, same to you Dash" he said with a smile of his own. She just looked at him before nuzzling her head against his chest, her ear picking up on his heartbeat and breathing. The blush deepening on her cheeks. He had a light blush to his cheeks when she did that, he just smiled and wrapped an arm around her. She smiled as she relaxed with him, happy to have this moment with him.
Sweet Apple Acres
Knuckles had just woken up from the recent event; a headache and body ache still present.
"what hit me?" he wondered before turning his gaze to a sleeping Applejack, she was there at his bedside. Her head on the bed and the rest of her body on the floor. "Applejack
" he said softly before moving his hand close to wake her via gentle shaking.
She woke up slowly with a yawn before she eyed a smiling Knuckles. "you're awake!" she said happily before hugging him.
"yeah, thanks to you I'll be right as rain" Knuckles said as he hugged her back. She nuzzled her head in his chest.
"I was so scared. I thought I was gonna lose you" she said.
"I'm not going anywhere Applejack." He said, "I don't intend on dying anytime soon"
She looked up at him and smiled before kissing him, happy to share such a bond with him. Happy to love him, and to be loved in return.
"aaaaw" came a voice at the door, it was Applebloom, thinking the scene was absolutely adorable. Applejack blushed madly when she heard her sister. Knuckles did his best to stifle his laughter at the look on Applejack's face.
"what'd I tell you bout bargin into other ponies' rooms?" Applejack asked before, Applebloom giggled and ran out the door.
Twilight was relaxing after having reorganized the library, watching the sky through her window as she laid on her bed. A small smile on her face as her mind began to focus on things like Shadow. A blush soon appeared on her cheeks, she wanted to tell him. Oh yes she did, but she was too scared to tell him. She sighed sadly as she looked out the window.
I want to tell you
where can I get strength like yours?" she wondered
"by believing in yourself" she could hear him say. This brought a smile to her face before she felt something brush her mane. It was his hand, Shadow's hand. She turned and saw him right next to her. She blushed madly at that, unable to form words. He smiled softly at her looking right into her eyes as she did the same.
After what seemed like an eternity she moved close and nuzzled her head against his chest. Hearing his heart and breathing, her own heart racing at this.
"will you stay?" she asked, he sat on the bed beside her, running his fingers through her mane.
"yes" he answered simply. Her heart leapt with joy as she relaxed with him nearby. Her head resting on his lap as she drifted off to sleep.
"Soon, I'll have all the ingredients. There is one I must have absolutely. And that is Love. But who?" she wondered. A sick grin appeared on her face after a minute of contemplation.
"Twilight Sparkle" she said, her intel pointing out that the young protégée had quite the love interest.
"Revenge. Is very sweet indeed" she said with an evil laugh