Up in a cloud above Fluttershy's house, Rainbow Dash lies on her back and kicks the air lazily to propel the cloud backwards. She lazily slips off and floats to the ground. There is a stillness in the air. Nothing moves. Nothing sings.
"Fluttershy?" Rainbow Dash calls out. She looks around the hen house. Empty. She looks in the pig pen. Empty. Rainbow Dash gathers herself and walks towards the house. This might be a prank.
"Fluttershy?" Rainbow Dash knocks on door "I know you're in there". Quiet, then the door opens a crack and Fluttershy's eye becomes visable.
"Oh hi there, come in," Fluttershy says. She opens the door and Rainbow Dash strides into the clean house. Rainbow Dash finds a seat on the couch.
"Something's...different..."Rainbow Dash concludes. Fluttershy leaves the door open and walks to the kitchen.
"I painted the walls," Fluttershy says. Rainbow Dash looks at the walls. They have not been painted.
"Is that so?" Rainbow Dash says. She starts to pick at a stray string on the end of the couch.
"I wanted everything to look nice. I always wanted them this color." The sound of pots and pans scraping against a stove top and cupboard doors open and shut leave the kitchen and reach a disinterested Rainbow Dash.
"I don't think that it's very different from the old color. No, it's something else," Dash says. She starts to feel a strange calm. Fluttershy emerges from the kitchen holding a tray of food. She pulls a coffee table towards the couch and gingerly places the tray on the table. She looks expectantly at Rainbow Dash.
"Have a snack," Fluttershy eagerly encourages her. Rainbow Dash picks up a sandwich. She starts chewing a bit and talking at the same time.
"I don't know," Fluttershy replies, looking away.
"Are you worried?" Rainbow Dash perks up. Fluttershy shrinks.
"Where are the other animals?"
"I don't know." Rainbow Dash looks at the open door.
"Did you loose them? Did they run away? Did someone take them?"
"I let them go." Fluttershy says.
"Let them go? Why?!" Rainbow Dash asks. Who in their right mind would let a bunch of animals free without even worrying about them?
Fluttershy takes a deep breath. She looks like she's in pain. Her eyes close tightly. Rainbow Dash looks at her. She's known Fluttershy for a long time. Fluttershy was in flight school with her. They had been friends before they'd know Pinkie or Rarity or Apple Jack or Twilight. Rainbow Dash though about what she knew of Fluttershy and couldn't think of why this would happen.
"I let them go because they didn't need me. I let them go because if they didn't choose to stay here, then it would be wrong of me to keep them." and with these words Fluttershy started crying.
"Hey it's not that bad,"
"Yes it is! And I'm tired of taking care of things that can take care of themselves." Rainbow Dash looked at the tray of food. There was a lot more sandwiches and cakes and crackers then one person would normally eat. Fluttershy looks with red eyes at Rainbow Dash.
"When you get angry and take it out on me like when I wasn't cheering loud enough but you couldn't do a sonic rainboom. You didn't care about me when we were going up that mountain to see a dragon. You tried to ditch me and bulky biceps for the wonderbolts. You just yell and push but I'm sick of taking care of things that can take care of themselves. You could have studied for that exam alone! You could have taken the time to learn the material but you inconvenienced others because you think you're awesome. You don't appreciate my friendship or anyone else's friendship. You even ditched Gilda to be cool in front of people. I think you knew Gilda was a jerk but it took peer pressure to make you admit it."
Rainbow Dash looked at Fluttershy. She looked for a long time. She stood up, quietly, and left.