[Chapter 3, part 1]
[Chapter 3, part 2] - coming
[Epilogue] - coming later
"Twilight, there you are!" Rainbow Dash's voice came from a distance behind her.
"Hm?" Twilight said turning her head around. "Oh. Hey, Rainbow." She offered her friend a bright smile before once more facing the buffet table in front of her. She had arrived at the party at Rainbow Dash's cloud home later than the rest of her friends who had already been waiting somewhat impatiently for her. She had been held up at the library with some last minute studies and forgotten the time. On top of that she had had to tend to Cheerilee, one of the library's frequent customers, meaning she visited it more than once every few months. Only rarely did somepony come to the library to look for a book despite the fact that it had been officially reopened after Princess Luna's return over a year ago. Ponyville's school teacher was one of the few ponies in town that used the library as it was intended instead of as a location for Pinkie Pie's random parties. On that evening she had looked for a book with exercises in integral and differential calculus. She did not plan on teaching the subject at school, but had merely wanted to keep her skills fresh on that subject, an effort Twilight fully understood, even if she silently cursed that it had come to the earth pony at that particular evening. However, the library had not closed yet and with Spike already waiting with the others it was Twilight's job as the town's librarian to help Cheerilee.
Twilight's friends had needed to wait for her to cast her cloud walking spell on Applejack, Big Macintosh, Pinkie Pie and Spike and Fluttershy had not wanted to fly to Dash's home without the rest of them. She had tried to teach the spell to Rarity, but the fashion designer had only ever managed to apply it to herself. The group had then entered Twilight's balloon and set off to Rainbow Dash's house.
"How can that filly call that a 'house'?" Applejack had asked upon arrival. "Ah knew clouds always look smaller from the ground, but - wow."
"I know, right?" had come the response from a giddy Pinkie Pie. "It's more like a cloud castle!" she had exclaimed while bouncing around the group and rolling happily on the clouds. Apparently she loved the fluffy feeling of clouds on her coat.
"Oh, yes ... it is, um rather big." Fluttershy had said looking somewhat intimidated by the structure. "Nothing like my cottage "
Rarity had been admiring the architecture the whole time and said, "Well, I must compliment Rainbow Dash on the exterior design. The rainbow fountains go very well together with the white clouds, even if the façade seems to lack a bit of color."
"Now come on, girls," they had been interrupted by Twilight. "Let's not waste more time."
"You're one ta talk about wastin' time." Applejack had smirked at her.
"Yeah, yeah, I get it." Twilight had said and rolled her eyes. "But now we can finally party." Twilight had proclaimed, which earned her a "Woohoo, party!" from Pinkie Pie.
Casting the cloud walking spell on four ponies and a baby dragon in the evening had left her a bit hungry, so that after they had been greeted by Rainbow Dash and had had some small talk she had taken off and approached the buffet. She had been standing in front of the long table for some time, surveying all the different snacks on it, when Dash had called her.
"This is a really nice home you have up here." Twilight said as the cyan pegasus had moved to her side. "Did you build it all by yourself?"
"Hm?" Rainbow Dash looked at her slightly irritated. "Oh, yeah, all by myself," she said hastily, but then a tone of excitement entered her voice. "Hey, Twi, I wanted you to meet an awesome new friend of mine. She just got here and I wanted her to meet all of my friends."
Twilight raised her eyebrow, but did not stop scanning the buffet. "I didn't know you invited somepony else," she said. "Alright, let me just take this " She started to levitate a small daisy sandwich towards her, but was interrupted by Rainbow Dash impatiently shoving her away from the table. She lost control of the spell and the sandwich fell to the ground and through the cloud floor.
Rainbow Dash had stopped pushing Twilight and, oblivious to her frown, called, "Hey, Spitfire." Twilight turned around and saw that Dash had taken her to the table with the heavier drinks. In front of it stood a brightly yellow pegasus with fiery orange colored tail and mane. A streak of darker yellow ran through her sunset colored tail and her short, styled up mane made her head look like it was on fire. Her cutie mark was a bolt of lightning the same color as her tail, but with red and orange flames on top of it. Spitfire turned her head around to them and revealed a large bottle of scotch in her mouth. "Oh, hi there," she said while holding the bottle with her teeth.
Twilight saw that about a fifth of the liquid in the bottle was already gone. Wow, fast drinker, she thought since there was no other pony near them. Spitfire put the bottle on the table and turned around to face them.
"Twilight Sparkle, meet Spitfire. Captain of the Wonderbolts!" Rainbow Dash announced.
"Hello." Twilight gave her a friendly smile. "Nice to meet you."
"Nice to meet you, too, Miss Sparkle." Spitfire smiled as well and offered her a hoof.
Twilight took her hoof and said, "Oh, please. My friends call Twilight, or sometimes just 'Twi'."
Spitfire released Twilight's hoof. "And you can just call me Spitfire," she replied. "Or 'Captain' if you want," she added with a small laugh.
"Hey! Dash!" a voice called to Twilight's left causing the group to turn their head in its direction. It was Applejack. "Could ya'll come over here for a second?"
Rainbow Dash groaned. "No one told me hosting a party would be that stressful." She trotted off towards Applejack. "How does Pinkie keep up with it?"
Spitfire and Twilight looked after Dash walking away muttering to herself, bemused looks on their faces. "Can I get you a drink?" Spitfire asked Twilight.
Twilight looked at Spitfire and remembered that she had had nothing to eat for quite some time and she felt still a bit on edge from her spell casting. Maybe a drink could calm her nerves a little. "Yes, please," she said. The pegasus turned towards the booze table once more and began pouring some of the scotch from her bottle into a glass.
"So, Captain of the Wonderbolts, huh?" Twilight said. "Shouldn't you be too busy to come to a party all the way out here in Ponyville?"
"Oh, I'm on vacation this week and the next," Spitfire explained through her teeth while pouring liquor from her bottle into two glasses. She put the bottle back on the table, took the glasses and held one of them in Twilight's direction.
The unicorn accepted it and levitated it towards her mouth. The burning sensation in her throat caused her to grimace, but she could already feel a certain warmth spreading through her body, relaxing her muscles and mind to some extent. She left the glass hovering next to her.
"Besides I wanted to make it up to Dash for not really spending time with her at the Grand Galloping Gala," Spitfire continued. "She had the idea to throw me a party here to introduce me to her friends in Ponyville."
"So that's why the party is here instead of somewhere in town?" Twilight asked.
"I guess " Spitfire responded with a confused look. "Wait, what did you think the reason for this party was?"
Twilight began laughing. "Nothing, actually," she said. "If you've known Pinkie Pie for a while you learn that there doesn't need to be a reason to throw a party."
"Pinkie Pie?" Spitfire asked. "Do you mean that pink pony at the Gala that was desperately trying to have fun?"
"Hmm, hmm," Twilight hummed with her lips on her drink again. "That's Pinkie Pie," she said chuckling.
"Big mistake. Too many uptight nobles there who want to talk to the Princess and discuss politics or business with each other. Can you imagine anything more boring?" Spitfire asked her and took another mouthful of scotch. "You just don't go the Grand Galloping Gala to have fun."
"Yeah," Twilight sighed. "We found that out the hard way."
"By the way, how come those other ponies and you are even here?" Spitfire asked Twilight raising an eyebrow. "Last I heard only pegasi could walk on clouds."
"Oh, I cast a spell on them that allows them to interact with clouds just like pegasi," Twilight explained.
"Really?" Spitfire asked rather incredulously. "That's a cool trick. I didn't know you could do that."
"Oh, I can do much more than that," Twilight replied with a slight grin. "It certainly helps if your special talent is magic itself." Wait, she thought to herself, am I boasting? Why am I boasting in front of her? Twilight took another sip of her drink.
"And I guess being Celestia's personal student doesn't hurt either." She gave an amused smile towards Twilight who had a slightly surprised look on her face. "Oh, yes, Rainbow Dash already told me some things about you, although I find that Ursa Major story a bit hard to believe. I've seen an Ursa Major once. They're big, really, really big."
Twilight had put on a nervous smile, her eyes on the ground. "Well," she said, "it was just an Ursa Minor. And it was still a baby, barely bigger than a house."
Spitfire just laughed to herself while shaking her head. "If you say so." She lifted her head again, now looking at directly Twilight with a small grin. Her eyes were moving from her face down Twilight's legs, back up again and along her purple body. "Well, I can also see that Dash forgot to mention certain ...," her eyes now rested on Twilight's rump and Spitfire winked with one of her eyebrows. " other features," she finished in a sly tone and returned her gaze towards Twilight's eyes.
Twilight had watched Spitfire's hazel brown eyes move along her legs with slight curiosity, but the further she had seen them travel along her body the further the realization had dawned upon her. By the end of Spitfire's last words her eyes had become as big as dinner plates and she had begun to blush furiously. Oh my gosh, she thought while taking a long swig from her scotch, her eyes pointed at a far off corner of the room. Is the captain of the Wonderbolts flirting with me? What should I do? Oh, if only I had read up on that subject.
Thankfully a distraction came in the form of Rainbow Dash. "Hey, guys," she said returning to them. "Sorry it took so long. So, you girls are having fun?" She did not seem to notice the crimson color across Twilight's face.
"Oh, yes, we are," Spitfire replied with a grin. "Don't we?" She asked Twilight.
Twilight was still staring off into the distance. "Hm, hmmm," she replied with in a high pitch.
"Great!" Rainbow Dash exclaimed. "Now come on, I want to introduce you to my other friends. See you later, Twi."
"Yeah, see you later, Twi," Spitfire said towards Twilight in a playful voice and winked at the purple unicorn.
Twilight's blush increased in strength. She gulped, but remained silent and drank the rest of her scotch in one swig while having a slightly worried expression on her face. After Dash and Spitfire had turned to leave she watched the yellow pegasus walk over to where Applejack and Rarity were standing. Got some nice features yourself, she caught herself thinking and shook her head. The alcohol must have already overtaken part of her mind. Twilight turned around, her attention now once more on the buffet table, and started moving towards the daisy sandwiches. This is going to be one interesting party.
"So, what do you think of Rainbow Dash's newest friend?" Rarity asked into the group of three ponies around a table in Rainbow Dash's living room. She was lying on the couch while Fluttershy was sitting on a cushion with Pinkie Pie lying on the floor next to the pegasus facing the ceiling while occasionally rolling from side to side. "Spitfire, Captain of the Wonderbolts?" Rarity continued.
"I like her!" Pinkie Pie exclaimed happily from behind the table.
Rarity was laughing. "Of course you do, darling," she said. "You like everypony you meet."
"Yes, I do! I love making new friends," Pinkie replied and began rolling on the floor again.
"She's, um, nice," came Fluttershy's quiet answer. "Although a bit imposing," she said even quieter while looking at the floor in front of her.
"Twilight seems to like her, too," Pinkie Pie said looking towards the table with the stronger alcohol. The other two ponies now also turned their heads in that direction.
"They have been talking for quite some time," Fluttershy said.
"It appears they are doing more than just talking," Rarity chuckled.
Pinkie had a confused look on her face. "What do you mean?" she asked.
"Just pay attention to their body language, dear," Rarity replied.
Fluttershy was now observing Twilight and Spitfire more carefully. They were standing next to the table, Twilight supporting her head with one of her hooves on the table, her face a light red and only inches apart from Spitfire's. They were looking intently into each other's eyes, talking, smiling, nodding in agreement to each other and occasionally laughing together. "Oh," Fluttershy said blushing but with a slight grin. "Oh my "
"Awww," Pinkie Pie exclaimed behind her and began bouncing up and down. "They're flirting!"
"Our little Twilight," Rarity mused with her head on her hooves. "Discovering romance "
"She still seems a little drunk." Fluttershy observed the way Twilight was leaning against the table. "I doubt she'll feel all too well tomorrow," she said in a worried tone.
"Well, we should probably leave those two lovebirds their business." Rarity removed her attention from the flirting ponies and looked around the room. "Has anypony seen Applejack and Rainbow Dash?"
"Hey, Rainbow!" Applejack called from across the room.
"What is it?" Rainbow Dash asked back from the buffet table without taking her eyes off of it. The unfamiliar stress from being a party host had begun to wear on her nerves and she needed something to eat to calm down a little.
"The booze is gone."
"What?" Dash turned around and saw Applejack standing in front of a table littered with empty bottles. Some of them were tipped over with liquor slowly dripping out of them. "All of it?" she asked dubiously.
"Yup. Somepony drank'em all."
Dash sighed. "Alright, I'll go get some more." She stuffed some hayfries into her mouth and began walking towards a hallway towards the closet with the party supplies. "Oh, AJ?" she called. The farmer turned to face her. "Have you seen Spitfire anywhere?"
Applejack shook her head. "Nope. Last Ah saw'er chattin' with Twilight," she said and turned around again.
Dash looked around the room, but could not find Twilight anywhere either, so she resumed her way towards the closet. "Wonder where those two are " she said to herself.
She arrived at the end of the hallway where the sounds of the party were only barely audible anymore and opened the door to the closet and turned on the light. In front of her on the floor were a purple unicorn and a yellow pegasus sitting on their haunches, facing each other. Next to each of them were standing two about half empty bottles of booze. The unicorn had her legs around the pegasus' neck who in turn had slung her hooves around the other one's waist, both of them pressing their lips together. They had stopped moving their heads and legs when Dash had turned the light on and both were now watching the intruder with wide eyes.
Rainbow Dash's mouth stood wide open and time seemed to have come to a halt as none of the ponies were moving, only Dash's eyes darting back and forth between the two on the floor. Only seconds later a huge grin crept onto her face before she snorted and burst out with laughter. Twilight separated herself from the pegasus and stumbled slightly away from Spitfire, who gave her a disappointed look and stood up as well, while Dash was lying on the floor, laughing hysterically. "Way to go, Twilight," she forced out between breaths and started laughing again, rolling from side to side while holding her belly with her hooves. She did not appear to stop laughing any time soon and seemed to have attracted the attention of some of the other party guests. Behind Rainbow Dash were now standing Rarity, Fluttershy and Big Macintosh, looking curiously at the scene inside the closet. The two drunken ponies were looking away from each other, Twilight's ears hanging down close to her head.
"What is going on back here?" Rarity asked after the laughter had died down.
Dash stood up and wiped tears out of her eyes. "I found them making out in the closet," she said with a hoarse voice.
"We - we weren't making out! We were, um " Twilight stammered. Her face had turned a deep red from the alcohol and the embarrassment.
"Well " Spitfire started and laughed nervously at the wall next to her. Her cheeks a lighter red than Twilight's, but blushing nonetheless. "Actually we kinda were," she said.
Rainbow Dash started laughing again, quieter this time, and trotted off. "AJ and Pinkie have got to see this," she said.
"My, my, Twilight," Rarity said chuckling. "I never figured you for the impulsive type." Twilight was lying low on the ground now, eyes closed and hooves over her head.
Fluttershy was grinning towards the ground. "I'm, um happy for you, Twilight," she said quietly, which made Twilight let out a loud groan.
"Eeyup," was the only reaction from Big Macintosh. Even he could not suppress a small smile.
"Please," Twilight said in a weighed down voice from the floor, "I just want to go home."