“I never thought you were so good at-“
From a distance, it looked like their lips were connected.
“I’ll just leave ‘ya two alone. And I’ll just leave the book over here.” She said, slowly exiting the door, but not severing eye contact between the two. Her face showed shock, and perhaps a little jealously.
“Goodbye.” One squeaked.
“I’ll- uh, see you tomorrow?” The other said.
Her mind raced with the thought of those two together as she returned home. Rarity and Twilight Sparkle? Together? That couldn’t be. Applejack knew that Twilight and Rarity were close friends, but never close enough to begin an intimate relationship. And yet, the very thought of those two together kept her awake the entire night. Rarity and Twilight together. Twilight and Rarity together.
Something seemed off with that thought, but how could she possibly ask? Applejack couldn’t ask Rarity; they didn’t see eye-to-eye, so a fight might ensue. Applejack couldn’t ask Twilight, as Twilight might take a confrontation as a sign of distrust.
“‘Taint fair.” She grumbled.
“I’ll just pretend that nothin’ happened.”
Rarity held a hint of distress in her eyes, rather than her calm, elegant demeanor. Twilight asked what was concerning her, to which Rarity responded with a series of stammers. She took a deep breath and brushed her purple mane out of her eyes.
“I need your help fulfilling an order.”
The statement, the demand concerned Twilight. She once made a dress, and she recalled Rarity calling it an abomination. A ghastly, oversized robe with constellations, strange antennae with stars at the end, a complete eyesore. But Twilight remembered Rarity praising her color scheme; dark blue and white. Although rudimentary, her dress did not necessarily blind the eyes because of mismatching colors.
“This is not the time to doubt yourself!” Rarity said. “Please, Twilight, I just need another set of good hooves!”
Twilight reluctantly agreed and the two rushed to Rarity’s Boutique. Rarity complained about the fifteen dresses and coats she had to prepare by the end of the day, and how she had no clue as to where to begin.
They entered Rarity’s workshop. Rolls of fabric left in disarray, incomplete sketches of suit jackets, half-finished sleeves and shirts were strewn across the sunlit room. Rarity slammed the door.
“Give me an idea.” Rarity commanded.
Twilight spent the entire day throwing basic color schemes and presenting styles from years past, and Rarity spent the day going over each potential article of clothing. Despite the occasional disagreement, the two complimented their abilities. Twilight, seeing as though she could not make a modern dress, recalled the elegant and lofty clothing she saw in her history books, while Rarity, whose creativity languished because of her stress, created the dresses and suit jackets.
Hours passed and the two finished the order.
“These aren’t the best of dresses, but I suppose I can work out the small details later.” Rarity admitted, frowning at a piece of thread that protruded from a jacket’s lapel.
She turned to Twilight and brought her back to the library. The two exchanged compliments and thanks along the way.
“Thank you, Rarity.” Twilight said as she entered the library. “I think I learned something about friendship today.”
“And so have I.” Rarity said as she embraced her friend. She held her friend in a melodramatic manner. They were close enough to count the individual hairs on Twilight’s coat. She gazed at her friend in a jokingly romantic manner, and let out a ludicrous declaration.
“I never thought that you were so good at-“
Very interesting chronology in this. I like that we get AJ’s perspective on it first, what seems to be her misunderstanding of what happened, and then we get to see the build-up of how it got there. It really increases the tension of the scene when we’re waiting to see that romantic moment, or what first appeared to be a romantic moment. The interaction between Rarity and Twilight was nice too. I liked how Twi helped Rarity by thinking of historical styles, since that’s what she knows the most about. It was a good character detail.