A line of baby bunnies bounced across the dirt road leading up to Fluttershy’s house, and Spike stooped over with a smile to watch them pass, counting them. When the line finally ended he looked up at Fluttershy. “Twenty seven in this group!”
“Oh, thank you Spike! And congratulations bunnies!” Fluttershy said, smiling.
Spike nodded and wrote down the number. Having someone with hands to take notes while counting up all her animal friends was such a blessing for her. Normally she would have asked Twilight to help but she seemed especially busy that week. She had that sense of urgency about her, and Fluttershy didn’t want to interrupt whatever she was up to.
“Man,” Spike said, shaking his head. “Where do all these bunnies come from anyway?”
Fluttershy blushed and stared as Spike for a moment. Was he really asking her that? She wasn’t sure it was her place to say.
“Um,” she said, scraping her hoof in the dirt. “You mean you don’t know?”
Spike shook his head as he looked out over the field, seemingly oblivious to her discomfort. “There’s just some many of ‘em! It’s crazy.”
“Oh my goodness… Spike… Twilight hasn’t talked to you about that yet?” She asked.
Fluttershy felt a familiar urge inside her and she was reminded of Philomena. She knew she shouldn’t meddle. But it still felt like a lapse on Twilight’s part. And Twilight was so busy, surely Fluttershy shouldn’t bother her with this.
“Talked to me about… bunnies?” Spike asked, looking back at her and raising an eyebrow. He brought a claw up to his chin as he looked upwards and thought. “A little. Zoology isn’t really her thing, but you know Twilight. She does a little of everything.”
“Well, I mean, the… facts of life?” Fluttershy replied, blushing. She was fighting dueling urges, one to run away and hide her crimson cheeks under her pillow, and one to sit Spike down and tell him everything.
Spike’s eyebrows lowered and he stared at her for a moment. “You’re asking me… me… if Twilight has talked to me about facts? You’re gonna have to be a little more specific.”
“O-oh, yes, of… of course, I’m sorry,” Fluttershy said with a nervous giggle. “Well, I mean, you know, where babies come from.”
“Oh, that!” Spike waved his hand at her. “Sure, I know all about that.”
Fluttershy sighed deeply in relief and her whole body relaxed.
“But bunnies don’t have magic, so how do they do it?” Spike asked.
“M-magic?” Fluttershy asked.
“Well, yeah!” Spike nodded. “I mean, there’s Clover’s Universal Conception, Starswirl’s New Life, Sparkle’s Expedited Gestation…”
Fluttershy’s mind spun as she struggled to comprehend what she was hearing. Clearly they were spell names. And clearly Spike’s education on the subject was not as comprehensive as he claimed. One name suddenly stuck out to her.
“Sparkle’s Expedited Gestation?” Fluttershy asked.
“Oh, yeah! That one’s Twilight’s.” Spike grinned proudly and held up six claws. “Only takes six months for the foal to be ready! And it comes out just fine, too!”
Fluttershy’s eyes widened but she decided to ignore that particular subject for the moment.
“So she… she hasn’t told you about… the… the old-fashioned way?”
Spike raised an eyebrow. “Didn’t I say Starswirl’s New Life? I mean, nopony uses it anymore, but she was really into all these spells for a while, so she wouldn’t stop going on about all of ‘em.”
Fluttershy blinked in surprise at that, but then she smiled in understanding. She had been imagining a flustered Twilight struggling to tell Spike the facts of life and ending up only telling him about magical methods. But suddenly she saw an excited, enthusiastic Twilight, the Twilight she knew so well, telling Spike every little detail of all these spells simply because she was studying them at the time. It probably never even occurred to her to talk to him about sex.
“Clover’s is a really neat one!” Spike said, beaming. “Works with any number of ponies, any genders. And you can-“
“Spike?” Fluttershy interrupted him gently.
He blinked and and looked up at her as she broke him out of his excited explanations. She held back a giggle. He could be so much like Twilight sometimes, even if he’d never admit it.
“After we’re done here, let’s go see Twilight,” Fluttershy said. “I think the three of us should have a nice long talk.”
Spike gave a salute and smiled, and they went back to counting her critters.
Heh. Twilight overlooking explaining the birds and the bees because she was too excited about her studies on reproductive spells. I like that. I also really liked the part where Spike is just confused because bunnies don’t have magic. But at least Fluttershy can set the record straight. Speaking of which, her back and forth between telling Spike everything and wanting to run and hide in her pillow was great. This was really fun! Good work!