When Twilight came home that day, I jumped out of my chair anxiously to meet her.
“Hey, Twilight,” I said as she walked past me in haste.
“Sorry, don’t have time to talk, Spike. I have a huge alchemy test tomorrow, and I need your help to study.”
“Oh…” I said. “Um, actually, Moondancer invited us to party tonight.”
“Sorry, Spike, but you know we don’t have time for that,” she said.
“You say that every time. I was kind of hoping to go to this one…”
Twilight paused, and after a moment, she smiled. “All right, Spike. I’ll let you go to Moondancer’s party. I’ll stay here and study.”
“You mean it?” I said.
“Yeah. Just don’t leave me without my number-one assistant for too long, okay?”
Moondancer’s party was an outdoor event in one of the balcony gardens of Canterlot, looking out from the cliff into the distance. There were already a bunch of ponies collected when I got there, and Moondancer was at the entrance greeting the guests.
“Hey, it’s Spike!” she said to me cheerily. Several of her friends also looked up when she said my name.
“Hey Moondancer,” I said.
“I’m glad you could make it, Spike. Where’s Twilight?”
“Not here, I’m afraid. She had to study.”
Moondancer smiled. “I see. Actually, we’ve always wanted the chance to talk to you by yourself.”
“Me? Why’s that?”
“Well, you are the only dragon in our school. So it’s kind of exciting, you know? I mean, you probably wouldn’t expect to find a dragon in an Equestrian school.”
“Come on!” said one of her friends. “Come get some punch, Spike!”
I walked over to the punch table, where one of the mares scooped me some punch. Then I sat on a stool, and three or four of them surrounded me to ask questions. It wasn’t a bad time. I was more or less the center of attention for little group for the whole party, though some of them came and went. It was pretty nice.
Then, toward the end of the night, but before it was pitch-dark, I saw the first set of parents show up.
They were a stallion and mare, bigger than the children who were partying, and they only had to walk up to the entrance. From across the crowd, I could spot the filly whose eyes locked with theirs and lit up. She waved a hoof to get their attention, issued some goodbyes to her friends, then pushed her way through the crowd to join them. Then the three of them left together.
As the night continued, the pairs of parents showed up one by one, more and more frequently, and the crowd got thinner and thinner. I didn’t move from my stool.
Finally, myself, Moondancer and a few of her friends were the only ones remaining. I felt like my body was filled with cement, and couldn’t be lifted from the stool.
“Hey, Spike,” said Moondancer. “Almost every pony’s left already. Don’t you think you should be going too?”
“Yeah…” I said.
“It was great having you, Spike. We should see you again sometime.”
“Yeah, we should,” I said.
When she turned away, I looked down at my claws for a few moments, and twiddled my fingers back and forth.
It was pitch-dark by the time I got back to the tower. Twilight was in a pile of books and had lit candles all around.
“Twilight, I’m home,” I said.
“Oh, Spike!” said Twilight. “I’m glad you’re here. Could you bring me that book on transmutation?”
I liked the subtle turn in this. Spike is having a great time being social and being the center of attention (and it makes sense that he would be, given how rare dragons are), which is something he doesn’t get to enjoy with Twilight I’d imagine. But everypony else starts leaving as their parents come pick them up, and nopony comes to pick up Spike. Nice work.