The Manehatten Virus Chapter Ten: Any Day Now
Sixty One Days After the Outbreak
Spike was lying under the sheets of Twilight's bed, just staring into the lavender mare's eyes. Neither could help but smile as Spike ran his fingers through her mane. And neither wanted this moment to end, because it was truly perfect.
"Hey Spike?" asked Twilight.
"Yeah?" replied the little dragon.
"I want you to know something." Before Spike could Speak, Twilight leaned forward and pressed her lips to his. "I love you."
Spike blushed a little. "I love you too."
For no apparent reason, Twilight's face lost its happy expression. "And Spike, there's something else."
The small dragon looked all little confused. "What is it Twilight?"
"Sorry for what?"
Suddenly the little dragon's eyes flew open. To his disappointment, the mare in which he cared so much for was nowhere to be seen. All that greeted him was the darkness of Twilight's bedroom. "Tw-" Spike stopped himself before he was able to speak her name. Fore he had just remembered where she was and what had happened.
The little dragon gritted his teeth and closed his eyes, trying to hold back another sobbing fit. He'd gotten better at doing so, but needless to say it was still hard.
"Spike?" called Rainbow Dash, from the first floor.
The little dragon wiped away a few tears that were forming, despite his protest. "Yeah?"
"Could you come down here?"
"Sure." Spike paused to clinch his eyes shut once more. "Just a second."
The little dragon arose from his bed, after a moment more, and began walking towards the staircase. He lazily walked down it and turned towards Rainbow Dash.
"What is it?" he asked.
The blue mare looked over at him. "Spike, you may want to sit down."
Spike let out a slight sigh of despair. "Who's dead now?"
"They just announced that princess Celestia has passed away. Princess Luna is sick and
They're not sure if she's going to make it."
"How's Rarity? Applebloom told me that Sweetie Belle had it so I
" Spike trailed off when he saw the blue Pegasus slowly shake her head. "Oh."
"I haven't heard anything from Fluttershy, but I think she's just on lock down."
"Or she killed herself," mumbled Spike.
"What was that?" asked Rainbow Dash as she curiously leaned forward.
The blue mare eyed Spike for a moment, but decided it was best to continue the conversation. "So is Applebloom still mad at you?"
The little dragon shifted around slightly. "Gosh I don't know. To be honest I don't really care either. I've been with Twilight my whole life and I felt like it was the right thing to do."
Rainbow Dash raised an eyebrow. "So you did like her?"
"No. Uh yes. I don't know." The little dragon sat down on the staircase and placed his head into his hands. "Is it possible to love more than one pony?"
Rainbow Dash wanted to make a joke about Spike's statement, but decided it wasn't a good idea. Instead she took a minute to come up with a good answer.
"Well I guess so
But if it really was love, you would know exactly which one you wanted to be with."
"It's a little late to choose," mumbled Spike.
Despite Spike's hushed tone, the blue coated mare was able to understand what he had said this time. She didn't know how to reply to that. It was obvious the young dragon was heartbroken, but Rainbow never was the best at dealing with this kind of thing.
Regardless the blue coated mare trotted over to Spike and rested her flank on the step. Slowly she put a foreleg around Spike in a halfway decent hug. Suddenly the little dragon leaned into her embrace and wrapped his arms around her. This caught Rainbow Dash off guard. "I just miss her so much!" wept the little dragon. The blue mare hadn't noticed it before, but Spike had been crying the whole time; he was just doing his best to hide it.
Rainbow Dash pulled the little dragon in closer to her and said "Spike, I know. I miss her too. We all do, but she wouldn't want us to spend our lives mourning over her; she'd want us to move on, but never forget."
Spike looked up at her, with tearful eyes, and asked "How can you move on, but not forget about somepony that you cared about so much?"
The blue mare wiped away a few tears of her own and looked back down at the little dragon in her forelegs. "With time."
Applebloom was sitting on the floor watching the television in Rainbow Dash's room. She'd been sleeping in her room ever since she started staying at the library. The small filly was actually a little glad for this, to be honest. After what she saw Spike and Twilight do, she needed a little time to cool off. However Applebloom did feel somewhat guilty about being so mad at Spike; after all it was the last time he'd ever see her again.
Despite how she felt, the little filly didn't want to ponder her thoughts at the moment. She just needed something to get her mind off of everything whizzing around her head. So she turned up the volume on the television and paid a little more attention.
"With the current number of infected being so high, the Equestrian power agency and, newly appointed, princess Cadance, have decided to begin power rationing. This is simply because there are not enough workers to keep the lights on. So if your power goes out you can expect it to be back on in six hours to four days, depending upon where you live.
In other news the Manehatten virus has claimed three hundred seventy million lives and has infected six hundred fifteen million ponies. Now health workers at the EDC are saying that if the pandemic keeps at its steady rate, it will soon surpass the number of ponies small pox has killed all throughout history. And it has already killed three to six times as many as the horrific nineteen eighteen pandemic, but it is still nowhere near its projected peak."
Applebloom couldn't listen to this anymore. She had gotten her mind off of things, but this was only replacing guilt with fear.
The little filly quickly stood and clicked a button on the television, which caused the screen to go dark. Applebloom then trotted out of the room and over to the stairs, to find her friends. She looked down the steps to see Rainbow Dash holding Spike in an embrace at the bottom step. 'You've gotta be kidding me' she thought to herself. The little filly let out a silent huff and began to turn away, when something caught her ear. It sounded like crying. Then all at once it hit her; they weren't doing anything romantic, they were mourning.
Applebloom began to feel guilty for her previous assumptions, and decided to go make up for them. So she silently trotted down the staircase and sat down next to Spike. "Hey," she said softly. Both Rainbow Dash and Spike looked over to her with tear drenched faces.
The blue mare stood and looked down at the two. "I guess I should leave you too alone," said Rainbow, who was trying her best to stop crying.
Neither protested as the blue furred Pegasus walked away, because in all reality they did need to be left alone. Instead they just looked at each other with sorrowful faces. This went on for several more seconds, before they both spoke. "I'm sorry." The two looked at each other for a minute more, not expecting either to say that, much less at the same time.
Applebloom let out a sigh and decided to begin first. "I'm sorry for being such a jerk lately
It's just what I saw
Spike laid a hand onto the little filly's hoof. "I know, and I'm sorry Applebloom. I know nothing will ever make it up to you, but something told me that I was never going to see Twilight again and I didn't want to see her go brokenhearted. I mean she's always been there for me," The purple dragon paused for a minute, trying to hold back another sobbing fit. "And I couldn't watch her go without making her happy one more time."
Applebloom sniffled a bit, as she tried to hold back some tears of her own. "I know Spike, and I forgive you. I mean if I were in the same situation I'da probably done the same thing."
Spike smiled slightly as a thought crossed his mind. "So you would have kissed Twilight too?" he joked.
Applebloom wiped away a tear and let out a small laugh. "Shut up. That's not what I meant."
After a moment of, well needed, laughter the pair just looked at each other with tearful eyes and halfhearted smiles. It only took a second before neither of them could take it anymore; they both leaned forward into a kiss. It was longer than the one Spike had shared with Twilight, and for this he was grateful, because in that moment he realized who he really did love.