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The Preservation of Innocence (Part 8)

By Wall-o-text
Created: 2023-01-05 21:43:03
Updated: 2023-01-05 21:46:10
Expiry: Never

  1. >you are applejack
  2. >the five of you are waiting at the hospital to see if anon is going to be okay
  3. >while you wait you pull applebloom aside
  4. >you had something you’ve been waiting to tell her
  5. “Hey… applebloom…”
  6. >applebloom tilts her head
  7. >”yeah, what’s up AJ?”
  8. >here goes nothing
  9. “I wanna apologize…”
  10. “When i got back from the crystal empire, i freaked out at you and it wasn’t right”
  11. “You didn’t do nothin’ wrong and I was so worried about anon and big mac”
  12. “And when i yelled at you again when you finally got to see anon…”
  13. “But there ain’t any excuse for how i treated you… i’m really sorry for yelling at you like that…”
  14. >applebloom looks at you in confusion
  15. >she talks very softly
  16. >”aj, we’ve both had a rough few weeks”
  17. >”I was just as scared when anon and big mac were missing as you were”
  18. >”and i don’t blame you one bit”
  19. >she hugs you tightly
  20. >”I’m just so glad things can go back to normal soon”
  21. >she hugs you even tighter
  22. >she starts to cry
  23. >”I, I just really missed you all so much…”
  24. >the two of you hold your embrace
  25. “Applebloom, once anons all better how about we have a big ol’ picnic by the lake?”
  26. >applebloom looks up at you
  27. >”I would really like that…”
  28.  
  29. >after another hour of waiting the doctor came back with some news
  30. >”although we don’t fully understand this illness, judging by his condition now compared to what he told us happened before it’s likely he’s already been through the worst of it”
  31. >”we expect a speedy recovery, he should be home by tomorrow”
  32. >home by tomorrow…
  33. >this is the best news you’ve heard for a while
  34. >you can hardly contain your excitement
  35. >but before you can say anything the doctor had one more thing to say
  36. >”shining, can i talk to you for a moment?”
  37. >shining armour nods and walks off with him
  38.  
  39. >by the time you came back you were itching to ask the doctor if you could see anon
  40. >he gave you a smile and gestured you to go in
  41. >you, big mac, and applebloom made your way inside
  42. >you gently open the door to see anon in the dark room on the hospital bed
  43. >he’s awake but you can tell he’s quite tired
  44. >you keep your voice low as you speak
  45.  
  46.  
  47. “Anon… you feelin’ okay?”
  48. >he gave you a smile but hardly moved
  49. >”aj? Big mac? Applebloom?”
  50. >his voice was soft
  51. >you could tell he was recovering from everything that had happened
  52. >”I can’t tell you how happy i am to see you all again…”
  53. >the room felt warm
  54. >you nudged applebloom, signalling her to finally give anon the hug she meant to when she first saw him again
  55. >she jumped up on his hospital bed and rolled on top of him only to stop when she laid on her back
  56. >she looked at anon upside down and asked him
  57. >”so what happened while you were gone?”
  58. >at first you felt the question to be too much for right now
  59. >but the way anon went about describing it was more like a beautiful story of adventure than the truly terrifying one it was
  60. >he described everything that had happened seemingly leaving out his involvement
  61. >he described king sombras fall as something that just happened take place rather than telling of his exploits
  62. >the scenes he would build with his words were wonderful
  63. >he told his story as if he were nothing more than a witness to it all
  64. >he talked about what the crystal empire was like without the ponies there
  65. >he told us that even the princess of the crystal empire kept our zap apple jam stocked up in their kitchen
  66. >it was amazing how anon could turn the story of his struggles into a seemingly innocent story
  67. >by the time he finished the doctor came in to quietly let us know the hospital would be closing soon
  68. >as you said your goodbyes the three of you made your way to the door
  69. >but as big mac and applebloom went through you found it difficult to push yourself through the doorway
  70. “You go on now, i’ve got to talk with anon alone for a moment…”
  71. >big mac lead applebloom out while you shut the door behind them
  72. >you turned to anon
  73. >the both of you were silent
  74. >you looked at each other wordlessly for a moment
  75. >you broke eye contact as you made your way up on to his hospital bed
  76. >once you were up on it, you looked into his eyes as you stood above him
  77.  
  78. >https://youtu.be/BaGC3ljJ0Yg (I’ve missed you…)
  79.  
  80. >you lay down on top of him and close your eyes
  81. >neither of you speak as you relish in the feeling of being with him again
  82. >you could feel his heartbeat with you being so close to his chest
  83. >every breathe you push out grazes his neck
  84. >you’ve missed this feeling so much
  85. >your front hooves are slumped over his shoulders
  86. >it feels like your finally holding him again
  87. >you can feel his chest rise and fall as he breathes
  88. >the rhythm is comforting
  89. >you remember the doctor telling you the hospital would close soon
  90. >but you couldn’t even try to pull yourself off of him
  91. >you wanted to stay too much
  92. >it felt as if you were glued to him
  93. >with the silence between you two, it seemed he fell asleep
  94. >a part of you hopes it was you who helped him relax into his rest
  95. >you have so much to talk to him about tomorrow
  96.  
  97. >you are anon
  98. >the next morning you and applejack were woken up by the doctor coming in
  99. >”applejack? How did you get in here? I thought you had left last night?”
  100. >she twists her head to face him before realizing what happened
  101. >she accidentally fell asleep on you last night
  102. >there was no way for her to properly explain why she was there so she just mumbled and stuttered while looking off to the side
  103. >it was adorable
  104. >”you’re lucky visting hours just started, otherwise i would have to escort you out…”
  105. >and with that the doctor left
  106. >you and applejack turn to face each other
  107. >you were silent as you looked in each others eyes for a while
  108. “It’s so nice to finally see you again aj…”
  109. >your words were quiet but they felt heavy
  110. >she started sniffling and tearing up
  111. >”i’ve missed you so much more than you can possibly know anon…”
  112. >she shuts her eyes tightly and hugs you
  113. >she presses her face into your neck and caressed you with her muzzle
  114. >you felt like you were in heaven
  115. >to finally feel her embrace again
  116. >but while she embraced you she said something that pulled you out of the comforting feeling
  117. >in between sniffles she spoke
  118. >”cadence told me everything…”
  119. >she held onto you tighter
  120. >”anon… when you were chased by those timberwolves and pinkie told me what happened i was so worried”
  121. >”I wanted you to feel safe…”
  122. >”i did have good intentions when i asked you to move into my room i promise”
  123. >”but when you were there it felt different…”
  124. >”I really wanted you to need me”
  125. >”i really wish you needed me”
  126. >”i enjoyed having you closer to me”
  127. >”when you cried on my shoulder i felt like i could be worth something to you”
  128. >”i hated that i could never tell you how i felt, that i had to wait until something bad had happened to you for me to express it without you knowing”
  129. >”i wish i had the courage to tell you how i felt”
  130. >”anon… i assumed you would never see me in that kind of way”
  131. >”it hurt so bad to think about it”
  132. >her speech felt bitter-sweet
  133. >her words felt as if your feelings for her were mutual
  134. >but the pain it brought her to hold them back were similar to your own
  135. >you were so happy to hear how she felt about you
  136. >but the last part felt heart wrenching to hear
  137. >”and when cadence told me everything that you did all on your own…”
  138. >”i felt like you would never need me again…”
  139. >you were both desperate for each other and never even realized it
  140. >before she could break down in tears you pulled her up closer to you
  141.  
  142. >https://youtu.be/OtLcqr3RQJY (Surrender to each other)
  143.  
  144. >your lips press against hers
  145. >it felt as if all those pent up feelings for her were being washed away the longer your lips were connected
  146. >she immediately began to reciprocate
  147. >she bobbed her head up and down very slightly as she pressed deeper into the kiss, only to back off the tiniest bit to relish in pressing against you once more
  148. >both of you expressed your desperation for each other in it
  149. >the feeling was so serene it made you feel weak
  150. >she could feel your embrace loosen as the her passion for you over powered your ability to match it
  151. >she eased off a moment and whispered lovingly to you
  152. >”relax…”
  153. >”let me spoil you sweet heart…”
  154. >her words only added to your love induced weakness
  155. >you let yourself sink into the bed as she positioned herself above you
  156. >she presses her face back against yours leaving her to do all of the work
  157. >as her lips have their way with yours she makes small motions similar to before
  158. >the pressure against your face eased every trouble you’ve ever had
  159. >you let yourself lie motionless as she continued to show her love for you
  160. >every part of your body felt blissful
  161. >the wet noise her lips made against yours was a pleasant sound
  162. >after what felt like hours of her servicing you she releases herself from your lips
  163. >when you open your eyes to look at her she gives a small smile but looks to the side
  164. >”does this mean you still need me?”
  165. >her words were gentle
  166. “Aj, i know how you felt when you heard what cadence said”
  167. “But cadence doesn’t know the full story”
  168. >she looked back at you
  169. “Every step of the way i was thinking about you aj…”
  170. “I couldn’t wait to get home and sleep in the same bed as you again”
  171. “I missed you so much”
  172. “Aj, i’ll always need you…”
  173. >her eyes fill with tears
  174. >”oh anon…”
  175. >she starts rubbing her face against yours
  176. >”I promise i’m going to always going to be right there with you alright?”
  177. >”i’ll take such good care of you ya hear”
  178. >after a moment of embrace you both let go
  179. >applejack makes her way off the hospital bed
  180. >before applejack can say anything the door opens
  181. >the doctor and shining armour enter the room
  182. >the doctor turns to her
  183. >”I need to check on anon before we can discharge him…”
  184. >the look on his face implied he needed to be alone for it
  185. >applejack took the hint and left
  186.  
  187. >the doctor closed the door behind her before nodding to shining armour
  188. >something about this felt off
  189. >”anon, I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for equestria”
  190. >you personally didn’t feel like you did much for equestria
  191. >the compliment felt like an over statement
  192. “Well, you’re welcome, i guess…”
  193. >shining armour looked to be contemplating something
  194. >what the hell is going on
  195. >this didn’t feel like a check up
  196. >”anon, i want to talk about the changelings for a moment…”
  197. >hearing him say that reminded you of what you did back in canterlot
  198. >it seemed serious
  199. >the way he looked at you made it feel as if you did something wrong
  200. >was it the way you handled it?
  201. >cadence had you shoot at the swarm before landing in canterlot
  202. >he’s not going to tell you what you did was a war crime right?
  203. >”that invasion was the worst one canterlot has ever seen by them”
  204. >”changeling tactics are meant to demoralize when they’re on the defensive”
  205. >”anon, i know exactly what happened when you left canterlot”
  206. >”the changelings… they got to you didn’t they…”
  207. >he came closer to you
  208. >”listen to me closely anon, those changeling soldiers, they never felt fear…”
  209. >”they do this to manipulate their attackers”
  210. >”I promise you, you did nothing wrong in the slightest, they were attacking innocent civilians”
  211. >”trust me when i say this anon, they were trying to manipulate you into stopping you”
  212. >”I’ve dealt with changelings plenty of times before i can promise you what i am saying is true”
  213. >a wave of relief washes over you
  214. >your guilt about what happened in canterlot vanishes
  215. “Thank you, i really needed to hear that, uh, who are you exactly?”
  216. >”I’m shining armour, prince of the crystal empire, I’m sure you remember cadence right?”
  217. “Of course”
  218. >”I cannot thank you enough for everything you’ve done, cadence has filled me in on everything that happened”
  219. “So, when do you think i can head back home?”
  220. >shining looks to the ground and takes a deep breath
  221. >”I don’t think you’re going home for a while…”
  222. >you were confused
  223. “But, the doctor said-”
  224. >”it’s not about your illness”
  225. >”you’re cured, the illness wasn’t even compatible with you anyways, you’ve already done most of your healing before you even got here”
  226. “Then what the hell am i still doing here”
  227. >”anon, i know you’re not going to like this, but I need your help…”

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