Celestia's sun was just rising over the horizon and a yellow pegasus was sleeping unaware that there was an intruder in her home. A certain pink pony with balloons on her flank and a curly mane and tail had made her way inside the home of the kind pony, Fluttershy.
Fluttershy was just waking up and as she opened her eyes, she saw pink and blue. Her vision cleared, and she could see a grin as well. Normally, this would be quite a shock but on this morning, it felt different.
"Good morning, Pinkie," Fluttershy said yawning.
"Good morning sleepy head," Pinkie whispered.
"Why are you whispering?"
"Cause you're just waking up and my rudeness stops at breaking and entering." She looked up lost in thought and then mused, "Does it count as breaking and entering if the door isn't even locked in the first place?" She looked down to Fluttershy who still had her eyes half closed and was still lying down. "You know, you really should lock your door."
"If I did that, how would you get in?"
Pinkie giggled and then got a serious look on her face, "Fluttershy I need your help."
Fluttershy sat up as quickly as her still tired body allowed, "Of course. What can I do for you?"
"I need help with a party," Pinkie said. Something in the way she said party did not sit right with Fluttershy. It was almost as though it were code.
Fluttershy rubbed the sleepiness from her eyes and looked at Pinkie. Pinkie still looked like Pinkie with her bright pink mane and darker pink coat, but as Fluttershy looked closer, she saw something. It was in her eyes, something that Fluttershy knew too well. Pinkie was exhausted. She slowly put her hoof on Pinkie's cheek and the pink mare leaned into it as though she desperately needed to be comforted. Fluttershy scooted away from the middle of her bed and motioned for Pinkie to sit down. Once Pinkie was sitting down, Fluttershy put her forelegs around Pinkie and hugged her. Pinkie immediately hugged her in return and said nothing.
There was just silence. There were no tears, no breakdown, just silence as Pinkie enjoyed being the one comforted for a change. After a few minutes, Pinkie leaned back and said, "Thanks Fluttershy. I knew you would understand."
"Why me? Why didn't you go to Applejack?"
"She'd already be working."
"Rainbow Dash? I know she lives in a cloud house but you can visit her in your balloon."
"She's still asleep and," Pinkie's face became saddened, "I tried once and she yelled at me."
"Yes," Fluttershy said, "Rainbow gets very grumpy when she wakes up." She put her hoof back to Pinkie's cheek and again the pink pony leaned into it seeking comfort, so Fluttershy gave her another hug. This one however did result in tears, but Fluttershy still needed to know, "Why me? I don't mind at all. I'm just, um curious."
Pinkie looked at her friend, smiled, and said, "That's why. You don't mind. You're not mad. You're just Fluttershy. The nicest pony ever. You've given me two hugs and let me cry on you and you don't even know why."
Fluttershy thought she understood but didn't want to jump to conclusions. There was something bothering Pinkie and she turned to her for help. The only problem is that Fluttershy could only think that Pinkie was in desperate need to rest. "Pinkie," Fluttershy asked, "When was the last time you got a full nights rest?"
Pinkie looked sad and said, "I don't know. I'm tired, Fluttershy. I'm tired all the time."
"Maybe you're having too many parties?"
Pinkie shook her head quickly then slowly began to nod. "Parties are really all I know. I want to make everypony happy, and I feel drained every time."
Fluttershy looked at her friend. The seemingly never-ending fountain of energy really did have a limit. She asked Pinkie, "Are you happy?"
Pinkie smiled and it was genuine, "Yes I'm very happy. I'm just tired."
Fluttershy thought for a moment and had an idea. She got out of bed and after stretching her legs and wings said, "Lie down."
Pinkie looked at Fluttershy confused but did what she was told. "What's going on, Fluttershy?"
"We are going to have a party," Fluttershy said. When Pinkie frowned, Fluttershy said, "It will just be us two. It's a private party. I'm going downstairs to make you some tea and then we can talk some more."
"But why am I in your bed?"
"Because you are my guest."
"Pinkie Pie," Fluttershy said causing the pink pony to look at her, "From this day forward, you are welcome in my home at any time. So that means you can never be an uninvited guest."
Fluttershy trotted downstairs and began boiling the water.
Pinkie looked out the window and was surprised how different it was from her home. There was no noise of busy ponies just some singing birds and the stream near Fluttershy's cottage. There was no smell of the bakery just a soft smell of flowers. She thought she was enjoying the sounds and smells for a few moments when suddenly, "I have your tea," said Fluttershy.
Pinkie looked at Fluttershy and there was a teapot and a cup on the table next to the bed. Fluttershy poured Pinkie some tea and blew onto it to cool it down some.
Pinkie took a small sip and smiled since it was not too hot. She looked around Fluttershy's bedroom and noticed a picture. Pinkie grabbed it and asked, "What's this mean Fluttershy?"
Fluttershy asked, "What do you mean?"
"Never alone," Pinkie passed the picture back to Fluttershy. "Why isn't Twilight in this picture?"
Fluttershy lost all color from her face. "Oh, that picture is nothing." She took the picture from Pinkie and she looked it over. Fluttershy sighed and said, "This picture was taken shortly after I moved to Ponyville with Rainbow Dash."
"Oh yeah," Pinkie said, "I remember now. You were so shy, and for you that's saying something. You started spending more time with us after that." Pinkie placed a hoof on Fluttershy's shoulder, "So, what does that mean?"
Fluttershy smiled at Pinkie and said, "It's a reminder to always appreciate my friends and to never hide from the world no matter how scary it is." She passed Pinkie her cup of tea.
Pinkie drank that cup and one more and the two ponies began talking about nothing specific. The weather, the latest baking news, how the animals were getting along; the talk was more for companionship than information. After a while, Pinkie's eyes began to get heavy and she laid down on Fluttershy's pillow and fell asleep. Fluttershy kissed her on the head, glided out of her room and left the cottage to ensure Pinkie would get the proper rest she needed.
At around three in the afternoon, Pinkie was still sound asleep, and Applejack crossed the small bridge in front of Fluttershy's cottage.
"Hey sugarcube," she shouted.
"Shh," Fluttershy said.
"What's wrong," Applejack whispered after giving Fluttershy a kiss.
"Why's she asleep?"
"She woke me up and she looked absolutely exhausted so I made her some tea and she fell asleep. She really needed it."
"Well are ya ready to head to lunch, or should we just go another time? I understand if you don't wanna go."
Fluttershy thought about it for a moment and said, "No we can go to lunch I just want to leave Pinkie some lunch and a note."
"You're the sweetest thing ever," Applejack said giving the pegasus a playful nuzzle.
Fluttershy giggled and made her way inside. "Let's see, Pinkie has a sweet tooth so I'll make her a fruit salad." Fluttershy chopped up various fruit and poured a glass of apple juice. She looked at the meal and felt it was too meager. 'Maybe I should make her a sandwich as well,' she thought. Fluttershy made a daisy sandwich, and she carried the tray of food to her sleeping friend. Once there, she wrote a note for Pinkie when woke up. After a few minutes, she was ready to go. Both ponies made their way to Ponyville while Pinkie Pie lay asleep in Fluttershy's bed.
A couple of hours later, Pinkie woke up. She was confused at first since the sounds and smells were not the one she was used to. She suddenly remembered where she was and sat up, "Fluttershy," she called but there was no answer. She looked around and saw a note and a covered plate. Pinkie uncovered the plate and saw the meal Fluttershy prepared for her. She was hungry and with her first bite she thought, 'Thank you Fluttershy.'
When she finished her meal, she looked at the note Fluttershy left for her. She opened it up and it read:
I know how you feel. There are times when I don't have the energy to do the things I love and force myself to do them anyway. I find that taking a day to rest is the best way to feel better, and I meant what I said. You are always welcome here. Whenever you feel the need to 'party' don't hesitate to come over and I will make you some tea and you can rest for as long as you need to.
Pinkie read the note several times and cried softly afterward. Fluttershy not only let her use her bed but also made the offer available whenever she needed it. She made the bed, washed the dishes, and made her way back to town a refreshed and renewed Pinkie Pie. She sang all the way back knowing that she had a friend that understood how she felt.