>>31681126>I must have been really desperate for human interaction. I'd only known these girls for a couple weeks, but the expression on Fluttershy's face was crushing me.>I waved her over, not really sure what to do or say. Me and Fluttershy had developed something of a quiet companionship. I wasn't prepared for the emotions behind that look.>How was I supposed to make her feel better?>Hadn't I been doing my best for the past four years to never have to?>Not for the first time I felt the urge to strangle Sunset for complicating my life so completely.>Fluttershy slid onto the couch next to me, sneaking glances at me but mostly keeping her gaze in her lap.>I really, REALLY didn't know what to say.>Motion out of the corner of my eye drew it to Bow, who's arms were out wide around his wife. When he saw I was looking he wrapped them around Windy, who smiled back at him before looking at me and winking.
'Oh, right. I can... I can hug her. Hugs worth a thousand words. Isn't that how it goes?'>Windy gave my hands a reassuring squeeze and let them go, patting my thigh gently before leaning back into Bow's chest.>I'll admit, Rainbow's parents taking the time out of their worry to help me was... Really too nice of them.>Turning to Fluttershy, I just kinda went for it.>My arms slipped under hers, pulling the taller girl against me and resting my chin on her shoulder.
"Good to see you, Flutters.">Her arms weakly circled me as her head settled against mine. I wasn't shocked to feel her trembling against me.>"Fem, she...">I cut her off, rubbing her back as I felt moisture on my cheek.
"She's gonna be fine, Flutters. You don't have to worry. Everyone's here for her and she's gonna be fine.">Fresh quakes rocked Fluttershy's body and I held her through them, droplets of her fear and grief staining my neck.>The antiseptic smell of the hospital I'd been so used to at one time I didn't even notice it surrounding me was pushed back by jasmine and pine.