>>32747773>All too soon, they break off their hold, much to your chagrin, Sweetie Belle taking a few instants to compose herself before getting back to business. >”Oh, by the way, I forgot to ask, did you agree on any kind of time limit regarding that bet?”
“Until victory is achieved, S.B. No more, no less.” you answer with fierce determination.>”That could take a while…” comments Apple Bloom.>”Indeed. Well, first of all, did you make any progress yesterday?” inquires the swirly-haired girl.
“It’s still too early to tell…” you reply quickly, trying not to think too hard about it.>”Well, did you?”
“I guess? I sorta did...maybe?”>Vivid memories from the last evening unwittingly flood back, making the your receding colors flare anew.
“I-I mean, he wasn’t as snarky as usual, you know? More considerate, even.“>Apple Bloom’s smile starts to widens for each grudgingly-disclosed bit of information. >”That’s something at least...did you try the perfume? “ Sweetie Belle presses enthusiastically.
“Yes, I did!” you perk up, your own excitement echoing Sweetie Belle’s, ” And he did notice it.“>”And...? “
“And that’s it…”, you half lie, slowly working through the memory.
”He said it was nice.” you add faintly, knowing deep down that you’d be lying if you denied that it felt nice to hear it as well.>A new warm and fuzzy feeling gradually settles in the pit of your stomach.
“It’s probably the tea”, you think to yourself. Rooibos, was it?>The knowing smile turns upside-down in disappointment.>”Aw, that’s it? How boring!” complains Apple Bloom.
“Yup, that’s it, sorry...” >”Alright, what about posture? did you try walking like I told you?” asks Sweetie Belle.>”Your swiftly-averted gaze is answer enough.
“Uuuuh...I forgot...Sorry?” you answer with genuine contrition.>”Scoots…”
“We were going to the gym, S.B.!”