The only pony left to talk to of the CMC is Sweetie Belle, who stands alone at the snack table, munching on some heart shaped cookies.
Walking over slowly, you get her attention, and tell her you'd like to speak with her privately.
..Not that there's any real good place for that in the school.
In the end, you settle for talking at the far end of the snack bar, away from the ponies playing games and any still sitting at their desks.
"What did you want to talk about, Cobalt?"
"I just wanted to say thank you for the Hearts and Hooves Day card," you say honestly, "It was really sweet and I liked the drawing you made. And the lace was a nice touch."
Sweetie giggles, "I was hoping you'd like it! Wasn't sure if the lace was too much, but I thought it was cute."
"Heh. Yeah, it was."
"So! Are you doing anything for today?"
"Yes, actually," you start, though this time you immediately jump on the defensive, "But it's just prior plans I had already, it's nothing against you, please don't be upset!"
Sweetie Belle scratches her mane with a hoof, "Why would I be upset if you already had plans?"
"Because maybe you'd think I had a special somepony and I don't know maybe that'd make you sad? Would it?"
Sweetie looks thoughtful, before she shakes her head softly, making her mane bounce as she smiles at you and says, "Not really. You're a good colt, so you deserve a special somepony. If you're happy, I'm happy!"
Does that mean she wasn't interested, or she's just that thoughtful?
"Th-thanks? I think?"
Sweetie giggles and gives you a hug, which you cautiously return, briefly, before she lets you go.
"We'll always be friends, Cobalt. Always!"
She smiles wholeheartedly at you, and you find it hard not to return that smile.
Sweetie just trots off to play more games, not an ounce of sadness or worry on her.
Maybe she really wasn't interested in you like that. Maybe she just thought you were a great friend.
Or maybe she's just hiding it better for now.
Either way, you're thankful she didn't cry in front of you at least. Your heart has had enough for one day.
You find Twist and thank her for the card as well, noting the signature candy canes that she has for her cutie mark and piecing it together. She just winks and tells you "Happy Hearts and Hooves Day!" with that lisp of hers.
She's a nice pony, if a little different.
You look the cards you received over one final time, noting nothing strange on any of them. Silver acted really weird, so you triple check hers.
But, if there was something special about it, you fail to notice it. Maybe it's because you're distracted by the thought of AB being sad, or Scootaloo waiting for you outside.
Crap, how long has she been waiting anyway.
Stuffing all the cards into your saddlebag, you grab your things and rush out the schoolhouse.
You stop when you see Miss Cheerilee, standing outside the bathroom door, but she waves you on with a sad, knowing smile. She'll console AB for now.>>517815
Your chest feels fine. You might have a tiny bruise or something the next day, hard to tell, but you'll be fine.
You'll have to figure out what to do about AB later. Give her some time to cool off.
For now, you've got a little orange Pegasus just dying to spend the day with you. One who you shot down a different mare for.
Will she be your special somepony?
Will you reconcile with Apple Bloom?
Is Sweetie really so indifferent?#Find out next time, on Cute "Quest"