"Spike led the way into the caves, his torch bathing the tunnels and inner-caverns with a fiery, yellow-green light. In the darkness, I could hear the sounds of stones skittering along the floor and other noises that I couldn't place the source of. My heart started thumping in my ears, and I began to consider turning back and leaving as quickly possible.
"Spike stopped and turned to face me, and I could tell that he was nervous. In a hushed whisper, he asked me, 'Are you sure it's here?'
"'Yes,' I told him, 'It's here, even if you don't trust Lord Perry, I just know it's here.' I bent my head down and nuzzled him, trying to reassure him. 'I know you're afraid, Spike, I am, too. But as long as we look out for eachother, not even the scariest things can hurt us.'
"He smiled up at me, and I smiled back, and we carried on. Being reunited with Spike was the happiest day I had ever experienced ever since everypony vanished, I wasn't alone anymore, and neither was he. Spike was a very brave little dragon, definitely more than I was, but he was still a baby dragon, and I wasn't going to ever let him face this world alone again.
"We ventured deeper into the caves, both of us looking up, down, and all around in hopes of catching a glint or a sign of where the Element of Honesty was. It had to be here, I just knew it, and in spite of us both being scared, I knew neither of us would be happy with leaving without it. Both of us shared the same sense of... duty: To our friends, to the Princesses, to all of Equestria. Everypony was counting on us, and no matter how hard my heart pounded on my eardrums, I was going to do my best.
"'Uh, Fluttershy?' Spike pulled me out of my thoughts, I looked at him quizzically 'You're kinda pushing me along, and you've stepped on my tail twice. Could you slow down?'
"I halted, realising I was moving much faster than I thought. 'I'm sorry, I was lost in my thoughts...'
"Spike grinned as he waved his arm over the room we were in; 'Then welcome back! Did you bring any souvenirs?'
"I couldn't help but giggle. Spike seemed glad to have got a laugh out of me, and then turned toward a tunnel. 'Come on, we haven't gone this way, yet. If we don't find it in the next few minutes, could we look for gemstones instead? A sapphire sounds tasty right now, how about you?'
"'I don't think we'll find any Daisy sandwiches or a bushel of Apples down here!' I joked. We both laughed after that, but suddenly, we heard galloping echoing throughout the caves, which frightened us into silence. We both looked around, trying to see beyond the range of the torch. 'Do you see anypony, Spike? Or anything?' I whispered.
"Spike shook his head, 'No, but it sounds like it came from down there.' he waved his torch over to the tunnel he was speaking of. He looked back at me, unsure of what to do.
"I nodded at him, telling him that we should go that way, and we started on again, Spike quietly leading the way. But just as we entered the tunnel, I heard a dragging sound on the opposite side of the room we were in. I stopped and turned my head around in an instant, startling Spike. I couldn't believe what I saw. In the shadows, I could just about see another tunnel, and in that tunnel, I could've swore I saw somepony walking away from us.
"Spike twisted around, seemingly glued to where he stood, 'What's wrong, Fluttershy? What did you see?'
"'Applejack?'" I said uncertainly.
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I took way too long with this...
I'm probably going to start stepping up the rate at which I post these, because I basically have a full story written down, now. So schedule permitting, I'll be drawing scenes as often as possible.
Anyway, we've been long overdue for some Spike involvement, so I made a point of creating a scene that included him. I'm still getting used to drawing him, and finding the colour scheme I like most for him is obviously slowing me down. I'm not sure if I like these specific colours just yet, future scenes will warrant further expermentation with shades and what not.