"I did not know why there was a thick mass of clouds on the ground amidst the heavy snowfall, but I was thankful for it. Being a Pegasus, I could easily manipulate the cloud and carve a comfortable, cozy little space into it, and seal it off from the freezing cold outside - leaving only a tiny little hole so that I could see outside clearly and let fresh air inside easier than the packed clouds would.
"I unpacked my lantern and lit it, and brought out the copy of
Supernaturals I had with me. I decided that I was going to camp inside the cloud-igloo until the snow let up, and until then, I was going to need to settle down and pass the time. Thinking back to when I decided to take this book with me from Zecora's hut, I wasn't sure why I felt like I would need it. But now, with nothing else to do other than sit quietly and wait, I was glad to have some sort of distraction from the trouble I was in.
"I must've read no more than ten pages, learning about exotic and rare herbs used in even more extravagant and elusive potions, before I fell asleep with my head resting on the pages. When I woke up, my lantern had burned through its oil, leaving only the dim ambience peeking in through the hole connecting to the chilling winds outside. I fumbled about in the low light, somehow managing to not spill all of the lantern's oil on the ground, and finally bathed the igloo with a warm glow once more.
"I yawned and stretched achingly. I had been through a lot in the past couple of days, and the stress from near-death had also left me feeling weak. But, with the Element of Magic nestled safely in my saddlebags, it was worth it.
"I sleepily opened my eyes as my yawn ended, and looked up at the snowflakes drifting inside before melting from the igloo's warmth. The snowflakes were mostly in perfect condition rather than featureless white puffs. The careful hoofwork of the craftsponies who had made them was weathering well in the heavy snowfall. But... There was something odd about them, each and every one of the snowflakes were shimmering with the many hues of a rainbow, and as I watched them melt on the ground, I saw that the snowflakes left little drops of flowing colour before evaporating completely. I rubbed my eyes to make sure I wasn't seeing things, but the snowflakes were still shimmering and flickering all the colours of a rainbow.
"I was convinced that I was sleepy still, and needed a proper rest. I closed up the hole in the cloud-igloo's wall, turned the lantern's flame down, and settled down to sleep.
"I thought about Rainbow Dash, and how she might have known something about the snowflakes if she were here to see them. Maybe she'd have been impressed by the cloud-igloo, too.
"I curled up tighter, clinging onto the memories of my friends while trying to ignore the loneliness those same thoughts were bringing."
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I'm back finally after spending a long time fighting art block and a little sickness after a weekend of adventure
In today's update, Fluttershy shows that she still has her lantern, displays some pretty nice cloud manipulation, and increases her Survival skill by 1. This is probably the first "downtime" scene I've drawn and wrote for in a while. Which kind of reflects how I've needed the downtime myself to get back into the swing of things.
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