They made it to Fluthershy's cottage.
Sora-Wooow, what a beautiful house.
Fluttershy-Thank you Sora, it's not much but it's home.
Sora-I think it actually fits you pretty well.
Fluttershy opened it and the place was full of animals. Just then a bunny ran up to them and froze as soon as he spotted Sora.
Fluttershy-Yeah, this is my pet Angle.
Angel was acting nervous.
Fluttershy-Angel what's- Oh!!! Don't worry Angel, he won't hurt you.
Sora-Y..yeah, I mean..I..hate hurting other living things. Lives are sacred, that's what I believe.
Fluttershy- Truer words were never spoken.
Sora-I..I might have had to hunt for food before..b..but I swear I don't enjoy it. P...Please give me a chance.
Sora looked at Angle with a desperate look.
Fluttershy-Hmm, you seem different then a lot of foxes I've seen before.
Sora-Well, I hung around Ponyvill for a while...so I guess I learned how to behave...be honest...I much prefer it's peaceful lifestyle...then the epic life of the forest.
Sora-Anyway, you said something about lunch?
Gets him some food and pours it into a bowl.
Sora-*sniffs it* What is this stuff?
Fluttershy-It's a form of fox food, I got it from out of town. It's got berries, nuts, and um...chicken remains
Sora-Wait..t..this has the remains of chickens.
Fluttershy-Yeah...they lived good lives, but applejack's dog needs some meat in her diet.
Sora-Um..you sure it's okay I eat it...I don't want to be disrespectful.
Fluttershy was at a loss. Normally foxes when handed a meal like that would jump at the opportunity to just dig in...however, sora seemed to be acting hesitant, but slowly ate it. Afterwards he did something that shocked her. He took what was left of his food, about enough to fill the bottom and burried it.
Fluttershy-What, are you doing?
She asked confused.
Sora-Burrying them, even if they lived good lives...I was taught that a fox should only take a life unless they need it for food...and even then they should treat it with respect...even after it is dead...because they gave their lives for that meal.
Fluttershy-W...Wow, that's a very mature way to look at it. I'm proud that you feel that way.
Sora-Thanks, it's just my personal beliefs. Besides, I much prefer apples, and of course...Mmmm, rasberries.
Fluttershy-You like them I take it.
Sora-Oh that's putting it mildly, I LOVE them! They are my absolute fave food!
Fluttershy-Sounds like you have a sweet tooth.
Sora-*licks his teeth* They aren't sweet, they're....kind of tasteless actually.
Angle covered her mouth laughing, and even Fluttershy couldn't help but let out a giggle.
Fluttershy-No no, a sweet tooth means you like sweet things.
Sora-Oooooh, now I understand. Yeah, I love sweet things they make my mouth happy. Oh, um that bluish pony said something about seeing someone called Twilight?
Fluttershy-Oh Yeah, Rainbow Dash said we should show you to one of our friends Twilight, she's always got her head in a book and is trying to understand all that's there to understand, and a talking fox would be right up her ally. Besides, she might know more of how I should take care of you.
Sora tilted his head.
Sora-Take care of me?
Fluttershy-Well, yeah I can't just let a fox your age be all on his own.
Sora-...Thanks for the offer...but be honest I've been on my own long enough to know how to take care of myself...besides...you seem to have your paws full with all these other critters...I don't want to be a burden.
Fluttershy-Sora, you have been through a very traumatic experience...please let us help you though it...
Sora-....You have no idea what I've been though...if you knew...it might be even to much for you to handle.
Fluttershy-Yeah, I can't imagine the pain you went through...but you don't have to suffer it alone.
Sora-..Thanks Fluttershy...that means a lot...I'll stick around the town until the Timberwolves clear out of the area..and maybe find a better home....see ya.
Sora walked out shutting the door behind him.
Angel looked at her.
Fluttershy-...He needs to come when he's ready...it can't be forced. I'm going to Twilights. Maybe she'd have some advice...after all she's the Princess of Friendship.
She went to the castle.
Fluttershy-Twilight, you in here?
Twilight-I'm right here Fluttershy!
Fluttershy walked up and saw Twilight with her head in a book at her desk.
Fluttershy-Twilight..I've...got a bit of an issue.
Twilight-What is it Fluttershy?
She looked at her.
Fluttershy-Well, you see...
Fluttershy explained about Sora.
Twilight-Wow, a talking fox...that's...increadable...I actually do have some books on them.
Fluttershy-Thanks Twilight, I'll brush up on them tonight.
Twilight-....However..this...might even be out of my area of expertise...
Fluttershy-Huh, but you're the Princess of Friendship.
Twilight-*leans in her chair* Losing a persons parents is a very heavy blow and it can mess a pony up to no end...words of comfort will only do so much...all we really can do is be there for him when he needs us.
Twilight-No prob Fluttershy, now come on I'll show ya where the books are located.
Sora-*walks up to a shop with some bits* One thing of raspberries please.
Shop owner-Certainly...wait....gah!!! A talking fox!!!!!!
Sora-P...Please don't be scared...I..I learned your language t...that's it honest!!! A-anyway..I do have some bits to pay for them..p...please I'm very hungry.
Owner-I don't know I've never done business with a fox before.
Rainbow-Hey, is that anyway to treat a paying customer!? If you won't take it from him I'll pay for them.
Owner-W..whoa, cool it Rainbowdash! I never said I was rejecting him. Just...don't see many talking foxes around that's all, but money's money.
Here ya go little guy.
*hands him a pack of raspberries*
Sora-Thank you Mister.
*sits on a bench with everyone staring at him*
Sora-Mmm-mmm my fave, these look so ripe! *digs in* Mmmm, pure heaven.
Rainbow sat down beside him
Rainbow-You sure like those a lot.
Sora-Mmm-hmmm they're my fave food.
Rainbow-I thought you'd be with Fluttershy.
Sora-she said she wanted to take care of me, but I'm honestly good. I grew up for quite a while on my own. That run in with those Timberwolves is just something that goes with the territory.
Rainbow-so...you really did lose your folks...
Sora put his food down.
Sora-Yeah....it..was my fault n..no matter how many people tell me it's not
Rainbow-I'm really sorry, but hey we'll help ya through it.
Sora-I do appreciate it, but I don't want to be a burden.
Rainbow-Nonsense. Now come on! *starts pushing*
Sora-W...whoa, where we going?
Rainbow-To Twilight's castle.
They made it to the castle.
Rainbow-Pretty cool huh?
Sora-It looks like someone just took a block of ice and made it into the biggest ice sculpture ever. It's SOOOOO coool!
Rainbow-Hehe, never heard it put quite like that, but I do see it. So, should we go inside?
Sora-*gulp* A...And meet P..Princess Twilight?
Rainbow-Yep, and between you and me...she's one of the easiest ones to approach.
Sora-I..If you say so.
They went inside.
Twilight-And here's one on their diet, oh and you might want to see there grooming info.
Fluttershy-U..uh Twilight, I already got 12 books...I..I think I'm covered...this will take me days to read.
Twilight-Really? I can get this all read in an afternoon.
Rainbow-Ooooooh Twilight, I got someone who wants to meet you.
Both of them turned and saw Rainbow holding sora up.
Sora-Uh, c..can you please put me down.
Twilight jumped backwards.
Twilight-Holy Celestea, he does talk!
Sora-Yes, I'm the talking fox put me on display bring the kids.
Rainbow-Hahaha, oh man what a card.
Sora-*clears throat* Rainbow Dash was it?
Rainbow-Yep, what is it?
Sora-Please put me down.
Twilight-So, you're this fox Fluttershy's taking care of?
Sora-*sigh* not this again...look guys I'm flattered and all, but...it just wouldn't work...for one thing Fluttershy seems to have her paws...or..hooves as the case maybe full with all the other critters.
Fluttershy-Like I said Sora, it's no big deal...besides...you are still a young kit. You can't really take care of yourself.
Sora-I've been doing just fine for the past year thank you very much.
Twilight-Alright alright, take it easy Sora.
Fluttershy-Um, sorry I didn't mean to insult you...it's just that today you nearly got hurt.
Sora-Oh, you mean from the Timber wolves? Yeah, I am aware of that...but that was just a one time thing...I'll just got to a place in the forest that doesn't have them in the area.
Twilight-Sora...I don't have to be the princess of friendship to see that you're pushing us away...why are you?
Sora-B..Because...I c..can't get close to anyone!
Fluttershy-what do you mean?
Sora-....*starts crying* My...parents...are both gone...and it's my fault...
Twilight-what happened...I know it's painful..but please...
Sora-When..I was a year old...my mom...went out for food....but...it started raining...and...she didn't come back...*voice breaking* w...we went out the next day..and found her body...s..she died getting me food.
Each of them looked at eachother. And Twilight put her hoof on Sora's shoulder.
Twilight-Sora...you can't blame yourself for that...it wasn't your fault....it was no ones...things just happen sometimes...
Sora-M..Me and Daddy burried her...I...was sad...for a long time afterwards...at..least I had him...that's what I thought....but...a few months later....I..was learning how to climb..and daddy was encouraging me....but...I slipped...and...landed in a..t...tar pit
Fluttershy-*gasp* M..My goodness, those can be very dangerous for any critter...let alone a baby fox!
Sora-tell me about it...I cried for help...and Daddy tried to get me...but then...we heard Timber wolves...and...he...jumped in and got me out...I panicked..and tried to get him out...but he told me to run..I..t..tried to argue...b..but he yelled at me to...I..didn't want to...but I obeyed...and ran...when...I was sure they were gone I ran to the pit....but...he was gone...
Each of them looked sadly at eachother.
Sora-*crying* It's all my fault..I..I killed them both!
Twilight-Sora...no it wasn't...neither of you knew it was there...your dad sacrificed himself to save you...that's what parents do...they lookout for their kids.
Rainbow-Yeah, don't be so hard on yourself.
Sora-E..Easy for you to say. * Sniff*
Fluttershy-Sora...* hugs him* It's going to be okay...it wasn't your fault...we'll help you through it.
Sora-I..I'm just fine!
Fluttershy-Don't even try that, those tears in your eyes say otherwise.
Sora-So what if I lost them, I can..get by on my own...
Twilight-Sora...please...give us a chance. It says in all my books that the best way to solve a problem like this is among friends.
Rainbow-You don't need a book to tell you that you egg head.
Twilight-Aaaanyway, what do you say sora?
Sora-.........Okay, thank you..
Twilight-There you go, see, that wasn't so hard.
Fluttershy-Will you stay with me?
Sora-Yeah, I guess...just takes a bit to get used to.
Fluttershy-It'll be okay sora, trust me.