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It was just another sunny, yet partly cloudy, day in the skies above Equestria. The dragons and pegasai were flying all over this beautiful continent, which was home to all manner of ponies and other benevolent creatures.

One great city in particular rested in the skies above Canterlot. This place was where many pegasai, and some dragons, lived. It was know as Cloudsdale. Considered one of the greatest cities in the sky, and a descendant of the ancient cloud city of Cymylau, these proud flyers would soar through the clouds, playing with their friends or just enjoying the pleasant weather of today.

However, within Cloudsdale at the Wonderbolt Academy for Gifted Flyers, the many trainees were working hard to improve their skills in order to advance up into the ranks of the Wonderbolts. But one certain pegasus pony was determined as ever to become the best so that she could finally be asked to join the Wonderbolts…and an upcoming event may just be the ticket she seeks.




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“Come on, guys! Only seven more laps to go before we can take a lunch break!” Rainbow Dash called out to the other Wing Ponies as she led them around the air track.

The other six trainees were already exhausted from the previous one-hundred and twenty-six laps they just did and doubted they could pull off another seven more before collapsing, but they had their orders from the Wonderbolt-in-charge, Soarin.

“Let’s hustle, ladies!” Soarin ordered, “You still have to run the obstacle course after lunch, and study for the written exam next week!!”

“Ughh…” Most complained.

“What was that?!”

“Yes, Sir!!” The trainees replied in the proper manner as they pushed themselves to finish the remaining laps.




Now completely out of energy, the group of Wing Ponies, along with the Lead Pony Rainbow Dash, were resting on the ground made of clouds…trying desperately to regain their breath.

“Come on! It’s time for lunch!” Soarin called out as he made his way into the mess hall, “You ponies are gonna need to eat if you want to make it through the rest of the day!”

The trainees sighed and eventually rose back on their hooves and made their way in to eat. Most of them thought Soarin was being too pushy, but he was better than Captain Spitfire, who would sometimes push them to the limit. Rainbow Dash didn’t mind him at all; she thought he was cool and a great commander. But she couldn’t help but wonder why Spitfire was not in today like she said she would. Shrugging, the tomboyish pegasus dashed inside quickly to get herself some grub.





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At the cafeteria table, Rainbow Dash was enjoying the company of her fellow wonderbolts-in-training, while trying to eat as fast as possible before lunch would be over.

But while chatting, she could not help but notice Soarin over at the officers’ table, talking with some of the other Wonderbolts. From the look on his face, Soarin seemed both upset and frustrated with whatever it was that they were talking about. While watching him, another of the Wonderbolts sitting with Soarin looked over at Rainbow Dash’s direction and pointed at her. Soarin turned and glanced over at the now nervous mare, who tried to hide herself among her friends.

Soarin gave a simple nod back at his comrades and walked off and out of the cafeteria. With him gone, Rainbow came out of hiding and wondered what that was all about.




“Why were you hiding?” Cloudchaser asked.

“Huh? Oh…no reason,” Rainbow lied.

The mare looked over as she saw Commander Soarin leaving and grinned, “Seems like a certain somepony has her eyes on him, huh?” She teased.

“What are you saying, Cloudchaser?!”

“I’m saying it looks like you have a crush on Soarin.”

Rainbow Dash gasped a little and blushed nervously, “I do not!”

The whole cafeteria paused and looked over at Rainbow when she yelled. Smiling nervously, Rainbow resumed her lunch as the other Wonderbolt cadets returned to theirs.

“Come on, Rainbow. Admit it,” Cloudchaser insisted, “The way you were looking at him, plus the rumor that you were dancing with him at the Canterlot Wedding some time-”

“Knock it off!” Rainbow demanded, “He and I are just friends…plus he is my commander. And lets not forget, I’m not into all that lovey-dovey stuff. My only goal is to become a Wonderbolt!” She stated with pride.

“Uh-huh…you like him,” Cloudchaster teased as she sipped her water.

Rainbow Dash growled and was about to counter that remark, when one of the security guards approached; this was usually a bad sign.

“Uh…something wrong, sir?” Rainbow gulped.

“Commander Soarin would like to see you in his office…on the double!” The officer ordered.

Rainbow Dash felt more nervous on what this was about. She obeyed and walked out of the cafeteria, towards the office of the blue coated stallion.




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“Umm…you wanted to see me, sir?” the nervous cyan coated mare asked as she peeked through the office door of her commander.

“Huh? Oh yeah, come on in, Rainbow!” Soarin insisted.

The Wonderbolt cadet followed his orders and entered, closing the door behind her. She awaited to hear what her commanding officer had to say. Soarin finished the last piece of the pie he got from the cafeteria and wiped his mouth, “Rainbow Dash…I called you here because I have something important to ask you.”

The tomboyish Pegasus felt nervous and wondered what Soarin would ask; she thought back on what Cloudchaser said and worried a little.

Soarin sighed and looked out his window, watching all the cadets training, “You do know we have a big Wonderbolt event coming up in a few days, right?”

“Yes, sir…I do: The Skyriders event.”

“That’s right…and you know only the best of the Wonderbolts are going to perform, correct?”

Rainbow replied once more, standing straight as she could, “Yes sir, I do…but what does this have to do with me?”

“Hold your horses, Rainbow. I’m getting to that part.”

Rainbow nodded and remained quiet so Soarin could finish.

“Well, I just heard that while flying, Spitfire caught the Bug,” the cool blue colt explained, “She had her mouth open for just a second, and the Bug flew right in…and she swallowed it.”

Rainbow cringed at that: The Bug was a little fly that could get anypony sick if swallowed or such, “How long is she going to be ill, Soarin…I mean Commander?!”

“Well, she could be out of bed in a few days, but not soon enough for the event,” Soarin shook his head, “She was to lead us, but now it is up to me…yet we are one pony short…”

Rainbow’s ears perked up as she felt like she knew where this was heading. She stood still and awaited what her commander would say next.

“…and since there is no other available right now, I must turn to a possible cadet who may be our last hope,” Soarin smiled and walked up to Rainbow Dash, “That is why I have chosen you…because you have what it takes to help pull this off!”

Rainbow Dash’s eyes lit up with joy and her heart raced with excitement, “Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!”

Soarin chuckled at the cyan mare’s reaction to this and smiled, “I’ll take your excitement as a “yes” then.”

Rainbow Dash was filled with so much joy and was so grateful to the colt for giving her this wonderful opportunity, she did not realize that she was now hugging him tight.

“Uh…Rainbow…?”

Rainbow Dash gasped and released him and backed away, blushing with embarrassment, “Oh…I am so sorry, Soarin!!”

Soarin blushed a little but reassured her it was alright.

The nervous pegasus stood up properly and saluted, “Forgive me, Sir! I will do as many laps around the track until you believe I have learned my lesson!”

Soarin chuckled and shook his head, “It’s cool. I’ll let it slide this time…since I’m gonna need you in top shape for the event.”

Rainbow smiled and felt relieved Soarin didn’t punish her for that little incident.

“Go home and rest up, Rainbow Dash. You are gonna need it for tomorrow’s practice. Show up at the training ground at Eleven sharp! From that point on, you will be practicing with the rest of the Wonderbolts over the next few days until the Skyriders event,” Soarin ordered, “Do I make myself clear?!”

“Sir, Yes Sir!” Rainbow replied as she saluted.

“Dismissed!” Soarin saluted in return and then returned to his desk.

Rainbow left the office and once the door was closed, she flew away, all while screaming like a thrilled fan girl. Soarin could hear her and smiled, “Yep, she will do just fine.” He knew as he tried to finish the paperwork.




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The next day, the excited pony with the rainbow lightning bolt cutie mark spent the morning in Ponyville at Sweet Apple Acres, bragging about how she was going to perform with the Wonderbolts in the upcoming Skyriders performance .

Applejack and Fluttershy were the only two present at the moment, but they were thrilled for Rainbow Dash…even as she gloated about it over and over. “Oh gosh…I am so happy for you, Rainbow Dash,” Fluttershy praised.

“Darn right we are!” Applejack smiled, “We’ll be rootin fer ya at the show. Just do yer best!”

“Pfftt…” Rainbow replied, “This will be easy! After all, I AM the one the Wonderbolts chose out of all other cadets to help them.”

Applejack and Fluttershy looked at each other and then back at their friends, “Rainbow…just cause ya’ll were chosen don’t mean ya’ll need ta’ gloat bout’ it.”

“Oh yes, Rainbow Dash. Please be careful and-”

Rainbow Dash suddenly gasped and looked at her watch: it was almost Eleven, “I’m gonna be late!!”

“Well then, scoot yar boot and get up dere!!” Applejack implied.

Rainbow agreed and before taking off, she said one last thing, “Wish me luck…not that I’ll need it. After the performance, I wouldn’t be surprised if they make me into a Wonderbolt!!”

The two ponies rolled their eyes, but bid goodbye to the pegasus as she dashed towards the clouds…and the sky city within.





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The training grounds were empty, except for the entire team of Wonderbolts that would be participating in the upcoming Skyriders performance. The trainees were given the next few days off, since the Wonderbolts needed full concentration for their practice.

“Alright! Everypony in formation!!” Soarin ordered the other Wonderbolts.

Every member of the greatest flyers in the sky all lined up in a straight line side by side…in no less than two seconds. Soarin smirked, but then noticed a gap in the line; a certain somepony was not where they were suppose to be…and quickly figured out who was missing. “Where is-”

Suddenly, a pony fell out of the sky and right into the empty spot. It was Rainbow Dash…and she was on time and ready.

“-Rainbow Dash?”

“Reporting on time and for practice, Sir!” The pegasus saluted and stood in formation. Yet, in her mind, she was so excited to be standing along side those she idolized for so long.

Soarin nodded and with everypony present and accounted for, he ordered his assistants to pass out the scrolls with all the information they would need for practice, “Listen up! Since Spitfire is ill and cannot make it to the performance, she has placed me in charge to lead. Nopony has a problem with that, I hope?!”

Not one Wonderbolt said anything on that; they already knew Soarin was second only to Spitfire in the ways of flying, commanding and performing…but more than capable to lead them to victory.

“Thank you!” Soarin felt more confident now that his team, plus Rainbow Dash, all supported him, “Now, onto business. Everpony should receive a scroll. In it are details for the teams you will be on, and the routine you will perform with them for the event!”

The Wonderbolts and Rainbow were each given a scroll, to which they opened it and read the long details and patterns that they would need to memorize. They easily understood them, but the replacement didn’t have a clue what it all meant. “Uh…” Rainbow Dash muttered with great confusion.

“Alright! Everypony to your groups and get practicing!!” Soarin ordered as he blew the whistle and went off to join his own group.

“Uh Soarin…?” Rainbow tried to get his attention, but was pulled away by a pair of other Wonderbolts: Rapidfire and Fleetfoot.



“Looks like you are with us, rookie,” Rapidfire stated.

“I…guess so. I must say, it’s gonna be fun and-”

“Fun?” Fleetfoot questioned, “Practice is not about fun…its about hard work, in order for us to perform our best!”

“She is right,” Rapidfire agreed, “The three of us will be working non-stop for the next three days…so be sure to keep up and don‘t slack off!”

Rainbow Dash felt a little uneasy with the term “Non-stop work,” but refused to let that get her down…especially in front of the Wonderbolts, “Hey…no problem,” She stated, keeping her cool.

“Alright then. Let’s get to work!” Fleetfoot ordered, taking charge of this new team.

“I’m right with you!” Rapidfire responded.

“Me too!” Rainbow Dash followed.

The group of three set off to find a spot to practice on their own. Rainbow Dash felt so excited to be hanging out with Fleetfoot and Rapidfire, even though it was only for practice. She did hope that there would be time during practice and after the performance to hang out with her team.





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On the second day of practice, Rainbow Dash, Rapidfire, and Fleetfoot went over their routine for hours. On occasions, they would take breaks, but only short ones; though with Rainbow as a rookie, she needed a bit more time, which slowed the practice down.

While Rapidfire and Fleetfoot had plenty of training and energy to memorize the patterns, Rainbow felt that for once in her life, THIS was too much for even her to handle…and with only two days left. “Come on, rookie!” Rapidfire barked.

“Yeah, we still have six hours in the day left to practice!” Fleetfoot reminded.

“Yeah…wonderful…” the rainbow-mane mare pretended to agree as she panted while sweat covered her entire body.

The three resumed their routine, while Soarin was watching from nearby. He worried a little for Rainbow, but hoped she would be able to pull this off in order for the performance to go well.




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The final day of practice arrived…and every Wonderbolt in every group assigned was ready for the big event. But one particular group had one member that, despite all the effort she put into this, was still not ready and remained unsure if she ever would be. “Let’s go, Rainbow Dash! This is our last day to perfect our routine!” Fleetfoot ordered.

The cyan Pegasus just sat on the cloud, hung her head low, and shook her head, “I…I can’t…”

“What was that?” Rapidfire asked, unable to make out what she was saying.

“I said…I can’t.”

“Can’t?!” Fleetfoot was shocked to see her own teammate throwing in the towel the day before the Skyriders event, “You’re not giving up, are you?!”

Rainbow just nodded; her mind was made up.

“You can’t quit now!”

“Well, I said I did, didn’t I?!”



The two could not believe this, but things settled down when the commander showed up, “What is all the commotion?” Soarin demanded to know.

“Sir, Rainbow Dash here says she wants to quit,” Fleetfoot informed.

Soarin gasped, “That’s not true…is it, Rainbow Dash?”

“It…is,” Rainbow confirmed, “I can’t take it anymore: the hard constant practice; the pain I feel in my wings that the rest of my body; plus I thought this would be fun…but it’s not.”

“Rainbow…please…” Soarin tried his best to convince the doubting mare to change her mind. She was his friend, and wanted to help…but it seemed it was too late.

“I’m sorry, Soarin…but, I can’t,” Rainbow didn’t want to cry in front of the Wonderbolts, and although it pained her to do this, she had no alternative: The cyan coated Pegasus took to the skies and left the academy…getting as far away as possible.

“Rainbow, Wait!!!” Soarin called out, but she was already too far for her to hear him.

The rest of the Wonderbolts were saddened to see their new recruit give up like this; they didn’t blame her since practice this hard would make any cadet want to quit.

“I should go after her…” Soarin informed his comrades.

“You should,” Misty, a member of his team, agreed, “I’ll take charge for now. You go on ahead and help her however you can.”

Soarin smiled, knowing that he had good friends as these to encourage him. The colt took off and traveled in the direction Rainbow was heading; He hoped he would find her before it was too late.




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Sitting on the shore of a large lake, the frustrated yet saddened mare, could not let go of what she was feeling. She felt hurt as well as ashamed for running away like that. “Nice going, Rainbow Dash!” She said to herself while smacking her head with her hoof, “You ran away from the Wonderbolts! Now you are, without a doubt, a laughing stock; a joke of a trainee!”

The more she thought about it, the more it upset her. Rainbow picked up a pebble and threw it into the water, taking her anger out on the calm pool, “What am I going to do?”

Rainbow Dash sat there, throwing more pebbles into the lake, wishing for something that she knew may never show. Suddenly, a pebble zoomed right by her and into the water…skipping seven times before sinking to the bottom.



Gasping, The cyan Pegasus turned around to see where it came from…and saw a glowing pony sitting just nearby, “Who…who are you?!”

It was no doubt a Light Spirit. With a bright yellow glow, the pegasus before Rainbow stood up and just smiled, “You know, I use to sit by the lake and toss pebbles into the water when I was having a bad day.”

“Wha…”

“I knew I would find you here, and I knew you needed somepony to talk to…one that is like you in many ways,” the Light Spirit smiled once more and walked over to the confused pegasus named Rainbow Dash.

With a gasp escaping her lips, the tomboyish pegasus now knew who she was, “You‘re…you’re Firefly!!”

The glowing mare nodded and sat down and padded the sand next to her, asking Rainbow to have a seat. Rainbow Dash did just that, and found herself overjoyed instead of frustrated now, “I can’t believe you are here! I am finally talking to the greatest pegasai…no, the greatest mare ever!!”

Firefly chuckled and shook her head, “I may have done things in the past that made others see me that way, but I never considered myself such…since I am just a pony like any other.”

“That’s not true!” Rainbow refused to accept, “I mean, you are an awesome flyer and-”

“Rainbow…I didn’t come here to talk about me,” Firefly shushed her, “I came here to talk to you…and to help you with your recent troubles.”

The cyan mare sighed and turned back to the lake, staring out at the large body of water, and the ripples that formed when the wind blew through it, “Oh…I see.”

Firefly nodded and allowed Rainbow to explain her situation.




“I…I don’t know…what to do, Firefly,” Rainbow Dash explained, “I mean, I’ve always wanted to fly with the Wonderbolts; to perform and hang out with them…so they can see that I am Wonderbolt material. But now, I gave up when I felt it was too hard…and I feel I failed myself and them…” She sighed and muttered under her breath, “…and Soarin.”

Firefly understood and placed her hoof upon the shoulder of this worrying mare, “What do you feel you should do, Rainbow?”

“Well I…I want to go back…but I am worried that…they might reject me.”

Firefly shook her head to that untruthful idea, “Rainbow Dash…that is absurd. They would never do that to one of their own.”

“But what if they don’t want me to be a Wonderbolt? What if-”

“Rainbow Dash, you are thinking about stuff that isn’t even part of what is going on,” Firefly assured, “The whole purpose of this was to help them perform a magnificent display of flying for everypony to watch and enjoy.”

Rainbow sniffed a little and wiped her eye of a tear, but realized that Firefly’s words had truth in them.

“They chose you because they knew you were the best…and because you have more determination than any of them…just like I had during the “Best Flyer of the Sky” event long ago.”

Rainbow smiled and listened on to what this amazing Light Spirit had to say.

“So you see, you have to know what it is you are trying to aim for right now…and that is not to be a Wonderbolt, but to help those that are succeed,” Firefly explained, to which the Pegasus next to her seemed to understand, “So, you must ready yourself for what is occurring now. Believe me when I say, that the time will come for you to prepare yourself to become a Wonderbolt, but that time…is not now.”

Rainbow Dash gave a firm nod after a short moment to ponder that. She stood back up and felt her determination rising and returning, “You are right, Firefly! I should do all I can to help the Wonderbolts pull this performance off…because that is what is important right now!”

Firefly smiled and was thrilled to see the young mare realize what she now must do, “I know you will do well…because you are like me…in more ways than you know.” Firefly stood up and began to walk away from the lake, “I think it is high time I left.”

Rainbow Dash suddenly remembered what she had been desiring to ask of this Light Spirit for some time, “Wait! I need to know. Are we…related?”

Firefly came to a halt and stood there a moment. She then turned her head and smiled at the anxious Rainbow Dash, “Like I said: You are like me…in more ways than you know.”

Winking, the Light Spirit of Firefly took off towards the sky, only to vanish shortly after; she was now returning to rejoin the other Light Spirits as they soar across the world, watching over all. As Rainbow Dash watched her leave, she was satisfied that her question was finally answered.




“Rainbow Dash?!!” Came a voice from the sky.

The tomboyish Pegasus turned around and looked up. There, she saw Soarin…trying desperately to find his missing friend.

“Down here, Soarin!!” She called out, which got his attention.

Upon landing, the colt breathed a sigh of relief and smiled, “I’m so glad I found you. I was worried.”

“You were?”

“Of course. You are my friend, Rainbow Dash.”

Rainbow smiled back and remembering her chat with Firefly, she stood proudly, “Commander…I am now ready to carry out the mission to help you and the other Wonderbolts perform the best air show in Equestria!!”

Soarin was shocked and surprised to hear Rainbow say all that. At first, he was going to allow her to drop out from the performance if she wanted to, but now he was thrilled to hear her change her mind.

“Shall we get back to the Academy, Sir?!”

Soarin gave a firm nod and took off, making his way back to the training ground…with Rainbow close behind him.




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The Skyriders event had finally arrived. Every pegasai and dragon gathered in or around the Cloudsdale Coliseum to watch as the Wonderbolts would perform to the best of their abilities. Everypony was looking forward to all this.

Princess Celestia herself had come to watch the Wonderbolts perform. Along with her were the friends of one of the Wonderbolts that would be flying in this event: Twilight Sparkle, Courageous Heart, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and even little Scootaloo; they all came to cheer and support their dear friend.

With everypony nestled in their seats, the announcer flew out into the middle to give the start of the event.

“Mares and Gentlecolts! Ponies, dragons, and creatures from far and wide! Welcome to the Cloudsdale Coliseum…and the Greatest Event held each year: The Skyriders!!”

Everypony cheered and clapped as the announcer was ready to begin, “And now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Wonderbolts!!!!!”

With that, the whole audience shouted in joy as the thirty Wonderbolts, proudly wearing their uniforms, soared out and flew around the Coliseum for everypony to see. Already their performance had began:

Twilight and the others quickly saw Rainbow Dash among the group. They cheered for her greatly, and were in complete awe when they saw her wearing, at long last, a Wonderbolts uniform. Even though it would only be for today, they knew she must be proud. Rainbow Dash noticed her friends, but remained focused on her routine. All thoughts of pride and praise were cleared from her mind, for she was to do this with 100% concentration…and coolness.





After nearly an hour of flying, the Wonderbolts pulled of the most spectacular display of moves, spins, freefalls, dashes, and so much more…and without pause. So much energy and determination was put into this, and their performance amazed the audience for every second.

Once the hour as up, the Wonderbolts flew close together and after doing a show of fresh new moves, they divided into their assigned groups and together, formed patterns in the sky: They were that of the six Elements of Harmony, representing the six great species that now lived together in peace.

With that dazzling display, the whole coliseum applauded and cheered at the outstanding skills that the Wonderbolts had shown this day.




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Once the event was over, the Wonderbolts gathered around the coliseum to allow their fans to chat with these magnificent flyers. They would even give autographs to all who wished for it…which was pretty much everypony. Rainbow Dash met up with her friend, who all threw hugs for her all around. They were very proud of her, as they always are.

“You were awesome, Rainbow Dash!!” Scootaloo praised her big sister.

“Thanks, Scoots!” Rainbow replied as she hugged her number one fan and sister.

As her friends all gave their congratulations on a job well done, Soarin and a few of the other Wonderbolts appeared before them. “Rainbow Dash…we couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you,” Fleetfoot thanked.

“Yeah. You truly are a wonder to behold,” Rapidfire praised.

The cyan mare in the Wonderbolt uniform smiled and was thankful to her team mates for supporting her like this.

“You were awesome, Rainbow Dash. You have definitely showed us that you have what it takes to be a Wonderbolt,” Soarin smiled as he gave a big surprise to his dear friend, “That is why, by the authority of the Wonderbolts, I would like to welcome you into the ranks of the Greatest Flyers in Equestria!!”

Rainbow Dash, along with all her friends, gasped and could not believe it had just happened…but it did: Rainbow Dash was to be welcomed into the ranks of the Wonderbolts; a full time member.

“Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!” She said over and over.

“So, whaddya say?” Soarin asked, hoping the cyan pegasus would answer soon.

In Rainbow Dash’s mind and heart, she wanted nothing more than to finally join those awesome flyers at long last. But something else in her heart, along with that of a flyer much greater than her, told her differently.

Taking in a deep breath, calming down at last, Rainbow answered, “Soarin…Commander…I want to thank you for letting me participate in the Skyriders, and for giving me this opportunity to join the Wonderbolts officially…but, I cannot.”

Soarin, Fleetfoot, and Rapidfire were shocked to hear Rainbow turn their offer down; she was many things, but never one to pass up something like this.

“But…why?” Soarin asked, a little disappointed.

“Well, a good friend…somepony I am related to…taught me an important lesson…”

“Now that…I would like to hear,” Came a voice from behind the ponies. It was Princess Celestia.

After everypony gave a quick proper bow to their Princess, Rainbow cleared her throat and began:



“I learned that there are times where you must know when you are ready…and when you are not. I thought this event would be my big chance to join the Wonderbolts, but I soon realized that it was never about me…it was about my fellow flyers and friends. I worked hard to help the Wonderbolts succeed, and this was the hardest challenge I ever endured…”



Everypony present smiled as Rainbow continued, but above the clouds…a certain Spirit of Light was watching, and listening in.

“…and now I know that being a Wonderbolt is a lot of hard work, and something I am not quite ready for yet. So, I will continue to train at the Academy…as a cadet…until the time comes when I feel I am ready to advance up.”

Princess Celestia was proud of the little pony the choice she made, “That is a very valuable lesson to be learned.”

“Thank you, your Highness,” Rainbow bowed and thanked.

Soarin sighed but smiled, “You’ve got guts, Rainbow. I’ll give you that. I look forward to being present when you take the test to become a full Wonderbolt!”

Rainbow smiled warmly at her commander and nodded, “Thank you…Soarin.” She forgot to address him as Commander, but he allowed it for now…because she earned a great victory today.

“Come on, Everypony!” Soarin announced to his fellow Wonderbolts, full members and trainees, “Let’s all head to the Academy and celebrate!!!”

The Wonderbolts cheered and flew off to throw a big party for themselves, and the mare who helped them pull off this incredible event this day. As they flew, Rainbow noticed a small glow in the clouds above. It was only there for a second, but she knew who it was: The greatest mare and flyer in the world…one that Rainbow was proud to be related to.
Rainbow Dash has a wonderful opportunity to practice and perform with the Wonderbolts in an upcoming event called the "Skyriders." But the training is much harder than anything she has ever done and may not be able to take it. Can she overcome all this and help the Wonderbolts succeed, or will she quit and let them down? Find out!


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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Good call, Rainbow. :) It takes a lot of moxie to know when you aren't quite ready for something big. Especially if it's something you've always wanted.
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Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Eeyup! Indeed :D
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coolcat007 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a very valuable lesson indeed. Even in our world it might apply. For example, this lesson is often forgotten by upcoming talents in soccer. Sometimes it is better to decline an offer of the footbalclub of your dreams, because you're just not ready yet. After gaining some more experience for one or two years, you might be a more valuable addition to that team then you would be by being reserve in most of the games that are played. It is good to try your best, but it is even better to know what your best is and what lies beyond your capabilities.
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Onix-ceptable Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love how this story preys on Rainbow's insecurities and adresses RainbowXSoarin. Awesome job on this one! :D
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Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, Rainbow and Soarin are one of my favorite pairings. It did focus more on the story than on them, but it does give hints to a possible future with the couple :love:
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Onix-ceptable Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Rainbow and Soarin is my favorite non-canon pairing too, and I'd love to see what you could do with this couple! :D
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Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, i plan to do much!

You will see :D
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firestorm310 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
this needs to an episode
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Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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firestorm310 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
rainbow dash is best pony :D
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