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Because I pushed myself too hard in my Equestria dreamscape I found myself grounded with a bad left wing. link Problem was I was now grounded on the floor of Rainbow Dash’s cloud home, which floats about nine hundred above the valley floor.

 

It quickly became evident that I could not even spread the wing to full extension never mind trying to flap it and it was really starting to hurt. Dash had me remove my panniers then she went into the kitchen and quickly got some ice from the icebox. She returned a couple minutes later with an icepack for my back. After placing it on the trouble area she went back into the kitchen and started heating a kettle. With kettle going she went into the bathroom and came back with a small metal tin in her mouth. She set it on the ground next to me and opened it up.

 

“These are Foalsmane leaves, they’re really good at relieving muscle pain. Chew on a couple of them, but watch out they taste awful!” The prismatic mane mare then went and checked on the status of the kettle.

 

I was already familiar with Foalsmane link and she was not kidding about the taste, but I forced myself to chew and swallow a couple of the leaves. Bleah! Dash came back with a hot compress and removed the ice pack, over the next hour she alternated between ice pack and fresh hot compresses on my back.

 

My wing was no longer stabbing with pain, now it just had a constant burning sensation. The Foalsmane seemed to be helping some, I was able to slowly extend the wing but it wasn’t going to be supporting any weight. I was still lying on floor with my chin resting on a throw pillow feeling dejected.

 

“Right! Now stage two.” She said.

 

Without warning she climbed on top of me and straddled me with her hind legs, she then rested herself on my haunches. This might have been a fascinating little scenario except for the fact that she started working her front hoofs into the tender spot on my back. Needless to say I started making the appropriate yelps, screams and whimpers as she worked the trouble area with greater and greater force.

 

“Oh quit whining Brick! You’re crying more than a little foal! If we’re going to get you airborne again we need to get these muscles to relax.”

 

Over the next half hour she worked her hoofs along my back and under my left wing. Slowly the pain subsided and it started to feel really good. Dash discovered a couple of small knots in right wing flight muscles and massaged them out to.

 

I was just lying blissfully there with my head on the pillow and eyes closed enjoying an excellent back rub when Dash suddenly lifted my now very limp left wing and began nibbling, tugging and preening my flight feathers with her teeth. It was most this odd almost electrical tingling sensation. I quickly lifted my head and looked back at her.

 

“What, are you doing?” While it felt kind of odd I was in no hurry for her to stop it.

 

Dash looked confused. “What does it look like?” She muttered with one of my flight feathers in her mouth.  “I’m preening your feathers. Gently pulling on them helps relax the muscles and stimulates blood flow, and with all the flying you’ve done today they could use a preening. Besides it feels good when it’s done right and since I’m doing it it’s awesome! Now let me get back to work!”  

 

I wasn’t going protest since she was right it felt awesome. In fact she could just keep doing what she was doing for as long as she liked.

 

“Oh.” I sighed. “I need to teach Petina or Carousel how to do this, or find some pony who can do it.”

 

“Um, I can do it.” Stated Dash in a somewhat quiet voice.

 

I lifted my head and looked back at her. “Do what?”

 

“Um teach Petina or Carousel how to do it!” Said Dash rather quickly. “ Ah, it isn’t hard to learn and they’re a couple of smart ponies, so um they should be able to pick it up no problem.” I couldn’t help but notice she suddenly was blushing a bit.

 

Rather quickly she climbed off my back. “Well I’m done, why don’t you stand up and see how if feels.”

 

Slowly I rose to my hoofs and tested my left wing. I had a full range of motion in it, but it felt very weak.

 

“Well it doesn’t hurt anymore but I doubt if I can put any load on it. So what’s next?” I asked.  

 

  Rainbow Dash nodded her light cerulean blue head. “Well it is not surprising that it’s weak. I wouldn’t try flying on it until morning. “

 

I coughed once. “So where do I sleep tonight if not in my own bed?” I looked around what passed for the living room. The couches were nice for sitting on but not for getting an evening of shuteye. “ Do you have a guest bedroom?”

 

Dash got a sheepish grin. “Well technically yes but I’ve been using that room to store old weather records and work-related stuff. Besides there is no bed in it.”

 

“Got a sleeping bag I can use?” I asked Dash but she just shook her head.

  

“Uh no, I loaned it to AJ so her and Applebloom and Big Mac could go camping and she hasn’t returned it.”

 

I sighed and shook my head. “Well can you get me a blanket a pillow please I’ll find a place on the floor out here.” Dash started scuffing the floor with one hoof and staring at the far wall.

 

“Um, my bed is big enough for two ponies.” She said while continuing to stare at the wall. “And lying on the floor might aggravate your wing again. “ She looked at me with forced bravado. “You don’t snore do you?”

 

 I just shook my head. “No has ever complained if I do. So what are we going to do about dinner? Since I’m starting to get a bit hungry, got any ideas? Your icebox looked kind of empty.”

 

“Hee, hee! Yeah I usually don’t keep whole lot of food here, it just seems to go bad before I get around to eating it. Except for my winter provisions. Uh, I often just go down to the Bucking Mare and grab a sandwich or two; I could go down and pick up some for us. It’ll be my treat! How’s that work for you?”

 

I nodded my head. “Thank you, it’s appreciated.”

 

So dinner that night consisted of cheddar and onion melt sandwiches on rye bread and a large carafe of lager that Dash brought back from the Bucking Mare. By the time I’d finished dinner I was really starting to feel drained. A day of solid flying had really taken its toll and several large mugs of lager were contributing to my grogginess.

 

My left wing was now just numb and a bit tingly. I gave my tail and mane a quick brushing and I was ready for bed. Dash’s bed was hardly as large as the one in our cottage, but there was definitely room for two adult ponies. Not surprising there was a comforter with the Wonderbolts logo emblazoned on it, and the linens had been recently changed. I crawled under the blankets plopped my head down on one of the pillows. Across the room Dash was sitting on a stool and brushing her tail.  I closed my eyes and almost immediately I dropped off to sleep.

 

To be continued.

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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
I am so jelly. I also want a massage from Dash.

...

I should try lucid dreaming at some point. I know there are ways to increase the chances of having one (Though some people just can not).

Anyways, I do think this is not going to end the way Dash plans.
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ironman658lm Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your stuff is fantastic!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it.
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:iconironman658lm:
ironman658lm Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tell you what, I'm jealous of your skill my friend
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I hope you enjoy the rest of the show.
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FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If that were me (as Tronfire), she'd be burned.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You lucky so and so.... Gimme - 13 NaNoEmo #3
 
Well, that was pretty nice of her to do. Far better then having to sleep on the couch or the floor.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You lucky so and so.... Gimme - 13 NaNoEmo #3

Yeah I will hear the fallout from this later around the water cooler at work.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you mean from the Weather Team in Equestria?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Initially from there but it will slowly start trickling out around the town.
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F0xridley Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
So, are you used to the sensation of having extra appendages in you dreamscape or does it still feel weird?
It's something I'd personally like to experience.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I've grown pretty accustomed to the wings now.
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Jet-Maepa Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student Writer
Why Baron, I do declare.  I believe Miss Rainbow Dash is crushing on you.  As if you weren't lucky enough with the ladies already. Wink/Razz
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
With as athletic as she is and as much coaching as she does, it's not too surprising that Dash knows a good bit about sports medicine.  You're in good hooves, Skybrush~
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she got back up to speed.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
:)
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Okay, now I know Petina is going to be teasing you about this!  Didn't know Rainbow was a good massuese but I guess it fits in with her being such an athlete and all business when it comes to flying.  Probably not the first time she's had to help a fellow pegasus work out some overly abused muscles. 
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she's not a doctor but she does know how get a pony flying again.
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Meanwhile, one of Petina's special senses begins tingling.

Interesting how putting you on a cloud and gently pushing you down to the ground didn't come up as an option.  I'm sure that's a technique most pegasi are taught in their field care courses in flight school, which Dash likely would know, given her knowledge and experience in flight medicine.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Meanwhile, one of Petina's special senses begins tingling.

Yes she undoubtedly sensed a disturbance in The Force.

Interesting how putting you on a cloud and gently pushing you down to the ground didn't come up as an option.  I'm sure that's a technique most pegasi are taught in their field care courses in flight school, which Dash likely would know, given her knowledge and experience in flight medicine.

Reads your idea. You know neither of us thought or thought to mention that concept. Funny thing is that I would make perfect sense. Hmmmm.
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
You could've been forgiven for not thinking about that since you're still a fairly new pegasus and got an accelerated crash course (emphasis on...well, you know) in how to be one, but RD doesn't have that excuse.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Unless Dash was interested in having spend the night over. She did seem torn between the idea of me spending the night with her and her uncertainty of what would happen. Also she is effectively 18 to 19 years old and looking back with hindsight some of my critical thinking wasn't as sharp as it could've been back then.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, cute. Tho just seeing the picture first made me think you were about to get a lecture and demonstration on proper wing maintenance...

- Polecat
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I did get a bit of chewing from her later about the importance of not overexerting yourself and if you need to take a break then take one.
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Shaleclaw Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cute. c:

Sounds to me like a certain mare may be exhibiting just a teensy bit of interest in ya here. Any plans for taking your boss out for lunch one of these days?
Er, not romantically or anything like that. Just, you know, as friends enjoying a break from cloud clearing?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah since this incident and the Best Young Fliers Competition, Dash and I have hung out a bit more and did lunch fairly frequently.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
This is actually kind of cute.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
So teaching Petina and Carousel to preen pegasus wings might be a return on them teaching RD to "dance"?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I wouldn't mind the two learning how to do it.
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:iconearlmcclaw:
EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
(Notices Sky Brush's reaction to RD's ministrations.)
Mmm. Obviously. ;)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It felt sooooooo good.
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organicmcgee Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Well, seems like somemare has notice Sky Brush.......
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Eeyup!
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Gunflame345 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Stunning pictures and great accompanying tale. If I may be as so bold Brick, Dash's body language indicates she might have feeling for you. Arn't you getting that impression?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah a little.
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Gunflame345 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Then that leads to the question, will you pursue?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well since this event occurred almost a year ago in my dreamscape there has not been any major movement from either party. Of course Dash is stilling deciding what she might want in a relationship. Whether she wants a relationship and if so whether it would be with a stallion or a mare. Besides there is the extra juggling of her being my boss. A bearer of the Elements of Harmony. Plus the relationship I have with Petina and Carousel.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Seeing Petina (and maybe Carousel) stick with Sky Brush might be another reason for RD's reactions -- most people seem more appealing when third (and fourth and fifth etc.) parties show interest in them.
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