"So…Snow…out of curiosity, why are you teaching Pendleton Tai-Chi?"
"Hmmm? Well, he’s seemed so tense, so…I asked him why…he told me about his meds and emotional issues, I’m sure you know…You are his best friend…So I offered to help him out…You know, my mother had depression and how much tai-Chi helped her…so I thought…well..I wanted to help a friend, yeah?"
Darien smiled but it didn’t quite reach his eyes. “This is why I love you, Snow. You believe in others so much. Just…be careful. He is still taking his medications, yes?”
Her head tilted and her smile faltered, she knew when Dark didn’t approve of what she was doing…He never said it outright..But she felt like a badly behaved child, caught with her hand in the cookie jar.
"He’s still taking his meds, as far as I know, why wouldn’t he? Tai-Chi will just help him gain control….I..I thought you would be pleased…he’s your friend."
He stepped towards her. “Of course I’m pleased. Why wouldn’t I be? I just don’t think martial arts are the best thing for a colt with emotional issues…”
"Being calm, being normal, is all he wants, right? Then let him have that."
"But…My Father said that it would help him focus…I asked him last night…My mother was so much better once she was able to control…it will be fine, I’ll be fine…why are you so …worried?" Snow felt her face begin to flush hot, how could he make her feel ashamed with so few words? Why was this even an issue?
Darien halted for a moment. “Your father said that?” He shook his head. It must have been a mistake. “I’m not worried. I was just concerned. Pendleton is sensitive. You know that. Why else would he be so quiet?”
…Other than the verbal abuse, the pranks, the humiliation, Elisa’s abuse, Dizzy’s gang….
Snow gave Dark a slow and ‘old fashioned’ look. “He’s quiet because Elisa rips into him every time he opens his mouth, you know that as well as I do dear”
"All he has to do is tell her no, Snow. It’s good for him. Like with the football team, a stallion faces adversity head on. Elisa is a challenge and Pendleton needs some to reach his potential."
Snow blinked a few times and pursed her lips, she didn’t agree, but she only saw things from the outside, she didn’t know Pen well enough to really say what she thought.
She only knew that she was relived to never be on the receiving end of Elisa’s vile tongue
"I guess so, You know best Dear.." she sighed "But I’m still going to help him…I think he needs a friend…and he was so sweet to me, I Want to help him" her eyes flicked to the side, if only Darien had said those things in Pens message.
His smile grew as he pulled her into a kiss. “I do. I have his best interests at heart…though our plans are a bit more important. You and I have a long future together to cement. Perhaps make plans for that dinner y…we missed, mm?” He smiled.
"Out of curiosity…did your father say why he wished to meet with Pen?"
She flinched at the mention of the missed meal. She WAS being reprimanded like a naughty child after all.
"Meet Pen? Daddy didn’t say he wasn’t to meet Pen, I just asked about how training could help people with emotional issues, I didn’t even mention Pen to him, not really."She screwed up her nose prettily, trying to look cute for Dark, he was always sweeter to her if she acted like a little girl.
"Daddy didn’t want to meet anyone Darien"
The stallion chuckled softly. “Oh, it’s okay, Snow. It’s nothing. Pendleton is our friend and he deserves the chance to meet his limits..”
He ran his fingers through her mane. “You are so adorable like this. Just remember to ask me before seeing him in the future. Not that I would say no; it’s only to be sure that you stay with those that truly appreciate you.” He smiles at her.
"I can choose for myself Dark…" the words popped out of her mouth before she could even register the thought…crap…
He raised an eyebrow. “Of course you can…you’re a grown mare who can make her own decisions. I just want to be sure you are making the right decisions for you. It hasn’t always been so clear…isn’t that part of why you take the same classes as I do? Because you know where you belong? That the choice that’s good for me is good for you?” He holds his hand out to her…offering simplicity and a burden-less world of no weight or consequence….
Snow smiles thank fully, he isn’t mad…She takes his hand and looks up into his bright Tanzanite coloured eyes, Her husband to be.
"All you ever need to do is take my hand and trust in me to know what’s best…" The ebon pegasus draws her into his embrace.
"yes Darien, I know..I love you"
"I love you too, Snow. And this Pendleton nonsense…?"
Frowning, Snow felt her heart contract. “I’ll tell Pen we can’t do it…” She whispered,
Snow had no intention of doing so…But she would tell Pen to ‘maybe’ Keep their practice a secret.
He smiles in that way of his. “Not at all. You can do it…but make sure he takes an extra dose of his medications…and perhaps invite Elisa over to join you. I’m sure he would want his marefriend there for support.” He nods sagely to himself.
Lowering her head, Snow nods slowly “Of course Darien”
He tilts her head up. “What? It means spending more time with your best friend, doesn’t it..?”
She could feel her hackles rising, Poor Pen wouldn’t ever reach his potential if Elisa was watching…
"Sure, its a great idea..Im sure Elisa will be…thrilled"
"I’m sure she will be. She’s been wanting to talk to you about something. Pen too but she’s already been to see him."
Snow sighed inwardly and heavily. What did Elisa want now? Poor Pen…What did she do to him this time?
"Sure…Ill go find her.."
"That’s my girl. I’m sure it’s nothing." He swallows dryly. "…nothing." He can’t get the message out of his mind no matter how hard he tries.
funny thing is, neither can Snow.
((Rp by Pen-mod and Snow-mod))
Mod: Reblog of the AU for those who’ve been enjoying it! Yes, it’s in a rather raw form (chronic ill health kept me from being able to edit) but I thought folk would enjoy seeing a little more of the story unfolding. All thanks to go to Snow!