Chapter 44: Raspberry's pet
Little Flitter walked around her bird cage. She stood up and
shook the door but the lock on it kept her from opening it. She
tried to squeeze her body through but the bars wasn't wide enough
for her and her wings were too big. She walked to her water bowel
and began drinking out of it. She stared at the reflecting in
her water as she remembered Luna. A tear suddenly fell down her
cheek as she thought she was never going to see Luna or her family
again. She turned from the water bowel and continued to walk
around the cage trying to find away out but the cage was well
made and would keep even the strongest bird in it.
She flapped her wings and flew to the top. She grabbed the bars
and shook it but the bars wouldn't come loose.
Just then Raspberry walked in the room, shutting the door behind
"Brother...he can be a pain sometimes!" Raspberry cried.
She walked to her table and took her books out from her bag,
then sat them on the table. She put her bag on the chair and
smiled greatly at Little Flitter.
"So how's my little pet?" Raspberry asked smiling.
"Please let me out" Little Flitter begged.
"No and don't bother trying to get out. I bought the best
cage I could find and they say it's well made," Raspberry
She sat down at the table and opened her book. Then she took
a piece of paper from the pile in front of her and began writing.
Little Flitter landed in the cage and walked around it. She tried
poking her head through but her body and wings wouldn't fit.
Then she looked at Raspberry's book and paper, "What are
"It's my homework."
"It's extra work I get from school," Raspberry answered.
Little Flitter remembered what school was, she wondered if Raspberry
"What are you writing?" Little Flitter asked.
"Math and I'm terrible at it," Raspberry answered.
"Math?" Little Flitter asked, "How does math work?"
Little Flitter was curious and had forgotten about wanting to
"Well, I'm suppose to subtract two numbers from another
set of two number but I forgot how to do it," Raspberry
"Why don't you ask your brother for help?" Little Flitter
"My brother?" Raspberry replied, "Forget it."
"Why?" Little Flitter asked.
"I don't need his help," Raspberry answered.
"Just ask him about those numbers. He sounds rather nice
when you talk about him."
"I..uh..he's...." Raspberry hated to admit but she
knew Little Flitter was right, her brother was nice.
"He's your brother and you're his little sister. How could
he not help you?" Little Flitter asked.
Raspberry sat and thought about it. Maybe asking Blueberry wouldn't
"Alright," Raspberry told her. She took her book and
stood up, "I'll ask him." She left her room and walked
to his door. She knocked and heard Blueberry tell her to come
in. She opened his door and found him laying on his bed working
on his school work.
"Blueberry, I...umm....got to ask you something."
Blueberry sat up, "What is it?"
Raspberry walked up to him and opened her book, showing him the
math page, "I forgot how to do this."
Blueberry was surprised Raspberry was asking him for help. It
was the first time she wanted his help. He took the book and
with a separate piece of paper she showed her how it worked.
Raspberry smiled greatly, "Thanks!" She took the book
and quickly left his room. She hurried to her room and saw Little
Flitter still trying to get out. She sat on her at her table
and continued writing but at a much faster rate. When she was
done she put the paper in her book and closed it. She sat the
book aside and took another one. She opened the book and began
"What are you doing?" Little Flitter asked.
"Reading," Raspberry answered.
"Reading what?" Little Flitter asked.
Raspberry signed, "I have to make a book report, please
let me read for a few minutes."
"Oh, sorry," Little Flitter replied.
When Raspberry was done reading she starting writing.
"Do you have any friends?" Little Flitter asked.
"Some...I guess," Raspberry replied as she wrote.
She was almost done when Little Flitter said something, interrupting
"You don't know?" Little Flitter asked.
"I do but," Raspberry paused, "They don't act
"What do you mean?" Little Flitter asked curiously.
"They follow me around doing what ever I tell them but...they
don't come over for parties or spend the night or going out for
fun," Raspberry closed her book and stood up. She walked
to her bed and sat down sadly, "I...never told anyone this
but I'm terrible at making friends. I can't even be a friend,
I don't know how. When we first moved here, I went to school
with my brother. Before the day was over he had made friends
but...I didn't have any. I was rather shy at the time and it
wasn't easy for me to talk to other ponies. When I did they either
didn't hear me or they would just say hi and leave. I tried,
I honestly did but when I couldn't make friends I decided to
force them too. So I found out their greatest secret and told
them I'd tell the whole school if they didn't be my friend. After
awhile it got easy and I could get friends faster than anyone
but..." Raspberry paused, "It wasn't like having a
real friend. My brother can make friends quiet fast. Even a pony
named Lunarstar made seven friends the day she moved here...It's
Little Flitter began to feel sorry for Raspberry. Her whole problem
was she couldn't make friends and it made her jealous to see
other do it.
"Why don't you talk to them?" Little Flitter asked,
"Try and make a real friend."
"I tried. They'll say Hi and leave or ignore me."
"Be yourself and talk to ponies."
"No, the last thing I need is to be myself. No one would
like me for just being me."
"But...You won't make friends being mean to everyone."
"At lest they'll know who I am," Raspberry replied.
She laid on her bed and faced away from Little Flitter.
"Try and be friends with Lunarstar," Little Flitter
"So she can find out the real me and tell everyone or worse...make
fun of me? No thanks. Besides I don't need her," Raspberry
"How do you know she would do that. You don't know her!"
Little Flitter cried.
"Yes I do, she's my brother's girlfriend!" Raspberry
Little Fitter sighed sadly, "your afraid and jealous."
"No I'm not," Raspberry cried, "Leave me alone."
"I'm sorry. I was trying to help like a real friend would,"
Little Flitter replied. She turned and walked to a small blanket.
Then she curled in a ball and laid.
Raspberry laid on the bed thinking about what Little Flitter
said. She got off the bed and looked in the cage, "friend?"
Little Flitter looked up at her.
"Would you be my friend?" Raspberry asked.
Little Flitter smiled, "Sure." She knew it would be
to much to ask to be let out of the cage so she thought she'd
help with Raspberry's problem first. If Raspberry was going to
be a real friend she would eventually let her out.