When Rainbow Dash explained to Twilight that there was no better place for stargazing than from atop the clouds, she had expected the Unicorn to gush about how lucky her friend was to be able to see such things on a regular basis. What she had not expected was for Twilight to ask if she could spend the night at Dash's cloud castle and see what it was all about.
"Sorry, Twilight, but...I'm just not comfortable with having people in my home," she said, trying to sound apologetic about it. "It's where I go when I need to get away from everybody for a while and think about where I'm going with life, y'know?"
Twilight wasn't as much offended by being turned down as she was surprised by the fact that Dash ever stopped to consider where exactly her life was going. In her estimation, the rainbow-maned mare simply charged through life blindly. "Oh, I totally understand what you mean," Twilight replied, recollecting the numerous times her studies had been interrupted by one of her friends barging in. "It must get lonely up there, though, and I thought you might like to have some company. Maybe another time?"
"Y-yeah, another time," Dash said, taking wing and hovering a few feet above the ground. "I think I'm gonna go take a nap, Twilight. See you around later!" Before the Unicorn could even tell her friend goodbye, Dash was already rocketing off in the direction of her aerial castle.
"Typical Dash," Twilight mused, rolling her eyes as she wandered off.
Some minutes later, Rainbow Dash found herself sitting on the edge of her cloudy real estate and looking over the edge at the quiet little village sprawled out beneath her. Something about her conversation with Twilight had left her with a strange uneasiness in her stomach and a profound feeling of dissatisfaction with her home.
"It does get lonely up here," she said to herself, her gaze still wandering around, picking out the homes of some of her close friends. While she could drop in on them at any given time, only Fluttershy had the means to visit without help from Twilight's magic - and for whatever reason, Fluttershy rarely bothered to stop by. It was really a shame, she thought, as she had more luck coaxing the frightened filly out of her shell than most of the others did. Indeed, her daring rescue of Rarity and the Wonderbolts had caused her to practically explode out of said shell.
For a moment, her thoughts drifted back to the rescue itself, and how things had shaped up afterward. She'd spent the day practicing aerial routines with the Wonderbolts, then returned to Ponyville to find that Rarity had arranged an elegant dinner to show her appreciation.
"I simply cannot thank you enough for saving my life, Rainbow! If you ever need anything, anything at all...don't even hesitate for a moment to ask, dear!" Rarity had told her before they parted ways for the evening.
Those words continued to bounce around in Dash's mind for a few moments as she stared at Rarity's boutique, mulling over some possibilities in her mind. "Hey, maybe Rarity can help me take care of that..." she said, her face twisting into a mischievous grin as she trails off. "...yeah, it'll be perfect!"
Her confidence returning and a plan beginning to form in her mind, Rainbow Dash jumped over the edge of her cloud and began a free-fall towards the village below. She waited until the last possible moment to spread her wings, twisting into a tight spiral around Rarity's boutique before coming to land on the front porch.
"Here goes nothin'," Dash said as she entered the shop, a small bell chiming as the door opened and shut behind her. Rarity's shop always smelled of freshly-laundered fabrics and the finest perfumes, and opulence knew no limits where the decor was concerned.
"Be with you in just a moment!" Rarity called out in her sing-song voice. The Unicorn was currently seated and entirely focused on her latest creation. While it wasn't as flashy as some of the dresses Rarity had made in the past, it wasn't the sort of thing Dash could ever see herself wearing.
"No worries, I'm not in a hurry," Dash said, watching Rarity work from across the room. She'd need a moment to get that mischievous grin hidden anyways.
"Oh, Rainbow Dash! How nice of you to drop by!" Rarity replied, immediately sticking the needle into a nearby pincushion and removing her glasses. "I wasn't expecting to hear from you today; I had imagined you'd be off on some grand, aerial adventure."
"Not today, Rarity. I've just been sort of...well...there's something I could use your help with," the Pegasus said, trying to muster up the courage to make her request.
"Oh? Well I'd be delighted to help you in any way I can, dear. What seems to be the problem, exactly?" she asked, standing and walking over to her friend.
After a moment of hesitation, Rainbow Dash finally held her head high and spent several moments explaining to Rarity exactly what it was that she wanted out of the Unicorn. Rarity's eyes began to go wide with shock as the explanation progressed, and at the very end her jaw dropped so far she thought it might hit the floor. It was really all she could to to keep from fainting.
"You want me to WHAT?"