Once preparations were finished at town hall for the big debate next week, Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Princess Twilight and their families bid each other farewell, and went home. Pinkie, Cheese, Fluttershy, and Big Mac were all going back to Sugarcube Corner with their kids. Jewel asked is she could go too. After being assured by Pinkie and Cheese Rarity nodded. giggling, the little filly galloped on with the rest of her little friends to the sweets shop. Princess Twilight and Flash were taking Event to Rainbow and Soarin's house so the little colt could have a play date with Gliding. Applejack and Rarity were left on their own.
"I think I shall go home." Rarity said first beginning to go along the road home.
"Hold up, Rarity." Applejack said without thinking. The unicorn stopped and turned around.
"Yes, dear?" She asked.
"How about you walk me home first? I didn't get a lot of sleep last night, and I'd hate to fall asleep in the middle of the road." Applejack offered giving a sheepish smile at her friend.
Rarity returned the smile, and nodded. "I think I'll take you up on that. I could do with some fresh air, and besides, your lovely mane would be ruined by the dirt on that road. Come along. Off to bed with you."
AJ chuckled and rolled her eyes. She felt her face warm a little from hearing Rarity compliment her mane. She trotted up next to her, and the two walked side by side on the road to Sweet Apple Acres. Along the way, the two talked. Talked about the election, about how Rarity was doing. Talked about Jewel, Big Mac, Apple Bloom and Fluttershy. Eventually they ended up talking about Thunderlane and some oddities Rarity found just before he was discovered dead.
"Now that I think about it, he did seem a tad distant. Not sad, just....distant. I still saw passion in his eyes, but it's like something had changed in him." Rarity rambled.
Applejack just listened. That's what Rarity needed right now.
"His letters to me while he was at base started getting fewer and fewer," Rarity continued. "I don't think he was suicidal."
"Any thoughts?" Rarity asked.
"Sounds like he was hiding something." AJ said simply.
"I'll have to have a word with Rainbow Dash when she's back in town, then." Rarity sighed.
"Don't you worry none." AJ said, patting Rarity's shoulder.
"Oh, I'm not worried. I had forgotten how much fun it was just being with you."
AJ gave a quick glance at Rarity and blushed. Rarity saw the blush, and giggled nervously.
"You and the girls, of course."
"Yeah." AJ chuckled now, just as uncertain.
The two shared a little laugh ending with Rarity brushing up against AJ sighing.
"I'm happy you got me out of my house, AJ."
"Sure thing, Rare."
They reached the barn shortly after, they bade each other goodbye, and Applejack invited Rarity to a shindig at Town Hall before the debates which she said yes to.