Pinkie could hear the sounds of pain from inside Sugarcube Corner, she peered out the window and before her big sky blue eyes she saw her second best friend being tugged by the wing harshly down the street. Every time Rainbow stopped a moment to recover from the hard yank, her wing was pulled, the pain was terrible, but she was pulled like a dog on a leash to keep up with the coal hedgehog trudging her along, and with each yank Rainbow did her best to stilfe a yelp, because the first time she did.
Ealier that morning, the two lovers were having breakfast, Shadow had gone for a moment to help Sonic, when she began talking with Captain Soarin of the Wonderbolts, and the two had a nice talk, then Shadow came back and threatened the poor stallion, after that Shadow became more rude striking a hard glance at her and even raised his fist warning never to talk to another male pony if she didn't want to be hurt. Rainbow wasn't used to this, but she had seen his power in action, so she obeyed, and while at the same time she did, she had no idea why. After their meal they went on a walk, and it started nice, but Shadow began walking a bit faster, Rainbow loved to go fast, but she was hoping for a nice slow walk-'n-talk so when she dared ask if he could slow down, the crimson marked hedgehog had grabbed her wing and yanked it, urging her to keep up, the sudden jerk and pain had pinched in her fragile wing bones and she let out a shrill yelp, somewhere in between a neigh and a bird call, and as soon as the noise escaped her lungs Shadow spun on his crimson heel and raised his hand across his body threatening to backhand her. She ducked in fear that he dare strike her, but instead he let out a soft and menacing whisper. "If you ever make that sound again, I'll tear your wing off. See if I don't."
So for the rest of the walk Rainbow was being drug along like a punished foal, heat rising in her cheeks as she could see everypony in town staring at her, it was humiliating! Having to be forced to walk among her peers seen as nothing more than a pet. She just couldn't take it anymore. Loyalty or not she refused to be bullied, so the next time Shadow began to tug the tip of her wing, she pushed against him and got free, flapping her wings wildly, she stroked the sore tip with her tongue like a bird preening itself, and staerted to hover above the shocked and fallen Ultimate creature.
"Look, pal! I dunno what your damage is, but you will NOT treat me like THAT!" She huffed and got nose to nose with her coltfriend, on the verge of ex if he kept this up.
Shadow didn't know entirely what to do, be impressed by her stubbornness, or continue the charade. He knows he just got the attention of everypony in town by the sour looks they all were giving him, he prayed to Aroura that Soarin saw this, so that he could stop it, naturally. Shadow composed himself mentally, resumed his ugly demeanor, rose, grabbed the light blue pegasus by the napp of the neck and threw her down to the ground, and stepped on her soar wing with his metallic shoe, keeping her from flying anywhere. He bent down to where his face was just about hers. "Now LISTEN here!" He raged spitting in her face."You're my girl, and if you THINK about breaking up with me, not only will I hunt YOU down, but your precious friends as well!" That got her cowering, Shadow was shouting with such power everyone in town could hear it. Luckily Saorin himself was standing by, he saw what was going on. Shadow's eyes were darting back and forth as if daring anypony to challenge him, while knowing perfectly well that it was the stallion's call to action.
And just what he did. Soarin flew up and pushed Shadow off of Rainbow. Soarin took his place over her defensively. Like a stallion protecting his mate."Who DARES!" Shadow began. Soarin quickly raised a hoof."I'm sorry Shadow, but if...." he hesitated. Was this really the way it had to be to get Rainbow Dash? Was this foolishness really worth it? No. He should do the right thing. "Shadow. Drop the act. There's something you should know. The only reason Rainbow was waiting for you was because of her loyalty to you."
Shadow was surprised by this, that means he CAN use his girlfriend card. Soarin continued to speak, but now to Rainbow herself. "And Miss Dash. Shadow was just putting up a front. He was trying to get you to hate him so you would come to me. But then you tald me about that thing at the cafe, the loyalty I mean. This whole mess is my fault. I'm sorry." And with that Soarin sadly unfolded his wings and fluttered away.
Rainbow made it to her feet looking in the direction her stallion flew."Soarin. Wait." She unfolded her wings, though it ached her left wing still functioned fine, and she took off to catch him. Never once looking back at Shadow.
"Alright, Apple Bloom what is it you wanted me to see?" Knuckles said humoring his little filly friend.
The small yellow pony pointed to a blue box That almost looked like a barn, but the size of an outhouse. "There! That thing. Me and the girls were out here last week playin', then all of a sudden this box comes outta nowhere! We ducked in this bush right here!" She jumped into the bush near the bench where Miss Lyra Heartstrings was sitting in her unusual way. She waved franticlly at Knuckles. Knuckles awkwardly returned it. "Then, we saw a pony step out of it, and was all glowy 'n stuff." Apple Bloom continued.
"Hmm....." Knuckles pondered."I think it's your imagination." He said as he walked away. "but it ain't I tells ya! It's true!" She shouted following him. And the two made their way out of the park leaving the box out of their minds. Good thing too. It was too soon for her to see this thing, because at that moment a chestnut brown stallion with spiky hair just now came out from behind the tree where Lyra was sitting. He rushed past her and into the box, and before the mare's eyes the box vanished and faded into thin air. Just then her cousin Bon Bon came to join her on the bench."What did you see, Lyra?"
The green unicorn just sat there mouth agape.