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"Alright, everypony! Welcome to your first day here at Junior Speedsters Flight Camp. We've got a lot to learn over the next few weeks, so we'll need to move quickly."



Rainbow Dash could not have been more excited.



"All I have to do is out fly the other ponies here, and I'll be a Wonderbolt!" The little filly thought to herself while her fellow students mingled amongst each other.



Rainbow Dash eagerly hung onto her instructor's every word.



"Now, the first thing we'll need to do is assign each of you a cabin to stay in. To get started, I'll need everypony to split into two groups. Fillies on one side, and colts on the other."



The pipsqueak pegasus took her place with the rest of the boys, and patiently waited for further instruction. She was far too zoned in on her instructor to notice the ponies around her, who had begun to laugh and point in her direction.



"She thinks she's a colt!" one of the boys jeered.



"I wonder why she's not over here?" a filly whispered into the ear of another.



The camp counselor in charge of the group took immediate action.



"Children! That's quite enough."



She walked up to Rainbow, who was still completely oblivious to what was really going on. She checked her clipboard, looking for the right name.



"Rainbow Dash, is it?"



The colorfully-maned pony nodded and smiled. "That's me!"



"I see," her instructor said in a concerning tone. "Honey, you need to go stand over on that end with the rest of the fillies, okay?" She gestured towards the girls, who were still snickering, trying hard not to burst into laughter again.



Rainbow looked up to her teacher. "But, I'm---"



"No buts, Sweetie. Go where you belong, so we can get started."



"…Okay." Dash let her head hang low as she made her way to what she considered the wrong group for her.



Both sides began to laugh again, forcing a combination of tears and sniffles from the deflated filly.



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Rainbow Dash rolled over, falling out of the bed across from Twilight Sparkle's. She smacked her muzzle against the wooden floor, simultaneously grunting and scrunching up her face as she did so. Dash wasn't used to sleeping in a real bed, one not made of cloud. The fall this time didn't hurt nearly as much, considering is was just a couple of feet to the ground below.



The day before, when Twilight and Dash got to the library, Twilight promptly dictated a letter to Spike outlining Rainbow's willingness to have an audience with Princess Celestia in Canterlot. The two spent the rest of the evening waiting for a reply which would let them know when they could visit. They ended up waiting most of the night in separate beds, sharing stories and laughter over hot tea with milk.



Rainbow, who was then unwillingly kissing the floor, took this moment of thankfully unnoticed humiliation to ponder over the memory her subconscious had shared with her during her slumber.



"Ugh… why that dream again?" She thought to herself.



It had happened such a long time ago, but the memory of her first day at Junior Speedsters Flight Camp would not leave her. It was the first time she recognized the problem she'd been living with her whole life; the fact she was indeed, a mare.



However, the memory had lost its sting over the years, the same way an open wound loses its sting if left alone for long enough time. There wasn't any point in dwelling on the past, because today was the day everything would change for her.



"Not gonna be a mare for much longer," she whispered whilst picking herself up off the floor.



She rubbed her eyes, looking over to Twilight's bed, which still possessed the purple pony, deeply breathing in and out as she dreamed.



Her eyes caught a glimmer of something moving up and down slowly on Twilight's chest as she slept.



A scroll.



Princess Celestia's reply must have come while the two were sleeping.



Rainbow Dash crawled onto the foot of Twilight's bed, and patiently waited for her friend to wake up, so they could read the news together.

Okay, so it's 1am, and I have to be awake to be ready for work in like... four hours. Funny thing is, I had planned on getting to bed early today.

This chapter sort of came at me all at once, and I knew I would forget about it later if I didn't write it now, so I give you Chapter VIII, an arguably too short piece riddled with insomnia induced typos and grammatical errors.

I'll be proofing this when I have more time (probably in a couple days), so don't worry about the quality being a little lower than normal. This is just a first pass.

The chapter deals with something most transgender people, myself included, go through as young children. Growing up, we believe we are a gender our body does not match, completely ignoring the signs until someone else presents them. I had several instances in my childhood which played out this way, so it was only fitting Dash had something similar.

As always, comments and criticism are greatly appreciated.

Also, please take some time to consider donating to my own, actual transition. Even if it's just $1, every little bit helps me out immensely: www.gofundme.com/dnzh00

-Shake

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AndyFord Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I was a kid, I was going shopping for Halloween costumes with my dad and when I said I wanted to be Spiderman, my dad point toward a costume near us and said "Well, there's a Spidergirl costume."

I ended up getting really angry with him and saying "I don't want to be Spidergirl, I want to be SpiderMAN!!" xD
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wbender2467 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um...I can't spare a dollar. I graduated high school recently, and I've been looking for a job, going on job searches, shadowing (my last one was at an advertising company down here in Florida. It's small, but they get a LOT of business!), then there's the possibility of getting a license in what I do. (Because of certain circumstances, I can only work morning shifts, I still get paid the regular minimum wage though.Dance! 
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's okay. Good luck on your job search!
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olihmajor Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I'm really liking this story :)
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TastetheRainbow111 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
can't wait for IX!

just 1 question is this based on a real life experience
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:iconpenguinprotecter:
penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is, but only loosely.
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TastetheRainbow111 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
ok cause i did have an idea to do something like this based loosely on my life
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canineEnthusiast Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
love this story, can't wait for IX!
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SolidSanchez Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Getting better and better...

Well, I've started reading this without enthusiasm, but now, I've found myself eagerly waiting for more! Good job!
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watergod159 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Good to see a F2M story in the FIM universe that is well written, but if I have one critique, they're relatively short
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EpicRoflcop Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
you should drawl a male version of rainbow dash when your done with this
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Lady-Chan101 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nyaaaa! I need the next chapter already!!!!! *bangs head on desk in anticipation* DAMN YOU CLIFFHANGER!!
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RoboKitty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
"The chapter deals with something most transgender people, myself included, go through as young children. Growing up, we believe we are a gender our body does not match, completely ignoring the signs until someone else presents them. I had several instances in my childhood which played out this way, so it was only fitting Dash had something similar."

Yeah, we're all a shamefully impressionable bunch of morons, aren't we? Thank you, evolution and/or God (which is a discussion for another time and place)
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RoboKitty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
"All I have to do is out fly the other ponies here"
That should be "out-fly", not "out fly".
Why yes, I am a Grammar Nazi, but I need a break from correcting my own mountain of mistakes in my school project. =P
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for noting this.

I'll change it now.
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EpicRoflcop Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
at first i wasn't that into this but now im cheeking back for a new one like ever 15 mins
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to hear it.
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hopefox Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Another great chapter! I'm so glad Twilight has figured out how to help now. Why do I get the impression that it won't be as simple as Celestia waving her horn and making everything better, though?
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
.... because it won't be.
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Hydro-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Still a good story, but someone brought an issue to my attention. You keep calling Dash a she when talking from narrator's view, when Dash should be called a he from that perspective, as opposed to when one of the ponies calls Dash a she for the story. Maybe you're doing this on purpose, but if not I'd thought I'd share that with you.
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I do this for a reason.
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:iconhydro-dragon:
Hydro-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Alrighty then.
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MandyB82 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Oooooh can't wait to read the letter! :happybounce:
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shining-armor7 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Darn cliffhangers,
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:iconpenguinprotecter:
penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, sorry.
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shining-armor7 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
:)
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PuffyDearlySmith Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Darn cliffhangers, anyway I've enjoyed reading this and I hope things work out for Rainbow.
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Cuauhtemotzin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Damn cliffhangers haha, good work!
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Magicponixtutu Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Love the chapter, speeks volumes for the TG comunity.
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, another chapter so quickly ^^ I love this one, the suspense is killing me^^
and as :iconkovex2443: said, it is like waiting for the next episode :eager: (y do we have to wait another week...:tantrum:)
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I had a lot of fun with VII, so I figured I ought to write the next one without leaving too much of a gap in time.

I'm pretty happy with this one I think.
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deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i;m happy that you are happy
and i too love this one
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Nayru-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student General Artist
SUSPENSE!!!! *hangs over your head until you write the next one*
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:iconpenguinprotecter:
penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, you might be there awhile. Work is going to be pretty crazy next week, so I can't promise the next one will be out soon.
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kovex2443 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
The wait for your next chapter is almost as hard as waiting for the next episode in the show. For me at least. :)
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thanks so much.
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kovex2443 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
You are welcome, but it is I, who should be thanking You for writing these.
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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theath2k Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
I hate how short your chapters are, cus this is one of those stories that you just want to keep reading... but... I love the suspense that you always seem to end your chapters on haha :icondashishappyplz:
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, eeyup.

Gotta keep you ponies coming back somehow. :P
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SexyHaxorus Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Oooh, stop it with the cliffhangers, I must know what happens! DX
Heh. Jk. Good job~
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually do this for more reason other than just be be cruel.

This story, unlike the others I write, is completely unplanned. When I go in to write a new chapter, it's usually with only a faint idea of where I want to take the story next. Leaving the chapters open-ended like this allows for me to make drastic changes to the story should I need to. Take this one for example: Since I didn't write Princess Celestia's reply, I have some time to really think about what she'll say, and how Dash and Twilight will react.

But hey, I'm happy you're reading. :D
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SexyHaxorus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Ahhh, I get it now!
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