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We tend not to..question, Gilda's methods. by Bread-Crumbz We tend not to..question, Gilda's methods. by Bread-Crumbz
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DISCLAIMER: Sorry it's taken so long, everypony! I'm not too proud of this. A lot of emotional stress has been happening, and my computer has been messing up plus my job has been getting in the way. Please understand! I hope you all enjoy :>


It was about 4 in the morning when I heard a loud screeching throughout the hallway.

"Up and at em, Bolts! Time to get up!" the griffin's voice shrieked, letting us all know it was time to wake up. I groaned and sat up, immediately wincing. My head was throbbing and my eyes were sore as well. I slowly craned my head toward my window. The sun wasn't even up yet. I wanted to just sleep again but I knew that I had to start moving eventually. I heard a soft knock on my door.

"Hello?" a voice called. It was different, not like Gilda's. My ears perked up instantly. I knew exactly who it was and it jolted me awake. Oh my Celestia.

"S..Spitfire???" I managed to choke out at her. "I uh.." I began to scramble out of bed, despite how terrible my body felt, the adrenaline sort of eased the pain as my heart pounded in my ears. Spitfire was actually talking to me! "I'll be out in a minute!"

I could hear her giggle as a few other hoofsteps outside could be heard. "Alright, meet us outside on the back cloud track, okay? Take your time." she assured me. I most certainly would not. This was Spitfire! I was actually going to train with Spitfire and the Wonderbolts!

Once I heard the other hoofsteps sort of fade out, the adrenaline rush subsided and I felt a surge of pain engulf my entire body. My eyes were swollen and sore from the night of crying and my throat was scratchy from my sobbing as well. My mane was probably a mess and my head was pounding. The headache was the worst. It was like a night of partying without the fun and booze. With each heart beat it throbbed in my ears and in my temples, reminding me of the crying I had done just a few hours earlier. I groaned before opening the door to the empty hallway. The other ponies must already be outside. I swallowed hard and tried to walk my best outside to where they were. The back cloud track, as Spitfire said. I assumed it was out the backdoor.

Once I found the track, Gilda was doing something to the Bolts, but it was a bit too dark and I was too tired to figure out what it was. I squinted my eyes to see it better, but increased my pace a bit to figure it all out. Once I was close enough my eyes widened a bit. I realized Gilda was...tying a rope around their waists'! I gasped and turned to her. Even as the sun was peaking over the clouds ever so slightly, her eyes gave off that eerie yellow glow.

"Gilda, what in Celestia's name are you doing?" I asked in a somewhat weak voice. I cleared my throat, however, ready to sound a bit more aggressive when I talked. She clacked her beak and leaned closer.

"Ah, Dash. You're late." she said simply, taking a rope in her talons and walking over to me. I was too stunned to move when I realized what she was doing. Before I knew it, a rope was tied around my torso, holding my wings down. She backed away, smiling at her work. "Cool your jets, Dash. You have no room to question my managing." she said simply as the Bolts all lined up, waiting for Gilda's instructions. I grumbled and stood with them, waiting to hear what she'd say.

"Okay, Bolts, obviously you all know what's going on. But since our friend Rainbow Dash is new, we should give her a run down." she said, pacing up and down the line, looking at me intently. I lowered my eyes at her. "Now in the mornings like this, I want you guys to get your leg strength up. Because not only do you need your legs to help you run to take off, but you need strong legs to help you land."

Gilda walked over and lifted up Spitfire's front leg, revealing how well toned she was. I swallowed hard. Even I wasn't that toned and athletic. Maybe this would be hard to keep up. Spitfire nodded, helping Gilda speak.

"That's right, Bolts." Spitfire said. "Landing in a split second after flying over 200 miles per hour can hurt. Luckily, our legs are trained for that." They all nodded, except me. I merely felt fear wash over me like a cold wave splashing on the shore.

Gilda nodded. "Okay, any questions...?" she asked, again, looking right at me. The others looked at me as well and I felt all attention on me. Although this felt like...condescending attention. Negative attention. Rainbow does not like that. I merely shook my head.

"No, let's get going." I said to them. Gilda nodded.

"I agree, go on, Bolts!" she barked.

And with that, the Wonderbolts were trotting at a quick pace around the track and I followed soon after. Surprisingly, my thoughts were not on Fluttershy now. Maybe it was because I was working out, trying to impress my heroes. I was still awe struck I was with the Wonderbolts finally. Like I was dreaming.

I saw Spitfire slow her pace and my stomach flood with butterflies. Oh my Celestia, she was actually coming to talk to me?! I felt a smile try to force it's way on my face, but it was as if my mouth forgot how to. She turned to me and smiled, the morning sun slowly peaking over the clouds.

"Hey, newbie!" she said. "I think I know you...I've seen you around a few times, correct?" she asked, keeping a medium pace with me. I was merely awestruck but I nodded.

"Y-yeah! I'm Rainbow Dash." I managed to mutter. She rolled her eyes with a smile and giggle snorted.

"Well, I knew that silly!" she remarked. I couldn't help but find myself wanting to laugh with her. But it was still early, and I was still recovering from last night.

"Is the rope really necessary?" I asked with skepticism in my voice. She was silent for a moment but closed her eyes and smiled, almost like a shrug.

"Mehhh she's been doing this since she first signed on as our manager. It seems to be working. It helps suppress my urge to fly and builds leg strength." she tried to convince me.

I looked forward, still not convinced. She could sense my silence as a sign of not really buying into that. But she kept her nonchalant face and attitude.

"We tend not to..question, Gilda's methods." she said finally. I was curious as to why. Were they..afraid of her? Was she too strict on them and were her methods a bit..extreme? Or was she genuinely a good manager? She seemed like she was pretty serious when it came to training, and the Bolts seemed to go along with it okay. I kept it at that and continued the run, ignoring the throbbing in my head and eyes.

"By the way..." Spitfire continued. "I had a hard time sleeping last night."

I felt my stomach churn at that. Oh great..did she hear me? I bit my bottom lip. "O-oh?" I asked.

"Yeah. I heard somepony...crying." she said a bit casual, as if it was nothing. "Would you know anything about that?" she asked. I could tell that she knew it was from me. I knew she knew it was from me. But, I denied it. Knowing very well I was lying to her.

"N-no? Didn't hear anything last night." I said nervously. I was an awful liar. She let the silence set between our conversation for a bit before nodding.

"Ah okay." she said, smiling. "But if you figure out what's going on with it, come tell me, okay?" she asked, grinning. Was she implying that I could..tell her? Everything? There was no way, I just met her and it is the first time meeting her where she acknowledged me! My mouth gaped open a bit before I spoke up.

"Ah..okay. I'll try." I assured her. She nodded.

"No problem! Welcome to the team!" and with that, she galloped off ahead of me. I hadn't realized how fast she was. I was beginning to feel out of breath! How long had we been running?! I tried to keep pace with the others, but could feel myself falling behind a bit. I panted, trying to keep up. The lack of food wasn't helping much either. But the sooner I finished this, the sooner we'd be done. I grit my teeth and hammered down on the clouds, trotting and galloping as fast as I could to the finish line on the last lap.

Once I arrived, the other Bolts were already getting water and doing cool down stretches and exercises. Gilda walked over to me, yanking the rope off. It burnt my skin a bit, but it was nothing I couldn't handle. "Get some water and rest up. When you're done, it's breakfast." she said and then walked away.

I felt relieved as I felt the cold water splash down my throat. I was actually hungry from the work out. And I knew no matter how full I thought I was, I had to keep eating. Because I never want to feel like I'm falling behind with their work outs. I want to be the best.

Then, it hit me.

Like a ton of bricks.

I had to be the best Wonderbolt. The best. Maybe. Just maybe. If I'm the best, Fluttershy will surely notice! Yeah! I couldn't help but feel all the negative emotions wash away. If only for a second. I had this new hope instilled in me. If I was going to win Fluttershy back I needed to be new, I needed to be improved. And most of all, I needed to be the best.

Because she deserved the best. Then I felt my thoughts drift to her again, and my mood dipped as well. I sighed and my head began to slowly fall forward. As if there were weights weighing it down. Oh Fluttershy...where were you now? Did you miss me like I missed you? I felt myself slowly being dragged to the ground, like gravity increased. I wanted to curl up in a ball when I thought of her. When I thought of us. I felt my eyes slowly close as I fought back tears before those familiar talons were near my face and Gilda leaned down, whispering in my ear.

"Dash, not good to lay down after a work out." and when she said that, I could feel her beak slowly lean over to nibble on my ear. I flinched immediately and scrambled backwards. I gave her a disgusted look and narrowed my eyes at her.

"Do NOT do that again." I warned her. Gilda merely giggled playfully and slowly turned away.

"Whatever you say, Dash." she shrugged. "Okay, Bolts! Let's head inside for breakfast!" she said. I heard them all gasp with delight and follow her. I'm sure they were all starving.

Despite having virtually nothing in my stomach, I was stuffed. Hopefully I could force myself to eat something at breakfast.
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Morris4480 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Spitfire seems sweet :3
MayRothwell Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
I really want Fluttershy and Rainbow to get back together... I still have faith in them!!!
Cityofbones0 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Oh shit, son
Gilda is jealous of Fluttershy
She's still a bitch and I would appreciate it if she received a swift blow to the face, but at least I sort of know her motives.
KiraOnline Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Gilda's a bitch and nothing can change that! Dash, I REALLY hope things work in your favor with Fluttershy.
SlyTheWolf Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yep... I believe Gilda loves dash.
amandaam Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
maybe dash is right or maybe not...
Bhiggo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
>Wings bound
>Still flying

Without reading the fic...

... I'm going to assume they were launched from a catapult or something.
PancakeTurtle Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Artist
I accuatly did a kid of RD and her husband was Soarin
lemuractionnews Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh god, I really hope this doesn't go in that direction...
NintendoGal55 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, there we go! That's an interesting angle to take. Rainbow Dash is going to make the best of this, and in doing so, she's going to try to win back Fluttershy's heart. I like that, she's taking initiative to win Fluttershy back and fight for her. Interesting! It does help with her motivation to shape up and really make the best of being a Wonderbolt. She did give up her dream, but we could understand why she did. Oh Dashie, of course she misses you! She just won't admit it and she's clearly headed for a rebound. Sure, Red Rebound may seem awesome and fabulous to her in this vulnerable state, but it won't be long until she's in nothing more than a sea of regrets.

I really do believe Fluttershy was telling the truth when she said she wouldn't be as happy with anypony else, though.

:'3 Good luck with everything, and I still look forward to this story.

It'll be nice too, for Rainbow to have somepony like Spitfire to talk to, it should help to have a positive outlet.
StormyTheSadCat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Your story and art work STUNNING! Me and my sister have been on a mission to read this entire story since we've found it!!!! And I must say we LOVE it! Please continue writing! ^^
tallon567 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Liam9787 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Hah, I wouldn't worry if your work takes a bit longer than usual. I know that feel.. Anyway, I actually REALLY enjoyed this chapter, can't wait to see what happens when (or if) Dash and Spitfire start talking about what happened, or just talking in general. I think it's interesting to see how fan writers use official characters. :clap:
RaenBoow Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist

Bitch please, I'm amazed you have been able to keep this pace up O-o I'm hooked as ever so please get yo shit togheter and continue! :D XD
MrFulp Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
YOur flying with your wings folded? Thats not scientifically possible! You are not scientifically possible!!
angelslight296 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
i guess im gonna say what everyone else as said. life comes first, take your time. those who love your story, like myself, will stand by and wait. another amazing chapter like all the others ~adoring fan~
RoboKitty Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
OK, I until I read the wall of text under the picture I had NO IDEA what they were supposed to be doing in the pic. it's not very clear that they're in a running pose; it honestly looks like they're laying down
Bread-Crumbz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh hello, it's you again. I do apologize that you don't like the picture and I'll keep in mind next time I draw ponies running (which I haven't done often) thank you!
RoboKitty Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
"I do apologize that you don't like the picture"
Am I coming across as too aggressive? I didn't hate the picture by any stretch, I was just having trouble comprehending it
0mnil0rd Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Spitfire sounds like just the person she needed to meet. :)
easyridin Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
this sounds like a good story to read. i cant help but notice though that most of the help from good friends is being given out to Shy. is Dash going to get some help from a real friend? i have to ask where everyone was at for Dash when the breakup was found out? keep up the great story :) i hope your quality of life improves.
iMattxC Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
:) best one in a while
A4ArtStuff Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really nice work again! And there's not need to be sorry. This isn't all you do with your time. You have a live and things happening that are more important and pressing. I wouldn't want something bad happening to you so just take your time. When you get more done, then you get more done :D We who enjoy your story will always be here awaiting! Like loyal and maybe cute puppies.
DolphinBuster Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So happy the new chapter is up, and it was great! And don't worry about taking longer then usual, I know the feel...I've been behind on my stuff lately too, not to mention being a little down. 3: Keep up the wonderful work!
zaiali Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
JESUS, this is long! But the story is all right so that's good.

Now rainbow, get your blue ass in there and win her back! Fluttershy is obviously confused! GIT IN DER!
stjonal Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
keep up the good work.
this is awesome, you're awesome and you should feel awesome!
asluc96 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Another lovely chapter you have here, its nice to see how Rainbow's doing now, Gilda's "methods", and the new chances Rainbow's got now to win Fluttershy back and to tell Spitfire what happened

BTW Are you really sorry that this one took you too long? No problem! No matter what, I can and will trully understand if you need more time with this story. After all, in order to make something good, it takes time
Keep it up! :D
PhantomFox777 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WONDERFUL!!!!! take your time but KEEP IT UP! i've been addicted to this story for a couple months i believe it is now.
Dooddale Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Great work man!
Happy to see you back in my notices.
Hope things start to go your way!
Sorry this time my comment isn't full of regrets and complaints.
Nothing was really stopping me from reading this time...Weird. XD
Ano170 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Oh wow, Gilda actually scared me a bit at the end there...
Still, I'm really liking Spitfire's character, and it's good to see a bit of spark in Dashie again, even if it's not necessarily for the healthiest of reasons-please tell me she doesn't break herself trying to win back Fluttershy?!
Actually, please don't tell me anything! No spoilers!
KingCecil Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
y r they tieded up? 2 lazy to read (no affence) but i LOVE the pictures ;3
voodoo24000 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Lol, first of all: Amazing spelling lol.
Anyways, they were tied up so that they could strengthen their legs. They wouldn't have the urge to fly then.
So basically they were running laps and Gilda tied their wings down so they could only use their legs.
KingCecil Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ohhh okay :3 tank chu i wuv mah speeling
voodoo24000 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
I tik il stet sleeping lik t' can't do it...D*** You AutoCorrect!!!!!
KingCecil Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
haha ish iv perty funnah XD
Limixi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Great job! :)
catz537 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute...and yet very confusing. Sorry I haven't been keeping up with your story and in too lazy to read it all lol xD but nice pic
FlippyFangirl4Life Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How is this Gilda's Method? You should've put Gilda in the pic! :noes:
voodoo24000 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Bravo! Bravo! Loved this chapter. So far I gotta say...third favorite. First would be the first chapter. Second would be the breakup. Not to say your other chapters aren't good. Love the whole story so far.

Aaaaaaanyway, don't worry about getting these to us quickly. If anyone knows personal life can interfere, it's me. I've been planning to post a Fanfic for weeks now. I have every chapter finished and ready to post but I just haven't done it. So trust me, you don't need to worry about being late :D
ninoft Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Too many feels :iconiknowthatfeelplz:
ComposerOfMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tis good indeed. I like the new emotional level of having a clear goal. The past few chapters were a bit mopy, but now that we are seeing Dash have a little ambition, it gives us a little hope too. I also like the side conflict of whether Gilda is a good leader or not. It is leaving me wondering... Anyways, good job! No major complaints here.
sithwolf Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
great work i really did enjoy this great work
GarethJason Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Don't worry bread-crumbz, take as long as you need, do what's important first! we can wait! :)

Great Chapter!
xles Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Worst part about reading one of your chapters is the urge to find out what happens next...
RDA5H Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Woo, fuel your training; go Dash!
ZakSaturday2468 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another lovely chapter, as usual~
kingofraggedy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
~nibble nibble~ ^o^
RaenBoow Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconohohoplz: Gilda... What are you up to? :3
kingofraggedy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
:iconohstopityouplz: oh, nuthin~
RaenBoow Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Damn right :iconmiradafijaplz:
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