"I... I need to think!"
Fluttershy panicked and she bolted out the the window of the library, leaving the others all surprised. Her friends had just asked her to do the unthinkable; to change an animal's nature. The thing that made them who they were. What was she going to do? While she deeply sympathized with Applejack's agricultural problem, she could not just stand aside and let them do this to the vampire fruit bats. Fluttershy knew she had to do something, but what? If only she could convince the bats to leave her friend's apples alone.
Then Fluttershy got an idea. She wasn't sure if it would work, but she had to try anyway. So she took off for Sweet Apple Acres as fast as she could.
Several hours passed and there was still no sign of the return of the nervous pegasus. The others, especially Applejack, were growing impatient.
"Where in tarnation did that pony fly off to?" Applejack demanded.
"I'm starting to think she ditched us." Rainbow Dash stated in annoyance.
"Just be patient, girls." Twilight spoke up. "She obviously wasn't comfortable with what we asked her to do. If we just give her some time to calm down and think it over, I'm sure she'll make the right decision."
"I think we've waited long enough." AJ declared sternly. "Every minute we spend waitin' around is another one of my trees that's destroyed by those bats. It's time for action."
"But I can't do the spell without Fluttershy's stare." Twilight was starting to worry.
"Forget the spell! I'm doin' this my way!" The aggressive farm pony kicked open the door and trotted out. The others grew concerned and ran out after her trying to stop her.
"Applejack! Let's not do anything hasty."
"Think of what Fluttershy would say!"
Applejack was through playing games. She was fired up and ready to strike as she galloped towards Sweet Apple Acres. She was determined to get rid of those pesky bats one way or another even if she had to stamp them out with her own hooves.
When she and the others arrived in the orchard, AJ whipped out her lasso and braced herself. "Alright you rats with wings! This is your last chance to high-tail it offa my farm, or I'm gonna..." But her threats ceased when she realized she was talking to a bunch of empty trees. None of the ponies could believe it, but the bats were all completely gone.
"Huh? Where are all the bats?" asked Rarity.
"Gone." A voice came from up above. A soft one which the five ponies all recognized as Fluttershy. She gently floated down from a tree to meet the others. "Someplace you can never get to them."
"What do you mean?" Pinkie Pie asked.
"What did you do?" Applejack was half-pleasantly surprised and half-mad.
"First, I earned the bats' trust." Fluttershy began explaining. "Then I warned them all about what you wanted to do to them. And then I lead them all someplace far away from here where they can live in peace, raise their families and eat all the fruit they want. There's no reason for them to come back this orchard ever again."
Applejack was stunned. "Wow." she exclaimed. "Color me impressed, Fluttershy. I'm real sorry. I almost made a big mistake."
"We all did." Twilight chimed in.
"We're sorry, Fluttershy." said Rainbow Dash. "We never should've tried to make you do something you knew wasn't right."
Twilight agreed. "And we're proud of you for finding a solution that worked out best for everypony."
"Exactly." Fluttershy stated. "This way, the bats will be happy and you don't have to give up a whole section of your orchard."
"Yes ma'am. Looks like we'll be able to meet our sales quota after all." Applejack said happily. "And it's all thanks to you, Fluttershy."
With that, they all joined together in one of their famous group hugs. Applejack took comfort in the fact that she'd never have to see those bats again, and Fluttershy was happy knowing that the fruit bats were happy in their new home.