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Mother Knows 20% Better [Closed:Rainbow Dash and Zap Apple]

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When he asked about her goggles Dash grinned hopefully. "They're over in my locker!" She shepherded him in the right direction. "Let's go check 'em out!"

 

The pair made their way through the barracks. Dash nodded to a few Bolts that were still inside. Daily training was starting in about five minutes so most of the pegasi were already out on the field stretching and getting warmed up. That was fine as it made it easier to keep her little guy on a straight course to their destination. 

 

Once they'd made it to the locker room Dash led him to her locker and opened it up. Inside was her flight suit, washed, pressed, and folded. Alongside this was a peg from which hung her flight goggles. And then there was something on top of her flight suit. 

 

"Hey Zappers!" She moved to the side to give him room. "Looks like there's something else in here. On top of my flight suit. What are those?" She waited to see what the little guy would think about the pair of flight goggles she'd had made for him. They would fit him and he wouldn't have to hold them up with his hoof to get them to stay over his eyes!

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Zap's eyes wandered around as his mother led him into the locker room. He could tell this was very much a privilege most ponies never got to experience. Only those who earned the right to wear the blue and yellow streaks could enter such a sacred place, save for a few media personnel and family members. He could tell he didn't belong here, at least not yet. Despite the friendly gestures from his mother's teammates, he felt a sense of earned respect and accomplishment that made Zap feel inferior to the program, and he was lucky to get a peek.

 

When Rainbow Dash showed him her folded suit ready for her next session, she also hinted towards an extra pair of goggles. But something was off about them. "Um, these are too small for you, Mommy." He picked up the goggles and attempted to wear them. When the elastic band snapped the back of his head and cowlicked his mane, he winced out in minor pain at the pressure the sensation of wearing something that actually fit him had. The feeling of having something tied to your head like this was something he had never had with goggles that were far too big for him.

 

"Hu! Are these my goggles!?" He asked as he looked at his mother, his eyes plenty enlarged and glossy.

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Dash couldn't help but grin proudly as the little guy snapped his goggles into place. She winced a little as the band snapped a little too hard. Reaching out she rearranged his mane quickly so that the band wouldn't pull on him. "Gotta slip them on," She readied her own pair, slipping her hooves between her head and the band. "Like this. I'll help you next time if you want, until you get it down."

 

"Yep, those are for you Zappers!" She placed her own over her eyes. "So the trick is to wear them around for a while until you get used to them. You can still see pretty much everything, but they do block a little vision to the side, see?" She waved her hoof next to his head on the right, out of view now that the goggles were in place. "You get used to it after a while." She encouraged him. "Plus, now when you reach those high speed you won't have watering eyes!" She knew he hadn't reached a speed high enough to cause tearing yet but he eventually would! "Oh, and take them off whenever you want, if they get uncomfortable or something."

 

She stepped back, observing her son done up like a Wonderbolt recruit. Gosh it was exciting to see him this way. Of course if it ended up not being for him she'd not pressure him however, there was a good chance he'd be a champion flier just like she was! 

 

"You ready for practice Zappers?" She nodded towards the door. "I'm sure there's some fun stuff you can do out there!"

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Zap held himself in place while his mother fixed his hastily fastened pair of goggles from catching his mane. Once she let him go, he looked around with his goggles, observing everything he could, trying to see things in a new perspective. She was right, everything was basically the same, but it made you feel a little more ready to take on the air at the expense of a little peripheral vision.

 

He stepped around a little and accidentally tapped his head and his hooves on a few benches and lockers. The depth perception he was used to was a little modified by the goggle's shape, but he would get used to it with little effort. Knowing that goggles were a tool used by fast fliers to not get the high speed watery eye, something Zap could only accomplish while sitting still and being upset, he was more ready than ever to attempt to fly faster than he had ever before. He was already motivated by the visit, and now that he felt he had a piece of the action strapped to his head, he could actually take the test to not just see if he could go fast, but exactly what level of fast he could accomplish. Was today the day he would follow in his mother's hoofsteps and make his first ever rainboom?

 

"Yes!" Zap scampered out of the locker room and back down the long hall they came from and raced towards the front door in front of everypony.

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Rainbow grimced slightly as her little guy bumped into a few things but he soon got himself straightened out. Before she could blink he was racing down the hallway towards the training fields. Her heart swelled with pride. He really was her little guy! She found herself often seeking connection to her son. It came so easy to AJ but for RD it took time and diligence. Sure she loved him to pieces it was just the deeper connection that she wanted. Right now she felt it strongly. He loved the same things she did when it came to flying. She'd do whatever she could to make him feel accomplished by the end of today, even if she knew he was a bit young for a rainboom.

 

Various Wonderbolts stepped to the side as Zappers charged by. They smiled half smiles at each other. Knowing he was Rainbow's son made what he was doing permissible, but only that fact. Ponies were not usually allowed to get away with what was happening but this was different. They all felt pride seeing the little guy because their mother was one of them. Rainbow trotted by, chuckling with her comrades as she went. Yep! This was gonna be an adventure!

 

The training session was almost over for the Wonderbolts which left lots of room for Zappers and Rainbow to do as they wished! Rainbow caught up to her son and directed him to the same grassy area that had first landed on. She nodded to where a set of agility hoops had been lowered nearer to the ground. This would be fun. 

 

"Ok Zappers, I know you want to fly fast but let's get our wings loosened up ok? See those hoops over there? Follow me!"

 

She took off at an easy pace towards the hoops and began to weave in and out through them. She glanced back, wondering how Zap would do. The hoops were placed on poles that would flex if they were bumped into so he should be just fine.

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Zap was involuntarily trotting in place waiting for his mother to give him the green light on flying around. But first, she instructed him to follow her through the rings. Zap jumped up and started flying and slowly made his way towards the rings to follow his mother. He did not zigzag the rings like a professional, but he was able to get through the rings fairly easily except for the last one in which his left wing accidentally smacked it as he fluttered through it. The sound and feeling of the wing on the ring made Zap freeze his wing tempo for a moment but after a short fall was able to get his rhythm back and maintained a safe flutter before hitting getting close to the ground. His biggest hindrance seemed to be turning. He had to completely stop his forward movement in the air before he could turn to his next target to fly towards it. He needed to learn how to bank, but this was fine because with the support he was getting, he was well on his way!

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It was not a bad attempt at all. Rainbow knew he needed to work on banking but some things just came after time. She was pleased that he'd made it through all the hoops at any rate. He was going to be a great flier someday! She met him after the last hoop.

 

"Great work there Zappers!" She nodded towards the next activity they would try.

 

"I know you want to work on flying fast!" She began flapping over to a long straight away that was marked out by stationary clouds. There was one cloud pillar about 250 meters away from another in a straight line. "This is the clocking track we use for sprints!"

 

She reached down and picked up a checkers black and white flag. "So I'll wave the flag and you fly from here down to the other pillar. Fly around it and pass by this pillar as fast as you can and I'll time you!"

 

Not wanting him to have a hard time with the turn she coached him. "So, the trick for you is gonna be to slow down before you get to the far pillar. That way you can come around it without loosing control. I'll fly with you the first time ok Zappers?" She'd give him some tips on backing when they got to the far end of the track. "First round will be for practice, no time yet."

 

Sh gripped the flag in her muzzle and spoke around it. "Three, two, one, go!"

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Zap followed his mother to the sprinting course. "Oh yeah!" Zap involuntarily muttered aloud. This was more his style, trying to go for absolute speed. Maneuvers would be taught and experienced eventually, but to him they meant nothing if he couldn't at least get some speed in a straight line. Zap stood at the marked starting line and aimed towards the cloud pillar. Knowing that his mother would be there to guide him, he felt he had free reign to experience the challenge for what it was. "Go fast, but slow down by the turn. Got it!" Zap squeaked. Rainbow Dash counted down, and waved the flag indicating he was free to go as fast as he could.

 

He launched and flapped his wings in an aerodynamic way that made sense to him. All things considered, he was going pretty fast, accelerating to a speed that was pretty impressive for someone his age. But soon, as he got close to the cloud pillar, he stopped his forward momentum by angling his body back and transitioning to a flutter. Slowly but surely, he was able to hover around the cloud pillar, and as soon as he had a straight line back to the start line in sight, he angled forward again to attempt to gain as much speed as possible. Within several expected seconds, he crossed the line and continued passed it, only starting to slow down once he was cleared of the clock. Even he knew you don't start slowing down until you crossed the line. It was an inefficient deceleration, but eventually Zap was able to slow down to a flutter and softly land on the ground. Afterwards he turned towards his mother to see what level of appreciation he had earned. "I wanna do it again!"

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