Applebloom stared at Diamond in shock for a moment, the tears streaming down her tormentor’s face.
Diamond’s emotions were still running high and she couldn’t stop herself. “DEAD! Daddy tried to tap dance around it but I’m not stupid!”
Applebloom felt her heart skip a beat. And not just because she was watching the pony that had made her life a living Tartarus look absolutely heartbroken. “H-How?” Applebloom asked, almost numbly.
"She and d-daddy went on a ski trip and…and there was an accident…she…she…died…"
Diamond Tiara’s face went from heartbreak to contorted in rage as she tried in vain to stop the flow of tears. “SO COME ON ALREADY! LAUGH! ENJOY THIS! ENJOY SEEING BIG BAD DIAMOND TIARA BREAK DOWN CRYING FOR HER MAMA! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!”
Applebloom didn’t know what to think. This was just so surreal…it was like the world had been turned upside down. But…she remembered Nightmare Night. When Silver Spoon and Discord had both showed they had hearts. That there was a pony under the ‘bad guy.’
Applebloom’s face turned to a look of sympathy. “…No…Ah ain’t laughin’.”
Diamond Tiara’s eyes went wide. “W-What?”
"Ah said Ah ain’t gonna laugh at you."
"Why?! I…I hurt you! I’ve done nothing but hurt you BLANK FLANK!"
"Yeah, yah have, but Ah ain’t gonna laugh."
"WHY?! Because ‘two wrongs don’t make a right?!’"
"No, because even a bully don’t deserve tah lose her ma," Applebloom replied, with a sad, empathetic look.
Applebloom trotted over and set down next to Diamond, who was too stunned to move away. “…And if Ah made fun of yah…Ah might as well make fun of mahself.”
Diamond took a step back in shock. “W-What?”
"…Diamond…mah ma and pa are gone too…"
Diamond sunk to her flanks in disbelief. “T-They…they are?”
The yellow filly nodded. “Yeah…they were out helpin’ the other apples get their farms started up…and…and…” Applebloom’s eyes misted up. “…And there was an accident…they died…”
Diamond’s mind seemed to almost crash. Applebloom…was reaching out to her? Her, the one who’d practically dedicated her life to making the blank flank miserable? Diamond might have expected to be treated as a princess, but she also expected somepony to kick their enemy while they were down.
"…Ah know how yah feel…they love yah, yah love them…then suddenly they go away and don’t come home…none of the big baddies mah sister and her friend have tah deal with tah blame. Just bad luck…just an accident…" Applebloom let herself cry openly. "…So no…Ah ain’t gonna laugh at yah…but Ah’ll listen if yah want tah talk about it."
The pink filly looked at Applebloom like she was on fire and not in pain. Instead of mocking her…or being mean…she was…understanding? Kind? Wanting to be there for her? “But…but I’ve made your life miserable, you’re not supposed to be nice to me! That’s not how this works!”
"…Yeah, yer a bully…but yer still a pony. Yah still cared about yer ma and lost her…That’s all the matters."
Diamond Tiara was stunned. Applebloom was in a perfect position to take her revenge for everything the bully had done to her…and she outright refused to take it. It made no sense!
And what made less sense was…she and Applebloom…
"How…how can we…how can…"
"Have somethin’ in common? Ah don’t know, shocks meh too…but we do…that’s what matters…so yah want tah talk about it or not?"
Diamond Tiara felt dizzy. She was dumbfounded. “I…I don’t know…I…Won’t…won’t your brother be upset or something?”
"Ah’ll figure out an excuse. This is more important."
The pink filly looked down at her hooves, trying to think of what to do. “…Pinkie Promise you’ll not tell a soul.”
"Cross mah heart, hope tah fly, stick a cupcake in mah eye…yah know what a Pinkie Promise is?"
"Yeah…she throws a good party…" Diamond admitted begrudgingly. As much as she hated to admit it, she did respect the party pony.
Applebloom nodded. “…Alright…but yeah, this stays between us…”
OOC: We’ll be going back to the main story after this (imagine they more or less shut off the lap top as Applebloom said). We’ll now return to our regularly schedule plot line. We’ll return to these two though.
Also, I’m getting better with posing.