The booming declaration from Bulk Biceps was joined by the voices of Team Ponyville as the crowds cheered and applauded. Hooves stomped wildly, rumbling like thunder around the stadium, making the Crystal Empire practically shake. Up in the stands, adoration and admiration gushed forth, even the sourest spectators giving Ponyville its due as the team was declared the winners of the Equestria Games.
Princess Twilight Sparkle leaped into the air with a flourish, whooping and applauding excitedly as Rainbow Dash and her team stepped forward to be crowned the victors. Twilight beamed with pride as she pumped the air, overjoyed for her friends, but a swift glance at the trio of Princesses beside her and their amused expressions quickly brought her back down with a blush, to celebrate with controlled, humble grace.
Down on the field, Dash soaked in the praise, her gold medal gleaming against her chest under the bright stadium lights. Beside her, Fluttershy's usually quiet reserve was forgotten as she cheered at their victory. Dash grinned as Bulk effortlessly scooped her up and threw her over his shoulder, holding her aloft like a trophy as the team celebrated around them. They'd done it! Against all the odds, against the Wonderbolts themselves, Ponyville had taken the Games!
Dash heard the familiar chorus of the Cutie Mark Crusaders as they galloped over to take part. The three fillies danced between the proud ponies with barely restrained glee.
"You did it, Rainbow Dash," Scootaloo laughed, throwing herself against the blue pegasus in a joyous hug. "You totally did it!"
Dash smiled, wrapping the filly in her hoofs. She looked around at her team, at their smiling faces, at a few proud tears as Derpy cradled her medal. The rainbow-maned pony looked at her team mates one by one, then at the flag-waving fillies, her heart swelling.
"You're so awesome!" Scootaloo gushed, nuzzling against her idol's chest.
"Heh, thanks, squirt," Dash finally spoke up, pushing Scootaloo away. "But you got it all wrong..."
She reached up and removed her medal, before slipping it over the young filly's head. Scootaloo's eyes sparkled as she looked at the medal, now resting against her chest. She looked back at Rainbow Dash.
"I'm not awesome," she grinned, turning and catching the gaze of each member of Team Ponyville. "WE
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