It was December 1st in the quaint town of Ponyville, with snow having already been brought from Cloudsdale and clouds been manufactured to keep the temperature low enough to keep the snow from melting.
A time of rest for most, critters and ponies alike. Yet some still found it hard to sleep.
"Come on Harry, Fluttershy already told you she has lots of honey for you when you wake up, waiting here isn't gonna make spring come by any faster." Oathbound said, pointing towards Harry the Bear's cave.
The large grizzly protested against this, doing paw-motions that only a few could understand. Living with Fluttershy had given him some clue to what the bear was saying, however. Nonetheless, he sighed. "Sometimes I think a mule would be more compliant." He said more to himself than anything. He glanced back at the cottage wherein the honey laid.
"Look you big lug, how about I give you one of the jars to persuade you to begin your hibernation? You're already late as it is."
Twinkle Star had been spying on his dad's conversation with the bear and this was the perfect time to make her presence known.
"Not on my watch, dad!" She said as she hopped up from the bush, scattering snow as she did. "Remember what happened last time? You doing the dishes wasn't exactly the best presentation of your magic. I still find myself wondering if there are any pieces of those plates." She said, finishing the sentence with a flat stare.
Oath simply threw a hoof up in defence. "I said I was sorry, okay? Besides, that time was because I lost concentration because of you scaring me!" He retorted, referring to Nightmare Night a year ago. This made Twinkle squee out of embarassment. "Gee, and here I thought my dad was the fearless hero." She grinned slightly before snickering.
"Very funny, Twinkle. Now are you gonna help me get Harry to his cave or-" Oathbound glanced back and saw that Harry was already inside, snoring. Seeing this made Oath facehoof. "...Nevermind."
Twinkle giggled without remorse. "Well, since that is over, how about we go shopping? The market is full of things we need before Hearth's Warming Eve!" She said before hopping in place, smiling widely and her jewelry making jingling sounds as she awaited her father's response.
Oath sighed again, for what he thought would not be the last time today, since she was perfectly correct. "I'll get my bag of bits then." He conceded.
One could hear a yay coming from Fluttershy's cottage so far as from the town square itself.