Feel free to interpret this piece as you wish, all I'll say is Rainbow Dash had a terrible nightmare. Probably akin to what most bronies were dreading a few days ago.
Actually my original idea for this piece was Fluttershy giving Derpy a hug. Imagine my surprise when the day I was about to start work on it I checked through my Deviation Messages and found this:
I then decided to alter my original idea. I know this seems a little out of character for Rainbow Dash, but I would argue that despite her tough persona, whenever Dash loses control of her emotions, she usually goes all out. I could honestly see her reacting in this way, but that's just me. (I also didn't think Dash was being particularly mean to Derpy in TLR.)
Special thanks goes to
who reminded me of some artist fundamentals when I was coloring this piece. I was trying for a more textured look and I'm pretty happy with the results!
Until next time!