What Lurks in the Dark Chapter One Sweet Apple Acres was always a beautiful place to be during spring. The grass was always greenest, the air was always sweeter, and the birds always seemed to sing their happiest. It was wonderful."I bet you can't catch me!" taunted Scootaloo."We'll see about that!" replied a determined Sweetiebell."You guys," Spike paused to take in a few breaths, "go on. I'll catch up." The little dragon was awfully tired. He wasn't exactly made for running all day, like a pony. The young dragon placed his hands onto his knees and tried to fill his lungs with air as quickly as he could. They seemed to burn with each breath. As Spike panted, a little yellow filly came walking up beside him. She laid a hoof onto his shoulder, which caused him to look up at her. Instantly he noticed her crimson mane and the Cutie Mark Crusaders cape she was wearing, like the others."Are ya ok?" asked Applebloom.Spike drew in a few more breaths and replied "