I know I probably should wait to upload even more of my older work onto dA, but eh! I didn't feel like it anymore.
So, as the title implies this picture was drawn as a birthday gift for a friend of mine, who happens to love these two ponies (and Rarijack, ahem~) as much as I do and who requested a picture like this when prompted. I went for something different here with a really closely-cropped scene, but from the response on my blog at least people seem to like it and so I hope it was a good decision.
For people who don't especially care for this pairing, feel free to interpret it in any non-shipping context that you like! My friend ~jodyjm13
suggested that perhaps Rarity is just encouraging a glum Applejack after a hard day, and I actually really like the idea. Too bad I'm not a fanfiction author or I might try for a story about it!