While out, Fluttershy comes across a sick and malnourished Trixie. It's been a month since Trixie left Ponyville and she's been spending that time in the Evergreen Forest. Fluttershy decides to take Trixie back home and nurse her back to health. Trixie, however, is stubborn and independent to a fault and doesn't want help. Fluttershy tries to break down her barriers and befriend her, but they end up getting closer than expected.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Finale Title Drop: In the last chapter, Trixie has the line "This is kindness's reward, isn't it?", which references the title.
- Hurt/Comfort Fic: Fluttershy finds a battered and sickly Trixie in the forest. She takes her home and nurses her back to health.
- Rescue Romance: Fluttershy saves Trixie from dying. While being nursed, Trixie develops a crush on Fluttershy.
- Sick Episode: Trixie has barely eaten in a month and is covered in injuries. Fluttershy uses her biology know-how to help her recover.
- Slash Fic: Kindness's Reward ships Fluttershy with Trixie. Their friendship turns into a Rescue Romance.