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Shining Armor has wanted to be a Royal Guard ever since he was a colt. It's been his hope and his dream, and he's closer to it now than ever before.

The only question left is if it's worth leaving his little sister behind.

First Published
27th Apr 2012
Last Modified
27th Apr 2012
#1 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·

Awwwww :heart: I loved this :twilightsmile: such a good story! Well done!:derpytongue2:

#2 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·

This was good.  :)

#3 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·

You already know how I feel about it. Just commentin' so you know I read it.

#4 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·

D'awwwww :twilightsmile: I hope this story continues, but it's completed:fluttercry:. Insta fav + thumb

#5 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·

Good job, I'm favoriting this. Be more confident.

#6 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·

What a great story,seriously,I almost shed a tear. That's extremely hard to do. Great job on this fic.

#7 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·

This is so beautiful.  :fluttercry:

(Time for the cliche phrase)

Instant favorite!

#8 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·

Short, simple, and brief. And one hell of a story. Me like long time. :pinkiehappy:

#9 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·

That was really sweet.

#10 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·

There's so much potential in Shining Armour's character that the season finale didn't even touch on. I'm so glad there are such talented bronies to provide gems like this story and this song.

#11 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·

*notices the most adorable of all screencaps of Shining Armor, and has to read*

That was ... sweet.

#12 · 148w, 1d ago · · ·


This was sweet.


#13 · 148w, 23h ago · · ·

Shout's out to NorsePony by the way, for helping immensely in editing this.

#14 · 148w, 23h ago · · ·

Dat title.

#15 · 148w, 22h ago · · ·

Just awesome, Obs. As usual.

#16 · 148w, 22h ago · · ·

I had a feeling this would get featured. A very good job sir.

#17 · 148w, 22h ago · · ·

I was expecting this to be sad, but I'm glad I read it. What a sweet story.:unsuresweetie:

But this namby pamby story still hasn't gotten me any closer to my cutie mark.:scootangel:

#18 · 148w, 22h ago · · ·

YES! There's not enough of these kind of stories!


#19 · 148w, 22h ago · · ·

Great story:ajsmug:.

Congrats on making the front page!

#20 · 148w, 21h ago · · ·

This is nice. :pinkiesmile:

#21 · 148w, 21h ago · · ·

T'was a great story...

#22 · 148w, 21h ago · · ·

FUS RO *dawwwww.*

Truly gropin- I MEAN TOUCHING

#23 · 148w, 21h ago · · ·

Too awesome! :rainbowdetermined2:

#24 · 148w, 21h ago · · ·

Try to relax...I'm not going to eat you


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#26 · 148w, 20h ago · · ·

Slightly said, but heartwarming overall. Love it.

#28 · 148w, 20h ago · · ·

good, but still doesn't fill the void of "why oh why did they handwave everything of importance in the last episodes!" :facehoof:

speaking of which, why no mention of Shining Armor's Cutie Mark? You've got a lot of territory to cover and no canon to restrain you, go for it!

#29 · 148w, 20h ago · · ·

D'AWWWWWWW!! .... that was so sweet.

#30 · 148w, 20h ago · · ·

Wow, this turned out to be a lot happier of an ending than I had expected. Not that I think that's a bad thing, haha. Nice little feel-good story here, great work, Obs!

#31 · 148w, 19h ago · · ·

manly tears; they have been shed

#32 · 148w, 19h ago · · ·

I have nothing to say other than it was incredibly well written, and a great idea. Fantastic job.

#33 · 148w, 19h ago · · ·

hmm weird a happy ending takes me closer to crying than any of the other endings wth

#34 · 148w, 19h ago · · ·

Manly tears

#35 · 148w, 18h ago · · ·

This made me cry when i finished. Not much but still. The only books i've ever read that made me cry were Past Sins and I Could Have Been. The greatest books of all time in my life..... This is a close third for me.:pinkiesad2: < thats happy btw. :twilightsmile:

#36 · 148w, 18h ago · · ·

i was listening to bbbff while reading this and it just made me burst out crying. especially when he talked about dying. but i did kinda smile when twi was saying how he had the best scores ever. please please please add another chapter. I'll love love love you forever if you do.

#37 · 148w, 18h ago · · ·

These were the questions I asked when I saw the finale. "Twilight has a brother? Where was he for oh... EVERYTHING important in the last two years? Equestria really takes civil defense seriously I guess..."

#38 · 148w, 17h ago · · ·

I agree you could have gone further in some parts, but I really think it's a nice fleshing out of Shining Armor's background. Made me well up a few times.

#39 · 148w, 16h ago · · ·

Princess Celestia's mane is an Aurora Borialis... not a rainbow.... but great story anyways :twilightsmile:

#40 · 148w, 15h ago · · ·

D'aww. That was nice. Good work, Obselescence. :twilightsmile: I'm glad it had a happy ending. Those are my favorite kinds of endings.

(As a side note, your name is terribly difficult to spell without looking at it every five seconds. Or maybe that's just me being a derp. Meh.)

#41 · 148w, 15h ago · · ·

Very nice.

#42 · 148w, 14h ago · · ·

Nice.  Really all I can say about it.

#43 · 148w, 13h ago · · ·

First, I'd like to say thanks for writing this story, I'm glad it exists. I'm in the Air Force and I also have a younger sister. I put off enlisting because of this exact reason. It still makes me feel guilty... :pinkiesad2: Like I've left her behind. This feeling is likely never to go away, but just knowing that other people have also been put in this situation is comforting.

#44 · 148w, 12h ago · · ·

Hmm...the Equestrian military must take things very seriously. I mean, they don't get to leave at all? Maybe, it's a stallionpower issue. What I mean is that they probably don't have the numbers to rotate shifts.

Either way, this story is sweet and the emotions were done well as the bond between Shining and Twiley. :twilightsmile::fluttercry:

Good work!

Silver out!

#45 · 148w, 12h ago · · ·

It might be just me, but I didn't found this SO sad. Actually, it was more like... Hearthwarming. Cute story, very well written, explores a bit further into Shining Armour and Twilight's relationship, develops SA's character a bit more, and it had a good feeling overall. Just like a few other people here said: Given the fact that SA's character and his relationship with Twi were explored very little in the show (so fans have, as Truth_Seeker said, "a lot of territory to cover and no canon to restrain" them), I feel like this story could be continued, at least, with a second chapter. But, it's your choce after all. If you ever decide to continue this, I (and several more?) will be waiting anxiously. And, if you decided to write this as a one-shot, then I just have to say that I'm glad I read it, and I certainly enjoyed it. A lot.

Whether it is on a new chapter or in a totally different story, keep up the good work! :pinkiehappy:

#46 · 148w, 11h ago · · ·

FimFiction needs a tag for "D'aw-Inspiring" stories like this one. Well done, 3.5/5 stars.

#47 · 148w, 11h ago · · ·

Ohh, Twilight, you have no idea, don't you?

I really d'awwwed at this, you did a great job with the TS/SA bigbro/littlesis dynamic. Hope to see more from you soon! :pinkiehappy:

#48 · 148w, 9h ago · · ·

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. It's heartwarming and adorable, the brother/sister relationship between the two. I really enjoyed this.

#49 · 148w, 6h ago · · ·

Shining armor just looks so derpy!

At least his coat is white,that way he can join the Royal Guard.I mean,with the way the selections are going,only white and grey ponies who look identical are accepted.The total military strength of Canterlot would be a whopping 23 at this point.   :rainbowlaugh:

But big fan of the story,I absolutely enjoy moral dilemmas. :pinkiehappy:

The way its all played out is just so in sync with what Shining Armor would do.So for that,I grant you a mustache. :moustache:

#50 · 148w, 5h ago · · ·

Nice story. The ending wasn't what it was made out to be, but made sense.

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