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  • E Fire Spores

    When Spike falls ill, Twilight realizes just how big an impact he's had on her life.
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  • E Friendship Isn't Easy

    Following Discord's defeat, the mane six seek closure after the test to their friendship
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  • E When One Door Closes

    Twilight Sparkle faces tragedy on her wedding night
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  • 81w, 5d
    "Fire Spores" on Pony Fiction Vault

    "Fire Spores" got featured on Pony Fiction Vault just this past Friday, which made me extremely excited and happy!

    It's in the link below, including an interview in case any of you wanted to know a little more about me personally:

    Pony Fiction Vault: Fire Spores

    Thanks again for the support, and especially RBDash47 for featuring me.


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  • 87w, 3d
    The Alicorn Question: Four Princesses Living Forever?

    The question of the so-called “species” of Alicorns has always been prominent throughout the airing of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.  Following the Season 3 finale “Magical Mystery Cure,” only one thing was made certain regarding this subject.  Alicorns are indeed created and not born, as we witnessed former “regular old unicorn” Twilight Sparkle gain a pair of wings and, through her virtues gained by the power of her friendships, ascended to the role of Princess.  It may be one pony’s destiny to become a princess of Equestria, but it is one that must be earned rather than being born or marrying into the Crown.  That aspect alone is quite interesting and I am looking forward to seeing it expanded upon in the series.

    Which brings me to the topic I want to bring up—a topic that may or may not be chosen to be discussed on a children’s cartoon like Friendship is Magic.  I would not be surprised if the staff chose to not bring it up, as it is a heavy idea.  A common trend that seems to have arisen among theories and assumptions by viewers is that all Alicorns—all Princesses—are immortal.  In no certain terms within the canon of the show itself has this concept ever been proven, although seeing as royal sisters Celestia and Luna have lived for over one thousand years, I can see where the idea arose.  Nevertheless, it has not as of now been explicitly stated, and in light of this I would like to present my thoughts on the subject.  Bear in mind this is a theory just as much as anyone else’s, yet it is not gleaned from fanfiction or reading anyone else’s ideas and adopting it as my “headcanon.”  This is purely going by canon material presented to us so far—and as the series is ongoing into a 26 episode fourth season, is always subject to change (basically saying I am not married to the idea and will not rage if eventually proven incorrect).  

    Induction into the Equestria royal family is fate.  To grow a pair of ceremonial wings is destiny.  

    Immortality is a choice.

    Age Spells

    An age spell? But- how could you do an age spell? That's only for the highest level unicorns!

                  --Twilight Sparkle to Trixie, “Magic Duel”

    We get a very interesting development in world building in the fifth episode of Season 3, where Trixie challenges Twilight to a magical duel.  Age spells exist.  And not just magic plastic surgery to make oneself look younger (Granny Smith can do that just by pulling on her saggy skin), no I mean physically turning back the clock or winding it forward.  This is a very dangerous spell to have lying around, and I’m sure there is a reason it is only for a select number of unicorns.  These unicorns who can effectively cast the spell must be certain not to abuse its power, using for their own selfish reasons rather than for the good of other ponies.  To do so otherwise would be not only physically, but ultimately emotionally draining.

    So what do I mean, and why am I bringing up such a small detail only used as a plot device for one episode?  Because the fact that this spell exists for the most elite magic doers of Equestria might—just might—have to do with why two Alicorns in particular have lived for an extended number of years.  Alicorns are most likely those “highest level unicorns” Twilight was speaking of, as we’ve yet to see any regular ponies as fluent in the study of unicorn magic as they are.  I believe we can assume it takes a newly inducted princess like Twilight years and years to reach the aptitude of the likes of the royal sisters.

    Celestia and Luna: Choosing Immortality

    So going by this evidence, why is Celestia casting age spells on herself?  I can think of a few good reasons—one being immediate, crushing regret for the banishment of her sister.  Recalling the pilot episode’s opening anecdote, it’s important to note that Princess Celestia harnessed the Elements of Harmony to seal her sister away “reluctantly.”  I often see viewers complaining why we don’t see the Elements of Harmony more often in the series, to which I say they are an absolute last resort when reason, discussion, and empathy is not enough.  And that is what Celestia did—she tried to reason with her sister.  But Luna was too far gone at that point to suddenly reverse her ways, so Celestia did what she had to for the sake of her country.  It reminds of the 2001 film The Princess Diaries, where Julie Andrews’ Queen of Genovia is explaining to Anne Hathaway’s Mia the absence of father: …The love he had for one person—or, even two—could never compare with the love he had for his country.

    I believe that is the choice Celestia made: the well-being of the ponies of Equestria meant far too much to her to let her corrupted sister roam free.  And she kept herself alive all of this time to be the leader that Equestria needed, knowing full well that she wanted to be there for that “longest day of the thousandth year.”  And it was her task during all of that time to find the pony (or ponies) that would embody the Elements of Harmony, purify Luna and bring her back to them.  

    In Luna’s case—well, she is probably making up for lost time.  She knows the mistakes that she made and the resentment that darkened her heart and shut herself away for so long.  Her power to enter ponies’ dreams could very well be her atonement for the past thousand years—in fact the title “Nightmare Moon” might suggest she was the cause of such unsettling dreams all of that time.  Luna is determined to resume her half of Equestria’s reign that has been neglected for so long, and in doing so repair her reputation that has been damaged through years of legends and stories.  Are these “selfish” desires?  In a sense, yes they could be interpreted that way.  But doesn’t any love and devotion come from some sort of personal want?  No pony is completely selfless, after all.

    So let’s play “this is canon” for one moment: Could Celestia or Luna lift the age spells casted on them at any time?  I believe they could, and I will explain why in a bit.  For now, let’s leave our seasoned princesses for a moment and move on to the younger members of the regal lineage.

    Cadence and Twilight Sparkle: The Choice is Still Theirs

    It is very difficult to effectively prove beyond a reasonable doubt if Alicorns are immortal based on the evidence given to us by our two newest princesses.  Mainly due to the fact that we have watched them grow and age.  If we take the (non-musical) flashback in “A Canterlot Wedding” into account, we see a younger Cadence foalsitting filly Twilight, telling her she is “anything but a regular old unicorn.”  Playful compliment, or did Cadence know something of Twilight’s future at that point?  But I digress—we can assess from physical size and appearance that flashback Cadence, wings and all, is around the same age as present-day Twilight.  So do mares destined for the Crown ascend at a certain age?  It’s possible, sort of like a graduation where you demonstrate your knowledge and earn your passage to the next level.  Cadence probably had to pass a test like Twilight’s completion of Starswirl the Bearded’s spell in order to assume her status—what that test was is currently unclear (but one I would personally like to see explored in the future).

    On the subject of physical appearance, neither Cadence nor Twilight seem to have that “magical aura” (for lack of a better term) infused in their manes like Celestia and Luna do, that keeps them constantly flowing and glittering.  This could be a result of an excessive amount of magical meddling—perhaps age spells or perhaps a combination of many, many spells cast over the years.  We do get a short glimpse of a glittery-maned Cadence when she and Shining Armor cast out the Changelings, but obviously it was temporary.  So Cadence actually may be a lot closer to realizing her full potential.

    But what keeps these two mares from accepting both the blessing and the curse of immortality, and with it the power to rule Equestria for countless centuries?  It’s quite simple: They are both tied down to mortal beings.  While Shining Armor will most likely live to a ripe old unicorn age, Cadence will want to be by his side even in death.  Considering what she had to go through to marry him, I cannot see her ultimately abandoning him for the throne.  She is the Crystal Princess, bringer of love and light within ponies’ hearts, and she will serve that reign until the end of her days—nothing more.

    The fourth Alicorn Princess, Twilight Sparkle, has a similar situation.  To be burdened with outliving her very best friends, the five ponies who got her where she is today, without whom she would not have gained her status in the first place, would be tremendously devastating for her.  To realize that she would eventually have to watch them pass on while she remained would leave her lonely—and we would be back to square one.  The bookish pony who cut herself off from others and buried herself in her studies.  I point you to various examples in the episode “Magical Mystery Cure” that prove that whatever path Twilight takes in the future, her friends will be taking it with her side by side:

    …they mean more to me than anything. My friends...

    From all of us together, together we are friends, with the marks of our destinies made one, there is magic without end!

    …I can honestly say I wouldn't be standing here if it weren't for the friendships I've made with all of you. Each one of you taught me something about friendship, and for that, I will always be grateful.

              --Twilight Sparkle, “Magical Mystery Cure”

    This is not to say Celestia did not have loved ones she lost to the passage of time.  But her love for Equestria and its citizens clearly eclipsed any emotional attachment to one single pony she would be willing to give it all up for…

    Twilight Sparkle is the exception.

    Now I once again bring up the question from my last section: Could Celestia release herself from her immortality? I now draw your attention to the recent interview with Friendship is Magic creator Lauren Faust on the extended Brony Documentary interview, where she discusses her ultimate destinies of our main characters:

    I had a vision for the destinies of all these characters…I wanted Twilight Sparkle to eventually become Celestia’s successor.

      --Lauren Faust, “Bronies: Extended Interviews”

    With this knowledge, I would say yes.  If Celestia knew she had found a pony who was worthy enough to carry on her vision of a brighter, more hopeful, and more beautiful Equestria, she would relinquish the crown to her most faithful student—and with that, most likely her life.  

    But if Twilight is unwilling to outlive those she loves, how will she carry on her teacher’s legacy?  She will follow in her footsteps.  She will take on her own personal protégé and school her in the magic of friendship and harmony.  And once that young mare has earned her wings, Twilight will pass the Crown on to her—and the circle of life begins again.


    As I stated earlier, this is not a topic I expect the show to tackle—in fact given the show’s general light-hearted and positive message, I fully expect them not to tackle it.  But I thought it was important to shed some light on the evidence given to us within the canon of the show itself, all dark “headcanons” and theories gleaned from fanon aside.  Immortality is a heavy, heavy burden.  Much must be taken into account before one is willing to fully commit themselves to it.  And not every pony is going to welcome its pain and benefits with open arms (or forelegs).  

    Time will only tell what the reign of Princess Twilight Sparkle will bring us—but an assumption of immortal “doom and gloom” is hardly befitting of a show where friendship is magic.    

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  • 88w, 5d
    (Not So) Quick Thoughts on Magical Mystery Cure

    If I've never made it common knowledge that I am a musical theater geek, then I'm making it public now.  That being said, allow me to gush a bit over the absolutely superb use of musical storytelling in the Season 3 finale.

    Every high and low point of this episode was expressed in song, and every moment of it kept me invested and hit me right in my emotional core.  We've had plenty of songs on FiM in the past, but not all of them have done what was consistently done here.  And that is using musical numbers to move the plot.  You can love Pinkie's "Smile Smile Smile" all you want, but it's a plot stopper and adds nothing to its episode "A Friend in Deed" in the long run.  This was never, ever the case during "Magical Mystery Cure."

    "Morning in Ponyville" was the icebreaker.  It let us know exactly what we were in for this episode--a musical romp with our favorite ponies.  "What My Cutie Mark is Telling Me" introduced the conflict, and did so in a way that was both humorous and made you feel sorry for the other five girls.  "I Have to Find a Way" was the melancholy reflection once the realization has sunk in--that through one small error on her part, Twilight has basically ruined her friends' lives.  "True, True Friend" is the pick-me-up, where the Mane 6 dust themselves off, realize they have work to do and turn things back around.  And then we have "Celestia's Ballad", a gorgeous piece of music that brings Twilight face to face with her destiny--all coming back full circle with a reprise of our opening number at the Coronation episode conclusion.

    It really hard for me to explain why I love this episode so much, because yes, it is indeed far from perfect.  But I felt so emotional while watching it!  I was happy, I laughed a lot.  I also shed some tears, from sadness and joy as I watched the events unfold.  Over the course of watching this show, you become so attached to the characters and following them through their trials and tribulations that to see one of them reach a milestone such as the one Twilight reached is so incredibly satisfying.  I'm happy that she's an Alicorn.  I'm proud to see that all of her hard work and dedication to the study of friendship has finally paid off.  I'm excited to see what the future holds now that Twilight and her friends are entering this new chapter in their lives.  And I'm just plain glad that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has still retained the elements that made me fall in love with it in the first place: The investment in the characters and the desire to see them learn and grow.  

    I've now seen the episode twice through, and honestly it is even better the second time around.  So if you haven't given yourself at least a couple more viewings, I suggest doing so.  You will notice several new things you missed the first time around, that's how dense and packed it is from every corner of the frame.  I know I can't wait to watch it again soon!

    --Your Friendly Pegasister, Applecinnamonspice

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  • 95w, 4d
    I didn't think it was possible...

    ...for lightning to strike twice, yet it apparently has.

    "Not By Its Cover" made it onto Equestria Daily this morning, so I once again must thank all of you for your support.  I'm sure it wouldn't have gotten notice without your positive and constructive feedback.  I have to admit I was reluctant to write out and post one of my own personal headcanons about Twilight's childhood and her relationships with her brother and favorite foalsitter, but in the end I'm glad I did.  I am incredibly humbled by all of this attention :)

    Hope you all have a fantastic New Year and here's to more Pony in 2013!


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  • 102w, 4d
    Quick Thoughts on The Crystal Empire (in case any of you were wondering)

    Yes, I adored the Season 3 opener, I thought it was incredibly well done.  It bumped "Canterlot Wedding" out of the #2 spot in my favorite episode list, which now reads #3: Canterlot Wedding, #2: The Crystal Empire, and #1: Return of Harmony.  The moral, however, is my new favorite out of the entire series.  "Self-sacrifice"?  Most ADULTS don't understand its importance, so to put it in a show meant for children is ingenious.  Major kudos.

    Yes, I am positively over-the-moon happy with the Twilight and Spike development!  That scene with the doorway seriously broke my heart (I teared up like the sap that I proudly am).  Seems like they're leaning more towards the mother-son relationship than the sibling relationship I always pictured, but it's done well so I can't complain.  And yes, I literally fist-pumped the air and yelled happily when Spike had to be the one to save the day.  Love me some canon Spike appreciation :)

    Just some quick thoughts I thought you might enjoy hearing from me.  Have a great night!

    --AppleCinnamonSpice, Major Sap (lol)

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An ordinary afternoon at Canterlot's Summer Sun Faire becomes extraordinary when a young filly gets too curious and Princess Cadence experiences every foalsitter's worst nightmare.  This is how one Princess discovered there is more to Twilight Sparkle than she ever imagined, and realized she is truly anything but "a regular old unicorn."

EDIT: Featured on Equestria Daily on 12/31/12.  It's a New Year's miracle!

First Published
27th Nov 2012
Last Modified
27th Nov 2012
#1 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

This story was, believe it or not, conceived long before The Crystal Empire aired.  I was just able to put certain names to ideas after I saw the season premiere.  I've wanted to write a story about Twilight's younger years for awhile, featuring her brother and foalsitter, and this stayed with me in the back of my mind before I finally decided to put it on paper--or word processor, in my case.  

I like to think that Cadence played a pretty large role in Celestia's recognition of Twilight Sparkle and how talented she was at such a young age--since Cadence was the princess who knew her when she was very young.  But no, she does not tell Celestia about Twilight's personal issues and keeps her word to Shining Armor.

Hope you enjoy this one, because I really and truly enjoyed writing it.

#3 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

i'll be honest, i don't really care for canon shining armor and cadence because in the world of fanfiction you can basically do whatever you want and fill in the gaps, but this kept it real that even i could believe it. always so tired of those two getting away with a deus ex machina win and nothing ever bad happens to them they can learn from, like normal lessons. so, a thumbs up for you and a fav.

#4 · 100w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

new head cannon acquired

proceed with the rewriting of memory

#5 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Okay, will read it later, but its a great start :pinkiesmile:

#6 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

This story meshes so well with the canon of the show that I wish it actually WAS canon. Accuracy is something I can always appreciate in a story, and your story has earned a place in my heart with its clear evidence of that. Very well written.

#7 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Beautiful writing, thumbs up! :twilightsmile: Definitely deserves a feature, hope it makes it to the magic box at the top of the page! :pinkiehappy:

#8 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


Please, continue!


#9 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


Very nice.

#10 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

this is so good it could be canon...

#11 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

I love reading about Fillie Twilight Sparkle! She's so adorable. I wish the show itself would have more episodes about Twilies past, it would be awesome. A favorite and a like for you my good sir because this story was genuinely adorable.

#12 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

This is definitely the best fic on the homepage. Liked, Favorite, and you can have a cookie, apple. :rainbowkiss:


#13 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Most excellent. I really liked dialogue flow it was very believable and natural. I wonder how Moon Dancer fixes her relationship with Twilight. She gets into Celestia's school too and even invited Twilight to her party in episode one.

#14 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1695422 I second that!

Great story!

#15 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Good story, really nice job!!:pinkiehappy:

#16 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

A decent story, with only a few aspects that didn't make any sense.

Some of the drama felt forced, but all in all, a good job.

#17 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


I would be surprised if this doesn't make it into the feature box.

Edit: well, that was quick

#18 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


OMG! Where's Regidar?



#19 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Headcannon accepted..

Nice job matching the feel of the show

#20 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Ah! Another canon changer! Anything is better than the incestuous clop that seems to be so damned popular these days, ew! FOR SHAME, FIMFICTION! This would be a nice Feature Box addition - let's see that happen. I COMMAND IT. WOO!

My medications are strong.


Trust me, we haven't seen the last of that monster... in the meantime:


#21 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


Now that it's hit Featured... I fear we don't have much time.

#23 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

I don't think that Cadence should be called the Crystal Princess here. The Crystal Empire only appeared in season 3, and has been gone for over a thousand years. Given how much cadence visibly ages over the course of Twilight's life, she can't be that old. Furthermore, almost nothing is known about the Crystal Empire, even Celestia doesn't know much about it; for them to acknowledge her as the Crystal Princess seems a bit odd.

#24 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


Huh. Good observation - didn't even notice that, having gotten lost in young Twilight's DAMNED ADORABLENESS!

I am such a sucker for cute. So not fair.

#25 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

I love it! I hope you have plans on some Twilight: schoolfilly stories. :pinkiehappy:

#26 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Better than Darkest Before Dawn, though I do love that title, in my grossly-over-self-valued-and-frequently-broadcast-without-care-to-who-listens opinion. This is perfectly in keeping with my head canon for Filly!Twilight

#27 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


That's not entirely true.  You don't really have to know a lot about an empire like the Crystal Empire to have records that state that somepony is the rightful heir to said empire.  It's entirely possible that King Sombra dethroned one of Cadance's ancestors, which would make her the current, rightful Crystal Princess.

With that said, this fic was absolutely wonderful!  I hope that you write more, maybe some more involving this conversation between Celestia and Cadance along with covering more of Twilight's life growing up with Cadance and Shining Armor as her closest friends!  Not to mention letting us see how Cadance and Shining Armor get more and more into one another, which was just adorbs as it was thus far. :heart:

#28 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

An excellent piece! I loved it! I love these stories with Twi as a little filly! :twilightsmile:

#29 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Dawwwwww. just... dawwww :twistnerd:

#30 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Daww this is adorable...you deserve a mustache :moustache:

#31 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1695422 Holy cow! there are Regidar meme pics!?

#32 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

I really enjoyed this story! It also goes really with the backstory I have had kicking around in my noggin.

#33 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


memegenerator.net :rainbowkiss:

#34 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Ah, that was a nice story. :twilightsmile:

#35 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Loved it :raritystarry:

All these great stories involving Cadence and Shining Armor lately are making me want more actual episodes with them. Especially in non-life-threatening situations.

This was really well written, making it obvious from the beginning that Twilight wasn't happy with how her day was going, and the bit of foreshadowing (haha, shadowing :pinkiehappy:) about Twilight being bullied. Which really makes sense, by the way... Twilight may be antisocial, but she's not exactly shy, so chances are she would have loved showing off her skills. And antisocial showoff nerds are just about the best bully bait there is. It also fits very well with how she was terrified of showing off in Boast Busters.

It also fits well with how easily she copied Celestia's shadow spell in Crystal Empire... which is awesome, considering that you wrote this first :twilightsmile: Although it would have to mean she wasn't that badly traumatized by the incident, or she would have had a dramatic flashback and fear of losing control before using it again. But chances are she knows more about it by now, and knows her own strength as well.

I also loved Cadence and Shining's scene at the end. They really do make a great couple. But so heartbreaking for Cadence, finding out that such a sweet and enthusiastic filly has been suffering for the very thing she loves so much :fluttercry: Until proven otherwise, it's going in my headcanon that Shining got his cutie mark by protecting Twilight.

#36 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


he may have been to busy commenting wars on my story

#37 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Very nice work sez I.

#38 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Does anypony have a 1900x1200 THIS picture I can put here?

#40 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

M-m-m-my... my feels....


#41 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Just wanna' mention that the the featured box's top stories currently is your fic and Heart to Heart. Normally I wouldn't click on a Cadance fic, but the fact that it had both Twilight and Spike riding her, respectively, piqued my interest.

They were both really good.

Awesome story, very good characterization, especially for a character that, let's face it, needs more character development.

#42 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

I totally new this would get featured earlier when I read it.

#43 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

I loved this story! Great characterization. Everything was absolutely perfect down to the last detail!

Now if you will excuse me, I need to see a Doctor.


Because this story broke my feels! BAZINGA!

... Why isn't anyone laughing?


#44 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


The case could be that though the empire is gone her lineage still gives her the right to rule the land. Her mark after all was a crystal heart long before it came back.

#45 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

Awesome story by the way.

#46 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


I completely agree that her lineage gives her the right to rule, I disagree with her being called that in the story at a point in time when there was no public knowledge of the crystal empire, and even Celestia knew little about it.

#47 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


Ah that is a fair point.

The following is not an attempt to say you are wrong, just a possible explanation that makes sense in my head.

Calling her line "The Crystal -whatever-" could be a holdover; the public has long forgotten why they call them such. The etymology behind even modern sayings are forgotten often why not the history behind a royal family.

As for Princess Celestia not knowing much about it, well let's see how our memories are after 20 years let alone a thousand haha.

Either way it was a great fic, and the up to date references are nice.

#48 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·


I really did enjoy this fic, it's just that one part stuck out at me as sounding non-cannon.

#49 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·



Oh things like that bother me too. I totally get that. I'll often drop a story entirely if it varies to widely from cannon.

Granted I haven't read much MLP Fan Fiction until tonight. And on that note I've been reading for hours. So to bed I go :ajsleepy:.

#50 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

What a sweet story! I love the little budding romance of Cadence and Shiny - and your version of how he got his cutie mark was very cute as well. Then again, I like cuteness, so I may be biased. Your story was very, very cute.:twilightsheepish:

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