Rarity sighed as she leaned on the veranda just outside the main portion of the ballroom, nursing a flute of champagne. Things were not working out well for her. At Sandalwood’s suggestion, she accepted a date from a viscount, Timorous Heart, who turned out to be…well, timorous. Weak and nebbish, he eventually decided to call it an early night – “early night” defined as 8:30, just when the ball had gotten started!
And now, from where she stood, she saw Applejack in the distance, flirting with Noteworthy, a stallion she claimed not to like. In truth, the jazz player was somewhat of a rogue, but he usually traveled in different circles – possibly some not-quite-savory ones – than Applejack, who wasn’t the most worldly when it came to stallions. Rarity loved her friend and fellow sister royal dearly, but she feared the musician would take advantage of her if she wasn’t careful.
I almost wish somepony would take advantage of me at this rate, she mused to herself.
“Rarity?” She turned around and noticed Spike standing there, looking handsome in his suit. Older now than when they’d first met, she’d noted he was growing up to be a fine young drake…and that he’d gotten over his colthood crush on her.
“Well, hello, Spike,” she said, flashing him a smile. “Enjoying the ball?”
He shook his head. “No, not really. The girls were trying to get me to dance with them, but I’m not into that kinda stuff. Then suddenly this bratty filly named Funtasia decides that she likes me and wants to marry me, go figure. Bloomie’s keeping her occupied, and Scoots and Sweetie suggested I hide out here until they can get her mind off ‘being married to a margrave’.”
“Well, the title suits you, Margrave Palomino,” she teased, though in truth, he deserved it. When they’d received titles from Celestia, Luna felt that the younger ones deserved some measure of recognition as well and bestowed lesser, though by no means any less worthy, titles to Spike and the former Cutie Mark Crusaders. For the things that they’d accomplished was beyond that of anypony their age – and in truth, even many adults as well.
“Yeah, yeah. Besides, I’m looking for my brother, anyway – just got a flamefax for him and I thought I saw him here earlier.”
“No, I’ve been the only one here all night.” At least, since my date stood me up.
He saw the look on her face and asked, “Is everything okay?”
“No, no it isn’t, but you shouldn’t worry about me, Spike.”
“Of course I worry about you, Rarity – a drake always worries about the first gal who stole his heart.” His little comment was so cute, it made her smile warmly.
“I see Shining’s been rubbing off on you again – you can’t have picked that up from your sister.”
“Wouldja believe it was Cadence who suggested the line?” he laughed. “But seriously, are you sure?”
She looked at the young drake. Maybe if she were Sweetie Belle’s age, she wondered, she could enjoy that bygone sense of puppy love with him. But she was older than him, and he was more like a brother to her than anything else – more so now due to the royal family ties. “Thank you very much for your concern. Very gallant of you.”
“Oh Spikey-Wikey!” an off-pitched voice called out from within. “Now where did my dreamboat of a dragon go?”
“Oh great, it’s her,” he groaned. “Look, I gotta go, Rarity. I’ll talk to you later, okay?”
“I’ll be here,” she sighed, as she took another drink from her champagne and watched the young drake rush off. A few minutes later she watched as a rather chubby young earth pony with lilac coat and orange-and-white mane done up in a garish manestyle rushed past, calling out for her “sugarboo”. Rarity didn’t know whether to laugh or cry; even Spike, albeit unwanted, had more of a romantic life than she had.
I may as well join Twilight in the spinster’s club…though with my luck, she’ll probably end up marrying a guard or something and I’ll be all alone.
“Hey Silver, you got a moment?” Silver looked up and saw Shining Armor standing there, looking at him with concern.
“Look, Shines, I already got it from both Diamond and Goldie. I don’t need it from you, as well.”
“I’m not here to say anything about that,” the prince told his friend. “What I am here to tell you is that, effective immediately, you are being promoted to cornet.” When Silver glared at him, Shining explained, “Look, I can appreciate that you think there are plenty of other ponies more qualified for command status than you are, and your loyalty to the troops is noted. But the Guard is getting busier and busier lately, and I need officers I can count on in order to lead troops.”
“You’re doing it for her, aren’t you?” he said, blankly. “No thanks.”
“No, I’m doing it because Equestria needs you, not because Derpy asked me,” Shining responded sharply. “My job is to serve her majesty, regardless of my feelings or any relationship that stands. Princess Celestia may be my wife’s aunt, but before that she was my sovereign. And right now, that takes preference.”
“Fine, you win,” Silver said, a little harsher than he intended. He was still having a hard time trying to wrap his mind around the fact that Shining’s actions had nothing to do with his current problems. “861st Cohort in Oatmaha needs a commander, right? I’ll take that.”
Shining shook his head. “Nope, I already detailed Graysmoke to take command there. What I want you to do is take the 18th Headquarters Garrison here in Canterlot.”
“A desk job?” Silver gasped. “Are you buckin’ kidding me?”
“In case you haven’t forgotten, the 18th is our anti-changeling specialty cohort,” Shining pointed out. “We only designated it a Headquarters Garrison for extra funding purposes.”
Silver shrugged. Turning to look back at the vista in the distance, he commented, “Well, if that’s the case, then, sure, I’ll do it. I suppose I could use the change of pa….” His words suddenly trailed off into silence, his voice suddenly failing him.
Shining took notice immediately. “Something wrong, Silver?” A second later, he followed the stallion’s line of sight to what he was looking at. “Oh,” he said, chuckling, as he noticed the unicorn sitting on the edge, somehow looking both sultry and fragile at the same time, as if she were a painting by Mareté. “Never did quite get how she does that.”
“She’s…beautiful,” Silver said, his eyes not moving. He’d seen her twice before and each time, there had been something about her that grabbed his attention and refused to let go. Now, as he saw her, framed by moonlight and in a deep violet ballgown, her pristine coat and mane kissed by the moonlight, she appeared as if she’d been created by Luna’s light itself. A vision of loveliness that seemed only to exist in his eyes. “Who…?”
“I can introduce you if you want,” Shining offered. “Rarity’s a friend of mine.”
“Rarity?” The moment he said the name, it was like nectar on his tongue, honey for his lips, sweeter than any wine. “Her name is Rarity?”
“Rarity, Duchess Lipizzan, Knight Elemental of Generosity. The Princess has asked her to head up the newly-created Arts and Sciences Ministry, though I don’t know if she’s accepted. But I know Rarity well enough to guess that she probably will. It suits her talents.”
She’s beautiful…unspeakably beautiful. Silver suddenly felt as though he’d never be able to take his eyes off her lest he be swallowed up by her presence. “I-I, uh….” he stuttered before blurting out, “Yes. Buck yes. You want me to take that rank and job, Shines? Yes, I want to meet her.”
Wow…you’ve got it bad, Silver, Shining noted and suddenly wondered if it was a good idea to introduce them. Rarity was a friend after all and the least thing he needed to do was to put her on the spot by a guy just coming off a brutal breakup the way Silver was.
“Let me go see if she’s busy,” he said, diplomatically, “and then I’ll see about introducing you two. I’ll be right back.” As he reentered the party, he saw Goldie standing there. “He accepted the post,” he told her. “Of course, this means you’ll have to take the promotion to ensign now.”
“Gladly,” she told him. “How’d you agree to get him to take it?”
Shining grinned. “Well, I have to call in a favor from a friend of mine to pull it off, but it’ll be worth it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go take care of that, then mingle with the guests a bit more before Cady and Twily get on my case.” And with that, he went off to go make his rounds.
11:52 PM - Shinzakura: Oh, just had a sudden, brutal thought. Fridge logic/horror.
11:52 PM - BlueBastard: ?
11:52 PM - Shinzakura: Rarity and Bon-Bon were supposed to be really old friends, going back to the days when Rarity moved to Ponyville, right?
11:53 PM - BlueBastard: I think?
11:53 PM - Shinzakura: Yeah. I mentioned that several times in BH and once in the main series.
11:53 PM - BlueBastard: let me check
11:56 PM - BlueBastard: Yes, yes you did
11:57 PM - Shinzakura: Anyway, where was Rarity when Bon-Bon was going through all her mental trauma? If they're such good friends...why wasn't she there when Bon-Bon melted down?
11:57 PM - Shinzakura: Just realized I never said anything about that. Sweetie was there, Twilight was here, Vinyl and Octavia were there, even Lyra came by - especially when the wounds were still there after their divorce. But no mention of Rarity.
11:58 PM - Shinzakura: Did Rarity throw Bon-Bon under the bus after the trial, even though Bon-Bon's marriage melted down because she defended Rarity?
11:58 PM - BlueBastard: Possibly...
11:59 PM - BlueBastard: Another thing is that Rarity pretty much nearly cut ties with Twilight and Applejack after the trial
11:59 PM - BlueBastard: If she could do that to two ponies she considered family...
Monday, November 18, 2013
12:00 AM - Shinzakura: So tempted to paste this part of the convo into a blog post on Fimfic right now. XD
12:00 AM - BlueBastard: DO EEEEEEET
Oh, Look - She Gets Around. · 4:52am
Dont Forget to Thank a Vet Today! · 1:58am
Okay, because this is going to be the Christmas Special for you guys, I'm going to let you decide:
Do you want Kind Hearts & Coronets to come out a chapter a day (in a serial manner) or the whole novel at once (on Christmas Eve)?
And an announcement! totallynotabrony will be coming onboard for artwork for the project, so expect to see some images within!
But, let the voting begin!
Just Curious.... · 8:59pm
Who would like to see how Rarity and Silversteel got together?
Oh, I should mention that if I get enough votes, this will be this year's AAG Christmas Special.
Looking for a threshold of at least ten people to see if they would like such a gift under the virtual tannenbaum.
EDIT: We now have eleven, so it's a go! Stay tuned for the greatest love story of 1474*!
*2006 human calendar, or approx three years after the mane six meet.