• Published 20th May 2014
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Walking Through Fire - SPark

Princess Celestia is sometimes an enigma. What is it with her and tea? Why doesn't she drink cider? And how will she react when Twilight Sparkle confesses that she has a crush on her former mentor?

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“I didn't know you liked curry,” said Twilight, smiling across the table at Celestia.

“I quite enjoy it. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that you love it,” replied Celestia with a wink, “given your affinity for heat.”

Twilight grinned broadly. “I do like it spicy. You though, how can you possibly have ordered the mildest thing on the menu? I would think that you'd like it spicy as well!”

“I don't think I need to add any more heat to my life,” said Celestia wryly.

“Hm. Yes...” Twilight broke into a grin, “You're already more than hot enough.” She punctuated her declaration by wiggling her eyebrows at Celestia.

Celestia let out an involuntary snort of laughter at the ridiculous expression on Twilight's face. Twilight giggled in delight. It it felt amazing to stop automatically stomping on thoughts like that, and even better to let them free.

They laughed and flirted and chatted until their food came, after which both alicorns devoted themselves to appreciating the meal.

When they had cleaned their plates, Twilight sat back with a replete sigh. Celestia echoed it. “That was quite delicious.”

The waitress trotted up to their table and offered the pair a smile. She'd been a consummate professional about having a pair of princesses turn up at a curry joint of no particular fame in the lower part of Canterlot. “Can I interest you in dessert?” she asked.

Celestia straightened just a bit. “I do believe you can. I'll have the mango sorbet.”

“I believe I'll have the kheer,” said Twilight.

“I'll be right back with those,” said the waitress, who trotted off, leaving the pair alone again.

“This has been a truly wonderful evening,” said Celestia.

Twilight nodded. Spending time with Celestia was even better now, it seemed. Twilight thought about what Celestia had said all those months ago, about love, and slow-growing flowers. It seemed like the seedling she'd found back then was already growing strong and tall.

“Yes, it's been nice.” With an impish smile, Twilight added, “And we haven't even gotten to the goodnight kiss yet.”

“You'll have to wait a bit for that,” said Celestia. “I am quite certain that this table is flammable.”

Twilight laughed. “Yeah.”

Just then the desserts arrived. Twilight lifted a spoonful of her kheer, which was a sort of thin rice pudding. She half-closed her eyes in delight and made a little noise of appreciation as she ate; it was very good. When she opened them to take the next bite, she noticed that Celestia was looking at her with her spoon half way to her mouth, hovering in her golden magical field. Twilight smiled and lifted the next spoonful. This time she ate it very slowly, licking at the spoon as she did. She let her tongue caress the spoon teasingly for far longer than necessary to get every trace of kheer from it. Celestia licked her lips, then seemed to notice the spoonful of sorbet floating in front of her. She ate it hastily.

Twilight winked at Celestia and ate another bite, closing her lips over the spoon and drawing it slowly out of her mouth before sensuously licking the spoon's bowl and handle clean.

Celestia set the table on fire.

“Eep!” yelped Celestia, her own flames immediately going out again, but the fire on the table continued to burn. Twilight swiftly lit her horn and cast a spell. The flames went out, snuffed instantly and expertly.

Celestia stared at her. So did the waitress.

“Early Warning's Expert Extinguisher! I practiced until I could cast it in less than a second.” Twilight grinned triumphantly. “I told you I'd thought this through!”

Author's Note:

This was way too much fun to write. I'm glad people seem to enjoy it.

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Comments ( 222 )

4416772 Er... hi.

4416853 Thank you. :twilightsmile:

Twilight winked at Celestia and ate another bite, closing her lips over the spoon and drawing it slowly out of her mouth before sensuously licking the spoon's bowl and handle clean.

Celestia set the table on fire.

“Early Warning's Expert Extinguisher! I practiced until I could cast it in less than a second.” Twilight grinned triumphantly. “I told you I'd thought this through!”

Each of these three lines are pure gold.

Twilight you must stop. If you continue being sexy Celestia will kill us all with fire. And if Frankenstein has taught us anything, it's that FIRE BAD!

Your story is good and you should feel good.

4416871 In some ways, the epilogue is totally my favorite part of this. :twilightsmile:

4416976 :pinkiehappy:

4416994 As it is mine. I love the funny

I'll hold back on critique, other than to say that I really enjoyed this. It was very sweet, and the epilogue was a hilarious, perfect touch.

Well done! :twilightsmile:

4417043 I'm glad you enjoyed it.

(BTW, just read your Twi/Trixie story, it was cute.)

4417078 I did enjoy it! I'm looking forward to reading more of your work, too. :twilightsmile:

Thanks for the compliment! I'm glad you enjoyed mine as well. It's fluffy and directionless, but I enjoyed sharing it.

This story was adorable. The dessert scene though, that was hilarious.

You are the (Gender specific authoritative figure) of D'aww!:pinkiehappy:

4417295 Can I be the (Gender unspecific authority figure) of daww? I like being a man/woman of mystery. :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

4417313 Sure thing my friend, I dub thee Ser SPark the Gender Unspecified Authoritative Figure of D'aww, and the Protector of Changelings.

4417313 I don't have any authority, but you get my vote for being the "(Gender specific authoritative figure) of D'aww"!

But I know what gender should go there! :trollestia:

I loved this. Great characterization, build-up, and even a touch of humor at the end.

4417335 Shhhhhhhhhhhh. :pinkiehappy:

4417326 Huzzah!

4417339 Thank you very much. :twilightsmile:

This story is great :pinkiegasp: just saying !!!:heart:
Please keep the great work up :twilightsmile:

Very nice, Twilight should have been labelled Mistress of the Impossible. I like it was nice and the epilogue was fun, that ending however was priceless especially if one imagines the scene out.

4417883 :twilightsmile: Thanks! I had a lot of fun writing the ending.

Great story :twilightsmile: Nicely fitting of Celestia's serious demeanor to have a problem like that. And both were very in-character, with Celestia being stern and not even considering trying to find a solution (since presumably she would have tried many things in the past), and for Twilight to be obsessive enough to research it anyway, even if only to confirm that it was impossible.

The burning table at the end was hilarious. Though if a little spoon licking can set Celestia off, I think Twilight is going to be getting a lot of use out of that extinguisher spell :rainbowlaugh:

BUT HOW COULD YOU STOP BEFORE THE KISS? It was supposed to be all mind blowing and warm and fuzzy and cause some amount of collateral damage despite precautions :twilightsheepish: Actually, a clop-tastic sequel would be awesome and hilarious to see what all happens during certain... activities :trollestia:

“You seem to be suggesting we go straight to my workroom and, ah, test out your spell, to put it delicately.”

I was hoping Twilight would respond, "I've already tested it. I'm suggesting we go to your workroom and enjoy it." :trollestia:
But then I read her real response, and it's even better, not putting pressure on Celestia, but just proving that the option was available :heart:

This story is genius. Loved it from start to finish. Big ole' grin on my face right now.

4417919 :twilightsmile: Man, I love comments like this. Thank you! As for a clop sequel, I *almost* never write clop, so it's not likely. Though if somebody else wanted to take a stab at it, I wouldn't mind.

4417928 Thanks! :twilightsmile:

What an interesting story. Very well written, and it has a concept that I haven't really seen used before, yet makes sense. Very sweet ending, as well.

Also, I really want art of Twilight and Celestia both on fire in a furnace together.

4417974 Thanks! (And man, if somebody ever did draw that scene, I would absolutely keel over with joy! I thought about asking for it for the cover when I commissioned it, but two characters cost more, and I'm on a budget.)

4418018 If my art skills ever improve, I'd do it myself (if I remember). Right now, my art skills are too bad to even speak of.

normally I don't read shipfics but I liked this one.

4418172 Aww, thanks!


Sums it up for me. Loved the story, and I burst out laughing at that ending. Kudos! :rainbowlaugh:

That, was awsome. :rainbowdetermined2: Of course, it being awsome means that anything I would say to compliment it has already been said. Oh well. Looking forward to more.
Keep up the great work. Deus tecum.

4418238 :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy: Thanks guys! It is awesome that so many people are liking this. I was kind of worried for a while. (It got a lot of downvotes early on.)

Easily one of the best twilestia short stories I've read.:heart: I will definetly fave your story!
My fave part was when celestia set the table on fire haha:twilightblush:

4418351 Hee. Thanks! That seems to be a very popular moment.

Very nice indeed! This one is going into my Favourites without a moment of hesitation.

And, being the pedant that I am, I greatly appreciate the research that you have done into blast furnaces, the melting points of steel and iron, and ruby formation.

Well done!


4418357 yes haha I was like ooo things just got spicy!
And I usually don't read a lot of " spicy" fiction
But I had to like that part it was too perfect:P

4418386 :pinkiehappy: Huzzah! Glad you liked it so much!

Thank you for writing it!

Have some lyrically appropriate music: :pinkiehappy:

:twilightblush: This is awesome, sweet, adorable, and amusing all at once. Very well written, and I like it alot.

Have a gold star!

4418454 Thank you! :twilightsmile:

Very nice. Great story, love the concept. Hopefully Celestia can drink now.

:derpytongue2: Nah. Thank you for being that 1 in 100 that makes rooting through all the clop-fics, Mary Sues, and horrid examples of poor writing and story telling worth it.

Can we have a sequel

Twilight winked at Celestia and ate another bite, closing her lips over the spoon and drawing it slowly out of her mouth before sensuously licking the spoon's bowl and handle clean.

Celestia set the table on fire.

That is literally the best reaction i've seen.

Better than even Cleverbot.

Edit - This is story #3 of yours i've favorited. +1 Follower(s) get.

That may have been the flaw she was talking about. She did say she refined it at the molecular level (honestly though, at that point, a diamond might have been a better choice for crystal).

Also, beautiful story. I may have to use that heat-proof ring idea in a story of my own (not the exact one, but you know what I mean).:twilightsmile:

4418523 Now that depends on what you consider a "flaw" m'dear. For Twilight's purposes, anything other than pure corundum is a flaw, since it would alter the crystal structure and make everything less than atomically perfect. Perhaps I didn't phrase it well, but I do know that it's chromium and not cracks in the ruby that color it red. :twilightsmile: (I can pedant right back at'cha!)

4418567 Twilight started with a ruby because they're traditionally associated with fire. :twilightsmile: In my head canon, modern magic in Equstria is still sprinkled with bits of superstition like that, which aren't based in magical science, but persist all the same.

Hah, this epilogue was perfect!

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