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I don't write, so much as I perform acts of high-wire fiction without a net. Come watch me fall! I believe in narrative coincidence, the transcendent power of hopeful creativity, and the Oxford Comma.


When Cadance comes to foalsit Twilight Sparkle, she finds the young filly playing a pretend game of cards with her stuffed animals. Curious, Cadance joins the game, only to find Twilight is far more serious about her betting than she lets on. Can she help Twilight learn what's really valuable?

Originally meant for the Writeoff Association's January contest, "All In" but quickly surpassed the word limit and was never entered. I really liked it though, and finished it anyway.

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You know, if I were Cadence, and I'd just experienced this conversation and series of events, I'd predict that Twilight would either grow up to be a tyrannical warlord that overthrows the Princess, or a mad scientist whose inventions go awry and wipe out all of ponykind.

You had my fave and thumb from the moment I read this when you shared it with me. Now you're just cementing it, heh...

5807932 Heh... and who knows, she could still do either! :twilightsmile:

I love heart warming stories.

5808328 5808384 D'aww, thanks! :twilightblush:

Diabetes... to... a-adorable... *dies*

Poor, poor Twilight, thinking that love is a finite resource.

I can fully believe Twilight rewriting the rules for poker lol

5808602 *grin* Yeah, but... can you picture it any other way?

5808624 We've always known she didn't really grok friendship until she moved to ponyville. This kind of sets that up... in a plausible way, I hope.

5808658 AND acting like Cadance is ignorant for not understanding. (To be honest, I don't quite understand her rules myself, and I wrote them!) :pinkiegasp:

5808934 Be thankful it was not Pinkie Pie writing the rules...

I could read it, but I think I'll just sit here and imagine filly Twilight the card shark.

That was a nice little read. Now I'm thinking, Cutie Mark Crusader Card Sharks has a nice ring to it. It should happen. ^_^

Aww, this was simply adorable, and it had a good lesson in it too. All you need now is the comedy tag! :twilightsmile:

Very nice and touching.

Tiny typo:

Cadance knew Twilight had a lot of... well, "issues" in that smart little brain of her's


There's only two of you

For nice grammar: There are

"All in" just Mega Evolved.

"Recalibrating world-view, please stand by."

I laughed way too much at this one line

5809692 5809768 And now I'm picturing that a card shark is literal like a timber wolf... a shark made of cards!

5809874 I wasn't sure if "comedy" would imply a less heartwarming type of story, so I left it off. It's funny, but it's not a joke... if that makes sense. I am glad you found it funny though, it's certainly meant to be.

5810399 Fixed now, thanks! And I'm glad you found it touching!

5810469 Heheh... I guess that's one way to put it, but that's a pretty good summary of the inspiration. The contest prompt was "All In" and I thought how Twilight would blow even that way out of proportion.

5810801 :twilightsmile: That was my favorite line that "just happened." I was just picturing Twilight's face in the scene as I wrote, and those words appeared, meme-like, over her head in my mind. I laughed out loud, and wrote it down immediately. One does not question the muse!

5811212 Heheh, nice! You definitely got me on that last line, too... "...Err... I mean... your all princesses on the inside?" Classic!

5811454 No, no, no. The scene: a Las Pegasus casino. The door opens. In walks...

5808937 The scarey thing is that Pinkie Pie would more likely to have won that game despite it was Twilight rewriting the rules....AND having both princesses!:pinkiehappy: :twilightangry2:

5811454 Yeah, well although it was a heartwarming story it DID have some funny parts in it. That's all I'm saying! :derpytongue2:

but the duck took a bubble pipe from his mouth and pushed it forward.

Hah! I see what you did there.

Soooo, the canon show then?

5812569 I'm a bit, really lost, on the reference. Is this some reference to Scrooge mcduck?

Mini Twi has a very penetrating gaze.

Yup! Pinkie wins with four Princesses, because the only way that's possible is through plot devices or time travel.

I'm not sure how to feel about this
But then again "re-calibrating world view" is pretty great so.

5811454 That is all kinds of awesome and I don't think I've ever seen anyone do that in a story before. I can totally picture that being a thing.

You could write all kinds of stories about such a creature. XD

Loki #31 · Apr 2nd, 2015 · · 4 ·

Rethorical question in the description. Can't read.

either that one or the duck in the Ponies The Anthology video (1or 2)

So, filly Twi had a gambling addiction. Yeah, sounds about right. Great story.:yay:

T-Twilight... Twilight is a genius. As a FILLY, she was able to set this up, plan everything, and manipulate Cadance (I know, I know, it's Cadence, but Cadance sounds better) into betting her love? :twilightoops:Wow. Wow... I am so glad she didn't turn evil. She truly would be a force to be reckoned with.

Imagine trying to beat that animal in a game of poker!

Nah, we know in Ponyland evil cuts anyone's IQ down by half.

I wrote a review of this story. It can be found here.

What are the odds that Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" would start playing while I was reading this?

CBM8 #39 · Apr 3rd, 2015 · · 1 ·

5814492 Didn't spell rhetorical correctly. Can't read post.


And now I'm picturing that a card shark is literal like a timber wolf... a shark made of cards!




Commence read.

A nice, lighthearted story.

The way Twilight changed up the rules was interesting. Plus with their being 4 total queens in a regular deck, guess that accounts for Luna and Twilight? Or something like that?

Glad that the conversation went well and makes for a good educational tool.

Sometimes all you need is just some fluff :3

Adorable little story! :raritystarry:

5811485 Perfect!
5811755 No, because that'd keep Twilight from smiling. Pinkie would've somehow figured out how they could both win!

5813062 5812569 Really? Because I have no idea what I did there. The fact that he was named "Doctor Quack" I thought was clever, but don't know what you see with the pipe. :-)

5813425 Yeah, saw that pic and just had to use it. No artist or label on it at all though, so no idea where it came from

5813995 Heh... must keep that in mind for a sequel!

Thanks! I'm really amazed how much this story took off and resonated with people. I was just thinking for it to be filler while I finished up the next Hole in the Sun chapter, but... I do love me some D'aww moments, and apparently so do a lot of you!

5821937 I didn't even think of Twlight/Luna adding up to four queens later. Heh! I mean... uh... I totally meant to do that!

5819159 Heh. Bad visual puns are still bad puns. :rainbowwild:

5816803 I know, right?

5819128 5814492 I assumed first comment about rhetorical comment was sarcastic.

5818765 Depends on much Kenny Rogers is on your playlist I guess. But you do need to know when to hold 'em...

5816803 5815824 Oh, there's still plenty of time for her to turn evil! After all, Discord turned good, right? :trollestia:

5813518 Assuming Pinkie doesn't just put herself on every card and the answer is "Because Pinkie Pie."

5817911 Thanks for the review, TD! Glad you found it at least worth the read. I'll admit it is a thing that's been done before. I like to think the character interaction sells it as better than the standard trope though.


I got to over-think/analyze that then. :scootangel:

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