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The Force is the Force, of course, of course, and no one can horse with the Force of course--that is of course unless the horse is the Jedi Master, Ed ("Stay away from the Dark Side, Willlburrrr...")!


Miss Cheerilee has always looked out for her former pupil, Pinkamena Diane Pie ("Pinkie" to her friends).

Hooves must always (always) look after his current employer, Roland Bertram Aethelnoth Whickers the Third, Viscount Astley ("Bertie" to his friends).

But when Bertie met Pinkie, something happened that neither the schoolteacher nor the butler had looked for.

Art: Giorgio de Chirico, "Oriental Horses"

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Wow, did this spend two days in the submission queue? :rainbowderp:

Time to get reading. :rainbowdetermined2:

Why do I imagine this is a Jeeves and Wooster fic....


Because it basically is. :trollestia:

My Jeeves is more Gielgud than Fry, but he's still pretty Fry (for a white guy).

Mmm... Actually, comics put Cherilee in the same generation as Shining Armor, so she could conceivably have gotten the tail end of some of their schooling.

7427422 *facepalms and groans* Augh, no, bad Ed.


Well, my model for Hooves was basically John Gielgud in Arthur. He's a great butler because, well, he's the one the call "Doctor Gielgud:" he's the one that makes you feel alright...

Suspected from partway through the description, confirmed by later that sentence. And especially given I was introduced to Jeeves via ponies (I've enjoyed some of the novels and short stories, but never got around to any TV), I'm happy to see him pop up again, here.

A very sweet story, and convincingly sells the story behind their relationship and parallel values. And Hooves as Jeeves, the tea and resulting conversation with Bertie in particular.

A most delightful and unexpected example of crossover shipping done right. (Especially amusing is how Ponyville is the sort of place where one literally can sleep through the end of the world.) Thank you for it.

This is good. And now I'm watching you on the off chance that a Jeeves and Wooster fic ever emerges.

*Thunderous hoof stomping in total abject appreciation*

This was just so wonderful, smart, warm and loving. It is now among my favorites. Please, please...write more of Hooves, Cheerilee, Bertum and Pinkie! This just too good! Thank you.

I just love British humor.....just sayn'.

This is absolute joy in written form! Subtle, clever, warm, and just joyful. I hate to be cliché in my comment, but damn do I want more in this wonderful world. The game of chess, in particular, writing in the wordplay that's intertwined with romance and also with characterization all at the same time: The double meaning of mate and of 'making that move' how they dance between them, that they know that each would understand and appreciate that sort of play. Sheer joy!

Also, you made a riff on the Symposium! How can a man not like _that._

This is utterly amazing, the wordplay is wonderful, the subtleties are superb, the characterisations are charming, and P.G. Wodehouse is in his heaven and all is right with the world.

Well, I can only join the choir (or is it chorus, not sure and can't actually look it up) and say that it was a wonderful, warm story.

A long gestation, but I think it was worth it.

“Well, they say that when the gods--I mean, their gods--made the world, they peopled it with these… eight-limbed monsters, very strong and swift. And eventually the monsters turned on their creators, and tried to storm heaven—nearly took it, too. So as their last defense the gods worked a miracle, and split all the monsters in half, so that each half would spend its life looking for the other instead of troubling the gods.”

“And that’s their just-so story of male and female, I guess?”

“More or less: we’re each of us just half of something better, something grander, and we’re looking to be that whole thing again…”

Oooh! Oooh! For once I get to be the one injecting appropriate songs into the comments! :pinkiehappy:

And thank you for this. A bit textually rough around the edges — such as that missing period in the first sentence — but the core here is sweet and gentle.


Wow. :rainbowderp: That's...really amazing.

I think that's the end title for this story--you know, the music they play as the credits roll, the song that sums it up. The coda.

Thanks! :raritystarry:

… wait … you mean that bit wasn't originally intended as a Hedwig And The Angry Inch homage? Wow. That was just so spot-on I figured I had to be echoing your inspiration. That just makes it all the more amazing.

I'm glad I could offer a moment of cosmic alignment, then!


Brek-ke-ke-kex cuax cuax never gonna let you down...

'Now indeed, O Eryximachus,' said Aristophanes. 'I must speak something different from what you and Pausanias said. For to me, humans completely misunderstand the dynamics of Eros [Love]; if they perceived Him, they would build the greatest temples and altars, and would make the greatest sacrifices, just as now none of these things happen for Him, although most assuredly it is fitting that they all happen. For of all the gods, He [Eros] is the philanthropist, being an ally to humanity, and a healer in those things needing healing, bringing the greatest happiness to the human race. Therefore, I shall try to initiate you into the mysteries of His dynamics, and you will become teachers of others.

I have to admit I have never seen/read/watched/what have you whatever it is this is a crossover with. I feel like I'm missing... a lot, really. :applejackconfused:

Is this something I need to watch?


You could start by reading the P.G. Wodehouse biography on Wikipedia, which is easily as fascinating as anything he ever wrote.

He died in America in 1975, which means I could have met him. Sadly, that chance escaped me,

His "Jeeves and Wooster" books are quick reads and readily available. And of course there's the sublime Fry and Laurie series from (it seems so apropos to say it) the early nineties. Here's the first episode:


I (sort of) reviewed this story in Read It Now Reviews #90.

I have to admit that, as an alien to the Jeeves and Wooster series, I didn't really get a whole lot of mileage out of this, though, so had trouble saying much of value.


This is basically a "lower decks" shipping episode, with Bertie and Pinkie as a pair of McGuffins happily in love, and I think it really works with this story. :pinkiesmile:

You know I really enjoyed this, Ed. Even despite knowing nothing of the source material. I'm a touch surprised, really, because this made Hooves as good as any regular OC, and there was awful little time to invest emotion into his relationship with Cheerilee before we hit the first emotional payoff--the first kiss and confessing their feelings and sleeping together. And yet, it worked for me! Perhaps it was because they had real feelings--based strongly in reality I mean, very relatable. They felt like real people. There's more besides that, I'm sure. I am a sucker for Cheerilee, especially Lonely Cheerilee.

Anyway, I expect this to be the first drop in a torrential downpour of stories from you! You wouldn't want to cross my expectations, would you Ed? Of course not! ^.^

Can't wait. :yay:

Well, this was delightful. And despite seeing a comment or two upstream about it not being clear without knowing the original material, I'm not, but I still very much enjoyed it. (I mean, I'm very vaguely familiar with the idea, but really even if I wasn't, I think this has everyone one needs within it, the outside references are just a nice bonus for people who get them.)

This has to be one of the sweetest stories i have ever read. You captured thay moment when love takes you and you can do anything so flawlessly. I would have loved to read more had you written it.

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That was something else! :D

And I can totally believe Cheerilee teaching the mane six, no problems there. :B


Well thank you! That was very kind :-)

Very nice. :)

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