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This story is a sequel to The Princess's Choice

Princess Rarity had everything planned for her beloved bodyguard's birthday. It would start with a lovely trip to Trottingham, continue into an entire day in Equestria's oldest library, and culminate into a wonderfully romantic moment in the Ethereal Gardens. It would be Twilight's best birthday yet!

...If only things actually went according to plan.

Part of the Bodyguard!AU Series, based on Earthsong9405's AU where Twilight is the bodyguard to a "Princess/Queen Rarity". Prior knowledge of the AU is not necessary to read the story.

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Crazy! I just logged in thinking of how much I'd love to see a new Mono story :twilightsmile: Welp, time to get started

10/10 best raritwi that ever twi'd rari

Cant wait to read this once I have time.

I have literally no time to read this right now. You're so mean. I'll have to leave the second chapter for later. XD
Glad we finally get a preseeeeequally to the teaser fic of last time. xD

I'm rather surprised Rarity would trust Dash to acquire appropriate flowers. Pretty sure Dash would go with a Venus fly trap or similarly "awesome" non-flowering plant.

You're joking but I would read "Rarity becomes Twilights fan club president" with a vengeance

these are some of my favor story, idea with twilight as guard of rairty

“Girls, I’d like you all to know that I’m truly grateful of what you did for me tonight. I realized I asked much of you, but you delivered splendidly, and now I can only humbly hope you will bring flowers to my funeral, which will be hel—”

Loved this line haha. Great story!

7502257 I'd expect poison joke, given her penchant for pranking everypony

7502435 Seconded

Absolutely loved every line of it. Excellent as always, Mono.

Prequel/Sequel story of the Masquerade. Prior knowledge of the AU isn't really necessary to read.

I'm confused; is it a PREQUEL, or is it a SEQUEL? Is the first chapter the prequel, and the second chapter the sequel, or do you just not know the timeline you're setting up here?

Edit: I see, it's a PREQUEL. You should specify that to begin with so there's no confusion about the timeline.

Wait!!! What about the book of prophecies????? What!?!?!

Well that was charming. I liked the entirety of the main six in this story. Everyone is so in character. Sad to know that it's the likely end for this AU though. Now I to go through and read some of the older stories again.

7502587 that was either mono being a huge troll and making us extremely sad by never doing it... Or the foreshadowing of a hundreds of thousands of words long epic about the journey of their love, BEGINNING with the confession, passing through the hurdles oh the path of their union, the death of her beloved parents, the marriage and ensuing years of the reign of queen twilight the patient and drama queen rarity.

If not, mono is an evil, evil witch hell-bent on making us be sad, sad ponies for the pen of no other shall endeavour us so with such beautiful tale.

I'd say wink wink nudge nudge but really, JUST DO IT, MONO!!!! :flutterrage:

Pretty please with sugar on top? :fluttercry:

A pleasure to read as always, Mono. Fantastic work.
The lines about the book of prophesy got me really exited for a whole second before I remembered that this is possibly the last Bodyguard AU fic. That's almost cruel, but the amazing quality of the fic overall makes up for it.

Edit: that doesn't mean that I'm not praying for more from the Bodyguard AU. Another fic about all of this would be, in my opinion, the "Best Possible Thing!" :raritystarry:

I still find it a bit chuckle-worthy that you have Luna as the mystical sister when Celestia was the Bearer of Magic (and Kindness and Generosity).

Are you serious about that sequel? I mean, of course it won't be serious, but I seriously hope that you're serious about the non-serious story. :twilightsheepish:

usualy your right so well so why *facetalons* is everyone in this story acting so stupid? I mean seriously by the time fancy tells rarity the king has bared her from attending the party, it just gets painful.

Ah. Sweet sweet RariTwi from the undisputed mistress of the genre.

I'll certainly hope it's something you'll revisit after that far-off goal of a finished TEL!

Until then, this was a fantastic way to leave off. Now to go re-read all of them in the chronological order you posted in your blog!

The thing is, I'd love to write a massive bodyguard!au story, but that would require either cancelling or indefinitely hiatusing my proper AU D: If a large amount of folks would want that, I'd have no problem considering it and hiatusing EL, but right now, there's no way I can work on two massive multichapters at once.

I'm sorry you didn't like it :c I understand that not all my stories will be well received by everyone, and hopefully next story I post will prove to be a nicer read for you :fluttershysad:

I hope you liked it!

Thank youuu <333

Oops! I didn't mean to be mean :trollestia:

Oh my gosh, she would, though.

Alas, that story is doomed to stay in our imaginations forever :fluttercry:

Thank you! I'm glad you like them!


Thank you, Pepper! Glad you liked it c:

Hi! I explained it in a blogpost for masquerade, but the thing is I've been writing this entire AU in reverse, going from when Rarity was a queen to, well, now. So, from a writing/posting point of view it's a sequel, but from a timeline pov its a prequel.

That was just a little fun I was having :twilightblush:

Thank you, White! I'm glad you liked it. And yes, this is probably the last story. The only other idea I have for it could only be done as a long multichapter, but I can't handle BG!AU /and/ Enchanted Library. I'd love to do a massive bodyguard story, but EL takes precedence if only because I've been at it for a year already...

Thank you, Rocket! I'm glad you liked it, and yes, it seems for now this is the end of this AU D: I have a bit too many things on my plate and I'd like to finish them first before I think about another bg!au story.

Thank youuuu, Neo! I'm glad you liked it so much :D

omg well admittedly I followed what Earthsong did. She assigned those elements for them in her blog, and I've tried to keep faithful to her headcanons and "rules".

I'm not serious.... :c

God, sometimes I feel like I'm never going to finish EL lmao orz Admittedly sometimes I feel like EL should have had the ficlets format I've been using for Bodyguard!AU whereas BG should be the long multichapter, but alas, what's done is done.

Well, someone will have to write it now. And even if it's just in my head (because I'm a horrible procrastinator), I will follow that story to its end! :duck:

Finally getting around to reading this...

Magnificent as always, Mono. Rarity's reactions and planning and Twilight's nature... Just pure awesome and spot in, no less.

~Skeeter The Lurker


Completely fine! Just makes me laugh a bit. <3 More Raritwi, please. (And Rarijack in the future, for an experiment!)

I saw that prophecy. I saw it, I like it.

The rest of the story was excellent as well, I must say.

~Skeeter The Lurker

7503213 no one said it had to be NOW (although it would be massively appreciated), only that it should happen. You're a great author, we can wait for you to properly finish that one first. After all, out would be unfair to the fans of EL to asks that one too be put on hold for an epic of this one to be born.

Just don't forget this piece of rarilight, OK? :twilightsmile:

As always, Mono, you have a way with horse-words.

And probably regular words, too, but that's not what we're here for. :raritywink:

With how much we talked while you were writing this, I actually wasn't expecting it to be as wild of a ride as it turned out to be. And it definitely was much better overall due to having more than 3,000 words. I cannot even imagine what this story would've been like, had it been that short. :applejackconfused:

I eagerly await whatever you scare up next, Mono. :twilightsmile:

I also would read the *:yay:* out of the "BG!AU Twilight Fan Club" story. I'm hoping you change your mind a few months from now and write it anyway. :pinkiehappy:

7503258 Truth be told, I haven't seen a story in your library detailing Rarity being a Queen. Have I just missed it, or is it elsewhere?

Twilight to get intro trouble

I think the intro is going splendidly, personally.

then another five to

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See, Mono, stuff like this is the reason I even attempted to get Dented Armor out there in the first place. I fact, this AU and King of Beggars Twilight Sparkle of the Royal Guard are the two stories that originally started the spark for that little one shot of mine, such as it is.

And as always, this was completely brilliant. Well done.

THIS IS TOO MUCH FOR MY HEART :raritycry::heart:

I eagerly await the fic about Twilight's inevitable conversation with King Belle about ... stuff.

Eeeee this was so awesome :rainbowkiss: I love your RariTwi AU! I would absolutely love to see a massive multichapter fic of this, but at the same time i love EL...maybe when EL is finished :D? Keep up the awesome writing!

If there's one thing this story does perfectly, it's exemplify why pretending not to know someone's birthday is just the greatest cruelty, and the entire day of feeling like crap is NOT worth the party at the end.

Of course, it also does everything else very well, but this in particular stuck out as especially good.

I'm running out of ways to say 'nice work, Mono!'... oh, guess I'm not. I'm actually on the verge of creating a bookshelf just to compile all the stories for this AU so I can organize them chronologically... for my own edification. Given the response here, you may have another long term project to consider after EL wraps... or for when EL reaches a point that you throw your hands up in surrender (don't do that, though). Hey, if you need someone to bounce ideas off of.... I'm sure you'll find 'em! :trollestia:

To this particular iteration... well it really shows off your knack for world building. Every one of these additions gives us a stronger peak into its world and this might be the best yet. We already had some notion of a different (but similarly decadent and snobby) nobility, and now hints about what the Sisters are up to. Hermits on a mountaintop, eh? Or are they spirits this time around? It's not like they have to climb Caelum (nice touch) to find out... just take a chariot. Oh but then again, Rarity loves camping.

As to our protagonists here... well, I'm a bit surprised by Rarity. Given her propensity for romance novels, she might have known that pretending to forget your, erm, bodyguard's birthday for the sake of surprising them rarely works out. Still, if anypony could pull it off... she just needed a couple more minutes before Shining showed up.

I loved her seeing Twilight's life outside the castle, and that Twi's a bit of a hometown hero. We see plenty of castle life in these vignettes; this was a really engaging change of pace. Also, Pinkie!:pinkiegasp: ...Right?! I'll throw my hat into the 'loved the funeral flowers' jokes, but also.... Those fillies and colts! Thanks sooo much... had me squeeing at work again, dammit. Luckily, break room was empty this time around. Freakin' adorable...

Anywho, wrap this up here... yeah, to sum up... nice work once again. Thanks for writing!

P.S. ...You used 'orz' down there in your responses... I rarely see it since my old FF11 days, oddly nostalgic for me. Actually, I can't recall seeing it used elsewhere... buuut I'm a bit of a recluse so that doesn't mean much.

Only problem I can see with poison joke would be that we have no idea if Dash has access to the Everfree, or even knows where it is.


Now they need to go mountain climbing.

Once again, you don't disappoint. Your work is like fine fondue. It's somehow both simple and fancy, made of the good kind of cheese, and it makes you feel all warm and gooey inside.

You've really outdone yourself this time Mono! I love the drama queen antics of Rarity and the comedy and romance don't feel forced, this story kept me chuckling and smiling the whole time and the descriptions of body language and settings are superb, as always. It was worth the wait to read this. :twilightsmile:

7503013 >raritwi is now a genre

Looking good so far. Hoping for the next part soon.

Out of curiousity, did you mean this?

The Art of Astrology' by Comet Gazer

I'm asking because I can't see Twilight being interested in Astrology. Astronomy maybe, but.... and as I write this I realize that the Nightmare Moon prophecy could also be seen as Astrology. So I'll just move along without causing a fuss.


Please stop I'm already Twidash trash I don't want to be Raritwi trash as well

OMG fantastic, loved each chunk of this story :heart:

I just love the casual, kind, endearing arrogance that seeps into absolutely every thought Princess Rarity has. You portray her outstandingly, and I am so, so glad to have found your writing. A touch disappointed not to see actual love letter scene, but it's still comforting to know that it'll occur in-universe.

Also--those foals were the most adorable things. Just the most adorable, ever.

‘The weary travelers of Caelus’
'Dat foreshadowing!

Also, a minor issue--Inky starts off as male, then becomes female.

7502521 Eh... I don't know. If she's experienced Poison Joke before in this storyverse, then she probably wouldn't play a prank as mean as giving it to someone on their birthday.

An enjoyable read! :twilightsmile: Poor Twilight, Rarity was just trying to throw you off the trail of what could've been a wonderful birthday present, but alas, fate would have it that Shining has terrible timing! Rarity lervs you (not that you're aware of that yet), and she'd never forget your special day!

I really enjoyed the escape and trek through town, it was nice to read! Very charming! :raritystarry:

Thank you for the story Monooo!

I think you've captured the essence of Rarity even better than the show does. How does Twilight manage... :rainbowlaugh:

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