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This story is a sequel to The Art of the Blade

Official visits to Trottingham tended to be anything but exciting for Princess Rarity. She'd spend the entire week stuck in her room, trying to somehow keep herself entertained while running away from the unwanted advances of the local nobles.

Then again, what better way to add excitement to the trip than convincing her bodyguard to join her on an illicit exploration of the city?

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. // Cover art by Togekissjpg!

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YES! So glad to see more of this AU.

More Bodyguard? Is a good day indeed!

~Skeeter The Lurker

lol... the rarilight shipping intensifies it seems..

RariTwi fluff is best fluff.

“There were at least a dozen different romantic replies to that, and you didn’t go for a single one. And, by the way, I can’t wait for the day you listen to me and stop sitting on expensive furniture while wearing your armor.”

I don't think there's ever been a line that more perfectly encapsulated Rarity in the history of this site.

Uhhh.... Yes? Definitely yes.

I second that notion.

On another topic, can we expect a conclusion some day or is it going to continue?

Yes! Hell yes. I needed this, Thank you.

THE POOR DORK HORSES can't just get married right awaaaaaay ;-;

Sigh. I weep in the knowledge that there is still so much to do before Rarity can finally mare-y her trusty bodyguard...

Though it is very good that they got the opportunity to be flirty in public <3

I'm not crying! You're crying! I'm a big tough Army veteran and I'm not sad at all! :flutterrage:


They're good ponies... they deserve to be happy... :fluttershysad:

Lovely story, but that ending kind of pulled my heartstrings. :twilightsmile:

Oh my god, this was cute. And depressing. And cute. Dammit!!!!!!

The mental image of Twilight flirting with Rarity while wearing royal guard armor is too much for me. :yay:

Think this one is my favorite in the mini series so far, it was excellent!

More Bodyguard AU?
My life has been fulfilled.
(for today day, at least)

Wanted a fluffy Monochromatic story. i walk away a happy customer.

This was heart exploding cute :duck::twilightblush:

We need more of those two, Mono!! More twiguard & princess Rarity!! We need to see THE MARRIAGE! The public declaration of love! The trials and tribulations the nobility shall make them go through! The people clamming for their heroic Knight to be allowed to marry their princess!! IT'S TOO MUCH CUTE AND FIMFIC

Please? :raritystarry:

Adorable and bittersweet. Not the sort of thing I'd serve at a wedding, but still enjoyable. Thank you for it.

That baker will never know how on point he truly was.

I hope Rarity treats him to something someday.

I laughed, I cried, I craved cake. Wonderful work Mono!

That was a sweet fluffy treat. The ending was a bittersweet one for sure though. I do really enjoy this AU. If you want to take breaks from EL to write quality work like this, feel free! It's delicious.

Mono, what are you doing to meeee. All these feels.

Oh I needed this kind of fluff today. Equisite fluff. And it was even Raritwi, the best kind of fluff. And to top it off it was from my favorite author.
Never change Mono.

Also a big shoutout to the amazing picture the Maxifish drew! She really is the national treasure of the great Queendom of Rarilight!

Ah... thaaaaat's the stuff....


Oh, jeez I was so hyped when I read your blog and this delivers to the fullest! Thank you! EXCLAMATION MARK

That final picture... Ouch.

Well stricken, madam.

I really loved this story, and I need more of it.

Awe :pinkiesad2: It's sad and happy. Very nice, thanks for sharing :twilightsmile:

You really do write the best RariTwi, this AU especially. :twilightsmile::raritywink:

Poignant and sweet, thank you. :raritystarry:

Lovely, the feels... :fluttercry:

It's excellent stuff like this that almost makes me want to write stuff again. Almost!

That pic though... :ajsleepy:

Ofh that gut punch right at the end. Amazing work as always. :duck::twilightblush:

https://www.fimfiction.net/story/369476/our-illusion <<<You are here.

That's all in the folder Mono has provided a link to, though from top to bottom there is closer to chronological order for the storyline... give or take. I feel like there's one missing though. I recall one where I think Twilight was in bed from an injury obtained while defending Rarity and Rarity is fretting over her and the future dangers she'll face. I don't recall the story but I'm pretty sure it's not in any of the listings above.

Anywho... on a related note Equestria sure is a darker place without Celestia *ba-dum tiss*. Assassins, stricter nobility behavioral mores, casual threats of war with the zebras (ask Littlepip, that sort of thing can end really badly), and so on. It certainly makes for an interesting setting and set of challenges for our heroines here. Then again... this spell of Twilight's certainly offers interesting opportunities...

As the last councilor files out, 'Rarity' turns to 'Twilight', both still swapped by the new and improved spell. "Rarity, we can't keep doing this."
"Of course we can, darling, it's completely foolproof. Besides, it's your own fault for being this good with magic. The Arcane College's loss is my gain, but you may have missed your calling. A few tweaks to a spell you had already crafted on your own and 'voila!' you are me! So many ponies would be envious!"
"Sure... but so many ponies wouldn't have to discuss trade agreements pretending to be you..."
"Only because they couldn't manage it better than you can. Honestly, it's for the good of the kingdom, and in service to me at the same time! Your oath perfectly encapsulated..."
"In a way that lets you goof off while pretending to be me..."
"'Goof off?' Don't be silly, darling, I'm the very picture of vigilant attention." Rarity grins. "I absolutely never take my eyes off you..."
Twilight can't quite keep the blush off her face, though she still manages to roll her eyes as Rarity continues.
"Besides, with us swapped like this any attack against 'me' is even less likely to succeed. Last but certainly not least... with all the energy I'm saving by not arguing stuffy trade agreements, I have plenty to spare towards thanking you for your many services rendered to the kingdom and, more to the point, to me."
"That's... not a fair argument."
"I'm a princess, we don't have to play fair. I do promise I am paying attention to the talks as well as you; I'll be able to handle matters when we can't use this trick. I simply learn far more effectively by watching you... every single little move... than by reading. Satisfied?"
"...Not completely, but I guess it's as good as I'm going to get..."
"Oh hardly, darling; I haven't thanked you yet. Since it's so very late in the... afternoon... I suppose I should retire to my bedroom, and you should accompany me. For the thanking, darling..."
"Come along, now, mustn't keep a princess waiting!"

That aside, I look forward to seeing where this goes. It's like a serial without particular release schedules and it really carries a fascinating plot in an intriguing world. It doesn't have the emotional highs and lows that some romances hang on, though there are definitely the hints at a major conflict in the form of those social mores I mentioned (man, Rarity just walked right up to Blueblood in canon...zero bucks given, guess that wouldn't happen in this world and I wonder how it got that way... quite interesting). As such... even Mono calls it fluff. Then again, most of the show is fluff... it's really good fluff and the reason most of us are here so... hey I wouldn't knock it.

And all the more since my eagerness to read each new installment, and reread old ones, exceeds that of most of those 'deeper' works. For what gets called fluff... this is more substance than flash. Nice work. Hope to see another when inspiration strikes, may it be soon but not before more EL so I have something to... ahem, right then. Mono, thank you for writing, and thank you for overcoming a few ridiculous voices crying 'nay!'. Have a great weekend!

Sweeter than the cakes they were tasting. :twilightsmile:

8080121 Your AppleDash people need you, oh chief AppleDash whore! Ride out to them!


I'm still waiting for the TwErpy fic continuing off of Mood Wings :raritydespair:

Your work is like dark chocolate, Mono. Varying levels of sweet and bitter, but always wunderbar :pinkiesad2:

Fantastic writing as always, but the torture over the love that cannot be drives a nail into my cold heart! Bring them together for the love of Celestia!
8080302 And yeah, i remember reading that same fic with Twilight injured saying she doesn't deserve to be Rarity's bodyguard anymore. Maybe it was by a different author in the same AU? Or maybe we are both going crazy.

8078497 Oh I'm sure he'll get it sooner or later...

8081802 Yeah that was it, although I can honestly accept both of those possibilities. Still... Mono *poke poke* Any notion of what we're talking about here? Or anyone else know the story in question?

Mono's rule #1: you can't have fluff without drama

8082333 Yes, but it's such ridiculously cute fluff. I love it!

I have to say, this installment of the Princess and Bodyguard series looks like it could be the start of an longer story of how Rarity and Twilight reveal their love for each other and have to deal with the noble backlash. I have only skimmed (slowly) this story and a few of the others, but now I am going to try and find the time to read them all. Great job!

...so you're saying that if Mono writes more stories like these youll start writing again?

Guess its time for me to visit her patreon!

This was brilliant.

About the author's note:

Please forgive me if I've been acting like a hater lately. I really do love your writing a great deal.

I just refused to read Enchanted Library's sadder parts because I'm at a critical point in my life right now, studying to get my doctorate, and I'm just.. really sensitive when it comes to sad stories. They make me spend so much time sitting around thinking about them and being sad and that could really trip me up right now if I let myself get into that state!

Are there any other stories for this AU that wert by mono? Thought I'd read 1 or 2 before but I can't find them.

Their cake has to be French Vanilla cake with just a hint of bourbon, raspberry filling and covered with marshmallow fondant.

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