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The Crystal Empress, Mi Amore Cadenza, and her aging husband Prince Shining Armor spend some time together as a happy couple. Nothing more.

Only, wandering thoughts among the everyday have a way of invading the quiet moments. Even though they can remind the two of their fragility, nothing can get in the way of Shiny and Cady's love.


Contribute to the TVTropes page! This is the fourth story in stand-alone Four Loves of Cadance continuity: (Agápē/Storge/Philía/Érōs)

Chapters (3)
Comments ( 22 )

Interestingly, I feel like this first chapter could actually work as a one-shot in and of itself.

This was a nice little surprise to see in the update que.

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Thanks! I'm working on it, though a lot slower than I'd like, I suppose.

You know, I really like the examination of a Mortal loving someone a little less mortal than himself. I thought the story was good before, but as of this chapter I really love it.

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Thank you so much! It was a fun story to work on, and I really like writing ShineDance and their dynamic.

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no mistakes in the writing itself that i could find
but one in the author's note? shame on you

and there's the end. fak
now what am i supposed to read?

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well
you could wait for more icewords
or
pm me for suggested reads

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Sleeping is overrated. I wish I could live with less of it.

That was an interesting read, but it sure wasn't easy. I feel that it is ultimately about love and saying goodbye in the context of Cadance and Shining's relations, but there are at least several times when the story trails off from that path - it actually begins with the workings of the Crystal Empire, there are a few paragraphs about Skyla, and some world-building (Ouroboros, Queen Ezmeralda) and shout-outs to other characters (Spike in the 2nd chapter, Luna in 3rd).

That made appreciating Cadance and Shining's relationship a little difficult - which in itself was presented nicely, through simple gestures and even some playful teasing. I suppose that taking out some of the things I mentioned earlier would bring those two out a little more. Nevertheless, I can't say the time spent reading it was a time wasted. Have a like!

On a technical note, you have a "Sklya" typo in the first chapter. :raritywink:

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The story is about the daily life and relationship of Cady and Shiny - that includes their daughter, their kingdom, and all the little things that creep into their day. It is about how life can happen, and in the arrangement that Cady and Shiny have, death will come eventually, and that it is natural for many creatures - the two of them included.

It's basically impossible for me to write anything without an assortment of details about the world, inhabitants, and cultures (also lore!) that are present in my stuff, and even SoL stuff from me is victim to that. But really, it's only natural to muse on life and what is in it for many.

On a technical note, you have a "Sklya" typo in the first chapter.

The inclusion of a version of Skyla over Flurry Heart was entirely intentional. :derpytongue2:

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The inclusion of a version of Skyla over Flurry Heart was entirely intentional.

That I know (and for the record, I also prefer the name Skyla over Flurry Heart), I meant there's a typo in how the word is written - Sklya instead of Skyla in the following passage:

Mostly, she thought of Sklya among the dripping sounds of the room.

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Ooooh shit, I misread that. It's fixed now.

Honestly, I like Flurry, but when it comes to my usual stories, I don't really have her.

The use of the word "flurry" here made me think you were going to go with the canon kiddo. That said, it's always fun to read fics featuring a fanon ShiningDance foal. "Skyla" is one of the more common names for their fanon kid, if I remember right, and I do like how you've described her thus far.

I will never cease to giggle whenever your Cadance says "yo". Just goes to show that, even many long years into the future, at her husband's hospital bedside, she's still the bubbly, cheerful alicorn filly you've written her as.

Great song for this chapter. Haven't heard it in a while.

The crystalline mug was carved with images of shieldmaiden mares — a tradition Equestria was foreign with.

Two things. One, "shieldmaiden" is a Viking term, if I remember right, which means that you're alluding to the Crystal Empire as pony Scandanavia. Who said you were allowed to share headcanons with me? :twilightangry2: And two, nice to see that Luna was the one to reform the Royal Guard into a mixed military that accepts both/all genders, along with the other changes. Your Luna, like your Cadance, is one I love to see sprinkled throughout your universe.

"Anyway," she said, posed over her guitar, "here's—"

Don't you dare.

It wouldn't be a story be me without some kind of reminder of mortality.

Ahhh, the Ice Star trademark.

This last chapter got me right in the feels... in a good way. A nice look into Shining and Cadance's daily life far into the future. I have to disagree with another commenter and say that I enjoyed the other worldbuilding/headcanon/characters you included, however briefly, in this short story. Hearing about Skyla, Spike, and Luna rounded things out and gave more context to Shining's feelings on his life, land, and, yes, even his wife. Removing them would be akin to making the world you've built a little less alive—and less beautiful.

Thanks for this nice little slice of life and love. :heart:

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I was always going to use Skyla. Ever since the Skyla toy had been kicking around, I figured I'd make some use of it and remember in 2014-15 I was working on the earliest sketches of the character that'd be showing up here.

Great song for this chapter. Haven't heard it in a while.

Finally, more Radiohead fans on Fimfic. It was always sorely needed.
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Two things. One, "shieldmaiden" is a Viking term, if I remember right, which means that you're alluding to the Crystal Empire as pony Scandanavia. Who said you were allowed to share headcanons with me? :twilightangry2:
So the thing is, I'm actually wondering if this was something I was more inspired by from a certain author. I'd have to dig back through a lot of notes (that obviously aren't published) and older stories. Just going by what's published on the site, I have stories dating back to 2014 (when I wrote out the earliest drafts before posting them in 2015) that contain references to a Scandinavian-like culture for the Crystalline inhabitants.

And two, nice to see that Luna was the one to reform the Royal Guard into a mixed military that accepts both/all genders, along with the other changes. Your Luna, like your Cadance, is one I love to see sprinkled throughout your universe.

I forgot to add a bit about species in there too. So, that's now fixed.

Don't you dare.

I will always dare!

Hearing about Skyla, Spike, and Luna rounded things out and gave more context to Shining's feelings on his life, land, and, yes, even his wife. Removing them would be akin to making the world you've built a little less alive—and less beautiful.

Thanks for this nice little slice of life and love.

It's stuff I adore writing, right up there with my much-loved darkness and adventure, and should go on a romance kick again soon. I've been doing some romcom stuff here and there, but not this kind of more thoughtful stuff. Hopefully, that will be something inspiration will shift in a bit. I like to keep things in cycles like that.

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