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In all the high schools throughout Canterlot, there's a very special day the week before prom. A day when all the fillies and colts will do their best to pluck up the courage to offer a flower to their crush. It's a shame Shining's is the Prince of Love.

He might be in just a bit over his head.

A request by SPark and Cynewulf from way back in December/January.
Preread by like half of my friends at this point (Brasta Septim, M.E. Lovecolt, Alto, Cynewulf, SPark, and Timaeus).
Cover art by Dreamingnoctis.

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Sweet and adorable. Cadence being gender-flipped threw me for a little, and it actually took me a while to realize Bolero was her, but I don't mind. Absolutely stunning story.

Pretty good.

Excellent, I wish you would have asked me to preread *big eyes*

Well, those 10000+ words got devoured.

B_25 #6 · Jun 27th, 2018 · · 1 ·

This is gay

Comment posted by Davidp1522 deleted Mar 6th, 2023

9011836 Gonna go with a hard no on that meme.

Comment posted by Distorted Flare deleted Jun 27th, 2018

9011866 piss off with that.

This thing is cute as fuck. I will proudly take credit for harassing you into it. :pinkiehappy:

If Shining is an alicorn in the story, then shouldn't he have wings?

Comment posted by An Intricate Disguise deleted Jun 27th, 2018
Comment posted by Alexei deleted Jun 27th, 2018

A story so sweet not even the sore losers in the comments can ruin it. c:

Yasssssss The best harassment choice ever! >:3

Gay stallion romantic fluff that isn't also porn


9011951 I mean ... well, yes, I am 26 ^^;

A m/m story with shining armor x cadence (r63) that's rare 0.0 don't think i've seen that before or ever...how wickedly deliciously,scandalous & I fucking love it!
if ya can't tell i'm being over the top/dramatic. awesome story:)



Ah, some nice fluff. Can never have too much fluff. Never read a Shining/R63!Cadance before, so this was really unique. The tails in the cover art look kinda weird to me, though. They're just...very different from the typical design.

Now you have to write a sequel about how little Blizzard Core wound up being adopted by these two and how he ascended so insanely young for a colt.

... what? Where's the rest!?

*Scrolls through page and recommended*


(Jk I'm okay with this being the end I'm doing this for the memes)

I... I kinda want a lot more of this. Just like, its own 'verse. But without all the inevitable dark drama a 'verse usually has. Just like...

A fluffverse.


Wait, this is 10k words? I read this so fast, lol. Also, how many times am I going to click on something in my feed that looks cute and not check if it's Cara until after I've devoured it? Lol, every time the cutest stories are always from you, and I get so eager because they're so adorable and only realize after it's over who wrote it.

Carapace, you have absolutely taken the spot as my favorite author here. (Not to discredit anyone else I follow, as they've surely earned my follow in their own way.)

Real quick, I'm reading it right now, but I'm hoping that you don't do the standard twist. I won't be too disappointed, but I'd imagine a greater payoff if you could do something different.

H E C C. Oh well, I still liked it.

Very sweet and sappy. I'm definitely gonna go on a romance "bender" thannk to this story.

heard a crinkled of plastic.


Indeed, those were 10K words that went fast. He needs to think about what he's done!

Think Carafluff! :P

The tails are a reference to the myth of unicorns! Unicorns are said to have long tails with tufts on the end, like a lion, so a lot of people adopted the headcanon for MLP unicorns!

*Flails* this was just the best fluff and shipping and my heart might explode!!!!!!

Shit man. This reminds me of my crush. We’ve been friends for eight years and I dont want to fuck up the relationship. If only i had the confidence of Bolero.

Teen romance, it never fails to appeal to me yet not much of it is well written;although I would suggest you to use more synonyms for certain words I did love this small storie. Like any fevered fan I’d love to read more about these two love bugs.

Summarizing: I am head over heels for your story

this was really, really great, especially everything after the reveal.


That was really sweet. It did remind me of how much I hated high school though. But it was worth it.

The twist was obvious, after all this is a cuddly fluffy romance story, but the obviousness of the twist doesn't matter because I absolutely loved this.

He rushed down the hallway, carefully to avoid shoulder blocking anypony in his haste. Only his nimble hooves, gained from four years of those accursed hoofwork drills, saved a pair of small freshcolts with glasses and a books hovering before their eyes from being knocked back into the lockers. Shining ducked under the texts, catching their eyes as he passed them by, and called back, “Either float them off to the side or over your shoulder! You’re gonna get hit doing that!”

Of all ponies, he’d know best. It’d been he getting knocked into walls before his growth spurt finally hit.

Just "books" here.

As for this, maybe it's just a stylistic choice on your part, but I think this is meant to be "him" rather than "he."

This wasn't legitimately one of the sweetest things I've ever read. I don't care how damn cliché the "misunderstood his crush isn't asking someone else out on a date" thing is, the execution of this story and all the emotions were so well done. Thank you

I know this might be apparent and states many times now but please.... add a sequel or continuation to what happens between these two :heart:

You write so good and this isn't the only story I am a huge fan of and you're my source of fuzzy, cuddly, and wuggly stuff that I need to survive :twilightsheepish:

This is just... it's that good and I do hope you don't stop here woth these two, Bolero x Shining :twilightsmile:

Howdy, hi!

This is one of my absolute favourite MxM romance stories. It hits all the right notes in terms of fluffiness and seriousness, a really good telling of a typical high school romance but with Shining Armour and R63 Cadance (Honestly doesn't help that Shining is one of my favourite characters). I love all the small details and mannerisms in this story that really sell their relationship to each other as friends and later romantic partners.

This is just such a sweet story from beginning to end that really tells a heartwarming romance. Shining is a sweetheart, Bolero is an empathetic and delightful pony, and the final moment between them revealing their mutual pining was the sweetest and silliest misunderstanding. this is just such a comfort fic and I love rereading it when I'm having a down day.

Absolutely great story, love every reread of it I do. Thanks for the story!

Even from across the hallway, that smile could light up the deepest winter, and Bolero’s soulful purple eyes had a way of making Shining’s insides squirm whenever they met his own.

fantastic crush sequence here, just really selling Shining's feelings to us, great stuff

Typically, a strapping young colt, such as himself, would approach the filly or colt with a flower the same color as his own coat in hoof. Then, he would ask that they accompany him and offer the flower as a token of his affections and, if accepted, put it in the other’s mane.

and i love this little fictional tradition! so adorable, and fitting for the setting

“Watch out for the Riemare’s sum equations on that test. I just took it this morning.”

ah, always love a math horse pun!

A pink tulip. And Sugarplum wore a smile that could’ve put a foal on Hearth’s Warming to shame. It didn’t take a genius to put two and two together.

oof! heartbreaking on the surface, but also a setup for a classic misunderstanding twist later

All those bits spent, all that time spent psyching himself up in front of a mirror, his hopes raised high. All so they could be thrown from the very peak of Mount Canterhorn himself.

ah, to be teenage melancholy!

“And then,” he said with a heavy sigh, “my weekend will be a long therapy session full of little niceties like ‘there’s plenty of fish in the sea,’ or how I shouldn’t get so wrapped up in first crushes because they statistically don’t work out.”

aww! at least Shining knows his brother well

Purple eyes narrowed. “Don’t you use my own words against me,” Bolero scolded, his smile betraying him. “I’ll have to pretend I’m offended since I’m in the group, and that’d be most counterproductive to our current dilemma.”

i like this take on Cadance/Bolero, with the kind pink exterior having a pony more socially calculating underneath

His ears stood ramrod straight. Shining could’ve sworn he felt his heart leap into his throat and those pesky butterflies in his belly whip into a fluttering frenzy. From beneath the table, held in a bubbling cerulean glow, a single carnation in full bloom, the very same pink as the handsome colt who guided it to hover before him.

ha, knew it! such great vivid detail in the reveal, an echo of the initial description of Shining's crush

Looping the tendril around the box, he tugged it free and floated it across the table to hover beneath Bolero’s squared pink nose. He forced himself to sputter, “F-For you! The whole time!”

ah, so good! makes me think of LyraBon both pulling out their ring boxes for each other at the same time

“Many reasons. Among them—” he cast a meaningful look down to the purple tips of his feathers, then his tail as he ran his hoof through his curly locks before turning his gaze upon Shining and gesturing to his mane “—it matches us, in a funny little way. Violet. It’s a union of pink and blue to form a lovely shade of purple few can imitate. Rare throughout nature, but moreso in roses.” His eyes twinkling, he leaned forward. “Almost as rare a colt as you, Shining Armor.”

oh, damn! he is not the Prince of Love for nothing here

At long last, they parted, both panting desperately for breath. Shining smiled unashamed as he nuzzled, shuddering as he felt Bolero’s smile when he was nuzzled in turn.

oof, what can i say? breathtakingly (heh) sensual, amazing stuff. a perfect first kiss indeed

But at this moment, Shining just didn’t care. He let out a happy sigh and laid his head upon Bolero’s chest, taking his glass in his magic so he could drink it together with the colt of his dreams.

And maybe, if it all worked out, something more.

and as we know from the canon, it does! ah, wonderful stuff here. a classic High School romance arc, just done really well based on lovable characters who feel real and just fit together in every little detail. and i just really love this setting you have crafted here, with both what it has and what it lacks. the potential to write a story in a world like this is exactly what drew me to fanfiction about this show in the first place, and it's always frustrated me that there aren't enough people around with the same idea. thank you for bringing this bit of light into this place.

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