• Published 18th Jan 2019
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Before the Friendship Games: Dean Cadance - CapNTilfy

Dean Cadance is hiding something. Something that very few people know. Book Seven of The Crystal Prep Chronicles: Before the Friendship Games.

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A Beautiful Morning

Author's Note:

Five days until the Friendship Games.

Cadance woke up to a rainy Sunday morning and sighed. She liked the rain and all, but after hanging out with Radiant Hope at the mall, she realized she really did need to exercise more. Might as well exercise my brain, at least. She turned on the television with a smile and began to watch a recording of one of her favorite shows.

The program began, and a light blue woman in a magenta overcoat and skirt entered the frame. Her green eyes looked at the camera and she smiled warmly. "Welcome to Space. I'm your host, Rosette Nebula..."


By the time Cadance finished watching a third episode, the rain had cleared up. It looked simply beautiful outside, and it'd be a shame to waste the day inside. She got out of her chair, and left her house. Once outside, Cadance closed her eyes and took a deep whiff of the air. With a contented sigh, she began to jog at a leisurely pace.

Cadance became engrossed in the sounds of the suburbs. Dogs barking, cars passing by, people talking... until she felt someone bump into her. She blinked to see Lemon Zest staring at her in surprise.

"Dean Cadance? Let me guess...this is your neighborhood?"

Cadence smiled and nodded. "You look like you have something on your mind."

Lemon took a deep breath. "Do you have time? It's a pretty long story, and I don't want it affecting my permanent record..."

Cadance raised an eyebrow.

"Sorry." Lemon smiled nervously as she folded her arms. "I'm just really nervous about how you'll react."

Cadance smiled warmly. "Now Lemon Zest, you know I don't judge students. It's not my place."

Lemon took a deep breath through her nose and exhaled, feeling slightly reassured. "Okay. Here goes..." she proceeded to tell Cadance how she met up with Twilight Sparkle, her other fight against Sour Sweet, her parents' intervention and until Twilight left.

"I...see..." said Cadance. "It was outside of school grounds, so I'm afraid it's beyond my jurisdiction. "And you haven't seen nor heard from Sour Sweet since?"

Lemon shook her head. "No, I haven't. But I'm legit worried about her. She admitted to being jealous and my mom did say she was crying. As a matter of fact, she was crying during our fight at Crystal Prep. Telling me that I 'knew nothing of pain and heartache'." Lemon sighed. "I'm not sure what to think. I mean, having Twilight as a friend has been a real eye-opener for me, you know?"

Cadance nodded.

"It just makes me think CPA would be a much better place if we were all friends and not constantly at each other's throats. It makes me wonder what things are like at Canterlot High. Not just the rumors about magic I've heard, but the rumor going around now is how they've all been excelling since their Fall Formal and the musical showcase they had. They all seem...happier there. Now I wouldn't leave Crystal Prep for the world, but would it be so bad if we started...I don't know...caring about each other?"

Cadance put a hand on Lemon's shoulder. "If only there were more students who thought like you." she smiled. "Maybe someday things will improve. You just have to have faith that it will."

Lemon smiled. "Yeah...but faith can only get you so far. Sometimes you need to take action."

Cadance's smile widened. "Well said, Lemon Zest. Well said. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to be somewhere. Have a nice rest of your day!" she said as she waved goodbye.

Lemon smiled and waved goodbye.

Truth be told, Cadance didn't really have anywhere to go until later tonight. She felt bad about lying to Lemon, but it wasn't the end of the world. She simply had other business to attend to, that's all. Like enjoying the day. And yet...she also felt bad for Sour Sweet. While Lemon's anger was justified (but her violence wasn't), it seemed that Sour was struggling with something. The Dean made a mental note to contact all guidance counselors in case they learned something. She always had wondered why Sour's parents were impossible to reach. Sadly, she wasn't in her office so there was little to nothing she could do at the moment. Sighing, she pushed the issue to the back of her mind for later and moved on.


Roughly three hours had passed since Cadance had stepped outside, and she was becoming exhausted. She'd have to take it easy the rest of the day if she wanted to have a killer ladies' night out tonight! Oof, speaking of kills...her feet hurt like nobody's business! Probably shouldn't have worn her yellow heels... She sighed heavily. At least her house wasn't too far away. Gritting her teeth in determination, she made her way back home.

Once inside, Cadance kicked off her heels and soaked her feet in warm water. "Much better..." she sighed in relief and closed her eyes as relaxation kicked in. All was silent and all was calm. The perfect way to spend time before lunch and a crazy night out. Not too crazy, though. She and the others still had to work the next day.

As soon as her feet stopped throbbing, Cadance took them out of the water and dried them off, then grabbed her lunch and turned the TV on. She had plenty of time to kill before the festivities.


Several more hours had passed, and Cadance nearly lost track of time! She grabbed her phone in a near panic, then relaxed as she saw no text messages from Hope or Luna. Not willing to take any chances, she took the initiative and sent a text.

Same place as always? - Cadance

But of course! - Radiant Hope

Where else would we go? - Luna

Just thought I'd check!

See you two there! - Cadance

Grinning widely, Cadance ran upstairs and took a quick shower, then changed. As she went into the garage and entered her car, she looked forward to the night she'd have. As much as she wanted to continue plotting Cinch's downfall, she needed to have herself a little fun every now and then. The garage door opened, and Cadance sped away as it closed.

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