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Life has pushed Smolder and Ocellus into close proximity; hundreds of reasons now exist for them to be in physical contact with one another, and hundreds of ways now exist for them to make it happen. Good or bad, neither Smolder nor Ocellus would change such moments for the world.

These are a just few of them.


A collection of micro-fiction that originated from a weekly blog of mine.

This story is part of the Serial Novel Society.

Chapters (20)
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Comments ( 152 )

Cute!

I really wish the show had done more with the Student Six.

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Thank you, both for the comment and for taking the time to read my work. Fun fact! I dropped out of the fandom around season 6, but the student characters succeeded in pulling me back in. I've enjoyed their episodes and wish they had time to do more. Oh well, maybe there'll be an awesome spin-off show or something, haha.

Smolder and Ocellus? Already hooked me in with that!

Anyway, love it so far! Keep it coming!

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Oh you're very kind! :twilightsmile: Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment. Glad you're enjoying it so far, and I'll do my very best to keep you entertained with future updates!

D'awww, skipping out on her two favorite classes to snug her bug? Smolder is such a marshmallow under those hard scales.

I'm happy to see these become an actual story now, so I can upvote it.

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My headcanon has Smolder leaving school and becoming an apprentice under Rarity, and nothing this season throws at me will make me think otherwise. :heart:

That reminds me that I actually need to write that story.

And thank you for the comment, and for taking the time to (re)-read my work. I really appreciate it, as you well know by now. :twilightsmile:

"A—Again? You just keep finding your way under me, huh?"

*90's sitcom audience noises ensue*

This is cute. CUTE!

Hmm, I thought for a moment the chapter was going to be that Ocellus has molted and her new exoskeleton was still hardening. But I’m guessing instead that it’s Ocellus’ identity issues that have been brought up in the show? Or something?

Ocellus should totally molt at some point, though. And eat her discarded exoskeleton. Like a hermit crab! And maybe she shares it with Smolder.

I like to remember sometimes that while this show has fairly anthropomorphic characters, they’re not human.

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Oh, I LOVE that idea! A little dragon seamstress!
Continuing to love the little snippets into these two's lives. Really happy we got a bonus chapter this week. 😍

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Snicker. You'll just have to imagine the slap bass segue into the commercial breaks at the end of each chapter. You know, for that true 90s sitcom authenticity. :moustache:

Thanks for reading and letting me know your thoughts! Cute is what I am for, at least with this story anyway.

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I like to remember sometimes that while this show has fairly anthropomorphic characters, they’re not human.

Yes, absolutely. I think there's some mileage in using the alien to bring the human into sharper relief, but it's also fun to just play around with those alien aspects too. I try to do that in longer pieces of fiction, but there's definitely going to be some of that in this collection too.

And on that note:

Ocellus should totally molt at some point, though. And eat her discarded exoskeleton. Like a hermit crab! And maybe she shares it with Smolder.

Ask and you shall receive! Well, not usually, but that is a neat idea, so yes. Watch this space! :twilightsmile:

As to what this chapter was about? Depression, mostly.

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Really pleased to read that you're still enjoying these! :pinkiesmile: I expect I'll be updating more frequently than once a week, but I didn't want myself to get caught up in any obligations should life or other stories rear their head.

Oh, I LOVE that idea! A little dragon seamstress!

:heart: I'm currently writing a longer story that explores that concept more completely. Still a lot to iron out (no pun intended), but I hope to stitch it all together (pun intended) in the short-to-medium term.

To be honest I'm surprised Ocellus would have any moral compunction against stealing. I doubt "right to property" was taught much in the Hive, beyond "everything belongs to the Queen."

man i can't believe smolder is a FILTHY CRIMINAL, LOCK HER UP

(this is super cute, i'm always for the students trying to reconcile their cultural values with pony values, it's really interesting)

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🎶 Smolder fought the law, and the law interfering best bug won 🎵

Wait, that's not how it goes.

Thanks for continuing to read these. I'm glad you're still finding them cute. I do agree, the most interesting dynamic about the introduction of the school/students was the potential for the clashing of cultural values and beliefs. Sadly, but understandably, to an extent, it wasn't something the show pursued in any great detail. But then again, that's why we have fan fiction! :raritywink:

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A fair point, that. I think I'm adopting the approach of Ocellus having some cultural shame with Changeling life under Chrysalis, and is going somewhat overboard with the comparatively nicer pony culture she's now being exposed to. That'll probably come out more strongly in my longer work however.

Well F:scootangel:ck.... I wish I could write half as good with my smolder stories as done in here.

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That's very kind of you, and I really appreciate you taking the time to read my work. I don't think I've come across any of your stories yet, but I'll be sure to check them out! Always nice to meet a fellow Smolder writer! :twilightsmile:

Okay, I know I've enjoyed these little scenes a lot, but some of the poetic beauty in this scene is just fantastic!

...the colours of dawn overseeing the union.

So beautiful! Some of the best work yet.

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Oh thank you very much. I was wondering (and worrying) about whether I'd drowned the chapter in a little too much flowery prose, so feedback like this is reassuring. It goes without saying, of course, that I really appreciate you continuing to read and comment. Updates will be slowing back down to one a week or so for a period, as there's a new story for which I want to get the first chapter finished and published. But I'll try to keep them pleasant and entertaining all the same. :twilightsmile:

It's Ocellus x Smolder day, apparently. Not that I'm complaining (Hell, I'm part of why it's apparently Ocellus x Smolder day). Mark your calendar, kids. 9/29. Or 29/9 in metric.

This was cute, as always.

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Thanks, as always!

I was of the impression that every day was Smolcellus day. This new information concerning it being just the one day displeases me.

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I just mean that between my Smocellus story, TeddieAtWork’s, and then this updating, all within like half an hour of each other...

cuuuuuuuuUUUUUUUte

really strong ending here, and the internal conflict is really well thought out

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Ah thanks again for the kind words. To be honest, statistically speaking, I'm not convinced this collection is overly maintaining people's interests, so it's nice to hear you're still finding it cute and enjoyable. :twilightsmile:

Every one of these chapters really is just a concentrated shot of good fluff huh? Cant wait to read more.

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That's certainly what I was aiming for, yep! Thanks for taking the time to read it so far, and I'm glad it entertained! Next chapter update will be Sunday. I've been trying to update a little more frequently than that, but I've got another story to split my time with now.

Wait, why did Ocellus have to change outside the tent? Either there was enough room in there or there wasn’t. Or did, like, her shapeshifting fire accidentally ignite the tent or something?

Good times are meaningless without bad ones; pain is the best teacher there is. Other platitudes like that.

So I'm guessing that Ocellus was aware of Smolder's affection and desire for her, but tonight was the first night that she actually tasted love from her. I do feel bad for Smolder about having her moment ruined, but really, I'm not sure how she planned to ever really keep her feelings a secret from a changeling of all things.

Also I'mma consume this deliciousness and use it to fuel my own Smolder/Ocellus story that I've started. I'll feast on the fuel as I feed on the feelings.

Wait did I just paraphrase Pennywise? That's probably not good. Shutting up now.

I think that you're being too hard on yourself! There are a few parts that could be reworked, the set-up felt a little awkward at times, but the idea comes across in the end.

The second half of this chapter is the strongest. Ocellus feeling love from Smolder for the first time was well executed. I viscerally felt that sudden revelation in Ocellus's thoughts.

All in all, I did enjoy, and when you come out of that duvet I hope you feel better enough to write more.

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Thank you for the comments, folks, and for continuing to read this thing. Very much appreciated. It was never supposed to be competing much on the quality side of things - all of these chapters have been pretty much written and edited in a couple of hours on the day they post. But this was a particularly sucky chapter and it's left me feeling a bit ambivalent as to whether it's the best way of telling the story of these two - or at least the story I wanted to tell. I'll be wrapping it up over the next couple of chapters and will reflect on how to take things forward from there.

And yes, RDD, Smolder was probably being a bit naïve there in thinking such things would stay hidden for long. Such is life and love, I guess. Enjoy the, uh, deliciousness! :twilightsmile:

I l--- this chapter. 🧡

Excellent. I am just adoring the competing draconic and changeling mindsets, the way way the two are reacting to their feelings and trying to parse them. I really, really hope things work out for our fragile wyrm and determined bug.

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL

you tap into something close to the sublime in ocellus's passage—though instead of an overwhelming force striking the fear of god into you, it's an overwhelming force opening you up to that exhilirating feeling of being in love, and it's something so familiar but strange and exciting and scary and——

this is some of the best work i've seen of you yet, at least in terms of evoking feeling; i adore it

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Thank you all very much, genuinely and fervently. I was incredibly apprehensive approaching this chapter after the last one, but it seemed to flow more naturally when I began to write it and it seems that I achieved the things I set out to do. I'm so flattered and delighted by your words, and appreciative of your continued reading and commenting. You've all really made my day, so thank you! :heart:

I have hedged my bets with the final chapter, plotting out a version with a happy ending and one with a sad ending. You know, just to keep you all tense. :trollestia:

Personally I love it when my stories get away from me and I have to go chasing after them. Usually they know what they're doing better than I do.

This was a perfect ending, and I enjoyed reading this the whole way through. I actually think the fact that it started disjointed but then came together into an actual narrative helped it a lot and really worked for what you ended up writing. Sorry you didn't exactly enjoy it, but I'm also glad that it didn't sour you to anything - and may have inspired more.

Thanks for the story!

I’ve been using this story as one of my go-to’s whenever I need a pick-me-up throughout the week. You describe love in such a magnetic way and your interpretation of the characters is really compelling. I genuinely can’t wait to see what’s next for you, because you’re only going to get better.

Thanks for the story, paperhearts :heart:

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I definitely agree, that can be a fun part of the writing process. I guess in this instance it was going against what I had set out to do and, as I was already publishing that vision as serial fiction, it created something of a conflict. But I love the romance genre, so I expect I'll be indulging those aspects soon enough with that more dedicated shipfic, haha.

And thank you for joining me on the ride. It's really nice to have that company, and I appreciate you taking the time to read this until the end. It's not the longest fic ever, obviously, but it still means a lot. :twilightsmile: thanks too for your thoughts; it's always good to read something that contrasts with my own position. I'm sure I'll feel more fondly towards the closing chapters given a little time and space from it!

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:heart: I'm not sure I've ever been given a compliment as heartwarming as that. Thank you for making it a go-to fic; it really does means the world to hear. I'm glad you enjoyed it and I'm really appreciative of you joining me on the journey.

As for those kind words, thanks a bundle! :pinkiesmile: romance is my preferred genre and the one I want to be successful in, so your thoughts put a great big smile on my face.

What's next is the Skystar horror, so something of a departure for sure. I'm writing it in full prior to publishing, but it's taking a lot longer than planned, so who knows? There might well be something short and sweet arriving to tide you all over haha.

I enjoy your emotions, especially in 'No, Not Today', for example. :twilightsmile: Excellent depiction of the nameless but intense thoughts and feelings we all experience in some form. That feeling of helplessness turned anger/frustration is relatable even outside romance. :trixieshiftleft:

I don't even actively ship these two, but I rabbit holed my way here from Sem's works. :pinkiehappy: Glad I did.

:twilightsmile: As a by the way in case you weren't aware, 'Anthology', or, a collection of short stories is actually a Fimfiction genre, now. You have some tag updating to do! :raritywink:

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Well, whether you rode in via a semillon-shaped rabbit hole or not, I really appreciate you taking the time to read my work and comment. :twilightsmile: That means a lot to me. I'm glad you enjoyed the emotional aspect of it, as that was what I was primarily wanted to deliver on in the stories.

Regarding the whole anthology tag. I had thought about that, but my experience of anthologies has always been as selections of works by different writers and poets. I didn't feel overly comfortable applying it to my own collection. I know the definition does extend to single-author collections, so it's probably just something I need to overcome my thoughts on, ha. :twilightblush:

I ship it so hard

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You are clearly a cat of taste, then. :pinkiesmile:

The bright midday sun was fighting valiantly against the drawn curtains; its marginal success exposed dust motes in the air and old scratch marks on the furniture, but elsewhere the room had been betrayed to the shadows and gloom. Darkened planes and muted shapes reached out towards her, warning Smolder that she was not wanted here, that she did not belong. The air was stale and oppressive as she breathed it in, and the way it congealed around her senses told her everything she already knew, but didn't want to acknowledge.

This.

This block of description is a work of art.

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Many thanks for taking the time to read my work, even if it was just to that chapter. It means a lot when people come across it and take a punt, and it also means a lot that you enjoyed an aspect of it enough to leave a comment.

So, on short, thanks a bundle!! :twilightsmile:

This was a lovely collection. Each had such absolutely gorgeous prose.

Smolder’s not the law
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I’m enjoying this so far, it’s very sweet

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Ah, that film was the truth. :heart:

Delighted to read that you're enjoying it so far, and thanks for taking the time to let me know. It means a lot that folks give my stories the time of day! :twilightsmile:

It felt like home. Ocellus shivered. No, it felt like every home she had ever known, and it felt like every home she would ever know. She could feel her heartbeat travelling up and out through her horn, becoming one with the heartbeat that was pulsing through the object. She opened her eyes, already certain of what she would see.

postively delightful

so glad to see that this is back :heart:

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Bonus points for speedy comment.

:heart:

Thanks for sticking with this one, too!

I cannot express how happy I am for this to be back :raritystarry:

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