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Ever since Rarity knew she was a filly, she knew what it meant to be a lady. Her platonic friends were wonderful mares, yes, but her prince would sweep her off her hooves any moment now, if only she were a little more lady-like. That's what she tells Twilight, anyhow.

This story is part of the First and Only Raritwi Bomb. A week's worth of stories and art all centered around Rarity and Twilight. If you liked it, the previous story posted is Carabas's "Sledding and Other Horrors", and you can find a master list of all Raritwi Bomb content here, https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/873741/the-raritwi-bomb-masterpost.

Thank you to Nonnie for prereading, as well as with fourths, listening to my proto-outline.

Chapters (4)
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Comments ( 33 )

Before I read this, I must know: How is Rarity not ladylike?

She makes her living with her hands... or hooves... or horn... whatever. The point is that she works, which is decidedly lower-class. Why, a seamstress can no more be a lady than a chamber maid can! Seriously, though, the canon, ahistorical explanation is that she does not herself follow the rules dictated in the above passages.



While what they said is indeed true in a class definiton, that's not what the story means by it. Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that why Rarity isn't "ladylike" is kind of the whole point of the story, so answering you would probably mean spoilers galore. If you want to know sort of what you're getting into without TOO much involvement in the story, think about the event the author posted this story for, then read the prologue. The prologue is very short, and explains Rarity's thinking without getting into the actual plot. Along with reflecting on the event theme, that should give you what you're looking for without getting too deep.

An interesting setup you have here author, you have piqued my interest. Liked and tracked.

Thank you! And that is about 1/2 of what's going on ... the other half is implied here, but my lips are sealed :)

Ah, of course. One shouldn't jump to conclusions after all. Very well, consider my anticipation hightened further. Here's to tantalizing hints and the possibility of subversion of expectations. :twilightsmile:

Story looks good so far. The idea that Rarity has never dated anyone doesn't fit how I view the character, but I'll accept it for this fic, and it's important for the premise. Glad to see multiple fics with trans ponies in this RariTwi Bomb.

Twilight and Doctor Hooves is an old season one era fandom pairing that I was surprised to see again. It'll be interesting to see how that goes.

Well -- are there any canon pairings for Rarity? We see her crushing/pining on stallions (Blueblood, Simple Ways dude, Tom), but I don't believe she's ever explicitly been "in" a relationship, at least beyond a failed first date. Even in the finale, she and Twi are the ones left unpaired so this is totes canon compliant :grin:

It’s because twilight and rarity are secretly dating. Canon just doesn’t want to admit it.

Ah, in that case! I think you've come to the right fic :-)

Well, it's left purposely ambiguous on whether Fluttershy, AJ and Rainbow Dash are actually in relationships or not. I pretend Appledash isn't a thing because I just don't like them as a couple, but I feel that the intent was leaning more to couple them. Fluttershy and Discord actually I do believe is legitimately a "this can go either way" kind of thing.

My name is Rarity, and I am no perfect lady.

But Rarity the pony you just described as the perfect lady is you!

Rarity's voice in here is soooo good!

Self-esteem takes tiiiime

It's coming..! I've been busy with IRL stuff, then Non* and Jinglemas. But this story should be the new focus (and I finally have time off now) unless I get distracted by more shiny one-shots :pinkiecrazy:

A very important set of inner monologue revealed facts. So many things that go into how Rarity defines "lady", some big, some little, some just plain wrong (from our perspective).

I'd go a step further and say your comment summarizes this story's interpretation of Rarity well :) Thank you for reading!

Great chapter! I was expecting the romance with Dr. Hooves to be an ongoing thing in this story, so I didn't expect things to jump forward. Rarity's narration of the scene was great. Among the Rarity-narration genre (shrug), I don't think I've seen a story where she's this unsure of herself, and you handle it really well while keeping her in-character. And with this chapter, we start getting more explicit hints about why Rarity is so obsessed with being ladylike.

Thank you! I was expecting to drag the Dr. Hooves romance on longer too (and maybe if I do a v2 of this story, that can be retconned in) but there's not much "interesting" going on there, esp. from Rarity's perspective? I'm not sure; this is my first proper multichapter so pacing is a little wacky. Uncertainty is always fun, since it means you get tension just from the narration itself ... no shortage of things to write about if Rarity can spend pages spiraling and it remains nominally legible. And yes, the cat's out of the bag now.

Romance? Twilight, what did you go and do? “Yes, that is how the author advances the plot.” I stared off up to the brightly lit corner, noticing a lampshade hanging from above.

You smooth mofo.

The Princess, in dire straights, laying out curled up on the cold winter ground outside the Boutique, head staring at the floor of the door, hind legs dug into the snow bank beside the pavement. The Princess, forehooves outstretched to punch through the door the minute I swung it open. The Princess, overdressed in shoddy makeup, now a coloured river streaming down her muzzle leaving misty trails behind.

'Straights' should be 'straits' unless Rarity is trying for some kind of wordplay.

Pkft, trying? I rather think I'm succeeding, dear!

Since I have no interest in dating my platonic friend. Twilight.

🎵When Rarity was in Egypt's land...
Let my waifu gooooo!🎵

See... cuz she's... in denial! :pinkiecrazy:

Whaaaa? It's not like she's been dropping hints this entire time???

Oh Rarity, so determined to hold on to her misguided definition of lady, while the truth is cuddled softly within her hooves. :rainbowlaugh:

Twilight: “I love you, Rarity. You’re my best friend in the world, and as a scientist, there is so much I wish to discover about you. But for now, one question would suffice. I would to like to know… if I pull that off will you die?"

Rarity: "It would be extremely painful, darling."

I was thinking of how funny it would be if that romanitic little fantasy had taken a turn toward baneposting. Dreams do things like that, to me anyway. And I was drunk.

Well that escalated quickly. Especially since I had forgotten what happened at the end of the previous chapter, lol.

It's a red herring for the drama, darling! but given how last chapter ended it was too funny not to write

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