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Author of "Filly Fooling," "Cuddling," and "Spread."


Although she is ashamed to admit it, Rainbow Dash sleeps with a Spitfire plush. But that gets her thinking...what would it feel like to cuddle with another pony instead of a doll? Now she is determined to seek out her friends and find out.

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Comments ( 379 )

Huh, didn't think I'd like this. Guess I was wrong

Yeah, I'd break the paragraphs so the whole fic doesn't become a wall of text.

Also, you said 'said' a LOT of times. There are plenty of other verbs you could use, or even don't use any at all.

Pretty good. Congratulations on having the only good fic I have seen tonight out of twenty of them.

why do i have the feeling that rarity will want more that cuddling out of rainbow dash?

That was cute. :twilightsmile:
And do I sense some RariDash coming on? :ajsmug:

Aww, that was cute :rainbowkiss: i loved it :pinkiehappy:

Damn, bronies. You creepy. Reading this was a truly uncomfortable experience.

The entire time, all I could think of was:


And then I realized that two ponies who are going out and living together sleep in the same bed. And I was thinking to myself, hey, that would be pretty all right, but how would I ever try it? And then I thought, well, it doesn’t have to be in a romantic way, but maybe I could ask one of my friends if they’d be willing to try it.

That's so . . . awkward. I've got no problem with stories about romance or affection, but this is done in such a juvenile way. "Hey, Twilight. I want to know what cuddling feels like." Normal people don't just spontaneously cuddle and stroke each other. I'm not saying that it's wrong to have characters in a story who are socially awkward or emotionally stunted, but there's no explanation as to why Twilight and Rainbow are this way. I guess Twilight's kind of introverted, but why Rainbow Dash?

so adorable!
I love platonic cuddling:yay::pinkiehappy::yay:

Also this is yet another story that I think shows we need another tag in the list of options.

Something along the lines of,
"sugar" tag,
"cute" tag,
"adorable" tag,
or my personal favorite the "diabeetus" tag, and spell it just like that, lol

I'm rather intrigued as to how Rainbow Dash's Epic Cuddling Quest turns out :rainbowkiss:
This chapter was pretty nice (read: gave me diabeetus:yay:).
Also I think rarity will be completely cool with the cuddling, for...obvious reasons :raritywink::heart::rainbowderp:


I watched that video and - seriously? Unless the hugging devolves into random groping (which friends do not do to eachother), then that is the silliest ban I've ever heard of. People should get out there and spend their energy on catching drug dealers or murderers or something instead of instating hug police. Or maybe worry about school violence or bullying issues rather than reciprocated acts of platonic affection. :facehoof:

Anywho, this was adorable. Twilight would make the whole thing into an experiment, wouldn't she?
1564920 Rainbow is the tough one - she's not used to acts of affection, and so knowing that she now wants to try one out makes her nervous. I think it makes sense that she'd go to socially awkward penguin of their group to try it out. Is the plot slightly contrived to bring the two together in this way - of course. Almost every romance fic, or adventure fic, or any fic, is at least a bit contrived - that's how you get stuff to happen that wouldn't normally occur in the show.

Oh, and totally on board with future Raridash if it were to happen. This fandom could really use more of it. Regardless, keep up the lovely work :pinkiehappy:

Yeah, yeah, that's what I like to see - gratuitous, senseless snuggle scenes.

Oh man, she's gonna cuddle Pinkie so hard she won't be able to walk for a week!
Then Dash, Rarity, and Applejack get into an angry three-way cuddle.
And then it's all
"Fluttershy, turn around," she softly growled, "I want to see your face when I hug you."

And it all leads into a crazy 6-pony clusterhug!
Sick stuff.
I'm totally tracking for now. Gonna see how this goes.

Here's a question: why the fuqq NOT cuddle with Spike?? He's small and adorable, and would probably love some actual affection from his friends. And if that was a clue I picked up on when Dash was thinking about Rarity, it looks like Spike is gonna get left out of the fun (as usual) and get his heart broken for no better reason than a crack ship. I'm getting rather distraught over this first chapter, but it's cute so far aside from the crappy way you're treating Spike.

physical contact is awesome, so of course a very awesome pony would want their share! :rainbowlaugh:

of course I was talking about Fluttershy :yay:

DAWW OVERLOAD! :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

I can see this getting twelve shades of awkward, especially when rarity gets her turn!

1578218 Yep. Everything's fine as long as that dragon remains unloved. :pinkiecrazy:

Poor Spike. No one ever wants to cuddle with him.
Oh well.

Dawwww, so cute, and I would cuddle with spike if he ever needed it!
I have found that under the right circumstances no matter how old I get if the conditions are juuuuust right my imagination can still get away from me while I am in the twilight between consciousness and sleep and really freak me the F*** out! (one reason I avoid caffeine after 5pm)

I guess when you are young you know so little that anything can be scary.
But the older you get the more things you know there truly are to be afraid of and why.

oh and 1567675
Originally I was trying to find a story I had heard about earlier that day, I later found it but had already linked the older story.
More recent incident
And your right, it is ironic how when bullying is such a big problem that they should punish simple signs of concern and caring.
I already have a lot of other stories planed but now I am at least musing about the idea of Discord ending up in our world and then once he gets to know the place simply leaving because in the end its more screwed up and twisted then he could even hope to make it.

Probably would be tagged "tragedy" and "slice of life" and also be a quick one shot that is all inner monolog of him just reminiscing over the absurdities he has learned here.

RD goes on a quest to complete her cuddle list? I approve :twilightsheepish:

Now if we can get Caramel in there . . .

This gives me hope that I can pull this off with my own friends in real life. Dear Celestia I am lonely.

Being an extrovert doesn't put you at odds with your emotions!

Although, now I want to do a meyers-briggs' analysis of each of the mane 6...
:ajsmug: ESTJ
:pinkiehappy: ENFP
:rainbowdetermined2: ENFJ
:raritywink: ENFJ
:twilightsmile: ISTJ
:yay: INFP

dawww, RD and Twi snuggling is so adorable. :rainbowkiss:

I just wish I could cuddle with my girlfriend. Unfortunately, I cannot fall asleep if someone is touching me :raritydespair:

CH 2:

Fluttershy finds a wild Rainbow Dash!

Ranbow Dash uses awkwardsness!

Its ineffective.

Fluttershy uses Cuddles!

It's Super Effective!

Rainbow Dash Falls asleep.

hmm, so Rarity has a 'thing' for RD, Twi has a secret crush, and I want to see where the next chapter goes with all this.

1607204 Interesting that Rainbow Dash and Rarity ended up with the same analyses.

I know, right? But they really are quite similar, if you think about it. They both are incredibly ambitious, and willing to work hard for their ambition. They are also both more than a little obsessed over appearance, though they disagree as to what that appearance ought to be (Elegant v Awesome). Heck, they both want to be accepted into the top tier of Society/TheWonderbolts! The fact that they are so similar makes them excellent foils for one another, for how they differ is in the more specific cases.

It would be kind of awesome to see :moustache: and :scootangel: fight over which one is the best, though.

Umm... what? :rainbowhuh:
I don't get it.
What exactly is this analysis?
More importantly, what do they even mean?

Yay for spike getting cuddles!
Especially in light of the "door of fears" result on him in the season 3 premiere.

I should look around and see if anyone has yet done a decent story where the rest of the ponies some how end up exposed to it. Granted the "what they fear most" aspect has been done often enough so figuring a explanation for the door still functioning and why the others are being exposed to it might actually be the harder part but could still be interesting.

The Meyers-Briggs personality typing system plots ones personality along 4 jungian dichotomies. They are as follows:
Introvert vs Extrovert : Do you recharge while alone, or in a crowd?
Sensory vs iNtuitive : Do you trust the physical world, or do you trust your gut?
Thought vs Feeling : Do you make decisions from a detached position, or do you put yourself inside the decision?
Judge vs Percieve : Do you have strong convictions, or do you weigh every option?

The above are greatly summarized definitions, and so are reduced in technical accuracy, but it should give you a working definition of what I'm working with.

TL:DR It is a very accurate scientific measurement of personality.
As there are only 16 combinations in the simplified form (the complex form breaks each of the dichotomies down into sub-groups), these 16 have more universal descriptions.

:ajsmug: ESTJs are practical, realistic, and matter-of-fact, with a natural head for business or mechanics. Though they are not interested in subjects they see no use for, they can apply themselves when necessary. They are often civic-minded, and apply themselves to institutions of a smooth-running society, and champion the status-quo

:pinkiehappy: ENFPs are initiators of change, keenly perceptive of possibilities. They energize and stimulate others through their contagious enthusiasm. ENFPs are able to anticipate the needs of others and to offer them needed help and appreciation. They bring zest, joy, liveliness, and fun to all aspects of their lives. They are at their best in fluid situations that allow them to express their creativity and use their charisma. They tend to idealize people, and can be disappointed when reality fails to fulfill their expectations.

:raritystarry::rainbowdetermined2: ENFJs have tremendous charisma by which many are drawn into their nurturant tutelage and/or grand schemes. Many ENFJs have tremendous power to manipulate others with their phenomenal interpersonal skills and unique salesmanship. But it's usually not meant as manipulation -- ENFJs generally believe in their dreams, and see themselves as helpers and enablers, which they usually are.

:twilightsheepish: learn best and apply themselves to subjects that they deem practical and useful. They bring painstaking attention to detail in their work and will not rest until a concept is fully learned or a job is well completed. As learners, ISTJs tend to need materials, directions, and teachers to be precise and accurate if they are to trust the information that is presented. They prefer concrete and useful applications and will tolerate theory only if it leads to these ends.
They like learning activities that allow them time to reflect and think. Material that seems too easy or too enjoyable leads ISTJs to be skeptical of its merit. Because of their practical outlook, ISTJs clearly delineate between work and play. Therefore, their ideal learning environment is task-oriented, has a clear schedule, and has a clear and precise assignment.

:yay: The polite, reserved exterior of INFPs can at first make them difficult to get to know. They enjoy conversation, however, taking particular delight in the unusual. When INFPs are in a sociable mood, their humor and charm shine through. Disposed to like people and to avoid conflict, INFPs tend to make pleasant company.
Devoted to those in their inner circle, INFPs guard the emotional well-being of others, consoling those in distress. Guided by their desire for harmony, INFPs prefer to be flexible unless their ethics are violated.

Now you've got my interests piqued with hinted MacnDash! Darn you!
Very interested in how Rainbow will get the other girls to cuddle with her without making it too awkward. Applejack especially.
Seems to me Rarity's got a crush on her? Or maybe you're just being sneaky and making me THINK there's RariDash. Hmmmmm.

Possible RariDash? Can't rule this one out yet.

1607834 wha..how... bu...um... cool?

The question that started this fic.
Now how do I ship RD with everypony while exploring other avenues of shipfic?

And thus this fic was born.

CooperCrisp I think I said this on PFA but this is pretty darn good :yay:

called it in the first chapter.... rarity has a crush on dash.

1607834 thank you for the explanation :pinkiehappy:

\Hey I take offense to that. Two mares cuddling.:pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy: I LIKKY

D'aaaaaw! So cuuuuuute! Love this story!

I feel painfully thick at this moment.

I click on a fic titled "Cuddling".
The image is of Twilight cuddling Smartypants.
The description is entirely about cuddling.
I read three of four comments, all of which consist of cuddling.
And until I read the comments, THEN and only then do I think: "Wow, if this fic is just cuddling, that sounds kind of stupid."

I believe that is the first time I have ever used a negative macro aimed at myself. Macro-cide. :facehoof:

Now to actually read it, and give a proper review.

Post-Read Edit: Welp, I believe my initial summation was a bit harsh, but accurate. It was just cuddling. Not particularly stupid though, just...
Yes. That. I suppose blatant "Sugar" fics are just not my cup of tea. Well, actually. Come to think of it. I did read something by the name of "Dance" that was just warm fuzzies but I enjoyed that quite thoroughly. Huh, well. I suppose I have standards, somewhere, but I haven't quite gone through enough Diabeetus to actually define them.

Other than whatever the above linguistic massacre is intended as, I didn't see anything that was blatantly wrong with your writing. Perhaps a bit OOC with Rainbow, but it could just be a lack of me properly envisioning that softer side that has very little canon to work with.

That Diabeetus guy, is he supposed to be übercharged or an ascended? Because he's fucking scary, looking like that. I mean, it's almost as though that's what you will find under any evil overlord's mask, e.g. Sauron. Or an angelic figure in disguise. I mean, why does a glowing background and eyes make me think of overwhelming power?
Or, a Starcraft Archon.

... I realize that it's especially ironic with my avatar, but at least mine is supposed to be scary when invincible.

Oh, right, the fic. Um. I'm getting the feeling that it's going too quickly, even though it's been a good four to five days since she had her epiphany. I think it's becasue there isn't very much description of the events outside of the cuddle sessions. I don't exactly recall, but maybe adding dividers and leaving more space between the breaks for naps would also help?

I feel bad for Rarity, getting blown off like that sucks hard.

on the other hand, I could see cuddling with Pinkie as being awesome.

glad im not the only one that thought Rarity has a crush on RD
but what i cant understand is why?

I see there is 2 plots in this...very interesting!

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