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Shining Armor groaned to himself. The huge stack of paperwork on his desk just didn't seem to get any smaller, if anything it just seemed to get bigger...which was odd...

Taking his pencil he gave the huge stack of paperwork an experimental poke. It was at this moment that the door to his office was kicked in. Through the cluster of floating paper in the air he saw Cadance standing in his doorway dramatically pointing a hoof at him.

"I'm going to love you!" she declared.

"Aaaaaagh!!" he screamed.

"And there is nothing you can do to stop me!"

"AAAAAAAAAAGGHHHH!!!" he screamed louder.

Shining Armor took off a like a shot, right through the back of his own window. Which, for some reason didn't hurt him, he didn't even feel it.

Shining Armor was now running through a black void, straining his body to escape his pursuer. His body begged him to stop but he forced it to keep moving anyways. Sweat poured out through him in a desperate attempt to cool down his body.

"You can't run forever, Shiny." Princess Cadance called out.

He made the mistake of looking over his shoulder to see that she was much closer than he thought. The eerie thing was she chasing after him with rather stiff legs, almost as if she were mechanical. He started to run faster.

"You cannot outrun me Shining Armor. I have wings!!"

Her wings were unfolded but she still seemed as stiff as a board, she was in the air but was more like she was being held up by some invisible force rather than using the power of flight.

Just as she was about to collide with him when a bright light engulfed his vision. When the light finally cleared Shining Armor was in a round room, he seemed to be surrounded by giant wooden structures which reached high in to the lights.

"Captain Shining Armor!" boomed a voice from above. Shining Armor squinted in to the lights to try and make out who said that, but due to the lights all he could make out was silhouettes of four maybe five ponies. "You stand before this council accused of fraternizing with one of our political figure heads."

It was then he recognized the voice, it was one of council member ponies. This was a court martial!

"Sirs, please! I beg of you to listen to me!! I tried to talk her out of it but..."

"Oh let me guess..." another voice cut in. Definitely another council pony. "'She came on to you.' How convenient for you!"

"What else could I have done?! If I were to just up and break her heart..." Shining Armor tried to plead but it fell on death ears.

"You could have just walked away!" the third voice snapped. "You could have just ignored whatever feelings you had and just continued your job anyways! You could have done anything but lead her on!! But noooo, not you, you had to act on those feelings! And by doing so you have betrayed your country, your comrades, and everything you were supposed to stand for!!! I hope you're happy!"

"No!! It wasn't like that!! Please, let me explain!! I..."

"We've heard enough!" a fourth voice snapped. "Shining Armor, this council has found you GUILTY of crimes against Equestria and it's ponies. Your position as Captain of the Royal Guard is hereby revoked, and you are banned from every form of military in Equestria."

Shining Armor shook his head in disbelief. "This can't be real!"

"But it is!" the first voice snapped. "We are all very disappointed in you Shining Armor. You're a disgrace to all who wear the armor."

The sound of a door creaking open behind him caused him to turn his head. Behind him were in fact a set of double doors, they seemed to be opening on their own but there something eerier going on. A red glow was coming from the opening, he pushed it open to investigate and was greeted with sight certain to haunt him for the rest of his days.

The city of Canterlot was on fire. Dragons were raiding the city, raining down balls of fire from the sky.

"This is just dreadful!" a voice said next to him.

He turned to see none other than Princess Celestia herself, watching the scene in horror. "If only there was a way to stop all this."

"Princess Celestia!" cried Shining Armor. "If you let me put up my protective spell I..."

"You can't do that, 'civilian'. Only members of the guard can defend and protect us."

"But...But..."

"That dragons do have a pony ambassador, and if had a princess around his age to marry him as a peace offering it might stop this carnage but the closest we have is Princess Cadance."

"But..."

"But I shouldn't have to explain that to you should I?" she snipped. "After all it you who dragged her name through the mud, making her look like a slut to the rest of the world! Thanks to you, all of our allies have cut ties with us after seeing her behavior. They want nothing to do with us because of her affections towards you."

"N-No! That can't be true!"

Celestia turned away from him in disgust. "I had expected better from you! Take a good look Shining Armor, because this is all your fault!!"

Shining Armor needed to say something, do anything that could make this situation turn out all right. However, before he could come up with a solution, a giant dragon swooped down on him with it's flaming mouth open to swallow him whole.

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"


Shining Armor bolted upright from his bed in a sitting position. Cold sweat poured down his body, he panted out of breath.

"A dream? It was all a dream?"

He looked out his bedroom window to see the rays from Celestia's morning sun shining in. He made his way over to his bathroom, he needed to splash some water on his face.

The cold water felt good, like it was finishing a job his sweat just simply couldn't accomplish. He looked up from the sink to get a good look of himself in the mirror, he didn't like what he saw. He was pale, his regular white had gone to an egg whit which was hardly ever a good sign.

"Am I...Am I catching a fever?"

There was only one way to be absolutely sure.


"Now say 'AAAAAAHHH'." Doctor Amora instructed.

"AAAAAAHHH."

She took her wooden tongue depressor out of his mouth and shook her head. She moved over to her counter to write in her medical report.

Shining Armor sat on the medical table, he had been wearing a hospital gown.

"Well, Doc?"

"Yes I'm certain of it. This is from stress. You need to relax or else your body is going to quit on you!"

Shining Armor frowned. "I admit. I've been on edge lately, relaxing has become...a bit of a challenge."

"Challen...? Wait a second!! Does this have anything to do with that princess that's been chasing you around everywhere?!"

"Um...kind of...and by kind of I mean exactly."

"Oh for the love of..." Doctor Amora buried her face in her hooves. "Would you just admit you like her back already and save everybody the trouble?!"

"But the time of the bet is almost up! I got two days left, three tops!"

"And why is it so bad for you to return those feelings anyways?! Whose it going to hurt?!"

"I'll tell you who! Cadance and I!" Shining Armor snapped. "Cadance will be viewed as desperate romantic which will her hurt her diplomatic relations, and I will be accused of fraternizing with, let's face it, a superior officer! Our reputations will be ruined."

Doctor Amora's first response was merely to roll her eyes.

"Well maybe if you just gave in then it would be better for everypony!" Doctor Amora snapped back. "You'd be able to get a good night's sleep and Princess Cadance could get her sanity back!"

"But..."

"No butts mister!! No matter what, you've got a decision to make and you'd better make it soon!" She started to scribble on a piece of paper from a notepad. "Doctor's orders!! You need to relax and get plenty of sleep in or else you're gonna regret it! One more push and you 'Captain' are going to be very sick!" She ripped off the piece of paper and shoved it in the captain's mouth. "My bill."


Shining Armor was back in his room, he had ultimately decided to ignore his dream. Since when were dreams supposed to make sense anyways? But his thoughts drifted back to his visit with the doctor.

"Would it really be better if I just gave up?" he mused.

The light from the window seemed to be shining off of something in his room. Whatever it was, it was nailing him right in the eye. It was coming from his trophy case, specifically the frame from a photo of his. He smiled when he recognized the photo, it was when he first got promoted, he was shaking hooves with his predecessor Captain Steel Shield.

"He handed that job over to me with the utmost confidence." he remembered it fondly. His gaze went to another picture next to it, his graduation from the academy.

"I still can't believe I graduated with honors. I was such a string bean."

On the shelf below it was a plaque which read 'For upholding the very virtues of being a guard'. He couldn't help but smile slightly at that one, it was before he even got promoted. Then he thought back to some of the other guards, not all of them were up to his brand of snuff; he doubted he could find a successor worthy of his title. He had even stronger doubts he could find a guard who could perform his shield spell, the closest pony who ever came to close to mirroring it was Twilight and her specialty in magic probably helped.

When he really thought about it, he had actually achieved quite a lot before his promotion. Each and every challenge turning him in to a better protector for every success. And now that he was facing his latest obstacle he was having a panic attack? Like he had to just lay down and take it like some kind of inevitability?

"NO!!" he shouted to himself. "I've faced plenty of tougher challenges and still come out on top!"

He went to his closet and pulled out his guard armor.

"I have come too far and accomplished too much to merely just surrender to the whims of a princess."

He gave his helmet a thorough polishing before placing it on his head.

"I have too many ponies counting on me..." now fully dressed in his uniform, he gave himself a salute in the mirror. "To fail now."


Cadance had been walking and talking with Spitfire through the castle, she decided she needed a military outlook on her 'tactics' on Shining Armor.

"Yeah, you're still coming on way too strong. Why do you have such problems with dialing back? What's wrong with subtle flirting?"

"But I don't have time for subtlety, the time of the bet is almost up! Surely you can relate to where I'm coming from."

Spitfire gave her a confused look. "How so? I don't have a coltfriend!"

"Oh come on." Cadance rolled her eyes. "Everypony, knows you have Soarin whipped."

"I do not!" spat Spitfire. "If he was whipped then he'd actually do what I tell him to!"

The too shared a giggled but cut it short when they noticed Shining Armor approach them. Cadance smirked 'Maybe now I can get him to throw in the towel.'

"Hey Shiny, you ready to..."

Cadance was cut off as Shining Armor suddenly leaned in to her. Cadance's wings had popped out in surprise, her face was becoming redder and redder, he was so unbearably close to her.

Cadance's thoughts were going a mile a minute. 'He's so close. What's he gonna do?? Is he gonna kiss me? What's he going to do?!'

Then Shining Armor smirked and slowly backed away. His smirk only got bigger as he saw Cadance's jaw drop as he started to turn around.

"What was that?" Spitfire asked.

"I don't know..." Cadance's hair suddenly frizzed up standing on end, pointed in every direction. "But I think I liked it."

"Game on, 'Princess'." Shining Armor truly felt his smugness had been well earned.

This was when the bucket of soap water fell on him. He looked up to see the window washer Hayseed Turniptruck (A/N: always sounded more like Turn-Up-Truck to me but whatever) sitting on his propelled bench but without his bucket of window cleaner. "OOPSIE!! SORRY ABOUT THAT!!"

Shining Armor sent him a death glare as he shivered on the ground. The soapy liquid had been as cold as ice.

"Hey!!" Shining Armor shouted with a shudder. "You're supposed to be cleaning those windows on the OUTSIDE of the castle!!!"

"I KNOW THAT!" he shouted back louder than necessary. Shining Armor swore, the whole castle could hear him. "BUT THERE WAS A SPOT ON THE WINDOW I COULDN'T GET FROM THAT SIDE!!!"

Shining Armor was about to chew him out when without warning he let out a sneeze so powerful his helmet came flying off. Looking at his reflection in his helmet he saw that ice cold liquid was straw that broke that his body's back. He was going to have to probably stay in bed whether he liked it or not. He was already starting to look paler. "Uh-Oh!"

Cadance: The Shining Armor Chaser p8
Songfics. Never again...unless I have someway to write the notes down. On the plus side I am closer to finishing this story than ever before. I do admit, I gotta little silly with this chapter even if it did get longer than what I was originally aiming for. I'm also upping the rating to Teen just to be on the safe side. Next chapter, Shining Armor's Sick Day.
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The day had gone downhill rather quickly for Shining Armor, somehow (he couldn't be sure but he had a pretty good guess) mistletoe was being hung all over the castle. Needless to say this raised many awkward situations with various ponies, especially considering it wasn't anywhere close to Hearts And Hooves Day or Hearth's Warming Eve.

He even had to order most of the guards to take them all down, he was currently on his way with a squadron to the ballroom where it was reported the majority was being hung.

Approaching the double doors the room he turned to give his troops a pep talk.

"Soldiers, somepony has hung mistletoe throughout the castle, the vast majority being in this room before us. With the Grand Galloping Gala quickly approaching we cannot afford for foreign dignitaries to get caught under them, otherwise it could cause an international incident. Understood?!"

"Sir! Yes, Sir!!" The soldiers saluted in unison, ever vigilant.

Shining Armor opened the door for them, as they passed by him his thoughts drifted back to his get together with Cadance.

'Why can't I get her out of my head? She's still the same old Cadance but...something is different now...'

"Shining Armor,"

He jumped a little higher than he would have liked to admit, but he quickly turned to see Cadance behind him.

"Cadance, I hope you're not here to try something."

"Actually I wanted to talk to you about the troops. They seem to be a very tight unit."

He smiled. "Oh thank you, that's actually because of me. I tried some new drills with them which really seemed to pay off."

"It shows. You've had quite the impact on them."

Shining Armor couldn't stop his smile, he was having a pleasant conversation with Cadance without the subject of love. "I'm really happy you know. I thought for sure you'd have try to pull something by now."

"Actually..." Cadance blushed and sheepishly pointed towards the ceiling, looking up Shining Armor saw mistletoe hanging above them.

"You..YOU...You set me up!"

"Sorry Shiny, I promise it will only be a peck this time."

"TROOPS!!! DEFENSIVE MANEUVER TWELVE!!!"

The guards swarmed towards Shining Armor and formed a defensive perimeter around him.

Cadance wasn't just surprised by Shining Armor's resourcefulness, she was impressed. To get them to perform so quickly and effectively he must have really cracked the whip on their training.

She brought a hoof to her chin, how was she supposed to get past these guards? A bad girl smirk crossed her face as the answer came to her.

She cleared her throat. "Ahem. As a Princess of Equestria, I hereby order all of you to take the rest of the day off."

They didn't need to be told twice, the guards quickly dispersed, dropping their weapons, saying things like "Sounds good to me." and "Good luck, Captain. I hope you have fun."

Shining Armor looked almost heartbroken as his guards left him alone completely defenseless against his self appointed love interest.

The grumbled word "Traitors" escaped his lips.

"Now Shiny, all I'm asking for is a peck..."

"I don't believe you!!" he snapped.

Cadance playfully folded her hooves (A/N: Hooves! Ugh!! Be so much easier if they had hands) so a little square hole appeared in the middle of them. "Laser lips closing in on target!"

"Laser lips?!"

"Well not really, I'm only playing."

Shining Armor let out a sigh of relief.

"I am going to kiss you though."

Shining Armor immediately tried to get out of Cadance's 'line of fire' but she was following him with her 'bullseye'.

"Come on Cadi, cut it out!!"

"Beep! Beep! Target getting closer!"

"Cadance this isn't funny!!"

"I'm just trying to get you to lighten up a little! Beep! Beep! Beep!!"

Shining Armor suddenly felt something behind him and saw he was backed in to a corner. "Cadance, knock it off already!"

Her response was a mere giggle. "Target locked!"

Shining Armor started to panic, he needed to think of something quickly. He had it! In a bright flash, Shining Armor's shield bubble was up keeping him from Cadance. "Ha! I outsmarted ya, how are you going to get to me now?"

Cadance rubbed her chin in thought. "How indeed..." she mumbled to herself. She had to admit, that was a pretty good move. How could she kiss him if she couldn't get at him?

The answer came to her in a flash of brilliance. She closed her eyes tight focusing her magic, in a pink flash she disappeared.

Shining Armor frowned, he looked all around the room but Cadance just simply wasn't there.

"Uh-Oh..."

In another flash of pink light, Cadance reappeared...in front of Shining Armor...inside his shield bubble...which was only intended to have enough room for himself.

"Oh. Nose to nose. Wasn't exactly planning this but I'm not really complaining either."

"I-I-I-I-I-I..."

"I wonder if we could fog this thing up?"

"Cadance!!"

"I'm only joking, Captain Serious."

"Did you ever stop to think that maybe I don't want this?!"

"If that were true than you wouldn't really be blushing right now, now would you?"

The shield finally dropped and Shining Armor stumbled back.

"You know you want us together just as badly as I do. So why don't you just give in?"

"Because...Because you're lovesick!!" Shining Armor quickly ducked around Cadance and darted off.

"Lovesick?" Cadance repeated. "I think the proper term here is lovestruck!"

(A/N: Okay, I know one of you was very very very very against the idea of a songfic chapter. But this is a fic about ponies who sing in the actual show. If you can't get with that I suggest you find a different franchise.)

Shining Armor dashed in to the garden coming to a stop on the stone bridge above the duck pond.

'I'm living the life that I've always wanted.'

Shining Armor looked down at his reflection but jumped when he thought he saw Cadance next to him.

'But with Cadance's advances I can't help but feel like I'm being haunted.'

He let out a sigh of relief when he saw she wasn't there. However, his ears started to twitch at the noise of wings flapping in the air. Thinking quickly he looked up only to flinch at sight above him.

'A princess has me in her sights!'

Cadance dove down at Shining Armor from the sky, a heart shaped bullseye covering her right eye as she shot giant hearts at him.

'Now I have to dodge her both during the day and Luna's night!'

Shining Armor quickly dove behind a bush to dodge his would be lover.

'Lovesick!'

'Lovestruck!' Cadance sang back.

'What can I do? Shining Armor ran back in to the castle. 'How do you stop a princess from falling in love with you?!'

The scene changes and Cadance and Shining Armor and sitting on a couch.

"As the Princess of Love," Cadance sang. "I always know exactly who is in a pony's heart," Cadance scooted closer to him and Shining Armor scooted a little farther away. "And the love that he has I feel is so big that I never want to part!"

As she scooted closer again he found himself falling off the couch to try and get away from her.

"Lovestruck!"

"Lovesick!!"

"There's nothing I can do!"

Cadance threw her arms around Shining Armor's neck. At first he rolled his eyes at her, but then when he tried to get her arms off of him he found she wouldn't budge. He tried a little harder but still nothing, he was trying frantically now but it was to no avail.

A giant heart came up from the bottom of the screen changing the scene.

"But if his love is one that I want to keep,"

Cadance looked down at him from a balcony and blew him a kiss, however, his response to it was nothing but a dutiful salute. Cadance gritted her teeth and hit the railing out of frustration.

"then he needs to admit it's mutual by end of the week!!"

Cadance held her head with worry when she saw just how much time had passed on the calendar. It was coming down to the wire now.

"But even when I corner him in a room that's locked..."

Cadance had Shining Armor cornered at his desk. She leaned across it, fluttering her eyelashes at him, making him lean back in his chair.

"This stallion remains a rock!"

She closed her eyes and puckered up for a kiss, but when she only felt air she opened them to see window behind Shining Armor's now spinning chair was opened.

"Lovesick!"

"Lovestruck!"

"Both of our reputations are on the line!" Shining Armor sang. "Her cute persistence is really putting me in a bind!"

Shining Armor turned around the corner coming literally face to face with the Princess of Love. Practically nose to nose, both were frozen in place with a blush until Cadance smirked at him.

"I try to escape her feeling which make me red!"

Fluttering her eyelashes at him, his eyes quickly darted to the corner where he saw a couple of ponies gossiping about them.

"But no matter what I try..."

Shining Armor dashed off down the hallway, locking himself inside his office.

"she's always just step ahead!"


He turned around and there was Cadance yet again. However, she looked different from when he just saw her. Her hair was done up fancy, her eyelashes seemed longer than usual, and she seemed to be wearing eye shadow.

"Lovestruck!"

"Lovesick!!"

The door to Shining Armor's office got knocked down as he raced out.

"I know that I can win and prove to him our love is not a sin."

Cadance calmly chased after him at a relaxed speed.

"I know deep down inside that I am fated to be with him."

She picked a random corner and waited patiently for her panicked beloved.

"No matter how much he struggles I wanna hold him tight."

The speeding Shining Armor saw that somehow Cadance was right in front of him with her arms spread eagle for a hug. There was no time for a turn and he was desperately trying to stop but it was to no avail.

"Because I just can't let him go without a fight!!"

She wrapped her arms around him snuggled in to his neck but when he tried to slip away she pulled him in to her embrace firmly.

Meanwhile, up in the clouds, Soarin was sitting on cloud watching the duet down below, bobbing his head to the music.

"Soarin!!" a voice hollered.

"Huh? Oh, hey Spitfire."

"Don't you 'Hey Spitfire' me! You were supposed to meet me an hour ago for cloud busting!"

"Yeah I know, but it's just cloud busting..." Spitfire looked shocked for a moment but it quickly faded away as she started to burn holes in Soarin's oblivious head with her stare. "And then Captain Shining Armor and Princess Cadance starting singing this really catchy duet that I just had to...YOW!!!"

Soarin was cut off as Spitfire, his commanding officer, bit his ear.

"Slacking off on the job..." Spitfire said through gritted teeth. "Just to hear a song?!" She started to drag him through the air by ear. "You'll be lucky if you can hear anything when I'm done with you!!"

Soarin couldn't protest. He couldn't argue either. All he could do was go along with Spitfire to minimize the damage being done to his ear.

"Ow! Ow!! The ear!!! Ow! Ow!!"

Omake

Cadance pulls out a guitar from behind her back and starts to play. "You can love almost anyone, it's happy and it's free..."

"CADANCE!!!" Shining Armor roared. "We are NOT doing a crossover!! Do you understand me?!"

"Fine!" Cadance lowered her eyelids halfway and threw the guitar away behind her where it promptly shattered with a loud 'TWANG'. "It's kind of cheaty anyways."

Cadance: The Shining Armor Chaser p7

You get bonus points if you recognize where Cadance's Omake song comes from. I apologize for the long wait but you will not BELIEVE the technical difficulties I've been having!! First the internet explorer quits on me, then microsoft word breaks down, then firefox decides continuously and randomly completely peters out on me. And then the cherry on top, internet keeps disconnecting on me. But it's finally done at last...

MERRY CHRISTMAS
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Hey guys, in case you haven't guessed it yet I've been having a little bit of trouble with the next chapter. If you've been following faithfully then you know that I wanted this chapter to be a song fic. However, with writer's block (I could use some inspiration, really) and life getting in the way, my browser has been quitting on me a lot lately. I've been writing on FIMfiction.net, but when the browser quits on me I lose what I wrote. So I was thinking about moving what I wrote here, so I can work on it here, but it would involve a lot of copying and pasting and I'm not sure I want all that. So what do you guys think?

'Stop staring at her hair! Stop staring at her hair! Stop staring at her hair!' This was the mantra Shining Armor chanted to himself.

"Shining Armor?" her voice cut through his train of thought like a knife.

He shook his head bringing himself back to reality.

"I'm sorry, what?"

"I asked if you were hungry. I prepared all your favorite dishes."

"Well I...wait. How do you know my favorite dishes?"

"Shiny, I think we know each other a little bit better than you might be willing to admit." she smirked.

Shining Armor leaned on the counter and gave her a smirk of her own.

"Oh yeah? Prove it!"

"Ask me anything."

'This is perfect! Mom always used to say that a good way to tell if you were in love was if you knew the pony inside and out! Once Cadance sees she doesn't know as much about me as she thought I'll be in the clear!

"Okay," his smirk was still going on strong. "Favorite color?"

"Purple. Same shade as Twiley."

"Lucky guess." His smirk weakened a little bit. "My goal in life?"

"You're living it."

His smirk was shrunk quite a bit.

"Favorite childhood hero?"

"I'm going to say that uncle of yours in the fancy uniform."

The smirk was gone now, all that remained was a straight face.

"Favorite animal?"

"Me. No that was just a joke. The real answer is dogs, because they're so loyal."

"Favorite food?" he was frowning in fear now.

She placed a full bowl on the counter "This tomato soup right here."

'I'm in trouble.' Shining Armor thought while swallowing a lump in his throat.

"Wait...the real answer is my MOM'S tomato soup. Nopony makes it like she does."

"Twiley gave me the recipe," Shining Armor took a spoon and decided to take a little taste. "I couldn't stop myself from adding a personal touch to it though so it may taste a little..."

"Better."

"What?"

Putting the spoon back he hung his head in defeat. "It's better than the soup my mom makes. I don't know what you did, but you've improved the flavor."

Cadance felt her heart soar as she failed to suppress her smile.'He likes my cooking!'

"Ya know Shining Armor, I'd be willing to bet that you'd know the answers to all those questions if they were directed at me."

Shining Armor thought for a moment and then stomped his hoof on the ground. 'Darn it, she's right!'

"Well then..." she flipped her free flowing hair and accidentally hit him in the face. "Let's find a table then, shall we?"

Shining Armor stood silently with his eyelids lowered until Cadance was leaving the kitchen. Then he spent the next two minutes spitting out stray strands of Cadance's hair which got stuck in his mouth.

Deciding it was all out now, he turned around to see Cadance carrying the food on a tray with her magic. Reluctantly he found himself staring at her hair again as she walked past him.

'Wow. Has Cadance always been this beautiful? No!! Bad Shining Armor!! Don't go thinking those thoughts!!'

Cadance sat down on the nearest table available and flipped her hair behind herself.

'Still, kind of hard to believe I never noticed her like this before. Maybe it was because I knew her so well it was hard for me to imagine her in this kind of light.'

"Care to join me, Shining Armor?"

The growling in his stomach answered her question for him. "Okay, but don't go thinking this means anything."

"Oh no! No! That's not the point of all this!" she stressed. "This is just supposed to be a nice meal for two. No worrying about the bet or love or any of that stuff. Just two friends having lunch together, does that sound okay to you?"

He sat across from her, giving her a suspicious look. "I suppose."

He patiently waited but nothing happened, he couldn't wait any longer. "Well?"

"Well what?"

"Aren't you going to pull something? Some kind of trap or flirt or something that will put me in an awkward position?"

Cadance placed her hooves on her lap and gave Shining Armor a very serious look. "What did I just say? But, to be fair I suppose I deserve that. With all of my advances towards you, you probably think I'm some crazy stalker who only wants one thing."

"Well 'stalker' is a little bit of an exaggeration I should think."

"What I'm trying to say here is 'I'm sorry'. Sorry for acting all crazy with you, the only thing it's done is cripple my own cause. I mean honestly, what part of my plans was supposed to get you to say that you love me?"

Shining Armor gave a cautious smile. "Okay Cadance, against my better judgement I'm going to trust you. Either way this turns out, I still want us to be friends."

The dreaded f word, Cadance was going to have to tread lightly now just to avoid it.

Shining Armor was enjoying the daisy and oats sandwich that was made for him when he suddenly stopped. He pulled out of his mouth a long blonde string of hair.

"Cadance, I have two words for you. Hair. Net."

The only thing Cadance could do was blush sheepishly.

Outside of that though, the meal had gone every bit as swimmingly as Twilight had predicted.  They talked about small things like the weather, recent books read and things like that. It was a genuine good time to be had by all.

Time passed and the food was eaten, Shining Armor couldn't remember a time he had a more delightful meal. He patted his belly fully satisfied while Cadance smiled contently.

'I would be such a good wife!' she thought to herself.

"Well that was enjoyable but we still got a problem."

"Huh? OH! We're still locked in aren't we?"

"Yeah, but I've thought of a solution."

Cadance raised an eyebrow at him. "Really?"

"Eeyup. Just follow me to the door." As he got up he paused for a moment in thought. "Did I just sound a little southern there?"

"A little bit."

"Well I"m never going to do that again. Come on."

At the door Cadance tried the handle but it was still locked, she turned to the object of her affection. "Okay so what's your solution?"

He smirked. "Just hold on to me."

She didn't need to be told twice as she threw her arms around his neck. "I thought you said you weren't going to pull this kind of stuff?!"

"During the meal. But we're done eating aren't we?"

"Sigh! Fine!! Get cozy!!! Won't take long anyways!!"

His horn glowed bright with his magic and in a flash of light he and Cadance were teleported outside in front of the door.

"I didn't know you could teleport."

Shining Armor shrugged nonchalantly. "Turns out any unicorn can get it if they practice at it hard enough. Maybe there are some things you don't know about me after all."

Cadance returned the smirk he was wearing. "And I intend to find them all out."

".......You know you can let go now."

"Yeah. I know."

The stallion rolled his eyes as he politely took her arms off of him and started to walk back to the castle. "Thank you for the meal, Cadance. It was a very nice experience."

If Shining Armor had looked behind himself as he walked he would have seen his little sister showing up next to Cadance.

"You set up the mistletoe?" Cadance's eyes had never left Shining Armor's back.

"All over the castle. Time to go in for the kill. I gotta get back to my friends though."

"That's fine Twiley, you've already helped me so much today. Thanks to you, I know I'll get him!!"

Cadance waited at the Canterlot train station impatiently. Twilight had wrote back to her saying that whatever it was that Cadance wanted to talk about was going to have to wait a while. Cadance had lost more days than she would care to admit waiting for Twilight to get some free time, from the sounds of it she and her friends were having a lot of adventures in Ponyville.

When the train pulled up to a complete stop, Cadance let out a breath of relief. When Twilight exited the train, they spotted each other immediately and ran towards themselves to do their favorite nursery rhyme ritual from their younger days.

"Sunshine, Sunshine, Ladies Bug Awake. Clap Your Hooves And Do A Little Shake!"

They shared a laugh once they finished their funny dance. "I'm really glad you're here Twilight, I could really use your help. I know you said you were busy with your new friends..."

"Boy, I'll say, so much has happened I don't know where to begin!"

"Well I..."

"Let's see, Rainbow Dash won the best flyer competition in Cloudsdale..."

"Oh good for her. Now I asked you to co..."

"I just got a new pet, an owl." Twilight beamed.

"Yes Twilight, that's very nice but..."

"The funny thing is Spike was actually jealous. Can you believe that?" Twilight giggled.

"Really? Poor sensitive little thing. But Anyways I..."

"Oh, I'm sorry! I've been cutting you off haven't I?" Cadance rolled her eyes at the irony. "What was it you wanted to talk to me about?"

"I'm in love with your brother!!" blurted Cadance.

Cadance immediately regretted her decision. Her intent was to gradually bring it up in conversation and ease Twilight in to the situation, not to blurt it out like she just did. Heaven knows she thought the world of her brother, in her eyes nopony might be good enough him.

Twilight stood in stunned silence, letting the new information process. After a moment, Cadance started to get worried. "Twily? Are you okay?"

"Oh..." she managed to squeak out.

"Uh-oh. Twilight, I didn't upset you did I?" Cadance frowned.

"My..."

"Twily, it's okay. Your brother hasn't even..."

"SWEET CELESTIA!!! THIS IS AMAZING!!!" Cadance's hair was flown back by the sheer volume Twilight was cheering at. "Eeeheeheehee!!" Twilight giggled as she pranced in place.

Cadance smiled and wiped some sweat from her brow. It was both a relief and a joy to see her so happy with Cadance's feelings for her brother.

"You two make the perfect couple!! He's the most amazing big brother in the world and you're the most amazing foal sitter in the world, it's a match made in heaven!! When did he ask you out? No! Wait! How did he ask you out? Was it romantic?"

"Twilight listen, I know I love him but he refuses to acknowledge that he loves me back."

"What? I don't understand. How could he refuse to acknowledge his feelings? I mean, you're sure he loves you back, right?"

"Oh I'm positive about that, but that's what makes it all the more frustrating. He's being real stubborn about it!"

"Huh?"

"He thinks that because of his job, a relationship between the two of us would be 'inappropriate'. Because I'm a princess and he's just the Captain of the Royal Guard. It's like he thinks he'd be committing some kind of treason if he were to even try to love me back."

"What? But why...oh my sweet Celestia! It's a forbidden romance!"

"Huh?"

"A forbidden romance! I've read romance novels all about them, oh Cadance you are so lucky!" Twilight gushed.

"I haven't been feeling very lucky lately. You see, Shining Armor and I have made a bet. I have until the day of the Grand Galloping Gala to get him to admit that he loves me back."

"What happens if you win?"

"He will become my very special somepony and we'll get to live happily ever after and one day live in a crystal palace. But if I lose I have to let him go and accept the fact that we can't be together because I'm a Princess."

"Crystal palace? What?"

"Don't ask. Anyways, I've tried everything I can think of but your brother is as sharp as a tact. He sees every attempt I try coming!"

"Well we can't have that! Don't worry Cadance, he won't be able to stop our combined might!!"


Shining Armor was busy going over some paper work when suddenly a cold chill went down his spine. "What was that?" he shuttered.

Deciding that the best way to put it out of his mind would be to go on patrol.


Twilight and Cadance were up in her room where Twilight had found Cadance's Amazing Plan.

"This thing was really formulated, I'm impressed...but I do have some notes."

"'Notes?'"

"Don't get me wrong, Cadance. This was brilliantly thought out..."

Cadance puffed out her chest a little bit in pride.

"But it is way too cliche to work on my brother."

Cadance deflated a little bit. "What?"

"This is my brother we're talking about! If you want to get him to admit his feelings to you and himself then you have to get past his defenses. You have to be original, creative! And I know exactly what we're going to start with!"


Shining Armor's patrol had actually been pretty boring so far, maybe some of his troops were right when they gossiped about him being paranoid.

He was about to consider taking a break when one of the council ponies passed by him. "Sir!" Shining Armor saluted.

The council pony nodded his head to the captain. "At ease. Captain Shining Armor, I just finished collecting a survey from the troops on you. They say you might be a little uptight but that's to be expected from a stallion in the military, outside of that the one complaint they had is that they wish you could do more. Mighty fine job you're doing, keep up good work!"

Shining Armor smiled as he watched the council pony walk away. The council attended to matters in Celestia's place whenever she was too busy with other affairs, so technically speaking they were his bosses. To get praise from one of them was a big compliment to his performance with his duties.


"Okay, after reviewing your past attempts I think I'm starting to see the problem."

Cadance sat on the floor, listening to Twilight as if she were a teacher giving a very important lesson.

"What is it?"

"You're coming on too strong." she said bluntly.

"Excuse me?" Cadance couldn't help but feel a little bit insulted with Twilight's insensitive explanation. "I'm just trying to show him what's in my heart, how serious I am about this relationship!"

"However, that seems to be the problem. You're coming at him with all your feeling all at once and he feels like he has to dodge just to survive. No, what you need is a more subtle approach."

Cadance rubbed her chin in thought. "Subtle, you say; exactly what did you have in mind Twilight?"

"Dinner!" she retorted.

Cadance's face lit up. "You mean like a romantic picnic? Oh that would be wonderful and..."

"Whoa! Dial it back there, I just meant a dinner. Nothing fancy. He's told me he likes to eat in the mess hall alone, so we can probably take advantage of that."

"Dinner for two?"

"Yes."

"Oh! Maybe we could pay Octavia to give us some ambiance and..."

"Nothing fancy!" Twilight repeated.

Cadance frowned. "Then I don't understand. If there is going to be nothing fancy then how is it going to help me get him to admit his feelings."

"What we do is start off with simple conversation, nothing to do with love or the bet. He enjoys talking to you, I've seen it in him since I was a filly. However, this all only to play off our trump card."

"Trump card? What's our trump card?" honestly, with Twilight it could be any number of things.

"You are going to make the dinner! The quickest way to a stallion's heart is through his stomach after all."

"That...is brilliant! Why didn't I think of that?! Twilight, you're a genius!"

"Yes. Yes I am." Twilight beamed. "We can probably get everything ready before Shiny gets down to the mess hall if we hurry."

"It's time to dress for battle then!"

Twilight rolled her eyes as her former foalsitter applied her make up.

"Cadance, you're acting like putting on lipstick is the same as applying battle make up. We're trying to get him to admit he loves you, we're not going to war ya know?"

"War?" Cadance squinted her eyes. "Love is war!"

Twilight giggled. "That sounds like something Pinkie Pie would say."


The growling in his stomach told Shining Armor that it was finally time for lunch so he started to head to the mess hall. They always had the best ration bars in his opinion, always gave a guard exactly what he needed to carry on for the rest of the day.

As he started to draw closer he saw none other than his own beloved little sister waving at him from outside the mess hall.

"Twily," he beamed. "What're you doing here, kid?" He trotted over to her, smiling bigger than he had all week.

"I came to visit, but just for the day. I heard you've been having some lady problems lately."

His grin faded away. "Oh great, word is starting to spread. That's just what I need. For whatever reason, Cadance has decided that we are in love."

"And are you saying that you're not?"

Shining Armor failed to fight back a blush. "O-Of course not! Especially when she just brings out of left field like that!"

Twilight smirked. 'He so totally loves her.' "Were you about to have lunch?"

"Actually yes. Care to join me? I always wondered what a non-military pony would think of our ration bars."

"Sure, but let me ask you something. If Cadance isn't your type, then what is?"

Shining Armor opened the door for his sister as they went in. "It's not that she isn't my type, we just have different political positions."

"Okay but just for argument's sake..."

Shining Armor looked around the mess hall, they were the only ones there. 'That's odd, there should be at least a couple of other guards here.' The meals here are free for them after all.

"Shiny?" Twilight waved her hoof in front of his face to snap him back to reality.

"Oh! Sorry, Twily. I guess my ideal girl would be...well for starters I'd like her to have multi-colored hair. The more the better. Especially if it is just free flowing, natural, not done up in any of those fancy hair styles. Secondly, she would have to be kind and caring, sympathetic to others in need.  And not fat!"

"What?"

"Well I also want a mare who can take care of herself."

"Oh."

"Being smart would be a plus, I don't want some bimbo. I'd like her to be fun too, in my line of work I could use a mare who knows how to have fun. However, I think most of all I would like her to have is hope."

"Hope?"

"This world we live in can get pretty harsh, to have a mare who looks on the brighter side of things...well, that would be exactly the kind of mare I could fall for."

Twilight took a moment to process this information. When she was done she gave a dubious look.

"You just described Cadance." she accused.

"No I didn't."

"Yes! Yes you did!"

"No I most certainly did not."

"You described her to a t!"

"Twiley I don't know what you're talking about. Let's just grab some grub, okay?"

"Fine." Twilight followed him to the counter, her knowing smirk completely missing his gaze. "Whatever you say."

Shining Armor grabbed a tray for both him and his little sister, but the food wasn't pre-made and waiting like it normally was. Shining Armor walked down to kitchen counter to ask the chef what was going on, who he found was not the chef. Who he found was Cadance wearing a chef's hat.

"Cadance?! Where's Chef Iron Spoon?!"

"We gave him the night off." Cadance explained with a smile.

"You can't just...wait...who is 'we'?" he asked before turning his entire attention to his little sister with the sheepish grin. "Twiley...what's going on here?!"

"Oh nothing BBBFF, I just thought it would be nice for you and Cadance to have lunch together..."

"Twiley..."

"And having her be the one to cook the actual meal, can't really hurt can it?"

Shining Armor blew some hair out of his face and rolled his eyes. "Twilight, I have enough problems with this bet without you getting roped in to them. And you..." He pointed his hoof over at Cadance. "You're a cheater! Teaming up with Twilight on me, she's my little sister for crying out loud!"

"You never said I couldn't use to Twilight to help me!" Cadance folded her arms across her chest.

"That's because I didn't think you would actually resort to it! This was just supposed to be between you and me!"

"But I heard several other ponies got dragged in to helping both sides and..."

"Stay out this, Twilight!" Shining Armor snapped.

"Okay then," Twilight smiled. "I'll just leave you alone to talk to Cadance all by yourself."

"Right...wait! What?! No, TWILEY!!"

However, it was too late; Twilight had made a beeline for the door which she promptly closed behind her. Shining Armor felt himself sweat as he heard the doors lock, and lucky him, he had no idea where the key was.

From the kitchen window Cadance spotted Twilight looking in. A devious smile formed on her face as her horn lit up; surrounded by Twilight's magic Cadance felt her hair become undone. Without it being done up in a ponytail or some other fancy doo Cadance found it was almost long enough to reach the floor. She gave Twilight a quizzical look who mouthed back to her the words 'Just trust me on this!'

Grinning she turned her attention back to the stallion who had earned her affection. He seemed to be on the brink of having some kind of panic attack. She cleared her throat, snapping him back to reality and herself.

"So..." Cadance flipped her hair. "Come here often?"

On this day, Shining Armor had blushed harder than he ever had in his life.

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HunterxColleen Featured By Owner 6 hours ago
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Captain-Brony Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Now I have a question. What's with all this?
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Lol nice! Someone beat me to the art idea
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You mustn't speak of this to another soul!
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But of course
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Damn I missed it. Well happy B-day anyway.
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Better late than never. Thanks :XD:
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Happy birthday!!
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