• 50+ Of the Best Fanfics to Read for Lyra and Bonbon Day!


    Lyra and Bonbon are over here acting out wild scenarios for you. 50+ different ones at that. Do you appreciate that? You better.

    Note: This does not include last year's 10 fics, so if you see something major missing, it's over here.

    Anyway, go read some Lyra!






    Slice of Life




    Saboteurs 
    by Raugos

    Lyra is convinced that Ruby Pinch and Berry Punch are undercover supervillains, and she will do whatever it takes to expose the truth before it is too late.



    The Not So Odd Outcast 
    by JaketheGinger

    Lyra Heartstrings: local lyrist of Ponyville and all around nice pony. But despite that being her special talent, no one acknowledges her for it. Instead, they remember her for something far weirder, that Lyra wants forgotten.



    The Nightmare Sonata 
    by adcoon

    Lyra never had a nightmare in her life, so why did she ever decide to compose a piece embodying the spirit of the night terror in honor of Princess Luna? More importantly, how will she find a nightmare to help her?



    Finding Your Voice 
    by Kobalstromo

    Why is Lyra really called "Heartstrings"? Why are she and Bon-bon constantly around each other? Why does Lyra never have anything to say? What -is- this mare's secret?



    Sugarcoated 
    by Dubs Rewatcher

    A pony is defined by their cutie mark, the thing that tells them what they are best at. But what happens when one feels they have failed at the thing that makes them special?



    Choices 
    by Paleo Prints

    Cheerilee wants to teach. Ditzy Doo wants her family to stop thinking she's crazy. Lyra just wants Cheerilee. During their first semester in college a sheltered rich girl, a budding engineer, and a street musician will each have to face the decisions that affects the rest of their lives. Will they be able to stay friends? A School Daze/Three Whooves standalone prequel, and the perfect place to start.



    What Really Matters? 
    by Waroth

    It's Vinyl's birthday and Lyra has been busy preparing a quiet party for her marefriend. But after a hard day in the cutthroat music industry, Vinyl comes home reeking of booze and bad attitude. Will Vinyl fall back into her old ways of living or fight for her current lifestyle? Will she choose fame and fortune or loyalty and love? What really matters Vinyl??



    Hypothetical 
    by Exuno

    Lyra and Bon Bon have an ordinary conversation.



    The Things We Do For... 
    by ObabScribbler

    When Lyra has a cold, Bon-Bon ventures out into the driving rain to fetch something she really wants. The act causes her to think back on their friendship and the unpredictable turns it has taken over the years.





    Comedy



    Caretakers 
    by Jason The Human

    Twilight and her friends are leaving for a week-long vacation, leaving Ponyville in the very capable hooves of Lyra and Bon-Bon. What's the worst that could happen?



    The Haunting In Ponyville 
    by JasonTheHuman

    There's something strange and unnatural living in Bon-Bon's house. Something other than Lyra.



    Triple X 
    by ElMikkino

    Sly Clop is a laid back slacker who runs one of Ponyville's only porn shops on Soresaddle Street. He is a regular customer of a "gentlecolt's club", the Knife and Apple, where he regularly shoots the breeze with Rainbow Dash, who's seen better days. One day, his only employee quits, and he hires Lyra as a new one. Almost immediately, his life becomes more interesting, and in the long run, better, as he begins this new awkward relationship with her.



    The Necromantic Adventures of Lyra Heartstrings

    Necromancy gets a bad rep. Oh, sure, some ponies like the whole cliche of the evil zombie master, pulling his puppet strings to make corpses dance and kill for their amusement. And yeah, you kinda do have to work with dead bodies a lot, and most ponies find that a bit creepy. Oh, and you learn a lot of spells to kill things and gain power from it. But, come on, that doesn't mean all necromancers are bad... right?



    Judgement 
    by Amit

    Lyra loves Bon-Bon very, very much. Enough, in fact, to overlook the cream-coloured, beautiful-voiced, wondrous-smelling mare's raging, overwhelming, caricatural homophobia. This would be the state of the union; Pinkie Pie, however, being as she is, thinks all this 'unrequited love' nonsense is nonsense for silly fillies and dusty old books, and as such decides to intervene.



    Octavia's Power Hour 
    by Terse

    For what is ostensibly the most terrifying time in her entire life, Octavia forgets how to play her beloved cello. Shenanigans ensue, and Lyra reluctantly helps to pick up the pieces, with the help of our favourite DJ, Vinyl Scratch!



    Megan Shears Fluffle Puff 
    by D G D Davidson

    On a sweltering day in mid-August, a mysterious stranger rides into Ponyville on a mission to remove excess body hair.



    Just Dodge! 
    by DannyJ

    Lyra thinks Discord is an idiot for not thinking to dodge when the Elements of Harmony were about to strike him. Discord thinks this is the perfect opportunity for a game.



    Three Hazards of Ponyville
    by Rocinante

    Before the crusaders, there was the three hazards of Ponyville. It's been ten years since the hazards promised to meet again some sunny day. The promise thay made that day will shine through the trouble that split them apart in the years after.



    Lyra's Lousy Day 
    by JapaneseTeeth

    Lyra explains the unfortunate series of events that drove her to cry when the parasprite devoured her pie. Very minor shipping elements, with Bon Bon, obviously. It was inevitable.



    Diplomatic Disasters 
    by little big pony

    Diplomacy amongst nations should be done by highly skilled and intelligent people that have had significant training. In fact, any kind of public spokesperson should be overly qualified before they step out into a spotlight. Lyra is not particularly skilled. She also has absolutely no training. But, unfortunately for Equestria, that isn't going to stop her.



    A Recipe for Sweet Music
    by The Ponytrician

    Lyra and Bonbon have been dating for a few months now, and Lyra decides that it’s time that they moved in together.



    Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo
    by A Hoof-ful of Dust

    Lyra shares far, far too much information with Big Macintosh about her love life.



    A Train, on Fire, Full of Orphans 
    by Aragon

    Lyra Heartstrings, who is not exactly the most responsible adult out there, is driving a train. A train with no brakes, on fire, full of orphans, which is approaching a broken bridge at terminal velocity. Hmm. Well, at least things can't get worse.



    One Heck of a Case 
    by iisaw

    Twilight settles an unusual court case, while lacking a reasonable amount of caffeine in her system.



    Experiments in Determining Alicorn Growth 
    by Pen Stroke

    Twilight, after becoming an alicorn, finds her plain unicorn magic has been increased drastically. Yet, she wonders about the other kinds of pony magic? She should have the natural talents of all three clans in equal measure. So, to test this hypothesis and to see how much she's changed, Twilight begins an experiment. She enlists the aid of Applejack and Rainbow Dash to provide the tests, and pulls in an unsuspecting Lyra to be the control group. Let the experiment begin.



    Plush Ado About Nothing 
    by shortskirtsandexplosions

    As it turns out, not all I do is make music. I actually have a pretty decent talent making plush pony dolls on the side. It brings in good bits... on occasion, such as this one time a little baby dragon commissioned me into crafting him a white unicorn with a blue mane to snuggle with at night. Then one day, about a week later, I suddenly found myself with more clients. Like... a lot more clients.





    Sad/Dark



    Black And White 
    by Melionos

    Shortly after her lyre is desecrated by magically altered parasprites, an irritated Lyra receives a package from a pony she hasn't heard from in years. And if the contents are anything to judge by, that pony misses her very much...


    Home Is Where The Harp Is 
    by Blueshift

    Ever since Bon-Bon left for a new life in Manehatten, Lyra's life has lost its focus. She gets up, she goes to work, she eats, she goes to sleep. One day she knows she's going to build up the courage to tell Bon-Bon how she really feels about her and they can live happily ever after. That day will never come. Something terrible is happening in Equestria. Something that could be the end of the world. The Smooze has arrived and no-one can stop it, not even Twilight Sparkle. What hope then does Lyra have?



    I Don’t Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me) 
    by A Hoof-ful of Dust

    Lyra wants—no, needs—to understand what's making Bon Bon depressed.



    Arcadia
    by Blueshift

    Lickety-Split has sold out Ponyville to an evil frost fiend for the secret of delicious ice-cream and is about to bring about a frosty apocalypse. This can only mean one thing: It's Saturday, and there's only 22 1/2 minutes to save the world! Only... Lyra's been having a dream. The same dream, again and again all of her life. There's something coming. Something terrible coming from out of the darkness, and it is going to destroy everything. Princess Luna seems very unwilling to do anything about it. Lyra's on her own. It's Ponyville. Nothing bad ever happens in Ponyville. But there is an old story. Perhaps the oldest story ever told. Even in Arcadia, there am I.



    The Visiting Hour 
    by Horse Voice
    Bon Bon visits Lyra at the mental hospital.



    The Little Mermare 
    by AbsoluteAnonymous

    According to the legends, seaponies are friendly creatures dedicated to helping those in need. The truth may be uglier than anypony ever expected. For as it turns out, although seaponies are little more than creatures of fantasy, kelpies are very much real.



    Faun 
    by PresentPerfect

    We all make mistakes. Some are easy to fix. Some are not. Some create such turmoil in our lives that it seems we will be swallowed up by them. When a wounded monster, like nothing anypony has ever seen before, wanders out of the Everfree Forest, Lyra Heartstrings, Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy get a lesson in what happens when we try to run from our mistakes.



    Second Singularity 
    by dayoldspaghetti

    All her life, Professor Lyra Heartstrings has passionately sought scientific proof for the existence of "human" beings, a technologically-advanced race of sentient creatures who theoretically ruled the world in a time before ponies. But now that Lyra stands upon the brink of Equestria's most important anthropological discovery, she's haunted with the gnawing thought that not all projects that begin should necessarily be finished.



    Comatose 
    by Vennyr Pony
    A dramatic event sends Lyra into a coma which results in her being stuck in a world of purgatory where she can still see and hear everypony, but they cannot see her. Will she discover the reason as to why she was put into a coma? Will she acquire the identity of the ponies responsible when she cannot interact with anypony?



    A Walk in the Sun 
    by Bluesparkks

    On a perfectly sunny day in Ponyville, a wintergreen unicorn visits an old friend.



    Lyra Beyond the Walls of Sleep 
    by Cynewulf

    The dreams started three months ago, maybe? He forgets. All he knows is that they continue. That they consume her every waking moment, that they erode her hold on life and on him. He fears the dreams Lyra has of the Nameless City, and he fears the light in her eye as she talks of it and it's shadowed inhabitants.



    Lyrid 
    by Corejo

    The Muse will do anything to bring her lover back from death. She will learn that nothing is greater than love except regret.



    Inner Turmoil
    by Freyera

    Her life was finally set straight. There was nothing to worry about in Ponyville. She had a home, Bon Bon, and anything she could ask for. The past was history, and the future was clear skies and smooth sails as far as she could see. But some things die hard, and blissful ignorance could only carry her so far. Eventually her past came knocking at her doorstep, and she would have to face it to put it down once and for all, less it overwhelm her and seize control.



    Love Letters 
    by ObabScribbler

    When Bon-Bon has to leave Ponyville for a while to deal with a family crisis in Manehattan, Lyra writes her a letter every day. And every day, she gets a letter back. What could possibly be wrong with such loving devotion? So why is everyone growing steadily more worried about her?



    What Dreams May Come
     by Eakin

    After a fall and a blow to the head, Lyra begins to have hallucinations that she's a young human girl in mental hospital. As she flashes back and forth between the two, medical personnel in each do their best to cure her of her delusions. But as the day wears on Lyra begins to question which world is real and which one is only a mental construction. How can she pick one world, when they both seem so convincing? And what happens if she chooses incorrectly?



    Bon Bon Bon Bon Bon Bon
     by shortskirtsandexplosions

    Bon Bon and Lyra play sweet music. Do not read this.





    Shipping



    A Change Of Face 
    by TheDeinonychu

    Bon Bon has been deeply in love with Lyra for almost as long as they have known each other. Every day is a blessing for the two lovers. But as Bon Bon starts to feel under the weather, will Lyra uncover a dark secret that will rip the two mares apart and leave only hate, sadness, and fear in its wake?



    Happily Ever After 
    by Vanner

    When Lyra proposes to Bon-Bon, Pinkie's zealous promotion of the noble wedding of the century attracts some unexpected and unwanted attention. Can Pinkie and her party ponies pull off the biggest wedding Ponyville's ever seen to give the two most deserving ponies a happily ever after?



    Best Friends, Too 
    by shortskirtsandexplosions

    Minuette and I have got to be the absolute best friends in all of Equestria. Or at least we thought so... before running into Lyra and Bon Bon.



    Happy Hearth's Warming 
    by paxtofettel

    Just some Caramel and Bon-Bon fluff. A bit of implied sexual themes but nothing too explicit.



    One Day, They'll Throw Flowers 
    by ScyStorm

    Lyra's public performances continue to fail to draw the crowds she needs to kickstart her career. It takes the love and care of a certain earth pony to snap her out of her rut once more.



    Lies and Lyres 
    by King of Beggars

    Spike is a dragon with mare troubles, and one of those mares just happens to be his mother. When he meets Lyra, who has troubles of her own, he hatches a plot that they think will be mutually beneficial.



    Bonafide 
    by Sharp Spark

    Lyra Heartstrings is a up-and-coming musician living in the quiet town of Ponyville. Her marefriend Bon Bon owns and operates Canter Candies, the town's specialty sweets shop. They've been together for years, and everypony around knows what a happy couple they are. But any relationship has its ups and downs, and it's hard to ignore every awkward moment. Like when Lyra's ex arrives in town. Because she thinks Lyra still has a thing for her. Because someone's been impersonating her for the past few years. ...Bon Bon might be in trouble here.



    Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies 
    by JaketheGinger

    A web of lies can make for a heavy heart. When the pony you love turns out to have hidden their whole identity, what does that mean for a relationship?



    You Remind Me of You 
    by Horizon

    Lyra and Bon Bon love each other, but they have a ... somewhat unusual relationship. One of them is a secret agent. One of them is a changeling. And the third one is a perfectly normal pony, about to have her life turned upside down. This may result in some questionable relationship decisions.



    Luck of the Lyrish 
    by Timaeus

    For the Heartstrings family, Saint Paddy Wagon's Day is the most celebrated day of the year. They have long believed that the luck of the Neighlish flows through their veins, and that on Saint Paddy's Day anything is possible. This year, Lyra decides to put that luck to the test. Her target: local candy maker and longtime mare of her dreams. Her tools: the indisputable luck this day will bring her and only the finest, corniest, holiday-appropriate, and most-guaranteed-to-woo pick-up lines around. Bon Bon doesn't stand a chance.



    Truth Be Told 
    by GarlandGala

    As the sun sets at the end of one particularly crazy day, Lyra and Bon Bon (a.k.a. Sweetie Drops) venture out to their usual late-night spot. Although they are drunk on the magic of Cranky and Matilda's wedding, there are still a few things left to be said about Bon Bon's revelation. What other secrets have the two been hiding all this time?



    A Perfectionist's Romance 
    by Timaeus

    To earth ponies, there is little more important than tradition. Foals grow up taught everything from family recipes, songs, dances, to folk tales passed down from generation to generation. Of these traditions, none is more valued than a proposal, an offer to entwine your life with somepony else's. To Bon Bon, nothing is more important to her than Lyra, and nothing matters more than making sure that her proposal is perfect. Now, if only perfection wasn't so elusive. And if only it was as easy to grow flowers as every other earth pony makes it seem.



    How to Handle a Rope 
    by A Hoof-ful of Dust

    Bon Bon's had a hard day at work. Again.



    Lyra Visits Bon Bon in Jail 
    by Super Trampoline

    After Bon Bon reveals some ...rather unsettling information, she gets thrown in jail. Lyra pays her a visit. Too bad they won't let her post bail.





    Drama



    Making Friends 
    by Pascoite

    Lyra and Bethany hoped their friendship would last forever. But children rarely consider the full impact of their promises. Tomorrow never comes, after all.



    Cleave 
    by BlazzingInferno

    Candy Heart knew she wasn’t a normal pony. Between her unmatched intellect and unshakable ambition, she knew she was destined for greatness. She was destined to be the best, and once the incantation was complete she truly would be: everything holding her back, from loneliness to regret to remorse, would be gone. She’d be free, and she’d be unstoppable. Except that isn’t what happened. Instead, two more ponies came into being. This is their story.



    The Incidental Pony 
    by Fervidor

    Twilight Sparkle never seemed to notice Lyra Heartstrings. She didn't even remember Lyra's name. They were friends back in Canterlot and even went to school together. Yet Twilight didn't notice that Lyra just happened to move to Ponyville the same day she did. She didn't even notice when Lyra appeared at her welcoming party. Nor did she ever seem to spot her old classmate passing by in the background on any other day during her stay in Ponyville. Some days she could look right at Lyra and never realize that they knew each other. Lyra isn't a very noticeable pony. She has put a lot of effort into that.





    Adventure



    Anthropology 
    by Jason the Human

    Humans. Truth or myth? Ancient lost civilization or just an old pony's tale? No pony has ever seen one, and most haven't even heard of them. But Lyra knows that these wonderful creatures are more than just old legends, and she's going to find out... and possibly drive her roommate insane in the process.



    The Archer And The Smith 
    by Sharaloth

    The Shaper is a smith of unparalleled skill, her creations the most sought after in the fallen world. When a pony named Lyra comes to her with a unique commission she has to put all her skill to the test to craft a weapon of great power. For Lyra's goal is not an easy one, and it is not just any weapon that can kill a Dragon.



    Human After All 
    by Nicknack

    The thick growth of the Everfree Forest harbors many secrets. Some, it shares with the adventurous souls that seek them out. Others are well-guarded for a reason. Lyra Heartstrings, a graduate student in Canterlot University's archaeology program, is no stranger to discovering lost civilizations. When she finds a survivor from one, however, she begins helping him to restore his culture. The question burning in the back of her mind is, "At what cost?"



    Mendacity 
    by Dromicosuchus

    Bon Bon's voice is funny, and that's about all that anypony who meets her notices, as her marefriend Lyra soon steals the spotlight with her explosive personality, strange obsessions, and curious beliefs. And why not? Bon Bon is, after all, a perfectly ordinary, boring pony in every way but two: her voice, and the carefully kept secret that she isn't really a pony.



    Spyra 
    by angelofrombelow

    For the past few years, Lyra has been keeping a close watch on Twilight Sparkle under the orders of Princess Celestia. Her mission: to ensure the princess's protege is emotionally stable and fit to be the leader of the Elements of Harmony. Now Twilight has proven herself with the defeat of Discord, Lyra's mission is complete. She can finally drop her assumed identity of Heartstrings and resume her past life in Canterlot. Or so she thought. The princess has one final task for her, one that will uncover a conspiracy that could put the whole of Equestria under threat. Lyra's new mission: to take down the rogue agent known as Golden Harvest.



    In From the Cold 
    by Baal Bunny

    A lot can happen to a pony between the moment she rappels out the town hall window and the moment she bursts in the front door with news of the bugbear's defeat.



    The Last Human: A Tale of the Pre-Classical Era 
    by PatchworkPoltergeist

    Reader, in ancient days, the old lords of the world numbered in thousands. Then hundreds. Then even less. Now, they are found only in tapestries and fanciful ballads. The creatures are all vanished. All but one. Rumors say there are more of him, somewhere far away. A young and supposedly gifted mage called Star Swirl, and Heartstrings, a gentle spinster, have joined him on a journey to find the rest.



    Lyra Heartstrings and the Hand of Man 
    by Between Lines

    Lyra Heartstrings is a pony with an obsession. Humans, mythical creatures from ancient history. Before now, she was just a theorist, a madmare. But with the discovery of the crystal caves beneath Canterlot, all the clues finally make sense. Now it's up to one pony to brave the depths, the fury of Equestria's finest at her hooves, and find the truth.



    Through the Wall 
    by bahatumay

    There is a giant hole in the wall of Twilight's castle. Most of her front door is gone. And Rainbow Dash had better have a good explanation for this.



    Truthseeker 
    by RB_

    The Vigilant Owl: an underground network of specialists, who work in secret to protect the ponies of Equestria from harm. Spread throughout the continent, they use their unique gifts and talents to ensure that the populace can continue to live happily, ignorant of the horrors that lurk just out of sight. Their newest member: Lyra Heartstrings, Truthseeker.





    For archival purposes, you can find the IntenseDebate comments for this post (if any) archived over here