• 25 of the Best Fanfics to Read for Cutie Mark Crusader Day!


    Reading is important. Even if it's fanfics. We've got a bunch today for you all starring the crusaders above.

    This list is different from last year, so be sure to hit that one up if you want more to read! And thanks to Whisper Key for digging it all up.

    Go read CMC fics below.



    Slice of Life




    Underwing by AuroraDawn [3k words]


    There's more to Luna's duties than simply stopping nightmares. As well, not all nightmares are confined to dreams. Sometimes a pony needs a special reminder of their importance.


    Gone Fishin' by PresentPerfect [2k words]


    A class field trip gets the Cutie Mark Crusaders talking about their parents. And an off-hoof comment by Apple Bloom gets Scootaloo wondering about something. She goes to Applejack to commiserate.


    The Greatest Slugger of Them All by libertydude [6k words]


    Scootaloo arrives home one day, breathless and asking Auntie Lofty to do a presentation for Family Appreciation Day. Unfortunately, Scootaloo only wants the one part of Lofty's life she's not that eager to share.


    Apples to Apples by Roundabout Recluse [2k words]


    It's no secret that Apple Bloom has a complicated history with Diamond Tiara. Frankly, Applejack can't make heads or tails of it.

    It's Hearth's Warming Eve, there are pies to be made, and Apple Bloom needs advice.


    Hoofballistic by Estee [16k words]


    It's reached the point of ritual. Every year, on the day the inductees are announced, the sisters wait for the courier to bring the news. And every year, their father fails to gain the hoofball athlete's ultimate honor: induction into the Immortal Livery, and a bronze statue within the Legendarium. By one vote. And in their opinion, he's been taking it a little too well.

    But this year, he's going to attend the ceremony -- so he can provide the induction speech for his greatest rival. And he's invited his daughters along. A chance to trot among the greats of the game, and a day out as a family. That's how he sees it.

    Rarity and Sweetie see it as a chance to find out why their father hasn't been voted in.

    In the interests of attendee safety, all sewing needles will be confiscated at the door.


    Neither of them spoke by Monochromatic [1k words]


    During a simple winter day lunch with Twilight Sparkle, Sweetie Belle learns there's a lot she doesn't know about her sister.









    War Games Ponies Play by Minds Eye [13k words]


    Princess Twilight sets up a war game for the Royal Canterlot and Crystal Empire guards. By kidnapping Luna and Cadance.

    The guards thought she knew the rules. They thought she knew the guard manual backwards and forwards.

    Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, and Apple Bloom re-write the manual... and conquer Equestria.


    Practice Makes Perfect by Flutterpriest [1k words]


    After Trixie's moonshot manticore mouth dive, Scootaloo shows up at Trixie's wagon wanting to volunteer for her next big stunt! Can Starlight, Trixie, and Scootaloo think of a cool, safe, trick for the next Great and Powerful Magic Show?









    And Hell Followed by BaeroRemedy [112k words]


    The world ended.

    That, at least, is what it sounded like. Screaming, howling, and then deathly silence.

    A month later, Cheerilee and Scootaloo emerge from their shelter in search of food. As they search among the dead bodies of their friends, only one question comes to mind:

    Where are the unicorns?


    Famous Last Words by The Red Parade [3k words]


    Scootaloo wakes up alone again and wonders if it's her time.


    Class Portrait by Ice Star [2k words]


    The Cutie Mark Crusaders get an important talk from princess Celestia after the Gabby Gums incident. Unfortunately, this means that they have to stay after school when all their peers have left. Nothing whatsoever goes wrong in the process and zero extra-credit assignments are given.


    Krastos the Glue Maker by Horse Voice [11k words]


    The Monster of the Year contest is coming up, and Scootaloo has an entry sure to give Ponyvillians the scare of their lives: a murderous spirit from Zebra folklore.

    Beyond known reality, something awakes, called by the speaking of its name. It draws closer, closer, to the little town at the forest's edge. When night falls, its reign of terror shall begin.


    Cutie Mark Seance by Waxworks [11k words]


    During spring, Applebloom is conspicuously reminded of the absence of her parents. While helping Applejack in the attic, she finds an old but very fancy ouija board. Sweetie Belle tells them all how to use it, and they try to contact the dead.

    Applebloom's mother is not who they end up contacting.


    To Dust You Shall Return by Silent Whisper [1k words]


    Apple Bloom knows that one thing, above all, is inevitable.

    And it isn't death.

    Not quite.


    Like Shattered Glass by Arwhale [31k words]


    After one of Sweetie Belle's clumsy mistakes ends up destroying one of her sister's entire fashion lines, Rarity is finally sent over the edge. But after a terrible accident lays Sweetie Belle at the foot of death's door, Rarity is faced not only with losing her sister, but also with the reality that she may never be able to apologize for what she did.


    Pedestal of Stone by Zontan [5k words]


    The Cutie Mark Crusaders are a team. Even now that they're adults, their friendship has never wavered.

    So when something arises to threaten that friendship, Sweetie Belle will do everything in her power to protect it. No matter what.


    What Cats Know by Daedalus Aegle [9k words]


    It's autumn in Ponyville, and Nightmare Night is approaching, when Sweetie Belle stumbles on a mystery.

    Cats are adorable, and playful, and aloof, and they know more than ponies realize. Once they were revered as gods.

    But have you ever tried to get a straight answer from a cat?


    Whatever I Shall Meet On The Road by astrolatryy [2k words]


    I think I could stop here myself and do miracles,

    I think whatever I shall meet on the road I shall like, and whoever beholds me shall like me,

    I think whoever I see must be happy.


    While taking a break from helping Rarity sew uniforms in the workshop, Sweetie Belle meets a foal about her age. 









    16-Bit Holiday by Rune Soldier Dan [2k words]


    Scootaloo is a foster-child, and Button Mash's mom is working for the holiday. But eggnog, food, and video games can make for a perfect Hearth's Warming when you're with somepony you love.


    Friend of Generosity by PaulAsaran [5k words]


    Rarity asking Spike for a favor is nothing new. What is new is that favor being a ruse to get him on a date with a certain filly. But Spike knows better than to resist, and maybe a night with Scootaloo won't be so bad.

    When Scootaloo asks Spike to clarify things, however, he decides to be honest. While trying to define what Rarity means to him, perhaps he'll find out what this date means to the both of them.









    Sea of Stars by wishcometrue [4k words]


    For all her life, Sweetie Belle thought that dream magic was a mystic power reserved for alicorns and their ilk. Now that Princess Luna is teaching it to her, Sweetie knows she was right.


    The Loss by Short-tale [3k words]


    There is no way Rainbow Dash isn’t the fastest pony. No way. So how did Derpy beat her? How? Scootaloo must find out how this travesty happened. Clearly somepony is cheating.


    Burnout by Silent Whisper [1k words]


    Reaching your greatest potential has its cost.

    It's one that Sweetie Belle thinks nopony should have to pay.









    Some Kind Of Hero by TCC56 [5k words]


    A week ago, Appleoosa Station suffered a critical reactor failure that resulted in the station's complete destruction. By absolute miracle, a single tramp freighter piloted by a brave young pegasus escaped the destruction - and carried two hundred of the station's residents to safety in its hold.

    Young Scootaloo has been widely celebrated for her bravery, ingenuity and talent in saving so many lives.

    Problem is, the version of the story she insists on isn't the same as the official accounts.









    Sweetie Belle Gets a Glass of Water by shortskirtsandexplosions [2k words]


    It is the middle of the night. Sweetie Belle cannot sleep. She thirsts for a glass of water.