• 20 of the Best Fanfics to Read for Shiny and Cadance Day!


    We've got your yearly fanfic storm for Shiny and Cady today! If you missed last year, it was completely different so check those here.

    Go read below, and thanks to Whisper Key for digging them up as always.


    Slice of Life




    Don't Grow Up Too Fast, My Child  by Flutterpriest [2k words]


    Princess Cadance wakes up to care for Flurry Heart in the middle of the night, but notices something. She's growing. This makes her realize her little baby isn't going to stay little for very long, and thinks ahead to all of the wonderful things yet to come.


    From The Heart by archonix [6k words]


    Cadance, Principal of Crystal Prep, takes a well-earned holiday. It would have been more enjoyable if Cadance, Princess of The Crystal Empire, wasn't constantly looking down on her.


    The Bounce Test by Estee [24k words]


    He's been reassigned so many times as to have a file thicker than his armor. There are ponies who doubt his ability to cross a room without creating a disaster, and he's one of them. Banishment to Moon is in fact too good for him. He's the single least suitable member in the history of the Crystal Guard, and history had better be prepared to take on eternity if it's ever going to see him surpassed. Because Flash Sentry starts every morning with a silent declaration of I'll get fired today and goes to sleep on I'll be fired tomorrow.

    Or maybe that's more of a prayer.


    Storge by Ice Star [3k words]


    A young Cadance has a very important question for her mentor, Princess Celestia, with answers more difficult than she'd expect.


    The Pacification of Crystal Valley by Tundara [1k words]


    Following the War of the Sun and Moon, a thousand years before Luna's redemption, Cadence lead her supporters north to the Crystal Valley, home of a vast group of Diamond Dogs. Overlooking the approaching horde, Cadence reflects on the past, and rallies her ponies. In the process, she creates a legend that will echo through the coming centuries.

    The pacification of Crystal Valley commences.









    Planned in Advance by FrostTheWolf [3k words]


    When most ponies think about the Canterlot Wedding, they think of a few main things. The imposter bait and switch, the invasion that followed and how, against all odds, the love between the Bride and Groom was able to push back the invaders that stormed through the city.

    Ironically, most of those things just so happened to be included with the event package Princess Cadance picked. And the queen herself? Well, when she says that she planned this, she meant it in more ways than one.


    Empire Pony Wrap by Estee [9k words]


    The Empire is starting to see a little more tourist traffic. The tourists, however, are having trouble seeing anything. When every native surface in the nation offers a choice of 'reflective or refractive?' -- well, it's rather easy to spend their entire vacation stumbling into buildings, usually right next to the door.

    Cadance is working on the problem. But she can only treat the walls. The crystal ponies aren't going to cover themselves... unless a certain designer can get them interested in the foreign concept of 'clothing'.

    It's a challenge fit for an artist!

    Or a madmare.

    When you hire Rarity, you usually get both.


    Plastered Pony Princesses by Graymane Shadow [3k words]


    Princess Cadance receives a summons to appear at a Canterlot police station regarding her multiple citations for drunk and disorderly behavior.

    There's just one problem. Cadance hasn't been in Canterlot in months.


    Shining Armor's Bemusing Dilemma by Chengar Qordath [12k words]


    Shining Armor is a very happy stallion. Why shouldn't he be happy? He has a good job, good friends, and just a good life overall. Sure, it would be nice if Cadance saw him as more than just a friend, but that's a pipe dream. At least things are going well with his RPG group—especially now that they've been joined by a lovely fey mare named Musette.

    Even better, Musette and Cadance are on the road to becoming best friends with each other. And really, why wouldn't they get along? It's not like either one of them could ever be interested in Shining, or would have any reason to not like each other.

    Yup, everything is going to be just fine.









    love; not wrong (brave) by The Red Parade [3k words]


    Love is so much more than warm hugs and kisses. Love is a language. Love is what we dream of, what we never had. It's everything we've left behind. Above all, love is being brave.


    The Phoenix Festival by Trick Question [10k words]


    Shining Armor goes to sleep one night and wakes up in the future, having been resurrected by his wife Princess Cadance for the fourth time. All of his memories of the past century are missing, and his kingdom is nearly unrecognizable.

    As Shining struggles to make sense of the new world around him, he begins to suspect there's more to the story he isn't being told...


    Any Cost by Crystal Moose [1k words]


    Cadance is the Alicorn of love, but what does that mean if she doesn't have her true love with her?

    She needs him, at any cost.


    Left Behind by Lunatone [5k words]


    Cadence is left with a life altering decision that will not only affect her, but other members of the Sparkle family, and the Equestrian Empire.

    Left with a difficult yet almost impossible decision, she prevails and makes a choice. How will it fare against her and others around her?









    Love by Proxy by Silent Whisper [3k words]


    Lyra's wedding was almost perfect. In fact, there was only one thing missing.


    Anti-Cliché by GravityDefyingCoffeeMug [5k words]


    It took Cadance four meetings to ask for Shining Armor's name and only one to tell him not to fall for her. It took Shining Armor one meeting to realise Cadance was very likely insane and four for him to decide that he was okay with it.









    Someone To Love by Seer [3k words]


    "I wonder whether the history of us is already written in the love we’ll make. And whether I might be the only pony who can read it.”


    A Daughter Not His Own  by Highlord Langslock [8k words]


    Four years ago, Shining Armor’s parents died in a horrific car accident, leaving him and his wife to take care of his little sister, Twilight Sparkle. There isn’t a thing that he wouldn’t do for her, yet there are times when it feels like there isn’t anything he can do for her. To him, the time she spent under his care has been nothing but a long string of him letting her down.

    All things considered, it is understandable that she wouldn’t want to spend a day reserved for celebrating one’s parents with him.

    After all, he is not Twilight’s father, and she’s not his daughter, right?


    The Inadequacy by Regidar [6k words]


    Princess Cadance is nearly ready to deliver Princess Flurry Heart into the world, and Shining should be the happiest stallion in the world. After all, he's about to become a father—what stallion wouldn't rejoice at this fact?

    And yet... something's eating away at him. Keeping him up nights. Driving him to speak with anypony who'll listen. An anxiety. A fear. A doubt.

    An inadequacy.









    Shadows Watching by SaltyJustice [57k words]


    Finding herself not doing so well in school, and put upon by her parents to get a job this coming summer, Miamore Cadenza, or "Cadence" to her friends, finds her life taking peculiar turns as she encounters a force she cannot quite understand.

    Something powerful, something ancient, is stirring in Equestria once again, and Cadence finds her destiny inexorably tied to it, as events beyond her control conspire to shape her life in ways she is not prepared for. The first in a three-part epic series from the director of the now-defunct MLP:First Contact game, this story combines low comedy and high adventure in a way that will leave you glued to your screen.


    Nod Your Head to the Beat of Death by Majin Syeekoh [2k words]


    Princess Cadance will find what she seeks at the top of the staircase. She just has to reach it.