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A white unicorn in royal robes and sparkling crown stood atop a snow-spotted peak. The blizzard responsible for it had been thwarted a full week prior--and hopefully, forever--but from her vantage point, its effects could still easily be seen across the horizon.

In its half-melted state, the snow highlighted the flora of the land below, causing several colors of the rainbow to shine under the moonlight.

Princess Platinum smiled. They almost hadn't done it. Heaven knew she hadn't contributed all that much to their cause.

At that moment, however, she at last heard the hoofsteps of one who had.

---

"Ahh, Clover the Clever," Platinum greeted the brown-robed violet unicorn who had just traversed the peak's leading trail. "Thank you for showing. I... did not wish to inconvenience you whilst you were napping."

Clover nodded with a light, airy smile. "I appreciate it. Still, I came as soon as I read your note. Is anything the matter?"

Platinum allowed a small, peaceful smile of her own to cross her muzzle at Clover's words. "Not in a negative sense, if such a possibility worries you."

Clover blinked in mild confusion. "Your Highness...?"

Platinum beckoned with one hoof. "Come hither, Clover--gosh, you so often keep your distance. Probably my fault. Nevertheless, please: stand by me."

Clover did so, whereupon the two looked out over the shining colors in the moonlit night. "It's beautiful," she said. "From here you get the sense that all we went through was worth it in the end."

Platinum nodded. "We stand on the cusp of a new world, Clover. Even as we speak, ponies the world over are migrating to Equestria, with plans for its resources and renewed hope for the future. So long as we remember the lessons which allowed us to survive to this point, I see no reason why we should not prosper for generations to come."

"I agree," said Clover. "Part of me wishes we could live long enough to see it happen."

"Immortality comes in many forms, Clover." Platinum turned to her comrade, allowing her smile to grow as she did so. "None of this would be possible without your wisdom and capacity for compassion. History has been made. Books will be written of these times; songs will be sung.'' She gestured across the landscape below them. "When one lingers in memory, they never truly fade. Such will be the fate of you, I, and the rest of Equestria's founders. Your mentor, Star Swirl the Bearded, would be proud of you... perhaps even as proud as I have always been to have you in my service." She let out an overdrawn sigh. "I should say as such more often, I suppose."

A mild tinge of red shaded Clover's cheeks. "Y-Your Highness..."

"Given what we've been through, Clover, the time for formal titles has long since passed. Please... simply call me Platinum."

Startled by its sheer boldness, Clover the Clever outright gasped at the Unicorn Princess's declaration. To be on a first-name basis with royalty? "Oh, Princess, I could never... I mean that's just not done, is it?..."

The white unicorn chuckled. "It wasn't until five seconds ago. One of the perks of being part of the ruling class, you see, is that you can change those rules." She stepped in front of Clover, speaking in reassuring tones. "The privilege is now yours. Abuse it to your heart's content. In fact... try it now. No titles. Just my name. It would bring me joy to hear it from your lips."

"I..." Reddening even more, Clover closed her eyes. "All right... Platinum."

"Yes, excellent!" said the princess, squeaking in triumph and clopping her hooves on the ground in soft applause. "Come, now, tell me... how did that feel?"

"Honestly?" said Clover. "It still feels strange. Nice, but strange..." Then, in a softer voice, "...as if above my station."

Platinum sighed and shook her head. "Humility to a fault. Clover, if ever you had an all-confusing character flaw, that would be it."

"Why would it be confusing?" Clover asked.

"Because you of all ponies deserve to be proud, especially when...'' Platinum hesitated before continuing. "...especially when compared to unicorns like myself who have spent far too long atop their ivory towers. How many times have I taken advantage of my station, mistreated you and others, pranced about as a pony of worth but behaved myself as just the opposite?'' She lifted her crown and hovered it before the both of them. "When I think upon my past transgressions... I'm afraid I have done this crown little justice."

Silence ruled their air for several moments, until Clover broke it. "I disagree."

Platinum did a double-take. "You... you do? How could you ever-"

"I know you have always had tremendous pressure put on you to perform as heiress to the Unicornian throne--and if I may speak freely, you have performed your role admirably. It's true that before we embarked on our journey, you may have behaved in a manner..." Clover chose her words carefully as she paced around the princess. "...often expected of your rank. However, throughout Equestria's founding and development, I have seen you learn and grow in your own way, with not even a mentor to guide you. Before, you had the power and the will; now, you have the heart to accompany it. I can think of none better suited to lead our race in the times ahead." She used her own magic to place the crown back on Platinum's head. "We need you, Princess.'' After giving it another moment's thought, she added, "I need you."

Princess Platinum choked back the lump in her throat, and willed away the mistiness of her vision. "Then, if it is your wish... you shall have me," she said.

And as both unicorns drew closer, an elated Clover the Clever felt increasingly flush and warm...

---

...until, with a gasp, the intensity of the moment overwhelmed Twilight Sparkle, snapping her out of her role.

"R-... Rarity?" she said breathlessly, while doing her best to calm down.

Rarity followed suit. "Y-yes, Twilight?"

"We... we've been ad-libbing for quite some time now, don't you think?"

Rarity replied with a sly smile. "Was it not your suggestion to have a method-acting rehearsal to help us get into character?''

"Well, yes, but..." Twilight visibly redoubled her efforts in fighting her fluster. To Rarity, the sight was adorable... but ultimately futile.

"Then so long as we simply play our parts to the full extent of our abilities, I see no reason to stop until either of us are satisfied." Rarity ran her the tip of her hoof relaxedly along the length of Twilight's chin, making the violet unicorn shiver independent of the winter weather's effects. "However, the decision ultimately lies with you, Oh Clever One..."

"I..." Under Rarity's nigh-hypnotic gaze, Twilight finally stopped fighting it. "Perhaps... a few more minutes? Just to let this scene play out. I liked where it was going... from a writer's perspective, of course."

"Of course," said Rarity. "And what a coincidence: I enjoyed where things were going as well..."

---

"Then," said Clover, "if things are to continue along their present path... I suppose there's only one matter left to address."

"Indeed. Happy Hearth's Warming, Clover," said Platinum, sidling up next to her companion.

"And to you, Princess,'' said Clover. "May we... spend many more together?"

"I see absolutely no reason why not," Platinum replied, moments before the two shared the warmest of cuddles under the stars.
Original Synopsis:
Upon Equestria's founding, Clover the Clever and Princess Platinum discuss its future... and theirs.

What Is This?:
A fluffy Holiday-themed piece brought about by my utter inability to stop fawning over Twilight Sparkle's depiction of Clover the Clever in "Hearth's Warming Eve."
Just... oh my gosh how can such a simple outfit be so ador(k)able <3

Dear Princess Celestia:
...wait, I... am allowed to do fluff, right? It doesn't all have to be deep and meaningful, does it? ^^;

Dear Princess Luna:
...I am so going to get railed as a "tease" again for this. :D

Text by Bookish Delight, 2011-2012. My Little Pony belongs to Hasbro, not to me. This is done completely bereft of profit.
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Meatabex Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe so cute! x3
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cute :) I would like to have seen a bit more intimacy between the two, but well done.
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012   Writer
I've long wanted to revisit the Clover/Platinum relationship, so anything's possible. ^_^ Thanks!
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DrewB1442 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
What the..? What did I just..?

This was an interesting story, if a little surprising.
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TheLastSumo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Gotta love the occasional fluff, especially this one. Short and sweet with just a hint of the daw-factor. Also, I'm starting to notice that Rarity and Twilight always seem to work well off each other in fics without fail, shipping or no shipping.

Well done, son.
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012   Writer
Thanks!

There really is something about Twilight and Rarity which makes them easy to write together--I think it's because they're the most similar in personality and speech pattern. The fact that they can relate to each other by way of being unicorns, and having a central geographical focus (Twilight's from Canterlot, Rarity wants to be Canterlot!) doesn't hurt either. :)

...and I think that just gave me a story idea. ^^;
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TheLastSumo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
"...and I think that just gave me a story idea."

HNNNGGGG
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BaronNinja Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Well this looks good in concept but you need more grammar/spelling checks. Other than that you show promise here. It would be interesting to see this continued.
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011   Writer
Thanks! The play didn't give us a whole lot to go on (and as a previous commenter mentioned above, liberties could well have been taken with history) so as I've had to tell others, I honestly don't know where else I could take the concept.

As for spelling/grammar, I can certainly do another once-over for both, as I'm hardly averse to improving. However, I oft play with the latter with the intent of looking for the best way to communicate ideas to readers. Some concepts and characterizations just flow better when not entirely adhering to the Elements of Style, and part of the writer's challenge is knowing exactly when to make that sort of judgment call. :) Thanks very much for your honesty; I will definitely note it for this and future projects!
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Lawn-Pygmy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Curse you, you insufferable tease!
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Writer
:D I can't help it! I took an oath long ago to spark the imaginations of all of my readers!

...so you absolutely should not ever think about how Platinum and/or her (all-too-willing) assistant Clover would behave in, say... a bath setting.

Nope. Absolutely not ever.

^_^
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Lawn-Pygmy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Nooooo you don't, you sneaky little temptress you. I said there would be twelve parts in the Tub Fun series, and I meant it. No more, no less!

Never!

No!

I mean, it would be unseemly of me to write it!

...

...It would be far too intimate!

What would the other ponies think?

I mean I'm already re-writing STF 1 and 2!

NO. Neither Platinum nor Clover will be appearing in either one!

And... and... ... AND!

I totally have the best idea ever. .__.

Curse you, you incredible siren of the page!
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012   Writer
"Siren of the Page"... that has a nice ring to it! ^_^

And I absolutely cannot wait to see your idea, which I had absolutely no hand in crafting. ;)
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Lawn-Pygmy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Unfortunately it kinda got lost in the wash of other ideas, and I don't remember what it was anymore.

Maybe it was Clover and Platinum playing with toy submarines and space stations made out of loofahs?
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012   Writer
(laughs) Awww. ;_;

Ahhhh, I suppose it's just as well. (Did that kind of technology even exist back then? ^^;)
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Lawn-Pygmy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Mweh heh heh~ I think I have a better one, now. In the rewrites, I was planning on having Twilight focus on the past and Rarity focus on the future. Twilight goes over all the crazy things that happened to her over the last while, and then gets down to the business of taking a bubble bath. And then... she picks up a loofah and her frog and pretends they're Princess Platinum and Clover, and accidentally lets Celestia's name pop out partway through, causing her no end of embarassment~

Or perhaps the other way 'round? Rarity's focus on the future, on her prospects in the marketplace and her hopes for what may come, and she thinks about the upcoming Hearth's Warming Eve play, and her having just read The Scoltish Laird makes her think of Clover and her Princess in a steamy saddle-ripper for giggles.

Though maybe a certain purple pony prances into her purple prose?

bwa ha ha ha~
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012   Writer
One starts cute and gets steamy, one starts steamy and gets cute. Either way, I approve. ^_^
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
I was this close to starting to mutter how the pageant wasn't historically accurate and that it was really unlikely that the historical Platinum or Clover looked like Rarity and Twilight...

And then I hit the interlude, and made it all clear and awwww right! ;)
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Writer
(laughs) Thanks!

Though, if I may: Was the play truly historically inaccurate? Were Twilight and Rarity's costumes truly unfaithful? (That "play" sported some large-scale and high-powered flashbacks which appear unfeasible on that tiny stage outside of possibly some Princess!assistance... or unless we were looking into the imagination of someone in the audience.) For that matter, was Clover the Clever even a mare?

For my money, whatever their answers, the questions above merely get in the way, beacuse they fall under the net of personal doubts rather than true contradictions. (I asked them all as well!) Thus I soldiered on... and crafted the interlude as insurance. :D
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
My personal take is that the play's a mix of real historical stuff, comical/theatrical embellishment, and allegory about virtues of friendship, sort of a mix between a Nativity play and a school play about the US Revolution. (Personally, I think the cleverest part about the episode was how they introduced all this historical background in the form of a play within the episode, letting us all decide for ourselves how close to the "real historical truth" it was. :) )

You're absolutely right that none of those questions are necessary to enjoy either the episode or your story! :)
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011   Writer
Personally, I think the cleverest part about the episode was how they introduced all this historical background in the form of a play within the episode, letting us all decide for ourselves how close to the "real historical truth" it was. :)


...I never thought about it in that way but now that you've brought it to my attention, I absolutely agree! It's a sneaky but completely workable arrangement which renders its more direct details (such as the play's "Earth" namedrop) even more mysterious than they already were. :D Excellent observation, good sir.

But yes, the only assumption I made for this story was that Twilight had some creative hoof in the scripting. We didn't get enough to go on for me to completely assume the play was accurate, and fortunately, I had no interest in doing so. :D
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GammaEradon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
D'aaaaw, this was so cuuuuute!

And yes, no matter what role she's playing, Twilight is the embodiment of adorkable.

Very cute and sweet!

...is it wrong that I want to see something with Commander Hurricane now?
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011   Writer
Thanks! So adorkable <3

Nothing wrong with that, and I originally considered doing a story for all three pairs! Eventually I declined because:

a) The endings and overall sentiments would have been the same, making things fairly repetitive
b) My heart wouldn't have been as much into the other two, thus making any prose come across as forced
c) I would have had to write dialogue for Chancellor Puddinghead. You do not want to see me write dialogue for Chancellor Puddinghead. Ever. ^^;
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
You tease. ;3

But no, honestly, this is great fun. The little twist you introduce toward the end actually fits very nicely and reinforces the biggest strength of the piece: the flow of character and dialogue, the way in which Clover and Platinum work off of each other perfectly as the latter works to pull the former out of her (adorkable <3) shell; given the nature of the "performance" and how actors frequently work off of each other in that exact way, it's a very effective little curve that adds nicely to the overall story. The whole thing just makes for such a perfectly pleasant, enjoyably heartwarming little diversion, and I'm more than happy to gobble it up it's just so yummy-fluffy-good. ^3^
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011   Writer
Thanks :D Glad you enjoyed! Clover!Twilight's devotion to Platinum!Rarity was just so well-acted I wanted to scribble out a possible reason why, as well as see more of it in the process.

This season, it does things to me :)
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Yeah, I have to agree there was just something very fascinating about that particular relationship, particularly when compared to the one between their modern-day counterparts. Your scribbling is well justified. <3

And yes it does. Good, good things. ^3^
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