-Author Note: To those following the Silent Ponyville continuity with this. The side story Silent Ponyville: Reunion has been added to the canon, taking place before Study of the Mind Delve. As of this note, the story is incomplete. But here's what you need to know: Lance Strongshy went through Silent Ponyville. At the end of it, his relationship with Fluttershy is...better. Hence his appearance in this fic. The fic can be found on DA here: brony17.deviantart.com/gallery… and there will be Google Doc versions in the future -
When Rainbow Dash returned from the Wonderbolt's audition, it was cause for celebration.
She had passed her audition; her lifelong dream had finally come true. Her training would begin one week after Winter Wrap Up. True to form, Pinkie threw a party to celebrate. It was a small one though, as the real celebration was right around the corner and they would need all the resources they could spare for it. It promised to be a truly monumental celebration.
Rarity continued work on Fluttershy's dress and insisted that she would make something special for Rainbow Dash as well. Rainbow tried to persuade Rarity into thinking that she didn't need anything too fancy, but Rarity simply refused to have it any other way.
Then, before anypony knew it, it was the day of the wedding
"Oh dear oh dear." Rarity said, looking like she was sweating bullets, very carefully and meticulously adding the final details to Fluttershy's dress.
"Calm down Rarity, it looks amazing." Fluttershy said trying to calm her frantic friend. She had been working meticulously on the dress for the last two weeks, everything leading up to the moment just a few minutes away now.
"No no no no no no no no, it has to be perfect! All the ponies out there are going to see MY work on you and if they can see even so-much as a sliver of a stitch out of place they're going to realize how awfully I screwed up and it's going to be on MY head that I ruined your wedding day! Oh that would just be THE. WORST. POSSIBLE. THING!"
"Rarity!" Fluttershy put her hooves up against her friends face, "It's okay, I watched you make the dress, you didn't leave a stitch out of place." Fluttershy smiled, "I look amazing, you made sure of that."
thank you Fluttershy." Rarity sighed smiling, "Forgive me, I'm just so nervous. This is my first wedding dress and I want everything to be magnificent. Not just for me, but for you as well." Rarity said carefully sewing on the last bit of fabric she was adding to the dress.
"I know Rarity, but trust me on this one, I look lovely and everypony is going to think so." Fluttershy reassured her friend kindly.
well I've done just about everything I can anyway." Rarity sighed happily, taking a step back to look Fluttershy over.
The dress hugged Fluttershy's natural curves like a charm, the white silky material was carefully bunched in sections, with frills and lace in others. The materials of the dress were painstakingly sewn together, the back of the dress rising over her haunches before flowing down below her legs, draping across the floor. There were several layers of the dress, causing several sections to fray out with patterned lace. All of her legs were ornately decorated with lengthy patterned silk socks ended off with delicate white roses. Her hair was delicately tied back and styled to show off her face. A white veil waited to be drooped over her face and lay on top of her head.
Fluttershy truly seemed to take the form of an angel standing before her.
you are simply radiant!" Rarity mused, looking upon her friend. Fluttershy softly blushed in embarrassment at her compliment.
Just then, a knock was heard from the door to the preparation room.
"Fluttershy, Rarity, it's Twilight," came the familiar sound of the bookish mare's voice.
"Oh, what is it dear?" Rarity called back through the door.
"I just wanted to let you know that the ceremony is starting. Octavia's already started playing the music and the Mayor and Rainbow Dash are heading for the altar." Twilight explained.
"Oh! Oh goodness! That means I have to get ready!" Rarity said now flustered, looking around the room to locate her dress. Finding it, she levitated her dress off of the nearby coat rack quickly, "I was far too busy with Fluttershy! Oh curse my work ethic!" Rarity quickly turned to Fluttershy, "I have no choice, I have to get dressed quickly if I'm to walk down the aisle as your bridesmaid. You'll do fantastic dear, I can't wait to see you walking down that aisle!"
With that Rarity quickly flung the door open, racing towards the nearest changing room, with Fluttershy able to hear as she fled, "AUGH, THERE'S NO TIME FOR MAKEUP."
Fluttershy chuckled softly as Twilight walked into the room, dressed up magnificently in a starry, night-themed dress.
"Wow Fluttershy, you look fantastic. Rarity really did an amazing job on your dress." Twilight smiled.
"Didn't she though?" Fluttershy said, looking back at her dress happily. Her ear perked softly as she could hear the fine-tuned strings of Octavia's cello playing down the hallway. She was playing beautifully. She couldn't wait to walk down the aisle listening to such wonderful music.
"Oh, and one other thing. Your father is here, he wanted to speak with you before walking out with you." Twilight smiled, turning her head as a certain amber coated pegasus with a dark red mane appeared in the doorway.
"Oh, thank you Twilight. I can take it from here." Fluttershy nodded to her friend before looking at her father with a smile.
"Alright, I'll call you when it's time for you to walk." Twilight smiled walking out of the room as the older stallion walked by. Twilight closed the door behind her and the room went quiet for a moment. Lance seemed a little unnerved at the situation presented to him and was just staring at his daughter as she smiled back to him.
"I'm glad you could make it Dad. I know how busy you're schedule gets, but it really wouldn't be the same without you." Fluttershy smiled happily.
Lance cleared his throat, shifting the collar on the suit he was wearing for the occasion. The suit was one of his best, Fluttershy remembered it from when he would dress up for his formal meetings. However, he was also wearing an oddly shaped saddlebag that was a faded purple and made with some fairly obvious poor stitching. It clashed with his suit.
you're really getting married to Rainbow Dash huh
" he said in his usual gruff manner, though that was more a fault of how his voice had aged than of his feelings of the situation.
"I am." Fluttershy nodded, "It's almost weird
I never really expected to get married. In fact, the idea had never crossed my mind." She chuckled softly, "But when Rainbow Dash proposed
there was just no way I could say no." She blushed softly thinking back to that moment. Lance's mind seemed to be racing a mile a minute, or so it appeared to Fluttershy. She never really was able to figure out what was going on in his mind.
still hate colts?" He asked awkwardly. Fluttershy thought the question odd. She looked at her father carefully. He was giving her the same serious look he always seemed to give, but she could see very small, very subtle hints of an odd twitch in some of the muscles on his face.
is my father
nervous?' Fluttershy thought in realization to her father's behavior and actions. Fluttershy put a hoof up to her mouth as she tried to suppress her laughter. The idea of her father being nervous was hilarious to her.
"What?" Lance notably twitched annoyed, "I didn't tell a joke, I asked a question."
it's just I can tell you're nervous." Fluttershy chuckled softly, causing her father to look away from his daughter with a soft grunt. "But no, I don't hate colts anymore." She answered honestly, causing her father to look back at her curiously, "But I found true love in Rainbow Dash. It's not a matter of gender to me anymore. It's a matter of finding love, and
Rainbow loves me with all of her heart and I feel the same. If I didn't feel that I wouldn't have agreed to marry her." Fluttershy smiled with all of her heart.
"I see." Lance closed his eyes in thought, "Well
as long as you're
happy." He spoke softly before opening his eyes to look at her. For a moment he seemed physically shaken and took a step back, as if he'd seen a ghost.
"What's wrong?" Fluttershy asked a little confused by this.
" Lance shook his head softly, "Sorry
for a moment you looked just like your mother."
Fluttershy smiled warmly.
"I miss her too Dad. But
I know that if she was here right now she'd want us both to be happy." Fluttershy carefully walked up to her father and nuzzled up against his neck, "And I'm sure she's watching us right now. I just want to make her proud Dad."
Yeah, she was always that kind of a mare." He sighed, softly moving his head down to nuzzle against his daughter in return. It had been far too long since he had last embraced her this way, in a way that was loving and gentle.
They stood in their embrace for a few minutes before Lance broke it, taking a step back.
"I brought you something." Lance spoke before reaching into his saddlebags and pulling out a wreath of white flowers. Fluttershy looked at them in awe before Lance carefully pulled them around her head, causing them to land gently onto her chest. Fluttershy looked at her wreath of flowers and smiled happily. "After all, what's a bride without her bouquet?" He smiled softly.
"Thank you Dad." Fluttershy smiled happily, trying to hold back tears of joy.
A knock interrupted the two of them as Twilight's voice was heard once more.
"Fluttershy, it's time for you to go on!"
"Alright." Fluttershy called back before looking at her father, "Are you sure you want to wear those bags with that suit? Rarity will have a conniption if she sees you." She chuckled.
"I guess I'll leave them in here then." Lance said walking over to a table and quickly slipping the saddlebags off and placing them on top, "If it keeps the rest of your friends from glaring daggers at me, I might be able to enjoy the rest of my stay." Fluttershy couldn't help but laugh at this.
"Sorry Dad, I don't think Rainbow's ever going to warm up to you."
"And I don't expect her to." Lance nodded walking next to his daughter, "Shall we?" He smiled softly.
"Let's." Fluttershy smiled in return.
The two walked into the hallway of town hall. Twilight was holding up her clipboard as she checked off something on her list, Applebloom bouncing up and down beside her, dressed up in a very simple red dress.
"Alright! Ah'm ready to perform my Cutie Mark Crusader Dress Carrier duty!" She saluted happily.
"I'm counting on you." Fluttershy nodded as Applebloom grinned while quickly rushing behind Fluttershy and picking up the slack of her dress with her mouth so Fluttershy could walk better.
"Alright, I'll quickly go signal Octavia to change the music." Twilight nodded headed towards the aisle doors, opening them a crack to send the signal.
"You nervous?" Lance asked, reaching a hoof up to pull Fluttershy's veil down in front of her face.
"A little. But all my friends are here and Dash is waiting for me. So I have to be strong right now." Fluttershy's heart felt like it skipped a beat at her own words. And as if on cue, the music changed from the harmony that had been playing to the rarely heard piece of 'Here comes the bride'.
"Alright, break a leg!" Twilight winked as she opened the door for the two.
Lance and Fluttershy began their walk down the aisle that had been set up in the large town hall center. Benches were set up on either side so everypony had a place to sit; a velvet red carpet was draped across the floor covered in rose petals that then ended at the small stage where the proper decorations had been set up.
Fluttershy could see Sweetie Bell finishing throwing the flower petals across the carpet at the end of the aisle before taking her seat. Fluttershy's gaze then fell upon the altar and the ponies that were waiting for her there.
The Mayor stood center, and just before her stood Rainbow Dash dressed in a rather dashing tux (much to Rarity's distress). To Rainbow's right was Applejack, dressed in her gala dress (this gave Rarity some split ends). Standing opposite them was Rarity dressed up in her magnificent dress (though not too magnificent she would note). To one far side she could see Octavia playing her cello, making beautiful music dance across the room. On the opposite side of her, sitting in a seat that was made especially for her, was the Princess herself, Celestia watching the ceremony with a smile.
Rainbow had been smiling, but her face instantly scrunched into a scowl seeing the detestable creature that dared to call itself a pony walking alongside Fluttershy. She was fortunate that all eyes were on Fluttershy, or else somepony might have questioned her for the look.
The walk felt like it took ages, though truly it took only a moment. At the end Lance gave a soft bow to his daughter before turning to take his seat amongst the crowd, quickly followed by Applebloom. Rainbow's face lightened up as she watched him walk away, before smiling, finally able to appreciate Fluttershy in her beautiful dress. Fluttershy stood opposite of Rainbow and looked up at her smiling.
"Hey," Rainbow whispered quickly, so only Fluttershy could hear, "He didn't try anything funny while he was back there, did he?"
"No Rainbow, he was a perfect gentleman." Fluttershy chuckled, softly whispering back.
"Good, I'd hate to have to make this day messy." Rainbow whispered back, not holding back her desire to beat that no-good father into a bloody pulp, especially on this day that was supposed to be special.
She was about to respond as the music finally died down, Octavia stepping further to the side, allowing the mayor to speak up.
"Fillies and Gentlecolts. We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the joining of Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy in sacred matrimony. Through their time together, they have come to realize that their personal dreams, hopes, and aspirations for the future would become more attainable and more meaningful through their combined efforts and mutual support provided by their love, commitment and family. So they stand before us today, to declare their love and admiration and to become a union of one." The mayor spoke elegantly and with poise, not even stuttering in her presentation.
"And now I shall read a passage from the book Love: The Eternal Pledge written by Archduke Gentle Passion." The mayor cleared her throat, opening a parchment she had been keeping secure, "True matrimony forms in the hearts of those being wed well before the day of their marriage and continues beyond the end of the ceremony. Marriage is but a brief moment in time and the brief stroke of a pen is all that is needed to formally bond two ponies together. However, it takes a lifetime of love, commitment and compromise to make the marriage everlasting. Although you may commit to each other verbally and on paper today, those vows shall stretch till your dying days. Know that you make the ultimate commitment not out of respect, or even simple love, but out the desire to see your loved one expand your horizons for the rest of your days."
"Now these two have decided that they shall read their own vows." The mayor smiled, looking at Rainbow Dash to start.
"Right." Rainbow said clearing her throat, holding out her hoof as Applejack placed a sheet of paper into her hoof. She unfolded it and looked at it, she was obviously nervous about being so emotional before a large crowd of ponies, many she knew personally and interacted with on a daily basis. She could already tell she was going to get some flak about how her normally tomboyish demeanor was about to be blown to shreds, but she had to do this for Fluttershy.
"Fluttershy," Rainbow Dash began, obviously sounding like she was reading from the paper, "when I first met you many years ago I had no idea that we would end up where we are today. I was just an over-active filly with the dream of being the greatest flier Equestria had ever seen. However, because you've been in my life so much about me has changed. I'm a better pony for having known you and without you I doubt I would've been able to make my lifelong dream come true." As Rainbow spoke she grew more confident, speaking less like she was reading a paper and more like she was speaking from her heart.
"Next year I'm off to become a member of the Wonderbolts, but that doesn't mean our journey ends there. Today I choose to marry you so that you can be reassured in knowing that no matter how far away I am, or how long I'm gone, or whatever may happen while I'm separated from you that I shall return to your side. Every vacation I get, every bit of down time before my next show, anything that allows me the opportunity to see you I will come back for you. Marrying you today is my promise to you that you are with me forever in heart, spirit and body. I shall forever remain loyal to you." Rainbow put the paper down, smiling at Fluttershy.
From the crowd could be heard a soft sea of "awwwwww"s that elicited a blush on Rainbow's face.
Fluttershy chuckled softly as Rarity held out a paper for Fluttershy. She gave a quiet thanks and took the folded paper, looking at it carefully.
"I wrote down my vows too, so that I would always have a copy of them." Fluttershy smiled at the paper, before looking up at Dash, "But the words I wrote are engraved into my heart, so I just want to speak them rather than read them." Fluttershy smiled taking in a small breath.
"Rainbow Dash, you've always been the one closest to my heart. Even when we were fillies I felt closer to you than anypony else. Life was tough growing up for me, but you were there for me. As we grew closer I wanted nothing more than to spend all my time with you. I moved to Ponyville just to be with you. Although I have so many wonderful friends now, you were always the one I wanted to be closest with. You taught me how to fly with strength, to not be afraid of every little thing, strength to face my fears when it was needed of me, to look into the future and to achieve my dreams. And going into the years ahead I know they'll be the happiest I've ever known. With you by my side, there's nothing I can't do. I want you to know that I'll always love you."
Another set of "awwwww"s softly came from the crowd and Rainbow Dash's face grew hotter, but she smiled happily.
"With the vows spoken, will the bracelet bearer please bring to us the item that will bond these two ponies." The mayor spoke up.
"I got it! I'm coming!" Came Scootaloo's energetic voice from the end of the aisle. The crowd turned to look at the orange filly in a purple dress, trying to balance a pillow with the bracelet on her head. It was obvious she wasn't used to wearing the dress and was walking far too quickly with the pillow.
"EEP." Scootaloo cried as she tripped on the fabric, her chin hitting the ground sending the bracelet flying into the air. The crowd gasped as the bracelet did several flips in the air. Scootaloo's eyes opened quickly and spotted the flying bracelet, before rushing up from her position and diving, skidding across the carpet as the bracelet landed gracefully back onto the pillow. The crowd let out a collective sigh as Scootaloo awkwardly chuckled.
"H-Here you go Rainbow Dash." Scootaloo grinned finally making it to the altar and holding the pillow up.
"Good job kid, you did well." Rainbow grinned taking the bracelet from the pillow.
Scootaloo gasped as her eyes went wide and giddy, before quickly running to her seat, shouting happily, "I DID GOOD! RAINBOW DASH COMPLIMENTED ME!"
Rainbow chuckled at the display before turning to Fluttershy.
"Now, Rainbow Dash, do you take Fluttershy to be your partner in life, sharing in the joy and troubles, hardships and happiness?" The mayor asked.
"I do." Rainbow smiled.
"And Fluttershy, do you take Rainbow Dash to be your partner in life, sharing in the joy and troubles, hardships and happiness?"
"I do." Fluttershy held out her hoof, as Rainbow Dash gently slipped the bracelet onto her, the bracelet fitting just right.
"Then by the power invested in me by the fair Princess Celestia, I pronounce you as Mrs. And Mrs. Dash. You may now kiss the bride." The mayor said happily. Dash reached over to Fluttershy's veil and pulled it up to see her face. Then she leaned in and closed her eyes.
The two shared a binding kiss under the altar, before all their friends and fellow citizens of Ponyville, before the mayor and the Princess.
The crowd erupted into applause and cheers as Octavia took her cue to begin playing the music once more. The joyous atmosphere swelled inside the room as the Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash looked upon each other with renewed love and vigor. They then began to walk together back down the aisle towards the hallway, the crowds of ponies tossing confetti and bird seed into the air before them.
Ponies began to file out cheerfully after the newlywed couple. After all, everypony was heading to the same place.
There was a huge reception party to attend, hosted by the town's number one party pony!