Friendship is Shining: Bridle Rumors

by Hopeful_Ink_Hoof

Chapter 1: Morning Practice

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The sound of hooves thumping on the wooden floor echoed through the entirety of the Ponyville library. The door flew open and Twilight Sparkle ran out. She held a piece of toast in her mouth as she raced from the library and out into the morning.

My name is Twilight Sparkle, she thought to herself. I just moved to Ponyville with my big brother, Shining Armor, and today is-

A rosy pink aura of magic wrapped around the filly and lifted her up. She let out a gasp as she floated upside down, dropping the piece of toast on the ground. She swung her legs back and forth, trying to get traction as she was levitated back toward the open door of the library.

"Twiley?" Shining Armor asked as he looked at upside-down floating filly. "What are you doing?"

"Well," Twilight responded, tapping her hooves together, "as you know, school starts soon. So, I thought it was time that I started getting ready."

"And you're doing that by intentionally starting the morning late and running out the house with just a piece of toast?"

"...yes?" Twilight said with a grin, shifting. She watched as her big brother rolled his eyes and let out an audible sigh.

"Have you been reading those high school romance comic books again?"

"No," Twilight said, shaking her head. "No no no. No." She shifted. "Maybe....yes." She gave a smile, ears shifting to pin back against the top of her head.

"Twilight," Shining Armor said in a big brother voice, "what's the rule?"

Twilight groaned and rolled her eyes.

"Do I really have to say it?"


She let out a huff of annoyance, crossing her front leg.

"Just because I read it, doesn't mean I have to try it myself," she grumbled, brows furrowed.

"And?" He looked at her, raising an eyebrow.

"And," she huffed, "that goes especially so for things I read in comic books and comic strips."

"Right," Shining Armor said, "and we have this rule for a reason."

Twilight grunted but said nothing. She was not really in any position to argue. After reading some comic strips about an earth pony and his stuffed toy sidekick, she had taken Miss Smartypants and tried to jump from the roof using a sheet as a parachute. She was lucky that she had managed to land without breaking any bones, but her parents were so mad they had made the very rule she had just recited.

Shining Armor rubbed his chin as he looked at his little sister. He gently lowered her back to the ground on her hooves before letting her go completely, the magic disappearing from around her.

"Although you do bring up a good point," Shining stated. "Classes will start soon, so we probably should get you some new supplies."

"YES!" Twilight shouted, bouncing up and down as she circled her brother. "New pencils, and quills. New bottles of ink. Lots of new paper. And books. New books for work and classes." She perked up even more. "Maybe I can even get a new abacus!"

"After we finish some chores around the library," Shining said, causing Twilight to stop where she was. "Seeing as you're so hyper and ready to get going," he grinned as he started walking back inside, "I guess you wouldn't mind filling in for Spike so he can sleep in." He let a chuckle.

"...Ah saddles sores," Twilight groaned, following after her brother. It was going to be a long morning.

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