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Walking on sunshine by Baron-Engel Walking on sunshine by Baron-Engel

I enjoy cooking, even in my Equestria dreamscape, but suddenly being confronted with cooking for Royalty caused me to mentally flatline for probably the third time in one day. It had been a very busy day in that regard. Now that we're all together 01

    “Um, I will need to check the pantry and see what we've got in stock. Uh, Dash I may need you to go into town to pick up a couple of items. Okay?”

    “Sure Brick!” Said RD. “But you might want to hurry. The dry goods store closes at 5 on Sunday.”

    “Do you need any help Sky Brush?” Asked the ever helpful and adorable Carousel.

    “Yes please.” I said.

    “Will you need my help Brick?” Asked Petina.

    “Uh, not at the moment! Why don't you and RD keep Princess Celestia entertained while Carousel plan tonight's menu.”

    I then turned and trotted out of the room trying not to imagine what Petina's idea of entertained might mean. Once Carousel and I were in the pantry I gave myself a moment just pause and try to relax.

    “Hey there Sky Brush, are you okay?” Apparently my stress was obvious to the palomino mare. She came over and gently nuzzled my neck. Raising her head she whispered in my ear. “You can do this. Don't try anything fancy, just make dinner like you normally would.”

    Lowering her head again she stared into my sapphire blue eyes. “Now what were thinking of making tonight for dinner before Royalty crashed the party?”

    “Um, potato, corn and cheese chowder. Uh sauteed spinach, er sourdough bread, and unless you and Petina gorged on them last night we should still have a full tray of brownies in the icebox. So, um we can spruce up by warming them in the oven and then serve them with vanilla ice cream and some of the raspberry syrup we got recently. Uh how does that sound?”

    “Not bad.” Replied the mare. “Now do we have ingredients to make enough for everypony? I don't know if you noticed but Princess Celestia has been eating almost constantly since she arrived, and none of us has had lunch.”

    “Oh, yeah good point!”

    A few minutes of checking by and Carousel and I had resulted in some revisions of the menu. We didn't have enough ready sourdough to make more than two loaves which would be insufficient for our needs. Instead we settled on making loaves of soda bread. Also to tide ponies over until dinner was ready I broke out the blue cheese spread and sliced up some apples to put the spread on along with a tin of savory biscuits.

    I made double the normal amounts of chowder and spinach which was a smart move on my part , because not only were Carousel, Petina, and RD famished but Celestia apparently could store food in her mane and tail because she ate enough for 4 ponies.

    Princess Celestia finished devouring the last bit of brownie. she slowly levitated her fork back to her plate; then she daintily dabbed her face with a napkin. With that task completed she took a long sip of her lager. She then smiled at me.

    “Thank you Sky Brush that was very enjoyable meal!” She gave me a wink. “I think I've discovered another reason why Rainbow Dash is interested in being in a relationship with you and your marefriends. Food like this will be a definite perk!”

    I smiled and nodded my head. “Thank you your Highness. I'm happy my cooking skills were up to the task.”

    There was a round of compliments from the mares then Carousel rose from her seat.

    “Well now let's see if dishwashing skills are up for the task.” The mare was now eyeballing an impressive pile of bowls, plates, pots, baking sheets, and skillets.

    Celestia rose from her seat. “Well let me lend you some assistance with tackling it. After all it is the least I can do to thank everyone of you for the hospitality.”

    Carousel began to protest but then stopped and smiled. “Thank you your Highness! Would you mind doing the drying while I do the washing?”

    What followed was a rather surreal scene as the being that was literally the living embodiment of the Sun dried dishes for a simple earth pony mare of no station or position in Equestria.

    I tried to help but was hustled out of the kitchen by the two mares who stated there wasn't enough room for three ponies around the sink and I'd just be getting in the way. So after starting another pot of coffee I retired to the common room to keep Dash and Petina company.

    Now Carousel has a habit of singing while she does the dishes. She doesn't have the world's greatest singing voice but it is still very sweet, and it adds just that little extra bit of charm to our quaint little cottage. Usually she'll just sing some random little ditty she's heard performed around town, but occasionally without even realizing it she'll start singing some pop song from her Angel and Knight reality.

    So it was very amusing when suddenly from our kitchen there came.

Mm, yeah
I used to think maybe you loved me, now, baby, I'm sure
And I just can't wait till the day when you knock on my door
Now every time I go for the mailbox, gotta hold myself down
'Cause I just can't wait till you write me you're coming around

Now I'm walking on sunshine, whoa
I'm walking on sunshine, whoa
I'm walking on sunshine, whoa
And don't it feel good
Hey, all right now
And don't it feel good
Hey, yeah

I used to think maybe you loved me, now I know that it's true
And I don't want to spend my whole life just a-waiting for you
Now, I don't want you back for the weekend, not back for a day, no, no, no
I said, baby, I just want you back, and I want you to stay

Oh, yeah, now I'm walking on sunshine, whoa
I'm walking on sunshine, whoa
I'm walking on sunshine, whoa
And don't it feel good
Hey, all right now
And don't it feel good
Yeah, oh, yeah, now
And don't it feel good

Walking on sunshine
Walking on sunshine

    By the second chorus Celestia had picked up on the song and was singing along with Carousel. We all stared in wonder as the 1000+ year old ruler of a magical kingdom sang a 1980's pop song YouTube with a delivery cart pony and exotic dancer. The song finished and then two just looked at each other and laughed uncontrollably for the next minute or so.

    Finally the last of the dishes were dried and put away and Celestia and Carousel came strolling into the common room. The Co-Ruler of Equestria still had drying towel draped around her neck. She smiled at us and then spoke.

    “Well everypony this has actually been a very enjoyable afternoon. I want to thank you for welcoming me into your home, and thank you once again Sky Brush for a wonderful meal! However I am afraid that I must leave now. The cloaking spell I casted on myself will soon expire and if I don't depart soon we'll suddenly have dozens of Royal Guard ponies and one very distraught sister materializing on your front doorstep!”

    Petina grinned. “Why your Highness! Did you slip out of the palace and play hooky with us all afternoon? Tsk, tsk! I am shocked. Shocked! Why such behavior might be considered scandalous by some in the court!”

    Celestia returned the grin. “Which is exactly why I do this sometimes! It's good to occasionally remind my courtiers that life can and needs to be random once in awhile lest ones wits become dulled by routine, customs, pomp and circumstance. I left a note at the palace saying I was stepping out for the day. However sundown is fast approaching and soon my sister's watch will begin, but I do hope we can do this again sometime in the future!”

    I smiled. “Of course although if you could send us a note discreetly in advance I'll make certain the pantry is properly provisioned, and that there are donuts waiting on the dining room table!”

    “Deal!” said the princess. “Good night everypony. May you all have wonderful evening. Until we meet again, peace be with you.”

    Then there was a brilliant flash of light. When it faded she was gone. Along with one of our towels.

To be continued.

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Shadow-mane Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
After reading this, I was thinking back to my own story for MLP FIM. And I think believe that in the distant past in your Equestria When Celestia was born (created) she was not instantly a princess.

I see her as you pointed out very down to earth, loves all the ponies as her own foals. And she earned her station as princess. Following the motto "They who would rule, let them first serve."

I see Celestia at the very beginning as an Alicorn that protected the ponies, all three tribes, loved them equally, deeply, personally helped them over come their difficulties. and only when she had proven her self worthy of the title Princess, by all three tribes did she reluctantly accept her station.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That..... was awesome!

What I would have given to be there for all of that! Especially to hear her Highness singing that song.

And I love it that she would want to spend an evening with you all. Not to mention have the good grace to actually offer to help with the dishes.

BEST. PRINCESS.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
She's my favorite princess.
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DracoBlair Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The gossip resulting from that towel won't end for weeks to come xD
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CheskaMouse Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
She took my towel. o_O
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
The towel will have its revenge.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Heheh, awesome scene.
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ooklah Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Well, at least she's got herself a towel now.
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TheHeartlessCookie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
She's all set to explore the universe.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Always have a towel with you.
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Kaeto1 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
But she needs the Guide even though she'll never Panic.
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WingMcCallister Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Well, that is like the definition of an incredible, humorous scene. :3
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
It was amazing and rather sweet to behold, but then again Carousel has a way of making almost anything sweet.
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WingMcCallister Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds like a fresh dose of truth right there. :) 
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EdGarcia Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Me. I'd rather get into a fist fight then cook. (Oddly enough I just now made beef stew). My song in the kitchen  wouldn't be 'Walking on sunshine' it would be a dou of 'The Animals/We gotta get out of this place followed by Motorhead/Orgasmatron. More power to thee good sir. Cheers!
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
There wasn't already an Equestrian version of that (and other) song(s)?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh there are other happy, bouncy, native, tunes, but remember my dreamscape version of Equestria is very late 19th century when it comes to things like popular culture. Rag Time would be a good comparison.
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GenericAvatar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Baron, do you ever plan to draw the Back-Sides of various Ponyville structures we never see in the show, like what Twilight's Library and Fluttershy's cottage look like from behind?

I'll admit to being curious as to what they look like...
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Not really. I guess they might appear in the backgrounds of other pieces.
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Kaeto1 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
You know Baron I wonder how pony Johnny Gage would react to Celestia. (inspired by seeing the Paramedic Gage pic in the other stuff by you list.)
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Orca19904 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Celestia the towel thief! Wait until the Canterlot Enquirer hears about that one. :P
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL!
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GenericAvatar Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2017
Yeah, you're gonna need to buy a new drying towel the next morning.

And maybe some larger serving bowls and plates.
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
You know, I think one of the reasons Celestia spent the day with you all was so that she could be treated as a friend rather then as a Princess.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it's one of the reasons she likes the Mane Six so much. They get the formalities out of the way with their introductions, and after that they treat her the way they should treat everypony. With courtesy and respect. Not bowing and groveling.
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