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Dance With Me by Lopoddity Dance With Me by Lopoddity
UPDATE: added a doodle

Moondancer startled at the sound of a shout ringing through the ballet studio. He'd been in the middle of a very elegant pirouette spin, but at the yelp, he stumbled and fell flat on his face.

He rolled over with a groan. Pandora, his oldest friend, was kneeling over him, her face flickering somewhere between concern and amusement.

"Wow. I was gonna ask you for an emergency dance lesson, but maybe you're not the best guy to ask after all."

"Shut up." With a huff, Moondancer took Pan's hand and allowed himself to be helped to his feet. "Emergency dance lesson? I think that's a little outside my ability, Panny. I've seen your dancing. I may be good, but I'm not a miracle worker."

"You're just jealous of my funky flow." Pan scoffed. "I can rave and thrash and headbang just fine, but Mom and I are going to a Canterlot ball in an hour. As in, there's going to be ballroom dancing! I can't headbang in a ballroom! I can't expose the aristocrats to something so metal-their pompous little stuffed heads would explode!" 

"That doesn't sound realistic, but I don't know enough about headbanging to argue." Moondancer said stiffly.

"So I was hoping-" Pan clasped her palms together and aimed a ridiculous puppy-dog stare at Moondancer- "That my sweet pal Moony would give me a quick beginner ballroom dancing lesson?" She glanced at the wall clock. "Preferably in thirty minutes or less?"

Moondancer gave her a flat look. "Panny-"

Pandora panicked and gripped his arms. "Okay, I know this is short notice-and I know you've probably got better things to do-but please, I'm asking you as a friend. Everybody whose anybody will be at that ball-and Moony, those aristocrats already don't like me. They think I don't hear what they whisper about me, but I do, and I...I can't give them more material by being a bad dancer on top of everything else!" Her eyes were shining, and she clutched at him with white knuckles. "I'm tired of being laughed at, Moony! I'm tired of being a fr-"

Moondancer placed his palm over her mouth, and she quieted. "...I was going to say that the best I can teach you is a beginner waltz."

Pan beamed, bright and cat-like, before tossing her arms around him in a hug. "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" Horror of horrors, she pressed a kiss to his cheek, and Moondancer felt that awful, familiar, fluttery feeling burst into life in his gut, not for the first time.

He cleared his throat awkwardly. "Y-yes, well." He gingerly took her hands into his, and guided her into position. "The waltz is a smooth dance. Visualize it like a tide-with rising action and falling action. The basic waltz steps create the image of a box on the floor-" He gestured with his foot on the wooden floor, drawing a four-cornered box, "Your feet will stop at the corner points on the box and move along the edges and diagonally across the center-"

Pandora was looking at him blankly. "...What."

It was all he could do not to roll his eyes. "Just...just, uh, try to follow me as best as you can. I'll lead. Keep up."

It took six tries for the pair to make it through a simple waltz. Pan was clumsy and nearly tripped over her own legs, stepped on his feet twice-but Moondancer hushed her frantic apologies, only encouraging her to try again. At last, they made it through their dance, with only minimal errors.

"Not bad." Moondancer smiled at her, and Pan felt her face heat at the praise. "So, who will have the honor of getting their feet stepped on by you at the ball tonight?"

"Shut up." She punched his arm. "...I don't know yet. There's gonna be a few new visiting royals-young dukes and duchesses and the like from foreign lands. My mom says I should try making friends with them, but..." Her voice became a conspiratorial whisper. "What if I meet one and they're super cute? What if I hit it off with some amazing, gorgeous royal, and the two of us ride off into the sunset together, like Uncle Shining Armor and Princess Cadence?" She grinned, starry-eyed and hopeful.

"I hope this royal is okay with the fact that you sometimes keep spiders in your armpits."

"Silly Moony." Pan stuck her tongue out at Moondancer. "I'm not keeping any in my armpits tonight." She eagerly lifted up her arms to show him. "Nah, tonight I'm keeping them in my hair. Karen and Peter wanted to come along with me and see Canterlot. They're on a date, you see."

From within Pan's sleek hair, two fluffy tarantulas peeked out at Moondancer, then waved their hairy legs in a warm greeting.

"Hello, Karen. Peter." He nodded his head back politely. "So, does this make you a third wheel to their date then, Pan?"

"Only if I can't woo somebody special at the ball." Pan frowned.

"Well, if it were me-" Moondancer said, suddenly nervous, "And this is purely hypothetical, mind you-but if I were trying to woo some pretty princess...I'd do it like this." With a shy smile, Moondancer placed unsure hands on Pan's hips, pulling her closer. "Proximity is important for this kind of thing. We're not at a school dance after all, no need to leave room for Celestia." He joked.

"O-oh. Is that so?" Pan returned his awkward smile, and although she didn't move away from him, for a moment she didn't seem to know what to do with her hands. With a little hesitance, she placed them back on his shoulders...before leaning forward and wrapping her arms around his shoulders in an embrace. She rested her cheek in the crook of his neck and closed her eyes.

"...This is nice, Moony."

"Y-yeah." Moondancer stammered. He tried his best to keep up their movement, to keep swaying to the soft melody, because at the moment all he could think about was how warm his friend felt against him, and how soft her hair looked, and how very badly he was hoping she wouldn't notice the hammering of his heart in his chest-

"When did you get taller than me?" Pan mumbled, her lips brushing against his neck for a single, electric second. He wondered if it was medically safe for his face to be so flushed. She snuggled closer. "You're not supposed to have growth spurts without telling me first..."

"Sincere apologies, Princess."

He'd meant it to be mocking, but it'd come out soft, genuine.

"...Not a lot of people call me that and mean it, you know." Pan said quietly. "Can I tell you a secret, Moony? At first, I thought I wanted to become a princess because of all the status and adoring subjects, like the kind Celestia and Luna have. But now I think...that stuff doesn't matter. It's hollow, you know? I've never told anybody this, but I think the whole reason I'm training to become a princess is to maybe prove....prove to somebody....that I, you know-"

"-Matter." Moondancer blurted out, finishing for her. Pan pulled back to look at him, and for a brief moment, they saw each other, fears and passions alike, and understood.

The moment hung between them, powerful and frightening, so Pan gave a nervous laugh to break it. "This, call this wooing, marshmallow boy?"

"Oh, I'll show you wooing." Moondancer smirked at her. "Keep up, Princess. Sway-" He pulled her close to lead her through the motions, one hand locked with hers, his other arm around her waist. "Quarter turn-" They executed a gentle spin-"Smooth rise-" He pulled her close again, warming at the sound of her laughter- "And smooth fall." He gently dipped her to the ground. Pandora panicked and threw her arms around his shoulders, afraid to fall-but he supported her weight, leaning down close.

"Wooed yet, Princess?"

Now it was Pan's turn to blush. "Um..."

He'd expected her to say something snarky, not gaze up at him with an odd, starry-eyed expression. It made the fluttery feeling in his chest return again, at full force.

Kiss her

"...Moony?" She reached up and gently brushed a wayward lock of hair from his face. There was a pause between them.

Kiss her kiss her kiss her kiss her kiss her kiss her KISS HER KISS HER

As Moondancer was pondering it, Pan opened her mouth to speak. ", n-not bad. This least a B minus on the wooing scale. Could have done with some headbanging, though." She added, still flustered. She stood back to her feet, although they were still holding hands.

"Pandora." Moondancer chewed his lip in thought, searching for bravery. "You...I-"

"Oh, sweet Celestia, look at the time!" She squeaked suddenly, wide eyes staring at the wall clock. "Oh geez, Mom's gonna destroy me if I make us miss the train to Canterlot-Moony, you butt! You distracted me with your....everything!" She sputtered, anxiously trying to smooth out her dress, rumpled from their dance. "Quick, say goodbye to Karen and Peter!" She pulled the spiders from her hair and booped them quickly against Moondancer's cheeks in a pseudo-smooch.

"Panny, wait-"

Pan seemed oddly desperate in her hurry, as though she wanted to flee from him. "We'll, uh...we'll talk later, Moony! Thanks for the lesson! I have to go, 'kay, thanks, bye! Wish me luck not stepping on anybody's toes!" She gave him a shaky smile, then fled in a panicked way that could only be accomplished by a daughter of Twilight Sparkle.

Moondancer stood alone in the dance hall. The waltz music still played faintly from the speakers. He heard Pan's frantic footsteps moving further and further away, then finally, he heard her open the studio's exit door and slam it shut, with finality.

He let out a frustrated sigh, twisting his fingers in his hair. Stupid, stupid.

behold two teenagers that have no idea what they're doing
herp derp feelings are hard

UPDATE: have a quick doodle of Karen and Peter, Pan's tarantula buddies (happily married spider couple)
Spiders by Lopoddity

idk, drawing these Pan and Moondancer as happy, doofy kid friends makes me happy. They really did once share a beautiful friendship.
Pandora and Moondancer are in their early teens here

Moondancer is a dancer (hence the name), and a spectacular one at that. I've kinda shown that before here: The New Kid by Lopoddity

In comparison, Pandora is a god awful dancer (pure spastic chaos and flailing noodle limbs, just like her mama Twilight). Her mad spasms are an insult to the art of dance itself, but young Moony finds himself not minding all that much. It just gives him the opportunity to lead when they dance together...

unlike some other pandora/moondancer interaction stuff i've done, this is very, very canon

characters shown (humanized)
NextGen: Moondancer by Lopoddity NextGen: Pandora by Lopoddity
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DreaminqHeart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Moony. ;n;
Ticking-Terror Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
Awwww they could been happy as a couple in the future. Speaking of the topic, is there any art of that scenario?
LoveViolently Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
FEEEEEELS :iconexplosionplz:
Zebraswirls Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Student
the more art I see of Moony the more I think that the poor thing should (theoretically) stop obsessing over being great and powerful and just dance. I want to see more of his happy feet!
AffectiveBlast121 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Awwwww!!!! ( coughs)  
peacelightvictory Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh! (*falls over dead) That is all.
RhiTES Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"Funky flow"..? Is that a Steven Universe reference I see?!
DonaldBrent Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Parting is such sweet sorrow... especially if you're a teenager in love! Great story, I adore Karen and Peter!
Oreo-Cookie-Race Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
sweet sweet adorable Ishipthemsomuchandwishmooniedidn'tgoevillater!
Nelyasun Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
MentalMutt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist

asuraludu Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet Awkward romance.  Love it!
Semi-Friendly Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't mess with Pan's funky flow!
tigreanpony Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
That was very cute and I love the dialogue.
SoulEater-Love Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Lol the Peter's wife had the same name as me
Zcat91819 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those are the only spiders on this planet that I won't kill!
DawnsyBebo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh this is too cute to be true!
boldguy598 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
krazii1331 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I kind of want to see Pandora all gussied up and stomping on people's toes and the spiders dancing too. Still awesome.
TimeLadyDerpy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Badgerhead44 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
I came to your page for the art, but I've stayed for the gorgeously written dialogues. These are just so wonderfully done. (Not that the art isn't spectacular too)
acampbell583 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
Right!!! The dialogues and stories are just so good. I am always so excited to see when she puts a new part of the story. Especially with dialogue.
chivalryss Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
that's very sweet
MelonSeed11 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it wrong to ship this XD
Miaparart Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ugh, I ship Pancake, but I want to ship Moondora.
RagnorokIrons Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
-starts playing music-
"dance with me, sing with me"
Red-Love41 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing an cute :)
blue730 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017

just DO IT!!! 
Pinksnake72 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Wait! I though pan was taller than moony.
Lopoddity Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
they're teenagers here and not fully grown yet
Mrs89fluffy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student Filmographer
So cute!...So i know they piss each other off, but how did Moony fall out-of-love with Pan.
Lopoddity Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
whoever said he fell out of love
Mrs89fluffy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Student Filmographer
Ink-Shira Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You hear that? It's the sound of my heart breaking into millions of irreparable pieces.
DaydreamDollop Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I love Pandora's huge, toothy smile here omg. I love this ship a bunch
Godzillamaster69 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
A'ww, some awkward crushing.
DragonWithAShotgun Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Would there be any chance of seeing this scene while they are normal? Don't get me wrong, this is lovely work and I love the story that came with it. I'm just curious of how this scene would look if they were they're normal selves, a pony and... I forgot what Pandora was... ^^;

Amazing work!
SUU-ITOGARU Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, God
I was thrilled when he thought i could kiss her La la la la 
¡It was so cute! Heart 
LolacanARTZ Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
is it canon in the pony world too?
Lopoddity Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
feel free to imagine how a horse waltzes with a noodlecat
LolacanARTZ Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I am imagining it, and it is beautiful...Cy is Amazed 
JaidenArts Featured By Owner Edited Mar 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
mrcreepypasta1280 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017

alipopsie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Chesshire-Code Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
I love the PanCake ship, I love the Aerora ship, but the PanDancer ship just warms my heart in a way none of the others could. I'm wondering how things would have changed if he had kissed her.
SherriCherri0u0 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
BowlOfBranFlakes Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
They're absolutely precious omg
Woofies2003 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
omg the spiders 
Nautilus18 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
How different would their relationship be I the universe if he kissed her?
Would the entire story change?
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