Chapter 5: I Just Can't Wait to be King
Some time later, Shining Armor ran down the slope to where Velvet and Twilight (who were both napping), and a mare and alicorn (who was getting licked) were. The alicorn had pink fur, purple eyes, and a lavender, yellow, and magenta streaked mane. Her name was Cadance.
"Hey, Cadance," said Shining Armor.
"Hi, Shiny," said Cadance.
"Come on," Shining Armor whispered to her. "I just heard about this great place."
"Shiny," Cadance said through clenched teeth, "in case you haven't noticed, I'm kinda in the middle of a bath!"
Shining Armor's eyes widened as Velvet said, "And it's time for yours."
He tried to escape, but Velvet caught him and began licking his head.
"Mom!" Shining Armor complained. "Mom, you're messing up my mane!"
Sure enough, his mane was messed up and Velvet just gave him a smile while Twilight snickered until Shining Armor glared at her.
He smoothed his mane down and said, "Okay, okay, I'm clean. Can I go now?"
"So where are we going?" asked Cadance. "It better not be anyplace dumb."
"No," Shining Armor told her. "It's really cool."
"So where is this 'really cool' place?" asked Velvet.
"Oh, uh," Shining Armor said, before he lied, "Around the waterhole."
"The waterhole?!" said Cadance in disbelief. "What the hay's so great about the waterhole?"
Shining Armor went over to her and whispered to her, "I'll show you when we get there."
Of course, Twilight heard and Cadance caught on, before she asked, "Mom, can I go with Shiny?"
"Can I go too?" Twilight asked Velvet.
"What do you think, Velvet?" Cadance's mother asked Velvet.
"Well…" Velvet said.
"Please?" Shining Armor, Cadance, and Twilight begged with broad, forced grins.
"It's alright with me," Velvet said, making Twilight, Cadance, and Shining Armor cheer as they turned to go. At least until Velvet added, "As long as Bartok and Angel go with you."
The three stopped and groaned, as Shining Armor complained, "Not Bartok and Angel."
A moment later, the three were walking towards the waterhole with Bartok and Angel leading the way as Bartok said, "Come on now. The sooner we reach the waterhole, the sooner we can leave."
"So where are we really going?" Cadance whispered to Shining Armor.
"A dragon graveyard," Shining Armor whispered back.
"Wow!" Cadance exclaimed, while Twilight said, "Really?"
Shining Armor shushed them both and said, "Remember Bartok and Angel."
"Right," Cadance whispered.
"How are we gonna get rid of the albino and the bunny?" Twilight whispered.
Up ahead, Bartok and Angel caught sight of Shining Armor and Cadance whispering and went over to them as Shining Armor whispered, "Oh, I know how we can—"
"Oh, just look at you two," said Bartok. "Little seeds of romance blossoming. Your parents will be thrilled! What with your being betrothed and all."
"Be-what?" asked Shining Armor.
"Betrothed," said Bartok. "Intended. Affianced."
Of course, Shining Armor and Cadance still didn't understand, as Cadance asked, "Meaning…?"
"One day, you two are going to be married," Bartok clarified and Angel made a show of hugging something invisible and making kissing sounds.
"Yuck!" Shining Armor exclaimed.
"Ew!" Cadance agreed.
"I can't marry her," Shining Armor said to Bartok. "She's my friend!"
"Yeah, it'd be so weird," Cadance added.
"Well, sorry to bust your bubble," Bartok said, "but you two turtledoves have no choice! It's a tradition!" He didn't notice Shining Armor mimicking him as he went on, "Going back generations."
"Well, when I'm king," said Shining Armor, "that'll be the first thing to go!"
"Not so long as Angel and I are around," Bartok said.
"Well, in that case, you two are fired," said Shining Armor.
"Nice try, buddy," Bartok said, "but only the king can do that."
"Well, technically, he's the future king," Cadance pointed out as she and Twilight came over.
"Yeah," Twilight said before she began thumping Bartok's chest. "So you and Angel have to do what he tells you!"
"Not yet we don't," Bartok said before he said to Shining Armor, "And with an attitude like that, I'm afraid you're shaping up to be a pretty pathetic king indeed."
"Not the way I see it," said Shining Armor, before he began to sing as he jumped toward Bartok and Angel, making them both back up.
Shining Armor: I'm gonna be a mighty king
So enemies, beware!
Bartok and Angel both fell over, before they got up, looking annoyed.
Bartok: Well, we've never seen a king of ponies
With quite so little hair!
Angel plucked a hair out of Shining Armor's head, causing him to flinch.
Shining Armor: I'm gonna be the main event
Like no king was before
He then jumped down onto a log.
I'm brushing up on looking down
I'm working on my NEIGH!
On 'neigh,' he neighed at Bartok and Angel, causing them to fall into a mud puddle, before they got out and dried themselves on what seemed to be a hanging towel.
Bartok: Thus far a rather uninspiring thing
They both looked up and saw that the 'towel' was actually Dragon's ear and she smacked them away with her claw, sending them both skipping across the water as the three ponies followed, skidding across the water.
Shining Armor: Oh, I just can't wait to be king!
Bartok and Angel went over to Shining Armor, Twilight, and Cadance, as Bartok said, "You've a rather long way to go, young master, if you think…"
Shining Armor: No one saying do this
Unnoticed by Angel and Bartok, Twilight made a silly face at them.
"Now, when I said that," Bartok said, before he turned to Twilight and Cadance.
Twilight and Cadance: No one saying be there
It was Shining Armor's turn to make a face at them, as Bartok said, "What I mean was—"
He turned to Shining Armor as Twilight and Cadance both made faces at Bartok and Angel.
Shining Armor: No one saying stop that
"What you don't realize—"
Shining Armor, Twilight, and Cadance: No one saying see here
"Now, see here!" Bartok yelled angrily, before he and Angel were knocked over by three snipes.
Riding on top of them were Shining Armor, Twilight, and Cadance.
Shining Armor: Free to run around all day
Bartok and Angel began to chase them, as Bartok commented to Angel, "Well, that's definitely out."
Free to do it all my way
Bartok and Angel flew/hopped past them, until they were in front of them, not paying attention to what was in front of him.
Bartok: I think it's time that you and I
Arranged a heart-to-heart
The pair bumped into a gargoyle beast named Bronx, much to Shining Armor, Twilight and Cadance's amusement.
Twilight and Cadance: Kings don't need advice
From little bats and bunnies for a start
Bartok and Angel fell off and then got onto a log.
Bartok: If this is where the monarchy is headed
Count us out!
They didn't realize that the log they were on was in the water and heading towards a waterfall.
Out of service, out of Equestria
We wouldn't hang about!
The two screamed as they went over, until Bartok flew up, holding onto Angel.
This child is getting wildly out of wing!
A bunch of birds lined up on either side, as Shining Armor, Twilight, and Cadance walked up the corridor.
Shining Armor: Oh, I just can't wait to be king!
Bartok and Angel tried to follow them when the birds turned with their tail lifted up, making them both flinch as Angel pulled out an umbrella.
Shining, Twilight, and Cadance danced about beneath of herd of moving dragons, while Bartok flew, holding onto Angel as they both searched for the three ponies. Shining Armor was then standing on a giraffe named Melman's head.
Shining Armor: Everybody look left
Bartok and Angel yelped before they were trampled by a bunch of animals moving to the left. They both got up, completely dazed.
Everybody look right
The two were trampled again as the animals moved to the right. Shining Armor hopped up a ladder of giraffe's heads.
Everywhere you look, I'm
Standing in the spotlight
He slid down a giraffe's neck.
"Not yet," Bartok said, as he and Angel struggled to move aside some animals, only to get squashed.
Animals: Let every creature go for broke and sing
Shining Armor whispered something to Gloria the hippo, who whispered something to Melman, who whispered something to King Julien XIII. After Bartok and Angel recovered, Maurice and Mort grabbed them both and pulled them up into the trees.
Let's hear it in the herd and on the wing
It's gonna be King Shining's finest fling
Up in the tree, Julien, Maurice, and Mort were picking bugs off of Bartok and Angel's heads. Shining Armor, Cadance, and Twilight were now on top of a pyramid of animals.
Shining Armor, Twilight, Cadance, and animals: Oh, I just can't wait to be king
Oh, I just can't wait to be king
Oh, I just can't wait
Suddenly, the pyramid began to topple, causing animals to either fall onto each other or onto the ground. Unfortunately, both Bartok and Angel were on the bottom holding up a robot named N2. As the animals fell off, they were both trapped beneath N2.
"Pardon me, N2, but," Bartok said in a muffled tone, "GET OFF!" He then called out, "Master Armor? Twilight? Cadance?"