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In the final days of her life, an exceptionally faithful student muses on the subject of her perfect and immortal mentor Applejack.

First Published
20th Jul 2013
Last Modified
20th Jul 2013
#1 · 133w, 22h ago · 85 · ·

I haven't even read this yet and I'm already filled with the aching sads.

You monster.

#2 · 133w, 22h ago · 15 · ·

Wha- Oh, that makes sense.

I expect a lot of feels from this.

#3 · 133w, 22h ago · 70 · ·

WOW.  That...  That was incredible.

Bravo, dude.  Bravo.

~Skeeter The Lurker

#4 · 133w, 22h ago · 32 · ·

:raritycry:

A beautiful tale.

...actually, that emoticon helped cheer me up a little. Imagine Opalescence's version of this story. Heh.

#5 · 133w, 22h ago · 87 · ·

>>2906611 O my faithful student, do fetch a can opener and some of that delightful tunafish you got from the market. Your beautiful and majestic ruler is feeling rather under the weather today.

#6 · 133w, 22h ago · 20 · ·

I burst into tears. :fluttercry: This is only the second "immortal's friend's are dying" story that I enjoyed. :pinkiesad2:

#7 · 133w, 22h ago · 6 · ·

Beautiful story.

#8 · 133w, 22h ago · 40 · ·

And now I am sad, and looking at cheerful pictures of puppies will just make me sadder. :pinkiesad2:

#9 · 133w, 22h ago · 1 · ·

I have a soft spot for stories written from this perspective. Even when they're not tear-jerkers.

You pull it off well.

#10 · 133w, 22h ago · 21 · ·

Oh jeez, I don't know if I'm going to be able to handle this :raritydespair:

Edit:

I both love and hate stories that deal with character deaths in fanfiction, and this was a great and touching one. I liked how it was all from Winona's perspective, and especially how it was also about Twilight and Celestia. In fact, I wouldn't be too surprised if you had meant it to be entirely about them; seeing Twilight's traits expressed in Winona brought them out more sharply, at least for me.  I know you don't need me to tell you this, but good job dude. :pinkiesmile:

#11 · 133w, 22h ago · 37 · ·

...you magnificent bastard.

I'm not, *sniff* I'm not affected at all. At all, d'you hear me. :fluttershysad:

No, it's just, *sniff* it's just allergies, you know, ragweed in bloom this time of year, gets me all, *sniff* mucus-y, you know. My eyes water, is all. I ain't crying. :fluttercry:

I ain't--honest. :applecry:

I'd never just cr--:raritycry:

#12 · 133w, 22h ago · 20 · ·

*Slow, slow claps*

:fluttercry:

You wound my heart, good sir. Wound it deeply.

#13 · 133w, 22h ago · 1 · ·

This premise alone made me give a hearty laugh. It's clever, comparing Celestia vs. anyone else to a dog vs. their owner. Okay, I guess I should read it now.

Also, calling it now, insta-featured.

#14 · 133w, 22h ago · 1 · ·

Dammit, stop making me cry in public.

#15 · 133w, 22h ago · · ·

...I'm sad now. :fluttercry:

#16 · 133w, 22h ago · 4 · ·

I didn't ask for these tears!

#17 · 133w, 22h ago · 1 · ·

A short and simple, but remarkably effective piece. Only two things protected me from major feels:

1) I've owned multiple dogs in my time, but the only one who died while I was around was sudden, very tragic, and I was far too young to remember it. The others were given away to friends at some point because reasons.

2) The phrase "the fact that" in the middle of the big feels section at the end actually snapped the flow and pulled me out. A lot of people use the phrase, but I rage a little whenever I come across it, especially in a story.

With that said, I really enjoyed the story. :pinkiehappy:

I felt the premise worked and did a good job of touching on a common subject without going for MLD-esque cheep feels. Character and point of view made the narrative engaging and believable.

I do have one question, based on a similar type of story I saw in my second-year short fiction class: Have you considered seeing how this story looks when written in first person?

#18 · 133w, 22h ago · 1 · ·

Wow, I thought I had been desensitized to the old "dog getting old and passing away," but you made me feel for this again bravo.

I love how deep the story is. I said it before, but now I can say with absolute certainty this deserves a spot on the feature box.

#20 · 133w, 22h ago · 27 · ·

I must admit, the story title and narrator's name initially threw me off; I seriously thought this would be a first person story, narrated by Twilight spending her last days in her old age with Celestia. But you know, there aren't enough Applejack stories that feature Wionna, much less stories with Wionna as the protagonist. And, from Wionna's perspective, the audience can share in the simple joy of a dog's perspective as they try to understand Wionna's somewhat inverted view of her world, which tempers the otherwise bittersweet warmth and sadness such stories bring.

But hey, anything that can make us appreciate our pets just a bit more, if only for a little while, is something to be thankful for. Thank you for writing this.

#22 · 133w, 21h ago · 29 · ·

Great story.

Of course, after finishing reading it my mind immediately went to this.

#23 · 133w, 21h ago · · ·

Why did I read this, it's just so sad but I couldn't stop reading

#24 · 133w, 21h ago · 4 · ·

this hit more than it should have, if only for me having to bury my cat last week:raritycry::fluttershysad::fluttershyouch::fluttercry:

I spent his last night laying in bed with him on my chest..I'd swear you were watching me as you wrote this, but thats just me being angry at the world and justifying pointless things..

So instead I'll try to perk up and tell you this was beautiful and able to rip my heart back out right after painfully sewing it back in..

you should be in Mortal Kombat, what with you ripping out our hearts like this.:raritydespair:

#25 · 133w, 21h ago · · ·

Ah hell.  What a way to start the day.

I miss my cat...

#26 · 133w, 21h ago · · ·

you made me start my day with crying my eyes out and missing my dog!:fluttercry:

but this was such a beautiful story that I can't hold it against you...:raritycry:

#27 · 133w, 21h ago · · ·

Aw, man. Just when I was getting over the death of my bunny. This story got my feels. Well done, sir. Well done. :fluttershbad:

#28 · 133w, 21h ago · · ·

Wow that was really good, and pretty sad at the end... I swear I'm not crying, it's liquid pride over how good this story was :raritycry:

#29 · 133w, 21h ago · · ·

This is one of the stories where the often overused phrase "Right in the feels" really fits. It was beautiful and touching and sad. Winona is a good dog indeed. :applecry:

#30 · 133w, 21h ago · · ·

>>2906770

Dang it, why did I have to watch that after reading this story...

Comment posted by arachnidsGrip deleted at 11:47pm on the 21st of July, 2013
#32 · 133w, 21h ago · 18 · ·

My first dog I ever had just turned 16. She's blind, deaf, has cancer, and lost all of her teeth. I haven't read this yet. Gonna go lay down with my dog.

#33 · 133w, 20h ago · · ·

Oho, I get it.  The end is playing on the perspective of the animal how humans/ponies live for so long, which by the way, is a brilliant explanation for Applejack being viewed as a princess.

#34 · 133w, 20h ago · · ·

sad, but a great read:ajsleepy:

#35 · 133w, 20h ago · 7 · ·

Heh. This is the kind of story I sought out for some time after reading a certain two stories. I always got the feeling though, that the ones I found didn't really 'get it'. This though. By not taking the literal route, this gets it.

The irony of the things we assume about the princesses is brought to the fore by the situation they're presented in here. For once, we see the 'bigger picture', because it is our own size. The scale of things becomes clear. What's also clear is that you've seen things like this already. It's there, in places like Heretical Fictions, it just took a beautifully crafted metaphor to make me see it.

Have my upvote, and my tears, and congratulations on that first. :pinkiesad2:

#37 · 133w, 20h ago · · ·

I don't have to read this to understand how brilliant a story idea this is. Gonna have to put this in my read later folder.

#38 · 133w, 20h ago · 10 · ·

Good girl, Winona.

Good girl... :pinkiesad2:

...oh good, a distraction; why is that emoticon called pinkiesad2? Where is 1?

#39 · 133w, 20h ago · · ·

That was such a sweet story! You really nailed telling it from Winona's perspective. Bravo. :ajsmug:

#40 · 133w, 20h ago · 3 · ·

Dang it, I don't think I've ever cried this hard for any other Twilight leaves Celestia story. :raritycry: Stupid symbolism adorable dog :pinkiesad2:.

Plus sad Applejack is always heartbreaking. AJ's so stoic that you just know if you can see the pain it must be deep.

#41 · 133w, 20h ago · · ·

Having lost two dogs m'self, I can relate to this...

Well done.

#42 · 133w, 19h ago · · ·

Words fail me.  I shall let my tears speak for me in their stead.  :applecry:

#43 · 133w, 19h ago · · ·

no, you bastard how could you do this:raritycry: My dog's middle aged and now I'm getting worried that one day she wont wake up either:raritydespair:

no, its okay, its not that ba-

>>2906770

WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME US?!:flutterrage:

#44 · 133w, 19h ago · 1 · ·

This is a wonderful story. For some reason, though, now I really want to see a picture of Celestia giving Twilight belly rubs.

#45 · 133w, 19h ago · · ·

Skywriter! Ah, I KNOW this'll be awesome if it's by you!

#46 · 133w, 19h ago · · ·

God... DAMNIT, What the hell, Skywriter.

I knew what I was getting into when I started reading, and knowing what was coming just meant the tears started sooner.

(out of context, that picture is perfect. In context, maybe it'll help cheer up anyone else who can barely see through their tears now)

#47 · 133w, 19h ago · · ·

The tears, they won't stop falling.

#48 · 133w, 19h ago · · ·

I did have a few questions.

Dogs don't see in color, yes?  That explains the part about grey eyes, but what about the brown hat?

So who's the sun queen?

And what about the industrial sized pet hair dryer?

I'm sorry, I'm just being a dick because it helps me forget what I went through when my dog passed away.

#49 · 133w, 19h ago · · ·

>>2907319

Red/Green color blind. Some colors still come through just fine.

#50 · 133w, 19h ago · 7 · ·

DAMN IT.

NOW I'M THINKING ABOUT MY DEAD DOG.

YOU SADISTIC, MAGNIFICENT BASTARD YOU:fluttercry::flutterrage::raritycry::raritydespair:

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