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  • 2w, 4d
    A first! Fanart!

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  • ...

Sooner or later, everyone finds their way to Roseluck's flower stall. And then they leave.

Part of Twilight's Library

Now available as an audio book

And also in Russian apparently

First Published
13th Nov 2013
Last Modified
13th Nov 2013
#1 · 53w, 6d ago · 5 · ·


No way.

It took me a minute or two of thinking, but I think I get what you just did with this.

I think.

I dunno. It's cool, but I think it must've gone over my head slightly.

#2 · 53w, 6d ago · 5 · ·


Um.  Is this...?  Did you just make Roseluck into...?

...Wow.  Just...  Wow.

~Skeeter The Lurker

Story Approver
#3 · 53w, 6d ago · 8 · ·


#4 · 53w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

... ... Fancy... ... I like it.

#5 · 53w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

Wow, I can't believe you really took it and ran with it. It's beautiful.:twilightsmile:

#6 · 53w, 6d ago · 1 · ·


#7 · 53w, 6d ago · 8 · ·

Roseluck is a phsychopomp? That's pretty dark, especially the way she handles it. Still, beautiful, in a way; one last stop at the florist's before you go.


#8 · 53w, 6d ago · 1 · ·


If I'm interpreting it correctly, that is. I'm not sure. Stuff like this goes over my head a lot.

#9 · 53w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Well. That was . . . unexpected. In a good sort of way.

#10 · 53w, 6d ago · 8 · ·

I did a bit of research the moment Roseluck said "One or two things, but they aren't important." And I found this.

Exquisitely done, with just enough information to help us figure it out... assuming that I figured it out correctly. A rather interesting role for a member of the Ponyville Panic Promulgators. Maybe she's just worried about the weekend rush...

In any case, thank you for this. :twilightsmile:

...damn emoticons, with their contextual irony.

#11 · 53w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

This was amazingly well done. You wrote with an intriguing style, delivered a satisfying story, and laid on the symbols beautifully.

Well done.

#12 · 53w, 6d ago · 2 · ·


without that link this story would have gone right over my head.

with it...:fluttercry:

#13 · 53w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

I want to say I know what this means but I'm not entirely sure. No one else is saying so I wont, but if it is what I think it is then damn this is good.

#14 · 53w, 6d ago · 1 · ·


#15 · 53w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

It took me a few reads but I think I figured out what's going on here. Great story, pretty sad when you think of it though.

#16 · 53w, 6d ago · 8 · ·

Very beautiful.  Quite sad once you recognize the symbolism, yet still beautiful.

I like to think at the ending that Celestia lowered the sun a bit early on that day.

#17 · 53w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Whoa. I'm suddenly glad that my mother taught me what flowers mean, this is probably one of the best things I've read here on fimfiction, and I've read a lot fics.

#18 · 53w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Beautiful story, don't usually read that many sad fics but this one was good.

#19 · 53w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

I had to read this story five time before I understood it as well as look up flower meanings.  I'm rather dense sometimes but...:raritycry: This story is beautiful and sad.  I think you owe me a new heart cause you just broke mine.

#20 · 53w, 5d ago · 1 · 16 ·

Her brow lowered and he looked around the square again.

TWILIGHT GREW A DICK?!  She is far to powerful to die now, gender changing powers ho!

Least it wasn't Luna, you would have died by lead pipe Arch.  Though, just wondering, what flower would you choose?  Not that I would kill you with a bat, that would just be silly.  

#21 · 53w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

...  I choose to disbelieve.  :fluttercry:

#22 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

I didn't get it, so I read the comments. That made things worse.

For those who like to work for their plot, I suppose it was a good story, but I've never been the type. Ah well, same reason I didn't like Flashes on the Horizon.

#23 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

I don't get it. Could someone explain?

#24 · 53w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

I was checking all the flower symbols against a webpage I found a while ago, but it was a comment saying she was a phsychopomp that make it all clear, especially after revisiting the description.

Wow man. All the subtleties everywhere. Very nice job with all the symbolism!

#25 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

Wow, beautifully done. Sweet and quite sad.

#26 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

Good, but I don't get it.

#27 · 53w, 5d ago · 4 · ·


For any that don't understand, here's a hint. The flowers that Twilight picked, aside from the sunflower, are common funeral flowers. Now, reread the story and cry like men.

#28 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·


exquisite job good sir, very well done :twilightsmile:

#30 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

Wonderfully done.  Had to read it twice for the full impact, but I suspect that's all part of the story.  After the first reading, you know something's not quite right, and it's not until you read it again with the correct frame of mind that the story finishes.

#31 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

That was               interesting.

#33 · 53w, 5d ago · 3 · 1 ·

Jesus Christ, this was amazing. It took me a bit to get it, but wow . . .

That was a mental trip that left me feeling so satisfied as a reader, but emotionally scarred as well. The idea was subtle, too. You didn't try too hard to make it obvious, but with research, the symbolism can be found.

This is one of those literary masterpieces that exceed all of my expectations, and it is always an honour to be able to read something like this. Thank you, good sir, for writing this fantastic story. And a bright future lay ahead of you if you continue to do things like this.

#34 · 53w, 5d ago · 4 · ·

Also, Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

#35 · 53w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

I read, read the comments, read linked webpages, re-read, re-re-read, and I have one thing to say.


That must make me the most girly woman ever because I didn't even sniffle. Still well done though.

#36 · 53w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

Puts "say it with flowers" in a whole new context, and importantly, -doesn't- say just the right things to keep from distracting the reader. Two thumbs up.

#37 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

Having a pet reminds us of of these things.

Think about it.

#38 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

It took me a second reading to figure it out, but this is truly beautiful; an elegant masterpiece in style and execution of concept.

Have an upvote and a favourite. I eagerly await the featuring this story richly deserves.

#39 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

Got it in six paragraphs. It's not exactly subtle, especially when it says that her friends visiting would be undesirable.


Woah what the fuck

Are those spoilers

#40 · 53w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

...Oh my. :pinkiesad2:

A very nice bit of redirection. I was certain the whole thing was a unrequited love story right up to the end.

Excellent work.

#41 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

That took me a while to figure out. Very impressive

#43 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

And I'ma put this in the Leroverse (or at least give it some twidash background) in my head so the following linky makes more sense.

Go ahead, play the song and read the fic at the same time, I dares ya.

#44 · 53w, 5d ago · 2 · ·


No, Twilight did. That's why Celestia was crying.

#45 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·


Oh, that makes sense. So they come to her stand when they die? :fluttercry: THIS IS NOT SLICE OF LIFE! THIS IS TRAGEDY! YOU DON'T DIE EVERY DAY! :fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry:

#46 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·

>>3485547 Glad to help :twilightsmile:


#47 · 53w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

>>3488092 It's a slice from the life of the psychopomp.


#48 · 53w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

>>3483566 Yours is the reaction I wanted.

>>3483582 Yep!

>>3483608>>3483619>>3483627 :pinkiehappy:

>>3483623 Considering the way it was spawned I think we should all be impressed at how well it's done. :twilightsmile: Thanks for letting me steal it anyway.

>>3483674 That sort of thing, yep! I'm pleasantly surprised at how many people got it, and also equally pleased at how many people didn't quite figure it out at first. Seems I struck some sort of balance there.

>>3488106 ... and I did wonder if that tag might be just a teensy bit ironic. :rainbowwild:

>>3483718 Oh yeah :twilightoops: Quick, find a substitute!  :trixieshiftright:

Oh never mind... :trixieshiftleft:

Yes the symbolism of the flowers is important. Everyone seems to have missed one in particular, though. I wonder if they'll figure it out. :raritywink:

>>3483677 Good!

>>3483751 Thanks!

>>3484556 Roses, to remind me that even thorns come with flowers. :twilightsmile:

Also because Roseluck has one on her butt. :heart:

>>3484930 Sorreh... :fluttercry:

>>3485547>>3486091>>3487537 Flowers are very good at talking. :raritywink:

>>3487940 :duck:

>>3486468 One day I'll write something that people keep coming back to read again and again. :twilightsmile: Nice to see you around too!

>>3487073 High praise indeed!

>>3487078 mhm! Nicely spotted. :twilightsmile:

>>3487757 I have had many cats. It is an interesting perspective to view it from.

>>3488025 Verreh nice, verreh nice... :twilightsmile:

>>3483998 She dropped it.


>>3487979 Now that's an interesting reaction and I quite like that you had it. It could be seen that way, couldn't it? :twilightsmile:

Thanks all for your comments, and if I missed anyone don't be upset - I'm not ignoring you, I just can't count. :derpytongue2:

#49 · 53w, 5d ago · 6 · ·

Well.  That was. . .  Fuck.

I have never really bothered with or cared about the meanings of flowers.  I did not even know the term "psychopomp" before this.  I opened up the story page and read the description, and then curious, read a few comments.  After getting the gist of it, I read the stoy.  It still hasn't hit me with how deep this is with all the subtleties.  You have given me something to ponder for the rest of the day, archonix.  Bravo.

Kinda resulted in an updated headcanon, too.

EDIT:  just found this, and now, I have to reread the story with a comprehensive list of the meanings included.  Already checked one, and man. . .  That colt. . .  :raritycry:

#50 · 53w, 5d ago · · ·


It was a good story. It just didn't come as a twist.

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