One year ago, Spike narrowly avoided an incident with Applejack, but not without unintended consequences. Also, something dark festers in Canterlot that will change his life forever. As new relationships bloom and old ones are dragged into light, he will have to make a choice that could decide the fate of Equestria!
70w, 13hFlashLight5 comments · 346 views
So, Twi gets shipped with a Royal Guard (read: Equestria Girls).
Can I say, "JUSTICE DID IT!"?
72w, 1hLittle side project completed5 comments · 101 views
Here's a sample. Tell me what you think?
Fluttershy returned to the cinderblock, a rope in her mouth to fasten to it and to drag it away… only, it was no longer there. She curiously trotted to the now-flattened patch of earth once cratered. The second her shifting mass settled onto the vacant spot, the ground gave way. A tiny yelp escaped her throat before she extended her wings, flapping her way out of the sudden hole in her lawn. Setting down beside it, she glanced down to see that it was, indeed, a deep, cavernous hole. The sunlight glinted off polished spearheads waiting, embedded a mere eleven feet down. Fluttershy silently studied the anomaly and trotted back toward her house were a spade lay in wait. “I need to be more careful,” she remark before gabbing the shovel with an outstretched wing. Elsewhere, Megaera bit harshly down upon her tail, for it was the only thing muffling her steaming rage.
Dave thought it was funny. He was laughing later on about it. Ain't that the truth, Dave? Dave. DAVE!
Continue? < *gunshot*
72w, 6dRamble On! Singing My Song!7 comments · 114 views
How do Applejack and Spike work? How did I even get the idea?
When I first decided to undertake the task of writing horse words, I wasn’t completely sure on what to zero in on. What kind of words would suffice? Shall I write about the neurotic Twilight Sparkle being her adorkable self? Yeah, me and half the fanbase.... How about the lovely Rarity? Nah. Pink—let me stop myself there. Fluttershy? Rainbow Dash? Applejack?
Applejack? I don’t know. Twilight was kinda my favourite, since I am an academic, after all. Then again, so is the supposed wealth of the fanbase to varying degrees, so I’m not alone there, right, Dave? However, Applejack seemed quite compelling in her own right. Then it hit me: ‘A Dog and Pony Show’ the first episode I saw (mostly because of the David Bowie reference). Spike almost kissing Applejack. Maybe there’s a ‘what if’ story in there, somehow?
I will write a one-shot about the emotional journey that was begun by Spike’s daydream and Applejack’s reaction to nearly being kissed by her. The fuel: AJ’s good nature and frame-by-frame apparent lean-in, as if she was going to comply and kiss Spike back. How quaint! How the hay does it work?!
To investigate, one must understand the context and role of the show and, my established favourite character: Spike (AJ would eventually helm the ‘Best Pony’ pedestal). Spike, in all honesty, can be shipped with any of the characters. Being the only consistent male character, he presents a hetero option that, in all honesty, I prefer to see rather than exclusive female relationships. He is Twilight’s oldest friend and confidant and honestly, my OTP after Sparity. Yes, Sparity is actually a preference for me, given its relation to the canon. Twilight and Spike have an almost taboo kind of ship, especially since she hatched him at a young age, was taught beside him by Celestia and has taken on a more sibling-like relationship. Therein lies the taboo, considering that people will argue semantics for or against. I would, should I choose to side at all, argue in favour of the pairing of purely technical levels. She is a pony, he is a dragon. They are unrelated by blood. He will mature both physically and emotionally and she will probably notice.
Alas, I enjoy reading TwiSpike, but cannot write it. How about Fluttershy? She expressed wholesale fascination with Spike upon first meeting him, which opened up a can a shipworms. However, she’s hardly interacted with him since. But, the shy Pegasus and the outgoing dragon make a cute couple in that they can complement one-another quite well. Spike, being a little more extroverted can gently coax the introverted Fluttershy out of her shell, all while being a helpful hand (literally) for her animal care duties. Fluttershy, in turn, would provide a wholesome affectionate partner who would (I believe) treat him with the respect he deserves, all while slowly getting over her fear of dragons via watching him grow up more and more. It works.
Rainbow Dash. She gets along well with Spike and the two can certainly be ‘bros’. I refer you, dear self, to April Showers; a pile of horse words by Denim Blue. Or Spike’s Rainbow Dash. Either work. Neither are complete as of this writing. Suffice to say, SpikeDash is a spicy ship, given RD’s fiery personality and Spike’s malleability as a character (supported by evidence from the show). I t works better than I thought it would. Please finish those damned fics!
Pinkie Pie and Spike. Pinkie Pike? Heh. I cannot really get behind this ship, as I am not entirely inclined to deal with Pinks beyond using her energy to power a scene or comedic flip. I have nothing else to add, other than an apology to Dave, whose favourite pony this is. She is the sweetest and genuinely kind-hearted of the Mane Six and Spike could not have asked for a more supportive mare in his life. The cake-to-the-mail-guy scene in ‘The Last Roundup’ proves this.
Rarity. The canon ship. Words cannot express how much I want this to work in-universe. Maybe some day, but it is not this day. This day, we SHIP! I may vehemently support AppleSpike, but I know it is all in vain, considering how much we want Sparity to work. I can see Spike going through a growth spurt and catching her eye... but, as of late, Spike seems to have ended his efforts in favour of a comfortable friendship with only trace amounts of shipping fuel left in the series to date. Hell, even ‘Spike At Your Service’ gave incentive to AppleSpike, but even the entire shiptease could be sunk with Spike’s desire to be around Rarity. Ah well. Maybe some day.
Now, AppleSpike, my OTP. How does it work? Well, it doesn’t. But, as the saying goes: Come Hell or Canon Fodder, the ships will sail here and yonder!
Consider the characters: Applejack is the embodiment of hard work, dedication and level-headedness. Spike is, essentially the male counterpart to this. Applejack appreciates the work her friends put in for her and seems to be the only one who maintains her lessons learnt in that regard (read: character flaws and friendship lessons).
Now, consider the various contexts within the show itself. ‘SAYS’ aside (we will dissect it later) we had ‘ADAPS’ infamous near-kiss scene, which was all I needed at the time. Then, one realizes all the occurrences and evidence that maybe even the writers themselves have made a secret pairing of their own. Applejack pays a lot of attention to Spike. Serious attention. For example, in the first episode after the opening two-parter for S1, Applejack chastises Spike for seemingly gagging at the mushiness of the Aesop scene only to make knowing eyes at him for his positive rxn for receiving a ticket himself (this was actually the initial cover-image for UY). Then, there’s Over A Barrel, which had AJ only greeting Spike with a nuzzle, which he warmly receives. Often, the two walk side-by-side and converse openly. The famous near-kiss was quite telling, actually. AJ moved seemingly to return the kiss (judging by her expression and lips) only to have Spike shift his head out of the way at the last second. She would have gone for it, boy! (The things I witness...). Anyway, when Spike gets pulled into the hole, it’s not Twilight, his long-time companion, who attempts to save him, but AJ. Yeah. Let that sink in. ‘STME’ had AJ give Spike the largest gift and receive affectionately reoccurring thanks. Personal space issues aside, it leaves much to the imagination. Spike also familyzones Twilight, RD AND Rarity in ‘Dragon Quest’. Whenever Spike is falling from a great height, AJ always covers her face with her hat. The pain would be too much to bare! Actually, I got nothing on the hat thing.... One thing does come to mind: “No, Mal, NO!—Jeeze, Got-damn it! No!” *Inception BWAAAM*
Anyways, I have my reasons for pursuing AppleSpike. It is a reasonably compelling ship that is grounded quite realistically and logically. Two hard-working, level-headed individuals (AJ to her friends, Spike especially to Twilight) finding a genuine appreciation for one-another through unexpected and unintentional means are suddenly thrust into the folds of a greater, overarching plot. Also, Twilight has a secret crush. Who knew? I didn’t until I started writing Clegmane. If there is anything generic about my horse words, it’s that Twilight is shipped with an OC. But, more on Clegmane later. Spike and AJ are uncertain and definitely questioning their feelings, all while trying to preserve their friendship. Then, I added Spike’s parents because I wanted to do two new things because I could. Spike’s parents featured in what I hoped to be the premier AppleSpike horse words collection on the interblag? Not bad.
Not to mention, I fail to see any other horse words that features Twilight pursuing a one-sided relationship... with an older stallion, who is the former Captain of the Royal Guard. Twi’s probably been shipped with other guard OC’s and OC’s in general... a source of contention for readers outside a horse word writer’s current base of support. Ah well.
As its own story, Book II of DY might have been spared the initial amount of dislikes. It might not have... it really depends on the climate. However, Book I was necessary to set the mood and provide crafty exposition on Dave’s part. Thank you, Dave! Why won’t you reply to my texts, Dave? DAVE?!
Now the big question: When is the next chapter going to come out?
Well, that kills two and a half hours of this shift. We should do this again some time. *Drops beer bottle*
74w, 3dWinged Dreams and Tiny Hooves4 comments · 122 views
That is the title of the chapter that I will be posting.
Yes, it is a much-delayed chapter. Wanna know why?
Yesterday, I wrote the most important exam of my life so far: a registration exam for the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. I've been studying/reviewing for the past month.
As a registered health professional (provided that I pass the damned difficult thing) I will finally have a voice in the care I can give and the plans I set into motion without being talked down to by people in authority who have fallen bass-ackwards into those positions of authority, though their knowledge is, at best, trivial.
In short, I will be somebody.
As for the exam, I can only say this:
I was prepared to do my best
That I could handle any test
For I can cite so many tricks
But I wasn't prepared for this
Sublexations would have been a breeze
Signs and symptoms I collect with ease
(The pain scale is one of many measurements that allow a clinician to build a pain-management program)
Physical Demands Analysis
But I wasn't prepared for this
Will I fail, or will I pass?
I can't be sure...
He can't be sure...
My mind is sharp, my skills intact
My heart is pure...(myocardial tissue)
His heart is pure (myocardial tissue)
Oh, I've taken my share of licks
Contractile filaments are thin and thick
But no I wasn't
Oh, no, he wasn't
Oh, no, I wasn't
Oh, no, he wasn't
No, I wasn't
Prepared... for this!
At least I have Nursing, if the battle goes ill. Long may I defend Edoras.
So yeah. I hope you enjoy reading.
92w, 18hPrepare yourselves...6 comments · 167 views