Pinkie Pie is visited by a strange customer whilst working at Sugarcube Corner. Hilarity ensues.
As a sidenote, the story pre-dates the picture, but I have no idea whether the artist read this or not. Still!
It didn't really need a second chapter added, but it was pretty funny.
Only Pinkie could make a cupcake so good that death itself loves them.
Well, I had some requests for it, and admittedly I felt like seeing what would happen if she had taken the offer. Essentially, they're both stand-alone works.
pink is the color of death
I must have more. Please, I must find out if any of the other main six will find out about pinkie's part-time job! also, can there be a "Mort" reference (from fanfic "mort needs a vecation" on EQD). But seriously, I must know if twilight finds out and how she'll handle/rationalize it.
This is about to get a lot more epic, isn't it?
This is actually the first chapter I read of this story. I read this story on some other site, I don't remember where, and apparently it gave me this chapter, not the first one. I didn't realize it was not the first chapter, so ended up very confused. Now that I read the chapters in the proper order, I like it much more.
Yes. I do believe it is.
Is this story going to become a regular thing now? Because that would be awesome.
want more now
Oh Pinkie, what have yo gotten yourself into this time. Whatever it is, can I at least have a piece of cake?
This is wonderful; it captures both sources' respective charms and builds on them without hurting them. Occasionally shaky sentence construction aside (and we're all prone to that), this is a wonderful fic with strong characters and a real heart to it. Five from me.
But then I am nice.
The writing style is uncannily similar to Terry Pratchett's, which is great since I'm a big fan of the Discworld novels. Keep up the good work, and I hope for more soon!
Raise your hand if you read death's voice in the style from monty pythons the meaning of life. "oh dear how silly of me, I used canned salmon. I am just dreadfully embarrassed."
The non-conversation between Ms Cake and Mr Door was excellent. I am not entirely sure why precognition and the ability to speak to the dead should be linked, but I suppose it may be a Disc World thing.
The Discworld Mrs. Cake just coincidentally has both, I'm not sure there's any link between the two. Likewise, so does the Equestria Mrs. Cake. =D
Oh... Wow. That's it.
I am going to compliment the Heck out of you when I'm next on IRC Mijajima!
This chapter totally blew your other three out of the water. I literally laughed out loud through half of it. But the best bit was without a doubt Mrs. Cake.
Not only did you manage to capture the random wackiness and narrative of Terry Pratchett in such a perfect way, it was easily the most fun I've had so far!
And then you end it with a cliffhanger that Really makes me long for the next part as well. Awesome!
Okay, this whole story is amazing, plain and simple. It's almost as if Pterry himself wrote it.
I have to admit to feeling a bit of inward doubt now. I had my own idea for a MLP/Discworld crossover that I was thinking about writing, but I don't know if I can now. I feel like I wouldn't be able to stop myself from comparing it to this one, and ultimately end up disappointed with my own work.
Damn you for being so awesome!
This story makes me laugh REALLY HARD
“I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.
Albert finished, exasperatedly waving a hand at Pinkie Pie as she scoffed her own sample.
-I was not sure that "scoffed" is the correct word/spelling. Upon looking into it it seems you were correct. My congratulations. People tell me I have a rather large vocabulary.
Ah, Sourcery. I enjoyed that book, although I suppose it was PTerry's justification to re-write the way the UU worked for later novels. It's a shame that some of his earlier works don't get much referencing in the later ones.
Oh.God. What have you done, you monster? LOLZ! JUST kidding
Death is becoming corporeal? This could make for interesting times...
You've really got pratchett's style down - i can't wait for the next!
I think it's great, I quite like Death whenever I've seen him show up in places, and you made him fit well. I like the explanation of Pinkie's teleport ability, all very cool.
Thank you, sir!
Five stars aren't enough to rate this. Are you quite sure that you aren't Terry Pratchett under a pen name? (Tell-tale signs might be extensive use of footnotes, excellent taste in hats, and the number eight.) I will follow this story. I will follow it to the ends of the internet.
Sadly, I only learnt that GoogleDocs was even capable of writing footnotes when I was doing this last chapter, but I'll definitely be throwing them in more often in future chapters. Shame that the formatting of GoogleDocs (the footnotes are at the bottom of the relevant page, instead of the bottom of the entire chapter) is lost when I put it up here.
By the gods! "the pink pony of deaf" burst out laughing for atleast 10 minutes love the story : )
That's how I would have responded if I was standing in a puddle of jam, too
What can I say that hasn't been said already? This is an excellent story.
I can't wait for more!
The pink pony of deaf?
I'm ok with this.
I am greatly amused by this.
Excellent chapter as usual! :D
So... "Bill Door" has turned into a living pony and lost his standard voice, while Pinkie appears to be out for some flavor of revenge. This should be good.*
* Oh, and nice work with the footnotes**, too.
** Or should they be called hoofnotes?
And thus bring up the question of why is this not updated more frequently. It's just too damn good!
Ah well this only gets more interesting!
And now you have me thinking about what it would be like if Opal ever met Greebo. I don't think either world could survive such an encounter unscathed.
Yes! the first discworld crossover i've seen yet... although i remember death being a little less somber at most times... anyway really good stuff
oh albert, why so serious?
love it! so much epicness!
And now, here comes CUPCAKES Vengeance Pinkie Pie style!
Ponies and Disc World? And footnotes? May the Pink Pony of Death take me now for I have seen all there is to see in my mortal life.
At first I was like
But now I'm like
Whoever made Pinkie kill that man is in for it!
Sadly beyond the scope of this tale, but yes, I imagine it's a good thing that they're separated by dimensional barriers.
big words in the end....ugh, brain hurt!
On a more relevent note, Awesome work!
I like it!
I'm watching this shizzle.
You are blowing me away at your ability to carry terry pratchets comedic style... like srsly slowing me away!
I'LL CLEAN UP THE JAM... LOL'D
>>97509750 OH YOU...
This is so unbelievably random
*ticks Track & Email*
Death wouldn't have a gender wouldn't it?
...Terry Pratchett. That is all.
So not only is there the wild theory that Pinkie is related to Sleipnir, but now there's this, that has her as the grandchild of one of the four horses of the apocalpyse. I'MOKAYWITHTHIS.
Why does the Auditor go "Oh Blast"?
Was it something like self-cancelation thing?
Discworld's generally patriarchal history and background paints Death as similarly male, at least the concept of him, as the Grim Reaper working at the Fields of Humanity. As most farm labourers would have been male, so too was their idea of Death. Although Death was not born from that idea, for he has existed since the first living thing was born, and does not require belief, like the gods, he is still shaped by the ideas of those under his care. It's stated in one of the earlier Discworld novels that Death is an abstract being of no gender or personality, and capable of taking any form, but he chooses to take on the form of the cloaked Reaper and act out a 'personality', in his continuing attempts to understand and better care for mortals.
I assume sneezes also work?
It's a little complicated, but something lifted directly from one of the Discworld novels. Basically, the Auditors of Reality are personifications of the impersonal forces of nature (gravity, strong and weak interaction, electromagnetism). They are a single, immortal gestalt being, that appears as groups (usually three) of grey, hooded figures. The way they see it, everything that develops a personality, dies. They may live centuries, or even millennia, but will eventually die. In comparison to the Auditors billions of years lifespan, even the longest mortal appears to pass by in an instant.
So, in a case of very circular logic, the moment an Auditor expresses personality, it ceases to exist. No one's actually told them that they don't have to do this, it's just what they do.
It realised it had developed a personality after referring to itself as an individual. "To develop a personality is the end", so they die if they do. They also have a tendency to curse right before they cark it.
It also applies to other personifications like Death. And since they've got a new death...
Hogfather was a good movie really long but good
ya know... i started reading this out of idle curiosity. i didnt want to add too much to my tracked list (i'm following quite a bit of fictions.) but dear lord. you've hooked me. i'll be looking forward to more.
DO YOU KNOW HOW HAPPY I WAS TO SEE A NEW CHAPTER?
Now, that was excellent as usual! Now you have me even more excited for the next chapter!
OH MY GOODNESS. I remember reading the first chapter of this, but I never realized you added on to the story! Pinkie as a part-time Deaf . . . . errr, Death-Horse. INSANITY ENSUES!
Amazing job, it is as though Terry Pratchett himself started writing about ponies. I especially liked this line: "He seemed to fit all the necessary criteria: scythe, dark robes, malnutrition, voice that entered one’s brain without stopping by the ears first."
Great job, you capture the feeling of Pratchett very well.
Excellent as always. I can't really add anything that hasn't been said above, so I'll just add myself to list of those who eagerly await the next update.
Even though I did not read any of the "Discworld novels", I still find the story very interesting.
A 5/5 thus far and eagerly looking forward to the next update. :)
Well, it certainly feels like a Discworld book. I wonder if Pinkie and The Luggage would get along?
Shweet! Here, have a kiss from Rainbow Dash!
The frequency of these updates isn't good enough! It makes me crave more of this delectable feast!
Wow, this story is nearly two separate ones at this point. I'm loving it!! It allows me to spread my attention so thinly, yet keep a solid hold! A workout, if I say so, and I enjoy it!
Much like a good curry, it can't be rushed!
Always nice to see an update
Love the note at the end.
YES IT CAN! DO IT FASTER
In Equestria cutlery uses you!
Also perhaps the greatest crossover of all time!
I don't know what Death's problem is; I eat things with my face all the time.
Yay! Excellent work! I'm not getting the same Pratchett vibe as in earlier chapters, but it's still superbly written.
I did read "Mort" and some other books involving Death, and I must say: this story perfectly fits Pratchett's Discworld in every sense. You write like him, to an extent, and have the very same "kind of humor" as he does. I'm halfway asleep, and I may be a little drunk, but I don't lie when I say this is the best fanfic I've ever read. I'm in chapter five, but I don't care. It is. Keep it up, please. My fun gland needs this.
tl;dr 5/5 Tracking.
I haven't read any Terry Pratchett. Yes, I know its a crime punishable by all manner of unspeakable things, but its not my fault! I have no money and I wouldn't know which book to start with!
Ahem. That said, I am very much enjoying this story and I feel an explicit urge to go and read some Discworld so maybe then I will actually recongise Character/Place names and be more familiar with basic concepts.
>>6241462414 Start with any book, from the library. It's supposed to be a series that you can pick up at any point. I went with The Fifth Elephant first.
never heard of this Discworld before but that part about convergent evolution reminds me of something similar, interdimensional equivilants i think it was. basically in every alternate dimension there'd be a different version of yourself though with 2 worlds like ours and equestria theres obvious differences between said equivilants. same thing as convergent evolution basically just a different theory/term based on dimensions rather than universes
I want to see a picture of Bill Door in that suit. If done well, it would be SO. AWESOME!!!
>>6241462414 There was a good article on The Onion AV Club about where to get into this series. It's worth a read.
This has got to be the saddest Pinkie storyline ever. Keep up the amazing work!
In short, he felt acutely embarrassed.
-Normally embarrassed, or romantically embarrassed? Probably just ordinary embarrassment.
He reached down
-He was standing bipedally?
the normally violent little beast as tame as a manticore with a freshly de-thorned paw.
-I suppose that since he DOES like them, that he would have studied how to be nice to them... there were probably mistakes along the way, but he had plenty of time to learn.
soon melted into a sense of mild euphoria
-Ah, so he DOES like her after all...
so she was making do with one of the knives from Albert’s cutlery draw.
and felt no emotion.
-This is... very bad. Probably worse that Bill Door felling emotions. Pinkie Pie's goodness is bound up in her emotions, unlike his. Bill can learn to be good with emotions. Pinkie might never think to try to be good without them. Then again, she WAS probably a decent (if unhappy) filly on the rockfarm (if that ever actually happened) before the Rainboom, and perhaps she will remember that. Or maybe she will see a rainbow and remember... she might not feel, but she might recall that she SHOULD feel, and see if she can do something about it. What are rainbows on Diskworld? Anything special? I seem to recall the include octarien(sp?).
but after several cases of petrification, accidental gelding, and an outbreak of Cutie Pox,
the worst. Possible. Thing.
-I take it that he is supernaturally attuned to be able to pick up the aura of good manners that surrounds Rarity, and to which most ponies (including most if not all of her friends are, sadly, insensible)?
Why didn’t the Wizards ever use their magic for tasks like that?
-Because, where-as Rarity is refined, Wizards are merely stuffed shirts. The difference may seem small to the uninitiated, but it is obvious to anyone who has studied the minds of creatures of sufficient mental complexity to have invented both curry and the desire not to drip curry on a table-cloth.
-Merely too hot on the tongue, or did she neglect to close her nostrils and/or keep them above the surface-level of the curry?
Hm. So Pinkie Pie has lost that which makes her, well, Pinkie Pie, while Bill Door is becoming more and more a pony. The Discworld doesn't go in for straight-up happy endings, but they aren't generally downers either, and Equestria is practically made of happy endings, so...
Bill's been mortal before, but it hasn't had this effect on him. I wonder just how completely he's being transformed. Will he, at some point, no longer be bound by the right because he no longer counts as Death? If so, then the only obstacle to getting home will be that, no longer being Death, he'll lack the power to snap himself home.
But I find myself thinking that, in Equestria, if you name yourself Bill Door, becoming an opener of ways is not out of the realm of possibility. Especially if you're acquiring the leftover energies of the Element of Laughter.
Not that he'll be able to just go back and handle it himself, mind. Even if he finds a way to get back, he knows exactly jack about friendship. Oh, if only he had access to experts on the subject who also happen to know Pinkie very well and who would be concerned for her well-being...
Er, bound by the rite.
He was standing bipedally?
Lowered his head. It's the same basic motion as reaching down for something when you're doing the reaching with your head.
I take it that he is supernaturally attuned to be able to pick up the aura of good manners that surrounds Rarity, and to which most ponies (including most if not all of her friends are, sadly, insensible)?
He's just rather more observant than most. Being on the outside and looking in for billions of years will do that to you. Even if he doesn't always get it right, he still notices things that others wouldn't.
Merely too hot on the tongue, or did she neglect to close her nostrils and/or keep them above the surface-level of the curry?
My thought was just the tongue, but I suppose getting chilli up the nose is not particularly desirable either.