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  • E When The Field Becomes Fallow

    I love my brother. I know lesser mares would've quit by now. When he boarded that train to the changeling territory, he was still Macintosh. When he came back he was still the same, but... different.
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  • T A Pony Walks Into A Bar...

    A Ponyville bartender tends to the booze-related needs of Ponyville seven nights a week.
    23,387 words · 14,637 views  ·  2,008  ·  48
  • T The Twilight Hours

    AJ and Twilight keep meeting in her library in the middle of the night, and RD wants answers!
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  • E Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Wings (But Were Afraid To Ask)

    Twilight gets schooled in the ins and outs of wing ownership by her pegasi pals.
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  • E Birthday Wish

    Scootaloo just wants one thing for her birthday; something Rainbow is determined to make happen.
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  • T As The Songbird Sings

    Not even 40,000 leagues can stop the Songbird's drive to protect. Except, perhaps, the Lutece twins.
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  • T At Home on the Range

    After a successful sonic rainboom shatters all of Applejack's windows Rainbow must work off the debt
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  • T Putting The 'Harm' In Harmony

    Rarity has finally secured a fashion show of her very own in Canterlot! The only problem is, by royal decree, she is assigned a bodyguard. Now, she has to split her suite with a character from Rainbow Dash's past she'd rather forget.
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  • 6w, 6d
    Watch movie, write ponies.

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  • 8w, 2d
    Previews of my next updates!

    Why haven't I written anything, you ask? But I have! I updated a story followed by a whopping 73 people!

    *sigh*

    And I have added to some fic updates, such as Mac Unhitched and Regression, and even a little bit of pony bar time!

    But, real life work is taking all my time.

    I'm sorry guys, I really am.

    It seems like I've just got so much going on right now. Like I went from 0-60 in under a few days time.

    I'm not quitting, or anything like that, but, I figure I'd let you know the progress on some of the things I've been working on.

    Hell, I'll even include a preview or two!

    As the Songbird Sings:

    The Monster From the Forest

    "Call for backup immediately! Get the entire division down here, now!" Sargent Shield said, rushing out the door, brandishing his spear as it hung in his magic. Once he rounded the corner of Fluttershy's cottage, he recognized the mare they were looking for.

    "Miss Fluttershy! Get away from that thing!"

    The Songbird stepped forward, causing the earth beneath their hooves to tremble. He balled his fists, revealing the razor sharp blades on his gloves.

    "Mr. Bird, please don't hurt them!" Fluttershy cried

    Sorry songbird fans, That's all you get! (because that's all there is :''(

    Macintosh Unhitched:

    Mac was up before the sun the next day. If the madame wanted this stallion dead, he supposed he had no choice. He had wrestled with the moral dilemma of killing a pony not connected with his mission.

    Ah suppose this is just another stop on the way... he thought, dressing himself in the dingy room given to him by his new employer. A shuffling sound distracted him. A newspaper slid beneath the door with a note tied around it, a last known location of his target. He took the paper, removing the note and stowing it in the pocket of his duster. He tossed the paper on the bed, but took a second glance once he caught the headline.

    ARMY OF THE SUN SWELLS RANKS! POWERS TAKE SIDES! WAR IMMINENT!

    Mac's jaw hung slack as he scanned through the opening paragraphs.

    The kidnapping of a vital part of the equestrian national defense six months ago has finally warranted a swift and just response from the crown. The army of the sun's ranks continue to grow as recruits flock to punish those who would commit crimes against the kingdom.

    The lawless territory newspapers usually had a pro-equestria slant, but Mac couldn't doubt the truth in black and white. He knew at the outset of his mission that it would only be a matter of time before word of Rainbow's disappearance became public knowledge. Once that happened, he knew the Princesses would have to do something.

    He would have never guessed that something was rebuild the Equestrian army. Further down the page, a picture of his wife and son stared back at him. His time was running out. Mac knew an invasion would only complicate things.

    "Another ponies' blood on your hooves."

    Mac cut his eyes to the old victorian chair in the corner. The light from the lantern didn't quite reach, though there was no need for it. He knew who was sitting there.

    "He knew what was coming. I gave him the choice."

    A bright red point of light rose, and then rested on the chairs arm as a cloud of smoke veiled the shadowy figure. "You sure didn't hesitate, did you?"

    Mac hated when he showed up. "You know what happens when you hesitate."

    A scoff echoed from the corner. "Yeah, I do. So, have you thought about what I said?"

    Mac's face twisted into a snarl. "Ah ain't a murderer."

    "You don't think so?" The figure leaned out of the shadows. "You know what murderers do, don't you?" Mac stared back at his dark companion, a reflection of himself. "They kill. You've killed." His dark passenger sat back, taking another drag of his cigarette. "Connect the dots."

    Please don't read in to how a hooved creature could hold a cigarette without fingers. I sure didn't.

    Regression:

    Princeps Autem Solis

    The full moon is due tonight. It is identical to countless nights before, only this time, there is a tension I've not felt in many hundreds of years. Something is wrong. A storm has been brewing on the horizon, and I fear my sister knows of it as well. What's truly worrying, is that she refuses to acknowledge it. The impeding worry covers her like the heaviest cloak, and yet, she pretends everything is fine. She may ignore it, but I believe I know what is coming.

    The blades are coming. Another case has been reported in Manehattan. The EIA has been exceptional at concealing the cases from the general public, but they're mounting. They can't be hidden forever.

    Celestia refuses to renew the covenant. We renewed it once before. Discord, Celestia and myself all gathered in the Hallowed Ground. It cost us dearly. Epona can be a cruel deity. She demands so much from us to keep our children safe, to allow them the same gifts that we have enjoyed.

    I'm afraid my sister's tolerance for the renewal has disappeared. I cannot lay blame upon her. It is truly a dreadful process, to be renewed. For the kingdom, it is good. Wonderous, no doubt. The lethargic are granted energy, the sad are given joy, and the angry are given peace. But for us, there is naught but misery. A torment beyond comparison, beyond the mere words of any language awaits us for every bargain struck with Epona. Our life, the lives of all creatures on this planet flow from her, and through her. It is only through her grace that we live, and it is only fitting, that through her grace, we should recede.

    A Pony Walks Into A Bar...

    Trixie

    Another time, a unicorn in a cape and wizard hat wandered in. She held her head high as she entered, the hat dragging across the doorframe. With a swish of her magic, her clothes hung themselves on the hatrack.

    All I've got. Still thinking of a story for Trixie.

    That's not all of it, but there's a sample of some of what I've been up to. Fans of the various stories, what did you think?

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  • 15w, 6d
    Your old pal is going away for a bit again...

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Applejack takes a train ride to see her parents.

First Published
3rd Aug 2012
Last Modified
3rd Aug 2012
#1 · 117w, 1d ago · · ·

Am I first for once? Well, anyways, I liked the references to Greek mythology and the whole "surrealness" of this story makes it awesome.

WARNING: Major spoilers in the comments below. Do not read before reading story.

#2 · 117w, 1d ago · · ·

... Now I'm sad. It was a good read though.

#3 · 117w, 1d ago · · ·

I got confused near the end; the whole "Celestia being supposedly dead" came out of nowhere.

I would say more, but I can't right now. Good job.

#4 · 117w, 1d ago · · ·

All my feels. A very nice story friend :twilightsmile:

:applecry::applecry::applecry::applecry::applecry::applecry::applecry::applecry::applecry::applecry::applecry::applecry:

#5 · 117w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>1022888 Celestia is an immortal. She can go between the world of the living and the dead. she is essentially their god.

#6 · 117w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1022904 She's dead.

#8 · 117w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1022907 oh man you hit me with that one. I expected death...but you got me with this one.

#9 · 117w, 1d ago · · ·

Very nice story

#10 · 117w, 1d ago · · ·

... Yeah, I kinda figured halfway through that that's what happened. Still good though. Especially taking the "don't explain how" route (unless I missed it).

#11 · 117w, 23h ago · 1 · ·

Wasn't really a surprise; the train analogy is an old one. Nevertheless, it was still a great read. Props to you, good sir.

#12 · 117w, 23h ago · · ·

Well, this was an unexpected sledgehammer-blow to the solar plexus, followed by a gutpunch with brass knuckles.

It was...bittersweet, that's the term. The structure, spelling and grammar all seem to be in order, which is a bonus.

Faved and upvoted.

#13 · 117w, 23h ago · · ·

Ya know, there's a small part of me that hopes this will be in season 3.

#14 · 117w, 23h ago · · ·

I would read but I honestly can't handle such good sad stories :fluttercry:. I'll give ye the thumbs up though because from what I can tell, this is a good story. I especially find the idea and description heart-wrenching.

Aru
#15 · 117w, 22h ago · · ·

Ending...this ending. I love it. I like this look on this matter. Not goodbye, only see you soon.

#16 · 117w, 22h ago · · ·

Title + tag = instant spoiler for me, but good story nonetheless.

#17 · 117w, 22h ago · · ·

>>1023336

I had the same problem when I opened the story. Old Country songs, Folk Lore, and Tom and Jerry nearly ruined this for me.

#18 · 117w, 22h ago · · ·

What a beautiful story.  I loved it. :pinkiesmile:

#20 · 117w, 21h ago · · ·

Wow, that hit hard. Very good story.

#21 · 117w, 21h ago · · ·

Oh boy, she is the dead. :[ I liked the surrealness of this, and how the midnight black train was just a metaphor for the "path to the afterlife" when one dies. Those folk on the train that look scared makes sense now.

#22 · 117w, 21h ago · · ·

>>1023392

I think it was Casper the Friendly Ghost that made me remember the imagery of the train.  One of the movies.

#23 · 117w, 21h ago · · ·

It looked like she was I a pool of hr own blood, from the picture..

#24 · 117w, 21h ago · · ·

um was there just a hint of shipping in there? and how in the hay did Applejack die? let me guess she worked herself until she had a heart attack right?:applejackunsure:

#25 · 117w, 21h ago · · ·

Wow.  This one hit me good. Thank you for writing it.

#26 · 117w, 20h ago · · ·

A wonderful story all told. A strong central metaphor that manages to hold its suprise a suprisingly long time with its great subtlety.

My only complaint would be the Dash segment is a bit too shippy for my taste, and I don't think it makes sense that she can't join the Wonderbolts (if flight school was really a necessity, there'd be some kind of remedial program for adults). I think there are other tragedies, or lesser problems, you could draw from there.

Still, that doesn't detract much from an otherwise excellent tale. Good stuff.

#27 · 117w, 20h ago · · ·

Wow, this went WAY over my head, i didnt even get any of the dialouge until the A/C pointed it out, and even then it took me a sec. cuz i thought he was talking about celestia, i didn't even consider that possibility of her being dead, man NOW i can see why its labeled sad, i didnt think her leavin to go to her parents

#28 · 117w, 20h ago · · ·

Wasn't there a country song that was called the Lone black train?

#29 · 117w, 20h ago · · ·

>>1023902

I could have sworn it was older...

Long Black Train - Josh Turner

#30 · 117w, 20h ago · · ·

I'm sad now.

#31 · 117w, 20h ago · · ·

This was good. One thing though, a free ride? Charon always demands payment for passage to the land of the dead.

#32 · 117w, 19h ago · · ·

>>1024005 He doesn't demand payment from the dead.

#33 · 117w, 19h ago · · ·

I knew it was about her parents! I called it! But...now that I think about it, are they all dead? The fact that Charon was there, and that everypony else was crying for her, and when Applejack asked Princess Celestia if she was dead...Holy moly, they freakin' are dead! Applejack's parents died, and so did Applejack, that's how she went to see them. That's also why her parents thought they'd see Granny Smith first, too, huh? Wow, at first I was happy that Applejack saw her parents, but now that I know she's really dead...:fluttercry:

Chancellor Puddinghead. That made me laugh waaaaay too much.

#34 · 117w, 19h ago · · ·

:fluttercry::fluttercry::fluttercry:

She's d-dead?

...ok I'm choked up now...:pinkiesad2::applecry:

#35 · 117w, 18h ago · · ·

:applecry:

That. Was truly amazing. I have no words.

#36 · 117w, 18h ago · · ·

wow... petty heart tugging. nice:pinkiesad2:

And it certainly was no secret that Aj died, the figerative langurage and even the fact that the cover image lookes like AJ in her own blood from a distance

#37 · 117w, 18h ago · · ·

you can't fool me! I've read the stories!

*reads*

:applecry: don't cry, don't cry..

#38 · 117w, 18h ago · · ·

:applecry: : "Wh-Where ya goin?... Come... Come back..."

#39 · 117w, 18h ago · · ·

:applecry: : "Wh-Where ya goin?... Come... Come back..."

#40 · 117w, 16h ago · · ·

I thought that picture was a pile of spaghetti and meatballs from the thumbnail on the featured bar.

#42 · 117w, 16h ago · · ·

Was the end surprising? No. Was the story touching? Yes.

Was it something I really wanted to read after going memory digging into some darker parts of my head for my story today? Damn you feature box.

All in all this was done very well, now pardon me while I go cry like a foal.

#43 · 117w, 16h ago · · ·

>>1023918

Eeyup! :eeyup: I was about to do a "Relevant Country Music" link (~IS~ there a "Relevant Heavy Metal" song?), but you beat me to it.

:rainbowhuh: Now my question is, why is she going to Hell/Purgatory/Perdition/some OTHER bad place? My only references for the Long Black Train all refer to it being a E-Ticket ride, so to speak.

  Eh, might be worth a read later. *Tracks*

#44 · 117w, 16h ago · · ·

wow... that just blew me away

#45 · 117w, 15h ago · · ·

Don't go ridin'on that long black train..... :fluttershysad:

#46 · 117w, 15h ago · · ·

wow...:ajsleepy:

THAT'S how I wanna go!

#47 · 117w, 14h ago · · ·

>>1024084 when ever sum one would die the wife/husben  would put a coin under there tung to pay Charon for ferrying the dead to the land of the dead. The dude has to make $ sum how .    

#48 · 117w, 14h ago · · ·

>>1025367

With Celestia being the sort of ruler she is, I'm sure she's made arrangements so that none of her subjects will be left behind for lack of funds.

#49 · 117w, 14h ago · · ·

>>1023918 That was the song that inspired it, and the weird thing is, I don't even listen to country music. :pinkiegasp:

#50 · 117w, 14h ago · · ·

I saw this in the featured box. I knew she'd be dead. I'll read this later (Tales of Harmony is pulling me away).

One question, though. I didn't cry at My Little Dashie. Is this less sad than MLD, or more?

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