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Mister Friendly

No, I'm not your mommy. Stop asking.


This story is a sequel to The Irony of Applejack

The secret's finally out. All of Equestria knows about Applejack's true identity, and the identities of her fellow changelings.
But even with all of the new responsibilities being laid upon the young changeling, surely asking for one day of normalcy – a single day of celebration and pageantry amongst her closest friends – couldn't be too much to ask for, right?

Written because my Muse is a fickle one, she is.
Set between the events of The Irony of Applejack and it's sequel, The Advent of Applejack.
Cover art provided by Somepony. No really; don't give me that look.

Chapters (6)
Comments ( 255 )

But... But... What about The Advent of Applejack?!


That is now an AU.

3684632 They are all AUs...

3684633 I see... Stupid blogs... I hate blogs. So useless :twilightangry2: I don't follow Authors for blogs, I follow for new stories that might be sequels! :facehoof:

This is looking pretty darn solid. As usual, I love your Rainbow Dash and AJ interaction. But there's absolutely no surprise there. You can tell that this is bridging the gap between Irony and Advent, with how they're acting, and the way AJ perks right up when Dash shows.

Twi having a lot of trouble accepting the changelings is an interesting quibble. I'm very much looking forward to seeing how that turns out. Not sure if we're going to be seeing more from Ponyville vis-a-vis the road to acceptance (as cool as that was), but maybe Twi will be playing surrogate for that idea.

Also, Gleeful Filly-AJ-Bug on Hearth's Warming is an adorable image. I had to stop reading for a minute to d'aww at my mind's eye there.

Fluttershy mumbled to a flagstone.

Nya-ha. I think that's very clever. I love those little details.

“Who can hook me up with the perfect cater for the job!”


Alright, which Grinch gave this a downvote? :duck:

Loving this so far. Writing is solid as always, and we get to see more of the time period immediately after AJ unveils herself to her friends, some of whom haven't yet had a chance to properly acclimate to their friend's new form. *significant glance at Twilight* :ajbemused: :twilightblush:

Looking forward to the continuation.


“What have you heard about this new director leading the pageant?”
Applejack blinked, nonplussed. But, she responded as best she could anyway. “Not a whole lot. Rarity and Twilight were tryin’ their best ta figure out who she was. Why?”
Roseluck’s frown deepened. She was lost in thought for a time, but came back almost right away. “Be careful with her. You need to be on your best behavior around this Verily Vermillion, especially during rehearsals.”
Now Applejack really had some questions, but a pony calling out from the other end of the drawbridge interrupted her.

I see we're in for another exciting ride of people failing to communicate.

Huh, I've got both Irony and Advent favored but I didn't get any notice about this one.

Dinky's a changeling? This raises a few other questions... :derpytongue2:

“Perhaps, but unless somepony else we know would like to turn into royalty, I’ll just have to keep holding out hope that she will someday act like a proper lady. Don’t you agree, Twilight?”

Fine choice of words, there, Rarity.

Ooh, more Irony of Applejack. This is going to be fun. I look forward to more.

Also, Dinky Hooves is best youngling.

A story set between Irony and Advent?!? :pinkiegasp:

Do want. VERY MUCH! :pinkiecrazy:

If this is a sequal to Irony of Applejack, how come that's incomplete...?


Irony is complete. Advent is ongoing.

3688516 Hrmm.... Okay, then still. One of the stories in this now-trilogy is incomplete. And now there's this. My head hurts, and I'm not sure if it's this situation or the fact I'm on my 37th hour without sleep and my second 12 pack of Mountain Dew.

Let's see if I can't clear this up a little bit.
This story takes place between the Irony of Applejack and the Advent of Applejack. I thought it up as a sort of seasonal one-off story, so think of it as a sort of 'filler episode' between the two. The only reason that it's technically a sequel is because it takes places shortly after the events of Irony, thus it would be pretty spoilery for people who hadn't read that one yet.

3684696 I certainly do enjoy putting those two together, that's for sure. :rainbowlaugh::ajsmug:
And thanks for the catch. I'm kind of surprised no one's come up with more, to be honest. Am I actually learning how to proofread?!

No promises about not missing hundreds of egregious errors. When I'm reading for pleasure, I don't go looking for spelling mistakes. :raritywink:

How long are you planning to go with this one?

Not long. 3 parts at the most, but maybe 2 if I can manage it. it certainly won't be anywhere near the length of Irony of Advent -- even as it is now -- so I might get it over and done with in a week or two.

Applejack felt her chest clench painfully tight, and it took much more strength than it was worth to keep from expressing it.
Everypony jumped when the strange, amber changeling was suddenly swallowed by emerald flames, and the next thing anypony knew, there stood a Stetson-wearing earth pony in the creature’s place.
“Come on, sugarcube,” Applejack said, her voice almost mechanically even. “Let’s go. Don’t wanna keep the princesses waitin’ long.”
She didn’t wait for Twilight’s response. Nor did she force herself to meet the unicorn’s stare as she passed; not even once.

It's such a shame that not many ponies are treating Applejack so well! Hopefully she'll be fine. :pinkiehappy:
Keep up the good work!

3689539 OKay, that's makes sense. I'll go ahead and get this out of the updates list via reading it now.

So, about those non-existent errors...

No, it came from a rather urgent wrapping sound that suddenly came from the bedroom window itself.

Unless Rainbow is putting together a last-minute gift, I think you mean rapping. As in "Santa rapping at my window lattice" Oh wait, that's a raven.

Even Twilight allowed the party pony drag her away from her list on more than one occasion by a round of.

Round of what?! I must know! Either a missing word or an unnecessary "of".

and most of the aristocrats viewed it as little more than a nuisance designed to impeded them.

Should be "impede".

Great work, as always.

You had to rain on my parade, didn't you? :twilightangry2:

Oh well, I knew there were some in there somewhere. Thanks for pointing them out; I'll get to fixing them now All done.

Don't worry about it. If I were a pony, my cutie mark would either be a pony or a green squiggly line.

most pegasi on the platform were dressed the same, though a tolerance for inclement weather could hardly be called surprising in their case

They grumble only mildly at inclement weather.:rainbowwild:

Agreed. The first thing I thought after this little exchange was "Oh, hey! Look! A wild communication failure appeared! It's super effective!"

It is fascinating to read this. Especially the reaction to AJ knocking that guy down. Clearly shows that there would be no issue if not for the fact that these guys were harassing changelings and/or it was a changeling that delivered some justice... a lot still has to change in mentality. Great!

Just read Aftermath, and loving it. Kinda laughed at the snow being in "ankle-deep drifts", though. :applejackconfused:

Yeah, it's OK to call the fetlock an ankle, no fuss there. Just smiling at the idea of 2 or 3 inches of snow being called a drift.

From a certain fashionista's perspective, ankle-deep is practically a deathtrap!

I have a couple of questions! If you don't mind me asking...:fluttershyouch:

I read some of the first comments at the button and people said that Advent is an AU. What is an AU? :rainbowhuh:

And I see a lot of changeling stories going on in the home page. Is there a contest going on now? :facehoof:

Geez I feel like someone who just woke up from the dead. Which I did...wake up, I mean. :twilightsheepish:

If there is a contest, I must be unaware of it. Of course, I'm not a part of the bigger changeling groups out there (don't know why, actually) so who knows; there very well might be.

And AU stands for Alternate Universe, which is likely referencing the tags. Since as far as we know Applejack isn't actually a changeling in canon, an AU tag for a fic like this is pretty much mandatory.

Of course, I could be wrong. Those comments confused me a bit, too, to be perfectly honest. :pinkiecrazy:

Hope you don't mind me saying, but I spotted a few errors.

not to mention clearing a path to the road through ankle-deep drifts and knocking loose the icicles growing on the eves of the house.

Should be "eaves", not eaves.

“That’s… part of...,” Twilight tried, but a cautionary look from Rarity cut her short.

Not very sure about this, but I think the comma after the trailing off periods is unnecessary.

Well done with this chapter, I wait eagerly for the next one. :twilightsmile:

I appreciate it. They should be fixed now.

“Perhaps, but unless somepony else we know would like to turn into royalty,
-Is this a Twilicorn joke?

Okay that's it. I've been...a very patient girl for a week, waiting for a new chapter.
I don't do patient.
No offense, but this is clearly a holiday story. Yeah, the holidays are over. I mean I love your stories and all, but, well here's the question...

WHEN THE HELL AM I GONNA GET A NEW CHAPTER?!?!?!?! :flutterrage::flutterrage::flutterrage:

Sorry. I told my sister I'd squeal of happiness if a new chapter came out...but there's none! :raritycry:
Eheh, sorry. I'll stop stalking now. :ajsleepy:

No no, I deserve it. I am horribly late now, and it's due in no small part to trying to get the antagonist to work right, and a change of perspective. Nonetheless, I am almost finish! Just the finishing scene to nail down and we're in business.

Ok. I believe you.
But if I don't get a new chapter by 2 weeks, I. Am. Going. To. Flip. :twilightangry2:

What a twist! Nail biting suspense! And hey, it's 5am. jipu,.kmlkjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj

For the longest time, I had a sneaking suspision that they tell AJ about their revelations and she's like "Well, duh!" It's nice to be right from time to time.:yay:

Two, you must be trolling me. No kiss for AppleDash?! Not even a peck on the cheek? :raritycry:
Three, SUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSPPPPPPPEEEEEENNNNNNNSSSSSSEEEEE! :pinkiecrazy::pinkiecrazy::pinkiecrazy::pinkiecrazy:
Four, looking forward to the next chapter!!!!! :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

The conclusion will be a great big tear-filled group hug, music swells... then credits roll and they show a teaser for next week's episode.

That's amazing! How did you know that? Guess what number I'm thinking of now! :pinkiegasp:

Well once again you've proven that you can make a story that keeps me guessing where the heck in Equestria it's going until it actually get there. I could probably think up a dozen new ideas for stories based on the number of ideas I thought up trying to guess where this was going to end up and none of those ideas match what you actually had cooked up. :derpyderp2:
Kudos to you. :ajsmug:

Close but not quite. I was expecting her to be some kind of supporter or something who really wanted a chance to meet the Queen. ...oh wait, that can kinda still happen.

You've got an awful lot of Lavender Unicorn Syndrome going on here. Instead of referring to characters as descriptions of themselves, it's considered best if you use their names or actual pronouns instead.

The writing guide has more information on this issue. (Click here to read)

Thanks for pointing that out. I'll see what I can do to fix it.

Saw it coming, but loved the twist with Verily all the same. Knew that the princess would never have been stupid enough to hire a director who'd have a problem working with AJ, or at least not because she's a changeling. Great end to the chapter MisterFriendly, can't wait to see the conclusion! :twilightsmile:

I didn’t want to impact Milly’s carrier,

Career? I figure that's the word you're looking for.

Glad to see a lot of authors coming back refreshed from the holidays and updating again. :ajsmug:

Aww, It's a mistletoe anyways! I wanted to see Roseluck kissing Applejack, maybe with RD spying it from afar. :trollestia: That would be fun to read :heart:

In her hoof was what appeared to be a small hairclip shaped like three tiny red berries linked by a trio of spiky green leaves.

“Rose… ya know that’s mistletoe, right?” Applejack asked.

Mistletoe has white berries and rounded leaves - what you describe here is holly.

So they WILL make up right? I just wonder how though... Keep up the awesome work pal!:ajsmug:

But there was a small voice in the back of Twilight’s head; one that tried to provide some kind of answer. Could it be… loyalty? Was that all it was?

It's called "not being racist on a deep, subconscious level". To illustrate, imagine how your reactions ("she was never a real pony") would look like if she turned out to be a donkey or something, somehow.

That's strange, because I've found descriptions of holly that have been labeled mistletoe, too. oh well; won't take much to fix.

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