• Published 29th Dec 2013
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Obiter Dicta - GhostOfHeraclitus



A collection of short stories, vignettes, and deleted scenes, mostly based in the Civil Serviceverse and tending to be either slice of life or comedy.

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Obiter Dicta

things said in passing


Contains the following short stories and vignettes:

1. An Afternoon for Dotted Line [slice of life] [comedy] -- Takes place just after A Canterlot Carol and shows Dotted that being reminded goes both ways. A fluffy and cheerful story of an afternoon, just for Dotted Line.

2. The Game The Princesses Play [comedy] -- A strange game played by princesses and what it means for Equestria.

3. On The Inaccuracy of Proverbs [slice of life] [sad] [comedy] -- Filly Twilight expresses her concerns about the low standard of scientific accuracy in the proverbs dispensed by adults. Her foalsitter tries to neither laugh nor cry. This proves difficult.

4. The Nature of War [history] -- An edifying account of a celebrated war between the Greater Griffonstan Empire and the Principality of Equestria.

5. On Forensic Accounting & Choral Singing [comedy] — Leafy Salad explores the implications of close harmony singing on white-collar crime. Or, at least, that's how it is getting put down in the report...

6. Hoofprints [sad] [human] — The first man on the Moon sees something, something incredible he never mentions to anyone. Maybe. It's hard to tell. Time is being... difficult. Note: Not a HiE story.

7. Dr. Spinning Top—Specimen Annotated Daily Schedule[Slice of Life]—One day in the life of Spinning Top, press secretary & chief news-wrangler. It's technically a prequel to Bradel's magnificent A Filly's Guide to Not Making Headlines, however, you can read them in whatever order you wish without detracting from the experience one bit.

8. Love and Other Acquired Tastes [comedy][sad]—A little homeless filly is out in the rain, all alone. This is sadder than you think. Also happier.

9. Any Other Business? [comedy]—Twilight Sparkle is now an alicorn. This... is not what Dotted Line promised the Council of Lords. They react with their customary tact and grace.

10. Songs Like Snow [romance]—Dotted Line and Ambassador Mkali share a moment on a snow-covered balcony during a Crystal Empire peace summit.

Author's Note:

Great, nay, infinite thanks to my wonderful pre-readers:

Bad Horse (He's bad!)
Bradel (He's... actually rather good)
The Mysterious Nettlefish (She's magnificent!)
PoweredByTea (who is made of awesome and needs to publish Summer Sun already).

Also thanks to Bradel for providing me with the cover art, used with his kind permission.

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