Vinyl Scratch knew from the day they met that she and Octavia would be friends forever. They were inseparable, indivisible, invincible. Nothing would change that, Octavia promised. Nothing.

However, as time goes on, not all foalhood promises seem concrete. Time, after all, changes everything.

Inspired by and dedicated to the best friend I've ever known.

Thanks to RoboRed and Sir Rustbucket for editing.

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Rated Teen for some language and thematic elements.

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You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?

Ever read Ben Majora's Mask?

3716639 Tis exquisite yes? :moustache:

JBL #7 · Jan 1st, 2014 · · ·

Huh. I somehow got the impression that Octavia had died, given how Vinyl was acting. Then again, losing a friend, a close friend, can make you feel that they're dead, ripped out of your life violently. Knowing that they are going about their business without you in their lives, sometimes, it feels like death might be easier to accept. For some, it can be a wound that never really heals.

Inspired by and dedicated to the best friend I've ever known.

Awww you wrote a story dedicated to me.

Really really REALLY (really) enjoyed the story. Vinyl and Octavia has to be my favorite pairing out of any of the characters in the show. And you depicted their relationship soooo perfect! I really love how you showed the emotions and just the scene on how it feels to lose a friend. I'm sure more than one person could relate to that (I know I can) and your depiction of it seemed pretty spot on for me. I surely like rain and storms when I am sad! Plus the ending was just enough to forgive you for tearing Octavia and Vinyl apart hehe.

Plus the reference to Zelda surely warms my heart as well, even if it wasn't on purpose :rainbow kiss:

Still, extremely impressed with this story. I love your writing.
Cheers and Happy New Years!


Indeed. Knowing that someone you thought was going to be by your side through most (if not all) of your life is out and about is a hard thing to take.


Thanks! :pinkiehappy: I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. Happy New Year to you as well! :yay:

Another beautifully written piece, Babs. I loved it.


Thanks, Biker. I'm glad you did! :pinkiehappy:


Of course, Diarch! :moustache:

"Someday, maybe, I will see you again."

There are times in our lives when that has to be enough -- but is it ever?


I'm not sure if I can answer that. :pinkiesad2:

Hablas Espanol?


:moustache: :rainbowkiss: :moustache:

I am not fluent by any means, but I can pick my way through it tolerably well, though the last time I had a formal Spanish class was [redacted] years ago.


:rainbowlaugh: I see! I took several years of Spanish, but only remember a bit of it. Thank Dios for the Internet for the rest.

3717888 When will you be posting a batshy fic?

Looks on front page
pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2376892126/its_gone.jpg ANNNNND it's featured. Love the story, please continue:scootangel:


I'm sooooo tempted to write an AppleShy Flutterbat one-shot. I just might do it sometime. :pinkiecrazy:


Awesome! And I'm glad you liked it! :pinkiehappy:

It is a one-shot, though. :raritywink:


Nope. AppleShy is better. :ajsmug:


A word that describes feelings that are strong, brought on by a work. And I feel tranquil.


Thanks! That's what I was going for. :twilightsmile:


Wait, so by Appleshy do you mean Applejack/Fluttershy?

Or do you mean Apple/Fluttershy?

Because I think the whole Flutterbat drama with "apple is a fruit, but I mustn't eat him/her/it" would be interesting.

There is no need for it to become a Twilight parody. No need at all.

“Photo Finish and Hoity Toity.”

Really. :coolphoto: She's their kid... Oh I get! Sunglasses! I see what you did there.

Vinyl struggled with insomnia since foalhood. Not due to nightmares or boogeyponies, of course, but to something else: her racing mind.

That sounds like a condition. She should really see somepony about that.

It didn't take me long to figure out that this is in the same continuity as "A Night on Deck". Good thing I read that recently. Nice seeing Octavia's side of that story. That's a third continuity you got going now. Babs-Verse. Order-Verse. And now the... Deck-Verse? No. Elegy-Verse? :applejackunsure: Perhaps.

I must say that Octavia and Vinyl are probably my favorite pairing. Not just as a ship. I just love them together. Here though you depicted Octavia as far less stuffy then she's usually depicted. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Depicting her in this manner it makes more sense how they were friends for such a long time. And that's the whole point of the story. An almost lifelong friendship that suddenly comes apart! :twilightoops: That scene where Vinyl and Octavia have their falling out it really struck me. :fluttershysad: It was very tragically well done. I wasn't sure how it was going to end at that point, but when it did, it did so on a very great note. (Pardon the pun. :twilightsheepish:) Anyway, this is yet another good story from you. I very much enjoyed it, and it deserves its places in the Featured Box. Keep up the good work. :pinkiehappy:

3717979 You should so totally do that! Then you can have Flutterbat bite on Applejack's rump and try to suck the juice out of Applejack's cutie mark...

SWEET CELESTIA! What is wrong with me!? :trollestia:

What do you mean by "Someday maybe I'll see you again." :rainbowhuh:


I was meaning Applejack x Fluttershy. :ajsmug::yay:

Yeah, I think that Fluttershy trying not to bite/eat apples (of any sort) would make for an interesting and possibly funny story. :rainbowlaugh: No Twilight parodies, though. :twilightoops: Please, no. God, no. :applejackconfused:


I'm glad you... saw that. :coolphoto:

Vinyl does need some help. :pinkiesad2:

I think maybe "Music-Verse" would work since all three (or four, if you count Lyra) in the continuity are musicians.

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it and that the feels were felt. :pinkiehappy: It was fun writing Vinyl and Octavia, and especially a little differently from how the fandom normally perceives them. They are a pretty awesome pair—friends or marefriends. :raritywink:


:rainbowhuh: ...

:rainbowlaugh: ...


Something must be wrong with me too, because I love that idea... :ajsmug::yay::trollestia::heart:


Occasionally, I write stories with real people or ideas in mind. That was kind of a tagline to someone who will probably never read this, but I thought of while writing it.

3719503 I'm glad we are in agreement. :raritywink:


Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :pinkiesad2:


Wanna fight over it?

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3722271 I'll take you with my both eyes closed.

another vinyl and tavi story. U saw the sad tag. So I'll give it a reading when university days story is finished. Then I'll read this one. I love your work so il sure this one will be just as good.


Aww, thanks! I hope you enjoy this one. :pinkiehappy:


Very fitting music. :fluttershysad:

Thanks for the follow. :twilightsmile:

Another most excellent story Bad_Seed! I loved the way that you moved back and forth between the past and present and how their personalities were different to begin with, with Octavia originally being the outgoing one while Vinyl was the more reserved and then gradually shifting them into the opposite direction and reversing things, nice touch there along with Vinyl's gradually becoming more childish while Octavia grew up.

I've seen Hoity Toity and Photo Finish used as Vinyl's parents before and I always love that concept, it makes me snicker because I really can imagine it being the case and it always leads to interesting little quirks in her personality.

Almost broke my heart with the fight/breakup between Vinyl and Octavia though, but I'm glad they were able to make up -- or at least begin to -- at the end of the story. Great job!

And, your quote: "We all make mistakes in this life and anyone who says otherwise is a liar. What defines us, is not the mistake or its aftermath, but rather how we atone for that mistake. The one thing that you must always understand, however, is that no matter how many others forgive us, until we forgive ourselves, nothing will ever change and we will no longer be able to grow."

Actually, you get two this time: "What's the point of growing up if you can't be childish from time to time?" -- The Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who


Thanks, Shadow_Wolf! I'm glad you enjoyed the story and my characterizations of Vinyl and Octavia. :twilightsmile: Excellent quotes... TWO this time around? :pinkiegasp: It must be my lucky day! :pinkiehappy:

Sometimes I can't pick just one :ajsmug:

This was a beautiful story. I particularly liked the use of metaphors throughout. I have no particularly strong feelings about characterization or development, but I cannot fault it either. I did spot a few grammar errors, something easily fixed I'm sure. If you want a more detailed opinion, I guess I could PM you something.



Thanks for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed it! :pinkiesmile: By all means, if you would be interested in PMing me with a more detailed review (and possibly pointing out those grammar errors as well :twilightsheepish:) that would be great! :twilightsmile:

This is legit babs <3 :twilightsmile:

I got to say that this is the first fic or oct ad vinyle I read and I was not disappointed

I'm not completely sure if they were OOC but I enjoyed it none the less

I liked your layout of present to past format and adding some background on how they met and what they been through although I don't really understand the reference of blowing a rasberry??

All in all good job! I'm one pleased reader!

At last! An OctyScratch fic that doesn't include outright shipping. Not against those, but just nice to see something different for a change. Thanks, I would love to see more stories like this.


Thanks my friend! :pinkiehappy:


Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :pinkiehappy:

"Blowing a raspberry" is when you do this with your tongue:



You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed the story! :pinkiesmile:


Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! :moustache:

I agree, that is a fitting song. My second favorite from OoT, after Bolero of Fire.

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