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The Descendant

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After a strange set of circumstances involving baby beavers, a field trip from Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, and an "epic rain cloud" leave Sweet Apple Acres adrift Applejack writes to Mayor Mare asking for some understanding, some sympathy...and a bailout.

As things go from bad to worse around the farm a young republic is tested and Caramel finds himself in an usual position...all while Applejack informs the mayor of her attempts to save the farm.

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Thank you so much! I'm glad I could make something humorous for a change...writing all of those sob-inducing things was getting a be a bit too much!:twilightsmile:

#2 · Dec 3rd, 2011 · · ·

"I bet ya’ one more thin’ fer’ certain sure…ya’ gone went and read most o’ this letter in mah’ voice!"
Eeyup. :eeyup:

In all seriousness, this was hilarious! Nicely done. (and I'd definitely vote for Applejack)

Dear LORD this is funny....

I'm sorry it took me so long to reply to your message! I'm very glad that you liked the story!:twilightsmile:

Another message I forgot to reply to! I'm sorry! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!:pinkiesmile:

What? Late? Me? Nope. Not I.

But oh my, the chuckles I got out of this. Absolutely priceless.

Very glad you enjoyed it!:pinkiesmile:

You know, I was a bit wary to read this when I first read this, having read "A Cup Of Joe" shortly beforehand. I had mistakenly assumed that this was going to be sad, being along the lines of the Apple Family losing the farm, or some other kind of misfortune, with them ending up having to go into debt as well as leave Ponyville for some time. I could not have been more wrong; I salute you sir!

See! I can write funny too!:pinkiehappy:

Still as funny on a second reading...

Keep up the excellent work!

It seems whenever you write comedy, you write in the form of a letter. :rainbowlaugh:
Also, this was a very interesting combination of pony comedy and satire on bureaucracy and politics. :pinkiehappy: Congrats on that!

And thanks for the explanation on why Applejack wrote the letter with accent. :rainbowlaugh: It was a strange thing, and without you explaining it, I would definitely be picky about it. :twilightblush:
Also, I can't believe AJ lost in word games with AB, because in her letter she used quite a few sophisticated ones. :pinkiehappy: She doesn't seem to have problems with proper Equestrian. :raritywink:

Also, this:

Soon enough some thousands of pones were standing atop the dams

I have seen TAW using that word frequently, but in your case, I believe it's a missing 'i'. :twilightsmile:

The open letter is one of the best forms of comedy to me because it allows the writer to express ideas in both the past, present, and future tenses at once and use repeated themes at will. This fic is actually a year old this week! Thanks for reminding me!:twilightsmile:

Thanks for the grammar catches as well (and I certainly did mean "ponies"!)!:pinkiehappy:

This is even funnier than Sparkle's Law: everypony's in character, Applejack's narrative voice just made it that much sweeter, and her deadpan and roundabout delivery of every little detail was not just funny but actually engaging. Once I began reading, I couldn't put it down... er, close the browser... you know what I mean. :rainbowwild: I think what I really like is how everything just gets more and more surreal, and yet AJ continues to report it with the same combination of mock professionalism and elevated sarcasm. The narrative voice makes this piece an especially delightful read.

:applejackunsure: I got the impression that you'd put quite a few references into this, and yet I can't match them all up. Was that stuff with the cattle republic a reference to Animal Farm, for example? Am I reading too much into it when I think that the "joy at seeing the off-colour wits get picked up by beavers" was a reference to the "And there was much rejoicing" scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Was there a reference to another Monty Python film when the Equestrian Army Engineers turned up (Life of Brian, the scene at the end with the Judean People's Front)? Lastly, one reference outright took me out of the story for a bit (the bowl of petunias). Much as I like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, that particular reference felt a little clumsy, and could have been cut.

:ajbemused: There was some surprisingly risque material too, implied as it was, that caught me off guard. I can put down the offscreen swearing as G-rated Equestrian "swearing" -- after all, this is a sanitized world in which "sure as sugar" is the in-universe equivalent of the "sh" word -- but Caramel's encounter with the mother beaver is the most blatant offender here, and one of the few parts I felt uneasy about. This seems odd considering the "Everyone" rating. Also, I don't get Big Mac's apparent fear of mares with baby carriages. Call me obtuse, but why is that? :applejackconfused: And outside the story, the number of character tags you've put on this story seems excessive. Perhaps cut it to just AJ and the Mayor?

Also, proctology? :pinkiesick: You dirty devil, you. :trollestia:

:yay: Overall, though, these are minor details. What I really liked was how AJ didn't just snark for the sake of it, but used it to point out the Mayor's shortcomings, and by extension the failings of most of those who tried to deal with the mess they'd started. Call me old-fashioned, but my favourite comedies tend to be satires because they have a point to their comedy, and it came across well here. For this reason, I also liked the cutting finish and the P.S. at the end, even if I didn't really care why AJ was speaking in her own voice. :pinkiehappy:

:ajsmug: Overall, though, I really liked this fic. A fave and a like from me! :scootangel:

Yours is definitely the best note that I've ever received about this particular story. I want to thank you for taking the time to develop such a detailed note that explores your point of view.

You have an excellent point about the character tags. I should do just that.

Yes, this was a little bit "saltier" than most of my works, but having grown up in a conservative, agricultural area I've always associated farms and fields with sort of a casual gruffness, I suppose.

You are the first person who, in over a year since this story was released, has made the link between The Milk Shed Republic and Animal Farm. I heartily congratulate you!:twilightsmile:

This story was a bit of absurdism, so there were a lot of places where it overlapped and was similar to Monty Python and Adam's works, so you can see how there were many similarities.

Thank you so much for reading, and especially for leaving such a great comment!:pinkiesmile:

Go Applejack! That last bit, about reading it in her voice, was genius.

I'm glad that you enjoyed it, as many people thought it was the great weakness of the fic. Thanks for reading and commenting!:twilightsmile:

Woah, I found another comedy one, can't believe I didn't see it earlier... Well done on this one!

I bet ya’ one more thin’ fer’ certain sure…ya’ gone went and read most o’ this letter in mah’ voice!


I'm glad that you did find it! Thanks for reading and commenting!:twilightsmile:

...and there is even more gold in this man's page if ya dig a bit. Nice work for the tenth time Descy. I enjoy your Applejack narration stories immensely, this and Apples to Apples that I've read. Keep expanding your excellent oeuvre.

Keep searchin' for that gold! I'm glad that you enjoyed this, and I'm glad you're still finding things of mine to enjoy!:twilightsmile:

"Keep Calm and Flutter On" reminded me of this story, so I had to come and read it again. Just as brilliant a second time!

Heh, I'm glad that you did!:twilightsheepish:

as full of fear and apprehension as mah’ brother Big Mac gets whenever he sees a mare walkin’ the road up to the farm with a baby carriage.

Pfffffffffffft, Cough, cough, cough. Wheeeese give me a second, Cough, cough.

“Sweetie, darling!” called Rarity, beset with horror. “Do not, under any circumstances, lick your lips!”

:rainbowlaugh: Bwahahahahahaahahahahaha, cough, cough, cough. In, out. In, out. Phewwwww.

haha I DID read it in applejack voice.:ajsmug:

awesome as ever. On to the next!

Heh! I'm glad that you enjoyed it!:ajsmug:

Even though the cover picture is somewhat irrelevant, I like how the story went. Aj going to voted mayor instead. Surprisingly Aj's patience is almost as good, maybe even better than Celestia's. :ajsmug:

Heh, that's the image it was assigned by EqD when the story went up there. I'm glad that you liked the fic!:twilightsmile:

Oh Descendant...Loved this. Absolutely loved this.

That ending resolved the tension made through the story perfectly. You brilliant....you.

I will be watching you closely. :pinkiecrazy:

I'm very glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading and commenting!:twilightsmile:

As expected, when you began with “From: Applejack, Proprietress Sweet Apple Acres Farm and Marina”, I did a slight double take. When you went on describe the development of baby beavers as being “so sweet to behold that it requires the presence of a certified dentist and results in a yearly run on the diabetes testing supplies. :rainbowlaugh: (I hope my use of an emoticon despite my typical intentional disuse of them properly expresses how hilarious I found this moment.)
Having the cows form a republic independent of Sweet Apple Acres was unique and likewise hilarious. I did find it odd that AJ mourned the presumed loss of Caramel for approximately: not at all, but perhaps this is understandable after seeing him in the Winter-Wrap Up episode. I subsequently felt quite bad for Caramel after learning that he was forced to be particularly intimate with a large beaver, it seems AJ is not the only one having a rough day. I was also interested that Big-Mac appears to be a very social stallion.
This fic did well to end with a strong AppleJack, as she should rightly be quite disappointed with her local political leader. On this note, what drove you to write this fic? Was it merely a funny idea in your head or was it at all driven by your own disappointments in the political system? I could see this as being chronologically placed after the recent Fluttershy episode, which is interesting since it was not even planned until after you released this fic.

I was driven to write this fic after visiting an area of my home state that was devastated by a hurricane. It was a very rural area, so the media wasn't concentrating on it like it was with the large cities that had been affected. I found the people there filled with a sort of grim humor as they went about trying to retrieve their possessions in a chilly, wet October. I wanted to capture something of that humor and the way that they used it to deal with the situation.

Proof a story, especially a comedy works so well is when you re-read it again after a while and find you still laugh at the same dang moments... :yay:

I'm glad that you found it just as funny "on the rebound".:pinkiehappy:

This had me laughing from start to finish! You captured their personalities so well. An excellent piece! Thank you for sharing! :heart:

I'm very glad that you could enjoy it! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.:twilightsmile:

The hilarity and shenanigans involved were plenty and varied...a shame that had to happen though. Even more amusing when I read the date this was written and a certain event a couple years later.

Edit: You have your towel handy? Cause I see what you did there.

I actually wrote this in response to a hurricane's devastation, the one that was in September of 2011. I can't recall it's name, but my area was hit with it, and the "black humor" that everyone was using in response inspired this work.

Comment posted by The Descendant deleted Jun 22nd, 2014

The northeastern U.S., yes.

This is just ridiculous!:pinkiecrazy:

Also, the fandom apparently has it all wrong. It's Applejack, not Sweetie Belle, who is a dictionary.:trollestia:

Thumb and added to my recommendation group.

I often take refuge in the ridiculous. It's warm and it has cookies.:pinkiehappy:

I get a 404 when I click the cover art

Huh! I can't honestly say why. Here's the original file:

MLP: Lies by Knysh/Steeve.

This is one of the few images that I never really got permission for, but it was assigned to the story by the staff at EqD when I submitted the story there and it got Featured. I hope you enjoy the art, and the story, too.:twilightsmile:

This was funny, but I have to say that the one thing keeping me from adding this to a bookshelf is Applejack's voice in the letter.

Yes, I did see the author's note, but I don't believe that it helped the story. I'm not gonna lie: I'm a bit biased because I despise reading stories where Applejack has an exaggerated accent.

Again, this was funny. Just not one of your best.

That seems to be a common reaction to this story, and I'm sorry that was too powerful an aspect to earn it some higher regard. Thanks for giving it a read, though, and I hope you'll find some other stuff of mine to enjoy.

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