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Fluttershy_from_LW


One day, all suffering will end.

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The princess who leads ponies to their rest is about to return from her thousand year long banishment to the moon. Celestia misses her sister.

Trigger warning: suicidal ideation.

Cover art by the kindly keterok.

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Comments ( 18 )

Well, with no sex tag i'd hope this wouldn't be a clopfic :twilightsheepish:

Aww that was cute :pinkiehappy:

This was frickin amazing. I'm adding it to my favorites.

Good job Fluttershy_from_LW (I applaud you.)

so, why exactly did celestia want luna to grant that? The story is cute, i just don't get that bit.

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Fair enough; thanks for noticing that. I'll go ahead and take that part of the description out. :twilightblush:

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Understandable. That's just taken as being part of the background/setting of the story, I suppose. Exploring that part of Celestia's character could be another story, in fact--though not one that I'm going to write. I'm assuming that in this universe, the stress of ruling Equestria by herself for a thousand years had started to get to her, though any number of alternative explanations could suffice.

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Thanks so much! You are both too kind.

I thought it was about Littlepip meeting Luna for the first time.

That was interesting to say the least. So, Celestia's defeat was the momentary weakens spurring her to ask. Makes sense, and is understandable.

I'm curious about the 'hundreds' they spoke of and the psych evaluations. What was all that about?

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Eeyup. :eeyup:

I'd wondered how common a reaction like that might be. I've been wanting to experiment with titles, descriptions, and cover images which aren't misleading, but don't give too much about the story away; there's an art of hinting at the plot without saying anything about what happens in the story directly. I think that it's hard, but possible to do well.

Even so, this kind of hinting at the plot and conflict of a story relies on the reader and author having some shared experiences and references--the phrase "the princess who leads ponies to their rest" can only be interpreted as meaning that one of the princesses is the Grim Reaper if one knows that "rest" can be used to mean "death". Even then, many/most readers who are aware of all of the nuances that build up the description might only be able to piece something together from them after reading the story. Anyways, thanks for entertaining my musings on the matter! :pinkiesmile:

Thanks for the fave! :twilightblush:

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I'm glad that you liked it! :yay:

I'm actually wondering if I shouldn't have put that bit about the psych evaluations in. Maybe that took away from the story by being too indecipherable. The original intent was for that line to be used as a dramatic buildup to the revelation that Luna was the only pony who had the power to let ponies die.

My headcanon is that, in this Equestria, ponies are immortal by default, but they're allowed to die if they want to--they just go to Luna, and let her "take them away". However, the counseling and psych evaluations would have been put into place by either Luna, or by both of the princesses, to make sure that ponies who went to Luna actually wanted to die; it would suck if somepony who had just broken up with their special somepony and was going to be okay again in a week somehow talked Luna into letting them die in a moment of temporary despair.

Luna's banishment to the moon has several implications for this universe--firstly, that ponies wouldn't be able to die without her being around. Secondly, one wonders if Nightmare Moon saying there was room for only one princess in Equestria implies that she had tried to go on a killing spree, especially given that the sun can archetypically represent life, just as the night can archetypically represent death.

Anyways, thanks for giving me an excuse to discuss my thoughts on the matter. :twilightsmile:

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Yeah, that really, really needed to be in there.

Comment posted by ViceCityFTW deleted Nov 23rd, 2015

I, too, didn't get it until reading the comments. I suppose it's because I didn't expect "go into the night" to mean "die". After reading your other stories where there isn't much metaphor and after reading Archmage, that just didn't occur to me. Would have been a nice story if it did, though.

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Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on my stories. :twilightsheepish:

There's a somewhat famous poem by the title of "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" that this story references when Celestia asks Luna to take her gently into her good night. People who are deeply familiar with English literature would be likely to get this reference. I think that quite a bit rests on the reader's ability to immediately understand the meaning of this one line.

Writing this story as vaguely as I did gave me a sort of satisfaction similar to that which one might get by sharing an in-joke with friends, but since submitting this story, I've had lots of time to think about whether or not I should have written things less vaguely.

Thanks again for your comments. :twilightsmile:

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I did, in fact, get that reference. Also! What the hell, Celestia?! You've just got your sister back, and now you want to die?! I mean, if you had wanted to die after sending your sister to the moon, that would've made sense, because you would've been feeling guilty over what had to happen, and why it had to happen.

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My headcanon is that, in this Equestria, ponies are immortal by default, but they're allowed to die if they want to--they just go to Luna, and let her "take them away". However, the counseling and psych evaluations would have been put into place by either Luna, or by both of the princesses, to make sure that ponies who went to Luna actually wanted to die; it would suck if somepony who had just broken up with their special somepony and was going to be okay again in a week somehow talked Luna into letting them die in a moment of temporary despair.

That's a nice headcanon. Also! Oh no...several weeks after the events of Boast Busters, in this Equestria, Trixie would, unfortunately, definitely go to Luna to ask to be "taken away into Luna's good night"! I mean, to be fair, when Trixie talked about how she was unable to pursue her special talent (which is probably stage magic) after the events of Boast Busters during Magic Duel, I was drawn to her because I feel that if that had happened to anyone else, they would have killed themselves, because without the ability to pursue their special talents, their lives would be empty.

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if that had happened to anyone else, they would have killed themselves, because without the ability to pursue their special talents, their lives would be empty.

If very few people in real life have special talents, what is it that keeps us going? I suppose that the utopian aspect of MLP is what draws some of us to it.

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No, I meant in the show. Not real life. To be fair, though...

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