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Storm Clouds


To be an employee of Photo Finish is a great honor, but it can also be quite tiring at times... Most of the time, actually. Hairspray isn’t one to complain, and like all the others assistants of Equestria’s most famous photographer, she has learned to do her job, and do it well.

But today is one of those days when everything goes wrong, and Hairspray will have to deal with both Photo Finish' usual temper and the arrogance of another hairdresser who is decided to get the job for herself.


Author's note:
Remember Photo Finish’ assistants from the episode Green isn’t your Color? No? Well here’s a reminder of who they are since they’re the main characters of this one-shot:

-Hairspray: the pony seen taking care of Fluttershy’s mane – and the one from the story’s picture.
-Powder Rouge: the one going through the whole “too much blush, not enough blush” with Fluttershy.
-Pinny Cushion: the one with a violet mane seen working with Hairspray and Powder Rouge and taking care of Fluttershy’s dress.

Those background ponies seem to have been forgotten by bronies and pegasisters, but they deserve some attention too!

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Thanks to MrMinimii for his help as editor/pre-reader. I had never wrote anything so long in English before and if he hadn’t be here…well let’s say the story would have been…terrible. :twilightblush:

Also...I got the inspiration for that story from a fanart by DimetrodonDanya -->



I like that reaction :yay:

You deserve to be featured WAY more than "Her Weight in Affection.":heart:


Haha, I'd love to be featured but I don't think that's ever gonna happen :derpytongue2:
Still, thank you very much for the compliment :)

Beautiful! I truly hope you're gonna do more with these ponies as I'd really love to see more.:yay:


Glad to see I'm not the only one liking those ponies !
And yes, there will be more, that's for sure ! I just have to decide on what to write next exactly :derpytongue2:

Agree that this deserves to be featured, disagree with the implication that "Weight" is bad.

Love all the changes. A great slice of life for everyone's favorite Mane Stylist. :pinkiehappy:


I have to admit I'm happy to be done with it, this was starting to make me go :pinkiecrazy: even though I absolutely loved working on it.
Glad you like it :twilightsmile:

I hate pointing out my complete and utter newbieness but....
how do you put a picture/gif into a comment? :twilightsheepish:


Can't help with that, I've always been bad with those "insert pictures" :derpytongue2:


Thanks anyway, but I shall soon find out "de magics" :coolphoto:

This is truly amazing - some excellent slice of life, if I've ever read any. The conflict between Pure White and Hairspray was excellently portayed, especially Hairsprays utter helplessness to turn the situation around. The progression of her bad day is also amazing - how she gets the beginnings of a headache, only for it all to worsen with the day's stress and everything Pure White does; everything just goes from bad, to worse, until finally she breaks in what I must say is one of the most convincing outbursts of this sort that I have ever read.

Your characterisation is excellently done; your Photo Finish, for all intents and purposes, I believe is perfect. Hairspray, Powder and Pinny are also extremely well done - even Pure White, while completely insufferable, seems to be properly motivated as a character. She's not just Hairspray's rival because you needed her to have a rival - she's Hairspray's rival because she's jealous that Hairspray is the one with the job, not her, and her ruthless cunning gives her just the character you need to stymy our favourite hair stylist's day.

The writing itself is also excellent - I don't know how much is your editor and how much is you, but your knowledge of English is far more than satisfactory my friend. Between the two of you, this story is well-written, fluid, immersive and highly enjoyable - in all ways, an excellent fic.

I congratulate you.

Thank you for giving us all a quality read. This is really something special.

I love this.
I'm going to go tell people to read it, because it is amazing.

Whoa, long comment! :pinkiegasp: I love it :pinkiehappy:
Thank you for all the compliments, that really means a lot to me! :) I'm really glad you liked the story so much. :twilightsmile:
It was a lot of work, but lots of fun too, so no regrets!


Haha, thanks a lot!
Glad you liked it :)

looks just like pinkie :pinkiegasp:

Finally, a story that includes this character! :yay:

Well now, if that wasn't a good short story then I don't know squat about diddly. The social elite of Canterlot sure do live in a cutthroat world, eh?

Most excellent! I loved the humanity in the characters. We have all had days like this, and who hasn't wanted to blow up at their boss. Sometimes you lose control, and tell them what for.

10,000 words about a pony who doesn't even speak :pinkiegasp:
I just
I can't deal with this

Wow, congratulations on getting this into Equestria Daily!

It deserves it - this is an excellent fic, every single word of it.

866878...I guess this got sorta featured. *shugs*

Excellent little story. We all have had these days.


I know! :pinkiegasp:
I used to see fanarts of her and think that was Pinkie Pie with straight hair...Nope! :derpytongue2:

Yeah, Hairspray and the other fashion ponies aren't given any attention at all! So I decided to do something about it :)


Thanks :)
And yes, I'm sure life can be quite hard in Canterlot...


Exactly: we can all - at some point - relate to the story, I guess :)
Glad you liked it :twilightsmile:


:rainbowlaugh: That's just perfect!


Haha, well Octavia and Vinyl Scratch never talks either and only make short appearances too and look how many stories they inspired! :pinkiegasp:


Thank you very much :)
I'm so happy right now :yay:


Yeah, we can say that :pinkiesmile:


Glad you liked it! :)
And very true!

I think this is the longest fanfiction I have ever read.
And the best. :rainbowkiss:

And this is what this fandom does. Takes ponies with less than five minutes of screen time and gives them personality.
Background ponies for the win.

There were a few grammer and punctuation mistakes here and there, but this was otherwise quite a decent fic. :twilightsmile:


Yes, it's quite long :derpytongue2:
Thanks for the compliment :)


We have a great fandom :rainbowdetermined2:
Writing about background ponies is very interesting :)


Thanks! And sorry about those :twilightsheepish:

I remember when I first had seen the episode, Green isn’t your Color?. I wanted to see something related to those background ponies. Now here is something finally. Thank you.

That was a brilliant story. Props to you, storm cloud! And you awesomly rapped it up, leaving a possible follow up story to be written. (I hope so!) And the end. It made me cry. :fluttercry:


Same here! I desperately wanted to read some fanfiction about them but couldn't find anything :applejackunsure: Happy to see I wasn't the only one :)


Thanks :)
A follow up story? Mh...Sounds difficult. I don't know how that would end :derpytongue2:

I felt immersed in Hairspray's world. I especially felt that the 'getting out of bed' mentality was a great way to ease people into her character and mindset.
That's something I'm sure we all experience frequently enough to know what she's thinking, and very importantly, feeling and that made me sympathize and relate to her, and know how stressful her job and life is.
That was excellent buildup and I really love this story as a whole! :twilightsmile:

Great story! Wonderful descriptions of the characters and their surroundings! You make the readers feel really sorry for Hairspray and you make them hate Pure White... Fantastic job! :twilightsmile::pinkiesmile::rainbowkiss::yay::raritystarry::ajsmug:

This has been on my to-read list for a while, and I'm glad I got around to knocking it off. It read really well and I was totally able to identify with Hairspray in several ways. Nice job :twilightsmile:.

May the Grace of the Valar Protect You

Shire Folk

It worked the way I expected then, hurray! :yay:
I'm glad you liked it :)

Pure White deserves our anger. Really, she does.
Thank you very much! :pinkiesmile:

Thanks, that makes me happy :twilightsmile:

While the story is simple I find like it has the potential to go to some bigger places... Here (with Hairpsray and the crew) we have a window to a world rarely expanded on the fanficverse... The always chaotic (yet organized) world of fashion (or more specifically, the world of modeling, since clothing is an area covered by other ponies including certain unicorn :raritywink: )!

This story looks as a starting point for something fabulous, will we keep seeing this easily perturbed pony dealing with the constant demands of Photo Finish? Will we see her fighting crime? Going on a shonen esque journey at trying to make everypony look their best?

I don't know, but I'm sure I'd like to! :raritystarry:


Going on a shonen esque journey at trying to make everypony look their best? --> Sounds like fun! :yay:
Well, I don't know about that last option, but I know for sure I'm going to write more about those ponies :) The story I'm currently working isn't linked to that one (except that some characters appears in it too) but after that...maybe I could write a bit more about Photo Finish's crew's daily life as you suggested. I'll think about it :)

Now I want to hear about the cookie incident! :rainbowlaugh:


Well, take a look at this:
That's the picture which inspired me to write that story :pinkiesmile:

This is a good story! One day, many troubles and new hope - intrique hold hard all the way to the final. Last part (inspite of the rain) be a very warm)

Thanks a lot :pinkiesmile: I'm glad you liked it!

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