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Starlight Glimmer trips, is thrust into indentured servitude, and falls for a madmare... in that order.


Rated T for some dark humor and stuff. Coverart is by probablyfakeblonde, but edited by me.Contribute to the TVTropes page! Now has a fantastic full-cast audio reading by Obabscribbler that you can enjoy right here! Recommended in this spoiler-y review by PresentPerfect!

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Okay, I'll bite: I can't decide if this is adorable or strange. Maybe I should take both.

8129083 forget the story, the cover art is strange. That is a very odd a d strange art style

Nice! Very cute.

That was amazing, and lends a lot to a possible follow-up or prequel.

THIS IS REALLY GOOD OKAY

I had been waiting for a great Startrix story and this definitely sated my hunger at least temporarily. I really like your takes on the characters, particularly making Trixie a little more batty than usual... and it works, it really works. A great alternate take for them meeting, and the dynamic you've written here between them... it's absolutely adorable ^_^ And I really like how you seamlessly worked Trixie's transness in, and Starlight's understanding and just... both of them feel like they belong with each other, which is super sweet. Perhaps the leap to romance is a little rushed, but hey, it's a one-shot. Though I would love to see more in this world, if you have more ideas for these two. They are socute and I would love to see how their romance develops.

8129799 I do have a couple ideas, but they'd all be one shots and on the maybe list, since I have many other projects set in this same continuity. The idea of MtF Trixie came from the fact that Trixie was originally going to be a stallion in Boast Busters - and I couldn't get the idea out of my head. The leap to romance was supposed to feel like that - batty Trixie is batty and Starlight really doesn't want to be in a fireworks accident, thank you very much. It also might be because I wrote this entire thing out by hand, which could have messed with the pacing a little bit. And thank you for thinking they belong together! Shipping dynamics like that are always wonderful when I can pull them off - and I try to with pretty much all my silly horsecouples. :heart:

If you liked this story, there's a few other little stories starring the Cadance mentioned by Starlight. She never references Starlight as her neighbor or getting beat up for candy but she does some other silly stuff.

So if I do write more about these two, I'll likely blog about it with this story tagged if you want to look out for that. I can't make any promises that there'll be a sequel/prequel/continuation, but if there is, I can promise that. :twilightsmile:

8130227 Out of curiosity, what would those Cadance stories be? :o

8130228 Well, she's fairly dorky in all her appearances, but the one closest in flavor to this would be Storge followed by Her Own Sky, where she's a dorky youth but only shows up in one chapter of a more serious story. An older Cady shows up in this short story set before A Canterlot Wedding.

However, if you don't like short stories with Cadance, there's always the larger adventure continuity she's in where she alternates between a main and secondary character depending on the story.

I tend to write her way more than I write these two (seeing as they've only showed up in one story so far) so if you like Cady, then it won't be uncommon to see a new story with her in the new stories section by yours truly. I hope this helps! :twilightsmile:

Living with her as a guardian had certainly weird.

I imagine thats "was" or a "had certainly been weird"?
Also i believe you recently decided to ditch the AU tag from your stories, but this is pretty much a alternate universe since in this universe starlight refused twilights offee no?

Love the lore and characterization.

Okay, this is weird, but also like perfect?
Trixie being an even bigger weirdo and Starlight just going with it is my new favorite dynamic.

When Starlight glimpsed Trixie's face, she wasn't sure why she ever thought that her new friend was joking. "If you keep saying things like this, does that mean that I'm going to have to be the straight mare here?"
"Considering that Trixie is a lesbian, yes."

This has to be one of my favorite parts!

This absolutely is the tale of psychos. Well written, great tale. Strange. But suitable to the characters despite me finding Trixy's knack for offhanded murder to be ...not something I ever saw coming.

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Starlight didn't either.

What a cute little pair of killers!

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A regular Bonnie and Clyde!

Or, uh, Bonnie and Bonnie.

Hm.

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Thank you so much! This is absolutely amazing to see; I was getting pinged all over multiple discord servers for this wonderful surprise!

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer

I'm sorry I checked the date, because I liked living under the idea that you had predicted No Second Prances. XD This was still a riot.

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Well, thank you! It was published afterwards, and you did spot that bit of soft-AU to this, but I'm glad that it didn't make the story any less enjoyable. Thank you for the watch, too! This is a piece I always love seeing people enjoy (after all, it's a nicer and more positive one compared to some of my other stuff) because it's one I had a lot of fun writing in all it's weirdness. :twilightsmile:

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer

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And weird it is! I particularly love that you brought in Cadence's backstory into Starlight's. :3

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And weird it is! I particularly love that you brought in Cadence's backstory into Starlight's. :3

Weird's kinda my thing. Gotta keep the horsewords fresh somehow.

Amazingly terrible in all the best ways... though I can't help but feel that Twilight would have to imprison Starlight of she rejected the student offer, for Starlight's own protection as much as anypony else's.

Still, fascinating backstories for both and some awesome interaction. Thank you for this.

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Amazingly terrible in all the best ways... though I can't help but feel that Twilight would have to imprison Starlight of she rejected the student offer, for Starlight's own protection as much as anypony else's.

The first half is something I feel describes a lot of my writing. Imprisonment is something that I agree would have likely happened to Starlight for refusing a path of reformation - but not necessarily for wanting to make one on her own. I think that Twilight, being the greenhorn princess, would have been the most open to/considerate of other types of sentences due to not being as experienced, especially with friendship pen pal contact still maintained. (Plus, considering some of the ye olde fantasy touches of MLP, it's not too unreasonable to believe exiling is an alternative sentence.) Though, now I'm curious if there's any hard-AUs that take that route, having Starlight kept away and Twilight working with her while incarcerated, or something similar.

Still, fascinating backstories for both and some awesome interaction. Thank you for this.

Thank you so much for the compliments and reading my story! :twilightsmile:

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Is there something in particular you did not like?

Given Trixie's personality it is hard to tell if she is lying when she claims to have killed ponies or when she says she never did. She apparently lied about having cleared out her pantry, and someone who could lie about food could lie about anything.
Anyway cute as everyone else said.

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Thank you very much for reading and taking the time to comment!

...someone who could lie about food could lie about anything.

You are a wise one.

Not my favorite pairing, but this was heckin' fun. A delightful pair of sociopaths, coming together because each other is the best they're going to get.:twilightsmile:

I also really like your subversion of usual trans writing:

Trixie: Trixie is trans, and ran away from home.

Starlight: Because you had to because you were trans?

Trixie: No, Trixie is just kind of a shit like that.

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A delightful pair of sociopaths, coming together because each other is the best they're going to get.:twilightsmile:

It's how I like all my horse romance.

I also really like your subversion of usual trans writing.

I'm all about those subversions.

It was stale.

Somehow? This just was... right for the ending.

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So it wasn’t stale? :trixieshiftright:

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Fresh when I got here!

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I can’t exactly say Trixie or Starlight were freshly baked in this story without adding some extra bits, namely the narcotics tag. :trixieshiftleft:

"Yes. Trixie does not intend to be paying for anything when she could camp anywhere for free. No borders, fences, or arcane weaponry can bar her from any place! Trixie has rights!"

Vagabond Trixie is best Trixie.

Need Trixie fetch the broom again for her guest's unjust prejudice against the homeward bound?"

I'm fucking dying :rainbowlaugh:

Starlight felt a hoof tap her wither and looked up to see Trixie holding a half-full bag of chips, half a PB&J sandwich, three-quarters of an apple, and a plastic container containing exactly twelve breath fresheners in her magic.

Of course Trixie would consider breath mints food.

"Uh, Trixie, 'adult' isn't a verb—"

Shut up, Starlight. You prescriptivist.

"Aww, Trixie is a bitch too,

But that's Miss Bitch to anyone who asks.

"If you keep saying things like this, does that mean that I'm going to have to be the straight mare here?"

"Considering that Trixie is a lesbian, yes."

Starlight shifted nervously on the grass while part of her mind debated whether or not to eat the partial apple balanced on her forehoof. "Well, I'm actually pan—"

"Which is still straighter than Trixie!"

Are you trying to kill me with this story? Dear Lord. :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh:

"It is only because they demand Trixie's money or are too critical of folk music, which is something Trixie holds close to her heart."

Me too, Trix.

It was stale.

Only the best for Trixie's fiancee. :rainbowlaugh:

I could probably quote almost every line of this fic and point out something hilarious/insightful about it. This was written before The Parent Map and Grannies Gone Wild revealed Starlight's backstory and Jackpot, obviously, but I like the backstory you made for both of them. Including Starlight being somehow older than Cadance and bullying her, lol. Poor Trix getting kicked out of the boarding school though. :ajsleepy: The romance was goofy and silly and yeah, a bit rushed, but these two versions of the characters are nuttier than usual, so I could see it happening.

Overall, a very fun StarTrix. The chapter title is super fitting. I've heard this ship described as "Be gay, do crime" personified, but "a tale of two psychos" also works. :twilightsmile:

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I tried to kill everyone with this story and libertarian/implied ancap Trixie.

I like the backstory you made for both of them. Including Starlight being somehow older than Cadance and bullying her, lol. Poor Trix getting kicked out of the boarding school though.

The reception of their backstories in this continuity certainly makes me want to revisit them one day. I certainly have higher-priority plans to write Cady's backstory (one day) which would certainly include some Starlight references/flashbacks.

The romance was goofy and silly and yeah, a bit rushed, but these two versions of the characters are nuttier than usual, so I could see it happening.

These two just have so much goofy and impulsive potential that doesn't feel like it's properly been tapped into. Dark comedy just fits both Trixie and her commie wife so well.

Overall, a very fun StarTrix. The chapter title is super fitting. I've heard this ship described as "Be gay, do crime" personified, but "a tale of two psychos" also works.

Sapphic psychos is just be gay, do crimes by another name.

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Sapphic psychos is just be gay, do crimes by another name.

Truer words have never been spoken.

Man, this really...woke..me up inside?

Charmingly odd and neat

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“Charmingly odd” is something that is pretty pog to be. I 100% this compliment.

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