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Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space, because there's bugger-all down here on Earth.

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This story is a sequel to Reconciliations


Sunset Shimmer left her cellphone behind at Pinkie Pie's "Welcome Back to the World!" party. Fluttershy visits her apartment the next morning to return it, only to find her friend is determined to become Queen of the Spiders to cure her mental ailments forever.

This story is part of the Recovery Arc, and blame for its existence falls entirely upon Posh.

Rated "T" for implicit yet accidental drug use, cursing, and anatomical discussion.

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Inb4:

Of all the things I might've expected from the Recovery arc, a Fluttershy-centric story that makes sense and fits even though Sunset is whacked out of her gourd was not one of them. But here we are, aren't we? :derpytongue2:

Also minotaurs.

Minotaurs have fingers.

I like this. I think it shows that Sunset does want to find the light at end of the tunnel, even if it is a freight train...

8130311 - Surprise! :pinkiecrazy:

Of all the things I might've expected from the Recovery arc, a Fluttershy-centric story that makes sense and fits even though Sunset is whacked out of her gourd was not one of them.

What can I say? Posh unintentionally gave me the perfect opportunity to tie up some loose ends to make the overall arc tighter and serve as a better lead-in to what's coming next.

Besides, you know I love leaving little nuggets for readers to look back to and go "Wait a minute, he mentioned that in {X}. Now I get it." With this story, I have officially set the stage for the final installment.

8130384 - You are correct. Also centaurs -- ironic I forgot them since I'm helping out on a story that has one. A consequence of writing most of this at midnight or later while on sleepy pills.

8130625 - I'm glad you like it. :pinkiesmile: This was more fun to write than it should have been.

...i think this needs a Rarity tag; it contains important world building aroind her even if she has no lines

8130768 - Considering the sequel to this story will prominently feature her, I think you've got a point. I'll update that.

By the way, I like your avatar. It's adorable.

This is the second story posted in as many days that I've inspired via offhand, half-joking remarkery. Clearly, it's because I injected all those MLP fic printouts into my brain, and became the Horsewords King. I must use this power wisely

Post-story follow-up: Stupid Neelix moment was boarding the bus in a hardhat and thinking I wouldn't notice. Ain't no head covering ever made that can disguise that ugly scrote you call a head, hedgehog. We have an honorary Like Unto an Amoeba award for Sunset Shimmer, Queen of the Spiders. Long may she reign, and God save us from the Queen.

Final score for Sunset Shimmer: Spider Queen is 8/10. It lacks the emotional punch of some of the other entries in this series, but that's not much of a criticism, as I still feel that this is a particularly strong outing. Sunset's self-deprecation toward her effed-up brain is both amusing and tragic; thematically, it's not unlike Highs and Lows in its portrayal of the character, which I see as a good thing. It's an acknowledgement that Sunset's problems run deep, and that, for all the progress she's made over the course of this series, they are far from gone.

The key difference here, however, is the way the POV character reacts to Sunset. Rarity treated her with bemusement in Highs and Lows, because she didn't fully understand the nature of Sunset's problems, or the gravity of the situation. Here, though, Fluttershy seems fully aware of how fragile Sunset can be, and handles her far more appropriately, demonstrating (at least to me) that this cast has a better sense of how to treat someone in Sunset's position.

I'm looking forward to seeing how you follow up on it.

8132092 - :rainbowlaugh: I love the SFDebris Voyager reviews so much. Doing your critique in that style… and that clip… I'm still laughing. And I needed a good laugh today. I regret that I have but one upvote to give your comment. Once again, thank you so much for planting the seeds for this story in my brain. After all the trouble I've had with the original next story in the arc, Spider Queen was exactly what I needed, and it's exactly what the arc itself needed. :yay:

This is the second story posted in as many days that I've inspired via offhand, half-joking remarkery. Clearly, it's because I injected all those MLP fic printouts into my brain, and became the Horsewords King.

Yeah I noticed in my feed you managed to corrupt Syeekoh too. Haven't read his latest yet, but I will as soon as I can.

I must use this power wisely.

We all know you'll abuse it to hell and back. :raritywink:

Spider Queen, Spider Queen...

Hehe high Sunset. Thumbs up, it made me giggle.

Eeyup, this is just the ticket. :eeyup: :raritywink:

Orange, she thought as she slowly blinked in an attempt to get her brain rebooted.

Really more of a gold, but then, she's not firing on all cylinders.

8144726 - I looked it up while writing and it's actually light amber. But I thought readers might assume she was talking about an actual girl, so I decided to keep it simple.

Also, an obscure reference to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

8144797 Not gonna lie, I assumed she just started talking gibberish because her brain was still broken from ingesting all those hallucinogens.

Then I assumed that "Orange" was the name of her cat.

Cats, the true bane of gods. The epilogue adds a nice touch to the story. I like it. :twilightsmile:

How is this for a price of fried gold?! I didn't mind the original ending,but this? This is the perfect coda (Coda? I think there's a better word, just can't recall what it is...) to this story. Bravo!

Okay. How many times have you listened to Tool's Rosetta Stoned :rainbowhuh: (it reminds me so strongly of it, except without all the swearing/feces stuff)

This is one of the best delirium descriptions I've seen. I have no idea if its lifelike, I've never been even nearly this "out there" myself. But it if it's not lifelike, it feels like it should be.

I think this is the place where you've best captured Sunset's frustration with her situation. Very well done.

EDIT: I think the reason you're getting a spike in downvotes is that aside from the wandering bursts of crudeness which feel faintly "wrong" (like, she would be, but she'd express it differently?) the slang's out of date. This mars the overall effect a bit, but I think people are oversensitive to these concerns. Getting the basic structure of the images and idea shifts is the hard place and you do this so well.

It's pleasantly incongruous this is a story with huge elements of surrealism but it's not actually a crackfic.

The epilogue definitely helps the ending and overall effect.

8153395 When you deal with a manic-depresive person's highs things get a little bit surrealist in general. Not to mention that she was high as a kite and that tends to... well, mess a lot with a person's mind and considering how Sunset's mind is in this universe, that's saying something.

Damn, Sunset was stoned out of her frigging gourd in this one, and it was a glorious read.

While i enjoy your story as well as whole Sunset´s Recovery Arc (thank you very much for it), i must mention one thing that has been bugging me. I´m unsure i even have the right to correct a typo since english isnt even my first language so grammar errors occur in my writing quite often i believe, but well, the honest truth is i just want to mention it. You see, I study pharmacology and there is no seratonin, its serotonin. But it might be just a difference in english accents (through that shouldnt happen in sciencencific terminology). But hey, i really appreciate your research on this topic.

Now, "selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor" IS totally a real thing, dont worry (i have charts and pictures to prove it). But i am a bit confused as to how Sunset (also, she must actually have brain of genius to use this phrase in completely exhausted, drugged mode) got to the whole "fixes mentality" thing? Now, serotonin is, along with endorphin one of "happy hormones" in brain, true. But it wouldnt be able to fix it entirely, and definitely not through a spider´s.....whatever biological part (im a chemist, not a biologist).

But fun fact: if anything, serotonin is (among other things) responsible for vasoconstriction of veins in brain, so guess what? It cures migraines!...well, not cures, but definitely lowers the pain levels of whole experience. Still wont recommend it unless you have to, as usage for long time periods leads to addiction. There, we all learned neat medical fact.

I tell ya what, fingers took some getting used to, but I learned a lot about myself that first month.” Her half-lidded face grinned as wide as possible. Fluttershy blushed so deeply she resembled a pink-haired turnip.

oh my :trollestia:

Poor flutters, but at least she said the spider!

8232755 - Hi. Sorry it's taken me so long to reply to you. Thanks for pointing out the typo. I'll fix it as soon as I'm able.

While I appreciate the pharmacology lesson, it's not really necessary here. I know what SSRI's do, for I have taken several over the years and am on one as I type this. As to HOW Sunset arrived at her conclusion… Well, keep in mind that (1) At this point in her recovery, she's probably looked into medications that might help mitigate her symptoms, which were intended to reflect severe melancholic depression. More importantly, (2) she ate narcotic flowers and is, as my friend CoffeeMinion so brilliantly put it, whacked out of her gourd. Also, (3) she watched a dumb Sci-Fi movie on TV as the flowers took effect. You think those writers did any scientific research? Of course not. Basically, she's under the influence and confusing reality with a bad movie. If she weren't high as a kite, she'd know better.

The word I used is "ichor", which is a term from alchemy that's so obscure I had to have Sunny explain it in-story. She must be a genius to be drugged out of her mind yet still able to semi-coherently discuss both pharmacology and alchemy, even as she blends the two like a crazy person. Her dialogue was seriously fun to write. Actually, of all the stories I've written in 2017, including ones my readers haven't seen yet, this one was the most fun.

(as English isn't your native language, I apologize if any of my slang is confusing)

8355731 - And that is one reason why this story carries a "T" rating. I love sneaking crap past the radar. :ajsmug:

Sunset tilted her head backward to look at the jar several feet away. “Heh. You’re upside down. But you’re a spider. Do you even gravity? How do you keep the blood from, like, rushing to your head and messing you up, man? Oh, Fluttershy, you’re upside down too. Sweet. Wait, what?”

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Hahaha! Ur killing me! thank you for the laugh.

8382041 - No problem, fam. It's all good and... Wait. What was I gonna say again?
</fakestoned>

Oh well. I'm happy you've enjoyed the Recovery Arc. :twilightsheepish:

Fuggin' OOF, Jimsonweed... Poor Sunset...

And this kids is why see don’t take drugs... or, uh... eat flowers. Vegetarians are behind the world’s drug problems apperantly.

ok....I totally saw this Sunset trying to turn herself into Janeway from SFDebris' Voyager Reviews/Opinions.

….especially the "Eat Fluttershy" bit and "As you lay prostate before me".....
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Poor dumb Twily

“Fuckin’ fingers, man,” Sunset said. “Only sapient beings with these back in Equestria are Minotaurs and Gryphons. Can you imagine what it’d be like to step through a portal and find your whole body morphed? I tell ya what, fingers took some getting used to, but I learned a lot about myself that first month.” Her half-lidded face grinned as wide as possible. Fluttershy blushed so deeply she resembled a pink-haired turnip.

Bow chicka wow wow.:rainbowwild:

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Sneaking stuff under the radar is fun. And yes, it's exactly what you're thinking.

Can you tell I had a blast writing this story? It was a nice diversion from all the serious I was doing at the time.

Spider (he is our hero, heh-heh).

...OMG, is that a completely obscure TMBG reference?! :pinkiegasp:

9212649
Yep. :rainbowwild:

…I promise not to kill you.

Hey!

There's no such thing as an unhealthy fascination for arachnids!

9212871
There's one thing we know for sure:
All the dicks in this dick town can't keep Sunset down.

8130625
Wait why a frieght train I would think a steam train would work better for her in a nostalgic sense

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