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I'm a brony and a Pinkie Pie fan but I like all of the mane six, as well as Spike. I hope to provide some entertaining and interesting fanfics for the Brony community.


(Takes place after "Rock Solid Friendship". Proofread by yodajax10 on FiMFiction and Smity1038 on Deviant Art.)

Starlight has put up with a lot having Trixie as a friend. Nopony ever said friends were perfect, and Starlight has been willing to give Trixie the benefit of the doubt for some time now.

But after Trixie accidentally infects Starlight with poison joke when she doesn't listen to Starlight's warnings, Starlight starts to question if being friends with Trixie is really worth it, and threatens to break off their friendship if Trixie can't learn to listen.

While Maud tries to help Starlight calm down and reconsider her actions, Trixie seeks help from Twilight to figure out how to best apologize to Starlight and show that she's changed. But are Maud and Twilight up to the task of healing a broken bond? Or will Trixie lose her closest and best friend?

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After certain episodes, one must wonder if Trixie is the best choice in friends for Starlight and if Twilight was right all along about Trixie not being a good choice for a best friend? I'm glad this story addresses those issues.

8154398 "All Bottled Up" really made Trixie's redemption seem sketchy. I mean heck, I don't like saying it, but she acted like a G-rated "Family Guy" character in that episode.

Congrats on hitting the Feature Box with what currently looks like 0 like and 0 dislikes. Truly a masterpiece of algorithms on this site (though I don't doubt that this story deserved it).

Also, this is about to punch me in the feels. Let's go.

A very well done fic from you. 10/10

I know Poison Joke has a different effect on each pony who encounters it... but for some reason somepony having an allergic reaction to it is something that never occurred to me.
I also think it goes against canon a bit, specifically with Zecora's description of it:

It means this plant does not breed wrath. Instead this plant just wants a laugh.

I'm pretty sure "immediate allergic reaction" falls under "breeding wrath".

I don't know if it's because Starlight is my favorite pony and Trixie's in the top 5, or what.
But I found that I like this accusation fic enough to fave it, despite that detail, and the fact that All Bottled Up is my second favorite episode of the season partly BECAUSE of how Trixie was written in it.

8154616 Allergies aren't caused by the plant or the food, they are caused by the body when it believes said plant or food to be harmful, and produces the reaction as a way of fighting back against the threat. So it's not the poison joke itself that causes the allergic reaction.


Agreed. :pinkiehappy:


No, she wasn't​! :flutterrage:


Allergies aren't caused by the plant or the food, they are caused by the body when it believes said plant or food to be harmful, and produces the reaction as a way of fighting back against the threat. So it's not the poison joke itself that causes the allergic reaction.

I guess the issue here is that the only ponies we've seen be directly affected by the poison joke are the mane six, and aside from the pranks the plant pulled (and the shenanigans that resulted), they weren't affected negatively by the plant at all.
As a result, I have a hard time believing that anypony could be allergic to the plant.

Well, this was very interesting. A fair assessment of both Trixie and Starlight in 'All Bottled Up'. I personally didn't care for that episode because of how oblivious Trixie was to Starlight's plight. Trixie has an ego, but she cares deeply for Starlight as a friend. Just like how I didn't care for 'Rock Solid Friendship' because of how oblivious and annoying Pinkie was in that episode. In any case, I really liked this story. Have a like and a fav.:twilightsmile::pinkiehappy:

"All Bottled Up" really called her entire redemption arc into question

When did Trixie ever have a redemption arc? She showed up once as a schmuck, a second time as a schmuck with a chip on her shoulder, and has been a schmuck ever since.

What's the point of the Romance Tag?

I knew I wanted somepony to talk to you and you were just the first pony that came to my mind,"

"Maud, I think you should talk to yourself."

I think the "you" after "to" should be removed.

Starlight tried to feign ignorance. "I... don't know what you mean, Maud. There's nothing for us to talk about, everything's fine," She gave off a nervous laugh, but Maud just continued to look at Starlight with that straight, flat expression, that nevertheless made Starlight feel as if Maud were staring into her very soul.

Or possibly just remembering the conversation they had earlier, in Maud's house.

Heh, this part:

I'm wondering if it's truly worth befriending ponies, when all it seems to do is cause me pain."

...reminds me of:

"Then it is better not to trust."
"Without trust, there's no friendship, no closeness. None of the emotional bonds that make us what we are."
"And yet you put yourself at risk."
"Every single time."
--Data and Riker, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Legacy"

8155223 What romance tag? There's no romance tag here.

8154424 I hadn't noticed, that's a very good point.

Honestly, this is one of those episode worthy fic. :twilightsmile: What I find unique is Starlight didn't immediately break her friendship with Trixie, instead, she gives her a subtle final chance.

The use of exclamation marks in non dialogue sentence slightly bothers me, but overall, this is an amazing fic:raritywink:

Although not directly related to the fic itself...

After how badly she was written in "All Bottled Up", I knew I had to write something to address my grievances with Trixie. Suffice it to say, "All Bottled Up" really called her entire redemption arc into question, much like "Every Little Thing She Does" did the same for Starlight.

To be fair, Trixie is just being Trixie in that episode, the usual flaunting her ego after learning about a new magic spell. Plus, she's still socially awkward, just like Starlight in "Every Little Thing She Does", so they are bound to make mistakes, not downright questions their redemption arc.

This was definitely worth the read. My only regret is not having done so sooner.

Hopefully, I wasn't too harsh on either character

Nononono what you did in this fanfic isn't harsh. The following YouTube comment is harsh, and messed up. Mostly messed up.


I'm pretty sure my point is clear.

Okay I just noticed this comment and I want to point out the following conversation from the episode:

Starlight Glimmer: Okay, Trixie, what kinds of spells did you want to work on next?
Trixie: Well, every self-respecting magician has a disappearing act, so maybe we could start with that?
Starlight Glimmer: Hmmm. Nothing just disappears, so that's technically a teleportation spell, and those are pretty hard. Maybe we should start with something smaller.
Trixie: No-no-no-no. The Great and Powerful Trrrrrixie goes big or not at all! Just tell me how you do it.

Also there's one thing I forgot to say before. Starlight is allergic to Poison Joke is my new headcanon.

"Besides, you're not perfect yourself," Spike added. "You've gotten into quite a few predicaments because you didn't listen, or tried to take a shortcut."

That is true but Spike, Trixie almost got Starlight killed, she has every right to be mad, don’t guilt trip her.

"Yeah, that's her," Starlight replied, and frowned as she told Maud. "Trixie ended up infecting me with poison joke earlier today, and I suffered an allergic reaction as a result. She said it was by accident, and I'm pretty sure it was just that. But I'm still mad about the fact that I tried to tell her about what poison joke is and what it does to me, and she didn't seem to listen. It made me think about our past experiences, and how often it seems Trixie doesn't listen and gets us into trouble. And I may have overreacted just a tad."

Maybe that is true, but it was somewhat justified.

"You're right, Maud. What I'm really worried about, is whether or not I should forgive Trixie. She always says she's sorry, but each time I've given her another chance, she ends up hurting me in some way, shape, or form. Even if she claims it's by accident, do I really wanna keep doing this if she's never going to change? I really want to believe she can be a different pony. But after all the chances I've given her to do so, can I bring myself to give her one more on the off chance that she might actually change?"

That is so accurate, Starlight and Trixie’s friendship is pretty toxic sometimes, but they have their sweet moments.

Trixie thought and thought for a while, even more so than the previous one she had to really think about what she was supposed to say and what the correct response was supposed to be. At last, however, a light bulb went off in her head, and she knew what she had to say. "I'm sorry, Starlight. That must make you pretty mad, and you have every right to be mad with me," She said, making sure her voice sounded sincere and apologetic.

I don’t mean to sound like a jerk but that line I bolded makes it sound like she’s faking sincerity. I’m probably wrong though.

At last, it was Trixie who broke the silence. Despite how much she struggled to look Starlight in the eye, she managed to say in the most apologetic tone she could. "Starlight, before you say anything, Trixie wants you to know that you don't have to forgive her and she won't ask you to. If you want to hold all my past mistakes against me for however long you want, do so, it's a punishment I deserve," Struggling to keep tears from her eyes she then added. "But please, if at all possible, give Trixie one last chance. I don't want to lose your friendship, it means everything to me. I know I'm not good with words and making apologies, but I promise I'll try my hardest to listen to you from now on."

Okay that was sweet.

"Well, you did bring me to the castle to get help, and I should've told you much earlier about my poison joke allergies," Starlight replied. "I guess we both have things to be sorry for. And after spending some time thinking about it, I realized that.... I overreacted earlier, just a little. So, do you forgive me for that?"

Seriously?! Trixie guilt tripped her into skipping the dinner, and Starlight tried to tell Trixie about the allergy, but oh guess what she didn’t listen. Oh well it doesn’t matter anyway. I will give Trixie credit she did get Starlight back to the castle and the bottle of anger was Starlight’s fault but be honest you’d also try to contain uncontrollable magic.

(I edited the comment because I was a little to harsh to Trixie at first.)

Trixie immediately scooped up one of the flowers, and stopped as she cleared her throat.

Shouldn’t have the flowers also played a joke on her too? Like what happened when the Main Six touched them in S1?

Honestly felt like an actual MLP short

Trixie thought and thought for a while, even more so than the previous one she had to really think about what she was supposed to say and what the correct response was supposed to be. At last, however, a light bulb went off in her head, and she knew what she had to say.

just like me trying to figure out the right thing to say to get someone off my tail

she might've picked them up in her magic

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