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LightningSword


Me. Take it or leave it.

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My name is Flash Sentry.

I wasn't always the cool, blue-haired kid playing guitar and sweet-talking ladies.

Once, there was only one lady I would have done anything for—and did.

And falling for her was the worst decision of my life. It left me broken. After a while, I was begging for some way for it to end.

I won't feel that way again. Ever.


Artwork by the always excellent _Vidz_!

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Comments ( 59 )

I really like this. I came in not really expecting much, meaning I didn't know what to expect, and this was the payout? Definitely earned a favorite. I love the transition he makes from the nerd to the Flash Sentry we see, then into his depressed form and then coming back from it stronger than ever.

8208142 Thank you so much for reading! :twilightsmile:

8208147 Thank you for writing it. I might check out your it works.

Ouch... Seriously ouch. This definitely gives us some more insight on to why Sunset wasn't exactly trusted after the Fall Formal or why everyone, or at least Flash, was so quick to assume it was her as Anon-A-Miss in the Christmas annual, as much as I hate to bring that incident up. If I knew she pulled stunts like this, I wouldn't be so quick to trust her at all. This is a good story, for the reasons stated above, and for how much insight it gives us in Flash's character.

8208154 I appreciate it. And thanks for favoriting! :twilightsmile:

This is pretty deep. Sure he makes it out in the end, but still pretty deep.

And definitely, earns my approval.

8208200 Thanks for the fave and follow. I'm so glad you liked it! :pinkiehappy:

Dang, this was a really good story, but didn't Flash brake up with Sunset? But thats just a minor thing, still a very good story

Wow... just WOW. This was... I can't even put it into words....


Good job man.

8208229 It was just a headcanon I came up with. Nothing to be taken overly seriously. Thanks for the fave. :twilightsmile:

8208252 And thank you, too! :pinkiesmile:

Wow, that was deep in feels. I can't even begin to imagine the emotional pain Flash was going through; both from being bullied by his peers, and getting the revelation that Sunset never loved him, and was just using him as a puppet in her dark, ambitious intents:fluttercry:.

8208705 Thanks very much for reading. :twilightsmile:

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Any chance of this getting a sequel? Maybe a small recap of the movies from Flash's POV? A little epilogue that shows him mending bridges with Sunset?

Beautiful. Kudos to you, author.

Not bad. Not bad at all. You've earned an upvote and a place on my bookshelf.

(it's a pity this good story has so many downvotes; irrational Flash-haters :ajbemused:)

8209352 That's the second time today I've been asked to do a sequel. :pinkiegasp:

Come to think of it, a story from Sunset's PoV doesn't sound too bad, to depart from the theme a bit. I'd just need the right inspiration, though. Can't force a story if there's nothing there to start with. :twilightoops:


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8209395 Greatly appreciated! Thank you! :raritystarry:

This is pretty good overall. It hurt to see Flash so broken, but he's stronger than ever now. The only thing I really don't think fits is that Sunset dumped Flash when it has been stated that Flash was the one who broke up with her in the films, unless this is an AU. Overall a good job.

This was really good. Great job. Is there any chance of more? I think seeing the movies from flash point of view would be great awell as what lies beyond. Maybe actually getting back with Sunset, sementing his relation with Princess Twlight or maybe even getting with Sci-Twi

8210003 I never did find out who dumped whom, exactly. If that was said, I can't remember when. :applejackunsure: Anyway, thanks for reading. :twilightsmile:


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8210308 Thanks for reading! :pinkiehappy:

8210129 I've gotten a lot of sequel requests already. Not sure if I'll do it, but anything is possible. Thanks for reading! :raritywink:

During Equestria Girls it is indeed, Flash who broke up with Sunset. I believe it was Fluttershy who coined it at Twilight while she was doing the hair twirl and showing her minor excitement of such.

I do believe I'll read this with this in mind, and wonder if indeed it's an AU or if indeed..it would have worked better if Sunset dumped him instead.

Mmm! Oh my, that was quite the surprising look for it. Explains a lot too if you honestly think on it.
Does this mean that Derpy actually knows who he really is considering all she does for him later on?
It's hard to say, but I like this. Dark as it is, rough as it is, I like it.

8210316 You're welcome. Fluttershy actually said in the very first movie that Flash broke up with Sunset a few weeks ago. They don't really talk much about their old relationship but a lot of people think Flash broke up with her because she was getting to be too much of a pain or he realized how much of a bully she was if she kept it secret from him. Your version is interesting though.

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Irrational Brad-lovers!

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That said, this was a good read. Good work!

All these talks about Flash getting better. In my opinion, it's simply he cannot lift his "cool guy" mask now. And it's growing to be his face. But he understands that it isn't.
And that "nobody will hurt me again" - that means that he does not want to trust anybody. So any relationships will be invisibly fake from his side. Not true friends, but "friends".

8210688 You hit the nail on the head. Thanks for reading. :twilightsmile:

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Thank you LightningSword
for being pure in making us relive the human feelings of love and regret.

NEVER AGAIN
will remain a timeless story.

Wow. This just... Holy shit.

Before I read this, what is the Dark tag for ?
And how bad does it get ?

Dang, good story. Having dealt with bullying, depression, and so on, myself when growing up, this head-cannon really makes me feel for him.
I'm usually not a fan of the the journal style, but I have to admit it works really well here. Almost like a series of letters he's righting to us the readers.
This really makes me wonder about the guilt Sunset felt toward flash after her reformation, and how Flash might have responded the first time she tried to reconcile with him. Or how she felt when Flash said, "Now that's the bad girl we love to hate!" in Rainbow Rocks.
It's great how you made me think about and ask questions about the characters with this story. Keep up the good work.

8211321 "Contemplation and attempt of suicide"/"creating and preserving a fake identity for friends" bad. That's not a problem, is it? :applejackunsure:


8211418 Thanks. :twilightsmile:

I very well could tell you how very real things like this are- and I've lived most of it. It honestly invokes memories of things that happened- and it is painful. To believe in someone so deeply and give everything for them, but to be used and discarded regardless- leaving only a husk of a man- it definitely hit home for me. All the same, I'm also glad you had Flash come to the same conclusion I have- freedom is not granted by sovereignty or law, but realized by the individual. And once you do, not even the past has any right to say who or what you are.

In short- I'm glad you wrote something that beckons to the human heart once in a while, cause its a good reminder of who we are and where we're going. Once again, good work!

8211635 I'm glad it reached you in a good way. And thank you for favoriting. :twilightsmile:

Amazing story man! You also made me care for Flash just a little......but still nice story keep up the good work 😈

This was so beautiful!:pinkiesad2: I tear up a bit on some pages but this is grate! Keep up the grate work!:twilightsmile:

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Thanks so much for reading! :pinkiesmile:

This was the sweetest, saddest most adorable thing I've ever read!

That was painful to read and not because it was badly written. Now that I think about it, what makes this story so painful to read is how well it communicates all those dark emotions. Ow. :fluttershyouch::fluttershysad:

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Thanks for the favorite! :pinkiesmile:


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I really appreciate that, thank you. :twilightsmile:

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I can’t believe that I didn’t think of this earlier, but this story is the literary equivalent of a plate of buffalo wings. When you first dive in, you think, “Hmm, this is good, a little tingly, but nothing that I can’t handle,” but then, halfway, you are subdued by pain and no longer wish to continue but feel compelled to anyway because you know you’re not finished. Then, when you finish, this odd feeling of satisfaction just washes over you.

I don’t know how my mind works sometimes. :twilightsheepish:

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That’s actually a good way to think of it. :twilightsheepish:

Damn, that was good.

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Thanks for reading and favoriting! :pinkiesmile:

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IMO, with how popular and feared Sunset was, she probably could've easily created a rumor that he'd broken up with her. Or at least, that's just my attempt at explaining.

Well written and heart wrenching to read.

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Very much appreciated. And thanks for the fave, too! :pinkiehappy:

Yikes. I can't help but feel for this version of Flash Sentry, though going so far as to change your entire outward appearance just to get bullies off your back, and then dealing with Sunset...yeesh this guy needed a break.

Good story. I wish I hadn't taken so long to read it.

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