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Inky Scrolls

What is life? Is it nothing more than the endless search for a cutiemark?


I've spent twelve years as a nurse, now. Nurse Redheart, helping the ailing ponies of Ponyville, caring for them all. Twelve years! So many memories, so many regrets. And yet one night, a decade ago, I remember with particular sorrow - for on that one, terrible night, I failed...

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Now this story really tugged at my heartstrings. Knowing now what the Apple Parent's love story was really like, it makes their deaths all that much more tragic.

I know what you mean. The fact that such love, such affection, such a family, should all be thrown away by the cruelty of Death. . . truly is tragic. I doubt very much that the writers of the show will ever reveal what happened to Bright Mac and Buttercup, but I'm glad you enjoyed my version of their untimely demise.

Here's to hoping that isn't what really happened.

Also, with pony anatomy, she would not be able to die giving birth, so...

The most tragic head canon
Well done

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. The story of Bright Mac and Pear Butter is such a tragic one - of love and joy and hope but, ultimately, death. Applebloom has grown up not knowing her parents (consider how young she must have been when AJ went to live with Aunt and Uncle Orange, and that was before she got her cutiemark), and AJ and Big Mac were orphaned when they too were young. We may never be given a canonical reason for their death, but with this headcanon story I've tried to fill that void.

Oh Inky Scrolls, this is a wonderfully Bittersweet story, thank you for writing it. Poor Nurse Red Heart.

I think that this is likely to be the standout episode of the season, and I suspect you may be right that we will never get a canon resolution to the story, though I hold out a faint hope for there being a follow up episode somewhere down the road that proves me wrong. Grand Pear has the potential for being a recurring character, he is the grandfather after all, and Big Mac did ask Burnt Oak if they could come back for more history, so who can say?

Um, Eldunarlan, for what it's worth, according to veterinarian sites on the internet, mares do have a 1 to 2% chance of dying when giving birth.

I agree with you about seeing Grandpère Pear again, and Burnt Oak; continuity has improved drastically over the last few years so I think we can be hopeful. I think, in a way, it would be a shame if it was ever confirmed what really happened to them - rather like the mystery surrounding Scootaloo, it provides the fandom plenty of writing material!

Oh my gosh I have goose bump. That was beautifully written. Love every word

This story gave me the feels. :applecry:

This is a good story, though I have an idea that you could do more with the story. Want to hear it in a PM?

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Sorry to appear ignorant, but, er... what is a 'PM'?

Personal Message (aka, the Mail box).

Ah, righto. Ja sure, why not? =Þ

The feels! :raritycry:

I'm sorry if that was trite. This is a really beautiful story explaining how both parents left this world on the same day (I feel so sorry for Applebloom, though, not having a happy birth anniversary). At least in this version they were not apart for long.

And I feel sorry for Nurse Redheart as well. You know there are real life doctors and nurses who have similar thoughts about tragedies they have experienced.

Beautiful story. Thank you.

Thank you, I'm glad you found the story moving. It's unlikely we'll ever have their demises confirmed (MLP is a children's programme, after all!), but I think that something like this could have occurred.

The few ideas I had about Bright Mac and Pear Butter's ultimate fate always involved them going out together. To have them die apart is tragic, yet effective and likely more realistic. Having it from Redheart's perspective was a nice touch as well.

I doubt the show will cover their deaths or the topic in general and that would be a shame. It's not an easy topic but it's a lesson that everyone will face.

Aye, I think you're right. Losing a loved one is never an easy thing to face. But then, there are an ever-growing number of Disney films in which either one or both parents dies at the start, so. . . :rainbowlaugh:

great job with the story I was in tears at the end of it

I'm glad you enjoyed it, thank you. :twilightsmile:

Amazing story, great job! This really helped fill that mystery of how they died for me, thank you! :twilightsmile:

Your very welcome

Thank you, I glad you enjoyed it! It's certainly an interesting conundrum - what did happen to them? I think there are other equally plausible theories (for example, some have argued that Applebloom is actually Applejack's daughter, and that she was born after her (grand)parents' deaths; that would of course 'decanon' Far Apart. But it's an interesting theory nonetheless. :twilightsmile:

This was a very tragic story.... Made me get the feels... Now excuse me, I'll go cry in a corner :fluttercry::raritydespair::raritycry: xxxx

It's heartbreaking and very well written. I almost wished Pear Butter had lived seeing all the support she had around her. but such is the way of things.

Oh my gosh that actually bring so much tears in my eyes when I read it again there are so many possible ways What happened to bright Mac and Buttercup it's very sad we never got the chance to see them they look like they're a good ponies and they died pretty young and nurse red heart felt like it was her own fault that both of them were no longer here but it's just like spider ham say you can't always save everyone even if it's hard sometimes it's out of our hands you just have to get through this this was already sad story but very nice keep up the good work

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