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Impossible Numbers


"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying, And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying."

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There is one moon, with two sides. There is one planet, its partner. There is nothing else.

A runaway and a wizard, Sunset knows about the duality of a cold and careless cosmos. The cruellest of all is the one that separates life and death. Now her life is intertwined with those of a humble farming family. And nowhere is that more evident than with the infuriating, stubborn, lively, and heroic Applejack.

Until one fateful time, when life gives way to the other side of the coin.

Sunset broke the rules once before. She's willing to break them again. Or she'll break her spirit trying. There is no third choice.


Contestant for the Sunset Shipping Contest: Changing Seasons. Further details are available via this link.

Chapters (7)
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Comments ( 19 )

It's a good thing I had a backup for that contest, given that my first entry was way over the word count limit. Although the same caveat about word count applies here (i.e. I'll cheerfully withdraw this entry if it's too big), this time it's not even the biggest entry as far as I can tell*. Second time lucky, perhaps? :pinkiehappy:

*EDIT: Incorrect, as it happens. Apparently, I can't count. Figures. :ajbemused:

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You're good!

(and also crazy. Thats a lot of words. :rainbowhuh:)

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YYYYYYYEEEEEEEESSSSS!!!!!!!!!:pinkiehappy:

Er, I mean: One is delighted to be accepted into this most splendid event. Good fellow, I graciously offer my sincerest thanks. :raritywink:

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Impossible Numbers has been doing nonsense like this in every contest I've seen him in. Multiple entries and pushing word limit boundaries are as expected as grass being green and whatnot.

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"Doing nonsense"? Harrumph! I don't know whether to be merely offended or downright insulted. :duck:

Anyway, I don't pull those kinds of stunts nearly as often as you think. Even back in the World-Building Alliance's heyday of 2013, I think I submitted two entries exactly once.

Besides, it'd be a lot more impressive if I actually won every contest you've seen me in. :applejackunsure:

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

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I included it for the "unsettling concepts" angle: the eldritch abominations, the weird setting, the themes of darkness and of death, Luna basically acting as an obstructive Grim Reaper, and some psychological heartbreak over the dilemma in the climax. There's no violence, war, or literal torture in it and the ending is bittersweet, if that was what you wanted to confirm.

In all honesty, the "Dark" tag is the least convincing of the five I used, and the one I'd be most easily persuaded to remove.

Kisah itu hebat! Saya suka perkembangan watak dan cara anda beralih antara adegan! Keterangan anda membuat saya gembira dan saya berharap anda berjaya! Pastikan anda tidak meletakkan sos di dalam dobi!

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Kisah itu hebat! Saya suka perkembangan watak dan cara anda beralih antara adegan! Keterangan anda membuat saya gembira dan saya berharap anda berjaya! Pastikan anda tidak meletakkan sos di dalam dobi!

I'll have fries with mine.

In all seriousness, may I have a translation please? I'd be fascinated to know what you meant, but alas my linguistic abilities – up to and including the ability to identify a language – are negligible at the best of times.

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Hello I am liking your story and characters and scene translations. :)

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It's all right; I guess I'm not quite used to all the varied things people do online. I hope I didn't come across as rude. :fluttershysad:

OK, then. In any case, I'm very glad you liked my fic so much. Thank you for the pleasant reply! :scootangel:

I enjoyed this story. The emotions felt legit. The only problem I have is that I feel like some supplemental reading is required to fully grasp what’s going on. Like, it feels as though it’s part of a larger story that, as far as I can tell, doesn’t exist. I dunno, maybe that’s just me.

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Firstly, thank you for commenting. It's a rare treat to receive such thoughtful feedback, but well worth the wait. :twilightsmile:

Regarding the "incompleteness" of it, you're not alone in pointing that out. One of the contest judges suggested the world-building was a bit too complicated for something of this length, and I have to admit in hindsight the central romantic relationship could've used a bit more attention instead.

So I'd pin down that excessive world-building as the culprit in this case. I didn't really have a larger story in mind, though: a backstory, true, but I think the details of that are clear enough from context.

In any case, I'm happy you at least enjoyed the story, especially the emotions depicted. I aim to improve my writing, so your comment here is very useful in identifying what works and what doesn't. Thanks again! :scootangel:

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:pinkiesmile: Thanks, and I'm glad you like it, I really am, but... did you post that comment after having finished the story? To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this fic, especially past the first two chapters. :unsuresweetie: It was sort of compromised in construction, and I regard it as not one of my best.

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Imma finish it tomorrow, it's kinda long. :B

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Was that Abacus Cinch? I was envisioning her as Cinch. <.<

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Nope, yup, still amazing. :D Well done.

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No, I went for a "bleached and dead" motif with that particular character to contrast her with Sunset; any resemblance to Cinch is just a coincidence.

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:pinkiehappy: Wow, thanks! I'm very pleased you liked it so much. :twilightsmile: I shall do what I can to continue justifying that follow, too.

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