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How could you do this? And on Jueves?!


When you've lived as long as Granny Smith, you've got a right to be set in your ways.

Pear Butter's not gonna accept that.

(Winner winner chicken dinner of Scribblefest 2018's Flutteryshuttery award. Edited by some guy with fabulous pants.)

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My heart and pancreas have been wounded by the devilish helping of sweetness you have laid upon me. I gaze upon this work and weep tears of caramel and praline (whatever the hell that is).

It's really nice to see Pear Butter getting some love in this great little story of yours.

I also found no blorps!

This was the kind of story I was expecting from the Scribblefest prompt. And it certainly didn't disappoint. Great job! :twilightsmile:

Great job writing this. I really felt for Pear Butter, and you do a damn good job of writing Granny Smith too.

I remember that song...
*pulls it up on youtube*

Be good to your daughters, because they pick your nursing home.

...Think my heart just broke a little.

It's pancake syrup.

A sweet, heartfelt coda to what was already the series' most moving episode. :heart:

Pear Butter blushed. "We have a feelin'. Bright Mac an' I. First one's gonna be a girl."

Not quite. The other two will be though.

Knowing canon, Bright Mac and Buttercup’s firstborn foal won’t be a filly.

I thought praline was toffee with bits of nuts.

Yep, instant recipe for a feels-y story: Have it be about Perfect Pear. As such, it would be all too easy to write something really half-baked with cheap feels bait, but that's definitely not the case here. As always, you've provided us with a very well thought out and well executed character piece full of nuance. The emotion came naturally, and wasn't heavy handed or forced. I also liked how it kind of parallels Applebuck Season (or whatever the first AJ-centric episode of season 1 was called. It's been a while), with Granny overworking herself due to pride, but for a very different reason than AJ in the show. Another thing I couldn't help but notice:

we had this stick-in-the-mud from out Dodge Junction way, name o'Hickory Switch

You just couldn't resist, could you? :ajsmug:

Overall, a nice little character piece that made me feel feelings.


You just couldn't resist, could you?:ajsmug:

Of course not! I achieved peak hack a while ago, and am now coasting comfortably. :D

There's a good reason this story has no downvotes yet. It makes sense that Granny would be slow to warm up to Pear Butter. Granny may have accepted her into the family but she hadn't really embraced her yet. And I love all the attention to detail, like picking the pears one at a time vs bucking apple trees, and Granny's aching hip. I wish there were more fanfics like this.

Sweet story...but I wanted to smack Granny Smith SO bad here. Get over yourself, you stubborn old biddy! Pear Butter's NOT her father!

Sorry about that; I really did like this story. I just have exceedingly little patience for stubbornness, especially irrational stubbornness. In certain stories, characters who exhibit said stubbornness REALLY make me wish someone would smack some sense into them...literally. Either that, or give them a "Reason You Suck" speech (or at least a "Get the heck over yourself" speech....)



A little off the mark about the gender of their first-born, but they tried.

Very sweet. And my hat off to you for your characterization skills. Spot fekking on, the lot of it.

Take your upvote and go! :rainbowwild:

That's also called praline. I actually have a bottle of Praline Syrup in my cabinets.

Sweet as apple pie :ajsmug: so beautiful.

If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.
 - Deuteronomy 24:5

Keep up the good work my good man :pinkiehappy:

Holy shit, even the Old Testament has more paternity leave than modern US law. I'm actually kind of impressed.

Why do you think I keep reading it? There's some legitimately good shit in there :scootangel:

You can just feel the pain in Pear Butter's voice. Brilliant.

That's actually a very sobering fact...

8776807 If you understand the contexts of social order, hygiene, and what they were up against in terms of enemy nations, most of the Levitical laws actually made perfect sense at the time.

The banning of most 'unclean' meats was entirely logical... since those tended to be overloaded with parasites and nasty bacterial and led to food poisoning at very high rates. They were also in a desert, which made adequate fuel hard to come by, so the laws for the preparation of even the 'clean' meats were meant to reduce the chances of infection from inadequately cooked food (avoid eating entrails, drain all the blood, boil or roast the hell out of it).


I mean really how

What content in here is so terribly offensive that it warrants one? I couldn't even find any blorps. Thinking of what could have prompted a downvote on a story of this nature and skill is very curious.

But really, you wrote a great addition to Apple family stories and you should be proud.

To the person who downvoted this story...


...I hope you're happy :ajbemused:

Now, I'm not the one who downvoted, merely playing devil's advocate here, but I'm guessing they just didn't enjoy the story. The dislike button is pretty much explicitly there for that. It's not really restricted to grammatical errors, giant plot holes, unlikable characters, and things like that. Like/Dislike buttons are there to show exactly that, if you liked it or disliked it. I can't really fault someone for clicking dislike on a story that they disliked.

On the other hand, I certainly thought it was a cute story, so here's an upvote to balance it out.

Point noted :)

8778036 This is a valid point! I don't expect everyone to enjoy this story, although I'm grateful it hit home with so many people, and people are welcome to react to it how they will.

And I'm at teensy bit proud that it hit almost 200 upvotes before getting its first down. It's still a win in my book. :pinkiehappy:

Oh of course, obviously. I'm just having a little fun :twilightblush:

Congrats to Ghosted Note!

I was thinking the same thing. :twilightblush: In other words though, great story!

That took longer than I thought it would (not a jab at the author, a general observation for this site). I've been waiting for this sort of story ever since "The Perfect Pear" aired - you just know that Granny Smith was the mother-in-law from hell to Pear Butter at first, change of heart at the wedding or not. A lifetime of ingrained contempt for a family is not going to vanish overnight just because your son married someone from that family. (It did kind of happen like that in the episode, but "overnight" is not exactly an accurate term for that.)

Fantastically crafted in every detail, from Buttercup's adjustment to a different fruit and family to Granny showing just what Applejack will inherit from her to even their choice of flapjack condiments. Thank you for it.

My headcanon is now that Pear Butter managed to get every single one wrong. With Big Mac, they panicked and half-named him after his father. With Applejack, they hedged their bets and went with something a bit more gender neutral. By Apple Bloom, Bright Mac had a filly's name picked out despite Buttercup's indignant insistance that this time, she had it right.

awesome story I love stories with pear butter aka buttercup

That headcanon is beautiful. :rainbowkiss:

Pear Butter blushed. "We have a feelin'. Bright Mac an' I. First one's gonna be a girl."

Yeah, about that...don't paint the nursery pink just yet. :raritywink:

I, too, like that headcanon. :rainbowkiss:

Meh, true, but if that is the case, that doesn't necessarily mean they needed to give a downvote for it, on the grounds that just because it wasn't to their tastes doesn't mean it's not still a good story, especially in the eyes of others. What I do, for instance, if I read a story that's not to my cup of tea, is to just not vote on it at all. I think that's fairer. But again, that's me, and I gotta keep in mind not everybody is going to see it the way I do.

And I admit, the thought that it was simply because it wasn't to the reader's tastes feels better than my hunch that it was some troll who downvoted only because no one had done so yet (yes, that is a thing people do). :applejackunsure:

Whatever the case, I for one will upvote this lovely fic, and give it a fave to boot. :pinkiehappy:

8779410 This is actually close to my headcanon for the story, too. I thought about including a bit where Pear and Granny discuss a name for their kid, and Granny suggests a gender-neutral name like Applejack, but I didn't want to kill the last scene's pacing.

8779929 Thank you so much! I feel so bad now, because Grief is the Price we Pay has been recommended to me more than once, and I keep meaning to get around to it (and seeing it featured so often reminds me that I need to get to reading it), and yet...!

Sooner or later, I'll read it, promise. :pinkiecrazy:

Dude, I have so many fics I've been eyeing that I haven't gotten around to reading for much the same reasons, I totally know where you're coming from, so no worries. :rainbowlaugh: Fic's just two chapters away from completion at the moment anyway, so if nothing else, once it's completed, you don't have to worry so much about falling even further behind on it than that. :twilightsmile:

Do you know what I like most about this story - the insight into Grand Pear more than anypony else. A smart pony who knew his craft but a stallion with no tact and no ability to think further than how impressed he was with his smarts and charisma. It got him a busted jaw and an estranged daughter, all 'cause he got angry at not getting his own way.

I do think that Granny would be really surprised just how alike the two of them are.

One of the saddest things about Applejack is for a family mare, we saw so little of the parents she came from until last season. Now that they have VAs for her parents, I'm hoping we at least see a few flashbacks from Bright-Buttercup's days together on the farm with Granny.

If not, this makes a bittersweet substitute.

Man, I love this. It's so similar to what my headcanon is, yeeeeesh. Continuing it would be great, but it's also great as a one shot, too.

There was a pause. Then Pear, sounding a mite anxious, said, "So yer not gonna get gobbled up by a monster, then?"

Not until you go with him.

The Chimera has 3 mouths to feed, after all! :trixieshiftright:

Any Apple gal worth her saltlick could buck every apple from every tree in this here orchard, on her lonesome, an' don't you dare say otherwise!

Here we see that Applejack comes by her pigheadedness honestly.

A little tough to read with how cruel Granny managed to be, but I'm glad they sorted it out. Sometimes the better stories are tough to read, and this is one of them.:fluttercry:

Awww. Well this is really sweet. I shouldn't have waited so darn long to read this.

P-Diddy, you are one of the greats. :heart:

My only regret is that I have but one thumb-up to give to this heart warming little gem :heart:

Agreed, needs more than 1 thumbs up from my side too...

The feels are strong in this one and it's a shame Applejack, Apple Bloom and Big Mac never knew what fantastic parents Bright Mac and Pear Butter personally :heart:

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