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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."


Little Lyra Heartstrings, a filly born to odd parents, is not a Canterlot pony. She has neither status nor treasure, and she is a stranger to the strange city.

Yet she has hope. For music makes possible what is impossible, and says what cannot be said.

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Another endearing installment in the saga of the Canterlot friends... though now I find myself wondering how Lyra got into the School for Gifted Unicorns.


:twilightsmile: Thanks for the comment. I thought I'd try something different with Lyra, considering she herself is considerably different from, say, Twinkleshine.

...though now I find myself wondering how Lyra got into the School for Gifted Unicorns.

With much effort.

Based on a few comments Oliver made during a Points of Canon blog, I assumed Lyra didn't make the same year as Minuette, Lemon, and Twinkleshine, hence one reason why they formed their own three-pony clique. And didn't you learn what Lyra's mentality was from the egg stunt? She's not giving up that easily. :rainbowdetermined2:

This was the most fun I've had reading something in a while :raritystarry:

I like your approach of creating your own unique version of Lyra. And her narrative voice is really great, not just in a "aww that's cute" way, but she makes everything so interesting. Halfway through, I wasn't sure where it was leading, but I couldn't stop reading.


Splendid to hear! I don't often write in first-person, so I'm particularly curious as to how Lyra's voicing comes across. It was supposed to be a mixture of manic, imaginative, awe-inspired (her more intense musical experiences in particular), and kind of all-over-the-place depending on her mood and passions in the moment.

So regarding your latter point about where it was leading, that was deliberate. I like to think the story reflects her character here.

Thanks for the comment, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :twilightsmile:

A very nice story but I am a little confused when Lyra mentions that she carries a harp with her since those are a bit too large for a foal to carry around. I'm not sure if you're aware of the fact that her Cutie-Mark is a lyre rather than a harp. Twinkleshine seems to focus rather strongly on her studies and doesn't really know what to think of Lyra. Celestia was perfectly in-character.
Edit: I just saw that you wrote When Space met Time and Twinkleshine's personality is recognizably similar in both without knowing you wrote both of them. So well done!


It is possible to get handheld harps distinct from the larger music hall versions, though admittedly I didn't know that at the time of writing (I simply couldn't tell a lyre from a harp). :twilightsheepish: In future, though, I will make it a lyre.

As for Twinkleshine, thanks! :twilightsmile: I've had my own version of the character in my head for years, and hopefully she'll appear in more stories soon enough.

Many thanks for the comment, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :yay:

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