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Orbiting Kettle

I've roasted a wealth of exotic things, All torn to ribbons at the hands of kings. Polished copper how I proudly shone, stealin' the fire of the blazing sun.


What would you do if you knew your loved ones were about to make a terrible mistake? What would you sacrifice for them?

Would you die for your family? I would.

And what if it wasn't enough?

Story written for the Springtime Sandbox-Slash-Sandbox Switcheroo!, inspired by All the Time in the World by Adda le Blue

Thanks to Norm De Plume for his patience and for editing the story.

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Just woah......

Very deep and dark...

Is there going to be more chapters? As this seems to be the end and the beginning..... god i can’t begin to, even as a God of Torture, wish this upon ones soul.

Hear a sound from a voice inside!

Let me start by saying how glad I am that you picked All the Time in the World to work off of for the Springtime Sequel-Slash-Sandbox Switcharoo. The rest... Well, I writes some brooding and eyeroll-worthy material once in a while, but All the Time in the World is my favorite of my accessible stories. Great choice.

Hoo... That was a rollercoaster. I mean, I put my characters through some rough stuff, but I suppose I can be numb to it since I know in advance how it's going to happen. Watching Minnie and her Doctor endure so much... It was heartbreaking.

I didn't expect, though, to feel much the same for Grind's protagonist, the Machine.

The shift in perspective added a sort of distance from the original that felt very necessary, and seemed to allow you the freedom to explore without conflict those moments behind the scenes of the original story. Just as importantly, though, I just love the idea that a time machine with processors powerful enough to understand dimensions beyond human or pony ability would soon enough understand emotion, aspiration, and the love of family and become so much more than the simple machine she was intended to be. Her plight and her decisions felt natural, and they felt honest. Perhaps I needed some distance from the work myself, haha, because I was torn up and more than a little shaken by the time I reached the end. Happy endings are never quite so simple as they sound, are they?

Back in March you mentioned how daunting the challenge of pawing through my nonsense and finding something to work with for this Switcharoo was. I meant it when I said then that even an unpolished gift is a sweet gesture but, Kettle, you pulled it off. Color me pleased and grateful beyond measure.

For what it's worth, by the way, I rather enjoy the short description. :twilightsmile:

Okay, dark and kinda... really awesome.

Writers are a cruel bunch. We tend to do horrible things to our characters for our entertainment.

I'm truly glad you liked it. I was worried for a while, to be honest:twilightblush:

I'm glad you liked it, and yeah, it is a bit darker than my usual fare.

Having finally read the prequel, I can say with authority that I love what you did with it. Brilliant expansion and recontextualization of the original. Don't think I've ever seen a time travel story told from the machine's perspective. After this one, I wish I had.

Thank you! I'm very happy you liked it:twilightsmile:

Sheesh, sending your wife through on the test run.

I thought only Ant Man was that dumb. :trollestia:

You send somebody you hate first!


I can make billions of test runs... literally... BILLIONS... :pinkiecrazy:

But then getting straight answers out from the subject, when their opinion is requested, can become a chore.

9329689 *blinks* You care about your subjects' opinions? (Alondro asks this while beating some random guy with a cactus... for SCIENCE, obviously)


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