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Applejack takes a train ride to see her parents.

First Published
3rd Aug 2012
Last Modified
3rd Aug 2012
#1 · 251w, 23h ago · · ·

Am I first for once? Well, anyways, I liked the references to Greek mythology and the whole "surrealness" of this story makes it awesome.

WARNING: Major spoilers in the comments below. Do not read before reading story.

#2 · 251w, 23h ago · · ·

... Now I'm sad. It was a good read though.

#3 · 251w, 23h ago · · ·

I got confused near the end; the whole "Celestia being supposedly dead" came out of nowhere.

I would say more, but I can't right now. Good job.

#4 · 251w, 23h ago · · ·

All my feels. A very nice story friend :twilightsmile:


#5 · 251w, 23h ago · 1 · ·

>>1022888 Celestia is an immortal. She can go between the world of the living and the dead. she is essentially their god.

#8 · 251w, 22h ago · · ·

>>1022907 oh man you hit me with that one. I expected death...but you got me with this one.

#9 · 251w, 22h ago · · ·

Very nice story

#10 · 251w, 22h ago · · ·

... Yeah, I kinda figured halfway through that that's what happened. Still good though. Especially taking the "don't explain how" route (unless I missed it).

#11 · 251w, 21h ago · 1 · ·

Wasn't really a surprise; the train analogy is an old one. Nevertheless, it was still a great read. Props to you, good sir.

#12 · 251w, 21h ago · · ·

Well, this was an unexpected sledgehammer-blow to the solar plexus, followed by a gutpunch with brass knuckles.

It was...bittersweet, that's the term. The structure, spelling and grammar all seem to be in order, which is a bonus.

Faved and upvoted.

#13 · 251w, 21h ago · · ·

Ya know, there's a small part of me that hopes this will be in season 3.

#14 · 251w, 20h ago · · ·

I would read but I honestly can't handle such good sad stories :fluttercry:. I'll give ye the thumbs up though because from what I can tell, this is a good story. I especially find the idea and description heart-wrenching.

#15 · 251w, 20h ago · · ·

Ending...this ending. I love it. I like this look on this matter. Not goodbye, only see you soon.

#16 · 251w, 20h ago · · ·

Title + tag = instant spoiler for me, but good story nonetheless.

#17 · 251w, 20h ago · · ·


I had the same problem when I opened the story. Old Country songs, Folk Lore, and Tom and Jerry nearly ruined this for me.

#18 · 251w, 20h ago · · ·

What a beautiful story.  I loved it. :pinkiesmile:

#20 · 251w, 19h ago · · ·

Wow, that hit hard. Very good story.

#21 · 251w, 19h ago · · ·

Oh boy, she is the dead. :[ I liked the surrealness of this, and how the midnight black train was just a metaphor for the "path to the afterlife" when one dies. Those folk on the train that look scared makes sense now.

#22 · 251w, 19h ago · · ·


I think it was Casper the Friendly Ghost that made me remember the imagery of the train.  One of the movies.

#23 · 251w, 19h ago · · ·

It looked like she was I a pool of hr own blood, from the picture..

#24 · 251w, 19h ago · · ·

um was there just a hint of shipping in there? and how in the hay did Applejack die? let me guess she worked herself until she had a heart attack right?:applejackunsure:

#25 · 251w, 18h ago · · ·

Wow.  This one hit me good. Thank you for writing it.

#26 · 251w, 18h ago · · ·

A wonderful story all told. A strong central metaphor that manages to hold its suprise a suprisingly long time with its great subtlety.

My only complaint would be the Dash segment is a bit too shippy for my taste, and I don't think it makes sense that she can't join the Wonderbolts (if flight school was really a necessity, there'd be some kind of remedial program for adults). I think there are other tragedies, or lesser problems, you could draw from there.

Still, that doesn't detract much from an otherwise excellent tale. Good stuff.

#27 · 251w, 18h ago · · ·

Wow, this went WAY over my head, i didnt even get any of the dialouge until the A/C pointed it out, and even then it took me a sec. cuz i thought he was talking about celestia, i didn't even consider that possibility of her being dead, man NOW i can see why its labeled sad, i didnt think her leavin to go to her parents

#28 · 251w, 18h ago · · ·

Wasn't there a country song that was called the Lone black train?

#29 · 251w, 18h ago · · ·


I could have sworn it was older...

Long Black Train - Josh Turner

#30 · 251w, 18h ago · · ·

I'm sad now.

#31 · 251w, 17h ago · · ·

This was good. One thing though, a free ride? Charon always demands payment for passage to the land of the dead.

#32 · 251w, 17h ago · · ·

>>1024005 He doesn't demand payment from the dead.

#33 · 251w, 17h ago · · ·

I knew it was about her parents! I called it! But...now that I think about it, are they all dead? The fact that Charon was there, and that everypony else was crying for her, and when Applejack asked Princess Celestia if she was dead...Holy moly, they freakin' are dead! Applejack's parents died, and so did Applejack, that's how she went to see them. That's also why her parents thought they'd see Granny Smith first, too, huh? Wow, at first I was happy that Applejack saw her parents, but now that I know she's really dead...:fluttercry:

Chancellor Puddinghead. That made me laugh waaaaay too much.

#34 · 251w, 17h ago · · ·


She's d-dead?

...ok I'm choked up now...:pinkiesad2::applecry:

#35 · 251w, 16h ago · · ·


That. Was truly amazing. I have no words.

#36 · 251w, 16h ago · · ·

wow... petty heart tugging. nice:pinkiesad2:

And it certainly was no secret that Aj died, the figerative langurage and even the fact that the cover image lookes like AJ in her own blood from a distance

#37 · 251w, 16h ago · · ·

you can't fool me! I've read the stories!


:applecry: don't cry, don't cry..

Comment posted by Brony_Fife deleted at 3:52am on the 26th of November, 2016
#39 · 251w, 15h ago · 1 · ·

:applecry: : "Wh-Where ya goin?... Come... Come back..."

#40 · 251w, 14h ago · · ·

I thought that picture was a pile of spaghetti and meatballs from the thumbnail on the featured bar.

#42 · 251w, 14h ago · · ·

Was the end surprising? No. Was the story touching? Yes.

Was it something I really wanted to read after going memory digging into some darker parts of my head for my story today? Damn you feature box.

All in all this was done very well, now pardon me while I go cry like a foal.

#43 · 251w, 14h ago · · ·


Eeyup! :eeyup: I was about to do a "Relevant Country Music" link (~IS~ there a "Relevant Heavy Metal" song?), but you beat me to it.

:rainbowhuh: Now my question is, why is she going to Hell/Purgatory/Perdition/some OTHER bad place? My only references for the Long Black Train all refer to it being a E-Ticket ride, so to speak.

  Eh, might be worth a read later. *Tracks*

#44 · 251w, 13h ago · 1 · ·

wow... that just blew me away

#45 · 251w, 13h ago · 1 · ·

Don't go ridin'on that long black train..... :fluttershysad:

#46 · 251w, 12h ago · · ·


THAT'S how I wanna go!

#47 · 251w, 12h ago · · ·

>>1024084 when ever sum one would die the wife/husben  would put a coin under there tung to pay Charon for ferrying the dead to the land of the dead. The dude has to make $ sum how .    

#48 · 251w, 12h ago · · ·


With Celestia being the sort of ruler she is, I'm sure she's made arrangements so that none of her subjects will be left behind for lack of funds.

#49 · 251w, 12h ago · · ·

>>1023918 That was the song that inspired it, and the weird thing is, I don't even listen to country music. :pinkiegasp:

#50 · 251w, 11h ago · · ·

I saw this in the featured box. I knew she'd be dead. I'll read this later (Tales of Harmony is pulling me away).

One question, though. I didn't cry at My Little Dashie. Is this less sad than MLD, or more?

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