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When a young Rainbow Dash spotted a mysterious alicorn and unicorn from the future, history was changed. Events and lives both big and small have been irrevocably altered, for better and for worse.

This story is an anthology of side stories set in the Little Flashes series, which started with Little Glimpses. None of the material in this story is considered mandatory reading to enjoy the series itself and exists mostly to provide some additional context and detail on characters and events that are too small or too far removed to otherwise fit into the main series.

Edited by Chromio!

Beware spoilers in the comments!

Featured on 11th of January, 2019, the morning after first publication.

Chapters (2)
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Comments ( 23 )

Ouch. Definitely feeling bad for Rainbow here. Losing your parents at a young age is rough. Losing your parents because they were trying to save you from an accident while you were distracted is even rougher. Helping fish your parents out of the wreckage of the accident and STILL losing them is ROUGHER STILL. But you did an excellent job on the exchanges, characterizations, gut-wrenchers and future chapter set-up in all the right places.

Very definitely going to be looking forward to the other chapters in this series.

I flew teleported here immediately after being informed by 1516, one of my friend.

I will not read this now, though; it’s too harsh for my heart.

Currently decided translation name: 零碎时光 (Fragments of Time, in which 零 can also be deciphered as zero).

Hell yeah it’s back 12/10 story

RIP Dashie’s Parents, man that was gruesome

JMP

Oh wow that was rough. Rainbow needing help to drag her parents' bodies out only to realize they're dead... What a way to start.

I’m not crying, someone must be chopping some onions.. yeah, onions!:fluttershyouch:

User Skijarama,

Your actions have caused serious cardiac and lacrimal problems; please get rid of onions.

Yours,
Onion-Induced Cardiac and Lacrimal Illness Prevention and Control Agency (OICLIPCA)

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I just love how you two are on a near-identical wave length.

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Thats because there are onions! Hmmm... did you write this chapter with an onion??:rainbowhuh:

Wait... Rainbow Dash doesn't have any family members aside from her parents? But, what about this guy?

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I've long held the belief that that pony is her dad when he was well-kept looking. Stubble shaved and no ratty clothes on.

1. This probably goes without saying. But I'd like to see the others' glimpses, including perhaps Celestia's.
2. Perhaps address Starlight's story, perhaps going from when Sunburst went to magic school, or Starlight's spiral into darkness, to Starlight getting a letter from Sunburst and hope reignited, etc.
3. Perhaps show alicorn Twilight's point of view as she warns her younger alternate timeline self of what's happening, up until her timeline ceases to exist.
4. Chrysalis's point of view of the siege of Canterlot.
5. The Cutie Mark Crusaders: Little Flashes Edition.

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  1. I already intend to cover Applejack and Pinkie Pie, as they were the only two who we didn't get to see until the end of Glimpses. Rarity, Fluttershy, Twilight, and Rainbow all had flashes or were known to have flashes relatively early.
  2. I already plan on covering this as well.
  3. That wouldn't really work, as Original Universe Twilight talking to little filly Flashes Universe Twilight happened almost directly before adult Flashes Twilight steps into the room at the end of Glimpses. For Future Twilight, the string of events of seeing her filly self, seeing her teenage self having the shared flash in Cloudsdale, and seeing her new adult self, all happened in the span of, like, a minute.
  4. We have Chrysalis' view, already. That was her battle against Celestia in Choices.
  5. Maybe... We'll see.

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What Skijaramas said. Granted, back then he was presumably known as Rainbow Blaze, and has a slightly different cutie mark. But "Rainbow Blaze" was just a placeholder name (if not fan created) and his design was generic for the sake of a flashback without having to make a fleshed out character. However, when you look at the younger version of Bow Hothoof...
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...the resemblance is uncanny. Unless Rainbow Blaze is Bow Hothoof's twin brother.

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1. That's why I said it probably goes without saying. But we never actually saw Rarity's flashes, or her parents initial response. And again, there's Celestia's flash, even if it was just the one-time thing.
2. I do like it when I can guess correctly with little information. With the first, that wasn't a lucky guess, it was a well educated guess. This time, there was little to go by.
3. My point is just like the final moments of that timeline. I know they happen one after the other from her perspective.
4. I kinda meant the events leading up to the event, as well as getting more into Chrysalis's mind and what she was thinking.
5. I'd figure the biggest change in this scenario would be Scootaloo's perspective of things.

JMP

Honestly...this one hurt more. The previous chapter was the initial wound, but now the wound is just throbbing and festering. Rainbow's apathy, borderline depression, antisocial behavior....all topped up with the salt in the wound: Fluttershy's dad breaking the news that they can't adopt Rainbow. And she gets it, too. Rainbow's always been smart in this series, and she understood things as a kid that people probably didn't think she would

Congrats for being at the featured box!:pinkiehappy:

Really good look at Rainbow's life at the orphanage shortly after her parents' deaths. Yeah, you can definitely understand and sympathize with all sides here.

On one hoof, I can certainly understand why Rainbow would be so depressed (not only from her parents' recent deaths, but also from the fact Fluttershy's parents did not have the resources to take care of her AND the two foals they ALREADY had .


On another hoof, you can also relate to the orphanage staff and the other orphans trying and failing to help Rainbow at least partially overcome her grief .


And, as aforementioned, it is also easy to sympathize with Fluttershy's parents when they clearly sympathize with Rainbow, but lack the resources to take care of a third foal (and are at least honest enough to admit it outright in a sympathetic manner).


And, yeah, all the characterizations, exchanges and future set-up is quite well done and I will very certainly be looking forward to more of this story.

Waiting for more

If the first chapter was kicking a puppy, this chapter was watching the puppy land 50 yards away. Will the next chapter be the reveal that the puppy was kicked into the middle of a minefield?

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