• Published 13th Nov 2019
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Thinking Inside the Box - Uh-hmmm



Anon is too cheap to spring for a golden apple, so he settles for a cardboard box. Didn't start any wars, accidentally a job, 9/10 would recommend. [RGRE] {This story has two versions, the last chapter is the first person version.}

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First Person

I sit in my rocking chair, nursing a glass of whiskey. I have a good view of the street from my porch, and of the cardboard box I left by the sidewalk. I check my preparations one last time. Alcohol? Check. Bucket of popcorn? Check x2 combo. Box with "Best Pony" written on it in a public area? Checkmate atheists. I settle in to watch the show.

The first victim is Pail Complexion, pulling an empty cart now that her deliveries are done. The milkmare nods to me and I respond in kind. She keeps walking until she spies the box. Pail pauses, glancing at me. I shrug. She unhitches herself from the wagon and approaches the box cautiously. She puts a tentative hoof inside, looking around warily. When no objection makes itself known, she climbs inside and trots a small circle before laying down, resting her chin on the corner of the box. I smile at the sight, feeling only a little guilty about what will happen.

I don't have to wait long, Applejack comes down the road hauling the Sugarcube Corner order of apples. She spots the box, Pail, and the unattended wagon. She is visibly confused, moving closer. I know the exact moment the farmpony sees the writing on the box. Applejack stiffens, unhitching herself from her cart. As she approaches, Pail looks up and her ears fold back. Still, she remains in the box. I raise my glass to her bravery. Applejack nods to the milkmare.

"Good mornin', Pail."

Pail gets to her hooves, tail swishing nervously.

"Good morning Applejack. How's the family?"

Applejack chews a bit on the stalk of wheat in her mouth.

"Good, good. And how's the Mister?"

"He's doing well, working on a new cheese flavor."

The two mares stand in silence for some time, eyeing each other. Finally, Applejack tilts her head.

"You really think it's for you?"

Pail juts her chest out, her modest tuft prominently on display.

"I certainly fit inside."

The orange mare rolls her eyes.

"With room to spare. No need to be stubborn, it's plain as day who belongs in there."

Pail snorts.

"That's rich, coming from you. Why don't you go overwork yourself until your friends save you from yourself again?"

I rock back, shaking my head in admiration. Applejack scowls.

"That was only the one time, and it don't have no bearing on right now."

I grab a handful of popcorn and start munching as a challenger approaches. Cheerilee crosses the street, her eyebrows raised.

"Why are you two arguing like schoolfillies? It's just a bo-"

Then she sees the writing. Applejack nods to her.

"Mornin' Miss Cheerilee. Why don't you see if you can talk some sense into Pail here."

The teacher sighs.

"Both of you are being ridiculous. What could be more important than guiding and shaping the ponies of tomorrow? Applejack might have a point, being a supporting member of a team of national heroes, b-"

"Supporting!?"

Cheerilee eyes her.

"Oh, did I miss the part where you became an alicorn princess?"

Applejack scrunches hard, the wheat stalk hopelessly mangled by her contorted muzzle. The teacher turns back to Pail.

"But as for you... considering how many nipples you fondle every day, it's more surprising that you aren't a huge dyke."

Pail's face is red with anger.

"Me? A dyke? I have a husband, unlike Miss Supporting National Hero and Miss Herd-bait Schoolteacher!"

Cheerilee scrunches, tail lashing in anger.

"I would have a coltfriend if SOMEPONY didn't clamjam me at every opportunity!"

A crowd is beginning to gather around the commotion. I am having the time of my life! Who needs daytime soap operas when I can have Jerry Springer on my front lawn? Applejack turns on Cheerilee.

"Ah ain't leaving some sleazy schoolteacher to take advantage of mah brother's demure and docile nature!"

Rarity shoves her way through the crowd, like a fabulous, melodramatic shark that has scented scandal in the water.

"Darlings! This is hardly the sort of thing to be airing out in public, let alone in front of a delicate stallion like Anonymous!"

Applejack takes a deep breath, then spits out her wheat stalk.

"You're right, Rarity. Beggin' your pardon, Anon."

I wave dismissively.

"It's fine."

Rarity spares a smile for me before turning back to Applejack.

"Now, to the matter at hand. Surely the "best pony", as it were, must be exceptional? And while we are both Elements of Harmony, I'm afraid my other accomplishments far outstrip your own."

Applejack frowns.

"What are you talking about, Rarity?"

The fashionista tosses her mane.

"It's quite simple, you inherited a farm and tend it well. Meanwhile, I built a business from the ground up and have expanded into Canterlot itself. There is simply no comparison."

Applejack grits her teeth.

"Are you saying you work harder than me?"

Rarity raises her eyebrows.

"Perhaps not harder, but certainly more successfully."

Applejack winds up for some sort of response, but a deep voice yells above the murmur of the crowd.

"Pail Complexion, you were supposed to be home an hour ago!"

The ponies part as Bo Vine strides up to his wife. Pail smiles sheepishly.

"Hello, my dearest."

Bo snorts.

"What's all this nonse-"

He looks down at the box, sighs, and fixes Pail with dry look.

"Really?"

Pail shrugs helplessly.

"It's just... you know?"

Bo shakes his head.

"You don't need a box to tell you that. You will always be best pony to me."

I join in the collective "dawwww". Pail steps out of the box and nuzzles her husband.

"Sorry for making you wait. Let's go home, my love."

I watch her hitch herself to her wagon and head out. It's a bittersweet feeling, watching the couple trot out of sight. Perhaps I should settle down, find a mare and make a real connection. I ponder such things, idly wondering what that whistling sound is. It's getting louder. Then the sky floods with a rainbow of colors as somepony breaks the heterosexual barrier. Rainbow Dash slams into the box, making the whole thing bounce and skid across my lawn. I stare in shock as she sits up, both she and the box miraculously unharmed.

"Mine!"

The dam breaks, and the air is filled with angry voices. The crowd devolves into an all-out brawl as each pony tries to forcefully prove their ascendancy. Pinkie noisily slurps from a glass of mint julep. I look to find the mare in her own rocking chair beside mine, a trough of popcorn before her, a confetti shotgun across her lap.

This is no loon. This is a fully operational gigglestation.

"Hi Nonny! How's your lawn?"

I blink.

"My lawn?"

I look out at the brawling mass of ponies. Their hooves are tearing divots in my carefully manicured grass.

"My lawn!"

I march towards the rioting ponies.

"Hey! Stop fighting! Can't you discuss this like unreasonable ponies?"

Bon Bon tumbles out of the melee and glares at me.

"Buck you! You're not a pony, you don't know what it's like!"

Then she dives back in, catching Spoiled Rich in a headlock and giving her a mean noogie. I put my hands on my hips and scowl at the problem before me. I think I can probably take on a few ponies at once, but I know Applejack is in there somewhere, and there's no way I can handle all that and her. That's why it's something of a relief when Princess Sparkle teleports above the crowd.

"EVERYPONY CALM DOWN. I HAVE DETECTED AN ARTIFACT OF CHAOS MAGIC AND-"

"Buck you! You already have a castle, you don't need the box!"

The crowd murmurs in belligerent agreement. Twilight frowns.

"WHY WOULD I NEED A B-"

A hard candy hits her horn with uncanny accuracy.

"OW, THAT REALLY STINGS!"

Classic Bon Bon. Still, it's pretty clear that the palhoncho won't be able to do anything.

"Um,"

If the other princesses tried to show up, it's probably spark some sort of uprising.

"Excuse me,"

Maybe Zecora has some sort of calming potion?

"EVERYPONY, JUST TAKE TURNS SITTING IN THE BOX! If you want to, that is."

I am jolted out of my big think, and I stare at Fluttershy. When did she get here? The ponies look around sheepishly, muttering that it's a pretty good idea. Fluttershy trots over to me as the crowd forms an orderly line.

"Don't think I didn't recognize your handwriting on that box, mister!"

I lean back.

"Okay?"

She frowns.

"Is watching ponies fight really that fun?"

I know on an instinctual level the answer I am supposed to say.

"No?"

Close enough. The yellow pegasus just sighs.

"I still don't understand why you and Discord don't get along, you really are a lot alike."

I grimace.

"It's simple. He's a filthy casual lolrandumb Gary Stu with a huge ego. And he's dumb and smells bad."

Fluttershy shakes her head in wonder.

"Word for word."

Then she hits me with a Glare.

"You're going to take responsibility for that box!"

I tilt my head.

"I'm going to marry it?"

The Glare gets 20% more done with my whimsy.

"You're going to take care of the box, replace it when it gets damaged, and help ponies feel better!"

I blink. That... sounds kinda reasonable. I do feel a little guilty about how strongly the ponies responded to my prank.

"Alright, I'll go do that. Thanks for saving my lawn."

Fluttershy blinks, clearly expecting some more resistance.

"You're welcome?"

Silly buttermellow, I know when to fold em'. And when the local kind, gentle mare gets angry, that's a good indication that I should not be playing out this hand. I smile, wave, then walk towards the box. Applejack looks up at my approach.

"Mornin', Anon."

I sit down on the grass.

"Morning, Applejack. Sorry about indirectly provoking you into a fight."

She scratches her cheek.

"Well, Ah reckon writing on a box ain't a crime, but Ah'll accept your apology anyhow."

I smile.

"Cool."

Yep.

The two of us sit in silence for a bit. The box seems fine, for all that it was in the middle of a brawl. I'm not really sure what else I should be doing here. Applejack clears her throat.

"If you're set on making amends, would you mind...saying Ah'm a good girl?"

I blink and she blushes. Adorable.

"You're a good girl, Applejack."

She gets a wiggly smile.

"Thanks, Anon, Ah-"

I reach under her hat and pet her head.

"You work so hard and your apples are delicious. I'm proud of you."

Her face turns bright red, and I know if I wasn't petting her, she'd be hiding her face in embarrassment at all the praise. Hehe, this is pretty fun. I spend the rest of Applejack's turn in the box petting and praising her. She climbs out on shaky hooves, unable to meet my eyes. Roseluck hops in the box and looks at me eagerly. I chuckle, turning towards my next victim.


The next few days are pretty hectic. Most of the town drops by at some point, not to mention a handful of visitors. After a tip from one of the weather ponies, I commission Apple Bloom to make a booth for the box. Basically, a raised platform with three walls and an overhanging roof. I modeled it after a bus stop, and it does a similarly good job of keeping the rain out.

As the days go on, something odd starts happening. First, a stallion brings a pair of cushions, one for the box, one for me to sit on. Then, Bon Bon or her customers drop by and leave a few candies every once in a while. One morning I even find some candles arranged around the box and some matches nearby. I am a little leery of actually lighting them, considering it's a wooden booth and a cardboard box, but if it makes my visitors happy, I let them.

Speaking of, three stallions are approaching. Time Turner and Mr. Cake fussing over a visibly distraught Caramel. They nudge him into the box, and Caramel's sobs turn into whimpers as he curls up on the cushion. I absently stroke his neck, looking at Time Turner inquisitively. He sighs.

"His marefriend left him for a stallion in Manehattan."

I grimace, looking down at the sad pony.

"That's rough, buddy."

Caramel just sniffles. The other stallions sit down on the sidewalk, watching over their friend sympathetically. I look around, and find a hard candy.

"Here, have this, I think it's peaches and cream flavored?"

Caramel looks at me in despair.

"Her name was Peach Fuzz!"

Back to sobbing.

"Well, crap. Sorry."

I've never been great at consoling people, and apparently I'm worse at consoling ponies. What did Uncle Nemo always say?

"There's, uh, more than one way to skin a cat."

Caramel blinks.

"W-what?"

I frown, trying to remember the platitude.

"No, wait, I think it goes, 'If wishes were fishes, not a drop to drink.'"

Caramel furrows his brow.

"I'm pretty sure that's two sayings put together."

I growl in frustration.

"It's something like that, it's on the tip of my tongue..."

Caramel waits patiently while my brain percolates.

...

"There's always a bigger fish."

Caramel giggles.

"I have no idea what you're trying to say, but thank you."

I pat him on the withers.

"At this point, I'm not sure either. Glad I could cheer you up a bit."

Caramel smiles, wiping the tears from his face.

"Actually, could I have that candy after all?"

I raise my eyebrows.

"Sure?"

I hand it to him. He unwraps it and pops it into his mouth. Caramel bites down with a crunch. He seems obscurely pleased about it, for some reason. Well, whatever floats his boat. Once he swallows, Caramel resolutely gets to his hooves.

"Thanks guys, I'm feeling a lot better."

Time Turner smiles.

"What are friends for?"

Mr. Cake nods.

"It's the least we could do. Why don't we drop by the Corner and I'll get you a double chocolate cupcake?"

Caramel licks his lips.

"Hard to say no to that. Let's go! You too, Anon!"

I shake my head regretfully.

"Thanks, but I really should keep an eye on things over here, just in case somepony comes by."

Caramel looks concerned.

"You sure?"

I scratch my chin.

"I mean, I probably could head out, but I'd hate for somepony to show up and have no one to talk to."

Mr. Cake gives me a half smile and a shake of his head.

"That just leaves you alone with no one to talk to, and that isn't much better."

I shrug.

"I'm used to it, and somepony always comes by sooner or later."

The baker huffs.

"Suit yourself. I'll have Pinkie drop by later with a cupcake, alright?"

I chuckle.

"That does sound nice, thanks."

The trio of stallions make their final round of goodbyes, and soon enough it's just me and the faint murmur of ponies in the distance. I take a moment to breathe in the quiet, then take out my knitting project. Getting the arm just right has been giving me trouble, so who knows when it will be done. But when it is, some lucky foal is going to grow up with Trogdor as one of their first stuffed animals, and that makes it worth all the effort.


I look at the robes, then at Fluttershy. She smiles nervously while Discord pretzels and pouts behind her. I scratch my cheek.

"Thanks?"

Fluttershy looks away.

"I just thought, you know, since it's a shrine and all, um. You don't have to if you don't want to, ah, wear it or keep doing this because I said so back then. S-sorry."

I pick up the clothes.

"I don't mind trying it on, it looks neat. And don't worry, I've been enjoying box duty. It's pretty fun."

She sags in relief.

"Oh good, I didn't want you to feel forced to do all this just because I yelled at you. And, um, can I see how you look in the Neighponiese shrine priest robes? If you don't mind?"

I shrug, looks like it would easily fit over the clothes I am wearing.

"Sure."

I put on the baggy pants, then the poncho sort of thing with the wide sleeves. It takes a few tugs to get it to look right, but I think I got it. I turn towards Fluttershy and spread my arms.

"What do you think?"

Her eyes are wide, pupils dilated.

"A real kannushi!"

I raise an eyebrow at Discord. He huffs.

"She wouldn't stop pestering me until I made it for her. Be grateful I didn't curse it or something."

I nod.

"Thanks for that. So, uh, weeb stuff, am I right?"

Flutterbutter is still in her own world. I'm pretty sure she's still breathing. Discord rolls his eyes then picks them up off the ground and pops them back in.

"You have no idea. At least it's not a beach episode."

I chuckle.

"There is that."

Fluttershy still hasn't moved. I should probably fix that. I strike a pose, pointing at her.

"In the name of the moon I will punish you!"

That's how it went, right? Flutterbutter faints with a goofy smile on her face, nose faintly bleeding.

"Huh."

Discord scowls.

"Yeah, we're done here."

The two disappear in a puff of smoke. Well, that happened. I sit down on my usual cushion. I could take off the robes, but eh, too much work. About half an hour later, Lyra strolls by. She stops when she sees me.

"Hey Anon, h-"

Her eyes go wide, face flushed.

"Kannushi moe!"

Maybe I should take off the robes. Fricking weebs.


I wake up, unusually cold for a July morning. When I opened the window last night, it was just to let a cool breeze in, not so that I could see my breath in the morning sunlight. I roll out of bed and close the window.

"Wonder what's up with the weather team? Some kind of event?"

I shrug, put on some slippers and a bathrobe, and set about my morning. I pull 6 blankets from the closet, put on several layers of clothing and my coat, and pour some vegetable soup into a thermos. It's a bit unweildy carrying it all to the shrine, but it's worth it when I am all bundled up and warm on my cushion.

I pass the morning hours in meditation, absently nodding at the occasional pony walking by. Then it starts hailing. Above the sound of hailstones hammering on the roof, I hear mad laughter.

"That's right! Flee before me! Soon you shall all be as chilly and unhuggable as I, Cold Snap!"

I peer out into the storm to find a white pegasus mare flapping in place above the deserted streets. I frown. Of all the times for the Elements to be on a diplomatic mission... Oh well, might as well see what I can do.

"Hi! Wanna talk?"

Cold Snap must have heard me, she banks and lands in front of my shrine.

"A bull, eh? Feel free to use all your masculine wiles, nothing can stop my wrath!"

I shrug and pat the cushion in the box.

"Have a seat."

Cold Snap looks at the box, then at me.

"I- I can sit there?"

I smile.

"Of course."

She blinks, then slowly steps inside, ruffling her wings. I wait for her to settle down before grabbing the extra blankets and wrapping them around her. Cold Snap tilts her head.

"What are you doing?"

I finish tucking her in and give the blankets a pat.

"No reason to be colder than you have to be."

She scoffs.

"I'm always cold. Some blankets aren't going to change that."

I pat her on the neck, and she is rather cold to the touch.

"I have just the thing, just a sec."

I grab the thermos and unscrew the cap.

"Here, drink this. It's vegetable soup, made it this morning."

Cold Snap scowls.

"That won't fix me either. I've always been cold, no matter what."

I put the cap back on the thermos.

"That sounds rough. Something to do with pegasus magic, I assume?"

She nods.

"Ever since I was a filly. Nopony wanted to hug me, all the other fillies and colts would just run away from me. And now they are going to pay."

The sound of hail on the shrine roof intensifies. I frown.

"Not even family?"

Cold Snap looks away.

"Dad was always working, so I didn't get to see him that much."

I wait for her to continue, but she doesn't say anything else. The realization hits me like a wave. She had a single parent father. It's pretty rare in Equestria, most foals are born into herds. This poor mare. I scoot over and pull her into a hug. She squawks in surprise, but the blankets around her keep her from flailing that much. I pat her reassuringly.

"Shh, it's okay."

Cold Snap slowly relaxes into my embrace, resting her head on my shoulder.

"Aren't you afraid I'm going to freeze you solid?"

I shake my head minutely.

"Nah, you're not a bad pony."

"You don't know that."

I stroke her neck.

"Sure I do. You're sitting in the box, and the box never lies."

Cold Snap starts breathing heavily. The sound of hail softens in the background.

"I- It's just a box! It doesn't know!"

I nuzzle her neck.

"Just because it doesn't know, that doesn't mean it's wrong. You may have made mistakes, and it can be hard to let go of your anger, but I believe that at your heart, you are a good pony. Maybe even the best pony."

She sniffles.

"Really?"

I smile, not that she can see it.

"Really. There are things only you can do, ponies that only you can reach, and smiles only you can make. You are the best pony at being you, and that is a wonderful thing."

Cold Snap snakes a forehoof out of her blankets and wipes her nose.

"You sound like a foal's show."

I shrug.

"Wisdom is wisdom wherever it comes from. Feeling better?"

She sighs.

"Yeah. I missed this. Could we do this again sometime?"

I ruffle her mane.

"Of course. Any time you want to hug or talk, I'll be right here."

The mare takes a deep breath then pulls out of my embrace.

"Thank you. For everything."

I nod pleasantly.

"Glad I could help. It's what I'm here for."

Cold Snap gives me a crooked smile.

"Reaching ponies only you can reach?"

I grin.

"Exactly."

She rubs her face.

"I think I'm going to have to sit in this box a while longer before I can believe all that."

"That's not a bad idea. Take as long as you like."

Cold Snap nods and settles down to bask in the sun. I look at her fondly for a moment, then turn my gaze outward. I see the hailstones have completely melted away, summer having returned to Ponyville.


It doesn't take long to pick up the groceries that aren't covered by the box shrine offerings. Even so, I end up hearing quite a few ponies wishing me a happy birthday. It still kinda surprises me how many ponies I've gotten to know over the handful of months I've been the box shrine attendant. Of course, when the job is to talk to anypony who drops by, it's not hard to rack up friendly acquaintances pretty quick. The thing that surprises me the most however, is just how much I like this job I stumbled into. The ponies are cute and it's a good feeling when I help them smile.

I shake my head in wonder and place the last of the groceries in the pantry. I drink a glass of water and set it by the sink. As I head outside again, I pause. That's one huge crowd at the shrine. I stroll over and spot Pinkie Pie out in front with a huge present. She grins.

"Happy birthday!"

The crowd echoes her and cheers. I can't help but smile.

"Thanks everyone. We having the party here then?"

Pinkie beams.

"Yuppers! But before that, we need you to open this very special present!"

I approach the box. It's about knee height and a yard long and wide. I wonder if it's a bigger cushion or something. I tear into the top wrapping paper easily, because there is nothing under it. The box is just empty.

"What?"

Pinkie grins, her tail wagging in anticipation.

"Keep going!"

I remove more of the paper, and notice some writing on the inside of the box walls. I turn it around to read it.

[I'm glad I could confide in you, you have a real talent for calming ponies' troubled hearts. - Mayor Mare]

There are many more such messages written inside. I smile at the crowd.

"Aw, this is really sweet. Thank you, everyone."

Ponka is vibrating in impatience.

"Keep going!"

I raise my eyebrows.

"Alright, alright."

I take off the last of the wrapping paper. The outside wall facing me is blank, but maybe... I rotate the box until I see it.

[Best Human]

...

I suspected from the moment I first opened the present, but it still makes me feel warm inside my chest. I look at Pinkie.

"Mind if I try it out?"

She is hyperventilating.

"Just dooo ittttttt!"

I laugh and turn towards the shrine. I grab my cushion in one hand and put the box in its place, then replace the cushion. I climb in, doing my best to ignore the expectant gazes of the crowd. As I settle down, I idly think that the walls would have to be higher if I wanted to really have the cat experience.

I take in the view, the walls covered in thank you notes, the crowd of ponies beaming at me, the trees with their fall foliage, a few high cirrus clouds trailing across a blue sky. Despite all my flaws and mistakes, despite being from another world and culture, sitting in this box, I know I belong and make a difference here. I blink rapidly, and wipe the tears from my eyes.

"I am best human, aren't I?"

The crowd cheers. A little foal waves his stuffed animal dragon.

"THATCHED ROOF COTTAGES!"

I have never been more proud of myself in my entire life.

Comments ( 50 )

Rarity shoves her way through the crowd, like a fabulous, melodramatic shark that has scented scandal in the water.

Clothes horse gota clothes horse :pinkiecrazy:

The only thing missing is Anon ascending to some higher pony-petting Buda state. Helluva cute :yay:

Very wholesome. I liked it. *puts Uh-hmmm in the Best Author box*

I'm incredibly amused you made the RGRE link in your synopsis. Maybe this will be the first ever story where someone doesn't ask what RGRE means? (lol no)

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I've actually put the link there for some other RGRE stories I've done, and several have gone without people asking about RGRE.

This was amazing! :twilightsmile:

Why make this story both first and second person?

oWo What's this RGRE? :moustache: :moustache: Nice fluffy story btw.

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Some folk are allergic to 2nd person POV, so I provide the non-gluten option of 1rst person POV.

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:flutterrage:
Glad you liked it.

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Not a huge fan of second person. Usually makes me feel bad considering the ones I read have the character be a dick or prankster, and I'm neither of those... On purpose.

But yeah, nice feel good story, love how it becomes its own little shinto type religion at the end.

As one 2nd person-allergic guy I deeply appreciate the first POV narrative, as it is a chore to change the POV in text processor.

As for the story? I loved it from the start to the finish, and would read again.:moustache:

I was expecting this to be just some silly, no-substance Anon fic. But this was actually really sweet, and very touching. I really enjoyed it.

I don't thumbs-up many stories, but you just earned it.

Okay thought this would devolve horribly but by the end he went full mr Rogers and I loved every bit of it.

... I love it.

Literal FeelsGoodMan felings.

TDR

This started out nuts and then went straight into sappy heart strings and i have no idea what to think about that.

My god this story through and through was absolutely amazing as heck! Easy to understand, great content within, plot was excellent, my GOD IT WAS PERFECTO! Hope ya didnt mind, but I just had to do a reading on this fanfic for the First Person POV! It's just too good man! Keep on rockin' on!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2ZSeLu-I7I

(I don't mean for this to be a plug or anything to reveal myself to the public, but I apparently have to show people that I read their fanfic so they ain't clueless xD I DON'T MEAN ANYTHING OFFENSIVE!)

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I'm glad you enjoyed it, and it's always nice to see someone liked my work enough to perform it.
Speaking as an author, the main reason why I would want to know if someone is doing a reading is so that I can read the comments on the video.

frankly, after all the bs i've been through over the past few days, this is just what i've been needing
thanks my dude

This is one of the few stories that doesn't portray Anon as a complete ass. It starts out that way, but slowly goes the other direction. Well written man. Nice job.

Awwwww. I love honest, wholesome stories like this. There simply aren't enough.

Well done.

I'm usually more for cute stories as opposed to crude, but I love the idea of "clamjam" to replace "cockblock." Just as it was staring to ramp up though, you hit me with this tender moment:

"Sure I do. You're sitting in the box, and the box never lies."
....
"You sound like a foal's show."
I shrug.
"Wisdom is wisdom wherever it comes from. Feeling better?"
She sighs.

I grant, it starts off with some dead-ass memes & adult-adjacent material but you actually touched me there & the ending was so sappy I think I may have to blow my nose with some pancakes. Thank you for continuing to write RGRE.

This is a nice story. And it went in an entirely different direction than expected. :raritywink:

Also, the second person point of view, unpopular though it may be, totally worked here for some reason.

Kinda surprised the princesses didn't show up. I bet it could un-Nightmare-ify Luna if he could lure her into the box back at episode 1. Some kind words, maybe a scritch or two, I'm certain it'd do the trick.

Still waiting for Chrysalis to sneak into the box... after crossing out "pony" and writing "queen" over it.

I didn't get the cottages line at the end.

whoa, very clever, some "simple" edits later, you not only get the same story but make's all the more "d'awwwws"

also, noticed your tiny thumb down count- never mind the number, WHO IN THE OILY PITS OF TARTARUS WOULD THUMB THIS DOWN?!

nah, forget them, I love this set up, nothing more and/or fancy just two versions of a story that'll hit any reader like a fluffy cloud at Mach 10.

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Some folk are allergic to 2nd person POV, so I provide the non-gluten option of 1rst person POV.

And believe me, the folks allergic to 2nd-person POV are thankful for it. Thanks.
Also, it's "gluten-free" if you want to be precise. ;]

Honestly surprised I’ve not seen a Kickstarter for Trogdor gear other than the board game.

Well, that ended up being a nice bit of feel-good fluff.

Could you write more box stories? They're really awesome

Huh, this is just like a Chinese dumpling; it appears plain at the first glance, even silly in a way, but when you bite into this delicacy, it explodes into juicy warmth that can grant you a sense of fullness.

I NEED MOOOORE!

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I'm sorry, but I would like to know what was fun about my comment.

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Edit P.S. not trolling, just dont wanna say :)

Awww... What a fantastic uplifting story :rainbowkiss::pinkiesad2:

It started out with funny and followed through fluffy. Nice.

Was not expecting this to go from comedy to wholesome so fast. Loved the starting premise and where it ended up going.

Feels like it gets sweeter every time. This is the wholesome content I’m here for.

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Google Trogdor. Honestly I still don't get the joke exactly, I just remember coming across the reference before. I'm not sure exactly in what the context was though. With my luck if I put my thought down of what it may be I would probably be wrong even if I was right. The Universe and me aren't on good terms right now... if you define "right now" as one's lifetime. Just look up Trogdor

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I assume it was Trogdor's song, but in case it concerns you: your link is broken.

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Huh. Thanks, it should be the right link now.

"Cheerilee eyes her.

"Oh, did I miss the part where you became an alicorn princess?""

Really, Cheerilee? You're a secondary character.
As for being in a support role, none of the other Mane 6 is an alicorn. There's just Twilight.
Yet nobody calls Pinkie, or RD supporting members.

""Darlings! This is hardly the sort of thing to be airing out in public, let alone in front of a delicate stallion like Anonymous!""

Really, Rarity? Do you have even any remote idea of what an angry human male, or even pony stallion, sounds like? :-D

"It's quite simple, you inherited a farm and tend it well. Meanwhile, I built a business from the ground up and have expanded into Canterlot itself. There is simply no comparison."

Oh, and keeping a farm afloat is so much easier, eh?

""Hey! Stop fighting! Can't you discuss this like unreasonable ponies?""

You're the one who lit the fuse, matey. Don't complain about the boom.

""Nah, you're not a bad pony."

Well... yes, she is. This "If I can't have it, no one will" mentality is bad.

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