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The Red Parade


I wish you all the luck in the world, you need it more than I do.

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With Hearth’s Warming comes the painful anniversary of the death of Daring Dash, the younger sister of Rainbow Dash. Three years after her death, Rainbow stumbles across a strange interactive adventure novel written by her sister and enlists the help of Twilight Sparkle to bring it to life. What follows is the adventure of a lifetime, as Rainbow comes to realize how little she actually knew about her sister. And maybe, through a crazy tale of magic, monsters, and heroes, she can find some closure as well.

(Rated Teen for brief violence and profanity)


"This story left me emotionally destroyed. It gets a stranglehold on your heart, and never lets go. I was left a sobbing, heart-warmed wreck after reading this, and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who happens to look in on this thread. It's quality cannot be overstated. For anyone who checks out these threads, read this story! Review: 11/10, would weep myself into a coma again." - Ninjadeadbeard

"I FREAKING love this story, but at the same time I hate this story. I don't hate it for being bad. Oh no, I hate it because I had to actually control myself from crying more than I did from reading it. " - Nailah

"While The Legend of Daring Do didn't make me cry because I'm an emotionless robot (beep boop), this story is sure to tug the heartstrings of those who enjoy emotional stories, and the fanfic offers an interesting enough character interpretation of Rainbow Dash and Daring Do to be more than serviceable for those looking for a compact, cozy adventure." - Seriff Pilcrow

Written as an entry in the Holiday Contest hosted by No Author Left Behind, where it placed second.

Beta read and edited by the wonderful EverfreePony.

Cover art comissioned from Snow Quill! On Derpi

A work heavily inspired by and written as a tribute to the play She Kills Monsters by Qui Nyguen.


Main Characters: Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, Daring Do.

Secondary Characters: Nurse Redheart, Minuette, Fleetfoot, Braeburn.

Background Characters: Blossomforth, Cloud Kicker, Raindrops, Hoops, Score, Dumb Bell, Dr. Caballeron, Changelings, Applejack, Spike.

Chapters (20)
Comments ( 19 )

A She Kills Monsters-style story with Rainbow as Agnes and Daring Do as Tillius? Color me intrigued.

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That'd be the one that inspired this. Hope I can do it justice.

I know the story. I was in this story. So how the hell did I not see this coming?

Wonderful.

Main Characters: Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, Daring Do.

Shouldn't the character tags only feature them, then?

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I suppose. The line between secondary and main character isn't all that clear on this story. Yes, the focus isn't strictly on them but they still play a fairly important role in the story (to me anyways).

I wave my hoof dismissively. “When you gotta go, you gotta go.” I see Daring in the corner of my eye, wandering out of the room.

No, what? No. No. No. Do not ignore the Ghost in the room! How!? Why!?

So, does this mean she showed everyone the white room through the spell? Or is this just some vision? I’ll admit, I was kind of hoping at some point that she would come back. Oh well. It was a magnificent story. You broke my heart.

:raritycry:

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The white room scene is supposed to symbolize letting go and Rainbow moving on. While the first white room was a byproduct of Twilight's spell, this white room is probably formed from Rainbow's imagination, being as its where she started.

Thank you!

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Nobody ever notices the ghost in the room. Kinda weird, huh?

While The Legend of Daring Do didn't make me cry because I'm an emotionless robot (beep boop), this story is sure to tug the heartstrings of those who enjoy emotional stories, and the fanfic offers an interesting enough character interpretation of Rainbow Dash and Daring Do to be more than serviceable for those looking for a compact, cozy adventure. However, those who like their fics with a little spice—and those who like their villains more than half-baked—may be a bit disappointed.

Got a review for your fic, all sutured up and ready for discharge!

Wow, that story was great and the end...
Wow.
Right in my feels.

I don't really care for the whole shipping subplots, but dang it. I kind of died laughing at "suppoused". Seems like a spelling error to me, but it also could be a combination of supposed and spouse, which is an amusing thought.

It's nice and interesting to be able to get a feeling that this character wasn't done being alive yet, but she's dead anyway.

I chock the ghost up to the fact that Rainbow is hopped up on on magic/sensory confusion and is very confused right now. She's hallucinating her own mental representation and exploring what the really thinks since she represses the ideas.

Hmm, I was a bit confused as to what this ending was. I thought the actual ponies the characters represented were there until I read through the comments to find out about the white room trope. Interesting representation of Rainbow's closure even though I was a bit confused.

I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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