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I like writing about the worst day of a character's life; it lets us see the mettle inside. (Pronouns: RB/20 )


After a Friendship Map mission runs long, Rarity and Twilight find themselves stranded on a train in a blizzard far from their homes and families.

This was written for Undome Tinwe as a part of Jinglemas 2019! For more information about Jinglemas, checkout our group!

Prompt was Rarity and Twilight.

Cover art: https://www.deviantart.com/lpbrennan/art/Night-Train-in-Snow-148935877

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Damn, I definitely won big with Jinglemas. Incredible story, with some beautifully heartwarming moments and Twilight and Rarity at their best. Just, really nice and warm and cozy and I really needed this today. Thanks so much for writing this.

This was a really nice story. It was sweet having everyone celebrate on the train, and you did a good job keeping everyone in character.

I'm glad! This isn't the most creative idea I have had in my life, but I tried to execute it as well as I could!

Thank you! I appreciate it.

Twilight crunched the apple. "I can't hit the Empire from here , not without crystal surrounding me to shunt off the kinetic energy. The difference in latitude is too much. You see, rotational velocity is proportional to the sine—"


Thanks! I couldn't remember if it was sine or sine squared so I cut her off there.

A cute little tale for the season.

That's so soft! :applecry:

Rarity looked at Twilight and raised one eyebrow.

"Speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out. And the further north we go, the speedier we are."
"There. Was that so hard?"

In any case, wonderful tale of the prompt characters at their best. Thank you for a lovely read.

As always, thanks for taking the time! Much appreciated!


Angular velocity is the same.

The speed at which a pony travels due to a planet's rotation is proportional to the cosine of the latitude. (0 degrees at equator, maximum velocity.)

(Let's measure latitude in radians and see how many people get annoyed.)

And what if longitude also matters? Teleporting East makes you backwards and upwards, relative to the ground.

Although, Equestria might actually be stationary given the whole Sun + Moon raising thing.

This was so sweet and wholesome it left me grinning like an idiot. Thanks! ^^

This is just wonderful. Soo wonderfully sweet, when in a non ideal situation at least they made the best of it and could be happy.
yay for Vinyl and Octavia cuteness. I love your mute Vinyl Scratch.

Thanks! This one was fun to write. Glad you enjoyed!

As the train chugged on through the night, the group continued to share stories and laughter, enjoying each other's company. The warmth from the soup and the holiday cheer from the music lifted their spirits and created a sense of togetherness.

As they finished their meal, Rarity stood up and made an announcement. "I have a little surprise for everyone!" She reached into her own saddlebag and pulled out a small bag filled with presents.

"For each of you, a little something to remember this night by," Rarity said, handing out the presents. "And a special thanks to our train crew for keeping us safe and bringing us together."

All Aboard and the other crew members smiled as they opened their presents, revealing hand-knitted scarves and hats. Sky and Vapor opened theirs to find matching heart-shaped necklaces, and Octavia and Vinyl received a set of customized headphones.

Twilight was touched by the thoughtfulness of her friends. "Thank you, Rarity. You really outdid yourself."

Rarity blushed. "Well, it's not every day that we get to spend Hearth's Warming together like this. I wanted to make it special."

As the train neared its destination, the group gathered their things and prepared to depart. They hugged and exchanged well wishes, promising to keep in touch and meet up again next year.

"Happy Hearth's Warming, everyone!" Rarity called out as they parted ways.

As she and Twilight made their way back to the castle, Twilight couldn't help but feel grateful for the unexpected turn of events that brought them together with such wonderful company. She knew that this Hearth's Warming would always hold a special place in her heart, and she looked forward to many more happy celebrations with her friends in the years to come.

Nice work.

If this was a bit different, if it was more grim, if the snow was heavier and they where on a mountain near a small town for a few days, and an avalanche happened, then this story would be the Equestrian version of the Wellington Avalanche. A horrible disaster in the mountains of Washington state in 1910, taking the lives of 96 innocent people after being stranded in the snow because of a blizzard. My heart goes out to those people, and I hope that they are all living their best life in heaven. Lets pray it never happens again or in any other dimension. Safe travels, and Happy 2024.

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