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All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day and put the pieces back together my way. Yeah, all I ever wanted was to pick apart the day and put the pieces back together my way.


After an earnest question from Sandbar results in a meltdown and tears, he's pointed away from Ocellus and towards the only Changeling who can advise him on how to make things right. It won’t be without meandering through a few different topics. Even well into his twilight years, Pharynx still enjoys playing with his food.

This is an entry in the Snippet Series, an anthology of old oneshots I (and my good buddy Str8aura) wrote based around interesting pics I found. New ones will be posted every Thursday for the foreseeable future.

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What's with the two big sections in italics?

This was cute. I’ve been noticing an uptick in Ocellus stories recently, but I like that this one also featured Sandbar heavily. The two of them were the least developed of the Student Six. But that’s what fics are for!

So I’m guessing you’re a Tempynx fan?

Oh for Faust’s sake. I’ve said before that none of my fics ever seem to survive the import process from Google Docs unscathed.

I’ve fixed the format hiccups. That’s for the alert.

I’m actually not much into Shipping, as the platonic tone of this fic probably shows. Still, I do like the idea of a couple of war vets bonding over shared cynicism. There’s someone for everyone out there.

I was pretty frustrated with the lack of development they got. Hell, the entire Young 6 deserved more screentime.

Black Forest or honeyed? :trollestia:

Well done, a well thought-out and pleasant read. Keep it up!

Everyone thought their meetings were just a series of escalating bar fights until they caught on that that was the couple's idea of a good time.

Ocellus especially. She never got a focus episode like the others did.

They had a brilliant idea hinted at in What Lies Beneath (Ocellus being related to or even being the daughter of Chrysalis), and they never ran with it. What's the point of introducing new characters and focusing on them if you're not going to develop them? Big Hero Six: the Series suffers from the same problem.

I know! It’s disappointing.

I think they'd run out of stuff to do with the Mane 6, to be honest.

Yeah, yet they still gave them more focus episodes than the Student 6, all the way up until the Season 8 finale.

“Am… Did she… Mister Pharynx, please, did Ocellus ever kill anypony? Am I friends with a murderer??”

Saaaannnd baaaar! She was a literal child soldier!

I know what "What lies beneath" meant to do, the fear she was to face was of her people's history and old nature(they all worry about reflecting), but handled it poorly. I don't think they meant she had a relation to Chrysalis in that manner.

It seems I misinterpreted that scene.

No kidding. The closest thing we got was either A. Thorax scolding her in “Uprooted” or B. Her reason for being in the cheer squad in “2, 4, 6, Greaaat.”

I'm planning on rewriting the whole of seasons 8 and 9 at some point, and will be sure to rectify some of those errors.

May we continue this discussion in PM? I doubt the author wants his or her comments section cluttered up with our planning document.


Wow. Woke up to 14 notifications of inspired brainstorming. The Student Six all have the ingredients for good characterization, but they stayed undercooked the entire time they were onscreen. The same could also be said for Cozy Glow, who seemed to be an aborted attempt at giving them a recurring enemy.

So many directions the show could’ve gone. Best of luck to you both in your efforts to course correct these characters.

Cozy's a weird one, I'll admit. She appears to be an 'evil because evil is fun' villain in the mould of Tirek, but wasn't quite there.

Sandbar was very undercooked, and didn't have any real personality.

Love me some grumpy old man but still kind Pharynx, it’s exactly the character I wanted him to do. So disappointed he didn’t get another another episode in the show, especially with how with Ocellus, this is exactly what I wanted their relationship to be like.
Also the idea that Pharynx like the taste of fear but hates sadness was an amazing touché, since he obviously likes making people scared but actually driving them too far is against his protective nature.
As soon as you brought up that him and Tempest were together you got a lot extra bonus points from me... love that ship

This is so adorable! I don't care what cannon says, I still ship these two.

Good story indeed. Although always did wonder if the reformed chabgelifns even sense emotions anymore.

Very cute! Good friends.

Pharynx held up the unfinished piece of wood. The left side was gnarled, bark-covered, and completely unrecognizable as a workable piece of lumber. But it’s right end was perfect. Smooth and ready for any carpentry project it would be put towards. “It’s not the things we were that mattered, Sandbar. It’s the things we did. This chunk here is made of wood. So are all the others in my finished stack over there. But they’re all gonna go on to be different things. One might be a doorstop. Another’ll be a chair leg. Shoot, one might even become a spear.”

“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me”

Tempest and Pharynx? Together? I never would have thought of that but hot DAMN does it work!

Oh, and Sandbar being a good friend to bugs is cute and wholesome too :)

"Oh. Just something that Pharynx said. Not really important. But that reminds me of something else: he told me to tell you that he Tempest are almost at they're first ann-nay, whatever that means."

I think you're missing an "and" between "he" and "Tempest".

Also, you should use "their" instead of "they're". Homophones suck.

I loved your characterization of Pharynx, though!:raritystarry:

Oh, I missed this one until now. Lovely stuff. I'm a sucker for uncommon character interactions, and this does great work with one. Thank you for it. I'm glad I finally gave it a go.

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