Vinyl's best friend is a little bit too "friendly".

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Okay, now I need lots and lots of adorable FlashSet romance fluff from you because their dialogue was so wonderfully goofy. Also, yay healthy relationships and reconciling!

Skirts, is that a Gorillaz reference I see?


Oh skirts, must the skittle people be so sad too?

I adored this, but also ouch, my heart.

I'm not sure I fully understand this.

10199609 I was gonna say that Vinyl is in denial, but the pride flag has more than four colours, so I'm not so sure now...

The thing is, it depends on what flag she has. Based on the chapter titles having relevant colors, it's most likely the asexual pride flag that Vinyl has. So, reading this again through that lens means that Vinyl is asexual, but not aromantic (as far as we know here) and is uncomfortable with how fast she feels Octavia is when it comes to matters of intimacy. She loves her girlfriend, and they're clearly in an 'already together' stage, but they have the conflict of Vinyl's anxiety and comfort zone, as the latter is tied to her sexual orientation here.

That's my guess.

10199602. I see someone beat me too it

10199627 Oh, that makes sense now that I know that.

But also: Black, grey, white and purple are also the colours of Octavia in the cover.

10199679 And does this make you anxious? At times unbearably so?

That’s because Octavia also happens to be those colors.

SO weird to see OCTAVIA be the forward one for once, HOWEVER...it WAS rather well written!

Yes. And i give that comment a 5/4.

Double Bass, you magnificent bastard XD

I know you generally prefer to not write too many of these, as thinking about how to write sad things will put sad things in your head (whoda thunk.) That said, I felt it worth saying that you write it well, and that I for one find these things soothing and refreshing. So here I go voting with my voice, as well as expressing gratitude for your work. It takes me out of the lethargy for a moment, back to the wonderful highs and lows of childhood drama. Thanks for that.

Oh, wow, I finally remembered her name. Chelsea. How conveniently theatrical.

Suitably enough for Vinyl, a quiet tragedy. Still, this is definitely one of those things where she'll need to speak up eventually or Octavia's going to feel like she's just stringing her along. Well, maybe. That's the worst case scenario. Still, definitely something they'll need to discuss at some point or it could all come crashing down. But knowing that doesn't make the discussion any easier.

Also, nice to see Flash get a win in one of your fics. Not my preferred ship for either character, but they do make a cute couple.

All told, thank you for this.

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Missing "Me" in the title, if that's the case.


The "Makes Make" is bugging me a lot more than it should be... .

10200106 There is a "me" in there, though. Pretty sure there was earlier, too. :rainbowhuh:

I also wonder if Vinyl believes that Octavia will stop spending time with her if she reveals that personal secret; she's afraid to be alone.

Unfortunately, it's probably true Vinyl feels that way. She could see Octavia's forwardness as having sexual undertones and she clearly knows Octavia isn't ace, like she is. However, because Vinyl isn't taking the steps to communicate, we're left not knowing if a relationship between them could work out. It's not like they would be the first allosexual-asexual couple in the history of the universe.

Ah, the colors!
Didn't even think of that.
What an interesting way to tie in asexuality.

This was fun. Good to see Flash get some sort of win. And really, this kind of way he and Sunset handle things feels pretty darn in-character for both of them! :rainbowlaugh: Good on ya!

I can only wonder what will happen with Vinyl and Tavi next...

Ouch. Poor Vinyl, and poor Tavi too. Both for different reasons, of course, but even so... :fluttershyouch:

Nicely done. There's a lot that's said (and unsaid) in these short chapters. I'm impressed with that! The conclusion of this one in particular was really well-written...

Oof. Poor Vinyl. As FanOfMostEverything said, the quietness of the thing is what makes it really tragic. But very effective too, for us readers. And for that I congratulate you!

I must admit, I didn't quite get the significance of first of the patch and its colors, but I've since been clued in. And brilliant job with leaving the clues to be figured out by the audience!


Ooof, as an ace that's been in this kind of awkward situation, it's never fun
Very well written

What's going on inside that head of Vinyl's?

The very first thing that caught my attention about this story was that the description reminded me of Day Dreaming Derpy, the fan game. Octavia's nightmare in the game was rooted in the fact that Vinyl wanted to be more than friends, and Octy just didn't know how to tell her that she doesn't feel the same way, about Vinyl or about anypony. And if there's one thing I won't forget about the game, it's that; there is no quicker way to my heart than an aromantic character (having an ace character is the second-quickest way, of course). And of course it is hard; "I just don't like you that way" is probably the hardest thing I ever had to say, and it was years before I could convincingly claim that I wouldn't take it back in a heartbeat to make my friend happy if only I could (being true to myself be damned). And I won't pretend that everything I could claim is true.

All of which is to say . . . nothing really, but sometimes it's nice to say it. And somebody's got to fill this empty comment section, right?

(Also, I wish there were a proposal for an aro flag that wasn't hideous. Is that too much to ask of the world? Maybe I should just be happy with my non-hideous flag, but why can't both be good?)

I can't tell if I was more obvious or if my 'Tavi was more perceptive, but I never truly had either of us fooled for long, as much as I tried. And don't let anybody tell you I didn't try (not that I think there's anybody who would). I am remarkably bad at faking my orientation (though possibly I could do a bit better if I tried now armed with the knowledge that I'm lying) but I honestly did the best I could.

In some ways this story is just oh so very familiar, and I guess I don't know how I feel about being brought back to that time. I swore never to regret it, and certainly it was far from all bad, but I can't help but wonder if I could have chosen to just regret it so my feelings on that time wouldn't be so complicated.

I feel you there, Vinyl.

But this is no way to go about things, for either of you. I know it's scary to rip off that band-aid--Celestia only knows how long it would have taken me if we hadn't had a pre-set expiration date because frankly we're weird--and it's going to hurt, but you know you're going to make 'Tavi wait forever and I know that hurts too.

But oh, now I'm thinking about the terms and conditions and I can't help but laugh. We were in a sense inevitable; so many people in high school knew we were dating that we were never going to escape without giving in to peer pressure. Even if we had held out past graduation we were never going to get the idea out of our heads. We did make it all the way to the end of senior year though before we finally seriously talked about it, and our top priority was always that we avoid accidentally ruining our friendship. So we swore: we would date through the summer, and come fall we would amicably go our separate ways to our separate colleges, and above all there would be no drama. And we really thought we could keep these promises; we're both reasonable, easygoing people, and I don't think either of us had ever engaged in any real interpersonal drama before. You might have believed us too, had you known us. And it seemed to have gone well at first; neither of us disputed that it was time for this to end when fall came, and our friendship seemed--was, in fact--stronger than it had been before. But in fact we were both still hung up on the relationship; my friend was lonely and wished for someone to hold, and had nobody to wish for other than me but knew that (as had just been demonstrated) I could not fill that role, and I wished more than anything to understand why it had ended, why I could not be that person. And this presented a problem: we normally confided in each other when we needed to talk about something, but each of our issues was exactly what the other one needed to not hear. And thus we found out how we do drama: apologetically but inevitably, and slowly over the course of years. And it was kind of awful, but also objectively kind of ridiculous.

I'm glad that's now something in the past that I can laugh about.

Put it on your bag, Vinyl. You won't lose a friend, and I promise you will feel better.

It works as a shield when you're feeling insecure. Trust me on this. I wear the flag every day, and it's remarkable what a difference it makes. Wear it with pride when you can, and it will defend you when you can't. It will make you feel like you. And you'll never lose anybody who matters in the least by being true to yourself like that.

Plus, it's much less revealing than you think it is. Do you know how often people react to the flag I wear? Only a few times a year, in general. And do you know how people react? One of only two ways: they tell me that they have a friend who's ace/are ace (but usually the first one), or they ask me what it means because they can tell it's got to be a symbol of something but they have no idea what. I have many complaints about ace erasure, but I can't deny it's handy when you want to be out of the closet but are also kind of hesitant about telling anybody.

So seriously, put it on your bag, Vinyl. I need to feel like I've helped a compatriot.

Oh, and also: this story makes me feel many things, some good and some bad, but it also makes me anxious, at times unbearably so.

It's easier to recognize, of course, when the description reminds you of your past and of other things that remind you of your past, before you've even seen any of the chapter titles.

I fear I may have discovered too late that I'm apparently not in a headspace tonight where I should be reading a story like this.

Came for the Gorilaz reference, stayed for the story.

Ooh... I get it now. Theres a flag for that? Huh... learn somthin new every day.

Once again Vinyl has a lot of conflicted feelings about The Things Tavi Says.

Also I can't believe this has not been posted here yet:

It’s not overly well known. If I had to guess probably because their is a lot of debate as to wether it’s a legit sexual identity or a disorder.

Fantastic story, it all comes together in the end really nicely. Vinyl's anxiety over everything felt very real.

Featured on episode 291 of my podcast, Pony 411.

That’s a hard situation right there. It’s such an easy out to escape breaking a painful truth but we all know it’s gonna bite her in the ass- not that we wouldn’t have done the same thing

This is really good. I’m was too dense to get what the flag was without reading the comments but props to you.

It's a legit sexual orientation. A disorder would mean it would be characterized by harmful symptoms and diminish the quality of life a person experiences in some way. There isn't anything malignant about asexuality, just the way people are treated for it.

If you want the super data-heavy reasons as to why there have been studies and research you could hunt down.

Didn’t say it was a disorder, I just said last I checked people were still debating it. Not sure why but at least a few years back some members of the lgbt community objected to asexuals being included. I haven’t looked into it since as I’ve not had a reason to and I dislike hypocrisy.

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Nice, subtle ace representation.
Well done.
I'm an ace myself, actually.

I figured from the titles of the chapters that this was a story about an ace Vinyl. Such tight character-building in such tiny chapters. My heart aches for both Vinyl and Octy. Vinyl, for the burden of her secret and her fear of being open about herself, and Octy, for being left in the dark and therefore thinking she's doing something wrong. I'd like to hope Octy either figures it out herself, or, maybe, Vinyl goes to a friend (Sunset?) and gets the courage to come out to Octy. I'd like to think they could still stay together from there.

Vinyl is alone because she is non-verbal. There is only one person in the school who really cares for her, spends time with her, is friends with her. And that person has fallen in love with Vinyl, and Vinyl doesn't want to lose her only friend. Sunset is friends with Octavia not Vinyl, after all who wants to be friends with someone who never talks to you?(not my opinion but what I'm sure everyone is feeling.) And so Vinyl cannot go to someone else, except her family, she only has Octavia,

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