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AShadowOfCygnus


'I am made from the dust of the stars, and the oceans flow in my veins: here I hide in the heart of the city, like a stranger coming out of the rain.'

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The body wakes. The body hungers. The body endures.

And so does She.


With great thanks to Suni herself for a quick and thoughtful spur-of-the-moment pre-read.

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Now write the one where ponies steal a changeling from Her by turning it into a pony. :scootangel:

Her hoof could not but be in it—holey and divine.

Indeed.

Also, I learned a new word today: foetor!

Also also as usual describing the experience of this story is beyond my talents. It’s almost dreamlike and yet dark, surely a nightmare although perhaps not (I suppose it depends on whose side you’re on) . . .

We make our choices as readers; we decide who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, and I made mine. You surely know which side I’d choose, and as such you can guess my opinion at the outcome [I’m being cautious to avoid spoilers].

What gets me is how close I came to considering the other view as the right one.

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That was quick! :twilightsheepish: Thank you, as ever, for the kind words and evident wonderment (?!). I'm glad these half-mad little things keep providing some sense of narrative fulfilment.

It’s almost dreamlike and yet dark, surely a nightmare although perhaps not (I suppose it depends on whose side you’re on) . . .

Oh, absolutely -- just a matter of determining whether it's a nightmare you can wake up from. And so often, as per the semi-snarky comment in the author's note, we sometimes have about as much power as the not-quite-narrator when things go to shit.

What gets me is how close I came to considering the other view as the right one.

Neither of us would be the first to suggest that there's a certain comfort in being able to just let go. Just a matter of what, and to whom.

Her hoof could not but be in it—holey and divine.

A+ wordplay

Fascinating perspective. One could almost see it as a Zerg perspective rather than a changeling one. Great piece of xenofiction. Thank you for it.

Simply delightful. Masterful wordplay. :D

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I'm getting really bad about actually responding to things. :twilightoops: Thank you both for your kind words, truly.

Changeling xenofiction -- and really any proper depiction of them as an appropriately rapacious alien horde -- seems to be severely underrepresented on the site. If y'all have any recommendations as to other works in that vein I might have missed, I'd love to hear 'em! :raritywink:

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Thank you for recommending this. I tried writing in an alien mind once, in a Philomena story I no longer remember the name of. But I didn't take it nearly as far.

ShadowOf, how long did it take to write? Many drafts?

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One, actually! Full story struck me completely out of the blue after work one day.

Maddening, I know. Wish that sort of serendipity would strike more often. :ajbemused:

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You didn't revise?

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For this one? Nope. Wrote it up, sent it to a friend, posted it.

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AAAAaaaaAAAAH. :twilightangry2:
That's okay. I forgive you. :pinkiecrazy:

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