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Nurse Redheart just wants to see a nice sunrise after her long overnight. A new member of the staff unknowingly releases the flood gates of medical Tartarus when he mutters the wrong word.

I would like to thank Bean, GayforGadot, Shirlendra, RDT, Techno Blaze, Mykola, Ranoutofideas, Sledge and SmokeyisClassy for proofreading, comments and general awesomeness.

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I don't get it. I mean, I read the story and everything, but I still don't see what was so bad about the word quiet.

Sukasa #2 · 1 week ago · · ·


In other words, invoking Murphy's law - since a "quiet" night is things going well, of course it means things will go wrong. There's also a hint of irony in that things are no longer quiet once observed

Well, it ain't so quiet anymore unfortunately

Again, great job on this one, Short! Glad to see it made its way to the site. :twilightsmile:

It's kind of a joke taboo in the healthcare professions. Everyone knows there's no statistically significant effect to saying "quiet," but you still don't say it anyway. I mostly have emergency room experience, and in there things can go from slow to every room is filled up in a relatively short amount of time.

This was a nice little one-shot!
I’m making a prediction that this’ll get up on the featured page by sometime tomorrow! :twilightsmile:
Well... like 65% chance maybe low 70% :twilightblush:

Nice slice of life. Glad to see it end with a little, "life goes on" moment for Redheart.

Yeah, I've been the one in the bed on numerous occasions, and I hear nurses say that a lot. I've heard the 'c-word' and the 'e-word' before, too, actually. I've unfortunately summoned them before... :twilightoops:

Same taboo in the law enforcement careers. Ya don't say the S word, ya don't say the Q word. And before anyone asks, I'm at work right now reading this, so I dare not utter the actual words.

Well, it's up on the featured page now, so looks like you won that bet.

What did Stumbles die from?

in the world of working in a hospital it is cursed, whenever its a slow or quiet or whatever night. Some body will almost inevitably mention that it has been quiet. Therefore jinxing it and causing a torrent of shit to happen. Code blues, ER visits, yada yada. If you are ever in a hospital never say that it is quiet. Or you will doom us all.

been working in the state prison system for 13 yrs.. all nightshift.. you DO NOT say the "Q" word... EVER.

Seems like a side effect of cirrhosis to me.

Which is caused by drinking too much?

Its a superstition. You never bring up the fact it's quiet when it is, or you'll make it not quiet.

Its common in all service oriented jobs. When I was working in a call center, you never said it it was quiet, because the 'call queue' can hear you.

Wow! I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew it would be quite the story. I must admit as a former caregiver, I never heard about the "Q" word, but maybe that's because I was doing in home personal care rather than working at a hospital. I can only imagine how hard that would be. This story displays the emotions, and traumas nurses go through on a daily basis, and is truly a symbolic piece that truly expresses the weight of all that they do. I really enjoyed this, and it helps me to not only understand Red Heart more, but also appreciate all the nurses out there. Truly, things aren't so quiet.

To say how this fanfic is brilliant is an understatement, because this is more than dramatically amazing! The wonderous progression, the happy and sad moments, everything about this is so good! I hope ya didn't mind, but I simply had to read this beauty of a fic!

Audio Linkyloo!: https://youtu.be/BfAdLon-RuA

(I don't mean to offend anyone with this comment in any way!)

I work overnight mobile mental health crisis work. ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY THE Q WORD.

Oh wow, hospital staff really hate that word

A wonderfully written story! I am glad to see it is finally on the site!

That sounds awesome! I can’t believe someone would read it out. I will definitely be tuning in if I am not on a call.

Yes. Typically some one drinks to much for too long and gets cirrhosis of the liver. That increases the blood pressure causing blood to back up. If the patient’s blood pressure gets too high they can rupture the veins in the throat. It’s quite a mess.

This story is firepony approved :twilightsmile:

Meanwhile in the grim darkness of the far future

I have a sister and cousin who both work in hospitals and I can confirm this is an actual thing, nurses almost fear the word quiet because according to them as soon as someone says it all hell seems to break loose. Is it a stereotype? Oh hell yes, but stereotypes exist for a reason and given how whenever I say this world around them they almost have a PTSD attack I'm inclined to agree that it's true.

I have learned to NEVER use the "Q" word because the Great and Terrible Being Murphy will strike you down with thunderbolts from on high. It never ends well.

But, seriously, a "Q" night can go to crap in a VERY short amount of time in a hospital.

Have you never heard of a jinx?

SMT5015 #29 · 6 days ago · · 4 ·

What value gives MLP to this story? Except some memes about Berry Punch.

Yeah. I work in the lab at my local hospital and I believe the safe word we have is "It's an...unusual night tonight."

As a former Grocery worker, I can say I hate that word as well.

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