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Jarvy Jared

Reader. Reviewer. Writer. Also now script co-writer and musician for the fan project, Elements of Justice.


You can neither escape nor forget the life you lead, much as Twilight Velvet wants to. Though proud of her children, she can't deny that being known only as the mother to two of the most powerful ponies in all of Equestria hasn't been easy. She'd like to forget her doubts, though, and a riverboat cruise seems like the perfect opportunity.

But still: you can neither escape nor forget the life you lead, regardless of whether it's the one you thought you'd have. But that's not what matters. Sometimes it takes being on a riverboat to the sea to remember that.

Runner-up for the My Little Renaissance Contest, and ended up placing 5th overall.

Pre-read and edited by the ever-wonderful Stinium Ruide, Ninjadeadbeard, Seriff Pilcrow, and applezombi. Thank you for all your help!

Cover art drawn by the wonderful Cyonix. My only edit was adding in the text.

Chapters (6)
Comments ( 27 )

Aww, I felt bad for Velvet. Being annoyed by not being recognized as Twilight Velvet by ponies, but as "The mother of a prince and princess" is quite understandable, even if she really is proud of them.

We did your safari expedition with your author friend last summer for our vacation. Surely a little riverboat isn’t so much to ask?”

I don't know why, but I get the feeling this "author friend" of Velvet's is quite the daring sort.

Good start. Looking forward to seeing where you go with this!

She’d been writing a letter to Twilight. She’d meant to do so every other day, starting with this night. The Regent had its own mail delivery system, and she thought she ought to provide Twilight with some kind of an update to their vacation. It wasn’t requested, of course, but Velvet couldn’t help but think it was something she had to do.


On a different note, it seems like ponies have started adopting kids of other races, unless there's more to the seemingly mother-son bond between Galahad and the pegasus with him. It's something I never thought about possibly happening in Equestria once the bonds between ponies and other races started improving in the later seasons of the show.

Well, the world changes, and many small interesting things change along with it. :raritywink:

Thank you! I hope you enjoy the story as it continues to update.

Comment posted by Mixmaster226 deleted Jul 25th, 2021


:twilightangry2: 👎

yeah that's pretty much how I feel about you

Galahad frowned and gulped several times. It didn’t take long for Velvet to guess why. Along with the cramped interior, more than a few passengers were giving him sidelong glances.

Looks like some ponies still has a way to go to get used to being around the other races, let alone a pony adopting one of them.

That conversation between Velvet and Frigid, in particular, really drew me in. There's more to Frigid than meets the eyes in how she's a faithful wife, despite the chilly attitude she's been showing.

Full disclosure, that conversation was among the first things that came to mind while thinking about this story, and it remains my favorite part. :raritywink:

Poor Misty. She's doing her best, but has those worries about how well she's doing as a mom. I kinda wonder if my mom had those thoughts when she was raising me and my older brother, especiialy since my dad died before I was born.

“I thought I could change that. But I can’t change who I am. I’m a griffon, an orphan, and…” He furrowed his brow, searching for the right word. “... an outsider. And it doesn’t matter how many boat trips I take—that’ll always be the case. Won’t it?”

That line in particular got me.

His tail swished. Hers as well. Then they came together in a neat knot.


It definitely seems like Misty will have her work cut out for her with dealing with how some ponies look at Galahad as an outsider, and she can't exactly say it's not happening. But it also seems like she'd do her best; she's got the love to take on the challenge.

In all, I liked how you handled this story. Good work.

Thank you for all your comments! This story has definitely been one of my favorite things to write as of late. I'm glad you found it favorable. :raritywink:

For some reason I never read any of your work before, and I decided to start here, since not many stories explore Twilight's parents. And I have to say, you did a great job with this. It's a subdued, mature, introspective exploration on the nature of change or the lack thereof, on how lives intersect.

Glad you enjoyed it! I definitely wanted to approach, and then end, this story with a mature effect - a subtle consideration of a lot of things. Arguably this has been my favorite thing to recently have written.

I enjoyed how you explored what it means to grow older and change, and a mother's desire for her children to grow up strong, smart and successful at what they want to do.

Thank you for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :raritywink:

The pegasus rushed forward and took her hoof and began to shake it furiously. “Ohmigosh, I can’t believe it! You’re really her! Princess Twilight Sparkle’s mother!” She let out a filly-level squeal. Only then did she stop shaking, but Velvet didn’t have a chance to step back; the pegasus began flapping her wings and floated in the air, her hooves on her cheeks. “Oh, you have no idea how much I’ve wanted to meet you, all the things I wanted to ask, to say, you know, as a mother myself, and—”

I know this is basically the point of the whole story, but I was half expecting the mother is fangirl about being an author rather then Twi’s mother. Lol

Daww, this was a really touching story. Really like Galahad and his mother and how they tried into Velvet’s own troubles was extremely well done.
Awesome work

That was one of my initial ideas, actually, but I didn't feel as though it would be as thematically appropriate. I made a couple of nods to an author friend, though. :raritywink:

Stories created for contests aren't really my jam, but this is an excellent piece of fiction. I haven't gotten around to reading many of your other works, so I'm definitely moving them higher up on the list now.

Quite a nice story! Loved the Calvino thing with the chapter titles!

I'm glad you found it enjoyable! For a contest story, I feel like this ended up being pretty well-rounded, despite its obvious flaws.

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