• Published 25th Dec 2021
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Reaping Rainbow: A Very Grim Hearth's Warming - The Hat Man

Rainbow Dash flies home for Hearth's Warming when she has a disastrous crash with Santa Hooves himself. With the big guy out of commission, the holiday spirit can only be saved by her! ...Oh, and Death himself as Santa, of course.

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Who's Got a Beard That's Snowy White?

Rainbow Dash blinked as her eyes adjusted to the lighting of this new place. She’d just stepped through a Rift and followed so closely behind Death that she actually bumped into him. She gave a small cry of pain and protest at being jabbed by his decidedly boney posterior.

Hmph, Death sniffed. My apologies, but not all of us were blessed with ample ‘junk in their trunk,’ as the foals say.

“Yeah, well unless you can pull off the big-boned look, I’m pretty sure ponies are gonna be able to tell you aren’t actually Santa.”

Well, the liberal application of some throw pillows might make me appear sufficiently plump. Perhaps not ‘bowl full of jelly’ levels, but we can always tell little ponies that Santa is trying to eat healthier.

“Yeah, nothing says ‘healthy’ like ‘giant living skeleton.’ I’m pretty sure the weight thing is the least of our problems convincing ponies,” she grumbled.

She then took a look around and saw that they were in the midst of a workshop. There were long workbenches covered with half-finished toys and strewn spare parts. Tinsel was hung from the low, wooden rafters, and a crackling fire radiated heat from the fireplace. It was all so picturesque that one might have thought that it was actually plagiarizing from the hundreds of greeting cards, advent calendars, and cookie tins that seemed to pop up out of nowhere across Equestria every Twelfth Moon (or, to be more accurate, just after Nightmare Night these days).

“Whoa… this place looks just like I always imagined it!” she exclaimed.

Not surprising, when you think about it, Death said. After all, Santa Hooves himself relies on the belief and hope of ponies everywhere, and thus his home, his workplace, and all that he is are shaped by ponies’ collective consciousness.

“...Yeah, I didn’t get any of that, but it’s cool either way!”

She went to one of the workbenches and picked up a half-finished doll in one hoof and a toy train in the other. “Looks like Santa’s elves have been working pretty hard, but I guess they must’ve stepped out for… I dunno, a hot cocoa break?”

It would appear so.

Dash set the toys down, giving him an uncertain look. “Well, it’s probably a good thing they weren’t here when we came in. It would’ve scared the daylights out of them, and it’s gonna be hard enough dealing with them if they think you’re an—”


Rainbow Dash barely had time to scream as a dozen tiny figures suddenly swarmed her and the air was filled with the sounds of her screams, the shouts of a dozen angry elves, and the merry tinkling of bells (that was mostly the result of Dash being kicked in the ribs repeatedly with curvy boots with bells on them).

Oh, good work, Rainbow Dash, you’ve found the elves!

“Augh, get them off me! Oh, Sweet Celestia, now they’re biting me! I’m gonna catch the shortness! Helllp!”

Oh, I suppose I should, Death said, tapping his scythe loudly on the workshop floor. That will be enough, little friends. This one is just another of Santa’s helpers. Ho ho ho.

The elves ceased their pummeling of the hapless pegasus and, after a quick glance at “Santa” for confirmation, finally released her.

“Sorry, Santa!” said several high-pitched voices in unison as the elves all bowed to him.

“Wait, you little guys could tell that I wasn’t an elf, but you still think he’s Santa Hooves?!”

“Well, sure!” said one of the elves. “He’s wearing red, has four hooves… yep, that’s Santa!”

Ah. Obviously, Death agreed.

“But… but I—”

“But elves do not have four hooves! So you, Miss Thang, are clearly not an elf!”

“What?! But I… that’s… wait, ‘Miss Thang?’”

Just then, a loud cough was heard and they all turned to see a pudgy little biped creature with a conical green hat, a brown waistcoat, pointy ears, and a fluffy white beard.

“Well, hellooo~!” the little man said in a rich baritone before strolling right up to them. “And sorry to say, my friends, but despite the uncanny resemblance, this creature standing here is, in fact, not the real Santa Hooves!”

The other elves looked to each other in surprise and confusion.

Ah, it seems you’ve seen through my disguise, Death said, bowing his head. Forgive us, good sir, but the real Santa Hooves suffered an injury while on his practice flight. We have decided to take on his duties while he recovers in the hope of preserving the Hearth’s Warming Day spirit.

“Hmm,” said the little man. “Well, it is a bit unorthodox, but I suppose if it’s for the sake of Hearth’s Warming, then we’ll just have to make do!”

“Well, that’s a relief,” Rainbow Dash said. “Anyway, I’m Rainbow Dash, the fastest pony on two wings!”

“A pleasure to meet you! I am Mr. Moochick, the Head Elf of this workshop!”

“Actually he’s a gnome,” whispered one of the elves, leaning in toward Rainbow Dash. “Got the job through Affirmative Action, I hear.”

“Uh… you don’t say?” Dash replied, uncertainly.

“And this red-suited fellow,” Mr. Moochick began. “Is—”

Perhaps you should not—

“—the Grim Reaper!”

The gaggle of smiling, happy elves all turned pale as they stared at Death with wide-eyed horror.

Hallo, Death said. When that was met with continued silence, he hastily added, Er… Ho ho ho?

The elves instantly screamed and ran for their merry lives, scrambling through doors, into the rafters, and one managed to sneak into the ventilation ducts (and satisfying a lifelong urge fostered by years of watching old action movies while he was at it). One tried unsuccessfully to jump out the window, only to bounce off the glass with a surprisingly satisfying tonk and land on the floor in a daze.

“Oh dear,” said Mr. Moochick. “Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it seems we’ve just lost a dozen or so workers, and we were short to begin with!”

“Ha!” Rainbow guffawed. “I get it!”

“Get what?” Mr. Moochick asked, staring up at her in perplexion.

Rainbow glanced over at Death, who was just shaking his head and uttering a raspy groan.

“Never mind,” she said. “Anyway, how bad is it that we lost those guys? Please tell me you guys didn’t wait until this week to make all the toys!”

“Oh, don’t be silly,” said Mr. Moochick with a wave of his hand.

“Oh, that’s a relief. I was worried—”

“We only have 25% of the toys left to do!”

Rainbow froze on the spot - not literally, of course, which was more than one could say for the elf who’d run out the back and into the blizzard outside - and locked eyes with Death.

I see… that, I’m afraid, could cause a small problem.

“You think?!” Dash shrieked, seizing Death by the shoulders. “Twenty-five percent, Death! That’s half the toys left!”

Death’s burning blue eyes seemed to dim, as if he were narrowing them at her. Be that as it may, he said, turning back to Moochick, we really should get down to business. Are there others who might take up this work, at least until the others can be found and sufficiently calmed?

“Oh, yes, certainly! We’ll just leave off the bit about you being the anthropomorphic representation of the oblivion that awaits us all next time.”

Yes, that might be for the best, I think.

When Starlight Glimmer and Trixie walked into Sugarcube Corner to pick up some holiday treats, they weren’t surprised to see that there was a line at the counter. They were, however, a bit surprised to hear the pony at the head of the line asking Mrs. Cake for a refund.

“But why?!” Mrs. Cake exclaimed. “Oh, cinnamon sticks, were they burnt? Too much icing? Did they contain too many raisins?”

“Oh, no,” the stallion at the counter said. “Well, I mean, they do look heavy on the raisins, but that’s not the problem.”

“But I just don’t understand!” Mrs. Cake fretted, wringing her hooves. “You’re the third pony in a row to ask for a refund! And we almost never have returns, especially this time of year!”

“It’s nothing personal, Mrs. Cake,” the stallion said with a shrug of his shoulders. “I just… I dunno, I don’t feel like celebrating Hearth’s Warming that much this year, so I don’t really need to buy more snacks. You understand, right?”

“W-well… I suppose so…”

The mare behind the stallion in line cleared her throat. “Actually, I’m here to return these gingerbread cookies.”

“And I’m not sure why I bought this fruitcake!” chimed in the pony behind her.

Mrs. Cake heaved a sigh. “Well, if that’s how you all feel…”

One by one, she gave each pony in line a refund until she at last came to Starlight and Trixie.

“And I suppose you two are here to return something as well?” she asked dejectedly.

“Us?” Trixie asked. “Oh, no! The Great and Powerful Trixie would never turn down seasonal snacks! Be they Hearth’s Warming cookies, Nightmare Night caramel apples, or Dia de las Quesadillas quesadillas, Trixie will devour them all!”

Mrs. Cake raised an eyebrow. “I’m not sure I know that last holiday,” she said.

Starlight rolled her eyes. “Trixie made it up to scare the wings off of Twilight,” she said. “Which in turn led to the first annual Festival of Starlight Not Telling Trixie About Her Friends’ Phobias.”

“And you know what food would go well with that Festival?” Trixie asked.

“...Is it quesadillas?”

“It is!” Trixie cried, clapping her hooves together giddily.

For anyone who might be curious, Dia de las Quesadillas has actually become a popular holiday in certain parts of Equestria in more recent years, though it has evolved from Trixie’s original vision of the holiday, which mostly consisted of making quesadillas and throwing them at Twilight Sparkle while shouting about how cheesy they were. Other communities have instead taken to celebrating with other dairy-based foods or foods from Mexicolt, much to the chagrin of those traditionalists who insist that ponies should remember the “reason for the season” and make an annual pilgrimage to visit Princess Twilight… or at least they used to until she declared them all guilty of high treason and they became the most festive fugitives from justice since the committee in charge of the Canterlot Ladybug Festival went into hiding.

These are just the sorts of things one can expect when living in a country where one of the royals has more neuroses than she does patience. But enough about politics…

“Um, I’m sorry ladies, but it’s been a stressful day,” Mrs. Cake said. “So unless you’re here to buy something…”

“We are! Trixie will happily buy up all of the snacks returned by those ponies who were just here!”

Mrs. Cake’s eyes lit up with joy. “Oh! Oh, my goodness!”

Starlight turned to her friend and smiled. “Wow, Trixie,” she chuckled. “Who knew you had such a big heart?”

“The Great and Magnanimous Trixie is happy to help… especially since those snacks are half price!”

“Half price?!” Mrs. Cake shouted. “Now, wait a minute, I never said—”

“Trixie is simply paying market value,” Trixie said. “Everypony knows the value of a baked good drops significantly the moment it comes off the lot.”

“I think that’s the rule for hay carts, Trixie,” Starlight muttered.

Mrs. Cake heaved a sigh. “Fine, half price for the second-hoof baked goods,” she said. “I’d rather take that than have to toss them out entirely. Especially since somepony keeps going into our dumpsters at night. I think I heard them get into a fight with a raccoon last week.”

This prompted Starlight to give Trixie a withering glare as she recalled the night last week when Trixie collapsed at her door covered in frosting and tiny claw and bite marks. Treating her wounds hadn’t been fun, and it was even less fun when Fluttershy showed up at her door with a stern expression and a warning that “Mr. Ringtail says to tell your friend to keep off his turf… um, if that’s okay with you.”

Once Trixie paid for her own goods, Starlight smiled at Mrs. Cake and added, “Oh, and I’m here to pick up the two dozen cranberry and white chocolate cookies for Twilight’s get-together.”

“Yes, of course!” Mrs. Cake said. “Oh, but where were they…” She stomped on the floorboards a few times and called out, “Pinkie?!”

From beneath the floorboards, a familiar voice faintly called back, “Yeah?”

“Pinkie, can you come up here for a moment please? Mr. Cake and I need your help!”

“Okey dokey lokey!” came the reply.

Pinkie appeared a few moments later in a pink blur.

“Pinkie, could you please ring up these two while I go find Starlight’s order?” Mrs. Cake asked.

“Sure thing, Mrs. Cake! Oh, and if you have any holiday records, can I borrow them to play for my secret patient downstairs in my Party Cave?”

“I… suppose so,” Mrs. Cake said slowly. “Ladies, I’ll be right back.”

Starlight turned her attention to Pinkie, offering up a sack of bits to pay for the cookies.

“So… secret patient, eh?” she asked as Pinkie rang her up. “Who is it? Wait wait, let me guess… you’ve got Santa Hooves himself in the basement!” she exclaimed dramatically before bursting out with laughter.

Her laughter faded when she saw Pinkie Pie gawking back at her.

“Uh, Pinkie?”

“Oh my gosh, how did you figure it out?!” she demanded, seizing Starlight by the shoulders and shaking her.

“Figure… what out?”

“That I’ve got Santa Hooves in my basement!” she shouted at the top of her lungs. “YOU CAN’T TELL ANYPONY, STARLIGHT!”

Starlight and Trixie both glanced at each other for a moment before erupting into a fit of giggles.

“Oh, Pinkie, that’s just silly!” Starlight laughed.

“Huh?” Pinkie asked. “What do you mean?”

“Well, for one thing, Santa Hooves isn’t real,” Trixie replied, rolling her eyes.

Pinkie froze when she heard a groan faintly through the floorboards.

“Aw, c’mon, sure he is! And even if he wasn’t real - which he totally is, by the way—” she added, yelling loudly over her shoulder, “then you still shouldn’t say something like that so close to Hearth’s Warming! Where’s your holiday spirit?”

“Ha!” Trixie loudly guffawed. “Spirit shmirit! You know Trixie once asked Santa Hooves for a Breezie Bake Oven, and what did she get under the tiny plastic tree in her dad’s wagon? Nothing! Nada! The Great and Powerful Trixie got the Null and Absentful Bupkiss!”

Starlight smirked. “Well, abuse of language aside, I’m going to have to agree,” she said. “Santa Hooves is a nice fantasy and everything, but once you get a bit older and realize how silly it all is…”

Pinkie’s expression grew tense as a much more audible groan was heard from below.

“Um, um… oh, hey, abruptly great idea! Let’s sing an impromptu emergency spirit-restoring Hearth’s Warming carol!”

“Pinkie, I—”

“Ponies' voices fill the night,
Hearth's Warming Eve is here once again
Hearth's Warming Eve is here once again…”

As Pinkie continued singing the most threatening, urgent-sounding version of that song that had likely ever been sung, Mrs. Cake returned with the cookies. Seeing Pinkie in such a state, she wisely passed the cookies off to Starlight and Trixie and whispered “Just go, girls, she’ll tucker herself out eventually.”

Pinkie continued to sing obliviously for another minute until she noticed that she was alone at the cash register. She quickly grabbed the records Mrs. Cake had brought and returned to her Party Cave.

“Oh my gosh, Santa, are you okay?” she gasped, rushing to his side. “I heard you groaning from upstairs!”

Santa Hooves, still in bed and in traction, winced as he tried to sit up, sweat gathering on his forehead. “I heard the ponies upstairs… they were returning their goods, talking about not celebrating Hearth’s Warming… and those two mares…”

“Oh, don’t worry about those two! They’re just not the festive type!”

The elder reindeer shook his head. “It isn’t just them… I can feel the spirit of the holiday weakening. It’s as if the world itself can just tell that I’m vulnerable…”

He let his head hit the pillow as he heaved a sigh.

Pinkie bit her lip. “Don’t worry, Santa! I’ll go put some classic carols on the record player and get you some more peppermint bark!”

“A bit of mulled wine would be welcome too,” he muttered.

“What’s that?”

“Nothing, nothing,” he said hurriedly. He shut his eyes as Pinkie started up the music. “Trixie Lulamoon… Breezie Bake Oven… why does that sound so familiar…?”

Rainbow Dash stood next to Death with a sour look on her face. The elves standing before them looked disheveled, tired, and some were barely conscious. And the rest that weren’t sleepy just looked grumpy or dopey (and for some reason she felt compelled to find four more adjectives to describe them).

“Ya know, Moochick,” said one of the scruffier looking elves at the front, “when Santa said we could take it easy an’ let a small team do the rest of the work today, we took him at his word. And here it is, not even a day later, an’ now ya want us to pick up the slack an’ take orders from… what was this rube’s name again?”

Er… Door. Bill Door.

“...See, that don’t even sound like a good replacement for the Big Guy!”

“Well, Grundle, I admit that it’s a bit unorthodox,” Moochick admitted, rubbing the back of his neck.

“Ugh, we’re wasting time on this!” Rainbow Dash groaned. She crouched to look the grumpy elf in the eyes. “Look, Santa’s out of commission, the holiday’s in danger, and me and De— er, me and Bill here are all you’ve got! Now, can you guys make a bunch of toys in a hurry or not?!”

The elf took a step back. “W-well, yeah, sure, but—”

“No buts!” She paused for a moment to chuckle to herself about saying “butts” and then turned serious again, poking the elf in the chest with her hoof. “We’ve got a deadline to meet and you guys get most of the year off anyway, so put in a bit of overtime for pony’s sake!”

“All right, all right already!” the elf groaned. “But I still say that guy ain’t jolly enough to be Santa Hooves!”

Death tapped his chin, creating an unsettlingly hollow noise. Hmm… perhaps something is missing, now that you mention it…

He tapped his peppermint scythe and a fake white beard with a strap appeared in his hoof. He quickly put it on and tried his best to give a jolly grin.

Is that not more to the effect of things? he asked. I believe there’s a song that identifies the Bringer of Gifts as having a beard that is snowy white. Oh, and also a cherry nose, though that effect might be difficult to recreate. A cherry might get lost in my nasal cavity, and I’d really rather not have that rolling around in there. Er, should I perhaps sing the song for reference?

“No!” everyone cried in unison.

As you wish. Well then, Mr. Grundle, is this not an improvement? Am I not… merrier? Ho ho ho.

Grundle began to sweat. He stepped back, wincing. “Ehh… it’s a start,” he replied. “Anyway, we’ll get your toys made for ya.”

“Well that’s a relief,” Rainbow said, heaving a sigh. “Uh, by the way,” she added, pointing over at one of the elves nearby, “what’s with that guy?”

They looked in the direction she was pointing and saw an exceptionally tall elf with a broad forehead, flowing blond hair, and who seemed to be staring off at something in the horizon while holding a bow and arrow.

“That’s just Laslegos. He mostly keeps watch, but he’s pretty good at building blocks for some reason, so he agreed to help out.”

Rainbow Dash shrugged. “Well, if he’s here to help, then he’s okay by me!”

It should be noted that elves do not, contrary to popular belief, live year-round at Santa Hooves’s workshop. Indeed, they have numerous hidden communities around the world in oft-forgotten lands, rarely emerging except to participate in rare events where their kind are welcome, like Rennaissance Fairs, epic raid parties, and LARP events.

In a manner of speaking, then, most elves are simply glorified seasonal workers. (And they’re sick of that Mareiah Merry song too, for the record. You know the one I mean.)

I am glad to see we’ve settled the matter of our workers, Death said. Now, Mr. Moochick, what else needs to be done between now and Hearth’s Warming night?

“Well, we’ve just received the final confirmed wish list from the Gift Givers of the Grove that needs your approval,” Mr. Moochick began, “you’ll need to double check the Naughty/Nice list, and tomorrow you’ve got to make some appearances at a few shopping centers.”

“Wait, you mean the real Santa Hooves does that?!” Rainbow exclaimed. “I thought they just got somepony in a costume!”

Oh, come now, Rainbow Dash, Death said, shaking his head. Who would be so brazen as to impersonate Santa Hooves?

Rainbow Dash narrowed her eyes and tugged on Death’s fake beard. “A-hem?”

Ah. Point taken.

“Well, how can I help?” Rainbow asked. “I kinda feel like I’m just tagging along at this point, to be honest.”

On the contrary, Rainbow Dash. Though I may be taking the lead role here, I still require your assistance in other matters. Ponies have expectations for Santa Hooves, after all, and it is through your perspective that I might fulfill them. The more believable this disguise, the more likely we are to preserve the spirit of the holiday. Simply put, I cannot do this without you.

Rainbow smiled and placed her hoof on her chest. “Aw, you really mean it, Bill?”

Indeed. Perhaps I could ask for your assistance with checking the Naughty or Nice list? I do not, as a rule, judge the moral actions of mortals.

“Hmm… I guess I could try,” Rainbow said, scratching her mane. “But it’s not like I know every colt and filly in Equestria, so I’m not sure how I’ll be able to guess who’s naughty OR nice.”

And then a shadow fell over them all and a new voice said, “Not to worry, Ms. Rainbow Dash. I am here to be helping with list as well!”

Rainbow slowly turned around and found herself staring into a pair of blood-red eyes set in a brown, hairy face.

“Ahhh!” Rainbow Dash screamed, immediately hiding behind Death as she gawked in horror at the monster standing there. “What the hay is that?!”

“Hi!” the creature said, waving a clawed paw. “I am Krampus, friend to Santa Hooves and bane of naughty ponies everywhere!”

The creature was large, stocky, and covered in brown fur. He wore a dull brown jacket over a red sweater and had large, pointed ears as well as a pair of upwardly curving horns. His eyes were completely blood red and his grin revealed two little fangs. He stood upright on a pair of goat-like legs with cloven hooves.

Ah, of course. How foolish of me to have forgotten about you, Mr. Krampus.

“Please, please, ‘Mister Krampus’ was father’s name!” the Krampus said, holding up his paws. “And not to be worrying! List is magical and lets you see flash of little foal’s behavior when you read name. Used to get detailed report from tiny elf that hides on pony’s shelves, but ehhhh… was not appreciated by naughty foals. Snitches get stitches, as they say, and he retires to warm country!”

Death turned to face Rainbow Dash. The Krampus, Rainbow Dash, is a lesser-known entity of legend who travels on Hearth’s Warming Eve to terrify naughty foals, he explained. A sort of karmic justice to balance the presents received by the good foals, you see? He had actually disappeared for a great many years, but was recently hired back into Santa’s employ.

To the Krampus, he bowed and said, We would be most grateful to have your help, of course.

“Is good to hear! And hopefully we are to be saving Santa Hooves’s life. At least for Miss Rainbow’s sake.”

Rainbow tilted her head to the side. “Me? Why? That sounds like the least of our worries!”

The Krampus’s grin turned sinister. “You think so? Because if Santa Hooves does not live to take your name off of permanent naughty list, little pony,” he said, leaning down at her, “then all your Hearth’s Warmings hereafter belong to Krampus.”

Rainbow Dash gulped. “L-let’s get that list!” she croaked, and sped off to find it.

My my… that certainly motivated her, Death observed.

“Seems like nice kid,” the Krampus chuckled. “Krampus looks forward to terrorizing her after she screws this up.”

To be continued…

Author's Note:

...Yeah, I hadn't planned on waiting a whole year to update this thing. Sorry, folks. :twilightblush: Happy Hearth's Warming, 2022! 🎄❄🎁🎅

Quick reference list for posterity's sake:

  • Mr. Moochick is a character from MLP Generation 1, originally voiced by the inimitable Tony Randall.
  • Grundle is named after and loosely based on the Gen 1 Grundle King, voiced by Danny DeVito.
  • The Krampus, as he appears in this story, is a bit of a cameo from another of my holiday stories, "Lyra and Bon Bon: Big Mares on Krampus," from 2019.

Hope you're enjoying the story! Hopefully it'll get more updates this next year and finally be completed. Thanks so much for all your patience if you were waiting for it, and I hope it brought a smile to your face this holiday season!

And, if you need more holiday stories, I've got a whole collection of annual holiday stories for your perusal! Check out the Hat Man Holidays bookshelf here!

Comments ( 20 )

So, it turns out, the answer is "Yes." :pinkiesmile:

The Hat Man's writing fills my screen
Oh, Reaping Rainbow's here once again!
Horse words like I've rarely seen
Oh, Reaping Rainbow's here once again!
How long it's been
Now set the scene
With trees so green
Oh, Reaping Rainbow's here once again!

Glad you're back. Got worried something happened to you. ^^

I really missed your writing. You're one of the funniest authors on this site.

Death’s burning blue eyes seemed to dim, as if he were narrowing them at her. Be that as it may, he said, turning back to Moochick, we really should get down to business. Are there others who might take up this work, at least until the others can be found and sufficiently calmed?

That dimming light was rainbow's stupidity killing his brain cells.

Could you please explain the reference to the Grove? This is the second story I've seen referencing it. (The other was Chrysalis Saves Hearthswarming.)

“Which in turn led to the first annual Festival of Starlight Not Telling Trixie About Her Friends’ Phobias.”

That whole exchange is just... beautiful.

The Gift Givers of the Grove are three magical reindeer who appeared in the special "Best Gift Ever." Aurora, Bory, and Alice each represent the past, present, and future, respectively, and give Pinkie advice on the best possible gift to get.

It's a pretty fun special if you haven't seen it!

Well, that was definitely fun. Love the Krampus doing his thing.

"Death’s burning blue eyes seemed to dim, as if he were narrowing them at her. Be that as it may, he said, turning back to Moochick"
...I guess he decided it just wasn't worth correcting her at the moment? :D

"since the committee in charge of the Canterlot Ladybug Festival went into hiding"
...I mean, at least lacking context, that one seems rather sad. I mean, sure, Dia de las Quesadillas may have been created specifically to torment Twilight, but it sounds like the Canterlot Ladybug Festival was likely already an established thing.

"staring off at something in the horizon while holding"
"staring off at something on the horizon while holding"?

"And they’re sick of that Mareiah Merry song too, for the record. You know the one I mean"
...Hm. I don't think I do, actually? At least not by that identification.

Well, that was fun. :D
And, heh, the update may indeed have taken a while, but at least it ended up seasonal again? :)
Thanks for writing, and good luck!


...I guess he decided it just wasn't worth correcting her at the moment? :D

Some conversations, you can feel the pain coming.

it sounds like the Canterlot Ladybug Festival was likely already an established thing.

Aw, now you've made it sad. :fluttercry:

"And they’re sick of that Mareiah Merry song too, for the record. You know the one I mean"
...Hm. I don't think I do, actually? At least not by that identification.

Mariah Carey, All I Want For Christmas is you. Thankfully, it doesn't get significant airplay where I live, but the internet assures me that the big American cities have been hearing it for months.

Thank you for telling me. I dug it up and watched it, and it turns out that I had seen that episode, and the only part I internalized was the look on Marble's face when she saw Bic Mac snuggling Sugar Belle.

Happy Hearthswarming, everypony!

Right. :D

Oh; sorry. I mean, from my perspective it already was, but I didn't mean to spread that around.

Ahh, thanks. I assume that I've probably heard that at some point, but no specific and/or recent incidents are coming to mind at the moment.

Ah, yes, Happy Hearthswarming indeed!

Greetings Hat Man. I am wildeagle5050. Been a long time reader of fimfiction but only just recently joined. And I just picked up on your stuff two months ago. Just finished reading the first stories about Turning, I love that little robot pony you did a great job with her 👍. Haven't read anything else yet though but I left a comment here for some reason I couldn't on your blog. But I thought I'd pitch ya an idea for a new one about Turing, you don't mind crossovers that is I noticed you don't have any but maybe you'd like this. Picture Twilight and Turing somehow being brought to 🌎 and meeting the Autobots. Turing would love to meet them I'm sure and I can picture the Autobot symbol as her cutie mark. They ingrave it on her of course. And if you went with Transformers animated maybe find a way to make her tecknorganic like Suri. Or maybe if went back to CHS she and the girls could meet Jenny from My Life As A Teenaged Robot. I'm sure those two would get along. Just a thought. Please post back even if you don't like it I would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks and God bless.

Well, thank you very much for the kind words! :twilightsmile: Not sure why you had trouble posting on my regular page (though you could have posted on one of the Iron Horse stories, for future reference), but no matter.

While I'm not above taking suggestions, I am not a fan of crossovers between media, most of the time. So referencing Transformers or MLaaTR is fun, but I'm not keen on actually doing that for a story. I think I've got a few more Turing Test stories in me, of course, but I don't think I can swing those ideas, unfortunately. They are fun ideas, but just not something I would personally write. Thanks for the suggestions, though, and I hope you continue to enjoy my work!

I understand thank you for your response ☺️. Though I may have some other ideas for none crossovers to. I love to write but I don't have time with work so I pitch ideas. Anyway thank you again and have a blessed new year.

Thanks! Though next time, just post on my page or shoot me a PM, if you don't mind. :pinkiesmile:

Dash n Death. They are pals

Hello Hatman remember me? I know you asked me to post my next comment at your server I tried sending you a private message but I didn't hear back from you. So I don't know if it worked or not which is why I'm doing it this way again. If you did get my message please tell me what you think even if didn't like it I would really appreciate a response. If you didn't get it and in the meantime I had another idea you might like for another story. I thought maybe Turing Test's siblings could use some private stories for themselves, one for each. Give them some more character development, also they could have names to besides just numbers. I have one for 001 "Sweetpeach"! Sutes her perfectly I think. Maybe have her get lost from the farm go on a little adventure before she's found and help and make friends with a pony like her, by that I mean some pony autistic. I thought of her as the robotic equivalent of an autistic child she could use a friend similar to her. Just a thought but what do you think? I would really appreciate a response. Thank you and God bless.

Comment posted by Wildeagle5050 deleted March 23rd

Oh by the way you know something funny I saw your name on the cover for Everything's Better With Robots was Michael Rudolph. Guess what my name is Michael to! Haaa! What a coincidence!

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