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Just a guy who found out that a show about talking ponies is a lot better than I expected.

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Twilight and Trixie are going at each other again. Starlight can't take it anymore. Now that she thinks about it, why are they always fighting? What reason could they have?


A quick comedy story I wrote to keep myself busy. Cover art by Tsitra360.
Edit: Why did this get featured?!
Another edit: EQUESTRIA DAILY, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
Also has an audio reading here!

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"You said that the amulet amplifies a pony's most negative traits," said Starlight. "Trixie, didn't you say you originally bought the amulet to try and revitalize your magician career, and you only thought of going after Twilight after you put it on?" Trixie nodded. "So, Twilight, how can you blame Trixie for something she did when she wasn't in control?"

Yes


But she shouldn't have bought that thing LIKE AN IDIOT!
I wouldn't just buy random magical artifacts without knowing what they do.
especially something called the 'ALICORN AMULET'

"Actually," Starlight mused, "shouldn't you have been angry at Snips and Snails for bringing the ursa into Ponyville in the first place? Twilight didn't do it to hurt you. What would you have had her do? Let it destroy the town so there weren't any witnesses?"

"Well..." Trixie stumbled over her words. "Twilight showed up Trixie by driving off the ursa major!"

You were so focused on yourself ego en reputation that you didn't think about the lives of others. Only yourself

Starlight and Spike groaned as the two mares stood up in their chairs and continued yelling at each other.

sigh......

acting like fillies

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to be fair she did try and defend ponyville in boast busters from the ursa

granted she didn't get far, but she tried

"Are those peanut butter crackers?" asked Trixie, perking up a little.

Later on, Trixie ate all at once, Twilight started to shout at her for not sharing and then the castle exploded :pinkiecrazy:

Continues reading

Yep, that was expected :trixieshiftright:

Nice short story. Pointless arguing foals pones are always good :derpyderp2:

...did Twilight just quote Seto Kaiba?

I half expected starlight to break them up by shouting "would you two just shut up and F@#$ already!" By that same token I did also half expect her to be worried when one lunges at the other that they are actually gonna fight, only for them to be making out. Cudos for sticking to the premise and not just making it an easy ship.

This was great; it had me smiling the whole time! I LOVE the Trixie/Twilight rivalry because it's so juvenile and petty. Trixie just behaves like a 10 year old and manages to pull Twilight down to her level every time; it's like the Odd Couple with those two! I laugh at how Starlight has to act like the adult in the room when those two meet up; they just can't get along. Bravo for this story! :scootangel:

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Huk #9 · Dec 2nd, 2022 · · ·

Expanded ending:

"Enough!" Starlight yelled, facehoofing. "Both of you, either be quiet or... go to Twilight's bedroom and release that negative energy that way!" She stood up, shaking her head. "Now, if you'll excuse me..." She left with Spike in tow.

With her cheeks blushing, Twilight looked at equally embarrassed Trixie. "Do you want to--"

"Y-yes!"

"OK... follow me..."

When they left Twilight's bed chamber the next day, they were sweaty and tired. But can you blame them? Reading the entire collection of Daring Do together can be exhausting.

:trollestia:

Ah, lovely. Amazing work, word-smith.

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I actually didn't think anybody would get that!

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I was tempted to make it a Twixie story, but I'm not very good at writing romance, so I stopped myself.

"You think you're so tough!" Twilight snarled. "You're a second-rate magician with third-rate sleight-of-hoof tricks!"

"You're a third-rate duelist with a fourth-rate deck!"

Sometimes you just want to start a fight club, I guess.

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We dont talk about fight club

Good story

Twilight took over. "I don't really hate Trixie, I just have trouble forgiving her after the whole Alicorn Amulet disaster! She tried to banish me from town!"

Not really a good, strong argument to be had there given that Twilight forgave Trixie at the end of that episode and the two seemed to have patched things up and be on friendly terms with each other. This is why "No Second Prances" is one of my least favorite episodes of the show. However, as of "Road to Friendship" the two seemed to have truly buried the hatchet once and for all.

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:rainbowlaugh: Honestly, though, I think their rivalry stems from a lot of pent-up sexual tension.

Everyone knows the true reason as to why they as contentious as a Scot and another Scot -
One is a believer in Taco Tuesday, whilst the other is a proponent of Taco Friday.

Such conflicts can never be settled civilly.

This is really a pointless rivalry and by S7 they had atually gotten over it. Also Trixie was warned by the shopkeeper not to purchase the cursed magical amulet of doom. Of course it shouldn't have been on sale either but that's a different argument.

The argument dissolved into a slap-fest, with both mares incomprehensibly insulting each other while lightly smacking their hooves against the other's heads.

Twilight, who was already one of the most powerful mages in Equestria before she became what is essentially a demigod, resorts to just slapping ponies in a fight :facehoof:

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"Smiling indulgently" and "forgiving" are not the same thing, and No Second Prances pretty clearly gives the lie to the idea that Twilight actually let anything go after Magic Duel.

11439853 From the episode itself:

[fireworks exploding]
Twilight Sparkle: Trixie?
Trixie: It's the least I could do. I treated you and your friends so horribly when I was wearing that Alicorn Amulet. I just couldn't control myself. You can forgive me, can't you?
Twilight Sparkle: Hmmm. Sure.

If you interepreted that scene differently, that's totally fine. However, I personally saw this exchange as the two of them putting the past behind them and settling into a friendly rivalry of sorts. The "smiling indulgently" part seemed to me to be Twilight just accepting the fact that Trixie is just being herself and being fine with it. Unfortunately, "No Second Prances" ruined that by making Twilight out to be the bad guy. Really, this episode does nothing but make Twilight out to be a huge hypocrite given the following line that she said just a few episodes ago:

Twilight Sparkle: Well, I'm not one to dwell on the past

Again, this is why I hated "No Second Prances" so much and why I loved their exchange at the beginning of "Road to Friendship", which seemed to imply that the two of them had put the past behind them once and for all. Let's also not forget that Trixie and Twilight had no problems playing with each other at the end of "Uncommon Bond."

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Yes, it does. Successfully. It is a very efficient bit of characterization.

Edit: Why did this get featured?!

Because the site's pretty slow now'a days. Show's over, fandom is in maintenance mode.

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My thoughts exactly.

also still pissed they never made trixie friends with the mane 6

Expansion on Twilight and Trixie’s rivalry as a form of bizarre friendship all its own is delicious, and I really wish the show had bothered with it. Very nice work!

"You think you're so tough!" Twilight snarled. "You're a second-rate magician with third-rate sleight-of-hoof tricks!"

I understood that reference.

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11440540 I think they did, actually, given that they came to watch her show in "No Second Prances."

The argument dissolved into a slap-fest, with both mares incomprehensibly insulting each other while lightly smacking their hooves against the other's heads. Starlight had to admit, if it weren't two of her best friends, this would actually be sort of funny. However, she couldn't let it go on any longer. So she cast a quick voice-amplifying spell, took a deep breath, and screamed, "QUIET!"

Twilight and Trixie immediately lost interest in their little squabble, and clamped their hooves over their ears to drown out Starlight. After a few seconds, during which they realized there was no more noise coming, they slowly uncovered their ears, and discovered Starlight's presence in the room.

Starlight's yell is powerful enough to interrupt a friendship lecture.

Second only to the Royal Canterlot Voice.

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Pinkie Pie and AJ did I believe, though they could've just been curious, like in Boast Busters.

Also this line from Trixie hits a lot harder looking back at it:
"Everyone always says they'll give you a second chance, but deep down, they never forget."

11441396 Fluttershy was there as well.

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One more line to consider as well.

Twilight Sparkle: I'm sorry, Zecora. I'm trying my best, but... I can't stop thinking about Trixie. There was something different about her. It's like she's gone from high and mighty to mean and nasty.

Even after Amulet-Trixie kicked Twilight out of Ponyville, Twilight was less mad and more confused than anything. Her opinion of Trixie going despot on Ponyville really wasn’t all that bad, she could already tell something was screwy with Trixie to begin with.

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An amazing characterization for Twilight, being an incredibly smart idiot. The Element of Magic consistently forgetting she has magic she can use feels so on brand for her really. :rainbowlaugh:

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An incredibly smart idiot .

I might have to steal that phrase...

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Trixie should only be mad that she was defeated by her own trick - sleight of hoof. (Well, also her ego.)

Reading this reminds me of another Twixie story that I read years ago. In an Equestrian dystopia, in which friendship is not optional (as in, re-education camps, etc) Twilight and Trixie maintain a secret club whose entire point is to give them a place to hate each other.

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I think it is a perfect way to describe her: excellent knowledge but no wisdom.

She thought brainwashing ponies to create a friendship problem could go over well.

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Smart enough to do it, but not smart enough to realize it's a bad idea.

And that's why we love her.

I may not be a HUGE fan of Trixie, but from the word of God, she wasn't meant to be likeable. Anywho, I was definitely more miffed at AJ and Rarity in Boast Busters than anyone. Trixie had barely introduced herself when they were all but saying "boo get off the stage". And their arguments about Honesty and Humility were just so...ugh.

For AJ, Let's say Applebloom wanted to dress up as a unicorn for Nightmare Night..."Ya can't do that AB, Ya need ta be HONEST", guess that means no school plays, no pretend, no nuthin except HONEST WORK.

For Rarity...Need I remind her of all the times when she has promoted HERSELF, or been oh I don't know a little conceited? Humility isn't exactly her strongest trait.

RD looked like she was about to say she was cool with the show but IIRC those two shot her death glares...


As to Twilight, She is definitely NOT perfect, and while some episodes do this to unsavory levels, I'm rather fond of the nerdy socially awkward Princess. I don't know if I would have gotten into the show in the first place if she (or the others) had been portrayed as "perfect pretty princess" types who NEVER had any problems outside of tea parties and stuff.

Twilight Sparkle and Trixie have hate-based crushes on each other, and you can't convince me otherwise.

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I agree with the second part so much! In all honesty, I remember not being all that impressed when I saw the first few episodes of MLP. But then I read the synopsis for Lesson Zero, watched the episode and...
Well, the rest is history.

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I first came across pony via the IDW comics. I also was a Johnny come lately to the Fandom joining somewhere around 2017 or so.

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You think that's bad? I didn't join the herd until 2020!
Okay, technically I had been occasionally watching/reading some fan stuff since 2016, but that doesn't count

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No worries, Better late than never:twilightsmile:

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Yeah, I have a pretty similar opinion of Boast Busters. I honestly don't get why it's such a beloved episode, and why Trixie hates Twilight so much afterward. That's part of what inspired me to write this story.

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I can see why Twixie's such a popular ship.

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One of my personal head-canons is that had :ajsmug:AJ and :duck:Miss "perfect" not interfered, Twilight and Trixie could have been, even if not best friends, friendly professional rivals.

"That bad, huh?" asked Starlight. Spike nodded vigorously. "What set them off this time?"

"No idea," replied Spike. "Trixie just came in, and they both said they'd be civil, and then, two minutes later, they started yelling."

And now imagine what would have happened if they had not promised to stay civil...

Starlight sighed again. "I'll go defuse this. Could you make some snacks so we have something to eat while we cool down?"
"Sure thing!" said Spike, before turning and rushing down towards the kitchen.

:moustache:: "I'll take any excuse to get outta here."

As expected, Twilight and Trixie were both inside. They had their muzzles pressed together so hard they were scrunched up, and their eyes were nearly touching each other.

Me: "And now kiss!"
Also me: *gets blasted to oblivion*

Twilight's wings were spread in an attempt to make her look bigger

Did it work though?

"Trixie...I suppose I just liked the idea of having a rival," said the showmare, finally. "Twilight was just a convenient target."
"It was kind of exciting to have somepony to pit my magic against," said Twilight. "For what it's worth, I enjoyed our magic duels. They were a rare opportunity to use my brain as much as possible."

Maybe they can turn this into a healthy competition or something like that.


Good story!
I enjoyed reading it.

"Trixie knows why she hates Twilight," responded the magician. "It's because she ruined Trixie's show when I was in Ponyville for the first time."

"But from what you told me, it was Rarity, Applejack, and Rainbow that interrupted your show," Starlight reminded her. "Twilight didn't do anything."

I wouldn't use the word ruined. It rather worked out for her since she had the chance to boast about her magic skills.

Twilight took over. "I don't really hate Trixie, I just have trouble forgiving her after the whole Alicorn Amulet disaster! She tried to banish me from town!"

I think she had put that past her? She might had some troubles with that in "No Second Prances" but now it's mostly Trixie's personality that irks her. She generally likes to rub her achievements into Twilight's face.

"You said that the amulet amplifies a pony's most negative traits," said Starlight. "Trixie, didn't you say you originally bought the amulet to try and revitalize your magician career, and you only thought of going after Twilight after you put it on?" Trixie nodded. "So, Twilight, how can you blame Trixie for something she did when she wasn't in control?"

She did know what she was buying. The shopkeeper even warned her. Granted he was very vague about it.

"It was kind of exciting to have somepony to pit my magic against," said Twilight. "For what it's worth, I enjoyed our magic duels. They were a rare opportunity to use my brain as much as possible."

I doubt it. Trixie might have some tricks under her cape, but she's just not on the same lever as Twilight. Starlight, yeah, but she's just an exception.

"It's murder or it's mating."
--Old Griffon proverb about arguments.

Born rivals
Some love to hate.

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