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The Red Parade


Cars are still parked outside. If the rapture had happened, why was it unrecognizable? Why was the sky blue? Why did no one tell me? Do these things not announce themselves?

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Everyone always asked Tank where he was going.

He never knew how to answer them. How could one say that when time eroded everything else away, there became less and less meaning in a purpose.

All he knew is that the time passed him by, the more he always seemed to be leaving.

That's when Philomena showed up.


Written for the third Quills and Sofas Expanding Universe contest. A sequel to Novelle Tale's Growing Together .

Art by Shaslan!

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Comments ( 18 )

Nice fic, enjoyed every moment of it! :twilightsmile:

This fic is wonderfully sentimental! I never thought about how long Tortoises lived in comparison to ponies!

I shall now shamelessly cannibalize my comment from the entry itself. 😄

Even on a re-read, I'm getting misty-eyed.

This was really good, Red. The way the scenes flowed effortlessly between Philomena and Twilight was excellent, and really inspired. You perfectly captured bittersweet acceptance and the relentless nature of time.

I love my version of Tank so hecking much, and you really did him justice. I also REALLY liked your Philomena. I kind of want to right a midquel between Growing Together and this one now, one that features her. ☺️

Thank you for an excellent continuation!

I love the dynamic between Tank and Philomena. They're so different, yet in some ways they're the same. They compliment each other so well, in a way I never thought of before.

Beautiful piece of work, and a touching sequel to an equally-great story.

For a split second, she swore that she saw something orange flying against the blue.

The bond of sisters would never fade...

That or it's just Philomena-

So he never made it to Canterlot... Tank already seemed old when Rainbow Dash got him. It's sad to think that he outlive her and sadder to think that he died in the middle of nowhere.

A truley good fic, and the ending really got to me, great work.

Wonderful ending.

I really enjoied how you played the time skips - thanks for the amazing fic! It is one I will cherish!

This was a punch to the gut in the best possible way

Seer #14 · May 2nd · · ·

Absolutely gorgeous piece of writing mate, a Red classic. This stuck out to me massively in the contest and still occupies my mind to this day. A wonderfully melancholic, drifting, philosophical treatise on so many things, only a few of which I understand, but all of them feel meaningful. Thanks for writing.

This is good. 9/10

Great story! It was really interesting seeing how the passage of time played out for these different long lived creatures, and the way you cut between conversations did a lot to convey Tank's perspective. This has a nice mood, and didn't feel somber despite the subject.

I missed that this was a sequel until looking at the comments, so I'll have to check out the original.

Short, simple, yet highly emotional.
Nicely done.

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