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Every child has a moment when they must come face to face with fear. It is a moment predicated in growth and exemplifying growing up. It is a moment that can define a childhood, for good or ill.

For Dinky Hooves, that moment has come.

Winning entry of the January 2013 Writeoff, "The First Time".

A standalone story of the Whiskverse!

Approved by Twilight's Library!

Now in Chinese! (Google translated and read by me!)

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Comments ( 171 )

Dinky's little fear reactions in the last passage are cute to me. Does that make me a bad person? After all, I am finding it cute that she is hiding under the bed and behind a toy.

ahggg i hate spiders, those legs just eee. i don't what to see them dead they freak me out more! when there dead all twist up in that little ball thing:fluttershbad: i'm an adult and i still yell for my dad if i see one

nemryn #3 · Feb 25th, 2013 · · 1 ·

Dinky is cruise control for cute.

Yes she is. :rainbowkiss:

And here I am, genuinely disappointed that this wasn't about Dinky becoming an elite sniper commando.

This is why I'm not right for this fandom.

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Author Interviewer

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I am not immune to it!

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You're a terrible person. We knew this. :V

Obviously, I have to write Dinky's Second Kill now.

Dinky, Equestria's cutest filly.:heart:

And if someone's got a phobia about spiders, you don't stick a freaking tarantula in their room! They'll never sleep again!:raritydespair:
Personal experience.:fluttercry: Spiders are eight-legged evil.

Pax

Spiders have hairs on their legs as sensory equipment. When predators such as birds and other predators such as that strike, their hairs flap from the minor breeze the predator makes in front of them, giving the ma warning. Also, hairs on tarantulas arealso used as weapons. If you piss off a tarantula, it'll throw tiny sharp hairs at you. Be careful they can actually puncture nerve endings.

Awww. This is possibly the cutest fic I've ever read. :heart:

Cute!

When the spider ran up the broom handle, I immediately thought of the Brazilian Wanderer which is lethal and has a reputation for doing that. Dinky was damned right to be afraid.

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Author Interviewer

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The first step to recovery! Tarantulas aren't as bad as other spiders. :B

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Spiders are scary. D: It's science.

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Oddly, I had precisely no species of spider in mind for this story until the tarantula at the end.

It's kinda strange.... I don't mind truly tiny spiders, and I don't like medum sized spiders at all, but I actually quite like tarantulas. I would seriously prefer a tarantula to be next to me than a common garden spider the size of a coin. Wierd.

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I'm the exact same way (though don't let either of 'em get on me; that's a whole other issue entirely!) I've even learned to like jumping spiders. They're just more 'substantial' than some of the worse kinds.

2180002 It's big and it's got hairy legs. It's a monstrosity.:pinkiesick:
The bigger they are, the more terrifying they are.:fluttercry:

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Pax #15 · Feb 26th, 2013 · · 2 ·

2180002 No... spiders are scary because of a psychologically generated nerve signal released in certain neurotransmitters connected to the eyes and thinking portion of the brain telling the person and or animal that the spider may or may not be dangerous despite the size difference and that only around 7 spiders can kill people and a majority of those spiders live in uninhabited areas. SO UNFORTUNATELY FOR MOST PEOPLE, THEY'RE FUCKING THEMSELVES BY BEING IRRELEVANTLY AFRAID. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS KICK THE FUCKING SPIDER. JUST KICK ITS ASS!

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Nope.

Don't wanna touch it. :B

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Pax #17 · Feb 27th, 2013 · · 2 ·

2185616 THEN BEAT IT WITH A STICK DAMN IT! JUST FUCKING KILL THE MOTHER FUCKER! KILL THE FUCKING SPIDER! I DON'T CARE IF YOU HAVE TO LAUNCH A SOVIET MISSILE, JUST KILL THE FUCKING THING!

I killed a HUGE aggressive spider last night (Aussies and Brazilians go ahead and laugh at me - your spiders are actually really fearsome). The thing ran FAST and when I finally caught it in an upside down 32oz cup, I could feel it hitting the bottom of the cup as it tried to jump up and find a way out. No freaking way was I letting that thing out alive. I just wasn't physically prepared to capture and release, sadly.

I thought of Dinky the whole time. :raritydespair:

Amit #19 · Mar 1st, 2013 · · 1 ·

pro story

10/10 would ok again :twilightsmile:

As someone that has really bad arachnophobia just reading this scared me.

That was adorable.

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I drew from my own experiences. :3

I love spiders and I disapprove of this story.

That fic was absolutely adorable and funny. Very well-written to boot!

This, or something similar, has happened to everyone during their childhood. I loved it!

D'aw. Great fic, and very well presented. There are a few typos here and there that need to be cleaned up, but other than that, it's great.

Oh my god... This was so adorable. :rainbowkiss:

I cant be the only one here whose NEVER been scared of bugs before right? Except bees. Those pricks can die in a fire for all I care.

Okay, that was adorable.

Spiders are, admittedly, one of the few tiny non-mammalian creatures that disturb me, even now as a near-adult, but nothing can match the true horrors of the insectoid kingdom...MOTHS.:raritydespair:

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Wow that sounded a lot less dumb in my head. :twilightsheepish:

oh boy... i`ll have to read this :raritydespair:

When I was staying at Wolf Park Indiana to study wolf behavior, and sleeping in the parking lot outside the wolf enclosure because I couldn't afford a hotel, in the morning I'd get dressed behind a giant stack of hay bales. There were dozens of fat, enormous (palm-sized), brightly-colored spiders. But I knew I shouldn't be afraid of them, because the only really poisonous spiders in the US are the black widow and the brown recluse, and these were much larger than either of those.

The last day I was there one of the biologists on staff mentioned that the parking lot had an infestation of spiders normally found only in the Amazon.

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Whoa. That's like something straight out of the Twilight Zone.

NOTE: For the love of $DIETY, do NOT click any of the image links below if you can identify with the protagonist!

I can certainly sympathize with Dinky's predicament. Spiders I have no problem with. I maintain a healthy respect and distance from the venomous buggers, but I actually enjoy handling (oh so carefully and gingerly) the big Bird Eater and Huntsman Tarantulas.
(soft and fuzzy)
Their furry bodies remind me of a puppy's ear.


It is the centipedes that make me run and shriek like a little filly. :twilightoops:
KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!1!!!1!!!

"Maybe they talk about how easy it is to scare me," she said. "Maybe they'll build a spider army to come back when I'm asleep and, and..."

The army has already been marshalled Dinky... They are just waiting for you to fall asleep. :raritycry:
im in ur room, watching ur dreamz

"Which ones are the ooky ones?"

I think whatever lives in here will fit the bill pretty well:
Take off and nuke the site from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.


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Sounds like we need to start a Fimfiction Arachnophobia Anonymous group...

My rule about spiders is if they stay away I won't kill them and I won't kill them if they're outside (unless their black widows/ brown recluses)

2210527 I guess you've never walked into an orb weaver web and had a big, chitinous, massively-fanged, horrific monstrosity taken from the works of H.P. Lovecraft attach itself to your face.

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Take off and nuke the site from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.

"Affirmative!" and "Adios muchachos!" definitely comes to mine after that quote and seeing your posts.

I don't actually hate spiders so much as I'd prefer that they don't share my personal space so closely. I don't want them hanging down from the ceiling a foot from my shoulder; or 2" wide, furry, fast, and aggressive on the ceiling above my bed at midnight; or being a black widow and hiding in the seatbelt retract cubby hole in my car, restringing it's destroyed web nightly. All of these happened, two of them recently.

They're endemic and a definite good thing, but they bring out the worst autonomic response when they get too close.

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I just realized that I have arachnophobia.

I have a tarantula. Her name is Polly. She is calm and docile and sweet, and curls up and sleeps on me.

She's got a 6.5-inch legspan. She's a big spider.

And she only gets twitchy when she senses fear.

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Great story the only thing I would say is that Dinky is not the narrator of the story so calling Derpy/Ditzy mommy sounds awkward and it is similar in the case of Auntie Carrot Top. The only spiders that scare me are the poisonous ones, and I flip out because I don't know which are poisonous or what the poisonous ones look like. I feel kind of evil thinking that Dinky almost poking out Derpy's good eye is funny.

It always brings a tear to my eye when a story makes others share stories of their own!

Take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

"What if it goes back to its spider friends and tells them about me?"
Damn straight. That spider gonna get some of his hommies and break your kneecaps Dinky...

2210527 You're damn right about the centipedes, those things are really freaky.
Why all the spider hate ? Keep your napalm for those abominations !

Oh and great story by the way :pinkiehappy:

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This has also become my mode of operation. Though if anything touches me, all bets are off. >:|

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The narrator isn't Dinky, but is sympathetic to her, if that makes any sense. Sort of in her head, but outside of it as well.

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You damn well better, mate. D:

2210998 yea, I have to agree, that mommy thing is really weird. If it was 1st pony Dinky it would make sense, but this is 3rd pony omniscient, so it's weird. I mean if the narrator was Dinky's omniscient sister it might make sense, but otherwise it's just odd. You don't have to refer to Derpy/Ditzy/grey background pony #7 by name but maybe "her mommy" or "her mother" would be better.

*100 years later, in the shattered remains on the once joyful land of Equestria, a hunched grey unicorn, surrounded by a baleful black aura, surveys her desolate domain. She had killed... so much... it had always brought her joy since the first time. The thrill, the electric sensation of taking life. But now it was all gone. Nothing remained to move and capture her lethal attention.. in the failing dim light of the dying sun and jumbled, shattered moon, the Empress of Death, Dinky sighed.* I miss spiders...

:trollestia::trollestia:

2209926 Bees produce honey. And they die after the first sting, so they can only nail you once. Unlike say, yellowjackets, who can sting, and sting, and sting, and sting, and sting, and sting, and sting and sting and sting and... :pinkiesad2:

And poor Dinky! I can sympathize with her fears; and for pete's sake, Derpy, what's up with sticking that tarantula in there with her? I wonder if she got that idea from Twilight.

And one more thing to remember about spiders in Equestria: as the comic from IDW showed us, some of them are big enough to eat ponies.

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