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Cold in Gardez

Stories about ponies are stories about people.


The ever-humble Rainbow Dash has selflessly agreed to give Scootaloo a wing-up on Flight School with a few lessons. Twilight Sparkle, however, has her doubts...

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Scootalove always makes my day. This was beautiful. :twilightsmile:

#3 · Sep 22nd, 2011 · · · Vision ·

Yes. This is one of my favorite stories ever.

Wonderful story.

“Riiight,” Twilight Sparkle said, her eyes narrowed. “Tell me, why do you need three separate first aid kits?”

“Well, each kit only comes with two splints and two tourniquets,” Dash answered. “So you need three kits to have enough for all your limbs!” She paused a moment, then added, “They really should make special kits for new fliers, come to think of it.”



This story is both funny and touching. Great writing, great humor -- you did well!

*wild applause*

And yes... flying IS awesome!

#7 · Oct 11th, 2011 · · · Execution ·

Another big win. Are you a professional writer? These stories are really extremely good.


I'm a professional communicator, though not a fiction writer. This is strictly a hobby.

It used to annoy me that I didn't have much artistic skill; I couldn't draw or play an instrument, and my attempts at learning either always came up short. I didn't realize that my writing was as much an art form as other people's own skills.

So now I practice writing, and I think I'm getting better at it. The more I write the more I realize how much better I have to be.

Thanks for the compliment, though :) It's nice to know my efforts are making someone happy.

Twilight "So, turning..."

awesome. Also, first aid kits.

Incredibly cute story.

And I quote :unsuresweetie: : "Aww, that was such a sweet story."
Really cute and well-written. Congratulations, have a thumb. :twilightsmile:

Wonderful. Simply Wonderful. :pinkiesmile:

Also, I agree. There should be "First Fliers" Medical Kits.

I think that sums all. :)

I can't believe I had not previous commented on how awesome this story is. It definitely gets a place on my wall of epic stories.:rainbowdetermined2:

Your background research into flying terminology and physics is much appreciated.

This looks like a perfect mlp episode. Everyone is ic, the story is awesome (like anything about dash is NOT awesome :rainbowlaugh:) and it's incredibly uplifting. You just made my day :raritywink:

Oh Twilight, don't you know how birds learn to fly?

That was sweet and simple and a fine read. Thank you for it.

So... what did happen when Rainbow Dash and the unnamed stallion jumped off that cloud?


Silly Twilight... thinking Rainbow doesn't know literally everything about flight... although flight instruction may be a different matter

Twilight Sparkle spent a silent moment in cognitive dissonance, torn between reassurance that Dash had actually planned ahead to have enough medical supplies, and deep unease that Dash, of all ponies, thought medical supplies might be necessary.

Gotta love cognitive dissonance. :twilightsmile:

:rainbowdetermined2:“Oh, I am such an awesome teacher!”

Yes, Dashie, you sure are...

Never one to let a chance to be passive-aggressive slip by, Twilight

Is this a jab at "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well"? If it is, I approve, heck I approve even if it isn't.

but it definitely beat running into the ground. Or trees. Or houses.

Or houses that ARE trees.

Twilight glanced up at the pith helmet she wore whenever spying on people, which was a surprising amount of her time. But then, Celestia had never told her how she was supposed to learn about friendship.

Yes! So good!

This was one of your first stories, yes? It is really quite good, I can only hope mine come out as well as this did.


It was my very first story, in fact :)

I just realized I didn't have this favorited. Silly me.

Nice piece -- a bit fluffy and lacking in any real conflict, but lots of enjoyable character moments.


I wrote this one waaaay back in July of 2011, just a few days after seeing the show. I'd stumbled across Equestria Daily, read a few of the stories featured there, and thought "You know, I bet I could write something that would get featured."

It wasn't as hard back then. Nowadays I doubt Maiden Flight would pass muster -- the standards are much much higher.


*nods* I've been significantly impressed by the depth of the other stories you've written that I've read so far -- Salvation and For the Love of Science -- so it was interesting to note how you've developed. Your characterization has been consistently very strong, but between this one and the others you've certainly developed much more of a sense of plot. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your collection :twilightsmile:


If you get a chance, consider The Glass Blower. It was written about four months after Maiden Flight.

Awesome story! And really beautiful! It was a sweet little tale that really showed the characters interacting, nice job. :pinkiehappy:

Aww, what a sweet little story!:rainbowkiss:
I really like the part where Dashie convinced Scoots to jump! And now you got me curious on the story she told!:pinkiecrazy: Did you write about it in one of your other fanfictions already or are you still planning on ever writing it? 'Cause that would be SO! AWESOME!:pinkiehappy:

I liked the story but I don't think it is really comedy :derpyderp1:

Very nice chapter, it's kind of freaky to hear Dash using so many technical terms and phrases. But I loved the flight over the lake, very nice and I can just imagine the look on Scootaloo's face as she finally flies under her own power. If you were going to give her a cutie mark, I think this would have been the perfect time to do it.

I agree, it's more a an adorable and many feels story.

4623759 thanks glad to know I wasn't the only one who felt that way

RD training Scootaloo is adorable.

This story remains a favorite of mine.

Written in the days of yore. Really liked this one. You seem to have Twi and RD down to a T. Great work with Scootaloo as well.

Switch this on when Scootaloo goes on her first real flight.

This was really good. In fact, Scribbler has done a fan fic reading of your story. She brought me here.

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This is such a wonderful piece. :D

Oooh, it's baby CiG's work! It's amazing what six odd years of practice can do for a person's skill. Which is 100% not not intended as a dig at this, but as a compliment to your current skill. Incidentally, my unfinished piece for the last pony Writeoff was eerily similar to this, but with a different sort of probably-not-engineering-accurate ending.

Good work, 2011-CiG. My first bit wasn't nearly so tidy and respectable.

Awesome little story, kinda makes one wish it could happen in the show. Still, I loved every moment of this story, and the caring side of Rainbow Dash. Good work. :)

I knew this was going to end that way :rainbowlaugh:

That was a very nice story.

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