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Golden Tassel


A tortured metaphor

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The facility is a massive, sprawling underground complex where ponies spend their entire lives. All they have to do is follow its instructions: flip that switch, turn that dial, press that button.

But what does it do?


Tagged Dark for general bleakness.
Content warning: may be frustrating to those with a high need for cognitive closure. It's also just plain weird.

Thank you to SparklingTwilight for prereading.

Written for the Science Fiction Contest. (third place)

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Keeping up with the latest magical research coming out of Canterlot Academy, Sunburst finds something interesting and decides to try it himself. After Starlight sees what it can do, she comes up with ever more ambitious ideas for how to improve it.

They have no idea what they're doing.


Thank you to SparklingTwilight for editing.


Cover composited with HAL 9000 and vectors appropriated from davidsfire and Chrzanek97

Inspired by the work of AI safety researcher/advocate/communicator Robert Miles (featured several times on Computerphile) and by the research paper Concrete Problems in AI Safety by Amodei et al..

I for one welcome our new computer overlords.

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Twilight Sparkle is very organized. She has it down to a science.

"A place for everything, and every thing in its place" are words to live by.

It's a completely normal day in Ponyville, and Twilight Sparkle has absolutely nothing to worry about.

This is, of course, a serious problem.


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They say familiarity breeds contempt and absence makes the heart grow fonder. But what happens when a rift grows between you? At what point can you no longer reach across without falling in? How far can that gulf stretch before a bridge is too long to support its own weight?

A pony whose job is finding the right way to say things for others has a hard time finding the right way to speak for himself. In doing so, he comes to terms with uncertain feelings and the need for changes in his life.

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This story is a sequel to Sweet Nothings


Mum's Diner is a small wasteland town, owing its name to the sign on an old building that had once been a rest stop along a lonely highway and now serves as an inn for travelers and a trading hub that supports the wayward ponies who have made it their home.

This story takes place five years following the events of Sweet Nothings. Lucky Day struggles to integrate. Starry Night dreads a return to her home. And Chrysanthemum has a new guest to care for.

Among other things, it's an exploration of community: what it means to live as part of one and apart from any. In Sweet Nothings, I told a story that was largely about being alone. In this I hope to tell one about how not to be.


2021/03/16 - On hiatus while I study and hone my storytelling craft and restructure the whole story as I've now come to understand it. Currently published chapters will be replaced entirely before new publication resumes.

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Scootaloo has always idolized Rainbow Dash.

When an opportunity comes up for Scootaloo to win a pair of VIP tickets to a Wonderbolts show by showing off her skills on her scooter, there isn't a moment's hesitation in the young filly's heart. She can't imagine any way she would rather spend time with her hero. But getting there will be harder than she bargained for.

They say to shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. What they forget to mention, though, is that the stars are very far apart, and it's very cold and lonely everywhere in between.

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I wrote this story a long time ago. I don't know how to describe it properly. It's filled with the despair of loneliness, the anger of isolation, and the fear of losing one's self in what others want you to be. It follows the narrator who struggles to piece together his own identity while burying a terrible secret from everyone around him who all have their own secrets.

If there is anything I would hope that you, dear reader, would take away from this story, it's that being alone doesn't make anything easier.

It was inspired by Fallout Equestria, but bears little resemblance beyond wasteland and stable and ponies with guns.

Tagged for violence, but not gore, as I don't think I wrote anything quite that graphic. If anyone wants to complain, I will reconsider.

This is the story about a boy who tried to protect his brother by killing their abusive mother.

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A hundred years after the balefire, two snipers face off in a ruined city.

Thanks to Slotos, Malicious Muse, Ana Mizuki, Snipehamster, and Integral Archer for their help prereading and editing this.

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