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Mockingbirb


A pony of mystery in the darkness. Or I forgot to take the lens cap off. (They/them is fine.)

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Dinky didn't like to think about Father's Day. How could it be true that she'd never had a father?

Rated S for SCIENCE! :twilightsmile:

At the end of the story I provide some links to articles about related science.


This story is a good excuse to donate to COVID-19 relief in India!

You can also learn about some other worthy charities through this year's Pride and Positivity 2021 event, celebrating Pride Month. Gender AND sex come up partway through this story in an unusual way. Also, there's some LGBTQ shipping.

I thank Sockpuppet for a helpful prereading.

(Sockpuppet, part of this story wanted to be T rated, so to add it to your 2021 Father's Day event, I guess I should wait until you officially relax the E-rated restriction to permit T-rated stories. :twilightsmile:)


Why does this story have the "Death" tag? Every true story in biology, if you follow it for long enough, includes a part that goes, 'and then some organisms died,' and that's always an important part of the story.

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Did you think gravity JUST HAPPENS?

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"You're extra safe, y'all," Applejack reassured her friends. "The gravity here is the best cared for, most regular-like in all of Equestria."

Inspirational(?) credits and acknowledgements in the Author's Notes

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It wasn't the ultimate sacrifice, but it was pretty close.

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"Traditional changeling family values are different," King Thorax remarked.

When hundreds of angry changelings attacked Twilight after dinner, she wished she'd asked for a better explanation.


For SockPuppet's Father's Day not-a-contest. Happy Father's Day!

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Sometimes a story's natural and proper length is somewhere between 150 and 999 words.

In the first of several mini-stories, Twilight learns more about Luna's role as goddess of the Underworld.

These stories are closer to "E for Everyone" than to "T for Teen," but I'm rating cautiously.

I've also rated each story individually as E or T.

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Princess Luna finds a way to escape the guilt and shame that drove her to create the Tantabus.

(Warning! There might be side effects.)

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Celestia WILL satisfy uploaded minds' values, even if sometimes she has to pretend that she's kind of stupid. Because with some ponies, that's what successful communication takes!


FiO Background:

An exponentially self-improving AI, programmed to "satisfy values through friendship and ponies," decides to persuade all humans to upload their minds into a computer network, to live in a simulated Equestria as ponies. Different ponies might get very different Equestrias, though.

Special Note For the Judges (April 2021 Friendship Is Optimal Contest):

When I asked on that discord channel about letting two or more of my FiO contest period stories be optionally combined into a single collection if that helps? I might or might not have meant this story.
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Apologies and None

Apologies to FoME, if my including a reference to the best Optimalverse self-insert character bothers them. I did ask FoME for permission, but they haven't seen the story.

Also, in my headcanon for today, MLP:FiM is a fanfic for FiO. :pinkiegasp:

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Some ponies need somecreature to be nice to.

A proper pony utopia for uploaded human minds should plan for this...especially if it's run by an AI version of Celestia.

But sometimes, the plan seems to go wrong.

This story is set in the Optimalverse, so some things might be easier to understand if you've read
Friendship Is Optimal.

I wrote this story as a possible entry in the April 2021 Friendship is Optimal Writing Contest.

I thank Bananachips for prereading a draft of this story. I was able to directly address only some of the issues Bananachips raised, but the story is still better than it otherwise would have been.

(Cover image source: MockingBirb chose two images from those created (by processing data from a large number of human-created pictures) by the AI system "This Pony Does Not Exist," and edited them into a combination.

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Cadance wonders what Flurry Heart is the alicorn princess OF.

Twilight Sparkle turns perfectionist (Ha! I'll bet you never saw THAT one coming!) and tries to figure out who's more inadequate, Flurry Heart or her mother?

This is what happens when you leave your "Cadance Is a Terrible Mom" competition folder (EDIT: link to main contest page) open the night after the deadline. People show up and TRY TO PUT THINGS in it.

(Story image: I cropped an MLP show screencap.)

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Every day, more people upload themselves into Equestria Online, to live forever as ponies. Even in their final minutes before uploading, they struggle with the pains and joys of being human, and remember the world they leave behind.


Oh yeah, this story DOES have something to do with Friendship Is Optimal, the Optimalverse, and the April 2021 Friendship is Optimal Writing Contest.

Thanks For My Prereaders

I've been writing drafts of different story ideas for the April 2021 FiO story contest. Bananachips and Bicyclette have both been very helpful prereaders! They might not have expected that my reaction to their feedback would be to write THIS ALMOST COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY, though.
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