Description: After the Grand Galloping Gala, Fluttershy finds herself thinking about her actions…and her childhood.
um. wheres the link to the story?
Seth You did it again!
Curse you Seth!
Someone tell Cereal to post it./meme
CEREAL POST IT!
Seth, WHERE. IS. THE. LINK?!?!?!
...I accidentally your whole link?
We need Cereal's help! Fast, someone find Cereal!
Maybe cereal can post it for us, since SETH SEEMS TO BE SLEEPING!!!!!! I plan on going straight haired pinkie on seth iif he doesn't post it. Cereal, post it!
Seth cannot into links.
@LilyI have rice Chex in my cabinet.
A brony can only wait so long...Cereal please post the link.
Clearly, Celestia is behind this. It his her special day after all.
celestia you did it damn you trollestia¡¡
I really want to read this...
@AnonymousShe must hate Luna having control over such matters.
Ahaha, how did he forget to post the link again?Oh Seth, you so crazy.But seriously, I wanna read this so you guys should get on posting it, if it's not too much trouble of course.
Story's author here...wow! So much eagerness!Is it a no-no if I post the link in a comment while we wait?
*pokes* seems I'll read it tomorrow when Trollestia hasn't control of ED
@SaddlesoapPLEASE post it! ty!!!!!!!!
@Saddlesoap post it pleaseeee
Okay...here's the story link until it gets put up at the top:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gr-80PjYVhCalLz6QqF9nCMFFnrGEHMpnP9icVcdkGk/edit?authkey=CJHC-IkB&hl=en&pli=1#
so we have Crazy pinkie and mentally Scared FLuttershy. The whloe Non-Rainboom Alternate reality thing is seriously freaking me ut.
Man, that was a great read. I felt my heart plummet near the end, if that makes any sense.
Really liked it, makes Fluttershy look tough
You guys know I can't modify seth's posts, right?!
@Cereal VelocityNo excuses. You're Cereal Velocity! Make the impossible happen and fix all the errors when people call your name.
I have well over 10,000 songs on my computer - video game or otherwise - set to random shuffle in Winamp.When the flashback scene started, this just happened to play:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiAtT-5B9isI ALMOST shed a tear.
Wow. THAT is some DEEP stuff......imagine if that were CANON.....
A very good story. Loved the characterization. However, the italics made it a bit hard to read, and I don't exactly get the significance of the scribbly cutie mark. But it was very good. Is there a follow-up coming?
Well done.Apparently, I'm not the only one that uses italics to denote flashbacks, heh.
@Homfrog: The chaotic Cutie Mark is meant to suggest dementia - something like Paranoid Schizophrenia, clouding her true calling due to unstable thought patterns. Basically, I figured insanity would reflect in the Marks the same way purpose does.As for a continuation, I think it's pretty self-contained, but I am considering other psychological stories with other Ponies, now that Fluttershy's Caregiver Burden has been examined...
Very neat concept. well done memory.
Is it bad I found her mother's crippling mind problems a bit funny? "DRAGONS. DRAGONS ARE EVERYWHERE."Alright, onto a real comment, and I'm going to say I really liked the story. Solid characterization of all characters. Very interesting theory. And well written. I loved it!
@ Cereal VelocityBut you're cereal! You have no excuses for this! Don't make me bring up the bad dragon thing again!
So... Fluttershy's mom's cutie mark is an animated mandelbrot set? cool.
Good read indeed.
@Pinkamina Diane PieBad dragon... oh god cereal what have you been getting into?
I like the naughty, bad dragon because cereal does too.
Bad Dragon...I know of that site...oh my poor virgin eyes, they is scared for life. Stupidity aside, great read and liked how ya tied it all together smoothly. =)
There are too many ponies watching this...WHY??????
Will there be a follow up?
The story wasn't good. It doesn't fit in with the real series or character. The story doesn't give any reason why Fluttershy would be so hell bent on being loved. If she grew up under those conditions, I think she'd be more of a shut in then Twilight.Another major issue is how Fluttershy got help for her mother. Someone as shy, and supposedly tormented as her, wouldn't be able to do that. If she did, it would suggest that she over came the trauma.
@Anonymous:The story was meant to imply that Fluttershy has at least partially inherited her mother's instability (hence the itching Cutie Marks), but that the wonders of surface life and her loyal friends help keep it at bay.As for having her mother taken in, Fluttershy is depicted as having endured as a caregiver for years before making the decision that the real act of kindness would be to get her mother the help she needs. She only needed to "overcome" her anxiety for a brief moment. Recovery isn't like an on/off switch - it's not all or nothing.
What'd she have her mother didn't? Friends?
^ Having someone to bare your soul to is a great way to get your problems off your chest.Also, friendship is magic.
Oh my god, don't you guys remember when cereal made the supposedly sexist comment, and everyone got really mad? THAT is what I was talking about.You guys have been reading WAY too many clopfics!
I like this story. Aside from generating alot of sympathy for Fluttershy, it explains quite a few quirks of her personality:** SPOILERS!!! **Why does she know so much about sewing? Because she had to make clothes as a kid for herself and her mother because they had no money.Why does she have a dragon phobia? Because it's something her mother drilled into her since she was a foal.Why was she visibly older than the other kids at Summer Flight Camp? Because she attended late because of slipping grades caused by the stress of taking care of her mother.Now I gotta wonder though... where's the deadbeat Dad???
@AnonymousFunny how we don't see positive male role models in cartoons or series recently.I know it's like that IRL at times, but not always.Nothing would make me happier than seeing RD or Rarity's father being a good influence on them.
@AnonymousHe had the right idea to run away but he should havetaken his daughter with him.
Whoa.Ignore other posts, this hit a little too close to home.Characterization spot on ... *shudder*PLEASE WRITE MORE
Still waters run deep they say, and this is why quiet girls creep me out. Then again, my own reaction to being upset/angry/sad is to get real quiet myself. If I'm yelling, I'm fine. When I get quiet, run!
Dad left because Mom was unbalanced.And yes, it does hit close to home. But that's why I love this fandom so much.
Chillingly plausible. Very nice work there Saddlesoap :).
That was very deep. This is one of the most emotional stories I've read here. I liked how you linked the events of the story to many of the things we know about Fluttershy.
Thank you all for your wonderfully constructive comments (and praise!). This truly is one of the nicest fandoms ever. Expect more psychological stories in the future - I've got the writing bug (parasprite?) now...
Oh man. That was creepy. Especially the itchy thing. O.o
@SaddlesoapDude, you are good at this. I work with dementia patients, and I see how it affects both the victims and their families. Nailed it.
@Doctor Dapples:I'm flattered!I'm in a different industry now, but it's niceto see my Psychology degree isn't too rusty! :D
Uhh, why is this in the shipping section in the archive?
Oh dear.While the shipping and all that is nice, and doesn't detract from the story, was hoping this series would remain ship-free.
wow, just wow.
chills man, I got all the chills all over. your stories are so... accurate... seems to be the only word I can think of to describe it. looking forward to reading the rest.
"Page does not exist" so probably google effing up.
Indeed!I am switching to Fanfiction.net.The new links will be ready in a day or two.
lolIm posting on this in March, 2012
@3p1c_d3m0nYou sure are, leet-speaker. You sure are. :P