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"Recursion"
By: The Polecat

Recursion - the act or process of returning or running back.


Prologue
"In the beginning…"


"Well, your credentials seem good." The heavyset stallion noted, looking over the resume on his solid oak desk.

"I worked for 3 years in Baltimare delivering the mail," The filly answered, smiling warmly.

"Well, we're a small town here in Ponyville, you'd be doing the deliveries alone."

"I came out here to get away from the big city, sir. It won't be a problem" She answered simply, using a hoof to brush a bit of her pale blonde mane from her eyes.

"Any medical problems we need to know about?"  Uh oh…  this was the part she was worried about.

"I have a problem with my eyes," she admitted, "I can work around it."

"What sort of problem?"

"I…  well" she stumbled a little bit. Even after all these years it was difficult to explain, "My eyes don't always work…  together as they should."

"Walleye?" he asked carefully.

"Yes sir. I spent some time in Baltimare trying to get it fixed, but the doctors weren't able to help. Finally I just needed to get out of the big city and Ponyville was just the place." She answered simply.

"Will it affect your work any?"

"It can sometimes give me depth perception problems, but if I pause a few moments and focus I can straighten myself out." She shrugs, the light grey filly flicking her wings slightly.

"Any family?"

She shook her head, "Divorced." She answered simply.

"Any foals from it?" he asked simply.

"No, no children." She fought hard to keep from expressing the pain she felt inside whenever she was asked this question. Inevitably she remembered the foal she had, a beautiful little unicorn she'd named Dinky. But the foal never survived the week. It had crashed her into a depression that lasted years, which in turn lead to the end of her marriage.

The stallion grunted as he considered the information, he was making his decision. A cold prickling sensation ran up her spine, one she was long familiar with as her eyes "slipped", the wall-eyed expression that had earned her the nickname "Derpy" when she'd been a foal. But few knew the reality of what she could actually see when it happened.

In one eye, she saw the stallion come around the desk, "I'm sorry ma'am, you're just not what we're looking for."

In the other eye he came about the desk as well, but offered her a huge smile, "Welcome to the team Ditzy Doo." And grabbed her hoof to shake it.

Carefully she waited, earning a slightly confused expression from both stallions, until one started to fade, and her eyes focused on the one that was the "real" present that was actually happening, which she responded by shaking the stallion's hoof in return, beaming happily.

"I won't let you down sir!"



Chapter 1
"I think we've been here before."


Ditzy yawned widely as she climbed out of bed. Unlike most pegasai, she'd chosen to live with her hooves on the ground. Call it habit, she'd spent 5 years married to a unicorn after all. She wandered to another room and started to pour herself a strong drink, pausing only to look at the mark on the cup.

"Looks like I got his mug." She mused, "I'm not Ditzy Hooves anymore…  just Ditzy Doo." She reminded herself before downing the thick drink and heading to the front room. She'd managed to get a good pattern down, and essentially lived in what could only be considered the Mail Center of Ponyville. It was a simple home, but she had a second "entrance" to a small stall-like area where ponies could drop off their letters in a variety of slots, or simply put packages down. Her usual routine would be to spend the morning sorting the mail, then the afternoon delivering it all.

She nosed her way into her "office", as she jokingly called it, and looked around, checking the various slots, pulling out the letters there and setting them down on a table she kept nearby. She'd been doing this for 6 months now, and found the job agreed with her.

"Looks like a light load today," she mused, but something odd caught her eye. She leaned closely to look at the letter, and realized what it was, "Didn't I deliver this already?"

The confusion only continued to mount when Ditzy went out onto her deliveries, that strange sense of Deja-vu hounding her. She kept craning her head around to try and notice little things out of place. The Apple clan reunion for one. They were supposed to be wrapping that up yesterday, climaxing with the big Celebration of the longest day. The were ponies mulling about with barely contained excitement for the "Summer Sun Celebration" once more. Hadn't this already happened? Then there was the oddest part, the letter she herself had to deliver from Canterlot to Mayor Mare, informing her of a new pony to stay in the nearly abandoned town library. A letter direct from the Princess!!

But that happened already. Ditzy was sure of it, everything that had happened was happening again today. Could she warn someone about Nightmare Moon? The whole "longest night" thing? The fact that Twilight Sparkle, this "new pony" in the letter she just delivered, would soon will lead 5 other town ponies against the Nightmare and win?

Was it even possible? One possibility always came out ahead when she saw things like this, but she was LIVING it a second time! Ditzy wasn't sure what was happening, but decided to watch for now. She didn't know what was going on, but what if something changed? What if Nightmare Moon didn't come, or worse, what if she wasn't defeated? The thoughts made her head swim and sent a shudder through her.

Then, she saw it. The first thing that'd changed since yesterday. It was minor, but it was obviously there. Everyone in town knew Pinkie Pie, it was hard not to. The hyperactive pink bundle of energy was always around…  but as that familiar sensation crept over her, she watched not one, but TWO Pinkie Pie's moving about. One was hopping contentedly down the main street of Ponyville, enjoying the time off for the celebration. The other was going to Sugarcube Corner, seemingly intent on putting in a shift at work.

That wasn't what bothered the grey pegasai, she was used to seeing possibilities split off like that. The problem was one of them wasn't fading. From what she could see, the BOTH existed fully right before her, she could even hear the tuneless singing from one of the Pinkies as she wandered close. Ditzy put her hooves to her head, forcing herself to focus, that always worked before…

But it didn't. She could tell which one was "now", but both still where there. A thought suddenly struck the mail-pony; how would Pinkie meet the new pony if she was working in the bakery today??

Ditzy rushed through the rest of her deliveries, which wasn't too hard after having done it before. But she had to figure this out, even as she rushed back to the center of Ponyville. She arrived just in time to see Twilight Sparkle and her little dragon assistant…  what's-his-name…  Spite? Spit? Slight?

"Okay Spike, let's get this over with." She could hear the lavender unicorn pronounce, pausing to shake out some of her deep indigo mane with the pink stripe in it.

"Summer Sun Celebration, Official Overseer's Checklist: Number one:…" the purple dragon started, green accent scales offsetting nicely in the afternoon sun.

"Banquet Preparations, Sweet Apple Acres." Twilight stated, and started to walk one way.

"No…  Music!" Spike corrected, causing the unicorn to do a double take and rush back over as if you check.

"But…  that can't be right…" she stammered, as if confused.

"You still on that weird dream Twilight?"

"But it was….  It had to be…."

"Yeah, like YOU would ever defeat Nightmare Moon." He all but laughed at the pony, "That's just an old pony-tail, Twilight, and you were just dreaming. Like a bookworm like you could ever do that anyway."

The lavender unicorn deflated as she looked at Spike, then heaved a resigned sigh, "Yeah, I guess you're right. Let's get going…." and started to follow the purple dragon. Above them, the grey pegasus watched this play out in one eye…  and the other she saw the lavender unicorn meet Pinkie for the first time, who dashed off at hyper-speed. This left Twilight and Spike shrugging in confusion before they started headed towards the orchards. Ditzy shook her head, this was a BIG change!

"First up, a unicorn named Lyra." Spike announced, as the duo stood just outside a modest looking shop with a harp looking sign over the door. The duo of Spike and Twilight Sparkle both stood at the door for a moment before the unicorn dipped her head.

"Let's get this over with." Twilight sighed and nosed her way into the shop. Ditzy flew to the other side, peering carefully into the window from the closest thing to an unseen position she could find. Thankfully most everyone else had their own things to do today.

"Good afternoon, my name is…." A loud brassy note interrupted the unicorn, momentarily deafening both baby dragon and unicorn alike.

"No, that doesn't work at all." An unseen voice pronounced and the horns floated over to the wall as another pair floated over.

"Excuse me…" Twilight started, only to be drowned out by these new horns going off, sending poor Spike tumbling head over heels.

"No." the owner noted, and floated the new horns back over to the wall. "It needs to be…  warmer." The owner of the voice mused as she trotted out to where Ditzy could see her. A mint green unicorn with a pale blue mane streaked with white.

"Excuse me…" Twilight tried again.

"One moment." Came the curt answer, the other unicorn not even looking at her guests. Her horn glowed again, a pair of heavily curled French horns floated over to her. She considered them for a moment, then puckered her lips and blew into one horn, the second horn matching it immediately. The small store filled with warm brassy notes as the unicorn ran through what sounded like a royal introduction.

"Oh wow…" Twilight noted as the other unicorn seemed to nod to herself.

"I'll have to rewrite part of that, but I think those will do." She noted, then turned around to face Twilight, "Now then, are you here for lessons?

"Lessons? Uh no. Sorry, Let me introduce myself. I'm Twilight Sparkle, and I was sent from Canterlot to check in on the preparations for tonight's Summer Sun Celebration." The lavender unicorn finally managed to get out.

"Oh! I'm sorry, I didn't realize the Princess sent an official representative!"

"I'm just checking on the music. It sounded quite lovely."

"Once I could hear again." Spike grumbled.

"Well thank you, but it still needs some work. I wrote it thinking the horns would be the instrument to use, but when I actually tried it they were just too…"

"Loud?" Spike supplied.

Twilight shot her companion a sharp look, but the other unicorn continued, "It just didn't have the sound I wanted. I HAVE to get this JUST so. Oh! I forgot to introduce myself, I'm Lyra. I'm the music instructor here in Ponyville, and I sell instruments from my little shop here." The unicorn posed proudly.

"It's…  a nice shop." Twilight managed.

"You really should try an instrument, I'm sure you would just love the lessons. We can start right now!"

"Um, no thanks. I still have to check on the other preparations."

"Well then, we'll just have to schedule them later." The green unicorn grinned, "Now let's see…  what sort of instrument would suit you. Fiddle? Mandolin? No…  too country. Maybe a nice…." And Lyra trailed off as Twilight and Spike looked at each other, then made a break for the door.
MLP is (c) Hasbro
Some dialog was taken directly from the script of episodes 1 & 2 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic


Prologue & Chapter 1: [link]
Chapter 2:[link]
Chapter 3:[link]
Chapter 4:[link]
Chapter 5:[link]
Chapter 6:[link]
Chapter 7:[link]
Chapter 8:[link]
Chapter 9:[link]
Chapter 10:[link]
Epilogue:[link]


Okay, that stuff out of the way, I apologize for the TXT formatting. I originally wrote this in RTF with some nice formatting and such, then I couldn't find a way to convert it properly to HTML or PDF, which are the only other 2 formats DA takes.

Anyway, I hope ya'll enjoy this. And please don't lynch me over what I did to poor Dinky, I DO have a cunning plan!!

- Polecat
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frenchifries Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student
Ooh, very fascinating. I'm loving it so far! Onwards and upwards, I suppose... right after I take a bath.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*chuckle* Thank you. I'm glad you're enjoying it. :)

- Polecat
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Mimezingafic Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
I don't want to spam all over your page, so I'm leaving my comment here but it's valid for all the work

till chap 7 it is going very well, I like how it's written and the idea is really good, especially having the "underdogs" in action sounds a lot funny to me ^_^

ther only thing I ask myself is: could it be written in forst person from Derpy's perspective? not sure about this, it's just a curiosity I had and I'm curious if you considered it

I'm faving just Chap 1 but consider as if I faved the whole story, after all there's a link to follow to all the rest from here ^_^
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It possibly could have been written from a 1st person perspective from Ditzy's angle, but I wasn't quite confident enough in my ability to pull that off. My smaller fic for Gilda did the First person POV, and was one of my first attempts at it.

I'm glad you're enjoying the story. :)

- Polecat
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Kujiiro Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
I'm liking this. To the end I shall read!
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well I've only posted up to Chapter 7. It has a total of 10 chapters with an epilogue....

- Polecat
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WingZero032 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
...so Ditzy and Twilight really remember what really happend in the original timeframe, but Twilight think (or se was convinced) that it was a dream... all what we need now is an intervention of Doctor Whoof in his TARDIS, that and Ditzy to start to call herself "Doctor Doo"
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*chuckle* A few people have wondered about the possibility of Doctor Whoof showing up. I can honestly say no to that, this isn't a Dr. Who crossover fic. :)

- Polecat
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WingZero032 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
In that you're right, even if this is no a Doctor who crossover, Ditzy's hability to watch the timestram of desitions that leads to the creation of an alternate universe everytime we have to decide what to we are goning to do during our lives in a short period of time is completely amazing to say something, I think se coula have earned that nickname.

And about the comment of Doctor Whoof, I supose that it could be if in the case that if Ditzy use her power on him, either does not work on him, or what would she winteese would be too chaothic to work compared to a regular pony but in the end is up to you
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hadn't considered how it would react around a hypothetical Doctor. If he were to show, I'd likely make it "special" as tho he were a fixed point in time, and perhaps the only one who would do the same thing in BOTH her eyes. Thus making him a fixed point of time and possibility.

- Polecat
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WingZero032 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
sorry the previous comment was for chapter 5, but glad you manage to figue out what I was talking about
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries. :)

- Polecat
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Needs some bold or italic formatting. Not sure if we have font sizes in txt format.


Looks to be interesting, I imagine sight like that would be very distracting.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I managed to fix most of the formatting issues in the later chapters. I wrote the thing in RTF with centering and size changes and all the purdy stuff, but unless I want to put it all here as a PDF, I can't keep it all. Even the HTML of this site doesn't recognize a lot of tags. Like *center*. >.<

- Polecat
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ugh, it's terrible isn't it? I wrote a small program to transform plain text into stuff like centered, though I never use it.

I shall be interested in seeing which (or both) of the worlds as it were is or becomes the real one.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I won't give anything away. but make sure you read through the epilogue (when it's released) for some of those answers. ;)

- Polecat
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aaah, so it's all planned out is it? Good to hear.

Wonder if we'll see a case of 'other world holocaust' where it doesn't matter if the 'other' world is destroyed or ruled by a tyrant since it's not the 'real' one.

*Goes off to guessing which element Derpy is*
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Planned out? nope, it's all completely written. It's just taking some time to get through the editing stages. That's how I know exactly how many chapters it is. ^_^

And guess away, but I'm not telling (Tho I wager it'll be obvious in 2 weeks)

- Polecat
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Sir, I bow to your superior planning skills. When I write I don;t even know what will be at the end of the sentence.

I'm wagering Carrot Top on Generosity, Twi with magic yet again, Bon-Bon on laughter and $10 on Derpy inventing a new element entirely and reducing the Everfree forest to a glassy wasteland.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I... er... Nothing happens to the forest, so you loose 10 bucks on that. I cannot comment on the rest without giving too much away.

And My planning was the most vague of outlines. And honestly the characters wrote themselves a bit, which got stronger as I progressed. I actually had to alter some elements in there to make sure the personality was as strong from the beginning as it became later on.

- Polecat
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MexicanYoshiFriend Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
omg, I had no idea that you write too! I got a devWATCH message for chpt. 2, so of course I had to read the first chapter! I simply love reading and what you have here is fascinating and in depth...I like it!
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. And yeah, I have a few stories mixed in with the art. Usually just short stories, but I have to admit this new MLP show sunk it's claws into me but good. This is perhaps the first time in my life I've EVER written fan-fiction.

- Polecat
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MexicanYoshiFriend Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Your welcome! wow, that's awesome for a first time thing...
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Technically it's the 3rd fanfic I've written for the MLP. My other two are here:
The Puzzle of Puzzle: [link]
The Last:

I've done other stories in my gallery too. They're just mixed in, but something about the show puts me in a literary mood.

- Polecat
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MexicanYoshiFriend Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Sorry^^;

I'll definitley read them soon:la:
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BnGJessie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Intriguing. :)
It's like Ditzy's vision is stuck in the "Twilight" Zone ;P
I look forward to seeing how the rest of the story goes. ^_^
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a good way to put it, yes. :)

- Polecat
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Harashaw Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
I'll definitely follow this.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)

- Polecat
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
~Unlike most pegasai, she'd chosen to live with her hooves on the ground. Call it habit
Would almost think it had more to do with her condition rather than marriage - she may spend time away from her significant other, but she has to live with her condition.

~Ditzy Hooves
:iconfacepalmplz: The implication, arg.

Because little things annoy me and nopony else:
~The were ponies mulling
There were

~the BOTH existed fully right before her
they BOTH

~I DO have a cunning plan!!
:) Sounds pretty interesting thus far, I look forward to reading more :thumbsup:
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, good catches. I had 3 people proof these for me, and they missed those (as I did myself). As for Ditzy staying on the ground, I saw it less a problem with the eyes and more just habit.

- Polecat
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
~I had 3 people proof these for me
:) It definitely comes across as a polished piece of work, those were just minor corrections, didn't mean to make a big deal of them.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well after a while I stop trusting my own instincts on that and have to get someone else to read my work. Otherwise I make a lot of assumptions about what a reader would know, and forget important details. Of course the fact I also re-read my own work at least a dozen times myself to sort out issues like that, usually over the course of a few days...

- Polecat
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
:) Takes a lot of stamina to see a story through properly and I admire those that can muster that skill. I have various story ideas that I've seen through to fruition; I think I'd rather be an editor than a writer, it's a lot easier to focus on making the ride smooth if someone has already completed the work of laying out the course on the map.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're going to laugh. I pounded out the entire thing in 2 days, from beginning to end. It's actually taking far longer to edit then it did to write!

- Polecat
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parallellogic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
~I pounded out the entire thing in 2 days, from beginning to end
:) The whole story arc or the first chapter?
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All 10 chapters plus the epilogue in 2 days.

- Polecat
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Ooh. A truly novel explanation for Ditzy/Derpy's spacey moments and spinning eyes!

Very interesting to see where this will lead to.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I hope you'll enjoy where it goes then. :)

- Polecat
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Reifgrimm Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Oh, this be INTERESTING! Please, do continue with this lovely story.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I plan to. Technically I've written the entire thing already, it's in editing/proofing stages right now. If all holds to schedule, it'll release a new chapter every week.

- Polecat
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Queen-Rini Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds like a great start to me. Please keep it up.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

- Polecat
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
>"Any foals from it?" he asked simply.
>"No, no children."

...BUH ?! ...... KHHAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNN !!!
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like I said in my comments, I can only ask that ya'll trust me about poor Dinky. There is a method to my madness.

- Polecat
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
>But the foal never survived the week.

...ok now... I think I should call the D.O.D.D.F. ! (Defenders of Derpy-Dinky Family)

No, but seriously why ? I can't think of any twisted reasons to FLATLY say ''had a daughter... she DIED'' ?
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The reason for it comes up later. The short version is it made Ditzy into a tragic heroine with a tragic event in her past. I hint more about what it did to her as the story goes on, but to prevent giving too much away I just ask that you TRUST me. There is a reason for everything, and doing this was not just something I chose to do out of hand. It has a reason.

- Polecat
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Whatever you say... if you say so.

But I'm still very sure that there was MANY other way to get the same result without having a ''Birth-dead''...
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe, but this was the decision I made and I stand by it.

- Polecat
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Yes. I know. I respect that...

Now, only thing left is to wait, and fear, for what might come out of those very ''specific'' words.
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