[warnings: mild violence, allusion to human sacrifice, decapitation]
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A polite scratching at the door roused Celestia from the papers on her desk. “Come in,” she called.
The door opened, and Twilight Sparkle entered. She noticed the mounds of paperwork on Celestia’s desk, and flushed. “I’m sorry to bother you while you’re busy, Pri— um, Celestia.”
"It’s quite alright, Twilight. I know full well that you wouldn’t come here without reason. What is it?"
Twilight hesitated. Celestia waited, unperturbed and patient, until finally the words spilled from the little alicorn. “I don’t know who else to turn to. Ever since I— since I became—” She set her mouth and gave an impatient flick of her wings. “I’ve been feeling more and more … lost? I don’t know how to put it. The responsibility, the power, the magic—it’s too much. I don’t know what to do.” The last word was heavier than its single syllable, and Twilight’s face fell as she said it.
Celestia rose gracefully from her chair and came around the desk to Twilight. She smiled. “Walk with me, Twilight.”
I wrote a thing! That still happens sometimes, I guess.
This idea for a humanized pony story has been kicking around in my head for a few weeks now and, since it just won’t leave me alone, I thought I’d write it out. I don’t think it’s good enough to actually write—and even if I did, I doubt I’d actually write it—but I’m hoping that just typing up the words will be enough to purge it from my system.
The general set-up is: Our main characters all live in an unnamed U.S. city. The main plot involves our protagonist Tyler, a brilliant yet sheltered university student who’s majoring in chemistry, taking a sociology course to fulfill her general education requirements. As part of the sociology class, her hippiefied instructor, Professor Celeste Lawson, makes all of her students do a volunteer project out in the greater community. Tyler ends up choosing to do a volunteer stint at the AIDS clinic downtown.
And through volunteering, Tyler meets a whole host of colorful characters …
Tyler is an undergraduate student majoring in chemistry. She was valedictorian in high school and received a full-tuition scholarship. She doesn’t really see the point in taking classes outside her major or related scientific fields, and she vaguely resents having to volunteer at the AIDS clinic. And then feels bad about feeling resentful because, y’know, AIDS clinic.
In physical appearance, she’s short and thin. As an academic, she doesn’t have much muscle mass, but she’s scrappy.
Barry is the clerk at the convenience store across the street from the clinic. During his smoke breaks, he hangs out in front of the store and says a big, cheery “hello” to everyone who passes by. Due to his job and his extroverted personality, he knows just about everyone. When not working, he likes to hang out and play with video games with Rainbow or sing with his punk-polka band in one of the few bars that will book them.
In terms of physical appearance, he’s of medium height but rather large. He’s the sort of guy who gets described as “a teddy bear.” If you ask him nicely—or even not so nicely—he’ll show you where all his tattoos are, too.
Annie Jo (“AJ”)
AJ is in charge of coordinating the volunteer staff at the clinic. She’s friendly and gregarious but, when it comes down to what’s important, she can be no-nonsense. She often gives out pearls of wisdom that she attributes to her aged grandmother. Also, you do not call her Annie Jo or make fun of her country-fried accent. Ever.
In physical appearance, she’s of medium height and medium build. She works out, though, so watch out. She also looks a bit older than she actually is, due to a hard life hard-lived.
Rarity is a client of the clinic and Rainbow’s partner. He works part-time for a tailor’s shop and also designs outfits for his drag queen friends as something of a side business. He’s saving up money to go to fashion design college. He legally changed his name to “Rarity” as soon as he hit the age of majority, as a way of thumbing his nose at those who mocked him in high school for his flamboyant ways and as a way of announcing to the world that he was ready to take it by storm.
In physical appearance, he’s tall and thin. His clothing and hair are always perfect, and his cheekbones could slice paper.
Rainbow is a client of the clinic and Rarity’s partner. He works as a mechanic and in his free time soups up cars and goes drag-racing. He has vague ideas of eventually trying to race at the professional level but, mostly, he focuses day-to-day on taking care of his beloved Rarity. He’s drinking buddies with Barry and a childhood friend of Angel.
In physical appearance, he’s short and built as all get-out. He’s a seriously muscular dude and, if you even give Rarity the side-eye, he’ll mess you up. His nickname comes from the rainbow-hued mohawk he’s sported since high school.
Angel is a volunteer at the clinic and a nursing student. Originally, she was going to become a nun (as her Catholic mother wanted) but, when Rainbow got sick, she felt called to the healthcare profession instead. She and Rainbow go way back, to when they were children and Rainbow protected her from the bullies. She’s also become great friends with Rainbow’s partner Rarity and secretly pines for the oblivous Barry, much to Rarity’s great befuddlement.
In physical appearance, she’s tall and thin. She often hunches forward, though—a habit from childhood—and lets her hair hang in her face. It’s a shy thing.
EPIC FLUTTERSHY SHIP WAR
ROUND 2: QUIET COMPETITION
SUBMISSION BOX OPENS: 10/19, 12 p.m. Eastern (right now!)
SUBMISSION BOX CLOSES: 10/21, 6 p.m. Eastern
The Competition Prompt:
Submit artwork (stories, poems, drawings, videos, interpretive dance, etc.) that shows your contestant can sit still and be quiet the longest (a.k.a., win the Quiet Game). Submissions should be sent directly to Celebrity Guest Judge RWL and not to me.
Derpy Hooves/Ditzy Doo vs. Rainbow Dash
Big Macintosh vs. Twilight Sparkle
- Stories and other written submissions must be written within half an hour, visual art must be created within an hour, songs must be written within an hour and recorded within an hour (two hours total), and videos must be created within two hours. These time limits do not include thinking, planning, sketching, or layout time or, in the case of videos, time spent assembling video clips.
- If you wish to submit art in a form not mentioned above, please contact Donny via PM or ask in order to request time limit information.
- Only one submission per person per battle round is allowed.
- Emphasis should be on why your champion is good for Fluttershy and not on why your opponent might be bad for Fluttershy. Let’s keep this positive and happy. (Though please feel free to continue trash-talking on your Tumblrs, because that amuses me.)
- The decisions decreed by Celebrity Guest Judge RWL are final and non-negotiable. Anyone who harasses Judge RWL about any of her decisions will be disqualified from further competition.
- Have fun!