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Survivor Shy - A Birthday Song Never Sung by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - A Birthday Song Never Sung by Mattatatta
Second illustration for upcoming chapter, and is probably one of the darkest (theme-wise) I've drawn in the series. While I've drawn things like Fluttershy's nightmares and bleak landscapes in Survivor Shy, none of those match up to the undertones I've aimed for here.

This is a little colt's surprise birthday party that never happened.

It's funny really, ever since I set my boundaries on what kind of story I want to tell in this series, I've wanted to draw something that could be considered disturbing without gore or other staples of cheap horror. After nearly one and a half years, I've done something I believe achieves that.

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Oh and yes; that is a hamster on the table. I call him Bubble.
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AlicornHybrid88 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Since I don't have a FIMfiction account I'll put this here...
Have read and re-read this story, and the scene with Bubble in particular about a dozen times now...still want to cry when I do. Also, still want to somehow make my way to Equestria so I can help Bubble. I'd adopt him and care for him and he'd never be lonely wish Fluttershy had found a way to sneak him into her quest...poor Flutters, all alone and hurting...
Also, now I wish I had sowing talents so I can make my own plushie Survivor Shy and Bubble and keep them together forever. And snuggle with them at night...take the nightmares away...excuse me :cries:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have plans for Bubble, but I've been largely occupied in the past year to the point that I've had to put the fic on hiatus. I won't say when I'll be back on the fic, but I will say I have every intention of continuing the story.
AlicornHybrid88 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Just so long as it'll get done...I'm not gonna complain. Much. Looking forward to the effects spoken of in the snippet attached the the pic with Flutters and the Elements though, and please give that poor adorable hamster a happy ending? Please? 
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry about Bubble, I'm not keen on killing things off - especially not small creatures.
AlicornHybrid88 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
I meant more about his current status as alone and sad but I'll take the not killing thing too...
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, most people usually worry about characters dying - like it is the worst possible thing to happen to them.
AlicornHybrid88 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
As much as I hate good characters dying...death is final. I hate more that characters are sad or lonely or whatever...becuase I want to just go into the story and make it all better. That Bubble is ALSO an adorable little hamster...
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty much why I don't consider death to be the worst thing: it is final and it ends everything the character feels and goes through (unless we start playing with the rules of death and the afterlife, but that just muddies the water in this case).
Of course, it can cut both ways when a character dies. A character that has gone through a lot of stuggles and has reached a point where they are at greater peace with themselves can die suddenly yet have readers feel that they had a good run. On the other hoof, a character that dies before they can even take a step into the story is either a redshirt character that nobody is meant to care about, or is a tragic character that dies before they could earn their peace, or - at worst - is a character whose development seems to have been all for nought.

Though I have no intentions of writing death scenes, I have looked into them just to understand what can be done with them, and what could go wrong if it's written poorly.
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
I really like those old children, special moments like this one, it hit you a little more than seeing what made it so abandoned.
Grey-Mane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
This is one of my favorite images from the story. It is sad.
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