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.
The premise of the story is that Fluttershy is the only known pony left in existence after a sudden and devastating magical blast swept across Equestria and beyond. While trying to cope with her losses and find a way to survive, she frequently gets reminders of the different ponies that disappeared. In this image, Fluttershy enters a house and discovers a surprise birthday had been set up for a young pony, but had never taken place.
She kinda loses herself in the hours after this. Unfortunately, I left the last chapter on a cliffhanger and proceeded to get dragged away by life.
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 again...so 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
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.
Pinkie Pie, huh...? -trembles- Cupcakes, anyone?
The hamster was the family's pet, and it has been waiting for the family to come home. In the meantime, it has been eating the cake.
Even without the context, the image still tells a dark tale