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Survivor Shy - Applejack by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - Applejack by Mattatatta
"Spike led the way into the caves, his torch bathing the tunnels and inner-caverns with a fiery, yellow-green light. In the darkness, I could hear the sounds of stones skittering along the floor and other noises that I couldn't place the source of. My heart started thumping in my ears, and I began to consider turning back and leaving as quickly possible.

"Spike stopped and turned to face me, and I could tell that he was nervous. In a hushed whisper, he asked me, 'Are you sure it's here?'

"'Yes,' I told him, 'It's here, even if you don't trust Lord Perry, I just know it's here.' I bent my head down and nuzzled him, trying to reassure him. 'I know you're afraid, Spike, I am, too. But as long as we look out for eachother, not even the scariest things can hurt us.'

"He smiled up at me, and I smiled back, and we carried on. Being reunited with Spike was the happiest day I had ever experienced ever since everypony vanished, I wasn't alone anymore, and neither was he. Spike was a very brave little dragon, definitely more than I was, but he was still a baby dragon, and I wasn't going to ever let him face this world alone again.

"We ventured deeper into the caves, both of us looking up, down, and all around in hopes of catching a glint or a sign of where the Element of Honesty was. It had to be here, I just knew it, and in spite of us both being scared, I knew neither of us would be happy with leaving without it. Both of us shared the same sense of... duty: To our friends, to the Princesses, to all of Equestria. Everypony was counting on us, and no matter how hard my heart pounded on my eardrums, I was going to do my best.

"'Uh, Fluttershy?' Spike pulled me out of my thoughts, I looked at him quizzically 'You're kinda pushing me along, and you've stepped on my tail twice. Could you slow down?'

"I halted, realising I was moving much faster than I thought. 'I'm sorry, I was lost in my thoughts...'

"Spike grinned as he waved his arm over the room we were in; 'Then welcome back! Did you bring any souvenirs?'

"I couldn't help but giggle. Spike seemed glad to have got a laugh out of me, and then turned toward a tunnel. 'Come on, we haven't gone this way, yet. If we don't find it in the next few minutes, could we look for gemstones instead? A sapphire sounds tasty right now, how about you?'

"'I don't think we'll find any Daisy sandwiches or a bushel of Apples down here!' I joked. We both laughed after that, but suddenly, we heard galloping echoing throughout the caves, which frightened us into silence. We both looked around, trying to see beyond the range of the torch. 'Do you see anypony, Spike? Or anything?' I whispered.

"Spike shook his head, 'No, but it sounds like it came from down there.' he waved his torch over to the tunnel he was speaking of. He looked back at me, unsure of what to do.

"I nodded at him, telling him that we should go that way, and we started on again, Spike quietly leading the way. But just as we entered the tunnel, I heard a dragging sound on the opposite side of the room we were in. I stopped and turned my head around in an instant, startling Spike. I couldn't believe what I saw. In the shadows, I could just about see another tunnel, and in that tunnel, I could've swore I saw somepony walking away from us.

"Spike twisted around, seemingly glued to where he stood, 'What's wrong, Fluttershy? What did you see?'

"'Applejack?'" I said uncertainly.


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I took way too long with this...
I'm probably going to start stepping up the rate at which I post these, because I basically have a full story written down, now. So schedule permitting, I'll be drawing scenes as often as possible.

Anyway, we've been long overdue for some Spike involvement, so I made a point of creating a scene that included him. I'm still getting used to drawing him, and finding the colour scheme I like most for him is obviously slowing me down. I'm not sure if I like these specific colours just yet, future scenes will warrant further expermentation with shades and what not.

Anyhoo, enjoy!
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Perhaps Fluttershy isn't the last living pony after all...
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EfernoTheDragon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Are changelings still exists?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't dealt with them in the story yet. So there's no confirmation or rumour on what became of them.
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EfernoTheDragon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, because in the picture, Fluttershy seeing Applejack's tail, or what looks like Applejack's tail, I was guessing that it could be a changeling in disguise.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never really got around to the followup for this part of the story, but the some of the ideas I had for it are still options I have for the current iteration of Survivor Shy on FimFic. Things will likely end up different by the time I reach a point where I can use an idea from this, and I will probably draw a new picture to replace this one too.
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Eevee-Adopt-Mart Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MattaFact: I'm going to be redrawing this scene when I get to it in the fic. Also, the fic will probably approach and handle everything seen here very differently!
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Eevee-Adopt-Mart Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok
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SaverCat Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Artist
no like new mane cut
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MoralShifter Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
How much longer until they have to drink their own piss?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol :P
It isn't quite the Sahara in all of Equestria, at least not yet. Infact, they got water to drink the night before:
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MoralShifter Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
So........ in about an hour?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It'll take a little longer than that, especially if rain keeps making an appearance in certain areas
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MoralShifter Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Ohh ho ho ho. Gotcha.
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Seeing Fluttershy with her canteen dangling that low between her legs is nerve-wracking. When the next scary thing comes at them from the shadows (as it inevitably will) and they have to run, she looks apt to get tangled up. Can she at least tighten the strap a bit so it's less of a tripping hazard? When it's slung above knee height it looks much safer. Maybe Spike's reassuring presence is leading her to carelessness.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In terms of how I draw her, I haven't settled on a specific way to draw how she carries her canteen. Sometimes the strap is loose and the canteen is left to dangle, other times it's tight and kept close to her. Sometimes I draw her canteen hanging between her forelegs, other times it sits on the right side of her body. I simply haven't been consistent with that area of design.

I can imagine how chaotic it would be running with the thing, even if it were worn to hang over the right side of her body. Chalk it up to personal experience with my own messenger bag. I doubt it would do her any favours to break into a gallop with her canteen that low, but it is possible, if very likely to cause bruises...

Placement will probably be decided on depending on the scene. Because while wearing the canteen on the outside of her body would assist in running, it would interfere with flying, and vice versa. But your point has been considered, and I'll make a better note to think about how she would wear her canteen.
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Sammykh Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Writer
blarglegleglegleglegeleglgelehrleukhsriogh'eryi. Y U HAS CLIF HANGERS??
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because they are an important part of any kind of story split over several installments!
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Sammykh Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Writer
:D
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
F*CK you, cliffhangers! DX
Applejack as an apparition and we have to wait Celestia know how long for a continuation. Which might as well be a scene from a totally different period of time.
* loud, GROAN of resignation *

Mattatatta, y u do this to us? :(

Nah, just kidding (partially, anyways :) ). I love the story! Keep up the great work. ;)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chill out. CH-EEEEL OOWWWWWWTTT! A follow-up will materialise in good time.

Right now, I think I'll be drawing at least one scene before going back to answering this cliffhanger. I'm not sure.
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zaiali Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
you know if you want more views, put it on fimfiction and add these pictures in there for each chapter.

Course its your choice really.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did consider that, but I reckon I'll save it until I've got a finished story, then I can upload to FimFiction in the correct order.

Until then, the people who are following this can enjoy the fragmented, cliffhanger-ridden style for themselves!
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zaiali Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Yesss, no cliff hangers!
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that Applejack?
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:iconapplejackproud3plz::iconapplejackproud4plz::iconchucktesta1plz::iconchucktesta2plz:
:icontransparentplz::icontransparentplz::iconchucktesta3plz::iconchucktesta4plz: Nope.

Watch out Fluttershy, it might be Herobrine playing tricks on you.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh dear Luna, this cameo means that Survivor Shy characters could be listed like this:

"Starring Fluttershy, co-starring Spike, and featuring Applejack as 'shadowy figure in background'"

I feel bad now, because Applejack always gets the short end of the stick.


And wouldn't that be Flutterbrine? Heroshy? Heresy? I dunno.
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, poor Applejack never get much attention.

Herobrine is a ghost story-ish thing in the game Minecraft, by the way. Always just out of sight, hiding in the fog, leaving strange things for the player to find, such as perfect pyramids in a newly random generated world. Of course, no one believes in it.

Since it's not Fluttershy that teases herself with Applejack's tail, I'd either call the "ghost" Applebrine, or maybe something more general pony related? Hayobrine? Bah, can't think of anything good.
Or maybe it IS Fluttershy in the shadows?
:icondoctorwhooves::iconsaysplz:Just remember, Fluttershy. You must not be seen! The paradox would cause a ripple in time and space, and I don't want to have to pay Pinkie Pie to fix it again!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know of the legend of Herobrine. But with all the things that want to kill me in my modded version of Minecraft already, I don't think Herobrine ever gets an opportunity to start messing with me before I die and rage-delete the world.

Ponybrine sounds a little better, if uninspired. I think the Blanks took the title of "Creepy Ponies" long ago, though. Even Slendermane checks his back in fear of the Blanks
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, remember that a heavy set of iron armor is an important part of a healthy life in Minecraft.

Ponybrine sounds much better indeed. Of course I had to check who the Blanks are. That's okay. I wasn't planing to sleep anyway.

Also, I almost forgo to comment on the actual work.
The colors look great and fresh. I like how you did her mane. I'm not a big fan of black outlines, but it might work.
As for the story, it could still be about 20% scarier. Saying that nothing can hurt them as long as they have each other sounds slightly overconfident. Also, am I the only one that want Fluttershy to suffer more? Does that make me a bad person? :<

I believe that Fluttershy will follow Applejack, never catching more than a glimpse of her, trough the maze of tunnels (maybe finding some hanging moss and imp stools on the way), then clearly see Applejack enter a chamber which turns out to be a dead end. No sight of Applejack, but in the middle of the room lies the necklace. Then choose one of the endings:
1. As she pick it up, a trap mechanism activates and she falls into a pit of snakes. Why does it always have to be snakes?
2. She find a wall with some strange glowing markings on and some more treasure, then a shortcut out that was much shorter than the way she came.
3. She's about to pick it up, but suddenly the Spanish Inquisition jumps out, starting listing their main weapons.
4. Suddenly the Blanks. Hundreds of them.
5. She just pick it up and leaves?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I forgot to respond to a few other things in my last comment.

It's not wrong to want Fluttershy to suffer per se, as long as you mean you want her to face greater and more testing challenges. Mindless suffering isn't something I particularly enjoy, and I feel that just having things there for the sake of them being there is a bit lazy.

She's definitely going to face a lot of challenges as I work my way through scenes I have planned and come up with new ideas, so don't worry about that.


Now, for the 20% scarier aspect, do you mean within this scene? Or the story as a whole? I can probably manage making some scary moments throughout the whole story, but I reckon this scene can't be made much more scarier without becoming too long in terms of writing.

I personally like how I wrote this scene, because it captures how Fluttershy and Spike are keeping each other in good spirits, but also notes the lingering thought of something bad out there, just out of sight. To try to make the writing scarier or more foreboding would probably have spoilt the tone this excerpt currently has, because the contrast would've been too jarring. Really, the scarier stuff starts to creep in after this scene.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This style choice was honestly a result of procrastination. Black lines are quicker to work with. But that said, I feel they were right at home in this scene. I wanted to draw the scene 'warm', because of the glow from the torch, and because of the overall interaction between Spike and Fluttershy. So I tried to keep the colouring warm all throughout, and while black lines are a shortcut, they also work well with 'warm' scenes.

There is definitely an air of great confidence about the two, but as any genre savvy troper knows, it is usually a sign of something looming just beyond the horizon. Hopefully, one I get some more scenes done, greater context will help.

I see you channelling some Skyrim there, but you also forgot the following:
6. A room full of undead ponies who croak out ALL THREE WORDS for Unrelenting Cuteness, yet Fluttershy cannot learn the words from them and only mysterious walls.
7. She suddenly gets transported to the inside of somepony's mind, where Discord is having tea with the owner of the mind.
8. She finds a cloud of glowing sands in a corner, and upon collecting, gains a new sand tank for manipulating time with.
9. She finds a secret passageway that leads to a strange fountain with a water blessed with a life-enhancing effect.
10. If she repeats scenario 9 until she effectively doubles her lifespan, she later discovers a ridiculously-overpowered artifact to fight evil with.

And why is there always a shortcut at the end of the dungeon? Why is it always devoid of traps?
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your number 7. I'm sure I've heard somewhere that Discord uses the wabbajack as a toothpaste, just stick it in his mouth long enough and all dirt will be transformed into something else.
I'm not a genre savvy troper, maybe that's why I couldn't quite "feel" the scariness looming out there. But never mind that. Both the story and artwork are good. Keep it up. ^^

As for the shortcut at the end, nords are geniuses. They get reports of undeads everywhere, rising and attack anyone that gets near. So what do the nords do? They carefully preserve all the bodies of their fallen, dress them up with armor and weapons, and leave their burial chambers unlocked and unguarded. :icongenius-plz:
I mean, sure, maybe the undead plague just recently started, but I've got the feeling that no one cares about it or tries to stop it. They could at least burn the bodies that hadn't risen yet.
But really, I don't know why they made the shortcuts, and then blocked them from the inside, rendering them rather useless.

As for the suffering, I didn't meant mindless pain, but greater challenges and some struggling. Maybe some more Robinson Crusoe inspired stuff? Maybe put in some more insight in her daily life, what she eats, how she tends to her wounds etc. Does she uses herbs and plants, or does she rely completely on the remains of civilization? I've heard tea made on willow bark can help against pain.
And that pretty much cover all of my herblore skill.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I reckon that the Draugr are simply there to guard and protect their own burial chambers, and in some cases, the body of the person who had the entire burial site built in their honour will arise to stop adventurers from taking their stuff.

They get pretty laughable once one earns Dawnbreaker, especially if they glitch two copies of that sword :3 After that, they are just sword-fodder and a well of souls to tap into for enchanting. But by then, one has to fight Falmers, Forsworn, Thalmor Elves (ugh), and high level Dragons instead.

My "herblore skill" only readily brings forth knowledge that a handy treatment for Nettle stings are Dock Leaves being rubbed directly on the affected area. I also know that Dock Leaves, strangely enough, can usually be found where Nettles grow. When it comes to Nettles being used as ingredients for food or drink, I have to refer to Wikipedia, because as a boy, I never cared about eating something that stung me all the time, I was more concerned with treating the stings.
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GennieDillen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Oh great AJ's a crazy who lives in caves D:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And Granny Smith is a crazy who lives in a house, what's your point? They're both awesome regardless of what dwelling they choose! xD
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GennieDillen Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Yeah but I don't want applejack to go nuts ;~; That'd be too sad!
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wtf!? O-o More and more mystical things happening and huh Lord Perry? This storyspan just gets bigger and bigger everytime xD

Full story written down? Yay! :iconclappingplz:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lord Perry is mentioned in another scene, the name drop here is a sign of things to come, and another hint a chronology.

Fun fact: His name was supposed to be Percy, but I spelt it wrong, and 'Perry' stuck.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Percy makes me think of a swedish comedian playing a snobby new boss [link]

You haven't presented that character yet so we'll see whom I can recognize him with later :XD:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I originally chose the name because it sounds like a name a dog would have. It used to be a common name decades ago, but it's been left in the past and is now a novelty.
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sapphire475gs Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
A phantasm cast by the Element of Honesty... the very soul of Applejack seems to have been imprinted on it, and it beckons to one of its partners. At least, that's MY theory. In any case, it seems they are in close proximity to what they are looking for...
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good theory, I really want to draw the scene that happens after this, but it will have to wait.

Fun Fact: A scrapped idea originally had all of the Mane Six (except for Fluttershy) trapped in their Elements, and it was originally planned that Fluttershy would see Applejack inside the Element of Honesty. The idea was scrapped, however, for not explaining what happened to every other pony in Equestria (who clearly did not have their own magical artifacts to be trapped in).
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sapphire475gs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Oh, cool! I got a super-exclusive fun fact! :D

Take your time. We shall wait faithfully.
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Catabatik Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh crap, imagination overdrive time. :P
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Care to share?
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Catabatik Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What if it's not really Applejack? What if it IS AJ and she's changed somehow? What if she became some sort of brainwashed slave for the diamond dogs? What if I kept going on and on in this comment sharing all my stupid thoughts? :3
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconconspiracykeanuplz:

What if this was a ploy to make me give away spoilers?
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Catabatik Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm probably gonna lay in bed thinking about this tonight lol
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boofadoof Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
oh pleeeeaaase just make it a little bit happier, seeing fluttershy in a perpetual fustercluck of uncertainty is painful.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First rule of post-apocalyptia: Happiness comes at a heavy price.

That said, Fluttershy deserves some serenity, and some real joy.
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