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Survivor Shy - 'As Friends' by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - 'As Friends' by Mattatatta
"I didn't blink or break eye contact as I stared into his big, emerald eyes. I began to speak, unevenly at first, as I painfully started to stand up. 'I've been trying to tell you, Spike, that I am your friend.' I spoke softly to him. I was stood on the tip of his muzzle, high above the cave floor, but I tried to not let that cross my mind. 'I've asked you, and pleaded to you, to stop what you were doing and stop trying to hurt me.' I narrowed my gaze at him, and started raising my voice. 'Friends don't hurt eachother, Spike, and I'm sorry I hurt you, but WHO do YOU think YOU are?!'.

"Spike's eyes widened as he found himself trapped. I stared into his eyes, and continued my scolding. 'You better stop being such a bully and stop treating your friends like garbage! You have clearly been through a lot, I have been through a lot, too. But you need to stop what you're doing right now and think about what you've done. You're behaving no better than any other Dragon out there! Twilight raised you better than that! What would she say?! What would Rarity say if she saw that you had become this monster again?!'

"'Twi...light...R-Rarity...' Spike grumbled, his eyes softening.

"'Our friends, Spike, yours and mine. There was you, me, those two, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash. We were like family, Spike, all of us.' Tears were welling up in my eyes, but I held my gaze. 'As far as I know, it's just us, now. I need a friend, and you need a friend.' I softened my expression, seeing in his eyes that I was talking to the real Spike inside now. 'Come along, Spike, let's forget what's just happened and start over as friends, like we should be. Does that sound nice?'

"Spike nodded gently so that I wouldn't slip, and slowly rested himself down and allowed me to step off of him. I smiled up at him as he stood up again, 'Thank you, Spike, I always knew you were a kind dragon at heart, now let him shine through, for me?'

"He closed his eyes and nodded, and slowly, he began to shrink down in size, his greed now no longer controlling his heart. I watched silently, tears streaming down my face, as my friend became the little dragon I remembered him as.

"Little Spike stood before me, looking very sorry and hurt by his actions, and unsure about what to do next. I raised a hoof up and ushered him over, 'Come here, there's a nice hug waiting for you.'

"He didn't need to be told again, in an instant, he closed the distance between us and threw himself into my embrace, his eyes flooding with tears. 'I'm so sorry! I couldn't control myself, I'm so sorry!'

"I bit my tongue to keep myself from crying out in pain. I quickly relaxed and pulled Spike into a tighter hug, tears now streaming down my cheeks, and told him, as calmly as I could manage. 'It's okay, Spike. Everything will be okay.'"


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*FAQ:*

(q)What is this?
(a-short answer) Survivor Shy, an ongoing series following Fluttershy on a mission to survive being in an Equestria in ruins, and to restore Equestria and ponykind.
(a-long answer) A project I began after binging on Fallout 3 and Fluttershy episodes. It originally began as a couple of pictures that depicted Fluttershy in an ambigious, post-apocalyptic setting. But since then, Survivor Shy has evolved into an ongoing adventure/fantasy series following Shy's journey to restore Equestria and ponykind.

(q)Where do I start? In what order do these pictures go?
(a-short answer) Follow them in any order, none of them are in chronological order, and I've left it up to you to work out the correct order.
(a-long answer) I'm experimenting with an unusual way of storytelling. I focus on drawing dramatic scenes that fit the basic theme of Survivor Shy, and once I'm finished, I write a story excerpt based on the picture. As time goes by and I complete and upload new scenes, the chronological order of the story shall become clearer, and the story shall practically write itself. Once I finish the 'last' scene of Survivor Shy, I'll see about linking the scenes together into chronological order.

(q)Why are your animated pictures so big? They make me lag!
(a)I'm a silly pony who likes massive pictures, but I'll downscale the gifs so that they don't lag so much from now on.

(q)Is this going to be Grimdark/Mature?
(a) I have no intention of drawing anything that could be classed as Grimdark. We're talking Disney-levels of blood and overall darkness. As for the written parts, I will not write anything graphic, but the written parts do have less-strict rules.

(q)Will Fluttershy die?
(a)I can't say exactly, I will say that she could die, but I'll never draw her dead or write words to the effect of "Fluttershy died". If your imagination says that she died after a certain scene, then that's your interpretation.

*End of FAQ*

This is my favourite image right now. I just love how I did Fluttershy's mane, and how the lineart-less style I went for works really well with the shading.

This concludes the three-part set of scenes. The next scene I'll create will be taking place in a different part of the timeline, like how I've worked on previous scenes prior to introducing Spike.

Spike and Fluttershy scenes are definitely going to appear, but they have to come to me first, and I feel that it is high time I started sewing some things together and pulling some pieces together.

As always, I'll appreciate your comments and feedback! I'd love to know what you're all thinking!
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:iconfurrynation13:
Furrynation13 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
THE FEEEEEELLLSSSSS!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once I get to writing more of the fanfic Survivor Shy, the feels will grow exponentially.
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SPIKE--the-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
"Spike and Fluttershy scenes are definitely going to appear, but they have to come to me first, and I feel that it is high time I started sewing some things together and pulling some pieces together."
I really want to see more of these scenes. If you're not done with the story, please make more
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brandonjamesaguirre Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love what you did there. Nice artwork.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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brandonjamesaguirre Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure. ;)
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poop87 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I can't help but think about I Am Legend
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DotStarlight1 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Spike Is Being CHOKED To Death.
LOVELY.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Morbid much?
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ughuuu ;______; :hug: I think that was beautiful :iconmanlytearsplz:
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
I presume that exactly what Fluttershy did to hurt Spike will remain an open question. Perhaps she has been refining her Lesson Zero neckbreaker combo? I do enjoy narratives that tease by building up to then cutting away from a fight scene. In any case, it seems I lost my bet on Spike taking the fight.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, I uploaded the 'fight' scene before I uploaded this scene. It's right over here. But it's nice to know that this can stand on its own.
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Oops, I didn't notice that you had another piece out before this one. :)
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MaUPaC1991 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
i felt sorry for spike even in the FiM fiction by khat he is the only survivor of the war.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spike tends to have it rough in a lot of stories of this type, but at least he has a friend, here.
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MaUPaC1991 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
yeah i guess still I think he fits more in the description of survivor but thatīs my opinion,fluttershy sheīs more inocent and naive for my taste.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How'd you mean? Are you saying Fluttershy's characterisation in this series is different to how you'd expect it? Is Spike's appearance in the story handled well?
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MaUPaC1991 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
No spike is fine but always appear as a 2nd or 3rd character (wich is fine but i would like to see His POV)as for fluttershy is good but I donīt like Her thats all, I prefer the OC from others(like lilpip or blackjack XD)kinda expected a big mac with a royal salvaged armor or a braeburn with a duster and a 12gauge(the CMC fits too like a little group of kids that stay together hidden kinda like the thiefs in robin hood story)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see, so in your case, my challenge is to write the story so that Fluttershy can at least win you over and hold your attention until this story ends. Hmm, not too sure how I'll manage that, because the story is told from Fluttershy's perspective, and I'm not likely to change which character is telling the story as a result in order to keep the narrative focused. I don't want the readers/viewers to read/see more than what Fluttershy knows. Of course, due to the fact that the scenes are mostly out of chronogical order, there will be times that the readers/viewers will know something that Fluttershy doesn't because there will be earlier scenes uploaded late and later scenes uploaded early.

As for Spike, sadly, he's going to be in a companion role. His introduction in the story was actually really spontaneous and not thought through, but the options it has given me has been helpful in generating new ideas for scenes.

And just to clarify; this story isn't set in the FO:E universe, just making certain you know.
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MaUPaC1991 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
hey your story is awesome ,I just dont like the pony but itīs how you write it that it matters still kinda like the idea of a inocent world torn apart as for the fake hope of saving it.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not exactly a false hope, Fluttershy wouldn't be trying to achieve anything if she didn't honestly believe it could make even a slight difference. She's been shown in the show to give up when she thinks a problem is too great for her take on, and usually needs to be assured otherwise by her friends or herself in order for her to really give her best. Of course, Fluttershy's goals change multiple times throughout the story as she learns more about what has happened to the world around her. Ranging from the minor goal of trying to find fellow survivors, to locating and recovering the Elements of Harmony no matter what.

As for the land of Equestria, unlike the setting of FO:E, it wasn't destroyed as the result of a drawn out war, nor did anypony exactly see anything coming until it was way too late to organise a plan to protect everypony. I do intend to explore and reveal the circumstances that put Fluttershy in the situation she is in, and basically cover a proper beginning to the story.
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Catabatik Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I swear, I cried, then smiled, then my brain completely snapped and I started running around my room sobbing 0.0

I think I need help :P
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess you weren't prepared for the feels... Honestly, I didn't ecpect there to be many feels to this scene. Perhaps an "aww" at most, so I didn't think to give a warning :P
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Catabatik Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I'm overly sensitive toward ponies :3
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I know what you mean, if one were to say a harsh thing to me in person about Fluttershy in particular, I'd probably smack them up the head. On the internet? It's not worth getting upset about, since physical violence cannot be transmitted directly to their computers
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XxRockinPrincessxX Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... All my feels.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you enjoying the story thus far?
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XxRockinPrincessxX Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, yes!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear that
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SonicSatamX93 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Writer
Nice art you drew here.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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SonicSatamX93 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome
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zaiali Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Damn! the feels!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's quite a lot of them
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sapphire475gs Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Alone no more! yay! Now, what to do with that horde of his....
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Already covered in my mind, but the explanation will be spread out in my typical, scatter-brained style of storytelling.
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LurkingTyger Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
well now at least there not alone any more. nice story telling dude ^v^b
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
This is an interesting turn of events in the story in my opinion. Because now I've got Spike and Fluttershy working together, and I didn't expect to include an additional character or companion for Fluttershy to travel with. But after all she's (known to have) been through at this point, she deserves a friend, and Spike opens up more options for the story to take, and solves a few problems that would've arose if he didn't appear in the story.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw/// Jpw cite!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob!
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Liliththeottsel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw
You made me melt D8>.... Great work on it =')
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm happy that you enjoyed it!
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OneRadicalDude Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
:cries:

This piece is really touching. Great job. This should be on EqD's drawfriend stuff.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers!

I haven't considered submitting it, I used to submit each new scene to EqD in hopes that one would be good enough to make it onto a drawfriend. But after this animated one made it onto the drawfriend [link] just a month ago now, I feel that I've set the bar way too high for myself for another spot on the drawfriend.
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup. You got me crying.
I'm usually not a fan of over-detailed Fluttershy hair, as I feel most people ruin the feeling of it by trying to give it texture, but you did a really great job with it. It looks great. It can't have been easy!
Fluttershy's eyes looks good, I'm sure I've seen that eye lash style somewhere else.
The story is simply great. I love it. You did an awesome job with the emotions and dialogues. It's really touching.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

I found it fun drawing her hair this way, it took me a couple of hours to really get it to a point where it worked, and it saw a lot more tweaks and edits while I was drawing the rest of Fluttershy. I think I used about six individual layers for the entirety of her mane, plus a layer to add the shine.

I've seen the eyelash style done by other artists, and I like how it looks. I've noticed that if it isn't exaggerated too much, the style can add some more expressiveness to the eyes, so I felt it belonged in this picture.

I'm surprised that my writing has been able to achieve such a good response across the board. I'm always a bit nervous when I post a new Survivor Shy scene because I worry about whether the writing is to scratch or not.
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the style on the eye lashes kind of makes it look like they are stuck together by the tears.
Glad to hear other have enjoyed it too. ^^
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Ipey1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D'aaaaw.
That's awesome, man. I'm looking forward to more!
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