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Survivor Shy - 'It's Me! Fluttershy!' by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - 'It's Me! Fluttershy!' by Mattatatta
"The cave shook as a deafening roar rang out. A giant fist came crashing down onto the rocky floor - just as I barely dodged it. I immediately took wing and flew up and around the rampaging dragon to escape his sight, and landed down on a ledge on one side of the massive cave.

"I looked up and called out to him, terror and desperation wreaking havoc on my voice. 'Spike! It's me! Fluttershy!'

"The giant purple and green dragon turned to face me, now knowing where I had gone. He didn't even hesitate to open his colossal maw and breathe stone-melting flames at me. I took to the air to avoid being burned, my tail being singed as I escaped the heat. I landed on another nearby ledge as Spike stopped to take in a breath.

"I was shaking, and tears were streaming down my face at the fact that my friend was a gigantic, fire-breathing dragon, and was trying to kill me. I had to get through to Spike, make him stop what he was doing, and I knew in my heart that there was only one way I was going to be able to do that. In one last attempt, I pleaded to him, 'We're friends, Spike! Please, stop! Don't hurt me!".

"He stared down at me, snarling and fuming smoke and flames out of his nostrils. I locked eyes with him, and for a moment I could swear I saw little Spike in them. But suddenly, the glimmer was gone, replaced by such ferocity that I couldn't bear to look into them any more.

"As he raised a balled-up claw to strike, I blinked back the last of my tears.

"I had to fight him."


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(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*

So here we go, Fluttershy discovers that Spike is alive and not missing like the other ponies, but he's reverted back into the wild and untamed monster he once became when greed took hold of his heart.

This is the first scene that has introduced a canon character (besides Fluttershy) to the series. This is also the first scene in a small arc I've already got pictures planned for, so in this particular turn of events, I know where I'm going, but everything potentially before and after is still completely and utterly unknown until an image pops into my head.

I will probably being continuing my random, fragmented storytelling going in spite of there being a much more definitive 'quest' going on. So don't expect scenes to be created and uploaded that are directly related to this scene. I may actually upload a scene from a completely different point in the story. We'll see.

I appreciate your feedback, comments, and general thoughts! Thanks for reading this far down!
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legoland5254 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
thundershock125 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
may i ask when are you going to finish this?
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't the foggiest idea. But I've got two new scenes lined up and am in the process of submitting them right now.
thundershock125 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Innak Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Message from Kkat:

I'm going to have to read this now. That is an amazing, powerful image. Wow! :wow:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*backflips out of joy*

I certainly did not expect Kkat to comment on this little project I've got going on! Thanks!
sapphire475gs Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Afterwards, Fluttershy would remember the moment with sorrow, yet not complete regret; after all, he was forever safe within her heart in memory AS WELL as soul... for she was Dovahkin, "Dragonborn", and his soul was now absorbed into hers.
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always enjoy a Skyrim reference when it is do with Fluttershy.
rageoftheheavens Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
It's really hard for me to come up with words on how well this is done. The detail, the shading... simply amazing. I wonder exactly what's going through Fluttershy's mind as she sees that her friend no longer the kind, gentle Dragon he once was, and is now about to kill her without thinking twice.

I don't think Fluttershy's willing to give up on getting her feelings through to Spike now that she's reunited with him. The whole fighting thing though... if it has to be done then it has to be done, but I can't imagine that lasting five seconds. If Spike doesn't capture Fluttershy (and it doesn't appear that he intends to) she'll either get scorched, crushed or eaten.

Again, amazing work.
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do intend to follow this up at some point. The following action that takes place is a pretty important key point in the story - even though the story, as it stands right now, is fragmented and full of blank space yet to be filled in. I'm currently brainstorming ideas on how I want to illustrate the following scene, and I'm trying to not get bogged down in this stage, if it gets too much, I'll have to walk away and work on a different part of the story and return to this arc later.

I've also had disaster with my computer tonight, and lost basically all of the files relating to this scene, and lost all of the editable files for the one uploaded before this one. So I'm now too angry to want to sketch ideas, and I have to back up what's left as a precaution.

Fluttershy really doesn't want to fight him, or bring any form of harm to him. But talking to Spike and trying to remind him of their friendship hasn't worked, and unlike the other times her words have failed to stop bad things from happening, she hasn't got a friend to jump in and save the day. She's on her own, and she has to learn to solve the problems she runs into by herself. Without taking my 'insider's knowledge' into account, I still know that Fluttershy has it in her to make difficult decisions, and simply do what needs to be done, if there's nopony there to take the lead on her behalf. But I also know that she'll always aim for the best outcome possible, even if it is the far more risky option.

The fight won't last long, as you suggest. Realistically, fights rarely last longer than a couple of minutes, because it is extremely rare to pair two opponents who are equals, who would stand a chance at reaching stalemate.
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