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Survivor Shy - Staying Hidden, Staying Safe by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - Staying Hidden, Staying Safe by Mattatatta
I glided over Ponyville, scanning the town for anypony down there among the damaged homes and deserted streets. Some of the cottages had burnt down or lost their thatched roofs, most likely from unattended fireplaces and stoves than something more threatening - or at least I hoped so. I shook my head gently, "No, don't get distracted," I murmured to myself, "I need to focus. I should check some of the houses, there could be ponies inside." I thought about my own cottage, and what Angel was probably doing along with the rest of my friends. "Staying hidden. Staying safe."

I banked left and started to descend toward the market, carefully easing into my landing to not disturb the healing cut on my foreleg. I craned my neck around to the left, and then to the right, trying to catch a glimpse of anypony hiding in the shadows or among the ditched wagons and market stalls dotted around. Instead, I saw nopony, and heard nothing but a breath of wind whistling into my ears. It felt unnatural to be stood in what was usually a busy and lively place; there were no booming voices from vendors trying to catch a customer's attention, no chatter from friends bumping into each other while they went about their day, and no fillies and colts running between the grown-up ponies to Sugarcube Corner or to the Joke Shop down the road.

The wind picked up again, and carried with it a chill that didn't belong to the season. Signs creaked on their hinges, and crumpled paper and other bits and pieces blew over the ground around me. I was having second thoughts with searching Ponyville, I didn't feel ready to face what may lie behind the doors of the intact homes, not after feeling the shock of seeing a place usually so alive feel as silent and still as a graveyard. I wanted to go home, be somewhere familiar and safe, and pretend that nothing was wrong for a few hours before starting my journey to Canterlot. I turned away from the market, and started walking through town to the road that led the way home. The streets were silent, except for the rhythm of my hooves echoing against the walls of the houses. I concentrated on the rhythm of my steps, giving my mind something to distract itself with while I walked back to my cottage. I was worried about what I would find at my cottage, Angel was a smart and brave little bunny, but I was still anxious to make sure he and all the other animals were coping with what had happened.

My reverie ended abruptly when I realised that my hoofsteps had changed their rhythm. I frowned as I listened and paid attention to the sound of my hoof-falls, a moment later, I stopped dead in my tracks and ducked down, eyes wide and my knees starting to shake. There were extra steps because somepony or something was a nearby - and they were very close. Out of reflex, I dove over a broken wall and hid inside the ruins of somepony's house. I risked glancing out into the street just as a massive beast ambled into view, dragging his claws in the road behind him. The creature looked a lot like a Diamond Dog, but only with humongous claws on both forelegs and larger, more intimidating teeth. He seemed to be looking for something, and I prayed that it wasn't me. Cautiously, I began to sneak to another wall for a better hiding place, trying my best to not alert the Hound. He had his back to me, and was staring towards the rest of Ponyville. If I could make just a few more careful steps, I would be hidden again...

"Hey, Spoon! Have you found anything over there?" A deep voice yelled in the distance, making me squeak in surprise and accidentally kick some rubble. The Hound's ears shot up straight, and the bulky dog began to turn around. Quickly, I flapped my wings and silently leapt behind the damaged wall I was trying to reach, pressing myself up against it and holding my breath so to not make another sound. I could hear the Hound growling threateningly, and gradually creep his way up to my hiding spot. My heart leapt up into my throat, but I didn't dare swallow it down in case it made a sound he could hear. His muffled steps near, until I was sure he was on the other side of the wall I was hiding behind. I could hear his low, throaty breath, and the sound petrified me as grew closer still. I was going to be found, but I was frozen in place. My mind rang alarm bells as I began to feel like a statue, trying to break me out of it but with no such luck. The gruff voice called out again: "Spoon! where are you? I think there might be something in this tall building in the center of town! But I need you to open it up!"

The Hound grumbled to himself, and then shouted back to his friend, making me shrink into a quivering bundle of nerves "All right! I'm coming!". I bit my tongue to keep me from making a peep as I heard the Hound walk away and head further into town. I took a deep breath and swallow my heartbeat back down. That was too close, I had to get out of Ponyville and warn Angel. If there were more of those Dogs around Ponyville, then my animal friends could be in danger.

I peeked out around the corner of the wall I was hiding behind, making sure the coast was clear, and then took off running - forgetting about my injured leg and the soreness of it. I unfurled my wings in a hurry as I galloped down the road, and leapt into the air, quickly flying away from Ponyville, and to my cottage on the edge of the Everfree Forest.


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Survivor Shy Gallery (All artwork, including 'non-canon' scenes): [link]

Survivor Shy on FimFiction (Chapter Two coming very soon!): [link]

My Tumblr (WIPs, doodles, etc): [link]

This is the last image I needed to do before being ready to write and release Chapter Two of Survivor Shy on FimFiction.

I'm very pleased with how the artwork came out. It's been a long time since I attempted this style, and I'm glad it looks nice.

Some of you may have noticed that this scene half shares a title with an older scene in the Gallery. This new scene essentially replaces and expands the old one, which a lot of the recent scenes have been doing as part of the fic's overhaul. The differences in the text shouldn't be too great, this new version shall of course be much more refined and detailed, but the purpose was mainly to update and improve the artwork for quality consistency.

As always, leave your comments! I enjoy reading comments and discussing things with others, I tend to type pretty long and comprehensive answers if they won't give away any spoilers for the fanfic :P
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Grey-Mane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
It seems like that think is gonna have a harder time scratching an itch.

Arms... Too... Short.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's got long claws to compensate xD
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Grey-Mane Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Well, I meant stretching its arm out and bending its wrist to, say, scratch its belly, and the long claws not letting him get to it.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Life with giant claws isn't all it is cracked up to be
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
My heart was racing D:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It least it didn't go anywhere!
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Dohohoh i see what you did thar c:
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zaiali Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I am loving this again.

But I hope she does something badass. I mean she did survive this long.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To get Fluttershy to do something badass, she has to be pushed really hard, or have her berserk button smashed.
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zaiali Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
. . . .make the diamond dogs kill angel. There, we got a killing machine on the loose now.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you sure those Dogs can take a bad mofo like Angel? I hear he taught Fluttershy how to drop a bear.

Well, the Diamond Dogs do provoke Fluttershy later in the story...
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zaiali Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Then you have gotten my internet. here.

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SonicSatamX93 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Writer
Nice...

I like this.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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SonicSatamX93 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't you just LOVE it when she's this way?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huddling in a corner, fearing for her safety?
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Makes her look cute!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps, though I would rather draw different expressions more often.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob!
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OCTAVIO-WOLF Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
:winner::clap: WOW EXCELLENT AWESOME FABULOUS CUTE PRETTY AND BEAUTIFUL WORK AND BIG BIG ARTIST : 3 :headbang:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
And in her cottage she will meet this Spoon character, right? The Diamond Hound (is that how you called it?). That scene was already published, if I remember correctly.
I wanted to ask you about something else, but this terrible flu that got me bedridden kinda dampens my train of thoughts. I can barely type. ;) Sorry.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You do remember correctly. In fact, that scene comes immediately after this one in the new chapter. Though you (and practically anyone who has perused the Gallery here) also know that Fluttershy encounters Spoon again in the story, in Canterlot, and actually has dialogue with him.

I hop between Diamond Dog and Hound often when it comes to describing what type of dog that Spoon is. Fluttershy simply switches the words because she isn't so sure how to describe him, but is pretty much guessing correctly anyway. Spoon is a much bigger and stronger variant of Diamond Dog, and his type are more often referred to as Hounds. Hounds have extremely long and sharp claws, and make excellent diggers and warriors - when the need arises. Compared to regular Diamond Dogs, Hounds are much larger and intimidating, but there are not as many Hounds as there are regular Diamond Dogs.

Get well soon, it would suck to be ill on Xmas day/Hearth's Warming - you wouldn't want to sneeze on the sweater your nana knitted you, nor would you want to hack up a hairball over the Xmas dinner xD
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Totally. :D Thanks. :)

Huh, the Canterlot scene slipped my mind somehow. Not much surprise there, considering the Cheshire flu, of all the things. :P
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Must be a real picnic, that flu. I wouldn't know, because when I was born, I was granted a massive buff to my poison and illness resistances :P

Pretty much mediocre in every other stat, though...
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Crap. And all I got was the ability to cross planes of existence and one crazy Alice armed with a kitchen knife. :P
She can pull off some crazy sh*t, though ([link]). :D
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, though anybody who favours a small blade can usually demonstrate some outstanding skill and possible superpowers.

What if Flutter's Stare makes the one caught in it experience life in your usual plane? I'm sure lesser beings would be driven mad if exposed too long
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
That's quite an idea! And what if some of the ponies met Alice there? Who would flip their lids first (assuming Alice would not immediately skin the ponies alive, that is :P). This would make an... interesting crossover story. :D
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly, I do not possess the knowledge to cross the two realms with eachother
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nasc2 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Read new chapter on fimfiction. Wow! I'm going to repeat myself, I think I wrote something in comments before, but every your update makes my day :)
Also, +1 to one of the comments: isn't it the time to post in to EQD ?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

I've been considering sending the story in after I publish Chapter Three, which should be out sometime after Xmas. But nothing is in concrete when it comes to sending the story off.
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Sammykh Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Writer
can't wait for more :)
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PerhapsLater Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I like the way you drew fluttershy.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I think I've become pretty good at drawing her over the past eight months or so :)
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