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Survivor Shy - Sweet Dreams by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - Sweet Dreams by Mattatatta
I'm so, so sorry for the massive inactivity. Coming back from Vegas caused chaos on my productivity.

I'm aiming to get the new chapter out today between 6pm-11.59pm CST, however, I want to draw a second picture for the chapter, and am yet to start it. I may just proofread the chapter and publish it with just this illustration though, because it has been nearly a month since the last chapter release, and that is unacceptable.

I took my time with this piece, trying out a bunch of different things with the setting and additional characters, before dedicating myself to shading multiple light sources onto Fluttershy. I reckon it worked out nicely, but it could do with being more dramatic and complicated for it to be impressive. But overall, I'm pleased with what I ended up with.

Continue below for the chapter excerpt!
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View the artwork in the Survivor Shy Gallery! [link]

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“What a touching sentiment.” said a voice.

My eyes nearly popped out of my skull. I leapt onto my hooves and spun around in shock, searching for the owner. I was surrounded by a dark, purple smoke, with barely enough light to see my hoof in front of my face.

“Too bad it won’t change anything; you’ll still be alone.” The voice was near, and constantly changing from male to female and back again. My ears twitched and jerked at every sound, while prickles ran up my spine. I started to back away, keeping my eyes wide open and alert for the anything lurking in the purple fog. I knew this place from somewhere, and it meant terrifying things, but everywhere I looked was an endless mass of purple fog. I had nowhere to run.

“Imagine you found all of your precious Elements, hmm? Better yet, let’s act out a little play!” The voice laughed as six puffs of smoke separated from the endless mass and rapidly transformed into an exact copy of the Elements of Harmony. Before I could react, the Element of Kindness flew over to me and attached itself around my neck, while the others began to float around me. The voice continued, becoming deeper and deeper with each breath. “So you’ve got your Elements of Harmony, now what do you do? Put them aside somewhere and carry out the rest of your life alone? Hope they somehow vanquish the evil in the world? Don’t tell me you think you can bring everypony back from their eternal prison!”

“W-who are you?!” I stuttered, cowering where I stood.

There was a pause, and suddenly a shadowy mass rose up in front of me, taking on the silhouette of a floating Dragon head. It looked down at me with a wide grin. “I am your nightmare, Fluttershy.”

I shrieked and turned flee, galloping away from the hysterical laughter of the ghastly figure. The Elements circling around followed me, and began to glow – including my own.

A serpent-like shadow flew up from the ground, levelling its hollow gaze with mine. I backpedaled with a scream, much to the joy of the shadow. It looked just like Discord.

“What’s the matter?” A distant voice chided. “Can’t take a little prank? Well you will never have to deal with this creature again!” The Discord shadow burst into nothingness and reappeared behind me, this time with a forlorn expression on his face.

The voice didn’t stop its taunts, and summoned the silhouettes of Princess Celestia and Luna to join Discord. “These huffy and puffy sisters are also out of the picture! Now you’ll never be told what to do ever again!” The smoke started to shape up a small form, and a ghostly image of Angel Bunny looking mortified appeared.

“No!” I whimpered.

“Yes! Yes, yes, yes!” the shadow voice sang in joy. “This little scamp won’t be throwing tantrums near you for a long time. Sooner or later, he’ll probably become some creature’s dinner too!”

“Angel…” I sniffled. My hoof passed through the form like it weren’t there. Tears were streaming down my cheeks, but the nightmare was far from over. Seconds later, an outline of Spike reaching out for something materialized and filled itself in.

“There isn’t any room for wimpy ‘Dragons’ like this one, it’s either grow up or get crushed – and let me say that this softie’s chances are not looking good.”

I stared down at the floor, trying to stop myself from shaking. “And last of all,” the voice gagged, ‘Your super special friends are never, ever coming back!” The Elements began to crack, and in a rapid chain, they all shattered and broke, quickly disintegrating into smoke, taking the ghostly silhouettes with them.

Laughter ran in my ears, cementing my hooves where they were. Fearfully, I lifted my head up, coming face to face with a pair of empty eye sockets and a bloodthirsty grin. “So, by all means chase after those useless pieces of jewellery. I give you about a month before you become a Dragon’s breakfast. In the meantime…” the shadow floated over to my ear, and could barely contain itself as it whispered. “Sweet dreams, Fluttershy.”
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Augh, can you summarize what's happening in a sentence?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fluttershy has a nightmare whereupon she faces the revelation that everyone she once knew has vanished forever, leaving her completely alone and unable to do anything to bring them back.
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Thank You.

I'm the kind of person that will read 4 paragraphs tops.
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FluttershyYay101 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Nice! I gotta change my profile pic the one on comments but I dono how anyone know?
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FinishLineMLP Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Oh WOW.. doing all the voice work and running Spectra Studios hasnt allowed me to catch up on Survivor Shy's Latest chapters. This brings all sorts of questions for me. 
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you find time to read more, because I'm curious to see how you react!
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hollowguyver Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
This is so sad but i love it
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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hollowguyver Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
no problem hope to see more of these
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll be uploading a new one soon.
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hollowguyver Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
ok looking forward to it.
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Genesis890 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Nice picture!
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icongenesis890:
Genesis890 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
You are welcome
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:icondark-wolf-spaniel:
Dark-Wolf-Spaniel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that's a final moments after MLP: FIM was stopped going active.
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Kimberly-AJ-04-02 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, no! The gems from the Elements of Harmony are breaking! Is there a way to fix them?
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MudSlinger077 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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MudSlinger077 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ur welcome!
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john123253 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Actually,it's no need to use word to express it.
The picture can talk!
It tell me a lot.(very impressive)
AWESOME WORK~
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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sonicandmario826 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
come on fluttershy don't give up discord, luna, celestia, and your friends are counting on you. Spike and Angel are alot smarter than what the nightmare is saying you just can't give in now
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SadUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww, she looks so sad, it hurts
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zaiali Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I know fluttershy will make it in the end! She's best poneh after all.

Keep going! :)
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Someone cheering Fluttershy on!
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zaiali Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
wait . . . is someone being negative about fluttershy???

I just think that they might be haters.
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not so much hate as pessimism. I've been getting a lot of comments along the lines of "She's boned." for some reason.
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zaiali Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Tsk, typical. Always giving up when things end up wrong.

No, I know she'll make it. She's mother buckin Fluttershy!!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsnowflakeyeahplz: :iconspeechbubbleplz: YEEEEAAAHHH!!!
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TheJacobLB44 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
This is pretty good:D
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Tobias1997 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love to see Fluttershy in these kind of situations! :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It tends to be very interesting to put a character in a horrible situation to see how they react. A lot of stories are basically that xD
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Tobias1997 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's just something about Fluttershy, she's my favorite of the Mane Six :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mine too, it's a little bit cruel in my opinion that I'm happy to write my favourite character into near-death situations.
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Tobias1997 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm writing a crossover story based on Dead Space with the Mane Six, and I'll give you a free spoiler...
When Fluttershy becomes insane, don't let her carry any sharp objects!..
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And never hurt her friends lest you want your soul wrought out of you through your eyeballs xD
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Tobias1997 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! xD
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks really screwed.

May the Father almighty give mercy upon her.
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's in a different universe -where is your God now?

(Just had to make that joke)

She really needs some help, but there isn't really anyone there for her now. She's on her own, sadly, and has to find the strength to fight back
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The strength to fight back is from within her own mind, not from the force of her body.
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KopaLeo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When even Hakuna Matata can't possibly work, she'd better do herself a favor and kill herself, sparing her some more days of painful hopeless breath.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the chapter this excerpt belongs to (released no more than an hour ago on FimFiction), Fluttershy essentially considers "giving up". However, through her instinct to survive and an obligation that she feels she must fulfil, Fluttershy resolves to push herself forwards to at least honour what her friends would want her to do.

It is this sentiment that the ghoul in Fluttershy's nightmare scoffs at.
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Mystic-LightsCx Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why are ALL pictures about Fluttershy >.>
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All of my pictures? Or fanbase in general?
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Mystic-LightsCx Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fanbase :/

Your pictures are AWESOME x3
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It goes in phases. Each of the main six takes turns getting a surge of fanart. Right now there's lots of Fluttershy.

Thanks for the compliment, I'm glad you like what I draw.
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Mystic-LightsCx Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actuallly...nope.

Fluttershy's the most overrated pony, then Rainbow, then Pinkie.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like I said, it goes in phases. There was a time when Rarity was the most overrated character. They all have a turn at being the most popular.
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Mystic-LightsCx Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? And when was that?

Ever since MLP g4 first came out, it was all Flootershai. And Rainbow.
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