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     Bon Bon woke up late at night. Once more, she was alone. She sniffed once, rubbing her eyes with the back of a hoof as she sat up.
     Careful. Don't look at the empty space beside you. Lyra was probably called into work. That MUST be it. Of course. There was no reason to cry. They were very much in love. So in love.
     She got out of bed, finding the room to be a mass of splotches. Bon Bon found her way to the kitchen easily despite this. It was not the first time she had made this trip.
     Her teeth gripped the handle to her icebox. A small glowbug sparked to life in its jar, illuminating the varied contents. Milk, eggs, butter, apples, cheese, a jar of pickles, leftover potato salad... It was always well-stocked: shopping kept her busy, now that she was no longer employed at Sugar Cube Corner.
     She took out the jug of milk and set it on the table. Bon Bon then dragged over a stepstool to the cupboards. If Lyra was there, she would have floated down a cup for her. Then again, if she was there, the earth pony would have cuddled with her until she fell asleep once more. Her eyes squeezed tight as she filled the mug she got down. Don't cry. Whatever you do, don't cry.
     Think about something else. So she thought back to her youth. Back then, whenever she cried to her mother about a scraped knee or a hurtful name, she'd be sat down with a cup of milk. Bon Bon would suck it up through the twists and turns of her favorite curly straw, and munch on a chewy, sugary treat that her mom had prepared.
     She was using a straight straw now, but it still brought her comfort. Her eyes wandered to the cold oven. During the day, she used it to bake filling wholesome meals. But Lyra ate like a bird. She would peck at a piece of toast in the morning, gnaw on half a sandwich at noon, and at dinner...she was rarely there. A tear fell.
     Unlike her partner, the cream-colored mare had always had a big sweet tooth. As a young filly, she'd eat nothing but candy. In response, her mother introduced an oddly flavored dish for dinner one night. After that, Bon Bon quickly found herself enjoying a large variety of foods. When she grew old enough, the secret was unveiled: the Piggy Fig, a powerful stimulant of appetites. It had been passed down from mother to daughter for generations, and now it was her turn to be instructed in their proper care and use.
     Bon Bon kept a small potted bush in the dining room, grown from one of those seeds she received so many years ago. When questioned about it, she'd claim it was purely ornamental, nothing special. She gazed at it now, considering.
     Considering what? She had no children who refused their vegetables: Lyra didn't want any. And Lyra seemed in good health, if a bit thin...then again, looks could be deceiving. Bon Bon approached the plant, her cup left half-empty. Her lover was always so busy, so busy all the time. Never finishing her meals, never thanking her for them... She plucked a small, dark Piggy Fig, careful to not taste it, careful not to pierce its tender flesh. That would not do. One by one, she filled a bowl with twenty. She would have to fix that ungratefulness with food. Bon Bon smiled. Food prepared with love.
Bon Bon attempts to save her marriage to Lyra.

A My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfiction.

Obviously, Lauren Faust owns this stuff, and Hasbro, and so on.
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blood99 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
i want more i wanna see where ut goes
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You got your wish. I posted another part to it.
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pointpoint Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
So the plant she puts in the food is addictive to some degree? And since Lyra is becoming distant and less interested in her, She decides that at Lyra's expense for some weight gain, Shes gonna Keep her around with addictive food?
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yes. That and she's changing their relationship to that of a mother and child. It's deep, man.
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pointpoint Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
I must know how this turns out. Please write a full length continuation or something. This has potential.
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Actually, when I get around to it, I'm thinking I'll create a sequential art continuation, going into Lyra's head. Sad thing is that Lyra herself is a shade of gray.
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Calycibos-of-Bjor Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
D'awwww, emotion.

Somehow I never noticed this here, but I enjoyed it immensely.
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Glad to hear it. :>
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DoubleBacklace Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The character/plot development in this was masterfully executed. For a one-shot, it didn't feel rushed at all and this is strong enough to stand on its own. Even so, I must admit I would like to see a follow up to this.
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, that desire for another part? It's quite natural, since it was written as part one of a series.

And thanks for the compliment on its execution! Something about only having small notepad pages brought out the O. Henry in me. ^^;

(Also, possibly making a comic sequel for this, but don't tell anyone!)
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princeshadow13 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
I'd like to see a follow up to this one.
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curriculax Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
I really like this.
It's beautifully written, a bit dark, but I love it ^^
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ruff1298 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Fascinating development.

I really like how you make it so that Bon Bon's marital problems are causing her to slowly spiral down into that madness I call "I'm Doing This Because I Love You".

I'm pretty sure that Lyra is going to have one hell of a time at work once Bon Bon gets to this ploy of hers...

Anyways, lovely work. I don't find it Sad at all, just rather Grimdark and fitting for that lovely theme of Darkness Behind The Sugar most of my favorite pony stories have.

PS. I seem to be having a hard time writing a story that does not have a scene setter as the opening. If you would be so kind, which is better: a powerful opening line discussing the problem, or a scene setter, an exposition, then the problem?
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, thanks for the compliments. (Honestly, I wish I knew what Lyra did for a living!)
Also interested in the fact that I'm part of a genre now: "Darkness Behind the Sugar." Neato!

But yeah, as for your question, I am actually kinda shit at setting scenes. If you look at my work, you'll notice I never spend time on describing setting OR characters. This is because I feel I am shit at this. I think I do better with dialogue and, um, blocking? I think you call an idea of the actors' positions in space blocking. I dunno.
So, long story short, I dunno which is better, since I can only do a good opening line.
If what you do works, then go for it. More power to you, brony!
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ruff1298 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Lyra most probably works for a fancy restaurant, music class for Fillies, or if you're feeling particularly fancy, working in an Acoustics Research Facility, figuring out ways to better sound systems and instruments.

Thanks.

Also, I never really bother to examine the marks left by writing tools. I guess its one of the reasons I have a hard time writing; I can't recognize the distinctive marks left by distinct tools.
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hm. Singing at a bar sounds like a good idea (bar if only to pick up fillies).

Thank you.
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ruff1298 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Lyra could work at the Edge of the World, a bar whose reputation is not talked about, and whose occupants rarely discuss in public (or even in private!) who was there because that would imply that they themselves went there...

I've heard of it because of the random and interesting crap I pick up on the job. I thought it was just scratch paper; turns out it was a prototype advertisement that never went into print.
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dwreanchinotan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
huh, so its like pot, minus the high, and you eat it?
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Never smoked pot...but eh, sure, why not?
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DizzyPacce Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Man, why is it that I can only find SAD pony stories lately?!

I've always found pudgy ponies to be funny, but this makes it a desperate attempt for a pony to find joy even at the expense of the one she claims to love.

Keep in mind, this is not a complaint against you or the story. The story is well written and really gets the character across.

But I think I just need to find a story somewhere where Fluttershy pets a bunny for awhile or something.
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dwreanchinotan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
AND THEN IT DIES! tears... the end
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DizzyPacce Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Why!?
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dwreanchinotan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
because you masturbate at night.
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
How delightfully dysfunctional.
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. I hope I got across her desire to mother Lyra?
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
I'lll take another look when I'm less drunk and see if I notice it.
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Epona666 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
devious plans are afoot!
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RoyGBiv-MLP Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Huh, dark...
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, a bit. I am thinking they'd work out some answer in the end, but...yeah, not as happy as my other shipping fics.

...dang, didn't think about that aspect when I decided to upload.
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RoyGBiv-MLP Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
It reminds me of the dark feeder fic written on /co/, honestly.
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
...what. Where?

I might've written that one. I do not know. Link?
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RoyGBiv-MLP Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Don't have a link, I do have pictures of the thread story, though...
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BrotherPrickle Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'd like to see those, yessy yes. Thanks!
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