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Applejack One-shots [✔]

Oct 24th, 2015
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  1. +---------------------------------------------------------------+
  2. | Applejack One-shots |
  3. | |
  4. | A series of unrelated greens featuring the bestest pone |
  5. | in the series -- Appulhors. |
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  7.  
  8. -----------------===]| Table of Contents |[===-----------------
  9.  
  10. Maximum Onions - Stranded ............................ AJ01
  11. Maximum Onions - Time Flies .......................... AJ02
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  18. Maximum Onions - Stranded
  19.  
  20. Prompt:
  21. You can be with Applejack forever but the downside is shes human and
  22. will be stuck in this world with you. Is it worth it?
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  24.  
  25. >>"No, no, no, no, NO, NO—"
  26.  
  27. >The panicked farmer sprinted towards the statue, clawing at her beautiful golden hair in ugly tufts.
  28. >Her well-worn stetson fell out of her head and plopped sadly on the concrete floor.
  29. >She paid no mind.
  30. >She was too busy palming at the base of the statue, groping at the magic that wasn't there anymore.
  31.  
  32. >>"Consarn it, why ain'tcha workin' no more??!"
  33.  
  34. >The panic in her emerald green eyes were absolutely palpable.
  35.  
  36. >If only anyone from Ponyville could see her now.
  37. >They'd remark at how this was all very much unlike her.
  38. >Sure, she got a little too emotional every now and then — even shed some tears when the occasion called for it.
  39. >But wanton panic was something the Element of Honesty was simply not known for.
  40. >That'd be scandalous, indeed.
  41. >Rarity would never let Applejack live it down. Maybe even spread the gossip to other ponies around Ponyville.
  42. >Applejack desperately wanted to see ponies gossip again.
  43.  
  44. >Seconds became minutes. Minutes piled on high enough to reach an hour.
  45. >Clouds began gathering about, losing a drop of rain here and there.
  46. >Applejack continued to palm at the portal.
  47.  
  48. >Tapping. Brushing. Punching. Begging. Kicking. Screaming.
  49. >The portal, if it ever had been one, stood unresponsive.
  50.  
  51. >It was another round of kicks and screams before the damsel in distress broke down into tears.
  52. >Her howls devolved into sad moans, then to wracking sobs.
  53. >The husky-folky rasp of her voice rang out as the skies began pouring.
  54. >Soon, Applejack was soaked through and through.
  55. >Her stetson lay about behind her, waterlogged and crumpled.
  56. >Her cherished gift from Rarity, and the only reminder of her now-lost homeworld.
  57.  
  58. >She didn't mind that one bit.
  59. >She just wanted to see ponies gossip one more time.
  60.  
  61. >Clik-clok of heels on wet concrete, soft drumming of raindrops on an umbrella.
  62. >Something blocked the rain above her head, forcing her to look up.
  63. >One crimson-gold haired girl greeted her, wondering just what in the world her friend was doing out in the rain next to the portal.
  64. >Much to Applejack's confusion, the unwelcome stranger knew her by her name.
  65. >Without a word, Applejack pointed at the portal.
  66.  
  67. >The stranger darted her piercing teal eyes between Applejack and the portal, mentally clicking pieces together.
  68. >She approached the dais of the statue, terrified sadness crumpling the corners of her mouth.
  69. >Her shaky hand met where the portal had been with a cold slap.
  70. >The stranger closed her eyes and sighed, finally understanding.
  71. >She knelt next to Applejack.
  72. >Applejack was shivering, having spent all of her strength weeping.
  73. >Her moans became muffled as the crimson-gold stranger pulled her into a tight hug.
  74.  
  75. >>"I am so sorry, Applejack. I don't know how you ended up here, but I swear to Celestia I'll find a way to open the portal again."
  76. >Applejack sniffled, finding some comfort in the embrace.
  77. >>"Wh-who are you...?"
  78. >The stranger tightened her hug.
  79. >>"I'm Sunset Shimmer. Twilight may have mentioned my name in passing."
  80.  
  81.  
  82. >Hours turned into days. Days into months.
  83. >Despite all the surprises along the way, Applejack made an effort to adjust to her new life.
  84. >The biggest surprise came when Sunset introduced her to the... human counterpart of Applejack.
  85. >She felt a surreal amusement in watching her doppelganger go about her life, surprisingly similar to her own in Ponyville.
  86. >But soon, amusement gave way to jealousy.
  87. >Watching the "other" Applejack enjoying her life was a constant reminder of the life she herself will never have again.
  88. >The farm, Winona, Granny Smith, Big Mac.
  89. >Applebloom.
  90.  
  91. >Applejack began avoiding her human counterpart. Then her friends. Then Sunset.
  92. >The latter part was hard, what with her being the only one with the means to reopen the portal.
  93. >And Sunset tried her damnedest, sparing no resources. It was as though she had devoted her entire life to the endeavor.
  94. >She too was a pony, after all.
  95.  
  96.  
  97. >Months turned into years in the blink of an eye, and years had consumed Applejack raw.
  98. >She lashed out at the slightest provocation, her usual unperturbable demeanor all but gone.
  99. >Now it was her friends that began avoiding Applejack.
  100. >One by one, they stopped visiting, no longer willing to put up with her barbed words.
  101. >The particularly nasty estrangement happened on Sunset's last visit.
  102.  
  103. >>"What the hay's takin' so long, Sunny?"
  104. >The extra hoarse tone betrayed her age more than the crow's feet around her eyes did.
  105. >>"Excuse me?"
  106. >>"Ah said, what the hay's takin' so long?"
  107.  
  108. >Instead of her usual apology, Sunset exploded.
  109. >She had dedicated years of hard work trying to reopen the portal, almost setting aside her own life for the endeavor.
  110. >Applejack knew that, and she felt deathly guilty for lashing out.
  111. >But the steady easygoing farmgirl wasn't a girl anymore, and years of frustration kept her in a stranglehold.
  112. >Apple Bloom must be a full-grown mare by now.
  113.  
  114. >>"I am sorry, I didn't realize that I OWED it to you to reopen the wretched hole in the universe. Do you have ANY idea about the career opportunities I've passed up to work on this damn thing? I have friends and families in Ponyville too, you know—"
  115. >At her birthday soiree, Applejack argued with her only guest.
  116.  
  117. ————————————
  118. Dear Applejack,
  119.  
  120. Happy 30th birthday!
  121. I know the times are hard for you, but don't lose your hope just yet.
  122. Remember the promise we made? That we'd go to Sugarcube Corner for a box of your favorite donuts when this is all over?
  123. We'll make it to Ponyville someday, somehow. I can feel it.
  124. So don't lose that element-of-honesty calm of yours!
  125.  
  126. Your friend,
  127. Sunset Shimmer
  128. ————————————
  129.  
  130. >The seaside wind slapped at the birthday card, shaking loose some of the decorative glitter.
  131. >Applejack loosened her grip on it, letting it go.
  132. >She smiled weakly as it fluttered away into the crimson-yellow sunset.
  133. >A smile.
  134. >She hadn't felt that grace her lips in a long time.
  135. >She took a step forward, crunching dirt and dead grass underfoot.
  136.  
  137. >The icy blue waves crashed into the sheer cliff far beneath her feet, filling the air with water vapor and sounds.
  138. >Applejack's golden hair whipped about in the salty wind, reminding her of one of the family trips to the beach.
  139. >Granny Smith napping. Big Mac building a sandcastle with Apple Bloom.
  140. >Apple Bloom must be a full-grown mare by now.
  141.  
  142. >The sun hid itself further behind the horizon, staining the clouds red.
  143. >Applejack's emerald-green eyes glittered in the light, scattering droplets of tears into the wind.
  144. >If only she could see her loved ones again.
  145.  
  146. >She took one last step forward, towards the sunset.
  147.  
  148. -- fin --
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  153. Maximum Onions - Time Flies
  154.  
  155. (No prompt -- S5E20 one-shot)
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  157.  
  158. >Little sister got her cutie mark.
  159. >She wants to "help other ponies rediscover their cutie marks," she says.
  160. >She's so happy and full of purpose, so you're happy too. You fully support her destiny because darn it, she's an Apple too.
  161. >Even though it means she probably won't be helping out with the farm anytime soon.
  162.  
  163. >Granny Smith is getting older by the day.
  164. >She used to be able to help out with some farmwork here and there, but now that her arthritis has gotten worse, she can't even lift an apple without pain.
  165. >She double-checks her own ledger now. Her mind isn't what it used to be.
  166.  
  167. >Big Mac isn't in his prime anymore, either.
  168. >Every year it takes him a little longer to plow the fields than the previous year.
  169. >The same wagon load that he used to tow without effort worries him a little.
  170. >He tries not to show it, but you can see it in his eyes. Sunken and lined with crow's feet.
  171.  
  172. >Celebrating Hearthswarming Eve with the Pies.
  173. >Maybe trying out something different will help you forget your mounting worries.
  174. >It's surprisingly rock-themed, even for a family that runs a rock farm.
  175. >Some hiccups here and there, but the two families finally manage to get along nicely.
  176. >Big Mac's been eyeing Marble Pie all weekend.
  177. >And apparently she's been eyeing him right back.
  178. >You encourage him. He isn't getting any younger and she's a nice girl.
  179. >They sit next to each other by the fireplace, probably whispering sweet-nothings.
  180.  
  181. >And that's when it hits you all at once.
  182. >Where has all the time gone?
  183. >How many more years until you aren't in your prime anymore?
  184. >Caring for Granny Smith, looking after Applebloom, bucking apples...
  185. >Big Mac has been a huge help, but he won't be around forever. He has his needs, too.
  186. >When he's too busy raising his own family, who's going to help you with the farm?
  187. >Your friends are busy mares with their own careers to worry about. And you aren't exactly making enough to hire anyone.
  188.  
  189. >Will you ever get the chance to raise a family of your own?
  190. >You're surrounded by family, but you're so lonely.
  191. >It feels like you were a strapping young lass only yesterday.
  192.  
  193. >Where has all the time gone?
  194.  
  195. -- The end --
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