Give in to the temptation of reading today’s story.
As Horns and Halos Surround You
[Slice of Life] • 4,809 words
Rarity’s little Temptation ends up on pins and needles. Literally.
With her shoulder-devil out of commission, other Temptations pop into her life to pick up the slack from their fallen sister.
FROM THE CURATORS: The recent “Make Rarity Not Garbage” contest produced quality stories up and down the line — such as this fun and imaginative romp, which finished outside the top three but caught our eyes with its creativity regardless. “The big memorable thing here is obviously the concept,” Soge said in his nomination. “It’s a fresh take on the idea of autonomous consciences, and one that feels distinctively pony — the kind of effortless worldbuilding that seemed to be more common during earlier seasons.” Others agreed: “The concept is so wonderful, it pretty much bulldozes all other considerations to the side,” AugieDog said. “What’s here is great fun, though, and the characters are spot on.”
A large part of that was the way the story used its premise to reflect on canon. “I love how the little shoulder devils we meet reflect not only the characters but the Equestrian setting,” AugieDog said. “Yes, Twilight’s Temptation keeps wanting her to make more use of her alicorn powers, but toward benevolent ends — or at least as benevolent as publishing academic papers can be — and Fluttershy’s is still celebrating the way Fluttershy stood up for herself during ‘Fame and Misfortune.'” AugieDog wasn’t the only one appreciating the way this story looked from a fresh angle at the characters we know and love. “It is a very comfy kind of fic, but with enough substance to it to keep me interested,” Soge said. “It explores its theme admirably, and ends up making some really nice considerations about the Mane 6 and their lives.” And Horizon had similar praise: “The side characters stole the show. I laughed out loud at the fate of Twilight’s Temptation.”
That entertainment value was one of our most frequent compliments. “This was fun!” Present Perfect said. “And it taught me that stories where what’s metaphor for us is common reality for ponies are my favorite kind of ponyfic.” So it was a bonus pleasure to find the story not just entertaining but educational. “Googling the story’s subtitle taught me that little good and bad sprites like this are a part of the Islamic tradition,” AugieDog said. “The things one learns from reading Ponyfic!”
Read on for our author interview, in which Norm De Plume discusses equine homecomings, Canadian musicians, and scimitar-flinging fairies.