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[Slice of Life] • 2,801 words
Mama never said there would be days like this.
Donut Joe, on his first day running his father’s shop by himself, gets hit with a hurricane of tempers and accusations.
A well-connected hurricane of tempers and accusations.
Still, customers are customers, and they deserve the best service he can give.
FROM THE CURATORS: While this feature was being written, Everfree Northwest kicked off its seventh year of festivities — so it’s fitting that this week’s story began as an entry to EFNW’s Scribblefest fanfiction competition. And like the conventions we attend, its goal is to celebrate the show. “In story comments I called this one of the best feel-good fics I’ve ever read, and it absolutely is,” Present Perfect said in his nomination. “There are no frills, just solid character work and Twilight learning an important lesson.” Broad agreement such as Horizon’s sent this to a spotlight: “This is a pleasant, comfortable read with its share of cool surprises. It’s a show prequel very much in keeping with the tone and character of the show itself.”
Unusually, all of us agreed on the story’s primary strength. “The character dynamic is commendable, and the little tidbits of worldbuilding help add some much-needed heft to it,” Soge said. Horizon agreed: “Characterization is impressive,” he said. “Specifically, it’s impressive that Pony Joe comes across as a sympathetic and positive character despite our introduction to him being his attacking Spike with a broom. And the story manages to give us hints of character even for the ponies who stay offscreen the whole time.” For his part, FanOfMostEverything appreciated the character growth both on-screen and off: “I love how we see Joe’s mental gears gradually shift,” he said. “The outside perspective on Twilight and Spike does a great job of displaying the strange mix of the bizarre and mundane in their relationship, and their characterization shows great work in extrapolating how they’d behave based on how far they’ve come since.”
However, the aforementioned surprises drew their share of praise, too. “Also, this explains why he’s sometimes Donut Joe and sometimes Pony Joe, and I absolutely love the way that was pulled off,” Present Perfect said, while FanOfMostEverything quipped: “I too appreciate the Pony/Donut Joe explanation, but the toroidal food porn is the glazing on the donut.”
Read on for our author interview, in which Minds Eye discusses shareholder dividends, lightning targets, and Fluttershy: Cloud Assassin.