The memories of today’s story will stick with you.
[Sad] • 2,138 words
Twilight, believing something has happened to her memory, seeks out Princess Celestia to see if she recognizes it and can offer a cure. But the answer lies far deeper in the root of her nature and her life as the Princess of Friendship than she would have ever expected.
FROM THE CURATORS: It’s not often that a short fic laser-focused on a single idea — especially an idea without direct roots in the show — makes us sit up and take notice. “At the outset, this looks like a pretty typical ‘bit of headcanon disguised as a story’,” Chris said. “That does, though, sell this fic short in one crucial respect: the author is able to deliver some truly heartwrenching moments in the back half of this. Celestia gets a couple of absolute back-breaker lines, and the final sentence of the fic is heavy in just the right way.” Horizon agreed: “It’s a headcanon fraught with emotional issues, and the author hits the right notes to effectively draw those out.”
That was due not only to the story’s choice of topics, but also the choice of perspectives with which it approached the idea. “I’ve had trouble with my memory my entire life … so the idea of experiencing most of life only ‘in the moment’ doesn’t seem that awful to me,” AugieDog said. “But AlicornPriest does a good job of conveying how devastating this is to Twilight and of following her through the stages of grief as she comes to realize how this is going to affect her and her friendships.” That was brought out further by strong secondary character work. “The story also made an effective decision in Celestia’s characterization,” Horizon said. “Her casual acceptance of the phenomenon just underscores how disturbing the situation is if you actually stop and think about it.”
Those made this work not just as an idea fic but also as a story. “I’ve zoned out while working in the yard and ‘lost’ a half-hour or more before,” Chris said. “Alicorn Time is that feeling, writ large, and it achieved a poignancy as a result which few ‘headcanon fics’ can match.” And the fic’s solid extrapolation of that phenomenon to immortality was what made it exemplary, Horizon said: “I think asking important questions about our own experiences through the lens of fantasy is one of the highest goals that a fanfic can reach.”
Read on for our author interview, in which AlicornPriest discusses tweening, Account Patterns, and zoned-out YouTube flickers.