It’s time to learn the secret of what makes today’s story great.
[Mystery] • 3,916 words
Life in Canterlot Castle is about more than just the Princesses. Many ponies spend their days working in the palace, toiling with their virtues unsung to keep life humming alone.
Meet Spot Shine, Aegis, Raven, and more. Take a glimpse through their eyes, even as Princess Celestia finds herself a bit under the weather.
Some knowledge must be earned, but remember: Some doors cannot be closed once opened.
FROM THE CURATORS: Like all good mysteries, there’s more than one layer to this carefully crafted tale. “On the one hand, this is a great slice of life piece that shows us the day-to-day of Canterlot Palace from numerous perspectives, while also telling a story about Celestia falling mysteriously ill,” Present Perfect said. “On the other hand, it’s a perfectly insidious mystery, the existence of which might not even occur to you until the final scene.” The nature of that mystery, though, is something best left unspoiled. “People should read the story before delving into commentary about it, because it will be more effective the less they know walking in,” the author noted.
Our experiences reading the story bore that out — despite how different they were. “When I first read it, I didn’t twig to what was going on in the story until the second-to-last paragraph,” AugieDog said. Horizon appreciated the story despite being aware of its twist from the original draft in the Writeoffs, and Chris picked up the story’s epiphanies only in hindsight. “It’s a clever story, and although it might have been too clever for me, I don’t believe that it’s too clever for its own good,” Chris said. “This holds up well to attentive reading, and still works when one knows/guesses the twist(s) from the start.”
There were several reasons for Gnosis’ strength on rereading. “The character profiles are quite nearly strong enough to carry the story on its own,” Horizon said, while AugieDog praised its tone: “This story builds such a distinct feeling of dread that I was primed and ready, looking for some sort of reveal at the end.” In summary, as Present Perfect said: “However you slice it, this is a really strong, clever story.”
Read on for our author interview, in which Morning Sun discusses cake bribes, butt words, and non-unlearnable revelations.