How far do you go for somepony who needs your help but doesn’t want it? Today’s story peels back the foliage for a compelling glimpse at a disturbing family.
[Dark] [Slice-of-Life] • 8,661 words
In a yard, all alone, a pony whiles away the time caring for the lawn and the roses. Roseluck can understand that, to a point. And she’s determined to help.
FROM THE CURATORS: Although we had a vigorous debate over whether this story’s unflinching look at a psychologically abused child was in the spirit of the show, there was one thing which we unanimously agreed: In Bloom is “well-written and powerful,” to use Chris’ words. Present Perfect went further: “In Bloom has got everything I love about stories in general.” And Benman dug into what makes this story such an exemplar of high-quality writing: “This does an excellent job with exposition. Pasco has a knack for picking out small details to hit the reader right between the eyes with the full weight of what’s going on.“
Ultimately, this is a story about pony — and its collision with a far grimmer mindset. “Friendship is a key theme here,” Bradel said, and Benman agreed: “This is not a nice story, but it has nice things in it, and the brightness stands out against the darker backdrop.”
Read on for our interview, in which Pascoite discusses collecting rocks, child-rearing, and comprehending rules.