If you’re a fan of unusual perspectives, you’ll find today’s story really shines.
The Endless Song
[Alternate Universe] • 2,365 words
Once, I was alone.
I felt neither sorrow nor joy at this. The presence or absence of others meant nothing to me. The universe moved in silence, and I drifted in its flow.
Then came the song.
FROM THE CURATORS: When a story reaches unanimous approval with our team, you know it’s doing something big right — and our accolades started with the premise. “What I love about The Endless Song is that it takes a very simple, almost cliché plot, then tells it from a novel perspective, and wrapped in the language of myth despite not taking the form of one,” Chris said. Horizon quickly agreed: “There’s nothing like excellent execution of an unexpected approach to renew a classic idea.” That approach — telling Celestia’s tale from the point of view of the sun she moves — offered more than just a novel narrator. “What a great take on immortality in the MLP universe,” JohnPerry said. “Most immortality stories in this fandom dwell on the loneliness of the immortal; this one seems to take it in the opposite direction.”
More than that, though, we fell in love with the prose. “It’s not a word I get to use very often, but I’m gonna call this ‘elegant’,” AugieDog said, and Chris agreed in similar terms: “‘Beautiful’ is exactly the word I’d use to describe this. It paints an image of the universe that fires the imagination, and does so in a disarmingly straightforward, achingly guileless way.” Along with that elegance came some emotional moments, as Present Perfect noted: “What really helped make this not be yet another ‘ancient history from a novel perspective’ story was the sun’s character development, when it could look back and say ‘I was naive.’ That and adding more heartbreak to Luna’s story. I’m always up for making that more tragic.”
Small wonder that we found it a compelling fanfic. “It presents a very pony way of looking at life despite its fundamentally alien perspective,” Horizon said, and Chris offered even bigger accolades: “I couldn’t even wager a guess as to how many stories I’ve read in this fandom, but my favorites folder currently sits at 45. This is one of those 45 stories.”
Read on for our author interview, in which psychicscubadiver discusses musical sensations, body metaphors, and a life free of wasp fears.