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We Were Bunnies
[Mystery] [Slice of Life] • 5,231 words
Fluttershy asks Twilight what happens after death. Or if there is anything that occurs before life. The answer, it turns out, is complicated.
FROM THE CURATORS: As we read through this fic, we found the things we appreciated about it multiplying like … well, bunnies. “I was just continually surprised at every turn this story made,” Present Perfect said in his nomination. “What starts with a fairly common but ultimately limitless philosophical question bends around Fluttershy’s inability to express herself easily, diving into the realms of dreams and finally landing with a surprising connection to another pony.” AugieDog agreed: “I really enjoyed the long, odd meander from the question that starts the story to the largely unrelated answer that ends it.” And that journey inspired FanOfMostEverything to say, “This is a fascinating piece both metaphysically and metafictionally.”
The core of that was an exemplary look at Fluttershy’s character and her friendships. “The rest of the cast dragging Fluttershy through the process of discovery is also a plus for me because of the way it illuminates so nicely how the six of them fit together,” AugieDog said. “The idea of ‘not wanting to be a bother’ is so fundamental to some of us that it can easily override every other consideration, so the moment when Rarity tells Fluttershy that the others are already getting together at Twilight’s to talk about all this just made me grin.” FanOfMostEverything agreed: “The way she has to have plot developments dragged out of her makes perfect sense from a character and cultural standpoint. It’s also a great way to preserve the mystery.” But Fluttershy was far from the only highlight, AugieDog said: “The others are equally well-voiced throughout.”
And along the way there were plenty of details to appreciate. Horizon praised “moments of brilliance” such as “the ‘somepony’ distinction and the bit about tea and dinner and breakfast.” FanOfMostEverything appreciated how neatly everything wrapped up: “The conclusion is satisfying and matches the hints we’re given.” And the story kept its greatest strengths front and center. “No one writes emotionally vulnerable characters like Heartshine,” Present Perfect said. “This is the best Fluttershy I’ve ever read.”
Read on for our author interview, in which Heartshine discusses rainbow-pilling, British surliness, and equine Johari windows.