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And there you go. Another page! Having a Patreon really helps me to be more organised.

What do you think? Did she handle it right?


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:iconyoshifan30:
Yoshifan30 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2019
Awww my God my heart hurts 😢
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:iconmarinus18:
marinus18 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019
I also do wonder when Twilight will tell Spike about the birds and the bees.
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I will mention that at the end of the story :)
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:iconmarinus18:
marinus18 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2019
That reminds me: Do dragons breastfeed? I mean you did show Twilight bottlefeeding Spike.
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
They usually don't, but it doesn't mean they can't be bottle-feed, as we saw in the IDW:

Bottle by dSana  

And Spike was born with the sucking reflex: Newborn Spike Sucking His Tail. Gif. by Landmind
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:iconkrystalhuntress:
KrystalHuntress Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. Now I'm crying. 
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:icontitan70:
titan70 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018
Guess Spike's always been an ugly little fellow.
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:icontitan70:
titan70 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018
Since it was Twilight's parents that raised Spike, they would be the parents.
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
That's not canon, but I'm sure they helped.

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:iconscholar57:
Scholar57 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, you do, Spike.  Yes, you do.

Twilight may not accept it yet, but she's the closest thing Spike's ever had to a parent (if you don't count Celestia).

I can't wait to watch the episode "Father Knows Beast."
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:icontitan70:
titan70 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2018
Actually no. Twilights parents would have been the ones who raised him, so they would be the parents.

I hate when people try to make Twilight the Mom when it would make absolutely no sense if you actually paid attention to the characters.

Twilight would have been too busy with school to be a parent to anyone. Plus consider her personality before she ever went to Ponyville. Sorry, but Twilight is not the parent.

Plus to expect someone who is not even mature themselves to raise a kid would be f**ked up.  And anyone who supports that stupid idea is f**ked up. She wouldn't have figured out what to do with her own life yet.
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:iconisenlyn:
Isenlyn Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018
Ouch, that line.
I'd rather say, you don't need a father. ;)

Twimom squad Thumbs Up 
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yay Hug 
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:iconbc-ls:
BC-LS Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Aww, poor Spike :(
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I agree lol...
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:icontheangelux22:
TheAngelux22 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Student General Artist
:'''''''''''(
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:iconpuglous:
puglous Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018
You know, I don't like the story arch you've crafted with Spike as much as much as what you've crafted with Starlight Glimmer, but I can't deny it you're really good at adding an...interesting new angle to the show.

When Twilight said "You were given to me as an egg" in Dragon Quest I just thought "WTF?" and washed it out of my head canon.  But you actually explore the implications of this.  It almost makes it seem like Celestia has a bit of...twisted mad scientist, for lack of a better term, hidden beneath her benevolence.  Not that she's a cackling Mengele, but she has a bit of a sneaky unethical side...hard to explain.

You have a way of kind of...unveiling a necessary dark drama that lies hidden beneath the veil of innocence in the show that I really like.  

For some reason I feel your story comics go really well with the Bioshock 2 soundtrack, but that's probably just me.  Or maybe because the game focused on the concept of the innocence of childhood mixed with the power and drama of adulthood.  Maybe that's what "Innocence of a child" really means...Not their character, but the way they see the world.

Ugh, now I feel like a loser writing so much about a deviant art comic.  Anyway, while I'm not going to adopt this into my head canon like Starlight's background, it's an interesting take none the less.
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Edited Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
You are too nice, puglous. Please don't feel like a loser - your comments give me a self-esteem boost and Celestia knows it needs boosting because it's default location is the Mariana Trench ;) And thank you for your kind words! I'll check that Bioshock OST, I hread it's good.

Every ruler makes difficult/questionable decisions and I believe in Celestia's long life - and mostly solitary rule - she made many. We know she used Spike's egg as a test subject. She found Elements to be reunited with her sister. She took Twilight as her pupil because he recognised her potential as Element of Magic and omitted that information from her. She turns ponies into alicorns and asks them to rule when she seems fit. She banishes, turns into the stone and locks away her enemies. She's much more a "real" monarch than we like to think.

I have some interesting (hopefully) mini arc about Celestia coming very soon to TSS :)
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:iconpuglous:
puglous Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018
I said "Bioshock 2".  An important distinction ;)  Both games have great OST and storylines, but also fairly different feels.
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Aye :)
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:iconmarinus18:
marinus18 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018
Well to be honest I don't think she handled it right. She didn't really answer his question and he still doesn't really know what his relationship with Twilight should be.
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yep.
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:iconlittle-hellion-fever:
Little-Hellion-Fever Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018
This makes me want to cry...
poor Spikey Wikey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Time to draw some happy hugs ;. ;
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:iconoddeyesdragoon:
OddEyesDragoon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
My heart goes out to this little guy. :(
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, he doesn't deserve this.
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:icontigergeekguy:
TigerGeekGuy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018
Ow, my heart.

Nice work!
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers ^^
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:iconyupasama:
Yupasama Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018
it's nice writing here. It look like characters doing their best with what they have.
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ^^ Doing my best.
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:iconnewworlds117:
Newworlds117 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*sniff* Hang on a second while I put away this onion.
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconkarkovice1:
karkovice1 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
"What do you think? Did she handle it right?"

:iconkarkovice1: :iconsays3plz: NO! Now she's gone and confused poor Spike...

Also, aren't they a bit young to be talking about the birds and the bees?
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
She's in middle school, she knows. But he may be tad too young and Twilight avoided the answer.
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:iconcapitanon3mo:
CapitanoN3mo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
My feelings...
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
^^
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:iconthe1myth:
The1Myth Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018
I hope this comic leads to a moment where Twilight acknowledges Spike as her son
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Still no spoilers!
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:iconfotland42:
fotland42 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018
Well, that could have gone a lot worse.

She didn't handle it right, but she did pretty well for a child who was just publicly embarrassed.
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
*nods*
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:iconhelsaabi:
Helsaabi Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018
Aww
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
^^
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:iconsupersherman1015:
supersherman1015 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018
What middle school? You don't look like a teenager or something older.
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
She's about 13 here.

I have learnt from drawing those stories that you must draw characters visibly younger to the point people instantly recognise the timeline , or all new readers assume this is a present time. It still happened in this story when it was only younger looking Spike and in To Look After because I tried to make Twi look older. This is why Twilight says she's in middle school, so readers know.
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:iconchchcartoons:
CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018
Wife material (lord dominator wander over yonder) :iconsaysplz:MWAHA HA HA HA HA! YES CRY CRY!!!!!!!
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:0
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:iconradicaldishonesty:
This reminds me quite a bit of people saying that Twilight and Spike's sorta indeterminable relationship is totally fine and alright. They're definitely family.

In that it definitely "answers" the issues, but still feels a little off.

Except in this case it's very off.
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
One of the reasons that story was written - to get a closer look and see if and what could be fixed and why it's not easy.
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:iconkahnac:
kahnac Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018   Artist
So by handling it, she basically denies a baby the maternal compassion he needs - which includes referencing the one who is technically his parent. I know she's just a filly at this point, but..........did she ever actually think back to this before? Or was it just now that she's beginning to she just how cruel she is to him without even understanding? Because if so, it's no wonder he has no sense of self, and probably has some buried resentment inside him. And it's all going to burn her in the flank before this event is done.:(

Sorry, sorry.......i was speaking out of dislike. I just hate Spike being treated as if his feelings aren't important. And i have alot of feelings in regards to his, and Twilight's relationship.
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