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What do you think? Did she handle it right?


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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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TheAngelux22 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Student General Artist
:'''''''''''(
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I like to think that she started to understand mistakes she made before this story starts (when she already sort of started to act like a mother to him) , but the dreams and visions highlighted it and made fixing it more urgent but also more difficult for her.
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kahnac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018   Artist
Yes, you're probably right. I just can't stand seeing Spike treated with such disregard - even though Twilight didn't know better, and was in this situation influenced by those stuffy, old bastards. My only hope is that she finds a way to fix this before it's too late.:(
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Time will tell!
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:iconkahnac:
kahnac Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018   Artist
:nod: Of course.
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:iconeltigre221:
eltigre221 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I see a light that almost looks like the shard
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This dream is, sadly, a true memory.
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eltigre221 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
oh man :(
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CHICAGO-PD-STARS Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018
Ugh, so damn sad. :(
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
*nods*
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ExplosionMare Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww poor little baby Spike
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:icondsana:
dSana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yep :(
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azerek1994 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 18, 2018
Letting a child take care and raise a child... highly irresponsible Celestia.
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dSana Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I tried to answer this a little bit.

The reason why Spike is with Twilight was hinted in Twilight’s rant in her own dream, when she talks to the bookseller. Celestia also mentions she kinda let them both down and was ment to help and there's a hint about the reasons for that at the end of the dream. And finally before ball, Spike and Twilight spend time with Twi parents where Spike reads a book he got from Velvet about adoption, meaning there are other carers present in his life too.
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marinus18 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018
I think Celestia also assigned Spike to teach Twilight responsibility. She needs to become a princess one day and that comes with a heavy responsibility. So to teach her that well she exposes her to difficult situations and large responsibilities early in life.
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