sorry to be quiet lately, ya'll. Besides starting at a new job (which is going nicely), I needed to take my brother to the emergency room twice. He's doing fine now, but the doctor thinks he may have lupus, so stay tuned for the next episode of why-can't-my-family-catch-a-damn-break-seriously-did-we-piss-off-a-witch
"Had a sudden thought that Smoky and Phoenix miiiight actually make super good friends. I like to think they met when Smoky happened upon a young Phoenix and Jam Sandwich being bullied and mocked by a group of mean girls (both of them always felt awkward and unfeminine compared to other fillies their age, and were often targets because of it), and before the situation can escalate into an actual fight (Nix is fluffed out, wings spread to shield her crying friend, teeth bared, and body getting tense to leap), Smoky decides to help them out by changing into a giant, hairy, terrifying spider to scare the fur off their bullies. He comes back in his normal form after gleefully chasing the brats half way across Ponyville, and introduces himself to the startled girls. While Smoky and Jam do enjoy a casual, friendly relationship through their mutual bestie, it's with Phoenix that he eventually develops an unbreakable bond with.
Though their relationship as adults may appear to be a typical dude-bro one (and it IS. Wrestling, getting hammered together, watching sports, sparring practice, checking out chicks, affectionate head butting, playfully teasing the other, casually going over the best torture methods over beer and bar nuts, ect), they really do love each other and have very snuggly, affectionate moments in private too. They think nothing of it to sometimes sleep in the same bed, or have painful hangover snuggles on the couch. Smoky also honestly swears by his bestie's skill in blacksmithing, and refuses to use any weapons besides the superior ones she makes him. "
so here are the fire bros watching what they thought was an action movie, but turned into a forced romance fest at the end, booooo
on a design note, i decided to give phoenix blue eyes. i think a splash of blue helps her look more at home with her siblings~
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