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Ending: That's Just How It Is

Unlock Condition: Don't view all the memories, but encounter Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash in the Otherworld.





Fluttershy took a deep breath as she stared at the dark creature before her. The presence of the creature no longer crushed her, she could stand before it fine, but the being still sent a chill down her spine.

However, she had already decided, she had to do what was needed of her.

Fluttershy slowly walked towards the dark creature, it staring at her as if in odd curiosity.

"Father…I…know that…a lot has happened…between us…" Fluttershy hesitated slowly, drawing nearer, "But…everything that has happened is behind us now. I've…moved on with my life. I've gained friends I care about deeply, I live happily in a house I own, I found love…" Fluttershy smiled softly. The dark creature didn't move as Fluttershy drew closer, now right before the creature.

"And…I guess I wouldn't have found all that if it hadn't been for you." She looked up at the dark creature with a smile, "You're a part of my life…and I have to accept that."

The dark creature only seemed to glare, its red eyes glowing as it stared into her soul. The silence filled the air between them, as the white mouth slowly formed into a grin.

The creature's mouth opened wide, the sickly grin spreading across its face. Fluttershy could only smile as she saw the creature rear its head up. She closed her eye as the dark creature brought its mouth down.

The rush of darkness came crashing down, engulfing everything she could understand. There wasn't pain, but a disorientating confusion. She felt her body churn and sway, as if being dragged along by a current in the water, though she could still breathe. She tumbled and rolled through the waving darkness all around her, before something snapped.

With a thud, she found herself back in reality.

"Ugnnn…" Fluttershy moaned softly rubbing her head. For some reason she was now laying on the ground. She slowly picked herself up, opening her eyes. Twilight stood before her, rubbing her forehead as well.

"Ugh…is every pony okay?" Twilight ask, opening her eyes to look at her friends.

"I feel…fine actually…" Fluttershy said a little surprised. She reached around her body, trying to feel the parts of her that would be bandaged, but the bandages were gone and her injuries were healed.

'…They must've only existed in that place…' Fluttershy thought to herself as she carefully placed a hoof against her face.

"…Yea…I'm…okay…" Pinkie's voice said next, though it wasn't her usual happy-go-lucky voice. Fluttershy turned her head and saw Pinkie's hair was straight still, she was looking at the ground with sorrow, "But…everypony made it out alright, didn't they?" Pinkie lifted her head to look at Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash.

"…Yea…" Was the only thing Rainbow Dash said before standing up. She turned towards the door and walked straight for it.

"Hey, Rainbow Dash, where are you going?" Twilight asked, blinking confused.

"…I'm…going for a walk…" was all Dash said, before opening the door and walking out of it.

"Hey…Dash, wait, we need to talk…" Fluttershy said standing up and quickly following after Dash out the door.

Twilight blinked in confusion as she watched two of her friends leave.

"Pinkie…what exactly happened?"

Pinkie let out a soft sigh as she looked up at Twilight seriously, "Twilight…you have to promise me something…"

"…What is it?" Twilight asked confused.

"Promise me you'll never, EVER use that spell again. No matter the circumstances."





Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash walked silently through the town of Ponyville. They didn't say anything, the silence would've been deafening if not for the sounds of Ponyville going through its normal day around them. Dash was leading them towards her cloud home slowly.

The two of them walked for what seemed like ages, before Dash finally stopped just outside of Ponyville on the road to her home. Fluttershy stopped as well, looking at Dash with concern.

"Fluttershy…" Rainbow Dash finally spoke up, as if she had been thinking this whole time, "I think…it's best if…we stopped dating…"

Fluttershy felt the jab to her heart she had known was coming.

"…Because…you're going to try out for the Wonderbolts in two months…right?" Fluttershy responded weakly.

"Well…more than just that…" Rainbow replied, "I don't think we're right for each other…and I'm certainly not deserving of love."

"But…" Fluttershy spoke, trying to think of a good rebuttal to Rainbow Dash, but any  words that would've been the right ones to say got stuck in her throat. She couldn't bring herself to say anything.

Fluttershy lowered her head a little, tears beginning to burn at the edges of her eyes. She knew this was going to happen, yet it still hurt more than she thought it would.

"But…we'll still…be friends…right?" Fluttershy managed to choke out finally.

"…I suppose we will be…for as long as I still have my friends here." Rainbow Dash muttered softly.

"Dash…we…" Fluttershy lifted her head up, "We won't stop being your friends just because you leave us for a while." Fluttershy let her heart talk now, "We'll do our best to go to see you perform when you're nearby, we'll want to visit you when you're on break…we'll be your friends Dash, no matter what happens."

Dash was silent for a moment, not sure what to think or to say to Fluttershy's words.

"…You'd want to be friends with somepony who abandons the ponies she cares about?" It was Rainbow's turn to have her voice crack.

"You don't abandon your friends Dash. No matter how it may seem that you do, when it comes down to it you help your friends. When they need you, you're there for them. Nopony can be perfect all the time, loyalty isn't about NOT needing times to yourself…it's about being there when your friends need you." Fluttershy wasn't sure how she was able to say all of this, but every word felt true.

"…I suppose." Rainbow Dash shook her head lightly, "But…even if that's true…I…I've made a lot of mistakes in my life…and…and I need time to myself to think about everything." Rainbow said as she spread her wings.

"…I understand…" Fluttershy smiled, holding back the tears at her eyes, "Just know…I'll always be here for you Dash."

"…Thank you." Was all Dash could say, before flying up to her cloud home. Fluttershy waited a few minutes after hearing Rainbow close her door, before lying down on the dirt road as she began to cry.

They'd always be friends…but the pony she had loved for all of her life…no longer wanted to love her the same way back.
If there's any errors, I'm posting this before I head to work and a Ninja hasn't had a chance to hack into what's wrong with it. I reread it but hopefully everything is fine.

This is probably the ending most people would get on their first run through of this game. This is what I would consider the 'Normal' ending. This is how things play out. Though the characters find some redemption, not everything has played out to their favor. Hearts are broken, realities come crashing down, everypony needs time to heal from the fractures their hearts received.

I can't say the canon ending won't have any heart-wrenching moments, but at least for this ending...it is the end of their relationship.
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Queen-Saturn Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Are you going to do an ending where she meets her father for real?
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Mark-Firehaven Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I am in love with your series her. I also have to say that your author comment reminded me of a smartass question I meant to ask in a previous chapter: How does one use a door for surgery?
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GentalmanBoxer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Normal ending get.
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Frog804 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
This ending was so sad, but I like it.
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KurseofKings Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Poor Fluttershy! I feel sorry for her.
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TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
a half bad ending...
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Dreadmaster231 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Comment: Interesting to say the least but good

Achievement:

Broken Minds make Broken Hearts
10 of 2000 Gm
(Make it out of the mind successfully but, find a rift in life)
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
End 3 :

>"I think…it's best if…we stopped dating…"
>Rainbow replied, "I don't think we're right for each other…and I'm certainly not deserving of love."
-Ending where RD gets all 'emo' or something and abandon Fluttershy for bad reasons...

Meh...

'Silly Ending' was more satisfactory.

Also, the 'Real' ending for the story will be soon, right ?
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TillsterRulz Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
I hate and love this ending at the same time :x
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TillsterRulz Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Never mind, I hate it.
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Death-By-Grunge Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Urge to cry...rising...
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CodyMau Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Sheesh, it's the fate of theirs I'd been talking about since I first read Too Shy for a Rainbow yet it was still pretty depressing to see it happen. Poor girls. Obviously not the true ending (no aliens, clear sign it's fake) but wonder how things will turn out for them in the end?

One thing to help sort our your lives my little ponies, TELL Twilight what the heck is going on with that spell! lol Also I wonder how her friends would react knowing the truth about Fluttershy's parents. Both of them robbed her of so much it's a wonder she can function.
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Just more evidence of how Fluttershy is the best pony ever of all time that ever will be. She really does have a lot of strength hidden in her, in fact much of her personality is muted by her shyness. Of course, her social awkwardness is itself a result of what her father did to her, so it did affect her ability to function somewhat. I think during the course of the show she did begin to come a bit out of her shell, though.

I'll say it again: Fluttershy pony is best pony.
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CodyMau Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
... Still like Pinkie best. *hops off*
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BrainStewdios Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
A beautifull bittersweet ending worthy of such a tragic tale. Good job, good job. :clap:
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RangerGxi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
:(

*Man tear
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Sh4dowSentinel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sh4dow Sentinel dislikes this ending.
And here I was saying I hated FlutterDash shipping, meh. I still do, I just dont like seeing fluttershy sad.
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
But FlutterDash shipping is the best shipping!
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Sh4dowSentinel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I really dont like any shipping with Dash or Pinkie which isnt Dash/Pinkie. Its my OTP and the subject of all of my fanfiction so far.
But this still made me hella sad.
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Meh, I don't get PinkieDash. In fact, I don't really get shipping Pinkie with anyone. She's to LOLRANDOM for any pairing with her to make sense to me, except for a couple laughs in stories with random and/or comedy tags.

And yeah, FlutterDash is my OTP, but that's due to this story.
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Sh4dowSentinel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Everypony is entitled to their opinions on shipping and ponies.
This is an adequate enough description of what Pinkie feels, in my opinion:[link]

I just think that Pinkie has a crush on Rainbow Dash, what with episode 5 and her talking about Dash all the time, following her, and being really jealous when Gilda arrives.
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I've always just thought that was Pinkie Pie being the ever excitable Pinkie Pie. Somehow extrapolating romantic feelings from that segment, or any other segment from the show for that matter, seems kinda silly to me.

But you're right, everypony is entitled to their opinions. I guess I'm just feeling kinda meh tonight, so I'm posting random crap. I didn't mean to start anything, lol.

FlutterDash is still the cutest ship ever though! :D
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Sh4dowSentinel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:shrug: Everyone has their opinions, you know mine, and I know yours, so lets finish this conversation before SOMEPONY says something she'll regret!
(lol reference to ep 8)
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
XD
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DragonWing89 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Well, I like this ending better than all of them dying. =P And as much as I liked them together in this story, this ending seems somewhat 'correct', unfortunately. To be honest I thought the 'canon' ending to the story was going to be something more like this.

HOWEVER! It seems equally 'canon' that Rainbow Dash would eventually come to her senses after a couple of weeks thought in a situation like this, which would not necessarily result in an un-breakup between her and Fluttershy, but at least would make it a hell of a lot more plausible, and at least they would be good friends again. But now we're getting into alternate endings to alternate endings, which is FUN but may be laying it on the thick. @_@
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I was actually totally thinking on what would happen if this ending was expanded. I agree that the bad feelings here wouldn't be permanent. Dash just has to deal with her demons and come to her senses. Heck, if this was a canon ending that led straight into Silent Ponyville 3 with Rainbow Dash heading there alone after her own nightmares, I would actually be okay with that. But it's not.
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DragonWing89 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Even without a re-entry into Hellworld, it almost seems like an inevitability that Dash would eventually change her outlook on things. If she keeps the Negative Nancy attitude of "well, I've always abandoned my friends for my selfish needs in the past, why stop now!" that she wasn't aware of before, she just goes through the rest of her life unhappy and guilty about fulfilling her 'dreams'. Well, fuck. It seems more likely to me that she'd eventually do a double take and say, "wait, why am I letting myself be miserable?"

BAM! Resolution. Dash then quits the Wonderbolts, flies back to Ponyville and tackles Fluttershy in a loving embrace. Yes, that is how it would go. :3

I love pointless speculation! =D
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Pointless speculation is fun!

I REALLY hate that Jake is making Dash choose though, that's actually my pet peeve for any MLP:FiM story, and I'd be pissed if the show ever did that without letting Dash choose both. The only reason Jake is getting away with it at all is because he's such a good writer. He's also a total monster.

It's definitely true that her outlook would change,, but for now I can hardly blame her for letting Silent Ponyville get to her. The bigger questions are how long will it take her to snap out of it, and what will she do when she does?
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Detherok69 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I wonder if it's offensive to actually like Dash breaking up with Fluttershy....I'm a monster...
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jake-heritagu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think it is lol
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Detherok69 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I don't wanna sound like a sexist.....but seriously, lesbian ponies? Big WTF nuke in my brain :eyepopping:
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griever789 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Meh to be fair, considering that male ponies are extraordinarily rare on this show, the female to male ration is probably something crazy like 10-1. Probally lesbian relationships are common because of lack of males.

But in all seriosuness this fandom gives us little choices since the only main male character is not a pony and the males with speaking roles can be counted on you hands.
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Yes, that is offensive XD
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Streek471 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Seems like a plausible end honestly.
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Don't encourage the monster.
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
"Normal" ending? D:

Jake, YOU #*$%ING MONSTER!

That's just plain sad, man. :(
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Actually, screw the strategy guide, I can just use my attention to detail and everything to find everything the first time. It's not like all the memories were hard to find XD
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
*uses the strategy guide to ensure the best ending*
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Ninja-brad Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Psst, to get the best ending
You must locate
The Book of Basics during the tunnel labyrinth
The Ninja Mask during the first trip to the odd house
The Odd Shaped Red shirt during the your time in the hospital before find the second eye
The Broken Sword Handle in the flaming room after talking with rainbow dash
And lastly A Playing card with a Brown haired colts head on it, found in fluttershy's fathers study, during the segment with the visions.
After that, well, I cant spoil all the fun can I? =D
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Did all of that, including the stuff at the end. Now gimmie the best ending.
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Ninja-brad Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
It'll come, as soon as jake finishes it...when he's not so busy working, seriously, His work schedule this week is omnomnoming him
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Yeah, I saw that. I was just playing along with the joke, lol.
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Ninja-brad Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
There's a joke in here? huh, I Thought I was being serious

Although, honestly, as of writing this, I just proof-read ending 4, that should be out in, 6-8 hours when jake gets up to post it
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Sweet, I have something to look forward to when I wake up then :D
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Virotox Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
*^,^,v,v,<,>,<,>,B,A*
screw the guid i have cheat codes
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griever789 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Hm well this seems like a good conclusion, sure rainbow dash broke up with fluttershy but you made it obious it was unstable in the first place considering none of them ever dated before. I mean who ever gets their soulmate on the first relationship. It's better to end the doom relationship on good terms then leave it later when more has been invested after all.

Overall if this was a game and this was the ending I got, I'd probably be happy with it.

Also like how they told twilight to never use the spell again, it be better if they explained why but I think she would get the picture. Though that does leave the possiblity of someone using the spell malicoiusly. I could certainly imagine a situation of Trixie learning the spell and it's side effects and using it on twilight to ruin her life.
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Their relationship was actually quite stable and healthy until Silent Ponyville came along. :(
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griever789 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
tch...so much of an unrealist in realationships. The point is if their relationship did not fall about now it would have fell apart later since none of them were exerpeinced, Rainbow dash was simply doing it to please fluttershy, fluttershy was doing simply because of an obession caused by abuse. Am I the only one that see's a extremly unstable relationship that can't possibly last and could end horribly.
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I don't see how it was an obsession per se. Their interactions with one another up to this point were caring and genuine. It may have seemed unhealthy just looking at those things, but they really were good for one another. Now, I'm not necessarily saying their relationship would have lasted forever, but it will certainly end better than this.
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DragonWing89 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Yeah man, I thought this was sort of resolved in the 'canon' ending. Fluttershy kind of realizes that her feelings for Dash were constructed from an abusive past that made her latch on to hope, but simultaneously she realized that that didn't make her love any less -real-. Love can be built from quite strange circumstances.

Likewise, Dash realizes the motives she held for most of her life, but now that she realizes it, it should give her -more- incentive to not back out on all those around her. This is the way it works for me, anyway.
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