Boom. All of PresentPerfect’s contest review blogpost linked to THE MASTER LIST. Was incredibly easy, mostly because I added most of the stories thanks to InquisitorM’s posts on the same contest. So was just a matter of finding and linking. With spreadsheet sorting powers, I am triumphant. Now for more stories from my to-read list, one again trying to focus on stories that haven’t gotten much attention.
Okay, this one was accident. Plenty of views. I went to the bottom of the first page instead of the bottom of the last page while sorting by views. Anyway, this was a good story. I can totally believe that occasionally Princess Celestia has these moments. Not quite this bad, of course, since any ‘normal’ version of Princess Celestia needs to be pretty benevolent. I can see her wanting to get away from it all. Maybe fantasize about simply disappearing and disguising herself somewhere for a few decades. Just to have some nice peaceful time not worrying about anything more than a single shop. Poor animals. I picture Fluttershy coming later and listening to them and either scolding them for lying, or getting really worried.
Maybe that’s why Fluttershy is so nervous and spends most of her time inside her house. She gets to hear about it each time Princess Celestia wanders into the woods and idly plans how to wipe out all life. Then all the animals run to Fluttershy to be comforted. Which is why Fluttershy is scared of her own shadow. Because sometimes seeing her shadow reminds her that the sun is out, and she’s heard dozens of ways Princesses Celestia has thought up to kill everything with the sun.
Here we go, an actual low views story. A good one too. Interesting origin story for King Sombra. Just the right amount of telling enough and not enough. I’d recommend this. Short and interesting concepts.
Hmm… Writing is a bit rough, and the style is a bit awkward, but I enjoyed it. If you are up for reading a somewhat technically challenged story, I’d recommend this. It’s short and I got a decent emotional impact from it. So I’d call it worth a read.