September 12th, 2019


Nostalgia and ponyfic.

I started writing this fic in the hiatus after Season 1 of Friendship is Magic. I finished it seven years later. Then it took me a year or two to get around to posting it on AO3, and another month or two to get all the chapters up there.

It's basically spanned the entire run of the show, is what I'm saying here.

It is very much a season 1 fic, I stopped updating the plot to take changes into account just a few episodes into season 2, though I do reference a few slightly later things. But it's everything I loved about the early show and about the early fandom, from dumb Derpy Hooves Muffins jokes to the whole grim-dark Nightmare Moon Won setting.

I will probably never get over my sadness at the way the long breaks in my updates meant that by the time it was done pretty much all the fans who'd been excited about the early chapters were gone, and there was nobody much left to care.

Doubt anybody much will care now, AO3 is a bad place for ponyfic. It's the haven for the banned from Fimfic brigade and not much else.

Nevertheless it's up, and I am pleased to have it so. It's my 98th finished fic on AO3. Black Sepia will be my 99th. I'm deciding if I want to try to make a big deal about my 100th. :3 I have no ideas right now, but that seems like a fun thing to celebrate somehow.


The Spark to Light a Candle (63054 words) by bladespark
Chapters: 14/14
Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Princess Luna/Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Characters: Princess Luna (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Rarity (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Rainbow Dash (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Applejack (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Fluttershy (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Additional Tags: Season One fic, Dimension Travel, Grimdark, Alternate Universe, Nightmare Moon won

A half-remembered dream leads Twilight Sparkle to test a new "window" spell by looking at an alternate Equestria. What she sees there will lead her and her friend Princess Luna into adventures they had never imagined possible.

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