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Fallout: Equestria, a.k.a. the Chicago Blackhawks, won in six against a Friendship is Optimal/Tampa Bay Lightning team decimated by injuries (their goalie, they've just revealed, played almost the entire series with a torn groin, which... ouch). Congrats to Kkat by association, and to me directly; I made $30 off that win! Anyway, on to your mini-reviews.
The Regalia, by Autumn Wind
Zero-ish spoiler summary: One of Celestia's guards indulges a shameful desire.
A few thoughts: I'm being as coy with the summary as the author, but for a "it's not what you thought it was" 1000-word short-short, it's not terribly subtle. At least, that was my impression; with stories like this, any fun is in having your expectations upset at the end, and since I gathered what was happening before I even started the fic, I didn't get much of that.
Recommendation: While not poorly written or any such, this fic is only worth reading for the entendre-twist ending; if you're looking for a quick twist (and don't spoil it for yourself by figuring it out in advance), this will provide.
Verse Averse: Tales of the Versebreakers, by various authors
Zero-ish spoiler summary: A collection of short stories about the Versebreakers, a group of ponies tasked with using poor meter, unrhymable words, and other tricks to stop or curtail musical numbers throughout Equestria.
A few thoughts: This collection came about as a result of an excellent minific horizon wrote (featured here as 4th District Court, Canterlot, 11:35 a.m.) which introduced the Versebreaker concept, which he and other authors then took and ran with in various directions. There are some lovely individual stories in here--in fact, almost all are lovely individually, though I want to especially mention Sharp Spark's Manehattan Takes Rarity for combining bureaucratic comedy with a stupid/wonderful ending pun), but those stories don't always play nice together. For example, 4th District etc. (which is straight comedy) has as its lead-in a tragic tale which turns what is, by itself, a hilarious take on Equestria's tendency to go Full Musical at a drop of a hat into the bleak coda to a story about a pony whose job is literally killing him. That disconnect stuck out the most, but the authors of this collection went with everything from straight comedy to faux-noir to world-destroying (I'm not sure what genre to call that, exactly, but there's a story that strongly suggests that
Recommendation: If the concept of ponies having a specific agency that deals with rogue musical numbers doesn't appeal to you at all, I can't help you. But otherwise, this is definitely a set worth checking out, even if only to skim a few of the more interesting-looking selections.