Everypony has dreams. Some dream of superpowers. Others dream of fame and respect. Still others dream of creature comforts, or of achieving long-sought goals.
But what sort of dream can stop the Tantabus?
After watching Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep? on Saturday, I did something I've never done before: I pounded out a same-day episode reaction fic.
Well, "reaction fic" might not be quite the right word for it; although this episode isn't going on my top-ten list anytime soon (Between the S1 and S4 season premiers, we know that Luna was Nightmare Moon for all of a few hours, sans moon-time, and that the most fearsome thing she accomplished during that stretch was making her sister cry. Is that really something you'd beat yourself up over to the point where Equestria is literally moments from destruction? I mean, there's guilt, and then there's psychosis), I enjoyed it well enough, and this certainly isn't supposed to be a fix-fic. Instead, it's something that was inspired by seeing Carrot Top in that image that I'm using for a cover: as the main six and various background ponies rush to put their dreams to work defeating the Tantabus, she stands underneath, watching, completely unchanged by the dream-powers which everypony else is availing themselves of.
Just what was she doing?
Well, that's what the story's about: why Carrot Top's just standing there, not getting her dream on. Along the way, I ended up filling in a few other background ponies, as well (and getting my reaction to Minuette from Amending Fences in as well; everyone else can say what they want, I think she's a little too chipper). The first half ended up rather goofier than I expected, to the point where I was tempted to put the comedy tag on it, but I think of this as a SoL fic; at least, as SoL as you can get in Ponyville.
And, since I'd pounded 1500 words out all about the latest episode, I decided to go ahead and publish right away (well, after doing some cleaning-up on the editing front, anyway). After all, a story like this is probably best read as an episode aperitif; best to share it now, and hope you all enjoy it for what it is; a look at how dreams of super-heroics and grand powers are important... but ordinary dreams matter, too.
I hope you enjoy! And if you've got any comments to share, please do, either here or on FiMFiction. Now, if you haven't already, go read Even in Dreams.