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The Farmer in the Dell by Catspaw-DTP-Services The Farmer in the Dell by Catspaw-DTP-Services

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I succumbed. I have written a fan-fiction story.

The reader may encounter a number of unfamiliar words, phrases, idioms, and spellings. Some relate to farming or animal anatomy (real or mythical); “button” is a term for the bud of a horn or antler, and “alicorn” is the historical word for a unicorn’s horn, for example. Many are archaisms and regionalisms that seem to be disappearing from the American lexicon as the last generations to grow up with them—including mine—age and pass, leaching from the language a certain richness and character.

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Draconis341 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
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Um
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I kind of feel as though I just watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie. But with less plot.
That's not to say it was _bad_ (on the contrary, you had me enthralled).
But, well - nothing seems to _happen_.
I dunno. Perhaps I'm just too used to Hollywood-esque, fast paced style stories to properly appreciate this.
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional
I think a profound change in the lives of a hapless changeling and a lonely widower is something significant—but yes, the story does hearken back to an older style of storytelling, much rarer today.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A wonderful tale, and I wonder what surprises love has yet in store for this little family.

I also wonder if the foal will turn out to be a mule or a breeding stallion, in his own time.
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional
Thanks very much for the compliment!

I’m sure the foal will be able to continue Dale’s line when the time comes. :-)
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NezcalSpindrake Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
^-^ Lovely story. A new hope for the changelings, maybe...
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional
Thanks very much! Definitely a new hope for one of them, at least—and who knows what the future holds?
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lzsmith88 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
ahah, I do like this. Dale is an awesome pony, and he does well in showing the real earth pony Way. Keep things simple, love who is yours, take care of each other.
And yea. this isn't the only 'Changeling join Pony Society and learn to love for real' but it is one of the best ones. There is lots of feeling and emotion in this story, and it doesn't feel forced that the Changeling does come to really love our Stallion.
This works so well. I like it a lot.
Great work!
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Digital-Skitty Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Writer
This was a wonderful story. Thank you for writing it and giving it such emotion and depth.
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional
You are very welcome. It came straight from the heart, and I’m so pleased that came across as well as it apparently has.
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rjpugh Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
SPOILER WARNING

I never thought I would feel sympathy for one of the Changelings, but color me surprised. Apparently even a Changeling can learn how to give love as well as drain it. And if one can do that, then who is to say that in time the whole race may change? Because one Changeling found the courage to take that first step...
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