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A Solemn Summer Night - Vector by krazy3 A Solemn Summer Night - Vector by krazy3
I needed cover art for my story, so I spent a while making this. The full version will be up momentarily. I wanted a non-post-processed version up as well.

Oh, also, no reference image for you. Why? Because there wasn't one! This is freehanded, fillies and gentlecolts. :D

A little clarification: Applejack has died. Rainbow Dash has not stubbed her hoof. Yes, I'm a terrible person.

Read the story here!

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Sorry guys, but you're not allowed to use this one this time. :(

And because I'm having issues with *this* piece now, that means: You are not allowed to copy, modify, trace, share, or post this anywhere. Most of my vectors are free to use, this one is not.
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MisterKaos Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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phylos7 Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

On behalf of everything that makes me happy, I hate your rotten guts :'D


;w;

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If you wanted to better show Applejack as being dead, I would make her face a bit more pale - not a lot more, just noticeably. Pallor generally implies illness or lack of well-being, and if you wanted to add bags under Applejack's eyes which imply the fact she hasn't slept in awhile, that'd add to the effect too.

And God damn you for making me leak liquid pride.  XD

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"Applejack, please. No! You can't die! You know why? 'Cause you'd break my heart if you did..." Rainbow sniffed, trying to keep her tears under control. She had to keep her brave face... She promised. "You'd break my heart. You swore you'd never break it. You promised!"

Applejack smiled wanly at Rainbow, weakly raising a hoof over her friend's.

"Ah'm... sorry, Sugarcube," she rasped. "Ah didn't mean to lie..."

The pale orange pony took a pained breath.

"Ah always promised to love ya... and Ah always will..." Applejack quivered in Rainbow Dash's hooves. Something changed in her expression. "I... lo-"

Applejack's once-lively green eyes became glazed with an expression Rainbow Dash had only seen in fear and surprise. Rainbow froze, as Applejack's breath caught in her throat. The earth pony became heavy, and began to lose her battle with gravity.

"Applejack?" She shook her friend. The earth pony slid down into her embrace, her expression unchanging.

Oh no.

"Applejack, please!" Rainbow wept. She never thought she could let tears flow so freely, but in that moment, she understood despair. "Please..." she begged whatever force of life and death was present to let her friend stay, to pass Applejack over. "Please don't leave me..."

But she knew. Applejack was gone.

"Applejack..." Rainbow Dash whimpered, shoving her muzzle into her friend's mane. "No..."

She couldn't form the words to express her sorrow - they kept catching in her throat, and Rainbow Dash's sorrow left in her escaped as a mournful bawl.

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It's ironic, if you think about it. I don't think Rainbow Dash would kick and scream and make a fuss with Applejack's death. Her impact would be much more profound than that. It would shake Rainbow Dash to the very core. She would lose her courage and confidence, and become a whimpering little foal who had no idea what to do.

Applejack's death would probably be the hardest of any of the ponies, just because she's the rock on which the group is built. Without her, it'd kind of crumble them like the rain to a mountain.

Wonderful picture. Now I need to go read something fluffy and happy.

Happy writing.  :)
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AppleJackShaman Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:( Death. Every death is sad. Espically this one :(
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cherryjjv Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree... YOU'RE AWFUL!!!!!!!!!

WHY AJ?!?!?!?!?!?? WHY??? D"X
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krazy3 Sep 12, 2012  Student Artist
Because storytelling, that's why. I'm writing a whole universe around this in the form of fanfictions. The one that goes along with this is both the start and end. Look at it this way: AJ had a pretty awesome life, fell in love, and got to spend over 30 years with the pony she loves. It's a happy story when it comes right down to it. :3
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phylos7 Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

No it's not, she died -_-

And she didn't look 30 here, I would never have known :'O

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