Fanfic / Bitterness

"I want you to forget about me and leave me alone, until I say otherwise. But Iíll never forgive anyone tries to apologize to me one more time. Have fun at the wedding everypony and enjoy your friendship while it still lasts. I know mine did.Ē
Twilight, delivering her ultimatum at the end of Chapter 1.

"Bitterness" is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Fic written by PLCTheCd. As for what it's about, consider the following:

Remember how in "A Canterlot Wedding Part 2", the entire "Twilight being dissed" subplot was resolved by only having Applejack apologize to Twilight? And Twilight was willing to accept it?

What if she shot it down?

Despite Chrysalis still being defeated as in canon, Twilight is unwilling to let this go. She is perfectly willing to cut off ties with her friends (and mentor) over this whole ordeal. The question is, will she?

Despite updating sporadically, this fic is yet another interesting take on addressing the problems of "A Cantlerlot Wedding Part 2", and unlike like other well known ones, has Twilight reach her breaking point through Applejack's apology. It really is a fascinating take on things.


This fan fic provides examples of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: Twilight accuses the others of this, due to them not living up to their promise in "Lesson Zero" (which was to listen to and consider her concerns, no matter how trivial they seemed).
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Twilight asks her friends whether or not they would have allowed her to come to the wedding if she was wrong about her accusation of Cadence.
  • Armor-Piercing Response:
    Rainbow Dash: So your pride got damaged, and you were right all along, but what makes you so special from the rest of us? You didn't see me griping about the time you all dressed like Mare-Do-Well, what else you could've lost?!
    Twilight: My life!
  • Accusation Fic: Based off of the first chapter, it appears to be heading this way. At least considering how the majority of Twilight's dialogue consists of calling out her friends, her brother, and Celestia.
  • All Take and No Give: Twilight accuses the others of only caring about what they can get out of their relationship with her, claiming she should have recognized this back when they all wanted tickets to the Grand Galloping Gala.
  • At Least I Admit It: When Celestia tells Twilight that she's doing exactly what Discord wanted by tearing the group apart, Twilight nastily replies that at least he was upfront about that.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Bribe Backfire: Pinkie's offer to throw a big apology party for Twilight only causes the unicorn to accuse her of trying to bribe her. Similarly, Shining Armor trying to invite her to participate in the wedding is rejected and treated like another "obvious" bribery attempt.
  • Broken Pedestal: A-YEP.
  • Call-Back:
    • An unintentional version, but given the tone of the fan fic, this must be pointed out: After Chrysalis inputs her two cents on how Twilight was treated, she (sarcastically) comments "With friends like them, who needs enemies?"
    • And an intentional version. Twilight redirects Shining and Celestia's remarks towards her, just to twist the knife at how badly they screwed up.
    • Twilight claims she should have realized the others were selfish after how they reacted when Celestia first sent her tickets to the Grand Galloping Gala.
  • Cutting the Knot: Defied. Spike tries to get Cadence to use the love spell on Twilight to get her to listen to reason, but it doesn't work.
    Cadence: "I can't, Twilight's too heartbroken to be fixed by my spell. I can only restore her heart when she wants to be loved by all of you again. Iím afraid at this state, she wants nothing to do with us."
  • Darker and Edgier: Moreso than the original episode.
  • Deconstruction Fic: While this was intended to be a Fix Fic, it feels more like the former. Once Applejack delivers the apology, Twilight reflects on what has transpired, and rejects it.
  • Disappointed in You:
    • When Spike points out why he didn't defend her before, Twilight simply looks at him with disappointment rather than resentment and says he should "think for [himself] next time."
    • When Celestia asks Cadence if she is upset with everyone else like Twilight is, Cadence answers, no, but she is disappointed in them all.
    • Twilight's parents become disappointed in Shining Armor after finding out what happened at the rehearsal.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: See the cynical and spiteful Twilight's Berserk Button above.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Chrysalis thinks Twilight's friends were being cold towards her. Then again, being a creature that feeds on emotions, she would naturally be more sensitive to ponies' emotions towards one another.
  • For Want of a Nail: As stated, Twilight refuses to accept an apology for what she was dealt. Also, in this fic, Twilight decides to not come to the actual wedding, even though Shining wants to take back barring her from it. This also includes turning down his offer of being the Maid of Honor.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Twilight, in her rage, keeps calling the others hypocrites.
    • Her absolute refusal to listen to anything they say in their defense, twisting it around to try and make them come off even worse, doesn't seem all that different than the incident that set all this off in the first place.
  • I Have No Son: Or, in Twilight's case, I Have No Brother...and No Friends...and No Mentor.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Twilight's reasoning for being so petty and hateful in a nutshell.
  • Jerkass Ball:
    • Twilight.
    • Rainbow Dash to a lesser extent, nearly hitting Twilight when the unicorn accuses her of being like Gilda and saying that if Twilight is going to hate them, they should just hate her in return. Especially jarring, considering that she is supposed to be the Element of Loyalty, but gives up on Twilight almost instantly after one callous remark. Fortunately, Fluttershy knocks some sense into her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Shining Armor. And to an extent, Celestia and the rest of the Mane Six.
  • Not Helping Your Case: When Twilight calls out her friends for rejecting and walking out on her, Rainbow Dash and Rarity say that they did it because they thought she was jealous of Cadence and trying to ruin the wedding for everypony else. This does not improve the situation in any way.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Twilight suddenly turning cold and hostile towards her friends, mentor, and brother is the main premise of the fic.
    Princess Celestia: I knew Twilight for years and she's never been the type to hold a grudge. I don't understand how she became so spiteful, so cynical all of the sudden.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Even though she's already decided her friends are worthless by this point, Twilight still frees Cadence and tells her to go to Shining Armor.
    • A minor example: Twilight is just upset with Spike, not angry at him (although it helps that he explains his actions as not wanting to put in the same boat Twilight had been).
  • Precision F-Strike: When Shining grabs Twilight to get her to stop leaving:
    Twilight: GET YOUR HOOVES OFF OF ME YOU PATHETIC GELDING!note 
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Chrysalis is defeated by Shining and Cadence, but Twilight is so angry and hurt over how she was treated before the wedding that she denounces and rejects her friends, her brother, and Celestia. And she's not ready to forgive them any time soon.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Poor Celestia gets an earful from Twilight.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Applejack's apology sets Twilight off because she decides it was "too little, too late."
  • Reality Ensues: Unlike the original episode, Twilight does not instantly forgive everypony for abandoning her at the wedding rehearsal. When someone is deeply hurt by another person's actions, especially if the other person in question was a close friend or family member, letting go of their anger can be very difficult, and they may not want to forgive that person for a long time, if ever.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Twilight doles out these to everyone.
  • Rejected Apology
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Or rather, in Twilight's words, "then let me be a nag."
  • This Is Unforgivable!: When Twilight explains to them what happened at the wedding rehearsal and that the others didn't try to look for her while she was gone, Twilight Velvet is stunned while Night Light is furious.
    Night Light: Well that settles it! I will give the others a piece of their minds! Shining Armor may be a grown stallion, but he is still getting disciplined like a colt!
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Twilight, in all her newly cynical, hateful glory.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Twilight's view of the others is subtly twisted to comply with her new, darker take on them. For instance, when faced with her brother's tearful apology, she decides he must have mastered crocodile tears rather than acknowledging it might be sincere.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: What Twilight asked everyone.
  • Was Too Hard on Her: How everyone else feels they've been to Twilight.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Yeah. Too bad Twilight now wants nothing to do with them...
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Twilight aside, Cadence is shocked once she hears from Shining the specifics of Twilight being left after the rehearsal and leaving her alone, as well as not trying to look for her when she turned up missing.
    • Shining Armor and Twilight's parents give the group a small one in chapter 2.
  • Wham Line: In-universe, Twilight delivers the following to Celestia after Chrysalis is banished:
    "Now this is over, find someone else to be the Wielder of Magic. Because, I now wish to relinquish my position of the Elements of so-called Harmony."
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Played with: Chrysalis agreeing with what Twilight said early on upsets not her, but her friends.

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