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Fanfic / Racer and the Geek

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The racer, the geek, the zebra and the cameo.
Cover drawn by Sayer.\ Used with permission.

Racer and the Geek is a romantic story written by Kalash93.

Sunny Breeze is a seemingly ordinary stallion who lives alone in Ponyville. He just goes to work and whiles away his days alone in his apartment. This all changes when Rainbow Dash suddenly shows up at his doorstep one night and demands that he go with her to the Spring Equinox festival. Things begin to snowball quickly. Hilarity Ensues. It quickly becomes apparent that not all is well with Sunny Breeze. Not everything is as it seems, however. There's more going on in Rainbow Dash's mind than Give Geeks a Chance. And even Sunny Breeze himself harbors dark secrets and Hidden Depths.

The story is currently ongoing. It typically updates once every two weeks. Between updates, the author often releases side stories.

The author worked as an editor on Rainbow in the Dark, and it's been revealed that it is possible that both stories exist in the same universe, although perhaps not in the same continuity. Small nods, links, and references are present. This is still completely nebulous.

Warning: Spoilers are present and unmarked.

This work contains examples of:

  • Action Girlfriend: Rainbow Dash is a Wonderbolt. While she's not involved in fighting, she is technically part of the military and her job is not for the faint of heart either.
  • The Alcoholic: Sunny Breeze. He drinks to excess in every chapter and typically doesn't do anything without first taking a swig. He knows full well that he has a problem, but would rather live with it than give up something that genuinely makes him happy.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Averted—Sunny is capable of controlling himself and keeping his wits even when very drunk.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Telny for sure, but in his case, it is not at all good. No sane outfit would hire anyone with his history, psychological issues, and chronic alcoholism.
  • Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: Telny and Keffiyeh have this dynamic. Telny is the rough one. Keffiyeh is the mellow officer.
  • Celeb Crush: Zigzagged- Sunny Breeze doesn't start out with a crush on Rainbow Dash, but he is still starstruck initially.
  • Fantastic Arousal: Unicorns have their horns get reactive. Pegasi get wingboners.
  • Fantastic Racism: Some exists against zebras. It's worse against donkeys and griffons. It should be noted that Equestrian racism is more rooted in cultural xenophobia brought about by insularity rather than malice, giving an interesting result of racism being more like fear born of ignorance than some kind of hatred, for the most part... Interestingly, there is severe prejudice against firearms and their users. This makes sense, given that the ponies are by and large peaceful to a fault and herd mentality prevails amongst them.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Leadhead is a mild slur against firearms users. Foal Killer is offensive enough to provoke serious violence, and is grounds for justifiable homicide.
  • Fantasy Conflict Counterpart: One of the main characters is a Shell-Shocked Veteran of a war in "Afgneighistan".
  • Gender Rarity Value: A mild case, considering how badly mares outnumber stallions. It is near impossible for even a marginally social stallion to not end up catching the attention of multiple mares.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Sunny is cynical and savvy enough to question this coming right out of nowhere.
  • Gratuitous German: The beginning of chapter five features a song sung in untranslated German.
  • Gratuitous Russian: Not as much as German, but it's still here.
  • Gun Porn: Fairly mild for the standard, but more attention is lavished over the weapons and gear of gunponies than necessary.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: The Wonderbolts, particularly Rainbow Dash and Spitfire.
  • Hates Being Touched: Sunny Breeze. He grows out of it somewhat over the course of his character development.
  • Hired Guns: Gunponies are this for the most part.
  • Holding Hands: This is about as far as Sunny as comfortable with going physically.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: All the female Wonderbolts are this to one degree or another.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Telny operates more by pragmatism than anything else.
  • Professional Killers: The popular perception of gunponies. This perception, however, does not extend to state military or police.
  • Race Fetish: It is implied that the different types of ponies stand for different races. Naturally, some ponies have preferences.
  • Shared Universe:
    • The author worked as an editor on Rainbow in the Dark, and it's been revelaled that it is possible that Rainbow in the Dark exists in the same universe, although perhaps not in the same continuity as Racer and the Geek. Small nods, links, and references are present, though still completely nebulous.
    • The fact that Brownie makes a cameo standing beside Rainbow Dash in the cover may hint towards this. May count as a Creator Cameo.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Rainbow Dash comes to the realization than gunponies perhaps are not pure evil. It's complicated.
  • Sympathy for the Hero: Telny has this for Goggles when he realizes just how new and naive the latter is.
  • The Tease: Rainbow Dash loves this one.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: The single strongest moral prohibitions in pony society are against killing and violence.