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The Truth is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Fic written by Jet Cannon.

Applejack and Big Macintosh have always told Apple Bloom that their parents died years ago in a tragic accident. But in reality, the two have been keeping a shocking family secret since the tragedy, and they finally decide to tell Apple Bloom the truth about her and themselves. With this secret out, can their tight bond survive?

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This fic contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: It's easy in a bad situation to think only of the worst-case scenarios rather than stopping to think about how others, especially those closest to you, would actually react.
  • Bedsheet Ladder: Apple Bloom runs away from home in this fashion after she was told the life-changing news about her parentage.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Big Macintosh and Applejack turn out to be step-siblings, and they illegitimately foaled Apple Bloom.
  • Continuity Nod: Twilight empathizes with Applejack, as she hows what it's like to see only the worst of what may come.
  • Crash-Into Hello: This was how Applejack and Macintosh met.
  • Didn't Think This Through: After finding out his daughter is pregnant, Redstreak calls out Applejack for not taking into consideration the amount of the hard work it takes to raise a foal, and what other ponies would think of the scandalous news of her and her brother having a foal together.
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  • Furry Reminder: Redstreak asks Applejack why she made love to Big Macintosh while she was "in heat", which is a term used to refer to the sexual excitement in female mammals that comes before ovulation.
  • Happily Married: At the end, Applejack and Big Macintosh finally marry, and are raising Apple Bloom as their daughter, with another foal on the way.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: When 16-year-old Applejack got into a relationship with her half-brother with Big Macintosh and got pregnant illegitimately, her parents decided to raise their forthcoming foal as their own to avoid potential scandal and scrutiny.
  • Papa Wolf: Big Macintosh fights off a pack of vicious timberwolves to protect Apple Bloom.
  • Playing Sick: To keep Applejack and Pink Pearl from being seen by other ponies during the former's pregnancy, but without arousing suspicion, the Apples fabricated a story that she contracted "pony pox", a disease that is nonlethal and whose only "cure" is waiting it out.
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  • Shipper on Deck: Granny Smith arranged for her son Redstreak and farmhand Pink Pearl to meet.
  • Stress Vomit: Big Macintosh did this when he saw what had become of his parents after their fatal accident.
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