Trixie and Twinkleshine have been called away to Canterlot due to the duties of nobility, leaving their heavily-pregnant wife in Ponyville. Sumac, concerned for his mother and convinced she could "pop" at any second (despite it being a month early), insists on following her around, much to her annoyance. Of course, he's right, and Lemon Hearts does indeed go into labour. En-route to the hospital, Sumac's loose grip on the Ink gets the better of him, although the resulting visions grant useful information.
Still, in due course, little Lemon Poppyseed is born, and Sumac is the happiest colt in the world because life has given him Lemons.
Tropes in this short:
- Afraid of Blood: Sumac isn't usually, but makes an exception when it's Lemon Heart's blood.
- All Lesbians Want Kids: Well, at least all those relevant to the story, given they've gone to the effort of getting Lemon Hearts pregnant via Animancy. Twinkleshine and Trixienote also don't complain overmuch.
- Trixie and Twinkleshine are absent due to their previously-established noble status requiring them to be elsewhere.
- Sumac's previous experiences with animancy are referenced early on, and later on he uses the resulting soul connection to Lemon Hearts to gain an insight into Lemon's magic, that of home and hearth, and his own sliver of it, the understanding allowing him to escape the Psychometric visions his uncontrolled Ink connection has imposed on him.
- Trixie has fertility problems after her injury and fever in Venenum Iocus, and seeks out Tarnish for comfort when that comes out, due to his being there at the time.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Rainbow's primary contribution to the story.
- Complete-the-Quote Title: ...make lemonade.
- Continuity Nod: Rainbow makes a crack about Sumac's tendency to cause mares to foal, referencing the events of Princess Twilight Sparkle And The Quesadilla Conquest.
- Due to the Dead: There's a number of apple trees in the garden, planted by Sumac after Trixie's miscarriages.
- Happily Adopted: Sumac loves his mothers, all of them.
- Homosexual Reproduction: Using Celestia's studies into Animancy, Trixie, Lemon Hearts and Twinkleshine successfully conceived a child with three mothers.
- Literal Metaphor: A variant during the Screaming Birth, with another person providing the literal-mindedness.Lemon Hearts: Its like I have something sharp stabbing me in the cervix!Nurse: You have a horn stabbing you in the cervix
- Maternity Crisis: Lemon Hearts just had to go into labour when both her wives were in Canterlot, never mind that it's a month early.
- Mystical Pregnancy: She's the foal of three mothers artificially induced by the animantic power of a Sun Goddess in an experimental sorcerous process. Frankly, Lemon Poppyseed being a month early is not the worst that could have happened.
- Polyamory: Trixie, Lemon Hearts and Twinkleshine are all married.
- Power Incontinence: Sumac still hasn't quite got the Ink under control, leading to him dropping into True Sight (seeing Rainbow's grey hair despite the dye), followed by seeing visions of battles in Ponyville.
- The Power of Love: Lemon Hearts' magic is that of the home and family.
- Psychometry: One of the results of Sumac losing control of the Ink is that he begins hallucinating past events of where he is, specifically battles.
- Screaming Birth: Most of the story. It attracts some attention when Sumac has to carry Lemon to the hospital. Poor Moondancer ends up in a great deal of pain after offering Lemon her hoof, and crushes it.
- Soul Power: Lemon Poppyseed is the result of Celestia's studies into animancy, and Sumac's own experiences with it are referenced.
- Take a Third Option: Rainbow Dash was once faced with a choice of saving Applejack or Fluttershy. She flew faster than the speed of magic to break time and save them both.