Just after she ends her art and design career, Lyra comes across with one of the biggest ideas for a show ever made:A cartoon show about six friends who unite their forces to defeat a Sealed Evil in a Can, and become close together, learning lessons about friendship.
Unfortunately, no channel wants to have that show in its schedule, mocking on Lyra and her show without even giving it a chance. The reason?
Only Human is a Shipping/Slice of Life My Little Pony fanfiction writen by Smoking Gun, which takes a joke from the fandom and transforms it into a surprisingly well constructed dramedy about the dreams of a cartoonist, and how difficult it is to fulfil them. With the help of Bon Bon, her executive producer, Lyra will get a chance to bring her show to life through The Pub, the most famous children's network in Equestria. There, she will need to fight against those who don't want "Only Human" to get on air, and fight against, well, Executive Meddling. At the same time, she will fight for her dream, for these invented creatures called "Humans", and for her wish to bring hope to the citizens of Equestria with her show.
The story can be read here
Only Human contains examples of:
- Arc Words: "I'm only human", which doubles as a recurrent Title Drop.
- Got Me Doing It: Everyone- I mean Everypony ends up using humanized expressions that work on the crew.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Big Bad of the show within a show is one.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: In the chapter 9. Unusually, Lyra says it at the beginning of the sentence:Lyra: I'm human.Synergy: You mean pony?Lyra: Bitch, I know what I said.