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So, Applejack wakes up. She's in a bed. In a motel. Hungover. And there's a strange stallion in the bathroom. Something has obviously gone horribly wrong. She's done The Two-Step, with no recollection of her "dance partner."

Spawned a sequel entitled Three Steps Back, which expanded into its own story about dealing with consequences, finding love and respect, and Applejack being pregnant.

And by the way, neither of these are safe for work. You've been warned!

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Tropes Present in This Fanfic Series Include:

  • The Alcoholic
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Flim and Applejack had sex with each other and forgot to take proper sexual precautions because they were both completely drunk.
    • Berry Punch ends up blurting out the fact that the two slept together after she gets plastered.
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: A variant of this trope is why Applejack is initially hostile about bisexuals, and particularly disgusted when she finds out Flim is bisexual. She presumes that since bisexuals can be sexually attracted to both sexes, they're inherently incapable of being monogamous. She gets called out on this quite sternly.
  • Armored Closet Gay:
    • Soarin is a variant; he's a Straight Gay and comfortable with himself, but keeps it in the closet to try and protect his reputation. One of the "B-plots" of Three Steps Back involves the Wonderbolts believing Flam, who they have mistaken for his brother (the one who actually had sex with Soarin), intends to blackmail Soarin with photos of their having sex.
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    • To get back at Big Mac, Flim aggressively comes on to the Earth Pony and suggests he's a bisexual in denial.
  • Bi the Way:
    • Flim is pretty comfortable with mares and stallions, though he keeps the attraction to males on the quiet. There are subtle implications that most of his sexual encounters, up to and including his loss of virginity, have been with stallions, though his own sexual attraction to Applejack is pretty clearly genuine.
    • Applejack eventually confesses that she tried having sex with Rainbow Dash once.
    • It's implied Flam shares his brother's tastes, but distinctly prefers mares.
  • Boomerang Bigot:
    • Trixie has a thing against Earth Ponies, but is herself at least part Earth Pony on her father's side. This is because her Earth Pony father raped her as a child.
    • Applejack's anti-bisexual commentary is pretty hypocritical, given she prefers stallions but has had lesbian sex herself.
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  • Brain Bleach: In-Universe, Flam wishes for some after he gets the photos of his brother and Soarin having sex developed.
  • Cain and Abel: After Flim ruined Flam's wedding by sleeping with Flam's then-marefriend, Trixie, they weren't on speaking terms for a few years.
  • Camp Gay: Pokey Pierce.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Berry blabs about Flim and AJ's encounter while drunk.
  • Casual Kink: Flim is awfully nonchalant with nursing Applejack's swollen teats.
    • Applejack herself seems to have a bit of a bondage fetish, what with how she tied Flim to her bed. Granny Smith suggests it was inherited from her grandfather, though given what we find out a few chapters later, she may have just been messing with everyone.
  • Chained to a Bed: Applejack does this to Flim. Granny Smith jokingly suggests that she got this fetish from her grandfather.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Flim tells Applejack he’s a hemophiliac, she briefly confuses the term and thinks he’s a pedophile before he corrects her.
    • Later she does it again and accidentally says he's a necrophiliac.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's hinted that Trixie has one. It's later revealed that she was raped by her father.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Big Mac and Flim have a confrontation over Flim's relationship with Applejack, Flim finally responds to a threat from Big Mac about breaking off Flim's horn by dropping the various farm equipment he's carrying with his levitation. This causes "several hundred bits" worth of damage he'll have to pay back... and also means he drops the scythe on top of himself, cutting a deep gash in his body. And he's a hemophiliac (his blood doesn't clot right) so he nearly bleeds to death before Big Mac gets him to the hospital.
  • Domestic Abuse:
    • Neither Flim nor Flam likes to talk about their older sister because of the fact she was an abusive guardian. They found out they were hemophiliacs when she threw a toddler-aged Flam against a wall for crying and he just wouldn't stop bleeding from the mouth.
    • It eventually gets revealed that Trixie hates Earth Ponies, despite being half Earth Pony on her father's side, because her father used to rape her!
  • Everyone Has Standards: Flim is aghast when Big Mac accuses him of having drugged and raped Applejack to get her pregnant.
    • On a meta level, the author is horrified when reviews for chapter 17 suggested Flam had plans to "do something" to Flim & Applejack's foal as revenge, declaring even Flam's "not that big of a villain".
  • Double Entendre: Connie tells Apple Bloom her last name is 'Lingus', but claims it means she is a 'cunning linguist'.
  • Exact Words: When Applejack has her first ultrasound, she panics upon remembering a cousin who had "surprise quadruplets", and the fact Flim and Flam themselves are twins, and asks how many foals she has in her, and Twilight says less than three. It's one.
  • Fantastic Racism: Trixie has anti-Earth Pony sentiments, despite being half Earth pony herself. It's later revealed that it's because her Earth Pony father raped her.
  • Fridge Horror: An In-Universe occurrence comes in the sequel, when Flim overhears Bic Mac and Cherrilee talking about a foal they had that apparently didn't survive and he realizes a nearby tree that Big Mac pays special attention to is 16 years old... the same date they apparently lost the foal.
  • Gayngst: Pops up occasionally in the sequel, like with Soarin or Flim.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Invoked by Trixie when she reveals that, for her, the gender inverse is true, something that discomforts Flam.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Applejack has shades of this, but is largely portrayed sympathetically. It's worth noting that it's only Bi the Way ponies that she has a problem with, she doesn't mind gay/lesbian ponies. Hypocritically, she's had a minor sexual fling with Rainbow Dash herself, even though she prefers stallions.
  • Honor Before Reason: Big Mac insists upon a marriage between Flim and Applejack, even though he admits it's not ideal.
  • Hybrid Power:
    • Invoked; the nurse giving Applejack her ultrasound notes that she wishes more ponies were open to intertribal relationships, because half-breeds tend to be stronger and healthier than purebloods due to "hybrid vigor".
    • Trixie is explicitly noted as having far superior strength and constitution to the normal unicorn thanks to her earth pony genes, which is how she's able to haul around her caravan singlehoofedly.
  • Ill Girl: A male version. Flim is a hemophiliac, meaning his blood doesn't clot. He also seems to have other medical problems, most openly a propensity to panic attacks, though he assures Applejack that they should be recessive especially since their child is a filly.
    • Flam is stated as having inherited the hemophilia genes as well, which makes sense, given they're identical twins.
  • In Medias Res: The first story starts with Applejack waking up in a motel room with no knowledge of how she got there.
  • Jerkass: Flim and Flam's older sister.
  • Missing Mom: Flim and Flam's mom, who they never knew, as she died in childbirth. Their sister later reveals that she's actually alive.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Neither Applejack nor Flim wishes to have a child, especially not with each other.
  • Most Writers Are Human: Applejack vomits, even though ponies aren't capable of that. Then again, ponies have vomited before.
  • Parental Incest: Trixie's father raped her as a child.
  • Phony Psychic: Flim and Flam's older sister claims she's read Applejack's 'energy' by going through her saddlebags after getting her to close her eyes.
  • Oh, Crap!: Several points in the series, most notably when Applejack realizes who she's just spent the night with.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Flim dreams of Discord, who gives him a warning about the future. When he wakes up, he initially believes it was just a fever dream until he notices claw marks Discord has left on his shoulder.
  • Sanity Slippage: Trixie is caught talking to herself after hearing voices.
  • Shotgun Wedding:
    • Big Mac tries to force this in the sequel, much to the displeasure of both Flim and Applejack. The shotgun wasn't loaded when he pointed it at Flim though.
    • Granny Smith eventually reveals she and her husband had to go through this for much the same reason as Flim and Applejack, even showing Applejack how her wedding dress was custom made to cover her advanced pregnancy. She notes how miserable their relationship was as a result.
  • Traveling Salesman: Flim, and, to a lesser extent, Flam.
  • Troll: Granny Smith.
    • Twilight also gets in some trolling.
  • Wham Episode: In "Despicable" Trixie tells AJ that Flim isn't straight, and Connie tells Flim that their mother, who they had been told died in childbirth, is in fact alive.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: The point of the first story.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Trixie, much to Flam's displeasure.
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