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When A Pony Calls is a Comedy/Tragedy fanfic created by Fimfiction writer Seven+Fates, dealing with an inter dimensional incident, from the perspective of a young man who accidentally switches bodies with a certain human-obsessed unicorn.

The story starts out with Soren, a young adult who is currently in between jobs and living a relatively normal life with his parents, as he wakes up to the morning of his family reunion expecting to have a lot of fun and play with his young niece Hariat. But first, he decides he might as well check for any new messages on his Fimfiction account. After finding nothing that catches his eyes, he is about to head downstairs to help his mother cook, when he suddenly gets a mysterious message from someone claiming to be the MLP character Lyra. She says she has the offer of a lifetime: A chance to switch bodies and experience life as a pony, while she takes the opportunity to experience human life.

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Assuming she is really just a random fan role-playing, he says what the hell and agrees. Then his computer blows up in his face, and he wakes up from his daze to find he is in Lyra's body, as his parents run up to see what happened. It all goes downhill from there, as Soren's life goes straight to hell at every turn. This fic was updated from July 28, 2012 to Feb 28, 2013, and has a completed sequel, The Alchemist's Heart, which now has its own page.

Warning: mature content.


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  • Adam and Eve Plot: Played with. After explaining the Christian creation story, Rarity and Fluttershy point out that it sounds mostly like their version. Which is apparently the same story, but with Celestia, Luna treated, and Discord, swapped in for Adam, Eve, and Satan, respectively.
  • Adult Fear: Not only is Soren's mom having to deal with the fact that her son is now a unicorn (and a female one at that), but she almost loses him to a pool accident.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Soren's gender swapped body.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Equestria is revealed to have this. Soren decides to take this up in the end, to hopefully find a cure for Pound Cake. This is also revealed to be Luna's favorite art.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Soren's niece certainly does. All Soren put it: "I don't think she understands that I'm her uncle Soren."
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  • The Atoner: Lyra tries her best to make amends with Soren.
  • Babies Ever After: Lyra and Bonbon. Though how it happened is a little... squicky.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Soren has no hope of getting his body back, he never see his family again and they have all but disowned him and are left in denial of disappearance, Pound Cake was turned to stone, and Soren will likely be shunned back in Ponyville after almost killing Twilight. On the bright side though, Soren has excepted his fate, Lyra and Bonbon are having a baby, and not all hope is lost for Pound Cake.
  • Body Horror: In both her appearances, the physical forms of Lyra's memory implant are this, but in very different ways. First, she appears as a horrifying, giant, and deformed version of Lyra that tries to devour Soren. But in her second appearance, she appears as a scared and pitiful little copy of Lyra, with whole chunks of her body missing..
  • Butt-Monkey: Soren is repeatedly hit with slapstick, bitten by his own dogs, and even driven insane for awhile.
  • Cassandra Truth: Soren tries to worn Twilight that Pound Cake has wandered into the woods, but since this was after she found out about the Sanity Slippage kicking in... Also, everything could have been avoided if Soren hadn't assumed Lyra was just a random fan trying to play a game when they first came into contact.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Soren manages to even the odds in his duel with Twilight through impractical use of a piece of glass.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Soren threatens to eat a steak while in Lyra's body if she shaves off his goatee while in his.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Starts out lighthearted enough, then we learn that unicorns have backup memories and Lyra's is thinking that Soren's subconscious is some kind of parasite and is trying to overwrite his memories. And that's nothing compared to what happens later.
  • David vs. Goliath: Soren vs Twilight.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Soren has his moments.
    Soren: "And now you used up your leverage, if you didn't eaten that grape, you would have gotten more."
  • Death of a Child: Pound Cake is turned to stone by a cockatrice.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: After successfully sneaking into the bathroom (Makes Sense In Context) Soren celebrates a little too soon.
  • Dream Walker: Luna uses this ability to help Soren's Sanity Slippage. It's also what allows him to resolve the situation with Lyra's memory implant.
  • Easily Forgiven: Subverted. Most of the characters are called out for whatever they did wrong and earn their forgiveness.
  • Foreshadowing: After Soren gets to Ponyville, he notes that his body's skin seemed brighter and later, his ears look pointier.
  • Gender Bender: Soren is turned into a female unicorn. Later, his human body is turned into a female as well because of Lyra's actions.
  • Going Native: A surprisingly tragic example. After Soren realizes getting his old life back is a hopeless endeavor, he decides to just accept life as a pony.
  • Heel Realization: After Soren realizes how harsh he's being towards Lyra.
  • Humiliation Conga: The whole story is a tragic one for Soren.
  • Improbable Weapon User: In his showdown with Twilight, Soren uses a highly reflective glass shard to blind her, so he can get the upper hand.
  • Insistent Terminology: Soren does not like being mixed up with the character from the show.
  • Loss of Identity: Soren faces this after Lyra's natural memory backup begins to overwrite his mind.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: Due to a combination of his Sanity Slippage and blaming her spell for what happened to Pound Cake, Soren mistakes Twilight for a changeling.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Reveal that Soren's human body is morphing into a pony as well comes while Soren and Lyra are laughing at their table, as Soren's laughter turns into crying.
  • Mundane Utility: Apparently, unicorns can double as mobile WiFi hot spots.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Twilight puts a spell on Soren to keep him from leaving town after his Sanity Slippage starts. This is what stops Soren from saving Pound Cake.
  • No Antagonist: All the conflict either comes from misunderstandings, elements no one had any control over, and the insanity from some of said elements.
  • Shout-Out: Soren's dogs are named Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • Oh, Crap!: Both when Soren's dogs get out and when his niece catches him.
  • Plot Hole: How did Lyra get a human computer?
  • Poor Communication Kills: The whole thing with Soren and the memory could have been avoided if they just had a way to communicate properly.
  • Sanity Slippage: Happens to Soren, as Lyra's memory backup eats away at his mind, on top up switching bodies with a pony of the opposite sex, and failing to save a child.
  • Satanic Archetype: Discord is treated as this, even playing the part of the Serpent in the ponies' Adam And Eve creation story.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Soren does this after being bitten by his own dog while in Lyra's Body.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Soren towards Lyra's memory implant.
  • Taken for Granite: This is what happens to Pound Cake, after he wanders into the woods and has a run-in with a cockatrice.
  • Take That!: When Soren makes a Cupcakes reference, Lyra immediately stops him: Pinkie is NOTHING like that.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: Soren temporarily goes mad. It isn't pretty.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Soren challenges Twilight in order to expose her has as a changeling. It's just part of his delusions. Though he still wins.
  • Wham Line: "Hahaha... (crying) My bodies turning into a pony.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Soren gives several to Lyra for getting him in this mess.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The best example is after Soren gets to Equestria and makes up with Lyra. There may be the whole memory imprint destroying his subconscious thing, but if nothing else he'll still get his body back right? Nope, as it turns out, his non-magical body doesn't react well to a magical land, so his human body is also slowly turning into a pony. And just to rub a little more salt into those wounds: his body's not turning back into a male, either.

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