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Its not uncommon to see the Tragedy tag tacked onto a MLP:Fi M fanfic, it's usually a tip off that the author's heading off into deep grimdark territory. And that kind of thing isn't what I usually look for in my MLP:Fi M. BUT this story is different. The tragedy tag may be deserved but its not dark, certainly not grimdark.
Most importantly the characterization is spot on. Canon! Applejack would never find herself in a situation like this, Hasbro wouldn't allow it. But if she somehow did, this is exactly how she'd act - with practicality, determination, and above all love. The outcome couldn't be anything else because then it wouldn't be Applejack. This is a story that will make you cry and cheer at the same time.
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