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Tough Love by MLP-Silver-Quill Tough Love by MLP-Silver-Quill
Dear Princess Celestia,

It’s sad to say, but there are some in this world who think that kindness is the same as weakness. They think that they can do or say mean things because they can get away with it.

I feel sorry for them, because they don’t realize that it takes a lot more strength and courage to show kindness; and it’s not pretty when reality catches up to them.

With that in mind, I am pleased to report that Discord has agreed to not to throw the world in to chaos or make ponies unhappy or replace your bathwater with strawberry soda again.

Your faithful (and kind) subject,
Fluttershy

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This was not a work of free will. I was compelled-neigh-driven to draw this comic. The fan within me cried out for this the moment I read the synopsis for Keep Calm and Flutter On.

My favorite heroine and my favorite villain sharing an episode? This could either be fantastic or tragic. I'm not anticipating a lot of middle ground.

Realistically, I'm not sure what to make of the episode. I question Celestia's bizarre actions and wonder if this might be Discord's final appearance within the show. No way to know, but I'm eager to find out.

Fingers crossed for a good showing!

Update: I should take away that "Spoilerific!" warning, but I worked hard drawing Pinkie Pie, dang it!

Guess I can't say I called it on this one since the Stare was a no-go, but I would have been disappointed if the episode had followed my prediction down to the resolution.

All in all, I enjoyed the episode. This was one of Fluttershy's strongest showings because she wasn't flanderized as a scardy-pony or a volcano of rage. She took on a responsibility, stuck to it in the face of resistance, and showed appropriate anger at the situation.

And while Discord might be partially redeemed, he's not entirely a nice guy. His new outlook allows him to still be a trickester, but now he's not taken to the extreme of world domination. That gives the writing staff more flexibility (and John de Lancie a chance to reprise the role again).

And thanks once again to Equestria Daily for the support and activity spike. It's hard to believe this season is three episodes away from completion. It's been short, but very strong!
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:iconmari1201:
mari1201 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  New Deviant
OMG you were right fluttershy did invite discord to tea partys
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:icontokyofox200:
tokyofox200 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Aside the fact that it sort-of worked after they saved the tree of harmony.. Is it possible that the reason it didn't work because it was the nearly same kind of power or because he wasn't an animal?. Who knows? The stare is a bit of a mystery.. Maybe more than Pinkie sense because it seems that Fluttershy has learned to control it since Staremaster... 

In any case it was worth a laugh...
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:iconemilie8400:
emilie8400 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
knock knock.
whos there 
DA STARE
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:iconbright-elf-boy:
Bright-Elf-Boy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
if the stare worked on Discord. an excellent what if scenario.
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:iconsnowdog-zic:
Snowdog-zic Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Ask and you shall recive.
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:iconjareksobinski:
Jareksobinski Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
I don't get.
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:icondiscordantprincess:
DiscordantPrincess Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
Honestly...I like your idea better. The Stare having no effect on Discord just seemed kinda...silly.
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:icontailsrox:
TailsRox Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Discord isn't an animal.  He's the Lord of Chaos.  I'm pretty sure it's okay if it doesn't work on him.
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DiscordantPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
Ah, true.
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:iconneorenamon:
neorenamon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
While the premise is amusing, they've already shown that the Stare had no effect on Discord... unless he's faking it... AGAIN.
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:iconsally45522:
Sally45522 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
XD lol
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:iconbigthinkz546:
bigthinkz546 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
You know you could have just used the stare on discord the whole time
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:iconcheesycheeseocheese:
CheesycheeseoCheese Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Student
When the episode came out he RESISTED IT
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:iconilovemyfavoritegames:
ilovemyfavoritegames Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
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:iconquinken:
quinken Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Funny to think that the episode start about the same way... it just ended differently.
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splatter789 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Strawberry soda?
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:iconbh18:
bh18 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Agreed, what's wrong with that?
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:iconsplatter789:
splatter789 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Other than possibly staining her coat, nothing! Strawberry soda smells and tastes delicious!
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:iconhoveringporyz:
HoveringPoryZ Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best thing oh my Celestia
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:iconchocolatninja:
ChocolatNinja Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Strawberry Soda-?
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:iconnova-lioness:
Nova-Lioness Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Writer
Hhahaha Fluttershy and the stare!
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:iconskramer123:
skramer123 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Way to be the boss Fluttershy!!!
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:iconronin6401:
ronin6401 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Alternate ending for this comic:

PANEL 5
(Fluttershy calls over her shoulder)
Fluttershy:  Ahem....boo hoo!  Boo hoo hoo!

PANEL 6
(Discord hides atop a tree while a mob of rabid bronies armed with torches and pitchforks surround the base)
Discord:  Alright alright I'll be good now call them off already!
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BoukunMeow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
PANEL 7
(Discord remembers that he's the God of fucking Chaos and turns all those fleshbags inside out with a mere snap of his fingers)
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:icondbzfan12:
DBZFan12 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Too bad it didn't work out like that. Apparently, since he's not an animal, her stare didn't work.
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stardustpink Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD!!! The last panel made me laugh out loud
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:iconmelodymalone123:
melodymalone123 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stare master.
0~0
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:iconheavenisforreal:
HeavenIsForReal Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
LOL ROFL
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:iconwerecass:
werecass Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Artist
Poor Discord.
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:iconfluttershy92306:
Fluttershy92306 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Worth giving him the stare
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:iconpepsi-coia:
Pepsi-CoIa Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
lol
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:iconpaswdgfan:
PASWDGFAN Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Artist
LOL
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Madarao123 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Discord is best draconequus, and the only 1 for that matter
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AleksaBG Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
LOL:D:D:D
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KrazyKitty11 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
First off, I always love your comics, and the only reason I wouldn't comment on every single one is because everything's been said about it. Keep up the awesome work!

Second, Discord is a confusing character that will still act "trickster-ish" probably because, from what we know, draconeqees are all crazy such as him. He has a kind of "Blue to Orange" moral standard that can be harder to decipher as good or bad. But allover, I love how you kept him in character. :meow:
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mangamax7 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
lol
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:icondemongmod:
demongmod Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
NAILD IT
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:iconspacespam:
SpaceSpam Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job , Flutters.
That was tooo easy

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:iconalexkazhdan:
AlexKazhdan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, well done! You predicted the tea party and the Stare. :)
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:iconralani:
Ralani Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
awww, I love this! XD
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:icongoldenponyz:
GoldenPonyZ Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Too bad her stare didn't actually do that in the episode itself. :c
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:iconmlp-silver-quill:
MLP-Silver-Quill Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She did, briefly, but it didn't pan out. I'm actually glad since that would've been too predictable.
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beaglel4 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
It's funny how the episode actually tries this for a few seconds.
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Nukarulesthehouse1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
[link] Did a fandub of this comic. Hope you enjoy. xD
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:iconmlp-silver-quill:
MLP-Silver-Quill Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been very slow in getting back to you on this (I'm terrible like that), and that was hilarious! You did a perfect voice for Discord and it's good to see my work having an audio track. Great job!
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SparkyGeek Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student General Artist
lol
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:iconkilljoy-e123:
KillJoy-E123 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
to bad that don't happen
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JETJK3 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
:iconfluttershyplz: OBEY :iconfluttershystareplz:
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:iconcrelyous:
Crelyous Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I will, I will!! O_O
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