Unrelated to this article: The book is now available in both e-book and dead-tree formats. I have set up a page for links to where you can buy the book, and I will add more as they become available–I should have Amazon and Kindle Store in the next week or so, and hopefully B&N, Nook Store, and Apple Store by the end of the month.
Discovered this story by way of Mark Reads. It’s a Nebula award-winning short story by a professional writer published by one of the biggest names in the business, Tor. It is also quite recognizably a My Little Pony darkfic, and possibly among the first, seeing as it was written somewhere between “Applebuck Season” and “Dragonshy.”
A really, really dark fic. As in “I didn’t sleep last night because of the sad” dark.
Trigger Warnings: Animal cruelty, bullying of an individual by a large group, bullying among young girls