>You gently pull open the front door of Applejack's humble home. >The floorboards are old and weary, but your footsteps leave no sound. >You slowly pass through the family room, taking only a moment to reminisce. >This home is far too familiar to you. >As are those tragically young ponies smiling with their three children in a faded photo hanging on the wall. >All three foals have many blissful years ahead. >Applebloom. >Applejack. >Big Macintosh. >You peek inside each of their rooms. >They sleep peacefully. >It was a long day for them, no doubt. >Tomorrow will sadly be longer. >Finally, you reach the last room. >In the dim moonlight that leaks through her window, you see she lays awake in bed, blankets pulled up to her chin. >She sees you approaching but pays no mind.
"Hello Granny." >You speak softly. >"Howdy."
"I think you know why I'm here... it's time to go." >"Already?"
"That cough was never going to fade, the doctor told you as much." >"I been takin' my medicine, don't you worry none."
"If only medicine could cure age." >"I still got a few years in these old bones." >You sigh before taking a seat on the edge of her bed.
"You're tired, Granny. Why don't you get a little rest?" >"Don't quite feel like it."
"You'll dream sweet dreams, I promise." >The old mare stares blankly at the ceiling. >Her laboured breaths fill the silence between you. >"Will... will I see my sweet boy again?"
"I told him you'd be around real soon. He's excited to see you again. They all are." >"Will the young'uns be alright? You'll watch 'em, won't you?"
"Losing a loved one is never easy, but you raised 'em strong. They'll be okay." >More silence. >She rolls onto her side. >"Promise?"
"I could never lie to an Apple. I promise." >"Then... I guess... I'm ready." >You nod, and take hold of her covers. >Like you would a filly, you tuck Granny in. >She doesn't fuss or cry. >She doesn't struggle or resist. >She simply relaxes. >And with a gentle, loving touch, you put Granny to rest.
i remember a story where anon is given the position of the grim reaper because "humans are familiar with death" of something, and then ponies believe that he is abusing his powers or something, i dont remember much of it but it was a good story, hopefully i'll see it again here
that thread had a lot of "get in the bag" stories as well
>>25339321 I like the idea of death being a cool guy who helps those along there path. Were these no reason to fear him unless you have done something to make it that way. Maybe even have to protect the liveing if it wasn't there time yet.
>>25340289 You might like the book On a Pale Horse. It's about a dude who accidentally kills Death while attempting to commit suicide and is guilted by his fellow forces of nature into taking up the mantle.
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