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Shooting Stars by RatofDrawn Shooting Stars by RatofDrawn
So, while watching today's episode Lycan came up with the theory, that the double shooting star we see at the beginning and at the end of today's episode could symbolize AJ's parents. And this actually makes an incredibly lot of sense. Apparently a lot of others also had this same idea.

So I just had to draw that.

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:iconjungledyret-2000:
JungleDyret-2000 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
So adorable...
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Timon64 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Beautiful yet sad Love  
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:icongeoice:
geoice Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh
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:iconbrunoloian:
brunoloian Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
That is so touching...I cried for 3 mins like a little girl after I saw it.
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hooon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Artist
:iconengineerplz:"Girl. You can't shoulder all by your problems alone, ya know. You must have somebody-a friend you can talk to?"
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HenryIndiana Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Hey, Batman. What do you think Applejack got her parents for Hearth's Warming Eve?
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:iconmacwafflesninja:
Macwafflesninja Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
This is so beautiful...I'm tearing up :'( poor Applejack
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Greenrob Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
but anyway this made my heart cry of saddness but it was so happy that even in death her parents will still be there.
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:icongreenrob:
Greenrob Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
i had a feeling of that the two stars where her parents
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TokkaZutara1164 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
they never miss a single reunion...
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Tarlonniel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Joined deviantart today. Knew this had to be the first thing I favourited. Just wonderful!
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shinneth Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't even make the connection between the two shooting stars and AJ's parents until I read some episode reviews today and saw the confirmations on Twitter. I was even curious about why there were two shooting stars (and I honestly overlooked the first time they appeared, which was the most poignant symbolic moment for them) specifically, but this was not only a very clever way of alluding to the fate of Mom Apple and Dad Apple without having to say a word about them, but it added a great extra layer to an already-great episode since it makes Applejack's motives behind going all out for the family reunion (even if her plans were excessive and overly complicated) all the more understandable. And I think a lot of us can relate to her in that respect, so Applejack becomes much easier to sympathize with. The timing with the allusions made it all the better, since it wasn't just AJ's parents being dead that was the focus, but that Granny Smith herself is getting up there in terms of age and it's easy to fear that the upcoming reunion very well could be her last, so naturally out of love Applejack would be all the more determined to put nothing less than 110% into making the upcoming reunion stand out from all the others. It's amazing how such a small detail in an episode can make the message behind it twice as powerful as it was on its own.

That said, I really love this. I also love the nod to the part of the episode in which Applejack covers her face with her hat so no one would catch her crying after the barn was destroyed - but in a scenario like in this picture, it's more sensible and more powerful to have her openly show her tears as she looks to the heavens and thinks of her dearly departed folks. I also like, what I assume to be the invitations/RSVPs from the beginning of the episode, only these are meant for her parents. Even if they couldn't be there in person, they were certainly there in spirit.

It's a very sad picture, but in a good way, since the subject matter behind this is not at all meant to be a cheery thing. But despite being sad, it's also very sweet and almost optimistic in a way, since I can easily imagine this being set right after the reunion (just before it could work too) with Applejack looking fondly to the symbols of her parents in the night sky, where you might say, if this was before the reunion that she's silently telling her parents she would make the reunion the most memorable of all and would make them proud, or in a post-reunion scenario, she would be telling her parents how she managed to bounce back from the flaws she made in the reunion and made up for it by having every living member of the Apple family pitch in and rebuild the barn - knowing how proud her parents would be and only wishing that they could've been there to be a part of the biggest Apple family bonding moment in history.

At first I was miffed because I didn't catch on about the shooting stars' symbolism and figured this would've been the only opportunity for the whole series that we'd get ANY word at all about the fate of AJ's parents - only for that to never come to light - but it turns out it was there all along! And that just makes all the difference in the world. Thank you for drawing this!
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jisowthefleetway Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Greenrob Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
the song you link fits this really perfetly.
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jisowthefleetway Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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:icongreenrob:
Greenrob Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
np.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:happycry:
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Arekpl Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
very nice T_T
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:iconratofdrawn:
RatofDrawn Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you <3
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:iconarekpl:
Arekpl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
np /)
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InvaderLiz-TheCat Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Syfrax Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*sits next to applejack and stares at the stars with her. After a few moments which seemed like eternity I begin to sing a soft elven song of time and life.*
Shining moon, be their guide in the darkest nights,
through mist and shadow,
and the edge of night.

Shining moon, lead our souls from the stray path,
in honor of those before us, who granted us life.
*silently tears up*

As all must return to their place of origin,
as must all life fade,
we turn to you, Shining Moon,
to lead us upon that day,
for all shall fade,
all shall,
fade.
*hugs her tightly and lets a few silent tears fall* (I took some parts from Pippin's Song)
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Fenwolf2003 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
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Syfrax Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
(since I'm a wolf I can howl and no, I don't eat ponies) *I raise my head as I start to howl a sad tune. The moon glows brightly and the winds roll across the plains as the voice of the creature of nature echoes through the earth and sky, shrouding the surroundings in sadness. My howl continues for a few more minutes and slowly comes to a conclusion upon which I lower my head and stare at AJ's eyes. She had beautiful green eyes, but not as happy as they used to be. The sorrow was gone but which ensued was not happiness, but more of a relaxed state. My golden eyes stared at hers as the clouds cast their shadow over the moon's light, shrouding us in darkness.*
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furor1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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BB-K Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeap, we all got that myth confirmed. I wish the rest of the family were here, after all, the parents or their loved ones in heaven are saddening. :(
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
*clutches chest* them feels. This is very beautiful and touching. Lovely work c:
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:iconratofdrawn:
RatofDrawn Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much. I'm glad I was able to create something touching!
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SilencedMi6 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Fuck... droppin' feels all over the place...
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Norjack Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
It's confirmed to be true on twitter, so xD
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Sceptilianblade Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
>Confirmed dead
Wow. That's actually... kinda...
Ouch.
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:iconratofdrawn:
RatofDrawn Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. :( But I think the nods to it in the episode were beautifully done.
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PkMnTrainerEdgar Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Them feels ;-;
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:iconratofdrawn:
RatofDrawn Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know ;_;
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hopefox Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Too beautiful for words.
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:iconratofdrawn:
RatofDrawn Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Xeno-the-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Said rumor confirmed by none other than Sibsy
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AlexKuro Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
*Says nothing; hugs Applejack tightly*
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:iconrichfiles:
richfiles Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love this series so much...
How it it they can create a show filled with so many wonders, and filled with such deep meaning!
:iconprincesslunahappyplz:
Come hither, dear Applejack.
We can see that thou needst embrace.
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:iconrichfiles:
richfiles Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
^ "how it it they"???
LOL
Behold, for we can not speak modern Equish with clarity!
Neigh, modern dialect escapes us!
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WarriorSparrow Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
*hugs AJ*
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I especially like the two unopened envelopes. That's the touch that makes this amazing.
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