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Pinkie held the filly in her hooves, slowly rubbing her back as Scootaloo wept into her cotton candy mane. The poor filly was so distraught, and Pinkie could understand why.

Ahead of them was Rainbow Dash, giving quite an earful to her parents, Snap Shutter and Mane Allgood. What had sparked the entire argument was Scootaloo's crying. Rainbow just couldn't stand to watch the poor filly crying her eyes out to a couple of brick walls.

"We were only trying to do what was best for her." Snap replied.

"Best for her?! Clearly you don't, because you're uprooting her entire life without even considering her feelings! How can you say you actually care about her if you don't even try to comfort her when YOU made her cry?" Rainbow was seething now, her glare turning even colder.

Pinkie has never quite seen Dashie like this, so angry and protective. It may not have been the appropriate time, but she really admired her dedication to her friends and family, even if it meant sticking her nose where it didn't belong.

Dash huffed, "I know you don't know me, and you don't know my relationship with Scootaloo. And that this is a family matter, that you should work out between yourselves. But I CAN'T stand by while you break your daughters heart. And to be honest, she feels more and more like a daughter to me the more time I spend time with her, rather than an adoring fan or a sister."

Snap and Mane traded looks, shock evident on their faces. They hadn't expected such a response, or that moving would be so difficult or so emotionally taxing. "But how else will we be able to raise and watch her grow?"

"Actually raise her? Maybe act like real parents and support your child? Don't run off and dump her on other creatures to be raised, and then be surprised when she doesn't want to change her entire life for ponies she barely knows?" Dash set down on the cobblestone street with a stomp, her glare not letting up. "Don't act like moving her with your work was all for her, because I'll know that's a lie. It's not like it's impossible for one of you to stay home and take care of her while the other works… And why now do you suddenly think Equestria's getting dangerous enough to keep her with you? Does Discord or Chrysalis ring any bells?"

Scootaloo sobbed, overhearing pretty much everything despite her hiccuping. Pinkie continued to comfort her as best she could. Honestly, Pinkie wouldn't know what to say to them if she were the one raging at them, but she knew how they were treating her just wasn't right. Her parents had nearly been the exact opposite, but spending time with the Apples demonstrated how family can get too overbearing and controlling.

"I know you're not bad ponies, okay?" Rainbow finally seemed to be losing steam, signing deeply. "I don't think you're evil, but you're just not… parents. But Scootaloo has a family right here, Ponyville, who's willing to take care of her regardless."

At this her parents finally had the sense to feel ashamed, turning their gazes away. They knew she was right, but it was just too painful to say themselves. Mane and Snap finally walked past Rainbow, who watched them carefully. Pinkie gently nudged Scootaloo, who turned to look at them with watery eyes.

"Scootaloo…."

"We're so sorry, we really thought… that this was the best for you."

"But we weren't thinking what was best for you, but what was most convenient for us. I'm just sorry we didn't understand sooner… "

Scootaloo wiped the tears from her eyes, looking distrustfully at both her parents. She's took a deep breath then replied. "I love you guys, I really do… but… why didn't you listen? I wrote all about my adventures with my friends helping others find their talents in the letters… Did you even read them?"

The two looked shocked, the ashamed. That's all the answer Scootaloo needed, burying her face back into Pinkie's mane. In the distance, a train whistle blowed.

"I think it's time for you to leave." Rainbow grunted flatly. "I wouldn't come back without a proper apology."

Snap and Mane shared one last look, silently communicating. Eventually, they nodded and lowered their heads, slowly trotting towards the station. But not before leaving one last guilt-ridden look. Rainbow Dash sighed, turning to Pinkie and the still-sniffling filly.

"Hey Scoots, how about we get your stuff settled in at my place?" She offered, attempting to lighten the mood. " I can lower the clouds down so you won't fall off or anything… At least for tonight, until we figure out something permanent."

"And I could whip up something to eat..?" Pinkie asked softly, a small smile working on her lips. "I know a good cry makes me hungry!"

Scootaloo perked up, looking up at the two mares as she wiped the tears from her cheeks, a glimmer of hope blossoming in her eyes. She threw her hooves around the elder pegasus, Pinkie joining in on the hug immediately.

"Are you sure? R-Really? That sounds great! thank you! Thank you so much!"

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Yeah, I don't like Scoots parents.

But I don't hate them and I'm not one of those "Scootaloo is an orphan" purists. I just felt they handled this episode really poorly. How could her parents be so callous they don't even try to run after her when she runs away crying?

Both of my parents had extremely similar behaviors. Left me to be raised by someone else, and then become offended or angry when I didn't leap at the chance of being near them, even though I barely knew them. I still care about them, but I can recognize how neglectful and manipulative it was to treat a child like that.

Edit: fixed a few things, added some more text.
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Background Pony #6F3D
Fuck Snap Shutter and Mane Goodall. All my homies hate Snap Shutter and Mane Goodall
Background Pony #1FF1
Yeah her aunts would be her legal guardian and I think you’re a parent should be banned from interacting with her they should be in in jail
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Background Pony #2CD5
Hey, in all fairness, Snap Shutter and Mane Allgood are away so much so of COURSE they’re out of touch with their daughter’s life! They didn’t understand how important the CMCs were.
Background Pony #50EE
@CMC Scootaloo
"We never heard Scootaloo squealing like that before, not even in other situations when she was equally overjoyed." Except she squealed a lot louder when she met Rainbow Dash's parents. Did we watch the same episode??
Azure_Moonlight

also…I agree with the poster descrip and the picture, I would of respected the episode a lot more if it got this dark. I know it probably wouldn't of been able to, but yeah.
Azure_Moonlight

@CMC Scootaloo

interesting, and still fitting, since they travel around, so that could be the interpretation, as they're not around to be super encouraging and so on.

Kind of wish they'd emphasize the relationship between Dash and Scoots, but ah well. We got some of it.
Background Pony #9BD7
This was a tad too harsh which it's why I don't think it would fit as well as the episode did.

I'm sure there's a middle ground but it really is a sensitive topic for family
The Art of Astral

Remember how in Parental Glideance, Scootaloo had that one line implying that she had unsupportive parents?
“Growing up, I never thought I’d be the best at anything cause nopony ever told me. But your parents told to over and over again.”
Backgroundpony

@Jarkes
Letting a character react to Things that happened in the Show is fanfic.

You should stay away from fimfiction if you can not handle a "what if a character was in a particular Scene"
Derpy Whooves
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Looking For My Doctor
@Jarkes
It is a work of fan art presenting an AU or their own take on a scene. You not agreeing with it doesn't make it a "mouthpiece". If you can't understand this please take it to PMs, please do NOT tagwar about it on this image any more, and stop derailing this artist's image with arguments about the theme of the image.
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Looking For My Doctor
Please stop tag warring on this image.

And don't tag it "Mouthpiece" — that's more for characters promoting things or holding up flags. It's fine if you think this character's story is "out of character" but there's nothing in the image itself which makes this a "Mouthpiece" image. It's more of an artist interpretation of something from an alternate universe.

If someone thinks those tags apply, I won't object to them being added. But any more tag warring or adding purely subjective tags meant to cast shade on the artist themselves is going to be frowned upon.
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@VermiIIion

You're not projecting anything there. Scootaloo cried and they were like "Eh, she'll have calmed down by tomorrow and then be our good obedient daughter again. Let's keep packing!".
And Rainbow Dash would have said exactly that if they had given her the opportunity (by which I mean if they had insisted on taking Scoots away), even the part about being more like Scoots' parent than them.
It's completely in-character for Rainbow Dash to be so aggressive and the comment about her being a parent for Scoots was just a logical conclusion, since she DID more things to raise Scoots than her "parents" ever did.
VermiIIion
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@Pause
Tbh I'm too high to care to reply plus I can't do big words fuck
But as one excuse, I haven't slept in 48 hrs when I wrote all this shit

My main complaint is just how Scoots parents haven't shown up until now and they want to move Scoots away? I just feel really bad for the kid, because I can remember those feelings of being trapped between my grandmother and my mother. I didn't want to disappoint both, and I can really feel similar emotions in Scootaloo

I guess I was kinda mouthpiecing? But it's mostly me wanting to defend other people from that kind of emotional baggage. My grandmother has been dead fo r 4 years now and I still really regret a lot of things

I'm rambling but that's how I feel, I never hated scoots parents, just how similar the treatment was. It was probably just me but I felt a lot of condescending when her parents spoke to her, and the lack of empathy and selfishness? Again, that's probably just me. I'm probably projecting waaaaaaAy too much
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@VermiIIion
We're neither show writers but at no point has Dash in the show given any indication that she even slightly try and claim Scootaloo as a daughter figure. Ever.

That is the nonsense this fandom has been spewing for years.



This I have to give to you. BUT everyone in favor of that Outcome I have seen acknowledges that it is wishful thinking and not that the Show has to give us what we want.
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@VermiIIion
We're neither show writers but at no point has Dash in the show given any indication that she even slightly try and claim Scootaloo as a daughter figure. Ever.

That is the nonsense this fandom has been spewing for years.

And there is her saying how one of them should stay home with her? That's literally just the complaints people have about them being shoveled into her mouth.

And no I'm not putting words in your mouth when you literally typed: @VermiIIion
@Pause
Absence IS neglect. Tell that to every child who has to be raised by a single parent or completely absent parents. Or those who are raised by grandparents.


And what you're complaining about is absences. You're complaining about a location change.
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@Pause
Uh, yeah. I'm not a show writer, and neither are you, so neither of us have the sovereign rule of character representation. You can't just say "uh no she wouldn't say that cause I said so" while I can't say "scoots parents are shitty people Because I say so"

Wow, you're literally putting words in my mouth. That's a huge stretch. What I was saying is that an abscent parent, be it one or both, will cause some distress to the child. And if you bothered to read or look at last episodes, it's obvious Scoots has a hole where her parents should have been. But you continue to completely ignored the REAL PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS of abscent parents.

I'm complaining about them being absent because they want to take her from the home she was raised in to go to a completely different place with only two people she knows. Taking her away from everyone and everything that she knows and loves. I know not many people have an appreciation for their childhood homes but god, I figured this would be the easiest thing out of all the reasons to empathize with. Did you even read the posts in this thread?

You seem to be getting very aggressive.
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@VermiIIion
Ah yes. The "opinions" defense. Despite how she would never say these words in the show it's "our opinions".

And you said every child with a single parent/raised by grandparents,etc is being neglected because of absence. Just pointing out that is complete BS.

Never said th-. Then why the hell are you complaining about them being absent?

You're just mad at them for the sake of them being mad. Or is it because you held onto the Scoot/Rainbow Dash daughter type connection. That's probably it because she's never say something like that in the show.

@Chuy Ryu
Piccolo was a terrible person as well so I guess that'd make sense.