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When I got my cutie mark, everyone thought my special talent was medicine.

And you know what?

They were right! if you consider downing cold medicine like water a talent...

My life is run by my illness.

I haven't left the house in months, I stopped going to school, and I can't remember the last time I had a conversation with someone that didn't start with "Maybe you should sit down."

C'est la vie, I guess.

I just hope today goes alright.

1 of 2
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Okay, I can do this! Sitting up is the hardest part!

...getting out of the bed is the hardest part!

2 of 2 you are now in control
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>>26124076
How do we feel? Can we stand?
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>>26124076
get outta bed you sick poni
inspect self in mirror
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>>26124076
Is donger okay?
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>>26124076
Deep slow breathes. A wash will makes us feel better. Head for the bathroom.
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>>26124076
Cough, take some cough syrup, and then cough again.
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>>26124076
Find cough syrup.
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>>26124076
Look around.
Try not to get dizzy.
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>>26124227
>>26124219
Alright, It's time to get up.

My legs still work, that's a good sign. I make my way over to the mirror on the other side of my room.

Yeesh, I look the same way I feel.

>>26124257
>>26124252
>>26124244
*koff *koff

Oh boy, here we go. I need to get some medicine from the bathroom.

Wouldn't be morning without it.
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>>26124420
Slam those pills and start the shower.
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>>26124440
>pills
>not spooning syrup into our snooter.
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>>26124420
You should get the grape syrup.
If you slam the whole bottle at once you can smell colors!
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>>26124420
Fuck, this is depressing.
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>>26124493
I know, right?

It's worse knowing that it probably won't be long before Cough Syrup can't even get out of bed anymore.
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>>26124452
>>26124460
Mom only caught me doing this once. She didn't even say anything, which was actually the scariest part.

That doesn't stop me though. If I drink enough of this stuff, I actually feel alright for a bit.

Only for a bit, though.

I start the shower and sit in the steam for a bit. It clears up my nose and let's me breathe.

And I sit there...

I just breathe.

It feels... nice.
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>>26124780
Head downstairs? Maybe try to stumble into the kitchen? If our house is two stories that is.
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>>26124780
>Wait for something to happen that seems vaguely like a cyoa.
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>>26124780
We should self medicate with Cocaine.
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>all this edge

please vacate the board
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>>26124780
Make sure to drink A LOT of water for the overdose.
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>>26124780
Go downstairs.
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>>26124780
Take a moment to reflect on everything we know about our illness.
After we're finished brooding, head to the kitchen and make some cereal. Use water instead of milk because we're lactose intolerant.
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>>26125073
ew
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>>26124876
>poner addicted to otc drug
>edge
Cmon anon we both know you can abuse that word a bit more convincingly
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>>26125073
Gross.
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>>26124876
Stop trying to discourage people from posting original content you faglord
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I read the OP and was subsequently disappointed this wasn't a thread about robotripping.
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>>26124967
>>26124861
>>26124849
To the kitchen I go.

>"Hey, bud! How ya feelin' today?"

Ah, I can't mope around my Dad. It might be physically impossible.

But... what do I tell him?

(OOC: The artist is getting tired)
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>>26125179
the same as always
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>>26125179
ST pls. If you need sleep, get some.

Alright. Not great, but that's the usual I guess, eh?
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>>26125179
I'm okay.
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>>26125179
Slightly better since I just downed a whole bottle in the shower.
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>>26125179
Storyteller, thanks for coming back, btw.

>>26125179
Chipper as usual, dad
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>>26125134
Is that some new hip thing the kids are doing, like whipits or toad licking.
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Wait, do you actually get high off cough syrup?
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>>26125205
>>26125208
>>26125214
"I'm okay."

>"Just okay?"

Come on, this isn't fair.

>"Well I think I know how to make you feel great!"

>He's heading over to the stove. There's a bowl of batter sitting on the counter

>"How do you feel about pancaaaakes?"

"_______"

(OOC: He says he's done for tonight)
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>>26125259
Yes, if it's got Dextromethorphan in it.

>>26125269
Cough out a "sure"
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>>26125269
[Happy horse noises]
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>>26125269
Pancakes do sound good, and we have to keep our strength up.
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>>26125269
Yes please.
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>>26125240
>>26125259
I know quite a bit about the whole thing. Should I do a quick post about it so the teenagers in this thread who want to inject marijuanas but can't find a dealer don't OD on acetaminophen when they chug a bottle of tussin max DM?
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>>26125291
This.
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>>26125297
No, experience is the best teacher.
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>>26125284
>>26125291
>>26125293
>>26125294
YES!

"That sounds good."

... Well he gets it, anyway.

>"That's what I like to hear! Sit on down cuz ees uh gonna be uh good uh baaatch!"

Oh geez, he's breaking out the accent. He always does that when he's excited.

>He reaches out his hoof and I bump it with mine.
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>>26125374
Try not to cough.
Cough anyway
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>>26125297
Knowledge is power, I'd say share if ya feel like it.
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>>26125394
Won't that shit kill you? Isn't it the wrong type of alcohol?
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>>26125374
So, uh, Dad? Think I could go outside today? It's been a really long time since I have and I think I'd like to.
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>>26125374
May I recommend reading other CYOAs to get a better feel for text QMing? It's a wholly different animal than with pictures.
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>>26125407
This, we should try to go the park or something.
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>>26125407
>>26125418
"Hey Dad?"

>"Yeah?"

"After breakfast, can we go to the park or something?"

>He looks at me for a sec, making this kind of thinking face.

>"Sure thing! Glad to see you're feeling up to going out again."

"Yeah."

>We don't really talk much while we're eating.

What do I say? This silence is killing me.

>>26125409
(OOC: I should have, I thought my artist was gonna stay up later, sorry.)
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>>26125400
No, it's ethanol.
It won't kill you, but it's not good for you.

Isopropyl can make you really sick though.
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>>26125530
Can we visit moms grave? My real moms.
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>>26125530
>my artist
ST has said before that he stopped enjoying doing CYOAs. Not sure why you expected him to want to stay up late for one that isn't even his.
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>>26125546
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>>26125530
How much talking can we even do? Won't that hurt our poor sore throat? I vote we keep quite, but at least make happy horse noises at being excited to finally go out.
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>>26125530
Ask what he's been up to.
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>>26125530
Ask where the cough drops are.
Then cough
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>>26125530
How are things going at work?
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>>26125394
Alright then.
The gist of it is that you never take anything with an active ingredient that isn't DXM. Gauifenesin is sort of an exception, but that will probably make you vomit like crazy and you'll already be nauseous from the DXM so you'll likely end up having a bad trip. Point is, stick to stuff with just DXM.

Second, look up dosage information, do the fucking math, and undershoot for your first high. You will probably go a little crazy when you do it, and you don't want to get way higher than you think you're going to. If you're going to do a ton, get someone else there with you because this shit is like PCP but arguably safer.

Delsym and the rest are totally different animals. Delsym has the extended release formula, so you'll get a 10-ish hour high that's kind of shit compared to the real thing. A lot more of a physical/body high (I got a "whooshy" feeling in my head that was pleasant at first but by the end was just making me feel sick.)

Do it in a comfortable place obviously, with a trash can nearby because it's entirely possible to get sick. Not really sure about what food to eat beforehand but dry, starchy stuff probably works well. Get the lights kind of dim but not totally dark - it's more comfortable that way. Weirdly, when I listen to music with headphones on the subtle difference between my ears screws my balance up and I end up feeling sick. I'd recommend listening to it on speakers, but that might just be my inner ear being a little bitch.

Finally, if you really are a kid thinking about doing this, please do some more in-depth research than this post. Realistically you'll probably be fine, but when I was young and stupid I did this a few times and I never realized how close I came to hurting myself. I'm not entirely sure, but looking back, at one point I think I only avoided overdosing on acetaminophen and dying because I grabbed the wrong cough syrup off the shelf.

Or you could quit being a faggot and just smoke weed instead.
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>>26125562
>>26125546
>>26125574
I tried to think of a joke... maybe I'll leave that one on the back burner.

"Sooo, what have you been up to?"

>He laughs

>"S'only 8 Syrup. Not much I can get into so early."

>>26125606
"Well, how are things at work?"

>"Awwight awh guessh, aw'm leavin' fer Ferllyderlphia next werk."

>He's got a mouthful of pancake... nice one, Dad.

>>26125581
*koff

"Hey, do we have any cough drops?"

*koff

>"They're not up in the bathroom with your other stuff?"

>>26125551
(OOC: I don't know, I thought it would be fun, but I didn't realize how hard this stuff was.)
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>>26125666
Sup satan?
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>>26125642
Curiosity mostly, I'm a big drinker and recently smoke alot of pot but I'll never pass up a new "safe-ish" way to get fucked up. I've done a bit of reaserch on it before and you pretty much just confirmed what I'd read about it.
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>>26125666
Maybe? I'll go up and grab some before we head out.
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>>26125713
Yeah, when you've done the research it's definitely appealing. Fairly cheap, fun, and as far as I can tell it's actually pretty safe. I wish a bit more research would be done so we'd have a definitive answer on its safety, but oh well.
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>>26125666
Finish your breakfast, go get some cough drops and get out the door. Time to visit the park.
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>>26125859
>>26125724
(OOC: I'll start with these two tomorrow, I'm heading to bed.)
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>>26125880
'Night OP.
I love this concept and I'm keen for more.
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>>26125880
sleep tight, sleepy cough
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>>26124876
Leave
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>>26125642
>>26125713
I tried it once, but it was like getting beer drunk.
I felt just kinda bad. It was Delsym, so it lasted until the morning.
I did sleep like the dead though.
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Didn't we have any friends back when we attended school? Do we know anyone who wouldn't be too afraid to come over if they were asked to?
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bump to the top!
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>>26124876
Soon people will be calling ponies getting a scratch edgy.
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>>26127903
That time Garrito fell down the stairs and got a bloody nose? So edgy.
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Cough.
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>>26129712
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Sniffle.
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page 9 bump
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Sneeze
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>>26125073
Thats the worst thing ever.
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>>26132481
Yeah, lactose intolerance is taking it a little to far
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[Sick horse noises]
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So are things going to get interesting when all the cough syrup we drank kicks in or have we built up a tolerance?
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>>26134206
I think we've established that we do it a lot.
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>>26124876
You should stop shoving jalapenos up your ass
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>>26134273
Jalapenos can actually kill people if you put too much in anus or vag, anon.
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Okay I got some really good advice from the CYOA Discussion thread. And I'm gonna try to put it to good use this session!

Unfortunately, I don't think there is going to be anymore art for this story, and if there is it will be very rare. But that's okay! I think I can handle this.

Anyways, I'm setting an ETA for 10:30
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>>26134900
10:30 what? EST?
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>>26134921
Oops! Yeah, 10:30 EST everybody!
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>>26134900
Good to hear. Glad you're not giving up.
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>>26134900
If Storyteller isn't keen for doing art for every update, then perhaps you could get her to just draw some character designs for you to post whenever you want to introduce a new pone.
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>>26134900
make some ms paint art m8, it'll be great
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>>26135008
Art programs aren't the problem, I just can't draw!

>pic related, It's what it looks like when I try
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>>26135029
that is perfectly acceptable quality for a CYOA
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>>26135029
Dude, THIS is what AiH started out as. Good art is not a big deal.
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>>26135107
Nanananananananananana
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>>26135137
nanteen
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>>26135107
Damn, now I want to try running a CYOA.
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>>26135149
Nanteen eenches
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Spoilers: Cough Syrup dies in a gutter.
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>>26125724
>>26125859
>I do my best to keep my mouth full for the rest of breakfast so I don't have to try to break the silence.

>When we're finished I head upstairs to the bathroom, open up the cabinet and there they are. Not the sweetest candy, but my breath is the best smelling thing around while I'm eating them. I've got all kinds of flavors too!

Grape, Mint, Orange, Lemon, Pine...

...Pine? Well whatever. I can't stand around-

>"Syrup! You ready!?"

Gah! Which flavor? Which flavor!?
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>>26135350
Menthol
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>>26135350
Mint.
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>>26135350
Those cherry-cream ones are top tier.
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>>26135350
Something sharp and minty to clear the sinuses.
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>>26135368
*strawberries and cream
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>>26135350
Mint.
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>>26135367
>>26135376
>>26135393
>>26135368
>I grab a few mint ones for the breath and a few... Oh nice! Strawberry cream! definitely taking a few of those. Time to get downstairs!

>I see Dad standing at the front door.

>"Ready to go?"
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Everything's ready! All we need is a reason to get out of bed in the morning, and we might even get to the point where we can act like a normal pony!
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>>26135426
Not before we get our scarf.
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>>26135426
Yeah, let's go.
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>>26135476
>>26135453
Might as well grab my scarf, who knows what the weather'll be like?

"Yeah, I'll meet you outside."

>As he heads out I make my way to the coat rack in the living room. Hanging on top is one of the few articles of clothing I own. A brown-cream striped scarf. As I walk back towards the front door, I throw it around my neck and let the loose ends hang.

>Outside the front door is Dad.

>"Okay! Let's go!"

>But then he looks me over. And smiles

>"Lookin' sharp, bud. Gonna try to pick up some jogger fillies at the park?"
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>>26135600
Maybe I'll aim a little lower.

Fillies out walking their pets at the quickest.
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>>26135600
Pshh, like I need a scarf for that.
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>>26135600
Laugh and say yes while knowing that no filly wants to take care of you.
They want somepony to take care of them.
Attempt to not get upset, but do anyway.
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>>26135795
Nah, let's not spend a bunch of time crying and brooding for no reason.
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>>26125259
Cough Syrup has alcohol in it.
Why do you think people are addicted to it?
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>>26135677
>>26135617
"Pshh, like I need a scarf for that. Besides, getting fillies that are walking their pets is a lot easier."

>He starts howling with laughter, but composes himself for a second to say

>"How- *heh How do you think I met your mother!"

>Now he's laughing even harder, as we walk I can just feel people looking at us.

*koff *koff

>We find our way to the giant wooden arches that act as the entrance to the park. Passing by a few restaurants and shops along the way. When we're in I can see a few ponies playing frisbee or trotting along the dirt path that leads around the park. There are also benches littered around the area and a lot of them are unoccupied .

>"So what do you wanna do?"
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>>26125530
HE HAS A FUCKING PERSONAL ARTIST
WHAT ARE YOU? DONALD TRUMP?
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>>26135886
If we're as sick as everyone says we are, even walking around should tire us out a lot.

In fact, we should probably be exhausted by now.
Just sit on a bench and watch the ponies playing.

Treat it as an escape, just watching other ponies being happy, healthy, and active. Many sick or other handicapped people do this.
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>>26135927
*had
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>>26135943
well that's depressing

>>26135882
that's not what gets you high or addicted to it
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>>26135943
"Can we just sit down?"

Please, I need my lungs to catch up with the rest of me.

>"Okay, anywhere specific?"

"Maybe that one, so I can watch the frisbee game?"

>We head over to a bench in the shade, it gives me a good view of everything that's going on in the game. It's mostly fillies my age playing and a few younger colts.

>They just go back and forth for a bit, I don't think they're playing an actual game. They might just be tossing it around. I think about getting up, until.

>"Heads up!" a light orange coated filly calls out.

What?

>A frisbee lands right next to me, smacking loudly against the bench. I jump at the noise.

>"Sorry!" the same filly.

>She's trotting over here. Dad is giving me this smirk/ side look thing.

... Great.
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>>26136248
*Flirt
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>>26136248
Uh, hey.
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Actually I think I'm gonna head to bed, I'll give you guys some time to think of a game plan.
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>>26136248
Try not to cough
cough a lot
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>>26136248
flirt like there is no tomorrow

because there is none
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>>26136319
Sleep tight sleepysick!
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>>26136324
>>26136359
Then accidentally sneeze in her face because the park is full of allergens
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>>26136465
Gross. At least have the decency to cover it up with a leg.
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>play CYOAs to escape from cruelness of reality
>play CYOA about poner that is slowly dying
>reminded that we are all slowly dying, meandering through our meaningless lives, incapable of accomplishing anything worth doing in the short time before our deaths, unable to justify our existence
>CYOA did not work this time
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>>26136566
>Slowly Dying

Bitch it's just a cold. Apparently an incurable cold which is based around the horse's cutie mark.
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>>26136611
>Bitch it's just a cold

>Gargantuan effort to get out of bed
>Doesn't even feel good enough to leave the house in months
>Hasn't gone to school in longer
>Parents don't stop him from ODing on cough syrup

Even if it's not terminal, it's not just a cold.
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>>26136647
>>26136611
Also:
>I can't remember the last time I had a conversation with someone that didn't start with "Maybe you should sit down."
He's getting some shocking news pretty often.
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>>26136699
I took that to mean that people thought he looked sick all the time so they thought he should take a breather.

Your beautiful digits say otherwise, though. 6699, not to mention that 2+1+3=6, and there's another 6 to top it all off. Just beautiful. Only way it could be better is if the first 6 was a 9 instead.
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>>26137119

I took it that way at first too, but either way this is one sick poner.
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bump
this cyoa will die without art
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>>26136566
I read it only because I silently pray that Cough Syrup will get better.

A CYOA can have a happy ending, life - not really.
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>>26124029
Try adding a CYOA to your next thread so people can quick search it without over looking it.
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>become friends with pone
>they begin to care about us
>they find out about our condition
>they becomes sad
>we feel guilty for making them sad
>we die
>they're become even sadder

Alternatively,
>we don't become friends with pone
>they live a happier life

From an objective standpoint, socializing with other kids will only bring more pain, grief and regret into the world. It's fundamentally unethical to form a relationship with somebody else, because that relationship won't have a happy end.

Sure, having no friends sucks, but that's our burden to bear. It's pure selfishness to inflict sorrow onto a stranger just to alleviate our own loneliness.

And think about it, could we ever actually be good friends with a healthy kid?
We wouldn't be able to play games with them, or gossip about school life — hell, we wouldn't even be able to give them a hug without the risk of coughing blood into their hair.
What do we, as a friend, actually have to offer?
Besides, they'd only stick around out of sympathy anyway.

We should start off in full depression mode, so there's room for feels and character development later.

Plus, it doesn't feel right for our MC to flirt with the first filly we meet.
He's just a colt. Children don't normally care for romance.
On top of that, it just seems out of character for Syrup to begin flirting. So far, he's been very self deprecating and miserable. He doesn't strike me as the playboy type.

Honestly, I think some of you Anons are thinking with your dicks.
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>>26138997
I can only agree with everything said here
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>>26138997
I don't really know what to say.
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>>26138997
>>become friends with pone
>>they begin to care about us
>>they find out about our condition
>>they becomes sad
>>we feel guilty for making them sad
>>we die
>>they're become even saddersadder
WAKE ME UP INSIDE
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Depressed bump
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>>26138923
That's why OP should JUST. Unless ST doesn't want them touching her tablet or something.
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>>26138923
It won't be nearly as popular without ST either way. ST is an inherent draw.
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>>26138997
>implying it's not just an act to keep our dad happy
Get on my level nerd.
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>>26140501
I don't think our dad would care that much, seems like he's just busting our balls.
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>>26140912
He cares about us, and acting like we're not about to croak will make him happy.
This is kinda simple stuff.
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I thought this was a sick pony quest, not apathetic depression quest
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>>26141017
Depression is one of the stages of death, Anon.
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>>26140961
Yep
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>>26142400
Depression
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Pills are really good!
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>>26143053
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>>26143848
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>>26144431
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>>26144983
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I'll be starting again around 9:30 EST

We'll finally get to talk to this new face!
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>>26145936
>inb4 trappone
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>>26146003
Not really appropriate for this quest, Anon.
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>>26146010
You'd think, wouldn't you?
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>>26145936
>9:30 EST
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>>26146070
Sadness pls
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>>26136303
>>26136290
>>26136324
>"Sorry!"

"Oh, uh... It's fine. I, uh-"

>She picks the frisbee up off the ground, she's about to trot away, but just as she starts she stops and does a double take towards me.

>"Do I know you?" She says tilting her head

What?
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>>26146871
We might have gone to school together.
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>>26146871
I don't *hack* think so... *cough*
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>>26146871
Uh, I don't know. My name's Cough Syrup. Rings any bells?
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>>26146890
>>26146884
>>26146919
"I *koff don't think so... *koff."

I have no idea who you are, anyway.

"Does-"

>"Wait!"

... uh, okay?

>Her face is warped in intense thought.

>"... Cough Syrup?"

How does she even-?

*koff

"Yeah... how'd you know?"

>"Oh my gosh! I haven't seen you since Kindergarden! Do you remember me?"

"..."

Who the heck is this filly?

>"Marigold? Does that sound familiar?"
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>>26146983
Say that you're not good with faces, but it's nice to see you again.
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>>26146983
Sorta. I think.
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>>26147017
This
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>>26147017
>>26147026
>>26147072
Kindergrarden?

"I'm uh, not good with faces. Sorry."

>Dad decides to make things worse.

>"Come on, I remember taking you to her 6th Birthday! When's the last time you went to a birthday party?"

>He taps on my head, looking over at her

>"It's up here somewhere!" He chuckles and she follows suit, snorting up a storm.

My ears were hot enough to cook with before, but now I could probably melt metal with them.
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>>26147148
It's been a while.

So uh, *koff* how has school been going?
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>>26147148
Just tell her that it's nice that she remember's us.
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>>26147148
Right. You were the girl who cried when the cake got knocked over.
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>>26147163
That's kind of mean.
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>>26147157
>>26147161
>>26147163
"It's been a while, ho- *koff how's school been? I haven't been there in I don't know how long."

>"It's alright, I guess... Y'know, people still talk about you, like, all the time."

What!?

>"Y'hear that? You don't even go to school anymore and you're STILL a popular kid!" Dad adds while ruffling my mane.

>The other ponies Marigold was playing with are starting to make their way over to us.

... Thanks Dad.
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>>26147148
Ask her how she's been.
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>>26147271
What about?
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>>26147271
Nothing good, I hope
*cheeky grin*
ruined by coughing
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>>26147271
>>26147284

Yeah, what do they say?
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>>26147294
>>26147287
>>26147284
"What do they say?"

>"Marigold what's the hold up?" another filly calls over to us.

>As they walk up Marigold turns one of the other fillies.

>"Look who it is!"

>"Cough Syrup!?"

>"What? Really?"

>"Cough Syruuup!"

>One of the fillies trots up and throws a hug on me.

>"I haven't seen you in years!"

>I look over her shoulder into the group.

"How do all of you remember me?"

>"Everyone's been wondering where you went? A lot of 'em are saying you died."

Ah, I see... I do see.
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>>26147431
>A lot of 'em are saying you died
Not yet we haven't.

Also, is memory loss one of our symptoms, or are we just normally bad at remembering faces?
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>>26147431
We did feel like dying before, but luckily, or rather unfortunately for us, it hasn't happened yet.
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>>26147431
No, I'm just really tired all the time, can't really go anywhere.
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>>26147471
it's probably brain damage from all the robotripping we do
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>>26147471
>>26147565
>>26147560
"Well, I mean... not yet, anyway."

>And the crowd goes silent.

"... I mean I just don't get out a lot. I'm really tired all the time."

>They all just look around at eachother.

Why did I say that? I can almost feel Dad cringing.

>"Well it was nice seeing you again!" Most of them start to trot off. Except for Marigold.

>"Do you think you'll ever come back at some point?"

Boy, that's a loaded question if I've ever heard one.
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>>26147643
Let's hope for it, shall we?
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>>26147643
I sure hope so.
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>>26147643
Uh, nice seeing you too...

I plan to come back.
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Is Coughie's sickness caused by his Cutie Mark? Like trading a constant flu for immunity to other diseases
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>>26147643
We hope.
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>>26147736
>>26147687
>>26147758
>>26147847
"I hope so."

>She smiles. That's good. At least someone can handle my humor.

>"Me too... It was nice seeing you again, and you too, Mr. Block."

>"You too." Dad waves to her as she trots away. Once she's out of ear shot, he leans back against the bench.

>... He's not saying anything. No wise cracks, no jokes, nothing.

Why isn't he saying anything!? That whole conversation was perfect material!

>>26147843
(OOC: His immune system is incredibly weak. He has been catching different afflictions throughout his life, he very rarely is in good standing, health wise.)
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>>26147898
Cheer him up with something cheesy
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>>26147843
>Is Coughie's sickness caused by his Cutie Mark?
I think it's the other way around. Being sick is our special talent.

This might sound bizarre or stupid, but think about it like this; we can't be good at anything in life because of our illness.
We can't throw parties like Pinkie Pie. We can't go fast like Rainbow Dash. We can't concentrate on studies like Twilight.

Everything that other ponies could do to get their cutie mark isn't an option for us. Our illness prevents us from excelling at anything.
All we have left is our illness. Being sick is the only thing we can be good at, and that's why it's our special talent.

At least, that's what Syrup should think. Hopefully later it'll turn out that our cutie mark means something else entirely.
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>>26147911
This.
>>26147898
Isn't there SOME good side to his CM? Like he can't overdose medications or something?
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>>26147898
Now's the time to lie down and look at the ground.
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>>26147932
>Isn't there SOME good side to his CM? Like he can't overdose medications or something?
If this was the case, I'd rather it be something we (and Syrup) discover naturally over the course of the quest.
Even if there isn't anything good about our cutie mark, I'd rather not have conformation from the QM that would stifle speculation.
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>>26147932
No. That's where the feels come in.
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>>26147911
>>26147932
"Dang, guess they weren't interested after all, huh? To be fair, none of them were walking their pet so..."

>He's still stone faced, just kind of staring off at something. I look to see if there's something of interest. But all I see besides the group from before going back to their game, is the tree line.

"..."

Why is he being so quiet?

>"Have you really been thinking about going back to school?"
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>>26148002
W-why?
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>>26148002
I'd like to.

I guess it's not really an option though..
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>>26148002
All the time. I don't want to be coped up any longer at home, I need to do something.... but that's just a dream, it won't be possible
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>>26148002
I mean...
We would like to...
Probably not an option, though.
Tell him not to worry about it.
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>>26148015
>>26148017
>>26148026
>>26148029
"Well I think I'd like to, one day."

>He's silent again.

What's with him? This is totally unlike him. Two seconds ago he was running his mouth, and now... nothing.

>"... That's good to hear."

And I thought I was the king of weak smiles... He looks... weird, without his smirk or his big grin.

What am I supposed to say in a situation like this?
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>>26148138
Ask frankly if he's alright.
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>>26148138
Are you ok dad? What's wrong?
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>>26148138
Dad?
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>>26148138
Tell him not to worry about him and change the subject.
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>>26148138
>inb4 we asked dad to get out of school in the past
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>>26148157
It, not him.
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>>26148138
Ask what's wrong.
OOC is serious business

And assuming at birth naming conventions, whatever were his parents thinking when they named him?
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>>26148240
Parents have magical foresight. Always have in mlp universe.
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>>26148251
Or ponies change their names when they discover their true calling. Appleboom's CM has nothing to do with blooming apples, same with Scotaloo, Sweetie Belle, Twist and so on.
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>>26148156
>>26148155
>>26148152
>>26148157
"Are you alright?"

Come on Dad, work with me.

>"Hm? Yeah, I'm fine. How about you?"

That's not "working with me."

>He looks around. Then turns to me.

>"You wanna go to the arcade or mini golf or something?"

I don't know what's got him so shaken, but maybe its for the best that I just drop it.
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>>26148240
>When I got my cutie mark, everyone thought my special talent was medicine.
Maybe that's what they were going for?
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>>26148305
Yeah. Minigolf would be okay.
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>>26148305
Minigolf sounds cool.
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>>26148466
>>26148338
"Mini-golf, sounds cool."

>"Alright then, let's go!"

>We make our way across the field back to the entrance of the park. Essentially, right outside of the park is a little plaza filled with shops and attractions. We find ourselves in "Hole-in-one's Supreme Mini-Golf Experience."

What a name...

Hopefully this will cheer him up. What was getting him so moody, anyway? I thought he'd be happy at the idea of me going back to school...

Oh, well. Now is obviously not the time for that.

(OOC: Alright everyone! I'm heading to bed. See you all tomorrow!)
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>>26148634
sleep tight, sleepysick
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>>26148634
Something I wish you would do:
You should treat Cough's illness as debilitating as it should be. Almost every time his illness has affected him, it's been prompted by an anon.

He should be exhausted from doing normal activities, even walking, devolve into coughing fits in the middle of sentences, and never really yell or get excited.
Maybe not to the point of sudden collapse, but Syrup should have to take regular breaks to sit down and breathe.

From the way you're telling it, it seems like a minor cold, when no one in the universe is treating it like that .
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>>26149891
Also, it's kind of confusing how little Cough Syrup knows about his condition. Apparently next to none, if he thinks he can go back to school.

And worse, it's shocking how bad his parents are at hiding how sick he is from him.
>Yeah, go ahead and drain that cough syrup, not like it'll matter anyway.
>You want to go back to school...? Uh, wanna go minigolfing? Maybe down to the arcade?


Although, I do like the morbid humor as a coping mechanism.
>"Ponies think you're dead!"
"Well, not yet, at least."

Although Im surprised the line about how tired we are garners more cringes than the line about not being dead yet.
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>>26150184
To be fair, the hell kind of response did they expect?
We look like absolute shit, how do they expect the incredibly sick pony to respond to >"some ponies think you already died"?
Did they want us to lie through our teeth and tell them we're okay? Joking say 'no, not yet,' like we did, ignore it, laugh uneasily?

It's an insensitive thing to say, and I don't think we're the bad guy for not knowing how to respond.
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Why don't our parents just ask the Princess to cure us?
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>>26150399
It would be to easy.
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>>26147898
So he basically has pony AIDS, but not acquired.

Oh shit.

And what >>26149891 said. I'f Cough is supposed to be sick all the time, describe it. Not in every single post you make, but from time to time it would be good.
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