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Maudie and Moony by Lopoddity Maudie and Moony by Lopoddity
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EDIT: added a bonus doodle!

Maud was sitting at her workbench, calmly sipping from a mug of lukewarm black coffee, when she heard the front door creak open. Her ears pricked up at the sound of tiny hoofsteps, and she knew immediately who it was, and could tell, without even looking, that he was troubled.

"Good afternoon, Marshmallow." Maud tried, in her most pleasant monotone, "There's a snack waiting for you in the kitchen."

Moondancer looked up to his adoptive mother, and his eyes welled up with tears. He let his small body slump against her, burying his face against soft grey fur, and he began to cry.

Maud and Moony had an established routine. When Moondancer was upset, he'd often seek her out. Her powerful arms were his private shield, the one place where he was safe from everything. Maud always quietly held him until he calmed down enough to speak-and this is what she did now, gently rubbing her son's back and listening to his muffled, wet hiccups. Her sister Limestone had once referred to Moondancer as a crybaby, but Maud knew better. Her marshmallow was sensitive, like herself, and she knew that sometimes, he just needed to cry things out. So she let him.

After a long few minutes, Moondancer began to breathe normally. "....I had a bad first day, Maudie." He mumbled into her chest. "I r-ruined the ballet clothes you bought me." He hiccuped. "I'm sorry..."

"It's alright. Clothing can be replaced at little expense. But your current distress isn't just about clothes, is it?" Maud was perceptive as always, and Moondancer flinched at her question. "What happened at school today, Moondancer?"

"I....there was a colt-" Moondancer's little muzzle scrunched up in anger, "An awful, rotten brute of a colt, and he called me names, and then he muddied my clothes and tore them, and he pushed me down and kicked me-" Moondancer showed her the bruise that'd blossomed on his side. Roaring maternal rage blazed to life in Maud, burning hot enough to rival a wildfire. Not that her expression changed, of course. 

"Do I need to destroy him?"

"No,'s just....he called me a sissy, Maudie." Moony's ears folded back, miserable. "...Am I? Is it bad to like dancing? I-I know that Mother says I'm destined for greater and more powerful things, but..." He looked up to her with plaintive eyes, looking so very, very young. "....I think I just want to dance, Maudie."

Oh, my sweet, poor little Marshmallow.

"I know, darling." Maud scooped him into a tight hug. "There's nothing wrong with that. It is our passions that define don't let anypony ever make you feel bad for who you are." She blew an impassive raspberry against Moony's cheek, and the colt let out a surprised squeal of laughter, kicking his little hooves.

"You know, lots of ponies made fun of my passion, too." She said, catching him in a nuzzle. "They thought that studying rocks was....boring."

Moondancer gasped, clutching his hooves to his mouth. "Blasphemy, Maudie!"

"I know, I know. Geology is the very pinnacle of adventure, I told them. Just yesterday, I found a piece of basalt that was only somewhat composed of plagioclase. The rest was made up of
diopside minerals, which was mildly unusual." Moondancer nodded his head with interest, delighting her. "And of course, I make other unusual finds."

She reached across her workbench and rummaged in her drawer, pulling out an odd curved item. Although it was mostly ash grey in color, the tip was a poisonous crimson, so bright it seemed reminded Moondancer of a fang stained with blood. For a moment he suspected it might be a unicorn's horn-but the thing was too smooth, too curved, too strange.  

"This is not a rock." Maud said simply. "Nor is it a fossil, nor is it's organic, but I can't determine its origin. I found it out on my expedition to the Crystal Empire, half buried in ice and snow. Very odd, don't you think?" Moondancer lit his horn, and she let her son take the object into his magical hold. "That's why I think I'm giving it to you."

"Me?" Moony nearly dropped the not-rock. "But Maudie, you're the rock scientist, you're the one who can do amazing research-"

"Yes. But I'm trusting you with it now. You're holding a very big mystery in your hooves, Marshmallow, and it's all yours to unravel." She twitched the corners of her mouth in the faintest ghost of a smile. "I'm sorry you had a bad first day at school, darling. I hope this helps."

"...Thank you, Maudie." Moondancer smiled, but it was half-hearted, still tinged with sadness. Perhaps ancient pseudo-fossils weren't the best tools for cheering up children.

"And if you can't crack the mystery, at least it'll make a decent closet hook for your new ballet tights." Maud added quickly, with a wink.

That brought a grin to Moony's face."R-really? Even though I ruined the first set?" He suddenly became shy. "But they were expensive, Maudie..."

"Whatevs." Maud shrugged. It was a word she'd learned from Pinkie Pie. "Some things are worth more than money, sweetheart."

Your smile, for example.

"Now tell me, why did the metamorphic rock quit his job?"

"...Why?" Moondancer was already smiling.

"It was too hard to work under all that pressure."


"....Because metamorphic rock is created through pressure. And heat.
Deep inside the planet, by tectonic processes such as continental collisions, immense pressure transforms existing rock into-"

"Explaining the joke ruins it, Maudie. We've been over this." Moony giggled. He took her gift into his hoof, and hugged her leg tight. "...I love you, Maudie."

I love you too, Marshmallow.

"Thank you." Maud pulled him close, the wonderful little boy that was her son in all but blood. "Darling, you make me sedimental as well."


love and bad rock puns, that's the relationship between these two

Bonus Doodle
Moondancer by Lopoddity
Maud got Moony new dance clothes and everything turned out okay~

'nother work doodle

After Trixie and Maud Pie's decision to move to Ponyville, Moondancer has a rough first day of school. Moony goes to his mama Maudie for comfort, and she attempts to cheer up her sad little marshmallow with a gift. A strange looking "rock" she discovered while out exploring the frozen caverns of the Crystal Empire...

NextGen: Moondancer by Lopoddity
Moondancer is the illegitimate son of Trixie Lulamoon and Duke Blueblood of Canterlot. Feeling trapped and miserable, Trixie fled Canterlot, to be later found pregnant and homeless by Maud Pie. Maud took her in, supported her, and the two eventually fell in love and function as a family unit with their son Moony. More on this backstory:
Lost and Found by Lopoddity Mama Misidentification by Lopoddity Charity Case by Lopoddity
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Adm-Havoc Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017
That's sombra's Horn isn't it
Karselridrith Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So this is why moondancer got obsessed with power, and ignoring his cutie marks eh...
Lopoddity Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Not quite.  Moondancer made those choices on his own.
Karselridrith Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So he is just that overly obsessed for power already... why he wanted to be that powerful for? He trashed his cutie mark for it
Quetzalcoatlkinga Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017
I know this is super bad (and cute, also hella cute.) and really not a good thing and major epic disaster and all...
But. Can you imagine.
Grown-up Moondancer.
An arrogant. Selfish. Egotistical sorcerer. Who thinks he's better than everyone.
And the source of his power. The thing that makes him so strong and terrifying and has brought to him his greatest dreams. The horn of Sombra himself. Artifact of legend, used to once bring entire empires to their knees, receptacle of dark power and keeper of magic beyond mortal ken.
And he used it. As a closet hook. FOR BALLET CLOTHES.
Can you even imagine him, growing crystals in his corrupted mode, standing in front of a pony, horn glowing with magic, and the poor, terrified little thing sobbing asking how he became this. 
And he freezes.
" Ah.. well... you see... Oh who cares! You're too busy dying!"
Oh my god I caNt Breate sEnd heLP 
flippedoutkyrii Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You nailed Maud to a tee, amazing :D
sweetymimy22 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
MoMoNokee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
pretty much wahat i think when i look at this pic

maud: here take this and stab your enemies with it. *deadpan expression*
Herowebcomics Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
They are so cute together! 
After seeing his dance cloths,that mean colt must have ben jelly! 
Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
AAARRRGGGHHH This hurts my feels so much! I want Moondancer to be a dancer too and not focus on magic or that weird rock!
DiamondDazzelLight Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww how cute love it!!!❤
Pinksneasel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Sweet family moment with dark echos of things to come...
kouhiofdoragons Featured By Owner Edited Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Bad move Maud. I get the feeling that Pinkie never told her family about the Mane 6's adventures. If Maud knew the truth about the Crystal Kingdom, I doubt that she would have given little Moony Sombra's horn.
DiamondNovaRealm Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Silently sobbing because that was Sombra's horn, the same Horn that the Dark Moony was using to experiment on himself with... if Maudie knew of it in that timeline what must she be feeling..... but at the same time I'm squealing with how great this it. MAUD IS AN AMAZING MOM!
Reanrai Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
With Moony's love of clothing, I would really like to see how he and Rarity get along. I imagine they're either thick as theives, or they absolutely detest one another's fashion choices. 
AlexwwPyro Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I do not believe giving a colt Sombra's horn is a good idea
Weidenlied Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
... This makes me sad... Poor Moony. Should've believed more in himself, so he could become a master dancer! He would've been amazing to see!
deisakufan101 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
This just makes me all the more sad that he gave up his love of dance for magical power.  :(
TrebleSketchOfficial Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oooooh, yes~!  Dialogue has been added.
Popcorn 2 (Meme) 
Story tiiiiime~! :popcorn: revamp 
EweLamb-Lover Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Do you think MoonDancer blamed Maude for giving him the horn when he's trying to recover after all of that? I mean, I think after it happened he'd want to blame someone before finally accepting that he was an idiot and can blame no one but himself,
silvenya Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Does Moondancer know about Pan getting very ill when they were kids?
Sianarain Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"Maud got Moony new dance clothes and everything turned out okay~"

Until it didn't.
FarrenGrimwarden Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
"you make me sedimental too" i gotta use that line with my girlfriend... it'd probably make her laugh
HannahTheKittenGirl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Miss-dreamerkat Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I know what that rock is! 
I am pretty curious on maud's take on moondancer walking out and screaming at trixie... Hmm maybe one day we will see
stefentheking Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Does anyone know how old Moondancer is now? I cant find anywhere that says and i am doing research for a story.
HoneyPupDragon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I rlly do love when you draw Moony as a young colt and even when he's a douche damaged unicorn.
He's got to be my favorite character in your nextgen, second to Midnight Abyss <333
Claire-Cooper Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
You're killing us with the cuteness feature here.
And Moonie in his new little outfit damn xD so cute.
PaintedPencil567 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i love mama maud so much honestly <3
Madness-Made-Fresh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Professional Filmographer
MustLoveFrogs Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Professional General Artist
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SolarMotionStudios Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm curious how Maud reacted when she found out that Moondancer walked out on them in such a way. (If Trixie managed to stay coherent enough to tell her)
Werebereus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"Do I need to destroy him?" Maud is best mom.
UabetAntu Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I'm curious about the cause and effect of Moondancer's fall to the dark side. Did the horn have an effect on him, causing him to be corrupted, and without its influence he might have turned out different; or would he have become twisted without it, and simply found the horn a convenient conduit to get the power he wanted? So many delicious questions.

Regardless, I can only imagine how badly Maud is going to react when she learns that the gift she gave to cheer her Marshmallow up had a hand in him going Darth Vader on everyone.

I love tragic villains, and Moondancer is really shaping up to be an intriguing one. Well played.
Badgerhead44 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
"Which was mildly unusual" lmao
Dorkiusmaximus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Plot twist that moondancers cutiemark is dancing based and not magic based
julianwilbury Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Yep, that was pretty much what I thought once I read this.

I wonder how adult!Moondancer looks back on his dancing days. Probably thinks now it was a frivolous waste of time when he could've spent all that time trying to become THE GREATEST UNICORN SINCE STARSWIRL THE BEARDED.
tomo-dachii Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Well it definitely isn't magic based since he struggles with being the best at magic, and I have my own theory about his CM (id rather not say it tho in case im right and i spoil it but idk i can be wrong ^^; ). But yeah it definitely isn't magic based on what we've seen on him so far, poor guy
Alorxico Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
I would not be surprised if it was a pair of ballet slippers or, if he grew out of ballet, a jukebox.
Funsizefluffy Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Awww Maud is such a good mama.
Oh and Moony? You might wanna put that horn in a sizable box or on a reason.
superwaffle350 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
You put that accursed thing back where it came from this INSTANT!!! 

You are REALLY good at writing for Maude. She's a precious monotoned dorkmuffin with a heart bigger than the Chicxulub Meteorite, and deeper than the Mariana Trench. 
EleFlames Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
So cute it's a shame we know what happens . . .
werewolfs-curse Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student General Artist
I'm curious what does Pinkie in all this, does she like/love Moondancer too? Random thought
UniversesCollideInc Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
It's Pinkie Pie and he's family. She probably spends every second she can spoiling her nephew and making sure he knows how special he is to her. What I'm most curious about is how Pinkie took his turn for the worst.
werewolfs-curse Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Ooooo that's a good thought too.
tigreanpony Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
That was a cute dialogue.
tomo-dachii Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
*wonders anxiously if i've spoiled moony's talent reveal too soon for myself*
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