Story: Shades of Midnight (Update Side Story 2!)

[Normal] This is actually an addition to Out in the Cold by an entirely different author.  Apparently EsperDerek (The person who wrote the original) Liked it so much they forced her to submit it!  It's not required, but you might want to look into reading it before this, if only because its an awesome story anyway. 

Author: Phoe

Description: All grown up and off to Canterlot University, a homesick unicorn finds comfort in a trip down memory lane. An exploration of the character Midnight, Twilight and Trixie's daughter from the Out in the Cold series by EsperDerek.

Shades of Midnight

Additional Tags: experimental, homage, slice-of-life, fanfic of a fanfic

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106 Responses to Story: Shades of Midnight (Update Side Story 2!)

  1. 9Nine9 says:

    >Sequel to Out In The Cold which was okay and kind of cheesy>Written by Phoe, the glorious and masterful Phoe>I'mokaywiththis.png

  2. Cottonmouth says:

    Unbelievable. What is wrong with you?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why is this tagged as News?The whole point of the News tag is to avoid shit like this.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Anyone else notice…One thing is posted every hour?

  5. SummerBreeze says:

    i dreamed of this day.

  6. Phoe says:

    @9Nine9@CottonmouthI don't know which one to believe! D=

  7. Anonymous says:

    Gotta say for a story about an OC character, I enjoyed it a lot.

  8. This is great! I love the format of her memories pouring out with a book. I love how her talent is magic, but revealed in the best way possible. Oh gosh. Probably the best story about an OC pony, and maybe one of the best on this website.

  9. 9Nine9 says:

    @PhoeI haven't even read it yet so I have no idea who is rightbut at least exploring the child of one of the characters in the mane cast is a pretty original idea, to say the least. I think anyway.Seth holy shit FIX THIS POST; it's labeled as news and you called Phoe a he.

  10. Anonymous says:

    It's so cute! 😀 I love this little universe. I was especially fond of Midnight's dinner with Celestia. Awesome continuation fic.

  11. Anonymous says:

    >Twilight and Trixie's daughterSomething is wrong here…

  12. Matthew-147 says:

    This is so DAAAAAW! =D

  13. Phoe says:

    @SethistoYay! You're the best, Blogpony.

  14. 9Nine9 says:

    @AnonymousGotta read Out in the Cold… :X

  15. Anonymous says:

    Beautifully done, Phoe. Words can't describe how I feel… simply masterful work.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This was truly sweet and heartwarming, 5 stars, I loved it.

  17. EsperDerek says:

    Phoe already knows how I feel, but I'll say it here anyways. This is a spectacular continuation to my little story, a possible variant on the wide open future that I left when I finished the bonus chapter. I couldn't have asked for better treatment of my scenario, nor Midnight.

  18. McGack says:

    wow that ending was sweet, very nice, gave me one of those just before but not quite choking up shudders around my back. Ill be honest, my eyes wanted some tears but i refused

  19. nova_25 says:

    I approve this addition with the might of a thousand Stars. :)It was nice, yeah… I liked it, a lot.Slices of life, memories of a past well lived…Yeah, Happy and Nostalgia all in one, for the benefit of all. 🙂

  20. Anonymous says:

    Urge to hug Lil Midnight rising.

  21. Ciroton says:

    I like this story. For being a sequel to a fanfic, it's done really well. It has a good balance of emotions and tasty tidbits of humour thrown into the mix. =D

  22. Anonymous says:

    So I finally sat down and read this whole series, completely ignoring my studies, and my face is now sore from the big stupid grin I contracted after finishing out in the cold.Confound these ponies…Anyways, Phoe, thanks for putting the finishing touches on this story it really added the finality that I crave. And EsperDark, thank you for a kickflank story, it was an awesome read!

  23. Inkwell Pony says:

    Yay! ^^ They used… a… small… portion of the pic I drew of Midnight's family… ;.; Waaaahhh, all that hard work on Princess Celestia and Luna and they got chopped off completely!-(Hides in a corner and stage-sobs)-

  24. Fanfic of a fanfic… we're getting rather meta here, aren't we? :DBut the story is good and heartwarming, in the best way, so who cares if it's meta? (Okay, so I do, but I like meta stuff!)

  25. Ebon Mane says:

    Cottonmouth has got to be the most hateful brony around. This story was amazingly touching. 5 stars, for sure. I was quite close to happy manly tears.

  26. EsperDerek says:

    @AnonymousYou are, of course, welcome. Thank you for the kind comments about all of this, and I'm very happy that you enjoyed both my work, and Phoes spectacular add-on to my story.

  27. Inkwell Pony says:

    Cottonmouth has had it out for this series of stories since it was created. ^^' Good to see that he isn't just out to get EsperDerek, though.That said – you butchered my picture Seth! Butchered it! And you cut out the hardest parts too! I shall have vengence! -(Hoofwave)-

  28. Fleymevas says:

    Wow this was a great series. Almost makes me wish there was more.

  29. EsperDerek says:

    @FleymevasHeh, the funny thing about this is that this series has been extended at least three times. It first was only ever meant to be the original chapter, then three chapters, then three plus the bonus, and now there was THIS extension that was completely not me, so, yeah. What can I say?

  30. Aquaman52 says:

    I really didn't think I would like this, considering the pairing. I can't remember the last time I was so happy to be wrong.Brilliant work.

  31. JaxsonJaguar says:

    First let me say I really liked this story, especially how it was segmented in the form of different memories triggered by various things from her past. I swear Midnight has to be my favorite OC pony. Now if you all would permit me I'm going to nit pick a bit.I thought some of the segments could have been a little longer. I think some of them could have been expanded on a little. While I understand why she would be drawn more to Trixie, I mean she did birth to her for crying out loud, I would have liked to see more scenes featuring just Twilight and Midnight.Some more memories of Midnights school days would have been fun. Did she ever make real friends? Did she have any crushes? What would it have been like if she brought not just her friends but a potential love interest home to meet her moms?Yeah just random little nit picks over all it was a good follow up to a good fanfic that introduced us to a great OC.P.S. Do not read this while listening to the songs "I hope you dance", and "Butterfly Kisses." You will cry.Oh, and on a side note I can't help but think that Twilight's curiosity would have driven her to cast "the spell" on Trixie so she could experience "child" birth. I can just imagine Twilight going though the whole thing then writing a huge book of a report on the experience.

  32. Anonymous says:

    I have to admit, I skipped over the "Out in the Cold" series originally, and only went back to read it when I saw that somepony liked it enough to write an entire side story about an arguably marginal character.Now "Out in the Cold" is one of my favorite fics of all time, and definitively marks the start of my infatuation with the Great and Powerful Trixie. And "Shades of Midnight" is the perfect continuation – written with just as much inspiration as the original series.I've said it before, and I'll say it again here, to me the version of Equestria described in this series is good enough to be canon.Oh, and Phoe, all those adorable little short stories about Midnight as a filly? Tears of pure, fucking, joy were shed. Midnight is probably one of the best OC ponies so far, due in no small part to you! Thank-you so much!…now if only we had some continuing adventures of Midnight. I would read that so HARD, again, and again. I know its a long shot, but like EsperDerek said, this entire series was originally supposed to be a one-off, so here's to hoping.*sigh* Until then, I guess I'll just have to satisfy myself by reading the entire series again from the beginning. n_n

  33. Corey says:

    I'd been waiting for this fic, and WOW! So worth the wait, even though it was only a matter of days. Phoe, excellent job! Heart warming, touching, AMAZING. 😀

  34. Sunset Rose says:

    This made me cry so hard you don't even know. Thank you so much!The first story was amazingly well done as well.Ahaha!

  35. Sunset Rose says:

    Please for the love of God. I would give anything to read more…

  36. Anonymous says:

    You can't imagine how much I was touched by this story. Rose, I agree with you. I would give anything myself to read more. Even just another chapter. Please I havn't cried like this in a very long time. You are so talanted Phoe, PLEASE consider writing more, Please…

  37. EsperDerek says:

    I doubt Phoe would be willing, it was hard enough for her to write this chapter, but…Well, uh, looks like I'll take the hand-off again and start trying to run with my own ball once again. Or whatever sports metaphor works in this situation.So, in other words, yeah, I'll be writing a continuation to this. Hopefully I can do as good a job continuing this as Phoe did continuing my own story!

  38. Silverspot says:

    @EsperDerekYAY! That makes me very happy to hear, seeing as I just read the entire thing earlier today and really enjoyed it! ❤

  39. Phoe says:

    @Anonymous… Oh my goodness. I don't think I have ever in my life had somepony beg me to continue a story. Certainly not with so much passion. I don't know what to say. I'm so touched that it meant that much to you. As far as continuing it goes… I don't want to make promises. Writing this was very difficult for me. I will write more stories, certainly, and I hope that they can reach you even a tenth as much as this one has. And if I get the right idea, I might even continue this. But I don't want to get your hopes up. Let's wait and find out what EsperDerek comes up with himself, ok?Thank you so much for reading.

  40. Sunset Rose says:

    I…I…almost fell over!EsperDerek, Phoe! I love you guys so much you'll never know! Thank you for at least considering it! I hope so much that I can read more!

  41. BronyMike says:

    MAGNIFICENT story. Never expected what was to come in the next segment of the story's unfolding, many touching moments, many comical moments, incredible sense of description, detail, and dialogue. Fantastic epilogue of an epilogue.

  42. Hawkysu says:

    Finally read this. Oh My Celestia this is amazing!One of the best stories I have ever read

  43. Sunset Rose says:

    I have a couple points of concern, Phoe. I would like you to email me if you would be so kind. I myself was inspired to start writing my own fic and it will have a cameo from Shades Of Midnight. I guess I'm asking permission. If you could email me soon, I would greatly appreciate it.sammylovesyou1988@yahoo.com

  44. Anonymous says:

    Words fail to describe how excellent this story is.

  45. ZAquanimus says:

    Oh dear…That was magnificent!!!Can we make this canon?PLLLLLLEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSEEEEEEE?

  46. ToonNinja says:

    D'aaaw. That was adorable.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Read this again.Only one word:D'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW

  48. Anonymous says:

    Read this again.Only one word:D'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW

  49. Anonymous says:

    how in the HELL do the confound ponies keep having babies with lesbo. love?!?IT DOESNT SEEM PHYSICLY POSSIBLE!

  50. Anonymous says:

    how in the HELL do the confound ponies keep having babies with lesbo. love?!?IT DOESNT SEEM PHYSICLY POSSIBLE!

  51. Anonymous says:

    Cries In The Autumn Windwas beautiful!tears were shed.Bravo!

  52. Anonymous says:

    Cries In The Autumn Windwas beautiful!tears were shed.Bravo!

  53. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous >lesbo babiesBrightly colored miniature sentient equines.Living goddesses that literally raise the sun and the moon.A universe where magic actually exists.And you're complaining about lesbian babies?

  54. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous >lesbo babiesBrightly colored miniature sentient equines.Living goddesses that literally raise the sun and the moon.A universe where magic actually exists.And you're complaining about lesbian babies?

  55. Aluzird says:

    @AnonymousSpell to make Twilight have family jewels.

  56. Aluzird says:

    @AnonymousSpell to make Twilight have family jewels.

  57. Markeith says:

    What a heartwarming and amazing story, five stars to ya!!!

  58. Markeith says:

    What a heartwarming and amazing story, five stars to ya!!!

  59. Tex says:

    Ah, I see you posted it! Good for you! Can't wait to see whatever you do next!

  60. Tex says:

    Ah, I see you posted it! Good for you! Can't wait to see whatever you do next!

  61. Anonymous says:

    Phoe, my compliments, this story made me DAWWW big time!

  62. Anonymous says:

    Phoe, my compliments, this story made me DAWWW big time!

  63. Baree says:

    [SPOILERS}The sad part didn't really do it for me. As soon as the locket gets mentioned you know what's going to happen, if for no other reason then that its been done to death in sad pony fics already. The reaction of Lotus is also not very realistic, there should have been a lot more time to grief, for both Lotus and Autumn.Having said that, I do like where the end of chapter 2 is going. So I'll be keeping an eye out for chapter 3. Assuming there will be one that is.

  64. Baree says:

    [SPOILERS}The sad part didn't really do it for me. As soon as the locket gets mentioned you know what's going to happen, if for no other reason then that its been done to death in sad pony fics already. The reaction of Lotus is also not very realistic, there should have been a lot more time to grief, for both Lotus and Autumn.Having said that, I do like where the end of chapter 2 is going. So I'll be keeping an eye out for chapter 3. Assuming there will be one that is.

  65. Sunset Rose says:

    @BareeI'm aware of the overly cliche-ness of it, and I agree, I wasn't very descriptive of the two's mourning periods (as well as a few other parts). I left it mostly out by skipping ahead in time a few months.I'll keep aware of things like this in the future, but for a first attempt I thought it was okay, albeit I was a bit too ambitious.Thank you.

  66. Sunset Rose says:

    @BareeI'm aware of the overly cliche-ness of it, and I agree, I wasn't very descriptive of the two's mourning periods (as well as a few other parts). I left it mostly out by skipping ahead in time a few months.I'll keep aware of things like this in the future, but for a first attempt I thought it was okay, albeit I was a bit too ambitious.Thank you.

  67. Anonymous says:

    Maybe I'm not cynical enough, but I didn't see it coming until it did. It makes sense in hindsight, but still. Sad, but still heartwarming – the best kind of sad.

  68. Anonymous says:

    Maybe I'm not cynical enough, but I didn't see it coming until it did. It makes sense in hindsight, but still. Sad, but still heartwarming – the best kind of sad.

  69. Anonymous says:

    It made me almost shed a tear , really sad and a great fanfic im looking forward to if it has more 🙂

  70. Anonymous says:

    It made me almost shed a tear , really sad and a great fanfic im looking forward to if it has more 🙂

  71. Scootalooo says:

    its great to finally see your fic finished… its an amazing piece of work and its good to see positive responses ^__^

  72. Scootalooo says:

    its great to finally see your fic finished… its an amazing piece of work and its good to see positive responses ^__^

  73. Scootalooo says:

    *that is btw aimed at Sunset,Phoe's story is amazing also =P

  74. Scootalooo says:

    *that is btw aimed at Sunset,Phoe's story is amazing also =P

  75. Anonymous says:

    I love "Out in the Cold"I love "Shades of Midnight"And yes…I now love this story aswell =)Greatest OC pony story, EVER!Can't wait to read the next one(s?)Keep it up!

  76. Anonymous says:

    I love "Out in the Cold"I love "Shades of Midnight"And yes…I now love this story aswell =)Greatest OC pony story, EVER!Can't wait to read the next one(s?)Keep it up!

  77. EsperDerek says:

    I have to admit, I never saw Midnight going as far as she has when I first created her, nor how many people have been inspired by her. It's honestly been a bit of a nice surprise!

  78. EsperDerek says:

    I have to admit, I never saw Midnight going as far as she has when I first created her, nor how many people have been inspired by her. It's honestly been a bit of a nice surprise!

  79. Anonymous says:

    One word about Cries in the Autumn Wind…ExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExposition…Too much of it.Show, don't tell policy applies here.You've got a terribly rich imagination though. The character felt real…just…distant.

  80. Anonymous says:

    One word about Cries in the Autumn Wind…ExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExpositionExposition…Too much of it.Show, don't tell policy applies here.You've got a terribly rich imagination though. The character felt real…just…distant.

  81. Anonymous says:

    i want to see the whole picture that inkwell pony was talking about, not just whats up at the top.

  82. Anonymous says:

    i want to see the whole picture that inkwell pony was talking about, not just whats up at the top.

  83. Anonymous says:

    About Cries of Autumn WindIs that it or will there be more?

  84. Sunset Rose says:

    The continuity of Cries is still in the air. I ended it with plenty of room to expand, and I had planned on writing more, but I hit a bit of a roadblock with it. If I get enough people to ask me, I will most likely write another chapter in kind, but for the time being, consider it on hold, but not finished.

  85. Sunset Rose says:

    The continuity of Cries is still in the air. I ended it with plenty of room to expand, and I had planned on writing more, but I hit a bit of a roadblock with it. If I get enough people to ask me, I will most likely write another chapter in kind, but for the time being, consider it on hold, but not finished.

  86. Nova25 says:

    Cries In The Autumn Wind.1)Autumn gets a pendant with a photo of her parents.2) ''until certain unfortunate events''3) [Sad]…Let's see how insanely predictable this will be…(5min later)Yep. So predictable that it's pretty bland.Oh, don't get me wrong, it's well 'written'… words are there… but not very much of anything else.It's super… standard.

  87. Nova25 says:

    Cries In The Autumn Wind.1)Autumn gets a pendant with a photo of her parents.2) ''until certain unfortunate events''3) [Sad]…Let's see how insanely predictable this will be…(5min later)Yep. So predictable that it's pretty bland.Oh, don't get me wrong, it's well 'written'… words are there… but not very much of anything else.It's super… standard.

  88. q99 says:

    Really like Shades of Midnight 🙂

  89. q99 says:

    Really like Shades of Midnight 🙂

  90. Sunset Rose says:

    @NovaI'll consider that a compliment considering I've never tried anything like this before, but maybe the description did hold a bit too much in the way of forshadowing.

  91. Sunset Rose says:

    @NovaI'll consider that a compliment considering I've never tried anything like this before, but maybe the description did hold a bit too much in the way of forshadowing.

  92. Anonymous says:

    I'm too tired to write anything long…. I'm too tired to bother bashing the EqD crowd…… I'm too tired to show people how much they miss when they can read the small details in the work.I am Anon Samurai and I tell you to keep writing Sunset. I wish I could write more but my body is about to fail me. Hopefully I shall see more of this in the future.

  93. Anonymous says:

    I'm too tired to write anything long…. I'm too tired to bother bashing the EqD crowd…… I'm too tired to show people how much they miss when they can read the small details in the work.I am Anon Samurai and I tell you to keep writing Sunset. I wish I could write more but my body is about to fail me. Hopefully I shall see more of this in the future.

  94. Sunset Rose says:

    Just to let you all know, I did start writing the third and final part to Cries in the Autumn Wind.It won't be done any time soon though. I'm still in the planning stages.

  95. Sunset Rose says:

    Just to let you all know, I did start writing the third and final part to Cries in the Autumn Wind.It won't be done any time soon though. I'm still in the planning stages.

  96. CoffeeGrunt says:

    Why are Twixie fics always just so much…better? I mean there's this series and there's The Ballad of Twilight Sparkle which are the only two shipping fics I can read without feeling awkward about…well, pony makeout sessions.

  97. Anonymous says:

    Loved it. Particularly the "letter from school" section. XDFor some reason, I could almost hear Celestia appearing to Midnight right after that confrontation and whispering "For the record, you ARE adopted, and that's terrible," to her… seems like something Trollestia would do, anyways…

  98. Uhhh… How is babby formed? Seriously, i haven't read this one yet, and I intend to, but why do so many same-gender pairs in fanfiction somehow have children?

  99. Sunset Rose says:

    @MetalGearFlaccidYou'll find out when you read it. =)

  100. Anonymous says:

    Why is there no tag that is called "Heartwarmer?"Cause thats what this story certainly is.

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