An edgy sort of name

A plaintive cry from neo-neocon on the so-called “fiscal cliff”: “[C]an somebody please suggest a good alternative way to refer to that topic?”

On the other hand, I’ve found it useful in at least one instance:

Usually he didn’t venture into the bar on the ground floor, but that night he felt the need for something in convenient liquid form to unjangle his nerves. To his delight, the place was relatively empty when he arrived; to his dismay, it filled up rather quickly.

“Hey, buddy,” said a voice behind him. A grey pegasus with a shiny, somewhat oily black mane, whom he didn’t recognize. Out of force of habit, the old pony introduced himself: “Broken Spoke, Baltimare Carriages.”

“Fiscal Cliff, certified public accountant. What brings you to this part of the world?”

“A little unfinished business to take care of down in Ponyville.”

“Ponyville? Really? I’ve heard some really strange stories about that town.”

“Only been there once, so I can’t confirm them for you.”

Cliff took a swig of whatever brackish stuff he was drinking. “Probably a load of horsefeathers anyway. I’ve been in this business long enough to know that anypony will pull your leg if you give ’em half a chance.”

“You’re probably right about that,” said the old pony, wishing he’d stayed in his room.

Perhaps I should have resisted, but I didn’t.


  1. Gladorn »

    5 December 2012 · 2:08 pm

    Heh. Pretty good Brony reference. Took me a second to put two and two together.

  2. CGHill »

    5 December 2012 · 3:16 pm

    Thanks. This is actually excerpted from a fanfic I wrote last month. (And let’s just say that some of Cliff’s associates are, um, kinda dubious.)

  3. JT »

    5 December 2012 · 6:16 pm

    I did like that his “associates” are working one of the oldest professions. It seems they would fit that role well.

  4. CGHill »

    5 December 2012 · 7:37 pm

    I admit to having had some queasiness about that, but there’s a precedent of sorts: there exists a story in which a unicorn who specializes in transformation spells has begun selling her services on the streets of Ponyville, and one of the Mane Six has actually hired her — to emulate one of the others.

  5. Gladorn »

    7 December 2012 · 3:24 am

    I don’t know if it’s a wonderful thing or a horrible thing that a cartoon originally designed to showcase childrens toys has developed such a vibrant following that it’s followers have been given their own subculture title.

    Either way I’m still going to watch.

  6. CGHill »

    7 December 2012 · 7:12 am

    Fandom has been like this at least since the days of Charles Dickens, though clearly nobody expected there to be pony fans with their own credit cards.

    I think, though, that it’s still a positive, if only because show canon, which avoids (mostly) the seamier side of existence, is still the dominant influence among the fans; even with Gresham’s Law presumably waiting in the wings, the bad has yet to come close to pushing out the good.

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