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"Bubbles" by RizCifra "Bubbles" by RizCifra
One more quick gap sketch and I'll start back up with uploading commissions. :iconvielwerth: suggested drawing Derpy Hooves in my suggestions journal: [link]

If you haven't read "Bubbles," I recommend you do that first, otherwise you won't understand where this came from XD : [link]

I'm warning you, though, it's saaaaaaaaaaad. This doesn't happen in the story and probably doesn't fit in well, but I needed to draw something kind of happy because I've been a little stressed out, haha.

I don't really read fan fiction, so I don't know what possessed me to do so this time. Even though it's not how I imagined Derpy, this one really ripped my heart out. But I'm also kind of a wimp sometimes, haha.

I couldn't really get it out of my mind while working on the point commissions today, so I decided to sketch something out really quick to make myself feel better. It's Derpy's first encounter with Raindrops! Raindrops sees Derpy playing with bubbles and comes over and they both play together XD Then they trot off to go drop things on some other filly. Haha! It was super quick, so there's a lot of flaws and it certainly didn't turn out the way I wanted it to, but, WHOO! I'm glad to have that out of my system :lol:

Yeah, Derpy ended up really dark by accident and she doesn't look as "derpy" as I thought she'd be >< Sorry. And LOL! It looks like Raindrops popped out of the bubble XD Whoops... Maybe that's how Derpy remembers their meeting ^^;
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DallasBlack Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
The adorableness of this has overwhelmed me. I have nothing more to say.
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LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Cute and well made.
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WaylonArt Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Oh my i never new about the alternative ending! It turns the sad ending into a warm fuzzy one! >u<
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SnapCentino Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Writer
The mother character from that story is the only character I will never, ever forgive.

I love your art so much, it's just so beautiful.
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Ichigo3924 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
I am vaguely reminded of the bubbles thing in Digimon Adventure 2.......
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RockinT765 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I read Bubbles and I don't really understand. Derpy's sick, so they have to take her to the hospital. Her mom is rude, but she loves her enough to know to be kind during this time in her life. Then, she just leaves Derpy far away without telling the father? The plot is confusing.
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AkiraDragonborne Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Warning: Personal opinions, viewpoints, and observations ahead.
Constructive criticism and/or corrections are welcome but you have been warned. 

 Derpy's mother may have developed a kind of insanity that can result when a parent's vision of their future turns out differently than they envisioned or considered when they first decide to marry their significant other. During the early parts of most relationships the people spend a lot of time doing things together, being available if there's confusion or problems, seeing and having friends over for socializing, and both people could be pursuing their own jobs/dreams. But things change when a child is born, especially when the child needs special considerations. Suddenly a parent may need to be with the child most of the day and the other has to pickup the slack income-wise by taking more time or another job, possibly coming home too exhausted to do much of anything except rest and get sleep for the next day. Either way, the parents suddenly have a lot less time  to be together, the one working isn't available to help with issues as much, and the one staying home may have had to give up pursuing a dream/job. In the case of Derpy's parents it seems like this may be the scenario. Derpy's father is away at work most of the day and her mother is home taking care of her.

  Bubbles is written from Derpy's point of view so it's structure is simple but much can be gleaned from it. First, Derpy is a bit slower, mentally, than most ponies as shown by her one school experience. She gets excited and wants to talk because others are talking but then has trouble not talking when the class begins. She wets herself and is inconsolable enough to possibly be sent home. I am guessing that she was old enough (age-wise) for the class, but mentally she wasn't developed enough yet. This means that her mother was likely hit with the disappointment of her daughter requiring more of her time that she hoped to have for herself while her daughter was in school. With very little sense of time between events in the story (likely a reflection of her 'young mind') I don't know if enough time had past for her mother to have attempted to seek out a special needs school or not.

  Secondly, Derpy is also slower in the physical development department; likely due to both her eye condition and her mental state. As she said in the story she didn't move so well and she didn't always see so well. Her eyes going crossed and uncrossed would have played havoc with her sense of spatial awareness and equilibrium in her early development when most fillies and colts learn such things; and that no doubt slowed her ability to learn to fly (gotta walk before you can run, gotta run before you can fly). This would lead to her knocking things over, dropping things, crashing into things, or falling down more than the average pony. For a mother this could lead to an extreme case of worry that the child couldn't be left alone for even a second because they could end up seriously injured.

  Now both Derpy and her parents are Pegasus Ponies in Bubbles: Pegasi are winged ponies whose magical nature allows them to interact with clouds (move, shape, buck apart, and more). Their nature causes clouds to become solid enough to support their weight without the cloud plummeting to the ground. If a Pegasus gets up to enough speed in flight, however, their bodies will bust right through the cloud instead of being stopped by it. Pegasi tend to live in homes made of clouds and their greatest city is Cloudsdale, a metropolis made of clouds. Now Pegasi babies have the same nature as their parents but lack the ability to fly very high, so they would be almost safe in a cloud house, but there's still a very real danger of a Pegasus baby falling to their death if they are able to 'pick' a hole in the floor of their cloud home. And large as it is, Cloudsdale is not a single massive cloud so the possibility still exists. Because of that it makes sense to me that Pegasi would live in homes on the ground for the years before their children could fly.

  With everything above this is my best guess at what happened and why Derpy's mother tried to both poison her and abandoned her. And I reiterate, it's a best guess.

  Derpy's parents met and fell in love possibly while living in Cloudsdale. They decided to get married and dreamed of having a happy, loving life with children. In the early time of their marriage Derpy's mother had her husband, friends, and possibly was following a dream of hers or had her own job. She enjoyed her life until after Derpy was born. Derpy's mother may have been expecting healthy children but, through no one's fault, Derpy was born with those eyes and mental state. At first, the eyes were the only noticeable difference between Derpy and other ponies and her mother enjoyed her time caring for her daughter. She decided to become a full time mother when Derpy was born and Derpy's father decided to take on extra hours as a Mailpony to try to make up any difference in income needed to raise their daughter.

  As time passed Derpy began to show signs of both her stunted development due to her eyes and her slower learning. While not retarded in any sense of the word Derpy was becoming very accident prone and it likely was a cause of a large amount of stress in her mother. Things like trying to make muffins and spilling the flour went from being told not to touch the flour bags to 'go somewhere else and play', and if mother didn't keep her eye on her daughter for a little time Derpy might just end up crying out in pain from walking/running into something, having something fall near or on her, or suddenly losing her balance and falling down when her eyes switched from being either crossed or uncrossed (until she got used to it); possibly her mother was still trying to cleaning up her last disasters. Then Derpy is finally old enough to start school, her mother has been hoping for some time to relax after all of Derpy's messes when she was younger. She doesn't have as much trouble as she used to but she still has the occasional disaster and her mother is looking forward to having some time for herself. Then the school calls, Derpy is crying and won't stop...simple enough, she's still young and it'll take a bit of time for her to get used to going to school. But it soon becomes apparent that Derpy isn't quite mentally mature enough to handle school and she's once again at home.

  Derpy's mother may have been reminiscing for a while now about how she and her husband's life had been before Derpy. All the time together, the friends they visited or had over, maybe a dream or job she had or was planning to pursue; it all changed when Derpy was born. Now her husband is away most of the day and he comes home too exhausted to do much of anything. It's not his fault, she had to stay at home with their daughter while she was growing which left him to earn the bits. She still had to stay at home until Derpy was able to handle school (for whatever reason they were unable to or didn't get her into a special needs school or class). She wanted to go see her friends back wherever they'd lived before, but she couldn't leave Derpy for that long and it wouldn't be fair to ask her husband, he has to work. They couldn't even go out with their daughter because she started crying in large crowds (during a trip to a farm).

  The stress from giving up so much time of hers: time with her husband, time with friends, time pursuing her own job/dream, and time for herself all to care for her daughter begins to become a resentment towards her daughter. "If she wasn't in our lives I could get a job and he'd not have to work so hard, we could be together like it was before. If she wasn't here we could move back to the sky and see our friends... if she wasn't here..." That's the root of it all, it's no excuse for trying to kill and abandon their child but that's the reasoning some people tend to use to justify their own actions in real life. The truth of the matter may be that they just weren't ready to be a parent, they weren't really ready to make the sacrifices necessary to raise a child, or they just had a vision of the happy family life that didn't come true and they were unable to truly accept. In any case the stress they feel becomes a resentment and then an insanity. All they can think is to get things back the way they were before the child came, surely if the child dies or disappears they can get back to what they had before. They don't truly take into account the devastation the loss of the child will be.

  In the end I'm glad that Raindrops and Cloudbubbles was written, it gives me a great sense of relief and completes the story. Like her father says, "Mommy has made her choice and so have I."Family Glomp Request And maybe later on so did Raindrop's mom. Happy Family Emote
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RockinT765 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I didn't really understand that, but I wasn't thinking like it was the real world. I was just living in pony land where mothers love their children and would do anything for them. I have yet to read Raindrops and Cloudbubbles. I'm guessing that the artwork was related to Raindrops. I don't know if I want to read them, simply because I like the sad ending.
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Jordan179 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Most mothers do  -- but we know from the show that Ponies are capable of evil or madness.  Just because they tend to be a nicer species than us doesn't make them perfect.
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AkiraDragonborne Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
It's not "Raindrops" and "Cloudbubbles" (two titles), it's "Raindrops and Cloudbubbles" (one title). And it doesn't change the ending of this story, rather it proceeds forward after the end of "Bubbles". The scene in the picture above is a scene that you would see in the "Raindrops and Cloudbubbles" story.
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RockinT765 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't want to read on. I want to think of this story as a one shot. I prefer an ending that implies that her life will be full of sadness and hardship. I like that kind of dark/tragic ending better than her making friends.
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AkiraDragonborne Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
*shrug* Your decision.
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gummiebear113 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i didnt cry but still her mom left her
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chocolatepony157 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
at least she made a new friend.
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gummiebear113 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yeah i was awwwwwwwwwww her mom left sad and then i saw this i was like all better 
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chocolatepony157 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
glad you feel that way. :)
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gummiebear113 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thanks sorry if that was a wrong way to answer i didnt know what to say
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chocolatepony157 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
it's ok. :)
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gummiebear113 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
;)
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fluttershywriter Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
D'awww. Really cute...poor derpy, though. :(
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Helsaabi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Wonderful work! ^0^
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husk55 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Bubbles was a very sad short story. Derpy was lucky Rain Drops found her, or else who knows what could have happened. Of course; now I wonder how Derpy encountered Golden Harvest and Time Turner (or if ever encountered the latter at all).
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CutieKittie999 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D'aaawwwww :meow: Raindrops and Derpy together as sisters.
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Frigg-Fluff Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Does her mother just leave her alone in the end?
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HeroofTime2195 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Actually, I lied. Just read it for yourself here: [link] that way I can't screw it up XD
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Frigg-Fluff Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok XD
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HeroofTime2195 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I had read Bubbles, and said what I said in the comments before I'd read the sequal/alternate ending. Hence my screw up XD
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Frigg-Fluff Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But hey what you was almost the same as the real ending ^^
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HeroofTime2195 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Almost XD
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HeroofTime2195 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Forgot to mention, Raindrops adopts Derpy after finding her in the woods.
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Frigg-Fluff Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok so everhything I thought about Derpys mother was true. It's scary that mothers like that even exist, yes I've heard this sort of story before. But it's good that Derpy got a happy ending, but I wonder about her father; he loved her, so what will happen when he finds out that his wise abandoned their only child.

Thank you for claering my coulds of confusion, the more you know =D
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HeroofTime2195 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
My mother was highly abusive towards me, my sister, and my father. My father began losing his eyesight around age 40, and my mother left him. I haven't seen her in about 10, 11 years now, and I can truly say I'm glad that she's gone.
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Frigg-Fluff Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I'm sorry to hear that. I hope things are going better for you, now that she's gone
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HeroofTime2195 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Much, much better. The feels I got from reading Bubbles… Life works in strange ways, no?
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Frigg-Fluff Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed it does. I too have parent trouble, but in a different way. My dad while I know he loves me, he can sometimes be the most thoughtless, cruelest, meanest jerk ever to be a dad. What makes it worse is that he doesn't know me at all, he think he does, but truth is that he knows little to nothing about me.
But thanks to my mother being so strong and careing,I can survive for now ^^ My dad can be a great dad and it reminds me why I love him. But when he turns for the worst....I want him to burn.
Like Derpy, I can't help the way I am. There things about myself I simply can't change, but as long as I have somebody to help me and keep me happy, I'm most likly to live =D
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HeroofTime2195 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Heh, trust me, all fathers are like that. Badass dad one moment, complete jackass the next. I don't really hide anything from my parents, I'm an open book… Except when it comes to school. I lie a lot about homework, and it's not intentional either. It just happens.
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HeroofTime2195 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
From what I understand of what happened, Derpy's mother hated her because she had Strabismus (a disorder in which the two eyes do not line up in the same direction, and therefore do not look at the same object at the same time), and a learning disorder. Derpy's mother tried to poison Derpy with the muffins, hence the argument and trip to the hospital. As a last ditch effort, she took Derpy into the woods, and abandoned her by distracting her with bubbles (inadvertently causing her to earn her Cutie Mark). This comic is depicting an alternate ending, where Raindrops finds Derpy on accident, and leads her out of the woods.
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Should I read Bubbles? Is it so sad it shouldn't be read?
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SirJames314 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I think you should give it a shot--It's a quick read. The story deals in a unique and gentle way with some VERY heavy issues (mental illness in a parent, for example), and I believe the ending leaves things open for a brighter future.

This comic here is one of my favorite happy endings to the story. :huggle:
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy endings are the greatest! :w00t:
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ponypal918 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So sweet!
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zonesadragoness Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student
this is so cute!
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Makri14 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Cool! :iconfuckyeahplz:
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Yura2000 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:D
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xLilSugaBabyx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
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Spirittai1 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm... I'll read in the morning, and then probably want to kill the mother if she did anything mean to Derpy. Promise.
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Spirittai1 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D'awww

No seriously, I can only sae D'aw right now!
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rangerkom Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Found this picture before reading the fic you inspired as a sequel. Nice. [link]
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gamingwithus1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
i stumbled acrossed this while i was listening to a drmadic reading of bubles
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Angwilwileth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is freaking adorable. <3
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