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Author:  ChewyChewy [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:16 am ]
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EDIT: I'm deleting my Honey and Vanilla Cake stories both to cut ties with this forum completely and because I don't want their existence here to jeopardize possible publication of them in the future.

Author:  valerio [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:39 am ]
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A what if..? :D :D
Ohh, I can't wait to see what surprise you got in store for us, since you never failed us with these two adorable girls! 8-)

Author:  ChewyChewy [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:03 pm ]
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EDIT: I'm deleting my Honey and Vanilla Cake stories both to cut ties with this forum completely and because I don't want their existence here to jeopardize possible publication of them in the future.

Author:  valerio [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:55 pm ]
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awesome.
Simply, awesome! :D

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:53 pm ]
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Intriguing. I can't wait for more. Luckily for me, I usually don't have to.

Author:  copper [ Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:03 am ]
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The Cake sisters return! Seems Vanilla is going to have some serious issues with this reality.

And we see a new Cake. Pumpkin sounds interesting indeed! :roll:

So this is a Christmas Carol type of rules... gotcha.

Author:  ChewyChewy [ Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:03 pm ]
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EDIT: I'm deleting my Honey and Vanilla Cake stories both to cut ties with this forum completely and because I don't want their existence here to jeopardize possible publication of them in the future.

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:17 pm ]
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RandomGeekNamedBrent Wrote:
Intriguing. I can't wait for more. Luckily for me, I usually don't have to.

I had to wait. T.T

Still looking forward to more. It's awesome so far.

Author:  copper [ Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:15 pm ]
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Another great update! Vanilla is indeed having quite the crisis, isn't she?

I wonder how Jeffrey is doing in the real world...

Author:  ChewyChewy [ Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:41 pm ]
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EDIT: I'm deleting my Honey and Vanilla Cake stories both to cut ties with this forum completely and because I don't want their existence here to jeopardize possible publication of them in the future.

Author:  kavviyenta [ Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:01 am ]
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Heh. Can't imagine which colored text they are using, but it's all up to us to decide which heads are talking. Keep it up.

Author:  copper [ Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:44 pm ]
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Or they are that creepy kind of multiheaded being who has to talk in unison. :roll:

Interesting... so Vanilla may become an avatar. This should be good.

Author:  ChewyChewy [ Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:05 pm ]
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EDIT: I'm deleting my Honey and Vanilla Cake stories both to cut ties with this forum completely and because I don't want their existence here to jeopardize possible publication of them in the future.

Author:  copper [ Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:47 pm ]
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Ooo, a dream sequence. Those pesky spirits and dreams... :roll:

Let us hope Vanilla finds her truth...

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:09 pm ]
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so what will her "or was it?" item be?

Author:  ChewyChewy [ Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:03 pm ]
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RandomGeekNamedBrent Wrote:
so what will her "or was it?" item be?


You already saw it--the stuffed kitten. :P

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:05 pm ]
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that's not an "or was it item" that's an "this is what I was actually strangling" item. If you dream you're eating a talking marshmallow and wake up chewing your pillow, do even once consider that the marshmallow was actually talking to you?

Author:  ChewyChewy [ Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:06 pm ]
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RandomGeekNamedBrent Wrote:
that's not an "or was it item" that's an "this is what I was actually strangling" item. If you dream you're eating a talking marshmallow and wake up chewing your pillow, do even once consider that the marshmallow was actually talking to you?


Have you ever heard of a stuffed kitten in the Cake household before? ;)

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:13 pm ]
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no, but you could have been avoiding Chekov's gun. When would you have had reason to mention a stuffed kitten other than now?
maybe It would have been more obvious if Vanilla had taken notice a stuffed kitten in the alternate Cake household.

oh well, still a fun story.

Author:  ChewyChewy [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:13 am ]
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RandomGeekNamedBrent Wrote:
no, but you could have been avoiding Chekov's gun. When would you have had reason to mention a stuffed kitten other than now?
maybe It would have been more obvious if Vanilla had taken notice a stuffed kitten in the alternate Cake household.

oh well, still a fun story.


Who said it was over? ;)

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:14 am ]
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no one, not even me. I meant so far, it's still a fun story.
also, another note: the "or was it?" moment must come after the initial "it was all a dream" moment. If she goes right from the "dream" to holding the "or was it?" item, then it's more of a "it wasn't a dream" item.
come on, get your celestial policy right :P

Author:  ChewyChewy [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:21 pm ]
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EDIT: I'm deleting my Honey and Vanilla Cake stories both to cut ties with this forum completely and because I don't want their existence here to jeopardize possible publication of them in the future.

Author:  valerio [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:00 pm ]
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this was truly enjoyable a piece.
It would've been more interesting if Vanilla had had an experience of an actual what if..?, nut playing it as a dream was fun to read nonetheless.
Thanks for your contribution, CC!

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:52 pm ]
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cute ending. I enjoyed reading.

Author:  ChewyChewy [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:58 pm ]
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valerio Wrote:
this was truly enjoyable a piece.
It would've been more interesting if Vanilla had had an experience of an actual what if..?, nut playing it as a dream was fun to read nonetheless.
Thanks for your contribution, CC!


Thanks for your kind words, both of you!

valerio, what do you mean, "if Vanilla had had an experience of an actual what if"? If that means what I think it means, that would have been impossible, and Vanilla explained why.

But you're welcome! :D Thanks for reading!

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:02 pm ]
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I believe he means if she had woken up and was actually Vanilla Pudding instead of going the "Christmas Carol" route where she's on the outside looking in.

Author:  ChewyChewy [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:04 pm ]
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RandomGeekNamedBrent Wrote:
I believe he means if she had woken up and was actually Vanilla Pudding instead of going the "Christmas Carol" route where she's on the outside looking in.


That's what I thought, and that would have been impossible, for reasons Vanilla gave.

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:06 pm ]
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I think he meant one of those situations where she wakes up in a new life, but remembers the old life instead of the new one.

Author:  Helmetzid [ Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:04 pm ]
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So in other words, a Back To The Future scenario, where the outcome was their income and he could only remember the life of poverty

Author:  copper [ Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:21 pm ]
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That is a very fatalistic explanation. The choice always existed, it was not a foregone conclusion that the paradox would occur, since the choice itself ends that particular timeline. If we follow the idea that every decision causes an alternate reality, then this reality just loops into itself and spawns a new branch with the other decision.... if she chose the other life. The view she takes is one that since she exists, she must have picked the life she now leads, and must therefore choose that life once again. Vanilla Cake would not exist outside of this branch, but like I said, she could still conceivably make that choice and have both exist. This is an immortal Cosmic being that is omniscient. I think it knows how to properly alter realities....


Eh, probably over thinking things. Good story! I enjoyed the reasoning portion most of all, of course. :)

Author:  ChewyChewy [ Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:42 pm ]
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@Helmetzid: :lol: *high fives* Excellent wordplay there!

@copper: Glad you liked the reasoning part! :D And it's never wrong to think--although you might be overthinking things just a bit in this case, I don't know....

Vanilla can make choices that affect the FUTURE, but not the PAST. To make choices that alter her past would undermine her present identity which was shaped by that past.

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