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  • Friday
    Coyote de La Mancha's "Twilight Sparkle Was Shot" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story starts with a bang.

    Twilight Sparkle Was Shot
    [Adventure] [Equestria Girls] [Alternate Universe] • 9,173 words

    After the reformation of Sunset Shimmer, the Mane Six united their powers against all manner of threats. Then, Twilight Sparkle joined their number, and over time the bonds between the Mane Seven have become stronger than ever.

    They have called upon their power to aid their friends, to protect the innocent, and even to defend their world.

    Never have they called upon their power out of anger, or to seek revenge.

    Until now.

    FROM THE CURATORS: Vengeance isn't a goal typically associated with a hero, especially a hero in the My Little Pony franchise. And yet in this week's feature, the drive for vengeance that binds together our protagonist and antagonist in a yin and yang of pain feels almost breathtakingly real.

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    6 comments · 1,309 views
  • 1 week
    Jack of a Few Trades' "Without Another Word" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We'd like to give you a good word about today's story.

    Without Another Word
    [Drama] [Sad] • 11,912 words

    Seven years have passed since Grand Pear moved to Vanhoover, and time has dulled the pain of leaving Pear Butter behind. Though the scars remain, life for the Pear family has done its best to return to normal.

    But one day, a letter from Ponyville comes in the mail.

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    3 comments · 652 views
  • 2 weeks
    Flutterpriest's "Feathers" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Fall into today's story for some gripping drama.

    [Dark] [Drama] • 2,466 words

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    7 comments · 2,071 views
  • 3 weeks
    fourths' "You and Her" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story aches.

    You and Her
    [Romance] [Sad] • 7,335 words

    [Note: This story contains sexual themes.]

    You told me that a young designer from out of town would be coming to stay with us for a few days while she discussed business plans with you. I told you that would be fine, that I wouldn't mind.

    I lied.

    FROM THE CURATORS: Relationships are rarely easy. Feelings wax and wane, ebb and flow, and even at their easiest and most effortless, relationships take effort. But maybe you don't want to put that effort in any more. Maybe it takes less effort to start something new than to maintain something you've had for years. Maybe your partner won't catch on. Maybe they will.

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    13 comments · 2,251 views
  • 4 weeks
    anonpencil's "Broken Bindings" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a real page-turner.

    Broken Bindings
    [Dark] [Horror] [Mystery] • 23,036 words

    Twilight has given you a new book to read. Well, she didn't exactly give it to you, you actually just found it in the back of the library. Behind a shelf. On the ground. It looks very old, downright ancient, and it smells like moss and rot. The binding is a little cracked, and there's no title on it. You can't help but wonder what might be inside, and the only way to find out is to keep reading.

    Just turn the page.

    You can do that much, can't you?


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    22 comments · 2,546 views
  • 5 weeks
    wYvern's "Of Flies and Spiders" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will ensnare you.

    Of Flies and Spiders
    [Romance] [Dark] [Tragedy] • 8,065 words

    Glitter was banished from her hive because she's different: instead of feeding on love, she feeds on anger, fear, and sadness. Ponies are easily fooled and more easily manipulated. Staying undetected and sustaining her dietary needs, she goes through life bringing misery to those around her. All changes, though, when he turns up, tearing down walls built throughout a lifetime.

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    7 comments · 1,575 views
  • 6 weeks
    Epic Yarn's "A Slice of (Cake) Life" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story bakes up some — PUMPKIN, PUT THAT DOWN.

    A Slice of (Cake) Life
    [Comedy] [Slice of Life] • 1,178 words

    Mrs. Cake’s life isn’t always a piece of cake. The bakery needs running, Pound and Pumpkin are always up to something, and babysitters aren’t always easy to come by.

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    5 comments · 1,747 views
  • 8 weeks
    Cerulean Voice's "Essenza di Amore" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    [Ed. Note: The Royal Canterlot Library will be taking next week off for Bronycon!]

    You'll grow to love today's story.

    Essenza di Amore
    [Adventure] [Drama] [Alternate Universe] • 53,665 words

    Orphaned as a filly, a young pegasus named Kaviyayu is raised by an adoptive Earth pony family in a secluded, peaceful village. When a strange unicorn drops by the village, Kaviyayu and the other foals are captivated by her tales of the world, as well as her various spells and illusions for their amusement. But there's something about the way she doesn't speak of her own family ... how she never removes her traveller's cloak ... how she seems to take a very strong interest in Kaviyayu ...

    Who is this mysterious mare, what does she seek, and just what is so special about that pendant she wears?

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    8 comments · 1,973 views
  • 9 weeks
    NaiadSagaIotaOar's "Who We Are in the Dark" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story, unlike its protagonist, doesn't have to cheat to win your heart.

    Who We Are in the Dark
    [Equestria Girls] [Romance] [Tragedy] • 11,505 words

    [Note: This story contains sexual themes.]

    Adagio, who everyone knows is an immortal sex goddess, is determined to give her girlfriend a perfect eighteenth birthday. If only she weren't secretly a virgin, it would be easy.

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    16 comments · 2,308 views
  • 10 weeks
    Mr V's "Sweet Little Lovely: A Gothic Romance" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story ticks along to a sweetly chilling conclusion.

    Sweet Little Lovely: A Gothic Romance
    [Romance] [Dark] • 14,993 words

    [Note: This story contains scenes of blood and gore.]

    Everyone in their sleepy little town knows that Marvelous, the clockmaker, has eyes for only one mare - the beautiful Little Lovely. Despite her mysterious illness and his amusingly obsessive nature, there's no question that they make a perfect couple.

    But when the truth of Little Lovely's affliction comes to light, Marvelous begins to realize that her true beauty is ... on the inside.

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    3 comments · 1,960 views

Author Interview » Metool Bard's "The Truth Hurts" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 1:09pm June 8th

With today's story, idol hooves are the devil's workshop.

The Truth Hurts
[Dark] [Sad] [Slice of Life] • 4,914 words

Lightning Dust has been in a bit of a rut ever since getting kicked out of the Wonderbolt Academy. Day after day, she's been sticking to a strict exercise regimen under the guidance of Cloudsdale's premier personal trainer, Haymaker. Her hope is that she'll unlock her true potential and show Haymaker how awesome she is, thus prompting him to use his connections to get her back into the Wonderbolts. No matter how many times Haymaker tells her it's impossible, Lightning simply refuses to listen.

Then one fateful night, Lightning Dust's training is interrupted by the appearance of her greatest idol, Wind Rider. It turns out he too has difficulty accepting reality, and he has his own, more nefarious schemes to get himself back in the game. Haymaker sees this as his last chance to save Lightning Dust from walking Wind Rider's path. And if that means rubbing salt in a few wounds and shattering a few dreams, then so be it.

FROM THE CURATORS: Sometimes, a story's brilliance lies in expressing one of life's greatest rarities — a truly original idea.  "Lightning Dust is a character I tend to forget was ever on the show," Present Perfect said in his nomination.  "Therefore, it's maybe easy to see why no one ever considered comparing her to dethroned Wonderbolt Wind Rider before.  But it's so obvious in hindsight."  Soge agreed, and added: "Having read the story, it really surprises me that this is the only fic tagged with both characters on the site."

Though there was some curator dissent on the quality of the execution, there was none on what made it exemplary.  "What makes this story work, beyond that excellent premise, is the portrayal of the characters," Present Perfect said, echoed by Soge: "The concept is strong enough to make it memorable, and it is executed perfectly well, thanks to the snappy dialogue and pitch-perfect characterization."  And FanOfMostEverything pointed out that it wasn't just the protagonists done well: "Haymaker really ties it all together, knowing when to offer wisdom and when to just shine a spotlight on bullcrap."

And ultimately, the story talked about redemption in a way that reflected the core of the show.  "I can't help but draw parallels between Lightning Dust and Sunset Shimmer here," FanOfMostEverything said.  "Both prodigies, both arrogant, both humbled by a member of the Mane Six. The difference is that Twilight gave Sunset a support network. Haymaker tries to act as that for Lightning, but she's not yet seen the error of her ways. Seeing Wind Rider's true colors is, appropriately enough, her rainbow to the face."  Soge summed it up: "I got left with the feeling that Lightning Dust has a real shot at redemption here, so long as she is able to change her path radically."

Read on for our author interview, in which Metool Bard discusses dark mirrors, pegasus partiality, and never-ending hurricanes.

Give us the standard biography.

Hi-ho.  Sheesh, I never thought I’d be doing one of these.

The name’s Metool Bard.  I’m a librarian by day, and a creative writer by … days when I’m not working.  I’ve always enjoyed a good story, and creative writing has been one of my favorite pastimes for as long as I can remember — fanfiction or otherwise.  There’s not much else to me than that without delving into some rather personal information.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

This is actually kinda a funny story, and I actually wrote a blog about it a few years ago.  Simply put, when I got my start as a fanfiction writer in the Mega Man community, I created a bunch of metool characters that lived on a floating island in the middle of a never-ending hurricane.

Yes, I am very weird.  Why do you ask?

Anyway, I became so well-known for those characters over in that community that I simply decided to adopt metools as part of my online persona in general.  The Bard part is pretty self-explanatory.

Who's your favorite pony?

Hard to pick just one, but I’ve honestly always been partial to the pegasi.  Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Scootaloo, Spitfire, Daring Do, and Derpy are all among my faves.  If I had to pick just one, well, I would have to say Flutters. I simply relate to her the most, being a socially-awkward introvert myself.

What's your favorite episode?

I have a few, but if you were to twist my arm, I’d say Rarity Investigates!  Between a more positive portrayal of the Wonderbolts, a solid mystery, and just fun moments all around, it honestly felt like DHX made an episode specifically for me to enjoy.  Honorable mentions include Testing, Testing, 1 2 3 for brilliant world-building and a resonant moral about education, Tanks for the Memories for its stirring portrayal of the grieving process, and Flutter Brutter for being an excellent payoff to Fluttershy’s character development up to that point.

What do you get from the show?

Besides inspiration for my writing?  Like I said before, I enjoy a good story, and the show has plenty of them.  And truth be told, the morals do resonate with me from time to time, so there’s that, too.

What do you want from life?

Balance between my work and my writing.  And whatever else may come my way.

Why do you write?

It’s really kind of an impulse for me.  Once I have the inspiration for a story, be it an episode from the show, something that happens in my life, or what have you, I feel the urge to write it down.  That, and it is something of an escape for me (not unlike any other hobby).

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

Don’t do what I do.

Seriously, I’ll be the first to admit that my writing technique is not ideal for serious authors.  My writing is often stream-of-consciousness, and I don’t often use editors (thus leading to a lot of post-production in my stories).  But apart from that, actually care about what you’re writing. If you don’t care, you’re not giving your audience a reason to care, either.

What inspired “The Truth Hurts”?

When I wrote this story, I felt that the comparison between Lightning Dust and Wind Rider was untapped potential.  Both of these characters are dark mirrors of Rainbow Dash, but they are diametrically opposed in terms of their courage.  One is a reckless loose cannon willing to push herself to greatness despite the consequences, while the other is a coward willing to hurt anyone to maintain his greatness.  I already set a precedent to Lightning Dust training under Haymaker in a previous story, Wonder-Breezies, so I decided to use that to set the stage for the confrontation.

What spark does Haymaker see in Lightning Dust that makes him want to keep working with her?

People often compare Lightning Dust to Rainbow Dash in Season 1, and I think that’s not that far from the mark in terms of how Haymaker sees her.  Lightning Dust is a talented mare with a lot of raw potential, but when it comes to curbing her ego and taking responsibility for her actions, well … if the episode Wonderbolts Academy is anything to go by, that kinda stuff doesn’t come naturally to her.  She certainly isn’t going to be let back into the Academy until she fully understands why what she did was wrong.

I feel that Haymaker secretly holds out for that time when Lightning will smarten up and fly right.  But failing that, he hopes to prevent her from destroying herself chasing a dream she has very little chance of catching (at least with her current mindset).

Does Wind Rider already have a plan in mind when he shows up at Haymaker’s gym, or is he just reacting to the situation he finds there?

It’s definitely the second thing, unless you think he somehow knew he’d meet one of his biggest fans in that gym.  That’s not to say he wasn’t scheming beforehand; he just didn’t have a concrete plan until Lightning Dust started fawning over him.  And let’s be real: he probably is the type of pony who would leap at the chance to manipulate a fan into doing his bidding.

Do you see Lightning Dust coming back to train with Haymaker after all this?

Probably yes.  While Lightning Dust knows she doesn’t want to end up like Wind Rider, I can’t imagine her giving up on her Wonderbolt dream that easily.  Beyond that, well, we’ll have to wait for her to return in the series proper, won’t we?

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

While my goal in writing has never been to become famous, it is always an honor to have this kind of recognition.  I’m glad you enjoyed this little tale I have woven, and I hope to continue writing more insightful stories about our favorite pastel ponies.  And with that, I bid you adieu.

You can read The Truth Hurts at Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

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Comments ( 11 )
Cyrano #1 · June 8th · · ·

I recognize that cover art! :raritywink:

But seriously, congratulations!

T6 #2 · June 8th · · ·

Oh man, I remember when this was brand-new and in the feature box - It's still a great oneshot to this day, and Metool did an absolutely amazing job with it.

Also Lightning Dust, always nice to see with my favourite pony pop up now and again :raritystarry:

I remember that story! I'm glad to see that it mentioned here!

Never liked this story's premise.

I just read this story a few weeks ago, and I definitely agree with its inclusion. I haven’t read many Lightning Dust fics on the site, but I’d say this one is one of the best so far. And hey, a fellow librarian/writer! The only other one I’ve met on the site so far is Albinocorn, so I’m glad to see there are more of us than I originally thought.

...technically, I’m just a librarian-in-training who’s grinding away at classes and who still hasn’t gotten a permanent library job beyond volunteering/interning. But it’s still great to hear about a kindred spirit!

Comment posted by sevenofeleven deleted June 8th

I just want to say I appreciate the pun in the opening sentence.

With today's story, idol hooves are the devil's workshop.

Idol Hooves is a changeling, but i'm curious how his workshop became the devils. :P

Thank you! That one was mine. :twilightsmile:

Lightning Dust is a talented mare with a lot of raw potential, but when it comes to curbing her ego and taking responsibility for her actions, well … if the episode Wonderbolts Academy is anything to go by, that kinda stuff doesn’t come naturally to her. She certainly isn’t going to be let back into the Academy until she fully understands why what she did was wrong.

That is the problem.
It was Spitfires Job to teach her that in the first place but she completely and utterly failed.

While Lightning Dust knows she doesn’t want to end up like Wind Rider, I can’t imagine her giving up on her Wonderbolt dream that easily. Beyond that, well, we’ll have to wait for her to return in the series proper, won’t we?

I don´t think she will ever give it up and hope she will have her long overdue comeback.



This picture has a very interesting discussion.

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