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Twilight finds out her castle is haunted by an old friend.

Thank you to Foals Errand and Bootsy Slickmane for prereading.

Approved by Nonpareil fiction!
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My, my...

Wasn't expecting the ghost to be the genius loci of Golden Oaks.

Nice twist. Wouldn't mind at all seeing this idea explored further in a longer work, even. :twilightsmile:

Good work! :pinkiehappy:

And wow, just noticed what you did with the cover art. :pinkiegasp:

Now that was subtle.

^^ Dawwww I can't wait to continue this idea!:heart:

That was really touching.
Nice. Really nice.

I am one of them, which were hit hard by the loss of the Golden Oak.
It was the most cozy place in the whole series.
I was glad, that they didn't shrug it off, but made an extra episode dealing with the new castle / old oak thing.
But this story really gave me a reason to actually like the new castle.

Would you mind, if I use the ghost of Golden Oak if I ever write a story settled after the fourth season? (with proper credits towards you and this story of course)

But so far - have a like and this story goes straight on my fav-shelf

5861438 Look at the comment below and you will see that I have already given permission for this concept to be used for further exploration. Now if only other stories of mine could do this.

I feel you did a good job as a tribute to Golden Oaks. (That is if it's supposed to be.) Great story.

5861485 I would probably say more a tribute to a kick ass episode more then anything else, especially as I, well, um...

I felt nothing when the library got destroyed.

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I... don't get it. Unless it was the book's cover art.
Story was pretty, though. I too want to give Oaks a snuggle.

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Yeah, that golden oak on the cover.

I thought it was really clever. :rainbowkiss:

Alright, I should have known it was a specific library. Anyway I just saw that you put this in the inbox for Nonpariel. I just want you to know it has been reviewed and approved. It's well written, unique and very cute. Honestly I cant wait to see the continuation that Foals Errand has in store for us.

On my end you get a gold star and an upward facing thumb.

I'll see you at the next chapter.

Okay, this is a damned punch to the gut and worth every word. Some legit emotion, here. Some great writing, too.

D'awwww...:twilightsmile:

I like the idea of Twilight marryin a library. Literally.

...why is this a one shot...continue this...do it...do you want my money? IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT TAKE IT TAKE MY MONEY DAMMIT

Odd... But enjoyable.

5863345 I have a patreon, but I don't plan on continuing this, sorry. My friend Foals Errand is though.

5863353 DAMMIT BUT MY MONEY

5863358 Again, Patreon, am not going to tell you no on that. Foals also has one if you want to throw money her way, and she can't get a job.

Places and things have souls I think. Go anywhere and you will hear them, walk in the darkness inside them and you can feel them. The people who lived and breathed and tended them leave the echo of there passing behind and it builds up. And when they are destroyed or lost that echo, that feeling, that soul is lost.
Bringing the roots though over was a sweet gesture and a small echo can be retained even after the loss of the whole. Then again if roots are undamaged it's quite possible for a tree to regrow.

wow interesting story I love it :twilightsmile:

Comment posted by The Real McCoy deleted Nov 22nd, 2018

5864456 well the sheer damage to Golden Oaks may have made them all think it was dead and regrowing the tree might have taken decades if not centuries. So repurposing it is feasible rather than leaving a blown up tree in the middle of town.

Each point of contact was another place that the ethereal warmth from Oaks filled her, until finally the pressure came against her lips.

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Comment posted by The Real McCoy deleted Nov 22nd, 2018

5864600 Well the chain of events precluded regrowing the Library. I mean Twilight gained a new home as the old one was destroyed. It would seem a waste for the various Princess's to regrow a tree library and have Twilight ignore the shiny new castle nearby specifically grown by the Tree of Harmony for her. Hell Discord could probably have snapped his fingers and fixed the destroyed Tree and replaced all the books if he so wanted too.
Then again I don't think the Golden Oaks days are numbered. I have a feeling that something in the future will be used to replace it. Ponyville had a library before and it will probably have one again and using the castle for one would seem odd.

Nice fic. Just two little derps I saw.

She smiled back and pretended to rub it’s cheek. β€œIt is my pleasure.”

Take out the apostrophe.

If you had forgotten that I was there to be with you, not simply for you.”

Sentence fragment? I think it's because you're using the format of an "if, then" statement.

Welp, this story sucked, and I'll tell you why it sucked. It needs more. More, I tell you. It was too short, it ended too quickly. You made me feel and then ended the story. I demand more! A sequel, more chapters, continuation. MORE!!! :flutterrage:

5866374 Luckily one of my friends is planning on continuing this ship.

Eh, I'll give it a thumb... even if you did deliberately and maliciously delay:
Future chapters of;
-The Twilight of Her Singularity
-Mother
-Twilight Moon
and the resumption of;
-An Alicorn in Pegasus Coating


5861321 I don't know, Golden Oaks was an actual organism... not a place. I don't think it technically qualifies as a genius loci, since it referenced having existed as a consciousness before it was first hollowed out and used as a place.

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Good point actually. A rather strange hybrid of a dryad and a genius loci, then? Since she started as a tree, that later became a library?

Rather rare for a spirit to change at all, let alone that much, so that might actually explain why she had the power to follow after Twilight like she did.

5868373 I did not delay the first one as that needs to be done by the month for the contest she is writing it for.

This may be one of my favorite pairings ever.
Are there other Twilight/Golden Oaks (Goldenlight? Twioaks?) stories out there?

5868378 Golden Oaks was still alive the whole time, though (fresh greenery and whatnot. I guess her experiences up until Twilight count more as 'living death'). Probably closer to a dryad, although one without a corporeal, non-tree body.

5869015 As far as I know, no, but my friend Foals hopes to fix this as I am busy with about five personal projects and a collab that has demanded about 15k from me already and still wants more!

An intriguing concept, and a happy ending.
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A Dryad is a forest nymph, not bound to a single tree, but to the forest as a whole. A Hamadryad is a tree nymph; their life is tied to their tree.

I suppose that would make Golden Oaks a hamadryad that ascended into a genius loci? Heh, perhaps even the genius loci of Twilight's new tree.

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This is informal spoken word, not prose. Such rules are not to be strictly applied. I know I certainly don't always follow them when I'm talking to others. (The presence of interjecting "uhh" while gathering thoughts, for example)

What an interesting concept. Sad to hear you aren't continuing it, I love the idea.

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A Dryad is a forest nymph, not bound to a single tree, but to the forest as a whole. A Hamadryad is a tree nymph; their life is tied to their tree.

:facehoof:

Been so long since I actually read any Greek mythology I'd completely forgotten that distinction. Thanks for reminding me.

But still, yeah, really rare for those type of spirits to grow and change, so that would be an interesting concept to see explored.

5872340 Again, one of my friends is exploring the concept, as I simply have too many projects of my own, and I will be helping her with it, so there should be more Twibrary someday. :twilightsmile:

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A Dryad is a forest nymph, not bound to a single tree, but to the forest as a whole. A Hamadryad is a tree nymph; their life is tied to their tree.

To be a bit more accurate, Dryads are spirits of trees, specifically oak trees (the word for "oak" is actually a part of their name), although the usage has spread since then. Not so much forests as just trees themselves.
Hamadryads were dryads who were actually such a part of their one tree that they died when it did. Their life isn't so much tied to their tree as it is that they are a part of the tree, rather like your leg dying when your heart stops.

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To be a bit more accurate, Dryads are spirits of trees, specifically oak trees (the word for "oak" is actually a part of their name), although the usage has spread since then.

Actually, the ancient greek for oak was no more specific than the word 'car'. Sure, you can say it means sedan specifically, but it also means 'automobile' in a more generic sense.

Not so much forests as just trees themselves.

A forest is the trees :P
Likewise, Dryad carried the same issue. It could refer to pretty much any tree/forest nymph, but also specifically to those of oaks and other big lofty trees, rather than pines or fruit trees.
Even Hamadryad had multiple senses, since it was used to refer to the daughters of Oxylos and Hamadryas, each who were a different species of (lofty) tree.

Hamadryads were dryads who were actually such a part of their one tree that they died when it did.
Their life isn't so much tied to their tree as it is that they are a part of the tree, rather like your leg dying when your heart stops.

Your health, though it does not ail, and these words I cry;
Your strong breath will one day fail, trust me, I do not lie;
Your life-bond with your body so pale, Will most assuredly untie.

They weren't usually physically attached to the tree, able to move around in its immediate vicinity. But yes, any injury the tree received, the hamadryad would also receive.

The way Golden Oaks describes her past, she seems to be a hamadryad unable to manifest. The fact she was unable to manifest until now, suggests that she probably didn't 'ascend' until after she was...exploded. Perhaps by the same force returning every pony's magic? As for how she lived long enough, eh, trees. A few still-living chunks could've probably held her over for a little while.

This is one of the most interesting concepts I've seen developed in a very long time. Two thumbs up.

Imaginative concept! Well done ...

If Twilight's friends came in and found her kissing a ghost it would be a very awkward explanation. Until she got to "this is the manifest spirit of Golden Oaks" at which point everyone would just accept that of course the Princess of Bookworms found a way to make out with a library.
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Oh gosh this story is freaking adorable!

So twilight is developing a crush on the astral projection of her library...... Hahahahaha, Awesome Idea! I really hope you expand on this because I really love it. :rainbowlaugh:

All joking aside this was very well written and the dynamic of the characters was great. :heart:

6247547 My friend Foals Errand is supposed to be working on a Twibrary sequel.

Wonderful story, great job. :twilightsmile:

I can only imagine the weirded out faces the rest of the main six are going to make when they find out. :rainbowlaugh:

Does this make Twilight a tree hugger?

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