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As Starswirl the Bearded ponders what stayed and what was forgotten on Hearth's Warming Eve following his disappearance, he finds that his two pupils might have forgotten him.

[Set after S7 finale]

Written for Eroraf89 via Petrichord's 2017 Jinglemas gift-fic exchange event.

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Comments ( 42 )

A non-raritwi story where I didn't secretly hide in a raritwi reference????

we truly are in the worst timeline

Bickering sister princesses are best princesses.

Now that was lovely.

Rift Shield made an appearance. As far as I'm concerned that's a reference to The Enchanted Library.

This was really well-done. I liked the way you wrote Starswirl; he was really well characterized here. There's a great mix of poignant, amusing and sweet with this story :twilightsmile:

This was nice! Good way to start a Friday :pinkiehappy:

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This was a pleasant read.:pinkiehappy:

Strange. I would've thought the darkest timeline would be the one without Rarity at all....

Heartwarming tale of an old teacher looking back on time gone by.

Starswirl is privileged, in a way. Many heroes go into it to leave the world a better place than they found it. How many get to see just how much it worked?

Not what I'd go for, but I do enjoy seeing Celestia and Luna actually being SISTERS for once.

Looks at the author, then at the story.

Who are you and what did you do with the real Monochromatic? No Raritwi or alternate worldline. Say what...?

A nice and relaxing Slice of Life. Have my like.

A lovely wee piece. Melancholy and sweetness in equal amounts. :twilightsmile:

I loved this.

That was delightful.

Well, that certainly put a smile on my face. :pinkiehappy:

This was all I hoped it would be, and more. Thank you so much, and a belated Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Sisterly princesses and Daybreaker are what made A Royal Problem one of my top 5 episodes of the series.

This is really sweet. The Princesses have their own Celestia.

Have yourself a merry little ficlet,
Let your heart be light 🎶:heart::twilightsmile:

Aw :heart: this was actually really cute.

A delight to read. I enjoy your sophisticated writing style, it really matches the tone for each of the characters as well. I gained even more of a fondness for Old Fool Starswirl than I'd had before... that alone is an accomplishment :raritywink:
Now I think I will look into the other things you have written!

FYI, the short description for this story has "disappearance" misspelled as "dissapearance".


This was short, sweet, and positive. Very nice.

It would be interesting to read starswirls reaction to meeting cadence since she became a princess long after he disappeared.

All it needed was "But Grandpa...SHE started it!"

Yes, this was good.

Ahhh, Mono, this is glorious! Thank you so much for writing this. I've thought there were good stories here about Starswirl adjusting, but you surpassed what I could imagine. Wonderful! :raritystarry:

I didn't even realize that this was a Mono fic until I read the first comment. Well done.

Now I'd love to see a longer Starswirl fic from you, Mono! Though maybe one where you include some RariTwi on the side <_<.

Delightful stuff, especially Luna sympathizing with Starswirl's fish out of temporal water status. Thank you for it.

I want to see Starswirl meet Discord.

That will be a delightful thing to witness. :trollestia:

And now there she was, tall and grown-up and nearly a thousand years older than him.

Well, he was stuck in limbo for a thousand years, but she was stuck as a moon-spirit for a thousand years, so...

Anyway, I really liked how you pointed out the comparison in Starswirl's mind between Stygian and Luna. I don't think any of the other authors have quite picked up on that yet.

The fact that I'm reading a Monochromatic short story 6 months after it was published is VERY telling to just how far I've gotten behind in my reading.

I'm liking the rather wistful older man you've portrayed Starswirl as here. Not overly nostalgic, but more observing the changes that have happened in the thousand years he's been gone and reverently and contentedly laying the past to rest behind him. I'm very glad that he has Celestia, Luna, and the other Pillars so he isn't totally without his past in this new world.

As others have commented before me, it's always so nice to see Celestia and Luna acting like sister, or in any capacity where they aren't acting like rulers, but just being themselves. I think you captured them well!

A joy to read, as always! :twilightsmile:

Well. I heard quite a lot about your work from other authors and mutual friends but I am sorry now that it took me this long to read one of your stories. This was show-level writing and more (barring the lack of contrived supernatural-yet-ironically fitting conflict). Starswirl has spent so long in the series as a historical footnote, as this story so fittingly put it, that even I forgot that he’s back.

Very glad I could be the 300th upvote on this

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Ugh, the feels! D: It's so good!

Tenk u present!

I'm honestly particularly proud of this one because I like it a lot and it's not RariTwi lmao


I don't know what to say here. This was really good and I have had this tab open since before EFNW, trying to think of a comment fitting for this story. I guess I can't come up with one, so... This was good.

That was really cozy, yet melancholy at the same time. I liked it.

I can't believe I hadn't seen this story before.

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