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anonpencil


I write bad AiE stories. No. Seriously, they're terrible. If you can't laugh at vomit, blood, and exploding testicles, don't read my work. It's safer that way.

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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?

Please?




WARNING: This story contains brief depictions of blood, mild violence, and death, and has ARG aspects to it. It plays with formatting, and includes images. Some "pages" are long, some are only a few words. It is written in first person, to you, the reader, and is a slow mellow horror. You've been warned.

This story relies on unusual formatting for some parts, and thus may not be as enjoyable on a tablet or phone, or if you have specialized custom Fimfic settings.

If you post spoilers, hints, or answers in the comments, please be sure to spoiler them out or warn others. You don't want to ruin the fun, right?

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Comment posted by Dark Shade 75 deleted June 29th

9011274
Psssssst, I'd really really appreciate it if you could put spoilers on your posts if you're going to write down answers and stuff. :raritywink: Thanks!

The page wait7s for you, I wait for you, then I put down everything I think and feel as I sense the way you read over me.

“Wait7s” I’m guessing the seven was supposed to be an apostrophe.

9011370
Nope.
I know that's there. :raritywink:

Comment posted by Mitamajr deleted June 27th
Comment posted by Mitamajr deleted June 27th

Ok that day/night mode change was clever.

90115218
Thank you! High praise.

9011380
I realized that once I finished reading. Now I’m going through to find all the secrets. Love the idea of this sort of stuff and you executed it awesomely.

9011537
I'm really glad you're giving that a shot! I hope you're able to find many of them. :) Just remember to use spoilers if you comment on them, don't want to make it too easy.

A very fun format, and a moving story to make it worth it. The fact that I've finished the story (and skimmed it a couple times more) and still have a text file of notes about unsolved things is in equal parts frustrating and wonderful. I know there's more content to see, but I'm gonna have to work for it. It reminds me of those webpage embedded puzzles that used to be a thing years ago.

Oh and I loved the sky/you riddle bait and switch. It caught me out exactly as intended. Really sold the 'interactive' element.

Her name is muse... I wonder what it means.

9011548
That's just what I was trying to do! YAY that's a relief, thanks for telling me how it hit you.

So they sisters harmed them in some way. My current guess is on them turning the pony into the book.

Whew... damn... I did say this was gonna be a ride and this was most certainly a ride.

I discovered a couple of things while reading it, but given the number up above I barely scratched the surface of what's hidden throughout this little story, also spoilery stuff below, read at your own risk.

Page 8: I found a lot of typos in Upper Case, ERNAMESMUE is what all I found there, at first I figured it was spelling 'her name is' and shit, but I might be wrong about that? Iunno what code is being used here... hmm.
Page 40: Well... even if it's spoiler, I won't say, I'll just say I felt rather touched by what she said to me <3
Can't remember which page but I found a link leading to a pastebin? That was interesting.

As for a theory I had;
By chapter... I think it was after the Princesses were hinted, that I had begun to think that whoever was reading this book was actually Celestia reading it, the book couldn't have known so... it was a decent theory, I was wrong however.

Also, damn it Pencil! You got me wanting to write a really weird book x pony romance fanfic now :raritydespair: curses!

But yeah, I can safely say I enjoyed this quite a bit! It was a nice little adventure... and probably one of the first stories to make me hesitate at points and actually play along, it was strange but... really fun, actually, hehe. The ending of this was... well, I basically released someone super dangerous into the world so now I gotta live with that, lol. Maybe she won't actually do anything super evil/bad? Who knows.

So thanks for the ride, Pencil, I loved this! :heart: Keep it up, I love your works and I love seeing the shit you put out.

9011575
Thank you for reading! Yeah, there's a lot to discover, but I'm glad you were able to really enjoy what you did find. As much as I'm making you jump through hoops, those hoops are mostly extras, things to add to the fun, not things you NEED to find. I just hope that you want to. ;)

I love you. Aww, how sweet.

I'm sure to enjoy this, as fics that use the site's mechanics instead of just words like a simple book are always fun.

Pretty damned fine read. Not gonna lie, by the end, I had this song going through my head a bit:

;)

Anyway, yeah. Really unique, well-put together and thought-out. Four hooves up!

...

No, wait. I'm upside down, now. Ah... two thumbs up!

9011641

Thanks for reading through it all! Not the music I listened to while writing, but a good selection, none the less!

Not even two chapters in and you already have my attention and interest. Let us see where this goes.

9011693
Hope you enjoy the ride!

God dammit, Anonpencil, you're supposed to make me laugh and feel disgust, not make me actually care for a sentient book!

Anyway, my thoughts.
Her name is Muse? I believe?
If you view things in Dark mode, you can see white text. I believe this is another thing the author meant when they said "night and day".
Muse loves us apparently.
I think that she used a blood sacrifice of some kind in order to make her first attempt with the words, and that act of murder is what drove Celestia to imprison her in a book rather than to try and guide her down the right path.

9011788
You're correct about a WHOLE lot of that. And I do like making you laugh too, hope to do more of that in the future.

Had to switch to my computer to read this.

This was amazing. There was a lot of excellent riddles and story to this. Halfway through I set my background to grey because I disliked switching back and forth so much. (Sorry!) The open ending just makes it all the better... and I really did start to feel for Broken Muse. (What I personally call her.) I don't see why this has a horror tag, however. I can agree with the Dark tag, but Horror is pushing it. Great story though, and I seriously mean it. Now this begs the question, What does Broken Muse look like?

9011813
If only there was a picture of her somewhere...

Also, depending on what you find, it can definitely be horror... ;)

9011823
There is a way to find the picture in the story. It's difficult though. It's the most spread out of anything I have hidden. I honestly don't expect many to find it. I'll only say, some of the typos throughout the story are not actually typos. ;)

9011828
Only if you want to. I wanted to be sure there was a complete story here without someone having to find all the extras. The rest is just gravy.

9011832
Yeah, but you made me like the character of Broken Muse. Now, IF ONLY FIMFICTION HAD A WAY TO FIND SPELLING ERRORS.

Not sure if there's supposed to be a companion to the hidden text, but there's nothing for the night mode. Not sure if intentional.

9011913
Intentional. Sometimes there’s only one or the other.

should i be getting worried about the animated ponies? o-o;;

I'm not much of a horror reader. Nor, really, a horror kind of guy. The genre simultaneously disinterests me as well as drives me away; how this happens, I don't really know.

But I do have a soft spot for the psychological. And the eldritch, though I have yet to read any of Lovecraft's famous work. But nonetheless there is something strangely compelling about breaking the boundaries between the reader and the story, and with this little tale, you have clearly accomplished that.

I found a few hints and secrets here and there just from a vanilla read, but I guess for a more in-depth analysis I would have to search each chapter voraciously. A challenge for another day, perhaps? Well, take heart in this, at least: I very much enjoyed this story. It's very different and very compelling, too.

Now the question becomes is it weird that I kinda smiled a little when Muse said I Love You ?

Just finished reading and I'm a big fan of this slow creeping horror. I felt legit uncomfortable clicking next (given I was expecting a Jumpscare gif down the line, so extrapoints for not doing that)

But one thing keeps bugging because I'm a completionist but I'm lost so here goes nothing:
What does the numbers mean? I have an inkling that it's got to do something with the picture of Muse I'm seraching for but I can't make heads nor tails of it. I got 737830 and then some random numbers and letters in the Hints&Stuff section so far, a little hint would be greatly appreciated. You don't have to tell me the answer, just show me the way :twilightblush:

it was only after i finished reading this did i realized i missed chapters somehow

edit: nvm i didnt miss any chapters fim fic just didnt register that i finished them. also im pretty sure it wont happen, but dang do i want a sequal

Haven't read this yet but this is the first thing that came to my mind when I read the description

Fuck, I'm actually crying.

I don't cry very often, but this actually getting to me.

I'm ready :rainbowdetermined2:

Your heartbeat

Yay, I got it :)

This one's a lot harder, though. I'm thinking maybe a secret, but that doesn't seem like it fully fits.

Loneliness makes more sense ... and it's what the other guy commented on the last chapter. But I had to be different :moustache:

Hmm... this one's really hard. Should I say time? I think that's what you're meant to guess if you have no idea about the answer to a riddle.

EDIT: Wait, no, I got it. It's the sky. It can blush = sunrise/set; cry = rain; and roar = thunder. And the Genesis-esque story from a few chapters back told about the sky creating life and death.

Ooooh. I noticed two things :D

1) This is the second 'misplaced' letter I've found; there was a 1 in 'though' a few chapters back. I assume they have a significance I'm not aware of yet.

2) And I found a secret 'Please don't put me down' by highlighting. Now I wonder if I missed anything before.

I really like ARG-y stuff, and I have to say that I'm loving this so far :raritystarry:

HER NAME IS MUSE Hmmm

You've been really clever with the way you've done this

Okay, I know for a FACT that the randomly uppercased letters and included numbers are some sort of URL based on the notes, but I'm too lazy to assemble it.

This story reminds me of the Easter Eggs DICE likes to put into the Battlefield games, but it mostly reminded me of Cicada 3301.

Anyway, it was a very entertaining read. Nice job.
o7

Fear? Although maybe that's reading '"When you are afraid, you will feel me" a bit too literally.

More numbers! A 6 in 'wrong' this time.

And I found a hidden link. Very odd, sounds like a description of some kind of ritual or something. Hmm.

I'm really enjoying this! :)

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