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After years of ever-mounting pressures of princesshood and the running the School of Friendship, Twilight makes a difficult choice. Now, she needs to surrender the stewardship of the Castle Library to somepony else. At least it’s her old friend Moondancer.

That should be simple enough. Shouldn’t be any complications. None at all. Right?


Historian’s Note:
The Librarian's Torch is set around 10 years after the events of the episode Amending Fences.

Cast: Twilight Sparkle & Moondancer with special guest star, Sunset Shimmer.


Cover Artwork by the amazing and lovely Firimil
Cover Text & Chapter Header Design by Novel Idea
Twilight Sparkle Cutie Mark By Intbrony


Beta Reader & Editor Credits
Ebon Quill: Author, Supporter and Friend
JayMan155: Artist & Author Extraordiane!
Rose Quill: Pretty Author Kitty!
Beltorn: Commenter-at-Large on FimFiction
Cursori: Reader of Many a Pony Word

Word Count: 7,500 words
Version: 4.2

Chapters (3)
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Comments ( 53 )

Possibly the best Twidancer story on this site. So adorable.

She’d even had the official offer notarized by Ditzy Doo herself, which was no mean feat!

Any timeline where Best Pony is a notable notary public is a darn good timeline.

Fantastic work. An excellent look at neurotic bookhorses in love, with Sunbutt Jr. helping them work through these strange, poorly researched emotion things. Twilight giving up another library wonderfully adds to the pathos. This is one heck of a way to end a hiatus, Novel. Thank you for it.

Very sweet, Twilight getting help and support from her friends against her unhelpful instincts. And good to see that Sunset shows up for Twilight when she needs her.

The Pink Starship has been doubled! I can’t imagine the weddings but I bet they were glorious. And since I’m calling it Pink Starship and you can’t stop me, I can say I’m over the moon about it. Also that one of the weddings was likely betazoid style even if no one noticed. Rarity must have been miffed that dresses underwater are a challenge at best.

And now I’m just writing land and sea based wedding ceremonies and picturing seashell chic. It’s fun.

So glad you’re together again enough to write.

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Everyone knows about the power of the secret Order of the Notaries Public. Cross them at your peril.

Seriously, it was a whole arc in Skin Horse and everything.

I'm in love

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Okay, wow. That's freaking huge praise, especially since I've read a ton of them myself! Thank you so much!

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Thanks FoME! I really wanted to take them beyond the veneer of social awkwardness. Twilight's awkwardness comes from a lot of sources, but it isn't the traditional type we see. I thought they deserved better. Both of them interested, curious... just not sure how to do it. So, they start with the most innocent of things.

Twilight's issues regarding giving up what she had to give up came from my own need to add further depth to the story. I learned her lesson the hard way. One of many lessons I learned. Stay tuned, you'll see a lot more of them. :twilightoops:

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Very sweet, Twilight getting help and support from her friends against her unhelpful instincts. And good to see that Sunset shows up for Twilight when she needs her.

With a little backup from Starlight going HALP.

The Pink Starship has been doubled! I can’t imagine the weddings but I bet they were glorious. And since I’m calling it Pink Starship and you can’t stop me, I can say I’m over the moon about it.

I both love this and hate this. Love because ADORBS and hate because PUNS.

Also that one of the weddings was likely betazoid style even if no one noticed. Rarity must have been miffed that dresses underwater are a challenge at best.

Hehehehehe. I instantly understood THAT reference. And Rarity doing underwater designs? That's epic.

So glad you’re together again enough to write.

Thank you. Me too.

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Any timeline where Best Pony is a notable notary public is a darn good timeline.

She worked hard for that. She still sometimes misses with the stamp though.

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Friends who will go HALP for you are incredibly valuable.

Puns may be the lowest form of wit, but wit is the highest form of humor.

Ri2

...There are eight libraries? I'm torn between that being too many or not enough.

You return!

And why am I not Following you? Rectified.

Adding to Read Later as I'm still on a Feed binge.

Just finished reading. Was expecting this to go the full romance route but it stopped JUST short...

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Which must mean it's the perfect number...

I sniffled more and more as this went on. While short it's beautiful and perfect. Thank you for creating this.

thousands of pones lined up for this.

Ponies? As-is, though, it's pretty amusing. Just not sure if it was intentional.

Also, SQUEEEE! This looks like it might be cute...

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Well, it's not like you have a lot of competition in that department. Most are just shameless fluff, which is all well and good, but...

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If you have any of those you recommend as especially good by the way...

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Not enough, of course. Twilight said so. Anyway, that doesn't include her backup libraries. Plus her studies. And... well, she told me not to tell folks about those rooms. :twilightblush:

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Totally intentional. Everything I do is intentional. Of course. Especially the unintentional ones.

And I like to think it is cute!

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HALPers are definitely a treasure you should keep close.

Puns may be the lowest form of wit, but wit is the highest form of humor.

...I can't parse the math for that. I'm a writer, for pete's sake!

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I sniffled more and more as this went on. While short it's beautiful and perfect. Thank you for creating this.

And thank you for leaving a comment for it. These kinds of comments make my day so much brighter. Thank you!!! :heart:

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Well, it's not like you have a lot of competition in that department. Most are just shameless fluff, which is all well and good, but...

There may be some of that, no argument here. But I've found some authors to be more than capable of creating something both heartwarming and fluffy at the same time. Fluff ain't bad. I wish I could do it better! It would be so fun to relax with that. But my brain and heart tend to make it a lot more complicated. They do exist, but you need to do some digging (yes, that's a challenge).

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I've read little in the last half a year (compared to my normal reading load), but I do remember Bookish Delight being a freaking master of them!

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I do like Bookish, I should find those. I mostly got into her Juniper/Wallflower shipping, which is just lovely.

Should "wore that manual" be "wrote that manual"?

D'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Short. Sweet. Awkward. Amazing. Love it. =)

Gak!

Twilight, you can't just hire people and then awkwardly sexually harass them. Either commit to it or try to hold it in.

This is fantastic!

Amazing work ;3 this goes on my favorites for sure!

“Then why are your wings flapping like that?” Moondancer pointed at her sides. She looked rather unimpressed.

Anxious-alicorn wing-flapping is not something I'd have imagined on my own, but I love it.

Moondancer stepped a bit closer and Twilight studied her neat little black sweater, noting that the thread binding her second button was somewhat loose. She definitely didn’t study the fact that Moondancer’s blush was still there or she looked really worried or that she showed no interest in the books and instead studied her like she was some sort of crazy pony!

Oh, Twilight...

“I’m surrounded by traitors to the crown.”’

Annoyed/sulking Twilight is cutest Twilight.

Wow, it is good to read one of your stories again. Wish I could finish this up now, but I have a lot to do and too little time to do it in, so leisure reading will have to wait.

Extremely accomplished ponies can be extremely hopeless, too.

The tree sitting before them still seemed small even now. She’d been assured within a few months it would begin to soar skyward, the product of ancient magics of several races with an additional boon from both Princess Celestia and the Tree of Harmony itself. The earth around it was green with thick grass and the occasional flower.

We can rebuild it, we have the technology.

One of the best animations the fandom has produced.

This was lovely! I was easily immersed in the story and loved seeing our two favorite book horses get together!

And a little weird to go to twoPinkie Pie weddings in one week, but hey, it was pretty wild.

Damn no kidding :pinkiegasp:

Also, can you imagine? Two SkyPie weddings?! How awesome must that have been?!

I don't know, kinda hard to imagine. Funny, I know this great author who happens to ship SkyPie lately :raritywink:

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Anxious-alicorn wing-flapping is not something I'd have imagined on my own, but I love it.

Twilight can get kinda twitchy. Twitchy Twi. Twitchy Twi.

Annoyed/sulking Twilight is cutest Twilight.

All Twilight is cutest Twilight! But this type is super cutest!

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Damn no kidding :pinkiegasp:

Three days later when Sunset woke up on the floor next to Novo's bed, she began to have second thoughts...

I don't know, kinda hard to imagine. Funny, I know this great author who happens to ship SkyPie lately :raritywink:

They must be wise and insightful to see that those two are perfect for one another in every way and must be shipped AT ALL TIMES!

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Extremely accomplished ponies can be extremely hopeless, too.

But of course, darling!

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Short. Sweet. Awkward. Amazing. Love it. =)

The awkward is my favorite part. :heart:

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Thank you both! I definitely loved working on this little warm up!

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One of the best animations the fandom has produced.

I'd argue and say it's the best, hands down. But that's me! :heart:

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This was lovely! I was easily immersed in the story and loved seeing our two favorite book horses get together!

Thank you! They are rather perfectly awkward together, aren't they?! :pinkiehappy:

Well that was a perfectly vile look at exploitation and manipulation.

I love this! Twilight and Moondancer are just so endearingly awkward. I had to feature it on episode 251 of my podcast, Pony 411.

:pinkiesad2: MY FEELS HAVE NO RIGHT HURTING LIKE THIS!!
Thanks for the cry...
I didn't know I needed it.

My life has been a mess recently, and I needed something to break through the depression shell around my heart.

Thank you, I'm going to miss this fandom... But I'll never forget it.

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Thank you so much! Awkward bookhorses are best bookhorses, as far as I'm concerned.

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:pinkiesad2: MY FEELS HAVE NO RIGHT HURTING LIKE THIS!!

If the feels are feeling that much, I hesitate to recommend any of my other stories! I thought this was gentle, yet strong feels! I miscalculated!

Thanks for the cry...
I didn't know I needed it.
My life has been a mess recently, and I needed something to break through the depression shell around my heart.

I've been there. Plenty of times before. More than a few time recently. I hope it helped, truly.

Thank you, I'm going to miss this fandom... But I'll never forget it.

You are welcome, but you should know one very important thing. Just because the franchise changes after Season 9, doesn't mean the fandom is going anywhere. I'm definitely not.

...I've got too many stories left to tell. :raritywink:

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Agreed, there are always stories to be told, and when I can get the energy and the willpower to work like i used to, I'm going to be publishing SO many stories.

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