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Learn for Life


Apple Bloom has cared for Tennyson the Tree since he was nothing but a seed, and now he's beginning to grow his own apples.
Proud of Tennyson, Apple Bloom leaves him for another night. When a nasty storm comes to Ponyville, however, she finds herself braving the storm in order to save him.

One-shot. Image drawn and colored by Not Worthy.

A special thank you to Calligraphy, KartalTheWriter, and DawnFade for looking over the rough drafts for me. Special thanks to DawnFade for also looking over the second draft. I must also give a thank you to Peregrine Caged and Daetrin for their input.

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Comments ( 31 )

Shouldn't AB be angry at Rainbow Dash and all the pegasi for allowing that storm?

1407116 That did bother me while I wrote this. I'm not entirely certain how storms work in Equestria, so I thought about just leaving that detail out. I'll go back and add a bit about Apple Bloom being mad at the pegasi, although I wouldn't know how to explain their creation of a storm of that magnitude.:unsuresweetie:

Thank you for pointing that out, by the way. I really appreciate it.:twilightsmile:

1407165 Hmm, maybe the storm got out of control somehow. I mean, if weather is controlled completely, a storm of that power would be uneccessary. But things can ALWAYS go too far.
Now reread this, right after Chinese homework.

Wow! Much better! THose flashbacks and I think you added some dialogue? Well they REALLY helped! Great job!

So, the first thing I read by you is so simple, and yet so epic at the same time. :pinkiehappy: This was good. You had everyone in character and Tennyson is totally a great name for a tree. I wonder how you came up with it... *whistles*

Anyway, yeah, this story is really good. I haven't read the other one just because you asked me not to, but I am excited to see what else you do. I'm totally luck you took an interest in my story, because I have a feeling you're going to be big.

1407724>>1407908 Thank you both very VERY much for your kind words. I very much appreciate that you liked this story. :twilightsmile::twilightsmile:

Good work with writing this, very nicely done.

1408223 Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it. :yay:

Great piece, nice work.

1409356 Thank you very much! I'm very glad you enjoyed this!

Well, featured didn't happen, but it's all good, right? Again, thank you for helping me with this. I really do appreciate it.

Can't win 'em all. Oh well, it's only a matter of time.
And no worries :)

I can't remember if you were there but...because he asked us to think of an apple tree and say the first name that came to mind and I said, "Tennyson."

1431649 Yeah, I was there and I remember. :twilightsmile:

Heh, sorry, I think I was trying to be funny... *shakes head* I'm pretty lame sometimes, hahaha.

I will be very blunt with how I approach the issue. Your story made me cry, outright. I would give this a 4/5, excellent to read. A bit short on some of the development, my biggest issue was that the portion size was to small, but with something so rich, perhaps that really is for the best. Never have I felt such emotion over a tree, I thank you for allowing me to contemplate life in that manner.

First I read 'Big Siblings', and I want more. Now I read this, and I want more. You really know how to write good sibling-related stories, keep 'em coming!

1840048 Worry not, good sir/madam. The rough draft for chapter 2 of "Big Siblings" is almost done, and then all I'll have to do is edit it. Thank you for reading this, by the way. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :twilightsmile:

This is a very well done work; so many sad feels for Apple Bloom and the late Tennyson...

Superb. Truly.

2201124 Wow... Thank you very much, dear sir!

And to see it in a box of recommended stories is a great honor. Please let me know what you think of the blog post of "Dance."

You always wonder if you've done enough. And I have the been-there-done-that credentials to say so:

I lost a tree today.

The storms ripped through the area just after midnight; I slept through most of it because, after all, it's an Oklahoma spring, and storms are part of the background. And since I didn't go into the back yard this morning, I didn't see it.

This afternoon, I was carrying some broken limbs from the front yard back to the patio, where the trash barrels reside, and there was the west sweetgum, ripped literally in two, its trunk intact to about five feet, half of its crown leaning on its sister to the east, the other half twenty-five feet away, parked next to one of the evergreens.

This is the very tree beneath whose leaves I did my best quiet time, whose shadow marked my sunbathing area, whose shade kept my patio from turning into a concrete grill.

And when it's cleared away, it's going to leave a hole a lot larger than just the circumference of the trunk.

Despite it all, there is a happy ending.


You always wonder if you've done enough.

Yes, I wonder if I've done enough with this story.

*reads been-there-done-that article*

If this is you... well, I'm going to take a wild guess and say this struck you on a personal level.

Anywho, I thank you for favoriting this story, nd taking the time to comment on it.:twilightsmile:


And that happy ending I was telling you about: after having the debris removed, the stump ground down to sawdust, the sawdust hauled away to the landfill, and the landfill burned to the ground -- okay, maybe that didn't happen -- I found myself with a sapling, in almost exactly the same place. After six and a half years, it's now about my height.

I wish the same for Apple Bloom and some future descendant of Tennyson.

2511023 I'm very glad you enjoyed it. I'm also glad I recognize what show those two are from! (I don't watch a lot of television, so this is an achievement for me.:twilightsmile:)

This is so sad, and really well written. I've liked it for a good while. I'm adding it to Tag-a-long's Book Club...


--Sweetie Belle

This was great use of personification. The trees and Tennyson literally felt like ponies there with AB! I loved every second of it. This would have made a great MLP episode.

Comment posted by ObabScribbler deleted Aug 23rd, 2020


This made my day right out the gate. Thank you so very very much! The performances were all spot-on, the backgrounds painted a grand picture, and the music was absolutely fitting. I grandly appreciate this, and can barely contain my excitement in real life! I don't think I can thank you enough for this.

Lovely and thrilling tale.

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