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U-Harmony Part 10
Twilight Sparkle rolled out of bed and hit the floor with an unceremonious thud. Her eyes shot open, then narrowed as she took stock of her situation and realized that her room was flooded by a frankly unnecessary level of illumination. She might have cursed the sun, if not for the fact that she held its controller in such high regard. Instead, she took a moment to try to convince herself that the fall was somehow intentional, even clever. It was certainly a more effective way to wake up than her alarm spells; judging by the angle of the sunbeams assaulting her, she'd slept through at least three of those already. She groaned and stretched, but only managed to find a less comfortable position.
She'd been having such an interesting dream, too. Then again, that might have been earlier in the night. She frowned. There had been something about falling, and a mare in an extremely distracting costume, and a... money fight? That certainly didn't make any sense. The details faded even as she t
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Literature
U-Harmony Part 9 (Dream Sequence)
Twilight Sparkle looked up from her magazine. The mare had never read Paint Drying Monthly before, and with luck, she would never have to do it again. Unfortunately, no other reading material had appeared on any of the coffee tables arrayed about the waiting room, so she turned her attention back to the pages with a slow sigh. It was, at the very least, an excuse not to look at the beige walls or the generic landscape paintings that hung from them. If Twilight had been forced to guess the motivation of the interior designer, she would have gone with 'sadism'. The carpet reeked of acrid cleaning products, and a sundial on one wall ticked loudly every few seconds, though the shadow never moved.
Twilight's eye twitched.
At the reception desk, an old grey earth pony with her mane in a bun reclined in her chair as she ran a file over one of her hooves. Glowing lines on the front of the desk spelled out 'Now Serving Number: 5'.
The unicorn glanced at the small slip of paper she held in a hoo
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Literature
Merely a Mare, Epilogue: Trust
Dear Princess Celestia,
Recently, I learned a very important lesson about friendship, and love, and all life. I learned about a treasure that is easy to break, difficult to repair, and infinitely precious. I learned about a gift that most ponies give warily, if at all; nothing else has such power to hurt its giver when rejected or neglected or misused.
I learned about trust.
Trust is powerful. It can blind a pony to doubts, and allow them to act with absolute clarity of purpose. When a pony puts a piece of their fate in another's hooves, those two ponies are bound together by a thread both subtle and powerful. The bonds of trust between parents and their children, between rulers and their subjects, between goddesses and their devotees, these are the things that hold societies together. Smaller in scope but no less important is the trust between friends, which lets us share our worries and fears, our hopes and dreams, and the secrets of our innermost selves. With these connections to th
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Merely a Mare, Final Interlude: Love
"Well. Here I am again, and there you still are." Heavens Sparkle said. He had never heard his own voice sound so weary. His mouth twisted in distaste. Still, it was better than his old fire and bite, more justified at the very least. He leaned forward, leaning the tip of his horn against the black marble obelisk before him and releasing a long, slow breath. He stood in a place of rest, but such repose was not for him. He couldn't bring himself to cast off his burdens so easily. Life was a more fitting punishment.
A thick curtain of gray fog hid the seemingly endless field of graves that surrounded the alicorn. It did not matter; he had never paid the rest of the cemetery much attention. That much, at least, had not changed since the night before. The stallion only had eyes for the stone front of him, and for the gilding upon it. He had only ever had eyes for her... or so he hoped.
That too may have been a lie, but Heavens didn't think so.
"Every day, for thousands of years. I don't kn
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Merely a Mare Chapter 6, Part 2: Magic
As soon as Luna and Celestia disappeared from the image in the pool, it faded. Twilight Sparkle blinked at the clear water as the sudden silence weighed on her. She did not remember having fallen to her haunches, but the mare found that she was sitting on the loose pages that carpeted most of Ever Free's library.  Her mentor's words echoed in her mind, and something deep inside of her threatened to claw its way out. She clenched her throat and held it in; she did not know whether it would have emerged as a laugh or a scream.
The librarian flinched at the impact of a hoof on stone behind her. It was followed by another strike, then more in slow and even rhythm as Ever Free broke into a grim applause that echoed through the cavern. His voice dripped with a droll venom as he spoke, "Oh, good show. The crocodile tears of immortal tyrants are always so very moving."
"What reason do you have to doubt our sincerity?" Luna asked from her place on the other side of the scrying
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Literature
Merely a Mare Chapter 6, Part 1: Friendship
The universe skipped a beat, and Rainbow Dash found herself in silent darkness. She blinked and shook her head with vigor. The slight but audible swish of her mane reassured the pegasus that she had not been struck deaf; she sighed, releasing breath that she hadn't realized she was holding.
"Hey!" A shrill voice rang out, shattering the heavy atmosphere, "Where'd the party go? And who put out the lights!?"
Dash smiled at Pinkie Pie's outburst.
Light sprang into being, radiating from Luna's glowing horn.
The pegasus squinted as her eyes adjusted, and she tried to take in her surroundings, unnerved by the sudden change in scenery. Her friends stood just where they had in the barn, but everything else, from the other ponies to the structure itself, was gone.
In its place stood black trees as far as Rainbow Dash could see. The rainbow-maned mare strained her eyes, fighting to keep the gnarled trunks from blending together into a single dark mass. The dividing lines between them seemed to w
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Literature
Merely a Mare, 5th Interlude: Loss
Table of Contents: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-merely-mare.html
Warnings and Disclaimers:
Characters in this work are property of their respective owners, I do not own any of them, and do not intend to make any sort of profit off of this work.
This My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfiction involves shipping. If you don't know what that means, please go read up on it at http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Shipping before reading.
If you are made uncomfortable by ANY form of romance between ANY two intelligent beings, this fanfiction may not be to your liking. Continue only with caution.
And now, on with the show:
Merely a Mare, Fifth Interlude:
Loss
The harsh light of the rising sun woke Applejack. Her eyes fluttered open, then clamped shut quickly. The farmer grumbled to herself, cursing the glare, but she trailed off into murmurs as her eyelids became accustomed to the warmth. She frowned slightly as she realized that there
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Literature
U-Harmony Part 8
TIME: 2:00 PM CST
LOCATION: MUSEUM OF MAGIC, CATERLOT
REASON FOR MATCH: INTEREST IN MAGIC AND ITS APPLICATIONS
A mage! Twilight Sparkle was ecstatic; how could a fellow practitioner of the arcane sciences be a bad match? Well, there was that unfortunate incident with Moondancer. Twilight dismissed that as a fluke. Her bad luck had to end some time. At least, she hoped so. Perhaps she would finally have somepony willing to discus the subtler aspects of magic theory. The unicorn sighed wistfully. She was finally looking forward to a date, instead of dreading it like she had with most of the others.
For once, Twilight didn't put too much thought into her appearance. She knew that any pony of magical inclination would care about her knowledge, not her mane. At least, any that she would want to associate with. The mare idly hummed a cheerful tune as she studied the morning away; when the time came, the teleportation took her by surprise.
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After the flash cleared, Twilight Sparkle looked
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Literature
U-Harmony Part 7
TIME: 6:00 PM, CST
LOCATION: CANDLES' FLAME RESTARAUNT, FILLYDELPHIA
REASON FOR MATCH: SIMILAR VALUES
Twilight had more or less given up on finding romance through U-Harmony. She continued to send off for matches out of a sense of weary duty, knowing that it was the price she paid for brief flashes of insight into the dating spell's workings. The unicorn didn't bother to prepare; there was no point in putting effort into an inevitable disaster. As the appointed time approached, she wondered idly what horrors the spell would visit upon her this time. All too soon, she found out.
Twilight Sparkle recovered from teleportation's effects nearly immediately, as did the mare sitting across the table from her. She recognized the other unicorn at a glance, but shock kept her silent for a moment. Her date's teal eyes widened. Twilight desperately hoped she was wrong, but there was no mistaking it. The light gray coat. The mane, striped purple and white. The same old familiar face.
"Mom?" She fou
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Literature
U-Harmony Part 6
TIME: 7:00 PM CST
LOCATION: SEVEN PENNANTS AMUSEMENT PARK, MANEHATTAN
REASON FOR MATCH: CURIOSITY, INTEREST IN NEW EXPERIENCES, INSOMNIA
THIS IS YOUR TICKET, PRESENT AT ENTRANCE
Twilight Sparkle arrived in Manehattan. She was immediately stunned, not by the unstable mode of transport, but by the noise and activity. The unicorn stood in a relatively clear corner, where a fence intersected a stone wall. Vast crowds of ponies moved past her, the shifting of their garishly clashing coats causing her eyes to lose focus. For a moment, all the mare could see was a shifting sea of colors, and all she could hear was a dull roar, loud carnival music, and the occasional distant scream of excitement. She shook her head and forced herself to look past the swarm, to where grand monuments to earth pony engineering, pegasus construction, and unicorn enchantment rose. Metal boxes filled with colorful dots, so tiny in the distance, barreled along metal tracks at speeds that would put most pegasi to sham
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Literature
U-Harmony Part 5
TIME: 1:30 PM CST
LOCATION: MUSEUM OF NATURAL ARCANA, FILLYDELPHIA
REASON FOR MATCH: INTEREST IN MAGICAL GEMS AND OTHER ARTIFACTS
The card that Twilight had summoned was a joke. It had to be. She glanced at the clock hanging on the library wall. One twenty six. She scanned the card again, then cursed. Her eyes flicked back to the timepeice. One twenty seven. Without thinking, she shouted one of the most profane oaths known to ponykind. Spike, who had been shelving books, stopped to clap slowly, nodding at the librarian with respect clear on his face. "Wow Twilight, I didn't think you had it in you," the dragonling gushed.
Twilight Sparkle was already rushing up the stairs. "Spike, if you ever think about using that word, you'll be eating nothing but coal, granite, and bran muffins for a month!" she called out over her shoulder.
"Bran muffins!?" The dragonling shouted up at her, "Do you want me to chip a tooth?"
The unicorn didn't bother to reply. Bursting through her bedroom door, she
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Literature
U-Harmony Part 4
TIME: 7:00 PM CST
LOCATION: ZE GUILDED PLATE, MELBRIDLE, AUSPONIA
REASON FOR MATCH: EXTREMELY HIGH COMPATIBILITY
Twilight shook off the shock of teleportation quickly, and found herself sitting in a booth staring at her reflection. The image looked somehow... off... in the dim light. She leaned forward to get a better view, careful not to disturb the silverware and glass of her place setting; the reflection matched her movement. As she got closer, she realized the problem: the colors were wrong. It showed a teal coat and pink mane, with a yellow stripe where her pink and purple ones should have been. Otherwise, the reflection was indistinguishable from the one in her mirror in the library. She tilted her head, and her twin did the same. She wondered what enchantment caused the color shift, and why it didn't seem to affect the purple of her eyes. What use could such a thing possibly have?
She was leaning forward more, curiosity demanding a more thorough examination of the phenomenon, wh
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Literature
U-Harmony Part 3
TIME: 3:00 PM CST
LOCATION: PONYVILLE LIBRARY, PONYVILLE, EQUESTRIA
REASON FOR MATCH: INTEREST IN SCHOLARLY PURSUITS
Twilight was extremely surprised when she saw that her second date would take place in her own home. After some initial panic, the researcher in her took over. All she could think about were the implications that the choice of location might have for the way the spell determined where to send ponies. The reason for the match was interest in scholarly pursuits, and that would fit well in a library. It's not like she would mind having a date in one under normal circumstances; in fact, it seemed ideal to her. No matter what other ponies might say. Perhaps the spell didn't recognize her tree as a residence? She rather doubted that U-Harmony would teleport a mare into her date's home knowingly.
She considered the new information as she helped Spike clean. Twilight lamented the fact that she didn't have time to visit Rarity prior to the date, but she supposed that makeup and a
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U-Harmony Part 2
TIME: 7:00 PM, CST
LOCATION: CANTERLOT ROYAL SYMPONY HALL, CANTERLOT, EQUESTRIA
REASON FOR MATCH: INTEREST IN CLASSICAL MUSIC
THIS IS YOUR TICKET; PRESENT AT DOORS
Twilight Sparkle found herself in a familiar courtyard, just in front of the Royal Sympony Hall. The shock of teleportation wore off quickly; the mare found the spell to be very similar to her own, and was accustomed to its effects. She began to look around and immediately noticed another unicorn standing just to her left, wobbling as the aftereffects of the travel wore off; it had to be her date.
Curiosity momentarily overpowered nervousness. Twilight studied the other unicorn in a way that she'd rarely allowed herself to do with mares before. Her date's coat was light green, her mane and tail a grayish teal with a couple of streaks of white. The coloration wasn't caused by age; she seemed to be just a few years older than Twilight, if that. It seems that she, too, had put on makeup and had her hair done for the date, the l
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Literature
Merely a Mare Chapter 5
Table of Contents: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-merely-mare.html
Warnings and Disclaimers:
Characters in this work are property of their respective owners, I do not own any of them, and do not intend to make any sort of profit off of this work.
This is a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfiction.
And now, on with the show:
Merely a Mare, Chapter 5:
Loyalty
Rainbow Dash knocked on the library door. She was disappointed, but not surprised, when Spike opened it.
The dragonling sighed, shaking his head, "Sorry Dash, same as yesterday. And the day before. And the day before that. And-,"
"I get it," the pegasus interjected, "She's still up there. Did she at least say anything?"
The response came in a dejected monotone, "Nope. Nothing. It's like..." Spike paused, turning to look at the stairs to Twilight's room, then stepped outside. He pulled the door closed behind him. "Look Dash, I'm scared. I think something might have happened with th
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Merely a Mare is complete. For awhile, I didn't know if I was ever going to be able to say that, but I finally got it done. 50k words. Crazy. Thanks for all the views and comments on it, and I'm glad so many of you seemed to enjoy it.

Anyway, now that that is behind me, what's next? I'll mostly be splitting my attention between U-Harmony and the initial planning, brainstorming, and outline for my next really long fic. My intention is to get relatively detailed outlines done for the whole fic before I start fleshing out individual chapters, so that the whole fic flows together more smoothly than Merely a Mare did. I'm broadening my horizons by trying my hand at something that doesn't involve shipping: a long Lovecraft-inspired dark adventure fic featuring the Mane 6 and a certain heroic pegasus. The tentative title for the project is 'Daring Do and the Journey to the Center of Equestria'.

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Happy Birthday Meow :3 :iconcakeplz:
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Happy Birthday, Ebon!:)
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happy birthday :D
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Happy birthday baby doll, I think you're pretty swell!
And don't even bother saying that you think I am as well.
But I just wanted you to know you brighten up my day
And I hope that you're birthday's grand, that's all I have to say!
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