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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 tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php… 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:







Twilight Sparkle watched the last orange rays of dusk fade. When night had well and truly fallen, she turned with a sigh and began preparations to close the library for the night. When she'd first taken on her role as librarian to Ponyville, she had only kept the library open until mid-afternoon. Those hours had generally been sufficient; the library was never busy, catering mostly to young ponies studying and adult ponies that wanted a new piece of fiction every few weeks. In the past few months, however, Twilight had kept the doors open late, all for one special customer.

He came once every few days, like clockwork, to return the book he'd checked out on his last trip. Inevitably, he would spend a few minutes wandering around the library, perusing the shelves, deciding on what book to check out; he always checked out at least one, every trip. Usually, they would exchange a few words; greetings, pleasantries, the occasional jest. Twilight spent most of the time he was in the library trying not to watch him. It was difficult. He would end up leaving well after dark. Twilight did not blame him for that; she knew that work on the farm didn't end until near sunset, the trip from Sweet Apple Acres was a long one, and Twilight never regretted working a few extra hours to wait for Big Macintosh.

Seeing the red stallion walk in to the library was the high point of Twilight's days. She didn't know what about him attracted her so much. Perhaps it was how safe he made her feel. Intellectually, she knew that her magic was a more powerful response to a threat than anything the Earth pony could have done. Still, there was something about his towering presence and the timbre of his voice that made Twilight feel like when Big Mac was in the room, nothing bad could ever happen, and nothing could possibly harm her. Perhaps it was the words they shared; His greetings swelled Twilight's heart and his jokes never failed to make her laugh. Perhaps the attraction was more physical than she would have cared to admit; long days on the farm had given Big Mac an impressive musculature. Whatever it was, Twilight could not deny its effect on her; butterflies had invaded her stomach in anticipation of seeing him.

Eventually, as she had hoped, he arrived. He said his greetings. He returned his book. He asked her about her day, and made a few jokes. The conversation was a blur in Twilight's mind. He lingered in the library, checking in each of the sections, before finally selecting a tome to take home. He brought it to her so that she could check it out, and she took it from him with her magic, made a few marks in the logbook with a quill, and surreptitiously slipped a note into the book before levitating it into his saddlebag. Then, as quickly as he had come, he was gone. That was always the worst part of Twilight's days.

As she locked the door, she thought of the note. All her feelings for him, spilled out on paper. This was her third note to him. Twilight Sparkle suspected that he had ignored her first two notes, but desperately hoped that it wasn't so. She thought that ignoring the notes might be his way of letting her down easy; she knew that she would have been devastated if he'd simply told her outright that the feelings were not mutual. With a heavy heart, she'd decided that this would be her last note to him. If he didn't respond to this one, she'd accept that they weren't meant to be, and try to get on with her life without him.

However hard she expected that to be.


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Big Macintosh berated himself for his cowardice.

It was the same as just about every other time he'd gone to the library. He had entered ready to declare his feelings for Twilight Sparkle, but his courage had fled as soon as he saw her. He'd forced himself to make small talk, feeling like the most awkward pony ever to walk on the face of Equestria. He'd managed to return the library book he'd checked out on his last unsuccessful attempt at asking out the unicorn of his dreams. All that accomplished, he'd failed to gather the determination necessary to attempt a confession, and puttered about the library for a few minutes, trying not to stare at Twilight, before finally grabbing a book at random and checking it out.

The comedy of errors had been the highlight of his day, as it always was, but it left him practically kicking himself for his failure. He took one last look at the library, barely lit by the newly risen moon, before turning to walk toward Sweet Apple Acres. The walk home was inevitably the worst part of Big Mac's day; the stallion was alone with his failure and his regrets.

Big Macintosh's only comfort was the weight of the book in his saddlebag. The book gave him a good reason to come back and test his courage again in a few days, though that's the only good he'd get out of it. Big Mac never read the books he checked out from the library; between his trips, they sat in his saddlebags unopened, gathering dust. He'd never so much as cracked a single one.
Love doesn't always find a way





I'm cruel to the characters I write sometimes. I got an idea and threw this together quickly. I'm sorry it's so short, but I couldn't think of anything relevant to add that would have made it any better at delivering its message.
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Wait0wat Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Wow...just...wow. and reading this with the "Dead Island them"...I just...Damn. You really know how to pull on the feels, damn. I'm gonna...go star at a window for the rest of the day.
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DemonPanther Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
:iconsadpinkiepieplz: This made me even more depressed than reading The Three Notes first!
They loved each other dearly, but because of their shyness, they never got together, and Mac got together with Fluttershy instead of the pony he truly loved... Why must I torture myself with these sad stories??
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
I never meant to imply that Big Mac didn't love Fluttershy when they got together. Love, after all, doesn't last forever. Even if regret sometimes does.

In any case, thank you for reading.
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jimmythehoboeater Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
where do flutters and mac get together?
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jimmythehoboeater Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
oh silly me
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DemonPanther Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Oh, I get it, but it's just that his love for Twilight was probably much greater than that for Fluttershy, though there is no doubt that he loves her very much. I just feel so bad for Twilight :(
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MagicaITrevor Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
... While Trevor hates you for it, he commends your bravery in having a sad ending... Even more so for making a sequel that is just as sad, as poor Twilight is all alone, old, and... So, while one salutes you for your bravery of making a successful sad fic, he still dislikes you. A lot. :iconlunasaluteplz:

*Goes to read unofficial sequal, Comminication*
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
It's okay to hate me.
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ScottWolf Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Ok, ya know what? Hell with this story. Worst. Ending. EVER! Discord got a better ending than that!

Sorry. Endings like that really upset me.
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Then you probably should not read the continuation of this fic, here: [link]
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ScottWolf Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Yes%u2026 I really shouldn't have...
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Inumaru12 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Crap, someone must be cutting onions somewhere, cuz I keep tearing up. Poor Twilight and Big Mac. :( I enjoyed it though.
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Kaiba-Girl-Maliko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, come on! He didnt even open the books?! fml. I wish I was there so I could make him see just one letter!
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
The moral of the story: Reading is good.
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bamakid1272 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Well, that's a heartbreaker. I dont know what would be worse, reading this first and having your hopes of them getting to gether shot down in The Three Notes, or, what I did, find out that the love actually was mutual in this story after reading the other. But I am impressed how it still manages to really tear you up in side no matter which one you read first, as long as you read both. Either order you read it in, it's gonna hit you. Hard. Oh well, let's hope this unnoficial alternate ending will cheer me up.
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madman12000 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Awww, open that book up ya big wuss :P
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G3kk3y Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Having read "The Three Notes" first, I find this incredibly touching.

"Of all the could haves and should haves the none should ever know; Oh to bear the burden of knowing. "
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
What's that quote from, if anything?
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G3kk3y Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
My friend's facebook status yesterday. He finds himself quite the poet.
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
It fits well here, I think.
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Sh4dowSentinel Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Dont worry big mac, youl find the courage one day, or just read one of the books and find the letter.
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
If you like a happy ending with hope then you probably shouldn't read the sequel to this fic, The Three Notes.
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Sh4dowSentinel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh god, I just read the Three Notes, how sad.
I just like to pretend that the alternate ending to Ships That Pass In The Night is the real ending, I do like happy endings.
But annyway, brilliant story man.
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
That's what the alternate ending is there for. Some people need happy endings. Thank you for reading.
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lordkorv Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
this is a wonderful prose. well done!
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Thank you for the compliment and thank you for reading.
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Anon371 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Losing your fear of failure is the key to success.
Nobody has ever succeeded at anything without failing at it first.
How can one possibly fear expressing feeling toward another person?
After all, is that not all civilization consists if?
The expressions of emotion, the sharing of information, the conduct of commerce, the trading of resources, the expansion of our understanding.
A group of like-minded individuals working in allegiance toward a universally agreed upon goal.
The goal rooted deep within the unconcious minds of all sentient beings.
Improval of the quality of our own lives and those of others.
Information should always be expressed to all people without restriction.
Knowledge is free and yet it can never have a price placed upon it.
Even if information you express is not agreed upon by it's recipient, they will still appreciate the courage you expressed to share it.
If you are at the lowest rung of a ladder and fall, you never really fell at all.
Because you still remain on the bottom, with only one direction to go.
All emotions have a right to be expressed within the narrowest limit of censorship.
For if humanity begins to fear to expressing itself, it begins to fear becoming truly human.
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FangornT Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Aww hell. Tragic. Poor Twilight, never considered in her optimism that Big Mac was just as shy as she was, and would be reading the books to even get her notes. This is motivation to not let feelings go unspoken or unknown, if you want someone to know something, tell them. Sitting on it, giving cryptic hints, hiding it for fear of rejection, all just leads to NEVER KNOWING... and that is so so much worse.
I know.
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
The saddest tales are written from experience. Thank you for reading.
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DiscoLeprekawn Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Read this one after the three notes, and nearly started talking out loud because of it. Made me think.
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
It was definitely intended to inspire thought, and I'm glad it's successful at that. Thank you for reading.
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StormofThunder Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
... ;A; ohmygodwhy

;___; That's all I can say.

I read this after "The Three Notes", and just...how do I say it...the conditions, the hesitance of each one, and even Big Macintosh not reading the books...whyyyy ;AAA;

I just find that so painfully tragic, even if it isn't cannon. adjfhgkasdfas ;;
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EbonMane Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
I sometimes feel guilty about inflicting this one upon the fandom. Thank you for reading.
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StormofThunder Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Pfff ;;

Of course, I prefer ~Time-Diver's ending to this, because I don't want Twilight to be so alone. ;A;

But sometimes I think about Fluttershy - and hope she found someone else too. The paragraph of her being the last pony of the group with Twilight in the last decade on The Three Notes, and the description of how serene she was breaks my heart. it's so bittersweet. ;;

I mean, it's amazing in it's own, harsh way, but I still prefer kicking the curb with cruel fate and end up happily. :T
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Dey-Chan Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
dear, I felt my heart breaking in a lot of tiny parts, that was a sad story TwT
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EbonMane Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Thank you for reading.
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scorch238 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Looked up that quote you used for a title.

Appropriate. Calming. Saddening.

Peace.
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EbonMane Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Peace.
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SummerPwny Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Beautiful, really a nice change of pace from all the happy, lovey-dovey shipping fics. really nicely written, i enyojed it alot.
<3
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Thank you for the kind words, and thanks for reading. If you liked Ships, you might also like The Three Notes; it's a similar change of pace from super sweet shipping. In any case, thank you for reading.
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stridertheporcupine Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
more...... please :iconimsorryplz:



such a well written story deserves some conclusion, ells i be driven to insomnia
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
[link]

It's there, the continuation, but... well... sorry.
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stridertheporcupine Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
i read it, how painfully beautiful it is, this one too, but thank god for the spin-off stories
regardless, thank you for writing such a literary treat ^^
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
And thank you for reading.
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stridertheporcupine Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
e'yup
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Narutoultra Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Reading this along with the tie in story...

Man, there are tears over here, it's just so sad. I don't have words for it, but I suppose through both stories, your ability to take our emotions under your charge is a sign of a great writer. If you ever write original fiction I'll be all over it, and more fan-fiction too of course
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Thank you for the kind words.
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ShadicTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh god...
Reading this after The Three Notes... Does NOT help in any way to mend the heartbreak...

Not to mention having THIS song >[link] which basically says "Love conquers all" and then get this fic thrown in my face... Oh jeez, I need to calm down a little... *sob*
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EbonMane Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Sorry, dude.
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ShadicTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nonono, it's a good kind of hurt <: )
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