Filly Twilight Gets Banned From a Book Club.

by TheGreatEater

Chapter 1

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An eight year old Twilight Sparkle was laying on her bed pouring over her latest book. She had spent the first forth of her summer break from magic kindergarten participating in the Canterlot Public Library’s Summer Book Club. This was a big step for her since it was the first time she was old enough to go. Even though she had a college reading level since she was six. Her first favorite book was Starswirl’s Biography: Accounts from Before Equestria. She had spent days pouring over it, and it was all thanks to her BBBFF who had spent every night reading her books since she was a foal.

Now it was time to pay her big brother back. Each time she completed the little game board that marked how many hours she read, and rewarded her with prizes. She made sure to try to get doubles of everything. One for her, and one for her brother. Everything from quills, to cards that had facts about animals and national attractions of Equestria. And the big prize, A tiny snow globe with the Princess within it. It had taken her months, and constantly raiding the library to finally get past the game board for the fifth time.

As she went to the librarian in charge of the event, a grey coated mane with a white mane and tail, to get a new game piece. Looking at her she told her that she needed to talk to her family real quick and to go get some more books. At the phrase “get some more books” Twilight squealed with exuberant glee, running off to get some more treasured gems of knowledge. When she was out of sight she looked at Shining Armor, Velvet Sparkle, and Night Light, “I need to ask ... has she really been reading as much as she says she has?”

“Of course she has, our daughter spends all her day reading. We actually have to pull her away for her to go to bed or eat food. Although we still have to check her room for wake up droughts to make sure she actually goes to sleep.” Night Light said with a hint of pride in his voice.

“But the books she picks out are adult level reading material for most of them. Not that I’m complaining but is she only doing it for the prizes?” The librarian asked.

“Honestly we asked her about that and she said that she wanted to get duplicates of everything so that her brother here,” He said ruffling up the mane of an embarrassed Shining Armor, “could get prizes too. Since most of his day is spent training to enter the Royal Guard. She said that it was only fair for him being her “BBBFF”.”

“Well that’s very generous of her ... the truth is though we only have a limited number of prizes, and she blows through these game boards faster than any other reader we have. So we can’t get her anything else after this. But that doesn’t mean that she’ll leave empty handed. I’ll talk to her, let her finish what books she has, and then when she comes back we’ll give her something really special. By the way have you thought of enrolling her in Celestia’s School For Gifted Unicorns?”

Velvet Twilight looked over at Twilight who was using a trolly cart to move a giant stack of precariously balanced books and looking for more, “If it’s her dream to go we will be more than happy to enroll her, but we think that it’s more important that she finds her own lives calling.”

The librarian gave a nod, “Well that’s a good way of looking at things. And I’m happy to see a filly who loves books as much as she does, and I hope that this doesn’t turn her away from reading.”

When Twilight came to the librarian with enough books to build a book fort her family gave her a hug and told her that the librarian had something important to tell her. The librarian lowered herself to Twilight’s level, “Now Twilight what I’m going to tell you isn’t a bad thing, and I’m happy that you love reading as much as you do. But we are running out of prizes, and we can’t give you anymore past this time...”

She was interrupted by a crying Twilight, “Does that mean that I won’t be able to do any more reading!? Am I going to be banished from the library FOREVER!? ...”

Shining Armor placed a comforting hoof on Twilight’s shoulder and whispered, “Let her finish. It’ll be ok. I promise.” Before wrapping her in a hug giving the librarian a nod to continue.

“Well no. You aren’t banned, and you are free to read as much as you want. We, by that I mean the Library wants you to read. And as I was going to say. When you finish what you have there and come back we’ll have a special prize just for you. Then next year you can come back and do this again.”

A sniffling Twilight nodded into Shining Armor and gave a muffled sound of acknowledgment. Then together with her family she got her prizes and left with her books. Part of her sad that she was being banned from the Book Club, but a part happy that she had almost gotten Shining Armor duplicates of all the prizes.

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It was two weeks later and she had finished all the books on magical techniques, theory, and practice that she got from her last visit from the library. She was ready for today, the day where she’d see what her special prize was. After turning in her books she was met by the Head Librarian. A brown coated unicorn with blue mane and tail. With bright green eyes and a library building on his flank. Beside him was the librarian who was in charge of the summer book club.

“For being an extraordinary reader, and reading more than any other filly or colt this library has ever seen. We wish to give you this document signed by the Princess for your achievement. And a gift of one free ice cream at Moose Track’s Ice cream Parlor.” After giving her parents the parchments she bounced around the head librarian shouting, “Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!”

After getting even more books, no longer distraught about being banned from the reading club she looked at her mother, “Mommy!?”

“Yes darling? What can I do for you?”

“I want to enroll in Celestia’s School For Gifted Unicorns! The Princess is so amazing! Not only can she raise the sun. She gave me FREE ICE CREAM! Can I enroll? Can I? Can I? PLLLEEEAAAASSSEE!!!” She said throwing puppy dog eyes. Even though unneeded, was to adorable for Velvet not to give a small chuckle.

“Of course dear, we’ll send for the test first thing tomorrow.”

And that is the story of how Twilight got banned from a reading book club for reading to many stories. Got free Ice cream. Then entered the testing exam that lead her to being Celestia’s protege’.

-The End-

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