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A Shimmering New Year - Epilogue Two
Epilogue Two: The Future Awaits
It was still and quiet within the cave that housed the Tree of Harmony. Celestia was glad for this, especially as it had been a lot of trouble to clear a brief span of time in her schedule to come and visit it. She could only use the excuse of “Official State Secrets” so many times with Kibitz after all. Still, what little time she had gave her the chance to once more examine the Tree with somepony whom she trusted.
Soft hoofsteps heralded another’s arrival, and she turned to face them with a smile. “I hear you had a busy time last night.”
Luna held her head proudly and remarked, “I was not busy, dear sister. I was engaged.” A smile formed upon her muzzle as she added, “In matters most pleasant and long overdue.”
Celestia smiled in return. “It’s about time. It feels like we’ve been waiting for that to happen for years.” She turned to the Chest and noted, “I only hope that
A Shimmering New Year - Epilogue One
Epilogue One: Twenty Percent Cooler
“Are you sure you want to do this?”
“I am.” Derpy gave an apologetic smile to her friend. “You’ve got something you want to do for the Musical Showcase, and so do I. I don’t want to force you to accommodate me, and I don’t think you’d want me to do the same to you. It’s better if we’ve got two separate acts, with two separate bands.”
Trixie sighed sadly. “Very well, if that’s your wish.” She found fresh resolve as they reached their destination. “Still, one cannot have a band if one does not have an instrument.”
Once the announcement had been made about the Musical Showcase, many within the student body at Canterlot High scrambled to put together a band for the event. It didn’t hurt that the event was serving as a means to raise funds for the school’s extracurricular activities, including the upcoming trip to Camp Everfree during the summ
A Shimmering New Year - Part Nine
Chapter Nine: Unfinished Business
“…And that’s pretty much everything.”
Sunset took a sip from her drink, then looked around among her gathered friends. Getting them gathered together this morning at Sugar Cube Corner had been easy, but telling them everything that had been revealed to her yesterday hadn’t been easy, even with the things that she’d already surmised and shared with some of them. And what she’d just learned had made it even worse.
Rainbow Dash had a foul expression on her face as she stewed over what she’d learned. “Sunset, is there some Equestrian equivalent to the F-bomb?”
“The word you’re looking for is ‘rut’.”
“Thanks.” She groaned. “This rutting sucks.” She looked back to Scootaloo, who was peering over her shoulder alongside the rest of the Crusaders. “And don’t you start using that language yourself.”
“I jinxed it.” Flash
A Shimmering New Year - Part Eight
Chapter Eight: Loved More Than You Know
Those gathered within the bridge realm quickly looked to Sunset’s prone form as it convulsed slightly before her mouth opened by a tiny crack. A wispy, shadowy form shot straight out and into the air, crackling and sparkling like a firework before it dissipated and faded from existence, and six moans chorused all at once.
“Applejack!” Within seconds of her sister sitting up and gaining full consciousness, Apple Bloom rushed to her side and took her into a tight hug. As her fellow Crusaders did the same for their respective sister and surrogate sister, and the pony Pinkie Pie did likewise for her human counterpart, she happily exclaimed, “Yer okay! Yer all okay!” She turned to Sunset, who was taking the most time to rouse herself, and asked, “You are all okay, right?”
The flame-haired girl opened her eyes and smiled. “Yeah. We’re okay.” Cries of relief went out all ar
A Shimmering New Year - Part Seven
Chapter Seven: Reach for the Light
Sunset struggled within her bonds, her vision obscured around her by a miasma of purple and black thicker than any fog she’d ever seen in the human world. “Let me go! Whatever you are…!”
“Hush, young one. I’ve no desire to harm you.” The voice was deep, but to call it soothing would be far more generous than it deserved. “Why, I’m here to help you.”
The tendrils faded away, and Sunset gently rubbed her neck. “And pulling me into whatever this is, and knocking away my friends, is supposed to be ‘helping’ me?”
“I was merely getting you away from those who hurt you. They admitted themselves to being horrible friends after all, to one another and especially to you. They gave you nothing but false hope and pain, reasons to fear your true self. I, however, can give you something far better.”
“What are you…?” Su
It was a calm, relaxing day in Ponyville, the sun high in the sky and a few clouds lazily drifting about overhead, pushed along slowly by a soft breeze. As the town’s population went about their business, going from one place to another for one reason or another, one stallion in particular was hard at work in the comfort of his home.
Not that he minded, of course.
With practiced ease and steady hooves, Quiver Quill opened up the last of a number of boxes in his living room. He looked to the raven perched nearby with a smile and declared, “Almost done.” He was then interrupted as a knock sounded at his door, and Quiver walked over in surprise to answer it. “Yes?”
“Almost done with what, silly?”
He blinked at the familiar pink mare before him, the surprise still present. “Pinkie?”
“Yepperoonies!” beamed the party pony with a grin. “Hiya Quiver! Can I come in?”
“Uh, sure.” Quiver recovered himself as
A Shimmering New Year - Part Six
Chapter Six: Welcome To Our Nightmares
A world away from the growing trouble at Canterlot High, the town of Ponyville was in the midst of a bright summer’s day, residents going about their business without a care in the world.
“Okay Twilight, you’ve got this.” One was the usual exception, as Twilight Sparkle practiced her breathing exercise for the third time within the span of fifteen minutes before going over her checklist once more. “Research notes? Check. Compiled data from the human world gathered by Sunset? Check. Notations regarding the Chest of Harmony? Check. Notations regarding the Crystal Mirror and its prototypes as copied from Star Swirl’s notes and research? Check.”
“Nachos and cheese dip? Check!”
Twilight turned from her gathered materials and list to find that Pinkie Pie, Spike and Owlowiscious had gathered close by with a fully-stocked snack table, drinks at
A Shimmering New Year - Part Five
Chapter Five - Divided and Fallen
Granny Smith enjoyed the peace and quiet of the cafeteria when it was empty. Granted, she didn’t object too much to it being packed full of students and filled with conversation either, but at her age, any moment of peace and quiet was welcome. Especially when it didn’t involve turning her hearing aid down low.
Right now, however, she was finishing up what remained of the post-lunch cleanup and packing everything away so that she could be ready for tomorrow. It got a little more taxing, year by year, but she wasn’t quite at the point where she wanted to call it quits yet. Maybe once Apple Bloom had graduated…
The cafeteria doors swung open, and a familiar sound of footsteps reached her ears. “Applejack?” She turned to find her granddaughter walking in at a slow pace, her head hung down and her hat in her hands as opposed to upon her head. “What’re you doin’ here?”
“Needed to be alone for
A Shimmering New Year - Part Four
Chapter Four: Rainbooms on the Couch
Like many schools of its size, Canterlot High had one or two conference rooms, meant either for formal meetings between teachers or for the odd special occasion like a government-mandated hearing and vision check. They allowed for greater space than an office, and helped to create a sense of neutrality whenever a student and/or their family entered. They were also not as formal as the offices of the principal and vice principal, and thus without the looming peril of disciplinary action.
Some students, however, joked that when called to the conference room, a student stood a chance of getting it from the entirety of their teachers, but such a thing had never happened. To their knowledge, at least.
It was right outside of the larger of CHS’ conference rooms that Celestia and Luna stood waiting for their charges, who arrived in a group with Rarity taking the lead. “Good afternoon, students. I assume you had a pleasant lunch?”
Once you've met someone,
You never quite forget them.
Maybe it's been a while
Since you've last thought of them
Or seen them
But they're still there
And not at the same time
Maybe they've crossed your mind
A couple times
Maybe eye contact
But never the same
As it used to be
Maybe you don't hang out anymore
Maybe you don't remember them anymore
Maybe you don't talk anymore
Maybe you don't want to anymore
They were your past
And so were you
If you don't work on things,
It won't last.
Once you've met someone,
You never quite forget them.
They can cross your mind,
Stay in your heart,
But sometimes not in your life...
A Shimmering New Year - Part Three
Chapter Three: Lunch Before The Storm
“I still think that Celestia’s being too soft on these kids.” Cranky Doodle studied his glass of milk and hoped that it would keep the inevitable ulcer under control. “First that mess at the Fall Formal with Sunset Shimmer, and then that Anon-A-Miss business just before Christmas. If she’d just expelled Sunset Shimmer after that first mess happened, we could have avoided all of that.”
“Cranky, you and I both know that wasn’t an option.” Cheerilee busied herself with making some tea, thankful for the selection in the teacher’s lounge. “Besides, Sunset didn’t force anyone into doing anything. She was the victim the second time, not the perpetrator.”
The older of the two teachers grunted as he sipped his drink. “Fine, but she still got off light, same as the ‘Crusaders’ and everyone else who took part. Some mass expulsions would’ve sent a message. Mig
New Horizon - Epilogue
Another Wednesday morning had come, and Quiver rose from his bed and emerged from his bedroom, the house seeming emptier than before. He actually didn’t mind, as it was quiet, and he’d long been appreciative of peace and quiet. Nor did he feel guilty over what had happened the previous day, only that he’d been foolish enough to be strung along as long as he’d been, and that he hadn’t sought help sooner. His father was wrong, at least in this case; you could count on some ponies to save your life.
If he felt anything for Luster right now, it was pity. But she had made her choices, and she would pay the consequences. All that was left for him to do was get her things out of his place. The less reason she had to come back, the better. He just hoped he could find a reasonably cheap public storage place.
But that was a concern for later. For now, it was time to see about breakfast. He quickly cleaned himself up and made his way out the door
New Horizon - Part Four
His father was right. He hated to believe it, absolutely hated to even think it, especially loathed to admit it, but his bitter, cynical old grouch of a father was right. He’d trusted Luster Drain, given her a chance, and she’d taken advantage of him. He’d trusted Princess Twilight and her friends, and they’d led him to Luster. He’d wanted things to be different here, but he’d just encountered more of the same from Indianapoloosa. Other ponies didn’t see him as somepony worth knowing or acknowledging or respecting; why else would the princess and her friends have pointed him to Luster? Why else did they never bother to keep his name straight? Why else was he bullied all the way through school?
And that all just made it worse. He couldn’t stay here, not with Luster. She was a liar and a thief and she’d taken advantage of him and his naiveté from day one. He couldn’t go home, either; no way could he commute by
New Horizon - Part Three
Sleep, thankfully, had given Quiver some respite, and he found himself glad to be at work the next day. It was almost frightening that his job was a pleasant alternative to spending the day with Luster; at least here he could be productive.
He groaned as he considered his current situation. Hadn’t he moved away from home to get away from stuff like this?
“Oh no, oh no, not getting anything, oh no, oh no…”
Quiver paused and looked down an aisle he’d just passed, finding one of his fellow outbound associates standing in the middle, talking loudly to himself and staring at his list. He kept on repeating those two phrases over and over, his tone of voice barely shifting but his behavior showing something that Quiver knew all too well – panic. Only one thing to do, and that was try to help. Just because he was frustrated didn’t mean he couldn’t try to ease things up for others, after all.
A Shimmering New Year - Part Two
Chapter Two: ...And In With The New
The morning proceeded with little issue for Sunset, her homeroom passing with no incidents beyond the norm. Some students still gave her the odd dirty look, but she was long used to such things, and doubted that they’d go away anytime soon. Still, they appeared to have lessened, and a few faces in particular actually looked guilty.
Maybe the Crusaders coming forward had actually done her some good.
“Hey Sunset!” She turned as she made her way through the hall to her next class to find Rainbow Dash approaching her. “You’re looking alright. Had a good time during break?”
“Hey Dash. And yeah, mostly.” As much as she wanted to talk about what she had with Twilight, now wasn’t really the time and place. “Sorry I missed out on seeing you all this morning at Sugar Cube Corner.”
The athlete waved a dismissive hand. “No big. Twilight needed you for somet
A Shimmering New Year - Part One
Chapter One - Out With The Old...
It was dark. Not a frightening, terrifying sort of dark, thankfully, but still dark enough to make Fluttershy uneasy. It was a cold winter’s night, a few clouds drifting through the sky and a sea of stars overhead, the moon casting the area around Canterlot High in soft light.
She shivered as she approached the front entrance, the cold bitter despite her winter coat and her attempts at warming herself up by rubbing her arms. She wasn’t even sure why she was here, until she caught sight of a familiar figure at the side of the statue facing the front entrance.
“Sunset?” Sure enough, Sunset Shimmer was kneeling against the base of the statue, her forehead pressed upon it and her face obscured by her long crimson and yellow hair. Fluttershy approached, her discomfort lessened in the presence of her friend. “What are you doing here?” At the lack of an answer, she closed in and reached out to the girl. “Come on, let&
New Horizon - Part Two
“Good morning everypony, and welcome to the first day of outbound operations for the CNR-4 facility!”
The Ponyville fulfillment center for Amazing Booksellers was little different from its counterpart in Indianapoloosa. Smaller, perhaps, but laid out in a similar manner, and as the day started for Quiver Quill, list in hoof, he found himself eager to start the day. Maybe it was just the new surroundings, but things felt different now, and he found himself brimming with a little extra confidence. With a smile on his face, he managed some enthusiastic stomps in applause at the words of his new supervisor, an ivory unicorn mare with a short golden mane, the nametag on her vest reading “Bright Star”. She smiled as she looked upon the gathered ponies, her bright blue eyes twinkling in the artificial lighting. She seemed nice enough, but time would tell.
“I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you for being here, both the new hires
She could hear them coming, their hooves pounding against the stone floor of the old castle ruins like the beating of drums. She’d been through this before, many a time before, and she doubted it would be any different this time. In one scenario, they would fall, and she would stand, and Equestria as they knew it would be gone. In the other, the inverse would happen, and she would face her greatest nightmare once more. Only one thing was missing from the scenario this time…
Ah, there it was, the faint hint of familiar energies that she’d felt every night since this had begun. Resigned, Princess Luna took a deep breath and steeled herself. “I am ready, Tantabus. Do your worst.”
As it was bidden, the Tantabus went to work. The sun was instantly blotted out, a sudden eclipse blocking out all sunlight as Luna began to feel an all too familiar pain and darkness enshrouded her.
The doors to the throne room burst
On a Wing and a Prayer
On A Wing and a Prayer
Scootaloo was happy.
Well, this was an understatement. She and her fellow Cutie Mark Crusaders were elated, and gleefully cheered among themselves as they made their way out of the Crystal Stadium. After all, it wasn’t every day that you won the chance to carry a flag for the Equestria Games.
“Didja see how much Miss Harshwhinny enjoyed our routine? Ah never thought ah’d see a smile on her muzzle!”
“Yeah!” Her laughs died down, and Scootaloo turned somber as she looked to her two friends. “Hey, guys, I’m sorry. If I hadn’t gotten so worked up over my wings and flying, well…”
The little pegasus was interrupted as both of her friends embraced her. “We’re not mad, Scootaloo. And we shouldn’t have just left you like we did either.” Sweetie Belle smiled and added, “There’s no fun in winning if we don’t win together.”
Wherever You Find Love - Epilogue
Epilogue: What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
“So, did you have fun?”
A familiar laugh sounded from the other end of the line. :“Yeah, even if I didn’t do too much skiing. Still, Basey had a blast, and no one broke a leg, so I think things went okay.”: His tone shifted as he added, :“Still not sure if it’s a good thing that we didn’t have wi-fi.”:
Sunset smiled reassuringly. “The whole storm around Anon-A-Miss blew past you without you knowing it. Trust me, you’re lucky.”
:“Yeah, but I didn’t enjoy being confused when Cherry gave me that big apology once I got back. Small comfort her being my neighbor.”: She could easily imagine Flash Sentry’s worried look as he asked over the phone, :“Are you sure you’re okay?”:
A sigh. “I will be. But don’t be too hard on the girls once school starts up again, huh?&
Wherever You Find Love - Part Four
Chapter Four: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The school hallway was quiet, almost eerily so, and empty. Sunset was used to such things after long summers and mercifully short breaks in classes, but now, it seemed far less pleasant than before. Now, this feeling of being alone was worrisome, almost as if…
“Well, aren’t we all merry and bright?”
The ground beneath her shook and a gash formed in the floor as she scrambled to get to one side. It was all for naught as the ground gave way beneath her feet and she fell. Thankfully, she managed to gain a grip on the floor, and most of her upper body was out of the hole, so she could pull herself out…
“And where do you think you’re going?”
She felt a pull on her legs, and she inched backwards into the hole, scrambling to maintain her hold. She turned back to see her all-too-familiar foe, the monster that she’d allowed herself to become
Wherever You Find Love - Part Three
Chapter Three: Tomorrow is Another Day
Friday morning came at last, and with it Christmas Eve and the last day before winter break. As students made their way to their seats in classrooms throughout Canterlot High, more than one was huddled over their smartphones and puzzling over the latest Anon-A-Miss post. Those whose secrets had been revealed found themselves with mixed feelings, and those without them found themselves eager to see what was coming. More than a few, however, found themselves talking about what had happened the previous day at lunch, two in particular who had avoided scrutiny thus far taking a bigger interest than most.
“So, you think they meant what they said yesterday? About Sunset Shimmer?”
A sigh. “I don’t know, Lyra.” Sweetie Drops closed her locker door, but kept her eyes off her closest friend. “I’m not even sure I know what to think about what happened at lunch yesterday. Assuming they were tellin
Wherever You Find Love - Part Two
Chapter Two: Today is a Gift
“Don’t lie to me!” Diamond Tiara’s high-pitched screams were clear as day in the cafeteria, despite the din of other arguments in the reasonably-large eating area. “You took my necklace! Anon-A-Miss posted a picture of you wearing it!”
Silver Spoon’s response was just as clear. “So what?! You said it yourself, it looked horrible on you!”
Fluttershy wasn’t sure how to feel about the arguments erupting around her. She was normally uncomfortable, granted, but she felt even worse in the midst of this storm of discord and strife. Right now, the safe option was to keep her eyes on her meal and try not to look away, lest someone notice her and decide it was worth more to tease her even more for her singing.
Footsteps approached her table, and she braced herself. Just ignore them, they’ll go away eventually…I hope…
“Hey Fluttershy.” Th
Wherever You Find Love - Part One
Chapter One: That Was Yesterday
Winter had come to the town of Canterlot. A fair layer of snow had settled upon the town, and houses and buildings throughout were decorated for the season. Canterlot High School’s decorations were light, due to it being a public institution, but even it had a few extra accoutrements appropriate for the time of year, giving it some holiday warmth within its hallways and corridors.
To Sunset Shimmer, however, it felt as though she may as well be stuck in the frozen north back in Equestria. From where she sat in the school’s library, her arms drawn tight across her chest and her legs drawn as close to her body as she could manage, she’d never felt this cold and alone. At least, not since her arrival in this world.
“Did you see the new Anon-A-Miss post?”
“Yeah, how’d they get that picture of Pixel…?”
It took everything Sunset had not to turn in the direction of the othe