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  • EIce Iris
    Sunset comes home to Equestria for the holidays, but her family reunion is short-lived when her mother falls ill. She and Spitfire will have to journey across Equestria to find a cure and make a Hearth's Warming miracle.
    Albi · 7.5k words  ·  222  5 · 3.4k views

Life is looking up for Sunset Shimmer.

With her grandstanding at the Battle of the Bands, Canterlot High has taken a new approach to her. Amends have been made, friendships have been restored, and Sunset is on the fast track to becoming a better person.

But even now, there are still apologies that have to be said.

For her Spring Break, Sunset returns to Equestria to make up with her estranged family: the parents that raised and provided for her, and the sister she left behind. But a lot has changed since then, and some wounds won't heal by just saying 'I'm sorry.'

Fixing friendships is one thing. Sunset will be put through her hardest test yet when she tries to bring her family back together.

Another one edited by Cerulean Voice.

Stunningly amazing cover art drawn by Ayemel!

Featured on Equestria Daily.

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Chapters (11)
Comments ( 463 )

...I am less surprised than I should be.

Its not Long road to Friend ship or Sunset of time....but its a new Sunset Shimmer story from you so Ill take it. I really love how this story actually works with the established cannon story up to this point and its a very believable continuation from the last movie. Looking forward to seeing more of this. Keep it up.


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5524650 *Wheeee's too!* The Wheee has been doubled! :raritystarry: :insertmissinglunaemoticonheredarnitknightyaddonealready:

Aww fade to next chapter just before spit-take. How dare you. xD

Not exactly a surprise, I mean, the cover art shows Sunset and Spitfire, AND the description has a special mention of Sunset's sister. It's just a matter of putting two and two together.

But it is nice to read more variables of Sunset. A pegasus family? Color me intrigued!

I came here because of Ayemel, and I sure am glad I did. Not only is the art amazing, but the premise (not to mention that it has SPITFIRE, AKA best pony) is extremely interesting. Spitfire being Sunset's sister is a rather unique idea, one that I can't wait to read more of. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next update to this story!


Spitfire as her sister is... intriguing...

Awww yisss.
I've got my work cut out for me now, huh?

Eagerly looking forward to this :twilightsmile: and here I thought the whole "lost sister" subplot would be best done with Trixie and/or Twilight. Spitfire's a unique choice, gonna be cool to see how this unfolds.

I like the idea behind the premise, and the story is also well-written. I liked the interactions between Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer, and I can't help but be curious as to how her sister will act and feel when they inevitably meet up once again. Anyway, fantastic job on the story, and I'm eager to find out where it goes from here. :twilightsmile:

That was fast! :pinkiegasp:

Anyway, I also liked this chapter. With Spitifre's frightened and miffed reaction to seeing Sunset Shimmer again, I'm curious to learn more about their past. I also liked Sunset's inner monologues, which ranged from hilarious (her thoughts on Rainbow Dash) to emotional (her fears and her relationship to Spitfire). You definitely have me hooked now. Excellent work! :twilightsmile:

This was pretty fun. That said...
Poor Sunny :fluttershysad:

2 chapters in 1 day? WOO!

One small thing jumped out at me...

Twilight’s glare relaxed into a warm, empathetic smile. “I bet they were hoping you would come back.”

What glare? Twilight was smiling in the previous paragraph.

Other than that, awesome! This looks to be leagues better than how the comic's handling it. And Spitfire, dang. Yeah, didn't see that coming either. Forward, ho!

Awwww, the two chapters are over already?

Ah, well. Great story so far! I like your characterization.

Sunset looked at the golden wings on her sister’s back. “I dunno yet.”

You know that could explain kind of why she wanted to become an Alicorn at first, she wanted to wings to fly with her sister. You are doing well so far, keep it up

Sunset looked up at her with a lewd stare. 

That seems a little out of place, unless Sunset's getting on with the other Rainbow Dash even better than she indicated.

Also, I see that being a princess and the key component in preventing every pony (including specifically Spitfire) from forever losing their magic to Tirek hasn't done anything for anypony's respect there, with the security.

Minor quibbles aside - Enjoying the story, looking forward to more.

Okay, interesting start. This is the second story I've read that deals with Sunset's family; amusingly enough, I included a little bit about it in my own Sunset story, and plan on building more from there. Interestingly, we've both got her related to pegasi!

Amusingly enough, I've also had a character that folks could confuse for a relative of Spitfire's...coincidences abound.

Well, that could have gone better.

Ack! Cliffhanger!

Poor Sunset. Perhaps what's to come will bode good tidings for future reunions?

5525547 Actually I think it works there.

Liked for the concept alone :raritywink:. Shall add this to my read laters

Darn you, cliffhanger!

Next chapter, pl0x.
Oh, wait, you need me for that... :twilightblush:

One heck of a cliffie. Dash was... annoying in the beginning. And the middle. And most of the end, too. :p But she made up for about 60.54% of it with her talk to Sunset, there.

Also, Spitfire's attitude is... understandable. Time doesn't heal all wounds. Sometimes, it makes them worse.


Yeah, you'd think that having saved the world three times now she could get heard out at least.

Awesome story. I'm guessing that when Sunset refers to having almost killed someone, that someone is actually Spitfire, judging by how terrified Spitfire was. Can't wait for the truth to come out.

Is the fact that Sunset looks white on the cover a hint of something or is it just the night time?

I love it! So please put another one up:raritywink:

Dang, what the heck happened between Sunset and her sister such that Spitfire would react like that?

Anyway, good story so far, I'm really enjoying this. Great idea having Sunset and Spitfire be sisters.

No Rainbow Dash, no it will not end well...

Wow, I only just read the first chapters a couple of minutes ago and was wondering when the next update would be. Great timing :rainbowlaugh:

This story is fantastic, from the premise to the execution so far. The mother-daughter reunion was so heartfelt and beautiful... Great work so far, Albinocorn, can't wait to see how this goes :twilightsmile:

Oh yeah. Happy smiles all around for that confrontation conversation. :applejackunsure:

Whelp nether sister is thinking straight

Laughed my flank off at the intro to the chapter, great work. Did not expect the parents to be divorced, but from that, definitely seeing the main plot elements coming into focus here.

Ahem looks like Spitfire is really earning that name there

Excellent back up rainbow dash, get the one pony who would scream in terror as his pie falls to the floor. Ya, he'll set spitfire straight.

Sunset scrunched her face up, unable to hold back a fresh wave of tears. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for being a terrible daughter. I’m sorry for running away. I’m sorry—”
Dawn placed a wing tip on Sunset’s lips. “You are not a terrible daughter, Sunset. You’re my daughter. And the fact that you came home is the only apology I need,” she said in a croaky whisper before hugging Sunset again.

Damn it. I'm the editor and I'm still tearing up...

Awww shiiiet. Spitfire sure ain't one to f:yay:k around with.

Alby~ *prod, prod* Alby~ Hay Alby~ *prod, prod*
I like dis. :twilightsmile:

Is saahhh goood hey, Frissy?

Another ongoing Sunset Shimmer story? Your other ones are good so I suspect this one will be too, but I worry that having this will slow down the updating of the other two.

As the editor of Firebird Dahlia, one of three editors for Sunset of Time, and a part-time editor for Long Road to Friendship, I can assure you that will most certainly not be the case. :twilightsmile:

Ahh, Sunset's mom is great. Too bad about her marriage, and I can't help but wonder if their daughter disappearing really is why they ended up separating.

Well, that's one happy reunion at least, if a little bittersweet. Not sure about Sunset's chances with getting her parents back together, but we'll see.

Okay spitfire was easy to handle in the canon verse but in this she a total b:yay:h about talking with Sunset. But despise that I love the new chapter and hoping to see more in the future.

You know when I first saw that title...well a firebird is a phoenix. And Dahlia Hawthorne is a villain from Phoenix Wright. But I digress. This chapter looks really good so far and I am very interested in seeing how things turn out! Keep up the good work!

Twilight approached the book again, pausing to take a sip of tea.

I can see where this is going
(Bit late but I can't help it)

Sounds great. Just give me her name and we can find her.” Twilight approached the book again, pausing to take a sip of tea.


And cue spit-take.

Wow, you're really cranking these out aren't you?

Spitfire’s chair creaked as she spun it around. There was a shadow across her face that would have made Nightmare Moon flinch. “The last time I tried to ‘meet her halfway’ she nearly killed me.”

Called it!

I love that Sunset's mom was able to forgive her, hopefully she can whup some charity into Spitfire.

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