• Published 14th Sep 2015
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Fractured Sunlight - Oroboro

As kids, Twilight and Sunset were best friends, but a tragic accident cut their friendship short. Years later, Twilight investigates the incidents at Canterlot High and comes face to face with what appears to be a literal ghost from her past.

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25: Sunlight

Twilight woke up.

Fractured sunlight streamed through her windows. She heard birds chirping and Spike barking from somewhere downstairs. Sweat stains covered her clothes, and as she sat up and yawned, she saw that Luna's necklace had lost its glow and cracked down the middle.

The effort that went into creating a shared dream like that had to be fascinating, It must have taken an immense amount of power, especially to have pulled them together across dimensions. The magic she had ingested could have interacted with Luna's necklace and acted like some sort of beacon, allowing her to reach across time and space so they could—

Twilight blinked, then burst into a fit of giggles. After everything, here she was, still trying to figure out the minute details.

That was who she was.

Twilight looked down at the diary, still lying open on her desk. She had poured her heart out into it last night: her past, her frustrations. It felt good. She had needed it. Still, it was a book, and all things considered, the ending left a lot to be desired. She could do better.

Twilight picked up her pen and wrote her final diary entry.

Dear Sunset Shimmer,
Thank you for being my friend.

"Princess Celestia did what!?" Princess Twilight sputtered, nearly choking on her morning coffee.

Sunset chuckled, then lifted a napkin over to Twilight. "I know, right? I'm sorry for shutting you out last night, by the way. I wasn't in an even remotely good place. Still, I think I've finally settled things with Celestia. There's still a lot of work left to do, but, well—that’ll have to wait."

Twilight cleared her throat. "So you're dead set on going back to Twilight, then? I'm not trying to second guess you or anything, just know that I really will be keeping the portal closed for a while this time. I'm sure I can fix it eventually, but I have no idea how long it will take."

"I'm sure," Sunset said. She reached up, touching the dream ruby hanging around her neck. "For one, I have a suspicion Celestia will be watching over me in her own way. And as for Twilight... I can make it work. I was so worried about trying to find my future, I kinda forgot about the present. I don't have to have all the answers right away. I should be taking time to just appreciate the people I'm with."

"Who knows," Twilight said with a grin. "Maybe it'll end up being your destiny anyway. Sunset Shimmer: genius, magical prodigy, rebel, troublemaker, demon, redeemer, hero; destined to be a housewife to the alternate counterpart of yours truly."

Sunset rolled her eyes just about as hard as she could. "If that's really the way you think things are going to play out, you need to go back to friendship school. I'm my own mare. Twilight's passion for science is inspiring, and I'll do my best to let her take the spotlight for a time, but I won't just let her beat me without a fight. I'll find something that sparks that same fire in me."

Twilight sipped at her coffee, a peaceful smile stretching across her face. "And you'll have plenty of friends to help you along the way. One of these days, I need to introduce you to all their pony counterparts."

"Someday," Sunset said, setting her empty mug down on the table. "But for now, I have a prom to catch."

"You look beautiful, sweetheart. Smile!"

Twilight did her best to smile, wringing her hands through the dark blue fabric of her dress as she stood outside the entrance to Canterlot High. The dress Rarity had made for her wasn't exactly comfortable, but she had to admit she looked stunning. Hair down, makeup, the works.

Cadence smiled, then put the camera down. "I know you said you guys had worked it out together, but are you sure you're okay?"

"Yeah." She had never felt more okay. Twilight grinned, then stepped back and twirled, her dress flaring up around her legs. She was able to manage it without tripping all over her heels, too. "Have I mentioned recently that you guys are amazing, the best siblings ever, and I love you both?"

Shining Armor laughed, then clapped his hand down on Twilight's shoulder. "Just go have fun with your lady-friend already."

Twilight winked, then turned and made her way towards the school entrance, filing in with the other arriving students.

"And take plenty of pictures!" Cadance called out as Twilight passed through the doors.

Twilight took a deep breath, then scanned the crowd.

"Hey," a familiar voice said from behind her.

Twilight spun and saw Sunset there, waiting for her, leaning against the inner wall. Her dress was long and ruffled; it clung to her body in all the right places, and shone with a fire to match Sunset’s heart.

"You look beautiful," Twilight mumbled, all thought fleeing from her brain.

Sunset strode forward, wrapped her arms around Twilight, dipped her low, and kissed her.

"I'm sorry," Sunset said when she broke free of the kiss, staring into Twilight's eyes.

Twilight swallowed, face burning. "Enough of that, we already figured it all out, remember? Let's just have fun tonight."

Sunset grinned, then pulled Twilight back to her feet. "You're right. My bad." She held her arm out, and they linked their arms together. "Shall we?"

The couple made their way to the gym together to find their five friends waiting for them.

"Nice of y'all to make an appearance," Applejack drawled, standing at the head of the group with her arms crossed.

Twilight blinked, looking everyone up and down. They all looked rather annoyed. "Uh, hey. You got my texts, right? About everything being okay?"

Rainbow Dash rolled her eyes. "Yeah, because it's not like we were worried or any—"

"I can't believe you two!"

Everyone froze, then turned to look at the source of the sudden outburst.

Fluttershy strode forward, baring her teeth. "We. Are. Your. Friends!" Fluttershy shouted, punctuating each word by poking either Twilight or Sunset hard in the chest. "You can't just shut us out like that!"

Twilight stared, her mouth hanging open, and she glanced over at Sunset. "Uhhhhhhh..."

"I know you guys have your issues, and I know you had things you needed to work out with yourselves and each other. But that's no excuse for treating your friends like dirt, leaving us to worry when all we wanted to do was help! Not to mention ruining Pinkie Pie's party. She worked really hard on that, and you both need to apologize to her right now!"

Pinkie Pie blinked, then waved her hands back and forth. "N-no, really, I didn't care about that, I just—"

"Apologize!" Fluttershy snapped.

Rather than comply with the demand, all Twilight could manage to do was stare at Fluttershy. Her brain couldn’t even process what was happening right now, and a quick glance around the room showed that nobody else was faring much better than her.

Fluttershy finally started to wilt as she realized everyone was paying exclusive attention to her. “That is, um…” she mumbled, twirling her hair through her fingers, “if you want to, I suppose, that would be nice.”

There was another beat, and everyone burst out laughing.

“I’m sorry!” Twilight managed to get out in between giggles.

“We’re sorry,” Sunset repeated, then grabbed Fluttershy and pulled her into a hug. “I mean it. You’re right, we’re both total jerks. Especially since you told me to just talk out my problems with Twilight in the first place, and I put it off to the point where it ended up almost ruining everything.”

Twilight joined the hug. “Friendship is tough sometimes, you know? It adds a lot of variables that you have to consider for any given situation, and it can be easy to forget that ignoring those variables can hurt people.”

“Group hug!” Pinkie Pie shouted, and they all piled in together.

Rarity sighed, wiping at her eyes. “Look, we all love the two of you, okay? You’re both your own people, and you’re free to chase after whatever destinies you fancy, but we want to be a part of your lives too. Decide what you will, but please, at least include us in the conversation.”

“I’ll do my best,” Sunset said, as the hug broke apart. “Thanks, girls. I think we needed to hear that.”

Twilight nodded. “Me too.”

Fluttershy blushed, fidgeting back and forth. “I, um… right. You two have fun, okay?”

“Speaking of, there’s something I want to take care of real quick,” Sunset said, dragging Twilight with her across the room and tapping Principal Celestia on the shoulder.

Principal Celestia turned around and raised her cup of punch in greetings. “You ladies look quite lovely. I trust you’re enjoying yourselves?”

Sunset nodded. “Yeah, it’s… magical. Listen, do you remember that offer you talked to me about a month ago?”

Twilight raised an eyebrow. “Offer?”

Celestia raised an eyebrow. “I’m afraid that offer had a somewhat limited timeframe, Sunset. The semester’s practically over; there’s not much more I can do.”

Sunset sighed and lowered her head. “Look, I’ve… been going through a lot lately: trying to find my place in the world, interpersonal journey, blah blah. I put your offer aside because I thought it wouldn’t matter one way or another. But now… I know it’s probably too late, but do you have any summer programs available?”

Celestia blinked, then smiled and placed a hand on Sunset’s shoulder. “Well, it might not be the most ideal situation, but I’ll see if I can pull some strings. You have to promise to stick to it, though.”

“Yes Ma’am,” Sunset said, grinning.

“What was that about?” Twilight asked as they made their way across the dance floor.

“If I’m going to live here,” Sunset said, squeezing Twilight’s hand, “then I’m not going to half-ass it anymore. I’ve spent so much time thinking that nothing in this world mattered because I would just be returning to Equestria eventually. That changed a bit with you and the girls, but even then... Now though, I’m not going to look back. This world better watch out, because Sunset Shimmer is finally entering the ring.”

Twilight giggled, then grabbed Sunset’s other hand. “Come on, let’s go dance.”

Step, step, rock-step, step. Sunset danced back and forth with Twilight. They had at least gotten to practice together a little before prom. She was able to handle it a lot more gracefully than her girlfriend, but it didn’t really matter. Twilight was lovely and charming, even with two left feet.

The atmosphere of the dance was intoxicating; Rarity’s dresses had done their job, and she could feel countless eyes watching them. They looked like a couple right out of a movie, and the contrasting colors of their dresses flowed together in beautiful harmony, which was more than enough to mask their clumsy feet.

Sunset had attracted attention like this before, in school dances past. Back then, she had reveled in it, clinging to her popularity and social power like a drowning man to driftwood.

Now, none of it mattered. She only had eyes for the girl in front of her: Twilight Sparkle.

“I love it when you look at me like that,” Twilight whispered, her cheeks bright red.

“I can’t help it,” Sunset said, grinning. “It’s you.”

“I’m supposed to be the one with an unreasonable amount of affection, you know,” Twilight said, stumbling on the next turn.

Sunset caught her, and turned the movement into a flourish. “They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? What we just went through, I just… I don’t know. I feel it now, stronger than before. I want to be with you, Twilight.”

Twilight somehow turned even redder, but stopped dancing to lean up and kiss Sunset. She heard a few whoops and hollers around them, but Sunset just ignored them, grabbing the back of Twilight’s head and kissing back.

“I love you,” they both said at the same time, before bursting into a fit of giggles.

To Sunset’s, and even more so, Twilight’s considerable surprise, there was a flash of light and a warm radiance as Twilight’s hair grew longer and her ears became equine. Sunset felt the same transformation in herself, though she was more used to it by now.

Twilight shivered, her new ears twitching and her long hair flowing down her body. “Did… what I think just happened happen?”

The cheers around them doubled in volume, and Sunset nodded.

She could see Twilight’s eyes sparkling with curiosity, the gears in her head turning to try and make sense of her new anatomy.

Twilight took a deep breath, no doubt to go on a long tangent.

Sunset kissed her instead.

Twilight leaned on Sunset’s shoulder as she fumbled with the keys to Sunset’s house, cursing under her breath.

“I still can’t believe Lyra and Bon Bon won Prom Queen and, well, Queen,” Sunset muttered as they stumbled into her living room.

Twilight giggled. They were both a little tipsy from Pinkie Pie’s after-after-prom party, but at least nothing bad had happened this time. “Aww, come on, they were a really cute couple, you have to admit.”

Sunset rolled her eyes. “For most of high school, those two were so deep in the closet it might as well have been in another dimension. ‘Best friends’ my ass. They only started dating after we did.”

“Oh, did you see Flash Sentry? I don’t think he knew we were dating. Rainbow Dash was talking to him and apparently he was all like, ‘Man, I need to get out of this town. Meet some nice normal girls in college.”

They both laughed even harder, Twilight supporting herself on Sunset’s couch.

“I almost feel sorry for the guy, but eh,” Sunset said, grinning. “You want some water or anything?”


As Sunset left the living room, a brilliant idea came to Twilight, and by the time Sunset came back, Twilight had stripped naked, and now lay sprawled across the couch. “Draw me like one of your Prench girls.”

Sunset stared, raising an eyebrow. “Uh… what? Twilight, I can’t draw.”

Twilight felt herself heat up. “It’s a reference to… nevermind,” she mumbled, sitting back up and covering herself.

“Sorry, don’t think I’ve seen that one.” Sunset set the glass of water on the coffee table, then sat next to Twilight, throwing her arm over her shoulder and pulling her close. Sunset turned her head and breathed air into Twilight’s ear, making her shiver.

“We could just head up to the bedroom right now, if you want,” Sunset murmured.

Twilight squeaked, then nodded. “Yes, please.”

Sunset looked out her bedroom window, the sun rising up over the horizon, the light casting shadows over her bare skin.

They hadn’t exactly gotten much sleep, but despite the exhaustion in her body, Sunset couldn’t sleep. Her mind was on fire, still processing everything that had happened.

It was a new day, a new era, and the future stretched before her with limitless possibilities.

“Mmm,” Twilight mumbled, struggling in the bedsheets as she sat up, rubbing at her eyes. “Sunset…?”

“Don’t worry about me,” Sunset said, still staring out the window. “I’ll come back to bed soon.”

Twilight stood up, making her way across the room and throwing her arms around Sunset from behind. “Something on your mind?”

Of course there was.

“I’m still scared,” Sunset said, closing her eyes. “About the future.”

“Ah.” Twilight snuggled closer, burying her face into Sunset’s hair and intertwining their fingers together. “I’m kind of scared too, y’know. But it’s not going to be a sudden, tragic change. Just a kind of... gradual one, where one day we look back and wonder how our lives ever ended up this way. Kinda like this relationship, now that I think about it. Yes, I’m scared—I don’t think I’ve been this scared since I was a kid—but I’m excited. I’m ready.”

Sunset nodded, then turned and gave Twilight a kiss on the cheek.

“Yeah, me too.”

Author's Note:


And then the Winchester's shot them.

Well, this is it folks, we're here. The final page. Time to put the book down and reflect on everything you've read, with that slight emptiness that comes from knowing something you loved is over, yet still satisfied all the same.

These past six months have been one heck of a ride, and I thank you all for sharing them with me as I released every chapter. Even though for me the story has been complete since last July, every week my editors and I were still hard at work polishing up each chapter and making it into the best it could be for all of you.

Speaking of editors, this is the part where I sing their undying praises. I'll start with Dubs Rewatcher, who slogged through all 114k words, fixing errors, rewording sentences, and making dialogue fit the character more, and letting me know when certain plot points needed tweaking. He's a fantastically thorough editor, and a good friend beside. He's also a pretty good author, and writes a ton of EQG stuff, so you should check out his stuff. More importantly, he's just started opening up editing commissions, so if you're an author to aspires for perfection in your writing, you can't go wrong with him at your back. He takes writing commissions as well.

And of course, my younger brother, and roommate, Kalan. Since the birth of the idea for Fractured Sunlight, he's been helping me discuss the plot, where it goes, how I should characterize the girls, what works and what doesn't, and trying to convince me I should make the whole thing way, way more tragic. He does this for all my fics, really. Not to mention he's a thorough editor in and of himself, and has removed enough commas from my stories to pack them all into a box and ship them off to a home for wayward run-on sentences.

I love ya, bro.

And a quick shoutout to my friend R5h, who while not as thorough of an editor technically, pre-read the story when it was still a first draft and gave me some valuable feedback in regards to revising some of the initially wonkier plot points.

Now that I've got my credits out of the way, I know you're probably all wondering what comes next. Well, you can find most of that here in this blog, where I discuss my retrospective on Fractured Sunlight and my plans for the future.

If you're worried about your Monday mornings being empty, don't be just yet, because I've got a couple new oneshots coming that I plan to release in the next few weeks. So stick around, follow me if you haven't already, because while Fractured Sunlight may be over, I am by no means done with writing.

In any case, thank you all, for reading, for commenting, for enjoying the story and sharing it with your friends. This story would have existed without you, but that fact that you've decided to share it with me makes everything so much brighter.

"It seems fragments like this have their place too."

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Comments ( 236 )

It's been fun! Maybe I'll write something of my own some day. If not, I'll still be editing this chump's fics til the end of time, so... whatever. I'll be around! :pinkiehappy:

This was awesome dude, excellent work

Fuck, the music I was listening to made this chapter all that more perfect.

Like one of your 'Prench' girls. I don't see anything wrong with that.

This was something gooooood shit

Glad to see this story reach it's end. Good work.

And we can all sigh in relief for the time being- things are once again looking up. Thank you for this ride.

It's an extremely minor point, but especially considering the reception Sunset and Twi got from ponying up, they totally got robbed.:trixieshiftright: Maybe Lyrabon just had more public sweetheart moments (and it did have pretty good timing...).

6662412 So how long until the story supposedly gets better?

Yay for happy ending! really wasn't sure for the longest while. It's been a great few months reading this, with the odd near heart attack and sleepless night but still.

I realized I've been reading this for some time now and forgot to follow you! To think I nearly missed out on whatever you work on next...

Splendid work, truly exceptional and I can't wait to read whatever you put out next!

Fractured sunlight streamed through her windows

Title drop!

Whelp, that was one hell of a ride. The best part, the sheer maturity how the relationship was handled.

My tip my imaginary hat to you, sir.

It's over now.

"It seems fragments like this have their place too."

I love it. Gear story, loved how the ending tied it up nicely but still left room for our own personal headcannon. I'm off now to read that blog you mentioned, and you can be damn sure I'll be back for your new stories. :twilightsmile:

This was a great story and I'm glad I read it. Don't do a sequel. This thing is beautiful just as is.

*sigh* First "Things Tavi Says" and now this. It's gonna be strange to not have any chapters to wait for. But thanks for taking to one hell of a journey. *Raises glass* Here's to you.

Well done. Normally, I would suggest to authors who finish to continue, or sequel, or slice-of-life side story, but you put a bow on it, and in a good way. This will stay on my fav & re-read list for quite some time. I hope to see more of your work, you have a very entertaining writing style.:twilightsmile:

Y'know what you should do?

You should make a version of your cover art with a byline on it.

For reasons.

I enjoyed the story!

A nice romantic romp the whole way though. :pinkiehappy:

That was an amazing ride, with an amazing end.

Thank you.

Aww, I wish it wasn't over but it was still an amazing story and I loved reading it and was always happy when I saw a new chapter was up. Can't wait to read your future stories and tales.

Ahh, I enjoyed riding this roller coaster of emotions, waiting, what? Five or six chapters for that sucker punch? Still, it was littered with friendship and sunlight and a fantastic delve into this Sci-Twi's psyche. You created a very fascinating version before Friendship Games even premiered. I believe you succeeded in every place where I failed in LRtF.

Kudos, my friend. You've earned your captain's hat.

There are dew stories that leave me feeling so satisfied and content that I don't immediately demand a sequel. I can't tell if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

Oh, and

Fractured sunlight streamed through her windows. She heard birds chirping and Spike barking from somewhere downstairs. Sweat stains covered her clothes, and as she sat up and yawned, she saw that Luna's necklace had lost its glow and cracked down the middle.

Thanks for reading, everybody! It's been a lovely ride.

Man, it's so nice Oro let us out of the closet for this nice celebrat—

N-no! Oro, no! Not the paddle!

Loved the story, hope to see more in the future.

good story, your grasp on morality seems to fray at the edges near the end but you still make the characters interesting, still feel twilight manipulated sunset with there little talk in the last chapter and it really seems to be compounded here. but this twilight hardly has a grasp on the laws of ethics and well probably be blacklisted within the scientific community before she graduates college so not like it matters.

6939389 You should make Lrtf Sunset review this. I love those reviews...

This was a fun ride. After all the ups and downs, things have ended as well as they probably could in this circumstance.

Thank you for this enjoyable, lovely story.


I'm always a sucker for happy endings in stories like this. I have to say, it's been a nice trip going through this entire emotional journey with Twilight and both Sunsets. Kind of wish it went on more, but everything has to end sometime, and damn if this isn't a fine ending.

Peace out, and keep on writing. Stuff like this is why I get up in the morning, and I honestly believe it makes the world a little bit brighter.

And so it ends. Thank you very much for this amazing story.

i rate it 6 out of 5.
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continue to do great work!

Happy to see a happy ending, sorry to see this end. Excellent job!

Is there a link somewhere that we can look at all the artwork in this story in a bigger format?

6939510 I linked it in my blog-retrospective, but here.

This story was truly a masterpiece. I'll add it to my "re-read often" list, along with University Days, Last Crusade, and a couple of others. This story may be over, but the universe has so much potential still, especially for uni students seeking to write about their experiences, and I might eventually write something too, after I finish my debut piece. Thank you for sharing this story with us, it's heartwarming and inspiring, and I hope your next piece will be too. Congratulations on the piece.

Excellent job! Shame that the story is over but it is still an enjoyable read! :twilightsmile:

Since she was going to have to stay on the other side for so long Sunny should have taken at least one big bag of gems, gold, both or something else along those lines. No reason not to make sure that there will be no financial problems what so ever

Wish the last chapter had been longer, but still great story. Thanks. :pinkiehappy:

Not too bad. I've always enjoyed a good Sunset story.

6939513 I'm scared to finish it now: I don't have anymore Sunset shimmer stories to read pinkiesad2:
Now that Fractured Sunlight and Long road to friendship is complete are you planning on a sequel? Cause I really enjoyed this a lot :pinkiehappy:
I'm also working on my own sunlight story it's really difficult I hope it's a good start to

Aww, I loved this story. It's now over!!! :raritydespair: :fluttercry:

Magnificent work. Thank you for an incredible read from start to finish. Here's to whatever's next.

as they say, all good things must come to an end

it's been a fun ride, all in all not a bad why to end this fic

"with that slight emptiness that comes from knowing something you loved is over, yet still satisfied all the same."
Eh, not really getting that feeling, but then again I wasn't eagerly awaiting this every Monday like I would some other fics that had regular updates (something that I think many people overlook and I am quite grateful for). Good story though I suppose. (Insert a "Thumbs up" here)

That was a nice, hopeful ending. I don't really have anything else to say other than good job.

6939223 Only you can answer that question. If Fractured Sunlight isn't the kind of story that you enjoy, than there's nothing I can do otherwise.

Absolutely brilliant.

Great story. This was one of those stories that I was there from the beginning, waiting every week for a new update. I loved it. Good luck on any future stories that you write.

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