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Lights out, Babylon


Sunset Shimmer has just graduated from Canterlot High School, and while that would normally be cause for celebration, it fills her only with a nameless dread as her friends begin to scatter to the winds to pursue their futures. With the latent magic of the human world contained and categorized and the Rainboom's idyllic days of schoolwork over, she finds herself without aim and listless, as though something important is missing from her life.

Fortunately for her, Princess Twilight Sparkle might know what ails her.
So. First time posting on the site after a VERY long period of lurking and reading and enjoying the tales this fandom can produce. To my surprise, I found a dearth of a certain subset of story that I wanted to read, and so I have done this, to put my thoughts to words. After all, it is said that one should write the story they want to read, yes? I've been inspired by a variety of stories like it that came before, and I hope to equal their quality.

I'll try to update roughly once every couple of weeks; please be patient with me and I hope you give this tale a once-over. Pre-emptively tagging with AU, that I might diverge freely from what may come if needed.

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Comments ( 522 )

This sounds really good. I can't wait for more.

My god Twilight goes from Celstia Jr. to easily flustered old-school Twi so quickly. I love it. Also surprised to see you update so quickly. Looking forward to this story moving forward.

I absolutely love this story so far. Looking forward to more

6589178 I already had the prologue and a couple chapters ready, if I'm being honest. Just waffling about posting them...once I finish editing (read: scanning with paranoia) the next it'll be ready to go today.

This just keeps getting better and better. I hope you'll update it soon.

I have a lot of things there that probably don't need to be in circulation; rare tomes, advanced magical theory, some things from the Crystal Empire, the Tome of the Night Sky...

Okay... that was nice and subtle. This has earned the like and a place on my 'to track' list, as it's incomplete.

I yearn to see more. :pinkiehappy:

I'm not surprised about Rarity accepting Sunset even after what she's done. The others I figured that's what their reactions would be. Keep up the good work.

I don't expect things to go well between Sunset and Rainbow at all

I'll be keeping an eye on this, looks promising

SUNSET: "Wait a minute... Did she say 'Discord' is running around free? Are you bucking nuts? Why is up still up?!?"

I'm glad you updated. I can't wait for more.

nice nanoha refrence if nanoha exists in equstira girls human earth i can see sunset as a fan of it :P

Question: Is this gonna be Sunset/Twilight shipping?

hope to read more soon

6671717 If it wasn't it would be a waste of foreshadowing. Frankly, though, I see a kind of problem in that Sunset is now so much of a watered-down Twilight on this side of the fence. She's smart, but not as smart. Powerful, but not as powerful. I think she'd be better off making her own way than being Twilights second banana long term.

6671717 Well there is a Romance tag so yeah it will be a Sunlight fic.

ooooooohhhh Celestia and Sunset need to have a lil chat next

Oh boy Celesta appears. This is going to be very interesting.

A fair concern; one Sunset shares, I think. A lot's been made of how similar they are; and yet, they're different in a lot of ways that matter. I hope that I'm able to communicate that as we move forward.

If she had to describe it, Sunset would've said it was the voice of an old stallion who was trying too hard to sound kindly and coming off as incredibly creepy for the effort.

...Mr. New Vegas?

I'm eager to see their similarities and differences and you're doing a great job with the story!

Tome of the Night Sky
This. Just this... :raritywink:
I have this extra 'like' that i found, i'm leaving it here.

Hey, I would be honored to create a comic of this story^ If you'd like examples of my work, you can visit my dA page: fallingrain22.deviantart.com


6705640 You want to make a comic from THIS story? That's very flattering of you; please go right ahead!

6706183 Thank you so much! I love the concept of this story and am excited to start the comic. If I have any questions, I trust that I can message you? Thanks again! I'll be sure to provide a link to the comic once the first page is posted^

That was definitely something else. The moment when Sunset came home only to get doused by Spike as well as the interaction between Sunset and Twilight cracked me up. I can't wait for more.

I did not see that. I did not see that. I did NOT see that. I did not. It was definitely not a thing I just witnessed. No, no no. It was not.

May Luna guide my sides back into the solar system as I will myself to breath again :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh:
I don't usually fave stories until I've gotten further into the story plotline and I find it entertaining but SHIT, THIS WAS AMAZING! :pinkiehappy:

Well shit
What kind of position were they in to have celestia blush like that.
Author or someone please tell me
so maybe i can draw it out so that I can understand Haha lol
I definitely should draw stuff for you awesome writers commissions only haaaa jk well
....if you wanna pay me.
When / If I do post any thing you could check out my dA page http://darkmask7.deviantart.com/

Aside from that all this chapter was great ! And celestia's reaction with spike was just priceless. :rainbowlaugh:

You can literally see the moment Celestia realizes she may need to have that talk with her former students. :rainbowlaugh:

OH, please let there be a catfish to between both Twilights over Sunset. I know what I just put probably sounds weird, but that sort of fight is going to happen at some point, and that one fic I read where both Twilights tried to get with Sunset only for sunset to start dating Fluttershy and the twi-duo decide to get together doesn't really count to me

References to Lord of the rings and Nanoha? I hope Nanoha doesn't get involved, or I am jumping ship. She scares me more than Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie combined. One pink beam of doom and you are either screwed or Nanoha's newest friend. Either way, she scares the crap out of me.

Holy shet...

...This is so deep. Sunset's plight resonates with me on many levels; I feel like I want to giggle, cry, and throw up all at the same time right now. I don't know how I'm gonna make it through this story with my dignity if the whole thing is contemplative and meaningful like this. But I'm gonna stick it out. I really hope, whether back in Equestria or here in the human world, Sunset and Princess Twi are gonna make each other happy. :')

To briefly break the tension...

“My application for the independent study program at Everton went through, so I'll be going there with Rainbow. Ideally, they'll let me share a dorm room with her while we're there.” Twilight remarked.

ship ship ship ship ship ship ship...

How funny that so many people pick up on the Nanoha reference, but only a couple of us seem to have noticed this gem:

...being royalty would probably mean that she was never late. Or early.

She arrives precisely when she means to!

This is looking interesting thus far. I'm not sure how I feel about Sunset's occasional glints of former pride in the back of her mind. Maybe I'm just overthinking it... I hope so. Again, whether Equestria works out long term, or whether Sunset decides that she feels more at home in the human world now (which I'm kinda betting on), either way I hope she and Twilight grow close in due time. Looking forward to that. :twilightsmile:

I see what you mean. Twilight and Rarity both have their reasons to not only empathize, but also sympathize with Sunset's plight. I suppose I understand Pinkie's apprehension, though I would've thought she'd be a little more lighthearted about it. Applejack naturally is going to be very defensive of her friends, thus her introduction just now, but I'm glad she's willing to give Sunset a chance. I expect Fluttershy will be very nervous, but hopefully kind enough to at least give Sunset a chance, if tentatively. And Rainbow Dash... admittedly, I'm a mite afraid to see how that's gonna go.

All that said, Sunset had been known as a villain and a bully at CHS for much longer, but the Mane Six (or five, at first) on that side of the mirror were much quicker to forgive her and accept her as a friend. Whether that was blind faith, Twilight's guidance, or genuine evidence of very real differences between the citizens of each world remains to be seen. Whichever way, I'm intrigued to find out what follows.

And plz Sunlight bonding soon~. xD I'm a pathetic, hungry child, I know... But it's my recent favourite ship! Gimme a break. :raritywink:

I'm so confused. How do I feel. :rainbowderp:

Never mind that; ready for more!! :twilightsmile: I feel ever more confident in my earlier assumption; this is going to be a long story, isn't it?

I hope there's some rational explanation behind that unidentifiable arcane storm, and yet, I'm almost terrified to find out what that might be.

I think I have a shadow of an idea about where this whole thing is going from a Sunlight standpoint... Though still insatiably intrigued to find out more.

I also kinda want to see them return to the human world later, if only briefly, to see their human friends again. There is an EqG tag on the story, after all; might as well use it. ;)

Apparently, all of my lines are starting with "I" today, except this one.

I agree with you on stereotypical Rainbow Dash characterization. I think you're doing a phenomenal job writing Celestia's character, if it helps. I'm not even going to touch on the two little editing errors I found this chapter.

All that being said...

WHY must you toy with my emotions??? :raritycry: I'm heartwrenched at Celestia's warm reunion with Sunset, giggling like a child at Spike and Sunset's muddy interaction, broken to bits by Rainbow's cold, heavy threat, greatly amused by the Sunlight mud fight, and then being led on by the implications of such as seen by Celestia! I'm not supposed to feel that much all at once! I'm so scared. Scared to death about how much I love some aspects of this story and dread others. I beg of you, have mercy. Let me feel things in reasonable time~ :fluttercry: I need to be able to process all this. I just want Sunlight, man. :heart:

All joking aside, this story is coming along beautifully and as much as it hurts to feel so many things at once, it's awesome to be reading such talent-driven work.

6741052 All things in due course. I recognize that my pacing could use some work, though...

In any case, I'll level with you. I'm a tremendous dork for SunLight. It hits basically all the right notes for me from a ship and is probably one of the few I really latched on in, uh, basically anything. But at the same time...well, all things in due course. It's uncommon for things as complex as a loving relationship to develop overnight. It's a far more extended process; many things have to have their say. And they will! Have faith.

And also, thanks for reading and for your kind words. Stuff like that...fills me with DETERMINATION.

6741290 I'm not asking for it to happen overnight; that would be foolish. :rainbowlaugh: I won't deny that it is nice sometimes to find a story which takes a possibility and makes it happen, right now. But I could tell from the beginning that this is not one of those stories. This is a STORY. Like, a real, full story. And I am excited for every step of it.

That said, I'm a huge dork for Sunlight as well, and a huge dork for progression. I want hints, dammit! :raritywink: But please, don't change the course of the story at my desperate wish; I want to read it as you intended it! And if you really are a big Sunlight fan, too, as you said, I'm confident that it will come to satisfying fruition in due time. :twilightsmile:

Thank you for leveling with me, by the way. Just the way that's worded feels very personal and sincere. I look forward to more when it's ready. Happy writing!

PS: Are you looking for cover art for this? If you can't find an image you like or you don't want to borrow something pre-existing this story, I'd love to try drawing something for you. :pinkiesmile:

6748503 It's not that I can't find images I like; it's more that I'm reluctant to use art that doesn't belong to me. If you want to give it a whirl, by all means, go forth! I'd love to see what you make.

6755204 Hey, hey! :pinkiesmile: I might do just that. I haven't drawn in a while, so bear with me. :twilightblush: But I'm gonna try to make something cool and befitting of this story.

Hah, I knew that was a Nanoha reference! Caught the Tolkien bit too. Loving this so far!


Fun chapter but it felt too short!

Translation: I'm enjoying your story so much that the wait between chapters is killing me!

That was a good chapter. I hope you'll continue. I like where this is going.

Can't believe I finished these chapters in one sitting. The prologue was really well written. I think every high school senior should read that one to get them thinking what they're gonna do after high school.

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