• Published 31st Jan 2016
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Morning Light - RadiantBeam

It's morning in the human world, and Sunset wants to show Twilight something before the sun comes up.

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Morning Light

“Twilight. Twilight, hey. Wake up.”

The voice that cut through her peaceful slumber was soft and gentle, but at that moment the Princess of Friendship had to swallow back a groan. Her internal clock happily informed her that it was way too early for her to be awake yet. She grunted and shifted, flopping over onto her side and turning her back to whoever was trying to stir her. Maybe if she was lucky, they would get the hint and leave her to her sleep.

“Come on, princess.” A warm hand—hand? Well, okay, that definitely confirmed this was either a dream or she wasn’t in Equestria—rested on her shoulder and squeezed, but thankfully no shaking ensued. Their amused laugh sent a shiver down her spine, though. “I know you’re awake. You’re trying to get away from me.”

Twilight finally gave in and groaned, rolling over onto her stomach and cracking open an eye. The blurry image of Sunset Shimmer slowly but surely cleared and sharpened and she sighed heavily, closing her eye again to another soft giggle from the redhead. “Before sunrise I’m not a princess,” she mumbled, burying her face into her pillow.

“Oh, really? Did you tell Celestia that?”

“It’s on one of my to-do checklists.”

“I’m sure it is.” Twilight heard Sunset shift to get more comfortable, and a moment later her fingers were gently combing through her hair. “But I promise this is worth getting up for. And it won’t take long. You can go right back to sleep after.”

The alicorn turned human bit back a blissful sigh, if only so she wouldn’t give her girlfriend—that was the proper human term, right? She was pretty sure it was, from her research on human courting rituals—the satisfaction of knowing how much she enjoyed having her hair touched like this. The sensation alone was enough to lull her back to sleep again.

Or at least it started to, until Sunset ever so gently tugged on her hair to jolt her awake again. Twilight grumbled and opened her eye again in a half-hearted glare; the former unicorn was all innocent smiles. Accepting the inevitable, she lifted her face from her pillow and muffled a yawn with her hand. “You really want me to get up for this? Is it important?”

“Well, I wouldn’t say important, but I think it’s worth getting up for.” Sunset leaned in, pressed a warm kiss to the princess’s forehead. “And like I said, it won’t take long. I’ll even crawl into your sleeping bag with you to keep you company when we come back.”

Twilight snorted at that, sitting up and stretching. “Even if Rainbow Dash teases?”

Especially if Rainbow Dash teases.”

That finally got a tired laugh out of her, and she tugged her girlfriend for a proper kiss; it was worth it just to feel her smiling against her lips. “You know that makes absolutely no sense, right?”

Sunset hummed and got to her feet. “It got you to laugh, though,” she said, offering her hand to Twilight and smiling with delight when the princess grabbed it and pulled herself up, lacing their fingers together and squeezing.

“Well, now that I’m up, lead the way.”

Sunset gave a little mock bow, and with a gentle tug of Twilight’s hand they were off. They had to step carefully, mindful of the sleeping girls sprawled out on the living room floor and the two different Spikes curled up by their respective Twilights, but it was only just light enough to see where they were going. Twilight held on tightly to Sunset’s hand, and wondered what could have been so important to see that they’d woken up at such an hour. It was still mostly dark.

Well, she would find out soon enough, it seemed.

The sleepover in the human world had been held at Applejack’s farm, mostly out of human Twilight’s desire to use the space to improve her physical fitness. She’d apparently dedicated the whole weekend to it, and Princess Twilight had been invited over to observe her progress and give any helpful pointers; somehow, she’d ended up being fitter than her human counterpart. She still wasn’t sure exactly how that had happened, considering their backgrounds were more or less the same.

The fact that she also got to spend time with her friends and girlfriend had been a very pleasant bonus, and the girls had been understanding enough to give Sunset and Twilight their time together when they asked for it—with some teasing from Rainbow, of course, but it was all in good fun.

Twilight was jolted from her thoughts when Sunset stopped by the house’s front door, fishing around for the spare key Applejack kept nearby. “We’re going outside?” she asked.

“Yeah, what I wanted to show you is out there. And before you ask, no, we can’t see it from in here. You have to be outside to really see it.”

Twilight absently wrapped her arms around herself as Sunset unlocked the door. “Well, if I wasn’t curious before, I am now.”

Sunset grinned, offering her hand again once the door was open. “I was counting on that, princess. Come on, we don’t have to go far and it should be happening soon.”

The desire to ask what ‘it’ was felt overwhelming at this point, but Twilight swallowed the words back and accepted she wouldn’t be told anything about it until she actually saw it. There was no hesitation as she took Sunset’s hand. “Just remember,” she teased, “once we go out there, my life is in your hands. Think you’re up for protecting the Princess of Friendship?”

Sunset lightly turned Twilight’s hand over and pressed a quick kiss to her pulse, the warmth shooting straight through her arm and right to her chest. “I think I can manage that just fine,” she said, and pulled the purple girl outside.

It was still warm, an effect of the coming summer. It was also early, however, and Twilight could feel the slightest chill in the air the moment they were outside. She suppressed a small shiver and immediately pressed into Sunset’s side for the additional warmth, murmuring happily when the redhead took the hint and wrapped her arm around her to help keep her close.

It wasn’t much, but it was just enough to keep them both warm.

“So, you got me outside.” Twilight let her gaze drift over the Apple orchard. “Where’s this thing you wanted to show me?”

“Impatient, impatient,” Sunset chuckled. “At the top of the hill, right under the Apple’s largest tree. You’ll be able to see it once we’re up there.”

“You know, we seem to be doing a lot of travel to see this,” Twilight remarked as they started to walk. “Is this going to be as great as you said? You’re making me all kinds of curious.”

“Your lack of faith is wounding.”

Twilight snorted in amusement, giving Sunset’s hand another squeeze and falling silent. Thankfully, the trek from the house to the hill wasn’t particularly long, and once she had adjusted to being outside it was much easier to stay warm. The fact that she stayed close to her girlfriend the entire time certainly didn’t hurt.

Once they were on top of the hill and under the tree, Sunset wasted no time settling down and sitting in the grass, giving Twilight’s hand an encouraging tug. The princess made a show of looking around, even as she sat down next to her. “I don’t see anything yet,” she said lightly, smirking.

Sunset rolled her eyes, fighting back a smile. “Watch the sky, Twilight. You’ll see it.”

Twilight grinned and gently bumped their shoulders together, nuzzling into Sunset as she turned her eyes to a sky that wasn’t looking so dark anymore.

When Twilight had been a blank-flanked filly, she had been one of many ponies who had seen Princess Celestia raise the sun. It had been a defining moment in her young life, and now that she was older and had wielded Celestia’s power herself, she could appreciate just how truly magical the act was. It was something unique to Equestria, and at the time she had sworn she would never see anything that amazed her quite as much as that moment had.

In comparison to Equestria, the human world was still relatively limited in terms of magic. It was mostly contained to one area and one group of girls, and while its influence seemed to be slowly expanding after the Friendship Games, it was nowhere near the same level as its pony counterpart. Of course, Twilight knew the human sun came up regardless of magic; the whole world would be trapped in an eternal night if it didn’t.

But unlike Celestia’s raising of the sun in Equestria, she had never actually seen it happen.

At least, not until now.

It was a gradual process; first there was darkness, and then slowly but surely beams of light began to appear, and the darkness began to fade. The colors came first, pink and yellow splashing across the sky and bringing light along with it. The air itself seemed to warm, as if sensing the sun’s approach, and without even realizing it Twilight straightened up to get a better view to the sound of Sunset’s soft chuckle.

Then finally, over the horizon, she saw the gold of the sun itself as it began to rise, and in that moment the darkness was gone completely and the whole world seemed to begin to stir from its slumber. For a long moment Twilight could only drink the sight in without a word; she knew what she had just seen had required no magic at all, and yet there was still something completely and utterly magical about it that she felt speaking would ruin the moment.

Sunset shifted next to her, resting against the tree. “Nearly gave me a panic attack the first time I got up early enough to see it,” she murmured. “I never thought I would see a sun rise without Celestia.”

“That was… beautiful.” Twilight sighed, smiling. “I wonder how that happens? It clearly doesn’t use any magic.”

“Pure science on that one. It’s not that the sun is rising, it’s that the planet’s motion makes the sun appear. Still, I enjoy watching it, and it occurred to me that for all the times you’ve been here you’ve never seen it, so…”

Twilight gently nudged their shoulders together, kissing Sunset on the cheek. “You decided to wake me before the sun was up so I could see it rise?”

Sunset nodded, humming pleasantly at the kiss and turning her gaze back to the sunrise. “Yeah. You have to admit, it’s pretty beautiful to watch.”

After a moment of simply looking at her girlfriend, Twilight turned back to the sight and rested her head on Sunset’s shoulder, smiling.

“Yeah. Pretty beautiful.”

Author's Note:

There is no plot. There is only fluff, because I am Sunlight trash.

For those wondering, no, this is not the Sunlight one-shot I mentioned a ways back; that one's still sitting in my documents stalled out at page 7 or 8. This was just something short and sweet and fluffy I wanted to write once the idea got lodged into my head.

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Comments ( 45 )

That was cute :rainbowkiss:
I'm a big fan of romance in small moments, and the waking up scene was pretty much adorable. Sleepy Twi is best Twi. Either that scene or Twilight and Sunset's teasing banter throughout was the best part, although Twilight wondering how the sun moves was still pretty amusing :scootangel:

I have absolutely no problems with Sunlight fluff. :twilightsmile: I'm also very happy that its Princess Twilight and Sunset, most other recent fics have been about Sci-Twi (which is fine too, but I prefer the former pairing). And pony Twilight has probably done a lot more running (towards or away from danger) than her human counterpart. One of my favorite parts of the pairing is their shared background as Celestia's students, so its very sweet to see them enjoy a more... gradual sunrise. It would be a big difference for both of them to see that kind of sunrise, given their close association with Celestia. That and its just fun to see them together. *adds to favorites*

You can never have enough SunLight fluff. :raritystarry:

Anyways, this was really cute. You did bring up a good point; I never even thought of the fact that Princess Twilight hasn't ever seen the sun rise by itself in the EG universe.


One of my favorite headcanons regarding Twilight is that she's not a morning person (pony?), while in contrast Sunset totally is. It was fun to actually get a chance to write it out and apply it to a scene, even if only a short one for a piece of fluff. :twilightsheepish:


I've been seeing a lot of SciTwi/Sunset Sunlight too, but Princess Twilight/Sunset Sunlight will always be my preferred pair of the two, so I'm glad I could contribute to that at least a little bit!


Truer words have never been typed. :ajsmug:

I love this story! I love all your stories! I don't know, you just write the adorable pony girl bacon human so well! I shall forever follow you! :rainbowwild:


Just as planned. :pinkiehappy:


Thank you very much! I appreciate the follow, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story and that you like how I write Sunset. :twilightsmile:

if only so she wouldn’t give her girlfriend [...] the satisfaction of knowing how much she enjoyed having her hair touched like this.

See, Twi, if you did let her know, you would get lots of hair petting. Sunset is not a meanie.

Adorable little story, and a very cute piece of fluff. It's been a while since I last saw a Princess Twi/Sunset story, and even though I love SciTwi/Sunset as well, there's always going to be something special about the former. The interactions between Twi and Sunset are really adorable, and they make for a believable (and happy) couple. The only complaint is the same for a favorite dish -- namely, that you'll eventually finish and want more. And considering the author's note, that won't be a problem for long.

All in all, wonderful work. :twilightsmile:

Well, there is one difference between Twi and SciTwi's Backgrounds. Twilight goes on almost constant adventures, running around during them and other things. She has had somewhat more physical activity in her life and SciTwi.

I've had a few of your stories in my to-read list, but haven't gotten around to them. I saw this come up in the featured box (congratulations, by the way) and decided to give it a shot.

You have a new follower.

I've never really seen the problem in 'Lavender unicorn syndrome', I've commited it a few times in my own stories, but I can now see the problem with it here. It doesn't wreck the story that much, but there's something that's a bit... uncomfortable in the way the characters are refereed to by so many varying titles. I'd personally recommend just calling the characters by their names a bit more in future works and saving the other nouns for when it seems more necessary. Thats just my opinion though.

Other than that, adorable story! :rainbowkiss: Particular praise goes to your portrayal of the characters.

I give it a 6/10.

Nice, fluffy little read, but it feels like it would've been better served as a scene from a longer Sunlight story.

After the sunset and the twilight comes the sunrise, which creates sunlight.

I saw what you did there.

I don't care if there's no plot. You had me smiling from about the third paragraph until the end of the fic. Nicely done.

Where I live, it's all about the sunsets. A mountain range borders the valley on the east side so the Sun doesn't appear until it's well up, meaning the light is fairly harsh. It's still beautiful, especially with the light splashing over the mountains, and at this time of year the snow-capped peaks make it even better. But in the west... when the Sun sets over the valley the waning light spreads out like a wave. Brilliant yellows make way for captivating oranges that morph into intense reds which finally give in to subtle indigo. When it's a little cloudy, you get all of them at the same time in a masterpiece of natural beauty.

What's even better is I always get to see both of them, since the mountains delay "Sunrise" by about an hour and a half.

Sorry for the random story-time, once again, good job! I enjoyed it a lot. As much as I enjoy the journey toward romance in other stories it's cool to get snippets of the girls already in a relationship.

Pretty nice and brief fic you made, Mr. Beam ^_^ Even if I'm not a big fan of the SunLight concept, I actually enjoyed this one. It felt natural thanks to the effort put into those little adorable things (holding hands, gentle kisses not necessarily in the lips, etc.) and that's something I like and applaud.
So overall, nice 5-10 minutes piece of corny and nice fic :derpytongue2: :heart:

Yeah! RB is back! :pinkiehappy:

Sunlight might be one of my favorite ships, but this was adorable and fluffy and didn't even feel like it was forcing the ship.
I like it. :twilightsmile:

Beautiful little fluff is beautiful! Like, favourite and follow from me! You magnificent bastard! I love it!

This was beautiful oneshot.

Simple, sweet fluffy goodness. :twilightsmile:

Yeah, Equestria Sun is pretty erratic, isn't it? Unlike the smooth arch of our own, Equestria's jumps up really fast, arcs for a bit, than drops down. Or if Lesson Zero is to be taken seriously, it ticks across the sky.

SunLight? Instant fav! :raritystarry:

That was such a sweet story. I love SunLight.

This is an excellent one-shot. I do love fluff where not a lot happens. :eeyup:

More importantly, you got me to upvote and fave a SunLight story. Given that I'm not a big fan of this ship, it's a pretty impressive feat.

(starts applauding) This was so good! Very cute!

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noscoper: because I ship goodie 2 shoze flash centry wiz twi...

nub: O CRAP THE hatters captin jackie chan wot we do....

Noscoper: donz worry abt it ive had this account years longer then all there lives conbined I also has base cannon and our mental defenses are strong from years of bad schools wiz dank bulliez
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I unfortunately didn't have a chance to go back and respond to comments on this fic since it got featured while I was at work, but I just wanted to thank everyone for the likes and the comments. I truly appreciate it and I thank you for any critique, and I'm happy that you enjoyed the story. :pinkiehappy:

This is fluffier than a Siberian Husky puppy. :heart:


Admittedly I too, am in fact sunlight trash. after Rainbow Rocks came out, I've been reading it like it was some sort of addiction, AND YOU'RE NOT HELPING.

I'm a little burnt out over it though, it has to happen eventually (otherwise I would never get my life back) But i have yet to read a good one with Princess Twilight that was more than a simple one time thing. If you haven't done already, which I will assume you haven't, then please finish that supposed not so very short thing so I might have a chance at getting over this ship once and for all, I can only lay my soul, and kindle, to rest once I've read a proper sunlight fic with princess Twilight.

I place my faith in you.


all characters in this comments are tryhards...

fucking tryhards, they are fucking everywhere

FWIW, I think that the Equestria Girls world has a purple planet closer into the sun like Eve in Kerbal Space Program. You see it at the end of the last full scene of Friendship Games, shining just as the sun is setting.

I wonder if that world's Twilight Star is known to some as "The Faithful Student of the Sun"? :twilightsmile:

[Off topic but I'd like the Kerbol System from KSP to be the closest star system to Equestria for a variety of reasons, all of them mischievously comedic.]

I leeeeerrrrrrved it :pinkiehappy:

Awwwww, this was very sweet! :twilightsmile: Plus, the added bonus in which they're already together is a great touch! :pinkiehappy:

Having Twilight never seeing a sunrise in the human world was certainly an angle I never thought of... But now that I do think about it, it works so well! I think Sunset would be the perfect guide to show her what a sunrise is like in this world. Then again, she's pretty much the perfect guide in many aspects of this world to Twilight. XD

Overall, this was cute, sweet, and the simplicity was very charming! I always enjoy some fluff. :raritywink:

I also have to say how nice it is to see a Princess Twilight/Sunset story! I mean, I completely understand the appeal that Sci-Twi/Sunset has. But I just never got into it. It's just not the same to me. Twilight and Sunset's bonding in Rainbow Rocks was one of the best things about the movie and what won me over on the pairing. :pinkiehappy: So it's just nice to see these two together! Love it!

I'm not really a SunLight shipper(FlashLIght FTW) or F/F shipper at that, but I've got to admit this was very cute.

Their physical affection was so warm. Just the right words were chosen. Like and fave.

Does Eqeustria not have slow sunrises and sunsets though? I remember multiple episodes where the sky is pink.


You are not. I too, am SunLight trash.

Yet, I am trash nontheless. However, I am not litter. FOR THIS STORY IS FLUFFIER THAN THAT OF THE FLUFFIEST FLUFFLEBUNS:

That was a nice one shot of SunLight. I'll admit that I haven't seen an actual sunrise but I know I will someday.

Soooooooooooooooo adorable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :raritystarry: I thought I was the only one shipping Sunset and Princess Twilight after the Friendship Games

That was beautiful. :twilightsmile:

Not my preferred Twilight to pair with Sunset, but still some beautiful fluff. Besides, this story wouldn't work with the other one; not unless they watched Celestia raise it in Equestria, and that brings up all kinds of baggage for Sunset. I'm glad I finally read this. Thank you for it.

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