• Published 20th Sep 2016
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A Suit With Sincerity - Oroboro

Pretending to be Rarity's boyfriend at her cousin's wedding isn't the weirdest thing Sunset Shimmer has ever had to do for her friends. It might even be fun. But just what is Rarity hoping to get out of this subterfuge in the first place?

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A Dance With Sunsarity

“And… there. Perfect.”

Sunset stepped backwards, straightened her suit coat and admired herself in the mirror. “Wow, Rarity, this actually looks pretty good on me.”

“Oh, isn’t it just lovely?” Rarity said, squealing. “I know suits aren’t really my thing, but this image just sort of popped into my head and I knew I had to give it a shot because it would be perfect and just look at you! So unbelievably dapper.”

“You do know your fashion,” Sunset said with a grin. She twisted about, checking her reflection in the various mirrors stuffed into Rarity’s cramped workshop, then strutted around a bit to see how it moved. “And I guess I don’t, so I’m probably way off, but isn’t this more of a masculine cut?”

Rarity’s exuberance faltered briefly, and she tried to play it off with a giggle that was perhaps a little too forced. “I, well, maybe a little more than would be standard for a girl with your measurements. Like I said, I had a design, and wanted to try it.”

“If you say so.” Sunset frowned, tapping her foot, then snapped her fingers as a thought came to her. She grabbed a nearby ribbon from Rarity’s desk, then reached up behind herself and gathered her hair into a ponytail. Once it was secure, she turned to Rarity, spread her legs a little, put on her best roguish grin, and said in her deepest voice, “Hey Rares, you think I could pass for a dude like this?”

She expected a laugh.

Instead, Rarity turned beet red, her eyes wide and darting back and forth. “You? Pass for a man? I’m not so sure that—I mean, uh, I’m sure you could pull something like that off if you wanted to. In fact, it could be a lot of fun!”

Sunset blinked, raising an eyebrow. “Rarity? I’m just kidding.” Rarity was certainly prone to dramatics, but something like this was… “Is there some ulterior motive here I’m missing?”

Rarity made a complicated sound that was halfway between a scoff and a coughing fit. “Ulterior motive. Feh. Sunset, you make me sound so devious! We’re all friends here, we do each other favors from time to time. Generosity and all that. You can keep the suit by the way, you wear it so well after all.”

“Uh-huh. I bet.” Sunset crossed her arms over her chest. “I mean, me trying on clothes for you isn’t anything new, but I should’ve known something was fishy when you kept asking whether or not I was doing anything this weekend. Look, like you said, we’re both friends, right? You can just get to the point, you don’t have to be all coy about it.”

“Coy? I’m not being coy, darling, I’m merely…” Rarity trailed off, then let out a long sigh. She flopped down into a nearby chair and buried her face in her hands. “I’m sorry, Sunset. You’re right, there is something I would really like you to do for me. I’m just afraid you’ll think it’s weird, is all.”

Sunset grinned, and sat down in a chair of her own. “Come on, Rarity, you know me better than that. I’m a horse wizard from another dimension. Do you really think anything you ask me will be outside of my comfort zone?”

“You say that,” Rarity mumbled, shaking her head, “but magic adventures and social functions aren’t exactly the same thing. Usually. Oh goodness, please don’t bring any magic into this.”

“You should probably tell me what ‘this’ is first.”

“Right, right.” Rarity leaned back and drummed her fingers against the armrest. “Well, my cousin Lime Grass is getting married, and she’s only two years older than me. We always had a bit of a rivalry growing up. The wedding is this weekend.”

Sunset nodded and let Rarity continue.

“Well, back when I accepted the wedding invitation, I knew that I did not want to show up to the party unaccompanied, so I checked the plus-one box. And now that it’s so close, I need to find someone to go with me.”

Sunset blinked, then chuckled. “Is that it? Come on, Rarity. You’re the hottest girl in school. You don’t need my help to find some schmuck to go with you to a wedding. Just crook your finger and half the boys in school will line up for a chance to hang on your arm for an evening.”

Rarity stuck her nose into the air. “Hmph. As if you could find even an ounce of class and sophistication between all the boys in Canterlot High. No, I don’t want to go with some high school neanderthal. I am a lady! I need someone with style, grace, natural charisma: someone who can make all the other bridesmaids swoon.”

“So where…”

“And that’s why,” Rarity mumbled, shrinking back on herself and twiddling her fingers together. “I was kind of hoping you could be my boyfriend.”

Sunset stared blankly. “What?”

“Just for pretend, of course!” Rarity stammered, blushing furiously. “All you have to do is play a part, like acting in a play!”

“That’s…” Sunset slumped in her chair, rubbing at her eyes. “Come on, Rarity, that’s ridiculous. There’s no way something like that would work.”

Rarity shook her head. “No, I’m sure it would. You’re very charming, and an excellent liar. I’m sure you could absolutely nail it.”

“Gee, thanks for the vote of confidence,” Sunset growled under her breath.

“Oh hush. We both know it’s true. While it has caused people a lot of grief in the past, the art of deception can still prove quite valuable, and in this situation it wouldn’t be malicious. Nobody will be hurt.”

Sunset took a deep breath and blew her bangs out of her eyes. “Alright, I suppose I can give you that. But still. I may not exactly be an expert on human sexual dimorphism, but I’m pretty sure it’ll take more than a suit and a ponytail for me to pass convincingly.”

Rarity’s leaned forward. “Now that’s not a problem. A little bit of makeup to draw out your cheekbones and to give the illusion of stubble. And we can bind your breasts—oh, don’t give me that look. It’s a bit uncomfortable, sure, but certainly bearable for one night. And the deep voice you did earlier was perfect. With some practice, I’m sure nobody will ever know.”

Sunset bit her lip and leaned back in the chair, crossing her arms over her chest. “Say I do help you. If you want me to pretend to be your charming and sophisticated date, then why do I have to do it as a boy? Isn’t Sunset Shimmer, Queen of Canterlot High just as shiny of a trophy to show off to all your distant relatives?”

Rarity looked away, tugging at her hair. “Because I’m straight, I suppose. I want to walk in there like a princess, with a handsome prince on my arm…”

Sunset sighed. “Is that sort of storybook image really so important to you that you’ll jump through this many hoops to get it?”

Rarity opened her mouth to respond, but then closed it. There was a distant sort of longing in her eyes, but she lowered her head, and mumbled, “Yes.”

Sunset let out a long groan. “Ugh, fine. I’ll do it. But you owe me, okay?”

Rarity leapt out of her chair, throwing her arms around Sunset. “Oh, thank you thank you thank you! You have no idea how much this means to me! I’ll do anything to make it up to you later, Sunset, I promise. Oh, this night is going to be perfect! We’re going to have so much fun. I know you're apprehensive, but I’m sure you’ll fit right in. There’s so much prep to do. We’ll have to pick out a good name, and there’s a few other things I want to go over before the big event…”

Sunset stared into the mirror of the hotel bathroom, and the face that stared back was not her own.

Of course, that was an everyday occurrence for a pony living as a transformed human. Still, between Rarity’s cosmetics, outfit choice, and hair styling, Sunset could hardly recognize herself.

“You sure this is going to hold up through a night of dancing and partying at the reception?” Sunset asked, idly brushing her fingers across her chin, the makeup giving an illusion of stubble.

“Of course it will, darling,” Rarity said. She sat on the bed, applying her own lipstick in a hand mirror. “I used to do costuming for the drama club, makeup included. If it can stand up to the stage, it’ll be good enough for a reception.”

“This would be so much easier back home,” Sunset muttered as she came out of the bathroom and sat down next to Rarity. “Illusion magic is basically cheating for this kind of thing.”

“I’m sure it is. Do you have your character down?”

“I am Dusk Shine,” Sunset said, affecting the best accent she could. “A charming and brilliant exchange student from overseas. I am exotic and mysterious, and I swept you off your feet. Not to mention, if anyone notices anything weird, their first thought will be ‘foreigner,’ and not ‘crossdresser.’”

“Perfect,” Rarity said, cheeks coloring slightly. “Well, I suppose that’s just about everything. Are you ready?”

“Ready as I’ll ever be.” Sunset stood up and stretched. The motion immediately filled her with regret, as tight as her chest was bound.

She’d never actually been to a human wedding before. And back in Equestria, the only ones she’d attended were official functions as Celestia’s student. Considering it took a six-hour drive just to get down here, she hoped it would be worth it. “I’m surprised the rest of your family isn’t coming to this.”

Rarity shrugged. “This part of the family isn’t exactly super tight-knit. Mom and Dad are busy, and Sweetie Belle wanted to hang out with her friends this weekend. Makes things easier for me, anyway. Zip me up?”

Sunset ran the zipper up Rarity’s slender back. The dress was gorgeous, of course, and Rarity had brought out her A-game in every sense of the term.

“Shall we?” Sunset asked, holding out her arm and slipping back into the accent. “Your evening of enchantment awaits.”

Rarity giggled, slipped her heels on, and wrapped her arms around Sunset’s, leaning into her. “Perhaps not too enchanting. This isn’t my wedding, after all. I want to show off, yes, but I’m not so cruel as to try and steal the show.”

Sunset grinned. “As you wish.”

“Goodness, darling, you look absolutely radiant! It’s so good to see you.”

“Rarity!” said Lime Grass. She gave an exaggerated wave, then waddled over, hiking up her dress to take careful steps on high heels. “How long has it been? We really need to hang out more!”

Sunset watched as Rarity embraced the bride-to-be, the girls exchanging a flurry of empty platitudes and compliments.

Lime glanced over Rarity’s shoulder at Sunset. “And who’s this handsome devil?”

Rarity’s eyes lit up, and a coy smile played across her face as she linked arms with Sunset. “This is my boyfriend, Dusk Shine. Dusk, this is my cousin, Lime Grass. The one I told you about?”

Sunset held down a sigh and put on her game face. She strode forward, took Lime’s hand in her own, and planted a soft kiss on the back of it. “It is a pleasure to meet you. My dearest Rarity has told me much about you, though she neglected to tell me just how beautiful you were.”

Lime let out a high-pitched giggle. “Rarity, just where did you get a guy like this?”

“Exchange student,” Rarity said, patting Sunset on the shoulder.

“Hey, that’s my fiancé you’re flirting with,” a deep voice growled from behind her.

Sunset turned to see a great big lunk of a man looming over her. He had the build of a linebacker, and thick forearms crossed over his chest. He cracked his neck audibly.

“Oh, give it a rest,” Lime Grass said, rolling her eyes. “Rarity, I guess you’ve never met him, but this is my fiancé, Grounder.”

Sunset recognized the intimidation tactic for what it was, but it wasn’t just women she knew how to charm. She grabbed his hand, shaking it vigorously. “Ah, yes, it is so nice to meet you. I apologize; where I am from, that is just how we say hello. I assure you, I did not mean anything untoward. I believe the custom here calls for me to buy you a drink later, yes?”

It took a few moments for Grounder to parse what she had said, but when it finally clicked, his face softened and he relaxed. “Yeah, sure thing, man. Sorry, just a little tense, you know?”

“They say every wedding needs at least one fight, but I am hoping that it won’t involve me,” Sunset said, chuckling.

The couple shared a laugh, but it was soon interrupted by a distraught looking woman, likely the bride’s mother. They spoke in hushed tones, something about the musicians, then the woman ran off.

“Sorry Rar,” Lime Grass said, rubbing at the back of her head. “I’d love to catch up with you some more, but I am getting married in like twenty minutes. See you at the reception?”

“Of course, darling. I wouldn’t want to get in your way.”

Once they were gone, Sunset leaned in close. “How was that?”

Rarity giggled, then intertwined her fingers with Sunset’s. “I knew you had it in you, darling, but to see you pull it off so naturally… you’re a dashing rogue at heart, Sunset Shimmer.”

Sunset grinned, then walked hand in hand with her ‘girlfriend,’ and let the two of them be seated by the ushers.

“So how many of these people do you actually know?” Sunset asked as she looked over the crowd.

“Almost none, really,” Rarity said. She pulled out a hand mirror and flipped it open, checking her makeup. “Lime Grass and her family lived out near us when I was a little girl, but she moved away when I was twelve. That was right about when MyStable became a thing, so it wasn’t too hard for us to stay in touch, but it’s never been the same.”

Rarity closed the mirror a bit forcefully and grunted, crossing her arms over her chest. “We always played dress up and did each other's makeup, and we promised that when we got married, we’d be each other’s bridesmaids. But look”—Rarity gestured to a gaggle of girls wearing matching dresses—“I don’t even know any of them. She never asked. All I got was an invitation in the mail.”

Sunset shrugged. “People grow apart, I guess. Honestly, if you were getting married now, would you still make her a bridesmaid?”

“Well…” Rarity let out a sigh. “No, you’re probably right. After all, the bridal party would be pretty full with all of you girls. Oooh, can’t you just picture how magical something like that would be? I’d definitely use a different color scheme than this. Green and yellow? Ick. Maybe something white and gold. It’s hard to go wrong with such a classic accent, right?”

“Shouldn’t your future husband get a say in the color scheme? ” Sunset asked as she leaned her head back, staring up at the vaulted ceiling.

Rarity’s cheeks colored. “Of course. I mean, well, obviously I don’t have anyone, so for now I’m just fantasizing. Though I suppose we are pretending to be a couple right now, and white and gold would match us rather well.”

Sunset raised an eyebrow, but whatever inquiry she began to voice was cut off as the music began to play and the ceremony started in earnest.

“So, there I was. Thirteen years old, no more than a child, and this man was big as a bull. He loomed over me, blocking out the sun, and cracked his knuckles. I knew right then and there that there was no more time for words. He wanted my blood.”

Four bridesmaids sat around Sunset in a semi-circle, hands clasped in front of their chests.

“I stared into his eyes. His hot breath stunk up the room. Adrenaline coursed through my veins, and I knew the second one of us moved, things were going to get ugly.”

“What happened?” one of the girls whispered, resting her fingers on Sunset’s arm. Sunset couldn’t remember her name. She’d already been introduced to so many people that they were all just a blur now.

“I moved first. I grabbed my drink, threw it in his eyes, and ran away as fast as I could! And that, ladies, is why I am alive to talk with you all here today.”

The ladies giggled to themselves, and Sunset grinned. The best lies were the ones nourished from a seed of truth. It wasn’t a man, but a minotaur. And she hadn’t blinded him with a drink, and instead just zapped the brute with her horn. The gist of it was mostly true.

Though she had left out the part where she had actually been the antagonizer.

“Wow, Dusk. You must have been so scared. I can’t ever imagine going through something like that.”

Sunset shrugged. “Fear is a man’s best friend. Many try to deny it, to pretend it does not exist. Full of pride and foolish machismo. But fear will keep you alive, and it can drive you forward. Of course, you cannot let it control you either.”

“Wow,” another girl mumbled, and the rest let out dreamy sighs.

“There you are!” Rarity called out, approaching from a nearby table. “Goodness, I leave for the ladies’ room for just five minutes and you’ve already attracted a crowd.” She moved in close, running her fingers through Sunset’s hair and resting her hand on her shoulder. “Sorry girls, but I’m afraid this one’s taken.”

“Aww come on! I want to hear another story.”

Sunset put on an apologetic grin. “I’m sorry, but it is true. I have been many places, and seen many things, but Rarity is my light in the darkness. Compared to her, everything else is a dull grey.” Sunset brushed her lips against Rarity’s knuckles, staring up into her eyes.

While Sunset had nailed the cheesy line perfectly, Rarity reacted with far less grace. “I, that is, well…” She paused, her eyes wide and cheeks red, then swallowed, taking a deep breath. “Come on, dear. I think they’re about to start dancing soon.”

“As you wish.” Sunset took Rarity’s hand in her own and stood up, then bowed her head to the girls. “It has been a pleasure.”

Once they were away from the crowd and alone in a corner somewhere, Sunset let her mask drop, and giggled. “Holy crap, this is amazing! I completely forgot how fun lying could be!”

Rarity pursed her lips and narrowed her eyes. “Mmmhm. Just what was that back there?”

Sunset blinked. “What? You wanted Dashing Rogue. I’m not gonna half-ass it.”

“That’s not…” Rarity clenched her fist, then sighed. “That was… certainly quite dashing, but did you have to flirt so blatantly with all of them?”

“Well, yeah, kind of,” Sunset said with a shrug. “It seems in character. Does it matter? It’s not like we’re actually dating.”

Rarity wilted slightly, then shook her head. “Well, if I’m in character too, then I have a right to be pretend-jealous.”

Sunset raised an eyebrow.

“Alright folks, it’s time for our first dance! Let’s give it up for the newlyweds!” a loud voice barked over the speaker system.

The faux-couple stepped further towards the sidelines, getting out of everyone’s way as Lime Grass and Grounder made their way onto the dance floor and started awkwardly rocking back and forth to a slow song.

“I think the floor will open up after this song,” Rarity whispered. “Do you know how to dance?”

Sunset grinned. “Do you?”

Rarity turned her nose into the air. “I took ballet as a child, and ballroom dance classes during my sophomore year.”

“I learned when I was dating Flash. I know the basic waltzes, but what I’m really good at is triple step swing.”


“Yep. Hope you can keep up.”

Soon enough, the first dance ended, and everyone applauded and cheered for the newlyweds. Then the DJ called everyone else to try their hand, and the music switched to something faster, with a nice beat.

Sunset walked with Rarity onto the dance floor, their bodies already swaying in time with the music. She started with something simple: their feet moving together with the basic steps, finding their rhythm as they each figured out how the other moved.

As the song started to pick up the pace, Sunset led a basic turn, and Rarity spun, her dress flaring up as she executed a masterful flourish.

Sunset grinned. She could feel the eyes on them as their feet weaved across the dance floor. She dipped Rarity low, then pulled her back up, and stepped away, turning their backs to each other to dance on their own, only to find themselves face to face just a few moments later.

“I can’t believe you can do all this in heels,” Sunset whispered, pulling Rarity close for another turn.

Rarity’s face flushed and her eyes sparkled with delight as she ducked under Sunset’s arm. “Practice, darling. I’m surprised you know how to lead so well.”

“You think I was going to let Flash push me around?”


Just as Sunset’s body began to burn from the strain of exercising so many out-of-practice muscles, the song ended, and another slow song came on.

Rarity let out a sigh of relief, pressed herself close against Sunset’s chest, and the pair of them settled into a gentle back and forth as they gasped for breath.

“I can’t remember the last time I danced like that,” Rarity breathed, looking up into Sunset’s eyes.

Sunset chuckled. “I’m not sure I’ve ever danced like that, holy crap. I guess I’ve just never had a partner who could really push my limits before.”

“Is that so?” Rarity asked, a coy smile playing at her lips. “We definitely have to practice together sometime. Also, keep your voice down, or use your accent, people are close.”

Sunset glanced at the other couples on the dance floor and shrugged. “Sorry. But yeah, that sounds great. We could invite the other girls, give them some lessons. We’d need a spot, though. Maybe we can convince Principal Celestia to let us use the gymnasium.”

Rarity pursed her lips together. “Well, that’s not exactly what I had in mind. I don’t want to teach the basics, I want to practice the advanced stuff. With you.”

“Fair enough. We’ll see.” Sunset pulled out of the embrace and took a step back. “I’m gonna go grab some water, then once the next song comes on we’ll start round two, alright?”

Sunset leaned on the balcony of the reception hall, enjoying the cool breeze blowing off of the lake. She took a drag on her cigarette, the sparks falling off onto the rocks below.

Human weddings really were quite lively. The empty glass next to her and the light buzz in her system certainly attested to that. A lavish, expensive party meant to celebrate what would hopefully be an eternal union.

They were all strangers to Sunset. She wouldn’t remember the people. But the feeling this place left with her, the audacity of her masquerade, the rhythm of the dance, it all blended together into what could ultimately be referred to as ‘an enjoyable evening.’

She’d never really given it much thought, but she supposed she’d like to have a wedding like this someday.

Or maybe she could keep crashing other people’s parties in disguise.

The door swung open behind her. “I didn’t know you smoked,” Rarity said.

Sunset winced, ground the cigarette out on the balcony railing, and flicked it into a nearby ashtray. “That’s because I normally do a very good job of keeping it hidden.”

Rarity joined her next to the balcony, resting her elbows on the railing. “Maybe you didn’t grow up on decades of anti-smoking campaigns, but it’s not very good for you.”

“Yeah yeah, I know. I don’t bother very often. Maybe once a month. Don’t tell the girls, okay? I just happened to bum one off one of the bridesmaids.”

“Flirting again?” Rarity asked, raising an eyebrow.

“What can I say? Dusk Shine is a real lady-killer.”

Rarity muttered something under her breath, then shook her head. “I suppose it’s my fault for abandoning you. Sorry. I actually got a chance to sit down with Lime and talk to her, though.”

Sunset smiled. “Don’t worry about me. I needed some fresh air anyway.”

Rarity fanned herself with her fingers. “Don’t I know it. Still, we had a lot of catching up to do, and it was nice to actually get to know Grounder a little. He’s a bit dense, but he seems like someone who will treat her right. And I get the impression that they really love each other.”

“Glad to hear it. From what I understand the odds for that aren’t great in your world, especially when they’re still so young.”

Rarity lowered her eyes. “I want to believe in the magic of love, and not be pessimistic about it.”

Sunset nodded.

“I just…” Rarity sighed, and twiddled her fingers together. “I want this. I want it to be me in there. I’ve dreamt of getting married, my own wedding, ever since I was in kindergarten. But it’s not me, and with my track record, I’m starting to wonder if it ever will be.”

“You’re still in high school, of course—” Sunset stopped, frowning. “Wait, your track record? But you—”

“Have never been on a second date,” Rarity muttered, turning away from Sunset. “Sure, boys ask me out all the time. And some of them I even say yes to. But they’re always so… it just never feels right.”

“Oh.” Sunset put a hand on her shoulder. “Sorry. Applejack told me about your misadventure with Trenderhoof, but I didn’t realize things were that bad.”

Rarity snorted a bitter laugh. “The less I remember about that debacle the better. I don’t know. Maybe it’s me. Maybe my standards are too high, but I’ve never felt that spark, never felt a real connection. At least, not until…”


Rarity shuddered, taking in a deep breath, then she turned around, meeting Sunset’s eyes. “Sunset, none of this is real, right? We’re just pretending, aren’t we?”

Sunset leaned back against the balcony, staring up at the stars. “You’re the one who asked me to pretend to be your boyfriend, and here I am, playing the part.”

“Well, you’re doing a wonderful job,” Rarity mumbled. “Maybe too wonderful. Sunset, if you were really Dusk Shine, I think I could fall in love with you.”

The splashing waves of the lake punctuated the silence as Sunset closed her eyes and took a deep breath. She could see where Rarity's train of thought was going, and knew she had to say something, but the right words refused to come to her.

“You’re not, I know that,” Rarity said, stepping closer and placing her hand over Sunset’s heart. “But just for tonight, please, let me take this fantasy a little further.”

Rarity leaned in close, her breath hot against Sunset’s lips.

Sunset raised her hand in between them and gently pushed her away. “Come on, Rarity, what are you doing? This isn’t what you want. We both know that.”

“I…” Rarity closed her eyes, then turned away. “You’re right, I’m sorry, I don’t know what came over me.” She sniffed, rubbing at her eyes. “It’s getting late. We should probably head back to the hotel. I’ll go get my coat.”

Sunset let out a long sigh, rubbing at her temples as she watched Rarity go.

Sunset scrubbed at her face with makeup remover, happy that she could finally relax and be herself again.

It was late, and her body ached with exhaustion, but sleep wasn’t too far away now. Sunset finished washing up, then made her way out of the bathroom into the hotel room. Rarity sat on the bed, already in her pajamas and running a brush through her hair.

They had figured that they would be cheap, so they only booked a single instead of a double. They shared beds all the time at sleepovers, but with the awkwardness earlier and the tense drive back to the hotel, well…

“I can sleep on the floor if you want,” Sunset said, unable to suppress a yawn as she began to root through her luggage.

Rarity took a deep breath, then shook her head. “No, we can share, it’s fine. Look, Sunset, I’m sorry that things got weird earlier. Weddings always wreak havoc on my emotions.”

“It’s fine, Rar. I just hope you had fun, regardless. That was a tough act to keep up all night. I dunno if I could pull it off again.”

Rarity giggled. “I already said it was wonderful. You really do know how to treat a lady, Sunset.”

Sunset shrugged, then flopped onto the bed, resting her hands behind her head. “Look, Rarity, you’re a wonderful girl, and any guy worth his salt would be lucky to have you. Hell, I’d date you myself if you were into ladies.”

Rarity’s hand froze mid-stroke, and she set the hair brush aside on the end table. “Really?” she asked, her voice barely a whisper.

“Hell yeah. You’re smart, talented, sexy, a great conversationalist, an excellent dancer, and probably most importantly, a good friend,” Sunset said as she ticked the items off on her fingers. “But if you’re straight, you’re straight, so I can’t help you there. Sorry.”

“Straight. Right. Of course.” Rarity clasped her hands together and twiddled her thumbs. “After all, I’ve always wanted a prince to sweep me off my feet, not a princess.”

Sunset sat up, leaning against the headboard, and shrugged. “Twilight’s the princess, not me. I guess I can see the appeal, but the Equestrian concept of a princess is way different than yours.”

“Mmm. A lot more magic, as I understand it.” Rarity chuckled, but it sounded forced. She looked away, then took a deep breath. “Sunset… what if I’m wrong? What if I don’t know myself as well as I thought I did? I feel so confused.”

Sunset turned to place a hand on Rarity’s shoulder. “Look, if there are some things about yourself you think you need to reconsider, that’s perfectly okay. Sexuality can be surprisingly fluid, and it doesn’t always have to be one or the other.”

Rarity bit her lip. “Maybe you’re right. Maybe I’m actually a lesbian, or at the very least, bisexual. There’s certainly nothing strange about it in this day and age. But… it feels like I’d somehow be letting myself down. Not me me, but the little twelve-year-old Rarity who spent hours talking with her cousin about the type of boy she was going to marry.”

“I know what it’s like to have your dreams crumble out from underneath you,” Sunset muttered. “I gave up on the dreams of the filly Sunset. Mostly because they were power hungry and egotistical and selfish. Not that your own experiences are quite so troubled, but we all have a overly simplistic view of the world when we’re young. You shouldn’t hold yourself to your past standards. Find what makes you happy, here and now.”

“But that’s the problem. I don’t know what that is. I can’t make heads or tails about what I’m feeling right now.”

Sunset shrugged. “You might just be projecting my performance of Dusk Shine on to me.”

Rarity shook her head. “Quite frankly, Dusk was a cartoonish buffoon, a parody of every romance novel I’ve ever read. I think I’m far more impressed by the actress who was able to play him so convincingly, improvising everything on the fly. By your skills on the dance floor. And you’ve always been such an amazing friend to me, Sunset. Even agreeing to accompany me in the first place… none of the other girls would have done it. It could only have ever been you.”

Sunset blushed and rubbed at the back of her head. “Well, when you say it like that... Look, this isn’t a question that needs to be answered right now. Let’s sleep on it. It’s been a long day, we’re both tired, and we can approach this fresh in the morning.”

Rarity took a deep breath, and nodded. “You’re right.” She flicked off the bedside lamp, then buried herself in the covers. “Thanks for doing all of this, Sunset. I mean it.”

“No problem. Thanks for inviting me. I had a ton of fun.”

“Good night.”

“Good night.”

Sunset woke up to an empty hotel room.

She got up, yawned, stretched, then wandered her way over to the window. She let the morning sun warm her face as she stared down at the busy street below, in a town six hours away from home whose name she couldn’t even remember.

The door opened and Rarity came in, bearing a tray full of complimentary hotel bagels and orange juice.

“Good morning, darling,” Rarity said as she set the tray on the table. “Hungry?”

“Starving,” Sunset said with a grin. She made her way over and grabbed one of the bagels, immediately scarfing it down.

Rarity giggled and nibbled at her own food.

Once they both finished eating, Rarity gave an unladylike belch, then blushed. “Look, Sunset, about last night…”

Sunset swallowed her last bite and washed it down with her drink. “Yeah?”

Rarity took a deep breath, and clenched her fists. “Right. We’re both here, right now, just two girls. We’re in our pajamas, our hair is a wreck, we’ve got no makeup on. We’re tired and sore and exhausted and still need to shower and you’ve got a little cream cheese on your cheek there.”

“Your point?” Sunset asked as she rubbed at her cheek.

“My point is,” Rarity said, “that we’re both at our worst here. Nothing to hide, nothing to prove, no need to pretend. You’re Sunset Shimmer, and I’m Rarity. I’m not just thinking of Dusk Shine. But if you try kissing me, I want to see how I feel about it.”

Sunset grinned, and started to say, “As you w—” but stopped, thought about it, then shook her head. “No.”

The light left Rarity’s eyes, and she lowered her head. “Oh. Sorry, I just thought it would be a good way to—”

Sunset cut her off with a raised hand. “I’m not going to sweep you off your feet, Rarity, as either a prince or a princess. You kiss me instead.”

Rarity blinked, then blushed furiously. “I already tried that last night, you know.”

“No more pretending, remember? Just me.”

“Of course.” Rarity stepped closer, placing her hand on Sunset’s chest. “You really are a lovely woman, you know that, Sunset?”

Sunset’s eyes never left Rarity’s as she slowly closed the inches between them, their lips pressing together ever so softly.

When Rarity pulled away she shivered. “I may have to reconsider some things about myself after all.”

Sunset grinned and pushed Rarity against the wall, earning her a startled yelp, then kissed Rarity again, this time much deeper, filling it with passion and desire.

“Okay,” Rarity gasped when Sunset finally let her up for air. “Things have been reconsidered.”

Author's Note:

Thanks to Kalan, Dubs Rewatcher, MaskedFerret, and Seraphem for editing and pre-reading!
Coverart by Akaryuga

This story is part of a collection of oneshots, each focusing on a relationship between Sunset Shimmer and a member of the humane six. The other stories can be found as follows:
Applejack - The Sun Sets Over the Apple Orchard
Rainbow Dash - A Heartfelt Goal
Pinkie Pie - Pinkie Pie and Sunset Shimmer Get Trapped In An Elevator
Fluttershy - Sunset Isn't Your Color
Twilight Sparkle - A Sunlit Journey
End - For The Love of Sunset

There are also a few other story contributions to this madness. Check them out when they're available.
(Human) Twilight Sparkle - The Nightmare I Need, by Dubs Rewatcher.
(Pony) Twilight Sparkle - Anemesis, by TheAlbinocorn.

Comments ( 137 )

I can't believe Rarity's excuse. She wants a bishi for a faux boyfriend? I think she might have gotten into Pinkie's secret anime stash. Rarity, there are a lot better plans than this.:duck:

Sunset/Rarity is a very underused ship, I like this! :pinkiehappy:

Two down, five to go! Choo-choo! The Sunset Express is leaving the station!

ok as requests goes that one is at top of wierd list.Keep it up storys are amazing.On the other note I like how are you using sunsets past skils,makes the storys all much more intresting

What's that? Did someone say genderbending romance? Dashing besuited Sunset Shimmer? Rarity being shipped with people?

I'm on the case!

In all seriousness, I rather enjoyed the entire feeling of the story. Light, breezy, and with Rarity completely unable to for one second disguise her obvious attraction to Sunset. Seriously, Sunset's gaydar is the worst if she couldn't pick up on all those signals. Nobody asks their best friend to crossdress and disguise themselves as a date without a serious ulterior motive. Really for someone as good at reading people as Sunset apparently is, she's very bad at just outright saying "are you coming on to me?"

Fun, sweet, and with Rarity equal parts charming and self-absorbed in all the right ways, which is how I like her. High marks and a like. I'm interested in seeing how the next few stories pan out!

I didn't realize these would all be in the same continuity. This adds a whole new layer to them.

In any case, a very sweet story. I do like the theme of constructive deception that seems to flow through the stories. Of course, I can't be positive with only two data points. Still, loved it.

Oh wow I am 100% here for Sunset Shimmer using her manipulation skills to be amazing at drag. I like how the fake-dating trope was used here and it was overall an enjoyable read.

Everyone else is probably going to tell you how great this story is, but what I wanted to mention was the fascinating contrast between this story and yesterday's (The Sun Sets Over the Apple Orchard). Applejack and Rarity have always been seen as opposites within the fandom, and these two stories really highlight that. Setting the story on an old-fashioned farm vs. a fancy wedding, a single night of charm and sweet-talking people vs. two weeks of back-breaking work. A couple brought together by a few moments of honesty vs. an elaborate deception. The themes of family and being grounded in reality vs. fantasy and passionate romance.

It's a both an illustration of how versatile you are as a writer, able to write two very different stories very well, and also an illustration as to how versatile and multi-faceted Sunset's character is, that she can fill in both roles believably. I'm looking forward to comparing and contrasting the rest of the stories in the series. When I first heard about this week, I thought it was just going to be seven stories about Sunset, but I'm starting to think that it's going to be more like seven glimpses into seven different sides of Sunset, tied together by the common theme of romance, and that really excites me.

"Oneshots" With Sunset's mention of Trenderhoof I think these are a lot more connected than we first thought. The question mark might just be Sunset X everyone.

And for my own amusement, I'll be reading all of Sunset's lines in Jon Benjamin's voice

RariSet is, pun intended, a rarity. Specially well done. Would like to see more of this, even knowing that this is a closed one shot story.

Curious about how you're doing RD, though.

Do bridesmaids generally wear pants at the wedding?

(Sees picture of sunset in a suit) Obligatory musical reference!

I bet Sunday's ???? is the harem ending.

The week of wonders continues! I think I liked this better than the AJ one.

Also, holy shit that's the highest live viewer count I have ever seen.

Perhaps we should think of each story as different routes of a visual novel -- certain events may still happen in every continuity, while different relationships are fostered depending on key choices.

I can't wait for SunsetDash tomorrow, next to SunsetSparkle, they're my favorite Sunset ship!

Sunsarity remains one my fave EQG ships, and i'm happy this little jewel has been added to the list of stories that feature it, :raritystarry:

“I used to do costuming for the drama club, makeup included. If it can stand up to the stage, it’ll be good enough for a reception.”

This is a minor nitpick that doesn't take anything away from the story itself, but most stage makeup is heavily exaggerated; designed to look good to an audience sitting fifteen-plus feet away and looks redonkulous up close, :derpytongue2:

The only thing that really threw me for a loop was Sunset smoking... it sorta seems unnecessary, unless these stories really are all interconnected and it's going to come back up again later, in which case... are we really rolling down the well-trodden harem path here? I think I was more excited about this being a series of true one-shots.

Also makes me wonder what the reasoning in releasing them all as separate stories is, unless your secret goal is to try and fill all seven slots of the 'new' feature box with Sunset shipping, :duck:

So. Fucking. Good.


Perhaps we should think of each story as different routes of a visual novel -- certain events may still happen in every continuity, while different relationships are fostered depending on key choices.

(Pretty much this. :scootangel:)

Sunset Shimmer in a suit, is fucking awesome.

Quite nice! I can totally believe that Sunset would make a dashing Bishonen rogue dude if she tried. :raritystarry:

Alright the second is done.

So this one was... particular... I don't know. The Sunset X Rarity ship isn't really common, I think this is only the second I read, so I'm not sure. Though the setting does fit Rarity like a charm.

The feelings are nonetheless strong in this story and I also admire how much you integrate so much of our world issues in your Equestria Girls verses stories. That part about about our childhood views don't match our adults', true, and the part weddings don't ends always good, sadly also true. Heck of all the jobs I have done so far till now, almost all my co-workers were divorce or were in procedure to do it. *sigh*

So the one shot are tied up, if this Trenderhoof section must be believe, so does this mean the final will all of them at once?

Also, sorry, but I didn't like that you made Sunset a smoker. I really don't see her to be one even during her bad streak, mostly because I don't see even the ponies smoking, at least I think there nether was one portrait in the show as a smoker. Nonetheless didn't like this part.


This was silly and great. I think I had as much fun reading about Sunset's performance as she had performing it.

I love Sunsarity, although Sunlight is my mlp OTPs.

Wondering if that last mystery one would be Sunset x Sunset...

I really enjoyed this , kinda want more to this story

I didn't think that Sunset would look (dare I say) *dashing* in a suit. It's a complete shame that there's only one Sunset in the multiverse...

I'm waiting for how this guy is gonna handle SunPie. Cause out of all the Sunset ships, that's the only one you probably have never seen. It would be rather interesting, to be honest.

I've never been into the Sunarity ship, or most of the other ships containing Sunset and the Humane 6, except for Sunset and Sci-Twi, but mostly Pony Twilight. But I really did enjoy this, it was a nice change of pace for me. Reading Sunset's, or Dusk's interactions with Rarity were nice to read, and made for a lot of good moments, especially their moment in the Hotel Room. And that ending is very sweet.

I agree with Rarity, after reading this, I may have reconsidered. :raritywink:

Good job with this story, Oroboro. Can't wait for the next story tomorrow!

This was always my favorite Sunset ship after Sundagio.

7581179 So agreed, I really just.. do not care about shipping, at all, and tend to avoid any fic with 'romance' in the tags unless I know there is more to it then that, but one that is clearly a romance first and foremost? Pass.

Except, he does it SO WELL! makes the romance work and not feel contrived or stupid like usually happens. I'm not "I ship it" because of them, still don't care about that, but I do love these stories for just being great stories. Though have to admit I like the AJ one a lot more then this one.

I'll be honest here, I think the shipping angle really hurt the story for me. It worked great as a wacky situation fic, but then it takes a rather abrupt and (to me) unwelcome turn towards the romance later on that felt really out of place with the tone it had before. The shipping just felt so tacked on. I think the story would have been substantially better if it hadn't put the shipping in at all.

7581266 Well that kind of would have removed the whole point of the story.

I do agree it's not quite as well done as the AJ one, mostly because it's all from Sunset's POV, while the realization and growing feelings that led to the romance were all on Rarity's end. Leading to Sunset basically being "Eh why not" about it. It does kind of mute the emotional investment, but the whole romance was the point and, without that.. it's not even 'wacky' enough to be a solid story. Still well done overall though. And the story does show Rarity's growing thoughts well, everything works great, just harder to get emotionally invested in like it's presented. But, still a valid approach and one I can get why others would enjoy more then I did.


That's one of the things that has me interested in the series. I'm really curious to see if these little references are just that (much like a past event occurring in all the different paths of a visual novel, as you suggested) or actually leading to a harem scenario. Of course, they've been extremely well done and enjoyable enough that I'd keep reading them even without that, but the extra little bit of curiosity it inspires certainly helps. Also, I really want to see how some of the pairings will be handled. I've seen some fics that ship Sunset with certain members of the Humane Six before, and obviously there are plenty of SunLight fics, but I honestly can't say I've seen her paired with, say, Pinkie Pie. So I'm honestly kind of excited to see how they set that one up and play it out.

...on the subject of visual novels, the image of Sunset in a suit really gives me Fate/Zero Saber vibes. I honestly haven't seen any of the girls I know wearing men's suits before, but a lot of female characters in anime/games/VNs seem to wear men's clothes even better than the male characters. Saber, Lightning, Sunset...man, those ladies look sharp in a suit.

Sunset's friends ask her for help with a lot of things. Pretending to be Rarity's boyfriend at her cousin's wedding is a new one. It can't be that hard, right?

Unless she has small flat titties, I think it actually is quite hard.

I dread to think what else they ask her for help with after this.

7581092 One sunset? Are...you are joking, right? Or do you have problems?


I'm not surprised. Sunset's so hot she can turn straight woman gay for her.

7581458 Of course I am kidding!

7581516 Because unless someone blew up the sun in one universe, I think they all do have a sunset.

7581455 what, you've never heard of binding? even a loose shirt would do a lot, as long as they're not hanging free and bouncing against it.

7581552 I bet you've done plenty of 'binding' yourself, haven't you?

We got ourselves a lady player here, folks. What is this man's kinks? We may never know because we aren't really asking him.


I you want someone to pretend to be a boy at a wedding, go the safe route and take Scootaloo or Gilda

First thing that popped into my head when I saw the cover picture.

'Cause every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed mare man

Sweet. :twilightsmile:

I noticed some redundant/missing words:

Come on, Rarity, you know me better than than that

A lot more magic, as understand it.

She flicked off the bedside lamp, and began bury herself in the covers.

7581709 Except she wants a date, and Scoots is way to young to sell it, and we don't know where or who EQG Gilda is.

RD could pull it off, but she sucks at acting and would be bored out of mind there.

Amazing fan fic. Really enjoyed it.

I think I was looking forward to this one the most. And it did not disappoint! Though now I'm confused, are all these set in the same continuum?

That was really sweet- and it hit me RIGHT in the favorite fanfic tropes. Fake dating is my jam ooooooooh my god I love it

7581591 you're deflecting my logical points with personal attacks...I'm going to count this as a "Win." even though it wasn't meant to be an argument.

I've watched girls go from "D-cup" to "bishonen" in under a minute. It's not hard at all. Uncomfortable, but not difficult.

I highly recommend you stop the antagonism. The little red down-marks are not going to make anyone take you seriously.

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