• Published 25th Dec 2016
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The Last Day of Christmas - Deathscar


Sunset, having just finished the last day of school, is prepared to spend another Christmas alone. However, as she exits Canterlot High, she's greeted by a familiar face. One who comes bearing the most important gift Sunset might ever receive.

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The Last Day of Christmas

Sunset pushed her locker closed with a soft thud. She glanced around at the hallways of CHS and gave a soft sigh. Never had she seen the school quite so empty, especially when it had just barely passed 3 p.m.

She moved towards the main hall and just like the rest of Canterlot High, there wasn’t a single soul present.

All of them are probably home already. Snuggled up all cozy and…

Sunset quickly shook her head to knock out the thoughts. It was just a few days before Christmas and she was determined to let nothing sour her mood. She pushed the front door open and immediately, the winter chill soared past her. Quickly, she slid on her coat and gloves before venturing outside.

Snow had fallen from the sky, creating small mounds along the road from CHS. Sunset descended the steps, hearing it crunch with every step she took. A soft smile emerged from her lips once she reached the pavement.

No one’s around. So…

“Ha...ya!” Sunset reeled her right leg back and delivered a forceful kick to a nearby pile of icy white powder. It was an action that provided her some much needed relief when a day had gone bad. There was something about the feeling of kicking a pile of snow or leaves that made her feel powerful. Like an adventure heroine from the books Rainbow Dash would not stop ranting about.

“You want another? Well you asked for it! Hi—” She reeled up for another kick, when a giggle froze her in place. Sunset turned to see the source, and spotted Twilight leaning against the statue with a hand over her mouth.

“Nice to see you haven’t changed,” Twilight strolled up to Sunset, laughing once more when she noticed her blushing cheeks.

“T-Twilight! What are the chances you just came through the portal and aren’t giggling at me?” Sunset lowered her foot slowly, feeling a red hot wave of embarrassment melt away any feeling of cold.

“The probability of that would be… low.” Taking a seat on a nearby bench, Twilight tapped the space beside her softly.

“How low?” Sunset asked, taking a seat beside her friend.

"0%."

Sunset rolled her eyes with a smirk, before delivering a soft punch to Twilight’s arm.

“Ow! Hey! I was laughing cause I do it too!” Twilight spoke through staggered giggles.

“Really now? The Princess of Friendship kicks piles of snow in the air?” Sunset crossed her arms in disbelief.

“Well in my case I levitate them, create several snowballs and fire them at Rainbow Dash but yes!”

Sunset gave a laugh of her own before speaking. “What’re you here for, Twilight? Isn’t it almost Hearth’s Warming Eve for you?”

“Mmhm! Decorations are all being set up! The castle is looking beautiful. There’s a giant tree in our main foyer and Starlight is celebrating it with us! It’s going to be amazing!” Twilight extended her arms into the air as she spoke.

“Right. I remember you writing to me how you got your own castle and your own student!” Sunset paused, the playful smirk vanishing from her face. “Wow, I guess it never really occurred to me how much you achieved in such a short time. Guess you really are Princess Celestia’s prized pupil.”

The sadness in Sunset's voice was all too obvious to Twilight. Quickly, she darted her hand forward and placed a finger upon Sunset’s glowing necklace. “I’m not the only one.”

Sunset glanced down at the pendant and gave a tiny smile. She grasped Twilight’s hand softly before nodding several times. “Yeah, I guess you’re right.”

Twilight retracted her hand before continuing her explanation, “I came back because I was wondering if you’d like to join us for Hearth’s Warming? In Equestria?”

Sunset thought for a second before shaking her head. “Nah. I’d rather celebrate Christmas here. It’s actually pretty nice. And with the snow and the spirit the people carry here, it’s not too different from Hearth’s Warming back home.”

A soft sigh escaped Twilight's lips. “I know. I just… I thought it’d be worth a try.”

“Hey, that doesn’t mean I don’t wanna spend time with you, Twi.” Sunset shifted herself closer to her friend, smiling wide. “I’m just…”

“Not ready.” Twilight finished Sunset’s sentence, running her gloved hands over one another, “I know. I know. Well, in that case, here you go.” Reaching into her bag, she pulled out a green present which had been wrapped with a bright purple bow.

Sunset sat in stunned silence. It took her a few seconds before she reached forward and grabbed the box from Twilight's hands. "Twilight… I… I don’t know what to—”

“What is it people say here? Married Christmas?” Almost immediately, Sunset's laughter filled the air and soon enough, Twilight joined in as well. “I got it wrong, didn’t I?”

Once Sunset had regained some composure, she corrected Twilight with a wide grin, “it’s Merry Christmas, Twilight. And thank you. Can I open it now?”

“Of course! Go right ahead!”

Sunset pulled the bow at the top, watching the ribbon fall nicely onto her lap. She lifted the top of the box and was immediately greeted with several items.

“What did you do? Buy half the store?” she joked.

“Well, not all of them are from me. I asked your friends if they’d like to give you something.”

Sunset reached in, pulling out the first item. “Daring Do and the Cloudstone Curios.” She held the book in her grip and flipped open the cover, spotting writing on the first page.

‘Hey Sunset,
Now that you got your own copy, you have no more excuses! Read it so you can talk about it with Twi and I!
-Your super awesome friend, Dash.’

“Of course, Daring Do from Rainbow. Let’s see… a scarf from Rarity. Fresh cider from AJ.” One at a time, Sunset removed the items from the box, placing them on the bench beside her. “Animal cookies from Fluttershy and Pinkie.” Sunset opened the cloth pouch and passed a cookie to Twilight, who took it with a smile.

“And lastly…” Sunset reached into the bottom of the box and pulled out a large binder. “A… photo album?”

“Take a look inside," Twilight said, chewing the cookie in her mouth.

Flipping the first page open, Sunset’s mouth fell agape when she spotted the pictures. They were all photos from the moments she had had with her friends. From setting up the CHS Musical Showcase all the way to their most recent escapades at Camp Everfree. Every single moment she cherished was now sitting on her lap and the thought left her dumbfounded.

One picture in particular caught her eye. It was her and Sci-Twi seated together on the pier at Camp Everfree, laughing at the camera. She slid the picture out from its place in the book and flipped it to the other side.

Dear Sunset,

I made this album as my way of saying thanks to you.

Thank you for standing beside me. For never leaving my side. Thank you for everything you’ve done and going out of your way to be my best friend. You helped change my life forever, Sunset, and I’ll never forget it.

Cross my heart and hope to fly.
Stick a cupcake in my eye.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to repay the favor.
-Twilight Sparkle (the one that isn’t a magical pony princess!)’

Sunset attempted to hold back the tears welling up in her. She slid the photo back in its place and closed the album.

“You okay, Sunset?” Twilight asked, placing a hand on her shoulder.

“Yeah,” Sunset replied in a shaky voice. “Yeah I’m okay.”

“Good cause there’s one person left that hasn’t given you a present yet.” Twilight smiled, undoing the straps on her gloves and pulling them off.

“Huh? Who?” Sunset turned to face Twilight, who swiftly reached into her bag and pulled out an ornate red box. She extended it towards Sunset, who took it with a perplexed expression on her face.

“Me.”

“You’re not proposing to me already right?”

Twilight covered her mouth as she laughed. “Just open it.”

Sunset lifted the lid of the box, and the sight of the contents made her heart skip a beat.

Inside sat a small yet beautiful pendant. It was made of shining gold and several beautiful gems adorned the front, sparkling in a myriad of colors. However, it wasn’t all of these that stopped Sunset’s heart. It was the engraving present on the face. It consisted of two alicorns flying in a circle around the sun and the moon. Around them were thirty-nine different stars and she immediately knew exactly what this pendant was.

“Twi-Twilight, there must be a mistake. This… this isn’t- this can’t be for me.” Sunset’s emotions were on the verge of overwhelming her. She could barely form the words to make a coherent sentence, much less put her storm of thoughts into words.

Twilight sat closer, placing an arm around her. “No I’m pretty sure I got the right girl.”

Sunset’s hands begun to shook lightly. “Twilight, this is an Equestrian Medal of Honor. Princess Celestia only gives these out to ponies she thinks has made a difference to Equestria.”

“Mmhm, you got all of it right. I don’t see a problem.” Twilight smiled, feeling Sunset’s emotions slowly spread to her. “Turn it around.”

Sunset turned the medal around, reading the engraving out loud. “You’ve made me so proud, Sunset. P-P-Princess… C-Celestia.”

She couldn’t hold the emotions in any longer. Tears flowed from eyes as she dived into Twilight’s arms. She bawled and sobbed loudly into Twilight’s winter coat, wrapping her own arms tightly around her friend’s.

Twilight shut her eyes tight, returning the emotional embrace with a hug of her own. Sunset’s emotions were so powerful, they had started to affect Twilight as well. Small tears started to run down her cheek as Sunset’s sobbing grew with each passing second.

After a few minutes, both of them had managed to regain some of their composure. They broke the hug, staring at each other with warm smiles.

“Twilight, this is- I mean…”

“You’re welcome, Sunset.” Twilight wiped a stray tear from Sunset’s face.

“Come on, let’s go grab some coffee. On me.” Sunset gathered her things and placed them back into the box. All of it, that is, except for the ornate red box. She grasped that tightly in her hand, as if her life depended on it. She stood up, preparing to move off when Twilight’s voice stopped her in her tracks.

“Actually Sunset, I have to get going. My friends are going to need all the help they can get prepping the castle for Hearth’s Warming Eve.” Twilight stood from her seat and walked up to Sunset.

“O-oh, right.” Sunset turned away, frowning.

“Hey.” Twilight used a finger to lift Sunset’s head, meeting her cyan eyes with a smile. “I’ll be back before you know it. And the portal’s always open for you, whenever you’re ready.”

“Right. I just wish you could stay a little longer." Sunset swiped Twilight's gloves from her hands and slowly slipped them on. "So I could repay you for all you’ve done for me.” Without warning, Twilight leaned in, pecking Sunset softly on her cheek.

"There’s nothing to repay. Merry Christmas, Sunset.”

“Merry Christmas, Twilight.”

Twilight waved towards Sunset as she walked towards the portal. With a large grin and a bittersweet heart, Sunset waved back one last time before Twilight disappeared in a flash of light.

Sunset sighed, feeling the silence and loneliness creep up on her once more. She turned to the direction of her home and started the walk back. However, she didn’t take more than five steps before she froze in her tracks.

Lifting her left hand, she stared intently at the tiny red box, a whirlwind of thoughts in her mind.

Slowly, she raised her head, landing her gaze on the portal Twilight had just disappeared into…


Twilight woke up with a loud yawn and ran a hoof through her mane. Groggily, she crawled out of bed and trotted to the kitchen, her eyes opened just enough to see where she was headed. Almost mechanically, she made her way to the kitchen and her horn lit up, wrapping a nearby cup in a bright purple glow.

She took a sip of the hot coffee, smiling wide as she felt energy course through her veins. “This tastes amazing, Spike. Great job on today’s coffee!” Twilight waited for a reply, but none came. She shot her eyes wide open and found the kitchen suspiciously empty. “Spike?”

Trotting slowly throughout the castle, she called Spike’s name several times, though his voice never echoed back. Once she was at the main foyer, Twilight spotted something suspiciously out of place. Underneath the giant pine tree that sat beside the staircases was one small orange and red box.

“Ugh, I thought I told all of them not to put presents till tonight! This’ll mess up the whole secret gift-giving event I have planned!” Twilight mumbled with an irritated expression. She trotted towards the single box and leaned down, preparing to inspect the present when a voice called out from behind her.

“Sorry, your friends didn’t tell me that. But at least you like the coffee.”

Twilight instantly recognized the voice, and she felt as if the air had been knocked out of her lungs. The angered thoughts vanished in an instant, and she felt her hooves shake immensely.

“You know, the alicorn look really suits you.”

With tears flowing from her eyes, she spun around and sure enough, there she was, with that signature smirk on her face. Silence enveloped the two mares for several seconds, broken only by one line.

“Happy Hearth’s Warming, Twilight.”

Author's Note:

I hope you enjoyed this small little tale I wrote and that you have an amazing year ahead of you.

Happy Holidays!

Comments ( 66 )

This was a beautiful story. It perfectly captures the duality of the season for Sunset and it was nice to see all of her work being rewarded.

7817421 Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

God I'm such a sucker for this kind of thing. Thank you! :twilightsmile:

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Well done.

7817668 You're welcome! Thank you for taking the time to read the story! :)


7817671 Thanks so much!

Good job and Merry Christmas!

I came expecting happy fluff.
But I did not give you permission to give me these stronger feels.
:heart:

This is a wonderful story! And Merry Christmas! :twilightsmile:

“You’re not proposing to me already right?”

Pfft, I wish.

Twilight instantly recognized the voice, and she felt as if the air had been knocked out of her lungs. The angered thoughts vanished in an instant, and she felt her hooves shake immensely.

“You know, the alicorn look really suits you.”

With tears flowing from her eyes, she spun around and sure enough, there she was, with that signature smirk on her face. Silence enveloped the two mares for several seconds, broken only by one line.

“Happy Hearth’s Warming, Twilight.”

I like how you never actually specify that it's Sunset who Twilight is talking to here, but we know anyway. Nicely done.

Anyway, this is the best. I appreciate the little shipping elements, but it's really the Equestrian Medal of Honor stuff that's the heart of this story. What an idea. Sunset absolutely deserves this, and if she's not ready to directly reconcile with Celestia yet, that one gesture of approval breaks much of the barrier between them, and is arguably the next best thing, implying pretty quickly that they will be on good terms with each other if they choose to resume their relationship. Sunset arriving in Equestria for the holidays is pretty lovely as well, though it only makes me want to know what happens next! The romantic element - if that's what it is - is subtle and cleverly underplayed, and I appreciate that a lot, though without the Romance tag on there, I'm sort of wondering if that's what you were going for, or if I'm just misinterpreting the signals. It's wonderful either way.

7817702 Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you too!

7817722 I'm sorry, I'll ask for permission next time ;) Thanks for reading!

7817792 Thank you! Merry Christmas to you as well!

7817835 I didn't put the Romance tag cause I didn't want people to know who the stranger was :P. Same reason I didn't put Twilight as the second character. I'm very glad you enjoyed it and glad you appreciated the underplayed elements (and could pick up on it!) ^^ Thanks for reading and the really detailed comment!

I loved this story you sir or madame deserve a favorite and like :raritywink:

Simple, but heartfelt. Nicely done!

Wow, I am glad that I saw this! It was nicely, wellfully, written with those subtle undertexts underlining the story.:twilightsmile:

I do wish it were longer, but that has to do more with I tend to read a lot at one time, and not that it needed more. It was excellent! And no matter what I saw... you did it right! Also don't worry about getting permission to "hit" people in the feels, it was their choice to read the story. Hence making it so that they give consent to whatever rollercoaster they may feel.:pinkiehappy:

Nicely done, dude.

uh why would sunset say the alicorn look suits you to twilight sunset has never seen princess twilight as anything but an alicorn

I love that celestia used her full title on a present to sunset...

She couldn’t hold the emotions in any longer. Tears flowed from eyes as she dived into Twilight’s arms. She bawled and sobbed loudly into Twilight’s winter coat, wrapping her own arms tightly around her friend’s.

I swear I'm not crying I'm watering the inside of my eyelids ...

Good job writing this

That was sweet and, yes, Sunset has earned at least some manner of recognition for all her self-sacrifice in the defence of Harmony.

I'm not used to the Feel Train being this happy! :pinkiehappy:
Happy Hearths Warming to all!

7818064 Thank you very much!

7818059 Sir! And thank you!

7818092 Heh I was joking when I said I would ask for permission, but yes, if you read it you've agreed to the Terms and Conditions! Also I'm really glad you liked the story! Thank YOU for reading it and taking the time to leave a comment! (And catching the subtexts/subplots in the tale!)

7818122 Thanks for reading it man!

7818156 In my head it was told in a sort of playful-joking sorta way. Guess I didn't transfer it well on text :twilightsheepish:

7818211 My idea is that Celestia is still hesistant to put just her name, as she doesn't know how Sunset feels about her in person/pony, as she would only know from Twilight's words. As such, she's not so much declaring she's greater than Sunset with the title, more of 'I'm not sure if you still think me as someone closer'.

7818347 Thank you for reading it. I hope those are good tears. Christmas Spirit tears? :)

7818395 She's definitely earned it that's for sure.

7818408 Happy Hearth's Warming to you as well! Have a great holiday ahead of you!

I'm not crying, I'm telling you that I am not crying! Seriously, I didn't cry but I was close.

Beautiful story and one of the best I have ever read on this site. Twilight and Sunset are best characters ever! I wish the best for you and have a Happy Hearth's Warming and a great Merry Holidays.

7818458 Same to you! Thanks for giving it a chance and giving such glowing praise. Happy Hearth's Warming and happy holidays! Have an awesome celebration ahead of you!

Helluva cute. I like it. Another!!! :pinkiecrazy:

With more shipping this time, if possible :pinkiehappy:

There's NEVER enough shipping! :raritystarry:

7818459 And I mean that when say this is one of the best stories that I have read. If you don't believe me check my profile page for confirmation. And it's Merry Holidays!

Watch this you don't get it.

7818468 Holy crap that was really funny! Merry Holidays! Also, I checked your profile and damn, that's such an honor. Thank you so much for putting it on there with such other great fics!

7818463 Careful, don't hit something in the water as you're shipping!

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By the way, because of how I do ranking your story is #2 on my all-time list, only behind the legendary Fallout Equestria

7818448 definitely, warm fuzzy tears

Comment posted by Lulu Belle deleted Dec 25th, 2016

Good job! Such a beautiful, cute and warm story- even brought me to tears :raritycry: Happy Hearth's Warming! :heart:

7818491 Holy crap damn. That really does mean a lot! Thanks so much!

7818651 Happy Hearth's Warming! :pinkiesmile:

Bravo, good sir. This is a very cute and heartwarming story. This might give me some inspiration for a new year's story. Congrats on the feature, and merry christmas :pinkiehappy:

Cute and heartwarming. Even if I always think that it would take time (and many chapters) for Sunset to come back to Equestria, here, it serves the ending very well.
Also, I like how you keep the romance very low, in this story but also in others, when it's not the main goal. Some people tend to focus to much on it just to have cute and sappy scenes. I understand how it appeals to some readers, but I tend to get annoyed by a story which is delayed by these moments.

And of course, because I have to:

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7818720 Thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you too, and if I can inspire any form of art with this story, I'll be extremely happy.


7818753 Choo choo, here comes the shipping ;)

Simply delightful. A wonderful dash of shipping without being overt. It was subtle and well-crafted. Heck, I was even still guessing if there really was shipping until near the end.

That medal...

You're a jerk for making me cry on Christmas morning. Just so you know. :ajbemused:

And while I would dearly love a sequel, it's better if there's not. Leave the rest to the imagination. All good stories do exactly that. Complete the story, while still allowing the story to continue in the reader's imagination. :twilightsmile:

Well done and I'm very much looking forward to seeing what you whip up for SunLight Sliders!

(Oh! And congratulation on not only getting the Featured Box, but the coveted "Hot" tag as well!)

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A sneaky strike against my feels is it author? Good move and a sweet christmas story you have here. I especially liked the medal of honor scene and, even if it was only implied, the Sunlight pairing is always nice to see and an instant plus in my biased book.

The ending was also every kind of adorable and I'm glad it wasn't me writing as, to Tartarus with the cheesy and clicheness of it, I wouldn't have been able to resist having mistletoe over their heads in that scene. JUST KISS DAMN IT! :twilightsmile:

It's a bit jarring to refer to native human Twilight as Sci-Twi mid-narrative, even though that's her colloquial moniker in the fandom. Minor nit pick, but otherwise beautifully executed.

7818816 Yeah when I saw it was not only in the feature box, but had received the 'Hot' tag as well, I almost freaked in front of my friends on Christmas! So I'm glad I could (mostly) control myself ;) Also Sunlight sliders is such a great idea, I can't wait to see what crazy concoction we all come up with!

7819437 I have a feeling Sunset would be the type to basically hand mistletoe in 500 different places in the castle just so she has an excuse to kiss Twi 500 times.

7819597 Thank you! Yeah I agree on that part, but it's very hard to describe/talk about her without sounding sluggish or jarring. I found Sci-Twi got to the point quickly and moved past it the quickest.

That was a great story, :twilightsmile: You did a wonderful job with this little one shot :ajsmug: It was just enough to put closer to the story but also open to a sequel if you want to, though you don't have to. :raritystarry: You also didn't bog down the story with details but still got the point across :raritywink: Bravo you did a awesome job, thanks for the wonderful short :twilightsmile:

7819712 you must write a sequel!

7820498 Thank you so much for the compliments! I won't be writing a sequel, though I'm not stopping others from doing so! I left it open specifically for that purpose!

7820504 Thank you Captain!

7820530 Sadly I won't, though I'm not stopping other writers from writing it. If they wanna go for it, they got my best wishes!

Nice.:yay:
Sweet.:twilightsmile:
Fav'ed.:pinkiehappy:

Oh, this was so SWEET! Really well done! :pinkiehappy:

Good... but needs more explosions.

7821267 Thank you!

7821980 Aww thanks so much!

7822034 I'm afraid that can't be accommodated for this story :P

This is such a positive story, I couldn't think of anything better for the holiday season! It kept me smiling through the entire story. Some nice Sunlight certainly brightened it up as well:raritywink: Thank you for the lovely story!

7822919 You're welcome! Glad it could brighten your day!

That was such a sweet story.

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