• Published 17th Jun 2017
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A Ray of Sunlight - BChunter426

Twilight has just transferred to CHS, she's nervous to start at this new school, but a red and yellow haired girl makes the transition easier.

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Christmas Party

The break was going well for Sunset. She was able to spend more time with her friends and go out on more dates with Twilight. She rarely thought about the upcoming semester with all the distractions the holidays provided. This night in fact, she was with the Sparkles walking through the Christmas Village the city set up. Local businesses had displays built inside sheds with large windows for viewing. Scenes of Christmas and winter delighted children and adults alike.

They were approaching the display belonging to the police department. Inside a jail cell was a stuffed Grinch plush reaching for the keys attached to a sleeping elf guard's belt. On the walls were wanted posters with the mugshots of other fictional villains. Some Christmas themed others from kids shows and movies.

"They'll never catch Maleficent. She's too crafty for them." Sunset remarked.

"You think so? I'd put money on them catching her before getting near the Joker." Twilight said.

"Pffft! He gets caught by Batman all the time." Sunset scoffed.

"True, but that's Batman. When's the last time you saw the police catch him unless he had a plan that involved getting caught?"

"You're both wrong, the obvious choice of last to be caught is Him." Shining Armor interjected.

"Who?" Twilight looked at the mugshots trying to figure out who he was talking about.

"Him! You know, from Powerpuff Girls."

They looked at him.

"I don't have to defend myself to you, it was a good show." He crossed his arms.

They walked around, taking in the lights and displays, keeping an eye out for the displays for Sweet Apple Acres and Carousel Boutique. The former showed elves picking apples from a snow covered apple tree with a bucket filled with apples at the base. While the latter depicted a woman in an elegant dress and a snowman in a gown on a catwalk with a few elf photographers pointing cameras at them. They laughed at the comedic displays and took pictures of them.

"Oh look at this one." Cadence said, pulling Shining Armor to the display of a local wedding planner. "I like what they did."

Inside was a Nightmare Before Christmas wedding between Jack and Sally with the other residents of Halloween town in attendance.

"Yeah, it's really creative." Shining agreed.

"Subtle." Sunset said just loud enough for Twilight to hear.

She elbowed her playfully. "I think it's sweet."

"Do you think he picked up on it?"

Twilight squinted at her brother. "Hard to say, he can be a little oblivious. I hope he did though, I would love it if Cadence became my sister in law!"

"That would be pretty great. I like Cadence." She mused.

Sunset reflected back to the conversation she'd had with Velvet and Cadence earlier that evening.

Velvet asked her to join her in the master bedroom so they could talk. That already put Sunset on edge, she started going through everything she could want to talk to her about. She and Twilight hadn't done anything past making out so it couldn't be "the talk". She entered the room and turned to see both Velvet and Cadence.

Confused, she asked. "Am I in trouble?"

"Flash's mom told me about what happened at the dance the other day at lunch."

Dammit, I didn't think about that. Sunset thought. She's going to ask me to stop dating Twilight.

"Oh, she did?" Her heart started beating faster.

The two women enveloped her between them.

"We're so sorry that happened to you." Cadence told her.

"How do you know about it?" Sunset asked.

"I joined Velvet and her friend. She wanted to meet me."

"Midnight feels just awful for you. And wanted me to tell you she's sorry those girls did that to you."

"Did you go to the principal?" Cadence asked.

"No, I didn't go the last few days of the semester. I was afraid to go back."

"Do you want me to come and put the fear into some kids. I think I can still pass as a high schooler so I shouldn't raise too much suspicion." Cadence offered.

Sunset felt she was serious. "No, I think I can handle it. Besides, we can't have you getting sent away. Who knows what Shining Armor would do without you." Sunset teased.

"You've got a point. Just know I was serious. Nobody messes with my girl Sunset and gets away with it."

Sunset understood then why Twilight was so fond of Cadence. She had a way of naturally stepping into the roll of a loving older sister.

"I would like to ask you about what was in the video." Velvet said sternly. "I understand essentially what was there. I just need a guarantee that that is all behind you."

"It is. You don't have to worry about that."

She smiled. "Good. I hope you understand I'm just looking out for my daughter."

"I understand. I'd be doing the same if I was in your shoes."

"Let's get back out there. I'm sure Twilight is worrying up a storm." Cadence said before putting an arm around Sunset's shoulders.

Back in the present the family was passing by "Santa's Castle". The castle was relatively small with a red and white paint job. The jolly "Ho Ho Ho" of Santa Claus traveled out of the festive structure.

"Do you remember the first time we brought Twilight to see Santa?" Velvet said, leaning against her husband as they passed the building.

"How could I forget, she was so scared. The first picture we got of her with Santa and she has a look of terror on her little face." Nightlight laughed.

"I have to see that picture!" Sunset beamed.

"Remind me when we get back. I have a lot of pictures I think you'd enjoy." Velvet said

"No, I don't think Sunset would want to see my baby pictures." Twilight said.

Sunset stopped in her tracks. She turned Twilight toward her and took her hands in her own.

"Twilight, sweetie, there is nothing I want to see more."

The others laughed heartily as Twilight protested in vain. They continued their journey through the holiday displays. Sunset marveled at the work that went into all of them. She hadn't been to Christmas Village since she was little. She was discussing her favorite Christmas movies with Twilight when the next display came into view.

"I love that movie too! I want a leg lamp of my own one day. I wonder if you can buy those anywhere." Sunset stopped and stared at the scene held within.

After Sunset's brain processed what she was seeing she let out a bizarre sound that was a mix between a shocked gasp and a laugh. The sound startled Twilight who turned to see what she was laughing at.

"Oh no." She said attempting to stifle her own laughter.

The display was commissioned by the local library. It depicted who she assumed to be Ebenezer Scrooge reading a book with Tiny Tim perched upon his lap. There appeared to be a mechanism that allowed the chair to slowly rock back and forth. It would have been a touching scene were it not for the fact that Scrooge's head was laying behind the chair. Apparently the head had not been properly secured and had come loose at some point.

"I think I found my favorite display." Sunset said after getting herself under control.

Shortly after the headless Scrooge it was time to go home. Back at the house Velvet was ready with photo albums of Twilight. Sunset loved the picture with Santa and made Twilight hold it up next to her pouty face so she could get a picture of her own. Shining Armor had a good laugh at his sister's expense until Velvet revealed his own photo album to show Cadence.

Once the embarrassment session ended, Twilight walked Sunset out to her car. Twilight climbed into the passenger seat so they could say goodnight. After a minute or two Twilight pulled herself away from Sunset's lips and detangled her fingers from her hair.

"By the way, I've been meaning to ask. What are your plans for Christmas?" She asked.

"My uncle and I are going to see my mom actually. We're leaving early Christmas Day." She admitted.

"Oh, how about Christmas Eve?" Twilight asked.

"Free as a bird! Why? What's up?"

"I was hoping you'd be able to come to our Christmas party."

"Consider me there." She said cheerfully.

"Great! I'll text you the details later."

They said goodnight a little longer, up until Velvet texted her daughter.

"Wrap it up sweetheart. Tell Sunset it was lovely to have her join us tonight."

They laughed, but obeyed. Sunset watched her significant other enter the house before turning her key.

A few days later, Sunset was anxiously driving to Twilight's house on Christmas Eve. The weight of getting to meet more of Twilight's family was setting in. Twilight had informed her to bring a silly gift for her family's gift exchange. She had stopped at the local thrift store and bought a small plush bear with a haunting porcelain human child's face. She hoped it would make people laugh.

When she arrived there were already several cars in the driveway. She grabbed her bizarre gift and made her way inside. She was greeted warmly by Shining Armor.

"Hey Sunset, welcome to the party. Just set your gift with the others in the family room. Twily's in there waiting for you."

"Thanks!" She smiled.

She waved at Velvet who was scooping orange sherbet into a punch bowl. Velvet beckoned her over and gave her a hug.

"Merry Christmas Sunset! I'm happy you could join us tonight." Velvet said cheerfully.

"Merry Christmas! Thanks for inviting me." She glanced at the bowl of liquid. "What's that?"

"It's called Christmas punch. We make it every year. It's cherry seven-up, orange-pineapple juice and orange sherbet. Here, have a glass." She ladled some into a plastic cup.

"That's really good! I might drink this all by myself." She joked.

She went to the family room and scanned the room of faces. There was a stern looking woman sitting in a chair against the wall. Sunset deduced this was Twilight's aunt Pearl Blossom. There was a boy about her age who Sunset assumed was pearl's son Swift Spark. Sitting in an overstuffed chair was Twilight's grandmother, Scarlet Harmony her face covered in laugh lines. She saw the large family of Twilight's other aunt Gem sitting next to her husband. All six kids were neatly dressed, the oldest looking no older than ten.

She saw Twilight playing with a little girl on the couch. She walked over and took her spot next to her girlfriend. She resisted the urge to kiss her since she didn't know how the rest of her family was about gay people.

"Glad you could make it!" Twilight said while giving her a hug.

Sunset looked at the child playing with a dinosaur toy at their feet.

"Who's this?" She said.

"This is my little cousin Lemon Drop." Twilight ruffled the girl's hair.

Lemon's cheeks puffed defiantly.

"I'm not that little, I'm five! Plus, also I'm in kindergarten! I got a star on my drawing." She folded her arms proudly.

"Did you? That's awesome!" Sunset praised.

She held out her hand for a high five. Which Lemon joyously responded to.

"Are you going to introduce us to your friend?" Scarlet asked with a smile.

"Oh sorry." She stood and motioned to Sunset. "Everyone, this is Sunset."

She introduced everyone in the room.

"Where's uncle Onyx?" She asked after realizing he was absent.

"Sorry, nature called, didn't mean to keep everyone waiting." A jovial voice said from the kitchen landing. "The party can recommence!"

"There he is. Onyx, this is Sunset." Twilight said.

"And how do you know my niece?" He asked, shaking her hand.

"Oh, um we're friends from school. I didn't have any plans tonight so she invited me to join you all."

"Well we're happy to have you." The mustache above his lip shaping with his smile.

"Nice porn-stache." She joked.

Sunset immediately went rigid, realizing what she had said. Out of the corner of her eye she saw his wife visibly bristle. There were several seconds where the room went silent. Those seconds gave Sunset just enough time to panic.

Just then Onyx burst out in laughter.

"This one's quick witted. I like her."

She breathed a sigh of relief. "So you're Velvet's brother? She's told me a couple stories from your childhood."

"Well I hope I didn't come out looking too terrible." He grinned.

Sunset and Onyx talked for a little bit. They got along instantly, their personalities meshing easily. She asked how he had met his wife, and he shared the story of how Pearl had been one of Velvet's closest friends in high school. He eventually worked up the courage to ask her out and they've been together ever since. He told her about his profession as a police officer, stating it was mostly issuing speeding tickets and kicking out young couples from parking lots.

"I actually grew the mustache as a joke. But I got enough compliments on it that I decided to keep it around." He told her.

"Well it works. A mustache is a hard thing to pull off." She said.

"Eh, enough wax and I think I can get it in one." He joked

Twilight was so happy to see them getting along. Onyx was one of her favorite family members. She loved hearing the stories of his wild child past. Sunset even managed to cause her normally serious aunt Pearl to crack a smile.

The evening wore on, drawing nearer to the white elephant gift exchange. Sunset was returning from the kitchen with a glass of eggnog for herself and Twilight. Waiting at the threshold to the family room was Twilight's cousin Swift Spark.

The two of them had gotten to know each other throughout the night. He was on his school's football team. A bit of a bro, but not in a bad way. He made eye contact with her as she carefully made her way toward the room, making sure not to spill the holiday drink.

"Hey," He said smoothly. "Notice anything?"

He glanced up at the ceiling. Sunset followed his gaze. Hanging there was the cause of so many awkward holiday interactions, mistletoe.

"Whadaya say?" He arched an eyebrow at her.

"I say, I'm flattered, but no thank you." She told him. Hoping to shut down any further advances.

"You sure? I've been told I'm a great kisser." He persisted.

"I'm good." She smirked, moving past him.

"Oof, my ego." He joked. "But I had to give it a try. You're really cute."

Sunset couldn't help but smile at his persistence. "Flattery will get you nowhere with me. Good try though."

She handed the eggnog to Twilight, sitting down next to her. Twilight was playing with Lemon, who had a handful of toys in front of her. Sunset joined in their game, she liked Lemon Drop. Her feisty attitude reminded her of herself.

"You could do a lot worse than him." Onyx said clapping his son on the shoulder.

"He is very handsome." Pearl added. She had taken a liking to Sunset and wouldn't mind if she dated her boy.

"I'm seeing someone already." She told them

Twilight perked up, wondering what Sunset would say next.

"Are you actually? Or are you just letting me down easy?" Swift Spark asked.

"I really am. And before you come up with some new line. I'm very happy with them. They're the greatest thing to come into my life."

"Looks like you better set your sights on someone else." Onyx said. "She's well and truly smitten."

The family of three started talking amongst themselves. Sunset took this time while they were distracted to shoot Twilight a wink which caused her to blush.

"What about you Twilight? Anyone special in your life?" Pearl asked.

"Yeah, there's someone I like. I met them when I started school and developed a huge crush."

"Well I hope he sees you for how great you are soon." Onyx said encouragingly

"Maybe." She glanced toward Sunset who flashed a quick grin.

Her cousin went back to sweet talking Sunset. While Twilight knew he had no chance, she still couldn't help but feel pangs of jealousy at how she smiled at his flirting.

"Alright, stop hitting on my friend you creep." She said jokingly.

"Hey, don't hate the player, hate the game."

The pair rolled their eyes at him. Twilight stood.

"Hey Sunset, come with me, there's something I want to show you." She said.

"Can I come too?" Lemon asked.

"Wait here for us." Twilight responded. "We'll be right back."

They exited the room and went up the stairs to Twilight's room. Twilight carefully shut the door behind them.

"What did y-"

Sunset's words were cut short by Twilight's lips meeting hers.

"Hi." Sunset said once the kiss was broken.

"Hi." Twilight giggled. "Sorry, it's been killing me not being able to kiss you all night. Not being able to hold your hand." She kissed Sunset's hand as she said this. "I wish my family wasn't so traditional and wouldn't make a big thing of it."

Sunset hugged her. "I know, but I don't want to make things uncomfortable for your family. Not the first time I meet them. Besides, I think I'm winning them over."

Twilight smiled and gave her a quick peck.

"I do actually have something to show you though." Twilight said.

She guided Sunset to her bed, and went about rummaging through her backpack. She pulled out their pictures from the dance.

"I meant to give you these a while ago, but I kept forgetting." She told Sunset.

"We look so good!" Sunset said excitedly. "Thank you babe."

The couple embraced once more. Just then there was a knock at the door. It was Velvet telling them to come back down for the white elephant exchange.

Author's Note:

Fun fact: Some of the displays mentioned in this story are actual displays in the Christmas village in my city. Including the Scrooge one.