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A retelling of Sunset Shimmer's redemption, starting from the night of the Fall Formal and going through the events immediately following the Friendship Games.

Disclaimer: I own none of this source material. MLP: FIM and Equestria Girls belong to Hasbro, and I will not profit from this fanfic financially in any way.

Sex tag is only for brief discussions of sexuality and issues of modesty. There is no actual sexual content.

Author's notes: I've been working on this story for over a year. I'll admit it contains a lot of elements that appear commonly in other Sunset stories -- this is just my take on it. I'll try to give credit where credit is due -- although nearly every idea in this story occurred to me independently, others have actually published stories using many of them first.

The thrust of the story is to take material written for ages say 10-13 (i.e. the EQG movies/shorts/specials) and age it up to make it more dramatic and meaningful. Probably my favorite thing to write was the conversations that must have taken place, both in the human world and in Equestria, but that aren't depicted in any movie or book.

Full Disclosure: Sunset's friends play their usual crucial roles in her redemption and growth, but this is a Momlestia/Lunauntia story too. And there is no shipping. Romance isn't Sunset's priority as she crawls out of the darkness of her former life. Yet.

I had to add the AU tag after Forgotten Friendship came out. Up until then, this story was fairly canon-compatible. Now, it diverges a bit.

Good-natured warning: Feels. Lots of feels.

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Comments ( 616 )

It you are going to put romance in this story, will it it be Sunlight? I mean of course Sunset Shimmer with Princess Twilight right?

I think you're good as long as you Don't quote the entire song. A line or two shouldn't hurt, should you want to do a deleted scene.

“Ah hope you’re right, Rarity,” Applejack answered. “Because if we have to rebuild Sunset Shimmer from the ground up, we’re gonna need a lot of wisdom.”

Ain't that a truth.

Comment posted by Sotharan deleted Mar 1st, 2018
Comment posted by Sotharan deleted Mar 1st, 2018

It's kinda long. People might (hopefully) be still reading...

Romance will be for the sequel, and I won’t reveal any shipping ahead of time

Comment posted by Sotharan deleted Mar 1st, 2018

Good. I wanted it to be...I hope that means you liked it!

I haven't even finished reading yet, I'm only three chapters in. But I can already tell I'm going to be reading for the rest of the night. I can't put this down!! Thank you so much for taking all that time to write this story, a proper novel-length story, about this topic. It's an incredible achievement and very well-written to boot. Congratulations. You deserve my follow! (And is it alright if I advertise this story on my user page? It definitely deserves more attention!)

Some advice, your story is likely not going to get many views or upvotes, even if it’s good, because of how you dumped it. Putting a 200k word story up all at once means it will briefly appear under new postings and then disappear never to reach front page again leaving most to never see it. In order to maximize the number of people who could see and read it, post it one chapter at a time spaced days apart on a consistent schedule, since it’s already completed, and that way it will appear under updates every time you add a chapter. This will give it the most front page time and allow more people to notice, read and vote on it. The more votes also plays a role in how many people read it. It would be a shame for you to work over a year on this story and it not have a chance because of how people find stories on this site. Just some advice to make sure your story gets that chance.

I love a good Sunset road to redemption story and this was one of the best I've read. This is going into Favorites and i look forward to the sequel.

Wow... there was a lot of top-notch stuff in this chapter. I really, really like your version of Nightmare Moon in the EG-verse.

This was really good stuff. I like Pinkie, and I especially like scenes that give her more depth. :twilightsmile:

Suddenly Fluttershy stood up. “I’m just going to power my nose. I’ll be right back.” She disappeared into the bathroom.


“Hopefully it’s not going to be every night.”

Murphy is a bastard.

“I think this is the real you, Sunny. And if you lose yourself again, or we lose you, we’ll come find you. Through hell or high water.”

From highest heaven to lowest hell, We. Will. Find. You. Sunset Shimmer

“I don’t know, but I’m certainly not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.”


Thanks! It's similar to a couple others, but I think I made it bad without making it unrecoverable. And it was fun to depict how the sisters made up.

As I say in the Author's Notes, I was pleasantly surprised how PInkie pretty much wrote herself. She and that fourth wall...

I'm tempted to leave it like that, since it's kinda funny...but I'll fix it. Thanks!

Lol, that joke happened to me and Rarity at the same time. I had her say it, then I realized how bad a joke it would be given that Sunset's...well, equine, so I had to make Rarity embarrassed about it and have the other girls laugh.

Thank you so much -- I'm flattered, in large part because I've enjoyed your stories as well.

Please feel free to advertise. Thanks so much for the support!

Wow, I finally finished and I feel so satisfied. This story just kept getting better and better. I will advertise it for sure!!

And with that truly depressing thought, Sunset harshly resolved never to bring up her guitar playing ability to her friends. But a part of her had to admit – she hoped they’d at least ask her. Someday.

Ouch. Nice work though; I could totally see Sunset coming to such a conclusion.

I really liked the scene with Octavia and Celestia. That was really well-done. :twilightsmile:

Awww... :pinkiehappy: This was really good stuff. I liked the scene with Rarity and Sunset (you make a good point, they do have some similarities between them) and the stuff with Applejack was great!

“A game ball signed by Hat Trick herself? Sunset, she’s the star of the U.S. National Team! How did you get this?”

“Oh, I have ways. And it’s not just any game ball. That’s the ball she used to score the winning goal against Maretonia in the World Cup quarterfinals last year.”

Rainbow’s eyes almost popped out of their sockets. She was speechless at first, then: “I watched that happen live! SUNSET. HOW. DID. YOU. DO. THIS?”

This made me laugh. XD

Ouch. Poor Sunset here. It must have been a knife in the heart to have Celestia and Luna brainwashed by the Dazzlings.

Well, I would like to see Sunset time with her family as another story.~

Reading this far, I love the story! I'll continue reading it till the end.

All right, I took me two (2) days, but I finish the story.... And it was worth it. This story kept me reading, over and over until I finish it. I loved every moment, there was tears, laughter, and many emotions. I loved it, plain and simple. And it makes me want to wait for more stories from you,too. And I will wait, because you gain an fan!~

Great conclusion and aftermath to the Rainbow Rocks story. :twilightsmile: This has been such a great story!

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