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Equestria Girls: Two Sunsets - moviefan-92



CHS is having a talent show, and the girls are eager to join. But then the human Sunset Shimmer suddenly appears. They try to befriend her, but she's shy and reserved, and seems to be hiding something magic. Is she evil like her counterpart once was?

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Chapter 4: Sunset Undercover

Author's Note:

So who spotted the references and fourth wall breaks last time? They'll be plenty more of those. There was also some foreshadowing for season two of Better Together. What's going to happen when the two Sunset's actually meet? You'll have to stay tuned to find out. So, this chapter is a little shorter than the other three, but still a decent length. It was at this point that one of my readers at FanFiction suggested I also post this story here, so now I'm all caught up. From here on out, I will be posting a new chapter every other Wednesday unless I say otherwise in an Author's Note, so keep a look out.

Disclaimer: I own nothing.


Equestria Girls and other human world residents: …Normal Font…

Mane Six, human Sunset Shimmer, and other Equestria residents: …Italicized Font…

Chapter 4: Sunset Undercover

Coming on the weekend had been the right decision. Now she wouldn't need to worry about a bunch of students who knew her but who she didn't know interacting with her. That had been a little too strange.

That wasn't to say that there was no one around. Despite it being the weekend, there were still a few students at the school, mostly for club activities. Sunset did her best to ignore them and tried to pretend that she was no one out of the ordinary as she explored the school, but a few still gave her a friendly hello as if they knew her. She ignored them for the most part and continued on with her search.

Much to her disappointment, most of the rooms in the school were locked. She supposed that made sense though since there was no reason for them to be open without any classes going on.

To her much greater disappointment, she found that the school, for the most part, was nothing out of the ordinary. It seemed, for all intents and purposes, to be just an ordinary high school. There were no signs of magic anywhere. In fact, the only peculiar thing about the place seemed to be the students who knew her. Was it, perhaps, not the school that was magical, but the students?

Sunset's hand came up and stroked her choker. That couldn't be the case. If the students had been exhibiting any special power, then she would have detected it. Unfortunately, she had been too distracted the previous day by the fact that so many people knew her that she had forgotten to check. Today though, she had checked on the students she came across, but received no indication that they had any magic.

"There's got to be something here," she muttered to herself. "With all those stories… there has to be. But where?"

Growing impatient, she began marching through the school. She paused, however, when she passed the principal's office. She stared at the door for a few moments before a smirk crept up her face. If there was magic here, then the principal's office might be a good place to find some.

Predictably, it was locked, and Sunset sighed in aggravation. She paused for a moment before glancing left, the right. Deciding that the coast was clear, she reached into her pocket and pulled out a hairpin. Dropping to her knees, she went about picking the lock, occasionally looking around to make sure no one came upon her breaking into the principal's office.

It took a minute or two, but there was the sudden click as the door unlocked. Smirking, Sunset opened the door and slipped inside, her excitement rising at what she might find. However, she was once again disappointed to find that it looked like an ordinary principal's office. No magic items, no books of spells, nothing to indicate that anything was out of the ordinary, and no amount of snooping was getting her anywhere.

"If not in the principal's office, then where?" she wondered out loud.

As she rummaged through the drawers of principal's desk, she was about to call it quits when she finally came across something that caught her attention. It was a signup sheet, for a talent show from the looks of it. She would have missed it had it not been the last one, but there, at the bottom of the page, was her name.

Sunset stared. Why was her name here? And why was she grouped with these other girls called the Rainbooms? The name sounded familiar, like some band she's heard of, but never actually listen to. And who were these other girls she was grouped with? She didn't recognize any of the names.

"Ok, is this school about predicting the future?" she asked to the empty room, revisiting her psychic power theory. "Do I join the school and get to know everyone here in the future? Is that how everyone knows me?"

Growing fed up with her lack of progress, she shoved the clipboard back into the desk and left the principal's office. She decided that she might as well check the vice principal's office as well, but found that it was locked too. That wouldn't be a problem though, and she reached into her pocket for the hairpin, but stopped. She had come here searching for magic, but it might also be a good opportunity to practice some magic too.

Reaching up, she ran her fingers over the gems on her chocker. They glowed with power, and then her fingers began glowing as well. She pointed her glowing fingers at the doorknob and made a twirling motion. The door unlocked, and Sunset smiled to herself; that had been much easier than picking the lock.

Much to her annoyance, she found even less in the vice principal's office than she did in the principal's. The most interesting thing was a picture of the same two women that was also found in the principal's office. Despite their different completions, the two women looked alike, as if they could be sisters. Were the principal and the vice principal siblings or some other form of relatives? That was… interesting.

Deciding that she wouldn't be finding anything useful, she carefully slipped out of the office. But upon closing the door and turning around, she was startled to find a gray-skinned girl with shoulder-length lavender hair standing behind her. The girl's eyes were hooded, and she had a blank, uninterested look on her face.

"Hi, Sunset," she greeted in an emotionless, bored tone. "I saw you and decided to say hi… Hi."

And yet another person who knew her, but this time, Sunset was more concerned over the fact that she had just been caught sneaking out of the empty vice principal's office. "Yeah, hi… Um, I guess you're wondering why I was in the vice principal's office, right?"

She gave the girl a nervous grin, but she didn't appear the least bit interested. "No, not really," she deadpanned. Reaching into her pocket, she pulled out a rock and held it out to Sunset. "I was actually looking for Boulder. I accidentally dropped him yesterday. I should really get a rock-carrying pouch for him. He was over there in the corner."

She pointed to a corner of the hall. Sunset just raised an eyebrow at the awkwardness of the conversation. "Right. Of course you did. Well, I'm glad you found your… rock friend."

The girl casually returned the rock to her pocket. "So why are you here?" she asked, not sounding the least bit interested. "I thought you were going to meet with my sister and the others. Did you leave something here yesterday too?"

Sunset didn't have a clue as to who the strange girl's sister was, but decided to just roll with it in order to avoid getting in trouble. "Um, yeah, I forgot something in the vice principal's office. And now I have it, so I'm good, and I'm gonna go now. See ya."

She quickly walked past the strange girl, but was halted as she called out to her. "Wait, before you go…" Sunset hesitated before turning back to her, wondering what she could want. "Those gems, on your choker, I'm not familiar with them. Which is quite surprising for me. They almost appear… organic, like petrified bone."

Nervousness gripped Sunset, and she covered her choker with her hand. "Yeah, I got this a couple of weeks ago. I don't really know much about it."

"I have an interest in rocks," the girl told her, even though she certainly didn't sound interested. "May I see them?"

Taking a step back, Sunset slowly put some distance between her and the seemingly emotionless girl. "Sorry, this choker is kind of important to me. I have to go now. Like you said, I gotta meet up with your, uh, sister and the others. Bye."

She made a run for it, rushing right out of the school, not stopping until she had ducked behind the base of the mascot statue; it seemed that this was becoming her preferred hiding place.

She gripped her choker protectively as she peeked around the statue to make sure she hadn't been followed. She hadn't been, but that had been too weird. And what was up with that strange girl's fascination with her choker? Was she really only interested in seeing the gems, or had she realized that it was more than a simple accessory? Did that strange girl know about magic? She should have questioned her instead of run away, but she had panicked when she thought that she might lose her choker and had fled.

And speaking of her choker, the gems on it suddenly began glowing. Sunset noticed this time and glanced as far down as she was able to as the red light shined outward.

"What in the world?" she muttered in bewilderment, the gasped in realization and began looking around. "There must be magic nearby. Where?"

Almost as if in answer to her question, the surface on the side of the statue's base facing the school shined briefly. It was long enough for Sunset to take notice though, and she jumped back in surprise.

Her choker stopped glowing, and the surface of the statue's base did not shine again, but Sunset was staring at it suspiciously. She began walking around it, checking over the surface for any other strange phenomenon. When nothing more happened, she tapped her chin in thought as her eyes drifted to the top if the base.

Reaching up, she hoisted herself on to the top of the base and climbed up. There was nothing in particular up here, but there was a notable crack where the actual statue had once stood. Sunset stared at it with interest and leaned down, peeking into the crack. She saw blackness inside, almost as if the statue were hollow. That didn't make sense though. Why would it be hollow?

Lifting her head up, Sunset glanced at her hand hesitantly, then at the crack in the statue. It looked barely big enough for her fingers to fit in. She was probably about to do something very stupid, but she placed on hand over her choker and slowly moved the fingers of her other hand towards the crack in the statue.

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Pinkie Pie skipped along happily as she made her way towards the mall. As Rarity had insisted, they were going shopping today for some new outfits. Truth be told though, she would probably be the only one who ended up buying any clothes. The rest of them would likely only end up trying on some outfits, but not buying anything, not unless it was something for the talent show, which, of course, Rarity would insist on modifying. That didn't matter though, they still enjoyed each other's company.

Speaking of the talent show, practice on their new song was coming along nicely, even if it hadn't been that long, and Pinkie Pie was currently humming their new song as she hopped down the road. It really was a catchy tune; it made her want to try writing a new song of her own right now.

As she skipped down the road, she stopped as she came upon the school. That wasn't the reason for her pause though. Sitting on top of the destroyed statue was Sunset Shimmerwearing a red hoodie Pinkie Pie had never seen her in before. She wondered what she was doing on top of the statue as she bounced over cheerfully.

"Hi, Sunset!" she cried enthusiastically, waving her hand wildly.

Up on the statue, Sunset jumped up in surprise. She moved back a little too far and ended up tumbling off the statue and landing in a heap in the ground.

"Ouch…" she muttered, wondering who it was that knew her this time.

Pinkie Pie stood over her and bent down, bringing her face a little too close to Sunset's for comfort. "You fell down."

Groaning, Sunset sat up, rubbing her head as she saw stars. "Yes, yes, I did."

Pinkie Pie smiled cheerfully. "What were you doing up there? Because it looked like you were looking for something. Were you looking for something? Do you need help finding it? Can I help? Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh?"

Sunset was taken aback. First that emotionless girl, now this seemingly hyperactive one. "It's nothing. I wasn't looking for anything."

"Are you sure? 'Cause it looked like you were."

Sunset waved her hand dismissively. "Really, I'm fine. I was just curious about something."

She gasped as her choker chose that moment to start glowing again. Pinkie Pie leaned in close, her lips puckered together in interest as she stared at the gems. "Ooh, glowy."

Sunset quickly covered her choker, and it stopped glowing a moment later. "It's just a trick of the light!" she said a little too forcefully. "The gems look like they're glowing when the light hits them just right."

Even to her own ears, her excuse sounded fake, but the strange girl in front of her seemed to accept it wholeheartedly. "Neat. You should show them to Rarity; she would love them. I'm on my way to meet her and the others right now. I'm running a little late because they were having a two slices of cake for the price of one sale at this café I passed. Did you get held up too?"

Sunset raised an eyebrow. "Get held up from what?"

Pinkie Pie giggled. "Meeting up with the others, you silly goose. Come on, we can walk together."

"Walk where?"

At Sunset's question, the smile fell away from Pinkie Pie's face as she stared at her curiously. Then her eyes widened slightly and a look of realization crossed her face. "Oooh, you're 'that' Sunset. Why didn't you say so? I'm Pinkamena Diane Pie, but everyone calls me Pinkie Pie." She grabbed Sunset's hand and began shaking it so enthusiastically that Sunset'swhole body shook. "It's really nice to meet you!"

"N-N-Ni-c-ce t-t-to m-me-et y-you too-oo," Sunset stammered, feeling as if she were caught in an earthquake.

Releasing her, Pinkie Pie pointed down the road. "I'm on my way to meet my friends at the mall. You should come with me."

Trying to piece the conversation together into something that made sense, Sunset took a step back. "Oh, um, thanks, but I don't think-"

"Come on, it'll be fun!" Pinkie Pie interrupted, getting right up into Sunset's face. "I can introduce you to yourself."

A blank look crossed Sunset's face as she stared at Pinkie Pie, certain that she had misheard her. "Wait, introduce me to who now?"

"Lets go!"

Without waiting for a response, Pinkie Pie grabbed hold of Sunset and began dragging her along while Sunset tried to figure out what had just happened.

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Rarity tapped her fingers against her crossed arms impatiently. She glanced at the clock hanging on the wall, and her eye twitched slightly in irritation as she saw the time.

Finally, she couldn't take it anymore, and slammed her palms down on the table. "What is taking Pinkie Pie so long? Just how long does she intend to keep us waiting?"

Sunset looked up from the game she was playing on her phone. "Relax, Rarity. It hasn't been that long."

Rarity rounded on her. "That's not the point! I chose a specific time for us to be here so we can avoid the rush. It will be difficult enough getting seven different changing rooms, why make it worse by having to fight off everyone else for them?"

"Calm down, sugar cube," Applejack told her. "Worst case scenario, we'll just have to wait a little longer to get a dressing room."

"But that's the point!" Rarity exclaimed, throwing her hands in the air.

Rainbow Dash raised an eyebrow. "That we'll need to wait longer to get a dressing room? Why? It's not like they're going anywhere."

If she thought that this would curve Rarity's impatience, she was wrong. "No, but the clothes are. What if we miss finding the perfect outfit because we spent so much time waiting that someone else got to it first?"

Not looking bothered by this at all, Rainbow Dash just shrugged. "Fine with me. I don't even need new clothes. As long as my old ones still fit and are comfortable, that's good enough for me."

Appalled, Rarity gasped in indignation. "Rainbow Dash, I don't know you anymore!"

Smiling shyly at her friends' antics, Fluttershy glanced at Twilight, who had several pieces of paper spread out on the table in front of her. She was currently tapping her pencil against her cheek, occasionally writing, crossing out, or erasing on the sheet closest to her.

Curious, Fluttershy leaned in closer. "How's the song coming, Twilight?"

Her words had no affect on her bespectacled friend, who appeared to be deep in thought, and Fluttershy frowned slightly and raised her voice the smallest bit. "Um, Twilight?" Still no reaction. "Excuse me, Twilight."

Sighing, Rainbow Dash placed a hand on Fluttershy's shoulder. "That's not how you get someone's attention. You do it like this." She slammed her hands down on the table in front of her violet-haired friend. "Hey, Twilight!"

That seemed to do the trick, affectively snapping Twilight out of her thoughts. "Huh? What? Sorry, I was thinking."

Rainbow Dash smirked. "Yeah, we figured."

"Um, we were wondering how the medley was coming along," said Fluttershy.

Twilight sat back. "Oh, it's actually coming together nicely. I was right, Sunset's new song was perfect for it."

"Remind me again which songs are being used in it," said Applejack.

Twilight went through a few papers. "Um, lets see. In addition to Sunset's, which serves as the basis, we also have some of Friendship Through the Ages, Shine Like Rainbows, Rainbow Rocks-

"There's some original lyrics in there too, right?" Rarity asked, briefly forgetting her impatience. "I thought I saw some unfamiliar lines."

Twilight nodded. "Yup. I'm making sure everyone contributed by using some lines that everyone submitted."

Applejack smiled. "Well, I'm sure you're doing a bang up job, Twilight."

A mischievous smirk crept up Sunset's face. "Hey, Applejack, if you want to help Twilight come up with some more lyrics, why don't you go ask at your old job if you can make a few smoothies for old times sake. That's where you got the inspiration to write Shake Things Up, isn't it?"

Applejack cringed slightly and glanced at the smoothie stand where the overly-muscular Bulk Biceps was trying to fill a customer's order, but was only succeeding in making a mess of things. But at least his smoothie making skills seemed to have improved a little.

"Um, that's ok," she mumbled. "I don't think they'd let me. Besides, that job was a big old heaping of boring."

"Oh, come on," said Rainbow Dash, "you made it look like fun. And we got a new song out of it."

A smile grazed Applejack's face, and she blushed in mild embarrassment as she rubbed the back of her head bashfully. "Well, I guess it wasn't all bad. It could be fun if you did it right."

"Everyone else seemed to like the way you worked," Twilight pointed out. "The customers loved the show you put on with the cup flipping and the fancy chopping and mixing. I never would have thought that you could make making smoothies look so fun. Everyone was always talking about it."

"What were they always talking about?" Pinkie Pie asked, popping up between them.

Rarity immediately jumped to her feet and placed her hands on her hips. "Pinkie Pie, where have you been? Do you know how long we've been waiting for you?"

The pink-haired girl grinned guiltily. "Sorry, I got a little distracted."

Rainbow Dash cut her eyes at her. "Let me guess, a two for one sale on pastries, right? Or brownies?"

Pinkie Pie crossed her arms. "Of course not." Reaching into her hair, she pulled out a slice of cake. "It was a cake sale," she said, and shoved the entire slice of cake into her mouth. "And there was one other thing. I have a surprise for all of you."

Feeling a headache coming on, Rarity pinched the bridge of her nose. "Pinkie Pie, please, I don't think I can handle any surprises right now."

"You'll like this one," Pinkie Pie insisted. She stepped aside and held out her hands. "Ta-da! Meet our new friend."

The other girls stared at… nothing. Pinkie Pie was motioning towards an empty space. They exchanged bewildered looks as they wondered if their overly-energetic friend had finally lost it; she did own a 'pet' stuffed alligator called Gummy that she seemed to think was alive after all.

"Um, Pinkie," Sunset began carefully, not wanting to hurt her friend's feelings, "by any chance is your friend… imaginary?"

Pinkie Pie blinked in confusion before glancing at the empty space next to her. "Hey, where'd she go?" she asked, looking around. She turned back to her friends and held up a finger. "Be back in one sec."

With that she took off, and the other girls shared another confused look. Less than a minute later though, Pinkie Pie returned, half-dragging someone wearing a dark red hoodie, their face obscured by the hood.

"Let go," they said in a voice that sounded strangely familiar to the Equestria Girls. "I said I don't want to."

"Sure you do," Pinkie Pie insisted, moving behind the newcomer and giving them a push towards her friends. Getting the hooded person into position, she presented them to the others. "This is our new friend. Everyone say hello."

Relieved that their friend hadn't completely lost it, the Equestria Girls put on friendly smiles and held their hands up in greeting.

Applejack got to her feet. "Well, howdy, stranger. The name's Applejack. Any friend of Pinkie Pie is a friend of mine."

"The name's Rainbow Dash. Nice to meet you."

"I am Rarity. Pleasure to meet you, darling."

"I'm Twilight Sparkle."

"Fluttershy…"

Sunset couldn't help but smile in amusement as Fluttershy spoke her name so low that it was almost inaudible. "I don't think they heard you," she told her soft-spoken friend as she stood up and held out her hand in greeting to the hooded person. "She said she's Fluttershy. And I'm-"

"Sunset Shimmer," the newcomer finished for her, their voice filled with shock and awe.

Sunset's hand hung in the air, and she stared at the person in surprise. "Um, yeah. Do I know you?"

The others looked between the two curiously while Pinkie Pie looked absolutely giddy, as if a big surprise were about to be revealed and she was trying very hard not to ruin it. Slowly, the newcomer reached up and pulled off their hood. Shocked gasps escaped everyone as they stared at a mirror image of their friend. And not a convincing look-alike, but an exact duplicate. Aside from the clothes they wore, the only difference between them was the slightly different hairstyle the newcomer wore hers in.

"Oh my…" Fluttershy muttered uneasily.

The two Sunsets stared at each other in surprise, their mouths hanging open. Aside from Pinkie Pie, the other girls wore similar expressions on their faces as they looked from one to the other.

The stunned silence was finally broken by Applejack. "Well, don't that just beat all."

"I guess we always knew this could happen," Rainbow Dash stated in acceptance

Looking defeated, Rarity collapsed into her chair. "So much for shopping."

The shock finally seemed to pass, and Sunset rubbed the back of her head uncomfortably. "Well, this is awkward. I'm guessing you have some questions."

The new girl seemed to snap out of her stupor as well and crossed her arms. "No, I have a lot of questions. And I'd like to start with this one. What the heck is going on!?"

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