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This story is a sequel to Rules of Etiquette

In the City of Canterlot there is a bar, a very singular bar, that is tended by a singular bartender. The Bar of the Last Note Lounge is a place where a person can order any drink and get exactly what they wanted and needed, in exactly the right way, and the ability to do so is something that Sonata Dusk prizes.

Twilight Sparkle is trying to mend a friendship broken by rash words and a terrible argument, and she has come to the Last Note on more than one occasion hoping to find the courage to do so.

Predictably, that hasn't really worked out.

Maybe she just needs a good drink.

Cover Art by Rhealm.
Narcotics tag for alcohol consumption.

Chapters (8)
Comments ( 139 )

wow, i did not expect to see fluttershy as a Dom.
no sex tag, so i guess Twi and Sonata won't be hooking up like Aria and Sunset, or Adagio and Tav?

“Time to mix drinks and change lives.”

The Three-quel has finally arrived!

I'm so very happy you're giving this to us.
Looking forward to another fine story.

Here we go, the the third and final story in the Rules series! This is off to a great start, because we're finally going to get to see Twilight try to make amends from her outburst against Sunset, back in book 1.

You didn’t think I’d leave that little plot thread unexplored, did you? :twilightsmile:

Of course not I know you too well :pinkiehappy:

Three things.

First, yay, it's here!.

Second, your perpetuation of the abuse of nonplussed makes me sad. Damn people making it the next moot.

Third, trying to figure out the drink. I'm guessing a Boulevardier, but the multiple C options are bugging me.

Firstly, not to you but to the site, WHY WASN'T THIS IN MY NOTIFICATIONS?!?!?!!?

Secondly, so happy to have this up, I absolutely love these series of stories, and honestly I was looking forward to this one the most.

Thirdly, Twilight and Sonata is a rare ship indeed. Very intrigued to see how their relationship develops in the coming chapters.

And lastly, if you didn't see it on your announcement, I want these (and Featherfall) in book form so bad. When/where can I throw my money at you?

Maybe it's my imagination but this chapter reminds me of the manga Bartender by Araki Joh. Now you have my attention.

Great chapter. Cant wait for more.

So it is not your imagination, Bartender!Sonata is dressed exactly like Ryu from the Manga as a nod to it, because it's one of my favorite manga ever. :twilightsmile:

Its been years since I read that Manga. Good to know someone who has read it and enjoyed it as much as I do.:twilightsmile:

The softest of openings for the softest of gals~

I can already tell this is gonna be exactly as sweet as I want it to be and I am here for the diabetus!

Bartender Sonata is something I needed in my life, this story is looking up. Keep it up man :heart:

And here comes the meat of it. The Twilight/Sunset/Aria dynamic is certainly promising as a conflict point.

Also, enjoying the reminder that asexual and aromantic are two very separate things.

oh, shit. i did not see that coming.
i see sunset used the past tense of being friends, does she no longer want to be friends with Twilight now.

Oof, been there Twilight. Where no matter how much the other party was in the wrong, that desired to be the one punished so that it would just solve the problem? Never a fun feeling to have, at all.

Twilight's also not familiar with just how much a Siren kiss means to them, so she's gotten herself all nice and wrapped up with Sonata before even properly finishing off the whole drama with Sunset and Aria. And Aria definitely was asking for a beating with how she treated Twi there, but Sunset doesn't know that. Aria just went up to Sunset and told her her psycho friend tried to hit her, and Sunset is nothing if not an emotional creature.

Big heavy sadness leftover on this one, but makes me more eager to see it resolved for sure. I know it's not gonna be an easy process, but definitely looking forward to the next chapter~

Yeah, this chapter was a rough one, but it also displays some of the less healthy aspects of Aria and Sunset's relationship. Sunset and Aria are literally crazy for each other, but Sonata isn't taking any of their shit when it comes to Twilight.

For the record: Sonata with Twilight is that feeling you get when you meet someone and go - "you must be protected."

Gotta say I’m still pretty with Sunset and Aria on this one, though Sunset’s reaction was a little much.

It was extreme, but I'll address that through the context of the story :twilightsmile:

Haha I have no doubt, I’m just surprised Twi is struggling to see what a bitch she’s being! Like she kinda gets it, but at the beginning of the chapter Aria was pretty much being nice to her...I mean, in an Aria sorta way :rainbowlaugh:

Aria... Aria doesn't do nice very well, and Sunset is a lot more of the type not to take things personally, but Twilight is kinda raw from the past events lately, and especially about anything to do with Sunset, and definitely overreacted.

Oh boy, seeing Twilight struggling & losing her emotions, when she saw & reacted to Aria like that, isn't going to help her win back Sunset's trust, especially after Sunset delivered a well-deserved punch since Twilight attacked Aria first.

Also, that was a very emotional and depressing time for Sonata to relive and recount all those lives that were lost during her travels...

97837Sci Twi did not deserve that punch.

Sci twi did not deserve that punch!

Thing is, you're right. SciTwi probably didn't deserve that punch, what you have to account for is two things.

1. Sunset is kind of literally crazy for Aria, rationality doesn't really calculate into the equation with those two when it comes to one another.
2. Honestly, if someone grabbed and dragged my girlfriend by her hair and took a swing at her, even if she won that fight, I would still be throwing hands no matter who it was.

I don't know if Twilight deserved that punch, maybe she did. When you're pushed to the limit, in this case years of bullying, you tend to see red and act without thinking. I've had that happened to me and I punch a guy in the jaw. Although the guy was more impressed I punched him and just smiled and left me alone after that.

Point is Twilight reacted like expected, she was pushed one too many times and fought back. Aria is not innocent, in fact, she was prepared to really hurt Twilight. Would Sunset say Twilight deserved it in that case? If Aria told Sunset only part of the story then Sunset hit Twilight without solid reason. Like when a kid tells their parent someone hit them, but doesn't say he took that someone's toy.

The real question is, how will Sonata react when she finds out. Something tells me she is the silent fury in all this.

Either way, I'm excited for the next chapter.

Oh my god, Sonata is so adorable.

This is adorable, but Twi and Sunset need to make amends already, this shit is stressing me out lol

Agreed, her reaction to the date was just so adorable :yay:


Sonata being cute and fluffy is why I write this story :twilightsmile: among other reasons. I do enjoy writing the Sirens in general.


I mean, that's the 'Drama' tag at work.

I love this chapter. Twi and Nata are adorable.

This chapter makes up for last chapters drama. That last scene shot my sugar levels to hell. Is that drink possible to make?

That is one hell of a rollercoaster you are writing and I love every moment of it. The emotions are definitely extremely visceral as well, as God do I related to Twilight on so many levels and am reminded of a time in my life when I really was just like her in this instance. Just, scared of everything new happening and watching it turn sour and praying for the safety and comfort of things the way they used to be, and then having the warm pleasantness of a happiness returned to you once the bad stuff was over.

Yeah. The world is terrifying but a little happiness makes it all better. Definitely looking forward to more of this~

Hell, even Aria had offered to help me talk to her in her own stiff, awkward way, I realised.

Now Twilight realized that Aria wanted to help her about her situation with Sunset... Anyways, I love how this chapter, reminded us all that, despite all the evil things (with some good along the way) Sonata & her sisters have done or suffered, she's still the sweet, adorable, & lovable child we all want to protect.

Do you have bar tending experience? You explain things like you've made them yourself. It's all fantastic. I love how you have Sonata portrayed. Common thing fanfics do to her is make her really airheaded. Granted she looks like this through the whole movie but I'm honestly just like her. I think that silly people like her and Pinkie do have moments though where they turn the "Serious Mode" switch on.

I actually have some experience mixing drinks. I’ve worn a lot of hats in my day, lol. I’m happy you’re enjoying my portrayal of Sonata. I do my best to give even all my characters depth.

by Celestia, i love these chapters. i'm gonna be super duper sad when this series comes to an end

Adorable as usual, with the added side effect of now I just wish engagement had more chapters because I could read about Aria and Sunset awkwardly yelling at each other in adoring frustration all day long.

A rollercoaster till the end I see, and also nice to know that at the very least there's some acknowledgement of things going bad on the SunAria side of the relationship! Even if Sunset is still being a little blinded by her devotion, its nice to know Aria's thinking a little more straight.

It's the first real step towards conflict resolution and having everyone just sit down and talk out their feelings in a way that every can understand. Probably wouldn't hurt to have Adagio mitigating things as well lol

I'm also glad to know we're not going the 'Sonata is only a pure cinnabun who did nothing wrong' route as well, which is something I never fully like about Sonata portrayals. For a girl who was fully into harassing Sunset and clearly on board with the evil plans to dominate the school and use the magic to help control the world, people sure did only take away what a pure and happy sunshine soul she is, forgetting the balance and nuance of her character as a result. I admit I tend to over-correct for this in my own work, but I definitely like the balance struck here.

Sonata isn't without her sins and has the age and experience to back it up, and is finally in a point of her life to be better than she was and now it's Twi's time to be the support she needs to keep that effort going. I always look forward to each chapter and the same is still true for what comes next. I definitely relate far too much to Twilight here for my own good, so it leaves me eager to know what happens next and waiting for that happy conclusion I know is coming heh

Yeah, what this story lost in smut it makes up for in the drama department, so it's kind of a rollercoaster from start to finish if I'm being totally honest. But it does give me a lot of room to explore the Sirens, their dynamics, their past, and so on. There's a very good reason Sunset can keep Aria's attention long-term, because Sunset is the only one who is actively crazier than Aria about love and romance. Aria can be impressed, but Sunset just gets mad, puts her head down, and does her best minotaur impression.

And yeah, I write Sonata as the purest of the three, but she's pure because she's trying to be good, whereas the other two don't really care about being good or bad. It's like how in Rules of Engagement, Applejack made the observation that she wasn't sure if Aria was sorry for anything in her life, and that's a fair assessment of a creature like Aria, but Sonata is very much guilt-ridden and I'm definitely gonna explore that with y'all and milk it for all its worth.

They are kinda fun to watch argue, huh? Because you know they'll forgive each other.

Me too, the Rules series has been great fun to write.

Comment posted by Sunset_Shimmer83 deleted Aug 29th, 2019

I don't suppose there will be a bonus epilogue chapter with the three couples twenty years in the future

Damn. Nice work mate. Was this bar based off personal experience or something? It seems surprisingly real y'know?

I don't care just how much of a bodycount Sonata has, it was not Aria's fault, it was Twilight's fault because she was the one that started the fight... However that was a beautiful and emotional moment those two shared in that bar

Aria still isn't completely innocent herself though.

Never said she was innocent, Sunset knows a thing or two about that :raritywink:

One of the running themes in my stories is that there is rarely an interpersonal situation in which one person is fully at fault, and when that is the case it’s usually not black and white. Aria, Sunset, and Twilight have all made mistakes and let their neuroses and bad habits get the best of them.

Forget the implied genocide, what monster shakes a gin and tonic?!?

I somehow didn't hit the tracking button and thought you'd just slowed the chapters. Sigh.

Still wondering what the drink in the first chapter was.

The first chapter drink was an Old Pal, the liquor marked with a stylised C was Campari :twilightsmile:. And yeah, Sonata's gotten up to just as much bullshit as her sisters, she just actually feels bad about some of it.

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