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She was like the sun. Blinding and bright and bathing everything in her light when she was around. Her gaze made Sunset sweat and flush. And when she left, Sunset was struck by her beauty and stared after her until everything was dark and cold.

How does one choose a gift for a woman when that woman's sense of taste is as exquisite as her beauty? You do it by asking the only person -- or pony -- who might know exactly what she would want.


Written for Jinglemas 2019 for Fillyfoolish

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Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh! This is adooooooooorable.

I admit when I said "Rarity and Sunset Shimmer", I didn't specify which Rarity ... but it looks like I didn't have to!. Flustered Sunset is best Sunset, of course, and the Rarities probably need a fic universe of their own ... The Seamstress and her Underpaid Clone :pinkiecrazy:

I confess I didn't see the twist coming, although in retrospect it was foreshadowed well. I noticed Rarity picked up on the phone quite quickly, but I dismissed that as an oversight, not a clue -- silly me :P.

...and then on top of all that, the cover art is dropdead gorgeous, almost as much as Sunset herself.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for writing this gem of a story :heart:

Happy Hearths Warming, Magnet Bolt.

You've knocked it out of the park again, I can't stop grinning.

“Come on, Rarity,” Sunset scoffed. “You’re a unicorn! You and I both know that when push comes to shove, you just throw a fireball at your problem and it goes away!”

Hopefully landsharks won't ruin their date. ^^

I had an entire closet full of different impractical coats strewn with useless buckles and belts. I once made an entire skirt out of black belts simply because I thought I was pushing the limits of design. ”

She made Lulu's FFX dress?

Now THAT was quite the twist ending on such an adorable story. Keep up the good work. :twilightsmile:

Cute and clever! I really liked this piece. Also, side question, but what do you use to make your cover art? It's good stuff, and I've been dabbling in making cover art myself.

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I use GIMP, it's a free photoshop alternative. Not quite as many plugins available but it's really grown and expanded over the years into a mature product.

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GIMP?! I'm a Krita girl myself, yarrrr! :p

That was amazing! There was some truly fabulous Rarity(s) in this story. Like Fillyfoolish, I assumed Rarity mentioning a phone was an oversight, not a clue. I did see the twist coming once it was mentioned Rarity wouldn't explain it later. In retrospect, the dresses Rarity described making in her "teen years" made more sense on a human too. I think this fic is a top contender for Best Jinglemas 2019 story.

Loved it! The twist at the ending caught me completely by surprise! :yay:
Great work. :heart:

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Well, they look great!

“I happen to know myself, so perhaps I can try telling your long story for you, hm?” Rarity said. She smiled and got up, circling around Sunset like a shark around particularly delicious and entertaining prey. “When you saw her, you almost immediately fell for her beauty, her sense of style that made her stand out from the masses. Of course, you didn’t admit it to yourself at first, because you saw her as a rival!

Nothing can get past generosity.

Rarity’s rarity goes down if there’s more than one.

This was super cute! I loved the ending.

I did kind of wish that we had some more descriptions of what they were doing while they talked, especially Rarity. Like what gestures she made, what expressions she wore, etc... Without those, I was forced to pause and try to think what she was doing during and between dialogue myself, otherwise, I had this expressionless "talking head" image in my mind.

BUT! The whole thing was still enjoyable. I really liked how you characterized Rarity and Sunset. Nice work!

Darling, nothing worth doing only takes a second.

Rainbow Dash would disagree.

Rarity paused, surprised. “Well. I didn’t know we were doing an interdimensional gift exchange this year. Is it something Pinkie Pie planned? I wouldn’t put it past her.”

And the very next year...
Oh, that's actually a fantastic idea. Everyone gets their interdimensional analogue something for the holidays, but each goes for an interest the other can't have due to the differences between the universes.

Apparently, in Twilight’s family, they don't even celebrate with gifts. They do something involving an airing of grievances and tests of strength.

I have several questions.

I had an entire closet full of different impractical coats strewn with useless buckles and belts. I once made an entire skirt out of black belts simply because I thought I was pushing the limits of design.

Ah, her Nomura phase.

I went entirely on hair and skin colors for like a year and I still got some of them confused.

Ember growled. Turning into a dog was bothersome on a number of levels, not least how her usual method of distinguishing mammals had been sabotaged.

Snapscroll is a brilliant name for an app for a world causally linked to Equestria.

“Come on, Rarity,” Sunset scoffed. “You’re a unicorn! You and I both know that when push comes to shove, you just throw a fireball at your problem and it goes away!”

:duck: "I'm beginning to understand why Princess Celestia grew... concerned with you. No offense."
"Can't get away from that, can I?"

I spotted enough clues to strongly suspect the situation by the end. Brilliant work all around. Especially human Rarity's reasons for wintering at the Boutique; another universe is probably far enough to avoid the holiday crowds for a retail worker. Merry Jinglemas. :twilightsmile:

Even though she nearly blew it at least twice Rarity has a very good poker face, there is a reason she is not the element of honesty.

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Apparently, in Twilight’s family, they don't even celebrate with gifts. They do something involving an airing of grievances and tests of strength.

I have several questions.

I have answers.

I love a good Sunset and Rarity story. Even with the shippy aspects, this was a lot of fun.

Dangit… I like the idea, but the shipping is a bit too heavy-handed for my tastes. A little subtlety goes a long way. Still, it is decently well-written. I'm not the sort of person who downvotes a story merely because of a difference in tastes, so I'll just be on my way instead. I really shouldn't be reading stories right now anyway; I'm supposed to be heading out the door to be with family.

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I hereby accept all responsibility for shippiness and disclaim Magnet of all culpability.

shipshipshipshipship .... unless Magnet would like to claim responsibility, which I would support ;)

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Apparently, in Twilight’s family, they don't even celebrate with gifts. They do something involving an airing of grievances and tests of strength.

I have several questions.

I have even more answers

“Darling, I’m Rarity. If the date had really been so perfect she wouldn’t have spent all that time trying to convince herself of it. A perfect date wouldn’t have her on her phone the whole time."

Hold on, how would Rarity even know what a phone is-

Oh. Oooooh. You clever little fashionista.

The joy of getting a present isn’t in having a thing, it’s in that moment where you realize somepony else cares about you enough to do something kind.

This is the best way I've ever heard this sentiment. Thank you so much for this story, and Happy Holidays!

“I’ll explain later,” Rarity said, with no intention of doing so.

Just so you know, this was the line that told me. Great job! Seriously though this was a great little fic.

I noticed the phone thing, but I just assumed that Princess Twilight had been telling her friends about the human world. :facehoof:

the twist end was great

I like how hints are sparse at first but it becomes more and more obvious as things proceed. Also nothing says love like being able to hurl burning plasma.

“Come on, Rarity,” Sunset scoffed. “You’re a unicorn! You and I both know that when push comes to shove, you just throw a fireball at your problem and it goes away!”

And like this you know without doubt that Sunset Shimmer is an Evocation Wizard after all Fireball is the only spell you need.

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When Rarity said that she was worried the spell could fall into the wrong "hands," I assumed that was a mistake.

Dropped here to say - I really liked the story. I'm not that far into all the Jinglemas entries, but that's one of the best so far.
Totally didn't see the twist coming (I'm not exactly observant and don't expect those much in holiday stories), but in retrospect the clues make total sense. Good work indeed!
Probably my only gripe (if it even can be called that) is that Rares had more screen time (ergo, more exposure, more true to the source material) than Sunset. And that's highly questionable and subjective.
Other than that - it's a treat, and I enjoyed every part of it.

Very nice! :twilightsmile:

The phone thing made me suspect the twist, but that just made the situation more amusing. :derpytongue2:

“Perfectly safe,” Sunset promised. “But how would it ruin the surprise? I mean, it’s not like I’d be giving it to you.”

“I’ll explain later,” Rarity said, with no intention of doing so.

Yeah, that'll be a funny anecdote to tell in the future. :rainbowlaugh:

Rarity paused. “Why would she need to shoot fireballs?”

“Come on, Rarity,” Sunset scoffed. “You’re a unicorn! You and I both know that when push comes to shove, you just throw a fireball at your problem and it goes away!”

I don't think that's such a good idea to keep around flammable dresses. :raritywink:



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Out of curiosity, which version of GIMP do you use? I've got 2.8-ish, I think - I confess I haven't bothered much with GIMP since I bought Paint Tool SAI three years ago, but SAI can unfortunately be incredibly obstinate about certain things one might take for granted (e.g., the ability to draw circles :facehoof:), so it really becomes a case-by-case basis for what tool to use... :applejackunsure:

Amazingly well done. I loved it.

10018136 Actually, a Handy Haversack would be my go to magic item. Or bottomless purse in this case. Carry everything you need, and never have to search for anything. Massively useful, unobtrusive and a clearly unique present. Add some basic illusion charms to have it's outer appearance match the clothes someone is wearing, and you have a winner.

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