• Published 16th Jan 2024
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When she was in middle school, Sunset Shimmer suffered from what is called 'Middle-second syndrome'. Finding her past embarrassing, Sunset will try everything to start her high school journey quietly after moving out from her city.

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III - Pinkie Pie, master baker and party animal

“It’s already been a week now, uh?” Sunset said, mostly to herself, her elbows leaning on the fence of her tiny terrace. She sighed and took a sip of her soda, “And I’m already tired.”

The week hasn’t been easy for Sunset Shimmer, between classes and dealing with this Twilight Sparkle girl. The purple haired girl seemed to already be attached to Sunset in some sort of ways, she waited for her every morning and followed her home every day after school.

She looked up and felt a smile appear on her face at the sight of the beautiful starry sky. Her phone buzzed in her pocket and Sunset saw she received a text from Pinkie Pie.

_Heya, Sunset! How was your weekend? Pinkie Pie asked.

Sunset sighed, her weekend has not been what she hoped for. Pinkie Pie invited her, again, to hang out with her friends for a movie night. But since Twilight Sparkle’s brother always came home late at night, Sunset’s mother made a habit of inviting Twilight for dinner, much to Sunset’s dismay.

_It was okay. Sunset simply replied.

Then, Sunset heard someone walking on the terrace on top of hers and after a few seconds, a rope appeared in Sunset’s field of view.

“What is she doing…” Sunset sighed.

She heard someone gesticulate as two feet appeared in front of her, the girl living on the apartment on top of her seemed to think it was a great night to make an escape.

Sunset raised an eyebrow as she stared at the girl who was trying to climb down, but seeing the two small feet trying as best as they could to land on were Sunset’s was laying, she rolled her eyes and gently grabbed one foot to help it achieve its goal.

She saw that Twilight had her hair tight in a ponytail and was wearing what seemed to be some kind of black gothic dress. Sunset then quickly looked away with a small blush on her cheeks as Twilight’s pantie entered her vision.

With a confident smirk, Twilight Sparkle stood proud on the fence of Sunset’s balcony.

“Did you saw it?” Twilight asked.

“Yeah I did.” Sunset crossed her arms.

“Do you want to see it again?” Twilight playfully asked.

Sunset grunted and tried to hide her blush, “I’m going to push you.”

Twilight Sparkle did not reply and resumed her climbing down of the rope.

“Where are you going?” Sunset asked, leaning again on the fence, as she watched Twilight carefully and safely landing on the ground in front of the apartment complex.

“Nightmare Moon told me there was a fluctuation near the invisible borders!” Twilight called. “Want to come with me? I could use someone as powerful as you are!”

Sunset blew a raspberry, “Yeah sure.”

“Great!” Twilight beamed.

Sunset’s lips formed a thin line. “I was being sarcastic.”

“Oh.” Was all Twilight could reply. Sunset couldn’t clearly see Twilight’s face in the dark of the night, but she heard the disappointment in her voice.

“Well good luck doing… Whatever.” Sunset called as she waved and started to make her way back inside of her apartment.

“Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted!” She heard Twilight call as Sunset slammed the door behind her

“You really don’t have to.” Sunset said, now to herself.

“…and Rainbow Dash didn’t even saw it!” Pinkie Pie finished telling her story. “She spent the rest of the night with a drawn mustache on her face!” She giggled.

Sunset and Pinkie were sitting in their respective places, both waiting for classes to start.

Sunset chuckled, the pink girl’s laugh really was contagious. “And then what happened?”

Pinkie seemed to think for a second and then looked away, “Uh, nothing that’s all.”

“If I can intervene,” Sunset heard someone say behind her, “I think after that fateful event, Rainbow Dash chased you down and managed to scribble down your face as well.”

Sunset turned around and recognized the girl as Rarity Belle, another girl from her class.

“Rarity!” Pinkie Pie whined, “You weren’t supposed to say that!”

Rarity hide her playful smile behind her hand and then looked at Sunset.

“Oh, where are my manners,” She said, bowing in front of Sunset, “We were not properly introduced, my name is Rarity. You are Sunset Shimmer if I’m not mistaken?”

Sunset blushed and scratched the back of her head, “Yeah, that’s me.”

“Pinkie Pie told me a lot about you,” Rarity said with a radiant smile, “It is a shame you were indisposed this weekend, we had a lot of fun.”

“Yeah…” Sunset started, glaring at the back of the head of a purple haired girl in the front row. “Indisposed is a way to put it.”

“Well,” Rarity continued, “I can’t wait to learn more about your interesting character, Sunset Shimmer.”

Sunset’s blush came back, “Hum, likewise.” She stated.

The bell announcing the start of classes rang loud in the school. Rarity made her way to her place, waving at Sunset, making her face red as a tomato.

This girl really was beautiful. It wasn’t really a secret that Sunset Shimmer had a preference for girls, but every time Rarity looked in her direction, her heart skipped a beat.

“Sunset,” Pinkie started with a giggle and an implied glare. “You’re staring.”

“No I’m not!” Sunset yelled, jumping on her feet.

Her face now became livid as all her classmates looked at her with incredulous looks on their faces. She quietly sat back, making herself as small as she could.

Pinkie’s voice became a whisper as the teacher entered the room, “I don’t blame you, you know.” she said. “She’s already the most popular girl in school.”

Sunset sighed and rested her head in the palm of her hand. She wasn’t getting any idea though; she knew a girl like her didn’t stood a chance with a girl like Rarity. A part of her wanted to have a girlfriend by the end of the year, but she wasn’t very hopeful.

‘One thing at a time, Sunset.’ She thought.

“But, for what it’s worth…” Pinkie winked at the fiery haired girl, “I think you girls would look cute together.”

Sunset’s face became red once more and she was getting tired of this. She opened her mouth as she was going to say something but both girls were quickly cut short in their discussion.

“Miss Pie, Miss Shimmer,” their teacher called them at the front of the class, “Maybe you girls would love to continue your conversation in detention.”

They both straightened up and Pinkie turned around to face the board.

“No sir.” They both said in unison.

All their classmates laughed at them and Sunset gritted her teeth as she looked at her feet.

‘I’m already the clown of the class, great.’ She thought.

The class quickly grew quiet as the teacher started his lecture, when Sunset rose back her glare, she saw Rarity in front of the class smiling at her with a small wave of her hand.

Sunset gulped and made a small wave back, earning a quiet chuckle from Rarity.

‘Maybe… Just maybe…’

Lost in her thoughts, Sunset didn’t notice the purple haired girl at the front of the class throwing small glances at her.

After a long day of school, the last bell of the day finally rang and Sunset quickly grabbed her bag and made her way towards the exit, Pinkie Pie right next behind her.

“Hey, Sunny! What’s the rush?” Pinkie Pie asked her.

‘Sunny?’ she dismissed the thought. “Oh nothing, really…” Sunset replied with a small chuckle. “I’m just… Eager to go home, I guess.”

“I was thinking,” Pinkie Pie continued, frolic next to Sunset. “Maybe I can come to your place? You know, since we didn’t really get the chance to spend time together!”

“That would be great.” Sunset replied to her, a grin on her face. She quickly glanced back behind her and saw that she managed to lost Twilight Sparkle in the sea of students.

When she turned her gaze back in front of her, Twilight Sparkle appeared with a grin of her own. “Sunset!”

“Gah!” Sunset made a surprised gasp.

Twilight Sparkle huffed as she put her hands on her hips, “I almost get the feeling that you’re avoiding me.”

“No, of course not…” Sunset made a forced chuckle. “Why would you think that?”

“Heya, Twilight!” Pinkie Pie greeted.

The purple haired girl stared at Pinkie Pie and took a fighting stance, “An enemy?”

Sunset chopped her on the head, “No she’s not!”

Twilight put her hands on her head where Sunset just hit her with a whine of pain.

Pinkie Pie joyfully laughed, “You girls seems really close!”

“We’re not!” Sunset exclaimed as she stomped the ground and resumed her walk, Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle right behind her.

“Oooooh, spacy!” Pinkie Pie cheered as she entered Sunset Shimmer’s living room.

“Yeah well, my father sends us some money every month.” Sunset explained as she dropped her bag on her couch and turned on the TV. “Thanks to that and my mom’s part-time job, we can afford a place like this one.”

“I thought you had a little brother?” Pinkie Pie asked as she was looking around the apartment, “I love kids!”

Sunset checked the time on the clock on top of the wall and said, “He’s got karate lessons, he should be back soon.”

Then, Sunset realized she was feeling calm and relaxed, and that wasn’t normal. She looked around, saw that her room’s door was half-opened and her left eye twitched.

“Twilight Sparkle,” Sunset called. “Get out of my room this instant!”

She heard a loud chuckle behind the door before it opened, revealing Twilight wearing Sunset’s red cape, her sword in her back.

“I feel more powerful than ever!” Twilight stated as she drew the sword and pointed it toward Sunset.

Sunset lets out a frustrated growl.

“Oh! Cosplay!” Pinkie Pie bounced up and down, seemingly excited.

Twilight made a small ‘humpf!’ before walking towards Pinkie Pie.

“This isn’t cosplay, ignorant girl!” Twilight exclaimed, loud and proud. She pointed the sword towards the ceiling, “This is the legendary DaybreakerTM! The very same weapon the God Princess of Flames used to slay the army of demons from the seven hells!”

“Don’t name my sword.” Sunset muttered under her breath.

“Shiny!” Pinkie Pie said as she was going to touch the sword. Twilight quickly put it away from the pink girl.

“Do not touch it you fool!” she exclaimed. “It is so powerful that it would burn you to ashes with a single touch!”

“Really?!” Pinkie Pie gasped while she turned her gaze to Sunset. “Why do you have such a weapon stored in your room?!”

Sunset stomped her way towards Twilight and grabbed the sword from her grip, ignoring the purple haired girl’s complaint.

“Stop saying dumb things!” She said to Twilight. “And you,” She continued, looking at Pinkie. “Stop believing everything she says.”

Twilight whispered to Pinkie Pie but loud enough for Sunset to hear, “You should keep this for yourself, the God Princess of Flames is undercover right now. The evil organization mustn’t know she’s here.”

“Ooooh, I get it.” Pinkie replied with a whisper, mimicking closing her mouth with a key and threw it away.

Sunset face palmed. She thought Pinkie Pie was one of the normal ones.

“So,” Sunset started, trying to change the subject. “What do you want to do, Pinkie?”

“I have a new cupcake recipe I wanted to try out!” Pinkie quickly exclaimed, “Want to be my test subjects?”

Twilight’s eyes sparkled with hope at the mention of the ‘cupcake’ word.

“You know how to bake?” Sunset asked as she put the sword on a table.

Pinkie looked outraged at that statement. “If I know how to bake?!” She quickly put her arm around Sunset’s neck and drew her closer, “I’m the best.”

Sunset chuckled, “Well, I’d love to Pinkie, but I don’t think I have what you would need to-”

She stopped mid-sentence when she saw Pinkie Pie was already in the kitchen, putting out a pack of flour from her bag. She gave her an incredulous look.

“Don’t tell me you always have baking supplies in your bag.” Sunset crossed her arms.

“Of course I do!” Pinkie Pie laughed as she put out a pack of sugar.


“In case of cupcake emergency, silly!” Pinkie Pie simply explained, like it was the obvious answer.

Sunset looked between Pinkie Pie who was putting out her ingredients from her bag, and Twilight Sparkle who had already grabbed back the sword and was slicing the air in front of her like she was fighting an invisible foe.

Twilight made a step backward and fell on one of her knee, “Argh!” she said in a grunt of pain. “He got me good.” She stated as she put a hand on her ‘injured’ ribs.

Sunset rolled her eyes and made her way to the kitchen to help Pinkie Pie, not realizing she was smiling all along.

“So, Pinkie…” Sunset started as she washed her hands. “What do you do for fun? You know, besides baking.”

“I do a lot of stuff!” Pinkie cheered. “I hang out with my friends, I play laser tag, I play hide and seek with my sisters, Maud always wins!” She said with a giggle. “I like going to the pool. I also do some dwarf hunting when I have the time… Those guys are really a sore to catch!” Twilight gave her an understanding look. “I also love to party! I at least try to organize one party a month!”

“Hey, I’d love to see that.” Sunset stated, purposely ignoring the dwarf thing.

Pinkie Pie gasped and grabbed Sunset by the shoulders, “It reminds me! We still haven’t had your welcoming party!”

Sunset chuckled, “It’s okay Pinkie.”

“No it’s not!” Pinkie shook her head. “It very serious!” The pink girl winked at her. “But don’t worry, auntie Pinkie got you covered!”

They both shared a laugh.

Sunset tried to help Pinkie Pie as much as she could, but she wasn’t as talented as the pink haired girl. After some messy baking, –Pinkie Pie ‘accidently’ threw some icing on Sunset’ shirt, which resulted in an icing battle– the three girls were sat around the table, enjoying the sweets Pinkie Pie had made.

“I have to admit. These are the best cupcakes I’ve ever had in my life Pinkie.” Sunset stated after her third chocolate chip cupcake.

Twilight vigorously nodded, her mouth still full of food.

“Really?” Pinkie Pie seemed ecstatic.

“Yeah.” Sunset nodded as she grabbed a fourth one. “Where did you learn to bake like that?”

“My auntie owns a bakery shop in town, she let me help her from time to time.” Pinkie explained. “She already told me that I was good, but it’s always nice to hear it from my friends!”

‘Friends?’ Sunset smiled. She at least made one friend this week.

She made a quick glance towards Twilight and sighed.

‘Let’s say, one and a half.’ She thought with a smirk.