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Just another day at Canterlot High. Or is it?
Seven Days in Sunny June, a joint project by Shinzakura and BlueBastard, is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic, based on BlueBastard's A Hairy Problem universe.Weeks after her defeat at the hands of the humanized Princess Twilight Sparkle, the one-time pony Sunset Shimmer is working towards making herself a better life. But in an unexpected chain of events, she ends up in a situation that not even her new friends - Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow, Fluttershy, and Pinkie - can get her out of...nor really do they want to. As if that's not enough, Principal Celestia's firmly against the whole deal.But maybe if Sunset Shimmer sticks around, she'll get more than she bargained for - for good and ill....
Book I (completed), dealing with Sunset adjusting to her new situation, is here.
Book II (completed), where Sunset returns to Equestria in order to save Twilight's life, is here.
Book III is currently set for release on December 3, 2014.
A sidestory, A Mother's Duty, was released on November 3, 2014 and can be found here. A prequel, The Three Sunrises, was released on Thanksgiving 2014 and can be found here.
The story contains examples of:
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The Three Sunrises
Abandoned Warehouse: Where Sunset lives. At the end of the story it's torn down, leading directly into Book I.
Prequel: The story is set the weekend after the original Equestria Girls and ends at the beginning of 7DSJ Book I.
Abandoned Warehouse: Where Sunset lived until it was torn down, leading to a major change in her life.
Abusive Parents: The parents of Midnight want her to party hard using alcohol and cocaine, despite being 16, just so that she could recover and make a comeback in her adult career. Even more disturbing when kept in mind that Midnight is apparently not having trouble in her career.
Action Girl: Applejack (the human one) is a practitioner of Tae Kwon Do and those she's fought tend to regret it.
Apocalypse How: After Sunset briefly considers destroying the second mirror, she has a dream in which doing so caused a Class-0 on Earth, and a disaster on Equestria that possibly killed billions, as well as Celestia (possibly causing a Class 5 or 6), killing Human!Twilight and leaving Princess!Twilight as one of the few Equestrian survivors, who only lived because she fled through the mirror to Earth. Sunset wisely decides to choose another course of action.
Artistic Age: Type 2, but like the source material, played with; Sunset, though in the body of a sixteen-year-old human girl, is actually a unicorn mare closer to thirty.
In a lesser case, Vinyl Scratch, whose Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds moment note (when she tried to drug Octavia with the intent to seduce her) was stopped. Later on, she confesses to Sunset that she needs to make up for her error. A subsequent direct apology to Octavia does not go over well.
Similar to the above, Noteworthy, for being too much of a Dirty Coward to stand up against "The Club" earlier.
Berserk Button: Sunset becomes blindingly enraged when she realizes Twily, Tavi, and Rarity are in danger from people using the Vibe against them.
Be All My Sins Remembered: Sunset is not willing to forgive herself because of all the actions she performed between arriving on Earth and being deposed by Princess Twilight Sparkle.
Big Screwed-Up Family: The immediate descendents of Musica Allegra ("La Musica") have been pretty much traumatized by having a legendary ancestor. Dysfunctional Family doesn't do the level of issue justice.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Flash Sentry. Not only was he dating Sunset earlier, he was also going out and having sex with Blossomforth at the same time.
Though not as prominent, Blueblood against Vinyl Scratch.
Breather Episode: February 8, where the girls have a sleepover, weekend movie marathon, and impromptu gaming session.
Broken Bird: Octavia was willing to give Vinyl Scratch a chance to be friends when she first showed up as her date, despite not being homosexual. When she realizes that Vinyl successfully dosed her with a date rape drug, she is furious at her, even when Vinyl tries to make amends later.
She was suddenly silenced as Octavia delivered a stinging slap, loud enough to ring through the relatively empty corridors of the airport terminal.
Cerebus Rollercoaster: The story starts out with Sunset Shimmer trying to fit into her new home following Equestria Girls, goes though an arc concerning a mind control date rape drug, then moves onto a He vs. She game videogame tournament that interrupts the girls' slumber party to Sunset wondering there were other Equestrians that appeared on EQG Earth and currently with Twilight suffering nightmares which seem like A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Chekhov's Gun: Sunset buys a book on an Italian alchemist who was taught magic from a black unicorn which came from a mirror. Twilight finally reads it in chapter 11.
Another mirror portal is revealed in Chapter 13, and judging by its descriptions, is similar to the IDW comic which doesn't transform those who travel through it.
Chekhov's Gunman: A mention of a black unicorn teaching dark magic from a mirror. A similar nightmarish unicorn pops up later in Twily's fever dreams.
Come chapter 11, Octavia's ancestor, "La Musica", is mentioned early on. Toward the end of the chapter, a long-lost portrait is revealed and Sunset immediately notices several clues suggesting La Musica may have been an Equestrian native turned human, like herself.
Cool Big Sis: Sunset Shimmer finds herself growing into this role with the "Eightmazing Eight" (herself, the Humane Six, and Octavia Melody)
Cruel Mercy: Sunset does nothing to Flash even though he cheated on both her and Blossomforth and used a date rape drug on human Twilight. Why? Because since Blossomforth is pregnant and her father is a pastor, he's now forced into a Shotgun Wedding and has to take responsibility for the child.
Sunset: “You and your group of fucking idiot buddies put my sister with my ex-boyfriend. If he touches one hair on her body, I will force feed you half this fucking van, understood?” Noteworthy: “And the other half?” Sunset: “Do you know what an enema is?”
Dramatic Irony: Human Twilight Sparkle says that she'd make a bad magician.
Screwball tells Sunset about a guy she dated in high school who never learned Spanish, joined the Air Force, got stationed in Spain, and now has trouble speaking Spanish with his Spaniard wife and in-laws.
Elevator School: Canterlot High shares a combined campus with an unnamed junior high school. As Sunset has been on Earth for four years, it's implied that she attended the junior high first, which is how the high school staff is aware of her bad attitude by the time she moves onto ninth grade/freshman year.
Also unusual in that the two schools run some joint events (dances, for one.)
Ethical Slut: Cloud Kicker, when she balks at Vinyl Scratch's plan to seduce Octavia while the latter is under the influence of drugs.
One of the weirdest examples ever: in 7DSJ, Sandalwood is a sheriff's deputy, which is an alternate universe version of the Sandalwood in AHP (which is a perfumer), which is in turn an AU version of AAG's main character, DJ Martinez (whose birth name is Sandalwood.) Essentially, Shinzakura has created the first and third degree versions of the character.
In fact, the Sunset Shimmer of this fic could be considered a mirror expy to DJ Martinez herself. DJ/Sandalwood grew up in an entirely alien world from the time she was a child, not knowing what she was and where she came from, and doesn't want to acknowledge the part of her that's a pony because that would dishonor what her parents taught her about being human. Sunset Shimmer, on the other hand, knows exactly what she is and where she came from, came to an alien world as an (relatively young) adult, and Sunset is perfectly comfortable straddling the worlds of human and pony and would probably make it publicly known were it not for the potential danger.
Famous Ancestor: Musica Allegra/"La Musica", for Octavia and her side of the family. All but confirmed to be another dimensionally-shifted Equestrian.
Rainbow Dash is descended from Commander Hurricane, who was a World War II posthumous Medal of Honor awardee.
Also Pinkie, who apparently carries an Xbox 360 around for "Xbox 360 emergencies." The result of one such "emergency" is an impromptu Skullgirls tournament.
Going Native: Sunset, to the point when she feels homesick, she thinks about San Palamino, not Equestria.
Happily Adopted: Zig-Zagged with Sunset Shimmer. She looks like she really loves her adoptive family, but also has problems about, among other things, whether or not she should reveal her real identity.
A more formal version is (human) Scootaloo, who was abandoned by her birth mother when she was five, and found and subsequently adopted by (human) Rainbow's family.
Happily Failed Suicide: Minuette, who slashes her wrists after she finds out she was "used" in an orgy while drugged. Fortunately, her parents rush her to the hospital in time.
Twilight, who walks into traffic as a result of her nightmares, but is saved in the nick of time by Sunset.
Hope Is Scary: Sunset is more scared about the future because she has a loving family and caring friends, because now she actually has something to lose.
Hidden Depths: La Musica, an ancestor of Octavia and a legendary musician in her own right, is suspected by Sunset Shimmer to also have been a pony.
High School AU: Though to Sunset, who now considers it home, is Equestria the AU?
Identical Grandson: Actually an identical daughter in this case, as Posey and Fluttershy look so much alike that the only meaningful difference between the two is Posey's slightly taller height and Fluttershy's slightly larger chest. They look so much alike that one character comments that they look more like siblings than mother and daughter.
I Have No Filly: In her dreams, Sunset sees Princess Celestia as declaring this, and that Sunset must be punished for spurning her love.
Sunset:“If you so much as touch her, I will introduce you to the fucking wrath of a Goddamn pissed-off-as-Tartarus alicorn. Your ass is going to be Discord and I’m going to be all six fucking Elements of Harmony. I’m going to rampage on you like the Princess did against the Minotaur Invasion of 957. I WILL BREAK YOU LIKE SHE BROKE THE ENTIRE CHANGELING ARMY AT SADDLEBACK RIDGE, AND I WON’T FEEL AN OUNCE OF REMORSE DOING IT, DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR!?”
Karma Houdini: Zig-Zagged with Blueblood, as while he escaped the charges of rape, Suri Polomare uses her knowledge of this fact to blackmail Blueblood into staying with her.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: The only people who know what really happened the night of the Homecoming Dance are Sunset, The Humane Five, Principal Celestia, and Vice Principal Luna. All the rest know is that Sunset lost the crown for the first time, and that there was an explosion.
Magic Mirror: The Mirror of Cavalcanti serves as a Cool Gate transit point for Sunset to return to Equestria.
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Sunset's dreams. Are they simply concoctions of her mind, or is there more to them? It starts leaning towards the "magic" side when the dream version of Princess!Twilight Sunset sees has the same crown Twilight started using after giving up the Elements back to the Tree of Harmony, something Sunset didn't know about.
Melting Pot Nomenclature: A bunch of names that sound really hippie (well, this isCalifornia we're talking about here) right next to perfectly normal ones, creating a real Aerith and Bob situation; e.g. Spike (normal name), Shining Armor (not normal name), Twilight Sparkle (half of that's a normal name) and Octavia Melody (both of which are normal names.)
Shinzakura: "Take for example, the name Robert. Its origin is French, for 'bright fame'. Bright Fame definitely sounds like a pony name, doesn't it?"
Mind-Control Device: A group of boys from the local high schools get a hold of a drug with mind-control properties. Things do not go well after that.
Mistaken Identity: During her less-behaved period, Sunset intentionally ruins Bon-Bon's life by spreading rumors that the Vietnamese-American girl is living a double-life as Vietnamese porn star "Sweetie Drops". Needless to say, Bon-Bon is not happy.
Makes it even worse when it's revealed that Sweetie Drops lives in Hong Kong and in no way could actually have been Bon-Bon...not that any of the boys hitting on Bon-Bon ever did their research.
Twilight and Octavia attend the Zacherle Academy for Girls note Bonnie Zacherle is the creator of the My Little Pony franchise , an elite private school for girls. Similarly, Blueblood attends Zacherle Academy's equivalent for boys, the Muenchinger Institute for Young Men. note Charles Muenchinger was the designer of the original G1 ponies.
While enroute to visit Cheerilee, her sister crashes her car just outside of Colton.
No Communities Were Harmed: From the descriptions, Canterlot, San Palomino, Sunnytown, and Equestria County somewhere either in California or Oregon. Same goes for Ponyville and Cloudsdale, which are mentioned, but also hinted that they are not in Equestria County.
Shinzakura has said in his notes that the "Brentwood Museum" is just a renamed version of the Real Life Getty Museum, probably renamed in order to keep with the MLP naming scheme.
No Indoor Voice: The cheerleaders refer to a loud Pinkie Pie as the "Royal Canterlot Voice", with the Royal being short for "Royally Eardrum-Shattering."
Non-Indicative Name: Despite the title, the story starts out in (based on hints and the calendar dates) October 2013 and goes chronologically over the next few months (book 1 ends on the last day in May).
No Social Skills: Twilight (and to a lesser degree, Octavia...but not by much) has almost none of this, especially when it comes to affectionate displays with her "sisters" - to the point that it becomes Incest Subtext.
Ontological Mystery: When Sunset Shimmer suspects that La Musica was another Equestrian who came to EQG!Earth and was also turned into a human, this kicks into overdrive. How did she get here? Why did she stay?
Octavia, Ballad, and Fiddlesticks refuse to get involved in the Dysfunctional Family Circus that Ballad's mother (and Tavi and Fiddle's grandmother, by extension) has been orchestrating.
Ironically, Screwball, whose Earth counterpart is a level-headed rock musician and is trying to protect her younger sister Midnight Moondust from their parents' destructive career plans for the latter.
Sunset seems to be the only member of the family really concerned with Twilight's recurring nightmares. She believes that the others are being influenced somehow though.
The final book I chapter reveals that they think it's residual side effects from the Vibe.
Parents as People: Octavia's parents want the best for their daughter, even if they can't get her point across clearly, such as when they explain their plans to move to Paris, though they're leaving her behind to stay with her aunt and uncle...though they don't quite explain that part.
Poor Communication Kills: Sunset goes out of her way to prevent this from happening to Octavia when her parents say they were considering going to join a Paris symphony.
Punny Name: Why is the town called Canterlot? It was originally called Camelot, but was changed to Canterlot after the rise of horse farms in the area. The name stuck even though they have moved east to Ponyville.
Race Lift: Happens whenever the ethnicity of one of the human characters is discussed, since the film didn't deal with that.
Rainbow Dash is Hispanic.
Fluttershy is 1/4 Japanese.
Minuette is African-American.
Based on the description, Gilda is likely African-American.
Bon-Bon is Vietnamese-American, and even has a Vietnamese first name to go with it (Bon-Bon is actually her middle name.)
(Princess) Twilight Sparkle was seen sleeping in the school library for the night. Where was Sunset Shimmer staying while she lived on Earth? An abandoned warehouse. Its demolition leads to the events of the story.
How was Sunset Shimmer able to fit it so seamlessly? A runaway with the same name disappeared years earlier and so the unicorn was able to take over her identity. Played for Drama now, as Sunset now wonders what will happen if the true Human Sunset Shimmer finds out someone has been using her identity.
How did Sunset figure out what was happening in Equestria, pre-Equestria Girls? Divination magic.
After having a mysterious student briefly pop in and out of the school for three days, Principal Celestia had to backdate a lot of exchange student paperwork. This got exceptionally strange given that the "exchange student", an alien from another dimension, seemed to have taken the form of her best friend's daughter.
What kind of person would Flash Sentry had to have been to date such an openly manipulative and mean person like pre-reform Sunset Shimmer? We find out the bad way later.
How did Sunset know about Vietnamese porn star Sweetie Drops and her likeness to Bon-Bon? Her ex-boyfriend Flash probably had some of SD's video "performances".
Real Place Background: Canterlot and Equestria County are stand-ins for the Real Life city of Redding and Shasta County, California. While not outright stated as so, it is confirmed by statements the author has made both in comments (see below) and in-story (State Route 299, which passes through Redding). As for the Interstate in question, I-5 runs the length of the state, including through the center of Redding.
Given that the change wasn't entirely complete (her blood type as a human is one that is eerily similar to that of equines, her hearing remains in the upper range of equines, etc.) it could also be a light case of Body Horror as well.
Judging by the number of descendants she has, La Musica - if she was a pony after all.
Shout-Out: The county's disciplinary high school, the Equestria County Alternative High School for At-Risk Students, is located in the run-down suburb of Sunnytown. Due to the school's brutalist architecture, lack of sports programs or afterschool activities, or even a school mascot, the disciplinary high school is disparagingly referred to as "The Blanks".
Shotgun Wedding: Blossomforth has one upcoming after her high school graduation, thanks to Flash Sentry.
Siblings Wanted: Though initially very aloof towards her foster family, Sunset immediately grows very close to both her foster sister Twilight and Twilight's cousin Octavia (who was mostly raised by Twilight's parents and practically also a sibling.)
To a lesser degree, due to her actual age, it's hinted that Sunset has a very filial relationship with the other members of the Humane Five.
Spanner in the Works: If it hadn't been for Noteworthy's change of heart and Sunset's Big Sister Instinct, The Club's plan to use the Vibe on Twilight and Octavia would likely have worked (Rarity's cold medicine protected her).
As mentioned above, Rarity's use of her cold medicine on her date inadvertently protected her from the Vibe due to an ingredient in the formula.
Octavia and Twilight are starting to pick up that Sunset is hiding something big due to the way Sunset and the other members of the Humane Six talk about certain issues.
Sunset Shimmer suspects that La Musica was Equestrian based on the fact that the musician's works sound very much like Equestrian musical works, including the Equestrian Royal Anthem and other songs from Equestria.
Take That: Midnight Moondust's "career advice" from her parents sounds a lot like the failed careers of former Real Life teen idol celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and others too numerous to count.
Unstoppable Rage: When Flash taunts her about being his girlfriend after using a potent date rape drug on human Twilight Sparkle, Sunset breaks a wall with her bare hands.
Woman Scorned: Suri Polomare. She knows what Blueblood really did to her, and is now using it to leverage her social status. One would almost feel sorry for him.
Alternate Tooniverse: To Sunset, after having lived for half a decade in the gritty reality of Earth, the paradise that is Equestria seems a little off.
"In the human world, in the first year she’d been trapped there after fleeing Celestia through Platinum's Mirror, Sunset had noted just how the landscape of Equestria seemed to be taken from the fanciful illustrations in human fairy tales. Now that she finally saw Equestria again through appreciative eyes and not on industrially-printed paper, it truly was like a fairy tale in how just in the distance, beyond the edges of the Everfree, sat a small hamlet of civilization."
Backstory: In chapter 7, we learn more about Sombra's past.
Blackmail: What the gang theorizes that the mirror's being able to replay the moments a person who has passed through it regrets most would have been used for by Sombra.
Brutal Honesty: Twilight regarding the early years of Celestia's rule being filled with many mistakes, like Discord and Sombra. To be fair, Celestia asked for bluntness.
Dramatic Irony: Sunset repeatedly thinks briefly that Luna has no Equestrian counterpart. This is even after she saw Vice Principle Luna disguise herself in her old Nightmare Moon persona.
In fairness, Luna was using just the NMM wig, and not her full get-up (the story states she was in a sun dress, but her NMM attire was a gothy-punkish look.)
Raspberry Beryl mistrusts Sunset Shimmer due to her past as Celestia's student and dabbling into Black Magic.
Dream Walker: Pinkie mentions Luna can do this to Sunset. Luna mentions to Celestia that she has difficulty with Sunset's dreams because they are only partially like a pony, implying that Sunset, at the subconscious level, is becoming completely human.
This is possibly also a Shout-Out to All-American Girl and the fact that Luna cannot see DJ in the dreamscape either due to the latter's human mindset.
Easily Forgiven: Celestia to Sunset, despite the initial impressions given in Chapter 2.
Epic Fail: Sunset's attempt at using an invisibility spell to follow Raspberry Beryl.
Happily Adopted: Although it has't been made official on paper, due to the fact that Raspberry is a legal adult, she considers Ascot and Cashmere to be her parents.
Twilight compares Razz's family to her big sister relationship with Spike.
Identical Stranger: Save for their color schemes and cutie marks, Sunset Shimmer and Raspberry Beryl look identical, a thought which does not make the wayward mare very happy.
The Equestrian counterparts to EQG!humans, in Sunset Shimmer's eyes. Pinkie Pie is not the niece of the Cakes; indeed, she states that she's more closely related to the Apples. Octavia Melody is not Twilight's cousin.
Involuntary Shapeshifting: Sunset accidentally reverts to her human form while still in Equestria briefly. Considering she was only trying to create an image of her human self, it might not be as involuntary as believed.
Locked Out of the Loop: Sunset is out of the loop on a lot of things, like Princess Luna's existence, for instance. She's also out of touch with how technology in Equestria has advanced while she was gone. Played for Drama considering Razz, which hurts her impression of Razz considering the dark magic affecting human Twilight.
Not So Different: Sunset compares her own experiences with Diamond Tiara's in order to reassure the filly.
Magic Mirror: Unlike the Cool Gate appearance of Cavalcanti's Mirror, the one on the pony side looks far more sinister, with images of Celestia, Luna, Nightmare Moon and Faust bound in chains held in the hooves of Sombra.
Misplaced Retribution/Disproportionate Retribution: Spike, blaming Sunset for being turned into a dog in the human world (something Sunset had no control over), sends a letter to Princess Celestia, who immediately teleports Sunset to the throne room and her possible death.
Poor Communication Kills: Twilight asks Razz to help train her dark magic defenses, but when Sunset sees it, she assumes Razz is attacking Twilight! To be fair, Twilight goofed on the shield spell and make Razz's attack more dangerous than it was meant to be, causing her to be knocked out.
To be fair, all of the Mane Six and the other ponies are trying to keep Sunset from finding out what Razz was involved in, which is not helping her paranoia.
Reformed, but Rejected: Diamond Tiara. Trying to treat the former targets of her bullying decently is difficult even for her.
Sinister Surveillance: Sombra made it so that the mirror could record the memories of those who passed through it and play them back, focusing on these kinds of moments (like Sunset's bullying past and demonic form), presumably for Blackmail.