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Webcomic / Sparkling Shimmer

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Sparkling Shimmer
Sparkling Shimmer is a webcomic written and drawn by DeviantArt user VerumTee. It can be found here.

Shortly after the events of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree, Sunset and Flash decide to give dating another shot. For a few months, everything seems to go okay. But when Twilight and Timber have a nasty breakup, it kicks off a series of events leading to Twilight and Sunset finding their true partners: each other.

Sparkling Shimmer provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Implied. In Twilight's Flashback, Moondancer is shown to be afraid when her father walks in the room.
  • Almost Kiss: Twilight and Sunset nearly have a kiss in page 14 of Chapter 3, only for the moment to be ruined by Rarity.
  • Alpha Bitch: Twilight's Flashback showed that Sugarcoat was this for the Shadowbolts in middle school. It's quite the contrast with her present-day portrayal.
  • Amicable Exes: Flash rather gracefully takes Sunset breaking up with him. Timber also wants to be this with Twilight, despite how badly things ended.
  • Beta Bitch: Twilight's Flashback showed that Sour Sweet was this to Sugarcoat during middle school.
  • Break-Up Bonfire: Subverted, Timber gives back Twilight all the stuff she gave him.
  • Characterization Marches On: An Inversion. In Twilight's Flashback we see how the Shadowbolts used to be. The contrast between the present day personalities of Sugarcoat and Indigo Zap and their past selves is very sheer.
  • Closet Key: Sunset doesn't realize she likes girls until Twilight tries to kiss her.
  • Coming-Out Story: Sunset comes out to Twilight after realizing she likes girls and that she likes her.
  • Date Peepers: After catching Twilight and Sunset out on a date, Pinkie drags the rest of the girls out to spy on another one. As a result, Rarity ends up being a Moment Killer to what would have been Twilight and Sunset's first kiss. Needless to say, Sunset is angry.
  • Domestic Abuse: Heavily Implied. Moondancer's mother has a bandage on her face and when her husband enters the room and begins shouting she is clearly terrified.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Downplayed. The Shadowbolts were bullies more than they were villains. But in Twilight's Flashback Indigo Zap and Lemon Zest are shown glaring at Sour Sweet when the class was told about the vandalism at Moondancer's house. Twilight later clarifies that none of the Shadowbolts were responsible for the vandalism.
  • Ferris Wheel Date Moment: Sunset insists on riding the Ferris wheel before taking Twilight home. This is where Twilight gives in to her feelings and tries to kiss her. It ends tragically when the kiss is denied and she runs off crying.
  • Gayngst: Twilight is bisexual, but her Flashback shows that in middle school she underwent some major drama because of homophobic treatment. This serves to explain her fear in being in a relationship with Sunset.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Sunset breaks up with Flash when she realizes she's into girls. Flash takes it rather well.
  • Kiss Diss: In chapter 2, Twilight gives into her feelings and tries to kiss Sunset. Despite doing several romantic gestures thought the chapter, Sunset is shocked and stops her.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Sunset becomes this in the second chapter. After getting them in the park on a date discount she pulls several romantic gestures like Win Her a Prize, You Must Be Cold, and setting up a Ferris Wheel Date Moment, then ends up denying Twilight a kiss. Of course, this is because she's acting on feelings she doesn't know she has.
  • Moment Killer: Twilight and Sunset nearly kiss on their fourth date, only for a spying Rarity to ruin it. Needless to say, Sunset is not pleased.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Sunset shouts "what the hay" at her friends for interrupting her date with Twilight. On the next page Rainbow Dash lampshades it.
  • Not Me This Time: At the end of Twilight's Flashback Indigo Zap and Lemon Zest are glaring at Sour Sweet when the teacher starts talking about the vandalism committed at Moondancer's house, but Sour Sweet is responding with a shrug. Twilight clarifies afterwards that (despite their homophobia) none of the Shadowbolts committed the vandalism
  • Official Couple: Sunset and Twilight as of Chapter 3 page 28.
  • On the Rebound: Twilight worries that this might be the only reason she's attracted to Sunset. Despite this, she agrees to a few test dates after Sunset confesses.
  • Reformed Bully: Lemon Zest. In middle school, she was part of the posse that would become the Crystal Prep Shadowbolts and she participated in their homophobic treatment against Twilight and Moondancer. In the present day, she acknowledges Twilight as a friend, apologizes for her behavior, and is instantly supportive of Twilight's romantic interest in Sunset. Whether this serves as an indication towards the other Shadowbolts reforming is unclear.
  • Sleep Cute: Chapter 1 ends with Twilight falling asleep in Sunset's arms, and Sunset, not willing to wake her up, simply laying down and falling asleep as well.
  • Speech Impediment: Twilight's Flashback shows Moondancer having trouble pronouncing the letter "r" in her speech.
  • Stunned Silence: Twilight's initial reaction after Sunset tells her that she likes her.
  • Transparent Closet: Apparently, the only one who wasn't aware Sunset into girls was Sunset herself. When she confesses, Flash admits he had seen it coming, and Fluttershy says the rest of the Rainbooms had suspected something.
  • Win Her a Prize: After getting a discount on the carnival tickets by pretending to be on a date, Sunset notes that if it were a real date, she'd win Twilight a prize. She then proceeds to do just that... after a few tries.
  • You Must Be Cold: Twilight tries to say she's cold as an excuse to go home when she realizes she has feelings for Sunset. In only results in Sunset draping her coat around her.