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Sunset splashed some water on her face, and then looked in the mirror. An emotionally –dead looking teenager stared back.

So this is what a black hole feels like, she thought, as she reached for the paper towels.

Over two months had passed, and Sunset was still reeling from the pain she had endured. Even being around the girls was more than she could bear. There were days where she would mentally hit herself, asking herself why she didn’t just go through the portal and be rid of them once and for all.

And yet, she couldn’t bring herself to leave the people who had called themselves her friends, who were there for her after her fall from grace, who gave her life purpose. She had felt the warmth of friendship, regardless of her current doubt about their intentions, and she literally felt she would die if she had to go back to that cold, lonely existence.

So she decided to take a third option; people hated her for being bad, and when she tried to be good, it blew up in her face. So she decided to be neither. Neither bad nor good, she would just be. She would only do or say when asked, and she would not stay too long. Just enough to keep around, not so much as to push away or to open her heart. She was never going to make that mistake again. She was never going to let her “friends” hurt her again, and she was never going to give them reason to hurt her again. Not an ideal system, but overall she was content with it.

Yeah right. Pull the other one; it shoots fireworks.

She crumpled the towel in her hands and threw it without turning from her reflection. Perfect basket. She didn’t hear a lot of noise outside, so she inferred that a good majority of the students had gone home for the day.

Sunset looked at her watch. It was 3:30. Mrs. Shy usually had dinner ready at 5:00, which meant she had time for a “long walk” on the way to Fluttershy’s.

As she opened the bathroom door, she ran into several familiar faces.

Oh good. Here’s the lynch mob. Two months behind schedule, but whatever, let’s get this over with. So what now? Turning the janitor into a toad? Backing up the toilets on the second floor? Sneezing? Please tell me, what unholy sin against nature have I supposedly committed this time?!

“Um, can I help you?”

None of them said a word. As Sunset gazed at the faces of Trixie Lulamoon, Bon-Bon, Lyra Heartstrings, Roseluck, and Thunderlane, she found that not a single one of them would look her in the eye. Trixie opened her mouth and then closed it several times.

Well, that’s a first. The Great and Pretentious Trixie has nothing to say.

Sunset looked behind the group and saw DJ Pon-3, one of the few students who had behaved cordially towards her and in fact, had remained neutral on the subject of Sunset’s supposedly being Anon-A-Miss. Once she was certain she had caught her eye (it was hard to tell with those sunglasses) she gestured towards the group of students blocking the bathroom door. Maybe she’d know what was going on.

Pon-3 shrugged, and then folded her arms, apparently waiting to see how this was going to play out.

Hate to disappoint her, but I’m in no mood for a soap box.

“Okay, um….bye, then.” Sunset gave a small wave and started to walk away.

“WAIT!”

Don’t stop. Keep going. Keep – no. No no no no NO! DAMMIT! Why do you keep turning around?!

“Yes?”

Trixie froze, her cheeks a light pink.

“I…”, she started, then cleared her throat and began pompously, her cheeks still flushed, “Ahem. That is, Trixie and her associates wish to speak with you regarding an urgent matter.”

For the love of Celestia, would you quit with the third person?! You’re not on stage right now!

Sunset folded her arms and nodded slightly, a sign for Trixie to continue.

“Trixie has been doing some thinking and she has come to the conclusion…that…” Trixie hesitated a bit, as if the next words coming out of her mouth were a vile poison. “…that maybe…she has made an….” She swallowed a massive lump in her throat “error…in judgement.” At the look on Sunset’s face, Trixie made a dramatic pose and declared, “Yes! Shocking, I know.”

Wooooooow. Move over, Rarity. You’ve got some competition for the drama award.

“But none-the-less, given much thought, Trixie has decided that…in retrospect…..” Trixie suddenly looked very unsure. She started to fiddle with her hands as she tried to find the right words. “Trixie’s behavior and…the behavior of her fellow classmates were… we…I…w-what I mean is-”

“Oh for Pete’s sake!” Tired of Trixie beating around the bush, Bon-Bon stepped forward and looked Sunset directly in the eye. “We want to apologize.”

Sunset’s eyebrows nearly leapt off her face.

“We shouldn’t have jumped to conclusions the way we did.” Lyra said, staring at the floor. “And we shouldn’t have screamed at you the way we did, and drove you out of school.”

“Especially after everything you did during the Battle of the Bands.” Roseluck added, wiping her eye. “We should’ve let you tell your side of things.”

“We were jerks, and we’re sorry.” Bon-Bon concluded. The others nodded vigorously in agreement.

Sunset stood there, unsure of what to say. They looked sincere enough.

But appearances could be deceiving.

Once Sunset’s name had been cleared of being the one spreading rumors, the student body had begun acting strangely around her. While they no longer glared or whispered about her, they still avoided her like the plague. And whenever she entered a room, the students would immediately stop talking.

After everything she’d been through, Sunset was expecting the worst, and was simply waiting for the other shoe to drop. She had not expected this.

And honestly, she would’ve preferred a lynching.

Two months ago, Principal Celestia revealed that not only had Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo posted their sisters’ most private and embarrassing secrets and framed her for it, they had also been posting submissions from other students.

The students of Canterlot High, or at least a portion of it, had known she had been innocent. They knew she hadn’t done what she had been accused of. And they still pointed fingers at her.

They had used her as a scapegoat so they could bully other students and get off scot-free.

Sunset hadn’t felt this angry or upset when the entire student body was booing her during the Battle of the Bands semi-finals. At least then their anger towards her had been justified, and they had being brainwashed as an excuse.

Sunset stared at the remorseful faces of her fellow students, who were starting to fidget nervously at her silence, idly wondering how many secrets they each had posted. How many lives they ruined.

Finally, she gave a deep sigh, and said, almost cheerfully, “Okay. Apology accepted.”

And with that, she turned and walked down the hall.

To say the group was shocked was a gross understatement. Trixie’s mouth was nearly on the floor as she blinked rapidly. She turned to DJ Pon-3 and gestured wildly at the air where Sunset previously stood, silently asking what the hell just happened.

Pon-3 just shrugged, and walked off, having no reason to stay now that the show was over.

With a noise of frustration, Trixie took off down the hall after Sunset.

“So, that it, then?” Trixie asked when she had finally caught up.

“Yep. That’s it.” Sunset said casually. Her pace had quickened considerably, and Trixie was now struggling to keep up.

“Just like that?”

“Just like that.” Sunset’s fist clenched tightly, but Trixie didn’t seem to notice.

“I mean..I’m just..surprised is all. Most people in your position would be…understandably, of course….I mean, not that Trixie wants you to hold a grudge, it’s just that-”
 
Sunset stopped so suddenly that Trixie nearly stumbled. Sunset’s hand unclenched, and two drops of red fell to the floor. Trixie paled, taking a step back.

“Trixie.”

 Trixie winced at the monotone in Sunset’s voice. She sounded so….defeated.

 “Y-Yes?”

 Sunset spoke, not turning around. “If you’re really sorry…..then just leave me alone.”

 Sunset walked away, and this time Trixie did not follow. She stared at Sunset’s retreating back until it disappeared completely. Then, unsure of where to go from there, she turned and walked down the empty hallway in the opposite direction.

Bitter Tears CH 5 - Hypocrisy
Just FYI, Trixie and the others were NOT among the students to submit secrets to Anon-A-Miss. However, Sunny's understandably not very trusting at the moment.

But I'm not done yet. You can only bottle up your resentment for so long. Sunset's cork is gonna pop, and in the next coming chapters her bottles gonna get shaken. HARD.
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The rush of the holidays was over. The new semester had begun. On the surface, everything seemed perfectly normal as student hustled about in the halls of Canterlot High. However, Rainbow Dash knew this was not the case.

Shortly before the break, a mysterious Mystable user called Anon-a-Miss had shown up and had begun spreading personal and private information regarding her and her friends. And after barely a week had passed, they had all wrongly accused their friend Sunset Shimmer of being behind it. Rainbow still remembered the devastated look on Sunset’s face as they had coldly walked away, cutting her out of their group and their lives. Her tears had formed a puddle around her, she was crying so much, but they were all too angry to care.

Rainbow sighed, disgusted with herself. How could she have been so stupid? After everything Sunset had done to prove she had changed, after everything they had been through, how could she and the others had believed that Sunset was capable of doing this?

Rainbow snorted bitterly. She knew the answer to that, though she had tried to deny it. She couldn’t speak for the others, but she had believed Sunset was Anon-a-Miss because she had wanted to believe it, because it was easier to believe that Sunset, who had had a history of bullying and blackmailing others, had gone back to her old ways than to actually try to find out the truth for themselves. And because of that, they had hurt Sunset very badly, and Anon-a-Miss had been allowed to continue to sow discontent and misery amongst their peers.

In the end, the true culprits had come forward and Sunset’s name was cleared, but the damage was already done. The secrets were out, Sunset still had had to suffer for no reason, and their friendship with her had been strained, if not worse.

During the break, Sunset had accepted the invitation to the Apples’ Christmas party, where she opened presents, laughed, and acted cordially towards her hosts and the other guests. However everyone got the distinct impression that the smile was forced, and whenever Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo were in the same room, she either stopped talking or made excuses to go to another room. She had politely declined their offer to have her stay with them – her gaze had momentarily flickered over to Apple Bloom as she spoke - and had spent the majority of the break over at Fluttershy’s instead, although she had seemed reluctant even to do that. Rainbow had a feeling that Sunset only stayed there because it provided her with a roof over her head (she flinched at the thought – she and the others had known Sunset had been homeless since the Battle of the Bands. Another reason for her to feel guilty.) and because she was least likely to interact with Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo there.

They had all chipped in to buy her a new phone to replace her broken one, but Sunset rarely used it unless one of them called or texted her. In fact, Sunset didn’t talk to them at all unless they asked her a question or spoke directly to her. And although she tagged along, she didn’t really join in. It was as though she was only tolerating being in their presence.

Or maybe she thinks we’re just tolerating her, Rainbow thought sadly.

Once school started back up, things didn’t get any better. Sunset refused to eat in the cafeteria anymore, preferring the solitude of the soccer field. She also seemed to be avoiding them as much as she could, participating in after school activities and making all sorts of excuses not to join them.

And all the while that one elephant in the room still remained. Although the girls had apologized for their callous behavior, and Sunset had assured them that she had forgiven them, they had never really talked about what had happened, and Sunset was positively determined to forget the whole thing.

But they couldn’t forget it. It had happened, no matter how much they wished it hadn’t. And if things between them were to ever be mended, Rainbow knew they would have to face it. She was determined to make things right, no matter what.

 

“Hey.”

Sunset looked up and saw Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy standing next to her.

“Hey. You need something?” Sunset asked casually.

Fluttershy resisted the urge to flinch. The casual tone Sunset was using only made her feel worse. She wished she would just scream at them and be done with it.

“Can we talk?” Rainbow asked, leaning against the lockers.

“Sure. Make it quick though. I have Calc in two minutes.” said Sunset, turning back to her open locker and pulling out books.

“About….um….Anon-a-Miss.” Fluttershy said so quietly Rainbow barely heard her. Sunset did, though.

That I don’t wanna talk about.” Sunset said edgily, cramming the books into her backpack.

“Sunset, we need to talk about this,” Rainbow said, pushing up from the lockers standing firmly in front of her friend. “Things aren’t okay between us, and you know it. And it’s because of Anon-a-Miss. And ignoring it’s not gonna make it go away.”

Sunset slammed her locker closed and turned to face them, her patience wearing thin.

“Look, you don’t get it, do you? I don’t wanna talk about Anon-a-Miss. I don’t wanna think about it. I told you, I forgive you for not believing me. The whole thing’s over and done with so just let it bucking go, okay?!”

Sunset’s voice had raised a considerable amount, and other students were starting to stare. Still, Rainbow Dash couldn’t help but snicker, “ ‘Bucking?’

Sunset sighed and pinched the bridge of her nose. She did not have time for this. “Look, I gotta go. I’ll see you at lunch, okay?”

She slung her backpack over her shoulder and began to walk away.

“Do you wanna meet us at Sugarcube Corner after school?” Fluttershy asked.

Sunset turned and glared at her. “Fluttershy. I said. Let. It. Go.”

And with that she walked towards her next class, leaving her friends disheartened.  

“Well that went well.” Rainbow said glumly.

“She’s still mad huh?” Rainbow turned to see Flash Sentry walking toward them, a sympathetic look on his face.

“No, she’s skipping down the hallway and singing show tunes.” Rainbow snarked, then immediately regretted it. All Flash did was ask a question; he didn’t deserve to have his head bitten off because she was frustrated. “Sorry.”

Flash just shrugged. “Can’t say I blame her. We did treat her pretty badly.”

Rainbow raised her eyebrow in confusion. “We? Flash, you’re one of the few people who didn’t jump on the ‘Sunset Is Anon-a-Miss’ bandwagon.”

“No, but I didn’t stick up for her either,” Flash said sadly.

Rainbow chose not to comment. In fact, Flash hadn’t even spoken to Sunset since their very loud and violent break-up over a year ago. And when Twilight came along Sunset pretty much just faded into the background for him.

“I don’t know what to do. She’s just…so angry…..and hurt.” Fluttershy whimpered.

“Look girls, I don’t know what to tell you.” Flash shrugged. “Maybe she just needs some time for the wound to heal. It hasn’t really been that long since it happened.”

“Maybe…” Rainbow said idly. Just then the bell rang. “Oh, crap! Come on, Shy!”

As the two girls ran down the hall to get to their class, Flash stared at the locker that Sunset had occupied mere minutes, and he suddenly got an idea. An absolutely stupid idea. But it was probably just stupid enough to work.

Bitter Tears CH 4 - Pretence
For any Daria fans, can you spot the reference?
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OK,  so at some point Yellow Diamond figures out the Cluster hasn't hatched yet. Furious she comes to Earth herself and she learns of the Crystal Gems' existence and that Peridot Lapis and Jasper are still alive. A huge fight breaks out, and the end result is that Yellow Diamond, now completely insane with rage, decides to force the Cluster to form. She runs back to her ship before anyone can stop her and blasts a hole in the Earth's crust which pops the bubble the Cluster is in.

Desperate, Steven psychically links with the Cluster again, begging it to to bubble itself again. However the Cluster, realizing the threat Yellow Diamond still poses, does something that has never been done successfully by any Gem before: partial formation. It forms just enough so that it can protect the Earth and not destroy it.

And boy is it a sight to see; as tall as a mountain, completely white and glowing.waving arms for hair, two large 'regular' arms with eyes all over it, and two large completely blank glowing eyes on its face.

Enraged, the Cluster grabs the very shocked Yellow Diamond's ship and bellows,  "THIS IS OUR HOME. YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE. GO AWAY, AND NEVER. COME. BACK!!!"

With a roar, she flings the ship as hard as she can, sending Yellow Diamond to the farthest corners of space, never to be seen for a long, long time.

After a brief moment of stunned silence, Steven awkwardly intoduces the Cluster to the other Gems. The Cluster smiles warmly.

Suddenly,  the Cluster arches her back and falls to the ground with a cry of pain. Steven rushes over in concern, only to see that the Cluster's body is beginning to crumble away.

The Cluster looks up sadly at Steven and says softly, "......Goodbye. .....friend....."

Steven is stricken. Goodbye? Surely she can't mean.....

The Cluster manages to sit up, declares with a smile, "I am ME. I am Whole!!! Thank you. ...  friend...."

The Cluster's eyes close - all of them - as a single tear slides down her face,  and then with a final arch and a scream she exploded into nothingness.  And from the hole from whence she came erupts a geyser of dirt.

Steven throws up a bubble to protect everyone,  when all is quiet once more, he dissolves it and picks up a handful of glittering dust. Gem dust. The strain of maintaining a partial form was too much for the Cluster, and all the shards she was made from were shattered into dust as a result. She had sacrificed herself to save the Earth, just as the many Crystal Gems she was made of did before her. The handful of dust blows away and Steven bows his head in grief as tears run down his face. The Gems gather around their friend to comfort him, somber expressions on their faces.

The episode ends with Steven and the Gems placing flowers around the now filled hole of the Cluster, now a memorial to their fallen comrade, and the first rays of light of the new morning shines upon them. Yes, they had lost a friend,  but they had won the battle, and the Earth was safe once more.



So what do you think? Sorry it's been awhile.
OK,  so at some point Yellow Diamond figures out the Cluster hasn't hatched yet. Furious she comes to Earth herself and she learns of the Crystal Gems' existence and that Peridot Lapis and Jasper are still alive. A huge fight breaks out, and the end result is that Yellow Diamond, now completely insane with rage, decides to force the Cluster to form. She runs back to her ship before anyone can stop her and blasts a hole in the Earth's crust which pops the bubble the Cluster is in.

Desperate, Steven psychically links with the Cluster again, begging it to to bubble itself again. However the Cluster, realizing the threat Yellow Diamond still poses, does something that has never been done successfully by any Gem before: partial formation. It forms just enough so that it can protect the Earth and not destroy it.

And boy is it a sight to see; as tall as a mountain, completely white and glowing.waving arms for hair, two large 'regular' arms with eyes all over it, and two large completely blank glowing eyes on its face.

Enraged, the Cluster grabs the very shocked Yellow Diamond's ship and bellows,  "THIS IS OUR HOME. YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE. GO AWAY, AND NEVER. COME. BACK!!!"

With a roar, she flings the ship as hard as she can, sending Yellow Diamond to the farthest corners of space, never to be seen for a long, long time.

After a brief moment of stunned silence, Steven awkwardly intoduces the Cluster to the other Gems. The Cluster smiles warmly.

Suddenly,  the Cluster arches her back and falls to the ground with a cry of pain. Steven rushes over in concern, only to see that the Cluster's body is beginning to crumble away.

The Cluster looks up sadly at Steven and says softly, "......Goodbye. .....friend....."

Steven is stricken. Goodbye? Surely she can't mean.....

The Cluster manages to sit up, declares with a smile, "I am ME. I am Whole!!! Thank you. ...  friend...."

The Cluster's eyes close - all of them - as a single tear slides down her face,  and then with a final arch and a scream she exploded into nothingness.  And from the hole from whence she came erupts a geyser of dirt.

Steven throws up a bubble to protect everyone,  when all is quiet once more, he dissolves it and picks up a handful of glittering dust. Gem dust. The strain of maintaining a partial form was too much for the Cluster, and all the shards she was made from were shattered into dust as a result. She had sacrificed herself to save the Earth, just as the many Crystal Gems she was made of did before her. The handful of dust blows away and Steven bows his head in grief as tears run down his face. The Gems gather around their friend to comfort him, somber expressions on their faces.

The episode ends with Steven and the Gems placing flowers around the now filled hole of the Cluster, now a memorial to their fallen comrade, and the first rays of light of the new morning shines upon them. Yes, they had lost a friend,  but they had won the battle, and the Earth was safe once more.



So what do you think? Sorry it's been awhile.

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