A pegasus mare got up and found herself in a bed in Ponyville. She asked herself, "What's going on?"
She looked at her hooves for a moment and got out of bed. She had a seed-bread sandwich for breakfast, "It's been a while since I've eaten something... Tastes so good."
When she got out of the house, a pegasus stallion was waiting for her, "Good morning, Snowstorm."
"Cyniquote?" she asked and pushed him against a wall, "What's going on?"
Cyniquote calmly asked, "Whatever do you mean?"
"The last thing I remember was becoming part-windigo and getting trapped in a cave. You and your friend cause a rock avalanche! I've been stuck for days!"
Cyniquote looked away as he said, "I don't know what you're talking about."
He looked her in the eyes and said, "Besides, how would it be possible for us to clear the avalanche of rocks, give you the anti-windigo potion in your sleep, carry you to Ponyville, and all without you waking up?"
She set Cyniquote free and rubbed her chin. She looked around and saw the ponies around her, "Wait, where are all the unicorns?"
Standing behind her, Cyniquote explained, "Good question. You see, The powers that be deemed all unicorns and alicorns too dangerous to be around pegasi and earth ponies, so they decided to banish them all. They all left and built a city far away from all others."
Snowstorm turned around and exclaimed, "Finally!"
Cyniquote shrugged and looked to the side, "Personally, I thought it was a stupid idea, but I'm not the ruler here."
"And that's exactly why you're not. Now lemme go manage weather, I have a world to enjoy."
Snowstorm tried to float, but remebered she couldn't anymore. She flew to the post board to check the weather schedule. On her way, she came across Pinkie Pie, "Hello! You're new here, aren't you?"
Snowstorm recalled her memories, "Yes. I've tried living here before, but it only lasted a day."
"I never threw you a welcoming party! Besides, I've done so many goodbye parties, I need to balance it out with something..."
Snowstorm said, "Look, unicorns are not..." but Pinkie Pie forced a smile and said, "Let's go!"
She pulled Snowstorm's front leg and got her to Sugarcube corner. When the party started, she found the music too loud and the decorations too colorful. A stallion gave her a pat on the back to get her attention, "So, how are you enjoying Ponyville?"
"Ow! Be careful."
"Sorry, guess I don't know my own strength."
Pinkie Pie saw Snowstorm walk away angrily, so she decided to calm her down with some cake. She tried some , but asked, "Ugh, How much sugar did you put into it?" and thought to herself, "Even snow tasted better."
When the party finally ended, Snowstorm staggered out. She saw Cyniquote looking through the window, "Hey, how long have you been there?"
Still looking through the window, Cyniquote replied, "Oh, I just got here. That must have been quite a party. They were never really my cup of tea, but how did you like it?"
"It was so exhausting... Are earth ponies always this energetic?"
"No, just her. I've been meaning to ask you, what's your opinion on earth ponies?"
Snowstorm was silent for a moment, but said, "I don't know, I haven't met any in Canterlot."
"Speaking of Canterlot, " Cyniquote pulled a newspaper from under his wing, "It's facing a lot of problems. Plenty of gaps in jobs and places of power."
Snowstorm turned away and said, "Meh, Canterlot never cared about me, why should I care about it?"
"I thought you cared about non-unicorns."
"Those problems are temporary. Freedom from ponies who can freeze you with a thought is forever. I have to go to work now, Pinkie wasted too much of my time."
She was about to reach the post board, but Granny Smith stopped her. She was standing behind a stand, saying, "Bah some apples, young lady?"
"I'm in a rush, don't bother... then again, I could use some healthy food. After that mouth-burner I tasted."
"That'll be six bits pe apple."
Snowstorm's eyes widened, "Six bits? Where do you get your prices?"
"Weyal, ah family lost a third of ah customers lately, we hafta make ends meet somehow."
"Give it a few years, the population will go back to normal."
Granny made a sad face, "Not sure if we'll be able tah make ends meet for that lowng..."
Snowstorm muttered to herself, "No, this is a good system..." and said, "Tell you what, I'm a weather manager, I'll give you perfect weather for growing apples. That'll help your business."
Some time later, the two mares were at Apple Acres. Everything was green, the apples were big and ripe, but she found the farm smaller than expected.
Snowstorm flew around the farm and set a few rain clouds in place, "So, is this good?"
"A few more, few more, good! Naw make some breeze."
Snowstorm flapped her wings for a moment, but Granny said, "Then again, de apples don need so much rain."
The pegasus sighed and removed a few, but Granny still wasn't satisfied.
"Hawld own, lemme get mah guide. Maybe ah remembered somethin' wrong."
Half an hour later, Granny Smith was finally pleased. Snowstorm's wings hurt, so she walked back to Ponyville, grumbling, "She didn't even pay me... I have half a mind to cover the farm with ice."
On her way, she met Cyniquote, hauling a small cart of sour apples, "What are you doing here?"
Cyniquote looked back to check if none of the apples fell off, "The tree in my backyard is out of sour apples, so I bought some. Here, have one. You could use the energy."
Snowstorm started eating. She observed, "Wow, these taste surprisingly good."
"I know, they're my favorite. By the way, how's your day going?"
Snowstorm frowned, "Well, the earth ponies seem to be causing a lot of problems... maybe a little too much strength and endurance. How did that old lady boss me around for so long without falling asleep?"
"Everypony has privileges, "said Cyniquote before heading off, "I gotta put these in the fridge, see ya."
Snowstorm walked back to post board and noticed a light yellow mare with a face mask glue a poster. She started reading it, "Tomorrow at noon, gather up for the "we want unicorns back" protest at... wait up, ms!"
The masked mare looked back, saw that Snowstorm was angry and decided to leg it. Snowstorm chased her around Ponyville, feeling like someone was chasing her as well. The angry mare eventually managed to swoop down and pin the masked mare to the ground, "Oof!"
Snowstorm yelled at her, "We just got this new order and you're that quick to fight it? Can't you give it a chance?"
"My friend Lyra was forced to move away, I'm not giving it any time!"
Snowstorm defended herself, "Hey, we all have to make some sacrifices for progress."
The masked mare pointed at her, "What did you sacrifice?"
She smacked her hoof away, "Didn't anyone teach you it's not polite to point?!"
"Don't dodge my question."
"Ugh, you earth ponies are insufferable! Maybe we should put you with the unicorns."
Suddenly, all the ponies around Snowstorm stopped moving. She heard Cyniquote's voice from behind, "And there's your problem."
Snowstorm looked around as everything except Cyniquote turned darker, "Wh-, what's going on?"
Cyniquote said, "Let me explain. After Gear and I trapped you in that cave, he felt sorry for you. He made me promise that if we ever found a safe way, we would convince you to drink the potion that turned you back into a pegasus."
Snowstorm turned taller and paler, "So, I'm still like this?"
"In reality, yes. According to our experience, diplomacy doesn't work on you. We figured, if we showed that you would still be unhappy in a world without unicorns, you'd give up on your agenda. I used my magic blindfold to contact Princess Luna through our dreams. After hearing our story, she was more than happy to give me a replica of Ponyville to control and a link between your dream and mine."
"This is all just a dream?", Snowstorm asked as the Ponyville in her head disappeared.
"Yes, and I hope it made you realize that you have a problem, not the world. With no unicorns to be mad at, you just aimed your anger at the next group."
Snowstorm turned away and thought about everything. Cyniquote could notice some worry in her eyes, but it was quickly replaced with anger. She floated up, froze Cyniquote's hooves to the ground and said, "This was all a big lie! Things would be better without unicorns and without you!"
"Ugh, my patience is on its last drop..."
Cyniquote summoned an oven, melted the ice and flew up, "Look at yourself. You've always been a monster addicted to hatred. Now, you're one on the outside."
Snowstorm started to shake him, "Get out of my dreeeaaam!"
Cyniquote fell out of his bed. He took off the blindfold and saw his friend, who asked him, "So, did it work?"
"Probably not... I can't say I didn't try."
Gear tried to comfort him, "Sorry I made you go through that, I understand if you want to give up."
However, Cyniquote gave him a determined look, "I made you a promise and I intend to keep it. When we come up with another strategy, I'm going again."