Fifteen years later...
“Thanks for taking me for a night out in Manehatten, Rarity,” Starlight Glimmer said as the two unicorns strolled through the sprawling city’s lantern-lit streets. “I never really had a chance to do something like this before.”
“All the more reason to do it, darling. Everypony should experience it at least once.”
A unicorn stallion sat in the darkness of a nearby alleyway, a tattered rag draped over his shoulders. His thick, messy beard was mostly gray, clearly showing his age with only a few dark streaks remaining from his youth. His mane and tail were equally gray and tattered. He looked like he hadn’t had a bath or groomed himself in months. On the ground in front of him was a ceramic coffee mug. The old pony held up a sign drawn on cardboard. It read, “Broke and hungry. Anything will help.”
Raising a foreleg, Rarity winced at the site of the poor old soul. “Oh my. We must remember that t