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Sunny had to take a deep breath. Her body felt like it was being constantly charged by electricity that went down from her hooves to her tail to the tip of her nose. It made her heart ache with affection and her whole body want to move. She could scarcely believe everything that had happened. After years of trying to prove her father's histories correct and showing the ponies of Maretime Bay the truth only to be denied, it had finally happened and it had happened quickly. In just a few days Maretime Bay had been transformed. You only had to look around! Where once posters and advertisements had promoted a lot of fear-mongering towards their equine brothers and sisters now existed blank spaces being used to write messages and newer, admittedly less well made, posters advertising some meet and greets.

 

Oh, and all the unicorns and pegasi that were visiting to see the sea. That was cool too. Just a little.
She knew that the work wasn't done. She was sure there were a lot of earth ponies in Maretime Bay who were still reticent to discard generations of baked in discrimination over the passions of the moment. Fear was hard to overcome. It would take time. Bridlewood and Zephyr Heights were likely undergoing some of the same. The work of integrating the three pony species back together was finally started but there was much more left to do, more adventures to come, new friends to make, and the biggest mysteries were left to unravel. The fist big victory had been won and if her father could see her right now then he would know she was doing her part, hoof to heart, to make sure it was just the start. Now though it wasn't just them. Ponies from across the cities would carry some of the load. She could afford to take in the moment.

 

Which was good, because she wanted a bite to eat and had a friend she wanted to eat that bite with.
"So, Izzy..." Sunny asked her friend who was trotting alongside her down one of the city's main thoroughfares. Sunny wasn't an Alicorn at the moment- Alicorn being the term she was correcting ponies to use, since pegacorn or unisus or pearthicorn were super far off- and didn't know what had made them go away. She had some inkling as to why it had appeared and that set her at ease, but that was a question for later. Currently, she had other questions to ask. 142 of them to be exact, though a number had been answered during the trip to Bridlewood. SHE HAD BEEN TO BRIDLEWOOD OH WOW-
"Do unicorns like pizza?" Sunny asked hopefully. Okay, not every question was going to be intensely important but...she wanted to get to know her friend better. From the moment they met they had been running around on an adventure. That was a dream come true of its own kind, but it had given her scant time to get to know the unicorn who had helped her set the world right! That needed to change and it was going to change starting...now. 

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Izzy Moonbow had a lot to think about. Her brain was constantly racing with intuitions and daydreams about things that could spark her curiosity in the moment. The constant exercise of imagination kept her mind sharp and her intentions sharper. Combine this with all the events of the past few days finding new friends and making a positive change across all pony kinds? It was simply magical.

 

Oh yeah, magic! Izzy feeling the tingling sensation on her horn felt oddly familiar, like she had experienced it in a previous life or something. Knowing that being able to use magic was a new feature didn't agree with the second nature she had controlling it. She wasn't able to shoot pony lasers or read other pony's thoughts, but she somehow managed to use levitation magic to set the Maretime Bay trolley back onto its tracks. She wasn't even sure how she found the courage to do so, lifting something heavy always meant you needed more strength. But unicorn magic was a funky feeling that gave Izzy the poise to lift anything as if it was as light as a feather.

 

Later, having been removed from the magical rush, Izzy's horn stopped glowing inadvertently. However, her innate understanding of the magic she could now wield stayed with her reflexes. Being able to levitate almost anything never replaced her desire to use her legs for walking though. Something about traditional pony trots kept Izzy's brain paced on taking things in as slow or as as fast as her eyes could motivate. But for now, her ears were taking in the attention from her new best friend, Sunny Starscout. "You earth ponies have a lot more food shops than we do in Bridlewood, but we eat mostly the same food, I think. I've had pizza in Bridlewood before but it was a long time ago and had a lot more green leaf toppings that I see on signs here in the city." Another part of Izzy's body was tingling with magic, but this one was more primal than familiar. It also made a growling sound that came from the unicorn's underside. "Oh! Hehe, do you think we can get some!?"

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Talking with Izzy was like winning trivia night every moment of the day. She answered so many questions that Sunny hadn't even asked yet, only to open up so many more! She really was a fascinating pony. Not just because she was a unicorn which, yes, was still incredible to believe, but because she was so...Izzy! Sunny had met happy ponies and she had met energetic ponies. She had even, on occasion, met an optimistic pony. But all of those qualifiers- effervescent? bubbly?- and more failed to describe just how unique Izzy was. Which was good, because Sunny wanted to learn all there was and more.


"That sounds like a great idea. How about License to Slice?" She asked, running up against her friend and steering her to it before giggling and trotting inside. It was a nice pizza establishment, one of many that lined the side streets. Nothing special. She liked it primarily because the owner wasn't very judgy. Today the shop was busting. With the main avenue still undergoing minor repair work and it being chocked with lookie loos and sally come laters, the side shops were doing brisk business. She took their spot in line and leaned against the wall.


"A lot of the area around Maretime Bay is farming land. I guess that would explain why we have more food shops than Bridlewood...we'll have to fix that," she pondered. After all, it wouldn't be right to hog all this excess food, right? Surely the other species could benefit from Earth pony farming! Her book came out as she looked for space to write. She looked back up with all the energy of an excited schoolfilly. "What's a unicorn's diet in Bridlewood?" She pondered then angled her brows as she looked down, then back up at Izzy. "And what do you like?"

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"I don't have a license to slice, yet. Oh, you mean the place with the sign that says 'License to Slice'. Gotcha." Izzy was guided by Sunny to enter the restaurant. "Oh, we have farms in Bridlewood, too. But I guess they just aren't as big. More like gardens. We grow fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots and celery, but it's easier to grow things that would normally grow in the forest anyway. So we end up eating a lot of mushrooms, all different kinds of nuts and seeds, and berries from bushes. Oh! We also grow a lot of herbs like ginseng and passionflower, you know for tea." Izzy leaned on Sunny. "Yeah, we drink lots of tea. I like most the food we grow in the forest, but I also like to eat a lot of snacks. I typically went through a few boxes of cheese crackers every week. I also like eating macaroni, but most of the dried noodles end up getting used in a craft instead of being eaten.

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Sunny couldn't help but wonder where all the good stuff was. The food variety in Maretime Bay was soooo huge! Living just off of fruits and veggies and nuts and mushrooms- she was talking so fast oh wow- and seeds- wait, they ate seeds? She was about to ask how you could eat a seed when her brain remembered that...yeah she ate seeds to. Small seeds. Why did her brain want to assume that Izzy meant eating the huge pits of peaches? Wait- tea. She loved tea. Unicorns love tea. Crackers? Was than an Izzy thing or a unicorn thing? She liked crackers cheese crackers. Oh wow. Wow. She talked so fast. She talked so fast and Sunny was trying to write it all down and now her hoof was hurting.

 

As Izzy settled against her, Sunny shook her hoof cramp away and moved forward with the line, bringing Izzy along like an oversized saddlebag with a pointy end. "Oh, wow. So much- do you grow- what type of apples do you normally grow? Would you call yourself a Cosmic Crisp type of pony? They told us that the Cosmic Crisp was only grown in Bridlewood. Does it even exist?" She asked, grilling her friend about the most unusual variety of all. According to Maretime Bay legend, the Cosmic Crisp was once known as the Zap Apple and was the greatest apple cultivar of all, having been invented by one of the old world's greatest agricultural scientists. However, 'evil unicorns', jealous over how wonderfully delicioys the Cosmic Crisp was, stole the whole crop and used their magic to change them until an Earth pony could never eat them. That was why the Cosmic Crisp has vanished and been replaced by the Maretime´s Favourite. "And, if so, do you know how it got there? What do you have with your macaroni?"

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Sunny liked to ask Izzy lots of questions. Izzy had a shorter than average attention span, but her memory was relatively sharp. Considering the rapid fire questionnaire she was getting, she would happily answer everything her best friend had to ask, with the most recent question being the thing she would expand on first. "Cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Like that!" Izzy pointed towards the laboring earth ponies who were frantically working to fill pizza orders. One of them was holding a large bag with pre-shredded cheese in it. "Earth ponies must like cheese a lot, too!" Izzy was slightly distracted by the shop ponies in their process of taking orders and making pizza. Things in Maretime Bay were much more industrialized than they were in Bridlewood. Izzy didn't mind the change of pace, as it kept up with the rate of her bouncing eyes.

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