The sun rose over Ponyville, bringing with it an early riser. This pony, a yellow-orange pegasus with a dark-grey mane and tail, blue eyes, and a mushroom cloud for a cutie mark, hopped out of his bed and greeted the morning. He and his parents lived in a building that was similar to Sugar Cube Corner, but had a flat roof, different coloring, and a satellite dish to get Doppler Radar. The pegasus pony traveled down the stairs of his humble abode, and when he reached the bottom floor, he was greeted by his mother, a red pegasus mare with a fiery mane and tail, orange eyes anda fire-colored flower for her cutie mark, and his father, a grey, gruff-looking pegasus with a dark-grey mane and tail, yellow eyes,and a tornado for his cutie mark. "Hey, Mom and Dad," the yelow-orange pegasus said. "Greetings, Thunder Storm!" his parents replied. "How are sales today?" his father asked. Thunder Storm looked at his parents. "Really? The day has only begun. I'm still awaiting my first customer," he said. Just then, there was a knock at the door.