-Meanwhile at Canterlot-
The sun was set, and the moon rose into the sky. In the baby foal's room, Dusk Shine and his friend Rainbow Blitz were fast asleep in the crib. Little did they know is that the shadow forms of Snips and Snails were approaching the crib. In Prince Solaris and Princess Celestia's bedroom, the two alicorns were asleep until they heard a noise coming from the baby foal's room. "Uhh." Prince Solaris said as he was stirred from his sleep. "What is it?" Princess Celestia muttered as she woke up. They both gasped and said "The baby!" They stole away to their son's room and gasped in horror. They saw Rainbow Blitz pulling his head out of a vase, and whinnied in shock as their eyes fell upon the crib, empty and overturned. "DUSK SHINE!" Princess Celestia cried out as she broke down in heart-wrenching tears. As for Prince Solaris, he bit his lip as his face twisted into heartbroken rage before he went supernova as he shouted "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
As Snips and Snails ran off far from Canterlot with Dusk Shine, Snails said "NOW we did it! Prince Solaris is gonna use us for target practice!" "Just hang onto the colt, Snails!" snapped Snips, not noticing a stray rock, which caused him to trip them up, and after the nasty tumble, the baby colt started bawling. As Snails tried to shush him quiet, he whined out "Let's just kill the colt, and get it over with, okay?!" Snips then levitated the potion Prince Artemis had given thim, contained in a baby bottle, and said "Here ya go kid! A little not-so-vitamin formula!" He then shoved it into Dusk Shine's mouth, and as the baby foal sucked on the bottle, his wings started to fall off. "Look at that!" Snails said as the wings fell off. "He's..changing! Can we do it, now?!" "No, no, no!" Snips yelled out. "He has to drink the whole potion! Every. Last. Drop!"
But before Dusk Shine had a chance to drink the last drop, a voice called out "Who's there?!" The two unicorns gasped and took cover as they accidently sent the bottle flying and it shattered on the ground, and the last drop dripped into the dust. An earth pony with a brilliant orange mane, moderate sap green eyes, light yellowish gray hooves, and a big green apple for his cutie mark named Big Macintosh or Big Mac for short went around the corner and spotted Dusk Shine bawling. "Cheerilee, over here!" Big mac called out. Cheerilee, A moderate cerise coated earth pony with a pale, light grayish rose mane with light ceriseish gray streaks, grayish harlequin eyes, and three smiling flowers for her cutie mark went around the corner and spotted Dusk Shine. She approched the baby colt, and said "Oh, you poor thing. Oh, don't cry."
As she picked up Dusk Shine, he finally stopped crying upon seeing her face. Big Mac looked around and said "Is anypony there?!" As Snips and Snails looked from the bush that they hid in, Snails turned to his partner and asked "Now?" "Now." Snips said sneering. As they crept toward the ponies quietly, they magicaly turned into snakes. As Big Mac and Cheerilee considered their situation, they had no idea of the danger they were in. "Oh well, he must have been abandoned." Big Mac said as he looked at the baby colt Cheerilee held. Cheerilee looked at her husband and said "Oh Macintosh, for so many years we've prayed to the alicorns to bless us with a foal. Perhaps they've answered our prayers." "Eeyup, perhaps they have." Big Mac said when he noticed an amulet around the colt's neck and something engraced on the back. "Dusk Shine...?"
Then Cheerilee noticed a shadow and turn to see what it was, only to scream. As snakes, Snips and Snails tried to attack Cheerilee and Dusk Shine, but Dusk Shine used his alicorn-like magic to bash the two heads of the naughty unicorns, hit them several times, tie them up into a knot, twirled them around before tossing them away. Big Mac and Cheerilee stared at the baby foal in shock, thinking 'Holy Sweet Celestia!' Snips and Snails screamed before they crashed, and they landed on the ground below. As they turned back into their real forms, and got themselves untangled, Snails began to panic and said "Prince Artemis is gonna kill us when he finds out what happened!" Snips smirked and said "You mean IF he finds out." "Well, of course he's gonna f-!" Snails started to say but suddenly stopped as it dawned on him. Snails nodded and said "If. If is good."
It was tragic, Prince Solaris led all the allicorns on a frantic search for Dusk Shine, but by the time they found the baby colt, it was too late. Young Dusk was mortal now. But since he didn't drink the last drop, he still retained his alicorn-like magic and his spark divine. But Prince Solaris and Princess Celestia still wept. Because their son could never come home, they'd have to watch their precious foal grow up from afar. So Prince Artemis' horrid plan was hatched before Dusk Shine cut his first tooth, and his magic grew stronger and his spark burned brighter since then.