Curls of wispy smoke rose from the oven. Sunbeam's cupcakes were burning again, sending an acrid aroma wafting across the ceiling of Sugar Cube Corner. "Oh no!" Sunbeam Swirl cried from upstairs, waking young Bodger from his nap in the chair. He rubbed his eyes clear in time to see his sister flap down the stairwell and into the kitchen. Seeing his sister's frosting swirl Cutie Mark gave him a pang of jealousy. His own flank, unlike most of the colts and fillies in his class, was still blank. It's just another problem you haven't solved yet, he chided himself. It's not her fault.
"That's the second time this week!" Sunbeam fanned the smoke toward the window with her wings. "There it is on the dial! I know I set it to the right temperature. There must be something wrong with this thing."
Suddenly Bodger's eyes widened. There was a tiny purple flash accompanied by a thaumaturgical pop in the vicinity of his forehead. He jumped out of the chair, startled, and hit his head on an overhead l