In the following six years, Little Sprite was raised without a care in the world. To Little Sprite, she had always lived in Ponyville, under Cheerilee's wing, so to speak. She was an adventurous little filly, and soon everyone in Ponyville knew her. Mostly, though, she just liked to sneak off to Mr. Joehankins candy shop. She also always liked to wander off to Fluttershy's cottage, to see all of her animals. It seemed like no one had the ability to stop Little Sprite from wandering off. Occasionally she might wander too far, and stumble upon trouble. But that wouldn't stop her from going on her adventures. It never really came to Little Sprite's mind that there were some times when she had to ignore her adventurous behaviors.
There was one occasion where Little Sprite wandered farther then normal past Fluttershy's cottage, so much that she found herself at the brink of Everfree Forest. As she was walking, Little Sprite wasn't watching where she was placing her hooves and accidently stepped into a snake hole. As the snake came out and approached her, she backed away slowly, but the snake kept on following. Luckily, before the snake could do any harm, Zecora happened to be walking out of the forest into Ponyville to stop it. "Next time, Little Sprite, you should look before he can take a bite."
Despite it all though, Little Sprite never stopped. Normally Cheerilee would have stopped her from doing all these things, but she could tell how much Little Sprite loved to explore, so she never held her back. And besides, Little Sprite seemed to have her own way of gathering knowledge through experience, whether it being good or bad. For example, when she was only four, Little Sprite was able to learn how to count money just by watching Mr. Joehankins tend to a few of his customers. Being a teacher herself, that was something that Cheerilee counldn't bear stopping.
One day Cheerilee walked into Mr. Joehenkins shop looking for Little Sprite. She was amazed when she found Little Sprite at the cash register of the shop, counting the money at the end of the day. "There you are my little shopkeeper!" Cheerilee said walking over to the register. "You'd better not be stealing money from Mr. Joehankins."
"Steal? Me?" Little Sprite laughed. "No. Mr. Joehankins just needed to go fetch something from the back of the store. I figured he might like it if I sorted out the money for him."
Just then, Billybob walked in from the storeroom carrying a papre bag with him. "Ah, Ms. Cheerilee, hello! I see you're keeping the cash register well guarded," he said sarcastically.
Little Sprite ran up to him then. "Mr. Joehankins! I sorted out your money for you!"
"Why thank you, LIttle Sprite! I have something for you too, actually," he said, handing the young and curious filly the bag. "Now don't open it until you get home."
"Aww, do I have to?"
"Sorry, it's the rules."
"Ohh, alright. I'll see you in the morning!" Little Sprite skipped out the door then, and rushed back home, with Cheerilee quick on her tail. By the time they got home, both ponies were excited to see what the gift was. As they opened the bag, they both promised to thank Mr. Joehenkins the next day. The two excited ponies agreed over the best chocolate, apples, and cider in Equestria. The big dinner Cheerilee had planned could wait.