On their first day in Manehattan, Cherry Leaf breaks out her camera, and gathers the girls together as they set up their apartment. Cherry often had this tradition of taking pictures for exceptionally special events, and moving into an apartment in Manehattan certainly was that. Everyone smiled for the camera, and right after, Raindrop opened a suspicious letter with a cryptic message.
"We're onto you."
It gave all three of them shivers, but they shrugged, figuring it was some kind of prank from students or something.
the trio prepared for a night on the town to get aquatinted with their new home. During their roaming, and giggling, and laughing with new ponies they were meeting, along with peers in the respective careers they intended to pursue. Dream Weaver (Known as Raspberry to her friends) spoke with a seamstress from Bridleway, Cherry Leaf talked with singers and other actresses, while Raindrop spoke with the local paper about putting her silly comics in for Sundays. One group talked with all three of them about Raindrop's cartoons. Especially ones that made fun of Nightmare Moon. The next thing they all knew was that they were beaten, tied up, and cold, far away from their apartment.
Apparently, a section of The Lunar Republic, known as the Shadowbolts, didn't take kindly to ponies publicly making fun of the pony they considered to be the rightful queen of Equestria, and how the tyrant Celestia should be overthrown.
Raindrop was in a room all alone being threatened and questioned, and one at a time, they dragged her friends into the room. Dream Weaver was battered bad, but Cherry was bleeding out. They said they would do worse if one of them tried to escape again.
Cherry had gotten away and was able to alert the authorities before being shanked and dragged back to the hideaway by her wings. The police arrived too late, though, because the Shadowbolts made off with Raspberry leaving Raindrop in a pool of Cherry's blood as medics rushed to free the would-be cartoonist.
Repositioning herself, and after intense therapy, Raindrop moved out of the main city, into a quiet neighborhood just off the borough. She got into the papers, but as a critic on Bridleway. She was comfortable, but the ordeal left her a broken mare, and thus, she shut herself off from ponies, appearing to be as unfriendly as possible in case that terrorist group ever struck again.