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Pony POV Series: Teacher with a Green Thumb
Recursive Fanfiction
Cheerilee Reharmonization
Author: Acalanthide
Made with permission from alexwarlorn.

Cheerilee sits behind her desk, sipping tea, and grading papers. A knock is heard, and Cheerilee stand up, and opens the door.

"Oh, hello there!  Come in, come in! Have a seat! An interview, you say?  Well, my students are home for the day. I was just grading papers, so an interview would be ok.

Cheerilee sits down, sighs a little, and begins to speak.

My name is Cheerilee Bloombright. I am a teacher at the Ponyville Elementary School. Special talent, you say? Well, my special talent is helping children bloom. No, I'm not a florist. My talent is to help with the blooming of lives and destiny. Now there was a time when I doubted this, especially after Discord came into town.

I was on a class trip to the Canterlot Gardens. I wanted my little ponies to experience something they wouldn't normally see. Everything was ok, untill we got to the statue garden. The animals were acting very odd. Birds refused to sing, and were flying into the hedges.  Sweetie Bell, Scootaloo, and Applebloom started to fight. The fight started over something small, but started to snowball. I had to break them up! Such good friends.. Why would they fight like that? I heard a stone cracking, but they all looked whole. I put the whole thing out of my mind, dismissing it as friendship's first fight, as the trip went on. If I only had seen it sooner. But, truly, what could I have done?

I was at home,  tending my flowers. Thank Celestia for that. I don't know what I would've done if I was around my students…

I was tending my flowers, when I felt myself changing. I felt myself losing a part of me. I dropped the shovel I was holding in surprise, and knocked into one of my plants. The harmless flower suddenly became a large vine covered in razor sharp thorns.

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It wrapped around me like a snake. My coat became matted with scratches. Three flowers bloomed on the end of the vine. They looked exactly like my cutie mark. Their  insides turned into swirling colors as they asked me, " Don't you want to see ponies bloom?

Yes, yes, I did!

I was laughing like a mad pony as I went to my flower shed.  I scattered a few seeds on the floor, and the flowers turned wild. "Perfect.." I whispered, my voice distorted into a harsh growl. "For all of my perfect foals."

Ponyville was pure chaos. Houses were turned upside down, the Sugarcube Corner was in pieces, and the ground was a bubble walkway. I  slipped and slid around, chasing down different ponies to try and plant these, uggh. flowers into their heads. Some of them took hold, and burst into bloom, taking hold deep into those poor ponies' heads. I still don't know how those flowers were taken out.

I ran around, well slipped around, Ponyville, planting more of those things in people's heads. I came across many fillies, and even though I didn't use my flowers on them, I taunted and hurt them, like a bully in the schoolyard. What I said to them can't be repeated. I felt every word, and worse, I was enjoying it.

I remember going into the school house, for what reason, I couldn't fathom. A unicorn filly with a pink mane and a blank flank was shivering, hiding underneath a desk. "Auntie Cheerilee? Is that you? I'm scared!"

"Good," I snarled at her.  "Run away, little filly. Run away, you little runt. Run home to your parents. Ohh, I forgot. Your father is a no-show, and your mother is a worthless drunk!" I felt the words slip cozily into my head. They felt so right. I began to laugh, a mad pony's laugh, hysterical and cruel. The little filly, Ruby Pinch, my niece, ran away, screaming and crying, her coat turning grey as she ran.. I became the curse that I saw, and I could do nothing to stop it. Deep down, I could not help thinking, maybe I didn't want to stop it.

When Discord was defeated, I had realized what I had done. I just wanted to curl up into a ball, and lie there, waiting to die. I was supposed to be protecting them! I cried for days.
Every single thing I did came rushing back to me, like a nightmare that wouldn't go away. I kept seeing Ruby's face, twisted in terror as she ran away from me. I was a broken pony.

I threw every single one of my daisies away. I couldn't look at them without revulsion. When school started up again, I put on a brave face for my students, but I felt so drained. My students were so sad, and scared. I wanted to make Discord pay. I wanted to banish him to the sun for one thousand years for every tear that these little fillies shed. I hated him.

Ruby and I were awkward around each other. It hurt. I apologized to her and Berry, my sister. I wasn't the only pony in Ponyville that Discord made hurt their loved ones.

I probably should have seen a psychologist, but I didn't want to bother anyone else with my troubles though. There were other ponies that needed more help than I did.

I even told my students about my Discording, to try and relate to them. It may not work, but it makes me feel like I'm doing something to help. I am not a psychologist pony.

Discord had shaken me to my core.  I was supposed to protect my charges, not hurt them. I felt so helpless. I couldn't reach out to help those that I loved, and would have given my life to protect. I felt powerless.

I had started to doubt myself, my actual talents and purpose in life. I felt that maybe I was just not the best teacher for these fillies to have. Maybe I wasn't worthy to be their teacher. I couldn't help them when they were suffering or hurting. I just made it worse. I should have been stronger, resisted Discord. Was such a thing possible? Isn't a teacher supposed to protect her students?

I got my answer when Princess Gaia came to me. "Don't you see? I am trying to protect those poor fillies from that horrible monster Discord did to them. I know that you will do anything to protect them, and nurture them. You are a protector. Come and join me, together we will ensure that no harm comes to these precious fillies ever again." That beautiful Alicorn had soothed the fears in my heart. I went over to her willingly. She embraced me, enveloping me in a sweet mist.

I was embedded with strength and new power. I felt newly whole and determined.  I was happy to serve under the princess. I honestly believed, and still believe, that she was doing the right thing.

I took my duties as a protector very seriously, always watching the little fillies at play, patrolling day and night. Of course, that doesn't mean that I didn't have a lot of fun. I had tea with the Princess regularly, and often played with the fillies around the castle. I became a child again, free from worry and anxiety. I was safe.

I was finally free from Discord's taint. I served the Princess, until the fog lifted, and Gaia's day was over.

I will always and forever be loyal to Her Hig-- I mean, Fluttershy. She set me free. I discovered my purpose again. She has helped me see that a teacher is a guide and a protector. She has to help her students bloom. She is a gardener of life.

I will never forget what I did to those poor fillies, but the Princess made me realize that what happened to me is not who I am. She showed me my true talent. I will be forever grateful to her for that.

Oh, you're leaving? Well, thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to come again. Maybe you can sit in on a class sometime! Goodbye!"
Everyone's favorite resident teacher is interviewed by the mysterious Interviewer! However, some secrets are just not meant to come out....

Inspired by the Pony POV series by alexwarlorn. Go check it out!

I have a sequel story! Yay! [link]
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
You should link to the sequel story, and the Pony POV Series I think in the description.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
STILL PART OF THE PONY POV SERIES AND STILL LOVED!
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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad it is!
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Welcome.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Since you went to the trouble of adding this tale to the main trope page, could you please add it's sequel story as well please?
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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Sure!
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Thank you!
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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem!
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ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
I like the story and the beginning was really disturbing. Cheerilee’s corruption goes much further than what we saw about her so far. The way she treats Ruby Pinch is horrifying. But eventually Cheerilee is one of those who made progress from their experiences in Princess Gaia’s fog.

“I don't know what I would've done if I was around my students…” that line was creepy and makes you think about what Discord could have turned her into if she would have been together with her students at this moment.

“Thre floewrs bloomed on the end of the vine.” Should be “Three flowers bloomed on the end of the vine.”
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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh! Thany you for seeing that typo. I can't believe I didn't see that! I'll fix that right away.

Yeah, that line was creepy, even for me. My words surprise me sometimes.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Poor Cheerilee! I can only wonder just how abjectly she apologized to little Berry Pinch and Ruby. The poor heartbroken mare.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Feel free to write it yourself. :-)
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Maybe I will, though it'd be a very short piece. That and to be honest, I'm lousy at apologizing; I tend to offend the other person MORE than if I'd kept my mouth shut and let it blow over.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
I understand.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Cheerilee walked up to the closed door of the once neatly-kept little house, her steps slowing as she approached. Weeds grew tall in the yard, and the boards looked like they'd needed fresh paint a few years ago. She could remember what she'd said to her niece.

"Run away, little filly. Run away, you little runt. Run home to your parents. Ohh, I forgot. Your father is a no-show, and your mother is a worthless drunk!" Then the cruel whinnying laughter following as her student, her niece galloped off into the madness of Discord's Ponyville, sobbing heartbrokenly. The rest of the day might have been a blur in Cheerilee's mind, but that she remembered. Every time she closed her eyes she saw it again.

I can leave right now, she told herself. I can just go away and she'll never know... what? That I know I hurt her? That I regret it?

The door opened before the purple mare, and she saw a familiar face, one unfortunately accompanied by a familiar smell of Sweet Apple Acres hard cider.

"Mom's just going out for a bit, Ruby honey," Berry Punch called back into the house as she trotted out the door. "I'll be back soon, and -- you!"

Her eyes blazed as she saw Cheerilee standing there. "What do you want?" She hissed at her softly, "Didn't you hurt your niece enough the last time? She wept for days after," Berry gulped and licked her lips, "After everything got back to normal. She doesn't want to see you, and neither do I!" As she spoke the latter words, she pressed against her sister, withers against withers. Cheerilee saw Berry's eyes look teary before she blinked them away. She added in a near sob, "You hurt us enough, sis."

"I did," Cheerilee said, not bothering to keep the hurt from her words. "I hurt you when I didn't stop Mom from chasing you out because of Ruby. And I hurt Ruby and you even worse with Discord, when he..." She broke off with a shudder. She'd spoken with Apple Bloom's big sister briefly just a day or so ago -- the palomino looked haggard, and seemed determined to visit everypony in Ponyville who'd been hurt by Discord's reign of terror, but she'd told Cheerilee in no uncertain words that if she loved her sister, she'd give her the apology she was due.

"I've done you wrong," Cheerilee said, her head hanging low. "You and my niece alike. I thought you were hurting her with your drinking, and I still do," she looked up to catch Berry looking ready to say something, "But the way I did it, what I said to Ruby, that was wrong. Magical control or not. You're my sister, and Ruby's my niece, and I'm sorry I hurt you both so badly."

There. It was out. Cheerilee looked at her sister hopefully. Berry looked confused, like she wanted to order her away forever and hug her all at once. She snorted and scraped uncertainly at the ground with one forehoof, reminding Cheerilee of how she'd been so long ago when Berry was the shy one at her big sister's parties. Before she found that a drink or three could loosen her up enough to dance with colts, maybe even kiss them.

And then came that stallion passing through Ponyville who dropped in, and then a few months later there came Ruby, and Mom threw Berry and Ruby out and I became the schoolteacher and practically swore off stallions for fear of ending up like her. And, and how many ponies in town even know that we're sisters? When last did we even just talk?

Cheerilee looked at her sister and Berry looked back at her, and it could be anypony's guess what they would have said next if not for a call from inside.

"Mom? Is, is that Auntie Cheerilee? I, I know you said we're mad at her but if she says she's sorry then maybe we can let her in again?"

Berry Punch gave her sister a glare. She glanced back inside her house, and then with a sigh shook her head, sending her mane spilling. "Yeah, kiddo, it's your aunt. And yeah, she's here to say she's sorry." Berry stepped inside, holding the door open. "C'mon in and let's straighten this mess out, okay?"

Cheerilee let out a breath she didn't know she'd been holding and followed her. She knew there would still be a lot to do between her and her sister, but at least they'd made a start.

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Like I said... not so much.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
and then a few months later there came Ruby, and Mom threw
and then eleven months later there came Ruby, and Mom threw

(I'm told that's how long horses are pregnant.)
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Thanks for pointing this out, I put it in.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Welcome!
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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
This was very nice. I encourage you to post it up! I really liked it!

I wonder if I could do another one someday..
Maybe when the opportunity presents itself..
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I'll have to try and clean it up a bit first, so probably in a couple of days?

That and it feels a bit short to me, though since you and Alex Warlorn seem to like it as-is, I'll post it.

And thanks for liking it so much.
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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem. You could clean it up if you want, but I would be perfectly happy if you could post it.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
"Didn't you hurt your niece enough the last time?
"Didn't you hurt my daughter enough the last time?

When you stop and think about it, this adds a whole new layer to Knight Cheerilee's rage when Trixie used Ruby as a distraction.

And to be frank. I bloody wish I could do concise and to the point works like this.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
"Didn't you hurt your niece enough the last time?
"Didn't you hurt my daughter enough the last time?


Yikes, how did I make that mistake (using "your niece" instead of "my daughter")? Thanks for pointing it out.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Welcome I guess this means you do intent to post it.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Don't complain about your work not being 'concise', go and take a agnder at my crossover Ponyfic here on DA. I made it as short as I could and it's still something like 145,000 words.

And I wish I could do half so well at showing personalities and emotions as you do.

But thanks for pointing out that bit with Knight Cheerilee and Trixie and Ruby; I wasn't even thinking of that when I wrote it.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Looks good to me. Except until near the end of Pinkie Pie's park, the flower trio were getting Berry to accept any liquid she put into her mouth wasn't going to taste like battery acid. That said, I love the line of dream Cheerilee has when she smells the cider around Berry. This has emotion.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I'm glad you like it, especially given your own ability in writing. And I imagine that Berry was headed for 'actual alcoholic' status after Discord's reign until Princess Gaia saved her. "If everything I drink tastes like battery acid anyway, I might as well get so blasted I can't taste anything." (Believe me, in my own family I've seen people who would've gone on drinking alcohol if it tasted like blood.)

And I wanted to put more sensory detail in, but I wondered about the word limit. That and I was very tired and I didn't notice until AFTER I'd posted it.

But thank you again, I'm honored that you like it.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
You should feel proud and make some revisions and POST IT.
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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes. This was super depressing, but I'm glad Cheerilee gets better. I'm glad you like it!
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
I'm glad for Cheerilee too, and all the rest of the ponies.
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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I am too. I am so glad they get a happy ending.
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Kendell2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Hmm, pretty good! Sweet too!
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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey, cool! Thanks!
I like your stories too!
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Kendell2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thanks!
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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem. Have a llama!
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Kendell2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thanks!
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