Pony POV Series: Teacher with a Green Thumb
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.
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!"