The sun started to shine through the broken shutters as all the stallions in the dorm started to rustle awake. I had just managed to break open one eye to see if anything changed, the mood seemed to be a bit more uplifting but nopony dared to speak a word still.
I slowly pulled myself out of the bed that I was trapped, after I managed to pull myself out I started for the door like the rest of the ponies. As I approached the door, a loud ringing was heard which told me that first period was about to start, I started to hurry as I knew that if I was late I would receive a demerit, Celestia knows I don’t need more of those. As I arrived to my first class I looked in my saddle bag for a piece of paper, I dug around but eventually noticed the snickering, I looked up and saw a dull brown pegasi hovering just out of my reach, holding a pile of blank paper..
“Storm, give them back!” I shouted at him to no avail, instead he just teased me putting them just out of my reach and pulling away as I tried to reach them, sadly I was just a mere earth pony or I would have done something about this. We all started to be quiet as Thunderbolt started to quietly say, “Teacher, wrap it up!” With that, Storm threw the papers on the ground and stomped on them, “Nice job Viren,” he snickered as he flew past me.
I slowly picked the papers up, they were covered with hoof marks but I didn’t care, this was better than their usual treatment of torture. We all sat down as Mr. Slew entered the room, he was a yellow unicorn, his profession was Equestrian History.
“Sorry about the delay class, I had to go to a meeting with some other teachers about last night’s incident, ok, can anypony tell me how a war is started? Anypony?” Said Mr. Slew in his upbeat attitude. One of the brainiacs raised their hoof and said, “When two nations disagree and fight over their disagreement.”
“Yes but that is not the answer I’m looking for!” He replied in a happy pattern, Thunderbolt raised his hoof and shouted, “When we have to protect our honor!”
“It could be the case but no, that’s not the answer I’m looking for, can anypony tell me what causes it?” I decided to throw my hoof at it and raised my hoof, “When two ponies in high positions are stubborn and refuse to work things out” I figured he would like that answer since he is has an anti government persona.
“That’s correct! Good job on that Viren, class, take note on what he has just said!” Everypony in the class started to scribble down words on their paper, the unicorns always finished first using their magic to finish. As I had finished writing down the events that just transpired I noticed that the board was filled with a chalk drawing of the school the Zebra Nation attacked.
“Class, What is on the board is what helped transpire the war to new levels, does anypony know what happened at this school?”
“OOOH I KNOW!” Shouted Rift, he was more energetic than anything else. “That’s where the Zebras sent a group to kill everypony at the school!” And after saying that he started to look depressed, he had family at the school, he lost his cousin at the incident. Everypony in the room lowered their heads in respect to the school and all who were lost.
“Ok, now that we have that done with, the teachers have had a couple of meetings the last few weeks and we all decided that we should prepare, the school you are looking at was unprepared for an assault from the Zebras, we here at Lunar Boardings are faced with the fact that we are a target, we are near the closest border to Zebra controlled territory so it is safe to prepare for the worst, as a school in the name of Luna, they have warned us that the Zebras are against anything that has Luna on it, they believe that she is still the Nightmare Moon we have seen many years ago, this is why our school has been selected to have an underground escape route that is ten miles long, it leads to Manehatten, in the event of an emergency, we will soon have secrete hatches in every room that leads to the soon to be finished tunnel.”
One of the class geniuses raised their hoof and replied, “What do you mean soon to be finished? Shouldn’t something like that take years to construct?”
Mr. Slew grew grim and remarked to the class, “Yes, it would take years, and it has, Luna herself, a few years back when things started to escalate, decided to have an underground network constructed for this and a few other schools near the borders this is for our safety.”
Mr. Slew looked even grimmer and finally said, “Students, I don’t like the fact that this is happening either, if we hold together, we can get through this.” As if on cue, the bell rang and everypony in the room packed up to go to their next class.
I walked out of the room and started for my locker. As I reached my locker I started to think of why our school would need a ten mile tunnel, could we already be targeted? If we were, they would never tell the students, it would cause pandemonium.
As I grabbed my mathematics book and dashed towards class I saw Cherry Pint, she never noticed me though, they mostly separated the schools opposite sex but since we were one of the more poor schools, we had to use the same building as them.
When I arrived to class the lesson had already started, Professor Rine had a stern look on his face looking at me as I entered the class.
“Late again are we Viren?” Everypony in the class all just looked in the direction, they all had gone through the same speech that I had only moments ago.
“Do you have an excuse?” I slowly shook my head and sat down, “As for the circumstances of earlier, I guess I can let this pass for now.” I slowly felt relieved to know that I was not getting another demerit, I have had around twelve this quarter alone.
How could they just start a war like that? It seems so unfair on how this works out, why couldn’t conflicts be solved by more conventional measures, I could think of a million different ways to solve this other than war, of all things that it must be, why war. Why does it have to be war! I just can’t stand the fact of ignor- Ding Ding Ding! What the hell? The bell already? How could that! You know what, just forget it.
I slowly got out of my chair and picked my stuff up, the class looked like they had recovered from last periods incident. I put my books in a bag and departed, since we were on a block schedule, we only had four classes each day, I headed for lunch after I had put my stuff away.