Silence gazed blankly at the words that the doctor had written upon the board. A way to speak? Those words sunk into her mind for a mind. Her heart welled up at the thought of being able to communicate with other ponies again. To feel herself partially relinquished from having to seclude herself from the rest of the ponies would make her dreams come true. Then she felt it. All of the teasing, abandonment, avoiding, bullying she had received finally hit her. She fell down onto her knees and began to cry. Sky blue tears cascaded out of her amethyst purple eyes. They rolled down her cheeks and crashed onto the ground, exploding into watery shrapnel. The feelings she had pushed aside for two years had all rushed back and were escaping throughout her eyes. Her mother calmly bent down and held the pony, bringing her into a loving embrace and stroking her mane softly. She cried for a few more minutes before wiping her eyes and hoisting herself to her unsteady hooves. She walked over to the board and wrote," When do I start learning?"
Doctor Mute replied," Right now. Put down the pencil and we can start learning." With that, Silence rested the pencil along the metal railing in front of the board and looked at Mute patiently. He wrote," The first things we will be learning are vowels." Then he proceeded to writing each vowel on the board. He pulled out a pointing stick from a bag that he had set outside the door and pointed to the first letter, A. He then lifted up his front hooves and slid them together, making a "shhht" sound. He then pointed at "A" and did it again. He then pointed at Silence and gave her a nod to show that it was her turn. Simple enough she assumed, she slid her hooves together, replicating the motion that Mute had made. This, she remembered, was her first letter. This, was "A". As boring or uneventful as that seemed, Silence felt a whole new light start to flicker inside of her. It was a light and warmth she had not felt in two years. It was a little flicker of hope.