Type: Earth Pony
Personality: Shimmer is patient by nature, she loves to teach and to learn and most of the time she's quite sunny and optimistic. However she can also be confusing, and is prone to getting carried away or babbling incessantly when she's particularly excited by something. However she's a good friend and a good teacher, despite her famous speeches. She finds it hard to understand how other ponies can't enjoy books, history and drama and theatre as she does. She can be a little overdramatic at times, but most of the time she's quite good fun.
Bio: Shimmer absolutely adored history as a child, she adored writing and she adored making friends. Becoming a teacher was a natural choice when it came to careers, it involved learning, teaching and all sorts of other goodies. At one point she did consider becoming an actress, due to her love for theatre, but this dream was short-lived and she returned to her long-term dream instead, though she still loves watching plays and theatrical performances.
Personality: Pluto is a little dreamy, well, a lot dreamy. Ever since she was little she either had her head in a book or in the clouds. She's often dreaming of traveling, wanting to experience different things, and would plan out her dream life, changing aspects from day to day. She's a good friend, and she enjoys learning, however sometimes she'll fly off into a little day-dream and it'll be impossible to get ahold of her. She's also terrible when it comes to organization, and planning ahead. She's nearly always late and nearly never on time.
Bio: Pluto simply cannot wait to get her cutie mark, in fact, she's already dreamed up about one hundred different designs that she thinks would look quite cool. Unfortunately her tendency to flying off into a different world often means she finds herself in trouble during class, because although she does love to learn, she find imagining a lot more interesting. More than anything she would love to be an explorer, and an artist, and a teacher, and an actress...the list continues.
Personality: Unlike his twin sister, Neptune is no big day-dreamer. He’s a very people person, he loves to talk, joke, and he’s generally easy to get along with. However he can be stubborn, and he loves to play pranks on people. In fact he’s something of a serial prankster. One of the traits he does share with Pluto is his lack of organizational skills, and like her, this means he’s pretty much always late. He’s also extremely curious and loves adventure, which can land him in trouble.
Bio: Neptune has a very clear picture in his head of himself as a world famous explorer, magician, or owner of a joke shop. Ever since he was little he fell in love with pranks and magic tricks. An even more thrilling experience then preparing the joke, was seeing the look on his victims face. Although the jokes were never cruel, they caught other ponies by surprise, and often this was what led to him finding himself in trouble with teachers, family and friends. He is absolutely sure that his cutie mark will be spectacular.
- - -
Shimmer was feeling particularly teacher-y today. She glanced around the class and mistook several of the student’s poses for those of excitement at the prospect of learning about their history. Stargazer for one was bouncing up and down in her seat, which wasn't unusual per se, but it was still good to see. The mare took this a sign that her lesson was so far going well and dived head first into another very animated speech about baby dragons and how they'd been used as messengers, a particularly interesting subject to look at. From the back of the class she would have looked either rather ridiculous, with limbs flailing as she explained the main points the class would need to take down, or completely mad.
Within moments she had furiously scribbled down several points on the board, one or two of which were underlined heavily and had little arrows spurting off them leading to words such as ‘important’ or ‘don’t forget’ followed by little smiley sunflowers. Shimmer turned to face her class again, giving them a few minutes to copy everything down. She couldn't help but wonder what she was going to do for lunch, this was her last class today, no one needed a fill-in and her paperwork was all in order...she turned her attention back to the class and hoped she wasn't salivating. Avoiding thoughts of food, she switched her usual smile back on and observed her class with pride.
- - -
Pluto was asleep, not literally, she was actually having a dream, but not an asleep dream, and awake dream. The pony frowned as she tried to work out why people called daydreams daydreams. Because if a daydream meant you were awake, then what did you call an asleep dream you had during the day? Daydreams ought to be called awake dreams, and normal dreams ought to be called asleep dreams. That would make everything less confusing. Pluto resisted the urge to yawn, and her head slipped a little further down towards the desk. She simply hadn't been able to sleep last night, she'd been to busy drawing up a few more cutie marks that had suddenly popped into her head at some outrageous hour in the early morning.
Her eyelids began to droop, and the classroom, in turn, began to blur slightly. Their teacher went rather tipsy turvy and her classmates looked as though they were upside down. This was precisely why Pluto loved eyelids, because when you had them open at exactly the right angle, everything looked nonsensical. Eventually her head reached the desk, landing on a page full of scribbled drawings of baby dragons. She could not wait for the class to end, it was an unusual feeling and Pluto decided that it was quite obvious cutie marks were to blame.
- - -
Neptune was actually paying attention to the teacher for once, a rare occurrence. Usually he was too busy bugging other ponies, or at least, distracting them. However it was hard not to pay attention to Shimmer as she bounced around at the front of the classroom, waving her hoofs around like a mad horse as if it were going to help her explain. A slight snore distracted him from their teacher’s strange dance and he realized that Pluto had fallen asleep on the desk several seats away from him.
This presented a slight problem. There was no way he was going to be able to pull off a joke with her that far away from him, and yet it was his brotherly duty to do so. It was only fair really; he’d told her she’d fall asleep in class if she stayed up drawing all those silly cutie marks. He smirked as he turned his head back towards the front of the room. It would just have to wait until class finished, which gave him all the more time to plan his prank.