The Fall Formal was officially over, and silence ruled Canterlot High School. The darkened hallways were absent of any sound, save the occasional echoing sniffle. Thin rays of moonlight fell upon the school’s shattered entryway, illuminating the tear-stained face of a girl with red and yellow hair. She knelt before a collapsed wall with a trowel in hand, and gingerly set a brick into place before wiping her nose. Her bleary eyes drifted up to the sky and watched as the moon finally obscured the star above it in full.
No going back now, Sunset Shimmer thought mournfully. I’m stuck here for another thirty moons, whether I like it or not . . .
It was a bittersweet realization. On one hand, it meant this entire Element of Harmony mess was finally over with. On the other . . . The memory of dozens of scowling faces flooded Sunset’s vision, and her head suddenly felt too heavy to hold up. Years of work had gone into positioning herself at the top of this scho