It is D-Day in my Equestria dreamscape. One can train, study, analyze, assess, and calculate the success or failure of any enterprise, but until one goes through with it one can never know with hundred percent certainty if it will truly work. With Celestia's decision to meet the Lord of Shadows it was now or never for our scheme.
Celestia had assembled and drilled our team. We had reviewed the mission until we could recite each other parts and were intimate with the location. The necessary materials had been assembled. Now all we could do is wait for the go signal. Celestia informed us in the early afternoon that we should take the rest of the day off to relax. Enjoy a dinner together then retire early since we would arriving at the planetarium at four in the morning. Of course we were told not to leave the Palace. Despite our efforts most of us got very little sleep that night.
At the designated time Petina, Twilight, Applejack, Luna, Celestia, Rarity, Rainbow Dash and myself assembled in the same ballroom that we had drilled in for days on end. The plan went into action . As a group Celestia and Luna teleported the entire team into the middle of the planetarium along with the necessary materials. Once there Celestia immediately casted a protective glow spell on everyone and we began to unroll the pieces of the stencil. Celestia kept watch on everyone as she began prepping the art supplies I needed to painted to the sun symbol. As team members finished their tasks Luna teleported them to the designated assembly area. The library in Ponyville. Except for Twilight. Then Luna herself teleported there herself leaving just myself, Celestia and Twilight in the planetarium.
Initially Luna had wanted to be at Celestia's side for this confrontation. Luna felt that as co-rulers of Equestria and as sisters they should face this adversary together, and although Luna had not created the Lord of Shadows she still felt that she was indirectly responsible for his existence. If she had not let herself succumb to Nightmare Moon then Paynes and Sunrise would not have felt compelled to summon him in the first place. In a way it she saw it as a way of paying penance and exorcising the demons of her past.
Celestia appreciated the feelings but had to insist that Luna not be present. It was not that she did not want Luna by her side, but Celestia had two important reasons for not having Luna there. One Luna would be responsible for closing the door for the Planetarium once the Lord of Shadows had entered it. This was a task that Luna could do remotely from Ponyville. Although in a pinch Celestia would initiate the door closure herself. Of greater importance to Celestia was if this meeting went terribly wrong she did not want both rulers of Equestria in the same place. If she fell then Luna would have to assume the throne of Equestria and carry on the fight against the Lord of Shadows. In fact the day before our departure Celestia met with all the minsters to finalize all the necessary paperwork for handing over the government in the event of her demise. This included letters to all outlying governors and prepared press release to run in newspapers throughout Equestria.
Twilight would be the last member to leave the chamber since she could teleport herself. It was a very long jump for her to go all the way to the Library in Ponyville, however she was intimate with the location which would make much easier for her to visualize the destination.
The tricky part was that Twilight would not teleport until the Lord of Shadows had appeared inside the Planetarium. Her appearance at the library would be the signal for Luna to close the door. If she couldn't teleport there then Celestia would do it for her, but Celestia really didn't want her attention distracted. We predicted that the Lord of Shadows would not appreciate Twilight being there and would demand that she left. If that did not happen then Celestia would dismiss Twilight with the task of informing Luna that the meeting had begun. That would leave just Celestia, myself and sixty plus feet of malevolent oily black villain. Yeah!
The plan went smoothly with each member of the team finishing their task and then being teleported to the assembly area. Finally Luna left and only Twilight, myself and the pearl white alicorn remained. It was at this moment that realized a potentially horrible flaw in my great plan. While the freshly painted sun symbol was actually very well rendered for such a quick job, there was no way to miss the fact that it was NOT part of the original design for the floor. Would the Lord of Shadows notice it! With a terrible sinking feeling in my gut I pointed this fact out to Celestia.
Upon hearing my fear, Celestia just smiled at me. "I was wondering when you or some other member of the team would come to that realization." Twilight was staring in alarm at the floor. "However Luna and I had considered that and have an answer." At that moment Celestia's horn flared and the planetarium vanished. Instead it seemed as if we were floating in space with the stars, constellations, planets orbiting around us like three glowing celestial bodies. Celestia looked down at purple unicorn and I. "Remember Luna said the planetarium was still working, and besides this should be a pleasant setting for our "visiting guest". I could not help but notice the sarcasm in Celestia's voice as she said that. Now we waited for the Lord of Shadows.