"What in the holy hay is this?!" Rainbow shouted upon entering the small room. The two occupants stood in surprise at the intruder. Rainbow recognized them both, but was more furious with the male than the mare. After the initial shock wore off, Thunderlane gave a grave glare of resentment towards the Wonderbolt lieutenant.
Rainbow did so similarly. Though, it wasn't resentment she felt for the stallion, it was utter contempt.
"How in Celetia's name could you have done that to Rarity?! Or to Ponyville for that matter!?" Rainbow hissed in disgust at such an act of betrayal.
"Because he's seen the truth," Lightning chimed in. "The truth that everypony, save a few, are blind to."
"Oh? And what's that?" Rainbow said, daring the Academy drop-out to explain herself before she'd beat another explanation out of Thunderlane.
"That Celestia and her Solar Empire will rise soon to take absolute control over Equestria, while we, members of the Lunar Republic, wait in the shadows so we can overthrow the false goddess, and implement Nightmare Moon as our savior." Thunderlane said, grinning towards the symbol on the wall. It was a blue crescent circle with an alicorn horn adorned in the crevasse with a magic spark on top. Wings outstretched from the circle like those from an alicorn. It was a symbol for Luna, or Nightmare Moon in this case.
Rainbow rolled her eyes. She had heard about this lot from Twilight once. Apparently, a longity long long time ago, back when Nightmare Moon was first banished, she had the dream weavers place a dark image into ponies' minds about a tyrannical Celestia, and a sovereign Nightmare Moon. Celestia had succeeded in cleansing the minds of the ponies, but enough retained the lie cast by the wicked mare of darkness and started a cult following of the dark princess. Stories passed down in secret over the 1000 years, and many ponies attempted to overthrow Celestia by attack in secret and from the shadows like cowards. After a while they died down, and went back into hiding, but after the formation of the Wonderbolts, some pegasi involved with the cult began the Shadowbolts which quickly became the most active and destructive members of the Lunar Republic.
"Is that why you killed yourself, 'Lane? To be part of this cult?" Rainbow asked, still fuming.
"Yes. If it wasn't for Lightning, though, I wouldn't have seen the light, and once I had, Equestria died to me, so Rarity, and my love for her died first!" Thunderlane spat back.
Rainbow gasped a little. That statement hurt her a little too.
"That's right, lieutenant," Lightning was saying now. "And when our candidate for mayor gets into Ponyville, she'll be able to-oops! I shouldn't give away my plans. You could stop me, if Thunderlane won't already."
No sooner had she said that then Thunderlane yelled as he pounced at Rainbow, but the rainbow-maned pony's lightning fast reflexes had not failed her, and was able to run from where she came, and lift into the air, Thunderlane not far behind. Most passerby's would just assume a training or practice exercise was going on, but as Rainbow gained the speed on the brainwahsed wacko, she ducked and bobbed in and out of alleys to find a place to stop and hide. This was unlike her, though. Normally she'd be out kicking tail, but she had to do this smart. Lightning had given up a part of the plan; A candidate for Ponyville mayor was part of the Lunar Republic, and the only other candidate besides AJ was Trixie. Obviously, Trixie would be part of that group, but just in case not, it'd be pretty awkward if Rainbow just snatched her up for conspiracy and she didn't do it. In that case, Rainbow was going to HAVE to be there, if not to JUST see her friends, but to keep this crazy cult from ruling Equestria.