|Passions of Time
Author: Agent Xero PM
PRTF: Its the year 3002 and Time Force needs another ranger...but who? my first so please R&R! JenWes -COMPLETE- first story in the "R.R.R." sagaRated: Fiction K+ - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 11 - Words: 40,427 - Reviews: 51 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 08-22-04 - Published: 08-04-04 - Status: Complete - id: 1997348
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Disclaimer: I DO NOT own Power Rangers…this is for entertainment ONLY
Well, how about that cliffhanger? Hehe…
Did Wes make it? Why wasn't he put into the class? All will be revealed in this chapter!!
This is the final chapter!! Sequel anyone?
Truth Told, Secrets Revealed, Passions Met
Jen watched in horror as Galden fired his weapon at Wes. He looked at the blast, not moving.
"WES!" Jen cried.
Then there was an explosion.
"NOO!" Jen yelled. The smoke was too think to see anything. Then a body was revealed.
'Oh god, please. Let him be alive.' Jen thought. He didn't move. Minutes passed without him moving.
"There's no way he could have survived that. No one could." Mitch said.
With fear in her eyes, Jen mustered all the strength she had and slowly walked over to Wes's body. Coming closer revealed his uniform torn and bloody.
"Wes?" Her eyes flooding with tears. Jen knelt beside him and slowly rolled him over, so she could see his face.
The rest of Time Force bowed their heads at their fallen comrade. "I need an ambulance here now." Logan said into the radio.
He didn't move. "Wes…" Jen cried his name. She closed her eyes and took his head in her lap and placed her arms around him. "What will I do without you?" Jen said as hot tears fell onto his cheek.
"Let's hope we never have to find out." A voice dry said. Jen's eyes shot open and she looked at Wes. He tried to smile. "You look like you've seen a ghost, Jen."
Wes was breathing, but shallow. His face was covered with blood. He had a side wound that was bleeding profusely. Cuts and bruises covered his face and body. But he was alive. "Get that ambulance over here NOW!" Jen yelled. "He's alive!"
A gasp came from the surrounding members of Time Force.
"Just hold on, Wes. You're going to be fine." Jen managed to say.
The paramedics arrived and took off his jacket, discarding it on the ground and put Wes in the stretcher and he was carried off to the hospital. Jen watched as the ambulance sped away, with Wes clinging to life.
She picked up his jacket and held it close to her. "Please let him be ok." Jen said. Alli came over to her and put a comforting arm around Jen.
"Jen, I can take the Task Force back to HQ, and you can go with Wes, if you want." Kyle said.
Jen sniffed. "No. They're my team. I'll go back." She carried Wes's jacket with her.
"Lieutenant!" Gary called. "Galden has escaped!"
"That's ok. I suspect he won't be back for a while. He was pretty badly beaten." Jen said. "All right! Let's pack up and move out!" Jen commanded.
The Task Force got their stuff together and headed back to the van. Jen hopped in the back and sat down by the doors. The rest of the way home was quiet. No doubt their minds on Wes, and if he would make it.Time Force Hospital waiting room: 2:30am
"Lieutenant?" someone called.
Jen opened her eyes to see Dr. Olivander standing near her.
"Lieutenant Scotts. I have news for you about Officer Collins' state." He said.
Jen's heart stopped. "Officer Collins' suffered badly. He lost a lot of blood, most of it which has been replaced. He suffered a mild concussion and a few burns. He also suffered a punctured lung, but that has been fixed. He was hit badly." He paused.
Jen looked at him, fearing the worst. "But he'll make it. It was a miracle he survived."
Jen let out a relieved breath. Or. Olivander smiled. "You can go in and see him now, Lieutenant." Jen thanked the doctor and walked down the hallway, shaking. She came to his room and entered. What she saw was Wes's laying still and an IV stuck in his arm.
Wes heard his door open and he watched as Jen walked in. She closed the door and took a seat by his bed.
Jen's breathing was unsteady as she fought back tears. "Hey." She finally managed.
"Hi." Wes said. His voice was raspy and quiet. "How are you feeling?" Jen asked.
"Sore." He managed. "But---"
Jen cut him off. "Shh. Don't talk. You need to rest."
"You okay?" Wes looked at her.
"Yes. I'm fine. A few cuts and bruises, but I'm fine. All that I want you to worry about is getting better." Jen said. The room was quiet
"I'm sorry for yelling at you." He said. "It was wrong."
She managed a smile. "I guess I should have written by note a bit more clearly. I had a small post-it that must have dropped out of the envelope. It explained why I didn't put you in the class." Jen said. "If I had just told you myself, maybe you wouldn't be laying here." She said.
"Why?" Wes managed.
Jen smiled at him. "Because I didn't think you needed it. You all ready had the experience. I guess not qualifying was a bad way to put it. I thought it would be a waste of time for you. You knew how to use the weapons, how to morph. I didn't think you needed it."
"Oh." Wes said. His eyes drooped, but he fought to keep them open. "What about Galden?"
"We don't know. He escaped, but was badly beaten. I suspect we won't hear anything from him for a while." Jen said.
"Jen?" Wes asked.
"I…I love you." Wes said.
Jen smiled at him. "I love you too, Wes." She bent down and kissed him on the lips. Wes broke it and moved over some more, leaving half of the bed open. He motioned for her to lie down, but she refused.
"No. You need it." Jen said.
"Please? You know now much I hate hospitals, Jen." Wes said.
Jen shook her head. "Five minutes, Wes. That's it." Wes nodded in agreement. Jen say down on her side and propped her head up on her elbow, giving Wes more room. He took her hand and held it.
Jen watched him steadily close his eyes, falling into a deep sleep. She got up and placed a blanket over him, and kissed his forehead. "Good night, Wes." She walked out and went back to her apartment where she fell asleep, knowing everything would be ok.
The next evening
Wes awoke, feeling much better. Most of his cuts were healed, and his lung was back to normal. He looked at the clock that read 7:30PM. A knock was heard at his door. "Come in," he said.
"Hey there. You seem to be feeling better." Jen said as she walked in. Wes slowly sat up.
"Yes, I do, actually." Jen smiled and took a chair and sat down next to him.
"Wes, there's a few people here to see you." Jen said and looked toward the door. The door opened wider and Wes saw Captain Logan walk in, followed by some other officers.
"Officer Collins," one man said. He was dressed in a black uniform with white trim. "I am Senior Commander Steven Datas." He extended out his arm. "It's an honor to finally meet you."
"The honor is all mine, sir." Wes shook his hand.
"This is Junior commanders Brian Revue and Joseph Vida." They shook his hand as well. "Captain Alex Collins wasn't able to make it. But he sends his congratulations as well. He also told me he knows you."
"We're good friends." Wes said. Captain Logan stood by the door. Sr. Commander Datas nodded and Logan closed the door.
"First off, Wes, I'd like to thank you for helping Lieutenant Scotts. She'd be a great loss to Time Force. Second, I would like to take some responsibility for your condition. Captain Logan was right, that you should have been made Lieutenant as soon as you got here. This may have been prevented." He paused.
"Third, I'd like to congratulate you." He said.
Wes looked at him with a confused face. "Congratulate me?" he asked.
"Yes, on your promotion." Datas said. Wes looked to Jen who was smiling brightly.
"They've decided to give you a second chance at your morpher." Jen said. Wes's face lit up. "You start work next month." She said.
"Actually Jen, it was you who said he gets his morpher back." Jr. Commander Revue said.
"True. But still, the promotion went through Sr. Commander Datas for finalization." Wes didn't hear any of this.
"Again, congratulations, Wes. It'll be official at the ceremony for the next group of cadets, in one month." Logan said.
"Wow. I really don't know what to say. But thank you." Wes said.
"I'm looking forward to see what you can do with that morpher, Lieutenant Collins." Jen teased.
"Lieutenant Collins. That's going to take some time to get used to." Wes said. Everyone laughed.
Wes pondered for a minute. "I can't wait to see the look on Galden's face when we haul his ass in."
"Speaking of which shouldn't be soon. We got a note from Galden himself saying that he'll get revenge. He's going to heal and come back twice as strong." Logan said.
"But now we're twice as strong." Jen said.
"Yep. When will I get the morpher?" Wes asked.
"At the ceremony. Once all the cadets are done, then we'll announce yours." Datas said. "We must be going." He looked at Jen and Wes. "Lieutenants." he said.
They both said good-bye and the room emptied.
"Lieutenant Wes Collins." Wes said. "I like the sound of that." Wes said.
"I think it sounds great. Since you're the new Lieutenant around here, you're going to need an office. How about sharing mine. It's way too big for one ranger." Jen laughed.
"Sounds great. And since I'm the new Lieutenant, does that mean I get a better apartment?" Wes asked.
"No." Jen said. Wes sighed. "But you can move in with me, if you want."
Wes smiled at her. "Sounds great. When I get out of here then we'll pack up." He kissed her. "Now that we won't need to keep our relationship all hush-hush." He smiled.
"True. But you're still not getting any special treatment." Jen said.
"But what about my sponge bath?" Wes protested. "The doctor said I couldn't take a shower yet! I don't think that's classified as 'special treatment'" he said.
Jen rolled her eyes. "I'll think about it." She smiled. Jen sat on the edge of his bed and put her head down in his shoulder and smiled. This marked a new point in their relationship. No more secrets, no more lies. That's the way it would be from now on.Time Force awards ceremony: one month later
"Cadet Zachary, Tyler" The last name was read off of the list and he went up to receive his badge.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, the class of 3003!" Logan said. The crowd cheered as the cadets rose, now as officers. Logan continued. "Now, if everyone will settle down, we have one more award to give out." The crowd settled down and was silent. "Lieutenant Scotts?" Jen got up and went to the microphone.
"Thank you, Captain Logan." She took a breath." Four years ago, I was sitting where these new officers are now. I wondered what my life in Time Force would be like. Who would I meet? What is my future? My question was soon answered when Ransik went back in time, to the year 2001. My team was given orders to follow him by my ex-fiancé, Captain Alex Collins. He gave me his morpher and told us to follow him and capture him. We obeyed, not knowing what the past had in store for us. The first time we tried to morph, it didn't work. We soon discovered the cause. Someone had to morph with the Red chronomorpher to activate the others. A man had rescued me earlier from a gang of cyclobots. His name was Wesley Collins. He looked exactly like Alex, except for the hair."
"After much debating, we finally decided to ask him. At first he said I was nuts, but he showed up again and saved us yet. This time unlocking the morphers, and giving Ransik a taste of what to expect. After taking the morpher from him, I decided I didn't want to see him again. We ended up the next day saving his butt from Nidera. After telling him off, he came back yet again. He proved to be a valuable asset to us and I decided to let him keep his morpher." She paused.
"After spending nearly a year in the past, we became friends. He helped us in more ways then you can imagine. He gave us a home, a job, a way to make money to survive. The year 2001 felt like home. But the more time we spent there, the less we wanted to leave. But when the time did come, I realized something. He wasn't just a friend. He was more then that. He was a ranger, a Time Force officer. I soon came to realize I had feelings for him, personal really. When we left the year 2001, it was heart breaking. The day I came back and was told of my promotion, I was seriously thinking about leaving. But it I realized that I couldn't leave. Then ten months ago he showed up, just as the Underground was making its moves. I was shocked at this, yet amazed at the same time. Not long after I created a successful team to fight against Galden and his gang. The Task Force. He again proved to be a valuable asset to that as well." She stopped.
"But one month ago be proved something else to me. He showed me that he was a great boyfriend, officer, and most important, willing to sacrifice his life for someone else. He almost lost his life, but there wasn't a second of hesitation. Without him, I might not have been standing in front of you today. He showed all of Time Force that he was worthy of wearing the morpher." She stopped and was handed a box.
"So today, we are here to promote Officer Wesley Collins, to Lieutenant. He has shown enough courage to earn his title back as Time Force Red Ranger." She paused. "Congratulations."
An outburst of clapping and cheering was heard as Wes walked up on stage, a wide smile on his face. After a line of handshakes, he finally got to Jen. She was smiling and handed him his morpher. He took a few steps back and put it on his left wrist. The familiar mechanical voice was heard.
Jen smiled as she stood next to him. "Ready?" She threw up her wrist.
"Ready!" Wes threw his up as well. In unison the two called out.
"TIME FOR TIME FORCE!" A flash of pink and red left Jen and Wes standing fully morphed. A cheer was heard again.
Jen nodded. "Power down." They said again.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, Lieutenant Jennifer Scotts and Lieutenant Wesley Collins!" Logan said.
People were whistling and cheering as the two Time Force rangers stood there. Jen took a step back to let Wes have his moments, but he had plans of his own. He took her hand and walked up to the microphone.
"Well, I quit!" He said.
The crowd burst into laughter.
"Ok, seriously. I am honored to have finally gotten my opportunity as a ranger back. I want to thank Captain Logan for bringing me here, so I can put this morpher into good use. And to the Ensigns, who've helped me get through my first few weeks at Time Force, and through Jen's trainings." He paused and took Jen's hand.
"Second, I'd like to thank you, Jen. You put up with me through thick and thin. You never let me down or let me settle for second best. You pushed me through everything we've been through together, past and present. It'll be a privilege to work with you again. For once I don't have to worry anymore, because I'll be right there fighting beside you. You also helped me realize how much love can help you through the good times and the bad. I want to end with this." He paused and took her other hand and looked at her. She had tears in her eyes.
"I want you to know that I'll always be there for you, just like I know you'll be there for me. I don't have to worry anymore." He smiled and paused again. "I love you with all my heart."
Her eyes had tears in them. "I love you, too." Wes leaned in and kissed her passionately, and brought her closer to him. She put her hand on him cheek and happily accepted his kiss. Clapping was heard all around. Then Logan's voice was heard over the system.
"Would you two please get a room?" Logan smiled. "I think we're going to see a 'Do Not Disturb' sign of your door tonight, Jen. God knows what we wouldn't want to disturb." He laughed.
"Hey! I can still have my nights too, Rob." Jen said. She turned to Wes. "Would you like to do the honors, Wes?" He nodded and stepped forward on the stage, looking at the new officers.
"Atten hut!" He called. The officers rose with a slick motion. "Go out tonight, and have fun!" he said. "Dismissed!" The officers saluted, and Wes returned it. The crowd then separated into their ways.
Jen came up behind him and put her arm on his shoulder. "It'll take some work, but I think you'll make a fine Red ranger." Jen laughed. Wes took her hand and they walked off.
3 weeks later
Wes walked down the hall in long strides, and came to an office. The door read as follows:Jennifer Scotts
Below her name made Wes smile.
He turned the knob and walked in to see Jen on the phone, her chair was turned around so he saw the back of her head. He quickly closed the door slowly and quietly, laughing to himself. He heard Jen laugh.
"No…You're kidding?…Please. I wouldn't even know where to start…all right…well when I hear more about the Underground, I'll let you know…no, we don't even know when they'll attack aga--…no…I promise…I will…all right…bye." She hung up, her chair still turned around. Wes tried not to laugh as he silently opened the door and slipped in, undetected by Jen. He watched as she sat there rocking back and forth. He slowly crept up behind the chair. He heard Jen speak.
"I wonder…" she trailed off. She spun around in her chair, when Wes jumped on the armrest and shouted.
"SURPRISE!" Jen jumped out of the chair, causing it to fall on top of Wes. She let out a scream as he fell. If there was one thing he knew that Jen hated, it was when people scared her. She looked at Wes, who was laughing himself into a fit.
"That's not FUNNY, Wes!" Jen yelled. Wes couldn't say anything as he lay on the floor, hysterical laughing.
"You...should…have…seen…your…face!" he said in between breaths.
Jen's face turned red. "I could KILL YOU for that!" Jen tried to kick him, but he grabbed her hand and wrestled her to the floor. He was laughing as Jen tried to get up, but he pinned her.
"Wes, get off of me now!" Jen tried to hit him, but he grabbed her wrists and pined then to the floor as well. Using the rest of his body he kept her down, still laughing.
"It was your idea to share an office, you know." He let out a short laugh.
"Now I'm regretting it." Jen looked at him. "Get off me."
Wes sighed. "You really need to laugh more, Jen. I don't know how you live."
"Well, now I'm laughing as I beat the living shit out of you." Her hand flared up to hit him, but he tickled her instead. She tried not to laugh, but burst into it.
"Now, you see how much better laughing is then violence?" He said sarcastically. He still pined her down. "Do you give up?"
Jen still laughed. "No…no…" but she stopped as Wes tickled her even more. "Yes!" she bursted. "Yes, I give up! You win!" He stopped and still pined her. After finally catching her breath, she looked at him. "Happy?"
Wes smiled and kissed her. "Yup."
"Good. Now get the hell off of me." Wes obeyed and she got up and sat back down in her chair. "Great. Now you messed up my hair." She took out a brush and began brushing it as a knock on her door was heard. "Come in.," she said.
A young female officer walked in with a file. "Lieutenant Scotts." He saluted her as she put her hair back up in a ponytail. "I have some information from Captain Logan about the Underground." He handed her a folder. Wes sat in his chair and watched.
"Excellent. Thank you officer…" she trailed off.
"Jakell. Stacey Jaqkell."
"All right, thank you Officer Jakell." Jen said. She saluted and left, but turned around to look at Wes.
"Oh, by the way, congratulations, Lieutenant Collins."
"Thank you." Wes said. The young officer walked out.
Just then the Ensigns walked in. "Well, you two seem to be getting along fine." Davis said.
"Yep. We're doing fine." Wes said.
"So, Lieutenant Collins." Jamie said. "You like Time Force?"
Wes smiled and looked at Jen. "I do now." Alli rolled her eyes.
Just then the alarms went off. "ATTENTION ALL TIME FORCE PERSONNEL! GALDEN HAS BEEN SPOTTED AT TIMES SQUARE! I REPEAT…GALDEN HAS BEEN SPOTTED AT TIME SQUARE! ALL TASK FORCE MEMBERS REPORT TO THE BAY! ALL ASK FORCE MEMBERS REPORT TO THE BAY!"
Jen and Wes sprang from their chairs. "Here we go! This is it!" Wes said.
Time Force: bay 2
Jen and Wes walked in, this time to find 10 Task Force members standing in neat lines of 5 in a line.
"All right. This is it. Let's make this one count!" Jen said. Wes spoke up.
"Remember, Galden is powerful, and we can take him down. Let's move out!" Wes said.
Galden laughed as civilians ran. "This is perfect! With that lousy officer out of the way…"
"You mean me?" Galden turned around to see two officers standing up, back to back.
Galden gasped. "You! I thought I destroyed you!"
"Guess again, Galden. Now it's my turn." Wes declared.
Galden's face was replaced with fear. Wes stepped forward. "Time Force!" He showed his badge. "You're under arrest, Galden." Jen followed his lead.
"Surrender now, or we will be forced to shoot."
"Never!" Galden declared. "I'll defeat you by myself!" He raised his weapon and fired.
"Not this time, Galden!" Wes said.
Jen stepped forward. "Ready?" She raised her wrist.
Galden gasped. "Ready!" Wes responded.
In unison the two shouted out. "TIME FOR TIME FORCE!" In a flash of red and pink, stood two Time Force rangers.
"Two rangers or not, I'll destroy you myself! Starting with you, Red ranger!" He fired at Wes, who fell. Jen went charging in.
Wes got up and raised his wrist. "Chrono saber!" his weapon materialized in his hand and he went charging in. Jen was thrown to the ground, but Wes was there to fight.
"I'm not going down easily this time!" He struck Galden.
He smirked. "Well, Red ranger. We'll see about that!" Galden fired again, but the blast did nothing.
"Your time is up!" Wes leapt into the air. "TIME STRIKE!" The blast hit Galden, who fell.
"It's over, Galden." Jen said. Wes walked up to him and hand cuffed him.
"You're under arrest." Wes said.
Task Force officers came up and grabbed him, and put more restraints on him. They looked toward Wes for further instructions.
"Take him away."
"Yes, sir!" they said.
"Power down." Wes said. Jen then came by and patted his shoulder.
"Good job, Wes." Jen smiled.
Courtroom: 1 week later
Wes sat nervously in his chair and fidgeted with his pen. 'This is it. Galden's trial. Once he's in cryogenic detainment, that's it.' He thought. 'And once he's put away for good, it's just Jen and me. Just us.' His hand brushed against a velvet box in his pocket. Jen's engagement ring. He was planning on asking her later at dinner, but he was nervous of what she'd say.
"Wes?" a voice said. Wes jumped at the sound of the voice. He turned around to see Rob Logan behind him.
"H-hey Rob. Didn't hear you walk in." Wes got up. Rob noticed he was sweating.
"Wes, is everything ok?" he asked. "Is it the trial?"
"Partially the trial." He paused. "And something else." Wes reached into his pocket and pulled out the ring.
"Oh. I see." Rob smiled. "Don't worry so much, Wes. I'm sure she'll say yes. When are you popping the big one?"
He sighed. "I'm taking her out to dinner, then hopefully I'll ask her then."
A voice was heard over the PA system. "The judges have reached a verdict, the court will now reconvene."
"Here we go." Wes said. Jen walked in and sat down next to him. Rob on his right. The judge spoke.
"In the matter of the people vs. Galden, we find the defendant guilty of all charges, and is sentenced to cryogenic detainment…" he paused. "for life."
"Yes!" Wes jumped up, so did everyone else. Jen just sat in her seat and put her hands together. She stood up and shook hands with Rob, and hugged Wes.
He smiled at her. 'This is it. Now it's us.'
After a briefing of sending out the truck, Jen and Wes went out to eat.
The Olive Garden, 8:00PM
After ordering their meal, and the champagne arriving, both sat down and talked about the trial. It was all over the news, as well.
"I knew that he was going into c.d. I just didn't know how long. A life sentence. Wow. We won't be seeing him anytime soon." Jen said. She looked at Wes, who was nervous about something. "Wes? Is everything all right? You've been quiet tonight."
"Yea, it's umm…everything's f-fine." Wes said. Jen grabbed his hand. He was shaking.
Jen remembered this from when he had the dreams, and she was struck. "You didn't have another dream, did you?" She asked.
Wes swallowed and laughed. "No…no its nothing like that at all." 'It's now or never.'
A nearby waiter saw Wes shaking and came over. "Excuse me, sir. Is everything all right?" More people came over. By now the whole restaurant was looking. Wes took a breath and got up, only to fall onto one knee, beside Jen's side of the booth. She instantly grabbed him.
"Wes! What's wrong?" Jen was nervous at this point. He drew in another deep breath.
"Everything's fine, Jen. Just fine." He took her left hand in his. "Jen, we've been through a lot together within the last few years. Especially in the past year. Between Ransik and Galden, I've been worried about you every day, up until I got my morpher back. I was wondering when I was going to see you again." He stopped and pulled out a box from his pocket. Jen looked at it, and she soon realized what was going on. She looked at him, unable to speak.
"I love you so much, Jen. I can't think of living the rest of my life without you." He opened the box and took out the ring. "Jennifer Marie Scotts…" he paused and slipped the diamond onto her finger. "Will you marry me?"
Jen's eyes flooded with tears. She looked at him. Finally she responded. "Yes!" We stood up as Jen hugged him. "I love you, Wes."
He gladly accepted her hug. "I love you too, Jen." An aww came from the surrounding crowd.
The manager came around and smiled. "Your dinner's on the house, Lieutenants." Both were speechless. The rest of the night they discussed wedding plans, and who to invite. Wes had a few people in mind.
Silver Hills, 2004
Eric and Mr. Collins were sitting in Wes's old office discussing new guardians when…
"Commander Myers, Mr. Collins, there are two people here to see you." The voice over the phone said.
"Send them in." Eric said. The two watched as a person dressed in white uniforms walked into Wes's office. Eric was astonished at one of them.
"Wes?" Eric asked, in disbelief.
"Wesley?" Mr. Collins said.
"Umm, I think so." Wes laughed as his Eric cam up to him and hugged him. "It's nice to see you too, Eric.
His father then came up to him and hugged him. "Son, it's good to see you again." He pondered for a minute. "Wait, Jackie said there were two…who else is with you?"
"I believe I am that guilty party." Jen walked in with a smile on her face.
Mr. Collins laughed and hugged her as well. "Jennifer! It's so good to see you again."
"You, too, Mr. Collins." She then made her way over to Eric. "Hey Eric." She hugged him too.
"Hi, Jen. Nice to see you."
"Umm, Jen, honey, should we tell them our good news?" Wes asked. Jen walked over to Wes and he placed an arm around her waist. Eric watched the couple and something clicked.
"Jen, Wes, what's going on?" Mr. Collins asked.
"I just wanted to come here and ask you if you'd like to attend our wedding, Mr. Collins." Jen said it straight forward.
"And I'm asking Eric to be my best man." Wes smiled at him.
Both Eric and Mr. Collins looked at each other. Eric spoke up. "You mean the both of your are engaged?" they nodded.
"It's planned for September 20th." Wes said. The calendar read August 2.
"I'd love to, Wes! You should know that." Mr. Collins smiled. "Where is it going to be held?"
Jen smiled. "I was hoping to have it here, in 2004. My family is small, and won't take much to send them back here. Possibly in the gardens at your house, if that's all right, Mr. Collins."
All he could do was smile. "Now, Jen that's absolutely marvelous! And since you're going to be my daughter-in-law, please. Call me Alan."
Wes looked at Eric. "Well, how about it?"
Eric looked at him. "I'd be honored, Wes."
"All right. Oh, by the way, Dad. Jen's family will be coming here in about two weeks. We're staying here for now, until the wedding."
Alan smiled. "Sure. That's no problem, Wes. You know that!"
The group laughed and exited out. Jen and Wes went back the mansion to unpack their stuff.Later that evening
Jen sat out on the patio reading a book. Someone came up behind her.
"Jen, may I speak to you for a moment?" She turned around to see Alan walking up behind her.
"Sure, no problem." Jen said as she marked her page and set her book down.
"I'd like to get to know you a little bit better, like your birthday, what your family's like. After all, you will be my daughter-in-law. I have one question though. How did you get involved with Time Force?"
Jen smiled as she and her future father-in-law got to know each other better.
Up above them, Wes smiled as he heard the conversation. He lay down on his bed, anticipating the next few weeks.
Jen awoke to the sound of someone banging on her door. A muffled voice called out to her. "Jen, wake up!"
"Al'ight, m'wake" Jen said as she looked at her clock. 7:00am. Her door was opened and her sisters, her mom, and her two aunts came in. they all got her up and ready for the events of the day to come.
Meanwhile in a hotel a few blocks away, Wes was given a rude awakening as well. "Come on, lover boy! Time to get up! You're getting married today!"
"G'way, Eric…" Wes covered his ears with his pillow. He heard his door burst open.
"Come on, get up!" Eric called. Wes was dragged out of bed by his best friend and pushed into a shower.
"Jen, you look beautiful." Pam said. They moved out of the way so Jen could see herself in the white dress.
"The photographer's here!" Diane called from downstairs. They made their way down. The bridesmaids had on light pink dresses, while Jen's was white. They made their way downstairs to where the photographer waited.
"Not bad, Wes." Eric said. Wes turned around and looked in the mirror to see the tuxedo he was in. The whole party was dressed in black.
Alan came running up. "Picture time!" The party made their way to the lobby where a photo shoot was about to take place.
Not long after that the men piled into a limousine and went to the mansion.
Alan walked along the halls until he came to Jen's room. He looked in and saw her sitting on the bed.
"Jen." She turned around to see Alan standing there. She smiled.
"Hi, Alan." She stood up.
"My goodness, you look beautiful." He kissed her cheek and she said thank you. " I just wanted to catch you before the wedding, to tell you how happy you've made my son. Since the day he met you, your name was mentioned everyday, at lease five times. I just wanted to say I love you, and am honored to have you as a daughter-in-law. There is no one else I would rather have." He said.
"Thank you, Alan. He's made me as happy as I've made him." Jen said. "I love your son so much." Music was heard outside.
"Shall we?" he held out his arm and they walked down to the ceremony.
Wes was breathing heavy as they parties walked in. Then the music changed. He watched as Jen and his father rounded the corner and walked down. She was beautiful as ever, then she as finally facing him. The ceremony was normal, until it was time to speak.
"Wesley Collins, do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and health as long as you both shall live?" the priest asked.
"I do." He took the ring from Eric and placed it on her finger.
"Jennifer Scotts, do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, as long as you both shall live?"
"I do." She took the ring from Katie and placed it on his finger.
"You all here are witnesses to this man and this woman's love for each other. By the power invested in me, I pronounce you man and wife." They looked into each other's eyes. "You may kiss the bride."
"I love you, Jen." He said.
She smiled. "I love you, too, Wes." He smiled and kissed her passionately.
"Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Collins!" a cheer was heard and they ran down the isle to the reception.Five days later
Jen and Wes stood on the beach, saying good-bye yet again. It went down the line. First Jen said good-bye to Eric, then Alan. Wes did the same. Both promised to come back and visit.
They waved good-bye and got into the time ship.
After a few minutes, they emerged from the time ship to see all of Time Force out to congratulate them. After a long day of paperwork, both finally went home.
Year 3003 Hilton hotel, suit 25: Honolulu, Hawaii, one week later
Jen lay down on the bed, and let out a sigh. It felt good to lie down. It was a cool Wednesday evening and Jen was enjoying her honeymoon.
"Well, this is tempting." Wes said. Jen looked up to see him lay down beside her.
"Please. After nonstop paperwork, I'm glad to finally relax." Wes lay on top of her and placed his arms around her waist.
"That's true." He kissed her. "We have two weeks to relax. I have the Ensigns on stand by, incase anything happens, which I doubt it will. So we can relax." He kissed her again.
"Relax, I like the sound of that." She smiled and returned his kiss.
"Not to mention all the se—" Wes began.
"Wes!" Jen looked at him. He had a smug look on his face.
"What? I was going to say scenery! The beautiful scenery!" He argued.
"Oh, sure." Jen rolled her eyes.
"Hey. This is our time to chill. Whatever you want to do, that's fine. We have two weeks of worry-free relaxation, and I want us to enjoy it." He looked at her, passionately…and lustfully.
"Oh, really." Jen said. She saw the look in his eyes. It was all too familiar. "I think I can accommodate to relaxation." She kissed him as she turned out the lights.
The held each other tightly, not wanting to let go. This moment in time was perfect. Both made sacrifices, but were given rewards. They may be from different times, but their fire broke the barrier surrounding them. This is their story. Their longing to be with each other broke it. Their anger and hatred for the clocks was shattered. Their love, surpassing everything the clock stood for. Their passions of time.
But time itself is a mystery, how it works. Time is numbers on a clock. Whether it's 1000 years in the future, or the present, or the past. But there's always someone who wants to change time, go back and stop something from happening. Time itself is a blessing. While it is adored by many, it is hated by some.
There's always one person who wants to change time. One person driven by jealously, anger, hatred. Someone who wants something, but they can't have it, because of time.
Time itself can be a great ally… or it can be a deadly weapon. Changing time would prevent many things from happening.
…but that's another story.
Do I hear a sequel?