So, here we are the last chapter of Years Gone By. :) I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as we have enjoyed sharing it with you. This short little chapter just felt like the best way to end it. Let us know how you what you think, and if you have any ideas for future stories. We are still working on our Dino Time sequel so keep your eyes open. See you soon!
"So, rookie," Cole grinned, leaning against the fence. "Tired yet?"
Conner frowned, setting RJ down. He'd just finished yet another lap around the yard. Trevor reached his arms up, but Conner shook his head.
"Sorry, buddy," he said, panting. "I need to take a break."
Cole laughed, walking away. Watching him go, Conner frowned again. He wandered back over to where Tommy and Hayley were now sitting at the picnic table with Jason, Trini, and Zach. Seeing Conner coming, Tommy held out a water bottle. Trying to catch his breath, Conner took it gratefully and plopped down on the bench next to Tommy. He chugged half of the water bottle before leaning forward on the table, his head in his arms.
"Since when am I a rookie?" Conner muttered, turning his head to look at Tommy.
"What?" he said.
"A rookie," Conner said, lifting his head up. "Why is that other guy calling me rookie?"
"Who's calling you a rookie?" Jason asked, glancing around.
"The loudmouth kid in red with the one sleeve," Conner said.
Hayley's eyes narrowed.
"Cole!" she called, waving him over.
He walked over, a grin still plastered on his face.
"What is this I hear about you calling MY red ranger 'rookie'?" she asked, raising an eyebrow.
"He's the newest red ranger," he said. "There aren't any other red rangers on the team. And it was determined that rookie applies to the youngest red ranger, regardless of how long they've been a ranger."
Grumbling, Conner dropped his head back in his arms.
"Then technically Conner isn't the rookie," Tommy said. "He's not the youngest red ranger."
"What?" Jason said, frowning. "What is that supposed to mean?"
"The new team, Mystic Force," Tommy said. "Haven't you met them yet?"
Jason stared at him in surprise.
"I just found out about them this morning!" he exclaimed. "How did you know?"
Tommy exchanged glances with Hayley.
"Hmm…" he said. "I guess Hayley's system is just running faster than yours… But here. You'll want this."
Digging in his pocket, Tommy pulled out his wallet. Opening it, he pulled out a card and put the wallet back in his pocket. He handed the card to Jason.
"Here's there contact information," he said. "Their red ranger's name is Nick. He's still growing into the position, but he doesn't take crap from anyone."
"Uh huh…" Jason said, still shaking his head.
"Oh!" Tommy said. "Tori! Dustin!"
The two ninjas came jogging over.
"What's up?" Dustin asked.
"You two are going to love this," Tommy answered, grinning.
Dustin and Tori exchanged glances. Confused, they looked back at Tommy.
"Love what?" Tori asked.
"The new team of rangers," Tommy said. "Their yellow is named Chip. And I'm pretty sure he's more spastic than you, Dustin. And their blue is named Madison. They call her Maddie. She's a little shy, but she takes care of her friends."
Tori and Dustin grinned.
"Yes!" Dustin exclaimed, punching the air. "We're not gonna be the oddballs anymore!"
Still excited, they ran to tell the rest of their team the good news. Cole rolled his eyes.
"That still means I'm not the rookie anymore," Cole said.
"I don't know," Zach said. "From what Tommy said, I'm pretty sure the new kid would kill you if you called him rookie."
Tommy nodded in agreement.
"Yeah," he said. "He probably would."
"And it's kind of hard to pass the title of 'rookie' on to someone who can beat you up," Zach grinned.
Conner's head popped up from the table again. Before Cole knew what was happening, he found himself flat on his back with Conner standing over him.
"So that counts?" Conner asked, looking at Zach.
Zach started laughing and nodded.
"Oh, that definitely counts," he snorted.
"Not fair!" Cole protested, half sitting up. "I wasn't ready!"
Conner smirked, shaking his head.
"Dr. O's first rule," he said. "Always be aware of your surroundings and be ready to act, rather than react. Because if you're reacting, someone has already hit you."
Tommy smiled, shaking his head. Cole just grumbled.
"I am not staying the rookie," he muttered. "Six years is long enough…"
Hayley cocked her head, smirking at Cole.
"I've got an idea," Hayley said, looking around. "I want to pass a motion that anyone who has held the title of rookie for five years or more be permanently assigned that nickname."
The rangers started laughing.
"All in favor?" Hayley asked.
Every hand in the area shot up, even the people who hadn't actually been part of the conversation. Some of the kids, seeing their parents' hands in the air, followed suit.
"I guess that's settled, then," Jason said. "Cole, you are now the official rookie."
"You might as well accept it, rookie," Tommy said, grinning down at Cole. "Because you're stuck with it."
Cole just groaned, falling backward again as the rangers started laughing.