With bated breaths, the Rangers watched as the small robot wheeled through the base. It moved with ease through several obstacles and stopped beside the table. With a clawed hand, it lifted up a rag, revealing the red Energem.
"Red Energem found," it announced.
"Good heavens," Ivan gasped.
"Awesome!" Tyler grinned, kneeling to take the energem from the robot as it returned. "It worked perfectly."
"And that is how Get-bot is going to find the purple Energem on Sledge's ship," Kendall explained.
"It's better than going to the ship ourselves," Adelaide agreed.
"Yes, but..." said Riley, lifting Get-bot off of the ground, "how do we get it into a transport pod so Get-bot can get up there?"
"Sledge has an Energem now," said Chase. "I have a feeling we're going to see him sooner rather than later."
"We need to counter Sledge's moves with everything we've got," Kendall agreed. She smiled as the doors behind the team opened. "Including the graphite ranger."
Adelaide looked around and smiled as Philip entered the base.
"Good to see you, Sire," Ivan said, greeting Philip with a small bow.
"You too, Sir Ivan," Philip replied. He looked around the base and found Adelaide. She smiled as she met his gaze. "I'm ready."
"Welcome back, Prince!" Koda said, patting Philip heavily on the shoulder.
Sasha laughed lightly, placing her hand on Koda's shoulder. "Easy, big guy," she said. "We need him able to fight."
"Oh, sorry," Koda apologised.
Beep. Beep. Beep.
Kendall wheeled around and hurried over to the computer, Adelaide and Chase followed as the others crowded around also.
"What is it, Ms Morgan?" Chase asked.
"Transport pods are entering the atmosphere," Kendall replied, reading from the screen. "Here's our chance."
"Let's go!" Tyler announced, leading the way out of the base.
"These are the coordinates," Kendall said, arriving at the forest with the team. They were already morphed and ready for battle.
"I don't see any pods," said Shelby, looking around the area.
"I do," Adelaide said, pointing into the air. "And there is a lot of them!"
"Keep them distracted," Kendall instructed. "Ivan and I'll work our way around to the rear and plant Get-Bot in a transport pod."
"Be careful," Tyler warned. "They've got an Energem now, it's a whole new ball game."
Ivan nodded and hurried off after Kendall.
Adelaide turned to the sound of a gunshot and gasped as Sledge flew into view over the tree tops. "We've got company!" she said.
Sledge hovered over the Rangers and fired the blaster in his hands. A purple haze clouded the Rangers, locking them in place.
"Can't move!" Tyler said, his voice strained as he tried to break free.
With a laugh, Sledge landed on the ground opposite the Rangers. "I'm starting to see why you Rangers have been so tough to beat!" he said, as Fury, a horde of vivixs, and two spikeballs appeared behind him. "These Energems are pretty powerful."
"That's an understatement," Adelaide muttered.
"Want to know how this is going to play out?" Sledge asked, stepping up in front of the Rangers. "First, I'm going to take the red Energem." He reached towards Tyler at the head of the group but was blasted back by a beam of orange energy. Sledge roared and looked around, his gaze settling on Keeper.
"You may have an Energem, but you'll never have the heart of a Ranger," Keeper said, appearing beside Tyler.
Fury roared and took a step towards Keeper, but Sledge threw out his arm and held him back.
"He's mine!" Sledge said, threateningly. "You fooled me once, and today you finally pay for it!"
The two nemesis' rushed at each other. For a while, Keeper had the upper hand, but Sledge quickly turned the tables and blasted Keeper to the ground.
"No!" the team yelled.
"Keeper!" Adelaide cried, struggling to break free.
"I'm not done with you yet, Keeper," Sledge said, as the spikeballs grabbed Keeper's arms and heaved him to his feet. "Take him back to the ship and make him suffer!"
The spikeballs nodded and marched Keeper away towards the transport pods. Fury followed, leaving Sledge to turn back to the Rangers. "Now, where was I? Oh yes," he laughed. "First, I'm going to take the red Energem!" he walked back to Tyler, smashed his fist into his chest, and ripped out the red energem.
Tyler demorphed and fell to his knees.
"One down, seven to go," Sledge said, turning to Adelaide next.
"You stay away from her!" Chase snapped, struggling against his bonds.
Sledge laughed at him and raised his fist. He plunged it towards Adelaide but was stopped from touching her when Keeper's staff slammed down on his hand. He staggered as Tyler whipped the staff around, smashing it into his chest and knocking him away.
The purple Energem sparked and the forcefield surrounding the team disappeared.
Adelaide stumbled and Philip caught her quickly.
The Ptera Zord screeched as it flew into view.
"What? A Zord!" Sledge yelled, angrily.
"Hold on, Tyler!" Koda said, running to the red Ranger and supporting him.
"Jump!" Shelby called.
The seven Rangers kicked off from the ground and appeared in the cockpit of the Ptera Zord.
"Ivan, thanks. Great timing," Chase grinned at the Gold Ranger.
"Is everyone okay?" Riley asked, looking around. "Ade?"
Adelaide nodded and looked to Tyler. "Keeper," she whimpered, her hand closing around the staff. "He's powerless without his staff. He won't be able to fight Sledge. I hate to think what's going to happen to him."
"We'll get him back, Adelaide," Philip promised.
"Kendall?" Koda asked, noticing they were a companion down. "Where is Kendall?"
"Ms Morgan, are you there?" Riley asked, activating his Dino Comm.
"Rangers, I'm in one of Sledge's transport pods," Kendall replied.
"Do you have a death wish?" Sasha asked. She was calling from the base where she had been left to monitor the battle.
"I'm going after Keeper," Kendall explained.
The feed blurred and the reception disappeared.
"Ms Morgan!" Shelby yelled, clutching her console.
Suddenly, the sky outside the megazord turned dark. Thunder boomed and lightning crashed through the air.
"What in the world -?" Chase questioned, looking around. As if to answer his question, a giant green monster materialised before the Ptera Zord.
"It's a giant monster," Ivan gasped, "and it could destroy Amber Beach."
"We got to stop it," Tyler said, taking the lead.
"But we have to rescue friends," Koda reminded him.
Tyler hesitated, glancing down at Keeper's staff. He followed the pole to Adelaide's hand and then looked up at the scarlet ranger. Unlike himself, she was morphed, but it was like he could still see the worry reflected in her eyes.
"Alright," Tyler said, realising what he needed to do. "We'll split up. You use the Dino Charge Megazord and deal with that monster. Shelby, Adelaide, and I will take the Plesio Zord and try to get to Sledge's ship."
"You're going into outer space?" Riley asked.
"If you have a better idea... I'm totally up for it," Tyler said, looking his way.
The others stood down. There was no other option. They had to do this.
"We are with you," Ivan confirmed.
Tyler nodded and reached for a Dino Charger, along with Riley and Chase. "Summon Zords!" the three yelled.
"Here," Adelaide said, passing Chase a charger. "Donnie's ready for whenever you need him."
"Be careful," Chase warned her.
Adelaide nodded and run off after Tyler and Shelby, leaving the guys behind to deal with the green monster.
Back at the base, Sasha activated the Plesio Zord and flooded the zord bay once she had confirmation that Tyler, Adelaide, and Shelby were safe inside Plesio. "All systems are go!" she said over the intercom.
"Great. Thanks, Sash," Tyler said.
Shelby clutched her hands and turned to Tyler. "I'm worried about you," she said, making her feelings known. "Without your Energem."
"It's dangerous for all of us," Tyler told her. "But that's not going to stop us, is it?"
"Uh-uh," Shelby said, shaking her head.
Adelaide looked up from Keeper's staff and glared out of the holographic window. "Plesio," she called to the Zord. "Let's go to space!"
The Zord roared and tilted upwards as it shot out of the Zord bay. It exploded through the water's surface and blasted towards the edge of the Earth's atmosphere, breaking the outer shell and projecting itself towards Sledge's ship.
"Let's hope they don't see us," Tyler said as the Plesio hovered over the top of Sledge's ship, looking for a suitable landing space.
"There!" Adelaide called, pointing to a small strip near the front of the ship.
Tyler directed the Zord towards it and set her down.
Thankfully there were no alarms blaring as the three Rangers infiltrated the ship. Adelaide and Shelby had now demorphed, hoping to blend him a little better than stand out against the alien prisoners still locked away inside their cells.
"How are the others doing, Sasha?" Adelaide asked. "Are they holding their own?"
"Green Zilla is proving difficult," Sasha replied. "Focus on finding Kendall and Keeper. The others can manage until then."
Adelaide took a deep breath and nodded. She was worried about both Keeper and Kendall, but she was also worried about the guys. It wasn't every day that the Rangers split up to fight on two fronts, and they all knew they were stronger together.
"Hey, look," Shelby said, pulling her Energem out from under her shirt. It glimmered brightly in the dim light of the ship.
Adelaide pulled out her own, but it remained the same. "It's not happening to mine," she said.
"I wonder what it could be?" Tyler asked, looking curious.
"Maybe it's an unlocked power?" Adelaide suggested. "You know, like my protective bubble."
Shelby looked considerate. "It could explain why it's only happening to mine," she said. "As far as we're aware, you're the only one with a protective bubble, and Keeper did say that the Energems have their own unique power. But what does this mean?"
"I don't know," Adelaide said. "Maybe Keeper can explain. You know, once we've found him?"
Shelby and Tyler nodded and they pressed on, creeping through the corridors and searching everywhere for their friends. They had their Dino Morpher's drawn, ready to actively fight if they needed to.
At the end of the hallway was another set of double doors, they opened as the trio approached and beyond revealed a staggering, yet familiar sight.
Tyler and Shelby acted without thinking. Both firing a round at the two spikeballs and knocking them down.
"Woah, Purple Ranger?" Tyler breathed, staring at the new addition beyond Keeper's head.
Keeper turned to the Purple Ranger and smiled, taking her hand in his. "You were always worthy of being a Power Ranger, Kendall," he said. "You only needed the opportunity to prove it."
"No way, Kendall?" Shelby repeated.
"Yeah, it's me alright," Kendall laughed.
An alarm blared somewhere above them.
"We can celebrate later!" Tyler said, looking around. "Let's go!"
Adelaide passed Keeper his staff and, with the help of Shelby, half-carried, half-walked him out into the corridor.
"We need a plan of attack," Tyler said, walking behind Shelby, Adelaide, and Keeper.
"First we need to get Keeper to safety," Kendall told him. "We'll get the red Energem later."
"Shelby, Tyler. Ade, have you found Keeper and Ms Morgan?" Chase asked over the dino comms.
Kendall connected hers to the link and stared back at the black Ranger. "This is Ms Morgan," she said, revealing her secret. "We've got Keeper and should be off the ship in a matter of minutes."
"Ms Morgan, you're the Purple Ranger now?" Chase asked, surprised at the sudden turn of events.
"Yes. We're on our way." Kendall ended the connection and turned to the others.
"Quickly, everybody," Shelby said, lowering her voice to barely a whisper.
Kendall turned quickly to Adelaide. "Where's the Plesio Zord?" she asked.
"Up there and to the left," Adelaide answered, nodding down the corridor.
"Guys!" Tyler called, running down the corridor towards them. He stopped on one side of the sliding doors. "Sledge is using the red Energem to power up the ship's lasers. He's planning to destroy the Megazord."
"We've got to warn them," Shelby said, leaving Keeper's side and returning to Tyler.
"What are you waiting for?" Shelby asked. "We need to go!"
"I have to find the red Energem," Tyler told her. "It's the only way to stop Sledge."
The alarms on blared and a red light swept across the hallway. Tyler stepped back as the doors started to close.
"I'll come with you," Shelby said, trying to follow him.
"No, the others need the Plesio Zord and all the Ranger strength we can find," Tyler told her.
"But you can't do it alone," Shelby argued.
"I don't want to do it alone, but I have to, and we both know it," Tyler sighed. The doors closed, separating him from the others.
"TYLER!" Shelby yelled.
Adelaide turned to Keeper and Kendall. "Keep following this corridor," she said. "The exit to the Plesio is on the right."
Kendall nodded and led Keeper away, leaving Adelaide to grab Shelby's arm.
"We have to go!" Adelaide said.
"We have to help him!" Shelby argued, tugging herself free. She fumbled around on the door, looking for a lock or switch to make then open again.
Adelaide grabbed her wrist and wheeled her around. "I want to help Tyler too," she said. "But we can't do that standing here and waiting for this door to open. By the time it does, Sledge may have found us and it'll be our Energems he's using to destroy the others. We can't let that happen."
Shelby sighed and looked to Adelaide. "What if we never see him again?" she asked.
"He's gone to get his Energem," Adelaide said, grinning. "It's not like he's gone off to war."
"No, it's worse," Shelby huffed.
Adelaide rolled her eyes and led Shelby away. "When has Tyler ever failed in something he's committed too?" she asked. "He's resilient, that's what makes him a good red Ranger."
Shelby hesitated. She wanted to believe Adelaide, but she couldn't ignore the sinking feeling in her stomach that something could go wrong.
"Come on," Adelaide said, tugging her down the hallway. "We have to go help the others. Once we've finished Green Zilla, we can come back with reinforcements and find Tyler. We'll stand a better chance when there are nine of us."
Shelby smiled. "You're right," she said. "Let's go!"
"There's the Shelby I know and love!" Adelaide grinned. Still holding Shelby's hand the two run the rest of the way down the corridor, turned right and top speed, and barrelled straight into the Plesio Zord that was still waiting.
Soaring into the Earth's atmosphere, Adelaide, Kendall, and Shelby reached the area where the guys had been fighting the Green Zilla monster. What they found was an abandoned Dino Charge Megazord and a rampaging monster.
"Plesio-Charge Megazord," Kendall said, as the Zord transformed instantly and landed before the monster.
"Let's do this!" Shelby and Adelaide said, preparing themselves for a tough battle.
Green Zilla roared and charged forward but was blocked by the arm of the Plesio Megazord. It roared and tried again, but was held back by a rocket punch.
"Yeah!" Shelby grinned, as the fist of the megazord slammed into the Green Zilla multiple times before returning to the arm.
"Controlling a Megazord is amazing!" Kendall grinned.
"You got that right!" Adelaide laughed. She held up her arm as the Megazord blaster, which was the head of the Plesio, screeched.
The Green Zilla picked itself up, roared, and charged forward again.
"Shelby, Adelaide. Ms Morgan, Sledge's ship has crashed!" Ivan called over the intercoms. "We've got Tyler."
Adelaide grinned and turned to Shelby. "So much for never seeing him again," she said.
"Hey, I heard that," Tyler called.
Adelaide laughed and even Shelby chuckled lightly.
"Just get your butts back here and help us," Adelaide called.
"We're on our way," Ivan announced.
Adelaide looked up at the holographic screen as Rexy lumbered into view. He had detached from the other Zords, and regained his footing, brushing his head against the Plesio and roaring contently. A shimmer of gold appeared in the cockpit, and several more podium's appeared, splitting Adelaide, Shelby, and Kendall a part even more.
"Relax, Rexy," Tyler chuckled, appearing beside Shelby. "I'm okay, buddy."
"You got your Energem back!" Shelby grinned.
"Absolutely, and Sledge is history!" Tyler said, turning to her.
"Tyler, you had all of us scared," Shelby said.
"Some more than others," Adelaide whispered to Chase. The black Ranger chuckled and, despite being morphed, Adelaide could sense Shelby's glare on her the back of her head.
Tyler grinned. "As my dad used to say, it's all part of the adventure!" he said. "We've never been stronger. Let's finish that monster and end this for good."
"Activate Plesio Charge Megazord Pachy Rex Formation!" Kendall said, taking the lead.
"Dinosaur might, ready to fight!"
Green Zilla roared angrily and blasted the area around the megazord multiple times, but, coursing with new found energy and high-spirits, the Megazord simply walked through the explosion with a sense of purpose.
"Time to take down this last monster!" Tyler announced.
The Rangers swung their left arms forward, commanding the Megazord to hit Green Zilla with the Pachy Wrecking Ball. They followed up with a punch from the Plesio fist.
"Pachy Zord, wrecking ball!" Kendall commanded.
Green Zilla rebuffed the attack by shooting vines from its back.
"Hey Ya!" the Rangers yelled, slicing through the vines with the Plesio's jaws.
"You know what to do!" said Kendall, taking the point.
The Rangers fired a fireball from the mouth of the T-Rex on their chest plate, watching it surge through the air and plough into the Green Zilla.
"This is it!" Adelaide and Chase cheered, high-fiving one another.
"Three... Two... One... Galactic Blast!"
With one final attack from the Plesio blaster, the Rangers obliterated the Green Zilla, putting an end to Sledge's reign and sealing the protection of Amber Beach, once and for all.
Sasha smiled at the Rangers as they filed into the base. While they were each in high spirits, Adelaide topped them all by bouncing up and down excitedly, and chanting 'We did it! We did it!" over and over again.
"I still can't believe you went to Sledge's ship," Sasha said, placing her hands on Adelaide's shoulders to keep her still. "Especially since you were the one convinced it would be a suicide mission going there."
"Yeah, I'm surprised too," Riley agreed.
Adelaide shrugged. "Well, that was before Sledge kidnapped Keeper," she said. "I wasn't about to leave him there. He's been so good to me."
"You should not put yourself in danger of a mentor," Keeper said.
"You're more than just a mentor to us, Keeper," Adelaide said, shaking her head. "You're our friend, and to me, you're so much more. You've been there for me since I was five-years-old, what kind of person would I be if I turned my back on that."
Keeper smiled and patted Adelaide's shoulders as she run over to hug him. To the other Rangers, the relationship between Adelaide and Keeper was strange, but even they could tell it was strong and unbreakable.
"So, what happens now?" Shelby asked, looking around at her friends. "Sledge's gone, so has his crew," she shrugged. "What does that mean for us?"
"Nine of the Energems have been found. Thank you, Rangers," Keeper said, breaking away from Adelaide. "Koda, Ivan, and, of course, Kendall, will help me find the last three."
"With Sledge finally gone, the rest of you can return to your lives and do whatever you want," Kendall said. She'd been standing by the crystal beds, watching as her purple Energem took its rightful place next to the graphite gem.
"Until the last Energem is found you will remain bound to your dinosaur spirit," Keeper continued. "If ever we need your help, you'll know."
Adelaide smiled and gripped the necklace around her neck. The magnet remained by her energem glittered from the crystal beds.
"It's been an honour to fight beside all of you," Philip said, looking around at the team.
"The honour was ours, Your Highness," Ivan said with a small bow of his head. He lowered his gaze to the others, sweeping over their individual faces. "I'm going to miss you, one and all."
Chase sighed. "Well, I'm going home to New Zealand," he announced. "If any of you come over, look me up."
Adelaide grinned and pushed herself up onto his back. "Don't miss me too much, 'kay?" she said.
"Wait, you're not going with him, Ade?" Shelby asked. "I thought you guys had plans?"
"We do," Adelaide said, grinning. "But first, I'm going home. I can't wait to see my Mum and Dad. Then, I'm heading to New Zealand."
"We should've guessed you two wouldn't be separated for very long," Riley said, laughing.
Adelaide and Chase exchanged looks and grinned.
Over Chase's shoulder, Adelaide caught Philip's gaze and smiled. They two had plans to keep over the rest of the summer, plans that included spending time and getting to know one another on a more personal level.
"I guess this is a good enough time as any," Sasha said, unlocking her phone and handing it to Adelaide. "Don't worry. It's not bad news. It's actually good news. I got this text just before you returned."
Adelaide took the phone and inspected the screen. She gasped as she reached the end of the message, and even had to read it again to make sure she wasn't seeing things. "Yes!" she yelled, punching the air.
"What?" Tyler asked, smiling at her.
"My brothers! Caleb and Jessie," Adelaide replied. "They're coming home!" She run to hug Sasha.
Sasha laughed as the others exchanged amused smiles. To them, nothing could've made this day any better, but to Adelaide, hearing that her brothers would be at home when she got back to Portland was the icing on the cake.
"Today couldn't get any better!" Adelaide said, resting her head against Sasha's chest and gazing out at her friends. Suddenly she was being pulled in to a bone-crushing group hug, as Koda pulled them all into a group hug. She laughed and wound her arm around Chase as the others pressed closer from all sides. "IT GOT BETTER!" she yelled.
The others burst out laughing.
There we have it.
The end of Dino Charge: Something To Fight For, but Adelaide will soon return in Dino Supercharge: The Adventure Continues.
On that note, the first chapter of the sequel won't be posted until sometime next week. I am unavailable now from the 15th-18th of September.
You've all been great.
See you soon