Thirty-One

The airport was buzzing with people, the next morning as Melissa was preparing to fly home. Jason, Tommy, Hayley, Kira, Conner, Ethan, and even Trent gathered around her as they each prepared to say goodbye.

Trent shook her hand as he smiled at her. He didn't really know what to say, seeing as though he had only met her two days ago. "I wish I could've gotten to know you better."

"Don't worry. You haven't seen the last of me. You'll get sick of me real quick." She answered, smiling widely at him.

Next, it was Conner's turn, then Ethan. They each gave her a hug. They didn't have to say anything to her. She knew that they were going to miss her, but they knew that they were going to see her again. They all still had so much to do.

Kira stepped up next. "I really bad a blast. Don't be a stranger." She said, hugging the older woman.

"I don't think that'll be a problem."

Now, it was Hayley's turn. She held out her hand for Melissa to shake. "I hope things are okay between us."

Melissa nodded as she took Hayley's hand. "Me too."

Tommy stepped up and hugged her next. "I'm glad you came."

"So am I… I missed having you as a friend." She placed a light kiss on his cheek as she said good-bye.

Finally, it was Jason's turn. He hugged her tight and placed a light kiss on her forehead. "I'm going to miss you."

"I know. But, I'll see you the next time I come." She said, hugging him back. She then leaned up and placed a light kiss on his lips. She smiled at him as she pulled away. She had just realized that that had been the first time that she had done that since the two had started dating. It felt good. Too good. She had to make sure that she would make it to the gate. But, as she stared into his eyes, she felt as though she couldn't pull away. But, she had to. "I'd better go."

"Bye." The large group said, waving to her.

She waved back as she approached the gate. "Bye!" She called back as she headed toward the plane.


Tommy sat in the lab, examining the new, hybrid laser gun as Jason raced down the stairs, a large package in hand. Tommy laid down the gun and looked at his friend who had a large smile on his face. "What's up?"

"Mel sent me the article. I thought you'd want to read it."

"Yeah, sure." Tommy took the newspaper out of the large, manila envelope. He flipped through the pages to find her article in a very well-read place in the 'Around the Country' section.

Hometown Heroes

By: Melissa Baker

Every child wonders what if their favorite superhero was real; I know I did. What if Batman actually roamed the streets of a city called Gotham or if there was actually a woman who had wings and could fly like a hawk? Well, it seems as though that could be answered by the wonderful citizens of Reefside, California.

Now, before you think that this is just going to be a dull, brainless article about someone trying to prove that superheroes are just in the minds of children, I suggest that you think otherwise. This is a true story; my true story. I witnessed astonishing happenings during an unbelievable two-week visit to the small city.

So, let me begin by saying two words: Power Rangers. Just some kiddy comic book characters, right? Wrong!

I observed five different-colored, real, live, human Power Rangers, clad in Black, White, Yellow, Blue, and Red uniforms. Now, I've read at least one issue of the comic book in my time and I figured that all of the special abilities that the characters had were just exaggerated drawings. It turns out that they're not.

I witnessed them taking long bounds through the air, using incredible weapons, fighting these horrific beings of evil. They each fought with skill and determination, trying to save the poor citizens who were running for their lives.

You may be wondering, if I witnessed such a thing, how was I able to escape in one piece? To this day, I'm not exactly sure. I was caught in the crossfire between the Rangers and their evil, female foe, yet I was lucky enough to escape with only a few scrapes and bruises. I was rescued by the Black Ranger who quickly whisked me away to safety.

I admit my heart was pounding with adrenaline as I stared into the dark helmet, hoping to catch a glimpse of whoever was under it. But, the glimpse never came as he quickly rushed back into battle.

I was beginning to feel like Lois Lane as these encounters between the Rangers and I happened over and over and me always ending up in some sort of danger. Yet, they didn't seem to mind, which made me wonder who they were, underneath those helmets.

Were they just regular people, like you or me? Or were they actual beings from a distant planet? I know that the 'beings from a distant planet' idea is a stretch, but if we can have Power Ranger, why can't we have those as well? Sadly to say, though, my search to find them out was allfor naught. I was never able to figure the truth. But, I suppose that would be the point. They don't want to be found out.

So, for now, Reefside has their little secret. But, they also have a truth. Superheroes are real. They are out there, saving the world. But, it doesn't mean that they have to have special abilities or a cool-looking uniform. If you do something courageous to help someone in need, even you can become a superhero. It just all depends, on how you go about it.

Tommy smiled as he stared at the picture of all of the rangers facing the reader as they destroyed a monster. He furrowed his brow in confusion. He felt as though he had seen this picture before. "Where'd this come from?"

"Uh, I think she asked the news station if she could borrow a pic of you guys all fighting side-by-side… Her excluded, of course."

Tommy nodded. He noticed that she hadn't included her own ranger form in the article. He figured that she thought it was for the best, seeing as though he and the others had worked together for much longer. He smiled at Jason as he began laughing. "You know she made all of this up, right? All of these… "encounters" never happened."

"I know, but she couldn't tell the truth without giving away her secret. But, it is believable."

"Yeah. I gotta hand it to her… you've got a great girl, there."

Jason nodded as he smiled to himself. "Yeah. I do... So, how are the teens dealing with the Anton issue?"

Tommy let out an exasperated sigh. "Uh, Kira's dealing, but Conner and Ethan are still kind of upset. They just don't understand why Trent hid this from all of us."

"And what do you think?"

"I understand why he did it. I suppose if I had been in the same situation, I wouldn't have told us, either. He wanted to protect his father. But, having Anton on our side will be a good thing. I know it will.At least, then, we won't have to worry about hurting an innocent person... All we need to worry about is Mesogog and what his next move is going to be."


To Be Continued...

Yes, this is the last chapter of this story. Come on, you know you want to cry a tear or two.

I'll get started on the sequel soon. I have to figure out how everything's going to pan out and how I can include everyone that I want to.

Please read and review and make suggestions for the sequel. Remember, Kim will be brought in and I have a plan for a new General for Mesogog. But, I will not tell you who it'll be. Just be advised that Elsa will no longer be on Mesogog's side.

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