Disclaimer: I don't own the Power Rangers.
Really Want You
by Jennifer Collins
"I can't go in there," Ethan said, shaking his head.
"Maybe it won't be so bad," Kira offered sympathetically.
"But everyone's going to know!"
Conner gave Ethan's shoulder a light squeeze. "Dude, I know it's hard. But you'll get through it."
"He's right," Kira put in. "It'll be ok, you'll see. Now come on. We don't want to be late for class." She took his hand and led him into the science classroom, with Conner following closely behind.
As the trio walked to their places, some classmates darted sorry looks in Ethan's direction. Others avoided meeting his gaze at all.
"Sorry about the break-up, dude. Must be rough," a random student said.
"He's fine," Kira said. She gently pushed Ethan along.
"Ahem," Dr. Oliver cleared his throat. "Can we all take our seats, please?"
The students who were standing idly went to their places so class could begin. Ethan stared across the room at Cassidy. She didn't look back at him once.
The fourth-period lunch crowd poured into Hayley's Cyberspace. Trent looked over the counter to Hayley. "You have fifteen minutes," she said knowingly.
Trent smiled. "Thanks, Hayley." He made his way over to the table Kira was holding for Conner and Ethan. "Hey, Kira!" He leaned down to give her a quick kiss, but Kira turned her head away.
She nodded over to where Conner and Ethan had just come through the door. "Maybe we shouldn't be too couply around Ethan yet," she said.
"You're probably right. Hey, guys," He said.
"Hey," Ethan mumbled.
"How's your day so far?" Trent asked, genuinely concerned.
Ethan frowned. "You're about the forty-thousandth person to ask me that."
"That good, huh?"
Conner wrinkled his nose. "This has to be the worst part of breaking up."
Ethan shook his head. "No, it's not the worst part."
Just then, the door to the Cyberspace flew open, and in walked Cassidy Cornell, followed by Devin and four other guys Ethan didn't recognize. They moved over to an empty table, and Devin pulled out Cassidy's chair for her.
"Oh thank you, you're so sweet!" Cassidy chirped loudly. The other guys crowded around the newly single Cassidy, who was in full flirt-mode.
Ethan turned the back of his chair towards her. "I'm not going to watch this."
There was an awkward silence that followed. It was broken by Trent remembering that he had to get back to work. Soon after he left, Conner began chatting about some sports event that Ethan couldn't care less about. Although he wasn't really paying attention, Ethan appreciated his friends' efforts.
"Hi, everyone!" Mindy Harper, the Activities Coordinator for the eleventh grade, strolled through Hayley's Cyberspace, passing out fliers. She slipped a couple into Kira's hand when she got to their table. "I hope to see you all at the dance on Saturday!"
Ethan winced. The others didn't have to be geniuses to figure out that he had made plans to take Cassidy to the dance before they had broken up.
"Kira, you're going to be singing at the dance, aren't you?" Mindy said, with phony excitement.
Kira nodded. "Yeah," she said quietly.
"Oh, that's great!" She exclaimed before heading off to another table.
"I didn't know you were performing on Saturday," Ethan said.
"Look, Ethan. If you don't want to go, I totally understand........."
"Are you kidding? I never miss one of your shows. I'll be there," he promised. "Now, if you'll excuse me......" Ethan rose out of his seat and went to one of the computers at the back of the room, away from all the high school drama.
Conner leaned across the table. "He's taking this break-up thing really hard, isn't he?"
Kira sighed. "He sure is."
"I don't get it. They didn't have anything in common. I thought he was over her."
"Oh come on, Conner. They really liked each other. Remember? Ethan thought Cassidy was his 'soulmate' because of that stupid internet thing, but that's what's important to him. Can't you relate? There must be someone that you really liked that you broke up with."
"Not me. I don't get attached to the girls I date."
Kira rolled her eyes.
"Besides, if they really liked each other, then why's she moving on so quickly?" Conner pointed in the direction of the Cassidy fanclub table. "It doesn't seem to be so hard for her."
Kira looked closely at Cassidy, who was sitting farther away from the group than she'd been before. The boys were all talking, but she didn't seem to be taking part in the conversation. "I don't think so, Conner. Maybe it's harder for her than she's letting on."
"Whatever. Hey, we'd better get going. I have a test next period, and I'm actually prepared for it."
Kira smiled teasingly. "Wow. I'm impressed. That like, never happens. We wouldn't want you to miss it." She gathered her books and waved goodbye to Trent. He gave her a warm smile.
Kira took a closer look at Cassidy as she and Conner walked past her table. Was it her imagination, or had Cassidy Cornell been crying? A glance back at Conner let her know that he hadn't missed the slightly puffy red circles under her eyes either. Cassidy quickly averted her gaze when she caught them staring.
"I don't believe it," Conner started to say, but Kira wasn't listening.
She patted his shoulder. "I have an idea," she said.