Constant Reminder

Disclaimer: I do not own anything except my insignificant fan fiction.

Author's Note: This is my first one-shot songfic, so please be nice. Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy reading it as I have enjoyed writing it. The songs performed in DT are some of the things I liked about the season. :)

Author's Note 2: For some reason, upon re-reading this, I discovered something about this fic that really irked me and I was tempted to delete this piece many times. Instead, I rewrote some parts. Don't mind me for trying to improve this amateurish fic.

"I wrote this song with a friend of mine a long time ago. I hope you like it," Kira said into the microphone. The music began playing and the audience began swaying to the beat. As Kira began singing, I stood there, with my arms folded, admiring the talented student of mine. Right from the start, there was something about this teenager that brought back waves of nostalgia. As a singer, Kira reminded me of someone I used to know...

Best friends

They come and go depending on your highs and your lows

My best friend

Decided not to be there when I needed her the most

Memories of Kimberly came flooding back. The first time we met... the way she smiled... Then something caught in my throat as I pondered over the words in her last letter:

... Tommy, this is the hardest letter I've ever had to write. You've always been my best friend, and in some ways, you're like a brother. But something has happened here that I can't explain. It's both been wonderful and painful at the same time. Tommy, I've met someone else.

Tommy, you know I'll never do anything to hurt you, but I feel like I've found the person that I belong with. He's wonderful, kind and caring, and I really like him. Everything would be perfect if it weren't for you, but I have to follow my heart. I will always care about you, Tommy. Please forgive me.

- Kimberly

A sudden weight sank in my heart, unsettling the surface of calm. Tears began to well up in my eyes and forced myself through gritted teeth to hold them back. As I continued to watch Kira run her pick through the strings of her guitar, the image of her gradually faded and there, appearing before me, was Kimberly, strumming on a guitar.

A tiny smile crept to the corner of my face.

I thought you'd be there for me

Then why did you lie to me

Using me to get what you want

I took a step closer, stunned by Kimberly's presence. I never thought that she would return, especially since the Pan Globals topped her priorities. Plus, she already had someone else in her life.

Just then, Kimberly's eyes met mine and she smiled reassuringly. I couldn't help but smile back. Her eyes lingered on me for a while before playfully darting elsewhere. My mind lapsed into a state of confusion. How is this possible? I gazed intently at Kimberly, searching for anything familiar to assure me that this was really her.

Finally, Kimberly turned to me with a sad expression on her face, and then began fading. My heart lurched.

Then I couldn't believe it happened

No, I couldn't understand

True love

Walked out the door

I couldn't take it no more

As Kira sang the duet, she could not help but feel concerned for Dr. Oliver. A little while ago, she could have sworn that he was on the verge of tears. Yet another moment, he was smiling at her for no reason. That was too weird.

Instead of scaring herself further, Kira decided to divert her attention to her friends. Ethan seemed to be enjoying the company of Cass- no, that can't be right. Maybe her imagination was getting the better of her. Kira stole a glance at Conner and immediately, her heart sank. He was too busy laying eyes on the pop diva.

True love

It broke my heart

It made my whole life sore

He said he'd be my baby

Then why did he betray me?

Temptation got to his head

Then I left him, yeah

And this is what I said:

Trent stared at Kira, too awestruck for words. Kira was brave, singing songs straight from her heart. Trent mentally scolded himself for picturing her in less-than-conservative clothes for even a split second. Even hero-worshippers get carried away sometimes. Heck, who knows if anyone else in Hayley's Cyberspace have similar lines of thought?

Trent shook away the outrageous fantasy. Whoever it was, he definitely did not want to find out. If he did, that fella's gonna get a black eye whether he liked it or not. No one messes with Kira and gets away with it.

It feels like it's gonna be okay

(It's gonna be okay)

It feels right; it just feels that way

(It just feels that way)

Conner studied his idol with a mischievous grin. Then, he turned his eyes to Kira and his grin vanished, replaced by a warm smile. Ever since he saw the little "reunion" between Kira and Kylee during the autograph session, he soon realized that even though he was attracted by Kylee's ravishing beauty and catchy pop tunes, there was still something about Kira. He reminisced all the times they had spent fighting evil. That unspoken trust between the rangers was nothing compared to a single moment of fan worship. And although Kylee still remained his idol, Kira meant a lot more to him than before, he realised.

When Conner first met Kira at detention, he saw her as nothing more than one of the babes of Reefside High. However, all that slowly changed after saving the city as teammates one moment after another. If only Kira knew how sorry he was for not believing her...

Ethan swayed to the music, slowly being absorbed into it. Kira truly was a remarkable talent. He could see it. What was more surprising was the fact that Cassidy actually enjoyed her music, which was very rare. Ethan began to recall his earlier conversation with Kira:

"I'm telling you, if this superhero gig doesn't work out, you definitely have a musical career to fall back on," Ethan complimented.

"It's kinda hard to have a musical career when you can't even get people to listen to you play," Kira said in disappointment.

"Well, I was listening, and I think you rock," Trent said reassuringly.

Ethan smiled at the thought. Kira definitely had a bright future ahead.

It feels like

It will be a better day

'Cos I believe that in the end

Good things are coming my way

"Oh yeah! Awesome, baby!" Devin exclaimed, applauding with enthusiasm as soon as the song ended. The cyber café filled with rounds of applause. Kira smiled at the audience, and then turned to Kylee, who approached her. Kira and Kylee exchanged tight hugs, earning them more applause.

I turned away and squeezed through the crowd, heading towards the exit. I could not take the pain of Kimberly leaving me a second time. I pushed the door open and walked out with a heavy heart. I was reluctant to leave without a word, but I was persistent in hiding my true emotions from my students, including Hayley. I may have known her the longest, but there are some things in my past which are too personal to reveal.

Conner paused in mid-step, eyes still fixed on Kira. He wanted to apologize to her, again, but sincerely this time. However, something kept tugging at his mind, stopping him from doing so.

"Thinking about apologizing to Kira?" a voice whispered from behind Conner, startling him. Conner turned around, only to realize that it was just Hayley.

"How'd you know?"

"Hey, like I said before, Hayley knows all men," Ethan cut in.

Conner sighed. Maybe he should wait till they were alone, he thought. Only then would he not have to embarrass himself in front of everyone. As he was thinking of ways to apologize to Kira, something caught Conner's eye. He spotted Dr. Oliver leaving in a hurry.

"You sure? What about him?" Conner questioned, pointing at Dr. Oliver.

"Tommy? Are you alright?" Tommy heard a gentle voice ask, sensing an obvious hint of concern in it.

"Kimberly?" he asked, a glimmer of hope in his voice as he swivelled around only to see that it was Kira.

"Who's Kimberly, Dr. O?"

Tommy hesitated for a moment, before finally replying, "My life."