Hello! I'm Caraluna and I'm new to this community. I've been lurking for a while and I decided to post this story cause it was bothering me for a while. Know in advance that it's not an adventure story. (So please no flames.) I mostly write romance stories for a soap community. I loved the MMPR and even though this couple never was, I thought they had a good chemistry. So I hope you enjoy it and leave some feedback.
Disclosure: Saban and Disney own everything. I just like to play the what if game with the characters and I don't make any money of them.
Everything changed that day
We used to be friends, the best of friends; but everything changed forever that faithful day...
I woke up early for school without realizing that my life was going to change drastically before the day ended.
I opened my closet and for the first time I noticed that it was filled with yellow color clothes. I've always loved that color, it's calming and soothing. And by all means intended it suited my Asian complexion. Or at least that's what my friend Kimberly says.
I choose my clothes carefully, because I want him to notice me. Who I'm I kidding? He's never going to see me as more than a friend. That will be my biggest blessing and my greatest curse.
I eat breakfast slowly trying to make time so I don't get to school too early. Everyone always makes fun of me because of my excessive punctuality and responsibility. I don't want to seem like a nerd, it's just in my nature to always want to do well. The only one who really gets it is my friend Billy. People always joke around saying we have a hidden love affair, but it's not true. How could I fall for him when my heart has always been taken by someone else?
Billy and I are just friends, really close friends. He is the only one who knows about my secret, and not because I told him but because he figured it out. Sometimes I wonder if I'm that easy too read. I'm I that transparent? I don't think so. I mean he is also my friend and he's never noticed, or at least I hope not. I would be so mortified if he ever finds out. I know he doesn't feel the same way and that's okay by me. I couldn't deal with him ending our friendship because of my silly teenage crush.
Even after my slow walk to school I managed to get there before everybody. I walk to my locker and opened it so I could put my books inside. A picture of the smiling faces of my four best friends greets me. I keep a picture of us taken a few years ago in my locker and one more recent in my night table. We've been friends all our lives. No one really knows how long or how it started. All we know is that we can count on each other.
Five very different individuals, five different backgrounds. I don't even know why I'm so nostalgic all of the sudden. I snap out of my reverie when a familiar voice calls my name.
Billy walks shyly toward me. He's wearing his trademark overalls and blue stripe shirt. His glasses are in place and his hair all messy.
My smile is genuine as I greet him. "Good morning Billy. How are you?"
"I'm very good, thank you. How about you?"
"I'm good." I try to get away with the lie by turning around and looking for something inside my locker but I know it wasn't going work. Billy knows me better than myself.
"You know you don't have to pretend you are fine with me, Trini. Something has your emotional enzymes on an overload reflux. What's the matter?"
I turn around to find the comprehensive look on his face and I smile again, not as big as the first time. "I'm OK, Billy. Really is nothing to worry about."
"I'm here if you need to talk."
"I know. But it's nothing I just woke up with this…"
I'm interrupted by a loud voice coming from the other side of the hall. "YO' YO' YO'… How is everybody doing this wonderful morning?"
Zack makes his way towards us and we instantly burst in a laughing fit. He's wearing a stripe shirt in black, red, green and yellow and black pants. He's dancing his way down the hall and when he is close enough to both Billy and me he does a double twirl. I'm sure the kid has music running down his veins instead of blood.
"How can you module your step so you can always do those acrobatic movements in sync without overstepping?" Billy asks amaze at Zack's dancing abilities.
"He just wants to know how you can do all those dance steps without falling on your face."
"Oh, yeah I knew that was what he meant. Well my friend…" He steps closer to Billy and puts one of his arms over his shoulders. "I am the Zack man. I learned to dance before I learned to walk. It's no big deal."
"I can't walk without looking down or, as Trini just put it, falling on my face."
"It just takes practice man."
As they discussed Billy's inability to keep his balance in check, I go back to my own thoughts. I wish I could figure out what this felling in the pit of my stomach meant. It's like something life altering was about to happen, but what?
Something in my face must have changed because Zack immediately noticed.
"Hey Trini, what's up? You look preoccupied. Is everything alright?"
I was about to answer but his voice froze me on my place and I couldn't find my own voice anywhere. Was it always going to be like that? Or was I going to be able to snap out of it? I wish he didn't have that kind of effect on my whole body. Every time he talks to me with that soft and concern voice he was using right now I couldn't help but get a tingling sensation all over my body. My heart fluttered just by his concern. And there he was, somewhere behind me and talking to me. What exactly was he saying?
"So?" He asked again.
I didn't answer or turned around. I felt him moving closer and the next time he talked I could feel him close behind.
"Trini, are you alright?"
"W-What?" Why do I have to stutter?
"I just heard Zack asking you if you were alright. Are you?"
"Yes. Yes, I was about to ask him myself why did he thought I wasn't."
"Well, let's see? You have been nervous and anxious for a while now. You get this faraway look and you go someplace inside yourself and then you are always answering vaguely. Like just now. Jason was talking to you and you didn't even hear what he was saying."
"I…" They've noticed. How do I get out of this one?
I feel him move closer and all of the sudden I have his brown eyes locked with mine. He's worried about me. I know because of the way his forehead furrows and his left eye starts to twitch, but not excessively. Just a little bit. I feel myself blush at his close proximity. I take a step back and drop my head. He's wearing his red shirt and pants. Good he looks good in red.
"I've noticed that too. Is something wrong? Are things OK at home? I know is not school because you are one of the brightest most intelligent girls I know. What is it Trini? You know you can count on us for anything."
Why does he have to be so sweet? How can a girl not feel like moth flies are doing the cha-cha on her stomach every time he talked?
Breathe in, breathe out and concentrate on your answer. Everything is fine. Good, but say it with a little perk, just like Kimberly. Come on Trinity…Everything is fine.
I look up to meet his gaze and start to speak. "E-everything…"
Bells? Were those bells? Why I'm I hearing bells? This can't be happening to me.
"Saved by the bell." Billy said loud enough for me to snap out of it. It was the school bell. Thank God, I really thought I was loosing it.
High school kids where now walking up and down the hall, making their way to their classrooms. I turn around and take my books out. Soon I hear Kimberly's voice as she runs up to meet us.
"Oh my, oh my, oh my… I'm late aren't I? Wait if I'm late, why are you guys still here?"
"Just on time, Kimmy. The bell just rang." Zack smoothed her back slowly.
"Good. That's good." She took a breather and I smiled at her. She and Zack started their way to Ms. Appleby's classroom. Billy walked behind them sending me a sympathetic look. I turn to close my locker and I find Jason standing there, his eyes still locked in mine.
He took a step to the left. I close my locker and try to walk by him, but he put his hand on my arm to stop me. The move took me by surprise. He's never that physical with me.
"Don't even think this is over. We need to finish this talk."
I try to tell him there's nothing to talk about but all of the sudden he grabs my hand and start running in the direction of the classroom. I'm shocked, but then I realize the door is about to be closed.
I start laughing and soon he's laughing with me. We made it inside the room on time and he walks me to my sit still holding my hand. There are murmurs and claps, I know they are joking about us but I don't care. I look at him, we are both still smiling. We are friends and that will be my biggest blessing and my greatest curse.
When I took her hand a wave of electricity ran all over me. I don't understand what's happening. She's my friend, one of my best friends. I've known her for ever but for the past few months there's been something about her that just draws me in. I can't stop thinking about her and I've even dreamed of her sometimes.
I most be going crazy, because we can never be together in that way. Hell, if she only knew the times I've thought of kissing her she would flip out. I'm not stupid. I know she doesn't feel the same way about me, so I have to get a grip. I don't know what I would do if she figures out the truth and stops being my friend.
I'm worried about her though. Zack was right. She's been acting strangely for a while now. I have to help her. She needs someone who'll listen to her without judging her and I know I can do that. But what if it's about another boy? What if she's in love with someone? How can I handle hearing her swoon over another guy when I'm swooning over her?
Swooning? Jason Lee Scoot doesn't swoon. I have to do something soon. I need something else to keep me from having these romantic feelings for her. I need something that consumes my time and martial arts are not doing the trick. Who would've thought she was going to be so good at them?
But then again what isn't she good at? She's smart, she's caring, polite…heck she even cooks, and really good too. I still remember the apple pies she baked for the school Bake Sale. Oh enough! Stop thinking about her! I command you to stop thinking about her right now.
A voice makes me look up. So much for not thinking about her, there she was. After the first period her mood changed. She smiled and I knew it wasn't faked. She was more talkative and her eyes were brighter than earlier in the morning. Something inside her changed and I liked to think I had something to do with it. But who am I fooling.
She was smiling again. Was it his imagination or did her whole face brighten the moment her eyes found his? She was walking over to his table with Kimberly and they stopped talking the minute they got in front of him.
"Hey Jason!" The petite brunette said all bubbly as always.
"Hello girls. Want to take a sit." I try not to look at her too long I don't want her to notice me noticing how beautiful she looked.
"Sure." Kimberly was about to sit down next to me when Angela, a friend of Kimberly's called out to her. "That's Angela I have to go talk to her. You don't mind staying here with Jason while I go over there do you?" She asked Trini thoughtfully. I was also interested in her answer. She never looked over to me, but answered immediately.
"Of course not. Go!"
Kimberly walked to the other table and Trini sat down in the chair across from me. Was it an unconscious decision or was she trying to put space between us? Does she suspect something?
"So…" I say nonchalantly.
"So…" She says with a bit of nerves.
"About earlier, I…"
"Hey guys." Billy Cranston couldn't have a worst timing. I fail to hold in an exasperated sigh.
Trini looked at Billy with a smile that looked a lot like relief. "Billy, what are you wearing?"
I look up and see that Billy is wearing his uniform. I remember that I have a class this afternoon.
"Jason is teaching his martial arts class today. So after school I went home and changed."
"But the class is not until four." Billy took a sit besides Trini.
"I know, but it's better to be safe than sorry."
"Good thinking." She smiled and tucked a piece of hair behind her ear. She has beautiful hair, and a beautiful skin and even more beautiful eyes.
"Jason, are you alright?" Billy asked worriedly.
"What? What did you say?"
"I asked you about today's class. Are you going to…?"
"Hey gang? What's up?" Zack made his way to the table, took a chair and turned it around and straddled it.
"Nothing, we are just hanging around." Trini looked at Billy and then Zack, but she never held my gaze directly. She looked up in my general direction but she held it up a point up above my left shoulder. Was she avoiding me in purpose?
They started to talk about school and the biology assignment. I'm frustrated so I stand up and grab Trini by her hand.
"We need to talk." All three pairs of eyes are staring at me. "Alone." I add with a less agitated tone of voice. They are still staring so I add a quiet please.
Without another word she stands up and walks by me. I turn without another word and follow her out of the Juice Bar.
He said he wanted to talk to me, but we've walked for over 10 minutes and not a word has been uttered. He knows. I'm sure he knows about my feelings, if he didn't he wouldn't be acting this weird.
We stopped near the lake. He walked closer to the water and knelt down to pick up a couple of pebbles. God let him say whatever it is he's about to and let it be over with. I don't think I can take it much longer.
He's up again and the rocks are now floating down the troubled waters of the lake. He turned and looked straight into my soul. He was the only one who could do that. I'm standing here almost glued to the ground. He walks over and stands a couple of feet away.
Was Jason stuttering? He was always so sure of himself, full of self control. Something wasn't right here.
"How are you really doing Trini?"
"Fine." The word flies out of my mouth before I have a chance to think about something else to say so I just stay quiet.
"I know you are not. But if you don't think you can trust me…"
My brow furrows at his words. He's giving me his back again. Without hesitation I walk to him and put my hand on his shoulder.
He turns his head, surprised at my gesture. "I trust you with my life. You know that."
He stands up and looks at me with his intense gaze unfaltering. "Then tell me what is going on with you." His tone was pleading this time."
"It's nothing really." I drop my head down so he can't look at my eyes. I walk a couple of feet toward the lake. "I woke up with this strange feeling. Like something was going to happen today. It's silly."
"If it gets you this upset it's not silly at all."
I turn around and face him. "I'm better now."
"OK, if you say so." We stand there quiet for a while. And when he speaks again, he's standing right behind me.
"You know that I care about you and that I would do anything for you, right?"
I turn around and my smile is melancholic. "I know, but sometimes I need a little reminder."
His hand brushes my hair back and a shiver ran all over me. He takes a step closer. "I'll do anything for you, Trini Kwan."
"Why?" I ask nervously.
He leans his head closer. "Because I love you."
I close my eyes at his words. Did he really say that? He must mean he loves me as a friend. I can feel his breath on my skin and those damn moth flies started to do the cha-cha again. This couldn't be happening to her. She was just imagining things he couldn't be about to…
One minute I was trying to tell her I cared about her, that she was my best friend and the next, the words I love you were coming out of my mouth. So this is it, I can't wait any longer. I have to…
Her lips are soft as mine close over hers. The kiss is slow and sweet. There is no urgency, just the slow revealing of the feelings that have been growing inside me, the feelings that took me by surprise…Oh my God! What am I doing? Am I crazy? I can't, we can't…
His lips were softer than I ever imagine and my first kiss was even more beautiful than I ever thought it could be. One of his hands was behind my neck and the other still closed around a strand of my hair. I
I was about to wrap my arms around his neck when everything stopped. One minute I was living a dream come true and the next everything was over.
Slowly I opened my eyes and I found him tense and with his hand over his face. He regretted it. He didn't mean what he said.
I put my fingers over my lips and close my eyes again. Take deep breaths, in and out.
Far away I hear him saying something. When I can look at him again I realize he's apologizing.
"I'm so sorry. I don't know what got in to me. Trini…"
"Jason, it's OK. You don't have to apologize, I understand."
"No buts… This was a mistake and it'll never happen again."
"What?" He seemed confused. But why would he? Wasn't that what he was about to say?
"I know this was a mistake and you don't have to apologize."
"I don't want to take advantage of you."
"You didn't. It takes four lips to kiss and if I recall correctly two of them were mine. I was willing participant." I feel the blush of my cheeks. Did I just say that?
"So, everything is OK?"
I smile, hiding the ache of my broken heart. "Everything is fine." I look down at my watch. "It's late we better go or you'll be late for your class."
Turning around I start walking fast out of there.
It was almost nine o'clock in the evening when I walked her home. She was right. Today our lives changed forever.
First I take a step that will always change our relationship. And then something even stranger happens to all of us. We were standing in the middle of the Juice Bar, when an earthquake hit. I was about to lead them out of there, but a strange force transported us to a chamber.
Zordon, a floating head belonging to a guardian of the powers of good, had chosen us to be a team called the Power Rangers. We have to fight evil monsters and protect Earth.
If I hadn't lived trough it, I wouldn't believe it.
We all agreed and now we are all in possession of our power coins and power morphers. Who would have thought that a group of five fifteen years old were the only hope to save Earth from falling in the hands of evil?
Everyone else was home safely. It's only Trini and me walking down the street toward her house. Not a word has been spoken about what happened at the park. All afternoon we've treated each other as the friends we always were, but it doesn't feel right.
We stop at her front door.
"Thanks for walking me home, good night."
She's about to turn around but I grab her elbow. "Trini wait, we need to talk."
"I know we can't say anything about you know what. Don't worry."
"It's not about that. It's about what happened in the park."
"I just…you really think it was a mistake?"
"We've been friends for so long…I guess I'm just confused."
"So, I think you are right we better forget it ever happened and focus on our new task at hand. We all need to be focused about been the best Pow… you know."
"Yeah, I know."
"I meant what I said. I love you… as a friend." When did I become a coward?
"I love you too…"
I waited the 'as a friend' but it never came. She turned around and disappeared behind the door. God I'm stupid. I ruined everything.
I'm lying on my bed and I can't see to go to sleep. I knew something was going to happen today. Yesterday, I had a crush on my best friend and today he had given me my first kiss and broken my heart in the span of 5 minutes. I turn to the left and watched at the photo in my night table. There we are… how stupid can I be? I think I just ruined the best friendship I had.
I turn and find my power coin. Yesterday I was a normal teenage girl; today I'm part of the Power Rangers, chosen to safe the World. It's funny how everything can change so fast. Everythig changed in the lapse of 24 hours. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason… so I just have to wait and see what the future will bring.