A Different Side of You
By: BloomingViolets and Pink-Green-White-4ever
Last Revised: September 4, 2005
Summary: Sky and Syd have been sworn enemies ever since they could remember. Bridge, Z and Jack are tired of their constant arguments and hatch a plan to get them to at least be civilized to each other. However, along the way, Sky and Syd discover for themselves the true sides and good qualities of each other.
Disclaimer: We don't own Power Rangers. This story was written for entertainment purposes only.
Pairing: Syd/Sky with undertones of Bridge/Z
AN: (PGW4E peeks in and smiles) Well, well, hello dear readers. As you can see, BloomingViolets has graciously opened her writing universe up, and on the suggestion of her sister, asked me to co-write this story with her.
We figured, since we both like Syd and Sky, and since we both managed to write a couple popular stories about them, why not join forces? So here we are. This fic is obviously AU -enjoy the story, leave us lots of reviews, constructive comments only cause flames will get laughed at all the way to the trash can. Catch ya on the flipside!
"YOU'RE SUCH AN EGOTISTICAL MORON!"
"LIKE YOU'RE ANY BETTER? YOU'RE VAIN, PRISSY, CONCEITED AND SO SELF-CENTERED!"
"I'M CONCEITED? LOOK WHO'S TALKING!"
"I'M SURPRISED YOU EVEN LASTED AT SPD THIS LONG!"
"WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?"
"IT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS!"
"OH, THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING, DO YOU?"
"I KNOW MORE THAN YOU, WHICH SAYS A LOT!"
The three rangers cringed as they heard the argument from where they were sitting in the rec room. Sky and Syd were at it yet again, this time their loud arguing hit decibels that could be heard from two hallways over. Bridge Carson sighed as he closed his eyes and rubbed his forehead. He could feel a giant headache coming in full force thanks to his friends' near constant bickering. "This has got to stop."
"Tell me about it," Z Delgado complained from her spot on the couch. "This is getting ridiculous."
"Have they always been this way?" Jack Landors asked with a pained expression on his face. "Ever since Z and I arrived at SPD, not once, did I ever hear Sky and Syd say something nice to each other."
"I know what you mean," Z spoke up. "I mean, at first I thought it was intolerable differences, but it seems they really hate each other, don't they?"
Bridge nodded wearily. "You guys have no idea. Their arguments have gone way back to when they first started at SPD. I guess they have just never been able to get along with each other."
"You have no idea what started the fights?" Z asked, more curious now as to the nature of the long term dispute than she'd previously been. It took a lot to frustrate Bridge, and the Yellow Ranger could see he was already at his breaking point as far as Sky and Syd were concerned.
"Not a clue. They were already sworn enemies when I arrived at the Academy. Things only became worse when we were promoted to B-Squad."
"Well, this is going to have to stop," Jack declared. "We can't have their feud getting in the way on the battlefield. We need to come up with a plan to get them to be at least civilized to each other. I think it's too much to hope that they'll ever be friends."
"And how are we going to do that?" Z questioned.
"Uhh…" The red and green rangers looked at each other, unsure of how to respond. Jack shrugged. The three rangers let out a sigh simultaneously and fell silent, each trying to come up with a plan
The doors to the rec room slid open and Syd came storming through, clearly looking livid. "Oh, I can't stand that man!" She complained in a loud, annoyed voice. "He's so infuriating, and he's the biggest jerk ever! Interfering with my training, saying how I'm incompetent… of all the nerve!"
Bridge, Z and Jack looked at one another. "Should we say something?" Jack whispered. The red ranger looked a bit apprehensive, as if he thought that Syd would turn and yell at them if they so much as uttered a greeting toward her.
"Hi Syd," Bridge finally ventured, tentatively.
However, the Pink Ranger showed no sign or notice of their presence. She just continued on with her tirade, not paying any attention to the people around her. "How dare he? Thinks he knows everything… I was running the simulator just fine; what does he know? What an arrogant jerk… says I'm running the simulator all wrong… As if! What is he – the boss of SPD? Jerk…"
They watched as the Pink Ranger continued to mutter incoherently to herself as she disappeared into the room she shared with Z. The Yellow Ranger exchanged a glance with Jack. "I guess it's safe to say that she's really angry."
"You think?" Bridge and Jack retorted, receiving a look from Z that shut them both up instantly.
"I guess this means it's up to me to go calm her down and find out exactly what happened, huh?"
The Yellow Ranger rolled her eyes at the boys, who grinned, nodded, and watched her walk toward her and Syd's room.
Z barely managed to dodge the flying projectiles when she entered through the door to the room she shared with the Pink Ranger. "Um, Syd?"
"What's wrong?" Z questioned, cautiously moving toward her bed.
"What's wrong? What's wrong? SKY IS WHAT'S WRONG! He's annoying, arrogant, chauvinistic…"
"I get the picture," Z interrupted. "But what's wrong? What did Sky do?" Sydney stared at her for a moment before sighing.
"I was using the simulator when Sky stopped by and all of a sudden is trying to tell me how to use it. Z, I've been at SPD for two years, I think I know how to use our equipment by now. He's such a jerk! He always thinks he's right, he thinks he's better, smarter, and faster than everyone else. Well guess what, he isn't! And what's worse, if his parents and my parents weren't friends, I'd have never had to deal with his snobbish attitude in the first place!"
Z nodded, finally beginning to understand where this had all started. "So you guys were childhood friends?"
Syd shot the yellow ranger a glare. "That is the biggest understatement of the year. Sky and I were not childhood friends, we were mortal enemies."
"And you still are, from the looks of it," Z said. "Can't you guys make an effort to at least be nice to each other?"
The pink ranger snorted. "Don't hold your breath."
Minutes after Z had left the rec room, Sky entered, looking extremely irritated.
The red and green rangers looked at one another briefly as Sky sat down on one of the couches with a huff.
"Bad day?" Jack asked mildly.
"Bad doesn't even begin to describe it," Sky stated heatedly. "That woman is the most difficult person I've ever had the displeasure of knowing!"
"What did you and Syd fight about now?" Bridge asked, almost looking afraid of Sky's answer. He wasn't sure if he wanted Sky to get into the details. No one could make Sky as mad as Syd could, and when Sky was angry, he tended to go on for hours.
"I was walking along the hallway when I saw her in the simulation room," Sky began, "she had the switch on the wrong dial, so I went into the room and tried to correct it. She just snapped at me and told me to mind my own business." The blue ranger scowled. "I was just trying to help, and she goes and throws her blaster at my head –which I narrowly avoided, by the way- and starts yelling at me. That woman is impossible, I tell you!"
"I don't think she's that bad," Bridge offered.
"Yeah," Jack agreed. "She's always perfectly sweet to me."
Sky scowled and shot them a glare. "You guys are delusional. She's always so moody, shouts and yells at you for no reason, and she's nuts!"
"Well, she's only like that to you," Jack pointed out. "The rest of us know that she's perfectly sane."
"Still," Bridge spoke, looking a little pained. "Can't you at least try to treat her a little nicer?"
The blue ranger rolled his eyes. "Don't count on it."
Both Jack and Bridge cringed when they heard a door open and close. Sky had just left them only a few minutes before, still muttering on and on about Sydney. The pair was afraid to see who was going to come in next.
"ALRIGHT! THAT'S IT!" Z hollered, marching forward to stand in front of the two of them. "We have to find a way to get them to be nice to one another, LIKE NOW!" She paused, "Or at least die trying!"
Bridge cringed as the waves of emotion rolled off of Z, and Jack looked slightly disturbed. "Got a plan?" Jack asked.
Z nodded. "Let's go talk to Kat, I think she's got some vital information we'll need."
Bridge and Jack reluctantly followed the yellow Ranger out of the rec room and toward Kat's office.
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