Be Careful What You Wish For….
Chapter 1 – Life
Summary: Andros makes a wish that changes the course of history….
Author's Note: This is slightly AU, since Andros can't stand Ashley at the beginning. And yes, it does start out in the middle of something, it will make sense by the end of the chapter. Also, this is rated T as a precaution, it shouldn't go any higher but might go lower.
I hope you enjoy!
Disclaimer: I own nothing except Rissai deal with it.
A few weeks later we were looking for Zordon in the least likely of places; Carlos had said something about things always being in the last place you looked on Earth. I guess it made sense. We were in the Vega system and were scanning for life signs.
"I'm getting something from the fourth planet," Ashley said, then shook her head. "There's too much ionization in the atmosphere, I can't get a clear reading."
"We'll have to go down there," I said, already getting up from my seat.
"Wait! You can't just go down there, it could be dangerous."
"Yes," I said. I'm ashamed to admit I was happy she had been the one to stop me; I liked having the excuse to yell at her. "It could be dangerous, it probably is dangerous, but Zordon could be down there and if we don't hurry they'll move him before we get there!"
"Then we'll all go," T.J. said, stepping in front of Ashley.
"We can't risk the whole team being captured," I sighed. "If you're all that worried, one of you can come." I held up a hand to stop any argument. "I'll be waiting at the jump tubes for whoever you choose, if they're not there in five minutes I'm going alone."
I was very unhappy that Ashley ended up being the one to accompany me. For some reason she always got on my nerves. Even when I was trying to be nice to her, she took everything I said personally, which did not help me get along with the rest of her team since they all loved her.
We didn't morph; just in case someone was down there who could detect our energy signatures, we didn't want to make it too easy for them to find us. We were in some sort of forest and I immediately picked a direction and ordered Ashley to follow me. I was running as fast as I could for several minutes before I realized Ashley had been a Turbo Ranger, they had been able to run faster than most land vehicles and it stood to reason that Ashley would still be able to at least partially tap into that particular facet of her old power. I stopped dead, hoping Ashley at least wouldn't be able to stop as fast as me. She didn't. She stopped faster.
"Where are we?" she asked, looking around. We were in some sort of clearing, but instead of dirt and plants beneath our feet, there was a stone floor.
"I don't know," I said, not bothering to hide my awe. I bent down to examine one of the stones.
"Be careful," Ashley warned, standing perfectly still, "there might be a booby trap."
"What kind of booby trap were you expecting?" I asked, ready for a good laugh. I made a point of getting up and walking around the clearing while she talked.
"One of us could step on the wrong stone and the whole floor would cave in and we would fall to our deaths."
"That is the stupidest-" Just then the stone I had stepped on sunk under my weight, causing all the other stones to fall and us along with them.
I groaned. The fall had not been pleasant. I slowly opened my eyes and saw the hole, at least a hundred feet above. I carefully went over my whole body, making sure I was not seriously hurt before trying to get up.
As I stood, I took a closer look at the hole I was now trapped in. The wall, since it was a circular hole, was bare. The stones, it seemed, had fallen into exactly the same places they had come from, only a hundred feet lower. Ashley was still unconscious a few feet away. I quickly checked her over. I was soon confident that she was fine, just having a harder time waking up than I did.
"Ashley, Ashley! You need to wake up!"
"Wha-?" Her eyes slowly opened. "What happened?"
"You were right."
"Oh. Well, at least one good thing happened." She sat up slowly, then jumped to a fighting stance. "Who are you?" she called over my shoulder.
I spun around to see one of the most beautiful women I had ever laid eyes on. She looked as if she had stepped out of the wall, with skin the same dark brown and a moss dress that seemed to be part of her body.
"I am Rissai," her voice was more beautiful than I had imagined. "I am the mistress of this world. It is my privilege to give one wish to whoever awakens me. And you, my dear boy, did just that."
"Any wish?" It had been the first question to come to my mind, but Ashley had asked it first. Her tone of voice was wary, as if she did not trust Rissai.
"Any wish, no matter how great or small, I will grant it. But only to the boy."
"I know." Ashley was obviously mistrusting of anyone who surpassed her, for Rissai did so in both beauty and kindness.
"Do you know what your wish will be?"
Yes, I did. Or at least I had known at first. I was going to wish I knew where Karone was, but if she was dead or hurting…. I soon decided that it would be better if she had never been kidnapped at all.
"Andros," Ashley's voice was much softer than it had been, gentler, "there's an old saying on Earth: 'Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.'"
I shook my head at that, sometimes Terran humans made no sense at all.
"I wish Karone had never been kidnapped."
"Done," Rissai said.
The next thing I knew I was in the park with Karone, playing with the ball. I was seven years old again and everything was right with the world. No monsters ever showed up and no one else on KO-35 reported any missing children.
I am recording my experiences of that other life for two reasons: I know some of my knowledge of the future will be valuable (for one thing I can stop Zordon from being captured), and because I am forgetting. I am only seven years old here, and I am beginning to return to that way of thinking and feeling. The memories of the past eleven years are like a dream and I know that soon I will forget them entirely; I will need this record if those experiences are to be of any help at all.
Everything is going to be okay. Karone is safe, I can keep Zordon from ever being captured and I will never need those Terran Rangers to help me. But if that's the case, then why do I feel like there is something very wrong?
Later that night the seven year old Andros awakened screaming. Something had happened, something bad. He was eventually coaxed back to sleep by his mother, but couldn't stop thinking that it was gone, lost, and it might never be found. When he was asked what "it" was, he had no idea, he only knew that it was important.