Variations Of SPD
By: Pink-Green-White-4ever
Last Revised: September 12, 2005

Summary: It's been two months since Sydney woke from her coma, now the team receives some news that is going to profoundly rock their worlds.
Rating: M, for adult-themed situations.
Disclaimer: I don't own PR, Disney does

AN: Wow! The sequel already! grins I hope you guys enjoy this one as much as you did Variations Of Pink.

"The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you refuse to take the turn." -- Anon --

"I'm relieving you of active Ranger status."

Outside New Tech City

"Jack just took in the last of the boxes," Z announced as she walked down the sidewalk to the curb where a large moving van was parked.

Around her, Bridge, Sky, Syd, Jen, Wes, Jason, and Katherine stood or sat on the curb. "I still can't believe we all moved out of the academy and into a house," Syd muttered, leaning against her dad as the two sat on the curb, Katherine standing behind them, her hands on Jason's shoulders.

"I still can't believe Cruger took us off active duty!" Sky huffed, wiping the sweat off his forehead, smearing the dust and the dirt on his hands all over himself. They had spent the entire day moving his, Syd's and Bridge's stuff from storage; they had moved the contents of their rooms earlier in the week. Now all they had to do was wait for the furniture that Jen, Z and Sydney had ordered two days before to arrive.

"After everything the five of you went through a couple of months ago, I'm not surprised," Jen tried to sooth, running her hand up and down Sky's arm. Sky gave his mother a look and then jumped, his dad having pinched his arm.

"Don't look at your mother like that," Wes grumbled.

"Alright, I say we cut out for the day and get some food," Jack groaned, coming down the sidewalk from the three story, beige painted town house that the form A Squad Rangers were now sharing.

"Dinner's on us," Katherine smiled, helping Jason up while Sky moved over and lifted Syd to her feet, his arms closing around her, trapping her to his chest.

"Eww! Sky! You need a shower! You're all dirty!" Sydney whined, trying to squirm away as Sky leaned down to kiss her. She stopped moving when her boyfriend's warm, soft lips caressed hers, causing her to forget everything around them.

"Are we sure we want those two living in such close quarters?" Jason asked Wes, who grinned and laughed.

"After what happened to them, I think they're both at the point where they'll wait," Wes mused.

"Come on guys, let's go have some pizza," Jen grinned, the group of nine moving toward the Collins' vehicles.

"Did you pick out a color for your room?" Syd asked him from her spot on his lap as they sat in the park and watched their dads play basketball with Bridge and Jack.

"Yeah, I'm going for a light blue with navy accents. How about you? Going pink?"

Sydney grinned. "Sort of. It's a really light pink, and then it's going to have blue and white accents," Sydney told him, turning sideways to see his reaction. Sky merely grinned at her, then leaned forward and kissed her cheek.

"Are you two gonna sit there and play kissie-face all afternoon or are you gonna join the party."

Syd and Sky turned toward Z and stuck their tongues out at her, watching her glare at them. "Leave 'em be Z, you and Bridge suck face all the time and you don't hear the rest of us complaining!" Jack taunted the former Yellow Ranger, who turned and looked so insulted that she charged after her "big brother" and demanded he take it back.

Bridge plopped down on the bench next to Sky, blushing. "Oh boy," he muttered, shaking his head at his girlfriend and their former Red leader.

"So when do you guys start your full time teaching duties?" Jen asked when she and Katherine sat down with them.

"Monday morning," Sky grumbled.

"You're ready."

Once the words left his mentor's mouth, he felt a tremor race through him. For years, he'd studied in this peaceful place, cut off from his world, with the help of the Master Warrior, waiting for the day when he'd be told it was time to rejoin his family, the one he knew only through stories.

His parents had really and truly died two months ago, and knowing that he'd not get to know them was a burden he'd carry for the rest of his life, but there was someone else out there, waiting for him. And though she hadn't known their parents well either, he knew his sister would have more information for him than he'd learned here for the last fourteen years.