Acting as Themselves
Tagline: To become an actor is one thing. To play a Power Ranger when you in reality are one is a story all in itself.
Summary: The gang meets a producer of a kids' shows.
Disclaimer: I don't own the Power Rangers, or else Tommy and Kim would still be together. I do own Walter Jackson though. This takes place after Tommy loses his powers the second time until a few days after he becomes the White Ranger.
Chapter 1 Casting Colors
Jason Lee Scott, Billy Cranston, Kimberly Ann Hart, Zachary Taylor, and Trini Kwan were walking through the park after school, unaware of what was about to happen to them. It was like any typical day at the Angel Grove Park. That meant not being summoned to the Command Center or being attacked by one of Zedd and Rita's monsters.
"Kim, Tommy's coming still, right?" Jason asked.
Kim turned from Trini to look at Jason.
"He was when I last checked with him," she said. "That was right before the beginning of third period."
Kim sighed and looked down. The excruciating memory was still there. She wondered if it would ever heal. It was tough the first time watching him go through that pain, but the second time was worse. It had been a couple of weeks since Lord Zedd took Tommy's powers away from him.
"Man, if it wasn't for that witch Rita, he would be here with us right now," Zack said. Tommy had felt weird around everyone after he had lost his powers. The ringing of their communicators, the sound of Zordon and Alpha's voice, and knowing he would not be able to help his friends hurt. He had been spending a lesser amount of time with them after school. No one saw him around school lately other than Kim. She would make certain to run by his locker before the first bell rang in the morning. It was the same thing every morning. A quick kiss, see you later, and off they went to their first period class. They were lucky to even catch him at lunch anymore. He would usually go by the lake and practice his karate. "Why did she have to make that damn candle? He's been spending more time with his uncle than his own friends."
Zack remembered that day as if it were yesterday. Having to go into the portal and grab Jason was easier said than done to say the least. Knowing that they would have to go back and get the candle after the battle was something he or any of the others did not want to think about. Zack looked back upon what he had told Jason that day.
"But if I don't get the candle in time, he'll lose his powers," Jason said.
"If we don't get to him in time, he'll lose his life," Zack responded.
Kim knew how Zack and Jason felt. Zack hated having to get Jason. Because of that, Jason held himself responsible for not being able to get the candle.
"It's just going to take some time, Zack," Kim said, putting her hand on his shoulder. "Rita taking his powers was one thing, but Zedd doing it is totally different. I thought he wouldn't be the same after he lost them the second time. I'm just glad he's even talking to us. Who knows how he feels."
The first time, Tommy stayed in full contact with everyone. Now, he was always running off to his uncle's place.
"Don't you know, Kim?" Jason asked.
It astonished him when she said that. He thought Kim and Tommy knew each other inside and out.
"Not fully," Kim admitted. "Reading his mind is very difficult to do."
She let her head collapse as they began to walk once more. Kim was with Tommy when he had gotten that message from his future self. She could see the terror in his eyes when he finally looked back at her.
"I wonder what's taking him so long," Trini sighed.
"He's probably just delayed," Billy said.
The next thing they knew, a man, around thirty-five or so, was stopping them.
"Hello, I'm Walter Jackson. I was wondering if you would be interested in portraying the Power Rangers in my TV show," he said.
All their heads were spinning. What would their parents say, or more importantly, what would Zordon say? Why would this man ask them to do something like this? There should have been at least some kind of auditions.
"No auditions?" Zack asked.
"Well, I looking for new faces," Mr. Walter said. "I'll be able to mold you matter that way."
"Um, can we have time to reflect upon the matter?" Billy asked. "Our parents must foremost be notified about this."
"Sure thing, but if you're not sure about the hostile scenes, we'll have doubles," Mr. Jackson said.
"Who said we needed doubles?" Trini asked as putties appeared.
They all turned and moaned. This was not the time for this to be happening.
"Shit, not good," Jason said to himself.
He had to duck a putty before it got a hold of him. Mr. Jackson ran behind a tree. He had seen these clay-like creatures on television before, but never in real life.
"Don't worry, Mr. Jackson, we'll show you we don't need doubles," Kim said as she dropped into her fighting position.
"Don't you think he's going to question when the Power Rangers are a no show?" Zack whispered to Jason as he took down a putty.
"Oh shit, I didn't think of that," Jason realized.
"Good thing there isn't a lot of them," Kim said.
"We'll take them down in no time," Trini replied.
The putties soon vanished as the Rangers started gradually defeating them. Not being able to morph made it all that more difficult.
"Well kids, you really showed me what you're made of. I mean the Power Rangers didn't even have to come," Mr. Jackson said.
"I guess in a way that's good," Kim replied.
She looked down and bit her lip. Hopefully he had not become suspicious of them. If their secret was revealed, the Power Rangers would be over.
"Anyway, I really hope you consider this offer. Take care," Mr. Jackson said.
"Bye, Mr. Jackson," they all waved.
Everyone gave a huge sigh as he walked off. Their cover was not blown. Not yet anyway. The question if they would be able to keep their identities covered still was being asked.
"That was a close one," Billy said.
As Walter walked away, he bumped into another teen wearing a white under shirt covered by a green jacket.
"Oh, I'm sorry," the young man said.
"That's all right son," Walter replied.
The yelling of the teen's name made Walter's head turn. His eyes were fixed on the longhaired teen.
"Tommy," the girl in pink yelled.
Kim jumped into his arms and kissed his cheek. She had not seen him since the morning.
"That's them," Walter said with a smile, "that's my Pink and Green Ranger."
Kim did not let go of Tommy after they hugged.
"You really need to spend more time with us," she said.
"I know," Tommy sighed.
Later that day, everyone but Tommy went to the Command Center. It would have been great if he could have come, but as usual, he had gone off to be with his uncle. Kim had to admit, it got a bit frustrating at some points.
"Zordon, we're not going to do this unless you say so," Jason said.
He had just informed both Zordon and Alpha about the offer. At first Alpha was a bit hesitant. This would be the first time their ability to a keep a secret would be put to the test besides keeping it from their parents.
"Indeed," Billy added. "This won't work without your authorization."
"This will be a real test on your abilities to keep your identities a secret," Zordon said.
"Was that a yes?" Kim asked, looking at the rest of the team.
"I think it was," Trini said.
"Affirmative, Trini," Billy smiled. "It was."
As fast as you could say morphin, they were all intertwined with each other.
"What about Tommy, Zordon? What if they want him as the Green Ranger?" Kim asked.
"That is totally up to him, Kimberly," Zordon said.
She looked down and half smiled. He could not be more right.
"Do you really think there'll be a Green Ranger? And if there is, will he even want to relive it?" Zack asked.
True, having Tommy as part of the group again would be great, but Zordon was right. It had to be up to Tommy in the end. He had to make this decision on his own.
"I don't know. I'm just saying if. I know it'll be tough for him for sure, but maybe it'll make him feel a little better," Kim said.
"I don't see why there wouldn't be a Green Ranger," Billy replied. "He was a big part of the team."
"That would be so awesome if Tommy was able to be with us," Kim smiled.
The next day after school, everyone went back to the park to meet Mr. Jackson, but Kim stopped somewhere first before going.
"This is so exciting," Trini said.
After school, Jason knew Kim was going to be late getting to the studio. She failed to mention however where she was going.
"Did Kim tell you where she was going?" Jason asked.
"No," Trini said.
"Oh come on, you know who she went to see," Zack laughed.
Jason then realized who Zack meant. He should have known Kim went to Tommy's house.
"Well, she better not be long with him, if you know what I mean," Jason said.
"You don't really think they've…" Trini began.
"Oh, I know they have," Jason said.
"Do you have any substantial evidence that this is factual?" Billy asked.
"It's not like you walked in on them," Zack said. When Jason turned to him, Zack swallowed hard. "Did you?"
"Let's just say I'm glad I walked in on them when I did," Jason said.
Jason had walked in on them in Kim's room after school one day. Though they both were still dressed when he walked in, the compromising position he found them in lead him to believe they would not have been if he had walked in five minutes later.
Kim took a deep breath as she knocked on the door. The woman that answered it smiled.
"Oh, Kimberly, how are you sweetheart?" Mrs. Oliver asked.
Tommy's adopted mother was extremely enjoyable, and loved Kim to death.
"I'm fine, Mrs. Oliver, and yourself?" Kim asked.
Mrs. Oliver always had a smile on her face. Nothing ever seemed to bring her down.
"I'm doing great," she said.
"Listen, may I steal your son for just a second?" Kim asked.
"Let me get him," Mrs. Oliver said.
She turned to the kitchen and called for her son. He was eating a sandwich at the time.
"Thomas, you have a visitor," Mrs. Oliver said.
Kim smiled as Tommy came to his mother's side.
"Hey, Kim," Tommy smiled.
His mom looked at both of them and cleared her throat.
"I'll leave you two to chat," she said.
"Well, are you coming?" Kim asked.
"Coming where, Kim?" Tommy wondered.
Tommy had no clue what Kim was talking about. She could not possibly mean the studio, could she? The producer had not even said anything to him about it.
"TV show… I got worried when you didn't say you were coming," Kim said.
"He said nothing about me… did he?" Tommy asked.
"I'm sure he has your part for you," Kim said.
Tommy sighed and looked down. Playing something he was not did not go over too well with him. It seemed like that part of him had died.
"It hasn't been my part for a long time, Kim," Tommy said.
"But wouldn't you want to relive it again? Even if it's like this?" she asked.
"You know I'd give anything to be a Power Ranger again, Kimberly, but I don't see it happening," Tommy said.
"Please, Tommy, do this for the team. It'll be fun with the six of us again. Like old times," Kim replied.
"All right, I'll do it," he said.
"Great," Kim smiled.
She kissed him on the cheek. Tommy smiled, seeing that Kim was happy for the first time since losing his powers.
"I like it when you smile, Kim," Tommy said.
She took Tommy by surprise when she took hold of his shirt and pulled him to her lips.
"I like you making me smile," Kim said.
"Wait, your mom said yes?" Tommy asked.
"Yes, thank God. Now come on," Kim laughed.
"Here's the thing, I haven't told my parents 'cause I had no idea about this," Tommy said.
Kim rolled her eyes and pushed Tommy in the house. She had hoped to have been there earlier, but it did not seem it would end up like they would.
"Well, you better get your ass in there and ask," Kim said.
A few minutes later, Tommy walked back to Kim and closed the door and headed for Kim's car.
"I'm so happy they said yes, Tommy," Kim said.
"Me too," he smiled.
Mr. Jackson was pacing back and forth, waiting for a certain girl in pink to show up.
"Where's that Hart at?" he asked.
"She'll be here," Trini said.
Zack tapped Jason on the shoulder when he saw Kim with Tommy.
"Look who's here," he whispered.
"Hey bro, I thought you weren't coming," Jason said as Tommy and Kim walked into the studio.
"Kim had to drag me," Tommy joked.
Kim laughed as she playfully hit his chest.
"Great, are we all here?" Mr. Jackson asked.
Walter then noticed Tommy was also there.
"Oh, Mr. Oliver, you're here," he said.
"I'll leave if you want me to," Tommy replied.
Tommy began walking towards the door. He knew it was a bad idea to come in the first place. It would just bring make memories he did not want to remember. Everyone knew Tommy was hesitant in doing this.
"Don't be silly boy. I was hoping you would be here," Walter said.
He turned and tilted his head a little.
"Really?" Tommy asked.
"Told you," Kim whispered in Tommy's ear.
"Of course I am. As I was saying, is everyone here?" Walter asked.
"All accounted for," Billy said.
"Good, now for casting what Ranger you will be," Walter replied.
They all looked at each other. Kim bit her lower lip. What color was he going to pick for them? None of them had really thought about it.
"Mr. Scott, you have the most leader qualities. You're the Red Ranger," Walter said.
"Can we just pick our own color?" Zack asked.
They wanted their real color. It would not feel right wearing another teammate's color.
"If you want I guess," Walter said.
Everyone tried to act like they had no clue what color they were. After all, they still had to protect their identities.
"I call black," Zack quickly said.
"No fair, I wanted to be the Black Ranger," Tommy teased.
"Dude, no way. Green's more you," Jason said.
"All right, I guess I'll be the Green Ranger," Tommy sighed.
If only he was the Green Ranger again. Things would be so much simpler.
"Be strong," Zack whispered.
Kim gave Tommy a puppy dog look.
"I don't know what Ranger I want to be. What do you think?" she asked.
"Pink looks hot on you," Tommy smiled.
"Pink's so your color," Trini said.
"I guess that means you're the Yellow Ranger, and I'm the Blue Ranger," Billy replied.
Everyone was glad that was over with. Kim put her hand on Tommy's shoulder, seeing that his head was down. She knew this had to be rough on him. After all, it had only been a few weeks since he had been stripped of his Green Ranger powers for good.
"One thing," Mr. Jackson said. "The Pink and Green Ranger's are dating."
Kim and Tommy looked at each other in shock. It was a question to them why he wanted it that way. Sure, they did not mind doing it, but it still was a little weird. It was like their relationship was going to be filmed for everyone in the United States to see.
"That's fine," Kim said.
"Let me guess, Tommy's appearance in the show is later, right?" Zack asked.
The fact that he wanted the Pink and Green Ranger's dating was hitting too close to home for Zack. He had a feeling something fishy was going on, and he did not like it. First, asking them to play something they were, and now this.
"Later in the first episode," Walter said.
"Oh," Zack replied.
His head went down. Maybe he was just getting himself worked up over nothing. He had not told the rest of his suspicions yet.
"Would you excuse us for a moment?" Trini asked. She grabbed Zack's hand and pulled him to the side. Billy came walking up behind her, knowing what she was going to ask Zack. "Zack, what the hell are you trying to do, blow our identities?"
"Sorry, that was just weird. What if he is working for Rita and Zedd?" Zack asked.
Trini had not really thought about it. The more and more she did, she saw what Zack was saying. It had been a little strange at first she had to admit when they met Walter. This just made her think about it more.
"He isn't," Billy said. "I thought it was a bit peculiar at first myself, asking us to do this out of the blue and everything, but I did research. He is a producer of many kid shows. This show about us is in his line up."
"Happy, Zack?" Trini asked.
"Very, Trini," he smiled.
The three of them walked back to where the rest were. Zack could not help but stare down at the floor.
"You're intentions were good," Billy whispered.
"All right people, filming starts in a week at studio 6 at six in the afternoon," Walter informed them.
He handed them there scripts and began walking away.
"We'll be there," Jason said.
How do you think the first day of taping will go? I'm really not sure if Tommy already knew he was adopted or not. If he didn't, oh well.