Title: Never and Always (Part Three)
Author: Jasmine Shigeru
Author's Note: There is going to be three parts to this story. One Tommy receives a letter. Two Tommy and Kat have it out. Three Tommy and Kimberly meet.
Disclaimer: I do not own the Power Rangers nor do I wish I do. This is just for my entertainment and whomever wishes to read it. I am not making any profit from this and do not care to for that matter.
Never and Always
Thomas Oliver sat at a small table at the local cafe. It was no Youth Center, but it felt like home.
He shuffled through the napkins and rearranged the sugar packs.
Tommy jumped as someone tapped his shoulder.
"Hey stranger." said a very familiar voice.
Tommy knew that this was it as he turned to face the most beautiful girl he had ever set eyes on. She looked the same. Her lovely brown hair was a little longer and her body was more toned than it was the last he saw her, but it was her, Kimberly Ann Hart.
"Hey to you too." Tommy said with a forced smile. "Have a seat."
The former leader of the Power Rangers gestured to the chair sitting across from him. Kim happily took it. Her smile was as bright as ever, even when she was slightly nervous. She bit her lip, a nervous habit she had when they were students at Angel Grove High.
"So, what's up?" She said. Starting real casual.
"Nothing much." Tommy began just as casual. "You know the usual? Going to school, leading a team to the moon, breaking up with my long term girlfriend."
"You did what?" Kim exclaimed. She didn't even registered the breaking up with his girlfriend part. Concern immediately shaded her expression. "Tommy, you had the worst luck out of all of us. How could you do it again?"
"It had to be done." Tommy said as if it meant nothing. "All the bruises are healed. I was with nine others. We all made it back safe."
"That's not the point. You could have been killed."
"I've cheated death plenty of times."
"That won't always be the case, Thomas."
Tommy flinched. He hated the way is formal name sounded on her lips. It just didn't sound natural, neither did Tom for that matter. When it came to her, he always wanted to be know as Tommy. That name sounded so angelic from her, just as Tom did from Katherine. Another flinch at the thought of the pretty blonde. It had only been two weeks the wound was still fresh.
"Kim, I'm not in the mood for this. Kat broke up with me two weeks ago. I don't want to fight with anyone."
He looked down at his place. Kim's expression was one of sorrow and guilt. Without even knowing why they broke up, Kim just knew that it had something to do with her. She was always connected to Tommy that way. Totally emotional.
"I'm sorry," She apologized and placed her hand over his. She tilted her head with a look of sympathy.
Tommy looked up at her as soon as he felt the touch. She looked like she was going to cry for something that wasn't really her fault.
"Kim, this isn't your fault. It's mine. I should have known better to keep your letters." He said in a small voice.
"Letters?" Kim said a little confused.
"Your break up letter and the one I received at the beginning of the month." He took in a deep breath. "I kept both in my wallet. I left it home one day and she came across it. When I got home, she presented the evidence and fussed about it. She left me that day."
"My gosh, Tommy, if I had known I wouldn't have..."
"No, like I said, it isn't your fault. It's mine."
Kim was about before Tommy spoke again.
"Let's go somewhere private."
Kim could only nod.
"How about my motel room?"
It was an innocent suggestion, but what happened there that day was not innocent at all. Later Tommy would look back a wonder if what he did was to take away the pain of losing Kat or maybe it was the fact that he still loved Kim. It could have been he wanted to hurt her as much as he had been hurt when he received her 'Dear John' lettter. Whatever the reason, there were no regrets.
The entered the small room with it's single double bead. The greens and pinks in the dark room reminded Tommy of their days when they first became rangers. The small table in the corner with two shabby chairs didn't look to stable. The carpet was a dark green and stained. The off TV mirrored the gloom in the room. The bathroom looked pretty clean though.
"So, what do we do know?" Kim asked breaking the long silence.
Without a word swooped down and kissed her fiercely. He didn't know what came over him. It just seemed like it had to be done. In this room at this room, Kim would be his even if it was for one last time.
Kim gave a muffled gasp as Tommy's lips took hers. His hands were holding her waist tightly. His eyes were shut tight and he seemed determined for her to return the kiss. As soon as he felt her lips respond, Tommy shoved his tongue into her mouth and pulled her closer. Their height difference had them tumbling to the old musty mattress of the bed. Kim fell first, Tommy fell directly on top of her.
"You ok?" Tommy asked a little concerned. It had been a while since she had felt his weight on top of her and he had gained weight. Plus, they fell pretty hard.
"I'm fine." Kim said breathlessly as she began to tug his shirt from his pants. She growled as she began to unbutton his shirt.
Tommy smiled down at her. She was impatient and come to think of it so was he. Lifting up so he was seated on her legs, Tommy ripped his shirt open. The buttons of the red and white plaid shirt went everywhere. While he was up, he also pulled his white undershirt over his head fiercely. He was so glad he decided against wearing his earrings that day.
Meanwhile, Kim was shifting to rid herself of her pink jacket she had on. The second she threw the garment away from them, Tommy returned and kissed her savagely. His hands were under her spagetti strapped white shirt. He was so tempted to rip those thin straps right out of the top of the shirt and pull it down to reveal her delicious breast. The only thing that stopped him was his knowledge of how much pride Kim put in her clothes.
The shirt wasn't an obstacle for long, it too went flying somewhere in the room as Kim flung it from her body.
Tommy's body gave out on top of hers. He was exhausted and at the moment didn't care if he was crushing her.
Kim didn't complain, she just lie there. She didn't have the strength to move.
A few more moments of this and Tommy felt the need to sleep overtake him. He rolled of Kim and pulled her to him.
Kimberly's head was on his chest and she too was tired.
"Kim," Tommy whispered.
"Mm." Kim said lazily.
"Do you love me?"
"Did I tell you in my letter?"
"Don't you remember when I told you about the guy I left you for?"
"Yeah." Tommy said with a frown.
"Don't sound so stern. I was wondering if you remembered the last words I said to him."
Another frown. He didn't recall. His memory had always been bad, but know it was almost non existent. They just had great sex. What did she suspect?
"Tommy, I told him that I don't sleep with men I don't love." Kim said to reassure him. "I would kiss you, but I don't have the energy."
Tommy gave a small chuckle. He tighten his grip on her as best he could.
"You still haven't said the actual words."
It was Kim's turn to frown.
"I love you." She said. In her head she added 'stupid' but thought it best to keep that to herself.
"I love you too."
Kim hummed slightly as she fell asleep.
Tommy had a faint smile on his face. He was loved. Maybe he could keep her this time. He wanted her for always.
Deep down he knew thistime was going to be different. This time he wasn't going to let her go.