When It's Over
Chapter 1: Blue-Green and Yellow?
Last Revised: November 14, 2005
Summary: The four remaining B Squad members have a couple of heart to heart talks about losing their leader and the shifting roles within the group.
Ships: S/S, B/Z
AN: SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED ENDINGS PART 2 OF SPD! This story contains some information from Endings Part 2.
AN2: Ok, I cried. I disliked this season when it began, but now that's its over, and after everything I've gone through with it, I cried. My thanks to the cast and crew for making this one of the best seasons ever! (at least in my opinion) ROCK ON SPD!
Bridge smiled as he walked down from the street where he'd parked his bike to the beach where a lone figure stood staring at the waves. Tugging on his blue and gray colored jacket…Bridge shook his head at that one. Who'd have ever thought he'd be Blue after everything they'd gone through this last year? It actually didn't feel right, to be wearing blue, knowing how much the red had meant to Jack and how Sky had taken blue and made it his. And to see the four of them standing in the command center, missing the green and missing Jack, it was like they were off balanced.
However, Bridge knew Cruger had reasons for everything. He just wondered if Z was going to be ok with all the changes she'd undergone recently.
And that thought is what brought him back to staring at the figure staring at the waves. Z's back was turned to him, the gray and yellow of her uniform contrasting like the weather and her mood, which was sunny and depressed.
"Hey," he whispered when he was close enough. He looked at her and saw that her eyes were closed and she had tear tracks on her face. "You ok? You disappeared right after breakfast and it's almost time for dinner."
Both eyebrows shot up at that. She didn't look fine, she looked upset. She didn't sound fine, she sounded like she'd been crying. And her aura wasn't fine, it was hurting. "Liar."
Z's jaw dropped as she turned and stared at Bridge, who was looking at her and daring her to deny the truth. "Did you just call me a liar, Cadet Carson?"
Bridge nodded. "Yes, Cadet Delgado, I did. What did you expect when you tried to lie to a psychic?"
The Yellow Ranger shook her head and went back to looking at the ocean. She knew Bridge wasn't about to let her be, so she decided she'd better start somewhere. "I don't like seeing Sky in red and you in blue, happy?"
"No. I'm not really keen about the idea myself, just yet. But with Jack gone now, we had to do something, and Sky's the most experienced to lead us."
Z nodded. "I know, but that's not why I'm upset about the color changes."
"I know, it feels wrong for Sky and I to be wearing different colors, doesn't it?"
"Exactly. I don't mind letting Sky lead, that's all well and fine because I know he's capable of it, it's the fact that…"
Bridge shushed her by playing a gloved fingertip on her lips. He understood where she was coming from. "I know, but we'll get use to the change."
Z rolled her eyes and sighed. "I miss him."
The new Blue Ranger nodded. "So do I; I was just getting use to him leading us, and now, it's like we're sorta back to where we were before you two joined us."
"This last year has been one big ball of change, some for the better and some not. I was just getting use to the way our team was, and now, I feel empty. Part of me is missing, and I don't know how to get it back!"
Bridge couldn't stand to see and feel her break down the way she was, so he took her in his arms and held her as she cried softly. When her arms wrapped around his waist tightly, Bridge could feel himself reeling, not only from her emotions, but from his own.
He and Z had had a special friendship ever since the witty Yellow Ranger had joined the B Squad, but little by little, he'd noticed that he was feeling things that he shouldn't for a friend…and now he knew why. He was in love with her.
"He's always going to be a part of you, but he needs to spread his wings, Z," Bridge murmured in her ear. "And so do we; change isn't always bad."
Z chose that moment to look up into his eyes, and the sudden click she felt in her heart eased the pain she was feeling. She knew their friendship was more special then hers with Jack, Sky or Syd, and that's because while she loved them all equally as teammates and family, she loved Bridge in a decidedly different way. He was the first boy, correction man, she'd ever loved before, and she just now realized that.
"Hmm?" he hummed softly, looking into her eyes.
"I love you," she whispered, a smile lighting her face even as her tears continued to fall. She had just put her heart on the line, yet again, and was hoping beyond hope that he loved her back.
The new Blue Ranger was startled by the intensity of her feelings, as well as just what she meant by she loved him. Smiling, Bridge brought his hands up to cup her cheeks. "I love you, Elizabeth."
Leaning together, the gently shared a kiss before pulling back. Z tucked her head into the crook of Bridge's shoulder and the two turned to watch the sunset.