Chapter 8

Earth. Angel Grove, California.

Christmas Eve. Trini Kwan's House

Trini walked around slightly shaking in anticipation. She double-checked everything. The food was done; the Christmas tree was ready gifts and all. The mistletoe and the lights were all in place. Everything was ready. She had a bottle of champagne in the freezer and eggnog ready. She looked at her grandmother's antique clock and noticed it was almost time for her friends to start arriving. She just hoped that all of them showed up.

Angel Grove, California.

Tommy Oliver's Apartment

"I'm not going!"

"Come on Tommy, don't be a child. Get dressed or I'll take you there as you are."

"I'm naked!" Tommy yelled back from his room.

"I know." Jason replied as he finished with his tie.

Jason looked in the mirror again and ran his fingers through his hair a bit. He was as ready as he could be. He heard Tommy throwing a temper tantrum in his room and then he heard the closet door been closed. He smiled. His friend was just nervous. And he had a good reason to be, he was hours away from coming face to face with his first love. Life was definitely one big full circle. Jason shook his head and walked inside Tommy's room, a huge smile on his face.

"What are you smiling about? This is not funny." Tommy said grumpily as he tried to find a decent tie.

"Yes it is. You are almost as crabby as the day you took her on your first date."

Tommy turned and threw a pillow at Jason. Jason dodges it and laughed louder.

"This is not a joke man. This is my life we are talking about. A perfectly decent life until an old friend decided to turn it upside down. This wasn't in my plans, you know. We were supposed to not see each other again. At least not until I had fallen in love again and got married. Maybe even have a couple of kids first."

"And why is that? So you could show her that you are over her?"

Tommy didn't answer. He put on a long sleeve shirt and left in open. He walked to his bath and styled his hair.

"You are not over her are you?"

"That is complete nonsense." He said coming back out. "I'm over her since before Kat."

"You sure about that?"

"Of course I am. This whole thing is just weird. Tonight she'll probably show up with that guy, Bob Someone, and they'll be happily married and maybe with children running all over the place... and I'll be what? The nerdy ex that turned out to be single and a paleontologist on top of that?"

"Are you serious? That's really what's bothering you?"

Tommy finished with his buttons and cuffs and exhaled. "Look I'm just not ready. This is too soon."

"It's been year's man."

"I know."

"And you can't tell me you'll miss a chance in seeing how they are all doing. Even if she's married with five kids and one in the way. I'm sure you want to see that she's doing okay."

"Yeah, you are right. I... this is just a reunion of old friends."

"Family. We are all family. No matter what happened between us, we're family."

Angel Grove, California

Kimberly Heart's House

"What are you doing?" Zack asked as he approached the petite brunette that was slouched in the couch watching figure skating Stars on Ice.

"I'm watching TV." She said nonchalantly as she grabs more caramel popcorn and munched on it.

"I can see that. Why?" Zach asked with a raced brow.

"Because... you know I love to watch this. I should've pursued a career as a figure skater. It's just like gymnastics, but standing on thin blades in slippery ice. That sounded dangerous, but not as much as walking inside a lion's den." She said in a single breath.

"Kimberly. What's really going?"

"Nothing." Kimberly said as she picked up a gallon of strawberry ice cream and ate straight from the carton.

Zack noticed she was wearing her robe. She ignored him completely and stared at the couple that was skating to the Nutcracker. He walked around the table and turned off the television and stood in front of it. "That's enough. You are going to tell me what it's wrong with you, right now."

She took the control remote and turned on the TV. He turned around and turned the set off again. She huffed in defiance and turned it on again. Zack walked closer and took the remote from her and turned off the TV.

"Hey! That's not cool, you know. I was watching that. Give it back."


"Zachary Taylor, I'm not joking. And I still have some Old PR's moves left in me I'm sure I can kick your butt back to New York if I wanted to."

"That's a big statement for a midget's mouth."

"A what?" Kimberly sat straight up then.

"You heard me loud and clear, midget."

"Oh you are so going to get it now." Kimberly got up and ran up to one of her best friends. But Zack was quicker in his feet. He took on a run toward her bedroom.

She caught up with him but he had other ideas. As soon as she walked inside he stepped out and closed the door behind him.

"Zack! Open the door! This is not funny. Open the damn door!" Kimberly shouted and banged on the door.

"You are not coming out of that room until you are ready to leave."

"I'm not going."

"Don't be a baby."

"I'm not a baby!" She said in a whiny voice.

"Well you could've fooled me."

"Zack. Get me out of here. I don't want to go to dinner with that manipulative wench!"

"Hey, hey! Don't talk about Trini like that! She hasn't done anything to you."

"Oh and manipulating me into believe she was still my friend only to come and do this to me was what exactly?"

Zack rolled his eyes and laid his back to the door. "Kim. She didn't do anything to you. She just wanted to see her friends back together. She has to go back to Europe a couple of weeks after New Years. We all have separate lives now. Who knows when we'll have the chance to see each other again? We used to be like family."

"But, why him? She said the original Power Rangers. He wasn't part of the group. He came later and if I remember correctly he tried to kill us when he first came to town."

"Be careful saying all those things someone could hear you."

"Everyone left for church already."

"You know what I mean."

Kimberly sat on the floor her back to the door. She placed her hands over her face and spoke again. "I don't want to see him."

"Why not?" Zack played dumb. The girl needed to get it all out.


"Because what?"

"I hurt him. And..."

"That was a long time ago."

"I know."

"Are you afraid he'll still be mad?"

"No I... he's not vengeful. It's... oh forget it."

"No Kim. Tell me. If you're not afraid he'll be mad at you then what is it?"

"I don't want to see him with her. I don't want to walk inside that house and see a bunch of kids with bright blond hair and beautiful green eyes and know that they are his kids. Where does that leave me? The bitter ex, the one who was supposed to be a world famous gymnast... reduce to going back to her hometown, living with her parents and alone."

"You've got to be kidding me!"

"What do you mean?"

"Kimberly. You are a successful well rounded woman, why would you feel like any less because he could be married with children? Unless you still..."

She cut him off before he could finish his statement. "I'm not."

"Then what's the problem? You'll go down to Trini's house, have a great dinner party with dear old friends and then come back home. You'll probably never have the chance to see him again. Wouldn't you want to see his doing okay? No matter what happened between us we used to be family."

"I now."

A couple of minutes passed and Zack decided to speak again.

"So. Are you going to sit there pondering what if's all night or are you going to get dress and ..."

The door swung opened and he stumbled backwards. Kimberly laughed at his dumbfounded expression. She was already dressed.

"How did you...?"

"The door locks inside out. But I really needed the talk." She smiled at him.

"Good. So finish up and we'll talk some more on the way to the manipulative wench's house."

"Oh God! I can't believe I called her that!" Her face turned bright red.

"I won't tell if you don't."

"I'm so glad you are here." She hugged him tight.

Planet of Aquitar

Underwater Lab

Billy tried to lock the signal again but it didn't registered. For the last 24 hours it had been giving a blank.

He sighed and turned to Delphine and Aurico. "It vanished. We lost it."

"Maybe it wasn't what we initially thought." Replied Delphine to his long time friend.

"What are we going to do? I was an idiot to believe for a minute that Zordon could..."

"It's not impossible." Aurico added.

Billy took his glasses off and rubbed his eyes. "Not impossible? It's a dream. He is gone and whatever it's causing trouble knows it. They are just using his memory to stir trouble. It's going straight for the groups of rangers that were connected either to Zordon or the other sources of The Grid."

"We don't know that. We haven't gotten news of troubles on Earth. Maybe they're not interested on Earth." Delphine spoke.

"Don't count on it. It's always Earth they are interested on. I don't know what to think anymore." Billy said as he yawned. He looked tired and hopeless.

"You should retire to your chamber. You've hardly had any sleep in the past few days."

"I can't..."

Delphine and Aurico looked at each other and the older woman spoke. "You are going."



"Okay. Okay, I'm going. I have to wake up early tomorrow. I have to make contact with my family. It's a special day."

Angel Grove, California

Christmas Eve. Trini Kwan's House

The candles had burnt half way when the door bell rang for the first time. Trini was almost desperate, everybody was late. She walked to the door and opened it wide.

"You guys! You are late! I was freaking out." She said as she moved to the side and let Kimberly and Zack walk in. They were carrying big platters of desserts.

Kim laughed. "Trini Kwan, don't be a drama queen. You don't freak out. You breathe deep and count sheep and meditate and stuff."

"Besides we already have a drama queen in this group. Right, Kim?" Zack said with a raced brow.

"What do you mean?" Trini said as they walked to the kitchen and placed the platters on the counter top.

"Nothing." Kim said in a haste.

"Oh something definitely happened. What is it?" Trini asked again.

"Just forget it. I had a mini melt down earlier. But I'm fine now."

"A melt down about what?" Trini asked in a casual tone.

"Oh don't play dumb Miss Kwan. 'Cause I have a bone to pick with you. Why didn't you tell me he was coming?"

"I- Zack. Why did you tell her?"

"She had a right to know."

"Yes I did. I was so mad at you... I wasn't even going to show up. But our dear friend talked me out of bailing. We are all adults now. I think I can handle this."

"Kim, I'm sorry I didn't tell you. I was just scared that you'll cancel."

"It's okay. I told you. We are all adults here and what happened between us is dead and buried. Nothing more than old friends... family."

She didn't look convinced, but her friends smiled and made believed they gave credit to her words.

As soon as they finished arranging a tray with champagne flutes and the ice bucket, Trini's phone rang and she excused herself. Her parents were out on a family dinner and they said they called. Zack also excused himself so he could use the bathroom.

Kimberly stood admiring the tree, when the door bell rang. She stood still for a minute. Not quite sure what to do. The door bell rang again and Trini yelled from the other room.

"Kim, can you get that please?"

Kimberly's hand started to tremble as she turned again. She could hardly walk as she approach the door.

Don't be a baby, Kimberly Ann. He is just another friend from the past. Just another boy...

She opened the door with a small smile on her face. She looked up and had to swallow hard as their eyes met. The man that was standing there face to face with her was not just another boy.