Title: The Truth of Time

Author: Jasmine Shigeru

Pairing: Tommy/Kim

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.

Rating: M

Chapter One-Late

"This is just great!" The Yellow Dino Thunder Ranger exclaimed as the monster she and her comrades had just destroyed with their Z-Rex Blaster grew to enormous heights.

The Dino Thunder Rangers were on the out skirts of Reefside fighting a monster with a hidious mix between a groundhog and a snail. The fight had begun at five in the morning and carried on until seven. The Rangers weren't to happy. They had school and it began at seven thirty. They were all still in their pajamas under their colorful uniforms and their mentor was no where in sight.

"I know," The Blue Ranger said. "We're gonna be late for school."

"Yeah, and Randall's gonna kill us all." The White Ranger put in.

"Not as bad as she's gonna kill me." The Red Ranger mumbled. "I've already been late three times this week."

"That's your own fault." The Blue Ranger chastised.

"Forget it." The Red Ranger said. "We need our zords. Trent head home. We can take it from here."

"Right." The White Ranger said before he was off to his home.

After the zords were put together, the remaining Rangers defeated the monster. By this time it was seven-twenty.

"Great, we're gonna be late." The Yellow Ranger said as she powered down.

"Maybe we can sneak in." The Red Ranger suggested as he powered down.

"I doubt it." The Blue Ranger said as he followed suit. "Randall probably have all of the doors under tight security. But we can try."

Twenty minutes later, all four rangers were in the Reefside High School Parking Lot. Kira, the yellow ranger, Ethan, the blue ranger, and Conner, the red ranger, jumped out of Conner's mustang to see Trent just arriving to school. The White Ranger shut the door to his white Eclipse.

"Trent, why are you late?" Kira asked pointing to the boy.

"My dad," He answered. "He noticed I wasn't prepared for school and gave me a lecture about punctuality."

"Bummer." Conner said.

"Yes, Mr. McKnight, bummer." A harsh voice said.

The teens flinched as they turned to face their Principal. Principal Randall was standing three feet away from the group. Her arms were crossed over her chest.

"My office. Now!" She ordered.

The teens hung their heads low and marched to the Principal's office. Randall followed right behind.

When they entered the brightly lite office, the teens immediatly felt a cold chill run up their spines. Even though the light blue curtains were drawn open, the light seemed dimmer than it should. Their were five very uncomfortable chairs in front of the woman's mahogany desk and Randall pointed to them and told them to have a sit. Then she walked behind her desk and pressed a button to the main office.

"Ms. Jones, please call Dr. Oliver over the intercom. Tell him to report to my office as soon as possible."

"Yes Miss Randall." Ms. Jones said.

"Now we wait."

The teens hated that word when it came to their Principal. Waiting meant sweating over your punishment and how harsh it was going to be.

After what seemed like forever, Dr. Thomas Oliver entered Principal Randall's office. He saw the only four students who weren't in his class that morning when the bell rung. They usually showed up early to the class to discuss what was going on in their lives, because their days were full of school work and fighting Mesogog.

"You wanted to speak with me?" Dr. Oliver said as he shut the office door.

"Please have a seat by your students." Randall said gestered toward the fifth chair and Tommy took a seat.

"Mr. McKnight, Miss Ford, Mr. Mercer, and Mr. James," Randall began. "You do realize my new policy on those who show up late for school?"

They knew that policy. If you were even late ten minutes you would have three days detention. They knew this was going to be really bad. Twenty minutes late meant ten days of detention and for Conner more than likely a months worth.

"That wasn't a rheotorical question." Randall said as she glared down at the students.

"Yes, Miss Randall." They chorused in a monotone voices.

"Ten days detention for Mr. James, Mr. Mercer, and Miss Ford. As for you, Mr. McKnight, a month's worth of detention."

The students groan.

"Oh, and you can thank students like Mr. McKnight, for your punishment."

Kira, Trent, and Ethan turned to Conner and gave him deadly glares. The Red Ranger felt incrediably hot all of a sudden. He just shrugged and smiled at his friends.

Randall turned to Dr. Oliver who too, was glaring at the tall boy. He knew what his fate was. It was his turn for detention duty and he had plans that day. They were so going to pay when they got down to his lab.

"And Dr. Oliver, according to the detention schedule I set up at the beginning of the school year, it is your turn to serve as moderator."

Dr. Oliver just nodded at first before giving a verbal reply.

"From three to four?"

"Yes, that has not changed." Randall said as she looked from person to person. "You all may leave. Report to your classes."

They all stood and left just as Miss Randall was writing up their detention slips.

In the hall, Dr. Oliver and his students were walking towards the science labs.

"I'm not mad at you for being late. In fact, I understand."

"That's a relief." Ethan said.

"Then way do you look so ticked off?" Conner asked.

"Because not only do I have to spend a month with you, but I was supposed to meet an old friend at Hayley's Cyberspace at three-thirty." Dr. Oliver said this with an hint of disappointment to his voice.

"Sorry," Kira said. "We tried not be late."

"I know, Kira, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway. I still would have to serve detention with Conner."

"Look, my car has been acting up. What was I supposed to do?"

"I could have given you a ride in my new SUV." Trent said.

"Dude, you got a new SUV?" Ethan said signalling for everyone to stop by placing an arm on Trent's chest.

They all looked at the White Ranger.

"For my grades this quarter. They've really inproved since I became good."

The others wore a look of 'yeah, we believe'. They started to walk, the class was only a few more doors down. As they entered the room, Tommy settled down his class and told the four rangers to have a seat. He started back on his lesson for the day.

This day was just getting better and better. First he had to go down to Randall's office to discuss the fact that it was his turn to serve detention. Now he had to cancel his plans for the afternoon. He only hoped his long time friend didn't mind that he would be an half hour late for their meeting.