Challenge: Conner and Kira
Series Presented By: Pink-Green-White-4ever
Last Revised: February 19, 2006
Oh the realizations that come during a crisis…
Disclaimer: I don't own them, wish I did.
Rating: T, for now
An: Done in response to the Ars Amatoria's Ranger Romance Themes Challenge. Yes, I know these two weren't a Canon Couple, but I liked them way too much to pass this up. The first 20 stories are set during Dino Thunder, the second 20 are after and will be mostly AU (I'm not gonna touch on the DT/SPD team up at all).
Trent's turned. I can't help but feel my heart start to break. He's working for Mesogog, he's against us – which means we either have to turn him back to our side or destroy him. Destroying him isn't something I want to do, but I can see where Ethan and Conner are coming from. What's worse, I can see how angry Conner is by all of this. He and Trent haven't exactly gotten along to begin with, but this only makes it worse.
I can't help by feel a tugging sensation watching Conner storm out the lair after blowing up at Ethan. He's pissed, you can see that on his face, but more than that he's hurt, and I don't know why.
"I'd give him some space," Ethan mutters as I stop next to him.
Ethan gives me a look that I can't even begin to understand. "You really don't know, do you?"
"What?" I cry out, my anger starting to swell.
"Conner has feelings for you. This whole thing with Trent is killing him, and here you are being starry eyed and hopeful for a guy who fossilized Dr. O and then proceeded to kick all of our asses several times over. You do the math."
I'm staring at Ethan like he's suddenly grown two extra heads and several extra arms. I could have sworn he just said Conner has feelings for me beyond friendship. "Don't look so shocked, Kira," Ethan starts. "He likes that you challenge him to be more than what any of us think he's capable of."
"He's never said anything!" I retort, trying to makes sense of all of this new information.
"Because he doesn't want to screw up what you already have, and he knows you like Trent."
I'm in shock, I will readily admit that. Conner McKnight, King of All Jocks, likes me. "You've got to be kidding!"
My conversation with Trent from a week ago has just come back to bite me. 'Oh Damn' I think to myself.
"Would I kid about this? Trent's not the only one under a spell, Conner's been under yours for a while, Superstar, you've just been too busy to notice."
I completely ignore everything around me and head outside. I watch in horror as Conner kicks a tree, snapping it in two, before dropping to the ground. He looks so defeated and that makes me ache.
"Conner." His name escapes my lips before I can really process what's happening around me.
"Go away, Kira. I don't want to talk."
"Conner." I can't help but sit close to him, my defenses are crumbling, just like I can see his are.
"Kira, it's not a good time."
My voice wavers as I speak the first thing that comes to mind. "I'm scared." Admitting that to Conner is one of the hardest things I've ever done. I'm staring at my Dino Gem because I can't look into his eyes and see the hurt I know is there and I don't want him to see the confusion I'm feeling.
I have to get this off my chest before I chicken out. "I'm scared for him, and what this is doing to him, but I'm mostly scared for us. He knows who we are, and that's an advantage for him."
I know my voice is trembling, but I can't help it. I've got a mix of emotions rushing through me, and I'm so confused but I know one thing – I don't want to loose whatever I have with Conner.
When his arm wraps around me, I'm startled. I can't help but lay my head on his shoulder, and wind my arms around his waist. For a few seconds we're like that, and then I turn my face to his shoulder, trying to hide the tears. He's my best friend next to Ethan, but he's the only person other than my parents I've ever been completely comfortable letting go in front of.
Kira, we've been through a lot of weird and dangerous things the last couple of months. If there's anything I've learned, it's that when we work together, nothing's impossible for us. This is not a hopeless fight."
Leave it to Conner to tell me exactly what I need to hear to sooth my fears. It's not often I freak out, but he always seems to be there to sooth and calm me when I do lately. His next comment startles and confuses me, considering I know how he's feeling about all of this. "We're going to help him until we run out of options, ok?"
"Thank you," I murmur, silently adding, 'For being the man I knew you were.'
When Conner leans his head against mine, I feel torn. I have feelings for Trent, strong feelings, but I've got feelings for Conner too. I'm scared to ruin whatever Conner and I have, so I know I can't tell him, at least not yet.
Ethan was wrong about one thing – Trent an Conner aren't the only ones spellbound, so am I.