AN: This is the beginning of a series of flashbacks, telling about what happened with Tommy and Kat between Turbo and Dino Thunder. There is also some Conner/Kira in this chapter. This chapter also contains a bit of fluff. (Oh, who am I kidding? A lot of fluff!) I apologize if it is too much fluff. I didn't mean for it to turn out that way, it just sorta happened.
Tommy was waiting at the airport for nearly an hour and a half now. He hadn't wanted to be late and therefore arrived long before he had needed too. Thankfully, his wait came to an end when he spotted her coming down the escalator, her luggage in hand. She got to the bottom and looked around for a bit before she spotted him walking towards her, and she immediately began to walk in his direction.
She couldn't take it anymore. As soon as he was in grabbing distance, she dropped her luggage and jumped into his arms, wrapping her arms around his neck and her legs around his waist and burying her face into his shoulder, taking in the scent of him. He instinctively wrapped his arms around her and pulled her as close to him as he could, as if he was going to lose her if he loosened his grip on her even slightly. They stood there like that for about half a minute, ignoring the looks from passersby. He could hear her crying lightly into his shoulder and felt her warm tears dampen his shirt. He hoped they were tears of joy, but before he could ask, she pulled her head back to stare him in the face, her brilliantly blue eyes like overflowing pools of water. After looking at him for what seemed like eternity, she kissed him.
She let her legs fall from his waist and back to the ground, but never released him from her kiss. She held onto him with all her might, and he did the same.
They eventually had to pull away for air, so they stood there in each others arms, taking in breath after breath, staring into each others eyes, his arms around her waist, hers around his neck. He smiled after a moment or two as he leaned in and kissed her gently on the lips, and though his kiss was not as passionate as the one they had shared only a moment ago, it did not lack in feeling. He could feel her smiling, too, as she kissed him back, before pulling away.
"I've missed you so much," Kat said finally, breaking the silence between them.
He wiped away a tear that had fallen down her cheek, "I've missed you, too."
She looked as if she might cry again, before her eyes wandered to his hair. Her mouth dropped, "Oh, my God!" she ran her fingers through his short, spiky hair, "You cut your hair!"
He laughed, "I was wondering how long it'd take you to notice."
"When did you do this?" She said, unable to stop her hands from feeling his hair all the way back to his fleshy neck, which was not covered by his normally long hair. She could never do that before!
He could feel the goose bumps on his arms and neck and it gave him a chill; a good chill. "I got it cut yesterday. I wanted to surprise you."
"I'm surprised!" she said, still running her fingers through his hair.
"Do you like it?" He sounded almost worried by what she might say, as if he might have disappointed her, and this made her gaze fall from his hair to his face.
"Are you kidding?" she brought her hands down and cupped his face like a mother would a child and gave him a reassuring smile, "I love it!" and with that she gave him a quick kiss on the lips and smiled.
He looked almost bashful, but shook it off as he helped her pick up her luggage.
Conner paced back and forth in the lab. What could he do? He, Ethan, and Kira had returned to the lab with coffee and found their high school science teacher practically passed out and holding the hand of the woman they had only just met yesterday who just happened to be a retired Power Ranger and their teacher's old flame from years ago. Oh, and she was having the life sucked out of her by an 8-year-old morpher from her Ranger days! He was beginning to feel like he was in some sort of super-powered soap opera or something. The worst part was he felt completely helpless. At least Ethan, being the computer nerd that he was, was trying to help. He had taken up residence at another computer and was searching for a way to save not only Kat's life, but now Tommy's life as well.
He took a deep breath. This sucked! Why couldn't he be good at anything other than soccer? He knew he was good at other things, too, but he didn't let himself remember any of those things because none of them could help Tommy or Kat, and none of them made him feel any better about himself at the moment. He knew what people thought of him. He was just some dumb jock with no real skills. He didn't even know if he deserved to be a Power Ranger, much less the leader. Maybe it was just luck?
Conner mentally punched himself. 'Stop getting down on yourself, damn it!' he thought, 'It isn't going to help, and it's only making you feel worse.'
He noticed Kira biting her nails as she stared at Tommy and Kat and he knew she was feeling the same thing he was. She noticed him staring at her and gave him a 'what are you looking at?' sort of look. "What?" she sounded annoyed.
He shook his head, "Nothing."
"Then stop staring at me," she said, and went back to biting her nails.
He went to sit down by her; she glared at him as he did so, making him almost reconsider it, but he decided to ignore her and sat down anyway. "How're you doing?" he asked finally.
"Don't do that."
"Treat me like some fragile little girl, okay?" she said, staring him down.
"I'm not." He said simply, ignoring her attempts to intimidate him. She looked away from him, but he found himself unable to look away from her. He could only see her profile now, her beautiful nose, her soft skin, her perfect lips. He felt his heart tug in her direction and quickly turned his head away from her, coughing as he did so.
"What now?" she asked, turning to face him again.
"Nothing," he replied. This time he was looking away from her, "I just can't sit here, that's all." He got back on his feet and went back to pacing.
And that's how it went: Conner continued to pace, Kira continued to bite her nails, and Hayley and Ethan continued to type away on their computers.
And then she did it, that brilliant redhead. She made some sort of sound that, in her own way, was some sort of victory shout. Ethan leaned over to look at her screen while Conner and Kira rushed to her side. "What is it?!" Kira asked urgently.
"I think I might have found a cure," Hayley replied, "But you're going to have to go and get it."
It was 6:43 in the morning and Tommy watched Kat as she slept in his arms, their naked bodies wrapped together in a loving embrace. Her skin was as smooth as silk and was always soft to the touch, no matter where his fingers roamed. Her blonde hair framed her facial features and he thought she looked like an angel. He loved to watch her sleep, his only regret that he could not see her beautiful blue eyes. He laid there for several minutes watching her before she began to stir. She gave a slight moan before her eyes fluttered open to look into his.
She smiled. "Good morning," she said sleepily, adjusting herself so she could see him better.
"Good morning," he replied, kissing her on the nose, to which she could only smile.
"How long have you been up?" she asked.
"Oh, about a half hour or so," he told her, not taking his eyes off of her.
"Aw, why didn't you wake me? I could have kept you company."
He shrugged, "I didn't want to wake you. You looked so peaceful."
"You are entirely too kind." She said jokingly.
"I know." He said with a smile, "And modest, too." She laughed.
"So," Kat said, snuggling closer to him, "how long will you be gone with Dr. Mercer?"
"I'm not really sure. He said it could be anywhere from six months to a year."
She put her hand up and traced the frame of his face with her fingers, "I don't know how I can live without you for that long. It was hard enough only getting to see you every couple of months, and now that I'm moving back to Angel Grove for good, you're leaving for a year." She rested her palm on his cheek, "I don't want to let you go."
He pulled her closer to him until there was no space between them and kissed her forehead, "I know. It's hard for me, too. After this research trip is done with, I will come back and I will never leave you again."
"Do you promise?"
He leaned in and kissed her, rolling her over so that he was laying on top of her, their lips still attached in a passionate kiss. He finally pulled away, but kept his face within inches of hers. They stared into each others' eyes, "I promise." He said, and with those words he leaned in and kissed her again.
It would be a couple hours before they left the comfort of Tommy's bed to face the rest of the day...
...but only Terence Smith was counting the minutes.
AN: I'm sorry it took me so long to get this chapter up, but I've been busy with school. I'm also sorry it's not really long. I had hoped it would have been longer, especially since it took me so long to get it up. I thought you guys deserve something lengthy for the long wait, but it just didn't work out that way. But you get some Tommy/Kat fluff, so that's all good, yeah? I hope so. Lol! I also hope it's not too fluffy. Too much fluff can make a person sick, but this chapter needed it, as the next one won't have much fluff at all. Oh, and I hope the ending worked. I thought I should end on a sort of ominous tone. Heeheehee.
I better shut up now before I reveal too much. Okay, well, leave me a review and lemme know what'cha think. =)