Chapter 26: Not Happening Again Part II

(Last time on Bound Together)

The countdown has begun. Andros fears that the same thing will happen on Earth as he had happened on KO-35. Not just losing the planet…but losing Ashley. Making him worried that he would lose his wife and unborn child on the same day and if that was to happen, that it would just kill him.

(Now the Conclusion)

Andros watched as the others started to plan a way to stop Astronema's attack on Earth. However, he had faith that he could bring Karone back. So he slowly started to sneak away to get to the Dark Fortress.

Ashley felt Andros's presence moving away and looked up to see Andros walking away. She left the group and went to talk to him. She saw him getting ready to morph into his Battlizer armor. "Going somewhere?" She asked.

"Oh! Hey. I was just um…" he trailed off.

Ashley walked up to him. "Andros…you can't leave," she whispered. Andros looked at her to see the pain in her eyes.

"I have to try. I won't let the same thing happen again," he answered.

Ashley bit her lip feeling her heart get ripped into pieces as he started to walk away. He looked back and let out a sigh. "Look, if I don't see you again…" Ashley hurried over and pressed her fingers against his lips.

"I will see you again," she insisted.

Andros was silent for a minute. "Right," he answered. Ashley hugged him tight with tears threatening to fall down her face.

"I love you, Andros, son of Aldarico," she whispered.

Andros hugged her back. "I love you too, Adora, daughter of Alastair," he answered. Ashley closed her eyes hearing him call her by her birth name felt different…but it felt right. Andros pulled back and pressed his lips against hers in a quick kiss before walking away. Ashley wrapped her arms around herself and watched as he morphed and flew off towards the Dark Fortress.

When Ashley came back to the group, Cassie saw the stray tear that had fallen down her face. "Ashley?" Cassie called. The others looked up to see their Yellow Ranger distraught. Ashley sat down and they walked over to her. "Ashley what's going on? Where's Andros?" Cassie asked.

"H--He's gone," Ashley replied.

"Gone?" TJ asked.

Ashley nodded her head. "He went to the Dark Fortress," she replied.

"Why didn't you stop him?" Zhane asked.

Ashley looked up at Zhane. "Zhane, you have known Andros as long as I have. You know that I can't stop him when he makes up his mind," she pointed out. Zhane nodded his head and placed a hand on her shoulder.

"You sure you're up to fight tomorrow?" Carlos asked.

"Yes, just because I'm six weeks pregnant doesn't mean I'm not able to fight. I told Andros and I'll tell you, Alpha and I have created a device that will protect my baby," she replied.

Ashley stood up and let out a sigh. "I'm doing this," she added. They nodded knowing that they wouldn't be able to talk her out of it.

The next morning, Ashley listened to everyone claim they were the Power Rangers. "I can't believe this," she whispered. Carlos grabbed her hand.

"Come on," he insisted.

He got Ashley on top of the building. "HOLD IT RIGHT THERE!" Carlos shouted.

"We are the Power Rangers," TJ informed.

Ashley looked over at Zhane. "Ready?" TJ asked.

"LET'S ROCKET!" They shouted.

After their poses, Zhane looked up at Astronema. "You've gone too far Astronema," Zhane snapped.

"Alright Rangers, come here," Elgar sneered.

"Are you ready guys?" Zhane asked.

"RIGHT LET'S DO IT!" They shouted.

They jumped off the building and started to fight the quantrons to save their home.

(After the Fight)

Ashley looked up when a wave of gold light came her way. She looked down at herself and found herself back in her civilian form. A smile came across her face and she hugged Cassie with a laugh. They had won, Dark Specter was gone for good. However, as Ashley was smiling and hugging everyone, she couldn't help but worry, because she hadn't gotten word from Andros yet. Cassie pulled her aside just as she thought that. "Any word from Andros?" She asked.

"No…Cassie…I don't think he's coming back," Ashley replied her voice shaking a bit.

Cassie tried to comfort her, but then they heard a ship coming. They looked up to see that it was the Dark Fortress. "It's Astronema…she's won," Cassie informed. Ashley lowered her head sadly.

"Then that means…that Andros…" she trailed off.

Her hand on her stomach once again before she could finish the sentence. She looked up when the Dark Fortress opened and Andros came out with Astronema in his arms. "Andros!" Ashley gasped. She went to run up to him when she saw the distraught look on his face.

"I killed her, Ashley, I killed her," Andros told her.

Ashley looked at what looked like a lifeless body. She felt her heart break when he cried over his sister's lifeless body, but then her heart stopped when Astronema converted back to Karone. Karone opened her eyes. "K--Karone?" Andros stammered.

"Andros?" Karone asked.

She sat up and she looked around. "How did I get here?" She asked.

"That's a long story," Andros replied.

Ashley laughed slightly and ran over to Andros and Karone. She placed a hand on Karone's shoulder and hugged Andros with her free arm. "I knew we would see each other again," she murmured. Andros smiled and looked at Karone who smiled back.


After they got everything the other Rangers needed back on the ship, Cassie looked over at Andros and Ashley. "Are you sure you two don't want to come with us?" She asked. Ashley nodded her head and Andros wrapped his arm around her waist.

"Our place is here," Ashley replied.

She hugged her friends goodbye with a sad sigh. "But I'm going to miss you guys so much," she told them.

"He, we'll stay in touch," Carlos commented.

"Yeah, it's not like we're going to disappear," TJ agreed.

Cassie let Ashley go with a grin. "You take care of yourself, especially now," she instructed.

"Yes, ma'am," Ashley answered with a laugh.

Cassie laughed before she got on the ship with the others. Ashley stepped back beside Andros and held his hand. "You sure you want to stay?" Andros asked. Ashley looked over at him.

"Andros, even if I didn't want to but I have to. I'm your wife and we've planned on staying here and taking our place as Emperor and Empress as KO-35," she pointed out.

Andros wrapped his arm around Ashley's waist and kissed her. "I love you, Adora," he told her. Ashley giggled and pressed her forehead against his.

"I love you too Andros," she answered.

(Thirty-Four Weeks Later)

Ashley was sitting up in her hospital bed and smiled as Andros was walking back and forth with a bundle in his arms. "What do you want to name him?" She asked. Andros looked up from his sleeping son and looked at Ashley.

"I'm not sure, up to you," he replied.

He walked over and sat next to her. Ashley smiled as she looked at their little second chance that was asleep in his arms. "Alastair after my father," she answered. Andros smiled and nodded.

"Alastair it is," he agreed.

"Then our next son we'll name him Aldarico," she put in.

"Sounds good to me."

Andros kissed her cheek. "I love you," he murmured.

"I love you too," she answered.

(Preview to Sequel)

Andros watched as Ashley came down the stairs. "Ashley, what are you doing?" He asked.

"I'm leaving," she replied.

"What? Why?" He asked.

Ashley set her bag down and looked at him. "I'm eighteen-years-old and I feel like I'm forty-eight-years-old. I have no life, Andros. It's all been planned out for me," she replied.

"You wanted to stay on KO-35," he pointed out.

"I know and I know this is my home and everything, but Andros. I feel like I need something more."

Andros was stunned by her words as she turn to leave. "Ashley, you have a duty here as a wife and a mother," he insisted. Ashley stopped and looked at Andros.

"I need time to myself, Andros," she answered.

She let out a sigh as she opened the door and left. Andros stood there like an idiot not sure of what to do.

Title: What Hurts the Most

Genre: Romance and Drama

Story due: August 22, 2006