Disclaimer: Power Rangers and the elements therein belong to Disney. "Face Down" belongs to Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
Summary: Madison and Ben have been a seemingly happy couple for weeks. Everyone comments on how cute they look together…..well, almost everyone. But what really goes on when no one else is around?
Note: Well, I've got one story with Ben being an awesome guy (Almost Perfect); let's see what he looks like as something else.
Timeline: Not sure where in the series I want this to fall under. Obviously, it's after Rock Solid. Other than that, I'm totally unsure, heh. I guess it takes place any time after Dark Wish, since there is mention of Legend Mode.
girl you know you drive me crazy
one look puts the rhythm in my hand.
Still I'll never understand why you hang around
I see what's going down.
Nick stood by the back shelves in The Rockporium, watching Madison walk around the store with her camera held out in front of her. He smiled slightly as she seemed to float around the room filming each of her friends. She slowly turned towards the back and smiled when she caught sight of Nick.
"Oh, no," Nick groaned playfully as she approached him.
"Smile for the camera," she said, giggling as Nick tried to cover his face with a CD case. "Come on, Nick," she said, grabbing at the case in his hand as she tried to get a shot of his face. The two erupted into a sort of game as he tried to duck and cover his face and she kept pointing the camera at him. She finally cornered him against the shelf as they continued their game, both laughing uncontrollably.
"Madison," a voice called out to her. Madison stopped and looked over to see Ben standing at the front of the store. Nick's smiling face and happy demeanor quickly disappeared. Madison smiled as she stepped away from Nick and walked over to Ben.
"Hey," she said, throwing her arms around his neck and giving him a quick kiss on the lips. Nick sighed and went back to restocking shelves, as he had been doing before getting distracted by watching Madison. Ben took hold of her elbow as the two walked over to the counter. "What's up?" She asked.
"What was that?" Ben asked.
"What was what?" Madison replied. She jumped slightly when she felt Ben's fingers tighten around her arm.
"You know what," he hissed. "You were all over Nick," Madison stared at Ben with wide eyes, not understanding what was going on.
"Nick's my friend," she said. "We were just playing around,"
"You were flirting with him,"
"No, no, I swear," Madison swore. Ben's grip on her arm slowly loosened. Madison pulled her arm back, softly rubbing the spot he had been holding tightly. She looked up at him and was surprised to see his hard glaring face replaced by his previous loving gaze.
"I'm sorry," he said. He gently pulled her to him and hugged her. He pulled back and gently held her chin between his thumb and forefinger. "It's just that I get jealous sometimes," he told her. "I mean, I saw you two together and I thought-" Madison shook her head lightly.
"You have nothing to worry about," she told him. "I promise." Ben smiled and kissed her gently.
"Well, listen; I'm meeting the guys at the park for some touch football,"
"Oh, are we still going out tonight?" She asked. Ben nodded.
"Of course," he said. "Nothing could keep me from going out with you tonight," he said, planting a gentle kiss against her cheek, causing Madison to giggle gently. "I was just wondering if we could meet at the restaurant instead."
"Of course," Madison said. "I'll just get Vida to drive me there," she said. Ben let go of her chin and held her hand gently, bringing her hand up and kissing the back of her palm.
"Great, see you at 7," he said before leaving. Madison grinned from ear to ear and practically skipped over to where her sister stood by the turntables. Nick sighed and shook his head as he went to stock some shelves where Xander and Chip stood.
"Madison looks really happy, doesn't she?" Xander asked.
"Yeah," Chip said, happy that his longtime friend was happy as he watched her gush with her sister who simply listened as her sister went on happily.
"I don't like that guy," Nick blurted out. Xander and Chip turned and looked at him.
"What?" Chip asked.
"Ben, I don't like him," Nick said. "He just…..gives me a bad vibe,"
"Bad vibe?" Xander asked, raising an eyebrow at his friend in red. Before anyone could reply, they heard the familiar chime of their cell phones. Nick, Xander and Chip looked over to the girls and saw them giving them the same look. The look that said 'time to go'. The five of them rushed out the door shouting a '"be back in a bit" to their boss as they left.
The five teenagers and Daggeron had fought an unusually tough monster. Even in Legend Mode, the enemy seemed to overpower them. But in the end, after a long battle, they persevered.
"Man, that fight was horrendous," Xander groaned as he slumped onto one of the chairs in Rootcore.
"Good job, rangers," Daggeron said, putting a hand on Chip and Nick's shoulders since they were standing near him. "You fought strong and persisted,"
"Ugh, can you tell that to my head? Cause right now, all I'm getting is 'pain, pain, pain'," Vida groaned. Madison nodded, agreeing with her sister as she leaned against Vida's shoulder before bolting upright suddenly.
"What time is it?" She asked.
"Time for a heating pad and large amounts of aspirin," Xander groaned.
"I'm serious," Madison said. Nick checked his watch.
"6:45, why?" He asked. Madison shrieked lightly in response, jumping to her feet.
"I'm going to be late!" She said before running out of Rootcore. The others all looked at each other, confused by what had just happened. "Vida!" Madison yelled from outside.
"I guess that's my cue to leave," Vida said as she got up from her spot on the floor. "See you guys," she said before leaving Rootcore.
As soon as Madison and Vida got home, Madison rushed up the stairs to get ready for her date with Ben. Even though she rushed as much as she could, she wasn't able to finish until 7:15. Vida drove Madison to the restaurant where they saw Ben waiting outside.
"Man, I can't believe I'm so late," Madison sighed.
"Hey, the guy's crazy about you, as soon as he sees you he'll forget all about time," she said, giving her sister a smile. Madison smiled and climbed out of the car, waving her sister goodbye as Vida drove home. Madison jogged towards Ben as fast as her shoes would allow.
"I'm so sorry I'm late," she said as she reached Ben, kissing him on the cheek.
"Where were you?" He asked.
"I'm so sorry, Toby asked me to close up the shop tonight," she said. Ben's eyes narrowed as he glared at him.
"You were with him, weren't you?" Ben asked. Madison looked at him.
"Who? Ben, I wasn't with anyone. I had to stay late at the store and then go home and get ready," she said.
"You're lying," Ben growled. He fiercely grabbed her arm and pulled her away from the restaurant to an empty part of the street. "Don't lie to me,"
"I'm not lying," Madison said, stumbling slightly from having to walk so briskly with her shoes. "Ben, you're hurting my arm," she said, trying to pry his fingers off her arm. "Why don't we just go in the restaurant, have a nice dinner, and just forget about this?" Her heel caught on an uneven part of the sidewalk as Ben kept pulling her along and she fell, her arm slipping out of Ben's grasp as her cheek slammed into the sidewalk. "Ow," Madison said. She slowly pushed herself up into a sitting position. She felt a stinging on her cheek as she pulled her arm up and saw she had skinned the back of her arm as she fell.
"Get up," Ben ordered. Madison looked up at him.
"Ben, will you stop it?" She pleaded. "God, you made me fall down," she muttered, looking at her arm. She nearly shrieked when she felt Ben grab her by her shoulders and yank her to her feet.
"What did you say to me?" He demanded. Madison looked at him and saw the same hard glare from earlier that day. The look seemed to scare her more than any monster that crawled out from the Darkness.
"I…I'm sorry, I didn't mean that," she stammered. "Can we please just go and enjoy our date?" She asked.
"What date?" Ben said. "You ruined it. You ruin everything, Madison," he sneered. Before Madison had time to defend herself in anyway, she felt Ben's hand fly across her already sore cheek. Madison gasped and stumped away from him, staring at him with scared eyes as she held her hand over her cheek. She looked down as tears collected in her eyes.
"Oh….Oh god, Madison," she heard Ben whispered. "I…I'm so sorry," she looked up and saw the hateful gleam had vanished from his eyes. He went to pull her into a hug but Madison quickly stepped away.
"No," she said. "No, don't you dare," she said.
"Madison, I…I didn't mean to hit you," he said.
"I want to go home," she said, not bringing herself to look at him. Ben gave her a shaky nod.
"Okay," he said. "I'll drive you home," he went and gently took hold of her arm to lead her to where he parked his car. Madison snatched her arm away from him and simply followed him to the car. He opened the passenger side door for her and put a hand on the small of her back as she slid in. Madison gave him a cold tear-filled stare and he quickly pulled his hand back before going over to the driver's side. The drive to Madison's house was in complete silence. Madison tilted her body towards the passenger door and stared out the window while Ben occasionally glanced at her. When he finally pulled up to the house, he shut off the car and reached over to her, stroking his hand against her dark hair. "I'm so sorry," he said. "I..." Madison quickly opened the door and slammed it shut behind her as she left the car and walked to her house. She entered the house, not even bothering to look if he was still there.
"Maddie? What are you doing back so soon?" Madison turned towards the living room where she saw Vida sprawled on the couch watching TV. "Oh my god," she said, catching sight of her sister. "What happened?" Madison swallowed back her tears as she lightly touched her cheek. The skin seemed to burn under her touch as it felt raw and chafed.
"I….I fell," she said, her voice small and meek. Vida shut off the TV and walked to her. Madison blinked and put on a tight smile. "I'm such a klutz," she said. "After you left, I was walking over to Ben and my heel slipped on the curb, I did a total face plant," she said. Her insides burned at the lie but a part of her was ashamed to tell her sister what had actually happened. Vida gently took hold of Madison's chin and turned her face to get a better look of her cheek.
"Yeesh," she said sympathetically. She lifted Madison's wounded arm and saw her injuries there as well. "That must've been some fall," she said.
"Yeah," she said. Vida put an arm around her sister's shoulders.
"Come on, let's get you cleaned up," she said as she led Madison to the bathroom.