Now that Nano is almost over I have decided that I can take a break and write for something else. This plot bunny just would not die! I'm not sure how far this will go, if you guys want me to continue with it. It's a sequel to Code of a Ranger, but you don't have to read that one to get this one. Although, I would suggest it...otherwise you might be a little confused at first. I've tried to make sure none of the rules repeated, but that was a lot of rules to go through. Anyway, constructive comments are always appreciated, and suggestions /cough/ are more than welcome /cough/.
Disclaimer: I wish.
Jen stared through the reinforced glass at the leather bound book in amusement.
"What's that," asked her green haired friend.
Katie smiled and thumped him on the back. "That, my friend, is the work of an utter genius, and a man that just so happens to be your idol."
Trip grinned and pressed his face right up next to the glass like a kid in a candy store, his bright eyes sparkling with anticipation. "You mean Tommy Oliver? The greatest power ranger of all time?!?"
"Well, I don't know about 'the greatest of all time' but definitely one of the best." Jen had a hard time keeping the smirk off of her face as the museums curator reached inside the glass box and carefully removed the book. "These are his 'rules' of being a ranger. I don't think he ever meant for them to amount to anything, but you'd be surprised how many ranger teams took them to heart over the years."
She set the book down on the table and opened to the first page.
"Why does it start at 201," asked Trip as he took a seat next to her. "Why not start at 1?"
"There is another volume but its kept locked in the Time Force Archives, this one was found on an archaeological dig a few years ago and somehow fell into the hands of the museum instead of Time Force."
"Which is why we are here," said Katie with a sparkle in her eyes, "we're going to take it to headquarters and let them lock it away forever. But first we should check it out…you know make sure it's still completely intact…no pages missing…no fading with time…no jigsaws carved into the pages by hungry insects…"
"We get it Katie!" Jen shrugged as she bent over the page and started reading, "but sure, why not…"
201. There is to be no 'tricking out' of the zords! (They don't need racing strips or flames! Stop it!)
202. If you value your life, do NOT refer to Tommy and Kim as 'dad and mom'. (They aren't that old….yet…)
203. You do not go around trick-or-treating in your ranger outfit!!!! (Please, I should not have to explain this one!)
204. Famous last words: 'Trust me; I know what I'm doing.' (Conner did not know what he was doing and poor Kira had to walk around for weeks without eyebrows because Conner burnt them off.)
205. Introduce yourselves properly damn it! (Wes, you are not Luke Skywalker!)
206. Strip poker is henceforth forbidden on all secret ranger missions because…wait, who did you say was playing... (Tommy, your wife would like a word with you.)
207. You do not have to use an entire bottle of hair gel every morning. Frankly, the older rangers are tired of finding gobs of it in their helmets when they occasionally reprise their roles as rangers. (Rocky if I were you I would hide because Jason is looking for you.)
208. Surf boards are not Galaxy Gliders, they don't fly. (Andros!)
209. Stop hazing the newbies Jason! (It's not funny and Nick could have really been hurt! –Tommy)
210. Use your head in battle, if you die, you can't gloat.
211. "A monster ate my homework" is not a legitimate excuse! (Are you trying to blow our secret wide open?!?)
212. If you value your life at all, stop hiding Syd's stuffed elephant!
213. It's called a thesaurus, use it! (Wes gave Trip one for Christmas because the only word he seemed to know how to use to describe anything was "wow".)
214. Yes, the big blue dog talks, get over it Conner.
215. No, Hunter's gear doesn't come equipped with a blaster, but I wouldn't tease him about I if were you Cole. He does have a 'stick', and he knows how to use it.
216. Do not pick up shiny rocks!
217. If you're going to sneak on board a ship that is bound for outer space, it helps if you don't get caught before departure. (Just ask Leo!)
218. Do not go around quoting Star Trek! (Ashley regretted ever introducing Zhane to the wonders of earth's TV entertainment.)
219. If you can't remember something important, try standing upside down on your hands. (It worked for Bridge.)
220. "Wherever I May Roam" is not Tommy's theme song, stop playing it when he walks into the room. (Seriously Cole, he's giving you the evil eye.)
"Jennifer Scotts!" Jen's head snapped up at the sound of her Superior's voice calling to her from across the dimly lit room.
"Sir," she said as she quickly shut the book and scrambled to her feet.
"I thought I told you to take the book to headquarters."
"Yes, sir, we were just leaving." She saluted smartly and motioned to her friends to follow her as she made a bee line for the front door.
"That was close," breathed Trip when they stepped out into the crisp night air, the book slid into its protective casing and tucked securely under Jen's arm.
A mischievous grin spread across Katie's features as she glanced around for eavesdroppers. "Let's go to your place and look at it some more," she suggested to Jen. "I mean, there's no reason why we have to have it to the archives tonight. Beside," she shrugged, "the techs have probably all gone home for the night."
Jen shook her head, "I don't know Katie."
Katie slugged her in the shoulder, harder than she had intended, and blushed when Jen nearly toppled over into oncoming traffic. "Come on," she said gently, "Let's go."
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