Dislcaimer: I own nothing to do with the Power Rangers or the BTVS char that I used for this fic. It's not my toy box, I'm merely playing. I also don't own anything to do with X-men or Batman.
A/N: First off much thanks to moonlite-n-roses for introducing me to this fandom and discussing this piece with me. Thank you! This is supposed to take place just post the OO team-up 'Once a Ranger' and is before they send Bridge home. The pairings will eventually (as when the reduced get returned to their natural age) be Tori/Blake, Tommy/Hayley, Jason/Kim and Dustin/Cam. So warning slash and het, if either of those is going to bother you please don't read this fic.
Trick or Treat Wishes:
There was a tug on his pant leg, Adam looked down. Big hazel eyes topped with a mop of curls looked back up at him with little hands outstretched. Adam reach down, then settled the child on his hip.
"Hi," he greeted.
He got a toothy grin as a response.
"It's Dustin, right?" he asked.
The little boy shook his head. Adam frowned, he was almost certain that when Tommy was pointing out which little kid was which former ranger that the little boy in yellow with brown hair was Dustin.
"What's your name then?"
The little boy shrugged.
"I'm sure you know what you're name is," Adam encouraged with a smile.
"Um, Dude?" the little boy suggested.
"You think your name is Dude?"
The little boy grinned and shook his head yes.
"Hey Kira?" Adam asked, turning towards where she was supervising timeouts for four year old versions of Rocky and Conner, "Who's this?"
"That's Dustin," Kira informed him before she released the two boys and reminded them not to fight. They both raced over to where a three year old Ethan was flopped down watching TV.
"See Dustin," Adam smiled.
Dustin shook his head, "That's not my name."
"His name's Waldo, Stupid." Adam heard before he was kicked in the shin.
Adam hissed in pain, his grip on Dustin tightening in an attempt not to drop him.
"Shane!" Kira scolded, "We don't kick people."
Shane glared at Kira and then him, "Put my friend down."
"I don't want to be Waldo," Dustin wailed.
"That's why we call you Dustin," Shane explained.
"I like Dude better," Dustin suggested.
"Dustin, we can't call you dude because you call everyone else dude," Tori explained as she entered the room, "It'd just confuse us."
"Oh, okay," Dustin agreed, "Dustin's okay, I guess."
Tori shook her head with a hint of a smile before she informed Adam and Kira, "The girls are asleep."
Shane glanced up at Tori expectantly, then glared at Adam, "Put my friend down."
As Adam caught sight of Bridge he suggested, "I think Shane might need a nap too."
Bridge looked at him in alarm. That's when he noticed Hunter, Blake and Chip attempting to sneak around behind Bridge. Tori frowned. Kira ran a frustrated hand through her hair. Adam gave Bridge a sympathetic look and asked, "I thought they were taking a nap?"
"I tried," Bridge shrugged before his face wrinkled into a frown and his nose scrunched up as he looked at the three kids.
"You make no sense," Hunter informed Bridge, "I don't need a nap."
"Me either!" Chip agreed as he bounced on his toes.
"Me too," Blake agreed as he rubbed his eyes and yawned. Then he toddled over to Tori, wrapped his arms around her leg and buried his head into her jeans.
Tori looked down helplessly at her reduced to a three year old boyfriend, "We have to find a way to fix this."
"You're supposed to help. I thought you were our friend," Shane informed Tori.
"What's going on?" Hunter asked.
"That thing," Shane said pointing at Adam, "has Dustin and we have to rescue him."
Hunter blinked up at Adam, "Um, I don't think he's a bad guy."
"Shane," Tori said, "Adam's your friend."
Shane eyed her suspiciously, "Sure he is, that's why he's suddenly way taller than me and has my friend. The bad guys always grow big."
Hunter poked Shane, "I think that we were made small."
Shane frowned at this, then turned his glare onto Hunter, "But he's big and he has Dustin!"
"Dude," Dustin told Shane as he peered down at him, "I asked Adam to pick me up. I have to find Dr. O."
"Oh," Shane said.
"Besides I like feeling taller," Dustin nodded.
Tori gently pulled Blake away from her and knelt to look at Shane, "See, you're under a spell or something and we'll figure it out, but you have to trust us Shane."
Shane frowned and rubbed at his eyes, "I wanna be big again."
"I know," Tori told him sympathetically before she turned to Hunter, "Don't you think you could lay down for a bit? Blake's tired."
"I am not," Blake yawned before he swayed on his feet.
Tori whispered to Hunter, "And I don't think he's going to sleep unless you encourage it."
Hunter looked over his brother with a worried wrinkle to his brow. Then the four year old nodded and grabbed Blake's hand, "Come on, lets go lay down."
"I thought you said we didn't have to," Blake told him as he started to rub his eyes again.
"Think about it," Hunter told him, "We can kick Nick out of bed."
"Oh, okay, he's annoying, thinking this is all some silly dream he's going to wake up from," Blake nodded as he began to follow Hunter back to Tommy's bedroom, where they were told they could sleep.
Hunter turned and looked at Shane, "You coming?"
Shane glanced back up at Adam suspiciously before he asked Dustin, "Are you sure you're okay?"
Dustin bit his lip for a moment before nodding and saying, "Yeah, dude."
Shane nodded and began to follow Hunter and Blake.
"Me too! Me too!" Chip shouted as he took off after them.
Adam ran a hand through his hair and shook his head. Nobody had ever thought of him as an overgrown monster before, but he guessed he could see where Shane was coming from, after all the former red ranger had been reduced to a four year old. He turned and looked at the four year old in his arms and asked, "So Tommy?"
Dustin was busy looking around from his new vantage point on Adam's hip. At the question he turned and tilted his head, "Huh? What?"
"You said you wanted to see Doctor O.," Kira reminded gently.
"Oh yeah," Dustin smiled, then frowned looking worried, "I did something bad. I need to say I'm sorry."
As the four adults exchanged worried looks the front door opened and Xander walked in carrying bags of groceries. He smiled at them, "I've got easy to cook dinners."
Dustin's eyes lite up, "Food?"
"Oh no," Tori told him, "First you're talking to Tommy."
Dustin's face fell, "Oh yeah."
Tori reached out for Dustin, but Dustin hugged Adam close. Adam frowned, and attempted to loosen the grip on his neck. He turned to the other, "Bridge why don't you help Xander unload the groceries. Tori, I guess I have Dustin, could you make sure they don't really kick Nick onto the floor?"
Tori nodded before she headed towards the bedroom.
Adam turned to Kira, then indicated Rocky and Conner, "Could you keep an eye on them?"
"Yep," Kira sighed as she moved back into the living room to flop down into a chair with a full view of the three boys watching TV.
As Bridge and Xander headed out to the car to get the rest of the groceries Adam started down into the rebuilt Dino Thunder lair. He took in Hayley typing away at the keyboard, Cam at her right shoulder offering advice while Tommy stood with on hand on the back of her chair looking over her shoulder. Udonna was standing to the left a frown marring her face. They all glanced towards Adam as he descended the stairs. Udonna's face softened as she took in the youngster in his arms. Hayley and Tommy looked concerned, while Cam's lips were pressed tightly together.
Adam attempted a smile, "Dustin wanted to talk to Tommy."
Tommy nodded and started to step towards him when Hayley smirked and told them, "I've got it!"
Cam pulled his eyes away from Dustin, and turned to the screen, "Yes, that should be the surveillance video."
Tommy nodded to Adam, "After we watch this."
Adam nodded and stepped closer. Hayley pressed a few buttons and the video wavered to life. It showed; Shane, Dustin, Hunter, Blake, Conner, Ethan, Nick, Madison, Vida, Chip, Tommy, Rocky and Kim all sitting around the Dino Lair talking and getting to know each other.
Tommy frowned, "I don't see why we couldn't pull this up before."
Hayley frowned, "There was interference."
"Can you move it to when I went upstairs?" Tommy asked, then explained, "When I came back down they were all little."
Hayley nodded and forwarded the video till they saw Tommy get up and walk out.
"Who's that?" Cam asked as a woman stepped up to the crowd and all the former rangers tensed for a moment before they were they were suddenly children.
Hayley frowned, "I don't know, I'll rewind it and see if I can boost the audio."
The video started again from just before the woman showed up. They all clearly heard Chip say, "You know I wish I'd known all of you when we were younger, then we could've gone trick or treating together. That'd be fun."
The woman stepped forward, seemingly out of nowhere and told them, "Granted."
There was a brief moment when they saw the hideous look of the woman's face and Dustin whimpered, "She was way scary dude."
Udonna stepped closer to the screen, "Halfrek."
"What?" Tommy asked.
"She's a demon, grants wishes to suffering children," Udonna explained, "usually makes them suffer more."
"Oh," Tommy frowned.
Udonna nodded, "Give me an hour, I'll have her here and we'll fix this."
"But she's scary looking," Dustin whimpered.
"Hey," Adam reassured, "don't worry, it's so we can make you big again."
Udonna nodded and before anyone could ask her if she needed backup she was gone. Tommy frowned then turned to Adam holding Dustin. He patted Dustin on the arm, "See we'll fix this."
Dustin pouted, then bit his lower lip before he told Tommy in a whisper, "Dude I like got hungry and um I tried to eat your candy bar, but it was gross so I threw it away. I'm sorry."
Tommy frowned then looked at Hayley. Hayley shrugged, "I didn't bring over any candy."
"I don't have any, I don't think," Tommy said.
"It's nearly Halloween and you don't have any candy?" Cam asked in a disbelieving tone.
Tommy shrugged, "No one ever treks out this way. Why would I buy tons of candy that I'd have to eat on my own?"
"We need to figure out what he ate. The sooner we know the sooner we can cause poison control," Hayley rationalized.
"I spit it out," Dustin said.
"Where?" Adam asked.
"In the bathroom."
"The half bath or the full bath?" Tommy asked.
Dustin blinked looking confused, "I'm like four dude. I don't know."
"Did it have a tub in it or a shower?" Cam asked.
Adam and Tommy trekked upstairs Hayley and Cam on their heels. Cam went to help with the groceries and inform the others that they figured out why the other rangers had been reduced to children. The other three went on to the bathroom.
Hayley looked into the trash, "Dustin, that was a bar of soap."
"Oh, no wonder it was icky," Dustin nodded before he began to tear up, "I really am sorry I should've asked first, but I was like hungry dude."
"It's okay," Tommy told him as he reached out and took Dustin from Adam, "why don't you take a nap with the others?"
"No!" Dustin told him, "I don't want to sleep! This is fun, I don't want to miss any of this."
Tommy shrugged and started to put Dustin down, Dustin scrambled to keep a hold of him, "Dude no, I don't like being short."
Hayley eyed Dustin before she took him from Tommy, "You're going to want to be held constantly aren't you."
"Great, just great."