Turn Right
Chapter 1: Starting Line
By: Pink-Green-White-4ever
Series Started: August 6, 2009
Chapter Last Revised: August 7, 2009

Summary: Summer ponders the newest addition to the Ranger Series program and the interesting adventure she knows is about to begin.
Rating: T
Setting: Post "The Road To Corinth" and "Fade To Black"
Ship: If you have been watching RPM, you should know :)

AN: I personally believe there's more going on behind the scenes of RPM then we get to see each episode. This story is my interpretation of what was going on between the Rangers, how they were living their lives when Venjix wasn't attacking, and how some people got as close as they did.

Dedication: Enigmaforum, dearest little sister. Thank you sooo much for the song that inspired my PR muse to get back on her horse and try again. This story is all for you! Shawn, Ang, and Rapunzl – I love you dearly, thank you for the love and support.

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Pick up all your tears
Throw 'em in your backseat
Leave without a second glance
Somehow I'm to blame
For this never-ending racetrack you call life

Turn right
Into my arms
Turn right
You won't be alone
You might
Fall off this track sometimes
Hope to see you on the finish line

Driving all your friends
At a speed they cannot follow
Soon you will be on your own
Somehow I'm to blame
For this never-ending racetrack you call life

Turn right (turn right)
Into my arms
Turn right (turn right)
You won't be alone
You might (you might)
Fall off this track sometimes
Hope to see you at the finish line

I did all I could
And I gave
Everything
But you had to go your way
And that road was not for me

Turn right
Into my arms
Turn right
You won't be alone
You might (you might)
Fall off this track sometimes
Hope to see you at the finish line
-- Turn Right, Jonas Brothers --

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"Can I ask you a question?"

"Let's hear it."

"Do you have to work really hard at the whole brooding, bad boy thing? Like seriously, do you get up and practice every morning in front of the mirror? I'm Summer."

"Dillon. You can call me Dillon."

"And can I ask you another question Dil…"

"Look, I'm telling you people the truth. I don't know who I am or where I came from…"

"I don't care where you came from. I wanna know where you're going. Nice meeting you, Dillon."

-- Summer and Dillon, Fade To Black

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Snarky. Not just smug, not just sarcastic. SNARKY. That's the one word that's coming to mind at the moment as I stare down at the newest member of the Ranger Series program as he sits, chained to a chair. Snarky. Pick his own color? What the heck does he think this is a democracy? The only reason he's getting out of here is because I somehow managed to talk Scott and Flynn into not thinking I was nuts for suggesting it. But damn it, we NEED him. He's got what it takes, I can feel it. We haven't put him through any of the testing yet, but deep down, I see a man who's searching to prove himself.

I also see a man in desperate need of friends. Despite his aloof behavior, he still saved that Ziggy guy from the other prisoners. He didn't have to, he just did. He stuck his neck out for someone he barely knows. Deep down inside the 'bad boy', there's a heart. He may not want anyone to see it, but if he didn't at the very least like Ziggy, he'd have never have saved him.

Scott, Flynn and I have followed the rules from day one. We've worked hard to make the Ranger Series program a success. But we can't do it alone anymore. Venjix is attacking with, pardon the pun, a vengeance that's going to require we finally add more people to the team. It was inevitable. I know Scott, and by extension Flynn, never thought of someone like Dillon being right for the team, but he's got just enough of an edge to him that I can see he's going to be right at home with us once he gets settled. Every team before us had at least one Ranger who never followed the rules, and I get the distinct feeling Dillon's going to be ours.

Besides, he was thinking like a Ranger before we'd even been properly introduced. Only a crazy person would try and help out a spandex wearing superhero at their own peril. Despite what the Colonel says, it doesn't matter to me that he's got internal Venjix hardware; my instincts say we can trust him.

"Let's get you back into your clothes, then you can come home with us," I finally spoke up, nodding to the guards to unchain him. I can't help but smirk when Scott tosses his clothes at him. The orange jump suit is cute, but definitely NOT his color. Of course, I'm not about to flatter his ego after the comment he made about me wearing yellow, the jerk.

"Is that an offer to help?" he cheekily replies, smiling up at me.

I can't help but laugh and shake my head while Flynn holds Scott back. Stepping forward, I lean my palms against the table and stare at him. "You wish," I whisper, looking directly into those dark eyes. "Get dressed, pretty boy. We'll be waiting for you downstairs." With that, I spin on my heel and march out of the room, leaving the boys in my wake.

Flynn and Scott are teasing him even as they exit the cell behind me – Flynn heading back to the garage while Scott and I head down to sign the paperwork to get Dillon out of here. I smile to myself. It's going to be interesting to see what Dillon does with his new lease on life, and whether or not he's going to be able to hack being a Ranger.

Of course, the fact that he's total eye candy isn't a half bad reason for me to keep my eyes on how he turns out either.