Hidden Smiles

Disclaimer: I don't own the Power Rangers

The sky was an endless expanse of gray, not a speck of blue or gold could be seen. Rain fell in gentle sheets, but that did not deter the lone figure trekking through the forest from completing the journey. Yet astute brown eyes peeking out from the cerulean hoodie noted that rather dull the world, every single one of Mother Nature's children seemed to be more vibrant, alive with color.

A pair of full lips tilted upward ever so slightly, as those eyes absorbed their surroundings. Destination reached, the figure sat on the edge of a rocky overhang. Slim hands reached up and threw the hoodie back revealing a young woman nearing her twenties.

Madison Rocca threw her head back and outstretched her arms, embracing the rain. Despite no longer being a wizard who was bonded to water magic, she loved the rain nonetheless. Maddie leaned over the pass and peered through her rain-soaked bangs at the curves and bends of the seemingly endless highway before her. Her heart lurched as a lean, slightly muscular figure with a dark tan, a carefree smile and beautiful, yet startling green eyes swam before her mind's eye. Nick….

Hearing footsteps, Maddie's head swiveled, enabling her to look over her shoulder. She pasted on a smile at the sight of one of her best friends approaching and hoped beyond hope that her tears would blend in with the now pouring rain.

Xander Bly dropped down next to Maddie and slung an arm around her shoulders in a brotherly fashion as he constantly found himself doing these days. He took one look at her and immediately frowned. "Fake," he announced. "That smile of yours is faker than a Barbie dolls." The effect was almost instantaneous. Maddie glared at him. "That's better!" He replied cheerfully.

She rolled her eyes and gently elbowed him in the ribs. "Now, now, that's not very ladylike," He playfully admonished.

Maddie sighed and gave him a small grin, exasperation clinging to it. "Satisfied?" She asked.

Xander nodded. "It's not good to see you frowning. It's much better for your soul if you keep smiling."

"Hanging around Clare again, have we?" Maddie asked, eyebrow arched. She laughed as her friend blushed. "So, when are you going to ask her out?"

He squirmed a bit, prompting the girl next to him to start teasing him. "Oh my, what's this? Xander Bly, the Xander Bly is shy? Why I thought I'd never see the day."

"Sh-sh-shut up Madison!" He spluttered, only using her full first name when upset with her.

Forcing her giggles to subside, she quieted. However, her lovely face still sported a huge grin. Noticing that Xander was silently studying her, she turned to look at him, the grin melting into a quizzical frown. "What's up?" She asked.

Xander grinned. "I was right," he said quietly.

More confusion. "Right about what?"

"Your smile," he began. "It still lingers, even if it's not always on your face. It's there, just a trace, but there's a smile in your eyes."

Maddie laughed. "I guess I should make it a point to smile more often huh?" She rested her head against his shoulder.

Xander nodded. "I bet he'd like that."

Just a drabble that wouldn't leave me alone.