RED POISON

DISCLAIMER/AUTHOR'S NOTE

Inspired by "The Coins" written by KSuzie who has given me permission to use the concept. Power Rangers belongs to Haim Saban, Fox Kids, and Disney. Takes place after "Two For One".

As Zedd's latest monster disintegrated into dust, the Red Ranger's eyes clouded from underneath the helmet. Yeah, it was great to have his bro back, but why had he been demoted? Hadn't Zordon said that he was a fine leader? So what had changed his mind? Seconds later, they demorphed and returned to the Command Center to catch their breaths.

"Tommy man, you were morphinominal!" Zack raved. Billy, Trini, and Kimberly made similar statements.

"Yeah, man. It was simply awesome," Jason added. I can't believe this. They're all acting as if he was always the leader. Do they think I wouldn't have been able to do it? he wondered, Tommy shot him a grateful smile, seemingly unaware of his discontent. However, it became clear that this wasn't the case when he pulled his friend away from the group and into a corner of the Command Center away from the others.

"What was that all about?" Kimberly wondered.

"I don't know," Trini answered as she and the others shrugged.

"What's up?" Jason asked.

"That's what I want to know," Tommy responded. "Is everything okay between us? I mean, ever since I got back, it just feels like things have been different," Tommy continued. Jason inwardly sighed. "Is-is it something I did?"

"Tommy-"

"Is this about me being the leader? Because Jase, I swear, I had no idea-"

"I know. I don't blame you."

"So, what's going on?" Jason looked at Tommy whose chocolate eyes stared at him worriedly.

"It's nothing. I'm just tired, Bro. The fight took a lot out of me," he finally said. Tommy could've smacked himself. Of course Jason was feeling spacey! He had taken a hit to the head and the chest.

"Aw, man! I totally forgot!" he exclaimed.

"Hey, it's okay. I'm fine," his friend assured, realizing what the other boy was talking about. He flashed a smile, and then they rejoined their friends and then teleported back to Angel Grove. As the other Rangers chattered, Jason's eyes clouded as he once again tried to figure out why he had been regulated to second in command. Up on the moon, Zedd cackled in delight.

"How delightful! The Red Ranger is jealous of his returning companion!" he celebrated.

"If we take control of his jealousy, it could destroy the Rangers," Goldar added.

"Precisely!" Zedd stated.

"Hey, let's go the Ernie's. I feel like a smoothie," Kimberly said.

"Funny. You don't look like one," Zack joked. Kimberly shot him a mock glare as the others laughed.

"Hey, Jase! You comin'?" Trini questioned.

"No, I've got some stuff to do at home. I'll catch you guys later," Jason responded.

"Okay," they said. "Bye."

"See ya." With that, the friends parted ways. Jason sighed and continued on his way. Unnoticed by anyone on Earth, a vortex suddenly appeared.

"What in the galaxy?" Zedd asked in confusion. He hadn't opened anything up. What's going on down there? he wondered. However, he made no attempts to assault the portal. Jason walked along the park, when suddenly, he felt himself being pulled upward.

"WHOA!" When he landed again, he was surprised to find himself in Angel Grove. However, there was one little change: it was now early morning.