ON FINS AND NEEDLES II

AUTHOR'S NOTE/DISCLAIMER

This is a retooling of "Best Man For The Job", though some things are taken from the ep "On Fins And Needles". Obviously if the Rangers are in Australia, there's not going to be a school election. Power Rangers belongs to Haim Saban and Nickelodeon I only own the subplots. The beginning part is taken from the Season 3 episode "A Different Shade Of Pink Pt 1". And when I reach the episodes, I'll revise "A Different Shade Of Power" to add in what I put in these last eps. I just realized that I completely ignored Curtis and Richie in "The Return Of The Green Ranger", which I so did not mean to do. Sorry! I got the information on echolocation from Howstuffworks . com. After this ep, I'm going on a short hiatus due to a week vacation in Arkansas.

"So, you're training for the Pan Globals?" the boy asked.

"Yeah. Diving," Katherine Hilliard replied, unaware of the witch that was watching her from behind a tree. She cackled.

"What's that like?" he asked.

"Well, it's a lot of fun and-" her answer turned into a gasp as the boy suddenly turned into a gray creature with stripes.

"What's going on? What are you?" Katherine asked in fright. Two more of the creatures appeared around her and grabbed her.

"Hel-" her cry was cut off as one of the creatures put its hand over her mouth. To her horror, a woman in a cream colored dress which had a black and gold neck, and had her hair up in the shape of two cones approached her. She whimpered and trembled. Who is she? What does she want with me? the girl wondered.

"From now on, you will serve me and only me, Katherine. I command you in the name of all that is rotten and nasty," she announced. Then, with that, she held her staff over her and orange-ish red energy enveloped the girl. NO! DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN! her mind shrieked. She frowned in concentration. She wasn't going to let this witch take her. Sensing that the girl was struggling to resist her, Rita fumed and increased the staff's power. Finally, the girl moaned as the energy enveloped her mind. Rita cackled again. Now that's more like it, she thought. When Katherine looked at Rita, her eyes shone an orange-ish red.

"How may I serve my Empress?" she queried.

"I will be using you later to take down the Rangers-Jason, the Red Ranger, Billy, the Blue Ranger, Trini, the Yellow Ranger, Zack, the Black Ranger, Kimberly, the Pink Ranger, Tommy, the White and Green Ranger, Rocky, the Gold Ranger, Aisha, the Purple Ranger, and Adam, the Silver Ranger," Rita told her, placing an image of each Ranger in the girl's mind. "But for now, I want you to act normal. No one must learn the truth about your mission."

"I understand, Empress." Rita cackled.

"Good." She disappeared. Meanwhile, in another part of Australia, some of the Rangers and their friends were watching a dolphin show at an aquarium.

"A dolphin uses what is known as echolocation to make its way under water. The way this works is that the dolphin uses clicks and whistles-which are often higher than a human's range of hearing-and they bounce off of the location in an echo, and the dolphin absorbs the echo through the jaw which conducts the sound to its inner ear and exchanges nerve impulses to the brain to gauge an object's size, shape, or even what the object is," the trainer said.

"That's kind of cool," Trini commented.

"Yeah, it really is," Richie said. They leaned closer to each other and smiled as they listened to the trainer. Bulk tried to keep the yawn from escaping, but failed.

"Bulk, I'm sorry. I know this isn't really your thing. Do you want to leave?" Aisha offered.

"No, it's fine," Bulk told her. Yeah, he was bored, but this was something she was into, and he'd have to learn to at least tolerate it.

"I promise, after this, we can totally do something you want," Aisha commented. Curtis and Zack were in their room listening to music.

"Man, this station is jamming!" Zack raved.

"Sure is, cuz," Curtis laughed. While all of this was going on, Tommy and Kimberly were walking through the same amusement park, milling around the park, which was basically empty except for Tommy, Kimberly, and a few other visitors.

"Tommy, I'm really glad everything worked out okay," Kimberly commented as she played with the sleeve of his green jacket.

"Me too. I just can't believe Jason got himself grounded," Tommy agreed, pulling her closer. They laughed.

"Yeah, but it's going to be good seeing you in green again," she told him. On the moon, Zedd and Rita watched in annoyance.

"Ooooh! Those lovey-dovey Rangers make me so mad! If only there was a way to turn them against each other," Zedd fumed.

"There is! Finster's making it right now!" Rita exclaimed. "And to think we owe it all to the human teaching about dolphins!"

"How brilliant! The Sonar Monster! It will first immobilize and disorient them with a sound only they can hear, and then the spell embedded in the fin will turn them against each other!" Goldar enthused.

"FINSTER! FINSTER!" she shrieked, heading for the monster maker's laboratory. "Is the Sonar Monster ready yet?" Finster opened his mouth to reply, but a final blast from the Monster-Matic beat him to the punch. "Never mind!" With that, she sent it and some Putties down. Tommy and Kimberly continued talking and laughing. Then, they were surrounded by gray beings.

"Putties!" Tommy warned, and with a quick high five to share power, they went to work. Suddenly, they both heard a high-pitched squeal. They winced at the tone.

"Oh, what is that sound?" Tommy moaned.

"What's going on?" Kimberly wondered at the same time. However, they forced themselves to keep fighting. Just then, something whizzed through the air.

"KIM, WATCH OUT!" She reached out to catch the silver fin. A wave of pain coursed through her and she fell to the ground.

"Kim," Tommy said in concern and ran up to her. "You okay?" he asked in concern.

"Yeah. What's going on here?" she wondered. The Putties came at them and he quickly fought them off. A Putty grabbed the fin and threw it. He quickly caught it and then also fell to the ground. Recovering, Kimberly fought off the remaining Putties. Sparks flew in their eyes as they stood up. Rita cackled.

"Yes! It worked!"

"What are you looking at?" Kimberly sneered. Oh, this feels strange. What just happened? she wondered.

"You know, I could've used a little help here!" Tommy told her testily. No! Don't say that! You would've been toast without her, he reminded himself. However, the thought got pushed down.

"What are you talking about? I'm the one who did all the work…as usual," Kimberly replied. The boy laughed.

"You? Yeah, right. You're such a wimp, you know that? You let a little noise bother you!" he told her. No, no, no, no, no, no! Not again! Don't make me say this! he thought. It felt just like when the Slippery Shark had placed him and Jason under the rivalry spell.

"Little noise! You heard it! It nearly broke my ear drums!" she responded.

"Quit whining! It wasn't that loud!" Tommy told her. "You know, you're completely useless as a Ranger! Why don't you just go back to a mall where you belong?"

"Whatever. I'm out of here," Kimberly responded, and they stomped off in different directions.