Author's Note: More fun fanficing. I apologize if my writing is terrible or my plots are ridiculous.
Disclaimer: I do not own Power Rangers or any related media or characters. The story idea is my own but the rest isn't. Everything is copyrighted to its respective owners. Except Lord Zygon – he's mine. Sorta.
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WARNING!: This fic will contain slash, femslash and possibly even some het (le gasp). No porn or anything like that, but there will be some unresolved sexual tension, some resolved sexual tension, and some romance.. Please keep this in mind. Main pairings are Diggy and Kenaya. Also, this is an AU fic with some possible series spoilers. Thanks for your time, and enjoy!
On the other side of the portal, Lord Zygon was preparing his final stand. The man loved a grand entrance and he'd be making a grand exit too. He had discovered from a very irate and worried Series Black that Aya had been captured by Venjix and it was supposedly on Zygon's orders. Needless to say, they'd fought about it before he'd agreed to help the Ranger rescue his little sister – they were family, after all.
He had known Venjix would double cross him – had known it from the moment the virus had conceded to his wishes years before. A machine can have no true loyalty to a man, particularly not a machine that is out to destroy the human race. So he'd been preparing, always several steps ahead of Venjix with his tech designs. But it was never enough, his upgrades were always discovered. Finally, Zygon had decided to do the cruelest thing he could – supremely upgraded his counterpart with the rest of his tech to spite two versions of Venjix at once.
Zygon's tech, besides what was in Ziggy Grover and Zygon himself, was now all gone. He had been covertly using the Venjix-cure serum to destroy a lot of his own creations behind his master's back, making it easier for the Power Rangers to hang on. Today he had prepared one final stand. Ranger Black was to sneak in and get his sister out of where she was being kept. When they were gone, Zygon would be detonating the charges he had installed throughout the palace and destroy a good deal of Venjix's work. But there was one part of the plan he hadn't bothered to tell them.
Stalking pleasantly into the throne room, his lordship grinned at the silver tower housing his Master. "Good to see you again, Venjix. How've you been doing?" he asked cheerily, a huge device slung over his shoulder as if it were the most normal thing in the world. Which, to Venjix, it was – that's always how Zygon brought him new bits of tech.
The red eye glowed a bit, unsuspecting that the man before him knew about the treachery of capturing Aya, "As well as they always are, Lord Zygon. Now, what have you brought your Master today?" the cold metallic voice could still almost sound gleeful, loving being in control of so much, particularly since the virus knew how much pride the hybrid had.
"What this?" Zygon grinned, patting the machine, "This is the one and only Inter-Dimensional Portal maker. I cobbled it together from stuff and things." he said cheerily, patting it once more. This bit of tech did have many uses to Venjix.
The red glow lit up more, almost laughing, "Excellent! I will be able to travel to other worlds and conquer them all with the help of my counterparts there!"
"Something like that, yeah." Zygon mumbled, bouncing the large device on his shoulder and checking his watch. He did this a few times for another minute or so before grinning widely and holding up his hand towards Venjix, palm open and 5 fingers held up.
The virus's tone grew deeper and the generals in the area – all too scared of Zygon to speak – peered at him in confusion, "What are you doing, Zygon?" however, it received no answer as the man behind the visor slowly counted down on his fingers till the alarms in the building went off signalling Rangers Black and Purple's escape.
"YOU! YOU HAVE BETRAYED YOUR MASTER?" the words from the silver tower were menacing and grinders were summoned quickly, all surrounding the lord as he remained non-plussed.
Zygon smiled again finally, "Eeeeeee-yep. That's about the size of it." he hopped on his toes a few times before his smile darkened, "Oh and Venjix? You're never getting this portal tech, thanks."
At that point, the lord did the unthinkable – he detonated his own mechanics, setting off the charges all over the building with the act and blowing the palace sky high. Venjix barely managed to download into a body fast enough to get out of the rubble, his other generals barely able to drag themselves away either. The palace, anything that was in progress, and a whole ton of grinders were now in ruins, even if it hadn't been enough to kill the virus. But still, there was one good note in the whole mess. Lying in the wreckage was the in-tact portal device.
Kilobyte laughed, heading over to retrieve it, "Looks as if Zygon failed his foolish attempt, Master Venjix. You still have the portal device's hardware,". However, as the machine opened up the top of the device to check on it's internal circuitry, he found a well protected smaller bomb, set to explode a little later than the others, with a note that read, in the hybrid's awkward scrawl, "You never learn, do you?"
Light was the first thing that greeted Lord Zygon after the blast. Was this heaven? If so, it sure felt like the ground in the wastes. Sitting up awkwardly, the young man tossed his now loose curls from his face and threw off the broken visor that had covered his eyes for the last several years.
"Took you long enough," Dillon's voice was heard behind him and just as he turned to see the older man, Zygon felt himself being lifted up roughly by the arm and dusted off, "I was beginning to wonder if I'd have to forcibly remove that damn visor."
The hybrid winced visibly at the grip, "Ow dammit, I just blew myself up, not so rough man." he grumbled, looking a good deal more like the regular Ziggy at this moment. "The hell are you still doing here anyway? Didn't we agree you were just getting Aya and leaving?"
The ranger rolled his eyes visibly before pulling the other man into a small hug, "You think I wouldn't come back for you, Zig?" he asked quietly, petting those soft curls he hadn't seen let out of their strict ponytail in years. It was nice having his actual boyfriend back.
"Yes actually, considering last time we met you were pretty damn venomous." despite his words, the younger male did snuggle a tad closer to his lover, aching a good bit from the explosions that had recently racked his body.
Dillon smiled a bit, rubbing small circles against his boyfriend's back, "Well I was worried. And maybe a little jealous since we had recently got wind that you had captured your counterpart and mine and bonded them together." it was hard for him to admit it, but Dillon was easily jealous of his alternate self and his close relationship with that Ziggy. Particularly since he half worried that Zygon might prefer that self who wasn't always chasing after and protecting his little sister, seeing as she was evil there.
The thinner man snorted a bit at that, "You're a weirdo. I was trying to finish things off and help that other team out. Not my fault I have to keep up the pretenses of being evil." he grumbled. Well okay, yes it was his fault, seeing as Zygon kind of was the one who chose to deal with Venjix, but he was a lovestruck young man, what could he do?
"So I realized, eventually. We had to go save their asses and were planning on warning the other team that you were keeping their friends, but met them there. Your counterpart apparently also has a problem about blowing himself up."
That brought a full laugh out of the curly haired male, "What'd he do? Try to use that broken morpher of his?" honestly, his other half was an idiot still, the mental upgrades not nearly as strong in his crazed benefactor – Zygon had long since learned those were not as good to cope with as the rest of them.
Dillon nodded, "Yeah, with one of the other me's engine cells – we showed up right after that explosion, and from what I heard, he was being stupid because his best friend got hurt." the laughter between the both of them died at that and for a moment, the pair was silent, looking at each other and just being happy. It might have ended with a kiss, had another voice not interrupted their reverie quite rudely.
"I know you two are glad to see each other and all, but we need to get back before the rest get too worried and try to come after us. Especially if we hope to convince them to not kill Ziggy soon as we get there." Aya was leaning pleasantly against some of the rubble and looking amused at the whole ordeal, particularly the frustrated look her brother was giving her. The cockblocking little sister had struck again.
Zygon chuckled a little, shaking his head, "You didn't bring your car did you?" he asked, still a good bit shaky from the explosion. He'd built his internal mechanics a bit too well for his own good, and they were still somewhat functional, but it still hurt like a bitch to have done that.
Dillon raised a brow at his friend, "No. You said it would draw too much attention." he pointed out. Zygon hadn't mentioned they'd need a way back since he had intended to kill himself then and didn't want to make it obvious. Though, hiding things like that from a guy who can read your mind is a bit awkward.
Yes it is. Now do you need help porting us home or what?
Zygon – or Ziggy, as he guessed he'd now be going by – smacked his lover lightly in the chest and held out a hand for Aya so he could try and teleport them as a group. The young woman walked over to wrap her arms lightly around her brothers – one adopted, one by blood. Ziggy rolled his eyes this time and tried to summon up whatever power was in him to send them.
I don't know if I have the juice to get us all the way there. Unless you have something in mind, we're going to be walking a good way. He felt Dillon shifting carefully against him before raising a brow as the man pulled something small out of his pocket.
"New White Ranger morpher – K's been working on a new morpher forever and after the other you managed to upgrade his Green powers, she thought it'd be best to use those to finish it. We've been saving it for you." Dillon whispered in his ear, holding the younger man close. Aya just smirked and helped him put it on Ziggy's left wrist, which was draped over her, his right arm around Dillon.
The man smiled, "You two are awful." he said, pulling away from them long enough to morph and let the power of Series White flow through him. "Well that oughta do it." he said with a huge smile, taking hold of them carefully once more and porting the three directly into Dr. K's lab, where the rest of the team were waiting. And not too pleased when they were told the truth, but it'd grow on them.
Back in the original world, Ziggy was standing in Dr. K's lab next to Tenaya, the rest of the team going over the schematics of the two new Series. The young man had had to take a few days of rest before this point, but with all that'd been going on, it was acceptable. Whether or not things changing between him and Dillon made his recovery slower or faster was anyone's guess, but given Tenaya had a good bit of adjusting to do too, it wasn't a big deal.
"So, Doc, we've got two new team members – so to speak, anyway – what can you tell us about them?" Scott started, hands clasped behind his back as he grinned up at Ziggy and smiled a little at Tenaya. She shifted awkwardly, not completely comfortable in the suit, let alone without her helmet and in front of the team, but a gentle nudge from Ziggy and a wink was a bit helpful. He was going through this too, even if not exactly the same way, and it was comforting to know she was accepted by someone. Even if she'd previously picked on that someone a good deal.
K typed out a few more things on her computer, bringing up the detailed information on Series Purple to the many monitors she had in the room. "The Series Purple technology comes equipped with the weapon Soul Glaive and uses the power Energy Siphon, allowing her to take power from an enemy and give to a comrade. This is enough to destroy a grinder or two, and severely weaken some attackbots. I am in the process of working on her Zord at present. It was designed to be feline themed for some strange reason my counterpart wouldn't tell me."
The team nodded their approval and Ziggy grinned at Tenaya, nudging her shoulder lightly with his. The girl nudged back a little and had he not been upgraded recently, he might've fallen off the podiums they stood on. It was starting to get easier to pal around with the others, even if it was a struggle on both sides.
Next up was the info on Ziggy's suit, "The Series White tech is an upgraded version of the original Series Green. Its weapons are the Vertigo Blades, which tend to take on the form of whichever bladed weapon their master summons at the time – I believe they became miniature Turbo Axes initially because that was the weapon Ziggy was most used to." she coughed a little on saying his name but went back to her speech quickly so as not to draw too much attention to it, "His Special Ability is the Intangibility Bubble. For a few seconds, Series White does not exist in our world and neither does anyone within the bubble with him. This is best used in conjunction with the teleportation power formed from his new upgrades and the remaining Series Green power. Any questions?"
Ziggy grinned, as the rest of the team started to ask minor questions – when they'd be ready to fight, how much testing needed to be done with the new powers, things like that. Eventually, Dillon spoke up, voicing something that had been bugging him for a while, "What happened during that explosion that came after his suit changed?"
Dr. K punched a few more commands into her keyboard before bringing up a technical readout. "There was an extreme backlash of energy when the suit changed, particularly because the Engine Cell was inappropriate. Ziggy's new upgrades allowed him to survive the changeover and gave him enough of a power boost that when he first changed, his intangibility bubble took over for an increased amount of time to allow him to recover from the alteration and survive any sudden attacks. It took attacking the three Attackbots to wear out the extra energy and release the bubble. That effect should not reoccur and I do not suggest trying what he did on yourselves – it was a highly improbable and near impossible occurrence based on coincidental factors that are not likely to be present again."
Ziggy grinned at this point, "So what you're saying is don't try this at home." he told her with a grin, ducking and hopping back out of the way of a paperweight she threw at him.
"No, Ranger White – do NOT try this. Ever. Again!" more paperweights were chucked at his head, one even nearly hitting. However, Ziggy's arm moved of its own accord, smacking it down and keeping him uninjured.
Dillon smiled. "This might take some getting used to." he commented, heading over to help the still kind of stunned Ziggy up, "Come on, Ranger White, let's go see about teaching you how to work with those improved reflexes."
Tenaya, demorphed by this point, made to follow, "I should help too, I do have experience with a few more upgrades than you have had, Ranger Black." she stated with a sly grin that showed she knew just what they actually had planned.
Her elder brother glanced back at her, a dark look on his face, "Yeah, but you still owe Dr. K some time. And I think she'll pull the fridge cannon out if you try to leave." he commented, stalking off with a smirk, his arm around his boyfriend's shoulders. The rest of the team followed slowly, heading for different ends of the building, though Summer did look suspiciously like she was sneaking after Dillon and Ziggy, not that Tenaya blamed her.
Turning back, the brunette grinned at Dr. K. "So, what shall we do with this 'time' I supposedly owe you?" she suggested with that same sly smirk.
"I have no idea what you're referring to, Ranger Series Purple." Dr. K replied in a hasty fashion, cleaning up her paperweights and trying to hide the blush on her features. The last one she reached for, Tenaya picked up first to hand back, "I think you do." And somehow, K was pretty sure she did.