Disclaimer: Saban owns Power Rangers, JK Rowling owns Harry Potter, and Stan Lee owns Marvel... and yes, the last part is relevant.
A/N: The second part of this takes place during Chapter 8 of 'The Ghost of Me.' The first part is a teaser for what I hope becomes a later story.
A/N 2: Thanks again for adventuring with me in this! I have had a lot of fun writing this, thank you for your feedback!
By Your Side – Epilogue
*New York City, NY - Two Months Earlier*
Billy felt ready to vomit. This was customary for anyone who had apparated for the first time. He picked himself off the ground to see what was an impressive structure in New York.
"We're in New York?" Billy asked.
"We are indeed," Albus Dumbledore replied, assuring the former power ranger as he stood up.
"But... wizards are in New York too?"
"Of course they're in New York!" Dumbledore laughed. "It's not like they've locked us up in the wizard colony for us to be secluded from the rest of the world."
"However, the majority of the people you meet here aren't wizards. They are, however, seeking a brilliant scientist to help them prepare for another war. One that you will need to help with if we are to succeed."
"What do you mean?"
"Albus Dumbledore," a voice called out, causing both Dumbledore and Billy to look. The voice belonged to a black man, wearing a black trench coat and an eye-patch. "And who might you be?" The man asked Billy.
"This," Dumbledore started, "is William Cranston. Young William is the man that the prophecy spoke of."
"I see," the man replied. "For starters, we'll need your help both understanding the science AND magic of an artifact we found in the deep of the Atlantic Ocean."
"Wait, I'm not helping anyone until you tell me what this is and who you are," Billy demanded.
"Sorry, how rude of me," he said. "This," he said while pointing to the complex behind them, "is the center for the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division."
"That's a mouthful," Billy replied.
"I know... the government is working on shortening it," the man said, smiling. "I happen to be it's director, Nick Fury. We need your help, William."
"To help protect the world?"
"To help save it," Nick replied.
"I'm awfully interested in seeing what happens next, but I actually must be off," Dumbledore interjected.
"When will I see you again?" Billy asked.
"Sadly, you won't," Dumbledore replied, but with an odd cheerfulness. "But do not fear, young William, you shall be re-united with your friends and fellow rangers in the future. Then, you will understand why all of this is happening." Dumbledore finished speaking, and then quickly disapparated, leaving Fury and Billy to themselves.
*The Burrow - July 31st, 1997*
There had been a flurry of activity at the Weasley home preparing for Bill and Fleur's wedding. It had been a crazy couple of months for the rangers; they had obtained 3 different sets of powers within that time frame, minus Kimberly, who only had her current power. Jason was now looking at the suit that he picked out for the wedding in one of the spare bedrooms, which hung on the doorknob. Suddenly, Jason noticed a light tap on the door. "Come in," he said. The door opened to reveal Tommy. "Hey bro."
"Hey man, just wanted to see how you were doing, you know, recovering from that curse and all," Tommy said, referring to an injury he sustained the night before.
"I'm okay," he said. "The potions they use here are crazy good, it's too bad our medical care doesn't ask them for help." They both smiled.
"Look, I know this is a crazy question, but why didn't you tell me you liked Kat when I did?" The question took Jason back. "Sorry, I don't mean to be so forward, but I noticed how you treat her differently... well not by much, but it's just barely noticeable. And as I thought about it, it's been noticeable ever since you got back to Angel Grove."
"Oh great," Jason replied, now frowning.
"Hey, I'm not mad. I just...why did you let me go for her?"
"Well, there was Emily for starters," he said.
"Sure... but I know you liked Kat way before you started dating her," Tommy said.
"Since when did you become a master of observation?" Jason quipped. "Honestly, I wanted to see how things would develop. I desperately wanted her to like me, but it was insanely obvious that she liked you. When Kim broke up with you, I wanted to let things play out. Then, I sorta convinced myself that she was only my friend."
"So you didn't like her when you took her to prom?"
"Well, I certainly thought she was attractive, but I went with the intention of being her friend and brother, especially since you guys were dating. To be honest, it wasn't until recently that I realized how much fun I had with her that night."
"Look man, I'm sorry I never told you. I knew you were going through a lot, I thought the last thing you needed was hearing about my struggles with girls."
"No need to apologize," Tommy replied. "I'm not mad about it. But I do want to remind you that you can tell me anything. And, if you want to ask her out, I'm cool with it. You know, from the ex-boyfriend standpoint." They smiled.
"Oliver, even if I didn't have your blessing, you'd be okay with it, considering your current thoughts about our current pink ranger."
"Whatever man," Tommy replied with a smile. They chuckled. "You know, whatever happens, I'm glad that we're together, and that I get to be by your side."
"Me too bro. Me too."
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