Disclaimer: Saban owns the Power Rangers, Joss Whedon owns the Buffyverse, and JK Rowling owns Harry Potter. I own ideas to cross them all together!
A/N: This is a sequel to "By Your Side" and "The Ghost of Me"
A/N 2: Whispers in the Dark is a song by Skillet
"Whispers in the Dark" – Chapter 1
"Welcome to Sunnydale," Tommy said aloud, observing the sign as their car passed by it. "I still can't believe I never heard of this place before, considering it's only about an hour away."
"No kidding, I guess it's small enough though to miss on a map," Kim replied from the passenger seat of Tommy's Jeep. "I wonder why Harry is out this way in the first place."
"I don't know, maybe there's some representative of the magical government here that he needs to investigate," Tommy speculated. It had been a while since the rangers had seen Harry Potter, and while they were excited to see him and Nymphadora Tonks, seeing them would certainly evoke painful memories from the past. It was the war against the Death Eaters that claimed the lives of Adam Park and Tanya Sloan, as well as their great mentor Zordon. It was this very reason that Kat chose not to travel with Tommy and Kim to see them. The loss of Tanya in particular was still very great for her. Jason, who had stayed by her side throughout her grieving, also stayed back to make sure she was ok. They also needed someone to open up the Yellow Frog Arts and Athletics Complex in the morning. They continued to drive to the location included on the parchment that Hedwig had given them back at the complex, finally arriving about 10 minutes later.
"What is this place?" Kim asked as she stepped out of the car.
"I don't know," he replied. They stood gazing at what looked like a mansion in the middle of the woods. The structure was impressive, with the walls being high and looked sculpted from marble or another type of expensive material.
"Should we go in?" Kim asked. Tommy nodded, and he led her into the rather large entrance, which brought them to a very large main room. Again, this was very impressive, but what caught their eyes was a statue that stood across them by the wall, with a sword sticking through it. "Whoa."
"What is that thing?" Tommy asked.
"That thing is what we're here to look at," a female voice said behind them. "Rather ugly, isn't it?" They turned to find Tonks and Harry.
"It's great to see you!" Kim lunged at them, giving them both big hugs, Tommy following suit.
"Yeah, it's awesome that you could come over to the states," Tommy said.
"Well, when I found out that this would be my first assignment as an auror, I knew I had to take it," Harry mentioned.
"Oh yes, he just couldn't wait to make it over here and see what it was really like," Tonks replied, winking at Harry.
"By the way, Tonks," Kim started to speak, "I love what you've done with your hair."
"Thanks!" She said, as she ran her fingers through her now pink hair.
"Not to interrupt the small talk, but you said you were here to look at that statue," Tommy interjected. "Why?"
"Well, we think that it was the source of some very dark magic," Harry said, now walking closer to the statue.
"Dark magic?" Kim asked. "Like Voldemort, Death Eater type dark magic?"
"No," Tonks answered. "This is different. When we first got the report, it talked about a power that could have consumed the whole of the planet. Voldemort was powerful, but he didn't have any spells that could destroy the planet in one shot."
"Interesting," Harry said, examining the statue. "This sword actually looks like it penetrated the statue while the structure was hardening."
"What do you mean?" Tommy asked.
"Well, if the sword and went through it while it was fully solid, there would be some trace of the blunt force it would take to stab it all the way through this thing."
"So, it went through a long time ago?" Kim asked.
"Well, that's the odd thing about it," Harry began to explain. "The sword itself is old, like it's been passed down for many generations. But the sword shows no signs of rust or anything from being inside of it for so long."
"Maybe we need to go see the man from the Watcher's Council," Tonks said.
"Watcher's Council?" Tommy queried.
"I'm not too familiar with them, but they deal with a lot of different magical creatures, particularly those of demonic nature," Harry answered.
"Yeah, we don't often work alongside them," Tonks added. "Only when it's absolutely necessary."
"Well, what are we waiting for?" Kim asked. "Let's go see this guy and figure out what's going on." They started to walk towards the car while Tonks and Harry waited behind them. Tommy and Kim noticed that they weren't following them, and turned back around. "What is it?"
"We could just apparate," Tonks replied.
"No offense, but I'd prefer not to feel like I'm going to get sick," Tommy replied. Tonks and Harry smiled at the former red ranger's honesty. "Besides, I can drive us there and we can catch up more." The two wizards nodded and followed Tommy and Kim to his jeep, and the four began to travel into the main part of town. "Do you have the address for this guy?"
"Yeah," Harry said, handing Kim a piece of parchment with it on it.
"I'll find it on the map," Kim replied. After Kim found a rough idea of where they were going, they began to catch up on life. Tonks was still struggling with the death of her husband, Remus Lupin, but thankful that she was able to really get through it more each day. Having Teddy, her son, reminding her everyday of what Remus sacrificed his life for helped. Harry was still dating Ginny, and from the sound of things, he was very content with his new life as an auror. Tommy and Kim updated them on how they were doing, as well as how Jason and Kat were.
"It's too bad that Jason and Kat couldn't make it up," Harry said.
"Yeah, I think they wanted too," Tommy shared. "But Kat's still working through a lot of the emotions. She's doing a lot better than before, but it's just going to take more time."
"Yeah," Harry replied. "So... you two thinking about, uh, how do you say it..."
"Getting married!" Tonks excitedly finished his thought. Tommy and Kim both smiled.
"Let's just say we're talking about it," Tommy said, smiling at them. Kim's smile at the question was telling as well, Harry noticed how much they had grown as a couple since he'd seen them last.
"We've got some things to work through first," Kim said. "But, let's just say it's more a matter of when than if."
"Well... that's great!" Harry replied.
"Not to interrupt, but I think we're here," Tommy said, pulling into an interesting looking complex. They pulled into the middle of a courtyard, surrounded by what looked like town homes. "These look interesting."
"Interesting is an understatement," Kim replied. "Which one is it?"
"This one, over there," Tonks replied, pointing to a door on the first level. They walked over and knocked on the door.
A man opened the door, he looked middle-aged, wore glasses, and had a very proper look to himself. "Can I help you?" He asked with a slight british accent.
"Yes, my name is Nymphadora Tonks, this is Harry Potter, and we're from the Auror office in England. We're looking for Rupert Giles of the Watcher's Council."
"Yes, I'm Rupert Giles. Come in." The four of them walked in the home. It was cozy, with it's contents very interesting to say the least. "And who are you both?"
"Tommy Oliver, and my girlfriend Kimberly Hart," he said extending his hand, which he accepted.
"Where have I heard your names before?" Giles asked. He took a moment to think. "Wait, you two were part of the ranger team that defeated Voldemort, right? And you," he said, pointing to Harry. "You're the one who defeated him once and for all?"
"That's right," Harry replied.
"So... what are you doing here?" Giles asked.
"A couple months back, the Ministry of Magic felt a disturbance of dark magic from here," Tonks explained. "It's central point from the mansion in the middle of the woods here in Sunnydale."
"Angelus' mansion..." Giles muttered, signaling his comprehension.
"Angelus?" Kim asked.
"I studied a vampire by a similar name," Harry replied. "He was brutal, but was thought to have died."
"Well, he was dead in a sense," Giles answered. "A gypsy restored Angelus' soul, leaving him to live with the guilt of all he had done as Angelus. He worked to help destroy the forces of darkness, but the hitch of the curse was that if he had one true moment of happiness, his soul would be removed. He reverted back to Angelus, and tried to destroy the world using a creature named Acathla."
"Acathla?" Harry asked. "Was that the statue with the sword through it?"
"Yes, that was it."
"But, how were you able to deactivate the demon?" Tonks asked.
"Perhaps, before we continue this conversation, you should all sit down and I make us some tea. I have a feeling we are going to be here a while." After they sat and Giles had gotten their tea, he began to explain the events of what had happened last spring. From Angelus' reverting, to the death of his girlfriend Jenny Calendar, their battle in the mansion, and finally Buffy Summers, the slayer, killing Angelus to deactivate the threat of Acathla.
"Whoa, that's intense," Tommy replied.
"No kidding," Kim added. "And I thought high school was tough with Rita and Zedd."
"Buffy ended the threat, but now she's run away," Giles replied. "We have no idea to where she's gone."
"What about Acathla?" Tonks asked. "Are we sure that he's been fully deactivated?"
"According to all my research, he should be completely shut down," Giles replied.
"It's getting late, Tonks," Harry said. "We need to get back to the Ministry with our findings, they're going to want to know all the details."
"Yes, we must be off," Tonks agreed, getting up from the couch she sat on. "Thank you for your help Rupert."
"When will we see you guys again?" Tommy asked.
"Hopefully sooner rather than later!" Harry said. "We'll probably be back over here to wrap more up from this. If not, maybe when we get a wedding invitation from a certain couple." This led to a playful hit from Kim.
"Say hi to Ron and Hermione for us, as well as Ginny," Tommy said.
"You bet." Harry and Tonks stood next to one another and disapparated, leaving only Tommy and Kim with Giles.
"Well, we should probably get going, we need to head back to Angel Grove," Tommy said.
"Could I recommend that you stay the night?" Giles asked.
"Why is that?" Kim queried.
"Sunnydale is infested with vampires, and though I trust you are well prepared to fight them off, I'd feel much better if you traveled by daylight."
"Yeah... I could see that being the better option," Tommy answered. "Do you mind though if I use your phone to call our business partner?"
"Not at all." Tommy went and used the phone to call Jason to let him know that he wouldn't be back in the morning. Kim went out with Giles to get her gym bag, which she always brought around in case they had to stay somewhere overnight. Giles then prepared his guest room for Kim, while Tommy grabbed some pillows and a blanket to sleep on the couch in the living room. They all ended up there.
"Thanks for having us stay," Kim said.
"No problem," Giles replied.
"I still can't believe that there are vampires here," Tommy said. "I mean, when we got our powers last year, we got knowledge of the whole wizarding world, and I remember they revealed things about vampires and werewolves and other demons. But I didn't think anything of it when we got back to Angel Grove."
"You've probably seen them and not even known. Although, with your own issues of Rita, Zedd, Divatox, and Astronema, they probably weren't as prevalent there as they are here. It doesn't help that we are right above the hellmouth."
"Hellmouth?" Kim asked.
"I... don't worry about that. Just get some sleep. I'll see you in the morning." Giles got up and walked upstairs to his bedroom.
"We should probably get some shut-eye," Tommy said to Kim.
"Before we do... Tommy, would you pray with me? I'm scared."
"Sure." They knelt at the couch together and prayed for safety, and then stood up. "Good night, Beautiful."
"Good night." Kim went up to the guest bedroom, and Tommy plopped on the couch, drifting to sleep moments later.
Tommy was awakened the next morning to a flurry of activity by Giles, followed by what seemed like worried chatter from Kim.
"What's going on?" He asked, snapping from his slumber.
"Tommy, your jeep," Kim said nervously. He went and looked outside and saw that someone had broken into it during the night. What was more disturbing was what was written on the outside of it. "Welcome to Sunnydale, rangers."
Joyce Summers heard a knock at the door as she did some routine cleaning on this saturday morning.
"Just a minute," she said, putting everything down on the couch in the living room, then walking over to the door to open it. She was shocked, yet relieved, to see who was on the other side. "Buffy?"
"Hi Mom," she said, fear evident in her voice. Yet, her mother pulled her into an intense hug, welcoming her home.
To Be Continued…
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