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A/N: This is the official end of the story... it's been a fun ride. Thanks for riding with me!
A/N 2: The story "Mighty to Save" will be the last installment of the "Ghost of Me" series, and will start within this week. Thanks for all your support, I hope that you all enjoy the end of it!
Whispers in the Dark - Epilogue
Kim awoke in a dark room, and immediately fear ran through her body, trembling as she considered what had happened to her. She was in a bed, but the mattress was hard and lumpy, not at all suitable for long-term use. She forced herself from it, and stepped onto the cold, metal floor as she looked around. Her eyes began to adjust, and all she saw was an empty, metallic, round, prison cell, not unlike the Rita's dark dimension in the way it was designed, but smaller in it's size. She looked down at herself and noticed she was still in the same clothes, and she had been given a change of clothes on a chair next to her bed. She continued to look, and finally she noticed a window in her cell. It was small, only big enough to see part of one's head. She wandered over to it and peered through it to see Lucius slouching over his own chair in his own cell.
She thought of saying something when her door opened. She turned, finding Loki there. He closed it, and snapped his fingers, turning on the lights. "You've been out for a while now," he said. "With the energy it took to get you here, I'm actually surprised it only took you a week to finally stir about. But then again... that's why it had to be you."
"What do you mean! Why did you bring me here?"" Kim asked, feeling her weakness catch up to her.
"It's so like humanity to let something so small dictate the course of human history," he said evasively. "It started in the garden, with a serpent who told one, small, lie. And with it... it destroyed Adam and Eve. I started merely with whispers in the dark, feeding lies and plans to villains and heroes alike... and it dictated how I won you. And now... Kim, we wait... and you'll join me as my mere whispers grow into war, which will win me the earth."
"I won't serve you," Kim replied.
"Oh, but you will," Loki replied. "No one will find you here, not even the others of my own race. I will keep you and Lucius alive here, until the proper moment. And then... you will return to your beloved planet, to your beloved friends... your beloved Tommy. And then... you will destroy him."
"You're a monster," she quivered.
"No... I'm a god, and your future king."
*Reefside, CA – 5 years later*
Jason and Katherine Scott had arrived hours before to Tommy's home. They hadn't seen him since that fateful day that he handed over his co-ownership to Jason. However, when they saw on the news that there were new rangers in Reefside, Jason could recognize the Black Ranger instantly... Tommy had found a way to design new ranger powers.
However, when they got there, he was once again mourning. In fighting Mesogog, he and the other Dino Thunder Rangers lost their powers in their final fight. Just when he thought he could find a way to find Kim, the opportunity was gone. He and Hayley had done everything, including exploring the invisi-portal network, to find a way to get to her. But she was nowhere to be found.
"So, you were able to get your PhD in 4 years?" Jason asked.
"Less than that... Mercer wanted me to get that degree as quick as possible," he replied. "I had no idea what was going to happen because of it though... it became another fire we needed to put out, him becoming Mesogog and all."
"Sorry to hear about that," Kat said.
"It's alright," Tommy replied. "How's married life?"
"It's been good... 3 years next month," Jason replied.
"We just found out we're expecting," Kat said gently.
"Congrats," Tommy said idly. "I'm... I'm really happy for you guys." A tear began to slide down the right side of his face. "I... Kim and I... we had talked briefly about when we wanted to have kids... around this time. Instead I'm... I'm sorry. I'm sure you guys don't need to hear me talk about my issues. I should have given up. She's not coming back."
"Bro..." Jason said, but didn't know what to say next.
"We all miss her," Kat replied. "And we've missed you."
"I've missed you too," Tommy confessed. "I've missed you guys so much. I was a fool not to be in your wedding, to miss that time in your lives. Would you forgive me?"
"Don't mention it bro... we understand," Jason said. "So what are you going to do next?"
"Honestly... I don't know," he confessed. "I've gotten so used to living out here this past year, living as a high school teacher. Maybe... maybe I can make a difference here. Kim used to talk about how God had a plan for all of us... maybe His plan for me was to sort out my life without her... understand what was really important to me. I think... I think I just want to make a difference in the lives of these kids. Seeing Connor, Ethan, Kira, and Trent grow up before my eyes helped me cope with the loss of Kim better than anything before. I... I actually felt joy again. I realized I don't need Kim to live my life."
"But you're still searching for her?" Jason asked.
"Yeah..." Tommy replied. "But I think I can finally forgive myself. That's what Kim would have wanted if she were here. For me to be able to move on, to hold her with an open hand." They sat in silence for a while, and finally Jason broke it.
"You sure you want to make a difference here, and not back at the Yellow Frog?" Jason asked.
Tommy grinned at the question. "You know, I spent 5 years investing in this new life... I think I want to see where it leads. But, I'm open to change, if it's where I'm supposed to go."
"Well, we could use you, especially since I'm going to be out of commission in 7 months or so," Kat said. Tommy chuckled. Suddenly, there was a knock at the door.
"Hmm... maybe it's Connor, finally coming to pick up the rest of his stuff that he left here," Tommy said. He walked to the door, leaving Jason and Kat in the living room.
"He seems like he's really doing well," Kat said.
"Yeah... I just wish we hadn't lost so much time with him," Jason confessed.
"What matters is we're with him now," Kat reassured him.
"Uh... guys," Tommy uttered from the front door. Jason and Kat heard, and ran to the door, and were shocked at the sight in the doorway.
"Billy?" Jason stated incrediously.
"Hi guys," Billy said. "I wish I could be here on less serious terms... but the fact that I'm here means that it's time."
"Time?" Kat asked. "Time for what?"
"To share with you what I've really been doing," Billy started. "Can I come in?"
"Of course," Tommy said, welcoming him in. They all went back into the living room, where Billy started to explain. "8 years ago, when the accelerated aging kicked in, Dumbledore placed a charm on you. It created memories that I was living on Aquitar. It was meant as a cover up to protect me as I've worked on a project with the government agency S.H.I.E.L.D."
"S.H.I.E.L.D?" Jason asked.
"Strategic Homeland... honestly I forget the rest of what it stands for all the time," Billy confessed. "The point is that Dumbledore had heard a prophecy that I would be needed for an upcoming war, one much more devastating that the wizarding war that you all participated in."
"So... you've been on earth all this time?" Kat asked.
"Yes, working with a power source named the Tesseract. It's an energy source we've never encountered before. We've been working with it, integrating it's power into weapons... and creating new ranger powers."
"Ranger powers?" Tommy asked.
"Yes. But we've hit a snag. Someone stole the cube, along with one of our morphers. We only have two other morphers that are operational... we need you two to come and fight on our side." He pointed to Tommy and Jason. We need you to be a part of the Avengers Initiative."
"The avenger initiative?" Tommy asked.
"It's a team of incredible people... a team we need for the war that's coming."
"A war against the person who stole this Tesseract?" Jason asked.
"Yeah," Billy said. "His name is Loki, from a world named Asgard."
"Wait... what!" Tommy's eyes lit up. "What suit did he steal?"
"Pink..." Billy said.
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