Disclaimer: I don't own Power Rangers. I think Saban owns them again. It was Disney for a while, but whoever owns them, it's definitely not me. I also don't own any song lyrics used.
AN: Here's chapter 26! Enjoy and let me know what you think! Thanks to all the great reviews too and here's notes to those individuals:
Pinkrangerfan: Thanks, glad you're enjoying the story. As for Will and Dax, yes, they are being very bullheaded. As for them coming around, only time will tell. :)
RHatch89: Yeah, I agree, their egos are in the way and they're missing the point. It may seem like I'm picking on Overdrive, but I just see some very exploitable character weaknesses in those two and I used them in this story. Will is a spy, used to working alone, and if we're talking real spies here, then he's not always going to be honest, ranger or not. As for Dax, he wants to be famous and it's clouding his judgement. But yep, they are rookies. Glad you're enjoying the story. :)
Harry2: Yes, there will be a slow build to a Blake/Carly romance. As for Will and Dax, they'll have to hit rock bottom, before they see the light so to speak. Glad you're enjoying the story. :)
MMPRFansince93: Yep, Hunter's powers are pretty slammin'. Glad you liked the Jason bit. I was proud of it too. Lots of various couple stuff coming up in the next few chapters. Enjoy!
fallingstar22: Yeah, they showed Ivan for now. As for Will and Dax, they'll probably live in deluded land for a while longer until they hit rock bottom. As for Billy's dad, we will soon see the continuation of that story line, but I'm adding a new dimension to that one in this chapter. You'll understand as you read. Enjoy! :)
TommyOliverMMPRFan: Yep, they'll get Dex, but Ivan is coming up with zeroes on Earth so far. The rest of the galaxy...not so much. Enjoy. :)
garnetred: Unfortunately, I'm throwing in a new dimension that might change things on the tech specs aspect of the story. Things might get a little more complicated. Glad you're enjoying the story!
WideOpenSpacesGirl045: Thanks, glad you liked it, including the Jason bit. I was proud of that scene too. More romance coming. Billy/Kat will be coming along pretty slowly though. They're both pretty wounded and Cestria's only been dead for a few days, despite the fact that we're 26 chapters in. But they will eventually find their way to each other. :)
Chapter 26: Make You Feel My Love
When the rain is blowing in your face,
And the whole world is on your case,
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love.
When the evening shadows and the stars appear,
And there is no one there to dry your tears,
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love.
The storms are raging on the rolling sea
And on the highway of regret.
Though winds of change are blowing wild and free,
You ain't seen nothing like me yet.
I could make you happy, make your dreams come true.
Nothing that I wouldn't do.
Go to the ends of the Earth for you,
To make you feel my love
To make you feel my love
Song: Make You Feel My Love
Cover Artist (one of many) and version I used: Adele
Original Artist: Bob Dylan
Peter Hanson observed the battle in Blue Bay Harbor that had occurred just a few hours ago. Their zords were technological wonders and in many ways, far beyond anything he would ever be able to construct. However, he believed that his creations would serve the GAMA guardians and two remaining Overdrive rangers well.
If someone had told him that he would be doing this when Gorbin recruited him years ago, he would have thought the person belonged in a psych ward. How this had started and how it had ended up was not what he signed on for. But Gorbin and his entourage had never been completely honest with him until it was too late.
At the time, the thought of being allowed to work with alien technology had been so exciting and consuming that he had agreed to leave his family behind for what he believed to be the greater good. In reality, what he had done was abandoned his sweet baby girl and handed an evil man like Gorbin colossal vehicles capable of not only combatting evil, but the zords belonging to the power rangers as well. He remembered the day he had decided to take this path and only wished he knew what he knew now…
NASADA Space Port
"Welcome ladies and gentlemen, I am honored that great minds like you have accepted my invitation to this most exciting, but secret endeavor. I will dispense with the pleasantries and ask that you all understand the extremities of the affidavit you signed before coming here today," a younger General Gorbin, head of the very new government operation known as GAMA. The Global Alien Monitoring Alliance was in its infancy, but they knew far more than Peter realized at the time.
"What you are about to see can never be spoken of, even if you decide not to accept the offer we have made to each of you," Gorbin said, as they were led further into the compound and to a large holding bay where the ruin and debris of the power rangers thunder zords lay in a chaotic strewn.
"How…did you get these?" one scientist asked in disbelief.
"We wouldn't have had the power rangers not been gone for nearly a day after the destruction of these zords, we probably wouldn't have been able to acquire them. When the rangers returned, they were somehow back to full power and would have likely taken care of the wreckage. Fortunately, we seized the opportunity and salvaged the wreckage so it can be studied," Gorbin explained.
"And what exactly do you hope to gain from studying these zords?" Peter voiced. Gorbin smirked.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, we have salvaged the Megazord's internal communication system and have discovered the identities of the rangers, due to their careless usage of first names. We took that and combined it with voice recognition software. It was a huge task just to run every citizen in Angel Grove through. We never imagined that we would get lucky enough to find that the rangers are not only human, but do reside in Angel Grove. In these folders we are passing out are the identities of the first five rangers, the green ranger, who is subsequently also the white ranger, and the three who have recently replaced the yellow, black, and red rangers," Gorbin explained.
"These…are teenagers…" one woman said in disbelief.
"What the hell…" another man said in equal disbelief. It was a hard pill to swallow. Teenagers were reckless, hormonal, and didn't always make good decisions. Yet they had six parading around the city with super human powers, fighting dangerous aliens, and very nearly getting themselves killed on a daily basis.
"Surely their parents don't know. What parent in their right mind would condone this?" the woman next to him asked.
"No, we don't believe the parents have any idea at all. Our theory is that a being not of this world has entrusted these kids with these powers, no doubt some lunatic or psychopath with an agenda of his own," Gorbin explained.
"What are you planning to do about this?" Peter asked.
"At this point, with the powers they wield, we are not in a position to confront them. Teenagers can rarely be reasoned with so I doubt they would see things our way and realize the mortal danger they are in. It is likely that the person that gave them these abilities is seen as a mentor of some sort as well. Their loyalty will be to that person, no doubt," Gorbin stated.
"So what do we do?" another man asked.
"That's why I have called you here. You are some of this country's brightest scientists and engineers. If you work for us, you will study this technology and attempt to replicate it. So far the power rangers have succeeded in protecting us from alien invasion, but can we really rest the fate of our world on the shoulders of children?" Gorbin questioned.
"This should be our fight and with your help, we can make it our fight and protect our children…even if it is from themselves," Gorbin preached. Not one person in that room had turned down the offer that day.
Peter recalled that day with a new clarity that he had only recently seen when all the ranger's identities were revealed to the public. He had been working for years to supposedly protect the planet from alien invasions, to make it unnecessary for kids to assume the roles as their protectors and take matters into the hands of the adults. He had left his beautiful little girl behind, basically to fend for herself, for he knew how unstable his ex-wife was and how his leaving had only sent her into a downward spiral. But he believed that he was doing so for the greater good, that someday, Victoria would understand why he left. He had been a complete and utter fool
For years now, Gorbin had failed to mention that his own little girl was a ranger, a part of a secret ninja school, leading a dangerous double life. He knew that if he revealed that he was still alive to her and the real reason he had left, she would not only be devastated, but she would probably want nothing to do with him. He glanced at the picture on his phone of his grown daughter. He had acquired the photo from the internet, because the most recent photo he himself owned was nearly eight years old. Gone was his little girl and in her place was a woman he barely knew. And he had no one to blame other than himself…and Gorbin maybe.
"Dr. Frakes tells me that everything is operational," Gorbin said, as he entered the hanger bay.
"They'll do what you want, but we merely replicated the technology. I've seen the new zords the rangers are using and those are the real deal," Peter warned.
"But it will show the rangers that there is some bark to our bite," Gorbin replied.
"I would have never helped you if I knew that you failed to tell me that my own daughter was one of them…but then you knew that, didn't you?" Peter asked. Gorbin smirked.
"I had no way of knowing back in '95 that your little girl would get mixed up with the wrong people and I didn't tell you in '03 that she had become one, because I couldn't afford to have you distracted from the project," Gorbin stated.
"Your little project will guarantee that my daughter will never forgive me!" Peter exclaimed.
"Nothing is stopping you from contacting her and talking to her, though you'll probably have to endure her bringing along her alien boyfriend. Just keep in mind that if you were to violate the terms of the affidavit you signed, then you would be charged with treason," Gorbin stated. Peter scoffed.
"But I'm not a cruel man, Mr. Hanson. Even though your daughter is a wanted woman, I would not interfere if you did happen to run into her, perhaps when she checks on her mother," Gorbin suggested idly, as he left the engineer to muddle through his thoughts.
"Tor…I'm fine…" Hunter protested. Tori huffed.
"I know that goon broke your ribs and now you're going to let Trini look at you," Tori argued.
"I've already healed so there's really no need," Hunter argued back, as his Uncle casually smacked him in the chest with the back of his hand.
"Ouch…what was that for?" Hunter grumbled.
"If that hurt, then your ribs aren't healing correctly," Zedd replied, as Trini came over and gingerly placed her hands on the right side of his ribcage. She prodded her fingers in key places and Hunter tried not to hiss in pain.
"He's right and if you don't let me reset and tape them now, they'll heal wrong and we'll have re-break them. I don't think have to tell you how painful that will be," Trini said. Hunter paled a little and followed Trini and Tori to the med wing.
"The zords are all on auto repair and any manual repairs they need can probably wait until morning," Billy said, as he checked Carly and Hayley's work.
"These zords are amazing, even more so than any of the old ones," Carly said. Billy looked at her skeptically.
"And how do you know about any of the zords?" Billy asked. She smiled sweetly.
"Uncle Alan let me look at some of the blueprints you left behind when you went to Aquitar," she replied.
"In other words, you sneaked them out of his office when he wasn't looking," Billy said knowingly. She shrugged innocently.
"Maybe," she said coyly.
"Hey guys…I heard the others cooked us a mountain of food so head upstairs when you're ready," Blake said, as he poked his head in.
"Hi Blake…I don't think I got a chance to thank you earlier for saving my skin from those goons," Carly said, smiling at him. He smiled back shyly and rubbed the back of his head.
"No worries…you wanna go get something to eat?" he asked. She smiled and nodded.
"Sure," she replied, as she followed him. Hayley and Billy chuckled as they left and smiled.
"Kids," Hayley joked. Billy nodded.
"They have the right idea though. I think everything will be fine here for tonight. I'm going to go check on Trina and get something to eat," Billy said. Hayley nodded.
"Good night Billy," she replied, as she proceeded upstairs a few minutes after him.
As they returned from the long, harrowing battle, they were pleasantly surprised to see that Alpha and the other inactive rangers had hot food ready for them. They had graciously thanked Alpha, Alyssa, and the others, before diving into the food. But while most of them slowed down, Rocky and Hunter kept eating their way through the mounds of food, much to Zedd's amusement. They expected this from Rocky, but none of them had ever seen Hunter put away this much food.
"Dude…I'm tapping out. You win," Rocky said, as he finally sat back and patted his full stomach.
"I don't get it. I've never been so hungry," Hunter said, himself amazed by how much he had eaten.
"It's your element. It has caused your already supercharged metabolism to go into overdrive. And it burns off anything you eat or drink three times as fast as it did before your fire was awakened," Zedd explained. Tori rolled her eyes.
"Like I didn't have enough trouble keeping him fed before," she complained. Jason and Tommy looked amused.
"So what you're saying is that it would be hard to get him drunk?" Jason whispered, careful that Tori didn't hear. Tommy chuckled, as Zedd cast a sideways glance at them.
"Yes I suppose, not impossible though, but if you're going to test your theory, I wouldn't let Dulcea find out if you value your health…or Tori for that matter," Zedd whispered back. Jason snickered.
"It's a red tradition to get the rookies drunk off their asses. We just haven't had time to test it out with Shane, Hunter, and Conner. Mack's an android so that's just no fun, but I remember when we got jungle boy drunk after the red mission to the moon. That was hilarious," Jason laughed.
"I thought we agreed to never speak of that night," Cole hissed, overhearing their conversation.
"You begged us never to speak of it. We didn't agree to anything," Tommy jabbed. Cole sighed.
"At least I'm not on the receiving end this time," Cole said, relief in his voice.
"Round up every drop of booze you can find in this place. Tomorrow night, after training, we test our theory. Conner will probably be gone after two beers, but Hunter and Shane should be interesting," Jason chuckled.
"And what do we tell the girls? I've seen an angry ranger female before. It literally will scare years off your life," Cole said in a serious tone that made Tommy and Jason crack up.
"We'll just tell them we're going to have a little guy time, team bonding stuff. They'll be more than happy to do a girls night themselves," Tommy reasoned. Zedd shook his head in amusement.
"If Dulcea finds out my part in this, she'll turn me into a toad," Zedd feared.
"So you'll be there?" Jason asked. Zedd grinned.
"And miss my nephew's gloriously embarrassing official initiation in the red club?" Zedd prompted with a smirk.
"I wouldn't miss that for the world," he said.
Prince Dex coughed violently, as the red space ranger dragged him across the ruined landscape of his once beautiful, life filled planet. It had been years since he killed Count Dregon and his planet had once again flourished during an era of great peace. But now, blasts from Sharkanian piloted crafts peppered the landscape, Burlots roamed the cities, brutally murdering his people, while the Duronian General, Marlott, hunted him on Lord Ooze's orders.
Andros blasted Marlott back with his spiral saber, but the Duronian barely felt the attack, as he dragged the prince up the ramp.
"Zhane…get us out of here!" Andros called, as Karone helped him with the injured Masked Rider. Once they safely made it away from the planet and into hyperspace, the red ranger started checking Dex's injured arm.
"We need to get these burns treated," Andros told the other young man, who was nearly catatonic. He had lost not only the masked rider powers, which Marlott had destroyed during Dex's battle with him, but his entire race was lost now as well.
"What is the point?" Dex asked sadly.
"The point is you'll get infection if we don't," Andros replied.
"It doesn't matter. We escaped, but they'll still get us," Dex replied.
"Maybe not…if we can find a way to make it Earth," Andros said.
"Being a power ranger didn't do Prince Trey or the Aquitians much good either," Dex replied bitterly.
"Yes, except Earth is now protected by the Phoenix ranger, or so I've heard, Tommy and many other former rangers have had their powers restored as well," Andros explained.
"The Phoenix ranger has been dead for thousands of years," Dex refuted, knowing of the legends.
"Yes, but the son of Zander and Dulcea lives," Karone explained.
"How is that even possible?" Dex asked.
"We're not exactly sure, but I'm positive Dulcea herself will explain it to us once we reach Phaedos in a few hours," Andros replied.
"But how does going to Phaedos help us get to Earth?" Dex asked.
"I'm almost positive that if we can reach Phaedos that the Earth rangers can teleport us from there," Andros explained, as they ushered the prince of Edenoi to the med deck to treat his injuries.
He kissed her deeply, his lips dueling with hers, as he slowly trailed hungry kisses down her neck. She combed her fingers through his messy, dirty blonde colored hair and their skin glistened in the afterglow of lovemaking. They were still blissfully connected and their limbs tangled beneath the mass of bedclothes. Their breathing slowly returned to normal and he rolled onto his back bringing her atop him, as their lips continued to meet in sensual kisses. She smiled at him, her sapphire eyes filled with love and gazing back into his own love and desire filled silvery blue stare.
"I love you," Hunter whispered. She gently pressed her lips to his.
"I love you too," Tori replied, as she rested her head against his chest.
"Are you going to Phaedos in the morning?" she asked. He nodded and kissed her hair.
"Yes, but I'd really like to take you with me this time," he replied. She smiled brightly at him.
"I would really like that too," she said, as their lips met again, before she settled down on her pillow and relished the feeling of her beloved spooning her against his warm, muscled body. She was asleep in his arms within moments and he was not far behind her.
Tanya tiptoed out of her room in the dark hallway, hoping she would not be seen. Most were in bed, but those of them that were single were still congregated down in the rec room.
"Oh good T, I was hoping you weren't asleep yet," Kim said, as she met her outside the room they were sharing.
"Let me guess, you want me to find somewhere else to sleep tonight, because a certain white ranger is about to sneak into your room," Tanya whispered. Kimberly looked at her guiltily and Tanya chuckled.
"No worries girl, I was actually on my way to Adam's room to kick your boyfriend out," Tanya admitted. Kim smiled.
"Really?" she asked. The girl in green nodded.
"Yep, I'm about to make a certain froggie very nervous, but very happy," Tanya said. Kimberly giggled.
"I'm no better since I'm about to get me some rainbow ranger," Kimberly replied, causing Tanya to stifle her giggles.
"Happy hunting," Tanya said, as she tiptoed off, promising to send Tommy her way, while she took residence in Adam's room.
"Edenoi is yours, My Lord," Xinshing stated, as he bowed deeply.
"Thank you, General Xin. You are far more capable than my own daughter and your brother so it seems," Ivan complimented.
"Yes…My Lord, I request that you please allow me to make the crimson ranger pay for killing my brother," Xin said fiercely.
"Patience General, I understand your anger with the Phoenix ranger, but we are far from finished with him. I promise that you'll have your chance to torture him to within an inch of his life soon," Ivan promised.
"Forgive me for being impatient Master, but when will you allow me to strike?" Xin asked.
"I will let you know. But to tame your anger, you can go oversee the training of your men and my daughter. Her performance thus far in battle has been quite the disappointment," Ivan ordered.
"Yes My Lord," Xin obeyed.
"And here is where all us lonely singles congregate after all the couples go to bed to do things I'd rather not think about," Blake joked, as he showed Carly into the rec room. Shane was using the game system and motion board to virtually skateboard on the big screen TV. Trent was in the corner with his sketchbook. Ethan was playing a game on his laptop. Kapri was filing her nails and Kelly was watching Shane, while Cam and Hayley were nearby, quietly talking.
"This place is amazing, thanks for showing me around," she replied. After eating and meeting her little cousin, Carly had taken the grand tour, while the kids were put to bed and most everyone else went to bed after a long day.
"How does Shane have the energy to fake skateboard after the battle you guys went through?" Carly wondered.
"No idea…I'm almost dead on my feet, but it's kind of something we all go through after a battle," Blake replied, as he sat down.
"What do you mean?" she asked.
"Well, when we morph, it's like a huge adrenaline rush and once we power down, it takes a while to come down from the power high. So while we're dead on our feet, at the same time, we're all kind of wired too," Blake tried to explain. Cam and Shane snickered.
"Dude, you're making us all sound like addicts," Shane joked. Carly smiled.
"Billy kind of told me about it. He said he went through power withdraw when the power coins were destroyed," Carly replied. Blake nodded.
"So you can understand why I'm not upstairs yet. I don't want to be scarred by all the noises. There was WAY too much of that when I was on tour with Factory Blue," Blake said. The others snickered again.
"I'm pretty sure the rooms are all soundproofed," Cam replied.
"Are you sure?" Blake asked skeptically. Shane hopped off the virtual board so someone else could have a turn.
"Positive, because I somehow got a room sandwiched in between Dustin and Marah's room and your brother and Tori's. I haven't heard a thing, so I think you're safe," Shane said, with a chuckle.
"You want to try skateboarding, Carly?" Shane asked.
"Not my thing really. What else do you have?" she asked.
"Pretty much any virtual sport you can imagine and a bunch of dance party ones," Shane said crinkling his nose.
"Oh, I love those dance things. I used to rock the one at the arcade back home," Carly said, as she jumped up and put the game in.
"Anyone want to partner up?" she asked.
"I have two left feet when it comes to dancing," Cam admitted.
"It's more fun with two people," she said, her eyes pleading, seemingly with Blake in particular. He smirked.
"Sounds fun. Hope you can keep up, Carls. I've been known to light a few dance floors on fire," Blake bragged, causing Shane, Cam, Ethan, and Trent to all suddenly groan and erupt into fake coughing fits.
"Watch and learn, haters," Blake said, as the music started. He smiled at Carly, as they started following the movements on the screen.
The red ranger dropped to his knees, observing the devastation around him. Another battle…another city in ruins…thousands slaughtered again. He recognized the city, or what was left of it, as his home. Reefside was no more and he felt bile in his throat, as he saw a child among the ruins, far more still than a child should be, clutching a stuffed animal, eyes open, frozen in terror of her last moments. A sob racked his shoulders, as he gently closed her tiny eyes.
"Kira…" he cried, looking around in vain for his love.
"KIRA!" he screamed.
"Conner…Con, wake up…" Kira pleaded, as she tried to shake her boyfriend awake. His eyes suddenly opened and he sat up with a start, taking deep breaths of air into his starved lungs. Kira clutched the sheet around her unclothed body and gently ran her hand along his back in a comforting caress.
"Kira…" he breathed.
"I'm here," she assured him. He surprised her by crushing her against his chest and hugging her tightly.
"It was just a nightmare, baby…" she whispered, as she felt his breathing slowly return to normal.
"It just felt so real…" he whispered. She gently brushed his chocolate bangs away from his eyes and kissed him tenderly.
"I'm here…I'm not going anywhere…" she promised.
"But…in my nightmare…" he started, but she cut him off by kissing him again.
"It was just a nightmare," she reassured him.
"I just…don't know what I'd do if I lost you," he whispered, as he gently kissed her neck.
"Not going to happen," she whispered back, as her body tingled in sensation that Conner was creating with his ministrations.
"I love you so much…" Conner whispered.
"I love you too," Kira responded, as they became aware of nothing else except each other.
Marah moaned sleepily, as awareness slowly roused her. It was the middle of the night, but she noticed a small light in the room that was accompanied by a rustling sound. The warmth of her boyfriend's body was gone and she blinked the sleep from her eyes.
"Dustin…what are you doing?" she asked, as she turned the lamp on, only to find him, clad in only a pair of yellow plaid boxers, digging through his dresser drawers with a flashlight.
"What are you looking for? And at two in the morning no less?" she asked with a yawn.
"Something…damn it, I know it's here. I think I'm losing it," Dustin complained. She smirked.
"Yeah, because you should be sleeping. Didn't I wear you out enough?" she asked slyly. He chuckled.
"Yeah, but I just have to find something and I didn't want to wait until morning," Dustin replied.
"What's so important that it can't wait until morning?" she asked.
"It probably can, but I don't want to and I was trying to find it earlier…then I got distracted," he said, tossing a sly look back at her.
"By me?" she asked innocently. He smirked.
"I love you, but the feigning innocence thing is so not you," Dustin joked. He felt a pillow smack him in the head.
"Whatever you are looking for better be good, Waldo," she warned. He smirked.
"It is and don't call me that, you know I hate it," he pleaded, as he found the shiny object in the pants he wore yesterday.
"Got it," he said, as he showed her the trinket in his palm.
"Dustin…what is that?" she asked.
"It's ring," he replied.
"I know that! But…I mean, when?" she stammered.
"I bought it before this whole mess started and this isn't how I wanted to do this, but I guess we have to deal with the hand we've been dealt," Dustin stated.
"With everything going on, it's made me realize even more that we have to live every day to the fullest and I want to do that with you by my side. I don't want to wait for the right time, because I think that time is now," Dustin continued. Tears slipped down Marah's cheeks.
"Will you marry me?" he asked. She nodded.
"Yes…" she sobbed, as she started wiping her tears. Dustin grinned and hugged her tightly.
"I love you so much…I'm so lucky that you could love me after everything I've done," Marah sniffled.
"That's all in the past and you've more than redeemed yourself. I love you and that's all that matters now," he replied, as he slipped the engagement ring on her finger.