Falling For You
Chapter 13: The Tengen Gate
A/N: Okay, so I'm not sure how this chapter is going to go, so bear with me. What if it wasn't just Jayden who was poisoned? What happens when the rangers are at the Tengen Gate, getting a new thing that they need? How will things work out overall?
Disclaimer: I only own things not originally in the show.
It was a typical sunny day in Panorama City. Things were quiet now that the first fight of the day was done. The rangers knew it wasn't going to be long before another fight was called, but they had other things to worry about. Everything was as normal as it could be since Emily's birthday the previous week, and the only major change was getting used to Amelia going to treatments. Since the rangers had been in battle while she was at another treatment, she had been there alone, Alex going to get her afterward.
Now, all the rangers were sitting in the common room, Ji standing and pointing to an open book on the table. "I don't know what to do," Mia was first to speak. "We fought so hard, but the Sanzu river keeps seeping into our world."
"I can't believe this is happening," Mike shook his head.
"What else can we do?" Emily asked. "We've beaten the Nighlok every time."
"We can't think about winning or losing," Jayden stated. "We have to believe in ourselves and keep fighting."
"Jayden's right," Kevin agreed. "We can't give up, no matter what."
"I'm glad to hear that," Ji gained their attention. "Because I may have found something that could help us."
Alex frowned as he looked at the picture in the book, recognizing it from doing some research on previous samurai ranger teams. "The black box?"
"Ji, we can't," Jayden denied.
"What is it?" Amelia looked to her boyfriend.
"A magic talisman," Ji answered. "Created by the very first red ranger. It is said it can unite the symbol powers of all the rangers into one."
"Okay, cool," Mike shrugged. "Let's fire it up."
Jayden shot down the idea. "It's not as simple as that. The red ranger never finished the talisman."
"Many have tried," Ji continued. "But none have the skill and power to complete it."
"What about Antonio or Alex?" Emily suggested. "They're both tech geniuses."
"Yeah," Amelia agreed. "I mean, Antonio programmed the zord like it was a coffee maker, and Alex can hack into anything."
"But neither of them," Kevin began. "Have the mastery of symbol power like we do. No offense, Alex." Alex shrugged. "You know how much it drains us each time we use it?"
Jayden agreed. "Kevin's right. Trying to transfer even a few of our symbol powers into the box could destroy them. I can't ask them to do this."
"You're not," Alex replied. "I'll do it. If we can get Antonio to agree, two people working on it could be better than one."
"None of us want to see them hurt," Amelia agreed. "But…"
"We're talking about saving the human race, here," Mia finished.
"If they're willing," Mike nodded. "Give them a shot."
Jayden thought for a moment. Alex had already agreed, so they really only needed Antonio to help. "Okay."
"First," Ji continued. "You must retrieve the black box. For generations, it has been protected by the guardians of the Tengen Gate."
Jayden, Amelia, Mia, Kevin, Emily, and Mike found themselves entering the Tengen Gate. Alex and Antonio had been left behind, mainly so Ji could discuss what they would have to do with the black box when it came time for them to step in and do their part. Alex had asked Jayden to look after Amelia, especially if something went wrong. The orange ranger was leaning her head against Jayden's shoulder as they walked along.
"This is the Tengen Gate?" Mike frowned. "It's just a big wood thing."
"The Tengen Gate is an important part of ranger history, Mike," Jayden stated. They all bowed at the entrance before continuing forward. They stopped in front of a stone with writing on it, Jayden knowing what it was. "This commemorates where the first samurai rangers battled the Nighlok army."
"They say the Sanzu river flooded the entire city," Emily recalled.
"What happened?" Amelia looked around. Unlike the others, she didn't know much about the samurai history.
Kevin answered. "The rangers defeated them because they never gave up. And they took their training seriously."
"They certainly did," a new voice entered. They turned to see an old man with a smile walking toward them. "Although the legends tell us that the green ranger was a bit of a prankster."
"No way," Mike scoffed.
"Apparently," the old man nodded. "He drove the blue ranger crazy. But they were still the best of friends. I am Daisuke, the elder guardian." They all bowed respectfully. "Welcome to the Tengen Gate. Your mentor advised us that you were coming. Please." He stepped aside, allowing them to go through. One of the guardians led them all away, Jayden lagging behind. "A penny for your thoughts, Jayden?"
"It's nothing," he assured.
Daisuke saw right through it. "You haven't told them your secret, have you?"
"They're my friends, Daisuke," Jayden shook his head. "I don't like lying to them, but…"
"I'm sorry, Jayden," Daisuke placed a hand on his shoulder. "But it is your responsibility to be the red ranger."
"I know," he sighed. "I won't fail them."
The rangers found themselves standing in a big room with pillows laid out in a circle on the floor. The back wall had different connecting scrolls on it, telling a story that Mia and Kevin were trying to figure out. Amelia was talking to Emily and Mike, all of them waiting for Jayden and Daisuke to enter the room. When they finally did, Daisuke spotted Mia and Kevin examining the story board. He decided to let them in on the legend.
"It's an old folk tale," he stated. "A young woman made a deal with the Nighlok king to save the life of her beloved. But the king tricked her and turned them both into Nighlok."
"It sure sounds like something a Nighlok would do," Kevin mused.
"The king took away the man's memory," Daisuke went on. "And cursed him to wander the Earth alone forever."
Mia looked at the different drawings. "It's strange. It's almost as if I met this woman before." Daisuke directed them to take seats on the pillows as a servant brought in a wooden box. The older man took the box before sitting down on the last pillow. He set the box on the floor and opened it, revealing the black box with the samurai crest on it.
"The black box," he began. "The most powerful samurai weapon ever conceived. Few even know of it's existence." Jayden held the black box in his hands, examining it.
"Thank you, Daisuke," he thanked. "I shall protect it with my life."
"I hope your friends can program it," Daisuke nodded, another servant leaving the room after filling seven tea cups. "With each passing day, the Nighlok presence grows stronger. I fear that soon even this sacred place will be corrupted by their evil."
A servant set the tray of tea down in the center of the circle before leaving. "Now," Daisuke smiled. "Let us drink tea together…" Everyone grabbed a cup, Amelia and Jayden getting their first and the latter handing one to Daisuke. "To honor the ancient rangers and for good fortune in battle."
With the wishes done, Jayden and Amelia simultaneously took a sip of their tea, eyes going wide the minute it went down their throats. Both spit it out, dropping the cups onto the floor. This caused the others to put theirs down, fearing something was wrong with it, especially when the orange and red rangers fell to the ground, clutching their throats and coughing madly. The others all crowded around them.
"The drink," Jayden managed to get out. "It's poisoned!"
"Daisuke!" a servant ran in. "There are Nighlok in the garden!"
"But we can't leave Amy and Jayden," Mia pointed out.
"Don't worry about us," Amy managed to get out, her voice more strained than Jayden's. "Go!"
Deciding it best, the other four samurai ran out into the garden, leaving Daisuke to watch over the two rangers.
As the other four rangers were out fighting the Nighlok, Daisuke and the servant who warned them were helping Amelia and Jayden. The servant brought in a tray with two drinks and a couple towels on it. Jayden and Amelia had both been laying flat on their backs, heads resting on a couple pillows. Daisuke gave Jayden a sip of one of the drinks first, since he was closer. However, just as he was about to take a sip, they all turned their heads at the sound of a voice. "What a joke!" they say a squid-faced Nighlok huff. "Seriously? You're going to fight my black magic potion with dried mushrooms?"
The servant tried charging but was shot back before he could. Daisuke stood and began walking over. "Foolish Nighlok! Your forces were defeated here once before, and they shall be again!"
"Ooh ah ooh," the Nighlok rolled his eyes. "You want a piece of me, too?"
"Wait," Jayden stopped him. "It's me you want. Let the guardians go."
"Fine by me," he shrugged. "I just need one thing from you. You're going to show me the symbol you red rangers used to seal away Master Xandred."
Amelia looked over to her boyfriend. "Jayden, don't."
Jayden and Amelia found themselves crawling through the garden, trying to escape the Nighlok they were facing. He hadn't attacked them yet, but both knew that he very well could. The two rangers were still in a lot of pain from the potion they had consumed, and it was becoming almost unbearable to move. "It's a simple question, red ranger," the Nighlok grumbled. "Just show me the sealing symbol. I'll give you the antidote, and it'll save all of us a lot of grief."
"Never," Jayden spat.
"That's how you want to play it?" the Nighlok scoffed.
"The man said no!" a new voice shouted. They all turned to see Antonio, who still wasn't morphed, running into the area. He morphed as he went, becoming encased in his ranger suit as he reached them. He drew his blade and immediately clashed against the Nighlok.
"Who invited you?" the Nighlok demanded. "This is a private conversation."
Amelia looked up at the gold ranger. "Antonio?" she muttered, right before passing out.
"Amy!" Jayden noticed this. The fight between Antonio and the Nighlok continued, neither one willing to give up. Because the Nighlok barely moved at all, it gave Antonio a slight advantage to dodge attacks and deliver blows.
"Hold still, would you?" the monster groaned, getting annoyed. Antonio was knocked away, landing on the ground before getting back to his feet. Before he could attack, he was hit again. He freed himself from the hold and charged once more, dodging what was thrown at him. By this point, both Jayden and Amelia were both unconscious. Dekker came onto scene, standing between Jayden and Amelia.
"Hey fisherman!" he called.
"Huh?" Antonio frowned, before spotting a familiar man. "Hey, what are you doing here?"
Dekker seemed calm. "Relax. "He transformed into his Nighlok form. "I'll take care of the orange ranger from here."
"What?" Antonio went wide eyed. If Amelia got kidnapped, the gold ranger was pretty sure his roommates would have his head. "Wait! No!" Dekker had Amelia hoisted over his shoulders before leaping away over the building, leaving Antonio fighting the Nighlok and Jayden still unconscious on the ground. "Come back with my friend!"
"Dekker spoils everything," the other Nighlok grumbled before disappearing, forgetting about Jayden.
"What do you mean kidnapped?" Alex demanded as he talked to Antonio through the samurizers. He hadn't gone when he was called, having been working on an antidote to get rid of the poison flowing through Jayden and Amelia's bodies. He had heard everything up until the Nighlok asking Jayden to reveal the sealing symbol once more, so he had no idea what had been going on.
"I tried to stop it from happening," the gold ranger swore. Alex had been working on the antidote for the poison, and he had just finished it. Hearing his sister was kidnapped was not something he had been able to hear thanks to a device he had given his sister to record whatever was being said. When the connection was cut, he assumed it was because she accidentally hit the device, causing it to shut off. "I swear, I did, but I was the only one trying to! Jayden was out because of the poison, the others were taken down by a brutal attack, and you were working on the antidote."
"Great," Alex huffed. "Just get the others back here. I'll figure something out."
This was not going to be pretty.
A/N: Okay, so, though both Jayden and Amelia have been poisoned, it is only Amelia who has been kidnapped. Anyway, what'll happen now? This chapter turned out better than I thought, yet didn't.
Updates for this story might be slow and because I have ideas that will not leave my head for my other series and for a new story, I feel like if I don't work on those soon, my head might just explode.