Mystic Force: Dawn Of Darkness
Chapter 1: Breaking The News
Last Revised: December 1, 2010
Summary: Picking up where Mystic Force: The Forgotten Ray of Light left off, we find our heroes facing a new set of challenges, and not all of them are from evil villains attempting to take over the universe
Rated: M for adult situations
Ships: NM, VX, CC, UL
Disclaimer: I don't own Power Rangers; that now belongs, once again, to Saban (THANK GOD). I'm not making any money off this work of fiction, just getting tons of enjoyment for writing and having my readers comment. Ella, Alex, and the other original characters featured here are mine, please do not take them without asking.
Dedication: Ang and Enigma – I FINALLY STARTED IT! To all the fans who asked me when the sequel was coming, thanks for the patience!
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Late July 2007
Ella and Alex continued to eye each other skeptically as their two eldest children made dinner for them in the kitchen. It had been a shock when both girls had come over, mostly because Vida all but refused to be in Alex's presence after what had happened earlier in the year. Even more worrisome was that their three youngest were next door at the Needham's for the night because whatever Madison and Vida needed to discuss with them was obviously serious.
Ella decided to broach the subject when they sat down to dinner and the girls barely touched their food for the first ten minutes. "Alright you two, start talking," their mother prompted, startling her daughters.
Vida swallowed hard while Madison looked like a deer caught in the headlights. "Um, Mom…" Vida began and then stopped as she and Madison stared at each other.
The Pink Ranger shot her sister an alarmed look for being so blunt while silverware clanged against plates. Their step-father's jaw had dropped open and their mother was staring at them with a surprisingly calm and thoughtful look. "Excuse me?" Alex demanded.
"We didn't plan this," Madison adamantly explained. "We have been as careful as possible, but apparently it wasn't enough."
"Are you both feeling well?" Ella finally spoke up, shocking all of them. "Have you gone to the doctor?"
"We're okay; shocked but okay," Vida pointed out. "We found out last night. We need to talk to Udonna first, before we do a regular doctor. She told us some stories about when she was carrying Nick; there might be some complications, magical complications…"
Ella nodded. "Your Ranger powers on top of your magical ones. I didn't have enough experience with birthing before I had you two. I healed people, but I wasn't a midwife. Udonna's experience here will be an asset to you both."
"I can't believe you're being nonchalant about this!" Alex argued with his wife. "Our daughters are pregnant!"
Ella took a deep breath and shot a look at her husband that silenced him. Ever since her memories had come back, her confidence level had shot up. She no longer deferred to him for every decision. "It's not going to do you, or me, any good to be angry about this. Am I disappointed? Yes, because I had hoped they'd be married before they started having children. But it's already done; there's nothing they can do to change it, nor is there anything I can do to change it. And I don't think any of us would if we could. We raised our children to be responsible people and they're being that by telling us straight away and not lying about it. They're taking responsibility for their actions."
Fuming, Alex shot a look at the girls. "Have you told the boys yet?" he demanded, and then his mind clicked over to the other person this situation would effect. "And what about Daggeron?"
Madison paled while Vida shook her head. "We're having dinner with Dad tomorrow to tell him. Xander's out of town right now, so I'm waiting until he gets back to tell him," the Pink Ranger explained.
"I haven't said a word to Nick yet, and I don't know what I'm going to say or when I'm going to say it," Madison mumbled before she got up and headed into the kitchen.
"Madison…" Alex tried to stop her, only to have Ella shake her head at him. "What?"
"Let her go, she's scared and hurting," his wife softly told him.
"She's afraid she's going to lose Nick; they've never discussed kids, and he's her first love," Vida murmured, her heart hurting for her sensitive sister. "She's terrified."
Madison and Vida's Apartment
The Next Evening
Sitting at the table in his girls' kitchen, Daggeron could feel the tension rolling off them like heat off the sun. Vida had been more talkative tonight, and Madison more withdrawn. Even before he'd found out he was their father, he'd been able to read both girls like open books. Something had happened, he could feel it, but he couldn't figure out what. The worry was starting to gnaw at his insides. "Would one of you please tell me what's wrong?"
Since Maddy was still currently inspecting the mashed potatoes on her plate, Vida figured it was her turn to break the news to their father. Reaching out, she took her glass and swallowed a mouthful of milk as she struggled to figure out what to say to him. "Well, um, Maddy and I have some news for you," she started, shooting a smile in his direction.
One thick eyebrow shot up as a dubious expression crossed the Solaris Knight's features. It wasn't so much Vida's words that had him worried, it was her tone. It was almost as if she was afraid to break this news to him. "Vida, you're scaring me. What's wrong?"
"You're going to be a grandfather in a few months," she quietly told him, wincing when his face went pale.
"Excuse me? What do you mean, grandfather?"
"Vida and I are pregnant," Madison finally spoke, lifting her gaze from her plate to her father's face. Daggeron's breath caught in his throat when he saw the steady stream of tears rushing down his little mermaid's face. Pushing back from his chair, he came around the table and knelt next to his youngest before wrapping his arms around her. "I'm sorry."
"Madison, don't apologize," he whispered, burying his face in her hair. "Are you okay? Are you healthy? Have you told your mother?"
Vida laughed through her tears while Madison nodded. "We told Mom and Alex yesterday," the Pink Ranger explained. "Alex's is a little steamed, Mom's just a little disappointed, but they took it well."
Daggeron nodded and continued to hold Madison, though she was down to hiccupping instead of crying. "I take it you haven't told Nick or Xander?"
The Solaris Knight was shocked when Madison started trembling again. "I'm going to wait until Xander comes back from helping Overdrive," Vida grinned wickedly. Daggeron could tell his oldest was relishing the thought of breaking the news to her teammate and boyfriend. "Maddy's scared to tell Nick."
Reaching out, he cupped his daughter's face and lifted her gaze to his. "Given how well I know Nick, and how hard it's been for him with being adopted and finding his real family, I think he's going to love the idea of you being pregnant. It might be a little ahead of schedule, but I know he's already talked to me about marrying you."
Madison's eyes widened as tears continued to spill down her cheek. "He has?"
Daggeron nodded. "He loves you, so much, Madison. As a father, it kills me to know I'm losing you before I've gotten to have you for very long, but I can think of no better man than him for you. Give him a chance before you let fear cloud your decisions."
"You know what would be funny?" Vida asked, munching on a piece of asparagus. She waited until her father and her sister were staring at her before she continued. "We shouldn't tell the guys we told Dad, and actually make THEM tell him. I can see them both quivering in their boots right now."
A peal of laughter escaped the Mystic Mermaid before she could stop it. Daggeron gave a long chuckle at the thought of both Nick and Xander coming to tell him they'd gotten his girls pregnant. "Wherever did you get that sadistic streak, Vida? I know it was not from me," he teased.
"It comes with the Pink spandex," she said around a mouthful of vegetable.
2 Days Later
Walking up the stairs to Madison and Vida's apartment had never given him the kind of vibes he was getting now as he approached their door. It had always been anticipation and happiness at seeing his beloved Mermaid that he'd felt walking the path he was on, but now…he was filled with a sense of dread. He was also surprised when Vida opened the door before he could knock. "V."
"I'm heading to the movies with Chip and Clare. Madison's got some stuff to talk to you about, so I'm just going to say this – if you hurt her, in any way, you're going to be dealing with me. Understood?" the Pink Ranger growled.
Eyes wide and hands up in surrender, Nick simply nodded. "V, we've had this talk before, remember?"
"The situation's changed, Fire-boy. If I come back and you've hurt her, no force in heaven or earth is going to keep me from making you pay." That said, Vida breezed past him and headed for her car while he headed inside.
"Maddy?" he called as he stepped inside and shut the door. There was one light on in the living room and another in her bedroom, and that was it. He shrugged out of his leather jacket and hung it on the coat rack by the door before heading toward his beloved's bedroom.
He stood in the doorway and watched her for a few moments. She was curled up in the middle of her bed, head resting on the blue pillows beneath her. He took a minute to look around the room, a wave of happiness swelling inside of him. They'd spent many happy times in this room over the last few weeks, just as they had in his room at Rootcore. It was that positive energy he hoped to infuse his beloved with. "Madison?"
Her head jerked up as she turned her eyes in his direction. He could see she pasted a fake smile on her face. "Hi."
"What's wrong?" he questioned, toeing off his shoes by the door before stalking across the small space to climb up on the bed with her. He gasped when she stiffened at his touch and the worry exploded full force inside of him. "Baby, talk to me. What is it?"
He was alarmed by the tears that pooled in her eyes and then slid down her cheeks. She reached out for his hand, twining their fingers together as he sat on the bed and pulled her against his chest. She snuggled her head up under his chin and smiled, a real smile, when he stroked the side of her face with his free hand. His warm lips caressed her hair as he rocked her back and forth gently. "I have something to tell you, and I'm not sure how you're going to react to it," she told him, her breath catching in a hitch in her throat.
"Maddy, you're scaring me. What's wrong? You know you can tell me anything," he urged, hugging her tightly.
Pulling away just enough to look up into his face, she finally spoke the words she knew were going to change everything. "I'm pregnant."
His eyes widened to the size of saucers as he started down at her, his face going pale as he registered her words. "Excuse me?"
"I'm pregnant, Nick, with your baby."
Those beloved eyes of his moved from her face down to her stomach, which was carefully tucked against his side. Mouth open wide in shock, his free hand drifted down her arm and side before settling over her tummy, his fingers splayed over the still flat surface. "You're sure?"
"Yeah," she told him in a whisper. "I still have to go to the doctor, but home pregnancy tests are pretty accurate these days."
"Oh wow," he uttered. He was looking at her with a mix of fear, wonder, and shock all rolled into one. And then it registered on his face why she'd been so upset. "You don't want the baby? That's why you're upset."
"Oh Nick!" she choked through her tears, curling her free arm around his neck and burying her face against the strong column of his throat. "I want our baby; it's a miracle, our miracle. I was just scared, of what my parents were going to say, of what you were going to say or do. I don't want to lose you!"
He tugged the hand she held free and wrapped both arms around her, hauling her tight against his body. There had always been something about the ever so calm Madison that had always pulled at him. She was a soothing balm to his soul, the cooling water that often put his raging fire out. She was level headed where he was rash, calm and cool where he was emotional. He couldn't stand knowing she'd been scared of what his reaction was going to be. "I love you," he told her, kissing the side of her face, his lips drifting over every inch of skin he could reach before he buried his face in the crook of her shoulder.
"You're not mad?" she asked as the two of them shifted around on the bed so that Nick was cuddling her in his lap.
"Shocked and scared, but mad? No; no I'm not mad. We need to get you to the doctor."
Madison let out a laugh as she leaned up to kiss him softly. "I love you," she smiled even through the tears that continued to fall. "We need to tell your parents first, because I need to ask your mom for some advice."
Looking confused, Nick leaned back against the headboard. "Huh?"
"Ranger and magical powers, Baby. I don't know if going to a normal doctor is going to be the thing for me. I have something else to tell you though."
Arching his eyebrow, he grinned down at her. "Okay."
"Vida's pregnant too."
Gut deep, rolling laughter exploded out of the Red Ranger, making his girlfriend smile. "I swear, only you two could pull that off!"
Madison smacked him playfully on the arm. "It's not like we planned it that way, hell, neither one of us planned on even getting pregnant at this point, it just happened."
Kissing the top of her head again, he closed his eyes and let out a deep, heavy breath. "We're in for it now. When we tell my parents…"
"All hell's going to break loose, in a good way," Maddy responded, thinking of Udonna's eyes lighting up at the prospect of grandchildren. She'd already told both girls that she considered them as much her children as Nick was, just as she considered Clare, Xander and Chip her children. She had been more than teammate and mentor; she'd been confidant, teacher, and mother as well through all they'd gone through from the second she'd stepped into their lives.
"I can't wait to see what Xander's got to say!"
Beginning Of August 2007
"You're being a grouch," Xander accused as he and Vida climbed the steps to his apartment. He'd only been home two days and already she was getting on his nerves. If he didn't know any better, he'd swear she was on her period and pmsing.
"You know what, you're being an ass!"
The Green Ranger shook his head and continued up the second flight of stairs to his third story apartment. "I come home after a long two weeks of battling idiots I shouldn't have to and my girlfriend is being an uber bitch. LOVELY."
"Bitch? Really? Let me tell you something, Xander Bly, if I'm being a bitch, it's your fault!" she yelled at him.
"How is it my fault when I haven't seen you in two weeks?" he demanded, stopping at the landing midway up before facing her.
She marched up the stairs, got in his face, and yelled, "YOU GOT ME PREGNANT!" before she stormed past him up the second half of the stairs.
Xander spun to follow her, only to yelp when he slipped and tripped going up the stairs. "WHAT THE HELL!" Given that Vida was now up the rest of the stairs and down the hall at his door, he pushed himself up, his body aching and his heart thumping painfully in his chest, his mind tumbling her shouted words over and over in his head.
When he got to his door, he saw her leaning her forehead against the wall beside the door, hands fisted at her sides. Even in the dim hall light, he could see the trace of what was so rare with Vida – tears. His thoughts were swirling so fast, trying to absorb what she'd told him. "Love?"
"What?" she croaked, her voice full of the tears she hated to cry.
"Did you just tell me you were pregnant?"
She turned her gaze to him, his heart breaking from the look. "I'm sorry."
Putting his own fear of the future aside, he quickly unlocked the door and ushered her into his apartment. The second they were inside, he yanked her into his arms. "When did you find out?"
"While you were gone," she cried softly, rubbing her face against his shoulder while holding onto him for dear life. "I'm so sorry!"
"Stop apologizing V," he admonished, holding her at arm's length. "Did you get pregnant on your own?"
"Not unless it's the second coming," she laughed, causing him to smile. "I'm scared."
He nodded while letting out a long, heavy breath. "Makes two of us, Love." Carefully, Xander led her over to the couch and they sat down, with Vida curled against his side. "You're healthy?"
"Haven't been to the doctor yet because I have to talk to Udonna first. And you should know, you aren't alone in the fatherhood boat," she quietly told him.
Biting her lip, she peered up at him. "Nick and Madison are expecting too."
Xander's face paled as he stared down at her. He looked so shocked. "Are you kidding me?"
Shaking her head, Vida nestled her head against his shoulder again, her right hand resting over his heart. "Xander, what are we going to do?"
"What do you by 'do'?" he wanted to know, almost sounding afraid to find out what she meant.
Sitting up, Vida wrapped her arms around her up-drawn knees and stared at him. "I mean about the baby. What do you want to do?"
"I really want to have our baby," she told him truthfully, putting as much conviction into her voice as she could. "As scared as I am, I want this child. I want our baby. I understand if you need time to think, since we never talked about it…"
His face spoke for him as he stared at her. Eyes shining, and a goofy grin on his face, Xander reached out to cup her face. "I'm scared shitless right now, but V, I want OUR baby too."
Her shoulders sagged in relief as she let him draw her into his lap, holding on tight. They sat in a comfortable silence until Xander nudged her softly. "You gonna kiss my bruises? It's your fault I tripped on the stairs."
Vida looked up at him, one eyebrow cocked. "I'll kiss those bruises if you promise to have this baby."
Xander's eyes widened and he shook his head. "Uh, no thanks. I'm a fan of the way things are now."
"Then deal with your own bruises. I'm going to be pushing something the size of a watermelon out of a hole the size of a quarter in a few months."
Wincing, Xander just nodded in agreement. He had no wish to further discuss the situation.
They felt like their lives were in serious danger of ending as the pair of them traipsed through the woods alongside Daggeron. Maddy and Vida had mentioned they'd told their mother and stepfather, but had neglected to mention whether or not they'd told their father yet. And because the two of them felt responsible for the girls' current situation, they'd decided to take matters into their own hands and tell their mentor and the father of their respective girlfriends. Being responsible didn't make them less scared out of their minds for their lives.
"Are you two ever going to tell me why you asked me to come talk to you? I have a dinner date with my daughters and Itassis tonight," Daggeron spoke up finally.
Nick and Xander shard a look, both of them terrified but knowing they needed to tell him. "Well, Daggeron, you see…." Xander started, only to have his voice crack as he fell silent.
"Spit it out already," Daggeron teased.
"Maddy and Vida are pregnant."
Xander shuddered as Nick's words whooshed out in a rush, causing Daggeron to stop walking and pivot to face them. "Excuse me?"
So nervous were both Rangers they never noticed the raised eyebrow or the grin Daggeron let out. The boys were too busy studying their boots to see the amusement on the Solaris Knight's face as they tried to tell him what his girls already had. "We got Madison and Vida pregnant. It was an accident, we didn't plan it, but we did try and be careful," Nick rushed on.
"Yeah. We're taking full responsibility for the consequences of our actions," Xander put in. "We're going to fully support the girls, not only because it's the right thing to do, but because we love them. We're both scared as hell but thrilled that the girls are having our children. We felt, however, that we should tell you straight away, since Maddy and Vida already told Mr. and Mrs. Rocca."
Looking up from the ground, the boys were startled to see smirk Daggeron was sporting. "Say something, please?" Nick all but begged.
"Took you two long enough," he responded, watching their eyes widen. "Did you really think my daughters would keep something this important from me? They told me right after they found out."
Shoulders sagged in relief. "We're sorry," Xander spoke up.
"I appreciate the sentiment, and I'm proud that the two of you are taking responsibility for your actions. However, what makes me happiest, is the fact that you two love my girls. I couldn't ask for more from the young men who will be forever linked with them."
"You're not mad?" Nick asked.
"Like their mother, not mad, just disappointed that you didn't wait until you'd at least finished college. But I also know that some times, things like this happen because they're meant to be. There is a reason that my daughters are both pregnant at the same time. I don't know why that is, but I'm sure I'm bound to find out. Thank you, for taking the initiative, and telling me instead of hiding it. I'm extremely proud of both of you."
Both boys seemed to sigh in relief, until Daggeron started chuckling. "What's so funny?" Xander wanted to know.
"I can't wait for the looks on YOUR parents' faces when you tell them."
Both Rangers paled at the thought, realizing that only half their mission was over – Vida and Madison's parents knew, but they still had to tell their own. "Oh crap."