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Chapter 4 – Breaking The Spell
"Aye yai yai! Rangers, Tommy's gone!" cried Alpha, running back into the room as fast as his robotic legs could carry him.
"What?!" They yelled as one.
"He is not outside, nor is he anywhere in the Command Centre." Said Alpha. "I've tracked his location to Angel Grove park."
"We can't leave him alone. Rita must be after him by now." Said Kim. She started to get up but Jason pushed her back down.
"We'll find him and bring him back safe, I promise. You rest." He ordered again. Kim sighed in frustration but nodded, knowing she wouldn't win this battle.
"Get him back fast guys." Called Kim as the other Rangers headed for the door. "In his state of mind he'll probably just let Rita kill him."
"Right. Fast. Got it." Muttered Zack.
"It's Morphin' Time!" cried Jason.
The Morphed Rangers gave a salute to Kim and teleported out. Kim laid back and tried to relax, eventually succeeding in falling asleep. She woke up what she figured must have been hours later, but there was no one by her side. Knowing that meant that the Rangers had not returned, as Jason minimally would have been sitting with her, Kim forced herself up and walked into the main chamber.
"Aye yai yai! Zordon, Tommy needs help!" She heard Alpha cry.
"I KNOW ALPHA. WE HAVE TO HOPE TOMMY CAN HOLD OUT UNTIL THE OTHERS ARE ABLE TO JOIN HIM."
"Zordon, Alpha what's going on?" she asked, climbing the two steps onto the main platform.
"Kimberly! You should be resting!" said Alpha. She ignored him and faced the Viewing Globe. The Megazord was fighting a giant squid monster and Tommy was facing Goldar and a group of putties.
"I have to help him." She said.
"KIMBERLY, YOU ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO ENTER THIS BATTLE." Cautioned Zordon. Kim wouldn't hear any of it though.
"I'm alright, really." She said when Alpha looked like he was going to protest. "I'm just a little sore, Alpha, you and Trini did a great job fixing me up, and that nap did wonders. I have to try." She said pleadingly to Zordon, both of them knowing that ultimately she would do what he said. He looked at her for a moment, his eyes full of concern, but eventually nodded.
"BE CAREFUL, KIMBERLY, AND MAY THE POWER PROTECT YOU." Kim nodded her thanks and told him she'd come back safely.
"It's Morphin Time! Pterodactyl!" The Prink Ranger teleported out and within seconds she appeared by Tommy's side. To say the man in question was surprised by her appearance would be an understatement.
"What are you doing here?" he demanded, throwing a punch at a Putty and leaping to her side.
"I'm not letting her get you back!" she said, throwing her own punch, quickly followed by a back flip and kick.
"I have no intention of working for Rita again." He responded.
"I'm not letting you die either!" the two began working together as if they'd been doing this for a long time.
"Why do you care? After what I did?"
"That wasn't you!" she roared, accentuating her anger with a powerful kick to Goldar's chest, knocking the beast back. "And I'm sick and tired of repeating myself! This happened to me! I'm the one allowed to feel upset and angry about it, not you! You get to feel upset and angry about Rita turning you evil. That's what happened to you, so that's what you can be upset about, not about what happened to me. Got it?!" she demanded, grabbing his arm and whirling him around, looking straight through his visor, glaring at him. Tommy stared right back at her, not sure if he was glad he couldn't see her face. He was glad, however, that he was saved from giving a reply when Goldar launched back on the attack. Working together, Tommy and Kim were able to destroy all the Putties and repel Goldar. With their battle over, Kim took off her helmet and reached up to remove Tommy's.
"Got it?" she asked once again now that they had eye contact. Tommy saw the fire in her eyes and nodded his head in submission. Already he could tell that giving in to her would make life easier. She smiled at him and he felt a not unpleasant pang in his heart, though he pushed it down.
"Good." She said. Shortly after the other Rangers joined them. The four of them scolded Kimberly for pushing herself too much too soon, but besides that, they were very open and welcoming to Tommy. Even Jason. They gave him no choice but to return to the Command Centre with them where Zordon welcomed him once again, entrusting him with The Power and the responsibility of being a Power Ranger.
"I don't deserve The Power, Zordon." Insisted Tommy. "I've already abused it, I've caused too much damage."
"YOUR ACTIONS WERE NOT YOUR OWN, TOMMY, BUT RITA'S. NO MATTER WHAT SHE FORCED YOU TO DO, YOUR HEART IS STILL GOOD."
"I don't know if I'm ready for this." He said, still unsure.
"IT IS FOR THAT REASON, TOMMY, THAT I KNOW YOU ARE." Tommy nodded, though he didn't fully believe it.
"Welcome to the team, Tommy." Said Jason, coming up beside him and clapping him on the back. The others gave similar sentiments and Tommy couldn't help but smile. Kim was the last one to welcome him and his smile faltered seeing she was still visibly in pain. He wanted to get out and away from it all for awhile, but seeing Kim in pain, reminded him of something.
"Zordon, what about the spell on Kimberly?" he asked. "How can we break it?" The others perked up, interested in the answer as well.
"I AM NOT ENTIRELY SURE, TOMMY." Answered Zordon truthfully. "WHEN YOU WERE PLACED UNDER RITA'S SPELL YOU WERE GIVEN THE ABILITY TO USE MAGIC. THIS IS WHAT ALLOWED YOU TO TRAVEL BETWEEN EARTH AND RITA'S MOON PALACE, AS WELL AS PLACE A SPELL ON KIMBERLY." He explained. "EVERY SPELL HAS A COUNTER SPELL; THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY TO CONTERACT MAGIC. HOWEVER, RITA IS A POWERFUL SORCERESS, SHE COULD EASILY MANIPULATE THE MAGIC SO THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO BREAK THE SPELL, A WAY SHE CREATES; A WAY SHE WOULD BELIEVE TO BE IMPOSSIBLE. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT RITA DID JUST THAT; AND ALSO THAT TOMMY FOUND A DIFFERENT WAY TO BREAK IT."
"A different way?" asked Billy. "But if Rita's magic is powerful enough to create only one possible counter spell, how could Tommy have found another way?"
"I BELIEVE THE PART OF TOMMY THE SPELL HAD SUPRESSED, HIS HEART AND SOUL, BECAME FRANTIC WITH WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO KIMBERLY. IT TRIED DESPERATELY TO BREAK FREE AND EVENTUALLY SUCCEEDED. TOMMY BROKE THROUGH BY HIS POWER ALONE. TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, THIS IS NOT THE WAY RITA CREATED, AND SO AS FAR AS THE MAGIC IS CONCERNED, THE SPELL HAS NOT BEEN LIFTED."
"And that is why Tommy still has access to the powers the spell gave him." Concluded Billy. "Because whatever door she created has not been opened, so the spell technically has not been broken."
"But if the spell has technically not been broken, how is Tommy not evil anymore?" asked Jason.
"TOMMY'S POWER WAS ABLE TO BREAK THE SPELL IN A WAY THOUGHT IMPOSSIBLE. IT BROKE THE CONTROL THE EVIL RITA INFUSED HIM WITH HAD. IF I AM CORRECT, THE PART OF TOMMY THAT IS GOOD WAS NOT DESTROYED BY RITA'S SPELL, BUT MERELY SUPPRESSED. WHEN THAT GOODNESS BROKE THROUGH, IT DID NOT DESTROY THE EVIL, BUT SUPPRESSED IT."
"So the roles were revered. The good in Tommy was suppressed by the evil and now the evil is suppressed by the good." Summarized Zack.
"So we break the spell the way Rita intended, the suppressed evil gets destroyed, I lose my powers and the spell on Kimberly is lifted." Said Tommy.
"IN THEORY, THAT IS CORRECT. I BELIEVE THAT IS THE REASON THE SPELL ON KIMBERLY IS STILL ACTIVE. BECAUSE YOU STILL HAVE THE POWERS YOU USED TO CAST IT ON HER IN THE FIRST PLACE. HOWEVER, WE CANNOT BE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT SURE AS WE DO NOT KNOW THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE SPELL RITA PLACED ON YOU."
"It's worth a try though." Said Trini, trying to cheer Tommy up. "Things can't get worse if we break the spell."
"But we don't know what we have to do to break it. Rita could have made it anything." Said Zack.
"I think I might know what it is." Said Tommy. The others looked to him and he raised his hand in response, summoning the Sword of Darkness. "She gave this to me right when she turned me evil; told me it was to be my sacred weapon and would serve me well if I never let it get destroyed, or fall into the wrong hands. It was obvious she didn't want it destroyed; that's a pretty big hint if you ask me." The others agreed with him. Rita was powerful and devious; complicated and subtle she was not.
"So how do we destroy it?" asked Zack.
"We hit it, and we hit it hard." Said Jason.
"If you Morph, Jase, I can configure some of the power in the control panels to increase the potency of your Power Sword." Added Billy. "It should then have enough energy to slice the Sword of Darkness clean in half." Jason nodded.
"Sounds good to me. It's Morphin' Time! Tyrannosaurus!" As Jason morphed and called on his Power Sword, Billy went over to the control panels with Alpha and began working. Jason removed his helmet as they waited, seeing no point in keeping it on. A couple minutes later Billy told Jason to hold the Power Sword up to the console where he infused it with energy directly from the Command Centre.
"Alright, here goes nothing." Said Jason when the Power Sword was fully charged. Tommy placed the Sword of Darkness on the ground and they all stepped back, giving Jason space. The Red Ranger brought the Power Sword up above his head before swinging it down with all his might. Billy was right, as always, and the Sword of Darkness was cut in two. Both Tommy and Kimberly cried out when it was destroyed, but recovered quickly.
"I guess that was it." Said Tommy. He waved his hand, trying to make Jason drop the Power Sword, but couldn't. He then tried to disappear and reappear on the other side of the Command Centre, but failed. "Yea, that was definitely it. I don't have my powers anymore." He turned to Kim and her hands immediately went to her lower back, lifting Tommy's t-shirt, which she was still wearing along with his sweats, to reach the skin beneath.
"The mark's still there." She whispered. Tommy shook his head in disbelief and went behind her, needing to see it for himself. Sure enough, the mark in the shape of his Power Coin was still very visible. Tommy's actions allowed the others to see the mark as well, all of them tensing when they saw the mark engraved into Kim's skin.
"Maybe…maybe the spell is gone, but you'll still have the mark." He said hopefully. His guilt and self-hatred was coming back full force. He hated the fact that she'd bear his mark for the rest of her life, but he'd hate it even more if the spell wasn't lifted. Kim nodded and grabbed Jason's arm, using him as a crutch as she walked slowly out of the room. When they rounded the corner and disappeared from sight, Kim doubled over in pain. Her cry brought Tommy running and he didn't hesitate this time in sweeping her into his arms.
"I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I really hoped it would work." He whispered to her, tears once again forming in his eyes. Kim's arms tightened around his neck as she whispered back that she didn't blame him and they'd figure it out.
"What now?" asked Trini. "It's obvious the spell on Kim hasn't been lifted. How is this going to work with our parents, and school and such?" Neither Tommy nor Kim missed that she said 'our parents' thus clearly stating they wouldn't abandon them and would be there every step of the way.
"THIS DOES POSE A PROBLEM." Said Zordon. "LIKE YOU, I HAD THOUGHT BREAKING RITA'S SPELL ON TOMMY WOULD LIFT THE SPELL HE PLACED ON KIMBERLY. HOWEVER WE WILL NOT GIVE UP. EVERY SPELL HAS A COUNTER SPELL. DESTROYING THE SWORD OF DARKNESS COUNTERED RITA'S SPELL BUT NOT TOMMY'S, THERE IS ANOTHER WAY."
"I don't remember making a way to break the spell." Said Tommy. "In fact just the opposite, I intended for the spell never to be broken. If there is a way, I don't know it." Everyone was silent, not liking what they were hearing, but not knowing what to do about it.
"Zordon, what is it?" asked Kim, seeing a spark of understanding enter his eyes.
"A THEORY, KIMBERLY, NOTHING MORE."
"Well let's hear it." Said Zack. "A theory is better than nothing." Zordon sighed.
"VERY WELL. TOMMY'S HEART AND SOUL ARE INCREDIBLY POWERFUL, AS PROVEN WHEN HE BROKE THROUGH RITA'S SPELL WITHOUT DESTROYING THE SWORD OF DARKNESS. MY THEORY IS THIS: THE SPELL HAS INDEED BEEN BROKEN, BUT AS HE NEVER INTENDED FOR IT TO BE BROKEN, HIS POWER IS KEEPING THE SPELL ALIVE."
"My power? How can my power keep the spell alive if it's broken? And why would it?"
"WHEN YOU CAST THE SPELL ON KIMBERLY, I SUSPECT YOUR EMOTIONS WERE RUNNING HIGH AND IT WAS AN ACT MADE OUT OF DESPERATION. YOU CAME INTO THE COMMAND CENTRE TO RETRIEVE KIMBERLY. WHY? WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR WANTING HER BACK, AND WANTING HER NEVER TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE YOU AGAIN?" Tommy's brows furrowed as he thought back to yesterday.
"You're right, I remember feeling desperate." He started. "When Kimberly was rescued, I remember desperately needing her to return. When I cast the spell…it hurt, to think of her leaving me. I just…couldn't bare the thought and knew I had to do something to make sure I never lost her." He looked to Zordon, then to the others and finally to the petite brunette in his arms. "It's some weird and twisted kind of affection, I guess…"
"I SUSPECTED AS MUCH. RANGERS, ALL LIVING BEINGS ARE CAPABLE OF EXTRAORDINARY ACTIONS IN TIMES OF DESPERATION, ACTIONS THAT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES. FOR REASONS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME, TOMMY'S FEELINGS TOWARDS KIMBERLY, AND HIS DESPERATION THAT THEY BE TOGETHER ALWAYS, AWAKENED THE PART OF HIM THAT CAN PERFORM THESE ACTIONS. HOWEVER, THERE WERE TWO OTHER FACTORS AT PLAY. TOMMY, LIKE YOU, IS A POWER RANGER, ENTRUSTED WITH THE POWER. THOSE WITH THE POWER ARE CAPABLE OF EXTRAORDINARY FEATS AT ANYTIME, NOT JUST IN A TIME OF GREAT NEED. THIS IS WHAT GRANTS YOU THE ABILITY TO FIGHT EVIL THAT THOSE WITHOUT THE POWER COULD NEVER HOPE TO DEFEAT. ALSO, TOMMY WAS UNDER RITA'S SPELL, GIVING HIM POWER BEYOND THAT OF EVEN A POWER RANGER. I BELIEVE THAT WHILE TOMMY WAS USING THE POWER RITA HAD GIVEN HIM, IT WAS HIS FEELINGS FOR KIMBERLY THAT WERE THE SOURCE OF THE POWER HE USED."
"Wait, I'm confused." Said Zack. "He was using the power Rita gave him…but he wasn't?"
"THINK OF IT THIS WAY, YOUR MORPHERS ALLOW YOU TO BECOME POWER RANGERS, HOWEVER THE MORPHER ITSELF IS NOT THE SOURCE OF POWER. IT IS THE MORPHING GRID AND THE POWER WITHIN IT. YOUR MORPHERS ARE MERELY A TOOL DESIGNED TO HARNESS THAT POWER AND TURN IT INTO SOMETHING YOU CAN USE TO FIGHT EVIL. TOMMY'S FEELINGS WERE THE POWER BEHIND HIS SPELL, AND THE POWER RITA GAVE HIM WAS THE TOOL THAT TURNED THOSE FEELINGS INTO ACTIONS AND ALLOWED HIM TO ACCOMPLISH HIS GOAL."
"So what you're saying, is that while the tool used to cast the spell, is gone, the power behind it still exists." Said Billy. "And as long as that power, Tommy's feelings for Kimberly, exist, so does the magic binding them together."
"YES BILLY, I BELIEVE SO. HOWEVER, AS TOMMY HAS ALREADY PROVEN, HE CAN HARNESS HIS POWER AND CREATE SOMETHING OUT OF IT. I BELIEVE HE CAN CONTROL THE MAGIC."
"Control it? Control it how?" Tommy asked. "Billy said the spell will exist as long as my feelings for Kim exist. I can't…I can't just…turn off what I feel." He said the last part quietly.
"NO YOU CANNOT, NOR WOULD WE ASK THAT OF YOU. BUT YOU CAN CONTROL THE POWER WITHIN YOU. CLOSE YOU EYES AND CONCENTRATE ON THOSE FEELINGS." At the encouragement of Kim, who was comfortably snuggled in his arms, Tommy did what he was told. "FEEL THE POWER SURROUNDING THEM AND GRASP ONTO IT. TRY AND FOCUS IT TO FIT YOUR NEW GOAL. YOU MAY STILL WISH TO HAVE KIMBERLY CLOSE TO YOU, HOWEVER-"
"I don't want her to suffer." He said from deep in a meditative state. "I don't want her to be in pain because of me. I want her to be able to live her life, to be able to walk away from me." Kim leaned her head on his shoulder, closing her eyes as well. She wanted to help him. After a few calming breaths and moments of concentrating on her feelings for Tommy, Kim began to see swirls of green in her mind. There were parts of the green that were discoloured, and upon further inspection she could see that it was mixed with pink. As she watched, the pink became more prominent, parts of it separating from the green. As more of it separated, Kim began panicking. She didn't want to lose him. And neither apparently did a panicked voice she heard in her head.
'No! Kim! I don't want to lose her!'
The pink began melding with the green again, and Kim found herself trying to help push the colours together again. However, a calmer, stronger voice spoke out, stopping them.
'No. You have to set her free. I don't want to lose her, but I have to set her free.' Kim realized this was Tommy, and his emotions and mind warring to alter the spell.
'You will never lose me Tommy.' Said Kim in her mind, wanting to reassure him. Wanting to make him understand she didn't want to lose him as much as he didn't want to lose her.
'Kimberly? How are you…?'
'I don't know. I wanted to help you, and here I am. I'm guessing the pink and green colours I'm seeing is the spell. Tommy don't force it. Remember what Zordon said, your feelings are the power source. You can only do what your feelings let you. You don't want to lose me, so don't.'
'But Kimberly, if I don't, the spell will still be active.'
'So let it.'
Tommy was silent but did as she asked. Kim helped him, adding the power of her feelings to his. With the added power, the pink and green came apart completely, however quickly melded together in a new way. Instead of two separate colours, discolouring when they merged, they became one, the pink and green clearly visible as two colours, but connected at every turn, impossible to tell where one ended and the other began. Finally, the two of them awoke from their meditative states. They looked at each other for a moment, which ended when Kim gave him a smile, and the others took that as a sign that things were ok and immediately began asking questions.
"Ok, ok, hold on." Cried Kim. "First, we don't know exactly what happened, just that something changed. Let's test it out." Tommy released her and Jason once again helped her out of the room. Tommy held his breath, waiting for the cry of pain, but none came. Kim and Jason walked back into the room with big smiles on their faces.
"Nothing!" said Kim. "No pain, and we made it nearly to the med bay." Everyone laughed and clapped their hands, so relieved that things were alright. Tommy himself slid down to the floor and breathed a few sighs of relief.
"THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS." Said Zordon. "A WORD OF CAUTION, HOWEVER. AS TOMMY'S FEELINGS CHANGE, OR SHOULD THEY FLARE UP, THE MAGIC BETWEEN YOU WILL MORE THEN LIKELY REACT TO IT. BE WEARY THE NEXT TIME YOU FEEL A STRONG EMOTION TOMMY, UNTIL WE KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT."
Tommy and Kim nodded, knowing that they still had a bond and that it might act up at times. Their eyes met across the room and they silently agreed they'd meet those challenges when they came. Afterwards, everyone was milling about, Billy and Alpha making Tommy his own communicator and with Trini and Zack fusing over Kim, Tommy approached Jason.
"You're all very welcoming now. Why? What changed in the last few hours?" he asked, getting straight to the point.
"Because it wasn't your fault." Jason answered. "I don't like what happened, not one bit. But it wasn't your fault." He clapped Tommy on the back. "Besides, Kim made her feelings on the subject very clear. And Trini glared at me. And believe me, none of us are brave enough to go up against them, especially both at once." Tommy laughed at that.
"Yea, I'm beginning to see why."
A/N - Hope all the explanations weren't too confusing. Let me know if it is and I'll work on it and re-upload the chapter.
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