Green With Evil: Power Rangers is a 2019 live action, adventure, drama and comedic superhero movie and the sequel to the 2017 Power Rangers reboot movie. It's based on the same superhero team from the same name from the 90's TV series "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" and features a few of the same actors from the original show. The 2017 reboot did make a total of 142.3 million at the box office, way over its original budget, yet the film was still considered a box office failure. However, thanks to merchandising as well as toy sales and rental DVD sales, the film managed to persevere through the difficult times and crank out enough for Lionsgate and Saban films to OFFICIALLY green light a sequel. Other sequels are still in question and are yet to be confirmed, however.
This sequel will feature most of the returning actors from the previous film, along with some new additions. It will feature Dacre Montgomery, Dylan O' Brien, Naomi Scott, Becky G, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader, Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, Michael Chiklis, Eiza Gonzalez, Mila Kunis and many, many more.
- Dacre Montgomery as Jason Lee Scott/Red Ranger
- Dylan O'Brien as Thomas “Tommy” Oliver/Green Ranger
- Naomi Scott as Kimberly Ann Hart/Pink Ranger
- Becky G as Trini Kwan/Yellow Ranger
- Ronald "RJ" Cyler II as William "Billy" Cranston/Blue Ranger
- Ludi Lin as Zachary "Zack" Taylor/Black Ranger
- Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa
- Bryan Cranston as Zordon
- Bill Hader as Alpha 5
- Michael Chiklis as Jacob Hogan/???
- Eiza Gonzalez as Aubrey Hogan/???
- Mila Kunis as Melanie Sheer
- Austin St. John as Lucas Scott
- Jason David Frank as Jeffrey Oliver
- Amy Jo Johnson as Deborah "Debbie" Oliver
- David Denman as Sam Scott
- Caroline Cave as Beverly Scott
- Kayden Magnuson as Pearl Scott
- Zach Roerig as Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
- Eric Knudsen as Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
- Will Sasso as Ernie
- Christian Keyes as Chief Colton
- Jaime M. Callica as Officer Bebe
- Sarah Grey as Amanda Clark
- Blake Michael as Tyler "Ty" Fleming
- Wesley MacInnes as Colt Wallace
- Anjali Jay as Maddy Hart
- Robert Moloney as Ted Hart
- Lisa Berry as Candace Cranston
- Fiona Fu as Zack's mother
- Erica Cerra as June Kwan
- Patrick Sabongui as Buford Kwan
- Steve Cardenas as Principal Caplin
- Doug Walker as Nostalgia Critic
- Walter Emanuel Jones as Wallace Cranston
- Willem Dafoe as Lord Zedd (Voice)
Upon embracing the bond of friendship and the power unlocked in all of them, the new protectors of Angel Grove, Zordon's new league of Power Rangers have since then been remembered and recognized as heroes by all. Well.....all except for ONE. The villainous Rita Repulsa STILL has a massive bone to pick with them, after her failed attempt to find the Zeo Crystal. Willing to take any route necessary to find it and get back at her new rivals, Rita gives up her green coin and leaves it into the hands of one unwilling Tommy Oliver.
Once he gets the coin and Rita makes her presence felt within him.....it's safe to say the Rangers will have to do battle with their greatest adversary yet.
The trembling, rumbling contents of a glorified bright specimens, or a shooting star cuts through the orbiting pattern between our Earth and Moon. Before long, it continues its path of trajectory onwards as it's path of illumination glows dimmer and dimmer.
Down onto the surface of our moon, rotating above the Earth where over on one of the craters encased into and below the surface, a frozen specimen laid, buried within its rocky surface. Surrounding it was broken frozen glass, keeping it in place as it's hands laid frozen up underneath the surface. Unfortunately, that frozen specimen was MORE than a frozen specimen as the ravenous, villainous, evil empress and former green ranger, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) laid motionless beneath its surface after the events of her defeat at the hands of the newly formed team of adversaries, comprised of the colors of Trix cereal.
And said team were constructed together by an old adversary of Rita's, one in which had a calculating and somewhat selfish nature to him, who had a secretive side, who at one point refused to anyone but his own voice: Zordon Of Eltar.
Said team he constructed barely managed to defeat her and her army where they stood and, unwilling to accept defeat, she pressed forward, only to be met with a backhand slap which sent her flying into the vacuum of space, with the power coin separating from her. In space, near the moon, a bloodthirsty smile creeped onto her face as she froze in the vastness before eventually crashing down onto the moons rocky, dusty surface.
It had remained her resting place for only a measly three and a half weeks; nothing indicated that she could be revived due to the moons on-going super-cold brightness temperatures. When sunlight did hit the moon's surface, the temperature reached 260 degrees Fahrenheit or 127 degrees Celsius and when the sun went down, temperatures dipped to minus 280 F or minus 173 C. Temperatures changed all across the moon and because of how small it is to Earth tilt and the axis the moon is titled at, there are places at the lunar poles that never see daylight and the moon's interior temperatures don't climb as high.
All of which equaled a rather perilous and arduous scenario that most people would succumb to.
Rita was not like most people however. Far from it.
On her side of the moon, bright but delicate rays of daylight were shown beaming down on the surface. A little pebble rolled along out the crater, continuing its path of tractors away from the crater. Eventually, more pebbles and even rocks began to roll and shake and stir rather violently as faint but auditable BOOMS could be heard from beneath the crater and resonating throughout the entire moon.
Beneath said crater, the frozen wall surrounding Rita's body laid ridden with nasty crack after nasty crack as attempts made to free herself from her icy tomb paid off, with the wall cracking even further then it already had all the way up to the actual surface of the moon before it suddenly subsides and stops.
Silence was deafening.
Until a hand quickly bursts out the glass and through the crevice of the crater.
Having felt the cold 200 plus temperature and the dusty wind skimming past its sharp talons covered by thick layers of gold, the feeling was intoxicating. Being imprisoned in the depths of the ocean for sixty-five million years, debating which was worse was a debate saved for later. A subtle twitch here and there, the hand balls up aggressively as the other hand shortly follows suit, clawing and purring back to the moons surface. Finally, after a last ditch effort, the surface rumbled yet again until Rita burst through the glass and out of the rocky, uncomfortable surface.
Recovering her airtime quickly, she lands feet first.
Recovering from her frozen slumber, however, was more difficult then she had anticipated. Even though the gravitational force between the Moon and Earth would have any human bouncing or lost in the balance, Rita wasn't human. So she could stay on the surface without worrying about floating away afterwards. But the temperature, on the other hand, still didn't make it easy on her. As she looks out to the Earth; remembering the past and dropping down to her knees in agony, she quickly turns away and covered her stomach.
The cold temperature of the dark side of the moon was getting through to her to the point where she could barely stand up.
But out of the corner of her eye, she spots an ominous glow and it bared an eerie significance to the same source she claimed deemed her worthy of such power. Rita needed no guesses on what it could've been; no instruction on what to do next, for the temperature was close to having her rendered frozen once more. She simply reaches her hand out to the barely visible light in the distance and almost immediately after a few seconds, it flung all the way back to her as it shot straight into her grasp.
Her green power coin.
Upon returning to the hands of its owner, it glowed up frequently as Rita's eyes sparked the glowing fluorescent green as her strength returned, along with her battle armor intact. Having barely kept her alive during the Cenozoic period, there was no longer a need for gold to fully restore her body, power, and mind following her short tensure frozen.
Cracking her neck to the side, as soon as she was able to regain her strength and get back to her feet, her attention runs back to the hole she left in the crater shortly beside her that led down the glass wall that had since then incapsulated her. A grim but sly Hmm left her, gripping ahold of her natural impulses and pulling her in.
Wanting nothing to do with what lied down there, not much however could deter her away from it, for she understood what it meant and much more.
Down she falls, discarding shards of the hole-ridden glass elsewhere and dispersing directly around her in a circle as she lands on her knees and feet once again.
No sooner does she arise back up a vertical basis, she gets overtaken by a peculiar sense of urgency. Directing her attention to behind, the sly smile re-emerges as she bolts behind her.
Nothing but endless darkness.
Through the broken glass wall led to an underground cave with a perpetual dead end....or so it seemed. Peachy, Rita had to refrain from saying out loud. She couldn't stomach the very inhuman chill quickly tingling throughout her body the further she looked down the path, despite barely flinching or reacting to it.
She turns herself around once more and takes one step backwards only to lunge the opposite direction, leaping through the immense darkness of the cave. Engulfed and swallowed up by the extreme lack of light, the pitch blackness would've quickly became an eyesore if not for the supernatural crystal given to her that repeatedly shined a brightly colored green. In fact, green was all that illuminated through the dark for that brief non-strenuous trudge through purgatory.
No less than a minute through the cave, she picks up the pace, skimming through to the other side in a fraction of a second and is quickly bombarded with light again. Not to mention, a giant crystallized rock the size of five ginormous asteroids had her barricaded in with no other exit in sight. The crevices of the rock were shown to be crammed against the side of the cave walls, embedding then just deep enough to where there wouldn't be any subtle movements.
The structure barred a familiar presence upon closer inspection, for it sported an architectural form too irregular to be apart of the astronomical body orbiting Earth as its only natural satellite. It looked more or less like a middle-age castle. The only thing that could come to mind was.....not worth thinking about but Rita's hesitancy to physically touch it really spoke volumes.
Her head tilts to the right slightly, as if she was perplexed by the crystals immense size and structure until her pupils eventually glew dark green, an effect that quickly reflected back to the huge castle-sized embedded crystal. Casted in the same foul green hue that now tainted Repulsa's name, it fell under her telekinetic control but only just. As strong as her mind allowed her to push onwards, no reaction followed. She barely strains herself in doing so but the closest she got was one, ONE crack amidst all the rumbling.
If anything, the amount of strain she was exerting only pushed the rock further into the walls.
Now having to alter her positioning to get a better handling on it, the crystallized behemoth of a structure still would not budge and yet, it simply would not stop her from trying. Before she could extend her brainpower to a breaking point, a dark, ominous, laminating voice boomed into her head suddenly.
The echoing voice booming within the confines of her thick skull was all too familiar to her, as she stopped dead in her tracks. She knew who was talking to her.
Rita: My lord?
Not taking chances and already down to a knee position, she bows in the voices direction with her head pressed down into her arm, letting the stained, dirty, frozen battle armor meet with her forehead as if she was admitting her failure for the first time in centuries. Quite a far cry from the textbook sociopathic homicidal manic she was known for.
Rita: My master.....forgive me.....I have....I have failed you. Zordon had interfered. He brought a few of his toys to crash my party. I almost had the crystal right in my grasp.
Almost is not enough. You carry out my will in my absence and you return to me EMPTY-HANDED. You dare mock and embarrass me by being defeated by mere children. My disappointment in you is immeasurable, Repulsa.
Her least favorite word: disappointment. It made her visibly sick as she twitched at the sound of it. However, "I will make this right" is all she could muster to say before an epiphany comes over her. She glimpses back to her coin and grips it tightly, staring through the green and gold crystallized casing over the coin and the carving above it. For eons, one thing was certain in Rita's warped twisted mind: that she deserved this power. That she earned it. That she was worthy of it. That nobody was going to take it away from her. That despite her fall from grace, it was, in fact, her greatest ascension.
Now.....she had forced herself to reconsider that statement.
Her nerves of steel having barely reached their limits, it was a miracle how she was able to not abandon any and all semblance of composure. This decision to come was both physically and mentally painful for her to make but at least the intended end result would be the same as she had proposed......as well as a small bonus in the long run.
Rita: My lord.....I have carried the power of the green ranger since the Cenozoic Era. It would seem only fair if I find another WORTHY of such divine POWER.
She almost growls menacingly, lying through her teeth.
So you are willing.....to give up the source your own power and ambition to find another to bring upon Zordons destruction?
Rita: People who fight fire with fire only end up with ashes of their own integrity. I intend to drill that through Zordon's thick cerebrum and learn that the hard way.
To her, it was the perfect trump card. Her go-to move. The play to end this millennium long game of chess by putting the king in check. With Zordon already tarnishing a new group of Rangers to toy with her, what better way to destroy them then to let history repeat itself? Her confidence in her own abilities is well founded, not to an exact science but she found herself far from incompetent.
This was going to work, come hell or high water, whether her lord saw the beneficiary's behind it or not. There was an brief silence in the air until the voice boomed once again, informing her......
Very well. Seek out who is worthy to carry out the will of the Green Ranger. Destroy Zordon and have the Power Rangers begging for their pitiful demise. NO mistakes, NO excuses this time.
Rita simply gave a bow to her lord as the booming voice fades away. She smirks evilly and starts to chuckle with her new profound plan in sight as she glimpses down at the green power coin still grasped in-between her fingers; watching as a bright green light sparkles with energy.
Out of the hole through the moon she stood, landing on the rocky dusty surface once more. Staring out towards the Earth, a full 238,900 miles away, all she could think about was.....the stigma behind her first true defeat, how utterly humiliated it made her feel. It bought more shame upon herself than even she thought it would affect her. After 65,000,000 million years, she had been freed from her underwater confinement with the intention of finishing what she had started: intergalactic domination.
And then the Power Rangers happened.
Since then, the implant across her face and body stung tremendously; she could still feel how badly the metallic slap slapped the taste out her mouth. Never again would she allow Zordon to make such an embarrassment out of her again; that would be the last time anyone ever made her out to be a laughingstock.
Loosening the grip over her coin, almost in defeat, she holds it up alongside her face within near-kissing distance, ushering the words "Find only those who are worthy. Find only those who are strong" towards the coin in an undisclosed alien language.
Banking on this strategy on this next move was risky but the reward would be worth it. Before long, she tosses her coin away from her grasp watching it hurdle through the vast emptiness of space, shooting through a massive horse of meteors zooming by the Earth's gravitational pull. It wouldn't be long before the coin enters the Earth's atmosphere heating up during re-entry.
Burning faster and shining brighter all the same, the flame sparking around the coin eventually dissolves into green as bright streaks crossed the sky; Earth passing through the dusty trail of it's orbit. Within milliseconds later, a shooting star zooms by and is disintegrated amongst contact with the coin. Passing by its path of trajectory might as well have been a warning label.
Nothing was going to stand in the way of Rita Repulsa's vengeance....
....that as, if her megalomania didn't already cast a sinister reflection over the rest of the town she barely destroyed.
Four weeks after the Encounter |Saturday | 2:15 p.m
Angel Grove, California.
A small town near the edge of the ocean with a gold mine on the outskirts, its one where any news of any kind travels relatively fast in a very short period of time. Most of that comes from the local residents of the town with a surprisingly dense population of 376,000 and a rather short elevation of 241 ft. Sporting a shopping mall, four schools, the Angel Grove Youth Center, a public library, a community park.....and several Krispy Kreme stores, the town wasn't completely devoid of any activity.
Lots of events that take place tend to come and go rather quietly, however.
That remained the case.....until four weeks ago.
Nobody would ever forget the time Rita Repulsa crashed at town, uninvited and started wrecking havoc. Killing off respected police officers, causing thousands of dollars in property damages and of course, attacking the town and nearly reducing it to ashes in search of the Zeo Crystal. While the cause and number of fatalities were significantly low, much to the surprise of city officials and residents thanks to the quick witted determination of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, the end result was a mixed bag.
Despite more than a quarter of the town being left in utter shambles, very few casualties were reported; yet, while many residents found it easy to put their faith in the Power Rangers, others more or less became increasingly skeptical, seeing how their supposed act of justice ended causing more damage they actually solved.
The residents fearing the worst and not willing to wait for another attack, fled the city in droves and crammed up the traffic daily.
As a result, those who didn't leave and were left devastated from the attack had to relocate to the newly founded Angel Grove Central Park Refugee Camp. Anyone and everyone who had lost their homes or were injured thanks to Rita's arrival had to be repositioned here until further notice. The new arrivals at the camp had to register with a picture ID before being issued with any medical, housing or meal vouchers before they could even get comfortable and unlike a certain Food, Emergency And Shelter Training homeless shelter in Chinatown, New York, this didn't feel like home.
Because of how quickly state officials and officers scraped together to create this on such short notice, the environment and atmosphere it let off felt more polluted than diseased free. It also served as their only states of protection.
Which didn't really help matters since the Putties were back in town.
Just when it looked like it would be safe enough to at least walk outside or take a stroll, the standard army unit of rocky, gold, concrete, or dirt inherited foot-soldiers kept raring their ugly heads....or lack thereof, only this time, they also came along with more durability and staying power. No less than a week after Rita Repulsa was booted off the planet, multiple news reports reported them infesting every corner of the town they just so happen to materialized in like, from streets and avenues like Mariner Bay to Reefside to Briarwood to Coral Harbor and even on the outskirts back to the gold mine.
The next time they'd be reported on however, there's no traces of them left except for the damage caused by their numerous efforts. Eventually, their lack of stability posed less and less of a threat, so much so that they became literal laughingstocks throughout town. Today, unfortunately, wouldn't be any different.
Welcome to Angel Grove, the very sign that had once haunted a team of five teenagers with attitude laid dormant amongst the peaceful tranquility that laid outside of the crosshairs that led into the town. Perhaps the only solitary guise necessary to distract any new residents from its recent series of unfortunate events.
The brownish-burgundy sign perched with a seagull on the top right tumbled into pieces following a collision with a Putty patroller dislocated from the waist up. Knees and legs were missing while its upper half remained sturdy enough at large. Slipping and maneuvering back to a vertical stance did next to nothing for the next couple of seconds when it looked up and was met face to face with a resonant ground pound, dispersing the rest of its remains across the road with pebbles and dirt smudging and blackening the mini-barricade, more of the road up ahead and off to the side.
In fact, all the way up to the curved road leading away from the town, that's all that laid dormant. Eventually, a shadow lurks from a few measly feet away before long, stepping all over the disemboweled ligaments of the Putties rocky remains as the Red Ranger, Jason Lee Scott (Dacre Montgomery) sprinted aside the field of discarded rocks and pebbles; rushing in a subordinate manner.
His HUD display and visor spotted more of them up ahead.
Quickly maneuvering past the pile, his suit's added speed mechanic breezed past three Putties blocking his path before he physically started moving fully with a jump kick one moment, a back body-drop the next and then he completely snaps a Putty into pieces with a tackle that'd make Bill Goldberg proud. Not even a minute after rolling out from the spear, he gets tackled himself by three Putties at once but with no forward momentum, they barely manage to push him back.
Flimsy little punches to the gut did nothing to keep the Red Ranger at bay, launching the boulder lugs off with authority. Resilient they were, charging for him again. Jason is quick to roll through however and kick off the heads of two of them while the last one was left with piss-poor offense that honestly left Jason feeling embarrassed. It left him thinking, If these were the best Rita had left for them to take care of, she clearly had very little faith in them as he sidesteps the last punch directed to his face, snaps off it's arm and via crossing his other arm around his head, tosses the Putty directly over him.
Further adding insult to injury was the arrival of the Yellow Ranger, Trini Kwan (Becky G) literally dropping on in and crushing the Putty's body adding double the trouble for the rest of the group involved.
Seems that Zordon had sent them and the other Rangers in charge of mop-up duty straight away after Rita was dealt with. While they destroyed Goldar, the remains of his golden form were still at large with the remains scattering across the city and seeping into the ground. No less than almost a week after Rita was sent into orbit, more putty patrollers began formulating out of thin air and continued to ransack and destroy the more quieter areas of town, presumably on Rita's former command.
With some of Goldars remains spreading throughout the city, a few of the golden ashes laid scattered to the winds and turned into dust. The dust reignited a certain spark in the fallen putties—reactivating them from whichever surface they were created from and making them meaner and nastier then before.....to mildly disappointing results.
Didn't make the task at hand any less annoying or easier for the two. As long as they weren't outnumbering them, it was a walk in the park: a long stroll through trails of tedium and monotony.
Red Ranger: Yellow Ranger, I need a controlled push on my right flank before—
"Take a chill pill, boss. Don't what a 'push' or 'flank' is", Trini reiterates while ripping a stop sign out from the concrete and wacking the rocky abominations off the road and onto the grassy terrain beside her. Tossing the sign above her, she rolls on over, kicking two Putties legs out and dropkicks another one into pieces. One unlucky Putty got left in the dust, being the only one having to face the Yellow Ranger now.
It didn't last long, for Trini had caught the stop sign....as well as Jason getting bombarded with more Putties swarming around him.
Playing along though and with some time to spare, she leads it on, allowing measly punch after measly punch as long as her attention span allowed. To her, it was fun waiting out the inevitable sometimes.....so much so she'd call them 'practice'.
One kick missed later, the attention span finally wore off.
Yellow Ranger: I just wait for them to step up....
Head-butting the putty back a foot, she only decapitates it's legs with the sign before impaling it through the chest with the metal and watching it fall apart.
Yellow Ranger:....and I take 'em down.
Keeping it simple, eyeing over at Jason who signaled for immediate assistance raised her offensive a little bit.
In an act of sportsmanship, she tossed the stop sign to Jason who's quick to spin a full 360, knocking off six Putty heads out of fifteen in a row and immediately dispersing back to retaliate with a leap straight up into the sky, leaving them in muddled confusion before the energy from the armor spiked to a maximum, executing a thunderous red-level ground-pound.
And that was only, what, the second wave? Jason questioned himself as he moved away from the rocky ruble, tossing the two totaled halves of the stop sign aside. Flustered and above all anxious, he just wanted to get to the next wave and help with the others. Trini patting him on the back however did very little to soothe him.
Yellow Ranger: Word of advice: try not to overthink it, boss.
Red Ranger: Please don't call me that. There's more up the road; gotta keep moving.
Adjusting their pace, they're quick to sprint out to the open road where even more Putties were spotted further outside the entrance to Angel Grove where curvy roads were aplenty and traffic was almost nigh-nonexistent. Only one can was spotted alongside the road and refused to budge an inch.
Made the work easier for the Rangers. At least they knew to stay far from the action than risk getting into further danger by trying to plow on through. Both the Red and Yellow Ranger kept over the car to get the clearer view ahead where more rocks and gold dust were scattered and sprayed everywhere.
That's when they found, or re-found, more company.
Zachary Taylor (Ludi Lin), William Cranston (RJ Cyler) and Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott), the Black, Blue and Pink Ranger of the team had found themselves more or less in the same debacle: surrounded, slightly irritated.....but more or less occupied.
Compared to the latter of the other two, these three at least gave off more of the impression that they were having fun with the mundane task left ahead of them as far as cleaning up the streets AGAIN. So as an audiable method for passing the time, a lot of the excessive banter between the three tied back towards stating the blantly obvious and their respective equalizers: their Ranger armors. Granted, only a month inside of an alien battle armor and there were plenty of new elements needed to be explored and discussed.
But it still regarded talking involved.
Lots and lots and LOTS of talking.
"Is it just me or—", the comment was cut short as Kimberly had to maneuver around another putty throwing itself at her before decapitating its head with an axe kick.
Pink Ranger:...Or is there more of these guys than usual?
"I'm more worried about—", Billy starts before yelping at a Putty leaping at him and directly over him and punches its chest apart as soon as it lands, which causes a domino effect with the next three Putties nearby. Another back elbow, scissor kick and roundhouse later, he's standing above six "deceased" Putties.
Blue Ranger: Seriously, we punch WAY too hard.
Black Ranger: Only you would complain about something totally awesome, Billy.
Blue Ranger: I'm not complaining. I'm PROCESSING!
Billy's voice cracked following multitasking making friendly conversation and bungee jumping over Putties attempting and failing a tackle only to get tackled in return as it laid no attention to Jason charging in from the side.
His eyes in one place but his senses honing in in the other direction, Billy unleashed a massive force of energy subconsciously launching another pile of Putties back that were heading his way. Once again, it left him looking at his fist.
Proved his point.
Blue Ranger: Seriously, who made these things?
That's all he would say before throwing another Putty over his shoulder and kicking it off the bridge over the railing.
"Well, me personally: I'm psyched", Zack concurred to Billy's original statement, nudging the pebbles off the head of one Putty with another in a chokehold. Similar to Trini, the bravado and swagger that encompassed Zack's cool persona found a lot of enjoyment out of bending and breaking the rules of physics on almost every level.
It's a childish thing to do, not fully understanding the full capacity of what be bestowed upon him but he didn't mind figuring out along the way.
Black Ranger: I mean seriously....if this is my floor, can you imagine my ceiling? Who knows - maybe I can fly!
He grunts out the last word, vis slamming both Putties heads into one another, leading from one malodorous monotonous pile to the next.
Blue Ranger: That's exactly my point. I haven't even mastered my regular body functions yet, let alone a bunch of new dangerous ones. How we supposed to know if it's really us—
"I guess you just 'fake it 'till you make it'. That sort of thing, Billy", Kim felt the need to cut him off, anything to keep him from getting too excited or having his head explode from too much knowledge.
Pink Ranger: Pretend you know what you're doing, you might just end up fooling yourself?
Yellow Ranger: Whichever way it works.
That car perched further up the road, slowly had its tires itching and turning inch by inch against the road, the driver and its passengers (mother, father and teenage daughter) had lost patience and grown antsy. Slight acceleration with minimum pressure on the gas, they started to move, their original intention being to wait until the Putties and Rangers cleared out to move.
No such luck; impatience had finally ran though.
"Goddamn it, lets go", the father issued worrying the mother and daughter despite the path in front of them being slightly less contaminated with putty debris than when they were forced to stop before. He and his family come to regret that decision when a Putty suddenly jumps in front of their line of view and startles them.
The dad immediately backs up inadvertently running over another Putty without having to look back but once he finally does look back, two more materialized Putties already slam down upon the trunk of the pickup truck before kicking the car forward and bumping the wheels off the road, causing the truck to skid violently amongst the road.
"DADDY!", the daughter screamed as the car violently bumps and jerks amongst the road to where even hanging on to the back of the drivers seat wasn't ideally safe with the seatbelt removed.
Dad: Hold on to something!
They had no choice but to comply as the car scrapes off both lanes and, while involuntarily running over more Putties, reaches a halt after denting and crashing through the metal railing. All the constant screaming and panic drew all the Rangers attention.
Couldn't have come at a more perfect time too, since their car ran over was essentially the last of the Putties. But then again, they were no trapped in a scenario where literally every second counts and they couldn't afford to waste ANY. As Billy muttered "Oh god" under his breath, that very thought had come to fruition for all of them.
Pink Ranger: This just got a whole new type of real.
Black Ranger: Let's play hero then. I got the passengers.
"We'll hold the car", Billy insisted, pointing to him and Trini and the rest of the team. "And I'll create the fulcrum."
Billy's idea of a fulcrum: the point on which a lever rests or is supported and on which it pivots was to go in at the bottom left wheel and grip it tightly. Despite the unknowns of how much power he can possess, he withheld just enough of it to where he didn't deflate the tire. Trini and Jason, with the fulcrum laid out and the car no longer inching further and further over the edge, grabbed ahold of the trunk and the underside of the car
For now, the van was stationary.
The family took notice, taking in the gravity of the situation and remained calm, with the exception of the daughter. She has to hold in her excitement, seconds away from geeking out after seeing the heroes of Angel Grove in person for the first time. Trini, taking notice of her, waves.
The girl waves back, slowly peeking a smile.
Suddenly, the door directly above her is torn off its hinges and ripped off, exposing her. Immediately, she had the urge to scream out until she saw it was just the Black Ranger, making the escape route for the whole family relatively easier.
Black Ranger: Alright, ladies and gentlemen, listen up: nobody be stupid and everyone lives, ok?
He extends his hand out to the daughter first.
Black Ranger: Ladies first.
The daughter was the first to eagerly and hurriedly take the Black Rangers hand before Zack lifted her up and out and into open air and sunshine. Zack had to carefully step to the edge of the trunk, holding the kid while Billy and Trini and Jason continued to supply pressure to keep the van above ground.
Black Ranger: One step, two step, don't look back. There you go.
Thanks to Kimberly being nearby, the kid had help getting down.
Rinse and repeat for the mother, who had to manually crawl away from the passengers seat and into Zack's reach in the backseat. A slight jolt however took everyone out of focus: the rocks holding the van along with the teams fulcrum was beginning to crack and crumble and everyone's senses were alarmed and widened to11. Now they were in a hurry.
However, slow and steady was still the proper move to take, for anymore slight jolts meant innocent blood on the Rangers hands. With Billy, Trini and Jason having to tighten their grip on the back, the mother barely managed to slink through the back and into Zack's grasp, eventually exiting the car. Except this time, Zack has to leap off the car albeit slowly to reunite the mother with her daughter.
Alas, their luck had run out.
The rocks had began to crack and break further apart no longer holding the weight of the van in place and thus sliding it further and further towards the edge to what looked like imminent death.
Jason caught onto it not too long ago but still couldn't stay attached for long.
Red Ranger: Shit, shit, shit!
Blue Ranger: Guys, the van's slipping! It's slipping!
Billy warned the others as he and the other two strained to pull the car back. The dad was absolutely beside himself at the moment. His best move was to burst open the passenger side door as Zack rushed to his aid, finally catching the trouble at hand after further aiding the rescued girls.
But the rocks gave away and with giant metallic clank, the van finally gave way and dropped off the edge of the road.
While Trini and Jason has small pieces of the metal from the trunk of the car, Billy was left accidentally ripping off the bottom left wheel all while Zack slid in a second too late, left to nothing but endless cries from the father to save him.
Black Ranger: Wait! WAIT!
That was all Zack could hopelessly scream as the car tumbled through the air. The father was thrown out of the car and was left free-falling on his lonesome, much to the mother and daughters horror.
Zack just stood there motionless and petrified, still sticking his hand out like an idiot while the father continued into freefall, falling deeper and deeper and deeper to imminent quietus. Even with the Rangers added superhuman durability and speed, it didn't appear that there'd be even enough time to outrun death itself.
But as Ursula K. Le Guin once said "One must work with time and not against it".
Kimberly took that phrase to heart as she swooped in at the last possible second, snatching the falling dad out the air with a wire from the railing above ground. The entire time, he kept on screaming his lungs out since the wind blowing past him in a horizontal direction vaguely resembled him going down.
Pink Ranger: Don't worry, falling dad. I gotcha.
It wasn't until he heard that from Kimberly that he even dared to open his eyes. And sure enough, there she was, her arms gripped tightly around his chest and abdomen carrying him far up through the air. Feeling a sense of relief and calm and warmth, he sighed he sighed heavily in relief almost passing out by the time Pink Ranger landed back onto the surface with him safe and sound.
No sooner does she release him from his arms does he run to his wife and young daughter, the two ecstatic that their father was able to be reunited with them and in one piece. They felt the need to congratulate and thank the five multi-colored teens.
While the other four gave welcome to the family, Zack laid physically immobilized since the moment Billy lost the grip on the car, nearly staring off down the hole the car was dented into and later fell through. Not even able to properly hear his heartbeat nor his irregular breathing, it was a moment of realization for Zack that severely opened his eyes to one of the many dangers of this job.
Somebody could've actually died today, hadn't Kimberly been right there at the precise moment and he hadn't lost focus when the car slipped. It rendered him silent for the remainder of the time they spent there.
Blue Ranger: Huh, maybe we can fly after all.
Even Billy's previous remarks on what he said compared to their act of bravery wasn't cheering him up any better.
All in a days work for the main five teenagers with attitude.
The mess had been mopped up, the rocky mutant Putty patrollers were taken care of and the city could, at least, function into the early afternoon and hopefully for the rest of the day. Rinse and repeat: baddies come in, Rangers show up in the nick of time and save the day. Granted, the upgraded Goldar-dust infected Putties presented more of a challenge for the team and gave them some trouble but only just.
For four out of the five members, todays hassle of events and near causalities, in Zack's instance, was enough for them to handle for one day. All that was left was to report back to their base of operations and, moreso, to their powerful galactic mentor: Zordon of Eltar.
His ship laid amongst the gold mines near the outskirts of Angel Grove, buried deep beneath the crevices of the mountainside underwater. And said body of water, vaguely outlined in the shape of a thunderbolt, led straight down to an ungravitated dead end where droplets are held frozen and crystallized at the end of the surface. Through the stagnant water in place on the other laid both an underwater cave and a rather hazardous training area in one.
To say the Rangers somewhat resented the Pit despite the progress they've made would be taken as an understatement. A lot of blood, sweat and tears and potentially broken bones were shed in this area over the course of three weeks before the team of five were officially accepted as Rangers and if there was one index of memories that could be forgotten about or taken away, the Pit would be close up to the top of the list.....if the team were given the choice.
Especially Billy, who resented it the most for reasons he never made public record. Luckily, the Pit was just a sub-stop.
The main point of entry was 200 feet away and 70 steps later at a caved-in alien spaceship. The doors magnetically as they approach the base of the entrance, for the only way to gain access to the spaceship was with five of the supernatural crystals connected to the Morphin’ Grid. Granting them access, they trudge inside.
A full three minutes of wandering up another flight of stairs and up to and through the main hull, the path then on was relatively straight forward. It led them down to the Command Center where Jason could see the giant pulsating digitized essence of their mentor, Zordon (Bryan Cranston) trapped in the computer matrix behind the wall of the ship from a birds eye-view away. The closer they approached, the brighter the dimmer the light from the Morphin’ Grid’s multiversal energy field in the middle of the room shone back at the main five.
How it didn’t effect his humanoid-like assistant Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) as much needed no question given his cybernetic enhancements.....and the fact that he was the only inhabitance aboard Zordon's ship for the next millions of years before Jason and the others came along.
Zordon: Rangers, excellent work.
He congratulated the team upon them entering the room, standing side by side one another.
Zordon: With each day, your control over your new abilities grows and with it—my faith in you.
This coming from a decorated war veteran and military leader trained at birth who once expected his band of Rangers to follow his instructions to the letter and was easily frustrated, Zordon gradually grew more appreciative of the new team, though his rather secretive side wasn’t keen on outright showing them his gratitude.
His change of heart and coming to terms with his own death made him a significantly better mentor than previously.
Zordon: The 'Goldar dust' is slowly to losing its ability to reanimate any of Rita's fallen putty patrollers, an ability that has since worsened as of today, thanks to your efforts. Soon they will be gone and Angel Grove will be safe again.
Yellow Ranger: Full disclosure.....
Trini started off by manually removing her helmet instead of letting down her face shield and letting her hair flow out.
Trini:....'safe' is just another word for boring.
Kimberly and Billy were quick to pipe in agree with Trini's rather statement, much to Jason's nonplussed confusion. Zack added nothing to the debate, staying off to the side and letting the four get their talk in.
Events from earlier screwed with him too much to motivate him to participate in anything now. However, he did reluctantly remove his helmet off his face once the others began following in tow.
Kimberly: If I may concur, she's not wrong. Look, I won't pretend it hasn’t been fun beating up Gumby and the gang but—I’ve had worse Thursday nights.
Jason: They mean--we can handle anything you throw our way Zordon. Billy: Within the reason of course that's not a challenge.
Zordon: Alpha Five and I will continue to monitor for future Putty activity. Until then you should all get some well deserved rest.
Kimberly: Or ya know go to school see our friends and maintain some hint of a normal life.
Zack: Is anyone else getting extra homework since the Goldar attack?
Everyone chuckle till Zordon spoke up again
Zordon: Jason? A moment alone please?
Jason: Sure. You guys go. I'll catch up.
Everyone nodded and walked out but also with Jason and Kim making a short moment of eye contact and soon as the four left Jason and Zordon were the only ones in the morphing gri
Jason: What's up Z?
Zordon: Jason I just want to be sure.....do you believe you can still lead this team?
Jason: Pardon me? Didn't we just saved the world?
Zordon: Yes but one battle does not win a war. And one victory does not make a team. Right now you're relying on luck as much as skill to lead for the others to fallow they have to believe that you not only know their strengths but how to use them properly.
Jason: What'd you talking about?! Few weeks ago we didn't even know each other and you're upset because we're not the Beatles yet?!
Zordon: There are and will be other threats Jason. Rita and Goldar will not be the last to try and steal the crystal and take the world. As Leader I lead my team into countless disasters and I should have known better what these exact threats are then. I don't want to see you making my mistakes Jason. These are more powerful and more dangerous than any you can possibly imagine. And I assure you now that the Rangers are back.....
Silence flooded the grid as Jason froze in his tracks of Zordon's warning
Zordon: They're coming.
This warning made Jason chill to his spine and giving Zordon made this firming as possible Jason tended to take his word for it but he still felt confident that it was nothing that he and the gang could not handle
Jason: Ok I get it. Sooner or later we'll have to save the world again. It'll be a cake Zordon. You'll see.
Zordon: Do not take this likely Jason. A real leader must be cautious.
Jason: I got it covered. See you on next patrol. Jason walked out with Zordon knowing he was far from what he hoped him to be and not taking this seriously he let out a soft sigh with Alpha looking back
Zordon: I don't think he's taking this seriously Alpha 5. Everytime I try to presa him he treats it like it's agame. This is no game.
Alpha: Teenagers with Attitude sir. They're just use to being children. They all have a lot to learn before they can face the big things out there. Which is why they need more training.
Zordon: Yes you're right Alpha. But first let's get back to monitoring.
So Zordon and Alpha went back to monitoring for Putty activity with the screen soon cutting back to the town
At Angel Grove Mal we observe people shopping eating at the food court and even walking in and out of a theater there we also soon come across a Karate Center where students were practicing by demonstrating moves punching and kicking heavy bags and sparring on rings
But in an office one student was seeing the Master after a mishap incident that accured an hour later earlier
Sensei: Frankly Mr. Oliver your performance earlier was most disgraceful. That's 5 in a row this month. We teach self confidence and discipline. It's not all about fighting.
The young man in the chair infront of the desk the Sensei was talking to happened to be another AG High Junior Student. About the same age as the gang in a Green Jacket Black Jeans with a White Shirt underneath
The young man was revealed to be Tommy Oliver (Dylan O'Brien) son of Jeffry And Deborah Oliver and top student to Angel Grove's Karate Center....or he was top till some other mishaps A record of getting into fights at the center and school and former record of shoplifting Tommy's chart was still mildly crooked given the fights had never stopped
Tommy: I get it Sensei. I messed up. It's just I feel like I have to fight each time I turn around. I always had to since I was 12.
Sensei: And that's why your parents sent you to us for self-discipline.
Tommy: I AM discipline. About making green so let's not make this more diffitcult okay?
Sensei: And that's the kind of attitude that keeps getting you into this situation. Tommy you're a good kid. A smart kid. But the center can no longer tolerate this act of violence.
Tommy: So what am I suppose to do? Just let everyone walk all over me?!
Sensei: That's not what I meant. Tomorrow we'll be holding a sparing try-outs and you been accepted to attend. If you pass this your actions will be cleared but....if you blow this with another fight here or at Angel Grove High Mr. Oliver....we'll have to let you go.
That there made Tommy freeze in that seat as he nodded
Tommy: Yes Sensei.
Not many people benefit greatly from getting the short end of the stick and Tommy wasn't exactly teetering near the middle to put it nicely. He knew this was on him; that was his ultimate ultimatum. The last last chance he were to ever get to maintain whatever shred of decency was withheld inside of him that Tommy himself wanted to believe was still there.
So he held his Sensei up to that promise.
Of course, that left the other matter at hand: the parents.
To prevent an already volatile scene from escalating, the nets course of action was to remove Tommy from the premises. Sensei instructed the young Oliver to sit outside of the training room, ponder his thoughts to himself. It was all he could do to insure that Tommy makes sure to take in the full scope of what he became apart of and what he did; an act of predetermined laziness that rubbed off on him extensively for years now.
The same cycle repeated at nausea.
Burdened with the consequences at hand, it left him immobile, starring off into the distance past the plexiglass windows covering the nearest exit. At least until a wolf whistle from the other end of the hallway brings him back to reality.
From then on, the whistle turns his attention over to a young woman with bombshell blonde hair. Same outfit as his, black belt, shoes on and her hands interwoven like she was lying in wait, patiently. There she sat waving over at him, her peach Stiletto claw nails blending in with her skin tone.
His vital readings turned erratic rather quickly upon taking the first glance at her; didn't stop him from reluctantly raising his hand up and waving at her albeit weakly. Finally, he turns away. Didn't even bother looking back for the next minute in a half while he could barely hear the commotion of what's been happening inside the training room without having to eavesdrop.
Sighing heavily, he turns away from the wall. Before long, he heard the clicking of the locks from the other side of the double doors as the gradually swing open.
From then on, his eyes stayed glued primarily on his parents, Deborah (Amy Jo Johnson) and Jeffrey Oliver (Jason David Frank) being gradually escorted to the way out by Sensei. Not much more needed to be exchanged between the master and seemingly unstable student, evidenced as to how quickly he re-entered the training dojo.
It left the parents on their own to take care of their son.
The stoic glances they exchanged between each other and then back at Tommy spoke about the same level he expected: disappointment. No anger was sensed just from looking at his father but Tommy's played this game before: outrage wasn't his strong suit. Whatever was hidden behind that middle-aged exterior wasn't normally taken up at face value in his experience.
Both of their eyes spoke more of exhaustion, tiredness and irritation.
It wasn't their first time having to come to terms with their sons frequent inability to refrain from hurting others, nor did it look like it was gonna be the last as Debbie motioned to Tommy with her pointer and middle finger. Instructing him to come to them so they could leave, they didn’t rush off without taking a brief glance over at the young lady who again just nods silently and smiles.
All Tommy could do was refrain himself, sighing heavily once more before following his parents on the way out.
The display of awkward silence only escalated once the family were on the road. Nothing but their own mild breathing come across as the only vague sounds the car had to offer aside from the running of the engine.
Nobody looked at each other.
Nobody veered their attention away from the road for the next four minutes. But finally, Tommy’s father felt the need to speak up.
Jeff: You know.....There comes a time when, as a parent, you have to wonder if you're ever truly raising your kids properly.
He honestly couldn't put the statement anymore bluntly than that. "And at this point in time, I'm perplexed as to whether or not this stems from bad luck or it this is intentional."
Tommy: You saying this is my fault?
Jeff: How many times has this happened to you, Thomas? How many times has it ended exactly the same way? When's the cycle gonna stop?
Tommy: When people start turning the other direction and stop trying to pick a fight with me. It's not my fault I'm so susceptible to how I feel all the time.
Most of these were pointers and splices of info that he was well old enough to understand at this point; none of which gave him a satisfactory answer to any of his questions.
His eyes barely resist the urge to twitch. Eventually, he realized there was no avoiding this, forcibly thinking aloud Ok, so we're doing this as he signals left. Taking Debbie off by surprise, the van is taken off the road and near the railing where he brings the car to a stop and switching off the ignition.
He needed clarification because this wasn't doing anyone in the car ANY favors.
Jeff: So you got yourself fired from two perfectly good jobs that paid you well in the last year due to this? I’m trying to understand the though process to this because I swear th—
Tommy: You know why I got fired. The dumbass tried to choke me out because he was off his medication. I didn't even know he took any—
Jeff: You nearly took the boys head off!
Silence once again flood the car after Deb's shout as Tommy looked directly at his mother who looked back at both her husband and son with an uneasy disblief expression and Jeff just nodded to himself driving on with Tommy just sitting back to the back seat not saying anything after that outbursts
Not bearing this silence anymore Deborah spoke now
Deborah: Tommy we're only worried about you. Tommy didn't reply He just looked back at the windshield just to see the moon at it's brightest he stared on to it as it seemed like time was going slow for him not knowing up on the moon Rita was staring down at the Earth imaptiently waiting for her coin to pick it's new keeper
Rita then walks away from the view picking up her scepter from the thrown as she exits the room like a dissatisfied auidence from a bad movie
That Friday morning we come to Angel Grove High since we were last here after the Goldar attack the halls were crowed as students chatter through the halls opening and closing lockers leaving and going in class rooms and on the walls some posters with marker writings of "Go Go Power Rangers!"
Since the attack the Rangers gotten popular and a number of fan clubs by some of the students but unaware their least favorite gang are who they admire
Speaking of the gang we see half of them in the cafeteria mostly just Kimberly Trini and Jason sitting at a small round table where Jason just tells the girls of Zordon's warning
Trini: So what if there are other threats? Why are you making a big deal out of it? Jason: I'm not making a big deal. It's just Zordon thinks we can't handle it.
Trini: Ever think there's a reason for it?
Kimberly: Yeah I mean we underestimated Rita and that's what got Billy killed before. And since Zordon gave up his last chance to be whole again to bring him back maybe he's just trying to keep the same thing from happening to us. Jason: I'm well aware of that but if we can take down a giant golden mutant and a green suited sorceress what can't we do?
Kimberly: Easy Red. We may have super strength that can punch a hole on a solid wall but we're not invincible. I mean look what happened to Zordon's Rangers. They were all murdered by Rita on the same time the Dinosaurs met their extinction.
Trini: Yeah plus we're still kids. We maybe teenagers but it counts. And another plus we're still new to this we might need to learn more wisdom.
Jason: Alright. Alright. We'll play it by the book a little more. But I still think Zordon worries too much we can't handle anything that comes our way. I mean we're like the Avengers here.
Trini: I wouldn't compare myself as a comic character Jason. Kimberly just chuckles with Jason chuckling after her and Kim then spoke that changed the subject
Kimberly: Let's not forget what else we have to worry about besides saving the world.
Jason: Like what Kim? Kimberly: Saturday Detention.
Ooooh that silenced the trio they been more focused with cleaning up Putties and regular school work they forgot all about their Saturday Detentions and that they and the others are stuck in for the rest of the year which makes Jason sink into his frusteration more but not out bursting infront of the girls Meanwhile at the North Hall which is filled with moving students Tommy is in the crowd and slips into the men's room
Still being down of that spas he had with his parents yesterday Tommy coming out of a stall later he went up to the sinks taking a moment to look at himself in the mirror but when he turned on the running water on the sink the door opens and entered two boys who Tommy saw coming at him in the mirrors
He looked back to see himself being confronted by them which Tommy Recognized them when they arrived
Tommy: Bulk. Skull.
Bulk (Zach Roerig): What's up little Oliver. We heard you....had some problems at the Karate Center
Skull (Eric Knudsen): Yeah. We wanted to check in our favorite fighter.
Bulk: Maybe we can.....settle that old lesson we promised you last summer. What's say? Tommy tried to back away not saying anything to them trying to keep his promised to the Sensei not to fight till the sparring try outs knowing if he fought before it this would blow everything for him even if it was for self defense and Bulk just grabs him by the collar of his green jacket
Bulk: Chickening out huh? Well allow me to make the first move.
Bulk swung a punch that knocked Tommy to the flour still refusing to fight Bulk started kicking him on the flour and Skull joined in a minute later trying to get Tommy to fight back but wouldn't so they kept kicking him until.....
HEY! LEAVE HIM ALONE!
Bulk and Skull looked back to the door to see Billy standing ther looking at them nervously and none approval. Briefly staring down at Tommy being battered and bruised, Billy's confidence shines through once again as he stands up to the two.
While anxious to actually want to show off his strength like he did to Colt Wallace that one time especially if it means giving away his secret, and rightfully so, Billy couldn't stand the thought of anyone being mishandled the way he’s been. He hated bullies and made it be known.
“Crams-ton”, Bulk expresses rather confidently.
Of course, Billy thought to himself. How could he forget about how basic and embarrassing the two buddies were? If memory served him well, Bulk was the one who gave him that hokey name as a joke in the first place and why it still stuck with him all this time.
It took Skull relatively longer to fully focus on Billy. Given he wasn’t exactly bright, he questioned....
Skull: Wh—why exactly are we staring him down?
Bulk: Fella knocked out Colt.
Skull: A shrimp like you? You concussed Colt Wallace and forced him to back off of you?
Billy could only shrug, repeating his lie he told to his batch of fans when he first got rid of Colt.
Billy: I just simply stated 'If you must come at me.....come at me, bro.' He head-butted me so I knocked him out.
Silence toes the line between the three before there’s snickering. And there’s outrageous, obnoxious hyena-like laughter directed at both each other and at him. Pretty much their way of saying and calling ‘Bullshit’ on that statement.
To further hammer the message across, Bulk just charges at Billy with no warning.
Luckily, he sidestepped out of the way, letting Bulk’s greasy body slip and slide to the hallway as he collided shoulder-first into the lockers. The clanging thud attracted only a moderate crowd of only twenty people, circling around Bulk on the ground just in time to see Billy exit from the doorway of the bathroom. Thinking Billy was the one who threw him out, and rightfully so, the crowd began clamoring and piping up.
Billy was already in enough trouble as it is, given Saturday detention was still on his mind and the possibility they could extend his time to last into the summer. But he was already knee deep into it now.
He took a step forward, offering his hand out to Bulk. If this was going to happen, he wanted this to be fair at least. As expected, Bulk smacks his hand away and slides back to a vertical stance, amidst the collision into the locker rocking his vision a little.
Up on his feet once more, Bulk throws a punch and misses. Billy catches another coming his way and another but swiftly avoids the fists like before. Without even having to throw a punch, he was embarrassing Bulk in front of the surrounding crowd, which had now formed into a semi-circle around the two. The moment Bulk tried going for another tackle, Billy just sidesteps to the side letting him collide with the lockers yet again.
His guard left wide open, Billy didn't notice Skull charging in from the side until a second too late, tackling him to the floor and unloading punches on him.....none of which landed because Billy was wise to keep his hands and elbows up the whole time. Some punches went through though as Skull resorted to aiming at his sides, letting his weight off of the autistic child and kneeing him from the side.
That did as well as expected as the scrawny Skull felt massive pain spiking through his knee. Even more enraged, Skull went for a kick straight for his head which Billy avoided as he quickly rolled backwards and landed on his feet again.
Before he could even pull another punch, he hears "Skullovitch!" originating back to the same bathroom as only him and Billy and a recovering Bulk get his eyes directly on a recovering Tommy while the corresponding crowd nearby have to inch out a little to see him standing near the doorway again. With his fists clutches and balled up, Tommy now found it strenuous to keep his composure.
But so help him, he was gonna pull it together and take it.
Tommy: Oi, turn your gaze back to me. He had nothing to do with this; I'm want the one you started this with.
No sooner should he say that does Bulk clock him square across the face and knock him woozy. Then he proceeds to knee him to the wall.
Bulk: Skull. Over here; let's show him the difference between fundamentals and flash.
Skull is left nodding his head and then further clocks him down to the floor. With kick after kick after kick after punch, Tommy kept his arms up and his sides protected for as long as he could muster to do so for. But he refused to come up with a counter-reaction; anything to keep his promise.
He refused to lift a single finger.
Finally, Billy intervenes.
Jumping on Bulk to distract him, it only gets him so far as he just pushes him off as Billy goes face first into another locker as he continues punching away at Tommy. His eyes however briefly glimpse over at Skull slamming him over again just as Billy was getting up.
Upon briefly seeing that, something in Tommy just SNAPS.
The next kick aimed at him hits his left knee, leaving Bulk wide open for Tommy to knock Bulk down with his other leg. Kicking his leg out from underneath him, it pulls Bulk up close to Tommy as he headbutts him away, allowing him to get up.
Skull, feeling like having dealt enough enough to Billy, adds one more kick in for good measure before turning back around straight into instant doom. Tommy charges in, tackling Skull straight into the lockers with his arms clenched around his waist to avoid him breaking leverage. Persistent, Skull tries swinging around to disorient him which not only made him look retarded but backfired as he ended up bumping into the ongoing crowd.
It did release Tommy's grip however. But that left him a front row seat to see his friend suffer in his place.
Tommy, breathing heavily and his teeth gritting in frustration, snaps his entire body around to a charging Bulk while extending his arm out from the side of the body and parallel to the ground, hitting Bulk hard in both the neck and chest area. It sends him crashing to the ground, aiding several on-goers to look away while the commotion still uproariously flooded the hallway.
That included Billy, who found himself up on his feet but not too far from the fight.
But then he catches notice of Tommy pulling Bulk off the ground by only his arm, draping him over his shoulders in a fireman's carry position. Only then does Skull decide to run to his friends aid, only to get stopped immediately as Tommy spun Bulk around on his shoulders and clocked Skull across the face using Bulls feet. Adding further insult to injury, he just squished Bulk up against his he lockers again before letting him land hard on his ribs.
Yet again, Skull comes flailing in with a punch directed at the karate veteran but there's nobody home.
Aiming for another punch, he notices Tommy sidestepping out the way but then grabbing the arm in place and popping Skull in the face with a back elbow. The brief knock-back from the elbow bounces Skull into a headbutt before Tommy lets go momentarily and without hesitation.
A groggy Skull didn't anticipate Tommy wrapping his arm around the back of his neck and bringing him onto the back of his hip, then spinning like a wheel to throw him directly over him and straight onto his shoulder blade and ribs. To make matters worse, Tommy is quick to trap Skulls arm between his own legs and torque the elbow unnaturally into an armbar. Squeezing his legs towards his body and pulling the arm towards him, Tommy was not giving Skull a second to breathe.
Skull was flailing around hyper-extensively like a fish out of water, desperate for some kind of leverage to get out of the hold but the armbar was locked in too tightly. And this went on for a full two minutes. Hyper-rotating the shoulder joint also hyper-rotated the elbow joint, which eventually snapped his elbow out of place, causing more agony for Skull.
Finally letting go of the hold, Tommy ceases the horror show as students began backing away from him and start fleeing the hallway, sans Billy who still lingered around with a watchful eye. But that left only one half of the duo worse for wear....and Tommy did not feel the need to continue on with this much longer, for he had well and truly overstayed his over-dramatic outburst.
But alas, it wasn't to be.
His face just turned stoic as he spun around with a sidekick, clocking Bulk in the stomach and knocking the air out of his lungs as he dropped to his knees. His hands gradually let loose of the strap on his bookbag, his object of choice to hit Tommy over the head with as he quickly wrapped his arms around his stomach, the kick taking all the air out of him and leaving him wide open for Tommy to continue an assault.
An assault he, for one, wanted to stop as soon as possible. It wasn't hard for Tommy to sympathize with Bulks current predicament.....loosely. Like most bullies, they don't tend to back away or shut down in front of anyone unless met with someone mentally or physically stronger and here these two laid, flat on their backs and on their knees.
And yet something kept Tommy from just leaving him on his lonesome. It really did seem unfair that no matter how much he strived to be honorable and respectable like his conscience wanted him to be, it would also keep taunting him with his failures. Each time the regrets reemerged, he would diligently analyze them again, hoping that this time his mind would be satisfied with his self professed remorse, but it never was......even though he felt it. Like an unforgiving spectre, it would be back seconds later the next day to haunt him all over again.
And that broken conscience was urging him to finish it, through his frustration. It was a call he unwillingly had to follow, storming down to Bulks midsection and grabbing ahold of his right leg while he finally spoke up, frantically trying to prevent the same fate as his friend.
Bulk: Enough enough enough! Ok ok ok, you got me. You got us, ok, Tommy? We'll stay clear of you, just stop this. I beg of you!
Tommy: Next time......don't pull that kind of stunt on me.....
He pauses and then laments the next thought and course of action to follow.
Tommy: Otherwise, you're gonna force me to break the other one.
Bulk: The other whaAARGHHH!
That was the sound of his right ankle, snapping and crushing the Achilles' tendon in his leg and rendering Bulk one leg short. In one fell swoop, both boys were seen flat on their backs battered and physically broken with no immediate cause of action in easing their projected injuries.
They simply picked the wrong fight with Tommy.
With the area airing out, it gave Tommy some breathing room as the sweat became more visible slowly dripping down his face and through his shirt and hoodie. Having recovered from his eventful rampage on the two boys, a thick blanket of air calms him, wrapping his head back around to the matter at hand: Billy.
Noticing how Billy stayed out of the fight for a majority of the time after he came in and broke the boys, he simply asks....
Tommy: Are you alright?
Billy's only response was "Was that—was that really necessary, man?"
Tommy just nods No, well aware that he broke his promise to his Sensei and broke two more people who now looking back on it, deserved better than what he gave them. But he couldn't take back what he did.
However, Billy, knowing Tommy's heart was somewhat in the right place felt giving credit where credit was due. "Tough guy, huh?"
Tommy: Sometimes you got to be tough to get by. But I do appreciate your help.
He held out his hand to him.
Tommy: I'm Tommy. Billy: Billy.
"And that's enough."
They both look up and see the new principal Caplin (Steve Cardenas) hovering over the two. However, he was pointing directly at Tommy.
Caplin: Well Mr. Oliver another record broken I see. Tommy: Mr. Caplin let me just say.....
Caplin: That you'll be joining Saturday Detention for the rest of the year? Glad to hear it.
Silence came for a moment as the Princible and the two boys to look back to see Bulk regaining consciousness Bulk: And as for you two.
The duo look at the Princible in surprise
Caplin: How many times you weasels gonna repeat the 11th Grade?
Bulk: Yo sir it's not what it looks like. We....we were just minding our own bussiness till we heard some commotion in the men's room and we saw these two going at it Skull: Yeah all we did was try to brake it up.
Tommy: You lying sons of.....
Tommy was about to charge at them again till Billy grabbed his arm and shoulder he looked back at him with Billy nodding "No" to him telling him he wan't worth it
Tommy even felt a harder grip from him which he frowned at not knowing that was Billy's Ranger strength he was feeling Tommy looked back at Caplin who was staring back at them with a soft smirk
Caplin: Nice of you to hold a leash on him Mr. Cranston. You'll even have more company at Saturday Detention. And as for you Mr. Oliver this was your exact last chance. If you at leat avoided one fight before your try-outs your record would have had a clean slate. Weather however this fight happened it still marks it as the last ones. I'll be phoning your parents and your Sensei in the next period. And we'll be seeing you this Saturday.
Life once again hit Tommy like a giant semi truck knowing this would kick him out of not only the try outs but but out of the entire center too even knowing his dad will be extra furious for this Tommy was just ready to blow just as Caplin turned back to Bulk and Skull
Caplin: And that goes for you two as well. Saturday Dention.
Bulk: Are you kidding me?!
Skull: Sir don't you trust us?
Caplin: With your track records I don't think so.
The two kept protesting to try and talk their ways out of this but Caplin kept overruling them as Billy and Tommy took a moment to turn to one another again
Billy: Sorry I got you in trouble.
Tommy: It's not your fault. I think I would have anyway if you hadn't walked in.
Billy: Still I feel bad. But....I got to say those moves of yours are impressive. How did you learn how to fight like that?
Tommy: Ehh....when you get walked on all your life you.....just got to walk back. What little it did me. You train yourself? You got a good grip when you grabbed me.
Billy: Oh uh......
Billy knowing he seemd to have been suspected there not knowing he had his strength on him Billy had no words and babled for a moment which made Tommy more confused till......
Caplin: Well boys? Am I clear on Saturday tomorrow? Tommy?
Tommy: Y--yes sir.
Billy was relieved to know he was saved there knowing he was more in trouble than he already was Tommy was still beaten up more than he literally was
Caplin nodded and he walked away escorting Bulk and Skull away who still were trying to talk themselves out of Saturday Detention and Tommy and Billy talked one last time
Billy: Well....that could have gone better.
Tommy: With those two I doubt it. They're like the Beevus and Butthead in this school.
Billy: Hahahaha! That's a good one. But if you ask me Bulk and Skull should get their own comedy show.
Tommy: I know right. That's what I was always saying to myself. Too bad no one has the last laugh now. My folks are really gonna kill me this time.
Billy: Don't let it get to you man. Besides Saturday Detention's not too bad. You basically just have to listen to the teachers running it gibber a lot.
They both chuckled starting to take a like to one another till they hear the bell ringing with students now flooding the halls again
Tommy: Well uh....nice meeting you Billy. See ya Saturday?
Billy: Just looked to the left.
Tommy smirked chuckling as he walked off in the crowd and Billy turned walking to the other side
Later after the last period the whole gang regrouped out in the main hall just as Billy finished telling the them what went on at the Men's room
Jason: Are you sure this guy didn't suspect anything when you grabbed him?
Billy: Possitve. I think he completely forgot soon as Mr. Caplin threw the hammer on him and Bulk and Skull. He didn't ask anything after that. I'm sure we're good.
Kimberly: Bulk and Skull. You know those two were suppose to be seniors this year. Till last year they were hold back for the incident last year.
Zack: What happened?
Trini: You don't want to know.
Jason: Trust me you don't. But anyway. Kim?
Kimberly looked curiously at Jason
Jason: You think later you and I could----
Billy suddenly out burst like something hit him before Jason could finish his statement with Kimberly but now was intterupted
Billy: OH YEAH!
Everyone looked at him with Jason looking annoyed for that
Billy: I just remembered something. Since I got back on my old science projects after the uh.....attack? I been working on something that might help us in the next......missions.
Trini: What's that?
Billy: They're uh.....well you guys might laugh at me when you see them but....what the he---
Still keen on trying to keep himself cursing Billy took a minute to put it behind him
Billy: What the heck. It's back at my house I'll show you.
Billy walked passed them. The whole group fallowed Billy out as Jason looked back little disapointed he didn't get to ask Kimberly whatever question it was but after looking back for a minute he turned over to fallow the others
Few minutes later at Billy's house the garage door open with the gang standing outsided and once the door was done lifting Billy walked in first as the rest looked around
Zack: Nice Garage Bill.
Billy: I use to do my project in here. Till my dad had his accident. Since then I....well....let's just say I spent more time in the basement playing video games.
Billy reached up to a top shelf with Kim and Trini behind him looking up to what he was reaching for and Jason and Zack came up looking curious as Billy pulled out a large box and placed it on the tool table and opened it
Billy: Rangers.....allow me to introduce you......
What he showed them was five walkie talkies in the same colors as their armors with Jason frowning lower than the others
Billy:......our new communicators.
The hinged lid white oak wooden box stored five weirdly shaped communicators the same size as their IPhones, except here they gave off more the impression of looking like toys; early 2000's gimmicky toys modeled almost circuit by circuit after the digivices from the popular multimedia franchise Digimon, more specifically the second season of Digimon Adventure.
The similarities were radically similar in every distinct fashion.
Each version of said device was equipped with a radar and data storage. Even though they were the same type, they were differentiated by a color scheme unique to the character who uses them. While the center spoke nothing to write home about, the grip expressed the dominant color of each member while also sporting the crystallized armor plating from each of their suits.
Jason's observant eye took no time at all to figure out the distinctions.
Jason: Billy, di—Did you seriously model these after the Digimon devices?
Billy: They're called D3 digivice and cut me some slack, alright Jason? It was the first thing to popped to mind and God knows when we'll ever need to use these.
Kimberly: Well maybe....but, why not just use our phones? Or....at least make pagers.
Zack: Now that would be off an earlier show than Digimon.
Trini: Better try wristwatches then.
Billy shrugged his shoulders; something told me they wouldn't exactly be open to these at first. "Fine. I'll think of something else IF it comes to me. But for now, we improvise with these."
Again, it sparked no immediate reaction from the other teammates, probably out of confusion and incertitude. They couldn't get over just how cheesy it looked, how it felt, let alone what it would imply if they did go through with it. This wasn't no early 90's Saturday morning cartoon, this was 2017.
Objectively speaking, very few people would even still be using these.
Zack was the first, and only one to respond, simply shrugging his shoulders and putting his digivice communicator away in his brown jacket pocket. The smiles he perks seconds later displayed his former bravo and swagger, the toughness and coolness of his exterior but it doesn't stay for longer. Yesterday's events still lingered heavily on him: the car slipping, the father screaming ringing endlessly in his ears, the stigma that he arrived too little too late and he would've been dead if not for Kimberly.
These multiple layers beyond his fearless appearance fractured him as a result, outside of his ailing mother.
He could only respond with simply.....
Zack: Yeah. Well, Imma be on my way. Be seeing you, guys.
Nothing about that statement sat well with the others, especially Trini who attempted to reach out for Zack but to no avail. He just shrugs himself away and just walks up his way back up the stairs, carrying most of the weight of his somber, silent attitude along with him.....while also leaving some of it down with the other four momentarily, who just stared off at where he left worrying what his deal was.
Similar to the others, Billy grew increasingly worried for Zack’s ongoing behavior. He sounded less like himself and gave off the impression he didn’t exactly want to spend too much time around the others. Billy wasn’t the first to grow concerned for Zack’s well-being.....but he was the first that wanted to do something about it.
Billy: I'll—I'll take care of him. See y'all, if not tonight, then Saturday.
Billy's quick to dash past Trini but not without saying "Excuse me", remembering his manners and rushing up the wooden stairs to catch up with Zack. Seconds pass as the door closes, leaving the other three down in that basement with their hands still gripped to their communicators before finally giving in.
Shrugging together, they all went ‘Why the hell not?’ and simply put theirs away, back pocket, front pocket, wherever they saw fit.
They'd find a way to make it work with each other.....somehow.
Jason: So where does this leave us for the rest of the day?
This gave Trini pause for thought for a few, but then all of a sudden, it clicked.
Trini: I think I got something.
Trini: There's this pub that I go to after-school sometimes, and it's run by this cool guy where people just hang out to have a good time; you know? Packed with a gym and juice bar and last I checked, they're holding karate tryouts over there in about an hour or two. I figured.....why not pass the time?
At that moment, Kimberly just looked up through the window, seeing Zack walking away from the house and making his leave. Billy took longer to come into view in Jason's eyes. The thought creeped in, once gain, that something was ticking inside of Zack but he was positive that despite his autism, Billy could get him to open up.
Once the two turn away from the window, sharing a brief little staring contest within the moment.....their heads choose over their guts snd decides for both of them.
They both look up at Trini and nod "Yes." However, the good-natured sport in Jason's head kept mentally screaming at him that maybe they should've reconsidered.
Walking away from the house, Zack just looked piss poor unable to let go the previous errors from yesterday.
The nagging pain of nearly failing had overtaken him at its fullest. He had allowed this one mistake to mentally corrupt him and overblow the complications of the situation to extreme proportions. Granted, grief obeys its own trajectory, there is no timetable for feelings of pain after loss; nor is it possible to avoid suffering altogether. In fact, attempts to suppress or deny grief are just as likely to prolong the process while also demanding additional emotional effort.
And almost a full day of ignoring and denying the grief had caught up to the poor man. Right then and there, Zack knew he couldn't let it pass any further; the inner child in him suggested he take it out on something, someone other than his friends.
How he planned to go through with that: by heading straight back to the Pit.
One plus to the already hazardous training area was the supposed equal fifty-fifty treatment regarding who got hurt. It consisted of one and only one separate blink-and-you'll-miss-it training pad billed and constructed identically as the rest of the rocky terrain it inhabited. The only way to unlock it and set the options at hand was via a pressure pad.
Which was piss easy to feel and locate since Alpha had done it on repeat for the team on the off-chance they needed to do some of the training themselves. Up upon one of the higher rock surfaces of the area laid the pad....
....and what appeared up and out through the floor was exactly what Zack needed right now: Putties. These hybrid rock mutated freaks of nature slowly crawling up and through the floor, formulating their mutilated body structures always brought a measure of unpleasantness over Zack. Watching them having to do was about the same equivalent as someone dislocating their bones on their own behalf.
Either way he looked at it, it was disgusting.
Off goes the jacket, chucking it down to the side and biting off the edge of the wrist tape from the roll and wrapping it around his already sweaty arms and hands. But in need of a workout, the shirt wasn't gonna stay on. He tosses it back behind him, leaving his chest and ripped skin exposed as he stood his ground, battle ready, already breathing heavily for what was to come.
"Just know I ain't got all damn day", he spit harshly as the reanimated fake Putties surround him with malicious intent.
He did get the drop on them first however.
Straight out the gate, he charges forward at the first Putty he sees and spins around it's heads entangling them with his arms before slamming the back of their heads to the ground. Rolling over, he dropkicks another Putty by its legs, dismembering it. More of the Putties quickly began to pile up on him before even giving him breathing room to get off.
Being the slippery one Zack was, he ends up sliding up and away from the pile leaving a faint clutter of Putties clumped together on the floor. Taking his chance, he leaps up to the nearest wall on his right and lunges down at high velocity. Most of the pile catches eye of him and briefly moves out the way....all except for three.
Landing down with velocity, a thunderous ground pound is executed with his fists and feet piercing through the chests and shoulders of three dismembered Putties. He noticed the holographic ligaments of their bodies twitching around his arms and back.
Zack: Just keep going, Zack.
High into the air, he kicks a Putty's head clean off with a roundhouse but ends up losing balance as he tries to recover. The loss of balance causes him to fall right into the Putties hands as two just grabbed ahold of him from behind and hurled him towards two others in front of him. They weren't expecting Zack to spin around halfway through and clobber through both Putties elbow first, the two falling apart when the center of their chest was struck.
No time to dilly dally, despite having plenty of time, Zack runs up and under another Putty who attempted a big boot but missed, only to kick it square in the neck. It caused its body to fall apart while leaving the head. Using leverage, Zack kicks the head like a soccerball as it collapses into another Putty charging at his direction.
The access pile of rocks tumbling out of it blinds the Putties directly behind it and off to the its closest left and right. But only momentarily as the sight of Zack leaping directly over and behind them didn't go past unnoticed. They all take a swing at him simultaneously, indirectly locking up each other's arms and allowing Zack to grab each by the wrist and snap all their arms off.
Zack: Gotta be quicker than that.
It didn't help that they were put to use as nunchucks immediately afterwards, clocking each Putty that came his way further dislocating, dismembering and making easy work of Rita's holographic foot soldiers.
Nearly half an hour of this went into this hell. Every Putty he put down, Zack wanted more, not gaining anymore satisfaction from disposing of enemies that were piss easy to dispose OF in the first place. Except deep in his heart of hearts, there was no real point to it anymore and the issue he was beating himself over was that of an everyday occurrence......all of which hit way too close to home.
He wanted to stop this and call it a day. He really wanted to but he pressed onwards and to his displeasure, Zack realized he wasn't feeling any better. And the last thing he needed was somebody else to call him out on it.
You know, the average highs school student nine hours of sleep to function properly.....
Technobabble: a form of jargon that consists of buzzwords, esoteric language, specialized technical terms, or technical slang that is impossible to understand for the average listener. Except Zack's definition of technobabble doesn't branch outwards towards just spiffy new tech and more towards anything in particular he doesn't understand or doesn't want to.
So Billy having to come in and interrupt with him with superstition that sounded awfully preachy wasn't what he needed.
Billy:....and you're way below that. Not that I'm calling you average, I'm—I'm sure you're above that, moderately speaking.
"Not now, Bill. Let me practice in peace", Zack exerts loudly as he lands another side kick towards the chest area of another Putty.
Zack: I don't need a pep talk. See, you night he used to screwing up but not me. It won’t happen again on my watch. Not now, not EVER.
Billy: Zack, seriously now. What happened the other day wasn't anything to write home about. Don't tell me you're still beating yourself up over a stupid litt—
The sudden shift of velocity and air hurling his direction took Billy off his rocker a little bit but he manages to block the incoming roundhouse from Zack with ease. He had pushed one of his friends buttons a few centimeters too far.
Taking his warning lightly but not with playfully nudging his roundhouse away from his face with his elbow, Billy just took a step away to give Zack some breathing room despite him standing straight Center into the holographic training ground.
Billy: Seriously, Z. It's not much to beat yourself up about; you need to get some R&R.
Zack: I NEED to be BETTER.
He rebuttals straight back at Billy once more, his emotions no longer restraining the pitch in his voice from rising up in frustration from the past days. To Billy's credit, he'd be hard pressed to find Zack training on his lonesome let alone determined to improve.....especially since since he was originally somewhat the slacker of the group. The signs of a good student: good isn't good enough for them.
Out of breath from the near thirty minute endless long training session, Zack still caught ahold of one remaining Putty patroller now squirming in agony with Zack's wrist-taped hand clutched firmly around it's neck. His eyes lingered onwards, keeping focus squarely on Billy and daring him to make a move on him. Any sort of action whatsoever, he wanted him to take it.
Billy did.....but in a way that could've severely mentally cripple his friend.
Billy: If this is about the dad......I know that feeling.
Zack freezes, his legs crossed over the other and the sweat from his chest drip-drip-dripping down upon his shoes. Upon recollection, he scoffs.
Zack: A child almost grew up without a father a mere thirty nine hours ago because I took my eyes off him for a split second. You really think that you know what that feels like—
Billy: I lost my father because I lost focus. And.....I never really knew how to process that, even today. Believe me: I KNOW a thing or two about loss.
All Zack thought about spitting out the instant he finished that sentence was 'The hell you do. Nobody knows how to describe that feeling'. The ridiculous amount of resentment and frustration he already kept inside had doubled upon hearing those last four words. It was as profound as it was banal. But then he remembered the bonfire: the night that truly brought them together.
And I—I don't miss my dad as much. I mean, coming to the mountain with him was all I had.....
Rewording and rewinding to a month ago felt a lot like a cerebral process especially since Zack knew personally he wasn't exactly one of the brightest members of the group. But he couldn't deduce that it was just an act: when Billy does get emotional, he tends to REALLY let it all go. Why would an autistic kid joke about death?
Now Zack had a better understanding as to what Billy really meant when those words were ushered that night. And it changed his whole perspective on how he envisioned the previous day and a half. No words needed to be addressed further, for everything that needed to be explained was already discussed to its full conclusion.
Zack: Bill I....I didn't mean to snap like that. And I.....my condolences about your dad.
Billy: Thanks. Mine to yours too.
Zack: Do you remeber anthying else about.....the accident? If you don't mind me asking.
Billy was deep in thought and each time he thought about it only made him grief and confused as ever he was basically silent for a moment but just as Zack opened his mouth to speak again Billy looked at him with a nod
Billy: Just.....not much. It's about all I remember. But....I do get a few gaps I over looked before each time it pops in my head. But other than that it's a blur.
Zack: I hear ya.
Billy and Zack walked on just when it was close to sunset but during that we come back to Angel Grove Mall where it was still crowded with people coming and going given it was a Friday we join Trini still leading Jason and Kimberly there as they came through the giant halls of the mall which gets Kim to grow a small grin remebering she use to shop here when she was on the squad
Kimberly: You know Trin if I known you were bringing us here I would have my credit card re-newed.
Trini: We're not here to shop. Just to stop by to see a friend of mine at the Yuth Center plus there's some kind of karate try-outs going on.
Jason: Oh yeah I try to get in that but.....football pulled me away from that.
Kimberly: You should think about re-joining then? You know to get some practice for.....you know.
Jason: Nah. Training in the pit's enough for me.
Trini nodded at Jason's confidence with a smirk and soon they pressed on and about a minute or two later they come across the yuth center where it was more crowded than the other departments in the mall
The trio manage to get through the crowd just in a matter of more minutes and mange to catch the sparring fights on the righ and the crowd was cheering and all and Trini just kept smirking and nodding as Jason and Kimberly observed curiously
Jason: Whoa those guys are pros.
Trini: Yeah it's suppose to be a try-out for an upcoming tournament this summer.
Kimberly: And your friend's one of them.
Trini: No he's at the bar. Come on.
They made way to the other side through the crowd and came across the milk shake bar to see a bar tender turned to the back gathering glasses and stuff as Trini sat to the bar and calls out to the man
The Bartender: Ernie (Will Sasso) turned around to see Trini on the bar and grinned
Ernie: Trini. Haven't seen you in awhile.
Trini: Been stuck in freaking Breakfast Club every Saturday.
Ernie: Bummer. There no fun. Except the movie. I don't think you missed much the center here's been packed since the attack. A lot sigbed up for self defense classes.
Trini: No shock there.
Ernie: Who are you two friends here?
Trini: Oh.....just some friends from school I thought I bring along.
Jason: Jason Scott.
Jason reached over to Ernie's hand shaking it as he shook his hand Ernie nodded and turned to Kimberly on the other seat by Trini
Kimberly: Kim Ann Heart. Short for Kimberly.
Ernie: Ahh....Angel Grove High huh? Nice to meet you both. I think I heard of you Jason. Are you....Lucas's boy?
Jason: Lucas? Ohh you must be talking about my uncle. I didn't even know he comes here.
Ernie: Just occasionally. Mostly just sits by one of the booths and glues himself to his laptop like a.....like a detective or something.
Jason: Sounds like he's still on his X-Files habit looking for aliens.
Jason: Well now we know for sure the truth IS out there. Given after the giant golden monster and that team of rainbow superheroes and their giant. You guys hear of that?
The trio looked at one another knowing it was them and Billy and Zacl he was really talking about and not knowing it and Trini nodded to him
Trini: Yeah we heard I mean we've got tv's.
Ernie: Well whoever those people are aliens or not they got my approval. A lot of people trash talk about them but we'd all be dead if not for them right?
Jason: I know right. Some can be ungrateful.
Kimberly: Everyone has their own feelings about everything. Even about the Power Rangers.
Ernie: No doubt. So....what can I get you guys? Trini the usual?
Ernie: And what would you two like?
Jason: Just a 7-up.
Kimberly I'll have a water.
At the back of the center in the Sensei's office poor Tommy was again sent there to be sculled but it was worse than before
Sensei: Tommy....I'm really sorry but from what your Principle told me that was the last straw.
Tommy: They were picking on another kid Sensei. Was I suppose to let him get beaten up?
Sensei: Of course not. But I can't cover this this time. The center can't afford more acts of violence weather you were standing up for a friend or not.
Tommy: So that's it? Just bye gones be bye gones. I been coming here for three years and now it all ends cause....I had to get into a fight just to stand up for another.
Sensei: I'm really sorry Tommy.
Tommy: Not as Sorry as I am.
Tommy got up and pulled off his backpack unzipping it and pulls out his karate suit all folded and just slams it on the desk Tommy and the Sensei looked at each other for a moment then Tommy pulled his pack on and left in a hurry feeling defeated and frusterated
Later Kimberly came out of the girl's bathroom and when she was about to walk back to the bar she reached in her purse just for her to drop out a folded magazine she reached for it just when someone grabbed it for her handing it back
Tommy: You're welcome.
Yes it was Tommy but Kim didn't get a good look at his face given he walked around her so fast but she did looked to his direction seeing only his back feeling curious who that was but wasn't sure
Kimberly's curiosity got the better of her causing her to shout out Hey! to the unknown man which made him look around suddenly at her which made Kimberly freeze in her chest staring at Tommy's handsome face and flat buffed chest
Kim felt weak in the knees as she was lost for words not knowing what to say to him as Tommy looked back curious but too felt a sudden freeze looking at the beautiful short haired girl and wondered who she was too it was like he was looking at an agel
But with no words still not coming out of Kimberly Tommy quoted Yeah? which snapped her out of it finally talking but stuttered a little
Kimberly: Um....are....y-you....you....you attending here?
Tommy: Not anymore. I just got kicked out.
Kimberly: Oh that's too bad. What happened? If you don't mind me asking.
Tommy: Not at all. It's not like I got anyone else to tell.
Kim frowned from that realizing this guy maybe a loner like she and the others were before
Tommy: I uh....I got into some fight with some guys at school. They were after me but came at some other guy trying to defend me. Then the Principle caught us and sent us all in Saturday Dention and.....just cost me my role here.
Hearing that sounded awfully the same as Billy's story from earlier making her realize this guy was who he was talking about
Kimberly: Are you talking about Billy Cranston?
Tommy: Yeah. You know him?
Kimberly: He's a good friend of mine I met in the same detention.
Tommy: You??? You seem too nice to be in Saturday Detention.
Kimberly: Well if you knew my full story you would know that's not the case.
Tommy: I bet. And sorry where are my manners. I'm Tommy Oliver.
Tommy held out his hand and Kimberly gladly took it feeling his warmth palm as her cheeks nearly turned red
Kimberly: Hi. I'm Kimberly Heart.
Tommy: That's a pretty name.
Kim just got more and more nervous when the word Pretty esscaped his mouth and she was feeling more weak in the knees she even stuttered again
Tommy let out a nervous chuckle given he was feeling unedge but not as close as Kimberly is
Kimberly: So.....if you're gonna attend detention tomorrow do you want to hang out....with the others and me? We might be doing something afterwards if you're.....interested. Billy will be there too.
Tommy: Yeah that....that sounds great. I could use a bright side from all this darkness around me.
Tommy: Well.....see ya then?
Tommy and Kimberly kept nodding chuckling nervously and kept saying Bye four times and soon Tommy found his courage to walk away not noticing Kimberly didn't take his eyes off him till he disappeared to the edge of the doorway to the hall where the crowd was still cheering for the fights
As Kim later had a hard time shaking her memory of what just happened still covered in red cheeks which normally doesn't happend to her as often as now she walked back to Ernie's bar where Jason and Trini till turning their heads over to her coming back.
Trini: You took your time.
Kimberly: Sorry I....I got a little side track.
Jason: Well you're just in time they started the finals.
They watched the final rounds accurue which took several minutes almost an hour really and soon a winner was declared to be entering the summer tournament
The crowd cheered and the three applaud too just before turning back to Ernie
Ernie: That kid's got some guts. He's gonna need the best luck this summer.
Jason: I got no doubt in it.
Ernie: You sure sound confident.
Trini: You have no idea. Jason: What do you mean Trin? Trini: Nothing.
Ernie: Well once again nice meeting you two. Hope you'll come by again.
Kimberly: Oh for sure. We may bring our other two friends with us.
Ernie: More the merrier.
They nodded and soon left the bar outside Tommy was just talking on his cell phone to his dad which sounded pretty heated up given Tommy's responses
Tommy: Look I get it I'm a screw up can you please lower the volume. No sir I didn't mean it like that. Dad come o----
Tommy just huffed as the phone talk wasn't as smooth as he tried to make it
Tommy: Ok....I got it. I'll be home in an hour. Bye. Tommy pressed the hang up button as he looked back hearing chattering from countless people but turned back to his car and hopped the ignition and driving off
But in the crowd the trio came out and Jason turned to Kimberly
Jason: You want a ride in my truck?
Kimberly: I uh.....
Kim turned to Trini wondering the same with her
Trini: Go on ahead. I got to get home anyway or my brothers will snitch to my parents on me.
They two nodded to her and Trini went jogging off leaving Kim and Jason by themselves
Kimberly: I guess so.
Jason smiled taking Kim's hand which for some reason feels off given her memory of Tommy had not left her head and at first tended to pull her hand off but she gripped his trying to hold her nervousness in and went with Jason to his truck
Jason opened the shotgun seat for her and she gladly went in it and after closing the door Jason went to the driver's seat and turned his own ignition and drove off themselves
Something about this picture felt wrong.
Mental turmoil and emotional chaos had followed Kim from the moment she left the mall.....and it was staring at her from the other side of the windshield; almost laughing at her. This never happened to her before: crush at first sight? Love at first sight? It was dangerous, it was reckless, it was something she deemed unhealthy and unethical given what she'd already been through and the current predicament Kimberly found herself in now with Tommy.
She didn't even know the man personally so why is she feeling this way? How would Jason react to it if he found out? was the first thought to herself the entirety of the car-ride home and it was the nagging suspicion that she actually was attracted to the former karate veteran that actively worried her, especially since Jason thought they were dating.
Or close to it, at least.
But she wouldn't have to worry about those beans spilling, for something else was stifling Jason and his current thought process; something.......troubling. Zordon's previous words of warning really had him doubting his positioning as Red Ranger, let alone his position as a natural born leader. Then again, now he wasn't sure if he could even associate himself to that same title.
Similar to Zack, it was a rather nagging thought that honestly had him stumped.
The best Kim could do was try and avoid the topic from overclouding her thought process and the guilt from engulfing here. All she could muster to say while coupled up in the passenger seat, staring out at the reflections of the streetlights reflecting off the windshields was....
Kimberly: Do you think it was wise for that.....Youth Center of whatever to still be open during this time?
Jason: Its a matter of perspective. Personally speaking, people have become dependent on that kind of entertainment whenever shit goes south. Safety always matters first to me.
Kimberly: That's the ironic thing about all of this: during all of this chaos, businesses, big and small, are doing better than before. And yet, half the city's thrashed, thousands of people are dead while others are stuck living in the park because of their homes being destroyed.....and then you have my parents complaining cause our lawnmowers broken. That's like surviving a plane crash and complaining about where's the food.
Jason: Do you think I make a good leader?
A sudden detailing of the previous conversation, it brought the topic around to where Jason's current insecurities lied. Unlike Kim, he decided to get it out the air right her and now rather than hold it in and let it eat him alive.
Being one part of the conversation that Jason intentionally left out earlier on in the day, he realized how perplexed it made Kimberly. At least she was until he outright said....
Jason: That's why Zordon pulled me aside to talk to me yesterday. He mentioned that with more bad things coming our way, they're not gonna wait for us to figure out how to work together.
Kimberly: Which is why you kept insisting that we know what we're doing, how we can handle this, etc etc.
She intervenes, finishing Jason's statement for him recognizing where he's going with this. All Jason could reply back with was....
Jason: Can you blame me though? If he's not bluffing, and I sure as hell don't want to call him out on that, I need people to at least pretend that I'm in charge here.
Kimberly: Why, cause red's a primary color?
Jason: He gave off the impression that it was.
Kimberly: Again, to reiterate my point from earlier....we all started doing this at the exact same time. You want people to look up to you like they once did Zordon—maybe start by listening to them first. Because as far as I'm concerned, good leaders actually listen.
Jason appreciated the words of free advice he received, for it showed that he wasn't completely incompetent by hiding the information for himself and being forthcoming about his potential issue.
Whether or not he'd listen to what was given was a different matter entirely.....and it was all up to him.
What wasn't was when they'd get back to Kimberly's house. She wasn't kidding when she said she lived on the other side of the mountain, for both her and Jason could barely see the hazardous rocky terrain from over the hills of trees and shrubs and bushes......and that meant they were close.
No less then a minute later, the red Dodge Ram is parked up at the edge of the sidewalk and halts. Jason departs from the driving seat, having led Kimberly home like he promised and walks over to her side before opening the door and letting her out.
Kimberly: Thank you.
Nobody was outside; Kim's mom and step-dad were nowhere in sight and most of the lights inside the house were shut off, indicating that the two were asleep. Good, was all Kim had to say. Even if that wasn't the case, they had regained enough trust in her that she'd be out and come back home when it counted.
That would've changed if they were up and saw Angel Groves former star quarterback dropping her off and immediately jumped to the wrong conclusion. Kim promised no more drama between them and her....for as long as she could.
Approaching the front door with only the porch-lights on, the reflecting off of her only stumped Jason further from taking another step. Blinded by her imminent beauty, he found himself losing sight of the fact that he was only supposed to be dropping her off even as he directly heard her say her goodbyes.
Kimberly: Thanks for the ride. Goodnight.
Jason: Hold up a second.
Noticing his own sudden shift in demeanor, there was no taking the statement back. Jason could tell how silent it was outside, aside from the repetitive high-pitched cheeping of crickets, and he resisted the urge to smirk lightly underneath a facepalm. He didn't feel comfortable pull this next move off in a noisy, messy setting and he didn't want it to be somewhere too brightly lit or conspicuous either.
Which made this location a better spot than never.
Jason: I wanted to say this earlier before we were pulled to Billy’s garage. So.....
As he basked in the continuous chirping, he remembered a crickets various meanings for certain cultures of chirping. Some cultures regard the chirp as an indication of good luck or a sign of rain. Other cultures consider it a bad sign and believe it can indicate impending illness or death. But they were named for the high-pitched sounds male specimens produce to attract females. And Jason had been trying and failing at every opportunity since the attack to make some sort of move on Kim; he himself couldn't believe how difficult it was for him to just simply say how he really felt for her.
Bottom line to Jason was that he knew what he wanted: he wanted to make that move. And given he was already wasting Kim's time he decided right then and there.....it was going to be soon.
"So....umm, I know things have been crazy the past month and half and we're still trying to find our footing and all.......", Jason mustered the courage to start off as he took three steps forward, already contemplating the next step. Cold feet was a lingering possibility here and he had every reason to be nervous, especially since he realized he was beginning to stare his partner down.
And vice versa.
A little bit of eye contact eventually helped make the initial movement less awkward for them after a couple of seconds. Kimberly was left eying at his arms and facial muscle contortions, surprisingly taken aback by his lack of bravado and confidence in this very moment.....at least until she remembered one crucial fling that definitely put the breaks on their relationship.
That kiss. That damn kiss.
Such a out-of-the-blue, heat-of-the-moment action to take up and neither one of them have talked about it or thought about it since.....until tonight. Almost forbidden it felt, thinking back to the moment that stifled them progressively when they came around each other. And even now, the lack of disillusion in tension as Jason began to approach her again.
He moves in a bit closer to her and she doesn't move.
She wasn't standing him up. She wasn't backing away. A part of her knew what was coming and she wanted it. Given the incident with Tommy earlier, Kim figured the best way to get over it was to admit to what she was trying to deny to herself for a while now: that she did have some affection there for Jason.
Jason: But, you and I, there's this.....we have this thing between us—in common, I mean....that's been bugging me for a while—?
Kimberly: Uh-huh, Jason. Use your words.
Actions spoke louder than his word though, with Jason continuing to lean in.
“So I as just wondering if you wanted to, we could....”, Jason utters all of this while slowly reaching out for her arm. Gently touching and resting his hand on Kimberly’s left shoulder for a few seconds, he didn’t rest his hand on cupping her cheek until he felt ready and comfortable enough to do so.
He noticed Kim smirking at him, keeping her arms open and at the sides so she didn’t seem closed off. She lightly touched him near his upper thigh.
Closing the distance between each other, they scooted closer, leaning in the others direction.....wait for them to come even closer.
Kimberly: Are you going to do what I think you're gonna do?
Jason: Are you gonna stop me?
The smart remark causes Kim to scoff briefly.
Kimberly: Probably not.
Whatever tension they were both experiencing had reached a point where the climax was fast approaching; the last chance for either one to back away from this moment and neither one took it, titling their heads to the opposite side of each other, closing your eyes and keeping them closed as the two teammates neared their lips.
Barely centimeters away from their lips, an imminent explosion rocks them and draws their attention away from each other. Turning to their far right to the site of the loud KABOOM that resonated from the distance and shorted out from the Doppler effect, all that could be seen from eye-view was a giant black cloud of smoke creeping over the buildings and houses.
Said cloud barely phases into the blackish-navy blue sky, clouding not only the peaceful tranquil of the night but also the minds of the Pink and Red war-trained combatants.
Kim’s face dropped slightly, seeing this potentially heartwarming moment squandered. Needless to say, Jason was more bummed about it than she was.
Jason: I have the worst luck.
Kimberly: We have the worst luck.
But it was what it was.....and what this was was simple: trouble. A job needed to be done.
Glimpsing at the smoke rising in the distance, the call back to action was being literally being ushered out to the two; a call neither of the two felt the need to pass up. Quickly scouting through his right pants pocket, Jason ruffles his way through before pulling out and gripping ahold of his supernatural red power crystal.
Kim is quick to do the same, for the situation called for their assistance.
Kimberly: Guess it's Morphin' time.
Nodding towards the other, both teammates and derailed soon-to-be lovers focus their attention back to their respective power coins, using sheer focus of their will on their respective Coins causing both of various color crystals to glow brightly and vibrate mildly reflecting it in their eyes. The coins outer shell then materialized Power Morphers around it like a casing and receptacle, all while the rest of the Ranger Armor materializes around their arms, legs and back in a successful molecular transmutation process.
The morphers themselves are depicted as buckles that house their Power Coins as their visors and face shields on the helmets enclosed, accessing a HUD display that highlighted everything in sight. No sooner after booting up, both HUDs directed the two Rangers straight to the sight of the disturbance that supported the massive smoke cloud.
As the two raced towards where that smoke was coming from Kimberly manage to shake out the memory of what nearly accured getting her head in the situation and instantly making her forget about that completely
She then pressed on the right side of her helmet contacting the other three of the situation
Pink Ranger: Rangers! Mayday! Mayday! We have a situation.
The first who were to reach Kimberly's call was Trini coming in her room looking a little stress but hearing the beeper on her yellow walkie talkie from Billy as she pressed the center button she heard Kim's voice
Trini: Lower the volume Kim I'm here. What's up?
Else where Billy and Zack were still talking and chuckling till they heard the beeps of their walkie talkies going off too which excited Billy to know his invention was finally being put to use and Zack grabbed his barely knowing how to use it till Billy pointed the center button at his own showing Zack how to speak on it he nodded then both boys pressed them and they Trini at her house where all were on Kimberly's line
There's been an explosion at Angel Grove Prison. Jason and I are heading there now but we need all hands on deck.
Billy froze in silence like he was having a spooky flashback which in a way he was unknown to Zack who replied to Kim
Zack: We'll meet you there Kim.
On Trini's side
Trini: Hang tight Kimberly. I'm coming.
Soon as Trini cut off she looked back to her door hearing chattering from her parents which made her freeze for a moment but sounded to her they were just turning in for the night giving the daring girl the opportunity to open her window and crawl through to climb out and landing in the backyard She then heard dogs barking as she ran and hopped over the fence then yelling: It's Morphin Time! Trini's nanotech soon formed her yellow armor slowly becoming the Yellow Ranger and used her speed to catch up to the Red and Pink Rangers to the location
With Billy and Zack Zack was just about to morph till he saw Billy just standing there still in thoughts since Kim brought up the prison
Zack: Billy? You ok?
He din't even acknowledge him
Still not replying
Zack: Hello! Earth to Billy!
Finally he got his attention when Billy snapped out of his thoughts from Zack's outburst
Zack: What do you mean what? Didn't you catch Kim's report? We're needed at the prison.
Billy: Yeah. Yeah I caught it I just....never mind I'll tell you later. I'll get the van.
Zack: No too slow. We'll get their faster in our suits.
Billy: Good thinking.
Soon both stood straight giving the shout at once: It's Morphin Time! and their nanotech forms their and the two ran to meet with their comrades too We join back with the Oliver truck where Tommy was nearly feeling sleepy he rubbed his eyes trying to stay awake till he made it home until he looked aside seeing the smoke himself and frowned in confusion
He turned away keeping his eyes on the road still trying to stay awake until he saw in front of him the road was on fire somehow and he gasped and suddenly felt a large pumping from underneath the truck
He pinned his foot to the break which barely done him good given the truck was still moving but slowing down and soon as it stopped Tommy got out and saw fire and brimstone all over the road and didn't know where all this came from he could even still see the smoke was actually coming from in front of him and the prison was just blocks away behind Tommy turned away from it and kneeled down to see his left front and back tires.....flatten
Tommy: Ahh man....I can't get a break.
Tommy went on his phone to call a tow but he didn't had a signal which frusterated him more he threw his phone down cracking it in half not caring it was broken due to his bad luck for the past two days Tommy was about to go back in the truck until....
.....he saw as the smoke begin to dim a green flash shinning under it and the crater that was nearly visible which made Tommy frown in curious We come back to Angel Grove Prison where at the result of the explosion and impact cracked it in half all the way from Tommy's location which cut the power at the prsion forcing all the cells to open and inmates chattered at first but then laughed and started running
Alarm systems were still able to go off due to back up power and security guards tried to hold them back but given their numbers they barely could some got lucky but most of the inmates were strong enough to fight the guards back due to their numbers But in the back of all of this lied two unknown figures stepping out of their own cells
It was the Hogan twins (Michael Chikilis and Eiza Gonzales)
Jacob: Looks like we made parole, sis.
Aubrey: Seems like it to me, and they even started the party without us.
A loud "Hey!" reverberates to their left as they see another prison guard, female and with a baton in hand, calling out their attention. But since redirecting the prisons back to their cells wasn't much of a no-brainer anymore or a non-starter, brute force was the intended option she had to go with.
Quickly swinging the baton at their direction, Jacob swiftly avoids the weapon as it beats the air. Another miss later, he finally grips the baton tight in his grip, putting the guard at high alert. Mistakes were made when the baton was ripped straight out her hands, jerking her upwards and directing her forward momentum towards Jacob before he headbutts her backwards towards Aubrey.
From there on, she takes care of the rest, kneeing the guard in the abdomen before she slammed her head into the railing with enough force to discombobulate her. A sly smirk creeps on Aubrey's face, seeing the guard struggle to find her footing before eventually succumbing and passing out.
With their pathway mostly clear amidst all the chaos erupting around them, they needed a way out. Dashing amongst the rest of the walkway, more prisoners either frantically looking for an escape or just blocking the pathway either way came into their viewpoint.
He absolutely lays havoc amongst those in his path, sidestepping a few unlucky prisoners while absolutely plowing through the next three that came in his path, all of whom then laid stiff and motionless on the ground besides the two. The path somewhat clear now, it didn't set right with Jacob. With all the other chaos erupting around the two, the fact that not a single guard had barged onto their path since a few minutes ago didn't sit well with him.
He didn't want to take the chance. And he made sure Aubrey understood that.
Jacob: Grab my arm.
Aubrey: The hell you mean--
"Just grab me, dammit", he urged her, not willing to illiterate any further.
And she went along with it, placing herself on his back before positioning over to his right arm. Having moved over and dangling herself over the railing to the floor below, Jacob intended this to be a quick drop-off for his sister; anything to prevent her from getting caught and detained.
He wanted to ensure that if by any chances he gets left behind, she gets out alive.
Suddenly, she felt her balance go off it's rocker. Jacob felt himself thrusted forward towards the railing, having his balance shifted off key and forcing him to let go of his sister early. He can only watch as Aubrey falls indefinitely for only a brief period before she collided with the table directly beneath her and quickly sliding off the edge.
Her left shoulder and ribs colliding with the concrete, she was lucky to not have connected to any metal otherwise her recovery would've been a lot slower. What really prompts her up to her feet though is the sound of repeated groans and struggling and the sight of multiple guards and officers and restraint or trying to restrain Jacob through below the floor grate.
Aubrey: Jacob, you--
Jacob: Find us a way out, I'll meet you there. Go!
She was left no choice but to heed his warning as she watched the guards continue to pull back against Jacob and pin him up against the floor.
She hated it.
Aubrey hated that she had to leave her little brother behind like that; despite having proven to handle himself, she didn't want the one to survive this breakout if that option was there. So much so that not even a full two minutes after her brother was out of her sight.....
.....she got cold feet.
Quickly turning back behind her, she ends up running back the other direction to go back for Jacob. Except more company came her way. Two wounded guards caught eye of her and made their way to their feet, prompting Aubrey to run with her tail between her legs.
Anything to avoid capture.
With the two in fast pursuit, there was no easy out of this one. Having been dropped onto the bottom level, she now had to make her way back up via a ladder.....but not quick enough. She felt one of the guards gripping her left leg, almost digging his fingernails into her skin and nearly costing her her grip on the ladder.
But then comes her right leg, stomping down on his face to alleviate the pressure on her leg. If anything, it only made him hold on tighter....so much so that Aubrey's grip couldn't hold on much longer. She's left falling off the ladder and crashing down directly onto the guard as they both crashed into the grated floor below him. Only Aubrey was lucky one having avoided being knocked out, quickly checking her neck and abdomen area......
....but the distraction cost her.
Slowly inching away from the unconscious guard, she's left covering her stomach and bending down on both knees, having felt a whipping, stinging pain to her thighs and stomach. She didn't keep her eyes on the second guard who also chased after her as Aubrey was left wide open from the pain she endured....to more pain.
The repeated impact of the baton smacking down on her back, shoulder, face and legs were painful to the point of temporary debilitation, not that the guard minded. She was just another prisoner in his eyes and intended to make due with that.
What he didn't expect was the wall cracking and eventually bursting into pieces behind him, overtaking him in endless flying chunks of debris and knocking Aubrey off from the side. The dust from the wall blinded him momentarily, clouding his vision from the last thing he nor any of the other guards in the prison complex expected.
The disfigured foot soldiers quickly stormed through the wall of the complex, sprinting one way, leaping the other and causing a bigger infestation to the prison then the actual guards and officers and prisoners that inhabited it. Most of whom entered were the new and improved Putty patrollers who had been effected by the Goldar dust and the sheer size of those who entered was gigantic.
Compared to the kind of attacks Angel Grove has been on the receiving end of because of them, this dissimilarity was a far cry from before.
Carnage was all they could dish out. From the columns to the railings and the actual prison cells, the Rocky monsters were scavenging and scouring throughout but not without resistance. Guards who spotted them were either quick to immediately jump on them or too late to do that but similar to the prisoners, the numbers game was too great on them.
One such group of guards barely dented a single Putty in motion only for the distraction to cost them as more formulated from behind, lifted them up and then tossed them aside into the giant seismic crevice that split the prison into two pieces. Rinse and repeat for other who came to support.
Others were left unlucky, with some prisoners being left pummeled and mauled to death by the rock monsters. Those who lucky to not even be noticed by them or the guards took the first chance they saw and ran out the complex with freedom in their sights.
Aubrey was not one of those.
Barely being directly in the line of Fire when the wall was blown open, she was left unconscious for a brief while.....not that it helped her when she did regain her eyesight. Her eyes kept dilating constantly, for the excess dust covered around the ashes blocked the foreground of her eyesight despite getting up off her back, coughing excessively. All she could think to do was call out for her brother.....
But her own voice is nearly drowned out in a muddled cloud, a void of endless screams and cries and pleas from countless guards and prisoners being overtaken by the Putty patrollers. And she wasn’t so lucky herself.
The blurriness of her peripheral vision slowly fading, her eyes could hone in on an approaching figure, outlined in Grey and dirt and dust. She was quick to stumble away from the approaching Putty, using the railing as leverage as Aubrey continue to hide her time and back away from a then crowd of three Putties.
The Putties only response was malice as they proceeded forward, staring her down as she stumbled back in through the hole in the wall. Having tripped and fallen over, she had to stand there frozen in place and watch as the Putties screech echo throughout the broken remains of the prison complex. Not exactly bloodcurdling or eat-shattering but very VERY loud. Having enough, Aubrey just dashed forward and punched the first Putty she saw in the face.
Eventually, she has to draw away, for the impact hurt her hand almost like colliding with a solid wall. The reduced superhuman element needed to fully break the Putties down wasn’t there for Aubrey; luckily, that putties jaw barely broke off from whatever seeds of strength Aubrey had in store.
Didn't phase the defaced monstrosities.
Fortunately, help had arrived......a full 10 minutes late.
From first glances alone, the prison spelled out devastation and disaster for the Pink and Red Ranger. The two found themselves lucky that the massive cloud of smoke was coming in not from the prison complex but instead a few feet away from the entrance, the ground carved in by what looked like a befallen meteor.
Red flags were amuck.
Red Ranger: Alright, I'll sweep the perimeter and see what we're dealing with.
Pink Ranger: I'll check for survivors.
The two went on their directions and as Kim made her way till two inmates blocked her way
Inmate # 1: The Pink Ranger? Tell us honey....you hot under that costume?
Inmate # 2: Cause you can come to our party if you want.
The first inmate grabbed her shoulder but Kimberly grabbed his hand and.....
Pink Ranger: Hands off!
The first inmate yelled in painful agony as the second threw a punch but the not to be pushed around pink princess ducked it and kicked him sending half way across the messy courtyard. Soon Red Ranger was on high ground scootering the area seeing the situations left and right inmates from running to freedoms through open gaps and riots within and soon he was startled......
......by Black and Blue Rangers who appeared behind
Red Ranger: DAMN! You guys trying to give me a heart attack?
Blue Ranger: Just wanting to make an entrance.
Red Ranger: Well congratulations you passed.
Black Ranger: We tried the front door since it was blown open but too inmates there.
Red Ranger: Try all over the place. There's riots going on at every corner.
Blue Ranger: What exactly happened here?
Red Ranger: No idea but....we're gonna end it here. Where's Trini?
Blue Ranger: I'll do you one better: Where's Kimberly?
Jason nodded and the three boys jumped down and ran into action just as Kimberly liftef some ruble to clear a path for surviving guards
Guard # 1: Thank you!
Guard # 2: We won't forget this!
Pink Ranger: Forget about it. Now go get help!
Guard # 3: Yes maim!
They ran as Kim threw the ruble aside and just soon she spotted inmates running towards a large gap on the wall
Pink Ranger: NO!
They just nearly made it till one of them got his ass kicked outside and thrown back in the other inmates up confused and looked over to see the Yellow Ranger entering the scene
Yellow Ranger: Think......again!
Back at the crater that green glow from earlier was still shinning as our new friend Tommy was looking down at it more curious as he still couldn't see clearly what was down there Tommy had half a mind to just turn away and wait for help and he almost did.....but his curiosity won out and he turned back over looking again until....he heard another car coming and Tommy felt relief and ran up to them
Tommy: Hey! Hey help!
Tommy tried to get them to stop but the car just speeded passed them and floured it till they were out of sight
Tommy: Freaking people. What's the matter with you?
Tommy almost went back to his truck but then.....curiosity won him over again and went back to the crater and this time he slid down it but landed hard on his back
After that hard landing Tommy stood up wiping the dirt off himself and then.....he was able to get a closer look at that green glow as it then shined on his face reflecting back and then lowering his face close to the glow revealed to be..........
.....a sixth power coin.......
The alarm goes on and on back at Angel Grove as soon as the five Rangers all regrouped and plan out their tactics but something.......caught Billy's attention
Red Ranger: Good you made it.
Yellow Ranger: Had to wait till my parents were in for the night.
Red Ranger: Figures. Alright team here's what we'll do.
Blue Ranger: Jason......
Red Ranger: We'll have to split in two teams if we're to gather all these prisoners back in their cells and save everyone.
Blue Ranger: Uh Jason.....
Red Ranger: Kimberly Trini you're both with me on stopping the riots.
Blue Ranger: Jason?
Red Ranger: Billy and Zack head into the facility for any hostages and make sure cells that aren't opened are secured.
They were about to part for their assignments till.....
Blue Ranger: JASON!!
Red Ranger: *Looks back* WHAT??!
Billy pointed up and the others looked over to see now the Rangers were now.....confronted by....... .....the Putties
Black Rangers: Putties.
Yellow Ranger: Why am I not surprised?
Pink Ranger: What now?
Red Ranger: Change of plans. We fight.
Then the Rangers and the Putties charged at one another for another round
Or so it seemed.
With the stakes gradually raised up and enough of the prisoners apprehended to not cause a distraction, the Ranger has their sights set on the upgraded Putties ready to disperse straight through them. Charging forward and crying out for battle, what they received in return was either underwhelming or disappointing, depending on how one would look at it.
The Putties absolutely trampled past them.
Not intent on fighting the Rangers, the rock-cluttered foot soldiers bypassed all five Trix-colored teens almost trampling each of them down as they crawled and savaged and hurdled their way all the way to the now cracked and heavily demolished remains of the door barring off the entrance to the barrier that leads to outside. About a good third of them quickly broke down through the doors and left.
Rather uncharacteristic of them to let their guards down on their opponents especially when the Rangers show up.
Billy however was quick to deduce that while they may have been responsible for the prison riot, what was happening outside, that was drawing them towards that point of disturbance? He didn't trust it. It didn't give off the impression that they were surrendering.
Blue Ranger: They're looking for something else. We're not of any concern to them.
Black Ranger: Gives us enough time to take 'em all out.
Pink Ranger: But not before getting to whatever they're looking for.
That is about all Kim could say before the pile of Putties stops roughing around all about as the sliding and stitching of rocks ceased sliding up on top of each other. One half of the Putties left the prison. The other half immediately snapped their heads back to the five teenagers with attitude, their sights now fully set on their
Red Ranger: Kim, Zack, don't let the Putties escape. Find where they're going.
A distant nod later and the two dashed past their leader, leaping straight over the pile of Putties lined up by the door and rushed outside, hot on the other Puttie's trail.
That left the other three with the other half.
Red Ranger: Trin, double check the inmates. Billy, stay close to me. Let's keep the fighting here.
He issued out to the two while broadening out his fighting stance.
While the second laidback member of the group refrained from rolling her eyes just a tad, she was sure to let Billy know to handle Jason under the pretense things wouldn't go to plan in the next few minutes.
Yellow Ranger: Billy, make sure the boss doesn't pop a blood vessel by the time I get back.
Once again playfully poking fun at his overly gimmicky take as leader, she turns back the other way to check on the inmates but she didn't expect Billy to turn back to her direction around the time she got far enough to look back.
The involuntary amount of silence displayed towards her distracted her momentarily, as if something she had just said set him off the wrong way. However, his gaze wasn’t aimed at her.
It was aimed directly above, for Jacob Hogan had escaped from the guards who pinned him down previously and was aided by Aubrey, not content on leaving him behind here. Only a minute was granted to catch their breath before they could get anymore traction because before there were Putties. Now they had the Power Rangers to deal with.
And worse of all, one of them was staring directly at both of them: Billy.
Blue Ranger: HEY!
Billy screams out as he rushes past Trini, causing the Hogan’s to quickly dash away from him and abandoning the post Jason left him on as he tried to refrain from calling him out. He did so anyways, yelling at Billy to come back at the expense of letting his guard down.
The second he turned back towards Billy running after the twins, the Putties charged forward, crowding him in and dog-piling all on top of him. The only time the Putties would ever get the jump on the Rangers would be like this. Nearly suffocating under tons of rocks and dirt and asphalt was not how Jason envisioned on going out but the sheer abundance of Putties on top of him proved difficult to maneuver around.....at least at first. His feet burrowing into the ground and his arms straining fro the weight of them all, he suddenly heard a slight WHOOSH pass by him on the right.
In doing so, a chunk of the Putties were taken off of him.
Another WHOOSH later, there goes another chunk of them. Out of a tiny crack in the dog-pile dome, he could see Trini slamming two Putties by their feet and slamming them into one another, providing a momentary distraction.
With two quick dashes, Trini has already lightened the load by half. Finally getting his leverage back, Jason takes one step forward to find his footing which alarms the Putties that he's close to escaping. But with not enough to hold him, they are completely vulnerable to the leader once again. Then comes another step.
Finally, Jason's energy reaches a boiling point. His chest visor and armor radiating with red energy, he delays the movement. Stoping dead in his tracks, the Putties are left dazed, confused and clueless. No less then a minute passes before one, more clueless than the others, digs it's mutilated rocky hand into the pile to check on Jason. Jason explodes out of the pile, minions scattering to the four winds and his energy peaks, bursting out red-level energy from all over his body in order to repel the opponents around him.
Broken and dismembered the enemies were, it left Jason thankfully unharmed but mental ticked off. He gave Billy a direct order on his behalf and he didn't follow through with it: his confession and promised plight earlier on wanting people to pretend that he's in charge falling greatly on deaf ears once more.
Not that Billy seemed to mind in the heat of the moment. His sights were set squarely on Aubrey and Jacob, as he chased after them.
Down inside the prison inmates ran wild to freedom fighting their way out and fought of every guard and beaten them down
They would have made it outside till Yellow Ranger crashed through the ceiling and landed hard on her feet and the inmates backed up from her
Yellow Ranger: Listen you guys I don't know if they let you watch tv but we just survived an alien invasion and the last thing Angel Grove needs is you guys running a muck taring it down again. So what'd you say we do this nice......peaceful.........
An inmate yelled out motivating the others to charge at her
Yellow Ranger: Of course.
The inmates tried to overpower her but given her Trini's Ranger Strength and training from Zordon she countered each attack broke their legs twisted their arms knocked out five of their teeth even crippled
All the inmates were beaten down all groaning in pain from their injuries Trini went to the beaten up guards
Yellow Ranger: Is everyone ok?
Guard # 1: No one will be if the inmates on the third flour escape outside. If they make it out to the main couryard nothing will be able to stop them.
Yellow Ranger: Let me worry about that. My comrades are handling the other problems. You two just get yourselves to safety soon as I clear the room.
Guard # 2: Thank you. My eight your old daughter looks up to you guys. She'll never believe I met you.
Yellow Ranger: I'll send an autograph if I can for nwo get out of here.
Trini cleared the room in speed to deal with the inmates on the third flour
Meanwhile back with Tommy he kept admiring the sixth coin as he stood with it laying in his palm and all of a sudden the coin glew green again and it burned Tommy's hand
He dropped it holding his hand and it made a slight vibration sound as he stared down at it Tommy was about to turn and leave to wait for help but soon as he turned he gasped to see he had some company
It was the putties that ran out of the prison and they slowly approached Tommy who remembered seeing these rock-creatures on tv and backed up at first but went into a karate position
Tommy: Look guys.....I don't want any trouble so just back up and we settle this nice and easy.
A putty threw a punch but Tommy ducked dodging and he threw his own punch but when his fist landed on the rocked-foot soldier's jaw Tommy felt he just hit a brick wall and he yelled in agony with another Putty punching him from his right knocking Tommy out
He fell on the ground out cold and another putty saw the green coin and was about to pick it up till.....
Hey rock breath!
All the Putties looked up to be confronted by the Black and Pink Rangers they didn't see the coin but when Kim saw Tommy she remembered him from the malt shop earlier and seeing him being attacked by the putties made her clutch her fists
Pink Ranger: Leave.....that boy.......ALONE!
Kimberly made the first move by jumping into the crater and punches the putties to bits fallowed by Zack who noticed Kimberly's outburst but seemed to forgot it when he fought his half of the putties
But as the fights progressed the green coin glows and Tommy still out cold for some reason.......he glowed green too it was in the first process but soon it stopped
And soon Kim went to Tommy's aid and checked his pulse and felt a strong one and Black Ranger approached getting a good look at Tommy
Black Ranger: Who is that?
Pink Ranger: I think you'll know know tomorrow. I'm gonna get him down you search for whatever they were looking for.
Black Ranger: Hold up Kim! Jason said we have to find it together.
Pink Ranger: I know but we need to make sure he's safe first. I'll just take a me two minutes.
Zack tried to protest but Kim went into speed and her and Tommy were gone in seconds seems Billy was now not the only one disobaying orders for leaving Zack by himself not knowing what else to do except look around but oddly....the Green Coin was nowhere to be found
Down town Kim arrived carrying Tommy to a hospital and luckily spotted an ambulance with it's back doors left open and putted him in on a stretcher
Kim looked at him close as everything was slowing down to her face shield opening to observe him more Tommy began to ster which made Kimberly gasp as Tommy opened his eyes briefly but his vision was faint
From his P.O.V. it was blury when he looked up at Kim's face who was frozen in worry he saw her face but Tommy faints again letting out a soft breath
Kim sighed in knowing he wouldn't be able to put two and two together but she heard someone coming she closed her face shield and ran in speed again
Two paramedics exited the hospital just in time for Tommy to regain consciousness and they noticed him in there and in panic they ran to him
Paramedic # 1: You ok kid?
Tommy: I think so.....but how did I get here?
Paramedic # 2: That's what we liked to know.
Tommy: You didn't bring me here?
They both nodded no and Tommy thought hard on the last thing he remembered which was the Green Coin the Putties and blacking out after a hard blow to the jaw which imprinted a brews on his left cheek and then.....he BRIEFLY remembered what he saw through his blurry vision of the Pink Ranger but....could not remember seeing her face
Tommy: I don't even know....my truck broke down and.....there was this crater and I found.....something strange.....the next thing there were these.....rock things and they attacked me.....the same ones from the news and then there was this....green thing I couldn't make it out and then the next.......
His mind was on what he thought he saw when his vision was blurry when seeing Kimberly
Paramedic # 2: Next what??
Tommy: Never mind. Do any of you have a phone? I need to call my parents.
Paramedic # 1: Sure. Come on inside kid.
The two kind men lead Tommy into the building where they let him use the front desk phone to call his parents but we zoom closely at his left pocket and unknown to him........lied......the Green Coin
Neither Jacob or Aubrey were in any position to where they could catch a break.
It's bad enough that Putties were still on the scene despite many of them quickly dispersing away from the scene but the Blue Ranger had yet to slow down as far as speed and momentum was concerned and that meant trouble for both of them. They were very unlucky in escaping Billy's eyesight.
Given they were already two floors above him, that just made things worse. Having already leaped up to their level and sprinting at a frantically fast pace, danger never felt this bloodcurdlingly swift and especially with the Blue Ranger not in the mood for any distractions. It was the equivalent of every children's nightmare: running for the hills at the sight of an unknown entity chasing after you with your life stuck in either your hands or his; the kind of entity that resembles a power far beyond human comprehension.
Aubrey and Jacob were absolutely terrified. It was the exact opposite of what Billy wanted.
Blue Ranger: FREEZE means STOP! Hey!
Billy is left bellowing out once more through the now dormant prison complex with inmates now clearing house, making way for the Blue Ranger as he dashes right on through.
Yelling did him no favors.
All it did was further block his path with more trapped and crowded inmates unable to escape the compound, foolishly thinking they can take him. A blazing 1.5 tons of force bombards them and knocks them off balance as Billy blazes past them: the weight of your average everyday car. They were lucky to only receive the fair minimum of what he could do.
It hardly made him feel any better however. And then came more another inmate from an open cell tackling him to the edge of the ramp. Then another one from behind.
More and more inmates happened to formulate out of thin air to keep the Blue Ranger at bay; much to Aubrey and Jacobs amusement and relief. The brief little distraction barely stalled him long enough to give them room to stay ahead. And just in time too, for out of the corner of Aubrey's eye, the Yellow Ranger was now headed their direction, packing the same superhuman strain of speed and durability needed just to catch them.
Now their hearts were skipping over about three beats. They knew, right here and there, that they needed to bail quickly. Luckily, their miracle arrived a measly nine feet away from them: one out of many creviced holes left by the Putties made easy escape routes for any prisoner that happened to be so lucky to come across it.
A line was almost in-midst of forming with inmates groaning, yelling and dog-piling over each other, desperate to grasp ahold of any sliver of a chance to retain their freedom. Only difference was they were waiting.
The twins were not.
Jacob: After you, Aubrey!
Jacob's quick to alarm his younger sister before they both dash to the hole. The collapsing pile of crumbling inmates was a collapsing timetable for the two, one they barely managed to scale in time.
Aubrey crawled up along the backs of the inmates, barely maintaining balance as she fought the urge to slip and using the inmates clothes to her advantage. Crawling and crawling to the end of the wall, she makes her way on through with Jacob not too far behind.....only for the Blue and Yellow Ranger to rattle their attention again and pick up the pace. Jacob, frantic on not being left behind, barely gets half of his body over the wall and slithers the rest of himself out with his sister.
His lack of care and coordination ruptured the entire pile of inmates up against the hole. Not that it bothered both Rangers, though......least of all Billy.
Blue Ranger: Trin, get these guys!
Leaping over everyone else, he's over and out of the hole and back to the outside, still fresh and hot on the twins trail to the far left. Bewildered and stupefied by Billy's actions, it left Trini flustered and wide open.
But only just. It wouldn't stop her from sensing a kick from the opposite direction from another unlucky inmate, hoping to score a lucky hit. All he received was a sweep at the legs and an elbow straight to the chest.
Of course, that left just the unfortunate twenty-plus others left in her wake. Oh goody, Trini was left thinking.
Yellow Ranger: C'mon now. None of you B-movie extras should be out this late, ok?
The twins barely got out through the hole unscathed with Jacob suffering only a moderate gash on his right palm. Momentary lapses of pain endured but not enough to stifle their movement as they began running again. Getting out was the more complicated hurdle, where they'd go now was less than far-fetched.
But then a high yet verbal "EXCUSE ME!" reminded them that prison wasn't their only concern; reminding them to pick up their pace and run faster with Billy not too far behind.
His relentless and frankly unneeded pursuit would end here. Mere inches away from apprehending the two, these two, out of all the other inmates that happened to be incarcerated here, needed to put down. All in his way was another piddly three feet.
Three feet almost immediately turned into twelve and then twenty feet away, thanks to one Putty Patroller taking a page out of Freddy Kruger's playbook and startling the Blue Ranger our of thin air. Said strategy backfired tremendously as Billy's immediate shift in focus led him crashing into said Putty until he tripped over the monsters remains of rocks and pebbles raining all over him. His lack of focus was immense at the moment; he was left unaware that there was even another Putty directly in front of him but a disarrayed back elbow knocked its head clean off.
Why, what, when didn't matter to Billy as he stumbled over his left leg before continuing to run after the Hogan's, who weren't that far ahead from him. Sliding around the corner and mildly exhausted, another yell directed at them and they both snap their heads at an incoming nanotech blue covered alien man seconds from taking them back to solitary confinement.
Taken aback by the momentary distractions, the next one cost him dearly as one last Putty tackles Billy from his far left, eventually tackling him down but collapsing on top of him as a result.
Woozy but not unconscious, he was still left in some considerable degree of pain, given the upgraded Putties added more UMPH to an already destructible yet fragile freakish force of nature. His eyes couldn't catch onto a few dozen specks of the Goldar dust evaporating away from the now dormant remains of the three Putties Billy left in his wake.
Making matters worse, some particles of it were floating straight into Jacob and Aubrey's direction.....neither of whom moved one solitary inch after the Blue Ranger was taken off his feet.
Thanks in turn to natural selection, it left people with an innate preference for things that sparkle and the Goldar dust just so happened to carry those tiny tiny shards within the particles that, more or less, make the particles look like a substance similar to a lesser man's form of glitter. All of it was mostly masked by upgraded fugitive dust, an environmental air quality term for very small particles suspended in the air, the source of which is primarily the Earth's soil.
And said remains of Goldar had been trapped within the Earth’s soils before and after Rita’s defeat.
It could barely be felt on either of their skins. All that was visible was miniature pieces of gold, sticking out on either their hands or shoulders or face. Neither brother or sister could understand the feeling behind it but it felt.....euphoric.
Aubrey: What—what is this feeling?
Jacob: Almost heavenly. Aubrey, I never felt anything like this in a while.
The feeling was just a deviation, for power always came at a price. Seconds past and both twins found a sharp numbness stinging through their hands and feet and eventually their entire body, commons with the term of their body falling asleep. Normally, it comes at the result from pressure on a pinched median nerve. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments; when said median nerve is compressed, numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand, arm, leg and body is expected.
But no such instance was occurring. The effects were occurring at complete random and at Mother Nature's will, it didn't look to be getting any better.
"Aubrey?", Jacob was quick to call out his sister, noticing the numbness reaching a higher state of while all motor functions of their legs and arms were lost. Now collapsed down onto their knees, directly in front of Billy now wide awake and taking in the horrific detriment of scene in front of him, the dust was working its magic.
The only way it knew how.
Jacob: Wh—what's happening?
Aubrey: I don't—rather not DWELL—ON THAT—RIGHT—NOW!
What started off as high grunts and restrained yells quickly evolved into bloodcurdling screams; the twins unable to control their bodies twitching and convulsing in agony with bone cracking and reshaping, muscles growing larger in size and even splices of skin slowly cracking it pen like shards of glass before being shredded off like a vipers second skin.
Billy was now aware this night was bound to go on longer then he or his friends anticipated. One man's trash just became another ones treasure.
It was a momentary blessing that the rest of the Rangers were stuck on mop-up duty again for a vast majority of the time, with Zack cleaning up the Putties that dispersed to the outside to capture Tommy and Jason having dealt with the other half and Trini took care of the remaining inmates and returning whatever loose inmates she could find to their cells. The process was about finished, however.
Zack, dropping his face shield for a split second, wipes the sweat from his forehead as he scouts the now dust covered Earth soiled remains of the Putties now coating the grass with an ugly shade of grey and beige. To an extent, he came to find his rigorous training season earlier had paid off, mostly due to Billy clearing his head and reminding him of his imperfection being his greatest asset.
A moderate gust of wind blows from the backside and pulls him back from the center as Kim skids right on in through the grass and comes to a dead halt. The Putties deformed and fractured bodies didn't come into her vision until Zack redirected her attention.
Looked as if the party finished up without her.
Pink Ranger: Crisis averted?
Only response she got was a friendly nod from Zack. No sooner, Jason and Trini caught up, regrouping with the two outside having taken care of the prison scum. Despite having to strain as much compared to the last few couple of days, tonight wasn't all that bad. The inmates didn't give the group a whole lot of trouble, the Putties barely put up a fight and despite only one hostage situation, at least he'll be able to live another day.
Four of the five rangers regrouped with their face-shields down, they needed to talk about something that had been......itching at the back of their heads, but as much as it irritated Zack and Kim.
Kim just spoke out stating "There was a crater here when we came out here, guys."
Both Trin and Jason observed the remains of the caved-in bowl-shaped cavity that left the prison center in shambles from a distance away. Jason could take a hint at what she was tempted to say next, since the crash was the reason why they investigated the prison in the first place.
"There wasn't anything in there, was there?" was all Jason could say.
Kimberly: Considering the Putties came out here first, I want to believe something was there but.....it's clearly gone now. What were we even supposed to be looking for?
Trini: Thirty bucks says this was just a diversion.
Zack: I'd take fifty.
Jason clears his throat at the playful banter between the two, given they were the most rebellious of the team and the ones tempted to slightly tick off, irritate or vex Jason when he least wanted it to. It left the team at odds yet again. Trini and Zack didn't know whether to be irritated or annoyed at Jason forcibly taking charge and Kim didn't know what to think.
But she was not a fan.
To his credit, it did stop.
Jason: We'll report back to Zordon and Alpha, see if they know anything. Let's double check it again, see if there's anything we missed.
"But first and foremost, what about the inmates?", Zack felt the need to remind everyone.
Trini: Fast asleep. Pacifiers and blankets for everyone.
Kimberly: And Billy?
Trini: Helped me with the inmates—
Jason: Against orders—
Jason chimed in to which Kim immediately covered him up with her hand and blocked out his voice. Now wasn't the time for any more authoritarian rule on his behalf, the muffling of his voice underneath her hand serving as mild relief.
With that momentarily stifled, it allowed Kim to take a breather to continue.
Kimberly: You were saying?
Trini: But he went off against a couple who refused capture. Probably caught them and double-checking everything else by now. You know him.
Kim didn't like the sound of that.
A part of her wanted to ask again to get a more clear answer on his whereabouts because of her goofing and affectionate relationship with him. She had developed a somewhat sibling-like bond with Billy, often treating him like an eccentric younger brother, as she was known to take his autistic quirks and neuroses arguably more easily than any other member of the team.
But for a guy as smart as Billy, it seemed unnecessary to keep looking over his shoulder.....especially since that was his job.
Kim ended up thinking on that matter too soon, as evidenced by the dark shape or outline of someone visible against a lighter background resembling a silhouette overtook her and Jason's shadow. Side by side amongst each other, the brief visual gave them pause for thought.....
.....just not enough to catch the hint in time as the silhouette overtakes the team, completely covering them in darkness before finally looking up.
The entire mainframe of Billy's body was flung from a full half a mile away, canceling out the moon momentarily and taking the team off-Guard. He's left crashing into both Kimberly and Trini as he crashes down and takes the two with him, rolling amongst the grass like a clogged-up steamroller. Eventually, the three come to a stop despite given it had only began to shower rain, the slipperiness of the artificial grass made maneuverability much more difficult.
A petty annoyance was all it was to Kim and Trini.
They sit up vertically before bringing their missing alley up to a vertical basis as well. Signs were not looking positive however, given Billy was the only one of the three, breathing heavily and looking heavily mortified after he dropped his face shield.
It was common of him to tell himself that fear was simply brain chemicals as his amygdala would ping, and then try to analyse the situation as he may without it. Trying to imagine it from the outside, as if it were a movie and not real life before asking himself what his "character" should do. It helped him to make better choices.
Now it was difficult to work against what his amygdala was internally forcing onto him because first and foremost, he already died once. And now he felt more in danger for his life than he ever thought possible.
The girls, from one glance alone, didn't like what that face entailed and what it meant for further reference. Trini instigated anyways, gently poking the bear.
Trini: I'm hesitant to even ask right now.....but please tell me you're ok?
Billy: I'm—I'm ok.....psychically.
Kimberly: Billy, it can't be that bad.
Billy No, you're right. It's worse.
He wouldn’t tell them, at least not directly. This gave them more than enough ample cause to be worried for him again. Jason and Zack finally caught up with the three and Billy’s rather frozen state of subconscious rubbed off on the two and not in any way that would best be satisfactory. Quintessentially, between the five of them, their week had all been but peachy and this was a radical far cry from the Billy they talked to hours earlier.
Sensing Billy wasn’t in the right mindset, Jason helped him up to his feet and held him close, being mindful of his own attitude for once and backing off. It was not his attention to be too much of a burden on him, considering what he just went through. The girls obliged as well.
Zack however bit the bullet, taking the initiative to ask....
Zack: Billy, what happened to you?
He helped him in a difficult situation; Zack felt it was fair if he could return the favor.
Said favor can hurdling his way instead via a combined hulking sixty tons of force crashes directly beside the team, momentarily shaking the ground in quick rapid succession and successfully capturing the teams attention. Trini, Kim, Jason and Zack were quick to huddle together and go on the offensive, retracting up their face-shields and broadening out their fighting stances at the threat centered ahead of them.
All except for Billy.
There was no helping his dumbfounded state of shock and anxiety, his muscles tensioning up, his heartbeat ratcheting up a few beats and his arms shaking uncontrollably. All Billy could do was oblige by Zack’s question, redirecting the teams attention to the two behemoths blocking the outside left wing of the fractured prison system with just a thrust of his index finger.
Blue Ranger: THEY happened to me.
There he sees Jacob and Aubrey partially mutated into what bared a similar resemblance to the putties but more animalistic.
Covered a quarter of the way down the left side of his chest with golden scales and a grotesque monstrous appearance to boot, Jacob now resembled the look of hideous, brooding creatures associated to Gargoyles, his skin now reeking an ugly shade of peach and beige over slinkets of gold around his neck and hair.
Aubrey had a razor sharp scorpion tail-like blade gripped tightly in one hand, said hand now replaced with a golden claw, a new replaced exoskeleton and a burrow grafted into her skin large enough to make room for a narrow, segmented tail. Her appearance bared more animalistic than her brother by far, but the end result was identical across all five teenagers.
Confusion, perplexity and worry.
They did a good job of attracting the other Rangers attention, but not as good as they attracted Billy. Now hypnotized at the sight of the two inmates turned monsters, almost mortified at their mere image, his brain and body was constantly shouting at him not to break down despite his heart speaking the complete opposite. Transformations are known to do wonders for some and horrors to many and upon seeing the twins and deducing their real identities.....
.....Billy wished he took back every second of this night. This was his real-life horror movie turned into a reality.
Aubrey: We have company, little brother.
Jacob: Yes, they're called 'Rangers'. And we are going to destroy them.
At least there's no monologuing, Trini remarked to herself somewhat glad that these new threats aren't completely devoid of common sense and are dumber than a sack of paper. The same time though, she knew that didn't really worked well in their favor. Just one step inching towards them at a time and the team were continually put on high alert; this was anything but what the putties presented to them.
Their energy spike also resonated some concern. It felt way too familiar.
Red Ranger: Haven't seen energy readings like this in a while.
Aubrey: So....you are these Rangers everyone's been talking about....and I thought there'd be one more of you.
Jacob: Patience Aubrey. There will be.....and in an assorted color. Kimberly and Billy were the only ones who caught that part "One more of them" as Trini stood by Jason both examining them and the gold result on Jacob resembled a familiarity like they saw it before the tail Aubrey had was new to them but Jacob was the only one giving Jason and later Zack a hint of dejavu but lost thought soon as Trini spoke up
Yellow Ranger: So.....boys will take the big ugly guy and Pink and I get the girl. Seems fair right?
Jason was still keen on Jacob's look still knowing it from something which was why he went ahead to contact the ship
Red Ranger: Red Ranger to Alpha. I have a three point convergence. How shall we act?
Proceed to ingage.
Aubrey: You said it be here--where is it? Jacob: It's deep below the building's foundation. I can feel it. It's just the path down. I can see it reaching out for us. But first let's take care of these colored aliens. Yellow Ranger: Aliens? You looked in the mirror lately?
Aubrey: Let's just becareful. I seen them on tv. They're stronger than they look. Jacob: We don't have to be. Not anymore. Cause so are we.
Jacob swung his golden arm at Jason but he leaped over to dodge it Trini ducked leaving for Aubrey to swing her mutated tail at the other three Billy jumped down falling his side with Zack backed up making fall back and Kim rolled around towards Jason Trini and Jacob leaving them make eye contact
Jacob: I don't know why.....but this so Familiar. You.....and me---like always we fight at each other's throats----like we've done this once before. Jason was more puzzled than earlier given this too was familiar to him
Jacob: I don't know if it's a dream or a memory.....but basically....an instant FEELING!
Jacob nearly lunged at Kimberly till she ducked and uppercut him in the jaw Pink Ranger: Yeah? Then how's that feel? Yellow Ranger: Whoever you are whatever you want......we can't allow you to put any innocent lives any more danger.
Red Ranger: This town's already dealt with enough freaks shows and we're gonna make sure it doesn't have to anymore. Jacob: Hehehehe......isn't that the fantastic idea.
Barely aware a news helicopter hovered above them trying to get a live fee of the action and Jacob happen to notice and smirk and the fee was on every tv and every smart phone around town
Female Reporter: I'm flying above the Angel Grove's correction facility where just one hour ago an earth quake has broken open the prison cutting the power and inmates running free. Reports on sight have confirmed that the rock creatures from the alien attack from four weeks ago have been sighted there too which also includes the so called colored group known to the public as the Power Rangers. Jacob smirked back to the three Rangers he was fighting with Zack and Billy still tangling with Aubrey who had tied into her tail and shaking him around and Billy struggled to to hold her off
Blue Ranger: I was....willing to forgive you.....since you didn't really..... Aubrey: Didn't what? THIS?!
She pushed him off as she thre Zack aside crashing throuh a wall but barely recovered
Back at the hospital Tommy was soon being questioned by police on how he ended up in the ambulance in the first place
Tommy: I keep telling you.....I don't even know how I got there. There was the crater and these.....these.....things.....and then one punch I was out like a light. Officer: Well thanks for your time son. If any memory jogs keep us in the loop. And call us here.
He handed him a card Tommy: Sure thing officer.
A throat being cleared was heard and Tommy and the officer looked back seeing two strange men in suits like they were in the secret service Men in Black style or something like it.
Man # 1: Gentlemen. I'm Agent Cole. This is Agent Wes. We're with APEX.
Tommy's eyes widen and thought: Apex? Weren't they on the news last week? Cole: If we could take a minute with the boy we have questions of our own reguarding the alien invasion four weeks ago and the incident happening tonight.
Tommy felt the interrogation was never going to end hearing about these guys from the news and seeing them in person tonight chilled him to the bone he almost rather be in Saturday Detention now. A minute later in a private room Tommy sat on a desk with Agent Wes sitting across from him and Cole on the wall arms folded together
Wes: You said to the police earlier you saw creatures made out of rock. What can you tell us about them? Tommy: Other than the fact they tried to pummel me to death in the crater nothing much. Wes: This crater. Did you happen to see what caused it or find anything there?
Tommy thought back to that green coin still not knowing he had it in his pocket but Tommy didn't feel sharing that information to them given he didn't know what it was anyway
Tommy: No sir......there was nothing. Wes: Well just one more question. Have you happen to see any meteor sights on that high way before the impact accured?
As they talked Cole noticed the side tv on the upper left wall was also playing the live fee and he shushed at both his partner and Tommy who looked back at him Cole: Sorry but I think we need to listen to this.
They all watched with the same female reporter's report at the prison
Apparently another monster battle is happening as I speak. And from the looks of it is a five on two brawl. Two mutants fighting against the so called super heroes what the public calls......The Power Rangers. Tommy was fascinated to see the Power Rangers on tv again
Tommy: Well.....what'd you know.
It's always surreal whenever the sight of your favorite heroes or source of inspiration just so happens to pop up on the screen when you least expect it, especially if they're in a potentially life threatening or life alternating situation. However, it was here that a part of Tommy wished he hadn't been escorted from the premises of the prison.
From a full minute at staring at the news footage of the Rangers, it was made evident that none of the five were exactly getting anywhere. On the actual field of battle, it looked even worse.
The five teenagers with attitudes perseverance against this new threat proved formidable for a short while, further illustrating that their time in the Pit did help mold them into better fighters If not stratigizers. They managed to get a few hits on them but the Hogan's new mutated bodies and alternate weapons proved a bit much for the young five. For a new threat that materialized no less than a pitiful five minutes ago, both brother and sister's crystallized gold-hardened skin was doing quite a number on the heroes.
Not that the gold completely stopped their onslaught but compared to the Putties, the Power Rangers ability to incapacitate them was notwithstanding.....and really pitiful.
Hurled straight up off the ground with Jacob's hardened gold talons gripped tight around his arm and legs, it placed Jason in one of the most uncomfortable positions of his life. Raised up over his head, he could discern the monsters attempt to not only bend his body almost entirely out of shape but the position he was in heavily mimicked Bane's infamous move in the Knightfall arc. So if bending him out of shape wouldn't cripple him, hurling him down on his back and splintering his body into pieces definitely would.
Seconds of waiting and the anticipation ended. Jason felt a tight but quick acceleration of speed breeze through him; Jacob having flipped him over and forcing his body down to impending doom. Eventually, Jason, fed up, shifts the weight of his body upwards causing him to fall flat on Jacobs head as they both crash onto the grass.
Recovering rather quickly, Jason doesn't wait for an opening. Charging forward, he punt kicks Jacob right up the head, forcing him over and kneeing him in the chest as soon as he got up. Breathing heavily, Jason was willing to give credit where credit was due: this was admittedly a challenge he definitely needed.
Cracking his neck, he signals his right arm out as his power sword materializes into his hand. Gripping the holster tightly, another jerk of his right arm splits open his power sword into a blaster mode and after taking his shot, fires a beam of energy at the opposed threat in front of him.
If only he could see the look on his own face when Jacob easily reflected the beam away from him with just a single flick of his arm.
Said beam ends up crashing near the other three Rangers, one of which was grounded and the others gripped Aubrey hard by the forearms. But then the blast comes hurdling in behind them and via a quick flash and a brief explosion that blows the terrain, it was the perfect distraction.
The force of the impact knocks Billy and Zack directly over the new mutated twin and put them both at ground distance with Aubrey hovering directly over them. A wicked smirk later and she grabs Zack by the helmet, hoisting him upwards as her talons grip into his helmet and slams him down again. Zack's long, loud, piercing cry of pain was music to Aubrey's ears; a consolation contrasted to one of the many things in life she had been denied.
Licking her chops to get the end, more pain and agony is inflicted to Zack as she hoists him up by the head again and then changes gears when she tosses him back and Billy's direction. He only had a split second warning before he left his arms out to catch him and his quick thinking was rewarded.
The two teammates in arms gripping the others hand, Billy swung Zack back around to Aubrey in mid-air to which he successfully clotheslined her straight to the terrain and came down on his knees, barely sliding amongst the wet grass. There were five gaping holes where Aubrey's fingers were left through his helmet and visor; all of which wouldn't make maneuverability the big of a lingering issue....
......if the opposing opposition bothered to give him a moment to breathe.
Barely phased by the clothesline, Aubrey turns around into another punch from Zack. In comes another and another and a roundhouse which misses but makes up for it with a kick to the gut. But that's when another caveat suddenly interjected himself into the brawl: Zack found himself suddenly yanked off the ground again by a 17 centimeter retractable tail, hoisted right into Aubrey's line of sight once more.
The tail attempts to grip ahold of Zack; its combined forces of pressure enough to squeeze his ribs apart and crush his ligaments if she so desired. Instead, Billy jumps in and takes the hit.
Aubrey: Isn't that cute?
She chastised his attempts to save his friend, watching him quickly tumble down onto the wet terrain and slowly come to. Rolling back to a vertical basis, Aubrey further takes in her opponents mental and physical state, both of which were in a frail and befuddled state of disarray.
Billy was no longer in the mood to fight her. And she was well aware.
Not that it was going to stop her.
Lunging forward again, this time with her tail being her weapon of choice to attack, Billy was quick to hold up his arms in a desperate attempt to block the venom-injecting barb from the stinger of the tail. All he heard was a metallic clank when the two opposing forces came to a head.
Billy finds, much to his surprise, the tail blocked curtesy of double-sided lances, composed of the same alien material that made up of Jason's power sword. Far from the most ideal time to be presented with these weapons.....but late then never.
Blue Ranger: Heh.....thanks a ton, Alpha.
Quick to twist the lances around, it catches Aubrey's tail in the midst of the metal as Billy then jerks the weapon around. Spinning around in a whirlwind, it left Aubrey rather airsick; the added depth and velocity of which he was swinging her matched the specific form of motion sickness normally induced by air travel.
Whether or not it would still apply to her was not the question worth answering right now.
Billy finally subsided with the wild swinging and slams Aubrey flat onto the grass terrain and without giving her any moments notice, leaps down onto her back. At least he would've if Aubrey had not rolled out of the way. But then another subversion took her eyes off of him. A rapid gust of wind just by half a millimeter, slices across Aubrey's face where the edges make contact, severing the skin but only just. There's pain, yes- but only leaving a deep scratch. Said gust of wind that brushed by her with massive speed and force was not what she originally surmised.
Her eyes catch a glimpse of a yellow armored battle dagger zipping back towards Trini's grasps, who then materializes another one right alongside her. So now it left her against two Rangers with the odds most likely to now be stacked evenly against each other.
"Just know I'm doing this for your own good", was all Billy could muster to say before he charges back in.
Immediately however, the tail re-emerges, slicing through Billy's lances without even a lick of effort. Jokes on her though, since the lances were already made to be retractable as Billy realized upon a quick closer inspection.
No time to ponder on it now, he instructed himself as he went in, slicing in almost frantically with Trini not far behind him. The next minute left Aubrey completely on defense, tediously swiping and dodging the blades from her less-then-inferior foes in laborious detail and skill despite being under the varied impression that she had their number. Her main focus wasn't on them; It was the crater that helped them escape.
The sentient object that granted her and her brother escape from solitary confinement and gradually gave them access to their new forms. But said object needed to be delivered to their new disciple, their master.
All she needed to do was create an opening and take it.
Easier said then done, given the relentless offense from the Yellow and Blue Ranger with the Black Ranger nowhere in sight.The one moment that either of the two leave themselves open, Aubrey swings down with her new sharp blade and barely gets a hit off of Trini, scraping the nanotech off her left shoulder. Readjusting her trajectory towards her abdomen, she swings once before flicking thee wrist and blade upwards to the helmet, staggering Trin before she flips over her.....
....only to be met with Billy's left lance which ricochets last her face and then snaps back towards him. It left her wide open for a good 20 seconds, swaying her body backwards to avoid Trini's daggers but the momentary sway left her wide open for a involuntary distraction via Billy slamming the butt of his daggers near her feet, resulting in a low density shockwave that pushed her back a few feet.
Wide open, Trini lunged in and knees her straight in the abdomen only to be met with an uppercut launching her back a good five feet while rolled down the closest hill she was lunged to; only good it did the Yellow Ranger was slowing the mutant scorpion down. Crashlanding on the grass, she kips up almost immediately and rolls under an incoming blade attack only for Trin to sense the tail coming her way and corkscrew right through, barely avoiding the stinger without a scratch on her.
Finding an opening, she leaps upwards and slams down on the back of Aubrey's head with an axe handle but not before clenching both her knees around her head for stability and jerking her down face first. Stunned and wide open, Trini blindsides her with a back leg roundhouse.
Aubrey was now in a hurry to try and incapacitate Trini via her tail to sweep at the legs but Trini flips over and lunges forward at her with another huge knee to the gut.....to which Aubrey responds by simply lunging forward and tackling her down a small hill.
At least she would've, had Trini not rolled out of the way. But that quick evasion still came with a caveat: Aubrey's tail swiped Trini by the neck on the way down, taking her off balance and dropping her daggers. She would quickly relish in this moment to take matters into her own hands with finishing an opponent, except now wasn't the time. As soon as she was certain that Trini wouldn't be getting up so quickly, she leaps back up the hill before swatting Billy down with one hand as he approached her with the lances.....
....and then leaping up and away to the far side of the prison.
However, her sight set on the crater caused her to overlook another crucial dent that would've been able to put a halt to the whole operation: Zack. His body roughed up and spiking heavily in considerable doses of pain, said training he reduced himself to hours earlier fatigued him faster than he had anticipated.
Whatever primary electrical functions still ringing in through Zack's helmet caught the disturbance of Jason and Kimberly left roughed up by Jacob. With Aubrey out of his peripheral vision, he saw his chance to give the rest of his team a helping hand.
And at this point in time, that was really needed.
This time, it's Kimberly who's up and about and goes for the next punch at Goldar but he manages to push her back slightly. Pink Ranger is able to break her grip before she staggers Jacob with a jumping side-kick to the head who grabbed her foot at the last second from the point of impact and slams her about.
One end to the next end and the process continued from there, badly roughing Kim up to where blood was coughed up from the side of her helmet. Jason, running in to halt the beatdown, takes a page out of his quarterback days and charges straight into Jacob, knocking them both down.....but still not letting Kim go. The next 10 seconds is Jason repeatedly slugging punches against Jacobs ugly face with each swing connecting harder and harder the further Jason allowed his anger to show.
That same anger made him reckless to Jacobs delight as he taunted him.
Jacob: I remember.....being forty feet tall, fighting you. But it wasn't ME!
He expressed almost laughing, launching Kim directly at Jason as the two tumbled off the brute and over each other.
No time for that as they both got back up and Jason again, calls his sword back to him and throws it at his enemy. All it does is annoy Jacob even more as he deflects the blade behind him.....
.....only for Zack to come in and catch the power sword and then hurled it down at Jacob with a back kick to stun him. And to his credit, it worked. The short window to recover was well worth it to regroup with the other two members of his team.
Black Ranger: If this is how you two normally fight without me, how the heck are you still alive?
Zack jokingly quips, seeing the two fairing just as badly as him.
Red Ranger: No idea. He definitely packs a wallop but if we come at him together, perhaps—
Black Ranger: YOLO!
That's as far he got before Zack rushes on in, once again ignoring Jason's potential order and making him feel even more insignificant regarding his position as leader here.
Black Ranger: Hey, Rocky Road! How about I take a swing?
That cry amused Jacob, seeing how his competition refused to back down.
Jacob: By all means, go ahead. You can't do any worse than your friends.
Taking that comment lightly, Zack's arm begins to pixelate quickly around his wrist and arm as a double bladed alien power axe formulated as his weapon of choice.
Dashing in on, Jacob, in turn, welcomes Zack to the battle.....by going baseball slugger on him, knocking him completely aside with a discus clothesline before Zack even has a chance to attack. Compared to Aubrey, Jacob hit just as hard, if not a decimal harder. At least it was enough to jog Zack's memory a little bit: the answer wasn't there yet but he had a gut feeling as to the who behind Jacob. Said pondering had to wait....
....as Jacob crushed down onto Zack, leaving him writhing in agony once more. A brief glimpse into the cracks of Zack's helmet showed dry tears soaked into his skin and a stream of blood trickling down his mouth.
Jacob: Guess I stand corrected. I don't feel like I've ever killed one of you before.....
The mutated gargoyle gleefully expressed, pounding down on the Black Ranger with his bare fists, reducing Zack into more of a bloody pulp.
Jacob:...but there's a first time for everything.
Zack is only saved by a 249 pounds of force slammed into the back of Jacobs neck, bringing him down to his knees. He barely gets a good look at Kimberly wielding the blunt object before she clocks him upside the head with it again, once again taking Jacob down.
Pink Ranger: You know something? If you keep hitting everybody, we're never going to get you cleaned up and dating again and you'll spend your life wondering....
Another swing of the manhole goes nowhere, except in Jacobs golden grasp as he stopped the trajectory heading his way.
Pink Ranger:.....where did it all go wrong?
The distraction worked. For what little energy she had left, Trini leapt over his ugly head and bulldogs his face into the dirt, slightly overextending her right arm as a result.
Kim could tell just from looking: Trin was barely holding her own. The numbers game had caught up to her as she became overwhelmed with Aubrey's relentless offense and defense smothering her, resulting in her body moving a lot slower and sloppily compared to a few minutes prior......which didn't seem to occur similar towards the twins cause they hardly seemed out of whack or even tired for that matter.
Just as Jacob inches his way back up, a bicycle kick from Zack out of nowhere clocked him square in the face, allowing Trini to slide up underneath him, using her left arm to grab Jacob's right, spinning him around for a ripcord knee strike while maintaining wrist control. And then a single dropkick from Kim to the chest takes him off balance....but only just.
Luckily, Kim still had the manhole cover which she tossed directly at his head, highlighting her ultimate frisbee skills as she finally staggers him.
From then on, there was deafening silence. Anymore short periods of rest felt more detrimental than helpful given the physical states they were left in. If it wasn't for the Ranger physiology within the coins and their added superhuman durability, everyone would've been crippled for life.....but on its own, this wasn't a workout.
This was mostly a squash match.
It left the girls breathing heavily, heavily famished, staring briefly at one another before Kim extends her hand out to an ailing Zack and he takes it. Not much of a conversation takes place as Zack stumbles up to a vertical basis and Kim wraps his arm around her for support but not before Trini remarks....
Yellow Ranger: I'm just glad you didn't completely break him without us.
Zack just scoffs it off, playfully.
Black Ranger: I'll let you know about that when I put my head back on......
"Rangers, on me!", a cry out from their leader Jason now accompanied by Billy drew the rest of the team towards them, regrouping then for the first time since earlier today.
The sight that laid bare in front of them was.....interesting, to say the least. Standing a good few feet away from the crater that totaled the prison complex and led to Jacob and Aubrey escaping, they weren't expecting Aubrey to already have been there, let alone pillaging through the dirt in such rapid succession like a Rottweiler.
Pink Ranger: She's looking at the crater.
Yellow Ranger: Yeah, no shit Sherlock. But what's in there?
Pink Ranger: You're asking me?
Yellow Ranger: Kim. You're seriously telling me you and the red jocket didn't look?
Slight moaning resonates from the right and the team turn, finding Jacob recovered, off the ground and still without any dents, bruises or lacerations of any kind. He may not be impervious to pain but now this was looking ridiculous: the constant shrugging off of all their attacks gave away how they're nowhere close to beating him.
If the word even meant anything anymore.
And then came the lack of remembrance towards the nearby news crew who were left miraculously unharmed during the entire ordeal and went completely unheard to the point where even Jacob himself forgot they were watching. The thick blanket of air blowing behind him from afar was nice, though. Following the direction of the light from his left, he sees most of the news crew grounded with only a pilot in the drivers seat from up in the helicopter with another one hovering not too far behind.
The more publicity, the better, he thought to himself. They'll be dead soon anyways.
He'd quickly come to put the action behind that cause and effect on the backburner for only that moment.
He heard his sister calling him out from afar, the distance between each other cut remarkably short thanks to the Goldar dust's given side effects included advanced hearing and sight. And said eyesight was suddenly confronted by a tidal wave of condition, contempt and agitation as she faced her brother, simply shaking her head 'No'.
Jacob shared and expressed her displeasure with an agitated “How unfortunate. And everything was going so well."
To the Rangers fortunate luck, against the odds, they did manage to hold their own against the two siblings only for whatever was laid dormant in the crater to vanish so that they couldn't get it. Aubrey realized the illuminating force that they had been called towards vanished, albeit faintly. Nothing but the cratered remains of what said object of interest left behind, the twins were understandably disappointed.
Unfortunately, what the Rangers didn't deduce immediately was that the force never deteriorated away. It went about as a slight thump thump....thump thump.....essentially a weakened heartbeat crying desperately out for help.
It was still at large. Just not here.
What they're looking for no longer there, the two sibling-hybrids turn back towards their adversaries, still stuck in battle stances, ready to lash out for however long the night deemed they be there for. No longer were they pressed for or about the time; they needed to get rid of these new threats and in any way they could.
At least Jason wanted to make sure of that.
Red Ranger: Anymore cheap tricks to pull out your ass or can we reconvene this beatdown?
Mirroring across from each other, the twins were now in the opposed opposite position as opposed to Jason; no longer in need to waste anymore precious and valuable time on these miserable twerps. Other matters needed to be fulfilled; they'd only get in the way.
Living up to that promise, both brother and sister redirect their attention below them with arms and legs traveling at high velocity and smashes the ground hard enough to send out a wave of energy, rippling through the grass and debris and more or less throughout the rest of the area and another five miles beyond that....
Said shockwave effect blew the news helicopters in the air out of whack, snapping both throttles into pieces as they spiraled out of control. Coincidentally, the main five Rangers found themselves forcibly pushed back from the force of impact and away from the twins the instant the attack went into effect and the attack within itself packed a ridiculous amount of range to it that it knocked them all back into the prison system.
Unfortunately, there's no catching any breaks with the team.
Normally, the entire goal of a slam effect is usually to create distance between you and the opponent or to follow up with an attack which requires a charge-up time to perform. Said slam was originally intended to distance the Rangers away from the team to concoct a hasty retreat; an attempt that proved successful. But due to the range of the shockwave gusting by everything within a five mile radius, it also leveled the entire prison system yet again.
Thousands upon thousands of the inmates that the Rangers spent half an hour putting back in their cells were left running free and directly running over them as Billy, the first to inch up to his feet, was also the first to notice that their escape was due to an electrical outage that completely crippled the power generators from beneath the prison. And as if the prison literally being split in half, the electrical outage from the shockwave and the inmates trying to escape wasn't enough, the front exit had been torpedoed with chunks of debris and bits of the inner pillars so nobody could get out.
And to further escalate matters, the collapse of the pillars is further causing the entire prison structure to collapse.
Very few were able to climb up and out; the others were rather unlucky, now met with the reality that they're stuck in the last place they dreamed of being with the last people they wanted to come into contact with, under the pretense that deaths doorstep is only minutes away.
That very same revelation perplexed the Rangers: the third time they were seconds away from nearly getting killed. And yet the only one with a logical response was Kimberly.
Pink Ranger: We should be running. Like, now?!
“Ummm......guys, triangle of life", Billy quickly suggests, causing a downpour of confused faces from Zack, Trini and Kimberly who had no idea what he was talking about. But he kept on insisting.
Blue Ranger: Triangle of life, triangle of life! That way!
With more chunks of debris and disconnected shreds of metal being torn about and hurled towards the team at every disorderly angle, Jason is left nearly screaming.....
Red Ranger: Go! Go now! Everyone hunker up!
The team’s left adhering to Billy's idea and clenching themselves up against the closest solid object they could find. Whatever inmates were around them followed suit almost immediately, not wanting to suffer a fate similar to those who got crushed by the falling debris.
Now came the most antagonizing bit: waiting.
Triangle of life: an unsubstantiated and normally misguided theory that advocates methods of protection very different from the mainstream advice of "drop, cover, and hold on" method widely supported by reputable agencies. If anyone hunkers up against solid items, a void or space that will provide a protective space that could prevent injury or permit survival in the event of a major structural failure, any object that is taller than them, the debris that would've landed on them has to go over whatever you're hiding against.....
.....thus creating a small triangle of safety, hence the name.
Except it was only a theory, a rather faulty one at that. And yet, at the end, it was the only option available.
Finally, the rest of the pillars collapse, taking the whole prison structure down with it as the primary structural elements fail, resulting in the failure of adjoining structural elements, which in turn, further results in a pancake collapse.
Nothing but dirt and debris and ashes lay over a thick blanket over what remained of the prison.
After a moment of long silence the ruble begins to twitch as rocks and dirt begin to shake off and bursts out a red armored hand which oon the leader of the team himself broke out of the after math buried on him he then opened his face shield and coughed out for air
Pretty soon he was offered a pink armored hand which was Kimberly offering it to him and he took it as she with her face shield open too along with the others behind her
Kimberly then wrapped Jason's arm around her shoulder as Jason kept coughing
Kimberly: You ok?
Jason: *Coughs* Yeah. *Coughs out more* I don't know what that thing is---
Kimberly: Me neither but I loved it.
Trini: Yeah fast thinking Blue.
Billy: It's actually an earth quake survival theory. Crouching next to a large stable object. Creating a protection zone from collapsing material. Never really thought I actually had to use it though.
Jason: First time for everything then. But everybody up there could be um.....a counter attack or something.
Trini: Don't think that's gonna be a problem boss. Here's one problem.
She waved her hand towards an opening to the others showing them that's where Aubrey and Jacob escaped through
Trini: Our bad guys are long gone....whoever or whatever they are.
Jason: Oh dammit. Something was not right about them.
Billy: That's one way of describing them.
Jason: You sound very familiar with them Bill. Do you know them?
Billy: Know them? My dad knew their dad.
Zack: Wait.....Billy were they the ones you.....told me about before?
He nodded which confused Kim and Trini but Jason was just more focused on WHAT they were or what they were becoming cause Jacob's new look was too familiar to him which chilled to the bone
Meanwhile at an old abandoned sawmill the twins arrived feeling proud of earlier and welcoming their freedom given they still didn't understand what was happening to them they liked it anyway
Aubrey: It's beautiful. Thoughts in my head memories that aren't my own and the voice....I can hear it too. The energy rippling between us. Can you feel it too?
Jacob: Yes. And I nearly took care of the Power Rangers all by myself. But now with you there's no way they'll stop us now.
Aubrey: The Rangers will fall but I have something much bigger in mind. Something.....much....bigger.
All of a sudden Aubrey started to glow bright which blinds Jacob for a moment
Aubrey: It's time the people of Angel Grove looked up to us for a change! That we aren't invisible anymore!
She then exploded which blew off the windows and a hole on the roof which starles Jacob a bit and soon Aubrey powers down looking at her hands liking this new power and personality
Aubrey: Cause these powers have changed our lives forever.
Jacob: But where does it all come from?
Perhaps I can answer that.
The twins turned around startled and who appeared to them was none other than the Empress of evil and former Ranger of Zordon's old team of the Rangers sixty five million years ago.....
She approached the mutating twins with a sinister smirk holding her golden scepter
Jacob: Who are you?
Rita: The one who set you both free of course. And gave you new abilities.
Aubrey: You? Wait a minute.....I know you....I saw you on tv during the alien invasion. You're Rita Repulsa.
Jacob: It can't be. Everyone said you were dead when that giant robot bitch-slap you to space. How did you survive?
Rita: If I hadn't you two would still be rotting in that facility you earthlings call prison.
Aubrey: Well not that we're ungrateful but this? What's happening to us?
Rita: Funny you should ask my dear. You and your brother were chosen to be the vassals of my most powerful and precious monters to ever be known through out the universe. Jacob the golden mutations are the remains of my most special friend which in a matter of time you will become....Goldar.
Jacob: You mean that big yellow thing you had destroy the city? I.....like your style.
Aubrey: What about me?
Rita: You my dear have been mutated by the venom of Goldar's twin sister. You are becoming.....Scorpina. The queen of the galactic mutating scorpions and the venom to all the galaxy. And in time you both shall embrace the personalities and the power.
Jacob: Man.....we're gonna be gods sis.
Aubrey: If everything you say is true and we become what you we will.....count us in.
Rita smirks and nods
Rita: Excellent. You two wait here for me I have to look into our third new recruit.
Jacob: Third new recruit?
Aubrey: Someone our new selves know?
Rita: You'll see soon enough my dears. Meantime.....fave fun.
Rita vanishes in green smoke leaving the twins smirking where she disappeared and then to each other
But later on Rita arrives at the crater where the coin landed and Tommy was stuck on and looks down knowing for sure what made it and seeing the coin was not there she figured someone took it or.....it already chose it's new master either way Rita looked on the high way determine to find the answer herself: An answer that didn't need any clarification, for she had her eyes set on her chosen warrior and if all went according to plan, this was one trump card that Zordon wouldn't be able to overcome or outsmart.
Not this time.
Malcolm Forbes once stated "Victory is the sweetest when you've known defeat": a rather obvious meaning that even now, took a while to ring through to the five Power Rangers despite knowing that feeling thrice over by now. It was the first time in a while they've suffered a defeat this embarrassing since Billy's unfortunate murder at the hands of Rita and the mere thought that this could've had something to do with her wasn't even the tip of the iceberg for what went wrong.
Not only do they now have escaped or even dead inmates on their conscience, the new big baddies on the block have swept them completely under the rug while also getting no leeway on whatever caused the prison to shatter apart. If Rita's fingerprints were all over this, Zordon and Alpha would be the first to know so it's back to the ship they went.
Nobody spoke. Not a word was ushered between the five friends.
There's always that moment between action and consequence, eternal and fleeting. It's when whatever you did has occurred but the reaction is yet to come. The seed of embarrassment gets wedged inside, ready to blossom red upon your cheeks. Whenever one must recall my top most embarrassing moments, their personal hall of shame, that's where the memory always starts. Amongst many embarrassments....
....this was guaranteed to be among the top ten.
Everything that could've gone wrong in a moment of panic did go wrong and then some. Knowing why was the next step to figure out how to correct that.
Both doors that led to the main deck of the Command Center revolve wide open, leaving room for a lot of angry stomping and scattered feet amongst the floors of the Morphin' Grid, openly startling Alpha. There was always a 84% guarantee, a gut feeling feeling he'd get whenever they'd come here that something was bound to go wrong.
Common in the fight against evil.....except Alpha was well aware that this would not end well.
"What the hell was that, Zordon?", a furious Jason demanded, chucking his helmet off and slamming it down beside him much to his startled teammates. All he got as a response from Zordon was just this omnipresent blank stare they'd always see whenever they show up.
Only this time, brief warping can be detected through the screen: the only physical way the team could catch any signals of Zordon emoting at all.
A slight twitch in his right eye before he began to lower his head slowly, he quickly picked himself back up, knowing what they were about to discuss. And he took as much responsibility for that as the team were already shouldering.
Zordon: I will admit: this was my bad.
Jason: So be on top of it next time. If you want us to be effective, then pray tell, keep us in the loop. I—
Jason felt his blood boiling from every word spoken; he's left with his hand out towards Zordon's avatar through the screen almost trembling uncontrollably at the notion of feeling powerless.
Such a feeling never gripped ahold of Jason's subconscious in quite some time: his position being tested on a daily basis on and off-Ranger duty and the one time he desperately needed to step up, everything went south very quickly. Responsibility needed to be taken upon for all five of them, a revelation that Jason knew first and foremost that everyone already took up on their own behalf because what happened back at the prison was terrible.
But then something popped through Jason's head again. He was tempted to ask this important question but Jason needed confirmation and some sort of validation so he could know what to do and how to deal with it. Hell, his teammates needed to know just as badly as him; they had the right to.
Jason: Is this her? Is this Rita again?
A delayed reaction and response was expected. Instead, they got the total opposite with Zordon piping up and answering almost immediately.
Zordon: Indirectly, yes. But this is mostly Goldars doing.
Once again, steel brakes similar to that of Mac truck slams into the loss and bounces against the teens current dissection of the situation and showcased the gravity of this would-be one off scouting of alien activity into a permanent predicament for everyone involved.
Jason was left wondering through a majority of the battle who Jacob's mutated form resembled and the name Goldar somehow snuck right under his nose. Now that the name had once again been brought into fruition, he couldn't unsee it now. And neither could the others.
Only Zack was the one willing to actively respond to that.
Zack: Stop stop stop stop, flag on the play. You literally said that dust might jumpstart a few Putties, not bring that mutated mutant gold blob of cheese back to life.
Zordon: Rita infused Goldar with her power and drive for the Zeo Crystal. But now that she's gone, it's sentence is fading. So it's seeking out a new purpose—and new hosts. One of the two prisoners you accounted at the complex had been chosen per due by the dust it was infected with to remake and re-image Goldar in a civilian form.
"Great," was the only response Trini had be marked to say, sarcastically speaking. Despite rather itching for a challenge, she found herself just as worried as her teammates.
Trini: That's three enemies on our asses then: Rita, mutant Goldar and this scorpion-like chick with the giant stinge—
Alpha: Wait, what you'd say? Tell me I didn't hear Scorpion?
Zack was not in the mood for anybody playing dumb tonight; as his face spelled out for his robotic friend, he wouldn't have it.
Zack: You're telling me you didn't see this Scorpion-hybrid chick rampaging the prison with him? I swear Alpha, sometimes you can be—
Billy: Her names Aubrey.
He usurped, loud enough to bring the entire room to a halt.
Everyone redirects their attention away from each other and locks eyes straight onto Billy. Alpha and Zordon however sensed this was something just as urgent to their current situation than left to be surmised.
But they couldn't get anywhere with what would or wouldn't be reliable information if Billy wasn't willing to speak up.....
"Billy?", Alpha is left reiterating again following his lack of an immediate response. Normally, Billy is always keen to speak about what's on his mind no matter how dire the situation; bad time or otherwise, whether it be bringing wisdom to the group or lightening up a certain drear atmosphere, he'd normally have SOMETHING.
Here though? There was nothing. Nothing that provided any sense of wisdom or integrity or closure to comfort the team.
Billy: They're brother and sister: Jacob and Aubrey Hogan. They—they haven't had it easy since—well.....
That sixteen worded sentence spoke of a radically opposite side to Billy's usually autistic but bubbly optimism, one of which left everyone in the room stumped.
His hands trembled and his eyes water, his body feels hot with sweat trickling down his neck. Billy has to grip it tightly and twist it. Every impulse of his body movement gave away a radical exposure of fear, the same fear that left Billy on the defense more than offense about an hour ago, to the point where he didn't almost want to fight back.
The same fear that haunted the team as a result of his death.
Billy: To say they've had a rough life is putting it lightly since—
Jason:—it's about to get tougher.
Billy finds himself cut off by Jason; the cocky confident overbearing side to Jason gradually unveiling itself to the others again, baring the expected response of the face of a team unwilling to waver in the face of opposition. The team were a little less keen to pipe up and verbally agree following the beating they took from the new kids on the block.
But Jason's next rally call fell mostly on deaf ears.
Jason: Let's split up and take rotating patrols.....
His next call to action was quickly deemed an unpopular decision, with the announcement being met with eye rolls, scoffing and indefinite from Trini and Zack. The lack of response from
Kimberly, Billy, Alpha and even Zordon mentally cornered Jason, once again propelling him to fall under another stroke of uncertainty.
Mountains upon mountains of pressure threatened to rip the pit of his stomach, to rip open his pitiful insecurity regarding the disgusting truth: his very presence exemplified the epitome of shame, a sight Kimberly couldn't unseen since they arrived back onto the ship. His moral compass had once again lead him, mentally, back to a troubled time.
Jason longed for hope that perched in the soul and sang the tune without words; a daily struggle in the eventual life of a superhero that they barely been subjected to and already receiving the short end of the stick. He needed something to ensure him of what right they were doing, more specifically him.
If only he learned self-control. If only he was patient to put up with Trini and Zack's understandably petulant attitude.
Jason: Do you have a problem with that?
Trini held nothing back from him.
Trini: Uhhh yeah: SUPER bad idea. In case you forgot, we just got pounded six ways to Sunday. They just schooled us and dropped a building on our heads; now you want us to take him on alone?
Jason: Do you see anyone else anyone else making those decisions? If you don’t feel like helping, you’re more than happy to stay.
Trini: That ain’t up to you, boss.
Jason: Didn't I tell—
The brief crack in his voice as he raised his temper didn't phase Trin in the slightest. Too emotional, very angry, frustrated and cranky, it left Jason as famished as the rest of his teammates.....only he was having a really terrible job at hiding it. If there was anything left to hide.
Jason; I told you not to call me that.
Zack: But that's how the buck stops with you, isn't it? Your way or the highway, right?
Jason: Somebody has to take to charge, somebody has to make the hard decisions here if we're gonna stick together. And I don't mind to—
Alpha: That's enough.
Sensing that tensions are quickly boiling to an inevitable high tipping point, the robotic humanoid placed himself between the five overbearing, overly emotional and now stifled adolescents.
Alpha: You're all under an amazing amount of stress. Get some rest. Me and Zordon will contact you when you're needed....
Jason: Hang on a second Alpha. We need some answers first. Like what's really happening with the twins. If you and Zordon knows something we need to know what we're really up against if not human twins. They were legit freak shows and they kicked our asses out there.
Billy: Bos---Jason. We probably don't have to dig too much it right now. I already know those guys more than I should enough.
Jason: Yeah Bill? Well there's probably more we all need to know if they come at any of us again. And I'm gonna want to know how to beat them when they do. We know the big guy is possessed by Goldar....sort of speaking....but what was with the woman with the scorpion tail?
Suddenly that chilled Alpha to the spine like Jason predicted he DID know something of that and he turned to Zordon
Alpha: He's right. It's time.
Zordon: Are you sure?
Alpha: They'll find out soon enough.
Kimberly: Find out what?
Zordon: Rangers.....the human you call Aubrey Hogan was mutating into Rita's second monster that helped her annihilate my own team sixty five million years ago. She's Rita's most deadliest and mencing minion you've ever come to face. She is a hybrid of human and scorpion alike known only as....Scorpina. Goldar's twin sister.
Billy: Twin sister?! Like Jacob and Aubrey are twins?!
Zordon: That is correct Billy.
Billy was just beyond lost of words that this night couldn't get any stranger and couldn't help but to give Goldar and Scorpina credit that they chose perfect hosts knowing they were as rotten as Rita
The others however didn't know what to make of this not expecting the monster they defeated before would have any siblings
Trini: If....Goldar has a twin...how come she wasn't there the day him and Rita attacked Angel Grove.
Zordon: My team and I manage to stop her before we fell victim to Rita's wrath. We thought we destroyed her but given you saw the Hogan twins becoming the Gold twins Rita must have had her remains all this time and roamed the earth after you stopped her and Goldar. Now that they're taking over the Hogans there's no doubt Rita will lead them to destruction to find the crystal again.
Trini: She's still after that thing?
Jason: She'll never find it. It's in our zords. She and those two creeps aren't stupid enough to dig up trouble with them without us knowing.
Zordon: Be cautious Jason. Remember a real leader never seeks out battle or lead his team to it without knowing your enemies more than they know themselves.
Jason: You told uss everything about them. I think we got this Zordon.
Zordon: And I use to say the same thing. And that only lead my team to danger. Jason I selected you as the leader of this team only to make up for my own past mistakes. I don't want you making them too. A good leader must never fall into arrogance.
Jason was at first tempted to protest again but that whole "Leader" thing had him stumped and turned to the others as Kimberly and Zack were the only ones looking back at him Trini and Billy were stumped with the twin monsters and Rita returning basically Jason looked back to Zordon who gave him a firm expression
Jason nodded to him and looked back to the others
Jason: Alright. Let's go guys.
The five turned and exited the morphing grid as Alpha looked up to Zordon
Alpha:Ayi Ayi Ayi
Zordon: Alpha a long time ago I missed something fundamentally flawed inside a ranger and paid the price for it. I won't make the same mistake twice.
Alpha: Yes. These kids are.....well they're "kids" and kids screw up. It'll make them stronger in the end.
AT the crater police were already on the scene lead by Chief Colton (Christian Keyes)
They towed Tommy's dad's truck still there obviously and some other officers were even searching the crater but found nothing his deputy Officer Bebe (Jamie M. Callica) climbed out of the hole and reported the chief
Bebe: Chief. We been all over this hole and found nothing. Whatever was here is long gone.
Colton: Have you ruled everything around it?
Bebe: Yes sit. We even searched the truck before the tow picked it up. Still nothing. Nothing but rocks that look like hands and feet. And....some burnt dust. Other than that. There's nothing here.
Colton: Alright. Lock this down. Till we rule the cause of that hole no one crosses this area.
Suddenly the chief and Bebe were startled as helicopters and vans arrive and what step out was.....APEX agents
Bebe: Who the hell are these guys?
Colton: Something tells me the government sent them. I hate the government.
Woman (Mila Kunis): Chief Colton I persume.My apology for this sudden drop in. But we'll be taking this situation from here.
Bolton: Who the hell are you people?
Woman: Special Agency Melanie Sheer Director of APEX.
Bebe: Director of what?
Sheer: We're here to investigate alien activity due to the attack on your town before and given the circumstances looks as a meteor just hit here.
Colton: Or a explosion cause there's nothing in that hole.
Sheer: Oh trust me Chief there was something here. Either it wondered somewhere under town....or someone took it wondered somewhere under your town....or someone or something took it. And until it's found and that we have a real update on these....people.
She showed the chief pictures of the Power Rangers fighting putties in the park and the zords down town fighting Goldar
Sheer: We'll be proceeing.
Chief: The Power Rangers?
Sheer: Apparently we know know nothing about them we don't even know if they're aliens or....some special force themselves we don't know where they come from or what they're capable of and quite frankly we don't know they pose a threat given....they're just as responsible for your town's destruction as this woman on this picture and.....this yellow creature.
Colton: True we don't know who they are but far as many know they don't pose a threat. Some of my people owe their lives to them.
Sheer: Let me guess they're the Batman in your Commissioner Gordon story. News flash Chief: I am under strict policy of alien activity on the planet. I have clearance from the President himself to lock this town down if have to. So until we know the cause of this crater or if we know who are the Power Rangers or better place them under arrest we're in charge of this investigation.
The chief stepped close to the Director
Colton: Go to hell.
That put off tense between them and Colton and Bebe stormed off from the scene
The chief got in his car with Bebe coming in the shot gut seat
Bebe: I never heard of this APEX agency
Colton: Trust me. They'r nothing but trouble. They'll take over this city and lock it down. Sheer thinks she can take this investigation from us but she's sadly mistaken. This is our town Deputy not theirs. We'regoing to find the cause of this weather they like it or not.
Soon after they drove away
Meanwhile at the Scott residents Jason came through the front door with his parents Sam (David Denman) and Beverly Scott (Caroline Cave) on the couch watching the news on the prison break and Sam wass the first to notice him
Same: Late again I see.
Jason: Lost track of time.
Sam: There's a clock on your cell phone.
Jason: I know.
Sam: *Stands up* I thought we agreed son 7PM on the dot.
Jason: I lost track of time like I said. The guys and me......
He stopped made him think back to what Zordon said which only gave Sam the chance to talk back
Sam: Ever since you started hanging with those other kids you been more irresponsible than before. That's probably why they're in the detention with you.
Sam: He's got to learn from his mistakes Bev. The boy will never learn anything if he doesn't.
Jason: That's what you said when I was kicked out of the team. I learned a lot more than you think but I got my own life.
Sam: And that's a life you'll throw away if you don't shape up your record.
Beverly: Sam not tonight. It's late
Sam: Then is it late for one question?
His parents turned to him
Jason: Was I any good....of being a leader?
Beverly: Of course you were Jason. We all knew you were.
Sam was silent at first
Sam: I thought you were terrific. Even your uncle thought so. He still thinks are.
Beverly: And so do we? Jason we always hoped for the best for you. Don't ever think we don't.
Jason stood there at first and just briefly nodded to them too and turning away going up stairs with his parents turning to one another in concern
Soon as Jason was walking to his room he heard a door opening behind him causing him to turn seeing his younger sister Pearl (Kayden Magnuson) stepping out of her room
Jason: What'd you doing out of bed?
Pearl: Heard you and dad arguing again. And I think you're a great leader too.
Jason: Were you listening?
Pearl: I just heard. But I really do think you're awesome.
Jason: Thanks. It's untrue but....your words are sweet. And this may be something you'll go through when you're older too. And it's not gonna be a day at the carnival.
Pearl: It won't change what I think.
Jason grinned walked over to his sister and rubbed her hair and sent back to bed and soon Jason went in his room a minute later and looked out the dock through his window with Zordon's words still haunting him
Meanwhile we come to the Oliver's residents the police had just dropped Tommy off and after another scolding but worried talk from his parents Tommy went to HIS room and threw his back pack on his bed sitting on it still unsure what just happened earlier
The crater the coin those rock creatures how he ended up in an ambulance not knowing how and the out of focus pink figure (Pink Ranger) especially the APEX coming to town and seeing the Power Rangers on tv and wondered....if it was one of them that saved him.....given there was a Pink Ranger
He laid flat on the bed but felt something hard which made him sat back up and looked down to his pocket and reached in to it and......
.....the same green coin
Tommy frowned not remember ever taking it
Tommy: How the heck did you get here?
He got up and sat at his desk observing it closely
Tommy: I never seen anything like this. Where did it.....?
He soon breathed on it and rubbed it on his chest to clear any dirt on it and after a moment he felt.....a HUGE vibrate on it
Tommy frowned again and the coin soon.....glowed bright green it reflected off to his face and soon Tommy felt something inside and soon.....the coin set OFF and which forced Tommy's desk chair to slide back and went in some dream state and somehow.....
.....all the other Rangers went in it too and all gasped
Jason in his bed Kimberly and Trini walking home and Billy and Zack at the van who hit the brake very fast and all six saw an image......
.....of a masked figure sitting in a thrown turned from the screen and turned his head side ways his mask almost looked like a ranger and quoted
Kneel before your lord!
And soon the dream fainted as Tommy and ason passed out in their rooms Kimberly and Trini looked at each other confused and Billy and Zack were in shock as they rushed out of the van
Billy: WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?!
Zack: I have no idea!
They looked around with the camera pulling back only for the screen to cut back to the ship as an alarm went off on the grid and Alpha went to ID the cause of the alarm
Zordon: Alpha. Status.
Alpha: The grid has picked up a signal in the city. It's faint but very strong.
Zordon: Only things to make a strong signal like that is a power coin.
Alpha: I won't be able to trace the signal. But I can ID the coin. Stand by.
Alpha pressed the scanning buttons to ID the signal which only made Alpha.....freeze in his tracks.
Alpha: Ayi.....Ayi....Ayi....it can't be.....
Zordon: Report Alpha 5. Which coin is it?
Alpha: It's.....HER coin sir.
Luckily, the following morning looked the same as any other: tranquil.
And hopefully uneventful.
If the current 67 degree coolant temperature and dreary grey humid weather was of anything to take into consideration, it was looking likely that it would stay that way for most of today.
As his dreams lingered, dancing in the way that dreams do, Tommy's eyes peeled themselves open, coming arise to the light of the new day.....but only just.
Rubbing his tired eyes with the insides of his palms, his now stricken red eyes were dry from lack of hydration, having stayed up for days on end weeks previous. Raking his fingers through his tossed and tangled shoulder length hair, he tied it up to keep it out of his face. Setting his head back on the uncomfortable pillow in freefall position with his head only fragments in the right place......
Probably the last thing he needed after a crazy night tossing and turning like that.
Unwilling to want to deal with the ramifications of last nights debacle, Tommy knew the next step was getting the hell up and pretending like it never happened.....as unlikely as that may seem. But he goes for it anyways, rolling on out of bed only to yelp prior to rolling off the edge.
He catches himself, hands first onto the carpet and his eyes steadily fastened and weary of his surroundings. Glancing at his White tainted Louver prefinished PVC Bifold closet door with his peripheral vision steering over to his bathroom with the lights barely on and the cracked open window beside his bed, Tommy felt an overwhelming internal crunch in the pit of his stomach.
No clue as to what but he didn't feel so good.
All he could muster to do was slowly inch up to a vertical basis, one procedurally slow step at a time. Something felt.....different.
The bathroom had an earthy feel as Tommy enters after a word of caution. The walls were large format tiles of white honed travertine and the floor was made of dull brown tiles. The vanities were of a dark wood and the counters were a brilliant white quartz. There was no bath but instead a huge walk in shower with two shower heads; towels were fragrant, fluffy and carefully folded on a thrift-store chair in the corner.
Dipping straight for the sink, Tommy always found a soothing sensation by the sound of water. The power it had often loosened him in the drum of heavy rain and brief splashing with the gurgle of storm water soon rushing down the drain.
Another splashy dose of water to his face later and as his face clears up looking at the mirror, a sight stops him dead in his tracks, close at himself in the mirror noticing his arms and torso was a little.....more buffed up like he had years worth of work out done in a day: muscles that were proof of overcoming adversity and rise, proof that he valued himself enough to put in the effort it took.....if he actually had been to the gym.
Very very fishy, he thought, frowning at the sight of himself in the mirror and tried to ignore it, opening his medicine cabinet......only for it to get pulled CLEAN off.
The amount of unnecessary force applied needed to pull that off pushed Tommy back a couple feet as he stumbled down to the floor, stunned at the sight. He effortlessly pulled a door off its hinges without even having to try.
Let alone force it open.
Now looking back at the broken door and his grip on said broken door, this was already enough red flags on its own and more to add to Tommy's semi-depressant mood. First, his loss of temper gets him exiled from karate on his behalf, he nearly got killed yesterday, the discovery of the green coin and nightmares it planted upon him and his psyche that kept him up as a result.
The last two thoughts was an immediate flag on the play. It couldn't have been a coincidence, he thought to himself, seeing how his updated size and strength followed through almost immediately. His heart-rate accelerating, his senses heightening.....
Made way too much sense.
Tommy: Not in the mood for this today.
Begrudgingly removing himself from the bathroom but not without taking the broken cabinet door with him, he simply tosses it aside on the bed while glancing briefly at the coin over on his desk. Picking it up to get another look, the only thoughts formulating through his head was What does this mean? The hell are you trying to tell me?
Said thoughts didn't last long though as he laid back to on the bed to ponder about it more.
Attempted to, at least.
A single push back against the framing of his bed and he trips back onto it, completely folding in the mattress, wooden paneling and bedrest. But not before it all completely split in half. Without hesitation, with just one more glance at the coin, he crawls away from his now crunched bed-space and aims his coin right out the windowsill.
A precise baseball pitcher aim later, the coin was out of his hand and out of his reach. Which also left him vulnerable to the door knock.
Tommy: Oh my g—One second!
He was quick to close his bathroom in a foolhardy attempt to hide the damage but knew full well there was no hiding the bed from the woman of the house. She sees that, she'll get suspicious and God knows, the last thing this boy needed was for her to raise her voice this early in the morning.
Now impatient, tired and rushing, Tommy's 'trying to remain unnoticed' appeal was quickly deteriorating. The longer he kept his mom waiting , the more obvious it'd be on what is or isn't happening.
Finally, he rushes right out the minute he opened the door and shut it at an instant with Debbie standing outside.
Debbie: Tom. What were you doing in there?
Tommy:.....I was....uh, redecorating a bit.
Debbie: Sounded like a ruckus in there.
Tommy: Some things fell off the shelf. I'll take care of it when I get back.
Debbie: Well....all in a days work. Breakfast is ready, so hurry up if you wanna be early.
He can only nod at the response.
Debbie went down stairs as Tommy softly sighed heavily in relief, looked back at his door and through the crack into his now totaled private space that used to be his room. All of it destroyed in his merit.....unaccordingly.
Looking down at his hands, he couldn’t help but to mutter out loud....
Tommy: Did that thing just turn me into the next Superman?
That very question proved to be quite the adjusted anomaly for the young once-venerated karate veteran. There was this absolute stillness that plagued his ears, clouded his eyes and warped around his brain as he was stuck walking in his way to school on his lonesome after breakfast. His dad had already left earlier and with his mom caught in a business meeting at home, he was left with no other choice since his car was still with the repairmen.
No air stirred the grass or leaves; a contradiction to a somber breeze itching around his shoulders and neck. No clouds drifted in the sea of bluish gray above. No water dripped or flowed. Not a sound could be heard either close at hand or in the far off distance, despite a doppler effect zipped behind and past him with endless cars on the road. Even his own breath seemed to die as soon as it left him. It was an eerie sort of tranquility; instead of being soothed; his senses became heightened. He felt like the prey even though no predator could be detected.
It was as if the world were encased in a cocoon, a bubble and there was no way out.
He was walking like his shoes were too tight, making short little strutting steps like a clockwork soldier and yet the pace at which Tommy was going was unusually slow, almost robotic, as if his brain was struggling to tell each foot to take the next step. It was as if he was in a stupor; like someone under hypnosis in one of those Scooby-Doo cartoons.
But he sensed this: the abnormality of it.
Tommy tried forcing himself to trudge along the pavement at a more sedate pace, redirecting his attention to focus on the gentle footsteps that seemed to echo throughout the desolate street......a task that proved to be next to impossible to perform. The events of last night were a daunting innovation not just to himself but to those who enjoyed Tommy's company around them.
Fear hadn't always been a known tangent to Tommy's persona but the very lack of high quality performance; him accomplishing even the most mundane of tasks now proved seemingly fruitless.
Bolting his eyes open, he snapped his head behind him, around him, above him, all around his personal space as a voice echoed louder and louder in his head. The tension wouldn't leave him.
The distorted noise in his head eventually honed outwards back to reality; finding himself back on the sidewalk on firm solid ground and startled like a deer in the woods, almost toppling as he took a large step backwards. He brushed the imaginary dirt from his light green hoodie and jeans before letting his face fall with gravity again, looking down at his hands trembling and his feet falling asleep.
Now this was becoming a serious issue: one of which, again, raised way too many red flags directing back to the worst case scenario; the only way this would've made any sense. At least now there was no point in trying to guess as he gulped dreadfully, his hand moderately reaching down to his left pocket and the essential terror that wrapped around his brain if what he thought was there was there and if he kept it for too long.
Not much comes out of it though, thanks to a cautious, keyed up "Hey. Excuse me" reverberating from Tommy's far left. There he sees Jason, perched up, wheel on the sidewalk in his red Dodge Ram directly calling out to him in a show of camaraderie and care.
Jason was quick to take notice of the befuddled teen beside himself. The young man before him had a sort of hen-pecked look, his shoulders hunched together like he was trying to disappear inside himself. Even his dark eyes seemed to be attempting to retreat inside his head.
Along with a troubled mind, who urged him to move along and not pay him mind. Tommy obliged at first, stepping aside while trying to slunk past the truck not looking left or right or even directly at Jasons face.
At least that was the plan.....until he regained a fragment of human decency and turned back to Jason, tempted to, at least, answer him.
Tommy: Is there something wrong?
Jason: I was going to ask you the same thing. It's like 50 degrees out here. You freezing?
To Tommy, that was strange....very strange. He knew he should've been and yet it was the total opposite; if anything, it felt like he was the one whom had complete control over his body temperature and once again, the elephant in the room was too obvious at this moment in time to point out.
All he could do was ignore it and just play along the best way he could.
Tommy: Nah, not really.
Jason was left raising an eyebrow at the remark, taking Tommy's stance on his temperature with a grain of salt.
Jason: You got to be warm blooded as hell then. This temperature's no joke.
Tommy: You sound like my mom.
"Far departure from my pops, then. He wants to be able to understand me and how I operate but—" A slight chuckle leaves Jason, not that Tommy minds. He could use something to lighten the mood a little.
Jason: I dunno if he will.
The silence distanced between the two made the latter's blood as cold as the summer air that crept through his open window. Bereft of any wind the leaves hung limp until they fell of their own accord, there was no whispering noise or rustling. It was as if even nature itself conspired to keep Tommy in the dark, not daring to whisper the reassurance he craved.
And only Jason appeared to be the one willing to help him go against that distinction.....at least upon second inspection. Didn't matter if he was wasting valuable time.
Jason: Oh shit. Sorry, don't mean to waste up your time. Umm.....where you going?
Only answer he got was Tommy pointing straight down the sidewalk and further down more blocked off streets thanks to the omnipresence of the fog blocking their point of view.
Then he says "Saturday detention".
Almost immediately, Jason nods begrudgingly before pointing in the same direction, ushering "I'm—that's where I'm going."
Tommy: You too?
Jason: Unfortunately. Tried a prank on the opposing team, let my anger get the better of me and—well, let's just say, uh.....well, I have the worst luck.
Luck: perhaps the most infamous of flaws. Speaking of which.....Boy, Tommy could tell Jason was full of them. And Jason could say the same.
The black eye; the scar above Tommy's cheekbone. His apparent coldness towards people. He gave off the impression that he had the ability to scare away anyone that looked at him. However, that would usually be on only how deep people saw into him. But Jason?
From first glance, he couldn't desert everything....but he saw enough of him fully. He saw past all the supposed nastiness from his appearance and focused on what he heard. All the while, gradually, the word 'opposing team' caught Tommy's interests. Not much needed to be dissected further catching another glance at Jason behind the wheel before the revelation eventually came to him: Jason was the former star quarterback of their football team.
Nothing was said about the matter, however.
Jason: So.....you don't want a ride there? Save up time?
He can only nod in agreement to that before Jason extended his arm out and opened the door for Tommy. No sooner should the disgruntled teen make himself comfortable in the passengers seat does Jason accelerate the car forward taking the right wheel off the sidewalk before making a right on Briarwood just as the light went green.
Of course, given his faulty first impression in the sidewalk, there wasn't much Tommy thought he could do to convince Jason he was anything but a stranger. Still, he tried, by at least giving out his name.
Tommy: By the way, umm......Thomas Oliver. But my parents call me Tommy.
Jason: Tommy Oliver? Wait now I know you were at the tryouts at Ernie's.
"Yeah, to get kicked out. Bull and Skull were picking in a Billy Cranston. He....tried to defend me first so...." Tommy faced down, dreading the thought of having to see them both again within only an half hours time but the very position he put himself in as a result of his heroic actions still bit at him as.....left to be desired.
Tommy:.....only no one won.
A somber, gritty and heavily drear tone through Tommy's monotone reaction to Jason's remark, a response that left Jason puzzled but ultimately . Similar to him, he was left doing what he thought was the right thing one time and was left picking up the pieces of the aftermath which would now haunt him for the rest of his days.
Lo and behold, there was Tommy again gazing straight ahead, only half-aware of a world outside the claustrophobic comfort of the car, of Jason's hands stroking the wheel, the almost soundless changing of the gears, the pattern of traffic lights....all recycled in a timeless, endless loop of productivity that almost meant nothing to him.
Almost nothing seemed to matter in his mind.
Jason: You ok, man?
Tommy: Yeah, yeah. I'm good.
If only he was.
Jason: You haven't said anything in twenty minutes.
Tommy had to force himself out the vacant blank space in his head to bring himself to answer Jason without coming off as cranky. Every flag raised gave off the impression that he was; convincing him otherwise was a far from trivial task; Certainly didn't help that Jason was getting a little suspicious with the matter.
"My bad, my bad, sorry," Tommy is left having to apologize for nothing again. "I.....just kinda spaced a bit. Not much of a morning person."
Am I even a person at all? These very conflicting thoughts, most of which were already ushered aloud, did a terrible job at convincing Jason otherwise. Not that Jason didn't mind anyways.....except he did. From seemingly ignoring being cold and his entire aura sparking a seemingly bitter presence, the first thing that came to the former football quarterback is that he's stressed out.
Perhaps it was a mistake taking him along, Jason couldn’t help but to ponder deep down, especially if Tommy wasn’t in the right state of mind to even go.
Jason: You know.....Tommy, if you’re not feeling great, I could just drop you back off at home and—
Tommy: Don’t, don’t. I get days like these all the time but.....probably a first for me today: first day jitters and all.
Jason: Uhhhh....except you’ve probably been going to Angel Grove High for weeks, years now.
Tommy: I know......
That is all he could just as the seemingly endless twenty five minute long drive had come to a halt upon arriving to Angel Grove High.
Tommy:....but not like this.
Jason: Exactly what I said when I was kicked out of the team.
They both froze them both in their tracks looking at one another and not long after that Tommy frowned like if Jason were an old friend or something
Tommy: We....haven't met before have we?
Jason: I don't think so....
Tommy: No not officially I meant....wait a minute.....oh my god. You're Jason Lee Scott. The team leader of our football team.
The cat was out of the bag with Jason briefly embarrassed being recognized what he worried for his mishap with the police before
Tommy: I can't believe I didn't recognized you before. I saw you a couple of your games three months ago. What happened to you? Middle of the first semester you disappeared off the team. Why are you in Saturday detention?
Jason was a LITTLE relieved he didn't know his reasons unlike everybody else
Jason: Let's just say that uh.....being a leader has it's flaws.
Tommy: Well that's one thing we have in common. I mean....except the leader part. The flaws.
Jason: Right. Well much as I love to chat more I don't want to kill the time I got to check with my friends before detention starts.
He and Tommy got out and soon walked in with the halls empty unless you count the janitor by the left of the lockers (David Hugh de Lautour)
Jason: Well guess I'll see you in detention?
Tommy: Yeah. Nice meeting ya.
They took their seprate ways and Tommy went to his locker and soon as he opened it a green glow shinned on his face
Tommy: What the---
Right before his very eyes he could not believe what he found in there he reached in and pulled out......
.....the Green Coin
Tommy: I threw you out. How did you......?
Tommy wasn't in the mood for puzzle games and not knowing what else to do he grabbed his books leaving the coin IN his locker and wondered off
And soon after everyone was gathering in detention Jason came down stairs with Billy in front of him plugging in some cords with Trini in her seat and Zack sitting backwards behind Billy's desk
And out of no where Bulk holding a crutch for his snapped ankle and Skull wearing a cast on his broken arm were the last to enter the room and the first to notice them was Kimberly who came down the stairs too
Kimberly: Oh great.
Skull: Well....guess tis place is why you couldn't make it to our date last Saturday.
Kimberly: Dream on Skull I never made a date with you.
Kimberly was just about ot walk pass them but Bulk blocked her with his crutch
Bulk: Well....looks like someone here needs to be taught ssome manors
Jason saw what was happening and was about to confront them away from Kimberly but....someone beat him to it
Bulk felt a hard grip on his shoulder making him and Skull turn around and see......
Tommy: Didn't you two hear the lady? She said no.
Bulk: You again? Well time for pay back for putting us in here. And my ankle.
Skull: And my arm!
Tommy: Go ahead then your arm and ankle will be the least of your worries cause all three of us will be in here till graduation.
They knew their payback would not be worth it after hearing that
Bulk: Uh....yeah....maybe....some other time.
Skull waltzed to his seat and Bulk tripped while trying to rush to his and had to crawl his way to it and Trini Zack and a few other kids laughed at the way they moved more so at Bulk on the flour till he made it to his desk and climbed up to his chair and looked at Skull
Bulk: Thanks for the help.
Jason laughed till he turned his attention to Tommy and Kimberly
Kimberly: Tommy....thanks for that. But....I mean I do appreciate it but you didn't need to do that I could have handled it.
Tommy: Yeah but then you be here till graduation too.
They both laughed as Jason kept looking at them oddly
Tommy: Um....how much time is there left I....need to go to the men's room.
Kimberly: Just another 25 minutes.
Tommy: Good. I'll be right back.
Tommy went to his seat putting his green jacket and bag on his chair and books on his desk and left for the mens' room where he lost focus thinking back to the coin his strength....even that dream he and unknown to him the Rangers had last night but during so Kimberly watched him go grinning briefly and soon a she turned around she saw Jason staring who gasped when she spotted him
Kimberly: You ok?
Jason: Yeah....just was in thought.
Kimberly: While staring at me?
Jason: You were in my direction.
That got awkward in a hurry and soon they went to their seats everyone was chattering Skull was eyeing at Kimberly who was drawing something with Bulk on his laptop watching an Nostalia Critic you-tube video
Kimberly folded the paper and threw it towards Jason who caught it with a signle hand due to his....Ranger strength unfolding it sseeing a lightning bolt logo with their exact colors on it
Jason laughed liking it and threw it back to Kim who too caught it with her single hand
Soon as 25 mins were almost up and the teacher came in with his brief case and sat in his desk
Teacher: Attention! Attention in detention. Everyone in your seats.
The students that weren't sitting sat and Kim was the only one looking over at the entrance and Tommy still hadn't come back she frowned in confusion and the teacher spoke again
Teacher: Before we start we have a....new detention student: Tommy Oliver. Tommy Oliver?
The students looked around Jason and Kimberly were the only ones looking at his empty desk with his jacket on his seat
Teacher: Tommy Oliver?
Out in the wall we zoom down it cutting back to Tommy's locker with the coin in there glowing green and making that vibrating sound again
There was an explosion. It was, as though a fist of orange flame had decided to punch it's way out of the main hallway.
But no windows shattered. No thousands of pieces of glass and steel showered down. No alarms erupted. Just smoke, dust, charred, burned pieces of paper and a broken disfigured locker doors rushed out. Not only that but for as low velocity the explosion was, a huge bite had been taken out of the side of the building.
The only major person of interest was the janitor, who upon looking through the oval shaped hole through the wall, realized he had double the work cut out for him as his jaw nearly dropped down to the floor.
Yet the detainees in detention had a reaction somewhere along the lines of brief amusement, mild annoyance or in the case for the five war-hardened teens, galvanized. They immediately jumped out their seats, standing by each other near the back entrance of the room; having been startled by the explosion, they weren't gonna take any chances.
Even as it resulted in awkward and infringed glances from the rest of the class, including the teacher.
Inching himself away from Jason and shooting his arms straight up, Billy takes the blame; under the pretense it was another one of his explosion theatrics gone horribly wrong.
Billy: That might've been my fault. That might've been my fault; I am so sorry.
In the bathroom, though, Tommy was still bidding his time, his face glued to the hallway after hearing the aftershock of the explosion rock him from where he stood over the sink. He felt his teeth gritting in annoyance; that green coin was going to be the literal death of him.
Dumping his face into the commercial sink trying to wash his face off did little to help this time. By the time he turns off the water and catches his breath, he bolts his face upwards and looks at himself in the same stained, cracked voidless mirror. Tommy Oliver huffs and puffs excessively, eyeing over at his still-swollen black eye from the night before. It wasn't completely black, but it was clear from attempting to look into his eyes, it was like nothing was there to behold: nothing but an endless depth of ink, sorrow, and pain.
No use in seeing the usual sclera that highlights the whites of his eyes nor the vessels that flowed through them; he couldn't see much of it. Once more, the disfigured mirror did a fantastic job making him see something entirely opposite of what he wanted.
They were depths of Tatarus holding a thousand souls in his eyes yet there were none to be seen......all in one faint omnipresent glow.
Tommy: Why does this have to be me?
That’s all he says before he waltz out of the bathroom with three extra chips on his shoulder before he's let staring at the mess in front of him.
Mess was an understatement; it was a disaster zone. It looked like a drunken cyclone had erupted across the floor, then made it's haphazard way across to the desk to do the same to the janitors' sanitary work....which was already made twice as hard now compared to the previous few weeks. Amongst the broken doors and dusty debris, only fragments of fraying string, tiny triangles of construction paper from yesterday's mosaic project, an old rotten cheerio and half a raisin; all of them lied amongst this smorgasbord of waiting to greet any visitors that happen to stop by: the janitor being the more unlucky one.
However.....the wrrrr started to reverberate again.....and Tommy couldn't turn away. Underneath a mountain of discarded construction paper was the everglowing, everflowing, ever infuriating green coin. The janitor, being the good sport he was, simply handed the coin to Tommy despite his suspicions.
The befuddled teen had every reason to turn away but given his last few attempts to get rid of it ended disastrously.....this didn't appear to be up for debate any longer. Tommy huffs contemptuously and just takes the coin from him.
Finally, everyone stands up in the detention room upon the door slightly opening up to see Tommy Oliver re-entering the room, covering his swollen black eye with a bag of ice. Having kept the small bag in his pocket for most of the morning, that was one cold
Teacher: Tommy Oliver. You're late, I see.
"Had to use the bathroom, sir," Tommy coldly projects, still protecting his eye.
"Alright. Next time, be sure you use the pass," was all the teacher could be bothered to say, sitting back down in front of the room.
Tommy boldly nodded over at him as he waltzed over to his seat, still covering his eye the best way he can. As soon as he sat down, Jason couldn't help but to take a REALLY good look at him; for compared to a few minutes ago, this look to Tommy didn't give away who he thought he was when he offered to drive him here.
At that point, a gust of wind breezes past him as he immediately caught a glided up piece of paper through his fingertips. He laid it flat on the table and opened it up, only for the note to say: "Anyone you know?"
Jason quickly looked over at Trini's direction and nodded "Yes", as he nodded back.
Teacher: Alright. So.....I know last month seemed intense due to the "alien invasion" last month and those.....weird people in the color suits, but.....
Colt: Go go Power Rangers!
About a good half of the students erupted into cheers and chants amongst the comment, all except for the five. Tommy didn't feel the need to get involved as he caught the detention teacher getting riled up as he stood up, rather annoyed.
Teacher: Hey hey hey, quiet! Everyone sit down, ok?
The rooms eruption quickly faded rather quickly as everyone just sat back down in their seats.
Teacher: I know that was SOMETHING else, four weeks ago. But we don't live in the past, we transgress forward. And that's what we'll start on in just a few. Oh....and just for that, Colt Wallace, I can guarantee that you'll be staying here longer than the rest of us. In fact, for the rest of the semester.
Colt: It's not even that long before schools out.
Teacher: My point, EXACTLY.
As the Teacher rambled on, Kimberly had a REALLY hard time, trying to take her eyes off Tommy, still favoring his black eye with that pack of ice. It wasn't long before he felt someone looking over him and he slowly turns around. Luckily, Kim turned away before he could catch it, but the fact that she ACTUALLY found someone rather interesting upon first sight.....she couldn't help but to blush and even grin at the thought.
Jason looked over at him as well and then her, while maintaining the type of look that made it look like he wasn't really satisfied with anything. He might've had that look of a jealous weasel, but deep down, it didn't really bother him much.
Needless to say, Zack wasn't sitting well with this.
Yet another brief gust of air flicks near Jason's direction as he catches yet another folded piece of paper from Zack's direction. All he does is nod before turning away, drowning out the teachers incoherent babbling. A brief look at the paper poised a question: Bonfire tonight by the pit? Maybe bring him with us?
It was an....interesting proposal to say the least. Nothing was really happening after school anyways but something still didn't sit right with Tommy to Jason; so much so that he tosses the paper back at Zack while mouthing You sure?
Zack just nods again, turning back.
The thought trundled through Jason's brain like a freight train, with no intention of stopping. Having gazed his attention back to Tommy conspicuously, it didn't give off the impression that it would have any disastrous consequences. As he watched the tail lights winking in the distance, all trace of this lingering thought leaving his neurons, he wondered if maybe.....just maybe.....that this idea could lead to, perhaps, a spiritual awakening for Tommy.
The bonfire helped him loosen up to his other teammates and friends. So what's the trouble in trying to do the same for him?
One more glance over at him, seeing his face buried into his notebook and Jason decides.....Why not?
About another few minutes later, Saturday detention had already ended and Tommy was one of the last few students to actually exit. Upon walking down the hall still holding the ice towards his black eye, waiting for the contents of the cubes to cool the pain from his eyelids, he happened to look over down the hallway in front of him as he saw Jason, just about to open the double doors.
But that's when he stopped.
He felt Tommy's presence from a-far, which was only confirmed once he saw him behind him. Jason didn't do much.....except for smile and wave over at Tommy. Tommy just waved back as Jason pushed the doors open and walked out. By that point, Tommy was once again, trudging his way down the seemingly endless hall before he heard the squealing marks of steps coming up behind him.
It did little to slow Tommy down, for he already had enough on his plate. But Kimberly was seemingly determined to, at least, try and call him. It didn't help matters that he was already 10 plus feet ahead of her.
But then she stops.
“What are you doing?" she asks herself before she could stop myself. To further complicate matters, Tommy, mere moments before he walked out the entrance to the parking lot, was met with a rather resounding ‘Hey’ from his far right.
Turns out Ty Fleming (Blake Michael) was present at Saturday detention as well.....except he wasn’t actively taking detention and more or less helping with the staff regarding the transition to the next year. He greets Tommy warmly with Tommy shaking his hand and bopping with a brief hug.
His head barely cocked to the side, his eyes shifting from the ground towards the dumbfounded former cheerleader. Her heart stopped and Kim could barely breathe from then on.
How could the flimsy little detail that he was helping out with the end of the year cleaning up process of the semester on Saturdays completely slip her mind? It was a baffling punch in the gut to Kimberly and all of her insecurities from months ago immediately came flashing before her eyes. Kimberly's bullying of Ty weighed heavily on her conscience to the point where she was ashamed to admit her secret to anyone but Jason, showing her deep capacity for remorse and shame in her misguided actions. All she wanted was to find the perfect moment to.....unveil the real her. It'd probably be a snowballs chance in hell before Ty would forgive her but she'd be damned if she didn't try to make the attempt.
Hesitant, she was however.
Words had flown from her mouth directed at him that she never thought she'd even think, let alone say out loud....and Ty was justified in returning the favor despite loosing some of his teeth in the process. Kim knew instantly from the look in his eyes, no matter what she'd say or do after the fact, the tsunami that consisted of them parting ways hit its mark. Their relationship: shattered into glassy shards. Nothing would ever be the same again.
But she didn’t care. I still got time, Kim forced herself to crunch down before picking her pacing a little, finally moving after him just as Tommy actually exits the building.
And then she shouts to him.
The voice pulls him away from the door, effectively halting him. Ty didn’t look any bit pleased to hear Kim’s voice; he made it clear he was done with her after what happened so to see her still lurking around as if trying to make things right, was even more frustrating than what she actually did.
But alas, he slowly trudges himself around to face her. Needless to say, things started off....really poorly.
Kimberly: Let me just—I—just let try and clear the air here, ok?
She gets no response.
Just this deep, blank, empty thousand stare as if she'd misinterpreted his actions, his words, his expressions again, like years before. Didn’t help that the entire duration of time they spent staring at each other, the reflective gaze from Ty’s eyes were sinking into her soul, desperately searching through her….waiting.
No words left him. She was left staring into those bright brown eyes burning with anger and disgust and her heart fell silent.
Kimberly: Answer me.
She pleaded. But he still couldn’t bring it amongst himself to will his lips to move. As if stuck underwater, everything was slow and warbled even as he finally ushered a sentence all while pointed a shaky finger in Kim’s face.
Ty: You know I've seen them hanging about around you: Zack, Billy, Didi.....
He just rolls his eyes, ignoring her remark as what she had to say at this point didn't mater much to him. And Ty let it be made very clear in his next sentence.
Ty: See, that's where my frustration lies: this whole front to your rebel-without-a-cause image. They might fall for that mask you wear every day but I know better.
Kimberly: What is there to fall for?
"Seriously, now?", Ty rebuttals, taking Kimberly's sincerity as a means of playing dumb. These were the types of circumstances he'd always find himself in with her, defensive over offensive. He could count on the back of his hand how many times Kimberly had to feign innocence either to get somewhere or something else just as equally stupid or retarded back when they were close friends.
Now with that bond broken, Ty could see through most of Kim's detractions and former competitive nature that he came to resent after the incident that left his teeth temporarily removed.
Ty was no longer in the mood for hot-shot bullshit. "Angel Grove High's Queen Bee turning over a new leaf? You really expect me to believe that?"
Kimberly: I don't expect you to; I just wanted to let you know—
Ty: —that you're still a piece of shit? That being cast out of the popular clique wasn't enough to hammer the point home? Good to know.
That was the only way Kim could describe how she felt right here; having found herself in a position where she openly herself admitted she should've seen coming just minutes prior to this conversation. Her actions still casted her in a rather negative light here at the school as well as the people who once looked up and even depended on her once upon a time ago.
It was humiliating that if after saving the town, it wouldn't paint her regular alter ego in a similar light, especially the others.
Having said his piece with a disapproving glare, Ty just turns away from her. Aiming to walk away and leave her hanging, he feels her gripping his hand, to which he quickly snatches away. But then she grabs him again, tighter then before out of sheer desperation in an attempt to get her side of the story across.
Kimberly: I still hate myself for what I did to you, I—it destroyed me. You don't have to take my word for it but goddamn it, cut me some slack for trying to—
And that was as far as she could go before everything just halts. Kim didn't know why she stopped, for who knows when would be the next time to actively admit her guilt.
But then she went a step further.....not that it would help matters.
Kimberly: It was Amanda's idea.
Ty: You think I give a shit abou—
Kimberly: She sent that photo to me, entitled me to do the deed for her. And it was selfish of her to do that to you, even moreso for me to be involved. I had to sit there in the office, subject myself into looking into her fathers eyes. I didn't realize what the hell I did until I saw her face, until he lamented and lashed out at her in disgust.
Regret washed over her like the long slow waves on a shallow beach. Each wave was icy cold and sent shivers down her spine. How she longed to go back and take a different path, but now that was impossible. She had to live with how she actively hurt someone close to her and cause her to reflect on all the others she hurt beforehand and there was no way back.
There was no way to make it right. The remorse would eat at her everyday of her life. She envied the pebbles, hard and lifeless, unable to feel the torments of it; and whether it resulted in an apology.
Kimberly: I committed a very horrible breach in what was left of our friendship; a heinous act, what I did to you. And I spent a lot of nights walking, crying, praying that I could take it back. The guilt is ice in my guts. It could be a hundred degrees out and I'd still be frozen on the inside.......I just wanted to tell you—
She couldn’t bring it amongst herself to finish.
Ty: Well, on the bright side....at least now I ain't got to be mad at just you.
Kimberly let out a soft scoff and just had enough with this BS she didn't need and just walked pass him and he shouted at her as she walked down the hall
Ty: You're bad luck Heart! You're bad luck for this town! You're bad luck for anyone!
She just ignored him as she walked away
Meanhwile we come by with Jason Zack and Billy who were walking down stairs and were talking about the note on the bonfire and inviting Tommy
Jason: Got nothing against it but why invite this Tommy guy?
Zack: Just the way we heard of him from Billy he sounds he could use it.
Billy:: He could yeah. Plus he put up a hell of a fight the way he stood up to Bulk and Skull. And the way he stood up to them for Kimberly that was tight.
Zack: So where is he stationed at?
Zack: I mean....his locker.
Billy: I think it's around.....
They came across the aftermath of the locker exploding and Tommy grabbing the rest of his stuff from it storing in his back pack given there was hardly room now
Zack: Guessing this guy has more problems than us.
Jason: I wouldn't take it too far. All though I have to admit he'll need a new locker. Lord knows that's tough in a school this big.
Tommy zipped up his bag and grabbing his ice pack holding it to his eye and soon he noticed the tree behind him
Tommy: Billy Jason.....and.....
Zack: Zack Taylor.
Jason: I see you had some party.
Tommy: Hardly a party. My freaking locker just blew up. And look what happened to me.
Jason: Yeah that does suck.
Billy: Any ideas what happened?
Tommy suspected it was the coin but knew he had to play dumb to who he didn't know had coins too that turn him to the Power Rangers
Tommy: No idea.
Billy: Probably Bulk and Skull's way of their payback on you.
Jason: Or Colt's. This looks way to big for Beeves and Butthead.
Billy: I never pictured Colt with explosions either
Tommy: Whoever or whatever it was it doesn't matter. This locker's totaled now. Now my parents are gonna be on me worse than being kicked out of karate.
Billy: Well let us make up for that.
Tommy looked at them curiously taking the ice pack off
Jason: Uh...yeah...um....Zack here is throwing a bonfire up at death valley. And....the guys and I were talking.....well not TALKING talking cause detention had us pinned but the point is.....how would like to hang with us there?
Tommy just froze he was in utter surprise no one ver invited him to anything before not even ayone at the karate classes Tommy never even had much choice in things not even from his own parents
And all the years Tommy has experienced he felt he never had a chance to have a regular teenage experience he wasn't sure at first and had to ask:
Tommy: Why invite me? You guys hardly know me.
Billy: Well we know well enough.....you had just have it as bad as us. Maybe more. And when you and I stood up to Bulk and Skull the other day. And the way you stood up for our friend Kimberly earlier figure you deserve it.
Jason went silent hearing that
Tommy: If you guys are just inviting me cause you feel sorry for me....I appreciate it but.....I don't want to be pitied.
Jason: It's not that at all. Just we're all in the same shoes. And thought it be fun for ya.
Tommy: Will Kimberly be there?
Jason went silent again hearing that
Zack: Yeah she will. Why you ask?
Jason: Yeah why did you ask?
Billy looked at Jason odd from that
Tommy: Just asking. And....why not I'll come.
Tommy: Just it's in the middle of the desert how will I find it?
Jason: You can ride with us.
Tommy: Feel like you're my driver now given you drove me to school.
Jason: Just doing my part. We'll meet up at Billy's house.
Billy gave Tommy a paper with is address and Tommy nodded them and as the camera pulled back they parted ways
We come to that very evening where the boys were the first to arrive Tommy was helping Zack set up the fire while Jason and Billy were bringing out cases of soda and snacks and Tommy and Zack had a chance to get aquinted
Tommy: So you live out here?
Zack: With my mother. She's been very ill for some time and I been hiding my worries with a boisterous swagger attitude. It even caused me to pull some prank that went wrong. That's what got me in Saturday Detention. So I been spending my free time hiking around here and....I met the guys when they came out here.
Tommy: And do you guys spend all your days here?
Zack: More or less.
Tommy: And you wouldn't happen to be that You-Tuber that caught some people leaping off the cliff not far from here on video would you?
Zack flinced for Tommy happen to bring up when THEY all leap off the cliff and landing on the other side and worried his and the others secrets were just exposed
Tommy: There's a video on You-Tube catching some people jumping off a cliff and somehow.....they made it on the other side. It was out of focus so no one knows who they were. But did you see anyone?
Zack was relieved the secrets were not out after all but he did know if the others didn't know if they knew about the video.....would have to tell them about it
Zack: Uh.....no I haven't I'm....not really a You-Tube person.
Tommy nodded and soon Jason and Billy came back with drinks and stuff and got the fire started and after a few minutes Kimberly and Trini were already there and were all set up and each of the five took turns getting acquinted with Tommy
Trini: So Tommy where you from?
Tommy: Here. Basically. I live with my parents at west corner street.
Kimberly: Who are your parents?
Tommy: Jeffery and Deborah Oliver. They're case workers for some.....independent policy. My dad more so than my mom.
Billy: So you got the regular working parents? My dad was a woraholic too. Before he....passed.
Tommy: My condolences.
Billy nodded to him briefly
Zack: So what are your hobbies Tommy?
Tommy: My hobbies?
Zack: Yeah you know like what do you do for fun? You work anywhere? You got a favorite hang out?
Tommy: Well I use to hang at Ernie's but I don't know how to show face there after being kicked out of my Karate school.
Trini: Hey I know Ernie. I went to his bar all the time before got stuck in Saturday detention. I was there yesterday witn Jason and Kimberly.
Tommy: Oh yeah Kimberly and I ran into each other ther during the tournament and my....exile.
Jason: I don't think I saw you. Guess we left in a hurry. Kim and I went home together and if we didn't had Saturday detention we would have caught a movie.
Kimberly: Oh a movie was on your mind?
Jason: Well either a movie or....I could have snuck in your window like you snuck in mine once.
Kimberly: Hey we don't need to bring that up. That was during a bad time.
Jason: Could have ended in a good time.
They both laughed and one question popped into Tommy's mind
Tommy: So....are you two.....dating?
That question caught everyone off guard especially Trini for some reason she looked at Kimberly with a puzzling expression wile Billy and Zack's eyes were locked on Tommy
As for Kimberly she gave a surprised and mild grin expresion as Jason just nodded with a wide grin when both gave their answers at once
There....they turned to one another surprised. Frankly speaking, neither of them expected the others reaction. Jason felt as if he shared more then another chemistry with her and a few sensitive passionate moments in the past that he'd assume they were dating. Kim would've liked to think the same except she knew better: it was slow little baby steps.
Their common ground as screw-ups who lost their place in the in-crowd due to foolish choices led to their on-growing 'romantic' interest in each other but Kimberly still had those interests suppressed underneath.
Jason didn't feel like suppressing them for much longer.
At that point however, both of them slowly inch and perk a smile before the two just burst out laughing. While it wasn't completely kept under wraps, the issue itself still needed addressing.....and despite their similarities, it stuck to everyone else as....off.
Luckily, the two had self-restraint.
Kimberly: Sorry sorry, we didn’t mean to cut you off. Continue.
And so with clearance, Tommy continued.
At that point, everyone's just looking at him; anxiously waiting for the type of answer that would come out of his mouth. What they got was.....kinda what they were.....and were NOT expecting.
Tommy: A good natural kid like me.....we always start off good natured, happy go lucky, this types of traits, you know. And....just when everything in your life seems to be going so well, somewhere down the road......you end up bumping into something that......changes the course of your trajectory for a while.
The word "Bumping" seemed to have caught Kim's attention as she quickly looked over at him, wanting to stay as glued to the story as possible.
Tommy: Meaning I got off to a rough start.
Billy: Well, didn't you say you got into some fights before?
Tommy: Well, that's what some people don't get about me sometimes. Just because I take karate doesn't mean I always DO fight. Besides, I never start them. I only finish them. My parents signed me up for karate around 10; early signs were encouraging. But after a few years, it didn’t really feel like I was there anymore. And I didn’t want to go through with it beyond that point....
He begrudgingly forced himself to admit that. As if for the longest time, he was forced to tell himself otherwise just to maintain a seemingly noble image. As pitiful as it sounded, Tommy noticed how nobody lost interest in his tale.
Nobody was getting bored. No one turned away.
The story was really captivating to the others under the realization that someone else besides them were caught on the receiving end of what life had to give them, even when it was on their own behalf. Billy and Jason just looked down, trying to make sense of the story while Trini and Kim were left twiddling their thumbs in anticipation.
Tommy: But they expect too much from me....if that makes any sense.
It did to Jason. All too well.
Tommy: There are times my brain fries up. It's no excuse, I know; I own my behavior. I try to help, try to be good.....but then a trigger is flicked. My emotions turn - cold, fearless, indignant.....and that’s just the icing on top of the shit sundae, ok? But to save up on time, what you heard about Bulk and Skull and me.....that’s all legit. And that’s why I’m locked in on Saturday’s with all of you.
He’s left pointing over to Jason, Kim and Billy as he inches himself closer to the center, making sure the contents of the fire didn't get too close to him, yet it kept him warm at the same time. Everyone was roasted from the front, frozen from behind - the bonfire cooking them gently and the April wind carrying the coolness from February reminding them that summer isn't far away. There is something about the flame that rendered all six without smiles, yet content, the echoes of the hearth perhaps.
The fire came to light up the night, to warm air that was more accustomed to the early year winter chills. It lit each face and they felt the heat go to their cores.
Zack: Damn, Man. Can't seem to catch a break around here.
Tommy: I know, Zack. Sadly, I've gotten used to it. So you know my story. What's y'alls?
This actually made the team think, preferably back to one key thing: their fight with Rita and Goldar. As expected, it was awkward to bring up or discuss because that one detail alone was strictly prohibited. They knew for a fact that one of the three rules for being a Ranger was to keep it a secret, so unwilling to spill out the beans, they all just thought back to the start.
How it all began for them. The memories weren't all noteworthy but it was important to address nonetheless.
"Ahh, screw it.....", Jason starts off, shifting everyone's eyes over to him. Considering that last time, he didn't really try or manage to express himself, there was one good thing that was coming out of this friendship/partnership/alliance: no more secrets.
Or a lot less of them.
Not much was left to lose in this moment and with the 'new kid' on the block, Jason only felt it was fair to properly introduce who the real him was. Spill the beans, to be more precise.
The other five of them continued to stare and ponder mildly to each other as Jason let the sparkles and cracks of the burning inferno warm him initially before finally breaking it down.
Jason: My name's Jason Lee Scott. Despite making it this far, I'm always left wondering why I'm even up to this point in my life. I've always been oblivious to whenever I get myself into trouble and......at that point, I ended up making the wrong decisions. ALWAYS.
This side of Jason seemed just as sincere as it was when he claimed responsibility for Billy's death. Even Tommy couldn't help but be fascinated by this tale. So they all drew in closer.
Jason: I was the star football player for Angel Grove Tigers. Then again, who DOESN'T know? I thought I had it all. The trophies, the recognition, the fame, the whole school behind my back. Never felt more alive. Funny how life throws curveballs at you at the absolute worst times. I made one mistake, ONE ball-headed mistake on my behalf.....and it almost cost me everything. One night.....I....um.....I had special prank planned with some of my other teammates. We didn't get too far. The cops came. The cow and the others got away, but me......I wasn't that lucky.
"And that's how I got this......", he speaks woodenly with a hint of regret buried in his voice, pulling the scuff from the bottom of his jeans up to reveal his ankle monitor strapped to his right ankle.
The others are surprised, to say the least.
Tommy: Is that an ankle monitor?
Trini: So you're on house arrest?
Jason: Yeah.......luckily, Billy was able to rewire it so it wouldn’t give away my location. But....it was another reason why I thought of leaving Angel Grove.
Eyes were quick to gaze on him once more. That statement wasn't enough to put everyone on hold but it came off as a sudden and .
Billy: L-leave? Like permanently, leave Angel Grove?
Trini: Why didn't you tell us this the other time?
Jason: It's not happening, ok Trin? It was just a thought that plagued my head ever since I turned 14. I think it's safe to say though.....
He slowly eyes over at Kimberly.
Jason: Someone was more determined to leave than me.
Jason moved his eyes towards Kimberly who....was oddly silent. she looked away for a minute then looks at Tommy who looked at her in wonder and the whole group was just.....silent
Kim turned down still saying nothing leaving both Tommy and Jason puzzled waiting for her to answer and for a minute later.....still silence till Trini kills it.
Trini: My story.....is a bit off....I don't have it well with my parents either.....and....there's....something about me.....that's....kind of hard to talk about. But...hopefully, this can help you a little bit, Kim.
That's as far as she got before she sought to freeze up as well. A decision this big wasn't going to sit well with one of these guys and it stung at Trini hard. She had gotten used to being comfortable going through a learning process by yourself or drawing on the experiences of other people.
Actually stepping out of that comfort zone and venturing on into new territory was another matter entirely.
There are some things even an pixelated alien armor can't hide.This left the others noticeably perplexed. All except for Zack. He deduced this weeks ago and now it looked like that bubble was about to pop.
"Hey," he called to it to her, drawing her attention and friendly creasing her knee.
Zack: I think I might have an idea on where this is going.....but I promise you it'll be fine. There's nothing to be worried about. We won't sell you out for anything, ok? Just tell us.
Billy and Tommy just nodded in unison while Jason sat straight up. If they were gonna tell them anything, now would be the time. And sure enough, unwilling to keep beating at that dead horse, Trini finally looks away from Zack, looks up at all of them and flat out says.......
Trini: I—I think I'm a lesbian.
The entire group grew silent at the revelation with the exception of Billy spitting out soda at the shock of the response.
It was assumed that everyone knew Trini's secret right then and there when she told her side of the story at her first bonfire. But based on how clueless everyone looked, that was not the case.
And Kim spoke.
Kimberly: Well....Trini, there's nothing wrong with that. I hear rumors one of the cheerleaders in the squad was too. But didn't stay in long enough to know.
Zack: Yeah. I mean what's the big deal.
Trini: The big deal is I never told my parents and it's mostly why I cut myself off from it for years.
At that point, Billy intervenes saying "And it also makes sense why you and Kim can't stop looking at each other", which draws Trini's eyes away from the fire and straight over at Billy.
Billy: Oi, stuff like that doesn't pass me by, ok? I may be autistic but I'm a lot more useful than people give me credit for.
Trini: And I'm not like that Billy. You know I dated other guys before it....dawned on me....
Billy: Oh you mean that guy you.....right....
She nodded silently, which drew the attention back to Tommy who interrupted saying a rather eloquent "Well this is.....this is a lot to sink in."
Trini: Trust me, new guy....you haven't heard everything yet.
Tommy: Well I heard enough to know aliens exist.
That made the group look towards him. That lead the gang to awkwardness.
Tommy: I mean, didn’t you guys hear about that.....yellow thing destroying the city and those....Trix-colored armored vigilantes in that robot?
Jason: Oh....you mean the Power Rangers Yeah we have. So I guess you learn fast.
Tommy: I lived in Angel Grove all my life. I get around a lot since I’m mostly invisible to anyone I don't fight.
Kimberly: Lucky you're not me then.
Kim interrupting the change in subject brought another abrupt stop to the chatter. Once more, it peeked Tommy's interest compared to the rest. Then again outside of Jason, nobody else knew what Kim was prepared to talk about.
If it wasn't for Trini confessing her secret, she probably wouldn't give in to doing it PERIOD. Jason played part in this too, for the guilt of the event still beared a lot on her conscience.
But compared to a few minutes ago, she wasn't visibly afraid anymore.
Kimberly: If Jason was the king of Angel Grove High, then I guess that made me the queen bee of the school. I....I used to think that way, being all high and mighty and such. And then....
Kimberly: Amanda Clark coaxed me into a cyber-bullying prank against Ty Fleming, a former friend of mine. She gave me the specifics and I forced myself into doing the deed..... When it went viral, he cursed me out, made a scene.....then I punched him. Knocked out some of his teeth; landed me in Saturday detention.
She takes another deep breath before taking out the bobbin clumped in her hair and threw it aside as she let her hair loose.
Kimberly: I guess after playing my part in that cruel sadistic joke, it clicked. It became clear to me that it had gotten me nowhere. If--if anything, I DROPPED DOWN a few levels. And with Rebecca and Amanda Clark casting me out of the popular clique, I saw, for the first time in my life, what I had truly become. That, along with my dad and younger brother kicking the bucket years ago, forced me to try and concoct a plan to leave this town as well.
Tommy: My condolences.
She nodded firmly, her way of saying 'Thank you'.
Kimberly: I put on my big girl pants and tried to make things right with him earlier; Wouldn’t listen to me. But I can’t say I blame him.
Tommy: Then I guess I know I shouldn't get on your bad side.
Kim mildly grinned at him. “Has someone like me ever challenged you, Tommy?"
Tommy: In karate, yes. Outside of it.....No. I mean....there was this one time but I never fought back.
Kimberly: Was she too much for you?
Tommy: Oh no. She was easy on me at first, I just.....I never put up a fight.
Kimberly: Well....say if one ever challenged you for real, not wanting you to hold back....would you accept?
Jason: Kimberly, you're not challenging him yourself, are you?
Kimberly: I was only asking him. Cause lord knows I could take you, Jason.
Once again, brief chuckles erupted.
Thats when Tommy catches Billy begrudgingly raising his hand, redirecting everybody’s attention to him. However, the predetermined notion of Billy’s demeanor and attitude quickly changed, outside of his hand shaking uncontrollably.
He paused and immediately tensed up. Being emotionally vulnerable was always one of Billy’s defining characteristics, one that made him an down-to-Earth likable charming figure, if you don’t mind his autism. This time, however, he looked torn up just by mentioned either of their names.
Not even he was fully honest at the campfire; BOTH of them. And for once, he felt guilty sharing this crucial piece of information that Jason didn’t let him finish yesterday.
Billy: You remember what I told you about the mining accident my dad was in? Their dad was involved as well.....worst off, I was there....to watch and observe, you know. I suffered this momentary lapse of concentration, lost focus for one second and accidentally pressed the detonator. Blew the whole side of the mountain off, rocks falling everywhere.....I saw one coming down right towards me. But then their father pushed me out of the way.....letting the rocks crush him. Dad caught me and we ran for the river but the slope on the way down was—
He couldn’t continue much beyond that point but the rest of that story was easy to dissect. The rest of his friends managed to put two and two together quickly and rather decisively.
All except for Tommy.
Billy: I-I killed my father....and theirs. If they find out who am I, they’ll want to take my head off.
Tommy: Who’s they?
Jason: The Hogan twins.
Tommy: Jacob and Aubrey?
Billy: You heard of them?
Tommy: Yeah, they broke out of jail last night and heard they went through some.....changes.
Jason: No kidding.....
Tommy: You sound like you actually know about them then you’re letting on, William. Something else about them that’s bugging you?
Jason: Tommy, he doesn't want to talk about that.
Billy: No it's fine, Jason. If he's gonna be hanging with us he should know too. To make a long story short: their dad knew my dad before....what I did. And....they blamed me for what happened to him. Not....directly that is. In fact, I’m the reason they were locked up anyways.
Once again, he struggles to tell it without breaking down a little. Through perfect teeth comes the truth and the lies, all vibrations in the air, inconsequential to the medium through which they travel.
Only Tommy appeared to know the difference.
He watched those perfectly aligned slabs of white enamel, taking in his entire being. He saw the anger flash in Billy’s eyes, the urge to hide his true feelings. And as he talked, it was hard to no notice him crumpling inside, all the while remaining composed. He has hid these feelings for years and never intended to tell, forcing me into a life that wasn't quite right, not quite real.
Billy:.....I was almost certain that I was going to die that night. But I had the willpower to call 9-1-1 and......thankfully, the cops took them away.
Tommy: Geez that's awful. You're lucky to be alive.
Billy: With them loose again I don't fee lucky.
Tommy: Better call for police protection then.
Billy is still left mortified, mouthing off I don't think they can help us now....
As for Tommy....he didn't know what to conclude. At that point, that meant even more talking.
Lots of it.
Not that anybody minded. But unbeknownst to any of them.....was the simple fact of the matter that even though they were SAFE, they were still being WATCHED by one of their few allies, Alpha 5, as he hid himself behind another rock.
You'd think he had just happened to show up there, but.....no. He was there the entire time. It's been long enough to the point where he knows this is where they hang out from time to time, especially considering the cliff leading to their hideout was right there. He takes a good luck at the guys chatting and having a good time talking right up until he gets a brief glimpse at Tommy's face as he turns towards Zack.
Alpha examined Tommy much further and had much curiosity and given he was just merely a friend the Rangers were spending time with he let them be and headed back to the ship
About hours later the bonfire was just about over and the guys road with Jason in his van as Trini road with Kimberly Jason dropped Zack off first given they were out in the desert his house was the closest and then Billy soon as they made it back into town
Soon Tommy was the last take home and soon they parked by his house and Jason took to oberve it
Jason: Wow. This is a nice house. I think I drove by it once or twice during my game times.
Tommy: Yeah my dad always wondered who kept cheering out each time someone drove by.
The guys laughed and soon as it was silent one question came to mind for Tommy
Tommy: About what you said earlier.....about leaving Angel Grove....if you did.....where would you go?
Jason ever wondered if anyone would ask him that he thought he didn't really expected cause he'd assume everyone would not care if he left but when things changed for him and the weight of a leader's responsibilty hangs over his shoulders he hadn't thought much if anyone would ask not even Kimberly
But thinking about her now made him thin back when she said they weren't dating when he said they wereand didn't understand why he tried to act natural during the whole bonfire but he hid how he really took Kim's answer but thinking back to Tommy's question he had to come up with some answer
Jason: I really don't. Vegas. New York. Switzerland. I haven't really thought about much of it man.
Tommy: Do you still think it be better for you if you left? How do you know anything is better than here? Don't get me wrong I hate this place sometimes too. But.....that's only cause my whole life here is based on fighting. I mean look at me do I look like Jackie Chan to you?
Jason: Guess it depends if you're part chines somewhere.
They chuckled again
Tommy: But the point is....what running away really solve? Lord knows I tried once.
Jason: You did?
Tommy: Yeah but that's cause I was hanging with the wrong people back then. And boy did I had some sense knocked into me. Literally.
Jasson: Literally? What happened?
Tommy: Let's just say in one of my fights one of my opponents gave me a sharp blow to the head. And I got the bump to prove it. What's left of it. But since then.....I realize running away was just a way of giving up. Cause Jason your life can't end just cause the world turns their back on you. For all you know....anyone who has probably have it just as bad as you. Maybe worse. It's life man. And when life gives you lemons just say screw the lemons and be proud of what you got. And....the others....I wouldn't be surprise if you all came to one another to a moment of need.
Jason: What makes you that?
Tommy: Because you guys came along when my troubles got worse. I know we've only known one another just half a day but I've had time to learn about guy.....are just as much as outcasts.....as me. And if you feel like you're alone in the universe.....all us outcasts have.....is each other.
Jason gave who he now looked at as a new great friend he patted Tommy on the shoulder for that advice knowing he needed one for a long awhile
Jason: Thanks man. I'll keep all that in mind.
Tommy: Anytime. So....see you on Monday?
Jason: Count on it.
Tommy and Jason pat fists and bumped them and Tommy got out of the van and Jason waited till he got inside and when he did.....Jason drove away
When Tommy entered the living room all the light were out and he can hear his father's snores upstairs
He knew his parents were already in for the night and he went in the kitchen for al ate night snack only to find a note was on the kitchen table it was a note from his mother
Dinner's in the oven if you're hungry
Tommy nodded and didn't really feel hungry and he soon went up stairs trying to be as quit as possible and soon made it to his room only to find the damage on his bed being broken in hald was still in place
Tommy scoffed not knowing what to do about this except bring the mattress off the broken frame as slowly and silent as possible one or two drops but none woke his parents
And soon Tommy manage to get the mattress off the frame and on the flour Tommy later changed just to be reminded the mirror door from his medicine cabinet was broken off and leaning on the wall under the sink
A minute later he came out in a white t-shirt and shorts as he went on the frameless mattress and tried to fall asleep as possible but.....
.....unaware....at the window by the broken frame lied....the Empress of Evil herself
Rita was for some reason examining Tommy herself and she looked at him with much interest yet made an expression like if she found a long lost family memeber realitive
Rita had fallowed the Green Coin through her scepter and grinned as she discovered who it chosen as it's new master and grinned wide sinisterly
Rita: He's perfect.
The green coin in his back pack shined and made that strange vibrating noise again
And this time Tommy was glowing green too for the energy was growing slowly but stronger as Rita stared on through the window with that same sinister grin
Rita: You have the power. And now it's taken it's biggest effect there is only one more process you must pass. Your negative energy will trigger my curse on it changing you into a new warrior. One that will deliver Zordon into his rightful place along with the Power Rangers. Once you give in to his rightful place along with the Power Rangers. Once you give you in to a sense of doubt hurt or betrayel.....you will become.....MY own Ranger! The Green Ranger!
Rita disappeared into the darkness as the green glow on Tommy faded like it was never there and Tommy.....remained asleep not knowing what just accured
That very morning around......8AM let's say the Rangers were called in to the ship by Alpha the second they got up from bed saying Zordon needed to talk to them of something important
They were all in the van and Jason was driving again of course with Billy riding shotgun and the others in the back
Trini: It's Sunday for Pete's sake the only weekend day we have to sleep in and Zordon had to call us at the right time.
Kimberly: We're living the double life now. It's bound to happen.
Zack: What Zordon say actually about something important? Alpha wasn't really being suspific.
Trini: He wasn't suspific to any of uss. I couldn't make heads or tales with it.
Jason: Let's just get this over with. Cause this is really a bad time.
Billy: You seem intense Jason. Something going on?
Jason only nodded still a little beefed on Kim's answer and he hardly made any eye contact with her through the whole trip to the ship an hour later they made it to the ship as the hatch opens Alpha awaited them in the main hall
Alpha: Rangers you made it. Good.
Billy: What's up Alpha? You sounded weird on the communicators.
Kimberly: Is the Hogans or Rita?
Alpha: I wish it were that simple. But I'm afraid this is something bigger.
Jason: What could be bigger than two mutating hybrids?
Alpha: Just everyone fallow me.
Alpha walked up to the hall of the morphing grid the rangers fallowed as he said and the only ones who felt their heads spinning were Jason Billy ad Kimberly Trini and Zack were the only ones in the group that were as calm as possible
Jason had a moment to look at Kim before they all entered the morphing grid still down with what she told Tommy at the bonfire but still kept it to himself as possible
And as the Rangers gathered around the grid Zordon once more appeared on the wall
Zordon: Welcome back Rangers. Forgive me for calling you here so sudden but if it wasn't urgent you wouldn't need to be here.
Trini: Well so much for sleeping in on your one day weekend.
Kimberly: But we're getting use to it.
Zack: But what's up though? Is it the Hogans?
Trini: Or Rita?
Zordon: This has nothing to do with the Hogans but it has everything to do with Rita. What I'm about to tell you may shock you all.....beyond belief
Jason: Come on Zordon I'm sure nothing can shock us now.
Zordon sighed softly given Jason was still in the same level as he was as a ranger which worried him more but stayed focus on the task at hand and turned to Alpha
Alpha pressed buttons on the panel and the grid showed a holographic image.....of the green coin which proved Zordon right about them being shocked especially Jason but not like if it was a jump scare just curiously
Zordon: Behold my friends. The Green Coin. The coin which Rita carried in my time as a Ranger. The source of the power......of the Green Ranger.
Jason: Green Ranger?
Billy: Legit awesome.
Kimberly: You mean there's a sixth Ranger?
Zordon: That is correct. The origin of the Green Ranger began a decade after the creation of the original five. And Rita was that exact Ranger before her betrayal. And now......it has awakened. Rita has compelled it to choose a new successor of her own. To repeat the dark history that accrued sixty five million years ago. Rita had casted a dark spell on it for if it's new master gives into his or her own negative energy a curse would trigger and that Ranger would be under Rita's exact influence and command him to do her bidding thus creating.....the Green with Evil.
Trini: The Green with Evil?
Billy: That's not bad for a title of an episode of a kids superheroes series.
Zack: Wait....that impact that started that prison brake?
Trini: That was the green coin?
Kimberly was the only one not asking questions remember seeing the large hole where she rescued Tommy from the putties but wasn't sure for certain cause she didn't see it there for all she figured the Putties could have had it before she arrived and didn't know what Tommy could have seen but didn't say this to the others
Zordon: Yes. Alpha and I are uncertain who the coin chosen but we detected it's somewhere in Angel Grove. We cannot ID who has it but it's very important you find him or her before they express negative energy of human emotion from anger pain or depression or Rita's curse will take over giving rebirth to the Green with Evil
Jason: Wait a minute. How the hell are we suppose to do that? You said you don't even know who it is. He could have the coin in his pocket or something.
Trini: Yeah. How are we suppose to know who?
Zordon: Use your own coins. They can track each other it will lead you to who Rita chose as her Ranger the coins will give a vibration once your close to them.
Zack: And then what?
Alpha: Bring him here. Only Zordon and I can remove Rita's curse from the coin. Once it's removed from the coin the spell on the Ranger will be broken.
Talk about an encyclopedia article of lore. Having to constantly take dumps and dumps and dumps of background information pertained to a particular subject was guaranteed to be troublesome for the average child; these statistics were of the end-of-the-world kind. That practically canceled out almost every other thing they had learned or remembered years prior as well as plans for the rest of the day.
All in days work however: a duty that even a begrudged Jason knew he had to comply with.
"Understood, sir.", he spoke to his mentor with a very polished tongue, too polished in fact.
Jason: We'll start our search immediately, however long it takes.
Zordon couldn't mince words, ending this admittedly short briefing with yet another vital warning.
Zordon: Time is on the essence, Rangers. Please, do be careful.
Angel Grove Park: objectively speaking, the only legitimately big area within the entire town. While nowhere near the recreational area that lots of other towns and cities model their parks after, this was a residual stepping stone for a town that tried to expand outwards and outwards only to keep getting knocked down.
So objectively, hiding in plain sight? No one would expect the wiser.....at least that's what Zack thought when he brought up the idea.
In practice, though......the five found it to be a little tricky when they did finally arrive.
Jason briefly felt out his red coin trying to get a vibe for the Green Coin. Nothing came through. “ No vibrations.”
Zack: Well, our tracking lead us here. Rita's Ranger has to be here.
Billy: So funny she would make a Ranger of her own. I thought she hated Rangers now.
Trini: Guess she got desperate to fight fire with fire....if there really is a sixth Ranger.
This was the most agonizing bit of the job so far: the waiting.
There are two radically different types of waiting: the kind that feels like gentle onshore breezes kissing salty stones. It isn't warm but there is a sense of calm, of nature, of things expected. Then there is the kind that feels like the head of a medieval mace is loose in the guts and the head has taken a beating with a hefty plank of wood.
Neither felt gave off its presence to the team; arguably, the sight of villains surrounding them and going about their normal day. But that's what made this waiting assignment that much worse in the grand scheme of things: not knowing what to expect or how or to whom.
They just knew something was bound to happen and if the prison break was anything to write home about, shit was guaranteed to hit the fan any second now.
Compared to yesterday, the summer weather was back in full effect today. In this heat, Trini could barely formulate a thought. There is no cooling breeze or cloud to block the high-rising late April sun. She curls her fingers around the thin fabric of her top, waving it in and out to create just a little air flow, but it's not enough, like an ice cube into hot soup.Billy had seen it all in the movies, however: sniper in the prone position ready to fire. Waiting was easier for him compared to the others.
Kim hadn't even been set in place for nearly an hour and her neck muscles were fit to spasm. It felt like her elbow had melded to a damp blacktop roof and her legs won't work when it's time to pack up and ship out. The job sounded exciting; the reality is hours of tedium and pain followed by an adrenaline filled escape that lasts all of ten minutes or less.
With tedium growing and Jason left staring so hard his mind almost conjures some to please him but won't let it.....he makes a rather hefty decision.
Jason: Goddamn it, I can't wait this out. We're all gonna have to split up. Everyone, spread out, check every corner of the park from above or below. Don't know how you do it: just make sure nobody sees you. Soon as you get something, patch it through to me and please.....for the love of God......nobody goes in Harwood County.
Trini: Alright, alright. Kim and I will go this way, you boys check the other side.
Jason: Wait....what....Trin, I was gonna say—
Kimberly: It's fine. I'll go with her.
The girls just left which drove Jason's frustration more on edge.
Billy: You ok?
Jason: Peachy. Let's just get this over with.
Burying his growing affection for Kimberly was getting gradually more difficult for Jason to adhere. He knew what was more important here; he knew how important his teammates and friends were to the probability of getting this done. But lord help him, he needed some answers regarding the bonfire from last night.
And yet, he found it in him to stay in reality, for both his sake and the teams.
Trin and Kim kept themselves stationed on solid earth, taking Zack’s advice to hide in plain sight close to heart as they positioned themselves to the nearest bench they could find. It left Zack and Billy in the unusual of positions of scouting amongst the rooftops, trying their damnedest to camouflage amongst the tiles and failing miserably.
Just as long as nobody could see them.
Jason was a few feet away from the girls, hands in his pocket, pacing back and forth amongst that one faint spot separating the grass from the sidewalk. He refused to move.
Focusing, prior the last few days, became more difficult for Kim to bear. The bench was black metal, painted of course, and it catches the morning sun in a way that reminded her of her father's old car - the one he kept so polished. She eventually has to turn to see from where if anything comes up and then glances back down to the coin in her pocket, knowing that it's too early.
Then her mind began to wander off. The traffic moving from the lights, a procession of colours yet with only grey faces inside regardless of skin tone. She wondered what was on each radio, what information each person chose to let into their lives. Then Kim turns to see the houses, brick and uniform, gardens taking on the earthy hues of the incoming summer.
She’s left turning again, only this time she freezes.
He’s there. Tommy came into her eyesight, walking with a casual gait and face that wasn’t as gritty or lifeless compared to what she saw yesterday. And it didn’t take long for Trini to notice.
She couldn’t find my voice; Kimberly couldn’t find the strength. She felt her cheeks flushed hot, and her stomach heavy. Her heart pounded in her throat, threatening to break out. His eyes wandered around the crowd but hers stayed locked on him. How many love songs had she heard them said, “He takes my breath away”? Now that line made a lot sense.
There was no helping herself; feeling her body numbing up and becoming painfully conscious of her appearance.
Trini: Kimberly? Kimberly.
Kim gasped snapping out of her trance turning to Trini
Trini: You zoned out for a second you alright?
Kimberly: Sorry I guess I was distracted. With all this The Hogan's Rita's....mysterious Ranger who God knows who....I guess I wasn't too focus while trying to focus on a million things at once.
Trini: I feel ya. It does seem too much. In superhero movies comics and stuff they make it look so easy. Just yesterday we barely had time to breath with the wonder twins playing face punch on us. And now Rita's in the woodwork with this so called Sixth Ranger. I wonder if she even remembers my name now.
The girls could not help but to laugh at that unaware Tommy was now leaving the park even completly unaware....their yellow and pink coins in their pockets were blinking but the lights....slowly dimmed the further Tommy got further away from them
Back with the guy Zack and Billy had their coins out trying not to let anyone they come across see them Jason however was walking behind them in his thoughts hands still in his pockets more bitter in his thougts
But a second later the light on their coins....started to dim too
Zack: The coins are dimming.
Billy: Yeah what's going on?
Jason: Let me check mine.
Jason pulled out his Red Coin and the light on it was dimming too
Jason: What's going on? Did Zordon forget to tell us they had batteries?
Billy: No. We got to be loosing the signal. The mystery Ranger must be leaving the park.
Jason: To where though?
Billy: I'm not a psychic Jason. I'm just talking in theory.
Jason: Either way....we can't loose em.
The guys made a run for it to try and catch up to the signal heading for an exit to the park but their coins were still dimming meaning they were heading for the wrong exit
Jason: They're still not lighting back up.
Billy: Then we're going the wrong direction.
Billy was the first to turn around fallowed by Jason and Zack and they ran as fast as they could trying not to use their speed to give themselves away and they soon realize they could trying not to use their speed to give themselves away and they soon realize they were heading for Kim and Trini's direction where they saw the coins lights slowly started shinning
Zack: It's coming back on a bit.
Jason: We're not far from Kimberly and Trini either.
Billy: Better see if they found our mystery friend.
Billy took out his blue communicator and as he pressed the center button it sounded crooked and statically a bit he couldn't get through
Billy: What the?
Zack: What's wrong with it?
Billy: I'm not getting a signal.
Jason: I told you those things might short out. Reminder you got this off of Digimon.
Billy: It's only a few errors.
Oh say that now Billy cause little do you and the other two know....
.....you got a little bit of auidience by the bushes
Aubrey: There's the punk right now.
Jacob: He's not alone. Should we wait more.
Aubrey: No screw it. Sooner the better!
Jacob: Just the way I like it. That runt is finally gonna pay for what he did to our father.
Aubrey: If only he could see us now.
Billy kept trying on the walkie talkie as Jason and Zack now tried theirs and almost got through to the girls
Billy? Is that you?
Billy: Yeah Trini. Did you----
Billy's question was soon interuppted as he felt a strong and tight grip around his body and was being lifted off his feet
Jason and Zack looked in surprise to see Billy being tied and lifted by Aubrey's giant scorpion tail and ason looked to his right hearing roaring yells and saw Jacob in his golden armor lunging at Jason and both struggled to one another
It caught Zack off guard and fell off his feet
On Kim and Trini's side Trini was on her yellow communicator and lost Billy's connection on it
Trini: Billy! Billy are you still there?!
Kimberly: What's going on?
Trini: I don't know. But something tells me the boys are in trouble....again.
Kimberly: Well let's get our asses up there and help save theirs.
The girls ran for it to get to their location unaware....they too were being watched....by Rita sitting above on a tree
Her expression was of one being forced to endure an unpleasant odor. Her gaze was unwavering and unabashed. Those dilating green pupils did not travel up to either face of the female Rangers or down to their boots, but they followed them as if really focusing on something a couple of feet further away. Perhaps her introspective nature lead him to be locked in thought as she observed, it was hard to know from an outsiders perspective.
But she's no slouch. Rita planned this down to the letter.
Just like Friday night, the scorpion tail was hard at work; its combined force with enough pressure ready to squeeze the ribs and crush the ligaments of any Ranger that came into contact with her. Zack got the short end of the stick at the prison....
Billy wasn't so lucky today.
He found the 17 centimeter long barb excruciating for him to free himself from. Simply banging his fists against the stinger skin only forced Aubrey to tighten her grip around his abdomen and ribs even further. Billy is left squealing in agony, for even a mere mortal gifted with enhanced durability isn't immune to all implications of pain and punishment.
Jacob took great delight in watching this but took even more in making the next move, as he intended with the next swing with his golden sword. Spotting his opening though, all Billy could do was bent as far back as he could, narrowly avoiding the liquidized golden tip of the blade and then grab the tip of the handle.
With this leverage, he simply takes Jacob off the ground, weapon in hand and chucks him flat on top of his sister. It releases her grip and frees Billy from the scorpion tail, allowing him to quickly distance himself from the two using the nearest trees in front of him as leverage for stability once he reached them.
Billy: Enough! The two of you, just stop! Let me get my piece in and we'll talk this out, ok?!
Unamused, they were. Why would he have the right to explain himself? Why SHOULD he have the right to do such a thing after what he's done, the twins thought alike. They had a right to be vile, to be frustrated and angry at Billy. But the means of doing it, with what he was left on Friday? He really didn't want to go through with that again.
And once more, it showed.
Once again, a silver of fear had found him once again. It spoke to him in its cackling voice, told his legs to go weak, his stomach to lurch and his heart to ache. Billy could recall his mother telling him every once in a while that there was nothing to fear but fear itself.....and yet he could not silence its voice. Adrenaline flooded his system like it's on an intravenous drip - right into his blood at full pelt. The thought of his heart exploding was quite an extreme.
His body only wanted one of two things: run fast for the hills or work to find weaponry. But his mentality worked against that and his mind spoke for him: instead, he stood right where he was.
Billy: Jacob. Aubrey. I know why you're doing this.....and you have every reason to be angry. So many nights, I wished I could take back everything that went down. It's already a challenge being autistic but this?
He was already left nodding his head in defeat, getting emotional over the fault he committed.
Billy: Your dads death is on my hands and mine ALONE. My friends have absolutely nothing to do with this; I'm the one that you want. Just....know I take full responsibility.
Billy, intended to be the peacemaker here, tried to talk the two of them, the humanized side of the twins he felt he ruined. He knew full-well it probably wouldn’t work but the attempt didn’t hurt. While cautious in not giving away his identity, the two refused to budge as they already know who he is and given this piss poor attempt at sympathy from a man who they didn’t see as worthy of the term, it actively pissed them off even more.
Jacob: You’re right, Cranston. It was your fault. Your major incompetence stole our innocence. After that accident you caused, they, this town, abandoned both of us.
Aubrey: It was like we were invisible. Everything we did after that, we did to survive. Now we’ve been offered the one thing that’s been denied to us all our lives: Power: real, pure, raw, unadulterated power. And in exchange....
Jacob:....we just have to eliminate you and your assorted color power twerps.
Billy was left shrugging his shoulders, frustrated at their refusal to listen but understanding as to why. Figured this fight was inevitable regardless.
Billy: I tried to be nice.....
He admits, refusing to circumvent the outcome and prepping his body for the eventual mauling to come.
That was the breaking point of their patience. At that moment, both twins were blinded by a five-course serving of rage that tasted bitter, yet surprisingly satisfying. Jacob was the first to reached out to punch him in the face.
Instead, he was met by a forearm from a intercepting Zack before he kicks him back and quickly comes to Billy’s aid, alongside Trini, Kim and Jason.
Zack: You don't touch him.
Kimberly: Keep your claws off our Billy.
Aubrey: Back off you little runts! This doesn't concern you!
Trini: Messing with our family IS our concern.
Jason: You mess with one of us you mess with ALL of us!
Billy didn't know why the others would stand up for him given everyone knows of Billy's accident that got their dads killed and it's the reason why the twins are doing this but grinned feeling touched with that then Jacob growled and charged at them
Jason took a stand and fought him off countering every attack Jacob throws only to have Zack step in fighting im too
Aubrey snarled launching her tail only to have Trini countering it and Kimberly backed flip and kicked her back
Billy stood up feeling proud and not letting his guilt get to them given he still feels bad for the accident he couldn't let the twins harm his newly family either
So....he joined the fight just when Jacob pushed Jason and Zack aside and Billy charged at him
Billy: YOU WANT ME?! HERE I AM!
Billy did a back flip like Kimberly too and then uppercut Jacob which sends him up to the air and flipping down falling on his chest
Jacob grabbed Billy's leg only to get kicked off by the other leg forcing him to roll aside and then he turned to Aubrey who knocked Kimberly aside and had Trini tied into her tail so he charged at her she noticed him which forced her to let Trini go and .......
Billy launched his fist at Aubrey's jaw then kicks her away
As that fight progresses Rita.....still watching from a distance frowned what was happening but looked over and from where she was sitting seeing there was no sign of Tommy and grinned knowing he left the park so her job there was done and spke to the twins ain their heads telepathcally
Jacob lifted his head off the ground
Aubrey turned away from Billy as she stood up
Our own Ranger just left. Our job' done here. Meet me later we're heading back to the palace.
The twins were disappointed that Rita was ordering them back before they could accomplish what they really came for and looked to one another
They nodded to one another and looked to the Rangers mostly at Billy
Aubrey: Don't think this is over. It's not even in the same area code is over!
Jacob got up and he and his sister retreated leaving the Rangers not knowing what just happened Jason was the only one who tried to go after them but ending up in the most public area in the park and the twins were gone
Jason stomped his foot in frusteration
This didn't help with his frusteration from earlier given he was eager to bring them down this time
Back with the others they surrounded Billy proud of him how he stood up to the twins
Zack: Dude that was amazing!
Kimberly: Yeah. Are you ok?
Trini: I can't believe you did that! That was so cool.
Billy: Guys! Guys! Let me breath. It was nothing really. You guys...motivated me how you all stood up for me...which is less than I deserve.
Trini: Are you kidding me? You're one of us Bill. And we've all done things we're not proud of.
Billy: Not like mine.
Kimberly: Billy. Stop living in the guilt-hood. What happened to your dad and theirs wasn't your fault. Accident's happen and you took a stand in it.
Billy nodded in understanding as he now slowly was getting over his guilt no where close from it but took the first step
Jason came back looking defeated and didn't take long for the others to notice him
Trini: Did you catch them?
Jason: No....they got away....I was so sure we'd have them this time.
Kimberly: They'll turn up again. Right now we should get back on the search for this Green Coin.
Jason huffed still bitter on the twins getting away and Kim's answer at the onfire only one not focusing on thetask at hand he did try to focus but he was o over it he could not think
And the rest of the mission.....was dead end after dead end they could not pick up the Green Coin's signal with theirs so....in a matter of time....they called it a day
That very next day back at Angel Grove High kids were coming and going through the halls and at the cafeteria some were getting breakfast and Trini Billy and Zack were the only Rangers there and discussing they should continue their search for the Green Ranger
Trini: Where do we even go next?
Billy: I guess where the coins take us.
Zack: Yeah but everywhere we go the Hogans always seem to fallow us.
Billy: It's me they really want.
Trini: Maybe but our coins picked up the signal until they showed up at the park. Don't you think that's coincidence?
The guys looked at Trini feeling they were suppose to know something
Trini: Revenge maybe their main priority but....ain't it obvious we could have found Rita's Ranger....IF the Hogan's weren't there. And we already know Rita's turning them into her monsters in the first place.
Zack: Are you saying that....Rita had them keep us from....finding her Ranger?
Trini: Exactly. The answer was right in front of us the entire time. Rita would know Zordon would have us find her Ranger. Why else would the Hogan's be there?
Billy: You mean besides me?
Trini: Yeah besides you.
Zack: You maybe on to something. But if Rita wants to keep us from finding this other Ranger why not fight us herself like before?
Trini: Why do you think? She's scared of us since we bitch-slapped her to the moon. Maybe me mostly.
Billy: What makes you say that?
Trini: Cause she can't remember my freaking name.
They laughed at that all knowing Rita too was stuck on the...."Dee Dee" name more than everyone else
Where did everyone get that idea to call her that? Seriously. Guess we'll never know
But on the North Hall Jason was passing by through the halls some students gave him the look about their dogs like from what he told Kim before and some were just laughing at him but he ignored them and speaking of Kimberly he soon caught sight of her at her mocker
And found no better time than to talk to her about two nights ago which was all he could think about for the past two days he walked over to her and didn't take long for Kim to notice him
Kimberly: Morning Jason.
Jason: Can we talk for a minute?
Kimberly: About what? Does Zordon need us again?
Jason: No. This ain't about him. Or the Hogan's or this....mystery Green Ranger. It's....about us.
Kimberly frowned in confusion as Jason gave her a firm look so she closed her locker with everyone else walking their own directions as they walked foward
Jason: Kim. I....didn't know how to say this in front of everyone else and it was getting hard not to with all the....commotion going on.
Kimberly: We have been pretty busy Jas.
Jason: Yeah but.....you and I had a connection when we first got into this. And you....well....I....
Jason and Kim were walking up the stairs but stopped on the mid flour between both of the stair cases
Kimberly: Jason.....where you going with this?
Jason took a deep breath and looked deeply at Kim
Jason: I'm going with what you told Tommy....about us at the bonfire.
Kim seemed to get the picture
Kimberly: Oh.....Ohhhhhhh. I...I see.
Jason kept looking at her firmly
Kimberly: Jason I...I didn't even know if you and I were even at that level. I didn't know if you thought.....
Jason: How can you not know?
Jason: Kim come on. I really thought....I don't know...that we were closer back then I mean...didn't we almost kiss when I drove you home? Just before the Prison riot?
Kim widen her eyes remebering that after forgetting about it completely
Kimberly: Oh. I'm sorry Jas. I guess I forgot. But....like I said I didn't really know if it meant anything. But it didn't feel anything for you.
Jason: Then why did you tell Tommy we weren't dating?
Kimberly didn't know how to answer that when it came to her new crush especially to the guy who made it clear is crushing on hereven made her think back to her failed relationship with Ty
Kimberly: I....I don't really know. Why did you tell him we were?
That was an awkard silence between them and didn't know what else to say Kim turned away a second later and her eyes widen to see.....
Tommy: S---Sorry I...am I interrupting something?
Jason just slumps hearing his voice. Doing his damnedest to refrain from lashing out since the kid meant well at the end of the day, he calmly turns towards him, hands in pockets waiting for Kim to do the same.
She turns slowly, not even bothering to look back at him to see if he’ll go for an answer.
But a part of him couldn’t help but to be annoyed: His team are hardly taking him seriously, they’ve gotten their asses kicked thrice over, and the new kid in his life is reportedly harboring a crush on a girl who he laid eyes on first. One moment he’s important, next minute he’s in the background at best; couldn’t say which one he preferred. What makes his head spin are the transitions. Jason knew everything was ‘need-to-know' and 'last minute' for a reason, but this was one of those days where it felt like his brain cells have been randomized.
Kimberly: Umm, no. Not really, Tommy.
Tommy: Positive? Cause I don’t like this picture that I’m seeing with you two.
Kimberly: We were just talking.....little heatedly, I admit.
Jason could tell she was already putting things aside with them again, which made him more frustrated. More and more of the impression was being made that Kim was inching further and further away from him but given the liking he gave to Tommy no less than two days ago, he needed to refrain from being the aggressor once more.
And so he did. But only just, staying silent as Kimberly and Tommy talked on.
Kimberly: Is there anything you need though?
Tommy: I....was gonna ask the same thing.....when I saw you guys; looked a little too personal.
Kimberly: It's nothing to worry about.
Jason’s uneasiness was skyrocketing the longer the two chatted on. He already spoke out as having more chemistry with her than he did despite not being that much of a talker and the way Kim patted Tommy on the shoulders nearly made Jason turn away.
And then there was the way she was looking at him.
But can you blame her? Tommy was mostly quiet compared to the other boys, but not out of painful shyness. It was a reservedness, like a conscious choice to observe the lie of the land before he got involved. Yet he wasn't stand-offish, her remained friendly faced and welcoming in body posture. It wasn't like he sat down one day and planned to be like that, it's just the way he was.
And Kimberly came to admire that more than she once wanted to. She couldn’t help herself; she had to smile this once.
He had ignored it for about as long as he could stomach. The chemistry they shared with each other when they first met created an instant spark that began fizzling and fizzling out the longer Jason held back his true feelings.....
....and vice versa.
And understandable, it was starting to reach a breaking point.
Jason: You remember what we agreed upon when we first started doing this?
Kim: Hey, you promised: WHATEVER we felt for it about each other, we wouldn’t let it get in the way of what was happening.
Jason: Absolutely, I haven’t forgotten but.....
Kim could see wind-stirred waves in his eyes. He was really struggling with this; more than he probably had to.
Jason:.....it’s getting really hard to stick to it.
Tommy: Stick to what?
It was difficult to exchange glances between each other at that point. The entitled leader and second-in-command knew it’d look too suspicious for Tommy’s tastes.
All they could do was stall with just a small fraction of the truth.
Jason: Let’s—let’s just say we’ve been tackling responsibilities more than the both of us probably would’ve like to imagine.
Tommy is left with the gears spinning in his head.....
Tommy: I think I have an idea what you mean.
.....and it finally gave both Kim and Jason pause for concern. Momentarily.
Tommy: You wouldn't believe how much responsibility I had to carry during my.....therapeutic episodes during karate.
Jason and Kim (Both): Oh.
Tommy: But hey, bright side: two more Saturday’s and we’re home free. Guess I did get lucky.
Jason: Never was a man with luck pal.
Tommy: Nor was I but....it comes back to you sooner or later.
He offered his hand out and Jason, barely holding in the urge, felt obligated to shake it and keep him in moderately good spirits.
Tommy: Catch y’all later.
Jason: See ya man.
Tommy made his way down with Kimberly and Jason unaware their coins in their backpacks dimmed slowly as Tommy got further away
Kimberly looked down sweetly at him which Jason noticed too and he was about to continue his talk but.....then we learn what he meant he wasn't a man with luck......when the bell rang
Kimberly: I'll ssee you after class Jason.
Kimberly rushed up stairs with Jason feeling defeated knowing he did not accomplish what he tried to do with Kim leaving him as frusterated and aggravated as ever
The girl he liked growing to like the new friend he was growing fond of too he didn't want to have a grudge against Tommy but his hopes of building a relationship with Kimberly now seemed very fragile realizing her crush on Tommy from the bonfire to today even when he stood up for her against Bulk and Skull at detention
Jason nodded to himself and made his way upstairs still in defeat
Three hours later just after school ended Rita was lurking from the background as students all walked out for their buses and cars and some just leaving the area to walk home or other areas
Tommy soon came into her sight
She smirked and soon spotted Trini and Billy walking out next and listened to their conversation
Billy: Alright. We better wait up for the others if we're ever gonna find Rita's Ranger.
Trini: That reminds me....did your coin glow the last few hours cause during gym I felt the vibration from mine. And saw it glow very bright.
Billy: What you think the Ranger was here?
Trini: I wouldn't be surprised. I couldn't fallow it cause stuck on the volleyball net.
Billy: Yeah I'll admit I thought my bag made a weird vibration. You think Green Ranger goes here?
Trini: Or probably a teacher or janitor here. I don't know. But I guess we'll find out soon.
Billy: You got your communicator?
Trini reached in her pocket and oulled out her yellow communicator with an "Ehh" expression
Billy pulled out his blue one out of his pocket and spoke on it
Billy: Zack you read me buddy? Jason Kimberly come in.
Zack here. Found Jason and Kim. Where are you?
Billy: North side. Meet us here.
Rita was on high alert hearing that her enemies are still looking for her own Ranger but from the sound of it they still don't know who it is but knew now there was no time to waste if the Rangers got to Tommy before her her whole plans for revenge and last hope of getting the zeo crystal would be ruined
So Rita disappeared behind the wall of the school and no doubt now.....
.....fallowing Tommy to......
........Angel Grove Mall
The biggest shopping center in the entire town bokked with a theater starbucks there was even a second Krispy Kreme there too as well as a karate center where Tommy now just stops by to look into from outside knowing his former class would be there
He kept his distance but saw sessions being tended by his old sensei who basically kicked him out
Tommy has been regretful of his choices that got him kicked out but after gaining new friends of his own who are unknown to him.....are the Rangers
And speaking of Rangers.....they entered the mall fallowing their coins well basically Billy's cause he was holding out his Blue coin and the light on it got brighter as they came in the mall
Billy: Signal's getting stronger. He must be here.
Trini: Or she. Zordon didn't specifically tell us the gender.
Zack: Just one question.....if we do find them......how we gonna convince them.....in a public mall? What of it's some stranger or someone who hates us at school?
Jason: Who cares? Let's just find who it is and get 'em to Zordon and get out of here.
Jason hiffed and made his way away from the others leaving them confused of his behaver and Kim.....pratically remembered their talk from earlier
Trini: What's his problem?
Kimberly: He uh.....he's kind of mad at me. He's been moody about......a talk we had earlier.
Trini: What kind?
Kimberly: I'll tell you later. Let's just find our mystery friend.
The young heroes set off into the mall tracking who they don't know is Tommy but....unaware Rita spotted them from outside
Rita: Why those meddling power geeks! It's still too soon! Well time for a little reunion with my PUTTIES!
Rita tapped her scepter on the pavement which cracked up and Putties rose up
On the unfortunate note, they were formulated over a mile away from where the mall was. So the heroes luckily had some time to spare before then.
Jason wasn't sure about what to feel anymore; about anything. He gave off the impression of a jealous weasel the more he talked and the more Kimberly saw him. How the others didn't catch on was anybody's guess but good on him since he only needed to carry the weight of one as opposed to the entire team in retrospect.
He was like a ball of tangled yarn. The parts that were untangled are available, useable; the rest is a mess, useless until it is untied. That mess feels endless and at most times unyielding.
Still, he kept himself focused on the task at hand.
Very few crowds blocked his horizontal path ahead and yet no vibration came through via his coin. Not a single shake, quake or quiver resonated throughout the alien crystal designed to bestow power upon its user. Keeping a cool head remained challenging for the leader.....
.....and the sudden vibration of his IPhone didn't do much to help matters. The buzzer of said phone went off like an annoying rattlesnake, even more of what Jason didn't need at this hour. Against his judgement, he scooped it up out his pocket and spoke into it, barely holding back his ire.
The other side of the phone quickly shuts him down as his voice loosened up fast.
Jason: You? Hey......I mean. They said you were still over there. I—I thought you were—Well, did you tell Mom and Dad? Does Pearl know? Bloody—argh.
Jason was left piping in for just a moment, letting the other wireless connection frizzling through the other side into his ear. He looked defeated when he took the phone away from his ear for another brief moment as he looked upwards.....and then back dow to his coin and Digimon duplicate communicator.
He sighs heavily before answering "I have time to kill. Where are you?"
The call lead him directly to the other side of the mall, placing him smack dab, back to the entrance of the Youth Center. Massive sigh of relief came over Jason; there was no need of making a big scene out in the open so he liked the area was somewhat secluded.
And right at the Juice Bar, with Ernie directly in the bartenders slot, sat only one man. Well fit, late 40's, moderate physique but a little laidback in posture and stature. There was his Uncle Lucas (Austin St. John), Sam’s older brother and a former convicted felon himself.
He set up a meeting with him on his phone but forgot to set the alarm on his calendar.
Regardless, while a few minutes later than the recommended meeting time, Lucas was still there, ready to greet him as Jason entered slowly. There wasn't much that contain Jason's semi-excitement at the moment. It's been almost forever since he had seen his Uncle in person no less, and at this point in time, he was glad to see him now rather than never again.
At that moment, the two hugged.
Lucas; So, you holding up alright?
Jason: Still in detention, so that's a solid.....maybe? I don't even know anymore.
Lucas: I know, I know. Sometimes we can't help ourselves sometimes. Even when you choose to do the right thing, the consequences will still follow suit.
Jason: Yeah.....you could say that again.
Next question was more crucial to Jason as he sat down besides his Uncle by the bar table: “How’d they let you out?”
Lucas: Good behavior.
Jason: Lucky you. House arrest was physically and verbal torture for me and that was just me stealing a cow; yet you rob a bank in broad daylight and get a slap on the wrist?
Lucas: Not exactly. Sure as hell felt like it though; had me feeling dirty ever since I left. Especially since I’ve got no one to.....go home to.
Jason: I'm sure.
Luca: What about you? You pay off your house arrest dept?
Jason didn't know how to tell his long lost uncle how to tell his long lost uncle how he manage to block off his location from the authorities even worried Lucas might rat him out so....he made up a lie....with a heavier heart than he already does with Kimberly
Jason: Y---yeah. Yeah I did.
Lucas replied with a chuckle which made Jason look at him with a confuesed frown
Lucas: You're just like your dad. Dishonesty even believing it himself. I know the leg brace wasn't for show.
Jason was worried he was busted at first till Lucas laughed again
Lucas: But......you get your rebel habit from both of us. When your dad and I were your age we had our fair share of sneak outs and rebellion. But we had our flaws. I was caught more than he was only cause your mom straighten him out.....in anyway she could but....I won't say anything to your parents. But if you get caught....you're on own.
He felt a little relief
Jason: You promise?
They nod to one another and it was silent for a moment till....
Lucas: So you here with any friends?
Jason: Uh.....yeah. Uh....my friend Trini hangs here with Ernie they go way back. I was just stopping by then....I hear from you.
Lucas nodded and couldn't help but to notice Jason looked down on his luck
Lucas: But are you alright son?
Jason: Huh? Oh....yeah sorry I....I was distracted..
Lucas: Let me guess....girl troubles?
Jason: What? No. Just....distracted.
Lucas: That's what I said to your dad when I had girl troubles. Come on buddy. What's going on? You use to tell me everything when you were 11.
It's true. Back in Jason's childhood he relied on Lucas more than his dad each time there was family drama or school trouble Jason always went to Lucas for guidance but when he was doing his time later Jason had to rely on his own and so little it did him
But now that he's back Jason felt no shame of spilling his guts with him for the first time in years
Jason: There's this kid at school. And let's just ay he got stuck in Saturday detention too. And....me and....the only friends I made there after being kicked out of the team took a liking to him and....believe it or not.....he kind of relates to me in some ways. Which is why....I don't want to have a grudge against him.....out of jealousy
Jason: My friend Kimberly Heart and I not too long ago got a little close. She even snuck in my room one night. Of course nothing much happened we just talked. And then....a kiss.....I even drove her home a few nights ago and something could have happen there till.....I got pulled away by some....something came up. And lately I started noticing....she's been crushing on Tommy. Which is the name of our new friend.
Lucas: I see. Did you try talking to her?
Jason: Yeah. Earlier today at school but....well....let's just say Tommy has non purposely perfect timing.
Lucas: And what does he think of her?
Jason: I don't really know....I mean he stood up for her against the schools dumbest jerks ever. He even asked us if Kimberly and I were dating. I said we were.....but she said we weren't.
Lucas: Oh. I'm so sorry bud. I know I wasn't there for you for a long time. Maybe if I was....you probably wouldn't be getting into these problems. And I mean your detentions and stuff. But I was too busy with my own shit.
Jason: We all got our own problems Uncle Lucas. It's nothing to feel bad about.
Lucas: It's not bad to feel bad either. But....now that I'm out I can make up for it.
Jason nodded again and was about to reply till his digimon communicator rang which caused Jason to pull out instantly and Lucas saw it looking curiously at it and Billy's voice came on it
Hey man. Where'd you go?
He looked at Lucas who just realized he saw him with it worrying he was caught....AGAIN only about his secret but acted natural
Jason: I'll meet up with you soon.
He cut off before Billy could reply
Lucas: Is that....a Digimon Walkie talkie from the show?
Jason: It's....an early Christmas present from a friend to uh....save power on our phones case they died on us. Uh....I have to go...it was....good seeing you Uncle.
Lucas nodded and Jason almost turned away till...
He looked back to him
Lucas: Stay out of trouble ok?
He nodded back and rushed out of the center and by the time Lucas lost sight of Jason he reached down in his bag pulling out his laptop opening it turning it on and after a minute as it was fully on Lucas went on You-Tube
And he typed in....Leap over Death Valley cliff and what pulled up....
....was soemthing Tommy mentioned before
It was Jason and the others from before when they were learning their powers and leaped over the cliff making it to the other side but it was unknown to the youtiber who was hiking that day video blogging and caught sights of them as he explains on the video
Given their faces were too distant to ID and out of focus Lucas had a hunch on soemthing that one of the jumpers.....looked a bit like Jason....
And that....was Lucas's second suspicion....
.....was the red communicator given it was red and....there was a Red Ranger
He originally got a start on this attempted discovery back the other day at Krispy Kreme; the day after he was released but couldn’t get much done due to loud noise.
Here was different though.
Based on all the news and events that was happening, he decided he had to do a little bit of digging himself to see if he could find anything about this.
Based on the awkward time period between the Rangers appearance and Jason's disappearance, Lucas knew something was NOT fitting the way it should be. So he had spent the last few days looking up anything on them for more possible evidence which hit a jackpot today. He decided to up on possible UFO reports and all he could find was articles of them being nothing but rumors.
He then decided to switch gears as he went back to last months incident reports and out of all that happened, the one thing that caught his attention: an unfocused video of people jumping up some cliff and landing on the other cliff across the ravine: and this was the first thing he saw.
He couldn't tell who they were cause the video was out of focus but.....he did recogniz Jason's outline surrounding his body. At this point, it seemed like all bets were off about discovering Jason's identity.....but he STILL seemed unsure.
Same could be said for Jason.
That brief interruption took him out of a mostly peaceful and tender conversation, one that was really well needed and left him just a little bit on the downside yet again, But this was the job that he had admittedly signed up for, same with every one of his friends.
Sighing heavily, Jason found himself scurrying along to the closest bathroom and shutting down, allowing himself to be at peace. But then came checking the stalls inside.
Nobody was visible at the sinks or urinal deodorizer blocks but the bathroom stalls could be problematic. One wrong assumption and every word he spit out can be interpreted the wrong way and he'd be good as done. So down he crouched, methodically looking at each and every bathroom stall scouting for noises, checking for feet, keeping his ears open and eyes open.
No one was visible. Nothing can be heard from within the stalls.
The cost was clear.
Jason pops off the tiled floor and slammed himself to the wall, ruffling around his pockets to pick up his communicator and dial in.
Jason: Team, come in.
Static comes through on the other side; silence was deafening.
Jason: Billy? Zack? Kim?
Finally, an answer from Trini slinks its way through Jason's communicator and gives him a response. Now he has a chance to get to the bottom of what was so urgent that he needed to be interrupted during his uncles pep talk.
Jason: Where are you?
Perched outside. We got trouble, more Putties are converging around our location and they're disturbing our search. This has to be Rita's doing; she's found us.
He gave off a look of uncertainty, for something about the statement came off as off. Trini didn’t seem like one to find about something so serious but the lack of vibrating on his coin didn’t give him much confidence. Jason could sense the doubt radiating from himself like heat off a radiator. This wouldn't work if she wasn't telling the truth; a thought that was quickly debunked when he heard faint screaming echoing from the other side of the door.
Trouble had, indeed, found them.
Alpha told the rest of us that green with evil has to be somewhere where he's at. If the Putties are here, then Jacob and Aubrey aren't far behind; we need to hurry.
Jason understands the point; however, he knows that he can't transform in a public area or risk exposing his secret.....
....especially since stepping out of the bathroom put squarely up in the midst of a crowd of pedestrians, running around, hiding behind tables or just more screaming.
Jason realized right away what they were going off about knowing Rita The twins and the army of putties were attacking Jason knew he had to regroup with the others and find a private place to morph from public eyes question was where
Jason grunts in frustration and just runs through the panic crowd on the run
As for the others Trini fought off putties outside as Zack Kimberly and Billy ran back inside but crowds came running at them Billy tripped but Zack added and Kimberly was pulled away from the group by the crowd running past her nearly knocking her down too but landed in one of the centers
Kimberly got up but couldn't get through the crowd....at least not without exposing herself by pushing everyone aside with her strength no Kim had to improvise cause if she even morphed there be no guarantee she wouldn't be caught in public eyes thankfully she found a back way that lead her to the back hall around the mall
Kimberly had time to catch her breath but felt the vibration in her back pocket Kim pulled out her pink coin and it was going off the hay wire by making it's glowing pink light meaning.....the chosen alter ego of the Green with Evil was not far from her location
Kimberly: You're near by. Good. Better take this chance before Rita gets the jump on this
She pulled out her Pink Digimon Communicator and spoke on it
Kimberly: Kimberly to Trini. I got a lock on our mystery friend. Keep Rita at bay I'm heading over to them now.
What?? Kim no. We got a full building of innocent people to save! Rita will--
Kim cut off just before Trini could finish and starting down the hall
On Trini's side she scoffed in frusteration that Kim was running the opposite side from where she was needed most but soon noticed the Putties approachingher but before she could engage into another fight the same panic crowd came running out and ran pass the putties for they were what they were running from
Trini used this opportunity to duck down when the putties took their eyes off her and found a side door to another back hall back into the mall to meet up with the others
Inside as the crowd was gone and Billy and Zack recovered walking out to the main halls of the mall
Zack: Never once have I seen a panic crowd outside of a Godzilla movie
Billy: Doubt it'll be the last buddy. But come on, We got to meet up with Kim. Just heard her on the communicator telling Trini she's tracking the mystery Ranger.
They ran as Billy tries to reach Jason again who was still stuck in his own panic crowd and from Tommy's side when he walked out another bathroom heard the screams himself
Tommy: What the....what's going on?
Tommy was so curious he ran but before he knew it he had his own ranger speed that got him there in seconds
Tommy: How the hell---?!
He looked back confused and unknowingly to him Kimberly came out from a side exit still fallowing her coin and soon as she looked yp when it got hot she saw him and her eyes widen seeing him in shock that the coin lead her....to her new crush
Kim almost put two and two together herself as she slowly approached him till....a putty from behind her grabbed her on the shoulder and threw her back
She looked up in panic as it approached her but was about to jump kick it till.....it's head was busted to bits by a kick from behind it soon as it fell aside Jason appeared behind it and Kim felt a relief
Kimberly: Boy am I glad to see you.
Jason offered his hand and Kim took it and the pulled her back on her feet Jason was about to speak till---
Kimberly: Come on. I think I found our new Ranger.
Kim walked pass the stumped again Jason as he grunted again only for Kim to notice....Tommy was gone and Jason turned to her in confusion
Jason: Well where is he?
Kimberly: He was here.....at least that's what my coin told me.
Everything was silent at first till they heard marching steps at a distance and the two saw more putties coming lead by....
......Rita herself as she stared dead at the duo with a sinister smirk
From behind them the other three came out from the same back hall Kim came from and gathered around Jason and Kimberly
Jason: Perfect timing.
Billy: You find our Ranger Kim?
Kim almost blurted out Tommy's name but....out of her crush feelings didn't want to jumping to any conclusions on him....at least....maybe not yet for all she knew Tommy could have been near the Ranger hiding somewhere Kim nodded "No" and Trini stomped her foot in frusteration but there wasn't anytime to scold her for earlier soon as she too notice Rita coming
But the Rangers also notice.....No civilians were around most of them got out and some were possibly hiding in stores or back areas and soon Billy turned to Jason
Jason: It's MORPHIN time.
Out came his coin, gripped tightly, prepared for the on-going battle.
The others took a while to follow suit but eventually followed through, coins out and game-faces on.
Using sheer focus of their will on their respective Coins causing all five of the various color crystalized coins to glow brightly, the teams abundance of the Ranger Armor materializes and pixelates around their arms, legs and back in a successful molecular transmutation process.
The Power Rangers were here and accounted for.
Rita’s sly, slimy smirk came to crawl for a second.
Here, it felt like forever ago since she’s faced off against the team but her humiliating defeat at the hands of this newbie team hit more closer to home than ever. There was no escaping that one cruel memory of her downfall; every single scene of what went wrong that day refused to leave her.
But that was of no matter to her anymore. Because this time would be different.
And already, the chips were falling into her favor.....with a heavy sigh. Her eyes wandered out of the corner of Zack’s shoulders as a peculiarly delicious sight revealed itself.
Tommy was still there.
He had been prone to finding really convenient hiding spots since the instant the attack happened. Needless to say, it worked for the most part since none of the putties that swarmed the area hadn’t drawn him out. Look at all the good that did him.
Especially after what he was greeted with. For the past minute, he had been cooped up in the corner watching the five stand off against the crowd of rock monsters.....only to watch them glow up in the same colors as the supposed town heroes and morph into those said heroes.
Everything in Tommy’s mind and heart completely sank in that one moment.
The people who he had just met not even less then two days ago were the glorified protectors of Angel Grove. He could not believe it. He REFUSED to believe it, but the more he played the image in his head, the more it became apparent that he wasn't dreaming. Although he wished he was.
Tommy was just absolutely dumbstruck that the only friends he had.....they never trusted him with their secret.
But why he thought; why would they NOT let him know about this? Were they ashamed? Were they embarrassed? Did they just not trust him enough with it cause they just met him? Either way, Tommy just was out of words.....but his troubles were JUST beginning.....for the negativity from the brink of betrayal was already working its magic on the coin in his pocket.
It was exactly what Rita wanted. She just needed to keep stalling.
Rita: Kimberly. Billy. Jason. Zachery. Didi.
Trini quietly growls underneath her helmet.
Rita: Oh, have I missed you.
Red Ranger: Yeah, the feelings mutual.
He wasn’t lying.
The sarcastic impulses of “friendly competition” masked by utter disdain only poured more gasoline to an already mildly unstable fire, set ablaze by decisions that neither appeared to be in the mood of letting go.
Rita’s body had already lost the strength to forgive long ago. Her mind shattered and the rest of her followed suit. Without the hatred, she’d probably die since there isn't any part of her that feels anything else. Without it, she’d be nothing, feel nothing, so why eat? Why sleep? Why continue to breathe? But she has the hate, her only companion in the wilderness humans called existence. It is the fuel that keeps her heart pumping and brain ticking over.
Revenge was coming. It's coming real soon.
Her golden talon claws gripping her scepter, Rita slams the butt of it down hard, alarming her rock soldiers and putting them on high alert. Another sly smirk was shone towards the five Rangers before she pointed behind them, her sights locked directly on Tommy. The angle of the scepter took the team off, misinterpreting her aim to be a sign of her being there for them.
Rita: Get him.
Her foot soldiers groaned and roared loudly as they crawl, savage and hurdle their way towards the team standing their ground.
Just like last time, the Putties absolutely trampled past them.
Not intent on fighting the Rangers, the rock-cluttered foot soldiers bypassed all five teens and flocked behind them like a pack of hyenas salivating at the feast. They were heading straight after Tommy.
No sooner should he catch notice of that, he quickly begins running the other way as the Putties gave chase.
Noticing this, Jason simply tapped on Kimberly’s shoulder, which discreetly gave her the A-ok to move. She wasted no time, quick to rush over and chase after the Putties, not intending on losing the chosen Green Ranger again.
Now it was four on one.
Tommy ran nearly giving into the speed again till more putties blocked his path and was surrounded him
He was about to ready himself to fight making is combat position but....
.....a putty was kicked across from him and hit two of the putties in front of him Tommy looked and appeared....
....the Pink Ranger practically unknown to him for the second time from Putties
Tommy: The Pink Ranger....
Pink Ranger: You ok T---kid?
Tommy: So. They barely touched me anywhere...
Pink Ranger: Good. Stay close to me.
Some putties still whole recovered and Kimberly engaged them in combat Tommy wanted to help but still not up exposing his unknown secret powers even to a Power Ranger unknown to him Kimberly kind of suspects him after her coin tracking him
Kim countered two putties two more with flip kicks one she then uppers cuts one's head off and Tommy couldn't help but to be impressed her fight patterns were just amazing
Back with the four Rangers against Rita it lasted several minutes with first Jason struggling with her holding her scepter which soon she slapped him off
Billy flipped over her and then tried to kick her but Rita countered by deflecting his kick with the scepter and knocked him away
Next thing Zack charged up ducking down giving Trini a chance to give a chance launch lunge from the air kicking Rita across the hall and she slid back and she approached her looking down
Yellow Ranger: What's my name?
Rita: Want me to spell it out for ya?
She kicked Trini knocking her off her feet and lands hard on the flour denting and cracking it from her strength
Back with Pink Ranger and Tommy she finished all the putties and turned to Tommy
Tommy: Man....I seen you guys on tv a few times and I never seen anyone fight like that. Where do you learn all that?
Pink Ranger: I can tell you this. It was a long road.
Tommy was just about to speak again till they both looked back hearing a crashing sound which had to be the fighting
Pink Ranger: I got to go help my team. You find a place to hide till the police arrive.
Tommy: Y---Yes maim.
She runs in speed again but Tommy's curiosity got the better of him and.....stealthly fallows her
Back with the four and Rita they just knock her down and they surround her determine to bring her in with Zordon
Red Ranger: You've lost Rita. Make it easy on yourself and come peacefully.
Rita: I don't think my new friends would like that.
All of a sudden Trini was tied up by a giant scorpion tail by Aubra and pulled away and Billy was the first to hear yells and stomps and Jacob came pouncing him Jason and Zack turned to help them....
....and Rita made a run for it
With Tommy sticking around after being told to flee, the situation was almost guarenteed to grow dire. No sooner should he make himself comfortable around the corner of the Victoria's Secret mall section, he found his mouth smothered, his arms bounded together and his body being dragged by yet even more Putties as they dragged him all the way outside, his muffled cries for alarm not attracting any of the Rangers.
Rita wanted to make damn sure her chosen warrior would have no escape.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Admist the distraction, as soon as they drag Tommy outside, one of the rock putties grabbed Tommy and tried to choke him out. Luckily, Tommy knew how to get out of that. After kicking another puddie away, he contorted the elbow around his neck, got out of the hold and broke the puddies arm before he slapped him silly with it.
And then after that, he goes around behind him, locks him in a back bearhug.....and then does a German Suplex on him.
At that point, he managed to get a LOT of offense in as he barely managed to prevent himself from getting hit at least once. At one point, he did a backflip over one and then tripped it with his leg before taking it down. Soon after that, he damn near kicked one of the puddies head off like it was a soccer ball and plowed it into the others. As he came close to encountering the last of the few puddies around him, his no hit streak comes to an end as the Puddies ended up double teaming on him.
Unable to defend himself against this type of onslaught, they easily pick him up off the ground with ease and just toss him aside like it was nothing. Tommy regains his balance as he quickly notices a trash can, with the lid barley covering the top.
Ever the opportunist, he quickly rolled over, grabbed the lid and used it as a shield for the time being before executing ANOTHER spin kick......and finally throwing the trash lid towards the last puddie he saw, once again decapitating it.
What he did was nothing short of supernatural, and it comes of the focus he has.
With the brief time he had, Tommy was left staring down at his palms trembling, almost as if he just produced a rhinoceros from his pocket. One could only imagine the sparks flying in his brain, desperately trying to connect the dots and instead just causing a short circuit. He looked like a pop-eyed toy from one of those claw machines at the fun fair.
In the midst between horror and astonishment, he nonetheless had no more time to process himself as another Putty prowls and pounces his way. Quickly, Tommy jumps over it as it misses the concrete, missing its intended target.
However, Tommy underestimated how high the arc of his jump would take him as he ended up a full 50 feet off the ground on the roof of the mall, the heels of his sneakers chipping against the very edge before he manages to regain balance.
Tommy: What the f—
Once more, he found no time to collect his thoughts.
More Putties leap up to his level, crashing hard on the roof with tiny particles of dust chipping off their backs and feet. Like hyena's slobbering and salivating at the sight in front of them, they surrounded him relentlessly.
Chomping at the bit, the numbers quickly multiplied from five to ten to fifteen, the increasing numbers only raising Tommy's already vented-frustrations until it all came to a boiling point.
He lunges for the first Putty he sees, knocking it's head clean off before knocking the closest one behind him silly with a back-roundhouse. A front kick later, he’s left jumping on the heads of each and every Putty that came running his way, looking for space and leverage.
Before this could get any fun however, the roof implodes.
The Red Ranger was sent flying through the roof, knocking all the other Putties surrounding Tommy out of range and into freefall, unintentionally saving the boys life....
....not that he actually needed any saving.
And upon regaining his balance and eyesight after a brief scuffle, he didn’t really need to remind him any further.
Red Ranger: What’re you still doing here? It’s not safe, kid! Go!
Gripping his hands to the side, Jason torpedoes himself down from the hole in the roof, narrowing avoiding one of the support beams and after a minute of free falling and narrowing between his two target, quickly tackles down Aubrey.
Her tail is quick to squirm around him but he grips his hands around the barb stinger as he alleviates all his weight off of her and then starts spinning her around clockwise. The dizziness that normally follows after a rodeo doesn’t come though as Aubrey is able to loosen from Jason’s grip and slam down hard onto the ground; her talon claws aimed at his head.
But she missed.
At that point, he meets her with a knee across the face and a dodged roundhouse only for Aubrey to finally squeeze her tail around Jason’s abdomen and slam him down onto the tiled floor, headfirst and with no leeway or warning.
A sudden gush of pain jolted throughout Jason’s body the more the beatdown occurred. His stomach ached, his arms lost tension and his legs began to weaken.
You will not get the better of me, he thought to himself as with the right leverage and opening, he rolled out of Aubrey’s grasp from the tail before assaulting her with a corkscrew kick to her ribs and then dropping to the ground.
His tongue was soaked in the taste of blood. Bruised and winded, with a leg in agony, he intended to grab the foot of the woman-turned-mutant scorpion-to be and pulled her to the ground to further finish matters.
Jason could feel his head was pounding as he scurried up to his feet. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get far.
Jacob, from out of nowhere, brought a fist to the captain’s face, snapping his nose into a grotesquerie while also sending him flying across the floor. No sooner should that happen does Trini and Zack jump the big man from behind.
And they had him pinned down for a moment
Yellow Ranger: Games up big guy!
Black Ranger: Make it easy on yourself and tell us where Rita is.
Jacob only respnded by shrugging them off and stood back up e went to his injured sister and lifted her up
Jason ran in for the attack but Jacob kicked him away and land hard on the flour and Jacob ran dropping off the roof Jason ran over to the edge and he looked down and saw they were gone he slammed his foot down in frusteration once more that they got away....again
Red Ranger: Damn why can't we ever catch these guys?!
Yellow Ranger: They're slippery I'll give them that.
Red Ranger: Worst of all we still haven't found the Green with Evil.
Black Ranger: Something else doesn't feel right. This seem too easy.
The Red and Yellow Rangers looked at him odd and couldn't help but to figure it was too easy the twins put up more of a fight than Rita did and she just ran away in minutes after she appeared
Soon enough they met up with Kimberly and Billy outside sitting on a bench by the wall and all discussed the event
Blue Ranger: This doesn't make sense. Why would they just retreat?
Black Ranger: I feel like they were distracting us.
Pink Ranger: From what?
Yellow Ranger: Do you have to ask?
Kimberly was stummped especially when her coin lead her to Tommy and didn't know what to think she didn't even know to mention thiss to the others
And speaking of Tommy....he was behind a wall and he saw the rangers and he could hear everything they were saying especially still struck on his early discovery
Blue Ranger: Either way.....it's possible Rita and the twins could have either gotten to the mystery Ranger first or the whole events chased him off
Red Ranger: If they already got him we're officially screwed.
Yellow Ranger: Well there's not much we can do here. We better get out of here before the cops or APEX get here.
Red Ranger: Yeah.
Tommy frowned as he observed them closely and soon the Nano-tech of their armors demorphed and were all as themselves again still shocked beyond belief Tommy couldn't believe the new friends he made.....are the Power Rangers and the more his feelings dropped the more the Green Coin shined in his pocket for it was now feeding off his negative energy
Tommy hid flat on the wall not believing this especially seeing Jason and Kimberly as Rangers too given he too had a crush on Kimberly and was fond of of Jason like a brother almost
The Ranger soon ran off as Tommy watched them go in disbelief and soon......he started to feel weird.....
.....and stifled, but nonetheless, headstrong. His brain stutters for a moment and his eyes take in more light than expected, every part of him going on pause while his thoughts scrambled, frantically playing catch up.
Tommy, once again, found himself shaking his head, vigorously. He found it childish to hold a grudge over something he couldn’t understand which, outside of what he just saw, composed of 90% of the entire ordeal. Under the pretense that there was probably a reason for why they absolutely had to steer clear of him, he didn’t feel the need to bring it up.
Prepared to let it go after a near-brush with death, he slid himself off the wall in the closet alley he was lucky to find and cautiously turned the other way.
Once his eyes repositioned themselves to show what was his new forward direction, Rita bombarded his point of view, appearing directly in front of him and startling him like a deer in the woods, almost toppling as he took a large step backwards.
He just could not win today.
Tommy’s face fell faster than a corpse in cement boots. In that instant his skin became greyed, his mouth hung with lips slightly parted and his eyes were as wide as they could stretch. All he could do, at the sight of her, was glance nervously down at his pocket where his coin laid dormant.
If she didn’t know about it, he might be able to deal - unless she had already figured it out- then all bets were off.
Rita: Finally.....I have you.
Tommy: The hell do you want?
Rita: Simply just a moment of your time.
Once again, he steps back and away.
She saw something like this coming. It was inevitable.
Rita: You don’t.....remember? I don’t blame you but just—just dig deeper. Search inside yourself, the answer is there.
The very claustrophobic unpleasant nights sleep from a few days back; the sight that beheld a dark fate upon him and the possession that lied in his pocket. If there was one memory he wished he could take back, that’d nab the top spot. However, as his face loosened up in response, another memory comes into fruition.
Another warrior embellished in broken armor had appeared alongside another, sporting the same build, complexion and as the woman that now stood before him.
Now he remembered.
Tommy: You. You’re her.
Honored at the recognition, a tiny baby grin creeps alongside her face. She felt honored.
Rita: I am. But the stories you’ve heard of me......I am not what they paint me as. Besides, you now know the truth about your so called friends."
Tommy: I’m sure they had their reasons.
Rita: Then why do I feel such resentment about it from you? Secrets are never healthy in friendships; friends are not a source of strength. They’re a liability, only there to be later written off and underestimated. You’ve seen the truth as I once did. Now your energy is allowing you to embrace your full power.
Spoke more volumes to him then it probably would’ve if he hadn’t been dragged into the middle of all this. It left Tommy digging through his pocket once more before pulling out his green coin; the faint but fluorescent blinking shone a bright reflection through his pupils.
Rita: You’re a bred warrior: so many ribs cracked, bones broken, blood spilled.
Tommy: Self-defense; never my intention. People should know better than to pick a fight with the wrong man.
Rita: You misunderstand. I’m impressed; see, you and me? We’re connected. It's in your nature; in your blood. You are more than what you appear to be, more than what you know of yourself. Why else have I chosen you?
Tommy: Chosen me for what?
She simply glares down at the coin, tightly grasped within his hand. The radiant energy glazing back at Tommy through the cracks of his fingers spoke a lot in regards to the kind of power that was bestowed upon him and given Rita's slow, vile animalistic grin formulating, the coin had taken ahold of her unstable tendencies.
Putting two and two together wasn't difficult. What was the 'Why' of the matter.
Tommy was no expert but it was impossible not to see past her homicidal and mentally shattered exterior and interior, prodding and manipulating her foes just like she was doing to him now.
Tommy: Y-you did this to me.
Rita: I'm not the one at fault here, remember? You take my hand, no will walk over you again.
Tommy: Can it! I’m no monster.
There, Rita went through an epiphany.
This imagined light source within a diamond of pure clarity, one light, one source...forming a kaleidoscope of dancing rainbows that she painted in her head was not what she had expected, at all. She had hoped that they were the same, souls from one source that shone through each other.
She couldn’t be anymore wrong. And yet the sly smile refused to fade.
Rita: You're nothing like HIM.
Tommy: Like who?
Rita: You have more of your parents in you.
Tommy: You don't know nothing about them!
Rita: We shall soon see.....
Tommy felt his coin whip out from his hands into Rita’s as she holds her coin out in front of him, implying that SHE would be the one behind the reins this time. Almost immediately, Tommy found his feet hardened through the floor thanks to Rita’s geokinesis, the very Earth beneath him fastening around his feet and legs, rendering him immobile.
Even with the amount of experience he has, not even Tommy could find a way to escape Rita's grip on him.
There was truly no escape this time.
Rita: Don't forget: you MADE me do this.
Tommy: No! NO!
Rita couldn't help but to chuckle sinisterly as the coin once again fizzled and sparkled with the fluorescent energy packed inside, shooting out and surrounding Tommy with malicious intents in mind and just as the coin started to work it's magic.....
....everything blacks out completely.
As the light dims down and comes to pass, both Rita and Tommy had vanished.
And where they ended up was the moon palace where Tommy opened his eyes glowing green......the Green with Evil had awaken
At the ship the sensors had picked it up Alpha traced it for the signal was high as the Empire State building realizing the obvious
Alpha: Oh no.....Zordon!
Zordon: Yes I know Alpha I sense it too. The Rangers are too late. The Green with Evil has awaken.
Alpha: This is not good. I know we should have destroyed that Green Coin when we had the chance.
Zordon: We couldn't. With all that dark energy in it it was too risky. It would have needed to be taken out.
Alpha: Exactly my point. Removing the darkness then destroy it.
Zordon: That would have still jeopardize the prophecy Alpha.
Alpha: You still believe in that mumbo jumbo of the whole deal of the return of the sixth ranger? That was down and dumped the minute Rita betrayed us.
Zordon: And you know why she really did Alpha.....
That put silence in the room as Alpha was just reminded of the error of Zordon's past mistake.
Alpha: Ayiayiayi......so what'd we do now sir?
Zordon: We'll proceed as planned. Rita will surely strike with the Green with Evil sooner or later. Then we'll have the Rangers cature them.
Alpha: What if they can't manage? Rita became stronger than you and the other team when she attacked you. The new Ranger could be just as strong. Maybe stronger.
Zordon: She'll still have to train them. That will buy us time.
Time might be one thing they don't really have cause back at the moon palace Tommy was emotionless from the curse and on one knee in a bowing position to Rita who sat in her thrown
Tommy: How can I serve my Empress?
Rita: When your training is complete you will recieve your first mission. As a Ranger you will be able to enter Zordon's ship. There you will disable him and eliminate the Power Rangers. Jason the Red Ranger. Zack the Black Ranger. Kimberly the Pink Ranger. Billy the Blue Ranger. And Dee Dee the Yellow Ranger. And after that I want you to find me the zeo crystal.
Tommy: As you wish.
Rita: Arise Oliver and morph....into the Green Ranger!
He does so gripping his coin and then....
......the same nano-tech formulates around Tommy's body thus was the birth.....
.......of the Green Ranger!!
Green Ranger: To the fall of Zordon! And destruction of the Power Rangers!
As he stood in place with his back arched straight like a commanding officer, Rita’s satisfaction knew no bounds.
There it was: this animalistic, childish, hungry smile crawling up along her face. She took sadistic pleasure in making him his slave, as much as she took sadistic pleasure in tormenting her foes with almost savage and murderous satisfaction, delaying the inevitable for moments, keeping her victims uncertain when and how she'd choose to end them.
Rita felt immense satisfaction in her creation, gently caressing the side of his cheekbones with the tip of her golden claws barely tipping the armor protecting his skin. Her eyes locking with his, it sparked the very connection she saw in him when she first laid eyes onto him.
And here he was: now at her will. To do whatever she damn well pleased.
There was only one thing on Rita's mind.
Rita: Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, my dear sweet Tommy. You will be the candle that will guide me back, my Knight that will protect my dream, my warrior that will honor my truth, the one that will bring this planet back down to its knees after what they've done to me. Let us redirect that anger towards something more.....destructive.
The hypnotized Tommy bowed before her as she formulated orbs of dark forest green from her palms, her eyes dilating in the same familiar color as she exerted her energy before her newly discipled warrior.
Through her fingertips, a force field materializes in her hands while Rita’s hands massages the initial covering.
With one solid swipe, she unsheathes a large and heavy blade out from the force field, capable of cutting easily through flesh and muscle, as well as solid stone, a blade that magnifies the wielder's own powers, and strengthens the effects of any magic or spells upon them: a power sword mixed with the effects of Goldars dust, rendering the metal and handle to a dark gold.
The tip of the blade, sharper than any metal on Earth, is put to efficient use. Rita taps the squire on both of Tommy’s shoulder with his sword, knighting him.
Rita: I knight thee, Tommy Oliver, as my worthy warrior and destroyer of all who oppose me.
Tommy just nodded ever so SLOWLY under her command as he held out his hand, allowing Rita to place the sword in his hand.
Rita: I know you will use it well.
~One week later~
Endless hours of knocking against the doors of relatives in the town area, which had only increased slightly since the events of the first alien attack. Striking a surface noisily to attract attention, especially when waiting to be let in through a door is bound to wake up almost everybody.
And the situation was urgent.
Almost a week had past since Deborah or Jeffrey Oliver had seen any signs of their son, Tommy.
The news of the putty attack at the mall and the return of Rita Repulsa hit the karate veterans parents hard with worry, doubt and anxiety.....but not as much as opposed to when Tommy didn’t return home later on that same day.
One hour passed. Then two. Then three.
But then the morning came. Any hopes that poor Debbie had that her baby boy would return safely to her were quickly dashed as she commenced a quick search of the house and, eventually, her block and avenue in hopes of finding him.
When no such luck came and Jeff had helped sulked up her tears, they were eventually forced to file a missing person report. From that point onwards, the police took over the investigation with Officer Bebe leading the charge. Given the first 72 hours in a missing persons investigation are often considered the most critical, police had called on the aid of any remaining Angel Grove residents.
Just waves and waves of knocking.
Those generous enough, who felt obliged to join in on the search did little to find any leads and eventually the integrity of the case began to grow cold.
Enter Monday of the following week.
Compared to the other bustle Angel Grove had to put up with previously, the mid-afternoon fuss was aggressively tame; not that anybody minded the peace and quiet. Anything to get away from having to deal with the Putties or Rita every other damn day. So instead, in her place, came missing person posters.
With the police coming up empty on the search for their son, the Oliver’s stayed vigilant....to a fault. Taking matters into their own hands, they printed out and stapled posters of Tommy all over town.
Houses, restaurants, lightpoles, support beams, vehicles, almost anything that moved had been plastered with a photo of a missing mother and fathers son, desperate to cling onto the hope that he is not dead.
That was the full bulk of what the two were able to tell Lucas, who they just so happened to be acquainted with mid-afternoon at the Krispy Kreme parlor.
With the two separated on different sides of the table, the scenery spoke for them: quiet, tame, very uneven within the midst of their own selves. Uncomfortable; sheltered even. Lucas was the most recent of the civilians in this town that caught the news of Tommy’s disappearance.
News that the Oliver’s delivered to him personally.
Lucas: Sorry to hear about your son.
Jeff can only nod him; Deborah laid their in silence, stating at the styrofoam edges of the coffee cup to block out reality for the time-being.
Jeff: Think we pushed him away?
Lucas: That’s not wishful thinking.
Jeff: I was hard on him for awhile Lucas. He's had it rougher than I dared to notice. I should have been more supportive to him.
Lucas: You can't blame yourself Jeff. Every parent and child goes through these things. My own brother and his boy have been having it harder than you and Tommy. And with all due respect, Sam’s barely even considering having me around. Who knows? Maybe if I had kept my mouth shut, I’d still have a family by now......
Almost immediately, Lucas drew his attention over to Debbie, who was seen sipping out the styrofoam cup, squelching her face thanks to too much sugar in the coffee and just places it down.
When she sighed, she jutted her bottom lip out, redirecting the air-flow to her long bangs. For that brief moment, her hair fanned upwards before resettling just over her eyes. The sigh that came was a signal, not of her resolve leaving but of the level her tension had reached. She was more like an old fashioned kettle - still full even when some steam forced its way out. But Debbie knew when to hold her composure.
She felt ready to talk now.
Deborah: What do you think we should do?
Lucas: You’re asking me for advice?
Deborah: Had more than enough tim to reflect on your past errors. Any bit of wisdom you can share with us would be splendid, Lucas. Please.
Now he was next to sigh, with enough time to gather his thoughts together.
Lucas: I doubt I’ll be much help but in situations like this, you need to ask yourself: Did you do you job as a parent? Did you install the right values in your children? And ultimately, and most importantly.....do you think you’ve raised Tommy well enough to trust him to handle himself?
No answers. They couldn’t really garner a response for that. Once upon a time, they thought they had done those very steps carefully.
Yet there was no time for Lucas to get an answer when he heard the bell of the front door ring as it opened Lucas turned his head and saw who he knew as friends of his nephew and other suspicions of his own
Billy Trini and Kimberly
Lucas frowned at them for whatever he suspected of Jason at the mall before he had the same feeling about them as well and what he thought he knew was yet to be revealed so Lucas had to cut this short
Lucas: Listen sorry to cut this short but......something's come up. I have to go. But if I hear anything from Tommy I'll let you know.
Deborah: We appreciate it Lucas. This means a lot.
Deb handed Lucas a piece of paper which looked to be a poster on the other side of it but off screen and see through on the back side
Lucas got up headed for the door but not without taking one last look at the trio and soon he caught Trini's attention who happen to eye at him the minute he reached the door causing Jason's uncle to flee through the door as the bell rang again when it opened
Lucas was out of sight but Trini didn't take her eyes off the door for a second she recoginzed Lucas from Ernie's bar but didn't make a positive ID that it was a relative of Jason given none of the Rangers actually saw him before not even see Jason with him before they were split up at the mall so they dodn't see them together when Rita attacked that day Trini just only recognized him from Ernie's but that was it
Billy happen to notice her staring in space as her direction was still at the door
Billy: Trini? What you staring at?
Trini: What?? Oh sorry....guess I was miles away
The three were fully sat at their table as they went in discussion for their next move
Kimberly: We're all on edge. Rita's back in town the mutating wonder twins are still at large and we still haven't found the Green with Evil.
Trini: And it's been a week and Rita hasn't made a move since the mall. What's she planning?
Billy: Obviously something. They usually buy their time before they commence on their main plan.
Trini: It's unlike her to be this silent for an entire week. Zordon's even gone dark on us.
Kimberly: It's not Zordon worrying me.
Billy: What do you mean?
Kimberly: Didn't anyone notice Tommy was a no show all week? He didn't even come to detention yesterday.
Trini: That is strange. Where do you think he could have gone?
Billy: You don't think he diteched town do you? Especially what he told us his life story at the bonfire?
Kimberly: I don't think so. Look.
Kimberly pointed their right and Billy and Trini looked where she pointed and they saw the Olivers Trini recognized them for they were here the last time her and Kim were here when they performed their abilities with silverwares and stuff and were almost seen by them
Billy however was the only one who didn't recognized them
Billy: Who are they?
Kimberly: I think.....that's Tommy's parents. I've seen them before. They were on campus a couple of times I even saw them with Tommy once.
Trini: I've seen them too. But just here.
Billy: Well Angel Grove is a small town we're bound to run into many here.
Kimberly never took her eyes off the Olivers not even when Deb got up first she saw her walk up to the front section and handed a waitress (Barbra Goodson) a piece of paper too soon as Jeff got up he and Deborah exit the building and Kimberly got up
Kimberly: I'll be right back guys.
Kimberly walked over to the waitress at the front desk curious what Deb gave her
Kimberly: Excuse me maim. But mind if I take a look at that paper that nice lady who just left gave you?
Waitress: Not at all dear. It's really nothing much but it's a missing poster of her son. Asked me to show this around. Anything you might know?
The waitress handed Kimberly the paper and it was a missing poster......of Tommy with home address cell numbers even a fax one which made Kimberly's heart skip a beat in surprise
This wasn’t exactly guaranteed to get her or the team any closer to finding out where Tommy was but reconciling with the parents and getting their side of the story appeared to be a good start. And yet, there she stood frozen.....and frightened.
‘How to go about telling them’, she thought to herself, realizing the scale of the situation had drastically doubled, thanks to her kept little secret. If the parents found out what she knew about Tommy, there’s no telling how the rest of the team would react to such news.....
She knew these are things for her to work on, not for others to mitigate, she was an adolescent after all. Yet she found herself asking herself for consideration, that her fear triggers are left alone until her body stopped living in a state of flight or fight, until she found a way back to being calm and steady.
It came eventually but it didn’t make her feel any better as she eventually was left backing away from the counter and walking out the door, the doorbell jangling ringing to dead silence within seconds after she left.
After 45 minutes of driving around, she found herself up against a standard middle class family home only with no garage and a very linear backdrop. Taking ahold of the flyer that was given to her from the passenger seat, double-checking the address was crucial.
She couldn’t afford any wasted time. Luckily, the mailbox staring directly out from her through the windows mirrored her exact destination. Oddly enough, his parents resided in a....slightly unfavorable part of Angel Grove: Harwood County.
Kimberly took a soft deep breath and stepped out of the car and looked at the house for a moment
She looked at the mail box with the label on the side reading "Olivers" Kim knew he was at the right place but looked at the address on the poster just to be sure and it matched the address on the house and it did match
Kim nodded nervously and walked up to the house slowly he admired the porch and soon took time to look at the door for a moment then eyed at the door bell and after another moment she heard news reports inside no doubt the TV was on she then pressed the button dinging the bell
Kim heard the volume lowered and soon enough the front door opened and who appeared behind it was Deborah herself
Kimberly: Mrs. Oliver?
Deborah: Yes? What's your name honey?
Kimberly: Um....I'm Kimberly Heart. I'm a friend of your son Tommy from Angel Grove High. I just saw one of your posters on him.
She shows her the poster she had
Kimberly: It's how I found your address. I wanted to check in cause......he wasn't in school nor detention.
Knowingly she just gave hersself away of her being in Saturday Detention too to her crush's mother she kept on
Kimberly: I wanted to know if there's been anything on him.....unless I'm intruding.
Deborah: Not at all. It's really been awhile since we met any friend to Tommy. Especially anyone concern enough to come by. Why don't you come in dear. I I was just making tea.
Kimberly: You're too kind Mrs. Oliver.
Deborah: Call me Deborah dear.
Deborah let's Kimberly in and she walked in admiring the house it was well furnish and the living room had two couches across from one another with a coffee table between them and Jeff was sitting in the left one watching a news report from a female reporter she mentioned the mall attack the rison riot even mentioned APEX and the Power Rangers
But what caught Kimberly's attention more was the framed pictures on the fire place on the other side of the room
She saw two framed pictures of Jeff and Deborah's wedding them with Tommy age 6 and 7 in family pics Tommy age 8 and 19 in the boy scouts framed pics of what Tommy looks like now and a group pic of his karate class Tommy was furthr in the back looking unhappy
Kimberly was just amazed at the pics even to know her new crush was in the boy scouts soon enough as the TV was showing commercials Jeff turned and saw Kimberly himself
Jeff: Excuse me.
Startled Kim turned around real fast
Jeff: Sorry didn't mea to scare you.
Kimberly: No. I....I wasn't paying attention.
Jeff: You.....uh....a friend of Tommy's? Cause he's not here.
Kimberly: I know. That's.....actually why I'm here Mr. Oliver.
Kimberly: Right Jeff.
Soon as Deb came back in the room with tea she gave Kim one and another to her husband and the third for her own soon Kim sat in the right couch as Deb sat next to Jeff in the left one and Kim told the Olivers how she met Tommy at Ernie's bar the day he was banned from his Karate classes but left out the Bulk and Skull incident and bonfire to keep Tommy out of more trouble than he's already in
Kimberly: My friends and I were at Ernie's when I ran into him. He really seemed sweet and....we grew fond of him instantly.
Deborah: I'm glad he's making new friends. And you seem like a nice girl. Way nicer than that other one.
Kimberly: Other one?
Deborah: One of those irresponsible kids that got him in trouble before.
Jeff: I don't mean to pry.....but have we met before?
Kimberly: You.....could have saw me at the school. Or at the Krispy Kreme.
Jeff: We were just there with a friend. Even asking around if anyone's seen Tommy.
Deborah: Were you at the Krispy Kreme with another girl months ago? I thought we saw you two playing with your silverwares.
Kimberly: Oh yeah.....yeah that was me with my friend Trini. We were......we were just horsing around.
Jeff: I thought that might have-----
Jeff stopped as the news report came back on and the same female reporter.......was interviewing an APEX agent
Jeff: Hang on I think we need to hear this.
Deborah and Kimberly looked at the TV too as Jeff turned to the TV with the volume back on
Better yet, it wasn’t just any APEX agent. It was the big bossman herself primed and ready at the scene.
Director Melanie Sheer appeared to be the most flourished out of all the other APEX agents there; standing firmly in the midst of the shot of the camera, smirking and even a nonchalant wave to the viewers watching at home while she was being asked these questions.
This picture could not have looked anymore pompous. To the Eagle-eyed viewers watching, her posture and positioning just screamed shady operative. One question came about asking her how they plan to negotiate or deal with the Power Rangers.
Her answer couldn’t be anymore blunt or basic.
Melanie: I’m not exactly the kind the gal who likes to wait around with the world going to shit. These vigilantes hailed by the public are a contributing factor to the increase of violent attacks proceeded by these monsters, whether it be their intention or not. We’re keeping an eye out on them; monitoring them closely and with extreme prejudice.
News reporter: And what do you say to those who have actually grown fond of the Power Rangers?
She scoffs silently.
Melanie: It’s one thing to show support to a celebrity but blind loyalty? That’s a bridge too far. Alas, in the midst of dire times in this town, one must expect the unexpected. So I implore you all watching at home or on the go: keep listening in; absorb every outlet you can muster because the day will come when they muck up. Everyone and everything leaves a trace behind and the next time we meet.....
Down she reached into her jeans and pulled out Ray-Ban glasses. The glasses added something to her face, a certain poise. They did more than frame her eyes, they added an extra window to her....completive soul.
She’s quick to turn away from the camera; the indicative notion of her saying ‘No more questions’ even as the news reporter and other cameramen and outlets proceeded to follow her. But she was the APEX director for a reason.
Having had enough, Jeff muted the TV and changed the channel.
Kimberly: Well.....that was a big ass bucket of nothing.
Deborah: My dear, that’s not even the half of it.
Kimberly: For all I know, we could be over-exaggerating. Maybe they are just doing their job and keeping their eyes—
Jeff: Mind if we tell you something? Urgent.
In that moment, Kimberly felt anxiety.
It was like being hooked up to a cattle fence - not enough voltage to kill but sufficient to keep things uncomfortable. Guess that's the downside of knowing things are awry instead of living in blissful ignorance. But what is there to do other than breathe, walk and figure things out just a little at a time?
It's not easy taking a step forward when you don't know where your foot will fall. But feeling confident it wouldn’t lead to anywhere potentially dangerous, Kim calmed herself. She can only nod, prompting Jeff to continue.
Jeff: Tommy was there the night of the prison riot. Same night APEX cleaned up after the monsters mess.
Her heart sank. She couldn’t show it but deep inside. it was eating her up inside under the pretense that they knew that Tommy was there....
Kimberly: Wait....wh-wh—what were they doing at the prison?
Jeff: Said some kind of meteorite crashed by, caused an outbreak with some inmates escaping before the complex sunk into the ground. Tommy said he was rescued by one of the few Rangers before hell broke loose.
Deborah: Another reason we have to be thankful for them.
Jeff: Told us afterwards that two APEX agents interviewed him in the hospital since he was the closest there. As for the Rangers, they've been present at their other encounters ever since.
Them showing up after every Power Ranger conflict in the city of as the last couple weeks wasn’t as glaring as the predicament down at the prison. The fact that APEX actually found Tommy in the hospital and talked to him BEFORE they bothered to clear out the area at the then sunken prison.....
....it highlighted how right Billy was to be worried about their presence. But not as much as Kim.
Having been the one who helped Tommy, she also singlehandly gave him to APEX, made him susceptible to Rita’s green with evil and in the grand scheme of things, doomed everyone in the process.....all because she got mushy.
Kimberly: Wh-what do they even want? All I heard was they’re a government organization specializing in "dark web stuff.”
Deborah: From what I’ve heard, there’s more to the story. They came to Angel Grove posing as an organization called Samaritan Relief to help out the displaced refugees and citizens of Angel Grove who didn’t leave after the attack weeks ago. However, I believe that Sheer and her people are actually in town to secretly collect information on the Power Rangers and the events that happened.
Jeff: Their plan has something to do with giving the government some measure of control and oversight over the Power Rangers and any new alien menaces threatening the planet, I’m sure of it.
While Kim didn’t want to jump to conclusions about this information, it was hard to disclose it giving what Billy had already informed her and the rest of the team.
Taking a gamble, she had to ask....
Kimberly: You—you don’t think APEX has Tommy, do you?
Deborah: What makes you say that honey?
Kimberly: Because you said yourself that Tommy was there at the prison riot and when those APEX agents questioned him. Could he have.....een something he shouldn't have and they took him in for it?
Jeff: If they did they would have notified us about it.
Kimberly: Would they? I mean like you said they're government agencies trying to keep things under wrap including the Power Rangers. So what that woman said on the report.
Debrah: It's.....somewhat possible.
Jeff: I'm gonna make some calls.
Jeff got up to the kitchen leaving Kim and Deb in the room alone to talk more
Meanwhile we cut to the moon palace to observe Tommy's current location he stared at the screen emotionless with his eyes glowing green he was fighting putties to complete his training and one by one he crushed them all with each finishing blow
The Hogan's nearly fully mutated and their voices changing observed his training Aubrey was impressed but Jacob......didn't had ay trust for Tommy
Jacob: It's a mistake letting him here. Rita said he was a Ranger. That makes him one of them.
Aubrey: So was Rita long ago. But from what she said she destroyed the first Rangers. He may destroy the other ones.
Jacob: What for? She gave us these powers. I'd kill the Rangers myself if she gave me the chance.
Aubrey: I'm sure Rita knows what she's doing dear brother. We must put our trust in her. She freed us we owe her that.
Speaking of Rita she soon appeared from the halls and she approached the twins
Rita: How's our Ranger doing?
Aubrey: He's made progress mistress.
Jacob: I don't trust him your highness. He's another Ranger.
Rita: He's OUR Green Ranger my sweet Goldar. And as long as the curse on the green coin has hold of him he will not backdown and he will defeat the Ranger. And retrieve the Zeo Crystal.
Jacob: I don't doubt your wisdom Empress but if you give me the chance I'll destroy those Power Geeks myself and get that crystal.
Rita: I'm sure you could. But last time Goldar was almost destroyed for good by Zordon's new team of Rangers. Fighting fire with fire is the key to everything. As it was from the beginning.
They observed Tommy more he fought off the last three putties he kicked off the first one's head punches through the chest of the second and as he turned to the third with his green eyes still shinning it tried to run away in fear but Tommy ran after it leaps over kicking it in front of it and sending it flying off shattering to pieces when it hit the wall
Rita laughed and clapped her hands as she came down the stairs to the training room and the brain washed Tommy gave his queen a smirk and bow
Rita: Well done my Green Ranger. Your training.....is finally complete. And it only took you one week to surpasss all my tests. Guess your fighting experiences really paid off
Tommy: Indeed they have my empress. I have fought all my life and this time.....no one will walk all over me.
Rita: That they won't now that you have passsed the trials of the Green with Evil it's time you recieved your first weapon. Scorpina bring in......the sword of darkness.
Obeying her command Aubrey took a large wide box bringing it down with Jacob having his arms crossed to one another she walked down carrying it and opens it revealing......a power sword with a red shinning icon on it
The brain washed Tommy observed it and took it from the box admiring it's outline and blade.
Aubrey: Welcome to the club handsome.
Tommy mirked and swung the sword around testing his sword skills with it and Tommy mildly chuckled
Tommy: Finally. The Power Rangers will be destroyed.
Rita: That they will but first Zordon must be dealt with. Without him and that alien bucket of bolts Alpha is out of the way the Rangerss will be helpless. So first.....I want you to go to Zordon's ship. Your power coin will gain you access without alarm and then......you know what to do.
Tommy: Your wish is my command empress.
Jacob rolled his eyes like that quote was average still not trusting Tommy all cause he's a Ranger but from then on Tommy pulled out the green coin from his pocket morphing with nanotech again forming into the Green Ranger once again
At the ship......
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- Yelawolf - Till It's Gone (Dan Heath Remix)
- The Score - Best Part
- Billie Eillish - idontwannabeyouanymore
- Mark Cooper - Red Ranger
- Decepticons Theme (Transformers 2)
- Will.I.Am ft. Justin Bieber - #thatPOWER
- Power Rangers Dino Thunder Theme on Guitar
- Rob Wasserman - Go Go Power Rangers (Redux)
- Demi Lovato - I Love Me
- Pierce The Veil - Stay Away From My Friends
- Kanye West - Stronger
- Hoodie Allen - Act My Age
- Fall Out Boy - Alone Together
- Becky G ft. Will.I.Am - Problem
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This film is rated PG-13......