Ranger Games: A Dino Thunder Wedding
Chapter 2: Surprises
Last Revised: December 6, 2004
Summary: Yeah, so, Kim and Tommy got quite the shock in the last chapter, now they have to deal with the shock waves from it.
Disclaimer: I don't own Power Rangers. I also don't own the handful of songs that are appearing in this. After each song is used, I'll list whom it's by at the end of the chapter.
"Sometimes I think about the first time I realized that I loved you ... it was as if my eyes took a picture at that moment and stored it in my heart. Sometimes I think about how much my life has changed because of you. I think about you and your happiness, about us and our life together, and I realize that you are as much a part of me now as the air I breathe and the dreams I have. But, from time to time, I still like to remember the first time I looked into your eyes and saw my future there." ~~ Unknown
September 9, 2004
"Excuse me?" Kimberly's face burned with the blush and shock that had suddenly filled her at Hayley's words. Tommy was standing still, not breathing, as he too tried to recover from his shock.
"You're pregnant," Hayley smiled, watching the wonder filter into Kim and Tommy's eyes. "About two months. But we won't be completely sure until you go see a regular doctor. There's only so much I can do with the computers here."
"Dr. O? Kim?" Kira asked softly. The pair of elder Rangers looked pale and freaked out, but happy too.
Tommy swallowed. "Guys, I'm gonna take Kimberly upstairs, why don't you chill out here for a while." That said, Tommy lifted Kim into his arms and carried her upstairs.
3 Hours Later
The house was eerily silent as he pulled up. Conner and Trent's cars were in the driveway next to Tommy's jeep, and when he placed his hand on the hoods, he found them cool to the touch. 'Guys, what the heck is going on?' he asked silently, moving from the yard to the front door. He knocked three times, but didn't receive any answer from inside. Sighing, he took the chain he wore off, and inserted the key on it into the lock.
"Tommy? Kim? Anybody?"
"They're upstairs," a familiar female voice spoke, startling the man in Tommy's foyer.
"Jason." The teenager moved from the kitchen to stand in front of Jason.
"What's going on? Kim called, freaking out. I got here as fast as I could." Kira looked up at the original Red Ranger, tears brimming in her eyes. "Kira, honey, what's wrong?"
Shaking her head, the Yellow Dino Ranger wiped the tears from her eyes. "Nothing, everything, I don't even know what's going on anymore." Jason took two steps forward and enveloped her in his arms, holding her close like he had Kimberly so often in the past.
"Come on, tell Uncle Jase what's wrong." At his words, Kira couldn't help herself - she started laughing. Since the incident with Mesogog earlier in the summer, the newest Ranger team had tried to stay in contact with all of the others, only really succeeding with the original Rangers, as they were the ones Kim and Tommy spoke with most often. The younger Rangers had started calling the older ones their aunts and uncles as a joke. Jason's words brought a small measure of comfort to the trembling Yellow Dino Ranger. It was nice to laugh after the last couple hours of heaviness.
"Did Kim explain what happened earlier?" Kira asked as she nestled her head under Jason's chin.
"Conner did, as Kim was too incoherent to talk to me. I take it things are still bad?"
"No, they aren't. Something more has happened, and it explains Kim's irrational behavior."
"Oh, so Tommy wasn't being an ass?" Kira pulled back and looked up at him, her eyes flashing with a fire that reminded Jason of three other women he knew well... and all of them had been Yellow Rangers.
"Oh, no, Dr. O was an ass alright, but there's more to it then that," Kira sighed, pulling out of Jason's arms to retrieve some tissue from a box on the table in the foyer. "Dr. O and Kim are napping upstairs, the guys are downstairs with Hayley. Why don't we go down and you can hear the whole thing?" Jason nodded and followed her to the trap door that opened to the lair.
Conner, Trent and Ethan looked up and smiled when the burly ex-Ranger descended the steps with Kira. They gulped when they saw the intense look on Jason's face. "Well, looks like the cavalry has arrived," Conner chirped, quickly shutting his mouth when Jason shot him a glare that could have melted steel.
"What the hell is going on?" Jason demanded, watching as Hayley swung her chair around to join the discussion.
"Sit down, this could take a while," Ethan gestured to the empty chair next to Hayley while the four teenagers got comfortable.
"Ok, so it goes something like this," Conner started, watching Jason's attention shift to him.
An hour later, Jason sat there, shaking his head. "God, can't those two ever get it right?" he muttered to himself. "Pregnant? Kimmie's gonna have a baby. Oh boy."
"Or girl." All eyes turned to Conner. The Red Dino Ranger threw his hands up in self-defense.
"Hayley?" a soft voice called from the top of the stairs, quieting the group.
"Down here, Kim!" Hayley called back, turning from the discussion to face the computer again. She had a ton of work to do now that Kimberly had returned to Reefside.
Soft thumps announced Kimberly's arrival in the lair. The four teenagers smiled at her when her face took on a surprised and happy look at the sight of Jason's form in the seat next to Hayley. "Big Brother."
"Mommy-to-be," Jason muttered, pulling her onto his lap when she was within grabbing distance. "Are you alright? I don't have to go kick Mr. Greatest-Ranger-Ever's ass do I? Or should I just wait for Billy and Zack, and then do it?"
Kim giggled. "No, things are ok. We've worked it out. Sorry I didn't call you sooner to save you the trip."
Jason waved her words off. "I'd have come down here whether you'd called me the second time or not. You know I can't stand it when you're hurting. So, how far along?"
Smiling, Kim looked over Jason's shoulder at what Hayley was doing. "Two months according to our resident technical advisor. I'm going to make an appointment to go see Dr. Austin when I get up in the morning."
Jason nodded. Dr. Austin was a family friend of the Hart's and had been Kim's doctor in high school. "She's still in Angel Grove, isn't she?" Jason asked softly.
"No. She's in Mariner Bay for the remainder of the year." Eyebrows shot up at that. Mariner Bay was the home of the Lightspeed Rangers.
"Uh huh. Gonna stop and have a little chat with certain people when you're there?"
Kim blushed, then smacked Jason's arm. "It's been a while since we saw them, I just might make a call to Dana and Kelsey and see if they want to meet me for lunch."
Hayley turned just then. "Kimberly, isn't Dana a doctor?" Kim nodded, allowing Hayley to continue. "You may want to talk to her, instead of this Dr. Austin, about your pregnancy. Dana knows that your physiology is a little messed up thanks to your Ranger powers, so it won't raise any suspicions."
Kim looked taken a back for a moment before she nodded; Hayley was making an excellent point. "You've got a point. Guess I'm calling Dana in the morning."
"It's a good thing you and Dr. O are getting married in a few weeks," Conner started, all eyes turning toward him. "Otherwise you'd have to walk down the aisle with a big belly or wait until the kid was born."
"Conner," Ethan shook his head at his Red counterpart.
"You're timing sucks, Bro," Trent muttered, Kira and Ethan nodding in agreement. The three adults merely rolled their eyes at the teenagers.
When Tommy finally woke up from his nap, he found his fiancée had disappeared from their room. Stretching, he changed into a pair of black sweats and a white tank top before padding down the stairs to find Kimberly.
She wasn't in the lab, nor was she in the den. The next logical place for him to look was the kitchen. Walking through the door, Tommy could smell pizza. Grabbing a plate, he snatched three slices out of one of the boxes, grabbed a can of Pepsi out of the fridge and moved to the living room. He stopped cold just in the doorway.
Hayley was in one of the recliners, her feet up, a plate of pizza and a Diet Pepsi in her hand. Kim, Kira and Conner sat on the couch, each with a plate of pizza and a beverage of their choice in their laps - Pepsis for the kids and a glass of milk for Kim. Trent was in the other recliner, a plate sitting on the coffee table next to him with his can of Mountain Dew, and Ethan was sprawled on the floor in front of the television with Jason. Two empty plates, a can of Pepsi and a can of Mountain Dew were sitting in front of the two engrossed Rangers.
"I see how it is," Tommy grumbled. "Eat without me, why don't you." The four teenagers and Hayley looked up, momentary surprise lighting their features. The five of them had never seen Tommy in anything but work clothes - khakis, a dress shirt and tie or a black coverall suit when he was working on their Zords or other equipment. Jason and Kimberly merely smiled, having seen this side of Tommy plenty of times before.
"Don't say we didn't try, cause both Jase and I spent twenty minutes trying to get your booty up from the bed. You were so zoned I thought you were dead," Kimberly muttered as he plopped down on the couch next to her, mirroring Conner's position next to Kira. Tommy caught Kim's eyes, nodding ever so slightly at the Yellow and Red Rangers. "I know," Kim whispered softly to him.
"So, Bro, when'd you get here?" Tommy started in on Jason as he bit into the slice of meat lover's pizza he'd picked up from his plate.
"Oh, I don't know, a couple of hours ago. I'm crashing here, then heading back home tomorrow now that I know the world isn't ending," Jason shot back. He watched Tommy flinch, letting a satisfied smile creep onto his face. "You're lucky I couldn't get a hold of Rocky and Adam, or Billy and Zack. We'd have kicked your ass first and asked question later, you know that, right?"
Tommy nodded. The other guys, especially Jason, Zack and Billy, were over protective of the girls, all of the girls, whether they were dating them or considered them sisters. "Hayley, have you finished the modifications?" Tommy asked.
Hayley smiled and nodded. "I modified Kimberly's suit, and made her a weapon. I'm working on converting one of the spare bikes into her vehicle, and I think that Dino Zord egg, with a burst of energy from Kim, should awaken to be her Zord." As Hayley ticked off each thing, Tommy smiled. "Oh, and there's one other thing. I think I have a test to help find out what her power is, but I want to wait until this weekend when we don't have to worry about the kids having to be home by such and such a time. I'm gonna need their help."
"You're going to be a father," Jason muttered as he and Tommy sat down on the steps to the front porch. The kids had just left and Hayley had dragged Kimberly downstairs to start working on something, leaving the pair of them to sit and talk.
"Tell me about it. You should have seen my face when Hayley told us," Tommy shot back.
Jason chuckled. "Probably was the same look you had on your face the first time you saw Kimberly in bikini."
"Nope, this was better, believe me. Not that I didn't enjoy seeing Kim in a skimpy bathing suit, but this tops all of that. Jason, do you realize, this time last year, I was just training the kids to use their powers, I hadn't spoken to any of you in nearly a year, and I hadn't seen or spoken to Kimberly since Murianthias?" Tommy asked as he took a sip from his bottle of water. "Here I am a year later, about to be married, starting my second year as a teacher, I'm still training a new generation of Rangers, and added onto all of that, I'm about to have a child with the love of my life. What the hell happened?"
The original Red Ranger simply shook his head. "Bro, life happened, that's what. I know one thing, you're a helluva lot happier now then you were at the beginning of the summer."
Tommy grinned and laughed at that. "No doubt."
"You gonna be okay with all of this?" Jason asked suddenly, knowing how such drastic changes seemed to affect his friend.
Nodding, Tommy took a swallow from his water. "It's not like any of the changes I've gone through this summer were bad. I've got everything I've wanted since I laid eyes on her, since I met you and the gang. I'm happy with my life."
Jason could only smile. He knew Tommy was telling him the truth, as the haunted look that had been in Tommy's eyes for so long seemed to have lifted somewhat. "So what about Goldar and Elsa?"
A painful sigh was heard as the Black Dino Ranger got up from his seat and started pacing. "I don't know what the hell's going on there, Jason. I thought Goldar was destroyed during the Countdown, that's what Trey and the Space Rangers told me."
"Someone must have brought him back."
"There's more than that. You know if Goldar, of all people, survived the Countdown, then more than likely so did certain other evil alien beings I'd rather not deal with." Tommy spun around to face his best friend, noting the pensive look on Jason's face.
Shaking his head, Jason stood. "You don't know that, not for sure anyway. Don't start jumping to conclusions until you get all the facts."
"Well?" Kim asked as Hayley handed her the Pink Ranger morpher. The pair had bounded down to the lair when the kids had left and Tommy and Jason had gone off to talk.
"Done. Go ahead and try it out," Hayley said, turning back to the computer to monitor Kimberly's vitals. When a few minutes passed and Kim remained silent, Hayley turned back around. "What's wrong?"
"From what I've heard, the morphing sequence is different then when I was first a Ranger," Kim started, looking slightly disturbed. "I've never seen the others morph before, I don't know what to do."
Hayley smiled. "Well, you've got two choices," the red haired genius started. "Trent does 'White Ranger, Dino Power' and Tommy and the others do 'Dino Thunder, Power Up' with the kids adding a 'Ha' to the end of theirs, don't ask me why." Kim cracked up laughing at that. "So the choice is yours."
Kimberly nodded. As soon as Hayley had finished, she'd decided exactly how she was going to do this. 'Might as well stick with my partner in crime on this one' she thought with a wry smile. "Pink Ranger, Dino Power!" Kim called, her arms and hands moving of their own accord as she called the Pink Dino powers to her. Her morphing moves were almost exactly like Trent's, except for where the White Ranger was spun around, the Pink Ranger performed a back handspring.
"Nice," Hayley called as Kimberly unlatched her helmet so she could look down at her suit without the interference of her visor.
"It's different then it was before," Kim started, her mind going over how the suit had originally looked - pink for the majority with black triangles and a black Dino Thunder symbol on the chest - now it was much like Tommy's, except pink where his was black and gold where her original had been black.
Hayley laughed. "I made you look a little more like Tommy. Trent's suit is unique to him, and the original three teens have their similar uniforms, so I figured you and Tommy would be more comfortable if your suit looked more like his to set the pair of you apart."
Hayley and Kimberly both let their attention go to the computer screen. On it was a large, pink and gold dinosaur. "What is that?"
"That, is the Pink Seizmo Zord," Hayley proudly spoke, laughing when Kim gaped at it. "He's fashioned after the Seizmosaurs, which was one of the largest land dinosaurs of its time, spanning one hundred to one hundred and fifty feet in length and several hundred tons."
"Doesn't look too agile," Kim murmured, suddenly feeling the ache of what this first ground zord of her career would bring. As a Ranger, she always had the aerial zords, now she was stuck on the ground.
"I know it's not aerial, but it's the best we could come up with, considering," Hayley softly spoke. She could tell Kim was aching for a flying zord, but Kira and Trent had the only two flying zords they were aware of.
"I'm ok with this, really, I am. Besides, I don't have much of choice, now do I?" Kim impishly asked, causing Hayley to laugh.
"You'll get a kick out of this though," Hayley told her, then flipped a switch on the consol of the computer. Instantly, Kim watched her zord perform a morphing sequence into a MegaZord.
"Allow me to introduce you to the Seizmo MegaZord."
"I get my own MegaZord?"
Laughter suddenly ensued as the two girls turned to stare at Tommy and Jason. "Looks like all those solo missions letting you pilot the MegaZords are gonna come in handy, huh?"
"This is trippy!" Kim giggled.
"Well, you and Trent are the only ones who have their own MegaZords until we get the Triassic Rover and the Shield of Triumph working," Hayley told Kim. "Unfortunately, Conner's just not ready for those yet."
"Well, its official," Tommy started, causing the three to look at him as he turned to smile at Kim. "Welcome back, Beautiful."
Tommy lay on his side, his right arm tucked under his pillow, his left secured around Kimberly's waist. They'd been in bed for hours, but he'd been unable to sleep because his mind kept going every little detail about her. Her hair smelled faintly of strawberries and vanilla, and was pulled back into a ponytail. Her skin was smooth and smelled of peach lotion. The moonlight shone brightly through the window, illuminating her serene face, relaxed in sleep. Kim was on her back, face turned toward Tommy. Her chest rose and fell gently with her breathing. Carefully, so as not to disturb her, Tommy let his fingertips glide across the skin of her stomach, which was exposed thanks to the very skimpy tank top she was wearing that had rode up to just under her breasts.
It amazed him now, just as strongly as it had hours before, to know that though Kimberly's stomach was flat, firm, and smooth, soon it would be rounding and swelling with the life they had made together. 'A baby' Tommy thought, the goofiest of expressions crossing his features. 'I am so lucky. I've got everything I've ever wanted' he smiled to himself, reaching up to brush some wayward bangs from her face.
"You're staring," Kimberly murmured, rolling onto her side to fully face him, sliding her arm around his waist and scooting close to him before she settled back down.
Tommy chuckled softly. "Sorry. I just can't help it, feels like I'm dreaming."
Kimberly smiled serenely at that, leaning forward to peck a kiss to his bare chest, directly above his heart. "If you're dreaming, then so am I."
"I'm scared, Beautiful," Tommy confessed, watching as Kim tilted her head up so that their eyes met. He saw his own emotions reflected back at him, but what's more, he saw an acceptance in Kim's brown eyes, coupled with her love, which took his breath away.
"So am I, but I know as long as we're together, there's nothing we can't overcome." Tommy breathed a sigh of relief; she was right, just like always. As long as they were together, they'd get through anything, including parenthood.
September 10, 2004
"Dr. Mitchell's office. How may I help you?" the secretary asked as she picked up the phone.
"Yes, this is Kimberly Hart. May I speak to Dr. Mitchell please?"
"I'm afraid she's with a patient right now, can I take a message?"
"Will you please have her call Dr. Tommy Oliver's house? She has the number, and please tell her it's important."
"Will do, Ms. Hart." Just as the secretary hung the phone up, Dana walked out of the exam room she'd been in. "Dr. Mitchell?"
Turning, Dana looked at her secretary and smiled. "Yes Keri?"
"You just had a phone call, from a Kimberly Hart," Keri started, watching her boss go pale. "She said to have you call her at Dr. Tommy Oliver's house and that it's important."
"Hold all my calls and have Luann see to the patients, I need make that call immediately." Before Keri could respond, Dana was rushing down the hallway at breakneck speed.
When she was in her office, Dana locked the door and sat down at her desk. Taking a deep breath, she pulled out her address book, looked up Tommy's phone number and dialed. Two rings later, she got a response. "Oliver residence. Kimberly speaking."
Kim laughed on the other end. "Dana, chill, it's not that kind of emergency."
Letting out a sigh of relief, Dana sat back in her chair. "Then what gives? You just about gave me a heart attack."
"I'm in need of your services."
"Huh?" Dana asked, sitting up. Then it hit her. "You're pregnant?"
"According to Hayley's scan, about two months along. I need a doctor I can trust won't ask questions about what my powers have done to my body, or about the Dino Gem I'm currently carrying. Think you can help me out?"
"Absolutely. Get your butt here first thing Monday morning, do you understand? And have you told anyone yet?" Dana heard Kim laugh on the other end as a silly smile spread across her own face.
"You, Hayley, the kids, Jason and, of course, Tommy. I wanted to see a doctor first before I told everyone else."
Shaking her head, Dana looked up at the ceiling. "Then I guess it's a good thing you're only a few weeks away from getting married, huh?"
"Now you sound like Conner."
September 11, 2004
"Are we ready for this?" Hayley asked the next afternoon as Tommy, Kimberly, Conner, Kira, Ethan and Trent flitted around the lair. Though the air was filled with excitement, it was also tempered by the memories that the day brought. Tommy and Kim both felt the team needed to touch base with the other people that shared the legacy of protecting the world on this day of all days.
"We're all set," Tommy grinned, nodding as Hayley hit a few keys on the console in front of him. Instantly, the main screens of the computer, as well as several other auxiliary screens, turned on, revealing some very anxious people.
"Alright, it's role call time," Hayley laughed as the kids and Kim stood behind her and Tommy's chairs.
"This is Ninja Storm, checking in," Cam grinned.
"Wild Force here," Alyssa smiled.
Wes and Eric laughed and waved. "Time Force's Silver Guardians are present and accounted for."
"Lightspeed Rescue, online," Kelsey giggled as the Lightspeed Rangers appeared.
"Lost Galaxy reads you loud and clear," Kendrix smiled.
"You've reached the Turbo 2 and Space Rangers," Zhane called out.
"Mighty Morphin', Zeo and Turbo 1 present."
A round of cheers went up in the Dino Thunder lair. "Nice job, Hayley!" Ethan laughed.
"Thank Billy, Cam, Kai, Cassie, Wes, Chad, Max, and of course our very friendly neighborhood aliens, the Aquitian team as well. They helped me set this up."
"Guys, just so you know, the Aquitian Rangers have been brought up to speed by Andros and Billy," Tommy informed the others, watching the teams nod. "First of all, now that everyone's online, Kimberly and I have something we'd like to announce."
Kim rolled her eyes and watched Dana frown. "Kim, I thought you were gonna wait until after Monday?"
"Dana, I was, but Mr. Greatest-Ranger-Ever had other ideas." At her comment, Tommy mock glared then pouted.
"You are such a baby, T-man!" Zack laughed from the end where ten of the original twelve waited. "What's going on, Sis?"
"Well, not only will Tommy and I be celebrating our wedding, we'll be celebrating the pending birth of the first ever Ranger baby."
"What?" a chorus of voices thundered across the video link.