Ranger Games: A Dino Thunder Wedding
Chapter 8: Shattered Family
Last Revised: June 25, 2005
Summary: The Dino Rangers share a few peaceful moments while unsettling events occur elsewhere in the Ranger family.
Disclaimer: I don't own Power Rangers
Author’s Note: Wow…it’s been over a year since I finished Reunion, and I want to thank each and every one of you for the support!
"Hope dies last" ~~ Dawson's Creek
September 21, 2004
Home of Kira Ford
“Good morning, sweetheart,” Elaine Ford greeted her daughter. Kira sank down in her chair, looking like a zombie from one of Ethan’s favorite horror flicks. “Kira, what’s wrong?”
“One of my teachers has gone missing, his fiancée got attacked and miscarried their baby,” Kira told her mother blindly, not realizing the words were coming out until they already were. “I broke up with Trent because of my feelings for Conner, which are confusing the hell out of me, none of my old friends seem to want to try and understand, I haven’t been able to sing, write or play guitar in nearly a week, and above all else, it feels like the world is crashing down on me!”
Elaine pulled Kira into her arms, letting her normally confident and poised daughter cry her heart out.
“Kira! Conner and Ethan are here to pick you up!” Mark Ford, Kira’s father, called from the front door.
“Go upstairs and clean up. I’ll tell them you’re not going to school.”
Kira nodded and went up the stairs at the back of the kitchen.
“Conner, Ethan,” Elaine greeted, seeing the haggard expressions on their faces. “Kira isn’t going to school this morning.”
Conner nodded. “We aren’t either. We came to see if she could go with us to get Trent and then go to the beach. We all need some time to relax.”
Elaine smiled. She’d initially been worried when Kira had started hanging around with three boys, but if anything, her daughter’s grades had improved, she’s started spending time with different kinds of people, and she seemed to have grown more mature around the house.
“If you guys come back after you get Trent, I’ll have a picnic lunch for you.”
The boys smiled. “Mrs. Ford, you rock.”
“Mark, go tell Kira to change into something she can wear to the beach.”
Ten minutes later, Kira came down wearing a tie-dyed bikini top under a yellow mess shirt, yellow jean shorts, black Adidas sandals, and was carrying a bag that had a towel, a book, sunglasses, and sunscreen poking out of it.
“Go with Conner and Ethan to get Trent then come back here. I should have lunch packed for you by then.”
Kira looked confused.
“Come on Babe, time’s a wasting!” Conner laughed, pulling Kira and Ethan out to his car.
“CONNER! MY NAME ISN’T BABE!”
Home of Dr. Anton Mercer and Trent Fernandez
Conner, Kira, and Ethan fidgeted as they neared the door to the Mercer home. “Do you think Dr. Mercer will be cool with this?” Ethan asked suddenly.
“I already talked to him. I’m more worried about Trent actually not wanting to spend time with us,” Conner told him seriously.
Kira rolled her eyes and rung the doorbell.
“Come in guys,” Anton told them upon opening the door. “Trent’s coming down now.”
Trent came down in a flurry of noise down the stairs. He had a gym bag in one hand and his sandals in the other.
“Cool. Mrs. Ford was making us a picnic lunch so we need to head back over and grab that before we head to the beach,” Conner told him, watching Trent nod.
“Dad, I’ve got my cell phone, in case of an emergency.”
Anton nodded. “I’m going to go to the office for a bit before I head over to Tommy and Kim’s to help Billy with the search. Stay out of trouble.”
The four teens grinned. “See you later, Dr. Mercer!” Ethan called as the four turned to leave.
“Have fun kids.”
Conner sat on his towel, watching Ethan and Trent splashing each other out in the water. They’d spent the last half hour having a water fight before he and Kira had opted to go sit in the sun. Next to him, Kira was sitting on the blanket her mother had given them, unpacking the portable stereo, the food items that didn’t need to be in the cooler, and her book.
“You ok? You’re kind of quiet?” she asked, looking over at him out of the corner of her eye.
“I’m fine. Too bad none of the others could come with us.”
“They’ve got lives to get back to, Conner. They served their time in the suit, quite admirably I might add. They’ve been here for a week. Besides, Kim wants peace and quiet for a while. Billy, Trini and Aisha are still here, and Kat and Jason aren’t all that far away in Angel Grove. Adam and Tanya are coming back this weekend, and both Zack and Justin are in Blue Bay Harbor doing whatever. Rocky’s making the rounds for his school, doing demonstrations, but he’ll be back this Friday. And don’t forget, David’s been shadowing Kim since he arrived. Everything’s going to be ok.”
“I know, but I worry about her being alone.”
“She’s not,” Kira assured him, sliding closer to his body. She reached out and laid her hand on his arm.
“Are you ok?” he asked her. “I know you’re feeling this a bit more because of how close you and Kim are.”
“I’ll be fine, Conner,” she spoke softly, looking up into his warm brown eyes. ‘You could get lost in those eyes’ she thought seconds before she realized they were kissing.
Conner’s mind simply shut down from the overload of sensation. ‘I’m kissing Kira!’ he thought giddily.
Ethan noticed the quick change in Trent and turned to see what the White Ranger was upset about. When his eyes landed on Kira and Conner in the middle of a lip lock, Ethan sighed. Part of him felt bad for Trent, but he was also happy for Kira and Conner. The two of them had been attracted to each other from the get go, only they’d been too annoyed by it to admit it.
“You ok?” Ethan gently queried.
“Yeah, I am. I just want her to be happy.”
“Very wise and loving of you.”
Trent grinned. “Still pisses me off, but I can deal.”
Ethan nodded and grinned back. “If it didn’t, I’d be worried. Come on, they’ve been at it long enough and I’m starving for those sandwiches Kira’s mom made us.”
Trent’s smile was pure mischief as he eyed Ethan. “Race ya.”
Ethan nodded then yelped when Trent sprinted away. “NO FAIR!”
Kira pulled back from Conner’s lips and looked at him in shock.
“You ok?” he asked softly, wondering if she regretted what happened.
“I think so,” she murmured, bringing her fingers up to graze her lips.
Before she could say anything else, Ethan tackled Trent to the blanket.
“You cheater!” Ethan accused, socking Trent in the arm.
Kira jumped, startled, and found herself in Conner’s lap. “GUYS!”
Ethan and Trent turned sheepish smiles on their friends. “Lunch ready yet? We’re starving.”
“Feed yourselves, I’m not your mother,” Kira sassed them.
The boys nodded and dug into the food on the blanket and in the cooler and basket. Kira moved without thought and made Conner a plate before she made her own.
After lunch, the group settled down. Trent pulled out his sketch pad, Ethan proceeded to play his Game Boy, Kira started reading her book, and Conner took a nap.
An hour later found Ethan watching Trent sketch Conner and Kira, who were curled together, sleeping soundly.
“I’m surprised you’re drawing them,” Ethan told his friend.
“Me too, but I think Kira might like it,” Trent told him.
Conner felt a weight and warmth against his side that had him awake in an instant. Turning his head, he saw Kira’s face, composed peacefully in sleep, on his shoulder. Once his guard lowered, he went back to sleep.
“CONNER!” Ethan’s strained voice had the Red and Yellow Rangers awake immediately.
Standing before them was Zeltrax and Goldar and a group of Tyranodrones.
“Don’t they ever give up?” Conner hissed as he and Kira jumped up and threw themselves into the fight.
“That’s asking too much, Conner!” Kira told him as she ducked flying fists and fast feet.
“This is stupid!” Trent yelled as the team regrouped.
“Couldn’t have said it better myself,” Conner responded. “Ready?”
“DINO THUNDER POWER UP! HA!”
“WHITE RANGER DINO POWER!”
Goldar grinned and Zeltrax laughed as the four teenage Rangers changed into their uniforms. “You think a silly little change in costume is going to stop us from destroying you and taking over your pathetic planet?” Goldar roared.
“Let’s find out, shall we?” the Red Ranger shot back. “TYRANNO STAFF!”
“Pathetic Rangers!” Zeltrax gloated. “We have a message for you to deliver to your friends.”
“Yeah, what’s that?”
“You may want to check on the other Ranger teams, something horrible has happened.” That said, the Rangers found themselves standing on the beach, alone.
“What the hell did that mean?” Ethan asked.
Kira, Conner and Trent shared a look before Conner swallowed the knot that was forming in his throat. “I think we’d better head to base and find out if the others really are ok or not, I don’t like the feeling I’m getting.”
Billy and Hayley sat at the computer console, eyes wide in shock as the scene unfolded before them. Aisha and Trini were slumped on the stairs biting back the tears that were welling, and Kimberly and David were no where to be seen when the four teens came crashing through the door.
“We already know, guys,” Billy told them, turning to look them in the eye. The four teens started shaking their heads back and forth in denial.
“They can’t be gone!” Kira cried out, reaching out to grab Conner’s arm as she felt herself start to slide to the ground, but the Red Ranger caught her.
“They’re not dead, Kira, but we don’t have any guesses where any of them could be at this point.”
“Mesogog has them,” a voice spoke from the cave entrance. Those in the lair turned toward the sound, and found Kimberly and David supporting six other Rangers. David had his arm wrapped around Wes Collins’ waist with Wes’ arm across David’s shoulder. Kendrix Morgan and Kai Chen of the Lost Galaxy Rangers were supporting one another while Merrick Baliton of Wild Force was carrying an unconscious Tori Hanson of Ninja Storm and Kimberly was supporting Ryan Mitchell of Lightspeed as he limped into the lair.
“Holy hell! What happened?” Conner asked, rushing forward to help Kimberly. Trent and Ethan moved to help Merrick with Tori and Kendrix and Kai while Kira went to Wes and David and helped David move the Red Time Force Ranger to a chair.
“I’ll go get the first aid kit,” Aisha murmured as she turned and fled up the stairs. Trini went to Tori and placed her hand on the younger woman’s head, losing herself in a trance.
“She’s tired, and drained, but not so much that she won’t be able to help.”
Kimberly nodded and motioned for Merrick to follow her. “We’ll take her up and lay her on the couch; it’s the only comfortable spot close enough for us to use to check up on her.”
Merrick simply grunted as he hoisted the petite Wind Ninja Ranger and carried her up the stairs, careful not to jar her or injure her further.
“So everyone’s gone?” Ethan asked Ryan, who nodded.
“It seems we all managed to conjugate to Blue Bay Harbor. We tried Ninja Ops’ equipment, hoping to get in contact with Andros, as I knew he was here, but it seems the Space Rangers are missing as well.”
Conner whirled around from where he was helping Ryan to a chair and stalked over to Hayley and Billy. “Get a lock on the others, NOW!” he told them, his voice booming through the lair and brooking no argument.
“Jason and Kat are on I-5, headed here. Adam and Tanya’s signatures are still in Los Angeles. Zack’s in San Diego, my only guess is that he’s with…yep, he’s with Rocky, and Justin’s about a mile from here.”
Conner nodded, and then turned toward the stairs where Merrick was limping his way down. Not even second guessing himself, Conner helped the older Ranger into the vacant seat at the computer console. “What about the Space Rangers?”
“I’m getting signatures, faint ones, from Cassie and Ashley. I can’t find the others,” Billy muttered, his fingers flying over the keys.
“You won’t be able to,” Merrick told the former Blue Ranger. “I checked the Megaship myself, they aren’t there. I don’t know where Cassie and Ashley are, but Andros, Zhane, Karone, T.J. and Carlos are no where to be found.”
“Where are the girls?” Kimberly asked as she bounded down the stairs.
Kim whipped out a cell phone from her pocket and dialed a now familiar number. “Anton, its Kimberly. We’ve got a problem. Go to the café and pick up Cassie and Ashley for me, and be careful, they’re being hunted.” Kim snapped the phone shut and surveyed the room. They were in terrible shape. “Wes, the others?”
“Still in the future as far as I know.”
“Hayley, does Mesogog have any knowledge of the Aquitian Rangers or Prince Trey of Triforia?”
“Not that I know of, why?” the red haired genius asked softly.
“Because I want to know if I need to have Billy and Trini get started on sending them a message to warn them.”
“You think they could help?” Kira asked softly.
Kim shook her head. “According to what Adam, Jason and Billy have told me about them, Trey might be able to but the Aquitian Rangers would not be able to stay long enough to help because of the faster rate of dehydration they experience on Earth as opposed to their home on Aquitar.”
Tear filled, doe brown eyes surveyed the damage done to the Ranger family in less than an hour. “When does it ever end?” was the muttered question. Taking a deep breath, Kimberly moved to speak with Billy and Hayley in hushed tones. “Get the others here, as soon as we can. I know they have lives right now, but they may be the only line of defense Earth will have if my plan doesn’t work.”
Billy nodded, having heard the grave tone before, but never from Kimberly. Quickly, Billy brought up the frequencies of the cell phones his teammates used. “Guys, its Billy. Kim’s ordered all remaining Rangers to the lair in Reefside. No arguments.”
Kim swallowed and then turned and fled the lair, her emotions getting the better of her. Billy sighed and nodded to Trini before he turned and headed for the stairs. He knew only he and Aisha might be able to get through to Kim.
Kim hit the dirt as she flew down the stairs, her chest heaving. She felt a panic attack starting and fought hard to get it to go away. When she felt their hands, she pushed them away and struggled to her feet before her knees gave out and she was once again facing the grass.
“Breathe,” Billy murmured in her ear, stroking her back with one hand and touching her cheek with the other.
Aisha was on Kim’s other side, one hand on her friend’s arm and the other stroking Kim’s hair, whispering words of comfort to her. “Alright, what’s the plan, Kim?” Aisha asked, knowing that if Kim had something to concentrate on, she’d calm down.
“Ninjetti and Dino Thunder have to go in and infiltrate the Island Fortress.”
“The others aren’t just going to sit back while we go in there,” Aisha told her, watching Kimberly nod.
“I know that. Rocky and Adam are going to have to hand over their Zeo morphers. Tommy and Hayley have the Zeo Five morpher in a vault in the lair. I’ll give it to Jason, and Rocky and Adam can pick one of the others to give it to. I’d really like Justin or Trini to stay in the lab, to help Hayley.”
“The others all have their powers, with the exception of maybe Ryan. Add them to the Zeo Team, and we’ll have two full teams left here to hang back in case we fail.”
“Failure is not an option at this point.” Both women turned to look at Billy and nodded. “Are you sure our Ninjetti powers are going to be enough?”
“I’m not sure of anything anymore, all I know is that Tommy seemed to understand and respond to the Ninjetti animals that last fight and the time I snuck into Mesogog’s lab. The kids are going to give us some ground fire and protection, but the biggest job is up to us – freeing Tommy and the others.”
“That’s even if the others are on the Island Fortress, who knows where this Zedd impersonator has them stashed.”