Ranger Games: A Dino Thunder Wedding
Epilogue: A Very Ranger Wedding
Last Revised: October 21, 2005
Summary: After all their hard work, the Rangers get to let their hair down and have fun, and the ending to the storybook romance.
Disclaimer: I don't own Power Rangers
AN: This is it guys, the last of this series, at least until I write some of the one parters. Thanks for all the support and encouragement.
“You were chosen to be Power Rangers. Chosen to serve and defend your world. You have seen things never seen by a human eye, been places never before visited by humans, and done extraordinary things that no human can conceive. You are infamous in the world’s eyes, and yet, you are still anonymous. Humble heroes who’ve done what needed to be done and never once asked thanks for it. To you, billions owe their lives, and yet, you never ask for repayment. Your legacy is one of honor, pride, strife, humility, but above all others, it is a legacy of love. Thank you for your years of dedication, commitment and hard work. You will never be forgotten.” –- Pink-Green-White-4ever, Sept. 26 2005 --
October 16, 2004
Reefside Botanical Gardens – Rose Garden
The guests were seated. Many were friends and family, many were much more – they were successors to the legacy Zordon had started so many years before with the majority of the group of adults standing at the altar.
Tommy, David, Billy, Adam, Rocky and Zack stood up at the front of the makeshift stage that had been set up as the altar in the rose garden. Each of them was dressed in a black tuxedo, done in the style that Will Smith often sported – with the high collar and sleek lines - with their Ranger color as accents, or in Tommy’s case, colors. Pastor Williams stood next to Tommy on the top step, watching the group of young men shift back and forth. Justin and Conner stood back by the trellis that was the entrance to this particular garden while Trent and Ethan finished seating guests. When Pastor Williams nodded, Trent and Ethan made their way to stand near the front row of seats while Conner and Justin drew the sheer white curtains apart and allowed Kimberly and the bridal party entrance.
First was Tommy’s cousin Ricky and Kimberly’s niece Elaine, who were the ring bearer and one of the flower girls. Ricky wore a black tuxedo with red and white accents while Elaine was dressed in a pale yellow gown of gossamer lace. When the pair was halfway to Tommy and the guys, gasps were heard. Hayley stood at the entrance to the garden, wearing a two-piece, v-back, off the shoulder dress in the palest pink. Her hair cascaded down her back in a mass of fiery red curls. From her ears dangled pink crystals, and around her neck a pendant of the same gem – both gifts from Tommy and Kimberly. In her hands a bouquet of pink and red miniature roses was held securely. It was the same bouquet that each of the other girls would be holding.
As Hayley made her way to the end, Kira suddenly filled everyone’s field of vision. Wearing a two-piece, halter-top dress with a floor length skirt in the palest yellow, Kira smiled shyly as she walked towards Tommy and the elder male Rangers. Her normally wildly curly hair was pulled back into two sophisticated ponytails, with wisps escaping to curl around the edges of her face. Like Hayley, Kira wore a necklace and earrings of crystal; only hers were in yellow to signify her status on the team, much like the color of her dress. Her face beamed with a smile when she saw the shocked look on Conner’s face, and then Dr. O’s.
Once Kira had made most of her journey, Tanya stepped forward. Most of the guys, Tommy included, snickered at the gasp Adam let out. Like Kira’s dress, Tanya’s was a pale pastel yellow, but hers was a scoop neck two piece with straps that skimmed over the tops of her shoulders. Her hair, which she’d grown out, was pulled into a tight, high ponytail with the ends curled. She too, wore the yellow crystal earrings and necklace. Tanya smiled brightly for the guys, in hopes that she could calm Tommy down before Kim came out.
The next of the Ranger women in the procession was Katherine. She wore a scoop neck, cap sleeve top with an A-line skirt in the same pale pink as Hayley’s dress. Her bright blonde hair, normally long and full, was pulled back into a sleek bun at the back of her head, with red and pink roses intertwined in it. Her ears and neck bore her gift from Tommy and Kim, and her eyes shined with unshed tears of happiness for her friends.
When Aisha stepped onto the carpet, the guys all gasped again. She wore a spaghetti strap top and a-line skirt combination in pale yellow. Her hair cascaded down her back and shoulders in a waterfall of tiny braids, with several dozen pink and white roses woven in. Like the girls before her, she wore her necklace and earrings proudly. She gave Rocky, and then Tommy, her best heart-stopping smile, and then she grinned when the guys caught sight of Trini.
Trini started her walk down slowly. She wore a strapless top with georgette skirt in the same soft yellow as the women who had come before her. Her long raven colored hair was curled and fell around her bare shoulders. She wore a pale yellow choker around her neck, with her crystal hanging from it, and in her ears she bore the crystal earrings. Trini smiled when she reached the altar, her eyes telling the guys that if they thought the bridesmaids and maid of honor looked gorgeous then they hadn’t seen anything yet.
Kimberly’s other niece, Deirdre, started walking toward her soon to be uncle. She wore a pretty pink gown in the same color as Katherine and Hayley’s but in the same style as her sister, and proceeded to drop pink and white colored rose petals on the white carpeting. When Deirdre was finished, the soft music that had been playing changed. Instead of the traditional wedding march, Nick Lachey’s “This I Swear” began to play.
You're there by my side
In every way
I know that you would not forsake me
I give you my life
Would not think twice
Your love is all I need believe me
The guests stood when Kimberly and Jason appeared under the trellis. Kim had decided that because she hadn’t been particularly close to her father or her stepfather the last few years that she didn’t want to choose between them to have one of them escort her down the aisle. Her next choice would have been Zordon, had he been alive, though she knew that even if he had been, that would have been impossible. He’d been more then a mentor and a teacher – Kim considered him her real father. The next logical choice for her was Jason, even though Tommy had asked him to be his best man. Jason had agreed to pull double duty – as soon as he gave her away, he’d step up with Tommy and the guys into his role as Best Man.
I may not say it quite as much as I should
When I say I love you darling that means for good
So open up your heart and let me in
And I will love you 'til forever
Until death do us part we'll be together
So take my hand and hold on tight
And we'll get there
This I swear
“Nervous?” Jason whispered softly for only her to hear as they waited for their cue to walk down the aisle.
“Terrified,” Kim whispered back. “I only have one regret – that he’s not here to see this.”
I'm wondering how I ever got by
Without you in my life to guide me
Where ever I go the one thing that's true
Is everything I do I do for you
“Tommy said the same thing. Think of it this way, he’s here because every one of his Rangers are here.”
I may not say it half as much as I should
When I say I love you darling that means for good
So open up your heart and let me in
Kim smiled and looked up at her big brother through her veil. “Jase?” The tone of her voice made Jason smile.
And I will love you 'til forever
Until death do us part we'll be together
So take my hand and hold on tight
And we'll get there
This I swear
“Ready?” Kim nodded. The pair began walking down the aisle, their eyes meeting the others’ before Kim’s locked onto Tommy’s.
Tommy couldn’t help but think how beautiful she looked. She wore a floor length, empire waist princess gown with a two foot train. She also wore white satin high heels, and on her head was a small tiara that kept her gauzy veil on, while her lovely brown locks had been pulled back into a sophisticated mass of curls that swept down over her shoulders.
As Jason and Kimberly stopped at the base of the steps the music quieted, and the pastor spoke loudly for all to hear. “Who gives this woman?”
Jason nodded slightly and in one voice, he, Trini, Zack, Billy, Aisha, Rocky, Adam, Kat, Tanya, Justin, Conner, Kira, Ethan, Trent, David and Hayley said, “We do.” Pastor Williams cracked up laughing, as did several of the guests.
Tommy smiled and Kim half laughed half sobbed. “Well, that’s a first. You’ve quite the family, Kimberly,” Pastor Williams joked.
Even though she was smiling, Kim’s voice came out choked, “I know.”
“Thomas, take Kimberly’s hand,” the holy man directed softly.
As Jason handed Kim over, he spoke in a clear voice. “From our protection to yours, Bro.” Tommy nodded and swallowed. Gripping Kim’s hand, Tommy moved as one with her to face the pastor, the music swelling as the end of the song neared, and Jason moved to stand between David and Tommy in his place as Best Man.
So whenever you get weary
Just reach out for me
I'll never let you down my love
When the music had faded, everyone’s attention went to Pastor Williams. “Friends and family, we are gathered here today to watch these two souls, Thomas James Oliver and Kimberly Ann Hart, unite their lives in holy matrimony,” Pastor Williams addressed the assembled mass. “But for many of you, you know that their lives have been joined together long before now. This ceremony only makes that long-time joining official in the eyes of the law, and is a pledge, made by them, before God. First, I’d like to share with you some of my discussion with Thomas and Kimberly from a few days ago, as well as the words I had with the men and women standing here with them today.”
The parents and relatives were a little confused, but stayed quite just the same as the pastor began to speak again. “You, Thomas, and you, Kimberly, have shared your story of inspiration with me. And today, you share it with those who mean the most to you. As the story goes, and Jason can correct me if I’m wrong,” Pastor Williams’ joke made Tommy, Kim, the adults in the wedding party as well as numerous guests laugh. Those who knew Jason knew he’d butt in if the story wasn’t shared correctly. “You two first saw each other at a karate tournament in Angel Grove, and then met the next day at school. From what you both told me, as well as the testimony of your friends, it was love at first sight.”
Tommy and Kimberly looked into each other’s eyes, their minds replaying their first meeting. It wound up being a week for the record books considering what had happened that week. First the tournament, then the whole evil Green Ranger incident, and then the rest of the week had been spent getting to know each other.
“However, as I was told, a misunderstanding nearly cost you both everything.” The six original Rangers and teammates shuddered at that. Tommy’s initial week as a Ranger being called a misunderstanding was an understatement. “And yet, love prevailed. You went through tough times, including a mild break up, before you found your way back to one another.” Jason, Zack, Trini, Billy, Tommy and Kim smiled at that. The pair hadn’t really broken up, Tommy had just lost his powers and had isolated himself from the others, before he’d been brought back by Zordon to be the White Ranger, but they hadn’t shared that with the pastor, merely passing the incident off as a small hitch in Tommy and Kim’s relationship.
“And then came Kimberly’s accident and departure for the Pan Global Games.” As soon as the words left Pastor Williams’ lips, Rocky, Adam, Aisha, Tommy, Kim, Billy and Kat flinched slightly, catching each other’s eyes. “I was told that some months after Kimberly left, the two of you parted ways.” Unconsciously, Tommy and Kim nodded. They were thankful when Pastor Williams glossed over their real breakup and the letter.
“Even though you went your separate ways, even though you both loved others and experienced different obstacles, even though you spent years apart, your love for one another brought you back together at the beginning of this summer. It was at this time, that Jason and Katherine informed me, you reestablished your relationship.”
Every Ranger present, and even a few none Rangers that knew the truth, shuddered at that. The events of the beginning of the summer still very much remained at the forefront of their thoughts, just as the events of the last few weeks did. Tommy and Kimberly really had been to hell and back for each other, time and time again.
“Because of all of this, you two stand before me, before this congregation, and before God, to pledge your futures, your lives, and your very souls to one another, from now until the end of time. The commitment you are about to make is, as I tell most couples, the ultimate commitment, but I cannot tell you that, because the two of you made that commitment long before today.”
Smiling, Pastor Williams gave a slight nod and Conner, Trent, Ethan and Justin came forward. “Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous,” Justin started, his eyes on the couple before him. At his nod, the young man in black and red spoke.
“Love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offense, and is not resentful,” Conner murmured, smiling at his mentors, before letting his gaze drift to Kira, who smiled brightly at him.
“Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse... to trust... to hope... and to endure... whatever comes.” Ethan smiled at the two. They had come a long way, from what he and the others had heard and what they’d witnessed. The final part of the reading, Trent’s part, he decided, was most appropriate.
“Love does not come to an end.” Trent’s gaze was steady and powerful as he witnessed the beginning of another phase of the fairy tale that had started years before.
Pastor Williams smiled after the four boys moved to step out of the way. “May I have the rings?” Jason and Trini grinned and handed the circular objects to Pastor Williams. “These rings symbolize a circle, unbroken and never ending, but they are only objects to be worn. The true commitment of marriage comes not from them, but from the hearts of those joined in marriage.”
The guests watched as the pastor moved closer to Tommy and Kimberly. “Turn and face one another,” Pastor Williams commanded softly. “Thomas and Kimberly have elected to recite vows they have written on their own. Thomas.”
Tommy swallowed the lump in his throat as he bowed his head, and then looked up through his tears to the woman who held his life in her very hands. “I was alone for so long,” he started in barely a whisper, which caused Kimberly’s lip to quiver. She had sat with him more times than she cared to count as he told her of how lonely his childhood had been, moving every year or so to a new place before he’d wound up in Angel Grove. “And then one day, I found myself thrust into your circle of friends, into your life. The circumstances of our first meeting weren’t the most pleasant.” At his words, the original five Rangers chuckled. “But I knew, the moment I laid eyes on you, that you were the one. People say things like that don’t happen, that it’s just make-believe, but I know better. I was a shy, gawky sixteen year old, fumbling his way through trying to get the attention of the most popular, gorgeous, beautiful girl in school. I didn’t even know it until much later that I didn’t need to try so hard, that all I had to be was myself for you to notice. I knew, without a doubt, the first time I kissed you next to Angel Grove Lake, that someday, we’d find our way here, I just never imagined it’d take us so long.”
Kimberly was full on crying as he fumbled his way through what was in his heart. His words touched a chord in her so deep that it made her ache. “You’ve been my enemy, my friend, my first female best friend, my teammate, my second in command; you’ve saved my butt more times then I care count.” Several of the Rangers, particularly Aisha, Rocky, Adam and Billy, laughed at Tommy’s words. “You’ve been my girlfriend, my heartache, my heart and soul, my lover, my one and only, and now you’re going to be my wife, but most importantly, you’ve always been my life. As long as you want me, I’m yours, Kimberly, now and forever.”
Tommy held her hands tightly as Kimberly struggled to get her voice to cooperate. “My Green Dragon, my knight in shinning armor on a White Tiger, my mighty White Falcon, winged lord of the skies, my brave Black Brachio,” Kimberly’s voice was a whisper, but it made Tommy’s eyes widen just the same. “You are the yin to my yang. Tommy, we’ve been through more in the last eleven years then anyone should have to go through, and though we strayed from the path of being together, it seems like we always find our way back. The last eight years of my life have been the most heart wrenching and lonely without you by my side.”
The team watched on in pained silence as Kimberly forged her way through her vows. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but none more damaging then letting you go. I have no words to describe what I’m feeling at this very moment. You’ve been my enemy, friend, best friend, teammate, leader, confidant, boyfriend, lover, heart and soul, and today, I know I have never felt more honored to know that you’re going to be my husband, from now until forever. Unlike you, there were times when I wondered if we’d ever make it this far, but standing here, right now, I know I never really gave up the hope that someday, someway, somehow, we’d find our way back to each other. Before our friends, our family, and those who share that special bond with us, I make this pledge to you - I’m yours, from now until forever.”
“Thomas, repeat after me,” Pastor Williams said, handing Tommy the ring. “With this ring...”
“With this ring...”
“I thee wed.”
“I thee wed,” Tommy finished, slipping the sparkling gold band of diamonds onto Kim’s finger.
“Kimberly, repeat after me. With this ring,” Pastor Williams said, handing Kimberly Tommy’s ring.
“With this ring,” Kim murmured through her tears.
“I thee wed.”
“I thee wed,” Kim finished, finally managing to get Tommy’s ring on his finger.
“By the power invested in my by God and the state of California, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Thomas, you may kiss your bride.”
Tommy leaned forward, lifted Kim’s veil, cupped her cheeks and then kissed her with the softest, most romantic kiss he could come up with.
“Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you, for the very first time, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Oliver.”
The crowd exploded into applause as Tommy and Kim turned to face them, and then proceeded back down the aisle, with their wedding party right behind them. They were headed for the spot Tommy and Kim had picked for their pictures to be taken.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please give a round of applause to Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Oliver!” Jason called over the microphone as the newly married couple came into the tent where they were having the reception.
Anton had graciously offered his property for the wedding reception, as there had been no other place in Reefside that was available that would have held nearly four hundred people.
The crowd applauded. “It’s about time!” a group of the couple’s friends called out.
Tommy merely glared while Kim laughed, the pair holding hands tightly.
“LET’S EAT!” Rocky whined.
“Always thinking with your stomach, huh Rocko?” Kim asked teasingly, winking at her friend.
Once the guests were seated, Jason stood up and cleared his throat, clinking the side of his glass to get everyone’s attention. “Everyone, please, may I have your attention?” Once everyone got quieted down, Jason started again. “It is both a privilege and a great honor that I get to make the first toast tonight.”
“My name is Jason, and I’ve known these two lovebirds for a very long time. In fact, I’ve known Kim since we were in diapers and Tommy since high school.”
Friends and family snickered as Kim glared at her friend. “So its with some authority that as best friend and best man, I know the poignant and embarrassing moments these two have had together and apart, since they met.”
Jason’s face went serious for a moment, choking back his emotions. “These two have been through more crap than any couple should have to go through. They know what hell is like, and they know what heaven is like. They’ve both lost their ways more times than the rest of us care to count. But in the end, they’ve always found their way back to one another.”
Tommy squeezed Kim’s hand and then the pair smiled up at Jason, who took that as his cue to continue. “First things first – HE would be proud of you both, proud that you’ve gotten back together and proud of what you’ve done in this last year. We’re proud of you. My wish for you is a long, happy, passionate, love filled life together. I want nieces and nephews to spoil, and soon.”
Kim cracked up laughing, even though she had tears rolling down her face, as did Tommy, who was blushing profusely.
“You two deserve to have everything you want. So, congratulations, and may the power protect you for the rest of your lives.”
Kim’s eyes were glassy and filled with tears, though they had stopped falling, as Jason finished his toast.
The assembled raised their glasses in a toast to the newly married couple.
After dinner had been finished, Zack, Kira and Tanya moved to the stage that had been set up at the front of the tent. “Will the bridge and groom step out onto the floor please?”
Tommy and Kim stood up, and the former Ranger leader led his wife out onto the dance floor as tables were shifted back so there was more room to dance.
Kira stood center stage with Tanya and Zack on either side of her, her guitar in hand. “We’re going to perform a medley of songs for your first dance,” Kira spoke while she finished strapping her guitar on. Zack stood to her right and Tanya was on her left, each with a microphone in hand.
Kim cried and laughed at the same time as the first strains of a familiar song began to play. The trio of Rangers sang, beautifully, Kim and Zack’s song, “Down The Road”, the very same one that they’d performed so many years ago for Tommy.
When that was done, the trio sang Tim McGraw’s “Its Your Love” which had Tommy pulling Kimberly close. He kissed her bare shoulder as they swayed to the music. The last song was one that Kira had written, called “Patiently”, that seemed to fit these two so well.
After the trip finished the last song, the DJ took over and Kim and Tommy made their way to them, hugging and thanking each of them for the wonderful gift that was their first dance.
Slowly, all the other couples in attendance came out onto the dance floor and joined Tommy and Kim, each gently swaying or getting their groove on to the songs provided by Zack’s cousin Curtis, who was the DJ.
“May I have this dance?”
Kira turned and saw Conner holding out his hand to her. Nodding shyly, Kira slipped her own hand into his and allowed him to pull her out into the middle of the dance floor before he pulled her as close as he could get her.
“I’m so glad nothing bad happened,” she whispered in his ear. “I don’t think we could take much more than we have.”
Conner shook his head at her and smiled serenely. “We’re Rangers, Kira, and if there’s anything I learned from the legacy we’ve become a part of, it’s that we can handle anything that’s thrown at us.”
The now retired Yellow Dino Thunder Ranger nodded, leaning her head against his shoulder as they swayed to the slow song that was playing. “Have I told you how beautiful you looked today?” Conner softly asked, laying his cheek against the top of her head.
Kira, startled by his question, looked up in surprise and then saw the gorgeous smile that spread across Conner’s face. “I’m not...”
“Yes, Kira, you are. I’ve come to realize, I fail all too often to tell you that. You are beautiful, inside and out.”
Kira felt her heart shudder and soar. “Thank you, Conner.”
“Have your bruises healed?” he changed the subject so she wasn’t uncomfortable. He watched her shudder when she thought back on the injuries she’d received two weeks ago after being tossed out of their zords and then being manhandled by Elsa and nearly three hundred Tyranodrones.
“All except the one on my right thigh, where Elsa’s sword sliced through it.”
Conner nodded, remembering the instant he’d seen Kira on the ground, Elsa’s sword protruding from her thigh, and the aforementioned minion standing over her laughing. He’d been stuck up in the Mezodon MegaZord and hadn’t been able to help her, which had hurt him so much.
Unconsciously, the retired Red Ranger pulled her closer, his arms tightening around her. “Conner?”
Looking down at her, Conner let his emotions show in his eyes. He’d been so scared that they’d list Kira, even with all of the others surrounding her during the fight, and now he was taking a lot more care to show her what he was feeling.
Smiling up at him, Kira leaned forward and kissed him softly. “ALRIGHT! BREAK IT UP!” Ethan laughed, pushing them apart.
Kira and Conner looked dazed and confused and then a little embarrassed.
All of the Rangers met up at Tommy and Kim’s later that night after the reception was over to say goodbye to one another without prying eyes around.
“You know, I’m really starting to hate goodbyes,” Conner grumbled as everyone conjugated in the Dino Thunder Lair. It was a tight squeeze, but somehow they managed it.
“Guys, Kim and I both want to thank you, all of you, for everything you’ve done for us; not just by being our friends and celebrating our marriage with us,” Tommy started, catching everyone’s attention. “But for everything you’ve done in the last couple of months in respect to the legacy we share, and the side job none of us ever seem to be able to escape.” A few chuckles were heard after that.
Kim smiled and raised her voice. “May the Power protect you, all of you, all the days of your lives.”
The room dropped into eerie silence then, each member of each team taking a moment to remember not only why they were doing this, but who they did it with.
“Alright Hayley, who’s first?” Tommy asked the technical genius who sat at the computer console. Since the incident on the island, Hayley had hooked the teleporter up to the main computer in the lair, so that it could be used in case of an emergency.
“Wild Force is up first,” Hayley called out as the six made their way to the computers.
“Guys, thanks for coming,” Tommy told them, grinning.
“Any time, Tommy, you know that,” Cole shook his hand and hugged Kim.
“If you need us, don’t hesitate to call,” Alyssa grinned, her and Kim hugging before the two girls turned and watched Taylor and Eric share a small peck on the lips.
“Thanks guys,” Kim spoke softly, stepping away from them.
“Teleporting now.” The six Rangers waved as they disappeared.
“Who’s next?” Jason asked Hayley from where he stood holding onto Kat’s waist, the blonde leaning her head back against his shoulder.
“Lost Galaxy,” Hayley commented, her fingers flying over the keyboard to input the coordinates.
Jason grinned, and then shouted, “LEO! YOU’RE UP!”
Hugs and handshakes were shared as the Lost Galaxy Rangers made their way up to the computers. “Thanks Leo,” Tommy said.
The Red Lost Galaxy Ranger grinned and then took Kendrix’s hand. “Not a problem, Tommy. You need us...” Leo started.
“We’ll call,” Kim grinned, her and Kendrix sharing that infamous Pink Ranger look.
“Teleporting now,” Hayley told them. Lost Galaxy waved as they disappeared in rays of light of their respective Ranger colors.
“We’ll go next,” Cam spoke up as the six ninjas and Sensei Watanabe stepped forward, all the while sharing goodbyes with those left.
“Thank you, you guys,” Conner spoke, Dino Thunder having stepped forward with them. The four teens felt like they’d found kindred spirits in Ninja Storm team as they were just as young and just as inexperienced as they were.
“Any time, Bro,” Shane smiled.
“Yeah, and don’t forget to come visit Blue Bay Harbor, it’s only an hour or two away,” Tori laughed, leaning against Blake’s shoulder.
“Teleporting now, guys.”
“Awww man! I hate this part!” Hunter’s grumbled complaint sounded just as they disappeared.
The remaining Rangers cracked up laughing before they moved up the stairs and out to the vehicles, or in the Space Rangers’ case, their ship, which were parked in the front yard of the Oliver homestead.
“I guess this is goodbye for us too,” Wes grinned.
“When are they going back?” Rocky asked, gesturing to Jen, Trip, Katie, and Lucas.
“Thanks Wes,” Tommy grinned.
“No worries. Thanks for another adventure.”
The Time Force team hopped into the two black SUV’s and took off amid waving and shouted goodbyes.
“Have a wonderful honeymoon,” Dana told Kim, the two Pink Rangers sharing a tight hug.
“We will. Expect a phone call before long, you know he won’t want to wait now that we’re retired,” Kim giggled, making Dana and Carter laugh while Tommy blushed.
“Thank you,” Tommy thanked them, shaking hands with Carter and Ryan while the others said goodbye.
“Thanks Ryan,” Conner stretched out his hand to shake the Titanium Ranger’s hand.
Ryan smiled and nodded. “You did a great job, Conner. Keep it up.”
“Come visit us!” Kelsey laughed, hugging Kira, Aisha, Trini and Tanya.
“We will!” Kira beamed happily.
There were more happy shouts of goodbye as the Rescue Humvee pulled out, Carter honking its horn as it went. “Well, we’re next,” Andros spoke, the Space team facing the Ninjetti and Zeo teams. Dino Thunder quietly stepped back, feeling like they were intruding on the moment.
“Andros...” Tommy started, not sure what to say to him. Thank you just didn’t seem like enough, especially since Andros had done them a great service, many times over.
“It wasn’t a problem, Tommy,” Andros grinned. “We’re always here if you need us.”
“Likewise,” Tommy told his fellow Red Ranger, the two men shaking hands.
“Goodbye!” The Space Rangers called as the seven of them walked up the ramp into the Mega Ship. As the Mega Ship lifted off, Dino Thunder moved back toward the Ninjetti and Zeo teams.
“I guess this is goodbye for us too,” Conner grinned.
“Have a hot time in Hawaii!” Trent laughed, hugging Tommy and Kim before moving to hug the others.
“Have a great honeymoon, we’ll see you when you get back,” Kira hugged both of them as well before she moved to say goodbye to the others.
“Bring me back something!” Ethan laughed until Kira and Hayley pinched his arms. “OW! DAMN! CONNER CONTROL YOUR WOMAN! AND TRENT! COME KEEP HAYLEY BUSY!”
“Ethan, a word of advice,” Rocky cracked up laughing. “You’re digging yourself a very deep hole with six women I know who could kick your ass, and a seventh I’m pretty sure could too if she’s provoked. Quit while you’re ahead.”
“Night Guys! Thanks for EVERYTHING!” Trent called as the four teenage Dino Thunder Rangers and Hayley got into Hayley and Conner’s cars and drove off.
“I’m out of here, I still need to go pick up Dad,” David started, hugging everyone. “You two have a lovely time on your honeymoon, you deserve it.”
As the Green Dino Ranger drove off, Jason and the others grouped around Kim and Tommy. “Guess its time for us to scoot too,” Jason murmured.
Hugs were shared, along with congratulations and promises to write, call and visit. “What time’s your flight tomorrow?” Billy asked.
“Nine. We’ll be up and out of here by seven,” Kim responded, linger as she hugged each of her friends. “I’m gonna miss you guys.”
Aisha laughed. “I doubt that. Besides, we’re a few hours away, no worries.”
“We’ll see you for Thanksgiving or Christmas!” Zack called as the ten of them piled into their various vehicles.
Tommy pulled Kim into his arms as they watched the last of their friends drive away. “Well, it certainly has been an interesting couple of months, hasn’t it?” Kim giggled when they moved to head into the house.
“No kidding,” Tommy chuckled, locking the door behind them. “However, I don’t ever want to hear the words Ranger or Games in the same sentence ever again.”
Kim smiled when they walked into their bedroom. “Tommy?”
“Yes Beautiful?” he asked, stripping off his shoes, pants, and shirt as he got ready for bed.
“I love you.”
Tommy grinned, and took her in his arms when she was done undressing. “I love you too, Mrs. Oliver.”
“That’s good, Dr. Oliver, cause you’re stuck with me, forever.”
Tommy laughed and they tumbled to the bed. “I don’t mind one bit. So, forever huh?” Tommy teased.
“Yeah,” Kim told him, snuggling into his arms, head against his chest. “You got a problem with that?” Kim shot back.
“Yeah,” Tommy told her, watching her eyes widen in disbelief. “It’s not long enough, not nearly long enough.”