Author's Notes: Okay, so this is the sequel to "Setting the Record Straight". If you haven't read it, I recommend that you do. Otherwise, you might get somewhat confused. This story continues with the thoughts of Cassie as she wonders where the Phantom Ranger might be. This also portrays T.J's thoughts as he is watching Cassie. The names at the top of each section indicate whose thoughts those are. Right now, I'm thinking of writing one more story to round out the other two. I'd love to get some feedback on this. Comments, flames, the usual whatever can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear from you. Okay, bored you enough........now, on with the show!
"Where are you?" I whispered. I look up at the brilliant night sky. I have to wonder. Is he safe? Could he be hurt? It had been so long since I heard from him. I wish I knew where the Phantom Ranger was.
I have every right to be worried about him, he is after all, my brother. I never would have thought that he would become a Power Ranger too. Of course, he had been a Ranger before me. And now, after only having heard from him once in the past months, I worry. I know what kind of life a Power Ranger leads. And he's all alone out there. He certainly has it much worse than me, I mean, at least I have my friends.
I know that everyone is worried about me. It certainly isn't difficult to see why. I look like hell. I've barely eaten or slept in the past few days. But I can't help it, I've got too much on my mind. I'm sure that they all think that I'm worried about the Phantom Ranger, romantically that is. I still haven't told them the truth.
Why not? It's not that I don't trust them; but secrets, when told, have a bad way of reaching the ears of your worst enemies. And frankly, I don't want half of the Alliance of Evil after Robbie just to get to me. I don't want to feel like the weak link in the chain. So, our connection stays a secret.
Yes, I followed her. Who wouldn't, with the Psycho Rangers running loose? Alright, so probably only I would follow Cassie at this time of night. The others would think me crazy to do this. But I love her, what else can I do?
I cringe as I hear her whisper, "Where are you?" I know who it's meant for, the Phantom Ranger. Why Cassie? Why must you be in love with someone who's causing you so much pain? I watch as she looks at the sky. She must be wondering if he's alright.
I could kill him right now, well alright, I could really hurt him. He doesn't deserve Cassie. She has put her heart out for him, and he hasn't bothered contacting her in months. But perhaps I ought to give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he can't communicate, I don't know. All I know is that Cassie deserves someone really special. But, as much as I would like that person to be me, I know that it will never be. She doesn't love me. And so I watch.
Cassie, you invade my dreams, my thoughts, my very soul. You stole my heart from the moment we met. I wish I could be there for you.
Old memories begin to run though my mind. A rotten childhood; absent parents; a terrific older brother; running away; coming to Angel Grove; becoming a Turbo Ranger; becoming a Space Ranger; meeting all my friends; meeting T.J. What would my life had been like if I hadn't followed him that day?
Should I tell them? I don't know. I suppose it would save me a lot of grief. I know that my friends would never tell. But what if word somehow got out? Would I be putting my brother in more danger than he's already in? I would never be able to live with myself if I did. No, Robbie's safety is more important than my happiness.
I see her get up and walk around. Occasionally, she looks up into the sky. Searching. Searching for him. It hurts me to watch, yet I can't take my eyes away. One last look, before I set her free. I know that she can only be happy with him.
I'll keep her safe for you Phantom. You'll have someone to come back to. Her happiness means everything to me.
I wish I knew where he was. I wish I knew that he was safe. Most of all, I wish that there was
something that I could do for him right now. But tonight, I can do no more than pray. Please, let
Robbie come home safe. He's my brother, and I love him.