Authors Note: Has Ashley found the right recipe for defrosting Zhane? Will Karone escape the torture of being on a slave planet and free the people on it? Well, read and find out! :) Feedback, as always, is most certainly welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org !
"I should've known. It was just too good to be true." Virola said as they worked.
"But, that doesn't mean we won't!" Karone assured her, "I mean, now that I know where this colony is, after I escape I can come back and--"
"That isn't going to happen." Virola interrupted her.
"What do you mean? Of course it is." Karone argued.
"No, Karone it isn't. No one has ever escaped Ioxin. It's impenetrable." Virola told her.
Karone shook her head; "I'll be the exception then."
TJ and Carlos saw her run past their rooms and followed her.
"Ash what's up?" TJ yelled from behind her.
"ANDROS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Ashley yelled again and burst through the doors of Zhane's room where she saw Andros sitting beside him, looking at her worriedly.
"Ash, what's wrong? Is everything okay? Is Astronema attacking again?" Andros asked.
But she had ran so fast, she was out of breath.
"I .......can't......talk.....need.....air......hold......on a......second..." She said in between breaths.
"It's okay, it's okay. Just calm down." Andros assured her sat her down in a chair.
TJ and Carlos finally ran into the room.
"What's up?" Carlos asked.
"I've found the cure for Zhane!" Ashley announced loudly and they all looked at her wildly.
"You did? How?!" TJ asked but Andros sighed and took the papers Ashley was holding and looked over them.
"This is the cure." Andros nodded his head.
"Then let's use it and wake him up--" Carlos started but Andros interrupted.
"I found it years ago, when Zhane was in this exact same condition. The only problem is, we don't have half of the stuff the antidote calls for." Andros broke the news to them and Ashley sighed heavily.
TJ walked over to the wall and punched it angrily, "Man! We're so close!"
"Wait, what all does it call for? I mean, maybe NASADA, or some scientific research facility on Earth would have some of it." Ashley suggested.
"It's worth a shot." Carlos added.
Andros looked at the paper again, then to all of them, "Let's do it."
"I will always be a Power Ranger. Make no mistake of that." Karone said sternly.
"I didn't mean to make you mad--" Virola started.
"You didn't. It's just-- I've been kidnapped before, and I've found my way home. This time will be no different." Karone explained, and Virola nodded her head.
"Then maybe.... you will be the one to lead us back to KO-35." She smiled and Karone lifted her head to look at her.
"Hydro-disclairium? Are you having trouble starting your space shuttle?" The scientist laughed.
"The White Ranger is in a cryogenic tube in hyper sleep. We need to awaken him. Any help you could give us would be greatly appreciated." Andros said.
"I really wish we could help you but, all the hydro-disclairium was destroyed in the last monster attack." The scientist told them and the rangers all sighed in frustration.
"Astronema." Andros stated and the others nodded their heads.
This had her name written all over it. Obviously she had found out the White Ranger was back in hypersleep and destroyed nearly all the ingredients for the antidote. What were they to do now? No one else in the universe would have half of the stuff the antidote called for.
"Thank you anyway. We appreciate it." TJ thanked and they teleported back to the Astro Megaship.
They all landed unmorphed on the bridge, and sat down.
"We've sent transmissions to every scientific facility in the universe and nobody has any of this. And the people that did have some, it has either disappeared or been destroyed by one of Astronema's monsters." Carlos shook his head; "This just isn't fair."
"It's like Astronema has been planning this all along." Ashley commented.
"What are we gonna do now? I mean, we're 2 rangers short. Astronema could attack at anytime, and Ashley's zord is still damaged. We can fight the whole evil empire with 3 zords very much longer." TJ said.
"First we have to repair Ashley's zord. Then we'll think of our long term plans that hopefully include Karone and Zhane." Andros said and TJ and Carlos stood up.
"Me and Teej will fix Ashley's zord. You two keep searching for Karone." Carlos said and he and TJ walked out of the room, leaving Ashley and Andros on the bridge.
"Well, better get started." Ashley sighed and got to work.
"I was just thinking, has anyone contacted Cassie and told her about all of this?" Andros asked her as they worked.
"Yeah, I talked to her this morning. She.... didn't take it very well." Ashley sighed.
They ran into the room, knocking over a few quantrons, then bowed.
"Yes, your highness?" Ecliptor asked.
"Yeah, yeah, what do you want? I was in the middle watching a new Pokemon episode!" Elgar bellowed.
"Not another word out of either of you fools!" She yelled, then straightened, "Now, Dark Specter is expecting me to take out the remaining four rangers. I happen to know that in the last battle, the Yellow Ranger's zord was damaged severely. It will take days to repair it."
"But we just attacked them yesterday!" Elgar interrupted and Astronema groaned annoyingly.
"That's why we're going to attack now you idiot!" She yelled at him, "Now go! And send Metallic Monster 3, Cerium!"
Ecliptor and Elgar bow and Elgar falls over clumsily. Ecliptor sighs and drags him out of the room to carry out their orders.
Astronema stomps her foot on the ground, "Why do I have to get the dumbest henchmen in the universe?"
"Yeah." Virola said casually and continued to work.
"KO-35?" Karone asked again.
"Yes, I believe I've said that numerous times now." Virola laughed.
Karone stopped working, "What do you mean, go back to KO-35?"
Virola stopped working, "Most of us are from our home planet, of KO-35. It's in the--"
"Kerova system." Karone finished.
"Yeah, the Kerova System." Virola continued, "It was heavily attacked by Dark Specter about 2....almost 3 years ago. They evacuated the planet. They sent half of us to a desert planet called Sentaur B, and the other half were supposed to go to Wesican, but our radar was jammed by Dark Specter and we crash landed here, on Ioxin. Dark Specter had just began making this his slave planet."
"Wait, wait, wait, wait. So you're saying that almost all of these people, are originally from KO-35." Karone's mind just couldn't comprehend all of this.
"That's exactly what I'm saying....why? Do you think you might know someone here?" Virola asked.
Karone grabbed Virola's arm, "I'm from KO-35."
"A monster has bee detected in Angel Grove." DECA informed them and the two rangers shot up out of their chairs.
"Great this is just what we needed." Ashley said sarcastically.
"Let's just hope TJ and Carlos have finished repairing your zord." Andros said as they both raced to the Glider bay where they were met by TJ and Carlos.
"We just got done with your zord Ash. It isn't fully repaired, but it shouldn't give you any problems." TJ said in a rush as they stood in front of their tubes.
Ashley nodded her head and they all jumped down to the Earth's surface.
"No, no. I was kidnapped when I was little...by Darkonda. But my brother and parents...they lived on KO-35 until the day it was attacked." Karone explained in a rush.
A guard walked over to them and shouted, "Get back to work!" then walked away.
They picked up their shovels and continued working.
"You should ask around, and see if anyone knows if your brother and parents are here." Virola suggested.
"My brother is a Power Ranger too. Andros." Karone told her.
Virola lifted her head in shock, "Andros! You're Andros' sister! Oh my god!"
"You know Andros?" Karone asked curiously.
"I didn't know him, but I had heard of him. He was--I mean is the Red Ranger, right?" Virola asked.
"Yeah, that's him!" Karone smiled.
"He fought with the Silver Ranger....Zhane?" Virola tried to remember.
"Yeah, Zhane. He's now the White Ranger." Karone nodded.
"They fought until the very end. They are very brave. Finally the KO-35 ambassador told them to retreat. I was told the Silver--I mean White Ranger was injured in the final battle." Virola said.
"He was. My brother put him in a cryogenic tube so he could heal in hypersleep. He stayed there for 2 years. But of course...I wasn't there for any of this." Karone explained.
Virola looked at her interestingly, "Tell me your story."
Karone nodded her head and began telling her all that had happened to her as they worked in the pouring rain.
"Ha! Rangers! At last we meet! I am Cerium! Your worst nightmare!" The monster growled.
"We're gonna take you down!" TJ threatened.
"Zeonizers!" Andros yells and they all draw out their Zeonizers, "Fire!"
They shoot multiple times at the monster and it falls a few steps backwards, but then laughs.
"It will take a lot more than that to defeat me!" The monster laughed.
"We were counting on it!" Ashley retorted and held out her hands, "Power Daggers!"
"Power Lance!" TJ yells and it appears in his hand.
"Power Axe!" Carlos yells and it appears in his hand.
"Power Sword!" Andros yells and it appears in his hand. He runs up to the monster and strikes it across the chest, causing sparks to fly. He quickly moves away so the others can get a clear shot.
Ashley throws the Power Daggers at the monster and he falls backwards.
"I'm....not...finished...yet.....rangers..." The monster groaned in pain and stood up.
"Ya!" TJ yells as he strikes it with the Power Lance, then Carlos strikes him with the Power Axe and the monster explodes. But to their surprise, it grows gigantic in size.
"We need Turbo Car Power, Now!" They yell in unison.
"Turbo Car 1, Black Thunder!" Carlos yells and teleports into his car.
"Turbo Car 2, Blue Crush!" TJ yells and teleports into his car.
"Turbo Car 3, Yellow Bolt!" Ashley yells and teleports into her car.
"Turbo Car 5, Red Lightening!" Andros yells and teleports into his car.
"Enlarged and Warrior mode, now!" Andros commands and they shift to enlarged Warrior mode.
"Yellow Bolt is doing good!" Ashley reports.
"Blue Crush, ready for action!" TJ says.
"Black Thunder, ready to roar!" Carlos informs enthusiastically.
"Red Lightening, online!" Andros adds and they all maneuver themselves towards the monster.
The monster surprised them and shot out an electric rope at Blue Crush. It tied TJ's zord up and started damaging it.
"Guys, I need help!" TJ yelled over the intercom.
"Yellow Bolt, Fire!" Ashley yelled and her zord shot out what looked like lightening bolts at the monster, making it take a few steps backwards.
"Black Thunder, Fire!" Carlos mimics Ashley and sends the monster flying back even farther.
"Red Lightening, Destruct-Punch!" Andros yells and his zord raises its arms level to the monster and fires 2-fire balls, destroying the monster.
"Yeah! Great job guys!" Ashley congratulated.
"Yeah but, we used a lot of auxiliary power." Andros interrupted, "We can't keep this up much longer. We need at least one other person if we want any chance of beating the last 3 of these Metallic Monsters Dark Specter has."
They all sighed and sat down in chairs to continue the search for Karone, and the bridge door slid open.
"What?" Carlos asked and they all spun around to face.... Cassie!
"Cassie!" Ashley yelled in joy and ran over to her friend, giving her a huge hug.
"Hey guys!" Cassie hugged all of them.
"What are you doing here?" TJ asked, smiling.
"After finding out what happened, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else but here." She hugged Andros then asked him, "Are you okay?"
"Yeah, I'll be alright." Andros assured her and gave her a smile.
"How long are you gonna stay?" Carlos asked.
"Well, in a few days I have to go back. I'm a part of the Galaxy Alliance now and there's another meeting soon." Cassie said and everyone sighed in disappointment.
"Andros, could it be possible for Cassie to use Karone's morpher and be a temporary Pink Ranger?" TJ asked curiously.
Andros frowned and picked up his sisters' morpher that they had picked up after she was kidnapped, "The Pink Power is still attached to Karone. I'm afraid a power transfer is impossible unless Karone was here. Someone else trying to use her morpher would automatically be destroyed."
They all looked to the ground sadly, then Cassie took the Pink Morpher and looked at it curiously, "Ashley filled me in on how you go the new powers. But what did you say that guy's name was again? The guy that gave it to you."
"Collier." Ashley told her, then a light bulb came on inside her head, "Guys, that's it!"
"That's what?" Carlos asked.
"Collier!" Ashley jumped up in excitement; "Maybe Collier could help us with Zhane and find Karone!"
"It is not us princess....the monsters are--" Ecliptor started.
"Shut up! I don't want to hear any of your petty excuses! Those rangers are still alive and your direct orders were to destroy them!" Astronema screeched, "How many times do I have to tell you. If I don't destroy the rangers, then Dark Specter will send Vixrothia or Divatox back. And if that happens do you know what will happen to you?"
"Uhh..." Elgar scratches his head; "We'll get a better boss."
"No you idiot!" Astronema growled at the insult, "You will be destroyed! Or better yet.....sent to play with Scrudly for eternity!"
"No, not Scrudly!" Elgar protested.
Astronema just groaned and waved her hand, "Leave me. Just leave."
Elgar shrugged his shoulders and walked out of the room with Ecliptor behind him.
Astronema sat down on her throne and slammed her fist down, "Blast those rangers! They will regret this!"
"Yep." Karone said as they worked.
"That is one amazing story Karone. I just wish I could help you out. The name Lanrydan sounds very familiar. Are you sure your parents didn't survive?" Virola asked.
"Andros said they both died in the attacks." Karone said sadly.
"That is so sad!" Virola sympathized, but a man interrupted their conversation.
"Excuse me, but you're new here aren't you?" The man asked Karone.
"Ummm...yeah..." Karone stuttered.
He held out a sheet of crumpled paper, "Please sign this."
"What is it?" Karone asked as she took the paper from him and read over it.
"We're trying to keep a list of everyone on the planet so people can
contact their relatives." The man replied and Karone raised her