Author Note: This takes place in a different time zone and a different story of an old city lost on Earth. Also it has to deal with a two children lost and yet found again. The setting is different then most places. It is basically an underground city that is in a bubble of sort. I did a fictional fact so don't get antsy if it doesn't match the actual history. After all this is a fic and it might as well be a little bit fantasy like. Well, have fun and be good.
A time before the Greek and the every mighty Rome, there was a city that was claim to be called Alantis. There were rumors that Alantis was a city on the water, in the air, but the most bizarre rumor for the folk tales was that Alantis was an underwater city. No one knows how Alantis had fallen, but it was said that their powers were great and that power ended up destroying them. Some thought the god Titian was envious of the city and destroyed it with a blow. But none know the real truth of Alantis, except for two children. One was the Lost Child of Alantis, the true ruler and the heir of its powers. Another was the protector of this child called The Shadow, Prince of Vestine, a neighboring city.
Alantis, when it was still standing.
The sun was upward in the sky, casting shadows across a courtyard. A glass bubble surrounded the area and the sight of deep blue water with tiny fish swam by in waves. Other bubbles of these structures were seen and the floor was lined with soft shells with designs of nature. A large skeletal structure of the coral reef in multi-colors was seen on the outskirts of the structure.
"Oh Kerrian!! Where are you?" A little girl of six with black eyes and darker hair cried out with glee as she skipped along the shell-floored room. She was clothed in a pattern of cloth in the shade of blue that trails down from her arms to the floor. Her dark long hair was a shower of starfish's in pink and gold.
A little boy at the age of seven with dark black hair and green eyes sneaked up behind the little girl and tickled her. "Right here!!!" The little girl squealed in laughter. She turned around and laughed at him and hugged him. He was dressed in a dark black clothing. The sides were lined with a ribbon in the shade of red and around his neck was a ruby on a large chain of gold.
"There you are Kerrian!!" She chuckled as she let go of him. Her eyes went over him and smiled in happiness.
Kerrian laughed and took her hand into his," Did you miss me, Calanta?"
"Of course I miss you silly!! Why you think I was looking for you?" She looked indignantly with a pout.
Kerrian chuckled, "Probably because you want to see me do those magic tricks!!"
The children continued to talk, not noticing a man and a woman looking at them with watchful eyes. The men spoke to the woman in worry. "I hope they would be good rulers Tinria." His green eyes were worried and wrinkles were on the sides of his eyes. His dark hair had silver streaks in them, signifying age, and he wore a red tunic with black pants.
"I know what you mean Inta," the woman replied. Her black eyes were full of love for the scene playing out for her. "Hopefully we can keep our cities alive and by joining Alantis and Vestine ensure our children's survival."
Inta nodded his head, "They are in love. The betroy was a wise one Tinria. I only wish Marani, my wife, would have lived long enough to see our son marry."
Tinria's eyes sobered at the thought. "I know what you mean Inta. Both your wife and my husband died at that first wave of attack."
Inta felt tear's come to his eyes, "Luckily, our children and we were on another transport to the underwater city."
Tinria patted Inta's arm in a gesture of comfort, "I know that diplomatic meeting was all but a trap. The uplanders were allied with the evil called Dark Specter." I should have known. I've should have stop him from going, She though bitterly at herself.
Inta sighed, "Luckily the location of Alantis and Vestine are still safe and hidden from uplanders." He walked to the pillar that held up partial of the bubble structure and leaned on the smooth marble surface. At least our stupidity of peaceful coexistence did not cost our civilizations, He thought in relief.
"At least here, Inta, our children are safe...and when we join their powers together like the prophecy says, they will defeat the evil. That has taken so many dear people of ours." She said with a vicious voice. I will have my revenge on those that cost the lives of my husband and my people.
Inta grimaced, "If only Dark Specter didn't employ that Pirate Queen Divatox. She's been capturing our people that have traveled away from our city in great distance to neighboring cities." A woman who I scar on the face and now she seeks revenge on me, He though grimly.
He heard a soft ruffle of clothing as the woman approached him, "Thank god they didn't tell her our city and where it is located." At least now we have a chance to survive against this dreadful ordeal.
She watch him nod his head, "Our people are brave and loyal. That is why we are a pure cities as it should be. No poverty, war as it was in our past, no more weapons of mass destructions. But could our scholarly duties also be the death of us?" He queried in a strained voice.
Chuckling softly Tinria approached him," Now you just sound like your wife, Marani." To imagine a tragedy like this brought our people more closely together.
"Perhaps I do....." He smiled dreamily about his dead wife and it brought pain at remembering her. "I could almost see her in our son. When ever he sleeps or smile at me. Almost like his mother he is... stubborn headed and polite as usual."
"HA at least your child is well behave. I tell you my Calanta is a handful. Just like her father, Kao. I swear those two use to bring me white hair when ever they go out on those blasted Sea Horses!!" Her eyes flared with irritation at the memory before her.
"More papa!! More!!" The little girl squeal with joy as she hang on to her father's shoulders with her arms. She was in a suit with a helmet on that allow for passage of air to convert water to oxygen.
The man chuckled at his little daughters happiness," Okay Calanta hang on to Papa."
"KAO!!" Tinria shouted through their communication apparatus that was embedded into the helmet." Stop that before you break both of your neck's!!" She felt panic go though her in terror as she watch them do a loop around the corral reef.
Kao finish the flip and travel the sea horse to his wife's location," Oh oh...Cal...it seems your mother is mad at us..."
"Uh oh..." Was the child's reply as she and her father went back to a infuriated mother.
Inta chuckled. "Well, that would have been a funny thing to see." He saw her give him a distasteful glance. Oh oh..now I am in for it. He though in amusement.
"It wasn't funny and just because you're my daughter's future father in law, don't think it is going to give you any leverage." Tinria snorted, very unlady like.
"I see where Calanta gets her spunk from." He commented dryly.
"Sure, King of Vestine....go ahead and if you want to see spunk, I'll show you spunk." She took out a shell connected to a string and swung it back and forth. He is toast.
Inta's eyes widened when he saw the weapon. "Okay, Okay, Queen of Alantis!! Sheesh!!" He saw the smirk on her face and grinned in good nature.
Tinria looked around and frowned. "Hey, where did they go?" Oh, great, now where'd that child sneak off to?
Inta chuckled and shook his head. "Don't worry, Kerrian will take care of her. After all, you did name him her honorary knight." Well, that would have pleased both of them.
Tinria shook her head. "I named him as her protector or her shadow..." She chuckled at the thought of that boy being her little girl's shadow, to say the least. She had never seen so much love and devotion those two had. Amazing that the prophet of their two cities named them the Gems of Love.
Inta shook his head. "That was what his name meant when Marani named him." He shook his head in his memories. "She named him her little shadow when he started to follow her around with his eyes." His lips quirked at the thought of his darling wife and child. "He even followed her when he was old enough to crawl. They were quite a pair...and I loved them dearly." I wish I could see my wife again. He thought tiredly.
Tinria smiled. "A lovely memory, Inta...now where are those two!!" She heard the King of Vestine chuckle at her outrage.
"Oh calm down. After all, they are just children. How much trouble do you suppose they can get into?" He questioned with no concern. Besides, Kerrian would keep them out of trouble.
Tinria look at Inta in exasperation. "With my child? A lot!" I just shiver at the though of what she did to the poor cook in the kitchen. She thought with amusement. Slowly rising forward, she headed out to find her little troublemaker.
"Tinria, where are you going?" He queried in puzzlement.
"Simple; I am going to go find my little trouble maker and your shadow." Her cloak of pink and gold shimmered out of his sight as he turned the corner.
Sighing in flaggasted impatient, he went after the worrywart. "You begin to wonder if she ever relaxed." He muttered as his red and black clothes disappeared to out of sight.
Kerrian grinned at Calanta, who was in a pond of water from a hot spring. He told her not to jump in with all her clothes on. But he knew that whatever he told her she would, not heed for she was like, he thought, a mythical creature that was playful. He always loved her for her cute insights. "Be careful the stones are hot in the water."
But all the response he got from her was a giggle and saying, "It is not hotty it feels goody." Her black ebony eyes twinkled with mischief as her hair streamed all over the area. The blue dress that she was wearing turned into a darker blue color from absorbing the water. "Why don't you join me?" She asked innocently.
Kerrian shook his head. "Un un..I am the lifeguard. I am suppose to guard you." Besides, I like watching her swim and she swims faster then I can. But I will never tell her that for she will tease me about it. He thought.
Calanta pouted. "Oh pooh...." She then dived into the water and a splash of water hit Kerrian in the face.
"Hey!!" He exclaimed and wiped the water from his face. Frowning at water, he didn't see where Calanta went to. "Cal? Cal, where are you?" His voice was in panic when he didn't see her surface. "Cal? Where are you?" He jumped into the water and looked all over the area for his betroyed. Diving into the water and glancing everywhere, he tried to find his loved one. But in vain, there was nothing in sight, he surfaced again.
Tinria had been looking everywhere for her child and the Prince of Vestine. She finally spotted Kerrian and saw that he was diving in fanatic motion. "Kerrian?? What is going on?" She quickly rushed over to where the boy was and look around in vain. "Where is Calanta?"
Kerrian looked down. "She was here and she dived in...I got splashed with water and now I can't find her." He said with a down casted voice.
Tinria looked around frantically, "CALANTA!!" Oh, god, I can't lose my baby now. She though in vain as she looked everywhere.
Inta appeared and frowned at the frantic Queen of Alantis, "What is wrong Tinria?"
Tinria looked at Inta with dread, "Calanta is missing."
Inta looked at his son with concern, streams of tears were running down his son's cheeks. "Kerrian, where did Calanta go?"
"I don't know, she was swimming one moment and the next she was gone..." His lips trembled with tears at the loss of his love.
Tinria sent her palace guard to almost everyone in the kingdom to search for her child. But all they found was the a torn blue dress with a starfish clip and a device that was half burnt. To some of the scientists, they believed that the transmitter was a kidnapping tool. For what purpose, they weren't sure, but they were positive that it was a transporter of some sort.
Kerrian was heart broken and he became a shadow of his mere self. He, of course, never would give up the search of his betroyal.
Few Months later
"Run Kerrian!" Inta screamed at his son. He kept on fighting the pirhanatrons and a few monsters, the heat of wounds made his skin burn as he defended himself and his son from the invading forces.
Tinria slashed back at one of the forces as she screamed out to her people. "Run everyone! Run and go to the transports NOW!!"
People started to run everywhere while the army guards of Alantis and Vestine quickly blocked and kept the forces from attacking the transports. Inta quickly shoved his son to a man and yelled at him, "Get the Prince out of here...take him to Inqirius or Eltar...now...find Zordon or Dimitria...they will protect him!!" He shot at another pirhanatron as he ducked and kept the fire from going toward his son.
"NO NO NO...father!! Father!!" Kerrian yelled at his father. "I want to stay, FATHER! FATHER!!!" The boy was shoved into a transport and the door closed as he was crying out to his father.
Inta breathed and glanced at Tinria. "We never thought this would happen..." May Zordon and Dimitria take care of my son. May he live long enough and be safe. He thought as he kept on fighting.
Tinria breathed and panted hard; she had a deep gash at the side of her face and a dark deep wound at the side of her chest. "We have to seal off Alantis...or else.." She gasped out. "Our children will have nothing to come back to..."
Inta growled as he blocked. "Don't be a fool, Tinria, we have to save ourselves and keep a rebellion going. We also have to protect the Rings for them..."
The Queen of Alantis kept on fighting as she flipped away. "You don't understand, Inta...." She felt pain shatter through her and weakly blocked out the thoughts and senses. "The rings...are here..."
Inta look surprised. "What do you mean..."
Tinria gasped out and breathed hard as she fell weakly to her knees. A monster was about to take a blow at her, but a Ranger suddenly appears and slashed the monster to shreds. "Queen Tinria, King Inta..." The voice bubbled in a foreign accent, "We are the Rangers of Aquitar. Please, come with us, before it is too late."
Inta looked surprised at the Rangers and frowned. "Dilphiels?" He asked, uncertain.
The Blue Aquitian Ranger chuckled. "Who else, old friend? Been long time...come on!!" He helped the two as his teammates kept on battling. They were teleported quickly to an underground location of a cave where water still ran. It was the area where the Alantis catacombs spread outward, into every region of the Earth, in quick tunnels and transportation through the center of the Earth to the other side.
Inta coughed and breathed out in pain, "Dilphiels, do you know if my son made it?"
Dilphiels demorphed and a purple headdress was on his head and spots were on his skin where a half mature Aquitarian looked like. His purple robes in deep shades were in a neat, pressed style. "I am afraid, my friend, your son was injured."
Inta's eyes widened. "What? How much? Will he be alright?" Panic was on the outskirts of his mind but he managed to press back the fear. I can't lose him...I can't..He thought in sheer pain.
Dilphiels look grim while trying to remain serene and calm. "When the transport was heading toward a hyper rush nine, a fighter that belonged to Dark Specter appeared out of nowhere and fired upon the transport. They sustained heavy damages and barely made it. While in hyper rush, most of the outer hall buckled. On a two hundred-passenger crew, only twenty people survived with out any injuries. At least fifty people were reported to be in heavy injuries and the other one hundred and thirty was reported dead." He bowed his head and raised his hands into a gesture of blessing and sympathy. "Your son, of course, was well recognized and Zordon has already arrived on our planet to tend to him."
Inta nodded his head and prayed. "I hope my brother can save my son's life."
Dilphiels looked grim. "If possible, he would do anything in his power to help him." I know that he will; Zordon is a honorable being.
Inta looked confused. Why are we still here? Why aren't we aren't on a transport to Aquitar now?" Aren't we suppose to evacuate all of our people right now? Or at least join in the fight?
Dilphiels sighed. "We have heavy fire on transports and it is to dangerous now to go travel in one." If we all did, we would become toasted fish sticks. YUCK!!
Tinria moaned softly, the two men gathering around her and looking down concern. "Are you alright, Tinria?" Inta asked.
"Queen Tinria, are you okay?" Dilphiels queried.
Tinria shook her head. "We must go back and protect Alantis...the rings...are part..of Alantis...." In order to kill evil, we must protect the rings.
Inta frowned, "So the rings are part of Alantis? Where?" He looked baffled. Why in Vestine are the rings part of Alantis? Also why would a idiot put them there?
Tinria shook her head. "No no..the rings are rings as in circles on fingers...they are a large crystal part of the power supply and foundation of Alantis...." She slowly got up stemming the wound on her side.
Dilphiels quickly got out a med kit from his robe and proceed to place a dark paper ribbon onto her arm where a cut was at. The paper immediate melted over the wound and bandage the area automatically. He then press another paper onto her chest area where the wound was and immediately the area sealed up. He then got out a regenerator that was a sort of light looking pen and wave it over her wound, slowly the wound faded. As he worked he asked in a curious voice. "How do you propose saving Alantis, Queen Tinria?"
Tinria smiled a thank you to the Aquitian. "There was a file safe built into our city when we discovered about Dark Specter. But there is one problem...when sealing up Alantis, the place around the structure, like the coral reef, will gather together and cover up the city. There will be an earth quake as the waterbeds reform and there would be great cavernous depths." She looked grim. "One person has to go in to activate the safe; whoever is left in the city will die from suffocation and poisoning. But there is one good thing there is a mechanism called a cryogenic tube. It will freeze a person for long period of time. It has not been tested yet, so I am not sure if there is a success rate, but it sure beats being poisoned or suffocated."
Inta looks at Tinria. "I'll do it." Only way to ensure that Dark Specter doesn't get the city and the power source.
Tinria growled, "You don't know how to operate it...I should do it."
"Hell no...you can barely walk." Inta yelped out at Tinria.
Dilphiels looked at both of them, "One of you do it!!"
"I WILL!!" They both answered at the same time.
Dilphiels shook his head, "We don't have time for this, you two pig headed people."
They looked at each other, "His right." Tinria answered.
Inta nodded his head. "How about this; which ever one of us can make it to the safe. After all, I know things never go as planned, anyway."
Dilphiels sighed, "Why do I even bother?"
They both laughed at him as they teleported back to Alantis' Center of Command.
Kerrian woke up to darkness and felt tired. He was back at his home, where the flowers of lily fair sparkled. "Home?" He looked puzzled. He walked toward the light but a figure blocked him. He looked up, startled, and gasped out in disbelief. "Mother?"
The woman who was dressed in a white silk dress looked sadly and lovingly at her son. "Hello, my little shadow..." She whispered gently. Her blue eyes sparkled with love as she held him in her arms. "I missed you so much."
Kerrian looked curious, "Aren't you dead?"
Marani look sadly at her son, "Yes, Kerrian, I am dead..."
The little boy look confused, "Am I dead?"
Marani shook her head. "Not if you decide not to be..." She smiled as she held him to her and kissed him on the cheek, "You have to go back, my little shadow."
"But why?" He queried, confused, as tears started to leak out of his eyes.
Marani took a deep breath, "Because there is someone out there that needs you. She's been waiting a long time...to see you again."
Kerrian frowned. "Who?"
Marani turned her son back to the dark and pointed to a blue green planet. "She is on that planet, on the uplanders world; she is waiting for you."
Kerrian frowned, "On Earth, the uplanders?"
She nodded her head and whispered. "They need you. Your job in life hasn't been done yet."
Kerrian frowned. "But I don't want to leave you mother..." A finger was placed on his lips and he heard his mother's voice near his ear.
"Look closely to your heart, my son, and look deeper to the planet. Then you shall see whom I am pointing to..." Her hand glided over her son's black hair as she gently pushed him toward the planet.
Kerrian squinted and squinted and the planet came closer and closer until he saw the land. A large chunk of it and a city appeared with a little girl sitting in the grass, looking out at a pond. She instinctively sensed a presence and looked up. Dark eyes stared up into the sky, her hair flowing down her back and sadness was there in her eyes.
"CALANTA!!!!" He cried out, "CALANTA!!!" He felt the darkness swallow him up and he watched as his vision blur into a bright flash of light, "CALANTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" He screamed out.
The sound of machines beeping came to his auditory input. A voice sounded, "He's awake, Zordon." A metallic clank was heard.
"Thank you for informing me, Alpha 5." A loud booming voice was heard in the room.
Kerrian look up confused and looked down at himself. He saw that he was encased in a black suit of armor and his ruby in the center of a metallic plate. "Where am I?" He asked and was surprised to hear his voice distorted.
"You're on Aquitar, my nephew." The voice boomed.
Kerrian look up and squinted through his visor at a large floating head. "Uncle?" He asked confused. "What happened to you?"
"Something grim, Kerrian...and it seems we were some what successful to save your life." The large head looked somberly.
"What am I?" He asked. "How did this happen?" His mind was rambling on, This isn't possible why am I in this form? How can this happen?
"It seems, Kerrian, that you were dying. The transport you were on was heavily damaged when it arrived to this planet." Zordon's head bobbled in his tube. "You were near a console when it exploded, causing several fractures and broken bones."
Alpha 5 walked toward him. "You needed to be stabilized, so the Rangers contacted Zordon."
"Rangers?" He asked, puzzled.
Zordon grinned. "Yes, the Aquitian Rangers; they are our friends and they protect their planet." He motioned towards Alpha, who then proceeded to get something. "They recognize you, since your father is my cousin. Anyway, I noticed that you had a ruby that had great powers, though it needed to be fused with another power. In turn I used my energy to tame it for your use and Alpha used the morphin grid's energy. It is right now as we're speaking healing your body at a really slow pace." Hopefully it heals him by the time he is a teenager.
Alpha 5 appeared next to him and handed him a device. "This is a morpher; it is part of your suit and controls your weapon options. It seems you are somewhat of a Ranger." Now if I can find that can opener for a little bit of lunch.
Zordon grinned. "We did not have a choice on the armor or the whole outlook. It seems the powers from the Morphin' Grid choose for us." Usually, this is not possible, but like they, say the power chooses.
Kerrian looked up in concern. "Is my father alright?" Please say that he is. I should have fought to stay by him. He thought.
Zordon look sad. "I am not sure, Kerrian. We lost contact with Alantis sometime after the attack." He quickly tred to reassure his nephew. "But I am sure he is alright. Your father, after all, is brave." I hope he is alright...I don't need to lose anymore of my family.
The boy nodded his head. "I hope so..." He then looked confused. "How do I get out of this tin can?" I want out of this thing. Someone get this helmet off me; it stinks in here.
Zordon, if he could, would have shrugged at the given moment, of course he didn't have a body. "I don't know..."
Kerrian sighed and thought to himself, Someone get me out of this thing!! All of a sudden, his suit disappeared in a flash and all that remained was him in a hospital gown of pink.
Zordon refrained from laughing at the sight. "Well, it seems you now know how to control that...now what exactly do we call you?"
Kerrian fisted his hands. "Am I really a Ranger?" If I am, I can start to fight against evil.
Zordon nodded his head. "Yes...but not before your training. You have to be trained to fight."
The boy squinted. "What planet then? I notice you said the Aquitian Rangers...what planet do I defend?"
Zordon tilted his head. "I am not sure...I suppose which ever planet you choose to protect." Hopefully, he doesn't chose to defend the cheese galaxy. He'll probably end up as the Cheese Ranger.
Kerrian nodded his head. "Then I choose all of them, but since I am Vestian and Eltarian by blood, I will be the Ranger from Eltar." He thought childishly, since he was still nine. I will be a Knight to all of those that are suffering from the hands of evil. (Authors note: Yes it sounds corny. But give him a break, he is a kid, lol)
Zordon nodded his head. "Whatever you wish, my Nephew."
"Please do not call me nephew..." He narrowed his eyes. "Call me the Shadow Ranger." Watch out, Dark Specter. I will not rest until you pay for what you have done to my home, to my parents and to my people. I will not rest until all that is evil has perished. Kerrian is no more...the only thing left now is the Shadow Ranger.