Suggested Reading: The above 15 fanfics and Zeo Disaster and Defenders Series.
Author's note: The song in the fic is a verse of "Lament." From the musical Evita.
Time Frame: Immediately following Mysterious Strangers
"Calm down Alexis." A voice said from behind her.
Alexis realized it must have been her captor. She turned around quickly. It was a person in a garb of white. "Who are you? And where am I?" She asked.
"White Ninjetti Power Down!" He called. There was a flash of white and a man with red hair stood in front of her. He was almost a foot taller then her. "I understand you're confused Alexis but trust me I'm on your side. My name is Chrisman. And you are at my base. Astronema was about to kidnap you." He reminded her.
"Thanks." 'I think.' "So can I leave? My friends are probably worried about me. I did suddenly teleport off the ship and all."
"Not yet." He said and brought up his communicator. "Tierl! Camie! Please come into the main room."
There was a flash of light and a young man with dark brown hair with a pale complexion and a girl with blond hair came into the room.
"Chris what's she doing here?" The man asked.
"Tierl and Camie this is Alexis. Alexis this is Tierl and Camie." Chrisman introduced them.
Alexis looked at them with a smile when she realized something. "Wait a minute. You are the mysterious Ninjetti!"
"Bingo." Tierl said rolling his eyes. 'Why is she here? She's just some Kerovian Ranger! She's not special like the Wind Ranger.'
"Tierl back off." Chrisman said almost as if he had read his mind. Tierl sighed but didn't say anything else.
Chrisman turned back to Alexis. "I think it would be much safer for you to be here safer instead of on your ship. At least until the problem on your ship is fixed. It was no accident that you teleported off. I'm just glad we had been tracking you."
"But can we at least contact my friends?" Alexis asked.
Chrisman stood there considering that question. "I'll work on something that will block the signal. Until then you can share a room with Camie."
Camie smiled at the idea. "It'll be nice to have another girl at this base for once. Come on I'll show you to the room."
Alexis reluctantly followed her out of the room.
Chrisman watched them leave before gazing at Tierl. "That was uncalled for. Since when have you treated a guest like that?"
"I'm sorry Chris but why is she here?" Tierl really wanted to know.
"That will be explained all in due time. Until then be nice." Chrisman said and headed out into the hall. *** Dallas sat up in bed realizing something. "Alexis?" She asked. She didn't get any response so Dallas just presumed Alexis was asleep. But then again Dallas realized she hadn't heard Alexis come in. Dallas was a very light sleeper. She got out of bed and jumped off the bunk. She looked in Alexis' bunk. She wasn't there. Dallas ran out of the room in search of Alexis. "Dimitria do you know where Alexis is?" She asked when she reached the Control Room.
"SHE TELEPORTED OFF THE SHIP DALLAS." Came the reply.
"Now why would she do that?" Dallas wondered aloud. Then she asked Dimitria, "Can you locate her location?"
There was a slight pause before Dimitria answered her. "I'M SORRY DALLAS I CAN'T FIND HER SIGNAL ON EARTH."
Dallas sighed. "Notify the others. We've got an emergency." Dimitria simply nodded.
A few minutes later the others walked into the room looking very tired. "Dallas what's going on?" Carlos asked yawning.
"Alexis is missing." Dallas said. This made everyone else more alert. "Dimitria said that Alexis teleported off the ship and that she couldn't find her anywhere on Earth."
Roland and Billy went to a nearby console and started looking. Roland was mad at himself. If he hadn't been angry with Alexis, maybe she wouldn't have disappeared.
Billy sighed and turned away. "Can't find her."
"What if she was captured?" Cassie asked. "We don't even know why she teleported off the ship. She could be in danger!"
"We've got to stay calm. We are doing Alexis no good acting this way." Zhane spoke up. "If she's captured we'll probably hear something from whoever took her. You know they like to rub any of us being captured in our faces."
"I guess." Roland said. He was really worried about his girlfriend. She had been sick for the past week and now she was missing. *** Astronema teleported onto her ship soon after Alexis disappeared. She was furious. "Where did that Comet Ranger go!" She yelled.
Emily shrank back. "I don't know mistress." She said nervously.
"Well find out then!" Astronema stormed onto the Astral Plain to make her report. Dark Spectre had told her to find out Alexis' secret. He'd be furious if he found out Alexis slipped out of her fingers.
Dark Spectre appeared in front of her. "Astronema." He thundered. "Have you found out what the Comet Ranger is hiding?" He asked.
"No I am sorry. Someone grabbed her before I could." Astronema said.
"The war on the universe is about to start. You will be in charge of the fight against Earth." Dark Spectre said. "Don't mess up this time. Get the Comet Ranger." He said and vanished.
Astronema went back to her quarters to prepare for the invasion. *** Alexis got out of bed the next morning and started exploring the base. She had to know what kind of base this was. That was her technical knowledge speaking aside from the fact that she was curious. She wondered if she was on Earth or some other planet. There didn't seem to be any windows on the base. She guessed for secrecy purposes. She looked for a door and found one. She moved to open it when someone grabbed her arm. She spun around quickly. It was Tierl.
"Don't even think about it." Tierl said.
"What's your problem anyway? Ever since I came here you've been glaring at me or just plain being rude." Alexis said walking away from the door.
"You want to know what my problem is ranger from KO-35?" He said it like it left a bad taste in my mouth.
"Yeah I want to know." Alexis said.
"Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!" Chrisman yelled coming into the room. "What's going on here? Tierl I thought we talked about this!" He said pulling Tierl away. "What's wrong with you anyway?"
"She was about to leave the base." Tierl said.
"I just wanted to know what this place looked like. I haven't been told anything about where I am for all I know I could be on Pluto!" Alexis said.
"We can't say where the base is. You are a guest here." Chrisman reminded her. "As soon as everything's clear there you will be able to leave."
"Did you contact my teammates?" Alexis asked. Chrisman still wasn't telling her everything.
Chrisman turned his gaze to the ground. "No." He said and then looked up.
Alexis sighed. Things just weren't going well. She was obviously in a base that no one wanted her to be. She didn't know these people or why they didn't like her. Or why Chrisman wouldn't tell her friends she was here.
Chrisman sighed. He knew something like this would happen if he put them in the same room. They both had horrible tempers. Tierl's temper was brought on by the stress of being away from everyone he knew. He wasn't sure if those people would recognize him if they ever knew who it was. Alexis's temper was a different story. He thought it might have been from being under a spell that among other things. It was a lot for someone to go through. "Tierl, Alexis knows Antiqua." Chrisman said avoiding the obvious.
Tierl looked at Chrisman strangely. What does he mean she knows Antiqua? I know Antiqua too! Anyone that's been in Rangers knows of Antiqua. Well almost everyone. But he didn't say anything. *** Roland slammed his fist on one of the counters in frustration. "She couldn't have just disappeared into thin air!" He said to Billy.
"I know. Roland you've got to calm down. We'll find Alexis don't worry." Billy tried to give some support.
"Wait a minute. I think I found the solution to the bug problem." Roland said. Billy came over to look. "These wires are connected to this box. And if we disconnect it then everything should be back to normal." 'If Alexis was here, we would have had it solved sooner. We'll find her.' He pulled some wires and waited a few seconds. It was hard to tell if it worked or not. *** Back on the base Alexis was talking to Camie. "So do you like being on this base?" Alexis asked.
"It's really a nice base. Too bad you won't be here long enough to get the full tour. But I understand your wanting to get back to your friends. I know I miss my old friends." Camie said looking sad. "But I've only been here a couple of months and I have come to enjoy it. Chris is terrific and Tierl has been like my best friend." She said changing the subject.
"Tierl doesn't seem to like me much." Alexis said picking up an apple that was in a fruit basket.
"Tierl's a nice person once you get to know him but he's confused. He was confused when I came so there's nothing new about that." Camie said and before she could say anything more, Chrisman appeared.
"Sorry to interrupt ladies but Alexis everything's ready for you to go back to the Talorn." Chrisman informed her. "So when you're ready, let me know." He said and walked back down the hall.
"Wow I guess it's time for you to go." Camie said. "It's been really great meeting you. Maybe we'll see each other again."
"I bet we will. You never know anymore. It was great meeting you too. I guess I better go to the Control Room." Alexis said and walked out of the room. Camie followed her down the hall.
Tierl heard the exchange from his spot down the hall. 'Good. She's leaving.' *** Roland was finishing up some work on one of the consoles when there was a flash of orange light. He turned around quickly and standing there was Alexis. He ran over to her and gave her a hug not wanting to let go of her. "I am so glad to see you! I've been so worried! Where have you been?"
"I'm just glad to be back. It's a long story on what happened last night. Maybe the others should all be here to hear it." Alexis suggested.
Roland nodded and turned to Dimitria's tube. "Dimitria can you call the others in here?"
"RIGHT AWAY ROLAND. IT IS GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN ALEXIS."
Alexis turned to Roland who smiled. "We fixed the problem."
"That's good." Alexis said and looked up and saw the others were beginning to enter the room.
"Alexis! Your back!" Dallas said and ran over to give her a hug.
"It's really a long story. It all happened last night shortly after the party." Alexis said and started to tell them what had happened over the past thirty-six hours. The others stood there surprised by the events and what the mysterious Ninjetti Rangers were like. "Then Chrisman teleported me back up here and well here I am." She finished.
"That's an interesting story." Zhane said. "Do you know where the base is?"
"No they wouldn't tell me. They didn't tell me much. Camie and Chrisman were really nice but Tierl didn't seem to like me much." Alexis said with a frown. "I just don't know why."
There was a flash of light and Cordon was standing there. Zhane stood there and smiled. Andros ran over to his father and the others stood there in surprise. They knew Cordon was Andros's father but this was strange. He didn't seem like the kind of person that came unannounced.
"Father! What are you doing here?" Andros asked.
Cordon chuckled. "It's good to see you too Andros. However, this isn't a social visit. There is a great war about to start all over the universe. I have heard that Dark Spectre has placed Astronema in charge of the battle on Earth. Through other sources I've heard Jet and Petra were going to be helping her." Cordon said the name of his ex-wife with disgust. Andros flinched. "However I do think someone from a council is coming to help you. They didn't say which council."
Another set of footsteps could be heard on the corridor as a pretty, dark hared woman in a long flowing white dress with silver design came into the room.
"Am I late?" Jimanya asked.
"Right on time Jimanya." Cordon said with a smile. "I was told to deliver the message of the war that is about to be waged against Earth, and they neglected to tell me which council was dividing up to help the different planets."
"Come on Cordon. I may have only been on the Lightning Ranger Council a week so far but even I know they are not organized." Jimanya said.
"Very true. I must be leaving. I am needed on Edenoi. Good luck." Cordon said and was gone.
"So let's get this plan together shall we?" Jimanya said taking over as leader but cast a look at Zhane who shrugged. She quickly checked but there seemed to be no problem of this from him. "This is what we know so far. Jet and Petra are getting together with Astronema which all makes sense because it is their daughter." Jimanya stopped when she realized everyone except Tommy, Zhane, Ashley, and Andros looked at her in shock. "I put my foot in my mouth again didn't I? I'm sorry Andros."
"It's all right. They were bound to find out eventually. Yes Astronema is my half-sister. I'm not proud of it but I have come to accept it." Andros said and looked everywhere but the eyes of his teammates.
"It's all right Andros. It isn't your fault." Zhane said and put a hand on his shoulder. Then he turned back to Jimanya. "Anything else we need to know Jimanya?"
"Well you need to know that there will be wars on all planets and I was thinking it might be a good idea for a small team to go onto Astronema's ship to see if they can stop it there." Jimanya suggested.
"That is a good idea." Billy said.
"I agree. But how will we divide the team up?" Alexis asked.
Zhane sat there and pondered it for awhile. "I'll stay and lead the fight on Earth. Alexis I want you to lead the team on Astronema's ship. You know the ship well enough I think."
"But Zhane..." Alexis started to say but stopped when she realized it wouldn't help her any.
"Andros you of course will be going because you can hopefully talk your mother out of doing this." Zhane looked at the rest of the team. "Tommy I want you, Cassie, and Roland to also go. Cassie and Tommy are both good fighters and Roland is good with machines. The rest of us will stay on Earth."
They nodded and broke into two groups to put together the two different plans. *** Petra and Jet landed on the Dark Fortress. Elgar came up to them quickly and did somewhat of a bow before speaking up. "Queen Petra and King Jet Astronema is waiting for you." Elgar said.
"Tell her we're here Elgar." Jet said and Elgar ran out of the room quickly to do as he was told.
Astronema came into the room followed by a squadron of Quantrons, Ecliptor, Darkonda, and Elgar. "We're all ready are you?" Astronema asked.
"Of course my dear. We'll send down all of our Rock Drones and you can send down all of your Quantrons with Darkonda, Ecliptor, and Elgar." Jet suggested.
"Done." Astronema said as she sent everything down. "Now what?" She asked.
"Now we wait." Petra said taking a seat. *** The alarms on the ship were going off. "SENSORS ARE PICKING UP AVERY LARGE AMOUNT OF QUANTRONS, ROCK DRONES, ECLIPTOR, ELGAR, AND DARKONDA ON EARTH." Dimitria informed them.
"It's show time I guess." Zhane said. "Everyone ready?"
"Ready as we'll ever be." Alexis answered. "Should we go?" She asked.
Zhane nodded. "It's Morphin Time!" He yelled.
"Sound Power!" Sora called.
"Lightning Power!" Tommy called.
"Thunder Power!" Jason called.
"Wind Power!" Andros called.
"Solar Power!" Roland called.
"Comet Power!" Alexis called.
"Sun Power!" Dallas called.
"Star Power!" Zhane called.
"Let's Rocket!" Billy, Cassie, Carlos, TJ, and Ashley called.
"Lightning Power!" Jimanya called.
Jimanya smiled then looked at the others who were surprised. "I got caught up in the excitement. Don't worry I'll be up here if you need me." She said and unmorphed.
Zhane turned to Alexis. "Alexis take your team and go to Astronema's Ship. Keep a look out for Antiqua. Who knows? She could be on the ship."
Alexis nodded then she, Andros, Roland, Cassie, and Tommy teleported off the ship and with the help of Jimanya landed on Astronema's ship.
Zhane then turned to the others. "All right guys. Let's go." When they landed on Earth three Ninjetti Rangers met them.
"Thought you all might need some help." The one in white said.
"Thanks." Zhane said and rushed Elgar who was standing there waiting. They tried to distribute themselves but there were not enough of them to do so. Zhane saw out of the corner of his eye Adam, Rocky, Katherine, and another young woman and a boy that was about thirteen were helping. "Thanks." Zhane called to them and they nodded. *** When Cassie, Tommy, Alexis, Roland, and Andros landed on the Dark Fortress they looked around. They didn't see anyone on the ship. "They've got to be here somewhere. I wonder if Zhane is right and Antiqua is on this ship." Cassie said aloud.
"RIGHT YOU ARE CASSIE. IT IS GOOD TO SEE ALL OF YOU." A voice said from behind them.
"Antiqua!" They all said at the same time looking at the woman in the tube.
"RANGERS YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T BE UP HERE. BUT I AM GLAD THAT YOU ARE."
"Roland could you see if you could somehow get Antiqua free? The rest of us will see if we can find Astronema, Petra, and Jet." Alexis said.
"Will do." Roland said and watched them leave. "Now how do I get you free?" Roland wondered aloud.
"YOU SHOULD HELP YOUR FRIENDS ROLAND. I WILL BE ALRIGHT." Antiqua said.
"I've got to help you first." Roland said with determination.
"PLEASE GO HELP YOUR FRIENDS. THEY NEED YOUR HELP MORE THEN I DO." Antiqua said. Even though her voice was always just a little more then a whisper it was always a commanding voice.
Roland looked at her for a split second before running out of the room. "BE CAREFUL MY RANGERS."
Roland ran the direction he thought the others had gone and ran into Astronema. "Look it's the weak Defender. Where's your friends Roland? I know you are too scared to do something like this by yourself."
"Like I'd ever tell you Astronema." He said and kicked Astronema's staff away. Astronema was about to charge at Roland when a flash of lightning hit her hand. She looked up and saw Andros standing in front of her in his wind/lightning suit.
"So my brother now possesses the power of Lightning. I suppose you think your special now. You'll always be the person who I hate. You stole my mother away from me. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't hate you." Astronema said and raised her staff getting ready to fire at the surprised Wind Ranger.
"Astronema don't. You don't know what you're doing." Petra said from behind her. "I do love you. I did give birth to you. I may have let Dark Spectre raise you but there was a part of me that didn't want to give you up. Please don't hurt your brother." Petra tried to reason with her.
"Why would I believe you? You're always telling me Andros is better." She said and raised her staff to fire at her own mother. There was another flash of lightning that hit her in the feet as Tommy, Cassie, and Alexis came into the room. "Now the whole gang's here." Astronema said and turned away from her mother who lay on the ground in shock.
"Astronema you don't want to do this. You don't want to conquer Earth! You can make the choice." Andros tried to reason with his sister.
"Or I could just destroy all of you." Astronema said and prepared to fire but she stopped.
Tommy and Cassie stood there and watched as more Quantrons appeared around them. They kicked them away and hurried back into the room Antiqua was.
'Tommy you must destroy my tube.' A voice said in Tommy's head. It was Antiqua's.
'No I can't do that! We already lost Zordon!' Tommy sent.
'But you must. I will always be there for you all.' Antiqua's voice came through.
Cassie grabbed Tommy's arm "Hey Tommy! We've got problems. There's no time to daydream!"
Tommy looked up and saw that everyone was in the room. Tommy realized Antiqua was right and prepared to strike the tube with his sword. It started to shatter. He heard a scream to his right, turned around, and saw something he'd never forget.
While Tommy was busy with communicating with Antiqua, Alexis and Roland had been fighting Astronema as Andros tried to reason with his mother and stepfather.
Astronema glanced at Roland who had turned away to see if Andros needed help. She knew she had to act quickly. She fired her staff with all the energy she had at Roland.
It never hit Roland because someone jumped in his way.
"No Alexis!" Roland screamed and charged at Astronema just as the tube of Antiqua's broke. Everything went black. *** On Earth, everyone was still fighting Rock Drones, Quantrons, Elgar, Ecliptor, and Darkonda.
Zhane was sprawled on the ground exhausted as Darkonda held a sword against his throat. "This is the end Zhane." He said and prepared to deliver the fatal blow. It never happened as a ribbon of energy destroyed him.
Zhane got up and saw that the others were all in various states. They were either unmorphed, unconscious, or injured or all three. There was a flash of light and Andros, Cassie; Tommy landed on the ground looking around in surprise. Ashley, Sora, and TJ came over to check their boyfriends and girlfriend.
There was another flash of light that brought Roland holding an unconscious Alexis. Zhane hurried over to them. "Is she all right?" Zhane asked.
"I don't know." Roland said with tears in his eyes. Alexis weakly opened her eyes. "Alexis you can't die on me. You saved my life you can't die!" Roland said.
"I made a choice Roland. Never forget that. I love you." Alexis whispered.
I know, it was such a sad ending. There will be one more fic in this
series and then it's on to Guardians of Time. Look for "Missing You"