Disclaimer: The Power Ranger characters are not mine they belong to Haim Saban. However Dierdra, Elizabeth Antwarp, Allison Williams are mine. So no using them without my permission.
Author's note: This fanfic continues the Reunion Series. The stories Home for the Holidays, and No Time for Tears are a must read. You will be so confused if you try to read this without them. Dierdra's Story is not a need to read however. Enjoy the story!
Time frame: One year after No Time for Tears.
Returnings
By Dana
"Hey guys!" Jason Scott greeted his friends at the Surf Spot. Jason sat down and waited. Seeing that none of them were going to answer he looked away. Then he took a look at his friends. There was Trini Kwan and Zack Taylor, Billy Cranston, Aisha Campbell, Adam Park, Rocky DeSantos, Tanya Sloan and Katherine Hilliard. The only one missing was his girlfriend Kimberly Hart.
Just then he heard a noise at the entrance of the building. Jason turned around and was shocked to see who was there.
Lord Zedd and Dierdra walked in. Zedd laughed and signaled for Rito to come in. Rito came in pulling Kimberly with him. Zedd looked over at Jason then nodded at Rito. Rito took his sword and sliced Kimberly's throat.
Jason jumped up and ran to where his girlfriend was.
However Lord Zedd was not finished. He snapped his fingers and Goldar appeared. Goldar was holding something big, but all wrapped up. He dropped it on the ground.
"Merry Christmas Jason." Zedd said. Then he, Dierdra, Goldar and Rito vanished.
Jason checked to see if Kim was still alive. Feeling no pulse, Jason went to see what Goldar had left behind. Removing the covering he nearly got sick looking at it. What he found was a corpse, but not just any corpse. It was Tommy Oliver, who had been his friend till he was murdered.
His friends came over and stood around Jason.
"This is all your fault Jason! You could have saved your best friend and girlfriend, but you didn't!" Zack said his voice laced with anger.
"How could you Jason?" Trini asked.
"Tommy was my boyfriend! I loved him! You didn't even try to save him when Dierdra was killing him!" Kat yelled.
"For your ignorance Jason you will pay with your life." Billy said.
Everyone pulled out their laser pistols and aimed right at Jason and fired...
Jason sat up in his bed screaming.
Kimberly ran into the room. She saw a pale and distraught boyfriend. "Jase what's the matter?"
"Kim I just had a nightmare. In the dream, Rito killed you. Then everyone else started blaming me for yours and Tommy's deaths. Then they fired their guns and I woke up." Jason said on the verge of tears.
"Jason what did we tell you a year ago? We said that it wasn't your fault Tommy was killed. And that we would always be there for you."
"I don't think going back to Angel Grove will be a good idea!"
"Jason we have to go! Remember we're going not just for a social visit. Two of our best friends are getting married! We can't tell Zack and Trini we aren't going to be there. Your Zack's best man and I'm Trini's Maid of Honor."
"Kim look at me! I have been having nightmares about going home for a month!"
"Jason think about it. And tell me tomorrow afternoon at three when I'm done with my shopping trip with Alison."
Kimberly left him in there after kissing his cheek. It had been a rough year. Kim honestly thought Jason had a better handle on this. She and Jason left Angel Grove in January. She knew Jason needed to get out of Angel Grove. When they got to Orlando, Kimberly rented the apartment right next to her old one. Though she felt bad about leaving Alison in a bind, she was still a door down. Jason was doing a lot better till a month ago. She remembered waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of sobbing coming from her boyfriend's room. She had run in there; to find out he had a nightmare this one reliving what happened on the Moon. And he kept having nightmares ever since. This was the first time Jason had woken up screaming.
Kim walked back to Jason's room to look in on him. He was sound asleep again.
***
In London Kat is getting ready for morning practice. This was the last practice before Winter Break started. She was leaving right after practice and was dragging her suitcase with her. She looked around the room to find a picture of her and Tommy that had been taken by Rocky when they weren't looking. It had been the last picture that was taken of them together.
Her roommate, Elizabeth (Lizzy) Antwarp from Holland came into the room. "Kat we're going to be late you ready to go?"
"Sure Lizzy. Just let me grab my dance bag OK?" Kat said. She grabbed the bag and checked to make sure her passport was in there. She was going to have to really run when practice ended.
They walked the short distance from their apartment to the dance school. Chatting nonstop.
"So you ready for break? I know I am!" Lizzy asked.
"Yep. However not as excited as I was last year." Kat said sighing. Kat had told her about most of the vacation last year leaving out some key points since back then she didn't know what happened up on the moon. She didn't find out till a month later when she received a letter from Kim.
"I bet. Just hang in there and keep your head held high." Lizzy said with a grin.
They saw the building and went inside.
***
"Hey Zack?" Trini called.
"Yeah honey?"
"Do you think we have enough junk food?"
"Well if Rocky wasn't going to be there I would tell you we had too much food. But since he is I think we have enough." Zack said kissing his fiancÚ's cheek.
"I guess that's true. Zack I can't help but be nervous. Just think what happened last year! I hope this reunion will have a much more happy ending!"
"Well since Rita and Zedd aren't around anymore to ruin things it couldn't be."
***
At the University of Oregon, Adam walked back to his dorm after his last final. He found his girlfriend, Tanya Sloan standing in the hallway waiting for him.
"Hey Tanya! How were your finals? I am beat."
"Not too bad. I say taking that year off from school has made me forget about finals. But I think I did pass!"
Tanya decided during the summer, after some coaxing from her friend Aisha, to go to college. She decided to apply to the same college her boyfriend was attending. She however couldn't get Aisha to come. But she knew Aisha was enjoying being in Africa, so she didn't press the issue.
Just then Rocky came walking over looking happy. "You guys packed to go home?"
"I am!" Adam and Tanya said at the same time.
"Our flight leaves at 7. Let's meet in front of the Student Union at 5:30." Rocky said, and rushed down the hall and out the door.
Adam and Tanya, who both knew Rocky was anxious to say goodbye to his new girlfriend Amelia Brooks, watched him run off.
"You ready to go home?" Tanya asked, as they walked slowly down the quad.
"As ready as I'll ever be. I have really been anxious to get home. This term has been killer."
"Adam, I got a phone call from Kim this morning. She said Jason doesn't want to go home. Something about him having nightmares almost every night."
"You really can't blame Jason. He had a rough December last year."
"I know, but I'm worried about Jason. We weren't there when he was captured and taken to the moon by Goldar. We had to read it in letters from the others."
"Nightmares you said? Jeez pore Jase." Adam said.
"I know."
***
Kim walked into the apartment arms full with shopping bags. She called out the door to her former roommate, "See you before we leave Al."
Walking into her bedroom she set the packages down and put them in a box to tape. Looking around she called "Hey Jase?" She received no answer and ran into his room.
She found Jason curled into a ball. She touched his shoulder.
Jason turned around and looked at Kim. "I'm going back to Angel Grove." He whispered.
"You sure Jase?"
"No but I want to go and that's all that matters." Jason answered.
"Our plane leaves at 6 so we need to leave in an hour and a half." She said.
"I never unpacked my suitcase so I'm all ready to go."
"Well I'm almost ready to go just have to close one thing and I'll be set."
Kim walked back into her room with a roll of duck tape. She looked at her bookcase, which held her mettles from the Pan-Globals. She remembered that June when she won the gold mettle in the all-around. Zack, Trini, Billy and Jason all sat in the front row and cheered her on. That was all the support she needed.
She walked over to the box that contained the Christmas gifts that she had bought that day. Then she picked up the wrapped box that contained the fruit juicer, which would be a wedding gift for Zack and Trini, and put it in the same box with the Christmas gifts. Satisfied, Kim took the roll of tape and sealed the box shut.
She heard a knock at the front door and ran over to answer it. There was Allison at the door.
"Hey Al! Come on in!" Kim said and moved out of the doorway.
"I bought you and Jason a Christmas gift. I thought I should give it to you before you two left."
"Thanks! We have one for you too! Just a second and I'll go get it." Kim hurried into her room.
Jason walked out of his room with a suitcase in his left hand. Like the doctors diagnosed he still didn't have use of his right hand and there was a pretty good chance that he never would.
"Hey Allison!" He greeted.
"Hi Jase, I was just dropping off Kim and your Christmas present."
Kim walked back in the room and smiled. She handed the gift to Allison. "You are still coming with us to the Airport right?"
"Of coarse. You need help getting your stuff to your car?" Allison asked.
"Yes we do thanks for offering."
***
Later that night at Trini's apartment it was very crowded. Zack, Trini, and Kat were sitting on the couch. Rocky was sprawled out on the floor munching on potato chips. Aisha and Tanya were also sitting on the floor giving each other manicures. Kim, Billy, and Jason were sitting in chairs. Everyone was chatting away happily.
"Did I tell you guys about my girlfriend Amelia?" Rocky asked.
"Not in an hour." Billy said. Which brought everyone laughing.
"I would love to meet this girlfriend of your Rocky." Kim said smiling.
"So Tanya do you like attending U of O?" Jason asked.
"It's well um interesting. Very pretty campus though. Adam got me hooked on football. We went to all of the Duck's home games this season." Tanya answered.
Adam blushed. "Well she had to get hooked on football." Changing the subject, "So how are the wedding plans going?"
"They're all going great. Jason you brought your suit right?" Seeing him nod Trini continued. "Aisha, Tanya, and Kat brought all their dresses. So then all that is left to do is for Kim to try on her Maid of Honor dress."
"Oh I can't wait to see it!" Kim squealed.

"I believe it will be interesting. I bet Aisha and Tanya both brought yellow dresses, and Kat brought a pink dress right?" Rocky asked.
They nodded which brought laughter to the whole group once again. They were all so glad to be home again.
***
The next day Jason walked through the cemetery. Everyone else had gone to see their parents but Jason said he needed to be alone. Everyone thought Jason was all right they didn't ask him any questions on where he was going. He had asked the caretaker where Tommy Oliver's grave was. And walked slowly over there. When he reached it he read the inscription:
Thomas Walter Oliver
Beloved son, brother, and friend.
June 12 1979-December 22 1997
May he rest forever in peace where nothing can harm him.
He sat there crying in front of the grave. Almost one year ago he lost his best friend. The nightmares he had been having were wearing him down.
Jason took the gun out of his pocket and looked at it. Before he could do anything he heard someone behind him.
"Jason Lee Scott what do you think your doing?"
Jason turned around and saw Tommy Oliver standing in front of him.
"No way it can't be you. I must be having another one of those nightmares!"
"Bro look at me. I'm dead your right but I could sense you were troubled and decided to stop you from doing something foolish."
"Tommy this year has been hard you can't imagine it! For a month now I have been having nightmares!" Jason said nearly in tears.
"I know Jason. But you can't give up on yourself! Kim needs you there with her. If not just for Kim think about the others. Imagine what they'll have to go through."
Jason put the gun back in his pocket and said, "Your right. But I miss you Tommy!"
"I know but know I'll be with you in spirit." He said and vanished.
Jason sat there and cried but never once thought about pulling the gun out of his pocket again.
***
It was the day of the wedding. Zack, Adam, Billy, and Rocky stood in a room in the church. Jason hadn't arrived yet.
"Where could he be?" Zack asked.
Just then the door opened and Jason walked in and said, "Sorry guys that I'm late I had to take care of something."
There was a knock on the door. The minister came in and said five minutes guys!"
They looked at each other and had a small group hug and rushed out the door.
***
In another room of the church, Aisha, Trini, Tanya, Katherine, and Kim were standing around in the room waiting for their cue.
Trini looked at her watched and paced nervously.
Kim walked over to her and gave her a hug. "Don't be nervous! You'll do great out there!"
"I know I just don't like waiting in times like this." Trini said.
Just then there was a knock on the door. A plump woman stuck her head in and asked, "You ladies ready?"
The ceremony went beautifully and there was not one dry eye in the audience.
***
At the wedding ceremony it was in full swing. Everyone was dancing and laughing and eating. Well, most everyone anyway. Rocky mostly did the third thing. When the Bouqet and Garder belt were thrown the two people that caught them were Kim and Jason. They were teased relentlessly that this was a sign of things to come.
Just then the lead singer of the band who had been playing said, "There was a request made for a special young man that could not be here this evening."
Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you
Can't believe the hopes He's granted
Means a chapter in your life is through
But we'll keep you close as always
It won't even seem you've gone
'Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong
And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say "never"
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetimes not too long
To live as friends
With the faith and love God's given
Springing from the hope we know
We will pray the joy you'll live in
Is the strength that now you show
But we'll keep you close as always
It won't even seem you've gone
'Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong
And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say "never"
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetimes not too long
To live as friends
Kim turned to her boyfriend and said, "That was your doing right?"
"Of course. I just thought it would be appropriate. And it's kind of my way of letting go." He said with a sad smile.
"Oh Jase." Kim hugged him and they continued dancing.
Jason knew his nightmares were finally over.
The End
I hope you all liked the story. The song is Friends by Michael W. Smith. Email me at Willow@grrtech.com and let me know what you think of the story.