Okay, this fanfiction takes place during Season 2, after Zack, Trini, and Jason have left for the Peace Conference, and before Kat takes over for Kimberly. Lord Zedd and Rita are together, and the Rangers are using the Ninja Powers (Although the way this fic is heading, I don't know how much of the Zords we will see) Enjoy!
"Careful Tommy!" Kimberly winced as he pulled the bandage away from the wound.
"Wow!" he saw the slashes and bruise, and his eyes went wide.
"I told you it was not something that I could have done myself," she winced again as Tommy dabbed at it with a cloth Alpha had provided. "At least not in my sleep!"
"I have completed my scan," Zordon's voice was full of concern. "They did not pick up any abnormal readings."
"What?" she left her seat and went to read the panel herself. "This has to have something to do with Lord Zedd and Rita."
"I will continue to scan, but at this moment I can come up with no way to explain your dream."
Kimberly looked up at their old mentor. "You don't think I'm going crazy.." she looked to Tommy and the Alpha before returning her gaze to Zordon, "Do you?"
"Of course not!" Tommy was the first to voice his opinion. "We'll get to the bottom of this, I promise you."
"Kimberly, I will contact you the moment that something is known, right now I think it would be best if you two get to school before too many questions are asked."
"All right," Kimberly sighed. She rebandaged her leg before teleporting with Tommy to where he had parked his car. It only took a few minutes to get there, but by the time they entered the building, the bell for the end of first period rang. They watched as their friends poured from different classrooms, and joined them as they went to their lockers.
"Where were you two?" Aisha cried. "I don't know about you Kimberly, but Mr. Jericho was not very happy that you missed his class. We started a very complicated science lab!"
"Oh jeez!" he groaned. "I'm toast!"
"Don't worry," Aisha smiled, and held out a packet of papers. "I told Mr. Jericho that we were working together, and that I would bring you up to speed later."
"Thanks," he put his arm around her shoulders and squeezed. "I owe you one."
"One?" she pushed him away lightly and giggled.
"What happened anyway?" Billy slammed his locker shut and shouldered his pack.
"I can't talk about it here," Kimberly watched as students passed by, most oblivious to the six teens standing there, but she didn't want to take any chances. "Let's meet at the Juice Bar after school, and I will explain." With that they all headed off towards their next classes.
"And then the voice said: No one can escape from their own mind! You will be mine! That's when I woke up," Kimberly finished telling the story for the second time that day and waited for a reaction.
"What did you eat before going to bed last night Kim?" Rocky's comment evoked light laughter.
"I know how unbelievable it sounds, but I don't think it was a dream," she stood and lifted her skirt just enough to show the bandage it covered. If any of them were still laughing, they weren't when they saw that.
"Is that?" Adam could not finish the sentence, but he knew the answer. "How is that possible?"
"We were late this morning because we were at the Command Chamber," Tommy came in. "Zordon couldn't find anything that points to Zedd and Rita, but he is continuing his search."
"Are we sure that there is someone behind it?" Billy spoke up, trying to put a scientific point of view onto the table. "I have read about some extremely weird things that people have done while they were sleeping. Maybe Kimberly's body believed that her dream was real, and reacted."
"How do you explain the scratch!" Aisha pointed out.
"When she felt the scratch in the dream, it was really something that happened in real life. She merely interpreted it as..." he saw Kimberly's face and stopped.
"I can't believe what you are saying!" her blue eyes flashed. "I didn't make this up! What about that woman in my window! What Billy? Do you think that was just the sun reflecting off the glass!"
"I was just trying to give an alternate explanation," Billy turned his eyes away, and Kimberly quickly covered her mouth with a gasp. She hadn't meant for things to get this far out of hand.
"I'm sorry Billy," he still did not look at her. "I'm just really stressed out right now."
No one spoke and she looked at all of them. She could tell they were all thinking the same thing, that she might have conjured all of this up in her mind. She pushed her chair back from the table and walked out before any of them could stop her. Tommy started to go after her, but Billy stopped him.
"Let me Tommy," he hurried out, and Tommy sat back down. He didn't know what he could do to help her, and that scared him most of all.
"Kimberly!" Billy ran after her, but she didn't slow. "Please wait!" he finally caught up with her, and grabbed her arm.
"Why?" she pulled it away, her eyes flashing with hurt this time. "So you can tell me how crazy I am?"
"I don't think you're crazy!" she stopped at this, and he barely avoided knocking them both over.
"You don't?" she searched his face for any signs of lying.
"Come on, you know better than that!" he led her to the grass by the walkway and they sat. "It's just that I always try to come up with a scientific way to explain things. I guess I should know by now that not all things can be explained that way."
She giggled as she remembered all the things they had seen and done over the past few years.
"So do you forgive me?" she leaned over and hugged him.
"Of course." They sat for a few minutes, each wanting a few minutes to think, before she helped him up and they started back towards the Juice Bar. The others looked up as they entered, and Tommy stood.
"We have to get to the bottom of this." Billy stated, and the others nodded.
"Tomorrow is Saturday, so we will meet tomorrow in the Command Chamber," Tommy took Kimberly's hand into his own. "We will work until we come up with something."
"Hey Aisha?" she stopped her best friend after the others had left. "Do you think that you could come over and stay at my house tonight?"
"Sounds fun!" Aisha smiled and put her cupped her mouth so only Kimberly could hear. "We can rent a few movies and spend all night debating over which actor has the better body,"
"Aisha!" Kimberly couldn't believe her friend had said that, but the Yellow Ranger just laughed. Kimberly felt a huge weight being lifted off of her shoulders as they headed towards Aisha's to pick up her stuff. She didn't think that she could go back to her room alone, especially tonight, and having someone around if something did happen would at least prove that she wasn't losing it. This last thought sent shivers up her spine even in the hot California sun. They would know she wasn't crazy, but what good would that do if she was dead?
Adam yawned as he closed his Algebra book and started getting ready for bed. He didn't remember ever being so tired, and he barely stayed awake long enough to brush his teeth.
"Adam," the hair on the back of his neck bristled, and his hand stopped in midair before turning out the bathroom light. Turning slowly, he expected to see someone standing there. A quick check revealed nothing, and he flicked the light off.
"I must be more tired than I thought." he muttered as he climbed into bed. Within moments he was fast asleep.
Adam noticed the ticking right away, but could not see anything. He shivered involuntarily and took a few steps.
"Where am I?" something about this felt very familiar, and suddenly it dawned on him. "This is what Kimberly described!"
"Adam!" the voice was very distant and he started towards it. He then saw the light portal that Kimberly had described and noticed the ticking had also gotten much louder.
"I just can't sleep man," his heart jumped to his throat when he heard the voice. The portal showed Tommy talking on the phone. "No, I'll be all right. Thanks for the concern Rocky." Adam watched his friend pace a little while carrying on the conversation.
"Leave before it is too late!" he knew what to expect when he turned around. The woman with the flowing white robes floated above him, a look of deep concern on her face.
"Who are you, and why did you bring me here?" he demanded, but before he could say anything else, he felt his feet being knocked out from underneath him. He fell onto his back and his head hit the ground. Pain exploded behind his eyes as he propped himself onto his elbows.
"Remind me to look into that tomorrow," Adam blinked his eyes a couple of times and saw Tommy hang up his phone. The portal started to shrink and Adam struggled to his feet.
"No," he gasped as he watched Tommy crawl into bed and close his eyes. He took a few staggered steps before feeling something claw into his back. Crying out, he barely stopped himself from falling to his knees. The portal kept getting smaller and smaller, so that when Adam reached it , it was almost too small for him to crawl through. Getting down on all fours, he started in head first. That's when he felt the clawed hand grab onto his ankle. As he was being dragged back, Adam searched desperately for something to grab onto. The ticking throbbed in his ears as it started to slow down, and tears of pain and rage fell from his eyes as he was pulled from the portal. His outstretched hands closed into fists as the portal swirled one last time and disappeared plunging him into the most lonely darkness he had ever felt. The ticking stopped suddenly, and to Adam it was like the hands of time had died. Dozens of hands started poking and pulling at him and he soon lost all sense of everything. The Black Ranger passed out as the hands started dragging him away. A lone figure watched with a wicked smile, his eyes glowing. He had missed the girl, but he was confident that he would get her and the others next time. Then he could go after the grand prize, the one thing that would make all of this really worth while.
"They will stop you,"
"Are you still here?" he could not see her, but knew that she could do nothing against him. "I applaud your effort, but in the end he will come to worship me."
"How do you know that?"
"They always do,"
"You have never had such a personal stake in it though," he scowled as what she said sank in.
"You just wait, I have something extra amusing in store for next time," with that he was gone, save the echoing of his sinister laughter that hung thick in the air.
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I got a lot of positive feedback on the first chapter, and believe me, it helps a lot to know that people are reading. I make a habit out of letting the author of stories I like know about it, because it gives them a reason to continue writing. I would also like to hear criticism if you have it, because how else will I learn. Keep smiling until next time!