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Young Lovers
By: Becky McCulley

Part 1

It was a Friday night. Jason and Emily had just returned from their date, and Jason had every intention of kissing her goodnight at the door and leaving. Howevr, things did not turn out that way, and for that reason, Jason and Emily were about to learn some things no two teenagers should ever have to learn.

"I had a great time tonight," Emily said as they stood together on the doorstep of her house.

"Me, too," Jason replied. He kissed her.

"Would you like to come in?" she asked.

Jason hesitated. "Well..... sure. For a little while." It's still early, he told himself. I'll make it home by midnight. No problem. So he took her hand and followed her inside.

"Where's your family?" he asked as they stood together in the kitchen.

"Mom and Dad went to New York for the weekend. Business.... you know how it is. And.... Eric's camping with the Boy Scouts out in Angel Grove Forest. He won't be home til Sunday." She headed for the fridge. "You want a soda?"

"Sure." He waited to say anything more until sh had placed a cold soda in his hand and they were seated together on the living room couch. "So, we're alone?" "Yep." She smiled, and a moment later, she kissed him. As she pulled away, she felt his breath tickle the tender skin on her neck.

"Jason," she said, "I love you." "I love you, too," he replied, and he meant it. He reached up and gently brushed his hand against her cheek. Then, they began to kiss again. For reasons unknown to them both, this was not enough tonight. They wanted more. The empty house and the height of passion were too much to resist. The next thing Jason knew, he had taken her into his arms and carried her back to her bedroom. He closed the door behind them and laid with her on the bed.

"Are you sure we're ready?" she asked as Jason unzipped the back of her dress. "I've never been so sure of anything in my whole life." With that, hhe pulled a blanket over them and held her close, whispering softly in her ear, "Relax, Emily. Everything's going to be just fine."

Part 2

Tommy was getting impatient. He checked his watch for the millionth time as Adam appeared at his side and asked, "Still no sign of him?"

Tommy shook his head. "Man, Jason's never late," he said.

"You don't think Zedd--"

"No, I don't. We would have heard something by now." Just then, Jason walked into the Youth Center.

"Jason, man, where were you?" Tommy asked, jumping to his feet. Jason didn't reply, or at least, he didn't answer Tommy's question. "I uh-- Tommy, I screwed up, man."

Tommy gave his friend a quizzical look. "You wanna talk about it?"

Jason nodded.

"Adam, tell the others we'll be back soon." With that, Jason and Tommy headed outside. "So, what's up, Jase?"

After a moment of silence, Jason looked at his friend. "Last night, I um-- I mean, Emily and I, we-- we--"

"You didn't." Tommy's voice was monotone as he finally understood.

"We did." Jason looked at the ground, ashamed of what he knew he had to add. "There's more. I didn't..... I never thought to use anything....."

"That's dangerous, Jase. I'm not kidding." Tommy gave Jason an almost fatherly look. "You got a plan?"

Jason shrugged. "A lot of hoping. I know I screwed up. If I could take it back, I would." "Would you really?"

Tommy wanted the truth, and deep down, Jason knew what that was. "No," he answered. "I wouldn't. More like, I couldn't. Given the circumstances, you and Kat would've done the same thing."

"You're probably right. That's why Kat and I are careful. We never go into an empty house together and we always plan ahead."

"Planning ahead's never been my strong suit."

"Just be careful from now on, okay? Oh, and good luck."

"I will. And thanks."

Part 3

The days rolled slowly by. Jaosn and Emily knew their relationship had changed, but they were still very much in love. As each day passed, Jason became more and more confident that he had been lucky. Then it happened.

It was once again a Friday night, about a month after the one that had changed their lives. Jason and Emily were at the Scott residence this time, sitting together on Jason's bed, both of them ready to do it again. Jason wrapped his girlfriend in a warm embrace and kissed her as he gently lowered her down onto her back.

Just then, she pulled away. "Jason, I can't. There's something I have to tell you first."

Jason sat up and looked at her with concern. "What is it?"

Emily's eyes wandered around the room and filled with tears. "I guess there's no easy way to say this," she began. "But-- Jason, I'm pregnant."

The news took Jason by complete surprise and his heart began to pound within him. "Are you sure?"

Emily nodded an the tears overflowed. "I went to the doctor yesterday."

After a short pause, he asked, "So, um, what are you going to do about the baby?"

Emily stared into her boyfriend's dark eyes with conviction. "I want this baby, Jason. I want it vry much, but I can't raise it alone. If you're willing to stick by me and be a father to this child, I'll keep it. I'll give birth to it, and together, we'll get through everything.

But if you're not ready for the responsibility--" she stopped and swallowed hard-- "then I'm going to have an abortion."

"Aw, girl, I'm so sorry." Jason held her close for a long time. "This is all my fault."

"No, Jason, it's not. It isn't like I didn't give you permission do do what you did. It's not like I wasn't a part of it. But I'm the one with a baby growing inside of me now-- our baby. Like I said, I want this baby, I really do, but I can't do it alone."

Part 4

"I'm disappointed in you, son. Disappointed, to say the very least. I can't believe that after everything I've told you, all the lectures I've given you about being careful, you still screwed up."

Jason sat quietly in a chair, knowing full well that everything his father was saying, was true. He had every right to be disappointed.
Mr. Scott stopped pacing and looked at Jason. "What's she going to do about the baby, son?"

"She says it's up to me. If I agree to help her raise it, she'll keep the child. If not, she's going to get an abortion."

"Well, I can't very well tell you what to do. You got yourself into this mess, and you're going to get yourself out. You're a man now, Jason. You proved it to the world, and you especially proved it to Emily."

Jason couldn't meet his father's eyes. He was disappointed in himself, too. He hated himself for what he'd done to Emily. He was ashamed, because he knew he'd done something his father had said many times was a major "no-no" for Scott men. And he was also hurting and confused because the life or death of his own child was now in his hands.

"I don't know what else to say," Mr. Scott concluded, throwing his hands in the air. He shook his head. "I just hope-- I hope everything happened exactly the way you say it did."

Jason's eyes suddenly filled with rage as anger began to bubble and churn inside of him. "Are you accusing me of rape?!"

"I'm just saying I hope you made damn sure she gave consent because if not, that baby is proof that something happened that night."

"I can't believe this. You're my father! You're supposed to be supportive! Emily and I love each other, and this baby was conceived in love, not rage. If you really loved me, you'd know that I would never do something as horrible as rape my girlfriend! And if you can't believe me, just let me handle it and stay out of my life!" With that, Jason strode out of the room and out the front door of the house, leaving his father in a state of complete shock.

Part 5

"I need some advice, Zordon." For whatever reason, Jason had ended up at the Power Chamber.
"What should I do?" The teen looked up at his mentor hopefully.

"I am sorry, Jason. I cannot tell you what to do in this situation. The answers to your questions will affect not only your own future, but the futures of Emily and your child as well." Zordon spoke the way he always had: straight forward, to the point, no nonsense.

"But-- there's got to be some way to know what I'm supposed to do."
"Jason, you must calm down. This decision will require you to think clearly and calmly. You must know that whatever you decide will have both good and bad consequences, and you must carefully consider all the options before coming to a conclusion."

It was not an answer exactly, but it was advice, and it gave Jason some comfort. He left the Power Chamber slightly more assured, but he knew he needed to do some thinking. He wandered down to the hill overlooking the lake. It was his thinking spot. He'd comd here when he first lost his Gold Ranger powers. He had just wanted to be alone, and yet, she'd found him somehow.

After a short time, Jason began to think about his predicament. I'm not ready to be a father, he began. Well, at least I don't think I am. But then again, if I tell her to get an abortion, I'll have that on my conscience for the rest of my life. I'll never stop wondering what the kid would've been like, not to mention the fact that it will probably put a lot of distance between me and Emily.

Okay, so I'll tell her to keep it.

Yeah, but what about everything else? Another voice asked. What about football? What about your friends? What about life beyond high school?

"I just don't know what to do!" Jason exclaimed aloud, overwhelmed by the battle that was going on inside him. It was stronger and more difficult than any battle he'd ever fought as a Power Ranger. "Will somebody please tell me what I'm supposed to do?"

"Maybe I can help."

Part 6

Jason turned at the sound of the voice. Standing behind him was a young man about Jason's own age. Just like Jason, he had dark hair and eyes and a muscular body. "Who-- who are you?" Jason asked, getting to his feet.

"This is going to sound strange," the young man began, "But I'm from the future. I'm your son."

Jason stood for a moment, stunned. However, his experience as a ranger had taught him that anything was possible, and so he actually believe that this could be his own child, eighteen years in the future.

"I'm a Power Ranger, just like you and your friends are in your time.

Zordon and Alpha let me come back in time to deliver an important message to you."

"What's that?"

"If I am never born, the world will be destroyed.

"What?!" Jason couldn't believe what he was hearing.

"Just listen. I was chosen by Zordon to lead the Rangers when the new team was selected in my time. Without me, the Rangers will not exist, and Zedd will ultimately destroy the earth." You see, it all begins with my birth eight months from now. I am the first member of the new team to be born, and the births of the others are all directly connected to my own. If I am never born, none of the others will be, either. It all depends on your decision. Now that I've warned you, if you decide you're not ready to be a father, you will be responsible for the the destruction of the world seventeen years from now."

Jason let it all sink in. He believed his son's words, but he still had so many questions. He didn't feel ready to be a father at all. Still, even if he couldn't save the world, even though he had no powers, his son did and his son could. This was how Jason would do his part.

Part 7

"So was-- I mean, am-- am I a good father?" Jason and the young man had begun to walk towards the Youth Center.

"My father is a wonderful man," Jason's son assured him. "He has taught me all I know about martial arts, about life, and about being a ranger.

He-- you knew exactly what had happened when I came home after my first battle. You know what I was thinking, what I was feeling."

"Can I ask you-- what's your name?"

The young man smiled. "I think you already know that."

"I do?"

'You've told me since I was a boy that my name is one that means a lot to you. You said that ever since you were young, your father has been your greatest hero."


"That's my name."
Jason shook his head as they arrived at the Youth Center. "Well, are you ready to meet the gang, Tim?"

"Actually, I um-- I can't. I'm not meant to, and I don't want to mess with the past any more than I have already. Just take good care of my mom, okay?"

"Sure thing." Jason looked at Tim. He already felt a connection with his son. "Can I hug you?"

"Sure, Dad."

Jason have Tim a hug. When he pulled away, Tim started to walk away.

Suddenly, he stopped and turned abruptly. "One more thing," he said.

"What's that?"

"Tommy. You two are best friends here, now, but that changed before I was even born. You two had a big fight about something-- you never said what it was for sure-- and I never got to meet the man-- the man my brother was named for."

With that, Tim pushed a button on his communicator. A moment later, a vortex appeared and Tim stepped inside and disappeared.

Part 8

Jason stood for a moment outside before turning and entering the Youth Center. His friends were waiting for him inside.

"Hey, guys," Jason greeted them.

"Hey, man," Tommy replied. "How're you doing?"

Knowing what he meant, Jason nodded and answered, "Good, bro."

"You sure?" "Yeah." Jason grabbed a chair and sat down between Justin and Tanya.

"Hey, Jason, where have you been lately?" Tanya asked.

Jason shrugged. "I've been around. A lot of stuff's been going on."

"With Emily." The tone in Justin's voice was immaturely teasing, which was understandable because he was so young.

"Yeah." Jason looked at his hands, unable to meet their curious looks.

Tommy was the only one who knew about the baby, and Jason wasn't ready to tell the others just yet.

"Jason, what's wrong?" Kat asked, concerned.

"N-- nothing. Like I said, a lot of stuff's been going on. I'm having some problems with my dad....."

"Because of Emily." Justin grinned, but Tommy jabbed him with his elbow to get the point across that enough was enough.

It was then that Emily walked into the Youth Center. She walked up to the Rangers' table. "Hi, guys."

"Hi, Emily!" Kat greeted her friend warmly. "Have a seat."

"Oh, I can't. Actually, um, I just need to talk to Jason alone."

Jason stood up and took Emily's hand. Together, the two of them left the Youth Center. Here goes nothing, Jason thought.

Part 9

"I need an answer, Jason," Emily said in a shaking voice. "I have an appointment tomorrow, and I need to know if I should keep it. I need to know where this is all going."

Gently, Jason reached out and took his girlfriend's hand. "I love you," he whispered. "And I've been going crazy these last couple of days trying to figure this all out, trying to make the right decision......"

"Me, too."

"I know that whatever happens, it's not going to be easy. I know we're not going to be a 'perfect' family. But---"

Suddenly, Emily smiled. "Are you saying---"

"I am. We should keep the child. We created this baby together, and rightfully or not, it's ours." Now Jason smiled, too, as he gave Emily a hug. Then he kissed her once and backed away, holding her at arm's length. "But only if you're sure you're ready. It's easy for me to say we should keep it because I'm not the one who has to carry the child and give birth. I'm just the guy."

"I'm ready, Jason. If you're going to be with me, stand by me, I'm ready."

"Oh, girl, I'll never leave your side." He held her close again, and then he kissed her again, this time more passionately than before. "I really, really love you."

"I love you, too, Jason."

"Are you ready to tell the others?" Jason asked, knowing that their friends would have to be told sometime.

"Let's go." She put her arm around his waist, and together, the two of them headed inside.

"What's going on, you guys?" Adam asked as soon as Jason and Emily had joined him and the others at the table.

"Well," Jason began, "Emily and I have some big news."

"Oh, really?" Justin leaned forward. "Go on."

With one look at Jason, Emily felt reassured. "Guys, I'm pregnant."

Emily's words were met by complete silence. This was understood, but it was a warning for Jason and Emily. There was a long, hard road ahead.