I can't be alone...he can't have left me...it's all a dream, it has to be. Bright tears stood in her eyes as she tried not to think about it. How could the Phantom have left her? Was everything, all the looks between them, all the danger, just a facade? Something not to be thought of after it was over?
She curled up on her bed, staring blindly at the far wall. Right now, she wouldn't have cared one little bit if Divatox, Havoc, Rygog, Elgar, Porto, and the entire crew of Piranatrons had appeared in front of her doing the rhumba. Her entire life had ended the moment the Phantom had faded away from the Power Chamber. She had kept up a brave front, but that was all it had been: a front. As soon as she was in her room, all the tears had come pouring out.
They had come silently, of course. She wouldn't let any of the others, especially any of Ashley's family, see her cry or hear her. They would never understand, especially T.J. In the days before Phantom's arrival, she had wondered if it might be possible for them to somehow fall in love. She had seen the way he had looked at her, and it was nice....but there had been nothing there for her but friendship. And with the advent of the Phantom, any chance she might have loved someone else just faded away like dust in the wind.
With a sigh, the Pink Ranger sat up and picked up the remote control to her TV. Despite being alone, she had friends here, and a new family. It wasn't the same as being with her beloved, but it would have to do for now. Maybe he would come back some day. Maybe it wasn't too late for them. Slowly she started to flip from channel to channel, in a vague search for something to take her mind off things.
The sound of music stopped her briefly. She saw a group of brightly clad people in medieval costume moving around on a stage, then lyrics began to play. As they echoed in her mind, the tears in her eyes slowly dripped down her cheeks as she remembered all that she and Phantom had been through together.
In her room, Cassie turned the television off and laid down, her heart softening and easing as she closed her eyes. "I love you, Phantom. Please don't forget me."
A soft echo of words wrapped around her, and she smiled as she began to fall asleep. "I love you, Cassie. I'll always remember you."