In one of the many solar systems spreading throughout the galaxy, there is a planet by the name of Earth. Earth was once a beautiful planet. It had many people living on it, some of who were lucky enough to help protect it. These people were called the Power Rangers. Evil had attacked this planet and at first, five people had been chosen to protect it. Through the years, there were changes in the roster, but they always had the same goal. To protect the planet from Evil. They were able to do this until the daughter of Istanyo was found. She was half human and half Evil. Evil would soon overtake her, but it didn't show for years. She grew up and as a teenager, she made a group of four close friends. These teenagers were chosen to fight against the Evil that attacked Earth. Because of this power, she was able to overcome the Evil. For the time being. When she left, she began to fall apart. She was soon called to Evil, and she ended up killing the Power Rangers and overtaking Earth. People of Earth fear her, the one known as Kanara.
Five years after the death of the rangers:
"Are they coming?" asked the blond-haired girl. She was about 5'3, but yet she was very strong and muscular. Her skin was lightly tanned, and her eyes were green. The boy, kind of short, who had blond hair and blue eyes, looked around and shook his head. She managed a weak smile as she continued through the tunnels. The tunnels had been built as an escape from the queen. She hadn't found them yet and even if she did, she would never be able to find her way through them. As the two continued through, they heard a screech behind them. The froze, and the boy got into a defensive stance. They sighed as a bird flew in.
"Don't scare us like that, Ninja," the boy exclaimed. The girl smiled as Ninja landed on her arm.
"John, give Ninja a break. He doesn't know his way through the tunnels." John stuck his tongue out at the bird as the girl smiled.
"I know, I just wish he did! Are we almost there yet, Kari?" She nodded as she walked in front of him. Suddenly, there was a flash of light. The two watched in awe as a ship took off from the grasslands in front of them. The ship blasted off, and the two watched until it disappeared from sight. Three people ran over to them. There was one girl and two guys. The girl was fairly tall and had dark skin and dark brown hair. Her brown eyes shone with happiness. One of the guys had black hair, fair skin, and brown eyes. He was shorter than the other two. The last of them had brown hair, blue eyes, and was tall and muscular.
"What's going on Terri?" John asked the girl. She turned to him and smiled.
"They launched the second ship into space. If they can make it past Kanara, we might be able to get help from the other beings. If they are able to get help, we might have a chance against her." Kari looked at her in uncertainty.
"What if they don't make it past?" The shorter guy, Mike, standing next to Terri sighed.
"Then were probably in trouble. It doesn't matter, though. Many people would rather die than follow the ruler that killed all of the power rangers." Alex said. John looked away. She hadn't killed all of the rangers. There was still one left.
"So, how many of the ships are we sending out?" he asked, changing the subject. The "queen" had been looking for him ever since she had taken over. The only problem was she was looking for Justin Stewart. Justin no longer existed. In his place was John Torall. His once brown hair was now dyed a light blonde. He had grown a lot and he was more muscular. He no longer wore blue. He couldn't bring himself to wear the color that had once been a normal thing for him. He was now seen wearing black of white, depending on the day. He thought about the dream, five years ago, that had made him change.
Justin Stewart waved the mist from in front of his eyes. He tried to see anything through the mist, but it was to thick. It didn't seem to matter, though. Today had been the worst day of his life. Everyone he loved was gone. Not only were both of his parents dead, but all of his friends were gone to. His dad had been killed after the town of Angel Grove had surrendered. He had been trying to save a couple of children from the monsters that had come to crush the town, but he had been killed.
"It doesn't matter anymore. Everyone is gone. Life doesn't matter anymore." Suddenly, he heard a voice behind him.
"Justin, don't think that way!" Justin turned around and saw Tommy standing behind him. He felt the tears he had been holding in make their way down his cheek. He ran over to him and jumped into Tommy's arms.
"Tommy," he called to him. Tommy hugged him and tried to sooth his sadness. Tommy pulled out of the embrace and looked him in the eyes.
"Justin, I can't stay for long, because I came to warn you." Justin looked at him in confusion.
"Warn me about what?" Tommy sighed and stood up.
"Justin, I know you are young, but you have to do what I tell you. You are the last remaining power rangers that has not been killed or captured. Kanara is going to be coming after you, because you are a threat to her."
"Yes, Justin. You have experienced the power before, and if anyone comes with some sort of power, you could be a great enemy of her. You have to take the friends that you have left and get away from Angel Grove. Find somewhere else to live. You have to be their leader, because they have never experienced anything like this before." Justin nodded.
"I'll do what I can, Tommy. I don't know what I can do, but I will try my best." Tommy smiled and hugged him again. He stood up and starting walking away. Justin called out to him.
"Tommy, is there any hope left?" Tommy turned around and managed a small smile.
"For many people, there is none. You have to keep the faith. You will find a way out of this. I promise." With that, Tommy disappeared. Justin woke up and looked around at the rest of the people in the room.
"We have to leave tonight." Everyone looked at him. One of the girls, Sarah, spoke up.
"Why?" Justin looked at everyone around the room.
"Kanara is going to come and get rid of everyone she can find. If we don't leave now, there is no hope for any of us."
"John? Are you okay?" Justin shook off the dream and nodded.
"Yeah, I'm fine. What are we going to do now?" Kari looked at him.
"We were going to go to get something to eat. Want to come?'' she asked. He nodded, and the five of them started walking through the tunnels. As they passed one of the unfinished one, the falcon flew off Kari's arm and into the tunnel. Justin cursed as they started chasing after it.
"Ninja! Come back!" Kari yelled. Suddenly, as the five of them neared the dead end, the ground collapsed underneath them. They screamed as they fell into darkness. The falcon looked around, and after seeing that no one was coming, flew down the hole after them.
Justin was the first to wake up. When he sat up, and started looking around, he gasped in shock. he felt like he was back in the Power Chamber. There were consuls everywhere and in many tubes with the uniforms of past rangers. Under each uniform was the name or names of the person who had worn it. He froze as he came to the tube that had the original pink ranger uniform in it. The plaque read:
Kimberly Anne Harte:
The first of the three pink rangers.
She would do anything to help her
people, even when times were tough.
She will be remembered, not for who she
is today, but what the real Kimberly was like.
As he looked at the picture underneath, he still found it hard to believe that this cheerful girl was now the evil queen. He heard a gasp behind him. He turned around and saw the others waking up, looking around in amazement.
"What is this place?" Kari asked. The four started walking around and looking at the sights in the strange, new place. When they came to the where Justin was standing, they all froze in shock.
"She was a ranger? Kanara used to protect the earth?" Kari looked up at Justin. "John, what is going on here?" He sighed, but before he could open his mouth, he heard a familiar voice behind him. He turned around and almost fainted at what he saw. Alpha was standing there with the falcon perched on his shoulder.
"Alpha? You're still alive?" Justin asked. "I thought that Kanara turned you to scrap metal after she blew up DECA!" Alpha seemed to smile.
"I was scrap metal. But Kanara made the mistake of sending the metal back to earth. Your falcon friend found me, and was able to put me back together." Justin stared at him.
"What are you taking about? Ninja is a bird. A bird can't fix any of this!" The falcon flew off Alpha and landed on a perch next to a giant tube. The tube was a lot like the one that Zordon had once been in, but this one seemed to have three colors from it. Green, white, and red. Justin gasped again as the tube lit up and a familiar person appeared in it. He stepped closer to it in amazement.
"Tommy?" he asked. The person nodded their head.
"Yes, John, or should I say Justin." The others walked over to Justin in astonishment.
"Justin? As in Justin Stewart, the only living ranger left?" Terri asked. Justin nodded. The four looked at him in amazement. They had known him for five years, and they had never figured out who he really was. Justin looked back up at Tommy.
"Tommy, what are we doing here?" he asked. Tommy smiled and began to explain.
"Kanara has been searching for a great treasure for many years. This treasure is greater than anything you can imagine. If she got a hold of this, she would be able to take over the entire universe. That is why you are hear. You are hear to take the power that is the only way to defeat Kanara." Justin looked at him in amazement as the others looked at each other in confusion. Kari looked up at Tommy.
"So, what you are saying is that we're going to become the power rangers?" Tommy nodded.
"Precisely." As they all watched in awe as a box floated up to each of them. They tried to open them, but to their surprise, they couldn't. Suddenly, Kari cried out. They all turned to her and looked at her in shock. Her box had opened and a bright pink light shone over her.
"Kari, agile and courageous, you are the Quartz Ranger. You will be the second in command of the team. You will draw you powers from the Rose Quartz. You will be guided by the jaguar." The pink crystal rose up above her and it circled her. Everyone turned away as the light became to bright for them to keep looking. When the light died down, they looked at Kari is shock. She was wearing a spandex uniform, much like the uniform of the original rangers. The boots went up to her knees, and were silver in color. There was a double pink band close to the top of each boot. She wore a pink skirt, and at the bottom were double silver bands. She wore silver gloves that had a double band of pink at the top of them. On the middle of her chest was a medallion with a shimmering piece of Rose Quarz. Her helmet was pink in color, with silver stripes running down all sides. The eye piece of the helmet was in the shape of a jaguar's open mouth. Kari took off her helmet and looked at her uniform in shock.
"I'm a power rangers!" she whispered, more to herself than anyone else. As they looked over her uniform, the box Terri was holding shot open and she was covered in a white light.
"Terri, quick and wise, you are the Opal Ranger. You will draw your powers from the White Opal. You will be guided by the bear." The white crystal rose up and circled her, shining a bright white light over her. When the light disappeared, she was in a uniform exactly like Kari's, except instead of the pink, it was white and her medallion showed a glowing piece of opal. The helmet was white and had silver stripes running down the sides and the eye piece was in the shape of a bear's open mouth. She took off the helmet and smiled as she looked down at her uniform.
"I can't believe this!!" she exclaimed as she felt the power running through her veins. When she looked up, Alex's box opened with a burst of blue light.
"Alex, fearless and strong, you are the Sapphire Ranger. You will draw you powers from the Blue Sapphire. You will be guided by the sneaky fox." A wave of blue washed over him and when the blue disappeared, he was in a blue uniform. He had gold boots that went up to his shins, with single blue bands at the top. His gloves were gold as well, with single blue bands at the top. On his medallion was a shimmering piece of sapphire. His helmet had gold bands going across it and the eye piece was in the shape of a fox's open mouth. He pulled the helmet off and looked at the uniform in amazement.
"This is incredible!" he said aloud. Mike's box opened next and a stream of black light shone out.
"Mike, free-spirited and light-hearted, you are the Garnet Ranger. You will draw your powers from the Black Garnet. You will be guided by the fierce tiger." A stream of black light engulfed him. When it disappeared, he was in a costume similar to Alex's. His uniform was black and had a glittering piece of garnet of the medallion. The helmet's eye piece was in the shape of a tiger's open mouth. As he took off his helmet, he looked at his uniform in amazement.
"Wow" was the only thing that he could say. As Tommy looked at Justin, he smiled at the light streaming out of his box.
"Justin, determined and loyal, you are the Jade Ranger. You will be the leader of the team. You will draw your powers form the Green Jade. You will be guided by the might dragon." Justin was engulfed in a green light and when it disappeared, he was in a green uniform. On the medallion was a piece of glowing jade. The eye piece of his helmet was that of a dragon's open mouth. He took his helmet off and beamed.
"It feels so good to be back," he stated as he looked up at Tommy. Tommy smiled.
"You are the new generation of Power Ranger. You will help the people remember that there still is hope. Before you become ranger, you must always follow these guidelines. Number one, never use the power for personal reasons. Number two, never hurt anyone with the power. And number three, the most important one, never reveal who you are. Do you all agree to follow these?"
"Forever." Tommy smiled again as he looked at the new rangers. These indeed are meant to be. They would be a start for the new generation. He looked over at Alpha. Alpha walked over to the rangers and handed them each a communicator.
"These are your communicators. This is how you will be able to teleport to the Chamber and to help the others out. I wish you luck, rangers." As soon as the rangers had their communicators strapped to their wrists, they disappeared in streaks of black, pink, blue, white, and green.
They appeared in the tunnel that had led them to the cave. All of the rangers fell to the ground, except for Justin who was used to being transported. Terri jumped up and ran back into the tunnel. She came out a few minutes later with a bewildered expression on her face. Justin looked at her in concern.
"Terri, what's wrong?" She looked at him in confusion.
"The cave is gone. The cave that we fell into is just....gone. I went back in to try to find the entrance, but it wasn't there. It was like nothing had ever been there before!" While the others looked at her in amazement, Justin understood completely.
"The reason Tommy did that was because last time, Evil found out where our "base" was and they ended up destroying it. That's how Kanara defeated the Power Rangers. She took over their base and learned everything about them that was in the computer." The others looked at him in shock, before Kari walked up to him.
"I don't really know what I'm doing here, being a ranger and all, but I will always support and help you. I will do everything that I can to help save the people that are left from total destruction." Justin smiled and squeezed her hand. The others looked at each other and walked over to Justin, smiling.
"We're with you all the way, man. There is no way that we will ever give up." Mike said. Alex and Terri nodded. Justin smiled and looked at all of them.
"Thank you so much. You don't know how much this means to me, having the power to fight Evil again." The all hugged him, and they walked away from the tunnel, smiling as they went. Little did they know that someone had felt the power rising. And that person had the power to eliminate all of them.
"NOO! This can't be happening! I destroyed the power, and all of the power rangers!" Kanara screamed as she threw the book she was holding across the room. Her white cat watched in interest as her mistress went into a fit.
Just because you destroyed the rangers doesn't mean that they would give up. Our people have the reputation of never giving up. Kanara turned to the cat in anger.
"Shut up, you stupid thing! I made sure I got rid of all the power rangers so...." Realization dawned on her face as she remembered the one ranger that she hadn't been able to find.
"Justin," she hissed. She ran over to the cat and picked her up. "That little brat has ruined my plans. I was going to sell this stupid little planet. With rangers on it, no one will want it now! How did they get the powers?!" The cat looked at her with a blank expression on her face. Kanara felt the anger rise up in her, and her skin started to glow a faint purple.
I don't know where the powers came from. I thought that the Astro Powers were the only ones left! Kanara looked at the cat suspiciously before throwing it down. The cat turned and ran out of the room, and down the stairs next to the door. Kanara watched it go through narrowed eyes. She turned around and walked over to the window, looking at the earth bellow.
"What is that cat up to?" She closed her eyes, and an unexpected memory came to her mind.
"Kim, wait up!" Kimberly Anne Harte turned around and smiled as she saw Rocky chasing after her. She slowed down and waited until he could catch up. As he came closer, he threw her arms around and the two hugged.
"What's up Rocky?" she asked when the two managed to tear apart. He smiled.
"The usual. You know, fighting bad guys, saving the word, never having enough money to pay for the drinks that we buy." Kim smiled at the last one, remembering all the times that they had left all of their food untouched at the Juice Bar. Remembering the Juice Bar brought back memories. Of him, Tommy. She sighed and looked up at Rocky.
"Rocky, did I do the right thing? I mean with Tommy and all." He looked at her and sighed.
"Kim, even though it probably feels weird, you did do the right thing. I mean, I don't know if the letter was the right way to do it, but it was the right thing." She managed a weak smile.
"I know the letter was a stupid thing to do, but I didn't have the nerve to break up with him in person. I knew from day one that he would fall for Kat. I mean, I saw the looks he gave her. The looks he had given me when we first started dating. He might have been broken over the letter, but I was right. They did end up together. Besides, I think I got the better end of the deal. Even though you had to be a ranger, you came down and talked to me, giving me something that I really needed. A friend, and in time, hopefully more than that." She smiled and started walking back to the gym.
"Are you going to come back to Angel Grove?" Rocky called out. She turned around and smiled.
"Yeah, Jason and I are coming back this summer. He said he needed someone to talk to, and I was the only off-duty one he could get a hold off." She yelled. She waved good-bye and started walking back to the gym. As she opened the doors, she turned back and saw Rocky walling away.
"Someday, I hope that we really are more than friends," she whispered as she went through the door.
Zhane, Zhane! Wake up! Zhane slowly sat up and wiped the sleep out of his eyes. After Kat had been turned into a cat, they had found out that they could still communicate with each other.
"What's up, Kat?" he asked as she squeezed through the bars of the cage. She sat next to him, and looked up at him with her bright blue eyes.
They found powers, Zhane! Justin found powers for new rangers! Zhane, now fully awake, looked at the cat in astonishment.
"What?! How did they get more powers? All that was left was the Astro Powers, and Kanara made sure she got rid of them! And how did Justin get to them? He isn't ever old enough! Why, he's only-"
17. He's 17, Zhane. Zhane looked at her in shock.
"What?! When the rangers were killed, he was only 12? How could he be 17 already?!
It's been 5 years. We've been slaves of Ki-Kanara for five years. It's been five years since Tommy was....... The sentence ended abruptly as Kat looked down. Zhane picked up the cat and began to stroke it.
"I know it hurts, Kat. I know how it feels. I just got Karone back, and she was taken away. Only this time, I don't think she is going to be coming back." Zhane blinked back the tears that were welling up in his eyes. He kept petting the cat, closing his eyes.
"Don't you both look so cute." Snarled a voice from in front of them. Zhane opened his eyes and leapt up when he saw Kanara standing in front of the cage. She was in a black bodysuit, with her hair pulled back in a French twist. Her eyes were glowing a deep violet as she reached over and started to unlock the cage. Zhane looked at her, not daring to let his guard down for even a second.
"What do you want with us?" She gave him an evil smile, and before he could move, she threw open the door and grabbed his neck. Without any effort, she picked him up and held him in the air.
"Since you are the remaining trained power rangers, you could be a ticking time bomb. I might as well finish you while I have the chance." Zhane looked at her in horror as he realized his this was it. Kanara put her hands at the back of his neck, but before she could do anything, she felt a sharp pain going across her leg. She looked down and gasped in shock as she saw the blood trickling out of the four scratches on her lag. Zhane noticed her hesitation and grabbed her wrists. As she turned to look at him, he bent one of her wrists back, wincing when he heard a cracking noise. Kanara screamed in pain as she grabbed her broken wrist, dropping Zhane in the process. He leapt at her and knocked her down. While she was struggling to get up, he noticed her staff lying on the ground next to Kat. He dove at it, barely missing Kanara's outstretched hand. He picked up Kat, and to all of their surprise, disappeared in a streak of silver. Kanara watched in horror as she realized that they were going back to earth.
"KAT!" She screamed as she ran up the stairs.
On the planet Earth, two beings appeared on it's barren land. One of them was a small white cat. The other was a tall, fair-haired guy. The stood up and looked at the town of Angel Grove in shock. What had once been a bustling, happy community was now a barren land. They could see for miles that the only thing left was a few broken buildings. The two started walking through the mess, looking for any signs of life. Suddenly, as Zhane reached into one of the buildings, he was pushed down from behind. As he landed on the ground, he felt someone jab him in the ribs. He winced, but quickly turned around. Before he could get a clear glimpse at anyone, they grabbed him and picked him up.
"Hey! Let me go!" he yelled, struggling to get free. He turned around and saw that Kat was clawing at the person trying to pick her up. Zhane realized he was still holding the staff. He hit his attackers with it, knocking both of them to the ground. He then ran over to try and help Kat, but to his complete surprise, as soon as the person attacking Kat saw his face, they froze in shock.
"Zhane?" the person asked. Zhane looked at him, trying to figure out who they were.
"Who are you?" he asked. The person smiled and walked over to him.
"It's me, Justin!" Zhane's mouth dropped open as he saw how much Justin had grown. Justin looked at Zhane in amazement.
"I thought that you were dead! Everyone on Earth thought you were!" Justin exclaimed. Zhane shook his head, still trying to get over the shock. "Where were you?"
Kanara had us. All of the rangers looked at the white cat in shock. Terri looked at Justin in surprise.
"I swear that cat just said something," she said. The cat turned to look at her.
I did. Justin, don't you remember me? It's me, Kat. Justin's mouth dropped open as he kneeled down next to the cat.
"Kat? IS that you?" The cat seemed to smile at his shock.
Yeah, it's me. Justin blinked in surprise.
"What happened to you? Why are you a cat?"
When Kanara captured me, she turned me into a cat so I wouldn't cause any trouble. Why she didn't just kill Zhane and I like she did to the rest of the rangers, I don't know. Justin picked Kat up and turned to the rest of the rangers.
"Come on, guys. Let's take them to the.." Before he could finish, a screeching was heard from the sky above them. They all turned around and saw Ninja swooping towards them. Kari ran over and the bird landed on her arm.
"What's wrong Ninja?" she asked. Ninja turned his head and the rangers looked in the same direction. They saw a huge black cloud coming towards the trashed city. Before any of them could move, the cloud molded into the shape of a woman and landed on the ground. The froze as Kanara walked slowly towards them.
"Looks like I got more than I bargained for. Not only did I find my missing pets, but I also found the power rangers," she said, smirking. The four new rangers looked at Justin in alarm. Alex looked at him
"How does she know that we're rangers?" he whispered. Justin looked at him and shrugged.
"I have no clue," he whispered back. Suddenly, Kanara leapt at Justin. He dodged out of the way, but not before she scratched his arm, leaving a trail of blood. Justin looked at her in horror. She smiled.
"Yes Justin. This is more than a game. You're in the REAL world now. And now it's time for you to die. " She started walking towards him, but stopped as the others surrounded Justin. "Don't you get it? You can't defeat me. No one can. The only thing you can manage to do is get yourself killed. Give it up." Kari looked at her in anger.
"We will never give up. I can promise you that." She turned to Justin. "Should we do it?" He nodded.
"It's morphin time!""The Quartz Ranger!"
Kanara yawned as they got into defensive stances.
"I've defeated rangers once before. It shouldn't be to hard to defeat newbies," She leapt at Justin, knocking him to the ground. Before Kanara could land, Kari grabbed one of her legs and threw her to the ground. Kanara growled as she landed on her bad wrist. She turned around. Terri tried to kick her in the face, but Kanara caught her foot.
"What are you going to do now, ranger," she taunted. Terri kicked her other foot up, hitting Kanara under the chin. As they both fell to the ground, Alex caught Terri. He then ran over to Kanara, but was knocked away as she kicked him in the gut. Mike swept her feet out from under her, but she did a back flip to get away from it. As Kari ran at her, Kanara jumped in the air and hit Kari in the face with a tornado kick. As soon as Kanara landed, she grabbed Terri and threw her to the ground. The rangers backed up as they realized this would be harder than they thought.
"Justin," Kari said, breathing hard," what are we going to do?! She is too strong for any of us to fight!" Justin looked at them calmly.
"I know. That's why were going to fight her together. If we attack as a group, we will overwhelm her. I don't remember doing it that much when I was one, but I know it will work!" The others nodded as they turned back towards Kanara.
"Are you ready to die?" she asked. Justin shook his head.
"Not in this world!" She ran at the rangers, but before she could get to them, she froze. The rangers watched in shock as she screamed in pain and fell to the ground. Terri covered the mouth on her helmet as they saw the burn mark on Kanara's back. They looked behind her and saw Zhane, and two unfamiliar people to most of them, standing with Kanara's staff in their hands. Kanara slowly stood up and turned around. She looked at them in shock.
"Tommy? Kat? How did you escape?" she demanded. Tommy looked at her.
"Your power is the thing that changed us to animals. It was also the thing that reversed it." He held up the staff as Kanara glared at him. Backing away from them, she yelled out,
"This isn't the end, rangers. I will be back. And next time, you won't be as lucky!" She disappeared in a cloud of purple smoke. As the rangers watched the smoke evaporate, people started coming out of the tunnels, looking at them in shock.
"The rangers! They're back!"
"They're going to help us!"
"They saved us!" The rangers looked at the people looking at them in amazement.
"Yes, we are here to help you with your fight against Kanara. We will try to do the best we can to save what we have left. Thank you.'' The rangers turned towards each other and disappeared in streaks of green, pink, white, blue, and black. Unnoticed, Tommy, Zhane, and Kat snuck back into the cave.
"How could this happen to me? Everything was going great! Now, I have rangers to deal with." Kanara complained as she walked into her room. She walked over to her statue and bowed her head. "I messed up, dad, but I promise it will never happen again. Once I get rid of the rangers, I can take over the universe."
"But if you had never made the mistake, you could be on your way as empress." She turned around and bowed down to the person in front of her,
"I know, but I wasn't expecting this. I thought that Tommy was dead! If he would have died, none of this would have happened. Please forgive me, father." Instanyo looked at his daughter.
"You thought Tommy was dead, and that's why the rangers came. If you want my forgiveness, you have to kill Tommy Oliver and all of the power rangers." She nodded. He smiled and walked out her room. "And remember. You've killed him once. He only has one life left. Take your time killing him. Hurt his as much as possible." Kanara nodded as he left the room. She sat on her bed and sighed.
"Why do I have to do this? I already killed him, yet I find out that he is alive! And why does father want me to hurt him as much as possible?" She laid back on the bed. Closing her eyes, she fell into a dreamless sleep.