Danny Kain just moved into Angel Grove. He had yet to really get a feel for the town, and hoped that nobody would recognize him. At just 14 years of age, he was an Olympian ice skater, literally. He had some gold medals in his room, though he was much too modest to show them off.
Danny’s status as one of the greatest skaters in history also made it hard for him to make friends. People seemed to know him everywhere he went. They either kissed up to him or alienated themselves from him. He had a feeling that, even if people did recognize them here, he was going to have a good time.
“Bye, mom,” Danny said, “I’m going to go skating in the park.” He stopped at the hall closet to grab his skating gear: helmet, roller skates, and knee and elbow pads. Being the courteous young man that he is, he waited for his mom to respond before taking off for the park.
“All right, honey,” his mom called, “But be home before dark.”
“I will,” Danny said. He then went out the door, closing it softly behind him. He sat down on the front step and quickly slid his skates and equipment on. He then stood up and zipped down the driveway. He then headed in the direction he had been told the local park was at.
Once at the park, he found most of the teens there on roller blades. He didn’t have anything against roller blades, but found regular skates more balanced and overall comfortable than even his specialty, ice skates.
“Excuse me,” Danny said politely, as he edged past an elderly couple walking along the sidewalk. He bumped into the old man inadvertantly. “I’m really sorry.” He was looking at the man while going backwards.
“Look out, young man,” the old woman said. Tim turned around, and saw that he was about to crash into a bench. He did an expert somersault over the bench. Shrugging, Danny quickly apologized again and zipped off.
“What a nice, polite young man,” the old woman said.
Danny kept skating across the park. All of a sudden, this big thug like group of young men came out and stepped in his way. Danny expertly came to a stop. “Nobody blades around here, kid,” one of them said, “Not without our permission.”
“Well, for one thing, I’m not blading,” Danny said, “I’m skating. I find roller skates a lot more balanced.”
“Well, whatever it is, it has to stop,” the guy said.
“Hey, wait a minute,” one of the others said, “Don’t I know you from somewhere, kid?” Danny groaned.
‘Just when I thought I was going to be happy here, without anybody recognizing me,’ he thought.
“I guess I’ve just got one of those faces,” he said, shrugging.
“Yeah, I guess that’s it,” the guy said.
“Look, gentlemen,” Danny said, “I don’t want any trouble here. If you want me to leave, then fine, I’ll leave. My mom will skin me alive if I get into any trouble.”
“You don’t want any trouble, huh? Well that’s too bad,” the first gang member said, “Get him, boys.”
All of a sudden, the other members of the gang surged towards Danny, who did the smart thing, and started skating away. “Nobody outruns the Blade Devils,” the apparent gang leader said. With that, roller blades seemed to just spring from their feet, and they gave chase to Danny.
Danny poured on the speed. ‘None of these losers should be able to catch me,’ he mused. With all of his bravado, Danny could almost literally feel the gang members breathing down his neck.
“NOW!!!” the gang leader yelled. A couple of thugs jumped out from a tree and tried to grab Danny. Danny did a flip through the air above them, and landed right behind them, and kept up the speed.
It wasn’t too long before he made it home. Slamming the door desperately, and breathing hard, Danny quickly slipped off his gear and sat down on the floor. “Danny, is that you?” he mother asked from the kitchen.
“Yeah, it’s me mom,” Danny said slowly, between breaths. He let out a huge sight of relief. “Whew, that was close.”
“I didn’t expect you back until about sundown,” his mom said, “What happened?”
“I met some bullies in the park, and they chased me here,” Danny said. He went into the kitchen, to find his mom making a big meal. “What’s going on? I didn’t think dad would be joining us tonight.”
“He’s not, but we’re having company, dear,” Danny’s mom replied, “Your cousin Justin is coming over.”
“Really? Awesome,” Danny replied, grinning. Justin was probably his best friend, and the only person Danny knew that didn’t go haywire after he had won the gold medal. “Do you need any help?”
“No, I’m almost done,” his mom said, “I just have to throw them into the oven and they’ll be done before Justin and his dad get here.”
The reason that Danny and Justin were such good friends is that they shared a secret. One time, when Justin was spending the night at Danny’s house, he had started having nightmares. In it, he was in the middle of this big attack. Later, when Danny asked him about it, Justin told him.
It turned out that Justin used to be one of the Turbo Rangers, the Blue Ranger to be exact. He had given up his place on the team to stay behind with his dad. He temporarily regained them again for a very short time when the new Space Rangers had some trouble on a mission, but gave them up again to lead a normal life.
Ever since then, Justin and Danny were inseparable when they were together. They did everything together. They both liked to roller skate, and often went skating in the park near where Danny lived to compete in the Olympics.
It was a little while before Justin and his dad came. The gang that had been outside seemed to have gone back to the park long before then. Justin and Danny greeted each other with a high five.
“Look what I’ve got,” Justin said, pulling something out of his backpack. It was a game called WCW/NWO Revenge, for the Nintendo 64. “We stopped by the video store on the way over here, and rented this.”
“Awesome,” Danny said, “Let’s go play.” With that, the two boys went racing up to Danny’s room. They started playing, but got bored after a while.
“Hey, Danny,” Justin said, “Want to skate to the Surf Spot and get a smoothie or something?”
“Sounds great,” Danny said, “Let’s go.” With that, the two teens went flying downstairs. “Mom, we’re going to go skating around town some.”
“Have fun, dear,” his mom called out.
“And be home before sundown,” Justin’s dad said.
“We will,” Justin said, promising for the both of them. They went out to the front porch and slide their skates and equipment on. Then, they stood up. Justin fought to keep his balance.
“You whimp,” Danny teased.
“I’m not used to this,” Justin said, “It’s been a while since I’ve been skating, you know.”
“Yeah, I know,” Danny said, “Just teasing.” When Justin finally found his “skating legs” they took off for the Surf Spot. When they got there, they found the place buzzing with activity.
“No skates in my place, kiddos,” a woman said, as they tried to enter through the main entrance with their skates on. Justin and Danny quickly slid them off and sat down at a table.
“What’ll you have?” the woman said, as she came up.
“A strawberry smoothie for me, Adelle,” Justin said.
“Same here,” Danny piped in.
“Coming right up,” Adelle said, “Nice to see you again, Justin.”
“Thanks, Adelle,” Justin said, “You too.” Adelle left to get their smoothies and Justin and Danny talked.
All of a sudden, this group of people came in. Danny shrank back when he saw them. They were the Blade Devil gang members that he had met in the park. “Excuse me,” one of them said, rather rudely, to Adelle, “We’re looking for a kid. He wears roller skates a lot.”
Adelle shrugged. “A lot of the kids here wear roller skates a lot,” she replied, “So sorry, but I can’t help you.”
“Oh, you can’t miss this one,” a girl in the gang said, “He’s that famous Olympian teen ice skating champion, Daniel Kain.”
“What’s going on?” Justin asked Danny, as they headed out the back door of the Surf Spot after Danny left some money for their smoothies. “Who were those guys?”
“Bad trouble, that’s who,” Danny said, “I ran into them at the park earlier, and I guess they tailed us when we left my house. Come on.” With that, the two donned their skates and gear and took off.
They made the mistake of heading around the front, where they ran into the Blade Devils, who were walking out of the Surf Spot by coincidence. “Hey, you,” one of them shouted.
“Let’s go,” Danny said, as him and Justin started skating away. They were blocks away before they took the risk of slowing down. They headed back to Danny’s house, where they found that Danny’s mom and Justin’s dad had gotten into an argument.
“Come on, Justin,” Justin’s dad said, “Let’s go.” Justin reluctantly went with him out to the car and, waving good bye, they both left.
“Mom, what was that about?” Danny inquired.
“Your uncle and I had a big argument, over Justin,” his mom said, “He’s planning on going away on another business trip and wanted to leave Justin here. When I pointed out that he’d be lying to his son, again, he got angry. Come on, let’s go eat. I know you have to be hungry.”
Danny knew that his mom was right, and his stomach growling just clenched it for him. They sat down and ate supper. Later on, Danny went up to his room, and found that Justin had accidentally left the game. “I’ll go take it to him tomorrow,” Danny said, “That is, if I can remember where he lives.”
It wasn’t long before he fell asleep. The next morning, he headed out right after breakfast to do some roller skating. He hoped that he wouldn’t run into the Blade Devils again, but knew that it was more than likely going to be a matter of time, so he’d better have some fun while he had the chance.
He was skating through the park, when he heard what sounded to be a fight. He looked over some bushes, to see the Power Rangers fighting some type of creatures that looked suspiciously like Rangers themselves to Danny, on the basketball court. It also looked like the creatures were too much for the Rangers to handle.
‘I’ve got to help them,’ Danny thought, as he made sure his skates and equipment were on tight. Aside from being an expert skater, Danny was also a third degree black belt, and was taught to be able to use karate on skates by the person who taught him both, a sensei that had died a few years prior.
Danny hit the main trail again, speeding towards the battle zone. Once he got there, he let out a huge “SI-KYAHHH!!!” as he jumped kicked the red evil Ranger away from the red Space Ranger.
The evil Ranger went to blast him, but Danny was too quick. He poured on the speed as he went running to an opposite side of the court. The blasts just hit the ground behind him along the way.
“I wouldn’t get in the middle of this, kid,” the evil Ranger said, in a cold robotic voice once Danny had came to a stop and faced him. “Nobody beats the Psycho Rangers, especially not a little kid.”
“Yeah? Well, we’ll see about that,” Danny said. All of a sudden, some creatures that Justin had described as quantrons appeared around him, along with a beautiful red head.
“Psycho Red warned you not to get involved, boy,” she said, “Now, I give you one, last chance. Leave now, and our grudge with you will be over.”
“You know what, lady?” Danny asked, “You can kiss my butt.”
The woman growled. “Nobody talks to Astronema that way,” she screamed, “Quantrons, ATTACK!!!” With that, the troops around her charged Danny.
Danny was quick to go on the offensive. He used his quickness on roller skates to knock away a few of them with a flurry of tornado kicks. They all crowded around him, but he dove over their heads, and came up running. They followed him to a hoop on one side of the court.
Danny jumped up and grabbed onto the rim and pulled himself up, and most of the Quantrons showed how stupid they were, by running smack dab into the post. The shaking that caused, however, caused Danny to lose his balance and he hit the ground hard.
But that didn’t deter him. In fact, it fueled his fighting spirit. He knew that he didn’t have to hold back on these things. They were too dangerous for that. He did a rolling clip to both of one Quantron’s knees. It fell, and didn’t get up.
Since most of them stupidly knocked themselves out hitting the basketball hoop post, Danny didn’t have any trouble wiping the floor with the few left. When they disappeared suddenly, he turned, to find Astronema gone.
With that, he turned his attention back to the Space Rangers and the Psycho Rangers. All of them, even the legendary Silver Ranger, were getting their heads handed to them. “Help’s on the way, guys,” he said, as he poured on the speed to the nearest Psycho Ranger, which was Blue.
Danny jumped at the Blue Psycho Ranger, knocking it down with a powerful kick. “You’ll pay for that, boy,” Psycho Blue said, as it got up.
“I don’t think so,” Danny mocked. Then he hit Psycho Blue with one of his secret weapon. With his skates, he could make spins faster than anybody, with or without skates. Using that to his advantage, Danny went into his lightning fast spin kick combos, hitting Psycho Blue with about a dozen kicks.
Psycho Blue went flying back like it had been launched out a cannon. When Psycho Blue was teleported away, Danny turned to the Blue Space Ranger. “Are you all right?” he asked, offering a hand. The Space Ranger hesitated, then took his hand and painstakingly pulled himself up.
“Yeah, nothing some rest won’t cure,” Blue said, “That was amazing. How’d you learn to skate like that?”
“It’s a long story, and one I’d rather not get into right now,” Danny said, “With all due respect, of course. For now, I think we’d better help the other Space Rangers, don’t you?” When Blue nodded, they both went to help two different other Rangers. Danny went after Psycho Red again, but this time couldn’t catch it off guard again. He was barely able to dodge its blast.
“Fool me once, shame on me,” Psycho Red said, “Try to fool me twice, and you’re dead.”
“We’ll see about that, Psycho Red,” Danny said, “Time for Round 2.” He grabbed up a basketball and started skating, dribbling the whole way. He expertly dodged the laser blasts by Psycho Red, and moved in.
Throwing the basketball at Psycho Red for a distraction, Danny used his small body to his advantage, zipping right through Psycho Red’s legs. Along the way, he was curious to see what would happen if he hit Psycho Red with a low blow. He did, and was surprised when Psycho Red doubled over.
Then, Danny decided to get serious. With a fierce battle cry, he went into his lightning spinning side kicks. His feet smashed into Psycho Red’s body over and over, until Psycho Red fell. Unlike Psycho Blue, Red got back up.
“I’ll get you back for this one day, little boy,” Psycho Red promised, “I swear that I will.” With that, him and the other Psycho Rangers were teleported away.
Danny finally collapsed, spent from his efforts. Before he lost consciousness, he could see the Red Space Ranger hovering over him. Then, blackness overcame him, and he couldn’t remember what happened after that.
Author’s note: So, what do you think about the first part of my first real Power Rangers in Space storyline? This is Part 1 of my first PRiS miniseries. In case you’re wondering, I added a real Psycho Silver. That means it’s not Zhane in disguise this time. I guess you’re wondering how one 14 year old can stand up to a bunch of Quantrons, and two Psycho Rangers, all by himself, right? All I’ll say to that is keep reading. All things will be revealed in time, to those who are patient.