In the weeks between Kim's return to Angel Grove and their impending wedding day, Kim and Tommy led a peaceful life together once more. The person who had tried to rob the Youth Center had been caught, and they had no worries about that.
The new Youth Center was really flourishing. True to her word, Kim helped make the dance and gymnastic classes just as sought after as the karate class. They were making money big time.
Kim and Tommy were enjoying a rare night alone. They were on the back patio, looking up at the stars, wrapped in each others arms. It was cold out, so they had a blanket.
"The stars look even prettier tonight, don't they?" Kim queried.
"Yeah, but not as beautiful as you, Kim," Tommy said. Kim blushed. "You know, we've yet to discuss where we're going to go for a honeymoon. I was thinking about, I don't know, a cruise in the Bahamas?"
"A cruise?" That caught Kim completely by surprise. "Are you nuts? Even with the Youth Center doing so good, we couldn't afford a cruise."
Tommy sighed. "I guess you're right," he said, "It was just a wishful thinking." He thought to a place he had found. It was a secret compartment that he was sure Kim had yet to find. In there, he had two tickets for a honeymoon cruise in the Bahamas, courtesy of an early wedding gift from his parents.
"I just can not believe it," Kim said, "In just three days, I'm going to be Mrs. Kimberly Hart/Oliver. What are we going to do until then?"
"Oh, I think I can think of a few things," Tommy said, grinning impishly. He leaned down slightly, and gave Kim a kiss.
"Mm, now that's what I call a good idea," Kim all but purred. Tommy got up, lifting her up into his arms along the way, and headed into their apartment. "I thought that you were only supposed to carry me over the threshold on our wedding night."
"Well, I think we can make an exception this once," Tommy said, as he carried her into the apartment and then into the bedroom.
The next morning, Kim woke up feeling sick. She hurried into the bathroom that was adjoined to the master bedroom. There, she doubled over by the toilet, vomiting several times.
Her vomiting woke Tommy. "Kim?" he called out.
"In here," Kim said slowly, before vomiting again.
"Are you all right?" Tommy said, as he went to stand in the doorway.
"I think something I ate didn't agree with me," Kim joked weakly. They had eaten supper at Rocky's house. All his mom cooked was Spanish meals. Kim couldn't stomach the usually spicy food, but didn't have the heart to tell Mrs. DeSantos.
"Are you sure that's it, Kimmie?" Tommy inquired.
"Yeah, I'm sure," Kim replied, "You know me and Spanish food."
Tommy gave her a smile. "Yeah, and I know your big heart," he said, "You only ate what you did because you didn't want to upset Rocky's mom."
Kim gave him a rather sheepish grin, wiping the bile from her mouth. Her stomach seemed to be okay, and she stood up. "There, that should do it," she murmured, "We need to get downstairs, to open the Youth Center."
"I'll go open up," Tommy said, "You should take something for your stomach. You don't want to have to go throw up in the middle of a class, do you?"
Kim smiled. He could be a pain sometimes with his worrying over her, but he was also sweet at the same time. "All right, but you'd better hurry," she said, "I think Ernie's set to arrive in a few minutes."
"I will," Tommy said, then gave her a kiss on the forehead. "I would do more, but, and no offense, I don't want to catch anything you might have."
Kim grinned. "Get on down there, Tommy angel," she said. Tommy angel was a nickname she had picked up from Tommy's Aunt June, who usually either called him that or Thomas, and only the latter when she was slightly upset with him.
Danny Kain was having a hard time finding his objective. "It's got to be around here somewhere," he murmured, "Ryan told me that much." He was near Crossworld City, and was looking for the abandoned headquarters for the VR Troopers.
'Tyrant Ranger is getting closer and closer to busting loose,' Danny mused. He was still partially mind linked with the shadow symbiot that he had personally contained months before. He could feel it's joy of something slowly making it's way through the barrier Danny had placed around the Tyrant Ranger. 'I'll need help, if I'm going to beat it this time.'
Danny finally found the gateway leading to the headquarters. It's location was given to him by Ryan Steele, who was the former leader of the VR Troopers. He had met Ryan in town, and had drilled him over the location of the base.
Danny entered the gateway, and found the laboratory there a mess. He sifted through the rubble for what seemed like hours, before he finally found exactly what he was looking for; the former VR Troopers virtualizers.
"Now to get these back to the caves," Danny thought, as he stepped back through the gateway. He then teleported to his headquarters, which was underneath Angel Grove. He started analyzing the virtualizers.
"Amazing," Danny muttered, "The technology in these are almost as advanced as the ones in mine and the Tyrant Rangers armor. Making them into virtuamorphers might be be harder than I thought. Computer, have you finished analyzing the virtualizers?"
"Yes, Daniel, I have," the computers flat, asexual voice said, "It will be difficult, but there is a good probability that we can convert these 'virtualizers' into what you call virtuamorphers."
"Good," Danny said, "I'll need these as backup, in case the Tyrant Ranger gets loose. Speaking of which, has he been able to escape yet?"
"No, the sensors have you placed around his containment cell have not been activated," the computer said, "He is still in there, though he's been working day and night to get out."
"Yeah well, I'm hoping that's impossible," Danny said, "When he was forcing me to be his host, I found that he had a weakness. The Tyrant Ranger was especially vulnerable to weapons made out of diamond. That's how I vanquished him the first time. My scythe's blade is diamond. The cell I put him in is made of diamond. Only an outside force can set the Tyrant Ranger free.
"And now, to get to work on the virtuamorphers," Danny said. He picked up a complicated piece of equipment and started on the virtualizers.
The Tyrant Ranger was quietly biding its time. It had no choice really, since Danny had placed it in a diamond crafted containment cell. It knew that the rare element was the only thing that could truly harm it. It also knew that it was the second hardest substance on Earth. It had a one track mind, and only one thing on that mind; to gain revenge on Danny Kain, its former host.
Kim was standing before her gymnastics class, showing them how to walk on the beam because it was a beginners class. "It's really simple, if you think about it," she said, "Just look straight ahead and keep your feet even and one in front of the other, and you'll be across in no time." She demonstrated, and did it perfectly.
Kim took a few volunteers to try it. The first girl was a little on the pudgy side, but was determined nonetheless. Unfortunately, she fell about halfway across. A bunch of people started snickering. "That's enough of that," Kim said, "Can anybody here honestly tell me that you won't do the same, if it's your first time on the beam?" A bunch of sheepish grins was the only answer she needed.
Tommy came in to watch right before the break. He liked to just sit back and watch Kim with kids. 'She'll be a wonderful mother some day,' he mused, as Kim helped a girl gain confidence and walk across the beam successfully. 'She's just so good with kids.'
Kim finally noticed Tommy in the back and grinned at him. She looked at her watch. "All right, it's break time," she said, "You can go get something at the Juice Bar or whatever, but be back her in twenty minutes."
"Yes, Mrs. Hart," the girls said, as they stood up. Kim laughed softly when the girls squealed with embarrassment when they noticed Tommy watching them, and then at the star struck gazes they fixed on her fiancee/best friend/boyfriend/lover. They eventually filed into the girls room.
Kim went up to Tommy and gave him a kiss. "I thought you had a class about now," she said.
"Oh, only a few students showed up, and we had to cancel for today," Tommy replied, "There's a bug or something going around the schools, I heard."
"Yeah, I heard that too," Kim said, "Did you want to talk to me about anything?"
Tommy shook his head. "Nah, I was just wanting to watch you," he said, "I love the way that gymnastics outfit looks on you."
Kim blushed. The outfit in question showed off her curves without baring them, more so than most gymnastics workout clothes Kim had ever remembered having. It would have really been embarrassing if a guy was in the class. Luckily, Kim only had girls in her class. Kim had never been so thankful for stereotyping concerning gymnastics in her life.
"Come on, gorgeous," Tommy said, "I'll buy you something to eat. I don't think you've had anything today."
"I had some breakfast, but I couldn't hold it down," Kim said, "My stomach is just really bothering me today, for some reason."
"You might have that bug," Tommy said, "Do you think I should take you to see a doctor?"
"No, I should be all right in a little while," Kim said, "Just let me get changed real quick, and we can get a smoothie or something. Maybe that'll help my stomach calm down." Kim stepped into the changing room and switched into some regular clothes. Her and Tommy went to the Juice Bar and Grill part of the Youth Center.
Danny finally finished the prototype virtuamorpher. "Now, can the replicator make exact copies of this?" he asked the computer.
"Yes, it can," the computer said. Danny placed the prototype into a tray attached to a machine in the wall. He set the replicator to make 13 virtuamorphers. "This will take approximately 3 hours."
"All right," Danny said, "Get working on replicating them. I need them as soon as possible."
"Yes, Daniel," the computer said.
Danny took a look around. "I'm going home," he said, "I haven't been there all day today. Call me when you're done."
"Yes, Daniel," the computer said. Danny teleported from his headquarters to his house.
His mom was waiting on him. His dad, as usual, was out working. "Hiya, mom," he said, as he came through the front door.
"Don't hiya me, young man," his mom said, "Where have you been?"
"It's a long story, mom," Danny said, "And one I'd rather not get into right now. What's is there to eat?"
"Suppers on the stove, so help yourself," his mom said, "I won't push anything, since you came back before dark, but don't stay out all day anymore, all right?"
"Yes, ma'am," Danny said. He went to get some supper.
Kim and Tommy finally went up to their apartment, worn out from the day's events. They had eaten at the Juice Bar and Grill, so they didn't have to fix anything to eat. "Whew, I'm stuffed," Tommy said.
"I'd think so, with all the food you ate," Kim said, gently poking him in the ribs playfully. "It was your idea about seeing if you could beat Rocky at eating the most food. I think we're going to have to restock, because the two of you ate just about all we have downstairs."
"Hey, I won, didn't I?" Tommy scolded, "And don't poke me again, unless you want me to puke on you." He was joking, of course. Mostly, anyway.
"Oh, don't you start with me, Thomas Oliver," she said. She stood up and immediately started to get dizzy. Tommy was barely able to catch her and gently lowered her to the couch.
"Are you all right, Kim?" he asked.
"Yeah, I think so," Kim said, "Just got up a little too fast, I guess."
"I'm worried, Kimmie," Tommy said, "Maybe you should go to the doctor."
"I'm fine, honestly," Kim said. Tommy looked determined. "Look, if I start throwing up again tomorrow, I'll go to the doctors office. All right?"
"All right," Tommy said, smiling. They went on to bed.
Danny stayed up that until late that night, thinking about the Tyrant Ranger. He just couldn't get his arch nemesis off of his mind. "He'll escape, I just know it," Danny muttered softly, "And I have to have the virtual powers ready for when he does." It was a while before he fell asleep.
The next day, Kim woke to an empty bed. Tommy had already gone downstairs to open the Youth Center and let her sleep in. She got up and dressed, then puttered around the apartment a bit. She had time before her first gymnastics class. She went into one of the guest rooms and looked around.
'They did a really good job,' she mused, glancing at the wallpaper. It was a generic color. 'This must not be the room Tommy's planning on making into a nursery.' She stepped out and down the hall to the other one. Inside, she eyed her surroundings. It was obviously made up for kids.
"Obviously, this is going to be the nursery, for if... no, when, we have kids." She spun around, startled, and found Tommy leaning in the doorway. He had an amused grin on his face.
"Tommy, you startled me," Kim said.
"Sorry, Kim," Tommy said. He looked around. "Well, what do you think? It's not too forward having this room made into a nursery, is it?"
"No, it isn't," Kim replied, "I think it's very sweet. Shows that you're looking ahead, to our future."
All of a sudden, Tommy got serious. "You don't look so hot," he said, "Are you all right?"
"No, I'm not, quite honestly," Kim said, "I think I'm going to have to take you up on that offer to go to the doctors. Do you think one of the guys can cover for you, while we go?"
"I'm sure Jason or Ryan will," Tommy said. As if on cue, they heard the front door opening. They went into the living room, to see Jason walking through the door. "Hey, Jase."
"Hey yourself, bro," Jason said.
"Look, can you cover for me in my first class?" Tommy asked, "Kim's not feeling too well, and I'm going to take her to see a doctor."
"I'd be happy to, Tommy," Jason said, "You two go on ahead. I've got you covered here. I'll call ahead, so that you hopefully won't have to wait too long before seeing a doctor."
"Thanks, Jase," Kim said.
"Yeah, thanks, bro," Tommy said.
"Better get a move on," Jason said. Nodding another, silent thanks, Kim and Tommy got their coats and headed out the door. They went downstairs and went out the front door of the building. They got into the truck and headed for the nearest doctors office.
Once they got there, they were quick to get in to see the doctors, thanks to Jason. A few tests were run, including a pregnancy test to prove or disprove that idea. Tommy and Kim waited, on the border line of patience, for the doctor afterwards.
Doctor Swift came in a few minutes later, with the results. "Well, I've got some good news," he said, "You're not pregnant. Your throwing up and such seems to just be a simple upset stomach. Have you been under any stress lately?"
"Yeah, I guess I have," Kim said, "I have a wedding to plan."
"I noticed," Dr. Swift said, "Just take it easy for a while, and it should clear up in no time. Take these up to the front desk, and you're free to leave." He handed her an folder.
"Thank you, Doctor Swift," Kim said, taking the folder. Her and Tommy stood up and headed for the door. Before she stepped into the hallway, she looked back at Dr. Swift. "Oh, and an early Merry Christmas."
"You too, Kimberly," Dr. Swift said.
Kim and Tommy stopped at the front desk to drop off the folder, and then left the office. They headed back to the Youth Center, where they found the whole gang hanging out in the Juice Bar.
"Hey, guys," Tommy said.
"What did the doc say?" Jason asked.
"Just a little upset stomach, that's all," Kim replied, "I'm not pregnant." The others could tell that she was a bit disappointed.
"Well, you two have the rest of your lives to have kids," Trini said, trying to cheer her up. "Why rush things?"
"Trini's right, Kim," Tommy said, "We can always try again."
That perked Kim up. "Is my first gymnastics class for today ready?" she asked Trini.
"Yeah, and they're anxious to get started," Trini replied.
"Good," Kim said, before scampering to the ladies changing room. She then went into the gymnastics class area and started the class.
Tommy watched her for a few minutes through the "watchers glass", as they liked to call it. 'I'm so lucky,' he thought, 'It's hard to imagine that, in just two days, we're finally going to be getting married.
"Tommy, I know that Kim is a site to see," Ernie said, "But don't you have a class?"
"Oh, right," Tommy said, "Thanks, Ernie." He stood and walked towards the guys changing room. He changed into his gi and exited into the karate class area. There, he took Jason's place.
Danny was back in his headquarters, finishing up on the virtuamorphers. "Are you sure these are re-programmed like I asked?" he inquired.
"Yes, Daniel," the computer said, "All thirteen of them are ready to use at any time."
"Good," Danny said. All of a sudden, he thought he heard something. Then he realized what it was. The Tyrant Ranger was getting loose. "Computer, check the barrier around the Tyrant Ranger," he commanded.
"Yes, Daniel," the computer said, "Warning, the barrier is about to be breached by an unknown organism."
"I'm on it," Danny said, running down a nearby corridor. "It's morphin' time. Prophet Ranger power." He changed into his Prophet Ranger armor without breaking his stride, and kept on towards the place where the Tyrant Ranger had been prisoner for almost a year. "Computer, has the barrier been breached?"
"Not yet, but it will be in one minute," the computer replied.
Danny went running into the chamber where the Tyrant Ranger was being held. There, he saw something unidentifiable using what looked to be a drill on the diamond covering of the barrier.
"Stop," he said, "You don't know what you're doing. Let that thing out, and we all die." The person turned, and Danny gasped. It wasn't remotely human. It looked to be a cross of sorts between a wasp and an ant. "What the hell are you?"
"I am Waspicius," it said, "And I will let the master free."
"Master? Free? Over my dead body," Danny said, "Scythe of Prophecy." A metallic scythe appeared in his hand. The only thing that wasn't metallic about it was the diamond blade.
"I have to let the master free," Waspicius said, "The master promised me a galaxy all to myself."
"Look, Waspicius," Danny said, "The only thing the Tyrant Ranger will give you is grief. It's a symbiot, you idiot. It'll take you over without a minutes hesitation."
"That would be even better," Waspicius said, "The whole universe would be mine to control, with the master."
"Like I said, you're freeing him over my dead body," Danny said, raising the scythe into defensive mode.
"Too late," came a cold, emotionless voice. Danny spun around, and saw the shadow symbiot known as the Tyrant Ranger. "He's already freed me." Danny felt something hit him in the back of the head, and he went out like a light.
Waspicius looked up at his "master". "I'm not worthy, my liege," he said, bowing. "But I will serve you any way I can."
"There's only one way you can serve me, lowly," the Tyrant Ranger said. The shadow swooped over Waspicius. The aliens screams could be heard all over the tunnels underneath Angel Grove.
The next morning, Tommy and Kim woke. It was Christmas Eve, and the next day was not only Christmas Day, but their wedding day.
Kim smiled at Tommy, who grinned in return. "One more day," she murmured softly, "One more day, and I'm going to become Ms. Tommy Oliver."
"One more day, before I become the luckiest man on Earth," Tommy said. He reached up and brushed her hair back in that familiar, intimate way of his.
"You know, we've never discussed having kids, really," Kim said, "I know you want at least one, but we should plan it. So... when do you? A year? Two years?"
"How about a honeymoon baby?" Tommy suggested.
"A honeymoon baby? Are you nuts? We can't..." All of a sudden, Kim stopped and thought about that. "A honeymoon baby. I'm beginning to like that, now that I think about it, sweetie."
"I thought you might," Tommy said, grinning.
"At least it'll give us something to do," Kim said, "From the looks of it, we're probably going to be spending our honeymoon right here."
"You never know," Tommy said, "I might just surprise you."
Kim smiled. "I hope so," she said, "Because, while I love it around here, I don't want to spend my honeymoon here. I want to go somewhere really romantic."
"Don't worry, gorgeous," Tommy replied, "Nothing but the best for my bride to be. Hey, I just thought of something. The Youth Centers closed down, due to it being Christmas Eve and all. Why don't we sneak down and make us a couple of milkshakes or something?"
"Mm, you're on," Kim said. They raced down the stairs like a couple of kids, and made their way into the Juice Bar. It was dark, since nobody was there, and they turned on the lights. Kim laughed, and Tommy looked at her a bit strangely. "It feels kind of naughty, being here when it's supposed to be closed."
Tommy grinned and laughed softly. "You shouldn't feel that way," he said, "After all, this is partially ours. Well, technically, the building is ours. The Youth Center belongs to the whole group, though."
"Good point," Kim said, "Just sit down at the bar, and I'll get you something. I've helped Ernie do this tons of times, back in the days of the old Youth Center."
"No, you sit at the bar, and I'll serve," Tommy said. Kim rolled her eyes, but did as he said. As she sat down, Tommy stepped behind the bar. "What would you like, madam?"
Kim giggled at the fake French accent he was using. "Um, a banana milkshake, please," she said.
"Coming right up, my lady," Tommy said. He made her a milkshake then made himself one. "And now, for the piece d' resistance." He put whipped cream on both milkshakes, than a single cherry on each.
"Very good, Tommy angel," Kim said.
"You know, I usually hate that nickname," Tommy said, "But, coming from you, I'm beginning to love it."
"I guess I should start calling you that more often then, huh?" Kim asked.
"Don't press your luck," Tommy teased.
Kim sat back and looked at Tommy. 'He's going to look so handsome in a tux tomorrow,' she mused, 'It's hard to believe that my wedding day is just tomorrow.' She shivered with delight. They had planned to have the ceremony there. They had moved the Christmas party for the kids for the weekend before so that they could get ready for the wedding.
Kim's mom was flying in to help, of course. She was bringing Kim's stepfather, Paul. Anita, Kim's mom, was supposed to come early, with Kim's wedding dress that Anita had been working on for last minute alterations. Kim couldn't wait to see her mother or father, who was also coming, of course.
"Kim? Earth to Kimberly," Tommy said, snapping Kim out of her reverie. "You got quiet all of a sudden. Getting old feet?"
Kim shook her head. "No, that's not it," she said, "I'm just so excited about tomorrow. I can't wait to see my parents."
Kim reminded Tommy of a little girl at Christmas time. "Well, we'd better get ready," he said, "The guys should be here in a little while." The whole gang was getting together for a little Christmas party, because, although Kim didn't know about it at the moment, her and Tommy were scheduled to leave the day after the wedding for their honeymoon cruise.
"Right," Kim said, quickly finishing off her shake. They went up to the apartment. Kim went to put on some make up, while Tommy started brushing out his hair.
A little while later, they were presentable and went down to the Youth Centers lobby. There, they found the gang waiting for them. "About time the two of you got here," Jason joked, "Of all things to pick up from being engaged to him, Kim, did it have to be his tardiness?"
"Oh, hush up," Kim said, swatting his arm.
They went into the Juice Bar, which was still made up for Christmas. They were going to get it all prepared for the wedding during the party. They started putting up the decorations first. Then, it took them a while to get the chairs into proper places.
When they had time for a break, they headed up to the apartment. "This is so cool," Justin said, "I'm going to be ring bearer." Kim and Tommy had decided that they would only have friends for most of the jobs. Jason was going to be Tommy's best man, while Kim's dad was, of course, going to give her away. Justin was going to be the ring bearer, while most of the girls were going to be bridesmaids, with Trini as the maid of honor. Everybody else was going to be ushers.
"There's nobody we'd want more for the job," Kim said, ruffling his hair playfully.
Once up at the apartment, they all exchanged gifts. Kim wasn't sure who made the biggest mess with the wrapping paper. Tommy, Rocky, Zack, and Justin all made their own big messes, while everybody else was careful.
Kim stayed behind to clean up, while the others went downstairs to finish up on the wedding decorations. The guys had started building a stage over the weekend, for Tommy, Kim, and the minister to stand on. The bridesmaids, the maid of honor, and the best man were going to stand to each side of the stage, though they'd be on the floor. The stage was only big enough for three people.
Kim's parents came by for a visit, but couldn't stay long. The others went to the apartment to give them some privacy. "I just had to see my little girl before her big day," Kim's mom said, "I just can't believe it. Starting tomorrow, you're going to be a married woman. You won't be my little girl anymore."
"I'll always be your little girl, mom," Kim said, her eyes misting up. "My getting married won't change that."
"Well, Tommy had better take good care of you," her dad said, "Or he'll have to answer to me."
"To both of us," Kim's mom corrected, "You know, from the first time I saw you and Tommy together, I knew this would happen someday. Even after you told me about the letter, I knew that the two of you would eventually get back together."
"Thanks, mom, dad," Kim said. It was then she noticed that her dad had a package behind his back. "What's that?"
Jake, her dad, brought the package around to the front. "It's your wedding dress," he said, "Courtesy of your mother and I."
"Along with a little something else," Anita said.
Kim took the package and opened it. Inside was a stereotypical white wedding dress. It was absolutely gorgeous. "Oh, I have to go try this on."
"Wait a second, sweetie," Jake said, "Look at the bottom of the box."
Kim did. There, she found two tickets to Florida. Anita had learned of the cruise from Tommy's parents, and had offered to get the plane tickets for them, so that the soon to be married couple would make it to the cruise liner on time.
"Tickets to Florida?" Kim was puzzled. "Why would I need these?"
"Trust us," Jake said, "You will."
"All right," Kim said, "Well, I'm going to try this on. Make sure Tommy isn't anywhere where he can see me. It's supposed to be bad luck, after all."
"Don't worry, sweetie," Anita said, "We've got you covered."
Kim headed into hers and Tommy's room. There, she slid off her clothes and into the dress. The veil was also there, and she plopped it on her head. She then took a look at herself in the mirror. "Awesome," she said, giving herself a thumbs up.
"I'll say.' Kim spun around, to see Anita in the doorway. "You look beautiful, sweetheart."
"Thanks, mom," Kim replied, blushing. "This had to have cost a fortune."
"Oh, don't worry," Anita said, "It's your wedding present from your grandparents, both on my side and your fathers too." She handed Kim another box. "And here's your bouquet. From your Aunt Nellie and Uncle Carl."
Kim opened the box. The bouquet was a bunch of white roses, her favorite flower. They were also the most expensive kind of flowers on the florist market. She should know, since she had been trying to get a bouquet of them herself.
"This is going to be a great wedding," Kim murmured softly.
"I know it will be, sweetie," Anita said.
"I just wish we had somewhere to go for the honeymoon," Kim said, "That reminds me. Tommy and I are planning to have a honeymoon baby. So prepare yourself to be a grandmother about, oh, August, I think."
"That's great," Anita said, "I know that the two of you are going to be great parents."
Kim just stood there, looking at her mother for a moment, then threw her arms around Anita's neck. "Oh, mommy," she said, "I would be lying if I said I wasn't getting nervous."
"I did too, all three times I was married," Anita said, "Goes with the territory, I guess. Are you sure you want to go through with tomorrow?"
Kim nodded. "I've never been so sure about anything in my life," she said, "I knew from the first time I saw Tommy, that this day would come. Even when I wrote the letter, I never gave up the hope that it would." Happy tears started streaking down her face, taking some of her make up with it.
"Come on now," Anita said, "No crying, or you'll ruin your make up."
Kim laughed softly. There came a knock at the door. "Who is it?" she called out.
"It's me," Tommy said, "Can I come in?"
"No," Kim blurted out, "I mean, give me a minute." She turned to her mother. "Keep him busy while I switch into some clothes, would you?"
"Sure thing, sweetheart," Anita said. She headed out into the hallway, where Tommy was patiently waiting. He started to go in, but Anita stopped him. "Kim's trying on her wedding dress, and it would be bad luck for you to see her in it until the ceremony tomorrow."
"Oh, right," Tommy said, "You're certainly taking this better than I thought you might."
"I accepted one fact a long time ago, when Kim started getting interested in boys," Anita said, "And that was she would eventually be married. I promised myself that I would not be at all difficult when that comes around. How did your mom take it?"
"Oh, you know mom," Tommy said, "Nothing could surprise her. Even when I introduced her to David, she wasn't at all surprised."
"Oh, that's right," Tommy said, "You never met my brother, did you?" Anita shook her head.
"Kim told me that you were adopted," Anita replied.
"I was, and David too," Tommy said, "He lives on a reservation heading out towards Stone Canyon."
"Hiya, sweetie," Kim said, as she came out of the room and gave Tommy a kiss. "Did you want to see me about something?"
"Oh, it wasn't anything important," Tommy said.
"We'd better get downstairs, before the guys think something's up," Kim said.
"I've got to be going, Kim," Anita said, "Do you have the dress?"
"Right here, mom," Kim said, handing the package back to Anita.
"I'll come by early, for the alterations," Anita said.
"All right, mom," Kim said, giving her a hug. Tommy and Kim walked her down to the entrance. Kim's dad had apparently already left.
"See you two in the morning," Anita called, walking towards the small parking lot and got into her car.
Kim and Tommy went into the Juice Bar, where the others were still getting everything set for the wedding. They looked to be about done. "This place looks great, guys," Kim said, glancing around the room.
"Anything for our friends," Aisha said. Zack was helping her put up some streamers. Kim went to help her, as Tommy went to help finish the stage.
When they finally got done with everything, it was one in the morning. "You guys are welcome to stay here tonight," Kim said, "I'd hate for you to be driving, since you're all probably tired and have to be here early anyway."
"That's good of you to offer, Kim," Adam said.
"But we'd better go on to our homes," Jason said.
Tommy and Kim watched as everybody left. "It's kind of quiet, isn't it?" Tommy asked.
"Yeah, it is," Kim said, "Let's go get some sleep." They headed up to the apartment and went to bed.
The next morning was hectic. The whole gang slept in. Understandable, since they stayed up half the night getting the Juice Bar set up. It was Anita calling Kim that woke the bride and groom to be up.
Kim picked up the phone. "Hello?" she said groggily.
"Kim, you're still asleep?" Anita asked, frustrated.
"No, mom," Kim said, snapping to full awareness when she saw the time, which was eleven o'clock.
"Liar," Anita replied, "Well, I'm about to head over there, and thought I'd call first."
"All right, mom," Kim said. They hung up and Kim shook Tommy. "Tommy wake up. We slept in."
That got Tommy's attention, and he sat straight up. "Oh, man," he said, "Come on. The minister is supposed to be here at one. Of all days to sleep in."
"My mom will also be here any minute, to do last minute alterations," Kim said, "I've got to start getting ready. You go downstairs, and greet everybody as they come in, would you? And send up the girls, when they get here."
"You've got it, beautiful," Tommy said. He quickly dressed and headed for the door. They had agreed to a relatively small ceremony, even with all of the people coming. David was coming with Sam Trueheart, Tommy's adoptive parents were coming, of course, Kim's parents, and all of their friends, even including the now ex-Space Rangers.
"We couldn't have a wedding with just a few Power Rangers, without the rest of them," Tommy had said. Kim had agreed reluctantly, and only then when Tommy, Tanya, Kat, Adam, and Justin told her about the last group of Power Rangers. She was sad when she heard about Zordon, but knew that he was watching.
Kim was just really starting on her make up, when she heard the unmistakable sound of her mom's patented honking. Grinning, Kim went to the front door, where her mom appeared a few minutes later, the package with Kim's dress in hand. They went into the guest room this time, not wanting to tempt fate at letting Tommy see her.
They were still in there working on the dress when the girls came. Tanya and Kat introduced her to Ashley and Cassie. "It's nice to meet the two of you," Kim said, "I would shake your hand, or give you a hug or something, but..." She gestured at her mother, who kept having to tell her to keep still.
"It's good to meet you too, Kim," Ashley said.
"We just wanted to come up and thank you for inviting us," Cassie said.
"As much as I'd like to take credit, it was Tommy's idea," Kim said, "But I'm glad you could come nonetheless. The more the merrier."
"We've got to get back downstairs," Ashley said. Kim waved, as they headed back out the door.
Her mother had a scolding look on her face. "What?" Kim asked.
"You could have been more polite, dear," Anita said, "They're your guests."
"I know, but I just have some major butterflies," Kim said.
"Just calm down, and stop fidgeting for pete's sake," Anita said, "I'm about done here. Do you think you can hold still for about ten minutes?"
"All right, mom," Kim said, exasperated. "Tanya, can you go check on Tommy? If I know him, he's probably putting off getting ready until the last minute."
"Sure thing, Kim," Tanya said, before slipping out the door.
Kat felt envious towards Kim, who was marrying the man that Kat still had strong feelings for. Before her and Tommy had broken up, Kat had been dreaming that it would be her where Kim is. Even though she had a solid relationship with Rocky, Kat still couldn't help but feel a bit jealous.
"You're being awfully quiet, Kat," Kim said, glancing over at her friend. "What's on your mind?"
"Oh, nothing really," Kat said, "Just hoping that I'll be the next one of us girls to walk down that aisle."
"Don't worry, Kat," Kim said, "Rocky will come around and propose to you eventually."
"I know," Kat said, "You know, I think I'm going to go check on Justin. He's been awfully quiet." She slid out the door.
In the master bedroom, Tommy was nervously pacing. "Calm down, Tommy," Jason said, "It took us forever to get this rug put down. I don't want you wearing holes in it." That got Tommy to smile.
Zack slipped in the door. "I think everybody's here," he said.
"Thanks, Zack," Tommy said. He turned to Jason. "Well, I guess we'd better get out there."
"Yeah, before your bride thinks that you forgot your own wedding," Jason teased.
Tommy playfully swatted at Jason, who ducked. His time teaching classes, and racing before that, had gone a long way to at least partially correcting his forgetfulness of times past.
Jason and Tommy stepped out of the room and went down to the Youth Center, where everybody was gathered. They walked right up to the stage. Jason took his place on Tommy's side on the floor beside the stage, while Tommy went to stand in front of the minister. When he turned around, he saw his Uncle John and Aunt June in the front row. He grinned at them, and both of the smiled back.
"There, you go," Anita said, finally finishing up the last minute touches on Kim's wedding dress.
"Kim, you look gorgeous," Aisha said.
"Ditto," Trini said.
"Thanks," Kim said, "Well, I guess this is it. Let's go."
They headed out of the room and down the steps. When they got to to entryway heading down the aisle to the stage, Kim took a deep breath. Her dad was waiting for her, and offered his arm. She looped her arm through his, and together, they went walking down the aisle.
Tommy nervously jumped when "Here comes the bride" started playing. When he saw Kim, his breath was literally taken away. "Oh, wow," he muttered, barely loud enough for Jason to hear.
Kim finally got the nerve to look up. Tommy was standing on the stage, waiting for her. "Boy, does he look handsome," Anita whispered, from beside her. "If I was only twenty years younger."
Kim laughed softly. Anita went to take her seat, while Kim and Jake led the girls down the aisleway to where Tommy was standing. When Kim stepped up to stand with her soon to be husband, Jake took the seat Billy offered him.
"You look absolutely beautiful, Kim," Tommy whispered.
"Thank you," Kim replied, blushing.
"Are we ready?" the minister asked. Tommy and Kim both nodded. "Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to bear witness to the uniting of these two young adults in the bonds of holy matrimony. Both of their lives led up to this day, to this moment, and their love went through many trials, I am told. But, deep inside, the love was still there, and that comes out today.
"Now, I believe the bride and groom have their own vows, which they will now read," the minister said, "I now call on the rings." Justin stepped up with a small pillow in hand. On it were two rings. Tommy and Kim took one each.
Always the gentleman, Tommy silently motioned for Kim to go first. "Tommy, despite all of what I've put you through, I've always loved you," Kim said, "You were there for me when I was the most vulnerable..." She was talking about the time Kat had stolen her morpher, and her powers were severely weakened. "And you are and always will be my perfect balance. I'm here today to proudly become your wife." Kim slid the ring in her hand onto Tommy's finger.
She nodded to cue Tommy to start on his vow. "Kiimberly, you are, and always will be, the one, true love of my life," Tommy said, "You are my heart and soul. I don't know what I would have done if I had never met you. I really don't even want to think about that. You were there for me more times then I for you, absorbing my pain into yourself and giving me something to live, fight, and, one day, die for. I'm here today to proudly become your husband." With that, he slid the ring in his hand on Kim's finger.
"If anybody here finds reason that these two should not be wed, speak now or forever hold your peace," the minister said. There wasn't a sound. "Then, by the authority invested in me, by the state of California and the power of God himself, I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride."
Tommy leaned down, and Kim went on her tiptoes slightly, as they met for the passionate kiss to seal the deal. The spectators could almost feel the electricity from the two. They kissed long and hard, and it was several moments before they finally broke away. There came a loud cheering.
The guys quickly moved the stage off to a far corner, to make room for the post wedding reception. To start things off, Kim cut a piece of the cake and smashed it into Tommy's face.
Tommy and Kim were the first on the dance floor, as per the wedding custom. "May I have this dance?" Tommy asked. Kim giggled, as she remembered back to a certain warm spring day not too long after Aisha, Rocky, and Adam had joined the team. Her and Tommy had been enjoying each others company when Zedd attacked. He had said the exact same thing to her during the battle.
"But of course," Kim replied. Her laughter turned into a squeal of surprise, as Tommy dipped her down and gave her a kiss. The other couples took that as their cue to start dancing, so they started. They went to dance with different partners after the first dance. Tommy went looking for his mom, as Kim started looking for Jake.
Later in the day, Kim and Tommy met again for the last dance. "This day has just be, like, totally perfect," Kim said, "I had always dreamt of this day, when we'd finally get married."
"Same here, beautiful," Tommy said, "Well, what about the honeymoon? What do you want to do?"
"Nothing much to do," Kim said, "It's not like we have plane tickets to go anywhere." Then, she remembered the tickets her mom had given her. "Wait a minute. We do have tickets. My parents gave me plane tickets to go to Florida. The flight is about noon tomorrow."
Tommy was surprised for a moment, then realized that his parents had been colloborating with hers to give them an ideal honeymoon. "I was waiting until later for this," Tommy said, reaching into his suit's pocket, rifling around for the tickets for the cruise. He found them and pulled them out, handing them to Kim. "Looks like our parents got together to set us up, because mine gave me these as an early wedding present. I think the ship's supposed to leave about 1 o'clock tomorrow."
Kim looked at the tickets, her eyes wide. "This is great," she said, throwing her arms around his neck and giving him a kiss. After that, they started dancing again.
The reception broke up after a little while, and everybody went their seperate ways, while Kim and Tommy headed up to the apartment. "It's hard to believe," Kim said, "I'm now Mrs. Kimberly Ann Oliver-Hart." They were in the master bedroom, about to get started on trying to have a baby.
"It is hard to believe," Tommy said, gathering her into his arms and giving her a kiss. The kiss turned passionate, and the two fell back onto the bed.
Danny finally pulled himself to his feet. He was really woozy, from the shot he had taken from Waspicius. "Oh, man," he said, looking at the demolished ruins of the barrier that had been holding the Tyrant Ranger. "I'm going to need some major help. And I've got just the people in mind." With that, he grabbed the tray with the virtuamorphers and headed towards the exit.