Timothy Knight, or Tim as he liked to be called, took a look around at his sorroundings. He had been aboard Terra Venture for about a month, but he was still getting the hang of the place. He stayed in his room mostly, because he found out on the first day that it was easy to get lost in the myriad hallways. A nice, pretty woman named Kendrix had helped him back to his quarters the first time he had gotten lost.
Tim grabbed a book and sat down, wanting to read a chapter or two. He had just bought the book at the shopping center and had yet to have the chance to read it until now. "And now, for a nice, relaxing few hours of reading time," he muttered, opening the book.
Before he could get to reading, however, the whole place shook violently. "What in the world is going on?" he murmured. He hopped up and slid into his GSA uniform before heading to his station.
When he got there, he found out what was happening. "Battle stations," a voice said over the intercom. He quickly got into his fighter. He was a part of the new fighter squadron.
"Let's go, Alpha squadron," his squadron leader, Tommy said. Tommy was rumored to be one of the original Rangers, but he never confirmed or denied that. They were good friends. In fact, before Tommy got married, they were roommates in college.
"Hey, Tommy," Tim called, waving. Tommy grinned and waved back, then motioned to Tim's fighter. Without another word, Tim climbed into it and started the warm up routines.
"Alpha leader to Alpha one," Tommy said, over the intercom.
"I read you, Alpha leader," Tim said, "I'm ready to roll."
Tommy laughed and went on counting off the other members of their squadron. Tommy's wife Kim, and their friends Adam, Cassie, and Andros. They were all close friends, and worked well together. They helped the Rangers on occasion, when they needed help fending off the sting wingers and the Space Buccaneers jet drones.
Today wasn't supposed to be different. But as Tim was soon to find out, sometimes nothing was as it was supposed to be. "Let's roll, team," Tommy said. They started their engines and flew out of the hangar doors.
When they got outside, they found the Rangers hard pressed against the sting wingers and drones. "Let's rock!!!" Cassie said, as the five of them helped the Rangers, guns blazing.
They blasted the drone and sting wingers out of the sky over and over. All of a sudden, Tim took a blast to one of his engines. "I'm hit," he said.
"Get your fighter back to base, Tim," Tommy said.
"I can't," Tim said, "The controls won't respond."
"Don't worry, Tim," Cassie said, "I'm coming."
She turned and headed for Tim, who was spinning out of control. "Hurry, Cassie," Tim said, "I don't know how much longer I can take this spinning before I throw up."
"Engaging tractor beam," Cassie said, slamming her palm on a button. A thick beam of light issued forth from her fighter and latched on to Tim's. "There, I'll have you back to base in a jiffy."
"Thanks, Cass," Tim said. They were heading back, when a drone took a pot shot. By some dumb luck, the blast hit the tractor beam emitter on Cassie's fighter, knocking it out. "Oh, man."
"Don't worry, Tim," Tommy said, "I'm coming, buddy." He tried to get to Tim, but sting wingers blocked his path.
"Computer, try to stop this spinning," Tim said.
"Can not comply," the computer said, "The thrusters that control the spin are off line. Do you wish for the repair program to start?"
"Duh, of course," Tim said.
"Warning," the computer said, "A breach in space of some kind is opening up."
Tim looked out the cockpit. The tear was directly in front of him. "Uh oh," he said, "Guys, HELP!!!"
"We're coming, Tim," Tommy said. The leftover drones and sting wingers had retreated, and they were finally able to get to their teammate without any trouble. The Galaxy Rangers seemed to want to help, as their Megaship headed towards Tims relatively diminuitive fighter.
But they couldn't get to him in time. Tim was sucked into the tear in space, and he lost consciousness. When he got through it, he found that the ship was stopped and he was hovering in the orbit of some planet.
"Computer, how did you stop the spinning?" he asked, "And how long have I been unconscious?"
"You've been unconscious for two hours," the computer said, "I started the repair program, and it repaired thrusters enough to stop the spin. We need to touch down on the planet. Repairs aren't easy to do in space, you know."
Tim laughed. A friend of his, Billy, had made the computer programs for the fighters. He had given them full AI, even including emotions. He swore that the emotions part was an accident of some kind.
"Is the planet's atmosphere breathable?"
"Yes, it is a human friendly atmosphere," the computer said, "Shall I mark it in the logs, for the archivists later?"
"Yeah, go ahead," Tim said, "Can the shields handle the friction of entry?"
Needing no more unofficial prompting, Tim took up the controls and flew into the planet's atmosphere. He landed on a small island he found. "Wow, this place is beautiful," he said, when he stepped out of his fighter. "Computer, are there any life signs anywhere around?"
"I'm detecting a few, but I think it's just wildlife," the computer said.
"Good," Tim said, "I don't want to disturb any natives. Is there anything I can do to help with the repairs?"
"No, I can handle it," the computer said, "Why don't you get something to eat? Sensors show that the fruit in the nearby trees are edible by human standards as far as I can tell."
"Only one way to find out," Tim murmured, picking up a rock. He hurled it at a fruit in a nearby tree. It looked like a coconut. When it hit the ground, it split open. Tim grabbed it off of the ground and opened it some more. Inside, it wasn't anything like a coconut. It looked more like an orange, after you take the peel off.
Ravenously hungry, Tim scarfed down the insides of the fruit quickly. He had to knock down a couple more to subside his hunger. "Excuse me," he said when he burped. "I think I'm going to take a nap. Wake me when the repairs are finished."
"Aye, Tim," the computer said. Tim got the sleeping bag out of the fighter and put it down. He climbed inside and the minute his head hit the pillow, he was out like a light.
When he woke, he found himself in a cave of some kind. "Where am I?" he demanded of the open air.
"You are the chosen one." It was an echoing voice, and Tim couldn't figure out where it was coming from. "Come to me."
Danny woke up suddenly. "Whoa, what a weird dream," he muttered. He looked down at the ground when he stood up. There was a trail leading away from the camp, and into the nearby jungle. "Computer, I'll be right back." He grabbed the pistol and extra ammo from under his seat. Sure it was an antique, but he never went anywhere without it. He preferred it to the new laser rifles most of the other troops had.
He started down the trail, looking around suspiciously with every step. "This is too weird," he said, "I have a dream, and I'm setting off to find the source? I must be nuts." Despite his caution, he unconsciously kept going.
It didn't take him too long before he happened upon a cave. "This must be where whoever or whatever it is calling me is," Tim murmured, as he stepped hesitantly into the cave. It was pretty big. In the middle of the "room", there was a pedestal. On it was some type of machinery that looked to Tim like it was wrist mounted.
"You are the chosen one." It was the same, echoing voice. "Only you can control the power of the white light."
"White light? As in White Ranger?" Tim asked.
"Step forward, and claim your destiny," the voice said, ignoring his questions. Tim reluctantly stepped forward and grabbed the machine. "This is your quantum converter, or morpher as it's usually called. Simply strap it to your wrist, and let your instince do the rest."
Tim strapped the quantum converter onto his wrist. All of a sudden, two words popped into his mind, and he said them by instinct and not conscious thought. "Go Galactic," he cried.
Bright light blinded Tim, and when he could see again, he was garbed in a uniform like the Galaxy Rangers, except it was almost all white. At Tim's side was a quasar saber.
"Whoa, this is awesome," Tim said.
"You are the White Galaxy Ranger, although your powers are far set from the others," the voice said. Tim spun around, to see a man that looked to be in his mid forties stepping out of the shadows. "I am Krotian, keeper of the White Galaxy Ranger powers. Look on your wrist."
Danny looked, and his quantum converter was there. He had gotten a glimpse of one of the Rangers morphers before, and the converter looked nothing like theirs. There were seven buttons on it.
"Six of those are to call upon your arsenal, as you collect one," Krotian explained, "Well, anything in your aresenal with the exception of the quasar saber. You also have a blaster you can call upon, by simply calling for it, or when you don't have that chance, hit the second button on your converter."
"What about my zord?" Tim asked. The coin in his quasar saber was blank.
"Your zord has not been determined, Timothy," Krotian said, "But your element has. Red is Fire, Blue is Water, Yellow is Lightning, Pink is Flowers or Earth, and Green is Wind. Your element is energy. You can absorb energy, and use it to charge your saber."
"Wow, awesome," Tim said, "Is that all you need to tell me?"
Krotian nodded. "Go, and join your friends," he said, "You can use your powers to go back to where you had been before being pulled here.".
"Thank you, Krotian," Tim said. Nodding, he headed towards his fighter and hopped in. He took off and headed into space. He concentrated, and the fighter and occupant found themselves being teleported away.
"Hey, buddy," Tommy said, as he noticed that Tim was awake. "You sure gave us a scare."
"What happened?" Tim asked, sitting up.
"You disappeared into a space rip during a battle," Tommy said, "And then, you just suddenly appeared again a few hours later, a click or so away. Do you remember what happened?"
Tim nodded. "Vaguely," he lied. He instinctively knew that he shouldn't tell anybody that he was a Galaxy Ranger. "I must have been held in some kind of limbo for a few hours, because I remember floating through a void."
Tommy laughed. "That'll show you not to be a kamikaze," he teased.
Tim chuckled. "Is the team all right?" he asked.
"Yeah, we're all fine," Tommy said, "Why don't I leave, so you can get some sleep?"
"Thanks, Tommy," Tim said.
"Hey, anything for the youngest member of the squadron," Tommy replied, and left. It was a while before Tim fell asleep, but he did eventually.
The next morning, Tim was up and about. He felt rested and invigorated. When he got dressed, he headed to the squadron lounge, which was the kitchen part of Tommy and Kim's quarters.
"Uncle Tim!!!" It was little Aaron, Tommy and Kim's five year old son, as he threw his arms around Tim's neck. Aaron took to calling Tim "uncle" at an early age, and the name stuck. The squad teased him about it, but Tim didn't seem to notice. He loved Aaron like he was his own son.
"He's the closest thing I'll probably ever have to a son of my own," he had told Tommy and Kim once upon a time.
"Hey, you're still young," Kim said, "You still have the opportunity to have kids."
"As for us, one's more than enough," Tommy said.
Tim loved Tommy and Kim. The whole team in fact, were the closest thing to family he's really ever had. He had grown up in orphanages, after being abandoned by his father, reportedly after his mother had died. Somewhere along the way, Tommy and Kim seemed to adopt him. They were like parents to him, and the rest of the squadron were like brothers and sisters.
Before Aaron was born, he made a promise to Tommy and Kim. He had promised them that, if anything happened to them, he would take care of their child. He knew nothing would happen to them, but promised them anyway, with all of his heart.
"Here there, Aaron," Tim said, returning the youngsters hug. "How's Uncle Tim's big buddy?"
"I learned how to add today," Aaron said.
"That's great, kiddo," Tim said, "Is your mom and dad around anywhere?" Although he used to call Tommy and Kim mom and dad, respectively and mostly jokingly, he quit when it confused Aaron.
"No, they went to round up the rest of you," Aaron said.
Tim sighed. "I'd better call Tommy then, and tell him that I'm already here," he said. He took out his cell phone and called Tommy.
A little while later, the squadron was in the "lounge". Kim was all too happy to fix them some breakfast, and Tim was obliged to help. They ate breakfast and talked, as usual. "Are you all right, Tim?" Cassie asked, "You don't look so hot."
"I'm fine, Cass," Tim said. Actually, he felt like crap.
"You might want to go to the med bay anyway," Andros said.
Tim shook his head. "I'm all right, guys," he said, "I just haven't been getting a lot of sleep lately, that's all." That was an understatement. He had been having nightmares since before he got the White Galaxy Ranger powers.
All of a sudden, Tim got a strange feeling. It was an almost overwhelming urge to morph. 'The other Galaxy Rangers must need help,' he mused.
"Guys, I have to go," he said, "I just remembered something I need to do before noon."
"All right, but don't forget," Tommy said, "We've got a squad meeting at two o'clock."
"I won't forget," Tim promised, "Bye."
He left the room and quickly headed to a nearby dark corridor. Looking around, he saw that he nobody was around to see him. He twisted his wrist, calling upon his his quantum converter. The button labeled Call to action was glowing. "Go Galactic," he said. In seconds, he was morphed into the White Galaxy Morpher. He teleported away, using his powers to hone in on the others.
When he got to the battle field, he found them fighting a bunch of sting wingers and a monster. Magna Defender, Red Galactic, and Pink Galactic were taking on the monster, while Green, Yellow, and Blue Galactic were taking out the sting wingers.
Tim stood there for a moment, undecided on who to help. All of a sudden, Galactic Red took a terrific blow and went down. His target decided for him, Tim leapt at the monster, calling upon his quasar saber in midleap. Magna Defender saw him and got out of the way, but the Pink Galaxy Ranger was still in his way.
"Get out of the way, Pink," he called. The Pink Ranger was directly in his flight path, and he didn't want to hurt her, whoever she was.
Kendrix looked up, to see the newest Galaxy Ranger leaping at her. She smartly rolled out of the way, and just in time. Tim slashed the monster, sending it flying in a shower of sparks.
"I didn't know there was a White Galaxy Ranger," she remarked, but Tim didn't hear her. He was embroiled in a fight with the monster, which was calling itself Dowmios.
Kendrix took the opportunity to check up on Leo, her boyfriend and the Red Galaxy Ranger.
"Are you okay, hon?" she asked, as she helped a shaky Leo to his feet.
"Yeah, I'm all right, Kendrix," Leo said. He looked up with surprise, to see Tim duking it out with the monster. "Who is that?"
"I don't know," Kendrix said, "All of us are getting our heads handed to us out here. If only the Lights of Orion weren't so random."
As if on cue, broad bands of light rained down, hitting the Rangers, even Tim, but he didn't notice. There weapons and armor were upgraded.
"Let's send these suckers to the cleaners," Leo said, as him, Kendrix, and Mike joined the others. With their respective battle cries, the six of them took on the Space Buccaneer's new version of the sting wingers.
They were quick to finish off the sting wingers. "The Lights of Orion save the day again," Damon said.
"It's not over yet," Leo said. He nodded to the other side of the battle field, where Tim was still fighting Dowmios. The other Rangers were curious to see the new White Ranger, but got over it quickly.
They ran at the two combatants. They joined Tim. "Let's do it, guys," Leo said, "Orion finisher." With that, the Rangers wound up and shot the energy they had gained from the Lights of Orion. It hit Dowmios, and the monster was instantly disintegrated.
It was then that Tim noticed the modifications the Lights of Orion made to his armor, and sword. "Whoa, cool," he muttered.
Leo approached Tim. "Hi, I'm Leo," he said, extending his hand.
"The name's Tim, Leo," Tim said, shaking Leo's hand. "Nice to meet you, but I think that this is a conversation best made in a more private environment."
"Right," Kai said, "Let's head to the Megaship."
Leo a hand on Tim's arm, and they all teleported to the Astro Megaship. There, quick introductions were made.
"Now, let's get to business," Mike said, "So we can keep our identities a secret on the battle field, what should we call you, Tim?"
"In this form, I guess I should be known as the White Galaxy Ranger," Tim said.
"How'd you get your powers?" Maya asked, "The rest of us, except for Mike, pulled our quasar sabers from large stones."
"That's a long story, and one for another time," Tim said, "I guess this will be easier. Power down." His White Galaxy Ranger armor vanished in a brief flash of light, leaving him in his street clothes. Or rather, squadron uniform.
"You're a member of Alpha squadron?" Kendrix asked.
Tim nodded. "I'm the second in command, under Tommy Oliver," he said.
"Whoa, he's a legend," Damon said, "The first guy to wear that uniform, Tim."
"Or an earlier variation of it, at least," Maya said.
"Yeah, I know," Tim said, "He's a good friend of mine, and him and the other squadron members told me of their various adventures as Power Rangers. Until now, I was the only member of the team that hadn't been a Ranger."
"Rangers, we monitored your fight," DECA said, "Good job and welcome to the team, Timothy Knight."
"Thanks," Tim said, "But call me Tim." He looked around, confused. "Who said that?"
The others laughed. "That was DECA, Tim." Tim spun at the unfamiliar voice, and saw a short robot walking into the room. "And I am Alpha 6."
"Um, nice to meet you," Tim said politely.
"You too," Alpha said, "Here." He handed Tim a package.
"I can't take gifts," Tim said, trying to give it back to Alpha.
"It's not a gift, silly," Alpha said, "It's your transdagger. There's no telling what it can turn into, until you use it with your powers. And when you get a Galactabeast, it'll convert it into a Galactazord."
"Whoa, awesome," Tim said, "Guess I'll have to morph again." A twist of his wrist called upon his quantum converter. "Go Galactic." He focused on the transdagger, and felt it become a part of his arsenal. Then, he pulled his quasar saber out. He then placed the transdagger onto the blade, just below the tip. With a brief flash, the quasar saber changed slightly, and the two were combined.
"Whoa," Damon said, "What is that?"
"It's the Omega Scythe," Tim said, "I can also use them seperately, when the need arises. Now, what was that beam of light that hit me?"
"It hit us, too," Leo said, "They're called the Lights of Orion. It happens very randomly, and when they hit us, they modify our armor, weapons, and even the zords, and gives us more durability. We're practically unbeatable when that happens."
Tim looked at the quantum converter, which also served as a watch. "Oh man," he said, "I'm going to be late for the squad meeting. It was cool meeting all of you, but I have to go. Power down." His armor disappeared. Waving, he teleported out of the Megaship and to his quarters.
He made his way to the squad lounge, where the others were waiting for him. "You're late," Tommy said, as Tim tried to sneak in without being seen.
"I'm sorry, sir," Tim said, "I just lost track of time."
"It's all right, Tim," Tommy said, "Take a seat." Tim did as he said. "First order of business is that we need a full time mechanic. Any suggestions?"
"How about Damon Henderson?" Tim asked, "I don't think he's working on any particular department."
"Good idea," Tommy said, "Do you know how to get a hold of him?"
"Yes, sir," Tim said.
"Good," Tommy said, "That takes care of that."
They talked a while longer, then went their separate ways. It was late, and they were all tired.
Tim walked to his quarters, where he found Maya. "Hi," he said, "Maya, right? Yellow?" 'Oh man, she is just so beautiful,' he thought.
Maya nodded. "I just wanted to welcome you to the team," she said, "I didn't take the chance to earlier."
Tim nodded. "Thanks," he said. Maya stepped out of the way, and he entered his quarters. "Care to come in? I don't have much to eat or drink, but I'm sure I can wrestle up something."
"Sure," Maya said, stepping through the door. "You don't have to go to any trouble, if you have to body slam something." Though she was getting better at it, Maya was still tripping over expressions.
"I didn't mean wrestle literally," Tim said, "That's just an expression I like to use. And its no problem at all." He glanced into the refridgerator. "I've got to remember to get some supplies. Um, coke?"
"Sure," Maya said.
Tim took out two of the cokes and threw one to Maya, who caught it. They sat down at the little table he had. "There you go," he said, "So, what's the story with you, anyway? I don't think I've ever seen an outfit like that." He gestured to Maya's clothes, which were Mirinoian in origin.
"It's what the girls my age wear among my people," Maya said, "I come from the planet Mirinoi, and, until Mike showed up again, I thought I was the last of my people. He told me that my father, and a few others, were still alive. I am what you might call an alien, although my people are just like humans."
'I'll say,' Tim thought. When Maya blushed, he realized that he had said that out loud. Instead of apologizing, Tim let his instincts get the best of him. He leaned over the table and kissed Maya.
It was several minutes before he pulled back. "Oh man," he said, "I'm sorry."
Maya shook her head. "It's all right," she said. She then initiated a kiss.
Tim's hand drifted up to gently cup her face. Then, reality hit and he pulled away. "Um, I think we need to take this slowly," he said, "Would you like to go to the movies with me tomorrow night?"
"Sure," Maya said, "I guess I'd better go. Good night." She got up and went out the door. Tired from the days events, Tim flopped down on his bed and fell asleep immediately.
They were also enjoying a vacation from battle. It had been a while since the Space Buccaneer last attacked, and the whole team was kicking back and taking it pretty easy.
One night, Tim was walking Maya to her quarters aboard the Megaship. He had moved there as well, not too long after he joined the team. "I had a good time," Maya said.
"Me too, Maya," Tim said. They came upon the door to her quarters pretty quickly. "Well, I guess this is good night." He leaned over, and down slightly, and gave Maya a kiss. Then, he turned and went to his quarters. Maya stood there for a long moment, staring after him, then went inside.
The next morning, Tim went to a squadron meeting. He was still a member of the team, even though he was now a Ranger, and he couldn't let Tommy and the others down by quitting.
They went for a practice drill, with targeting markers. That meant they didn't actually shoot, but every time they locked on to one of the markers and pulled the trigger, it was like taking out a drone or sting winger, but the guns didn't actually fire. They didn't have a lot of the markers, and had to use them sparingly.
All of a sudden, a bunch of sting wingers dropped into their midst. They switched the guns on and started blasting. Tim turned off his comm system. "I've got to find a place to morph," he muttered.
All of a sudden, one of his wings took a hit. He didn't waste the opportunity to retreat so that he could morph. "Tommy, I'm hit," he said, "I'm going back to the hangar."
"Go ahead, Tim," Tommy said, "We can take it from here."
Tim piloted his fighter into the hangar, where he was lucky enough to find that nobody was there. A quick flick of the wrists called his quantum converter. "Go Galactic," he said, using the voice command.
In seconds, he was morphed into the White Galaxy Ranger. He flipped out his cell phone/communictor, and punched the button to call Leo.
Leo, who was with the other Rangers in the Astro Megaship, jumped slightly when his communicator went off. He pulled it out and looked down at the modified display before punching the send button. "What's up, Tim?" he asked.
"I guess you guys already know about the sting wingers," Tim said, "I'll be right there." With that, he teleported to the bridge of the Megaship. They were already out in space, and were about to take on the sting wingers.
"Tim, since you don't have a fighter, stay here," Mike said, "Damon, you too. The rest of us will take on the sting wingers in our fighters." They all nodded, and Mike, Sarah, Leo, Kendrix, Kai, and Maya left the bridge.
"Where are the controls for the ships lasers?" Tim asked Damon.
"Right over there," Damon said, gesturing to a console at the front of the bridge. "But Alpha usually takes that job."
"If I can't be out there," Tim said, gesturing at the screen and space. "Then I'd like to be a part of the action somehow." Damon nodded, and Tim went to sit down at the console he had pointed at. He took control of the Megaship's lasers, blasting down several sting wingers.
Between the Rangers and Alpha Squadron, they cleaned house in no time at all. Afterwards, they all headed back to Terra Venture.
Tim was on cloud nine. Things were going great with Maya, and he was starting to think that he was in love. He was still attentive, but every once in a while, his attention slipped.
Tim spun. He had been backing away from a jewelry display case, and accidentally backed right into Kim. Tommy was not too far behind her, arms full of bags. The three were doing a little shopping.
"Oh, I'm sorry, Kim," he said, extending his hand. She had been knocked to the floor. Kim grasped his hand and pulled herself up. "I guess my mind's just not into shopping."
"Oh, like a guy's ever is?" Kim said, hands on her hips. Tim had to admit she had a point.
"Kim, my arms are starting to go numb," Tommy whined.
"Here, bro," Tim said, "Give me some of those." He started reaching for a bunch of the bags, but something caught his eye. "Wait, I've got an even better idea." He went over to a vacant buggy he spotted and wheeled it over to Tommy. "There you go."
Tommy unceremoniously dumped the packages into the buggy. Kim groaned. "Boy, am I glad I didn't have anything breakable in there," she said. Tommy shot her a playful glare.
Tim would usually be amused by their banter, but his mind was elsewhere. He looked into the display window. "Hey, guys," he said, "I'll be right back." Without waiting for an answer, he stepped into the store.
"Can I help you?" the woman behind the counter asked.
"Yeah, I saw a beautiful neckalce in the display window," Tim replied, "The jeweled locket?"
"Ah, yes, that one," the woman said, "It's a popular item, let me tell you. Would you like to buy one of them?"
"Yeah, I would," Tim said, "How much are they?" The clerk told him the price, and he couldn't help but whistle. "Yikes."
"Can't afford it?" the clerk asked.
"I can afford it," Tim said, "It's still a lot of money."
The clerk shrugged. "Like I said, it's popular."
Reluctantly, Tim gave her his Terra card, which was tied into the station's computer and subtracted money from his account. "Here you go, Mr. Knight," the clerk said, handing him the locket.
"Thanks," Tim said. He left the store, and Kim and Tommy were waiting outside. Kim was looking for something. "What's up?"
"Cassie was supposed to have brought Aaron about a half hour ago," Kim said, "I'm getting worried."
"Kim, don't worry," Tommy said, "Cassie probably just go caught up in something, probably playing with Aaron, and didn't notice the time."
"That would account for her if she was only ten minutes late," Kim said, "But thirty?"
Tim sighed. All of a sudden, his communicator/cell phone went off. "Tell you what, guys," he said, "They're probably around here somewhere. Why don't we split up and look for them?"
"Good idea," Kim said.
Tommy and Kim left, and Tim ducked into a dark corner. He took out his cell phone and looked down at the display before hitting the send button. "I read you, Mike," he said.
"Furio, some sting wingers, and a new monster named *Hupia have kidnapped some civillians," Mike said, "We need your help."
"I'll be right there, Mike," Tim said, hitting the cancel button. "*Hupia? Now why does that sound... Oh no, Aaron. Go Galactic." With that, he morphed and teleported away.
When he touched down, he found the Rangers fighting off Furio and the *Hupia, and looked to be holding their own. Not too far from that battle, a bunch of sting wingers stood, surrounding a young Chinese woman and a little boy.
"Aaron, Cassie," Tim whispered, ducking into the shadows. He headed for the group of sting wingers. Along the way, he assembled his Omega scythe. When he got to the group of sting wingers, he jumped out.
He caught them by surprise, and cut through their ranks easily. "Don't worry," he said, squatting down to make eye contact with his teammate and her charge. "They're gone now. Aaron's parents are very worried about him." He silently thanked the fact that he had a voice changer, and Cassie didn't look to recognize it.
Cassie nodded. "Thanks, White Ranger," she murmured, before gently picking up Aaron and leaving the battle ground.
Tim turned to the main battle, where the Rangers were having the tide turned against them against Furio and the *Hupia. He joined in the battle, but they still got their heads handed to them. They were knocked away by a blast of combined energy by the two monsters.
"Time to finish this, Rangers," Furio said, as him and *Hupia set to combine energies into another blast. The Rangers knew that, though they were tough, this blast would be the end of them.
All of a sudden, bright lights blinded them. When they got their eyesight back, they were in their slightly modified armor that the Lights of Orion gave them. With a battle cry, the Rangers jumped back up.
"Time for us to combine energies, guys," Leo said. They all knew what he meant. They could combine the energy the Lights of Orion gave them and shoot it. They did just that, obliterating *Hupia.
"Another day, Rangers," Furio growled, as he disappeared.
When Tim demorphed and teleported back to the mall, he was just in time to see a joyful reunion. Cassie and Aaron came running up to Tommy and Kim just as he was about to get to them.
"Mommy!!!" Aaron cried, throwing his arms around Kim, who picked him up and swung him around. "You wouldn't believe what happened, mommy. First, we were kidnapped by some monsters and held captive, and then the new White Galaxy Ranger came and rescued us."
"Boy, that sounds like quiet an adventure," Tommy said, as he ruffled his son hair playfully.
"Oh, it was," Cassie said, "I haven't had an experience like that in years."
"Come on," Tim said, "Celebration at the resturaunt of Aaron's choice, on me."
"Awesome," Aaron said, "I want to go to Chuckie Cheese." The others groaned playfully, but they headed in the direction of the little boy's favorite resturaunt.
Later that day, Tim and Maya were on a date. Well, not a date technically. They were just walking along the city aboard Terra Venture. Finally, Tim felt like he had the perfect setting to give her the gift he had bought her.
"Hey, Maya," he said, "Hold up a second." Maya stopped, and looked at him. "I, um..." He rubbed the back of his neck nervously, as he pulled out the jewelers box with the other hand. "I got a present for you." He handed it to his girlfriend.
Maya opened it and gasped. "This is beautiful," she said, "What is it?"
"It's called a locket," Tim said, "You open it, and there's a place for two pictures inside."
Maya opened it. "This is amazing," she said, "How about a picture of the two of us for one side?"
"Hey, I can't say no to a pretty lady," Tim said. They headed for the mall, where they quickly found a photo booth. There, they had a perfect picture made. Tim cut it to where it would show both of their faces, but was small enough to fit into the locket. He put the picture in the locket and handed it to Maya. "Here you go."
"Thanks," Maya said, taking the locket. "This must have cost you a lot of money. How'd you afford it?"
"I just had a lot of money saved up, since coming onboard Terra Venture," Tim said, "Anything but the best for my girl."
Blushing, Maya leaned up and gave him a kiss. "I think we'd better be heading back to the Megaship," she said, "It's getting late."
Tim nodded. They went back to the Megaship, went to their respective quarters, and promptly went to sleep.
Author's Note 1: This is my first solo Lost Galaxy fanfic in a while. What do you think of the story so far? Tanika's getting things ready for her own series, so I'm going to be flying solo on this one. This does take place in the timeline we co-created, though. Be here next time, as Tim introduces himself to the other Galaxy Rangers.
Author's Note 2: Didn't expect that kiss, did you? Originally, I had planned for Maya to go out with Kai, but after I saw Blue crush, I felt that I should go with Kai eventually asking that woman out. I learned how to be even more unpredictable by my partner in crime, er writing, Tanika Perryman.
Author's Note 3: Aw, isn't that sweet? Maya and Tim sure are a cute couple, don't you think? Be here next time, as everything changes, and Tim finds out something about the world he thinks he knows.
Author's Note 2: Didn't expect that kiss, did you? Originally, I had planned for Maya to go out with Kai, but after I saw Blue crush, I felt that I should go with Kai eventually asking that woman out. I learned how to be even more unpredictable by my partner in crime, er writing, Tanika Perryman.
Author's Note 3: Aw, isn't that sweet? Maya and Tim sure are a cute couple, don't you think? Be here next time, as everything changes, and Tim finds out something about the world he thinks he knows.
When he didn’t get an answer, Tim started to worry. “There has to be a rational explanation for this,” he muttered. ‘The Space Buccaneer must have sent a monster to grab me while I was asleep,’ he mused.
“And there is an explanation. Just not the one you’re probably expecting.”
Tim spun at the unfamiliar voice, and saw a man in dark gray robes. “Who are you?” he demanded, “Where am I?”
The man threw back the hood, showing a human face. “I am Talion,” he replied simply, “That’s all you need to know about me. For now, at least. I can be your best friend, or I can be your worst enemy. Which shall it be?”
Tim thought for a moment. “Can’t have too many friends, I always say,” he remarked.
“Good,” Talion said, “As for where we are, I believe you can tell me.”
Tim took a good look at his surroundings. They were atop a mountain, and the dizzying heights below were making his head spin. Then, all of a sudden, he realized where they were.
“The Colorado Rockies,” he muttered, “I haven’t been here since I was a child, when I visited my uncle.”
“I know,” Talion said, “It was the best summer of your life, and your most cherished memory, and that’s why I chose this setting. Don’t ask me how we’re communicating. It’s very complicated, even for me.”
Tim nodded. “So why did you bring me here?” he asked.
“To warn you,” Talion said, “Very soon, you will be taken away from your friends and loved ones. Prepare yourself for what is to come. Your zord is the key.”
“What do you mean by...” All of a sudden, Tim sat up. He was back in his room, as if it were just a dream. “That.” He quickly got up, got dressed, and pulled out his cell phone/communicator. He punched the red button. ‘I hate to wake him up,’ he thought, ‘But this is important.’
Leo woke reluctantly to the sound of his cell phone going off. He groggily climbed out of bed, picked up his cell phone/communicator and, not looking at the display, hit the send button. “Hello?”
“Leo? This is Tim. I woke you, didn’t I? This can wait until morning.”
“No, you didn’t wake me up,” Leo lied, waking up. “What’s wrong?”
“I just had the strangest dream,” Tim replied.
“A nightmare?” Leo asked.
“No, not a nightmare,” Tim said, “A guy was telling me that I will be separated from all of my friends and loved ones soon, and that I should prepare for it. What do you think he meant?”
“I have no clue, to tell you the truth,” Leo said, “Want me to come over there, so we can try to figure something out?”
“No, just go on back to sleep,” Tim said, ”I’m sorry I woke you.”
“It’s all right, bud,” Leo said, “I’d feel this way too, if I had mysterious dreams like that.” He looked at the clock, which read 5 o’clock. “I was going to be up and about in about a half hour anyway. Kendrix asked me to look at something.” Despite what he said, Leo barely stifled a yawn.
“Well, I’ll see you later then, I guess,” Tim said. They had a triple date set for later that night.
“Are you sure you’re all right?” Leo asked.
“Yeah, I’m sure,” Tim said. They said bye and hung up.
When Tim made it to a squad meeting a little later, he was dead tired. “What’s wrong?” Kim asked, interrupting Tommy rather inadvertently.
“Nothing’s wrong, Kim,” Tim said, “Just a bit tired. Didn’t get a lot of sleep last night.” That was mostly true. He just couldn’t tell her everything about what had kept him up most of the night.
Kim seemed to take that answer, and left him alone for the rest of the briefing. The squadron was heading into an unknown sector of space for reconnoiter, and Tommy was giving the basic first contact instructions.
“Any questions?” Tommy asked. They all shook their heads. “Then let’s get going.” With that, they jumped up and headed for the squadron hangar, where their fighters were waiting.
They climbed in and zoomed out into space. A few hours later, they were recalled back to Terra Venture for debriefing. On the way back to the hangar, Tim felt something calling to him telepathically. It seemed to be originating from a nearby planet, which was called by the archivists Tranit. The call was like what Maya described to him was the call she felt right before they got the Galactabeasts, and zords. “Tommy, I’m getting something from Tranit,” Tim said, “I think I’m
going to check it out. Is that all right?”
“Sure it is,” Tommy said, “Do you need us to come with you?”
“Nah, it’s probably nothing,” Tim said, “I think I’ll go make sure, though.”
“Go on,” Tommy said, “We’ll head back, and explain to Commander Stanton for you.”
“Thanks,” Tim said, before breaking formation and heading for Tranit. He followed his instincts, and landed in a clearing in the middle of a jungle. “Well, this would be appropriate,” he muttered, “If this call is what I think it is.”
All of a sudden, he heard a roaring and a crashing in the jungle.
“I guess I’d better morph,” he murmured, “Go Galactic.” With a touch of a button on his quantum converter, which he called up, he was turned into the White Galaxy Ranger in seconds.
He slid through the jungle, quiet and practically invisible. It wasn’t too long before he found what he was looking for. A bunch of sting wingers were trying to keep a huge animal tied down. Cables were all over the poor thing. From the black spots on normally white fur, the animal looked to Tim to be a cheetah.
“I’ve got to help it,” Tim muttered. He pulled out his quasar saber and transdagger, quickly combining the two into his main weapon, the Omega Scythe, and jumped into the fray, swinging the scythe. He took out a bunch of sting wingers out with one swipe, then took the rest out in record time.
The cheetah roared, and Tim could feel it talking in his mind. “Please, free me,” it pleaded.
“Right away,” Tim said, circling the beast and using his Omega Scythe to sever the chains. “There you go.”
The beast stood up, shaky at first. It gained its feet, and Tim saw just how magnificent the giant cheetah was.
“Oh, wow,” he murmured, “You’re beautiful.”
“Thank you,” the cheetah said telepathically, “For both the compliment and for freeing me.”
“You’re welcome,” Tim said, “Well, you’re free to go now.”
“I don’t think so,” the cheetah said, “Look at the coin in your quasar saber.” Tim looked down at the coin, and was surprised to see that it was no longer blank. It had a picture of the cheetah’s face. “Call me whenever you need help, and I’ll come running, White Ranger.”
“Thank you,” Tim said. The cheetah bowed gracefully, and then disappeared.
Tim went back to his fighter, and paused beside it. “Power down,” he said, and his suit disappeared. He climbed into his fighter and headed for Terra Venture. When he got back to hangar, Tommy was waiting on him.
“Hey, bud,” Tommy said, “So, what, happened over there?”
“Nothing really,” Tim said, “The sensors on my fighter must have been off. I think I’ll go see Damon about getting that fixed.” Ever since Tim’s referral, Damon had become the head mechanic for the group, along with a few new friends of his.
Tommy nodded. “Don’t forget,” he said, “You and the others should go to the restaurant a little early to meet us.” Tommy and Kim were joining Tim, Maya, Leo, and Kendrix.
“I won’t forget, bro,” Tim said, “I’ll see you then.” Tommy nodded, and they walked off into different directions. All of a sudden, Tim heard his communicator going off. He pulled it out and glanced at the display before bringing it up to his ear. “I read you, Alpha. What’s up?”
“The Rangers are taking on a new monster named Krazam and some sting wingers in the city,” Alpha 6 said, “They might need your help.”
“I’m on it, Alpha,” Tim said. He signed off and put the communicator back in his pocket. A slight twist of the wrist called upon his quantum converter. “Go Galactic.” A quick touch of “call to battle” button, and he was once again morphed into the White Galaxy Ranger.
Tim teleported to the battle field, where he found the Rangers losing. He joined in the fight, kicking a sting winger away from his girlfriend. “Are you all right?” he asked, offering a hand to help Maya up.
Maya took it and Tim helped her to her feet. “I’m fine, but these sting wingers and that monster seem tougher than ever,” she muttered.
“Well then, let’s knock it down a peg or two, shall we?” Tim asked. Maya nodded, and the two jumped back into battle. Tim converted his quasar saber and transdagger into his Omega Scythe, as he took on Krazam.
“You’re going down, White Ranger,” Krazam said, blocking the scythe with the huge scimitar he had in his hand. “Nothing can stand up to my magic.” To prove his point, Krazam sent a jolt of electricity up his scimitar, into the Omega scythe, and into Tim’s body, hitting him with major spasms of pain.
Tim went down, gritting his teeth in an attempt to shut out the pain, but it was too much for him, and he blacked out. “And now, to take you to the Space Buccaneer,” Krazam said, bending down to pick Tim up.
“I don’t think so, ugly.” Tim stirred quietly at the familiar voice. It was Tommy, who jump kicked Krazam away from his friend. Tommy was in Terra Venture’s official battle gear, with a pulse rifle in his hand. He blasted Krazam, who went flying. Tommy bent over Tim. “Boy, talk about deja vu.”
That was all Tim could remember, before he blacked out. When he came to, the Rangers were in their Galactazords, taking on the fully grown Krazam. Tim started to get up, but small hands stopped him.
The entire Alpha Squadron was hovering over him. It was Kim who was trying to keep him from getting up. “You’re still hurt badly,” she pointed out rationally. Tim knew that she was right. Spasms of pain still racked his body. But he was determined to help the others.
“I’ve got to help them,” he murmured slowly, as he gently pushed her hands away and started to stand up. His knees were wobbly when he was upright, but he felt fine otherwise.
“You’re barely able to stand, much less fight,” Cassie pointed out.
“Thank you for your concern, Alpha Squadron,” Tim said, “But I am fine.” He telepathically put in a call to his new Galactabeast. In seconds, the cheetah Galactabeast came storming onto the battle field.
Tim jumped up to stand on the Cheetah’s head. He reached down, and scratched his Galactabeast behind the ears, causing it to purr.
Krazam turned to his new rival. “Oh, a new zord, huh?” it asked, “Well, makes no difference to me.” He wound up, obviously about to send a stream of energy at Tim and his Galactazord.
“I hope I can take this,” Tim said. Then he remembered his powers, which made it possible for him to absorb and direct energy. He had already gotten a bit of a charge from the lightning. The pain had blocked that from his mind until now.
“Now that I am tied to you, I have the same ability,” the cheetah said telepathically.
“Good,” Tim said, “Between the two of us, we should be able to absorb enough energy to take this thing out.”
“Let’s do it,” the cheetah said.
Krazam let out a huge blast. When it hit Tim and the cheetah, they started soaking it up like a couple of sponges. Then, they redirected the energy back to Krazam, but not before both the Ranger and his Galactabeast collapsed from the pain of the absorption.
Tim regained consciousness first, and found that they had hurt Krazam tremendously, but it wasn’t destroyed. The cheetah was lying down, and it was bleeding badly. “Tim,” it whispered telepathically, “I think I’m dying.”
Tim barely got up, and limped over to his Galactabeast. “You can’t die,” he whispered.
“I’m afraid that I am,” the cheetah said, “I’ve enjoyed the short time we’ve had together.”
Tears were threatening to fall, when Tim remembered the transdaggers, and how the other Rangers converted their Galactabeasts in Galactazords. “Hang on,” he said, “I’ve got an idea.”
Tim painfully climbed up to the top of the magnificent Galactabeast’s head, and held up his transdagger. One of the Lights of Orion came out of nowhere and struck his transdagger, it’s energies flowing through his body, changing him into Orion Galaxy Ranger mode, as the Galaxy Rangers were starting to call it.
Under his feet, the might cheetah was also undergoing a transformation. It’s skin gave way to metal, though it didn’t do anything to dull the beast’s beauty. Instead of the Cheetah Galactabeast, it was now the Cheetah Galactazord. Tim found himself in the cockpit of his new Galactazord.
All the while, the Rangers were transformed by the Lights of Orion, but were still losing against Krazam. “Hang on, guys,” Tim said, “The cavalry’s coming. How fast can you go?”
“I believe about 75 miles an hour.” Tim wasn’t too surprised to hear the cheetah’s voice, though it was through a speaker and not telepathically.
“Then let’s hit that thing hard, full speed,” Tim said, gently taking the controls. Outside the window, the scenery zoomed by as the cheetah went running at full speed at the monster.
It was so fast, Krazam couldn’t have done anything to dodge it even if it had seen the newest Galactazord barreling towards it. The cheetah dove at Krazam, taking it down.
“Tim?” Maya asked, over the communications equipment.
“Who else? Let’s pluck this turkey,” Tim said, “Cheetah Galactazord, MegaZord mode now.” The cheetah stood upright and jumped into the air. It’s hind paws changed to feet, and it’s front paws changed to hands. It’s thin, long tail turned into a whip, which appeared in one of its hands. It’s jaws opened up, revealing a human looking face.
“Think that scares me, White Ranger?” Krazam mocked, “Well, take this.” It sent a bolt of energy at the Cheetah Megazord, but it was easily absorbed.
“Thanks for the boost, sucker,” Tim said, “Blast me once, shame on you. Blast us twice, shame on us. Blast us three times, you’re dead. Cheetor whip, power up.” The whip in his MegaZord’s hand glowed with energy. It lashed out with it, slicing Krazam in two neatly. It’s two halves fell to each side and blew up.
Later that night, Tim and Maya met with Leo, Kendrix, Tommy, and Kim for their triple date at a restaurant in town. They had a good time. Afterwards, Tim walked Maya to her quarters aboard the Megaship.
“Well, until tomorrow,” Tim said. He hesitated, then leaned over and gave Maya a kiss. “Good night.”
“Good night, Tim,” Maya murmured softly, and Tim started down the
to his own quarters. She went inside and the door closed behind her.
Over the next few days, Tim didn’t have any more visits from Talios, giving him grave news. “I must have changed history as he knew it,” Tim said to Leo, who was working with him and Damon on building Tim a fighter.
Since Tim had his new Cheetah Galactazord/MegaZord appear on the scene, the Space Buccaneer had been attacking like crazy, and the Rangers found out something peculiar with Tim’s powers. It seems that, because of the way he had received the power of the Lights of Orion, his powers and arsenal, including Galactazord, had become permenantly infused with the energy of the Lights of Orion. That had been a determining factor in a few of the fights since his powers first started being that way.
Tim was only trying to fool himself by thinking that his business with the mysterious man named Talios was over. He knew that it was only a matter of time before Talio’s prediction would come true.
“Don’t worry about Talios, or his prediction,” Damon said.
“Yeah, as long as we’re with you, there’s no way it can come true,” Leo said, clapping Tim on the shoulder.
“I guess you’re right, guys,” Tim said, “But I still can’t shake the feeling that my time here is short.”
“You worry too much, man,” Damon said, “We need to get this fighter put together, if you’re going to join in on the next space fight.”
“Right, Damon,” Tim said. He didn’t know much about mechanics, but he knew a lot about electronics, and he was dowloading the fighting patterns into the fighters computer from the other fighters.
Leo was helping Damon with the mechanics, since he knew quite a bit about them. They were about finished with the fighter, and were getting a good opportunity to work together outside of direct Ranger business, direct being in battle.
“Hey, Leo,” Tim said, “Isn’t Kendrix’s birthday coming up?”
Leo nodded. “It’s tomorrow,” he said, “And before you ask, no she doesn’t want a party, surprise or otherwise. Believe me, I’ve already asked.”
“I wasn’t wondering about that,” Tim said, “I was there when you asked her about that. I was just wondering if you knew what kind of birthday gift she would like to get from me. She is your girlfriend, so I thought you would know.”
“Oh,” Leo said, “Well, to tell you the truth, I don’t really know. I was going to get her a necklace that had caught her eye a while back that she couldn’t afford. Why don’t you ask Maya? She would have a better idea than us guys.”
“Good idea,” Tim said, “She might know anyway. Those two have gotten pretty close since you guys were first thrown together as a team.”
“You know, we should throw Kendrix a surprise party anyway,” Damon said, “Not much of one, really. Just a little get together for the team, really, outside of Ranger duties.”
“That’s a good idea, Damon,” Tim said.
“I don’t know, guys,” Leo said, “Kendrix was pretty specific when she told me she didn’t want a party.”
“Oh, she’s probably just saying that,” Tim said. He was starting to get enthusiastic about the idea, reminding Leo that, while Tim usually acted older, he was still the youngest Ranger on the team.
“All right, let’s do it,” Leo said, “Just don’t tell Maya, Tim. She might let it slip to Kendrix.”
“All right, I won’t,” Tim said, “It shouldn’t be too hard to get a birthday party planned on such short notice, should it?”
“Nope,” Leo said, “After we finish here, let’s go find Kai and Mike, and we can all chip in to put one together.”
“Sounds like a plan, man,” Damon said.
The three of them quickly finished up on the fighter, and went their separate ways, to get the party planned.
Tim went to see Maya, who was waiting for him at his quarters.
“Hey there, handsome,” Maya said, “About time you were done working on that thing.”
“Sorry about that, Maya,” Tim said, “We had to get my fighter done, or I would be bored the next time Space Buccaneer sent drones.”
“That’s true, I guess,” Maya said, “What else have you been up to?
“I was thinking about what to get Kendrix for her birthday tomorrow,” Tim said, “Any suggestions?”
Maya took a long moment before answering. “I suppose that Leo’s getting her something rather extravagent,” she said, “I think she’d just settle for a birthday card, so that nobody makes a big fuss about it being her birthday, although she probably won’t mind Leo getting her something nice.”
‘Nice is an understatement,’ Tim mused. “I’ve got to go,” he said, “We didn’t have anything planned for tonight, did we? I promised the guys we could make it a kind of guys night out thing.” That wasn’t true, and Tim hated lying to his girlfriend, but he knew that Leo had been right, and Maya would tell Kendrix if she knew about the surprise birthday party.
“Go on, and have some fun,” Maya said, “We didn’t have anything planned. I’ll see you tomorrow, I guess.” She gave him a kiss, then left.
It took the guys all day to get the party planned and everything put into place. They split the cost of the cake, balloons, etc. They put everything into the old lunch room, and made sure that neither Kendrix or Maya saw what was going on.
When they were done, they just stood back and admired their handiwork. “This is great,” Leo said, “I bet Kendrix is going to love the party.”
“Hey, Leo,” Mike said, “Let’s see this necklace you said you were getting Kendrix.”
“Well, to tell you the truth, it isn’t a necklace,” Leo said, “You’ll see.”
“All right,” Kai said, “Who’s going to get Kendrix and Maya?”
“I will,” Tim said, “You guys hide. I’ll be right back.” The others did as he said, and Tim left to go find his girlfriend and Maya. It didn’t take him long to find them, and lead them back to the lunch room.
“Where are we going?” Maya asked.
“Just trust me,” Tim said. It was all he would tell them.
“Come on, Tim,” Kendrix said, “Can’t you tell us anything?”
Tim shook his head. “I’m sorry Kendrix, but no,” he said, “Look, do you trust me?” Both Kendrix and Maya nodded. “Then, come on.”
Sighing, Kendrix and Maya reluctantly followed him to the Megaship and then to the lunch room. When they entered, they found the room was dark.
“Whoa, what’s with the lights?” Kendrix inquired.
All of a sudden, the lights blared on. The other male Rangers jumped out of their hiding spots. “Surprise,” they said, “Happy birthday, Kendrix.”
Kendrix was taken completely aback. “You guys,” she said, taking a look around the room. It was covered in streamers and banners. “Leo, I told you I didn’t want a party.”
“Technically, this isn’t a party,” Leo said, “It’s just a little get together for the group, outside of being Rangers. It just happened to coincide with your birthday.”
“Oh, like we believe that,” Maya said. She gave Tim a playful glare. “You were in on this?”
Tim grinned. “Yeah,” he said, “Come on, Kendrix.” He motioned to a table, where the cake was. Candles were burning bright. “Make a wish and blow out the candles, before they activate the sprinkler system.”
Kendrix reluctantly blew out the candles, and the lights went out again. “What’s going on now?” she asked.
“We didn’t plan on this,” Mike said. Though they couldn’t see him, the others could almost hear him bringing his communicator up to his ear. “Alpha, what’s going on?”
“You’ll see,” Alpha said.
All of a sudden, the lights came back on. In front of Kendrix was Leo, who was down on one knee. “Kendrix, I couldn’t think of anything to get you for your birthday, except this,” he said, opening a box he had in his hand. Inside was a stunning engagement ring. “Will you marry me?”
Kendrix was so surprised, that she couldn’t answer for a long moment. When she could, she threw her arms around Leo’s neck and gave him a fierce hug. “Oh, yes, yes, yes,” she cried,” I will marry you, Leo.”
After Leo’s shocking proposal to Kendrix, the rest of the party was comparatively peaceful. Afterwards, everybody cleaned up except for Kendrix, because it was her birthday.
“Leo, I can’t believe you did this,” she said, fidgeting with her ring. It was after the party, and they were alone. “I mean, how could you afford a ring like this? It’s so beautiful.”
“It’s a family heirloom, that’s how,” Leo replied, “After our parents died, Mike was the one who was supposed to get it, but I got it after his ‘death’. When he came back, he told me that he didn’t have the heart to take it away from me. I’m glad, too. I never would have been able to propose to you otherwise.”
Kendrix smiled. “I’m glad, too,” she replied, “Your proposal made this my best birthday ever.”
“I’m glad,” Leo said. He leaned over to kiss her, but was interrupted by his communicator. Sighing, Leo pulled out his cell phone/communicator, looked at the display, put it to where Kendrix could hear and talk through it too. “We read you, Alpha. What’s going on?”
“The Space Buccaneer has sent down a new monster named Dimensios, and some sting wingers, to the city,” Alpha said, “The other Rangers have been dispatched, but might need your help.”
“We’re on it, Alpha,” Kendrix said.
Leo snapped close the communicator. “Care to call it?” he asked.
Kendrix nodded. “Go Galactic,” she cried. They both called their transmorphers, spun the gold dial, and hit the button with their respective Ranger colors. In seconds, they were morphed into the Pink and Red Galaxy Rangers, respectively.
They teleported to the battle, where they found the others holding their own, especially Tim. The permenantly Orion powered young man was using his modified Omega Scythe, tearing into Dimensios.
Mike, Damon, Kai, and Maya were taking on the sting wingers, and were having an easy time of it. Kendrix and Leo were about to join them, when the Space Buccaneer himself teleported onto the battle field. They grappled with him, instead.
Tim used his astro blaster to shoot Dimensios. His newest weapon left a singe mark on the monster, and it screamed in pain. “Ah, did that hurt?” he mocked, “Here, let me make it all better.”
“Don’t mock me, pitiful human,” Dimensios said. He ripped loose with a blast, which Tim absorbed easily.
“Back at you, ugly,” Tim said, redirecting the energy using his astro blaster. The energy bolt hit Dimensios, knocking the monster for a loop.
“Here, Dimensios,” the Space Buccaneer said, swatting away Leo and Kendrix like they were flies. He threw a flask of some kind of liquid at the monster.
Dimensios caught it and downed it in one quick gulp. He then started growing rapidly.
“You guys take Space Bucaneer,” Tim said, “I’ll take down big ugly.” Mike, Damon, Kai, and Maya, who had finished with the sting wingers and headed to call their zords, nodded.
“Be careful, Tim,” Maya said.
“You too, Maya,” Tim said. All six of the other Rangers jumped into battle with the Space Buccaneer, while Tim turned to face Dimensios. “I need Galactazord power, now.” His cheetah came zooming on to the battle field, moving so quickly it was almost a blur. It knocked down Dimensios before reverting to zord mode.
Tim jumped up into the cockpit. “Let’s rock,” he cried, “Cheetah Galactazord, Megazord mode now.” His Galactazord turned into its humanoid shape, and its tail turned into a whip. “You’re going down, Dimensios.”
“I don’t think so, White Ranger,” Dimensios said, “You’re coming with me.” With that, it jumped over the zord, turned, and landed piggy back style on its back. Energy crackled around the dueling pair.
After they had sent the Space Buccaneer packing, with help from the Lights of Orion, Maya noticed the energy in time to look up. “Tim, get out of there,” she cried into the communications equipment in her helmet.
“I can’t,” Tim said, “He’s blocking the only way out. I’m sorry, Maya. I wish I could have told you this before, in better circumstances, but I love you.”
“I love you too, Tim,” Maya said, “But don’t act like this is it. Alpha, get him out of there.”
“I’m sorry, but I can’t, Maya,” Alpha said, “There’s too much temporal energy in the air around him to get a lock on him.”
“This is it, White Ranger,” Dimensios said, “You’ve got to help me.”
“Why should I do that?” Tim demanded.
“If you don’t, the energy feedback will destroy us both,” Dimensios said, “If you do, we’ll be shunted to another dimension. For the former scenario, you’ll never see your beloved Maya again. For the latter scenario, you’ll at least have a chance. Now, charge your whip, and wrap around both your zord and me.”
‘I’m sorry, Maya,’ Tim thought, ‘But he’s right.’ “Cheetor whip, power up,” he cried. His zord’s whip charged with energy. Tim had the zord wrap the whip around both the Galactazord and Dimensios.
“That’s good,” Dimensios said, “Now, say goodbye to your timeline.”
With a flash of bright light, Dimensios and the Cheeta Galactazord/Megazord both disappeared.
The scream that pierced through the air was from Maya, who was venting out her anger. She dropped to her knees, sobbing.
Kendrix was at the side of her best friend in a matter of seconds. She slipped an arm around her shoulders. “Shh,” she whispered, as Maya turned and sobbed into her shoulder.
The other Rangers could only watch, and mourn for one of their own.