Kari's Secret - Part
Cerina waited for her to answer. Kari
took a deep breath. Cerina: "Come on." She saw the fear in her eyes as
she looked out the window into space. Her hand was shaking. Kari: "Its
positive." Cerina sighed. Kari: "I don't know what I'm going to do. So
much could go wrong because of this. He*l, this baby could ruin my life."
Cerina: "Don't look at it that way. You're having it. There's no turning
back. So try to think positively. Kari: "Are you out of your mind? I finally
had everything the way I wanted it. Rick and I are back together, Vulca's
army is down a member, and I actually had him talking about having a baby.
But now... now that could all be gone." Cerina: "You're not making sense.
What is it you're worried about?" She fell backwards onto the bed. Kari:
"There's so much. Like when Rick finds out. Do you really think he'll stay
with me after this? After everything I said about a commitment, I go and
sleep with Scorn." Cerina: "You didn't know what he was. You could have
never predicted this." Kari: "It shouldn't have happened. Even if he wasn't
evil, I never should have done it. And this baby will be a constant reminder
of that." Cerina: "You could be right, but you have to tell him. There's
no turning back now." Kari: "We could have had our own baby and been happy
for the rest of our lives. But after this, he will never agree to have
another one." Cerina: "You don't know what he'll say. Don't worry about
that until you tell him." Kari: "I'm not doing it right away." Cerina:
"You'd be better off to. That way at least you were honest." Kari: "He
won't care about that! He loves me, yeah! But he won't forgive me for this!"
She started to comment, but Kari kept going. Kari: "He is cold, Cerina!
When he hears this and realizes I'm not his perfect angel anymore... he'll
just shut down. Treat me like I'm nothing to him." Cerina: "He couldn't
just do that." Kari: "He's told me before. His trust in people only goes
so far. And once its broken, you never get it back." She didn't say anything.
Kari: "I just don't think I can live with him hating me." Cerina: "Just
explain it. You two were fighting. There's no reason why you shouldn't
have seen another guy." Kari: "Seeing another guy he dealt with. But to
sleep with him after like two weeks! Why would I do that?" Cerina: "Stop
getting yourself worked up. He might forgive you." She stood up. Kari:
"Forget it. I can't even forgive myself!"
After a few hours in the club, Kitana
and Vulca split up. Kitana walked over to an older guy. He was big and
had tattoos all over his arms. Man: "Well ain't you something." Kitana:
"Care to buy me a drink?" Man: "Sit down." He yelled the order to the guy
behind the counter. She gave him a seductive stare. Kitana: "I'm Kitana."
The man seemed nervous. Man: "I'm..." She grabbed onto his shirt collar.
Kitana: "It doesn't matter." She wrapped her arm around him and started
to kiss him.The two of them fell to the floor, but she kept going as if
nothing happened. Another one walked over to them. Man: "Wow Earl, she's
a looker." She grabbed onto his belt and pulled him down on the floor on
the other side of her. Kitana: "There's room for two." Over at their table,
Vulca sat drinking. The longer she sat, the more empty glasses piled up.
She looked over at Kitana. Vulca: "At least she's having fun."
It was about 4:00 in the morning when
everyone had finally gone to bed. But Niki didn't sleep. She stared out
at the planet the was just coming into view. She noticed the space ship
floating beside it. Niki: "So that's Shelona." She shook her head. Niki:
"You're not going to fight her alone." She looked around to make sure the
room was empty. Niki: "I won't let you." She walked quietly out into the
hall. Niki: "Good, its clear." She proceeded to Kari's room and looked
around. There was a small amount of light coming from the hall, but not
enough to wake her. Niki looked around the room frantically. Niki: "Oh
where is it?" Kari began to turn over. Then she saw it. The morpher was
on the table next to her bed. She grabbed it and ran out of the room.
Kitana and Vulca were still at the
club. The men with Kitana were beginning to bore her. Man: "Would you believe
I can fit my whole fist in my mouth?" Kitana gave him a pitiful look. Kitana:
"Do I really look like I care?" Man: "Wanna see?" She got up to leave.
Kitana: "No, that's all right. Really." She gasped when she looked over
at the bar. Kitana: "You're kidding?" Man: "What, you know her?" The three
of them stood there staring at Vulca. She was dancing on the bar, her hair
a mess, beer running down her. She was topples with the bottle in her hand.
Kitana: "Oh my God." She ran up to the bar. Kitana: "What the he*l are
you doing?" Vulca: "You told me to loosen up!" She signaled for a man to
join her on top of the bar. But Kitana held her hand up against his chest.
Kitana: "Oh no ya don't. We'll just be leaving now." Vulca: "Why? I'm just
getting started!" Kitana: "Its 4:00 and you falling down drunk!" Vulca:
"I am no!" She stumbled as she tried to continue dancing. Kitana: "Sure."
She laughed. Vulca: "I meant to do that." Vulca jumped down off the bar.
Kitana grabbed her arm and pulled her towards the door. Vulca: "What's
wrong with you?" She tripped over a chair. Vulca: "I don't feel like leaving
yet. This is great!" Kitana: "We're going. We have things at home you can
trip over." She snatched Vulca's top from a man sitting by the door. Man:
"Hey!" Kitana: "Oh go home to your wife." She went out and closed the door
behind her. Vulca broke away from her and headed over to a shiny, red sports
car. Vulca: "Hey, come here!" Kitana sighed. Kitana: "Its late. I am really
not in the mood for..." She took her sword before she could finish. Then
started to carve words into the hood. Kitana: "What is wrong with you?"
Vulca: "Here, you want a turn?" Kitana: "Oh somebody shoot me."
* * *
The next morning,
Karone called the rangers into the control room. Kari stood off to the
side, knowing that she couldn't go with them. She stared at the floor.
She couldn't even look at Rick, afraid he'd see right through her. Niki
was in the corner, the morpher hidden in her pocket. She looked mad. Karone:
"Its time." They teleported out one by one. Kari: "Be careful." Rick: "Stop
worrying. We'll be fine." She waved, still nervous. But he didn't notice
that about her. Cerina: "Niki, would you please get over this? There's
no reason for it." The others had already gone out. Niki: "I'm sick of
you acting like I'm too little to help you. Just because of that, you won't
even give me a chance." Cerina: "I just can't do that. It would be putting
the entire team in danger, not to mention yourself. If you went, I'd be
scared to death. We've never even faced Shelona before. I have no idea
how powerful she is." Niki: "You don't have to worry about me! I'm never
going to grow up if you keep doing this. Is that what you want? Its why
you hated Nadira!" She didn't speak. She started to think it over, but
teleported out instead. Niki turned to the other two women. Niki: "Did
you see that? I had her! If she would have stayed, I could have convinced
her!" Kari: "You really should lay off her. Even if you do make her give
it, that doesn't make this a good idea." Niki: "Karone?" Karone: "I'm not
all for it either. Especially since we know nothing about this girl." Niki:
"But you said..." Karone: "I know what I said. And its not the same thing.
You're forgetting Ecliptor did that to train me. This is not training.
My world depends on their success."
The five remaining
rangers ran up in the middle of the street. Ice looked around, horrified.
Thousands of people lay dead on the ground. They were cut up badly, some
weren't even recognizable as humans. Ice: "How could somebody do this?"
Cerina: "She's sick." Kelly held her chest, trying not to be sick. Rick's
eyes locked on a man walking towards them. Caster's armor was covered in
blood. As always, he had no facial expression. Caster: "Do you want to
be next?" Cerina stepped up in front of the others. Cerina: "Psycho Blast!"
He shook his head. Caster: "Rangers. You think rangers can stop me?" He
fired a blast of energy up at a building. Then jumped out of the way as
it came crashing down on top of them. Ice climbed slowly out of the rubble
and attacked him. She punched him twice, but he didn't give her any time
to continue. He cut her with the bloody sword, sending her flying through
the air. Caster: "Come on. I know that building didn't finish you. Get
up." He stood waiting for the others to crawl out.
Scorn woke up
to see Nemeen standing beside him. Nemeen: "How do you feel?" Scorn: "Confused."
Nemeen: "You still don't remember me, do you?" Scorn: "No. I'm sorry, but
I don't." Nemeen: "Its not your fault. My father did this to you." Scorn:
"Tell me about us. How did we meet?" She sat down next to him and put her
arm around him. Nemeen: "You were working for my dad, when he was the captain
of this ship. You didn't pay attention to me at first. Your worked seemed
to be your only interest. But the more we saw of each other, something
just kinda happened." He tried hard to remember the even the least little
thing about her. Nemeen: "I started to try to talk to you, but you shot
me down for a while. To you, I was just a helpless little kid. Not anybody
you could fall in love with." Scorn: "So what changed?" Nemeen: "When I
was about 17, I snuck down to your room. Dad didn't know I had gone. There,
I got the nerve to tell you how I felt about you." Scorn: "And?" Nemeen:
"Your face changed instantly. You looked deep into my eyes, as if you were
seeing me for the first time. I fell into your arms and we made love on
the cold, wood floor." Scorn sat there in shock that none of it brought
anything back to him. Nemeen: "Dad didn't find out about us right away.
We started sneaking around. We were together any time he wasn't watching.
You even started to take jobs where you would be around me." Scorn: "When
did he find out?" Nemeen: "One of his former slaves saw us together. Out
of loyalty, he told. Dad was going to have you killed, but I wouldn't let
him. The night it was going to happen, I untied you and you hid in my room
after that." Scorn: "It sounds so romantic. I wish I could remember."
as she sat down on the floor of the control room. Kari: "You should be
happy that your mom cares so much. She just doesn't want anything to happen
to you." Niki: "You don't like sitting here anymore than I do!" Kari realized
that she had been tapping her foot on the ground nervously. Niki: "See.
You wanna help them." Kari: "Yeah I do. Its my job." Niki: "You wouldn't
have to feel so bad about this if you let me go in your place." Karone:
"Come on. At least wait until we know what Shelona is capable of. She may
be another Galaxia. And if that's the case, then having you one the team
would be a great help." Niki: "Who's Galaxia?" Karone: "The woman I fought
when I was a Psycho Ranger. She was bad news. But her one weakness was
children. No matter what happened, she'd never lay a hand on them." Niki:
"And she was evil?" She nodded. Karone: "Oh she'd kill any adult without
thinking twice. But after loosing her son, she could never bring herself
to hurt a kid." Kari: "What happened to her son?" Karone: "Her husband
stabbed him when he was a baby. She assumed he was dead and after Mutiny
left the room, she snuck out. And for years she thought she'd lost him."
Niki: "That's sad." Karone: "Yeah. Sometimes I really felt sorry for her.
Mutiny was a cruel bas*ard without a soul. No woman should ever have to
live with that." Niki: "So why would she marry him in the first place?
If he's so bad, I'd tell him to get lost." Karone: "He wasn't like that
in the beginning. He seemed to be the perfect guy. Gave her everything
she could ever want. But when he started drinking, he was a totally different
person. He didn't see her as anything but his slave after that. Just one
order after another until she couldn't take it anymore. She eventually
started fighting with him. Every night almost. It kept getting worse and
worse, until he would just attack anything in sight... even his own son."
Kari looked confused. Kari: "You said you were a ranger. How do you know
all this about the girl you were fighting?" Karone: "Because her son is
Caster reached into the remains of the building and pulled the rangers
out one by one. Kelly threw a punch, but he kicked her away. She landed
on top of a pile of bricks. Cerina jumped through the air and kicked him
down. He got up quickly and came after her. She jumped into the air and
landed behind him. Frustrated, he threw back his arm and grabbed her. Rick
grabbed onto him, forcing him to let go of her before he did any damage.
Ransik then came at him and started striking him as hard as he could. Caster
groaned as each tightly clenched fist collided with his chest. Behind them,
they heard a woman's voice. Shelona: "Stop." They turned and put up a fighting
stance. Ransik let Caster fall to the ground. Shelona: "You think you can
stop me from taking this planet? Well you're wrong. I have destroyed so
many worlds and all who tried to stop me..." She looked around at the bloody
remains on the ground. Shelona: "They ended up like them." Cerina's eyes
grew wide. They were locked on Shelona. Ice heard her gasp softly, but
she didn't respond to it then. Shelona: "Get up." Caster struggled, but
managed to return to his feet. He walked over and stood at her side. Ice
took a step forward and a silver blaster appeared in her hand. Shelona
smiled. She pulled her blaster from the strap on her leg. Cerina couldn't
speak. The other rangers just watched them. Ice moved her finger slightly
to pull the trigger, but before she could, Shelona fired a blue energy
blast which hit her in a flash. She hit the ground. Ransik whispered to
Kelly: "She's fast." She nodded. In a split second, she blasted each of
the other rangers down as she had Ice. Then signaled for Caster to follow
her. Shelona: "If I see any of you on this planet again, I'll make da*n
sure you don't survive." They teleported away.
Vulca put the
pillow of her head when Kitana came into her room. Vulca: "Turn off the
light." Kitana: "Well I'm glad to see you're finally awake." Vulca: "God,
what did we do last night?" Kitana: "I don't think you really need to know."
Vulca: "I feel like I've been run over by six trucks." Kitana: "That didn't
happen, but you almost got run over by one." Vulca: "What are you talking
about?" Kitana: "What's the last thing you remember?" She thought for a
moment. Vulca: "You got up to talk to a couple guys." She sat down on the
bed. Kitana: "Well you're in for a treat. The night sure didn't end there."
She laughed at the sight of Vulca sick. Her eyes looked like she were half
dead. Kitana: "After I got done with those guys, I turned around to see
you up on the bar... dancing with no shirt." Vulca: "What?" Kitana: "That's
right. And when I finally did get you to come down and got your shirt back
from some dude, you proceeded into the parking lot." Vulca: "When I came
back here, right?" Kitana: "No, no. Not quiet yet. You had to carve obscenities
into the hood of someone's truck. Which would have been fine, except he
came out and caught you." She couldn't help but laugh. Vulca: "You're enjoying
this just a little too much." Kitana: "You already had your fun. That big
S.O.B chased us probably ten blocks before we lost him." Vulca: "So then
we..." Kitana: "So then you meet up with a group of college age guys. They
smell liquor on your breath and decide 'what the he*l'. They took you back
behind a building and were good and ready to have their way with you..."
Vulca: "Oh nooo." Kitana: "Don't worry, I beat the crap out of them." Vulca:
"Good." Kitana rested her head in her hand. Kitana: "And our perfect night
couldn't be over without running into a few Dexes on the way back here."
Vulca didn't say anything. Kitana: "You owe me one big fat apology."
husband? I thought he was dead!" Karone: "So did Galaxia for most of her
life. She found out later that he was our Silver Ranger. When Mutiny stabbed
him, it nearly killed him, but somehow he survived." Kari: "So what happened
after she found out?" Karone: "She came to our side for a while, but it
didn't last. Taylor was faced with saving us both and when he couldn't
do it, it broke her heart. She returned to Velossa and never gave him any
more than a cold stare after that." Kari: "Velossa? She was..." Karone:
"Yeah. Before Cyann, she worked for Galaxia." She looked out into space
and thought for a moment. Karone: "I don't know where she is now. Or if
she's even still alive." Niki: "Why would you care?" She didn't respond
at first. Karone: "We were enemies, but looking back... I can't help but
respect her. She never asked for the life she got. And how she handled
it.. well... I don't think I could have done any better." She paused again.
Karone: "The last time anybody saw her was Christmas of 2000." Kari saw
the she was upset. Karone: "I wish I could have gotten through to her.
Showed her that we weren't the real enemy. Maybe things would be different
now. Taylor could have seen what its like to have a parent." Kari: "So
he pretty much grew up like Rick." Karone: "He lived on his own until Galaxia
found him again. Gave him the morpher." Kari put her arm around her. Kari:
"You tried to show her the light. That's all you could have done." Niki
started thinking about the morpher. Partly wishing she hadn't taken it.
She got up and left the room.
tried to get up from the bed. Nemeen: "Are you sure you're ready?" Scorn:
"I think if I get a look a the rest of the ship, my memory might return."
He stood, but nearly fell. Nemeen grabbed him before he did. She sat him
back down. Nemeen: "You're still too badly hurt. You have to wait." He
looked up and saw the love in her eyes. He leaned closer and kissed her.
She smiled. Nemeen: "You're starting to feel at home here?" Scorn: "I don't
know. Something just clicked. Like all of this could really be real." Nemeen:
"I knew it would come back. Just a little while longer and everything will
be back to normal." He laid back down. Scorn: "You don't know how much
I want that to be. Our lives seem like something out of a fairy tale. I
would give anything to be able to look back on that the way you do." Nemeen:
"It was amazing. I don't think I'd believe it either.. in your position."
off by herself when they got back to the ship. She sat on Astronema's throne,
the room still dark. Shelona's image was frozen in her mind. Her words
sent a chill down her spine. She saw images of the bodies on the ground,
ripped apart savagely. Her thoughts were interrupted by the sound of footsteps.
Kari stood in the doorway. Kari: "Are you okay? You kinda disappeared after
the battle." She took a while to answer. Kari: "Cerina?" She looked up
as if she was just noticing her. Cerina: "Oh, I'm... fine." Kari walked
over in front of the throne. Kari: "So what happened?" Cerina: "She took
us like we were nothing.. This is not gonna be an easy battle." Kari: "Karone
and I tried to talk to Niki. I'm not sure how she took. She left just before
you got back." Cerina: "Know where she went?" Kari: "No. She's probably
around here somewhere. I don't think she'd leave the ship." Cerina: "She
wouldn't have to. This place is so big, we could loose her just as easily
on board." Kari: "Want me to go find her?" She shook her head. Cerina:
"No, not right now. I think I'll just sit here for a while." Kari: "All
right." She headed for the door. Then turned back for a second. Kari: "I
think I figured out what to do about Rick and the baby." Cerina: "Yeah?
Tell him the truth?" She smiled. Kari: "Not exactly. I'll have to tell
ya later. I'm going to go get it ready now. Make sure he stays out of that
big room down the hall. Tell him its a surprise." She shrugged. Cerina:
it was your idea." Kitana: "I wanted you to have a good time, not almost
get us killed." She stopped. Kitana: "What are you smiling at?" Vulca:
"It worked though. I didn't think about Scorn once." Kitana: "Now if you
can forget him the rest of the time, you're set." Vulca: "But what about
this? The room hasn't stopped spinning since I woke up." Kitana: "Just
go back to sleep. It'll stop." Vulca: "Sleep? Its morning." Kitana: "No,
you slept through that. Its a little after 3:00." She pulled the blanket
over her head. Vulca: "I don't see how Cerina could do this every night."
Kitana laughed. Kitana: "Anybody'd drink work'n for you." Vulca: "Hey!"
She rolled her eyes as she left. Kitana thought: "I can't believe what
my life has become. I go from a warrior to Vulca's freak'n baby-sitter.
Ecliptor is gonna be paying out the a*s for this."
* * *
That night, Cerina
still sat in the throne room. Ice walked in and pushed the button to close
the door. Ice: "What happened earlier? I saw you staring at Shelona. And
that gasp." She didn't answer. Ice: "You know something." Cerina reached
into the pocket of her black jeans and pulled out a small photo book. She
handed it to Ice. Looking through it, she saw a picture of Niki, another
of Jim, and... one of Shelona. Ice: "Why do you have this? Where... where'd
you get it?" Cerina: "Shelona is my sister." Ice dropped the book to the
floor. Ice: "Huh?" Cerina: "I couldn't believe it when I saw her. That's
why I froze. I didn't think it could really be happening." Ice: "But..."
She stopped, unsure of what to say. Cerina: "Her name is Tracy. We haven't
spoken in years. Last I saw her, she was going off to find herself. To
try to make something of her life." Ice: "So you didn't know she was evil?"
Cerina: "She's not!" She tried to calm herself down. Cerina: "Or, I mean,
she couldn't be. Its... its just not possible." Ice: "She never gave you
any signs of this before she left?" Cerina: "No. Its like she's a totally
different person now. The woman I knew could have never done that to those
people. She isn't some monster. She'd never have the heart to kill." Ice:
"Well something sure happened." Cerina: "I've been here all day trying
to figure out what to do. I can't fight here, but we promised Karone we'd
protect the planet." Ice: "Does anybody else know?" Cerina: "I didn't tell
them yet. I wanted to tell Niki earlier, but she probably wouldn't remember
her anyway." Ice: "Do you think your parents know?" Cerina held her head
for a moment. Cerina: "I don't know. They haven't spoken to me since I
went to work for Vulca. I tried to explain that to them, but they wouldn't
except it. They just thought I was doing it for some adventure or something.
Just another stupid stunt." Ice: "And you did it to save you daughter?"
Cerina: "Yeah." She picked the book up off the floor. Cerina: "The funny
thing is, they would have told me to be more like Tracy. And now she's
turned out like me." Ice: "You're not evil. No matter what your parents
think." Cerina: "I know. But if I tried to tell them, they'd just think
we were the same and never speak to either of us again."
into the big room and saw Kari sitting at a table. It had candles and two
places set at it. He walked up and sat down across from her. Rick: "What's
all this?" Kari: "Just a little treat. We've been so wrapped up in work,
we haven't had time for each other." Rick: "You did all this just to be
together?" Kari: "Yeah. I got everything ready while you were in battle."
Rick: "I know I've told you this before, but you are one he*l of a woman."
He looked down at the table. Rick: "Where are the drinks?" She smiled.
Kari: "They're coming." Niki came walking in with two baby bottles. She
sat one in front of each of them. Rick: "What are you doing?" She tried
not to laugh as she went running back out the door. He picked up the bottle
looked at it strangely. Kari: "Its wine." Rick: "In here?" Kari: "Yep."
Rick: "Honey, have you lost you mind?" Kari: "Of course not." She reached
under the table and pulled out a box. Kari: "I got you something." He took
it from her and opened it slowly. Inside was a shirt which read 'World's
greatest dad'. Rick: "Okay, I thought we already discussed this." Kari:
"I know, but now would be the perfect time to have a baby." Rick: "Here
we go. Everything with you has to lead to some kinda fight. Go ahead, lets
start round one." Kari: "Don't say no yet. Think about it. With my arm
broke, I'm already out of battle for a while. So if I'm going to be pregnant
it should be now. That way I'd only miss twice as much time as a ranger."
Rick: "Sure the time for pregnancy would be fine, but what about after?
When we get back to Stregna and Vulca tries to kill it. Then what?" Kari:
"It wouldn't be anywhere near Vulca! We could leave it here with a sitter.
That's what Karone did with Sarah!" Rick: "Does it mean nothing to you
when I say no?" Kari: "I just don't see why we can't do it now." Rick:
"We can't bring a child into the world under these conditions." Kari: "If
not now, then when? We may never get rid of Vulca. And if that's the case,
we let her win. She would be the reason we miss out on one of life's greatest
joys. You can't let her do that."
on the rail looking out at the ocean. She jumped when she felt someone's
lips on her cheek. She turned quickly. Nemeen: "Oh! You scared me." He
put his arm around her. Scorn: "I'm sorry." Nemeen: "What are you doing
up?" Scorn: "I just felt strong enough. And I wanted to surprise you."
The both returned their attention to the ocean. Nemeen: "Beautiful, isn't
it?" Scorn: "Yes, it is." Nemeen: "I used to come out here at night when
Dad was here. I always thought you.. about us. What we could be like if
he'd ever allow it." Scorn: "Well now your dreams can come true." They
were silent for a moment. Nemeen: "How's you memory?" Scorn: "Everything
is still blurry. But its not anything I'm worried about. Everything here
is so perfect. So what if I don't remember how I got here." Nemeen: "So
you're like this and I'm still like a stranger to you?" Scorn: "I suppose.
When I look at you, I can sense that I love you. But I don't know little
things. Dates, interests, things of that nature. Only what you've told
me in the past couple days." She turned to face him. Nemeen: "Ask me anything."
Scorn: "For starters, what's my name?" This threw her. She hadn't thought
of that. Scorn: "Well?" Her eyes lit up when she saw the tattoo on his
arm. It was a black snake with his name written underneath it. Nemeen:
"Scorn." He nodded. Nemeen: "Come on. What else?" Scorn: "Why are we on
a pirate ship? Isn't that a little... I don't know, historic?" Nemeen:
"Maybe. I just can't see myself any other place. After growing up here
it just feels right." Scorn: "So have you been on land? That might be a
stupid question." Nemeen: "No its not. I've been before, but not for a
long time. Usually just docks and stuff." Scorn: "Have I?" Nemeen: "You
went more than me. Dad used to have you run arrends there when you first
came to work for him."
we were kids, Tracy was always the responsible one. She did everything
right. I used to think of her as a second mother. I just don't see how
she could have ended up this way." Ice: "How long were you two apart?"
Cerina: "I'm not really sure. I think I was in High School when she left.
She's just turned 18." Ice: "A lot could have happened to her in that time."
She thought for a minute. Cerina: "I guess she's about 28 now. She was
only a few years older than me." She shook her head. Cerina: "She could
have had the world at her feet. Been anything she wanted. But she threw
it away for this." Ice: "Its sad. I knew a woman back on the base who was
the same way." Cerina: "Oh." Ice: "Her code name was Blaze. She could have
been such a great pilot if she had only worked at it. Instead, she spent
her entire time trying to make me look bad." Cerina: "How is that the same
thing?" Ice: "Because she came back when I was Ranger. Something happened
to her over the time I left. She was pure evil. I tried to save her when
she insisted on a fight. But I couldn't. She died on top of a mountain."
Cerina: "I see." Ice: "She could have been so much better than that. If
she'd just worked for it like I had to." Cerina: "So what do you think
I should do?" Ice: "Its hard to say. If you tell her who you are, it might
make her more determined to kill you. But she's your sister. You have to
at least try to help her." Cerina: "But why would she listen to me? Before,
I was always listening to her." Ice: "Things change. Now she needs you."
She nodded. Cerina: "I have to do it. If she kills me, its a chance I'll
have to take." Ice: "I hope you get through to her. I really do." Cerina:
Rick: "I want
to have a kid. You know that. But I'm not going to risk its life now."
Kari: "I don't want to risk it either. But this wouldn't be. If Sarah could
survive, why not our baby? And each generation of royalty on Stregna has
kids. They all lived." Rick: "They have guards." Kari: "Then explain Sarah."
Rick: "I don't even know Karone's kid! How can you expect me to justify
something I know nothing about?" Kari: "You don't have to know her. The
point is, she survived a war. She had the same disadvantages our child
will have and according to Karone, she turned out great." He slammed his
hand down on the table. Kari: "Please Rick. Just trust me on this." Rick:
"Do you want to leave you kid with a sitter all the time?" Kari: "Well
no. But we don't go into battle all that much." She stopped and tried another
approach. Kari: "It would mean the world to me. Just think how great it
would be. You could sit up a night and read stories to it and teach it
to fight in a few years." He thought for a minute. Rick: "I've always wanted
a chance to be a good father. The kind I never had." Kari: "So lets do
this. You know we'd be good." He didn't answer, but she could tell she
was winning him over. Kari: "I promise it'll be nothing like Nadira." He
laughed. Rick: "I guess we can. I'll just have to protect it with everything
I've got." She got up and threw her arms around him. He kissed her. Kari:
"Thank you so much!"
Ice: "Do you
want me to go with you? You might need some help. If she doesn't take it
well." Cerina: "I couldn't ask you to do that. She's my problem." She looked
at the door. Cerina: "I just don't know how I'm going to tell Niki. If
I do, she's going to want to come with me." Ice didn't have an answer.
Cerina: "I've mentioned her before. She knows Tracy used to hold her when
she was a baby. If she finds out about this, I know I can't stop her."
Ice: "You think she'd really try to go up there? Even after seeing what
she did on KO-35." Cerina: "Niki's never known any real family before.
She doesn't remember her dad, her grandparents aren't speaking to me. Meeting
her aunt would fill in a missing part of her life." Ice: "I didn't realize
she didn't know any relatives." Cerina: "I guess I have to keep this from
her. At least for now. I can't have them meet until I know she's okay again."
Ice: "Don't worry about this. She gets mad when you try to protect her
now, but when she grows up she'll understand." Cerina: "I know." She stood
up from the throne. Cerina: "I wish I didn't have to do this sometimes.
I hate it when she's mad at me. Like I said, she's the only family I have
left. And if I make her mad too, I'm alone." Ice: "She won't stay mad at
you. She loves you. I can tell." Cerina smiled. Ice: "You two are about
as close as any parent and child I've seen." Cerina: "But part of that
is because I was honest with her before... with Vulca. I told her things
I probably never should have. But she was the only one there I trusted."
Ice: "So that made her feel like an adult. And now you're treating her
like a child because that's what you feel you should have done all along."
Cerina: "Yeah." Ice: "I don't know what to tell you. You'll just have to
make a decision and hope its the right one." She headed for the door. She
didn't say anything else as she left. Her mind was going in a million different