Kelly ran to Ransik's side. She looked
down at him, wiping the rain from her eyes. She gasped when she saw the
wound in his side. The blood came through his black leather costume. Kelly:
"Ransik!" She hoped she could wake him up, but his eyes didn't open. Panicked,
she looked around; trying to think of something to do. A man on the street
stopped and looked at them. Kelly turned her head. Kelly: "Go! Get a doctor!"
He was startled and didn't move right away. Kelly: "Go!" He took off after
the second time. Kelly: "Hang on, Ransik. You can't leave me. Not after
all we've been through." She laid her head against his chest and prayed
he'd be all right. She started to sob and her eyes filled with tears. Kelly:
"Come on. You can beat this. You have to." She became even more worried
as the blood on his costume began to spread. Kelly: "You have to live.
I couldn't imagine my life without you."
Niki: "You think mom's okay, right?"
Thunder boomed outside the window the girls sat next to. Ice: "It'll take
more than this storm to stop her. I'm sure she's fine." Ice's mind began
to wonder as she saw the next flash of lightening. Niki: "Bad storm huh?"
Ice didn't respond. She was focused on the weather. Niki: "Ice? Hey." She
turned her head back to her. Ice: "Sorry." Niki: "What are you thinking
about?" Ice: "This. Are storms on Stregna this bad?" She nodded. Niki:
"Most of them are." Ice: "Oh. I thought maybe... this could have been something
else." Niki: "Like what?" Ice: "I don't know. I've just got this weird
feeling. Like something's going to happen tonight." The wind outside blew
so hard that it looked as if the trees could break in half. Niki: "What
do you think could happen?" Ice: "I don't know. Its just a feeling. And
I don't like it." She thought for a minute. Ice: "You know that feeling
you have after a nightmare. You wake up and know it was a dream. Your mind's
telling you you're all right. But you still feel scared. That's what this
is like." Niki: "Oh. I get it." Ice: "There's something so erie about that
lightening. Maybe its cause I'm from Earth. I don't know." Niki: "I've
seen it like this before. But I've never had those kinda thoughts about
it. Except when I was little." Ice tried not to laugh, thinking that she
still was little. Ice: "I'll bet its cause I'm not used to this. Storms
on Earth are almost never this bad." She returned her attention to the
window. Ice thought: "Why did I tell her that? I shouldn't scare her like
that. But something's not right here."
Kari was laying on her bed. She looked
over at the bag of cloths that she sat on the table. Karone walked in looking
concerned, in her usual sweet way. Karone: "I heard you guys fighting earlier.
Is everything all right?" Kari: "Yeah. We do this constantly." Karone:
"What's it about this time?" Kari: "He got mad because I started in about
his job." Karone: "What's that?" Kari: "He's sells drugs!" Karone: "And
he was mad because of that?" Kari: "Yes. I told him to get a new job and
he won't." Karone: "Hmmm." Kari: "I don't see how I'm supposed to raise
a child knowing that its father is a dealer. That's not the kinda world
a kid should be brought up in." Karone: "You're right. I would have never
exposed Sarah to anything like that." She paused. Karone: "Doesn't he see
where you're coming from?" Kari: "No. You can't tell him anything! He's
the most hard-headed guy I've ever met!" She sat up. Kari: "I know if the
baby sees him doing this. Its going to grow up thinking that's all right.
If its all he's ever known." Karone: "I can't believe he wouldn't try to
work with you on this." Kari: "He says he cares, but he's just to da*n
set in his ways. He's not willing to change for anything. Not even his
own child!" Karone: "He might change his mind after its born. It seems
like parenthood doesn't really hit the guys until there's living proof.
Some of them have to actually see the baby before they realize 'Hey, I'm
a father'." Kari: "Ya think?" Karone: "Yeah. Rick seems like that kinda
guy. He's been the way he is all his life. It'll probably take a lot to
change him. But it can be done." Kari: "Did your guy have to change or
something?" Karone: "No. Taylor didn't have any time. I brought Sarah home
from the store one day. It came as a total shock to him." Kari: "What?"
Karone: "I found her there. But luckily he didn't need to change very much
though. He had thought about that a little before hand. Rick... he's got
other problems. Its not going to happen over night." Kari: "If Taylor didn't
need to adapt, then how can you say any of this? You wouldn't know." Karone:
"I've been around a long time. I know more than you think I do."
Kelly saw flashing light down the
street. She breathed a sigh of relief. Then stood up as the ambulance pulled
up in front of them. Two guys jumped out and put Ransik onto a stretcher.
Kelly wiped the tears from her eyes as a third walked up to her. Doctor:
"I'm going to need you to step away ma'am." Kelly: "I'm his wife." Doctor:
"Oh. Then get in. You have to fill out some paper work." She didn't even
hear him talk about the papers. Her mind was on Ransik. She could focus
on nothing else. She climbed into the back on the ambulance with him and
held his hand. Kelly: "You're going to be okay. You have to be." As she
said it, she knew she only trying to convince herself. Seeing as how he
couldn't here her.
Ice continued to stare out the window.
For a second, she thought she saw something. A quick flash that was gone
before she could know what it was. Ice: "Did you see that?" Niki: "What?
The lightening?" Ice: "No. Something else. Something out there." Niki:
"No. I didn't see anything." She looked back and thought she saw it again,
but when her eyes focused, it was gone. Ice: "I guess I'm tired." She leaned
forward and rubbed her eyes. When she looked back up, she was certain she
saw something. Ice: "There." It stayed this time, but was distant. She
leaned forward trying to get a better look. Then the lightening flashed
once more and it disappeared. She turned to Niki. Ice: "You really don't
see that?" Niki: "No. Its just a storm." She stood up and ran her hands
through her shoulder length blonde hair. Ice: "Why can't I shake this?
This feeling." Niki didn't know how to respond. She had never seen Ice
like this before. Ice: "Something is really wrong here. I know it now."
Niki: "Maybe you should go to sleep. It might help." Ice: "I don't think
so. I feel like.. like I'm already asleep. I know this isn't a dream, but
it doesn't seem real either." Her head turned suddenly to the widow. She
could make out the image outside, but only for a second. It was a man.
She couldn't see anything about him. Ice: "What the he*l?" When he appeared
again, he was closer. Ice stared at him without blinking for fear of him
disappearing again. His expression never changed. His arms were folded
across his chest. Ice: "Why is he out there?" Niki: "Who?" Ice: "That guy.
In the rain." Niki looked out the window for a long time, then turned to
Ice. Niki: "There's nobody there." The words sent a chill down her
spine. She began to doubt her own mind as she stood there looking at him.
Kari: "I want him to stop this. But
he does have one good point. Another job wouldn't pay what he gets for
this. That kid wouldn't have to worry about money for a long time the way
he's going." Karone shook her head Karone: "Kari." Kari: "I don't want
the money for myself. He*l, I didn't even want it in the house before all
this happened. I'm thinking about the baby." Karone: "There would be comfort
in knowing it would be provided for." Kari: "That's what he was trying
to say. And in a way he was right." Karone: "But you want something more
than a life of crime for your family." Kari: "Yes!" Karone: "Maybe you
should try to talk to him later. After you both cool off a little." Kari:
"It won't do any good. Every time I bring this up, we fight. No matter
how happy we are that can ruin it." Karone: "So what are you going to do?"
She beat her hand up against the headboard. Kari: "I don't know! There's
so much to consider." Karone: "So if you're not even sure yet, why rip
him a new a*s over it?"
The wind blew hard, causing him to
disappear. A few seconds passed without anything more. Then it happened.
When she saw him next, he was standing right outside the window. Their
eyes locked. Ice began to back away slowly. Ice: "No. Its not real. You
can't be real." She jumped when she backed into the table. Man: "Come on
Ice. Come find me." The wind blew through his hair. His face showed
no signs of feeling. Only emptiness. Ice: "This can't happen. You're not
there! You're dead!" He shook his head without speaking. Then disappeared.
Ice ran out into the hall and tore open the door. She ran out into the
rain and began moving as fast as she could towards him. When she got there,
he was gone. She stood alone in the darkness looking around, feeling as
if she were crazy. Ice: "Who are you!" The only reply she got was the howl
of the wind. Ice: "Come on! Who the he*l are you?" Voice: "You know." The
voice echoed around her. She saw no one but the voice was unmistakable.
She looked up into the sky. Ice: "Show yourself you bas*ard!" When she
looked back in front of her, she feel backwards. The sight of him standing
there startled her. She tried to speak, but no words came. He stood, still
with his arms crossed, staring down at her. Lightening flashed behind him
as they looked into each other's eyes. Ice: "What are you? How do you know
me?" Man: "Don't recognize me? I'm your friend." She shook her head. Man:
"Its me.... Burner."
The doctor's rushed Ransik down the
hall of the hospital. Kelly was still holding his hand. One doctor put
his hand on her shoulder. She let go of Ransik and watched them wheel him
into the O.R. She turned to the doctor. Kelly: "He'll be okay, right? How
bad is it?" Doctor: "We don't know at this point. Right now we have to
do everything we can to stop the bleeding. He's already lost a considerable
amount of blood." Her hands shook. When he legs began to tremble, the doctor
walked her over to a chair in the waiting room. Doctor: "Why don't you
sit down and try to relax? I'll let you know as soon as we have any news."
Kelly: "Thank you." After he left, she sat there looking at the door they
had taken Ransik through. Then looked around the big white room. She began
to feel sick from worry. Kelly thought: "I never thought I'd be in a place
like this. Not for this." She went over to the wall and picked up a pay
Ice: "This can't be happening. You've
been dead almost 20 years." He held out his hand to help her up from the
ground. She stood without his help and stared at him. It was all she could
do. His body was exactly the same as before, but his face was what scared
her. She knew there was something different about him. Something evil.
She stepped forward and tried to touch his face. As they made contact,
he disappeared. Her mouth fell open slowly as he faded into thin air. Ice:
"What is this?" Scared, she tried to run back to the fortress, but when
she started to move, the ground moved under her. She felt like she were
drifting through space. The world around her turned to nothing but fog.
Ice: "Am I really dreaming?" She tried to think of a time she had went
to sleep, but she knew she never did. Ice: "Am I dead? What's going on
here?" Voice: "All will be answered in time." The voice was different from
the other, but both surrounded her. She had lost all sense of direction.
Finally let herself go; knowing she couldn't fight this. She let herself
float through the fog; completely weightless.
Kari: "Where were you before? Like
when I could have used that advice." Karone: "You have to make up your
mind what's more important to you. You can give you child a life of truth
and honesty and be assured it will grow into a fine person. Or you can
give it anything and everything and not have to worry about being poor."
Kari: "Thanks, you're really helping." Karone: "I'm sorry, but its not
my decision to make. You have to work this out with Rick." Before they
could say any more, the phone on the night stand rang. Kari picked up and
handed it to Karone after a minute. Karone: "Hello?" Kelly: "Come to the
KO-35 medical building. Ransik was jumped and he's in the O.R. now." Karone's
eyes grew wide. She almost dropped the phone. Karone: "Oh my God." She
paused, looking for the words. Karone: "I... I'll be right there." She
hung up slowly and tried to piece herself together. Kari: "What's wrong?"
She didn't answer. Once she had processed it, she ran out the door. Kari:
"Hey! Karone!" She ran out into the hall, but Karone was already gone.
She still heard her shoes clanging quickly on the metal floor.
About an hour later, Cerina came walking
in. She was soaked from the rain. Niki: "Where have you been?" She looked
down at her daughter and smiled. Cerina: "Have you heard from Ransik recently?"
She looked confused. Niki: "He went out with Kelly. Why? What could you
want with him?" She hesitated, but sat down on the daybed beside her. Cerina:
"You have to keep quiet about this for a while. Can you do that?" Niki:
"You know I can. Now what?" She smiled again, imagining what had happened
to him. Cerina: "I was wondering if he was here... or if he had made it
back." Niki: "What do you mean?" Cerina: "You remember those guys that
used to work for me?" She nodded. Niki: "I liked them." Cerina: "I didn't
know if you were too young to remember or not. Anthony always used to carry
you around on his back." Niki: "Yeah I remember. He gave me some of his
beer once too!" Cerina: "Well I met with him earlier." Niki: "And you didn't
take me?" Cerina: "I asked them another small favor; the way I did before
with Vulca. Only this time... this time I sent them after Ransik." The
girl's eyes lit up. Niki: "They kicked his butt?" Cerina laughed. Cerina:
"I'd say so, yeah." Niki: "I wish I could have been there." Cerina: "Me
too. I'm sure it was quite a sight." She thought for a minute. Cerina:
"I can't imagine where they could be now though. I sent them after them
a while ago. I thought he'd be back here by now." Niki: "Maybe he's in
a gutter some place." Cerina: "Possibly." She stood up. Cerina: "I have
to go change." She reached into her purse and tossed Niki her cell-phone.
Cerina: "Why don't you call Anthony and see how things went down?" Niki:
"Yay!" Cerina rolled her eyes and walked out into the hallway.
As the fog started to clear, Ice felt
ground form under her. Once it had completely gone, she stood amazed at
the sight around her. She was standing in the middle of a huge, green jungle.
The hot sun came beating down on her from a hole in the canapé of
leaves and branches. Ice: "The sun? But..." With that she realized she
was no longer on KO-35. She saw a small path and followed it. It lead her
to a small beach. Voice: "Welcome to the jungle, Ranger." It was the same
voice she had heard in the fog, only this time she recognized it. She turned
quickly and saw Hevesta standing by the water. She held her septor tightly,
her face as dead as Burner's had been. Ice's muscles tensed at the sight
of her. Hevesta walked closer. Hevesta: "After all these years we finally
meet again." Ice: "What is this place?" Hevesta: "My revenge. I have spent
countless nights lying awake, praying that one day I'd get the chance to
pay you back. Finally that day has come." Ice: "You want me dead, then
come on! But don't waste my time!" Hevesta fired a blast of energy from
her hand, knocking Ice down on the sand. Hevesta: "You haven't changed.
Even back then, you never knew when to shut up." She bent over and picked
Ice up off the ground. She held her by the throat and began to dig her
nails into it. She groaned softly the further they went in. Hevesta: "It
would be so easy to kill you right now. Cut my losses and be done with
you once and for all."
Cerina stood in the bathroom in front
of the mirror. Niki was next to her dialing the number into the phone.
Anthony picked up after the first ring. Anthony: "Yeah?" Niki, trying to
sound tough: "Well? What happened? Is Ransik taken care of?" Anthony: "Hey
sweetie." She returned to her normal tone. Niki: "Hey." Anthony: "Ransik
won't be a problem anymore. I'm sure he's been put in his place. If he
didn't bleed to death right there on the street." She laughed. Then looked
up at Cerina. Niki: "They got him." She bent over the sink started to dry
her hair. Cerina: "Good. They'll get their payment soon." Niki to Anthony:
"She sounds pleased. You'll get your money soon." Anthony: "So how have
you been? Any boys been hitting on ya?" Niki: "No way! That's gross!" Anthony:
"Oh. I see." Niki: "I'm always bored here now." Anthony: "Why?" Niki: "Cause
mom's boyfriend arrested my friend. Now I don't have anyone to play with."
Anthony: "Cerina's dating a cop?" Niki: "Yeah. His name's Lucas. He's a
Time Force officer." Cerina walked out into her bedroom picked up a dry
shirt from the bed. Anthony: "I never would have thought I'd see
her with one of them." Niki: "He's not that bad. But he doesn't seem like
he's her type." Cerina tried not to laugh. Niki: "I think she should try
dating you." Cerina: "What?" Niki: "Oh you should have seen her face!"
Anthony: "You were joking, right?" Niki: "Well yeah. She can't date you."
After changing, Cerina reached for the phone. Niki walked across the room
and continued talking. Niki: "Guess what? I'm a ranger now! I got into
this fight earlier with mom's sister's henchman. It was so fun! I beat
the snot out of him!" Cerina finally got the phone away from her. Cerina:
"Anthony." Anthony: "You got a great kid there, Cerina." Cerina: "I know.
Thanks for what you did. You really helped me out." Anthony: "It was not
trouble. Now I want you to call if you need anything else." Cerina: "I
will." Anthony: "I'm serious. You say the word and me and the guys will
come running." Cerina: "Okay. Thanks again."
Ice: "Go ahead. Kill me. But don't
think that will end your suffering. Demosi is dead! Nothing you can do
to me will ever change that!" Hevesta stood there for a long time, still
holding on to Ice. After a minute she threw her back to the sand. Hevesta:
"How dare you! You took away my life!" She showed no sympathy for her as
she looked up at her from the ground. Hevesta: "He was my heart. You have
no idea the pain you put me through." Ice: "I'm not going to feel sorry
for you. Not after everything you did to me and the other rangers. You
deserve every bit of pain you've gone through." Ice stood again. Hevesta:
"Enough." An army of warriors in gold armor appeared around her. They all
stared at Ice. Ice: "No generals? Too bad. Now its just these guys." Hevesta:
"Generals are worthless. A complete waste of time." Ice: "And you darling
Kylara? What about her?" Hevesta: "Never speak her name! She is no more
loyal then those back stabbing slaves!" She looked at the army in front
of her. Hevesta: "Destroy her!" She disappeared, leaving them alone. Ice
took a deep breath and charged into the group of warriors.
* * *
The next morning,
Karone and Kelly were standing outside Ransik's room. They looked in at
him through a huge window. Karone: "Why would someone do something like
this? He couldn't have done anything that bad to them." Kelly: "That's
what I don't understand. We have plenty of enemies, sure. But not here.
We don't know anyone on KO-35. There's no reason those guys would have
attacked him." Karone shook her head. Karone: "Its so sad. He's such a
sweet man once you get to know him. And those guys just came up and attacked
him." Kelly's face turned angrier as she looked at her husband, strapped
to all kinds of machines. Kelly: "If I could get my hands on them. Even
if it was just for a minute I swear I'd make them pay." Karone: "Did you
call anyone else? Somebody to calm you down maybe." Kelly: " Like who?
We don't have friends around here. We were forced into this whole thing.
Those rangers are using us to get back at Vulca. That's it." Karone: "Cerina
might be. But are you sure about the others? I think they might want to
know." Kelly: "No. They're no better than she is really. She's at least
honest." Her mind went back to the night before. It was probably the hundredth
time she had played it over in her mind. The events made no sense to her
at all. And the more she thought, the more confused she got.
Kari was walking
around the fortress with a cup of coffee. Rick walked up to her with his
arms folded in front of him. He noticed the worried look on her face. Rick:
"What are you doing? Did something happen?" She sighed. Kari: "What? One
night goes by and suddenly everything's okay again? You have to give me
the rule book on this stuff cause I'm lost." Rick: "I was hoping we could
forget that. We're not going to agree on my job. So lets just agree on
one thing. I love you Kari. That's all that really matters. This baby may
not be in the best environment but it will be loved and happy. You can't
tell me what I do for a living is more important than that." Kari: "I guess
I have been forgetting why we had this child in the first place. I'm sorry.
Karone tried to tell me to make up my mind but honestly I can't. So there's
no reason we should keep fighting over this." Rick: "Exactly. Is that what
was bothering you." She looked at the floor for a minute. Kari: "No, there's
something else." He took her hand and walked her into the kitchen. They
sat down at the table. Kari: "Kelly called Karone last night and I don't
know why." Rick: "This is going to sound bad, but who the he*l cares? Neither
of them are our problem." Kari: "I know, but... I'm starting to see a new
side of Kelly. You know that. I'm worried about her. She sounded really
upset on the phone." Rick: "I you sure you can really trust her?" Kari:
"You're starting to sound like Cerina. She's not as bad as you guys think."
Rick: "Okay fine. But that doesn't mean you have to worry about her. You
have enough on your mind without adding her." Kari: "I can't help it. I
need to know what's going on. She's my friend and I care about her." He
ran his hand through his hair. Rick: "Come on. I think I know how to help
you." Kari: "Thank you. You don't know how important this is to me." They
headed back out into the hallway. Rick: "Yeah I do. You have a good heart.
I know that. If somebody's in trouble you have to help them... no matter
how big of an irritating slut that happen to be." Kari: "Rick stop. Please.
Give her a chance." Rick: "I don't trust her. She's everything Cerina says
she is." Kari: "That's what I thought too but she told me stuff the other
night that changed my mind. I'm telling you she's not a bad person."
Cerina was still
in bed when Niki came walking into her room. She held a phone in her hand.
Niki: "Mom." She opened her eyes slowly. Niki: "Its Anthony. He found out
where Ransik is." Cerina: "A cemetery?" Niki: "No. The hospital." Cerina:
"Also a good choice." Niki spoke into the phone: "She'll probably call
you later. She's just woke up." Anthony: "All right. Its no rush." Niki:
"You should see her hair. Its such a mess!" She took the phone from her.
Cerina: "Good bye." She threw the phone across the room. Niki: "What are
you going to do now?" She let her head fall back against the pillow. Cerina:
"I was going to sleep a little later. What the those two out of my hair."
Niki: "No! Come on! Get up!" She climbed up and began to jump up and down
on the bed. Cerina: "God Niki stop. What do you want?" Niki: "I wanna see
Ransik hurt! Can we go?" Cerina: "All right." She sat up and Niki put her
arms around her mother's neck. Cerina: "It'll be so nice to see him lying
there; helpless and weak." She kissed Niki. Cerina: "Lets go."
Ice had beaten
the warriors and ran deep into the jungle. Tired, she sat down by a tree.
Ice: "I don't believe this is happening again. I thought this was over.
Hevesta is supposed to be dead. She killed herself! I know it!" Sweat began
to run down her face. The leaves shaded her from the hot sun, but the humidity
was almost unbearable. Ice: "You won't win. I promise you that. You couldn't
beat me 20 years ago and you can't beat me now." She didn't know if Hevesta
could hear her or not, but she spoke as if they were face to face. Ice:
"You don't scare me. You never did." As she said that, the wind began to
blow hard through the trees. From that she knew Hevesta had heard her.
Ice: "You control this whole place don't you? Well give me all you've got.
I'm ready to end this once and for all." She glanced down at the dirt beside
her and gasped. A message was writing itself in the dirt. It read: "End?
Your nightmare is only beginning, Silver Ranger." Ice: "Why don't you come
out and face me? Instead of using these cheap tricks. Prove you're half
the woman you claim to be."
Rick and Kari
went into the control room. Rick: "I don't think you should worry about
this. You need to relax. The closer it gets to time for you to have the
baby, the more rest you need. This is the last thing you need to deal with."
Kari: "I'll be fine." He typed a code on the computer. Rick: "Karone showed
me this the other day. The call came in from the hospital." Kari: "The
hospital? Why would she be there?" Rick: "I don't suppose I can convince
you to stay here." Kari: "You know me better than that." Rick: "Then I'm
going with you." Kari: "You don't have to worry like this." Rick: "Yes
I do. You're not going anywhere alone. Not now."
Karone had gone
to sit down, but Kelly couldn't move away from the window. Her hand was
on the glass; her eyes filled with fear. A doctor walked past her and she
grabbed him. Kelly: "Do you know anything?" Doctor: "I'm afraid not." Kelly:
"We've been here all night. What's your problem? Do something! That's my
husband in there! Get you a*s in there and help him!" Karone from across
the room: "They're doing all they can. Let him go." Kelly: "How can I?
For all I know this guy could go out to lunch and he could die! I'm not
going to let that happen!" Karone: "He's not going to die. He's strong.
You have to relax." Doctor: "I'm fairly sure he will survive. You called
us immediately and that was very helpful." Kelly: "You're 'fairly sure'?
What kinda answer is that?" Doctor: "Look, I'm not going to dress this
up for you. You're not a child. He is badly hurt. His condition is still
in the red. All I am saying is that I believe he will pull through. I can't
guarantee anything." He walked away from her, looking angry. After the
doctor had left, Kari and Rick came running through the door. Kari went
right to Kelly and hugged her. Kari: "What's going on? Are you all right?"
Rick stood back against the wall. Karone smiled at him, but he didn't turn
his head to face her. She wasn't used to his cold nature yet. Kelly: "Yeah
I'm fine. Its Ransik." She pointed to the window of his room. Kari: "Shelona
got him?" Kelly: "No. I don't know who was behind it really. Three guys
attacked him. I've never seen any of them before." Kari: "Are you doing
all right?" Kelly: "I'm fine. Its Ransik you should worry about. The doctors
around here don't know sh*t about sh*t." Kari hid her face as a nurse walked
by hearing Kelly's comment.
Cerina was in
the silver business like dress she had worn during her time with Vulca.
Niki wore all black; a pair of jean shorts and a spaghetti strap shirt.
An outfit similar to one Cerina had. Niki: "Hurry up!" Cerina: "Don't worry.
Ransik won't be going anywhere for a long time. I know how Anthony is.
When you tell him to do something, he does it right." The two girls stopped
when the saw Caster leaning against a building. Caster: "I have a score
to settle." Niki stepped up in front of her mother, confusing Cerina. Niki:
"You're still giving up your life for Shelona, huh? That's real sad." Caster:
"Don't start with me. I've come to pay you back for what you did to me."
Cerina looked down at her. Caster: "You have no idea the horror the queen
put me through after loosing to you." Niki: "If you're stupid enough to
work for her, you deserve it." Cerina: "Hey hey hey. Somebody explain this
please." Caster fired a blast at Cerina, knocking her to the ground.
Caster: "This doesn't concern you!" Niki held out her arm and pushed the
button on her morpher. Niki: "Psycho Blast!" Once morphed, she jumped up
and spun in the air. Then landed in front of Caster. He picked her up and
started to punch her. He got about four good shots in before she broke
free. Cerina got up and ran at him. She kicked him and while he was effected
by that, smacked him in the face with her morpher. He let out a growl of
pain and stepped back. That gave her enough time to morph. Cerina: "Psycho
Blast!" Caster: "This is between the child and myself." Cerina: "If you
lay one hand on her you'll be wishing for whatever my sister did to you!"
Caster: "She took away my honor. And I will make her regret that." Niki
pushed past Cerina. Niki: "Honor? Please! I didn't take anything from you!
Shelona did!" He kicked her in the face knocking her down. Caster: "I am
her warrior. That can not change." Cerina grabbed Niki's arm and started
to run. Caster shot several blasts at them. They avoided them and kept
running. He watched angrily. Caster quietly: "You can't run forever."
what I thought. You're all talk." Just as she said that, she heard a voice
behind her. It was a man's voice. One she hadn't heard since she was a
child. Man: "Alexandra stop this." She turned around to come face to face
with her father. Ice: "Dad?" He nodded silently. After a minute, she shook
her head and turned away. Ice: "You're not my father. You're just another
one of Hevesta's tricks." Dad: "After all the time I've been gone you still
don't have anything to say to me. I can't say I'm surprised. You didn't
even come to my funeral." She started to look sad. Ice: "I didn't know
you knew." Dad: "You don't know how much that hurt. My own daughter didn't
even want to say good-bye." Ice: "I tried to come there. I really did.
But I couldn't. You treated me like I was nothing when you were alive.
How could I come in there and act like you were some kinda saint?" Dad:
"Dirt? Because I didn't want you to fly?" Ice: "No. Not because you didn't
want me to. Because you said I couldn't. I wanted support from you. But
all I ever got was you saying I wasn't good enough." Dad: "That's no excuse
for how you treated me." Ice: "Being a pilot was my dream! Its all I ever
wanted to do!" Dad: "It was a waste. Nothing more." Ice: "It makes me happy!
But that never mattered to you!" A few miles down, Hevesta saw the two
of them in her head. Hevesta: "You're playing right into my hands." An
evil smile spread across her face.
up at Kari hopefully. Karone: "Maybe you can get her to relax." Kelly:
"I told you. I can't relax. The man I love is lying there hurt and there's
nothing I can do about it!" Kari: "I know how you feel. But you aren't
doing him any favors by wearing yourself out like this." Karone: "She's
right. He wouldn't want you to worry yourself like this." Kelly: "Don't
sit there and preach to me. Not until its your husband in there. Then and
only then will you know what I'm going through." Karone: "Don't you think
I've been through something like this before? I understand. Believe me."
Kari held her hands. Kari: "Come on. Lets go back to the fortress for a
while. Maybe you can..." Kelly jerked her hands away. Kelly: "No. I'm not
leaving. I'm not calming down. So stop trying." Kari: "We're your friends.
We're only trying to help you." Kelly: "You wanna help? Then leave me alone."
Karone: "Pushing us away is not the answer." Kelly: "Well then, Miss Know-it-all,
what is? What in you infinant knowledge is the answer?" Her eyes turned
to the cold stare she had used as Astronema. Karone: "Don't get cross with
me." Kelly: "Or what? You have to realize you don't know everything! I
don't care how long you've been a ranger! Or how messed up your life has
been! You can't solve everybody's problems!" Kari and Karone exchanged
worried glances. Kari: "Okay. We'll be quiet. If you come away from the
window for a while. You're driving yourself crazy standing there." Kelly:
"Don't tell me what to do." Woman: "Typical Kelly. Being a bi*ch to everyone
in pain as a blast hit him in the back. He had been planning his next move
when he was hit. He was lying face down on the ground when Shelona walked
up to him. She put her foot on his back and began to push the heal of her
shoe in. He groaned. Shelona: "Who told you to go after that little girl?"
Caster: "She made a fool out of me." Shelona: "I don't care. You are not
to act without me order. Ever." She took her foot off his back and he climbed
to her feet. Caster: "I didn't endanger your mission, my queen. I only
wanted to teach her a lesson." Shelona: "Take no action until I give the
order. You knew that when I hired you." He didn't speak. He was trying
to look back and remember the day he had joined her. But his mind was blank.
Nothing but blackness entered his mind when he tried. Shelona: "You will
get your chance with her and the other rangers... when I say. And not before."
Caster: "It would be to your advantage to let me finish her." She pulled
her hand back and smacked him. He stood there staring at her, holding his
face. He was clearly mad. Shelona: "Don't argue with me. Don't attack until
I say." He didn't say anything. Shelona: "This discussion is over." She
Dad: "You always
were to stubborn to listen to me. You are wasting you life. First as a
pilot. Now a ranger. Where do you have time for what really matters?" Ice:
"God, I'm not like you! I never will be!" Dad: "On that much we agree.
You are letting life pass you by." Ice: "You're wrong. I am living my life
the way I wanted to. And I'll keep doing that with or without your approval."
Dad: "You're so beautiful. But that won't last forever." Ice: "So that's
it. You still want me to have a family." Dad: "Of course that's what I
want. Is that not what every man wants? Someone to carry on his name."
Ice: "I don't share your dream. A family is great... but not for me. I'm
not the kinda woman that can get up every morning and fix lunches and go
to PTA meetings and stuff. I could not handle that life." Dad: "It was
fine for your mother so why not you? Think you're too good for it?" She
let her head fall back and looked up at the sky through the top of the
trees. Then returned her focus to her father. Ice: "I love Mom. And I respect
what she did so much. She was the finest woman I've ever met. But I didn't
want that life. Its just not in me." Dad: "I wish I could have changed
your mind before I died." Ice: "Nobody can change my mind. So don't try."
He nodded silently again. Dad: "Have it your way." She could see he was
disappointed and tried not to let it bother her. He walked a few steps
and stopped when he heard her voice again. Ice softly: "I'm sorry I didn't
come to your funeral. I really am." He didn't speak or turn back around.
As he walked far enough away from her, he disappeared. She turned and punched
a tree as hard as she could. She was frustrated with Hevesta and her mind
games. She looked down at her bloody hand and sighed. Ice: "I won't let
you win. No matter what you make me face."
Cerina and Niki
stood in the door of the waiting room staring at Kelly. Kelly: "Get out
of here." Cerina walked in and looked over at Ransik through the window.
Cerina: "Looks like he finally ran his mouth to the wrong person. I wonder
when you will." Kelly: "He could have died!" Cerina sarcastically: "And
wouldn't that be a tragedy!" She didn't respond. Cerina: "You would come
out on top if that happened. You'd be entitled to all that insurance money."
Kelly: "Do you think I care about that?" Cerina: "Seems to be all you care
about." Kelly: "I love him! Not that you'd ever believe it." She turned
and stormed into his room, slamming the door. Kari stood up from the chair.
Kari: "Why'd you come down here? There was no reason for you to make a
scene like that." She put her hands on her hips and glanced over at Ransik.
Cerina: "I wanted to see for myself that the old bas*ard was really here."
They looked over at Niki who was making faces at Kelly through the window.
Karone: "Can't you control your daughter?" Cerina: "I could.... not going
to, but I could." She laughed as Niki continued her behavior. Kari: "Come
on, ya'll have had your fun. Now would you please leave? Kelly is having
a hard enough time without you two." Cerina: "I'm not going anywhere."
She started to laugh again. Cerina: "I'm enjoying this way too much!" Karone
stood up as well. Karone: "I can't believe this. You're exactly like Ransik
said. No better than your sister." Cerina: "Oh is that what he told you?
Well I guess he left out the part about him being a heartless criminal.
And his daughter, oh don't get me started on Nadira!" Karone: "He told
me how his life used to be. But he never chose that. It wasn't his fault
humans shunned him like that." Cerina: "Oh my God! You actually sat there
and let him tell that sappy a*s story! Were you at least drinking at the
time?" Karone: "Why do I bother?" She went into Ransik's room leaving Kari
standing in front of her. She looked at Cerina for a minute. Then spoke.
Kari: "You don't know when to stop, do you?" Then she too walked away.
to ignore her. She's not worth your time." Kelly wiped tears a few tears
from her eyes. Kelly: "She usually doesn't bother. I know what she's like.
But today I can't take it." Karone: "I know. She's way outta line." She
reached into her purse and got out a pack of cigarettes. Karone: "I don't
think they'll let you smoke in here." Kelly: "I'd like to see 'em stop
me." She lit it and took a deep breath of it. Kelly: "Can you believe she
has the nerve to call Ransik and me bad parents? Look at her. That's the
kinda example she sets for that girl." Karone: "I noticed. They act so
much alike." Kelly: "Its scary. Even after we're old and gray there'll
still be another one out there just like her." Karone looked down at Ransik.
Karone: "He told me once she said Nadira was a brat because he didn't control
her." Kelly: "I know. And she lets her raise Hell. It doesn't make any
sense." Karone: "I guess as long as she's good for mommy that's all that
matters." Kelly: "Sounds like her warped way of thinking."
back at Rick, who hadn't moved from the doorway. Cerina: "She deserves
this... right?" He nodded. Rick: "Yeah." Cerina: "At least somebody thinks
I'm right." Rick: "Kari would have thought that too... at one time. I don't
know what happened with the two of them, but now Kelly and her are friends."
Cerina: "I know. I tried to tell her she's wrong but she won't listen."
Rick: "She said they talked one night and she kinda understood her. But
come on! She could have been lying." Cerina: "That woman is beyond redemption.
I don't care what she told her." Niki was sitting on the floor by the window,
having gotten bored with annoying Kelly. Niki: "I'm gonna go walk around."
Cerina: "All right. Don't go too far." She got up and ran out a side door
into the hall. Rick: "Don't worry about Kari though. She'll come around."
Cerina: "Oh I know." She thought for a minute. Cerina: "I wish I knew what
she wanted with her. Why would she go to all this trouble to make her think
they were friends?" Rick: "That's the same thing I've been thinking about
for a while. I doesn't add up. Why all of a sudden would she tell her that
story?" Cerina: "There has to be a way we can make her understand this.
Before its too late." Rick: "She'd never listen. Only push you away even
more." Cerina: "What about you?" Rick: "Probably still wouldn't. All that
would accomplish is starting another fight between us. We can't keep be
at war with each other." Cerina held her head for a minute. Cerina: "How
can she be buying this crap? I can see right through Kelly. Why can't she?"
Ice tried to
sound strong, but inside she was falling apart. All the memories that had
come back to her in the jungle were too much to take. She tried desperately
to clear her head, but she couldn't do it. Suddenly, she felt cold, hard
metal hit the back of her head. She fell to the ground on her back. Everything
around her started to get blurry. All she could see were a pair of black
boots beside her. After a few seconds she closed her eyes slowly and fainted.