Kirstin Norton as Hevesta
About an hour later, Karone was up by
the front desk on a pay phone. Ecliptor was on the other end of the line.
Ecliptor: "How are things on KO-35? Has the threat passed?" Karone: "We
haven't been able to get rid of Shelona yet. She never does her own fighting.
So its going to be really hard." Ecliptor: "I don't mean to push, Princess.
But...." Karone: "I know. You need the Cyris Crystal. I'm sorry. I've been
so busy here trying to keep some peace." Ecliptor: "I understand. But there
isn't much time. You must gain access to the crystal before its too late."
She was silent. Ecliptor: "Is something wrong?" Karone: "Uh..." Ecliptor:
"There's something else stopping you isn't there?" She didn't know how
to continue. Ecliptor: "Tell me what it is. Maybe I can figure something
out." She was silent a little longer. Then broke down and told him. Karone:
"I don't know if I'll be able to help you at all."
Rick went and found Kari looking up
at the ceiling in another waiting room. She looked impatient. Rick: "What's
going on." She looked down at the cast on her arm. The one she had got
after the battle with Scorn. Kari: "I'm hoping I can get this thing off
today." Rick: "Its a little early, isn't it?" Kari: "Well yeah. But I thought
while we were here." Rick: "Makes sense." She looked around for a minute.
Kari: "The bad thing is we're going to have to come right back in like
a week; week and a half." Rick: "Lets hope Shelona will hold out while
you're having the baby." Kari: "I doubt it. She'd almost have to take advantage
of this. We'd be completely off guard." Rick: "Like we are now." Her eyes
grew wide, having never realized it until he spoke up. Kari: "My God, you're
right! If we're all here in this hospital she could strike whenever she
wants." Rick: "She doesn't know we're here. Not yet anyway." Kari: "He*l,
its not like we could stop her before this happened." Rick: "True." She
remembered the conversation she had with Kelly while shopping. Kari: "What
if we just left? Said screw it and got out of here." Rick: "Could you really
do something like that?" Kari: "Kelly and I discussed it. I hadn't really
given it a lot of thought though." Rick: "Doesn't bother me. I only come
cause you did." Kari: "I don't want to leave these people like this. But
we're not helping them anyway. Where were we when Shelona destroyed the
capitol? Or when she murdered all those civilians in the street? We were
nowhere to be found." Rick: "We did try to get there." Kari: "Yeah, but
that's not good enough. We haven't stood in her way, I mean really put
a dent in her plans even one time. We're running around in circles while
she laughs her a*s off."
Niki continued to run down a bunch
of empty, white hallways until she found and exit. She ran through the
door, sending it flying back into the side of the building. Out in the
parking lot, she looked around for a minute. Niki: "Caster!" She got no
response. Niki: "I know you can hear me! Come out!" He walked calmly out
from the side of the hospital. Niki: "I don't understand why you want to
keep fighting me, but here's your chance." Caster: "Why would you set yourself
up for this?" She smiled. Niki: "This is fun. I needed something to do
other than sit in that stuffy hospital all day." Caster's expression was
filled with confusion. Caster: "Fun? You're kidding, right?" Niki: "Nope.
I like kicking your butt." He thought: "I don't care what Shelona says.
I'm not going to take this from anyone. Her niece or not." As he was about
to attack, he felt a hand on his shoulder. Niki started to laugh. He turned
around to see Shelona. Shelona: "Don't even think about it." Caster: "My...
my queen... what are you doing here?" Shelona: "I've come to pay my sister
a little visit." She glanced over at Niki. Shelona: "You go back to the
ship and leave the puny ranger alone." She started to walk towards the
building. Caster: "We're not finished here." She stopped and turned back
to face him. Shelona: "You dare talk back to me?"
Cerina walked slowly up to the window
of Ransik's room. It was empty. She opened the door and entered. Cerina:
"You're looking well.... for a man on his death bed." She went up beside
the bed and looked down at him. His eyes were closed. Cerina: "I'm almost
sorry it had to come to this. We could have been a team before. Back when
we first became rangers. But you wouldn't have that. The only thing that
stood between us back then was Nadira. And you refused to control her.
Now look at us. Two adults reduced to these childish games." She shook
her head. Cerina: "But I guess we were never meant to get along. If it
wasn't Nadira it would have been something else." She was silent for a
moment. Cerina: "I almost wish you'd wake up now. Open your eyes one last
time to see where your actions landed you. I wish you could see that I
was the one who put you in here. I'm the one who finally shut you up."
She looked over at the plug on the wall. As she stared at it, her mind
wondered. First she saw Niki back when Nadira was still alive. Cerina thought:
"The world would be a better place without you. " Then she saw Lucas with
the other Time Rangers battling him. Finally she envisioned all the people
Ransik had robbed and killed in his life. Cerina's thoughts continued:
"You don't deserve to live. Not after all the evil you've done." She leaned
down and put her hand on the cord. Cerina: "Burn in hell, Ransik."
Ice woke up in a big clearing. Trees
surrounded her. She was on the ground, tied up with three thick ropes.
She tried to get free, but couldn't move at all. She looked around for
Hevesta, but she wasn't there. She started to struggle again, but stopped
when she heard something in front of her. Footsteps. Then a woman stepped
out from the path in front of Ice. She wore a tight black t-shirt and camouflage
paints. She had shoulder length brown hair and a tattoo of an eagle on
her arm. Ice: "Blaze." They stared at each other for a while. Ice was trying
to figure out if she was real or another one of Hevesta's tricks. Before
she could make up her mind, Blaze walked over to her and smacked her as
hard as she could. Blaze: "Don't give me that look. I'm real, Jensen. And
I've come to pay you back." Ice: "Pay me back for what? You ruined your
own life back at the base. Your jealousy is your own fault." Blaze: "You
are in no position to take that tone with me." Ice: "I am your superior
officer. Now untie me." Blaze kicked her in the mouth. Blaze: "Maybe you
were. But now I call the shots."
Ecliptor: "You must. You're my only
chance." Karone: "I wish I could, but it may not be possible." Ecliptor:
"Why?" Karone: "Its Ransik. The man I told you was going to help me." Ecliptor:
"Yes?" Karone: "He's dying." He didn't respond. Karone: "I'm at the hospital
with him now. The doctors don't know anything yet." Ecliptor: "I'm sorry."
Karone: "All we can do is hope he pulls through. If not, there's not way
I can get the crystal for you." Ecliptor: "Let me know as soon as you hear
anything." Karone: "All right." He hung up the phone. Karone sat down the
receiver slowly and rested her head against the wall. Karone: "What am
I going to do? I can't let him down. Not after all he's done for me. But
without Ransik... I don't have a chance."
Caster looked at her. Then at Niki.
Caster: "Its because she's your niece. That's why you won't let me kill
her." He waited for a response. Caster: "That's it, isn't it?" Shelona:
"She means nothing to me." Caster: "Then why keep stopping me? Its pointless.
If you want them gone then let me do my job." Shelona: "If you want to
keep breathing, I suggest you be quiet." Niki stood watching them, wondering
if he was right. Niki thought: "What if she does care? Then mom might have
been right in the beginning. There could still be good in her somewhere."
Shelona pointed to the silver ship floating in the sky. Shelona: "Go back
to the ship." He let out and angry sigh and walked off. Niki: "Why do you
keep stopping him?" Shelona: "I don't need him to think. He is to follow
my orders and that is it." Niki: "He has a mind of his own ya know." Shelona:
"If I wanted his opinion on how to win a war, I'd give it to him." She
walked past her. Niki: "If you really wanted to win you'd have killed us
by now." Shelona glanced back from the corner of her eye. Niki: "You may
act like you don't care but somewhere inside you still do." Shelona: "I
won't call him off forever."
Rick: "Ya know if we go back now we're
going right back into the hell we left. Stregna has never given either
of us anything but pain." Kari: "Yeah but at least its our world. Vulca
is our enemy. We have a reason to fight. Sure these people need help. We're
just not the ones to give it to them. Its not our fight." Rick: "So we're
agreed?" Kari: "We leave as soon as Ransik recovers." Rick: "I wish we
could leave him behind with this planet." Kari: "I know you don't like
him. But we need him." Rick: "I was thinking out loud. I know we can't
leave him here." An image of Karone flashed in her mind. Kari: "I feel
so bad for Karone though. Look what's happening to her home." Rick: "You
said yourself we can't stop this." Kari: "I wish there was some way we
could win. She seems like such a sweet woman. Its ashame to make her face
all this alone." He leaned over and kissed her. Rick: "Don't think about
her now. We have to worry about us. She can take care of herself." Kari:
"I'm gonna do this. I am." Rick: "Its gonna be hard for you to leave. You're
not the kind of person to turn you back on people in need. But it has to
be done. You're going to be a mother. The well-being of our baby has to
come before anything else. And if that means letting these people die,
well that's how its going to have to be." She rested her head against his
chest trying to forget about their pain. Kari: "How do you do that? You
can close off your heart with no trouble at all. I wish I could do that.
You're like a steel wall. Nothing gets through." Rick: "When you spend
your entire life alone, struggling to survive, you learn to put yourself
above all else." Kari: "There's no way I could ever be that strong." Rick:
"Don't try to fight that part of you. I admire that about you." Kari: "You
told me that. But it seems like its just getting in the way." Rick: "You
have to ignore that for a time because of the baby. But don't ever loose
it. Its what makes you who you are."
Kelly came walking into the room holding
a vase of flowers. As Cerina pulled the plug on the life support system,
the long, loud tone spread through the room. She dropped the vase and pushed
Cerina out of the way. With a trembling hand, she plugged it back into
the wall. Then stood back up. Kelly: "What the he*l do you think you're
doing?" Cerina: "What I should have done a long time ago. Ransik has caused
nothing but pain for everyone he's ever come in contact with. I just can't
see a reason why he should be allowed to recover." Kelly: "You're a monster."
She didn't dignify her with a response. Kelly: "You would kill him because
of the way he used to be? He has turned his life around since becoming
a ranger." Cerina: "He can't change." Kelly: "Why are you doing this anyway?
He never harmed you! He didn't even know you back then!" Cerina: "His crimes
made Nadira. The woman who almost turned my daughter into one of you."
Kelly: "So there it is. The same old story. Get over it! She's gone!" Cerina:
"If he lives, he's only going to ruin someone else's life. Like he did
Nadira's and almost Niki's." Kelly: "You have no right to make him pay
for any of his sins. Because no matter what he's done, I know you've done
something ten times worse." Cerina: "I made my mistakes. He made his. That's
all fine. But when his mistakes effect my child, things change." Kelly:
"What about your own actions? You say Nadira was such a bad influence on
her. Well look at yourself there honey! You don't control her! You don't
teach her! She is still going to end up in the same place you say she would
have with Nadira. Only it'll be your fault!" Cerina: "She's knows what's
right and wrong. And if she treats you two like dirt that's fine by me!
I'm glad she's smart enough to see you for the kinda people you are. Even
if she couldn't see that in Nadira." Kelly: "I'm so sick of you acting
like you're a saint! If we're so bad then you sure ain't no better!" Cerina:
"No, I'm not a saint. Far from it. But I will never sink to your level."
Kelly: "You would have committed murder just now if I hadn't stopped you.
Now think about it. You're already sinking to what we used to be. And your
precious little princess is watching ever minute of it."
As Ice stared up at Blaze she remembered
their fight on the mountain:
<Scene from "Wounds of War";
PR Psycho Series 3>
there with the sun beating down on her, ready to fight. Ice: "Why did you
call me here?" Blaze: "You know why. To end this once and for all." Ice:
"I don't wanna fight you!" She didn't respond. Instead, she charged. She
threw a punch, but Ice blocked it. Then another. Ice: "We don't have to
do this!" Blaze kicked her in the stomach with her knee. Then in the face,
sending her falling back onto the hard ground. Blaze: "Its because of you
that I couldn't fulfill my dream. You were always there to be just a little
bit better." Ice: "You could have been better than me! If you'd have spent
your time training instead of attacking me!" Ice climbed to her feet. Ice:
"Stop this." Blaze: "Never!" Blaze charged once again. This time Ice was
able to grab her arm and twist it behind her back. She was in submission.
During those seconds, Ice looked into her eyes and saw that she wasn't
who she used to be. It was like something snapped inside her. Blaze broke
free and quickly took Ice's arm, flipping her to the ground. She then jumped
on top her and fought wildly. She would have given up, but in the back
of her mind she heard Burner's voice. Burner: "You can do this, Ice. You
can beat her." With all her strength, she was able to throw Blaze off of
her. Blaze: "I'll show you." While Ice's back was turned, Blaze pulled
a gun from a strap on her leg. Ice quietly: "I don't think so." She spun
quickly and kicked the gun from her hand. It went flying into the air.
Both women looked up at it, but Ice jumped up and grabbed it. When she
hit the ground again, she pointed it at Blaze. Ice: "Now, are you ready
to call off this stupid feud?" With fury on her face, Blaze grabbed Ice
and tried to throw her off the mountain. Desperate, she reversed it. Blaze
stood on the edge. She glanced over at what seemed like and endless drop.
Ice: "Its over." Blaze: "That's what you think." She punched her as hard
as she could, sending her back. But the force of her own hit caused Blaze
to loose her balance. She started to slip. Ice's mouth dropped open when
she saw her fall off the edge. She got up and ran to her. She was hanging
on to the side of the mountain, but just barely. Ice: "Give me your hand!"
She reached out as far as she could, but Blaze made no attempt to reach
back. Blaze: "I don't need your help, Jensen. And I never will." Calmly,
she let go of the side and fell silently down through the sky. Ice: "NO!!!"
She looked down until she couldn't see her anymore. Tears ran down her
face as she sat there on the mountain top. She slammed her fists into the
ground. Ice: "Why? Why did you give your life for something so meaningless.
You could have been so much more."
<End of Flashback Scene>
came back into the hospital after Shelona. She looked around, but she was
nowhere in sight. Niki: "I have to find Mom before she does!" She took
off running down the hall. She finally caught up with her as she was getting
onto the elevator. Shelona: "Stay out of this." Shelona shot a blast at
Niki, slamming her into the wall. The blast hit just as the elevator doors
closed. She ran up and started banging on them. Frustrated, she finally
ran to the stairs.
knows why I'm doing this." Kelly: "Yeah. So do I. Because you're a hypocrite.
You can stand there and almost kill a man. Actually figure out a way to
justify it. And everything's fine. But when somebody else does the least
little thing, you're raising hell." Cerina: "What I do to Ransik he brought
on himself. When we first met I had nothing against him. Or any of you!
We could have gotten along perfectly. Maybe even have been friends if it
weren't for your actions." Kelly: "Doubtful." Cerina looked over at Ransik
in the bed. Cerina: "You blew it, Ransik. You showed me the truth about
you. And now you're paying for it." Kelly: "That's it. I want you out of
this room now." Cerina: "The truth hurts doesn't it?" Kelly: "Get out now.
Or I'm calling security." She shrugged. Cerina: "Fine." She walked over
to the door. But before leaving, gave Kelly and evil look.
Ice stared up
at her for a long time. She couldn't believe her eyes. Ice: "How is this
possible? You died that day on the rocks. I saw you fall." Blaze: "You're
wrong. I've been alive and well this whole time. Waiting for the day I
could take my revenge." Ice: "But how? There's no way you could have survived
the fall." She thought for a moment. Blaze: "I guess I owe you this much.
After a fell from the mountain I had given up. I thought I was a goner.
But then... then something took me away. Right out of the sky." Ice gave
her a strange look. Blaze: "The next thing I knew, I was in a dark cave.
The only light was from two glowing eyes. Then I heard a woman's voice.
Hevesta. She saved me in exchange for my loyalty." Ice: "So you're doing
her dirty work now." Blaze: "Its not so bad. The only thing she asked of
me was to get rid of you. Which I would be more than happy to do regardless."
Ice: "So why now? Why show up 20 years down the road. You could have finished
me the next day if you wanted." Blaze: "I planned to spend six months in
training before the attack. But then Hevesta killed herself to save Demosi.
There was nothing I could have done." An image of Hevesta holding the golden
dagger above her chest flashed in Ice's mind. Ice: "Okay, so she saved
you. But how is she here?" Blaze: "Her species can never die. Not completely.
Their souls will always haunt the Earth looking for vessels to return to
them to the world of the living. As Burner was to Demosi." Ice: "So that's
not really Hevesta?" Blaze: "Oh its her all right. She took the body of
a woman and fed off her goodness for many years. Now she has corrupted
her to the point where her body no longer exists. Only Hevesta's." Blaze
grabbed the rope that was around Ice and pulled on it, throwing her roughly
across the ground. Blaze: "That's enough talk. Your time is up."
called Kari and Karone into Ransik's room. She looked the door behind them.
Karone: "What's going on? Did something happen with him?" Kelly: "I know
who did this. I finally figured out who ordered the attack." Kari: "Well
who?" She took a hit off the cigarette and proceeded to answer. Kelly:
"Cerina." Karone didn't look surprised. But Kari couldn't believe it. Kari:
"Are you sure?" Kelly: "Yeah. It had to be her. Who else would have?" Kari:
"I don't know if she'd really go that far." Kelly: "You didn't see the
look she gave me earlier. She's rubbing it in my face. That's the only
reason she's here at all." Karone: "That's awful." Kelly: "It gets worse.
When I came to bring him flowers about an hour ago, I found her ready to
pull the plug. She would have killed him if I hadn't been there to stop
her." The other ladies could tell Kari was hurt. Karone put her arm around
her. Kari: "I can't believe she'd really do it. After all the things she
done to get away from her past." She paused. Kari: "She told me she'd changed.
That she wasn't going to go back to the way things used to be." Kelly:
"You can't trust her. She would to anything to get what she wants, no matter
who she hurts." Kari: "I thought she was my friend." Kelly: "She only sees
this as attacking us. You probably didn't even cross her mind." Kari: "Well
its over now." She went over and unlocked the door. Then slammed it behind
her as she went down the hall. Karone: "You have to make sure she doesn't
come back in here." Kelly: "I'm not leaving his side until this is all
over with." Karone: "Me neither. Ransik is too good a man to have to deal
with someone like that."
Cerina was now
a few floors above Ransik's room. She had been there trying to decide on
her next move. She looked up as the door in front of her opened. Cerina:
"Tracy please. Not now." Shelona walked through the double doors and looked
down at her sister in the chair. Shelona: "There's no reason to make this
a fight. That's not why I came here." Cerina: "I guess you want me to ask
you why. Like I care." Shelona: "I saw what you did earlier. It was a good
effort. But it would have never worked. Too obvious." Cerina: "So what?
Now you're going to give me advice on how to get rid of him?" Shelona smiled.
Shelona: "It always worked when we were kids." Cerina: "But why? I thought
I was nothing to you." Shelona: "I never said that. All I said was..."
Cerina: "...that you'd kill me if you had to." Shelona: "If you got in
my way! But that doesn't mean I wanted to!" Cerina: "When we met on the
battle field my first day here, you said you didn't give a da*n about me.
So why all of a sudden do you wanna help me?" She was silent. For a second,
Cerina saw a glimpse of the sister she had known. Shelona: "I guess after
seeing you again, I... I remembered how we used to be. True Mom and Dad
were demanding. They never cared what I wanted. But that wasn't your fault.
You were only a kid." Cerina: "I was right. There is still a part of you
in there, Tracy." Shelona: "Don't jump the gun. I'm not going to stop any
of this. This destruction sets me free. I won't go back now. Not after
all I've done." Cerina: "But why? If you found it in yourself to care about
me, then why not the rest of the world?" Shelona: "If I do that I'm opening
the door for them. I'm giving them permission to walk all over me. I will
never let that happen again." Cerina stood looking at her for a long time.
Shelona: "What?" Cerina: "I can't believe you're finally willing to let
me back into your life." Shelona: "Don't push me. That's all I'm telling
you. Don't ask me for anything because I probably won't do it." Cerina:
"I don't need anything. I'm grown up now. All I want is for us to be a
family again." Finally, they hugged. For the first time in years. Outside,
Kari stood with her mouth open. She had been watching them through the
window in the door.
Back on Stregna,
Vulca and Kitana stood in the throne room of the palace. Vulca took a drink
of the red stuff in her glass. Vulca: "I don't know where those rangers
went and ya know what, who cares?" Kitana: "Exactly. There was no reason
to search for them these past weeks." Vulca: "I had to be sure." She walked
over to the balcony and looked down onto the planet. She saw the Drika
lining people up like soldiers. They were beaten and in chains. She smiled.
Then turned back to Kitana. Vulca: "At long last I can finally avenge my
mother." Kitana: "Cyann would be proud. You're ruling this planet the way
she would have wanted." Vulca: "I only wish she could see me now. I can
almost imagine the look on her face." Kitana: "She knows what you're doing.
Wherever she is, she's watching you." The wind suddenly began to blow harder.
Vulca gasped when she saw two giant eyes in the sky above the balcony.
She stepped back a little. The wind blew Kitana's long blonde hair back
behind her. She looked up with a cold expression and waited. Soon the eyes
disappeared and a cloud of smoke filled the balcony. When it cleared, Hevesta
stood in its place. Vulca moved slowly to the door. Hevesta: "Don't bother
to call the guards. You'll be dead before they get in here." Vulca: "You
can't come into my palace and talk to me like some slave." Kitana looked
back at her. Kitana: "I can handle this. Wait in the other room." Vulca:
"What? You know her or something." She nodded slightly. Kitana: "Its fine."
After a minute, Vulca left them alone. Kitana: "Hevesta? You're alive."
She stepped down from the balcony. Hevesta: "That's right. I have returned
to take my revenge." Kitana dryly: "I'm happy for ya. So what do you want
with me?" Hevesta: "You're coming with me."
to jump to her feet. She headed for the path, but Blaze blasted her. After
she hit the ground, she turned back in shock. Smoke rose up off Blaze's
hand as she laughed in Ice's face. Ice: "An energy blast? But..." Blaze:
"Another little gift from Hevesta. I'm like her now. Immortal and stone
cold." Ice: "It can't be." Blaze: "It is." Ice: "Don't you think she wants
something from you?" Blaze: "Only for me to take you out." Ice: "No. There's
something else. She wouldn't have given you that power for nothing." She
fired another blast, but this time Ice knew it was coming. She moved slightly
making the blast hit the rope, burning it. She got free of it and stood
back up. Ice: "I don't know why she's doing this, but you have to get away
from her. Something's not right." Blaze's expression didn't change. Blaze:
"Don't you ever get sick of being perfect? Even when I'm about to kill
you, you still have to act superior. 'Oh I'm so big. I'm going to try to
save her even though she hates me'. Give it a rest, Jensen." Ice: "You're
right. I'm am trying to save you." Blaze: "Don't bother." Ice: "I couldn't
save you that day on the mountain. But I can sure as he*l save you now.
If you'll ever listen to somebody other than yourself!" Blaze: "I told
you then and I'll tell you know, I don't need your help." Ice: "Do you
think she cares about you? Ya think she'll keep you around after I'm gone?
For what? Let me try to explain this to you. You kill me, she kills you.
Is that what you want?" Blaze: "I'm immortal. I cannot die." Ice: "Maybe
that's what she told you. But that doesn't make it the truth. She'd say
anything to get you to kill me." Blaze: "She already gave me a second chance
at life. And I won't fail her."
do I tell the others? They'll never understand this." Shelona: "You don't.
If you tell them that, they'll know I was right." Cerina: "That we're the
same." Shelona: "Exactly. Make them believe you still want to stop me."
Cerina: "I kinda do. I love you, but what you're doing to these people
is sick." Shelona: "Its my choice. If you want to be a part of my life
you're going to have to except that." Cerina: "There's no reason to keep
doing this. Haven't enough people suffered yet? When will it end? When
will you finally admit you've had enough?" Shelona: "Never. There's a thrill
in this life that I never had before. Knowing that I can take away an life
I choose at any time. I won't give this up for anything. Not even you."
Cerina sighed. Shelona: "So what'll it be? Stay out of my way or stay out
of my life?" Cerina: "You know what I have to do." Shelona stood there
waiting for her to continue. Cerina: "I hate this part of you. But its
a part of me too. No matter how much I've denied it. Sure, I'd never destroy
entire worlds for fun. I was forced to do that under Vulca's command and
I hated every minute of it. But there's still a part of that in me." Shelona:
"So you're can stay out of the way?" She hesitated. Cerina: "Fine." At
that moment, Kari came the door, letting it slam into the wall. Kari: "How
can you do this? You're going to stand there and do nothing while she lets
this world go to hell! I thought I knew you!" Cerina: "This doesn't concern
you." Kari: "The he*l it doesn't! How many times have you told me you were
better than her? That you would never end up like that? Huh? Now look at
yourself! Closing your eyes and letting her keep doing this is just as
bad! You might as well load the blaster for her!" Cerina: "She's my family.
I can't fight her anymore. This planet... it means nothing to me." She
paused. Cerina: "Or you! Why do you care so much?" Kari: "I admit it. I
was ready to leave. Rick and I were going to give up and go back to Stregna.
But not because we didn't care." Cerina: "I don't like what she does any
better than you do. But I can't fight my own sister for something I did
myself once." Kari: "Once? You would have did it to Ransik about an hour
ago if Kelly hadn't stopped you!" She shook her head. Kari: "I thought
we were friends, Cerina. I really did. I confided things in you I would
never tell anyone else." Cerina: "We are friends. You know that.
This doesn't have anything to do with us." Kari: "If you let Shelona do
this, we're through."
me?" Hevesta: "You are coming back with me. I'll be in need of your services
after Ice had been illuminated." Kitana: "You can't show up outta the blue
after 20 years and expect me to drop everything for you. I've moved on.
I have a life here on Stregna." Hevesta: "You are my general and you'll
do as I say." Kitana: "Maybe I was. But not anymore." She looked around
Vulca's palace. Kitana: "Do you think I care what kind of a life you've
built? It doesn't make one da*n bit of difference to me. You are mine.
Like it or not." Kitana: "If you want help so badly, go find Kylara." Hevesta:
"As I told that ranger, Kylara is nothing to me. She decided to run and
give up the perfect life her father and I had planned out for her. I'm
not going to let you get away from us so easily." Kitana sighed. Kitana:
"Look, back then I would have agreed with you. War was everything to me.
But I'm not the same person now. Things change." Hevesta: "So what changed
you? That little witch in blue you're running around with. She is a waste
of your time." Kitana: "She is my friend!" Hevesta laughed. Hevesta: "You
never had any need for friends before? Why now?" Kitana: "She and her father
have given me a new life." Hevesta: "You mean you've gone soft." Kitana:
"Don't go there." Kitana: "Its true. When you came to work for us, you
were a warrior and nothing else. You barely ever spoke. You knew your mission
and you carried it out." She looked her up and down. Hevesta: "Now look
at yourself. You're standing here in this palace preaching to me about
being a changed woman." Kitana: "I have learned so much since I left your
empire. I'm still a warrior, but that's not what I live for anymore." Hevesta:
"You're no warrior. If that were true, you would have taken me down the
minute in came in here." She shook her head. Hevesta: "You couldn't do
it. You're weak." Kitana said nothing, waiting for her to continue. But
she didn't. Kitana: "You said what you wanted to say. Now get out." Hevesta:
"I don't think so."
Blaze came at
Ice, jumping into the air. As her leg came flying toward her, Ice grabbed
it and flipped her to the ground. She jumped back up instantly, throwing
four punches. On the last two, Ice caught her fists. To get free, Blaze
kicked her. She let go and was struck across the face with Blaze's arm.
Blaze: "Too bad you got so used to morphing. Its made you soft." Ice jumped
up and did a flip in the air. Blaze spun around before she could get the
jump on her. As Ice was about to make her move, Blaze beat her to it. She
punched her in the mouth. The impact made a loud crack. Ice thought: "I
have to run. Its my only chance right now." When Blaze came at her, Ice
slammed her into a tree and took off. She ran as fast as she could, dodging
the fireballs that were coming at her.
don't understand." Kari: "Oh I understand perfectly! When we first met,
I hated you for doing Vulca's dirty work. I thought you were the lowest,
most vile person on Stregna. I thought after you left her service you had
seen what I saw. That maybe you were trying to change. But you're the same
as you always were." Cerina: "I can't control her life! If she wants to
do this, there's nothing I can do about it!" Kari: "But you're no better!
I've always known you and Ransik didn't get along. And I even thought you
were right in the whole thing. Nadira was a bi*ch! But I never thought
you would have tried to kill him." Cerina: "He's not some innocent man.
He's evil!" Kari: "There's evil around her all right. And I'm look'n at
it. Kelly told me what kinda person he really is. And if you'd take the
time to listen to him maybe you could work this thing out." Cerina: "Kelly?
How can you believe a word that comes out of her mouth?" Kari: "I didn't
at first. But then you proved her right. I stood up for you in that room.
I told her and Karone that you never could have pulled that plug! But all
I did was make a fool of myself." She started for the door. Cerina: "Kari
wait!" She turned back quickly. Kari: "Its over! I don't wanna see you,
I don't wanna hear you, and I don't wanna know you!" She ran up and grabbed
her shoulder. Cerina: "Please, can't we..." Kari jerked away. Kari: "Stay
the he*l away from me." She then walked quickly out of the room, leaving
Cerina in the waiting room.
am going to return you to the woman you were. So you can serve us again."
Kitana: "Us? Demosi is dead! Why can't you except that?" Hevesta: "I will
never except that." Kitana: "He has been dead for thousands of years. Locked
away in that time warp. But you refused to let him go. You kept dragging
it on like there was some hope. He's gone, Hevesta! There's no changing
that!" Hevesta: "I wouldn't be too sure about that." Kitana: "God let him
rest! You have been forcing his spirit to return her for so long. And every
time he goes right back to that same dark place. Don't you think its time
you let him go? Move on with your life." With a loud cry, Hevesta blasted
Kitana back with a purple ball of fire. She landed on her knees across
the room. Hevesta: "He will live again!" Kitana: "He was my friend and
I wanted him back too... for a time." Hevesta: "You might be willing to
give up. But I'm not. There is nothing in this world that will keep me
away from my beloved." Kitana stood back up. Kitana: "Its hopeless."
there in the doorway, trying desperately not to cry. But she couldn't stop
herself. She covered her face to try to hide it. She thought back on her
time as a ranger. Cerina thought: "Kari was the only who trusted me. The
only one who really accepted me for who I am." Her thoughts were interrupted
by a voice. Niki: "Mom." She sounded very confused. Niki: "What's going
on?" Niki looked over at Shelona across the room. She stood there with
her arms folded in front of her chest. Her face looked as evil as it always
had to her. Niki: "Mom, why are you crying?" Cerina tried to stop and wiped
the tears from her eyes. Niki walked up and put her arms around her. This
helped her, knowing she still had her daughter on her side. Cerina: "We
need to talk."
at her silently. Then after a minute, her image began to fade. In the same
cloud of smoke as she had come, she was gone. Kitana looked out into the
sky, feeling sorry for her. Outside the palace, Hevesta reappeared. She
looked up at the dark sky with determination on her face. Hevesta: "I will
never let you go, my darling. You are my world. And soon we will finally
be in each others arms again. I swear it."
Inside the palace,
Vulca came walking back into the throne room. Vulca: "Who was that?" Kitana:
"My former boss. Hevesta." Vulca: "Oh. I remember you telling me out her
a while back." She suddenly looked confused. Vulca: "Didn't you work for
her on Earth? How could she get here?" Kitana: "I don't know. I didn't
get a chance to ask her anything like that. She kept going on and on about
her dead husband." She ran her hand through her hair. Kitana: "She honestly
believes she can bring him back." Vulca: "That's kinda sad." Kitana: "I
know. After all this time she is still obsessed with him. I tried to get
her to stop. But she wouldn't hear of it." Vulca: "Didn't you say they
couldn't die?" She thought for a minute, looking for the words. Kitana:
"I... I honestly don't know. I mean, you've got Hevesta who stabbed herself
with a golden dagger. I saw her lying dead on the floor in a puddle of
blood. Now she's walking around as if it never happened. But Demosi...
his spirit still lives. I'm guessing its their bodies that can die. Their
spirits live forever." Vulca: "Weird." Kitana: "Tell me about it." Kitana
went over and sat down next to the wall. She put her knees up and rested
her head on them. Kitana: "She wanted me to come back with her. To be her
general again." Vulca looked worried. Kitana: "I told her no." Vulca: "Good."
Kitana: "I thought she would have pushed more than she did. Not just disappear
like that." She took a very long pause this time. Kitana: "I think I may
have finally gotten to her."
Cerina and Niki
sat down on a couch in the waiting room. Shelona was in a chair that
faced them with her legs crossed. Niki: "Why is she here?" Cerina: "Since
we got here I've been saying there might be some good left in Tracy." Niki:
"Yeah..." Cerina: "I was right." Niki stared at her for a minute, thinking
about the battles they'd had with her. Niki: "I don't get it." Cerina:
"I guess the simple way to say it is, we're not fighting anymore." Niki:
"We do this for a couple weeks and now, suddenly its over? How?" Cerina:
"Did you ever think about what we were fighting her for? We don't have
any reason to keep doing it." Niki: "Yeah we do. What about those people?"
Cerina: "She's Karone's enemy. Not ours. She is my sister. And I can't
keep fighting her only to help them." They were silent again. Cerina: "Don't
you have anything to say to your aunt?" She shook her head no. Then went
over by Cerina. Cerina quietly: "Its okay. Really." Niki: "Can I go please?"
Cerina nodded. She turned and walked away without even looking back at
Shelona. Cerina: "This is probably going to take her some time. She's never
known any other family besides me." Shelona: "I don't blame her. It has
to be scary. Yesterday I was trying to destroy you all. And today...."
Cerina: "She'll come around. I've seen it happen before." She thought of
Lucas as she said it. Shelona: "Its going to take some getting used to
for all of us. You're going to have to take me as I am. I won't change
for you." Cerina: "I know that now." She looked over at the door Niki had
left through. Shelona: "I should probably go." Cerina: "What about Ransik?
You said you were going to help me with him." Shelona: "I'll talk to you
about it later. Now I... I need to think. This is a big shock. Not playing
the heartless leader all the time. That's all I've done for years. I never
let out any emotion before. Never had anyone to care about. And now there's
you. And Niki if she'll let me into her life." Cerina: "Are you actually
going to go back to that ship? After all this." She stood up. Shelona:
"I told you, that part of my life will not change. I'm going back there
to rest right now. But the attack on this planet will not stop." Cerina
made no effort to respond. Shelona: "Get out of here. Before its too late."
With that, she turned and walked out of the room.