This is the long and awaited chapter 5. I hope you enjoy. The next chapter will be up within the next week. :)
Kim awoke to the dry tears on her face. Glancing at the clock that read six o'clock she decided to get up and start the day's activities. She was so grateful to Hailey for giving her a place to stay and an ear to listen to when she needed it. She wished that she could repay her friends kindness.
She moved towards the bathroom to take a shower and brush her teeth. Around a half hour later she found herself downstairs cooking breakfast. Hailey came in to the smell of food, running her hand through her bed hair. "What are you doing up so early Kim?" she questioned her friend, letting out a yawn as she took a set at the stool around the island.
"My body deemed it time to get up so I decided to cook breakfast." She said a smile widening on her face. "Well it smells delicious." Hailey replied. Kim continued on cooking until she suddenly got an idea. "Hey Hailey?" "Yeah Kim?" "How would you feel about me working for you at the café as a thank you for you letting me use your home?" " Kim you know you don't have to, but I know at the same time you are too stubborn to let me say no..." she said taking a pause before continuing "but I think it is a perfect idea!"
Kim smiled brightly at Hailey handing her a plate filled with an omelet, bacon and toast. "I'm also thinking about teaching gymnastics at the youth center after school." Kim said waiting for her friend between bites of her own breakfast. "I think that is a marvelous idea. Getting back to your old habits I see, wearing pink as your signature color again and doing gymnastics. Now all you need to do is work everything out with Tommy and it will be just like you were in high school again." Hailey said with a big smile. Kim had a sad smile of her own. "I wish those days would come back."
Hailey quickly changed the subject for the rest of breakfast before she went back upstairs to get ready for work.
The girls headed over the Cyber Café, opening up shop at exactly nine. They both prepared for the rush that would be the teenagers that would certainly arrive after school.
Kira, Connor, and Ethan were the first to arrive at the café after school. They still wanted to know about this mystery woman Kimberly that seemed to have their teacher in a tizzy. They were all shocked to say the least when they saw her at the counter next to Hailey.
"Connor, Ethan, Kira this is Kimberly the Pink Dino Ranger." Hailey whispered once they approached the counter. "Nice to meet you" Ethan politely said and the others nodded their head in agreement. "It seems as though we will be working together from now on." Kimberly replied. "Would you mind if I asked you one question?" Kira asked. "Not at all what is it?" Kim said being nice to her new teammate. "How do you know Dr.O?" she question. "We went to high school together and we were on the same team back then. Unlike Tommy I don't seem to change my colors." She said with a laugh.
Kim didn't want her teammates to know about the relationship that she and Tommy had. It wasn't something that she felt they needed to know about her or him for that matter.
"That is really cool! Now I guess his reaction when he saw you made since, but why hide your identity." Connor asked finally becoming a part of the conversation. He had a suspicion that if it weren't for the blast that she took for Kira her identity would probably still be a mystery.
"I guess it was my way of playing a little game. I was curious to see if Tommy could figure out who I was." She said with a genuine smile. She didn't want them to know that she couldn't face their teacher at the time. It also didn't help that becoming a ranger again was a surprise to her as well.
"Too bad we will never know if he would." Ethan said laughing along.
"Thank you for standing infront of that blast for me." Kira said looking at the floor a slight ting on her cheeks. She felt bad that this woman who didn't even know her got hurt just to save her. "Kira don't worry about it that is what teammates are for. Pink and Yellow go back a long way." Kim said with a smile thinking about Trinni. "If we can get the team together later maybe me and Tommy can tell you about some of our adventures. Although I'm sure he has already told you most of them by now." Kim said with a warm smile. These teenagers were starting to grow on her.
Tommy was pacing around his office. Trying to grade his students projects were not going very well. His mind was on Kimberly. He really wanted to talk to her. He still tried to call her phone to no avail. Finally giving up on his work he decided to head over and see if Hailey had seen her. She knew that the pink ranger was staying with her. Maybe he could get some answers as well.
Once he got to the café he was shocked to see Kimberly standing at the counter. She was cleaning off the countertop with a washcloth. "Kim?" he said in a soft tone, not sure if it was so he wouldn't frighten her or if he was afraid that she would disappear.
Kim was slightly startled when she had heard her name. She knew the voice immediately so she relaxed. "Hi Tommy, How are you?" she question him with a smile on her face. She didn't want him to see that she wasn't ready to have this conversation yet and she was aware of the teenagers hanging around the café. "Why haven't you answered any of my calls?" he questioned. Her smile disappeared and she let out a sigh. "Do you think we can talk outside?" she questioned him. He nodded his head. "Let me just let Hailey know where I'm going." She said walking into the storage room.
"Hey Hailey, Tommy just showed up. Would you mind if I took my break to talk to him?" Kim asked in a soft tone. Hailey just nodded her head. "Kim just be happy and do what makes you happy." Hailey said to her friend before following her out of the back.
After Hailey was manning the counter Kim motioned for Tommy to follower her outside. They walked to the back of the building in silence. A few moments later Tommy started to speak. "Listen Kim I am so sorry for the other night. I didn't mean to force myself on you. I was just so happy and wanted you back in my life right then and there. I'm truly sorry for scaring you, it was never my intention." He stated sadly looking her in the eyes.
"I know Tommy it is just a lot is going on in my mind right now. I don't even know where to begin or what to tell you. All I know is that I want to be happy and you make me happy. Unfortunately I'm just not ready for that type of commitment right now. I know you can make me the happiest girl in the world and I hope that one day you will, but right now I need you to be my rock. I need you as my best friend until I sort out the chaos that is my mind. I promise not to keep you waiting forever, but I understand if you don't want me anymore either." Kim softly spoke. "Kat told me all about how happy you were together, maybe when she comes back from England you can have her back instead." She said a single tear running down her face.
"Kim I don't know where you got the idea that I was happy with Kat. I mean year I was happy, but it was nowhere near as happy as I was with you. Nothing can beat the original. I want my Pink Crane, not her successor. I always compared her to you and that is why I broke up with her. I knew that it wasn't fair to her or me." Tommy said grabbing Kim's hand gently as to not spook her.
"Kim I will be there for you no matter what and if you ever need an ear to talk about your mind chaos I want you to know that I will be willing to listen and if friendship is all that I can have from you right now, then I'm okay with it. I want you in my life Kim." He said to her still being careful not to raise his voice.
Kim smiled brightly at him before giving him a hug and sobbing into his shirt. "Thank you Tommy." She whispered.
When she stopped crying Tommy lifted her head. "Please don't cry beautiful." He said using his old nickname for her to get her to stop crying. "I hate to see you upset." "These are tears of joy and relief." She said smiling at him. He wiped the tears away from her face. "Come on let's get you inside." He said walking her back to the café.