Power Rangers: Beasts of Myth
Fear the Faery
Sasquatch typed away at the computer while the rangers looked on.
"So, let me get this straight," Xue said confused. "You can tell Izumi's a Mythic Beast?"
Sasquatch nodded. "It's a trait that all of you will master after you figure out how to unlock the Armor of the Elements. Mine is so developed, I can tell different beasts apart."
"Then what is Izumi?" Xue asked, skeptic.
"A kitsune," Sasquatch replied.
Suddenly, a beep came from the computer and Izumi's family tree pulled up. At the top was a box that read "Kogane no Kitsune".
"Need I go on?" Sasquatch asked Xue, a smug look on his face.
"I'll ask Izumi about it," Xue said to herself.
Sean grabbed her arm suddenly and said, "You can't just ask her about it."
Tobias nodded as Sean let go. "Sean's right. Izumi seems to be nice, but let's not bother her with our stuff."
Sasquatch snapped. "Speaking of 'our stuff', there's something I think you guys need to do."
The five looked at Sasquatch, confused.
"Some of you haven't been talking as much," Sasquatch continued. "That's why I'm assigning a group of three and a group of two to achieve a better team dynamic. The first is Tobias, Skyler, and Clarice."
Skyler and Tobias exchanged a high five while Clarice groaned. Sean looked at Xue, then to Sasquatch.
"So, Xue and I are going to be together for the day?" the Irish boy asked.
The bigfoot nodded.
"At least, you don't have to hang with these two," Clarice said, pointing her thumb at Tobias and Skyler, who were a bit upset.
Skyler shrugged. "Like it or not, you got us. So, let's go to my job!"
Clarice's face went pale and said desperately, "You don't mean that, do you?"
"Hey, there's nothing that can interrupt you up in the air," Skyler said with a witty grin.
With that, the three teleported. As the flashes of red, green, and yellow flew out of the Ops, the blue and white rangers found themselves in an awkward silence as Sasquatch had left the room.
"So," Sean said, eager to break the silence. "Wanna go to Mural City? I'm kinda hungry."
Xue looked down at her stomach as it released a growl. "Me, too."
With that, the two teleported.
Sean looked at Xue in surprise as the small Chinese girl scarfed down another slice of pizza.
"Jeez, Xue, that's, like, your sixth slice!" the Irish boy remarked, astonished.
Xue blushed a little as she wiped some pizza sauce from her mouth. "Well, Clarice's foster parents were kinda concerned about my eating when I first got here. You see, in China, it's impolite to clean your plate. So when I barely ate anything, they would make a big fuss about it."
Sean rested his chin on his hand, intrugued.
"So," Xue continued, "I started to eat more. It was hard at first, but eventually, I thought nothing of it. Tobias says I'm one of those girls that can eat and you can only wonder where it goes."
Sean chuckled softly. Xue laughed a little, too.
"So, how are things with Tobias?" Sean asked, grabbing a slice of pizza.
Xue sighed and smiled. "Wonderfully. We went to The Pier yesterday night."
Sean let out of a "hm" of pleasant surprise as he bit into the slice. The Pier was one of the most expensive restaurants in town. Even the Connors only went when there was a special occasion.
"Must've been nice," Sean said, stuffing the pizza he'd bitten off into the side of his mouth so he could talk.
The Irish boy couldn't help but laugh inwardly thinking of how much Xue would've run up the bill.
"So how are you and Clarice?" Xue asked, a sly smile on her face.
Sean swallowed his pizza and pointed at the Chinese girl. "You already heard it from Clarice, didn't you?"
"Yeah, but I want to hear it from your perspective," Xue replied.
"Okay," Sean said, placing the slice of pizza in his hand on his plate. "Clarice and I went to a movie at the cinema and guess who decides to be the unexpected guest?"
"Skyler," Xue replied with a grin.
"Exactly," Sean replied, hoisting his hands up and slamming them onto the table. "So, Skyler is a row behind us. We're enjoying the movie, then Skyler decides to pop his head in between us at a romantic part. So we both end up kissing Skyler's cheek."
Xue started to laugh, spilling a little water on her shorts.
"And that wasn't even the worst part. Skyler had to go and joke about it! 'Aw, you guys are sweet, but I'm afraid neither of you are my type.' I wanted to say something about Carmella, but that would've been too harsh," Sean added.
Xue nodded as Sean sighed. "So yeah, that was a mess."
The two sat in silence. Then, out of the blue, Xue asked, "Hey, Sean, do you believe in faeries?"
Sean flinched at the last word.
"Sean, are you okay?" the Chinese girl asked, concerned.
The Irish boy nodded, panting a little. "Sorry, I'm kinda superstitious. In Irish folklore, faeries are usually evil beings that wish harm on people."
Xue smiled a knowing smile. "You're afraid of faeries, aren't you?"
Sean turned red. "What Irish person wouldn't be?"
"You know I don't know much about Irish stuff," Xue replied with a shrug.
Sean returned the shrug and looked at the box. "You going to eat that last slice?"
Xue looked at the box, which only had one slice of pizza in it. The Chinese girl reached over and took it. Sean nodded and looked out the window, wondering how Clarice was doing.
AIR ABOVE BERMUDA BAY
Clarice screamed at the top of her lungs as Skyler's rickety plane clattered across the sky. Skyler, who was in the pilot's chair, let out a whoop, which was returned by Tobias, who sitting in the copilot's chair.
"How do you do this?" Clarice screamed, the roar of the engine consuming the majority of her voice.
"You get used to it after a while," Skyler yelled back with a smile.
Tobias laughed and yelled, "Just don't scream that much."
Clarice looked at the red ranger and shouted, "Why no..." Before she could finish the sentence, a passing fly entered her mouth and she swallowed it.
"Ugh, bug! Bug! Bug!" the yellow ranger screamed in disgust, trying to cough it back up.
Skyler laughed. "Don't worry, stuff like this happens all the time up here. But you might want some ice cream after this."
Clarice groaned in disgust, sticking out her tongue and using her hands to clean it.
"Hey, Tobias, is it time?" Skyler asked his friend with a grin.
"To do a barrel roll?" Tobias replied, returning the smile.
Clarice's eyes grew big and the yellow ranger shook her head anxiously. Skyler laughed loudly as the plane lurched into a barrel roll. The girl screamed as the two guys whooped.
As the plane leveled out, Clarice yelled, "Get me off this thing!"
The yellow ranger's plea echoed as Skyler brought the plane in for touchdown. Needless to say, Clarice was off as the plane was stopped. The yellow ranger panted in fear, eyes wide. Skyler hopped off the plane, quickly followed by Tobias.
"Hey, Tobias," Skyler told his buddy with a nudge, "I'm going to fuel up the plane before I leave. Make sure Clarice catches her breath. Sean will kill me if she hyperventilates."
Tobias smiled. "Is that your way of saying you care about her?"
Skyler play-punched Tobias in the shoulder. "Perhaps. One thing's certain, I don't hate her anymore. But don't tell her that."
Tobias's smile became a smirk and the Spaniard shook his head. Skyler walked back to the plane as Tobias approached Clarice.
"Need a paper bag?" Tobias asked, half-joking, half-serious.
Clarice looked at him, then shook her head. "I'm... fine."
Tobias snerked with a smirk. "I remember the first time I flew. Skyler scared the crap out of me."
Clarice laughed at little, but it was shortlived, as she was still a little out of breath.
"But, I never regretted it," Tobias said, putting his hands in his pockets.
Clarice inhaled as she finally caught her breath and the yellow ranger nodded.
"Come to think of it, you're right, Tobias," Clarice replied, laughing a little. "I made it out to be worse than it was. It was actually pretty fun."
A mischievous grin came over Tobias's face. "Even swallowing the bug?"
Clarice stopped laughing and shuddered. "No."
DOWNTOWN BERMUDA BAY
Everyone in the area went about their business, knowing that if anything bad happened, the Power Rangers would save them. Suddenly, a small black dot zoomed across the street and landed on a man's neck. The man, an Asian businessman in a sharp suit, felt a sharp bite on his neck.
"Ow!" he cried out, slapping at whatever had bitten him.
The black dot giggled, then began to grow, revealing a half-vampire, half-faery. The man gasped in surprise as his eyes grew with fear. Everyone around him noticed this and ran, screaming as they went.
"Aw, the little human is scared," the Vampiric Beast cooed evilly at the man she had just bitten. She ran the back of her fingers across his check, caressing him.
"Don't worry," the vampire/faery said in false compassion, "You'll soon be one of us."
The man let out a tormented scream as the monster laughed maniacally.
"Hey, what's going on over there?" the restaurant owner asked nobody, pointing at the plaza.
Sean's eyes grew wide and Xue sucked air through her teeth anxiously.
"We've gotta go," Sean said quickly to the restaurant owner.
The two slid out of their booth quickly and bolted towards the door.
"Wait, what about the bill?" the Greek man shouted, gaping.
"Just put it on the tab!" Sean shouted back as the two exited the building.
BERMUDA BAY AIRFIELD
Skyler ran over his friends. "Sean just called and told me there's a Vampiric Beast downtown."
Tobias and Clarice looked at the Portugeuse boy, confused.
"If there was a Vampiric Beast downtown, wouldn't Sasquatch've called us?" Clarice asked, looking at her Mythic Morpher when she mentioned Sasquatch.
Tobias looked at his morpher for a brief moment before it started going off.
"Rangers, we have a really bad situation on our hands," Sasquatch came. "A Vampiric Beast has bitten a human!"
The three exchanged a confused glance.
"What does that mean?" Tobias asked into his morpher.
"Yeah, and why didn't you tell us earlier?" Skyler asked a bit more angrily into his.
"Well, it means that what happened to Bloodwing is going to happen to that person," Sasquatch said, his voice calm.
Clarice, horrified, covered her gaping mouth as Skyler looked at Tobias's morpher anxiously.
"And to answer Skyler's question, I, um..." Sasquatch came again.
"You what?" Skyler replied into his morpher.
"I... fell asleep?" Sasquatch answered, which was followed by a sheepish laugh.
Clarice scoffed, Tobias groaned, and Skyler calmly walked to the hangar wall and began to bang his head on it, producing a repetitive clang sound.
"We'll be right there," Tobias said into his morpher.
Skyler stopped beating his head against the wall and rejoined the two. "I think I knocked something loose."
Clarice started to say something, but decided against it. Exchanging a glance of urgency, the three teleported.
DOWNTOWN BERMUDA BAY
Faerfang giggled evilly at the man. "Soon, my pet, you will be just like me and there's no stopping the process!"
"That's what they all say," Sean's voice came.
The Vampiric Beast twirled around to see Sean and Xue running towards her, the former backpedalling suddenly and ending up landing on his butt.
Faerfang let out a "hmph" of amusement. "Funny, I thought you Mythic Beasts were braver." She tittered, causing Sean to shudder in fear.
"Why did it have to be a faery?" Sean asked rhetorically, sulking slightly.
Xue patted him on the shoulder. "It's fine, Sean. I'll take care of this. Mythic Beasts, Awaken!"
The white ranger morphed in a flash, to which Faerfang giggled a little. "What's the matter, Sean? It is Sean, isn't it? Are you afraid?"
Sean back away a little, very scared.
Xue drew her shield and said, "Sean's none of your concern. You should be more focused on me."
The white ranger charged forward, the sharp part pointed towards the monster. Faerfang charged as well, her wings fluttering behind her. Xue slashed at the monster, but the demented faery dodged out of the way. Xue tried again, and Faerfang dodged just as easily. The monster giggled as she shrunk and zoomed over to Sean, hovering in front of his face.
"Boo," Faerfang said to the Irish boy.
Sean reeled back, swatting at her like a bee or wasp. The Vampiric Beast giggled and grew. Xue grunted annoyedly and charged again, this time with her dagger. Faerfang meerly twirled around and scorpion kicked the white ranger in the helmet, causing her to reel back in disorientation.
"You're too easy to take on," Faerfang taunted Xue.
"Leave her alone!" Tobias's voice came as a minor third with C as the bottom note was heard.
The Vampiric Beast clutched her ears in pain and scream as the three others ran up. Xue took this opportunity to slash Faerfang across the abdomen, causing a few sparks to fly. Faerfang scoffed as the white ranger joined the others.
"So, that's your best?" Faerfang asked haughtily.
The monster charged at the rangers, who charged in response. Tobias slashed at her with his lance, but she dodged gracefully and connected a force palm to his chest, causing him to reel back. Tobias dropped to one knee, panting a little. Skyler and Xue then used this opportunity to use Tobias's shoulders as a springboard. The two lashed out with their weapons, both of which Faerfang block with a mere two fingers. The monster smirked and pushed them back.
Meanwhile, Sean was crawling to the bitten man. He nudged the man, who was paling fast and seemed to be staring into space.
"Hey, buddy, hang on, okay?" the blue ranger told the man as he tried to call Sasquatch.
The man pulled himself up a little.
"You're the blue ranger," he said to Sean, pulling something out of his pocket.
Sean nodded, then said into his morpher. "Sasquatch, pick up." Then, Sean glanced at what the man pulled out.
It was a blue wave on a chain and when the man held it up to the light, it shimmered red, yellow, green, and white as well as blue.
"This is a family heirloom, forged by my ancestor, the Lady of the Rocky Island," the man continued.
He placed the chain in his hand and closed his fingers around it. "It's been in my family for years. It should give you a boost."
The man then laid on the ground and his feet began to fade. Sean's eyes opened wide.
"What..." the Irish boy began.
"My duty is fulfilled," the man said, releasing a sigh as his waist disappeared. "To use it, invoke your element and say 'Access'."
Sean looked at the chain and looked at the fading man, who smiled at him. "But what about you?"
The man's chest vanished and he replied, "I am no longer necessary, Blue Ranger. Use it well."
And with that, he faded away. Sean looked at the chain and pressed it to his chest.
"But..." Sean thought aloud, "I'm too scared to fight Faerfang."
Just as he said that, Sean heard Clarice charge at Faerfang. The Irish boy looked up to see Faerfang knock down Clarice, the yellow ranger's morph disappearing.
"You, sweetie, will be the first," Faerfang said as she shrink and rushed in, aiming at Clarice's neck.
Sean's eyes widened and clenched his fists.
"Clarice!" the boy cried out while spinning his Mythic Morpher. "Mythic Beasts, Awaken!"
The blue ranger cracked his whip at Faerfang. The Vampiric Beast grew and snickered.
"So the blue ranger does want to play," she teased with a smile.
Sean didn't reply, his leg quivering just enough to notice.
"Are you scared?" she said, hissing at him to intimidate him.
Sean looked at his newly acquired chain and clenched it. "Yeah, I'm scared. But I bet the guy that gave me this..." He held the chain. "Was just as scared."
He looked around at his teammates. "We're all scared, but courage helps us persevere. I know that with my friends' support, I can't lose!"
He held the chain in the air and yelled as it began to glow, "Water Element, Access!"
Sean, in his ranger uniform, is on a rocky island, surrounded by five sirens. One by one, they approach him, two bearing leg armor, two bearing arm guards, and one bearing a medieval breastplate. They proceed to place the armor on him, the armor transforming from a dull gray to a vibrant aquamarine, his belt showing a red, green, yellow and white circle in the middle. The snake head on Sean's helmet hissed and a blue gleam ran across the visor.
Faerfang gaped in horror. "What?"
Sean summoned his whip and pressed the red button on his belt buckle.
"Fire and Water elements, unite!" Sean yelled, lashing out with his whip.
A splash of steaming water appeared and soaked Faerfang, burning her on contact.
The Vampiric Beast squealed an unearthly squeal of pain. "What is this?"
Sean let out a grunt of satisfaction and replied, "I believe you just met your match."
The blue ranger pressed the yellow button. "Earth and Water elements, unite!"
With a growl of annoyance, Faerfang charged. Sean cracked his whip on the ground in front of her and turned it to mud. The monster yelled as she slipped and fell. Quickly, Sean jumped on top of her and slashed her with his dagger in her abdomen.
"Giving up yet?" the blue ranger said as he pressed the green button on his belt. "Wind and Water elements, unite!"
Faerfang let out a "ha ha", then grabbed Sean's leg and drug him into the mud as well. Sean heard a sickening splat as he, too, fell into the mud. The two struggled to get up, Sean more so than Faerfang. The blue ranger's astonished teammates looked on.
Skyler broke the others' silence. "I think I just answered the question 'Can you drop your jaw inside this helmet?' The answer? Yes."
Clarice let out an exhalation of a mixture of awe and fear. "So that's the Armor of the Elements."
Xue smiled underneath her helmet. "He's gotten over his fear for Clarice!"
Tobias nodded. "That's the power of love."
Sean and Faerfang circled, each covered with a considerable amount of mud, Sean wielding his whip. Suddenly, Sean got an idea. He lashed the whip at the air and began to twirl it, causing thunderclouds to form overhead. The blue ranger then struck the ground, summoning a lightning strike from above. At the last possible second, Faerfang crossed her arms to block the electrical energy, but she couldn't hang on and uncrossed them, sparks flying like crazy.
Sean pressed the white button on his belt and charged, ice crystals forming on his whip.
"Ice and Water elements, unite!" the blue ranger yelled as he lashed out with his weapon.
The shards of ice hit Faerfang hard, causing even more sparks to fly. Faerfang clutched her stomach struggled to charge.
"Time to wrap it up," Sean said, pressing the red, green, yellow and white buttons simultaneously.
The two are in the middle of the ocean, standing on the waves. "Five Element Lash!" the Irish boy yelles. Sean then strikes the water and a volcano erupts underneath the monster, causing it to fly into the air. Then, the monster is trapped in a vortex of wind and hail. As the monster descends, Sean surges forward meeting the monster before it hits the ground and hits it in the stomach, causing it to explode.
"Blue Armored Serpent Ranger!" Sean declared as the explosion went off behind him.
The vampire king looked at the screen and roared.
"Lillith, activate..." he began furiously.
"A steam pellet," Lillith finished, nonchalantly typing the command, "I know, I know."
DOWNTOWN BERMUDA BAY
Sean's armor disappeared and the blue ranger ran over to Clarice.
"Clarice, are you okay?" he asked anxiously.
The yellow ranger stood up and pecked him on the helmet. "I am now."
Sean blushed underneath his helmet. At least Skyler couldn't say "Aw, look at who's getting red!".
Before anything else could be said, a plume of steam appeared and revived Faerfang, making her grow giant. The rangers looked at her as she loomed over.
"Why does this always happen?" Skyler complained.
Clarice quickly morphed and the five drew their daggers. They then put the daggers to their mouths and summoned their Zords.
"Five as one! Mythic Beasts, Combine!"
The Yeti Zord's arms swivel behind its back as its head travels down to the pelvis, its chest opens and its feet become more humanoid. The Serpent and Naga Zords attach to the left and right sides respectively and hands form from the mouths. The Dragon Zord's tail retracts, its wing fold on its back, its head folds onto the chest. The Tolroc Zord's talons attach to the underbelly and its wings stiffen to make shoulder pads. The dragon then goes into the chest part and the Tolroc Zord on top of it. The Tolroc's head jerks back to where the head is supposed to be and a face appears in the wide open beak.
"Mythic Megazord!" the rangers yell, "Believe!"
Faerfang charged the Megazord furiously and took it down with a power tackle. Sparks flew inside the ranger's cockpit.
Tobias grunted. "If she keeps doing that, we'll be done for!"
Sean looked at his panel and noticed there was a flippable part to his right. The blue ranger flippable the panel open to reveal a place where the chain could fit. Quickly, the blue ranger slipped it into place. It was a perfect fit. Suddenly, the eyes of the serpent hand flashed blue and a trident fell from the sky and stuck into the ground.
The other four rangers looked at the trident, then at Sean.
Sean shrugged. "I just put the chain in the panel, and there it was."
The Megazord picked up its new weapon and pointed it at Faerfang. The Vampiric Beast giggled evilly.
"Oh please. Like a glorified fork is going to help you," she taunted.
Faerfang rushed in again, but this time, the Rangers were ready. With a quick maneuver, the Megazord stabbed Faerfang in the abdomen and tossed her like a rag doll into a building, causing it to collapse. The Vampiric Beast, now really angry, flew into the air.
"Oh, I don't think so!" Tobias yelled as Sean readied the finisher.
The trident suddenly turns blue and began to pulse blinding light. "Trident Javelin!" The weapon then soars through the air, impaling the monster through the chest, causing a huge explosion.
Faerfang tumbled to the ground, sparking and full of electrical energy. Slowly, she began to get up.
"What?" Sean asked, followed by an exhausted sigh.
The others let out a disheartened sigh as well. But before Faerfang could take a step, a golden blur smashed into Faerfang and ran into the horizon. Faerfang sparked even more as she finally fell and exploded.
The rangers sat in silence for a moment.
"Did anyone see that gold blur?" Xue asked, finally breaking the silence.
Skyler nodded. "Yeah."
Sean turned to the others. "It smelled of Mythic Beast."
Tobias, confused, cocked his head to the side. "What?"
Clarice climbed over to Sean's panel. "What does that even smell like?"
Sean looked at her. "It's... it's indescribable. You'll know it when you smell it."
Tobias grunted. "Well, at least we won."
OUTSIDE OF BERMUDA BAY
A giant, golden, mechanical kitsune stood in the middle of the woods and the Golden Kitsune Ranger stepped out. She demorphed, revealing Izumi, who used her powers to conceal her Zord.
"I can't keep this up," the Japanese girl said to herself. "The others are bound to find out sooner or later."
And with that, she walked towards the city.
Trivia: Originally, the Armor of the Elements was going to associated with the Lyre of Orpheus, but that idea was scrapped. The Lyre is going to used for something else...