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Power Rangers Literati
'Z is for Zords'
By J.T. Magnus, "Turbo"
Timeframe: during "Spirited Beginnings"
"Little Ones gone, Little Ones gone," Phoenix trilled sadly, the avian on her perch taking in the traces of green that were beginning to spread across formerly bare metal.
"They be back soon," one of the largest rumbled as he watched his own metal form darken.
Another form made an ominous clacking sound with it's claws, "You're so sure because he's one of yours anyway."
"Silence," One of a trio of nearly identical forms commanded, traces of crimson etching their way across its body, "Without him leading the others, we would be sleeping still."
One of the others shook its head, armor plates lightening in color as it did so, "We should be sleeping still. We're not needed. There's others."
A second large form struck the wall of its berth with an even larger fist, "Not our place to make such judgements. The Creator said when the Power recognizes them so will we. The Power chose them, they are the ones, so we will be needed... soon if not now."
The last of the triplets and quietest of them all spoke, "Don't trust."
The second triplet, now a pale golden color, turned to its faintly rose sibling, "Don't trust... who?"
"Don't trust," the pink-turning form repeated, "Darkness within."
"If one of them was truely evil, the Power would have refused them," the clawed form countered.
"Not evil," Siren said before repeating, "Don't trust, Darkness within..."
Dragon snarled, "Make my head hurt. Don't like it."
Scorpio was the first to feel the pulse of Grid Energy flow through him, "It's time, I've been called for."
The six remaining Spiritzords all felt an uncontrolled pulse of Grid Energy, a need for them not put into words, and responded. Phoenix and Dragon fitted themselves into launch cradles and felt the magnetic forces build up to accelerate them into the air. Far above, twenty feet of ground and growth rose into the air on a hydrolic platform as a metal ramp extended up out of the hole beneath it. First Phoenix's cradle sped faster and faster up the launch ramp before slamming to a halt, launching its cargo through the forest canopy and into the night sky above. As the ground fell away and Phoenix spread her wings, she was joined by Dragon in flight. Siren was lowered into a tunnel that rapidly filled with water, connected to the Orenda River despite its distance, and locked into her own launch cradle that sped through the water before releasing her into the river itself. Bracing herself against the riverbed, Siren shot through the water and into the air. Three more launch tunnels delivered Demon, Knight and Witch to the surface where they began running towards the source of the pulse.
Five Spiritzords were frozen in shock at the site of their Rangers locked in combat, battling Scorpio with their Power Weapons. Five Spiritzords stood there stunned as the sixth caught his Ranger who had been thrown through the air before he could hit anything. As the sixth raised his Ranger to the chamber for his use, four Spiritzords reached down to do the same for their own Rangers, Dragon doing so for both his own and Phoenix's, the green Spiritzord perched on his shoulder. As six Rangers confirmed their place in control of the mighty living machines, six Spiritzords looked at the last of their number and sadly knew that Siren had been right.
Darkness had been within, and now it was released.
Author's Note: A to Z, from "Air" to "Zords", that's that. I'd like to thank my readers and especially those of you who not only read but took the time to review. I'll admit I've got plans for another set of twenty-six word-based drabbles to continue "Alphabet Soup", but for now...