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Rachel and Kaiden sat in their Demi-Zords, listening to Fischer over their comm units. The Monster Rangers, morphed and Zord-sized, stood at attention nearby—and both teams kept casting nervous glances at each other.
"We're nearly there," the hunchback said. "Be ready."
"Are you sure about this?" Kaiden asked, again.
"No, but it seems like a good plan—and if the worst comes to the worst, the other Stellar Rangers are already there to back you up," Fischer replied calmly. "But I did know Layla fairly well, and she's sincere."
"You're awfully suspicious," Rachel said to Kaiden.
"Well, these people have beaten us to a pulp several times now," Kaiden pointed out. "I don't think I'm being paranoid here."
"Paranoid people never do, but you have a point," Rachel said. She fiddled with a lever nervously. "Are you really sure I can do Hyper Mode? I've barely even flown the Dash Zord for weeks now."
"You'll be fine, just relax," Kaiden assured her. Rachel heard the engines quiet down, and breathed deeply, trying to smother the stomach butterflies with oxygen.
"Time," Fischer said, as the Zord Bay doors slid open.
"Here goes nothing. Hyper Mode!" Rachel shouted, rising into the air. She zipped out the doors with a streak of golden light, and whooped as she shot straight down towards the water. What had she worried about, this was great! Like a roller coaster, only she was in control and could go wherever she wanted.
"Hyper Mode!" Kaiden shouted, shooting after her. The Monster Rangers followed, fast but not nearly in Hyper Mode league, and they all dropped into the water. Their weapons materialized in their hands with flashes of lightning, and Rachel turned on her microphone.
"Rex? James? It'd be good to know what your plan was right about now," she said. "Oh, and we've got some new allies, if that helps."
"UN Demi-Zords?" Rex guessed.
"Converted Monster Rangers," Rachel replied with a grin. "What do we do?"
"Help Tony catch Marco," Rex ordered. The Zords spread out across the lake. Rex must have explained to Tony, because the Lagrange Zord didn't start shooting at the Monster Rangers.
The six Zords zigzagged across the Hexagram Lake up, down, in every direction as quickly as they could, but found nothing. The sky was empty.
"He isn't here—can James try to scan for him?" Kaiden asked.
"Working on it," James said. "You're all going to feel a little weird for a sec; I'm scanning every sentient brain in the area."
The hairs on the back of Rachel's neck and arms prickled, and for a second she was seeing herself from the outside. She just had time to wonder what the back of her head would look like without a helmet, then it was gone and James was talking again. "He's gone inside."
"Okay, everyone down," Rex ordered, and all of the Zords dove into the water. Well, all but one.
"I can't," Monster Yellow said, hovering just above the surface. Rachel paused, and resurfaced with a splash. The others continued towards the Hexagram.
"What does that mean, you can't?" Rachel asked.
"Swim. I can't swim," Layla replied, audibly embarrassed. "I've only ever teleported in or out of the Hexagram." Rachel flew up beside her, and flicked off Hyper Mode. The Monster Rangers couldn't keep up with it, anyway.
"Hey, you're morphed, it's not like you can drown or anything. In Zord form it's just like flying, only with more resistance. Come on," Rachel said. The two Zords made their way down into the water, and towards the Hexagram disc. Rachel swam just ahead of Layla, right through the ever-widening hole the others had used to get inside. The compartment was flooding, but only Rex and Kaiden were still there—the others had already gone to look for Marco, leaving their Zords behind.
Rex sliced through the inside wall, picked it up and held it against the hole. The water spurted, shrank to a spray, and then a trickle as Kaiden blasted the edges with flame. The metal sealed, and the Bolt Zord let go. The air was hot and steamy, and Rachel's hatch fogged up.
"We're all in. Has anyone found him yet?" Rex asked into his communicator.
"Rex, Heather's vanished," James said. Layla shrank down to human size. Rex, Kaiden and Rachel were climbing out of their Zords, but the Red Ranger paused.
"One minute she was there—actually just a hallway away from Marco—and then the next I can't reach her mind anymore, but Monster Black's there now. He—oh. Ivan Ooze is possessing her. Now Marco's there and wow is he scared," James said. "He's running. They're bringing Monster Black along."
"Show me where they are," Rex demanded, dropping to the floor. The other three followed him out and down the hall. Splashing through the calf-deep water that had accompanied their entrances, the four Rangers looped through the Hexagram. James must have been transmitting right to Rex, because he never hesitated in their run through the mazelike hallways.
Dropping, he ripped a trapdoor open, and leaped through with a shower of water. Charlie, James, Tony and Joe nearly ran into him as he stepped out of the way for the others. James's eyes blazed blue, and he gestured to a closed door just down the hall, as Rachel landed with a splash.
"Got it," Rex said, heading for the door. Layla dropped in almost silently, Kaiden less so. "Give me some room, guys." Accordingly, the other Rangers stayed back, as he slid his fingers into the crack where the door opened. Hands glowing red, he tore the door open with a screech of metal and threw it into the wall with a clang. The Rangers all poured into the room.
Marco and Heather were standing in front of a blinding white light, which after a moment resolved itself into a glowing arm-length crack in the wall. It was flanked by a pair of thrumming pillars, which had been opened up to expose panels of blinking circuitry. The Black Monster Ranger, unmorphed, slumped in the corner, bleeding from his temple. Marco seized him by the elbow and dragged him to his feet, keeping one hand on his throat.
"Hold it," Heather said, placing a hand on a cluster of exposed wires in the pillar. The Rangers stopped, and spread out in a line. Water flowed into the room, and evaporated with a hiss as it reached the crack. Heather looked physically normal, but she carried herself differently, and there was a sneer on her face.
"That," Heather gestured to the crack, "Is a rip in the skin of the universe, and it really, really wants to devour a chunk of matter about the size of this very base. The only things holding it shut are these lovely stabilizers," she tapped one of the pillars, smirking. "Do you want to see what happens if I sabotage one?"
The Rangers exchanged glances. Rachel wondered if she could zip over and rip Heather away without tearing the wires apart. From the death grip the Green Ranger had, it didn't look likely. The air crackled with electricity, and steam began to curl away from the crack. A hum almost too high to hear emanated from the rip.
Rex spoke up. "Won't you get fried if you rip out a bunch of wires like that?"
Heather shrugged. "I'll take over someone else's body if this one gets destroyed. Now, everyone, out. After all, Marco's just trying to get home here."
"You're bluffing," Rex replied. "That much electricity would destroy you too, Ivan."
"Since when are we on a first-name basis?" Heather retorted. Out of the corner of her eye, Rachel noticed a blue glow from James's direction. Rex was stalling for time, then. Okay, let's help, then, Rachel thought.
"What are you going to do? Go through the crack yourself?" Rachel asked. Heather rolled her eyes.
"It's unstable," Heather replied. "And I'm nowhere near as desperate as that guy," she jerked a thumb towards Marco, who kept glancing from the Rangers to the crack. The Black Monster Ranger was watching Heather, though he looked pale and dizzy. Now that Rachel was paying attention, she noticed that his eyes weren't yellow anymore, but a normal-looking blue. Huh.
Then Heather's eyes glowed blue-violet, and she dropped to her knees with a tremendous, shuddering gasp. Heather shook her head, and looked up at the cluster of Rangers. It was clear that she was back in the driver's seat.
"Shoot me," she said thickly. "He'll run, you can chase him, Elandra brings me back."
Almost before Rachel had realized what Heather was saying, the Red Monster Ranger raised his crossbow and fired. The red laser hit the Green Ranger right in the chest, and she swayed. The light in her eyes snapped fully purple.
"Curses!" Ivan choked with her voice, and Heather crumpled flat on her back. Purple ooze drew out of her body and coalesced into Ivan Ooze's original form. He was furious. He began shooting violet lightning at the Rangers, who attacked.
Rachel zipped around him in a circle, slashing at him with her Mercurial Sais. Tony caught each purple bolt with a green flash, and they fizzled harmlessly off his shielding. Swinging her meteor hammer, Layla snared Ivan's arm and dragged him off-balance, right into Rex and Joe's swords.
Ivan Ooze twisted aside in the nick of time, and the weapons slashed off most of his high collar. Kaiden blasted flame at the morphological being, and he collapsed into ooze again to avoid it. Tony stabbed at the mass with his lance, but it parted around the point and oozed right into a ventilation shaft.
Then there was a thunderous crack, and the Rangers whirled around to see Marco flung flat on his back from the glowing crack. He raised a shaking hand, and it began to collapse into grey dust. Rachel stifled a shriek. The crack widened, and one of the stabilizers began to bend towards it.
"Never mind Ooze, this could well do our job for us," Rex said. "Charlie, Joe, Layla, get your teammates and Elandra out. Everyone else, Demi-Zords, now!" The Stellar Rangers darted out, and began backtracking as quickly as they could to the Zords.
All the way, Rachel heard metal ripping, and felt the crack's energy thrumming beneath her feet. She pushed herself faster, slipped on the wet metal and turned the fall into a roll at the last second. Kaiden caught her hand and pulled her back up, and then they were in the storage room with their Zords.
"Tony, James, you there yet?" Rex asked, slipping into his cockpit.
"Almost," James replied over the communicator.
"Charlie?" Rex asked.
"We're all together. Marco's dead, and the entire Hexagram is collapsing in on the crack," the other Red Ranger said. Incredulously, Rachel interrupted, but Rex cut her off.
"Okay," Rex said. "On the count of three, break out. Monster Rangers, grow. Ready?"
"Not really," James said.
"Not the time, James," Rex retorted. "One, two, three!"
The Zords swung around and fired their various weapons at the roof. White water exploded into the Hexagram, and the Zords tore up through the holes. Rachel winced at the loud scraping noises as she forced her way out—and then she was in the muffled water. It was incredibly dark outside, and her eyes took a while to adjust.
She could see the flashes and columns of bubbles dotted across the Hexagram, and hear the dull rumbles that accompanied each blast. Rex and Kaiden hovered beside her. There were Tony and James, off to the side. One, two, three, four Monster Rangers—the Black one was so hard to see!
The Zords all rose to the surface, as the entire Hexagram shuddered. It began to crumple in on itself, like a cheap tin can. There were flashes of electricity, and the white light shot through its holes. Rachel paused just below the surface, and watched the entire villain base implode. The crack blazed out once, blindingly, and then it sealed.
Rachel surfaced with a fountain of water, and flew towards the cliff. It was still nearly pitch-black, but she could see flashes of light from there. Rachel touched down and sprang out of the Dash Zord, darting through the maze of giant robots to where the others were gathering. She passed James messing with the Typhoon Zord.
Elandra, soaked to the bone, was seated on the ground. She looked noticeably larger around the middle than before, and was trying to breathe deeply. The now human-sized Monster Rangers were gathered around their Black and Green Rangers, who were locked in an embrace. Apparently, Elandra's tears had done the trick. Kaiden was next to her, and Tony watched the Monster Rangers warily. Rex spun around and grabbed Rachel by the shoulder. She squeaked, startled.
"You're the fastest, get her to the hospital," Rex ordered.
"Hospital? What—but it's way too early!" Rachel protested, looking at Elandra in alarm.
"No. Cheated," Elandra gasped. "Injured, went into labor, now it's too late to stop." Rachel darted to her side and tried to help the Orange Ranger up, mind still reeling. Elandra's knees buckled and she nearly fell, but Rex caught her. Arms glowing red, he picked her up and carried her to the Dash Zord.
Rachel climbed inside, and with a feeling of déjà vu, helped Rex arrange Elandra on her lap. The Orange Ranger was seated sideways, one arm around the back of Rachel's chair. Rex jumped off, and Elandra closed the hatch. Reaching around the Orange Ranger, leaning forward to see, Rachel restarted the Dash Zord, and Elandra's grip tightened as she had another contraction. Okay, not likely to have a repeat of what had happened to Fischer, but—
"Um, how likely is it you'll have the baby in the Zord?" She asked, as they took off.
"Forty percent," Elandra said tightly. "And no Hyper Mode—not safe."
"Right," Rachel said, and they zoomed away.
The night was calm and cool, though very dark. Rachel headed for the twinkle of city lights in the distance. Elandra's contraction passed, and she relaxed. Rachel's clothes grew damp from the soaked Orange Ranger. In the silence, Rachel finally had a chance for all of the night's events to sink in. Her eyes widened.
"Hey, did we just win?" She asked. "I mean for real, big final battle?" Elandra raised her eyebrows.
"Monster Rangers converted, Marco gone, Hexagram destroyed, Ivan Ooze missing presumed dead—so, yes," she said, ticking the items off on her fingers. Rachel let out an incredulous laugh. The outside lights grew brighter.
"I-it's over!" She cried. "We did it! No Weeping Angels, no Alchemist!" Soon Rachel picked out the hospital-it was one of the biggest buildings in the residential district. "Almost there," she told the Orange Ranger.
She touched down in the parking lot, just as Elandra had another contraction. Opening the hatch, Elandra let Rachel slip out from under her. The Pink Ranger leaped out of the Demi-Zord and ran to the Emergency Room outlet, yelling for someone to come help her. Panting, Elandra reached over and pushed the communicator.
"Rex?" She said.
"I'm receiving you, Elandra," Rex said. "We still haven't found any sign of Ivan Ooze."
"You probably won't. Everyone back to the Satellite Base, mission complete," Elandra said.
"I think we should keep looking," Rex replied, but Elandra cut him off.
"You'll only find something if he didn't get sucked into the crack or escape by now. We'll know if he rears his head again. Mission objective is fulfilled, you can go rest now," she said.
"Yes, ma'am," Rex said. "Over and out." Elandra flicked off the communicator and sat back, panting. She could hear Rachel coming back with the paramedics.
Trivia: This is my only fanfic (so far) to have an exact, detailed timeline, thanks to Elandra's pregnancy. The first chapter's events occurred on March 5th, 2011, and this is July 2nd of the same year.