Andros was running down the hall, he stopped and leaned against it coughing. The coughing turned from small to uncontrollable. A gurgling sound left his throat and he gagged, pulling his hand back he saw blood covering his palms. Lifting his head, he held his side as he looked down the hall. "Gree mach do!" A voice called out, sounding reptilian. (There he is!) Andros looked to his right to see two guards dressed in silver armor and staffs. They lowered the staffs and Andros took off running down the hall. Rolling across the floor as the blasts nearly hit him in the shoulder and back.
The former Red Space Ranger slid around a corner, his side CRASHING into the wall making him shout in pain. He fell to his knees for a second, holding his already shattered ribcage. He was struggling to breathe, closing his eyes tight he forced himself to his feet. Taking the medallion that was hanging around his neck, Andros reached a door and slammed the medallion up against it.
Racing into a room it was obvious it was some sort of infirmary. Ashley was laying on the table, barely clothed with wires sticking out of her arms and her torso. She had a headband around her head that also had wires coming out of it. "Ashley," he called to her. He started removing the wires and the needles from her arm. She let out a moan and her eyes fluttered open and closed.
"Andros…" she moaned in pain.
Andros cupped her cheek in his hand. "I'm here, I'm right here, we have to get you out of here," he told her. Ashley whimpered in pain as he picked her up.
"Andros, don't," she begged, "Don't…"
She suddenly jerked her body and started coughing hard. "You need to get out of here…" she murmured.
"I'm not leaving you," he answered.
"You have to go," she insisted, struggling to breathe.
Andros placed her back on the table. "Ashley, look at me, look at me, I'm right here," he told her, holding her up. Ashley stared up at his face. Reaching up, her hand cupped his cheek, her thumb moving over his bruised cheekbone.
"You're human…" she whispered.
Andros couldn't help but smile and chuckle as tears welled up in his eyes. "What did you expect?" he answered. Ashley gave him a small smile.
"I've only loved you…in my whole life…" she whispered.
"Don't talk, you need to keep your energy so we can get home," he answered.
"Andros…" she said softly.
Ashley gripped his hand tightly. "You have to make it…you have to," she insisted. Her fingers traced the wedding ring around his left ring finger. "I love you…always…" she got out.
"I love you…forever," he answered.
Ashley smiled before she let out one final breath before falling limp in his arms. "Ashley? Ashley!" he called to her. Andros looked at her limp body, tears slid down his face before he pulled her into his arms. His shoulders shook as sobs wracked through him.
Suddenly, he felt a shearing pain go through his back making him shout and drop to his knees. Looking over, he saw the same soldiers rushing over to grab him. Andros grabbed the dagger from one of their boots, stabbing them both in the necks with it. Picking Ashley's lifeless body up, he rushed out of the infirmary.
Finding the ship, Andros hurried over to it. "DECA, open the door!" he called out. The door slid open and he rushed inside.
Andros placed Ashley's body onto the infirmary bed. "DECA, lift off!" he called out, "Take us home!" Andros fell to the floor, grunting in pain as he coughed again. The iron taste of his blood settling on his tongue.
Reaching to his side, he pulled his hand back to see blood. "Get us home," he begged. The ship shook as their attackers tried to bring them back but the Megaship went into hyper rush.
Back on KO-35 minutes later, Karone ran onto the landing pad as the Astro Megaship landed. The door opened and Karone gasped in horror. Her brother was practically stumbling out of the ship covered in his own blood, his clothes were tattered, his hair was matted to his head, what wasn't covered in blood was bruises. "Andros!" she gasped. Running over to her brother, she caught him in her arms as he collapsed. Zhane's eyes grew wide at what he was seeing.
"MEDICS!" he shouted, running over to them.
Andros was holding onto Karone's hand. "Talitha…Sabik…" he murmured.
"They're okay, they've been asking about you," Karone replied.
"Good…that's good…" he murmured.
Andros gripped his sister's hand tighter. "Ashley's gone…I couldn't save her," he murmured.
"That wasn't your fault," Zhane assured him as Cassie, TJ, and Carlos ran over.
"What happened?" TJ asked.
Andros swallowed with a cough. "We…We…they came…out of nowhere," he replied, "They did things…they're monsters." Andros looked at Karone. "They can't find out…they can't find any…anyone," he begged her, "Everyone has to know."
"Who are they?" Zhane asked.
"Monsters…they are liars…deceivers…not friends…" he replied.
"What are their names?" Cassie asked.
Andros's eyes kept opening and closing. "Andros, stay with us," Karone begged him, her hand resting on his chest, "Come on, big brother, open your eyes. Who are they?"
"They…wouldn't…tell…" he replied, "They…said…many…"
Karone hushed him. "Keep your strength, okay? The medics are coming," she assured him. Andros was struggling even more to breathe.
"Protect…them…" he whispered, "Promise me…Talitha and Sabik…they are safe."
"I promise," Karone replied.
Andros looked at his sister and his friends. Then it looked as though he was looking pass them. "Ashley…" he whispered, "I want…I want to be with Ashley…" His eyes closed and Karone's eyes went wide.
"Andros?" she asked.
She started shaking her brother. "ANDROS!" She shouted, "No, no, Andros, come back." She placed Andros on the ground, resting her hands on his chest as she started doing compressions. "Andros, come back! You can't leave us!" she begged him. Zhane had Karone stand up.
"He's gone, Karone," he told her.
"NO!" she screamed.
Karone fought against her husband but Zhane held her tighter. "NO! NO!" Karone wailed as she fell to her knees and Zhane fell with her, holding her close.
At the funeral, a little boy with chin-length light brown hair, hazel eyes, and a black suit stood next to Zhane, holding onto his hand. A little girl with brown hair and blond streaks, brown eyes, and wearing a black dress sitting on Karone's hip. The sky was cloudy, the Karovan minister had finished with the ceremony and they were staring at the two silver caskets that held Andros and Ashley's bodies. Sabik looked up at Zhane. "Uncle Zhane, what happens now?" he asked sadly.
"Aunt Karone and I are going to take care of you, okay?" Zhane asked as he crouched in front of him.
Sabik lowered his head and Zhane felt that painful tug to his heart. "Come here," he said softly, picking the little boy up and hugging him. Sabik hugged Zhane back as the tears fell down onto his face and into Zhane's jacket.