Blaze stood in the corridor on the top floor of an office building deep in Corinth's financial district. He was wearing a suit, and pacing the corridor as he muttered to himself, going over what the speech he had been preparing almost since he had awakened from his coma.

"Dude, you need to relax, you got this." Devon said wearily. He, Ravi and Roxy had all come with him for moral support. While he was under Evox's influence, a lot had changed, arguably more for him than anyone else. While Roxy had to come to terms with some of the things her avatar had done, and think a lot about her future and where she wanted to go now that she had her own life back, Blaze had other concerns too. His avatar had murdered his father, which now meant that as the sole heir to the Winchester empire, Blaze now had to figure out not only what to do with his own life, but with the holdings and money that his father had left behind.

It wasn't a legacy that Blaze relished or was overly enthusiastic about. Business had always been his father's interest more than his own, but he had always been raised knowing that one day he would be expected to take on the Winchester name and empire. All his years of high-priced schooling, training and tutors had all been to prepare him to one day take his father's place. Blaze had always hoped that it would be some time before he'd need to think of what to do with it, while he was sure his father wanted to ensure Blaze was taught what was expected of him, 'indoctrinated' would probably be a more accurate word, to the point that he would just take on the reins and keep things going the way his father always had.

It was never a path that interested him much. He'd enjoyed the trappings and privilege of wealth of course, but it was never his concern to make any more. But along the way, he had seen and heard a lot of things he could now not just ignore. Not to mention, it had been his avatar that had killed his father. It was an image that Blaze still struggled with, even though he knew he could do nothing to prevent it. The avatar had been the one to strike the blow, but he had seen and experienced it all, like a helpless passenger of his own being.

Roxy got up, heading over to him. While she wouldn't really know if she would have described them as 'friends' before, her family was almost as wealthy as Blaze's, and they'd known each other long before Grid Battleforce. She came over to Blaze, taking his hand.

"Are you sure you wouldn't prefer to do this another time?" She asked him. "If it's too hard, I'm sure the board would be happy to reschedule, Hell, what are they going to do? It's your company, they work for you!"

"I don't know if leaving this any longer is going to make it any easier." Blaze said as he took some deep breaths.

"Dude, no one expects you to shrug this off, you still haven't taken any time for yourself." Ravi added. "You've barely even gotten out of the pod."

"Yeah, but if I want to get on with my life, I need to start taking care of some things." Blaze stated. Just then, the door opened and a man appeared, looking to Blaze.

"They're ready for you now Mr Winchester." He told him. Devon stood up.

"You want us to go in with you?" He asked. Blaze just shook his head.

"I appreciate it, but I think this is something I need to do myself." Blaze answered. Devon just patted him on the back as he went in.

"You think he'll be alright?" Roxy asked.

"We're right here if he's not." Devon reminded her, checking his watch. "I just hope this doesn't take too long."

In his office, Mayor Daniels was on a video call to some city officials all around the world. Now that Morph-X had proven to be able to more than handle Coral Harbour's energy needs, with a fraction of the production costs and more importantly, no harmful by-products, other cities were starting to take interest and come forward to hear more about setting up their own facilities.

It was always the Silva family's sincere wish to see the whole world transfer over to Morph-X one day, all but ending the world energy crisis and the many problems that were connected to it. The energy industry was not just an entity in and of itself, it touched on virtually every area of the living world meaning that it affected so many other things and created problems all over. Nations who were struggling to get the natural resources they needed to power their industry would go to war over the quickly depleting reserves of fossil fuels. Entire economies ran on whether or not people could power their lights or start up their cars. All in, the promise of permanent, free-running, clean energy was not just the Holy Grail of the energy industry, but one of the most sought-after discoveries in all of science.

"And now that the Rangers have finally destroyed Evox and sealed the Cyber Dimension, there are no more current threats to the Morph-X supply." Mayor Daniels continued with his presentation. "I will not lie to you. I was a sceptic. I was one of the loudest and most vocal opponents at one point, but I have seen with my own eyes what Morph-X has done for my city in less than one year. Air and water quality have never been better. Streets are cleaner. Those that were concerned about losing work in other areas of the energy industry have since been re-trained and put to work in Morph-X. Ladies, Gentlemen, I applaud you all for being the true pioneers, the first cities in the world to agree to open yourselves up to Morph-X."

They all applauded as he concluded, and waited for some questions. It was no small thing for any elected official to propose completely over-turning the way things had run in their areas for decades.

"Mayor Daniels, allow me to say that here in Osaka, we have always prided ourselves on being at the forefront of technology." One of the officials began to say. "I know we have a long way to go to see the building of these facilities begin, but I know I for one will be thrilled to finally meet you in person."

"And I fully intend to meet with all of you. I have already begun my travel plans." Mayor Daniels told them. "Believe me when I say, it's not often I leave this city I love so much, but for this, to open the world to Morph-X, I am willing to…"

He heard a knock on the door and turned to see his secretary coming in. He glared at her.

"Mayor Daniels? I'm sorry, I…"

"Not now!" He hissed angrily. She jerked away, looking rather flustered. The Mayor wasn't shy about expressing disappointment or annoyance, but generally with those who worked for him, he was rather civil. He didn't make a habit of raising his voice or speaking out of turn at them.

"Is there a problem?" One of the officials asked. Mayor Daniels turned back to them.

"No, no problem." Mayor Daniels said, before turning back to his secretary. "This better be important!" She gulped.

"You…asked me to remind you about the ceremony." She told him. He checked his watch, seeing the time, before nodding. He turned back to the screens.

"I'm sorry, Gentlemen, but time has gotten away from me. I'm just so enthusiastic about beginning the worldwide Morph-X network." He told them. "But I have some official business that I just need to take care of."

"We understand." One of the others, a representative from Paris, responded. As they all signed off, Mayor Daniels walked up to his secretary and smiled.

"Thank you for the reminder." He said, before gripping her arm tightly and moving in closer, whispering in her ear. "But if you ever interrupt me while I'm working on the world-wide Morph-X network again, you'll be looking for a new career. Do you understand me?"

She just nodded nervously as he released her, before straightening out his suit.

"Now, call my driver." He ordered her. "I've got an appointment to keep."

Back at the office building, Blaze came out of the room, finding his friends waiting for him. He just took a deep breath as he collapsed back against the wall.

"Well, how was it?" Ravi asked. Just then, they all heard some banging from inside the room.

"CALM DOWN? You're asking me to calm down?" Someone roared. "The boy's going to ruin us! I'm going to sue!"

"About as well as I thought it would." Blaze said uncomfortably.

"Wow, what did you say?" Roxy asked him. He just looked to them all.

"I've appointed a proxy to run the company in my stead. I'll still hold the shares and own the company, but I won't be the one running the day-to-day operations." Blaze continued. "I'll get reports every now and then just to make sure the company is running the kind of business I would like it to, and make suggestions when it isn't but other than that, I'm out."

"And they're unhappy?" Devon asked. Blaze started to fidget with his hands.

"My dad, the way he did things, the way this company has been…" He started to say, before tailing off. A lot had come to light in the time since he had been away. No one was under any real false impressions that Arthur Winchester had been a tough, hard and sometimes aggressive businessman who thought nothing of rolling over smaller businesses and people that got in his way, but since most of the city either worked for the Winchesters directly, or in businesses that relied on their businesses, large numbers of people still thought of him as some kind of latter-day Robin Hood. Unfortunately, they knew different.

Among many of the things his company had done, they had cut corners on military contracts, sending munitions that didn't pass quality controls to be 'recycled', only to then send them out to units all over the world under different order numbers all to save money. It was something that had made the company millions, but had also cost a lot of lives. This had all been kept out of the public eye following Arthur's death. The fact he was one of the 'Founding Fathers' of the Morph-X program meant that bringing his practices to light could endanger the roll-out of Morph-X across the world, and so instead, the company had been warned their activities would be made public if they continued, and a monument to Arthur's memory had been erected in the park. Blaze and the others though couldn't just forget what they knew.

"I can't be involved in it, and I can't let his company go back to doing things the way they did before." Blaze told them. "Needless to say, some people who thought I might bring back the good old days were less than happy."

"It sounds like it." Roxy agreed. "Can they really sue you?"

"That's for the lawyers to figure out." Blaze answered with a shrug. "But in the meantime, I just need to do something good, something that actually benefits people. Maybe if I can do that, I won't just be…you know…"

"Any idea what you want to do?" Devon asked him. Blaze just shrugged.

"All I've ever really loved doing was karate." He replied honestly. "I know I've not been the best sensei, but while I've been trying to get my head around what I want to do, I've found myself meditating and doing a lot of kata…I even came up with a few new ones actually. It got me to thinking about some of the good things some of my old sensei used to teach me. How it's better to help, protect and serve others than it is to use your power to harm."

"So, what are you going to do?" Ravi asked him.

"Well, for starters, I think I'm going to start teaching classes…ALL the classes, not just the ones that don't need me to teach them." Blaze replied. "And since it's not like I need the money, I figured it'd help a lot of kids find something constructive to do if I started giving lessons for free."

"For free?" Devon asked, feeling his forehead. "Dude, are you sure you're a Winchester?"

"Get off!" Blaze responded. Just then, they heard another crash inside the board room and a lot of raised voices. "Yeah, probably time we all got back to base and prepared for your ceremony. You know, before this turns any uglier."

As they started leaving, Roxy heard some glass breaking. She just shook her head.

"Wow, and I thought meetings at dad's company could get ugly!" She said with a shudder.

Later, over at Gird Battleforce Headquarters, Zoey came into the lab, finding Nate working on his latest project. She carefully looked around, making sure no one else was there, before creeping up behind him. She put her arms around him, and gently kissed his cheek. Nate smiled brightly as he turned towards her, wrapping his arms around her.

"Well, this is a nice distraction." He commented.

"Nate, you didn't forget, did you?" She asked him. He just shook his head.

"No, I didn't." He assured her. "I've been looking up all sorts of recipes. Latkes, brisket kugel…we'll be able to have our own celebration before you go home to your mom for the holiday."

"Nate, you did forget!" She said, chuckling a little. "You're not really planning on turning up in that are you?"

It was only then that he saw she was wearing a dress uniform. The Rangers' identities were still classified and unknown in the public eye, but that didn't mean that the city wasn't prepared to honour them. They had all been awarded honours under the identities of the Rangers, but in private, they were going to receive them in person. They would just be unable to acknowledge them publicly until they retired as Rangers.

"Oh, shoot!" He said as he realised. "I need to get changed!"

"Just don't run off too quickly!" She said as he was about to pull away from her. "I want to hear more about all these recipes you've been learning."

"Well, I figured cooking is basically applied chemistry so, I was just looking and…"

"And you think you can match my mom's Matzo ball soup?" She asked him. He just shook his head.

"I just wanted to put in an effort." He told her. "It'll be our first holiday together."

"Well, I definitely appreciate it." She said as they started to draw close to each other. They quickly parted though, Zoey stumbling as she tried to lean on the work bench to look casual as they heard the door open. Steel came bounding in enthusiastically, humming a cheerful ditty.

"Oh man, how great is today!" He said excitedly. "Joanne had Ben and Betty polish me up really well for the ceremony, can you see how awesome and shiny I look?"

He saw them both staring at him, looking startled and distracted.

"You're both kind of quiet, is everything alright?" He asked them.

"Um…" Zoey started to say, before he waved it off.

"I know, you're probably both just excited about the ceremony!" He replied. "Speaking of which, bro, don't you think you should change?"

"Yeah, I was just going to go do that." Nate said, grabbing Steel by the arm. "Uh…I'll see you there, Zoey!"

With that, they left the lab. Zoey just sighed and leant against the workbench.

"Yeah, great." She replied. "Can't wait."

Later, in the basement of the base, the Rangers assembled along with Joanne, Blaze, Roxy, Ben, Betty and Commander Shaw. General Burke was standing before them along with Mayor Daniels.

The ceremony was as formal as could be allowed. While it would have been nicer to have it somewhere a little more formal or scenic than the basement, since the Rangers' identities were not public, they couldn't risk anyone outside of Grid Battleforce seeing the ceremony. It would take a lot to explain why a janitor, a laundry worker and a physical training officer were being awarded medals.

"Rangers, the city of Coral Harbour owes you a great debt, one that I am not sure it will ever be able to pay." General Burke began his speech, looking to them as they all stood to attention before him. "It was once said that the truest mark of a hero is that those, he saves will never truly know who saved them. I know that at times this seems like a thankless task, but one you have all done admirably, and with honour. For that, I salute you."

He saluted the Rangers, a gesture they all returned, before Mayor Daniels stepped up to the podium. He looked over them all.

"It is true that the city cannot thank you personally on an official level." He told them. "However, they have already done so for your alter egos. That is why it is my privilege to award each of you the highest honour my office can bestow. I award to each of you, the Coral Harbour medal of Valour."

Commander Shaw, Joanne, Ben, Betty and the General all applauded as the mayor came over, pinning medals to each of them in turn and congratulating them. He stopped by Devon as he came to the end of the line. He looked to him, deep in thought.

"What?" Devon asked.

"I'm just thinking how far you've come." He said as he pinned the medal to his chest. "Enjoy this day, while you can."

"Yeah…thanks dad." Devon said, smiling broadly as they all took the moment of adulation. Ravi didn't even look at Commander Shaw, but she still couldn't help shedding a tear or two of pride, seeing her son honoured in this way. Mayor Daniels went back to the podium.

"Oh, I almost forgot, my work here isn't quite done." He said as he picked up another medal. "While the Rangers are the most visible, they are not the only ones keeping us safe. It is the weapons and machines they use that make their missions possible. With that in mind, I would also like to honour the one who keeps them running. Joanne, if you would please."

Joanne was completely gobsmacked. She hadn't had any reason to think that the mayor would even know who she was, never mind award her the city's highest honour. Everyone applauded, but she only went to receive the medal after Devon all but shoved her up there. She returned to her friends, accepting hugs and congratulations.

"And finally." Mayor Daniels declared, before General Burke could dismiss them. "It takes a great deal of courage, even with all the powers and technology available." He began, before looking towards Ben and Betty. "But it takes a whole lot more to do it without those things. That is why I would like to award these medals to Ben and Betty Burke."

"Us?" Ben stammered. Betty let out a huge squeal, before running up with her brother to receive their medals. The General was overcome, wiping away tears as he watched his children being honoured.

"Guys, this day just couldn't get any better." Devon stated.

"I think it could!" Steel answered, getting out a cell phone. "Come on guys, we need to take a selfie!"

With that, Commander Shaw quietly left the room, heading back towards her office. The Rangers and their friends all gathered in celebration, while Steel took a picture to immortalise the moment. All the while, Mayor Daniels just watched them, with a smirk on his face.

"Yes, enjoy this Rangers." He whispered to himself, as his eyes flashed red. "While you can."

FIN!