A/N: Last chapter! Hope you all liked the story. Let me know either way.
Tommy was wrestling with another problem. Should he tell her that he was a Ranger? He knew that he wanted her in his life, but while he was a Ranger, it could be dangerous for her. Instinct said he should trust her, but years of caution made the decision difficult. His phone rang again. This time, the caller ID read Kim. Mary Jane glanced at the screen.
"Why not just put it on speakerphone and we'll have them do the same and end the joke now?"
Tommy nodded and answered it on speaker. "Hello?"
Kim's voice seemed to fill the little room. "Have you lost your mind?"
"Are Billy and Trini still there?"
"Get everyone in the same room and put your phone on speaker. I only want to have to say this once."
A minute later, Kim spoke again. "Okay, go ahead."
"Guys, it was a joke. We were kidding."
Mary Jane spoke up. "It was my idea. Tommy just went along with it. I did it to tease Billy. I didn't realize he'd get in such a lather over it."
When Billy spoke, his voice was unusually low and dangerous sounding. "Mary Jane Elizabeth Nicole Dowd - that was not funny."
"Oh don't get your boxers in a twist, cousin. If we'd actually been screwing like bunnies, do you really think I'd have answered the phone? Talk about tacky."
Jason spoke up. "And when I called?"
"Same thing, bro. As she said - do you think I'd have answered the phone, either?"
"Depends on who calls, now doesn't it?" Jason replied. "After all, there are just some calls you can't ignore, right?"
"Which reminds me. I was trying to decide what to do about that particular aspect, but I kind of need Billy's input."
"If you are asking what I think you are asking, you have nothing to worry about. Safer than Fort Knox, if you know what I mean."
"Mary Jane - remember what you taught me about payback. I'll talk to you later."
Everyone said their goodbyes and hung up. Tommy took a deep breath. "I have something to tell you. I really lo- like you a lot. I want to have a relationship with you, but I can't do it without telling you something very important so you can decide fairly."
"Oh god, you are married."
"No and no."
"Well, then, unless you're some kind of freak that likes to bite the heads off of bats, I think we'll be able to figure it out."
Tommy stood up and paced for a minute. Finally, he turned to face her. "I told you I'm a high school teacher. That's true, but I'm something else as well." He took another deep breath. "I'm also a Power Ranger."
Mary Jane just stared at him for a minute. Then she grinned. "Thank god! I thought you were going to tell me you were a male stripper or something and selling your body to pay off your college debts."
"I'm serious, Mary Jane."
"I know. I just need a minute to wrap my head around this." Tommy waited while she thought about what he said. After a few minutes, she said, "Okay, tell me the rest of it."
"The rest of it?"
"There has to be more to it than that. There's a reason you brought it up and think it's so important."
"As a Ranger, anyone close to me could be a target."
"Ah hah. Now we're getting to it. So the bad guys know your identity and they might try to use me as leverage. Got it. Not that it matters, but which one are you?"
"Black Dino Ranger."
"Okay. Knew you had to be one of the current ones, since you said 'am' not 'was'. So what you're telling me is that if I'm with you, I would have to put up with you having to run off at a moment's notice and put yourself into all kinds of danger to make sure the world stays safe. In addition, I also have to keep it secret, possibly cover for you, and accept the fact that, because I am associated with you, I'd be in perpetual danger too. Is that right?"
Tommy's shoulders slumped in defeat. "Pretty much."
"Okay?" Tommy was confused.
"Okay. I understand the risks. Now, please, tell me there are perks."
"Besides saving the world? Faster healing and recovery time. I can turn invisible when I'm not morphed. Help me out here. I'm not sure what you're looking for."
"Actually, I was looking for a perk for me. I don't want to sound like a witch or anything, but all I've heard are the downsides."
Tommy thought for a minute. "I can come up with two possibilities. They're lame, but they're all I've got. One, black spandex. And two, I remind you of the faster recovery time. That applies when I'm not morphed, too, and not just for injuries."
Mary Jane pondered this for a minute and then her eyes flew to his face. She raised an eyebrow. Tommy grinned at her. "Thought a smart girl like you would figure it out."
Mary Jane nodded. "Then my next question will have to be, how do we go about keeping me safe? As far as I'm concerned, if it's a choice between saving me or saving the world, the world has to come first. But if we can find a way to keep from having to make that choice, I'm all for that."
"We'll think of something" Tommy promised. "At the very least, some kind of tracking device so that if you are captured, I and the other Rangers can find you."
"Okay. Now, the Ranger thing aside, how do we make this work? Obviously, you can't move here. Long distance relationship?"
Tommy sat down and thought. Mary Jane stood up and paced. As she did, she picked up the mugs, took them to the kitchen, filled them, grabbed her cigarettes, lit one and returned to the living room. As she started to hand Tommy his mug, she had an idea.
"You know," she began, "I have quite a bit of vacation time stored up. I could take it and come to Reefside, rent an apartment and we could see how it goes."
"You'd be safer at my place."
"Why, Dr. Oliver, are you asking me to move in with you?" she asked, batting her eyelashes.
"Yes. It makes the most sense, after all."
"Wait. Are you asking me to move in because it would be practical or because you want me there?"
"Both, but mostly because I want you there."
"Good answer. Now, as far as I can see, that just leaves us with just one possible problem. Alexis."
Both of them turned and looked at the bird sitting proudly on the top of her cage. Tommy rose and crossed the room to the cage. "What do you think, Alexis? Do you want to move in with me, too?"
The bird cocked her head and looked at him for a moment, then spoke. "Tommy's girl?"
Mary Jane's mouth fell open and she blushed furiously. She knew that Tommy didn't have any way of knowing that one of the songs she had played almost constantly the last two weeks was "Bobby's Girl". She had just substituted Tommy's name in the lyrics when she had sung it. Obviously, Alexis picked it up. Tommy looked at Mary Jane. "Is that a yes?"
"Um - I guess so. If you don't mind."
"I don't mind. What's wrong? Your face is all red and you look like you're going to faint."
Without a word, Mary Jane went to the kitchen. Tommy followed and stopped in the doorway. Mary Jane turned the CD player on and skipped past the two songs he had heard and two he hadn't. When she came to the fifth song, she let it play. As it played, she lit a new cigarette. Tommy recognized the song as one his parents had listened to. Something from the 60s, if he remembered correctly.
When the song reached the chorus, he suddenly understood. She had changed the lyrics and Alexis learned them. It was him that she'd been thinking of as she had listened to that disc. Alexis piped up again. "Tommy's girl."
"You were crushing on - me?" he asked. Mary Jane took a drag off her cigarette and nodded, staring at the floor, her face bright red. He spoke again. "Would it make you feel any better if I told you I've been thinking about you for the last two weeks, too?"
Mary Jane closed her eyes. "Don't lie to me, please. I couldn't handle it."
Tommy crossed the floor, took the cigarette from her, crushed it out and tipped her chin up until she could see his eyes. "I'm not lying."
She studied him for a long time. "You're not?"
He smiled gently. "No. I'm not."
She smiled back uncertainly. "So you don't think I'm an idiot?"
"If you are, then I am."
"That seems fair." Suddenly, she kissed him. Without hesitation, he kissed her back.
When they came up for air, Tommy grinned at her. "So how soon can you move in?"
"I'll ask for my vacation time on Monday. I'll probably have to work this week, so - next weekend?"
"When do you have to go back?"
"School holiday. I don't have to leave until Monday afternoon."
She looked away. "Um if you want to, you could get your stuff and stay with me until then."
"Maybe you'd better come with me just in case Billy tries to kill me."
She grinned. He couldn't understand how he thought that anything about this girl was average. "Odds are, he'll try to kill me" she replied. "It was my idea, after all."
"I won't let him."
"Then we'll both be safe because I won't let him hurt you, either. Let me put Alexis back in her cage and let's go."
One hour and a car ride later, they were headed back to Mary Jane's house and making plans for the future.