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Chapter 15: Conversations in Pink
Zedd had sent a monster down earlier in the afternoon, interrupting Kim and Tommy's picnic. After putting everything away, they joined their teammates in Downtown Angel Grove. However, the monster was still no match for the rangers and was quickly defeated. After the battle, each ranger returned to the command center going their separate ways for some down time. Kimberly was in her room trying to come up with the best way of breaking the news to the rest of the team. Pacing back and forth, she was slowly becoming worried that this plan wasn't going to work. What am I doing? There's no way this is going to work! Maybe I shouldn't have agreed to this... Finally, after a while Kim headed to Tommy's room, hoping he might be able to help. As Kim reached his room, she was about to knock when the door swung open to reveal Tommy heading out.
"Hey, I was just about to go looking for you." Tommy said, smiling. Kim hugged him, needing to feel safe. Tommy just hugged her to him, wondering what was wrong.
"Me too. Can we talk?" Kim said looking up at him and smiled.
"Sure." They headed towards the elevator, never losing contact with each other.
"I don't know how I'm going to tell the others about Florida. I've been thinking about it in my room for a while now and I still haven't been able to come up with some sort of coherent plan."
"Relax Kim. You don't have to worry about it this much. Just tell them what you told me."
"It's just that–"
"Just nothing. There's no reason for you to be afraid. They will be just as happy for you as I am."
"First of all, I think you should tell them all at the same time. How about we spend the weekend here? We'll watch a couple of movies and just hang out. I'm sure that at some point, the right time for this conversation will come up and we'll tell them together." Kim smiled and hugged him once more.
"Thanks Tommy. I don't know what I'd do without you."
"No problem. That's what I'm here for."
"Alright. So how do we go about doing this?"
"Well, I was on my way to tell you that the guys headed off to the Youth Center. I was going to ask you if you wanted to come."
"I think I'll hang out here. Besides, the girls will probably want to do something, so I'll let them know about the plan. You can tell the guys when you see them."
"Okay. Sounds good. See, no need to worry." He smiled at her and gave her a quick kiss.
"Thanks." They got off on the first floor and Tommy teleported out while Kim located the girls. Deciding to check their rooms first, Kim headed back down to the 7th floor. She reached Aisha's room and knocked, waiting for an answer.
"Aisha, you there?"
"Yeah. Come in."
"Hey Sha. Tommy and I thought we should all do something together tonight. Spend the weekend here and just have some fun. Maybe even enjoy the perks of the new Command Center to its fullest."
"Sounds cool. Any reason why this came up all of a sudden?"
"Yeah, I have some news to tell you guys. I want everyone together for it."
"Alright. I guess I'll head back to the house and grab some stuff. Do you want me to bring you back anything?"
"Um, just my toothbrush. I have stuff here already. Thanks!"
"Cool. See you in a bit." With that, Aisha teleported out from her room while Kim closed the door behind her and went about finding Kat.
Tommy walked into the Youth Center when he spotted the other guys on the mats.
"Hey Tommy! Over here." Rocky shouted, signaling Tommy to join them, Adam and Billy were currently sparring on the mats while Rocky watched and drank his smoothie. Tommy sat next to Rocky and watched as his friends tried to out do each other. After a few more minutes, Billy and Adam decided to call it a draw and took their seats at the table.
"Hey guys. Kim and I thought that we should all hang out tonight. Probably spend the weekend doing stuff in the Command Center."
"That's a great idea. Last time we actually spent some time together, it wasn't under desirable circumstances." Everyone cringed a little, preferring to forget that horrible day.
"Any particular reason for this get together?" Adam asked, noticing Tommy was trying not to fidget too much.
"Kim has something she needs to tell all of us."
"What is it?" Rocky asked.
"It's not my business to tell. All I can say is that she would like everyone there."
"Okay. We'll be there." The others nodding their heads in agreement.
"Awesome. Billy, is it cool if we meet up at your place and head out from there?"
"No problem. This will give me the opportunity to test out my new version of round robin."
"Huh?" Rocky's head tilted to the side as he gave Billy a confused look.
"You'll see when we get to my house." The group went back to their previous doings until it was time to head out.
Kim had looked for Kat in her room and then the swimming pool to no avail. Dad, could you find out where Kat is? I've looked for her and haven't been able to find her. She figured that this would be the quickest way to find her now. She's at Angel Grove Park, near the lake. Thanks Dad! Deciding to practice her powers, she focused on becoming invisible. Clearing her mind and concentrating on blending with her environment, she slowly felt herself becoming invisible. Kim opened her eyes and once content with her invisibility, teleported out to the park. Once there, she made sure no one could see her and focused on becoming visible once more. Seeing Kat sitting on the dock of the lake, Kim headed towards her.
"Kat!" Kat turned around, looking for the source of the voice.
"Hey Kim. How are you?" They embraced and Kim sat down next to her.
"I'm good. You?"
"I'm doing alright. What's up?"
"Are you busy tonight?"
"Not really. Why?"
"Tommy and I thought that we should all hang out this weekend. We figured we could hang out in the Command Center and have some fun."
"That's a good idea."
"Great! So you'll be there?"
"Definitely." Kat was certainly looking forward to some down time.
"Ok. We're meeting at Billy's around six. I'll see you there. I gotta go get some stuff done before then."
"Alright. See you then." The girls hugged before Kim took off to find a place that was safe for her to teleport.
Mostly everyone was lounging about in Billy's living room. A communal decision was made to let their parents know that they would be spending the weekend at Billy's, since his dad was out of town for the weekend, which meant that they had the house to themselves. They were all waiting on Kim and Tommy who still had not showed up. Everyone figured that Tommy, with his memory, had forgotten the time at which they were suppose to meet. As for Kim, they thought that she was probably packing for a summer vacation, even though she only needed stuff for two days.
"Hello, anybody home?" Tommy walked in and headed towards the living room.
"In here!" Rocky shouted.
"Hey guys. Is everyone here?"
"All present and accounted for. Except for Kim." Adam said.
"Wow, Tommy wasn't the last one to get here. Something had to have happened to Kim. I mean, this never happens!" Rocky grinned. Aisha just rolled her eyes and smacked him on the head.
"Haha, real funny." Tommy tried to hit Rocky as well but was prevented by his communicator. "This is Tommy."
"Hey guys, I'm already at the command center. I had some stuff I needed to do before this whole thing started. Just head over whenever you guys are ready."
"Alright Kim, we'll see you soon." Tommy ended the conversation just as Billy walked in the room.
"Is everyone ready?" Billy asked as he noticed Kim's absence.
"Yeah. Kim's waiting for us at the command center. As soon as you're ready we can head out."
"Ok. Let me just finish setting this up and we'll be good to go. If you guys will follow me.." Billy directed everyone to the basement. There was a computer and a few monitors piled on a large desk. Everyone gather around Billy as he took a seat in front of the main consul. "Guys, I'd like to introduce you to our new and improved emergency plan."
"Is this the new round robin plan you were talking about earlier?"
"Indeed it is. After Kim's accident, I started thinking more about what we should do if something like that happened again. After some tinkering here and there, I've rigged my home phone to re-route all incoming phone calls to my laptop in the command center when no one is home. In addition, I've also set up an alarm-trip system around the perimeter. While there are sensors that pick up any movement around the house, there is a specific sensor that is tripped if someone approaches the front door. There is also a small camera that will show us who it is exactly that is here. All this data is fed back to the command center computers so that, if need be, we can be back here in an instant."
"Wow Billy. This is amazing!" Kat was very impressed with this new system.
"Yeah man, you really out did yourself this time." Adam patted Billy on the back.
"Thanks. I figured that it was best if we did not get caught unprepared again."
"Definitely. Well, Kat and I set everything up to look like a few teenagers are spending the night here. So if everyone's ready let's head out! "
Everyone gathered in a circle and mass teleported to the main floor of the command center.
"Rangers. I hope everyone is well."
"Hey Zordon. We're all great. Really looking forward to the down time." Tommy smiled. "Have you seen Kim?"
"Yes. Kimberly is in her room right now. She asked me to tell you to begin your planned activities without her. She's just finishing up a few things and will join you shortly."
"Okay. Why don't start setting things up in the entertainment center?" Adam suggested.
"Alright. Let's go." Rocky spoke up and lead the group to the elevator.
"Katherine," Zordon spoke up. The tall blonde stopped and turned around to face him, "could you stay for a moment."
"Um...sure Zordon. Could you guys take my stuff for me?" Billy took her hag and headed to the elevator with the rest of the group. Waiting until the door closed, Kat looked up at Zordon, "what's up?"
"Do not worry Katherine. You are not in any trouble. Kimberly simply wishes to speak to you without the others knowing. She is waiting for you in her room." With that said, Zordon vanished.
"Okay..." Confused, Kat made her way to the elevator and pushed the button that would take her to Kim's room. A million questions were going through her mind, wondering if she had done anything that might have upset the pink ranger. After what seemed like forever, the elevator bell rang, indicating that she had reached her destination. The doors opened and she walked towards Kim's room. Taking a moment to compose herself, Kat took in a deep breath, here goes nothing, released it and knocked on the door.
There was no answer. Kat knocked again. Nothing. Kat opened the door slowly and peeked in, wondering if Kim was asleep.
"Hey Kat! Give me a sec." Kim shouted from the bathroom. True to her word, a second later Kim came out of the bathroom and leaned on the door frame.
"Hi...um Zordon said you wanted to talk to me?" Kat said in a nervous tone.
"Yes I did." Kim looked at Kat straight in the eye, her mouth only twitching slightly as she noticed Kat's nervousness.
"Relax Kat. You've done nothing wrong. I just need to ask you some questions is all." Kat seemed to relax a little, but was still tense at her shoulders.
"Before I ask you anything, there's some background information you need to know." Kat nodded, "please, sit." Kim nodded her head in the direction of her bed. Kat did as she was told and waited to see if Kim would join her. Kim however, just stood there, looking off into space as she began to talk.
" You know the whole history behind the Power Rangers. You know that Zordon is our...creator, for lack of a better word. And we both know that any of us would do anything for him and for each other. " Kat nodded fervently, agreeing with that last bit wholeheartedly. "Well, the time has come for me to do my part, to demonstrate my loyalty to Zordon." Kat looked at her with confusion on her face. "I know you were there in the Command Center when I collapsed. You overheard my conversation with Zordon." Kim's eyes bulged wide, visibly tensing her entire body.
"Kim..I swear I - "
"It's okay Kat. I'm not mad. First, I want to thank you for not saying anything to anyone. It is important that no one else finds out." Kat eased herself once more, seeing Kim's sincerity. "Besides, I know you didn't do it on purpose. You're probably wondering what exactly Zordon and I were talking about." Kat nodded, blushing a bit, because she was indeed curious. Kim chuckled when she noticed the blush.
"It's okay. I'm going to tell you what all that was about. After I tell you everything, I will ask the questions I need to ask." Kat looked at her confused again, wondering what all this had to do with her. So Kim spent the next couple of minutes telling her all about the prophesy. She told Kat about her new relationship with Zordon, her new powers, and her new mission. Kat couldn't believe everything she was being told. She took in all this information, never once interrupting Kim's train of thought. Once Kim finished, she took in a deep breath, as if a weight had been lifted off her shoulders. Kim waited a few minutes, letting everything sink in. Kat just stared for a bit, processing everything before asking some questions.
"Wow...that's a lot to handle. And you haven't told anyone? Not even Aisha?" Kim shook her head. "So when...and how are you getting to Phaedos? And how are you going to do this when you're needed here?"
"That is the primary reason I asked you to come see me."
"What do you mean?"
"Because of all the training requirements, among other things, I have to leave. Soon. But I can't just abandon my duties as a Ranger either. As you can see, I have a bit of a dilemma. After much thought and many sleepless nights, I've come up with what I think is the best possible solution." Kim stopped and composed herself. She was about to change one of her best friend's life forever and she didn't want to give her the wrong impression. "Kat, I want to ask you, because I trust you, and because I believe you will do an amazing job. I want you to think about the question I'm about to ask you. Take the time to think it over, don't feel as if you have to answer at this very moment." Kat's eyes widened, getting the gist of the question Kim wanted to ask her.
"Kat, will you accept my offer to take over my place as the pink ranger and wear the mantle of the pink crane Ninjetti Warrior?"
Kat sat on the bed, not really believing what Kim had just asked her. She had an idea this was what Kim would ask, but to have her actually say out loud was a different matter. This had to be some sort of joke! There was no way she could ever be a ranger.
"Kat? Are you okay?" Kim waved a hand in front of Kat's face and got no reaction.
"Huh?" Kat looked slightly dazed, unsure of what to say.
"I know this is a lot to take in. Like I said, you don't have to decide right now. "
"Are you sure about this?"
"Yes. Take some time to think this all over."
"No, I mean about me; choosing me that is."
"Yes. There is no doubt in my mind that you are the perfect person to replace me."
"Are you sure you want me to succeed you as the Pink Power Ranger?"
"Yes." Kim said with conviction.
"What about the others? What do they think about this?" Kim looked at her sheepishly.
"Actually, they don't know about any of this. That's why I gathered them here today."
"Shouldn't you ask them first?"
"No, not really. As one of the senior members of the team, I have the right to choose my successor without being questioned. But more important than that, they trust me. They know that I will make the right choice when it comes to my successor. Whoever I choose." Kat was overwhelmed. She couldn't believe this was happening. Could she really do this? But she looked at Kim, who had this air of confidence and seemed so sure of what she was talking about.
"And you're sure about this?"
"If you're sure, then...I'd be honored to have a place on this team. And I am honored that you would choose me for this. I promise that I will work really hard and I won't disappoint you or Zordon." It was Kim's turn to relax. She was worried Kat would not accept and then she'd have to look elsewhere.
"I am so glad you accepted. Trust me, you'll make an excellent ranger Kat. I couldn't choose anyone else." The women embraced each other, both infinitely more relaxed than when the conversation began, which seemed hours ago. They separated, both with grins plastered on their faces.
"We should probably head to where the others are. It's been a little while and they will probably start to wonder what's going on." Kat nodded in agreement.
"So...Zordon's daughter eh?" Kat asked, following Kim out of her room and into the hallway.
"Yeah." Kim smiled widely once more. She still couldn't believe it sometimes. They got into the elevator and pushed the button taking them to where the other rangers were.
"What's it like? And what does that make you? In terms of a title anyway..." Kat asked, wanting to know more about all this now that Kim has shared it with her.
"It's amazing. I've always seen Zordon as a sort of father figure, but now it's official. As to what that makes me...nothing big really. Just Princess of Eltar, next in line to the throne and ruler of Phaedos." Kat gawked at Kim, amazed that she could say that as if it were an everyday occurrence. Kim smiled and continued. "In terms of a title," she sighed dramatically, "oh, something along the lines of Her Royal Highness Princess Kimana of Eltar. Or Her Majesty, Queen of Phaedos. Depends where I am I guess. And, once I finish training, I'll add Master Warrior to that."
"Hmm...I thought there would be more..." Kat laughed.
"But, luckily, I already have the best title I could ask for."
"Oh, and what would that be?"
"Zordon's daughter and Tommy's girlfriend." Kim laughed. Kat looked at her and joined in the laughter. Both were happy, glad this bit of drama was done. Now, there were heading to the fourth floor, where they would tell the rest of the rangers everything. Well, almost everything.
AN: So that's another chapter done. I know I've been gone a really long time. Things have happened and I've kind of put my writing on the back burner. Anyway, like I said before, I am almost done with this bit of the story. Next chapter will be all about that dreaded Friday. And afte that, there will be one or two more about Kim's training before concluding this story and going on to the second of this three part story.
I want to thank all of you for sticking with me. I really do appreciate it. I also want to thank my beta Alana for all her awesome help. She's super patient with me and not a lot of people are like that. So thanks Alana! Don't forget to leave reviews, as those are always a good way to get me going. Though I have a few things going on this week, I'm in a writing mood, so I think I'll have the next chapter up in the next few days :D Until then!