Power Ranger Triad

Chapter 2

Author's Note's: has implied m/m relationship

Danielle's couple of days turned into almost two solid weeks as each former Ranger weighted the pros and cons of taking on this challenge. Each had to consider putting their careers on hold, some more lucrative then others to fight a threat that only Danni knew for sure was coming. If they didn't agree, and the threat did materialize then they wouldn't be ready and had no chance in hell of winning. If they did agree, then they would all have to give up their careers to devote their full time to the training, then there was still a 60/40 chance that they would lose depending on if some sort of Triad was formed.

It all sounded pretty iffy to them but they each remembered back to the first time they found out about the Power Rangers and the threat of Rita Repulsa. That all seamed iffy too until they got their first glimpse of one of her monsters and if this threat was as bad as it sounded there was no way they were not going to try and do something about it.

Danielle had promised to tell them everything they needed to know about this threat after they had given her their final decision. So with lots of deep discussions and some heavy pros and cons they each made their final decision and notified Danielle at the Compound.

Jason & William were the last two to make the call to Danielle. She knew that of all the former Power Rangers that Jason Scott and William Cranston had the most to lose by taking on this challenge. They not only would lose their military careers but would have to admit and venture into a same-sex relationship then add another person to that relationship. Danielle had felt the budding love that they both had held for each other over the years but also felt the uncertainty and fear that those feelings invoked. Each was a closet homosexual and even though Bill had comes to grip with his sexual orientation Jason had not yet. And neither had fully accepted or admitted that they had feelings for the other.

If they both took on this challenge it would be an emotional roller-coaster for all three, Danni just hope they both were up for the challenge. She got her answer the next day when both men called within hours of each other that they had made their decision.

Danni felt that everyone had the right to know each individual decision so she had told them to wait until she called them then come to the Compound to hear everyone's decision. When she finally made the call to everyone she couldn't tell wither they were all relieved or upset that it had taken so long but each agreed to meet her at the Compound the next morning.

The next morning dawned bright and clear as each of the former Power Rangers arrived at the Compound; they were met in the foyer by Antonia asking them to wait for Danielle in the patio area of the park. Danielle watched as the last two arrived, she somehow figured it would have been William or Jason to be the last ones to arrive not Kimberly and Adam, but then again Kimberly had always been late when she was younger and she hadn't seam to changed that much as an adult. So as the others greeted Kimberly and Adam, Danielle stepped onto the patio area from a hidden area to the east.

"Is everyone ready" asked Danielle as she walked towards the group.

"What's wrong, Danni?" asked Adam as he sat down next to Kimberly.

"Just a formality, since each of you are putting your lives and careers on the line to accept this challenge, I think it's only right that each of you hear the others final answer that way there won't be any lingering questions if someone decides to decline."

"Fair enough, let's get started" said Tommy.

"As you wish, I will ask each of you the same question and you can give me your final decision and then leave or stay depending on your answer. There will be no repercussions or questions should anyone decline, Agreed."

"Agreed" answered everyone.

"Then let us begin. I will ask each of you in the order that you became Power Rangers. Also this is being broadcasted to the Time-Lords High Council."

"Jason Lee Scott, do you willfully and with full knowledge of what is being asked of you accept the challenge that was put before you? Without any doubts or regrets, fully acknowledge and accept all the teachings and training that this challenge will require."

"I do." answered Jason.

"Zackary Taylor, do you willfully and with full knowledge of what is being asked of you accept the challenge that was put before you? Without any doubts or regrets, fully acknowledge and accept all the teachings and training that this challenge will require."

"I do" answered Zack as he went over to stand beside Jason.

"Trini Kwan-Taylor, do you willfully and with full knowledge of what is being asked of you accept the challenge that was put before you? Without any doubts or regrets, fully acknowledge and accept all the teachings and training that this challenge will require."

"I do" said Trini as she stood up and went over to stand beside Zack.

"Kimberly Hart-Parks, do you willfully and with full knowledge of what is being asked of you accept the challenge that was put before you? Without any doubts or regrets, fully acknowledge and accept all the teachings and training that this challenge will require,"

"Yeah, I mean. I do" said Kimberly as she stood up and went over to stand beside the others.

"William Cranston, do you willfully and with full knowledge of what is being asked of you accept the challenge that was put before you? Without any doubts or regrets, fully acknowledge and accept all the teachings and training that this challenge will require."

"I do" said Bill as he stood up and went over to stand beside the others.

"Thomas Oliver, do you willfully and with full knowledge of what is being asked of you accept the challenge that was put before you? Without any doubts or regrets, fully acknowledge and accept all the teachings and training that this challenge will require."

"I do" answered Tommy as he went over to stand beside the others.

"Rockford De Santo the III, do you willfully and with full knowledge of what is being asked of you accept the challenge that was put before you? Without any doubts or regrets, fully acknowledge and accept all the teachings and training that this challenge will require."

"Yes I do, ma'am" said Rocky as he went over to stand beside the others.

"I do will be just fine, Rocky." answered Danielle with a smile.

"Adam Parks, do you willfully and with full knowledge of what is being asked of you accept the challenge that was put before you? Without any doubts or regrets, fully acknowledge and accept all the teachings and training that this challenge will require."

"I do" said Adam as he went over to stand beside Kimberly.

"Aisha Campbell-De Santos, do you willfully and with full knowledge of what is being asked of you accept the challenge that was put before you? Without any doubts or regrets, fully acknowledge and accept all the teachings and training that this challenge will require"

"I do" answered Aisha as she stood up and went over to stand by Rocky

"Katherine Hillard-Oliver, do you willfully and with full knowledge of what is being asked of you accept the challenge that was put before you? Without any doubts or regrets, fully acknowledge and accept all the teachings and training that this challenge will require."

"I do" answered Katherine as she went over to stand beside Tommy.

"You now have the answer of the complete Universal Power Ranger Team. Do you accept the acknowledgments and formation of this team and with all your powers and knowledge help this team in any way possible to complete its current challenge?" asked Danielle to seemingly no one but seconds later they all heard the booming voices of the other High Council Time-Lords.

"We do. Ladies and Gentlemen, since you each at one time carried a great spirit within you, and some of you have had more than one colored Power coin. It will be necessary for us to call upon your inert spirit guide to find out which of the Zords that you will pilot that Danielle has made. Danielle please call forth the new Universal Power Rangers spirit guides."

"Guys, if you will form a circle around me and join hands" asked Danielle as she moved off of the patio area and onto the grassy part of the park.

The former Power Rangers formed a circle around her raising their hands and placing their palms together.

"I call forth the great spirits from all that is good and kind, pure of body and heart to re infuse with these former Power Rangers to help them fight the upcoming challenge and triumph over evil."

Just as Danielle finished speaking little bolts of electric light started passing through each of the Power Rangers depending on their former color. When the lights stopped each of the former Rangers were standing in a flight suit of one of their former colors.

"Jason Scott, you now have the spirit of the Dragon, you will pilot the Red Dragonzord."

"Zackary Taylor, you now have the spirit of the Lion, you will pilot the Golden Lionzord."

"Trini Kwan-Taylor, you now have the spirit of the Saber tooth Tiger, you will pilot the Yellow Saber tooth Tigerzord."

"Kimberly Hart-Parks, you now have the spirit of the Crane, you will pilot the Pink Cranezord."

"William Cranston, you now have the spirit of the Wolf, you will pilot the Blue Wolfzord."

"Thomas Oliver, you now have the spirit of the Falcon you will pilot the White Falconzord."

"Adam Parks, you now have the spirit of the Frog you will pilot the Green Frogzord."

"Rockford De Santos the III, you now have the spirit of the Ape you will pilot the Grey Apezord."

"Aisha Campbell-De Santos, you now have the spirit of the Bear you will pilot the Brown Bearzord."

"Katherine Hillard-Oliver, you now have the spirit of the Phoenix you will pilot the Orange Phoenixzord."

As soon as Danielle finished talking their plain comm badges turned into the shape of their spirit guide.

"Oh wow Danni, but what about you?" asked Kimberly as they all gathered around her.

"As I am a Master Time-Lord, I carry a little of each of the spirits within me and since I won't be actually fighting I don't need a Zord. Besides I'm sure I'll be kept busy just trying to keep your Zords up and running."

"Don't I know it, I'll give you a hand," said Bill. then at her looked added. "When my training allows it of course."

"Don't worry about me William. I designed and built them all by myself. I'm sure maintaining them won't be that difficult. Now that's all that is settled, I expect to see every one of you bright and early tomorrow morning to start your lessons and training."

"How bright and early are we talking about Danni?" asked Rocky.

"Six o' clock bright and early, as I said before you have a lot to learn in not much time." answered Danielle sweetly as she turned and walked out of the Park.

"Oh great! And just when I thought I'd left school behind me," whined Rocky as they all left the park playfully joking with Rocky.

Later that day Danielle met with each of the new Universal Power Rangers and formed their initial links so that they would have full knowledge of what they were up against. Most of the links were just a light surface link so that if Danielle needed to she could contact each of the Power Rangers without a communicator. Williams and Jason's were deeper and stronger, each could sense or hear what the other two were feelings or thinking at any given time of the day. And because of this Jason and Bill were scheduled extra classes with Danielle to help them control or block the link when necessary.

The next day all of the Universal Power Rangers arrived at the compound on time or a reasonable time afterwards. Danielle met them in the foyer outside the command center.

"Good Morning, everyone" said Danielle cheerfully.

"What's so good about it," answered Rocky.

"Well, that's up to you to make the best of it Rocky, all of you. Each of you will be given individualized lessons and training to help you reach your full potential. First of all you'll need to be totally informed of the history of our present threat, so if you all will follow me?" said Danielle as she went down a corridor to the left of the command center.

They passed several doors, and then stopped at a large metal door. Danni pushed a few buttons and the doors slide open to reveal a totally empty room.

"This will be your classroom for the next few days while you familiarize yourself with our new threat."

"But Danni, this is an empty room." said Kimberly.

"This is a holodeck, a room that can run any computer simulation in realistic three dimensional space for complete and total interaction. Computer, engage Classroom, History 101" said Danni.

The empty room instantly transformed itself into a modern classroom complete with student's desk, white board and a textbook on each desk. At the front desk sat a middle-aged male wearing a long cream colored robe.

"Now you have your classroom, the computer is programmed to run until 12 pm then stop for lunch.

I have also programmed in one thirty minute break at 9 o'clock. You will have one hour for lunch, classes will resume at 1 pm. don't be late!" said Danni as she started to walk out of the holodeck.

"But aren't you going to teach us?" asked Rocky.

"Heavens no! I'm more into programming and building than teaching, but you will have the finest that there is. I've programmed a holographic replication of my Master's from the Solorian temple where I learned. Just try to stay awake and pay attention; they have some pretty "unique" ways of keeping a person focused." smiled Danielle as she left the holodeck.

As soon as she left the teacher came alive "Now class if you will all take your seats we will begin."

With reluctant sighs the former Power Rangers took their seats. At nine o' clock they took a break and each of them went to the park to relax and let off some energy. At 12 o' clock they left for lunch, and all of them made it back at the 1 o'clock deadline. They entered the room to find Danielle sitting on the teacher's desk instead of their Master.

"You have changed your mind, your teaching us after all?" asked Adam with a smile on his face; their Master Scholar had been strict.

"No, a change of plans. You'll have classes in the morning and then after lunch you'll begin your training. I have a training room program in place for you to begin after lunch. A Sparring Master will evaluate each of you then set up a training schedule individualized for each of you. Once it's loaded into the computer you can go to any holodeck and run it at any time."

"You won't be sparing with us then I take it?" asked Jason sarcastically.

Danielle looked at Jason for a few seconds then answered "At my age, I choose IF and WHEN. I spar." She then turned to face the other's "The program will run until 7 pm, with frequent breaks about every forty-five minutes or so. Feel free to stop for a break at any time but know this the more you train the better you will become," said Danielle then turned around and headed towards the door. "Oh, one more thing. The safeties are at their lowest settings right now but will be adjusted accordingly when your individual sparring sessions start."

"What does that mean?" asked William questionably.

"It means my dear William that it's going to hurt when you get hit or dropped. So I suggest that you learn from your mistakes quickly and try not to get hit as often or you're going to be very sore tomorrow." said Danni with a smile. "Computer, engage Sparring session, Evaluation," then left the holodeck.

It was six hours later when the doors finally slide open and ten very weary and sore people emerged from the holodeck.

"That was brutal," said Tommy as he leaned against the wall just outside the holodeck.

"It's meant to be, I suggest that you all go home, shower and go to bed. Your classes resume at 6 am, with individual sparring training beginning after lunch." said Danni as she walked up to them.

"Were you watching?" asked Jason. Jason felt he had done pretty well holding his own against the Solorian Sparing Master, and he was hoping Danielle had been at least a little impressed.

"No, but the computer recorded each of your evaluations. I will watch the recordings and then discuss with your Masters how you each need to proceed individually. I'll have your individual sparring training programs for you by tomorrow afternoon."

"But what about you, don't you need to rest too?" said Aisha.

"Thank you Aisha, but don't worry about me. I'll be fine; you just take care of yourselves and focus on your lessons and training." answered Danni then she disappeared in a bright white light.

"Don't worry Aisha; Danni does some of her best work when she is loaded on caffeine and very little sleep. But you have my word, I'll watch out for her. You just don't let us down, you may not believe this but Danni has a lot riding on the success of the Universal Power Rangers and the Triad."

"What do you mean?" asked Katherine.

"Well, I'm not sure I should be telling you about Mark and Danni's past, but I guess you have a right to know. A long time ago when Danielle was just an apprentice Time Lord. It was discovered that she was of the Solorian blood line, and since there are only one born every hundred thousand or so years it was decided that she would be sent to the Temple on Solorian to be trained. Well she was not the only apprentice Time Lord there but she was the only one of Solorian descendent. While at the temple she became involved with another of the apprentices, a young man named Mark. When it leaked out that the temple was training a Solorian Time Lord the Veyeta sent an army to capture and destroy the Temple. The Master's somehow got an advanced warning and tried to send Danielle somewhere safe, but she wouldn't go. She wanted to stay with Mark and defend the Temple. Mark knew about Danni's destiny of forming the Universal Power Rangers and the Triad. He also knew that if she stayed on Solorian that she would be captured and the Temple destroyed, thus the prophecy would never be fulfilled. So he tricked Danni, knocked her out and had the Masters send her somewhere safe."

"What happened to Mark and the temple?" asked Trini.

"Every one of the Apprentices and Masters were tortured, then killed and the temple was totally destroyed. To this day no one steps foot on Solorian. It is place of great power and sacred for what it, and Danielle sacrificed."

Oh, wow! I somehow never thought of Danielle like that," said Rocky.

"She can be a very good friend, or your worst enemy depending on how you treat her. But she has sacrificed so much. Giving up any resemblance of childhood, training at the temple, losing Mark and all her Masters at the Temple. Then regenerating into a human child and coming to earth."

"We will do our best not to disappoint her, Toni" said Tommy as he looked at the others and saw each of them nod in agreement.

"Thank you, now go and rest. You'll have very busy schedules starting tomorrow. You'll now possess the basic history of the Time Lords but tomorrow your classes will begin that teach each of you the specialized knowledge you need to know to defeating your foe."

"Specialized knowledge?" asked Zack.

"As Danielle told you in the initial link, each of you possesses a specialized knowledge that will be needed to defeat your enemy. You're only hope is to unite your knowledge so you can be victorious,"

"Alright, good night Antonia" said Tommy and then they all teleported out of the Compound.

"That was quite a little speech you gave there Antonia," said Danielle as she stepped out of the shadows.

"You heard?" asked Toni quickly as she gasped and spun around to face Danni.

"Only the last part, why?" questioned Danni.

"Oh, no reason. How did you know they were all still here?"

"I built this compound remember so I know who enters and leaves it at all times. When I hadn't heard them departing I assumed that you were talking to them so I returned to the holodeck to find out what was going on? What did you tell them Toni?"

"Nothing, Master."

"You know I will eventually find out don't you," said Danni as she once again turned and left.

"Yes, Master. I just hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me" replied Antonia as she followed her.

That first day set the routine for the next several weeks and then months for Jason, Bill and the others. Classes in the morning and then a full workout in the afternoon. After the second week of coming and going Jason & Bill asked Danielle if they could move into the Compound.

Now that they didn't have to travel back and forth twice a day they could put in extra training or studies and advanced faster than the others.

Danielle had started working on the Zords for each of the Universal Rangers and spent more of her time in the docking bays working on the Zords. During one of her rare breaks Bill & Jason found Danni in the Commissary, she had just finished making some new additions to one of the Zords when she had started nodding off and almost fell from one of the Zords. It had been almost 72 hrs. Since she had last rested and she knew she needed both sleep and food. She was eating her breakfast when Jason & Bill came and sat down with her.

"Danielle, can we talk to you for a minute?" asked Jason.

"Sure, have a seat. What's on your mind?"

"We know you answered all our questions when you formed the initial links but there are a few questions that don't really apply to the Universal Rangers that we would like answered."

"Sure, but make it fast. I'd say I'm about thirty minutes from total meltdown,"

"Ok, when the world reversed and we all became young again, you weren't affected, why?" asked Bill.

"Since I'm not really of this world, the reversal of the earth's rotation didn't have any effect on me. I'd already gone through childhood and puberty once I wasn't going to do it again if I didn't have to. If you remember correctly you didn't see much of me during that time or after did you?"

"Actually now that you mention it, no" said Bill

"What about when the old Command Center exploded? Where were you then?" asked Jason.

"Actually it imploded, Jason. And I was there at the time. I was helping Zordon and Alpha 5 build the new Command Center underneath the original one just encase such an event transpired."

"Couldn't you have stopped Rito and Goldar from setting the device or at least stopped it from going off?"

"I could have but then there would have been no need for the new Command Center and the Zeo Rangers wouldn't have been formed. You wouldn't have needed the Rangers of Aquitar and so on and so forth…."

"So accentually you were here for everything we went through, but just sat back and watched!" asked Jason loudly.

"In a matter of speaking, yes." answered Danni matter of factually.

"Why! If you knew what was going to happen you could have helped us defeat Rita & Lord Zedd, the Machine Empire or anything we face easier!"

"And how would that have helped? With each event that happened, battle you fought, crises you faced you became stronger. Both individually and as a group. If I had interfered then you would not have learned valuable lessons that made you the people you are today."

"Ok, I'll give you that. But you couldn't you have at least let us know that you knew who we were and helped us a little."

"Oh and you would have believed me at the time? And I did help you a little in my own way."

"How?" questioned Jason.

"Ask Bill." answered Danni as she stifled a yawn.

Jason looked over at Bill and could see that he was thinking, almost like trying to remember a long lost dream or thought.

"It was you!" exclaimed Bill suddenly.

Danni just smiled and with another yawn nodded.

"What?" asked Jason.

"After I graduated early I spent a lot of time in the Command Center. There were times when I thought I was alone, but I could've sworn there was someone else there with me. It was you wasn't it?" asked Bill as he looked over at Danni.

She yawn once more and then nodded. "After you graduated I knew that you were the one that I needed to watch closely. So I made it look like I had more than enough credits and graduated early too. Mr. Kaplin couldn't believe he had two students who graduated early in the same year. After that I spent most of my time in the lower chambers of the Command Center working on the underground compound and watching out for Bill."

"So it was you that I felt in the Power Chamber?" asked Bill.

"Correct."

"And my feelings for Jason?" asked Bill.

"Ahhhhhh, my dear Bill. I've known about those feelings long before either of you did, but since Jason hadn't returned from the Peace Conference yet there was nothing to be done about them."

"And after I returned?" said Jason.

"What would you have had me do? Tell each of you that you're in love with your best friend and that you were going to start a same-sex relationship, then a triad? You would've beaten the crap out of me and rightly so. No, you both needed to find that out for your selves and mature enough so that you felt comfortable enough to do something about it on your own. Without my help."

"But we didn't did we, it was you're initial link that told us about our feeling towards each other."

"Now that wasn't true, was it Jason. And you would've done something about it sooner or later once you both stopped being so pig-headed! Now if you'll excuse me, I think your thirty minutes are up. I need to get some sleep," said Danni as she got up and left the commissary.

"You know I think she's right," said Jason as he watched Danni's retreating back. "I was planning on trying to find you, and talk once I got settled in" replied Jason.

"Well I would have welcomed the renewal of acquaintances," answered Bill with a smile.

"How about we go somewhere and talk now?" asked Jason.

"I would like that,"

"Great," said Jason as he and Bill got up and headed towards the commissary doors.

"About damn time! Now I can finally relax and get some sleep" said Danni from the shadows as she watched the two men pass her by.

"You know Master, you could have forced their hand" said Antonia.

"If there is one thing that I have learned over the years about Jason & William is that if you want them to do something never force their hand. It's almost like putting them in a force field. They'll stop dead in their tracks and won't move a muscle until it's their idea."

"Just like someone else I know," said Antonia under her breath