The Wider World Part II:- Gathering Disasters 2
POWER RANGERS :- Demon Wars
The Wider World Part II:- Gathering Disasters
"So that's a Power Coin. What's it do?" The girl asked. Faith opened her mouth, but thought better about saying anything. The truth was she didn't really understand it herself, She was still a lot more comfortable with action over words and as far as she could tell the words involved in explaining were long, overly complicated and wouldn't make much sense to her even if she had listened.
Dawn winced. "Well it's sort of like a link, between a Ranger and where our power comes from. Each coin, as I understand it, has a different aspect. That's why we're different colours. The Sabre-tooth Coin is the power of the Yellow Ranger, right?" She looked to Oliver who nodded.
"More or less." He agreed. "The true source of a Ranger's power, thought, is from within. Without self belief it's not worth anything."
"Yeah, yeah, yeah. Heart of the Cards whatever." Faith waved him off. "The fact is kid the Coins decide who they like and I'm guessing this one likes you."
"She is the only new person in the place. Two and two makes four." Cassie shrugged.
"Then, then this is great!" the girl jumped up and down. "I can take this back home and use it against the monsters back there."
"Doesn't work that way." Oliver shook his head. "A Ranger is part of a team, never alone and that's what you'll be if you go off on your own."
"So what are you saying? That I'm supposed to stay here?"
"I don't know." Oliver shrugged, "Used to be there weren't so many unanswered questions, it was simple back when I was a Ranger. Rita sent down a monster, we fought, we won and we waited for the next one. Or we lost and tried again. All I can tell you is what my mentor told me, trust the Power and in yourselves."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"That maybe you're where you're supposed to be." Cassie suggested before turning to Faith and Dawn. "Think about it guys, if the three of us were drawn together, who's to say she wasn't either? It's a hell of a coincidence that we just happen to have one coin left and out of nowhere she appears."
She stopped for a moment and looked at Oliver. "We only have this one coin left right?"
"There were others, but we don't have them here." He told them before offering the Coin he had to the girl.
"Whoa there." she said as she backed up, holding her hands wide. "Look I'm not even sure I want to be a Ranger. I came here to find help and you're telling me there's the only the four of you defending the whole planet?"
"Three actually" Dawn said. "Dr Oliver used to be a Ranger, a few of them really, but he had to give it up."
She looked horrified, "Only the three of you? Then there's nothing you can do to help?"
"No, but you can help us and that might help your friends too." Oliver pointed out, frowning. "We're fighting the same enemies, aren't we. That means they're fighting on more than one front, so to speak."
"So?" She asked, Faith didn't understand either.
Oliver grinned. "I don't know about your history, but in ours it's been proven that a war on two fronts is a lot harder to win that one. Come with me, if we can modify the Viewing Globe it might be time for a conference."
A'Zores stroked his beard of horns as his minions got to work. As soon as he left Tretrax's hovel he summoned his forces. Ordering them to build him a shelter, a base from which to launch his attack. "A temporary home, but I'd rather get the job done right first time." He said over his shoulder as the Warriors lugged a heavy stone in place. "Come on Nukeasle, the trip couldn't have been that draining."
"It wasn't General, but you haven't told me your plan." The newcomer pointed out. A'Zores had summoned him to help fight the Rangers and he was just what was needed. The demon was short, even smaller than A'Zores, but built heavily. His tattooed chest doing a good job of hiding his sickly yellow skin.
"No, I haven't. You're to do your part, nothing more." A'Zores chuckled. "Remember the last time I called on you?"
Nukeasle laughed a booming laugh. "When you had me challenge Trugond over who got to conquer that reality. I had him beat in two rounds with the old south-paw!"
A'Zores remembered the fight well, it was why he had chosen Nukeasle for this, but he had to check. "I knew you were going to win that fight, because like me you were Converted."
He looked up. "What?" he gasped.
"I know, it's taboo to talk about it, but we're all Converted here. Even them." He nodded at the minions as they struggled with the crude wall they were working on. "If I can share something with you, I think the Pure Borns are limited. They haven't got the imagination or the creativity we do. Look at what we're building here, a future. For the Warlord, for the Pure Borns and our fellow Converted. While Tretrax grovelled in the dirt under the ground we build monuments."
Newkastle nodded. "You're right. They just aren't as good as us."
"That too." A'Zores grinned and leaned in close. "What were you, before you were Converted I mean?"
"I… I don't remember."
A'Zores laughed, wholeheartedly for the first time in years. "You can't fool me. You remember, we all do. Little bits and pieces, tell you what; I'll even go first. My mother was a history teacher, my father was one of her students. Lost her job when they found out, but she was a grand old lady. Taught me everything she knew." A'Zores looked into the distant hills, remembering. "I would sit up late at night just to listen to her stories of great Generals; Wellington, Plumber, Caesar and my favourite, Alexander the Great."
"I think I heard of him." Nukeasle said thoughtfully. "I do remember, thought I was the only one that did. I was a kick-boxer, won my heavyweight class champion belt not a week before you conquered my world."
"Thanks." he nodded. "You showed me what true strength was, and what fear meant."
"And now, between us, we're going to show this world the same."
Tommy finished explaining the situation to the robot on the Viewing Globe. As a Ranger he had long since gotten over the strange things he came across. "So you want to work together, across dimensions, to divide the these monsters forces?" It summed up his idea.
"Exactly. Do you think it will work?" Tommy knew it was a long shot, but if he could convince it that it was for the best the new Yellow Ranger wouldn't try to get back. As much as it felt wrong to keep her here she was so desperately needed it wasn't true.
The robot's glowing blue eyes flickered to the girl in question. "I don't know, but it makes sense. We can hold this front if nothing worse is sent our way, but I'm worried about Sari. What do you want?"
"I… I don't know. I don't want to leave you guy's, but I need to do something." She looked at the others, "Can't I just take the Coin thingy back with me? I can use it there…"
"Doesn't work that way, we're a team or not at all." Cassie said and the others nodded.
"And I wouldn't have you back here."The robot said
"I sent you to that world because I thought it was safe. Thomas Oliver, do you swear that no harm well come to Sari?"
Tommy swallowed, if they were going to be allies then they'd have to be honest with one another. "I can't. If she's a Ranger she'll be on the front lines in this. What I can promise you is that she won't be alone out there and that we'll do everything we can."
Optimus smiled and nodded. "That's what I wanted to hear. Thank you."
"I'm not staying here!" Sari exclaimed.
Optimus shook his head "Yes you are, that's where you're needed and as Mr Oliver pointed out you can do more good there."
"…But you, my father…"
"We'll take care of him. Sari, you know how bad things are around here and it's getting worse. We've already lost contact with some of the groups in the north, and words gotten back from the Council. They've suggested we evacuate."
Sari blanched. "You can't, there's still so many people left!"
"I know, that's why I've suggested evacuating the humans but they won't hear of it. Sentinel has convinced them that your people wouldn't be accepted and that we should quarantine the planet."
"He can't do that!" Sari shouted
Then, to Tommy's surprise, Faith spoke up. "The girl's right. No way you can just abandon a world! If I meet this Sentinel guy I'm going to hit him so hard he'll think his mother was a toaster."
"Not if I get there first." Dawn growled. "What are you going to do about it?" she asked the Globe.
Optimus seemed shocked for a moment, then grinned. "I asked Sentinel what he planed to do with all the humans we'll rescue. He's not given us an answer yet, until he does I'm asking for volunteers."
"Any Autobot willing to fight, from across all of Cybertron. I'm not willing to abandon my friends We even got a few new ones out of it. There might not be much left of Earth when we've finished, but we have to stop these monsters. Things are going to get a lot worse over here." He said, gravely. "Right now you're a lot safer there."
Sari looked at him, surprisingly there were tears in her eyes. Tommy was left wondering just how human she was. "Don't cry, we'll be fine." Optimus grinned. "We'll keep in touch and look after your father."
Tommy was about to say something when the alarms started blaring. "What's that?" Optimus and Sari asked at the same time.
"Warning alarm." Dawn said. "Sorry to cut this short, but we're going to need the Globe."
"I understand, good luck."
"You too." Tommy said and flicked the switch that restored the Viewing Globe to its regular function.
"Are you sure you've cut through all of the interference?" Mitchell asked, Vala didn't have very much in the way of faith in the small sweaty man, however with Sam in charge of Atlantis it seemed he was the only one on the whole planet that knew anything.
There was Dr McKay, but not only was he also on Atlantis his attitude got on her nerves. Even she was willing to admit that took a spectacular amount of effort and arrogance.
The sweaty Dr Lee. looked up from the screen. "Yes, well I think so." They were in the engineering room. It had the biggest screen and the Asguard computer. Both things that were needed to find out what was going on down there.
Three years earlier she'd have been trying to steal the plans to this ship, or swiping some small part she could sell on for enormous profit. Now though she had a home, and she had Daniel.
Not that she would admit it to him.
The large screen flickered, it seemed to show something for a fraction of a second before dissolving in a mess of lines. "Well that didn't work." She said as Daniel rolled his eyes. Mitchell and Muscles growled over the cringing man.
"No, it worked, it was working." He suddenly snapped his fingers. "Oh no!" he began typing, very quickly, on his computer.
"What is it Bill?" Daniel asked
"If there was an attack in process what's jamming us would be more powerful. If I… there we go!" They looked up and the screen and it finally showed something. There were three blips on the screen each of different sizes. The biggest and smallest were together with the other one off to one side.
Mitchell stepped up, closer to the screen. "I might be seeing things, but is that one getting bigger?" he asked and he was right. The smaller one was flashing, with each flash it was getting bigger. Vala felt a sudden chill as she looked at it, almost if she knew something was wrong with it. even from here.
"Does anyone else feel that?" she asked looking around.
"Indeed." There was a shake in the big jaffa's voice. If she didn't know him that well she would have missed it.
Something else happened, as the now medium sized blip pulsed four new blips appeared. They looked, and felt, different. More normal, not the ugly, sharp, skittering blips that were there originally. "Four, I thought there was only three?" she frowned.
"Looks like they've got more. I'm guessing they'll need it, just look at those energy readings!" Daniel pointed at the stream of information as it scrolled up the side of the screen.
"The filter's messing up our readings." Dr Lee announced. "I'll see what I can do to clear it up."
"No, no. That's okay." Daniel said hurriedly. "Do you think we can still do what we need?"
"Err, yes." Lee said. "Give me a moment."
"Not yet." Mitchell warned. "Let them do their job first."
End Chapter Two
Originally this was supposed to be a three part story, but I realised I would be cramming everything into the middle story. So this is now a four parter. Not that it makes a difference to you, but it does give you some idea of how big this is going to get. Trust me, it will be awesome.