The Wider World Part IV:- Allies Chapter Two
POWER RANGERS :- Demon Wars
The Wider World Part IV:- Allies
Daniel winced as he got onto the bridge of the Apollo. "What's going on?" he asked.
"Were you able to get through to Cassie?" Jack asked back, ignoring his question.
"She's not answering." Daniel shook his head and looked at the monitors. If he didn't know any better he'd have guessed they were broken. "I mean it Jack, what happened?"
"We don't know." he told him and pointed at the main screen off to one side, "but take a look at this." It was a satellite view of Amethyst, at least something just outside the city.
"Where did that come from?" Daniel hissed.
"We had a major blackout across the city," Colonel Ellis announced. "Power, telephone, internet. Even knocked out our readings up here. When it cleared that was there. No explanation, just there." It looked like a medieval impression of the Pentagon, a castle with five walls, but no towers. In the middle, just off centre, was a keep. Even from this angle you could see a cluster of jutting spires. Arcane symbols and strange glyphs were burnt into the courtyard. "Can you read those?"
Daniel squinted at the screen. "No. they look almost cuneiform, but I can't place them."
"Are we sure that's important?" Mitchell asked "I'm more interested in the castle beaming in from dimension X than it's funky graffiti."
"Dimension X?" Teal'c asked, frowning.
"Sure, it's got that whole other worldly thing about it."
"And you think dimension?" Daniel blinked
Mitchell shrugged; "We've had all the other cool things. I mean what else is left?"
Teal'c's eyebrow twitched as only his could while Daniel shared a glance with Jack. If Mitchell was right this was unlike anything they had fought before. Not like that was anything new but he still didn't like it.
Then his phone went off. Checking the caller ID he nodded to his friend. "It's Cassie."
He answered it. "Uncle Daniel, it's me."
"I know, I've been trying to call you. Listen to me; get out of town. Call your tutors, tell them you have to leave and meet me outside your dorm. I'll be there as soon as I can."
"Yeah, thanks. Look I, we need your help."
Daniel shook his head. "I'll help your friend after we've gone. Tell you what I'll make arrangements to take her with us."
"That's cool." she said distractedly. "Can you come and talk to us though. It's kind of important."
"I'll be right there. Try and convince your friend to get packing." He hung up.
Jack frowned, "What was that about?"
"Cassie's roommate, they're friends. She wanted me to make sure they were safe too."
"Alright, take T with you."
Teal'c shook his head. "That would not be a good idea, Dawn Summers did not entirely trust me when we first met."
"Really?" both Daniel and Jack said at the same time.
Teal'c nodded. "Indeed. She did not believe my cover story."
"Alright then, I'll go alone." Daniel shrugged. "Look the College is on the other side of town, miles away from anything that might happen."
"I still don't like it." Jack pointed out.
"That's why I'm getting her out of there." Daniel tried not to growl. "Colonel, can you beam me back down to the hotel room?"
"Will do, but take a transmitter with you. Sensors are still spotty down there and Dr Lee's filter isn't that stable."
"Good idea." Daniel nodded.
A few minutes later Daniel appeared in the room that he had at the hotel. Quickly he grabbed the keys for the rental car and dashed for the elevator. A young woman sat at the end of the corridor holding her knees and rocking back and forth.
"Oh god no, Oh god no." she said, almost praying. Daniel did a double take. she wore a mades uniform.
"Hey, you alright?" he asked
"We're going to die!" she wailed. "The earthquake, the eclipse! I've read about it! It's the end of the world!"
Daniel tried to keep his face straight, earthquakes and eclipses. While he was up there a lot had happened. Thinking about it his room had looked a little shaken. "I know, come on let's get downstairs."
Skipping the elevator, that probably wasn't working now. He helped her downstairs and out of the building. A few other guests were also panicking outside and Daniel cursed silently. It wasn't just one overly emotional girl, the whole city was terrified and it wasn't' hard to see why.
You couldn't get a good idea of just how high the castle's walls were from space. Down on the ground was another story, even from the hotel, a good couple of miles away, Daniel could still see it. Looming in the distance like a shadow, as he looked he felt a cold shiver run down his spine. Trying to shrug it off he made it to his car, and headed to the College. More sure than ever that he had to get Cassie out of town.
Driving through the city was easier than Daniel had expected. Most of the people were trying to escape and the College was on a dead end. There was nothing else down the road and while a few students were trying to get away not many had cars.
It didn't take him long to find the dorms and Cassie was waiting for him. "Uncle Daniel!" she shouted over the crowd watching the news.
"Where's your bags?" He asked as soon as he was close. Cassie didn't answer, just waved him to follow. Her room was on the second floor and she refused to answer all the way there.
"It's me." She said, knocking on the door. Daniel followed her in and was taken aback. He expected her roommate, Dawn, to be the only other person inside. Instead of the two of them there were four. One looked half familiar and the other was the waitress at the Coffee Shop.
"What's going on?" Daniel asked.
"We need your help, Dr Jackson." Summers said, sounding deadly serious.
"That doesn't matter, I've got a car and some friends in high places. I think I can get all of you out of here, pack lightly. Alright?"
The waitress shook her head. "Get out of here? What are you going to do, nuke the place from orbit?"
Daniel held back a shudder. Knowing Jack he'd probably already thought of that, the only thing holding him back was the civilian casualties. It was only a matter of time before he ordered the evacuation. "That won't work, the castles are impregnable." The strange girl in the yellow dress told him.
"But we do have a plan." Summers said, "It's risky, might not work and involves a lot of co-operation, but it's our best chance."
"What will involve a lot of co-operation?" he asked, not quite sure what she was talking about.
Summers pulled out a map, someone had marked five points on it. Quite wide of the castle itself, but they surrounded it. "It's protected by five totems, laid out in a pentagram." She pulled out a pen and drew a five pointed star on it.
"You see, the lines make a pentagon in the middle. That's where the Dark Castle is." Cassie picked up. Daniel boggled at it, they were right. In the middle of the star was a perfect fit for the castle. At least that was what he could remember.
The Waitress grinned "And those things are what we have to take out."
"But we can't, we'd need to hit all five at the same time to do any damage and there's only four of us." The strange girl announced
"But you guys have a space ship." Summers said triumphantly. "If you can hit one, we can take the others. Bye bye protective spell, hello victory."
"Then we have just the big guns we need to take that whole place out." The waitress chuckled.
"Spaceship?" Daniel asked, casting a glance at Cassie. "Who said we had a spaceship?" He had no idea what they were talking about, but some how four young women knew stuff they absolutely shouldn't.
"I thought you were supposed to be smart?" The Waitress said, with a cutting edge of of sarcasm. He'd heard that voice, and recently.
Blinking he tried to place it, then he noticed her the black jacket she was wearing. Cassie was wearing a blue blouse, and Summers a green top. The exact same colours they wore when he last saw them. He was stunned as a very bad thought came to him.
"Looks like he's getting it." The waitress chuckled.
Daniel was speechless and could only gape at the girls that surrounded him. He was right; Cassie was a Ranger. "How did you, I mean who?" he asked looking at the group of them. "How did this happen?"
"Destiny, I guess." She shrugged. "It wasn't really my choice."
"They drafted you?" he gave the other three a penetrating look.
Summers laughed. "I guess you could call it that. We were all drafted, by these things." She pulled a small metal box from behind her back. It was silver, its front split with a jagged crack and it had what looked to be a gold coin in the middle. "It's called a Morpher." She told him as the others all puled out their own. Daniel recognised them as the belt buckles on the Rangers suits. "The coin in the middle has a mind of it's own. They all do, when all this happened they woke up, chose the four of us to fight the demons."
Daniel looked at Cassie carefully. She was being honest, they all were, but he still didn't like it. They were still kids after all. "Uncle Daniel; I know this is a lot to take on board, but we really need to organise this." She looked at her friends. "We need to get back up there."
Jack looked at the screen, "Alright, put me through to the National Guard. See what we can do about evacuating the City."
"You might want to hold off on that Jack." It was Daniel, he was back up and he didn't look happy about something.
"You're back early." He frowned, "Couldn't find her."
"Oh no, he found us alright." A dark haired girl Jack had never seen before was right behind him. "Where's your map?"
"Huh, urm Daniel, guests?" Jack asked, stunned as three more girls followed. One of them was Cassie but the rest were complete strangers.
"It's over there." Daniel pointed at the screen off to one side.
"Cool." the first girl said and then turned on Jack. "I guess with the stars on your shoulder you're the boss up here."
"Dawn Summers, this is Major General Jack O'Neill. Jack, this is Dawn. Cassie friend."
Jack blinked at the girl in front of him, he recognised the name as Cassies roommate and the one who didn't trust Teal'c. "Danny-boy I know we said get Cassie out of there, but did we need to bring her here?"
"They kind of insisted Jack." he pointed out as they headed to the screen showing an arial view of the target.
One of Summers' friends winced. "It's even uglier in high-def."
"I didn't think that was possible." Cassie laughed.
"Daniel, why are they here and not… anywhere else?" He asked, trying to keep his temper.
There was something Daniel didn't want to say, after years of knowing the guy he could read him like an open book. The quick glance he sent to the almost cringing Cassie told Jack she was the reason. "What is it?" he asked through gritted teeth.
"We might as well show them." Cassie said to Summers, almost as if she was asking a question.
"Why you asking me? If you want to tell them go ahead." Summers shrugged
Cassie sighed, almost as if she wanted the other girl to say no, but there was a strange set to her shoulders. "Alright then, it's morphing time. Triceratops." Pulling a strange device from her pocket Cassie punched the air.
The next thing Jack knew there was a flash of blue light. Where Cassie had been standing was, what Jack guessed was, the Blue Ranger. "Oh for crying out loud!"
Dawn let out a laugh as she saw where one of Cassie's favourite phrases had come from. "Now that show and tell is over can we get back to work." She frowned at the screen. "Which one do you want?"
The General turned away from Cassie. "What are you talking about?"
Dawn frowned at Dr Jackson, who nodded back. "The Rangers have a plan, but they need our help. They seem to believe that whatever's protecting that Castle from their weapons is coming from these, things." he told his boss.
She had let him explain what was going on, according to Cassie he was the best at that and that the General wouldn't believe the demons explanation. Not that Dawn could blame him, he wouldn't be the first to balk at the truth.
"Then why don't we just hit them ourselves? I mean thanks for the intel but we are the military."
"Won't work." Dawn shook her head. "We have to hit all five at exactly the same time and you don't have anything that pack that much of a punch."
He laughed. 'You don't know what we've got, trust me we could level the place."
"Nukes won't do it. They're not precise enough and you can't hit all five at once with one ship." Sari explained. "The only way we can do this is if we all work together."
General O'Neill looked like he was caught between a rock and a hard place. This is why Dawn didn't want to be the leader, she'd seen Buffy at times like this and knew it tore her up inside. He had to believe them, but even with Cassie's proof of who they were he didn't want to trust them.
Then he looked to Cassie and nodded. "We're going to have words young lady." then he faced her. "You got a deal kid, how we going to do this?"
End Chapter Two