Training Chapter 1
POWER RANGERS :- Demon Wars
"So, four hours?" Cassie asked, smiling.
Dawn looked up, blushed furiously then scowled. "Shut up."
"Your sister called you know." She didn't let up, the smile becoming a full grin as she tried not to laugh. "When she asked where you were I told her."
"She thought it was quite funny, right up until I told her how long you were gone for."
Cassie laughed, "No seriously, what were you doing?" She had her own ideas but Dawn didn't seem to be the sort of girl that would go that far on a second date.
"I was just giving Marcus his notes back." She said rather defensively.
"For four hours? It doesn't take that long."
Dawn slumped her shoulders in defeat. "We watched Blackadder together, okay."
That wasn't the answer Cassie was expecting. "What?"
"Blackadder, it's a British comedy show. Has the guy from Mr Bean and Hugh Laurie, you know House."
"What's House doing in a British comedy?" Cassie asked.
Dawn looked confused for a moment, "Well he is English."
"Hang on; you went to Marcus's dorm room and stayed there for four hours, watching an old British Tv show?" Cassie burst out laughing. "That's all you did?"
"Hey it's a classic!" Dawn defended herself, which only set Cassie laughing again. "and Giles wouldn't let me borrow his copies anymore."
Cassie really wanted to stop laughing but she couldn't. After a few moments she did finally get herself under control and there was a knock on the door. "I can't guess who that's going to be." She teased. Dawn just growled, still blushing furiously, and threw a pencil at her.
It wasn't Marcus at the door though, it was a pair of girls with matching mindless smiles; "Greetings sister!" The one on the right said, taking Cassie off guard.
"Sister, what?" she asked, going from happy to confused so fast it should have given her whiplash.
The one on the left took advantage of her confusion and pushed a piece of flimsy paper into her hand. "We're from the Amethyst City Witches Chapter." she said. "Here's an invite to our rally tomorrow night!"
Cassie turned the paper over and blinked, not quite sure what she was reading. "Erm, Dawn. You might want to see this." Cassie handed the paper over to her roommate.
"What is…" she started before reading aloud. "W.A.R. Wiccan's Against Rangers?" Cassie could almost hear Dawn's mental gears come to a crashing halt.
"Yes." One of the girls at the door said enthusiastically. "We're witches and we're holding rally against the Power Rangers. The dark ones aren't our enemies, but our brothers. They've come to teach us their ways with nature and how to live in harmony with one another."
Dawn blinked, hard. "Oh Goddess, Willow warned me about this." She rolled her eyes before glaring at the two idiots. "That's the most garbled pile of rubbish I've ever heard!" she half shouted. "First of all Wiccan's have covens, not chapters. Second, you wouldn't know a real Witch if they whacked you up the head with a broomstick!"
"There's no reason to be so negative."
"It's really bad for your aura."
"Oh for the love of…" Dawn growled. "Listen closely you idiots, demons are not your Dark Ones. They are an affront to nature, not part of it. They couldn't care less if you wanted to make friends, at best they'd kill you on the spot and roast you over a slow fire. You morons might have read Harry Potter once too often, but that does not make you mystics and it certainly doesn't make you Witches!" With that she held up the paper. "You want to know what a witch can do? I'll show you."
Cassie watched as Dawn's eyes suddenly flared up and two green fireballs struck the flyer. The flimsy paper burst into flame in her hand. "Now get lost." the Green Ranger growled at the two terrified girls. Her eyes flashed green again and the two of them ran, throwing the pink papers into the air as they fled.
Cassie let them run, tripping over each other, before turning on Dawn. "Whoa, did you have to do that?"
Dawn rubbed her temple. "I got a little ticked." She admitted sheepishly and headed back inside.
"A little, Dawn you fired fireballs out your eyes!" Cassie pointed out, closing the door behind her.
"Alright, a lot. They're posers, clapping hands and singing nonsense about sisterhood while eating hummus." Dawn growled. "They haven't the first clue what they're doing just thinking it's fashionable and cool." She sighed. "I saw it all the time in Sunnydale, if one of them did stumble on real power it could be a disaster."
"Only if you think flaying people alive and animal sacrifice is a bad thing."
Cassie blanched. "You've got to be joking."
Dawn shook her head. "Told you, I've seen it. There's still a big difference between witchcraft and what they're doing though, but is a slippery slope."
"And fireballs from the eyes? Where's that on the slope?" Cassie asked quietly.
"I'm not a witch Cassie, Tara tried to teach me a few things. Reading Auras, little stuff like that, but I was never that good."
"Then how?" Cassie asked
Dawn shrugged. "Don't know, felt like a Ranger power more than magic though. Back when I was facing Dydtrax I threw a… I don't know what, a ball of energy I guess. Maybe that's my power. You've got your funky mind powers, Faith has super strength, Sari's good with computers…"
"And you shoot fireballs out your hands and eyes." Cassie finished. "I know I'm supposed to be careful but you might want to do the same."
Dawn winced. "Yeah, okay. Sorry I scared you."
"You didn't scare me," Cassie frowned, something came to her. "Why haven't you done it before?"
"I was angry, I mean really really angry when I took on that demoness. Those idiots got at me too."
"So you get fireball vision when someone ticks you off? Wow, I thought Uncle Jack had a temper."
Dawn laughed, then glanced at the clock, "Oh shoot, I'm going to be late."
"No your not." Cassie disagreed. "Bus isn't for a hour." As usual she thought they were going to head into town and spend the morning at the Coffee Shop.
"Not the bus, I'm…" She blushed furiously. "I'll see you at the Coffee Shop later." Throwing a jacket on she dashed out.
Cassie frowned then realised her roommate was heading for the cafeteria, wearing her best jacket.
Tommy nodded, "She was right, it is a power of the Green Ranger." he laughed. "I used it on a pair of bullies, Bulk and Skull, when I started out. Blasted them both into a dumpster!" What Tommy didn't want to mention was that he could only do that sort of stuff when he was under Rita's control. On his own he'd never had access to that sort of power.
Quite how the Green Power Coin had been recharged and it's connection to Dawn was still a mystery. Even so she somehow had it back to full power, he really needed to find out as much as he could about it.
There was still one option he hadn't explored, only problem was did he dare?
"So where is she?" Faith asked, bringing him back to the conversation.
"I'm guessing breakfast date." Cassie smirked.
"A breakfast date, I thought she already spent the night with him." Faith smirked. "What, she just came back to get a change of clothes?"
Tommy had met up with the Rangers on their well established get together. Saturday mornings was one of the few times they were all free. Cassie and Dawn's classes were only during the week and Faith had the morning shift. It almost became an unwritten rule that they met here, sort of like Ernie's old juice bar.
"She didn't spend the night, she was only gone for four hours." Cassie explained
"Only four hours?" Sari asked. "I thought, I mean wouldn't it take longer?" Faith raised an eyebrow and Sari just shrugged. "Not that I'd know, just thought it would take longer."
"She didn't do anything." Cassie said defensively. "They just watched a TV show Marcus had. Something called Blackadder."
Tommy frowned. "Blackadder?" He'd heard of it, but never seen any of the episodes.
"Bee might accept that, she knows what her sisters like with that sort of thing." Faith snickered. "Who'd have thought it, Buffy's little sister falling for a guy thats as big a nerd as she is. Guess Andrew had a shot after all."
"Andrew?" Tommy asked.
"Annoying geek kid, back in old sunny-hell. He's a world class geek, everything he says is something from Star Trek or whatever. Even other geeks avoid him, heard he got laughed out of a convention a couple of months back."
"There's nothing wrong with being a nerd." Sari said a little defensively. "My dad's a nerd."
"It's just that Bee loves to play the dumb blonde card. She's going to hate that Dee doing better than she ever could." Faith laughed aloud as Dawn came into the Coffee Shop, a dark look on her face.
"Hi Dawn. What's wrong?" Sari asked
"Justin Bieber?" She said cryptically, dropping a newspaper on the table they were sharing. Tommy was the first to pick it up.
"What are you talking about?"
Dawn half growled before throwing herself into a chair. "Somebody's got a petition to get Justin Bieber as the Red Ranger."
"What?" Faith half exploded. As Tommy read on. Over the years there had been all sorts of silly rumours and ideas about the Rangers. From them really being anything from humanoid lizards to robots made to look like men. From the article it looked like the reporter had found most of them.
It wasn't just Bieber that had been suggested, any number of celebrities from all walks of life were being put forward. Tommy only recognised about half of the names. Part way down the list was Kira Ford, the Dio-Thunder Yellow Ranger. A sure sign that her career was taking off. "It's not the first time." he told the girls. "Every time a new Ranger team shows up there's all sorts of stories."
"…but Hanna Montana?" Dawn jabbed a finger at the paper.
"Over my dead body." Faith said with venom.
Tommy nodded; "I agree, that girl puts my teeth on edge." he admitted, folding up the paper. "I wouldn't let it bother you. It will all blow over."
"And if it doesn't you could always blast someone with fire vision." Faith suggested.
"Cassie told you about that huh?"
"She sure did."
Dawn squirmed in her seat. "I didn't know, okay. It just kinda happened, you know how it goes."
The Black Ranger looked at the four of them, Tommy included. "I don't like this. I get that we've been chosen but I've got Bee on my back wanting to call in a whole army of Slayers. Cass has got her family wanting to do the same, only this time with the real army…"
"Air Force." Cassie corrected
"…and we're here. Stuck in the middle. Dawnie's shooting fireballs, Cassie's healing the sick and Sari's a universal remote control. Anyone else feel like we're in a race car without any brakes?"
"Dawnie?" Cassie asked.
"It was a nickname, back when I was a kid." Dawn scowled at Faith. "You've changed too you know. Not every Slayer can lift a tank over her head."
"Some people are just better at some things." She shrugged. "I'm not kidding, this whole thing is getting out of control."
Tommy sat back. "I know how you feel. When this thing gets started it's aways crazy, you wonder if you've gone more than a little mad."
"What are we going to do about it?"
"What can we do?" he asked back. "If you want to we could leave it to your Slayers, or Cassie's family. There's nothing keeping you here."
The four Rangers looked at each other. "They wouldn't know what to do." Cassie admitted. "Give them a war with some outer space snake alien that thinks it's a god and they're fine."
"But give them a demon war and it's time to bring in the professionals." Faith pointed out.
"That would be you guys?" Sari asked.
"That is what a Slayer does."
Dawn laughed 'Thing is Slayers are more used to small scale things, vampires and the occasional demon with a big plan. Castles and the like are a little outta their league."
"So what we need is like a crack team," Cassie summed it up, a twinkle in her eye. "Demon hunters and army combined."
"Yeah, preferably one with access to some really big robotic weapons." Sari grinned openly.
"The research and right background to know what they're doing." Dawn laughed, finally cheering up
"And one that won't quit if the going gets a little rough." Faith added and Tommy finally relaxed. things might get a little out of control and they might come across the unexpected fairly often but this Ranger team knew what they were doing.
"Sounds like a pretty unique group." A new voice entered the conversation. "Hope they won't mind an old friend butting in."
Tommy jumped to his feet, recognising the new comer immediately . 'Jason?'
End Chapter One