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 Ultimate Power Rangers: Reloaded

 

Power Rangers: Chapter Two 29

Rookie in Blue

 

The Red Dragon armed its black claws and swooped past Shaku. The Dragon slashed its claws across the Gorma’s chest, sparking on impact as the giant Gorma stumbled backward. 

 

Shaku extended his eye stalk. The Gorma fired a volley of optic blasts that exploded across the Red Dragon’s armor. Explosions sparked around Dragon Ranger as he stood on top of the zord’s head. He was scathed by the blasts. “It’s getting too hot up here.”

 

Dragon Ranger hopped down into the zord’s cockpit, which was embedded in the beasts armor. Dragon ranger placed his hand over the crystal control sphere on the console in front of him.

 

“Red Dragon!” Dragon Ranger shouted. “Fire Blast!”

 

The dragon opened its jaws. A stream of fiery destruction poured out that crashed into the monster. Explosions sparked against Shaku as the flames washed over him.

 

“Red Dragon, rise up!” The zord surged with crimson lightning and started to change shape. Red Dragon transformed into a humanoid warrior and landed on the ground while stepping back into a fighting stance.

 

The other Rangers gathered at the feet of Red Dragon and looked up. “Let’s get in,” Tenma Ranger said. He and the others entered the Red Dragon’s cockpit. Each stood behind their own crystal sphere.

 

“It’s time to see what you’re made of,” Dragon Ranger said to Shaku.

 

“What?” the Gorma said. “You’ll regret that!”

 

The two opponents circled around each other. Although The Power guided him, Dragon Ranger was still getting accustomed to piloting the giant zord. Piloting Red Dragon was as different from controlling the Dragonzord as playing ice hockey was to playing a hockey video game.

 

The opponents charged at each other. Red Dragon used both arms to grab hold of Shaku, but the Gorma knocked Red Dragon’s arms away. The villain snapped a kick that Red Dragon blocked.

 

In the cockpit, Dragon Ranger launched a flurry of knifehand strikes. Red Dragon copied the Ranger’s movements. The zord slammed a series of knifehand strikes against the Gorma, each sparking against Shaku on impact.

 

Red Dragon slammed its heel against Shaku, sending the villain tumbling backward across the ground. Shaku reached up, his body trembling as he tried to rise. His eye closed and his body went limp.

 

“Yes,” Tenma Ranger said. He and Lion Ranger thought the monster was defeated. Dragon Ranger, Kirin Ranger, and Phoenix Ranger knew better.

 

Shaku snapped his eye open and wrapped a tentacle around the zord from behind. Shaku sent an energy wave through his tentacle that struck Red Dragon, causing explosions all across the zord’s armor.

 

 “Dragon Staff!” Dragon Ranger commanded. A slender black staff appeared in the Dragon’s hand. Red Dragon thrashed through the tentacle to break free.

 

Shaku stumbled backward but stayed on his feet as Red Dragon charged forward. Red Dragon dashed past Shaku while slashing the Gorma across the chest. Red Dragon turned and brought its staff down diagonally, sparking against the Gorma on impact.   

 

Red Dragon jammed the end of his staff in the ground. He used the staff as leverage to spin around, repeatedly slamming its feet against the Gorma. Shaku was forced back as Red Dragon landed.

 

The zord started to spin its staff like a propeller. The staff gathered crimson energy as the zord charged forward. “Dragon Staff!” Dragon Ranger shouted. “Whirling Force!”

 

Red Dragon swung the staff down with a streak of red energy that tore through the Gorma’s body. The villain crackled with red energy that exploded across his armor. The Gorma fell backward, his energy overloading and exploding.

 

Red Dragon lowered its staff, standing tall in victory.

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The next day, Tommy walked slowly through a graveyard with a bouquet of flowers in hand. It was Shannon’s birthday. It was the also the first time Tommy visited her burial site. Kimberly had offered to come with, but she understood why he had to do it alone.

 

He took a step closer to her tombstone and laid the flowers down. He got to his knees and ran his hand along the edges of the stone. “I should have come here a long time ago…but I’ve been avoiding it. I thought it would have been easier once I brought the people who did this to you to justice. But it wasn’t.

 

“Now there’s another…threat. Jason isn’t around, so I’m in charge. I didn’t plan to be. No one told me to be. It just happened. It’s kind of scary…How am I supposed to lead the others after the things I’ve done. After…what happened to you.”

 

He rolled his hands into fists and clenched his muscles. A tear rolled down his cheek. “I let you down. I failed you.”

 

He heard footsteps come from behind him. He snapped around. It was Shannon’s mother.

 

“I’m sorry I startled you,” she said.

 

Tommy wiped his tears and rose to his feet, his face turning slightly red with embarrassment. “No…I’m sorry, Mrs. Parker. I’ll get out of your way.”

 

“Tommy,” she said as she walked towards him. He could not bring himself to look at her. “It’s okay. You can stay. I haven’t seen you since…this happened. It’s been over a year.”

 

“I…I know,” Tommy said. “Things have been crazy.”

 

 “Tommy…I heard part of what you said. This isn’t your fault…”

 

Anger welled up inside of Tommy. He clenched his jaw. “Yes it is. More than you know,” he walked away. His mind flashed back.

 

Goldar rose back to his feet and charged towards Kyra. “Now it’s your turn!” he grabbed her by the arm and whipped her around, holding her back to his chest while he pressed a sword to her neck.

 

She screamed, and Dragon Ranger froze with rage and terror. 

 

“Don’t you dare, Goldar!” Dragon Ranger shouted. 

 

“This time I’ll do it right,” Goldar snarled. “This time I want you to remember that her death is all your fault!”

 

He slit her throat.

 

“No!!!” Dragon Ranger shouted as he rushed forward.

 

Goldar stepped back and teleported away in a burst of golden flame. Kyra continued to drop. Dragon Ranger caught her before she hit the ground. “Shannon…”

 

He shook his head, cradling her body as he rocked back and forth. “Not again….” He looked up into the sky and shouted at the top of his lungs. “Not agaaaaain!”

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Zydos walked through the lower streets of Angel Grove West with a heavy brown sack draped over his shoulder. The bag started shaking. Whatever was inside was anxious to escape.

 

Zydos became frustrated with the bag’s movement and dumped its contents onto the ground. The Gorma warrior known as Houshi spilled out. Houshi had a muscular body covered with leather straps. He wore a red mask that wrapped over his entire head.

 

“What is it, Zydos?” the warrior asked.

 

“You idiot,” Zydos spat as he kicked the warrior. “Don’t question me. You know what your job is.”

 

“Yes, yes,” Houshi said as he rose to his feet.

 

“Then move quickly,” Zydos said impatiently. “The ceremony will start soon.”

 

The Gorma monster leapt into the air and vanished from sight.

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Rocky sparred at his sensei’s dojo in Angel Grove West. He was in the ring, fighting against a kick boxer, as his young 10-year-old student and friend Justin Stewart watched. Justin had long brown hair and hazel eyes.

 

“Rocky,” his sensei said from the sidelines as the teen blocked a combination of round kicks. “You’ll have to do better if you expect to win the tournament tomorrow. You’ll have to act like a true pupil of the Kapokin school.”

 

Rocky wanted to be a professional fighter after high school, and a college student on the side for a back-up plan. The latter was his mother’s idea, as well as her order. 

 

A heel slammed across Rocky’s face and knocked him to the mat.

 

“Come on, Rocky, don’t give up!” Justin yelled.

 

“Easy for you to say, little guy,” Rocky said as he struggled back to his feet.

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Rocky went jogging through the suburbs after practice. Justin rode on a bicycle ahead of Rocky and carried a small timer. “Come on, Rocky, keep up!”

 

“Ya know,” Rocky said in between breaths, “isn’t it time for you to get back to the shelter?”

 

“Not getting out that easy!” Justin said with a smile as he sped up.

 

Rocky sighed and stopped a moment to take a breath. Justin moved ahead. The boy passed a basketball court and stopped to admire the players. The basketball was knocked out of the court and Justin ran after it.

 

The ball bounced into a wide alley, and Justin followed. Justin dropped down his bike and moved after the ball. But the ball bounced into the hands of a tall Japanese man. The man narrowed his eyes and smiled at Justin.

 

Justin took a step back, a chill creeping down his spine.

 

The man extended both hands and turned the ball, which transformed into a red gourd-type mask. “You won’t be returning home today.”

 

Justin screamed and started to run away. The man leapt forward and hurled the mask like a ball. The mask slammed against Justin and enveloped his head. The boy lost consciousness and crumbled to the ground.

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Rocky shot back to his feet when he heard Justin screamed. He ran as fast as he could and turned into the alley. He saw the Japanese man pick up Justin and drape the boy over his shoulder.

 

“Hey!” Rocky shouted as he charged towards the man. The stranger and Justin disappeared with a flash of dark light.

 

Rocky skid to a halt at the site of the teleportation. Was that man a Gorma? As if to answer, a padded staff swung from nowhere and slammed across Rocky’s head. The ranger went flying backward.

 

Rocky readied his Aura braces while stumbling through the air. “Kiryoku transform!” Blue energy shimmered around him as he morphed into his Ranger form.

 

Tenma Ranger somersaulted through the air and landed on his feet while snapping into a fighting stance. He turned to face Houshi, the red-masked Gorma. The Blue Ranger leapt forward, passing over the Gorma while kicking him in the back.  

 

Tenma Ranger twisted in midair and landed. He snapped into a fighting stance. “Tenma Ranger! Heaven Gravity Star, Blue!” he shouted boldly, trying to hid his fear.

 

“Gamaguchi Houshi!” the Gorma identified himself. “Head Crusher!” A bunch of red gourd-type masks flew around from his back and jetted towards Tenma Ranger in different formations.

 

Two gourd’s slammed against his chest with massive bursts of sparks. The impact knocked Tenma Range to the ground.

 

The Blue Ranger rose back to his feet, holding his injured right arm.

 

Houshi laughed at the Ranger. “You are so weak!”

 

“It always resorts to name calling…” Tenma Ranger said. He placed his hand over his fist and extended his hands. He gathered his energy as the Pegasus eyes on his helmet flashed blue. “Heaven Gravity Star, Gravity Inverting Destruction!”

 

He extended his hand and a blue, jagged wave of gravity-inversing energy shot out.

 

But Houshi fired off one of his heads while shouting “Head Crusher!” The helmet intercepted the gravity blast and pummeled through it, creaking sparks of feedback that exploded across the alley. The head exploded against Tenma ranger and knocked him backward.

 

Tenma Ranger slammed into a wall and crashed against a pile of crates.

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Kimberly walked into the apartment she shared with her mother in Angel Grove South. The apartment was empty, which did not surprise Kimberly. Her mother was almost never home.

 

Then, the communicator she wore under her sleeve began to beep. Billy had redistributed the devices to the teens after their first encounter with the Gorma.

 

Here we go again, she thought to herself.

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Adam was working in a pet store at Angel Grove East. Most people mistook Adam as a tough guy. They confused his shyness with a stand-offish and egotistical attitude. Those that knew him understood how sensitive Adam really was.

 

He was feeding one of the caged animals when his communicator toned. 

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Billy sat in his garage lab while writing a new computer program. Lines of code flashed across his screen as his fingers moved across the keyboard. His communicator toned.

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The teens gathered around Kaku’s platform in the lair. Rocky was pacing back and forth, a look of panic in his eyes. “The Gorma took Justin!” he practically shouted.

 

Adam stood with his arms across his chest. “Who’s Justin?”

 

“He’s a student of mine,” Rocky said.

 

Kaku sighed. “I believe the Gorma took Justin to prepare for Eedoropudoro.”

 

“Eedoropudoro?” Tommy asked.

 

“The Gorma’s inauguration ceremony,” Kaku clarified. “When they first took power 6,000 years ago, they gathered five children and sacrificed them to their God. I believe the Gorma are doing the same now.”

 

The teens were shocked silent. Even Tommy, Billy, and Kimberly were shocked that the Gorma could be so evil.

 

“Just great,” Rocky muttered under his breath as he slumped down against the platform.

 

Kimberly placed a hand on his shoulder sympathetically. “It’ll be okay, Rocky. We’ll find him.”

 

“None of you must ever fight a Gorma alone,” Kaku said firmly as he looked to each ranger. “All are needed. Now…search the city for Justin. When you find him, you will find the Gorma.”

 

“Let’s go,” Tommy said as he and the others started to run off.

 

But Kaku stopped Rocky before he could leave. “Stay a minute, Rocky,” Kaku said as he stopped Rocky by the shoulder.

 

Kaku led Rocky further down the lair into a wide room with metallic spheres hanging from the ceiling. A small television screen was on a table nearby.

 

Kaku walked over towards the television as Rocky leaned against the doorway, his shoulders slumped down low. “I’m no good,” he said. “I couldn’t even save Justin. If you wanted someone to fight for the world you should have picked Jackie Chan or Jet Li or something.”

 

Rocky shook his head. “Justin’s always thought of me like a big brother. I’m practically the only family he has. His father is always away working for the government, and his mother…died a few years ago. At about the same age I lost my father in a car accident.”

 

Kaku walked towards Rocky, placed a hand on his shoulder, then turned back towards the TV. Kaku used a small remote to turn on the television. It showed an image of Rocky as the Tenma Ranger getting clobbered by the Gorma he had faced earlier.

 

“Is this supposed to cheer me up?” Rocky asked sarcastically.

 

“Rocky,” Kaku said. He turned off the television, but kept his eyes on the screen. “Do you know why you were beaten?”

 

“No, but I bet you’re gonna tell me,” Rocky said.

 

“It is not always a matter of how strong or weak you are,” Kaku said. He looked to Rocky. “It is not always a matter of power versus power, but sometimes a matter of learning ways around power.”

 

Kaku turned and started to walk from the room, but before he left, he faced the metal spheres and extended his hand while using his Ki to start the balls swinging around Rocky.

 

“Whoa!” Rocky shouted as two spheres slammed against him. He tried to dodge the other spheres as each started swinging in different directions and different intervals.

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The other four teens split up along the city streets. Nearby, a young boy ran across a wooded path beneath a bridge. He played with a toy airplane and made propeller noises. He stopped in his tracks as he heard a bouncing sound come from behind him.

 

The boy turned and saw a basketball bouncing towards him. The ball shot forward and landed in the hands of the tall Japanese man. He smiled at the boy. “You won’t be returning home today.”

 

The man turned the ball into a red gourd mask and tossed the object forward. The boy screamed and ran. The gourd slammed against the child and enveloped his head.

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Kimberly heard the boy scream while she walked nearby. She ran to the lower levels of the streets and saw the man duck around a corner with the boy over his shoulder. She ran towards them as fast as she could.

 

A hand reached out and grabbed her throat as she turned the corner.

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Kaku had a small radio system on his platform that he used to communicate with the rangers. He received their latest transmission. “What? Kimberly’s been kidnapped?”

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Rocky ran to the walkway where Kimberly was last seen. He noticed a small shining object on the ground. Rocky leaned down and picked it up. It was an earring. “Kimberly…”

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Rocky ran back up to street level. He saw a black sleek limo drive by and ducked for cover behind a bush. At first he wasn’t sure why his instincts told him to hide. Then he saw who was in the limo. Gara was in the backseat.

 

“Gorma…” Rocky said as he followed the limo. The vehicle was moving towards a cruise ship docked at the nearby pier.

 

The limo drove over a docking ramp and entered the ship. Rocky stayed low and moved over to the docks. His eyes scanned for a way in. Guards blocked every main entrance.

 

Rocky activated his communicator and told Kaku about the Gorma and the ship.

 

“Rocky,” Kaku told him. “Keep a low profile until the others arrive. They’re on their way.”

 

Rocky nodded. Then he remembered Kaku couldn’t see him. “Okay,” he answered.

 

Minutes later, Rocky was using the bars along the bottom of the docking bridge to climb towards the ship. Rocky hopped onto a lower deck on the ship and stayed low.

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Capatros cleared a deck area within the ship. They set up a rectangular table on the deck and draped a white cloth over it. The soldiers pulled out chairs as the Gorma Triumvirate took their seats. Shadam was at the center of the table, with Gara and Zydos at his sides.  

 

Another group of soldiers led in the five prisoners, each covered with red masks. Kimberly and Justin were among them. They sat in a row of chairs facing the Gorma’s table.

 

Zydos stood tall and proud. He started leading the Gorma through a chant. “Edorupudoro! Edorupudoro!”

 

Shadam stood behind his fellow Gorma. “Quiet!” The chanting stopped. “6,000 years ago, we failed. Things will be different this time. We are already stronger, more powerful…nothing can stop us!” 

 

Gara leaned back in her seat and smiled. “Yes…let us now begin. Let these five be the first to die at our hands.”

 

A man in a dark hooded cloak and white mask stepped onto the deck. He slowly walked towards the prisoners. An aura of evil hung around him. He armed a scythe in his right hand and walked towards the first prisoner in line: Kimberly.

 

The Gorma started chanting again. Their voices echoed throughout the ship. A few decks below, Rocky was scurrying up the stairs as the chanting became louder.

 

Rocky made it up to a small corridor on the same deck as the Gorma, and was ambushed by two Capatros. One soldier grabbed him from behind as the other swung his saber towards the ranger. Rocky kicked the soldier rushing towards him upside the head. He elbowed the Capatros behind him and flipped the soldier to the ground.

 

Rocky bent down to the soldier and delivered a final blow to the Gorma’s chest.

 

Back at the ceremony, Gara extended her hand. She wrapped an invisible strand of energy around Kimberly’s chair and slowly dragged it forward. Gara nodded to the cloaked man, signaling him to begin.

 

The villain lifted his scythe to level with Kimberly’s neck. He looked to the three Gorma. Shadam nodded, giving the villain his signal to make the first kill. The cloaked man pulled back his arms and prepared to strike.

 

Rocky arrived outside one of the room’s windows and looked in. He saw the cloaked man start to swing the blade. “Stop!” he shouted as he leapt forward, extending his arms and legs to shatter through the window, shards of glass cutting across his skin.

 

The villain stalled his blade, distracted by Rocky’s entrance. The Capatros turned and rushed towards Rocky.

 

Rocky landed against the ground hard and somersaulted forward, letting the momentum from his jump carry him. He rolled back to his feet while grabbing a soldier’s wrist and flipping the Gorma over his shoulder.

 

The soldier dropped his sword, which Rocky lifted up before side kicking a soldier in the face. Rocky hurled the blade forward. The sword crashed against the scythe, sparking on impact. The villain dropped the weapon and stumbled backward. He fell to the ground and stumbled out of his cloak. The was the red-masked Gorma Houshi. 

 

Rocky disarmed another soldier and took its blade while moving forward. He swung the blade downward to parry a blow and slammed the handle of the weapon against a soldier’s face while spinning closer to the prisoners.

 

He slashed the saber across a Capatros, the blade sparking as it ripped through the soldier, and jump kicked another soldier upside the head.

 

Rocky chopped the blade downward and cut the mask off Kimberly. Kimberly’s vision blurred back into focus as Rocky pulled her two her feet and spun her out of the way while deflecting a soldier’s saber and slashing that soldier away with a powerful upward strike.

 

They had no time to greet each other. Capatros surrounded them and closed in tight. A soldier swung its blade towards Kimberly. She sidestepped and knocked the soldier’s arm away while stepping forward, slamming a palm-heel blow that crashed against the villain’s chest.

 

“Stop them!” Shadam shouted with frustration.

 

Rocky ducked under a soldier’s blade and slashed the villain across the chest while dashing past the Capatros. He spun forward while bringing his blade down in a diagonal swing that thrashed another Capatros from his path.

 

Rocky stood in front of the kids and cut their masks off one-by-one. The kids rubbed their eyes as their vision blurred back into focus. “Rocky!” Justin shouted, fear in his eyes.

 

“Get out of here, now!” Rocky said to the kids. Justin led the children to a rear entrance in the room as Rocky held the Capatros at bay, his blade slicing through the Capatros flesh and cracking their bone.

 

A group of soldiers rushed towards Kimberly. Sensei Kaku had been teaching them how to use their Kiryoku during the past couple days. She put that practice to use.

 

“Ki!” she shouted as she extended her hand. An invisible burst of Telekinetic energy slammed against the soldiers and sparked across their chests while knocking them backward.

 

Shadam, Gara, and Zydos knocked their chairs away. They teleported from behind the table to in front of the table in a blink of an eye. Gara and Zydos extended their hands and fired strands of energy that leashed around the rangers’ necks. They pulled their hands backward, whipping the rangers off their feet and sending them stumbling forward.

 

Gara caught Kimberly by the throat and Zydos did the same with Rocky. Gara slapped Kimberly across the face twice and threw her backwards. Zydos did the same with Rocky. The two slammed onto the long table, which shattered and crushed to the ground upon impact.

 

Shadam opened his jaws and spat a volley of blue fiery spheres that exploded around the rangers as they rolled for cover, the small shockwaves knocking them further backward. Shadam and the two Gorma stalked forward towards the ranger.

 

Before they could strike, three blurs of motion crashed through the windows and slammed against the deck. It was the other three Rangers, morphed and on their Thunder Cycles. The cycles slammed past soldiers and knocked against the Gorma Triumvirate. The three Gorma generals were knocked backward and teleported away, retreating with a flash of dark light. 

 

The cycles pulled to a stop as the Rangers ran to their teammates. “Kim!” Dragon Ranger shouted as he helped Kimberly to her feet.

 

“I’m alright,” she said.

 

Rocky readied his wrist morphers. Kimberly did the same.

 

“Kiryoku transform!” they shouted. “Aura Power!” Energy shimmered around Rocky and Kimberly as they morphed into the blue-armored Tenma Ranger and the pink-armored Phoenix Ranger.

 

Houshi stepped back at the sight of the five Rangers standing together. He needed more maneuvering room. “Run!” he shouted to the remaining Capatros. The Gorma warrior and soldiers fled from the deck, leaving the ship by running past its ramp, and moved towards the main factory area of the docking port.

 

The Rangers leapt through the air in streaks of energy, passing above the Gorma and landing on a crane. The Rangers looked down at their opponents and armed their Thunder Staffs.

 

“Power of the Stars, brought down!” Dragon Ranger shouted, together, they twirled their staffs into a fighting position and shouted, “Five Star Task Force, Power Rangers!”

 

“You little bastards!” Houshi shouted. Houshi had one purpose. The ceremony. The ceremony that the Rangers interrupted. Even if he survived the battle with the Rangers, even if he killed all five, Shadam would not let Houshi live.

 

Tenma Ranger pointed down to the Gorma. “We’ll see who’s weak this time, you reject from the WWF collection!”  

 

“Let’s go guys!” Dragon Ranger shouted as he leapt through the air while twirling his staff.

 

Dragon Ranger landed and swung the left end of his staff hard, cracking against a soldier’s back. He brought the right end of his staff around and smashed in the soldier’s face.

 

A group of soldier surrounded him and closed in. Dragon ranger move down low, swinging his staff in a circle while cracking against the soldiers’ knees and knocking them to the ground.

 

A soldier moved in and swung its saber towards Dragon Ranger’s faceplate. Dragon Ranger twisted his staff to block the blow, and clawed the soldier across the face like his namesake.

 

The soldier stumbled backward, but Dragon Ranger pressed forward. He smashed the right end of his staff down across the soldier’s collar bone and smashed the left end of his staff across the Gorma’s head.

 

Two soldiers held their sword high and leapt down from a nearby crate. Dragon Ranger extended his hand towards the soldiers. The dragon eyes on his helmet flashed as he shouted, “Fire stream!”

 

A blast of fire jet forward and tore through the soldiers, destroying them with a burst of flame. 

 

Nearby, six Capatros armed with short staffs charged towards the green-armored Lion Ranger. Lion Ranger extended his hands and placed a palm over his fist as the lion eyes on his helmet flashed with pale-green energy.

 

“Heaven Illusion Star…” Lion Ranger shouted. “Mist Concealment Destruction!” He extended his right and launched a torrent of fog that wrapped around the soldiers. The Capatros stopped in their tracks as the mist blocked their sight.

 

Lion Ranger extended his hands again and launched an illusion of a rushing train straight towards the soldiers. The train illusion crashed through the Capatros, knocking them off their feet.

 

Kirin Ranger stood in a defensive stance as three Capatros leapt through the air. The soldiers chopped downward across the Ranger’s armor while landing, knocking the Yellow Ranger backward onto the ground.

 

Kirin Ranger slammed his fist against the ground with frustration and rose back to his feet. He extended his hands in front of him, placing his palm over his fist. The kirin eyes on his helmet flashed yellow as he shouted. “Heaven Time Star! Time Reversal Destruction!”

 

A time distortion bubble surrounded Kirin Rangers and the soldiers. Within that bubble, time rewound backward. The bubble dissipated and the three Capatros were leaping down from the air towards the Ranger again.

 

“Thunder Blaster!” Kirin Ranger shouted as he drew his fire arm and fired lances of yellow energy that exploded against the soldiers with a shower of sparks, knocking them from the air.

 

Phoenix Ranger leapt through the air towards a group of six Capatros. “Cyclone!” she shouted while she extended her hand. A whirling vortex of pink energy whirled around the Capatros, slamming them against each other and spitting them out to the ground.

 

Tenma Ranger rolled across the ground with his Thunder Staff and rose to a defensive stance while facing Houshi.

 

The Gorma laughed at the Ranger. “Don’t you remember what happened last time Tenma Ranger! Head Crusher!”

 

The villain launched a volley of red heads that swerved through the air and streaked towards the Blue Ranger.

 

Tenma Ranger stood firm, remembering what Kaku had taught him.

 

“It is not always a matter of power versus power, but sometimes a matter of learning ways around power…”

 

Tenma Ranger placed his palm over his fist and closed his eyes beneath his helmet. “Ki!” he said firmly as the unicorn eyes on his helmet flashed. He sensed the approaching objects. He kept his back straight as he dodged each blow with ease. The red heads swerved past him, each one missing its mark by inches.

 

“What?!” Houshi shouted as his attack ended without scoring a single hit. “Impossible!”

 

“No need to get red in the face about it,” Tenma Ranger said. He snapped into a fighting stance and charged towards the Gorma.

 

“Tenma Flash Kick!” shouted as he launched at the monster with a flurry of energized tornado kicks. Each kick slammed against the Gorma with a streak of blue energy. Each kick forced the Gorma a step backward. 

 

The last kick in his combo knocked the villain off his feet and send him tumbling across the ground.

 

Tenma Ranger waited for the monster to rise before extending his hand and shouting “Gravity Pulse!”

 

A blue, jagged wave of energy shot from his hand and exploded against the side of the Gorma, ripping half of his body while the villain was blown back off his feet, steam rising from his wounds.

The other Rangers regrouped with Tenma Ranger just as Houshi began to stumble back to his feet. The Gorma’s body was practically torn to shreds. His mask was torn, revealing the Gorma third eye. “You’ll pay for that!” he shouted while he pulled out an enlarging bomb.

 

“Thunder Staffs!” Dragon ranger shouted. The five Rangers armed their staffs and tossed the weapons forward like spears. The staffs caged in the warrior and pinned his arm, preventing him from arming the bomb.

 

“Let’s bomb him,” Dragon ranger said as the Rangers scattered into formation. Kaku had taught them a new technique.

 

The Rangers extended their hands into the air. Streaks of cyan energy formed spheres. They lowered the spheres to their chests. “Bomber, set.”

 

“Kiryoku!” Dragon Ranger shouted.

 

“Bomber!” they shouted together as they thrust the spheres forward. The energy spheres combined into a single golden energy blast that exploded through the Gorma. The warrior exploded with a burst of flames. The shockwave knocked the staffs back into the Rangers’ hands.

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The next day, Justin rode through the city on his bike as Rocky jogged behind him. Kimberly spotted and waved him down. “Rocky…”

 

“Hey Kimberly,” Rocky said with a smile as he walked over to her.

 

“I thought he was your student?”

 

Rocky shrugged. “Try telling him that…by the way…” Rocky dug through his pocket. He handed her the earring. “I’m assuming this is yours…it’s not quite Adam’s style.”

 

Kimberly smiled. “Thank you.”

 

“Let’s go, Rocky!” Justin yelled.

 

Rocky backed up and jogged after. “Well, gotta go. Later!” Huh, he thought. Maybe I’m not so bad at this super hero thing after all.

 

To be continued…Chapter 03