Adam sits in the park at Angel Grove waiting for Alexandra to arrive.
It has been a long two weeks and she has just recently agreed to see him again. Hedesperately wants to straighten things out and begin their relationship again on a stronger footing. Heturns his large class ring around his finger as he thinks. His hand feels strange because of the addedweight. Up to a week ago, the ring rested on Alex's finger. "I will never forget that night," Adamthinks to himself, still not sure how he is going to explain it to her.
The teens were walking home together from the Youth Center that fateful night. It was lateand they had stopped to admire how full the moon was.
The romantic mood was soon broken as a flash of light grabbed their attention. A group ofCogs appeared from an opening from nowhere. Alex had no idea what these creatures were, butAdam knew. He took a fighting stance and yelled to Alex to run. But she didn't, she held herground. "Grab the girl!" a metallically voice repeated the instructions that King Mondo had ordered.The fight that ensued was a violent one. Adam fought bravely, taking out one Cog at a time. Alextried to help. Though her martial arts skills were not as strong as Adam's, she was still able to takeout one of her attackers. Then it happened!
The shot landed in front of the teens and the resulting explosion sent them sprallingbackwards. Adam hit the grass with an audible thud, but Alex hit the rock that all of the childrenliked to play on. Adam heard the crack as her skull collided with the rock. She gasped from thepain and then darkness enveloped her. "NO!" Adam raged and though sore himself from the blast,made short work of the remaining Cogs.
The one that was left quickly retreated into the same hole from which it had come.
Adam craddled Alex in his arms until the ambulance arrived. He wiped his hands on hisdark green shirt. The blood had come from a gash on the back of Alex's head. She had still notregained consciousness by the time they reached the hospital, so Adam was left to make the officialreport.
What was he to say? That King Mondo had sent Cogs to kidnap Alex to hold for randsombecause he was a Zeo Ranger? Who would believe such a story? So instead, he lied. He told thepolice that they had been attacked in the park by a group of men in gray, that the group was tryingto mug them.
Alex was slipping back and forth between consciousness and unconsciousness, shemumbled about metal men attacking them. No one took her seriously. The day after the event, Alexasked Adam what had happened. He couldn't divulge his secret, so he had lied to her too. He hatedhimself for doing it, but knew that he had to. She disagreed with his story and didn't understand whyhis story was different from hers. The doctors said that she must have had some brain damage--thatwould account for the hallucinations about metal men and the abnormal brain wave patterns theirEEG machines were documenting.
She went home the following day. The doctors advised her to take it easy, to stop thinkingabout the ordeal and to get some rest. Alex hated to go to sleep though. Everytime she did, shewould dream about that horrible night. Only she dreamed about the metal men, not muggers. Shewould wake up thrashing around violently. Then the sleep walking began. One night she had thereoccurring metal man dream, only this time it was different, she was helpless. She watched as theybeat Adam and she was powerless to stop them.
She screamed and woke up screaming. Quickly switching on the light to chase thenightmare away, she noticed that there was glass all over her floor. Her favorite picture lay on herbedroom floor smashed. It was the picture of her and Adam from the Homecoming Dance. Theyhad had such a wonderful night together that night. The love that they felt for each other was evidentin their facial expressions. Now the picture had scrapes in it from where the glass frame had broken.For the first time since the incident, she allowed herself to cry. Her tears were of frustration andpain. She still had a searing pain in her head from the trauma and now she was afraid that she waslosing her sanity too. Every night she dreamt about metal men. She didn't understand why Adamhad lied to her. Or was he lying? Maybe she really was going crazy?
Adam came to visit her every day, but she continued to look worse and worse. She toldhim of her metal men dreams and how they tormented her. She showed him the growing pile ofdamaged pictures of the two of them. Each night after the same dream, she would find anotherpicture broken. Another sleep walking accident, she thought. She hadn't slept well since theaccident and it showed. She had large, dark circles under her eyes, her fair skin was pasty white,and even her normally beautiful black hair looked dull.
She was irritable and told him daily that she thought that she was losing it. It broke his heartto see her that way and every day he had to fight not to tell her the truth. Finally, after a week hadpassed and a deep depression had set in, she handed him back his class ring. She told him that theirrelationship had changed and that she thought it was time that they both moved on. Honestly, Alexthought that Adam deserved someone better than her. She seriously believed that her father wouldbe shipping her off to the Funny Farm any day now and didn't want to have to put Adam through it.He protested, but she was adamant. Both teens parted in tears.
"What a horrible memory," Adam thinks, "This is my last chance. I have got to help Alexget it back together, even if I have to tell her my secret. She is too important to lose. If I have to, Iwill ask Zordon to transfer my powers to someone else so that Mondo will leave us alone." It is ahuge sacrifice for Adam to make, but he is willing to do it to win Alex back.
Then he sees her coming across the park and his heart skips a beat. She walks slowly,looking very tired. Her purple dress hangs from her now gaunt body. She does look slightly betterthough. Adam wants to run to her and hold her in his arms, but he doesn't. He is calm and patient.
Alex squints in the bright sunlight and gives Adam a small smile when she notices him sittingon top of the picnic table. Her heart suddenly feels a little lighter. The last week has beenexcrutiating for her as well. She thought that she was doing the right thing by breaking up withAdam, but she had no idea how difficult it was going to be. She missed him terribly and thoughtabout him constantly, remembering all of the good times that they had shared together. When hecalled to ask her to meet him, she couldn't say no, even though she knew that she should. Shewanted to see his handsome face for real and not just in her nightmares.
Suddenly, there is another tear in the sky and the Cogs reappear between the two teens,determined to finish the plan that they were originally sent to do.
"NO!" Alex screams as the monsters from her dreams seem to come to life. The metalrobots crowd closer and closer to her from all sides. She shrinks in terror. She feels cold metalhands grab her arms. Alex tears around screaming but is unable to break their hold.
"Come and get me tin-heads!" Adam yells defiantly, furious that they have interrupted theirhomecoming. He moves backwards trying to draw the Cogs away from Alex. "Zordon, I needsome back up," he says into his communicator. He wants to morph, but can't. Alex would know hissecret if he did. If the others don't get there soon though, he isn't going to have any choice. Alexscreams in terror and Adam looks at her. The Cogs take advantage of his momentary lapse ofconcentration and attack. Adam fights valiantly, but soon he is over-whelmed. There are just toomany of them. Two Cogs grab him while a third pummels him. Soon his lip is bleeding and he isdoubled over in pain.
Her nightmare is becoming a reality. The one she loves so deeply is being hurt and she ispowerless to stop it. She panicks and yells, "Adam! NO!" A flash of light blinds her eyes. The Cogsholding her explode and disintigrate around her. "Do not touch him!" she yells, crossing her arms infront of her chest and then throwing them apart. The Cogs around Adam fly off of him anddisintigrate. Adam stares in disbelief. The remaining Cogs stop their assault, trying to reprogram.Alex crumples to her knees and then collapses to the ground.
"Zeo Ranger 4, Green!" Adam yells the incantation that morphs him into his alter ego. Theother Rangers teleport in to help finish the battle just as the transformation is complete.
"What happened?" the Pink Zeo Ranger asks.
"I don't know." Adam says still in shock.
"You take care of Alex," the Red Zeo Ranger says, "We'll take care of these guys."
The Rangers make short work of the rest of the Cogs until the battle is finished. Meanwhile,Adam rushes over to where Alex is crumpled on the ground.
"Alexandra? Alex?" Adam says rolling her over to her back. She doesn't respond. He takesoff his helmet and places it on the grass. He knows that he is giving away his identity, but doesn'tcare anymore. He puts his cheek close to her lips. He can feel her shallow breath. The rest of theRangers run over to the spot where Alex and Adam are on the grass.
"Is she okay?" the Yellow Zeo Ranger asks.
"She's alive, but unconscious." Adam reports.
"Alpha, Billy, teleport Adam and Alex to the Power Chamber. We need your help." theBlue Zeo Ranger says into his communicator. Adam gently lifts Alex off the ground. The YellowZeo Ranger grabs Adam's helmet off of the grass and everyone teleports from the park.
Adam places Alex down gently onto a gurney in a sterile, antiseptic room. He smooths agloved hand gently down her cheek.
"Hold on Alex. You're going to be all right." Adam says softly and kisses her forehead.
Alex mumbles something inaudible as Billy and Alpha enter the room. Their friend looksdistraught and they are not sure how to comfort him.
"Adam, please tell us what happened in the park today with the Cogs." Alpha's tinny voiceasks.
"I don't really know. One minute I was in the park waiting to see Alex and then the nextminute Cogs appeared out of nowhere. I was taking a pretty bad beating and they were draggingher off. Then the Cogs started exploding. I don't know...." Adam replies putting his glove to his lips.When he removes it, he sees that the glove is stained with his blood. The battle had caused his bodyto produce large amounts of adrenalin. Now that the adrenalin was beginning to wear off, herealized just how sore he was beginning to feel.
Billy notices how his friend is wincing and suggests, "Why don't you leave Alex alone herewith Alpha and Zordon. They'll take good care of her. Looks like you need a little medical helpyourself."
"I'm fine." Adam lies and looks down at Alex. She looks like a corpse and he chokes out,"Please don't let her die."
"C'mon Adam, let's let them get to work. They'll call us if there is any change." Billy saysgently, leading Adam out of the room.
The next few days are agonizing for Adam. If Zordon's and Alpha's advanced medicaltechniques healed his bruised rib and busted lip in an afternoon, surely they could do miracles forAlex. However, Adam was not allowed to see her. Each day after school, he would immediatelyteleport to the Command Center. Each day he was denied access to her and given a cryptic, "She isdoing much better today," but they would never elaborate. Even Billy was not allowed to see her tobe able to bring news to Adam.
Adam thought that it was very odd and he was beginning to lose his patience with Zordonand Alpha.
"How is Alex today, Alpha?" Adam asks, "Can I please see her today? It has been fivedays. I can't stand too much more."
"Rangers, welcome." Alpha replies, "Alex is doing much better. But first, please report tothe Training Room."
This is not what he wanted to do and he started to protest. Billy places his hand on hisheart-broken friend's arm to keep him quiet. All the Rangers carry their helmets under their arms tothe Training Room. It is a large, glass contained room with a heavily padded floor. The Rangers andAlpha are in the Control Room up above. The lights come on, illuminating the arena.
"Rangers, I have a surprise for you today. Please watch." Zordon's voice booms throughthe Control Room.
Adam would rather pass on the theatrics and go see Alex. He has missed her terribly. Ahole in the floor opens up and a figure begins to rise up. It is a woman! She is finishing pulling up herwhite boot--smoothing it over the top of her form-fitting, purple jumpsuit trimmed in white. Shestands straight as the ride comes to an end.
"Who is that?" Rocky asks. Her helmet covers her face and her identity.
"Commence fight sequence L-1-7-9 at 50%." a mechanical voice instructs. The purplefigure takes a fighting stance. Replicas of Cogs come up from the floor.
"Begin." the voice commands.
The Cogs come at the woman. She engages in lightening fast hand to hand combat with thedroids. She blocks punches like a pro. The Rangers are awe-struck. She does a roundhouse kickto decapitate the last droid with a "Hiyah!"
"Increasing level to 100%." the mechanical voice continues.
Twelve more droids appear. The warrior does a dizzying tumbling pass between the droidarmy, dividing them into halves.
"Please demonstrate full capabilities." the voice requests.
The mysterious warrior removes a small staff from her hip. It expands into a long fightingstaff. Added to her strong kicks, the powerful hits from her fighting staff soon leave half of thedroids in a heap, sizzling as they over-heat. She collapses the staff and places it back on her hip. Asthe second batch of droids prepare to attack, she does a short, balletic kata.
"What is she doing? She would be killed if she did this in a real battle." Tommy says.
"Please be patient." Alpha reminds him.
One droid is almost upon the woman when she finishes her kata with a "Hiyah!" and apunch. She does not touch the droid but it flies backwards, sparking, crashing, and taking down therest of the army with it. The pile of burning droids becomes larger.
"What in the...?" Rocky says in disbelief.
The purple warrior bows to the droids and bows to the Control Room. She walks off themat and disappears. The Rangers are dumb-founded.
"Will you please explain now Alpha?" Tommy presses. Then the purple woman enters theroom.
"Rangers, I would like to present the newest member of your team--The Purple Ranger.Her hand to hand combat is still a little rusty, but she has a special natural talent--telekinesis.Amplified by a special mechanism in her helmet, you have seen how strong her mind is." Alphaexplains.
The Purple Ranger slowly unhooks her helmet. Long, black hair comes tumbling out.Everyone gasps. Adam takes a step backwards, grabbing the control panel to keep from fallingdown.
"Alex?!?" he says in a whisper of disbelief. Alex smiles and runs a hand through her hair tosmooth it out. Zordon's and Alpha's medical treatments have done wonders for Alex. She is back toher radiant, healthy self; but most importantly, her mind is now healthy again. All of the Rangersexcept Adam crowd around her, hugging her and welcoming her. After a moment, she breaks freeof the well-wishers and comes over to Adam.
"I'm back." she says softly to him, looking deeply into his dark brown eyes. He can't standit anymore. He grabs her in his arms and spins her around.
"I have missed you so much," he says gently placing her back on the ground.
"Me too." she replies.
He gives her a large, long kiss to emphasize his point--wrapping his arms even more tightlyaround her and holding her closer to him.
"Excuse me," Tanya says, "But am I the only one a little confused here?" The other Rangersshake their heads "No."
"Return to the Conference Room and we will explain." Zordon booms into the ControlRoom. Adam slips his arm around Alex's waist and the two follow the others to the Contol Room.
"I thought we'd lost you." Adam says softly to Alex.
"I was a little worried there myself for a while." Alex admits.
The Rangers sit down at a semi-circular table facing the holographic image of Zordon.
"Let's start from the beginning." Zordon says, "Alex has always possessed her specialtelekinetic abilities, but she has never been able to tap into them until recently. This is why herseemingly abnormal brain wave patterns stumped the doctors. Her head injury helped establish themissing link between her controlled conscious mind and her repressed telekinetic one. The twoareas began to bridge more and more as her injury began to heal, but she still kept a large block on.Only when she was asleep, was her mind able to work together. Alex wasn't sleep walking. Shewas telekinetically moving the picture frames in her sleep!"
The holograph of Zordon disappears and in its place is the scene where Alex disintigratesthe Cogs off of herself and then saves Adam.
Zordon continues, "Because of the deep, strong bond between herself and Adam, Alex wasable to break through her last mental block to tap into her inner strength. Adam's pain was too muchfor her to bear. Her deep love and care for him opened up the flood gate of her mind and herpower came through in its rawest form. The sudden explosion of mental power into her consciousmind caused the dramatic effects we witnessed, but also overloaded her own mental circuits. This iswhy she slipped into a deep sleep after collapsing. Her body shut down to only its most basicfunctions in order to repair its mental 'fuses' and reroute some of her mental circuitry. After herawesome display of power and the brain wave tests that Alpha and I performed, I was convincedthat we had a telekinetic on our hands."
The holograph of Zordon returns and the Rangers are silent in awe. Zordon continues, "Iam sorry to be so secretive and to deny access to her the last couple of days, but I wanted to see ifthere were any lasting effects from the trauma. I also asked her to consider putting her specialtalents to use on our team. When she agreed, we began an exhausting, intensive study. By a specialtechnique, I was able to increase her fighting skills 100%. We have worked hard to strengthen thebond between her body and her mind. She allowed me to place fighting skills into her subconsciousmind while she slept. When she awoke, it only took a few practices to make the kinetic memory areality. Her technique is still a little sloppy, but all of her major muscle groups know how to react.With further training from you Adam, she should be up to the Rangers' level in no time. Alpha and Iwill continue to do mental exercises and training with her until she reaches her full potential. Untilthen, we have modified a piece in her helmet which will amplify her powers ten fold. Still, she is toexert control of this power--using it mainly to protect herself in hand to hand combat. Trying toattack a full-grown monster is impossible. She could easily overload and collapse again. We do nothave a Zord for the Purple Ranger at this time. Therefore, she will share Adam's Zord until one canbe constructed. Alpha has also made a modification to your Zord, Adam, so that the special powersof your Zord will be directed and amplified by Alex's mind. Rangers, I would like to welcome ournewest Ranger, Alexandra the Purple Ranger."
A note from the author:
I actually wrote this story a couple of months ago, but never planned on doing anything withit. I have always been fascinated by how the mind works, so I had to weave it into my story. If youare also interested in psi-powers, you should read Anne McCaffrey's "To Ride a Pegasus."Excellent reading! I am interested in getting feed back on my story--whether you liked it or hated it.I am trying to decide if I want to try my hand at writing science fiction.