High Five 63
At the Youth Center we find Gery practicing his katas among a group of other students while Altha and Beth's voices could be heard a short distance away cheering on Ash as he pulled himself up the rope climb.
“Okay, Ash, you can do it, come on.”
“Come on! - Come on! Keep going! Keep going, Ashley.”
“It's just Ash, okay?”
“Ash! Be careful!” Gery cautions as he makes his way over “If you slip, you can really hurt yourself.”
“Yo, man, back off.”
“You're gonna make him nervous,” Altha adds.
“Nervous? Man, I never get nervous, when I climb.” Ash laughs as he suddenly looses his grip causing Gery to shriek like a girl only for his to laugh showing it was all a big joke, “Up here man it doesn't matter how bad my leg gets, I'm king of the world!”
As Beth laughs Altha gives a stern glare to Ash, “Not funny Ash, not funny.”
“Oh come on Altha I got this totally under control!”
“Guys, I'm gonna be over there,” Gery says softly back away, “At least its down-to-earth.”
“Na man, you should give it a try,” Beth interjects.
“Are you kidding? Uh-uh. You'll never catch me climbing anything that high. See ya.”
“Looks like somebody's got a case of height fright,” Altha smiles to Beth jokily who returns the look.
“Get a room you two,” Ash jokes from the top of the rope.
“W-what...na man it's not like,” Beth flusters before a new arrival focuses her attention, “Yo! Velma, my main brain! What's up?”
“Hey!” She answers softly closing the book she was skimming in one hand as she makes her way over to the two, “Well, actually, I do have some exciting news to disseminate. See, I've made a significant breakthrough regarding the cross--”
“Velma! Head up!” Ash jokes as she drops down onto her shoulders while still holding the ropes and swinging them back and forth a bit as Velma shrieks in terror eyes wide until they both go for a tumble, landing at Gery's feet at a push bar machine who just shakes his head in disgust.
“I'm not even going to ask how's your knee you deserve whatever you got.”
Ash just shrugs, “My knee's fine.”
“That was good. That was good. You guys should try out for the circus,” Beth laughs as Altha just gives another disapproving glare.
“Nah. The circus don't take geek clowns,” Bulk chides as she enters.
“Geek clowns-- that's great. That is so funny.”
“Why don't you guys just crawl back to the ooze you came from?” Altha glowers as the five teens gather by Bulk and Skull around the rope.
“Oh, that's funny, especially coming from a friend of the monkey man here.”
“Yeah? At least I can make it all the way to the top.”
“Hey, hey, hey. You sayin' that Bulk can't do it? Yeah, that's what you're sayin' alright,” Skull presses getting right up in Ash's face.
“Step aside,” Bulk pulls her partner away so she can stare down the impassive Ash, “let me show you how it's done.”
To which Beth, Altha, and Ash all share bemused glances before Bulk and Spike make their way to the rope proper.
“Are you sure you know how to work this thing?” Altha asks calmly and genuinely.
“What do you think I am—stupid?”
“Well, you know what they say if the rope fits climb it!” Beth teases as she swings the rope over to Bulk.
“Ha ha ha! Good,” Which gets Skull laughing manically.
Grasping the rope Bulk jump only to loose her grip and fall onto her ass.
“Hey, Bulky, I thought you were going up,” Even Velma gets in on the teasing.
Scowling Bulk spits on her hands getting a bit from Skull as well before rubbing them together and jumping up. Only for the rope to pull free and drop her back to the matt, followed shortly by some of the ceeling which gets the entire Youth Center laughing at her.
“Oh, yeah, Bulk, you, uh really showed us this time, didn't you?” Beth teases just before Altha slap her and kneels down to help up Bulk.
“Yeah. Showed them!” Skull laughs.
“You alright Bulk, here let me give you a hand up.”
Bulk glowers at her slapping the hand aside, “I don't need your help, just fix the damn rope before next time.”
On the moon Rito watches laughing himself, “Those Power Rangers are gonna wish they never tangled with me!!! I'll trap them in a time warp the same way I did Zordonna, and when I'm through, the world is going to be mine!”
“See I, uh, finally completed a narrow-beam transmission module that will allow wave function over an extended interval,” Velma explains as she leads the Rangers out of the Youth Center, pausing to turn back to them for response, “Well? Aren't you all excited?”
“I will be as soon as I figure out what you just said,” Beth answers with a shrug as they follow Velma to her locker which when she opens its a mess of electronic parts threaten to fall out but never do.
“She's created a communication device using microwaves,” Gery explains simply.
“Affirmative,” Velma explains as she pulls a handful of meta watches from her locker and hands one to each of the teens, “See? We now have connection to Zordon and Alpha in the Command Center.”
“This is morphenomenal,” Ash smiles as he slips his on his wrist, noting the pink bands on the metal strap.
“They respond to tactile pressure followed by auditory stimulus.”
“So what you're saying is that we just touch and talk?” Gery translates, “Like this.”
But as he and the others taps the new communicator they instantly teleports away leaving Velma alone to ponder events, “The neutrino power grid must have crossed molecular--”
“Uh-oh! Incoming!” Alpha says in shock just as the 4 main Rangers teleport atop her making her go prone, Velma arriving a moment later into the massive heap of bodies.
“Hey! Hey, guys!” Ash says first trying to extract himself from the pile of bodies.
“Hey hands off the--”
Once the mass of bodies are extracted a fluster Velma casts her gaze to her communicator, “It appears my communicators malfunctioned.”
“Oh! Welcome, homeboys, homegirls,” Alpha tries to act casual but it comes out forced, “What brings you to the 'hood?”
“Too much TV,” Beth jokes getting a laugh from the Rangers, save Velma who is still forced on her invention.
“I command your latest invention, Velma,” Zordonna says proudly, “Not only have you created a communicator, but you've also tapped into the Command Center's teleportation unit. With proper adjustments, it will allow you to teleport here in an emergency. But until Alpha can reprogram it, it will serve as a two-way communication link between the Command Center and each other. From wherever you are.”
To which Alpha begins collecting the devices and tinkering with them with a hand tool. “Hmm. This is easy. I just have to reflux the-- Uh-oh.”
The feedback pulse puts Alpha into overdrive as she begins to run and spin aroun the command Center out of control, “Oh! No, no, no! Ai yi yi yi yi yi!”
“Baboo, is the time device ready, or have you messed it up?” Rito turns to the black clad monster in his employ as she and Squatt tinker with what appears to be a model space shuttle.
“I managed to get it ready, even though this lunkhead slowed me down!” Wacking Squatt for good measure.
“Now, that looks okay!” Rito croons happily.
“It's all programed. It'll fly down to Earth--”
“--and wherever it lands, it'll open up a hole in time!” Squatt continues.
“Then Finster's monster will trap them in the hole and they'll be gone forever!” Baboo finishes.
This brings Rito to Finster's lab, “Finster, the time device is ready! Time to pick a monster!”
Moving over to a table full of moving clay monsters Rito smiles in anticipation, even tickling a few, “The babies! Which one of the delightfully hideous creatures are we using? Ha ha ha! Cootchy cootchy coo!”
“Uh, none, my Queen,” Finster explains as she finishes the last touches on a new skeleton monster, “I'm making a new one named Bones. I'm sure she'll be perfect!”
“She better be!” Rito warns as he makes his way over to finster and the finished monster, “She's so gruesome and ugly-- just what I wanted.”
“Thank you, my King,” Finster coos in delight as she moves Bones to the Monster-Matic. “I've set the monster-matic for full power!”
“Ahh. The Power Rangers will be helpless against him.” Rito croons as he waits for Bones to be created impatiently, “What's taking so long? He's going to be overcooked.”
“Hey! Oooh!” Squatt rushes over to watch only to knock her head against Rito's telescope and fall on her rear just as Bones appears.
“Ha ha ha! I am Bones, at your service,” Says the monsters as he removes his head and bows.
“Perhaps I should have set the machine on low.”
“All right, salad brains, it's time to launch the time device,” Rito roars as he moves back to Squatt and Baboo, “And I don't want any mistakes. I want the Power Rangers gone.”
“You want me to launch it,” Baboo picks up the controls and nods for confirmation.
“Yes!!!!!” Rito sheiks annoyed.
“I've just got to pull this lever.”
“Oh boy, I hope she knows what she's doing,” Baboo trembles uneasily as she plugs her ears.
Rito laughs as he moves to his telescope trying to track down the device as it rockets towards
Earth, “Ooh! Where is that thing?! I can't wait to trap those Power Geeks in my time warp. There it is!”
On the streets of Angel Grove people panic and horns honk as they try to avoid the toy weaving through the streets as Squatt, Babboo and Rito cheer until it comes to a end, its nose cone opens and a technicolor vortex is projected from the device, setting off alarms at the Command Center.
“Extreme audio oscillation. What does it indicate?” Velma wonders as everyone looks around confused.
“What is this?”
“What's this noise?” Altha and Beth ask more plainly.
“It's Rita. She sent a device to open a time trap. And the Putty Patrol is gathering outside of town. Find out what they are up to while I analyze the time device.”
Alpha prepares the transporter circuits just as Gery has gotten his stomach back under control for the first transport.
“We're out of here!” Altha announces just before they vanish.
“Ugh let me morph before we do that again,” Gery groans as he bends over to retch, “It's the only way I can handle it.”
Of course while their attention was on Gery they quickly found themselves surrounded by the Putty Patrollers, “
“Guys, we got to morph!” Ash advises as he reaches for his morpher.
However altha disagree and starts to run, leading the others away, Puttys in pursuit, “No! Zordon said we gotta try to take care of things on our own before we use our powers. Come on!”
“Uhh Uh-oh,” Velma notes as they are surrounded.
But Altha and Beth just slap hands in a gesture of team work as they take combat stances, the others following suite, “Velma! Gery! Pull some away and spread them out.”
Following orders the duo makes a break for it getting a pairs of Puttys to follow, “Split up!”
“You go that way.”
With two on his tail Gery drops under a rock face using it to hide as the Puttys take the higher paths looking around for him before dropping down in front of him as he huddles closer to the wall holding his breath until the two run off to continue their search.
Cautiously Gery turns to see where Velma went and his heart nearly stops as he sees Velma shambling up a rock face with a Putty in hot pursuit, “Velma! Velma, come back! You'll fall! Velma! You're too high!”
Steeling himself Gery moves to follow, while the other three continue to struggle against the remaining Putties.
“Whoa!” Velma stops dead now facing a severe drop as Gery continues to work his way, uneasily, toward her.
As the Putty advances Velma rubs her wrists in regret at not having her communicator, “Alpha.”
“I'm afraid, but I can do this,” Gery says softly to himself to build courage. “Velma needs me.”
Fumbling for her Morpher the terrified Velma ends up loosing it over the side of the rock face, watching it tumble down into oblivion, “M-My Power Morpher!”
Just as the Putty leaps down to face her alone.
Gery continues to tremble as he climbs up to help Velma, gasping as his foot slides on the rock.
“Help!!!” Gery voice echos across the rocks in panic as he finds a spot to rest.
“Help!” Only for a much softer cry from Velma echoes overhead.
“I can't do it,” Gery takes a long breath as he glances up to see Velma arms just at the edge, backing slowly toward the edge while looking down to see the other others still heavily engaged with the remaining Puttys, “but I have to.”
Gery closes his eyes as he feels a sudden swell of power, a primal energy welling up inside him, when he opens his eyes for the briefest moment his eyes become like daggers and with the skill and grace of his totem feline he begins to scale the rocks like a mountain lion, or saber-tooth tiger.
With the others surrounded by a pack of five putties, trying their best to force an opening and Velma starting to loose her footing Gery reaches the top and roars with the fierceness of his namesake and courage he did not know he had to the advancing Putty Patroller, “Hey, dirtbag! Leave her ALONE!”
Slipping past the Putty Gery moves into battle stance as he stands guard before Velma, “Come on!”
The Putty changes and Gery moves quickly pulling Velma and himself to the side as the Putty launches itself over the edge and to it's own destruction.
“That was truly morphitudinous, Gery,” A relived Velma gasps for air.
“Thanks, Velma,” Gery says softly but the worry has not left him as they look off into the distance where their friends were being overrun, “What about them?”
“They're in trouble, We've got ot get down there and help them,” Velma adds as Gery just gives her a disbelieving look before she runs off, “Let's go.”
As the Putties close in on the trio of rangers Velma and Gery arrive and slip under their shoulders knocking them back and breaking the circle of Puttys as the five teens gather up together.
“Form a human chain! Now!” Altha orders as they take advantage of their breathing room, “- Beth!”
“- Ready,” Leaping onto her shoulders to form the first link, “Locked on!”
Just as She locks her legs around Ash, “Go!”
“Let's do it.”
As the Puttys try to find an opening in the strange maneuver the trio begin to glow and in a sudden flash instead of 3 warriors they face a single girl who then proceeds to tear them apart.
“Ay-yi-yi, Zordonna,” Alpha watches from the Viewing Globe, “I can't believe what is happening.”
“It is quite amazing Alpha, to see these young people already master combining their powers unmorphed like they did their zoids.”
“Oh!” Rito smirks as he watches the Putty run off and turns to his new monster, “All right, Bones, go do your stuff.”
In a flash of violet energy Bones silently vanishes.
As the Trio un combine they look around confused as they gather together as Zordonna contacts them, projecting an image before them that links to the Viewing Globe, “Congratulations, Power Rangers.
You've done a superb job dealing with the Putties. And special congratulations to you, Gery, for overcoming your fear in the face of an emergency and channeling the power of your Zoid. As well to you Altha, Beth, and Ashley for tapping into your powers to combine.”
Before any questions could be raised and answered however the alarm went off, “Hold your positions, everyone. Our scanners picked up a new threat. Rito has sent a creature named Bones down to the amusement park. He can fire energy bolts out of his eyes, and jump long distances, and even make himself disappear. He probably controls the time device as well, so get moving, Power Rangers. It's Morphin' Time.”
As everyone pulls out their morphers Velma is quick to flustered, “I l-lost my Morpher...”
“Do not fear Velma, just as your friends leaned to combine you can as well, pick a partner and team up for this fight while I send Alpha to recover your lost Morpher.”
“R-Right,” Velma says unsurely as Gery quickly takes her hand, “I got you Velma.”
“Mastodon! Pterodactyl! Sabre-toothed Tiger! Tyrannonsaurus!”
Morphing and teleporting the four rangers quickly pose before the Ferris Wheel, with yellow sporting a skirt and a new body shape and Velma's voice as they land.
“Here,” Bones gloats, “Let me help you get ahead.”
Tossing his head into the sky laughing as her body vanishes it begins to spin around as the Rangers wobble confused as Reality seems to melt and spin around them like water down a whirlpool.
“- Whoa! - What in the world?”
“Into the time warp, all of you.”
As the Rangers vanish from this plane Alpha teleports away herself to recover the lost Morpher, “It's got to be around here somewhere.”
However she is not alone as a contingent of Putty Patrollers are also sent down looking for the same artifact.
Before Alpha can react however a Putty holds the Morpher up triumphantly and they quickly gather up to be teleported away, acting quickly Alpha taps some of the controls on her chest drawing the Morpher toward her but not before the Puttys vanish.
As the Rangers get back to their feet in the strange void that houses little more then a old stump of a tree, violet sky, and fog up to their knees they look around amazed, shocked, and confuse, Yellow even laughing a bit at the strangeness.
“This is weird!”
“Man How strange!”
“Man, what is this place?”
Before Red draws their attention, “Look out!”
Bones knocks them all down with a surprise attack as the ranger huddle together.
“Blade Blasters up!” Leading the rest they draw their side arms, switching to blade mode as they charge Bones who summons skeleton minions from the smoke to engage the Rangers.
As the Rangers fight Bones and his minions Squatt appears from under a pumpkin and takes in the spectacle a moment, “Wowie!” before pulling a large bomb from her satchel, “This ought to do it.”
“Whoa! This place is weird.” Yellow nods as she fends off Bones a moment and Red seems to just vanish.
“Oh boy!” Baboo emerges next as Squatt finds a small tree to place the bomb and moves to cover,
“Now to blow up the time device and trap them here.”
“Come on, Squat! Hurry up! You did bring the matches, didn't you? I told you not to forget them!”
“I didn't forget them,” Squatt fumbles in her Satchel, “They’ve got to be in there.”
“Oh let me see that,” Babboo hits her partner again frustrated as she pulls out the matches and lights one, “Here.”
“Now just hold it steady so I can light it. There!”
“Now we're going to get-- Oh!” Squatt drops the fuse as it continues to burn, as Babboo claps and cheers.
“Hey, look!” Pink calls as she catches a glimpse of the burning fuse.
“We've got to stop her,” Red shouts suddenly appearing, a new blue ranger in tow though the rising smoke has obscured most of her form, as they gather together, just as bones slams her sword into the ground creating a great divide to separate them, “Come on! Let's blast her!”
With a combination of their blasts Bones falls to pieces.
“Yes!” The rangers laugh in triumph.
Only for Bones to reassemble himself, head floating high in the sky.
“We need to destroy her head,” Blue noes as she leaps into the fray and grabs the head before it can join with the rest of the body, wrapping it in its own cloak so its eye lasers can't be used, “Yellow, catch!”
“Look out!” Yellow roars as she charges through several of the skeletons toward the great rift hurling the head down the divide, “So long, bonehead.”
But forgetting that the skull can fly they are caught off guard when it flies back up forcing Yellow to struggle to keep it down as she slashes with her Blade Blaster as the rest of the Rangers battle the Skeletons.
“Ay-yi-yi, Zordonna what do we do?”
“Stay calm Alpha, as long as the vortex is open we can still rescue the Rangers, lock on and teleport them to the Command Center.”
Alpha nods and furiously begins to work at the controls as the Rangers battle with Bones. Just as Squatt and Babboo teleport away and the time bomb explodes.
“Aah Ha ha ha!” Rito gloats, “I've done it, I've destroyed the Power Rangers.”
His victory even sweeter as he moves over to one of the Putties who holds up a wrapped Morpher and eagerly begins to unwrap it, eyes wide in delight, “And with this no force in the universe will stand in my way!”
As the Rangers land in the Command Center, unmorphed, and plus one to their numbers, they take a relived breath.
“That was close.”
“Indeed Rangers, we got you out just before the Time Bomb exploded sealing you all at the End of Time with Bones.”
“Ay-yi-yi,” Alpha tilts her head confused at the new girl, “Who's your friend?”
Altha slaps her back and smiles, “Never got her name, but when when we were fighting Bones I suddenly found myself with another team of Rangers fighting monsters and Blue offered to help me fight Bones when the smoke rolled back in.”
“Is this true?” Zordnna asks as Blue just nods. “Well you are welcome to stay here in our time until we can find a way to send you home, but until we do I must caution you about morphing, too much Blue energy can be dangerous.”
“But my Morpher,” Velma interjects.
Rito's eyes go wide in rage as he finishes opening the package only to see that while indeed he had a morpher there was no coin in it. Tossing it at Goldar in rage he storm to his balcony and glares down at Earth laughing evilly, “I'm not through yet! Moondust, soft and pliant, send to Earth a giant!”
“Don't worry about that Velma,” Alpha says confidently as she places the Triceratops power coin into her hand, “The Putties only got the Morpher.”
Only for the alarms to go off.
“Rangers you must hurry. Rito has sent down a giant to destroy the city and surrounding areas. Velma without your Morpher you will again have to share another's body. This will allow you both to morph but you you will both share a body.”
“S i'll turn into a girl again?” Gery says confused.
“Only while morphed, and not for the whole time, you are likely to switch back and forth durring combat from time to time. This is not a true combination.”
Gery nods, “It's Morphin' Time.”
“Mastodon! Pterodactyl! Triceratops! Sabre-toothed Tiger! Tyrannonsaurus!”
However as they arrive Red is immediately caught off guard and grabbed by the Giant, “Hey!”
“Let me down, you big ox!”
The giant shakes Red violently and growls as he/she/it tries to stomp on the Rangers.
Red gasps as she struggles, changing up her tone, getting softer, more afraid, “I-Is this any way for a knight to treat a lady?”
Confused the giant knight opens his hand to get a better look at Red. Under the helmet she smiles and uses the opening to leap back to the ground, 'Works every time.'
“Zordonna, I need Dinozoid Power now!”
“Alright! Now that's what I call power!” as the T-Rex arises the rangers hurry over to it as red looks on excited, “Let's kick some giant.”
“Morphin'!” Wasteing no time Red is quick to board the T-Rex and power it up, “Dinozoid power on.”
The T-Rex grows in response as it prepares for battle and the giant charges the two wresting for a bit before the T-Rex counters with a tail swipe.
“How am I doin', Beth?”
Beth the Black Ranger gives a firm thumbs up, “Morphenomenal! Yeah!”
Jump kicking the Giant the T-Rex and the Giant get some distance form each other.
“Time to chill this dude out!” Red shouts as she powers up the mouth canons and blasts a wave of energy toward the Knight which causes it to vanish in a wave of particles. “Yeah!”
On the moon Rito roars in frustration, kicking his globe into Squatt and Baboo as he holds his head,
“Oh, I've got such a headache! Somebody bring me an aspirin!”
“Yeah, I'm telling you, I heard it on the radio,” Erna explains to a costumer as they walk past the Altha, Ash, Velma, and Gery enjoying their drinks, “Five Superheroes saved the park from this zombie guy and the Justice League is seriously considering sending them an invite.”
This giving the teens a moments pause.
“Us, in the Justice League,” Gery says softly.
“And they call themselves the Power Rangers.”
“Speaking of which,” Velma stands, speaking softly, as she leads the gang away, “Our communicators are fully functional again thanks to Zordon and Alpha.”
“Cool. So, like, we can teleport and communicate to the Command Center with these things?” Ash confirms.
“This is so nineties,” Ash laughs excited as Beth makes her way in with a wide grin as she pulls a mask from her bag.
“Oh, Gery, I really wanted to express my gratitude in helping me out today.”
“The way you climbed those rocks was morphenomenal,” then quickly turns to Altha, “Also Alpha found and repaired your missing glasses.”
Altha smiles as she takes them and slips them back on, “Thanks, I was not looking forward to making another pair.”
But before Velma can press the issue Gery interjects wit ha smile toward Altha. She may have faced her fears but Altha spent a week blind and even fought without her glasses.
“I guess what they say is true. You really don't know what you can do until you're forced to do it. I hope I can be that confident the next time.”
Beth roars and Gery shrieks at the skeleton monster, his eyes becoming daggers for a moment before he scales the rope climb like a frightened kitten.
“Girl, looks like you've definitely overcame your fear of heights.”
Which gets everyone laughing as Gery continues to tremble, his voice weak, cracking, “Someone get me down.”
“Beth!” Altha glowers at her friend as she looks up to Gery, “Just keep it calm and slide down the four of us are here to catch you.”
Gery looks down but that only makes things worse as he holds on tighter, Beth sighs, “S-sorry man...”
“Just get a ladder you goof,” Altha growls and slaps her back as Beth sinks her had and slinks off.