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Dark Awakening
by Adam Pearlman

It was a quiet day in Angel Grove and the six teens that comprised the Power Rangers were taking the opportunity to relax from their constant battle with the forces of the Machine Empire.

Billy: Hey guys before I forget I got a letter from Kimberly this morning.

Tommy: Oh what does Kim have to say.

Although Tommy's voice was steady there was a slight quiver as he said her name.

Billy: The Gymnastics is going great. The only thing of real interest is her cousin Scott is coming to live in Angel Grove.

Justin: So we will finally get to meet her cousin.

Tanya: What do you mean?

Adam: What Justin means is we've heard a lot about him, but we have never actually met him.

Kat: Go on Billy what else does Kim have to say.

Billy: Just that he is coming to live in Angel Grove because of his Parent's dying.

Kat: That's terrible how did they die?

Billy: They were killed in Car Crash, Kim says Scott saw everything.

Tanya: That must have been awful.

Tommy: When will he arrive.

Billy: According to Kim's letter he should already have arrived in town.

Tommy: Well, he'll come here after all everyone does sooner or later.

The other all chuckled and went back to talking. Above them Rita and Zedd had been watching with great curiosity.

Rita: Zedd I have great idea on how to destroy the Rangers.

Zedd: What is it this time?

Rita: We will grab Kimberly's little cousin and turn him into the Dark Ranger and then we will use him to destroy the Power Rangers.

Zedd: Bah, we have both tried that before and it failed as the spell was broken.

Rita: That was as individuals, now that our powers are combined the spell will be even more powerful and he will not be able to resist.

Zedd: We shall see.

Back on Earth later that day. The Rangers watched Tommy and Billy sparring and then when Billy seemed to have the upper hand he stopped and Tommy turned around and took his legs from him. Helping him up Tommy spoke.

Tommy: What's the matter Billy you lost your concentration.

Billy: I don't know I thought I saw someone I knew a long time ago.

By this time the others had come up to see if he was okay.

Tanya: Which person did you see?

Billy: That guy.

Kat: Which one?

Billy: The one with Dark brown hair coming towards us.

The figure that Billy had pointed out was now slowly coming down the steps and walked towards them.

Scott: Hi my name is Scott. The guy at the counter said you were Billy.

Billy: Yeah that's me you must be Kim's cousin.

Scott: Yeah how did you guess.

Billy: I didn't, this is going to sound strange have we met before.

Scott: Not to my knowledge. Why?

Billy: It's just you seem very familiar.

Kat: Perhaps you met when you were little.

Scott: It's always possible.

Billy: Well, these are mine and Kim's friends. That's Tommy, Justin, Adam, Tanya and Kat.

Kat hadn't really followed much of the conversation, the reason being she found herself attracted to this handsome mysterious stranger even though she was going out of Tommy.

Kat: Hi I'm Kat.

Scott: Yes, I know.

The Rangers and Scott all moved to a table and sat down.

Tanya: So Scott where are you staying.

Scott: Well, when I said I was coming to live here. Kim's mom said I could live in their house. It's a bit big, but it's a place to live. Look I want to have a quick workout. So maybe we'll talk some more later.

Tommy: Sure.

Scott got up and went off to one of the locker room to get changed and Kat watched him go. Beside her the others were talking when they noticed Kat was not listening and her gaze was fixed on where Scott had been.

Tanya: Earth to Kat.

Kat: Wha... Sorry what were you saying.

Tanya: You were a million miles away or at least the Boy's locker room.

Kat: Tanya!!!

Tanya: I am not the one who was staring at Scott from the moment he came in the door.

Kat: I was not, well maybe a little. He is cute though.

Tanya: I will agree with you he is very cute.

Adam: Hey!!!

Tanya: Don't worry Adam I only have eyes for you.

At this point Tommy looked across at his girlfriend and Billy saw a look cross his face that he didn't know what to make of.

Tommy: Excuse me Kat remember me your boyfriend.

Kat: Oh sorry Tommy you're cute too.

The conversation continued. Meanwhile on the moon.

Rita: Zeddy he is all alone.

Zedd: Right use your magic to bring him here.

Rita: It is already done.

Then Scott Crane was stood before them.

Scott: What the.. Where am I? Who are you?

Zedd: We are the people who are going to make you the most powerful person on Earth.

Scott: Yeah right.

Zedd didn't reply to Scott's comment he merely nodded to Rita and they brought their staff's together and fired a bolt of energy at Scott who collapsed to the floor and then the teen was dressed in a suit reminiscent of the old Power Ranger suits. Standing up the now transformed teen spoke with no hint of emotion in his tone.

Scott: How did I get here?

Zedd: You don't remember. The Power Rangers attacked you and your family, they were all killed. You alone survived and found me and I have given you the power to seek revenge on the people who murdered your parents.

Scott: What do I have to do?

Rita: Destroy the Rangers and your parents will rest in peace.

Scott: I will destroy them utterly.

Zedd: Then go, cause panic and chaos and they will come.

Scott: As you command.

The Teenager disappeared and reappeared in the park.

Scott: Now I shall wait for them to come.

Back at the Youth Centre the Rangers had begin to wonder what had happened to their new friend and Tommy and had gone to see where he was.

Justin: Well is he there?

Tommy: His bag is there, but he isn't. I don't understand it.

Tanya: Maybe he went out the window.

Billy: That isn't being very helpful Tanya.

Before anyone could come up with any more suggestions their communicators went off and the six teleported to the Power Chamber to already find Trey Lord of Triforia and the Gold Ranger already there.

Tommy: Trey why are you here?

Trey: I have come to offer my assistance in this dangerous time.

Adam: Zordon what's up.

Zordon: We have an emergency Rangers. Please direct your attention to the Viewing Globe.

The Rangers turned to see a warrior clad in a dark costume standing in the park.

Justin: Who is that?

Zordon: That is your new friend Scott, he has been transformed into the Dark Ranger by Rita and Zedd's magic with a spell similar to the one that was placed on Tommy when he became the Evil Green Ranger.

Kat: That explains how he disappeared from the Locker room.

Tommy: How can we stop him Zordon?

Zordon: Trying talking that may break the spell, however the spell that has been placed over him is more powerful than any that had been placed on you Tommy, this will be a most difficult endeavour.

Tommy: Let's do it. It's Morphing Time.

Kat: Zeo Ranger I. Pink.

Tanya: Zeo Ranger II. Yellow.

Justin: Zeo Ranger III. Blue.

Adam: Zeo Ranger IV. Green.

Tommy: Zeo Ranger V. Red.

Trey: Gold Ranger Power.

The Six Rangers morphed and quickly arrived at the Dark Ranger's position.

Scott: So you have come.

Tommy: We only want to talk.

Scott: There is to be no more talk. You killed my family and now you want to do the same to me.

Tanya: Killed his family what is he talking about?

Before anyone could answer the Dark Ranger was upon them and battle was commenced.

The End