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Legal Disclaimer: The Power Rangers belong to Saban or Disney, not me. Lord of the Rings and all associated characters are copyright of J.R.R. Tolkien. Harry Potter and all related indicia is copyright J.K. Rowling. I'm not making any profit from this story. I have borrowed from Ellen Brand: Rosa DeSantos, Tasha Young and Franklin Park, plus referencing details on one aspect of Franklin's life, so as to portray him correctly. I own Vadaei, [that's pronounced VAY-di-I,] the Phaedos Powers and their bearers, Mistri, Geneva, Calcia, Edy, Asharani, Karei, Vedi, Dalila and Bambi. These nine characters cannot be borrowed, as I'm using them in a story for publication. They are protected under international copyright law. I also own Niamh Ralin, Kalika Alinir, Fleure Vahala and Dylan Jalaz. Those four may be borrowed, but drop me a line, okay? Resemblances between characters and real people, dead or alive, is purely unintentional. This story comes after The Towers in the series The Circle Draws Inward. This is the fourth in a determined six story arc. This is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America. Cameo appearances are welcomed.
Terminology: Rangers is everyone. Ninjetti is all empowered as Ninjetti. When morphed into the Ninjetti suits, the reference is [Colour] [Spirit] Ninjetti. Therefore, Pink Crane Ninjetti is Kim. Morphed or unmorphed, the Avatar Ninjetti [morphed being Ranger Powered] are called by first name. Unmorphed, or with helmets off, all Rangers are referred to by first name. [Colour] [Team Specific] Ranger refers to the morphed Ranger in battle. Therefore, Pink Zeo Ranger is Kat. In the same sense, Pink Zeo Ninjetti is Kat using her Ninjetti Powers as a Ranger.

The Shift
by Mistri, Cho's Observer

August 2nd, 1997.

"It's the exact same energy that caused him to be here. But not as potent. Which I theorise, means we're not getting anyone back in return."

And indeed he was correct, for soon Samwise Gamgee disappeared altogether.

~*~

They stood in shock, watching where Samwise had been.

"At least he's where he should be," muttered Karei. "That's the only bloody good thing about it." The others looked at her. "Think about it. He was pulled on a rubber band to here. Under normal circumstances, as soon as it was stretched to full, he'd go back. But obviously, there's more at work than that, so something happened to make the transfer."

"Seems logical," allowed Rocky. "You're saying that our three will come back as soon as they've completed the Quest, but their three are being taken back by an unknown factor?"

"Yes," Karei nodded her head. "However . . . completing the Quest . . . the end of it isn't exactly pinpointable. To put it this way. The purpose of the Quest ended when the Ring was destroyed. Then they went home to the Shire, and had the Battle of Bywater. Tolkien refers to the Battle of Bywater as the End of the War of the Ring. Between those two points are numerable points in which could be the ending point for them. They might even have different ending points, for all I know."

They digested that. "What can we do, then?" asked Trey. They looked to Zordon.

"I would suggest that you all go home and get some rest, Rangers," he said softly. And so they did so, and Zordon looked at Alpha and sighed.

How could it be that so much trouble was had by people fighting for good?

~*~

The next morning after church, the Rangers met up for a quick recon session. But they were unable to come up with any solutions, and were interrupted in the middle of their discussion by a woman in knee-length boots, a gold mask, a short skirt, a top that must have been at least five sizes too small, showing off her chest like a trophy case.

"Divatox, how lovely to see you again," remarked Dalila, in a voice that was anything but. "Finally getting around to releasing Maligore?"

"Yes, you Phaedosian slut," replied Divatox. "Now give me the Turbo Powers!"

"You forgot the Inquirian, Eltarian, Edenite, Aquitian, and Triforian heritage, and you are one to talk," shot back Dalila. "As for the Turbo Powers, forget it, completely and utterly."

With a wave of her hand, Asharani had ported Merry and Pippin back to the Chamber. Divatox was then flanked by Elgar and Rygog, her two flunkies, and a lot of Piranhatrons. In a multi colored flash, they were all morphed.

"Oh, the Northern Rangers, the Shardywardies, and . . . I've not seen you four before," Divatox said.

"Those are new," quipped Red Phaedos Ranger. "Shall we do it?" she asked and she received three nods from the Yellow, Green, and Blue Phaedos Rangers. In flashes of light, they wore their Turbo Morphers, and held a Turbo Key.

"Powers of the Grid, listen to the great word: Seek for us a worthy champion!"

The Yellow, Blue, Green, and Red Phaedosian Rangers jabbed their arms forth, and proclaimed, "SHIFT into Turbo!" as they partially crossed their arms like turning a steering wheel to their lefts, then spread their arms wide, before bringing up the silver Turbo Key with their right arms, and stabbing into the ignition slot of the Turbo Morpher device upon their left wrists.

As they turned the Turbo Key, they each called out the morphing cry.

"Dune Star Turbo Power!"

"Mountain Blaster Turbo Power!"

"Desert Thunder Turbo Power!"

"Red Lightning Turbo Power!"

The other Rangers had descended into fighting, but as the calls were completed, they saw each of the four split into two distinct Rangers. A Phaedos and what they presumed was a Turbo Ranger. What was shocking was there was a Pink Turbo Ranger.

"Okay . . . what the hell just happened?" asked the Yellow Turbo Ranger. "And why am I suddenly looking like I've just had a growth spurt?"

"Not time enough for explaining! Just fight!" cried Kimberly. The Turbo Rangers looked at each other, and launched into the battle as well. They had been fighting for about twenty minutes, Divatox observing them when Blue Zeo Ranger was hurled at surprisingly high velocity into a concrete wall, which fell down on him.

"Hmm. . . you nobodies should be fine . . . Red and Pink!" shouted Divatox, having made up her mind, finally.

Before anyone realised, Jason and Kimberly had been knocked unconscious, and the park was empty. They all looked at each other, and with a simultaneous curse, the Turbo Rangers were grabbed and they teleported to the Power Chamber, leaving the Pink, Silver and White Zeo Rangers to go get Rocky, who had unmorphed as he was pummelled by the collapsing wall.

At the Chamber, everyone was in a mode of panic, excepting the Phaedos Rangers, who were slowly being pissed off by everyone freaking out. Finally, Vedi whistled a series of notes, and everyone was calmed instantly. Then Karei and Kali stepped over to Rocky, and began to do as they could, to heal his injuries.

"White Rangers have telepathic, telekinetic, and healing abilities. Most common for the White Powers, regardless of the type of Power," Mistri muttered absently. The Turbo Rangers had remained morphed, as had most of the other Rangers. Finally, Karei turned around.

"He'll be fine, guys. But I want him resting for the next week, so find a replacement if you must. No fighting for the Earth heroics."

"Can someone please explain what's going on?" asked Pink Turbo Ranger.

"Long and short of it is, Rosa, Tasha, Justin, Frank and Fred," began Mistri. "You're the Turbo Rangers. Unless, of course, you want to give up the job?"

The Rangers turned at the mention of those names, demorphing if they had not already done so, and under the scrutiny of two Morphin Avatars, eight Zeo Rangers, eight Ancient Ninjetti, three allies, a robot and a giant floating head, the Turbo Rangers demorphed.

Rosa DeSantos, Tasha Young, Justin Stewart, Franklin Park, and Fred Kelman looked back at the assembly. Rosa looked much like hers and Rocky's father, whereas Franklin resembled Adam greatly. Tasha was a dark skinned girl with dark hair and eyes. Fred had his ever present baseball cap on, backwards as usual.

"The Power thinks you're worthy," said Vedi. "Will you accept this responsibility?"

"But why are you so sure we can do it?" asked Justin. "We're only fourteen!"

"The first Rangers were only fourteen when they started. And we are sure, because the Power recognises you as worthy," said Geneva. Her first statement convinced anyone who might have been going to object to the addition to shut up.

"Well . . . I guess," said Rosa, looking anxiously toward her brother.

"I'm in," agreed Franklin. The other three agreed with some hesitation.

~*~

They took five minutes for a breather, while Alpha tracked Divatox. So the newest Rangers were well acquainted with the old Rangers when the bad news was let loose.

"Diva is headed for Muiranthias," said Alpha. "She has managed to capture Lerigot of Liara's Golden Key!"

"Then so are we," snapped Tommy, Jason, Fred, and Mistri together.

In a flash, Phaedos, Avatars and Zeo were morphed and ready. The Turbo Rangers shrugged and morphed.

"Wind Chaser Turbo Power!" cried Rosa.
"Dune Star Turbo Power!" shouted Tasha.
"Mountain Blaster Turbo Power!" invoked Justin.
"Desert Thunder Turbo Power!" snapped Franklin.
"Red Lightning Turbo Power!" finished Fred.

They were about to leave, when they heard a voice proclaim, "Zeo Ranger III, Blue!" They turned to see Rocky nodding in approval.

"Keep 'em safe, Skull," Rocky said. With this addition to the team, they teleported out in a ten colored streak of light. They landed near a waterfront, and demorphing, they looked at a galleon.

"The Ghostly Galleon," murmered Calcia. "Let's head for Muiranthias and kick some Diva Ass!" And so they boarded it and watched in shock as it prepared and set sail, all by the work of invisible people.

"How long to Muiranthias?" asked Fred.

"Past the Nemesis Triangle, then to Muiranthias . . . three, four hours?" said Bambi. "I really don't know."

"Is there time to go into a decent explanation of what's been going on? I hardly understand anything about this," complained Fred.

"Gather everyone up, and we can explain it all," sighed Bambi. "We've got nothing better to do." And so the next few hours was spent explaining the nuances of the Power Rangers, and the current problems of the Rangers.

~*~

Back on Divatox's submarine, Jason and Kimberly were struggling against their bonds, while Divatox calmly ate an apple.

"Let us go, Divatox!" cried Jason.

Divatox was about to answer when Porto, her scientist came in. "Divatox, my lady. I'm registering many Ranger signatures, but no vessel. What would you command?"

"Send the torpedos," she said lazily.

Kimberly strained at her bonds. "No!!! Let US GO!!!"

"You won't get away with this!" roared Jason.

~*~

"I have one final question," said Tasha. "If a psycho space pirate decides to blow up the vessel you are travelling on, what is the best course of action?"

The Zeo Rangers walked to the side of the ship. "Well, the best course of action is to abandon the vessel, before it blows up!" yelled Kali before jumping. The Zeos, Turbos and Avatars followed suit, followed closely by Phaedos. Unfortunately, Geneva and Dalila were still on the ship when it exploded. Only the Turbos were horrified. They were even more horrified that no one else seemed to care.

"There is no time!" snapped Vedi. "Now swim!!!"

~*~

"No lifeforms registering," announced Porto, before leaving. Jason and Kimberly sunk into despair, grieving for their lost friends.

~*~

Once on Muirathias, the Turbo Rangers sunk to the ground.

"Guys, what's wrong?" asked Niamh, gently.

"Geneva, Dalila . . . they were still on the ship," muttered Justin, disbelievingly.

"Oh, we didn't tell you," realised Niamh. "They're immortal. If Phaedos die, they just get a new body and their spirit re-enters it." The teens relaxed suddenly, and sighed in relief. "Don't expect to see them this mission, though. I don't know much about how it occurs."

~*~

Divatox marched along to the volcano where Maligore was imprisoned. The two prisoners struggled, trying to free themselves, but had no luck. Kimberly's fear only increased when they were set up above the lava, ready for lowering.

"You will regret ever trying to conquer us," snapped Jason. "No matter what happens, you will one day fall, by someone's hand."

Divatox laughed. "Once Maligore is released, he will protect me and I will never fall!"

"Yeah, yeah," said Jason, more confident than he felt. He began to get closer in eye level to Divatox, and that was when the Rangers arrived.

"Well, what's happening?" asked Red Zeo Ranger.

"Those two are being put into lava, and we're being singled out by fish who have 'other intentions' for the ladies," summarised Blue Zeo Ranger, taking in the situation quickly.

"Get us down from here!" screamed Kim.

With a roar, the Rangers of Earth and of Phaedos leapt into battle. But even though they tried their hardest, Jason and Kim could not be freed. With a nod, Red Phaedos Ranger waved her hand. She could not teleport them away . . . unless she were willing to take their place.

In a bright flash, Jason and Kim were where Red Phaedos Ranger had been, and she fell straight into the lava. "No!!!" cried the Rangers as one.

"NO!!!!" cried Divatox.

As Red Phaedos Ranger hit the lava, she demorphed and remorphed. The absolute goodness of the Power ripping through her overwhelmed the lava, and it exploded in geysers of flame and steam. Divatox and associated flunkies tore out of there, as the entire place began to crumble inwards.

"RUN!!" roared Jason and Kimberly, morphing. All the Rangers headed out of the volcano, running in absolute terror. The Phaedos Rangers were flickering in and out of morphed status, which the others decided was a bad sign. "What happened back there?" asked Jason.

"Vedi gave up herself for you two, and must have set a command to demorph and remorph as she hit the lava. That caused the entire structure, strengthened by evil, to collapse as the pure goodness came in contact as she morphed," snapped Mistri, for by now Phaedos were demorphed. "Whether or not she would have survived is very unclear at this point."

"Can't we teleport?" asked Red Turbo Ranger.

"Sure, and maybe we can visit Divatox and have hot chocolate," returned Asharani sarcastically. "We have to get to the beach, first." As they reached the beach, the morphed and unmorphed Rangers tapped their communicators, the Turbo Rangers holding onto one of the communicator-abled Rangers.

Once back at the Power Chamber, they were demorphed. Geneva and Dalila were there, hunched over Vedi's body. Karei swore fluently, and took her to the medical bay. The Rangers assembled thus then turned their attention to the Viewing Globe.

"Divatox has released a monster, called Rech Arge, along with many Piranhatrons," announced Zordon.

"That's not a monster, that's a walking battery pack!" said Skull as he unstrapped the Zeonizers. Choosing to ignore Skull, Zordon continued.

"It is currently at Angel Grove Beach. The Turbo Rangers must morph and go and deal with this new threat." The five Turbos nodded and morphed.

Arriving at the beach they summoned their weapons. Red Turbo Ranger took on Rech Arge, while Pink and Green Turbo Rangers and Yellow and Blue Turbo Rangers worked together to defeat the Piranhatrons.

GO!
GO!

It wasn't long before the Piranhatrons were defeated, and so they all faced Rech Arge ominously. Divatox made Rech Arge grow, and they summoned the TurboMegaZord. Assuming stance, they leapt into battle.

"Shields are ninety-five percent already!" cried Pink Turbo Ranger.

Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo, GO! (OH...)

Suddenly, a long metal whip struck the TurboMegaZord. Great light began to charge down the whip as Rech Arge began sending energy.

"Shields are recharging!" snapped Blue Turbo Ranger. "He'll overload us!"

"Can't we drain the energy?" demanded Red Turbo Ranger as sparks began to fly from the massive energy overload.

"I'll see! Turbo Saber!" The Sword arrived in the MegaZord's hand. With a few commands, the extra energy was flowing into the Saber, and jumping out from there.

Mighty engines roar
Turbo charged for more
Drive four on the floor
GO!

Wielding the Saber, the Rangers began an attack on Rech Arge. He immediately snapped his whip back and slowly their systems began returning to normal. They performed a swipe at him, and as the Saber connected, all the energy ripped into him.

But he was not affected. And so they continued.

Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo

Shift Into Turbo!

"Any other options?" asked Yellow Turbo Ranger, wearily. They had been going at it for half an hour, and she was anxious to get back to the shelter.

"TurboMegaZord Spinout," replied Green Turbo Ranger. "But we'd need a clear shot at Rech Arge." A thought struck him. "Rech Arge. Recharge . . . He was recharging us . . . which is putting more energy into something . . . any ideas on how to turn that back on him?"

Target fixed on lock
Evil take a walk
Rangers set to rock

GO!

"You're the one with the father who taught you how to make a Burmese Tiger Pit!" said Pink Turbo Ranger.

"What relevance does that have here?" Green Turbo Ranger asked incredulously. His only answer was a shrug. Growling, he began to think. "The question is, where is the energy that he's recharging us with coming from? If not from him, then we can turn it back on him."

"Justin, get on it," said Red Turbo Ranger.

Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo, GO (OH...)

GO!

Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo

"I can't tell!" Blue Turbo Ranger said, frustrated. "There's too much interference!"

Shift into high gear
Turbo power's here
Rangers with no fear

GO!

"Some Rangers we are," said Red Turbo Ranger, dispiritedly. "Can't even defeat a stupid monster."

"TurboMegaZord Spinout!" yelled Yellow Turbo Ranger, suddenly. And with a mighty explosion, Rech Arge was defeated, exploding and sending a spherical shockwave of energy right out from where he stood.

The TurboMegaZord fell to its knees, the force felling it. The Turbo Rangers automatically clapped their hands to their ears but their attempts to block out the noise was futile.

Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo

(Oh...)

Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo, GO!
Power Rangers Turbo, GO!

But just as suddenly, the shockwave was gone. With a relieved sigh, the Turbo Rangers teleported back to the Power Chamber, demorphing upon arrival.

"You have done well, Rangers," said Zordon. "The others have informed me of your journey to Muiranthias, and also that they have informed you of our convoluted history." The Turbo Rangers nodded. "Very well. Are you still willing to take upon the responsibility?"

"We're in," said Fred determinedly. The others agreed.

"Then you must obey the three Rules of the Rangers. One. Never escalate a battle unless you are forced to. Two. Do not use your Powers for personal means. Three. Keep your identity a secret. No one may know you are a Power Ranger."

"We will, Zordon," said Franklin.

"Seriously," said Rosa.

"Confirmed," said Justin.

"Wouldn't think otherwise," smiled Tasha.

"Okay," finished Fred. "Justin, shouldn't you and Tasha be getting to the shelter?" They nodded.

"Can we leave, then?" they asked, politely as ever. Zordon nodded and they left, each disappearing back to their respective commitments. The remaining people looked at each other.

Finally, Katherine asked the two questions that were bothering them. "Is it going to settle down for a while, now? And how can they be Rangers, when we couldn't, during the Orb of Doom saga?"

Zordon looked at them, and answered quietly. "Hopefully there will be no more villains moving in to attack Earth for a while. However, the actions of villains are never easy to predict. As to why they can be Rangers, the choice was made by the Grid. It is not anyone's place to question it. Futhermore, they are older, both physically and mentally than you were at that point because whilst you retained all your memories and such of being teenagers, your mental thoughts and such were those of your physical age."

"That's why I needed to take you to that water park," interjected Billy.

"Precisely," asserted Zordon. "And as for another reason, you being holders of the Power were needed to reassert the timeline." The five then Ninjetti Rangers turned children nodded, thinking it over.

The End... for now...