Title: Knowledge and Obligation
Word Count: 444.
Series: Power Rangers Operation Overdrive - during Once a Ranger.
Summary: Adam is smart enough to know what he has to do, but human enough to not like doing it.
He watched as the team slowly dissolved, as they go their separate ways – Mack to the hammock outside, where he’ll stare at the sky for an hour or so until he resolves his issues. The girls go to their rooms – Rose to study, probably on some obscure Asian culture that would never be useful to her but that she just needs to know, and Ronny to play one of her racing games. Will went with Dax to the living room – since there was both a TV and a pool table he wasn’t sure what they’d end up doing. And Tyzonn – he went upstairs with Rose, but soon enough he’d be downstairs with Mack.
He wondered exactly how he knew these things after learning their names just twelve hours ago.
And he wondered exactly how he knew that the girl next to him had her fiancée’s birthday in less than a week. Exactly how he knew that the girl next to her was recording her first ‘professional’ demo tape in ten days – how he knew the man next to him had a music store that really couldn’t afford to close for more than four or five days without running into serious financial problems. He wondered how he knew that the man on the end was worrying over when he’d return to the future, whether his team could cope with four Rangers instead of five.
But knowing all he did – the thing he wondered most of all was when they would be able to get back to normal life.
‘Replacing’ the Rangers was not what he had signed up to do. It’s not what any of them had signed up to do.
When the first rush of power hit him again, it was like coming home. Like his batteries had run down and he had existed on reserve power and he’d gotten supercharged in a fraction of an eyeblink. He knew that everyone else had felt the same – even Bridge, who was still technically an active Ranger, had hit the same spike of adrenaline.
When that had died down, somewhere between Stonehenge and seven stories below the Hartford mansion, he’d felt…bad. Bad for the fact that everyone had lives to go back to, lives that couldn’t spare them for long and bad that he felt this way because goddamn this was life and death. People would die if they weren’t here to battle whoever the hell were the bad guys in this situation and he was stressing over the RockPorium running on capital or Kira missing a recording or some fucking party?
He was much too old, and this was much too much like an obligation.
|comments: Promo time?|