Chapter 14: not like him
Days went by and Andros's best friend, Zhane, came out of his coma and he found his sister at long last. However, now, they were on KO-35 greeting the Karovans that had come back to KO-35 after Dark Specter's defeat.
Andros saluted to Kinwon when he got off the ship. "Andros, Zhane, welcome home," Kinwon greeted.
"Thank you," Zhane answered.
Ashley held onto Rosalyn and the baby held onto her jacket, sleeping peacefully in her arms. "Andros?" A voice asked. Andros stiffened and he looked over his shoulder. A woman stepped through the crowd. She was an older woman, a little aged over the years, but a smile was on her face.
"Mom?" He asked.
Norla smiled when she saw her son. "My little boy!" She gasped. She pulled Andros into her arms with tears on her face. "My little boy," she sobbed. Andros held onto Norla with tears pressed against his own eyes. She pulled back and she placed her hands on his face. "I shouldn't say, my little boy, you're far from it," she commented. Andros smiled and he placed his hands over hers.
"I thought you were dead..." he trailed off.
"No, thanks to Kinwon we were able to get on a ship safely," she answered.
"We? You mean dad..."
A man, almost like an older version of Andros, stepped behind Norla. "Did you really think Dark Specter's army could get rid of me?" He asked.
"Dad...I can't believe it..." Andros trailed off.
Kreon chuckled as he grabbed his son by the back of his neck and pulled him into a hug. Andros hugged Kreon back and he let out a sigh of relief. "Told you that you'd be able to find us again," Kreon commented.
"And I told you I'd keep my promise," Andros answered.
"What do you mean?" Norla asked.
Andros walked over to the Rangers and he grabbed Karone by her hand. Norla gasped when she saw her daughter again for the first time in ten years. "Karone?" She asked. Tears fell down her face and she placed her hands on her face. "Is it really you?" She asked.
"I think so," she replied.
Karone hugged her mother with a small sob. Andros took a step back and watched as his parents hugged Karone tight. He heard Rosalyn gurgle and his parents looked up and let Karone go. "What was that?" Norla asked. Andros smiled as he walked over and he pulled Ashley next to him.
"Mom, dad, this is Ashley," he informed.
They smiled and they looked at the sleeping infant in her arms. "And this is our daughter, Rosalyn," he informed. Norla gasped as she walked over and she looked at the young infant in Ashley's arms.
"May I?" She asked.
"Oh yeah, of course," Ashley replied.
Ashley set Rosalyn into Norla's arms and the woman smiled. "Hi Rosalyn," she murmured. She held the baby's hand with a smile. "How old is she?" She asked.
"She's eight months old," Ashley replied.
"Does she talk yet?" She asked.
"She says a few words," Andros replied.
"Like 'dada' and 'mama' that's just about it," Ashley put in.
Norla looked at Kreon and he smiled as he looked at the sleeping baby. "She's beautiful," Kreon commented. Andros placed his hand on Ashley's shoulder.
"Come on, I think we got our old house back in shape," Norla commented.
"You're all welcome to stay," Kreon put in.
The Rangers had their separate rooms, but Andros and Ashley were sharing a room with Rosalyn.
That night, Ashley found Andros sneaking out of the window and climbing up the stairs to the roof. She got up, pulled on her jacket and boots. She climbed up the stairs after him.
Andros was leaning against a railing, looking out at one of KO-35's moons. Ashley walked up behind him and she wrapped her arms around his waist. "You should be in bed," she commented.
"I can't sleep," he answered.
Ashley kissed his shoulder. "Everything okay?" She asked.
"Yeah...everything's fine," he replied.
Ashley sighed as she ran her hand along his muscled stomach. "Your parents are nice," she commented. Andros smiled as he held her hand and he kissed the top of it.
"They're the best any kid could ever ask for," he answered.
Andros then pulled her in front of him. Ashley sighed and she held his hands. "I wish we didn't have to go tomorrow," she murmured. He sighed and he placed his hand on her face.
"I know...I wish you didn't have to either," he answered.
"You can still come with us," she pointed out.
"We've talked about this before, KO-35 is my home."
Ashley bit her lip and she lowered her head slightly. "You'll be coming out here after you graduate," he pointed out.
"That's a whole other year!" She answered.
She pushed him back and she walked by him. "You're just as bad as Carlos," she muttered. Andros felt like she had just punched him in the stomach. He grabbed her arm before she could get far. "Let go of me!" She hissed, yanking her arm away.
"Don't you compare me to that bastard," he snapped.
"You're abandoning Rosalyn and me!"
Andros grabbed her arms. "I love you and I'll never leave you or Rosalyn! I'll die first before I ever do that!" He snapped.
"Then why won't you come back with us?" She asked.
"I just can't, Ash."
Ashley let out a small sob. "KO-35 needs my help. I grew up here, this is my home," he answered. She lowered her head and she wrapped her arms around herself. Andros lifted her chin up. "Ash...I love you," he murmured. Ashley smiled slightly and he kissed her gently.
The next day, Ashley had Cassie take Rosalyn onto the ship. She held onto Andros's hand and she let out a shaky sigh. "I don't want to leave you," she murmured. Andros stroked her face.
"You won't," he assured her.
Ashley kissed him gently before getting onto the Megaship and she went back to Earth. Andros let out a heavy sigh and he lowered his head.