Chapter 6: too soon
In Andros's room, all was quiet. His jacket and morpher hung over the side of the chair and his boots sat at the end of the bed. The Red Ranger however, was having the most uneasy dreams he had yet. Mostly during the night, his dreams were invaded with nightmares about his sister's kidnapping. This time, these dreams were calming. He woke up and he sat up in his bed. "Whoa..." he muttered. Andros pushed his hair out of his face and he stood up from bed.
Andros headed into his bathroom and instead of the water being warm like it usually was, he had the water on cold. He needed to shake the dream he had. He got into the shower and he pressed his forehead against the wall of the shower, letting the cold water wash over him. "It's too soon," he muttered. The pain in his heart came back in full force. "Too soon," he whispered.
"DALA!" Andros shouted. He pushed past the people and fought off the Qnantrons that were charging at him. "DALA! DALA CAN YOU HEAR ME!" He shouted. He looked around desperately trying to find her. "DALA!" He called out again.
"ANDROS!" Zhane called.
Andros looked over and he saw Zhane on the ground holding what looked like a lifeless body. "No!" He gasped. He ran over to his best friend and the pain struck him hard. "No, no, no," he repeated over and over. He took her from Zhane's arms and he sat there on the ground holding her. "Dala...Dala can you hear me?" He asked. A smile came across his face when she opened her eyes.
"Andros..." she murmured.
Andros placed his gloved hand over her cheek. "You'll be okay, Dala, just stay with me," he told her. She placed her hand over his.
"Andros...remember..." she trailed off.
"What?" He asked.
"Remember...remember what you promised me..."
Andros shook his head. "Dala, don't you dare leave me, not now," he insisted. He pulled off his helmet.
"Andros, we have to go," Zhane told him.
Andros ignored him. Dala reached up and she stroked his face. "Remember what you promised me," she whispered. His bottom lip trembled slightly when she closed her eyes and her hand fell from his face.
"Dala...Dala? Oh God, no...Dala please...please don't leave me," he begged.
He pressed his forehead against hers with tears falling down his face. "Please don't leave me," he whispered.
Andros turned the shower off and he got out. He tried himself off and he wrapped the towel around his waist, got into his bedroom. He pulled on a clean uniform and he pulled his hair back in a half-ponytail. He walked to the bridge.
When he came to the bridge, Andros walked over to the controls. "DECA, go back to KO-35," he instructed.
"Andros I don't think that will be the best choice," DECA informed.
Andros glared at the AI. "Don't argue with me, DECA, just do it," he ordered. DECA was silent for a minute.
"Acknowledged," she answered.
Andros sighed as he walked around the ruins. He felt the pain rush to his heart, but he tried to push it back. He let out a heavy sigh as he came to a familiar spot. He wiped the tears away from his face as he climbed up the hill. He told Zhane that day he wasn't going to leave until Dala was properly buried. He buried her on their hill, under their tree. Andros kneeled down in front of the unmarked grave. He hadn't gotten the chance to give her the proper headstone. He lowered his head slightly and felt a lump got up into his throat. "Hey, Dala..." he trailed off. He cleared his throat as he stared at the grave. "Two years ago...you told me to remember...to remember what I promised you. I've done nothing to keep that promise, Dala, but now, everything's so different. There's a girl...Ashley...she's a Terran..." he started.
Ashley walked onto the bridge. "Have you seen Andros?" She asked. Cassie looked up.
"He's gone down to KO-35," TJ replied.
She went to leave when Cassie placed a hand on her shoulder. "I think now's not the time to bother him," she informed.
"What do you mean?" She asked.
TJ sighed. "Andros has gone down to KO-35, two years ago his girlfriend was killed during the last battle," he informed.
"How do you guys know this?" She asked.
"He told us that he went to see his girlfriend and he left. DECA told us the rest," Cassie replied.
"Andros needs time alone right now," TJ put in.
Ashley was in shock, but she nodded in agreement.
Andros let out a sigh. He placed his hands on his knees and he stared at the grave again. "What do I do, Dala? How can I possibly be with Ashley when you're still on my mind all the time?" He asked. Andros pushed his tears back. "I still love you, Dala. More than anything," he added. He cleared his throat trying to get rid of the lump in his throat. "I'm supposed to just move on and love someone else and forget you?" He asked. He shook his head. "If that's the answer I can't do it," he added. Andros lowered his head. "I promised I'd move on with my life, but you were a big part of it. I can't just forget. You were my first..." he trailed off. His shoulders shook slightly and the tears fell. He looked at the grave and he wiped the tears from his face. "This wasn't how it was supposed to end...we were supposed to be together forever...it wasn't supposed to end like this," he insisted.
Ashley sighed and she pushed her hair out of her face. She couldn't work, she was worried about Andros. She looked around to see if TJ, Cassie, or Carlos was around. She went over to the jump tubes. "DECA, you don't know where I am," she instructed. Then she was gone.
Andros was staring at the grave when he heard someone walk up behind him. "So this is her?" Ashley asked. She kneeled down next to Andros.
"Yes," he replied.
She wrapped her arm around his shoulder and placed her hand on his arm. "I'm so sorry," she told him. Andros didn't answer for a second.
"I promised her I'd move on with my life, but how do I do that when she was a big part of it?" He asked.
He stood up slowly. "I...have to get to the base...I need to get a few things," he informed. Ashley nodded and she went with him.
Andros collected a few supplies that he needed for the ship. He went into the medical room and he went to get some medicine when Dala's name on a file caught his eye. He walked over and picked the file up. Andros opened it to the first page and started reading it. "Dala, daughter of Verano, arrived at 10:15 am complaining of nausea. Tests state that she..." Andros stopped reading. Andros dropped the bag he had over his shoulder and he nearly collapsed. "Oh God..." he trailed off. He suddenly felt sick to his stomach. He sat down on a stool waiting for the nausea to pass. The tears fell down his face and Andros shook his head. "No...no..." he repeated.
"Andros..." Ashley trailed off.
She found Andros sitting there with his head in his hands. "Andros...what happened?" She asked. She walked over and she saw the file still laying open on the table. She walked over and read the file. "Oh no..." she trailed off. She walked over to Andros and she hugged him. "Andros I'm so sorry," she whispered.
"It's already hard enough...that Dala's dead...but...why...why did she have to be pregnant too?" He asked.
Ashley hugged him and she pressed her forehead against the top of his head. "I lost it all...Ashley...I lost it all," he told her. Andros let her go. "I have to know when this test was ran," he stated. He walked back over the file and read it over again. He read the day and his heart plummeted to the pit of his stomach. "The day before the attack...she wouldn't have know..." he trailed off. Ashley let out a sigh.
"Does it say how far along she was?" She asked.
Andros turned the page and his heart went deeper into his stomach. "Six weeks," he replied. Ashley walked over and she placed a hand on his shoulder.
"Andros..." she started.
Andros lifted his head, no emotion was showing on his face whatsoever. "We should go," he told her. He picked up the bag he had dropped and they went back to the Megaship.
The others watched as Andros handed TJ the supplies and he went to his quarters. "What happened down there?" Cassie asked. Ashley winced when she heard the doors to his quarters close rather loudly.
"Um...we went to the base to get the supplies. He found a medical file that belonged to his girlfriend," she replied.
"And?" Carlos asked.
Ashley looked at Carlos. "And she was pregnant," she replied. Carlos just stared at her as she walked by him and she went over to Andros's quarters. She knocked on the door.
"Go away," Andros muttered.
"Andros let me in."
"Please let me in."
She waited patiently. "DECA...unlock the doors," he instructed. She heard the doors unlocked and she went in.
Ashley walked into a dark room and she saw Andros laying on the bed. She walked over and she sat next to him on the bed. She reached out and she stroked his hair. "You okay?" She asked.
"I just found out that my girlfriend was pregnant when she was killed how do you think I feel?" He asked.
Ashley sighed and she let his hair fall between her fingers. "Andros..." she started.
"Don't try telling me you know how I feel, because you don't," he muttered.
"Andros, I know what it's like to get hurt."
"Ashley just don't okay? Please just don't."
Ashley stopped talking and she kept stroking his hair. She started humming a tune and it relaxed him. "La mer Qu'on voit danser le long des golfes clairs. A des reflets d'argent La mer Des reflets changeants. Sous la pluie..." she sang quietly. She watched as Andros closed his eyes slowly and she watched as he fell into a deep sleep.