Chapter 4: Tongue and Cheek Part 1
At the Storm Charger
Kelly was getting ready to close up when Dustin came out from the back "Dustin, do you think you can lock the door when you leave," she asked.
"Sure, you go ahead," he replied.
"Thanks Dustin," Kelly turned to leave, but then stop and turned facing Dustin "Oh I almost, Dustin".
"Yeah, what is it?" Dustin asked with curiosity.
"Tell Marah, I appreciate her helping me with the place," Kelly says
"I make sure to tell her that," Dustin replied with a smile.
Kelly smiles and then left out the door.
Dustin went in back for something when the door of the Storm Charger opens and some thugs walked in. They begin to trash the place and stealing some stuff when Dustin sees the thugs and morphs into a Power Rangers to scare them off.
At the Ninja Ops
"Lucky you were there to help Kelly!" Shane smiled after his friend told him about the thugs breaking in the Storm Chargers.
"Dude, hopefully those bone heads won't show up!" Dustin said, worried for his boss.
"You're actions were noble Dustin, but using your Ranger powers for everyday situations can have serious consequences," Sensei warned him.
"Sensei, we fight Luthor's goons all the time! What's the big deal about helping out a friend?" Dustin asked before the Thunder Brothers and Marah walked in. Marah was coming out from her room while Hunter came into the Ninja Ops
"Hey," Hunter smiled. "Check this out, guess who is a celebrity?" He gave the newspaper to Tori.
"Blue bay seeing yellow!" Tori smiled.
Marah walked over to Tori and take a look at the newspaper "That's Dustin," she says, shock to him on the newspaper.
"How cool is this?" Dustin beamed as he looked at himself on the cover of the newspaper.
"While our city has grown used to the Power Rangers, this is the first time one has stepped forward on his own," Shane said, not too happy with a hint of jealous.
"Could this be a sign of things to come on yellow going solo?" Tori finished.
"Hey, that's stupid! Why would I ever..." Dustin was interrupted by a beep on the computer.
"What's going on?" Marah asked as she walked up next to Cam.
"I've been keeping tabs on some of the fan mail. Yellow Ranger just got fifteen thousand letters and counting!" Cam said. "It's jamming the system!" he said nervously as he typed away on the computer to fix it.
Suddenly the key board had a little explosion and the Rangers jumped back. Marah recoiled and accidently trip backward. Lucky, Dustin caught her in time before she hit the floor.
"Are you alright?" he asked.
Marah nodded, brushing her hair behind her ear "Yeah, I'm fine. Thank you," she move out of Dustin's arms.
"Do me a favor," Cam said, turning to Dustin. "Next time you become famous, tell your fans to send letters the old fashion way! With stamps!" He says with sarcasm
"Is the monster ready?" Luthor asked as he walked in and looked around when Kapri walked in "Yes uncle, the monster is ready.
Suddenly the monster appears "Slob Goblin at your service!"
Luthor laughs "Now go and attacks the rangers," he ordered.
"Right away!" Slob Goblin replied and vanishes.
Luthor touches Kapri's shoulder "Excellent work Kapri, you done well," he remarked.
"Anything to make you happy," she replied, giving him a smile.
"This place is packed!" Shane commented as he, Tori, Marah, Hunter and Blake walked into Storm Chargers.
"Yeah," Tori agreed as she and Marah was pushed by a customer.
"Ever since the Yellow ranger showed up here I can't keep people away! It's kinda crazy but it's great for business!" Kelly says as she walked up to them with a smile.
"Do you need help?" Marah offered.
Kelly smiles "No, it's okay, I hire some men to help me with the load, but thanks for asking"
"What? Just cause the Yellow Ranger was here?" Shane asked. "He's not even like the red one!"
"I dunno, there is something about a man in yellow!" Kelly smiled as she walked into the back.
Dustin ran out of the back and saw his friends.
"Oh, man I lost track of time. Let me wash up!" he said before running into the back of the store.
"So, what are you two going to do while me, Marah, and Dustin are at the skate park?" Shane asked.
Hunter gave Shane the letter, "It's from our adoptive grandmother!"
"Yeah, she's really sick," Blake sighed.
"You gonna go visit her?" Shane asked.
"That's the problem. She lives really far away!" Blake said.
"You think Sensei will let us go?" Hunter asked.
"No doubt about it," Tori smiled.
"Don't worry, Sensei will let you guys go see your grandmother," Marah says.
Hunter smiles and touches Marah's shoulder "I hope you are right".
At the Skating Park
Shane was practicing boarding when he notices some people that work for the media. He went over to Dustin and Marah who was cheering and clapping for him.
"Dude, that was great!" Dustin remarked.
"You were great out there!" Marah says
"Thanks, hey, you guys see that girl over there with the camera?" Shane pointed to a woman on the other side of the field. "She works for a magazine!"
"No way!" Dustin says and Shane smiled.
"Can you guys make sure she's watching?" Shane asked. "This magazine could help me be sponsored!"
"Sure!" Dustin agreed.
"Good luck," Marah says
"Thanks guys," Shane smiles and went back to practicing his boarding skills.
"Show them what you got!" Dustin clapped. As the blonde passed by the last defenseman, the photographer was taking pictures.
"You did it," Marah looked at Dustin with a smile "Shane is going to be happy!"
"Yeah!" Dustin smiles and hugs Marah when a monster appears from a far at a tree. He let go Marah and turned to Shane for help, but he was too busy trying to impress the media. Not wanting the photographer to ignore Shane, he went on his own.
Marah was cheering for Shane. She turns to look at Dustin when she notices he was gone "Dustin?" She looked around
"Look! It's the Yellow Ranger!" She heard someone yelled. The photographer stopped taking pictures of Shane and ran with the group of people. Shane went for his best boarding skills when he notices the crowd was going some where.
"What's going on?" he asked out loud in confusion.
He walked over to Marah and they both were watching Dustin posing for a photograph. Marah notices Shane was upset and disappointed. She hates to see Shane like this and decides to talk to Dustin about it,
Marah went over and walked through the crowd trying to reach Dustin. As soon she reaches him, she grabs his arm and pulled him to aside "What are you doing?" she asked "You supposed to help Shane out".
"Oh, I..." Dustin begins to says, but got interrupt. Two men lifted Dustin onto their shoulders and a little parade began.
Marah sighs as Shane walked up to her. She turns and looked "Shane, I'm sorry," she says.
"Don't worry about it," He replied "Hey, do you want to see me finishing boarding?"
"Okay," Marah agreed and then follow Shane back to the skating area.
About an hour later Dustin showed up and sees Marah was watching Shane boarding.
"Those were some great move!" Dustin commented with a smile.
"Too bad nobody will see that," Shane stopped boarding and went over to Dustin and Marah.
"Kay, I'm sorry!" Dustin apologized. "But what was I supposed to do? That freaky tongue was attacking everyone!"
"You could have asked me for help!" Shane said as he walked up to Dustin. "I don't care if I lose the photographer because the Power Rangers are fighting crime. But when my own friend hogs all the action, then that will tic me off. And you were lucky he didn't grab you too!"
"I was all over that guy!" Dustin said.
"But Dustin, you could have gotten hurt or worse," Marah points out.
"Take it from someone who's been there, there is no I in team!" Shane told him
"Maybe there should be!" Dustin said. "For the first time in my life I'm not the goofy one! I'm getting respect and I'm not about to walk away from that!"
"I would never ask you too Dustin!" Shane says. "But you can't let the way people think of you get in the way of doing what's right!"
"Dustin, me and Shane don't want to see you make a mistake or go in the wrong direction," Marah explained, touching his shoulder.
"I gotta phone interview with another newspaper, later," Dustin said, giving Marah a hug and then left.
"At least think about it," Marah shouted as she watches Dustin leaving.
At Ninja Ops
"I'm worried about Dustin," Shane said as he, Marah, Cam and Tori sat around in Ninja ops. "I mean, if all this attention gets to his head..."
"What? There won't be enough room for the rest of you?" Dustin asked as he walked in.
"Something like that," Shane said, only to receive a slap in the stomach from Tori.
"I think you're just jealous and dude, green is not your color!" Dustin commented.
"But it is my color," Cam said, pointing to himself. "And I think Shane has a point, for what it's worth."
"Typical, everyone thinks Dustin can't be right!" Dustin yelled.
"Dustin, this isn't about who right and wrong," Marah walked up to him "It's about doing what right and not making a wrong decision".
"We are all pleased that you gained the world's attention, but how you use that is what's important," Sensei said.
"Thanks for your concern but I think I'm doing just fine. Now I've got to go, I've got to go take a call from my agent," Dustin walked off and Tori turned to Shane "Agent?"
"Dustin, wait!" Marah says as she ran after him.
"We may have a problem," Shane sighed
"That may not be the only problem," Cam said, from the mainframe "I just lost all trace of Hunter and Blake"
Outside the Ninja Ops
"Dustin!" He stops and turns around, looking at Marah.
"Whatever you want to say, I don't want to hear it".
Marah went in front of him "Dustin, we all trying to help you and worried for you," she tries to explain to him.
"Look Marah, I appreciate that you are trying to talk to me, but I need some time alone," He turns around facing his back toward her "I really thought you would be happy for me, but I was wrong," he says and took off running before Marah can say anything else.
Marah sighs with a sad expression.
Back at Ninja Ops, Cam was typing on keyboard looking at the computer screen. Shane and Tori was standing behind him watching the screen.
"I've traced the Thunders DNA," Cam said after a while of searching "they disappeared off the map here -" he pointed to a spot in the middle of the woods "and repapered - there!" the screen changed to the power plant where Luthor's monster was standing.
"Luthor's post monster general," Shane clarified"
"Must have gone postal on Hunter and Blake" Tori said with a slight smile on her face.
"Let's go, Tori," Shane replied.
He was about to leave with Tori when Cam spokes all of sudden "Someone beat you too it!"
The rangers looked up to see Dustin already there approaching to the monster "How did he get there so fast?" Tori asked
"He's the great Yellow Ranger, remember?" Shane asked "of course he's there first!"
"Shane," Sensei spoke "I seem to remember that before you and Dustin were Rangers, you were good friends." He reminded the Red ranger "It would be a shame to lose that"
Shane sighs and saw Dustin fighting the monster in his civilian form. Dustin had the upper hand when the monster blasts him.
"Dustin!" Shane and Tori shouted.
Shane turns and looked Tori "Let's go!"
She nodded and follows him
Dustin was on the ground in pain as the Slob Goblin approaches "Now time to be stamp!"
Dustin shield himself as Slob Goblin was about to attack, turning him into a stamp when suddenly Slob Goblin got blasts in the back.
"Ah!" Slob Goblin shrieks in pain.
"Huh?" Dustin blinks his eyes confused. He looked behind Slob Goblin and saw Marah point her finger at the monster.
"Marah!" he shouted.
"YOU!" Slob Goblin growls when he turns around and saw her. He angrily blasts at her.
Marah dodges the monster attack and ran over to Dustin.
"Are you okay?" she asked, helping him up on his feet.
"Marah, what are you doing here," he asked, surprised to see her "It too dangerous".
"You should be saying thanks," she replied.
Dustin got in front of her "Stay behind me," he says "Ninja form, ranger..."
"Hold it!" Shane yelled as he and Tori joined Dustin.
"Mind if we crash your party?" Tori asked.
"Don't answer that because we already have," Shane turned to Dustin and frowned.
"NINJA STORM RANGER FORM!" the three of them yelled, before morphing Dustin and Shane fought for the spot of temporary leader, making Tori and Marah roll their eyes.
"Ohh, pretty Rangers to add to my collection!" Slob Goblin smiled before sending and energy beam to the Rangers. Tori and Marah jumped one way while Shane pushed Dustin the other way.
"Stay here, I got this!" Shane patted Dustin's shoulder before fighting the monster by himself. Dustin cut into the fight and both boys argued over who would defeat him.
"Time to get a few licks!" Slob Goblin yelled. He aims he tongue at Tori, but Marah pushes Tori out the way and got the monster's tongue wrapped around her and got pulled into his arms, holding her waist with his tongue and her arms with his hands.
"Marah!" Tori shouted.
Dustin turns and saw what happened "Marah!" he ran toward the monster.
"I've got a new stamp!" the monster laughed, shooting the wind rangers, knocking them to the ground.