Chapter 6: Shane's Karma, Part 1
The Wind Rangers, Thunder Rangers, and the Samurai Ranger walked in all exhausted and tired from ninja training.
"Boy, I'm so tired that I want to do is relaxed," Dustin complained.
"I agreed," Shane says as he bends over breathing heavy,
"Ten mile run, two fight simulations, and an obstacle course." Blake groaned.
"Don't forget two hours of hard meditation." Hunter added stretching his arms.
"I'm not getting a lot of sleep lately; I keep getting this weird dream." Shane shook his head tired.
"You should pay attention to that. Sensei says dreams can tell you a lot about yourself." Tori said to him.
"Speaking of Dad where he and Marah are?" Cam asked as he looked around.
"Yeah, where is Marah anyway?" Dustin agreed, looking around.
"Hey guys," Marah walked out from the back smiling at them.
"What were you doing back there?" Dustin asked, curious to know.
"Ninja Training," she simply replied.
Cam walked over "Marah, where's my dad?" He asked.
"He says he was going on a meditation to recharge his inner Ninja or something. That what I heard he says," Marah explained "Oh and he told me to tell you guys that he's giving you guys a day off tomorrow".
"Oh right!" Dustin cheers "Free time!"
"Are you sure that what's my dad says?" Cam asked to make sure.
The guys cheer happily about the news except Tori who look disappointed.
"Tori, are you alright?" Marah asked.
The guys suddenly realized Tori was looking a bit bummed. Blake frowned at her; "Hey Tor, what's the matter? Come on; don't tell me you can't handle a day off."
"No, a day off is great, especially tomorrow." Tori said forcing a smile; "I just thought Sensei would be around for- you know"
"What?" Hunter asked.
"Man, are we stupid?" Shane slapped himself "Tomorrow, it is Tori's birthday."
"Oh," Blake, Hunter, and Dustin says, mentally slapped themselves for almost forgetting Tori's birthday.
"Well how about a beach party?" Dustin suggests.
"So what do you say Tor?" Blake asked.
"Sound great to me, Tori replied.
"Alright, be at the beach first thing in the morning." Hunter grinned, turning to Cam "Hey Cam, how about letting Marah joins us at the beach."
"I have to asked her," Cam saying looking at Marah.
Dustin walked over to Marah "So, Marah, can you come with us to the beach?" he asked, hoping that she would agree.
"Sure, why not since I got nothing to do," Marah agreed with a smile.
"Great!" Hunter claps his hands "Then it's settling, we all are going to beach tomorrow," he replied before he left.
"I see you tomorrow, Marah," Dustin saying, giving her a quick kiss on the cheek and receive a glare from Cam.
"What?" Dustin asked "It just a kiss on the cheek, it's not like I'm dating her".
"Are you?" Cam folds his arms, looking at Dustin.
"Uh," Dustin scratches his head and then looked at his watch "Boy, would you look at the time, I should get going, bye," he rushes out the Ninja Ops.
Shane Tori and Marah laugh while Cam shakes his head with a smile.
"Just make sure you get enough sleep tonight Shane." Tori looked at Shane "I think tomorrow might be something special after all," She says before she left.
Later that night, Shane woke up startling from the same dream he been having and decides that he was going to check it to see what the dream was telling him.
The next day, Cam drove Tori's van over to the beach and Dustin, Marah, and Tori got out with Cam and sees Hunter and Blake walked up to them.
"Hey, has anyone seen Shane?" Tori asked, looking around.
"Yeah let's get this show on the rode." Blake said.
"We can't leave without him, he's bringing the cake." Dustin called out.
Suddenly, they saw Shane ran holding a big box; "Here Tori! Happy Birthday!"
"Hey, that doesn't look like beachwear bro." Hunter noted.
"Uh yeah, about that." Shane said nervously.
"Don't tell me you're bailing!" Tori frowned.
"I had that same dream again last night. Think it's trying to tell me something."
"Like how to ruin a friend's birthday?" Tori asked,
"It's just I have a weird sense something isn't right." Shane explained; "I gotta go check out the woods."
Cam heard their conversation; "Shane, I'm the first person to say duty before pleasure. But I left Cyber Cam online at Ninja Ops. If anything weird shows up he'll let us know."
"Yeah." Tori agreed.
"I'll catch up okay?" Shane said turning away; "I promise."
Dustin threw something at the back of Tori's head making her snap her head around and chase after them.
"Come back here, Dustin!" she yelled.
Shane walked into the woods; "What was I thinking? Stupid dream!" He was about leave and go back to the beach where his friends was when suddenly out of nowhere a ball of white light flew past him, followed by a ball of black energy. He kicked the black ball away, revealing an alien who was pissed.
"Woah, now there's a face only a mother could love." He remarked with a smirks.
"I could say the same about you, now step aside." Vexacus growled.
"Try asking nicely you, freak!" Shane spats.
"Move aside!" Vexacus shouted.
"Lothor's goons don't scare me." Shane grinned cockily, popping his collars.
"I am Vexacus, and I work for no one." Vexacus growled; "Now give me the Karminion."
"Karminion, what?" Shane asked "You're losing it!"
"Have it your way." Vexacus grumbled, and they got into battle.
"Plan B." Shane said before he morphs "Ninja Storm! Ranger Form! HA!" Vexacus blasted enough energy to demorph Shane.
"Foolish Earthling, where is the Karminion?" Vexacus growled; "Tell me!"
"What are you talking about?" Shane asked, clueless to what Vexacus was talking about.
Suddenly a bright light came and swallowed Shane, leaving Vexacus confused and alone.
Shane found himself in a clearing away from Vexacus; "What's going on?" he asked in confused.
A random tan girl came from behind him "Hey, are you okay?" she asked
"I thought I was out here alone." Shane told her.
"Guess not." the girl smiled and begin to walked away.
Tori was still chasing Dustin when she stops and looking at the direction Shane took off to.
"Do you think we did the right thing?" she asked "Maybe we should have gone with Shane.
"I don't know, maybe she's right." Dustin shrugged; "Shane did seem pretty tweaked".
"Maybe we should check it out," Marah suggests "If you are worried about Shane, I can teleport to where he is".
"Shane is going to be fine," Blake assured Tori "If he's trouble, Cyber Cam would let us know, right Cam?"
"Correct," Cam replied.
"See, now why don't you enjoy your birthday, Tor," Blake put his arm around her shoulder.
"Okay," Tori smiles.
"Last one in the water is a little girl." Hunter said as he walked up to Tori and Blake, receiving a death glares from Tori.
"You're so gonna pay for that." Tori glared.
"Oooh, she's going to get you," Dustin smirked.
"Uh Oh," Hunter took off running with Tori on his tail.
The others laugh and follow Tori.
"We need to get you home." Shane told the girl beside him as they walked through the woods; "It's not safe out here."
"How do you even know I live this way?" the girl asked and Shane looked at her.
"Well maybe you can help me out then." He says.
"Alright, up there." the girl said, pointing to the sky and Shane chuckles.
"Right, so you're some alien life form or something. Is that what you're telling me?" Shane rolled his eyes, not believing what the girl says. The girl walked away laughing; "Hey wait, you're serious."
"Hey, you asked." the girl smirked.
"You have a name?" Shane asked with a smile.
"It's Skyla," she replied.
"Skyla, that's a nice name," he commented.
"Thanks," Skyla smiles at him.
Cam, Tori, Hunter, Blake, Dustin, and Marah were having a blast at the beach when Cam communicator went off.
"What is it?" Cam spoke in the communicator.
"Hey party animals, I think we've got a problem. We got an alien visitor in the forest, and here's a news worthy item, he's not working for Luthor," Cyber Cam's voice echoes from Cam's communicator.
"Can you reach Shane?" Cam asked.
"No can do. Wherever that spaceship is it's interfering with Shane's morpher," Cyber Cam replied.
"Keep looking for Shane, I'm on my way there!" Cam replied and begins to walked away.
"You're going back?" Tori asked sadly.
"Only until I figure out what's going on. With dad outta town I just feel better checking things out myself." Cam explained.
"We're coming with you." Hunter announced.
"No stay. There's nothing we can do until we know what we're dealing with." Cam instructed them.
"Well maybe it's a good alien." Dustin smirked; "I mean no one ever considers that possibility."
"Hey, don't let this get you down okay?" Blake said, stuffing a ducky floaty on her head; "Come on, let's enjoy the party!"
"You're right; I guess the day's not completely ruined." Tori sighed.
"Tag!" Blake touches her shoulder "You're it!" he says and took off running.
"Hey!" Tori shouted and start chasing Blake and then she begins chasing at Hunter too who was running in front of Blake.
Dustin puts his arms around her shoulder "Let's go join the others".
Marah nodded and she and Dustin walked together, toward the others.
"Wait up!" Shane called as he tries to catch up with Skyla "Would you slow down?"
"Try and keep up." Skyla laughed; "Don't be such a whiner."
"A whiner? Is that what you just called me?" Shane chuckled. They walked into a place Shane saw in his dreams; "Hey I know this forest."
"You do, look" Skyla nodded as she was pointing to a fireplace.
"This was in my dream." Shane sighed; "I mean what am I'm doing here?"
"Well let's just say I owe you one." Skyla smiled; "And this is where I pay you back."
"Payback, for what?" Shane asked
"Payback, I like the sound of that." Vexacus growled.
"What do you want here?" Shane asked, standing in front of Skyla.
"I already told you, the Karminion." Vaxacus said, pointing to Skyla.
"You're way out of your league Vexacus." Skyla grumbled; "Why don't you, just turn around, and go swim back under whatever rock you came out from."
He basted at them but they disappeared; "You cannot run forever!"
"Woah! Hey that is one cool trick!" Shane chuckled. He realized something; "You're the one who helped me the first time when I ran into Mr. Congeniality."
"Yeah, you can thank me later, but right now we gotta get moving. I don't have much time." Skyla begins to walked away
"Wait, I don't even know who you are yet." Shane said.
"Look, we can keep going over this if you want but it's not gonna do us any good." Skyla retorted.
"Guess not." Shane sighed.
"Hey, you don't seem so freaked out! It's not like this is the first time you've seen an alien being." Skyla laughed.
"Yeah but it's the first time I've seen one that looks like... you." he says staring at her.
"I'll take that as a compliment," Skyla "C'mon".
"Guys, I'm starting to get worried," Tori says "And I'm not really having fun when Shane is out there alone and Cam is back at Ninja Ops. Something is not right".
"Tori, is right," Marah agreed "We should head back to Ninja Ops to see what's going on".
Suddenly the rangers' communicator beeps.
"Speaking of Ninja Ops," Hunter held his communicator near his lips and spoke "What is it, Cam?" he asked.
"We've got a problem. As long as that ship remains cloaked, I have no way to track it." Cam replied.
"Any word from Shane yet?" Hunter asked.
"No, His frequency is still jammed. He must be close to the source of the disturbance." Cam replied
"Let us know if anything changes." Hunter nodded.
"Birthday or not I think we'd better get back." Tori grimaced.
"Yeah, let's get out of here before some Kelzaks show up huh?" Dustin pondered.
Suddenly the Kelzaks appears in front of them.
"You had to say it didn't ya?" Blake snapped.
"Man, I hate when this happens," Dustin exclaimed.
"Let's make this quick," Hunter suggests and lunges at the Kalzaks.
Soon the others join in and fight the Kalzaks.
Dustin got on table and kicks the Kalzaks in the face and then jump off of it. Tori and Marah has their back against each other
"How about I turn the heat up," Marah says as she points her finger at the Kalzaks in front of her and Tori and blasts fire at them. They got on fire and begin to jump around putting out the flame on them.
"Need some water," Tori asked "Allow me," She blasted water from her finger at the Kalzaks sending them flying off.
"Great team work!" Tori remarked and clasps hands with Marah.
They were in the middle of fighting off the Kelzaks when Zurgane popped up in a new zord.
"Guys, we have a bigger problem. Zurgane's taking his newest zord out for a test drive, and I can't access the Thunder Zord's portals." Cam told them.
"Hey Tor, you up for a two way?" Dustin asked.
"Oh yeah, no one ruins my birthday." Tori smirked.
"You guys go ahead me and Blake can handle it from her," Hunter told them.
"I'll stay and help Blake and Hunter," Marah says.
Dustin and Tori nodded and left.
"Today started as a bad dream, now it's turned into a full on nightmare." Shane frowned "This is so not what I was planning for my day off from Ninja training".
"Thanks a lot." Skyla said.
"Sorry, it's been...kind of a rough day." he shrugged; "Even for me especially with this happened.."
"Mhmm, we've met before... when you were little." she smiled.
"The spider's web and the ball of light." Shane said, finally realizing; "That was you?"
"Uh huh, you've saved me from that fish headed freak." she giggled; "Now I'm here to return the favor."
"A favor?" Shane asked.
"Mind if I ask what it is?"
Skyla sighs "I want to give you something that Vexacus wants," she told him.
Blake noticed that a Kelzak was bouncing on an exercise ball; "Having fun yet? Not for long!" He punched the Kelzak off the ball.
A Kalzak was moving around trying to fight Marah, which it sucks at it. Marah rolled her eyes and kick it hard in the stomach that it fell down on it back.
Hunter, Blake, and Marah regroup as the rest of the Kalzaks gathers together.
"You want to fight some more!" Hunter exclaimed.
The Kalzaks back away and teleports.
"They bailed!" Blake exclaimed; "Sensei picked a bad day to take off!"
"Let's get back to Ops and see if the others are okay." Hunter instructed.
Up in the Megazord battle, Cam had rushed in to help the struggling Storm Megazord, but with no success.
Everyone was now at Ninja Ops, upset and disappoint that they didn't win the battle.
"The Storm and the Samurai Star Megazord are badly damaged. It'll take hours maybe days to make the repairs." Cam told Hunter.
"What about the Thunder zords?" Hunter asked.
"No luck accessing the Thunder zords," Cam shook his head.
"Some day off!" Blake huffed.
"This must be the worst birthday ever." Dustin said, putting his arm around Tori's shoulder.
"I can't even think about that right now, I just have this really bad feeling Shane is in trouble." Tori sighed; "And wait, where did Marah go?"
"I'm right here," Marah walked out from the back and Dustin walked over to her "Where did you go?"
"I was in my room thinking about a way to help you guys," Marah says.
Cam smiles and touches Marah's shoulder "Thanks, but I think I can handle this," he told her.
Skyla and Shane were sitting on the ground talking.
"I just don't understand." Shane looked at Skyla "What does Vexacus want here with you?" he asked.
"I came here to give you something... And he wants it. But that would be bad, really bad."
"Why and what is it?" Shane asked.
Before Skyla can answer Shane's question, Vexacus came and threw Shane to aside and then dragging Skyla away.
"Shane!" she yelled, struggling to break while being pulled away.
"Skyla!" he shouted.
'What are we going to do now, are sit on our butts and wait for Shane to return especially when the megazord is damaged!" Dustin shouted and bangs his head hard on the desk "Ouch!"
Hunter and Blake winces as Dustin lift his head off the table.
"Hey," Blake pats Dustin's back "Want me to get a ice bag for that?" he asked and Dustin glares at him.
Hunter sighed "Maybe now would be a good time to contact Sensei," he suggests.
"I've tried already. Whatever's interfering with Shane's morpher is keeping us from reaching my dad too." Cam frowned.
"Yeah I'm sorry your birthday got messed up." Dustin said, nudging Tori.
"I know. It's nobody's fault... except maybe Luthor," Tori shrugged.
"Cheer up, Tori, I promise everything will better after this crisis is over," Marah comforts Tori.
Tori smiles "Thanks Marah," she says.
"Maybe we should go get our stuff from the beach." Dustin told them.
"Yeah." Blake agreed; "Our day off is pretty much over now."
"We'll be back Cam." Hunter said, patting Cam's shoulder.
"I'll call you if anything else happens." Cam replied.
The rangers starting to leave Ninja Ops except for Marah who stops and walked up to Cam "Cam, I need you to do me a favor if that's ok with you".
"Sure," Cam agreed "What is it?"
Marah took her necklace off and gave it to Cam "I need you to take a look at this and see if you can find anything," She told him.
"That won't be a problem,' Cam says "I'll take a look at it".
Marah smiles "Thanks Cam, I owe you one," She replied and the rushes out of Ninja Ops.
"C'mon Skyla, where did he takes you," Shane panicked, running through the trees; "Come on, give a clue."
"Follow me Shane." He suddenly heard her voice "Remember."
"I'll take that as a clue." He says with a smirk.
"You will never get the power from me!" Skyla shouted.
"I have been chasing Karminions all of my life, I know as well as you do that when your time comes to pass and your higher form your life force will transfer to the one at hand." Vexacus growled.
"Well, guess what. It's not going to be you." Skyla snapped.
"Then who? The human boy? He's nowhere to be found!" Vexacus spat.
Shane flipped in and kicked Vaxacus back; "Look a little harder."
"Do not trifle with forces you do not understand!" Vexacus warned.
"What's not to get?," Shane put a hand under his chin to think "Skyla is good and Vexacus not good." he retorted; "Skyla! Run!"
Skyla started to run but a bright light erupted from her and she fell clutching her stomach. Vexacus grinned looked at her; "It is her time! The Power will be mine!"
Shane ducked under Vexacus's swing and stood in front of Skyla protectively.
"Step aside!" Vexacus ordered.
"Nin-" Shane realized Skyla was watching him and hesitates. So he fight Vexacus instead.
"If you're not morphing... cause you don't want me to see... you're a little late..." Skyla gasped in pain.
Shane looked at his morpher and then back at her; "How do you know?"
"I know everything about you." She replied; "Do it... please!" she pleaded.
"It is too late!" Vexacus growled, kicking Shane to the ground.
"Forget this!" Shane snapped, getting back on his feet; "Ninja Storm! Ranger Form! HA!"
"Power of Air."
"Oh! I'm shaking in my fins!" Vexacus rolled his eyes and they charged at each other.
"Ninja Sword! Gold Power!" Shane cried. He slashed at Vexacus, making him give up.
"This isn't over yet Karminion!" Vexacus said, retreating back inside his ship.
"Skyla! Are you alright?" Shane asked as he ran to her and helped her to her feet.
"Hurry, take me back to where we first met." Skyla told him "I don't have much time."
"Check out that swell. I haven't seen waves like this for weeks." Tori exclaimed.
"Ah, I know what you mean. I was really looking forward to some down time." Hunter sighed.
"Woah, woah, woah wait a minute! Now I don't wanna sound all paranoid here, but uh, isn't this where we left all our stuff?" Blake spokes all of sudden causing everyone to look at him and in front of them where their stuffs was supposed to be.
"Yeah." Tori said.
"Aw, man! I can't believe all our gear got jacked!" Dustin shouted frustrated.
"Wait, maybe our stuff got washed away with the tide or something." Blake said, trying to keep calm.
"The tide hasn't got in yet." Tori says, annoy at Blake.
"So where is it then?" Hunter asked.
"I know where it is," Marah says, pointing at the Kalzaks carrying their stuff while retreating.
"That is the last straw! Nobody steals my birthday cake! C'mon!" Tori smirked.
"This is wrong on so many levels." Dustin noted.
"Tori! Promise me you'll never wear that bikini ever again." Blake frowned.
"No problem." Tori agreed.
The rangers and Marah lunge at the Kalzaks. One of Kalzaks was digging in Marah's bag when someone taps it shoulder. "Excuse, but it's really rude to peeks nose into some stuff," Dustin says, snatching the bag out of the Kalzaks before he kicks the Kalzak in the stomach.
Blake jumps over one Kalzaks head and pull it underwear down "Arrgh, nasty," he remarked before punching it in the face.
Marah and Tori was fought off the Kalzaks leaving one standing there confused.
"Hey Marah!" Tori shouted and Marah looked at her "Double Whammies?"
"You got it!" Marah agreed before she and Tori leaps up into air and kick the Kalzak in the head at the same time causing the Kalzak to be dizzy and fell to the ground.
Dustin was beating the Kalzaks up until it was left with four Kelzaks that had Tori's cake and accidently smooshed the cake into Choobo's face.
Realizing the cake was no longer good, he used it and smooshed it against Choobo's face again "Take that you ugly freak!"
"Why do I always take it in the face?" he groaned "Retreat!"
Dustin, Tori, Blake, Hunter, and Marah regroup cheering for their victory.
"Um Tori," Dustin sheepishly says "Sorry about your cake".
"Don't worry about it" Tori sighs "Let's just go back to Ninja Ops before anything else goes wrong
Everyone nods and went back to the ninja ops.
"So it's true what Vexacus said, you don't have much time." Shane said as they trudged through the woods.
"Karminions change all the time. Instead of dying we pass on from one life form to the next." Skyla exclaimed.
"Woah, now thats heavy." Shane grinned.
"I guess for you it probably seems like it." Skyla giggled; "But, we're taught at birth that we pass on this life's Energy when it's time."
"I can't believe that out of anyone in the whole Universe, you chose me." Shane grimaced.
"I didn't... you're my destiny." Skyla replied; "And I am yours."
"What do you mean?" Shane wondered.
"Well, ever since you were little, and you saved me from Vexacus, I knew you were the one!" Skyla explained.
"It always seemed like a dream." Shane frowned puzzled.
"Sometimes we choose to forget what we can't understand." Skyla told him.
"Then I'm seriously going to forget this whole conversation." Shane chuckled; "You sure I'm the one?"
"Only a person of the highest character can handle the power." She smiled; "The Red Ranger thing is a plus though."
Skyla collapses and Shane had to hold her so she wouldn't fall unconscious on the ground.
"It's time. We will be linked together forever by the power I pass on to you. The responsibility is yours. Use it wisely." Skyla died in his arms, turning into a flaming bird, and her power synced into his morpher.
"Goodbye Skyla." he whispered, staring up at the sky "I will never forget you".
"Take your Zord down there at once and destroy the Rangers." Luthor commanded.
"Yes sir." Zurgane bowed.
"And then I want you to destroy that poser Vexacus." he added grumbling.
"But sir, I thought you said we would help him." Zurgane smirked.
"Oops, I lied."