Chapter 17: Song
Takes place during, but mostly after "Song Sung Yellow"
"You guys I'm really sorry that I wasn't there for you today," said Tanya guiltily as she walked over to the table where her friends were sitting at the Youth Center. "I'm just glad that you were able to handle it without me," she continued, thinking of the catastrophe her absence would have caused had the rangers needed to form the Zeo MegaZord.
"I can't believe you gave up a recording contract like that," said Kat, putting her hand comfortingly on her best friend's shoulder.
"It wasn't that difficult," said Tanya solemnly. "I just had to evaluate what was truly important to me," she continued, looking at Adam. "School, and my friends."
Tanya smiled with relief as her friends stood up and hugged her, providing her with the reassurance she desperately needed regarding her choice.
"You made the right decision," said Adam quietly, approaching his girlfriend shyly as she grinned widely in his direction.
"Awww, get over there," muttered Rocky almost inaudibly as Adam embraced Tanya in a huge hug of mutual relief and affection.
"You know, since I didn't take the recording contract, I think I should at least get to have a performance considering it's a Friday night," suggested Tanya, holding onto Adam.
"Alright," agreed Tommy, taking his usual leader role. "What did you have in mind?"
"Hey Ernie," called Tanya to the Juice Bar manager. "I have an idea!"
"What do you think she's up to?" wondered Adam.
"Beats me," replied Rocky baffled. "You should know. She's YOUR girlfriend."
"Tanya's always full of surprises," laughed Adam. "Guess that's what keeps our relationship exciting!"
"What, you both being Zeo Rangers wasn't exciting enough?" asked Tommy. They all laughed.
"It's all set with Ernie, guys," said Tanya, returning to her friends. "Let's meet here at 8 o'clock tonight."
"What are you having us do?" asked Rocky warily.
"Anything beats the Rocky movie marathon you yourself had suggested!" teased Kat.
"He's my nakesame," retorted Rocky. "What's not to love?" The gang chuckled at Rocky's extroverted nature.
"You guys will have to excuse me tonight," said Billy, sneezing. "I think I am coming down with a cold, and I would really like spend some time sleeping."
While Billy went to bed, the rest rendezvoused back at the Youth Center later that evening. Grabbing a seat near the Juice Bar, the gang cheered along with the rest of the high school crowd as Ernie took the stage.
"Welcome to Karaoke Night at the Juice Bar!" cried Ernie enthusiastically. "I'd like to thank Tanya Sloan with the idea for this evening's party."
"Tanya, you didn't!" Adam exclaimed horrified over the applause of the crowd.
"Alright Tanya!" Rocky cheered in contrast. "This is gonna rock!"
"Please raise your hand if you have a song you'd like to come up and sing," explained Ernie. "Who would like to go first?"
"I have a song in mind," answered Kat, assertively raising her hand.
"Alright," replied Ernie. "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Katherine Hillard to the stage!" The crowd applauded – her friends the loudest – as Kat went to the stage and instructed the karaoke coordinator the song to play. Kat gave a bashful grin as she took the mic and started to sing along with The Bangles' "Eternal Flame."
"Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling
Do you feel my heart beating, do you understand?
Do you feel the same, am I only dreaming?
Is this burning an eternal flame?"
"Adam, did you mean it earlier when you said I had made the right decision about rejecting the recording contract?" Tanya whispered to her boyfriend.
"I meant it when I said all I want is for you to be happy," responded Adam tenderly.
"I believe it's meant to be, darling
I watch when you are sleeping, you belong to me
Do you feel the same, am I only dreaming
Or is this burning an eternal flame?"
"Of course, I also want for me to be happy," continued Adam. "And that kinda involves you sticking around Angel Grove." Kissing Adam softly on the lips in response, Tanya nestled closer to her boyfriend's chest as he wrapped an arm around her shoulder.
"Is this burning an eternal flame,
An eternal flame?"
"Way to go, Kat," cheered her friends, giving the pink Zeo Ranger a standing ovation when she had finished singing. Kat smiled widely at the crowd's applause, curtsying once before returning to her friends.
"That was awesome Kat," Ernie concurred, re-taking the stage. "Who's next?"
"Excuse me, EXCUSE ME!" ordered Bulk, pushing through the crowd with Skull. "Prepared to be awed, amazed, astonished by our vocal stylings. Maestro, hit it!"
Bulk butted Ernie to the side of the stage as Skull gave the karaoke coordinator the song. The comical couple began doing an over-dramatic disco dance as "Love Machine" by Wham! came over the stereo.
"I'm just a love machine," sang Skull in a high-pitched sequel, striking a pose à la John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever."
"And I won't work for nobody but you," crooned Bulk, gyrating his hips in a manner that made Tanya and her friends want to puke.
"I'm just a love machine, a huggin', kissin' fiend," sang the friends, each hugging themselves and running their hands across their bodies in a provocatively sickening manner.
"I think it's high time you knew, whenever I think of you," crooned Skull, walking over to Kat and staring directly at her in a hilariously frightening manner. "My mind blows a fuse. When I look in you eyes, my meter starts to rise, and I become confused."
"My voltage regulator cools," sang Bulk to Tanya, bumping with his big butt Adam out of the way. "When I'm sitting next to you, electricity starts to flow, and my indicator starts to glow – wooo!"
Tanya and Kat looked at each other and laughed at the singers' comical attempt at courtship. Bulk and Skull leapt back on to the stage, continuing to sing as they moved their arms up and down diagonally in rapid, disco fever.
"Na, na na na na, na na na na, woo-woo-wooo!
Na, na na na na, na na na na, na naaah!"
"Thank you Bulk and Skull," cut in Ernie loudly, shutting off the karaoke machine.
"Na, na na na na, na na na na, woo-woo-wooo!" the boys continued to chant – even after the music had stopped – in a ridiculously, over-the-top manner.
"You've entertained us all long enough," reassured Ernie firmly, gesturing to the stage steps.
"Thank you, thank you," said Bulk and Skull, bowing dramatically. The boys were so busy in their accolades that they did not pay attention to one another's direction. Bumping heads, Bulk and Skull proceeded to trip over the wiring on the floor and toppled off the stage. Everyone laughed loudly, but warmly, at the duo's latest klutzy maneuver.
"Alright, who's next?" asked Ernie to the crowd. "Nobody can be embarrassed about going after watching THAT pair's performance."
"We'll go!" piped up Adam, grabbing Tanya's hand and pulling her up with him.
"Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage a real couple," announced Ernie. "Adam Park and Tanya Sloan."
"Adam, what are you doing," hissed Tanya to the shy boy. "I thought you hated karaoke. And what if I don't know the song you've picked out?"
"You do," reassured Adam, giving the selection to the karaoke coordinator. "The song's one of your favorites. Plus, it's like Ernie said. There's no way I could possibly be as bad as Bulk and Skull!"
When the song Adam had chosen started to play, Tanya's hands flung to her mouth and her eyes teared up with happiness. He'd chosen their song: "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher.
"They say we're young and we don't know," sang Tanya, looking at Adam with the greatest of affection. "We won't find out until we grow."
"Well I don't know if all that's true," sang Adam, surprising Tanya with how good his voice was. "'Cause you got me, and baby I got you. Babe."
"I got you babe," they both sang, smiling. "I got you babe."
"Awwww!" burst out Rocky from the audience. From the stage, Adam and Tanya laughed along with the rest of their friends.
"They say our love won't pay the rent," sang Tanya, wrapping an arm around Adam's waist. "Before it's earned, our money's all been spent."
"I guess that's so, we don't have a pot," crooned Adam in a sexy, deep voice. "But at least I'm sure of all the things we got. Babe."
"I got you babe," they both sang as Adam put an arm around Tanya's shoulder. "I got you babe."
"I got you to hold my hand," sang Adam, recalling that first shopping together at the mall.
"I got you to understand," sang Tanya, reminiscing about their first kiss in Adam's car.
"I got you to walk with me," crooned Adam, remembering their hilariously disastrous first date.
"I got you to talk with me," sang Tanya, thinking about how wonderful it was when Adam finally opened up to her. Smiling lovingly at each other, the couple sang the next part of the song as one.
"I got you to kiss goodnight.
I got you to hold me tight.
I got you, I won't let go.
I got you to love me so.
I got you babe.
I got you babe."
Tanya gave Adam an excited kiss on the lips, so thrilled that she had gotten to perform with her boyfriend on stage. To Tanya, it was better than any record contract. Adam looked at Tanya tenderly and squeezed her shoulder, knowing how happy he had made his girlfriend. It was the greatest feeling in the world to him. Both turning to face the audience, Adam and Tanya saw that their friends along with the rest of the crowd were on their feet cheering.
"We're next!" shouted Rocky before Ernie even had a chance to open his mouth.
"Go for it, Rocky!" laughed Ernie at the overly-eager participant.
"We're next?" asked Tommy puzzled. "Who are you planning on performing with, Rocko?"
"You!" responded Rocky mischievously, pulling Tommy in the direction of the stage.
"Wait Rocky, I'm not sure this is such a good idea," began Tommy, presenting physical resistance to being pulled on stage. "Rocko, I don't really want to do this. Rocko, I definitely don't want to do this. Hey man, you're defying orders here!"
"Lighten up, man," replied Rocky as he gave the song to the karaoke coordinator. "What happened to my o' so fearsome leader?" With that, Rocky began to jump around on stage like a baboon as "Rock and Roll All Nite" by KISS came blaring through the speakers.
"You show us everything you've got.
You keep on dancin' and the room gets hot.
You drive us wild, we'll drive you crazy."
"Rock on, Rocko!" cheered Adam through his laughter at his best friend's hyena-like singing. Hearing Adam's enthusiastic response, Tommy felt himself getting into the music. As Tommy began to sing, he bobbed his head up and down at a vigorous pace that sent his long, brown locks flying in all directions.
"You say you wanna go for a spin.
The party's just begun, we'll let you in.
You drive us wild, we'll drive you crazy."
"You keep on shoutin', you keep on shoutin'," Rocky and Tommy both sang together, leaning toward and away from one another in time with the music. They both exploded across the stage; their voices shrieking as the song reached its infamous chorus.
"I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day!
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day!
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day!
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day!"
"Rock on boys!" yelled Kat wildly, shaking her hair and her hips. Adam and Tanya began jumping along with the music as well as, looking at each other and laughing.
"This is what singing should really be all about," Tanya mused to herself happily. "Having fun with your friends…and your boyfriend," she thought to herself,putting her arms around Adam as they rocked out to their friends' horrible vocals.