I figured we need some more content here, and I finally got some inspiration so got some words on the page.
This particular chapter stalled pretty badly, but then a wonderful person offered to give it a read. She did and next thing I knew I couldn't stop writing...
So, without further ado, I give to you;
Green's Birthday Blues:
As far as birthdays go, Ziggy thought, it has been a good one, one of the best in fact. He paused on the landing of the staircase and looked down at his friends. They had gotten together and organised a party for him. It had been a long rime since anyone had though enough of him to do that.
It had been a great party, Flynn had organised the cake and even Dr K had come out and wished 'Ranger Operator Series Green' a happy birthday. He'd get through to her eventually.
It had been a good night but Ziggy was beat. He looked down at his friends and saw Dillon and Summer edging closer on the couch while Flynn dished up more cake for everyone. He grinned when Scott caught Dr K plucking the sugar flower of his slice and popped it in her mouth with a cheeky grin.
Sighing Ziggy slid into his room and dropped face first on his bed. What he hadn't expected was his bed to be a lot harder than usual and to have it grunt when he dropped on to it.
"Wha?!" Ziggy screamed as he felt his body flip end over end and to land hard on his back with a thump. A soft finger brushed his lips as he heard heavy steps on the steps outside.
"You ok Zig?" Dillon's voice came through the door and before Ziggy could answer he heard his own voice from just by his ear.
“Yeah, I uh, just tripped.”
“Ok man.” Ziggy lay frozen in the dark listening to Dillon’s footsteps fading away. After a few moments the silence was broken by a soft whisper.
“Happy birthday Ziggy.” Tenaya watched the Ranger turn his face towards her, a look of shocked surprise etched on his features.
“What are you doing here?”
“It’s your birthday.” She replied quickly, hoping he wouldn’t push her for more. Truthfully she wasn’t really sure why she was there herself.
“But the alarms?” He asked. She felt an unfamiliar feeling rise in response to his concern, to cover it she rolled smoothly to her feet.
“We’d better get going before I’m noticed then.” She held her hand out to help him up. He took it and got up.
“To get you your present.” She felt the smile slip easily into place and considered for a moment how much nicer it felt than her typical sneer. Crossing to the window she slipped it open and held her hand out to him again. “Come on.”
"I still can't believe you threw me out a window!" Ziggy had not let up the entire walk from the garage to what they both thought of as their park, not that either of them would admit it to the other.
"Well how else do you think we would get down from there?" Tenaya asked curtly. "It's not like your friends would have let us wander down the steps and out the front door is it?" When Ziggy didn't reply immediately She turned and saw him grinning at her with his hands stuffed in his pockets while he rocked on his heels. "What?" She asked feeling the still not quite familiar smile tug at the corners of her mouth.
"You said something about a present..." Ziggy hinted. Tenaya's smile gave way to a laugh and Ziggy grinned.
"Sit." She commanded pointing at the bench where they had been meeting. Still grinning Ziggy sprawled onto the bench. "Now close your eyes and wait here." Tenaya watched him for a moment and felt a warm tickle run down her back as he sat waiting obediently. Trustingly, she thought, with that thought and a soft smile on her lips she slipped in to the tree line and disappeared.
Ziggy waited a a full three minutes then licked his lips.
"Tenaya?" He asked softly "Tenaya?" He asked again, louder this time. When she didn't responded after a few seconds Ziggy tentatively opened one eye. After a few moments he opened the other and looked around. He couldn't see her anywhere. "Where is she?" The green ranger asked out-loud. "Maybe something happened." Ziggy gulped. "Maybe she's in trouble..." He shivered as the thought took hold, then laughed. "Like she couldn't handle it. But then.." Ziggy's shoulders slumped as he realised what had happened. "She took off." He sighed.
Just then he heard an engine in the distance and the rattle of gravel as a car slid to a stop in the parking lot. A door thumped closed and he heard footsteps coming through the trees.
"Ziggy?" a voice called softly.
Tenaya found him right were she had left him. On the bench with his eyes scrunched shut.
"Ziggy," she called again, marvelling at the warm feeling in her chest. She was happy that he was still there, but still nervous about what she was going to do. "Come with me."
He felt her fingers slip into his hand and he opened his eyes and smiled. "Hi." She smiled back at him, if he didn't know better he'd almost think she looked a little unsure of herself. Before he could say anything else, she was leading him through the trees to where an old station wagon was sitting in the middle of the parking lot.
Tenaya led Ziggy to the driver's side door and pulled it open.
"Hop in." It was half a command and half a question.
"You know I can't drive." He murmured.
"So what's all this about then?" He asked dubiously.
"I'm going to teach you." She said simply. "If you like..." Ziggy shuffled his feet.
"It's just that, umm"
"You don't trust me?" Tenaya was caught of guard by the pained note in her own voice. Her vision swam a little and she quickly looked down so Ziggy wouldn't see her squeeze her eyes shut while her optical sensors readjusted to the moisture. A loud thump caught her attention and she looked up to see Ziggy sitting nervously in the driver's seat twisting his hands on the steering wheel.
"So, ah, are we gonna do this or not?" He called to her through the window. Tenaya felt her eyes grow wet again but this time she smiled at him and she headed for the passenger side.
"And that is the brake. It slows you down." Tenaya concluded as her pupil rolled his eyes. "Any questions?" Ziggy opened his mouth, mischief evident in his eyes, but then he stopped himself and looked around the car, closer this time.
"Yeah, I get all that, but I do have a question."
"Where did you get this car?" Ziggy asked carefully.
"Here in Corinth." Tenaya replied evenly, guessing where he was going with this.
"No, I mean where exactly." He pressed.
"Three blocks west of here." She whispered.
"Tenaya!" His voice was raised a bit, he sounded exasperated.
"What's the problem?" She asked. "I'll take it back when we're done."
"That's not the point." He replied, running his fingers through his hair. "It's stolen."
"So? You were in the mob." She reminded him.
"Was! I was in the Scorpion Cartel!" Ziggy replied hotly. He caught himself and took a deep breath, turning to look at her. He took her hands in his. "I'm sorry." She looked up at him and they could both see the torrent of emotions in the other's eyes.
"No," she whispered, "I'm sorry. I don't understand things sometimes." Tenaya looked down at their hands. "I just wanted to do something nice for your birthday."
"It's just," Ziggy took a deep breath. "It's just, I used to be a bad guy. But I'm a power ranger now. For the first time in my life I'm some one people look up to." He said it quietly, not with any of his usual bravado and Tenaya took in a slow breath and started to gently pull her hands back from his.
"Ziggy..." She began. His fingers closed tightly around hers causing her to look up in surprise.
"Can you keep a secret?" He asked with a hint of a smile dancing at the edge of his mouth. Tenaya smiled tentatively.
"Did you have any idea about this?" She asked sweetly.
"Good, well then get ready for the ride of your life." He intoned dramatically. "Get ready for a display of skill and." Tenaya pulled her hands from his and without thinking, took hold of the front of his jacket and pulled his lips to her's in a sudden mind blowing kiss.
She wrapped her arm around his neck and leant forward, parting her lips and running her tongue over his lips, which opened eagerly and their tongue danced quickly from mouth to mouth. Tenaya felt Ziggy's fingers brush through her hair and she pulled back quickly, breaking all physical contact between them.
"Ziggy." She panted.
"Uh hu." He replied.
"Shut up and drive."
The street outside the garage was quiet this late in the evening. Only the dim street lights added to the light thrown by the car that was travelling down the correct lane in a controlled fashion, albeit at half the normal speed.
Ziggy rolled the car to a stop and had his door half open when Tenaya put her hand on his wrist.
"Ziggy," she whispered, "are you sure this is a good idea?"
"Trust me." He replied simply and when he smiled at her Tenaya knew she did.
"Ok, just be careful." She cautioned his retreating back as he made for the door of the ranger's headquarters. With a quick wave over his shoulder Ziggy opened the door and slipped inside.
Tenaya had trouble waiting. She sat in the car and peered around carefully, trying to appear as though it was perfect normal to wait in the car as your boy... She cut off her own thoughts by getting out of the car and striding purposely towards the door. She was Tenaya generation 7 attack-bot and she did not wait around for a boy. The door opened as she got four steps from the car and Ziggy emerged grinning mischievously, when he turned that grin towards her she felt herself smile back and just like that she was Tenaya again.
"Come on." Ziggy hissed as he hurried past her in slipped into the driver's seat. Caught up in his enthusiasm Tenaya slid into the passenger side and took hold of the foil wrapped package Ziggy held out to her.
"What?" She asked, taking hold of a corner of the foil and starting to pull it back.
"Ah uh." Ziggy cut her off and caught her wrist. "It's a surprise." He turned away from the road to flash her that mischievous grin again.
"Focus on the road." She told him, slipping her wrist free but catching his hand quickly. She smiled self consciously, but was relieved when Ziggy returned it and intwined his fingers with hers.
The park was still empty when the car pulled into the gravel parking lot, this at an almost normal speed and rolled neatly into a space before Ziggy killed the engine and leapt from the car with a big grin on his face.
"Wait, wait there, I've got it." He called as he rushed around to the front of the car, slid to a stop as Tenaya closed her door and turned to face him.
"You were supposed to wait." He grumbled.
"Why?" Tenaya asked him, perplexed at the sudden change in his attitude.
"I was going the open the door for you."
"But I can open if myself just fine." Now Tenaya really was confused.
"Yes, but it's..." Ziggy grumbled and stuffed his hands in his jacket pockets. Tenaya carefully set the package, smelled like flour, sugar and egg whites, on the roof and turned to face him.
"I could get back in?" She ventured.
"It doesn't matter anymore." Ziggy kicked a stone that set several other pieces moving.
"Then come on," Tenaya grabbed the cake, she was sure that's what it was now, it seemed to have the same ingredients as the one she used to gain access the Ranger Yellow's failed wedding, And Ziggy's arm in her free hand and started towards their bench. "Let's see what's in here."
Sitting side by side on the bench where everything had started Ziggy turned to Tenaya and held up the package for her to unwrap.
"Go ahead," he smiled at her, his dour mood already forgotten. Tenaya reached out and pulled the foil covering back to reveal a sizeable wedge of the cake Flynn had presented to Ziggy for his birthday. "It's my birthday cake," Ziggy continued, "Well some of it anyway. I wanted to share it with you." He finished with a smile. Tenaya felt that pleasant warm feeling in her chest that she had begun to associate with him and lent forward and kissed him lightly on the cheek.
"Thank you" She whispered.
"You're welcome." He replied, moving back just far enough to look into her eyes and brush a loose strand of her hair back behind her ear.
"I don't think I've ever had cake before." Tenaya didn't even realise she was still whispering, she was lost in his eyes and the way his finger tips felt like dancing sparks as they brushed over her cheek. When Ziggy leant closer and softly pressed his lips to hers Tenaya her heart skip a beat.
"Then your going to love this."
Please le me know what you think. And only the first third or so was beta'ed
Dedicated the the Awesomezord buni_in_the_sky for getting me writing again, whether she realised it or not. (Think of it as a prize for being awesome if you like .grin)