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Old September 3rd, 2018, 10:27 AM #1
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Power Rangers- 25 years later (A Billy Cranston Short)

Angel Grove, California ...

Cestria Starsea-Cranston sat at the brunch table, her water-breathing apparatus humming almost silently. Her fuchsia colored eyes sparkled in the morning sun that beamed into the Cranston residence. Sitting across the dark oak table was her Earth husband and lead developer of Promethea Industries, Bill Cranston. The former Blue Ranger and aide to the Zeo Rangers typed away at his clear tablet, his screen displaying numerous algorithms, each fed and sustained by the steady input of data from the holographic keypad.

“Tell me again, how long will you be gone?” She asked, her voice echoing with a strange, watery echo.

“Two days, tops,” he answered, in-between sips of his morning coffee. Cestria lacked the nuances that her partner took for granted, but even with her fixed expression, her eyes communicated her grief all the same.

“The High Council is expecting us by week’s end. Aquitar is a four-day trip, at sublight speeds.”

Bill stopped and grabbed his wife’s scaled hand.

“I’m sorry- I promise you, if this wasn’t of the utmost urgency, I wouldn’t be going.”

With that, he returned to the glow of his tablet. Cestria couldn’t pretend to understand the function of the NASADA particle collider or its effect on the Morphing Grid, but from what she could gather from Bill’s explanation, it had to do with a new energy source.

Their first week back on Earth, following her husband’s annual treatment at the Eternal Falls, had been spent with the former Black and Pink Power Rangers. The dinner was a celebratory one, honoring the 25th anniversary of their recruitment and the first battle with the evil space witch, Rita Repulsa. While Cestria could certainly appreciate the weight of this occasion, she still was very protective of her time with her life partner and was, admittedly, selfish when it came to their time together.

With a few punctual taps on the screen, Bill sat the tablet down and glanced at his watch. Mumbling to himself, he grabbed his car keys, kissed the Aquitian on the cartilaginous ridge that marked her forehead, and grabbed a bouquet of yellow tulips from the kitchen counter that had been delivered a few hours earlier.

“Billy,” she began, stopping the former Blue Ranger in his tracks. Bill blinked, snapping out of his daze. Realizing his mistake, he stumbled over his words, stuttering in embarrassment.

“I, uh … I-I-I-I’m sorry, love- today was …” he paused, glancing down at the golden flowers, wrapped in white parchment. Fighting back his tears, he looked back at his wife and then left through the door without another word.

Alone and confused, Cestria shook her head in disbelief. She knew Bill to be a bit odd at times, but ever since the dinner with his former teammates, something unspoken had been gnawing at him. Grabbing her Elder Beads that hung around her neck, she quickly sought out her telepathic link to her family across the stars.

Rest In Power Thuy Trang

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Old September 3rd, 2018, 10:41 AM #2
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I like how you said what was happening without saying it.

Good job with Billy, he seems to have the most substantive life of them all.
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Old September 3rd, 2018, 11:06 AM #3
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Thank you. Billy's was the most challenging to write- do I have him on Aquitar? How is he still connected? I thought it might be neat to have him sort of be on the very early stages of the Beast Morphers concept of using the Morphing Grid as an energy source
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Old September 5th, 2018, 08:06 AM #4
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These have been really good. Well done, sir.
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Old September 8th, 2018, 06:20 AM #5
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TheOneRJS200 wrote: View Post

These have been really good. Well done, sir.
Thank you, its been very fulfilling to be able to jump back into the fanfic game in a very unique way.
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Old September 8th, 2018, 07:11 AM #6
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Nice story, man. I like how you indeed said something without writing it at all like how hasbro_primo said. Well done.
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Old September 18th, 2018, 01:39 PM #8
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Very well written. I like how you got your point across without actually making it clear what was wrong. You have a very artistic method in your writing. Keep it up!
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Old September 18th, 2018, 02:30 PM #9
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Thanks guys- this was a fun one-shot to write. BTW, does anyone think we need a Trini Kwan story? Obviously, it'd be a continuation of the story thread in the other one-shots as well and would pay respect to Trini / Thuy.

Also thinking about maybe collecting these one shots into a new thread with a little more detail and have more of a narrative.
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BTW, does anyone think we need a Trini Kwan story?
You can go there if you'd like, but I was under the impression the operation was to showcase the unique perspectives on a loss.
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It would.
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BattleRanger wrote: View Post

Thanks guys- this was a fun one-shot to write. BTW, does anyone think we need a Trini Kwan story? Obviously, it'd be a continuation of the story thread in the other one-shots as well and would pay respect to Trini / Thuy.

Also thinking about maybe collecting these one shots into a new thread with a little more detail and have more of a narrative.
I think collecting and tying them together would be very interesting.

A Tommy story might also be good - he wasn't one of the original five, but his perspective couldn't hurt.
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A Tommy story might also be good - he wasn't one of the original five, but his perspective couldn't hurt.
Well, what Tommy was doing was documented in the Dimensions in Danger ep of Super Ninja Steel. In fact, these one-shots were meant as a sort of tie-in to what the other original Rangers were doing at that time. Then I spread it out to the anniversary of Thuy Trang's passing as a way of honoring her memory through the Billy and Kimberly stories.
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Well, what Tommy was doing was documented in the Dimensions in Danger ep of Super Ninja Steel. In fact, these one-shots were meant as a sort of tie-in to what the other original Rangers were doing at that time. Then I spread it out to the anniversary of Thuy Trang's passing as a way of honoring her memory through the Billy and Kimberly stories.
Oh, hadn't seen that episode yet.
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Old September 19th, 2018, 02:47 PM #15
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Oh, hadn't seen that episode yet.
Don't feel bad, I haven't either. If you read the Jason one-shot, you can kinda see my thoughts about it.
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I missed these somehow. Excellent work, as always.
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Thanks, Deka. Was nice to get my toes wet again in the fanfic forum.
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I for one, would love to read any and everything you crank out. The cool thing is that I imagine all of this as some part of the Shattered Grid. It’s all one big multiverse!
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