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CYBER OP, ENERGIZE!
 
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Power Rangers Cyber V



Power Rangers Cyber V
Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 1: Cyber Op Energize, Part 1
Written by Aaron Thall

Begin Mission Log.

Place: Reality 4510-231, Washington, D.C.
Time: 2117, 8:21 PM, Day unknown.

<The area is desolate, nearly devoid of life. The skies are black, filled with blood red clouds and lightning without thunder. The only noticeable movement comes from dozens of bizarre red robots with faces not unlike demons. They are the Dreads, merciless fighting machines, the legions of the dread interdimensional dictator Kalask. Methodically, they comb the desolation that had only hours before been a battlefield. The defenders had been brave, many, and virtuous; Kalask had wiped them out in less than three months. Now, only a small number of freedom fighters remained. They knew their cause was lost for this reality. The Dreads were searching, killing the survivors one by one. The resistance was desperate... and they had a plan.>

Daniel: Quiet! The Dreads are coming this way. We can't stop Kalask, but maybe someone else can.

<Daniel whispers this harshly as he ducks behind a disabled tank. He's bleeding badly, and carrying a submachinegun under one arm. His clothes are tatters and he has a wild look in his eyes. He looks around carefully and motions for his two compatriots to join him.>

<The first is Kevin Jacob, an older man who just looks tired, resigned to fate. He moves with the knowledge that he is only moments away from his death. His features are gaunt, haunted. He too carries a machine gun, although he doubts he'll ever have good use for it.>

<The second is a far cry from either man, a ten year old girl of Indian descent, her dark features and slanted eyes not hiding the saddened innocence of the child upon whom so much rests. She wears a torn yellow T-shirt and blue jeans, and wears a small knapsack upon her back. She cautiously adjusts the straps before joining the two men. Her name is Anya Maize.>

Daniel: Anya, are you ready?

<Anya nods sadly, but resolutely.>

Anya: I am, but are you sure that this is the only way?

Kevin: We're both sure, kiddo. The damn bastard's goons've already turned the planet into a cinder... there's no going back. If we're gonna stop him, it ain't gonna be here.

<They duck down suddenly as Dreads skulk past, then start moving again once the robots are out of sight. They are moving steadily towards a central tower in the midst of the desolation... the headquarters of Kalask. It is an ugly thing, a bizarre, surreal mix of ancient and future technology, combined to create a sense of eerie menace and evil.>

Daniel: We've got one chance to do this right. Time to get moving.

<Daniel goes over to Anya and pulls a small device from her pack. He presses a couple buttons and throws it as far away from them and the tower as possible. There is a tense moment of silence as it hits the ground and bounces... once... twice... and then erupts into a fireball that would not have seemed out of place in the bowels of hell itself. The reaction of the Dreads is immediate as they rush to investigate the explosion. Daniel, Kevin, and Anya see this and dash for the tower, not stopping for anything. Anya, dispite her young age and heavy load, manages to keep up. Once they reach the side of the tower, Daniel picks another weapon from Anya's pack and attaches it to a wall. He presses a sequence of buttons... and the entire tower sparks before it's lights go out.>

Kevin: The scrambler worked! We've got five minutes to pull off a miracle.

Daniel: So stop gabbing and come on.

<Daniel points towards a side entrance less then ten yards down the wall. The three sprint towards it. Once they reach it, Kevin and Daniel grab the door and strain to pull it open. Slowly, since it has no power, the heavy door relents, allowing the three access. However, this has taken almost a minute of their precious window of safety. Behind the door is a long passageway leading to both an elevator and stairs.>

Anya: Which way?

Kevin: Stairs. Elevator's still down from the scrambler, and it'd be watched anyway. Instant deathtrap.

Daniel: Agreed. Let's move.

<Anya nods silently and follows the two men as they go up the stairs as rapidly as they can. They are all painfully aware of their time running out. The stairs eat up their time faster than they would like.>

Daniel: Damnit! Thirty seconds left!

Anya: But... that means he'll see us!

Kevin: Knew this wasn't gonna work...

Daniel: MOVE! MOVE! MOVE!

<The three bolt down the hallway, but the seconds quickly run out. Alarms blare the moment the time is up, and a terrifying roar is heard.>

Kevin: I know that sound. It's Munch. Get going. I'll hold him off as long as I can.

Anya: But he'll kill you! You can't stay!

Kevin: I do, or we're all dead. GET GOING!

<Daniel nods and grabs Anya's right arm, pulling her with him. They both watch as a wall panel slides open, revealing a large cybernetic creature that is only vaguely humanoid. It's Munch, a monster possessing a mouth larger than most of his torso, complete with serrated steel teeth. His eyes lock onto Kevin and he seems to chuckle.>

Munch: First you, then your friends. I'm a very hungry guy, you know!

<Kevin nods slightly.>

Kevin: First you gotta get past me, and that's not gonna happen.

<With no further warning, Kevin opens fire with his machine gun, spraying Munch with a barrage of armor piercing bullets. Munch roars in anger and pain as the bullets dent his metal parts and draw odd yellow blood from his flesh wounds. None of the bullets go far enough to kill.>

Kevin: DIE! WHY WON'T YOU DIE?!

Munch: Give me a reason to!

<Munch advances on Kevin as he continues peppering the monster with bullets. The barrage continues for fifteen more seconds before the weapon begins dry-firing.>

Munch: Awww... All outta ammo? TOO BAD!

<With an inhuman roar, Munch storms forward and chomps down on Kevin's gun, as well as much of his upper arm. Kevin screams in agony and tries to pull free, but Munch's mouth has far too strong a grip for simple human strength to ever hope to break. With evil glee, Munch grabs Kevin and pulls him closer.>

Munch: Dinner time.

<Anya watches from a distance, horrified, as we hear a terrible crunch, followed by several sounds best left to the imagination. Daniel, instead of watching, grabs her by the arm and pulls her along.>

Daniel: He knew the risks. Do you really wanna make his sacrifice be for nothing?

<Anya shakes her head.>

Anya: Where are we going again?

Daniel: Our inside man told us that Kalask uses some kinda interdimensional warp to go from one reality to another, if you believe that. Honestly, I'm starting to. The way we all figure, we're gonna lose here, but another reality might be able to stop the bastard if they're warned long enough in advance.

<They rush down the corridor. Once they reach a thick metal door, Daniel hits the intercom next to it.>

Daniel: We're here. Let us in, Rick.

Rick: You got it.

<The metal door slides open, revealing a high tech laboratory, complete with a small white platform. Rick motions for them to hurry inside. Rick is dressed in a red and black uniform with the insignia of Kalask's forces on the right breast and the back. His blue eyes and blonde hair help him to look more like a Nazi than a resistance sympathizer.>

Rick: You know we're probably about to die, right?

Daniel: Kevin already found that out.

<Rick pauses>

Rick: ...Oh god... I'm sorry... If I'd only known...

Anya: HE'S COMING!

<She points out the door towards Munch, who is walking their way with a small army of Dreads. Munch's teeth are stained red.>

Munch: DREADS! GET THEM ALL!

<The Dreads nod and start charging forward. Daniel levels his gun and begins sweeping the corridor like a bad action hero.>

Daniel: RICK! GET TO WORK! I'll keep 'em back!

<Rick says nothing but begins pressing buttons. The white platform glows with unnatural energy>

Anya: But... You haven't told me the plan yet!

Rick: You ARE the plan, Anya. Get on the platform, and take this.

<Rick quickly hands her a data disk.>

Anya: What do you mean =I'M= the plan?!

Daniel: HURRY UP! I'm running out of bullets!

<Bullets strike the Dreads and Munch. Several Dreads fall, but many more are only dented. The mouths of two begin to glow for a moment, and then spit flames. Daniel ducks under the fire and continues his barrage.>

Rick: Kalask's scientists have been searching other realities. I'm sending you to the one with the best chance of mounting a successful defense. The one he's been looking for all along. You have to warn them and prepare them for the invasion.

Anya: But... I can't do this alone!

Rick: YOU HAVE TO! Setting coordinates now...

<A monitor flashes to another reality's California, before targeting a military base on the coast.>

Daniel: This is it!

<Daniel's gun begins dry firing.>

Daniel: SEND HER NOW!

<A Dread fires it's flamejets, and Daniel's sleeve is set ablaze. He screams as Munch runs forward and grabs him. Rick sees Anya moving to help him, and quickly motions for her to stay where she is.>

Rick: DON'T MOVE! You get off the platform, and everyone loses!

Anya: DANIEL! RICK! DON'T-

<Before Anya can finish her protest, Rick hits the button and the self destruct simultaneously. As she fades away, a scream of horror in her throat, she sees Munch bite down on Daniel as Dreads and Rick are caught in a violent eruption. Then it all fades away to white...>

***

Location: Prime Reality, Fort Myers, Horizon, California
Time: Five seconds after Anya's disappearance from her reality.

<Anya's scream of horror returns as she reappears atop the desk of General Phillip Sauder of the United States Army. Sauder is the quintessential military man, gruff, hard-nosed, tough to surprise. Anya's sudden appearance, however, surprises him.>

Sauder: WHAT THE HELL?! How'd you get here?!

<Hesitantly, but quickly recovering, Anya steps forward. Sauder can see pain and terror in her eyes. And more... A hardness that has no place in the eyes of a young girl. He forces himself to calm down and look her dead on.>

Anya: I...I came to warn you...

<Anya holds up the data disk Rick gave her.>

Anya: Kalask is coming...

***

Location: S.P.D. Command Base, Newtech City
Time: Two months later.

<The room is shadowed, with only one light above a fancy oak table. In the center of the is a picture of Anya, a picture of the devastation to her reality, and a picture of a man wearing a mask like that of a Chinese dragon. Sitting at the table are General Sauder, Kat Manx, and Supreme Commander Doggie Cruger.>

Cruger: Sauder, you can confirm that all the claims are true?

Sauder: Affirmative, sir. The information has been poured over, the girl questioned, and both analyzed. There is no doubt in my mind that it is all true. This Kalask is indeed going to arrive, according to the disk, in approximately nine years. We have that long to prepare for the bastard.

<He picks up the picture of the man in the mask>

Sauder: This is Kalask. From what the girl told us, he conquers entire realities one by one, looking for the prime reality... OUR reality. If he conquers us, the entire multiverse will be forfeit. We need to devise a strategy and weaponry that can combat his cyborgs, robots, and monsters. The girl's unofficially our best expert on what the bastard's capable of. If we're going to be ready, we'll need her.

Cruger: Kat, what do you think? Can S.P.D. handle this Kalask?

<Kat shakes her head, frustrated>

Kat: Unfortunately, this Kalask apparently scouts realities ahead of his invasions. All of S.P.D.'s current technology is widely known, and even though we have nearly a decade to prepare, there's no guarantee that he wouldn't be able to anticipate it simply by extrapolating on existing data. In addition, it's been ages since the planet's even needed active Rangers. You yourself transferred most of our Earth operations off planet forty years ago.

Cruger: True... There are other active elements out there... The Wildzords of Animaria, the Aquitian Rangers, even the Gold Ranger of Triforia or King Dex of Edinoi... But Kalask will learn all of their strengths and weaknesses before he begins.

Kat: And because of that, he'll be ready for them.

Sauder: The one that told me all of this... The girl... She said that her Earth's protectors didn't even last a day. Said they were something like the Avenging Sociey of Justice or something like that. Kalask wiped them out effortlessly in a single strike. In my assessment... We need something... someONE... new.

Kat: What he's suggesting makes sense. A new approach, one that Kalask can't forsee... It just might work.

Cruger: I agree. The time for talk has ended. Now, it's a time for action. Sauder, I leave this in your hands. Unfortunately, I'm needed back at headquarters for the forseeable future.. You started this, you're in charge of stopping this maniac before he destroys the planet. Any resources you require will be at your disposal, including Anya Maize. Recruit whomever you have to, but make sure you stop him. And I want to be kept briefed on everything involving this situation, is that understood?

Sauder: Yes sir. In fact, I believe I already know who my next recruits should be...

<Sauder lifts up a laptop and opens it up, revealing an article from a news report. He puts it onto the table. The headline reads "Twin Junior Scientists Banned for Controversial Inventions".>

***

Location: The William Cranston Institute of Science, Angel Grove, California
Time: Two days later, 10 am Pacific Standard Time

<The building itself looks as though it came out of the Jetsons. It's only true adornment is a lifesize golden statue depicting it's founder in his Blue Ranger uniform. Inside the Administrator's office, we can hear the tail end of a heated discussion that isn't going well for it's two youngest participants.>

Wendy: What do you mean we can't come here anymore? We met all the requirements!

Matt: We admit that our teleportation unit requires some fine tuning, but it's only a matter of time before we make it fully functional. And you do have to admit that our psionic computer accessing system does work!

<The door to the Administrator's office opens to show the official dragging two ten year old children out. One is a boy with brown hair, neatly combed. He wears a purple T-shirt and blue shorts. His name is Matt Venturas. The girl is his twin sister, Wendy Venturas, possessing equally brown hair. She wears a pink tank top and gray sweatpants. The official is a most exasperated young man, no older than thirty, but mentally swearing that the Venturas Twins are going to lead him to an early grave.>

Official: All I'll admit is that your idiotic laser gun blew up our terrarium! Now get out! BOTH OF YOU!

<The twins sigh, dejectedly, and start walking towards the storage area to collect their inventions.>

Wendy: So what now? We can make these inventions work, but no one will ever give us a chance, just because we're kids...

Matt: It may not help that we took our cues from that Rangers inspired ripoff they used to air on TV... What was it? Super Changing Lightning Commandos?

Wendy: <giggling> Something like that...

<They continue their small talk as they walk down the corridor, mostly to avoid talking about where to go from here. They reach the storage area, but as Matt reaches to open it, the door suddenly swings open, revealing General Sauder.>

Sauder: Are you Matt and Wendy Venturas?

<The twins nod, surprised.>

Sauder: Excellent. I've read up on both of you. Some impressive accomplishments for a couple kids, the incident with the teleporter aside.

Wendy: Ummm... Sir? Who are you exactly?

Sauder: I'm the government, and the two of you may be the best hope this universe has to go on living.

<The Twins blink, surprised by that statement.>

Sauder: I've had my eye on you for a while now. Brillaint but undiciplined... And there's that OTHER complication the two of you share...

<Both children swallow hard. He knows their secret.>

Sauder: You can relax. I'm not here because of that. No, I'm here to give you the chance to create whatever your imaginations can dream up. Unlimited resources, a state of the art laboratory... I've already cleared this with your parents as well. Are you interested?

<The Twins exchange looks. Matt, a bit more hesitant, says nothing. Wendy, however, looks up at the General.>

Wendy: Are you SURE you can't just adopt us?

***

Location: Hill Park Mall, Horizon, California
Time: Eight years later.

<Scene opens on an S.P.D. recruitment center. Lots of propaganda posters (including one stating that "The Shadow Ranger Wants YOU!"), fancy inside, but functionally so. The main difference is an offer notice in the window offering free college scholarships, and only for trying out for a series of tests. We see an 18 year old girl glancing at and then away from the recruitment office. She's obviously trying to make a decision about the offer, but is thinking entirely too much, frightening her to no end. She's a petite build, blonde with blue eyes, her hair short and straight with bangs. Her name is Cindy Cook.>

<In the distance we hear the usual mall sounds as two young men walk towards the exit, which is right next to the recruitment office. One of the men is Jeremy Simms, the typical brown haired, brown eyed kind of guy, complete with a good build. He's wearing a red shirt and denim jeans. His companion is Walter Jenkins, an African American with short hair. He's wearing white canvas pants and a green tanktop.>

Walter: I'm telling you, Jer, it wasn't your fault that things fell through with... what was her name?

Jeremy: June, Walter. Her name was June.

Walter: <shrugs> See, she's already being forgotten. You gotta relax, man, chill out and cut loose. There's a world full of women who'd just die to be with a guy like you.

Jeremy: And your point...? She wasn't just any girl... We were together for three years... And now she's gone and moved back to Alabama. Chances are I'll never see her again.

Walter: So fly free, buddy. Scour the river of love. Think Cassanova. Or the Beatles. Hell, just go to the top of the heap... Think ME.

<Jeremy shakes his head incredulously.>

Jeremy: Man, you are nuts!

Walter: I know. It helps.

Jeremy: Okay, forget nuts, go right to impossible.

<The door to the recruitment center opens wide to reveal a young Latino man with a casual athletic build and spiky hair with blonde tips. He's wearing a black shirt with a blue jacket and matching pants. He is Jake Taylor. He wears a perennial superior smirk on his face as he walks towards the two.>

Jake: No. Not impossible. Try incomprehensible. Just like his belief that he's God's gift to women everywhere.

Walter: (sardonically) Always a pleasure, Jake... So, what rock did you crawl out from under today?

Jake: Oh, I didn't come out from under a rock, but I'll happily help you find a boulder so you can bury yourself for the good of all humanity.

Walter: Shouldn't be a problem with all the rocks in your head.

Jake: You have any one-liners that DON'T have moss growing on them?

<Cindy cautiously moves towards them. Walter and Jack don't notice as they trade venomous barbs, but Jeremy sees her out of the corner of his eye.>

Walter: So, why were you in there <motions towards the center with a thumb> anyway? Signing up for the tests where they see if apes really CAN write novels? It'd be right up your alley. Except for the writing part. Mad Libs are more your speed...

Jake: If you MUST know, and mind you, I'm using words with few syllables so you'll understand me, I just find it preferable to deal with a few minor "tests" than do like you do, by practicing the phrase "Do you want fries with that?"

Walter: I work at Jungle Karma Pizza.

Jake: I know. I figure it's easier to get through college not covered in grease and oil, and a full scholarship just for trying this thing is a real sweet deal.

<Jeremy moves away from the exchange and edges towards Cindy, who sees him coming and looks away. Undeterred and curious, Jeremy walks over to her.>

Jeremy: Ummm... Excuse me... Are you all right?

Cindy: <hesitates, then slowly, quietly, answers> Y-yes...

Jeremy: I don't bite, if that's what you're worried about.

Cindy: <laughs dispite herself> No... No, it's not that... I... I'm just... too shy for my own good.

Jeremy: Why? There's no reason to be afraid. <motions towards the still verbally sparring Jake and Walter> Those two don't bite either, although I think Jack might be rabid...

Cindy: Actually... I've been trying to convince myself to go in there for the last hour...

<Jeremy looks and realizes she's referring to the same Recruitment Center that Jake came out of.>

Jeremy: Okay, I'm confused. If you're so shy, why consider signing up?

Cindy: It's... not that I want to... But my parents can't afford to send me to college, and they really want me to go, and when I saw the offer in the window...

Jeremy: Too good an offer to pass up, but you're afraid of looking bad if you mess up?

Cindy: <nods>

Jeremy: Okay, tell you what... I'll sign up with you and make sure you do okay.

Cindy: <blinks, clearly not expecting this kind of support from a total stranger> You don't have to do that.

Jeremy: I want to. I was raised to always help a lady in distress.

Cindy: <blushes> Th-thanks.

Jeremy: No problem... Errr... I didn't catch your name.

Cindy: I'm... I'm Cindy.

Jeremy: Jeremy. Pleased to meet you, Cindy.

Cindy: <smiles> So, are those two friends of yours always like that?

Jeremy: Yep... <looks and sees that Jake and Walter are gone.> HEY! Where'd they go?

<The door opens to reveal Jake and Walter, still arguing as they walk through it.>

Jeremy: ...Walter? YOU signed up?

Walter: Yep, if only to show Jake Ass here some REAL moves.

Jake: Oh, real clever... <rolls eyes> Like this is really gonna be a challenge. I mean, how hard could it possibly be?

***

Location: Fort Myers, Horizon, California
Time: 24 hours later.

<Close-up of a white gloved fist as it swings just over the ducking helmet of the Blue Cyber Ranger. Cyber Blue instinctively follows up with an attempted thrust punch to his attacker's shoulder, but she twists of of the way and turns to face him once more. She, for the record, wears a matching pink costume. Cyber Pink chuckles.>

Cyber Pink: Almost got me that time.

Cyber Blue: Then I'll just have to try harder then, won't I?

<The costumes, at first glance, seem similar to the Zeo Rangers' uniforms, mostly a single color, and with a collar area designed to look like yellow and black circuitry, complete with 8-bit inspired boarders. Their belts are silver, but with a microchip designed belt buckle. Their white gloves and boots's trim are binary code... The same is true for the trim on Cyber Pink's skirt. Holstered for now on each of them are two weapons... The first is a wicket high tech dagger sculpted to resemble the number one, and the other is an unusual blaster sculpted of green crystal. The helmets, identical save for color, each have VR visors built in and a mouthpiece sculpted on as well. All in all, there's no denying that the next generation of Power Rangers would definitely look the part.>

<Taking initiative, Cyber Blue unsheathes his dagger. In response, Cyber Pink does the same for her blaster.>

Cyber Pink: No. Succeeding would be the ONLY acceptable response!

<She fires without warning. Cyber Blue dives to the left and comes up in a roll before leaping into the air and slashing at his opponent. She sees the move coming and leaps over the blade, landing behind him. Cyber Blue follows through on his slash by turning around to continue it's arc, even as Cyber Pink turns as well. They each face each other, his blade millimeters from her visor, and her blaster, tip glowing, the same distance from his own helmet.>

Cyber Blue: It seems to be another draw.

Cyber Pink: Well, what else is new?

<Both step away from each other and holster their weapons before bowing to one another. Watching this entire display are Jeremy, Jake, Walter, Cindy, and many other potential recruits.>

Jeremy: That was amazing... They had to have practiced for years to be that good...

Walter: Any idea what the girl looks like?

Cindy: SSHHHHH! Something's happening...

Jake: <stifles a bored yawn and leans back>

<The two Rangers walk off the stage as a loudspeaker clicks on. Over the speaker is the voice of General Sauder.>

Sauder: You have seen how good you will need to be to pass the first test. You will be escorted to the training area momentarily. Only the very best will go on from there. The rest will be sent home, and we thank you for taking the time to do this.

Walter: <raising an eyebrow> Dude sounds about as friendly as an eel... which pretty gives him one up on Jake over there...

Cindy: This... is really intense... I mean, I took some karate back in high school, but this... I mean, those two went at it for TWENTY MINUTES. And they barely broke a sweat! And... And they were Rangers! Real live Power Rangers! There haven't been any Rangers for almost a century!

Jeremy: Relax. Just do your best, Cindy. That's all anyone could ask of any of us.

<The doors to the auditorium open and the volunteers begin filing out. The trio joins the crowd. Jake, typically, lags behind so he can be fashionably late. As they walk down the hall, they all notice just how many areas are restricted on the base. The personnel are all visibly tense, as if expecting an emergency at a moment's notice. Jeremy just keeps his eyes focused on the large doors ahead, no doubt leading to where they would all see if they had what it took. Once everyone else has gone in, Jake casually strolls down the corridor and stops in front of the wide open doors. He turns and looks at the nearest guard.>

Jack: ...Do you have any soda machines around here?

<The guard just glares at him>

Jake: I'll take that as a no... <walks inside>

<Inside, Jake sees the various testing apparatus, an eclectic mix of standard endurance testing machines and high-tech monitors that look like they'd be at home in some futuristic cartoon series.>

Jake: Okay, so maybe this is MODERATELY impressive...

Walter: Can't you just shut up and be stunned speechless like the rest of us?

<A large door slides open at the far end of the room, and three people step out. One is General Sauder himself. Flanking him are two young scientists in white lab coats holding monitoring devices and clipboards. Their name tags both read "Venturas". It is indeed the twins, older now, but not really changed in appearance.>

General Sauder: My name is General Sauder. You will address me as General, or Sir, whichever you prefer. These are this project's chief scientists, Wendy and Matt Venturas. They are the ones who will determine who stays... <he looks at Jake specifically> And who goes.

Jake: <ignores Sauder and focuses on Wendy> Woah... She is... WOW... Maybe if I put on some of that old Taylor Charm...

Walter: Stick with Old Spice... Yeesh...

Sauder: If there are no further questions... BEGIN the test.

<Insert montage of the characters going through several tests. First, a strength test. Jeremy scores second highest, Walter slightly edging him. Jake gives his all for a solid third. Others goes, and Cindy finds herself solidly in the middle, belatedly realizing she's the only girl to sign up for this opportunity. Next comes the endurance test. Each cast members take their turn on a g-force simulator. Several participants take one look and turn green. Jake goes first, and lasts three minutes. Jeremy lasts three minutes, five seconds, and Walter just under three minutes. Cindy, surprisingly, outlasts them all at three minutes, fifteen seconds. Next comes a memory test. Jake scores highest, Jeremy and Walter tying. Cindy is too conservative, and her scores are average. Then there is a Chinese puzzlebox. Jeremy finishes first, Cindy a close second. Jake and Walter compete with each other so much that instead of finishing the task at hand, they're ready to hit each other with their boxes when the timer sounds.>

Cindy: ...Do you guys EVER stop?

Jake and Walter: NO.

<Off to the side, General Sauder and the twins watch the four especially. Matt silently makes notes in his pad while Wendy types in the latest data. Sauder, however, remains still, seemingly focusing on everyone at once, but paying special attention to Jake and Cindy...>

Wendy: All right... And phase one is complete. We now ask that the following participants return to the waiting area, and we thank you for your time. <She rattles of a list of names, those people slowly leaving the room.>

Sauder: Why send those people away?

Matt: I can answer that, Sir. Those are the ones who got sick on the G-Accelerator. If they couldn't handle that, they certainly don't have what you need.

Sauder: <nods imperceptibly> Good thinking. All right. All those who remain, the time has come to test your fighting skills. Only a handful of you will make it beyond this point. The rest will return to the waiting room, where you will then be shuttled off back to your homes.

<Surprised mutterings fill the room, until Sauder clears his throat.>

Matt: You will split into pairs designated by the monitor on the wall. Your goal is to incapacitate your opponent as quickly as possible with as little injury to yourself as you can manage. You will be graded according to effectiveness in the following categories: Agility, skill, injuries sustained, injuries delivered, time elapsed, and focus. The battles will begin in two minutes, so take what time you have to prepare.

<The monitor on the wall flares to life, reflecting the data. Oddly, Cindy is not listed. Jeremy and Cindy exchange glances, before Cindy walks over to the three overseers.>

Cindy: Ummm... Excuse me... Err... Sir.. But why didn't I get listed?

Wendy: That was my doing, I'm afraid. I didn't think it would be appropriate to subject you to this section of the test, considering we already have all the women we will need for our purposes.

<Cindy starts to relax, oddly relieved.>

Sauder: However, we DO have need of a female alternate, in case one of our female recruits doesn't make the cut. YOU are that alternate, and that means you don't NEED to go any further.

Matt: I concur. You've shown a great deal of promise so far, although you seem to hesitate when you should instinctively react. Still, I do not believe that will be too detrimental, and it can certainly be worked upon and improved.

Wendy: And if you DO feel the need to try... I'd certainly be willing to spar with you.

<Cindy blinks.>

Cindy: You can fight?

Wendy: You didn't seem so surprised when Matt and I sparred in the auditorium.

Cindy: Waitaminute... That was YOU?! And YOU?!

<The twins nod. Wendy smirks, amused by the reaction.>

Cindy: <slight smile> Won't JAKE be surprised...

<A buzzer sounds, and six battles begin. Another montage starts as we see Jake quickly kick his opponent in the face enough to stagger the other man, then sweep his leg out, kicking hard enough to bruise bone. A second fight, with two men we have not met, goes several minutes until a sucker punch lays the smaller man low. A similar story occurs with the four other unknowns, one tearing a ligament while another just gives up, too hurt to move. Walter and Jeremy, waste no time with their battles, ducking under swings they saw coming miles away and attack, Jeremy karate chopping his opponent in the ribs, while Walter accidentally brakes his opponent's clavicle.>

Sauder: I've seen enough. Those of you who are injured, you will be taken to our medical unit and excused. To all participants, the military thanks you for your cooperation. Miss Venturas, have you made your determinations as to who will continue on?

Wendy: I have, Sir. Please step forward as your name is called. Simms, Jeremy. Jenkins, Walter. Taylor, Jake. Cook, Cindy. That is all.

<The three men exchange glances as they step forward, Jake wearing a superior smirk. They walk forward and join Cindy as the rest filter out.>

Sauder: Follow me, and I'll explain as we go.

<Sauder turns to leave, the twins falling in step behind him. Confused, the four follow warily.>

Jake: So... Candy, right?

Cindy: CINDY.

Jake: Whatever. What'd you learn about the Brain Babe?

Cindy: Only that you probably shouldn't call her that to her face.

Sauder: No talking. Listen and listen well. The four of you did pretty good under normal circumstances, but what I am about to tell you is a top military secret, one that makes anything you have ever imagined before seem tame. This installation is the primary staging ground for a planetary defense against the arrival of invading forces from another reality. You have been selected to participate in exercises that will further the defense of this planet. Each of you has been screened by several agencies, including the World Government and SPD, and each of you has gotten the nod.

Jeremy: ...Invaders from another reality?

Walter: Great shades of Flash Gordon...

Sauder: I said no talking. When I am finished, you may ask whatever you wish, and then decide if you are willing to accept the mission. The twins here have developed technology and weapons which will be used to combat the coming threat, but feel that straightforward military tactics would be ineffective, a notion seconded by the one who informed us of the threat. Should you accept this responsibility, you would be granted access to this technology as a part of a special military unit codenamed Cyber V.

Wendy: Mr. Simms, you scored overall highest, so you have been selected to be Cyber Red. Mr. Jenkins, you will be Cyber Green. My brother Matt is Cyber Blue, and I am Cyber Pink. Miss Cook, Mr. Taylor, you are both selected to be alternates; in the event that any recruit is unable to fulfill their duties, you would step in to replace them.

Jake: ...ALTERNATE?! I'M A STINKING PINCH HITTER?!

Matt: You were originally slated for dismissal, Mr. Taylor. However, the General felt you had potential and overrode our recommendations. We also have accessed your school records and spoken to your teachers, Miss Cook. You show great potential, and it is my sincerest hope that we do not require your services... no offense...

Cindy: None taken...

Jake: <narrows his eyes. He does NOT like Matt... Not at all. Then, he pauses and gawks at Wendy.> Wait... That Pink Ranger was YOU?!

<Wendy nods.>

Jake: <swallows hard. Whoops.>

Sauder: I have urgent business to see to. The twins will finish your tour. Make sure they see everything they need to.

Matt and Wendy: Yes, Sir! <they salute, showing a professionalism that only nine years serving the military could create>

<Sauder nods and heads down a corridor adjacent to the one the group is walking down. He is gone in seconds.>

Matt: Obviously, the task at hand is a dangerous one. To that end, the final member of our little band is waiting for us all at the end of this corridor. I warn you now, she can be a little intense, but she has good reason to be, as will you all.

Jeremy: Who is she?

Wendy: The last survivor of a reality not unlike our own, who came here to warn us of the impending threat. She will be both your guide to the menace, and your teammate. Ah, here we go...

<Wendy reaches a door with a keycard access. She slides her access badge through, and the light turns green. The door slides open and she motions for the four to enter. They walk in, cautiously, the twins following last. Inside, waiting, standing straight, tall, and serious as you could imagine, is Anya, now nine years older, fully matured, and ready to save the world.>

Anya: It is good that you have come at last, for the enemy will soon be here... His name... is Kalask.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Not Applicable

<The Shadow Claw appears, wavering in and out of existence. It will typically do this, since it is in contact with so many conquered realities simultaneously. Like the tower from earlier, it is a bizarre and frightening mix of technology from past, present, and future, with odd variations taken from various realities, resembling a castle shaped to look like a skeletal clawed hand.>

Kalask: Attend to me, my minions. The time to conquer the Prime Reality has finally arrived.

<The throneroom, by contrast, is very advanced techwise, but in a terrifying way. The walls are covered with trophies of conquests... severed heads on plaques, destroyed weaponry, tattered remains of colorful costumes (including a red, blue, and yellow caped uniform, which shall remain nameless), and even photographs of desolation, each trophy marked with it's reality designation. The throne itself is patterned after those used by oriental emperors, golden with jewels embedded in it, an elaborate dragon design carved into the back. It's back faces the camera, hiding Kalask from view as the lights turn on.>

Kalask: COME FORTH! THRAK!

<A chamber door slides open, revealing what at first seems to be a caveman/troglodyte hybrid, but, on closer inspection, is shown to have many cybernetic enhancements, including a metallic warclub that hides many weapons. A metallic arm flexes, motors in it whirring powerfully. His cybernetic blood red eyes looks around, ever ready for danger from any quarter. He growls softly, annoyed to only be a subordinate. It is obvious from the way he carries himself that he wants more from his life, and longs for the day when it shall be his turn.>

Thrak: I am here, my lord. <bows, reluctantly, but respectfully.>

Kalask: As you should be. COME FORTH! MIDNAI!

<The air on Thrak's immediate left shimmers and wavers, coalescing into a small oriental woman with high cheekbones. Draped in elaborate black and purple robes, she is dwarfed by Thrak, but her mere presence exudes power, marking her a dangerous woman indeed.>

Midnai: As always, I am prepared to serve you, Lord Kalask.

Kalask: Excellent. In the coming battle, your talents may indeed prove useful. COME FORTH! EMERALDE!

<From the shadows comes a slight figure that appears to be a teenaged Japanese girl, but may well be far more. It is, however, impossible to tell, since she is covered head to toe in the traditional garb of the ninja, tinted emerald green. Her mask hides her features, only showing the bridge of her nose and her eyes, which are slanted and accented with oddly colored makeup. She wears a powerful looking kitana on her back, sheathed in a scabbard equally elaborate as her master's throne.>

Emeralde: What would you wish of me, Master?

Kalask: <voice taking on a pleasantly amused tone> Patience, Child. I am not quite ready to give you your instructions. <no longer amused> COME FORTH! TEM-TAR!

<Lowering from the ceiling comes Tem-Tar, his features grotesquely elongated and sickly yellow, with bizarre red marks on his face. His pointy ears highlight a bald head. His 8 inch nails clack together, as though they were blades being sharpened, and various medallions hung from his clothes, making note of his accomplishments.>

Tem-Tar: I am present, my Liege.

Kalask: Good. Very good. As you are all painfully aware, our quest to find the Prime Reality has long borne little fruit, save to gather you all to me, the most powerful of the greatest conquered realities. But no longer. The Prime Reality has been found, and the time has come to claim it.

Thrak: YES! I shall do it for you, Lord!

Emeralde: Indeed, these fools should prove no challenge!

Tem-Tar: Do not be so sure. In many realities we have encountered both military resistance, as well as costumed do-gooders. While those exist here as well, nothing says they will fall as easily as those from the past. Besides... there is the small matter of them knowing we are coming...

Kalask: ENOUGH! <roars the word>

<Kalask's throne turns around, allowing us to see Kalask in person for the first time. As the photo earlier revealed, he wears an elaborate Chinese dragon mask that completely hides his features. However, the mask is only a small part of the armor that covers his entire body, also mimicking the dragon, and highlighted by twin bladed gauntlets on his arms, each also possessing some sort of cannons. He is fearsome to behold, partially for his appearance, partially for his power, and certainly for his rage.>

Kalask: I have not forgotten your folly of years past, Tem-Tar, allowing that resistance member to escape into the multiverse to the Prime Reality. Indeed, were it not for the fact that the development makes this conquest amusing, I would have had you executed. As it were, advance scouts have already reported that a defense is being built... one I want crushed immediately. Emeralde, Thrak, this is your assignment. Go to the base of operations for this resistance movement, and destroy it. Bring me both the weapons they have created, and the escaped resistance member. Her head would make a fitting addition to my trophy case.

Emeralde: <bowing respectively> It shall be done.

***

Location: Fort Myers, Horizon, California

Anya: ...And so you can see, Kalask must be stopped at all cost. And we have only one year to train you to do it.

Walter: <getting up from his chair> So you're saying that the "multiverse" <makes quotation marks with his fingers> is like a big tree, and this Kalask guy has been going from branch to branch to find the trunk... and we're it? Take the trunk and the rest go down, too?

Anya: Exactly. It sounds fantastic, but is it any harder to believe than the reality of Power Rangers?

Jake: Lady has a point. Okay, assuming they take the job, what's to stop Kalask from just nuking the Fort?

Anya: I know Kalask's methods. He will never go for the easy victory. He enjoys toying with his intended victims. He did it in my reality, and he'll do it here, too. First he sends advance scouts, so he learns of the defenses for the Earth. Once the Earth defenses are neutralized, he conquers the planet and goes from there, sending his minions into space, other dimensions, ANYWHERE there is life to be commanded. He has never lost, to the best of my knowledge. I only pray that here, we can change that.

Wendy: We will, Anya. Count on it. <to the others> You will all need to become familiar with this installation and the weaponry designed for you. Please follow us.

<Another door opens, revealing a complex laboratory. Wendy and Matt go first, the others following. Anya lags behind, eyeing the group and, for the moment, liking what she sees. Walter manages to look back, smiling as he sees Anya.>

Matt: We construct your weaponry here. This... <holds up the green crystal-like blaster> is the Data Ray. It can punch through steel, so be careful with it. The gauge in the back will tell you what level it's at. Try not to aim at people...

Wendy: And this... <holds up the short sword from the demonstration> is the Data Blade. It's sharp to the molecular level, and very powerful. It can gouge or slice enemies, depending how you use it. You will all need to practice using these.

<Cindy looks around and sees five smaller devices with straps, obviously meant to be worn.>

Cindy: <pointing> What are those?

<They all look at the devices, which resemble small television screens with three buttons and a diskette inserted into them. The straps are black with gold trim, the "disks" colorcoordinated into five separate colors... Red, Blue, Green, Pink, and Yellow.>

Wendy: <small hint of pride in her voice> THESE... are the Cyber Ops, the key to unlocking your powers. They will be programmed to recognize your voice print and a special password... Cyber Op Energize. Once activated, you will be supplied with a power suit that will allow you access to weapons, vehicles, teleportation, and powers ranging from super agility to super strength and endurance.

Jeremy: So when do we use them?

Matt: Soon, I'm afraid. As Anya said, we estimate that Kalask will arrive in one year. You'll need to guard them with your lives, because the technology can never be duplicated... The plans were hidden away for the sake of national security.

Anya: Indeed. But for the moment, we must familiarize you all with the base. Please, follow me.

<They start to follow, Jeremy and Walter lagging as they take in the sights>

Walter: Man, that Anya is-

Jeremy: Intense? Yeah, I noticed.

Walter: I was gonna say "babe". Think she'd go out with me if I asked?

Jeremy: You're just as bad as Jake!

Walter: Bite your tongue!

Jake: So... Wendy...

Wendy: That's Miss Venturas to you, Mr. Taylor.

Jake: <ignoring the implications of her comment> I was thinking... Why don't you and me forget this boring tour business and go have a little fun? Just the two of us...

Wendy: <raising an eyebrow> I doubt you could keep up. As it were, I do believe you're asking me on a date. No offense, Mr. Taylor, but I find your demeanor offensive, your attitude intolerable, and your aftershave atrocious.

Jake: ...So, around eightish?

Wendy: Plus, I take great disdain to the phrase "Brain Babe".

Jake: Nine then?

Wendy: Please... Just stop talking... I'd hate to have to cripple you.

Walter: <makes a sound not unlike a helicopter falling from the sky and crashing to the ground>

Cindy: <snickers at that and looks around. Breathes a sigh of relief that it's not her going out into battle.>

***

Location: Perimeter outside Ft. Myers.

<Guards patrol the area, and watch as a bus carrying the rejected volunteers leaves the compound. In the shadows, there is the briefest glimpse of a lithe form sneaking towards the guards. It is Emeralde, silently unsheathing her trademark kitana, but moving quickly enough to not be seen.

Guard 1: Weird... Almost feels like we're being watched.

Guard 2: Don't you know the rule?

Guard 1: Rule?

Guard 2: Whenever someone says that in the movies or on tv, something happens and they usually die. So do me a favor and DON'T SAY THAT!

Guard 1: Oh, sorry... Can do...

Guard 2: Good.

Emeralde: <above them> TOO LATE.

<Emeralde drops down between the guards, swinging her kitana as she lands. Guard 2 is slashed vertically across his ribcage. Bleeding profusely and cursing in agony, he drops to the ground and fumbles for his gun. Guard 1 jumps back and aims his rifle directly at Emeralde. At point blank, there is no way he could possibly miss.>

Guard 1: Ohmygod... Okay, bitch, you're coming with me.

Emeralde: I think not. I do not like your tone, and my associate finds your weapon most amusing... for a toy.

Guard 1: "Associate"?

<He gets his answer a second later as Thrak's large metal arm comes down, the hand grabbing the Guard by the head and lifting him into the air. The guard drops the gun in shock and struggles for a few second before we hear an audible snap. His body goes limp and Thrak drops him like a rag doll.>

Thrak: Are you done playing, Emeralde? We have a job to do.

Emeralde: Indeed. My apologies, Thrak. You are quite right. No more playing around.

<Emeralde, without looking, stabs her kitana down into the face of the second guard, killing him an instant before he would have managed to fire his gun.>

Thrak: Summon the Dreads while I make a door.

<Thrak aims his metal war club at the wall. A nozzle appears from the top and charges with potent energy...>

***

Location: Inside, training area.


Matt: This is where you will train in the usage of your powers. We use holograms and force fields to simulate attacks. When in the simulation, your job is to accomplish whatever mission you are given, as quickly and effectively as you can manage.

Anya: The three of us will train with you. Although we have been using this for years, we still need to work as a team with the rest of you... Even the two of you, Cindy, Jake. Just in case.

Cindy: <nodding> Okay... But what will I tell my parents?

Wendy: You can tell your loved ones the truth. I sincerely doubt that Kalask's activities will go unnoticed by the general public for long, so secrecy is NOT a top priority.

Walter: Cool... So when do we see this room in action?

<As if on cue, the outer wall of the training room bursts inwards. On the other side is Thrak, aiming his still smoking club and chuckling. He is flanked by the Dreads, which begin to swarm in through the hole. Emeralde walks in, gracefully and seductively, surveying the room.>

Jake: Is this a simulation?

Anya: No... Those are Thrak, Emeralde, and the Dreads. Be wary of the Dreads. They'll try to exhaust you with sheer numbers, then fry you with flames from their mouths. Thrak is a cyborg strongman and commander of Kalask's forces. Emeralde is his top assassin and thief.

Matt: But they weren't supposed to arrive for another year!

Anya: The estimates I was given must have been off!

Wendy: ...They're here for the Cyber Ops... It's the only answer... But how did they find out?

Jeremy: No time to wonder. LOOK!

<Below, guards rush into the room. The Dreads immediately shoot flames, frying the poor, brave men on the spot.>

Jeremy: ...We have to help them. <turns to the Twins> Can you get the Cyber Ops while we hold those things off?

Matt: Will do. Jake, Cindy, come with us, and watch our backs. Anya, gentlemen... Good luck.

Jake: <looking at the battle below> No problem, man... Jeez...

Cindy: Right behind you! <rushes after the Twins, who are already rushing down the corridor>

<Jack hesitates, then runs after them. The farther away from the battle, he figures, the better.>

Walter: Okay, so what's the plan?

Anya: We go down there and stop them.

Walter: Good plan.

Anya: Follow me, and try to not die.

Walter: ALSO a good plan.

<Anya runs to a stairwell and goes down it, three steps at a time, Jeremy and Walter find themselves hard pressed to keep up. As they reach the bottom, Anya kicks the stair access door open to reveal a Dread staring right at them. Startled, Anya momentarily freezes. Fortunately, Jeremy slams his fist into it, knocking it away long enough for Anya to recover.>

Anya: Thank you.

Jeremy: No problem. Come on!

<The three rush into the room, Walter immediately kicking a Dread in the side as Jeremy punches the one he's hit before a second time. Anya, now recovered, wastes no time, side kicking a third Dread before spinning to clobber two others. Thrak grins maliciously as he sees her in action.>

Thrak: She must be the rebel who escaped.

Emeralde: Indeed. You kill her, I'll go after the weapons.

Thrak: Agreed.

<Emeralde leaps, going past the trio like a bolt of lightning. By the time they turn to face her, she is already gone, up the stairs they came from.>

Jeremy: We have to go after her!

Anya: We'd never catch her in time! All we can do is hope to slow Thrak! If they both gain access, we're finished before we've even begun!

Walter: LOOK OUT!

<Walter tackles Jeremy and Anya, shoving them out of the way as Thrak fires another energy bolt. They land hard on the floor as the blast shatters the metallic wall of the training room, sending sparks flying. No sooner do they land, then the Dreads move in to attack. Jeremy recovers first, sweeping his foot out and tripping one Dread, before spinning to his feet and kicking a second in the head. Walter jackrabbits, hopping while kicking two others, while Anya backflips away from her latest attacker, before gracefully spinning on her toes and chopping the robot in the mouth assembly.>

Thrak: Very nice... <chuckles to himself>

<More Dreads appear and start shooting flames from their mouths. Walter ducks under the flame jet aimed at him while Jeremy rolls, letting one Dread's flame take down a second Dread.>

Jeremy: There's just too many of them!

Walter: I know! I keep hitting them, and more keep coming!

Anya: Do not lose heart! The others will come through for us!

Thrak: Sadly, you won't be here to see if they do. <Steps forward and grabs Anya in his still living hand.>

<Thrak lifts up, pulling Anya from the ground by her shoulder. She grinds her teeth together, obviously in pain and frustrated beyond belief.>

Walter: ANYA! <rushes towards her, but many Dreads block his path. The nearest knocks him away effortlessly> PUT HER DOWN!

Thrak: <amused> Oh, of course... I'll put her down... <flexes his metallic arm> One piece at a time...

***

Location: En route to the weapons laboratory.

Wendy: HURRY!

<The four humans rush down the corridor as quickly as they can, Jake and Cindy looking behind them every few seconds.>

Matt: I estimate we'll reach the weapons laboratory in fifteen seconds at our present rate of speed.

<They hear a slash and a thud that sound like a body behind them>

Cindy: Yeah, and here comes trouble!

<They stop as they reach the door. Wendy slashes her card through and the door rises>

Cindy: Come on!

Jake: HURRY!

<The door rises enough for them to enter. Wendy then slams her fist down on the emergency pad, which shuts the door behind them, an instant before Emeralde reaches it. Undaunted, Emeralde unsheathes her kitana and stabs the door with it, slicing completely through the steel door like a knife through butter.>

Cindy: <screams in shock as she sees the blade sticking through the door>

Matt: It won't hold her long at all. <grabs two Data Rays and tosses one to Cindy, then the other to Jake.> And we have to get past Emeralde to get the Cyber Ops to the others. <He straps the blue one to his wrist.>

Wendy: So be ready for anything, because once that door goes down, we're all that stand between Kalask and the domination of every reality in existence... <She straps the Pink one to her wrist.>

<They watch silently as the blade begins slicing down the length of the door..>

***

Location: General Sauder's Private Office.

<The office is basic military, with a large wall monitor and pictures, as well as a small personal vault built into the wall directly behind his desk>

<Sauder watches the screen on his wall as Emeralde prepares to break into the weapons lab and the other recruits battle Thrak. And then he smiles thinly.>

Sauder: Now, as long as none of them dies on me, this operation should go exactly as planned...

Mission Log Incomplete...

Next Time: The battle continues, but will anyone SURVIVE to use the Cyber Ops? Next time on Power Rangers Cyber V!
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Cyber Ops Energize, Part 2

Previously on Power Rangers Cyber V...

Anya Maize, a young member of a failing resistance movement escaped the forces of Kalask by dimension hopping to the Prime Reality, where she set into motions events that would lead to a planetary defense against the coming threat. The fate of the world resting on his shoulders, General Sauder recruited two child geniuses, Matt and Wendy Venturas, and used their knowledge to create a project and weaponry that would be used in the defense of the Multiverse. Years passed, and the three children grew up, training to use the weaponry... But three would not be enough, and they conspired to gain two more members for their strike force. The inevitable plan drew many, but four made the cut: Jeremy Simms, Walter Jenkins, Cindy Cook, and Jake Taylor. Jeremy and Walter were accepted as primary members of the strike force, codenamed Cyber V, while Cindy and Jake were designated alternates. Complicating this event from the beginning were Jake's interest in Wendy, and Walter's fascination with Anya. However, there was no time to begin training the new recruits, for Kalask had arrived, and his opening move was attacking Fort Myers. In the ensuing chaos, the group split up, leading to a potentially deadly confrontation with the brutish cyborg Thrak, and the others cornered in the weapons lab, desperately searching for a way to defend the Cyber Ops from the advancing Emeralde... And now, the Conclusion.

Power Rangers Cyber V
Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 2: Cyber Op Energize, Part 2
Written by Aaron Thall

Mission Log Continued...

Location: Weapons Lab, Fort Myers, Horizon, California

<The lab is sterile, save for the fact that the four humans trapped inside it, Matt and Wendy Venturas, Jake Taylor, and Cindy Cook, are discussing the few options they have... They all know that a blunder now would mean the end of free will in the Multiverse. Cindy nervously fiddles with the Data Ray tossed to her, anxious both about the fact that she's never held a gun before, and the fact that Emeralde is easily slicing through the security doors. The Twins are wearing their Cyber Ops and facing the door.>

Matt: The two of you stay back and guard the remaining three Cyber Ops with your lives. No matter what happens, we'll protect you.

Cindy: But what are you going to do?

Wendy: We're gonna bring the pain. Like they used to say, or so my research indicates... IT'S MORPHIN' TIME!

<They both lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out towards Emeralde. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

Matt and Wendy: CYBER OPS ENERGIZE!

<Instead of activating their morph, the Cyber Ops beep.>

Cyber Ops: Security Mode has been enabled. Morphing function is offline.

Jake: I'm guessing that's not supposed to happen?

<Horrified, the Twins look at their wrists.>

Matt: Not-

Wendy: -Good.

Cindy: We're going to die, aren't we?

<The Twins remove their Cyber Ops and place them back on the table.>

Wendy: Not happening. We can't out power Emeralde without the Cyber Ops, but we can definitely out-think her.

<Jake looks back at the five changers behind him.>

Jake: What the hell is the security mode anyway?

Matt: A special feature that the higher-ups insisted on. Most of the time, the Ops are in this mode to prevent anyone from using one without authorization. There's only two ways to deactivate it... A special security code from General Sauder... Or all five Ops being worn and activated simultaneously. And unfortunately, even if we got the two of you wearing them, we'd still be one person short.

<There is a momentary pause, accentuated by the sound of splitting metal.>

Matt: But they shouldn't be in security mode right now. It was specifically deactivated earlier today for the demonstration, and it wasn't scheduled to be reactivated for several hours yet.

Wendy: No time to worry about it now. Jake, Cindy, we said we'd protect you and we meant it.

Jake: <smirking> What? No more Mr. Taylor and Miss Cook?

Matt: This is not a time to waste on formality, or on wry commentary. The fate of every universe in existence rides on the next few minutes, and I'll be damned if I'm gonna let Emeralde destroy all our efforts in under an hour.

Wendy: So we use the bomb shelter in back?

Matt: Precicely, Sis.

<Matt takes a remote from his lab pocket and presses a button. A wall behind Jake and Cindy suddenly slides open a few feet. Matt tosses the remote to Jake.>

Matt: Take the Ops and hide in there. We'll deal with Emeralde. She may be the strongest warrior of her reality, but we should be able to handle her.

Jake: Pfft. Yeah, right. You may be Rangers with training, but you've got no powers and only a handful of weapons lying around the room. You don't stand a chance.

Wendy: You'd be surprised, Mr. Taylor. Besides, Emeralde knows someone's in here. If we go with you into the shelter, she'll tear the room apart until she finds the entrance to it. We're trained for this, and you're not. It's that simple.

Cindy: Ummm... How do you know so much about Emeralde?

Wendy: Anya told us... And I hope she's all right...

<In the background, the kitana continues to slowly slide down the door>

***

Location: Training Area

<The scene is chaos, as the walls of the room are covered with burnmarks, and the bodies of army personnel, some burned to a crisp, others just unconscious, lie haphazardly around the floor. The Dreads are swarming the place, but their numbers are smaller now, focusing their attacks on Jeremy and Walter, who struggle to get past them to help Anya, who is behind held up off the ground by her shoulder, in the meaty hand of Thrak, who is flexing his cybernetic arm to rip her apart one piece at a time and chuckling to himself about how easy his job is.>

Anya: PUT. ME. DOWN... NOW!

Thrak: You are in no position to be giving me orders, little rebel. Hmmm... Where to start... An arm? A leg? Perhaps I should go right for your head and spare you the agonies to come... NAH. I'm having too much fun!

<Jeremy shoves a Dread away from him and looks around. He spies an abandoned machine gun lying on the floor. With a roar of defiance, he dives forward, snatching the gun. His dive becomes a roll and he comes up on his feet, aiming the gun and firing instantly, taking down the three Dreads who were nearest. Turning quickly, he fired again, blasting the head off of a Dread sneaking up behind Walter.>

Jeremy: THRAK!

<Thrak looks in Jeremy's direction, distracted. Jeremy wastes no time, firing directly at Thrak's head. Bullets strike the cyborg in his mechanical eye, eliciting sparks and actually managing to hurt the creature. Thrak roars in fury, and Anya narrows her eyes and takes a deep breath as she pivots her body as much as she can, nearly dislocating her restrained shoulder, but giving her enough leverage to swing upwards and kick Thrak in his living eye. Momentarily blinded, Thrak instinctively drops Anya, who lands hard but, to her credit, recovers enough to roll out of the way of Thrak's stomping feet. Instead of getting up, however, she keeps rolling, bowling over two Dreads who did not see her coming, and freeing up Walter enough for the valiant young man to headbutt the nearest Dread and dodge a flame blast from another. Jeremy runs over to join the others as Anya picks herself up, and they watch as Thrak and the remaining Dreads regroup. We can see that the bullets managed to crack the lens in Thrak's mechanical eye, perhaps the first bit of good news the trio have had since the battle began.>

Walter: Anya, are you okay?

Anya: I'll live. You?

Walter: Ready to whup this metal gorilla's sorry ass back to where he came from. <A pause.> Okay, mental note... Never headbutt a robot. OW...

Anya: Focus. What we need to do is trick him into defeating himself.

<Jeremy looks around and sees that the nearest wall to them is sparking. He grins and motions with his eyes. The others see what he sees, and no further communication is necessary. They know what they have to do.>

Jeremy: Let's rock.

***

Location: Weapons Lab.

<Emeralde's blade has sliced three jagged lines through the door. A few more inches and the deadly ninja will come through.>

Wendy: <whispering> Enough stalling. Go.

Cindy: <whispering> But-

Matt: <whispering> Wendy and I'll handle this from here.

<The two recruits nod and rush into the shelter, taking the Ops with them. Jake pushes the button and the wall begins to close.>

Jake: <whispering> You'd better not die on us.

<The wall closes, leaving the Twins alone.>

Wendy: <whispering> So, how do we play this?

Matt: <whispering> Carefully.

Wendy: <whispering> Smartass, you know what I mean.

Matt: <whispering> Play it by ear, and hope we get lucky.

<The kitana slices through the door entirely and withdraws. It is so sudden that both twins glance at each other... They know what's about to happen>

Emeralde: KE-YAH!

<We do not see her do it, but Emeralde kicks the door as hard as she can. What we do see is the aftereffect, as the section of door sliced out flies into the lab, flying across the room and, dishearteningly, slamming into the hidden door of the shelter, blocking it completely. Matt and Wendy exchange glances, knowing that even if they survive, they'll never get the devices to their comrades in time now. All they can do is take positions behind a work area and aim their Data Rays as Emeralde cautiously walks into the room through the hole she made.>

Emeralde: I know that you are here. I can smell your fear, your hatred, and your hopelessness. Show yourselves, and perhaps I shall be merciful.

<The twins make no response, but they do set their blasters to maximum, wide spread>

Emeralde: You are wiser than I thought. You know I HAVE no mercy within me. But hiding will not save you. This is a very small room, and I have a great deal of time.

Wendy: Who's hiding?

<Wendy dives from behind the work area and rolls, firing her blaster, which she's holding out in front of her as she goes. The first blast misses Emeralde by millimeters, and the ninja easily dodges the others. Wendy climbs to her feet without taking her eyes off of Emeralde.>

Emeralde: And what did you hope to accomplish with that pathetic display of bravado?

Matt: A distraction.

<A second blast launches, striking Emeralde in the back and knocking her into a worktable. Wendy looks to see Matt, still aiming, his eyes narrowed grimly.>

Matt: A most effective one, I must admit. But, then again, my sister always HAS been the spitfire in our family.

Wendy: You're just jealous because I get invited to the parties.

Matt: Actually, I'm not. I don't attract attention from halfwit egotists like Taylor.

Wendy: Point taken, but still...

<In the adjoining room, Jake smolders with annoyance>

Jake: <whispering harshly> When I get my hands on that computer geek, I'm gonna...

Cindy: <whispering and holding Jake, urging him to stay calm and hidden> Just hope he's still ALIVE for you to get your hands on him!

<Emeralde picks herself up and chuckles.>

Emeralde: You are both fools if you believe you can stop me. I do admit that you are a formidable pair, and stronger than I anticipated, but you cannot hope to defeat me.

Wendy: How about annoy? Do you think we can annoy you?

Matt: She's good at that, too. Just ask the General.

Emeralde: <furious> CEASE YOUR INCESSANT JABBERING AND PREPARE TO DIE!

Wendy: Ummm... No.

<Wendy fires again, Emeralde leaping over the blast. Matt fires at her while she is in the air, but she deflects it with her kitana's flat edge and lands behind Wendy, who turns and ducks even as Emeralde swings her kitana. The blade sails over Wendy, missing by inches. Wendy doesn't hesitate in her attack, coming up the second Emeralde's sword arm is past her and grabbing it. Yanking suddenly, she throws the ninja off balance. Pivoting her legs and shifting her weight, she flips Emeralde onto her back, but the ninja merely flips back to her feet, annoyed. Matt takes the opportunity to toss a Data Blade, fully charged, at Emeralde. Emeralde hears it coming and bats it aside with her blade, allowing Wendy another opportunity to thrustkick the villain in the side, pushing her towards Matt.>

Wendy: Feel like going at it for a bit?

Matt: <to Emeralde> Isn't she just wonderfully polite? Always sharing. Best sister I've ever had.

<Emeralde pivots and kicks high. Matt moves his body backwards, barely dodging the sweeping foot. Using his training, he comes up and grabs Emeralde's leg and adds his own strength to her momentum, shoving and forcing her to spin. Now off balance, Emeralde cannot dodge as Matt grabs a second Data Blade, charges it, and slashes her in the arm. The blade creates sparks where it strike, forcing the ninja to grunt in pain and annoyance.>

Wendy: I'm the ONLY sister you've ever had. True, Anya's LIKE a sister to us, but that's different.

Matt: Too true. Honestly, I'm disappointed. Emeralde was supposed to be tougher than this. She seems more like a rank amateur.

<From the other room, Cindy watches the battle with amazement, following Wendy's moves and being completely astonished at just how good a fighter the scientist is.>

Cindy: Wow... If I was just half as good as her...

<Emeralde's eyes flash green for a moment as a growl grows in her throat.>

Emeralde: Enough of this charade. I tire of playing this infernal game. I have seen your pathetic weapons, and I can tell you now that they will be no match for Kalask. Normally, I would let you live, to serve my master, but you have made the grievous error of IRRITATING me. For that, you will SUFFER.

Matt: ...Impressive. She's more full of herself than Mr. Taylor, too... Quite a feat.

Wendy: Yep. Double team?

Matt: Why not?

<Both Twins begin spinkicks, pivoting their bodies to allow for maximum effect. However, Emeralde ducks under their sweeping legs and slams both hands upon the ground before kicking out with both her legs at a full one hundred eighty degree angle, striking both scientists' supporting legs. Knocked off balance, they both crash to the ground, realizing, belatedly, that Emeralde had been holding back. They both think the same thing... "NOT GOOD...">

Matt: Okay, mental note... Emeralde likes playing opossum...

Wendy: Supplemental note... Emeralde does not PLAY.

Emeralde: <rising with a definite sense of menace> It is good that you finally see that I am no ordinary threat, children, but your realization comes too little and too late. You have dared to place your meager skills against my own, and I tell you now that you shall die for your insolence. But also know that death is merciful, compared to what will happen to your planet. When we are finished, there will be nothing left of this would but a fiery CINDER.

Matt: Not going to happen, Emeralde. <flips to his feet> You will be stopped.

Wendy: <also flipping to her feet> Damn right you're gonna be stopped. Come on. You and me. Let's go. For real this time. I'm through warming up. <raises fists and snubs her nose at Emeralde as a sign of disrespect>

Emeralde: I have no more time to waste on you.

<Before either twin can react, Emeralde strikes, moving like lightning by grabbing Wendy by the left wrist and turning the girl around, wrenching her arm painfully. Wendy grunts in pain and grinds her teeth together as she is forcibly restrained by the ninja, whom she belatedly remembers hinted at super strength with her kicking in of the security door.>

Matt: WENDY! Let her go Emeralde. NOW.

Emeralde: As you wish.

<Emeralde shoves Wendy forward and into Matt, who catches his sister carefully and lovingly, dispite the suddenness and speed of the move. However, no sooner does Wendy turn around than Emeralde strikes again, charging her blade with unnatural energies.>

Emeralde: Make your peace with whatever god you worship, for you are about to MEET HIM!

<Emeralde slams her blade into the ground, creating an explosive shockwave that slams into both scientists and throws them into an impressive computer console taking up half a wall. The massive monitor erupts into flames as they slam into it, the entire apparatus sparking and smoking. Wendy's head hits hard, tearing a bloody gash in her forehead, while a few pieces of shrapnel that had once been metal casing find new residence in Matt's torso. Both scientists slump to the ground as the computer erupts again, pieces of it flying down and stinging their prone bodies with white hot cinders. Cindy watches this with horror, and starts pushing the door open. However, Jake grabs her and clamps his right hand over her mouth before she can cry out.>

Jake: <harsh whisper> DON'T! There's nothing we can do except hide until she's gone. If they're still alive, the best thing we can do is stay alive ourselves until we can go for help!

<Cindy pulls free>

Cindy: <whispering> But they need us!

Jake: <whispering> They knew the risks. Don't you think I'd jump at the chance to help the Brain Babe out? But I can't right now. So settle down and wait for that psycho bitch to leave.

<Emeralde looks upon her handiwork, pleased with the destruction she had wrought. Casually, her eyes scan the room and fall upon some of the Rays and Blades, which survived her energy attack with only minor burns. She picks up the one of each and, with one last glance at the seemingly dead twins, leaps through the hole in the security door. She is gone faster than either recruit can blink.>

Cindy: ...I think she's gone...

Jake: Good. Come on..

<He presses the button and, reluctantly, the door slowly forces itself open. Pushing hard, Jake barely manages to move the slashed entrance door away from the opening so he and Cindy can escape. Together, they look around and see the aftermath of the skirmish.>

Jake: Aw jeez...

Cindy: <running over to Matt and Wendy> Ohmigod! <she feels their necks for a pulse> They're still alive.

<Jake releases a breath he didn't know he'd been holding>

Cindy: They need help bad... They're bleeding too much... Oh manohmanohman... What do I do?! What do I do?!

<Jake doesn't answer, but looks around the room. Seeing nothing else he can use as bandages, he rushes over to help. He doesn't even hesitate in taking a pocket knife out of his pocket and slicing a strip away from Wendy's torn shirt.>

Jake: Hold this to her head and don't let go.

<Jake immediately removes his belt and Matt's. It's slow going, since he doesn't want to move the injured scientist too much, but it's a necessity. He then removes his jacket and places it on Matt, before using the belts, one at a time, to strap the jacket to Matt.>

Jake: Way too much dust in the air. We can't let him get infected.

Cindy: Do you know what you're doing?

Jake: No, but it's better than doing nothing at all.

<He gets up again and runs for the intercom by the security door. It's fairly toasted, but serviceable. He hits the speaker>

Jake: Medical emergency in the weapons lab. I repeat, medical emergency in the weapons lab. Come on... Does anyone hear me?

***

Location: Training Area

<Jeremy sidekicks Thrak, getting the cyborg to turn away from Walter and Anya.>

Jeremy: Come on, ugly! Show me what you've got!

Thrak: YOU WILL DIE, HUMAN!

<Thrak runs after Jeremy, who backflips out of the villain's reach. In response, Thrak raises his war club to swat at Jeremy, only to be surprised as Walter slams the butt of a rifle into the villain's back.>

Thrak: HOLD STILL! ALL OF YOU!

Anya: Go to hell, Thrak. I'm the one you want, so come and get me.

<Anya stands near the damaged wall, arms akimbo, just inviting the villain to charge her.>

Thrak: YOU! The master will ENJOY having your head on his wall!

<Thrak, predictably, charges her like a locomotive, unwavering in his path, cybernetic arm raised to pulp her. However, it is not in the cards, for as he comes within reach of her...>

Anya: NOW!

<Several things happen simultaneously in the next instant. Anya ducks and rolls out of the way. Thrak swings full force. Behind him, Walter and Jeremy kick him full force, adding to his momentum. Faster than he expected now, Thrak's punch goes through the wall and hits several power cables. His arms sparks as millions of volts of electricity surge through him, frying his circuitry and flesh. Emeralde emerges from the stairwell and sees her comrade being defeated. She fires a blast from her sword, striking the wall and somehow turning off the power. She leaps forward even as Thrak collapses, spent, kicking all three recruits away in the process. She gestures, and a portal appears on the floor, drawing both villains down like a whirlpool. The few surviving Dreads also teleport away.>

Jeremy: ...Did we win?

Anya: I am afraid not... The very fact Emerlade returned and our friends did not...

Walter: You don't think she...

Jake: <over speaker> MEDICAL EMERGENCY IN THE WEAPONS LAB! I REPEAT, MEDICAL EMERGENCY IN THE WEAPONS LAB!

<All three recruits look at each other, terrified of what they'll find when they arrive. They run for the stairwell, hoping against hope as the scene fades to white...>

***

Location: Medical Bay
Time: One hour later.

<Just outside the Bay, Sauder hurries to the head surgeon's side.>

Sauder: Doctor? What's their prognosis.

Doctor: Wendy's out of danger, but unconscious. Her injuries are serious, but she'll make a full recovery. Honestly, she's suffered worse in the past and healed quickly enough. Anybody else would-

Sauder: <Cutting the Doctor off> And Matt?

Doctor: His injuries were far more serious. Multiple shrapnel wounds and burns... Again, almost anybody else would be crippled for life... He'll recover, but it will take longer this time.

Sauder: I understand. Thank you. And, Doctor... Remember. No one can know about... <He trails off.>

Doctor: I know. God help me, I know.

<We switch to inside the bay. Extreme closeup on Wendy. Her forehead has a bloody bandage on it, and she is unconscious, a tube in her nose supplying fluids. She looks like a battered, silent angel at this moment. She is dressed in hospital issue attire for patients, and is tucked into a bed. A heart monitor beeps in the background. A bag of blood is attached to her right arm by a tube. The camera pulls back to show Cindy sitting by her side, holding her hand. Cindy's face is puffy from crying.>

Cindy: Come on, Wendy... You've got to wake up... Please... Say something...

<Camera moves to show Anya watching as surgeons pull shrapnel from Matt's torso from behind an observation window. Her demeanor is grim. It is obvious she is deeply concerned by this turn of events. She knows what is about to happen, and she wishes it were not so. Walter watches Anya from a distance, wishing to comfort her, but knowing he has no way of understanding what she is going through at this moment. General Sauder enters the room and joins Anya at the observation window. He is equally grim as he watches the process.>

Anya: You're going to do it, aren't you?

Sauder: <nods> No choice. The fate of every reality in existence is at stake. They knew this could happen.

<The medical bay doors open to reveal a very dusty Jake and Jeremy. They are carrying the Cyber Ops.>

Jeremy: Apparently they got hurt shielding Jake and Cindy. They were guarding these... things.

Jake: Nevermind those... How's Brai... I mean Wendy?

Sauder: She'll live.

<Jake nods and breathes a sigh of relief. Jeremy follows suit. Walter and Anya take the Green and Yellow Cyber Ops respectively. They strap them to their left wrists. Jeremy looks at the red one. It is quite an impressive sight. He carefully straps it to his left wrist. Jake hands Blue and Pink to Sauder, who looks at them mournfully. He closes his eyes and sighs heavily.>

Sauder: The twins have been like children to me for years now... I recruited them when they were just little kids... I watched them grow up, got custody when their parents got killed in a car accident a few years ago... I love them as much as if they were my own. What I'm about to do breaks my heart far more than it's going to break theirs'. They've wanted to use these "Cyber Ops" for a long time, and they trained hard for the honor... But they can't be Blue and Pink while laid up in a military hospital. Taylor, Cook... I'm activating the both of you. From here on out... if you want the jobs, you will be known furthermore as Cyber Blue and Cyber Pink.

<Cindy looks up and turns to face Sauder.>

Cindy: But... Wendy's a lot better than I am... I can't measure up to her.. I'll never be able to.

Sauder: With an attitude like that, it's no wonder. You give up before you even try. Wendy's prepared a long time to make sure Kalask doesn't win... If she was awake right now, she'd be arguing with me to let her put this thing on. <holds up the Pink Cyber Op> But she'd also have to admit that she was in no condition, and that you were the only other one around who could possibly take her place. So, what's it going to be, Cook? Wallow in self pity, or go and save the world?

Jake: I know =I= don't need a speech... <walks over and claims the Blue Cyber Op from Sauder. He straps it to his wrist.> I'm definitely in. And I'm gonna show both of these brains what a REAL fighter can do.

<Cindy closes her eyes as she considers the truth in what Sauder said. She bites her thumbnail as she struggles with the forces surrounding her. The fate of the world at stake... There was only one answer she COULD give.>

Cindy: A...all right... I'll do it... I just hope she can forgive me...

Sauder: Good. Welcome aboard... Cyber Pink.

<He hands her Wendy's Cyber Op. She looks at it and tries to not feel like Judas.>

***

Location: Kalask's Throneroom, Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable.

<Kalask holds the Data Blade in his hands, inspecting it like a jeweler looking over a diamond. He runs his hand over it's shaft... And then snaps it in two casually, but with no small hint of anger.>

Kalask: You honestly thought these trinkets would be proper trophies?! FOOLS!

Emeralde: But it was not my fault, Master. The two-

Kalask: Did I tell you it was all right for you to speak? You allowed yourself to be distracted by two ordinary HUMANS, Emeralde. Granted, they have paid the price for defiance, but they still defeated you.

<Emeralde bows her head in disgrace.>

Emeralde: My apologies, Master. I shall return and claim the true prize at once.

Kalask: Hold, Emeralde. I am not finished yet. Thrak, what is YOUR excuse for being defeated?

Thrak: <his eye now repaired> I offer no excuses, Master. I became careless and overconfident, and allowed them to trick me.

Kalask: <nods> Very true, and I applaud that you have learned from the experience. And because you have learned, I will grant you both a second chance. The base will be too heavily fortified now for a direct assault to work again, so we will have to draw our opponent out into the open.

Tem-Tar: An excellent idea, Master, and I believe I have the perfect target.

<Tem-Tar waves his hands and an image appears in the air. It is no less than->

Midnai: The Collins Parkway Bridge? An interesting suggestion, Tem-Tar. They would see any assault coming from any direction, and thus, it would be impossible for this world's navy to hope to do anything to stop us.

Kalask: I agree, Tem-Tar, this IS the ideal target. Very well. Go, both of you, and do not return until you have something to show for your efforts.

***

Location: Collins Parkway Bridge, Horizon, California

<The bridge is much as you would expect, crowded with cars, with some boats floating under it en route to wherever they are heading. The sky above is blue, with only a smattering of clouds. It is oddly serene, considering all the traffic, but the serenity is suddenly shattered as a warp portal appears before the oncoming traffic, stopping it in both directions. Cars swerve to avoid it, crashing into the wires in the process. Slowly, Emeralde, Thrak, and several Dreads emerge from the hole in space and time, and survey the newly created chaos.>

Emeralde: This place is far too crowded. Dreads?

<The Dreads react immediately, swarming out and breathing fire, igniting several cars, thankfully empty, since their drivers abandoned them the moment the villains started to emerge.>

Thrak: Looks like fun.

<Thrak aims his warclub and fires energy bolts which strike several cars, this time NOT abandoned, and causing them to erupt into massive fireballs. The cyborg grins as he sees the death and destruction he has wrought.>

Emeralde: <chuckling slightly> All that remains now is to wait for this world's media to arrive... and make our demands.

***

Location: Medical Bay, Fort Myers

<Cindy has put the Pink Cyber Op on her wrist, and is looking it, chagrined to have to do this. Before she can consider changing her mind, a loud alarm blares. The recruits all wince at the sound, save for Anya. She and Sauder merely exchange knowing glances as she presses the communications button on her Cyber Op.>

Anya: Report.

Private Phillips: <Over Cyber Op> This is Private Phillips, Ma'am. Emeralde and Thrak have returned. They're at the Bridge. It's on every station.

Sauder: <turning sharply> Someone turn that damned television on!

<A nurse quickly looks around and finds the remote. She aims it at the television on the wall and turns it on. The face of Emeralde fills the screen. Behind her are many burning cars, Thrak, and Dreads wreaking havoc.>

Emeralde: I grow tired of delays, humans. Produce your vaunted champions now, or risk annoying the vanguards of Kalask! You have ten minutes, and then my associates and I will BRING THIS BRIDGE DOWN.

<Sauder, having seen enough, turns to face the five recruits.>

Sauder: It's time for your trial by fire. Get going, People. Anya will show you what to do.

<The four look at Anya>

Walter: Guess it's time to save the world.

Cindy: We're not ready... but we have to try...

Jake: Aw, you worry too much. We can take these jerks.

Anya: I hope you're right, Jake.

Jeremy: No sense putting this off.

Anya: Agreed. The yellow button on your Cyber Ops will activate teleportation. They're programmed to take us to areas of disturbance automatically, using a neural interface with us, their users. Just think about the Bridge, and we'll be there.

<The others nod and warily press the buttons. There are five flashes of colored light, and then five beams of cascading binary data rocket off through the ceiling.>

Sauder: <smiling softly> Everything is going perfectly... <looks at the Twins> I know you can't hear me, but someday, you will understand...

***

Location: Collins Parkway Bridge

<The Bridge is littered with debris, injured, and dead. A very frightened television cameraman continues to film, on threat of death if he stops. He does his best to not shake in fear.>

Emeralde: Four minutes remain, humans. Produce your champions now, or lose your precious landmark.

<The five cascading beams of energy suddenly flying in, distracting Emeralde from her threats. She and Thrak watch as the beams land before them and reform into five very familiar humans.>

Anya: Just follow my lead, everyone. EMERALDE! You will PAY for what you did to Matt and Wendy.

Emeralde: I will, eh? So, tell me, Rebel, what kind of burial plans did they have arranged?

Anya: I wouldn't know, considering they still live.

<Emeralde narrows her eyes.>

Emeralde: How annoying. The girl has quite the mouth.

Jake: Well when we're through with you, you'll be LUCKY to get out of here with just a broken jaw!

Jeremy: Everybody ready?

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out towards Emeralde. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

All: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jeremy finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a red battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Red!>

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Anya finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a yellow battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Yellow!>

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

<The transformation sequence complete, the five new heroes each strike a pose. Jeremy with his left fist up by his head and his right fist out before him. The others copy this pose.>

All: POWER RANGERS CYBER V! <They flash the Victory hand gesture> FOR VICTORY!

Thrak and Emeralde: <confused> Cyber V?

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

<Kalask, Tem-Tar, and Midnai watch this new development with intense interest>

Kalask: Well, it's about time. At long last, worthy opponents. Now, let us see if they can fight as well as they can talk...

Midnai: I have a REALLY bad feeling about this...

***

Location: Collins Parkway Bridge

<Emeralde and Thrak are getting over their confusion quickly. Never before have they experienced this kind of resistance. Costumed heroes, yes, but those were never specially trained to face the forces of Kalask. For the first time in their long existence, both villains wonder if this may finally be the day they are truly tested.>

Thrak: DREADS! ANNIHILATE THESE FOOLS!

<The Dreads swarm forth. In response, the recruits exchange nods, forming a battle plan instantly. Cindy hesitates, but ultimately agrees. The worst she can do is fail and die, after all...>

Jeremy: Take 'em down!

<Jeremy and Anya do not hesitate, moving forward, going into a run, and tackling the nearest dreads, flipping them onto their backs. As the Dreads land, the two heroes release their targets and rolls back to their feet before Anya spins on her heel, using her suit's enhanced strength to take the head off the Dread she kicks. Jeremy instead unsheathes his Data Blade and slashes wide, ripping a Dread open before turning and unsheathing his Data Ray in one smooth move. As he completes his turn, he fires, striking yet another Dread and causing it to fall, now nothing but useless junk. Spurred into action by this, the others finally move. Walter runs forward and vaults over the head of the nearest Dread, unsheathing his Data Ray and firing, taking out Dreads in the back of the horde before landing in a flying kick that knocks three more robots back. Jake grabs the Dread nearest to him and knees it in the chest before flipping it over his leg, unsheathing his Blade, and sliding down to stab the robot in the chest. Seeing two more coming, he kicks up with his left leg, creating a pinwheel kick that knocks the two away and to the ground, where they shatter from the force of his attack. Cindy hesitates as she sees five Dreads coming at her. She silently remembers how well Wendy did without powers and steels herself, drawing her Data Ray and firing five quick bursts with her eyes closed. When she opens her eyes, she sees five piles of Dread remains on the ground. Encouraged, she charges forth, tackling a Dread that had been sneaking up on Jeremy. They roll together for a few seconds before both regain their footing. Cautiously, she kicks it in the side, staggering it, before she decides to try the footsweep she had seen so often in the last day. She drops down and sweeps her foot out, tripping the Dread, which lands and hits it's head on the bridge. Not wanting to take more chances, Cindy fires her Data Ray, causing the robot's head to erupt in a tiny fireball.>

Thrak: <growling softly> They are routing the Dreads!

Emeralde: But they surely cannot be a match for us!

Anya: <rolling out of the chaos like a pro> Let's see then!

<Anya kicks up as she uprights herself, launching into the air and firing her Data Ray repeatedly, staggering Thrak and Emeralde, who spark violently as the beams of energy strike them. Jeremy leaps up above the battle and flips in midair, allowing him extra momentum to land with his back to it, and facing the two villains, even as Anya lands to join him. Behind them, the dreads suddenly all erupt into fireballs. When the smoke clears, the other three heroes stand triumphantly, their Data Rays drawn and ready for another round.>

Jeremy: Surrender now. It's your only chance.

Emeralde: We NEVER surrender, especially not to a bunch of Power Rangers!

Jake: We are NOT your great grandpa's Power Rangers. We fight dirty.

<Jake fires his Data Ray, which Emeralde leaps over. She comes down behind Jake and slashes with her Kitana, illicing sparks from the overconfident hero. Stunned, Jake rolls forward, his uniform smoking but not breached. Undaunted, Walter turns and kicks at Emeralde, who vaults over his leg. However, as she comes down, Cindy dives in and unsheathes her Data Blade, turning her dive into a roll. As she comes up, she jumps and slashes Emeralde in the side with the gouging point of the Blade. Bleeding slightly, Emeralde shoves Cindy away and grasps her side.>

Emeralde: You will PAY for that, little girl.

Thrak: Allow me!

<Thrak aims his club and fires. The team's helmet scanners warn them in time, allowing all five to roll out of the way. They repeat Anya's earlier roll and jump maneuver, launching into the air and firing their Data Rays, staggering Thrak. They land as one and salute, military style.>

Anya: Let's finish this... These cold blooded murderers have to be put down like the dogs they are.

<Anya and Cindy leaps into the air, Data Blades positioned over their heads. The blades glow pink and yellow as they slash down diagonally from above and to the sides of their heads. This creates twin arcs of energy that slam into Emeralde and send her flying back. As she lands, she creates a massive fireball.>

Thrak: You may have beaten her, but you'll never stop me!

Walter: Aw, shut up and fight already!

<Walter runs forward and kicks at Thrak, who bats him away. No sooner, however, is Walter knocked away, than Jake attacks, using a similar kick and striking Thrak, to seemingly little effect. He, too, is easily swatted away by Thrak, who growls and swings his club, knocking Anya and Cindy away as they approach. Jeremy, however is undaunted and launches himself forward, almost flying. He tackles Thrak, throwing them both ten feet. As they land, Jeremy lets go, allowing Thrak to roll a few more feet while he gets back on his feet. Not wanting the cyborg to recover, Jeremy runs forward, firing his Data Ray even as he charges his Blade.>

Jeremy: <roars with effort.>

<Jeremy reaches Thrak and slashes hard, horizontally from the side of his torso. The attack forces the embattled Thrak back and down, where he erupts in a similar fireball to Emeralde's.>

Anya: Mission accomplished.

<Slowly, rubble is knocked away as a smoking Thrak pulls himself up, his circuitry a mess. Emeralde is with him, her costume covered in soot and smoking slightly.>

Jake: They're still ALIVE?!

Anya: We cannot eliminate them yet. We are not strong enough... But we will be. They are beaten for now, and that will have to be enough.

Walter: All right... <keeps his Data Ray aimed, just in case.>

Cindy: Get out of here, both of you.

Jeremy: And tell Kalask that we won't surrender, we won't back down, and that we WILL stop him, no matter where he strikes.

Walter: Nice hero dialogue. Very heroic.

Jeremy: Oh, let it go, Walter...

<Thrak and Emeralde shakily summon a warpportal>

Emeralde: We... shall return, Cyber Rangers, and when we do, you will die a thousand deaths for this humiliation.

Thrak: You can't win! We are supreme!

<Even as he says this, they vanish into the portal, which closes with a thunderous clap.>

Jake: Brave talk from the ones running way...

Anya: This was no victory... They will be back, and they'll bring Kalask's army of monsters with them. It's only just begun, and we'll have to be ready to fight them all.

Cindy: Okay... We'll be ready.

Walter: We should help these people before reporting back...

Jake: Oh, right... The injured...

Jeremy: <trying to hide his annoyance at the realization that Jake forgot the civilians> Let's move.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

<Kalask looks down upon the badly injured pair of Emeralde and Thrak and laughs silently to himself>

Kalask: It appears that the enemies you faced were more formidable than you realized. Excellent... Tem-Tar, your error has proven most fortuitous indeed. These Cyber V Rangers will prove fitting sport. After all, the conquest of the Multiverse was getting boring. It is only fitting that the greatest link in the chain present a true challenge. I shall relish these five heroes as worthy adversaries... before I crush them outright!

<Kalask's laughter fills the hall, chilling Midnai and Tem-Tar to the bone...>

***

Location: Medical Bay, Fort Myers
Time: 11:41 PM Pacific time.

<Our view comes from Wendy's eyes as they slowly open. Her vision is blurry, but slowly starts to focus. We see Matt, burned and fairly torn up, but genuinely relieved that his sister is waking up at last.>

Matt: Hey, Sis. Gave us quite a scare.

Wendy: ...Matt? We're... alive? But Emeralde! Did she get the Cyber Ops?! <Wendy sits up suddenly and nearly vomits as she experiences vertigo.>

Matt: The Cyber Ops are safe, but... There's been a complication...

Wendy: <wincing> Complications? ...Oh no... You don't mean that...

<Matt nods and turns to face the five Rangers. Cindy is sitting in a chair, and looks extremely uncomfortable wearing the Pink Cyber Op, while Jake is virtually fighting imaginary enemies.>

Jake: Hey, the Brain Babe is awake! Gotta tell you, Babe, these things ROCK. We kicked those freaks back where they came from! You shoulda seen me in action! BAM! A Dread goes down! SOCK! Thrak goes flying! Totally wicked!

<Jeremy elbows Jake to shut him up. Anya clenches her fists. It wasn't supposed to be like this... Walter just watches Anya, fascinated by her and wishing he could help. Cindy just looks down, lost in her own thoughts.>

Wendy: no... NO! GOD DAMN IT, NO!

Sauder: <stepping from out of seemingly nowhere and keeping her from getting up with one arm, although not without obvious effort> There was no choice. Thrak and Emerlade were attacking the Bridge, and the two of you were still being tended to. The city needed the Cyber V. You knew this was a possibility, Wendy. I'm sorry. We'll discuss options later, but for now, get some rest.

Wendy: <furious> Is that an ORDER, General?

Sauder: I'll make it one if I have to. But I'd rather you not make me do that.

<Wendy glares at him, sorely tempted to snatch the Pink Cyber Op from Cindy, but another bout of vertigo strikes, her, and she relents, lying back, fuming. Cindy continues to look down, ashamed dispite knowing she'd had no choice.>

Matt: So... Where do we go from here, Sir?

<The question hangs in the air uncomfortably...>

***

Location: United Nations, New York, New York
Time: 5:00 AM Eastern standard time

<The room is darkened, save for a single monitor. It flickers to life to show General Sauder's face. President Meredith Winters nods politely, but her face is obscured by the darkness, hiding her from our view for now.>

President Winters: Good morning, General. Congratulations. Your team performed admirably. You have proven that our faith in your project was not unfounded.

Sauder: Thank you, Ma'am. I only hope we can end this conflict quickly and decisively.

Winters: As do we all. And the twins?

Sauder: Off active duty... just as planned.

Winters: Good. Any complications?

Sauder: I didn't expect them to get injured like that, but they'll recover soon enough. They still don't know the truth, and I pray they never do... If they knew...

Winters: Indeed. Keep us posted, General. Winters out.

***

Location: Sauder's private office, Fort Myers

<Sauder turns off the screen and turns to the three items on his desk. Two are the files for the Venturas Twins, denoting that they were injured and thus unfit for Ranger duty. Curiously, the medical sections of their files are heavily edited. The third was a new file, just delivered, stating the same thing. However, the newest file is dated three days after the stamp on the updated profiles folders.>

Sauder: <quietly, to himself> And if they ever find out the truth, I pray to God they'll find a way to forgive me...

<He turns to his vault and begins opening it. As he slides the door open, he places their files into it. He closes the vault, silently crushing the dreams of two who have been like his own children...>

Mission Log Completed.

Next time: Tensions mount on the team as they settle into the new status quo. But when Jake takes it upon himself to try and score some brownie points with Wendy, he finds himself in the crosshairs of Kalask's first monster! Find out what happens next time on Power Rangers Cyber V!
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I really like it! Looking forward to seeing how the mystery with the twins pans out, and how the Rangers deal with the threat. Love the SPD references, definately helped when bigging Kalask up to be a real threat.

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"Razor Bat"

Previously on Power Rangers Cyber V...

A warning from another reality prompted the formation of a military unit codenamed Cyber V, one that utilized highly advanced Ranger technology. The core team was to be Anya Maize, the girl who warned their reality of danger, Matt and Wendy Venturas, twin child geniuses who designed the weaponry, Walter Jenkins, and Jeremy Simms. Along with two alternates, Jake Taylor and Cindy Cook, they were prepared to defend the planet from the forces of Kalask. However, disaster struck when Fort Myers was attacked and the twins were seriously injured. Activating Cindy and Jake, the Cyber V repelled the attacks, knowing full well that the fallout from the fiasco had only begun...

Begin Mission Log.

Location: Medical Bay, Fort Myers, Horizon, California
Time: 8:32 AM, Wednesday

<Wendy, her head still bandaged and some odd cream on her burns, is sitting up in her bed going over some schematics. They are all over her bed, and we can see that they are the blueprints for the Cyber Ops. To her left is a laptop, into which she types in a set of variables and hears an error sound.>

Wendy: DAMNIT!

<Wendy slams the Laptop shut in disgust and frustration. Matt uses a wheelchair to roll himself over to her. His ribs are taped, so his shirt is unbuttoned, hanging from his shoulders loosely. He, too, has the cream in spots where burning metal struck him during Emeralde's attack.>

Matt: No luck?

Wendy: No... No matter what I try, making two more Cyber Ops just messes up the energy matrix of the first five and shuts them down. Every simulation comes back negative.

Matt: We can figure it out, Sis. We've come this far, haven't we? I mean, nine years ago, we were just a couple kids about to be booted out of the scientific community for the Terrarium Incident, and now we're the chief scientists for Project CV. Even if we don't have powers like we wanted, we're still a part of the team. Granted, I'd love nothing more than to make Jake EAT his Cyber Op, but that's not an option. Besides, General Sauder was right... Kalask wasn't going to wait for us to get better. He had no choice but to bring in Jake and Cindy...

Wendy: Doesn't mean I have to be happy about it. Cindy is NOT ready for this. We saw the battle thanks to their visor cameras, and she has a lot to learn.

Matt: So teach her. I've only known her for a few days, but it seems to me that she feels quite inferior living in your shadow. Maybe you can show her your moves, help her to be more effective.

<General Sauder walks into the Medical Bay, as always, dressed in full uniform.>

Sauder: That is a most admirable idea. Unfortunately, I have some bad news for the two of you. The President decided NOT to reactivate your CV Ready status. Miss Winters feels that you're needed here, building the weapons they'll use. <Sauder hesitates, then continues> I'm sorry, I tried my best, but for the foreseeable future, Cook and Taylor will continue on as Cybers Pink and Blue.

<Another closeup on Wendy's face as she looks like her world has just been pulled out from under her entirely...>

***

Power Rangers Cyber V
Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 3: Razor Bat
Written by Aaron Thall

***

Location: Training Area
Time: 2:31 PM

<Matt is in the observation window, watching as Jeremy, fully morphed into Cyber Red, sits at a holographic simulated cockpit. The cockpit is not unlike those used for the Turbo Zords in the Turbo Rangers movie, but it has the Cyber V insignia, a stylized CV, in the back.>

Matt: All right, Jeremy... Now just ease back on the throttle a little, and ease off... Ah, that's it.

Jeremy: Man, this simulator is tough... What's it for, anyway? Shouldn't the others be trying this, too?

Matt: You'll understand in time, Jeremy. For now, just focus on your flying maneuvers. It may well prove vital in the coming battles that you master this simulation now.

Jeremy: All right... WOAH!

<Jeremy "sees" a building coming up. He pulls at the controls, making a hard left. Seeing clear skies ahead, he breathes a sigh of relief>

Jeremy: Matt, I appreciate your help with this... But shouldn't you be resting?

Matt: I've never been one to let the grass dry under my feet, Jeremy. I'd rather be accomplishing something than listening to Wendy rant about how she should have been Cyber Pink.

Jeremy: It can't be easy for either of you... What about you, anyway? I mean, it can't be easy knowing that Jake has your Cyber Op and powers.

Matt: What's done is done, Jeremy... No sense dwelling on it. Jake may be the biggest asshole I've ever met, but, for better or worse, he IS Cyber Blue...

<Jeremy goes into a steep climb to begin the asteroid dodging sequence>

Jeremy: Maybe so... But I'm glad you're still with us.

Matt: Just focus, Jeremy...

Jeremy: <doing rapid maneuvers to avoid the "asteroids", pulling levers and steering with joysticks> Okay, but I promise you, buddy... I'm not gonna rest until we take Emeralde down for you and Wendy. It's the least we can do.

<Jeremy suddenly moans with frustration as his simulation suddenly is pelted with many tiny asteroids and the simulation vanishes>

Matt: Not bad, Jeremy. Next we'll try ground maneuvers... And, for the record... Thanks...

***

Location: Mess Hall

<It is your typical army style mess hall, but cleaner, and with a few more high-tech gadgets, most likely side effects of the twins' research and development. In any case, various personnel are getting a late lunch, most notably Jake and Walter. Jake, of course, is still bragging to anyone that he can get to listen about the recent battle on the Collins Parkway Bridge. Both are getting food items that are less than healthy, Walter a bowl of chili, Jake mashed potatoes with lots of butter and chives with meatloaf. Notably, it is unhealthy since it IS Army standard...>

Jake: Man, that was just SO cool. I almost wish Kalask was here right now, so I could whup him like I did those ugly robots of his...

Walter: Actually, it might not be a bad idea to go in without using your Op... Your charming personality alone might scare him away.

Jake: Fuzzhead.

Walter: Wannabe Latin Lover.

Jake: <shakes his head> And what do you mean by that, oh Cyber Green-With-Envy?

Walter: You know full well what I'm taking about. It's no secret you like Wendy.

Jake: Hey, the Brain Babe is kinda hot, and I like a good challenge.

Walter: She'd kick your butt.

<Outside, Wendy, feeling much stronger now, has gotten dressed and is walking down the hall, just in time to catch this part of the conversation. She is wearing her pink tanktop, blue jeans, and a labcoat. She narrows her eyes as she hears Jake's slightly derogatory nickname for her.>

Jake: Oh, as if... She's laid up in a hospital bed, man. Besides, no GIRL could ever show me up... I'm just too good for that.

<Wendy smirks. This loudmouth is really asking for it...>

Walter: Besides, you know she's really in a bad place right now... She and Matt were supposed to be on the team, and every time you open your mouth, you rub it in their faces that they didn't make it. It's not just thoughtless, Jake, it's just plain rude, and it's gonna turn around and bite you in the butt.

<Wendy smiles softly. If nothing else, Walter WILL make a good Cyber Green. JAKE, however..>

Jake: Hey, not my fault they got their butts kicked. Just as well, if you ask me.

<Wendy has heard enough, and quietly walks into the cafeteria. Walter sees this and does his best to not chuckle>

Walter: <quickly interjecting> And we didn't...

Jake: Matt OBVIOUSLY couldn't cut the mustard. I mean, he crumpled like a rag doll in the weapons lab, and as for Wendy, hey, the girl isn't made that won't fall for the Jake Taylor charm. She'll be begging me for it in a week, count on it.

Wendy: Oh, I WILL, will I?

<Jake's eyes go wide as Wendy's hand clamps down on his shoulder and pulls while her leg kicks out. This move causes him to flip backwards onto his butt. Amazingly, Wendy also manages to catch his tray, not spilling anything. SERIOUSLY PEEVED, Wendy stands over Jake, who looks like a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming car. He manages to sit up.>

Jake: Oh! Brain ba... I mean Wendy! Ummm... Hey... Feeling better I see...

Wendy: And you're looking a little down. What's wrong, Jake? Falling for my charms? Hate to tell you this, but I don't like...

<Wendy plucks the mashed potato bowl from Jake's tray, turns it upside down, and shoves it onto his head, letting the potato mush slide down Jake's face. This forces Jake onto his back once more.>

Wendy: -Mashers. Oh, and for the record... This MEATLOAF would be a better Cyber Blue than you. <drops the tray onto Jake's chest.>

<Uncaring of the people around her, Wendy storms out of the cafeteria. Walter grins from ear to ear as he crouches down to look Jake in the eye. Even crouching, itís hard, considering Jake has a bowl of mashed potatoes for a hat and is lying on his back.>

Walter: Yeah, Jake, she's REALLY into you... <Chuckling, he goes to find a table>

***

Location: Gymnasium

<It is a room mostly made of mirrors for walls, and many body building apparatus. There is also a large empty section with a large blue mat and wooden flooring. It is here we find Anya and Cindy. Both are in loose fitting jumpsuits, made to match their designated colors. Anya's hair is held in a ponytail by a scrunchie, and they both are wearing their Cyber Ops on their left wrists.>

Cindy: Anya, are you sure about this?

Anya: <nods> I am. I watched you during the last battle, and you relied far too heavily upon your Data Ray. If Emeralde or Thrak had noticed that, they could easily plan a defense against you... a fatal one. You need to practice more fighting techniques than just firing a blaster or swinging a blade.

Cindy: But...

Anya: But what? Is something bothering you?

Cindy: No... Not really... It's... just that.. Well... I don't think I can fill her shoes... I'm no Wendy... <counts off her list with her fingers> She's smarter than me, braver than me, a better fighter than me...

Anya: Cindy, you are not Wendy. You are you, and together, we'll make you the very best Cyber Pink... the very best CINDY COOK... we can.

Cindy: ...What about you? I get the feeling this is kinda hard on you, too...

Anya: <pauses, then sighs heavily> It is. The twins and I were raised together since we were children... They think of me as family, and I in turn... I just can't help but wonder if things may have turned out differently if I had gone to help them get the Cyber Ops... Perhaps together, we could have fought her off... Or if we had been faster in dealing with Thrak... Or-

Cindy: Don't, Anya. You can't blame yourself. What if I'd refused to hide? Or if Jake hadn't been so quick to follow their plan? Things happen, Anya, and we have to live with them. We can't live by the what ifs, because they didn't happen.

<Anya slowly smiles>

Anya: You're smarter than you give yourself credit for, Cindy. And you're right. I can't afford to dwell on the past, when it's our present and future I should focus on. Thank you.

<Cindy smiles for the first time since the siege on the base>

Cindy: What are friends for?

***

Location: General Sauder's Private Office

<Matt wheels himself into the room to see the General sitting at his desk, looking over reports. Matt salutes>

Matt: You wanted to see me, Sir? <lowers his arm>

Sauder: I did. Matt, you shouldn't be up and around so quickly.

Matt: That's why I'm using the wheelchair, Sir. Kalask is not going to wait for me to feel better. Jeremy needs his training, and since I designed his Combat Zord, I'm the one who should instruct him in it's use.

<General Sauder nods and looks over another report.>

Sauder: Speaking of which, what is the status on the Zords?

Matt: Razor Bat is ready, Sir. The other four are still going through final calibrations and arming. I estimate another two days before they are battle ready.

Sauder: So you're saying that if the Rangers run into serious trouble, Jeremy will have to face it alone?

Matt: And without his training complete, yes. I will be able to guide him from the communications link, but experience counts for a great deal. It's a shame Kalask didn't stick to the original timetable.

Sauder: Indeed.

Matt: I'd best go make sure Razor Bat is ready, Sir. With your permission, of course.

Sauder: <nods> I'm glad you're taking all of this so well.

Matt: Things happen for a reason, Sir. Heck, imagine where we'd be if you hadn't insisted on having alternates recruited... Worked out perfectly, didn't it?

Sauder: Yes... perfectly...

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Tem-Tar floats to the edge of the Shadow Claw's tallest turret and ponders what he should do.>

Tem-Tar: It is only a matter of time before Kalask grows weary of the challenge these so-called Rangers present, and once that happens, his full fury will fall upon me, for it is my fault this reality was so well prepared... No, that must not come to be... The Cyber Rangers must be eliminated before I am... But what to do? What to do?

<Tem-Tar worriedly wipes his brow. He paces back and forth on the turret.>

Tem-Tar: Oh, of COURSE! How foolish of me! I'll just select one of the Master's monsters to eliminate them for me! And once they're gone, I can claim the credit! But which one... He would have to be strong, and capable of fighting five opponents at once. Why, to fight all five, he'd literally need... radar... Yes, I know just the monster for the job! Cybrilla! I summon you! Come forth for new instructions!

<A warpportal appears before Tem-Tar, and a hulking monstrosity walks out. It seems to be a cybernetic gorilla, but with a cannon for a head and a radar dish spinning atop his head.>

Cybrilla: How may I serve you, Tem-Tar?

<Cybrilla's voice is oddly both mechanical and deep, fitting for a monster half animal, half robot.>

Tem-Tar: Yes, you'll do nicely. You see, Cybrilla, there's a tiny problem with our current conquest that I need you to eliminate for the master...

***

Location: Weapons Lab, Fort Myers

<Wendy watches as repair crews continue the cleanup of the area hardest hit by the invasion of the base. She closes her eyes and remembers Emeralde's attack... How she lost her destiny to little more than a madman's desires.>

Technician: Miss Venturas? Are you all right?

<Wendy opens her eyes and looks at the man, heavy set, and obviously concerned about her.>

Wendy: Honestly, No... I'm not, but thanks.

Technician: Well, I thought you might want to know that the Lab'll be back up and running by the end of the week.

Wendy: Good. Matt and I need to get back to work. Ummm... This may sound weird, but did you happen to find a pair of glasses around here by any chance?

Technician: Actually, yeah... Pretty banged up, though. Put them over in the recycling crate with some other junk.

<Wendy stifles an exasperated groan as she excuses herself and walks over to the bin. She kneels down and starts digging through it, sifting through the ash and broken circuitry. Outside the Lab, Jake, combing the last of his lunch out of his hair, walks towards the lab to tell Wendy off. He stops as he hears her muttering.>

Wendy: God, I am gonna KILL Emeralde if I ever see her again... <she gets up, her back to the camera.> She took my chance to be Cyber Pink away... She trashes my lab, and she broke... my... glasses...

<Jake watches her and ducks behind the doorframe as Wendy tosses the glasses back into the bin and walks out of the room rubbing her temples in frustration. Jake watches her go, and then walks into the lab. Doing his best to ignore the technicians, he goes over to the bin and kneels down, before reaching in and pulling out the glasses. The lenses are badly damaged, the frame twisted. He can tell they're just reading glasses, but they obviously meant something to Wendy. He hesitates for a moment, then pockets the glasses. He turns around and half runs, half walks his way towards Sauder's office. Once he gets there, he knocks on the door.>

Sauder: Who is it, and what do you want?

Jake: It's Taylor, Sir.

Sauder: What do you want?

Jake: Permission to leave base for an hour or two? There's something I need to do.

Sauder: Personal or business?

Jake: Ummm... A morale booster?

<Sauder opens his door and gives Jake the evil eye. Jake, in response, holds up the glasses. Sauder sees them and immediately understands.>

Sauder: Two hours, not a minute more. And stay in contact at all times.

Jake: Yes, Sir. Thank you, Sir. <salutes and bolts down the hall.>

Sauder: <shakes his head> Taylor's just FULL of surprises...

***

Location: Mess Hall

<Cindy and Anya are finally having their own lunch, consisting of cheeseburgers and salads. Jeremy walks over and sits by them.>

Jeremy: Hey. How's the training going, Cindy?

Cindy: Ask Anya. I hurt too much to answer...

Anya: <smiling softly> She's showing great potential. I've already got her working on backflips. Maybe soon she'll learn how to block punches...

Jeremy: Good to hear. We'll need all the help we can get out there.

Cindy: Man... Since when did saving the world have to hurt so much?

Anya: Well, you need to learn how to DUCK...

Cindy: <Moans> So... Jeremy... What were you doing all morning?

Jeremy: <shrugging> Matt's giving me flying lessons. Wish I knew why.

Anya: How did you do?

Jeremy: Apparently, I "show great potential".

Anya and Cindy: AAHHHHH... <nod mock sagely>

Jeremy: Anya, do you know why I'm being put through this?

Anya: <nods> I do, yes, but it is not my place to tell you. Suffice to say, it's vital you keep trying to improve. I fully expect "driving lessons" for all of you soon...

Cindy: "Driving lessons"?

Anya: You'll understand in time. For now, relax, eat, learn how to duck...

Cindy: True, true...

<Walter walks up from a distance. He stops and watches Anya, completely taken in my her. He knows he's falling for the lady, but he has no idea what to do. Even for a self proclaimed ladies man, the Indian girl from another reality is a completely unheard of challenge, and a captivating one at that. Sighing, he ponders his options in silence, away from Anya's prying eyes..>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Cybrilla is sitting at a workstation, letting Dreads repower his weapons and check his systems. Midnai walks in and sees the cybernetic simian, as well as Tem-Tar.>

Midnai: Tem-Tar, what is Cybrilla doing here?

Tem-Tar: I am merely rectifying an error I made, Midnai, so leave me to my work.

Midnai: You're sending him to the Prime Reality, aren't you? After those five who sent Thrak and Emeralde back here in shame?

Tem-Tar: I am the cause of this fiasco, and thus I am the one who should resolve it.

Cybrilla: <getting up> You mean =I'M= the one who's gonna resolve it. Those five Cyber Sissies won't be able to make a dent in me!

Tem-Tar: Just so long as the job is done, Cybrilla.

Midnai: Kalask will not be pleased by your initiative.

Tem-Tar: Kalask grows soft, Midnai, too comfortable with the ease conquering the Multiverse has become. The day will soon arrive where I shall strike fear into hearts myself... Yes...

Midnai: Oh, certainly. I believe that day is called Halloween. In any case, I wish you luck, for you shall certainly require a great deal of it.

***

Location: Optic World, Downtown, Horizon, California
Time: 4:30 PM

<Jake pushes open the door of the shop as he walks out, pleased with himself. He looks behind him at the shop and smiles. Unlike most of the buildings and stores, the shop itself is very much early 21st century style, a clear throwback to pre-Venjix days.>

Jake: Glad I remembered this place existed. It may take longer than the General said I could be out, but man, the Brain Babe is gonna LOVE this! Besides... It'll keep her from rampaging through the halls like a runaway bull. Jake Taylor, you are a genius. Score brownie points with the General, the babe, and show up her brother all at once. NOT TOO SHABBY, not at all... Hell, nothing could spoil this day!

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

<Cybrilla is focusing his circuitry on locating the Rangers as Tem-Tar urges him on.>

Tem-Tar: You can do it, Cybrilla! Find your targets and crush them all!

Cybrilla: Shut... up.

<Camera goes right into his head, where we see a 3-D grid. On it, a model of Horizon. The camera goes closer, suddenly zipping through streets, each one going faster than the last, until it stops, looking upon a computer graphic image of Fort Myers. Four tiny dots of light, Red, Yellow, Pink, and Green, blink upon this image.>

Cybrilla: Four of them are at their base.

Tem-Tar: Only four? Where is the fifth?

Cybrilla: Searching.

<The camera pulls away from the image and starts racing through streets again until it reaches downtown, and we see a tiny blue dot moving down the street towards a mall.>

Cybrilla: The Blue one is alone in the city, ripe for the crushing.

Tem-Tar: Excellent! You know what you must do!

Cybrilla: Consider Cyber Blue a dead man!

***

Location: Downtown, en route to local mall

<Jake whistles to himself, pleased beyond measure, as he walks towards the mall. He stops humming only when he hears a sound like thunder and sees an already all-too-familiar sight. A warpportal, splitting space right in front of him.>

Jake: Aw man... Why now? <Jake rubs the bridge of his nose as he impatiently waits for the inevitable arrival.>

<Jake's impatience is soon rewarded as Cybrilla, Tem-Tar, and a couple dozen Dreads leap from the portal and land in front of him. The citizens quickly scatter, clearing the area in record time.>

Jake: Okay... And you are...?

Tem-Tar: I, my dear Cyber Blue, am Tem-Tar, chief aide to my dear Lord Kalask. And this good fellow is Cybrilla. He's here to reduce you to atoms. Play nicely now...

<Tem-Tar flies up atop a building to watch the battle. He chuckles gleefully.>

Tem-Tar: Oh, this shall be SO exciting!

<Jake lifts his left arm to chest level while he raises and pulls back his right arm, palm facing out towards Cybrilla. Then, he shoves his right arm forward, pushing the "disk" into the Cyber Op.>

Jake: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

Jake: Man, you are one whacked out freak of nature, you know that?

Cybrilla: All I know is that you are an annoyance to be crushed. Prepare to die!

Jake: <yawns> Yeah yeah... Go suck a Tic Tac or something. I mean, PEEEEWWWW... And you don't even have a MOUTH!

Cybrilla: You are most aggravating, Human.

<Cybrilla's cannon head starts glowing with golden energy. Before Jack can react, it erupts, sending a heavy stream of plasma energy into him. Jake's suit sparks violently as he's thrown back ten feet. He lands on the ground hard and writhes in agony, even as the Dreads swarm in his direction. As the first two reach him, Jake manages to kick up, striking them in the jaws and forcing them back. Weakly, he flips back to his feet and tries to not appear staggered.>

Jake: You pack a good wallop, Donkey Kong. Now how about showing me some REAL firepower?

Cybrilla: GLADLY! DREADS! Get this fool!

<The Dreads start forward again, charging Jake even as he unsheathes his Data Blade.>

Jake: I can take you all on, no sweat!

<Jake runs forward to meet the Dreads. As he reaches one, he slashes hard, slicing the robot in two. Even as that one fell, he turned and jumped, kicking a second Dread in the shoulder before ducking under a third's attempt to grab him and slashing that one across the chest as well.>

Cybrilla: So you can fight Dreads, eh? I'm not impressed. Dreads, back away. I shall handle this fool personally.

<The Dreads do as Cybrilla commands, moving away from Jake, who stretches his arms and flexes his muscles to loosen up.>

Jake: I'm WAITING, Kong...

Cybrilla: Your wait is OVER!

<Cybrilla's cannon fires. Jake, ready this time, dodges by rolling to the left. As he hits the ground with his feet, he kicks up, propelling him into the air. Unholstering his Data Ray, he aims and opens fire as he soars through the air. However, Cybrilla's radar system kicks in, and the cyborg jumps up, avoiding the blasts before targeting Jake and firing again, nailing the embattled Cyber Blue in midair. Jake lands hard on his back, his suit smoldering.>

Jake: Okay... maybe just a LITTLE sweat... Man, is a pair of glasses REALLY worth all this?!

***

Location: Planetary Monitoring Room, Fort Myers

<An alarm blares throughout the room. It is largely gray, with many devices and world maps. Now, every single one of those maps has lit up on Horizon, while the main monitor shows the battle with Cybrilla through Jake's visor cam. Matt is there, checking systems. He sees the battle and narrows his eyes.>

Matt: Who is it?

Private Stevens: It's Cyber Blue, Sir.

Matt: DAMNIT! <wheels over to a wall and hits the com system panel> RED ALERT! Emergency downtown! Jake and some kind of cyborg gorilla! Get going!

<Matt releases the com button and groans. He really hoped that Jake would survive this mess, if only so he could kill the arrogant Cyber Blue himself. In his frustration, he fails to notice that he's accidentally caved the button deep into the wall.>

Matt: Inform General Sauder, and tell him that if I'm needed, I'll be in the Combat Zord Holding Bay.

***

Location: Downtown

<Cybrilla advances on Jake, but stops suddenly as his sensors detect the other four Cyber V. Right on cue, they flip onto the battlefield, no doubt arriving by teleportation. Red first, followed by Yellow, Pink, and Green. They land between him and Jake.>

Jeremy: Back off, ugly. Jake may be a jerk, but he's OUR jerk!

Jake: Oh, thanks a LOT. And who asked you to butt in? I had this guy right where I wanted him!

Cindy: Oh, really? Looked more like the other way around.

Jake: It was a trick. I was playing opossum!

Walter: SUUUUURRRREEEE you were, Jake. We believe you...

Anya: Can the chatter. This is serious. His name is Cybrilla. His radar systems can detect attacks in any direction, and allows him to plan appropriate defenses.

Walter: So it's five on one, and we're outnumbered?

Anya: Yes.

Walter: Cool. Might be fun. Come on!

<Before any of the team can attack, Cybrilla fires again, scattering them and sending them all to the ground.>

Cybrilla: You five make this too easy! I was hoping for a challenge, but instead, all I see is a group of posers who got lucky the first time!

Cindy: We can't let him win... <struggles to get up, somehow succeeds> We can do this!

<Cindy runs forward. A second later, Anya and Walter manage to follow. Jeremy pulls himself up and grabs Jake's arm, yanking him to his feet.>

Jeremy: You should have called for backup.

Jake: Yeah yeah... Be careful... Some creep called Tem-Tar's up on that rooftop.

<Jake points, showing Jeremy the villain's location.>

Jeremy: Anya, hold up a sec. What can you tell me about Tem-Tar? Jake says he's here, watching the fight.

Anya: That's very bad news. Tem-Tar isn't very powerful, but what he does makes him the most dangerous of Kalask's generals.

Jeremy: What does he do?

Anya: He makes the monsters grow so they can crush entire cities on their own!

Walter: <ducking under a swipe from Cybrilla's arms> Okay, THAT worries me.

Cindy: <trying to footsweep Cybrilla, who just hops over her attempt> He's tough enough already!

Cybrilla: Got that right!

<Cybrilla's head starts spinning in circles and firing, nailing each hero repeatedly as his head goes faster and faster. Jeremy dodges the last of the shots aimed at him by leaping low and forward, towards Cybrilla. As he comes up, he springs at the Gorilla, who merely sidesteps and swats the valiant Cyber Red in the back, sending him sprawling.>

Cybrilla: Ah, this is poor sport! You fall so easily!

Jake: We're not done yet!

Walter: Yeah, that's right, Jake. Make him MADDER...

Jeremy: We need a plan, and we need one now.

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay, Fort Myers

<It is a vast underground complex equipped with rising ramps and side exits. For now, four of the Combat Zords remain obscured by the machines fitting them for battle. However, the fifth one, supported by beams and a platform from the ceiling, is in clear view. It is a bizarre cross between a stealth flier and a bat. Colored red, it is massive, easily the size of skyscrapers, but it is designed to be agile and fast. It is also designed to fly, and to transform, but all that shall be revealed in time. Suffice to say, this mighty machine is the Razor Bat.>

<Matt wheels himself to a control console. He has acquired a headset microphone and put it on.>

Matt: Jeremy, I'm sending you some backup now. I just hope those flying lessons have paid off...

<Matt types in a few commands and the ceiling above Razor Bat slides away, revealing blue sky. The platform starts to rise, taking the machine to ground level.>

Matt: Jeremy, help is on the way. Be ready to take advantage of it.

<Razor Bat reaches ground level. It's engines start powering up, superheating the air around it.>

Matt: Razor Bat launch in five...

<The engines ignite>

Matt: FOUR...

<Razor Bat's cockpit lights up, revealing it is the same as the one Jeremy used in the simulation. It starts rolling down the runway, dwarfing the fighter jets parked nearby.>

Matt: THREE...

<Razor Bat picks up speed.>

Matt: TWO...

<Razor Bat angles it's wings for maximum lift.>

Matt: ONE...

<Razor Bat takes off blazing into the sky, rising to skyscraper height before blazing towards the city.>

Matt: And good luck, Razor Bat...

<Matt turns to the control station to guide the Combat Zord to it's goal. The camera in the mecha's cockpit allows him to see everything as if he was flying it himself. Smiling softly, he manipulates the controls, the robot plane responding immediately. The Razor Bat's speed surprises even it's designer, reaching the city in seconds. Calmly, Matt remote-pilots it and zooms in to view the battle. The Cyber V have surrounded Cybrilla, and he is once more blasting them all for their troubles.>

Matt: Take THIS.

<Calmly, Matt presses a red button on the console...>

***

Location: Downtown

<Cybrilla is laughing loudly as his head spins, striking each Ranger repeatedly with blasts. All five are down, in the midst of crater filled streets, struggling to get up and fight back. Their uniforms are largely blackened by the multiple impacts, even sparking in places.>

Jeremy: Can't... give up...

Anya: Can't... move...

<Suddenly, Razor Bat appears in the air and opens it's mouth, releasing a sudden sonic pulse that Cybrilla takes immediate notice of.>

Cybrilla: OH NO!

Tem-Tar: uh-oh...

<Cybrilla stops firing and turns just in time to see the pulse hit a full fifth of a mile all around. Impossible to dodge, all he can do is cover his "ears" as his radar sparks and jams, effectively blinding him.>

Matt: <over the team's helmet radios> Rangers, hit him hard!

<Jeremy struggles to his feet.>

Jeremy: All over it, Matt! DATA BLADE!

<Jeremy shakily unsheathes his blade and charges forth, stumbling only a little before adrenaline takes care of his discomfort. The blade charges as Jeremy raises it and swings, releasing explosive killing energy into Cybrilla. Not content, Jeremy slices again, from the opposite direction before turning his back to Cybrilla, who, for his part, collapses and erupts into a fireball.>

Jeremy: <striking his victory pose> CYBER V RED RANGER!

Walter: YEAH!

Jake: YES!

Cindy: One down.

Anya: Too many left to go.

<Tem-Tar trembles with rage as he sees Cybrilla go down. Hurriedly, he aims his left arm, and a strange tube extends from his robe's sleeve.>

Tem-Tar: Do not get too comfortable, heroes! This monkey business has only just begun!

<Tem-Tar's tube fires, releasing a tiny red metal robot that lands on the prone and smoking body of Cybrilla and bores into the creature, quickly reaching his core and multiplying. The effects are immediate as the nanite infestation expands immeasurably, restructuring Cybrilla into a giant as tall as the skyscrapers, and restoring him to life as well!>

Cybrilla: I WILL HAVE MY REVENGE!

Tem-Tar: That you will, my large friend, that you will...

<Tem-Tar motions, and a warp portal appears above him. He casually flies into it and is gone. The team, however, looks up to see just how massive the monster is now.>

Anya: This is what I was afraid of. His power will increase in proportion to his height. He can easily crush the city now.

Matt: <over helmet speakers> We're not beaten yet, team. Jeremy, get into Razor Bat. The rest of you had better clean up any remaining Dreads.

Walter: We're on it. Good luck, Jer.

Jeremy: I am gonna need it!

<Jeremy taps his belt buckle and becomes a cascading stream of binary data that flows upwards into the Razor Bat cockpit. Once there, the data reforms into Cyber Red, who looks at the controls absolutely puzzled.>

Matt: <Over speaker> Just relax, Jeremy. You're here to learn. I know you're not ready for this, so I'm at a supplementary control panel back at the base. If something goes wrong, I can take over for you, so just use what you've learned to stop this guy.

Jeremy: Okay, can do... <looks over the controls> So... which one is the start button?

Matt: <heavy sigh> Nevermind... Just watch what the controls do and try to not break anything...

<The controls in the cockpit suddenly seem to act of their own free will as the control sticks move forward and down. In response, Razor Bat moves as well, going into a power dive. A yellow light flashes on the console.>

Matt: The Razor Wings are fully charged. Care to do the honors?

Jeremy: Honors?

Matt: Just plow into Cybrilla and you'll see.

Jeremy: Plow into... YOU WANT ME TO CRASH INTO HIM?! ARE YOU INSANE?!?!

Matt: No, I'm this thing's designer, and it's pilot needs to learn to trust me.

Jeremy: I do that and there won't be anything left of-

Matt: JUST DO THE BLOODY MANEUVER ALREADY AND STOP QUESTIONING MY JUDGEMENT!

Jeremy: ...Fine, but I don't like it.

<Razor Bat soars through the city's skyline, moving gracefully to avoid buildings, it's wings glowing with energy. Cybrilla is directly ahead, targeting the Razor Bat and firing. Razor Bat easily bobs and weaves avoiding the blasts, some of which strike buildings.>

Matt: DAMNIT! <aside into a second speaker> I want casualty reports on the battle NOW. <back to Jeremy> Reactivate the sonics. It'll blind him and make him an easy target.

Jeremy: Right. <hits the button with sound waves on it, and "Power Team" starts playing> Ummm... Matt?

Matt: Sorry... Switch in the upper left corner.

<Jeremy flips it and the sonics fire up again, striking Cybrilla, who covers his "ears" to block it out. However, it is far too little and far too late, for he is once more effectively blind.>

Jeremy: Hope you're right, Matt... RAZOR WING... ACTIVATE!

<Razor Bat rockets forward and slams into Cybrilla, causing a massive eruption that sends Cybrilla sprawling to the edge of the city and leaving Razor Bat completely unharmed.>

Matt: Told you.

Jeremy: Don't be so smug... He's not finished yet.

Matt: Oh, yes he is... Jeremy, do you see that really big switch on the right wall?

Jeremy: Yeah...

Matt: Pull it.

Jeremy: You su... Of course you are...

<Jeremy pulls the lever down. The effect is immediate. The transformation begins by extending the engine thrusters out, revealing them to be the feet. They continue extending into legs. Next, the tips of the wings separate, revealing themselves to be hand weapons, which are easily caught by twin arms that come out of the sides of Razor Bat's main body and extend. The wings fold backwards from their midway point, while the Bat head cycles forward, becoming a chestplate. A new head rises from the main body, a odd mix of humanoid robot and bat. The transformation complete, Razor Bat lands on it's legs and stands ready for battle, weapons raised.>

Jeremy: WOAH! It's a Transformer! Or a Go-Bot or something but... HUH?!

Matt: Razor Bat Battle Mode. Uses a neural interface, just like the Cyber Ops. Just think a move, it'll do it... within the limitations of technology, of course. Try it out.

Jeremy: No time for tests, Matt. Cybrilla's about to go nuts.

Matt: Agreed. Kick his sorry ass back to Kalask.

<Razor Bat charges forward and goes into a flying leap, left blade weapon held out in front of it. Razor Bat zooms past the blinded Cybrilla, and there is a massive explosion as Cybrilla is badly slashed. The cyborg goes down again, but roars in defiance and starts firing in Razor Bat's general direction. Razor Bat ducks and rolls out of the way, miraculously crushing no one and nothing, save for street and streetlights, before getting onto it's feet again.>

Cybrilla: YOU'LL PAY! YOU'LL ALL PAY!

<Cybrilla begins firing his cannon again, but this time at the open skies. Several blasts come dangerously close to pulverizing several skyscrapers.>

Matt: Jeremy, you have to stop him now. Use the Hurricane Spin Slash.

<Jeremy immediately thinks the maneuver>

Jeremy: Time we finished this.

<Razor Batís weapons glow red as the robo begins to spin. It quickly becomes a massive blur that races forward and engulfs Cybrilla. There are massive sparks as the blade weapons slice off the monsterís cannon nose, his radar, and score multiple hits on the villainís body. Cybrilla is then ejected from the whirlwind and lands wearily on his feet. Razor Bat stops spinning and readies itís weapons.>

Cybrilla: Master... help me...

Jeremy: Bet you didnít see THIS coming... RAZOR SLASH!

<Razor Bat ignites itís foot jets and rockets towards Cybrilla, itís weapons still going. It holds both weapons out in front of it as it slams into Cybrilla and comes out the other side. Cybrilla sparks violently before collapsing onto his face and erupting into another fireball.>

Jeremy: Mission accomplished. And STAY down this time, you ugly ball of hair.

<Below, several Dreads suddenly erupt into a final blaze of glory. They collapse as one, revealing the other four Cyber V with their Data Rays leveled.>

Cindy: Time to go home.

Walter: Cool. <holsters his Ray> So... Jeremy? When do we get turns?

<Jake ignores all of this and powers down.>

Jake: Later, guys. Meet you back at the base. Gotta take care of an errand.

<Jake starts down the street back towards Optic World, hoping that they didnít shut down because of the attack.>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Tem-Tar stumbles backwards as Kalask looms over him, furiously aiming his arm cannon.>

Kalask: You DARED to attack without my authorization? FOOL! They are MINE to kill, MINE! The only reason I do not kill you is that you have actually done me a small service by forcing them to reveal this... Razor Bat. If they have one such battle machine, there could easily be others.

Midnai: <Stepping into the room> Indeed, Master. It seems our study of this universe's history shows a long association between Rangers and robotic vehicles called Zords.

<Kalask grabs Tem-Tar by the robe and lifts him to eye level.>

Kalask: I am assigning you the task of ferreting out any more of these machines. To crush the enemy, we must first know the full range of their powers. Do I make myself clear?

Tem-Tar: <panicked> Yes sir! Of course sir! It shall be done, master.

Kalask: It had BETTER BE!

***

Location: Immediate vicinity of Weapons Lab, Fort Myers
Time: 7:52 PM

<Jake runs down the hallway as fast as he can, stumbling a few times but not stopping. He holds a small box in his right hand and a huge smile on his face. He stops and allows himself to catch his breath before casually walking the rest of the way to the lab. He looks inside and sees Wendy, still wearing her labcoat, pouring over reports. Matt is with her.>

Matt: Cybrilla was tough. We need to make sure the Combat Zords are ready, Sis. The next one may be too powerful for Razor Bat alone.

Wendy: Oh, definitely. At this point, all we have left is calibrations. So, what happened to prompt the attack?

Matt: Like Kalask NEEDS a reason? Well, Jake decided to go out alone for god only knows what reason... And then he sees the ape and tries tackling it alone. He nearly got himself killed. At least there were only minor civilian injuries this time... We got lucky.

Wendy: <Sighing heavily> God... He could have gotten himself vaporized...

<Jake smiled, enjoying hearing that she cares>

Wendy: And then weíd be down one team member, all because of his arrogance, his attitude, his inexperience, and his stupidity.

<Jake physically winces. Frustrated, he drops the box onto the ground, turns, and walks away. Wendy and Matt hear the thud of the box, but by the time they get to the door to see who is there, Jake is long gone. Wendy looks down and sees the box.>

Wendy: Thatís odd...

<Wendy opens the box to see her glasses, fixed and pristine once more..>

Wendy: Now who could have...?

<She looks at the glasses, wondering if just maybe, they could hold all the answers that she needs. Of course, they do not. But she slowly gets an inkling of an idea, and smiles softly. She takes them out of the box and put them back in place, just above her forehead.>

Wendy: Well well, Mr. Taylor. It seems there's hope for you yet...

End of Mission Log.

Next time: Tem-Tarís latest plan threatens to wipe San Francisco off the map! Faced with a threat of greater magnitude than they ever hoped to face, the team must activate the remaining Combat Zords, but will even five mighty machines be enough to save the city before time runs out? Next time, on Power Rangers Cyber V!
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Unite for Combat!

Previously on Power Rangers Cyber V... Tensions began to mount within the team as Jake and Walter continued their attempts to impress Wendy and Anya. Cindy began her training in an attempt to get out of Wendy's shadow, while Matt, still recovering from injuries, began training Jeremy to pilot Razor Bat, the first of the Combat Zords. This training was well timed, for Tem-Tar revealed a special power of his own, making one of Kalask's cyborgs grow. Using Razor Bat, Jeremy killed the monster, but according to Anya, this is only the first of many to come!

Begin Mission Log.

Location: Training Room, Fort Myers, Horizon, California
Time: 9:25 AM, Saturday

<Anya, Wendy, Matt, and General Sauder watch the happenings in the room from the above observation window. Anya and Sauder are in their typical dress, Matt has already abandoned his wheelchair for a pair of crutches and has once more donned his usual manner of dress, and Wendy's head wound and bandage are completely gone now. She wears her usual outfit as well, including her repaired glasses atop her head. Below, the other four Cyber V, all morphed, are training using virtual Combat Zord cockpit simulators.>

Wendy: Okay, guys. You're doing well... But you need to work together. Now that Kalask knows about Razor Bat, he's bound to set a trap to lure it out into the open again. We need all of you to be ready, because one thing is absolutely certain, and that's that Razor Bat won't be able to do the job alone next time.

Matt: Not to mention the fact that we can't piggyback for all four of you like I did in that last fight. You need to learn to trust yourselves, to trust us, and to trust each other.

Jake: <steering> Easy for you to say! You were the one who MADE this stuff! Of course YOU know how to use it! What the heck am I driving, anyway? Handles like a tank!

Matt: It IS a tank.

Jake: SEE?!?!

Anya: This is not something to take lightly, Jake. Your attempt to fight Cybrilla alone only serves to demonstrate how badly we need to practice working as a team. We cannot keep relying on new weapons and luck to bail us out every time. We must be as one if we are to win.

Walter: You heard the lady. Keep going, Blue's Clueless.

Cindy and Jeremy: <sigh heavily> KNOCK IT OFF!

<Sauder exchanges glances with the three longest-term recruits.>

Sauder: Damnit... Time's running out, and if they can't even learn how to drive those contraptions you built... we're all finished...

<Anya hears this and looks down at the other four recruits. Silently, she balls her hands into fists. She would sooner die than let Kalask win...>

***

Power Rangers Cyber V
Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 4: Unite For Combat!
Written by Aaron Thall

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Tem-Tar paces back and forth once again, deep in thought, and, of course, quite panicked.>

Tem-Tar: Oh my oh my... I simply MUST find a way to lure out any more of those battle machines the Rangers possess... If I don't, Kalask is sure to vaporize me! But what to send? What to send? If those punks were able to defeat Cybrilla...

<Emeralde and Thrak walk into the room, obviously healed since their last encounter with the Cyber V Rangers.>

Emeralde: Why so worried, Tem-Tar? Afraid that your usefulness has worn itself out? Or maybe you're just afraid that Kalask will finally realize that, except for making monsters grow, you have no purpose at all?

Tem-Tar: Watch your tongue, lest you lose it!

Emeralde: Is that a threat, little man?

Tem-Tar: You wouldn't dare attack me.

Emeralde: Of course I would, you pathetic worm. I look forward to the day Kalask creates something else to make them giants, so we can have the pleasure of placing your head on a wall.

Thrak: I'll do the unscrewing.

<Thrak flexes his metallic hand, making Tem-Tar wince.>

Tem-Tar: Errr... Perhaps this is not the best time to be indulging in rivalries... Especially ones I would surely be killed in... No... Thrak, I require a monster of immense power, one that would provide sufficient threat to warrant the Cyber Rangers summoning all their mecha... and then be powerful enough to annihilate both them and Fort Myers. Do you have any recommendations?

Thrak: <nods> Neutron.

<Emeralde and Tem-Tar gasp in shock and horror>

Emeralde: Neutron?! But he is the single most deadly monster in the army! None who have faced him have ever survived! His power is great enough to annihilate cities in the blink of an eye!

Tem-Tar: Indeed... Oh dear... Kalask would surely disapprove of using such a robot again... He makes the victories far too easy.

Thrak: Do I look as if I care about how hard a victory is? I'll settle for an easy victory if it means we prove to Kalask that we can win without him. Tem-Tar, you asked me and I have answered. Summon Neutron, and the Rangers and their base will both be ash.

Tem-Tar: Indeed... Along with all of Horizon, and perhaps the entire world... for how can anyone hope to battle... a living nuclear bomb?

***

Location: General Sauder's Private Office, Fort Myers
Time: 10:00 AM

<Sauder is sitting behind his desk looking over progress reports, while the twins and Anya stand at attention, Matt using crutches to stay up.>

Sauder: What's the status of the Combat Zords?

Wendy: Completely fueled. Calibrations complete. Test runs finished within expected parameters.

Sauder: And the training of the new recruits?

Matt: Slow going. Jeremy is showing great improvement, no thanks to Cybrilla and Tem-Tar. Cindy is still far too hesitant in battle, Jake refuses the concept of teamwork, and Walter is spending far too much time... Errr... Mooning over Anya.

<Anya's eyebrow rises. She had not noticed that before.>

Sauder: But can they work as a team?

Anya: I do not know, Sir. They are a very scattered group, easily distracted. None of them is willing to work with anyone else except for Walter and Cindy. Cindy is willing to work with anyone because she is too fearful of being on her own, while Walter keeps volunteering to work with me, for reasons I am only now comprehending. But as a whole, I am having my doubts. They are undisciplined and, in Jake's case, insubordinate.

Matt: Cindy is the one I worry about most, Sir. Her lack of confidence hinders any effectiveness she could have. She feels she's living in Wendy's shadow, and that thought is overwhelming her.

Wendy: And I worry most about Jake... Mainly that I may have to hurt him badly if he does not cease his incessant bragging and posturing. I take great offense to the phrase "Brain Babe", and-

Sauder: Your personal problems are irrelevant here. Deal with Taylor on your own time.

Wendy: <chagrined> Yes sir...

Sauder: And you yourselves have not helped the situation any. If anything, your actions have exasperated the situation.

<All three blink>

Sauder: Anya, you say that you are a part of this team, but you do not train with the other recruits. It's good that you've taken Cook under your wing, but it isn't enough. Find a way to rein in Jenkins and to convince Simms and Taylor to not be solo acts. You are a team of five, not a team of one and four hanger-ons.

Anya: But Sir-

Sauder: No buts. You came to me to solve the Kalask situation, and I would hope that you'd trust me to know what's best by now. You've been fighting the guy longer than any of us, and we need you to stay focused on that. The answer lies with those four down there... And you have to work with them as an equal. Guide them in their training.

Anya: Yes, Sir...

Sauder: As for you, Matt, I am fully aware of how you took control during the Cybrilla incident, and while I applaud your actions, it does not change the fact that you do not trust the team to solve their own problems. The minute it looked bad, you sent in the Razor Bat without clearing it by me first. And then you proceeded to tackle the monster yourself by remote control in a pitched battle throughout downtown Horizon! I've listened to the recording of your "chat" with Simms, and I'm not happy. You were behaving as though you were in command of the mission.

Matt: I only did what I had to do to safeguard lives, General.

Sauder: Heard the excuse, don't buy it. I know how you feel about losing your chance to Taylor, and if I could change the situation, I would. As it is, you are not Cyber Blue, so get used to it.

Matt: <annoyed> Yes, Sir.

Sauder: <turns ominously towards Wendy> And as for you...

Wendy: Oh crap...

Sauder: You've wreaked more havoc on base than all the others put together. Rampaging through the hallways like a half crazed Viking, the incident in the mess hall, your attitude and general demeanor, and the air of inherent indignant superiority you've taken to wearing on your sleeve the last few days are all completely intolerable. If we didn't need you, I'd either confine you to quarters or demote you. As it is, have you forgotten everything we had to go through to get the two of you Ranger Status to begin with?! For god's sake, it took every bit of political pressure Supreme Commander Cruger and I had to even get you onto the base! By all rights, it should be a federal offense just HAVING you two here! You know how people feel about... <General Sauder backs up a bit.> About your... condition.

<Wendy's face betrays her thoughts. Those thoughts are "Oh crap, here it comes... Help...">

Sauder: Cook needs your help more than anyone else. Take over for Anya. Train her to be the Cyber Pink you were going to be. Show her everything you know, and get her to be as good as you possibly can. We need her, and we can't afford to have her screwing up at the wrong moment.

Wendy: Do I have to-

Sauder: <Gets up from his desk faster than lightning and leans over it, mad as hell> VENTURAS! DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?!?

Wendy: yessir...

Sauder: Excellent. Get to work... and for god's sake, show them their Combat Zords before we end up with a new problem on hand...

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay
Time: 11:30 AM

<The bay is pitch black as a single door opens. Wendy and Anya lead the way, followed quickly by the other four CV recruits. Matt, naturally the slowest thanks to his crutches, brings up the rear>

Wendy: Welcome to the Combat Zord Holding Bay, Rangers. From here, Matt and I have gone about constructing the largest weapons and vehicles in your arsenal. You are to familiarize yourselves with this area most of all, for your Zords are, after your Cyber Ops, the most important and powerful weapons you will possess.

Matt: You all saw how much power Razor Bat wielded in battle... How easily it took down Cybrilla... Cybrilla was nothing compared to what you will face in the future. You have to be ready. And thus, we present to you all... the Combat Zords.

<Matt hits the light switch. In rows of fifty, the lights come on across the ceiling of the Bay, revealing the five Zords to the eyes of the recruits. Four of them stand their ground on the floor, while Razor Bat lays upon its ceiling perch once more. The team gasps in amazement as they look upon their new weapons.>

Walter: WOAH! Totally cool! How do we drive these things?!

Matt: By paying attention during your driving lessons. Regardless, the General wants you familiar with these immediately. Kalask knows of Razor Bat's existence. He has to suspect there are others as well. He will stop at nothing to draw them out and eliminate them.

Jake: Like to see him try... So, which one is mine?

<Wendy stifles a pained groan of annoyance.>

Anya: Be strong, Wendy...

Matt: Jake, you will pilot MortarTread.

<A bright light shines upon the first Combat Vehicle. It is very much a gigantic tank with powerful looking treads and a turret to match. The turret is silver, while the treads are jet black. The main body of the vehicle is the same blue as Jack's uniform.>

Matt: MortarTread utilizes heavy armor and explosive shells for a potent combination. It can take a lot of damage without even slowing down.

<The team hears a twinge of regret in Matt's voice. It is obvious that he wishes it were he behind the wheel of this Combat Zord. To their credit, they say nothing, leaving him alone with his thoughts.>

Wendy: <feeling the same regret as she begins> Cindy, you will pilot BlastTruck.

<The second vehicle is spotlighted. It is a massive vehicle resembling a semi, but with a very thick flatbed back. Upon the back are twin white and red missile launchers that look very dangerous. Like all the remaining mecha save Razor Bat, it is mostly blue, but highlighted with pink trim, to signal it belongs to Cyber Pink.>

Wendy: BlastTruck utilizes twin missile payloads to strike enemies hard and fast. It may be the most dangerous of the four vehicles in terms of sheer power.

Matt: Walter, you will pilot WeatherTrain.

<Another spotlight, this time on WeatherTrain. It closely resembles Rail Rescue Five from Lightspeed Rescue, but the front is built like a grill, or blinds. It is blue with green trim.>

Matt: WeatherTrain uses an array of weather based weapons. It can launch blasts of ice, wind, water, lightning, and heat. Be very careful in using these weapons, because too much could cause serious damage to anyone around them.

Anya: My Zord is LightTank.

<The fourth vehicle is highlighted by a spotlight. It is a long and heavily armored vehicle, again, mostly blue with yellow trim. Several large laser cannons can be seen along its body.>

Anya: It allows me to utilize extensive laser weaponry for precision attacks and heavy duty battle. And last, of course, is Razor Bat.

<Spotlight turns on Razor Bat>

Anya: No doubt you are already aware of what it can do. Let it be your greatest weapon, Jeremy, and little will be able to stop you.

Wendy: But regardless of how powerful each Zord is, they are far greater when you apply teamwork. Together, working as one, you can unite them to form Cyber Combat Megazord. However, teamwork is something this group is sorely lacking.

Matt: Indeed. We're here to help, but the bulk of the effort must come from the five of you. You should return to training to drive your Zords immediately.

Jake: What about lunch?

Anya: It can wait.

Walter: Says you. He gets cranky when he doesn't get what he wants... Not that he's EVER a ray of sunshine...

Jake: Watch it, Green Acres.

Walter: Make me, Little Boy Blue...

Jeremy: Guys... There is a time and a place, and this isn't either.

Both: Who asked you?

<The team starts to leave. Wendy reaches out and grabs Cindy by her shoulder>

Wendy: Not you, Cindy. I think it's time we talked.

Cindy: Wh... What about?

Wendy: Everything.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Thrak, Emeralde, and Tem-Tar walk slowly through the halls of the Shadow Claw. The halls seem to be made of mildewing stone, with clouds of steam coming from the floor. The sounds of machinery in the distance belays the image of almost ancient hallways of brick. The walls are filled with small "caves", each containing a monster we cannot see through the shadows. We will meet them all, given time. The trio stop before a barred cave.>

Tem-Tar: I still have reservations about this, Thrak.

Emeralde: As do I. There is no honor in using such a powerful robot. It is far TOO easy.

Thrak: Then leave. Go run to Kalask and hide behind his power, like you usually do. I, however, choose to not cower, but to ACT!

<Thrak's metal arm grabs a bar and pulls. The metal strains and bends, before snapping off of the wall with a few sparks. Thrak smiles and tosses the bent metal aside before repeating the act twice more, bending bars, breaking them, and throwing them aside.>

Thrak: In less than a minute, the greatest weapon in our arsenal will be free again!

<Emeralde narrows her eyes. It is obvious that her concerns are far greater than just a too easy victory or Kalask's anger. Tem-Tar watches Thrak with an odd mix of apprehension and concern. Thrak continues to grin like a madman as he grabs the two remaining bars in his massive grip and pulls, ripping them free, and taking chunks of wall with it. He tosses both aside and steps back.>

Thrak: NEUTRON! You are summoned to do the bidding of the master!

<There is silence for a moment, then sudden noise as servos begin operating again. Yellow, mechanical eyes flash on and rise as Neutron stands. Lights upon his body serve to highlight the still shadowed monster as he steps forward, out into the light.>

Neutron: Neutron is ready to serve. What are your orders?

<Neutron is a robot, slightly smaller than Thrak. He is shaped like a large bomb, appropriate, since that is what he is. The tip of his head is a small antennae, while his chest cavity is dominated by an ominous counter, currently off. His body is silver, with many colored lights upon him. His yellow eyes glow with preprogrammed hatred.>

Thrak: You are to go to Earth at once. When you arrive, you will activate, drawing out the newest enemies of the Master. They are called the Cyber Rangers. You are to lure out their battle robots and then vaporize them and the city they defend. Tem-Tar and I will go with you to make sure the mission succeeds.

Tem-Tar: <startled> I AM?!?!

Thrak: You ARE.

Tem-Tar: <cowed> I... guess I am...

Neutron: Orders processed. Will proceed at once, as per your orders.

***

Location: Mess Hall, Fort Myers

<Wendy and Cindy are sitting at a table by themselves as several other military personnel walk by them, including a troll, an ogre, and a Horath.>

Cindy: ...So... Wendy... What did you want to talk about?

Wendy: I... I wanted to apologize, Cindy.

Cindy: Apologize? For what? You haven't done anything wrong.

Wendy: Actually... I have... I haven't been fair to you at all. I guess I've just kinda blamed you on some level for losing my chance to be Cyber Pink, and you deserve better than that. You've done a great job so far, and you've earned my respect.

Cindy: ...Oh... Well... It's okay... You've been under a lot of stress lately... I mean, it can't be easy for you.

Wendy: And it has to be worse for you. You weren't ready for this...

Cindy: How could I be?

Wendy: True, true... Tell you what... Would you like me to train you? I mean, you have a few good moves already, and Anya's been showing you a few things, but-

Cindy: Did the General put you up to this?

Wendy: <slight smile> Sorta, but he's right. I should be helping you instead of stomping around like an ogre. <She pauses, and looks at the ogre.> No offense. So, what do you say?

Cindy: ...Okay. But I've got to ask... Why haven't they ordered you back into the field yet? You're fully healed, right?

Wendy: There's... a complication. Suffice to say, some very important people bent over backwards to get me the role of Cyber Pink, and I blew it when I got hurt. Now I'm permanently off Ranger status because I let them down. And all because people are afraid of- <She stops, catching herself.>

Cindy: Afraid of what?

<Suddenly the alarm begins blaring. It startles Cindy, who looks out the window to see four streaks of light flying towards the city. She hits her Cyber Op's communications port.>

Wendy: (thinking) Saved by the bell...

Cindy: Cindy here. What's going on?

Sauder: <over Com port> Thrak, Tem-Tar, and some kind of robot just appeared at the edge of Horizon Park. Morph and join the others immediately.

Cindy: Yes, Sir. <turns to Wendy> So, training later? If I survive, I mean.

Wendy: You will. You're tougher than you think.

Cindy: <nods> Thanks.

<Cindy gets up from the table and turns to face the window. Cindy lifts her left arm to chest level while she raises and pulls back her right arm, palm facing out towards the window. Then, she shoves her right arm forward, pushing the "disk" into the Cyber Op.>

Cindy: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

***

Location: Horizon Park

<Cindy appears in mid air and flips, landing in front of her teammates, who are already facing Thrak, Tem-Tar, and Neutron. She turns around and runs to join them.>

Cindy: Sorry I'm late, guys. Who's the robot?

Anya: I believe he is called Neutron. He is Kalask's Doomsday Device. <Anya points at the robot> Do you see the counter upon his chest?

<Cindy turns to see that there is indeed a counter on the chest of Neutron, counting down from fourteen minutes, thirty five seconds.>

Anya: When the timer reaches zero, he will detonate.

Jake: And this is a problem? One less robot to worry about.

Anya: I only wish it was that simple. When he detonates, it will be a nuclear level detonation. It will wipe all of Horizon off the map, and the radiation will pollute the skies, ground, and ocean for decades to come.

Jeremy: So how do we stop it?

Anya: I am not certain. No one has ever survived long enough to find out. I don't know how he can still exist after all the times he's been used...

Walter: So we can't attack it without him going off sooner?

Anya: Correct. There may be nothing we can do.

Thrak: Oh, what a pity. The Rangers are stumped!

Tem-Tar: I must admit, Thrak, this is going quite well. Perhaps we shouldn't detonate Neutron, but instead hold the city hostage with the THREAT of nuclear annihilation.

Thrak: Bah! Hostages are for cowards! Neutron, I have a new command for you. Under no circumstance are you to stop the countdown before the time comes to erupt. Do I make myself clear?

Neutron: Orders received. Affirmative, Sir.

Walter: We can't just stand here!

Cindy: We have to try something!

Thrak: You can DIE along with your CITY, fools! Tem-Tar! You know what to do!

<Tem-Tar is quite startled, realizing what it is Thrak wants him to do.>

Tem-Tar: You can't be serious! You want him to GROW?! But the explosion could destroy the entire continent, throw the planet from its orbit, and annihilate everything!

Thrak: <slowly, gleefully> I know... NOW DO IT!

Tem-Tar: ...Oh dear... I'll have you know this is under extreme duress!

<The tube extends from Tem-Tar's robe and, hesitantly, he fires a red nanite. The team can only watch in horror as it strikes Neutron and burrows deep before replicating itself constantly. In no time at all, the nanites expand outwards, causing Neutron to grow into a giant.>

Tem-Tar: Kalask will not be pleased... Not at all...

<Tem-Tar warp portals away.>

Thrak: Enjoy the show, Cyber Rangers! I'm sure it'll be a BLAST! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

<Thrak summons his own warp portal and steps through, vanishing from the field of battle.>

Jeremy: Okay, this is really bad.

Matt: <over helmet communications system> Rangers, I've analyzed Neutron. He is not entirely a bomb. If you can separate his chest cavity from the rest of his body, you can take him down and then worry about the bomb. Furthermore, if you annihilate the antennae on his head, he cannot return after detonation.

Anya: The antennae is a molecular reconstruction device?

Matt: Yes. Get to the Combat Zords. HURRY! We're running out of time!

Anya: All right. Time to put the training to work, everyone.

Jeremy: <holding his left hand to the side of his helmet> COMBAT ZORDS: MOBILIZE!

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay

<Wendy runs into the Holding Bay, just as the lights all come on. Matt is already at the control console. Wendy takes her place next to him.>

Wendy: Matt, we need to talk.

Matt: Once this situation is handled, Sis.

Wendy: Your call.

<Matt types in a few commands and the ceiling above Razor Bat slides away, revealing blue sky. The platform starts to rise, taking the machine to ground level. Razor Bat reaches ground level. It's engines start powering up, superheating the air around it.>

Matt: Razor Bat launch in five...

<The engines ignite>

Matt: FOUR...

<Razor Bat's cockpit lights up. It starts rolling down the runway, dwarfing the fighter jets parked nearby.>

Matt: THREE...

<Razor Bat picks up speed.>

Matt: TWO...

<Razor Bat angles it's wings for maximum lift.>

Matt: ONE...

<Razor Bat takes off blazing into the sky, rising to skyscraper height before blazing towards the city.>

Wendy: Launching Combat Zords.

<The floor of the Holding Bay tips upwards, forming a ramp as the ceiling slides away to reveal open airspace. Each of the four Combat Zords, MortarTread, WeatherTrain, LightTank, and BlastTruck, activate their cockpits before revving to life and rolling up onto the ramp, two by two. The Vehicles quickly reach the surface and pick up speed, catching up to Razor Bat easily. They reach the city in mere instants.>

Jeremy: <pointing> Here they come! Let's do it!

<The Rangers all touch their belt buckles and teleport in beams of cascading data to the cockpits of their mecha.>

Jeremy: LOG ON!

Walter: Walter here! This is kickin'!

Jake: Jake here. All systems go!

Anya: Anya here. Up and ready!

Cindy: Damn, this feels SO familiar... Hey! Nice stereo!

Jeremy: I'm going battle mode to try and nail his antennae.

Cindy: Good luck!

<Jeremy pulls the lever down. The effect is immediate. The transformation begins by extending the engine thrusters out, revealing them to be the feet. They continue extending into legs. Next, the tips of the wings separate, revealing themselves to be hand weapons, which are easily caught by twin arms that come out of the sides of Razor Bat's main body and extend. The wings fold backwards from their midway point, while the Bat head cycles forward, becoming a chestplate. A new head rises from the main body, a odd mix of humanoid robot and bat. The transformation complete, Razor Bat lands on it's legs and stands ready for battle, weapons raised.>

Neutron: Internal sensors detect incoming opponent. Initiate defense procedures.

<Neutron turns to face Razor Bat, which raises it's weapons. Jeremy looks and sees the counter is down to ten minutes.>

Jeremy: We need to do this fast and hard! RAZOR BLADES!

<Razor Bat lunges forward, slamming it's right weapon into Neutron's side. Neutron reacts by grabbing Razor Bat's arm and twisting, flipping the mecha over it's head. The impact of Razor Bat landing shakes the ground, but the robot, it's pilot determined to win, gets right back up and staggers back a little.>

Jake: Okay, new plan. We just plain HIT IT!

<MortarTread fires, an explosive shell slamming into Neutron's arm, eliciting sparks.>

Cindy: I'm with you!

<BlastTruck's missile launchers raise and fire, ramming explosives into Neutron's left leg and staggering the robot. The missiles immediately regenerate in the launchers.>

Walter: Let's see how it does once it's cooled down a little!

<The front of WeatherTrain raises and a nozzle extends, spraying a blizzard of ice at Neutron's legs, freezing the robot in place.>

Walter: Now THAT'S more like it!

Anya: Indeed! Jeremy, can you restrain him?

Jeremy: I can try!

<Razor Bat leaps and flips over Neutron's head. As it lands, it grabs the robot around the "neck", restraining it's movements.>

Anya: Lasers locked. FIRE!

<LightTank lets loose with a laser barrage that slams into Neutron's head, vaporizing the robot's antennae. Explosions rock the robot as it pulls free of the ice and swats Razor Bat away.>

Neutron: Damage Estimate: Five percent. Detonation will occur in nine minutes.

Cindy: Man... We have to hit him harder!

Jake: All over it!

<MortarTread fires again, but eye beams erupt from the head of Neutron, detonating the shell prematurely.>

Walter: Let's see what else this bad boy can do!

<Lightning launches from WeatherTrain's front and strikes Neutron, who greedily absorbs the voltage.>

Neutron: Power Rangers must not interfere with primary mission any further. Initiating removal procedure.

<Neutron thrusts it's left hand forward, returning the electricity Walter hit it with as a coherent beam of force. The beam slams into MortarTread, LightTank, and WeatherTrain. Cindy grinds her teeth together from BlastTruck's cockpit and takes aim.>

Cindy: ENOUGH!

<BlastTruck fires, but Neutron senses the attack coming and swats the missiles aside with his right hand. The missiles return and detonate next to Cindy's Combat Zord, rocking her inside the machine.>

Cindy: AHHH! That was too close!

Walter: You're telling me?! That blast almost tipped me over!

Jake: Heavy armor my ass Venturas! When I get back to base, I am gonna kick your butt so hard your whole family will feel it!

Wendy: <over speaker> You are, are you?

Jake: Errr... Scratch that...

Jeremy: Is everyone all right?

Walter: Still in the fight, if that's what you mean.

Cindy: A little shaky, but I'm here.

Jake: Like THAT could slow me down...

Anya: Systems still fully operational.

Matt: <over speaker> Okay, guys, this may be difficult to comprehend, but you cannot defeat him alone. You need to work together in order to stop him.

Jake: Says you! I could handle this guy!

Matt: Or you could get yourself killed, followed quickly by everyone else on the planet. You heard what Anya said about Neutron's detonation. You need to combine your Zords immediately and form the Megazord if you are going to save the entire planet from a short Nuclear Winter, followed by being wiped clean by the Sun's gravity.

Wendy: In other words, this group needs teamwork, and it needs it in less than seven minutes! So initiate Cyber Combat Megazord IMMEDIATELY!

<The Rangers all nod and unsheathe their Data Blades as slots open for the weapons. They slide the weapons in, and their helmets all flash with the phrase "Cyber Combat Megazord Initialized". Razor Bat flies into the air as it's legs fold in on themselves at the knees. The blade weapons return to the wings as the arms return to the main body of the mecha. The laser weaponry on LightTank retracts into various ports, while WeatherTrain closes it's weapons array as well. Blast Truck splits right down it's middle, forced apart by retrorockets. The two halves continue to race forward. They are joined by LightTank and WeatherTrain, which brace as Razor Bat flies down, back facing the ground, it's legs locking into the backs of the two mecha before they speed up, allowing BlastTruck to meet them at Razor Bat's shoulders. Blast Truck's halves moves in closer, revealing connector ports that lock onto Razor Bat and snap into place. MortarTread splits into two as well, the top half rocketing off and flying in behind Razor Bat as the treads and main body ride up the impromptu ramp created by WeatherTrain and LightTank. As it reaches the top of the ramp, it slams down onto the chest of Razor Bat, locking into place and revealing a stylized Cyber V logo, the Data Blade and a circle of binary code separating digital style letters CV. The other half of MortarTread begins a transformation as well, as the turret extends away from the remainder of the main body and turns around, revealing a helmet. The barrel rotates down the back of the barrel before the helmet snaps into place over Razor Bat's head. Finally, the combined machine takes to the air. The front ends of LightTank and WeatherTrain rotate forward, creating feet. The cab sections of BlastTruck move upwards as well, revealing two large metallic black hands. The missile launchers and missiles rotate and shift as well, forming massive shoulders. The remainder of MortarTread snaps into place on the back. The transformation complete, the new gestalt lands on it's feet and poses dramatically, raising and lowering it's fists as it's eyes light up green.>

Rangers: CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD COMPLETE!

<The Cyber Rangers appear in a combined cockpit made of their five Vehicles' individual ones. Jeremy is in front, Walter to his left, and Jake on his right. Behind them are Anya, behind Walter, and Cindy, behind Jake.>

Wendy: Rangers, meet Cyber Combat Megazord. He utilizes all your individual Vehicle's powers and combines them for greater effect. More than ever, you must work as a team or you will fail in your mission.

Anya: We must work quickly now. Walter, can you bring us up a windstorm? And your ice attack?

Walter: Can do.

Anya: Good. Cindy, can you aim at either side of the timer?

Cindy: I can try.

Anya: Just do your best. Jake, be ready to blast Neutron if he tries to stop us.

Jake: Oh, definitely.

Anya: Jeremy, be ready to move as quickly as Cyber Combat can.

Jeremy: ...I get it... You're going to perform a little surgery, aren't you?

Anya: Yes.

Jeremy: With you all the way. This is gonna take split second timing. We mess up, we're all toast.

Wendy: Guys... Be careful...

Jake: Always, Babe.

Jeremy: Whenever you're ready, Anya.

Anya: NOW!

<The chestplate of Cyber Combat Megazord suddenly unleashes a windstorm and ice that washes over Neutron. The robot begins to slow almost instantly as it's joints are frozen.>

Walter: Neutron's a popsicle! You're up, Anya!

<Anya says nothing, but nods before lasers shoot from the eyes of Cyber Combat, quickly slicing a circle through the robot's chest and out his back.>

Anya: Cindy! Jeremy!

Cindy: FIRE!

<Cindy aims and fires. The missiles launch from Cyber Combat Megazord's shoulders and slam into both sides of Neutron. Even as this happens, Cyber Combat Megazord moves quickly, leaping over Neutron and coming down behind the robot to catch the nuclear core before it can fall and detonate. The impact of the missiles has another effect, freeing Neutron from the ice.>

Neutron: Alert. Nuclear core has been tampered with. Begin retaliatory measures.

Jake: Retaliate THIS...

<Cyber Combat Megazord puts the core down and faces Neutron, who still functions despite the massive hole in it's chest. The Megazord's own chestplate begins glowing before the insignia releases a powerful burst of energy that strikes Neutron, causing the robot to erupt violently in several smaller explosions before it falls backwards on it's heels and collapses, detonating in a far larger fireball.>

Anya: Neutron has been terminated, but we still need to deal with the core.

Matt: All over it. Jeremy, grab the core and use the combined powers of the Zords to blast the Megazord into the edge of the atmosphere.

Jeremy: Gotcha.

<Cyber Combat Megazord complies, picking up the nuclear core. The timer states they have less than a minute. Holding the core carefully, the Megazord rockets upwards, propelled by the combined energies of LightTank, BlastTruck, MortarTread, and LightTank, channeled through it's feet.>

Wendy: Initiating teleportation.

<As the Megazord reaches the edge of Earth's Stratosphere, the team feels a familiar experience as the mecha is engulfed by the teleportation matrix. In seconds, the light clears, revealing the vastness of space. None of the team says anything, but they merely allow Cyber Combat Megazord to release the core, which floats off into the void.>

Jeremy: Guys, get us outta here.

Matt: We're trying!

<A monitor in the cockpit clicks on to show Matt and Wendy huddled over a fair-sized device.>

Wendy: The teleportation drive is momentarily overloaded by the stress of transporting the Zords! It won't realign to bring you back!

Cindy: Thirty seconds!

Jake: You're saying we saved the entire world, and we're still gonna die? Okay, this day officially SUCKS.

Anya: You can do it... We have faith in you.

Wendy: We're not giving up, but...

Walter: Man... There has to be a way!

Cindy: Twenty seconds!

Jeremy: <clenching his fists> We can't let Kalask win!

Wendy: Damnit! Reboot already, you stupid piece of junk!

Cindy: Ten seconds!

Jake: Can't believe this is happening!

Anya: At least we paved the way to stop the invasion.

Cindy: Five seconds!

Matt: Only one chance! DONATELLO EMERGENCY REPAIR KICK!

<Matt throws his crutches aside and spin kicks the teleportation drive. It sparks violently and churns back to life.>

Wendy: YES! TELEPORTING NOW!

<The core explodes, less than a mile from Cyber Combat Megazord . Suddenly, the Rangers feel themselves being pulled away again. As their vision clears, they see that they are once more in the city, Cyber Combat Megazord posing triumphantly.>

Jeremy: <breathing heavily with relief> Mission accomplished... Good job, everyone.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask's mask's eyes burn with fiery anger as he looks down upon Thrak and Tem-Tar>

Kalask: You fools DARED to use NEUTRON! IDIOTS! I had him locked away for a REASON! You're both just LUCKY the Megazord defeated him. As it is, you succeeded in drawing out their Combat Zords, and for that, I commend you... But for attempting to take away my greatest source of amusement was most unwise of you both. Consider this a final warning... Do not attempt such a foolish stunt again... EVER. If you do, a warning will NOT be all you receive.

<Midnai appears as Tem-Tar and Thrak scurry away. She walks over to her master.>

Midnai: Does this Cyber Combat Megazord worry you, my Lord?

Kalask: Of course it does not, Midnai, but it's power is to be respected, and it's pilots hailed as the worthy adversaries they are. Yes, breaking them should prove a suitable challenge for one such as I... A most suitable challenge indeed...

***

Location: General Sauder's Private Office, Fort Myers, Horizon
Time: 5:00 PM

<Once more, Sauder is at his desk with Anya, Matt, and Wendy standing at attention. Matt has now abandoned his crutches, and is obviously still in some minor pain, but nothing he can't handle.>

Sauder: That was good work out there today, but the group still has a long way to go.

Matt: True enough, but they were able to stop what was reputed to be the deadliest robot in Kalask's arsenal, and that speaks volumes about the possibilities for them, Sir.

Sauder: I want results, not possibilities.

Anya: And you'll have them soon enough.

Sauder: Good. I expect no less from the three of you. Dismissed.

<The three leave his office. Sauder turns around and looks at the wall where his safe is hidden.>

Sauder: Sorry, kids... It's for the best... Just be glad you're not locked up somewhere instead...

<Directly outside Sauder's office, Matt turns to his sister.>

Matt: Wendy, you were going to tell me something earlier...

Wendy: Oh yeah... I kinda almost let Cindy in on our little secret.

<Anya and Matt both gape at her.>

Matt: Sis, you DIDN'T...

Wendy: I said ALMOST. Relax. She doesn't know anything... Not yet, anyway.

Anya: You two can't keep it from them forever. Working that closely with the two of you? It's only a matter of time before they figure out the truth. It would be wise for you to tell them before then.

Wendy: But what would they say if they knew that we're both...

Anya: It's never meant anything to me. But then again, my reality never suffered those events to begin with. To me, you're you, and it's that simple. If they're going to be your comrades and friends, you need to tell them the truth. <smiling softly> In any case, Wendy, don't you have somewhere you need to be?

Wendy: <nods> That I do...

***

Location: Gymnasium, Fort Myers
Time: 5:07 PM

<Cindy is there, performing warm-up stretches and wearing a formfitting pink lycra bodysuit. Wendy walks in, wearing a similar suit of pink, gray, and light blue. She smiles.>

Wendy: Glad to see you're on time, Cindy. Ready to get started?

Cindy: <smiling> Yep. And thanks.

Wendy: My pleasure. Now, let's start with something simple... Forward kick.

<Cindy shakily performs one, nearly losing her balance.>

Wendy: Good, but you need to try to balance a little more... Try it like this...

<Wendy performs the same move, but leaning back a little more to distribute weight equally.>

Cindy: <nods.> I get it.

Wendy: Well what say we do a few together... And... Kick! Kick! Kick!

Cindy: KICK!

And so it goes...

Mission Log Complete.


Next time on Power Rangers Cyber V: Munch returns, and Anya goes into full vengeance mode! But when the job proves to be too much for her alone, will anyone be able to save her from herself? All this, and the new Cyber Cycles, next time!

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Vengeance

Previously on Power Rangers Cyber V... The need for the heroes to work together was even more vital, as Tem-tar and Thrak released Kalask's ultimate robot, Neutron, onto Horizon! Using their new Combat Zords, they attempted to destroy the living bomb, but to no avail. Eventually, only by working together to create the Cyber Combat Megazord, did they defeat him.

Begin Mission Log.

Location: Anya's quarters, Fort Myers, Horizon, California
Time: 5:32 AM, Tuesday

< Anya is seen laying in her bed, the sheets are slumped off on the floor, and a look of fear is on her face. >

-Dream- (Inside Anya's mind, we see a twisted recreation of the tower she had entered with Daniel and Kevin on the fateful night she was sent to the Prime Reality. Inside that tower, once more, Anya's worst nightmare is playing out before her terrified eyes as Kevin prepares to confront Munch... A confrontation he can enver survive.)

Munch: First you, then your friends. I'm a very hungry guy, you know!

<Kevin nods slightly.>

Kevin: First you gotta get past me, and that's not gonna happen.

<With no further warning, Kevin opens fire with his machine gun, spraying Munch with a barrage of armor piercing bullets. Munch roars in anger and pain as the bullets dent his metal parts and draw odd yellow blood from his flesh wounds. None of the bullets go far enough to kill.>

Kevin: DIE! WHY WON'T YOU DIE?!

Munch: Give me a reason to!

<Munch advances on Kevin as he continues peppering the monster with bullets. The barrage continues for fifteen more seconds before the weapon begins dry-firing.>

Munch: Awww... All outta ammo? TOO BAD!

<With an inhuman roar, Munch storms forward and chomps down on Kevin's gun, as well as much of his upper arm. Kevin screams in agony and tries to pull free, but Munch's mouth has far too strong a grip for simple human strength to ever hope to break. With evil glee, Munch grabs Kevin and pulls him closer.>

Munch: Dinner time.

<Anya watches from a distance, horrified, as we hear a terrible crunch, followed by several sounds best left to the imagination. Daniel, instead of watching, grabs her by the arm and pulls her along.>

-End Dream-

< Anya groans and rolls in her sleep, cold sweat on her face. >

-Dream-

Daniel: SEND HER NOW!

<A Dread fires it's flamejets, and Daniel is set ablaze. He screams in agony as Munch runs forward and grabs him. Rick sees Anya moving to help him, and quickly motions for her to stay where she is.>

Rick: DON'T MOVE! You get off the platform, and everyone loses!

Anya: DANIEL! RICK! DON'T-

<Before Anya can finish her protest, Rick hits the button and the self destruct simultaneously. As she fades away, a scream of horror in her throat, she sees Munch bite down on Daniel as Dreads and Rick are caught in a violent eruption. Then it all fades away to white...>

-End Dream-

< Anya bolts upright. She attempts to scream, but it cames out more like a hoarse cough. She calms herself down and takes a drink from a glass of water on the nearby bed stand. >

Anya: I...can't let that happen here. (She clenches her fists and narrows her eyes.) I'd die first.

***

Power Rangers Cyber v
Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 5: Vengeance
Written by Mikhail Bodeau (main writer) and Aaron Thall (plot, additional material)

***

Location: Mess Hall, Fort Myers, Horizon, California
Time: 7:40

<Wendy, Matt, Cindy, Jake, Jeremy, and Walter are seated at a table for breakfast. Jake prods his soundly 'nutritous' meal.>

Jake: Why can't they just make pizza once in a while?

Walter: They don't want to waste it on you.

Jake: I'd make a comeback, but after smelling this, I think I'll just aim my vomit in your direction instead. (He pushes the "food" away.)

<Walter opens his mouth to say something, but Anya seats herself next to the rest of her teammates. She's obviously fighting the effects of a lousy night, but she's too professional to admit it.>

Walter: (half concerned, half amused) Sleep well?

Anya: Yes.

Wendy: At least someone did. Matt and I were stuck working late.

Matt: Yes, you would think they would let us rest once in a while.

Cindy: What are you working on?

Wendy: New machines to help us... I mean you... in combat.

Matt: They're nearly complete; you'll see them when they're done.

Walter: So, Anya, what do you think Kalask will send next?

Anya: One can never tell, Walter. There are many monsters under Kalask's command, all willing to do one thing... destroy.

Jeremy: (Turning to Anya) Anya, do you think Kalask will strike again soon?

Anya: There is no telling when he will strike, he could attack at this very moment...

Jake: Wow, we get our very own doomsday prophet. Can't you just FEEL the love in this room?

Wendy: (turning to Jeremy) Should I?

Jeremy: ...Just this once.

Wendy: Oh, good. (Smacks Jake upside the head) Oh, that felt SO RIGHT.

Jake: OW!

Matt: It would be very much welcome if you would manage to be silent for once, Jake. You have NO idea of what she's seen and done.

Cindy: Please, save it for Kalask, guys...

Wendy: (without checking a clock or a watch) She's right. Best to save it for later. We have training in less than half an hour.

Jake: Gotcha, Brain Babe. (Wendy smacks him upside the head again) OW!

Cindy: ...You're training with us? But I thought-

Matt: And you thought right. But just because we're sidelined, doesn't mean we can't still teach you guys a few things.

<Wendy moans, but does nothing but eat her breakfast.>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inappicable

<Tem-Tar appears before Kalask's throne.>

Tem-Tar: I believe I have the perfect strategy to eliminate the Rangers, master.

Kalask: I pray it won't be as much a failure as your last attempt. Or the one before that. Oh yes, at this point, you're only useful for making my minions grow...

<Tem-Tar gulps.>

Tem-Tar: Indeed... This will not fail you. If you recall, in reality 4510-231, Munch managed to destroy much of the remaining resistance there. If we set him to Prime Reality, then the rebel, or Cyber Yellow if you will, is likely to slip up. Certainly, no one could have seen what she did and not have been affected. Once we have defeated her, the others will have no guide to advise them, and they shall fall because of their ignorance.

Kalask: This sounds to be a promising proposition, Tem-Tar. Very well. Send for Munch. <leans back> Oh yes, beware, young Anya, for your worst nightmare is about to come true once again... What a glorious game this shall be...

***

Location: Training Room
Time: 8:45

<Cindy and Wendy spar, while Walter and Jake are seen doing pushups, and finally Jeremy and Anya pratice defensive moves. General Sauder watches from behind a glass wall, Matt there as well.>

Sauder: They all have been doing well. Matt, I take you have been showing Taylor how to use the skills you learned?

Matt: Yes, as irritating as he can be, he proves to be nearing an equal in combat. He is competitive, though. He wishes to out-do the others.

Sauder: Both good and bad. Continue your work.

Matt: Will do.

<Sauder begins to walk away, but pauses.>

Sauder: How goes your work with the newest weapons?

Matt: They're almost ready now. A few more hours just to be certain they're perfect.

Sauder: Excellent.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Tem-Tar is seen walking along cages, their occupants hidden in shadows for the most part.>

Tem-Tar: No...no...no...Yes.

<He unlocks a cage and slowly swings the door open.>

Tem-Tar: Munch, come forward!

<The cage lights up to show the horrific beast called Munch. Seeming to be entirely mouth, he steps out.>

Tem-Tar: I have a treat for you...

Munch: Glad to hear it! I'm always hungry!

Tem-Tar: Excellent. The treat I offer you is a chance at redemption. You see, there is the small matter of a rebel who escaped you... a rebel now causing a great deal of grief for our master. I offer you a second chance to annihilate her, as well as her newfound allies. Are you interested?

Munch: Oh yeah... DEFINITELY. I can practically taste my revenge already.

***

Location: Collins Parkway Bridge
Time: 1:21

<The bridge is busy, as is to be expected during the lunch break. Living their lives, few bother to note a portal opening, except those it directly concerns.>

Driver: What is that?!

Passenger: It...it looks like a black hole!

Driver: Whatever it is, it's in my waaaauuuggghhh!

<The driver is unable to finish his sentence, as the creature that is called Munch steps forward, and immediately takes a bite from his car's engine. The portal closes behind him.

Passenger: What the devil are you?!

Munch: Hungry.

<Accidents occur around Munch, as his presence causes much distraction.>

Munch: And everyone deserves a good long lunch!

<Munch walks over to the driver's side and bites into the car again...>

***

Location: Mess Hall
Time: 1:30

<Anya, Cindy, Jeremy, Jake, and Walter have just begun their own lunch, when alarms begin blaring, and personnel scatter, rushing to battle positions. All of them leap up and rush to the War Room, to find General Sauder and the Matt waiting.>

Jack: What's the problem?

Sauder: A monster teleported to the Bridge a few minutes ago. People are presumed dead, as it appears this creature has CONSUMED it's victims.

<Anya looks grim as he says this. Cindy nearly vomits at the mere mention of people being eaten, but chokes it down.>

Cindy: ...Oh my god...

Sauder: Rangers, suit up!

Jeremy: Yes, Sir!

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out towards the wall. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

All: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jeremy finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a red battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Red!>

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Anya finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a yellow battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Yellow!>

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

<As their morph completes, the Rangers are surprised to see that they haven't gone anywhere.>

Walter: Hey, why aren't we at the Bridge?!

Matt: Teleportation's down. The unit was badly strained by teleporting the Zords in the last fight. We can't risk using it again until it's repaired, or we could lose you. Follow me to the Holding Bay. We've got your back-up transportation ready to go.

<The Rangers follow Matts out of the War Room, heading towards the Holding Bay.>

Anya: Can you get us a visual?

Wendy: <Over speaker> Yes, transmitting now.

<Inside their helmets, they watch as a transparent image of the scene occuring at the Bridge.>

Cindy: What is that monster?

<Anya remains silenced in horror. Her eyes then narrow.>

Cindy: Anya?

Anya: That...is Munch. His only real power is being able to eat anything, and anyone.

Walter: We can beat him, though... Can't we?

Anya: ...We couldn't last time.

Walter: Huh? Anya, what did that me-

Matt: (Opening the Zord Bay) While I wish we had time to complete calibrations, we don't have that luxury.

<The Holding Bay lights up five stylized motorcycles detailed with the Cyber Ranger logo.>

Matt: These are the Cyber Cycles. They're each powered by a miniature perpetual motion machine, so you'll never run out of fuel in a fight. They're armed with your average run of the mill force shields, lasers, tracking equipment and the like. You'll find they're also the fastest things on two wheels that you'll ever see.

Jake: Nice! Christmas came early this year!

<All five leap onto their respective Cycles simultaniously, while at the same time a ramp comes out from the wall. They tear out of the Holding Bay in no time.>

Jeremy: Let's rocket!

<Jeremy zips through the traffic on the streets as he speeds up. The others are forced to also speed their Cyber Cycles up to match Jeremy's speed.>

Wendy: <Over speaker> Be careful, guys. These Cycles haven't even been tested yet.

<It was a matter of moments before they saw the chaos Munch had caused. Pieces of cars lay strewn about. Other cars were more whole, but being licked by flames. The Rangers slow their Cycles to survey the carnage.>

Anya: Where is he...?

Munch: Right HERE!

<Munch comes up from behind, biting down on Jake's arm, illicing sparks and a panicked cry from Jake, and tearing him from his Cycle. The rest of the Cyber V Rangers turn their Cycles around to face Munch.>

Anya: Activate weapons systems.

<Right on cue, laser gun barrels eject from the sides of the Cycles and fire. As the beams strike Munch, he drops Jake, who was to be his next meal.>

Munch: That hurt!

Walter: GOOD!

Matt: <Over speaker> Jake, are you alright?

Jake: Ergh...I'll live.

Munch: Not for long!

<Munch attempts to chomp down on him once more, but another blast from their lasers sends him flying backwards.>

Munch: You're strong, but I'm STRONGER!

<Munch grabs a nearby vehicle and throws it at them. With ease, they whip out their Data Rays and fire, destroying it. When the smoke clears, though, there is no sign of Munch.>

Cindy: What happened to him?

Anya: He left to prepare for us the next time.

Jeremy: Or it could be a trap.

Matt: <Over speaker> The sensors show that Munch has indeed disappeared.

Anya: This isn't over... It's only just begun. <clenches her fists, furious at her old enemy's easy escape.>

Jake: DAMNIT! <He pulls himself up.> I wanted a chance to teach that guy that I'm not just some fast food!

Walter: I guess you'll have to wait for that chance. Besides, you should relax. He's probably looking for something a lot healthier than you.

Jake: Oh har har. It is to laugh...

<As the team helps Jake back to the base, Munch watches from inside a warpportal.>

Munch: That was a nice appetizer... Now... now for the main course! These Rangers have such... delicious colors...

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

Kalask: Tem-Tar!

Tem-Tar: Yes, my Liege?

Kalask: What is this I've heard about Munch running away? Wasn't he supposed to be able to annihilate the Rangers? Please, enlighten me as to why I shouldn't send him AND you to the slave pits on Selva Prime?!

Tem-Tar: Yes, my Liege, but only to recover. They had new weapons, called the Cyber Cy--

Kalask: Excuses. Always excuses. I am aware of this. Do not disappoint me with Munch, Tem-Tar. Do not disappoint me EVER.

<Tem-Tar drops his eyes nerviously.>

Tem-Tar: No, I will not disappoint anymore.

***

Location: Fort Myers, Training Room
Time: 3:36

<Jake walks in, his arm in a sling.>

Matt: How goes the arm?

Jake: Better. Docs fixed me right up.

Matt: Good. Next time, try and watch your back.

Jake: It wasn't my back he got.

Matt: You know what I mean. The suits can only protect you so much; you have to develop instincts and reflexes far more than you have if you're going to survive.

<The others eventually stop their training and go to see how Jake is doing, Walter most reluctantly. All but Anya, this is. She continues to spar with an imaginary enemy, a grim look set on her face.>

Anya: Munch... cannot be allowed to destroy this world as well... I won't let him!

<Anya doesn't even seem to notice when the others are watching.>

Jeremy: What's gotten to her?

Cindy: I...don't know.

Jake: Maybe she just doesn't like losing a monster.

<Walter remains unusually quiet as he just watches.>

Matt: Anya, are you alright?

<Anya doesn't seem to take note. Matt frowns.>

Wendy: Weird...

***

Location: Mess hall
Time: 5:54

Cindy: Wow, Anya's been training this whole time.

Jeremy: Don't worry, she probably only wants to be ready to fight Munch again.

Wendy: Don't worry? None of us have ever seen her like this...

<Walter sits quietly, musing to himself.>

Jake: Yo, Space Cadet, you there?

<Walter doesn't notice.>

Jake: I think whatever's got Anya is contagious...

<Walter finally snaps back.>

Walter: Huh? What?

Cindy: Welcome back. You left us.

Walter: Oh, sorry... Just thinking about what could get Anya like this.

Matt: She has seen a lot. I suspect she and Munch have crossed paths before... And that it didn't go well.

Jeremy: I'd hate to face something out of my past like that.

Cindy: Me too...

<Anya finally comes in.>

Walter: Anya! Are you feeling okay?

Anya: (Completely unconvincing) Yes. Just fine.

Cindy: We were worried. You spent a long time training.

Anya: I lost track of time.

<A few of them exchange glances.>

Anya: When will the Cyber Cycles be calibrated?

Wendy: They're ready now.

Anya: Good. <Without another word, Anya walks away.>

Walter: Hm. Weird.

***

Location: Training Room
Time: 9:35

<Anya is once again fighting that invisible enemy. Walter watches from behind a glass wall. >

***

Location: Underground weapons lab
Time: 12:43

<The Twins are still busy at work, checking the Zords. They look surprisingly fresh, considering how long they've been up.>

Matt: ...She's going to go after him, isn't she?

Wendy: ...Wouldn't you? After what she saw him do? I mean, I hate lying to the Rangers...

Matt: About not knowing anything on Munch? Or our little secret?

Wendy: Both.

Matt: (sighing) Anya's a very private person. If she wants to let them in, she will. An as for our other little situation... You know how everyone feels about people like us.

Wendy: It's not like what happened was OUR fault!

Matt: That doesn't matter. Fear and hate take time and patience to overcome.

Wendy: ...So... What happens when the Rangers find out?

<No one answers her question.>

***

Location: A vacant building in Horizon
Time: 1:24

<A portal opens, and Tem-Tar steps down.>

Tem-Tar: Munch!

<Munch comes from the shadows.>

Munch: Whadda ya want?

Tem-Tar: Munch, be sure you do not fail me.

Munch: Yeah, yeah... I hear ya... I still wanna taste the Yellow Ranger...

Tem-Tar: And so you shall. Try and lure the Cyber Yellow out. Given your history together, she's bound to be reckless. Use these wisely...

<A portal opens again, and Dreads walk out. Munch laughs like a madman.>

***

Location: Mess Hall
Time: 7:39

<Jeremy walks in with a plate to see Wendy and Matt staring at their food with a lack of interest. Their body was there, but their hearts wished to be elsewhere.>

Jeremy: You two look like a mess.

Wendy: Urgh.

Jeremy: Really?

Matt: Egh...

<The rest of the team come over.>

Walter: What's up?

Jeremy: Just speaking to these talkative twins.

<Anya also looks very tired, but she doesn't let it show, like the twins.>

Walter: Sleep well last night?

Anya: Yes.

Jake: I can see the twins didn't, though. Up late working again?

Wendy: Yes. The Cycles and Zords are ready to go.

Matt: Anya, we need to talk about-

<Alarms being blarring, personel rush, and the Cyber V members stop what they are doing immediately, and rush to the War Room.>

Matt: ...Nevermind...

***

Location: War Room
Time: 7:42

Sauder: There's no sign of Munch, but there are Dreads at the Bridge.

Jeremy: What is it with the Bridge lately?

Walter: Good view? <shrugs>

Wendy: We save money on set design by recycling it over and over?

<They look at her.>

Wendy: Okay, too early for fourth wall jokes. Got it.

Jake: Well, only one thing to do.

Jeremy: Yep.

Anya: <Quietly> It's time to settle an old score...

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out towards the monitor. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

All: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jeremy finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a red battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Red!>

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Anya finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a yellow battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Yellow!>

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

<The Cyber V Rangers rush out of the War Room, heading towards the Holding Bay.>

<As one, they leap onto the Cyber Cycles, even as a ramp extends from the wall, revealing a passage to the surface. One by one, Jeremy in the lead, they race up the ramp, which continues on through the wall to the surface, where they come out into the open air and land easily on their wheels. As they race for the boundary of the Base, the fence slides apart, allowing the five Cyber V easy exit from the base.>

<Once again, they quickly zip through the traffic, and reach the Dreads in almost no time.>

<The Dreads are mindlessly firing at vehicles that near them, only noticing the Rangers when lasers strike one from behind, finishing him off.>

Anya: This is too easy...

<Jeremy spins his Cycle to avoid a blast, running over another Dread in the process. Another Dread fires at Cindy, only for her lasers to cut through the flame and destroy the Dread.>

Jeremy: The Cycles make fighting these dolts a breeze!

Walter: <To himself.> Where's Anya? < Fires lasers at another Dread. He then sees her leaving the bridge to persue Munch. He considers telling the others, but notices that they're busy with the Dreads. So instead, Walter rushes to follow her.>

Walter: <thinking> Man, why is she doing this?!

Wendy: <Over comlink> Guys, the teleportation unit's back online!

Walter: About time! Can't talk. Gotta hurry!

<On a neighboring street, Anya corners Munch. Getting off her Cycle, she glares at her old enemy.>

Munch: Hey! Cool! Delivery! I always wanted to try take out!

Anya: The only thing getting taken out today is you, murderer! DATA BLADE!

<Anya unsheathes her weapon and charges recklessly.>

Munch! Aw, a little toothpick! How cute! Come on!

<Anya lunges at him, but he easily sidesteps her and swats her aside. Not giving her a chance to recover, he kicks her dropped Data Blade aside before turning around and kicking her in her stomach. Gritting her teeth under her helmet, she tries to get up, only to get kicked again.>

Munch: Is that all you've got? Gimme a break! How lame! The old man with the gun lasted longer than this!

<Anya's mind flashes on the two men that had kept her alive and gotten her to the Prime Reality. With new determination, she shoves Munch away and staggers to her feet, before weakly punching him twice. Still stunned by the hits she has taken, the punches are ineffectual, and Munch easily bats them aside before grabbing her by the arm.>

Munch: Hey! You smell good enough to eat!

<Munch grabs her other arm and pins both to her side. He opens his mouth as wide as he can and shoves Anya, waist on up, into his mouth.>

Anya: Let me go before I-

Munch: Such a spicy dish... Yum! Bye bye, Cyber Yellow...

<Munch starts to close his mouth to bite Anya in two, but suddenly Walter comes in using a flying kick. He hits Munch in the eye, and the monster tumbles backwards, dropping Anya in the process. Anya kneels down on the pavement, trying to regain her strength as Walter blasts Munch with his Data Ray.>

Munch! HEY! NO FAIR! This was supposed to be a one-on-one! I'm outta here!

<Munch teleports immediately.>

Anya: <getting up> NO! He won't get away again!

Walter: WOAH! Chill, girl! Calm down! What the hell is WRONG with you?!

Anya: Nothing is wrong with me! That monster is on the loose and-

Walter: And you nearly got killed just now, going around half cocked and fully psycho. Something is wrong, Anya, and you're gonna tell me what, right now.

Anya: <coldly> Get... out... of my way.

Walter: Like hell I am. You nearly got shredded like cheese just now, and you're gonna tell me why.

Anya: And if I don't?

Walter: I haven't figured that out yet, but we'll both regret it. So calm down and tell me what bug's gotten under your skirt already.

<Anya considers this, and slowly, reluctantly, relaxes.>

Anya: Very well, Walter. You see, this is not the first time I have encountered this creature. Back when I was in my home reality, a member of the resistance that struggled to defy Kalask's advances, Munch was a general in his army. One day, he came to my hometown, and he summarily DEVOURED my family. My brother. My sisters. My father. My MOTHER. And then,just when I thought I had seen the last of him, he returned to torment me. It was the day I arrived in this reality. Two very brave men took me with them in a last ditch effort to stop Kalask. They believed that by sending me here, I could help prevent the wholescale slaughter that would inevitably follow.

Walter: And this guy killed them, didn't he?

Anya: ...Yes, he did, and he laughed as he did so. They sacrificed their lives to buy me time to escape and warn this reality. I swore when I arrived here that the next time I saw Munch, I would avenge them with his death... And I cannot fail them. It is a matter of honor, of vengeance... of justice.

Walter: Why not wait for the rest of us? We should take this guy as a team! Together, there's nothing we can't stop!

Anya: No, this is something I must do alone, Walter.

Walter: Let us help you! What affects one of us affects all of us! We're your family now, Anya. We're here for you, if you'll let us.

Anya: No, you do not see, do you? You are NOT my family, Walter. General Sauder, Matt, Wendy... They have prepared me for the battle. They are kindred spirits. You are a jester pretending to be a warrior, a fool in armor fighting a battle he does not comprihend.

Walter: What are you saying?

Anya: I'm telling you to stay out of my way.

<Anya taps her gauntlet and vanishes in a trail of yellow binary code.>

Walter: Aw man... <taps his gauntlet> Jeremy, I think we have a problem... Anya's gone psycho. I'm going after her.

***

<Munch reappears on Main Street. He manages to only go a few feet before a white boot slams into his front teeth snapping one off and leaving a jagged spot where it had been. Anya lands gracefully before him, resolute in her determination, merciless in her demeanor.>

Anya: We end this now, monster. Your victims will be avenged in blood and pain. Come and face the one who escaped your attentions so long ago, if you dare.

Munch: I never miss a meal for long, girlie. Ready to join your pathetic little Resistance friends in my gullet?!

Anya: You will miss your chance once more, Munch. Prepare to die like the gutless trash you are.

Munch: Well, I always liked FAST FOOD! C'MERE and get swallowed like a GOOD GIRL!

Anya: CYBER CYCLE!

<The Cycle teleports in and parks itself next to Anya. She quickly mounts it.>

Anya: Let justice be done.

<Anya, without warning, fires her lasers at Munch, who recieves burns, but rushes forward nonetheless. Anya has to swerve her Cyber Cycle out of the way as Munch bites down into pavement where she once was. >

Anya: Take some of this! <Fires from behind, knocking him onto his face.>

<Anya readies to fire her lasers again, but Munch rolls out of the way, and the blast strikes the pavement instead, sending it flying everywhere.>

Munch: Now comes my turn! <Munch bites down on the front of her Cyber Cycle and yanks it out from under her, knocking her onto the sidewalk. He then throws it aside.>

Munch: Time for my snack!

Anya: Not YET! DATA BLADE!

<Anya unsheathes and throws her Blade, fully charged. It strikes Munch and knocks him over explosively.>

<The sound of a Cyber Cycle comes roaring close, and Walter suddenly appears.>

Walter: Thought you might need help, Anya! But I think you have it under control.

Munch: WRONG!

<Munch pulls himself up and lunges at Anya again. Anya is unable to get out of the way. Walter fires lasers into the side of his head, which blasts him onto his side. Walter jumps down from his Cycle.>

Walter: Data Blade!

<Walter slams it down into Munch's shoulder, who screams, but uses his other arm to yank it out and toss Walter away. He gets up to finish Walter, when he is stabbed from behind.>

Anya: Miss me?

Munch: AAARGGGHHHHHH!

<Munch falls down, moaning in pain. The roar of engines nears, and the other Rangers pull up. >

Jeremy: You guys should have told us you had found Munch!

Cindy: Is everyone all right?!

Walter: <looking at Anya> No, I don't think so...

Jake: Man, this guy is toast... Woah, who kicked in his teeth?

Walter: She did. Give her room. It's personal for her, and she's NOT in the mood for interference from us.

Anya: You are by far the most vile being I have ever encountered. You will be exterminated.

Munch: Aw, come on! I was just hungry...

Anya: Murderer, you kill countless thousands of innocents, and expect to be spared with a feeble plea? You are less than a monster... You're pathetic, a bully and a coward. You disgust me.

<Anya steps in front of Munch.>

Munch: Ah...ahahahaha... JUST KIDDING!

<Munch suddenly opens his mouth, and tries to eat Anya. Anya jams her Data Blade into his open mouth. Immediately, he sparks violently as Walter yanks Anya back, just in time to save her from the inevitable eruption that leaves a small crater in the middle of the street.>

Walter: ...Man, talk about morning breath...

<Cindy watches as Anya turns to look at the crater.>

Cindy: I wish we could help her...

Jeremy: Just give her time and space... She'll be okay... I hope.

<Tem-Tar suddenly appears through a portal.>

Tem-Tar: Feh, I should have known. Once a failure, always a failure. Well, third time's the charm!

Jake: Aw no... Not again! Somebody stop him before he-

<Tem-Tar extends the tube and fires a red nanite into the crater. Immediately, Munch is rebuilt by the nanites into a towering giant.>

Jake: -...Makes the monster grow... Aw crap...

Munch: Hey! Bite size super heroes! How cute!

Anya: At his present size, he could swallow the entire city in a matter of minutes. We must stop him now. <She touches a hidden reciever in her helmet.> COMBAT ZORDS... MOBILIZE!

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay

Matt: They're on their way!

<Matt types in a few commands and the ceiling above Razor Bat slides away, revealing blue sky. The platform starts to rise, taking the machine to ground level. Razor Bat reaches ground level. It's engines start powering up, superheating the air around it.>

Matt: Razor Bat launch in five...

<The engines ignite>

Matt: FOUR...

<Razor Bat's cockpit lights up. It starts rolling down the runway, dwarfing the fighter jets parked nearby.>

Matt: THREE...

<Razor Bat picks up speed.>

Matt: TWO...

<Razor Bat angles it's wings for maximum lift.>

Matt: ONE...

<Razor Bat takes off blazing into the sky, rising to skyscraper height before blazing towards the city.>

Wendy: Launching Combat Zords.

<The floor of the Holding Bay tips upwards, forming a ramp as the ceiling slides away to reveal open airspace. Each of the four Combat Zords, MortarTread, WeatherTrain, LightTank, and BlastTruck, activate their cockpits before revving to life and rolling up onto the ramp, two by two. The Vehicles quickly reach the surface and pick up speed, catching up to Razor Bat easily. They reach the city in mere instants.>

Jeremy: Time we finished this fight once and for all!

<The Rangers all touch their belt buckles and teleport in beams of cascading data to the cockpits of their mecha.>

Jeremy: Lead the way, Anya.

Walter: We're behind you one hundred percent!

Jake: Let's send him back to the demented dentist he came from!

Anya: Thank you for your support, my friends.

Cindy: You'd do the same for us. So, what now?

Anya: Form Cyber Combat Megazord!

<Jeremy pulls the lever down. The effect is immediate. The transformation begins by extending the engine thrusters out, revealing them to be the feet. They continue extending into legs. Next, the tips of the wings separate, revealing themselves to be hand weapons, which are easily caught by twin arms that come out of the sides of Razor Bat's main body and extend. The wings fold backwards from their midway point, while the Bat head cycles forward, becoming a chestplate. A new head rises from the main body, a odd mix of humanoid robot and bat. The transformation complete, Razor Bat lands on it's legs and stands ready for battle, weapons raised.>

Jeremy: Initiate linkup!

<The Rangers all nod and unsheathe their Data Blades as slots open for the weapons. They slide the weapons in, and their helmets all flash with the phrase "Megazord Initialized". Razor Bat flies into the air as it's legs fold in on themselves at the knees. The blade weapons return to the wings as the arms return to the main body of the mecha. The laser weaponry on LightTank retracts into various ports, while WeatherTrain closes it's weapons array as well. Blast Truck splits right down it's middle, forced apart by retrorockets. The two halves continue to race forward. They are joined by LightTank and WeatherTrain, which brace as Razor Bat flies down, back facing the ground, it's legs locking into the backs of the two mecha before they speed up, allowing BlastTruck to meet them at Razor Bat's shoulders. Blast Truck's halves moves in closer, revealing connector ports that lock onto Razor Bat and snap into place. MortarTread splits into two as well, the top half rocketing off and flying in behind Razor Bat as the treads and main body ride up the impromptu ramp created by WeatherTrain and LightTank. As it reaches the top of the ramp, it slams down onto the chest of Razor Bat, locking into place and revealing a stylized Cyber V logo, the Data Blade and a circle of binary code separating digital style letters CV. The other half of MortarTread begins a transformation as well, as the turret extends away from the remainder of the main body and turns around, revealing a helmet. The barrel rotates down the back of the barrel before the helmet snaps into place over Razor Bat's head. Finally, the combined machine takes to the air. The front ends of LightTank and WeatherTrain rotate forward, creating feet. The cab sections of BlastTruck move upwards as well, revealing two large metallic black hands. The missile launchers and missiles rotate and shift as well, forming massive shoulders. The remainder of MortarTread snaps into place on the back. The transformation complete, the new gestalt lands on it's feet and poses dramatically, raising and lowering it's fists as it's eyes light up green.>

Cyber V Rangers: CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD... ON-LINE!

<The Rangers appear in a combined cockpit made of their five Vehicles' individual ones. Jeremy is in front, Walter to his left, and Jake on his right. Behind them are Anya, behind Walter, and Cindy, behind Jake.>

Jeremy: Feel like doing the honors, Anya?

Anya: Try to stop me.

Walter: No thanks. We're not THAT crazy.

Munch: Uh... I don't need that much iron in my diet...

Anya: A pity, because here it comes!

<Cyber Combat Megazord launches forward and slams it's Lighttank foot into Munch's mouth in a powerful kick. The monster's teeth shatter like balsa wood.>

Munch: NOOO!!! NOT MY TEETH! Now I can't chew anything! I HATE BABY FOOD!

Anya: Baby food is the LEAST of your concerns. I'm transfering all of Lighttank's power into the fists.

Cindy: Fists fully charged. Go get him.

Anya: You've haunted my nightmares for far too long, Munch. Good riddance for all eternity. LASER FIST DOUBLE THRUST!

<Cyber Combat Megazord punches hard with the left fist, glowing yellow. It strikes Munch hard, but not as hard as the right fist, which rips right through the monster and sends him flying half a mile. He erupts the second he lands, becoming nothing more than a bad memory and a spectacular fireball.>

Anya: That was oddly therapeudic.

***

Location: Fort Myers, War Room
Time: 9:48

Sauder: WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU TWO THINKING?!

<Anya and Walter sit in front of Sauder, who is madder than hell.>

Sauder: Your actions today could have cost the ENTIRE operation! I don't EVER want to hear that a Ranger's gone off on a suicidal vendetta again! EVER! DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?! AND YOU! (He glares at Walter) Next time, CALL FOR BACK-UP!

Both: Yes sir...

Sauder: Good. I'd confine you two to quarters, but you still did all right out there today. Dismissed.

<Both leave and head wordlessly to the Training Room, where the others are. As they enter, everyone goes silent.>

Anya: I'm... sorry. I... I fought alone, prepared so long... It is dificult for me to accept help. I shall try to... improve.

Walter: Me too. I should have told you guys when I found her that second time... Maybe we could have gotten him sooner. I dunno...

< There was more silence, finally interrupted by Matt. >

Matt: What both of you did was wrong, but understandable.

Cindy: Though I'm sure neither of you will do it again.

Walter: Got that right! No more keeping secrets for this team!

Jake: Amen.

<Anya, Wendy, and Matt silently exchange knowing glances...>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inappicable

Kalask: Tem-Tar, Munch has fallen.

Tem-Tar: Yes... I am afraid that is correct, Master.

<Kalask considers this for a moment, then chuckles.>

Kalask: So be it. Another round to you, Rangers. But don't relax, for the game is still young, and there are many challenges left to be played...

***

Location: Fort Myers, roof.

<Anya stands silent atop the base, staring up at the stars, her arms crossed. Tears are in her eyes, but have yet to fall.>

Anya: You are avenged, my friends, but I fear that the harder battle lies ahead. I shall carry on in your names, and I shall see Kalask pay the penance for his crimes.

<Anya's face becomes hard again.>

Anya: Daniel, Kevin, I pray you are at peace, and I hope that you enjoy it... for peace is something I shall never know.

<The tears fade from her eyes. She turns and walks towards the roof access. As she walks away, ghostly images of Daniel and Kevin's heads appear briefly among the stars...>

Mission Log Complete.

Next time on Power Rangers Cyber V: Summoned to New York by President Winters, the Rangers face the daunting prospect of revealing their identities before the entire world, all while learning the Twins' startling secret! But when Kalask sends the Assassin to eliminate Winters, it's going to take the combined efforts of the Rangers, the Twins, and Supreme Commander Cruger to keep her alive!
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The Problem With Secrets

Previously on Power Rangers Cyber V... The ante was upped as Kalask's attacks forced the team to activate the Combat Zords to defend Horizon from giant monsters. It was then pushed even further as Munch, a monster whom Anya had a history with, was sent to Earth. The Rangers fortunately destroyed Munch and gained a new weapon, the Cyber Cycles, to further their arsenal. But Kalask remains at large, an everpresent danger, and conspiracies hide in the shadows, the team unaware...

Begin Mission Log.

Location: U.N. Building, New York, New York
Time: Sunday 2:51 PM Eastern time

<Inside the building is a special office, adorned with the symbol of the President of North America. Inside, sitting behind a desk is Meredith Winters, the President herself. Unlike episode 2, this time we can see her clearly. Light red hair, lightly curled. She's in her 40's, well kept with crows feet at her eyes. Professional demeanor. She is looking over reports and is not satisfied by what she sees.>

Winters: Damnit... It was supposed to be better than this... Fifteen billion in property damage, death toll at thirty... God, if this project wasn't absolutely necessary...

<She rubs her temples and sighs. The intercom buzzes and she taps it lightly.>

Winters: What is it now, James?

James: <over com> There's been another sighting, Ma'am. It's on every station.

<Winters, annoyed, cuts the transmission and turns on a tiny television on her desk. On it, we see a full color but reduced image of the Rangers fighting a pack of Dreads and Emeralde. It is a short but fierce battle, nothing we have not seen before. Winters watches in silence.>

Reporter: This was the scene just a few minutes ago as the mysterious Cyber V Rangers again defended the city from an unknown menace called Kalask, but who are these Rangers, and could they potentially be a larger threat? Little is known about these apparent super heroes, whom have taken the country and the world by storm ever since their unexpected debut three weeks ago. Their conflicts with the Kalask operatives have caused several deaths and a vast amount of property damage, leading many to believe that the helmeted heroes are as much a threat as the beings they battle. But who are they, and where do they come from? The only real clue comes from footage shot upon the Collins Parkway Bridge where they first appeared.

<Fuzzy image of the five heroes, unmorphed, their backs to the camera, appears>

Reporter: Whoever they are, they are apparently human, which has also raised the ire of many alien civil rights groups, and rumors of them being supported by the government remain unsubstantiated at this time.

<Winters turns off the television in disgust.>

Winters: This can't continue like it has.

<Winters taps the com.>

Winters: James, get me Fort Myers. I need to speak with General Sauder immediately.

***

Power Rangers Cyber V
Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 6: The Problem With Secrets
Written by Aaron Thall

***

Location: Fort Myers, Horizon, California
Time: 11:53 AM Pacific time

<Sauder is behind his desk looking at the photographs in picture frames he has on it. Somewhat unsurprising is the fact that instead of a glimpse at his family, we actually see two pictures, one of Young Anya, looking dead serious and pained emotionally, but being very brave, and one of the young twins, Matt and Wendy, smiling as they show off the prototype Data Ray. He is specifically holding the latter picture and looking down, obviously ashamed and regretful of his actions on some level... Not enough, however, to reveal the truth. The phone to his immediately left flashes once, a bright red light. Knowing who will be on the other end, he places the photograph down and picks up the phone.>

Sauder: Yes, Madame President? <pause> Yes Ma'am. I'll handle it immediately. <pause> All of them? <pause> Yes, I understand completely and I agree. <pause> Of course, Ma'am. And thank you. Good-bye.

<Sauder hands up the phone and rubs his eyes, tired. We see the bags under his eyes, signaling a lack of sleep. Grunting softly, he pulls himself up out of his seat and walks out of his office, turning off his light as he goes.>

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay

<One by one, the Rangers leap from their parked Zords and land on their feet. They quickly make their way towards Matt and Wendy, who are standing at the exit to the Holding Bay. As the heroes reach the Twins, they begin removing their helmets by reaching up and unfastening the clamps at the sides. The clamps unlatched, each of them easily opens up their helmet and removes it. Jeremy and Anya hold theirs under one arm, Cindy bashfully holds hers by the rim, Jake casually spins his on his finger, and Walter shakes his vigerously.>

Walter: We came, we saw, we kicked Emeralde's butt!

Cindy: I was worried when she dragged out that spider creature... How did you two know that me firing the shoulder missiles on Cyber Combat would destroy the web?

Wendy: Educated guess. Plus none of the other weapons were aiming the right direction.

Cindy: ...oh...

Jake: Manohman, this day could only get better in one way... <looks at Wendy and grins> What? No kiss for the conquering hero?

Jeremy: Man, knock it off... Do you WANT her to break your tailbone?

Matt: She would, you know.

Jake: Aw, you two worry too much. I mean, I'm morphed, aren't I? What's the worst she could do to me?

Anya: You'd be surprised.

Jake: Doubt it. <Jake tosses Walter his helmet and strikes a fighting pose.> Come on, Brain babe. Show me what you've got.

Wendy: Oh, you can't be serious...

Walter: He is... Should I call the Medical Bay now?

Wendy: I doubt that will be necessary. I believe I can end this farce with a minimum of damage to him.

Jake: I'm not the one you should be worried about.

Wendy: <Yawns> Fascinating, Jake. Really.

Jake: Ready? No? Too bad!

<Not waiting for Wendy to prepare, Jake highkicks, coming from the left in a spin. Wendy sees this coming and ducks down, going to her right. The kicking leg goes over her head, missing by a mile, and as she comes up, she kicks hard, nailing him in the groin. The effects are immediate as Jake does a little jump and then tumbles to the ground, stunned.>

Jake: (high pitched) ...ow...

Wendy: Now... You were saying?

Jake: (still high pitched) nevermind...

Wendy: I thought as much.

<Matt and Anya kneel down to pick Jake up. They each grab an arm and heave upwards, dragging the much pained Cyber Blue off the floor.>

Matt: We tried to warn you...

Anya: Some people never learn...

Walter: <tossing Jake his helmet> That looked like it hurt.

Jake: (pained) ...It did.

Walter: Good.

Cindy: <shaking her head> Guys... Come on... Isn't it time you two stopped fighting?

Jake and Walter: No.

Cindy: <sighs heavily> Forget I asked...

Jeremy: <starts to put his hand on Cindy's shoulder, but hesitates, and decides against it> Some things are just better off left alone...

Cindy: <not noticing> True...

Matt: Anyway, if Fight Night is finished, Wendy and I need to begin refueling the Combat Zords and finish retrofitting our newest invention.

Walter: A new invention? What is it? A Mega Blaster? Some high tech slingshot? New swords that spin like drills?

Matt: Classified.

Walter: Aw, come on, buddy! We won't tell!

Matt: You'll know when the time comes. I don't want to risk Kalask finding out before we can make it useful.

Walter: Not even a little hint?

Jeremy: He has a point, guys... If we know about the new weapon, we can be prepared to use it.

Anya: Valid arguement. Well?

Wendy: Hmmm... No, the chance for a security leak is too large. We can tell you this much... Cyber Combat Megazord will soon be getting some much needed backup out in the field.

Walter: <blinking, then thrilled> A new Zord? COOL! Who's gonna pilot it?

Matt: You're not getting anymore out of us, Walter, so go cut back on your sugar intake and let us work already.

<The door to the Bay opens. Everyone turns to see General Sauder standing in the doorway. The chaos in the Bay ceases instantly as the team stands at attention, even the twins.>

Sauder: At ease.

<The Rangers relax a little. The twins don't.>

Sauder: Congratulations on another successful mission. However, I'm afraid you have a new assignment to be completed immediately.

Jeremy: A new assignment, Sir?

Anya: What is it? Dreads? A monster?

Sauder: Thankfully, no. I just recieved a call from President Winters, and she wants a personal briefing on the current status of the project... and to meet her new recruits.

Jake: The President...

Cindy: <meekly> Wants to meet us?

Sauder: <nods> Immediately. You will be flying out to New York with me tonight, and we'll arrive early morning. You'll be taken to the U.N. Plaza and you will then meet President Winters. This is a low profile trip, so while you are in New York, consider yourselves tourists... but in moderation... <glares at Jake and Walter>

Matt: When do we depart, Sir?

Sauder: <narrowing his eyes as he turns towards the Twins> WE do not. You two are to remain here. You're the highest ranked Project members in my absence, and SOMEONE has to be here to mind the store.

Wendy: I don't understand, Sir. In all the time we've been here, we've never been invited to any of these briefings. I mean, Anya's met with Winters at least half a dozen times already and-

Sauder: Are you questioning my orders, Wendy?

<Wendy hesitates and relents.>

Wendy: ...no, sir...

Sauder: Good. Get back to refitting the Zords. The rest of you had better get packed for a few days in the Big Apple.

***

Location: Private Quarters area.
Time: 2 PM

<The Area is utilitarian on the outside, basic hallways with five doors, each one notable only for having colored edges. Pink and Yellow are on the left side of the "camera", while Blue, Red, and Green are on the right.>

<We enter Cindy's quarters to see that it is very sparce... Family pictures, a diary, utilitarian bed with some plushies upon it. Pink sheets. No windows. Cindy has a small suitcase out, filled with various outfits, mostly pink tops and blue jeans. Cindy herself is sitting on her bed, staring at the suitcase and her Cyber Op. Anya is there, sitting on a chair by a small mirror/desk set.>

Anya: I know what you're thinking.

Cindy: Am I that obvious?

Anya: Yes, but it's understandable. You haven't been here that long, and your new life is overwhelming you.

Cindy: Yeah... I shouldn't even be here... It should be Wendy fighting as Cyber Pink... Not me.

Anya: Wendy is making her peace with the situation, and you have to as well.

Cindy: But... I mean... Meeting the PRESIDENT! Being a super hero... It's all so much to take in...

Anya: You'll do just fine. You've already made great strides. You don't hesitate as much as you used to, you're slowly gaining confidence... And your fighting skills have improved tremendously. I'm sure President Winters will be very pleased to have you on the team.

Cindy: ...You really think so?

Anya: I am positive. Relax, Cindy. You are a good heroine. You're doing Wendy proud. In a few months, you'll be every bit as good a fighter as any of us.

Cindy: Assuming I live that long.

Anya: Assuming that, yes.

***

Location: Walter's Quarters

<In stark contrast to Cindy's quarters, Walter's room, dispite having the same furniture, is quickly becoming a bit of a pig sty, with green sheets strewn about, drawers open with socks dangling from them, and a very messily packed suitcase, largely green shirts and black pants. Jeremy is watching Walter shove his clothes into the suitcase, amused that his friend is making that mess fit.>

Jeremy: Excited about going to New York, I see...

Walter: Damn right. When we get there, first thing on my list to do is to get into the Late Show.

Jeremy: The Late Show? You mean the one hosted by that Org... What was the name...

Walter: Oh, you mean Jindrax? Yeah, the guy's just completely nuts from what I hear. His co-host Toxica can't seem to keep him on a leash. I can't wait!

Jeremy: <nods> Okay...

Walter: Wanna come with? Minute Sauder told me we were going, I scored three tickets. You could take Cindy.

Jeremy: Cindy?

Walter: Man, I've SEEN you looking at her. All big eyed like something out of a cartoon...

Jeremy: I have not...

Walter: Dude, you're talking to me. I know these things.

Jeremy: Uh huh... Okay, you have three tickets, so why not take Anya?

Walter: Don't think she'd go. She's really not one for fun, y'know? Plus, she's still a little skaky after that jerk Munch. I don't think she's ready to start laughing again. Not that I've ever seen her laugh at all, now that I think about it...

Jeremy: Never know until you try.

Walter: Yeah... Never know...

***

Location: Jake's Quarters

<Jake is sitting on his bed, blue sheets, staring at a picture of Wendy he managed to snap when she wasn't looking.>

Jake: Just wait, Brain Babe... I'll figure out a way to charm you yet... You'll see...

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay

<Matt is connecting a hose to BlastTruck by way of an orange maintainence bot, rudimentary compared to the Vehicles, but useful. Wendy is atop Razor Bat, running a test on the sonic weaponry.>

Wendy: You know we're getting shafted, right?

Matt: Yep, but orders are orders, Sis. If the General wants us staying at homebase, we have to stay at homebase.

Wendy: Lord, sometimes, you can be such a DRONE... Live a little! Go on dates! There's a whole world out there besides the project, Matt.

Matt: Fine. I'll go out into the world when you let Jack take you out on a date.

Wendy: ...You are EVIL...

Matt: I try occasionally. Don't see the appeal, though.

Wendy: It's fun.

Matt: Ah. I see. Actually, now that I look back... When WAS the last time we tried going off base for anything?

Wendy: (thinks hard) ...Ummm... Never. Wow. I never really thought about it. We always've had everything we needed here. Oh GOD, I'm a homebody.

Matt: (chuckling) In any case... I think it's time we told the others the truth. When they come back from their trip. No matter how they react, they deserve to know.

Wendy: Yeah... You're right. Okay, when they get back. (Pause. She looks at the new Zord, hidden in shadows) So, do you really think it'll be ready for them to use?

Matt: It is. All the prelims are finished. It's ready to roll.

Wendy: And our other special projects?

Matt: Coming along nicely... The Rangers are in for quite a few surprises still...

Wendy: Yep. If they thought their basic weapons were something, they'll be blown away by what we have coming down the line.

***

Location: Horizon International Airport
Time: 8 PM

<The five recruits and Sauder walk down the stairs to the runway area. In the distance they see a military plane waiting for them.>

Sauder: Double time, People. We'll be in New York by sunrise.

Cindy: I just hope things stay quiet while we're gone.

Sauder: They should.

Anya: Hopefully.

***

Location: Utah Airspace
Time: Midnight Mountain time

Walter: Are we there yet?

Cindy: ...Oh god...

***

Location: Kansas Airspace
Time: 3.30am Central time

Walter: Are we there yet?

Jeremy: No.

***

Location: Kentucky Airspace
Time: 4:30am Eastern time

Walter: Are we there yet?

Anya: No...

***

Location: New York Airspace
Time: 5:30 am Eastern time

Walter: Are we there yet?

Jake: YES, SO SHUT THE %$%^*#(%^*(%^$&^)(^!!!! UP ALREADY!

***

Location: United Nations Plaza
Time: 7 am

<The team and Sauder are walking through a hallway. It has blue carpet, fancy white and gold walls. The doors are oak. Jack and Walter look especially uncomfortable.>

Jake: Damn, those Secret Service Tenga hands are COLD! Did they have to frisk us THAT long?

Walter: That was NOT fun. Definitely not fun.

Jeremy: Just be glad they liked you. They seem to have issues with Rangers. Anyway, at least we know where our rooms are...

Anya: Yes, and now I do believe we have an appointment to keep.

Cindy: We're actually gonna meet the President... Wow...

Sauder: Yes, you are, so all of you, do try to be on your best behavior. This is the nerve center for the entire country. There will be no foolishness, no antics, no clowning around. You will be professional, courteous, and only speak if you have something important to say. Is that understood?

Jeremy: Yes, Sir.

Walter: You got it.

Jake: Like you needed to tell us that?

Cindy: Okay...

Anya: <nods in approval>

<They turn a corner and see a larger oak door ahead, with the Presidential Seal opon it. Guarding the door are two SPD oficers.>

Sauder: She's expecting us.

<The one on the right taps a button.>

James: Are they here yet?

SPD Officer: They are.

James: Send them in.

<He nods and taps a second button. The door unlocks and opens inwards. Sauder motions to the Rangers and they follow him and Anya through the door. Once through, they see another room, slightly larger with a darker oak desk and James hard at work behind it. He's a dwarfish alien, but very youthful. Slight smattering of blonde hair and a pencil behind his ear.>

James: AH! Glad you could make it on such short notice. Just go right on in through the doors.

Sauder: I know the way.

James: Oh... Of course you do! How silly of me! Heh heh... Please go see them now...

<Several of the team blink. "Them?" As one, they turn towards the Big Doors carrying the Presidential Seal, which split open even as they approach. They walk inside slowly and see the Oval Office... And at the desk, waiitng patiently, is President Winters. Several chairs sit before her desk. And off to the side... is Supreme Commander Doggie Cruger himself.>

Cruger: You made good time. Excellent. Time is short, and we have much to discuss.

Winters: Cyber Rangers, welcome to my home. Please, be seated. You too, General.

<The group complies, taking seats before the President.>

Winters: ...Well, General? Aren't you going to introduce me to my esteemed guests? I know Anya and yourself, of course...

Sauder: Of course, Ma'am. Sitting on the far left is Walter Jenkins, better known to the world as Cyber Green. Next to him is Jake Taylor, Cyber Blue. <Motions to Jeremy> This is Jeremy Simms, field commander and Cyber Red. And this young lady is our Cyber Pink, Cindy Cook.

Winters: Thank you, General. I know that time is short and that you will soon need to return to Horizon, so I will not waste time by beating around the bush... We need to do some serious damage control. People don't know if they can trust the team, there has been massive loss of life, property damage, and mounting concerns over the lack of races other than human on your team. I called you here to judge for myself if the Project can remain viable, and if so, what changes will have to be made.

Cruger: With all due respect, Madame President, I'm afraid there have already been some questionable changes made. Where are the Venturas Twins? I'd expected them to be here as well.

<The Rangers exchange confused glances.>

Walter: But the General said they weren't invited.

Winters: And they weren't.

Cruger: I don't understand why not, Ma'am. They're back in top form, they ARE supposed to be Blue and Pink, and they know more about this project than anyone else!

Winters: Are you questioning me, Cruger? I am the President of this country, and I am responsible for the safety of it's citizens! I refuse to allow those... Those FREAKS to leave Fort Myers!

Sauder: President Winters! DON'T!

Cindy: W-what did she just say?

Anya: (shooting up out of her seat to try and stop President Winters from saying too much) You can't just-

Winters: (ignoring them) What kind of a leader would I be if I just allowed those Hybrids to walk the same streets as normal civilians?!

<There is a pregnant pause of stunned silence as Cruger, Sauder, and Anya all just stare at her. At the same time, Cindy's eyes go wide, Jake's jaw drops, and Jeremy shoots out of his own seat, shocked. Walter shrugs.>

Walter: Eh. Makes sense if you think about it.

Cindy: ...Hybrids?

Jake: As in... Venjix Hybrids?

Jeremy: (turning to Anya and Sauder) And you both knew all along?!

<Sauder just nods imperceptibly.>

Anya: Where I come from, Venjix never came to be. The term "Hybrid" was meaningless to me. To me, they've always just been my surrogate brother and sister.

Jeremy: So THAT'S how they got back on their feet so fast...

Cindy: And how they could fight for so long without getting tired?

Jake: Man...

Walter: Oh come on, like you didn't notice the monster strength, the fast healing, the insane reflexes, and crazy endurance?

Anya: You knew?

Walter: Kinda obvious. I =DO= pay attention to things sometimes.

Winters: (calming down) So... You hadn't told them yet?

Sauder: It wasn't my call to make. Their secret, their call. Or it should have been.

<The accusational tone is lost on Winters.>

Winters: Yes, they're Hybrids. Not in the traditional sense, but Hybrids all the same. One or more of their great-grandparents was one of Venjix's test subjects, and the tech in their body evolved into a more refined nanite structure that got passed on through the succeeding generations. It was completely dormant until the Twins were born. It activated early, granting them I.Q.'s that would make Einstein jealous, and later their other abilities. If they hadn't been tapped for the Project, we would have had to lock them up for the safety of the public. After all, there's no telling when they'll go evil.

Anya: MADAME PRESIDENT!

Winters: Sit down, BOTH of you.

<Anya and Jeremy sit.>

Cruger: With all due respect, you're out of line. They've never shown any sign of Venjix influence. The virus was eradicated over a century ago and they've always been monitored closely for any unusual behavior. Other than Wendy's noticable lack of self control, there's never been any reason to assume they'd turn on anybody.

Anya: Quite the opposite. They've tried for years to be just like anyone else. Matt supressed most of his emotional responses out of fear he might hurt someone. Wendy adopted those glasses she wears to try and be more "normal". They've lived in fear of discovery and rejection their entire lives, all because they carry the legacy of an event that occured ages before either were born.

Sauder: All true, but we'r getting off track. The citizens today aren't used to the Power Rangers operating.

Anya: Correct. We cannot defend the planet if the populace fears us.

Walter: Worked for the X-Men... Kinda. What we need to do is show them that there's no reason to be afraid of us.

Jeremy: ...So why don't we just go public with our identities? I mean, Kalask's people already know our faces, so there's not much risk...

Walter: And Kalask doesn't seem to be the kind of guy that'd go after an easy victory by targeting our families, either.

<Sauder and Winters ponder the idea for a moment.>

Sauder: There is some merit to the suggestion, Madame President.

Winters: Perhaps... But the question is how?

Jake: There's no question... We just do it. Morph in public or something. Make an announcement. Sell t-shirts, for christ's sake... Just call a friggin' press conference and get it over with.

Anya: A standard conference with no hint of what it will be about would certainly limit the risk of Kalask interfering. He can't attack what he doesn't know about.

Cruger: It's all well and good, but most Rangers have had secret identies for a reason. If you do this, you're giving up any chance for a normal civilian life.

Cindy: ...I think we should do it.

Winters: <nods> ...Very well. A news conference it is, outside the building tomorrow at noon.

Sauder: We still need to work out the details...

Anya: Indeed... Security first and foremost.

Winters: Agreed. General, Miss Maize, Cruger... please remain to help me finalize preparations. The rest of you are excused. Enjoy your last day of being unknown...

Jeremy: Thank you, Ma'am.

<The others nod and get up, slowly leaving the room. Walter looks back and sees Anya, already back to conferring with the President. He then looks down as he reaches into his pocket and pulls out the three Late Show tickets. He then looks back at Anya, just as the doors close, cutting her off from view.>

Walter: Ummm... Guys, go on without me to the show. I wanna stay here and talk to Anya when she's done in there.

Cindy: Are you sure, Walter? I mean, it's Jindrax...

Walter: <looking back at the doors> Yeah... I'm sure.

<Walter hands the three tickets to Cindy.>

Jake: (obviously still processing everything) ...What's this about Jindrax?

Jeremy: We've got passes to today's Late Show filming.

<Jake blinks>

Jake: Damn day's just FULL of surprises...

***

Location: Ed Sullivan Theatre, Manhatten, New York
Time: 10:00 AM

<The large room is exactly the same as it is today, although it has been slightly altered to reflect the tastes of many species, from various sized chairs to a more varied group of bandplayers. Cindy and Jeremy are in their seats, but there is no sign of Jake, whose empty seat really stands out to those who look.>

Cindy: Where is he? He's gonna miss the monologue!

Jeremy: Dunno... But I have a bad feeling... After what we were told about the Twins? You KNOW how he feels about Wendy.

<There was a pause.>

Both: He's gonna do something stupid again, isn't he?

***

Location: United Nations Building

<Walter is leaning against the wall outside the President's office. Standing close at hand are a pair of Secret Service gargoyles.>

Walter: So... Read any good books lately?

<no response>

Walter: Ooooookay...

***

Location: Restroom, Ed Sullivan Theatre

<Jake watches as the last occupant leaves the rest room, leaving him completely alone.>

Jake: (thinking) She's a Hybrid?

<His thoughts flash back to the day they met. He sees her sparring with Matt as Cyber Pink, the battle with Emeralde, the ain on her face as she saw Cindy wearing her Cyber Op. Mentally he flashes forward, seeing her frustration as she healed and recuperated, lost and regained what he now knew to be her disguise for the rest of the world. Furious, he clenched his fists.>

Jake: Babe... Only for you would I do something THIS stupid...

<Jake lifts his left arm to chest level while he raises and pulls back his right arm, palm facing out towards a wall. Then, he shoves his right arm forward, pushing the "disk" into the Cyber Op.>

Jake: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

Jake: Party time...

***

Location: Auditorium area

<Jindrax has gone backstage and everyone is waiting as the applause light flashes. The band begins playing the theme song>

Announcer: Live from New York, invaded only three times so far this week, it's the Late Show with Don Halland! Tonight's special guests, from the new movie "Trolls and Dragons", Ka'lam Sau'nar! Supermodel Jane Zaukins! And musical guests "Who the Hell Were Hansen?"! And now, the only personality without a personality... JIIIIINDRAXXX!

<Applause rises as Jindrax comes on out and takes a bow.>

Jindrax: Thank you, thank you. Please, enough...

<Applause slowly dies down.>

Jindrax: I lied, please, continue.

<polite laughter>

Cindy: <looking at Jake's seat> Where is he?!

Jindrax: Anyway, did you hear the latest from Horizon? It seems that a giant spider nearly coccooned the entire city. I don't really get it... I mean, the city's not THAT ugly.

<light laughter>

Jindrax: Anyway, the spider ended up being stopped by these new Power Rangers we've been hearing so much about lately, and, frankly, a lot of people want to know who they are. Me, I just wanna know how I can get a date with Cyber Pink! Rowr!

<Cindy blinks and blushes. From backstage, Toxica sticks her head out.>

Toxica: Oh, you DO, do you?

Jindrax: (startled) OH! Toxica! (recovering) Toxica, ladies and gents! We can't forget her, now can we? Several thousand years, and she still looks as great as that time she got blown up by a poorly introduced toy!

Toxica: I thought we agreed to never bring that up again! And stop breaking the fourth wall!

Jindrax: But it's the only one I CAN break! The other ones are holding up the studio!

<Toxica growls and pulls back. The audience laughs again.>

Jindrax: Touchy... Anyway, the military still denies any involvement with the Rangers...

<Crowd chuckles and boos.>

Don: Yeah, that makes sense... They drive tanks, missile launchers, stealth fliers... Of COURSE they're not military... They're really my in-laws.

<more polite laughter>

Jindrax: Seriously though, whoever these newcomers to the hero world are, I have just one thing to say... When you guys park that Megazord of yours', PLEASE make sure you're as far away as possible from my car...

Jake: <suddenly and off the stage> We've SEEN your car. Trust me, we WANT to stay away from it!

Jeremy: ...He wouldn't...

Cindy: He couldn't...

<Jake leaps out onto the stage, tumbling into a roll and coming up in a heroic pose before saluting.>

Both: ...Oh crap...

Jindrax: <startled, and reflexively pulling out daggers before remembering that he's not the season's villain and putting them away> WOAH! I... Ladies and gentlemen... CYBER BLUE!

Jake: You know it. <lowers his arms somewhat> Relax. I left the tank at home.

Jindrax: For which I'm eternally grateful. So what brings you here, in the middle of my show?

Jake: You mean besides a strike for good taste everywhere? Oh, just a small announcement to make.

Jindrax: An announcement? <aside> Can we please switch to live feed? Thank you...

Jeremy: ...This can't be happening...

Cindy: <carefully taps the communications port on her Cyber Op> Anya, do you read?

***

Location: President's Office

<Anya's Cyber Op beeps. She immediately raises it to her mouth to speak.>

Anya: Anya here.

Cindy (over Cyber Op): Turn on channel 7 right now... We have a problem...

Winters: <sighing heavily> Got it... <turns on her television>

Jake (on television): That's right, Don. I have a very special announcement that the entire world will want to hear!

Newscaster: What you are seeing is a live feed from the Ed Sullivan Theatre, where Cyber Blue of the mysterious Cyber V Rangers has just barged onto the set of the Late Show claiming to have some kind of news. What his announcement is, however, remains to be seen.

Winters: What the hell does he think he's doing?! Stop him!

Cindy: <whispering> We can't... Not without someone noticing that we're leaving...

Winters: Damnit...

Cruger: I have a bad feeling about this...

***

Location: Ed Sullivan Theatre

Jindrax: So, Cyber Blue, what IS this announcement you have to make?

Jake: Only that tomorrow at noon, I and the rest of the team will be at the President's special press conference... where we will be revealing our true identities to the world.

<There is an excited murmur amond the audience. Jeremy narrows his eyes while Cindy bites her thumbnail, obviously agitated.>

Jindrax: <equally shocked> Well, I must say, that IS an exciting bit of news! We'll finally have faces and names to put with the helmets?

Jake: Definitely.

Jindrax: One last question, if it won't get me blasted? Why are you making this announcement here and now?

Jake: It's... it's hard to explain, really. Let's just say that I'm doing it for someone special, and that I hope they'll understand.

Jindrax: Well, you heard it here first, folks! The Power Rangers unmasked tomorrow! And with any luck... Cyber Pink? Call me.

<Cindy blushes HARDER.>

Jeremy: I just hope Kalask isn't a couch potato...

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Midnai teleports into the throneroom using a wave of shadows. Kalask is sitting at his throne, planning his next move.>

Midnai: My lord, I have urgent news.

Kalask: Then speak.

Midnai: Cyber Blue has just announced a press conference tomorrow at noon, where the Rangers will reveal their identities in full view of the President of the United States.

Kalask: <chuckling> The fool could not have given us a more tempting target... Summon the Assassin, and send him and Emralde to that conference along with Tem-Tar. The world will see the Rangers fail to save the President, and then they will have no place to hide...

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay

<Matt and Wendy are taking a break from their work to listen to the announcement over a speaker system.>

Wendy: ...I am going... to kill him...

Matt: Get in line... That idiot just made the entire team AND the President targets tomorrow...

Wendy: Looks like we'd better get back to work on the new Combat Zord... Something tells me they're gonna need it.

***

Location: Former U.N. Building

<Walter is still standing outside with the two Secret Service agents.>

Walter: So... How about a game of Canasta?

<no response>

Walter: Tough crowd...

<Suddenly, the door opens and James rushes out of it in a panic. He relaxes a little as he sees Walter is still there.>

James: Mr. Jenkins! Terrible news! Mr. Taylor just blurted out about the press conference on national television!

Walter: ...PLEASE tell me you're kidding...

James: I wish! Miss Winters is absolutely LIVID! And Mr. Cruger's growling like a dog... But then again, he ALWAYS does that...

Walter: Ohhhh... crap...

<Walter's Cyber Op suddenly beeps. He lifts it to his mouth and presses the call button.>

Walter: I'm here.

Jake: (over Cyber Op) Did you happen to catch the news? Pretty cool, huh?

Walter: <trying really hard to not say anything> Yeah, you might say that the entire place is buzzing with the news...

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask is standing in his throneroom caressing the severed and stuffed head of what can only be described as a humanoid green monster with a fin atop it's skull.>

Kalask: Ah, to be mightiest of all in anything I wish. How delicious.

<There is a sight scuffling sound. Kalask turns to see an energy rifle pointed at his head. He chuckles to himself.>

Kalask: Ah, Assassin. How good of you to come.

<The being holding the rifle lowers it>

Assassin: Just testing my stealth, Sir.

Kalask: Admirable.

<Assassin steps from shadows. He appears humanoid, covered in body armor. It is impossible to tell what he is, for nothing of his body shows under his suit and gear. His suit itself is black, covering him from head to toe. He has many weapons strapped to him, including grenades, darts, ninja stars, a sword, and, of course, his rifle. He stops suddenly as he notices a kitana poised to slice his throat open. Emeralde emerges from the shadows behind him, clearly displeased to see him testing his skills upon her master.>

Emeralde: Do that again, and YOUR head will be on display here.

<Kalask chuckles and motions for her to relax.>

Kalask: Relax, my dear. I appreciate being kept on my toes. It gets the blood running. And speaking of making blood run...

Assassin: So, when should I attack?

Kalask: Noon. And make sure the Cyber V Rangers have a very PUBLIC defeat.

***

Location: U.N. Building
Time: 11:55 AM

<President Winters is composing herself for the presentation. Supreme Commander Cruger watches cautiously. It's obvious he expects trouble. In the distance, the Rangers are also prepared. Jake is massaging the inside of his ear with a q-tip.>

Jack: Damn, the President sure can YELL... Are the things she said to me even physically POSSIBLE?!

Jeremy: Jake... Gah, nevermind... Just try to behave for once... We're going to have to be careful now that the entire world knows we're here to reveal our identities.

Cindy: What were you THINKING?!

Anya: It was foolish to reveal that on live television beforehand.

Jake: I have my reasons. And I think you can guess what they are.

<He glances at Cindy, who slowly nods.>

Walter: I just talked to Wendy. She's ready to tear your head off.

Jake: By the time this day's over, she'll be THANKING me instead.

Cruger: You'd better hope you SURVIVE to see the end of this day. Kalask is bound to have heard that little interview you gave, and send something or someone to disrupt the conference. <He bends down a bit to glare at Jake, eye to eye.> And after this situation's been resolved, it'll be MY turn to express my displeasure... And I'm not as NICE as President Winters.

Jake: uh oh

Anya: They're monitoring the entire area for us. If something comes up, we'll know almost immediately.

Jeremy: Let's hope almost is fast enough...

Sauder: <walking up> It's time. Good luck.

<President Winters, flanked by Secret Service gargoyles, steps out of the building and down a red carpet to a simple wooden podium set up. It has the Presidential Seal upon it, of course. There are literally hundreds of reporters and photographers present. The din of their questions is almost tangible.>

Winters: <motions for everyone to be silent> Patience, please... You all know why this press conference was called... unfortunately... Because of the actions of Cyber Blue yesterday, this will be shorter than anyone would like, but for the sake of national security, it must be so. Nine years ago, we recieved a warning from a messenger sent from another reality parallel to our own, warning us of a coming menace called Kalask. Since then, the United States Military has been hard at work developing technology to combat the inevitable threat... a threat witnessed by many in the last few weeks during terrorist attacks upon the Collins Parkway Bridge and various other parts of Horizon. All these attacks have, thankfully, been thwarted thus far by the Cyber V Rangers... the ultimate solution created in those nine years.

<Hidden by the crowds of reporters is a disguised Assassin holding an energy weapon disguised as a television camera. He chuckles to himself as he aims it squarely at President Winters.>

Winters: However, concerns have arisen because of the team's actions... Buildings have been lost, lives have been extinguished... And this administration regrets those losses, but they are casualties of war against Kalask and his army of monsters.

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay

<Wendy is watching a monitor as it runs continuous scans of the New York area.>

Wendy: That's weird... I'm getting something... Some kind of energy buildup.

Matt: ...Oh no...

***

Location: U.N. Building

Winters: It is with pride that I now introduce you all to the five young heroes who have stepped up to the challenge of defending our entire reality from Kalask.

Walter: That's our cue...

<The recruits step from the building's entrance and slowly walk forward until they are next to the President. Anya stands to Winter's immediate right, Walter next to her, and Jake next to Walter. Jeremy stands on Winter's left side, Cindy next to him.>

Winters: Jeremy Simms... Cyber Red.

<Jeremy nods.>

Winters: Cindy Cook... Cyber Pink.

<Cindy tries to not blush.>

Winters: Anya Maize... Cyber Yellow.

<Anya nods politely.>

Winters: Walter Jenkins... Cyber Green.

<Walter takes a theatrical bow.>

Winters: (dryly) Thank you Walter. And finally, Jake Taylor... Cyber Blue.

<Jake gives a two fingered salute cockily.>

Winters: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Cyber V Rangers, the first line of defense against interdimensional invaders.

<In the crowd, Assassin aims the "camera" and powers it up completely. Even as he takes aim, Jeremyís Cyber Op beeps. Jeremy lifts it up.>

Jeremy: Go ahead.

Matt: (over speaker) Thereís an energy buildup in the crowd! Itís about to release!

Jeremy: EVERYBODY DOWN!

<Assassin chooses this moment to fire his camera. Jeremy tackles President Winters as the others duck. The blast from the camera shatters the podium, sending flaming shrapnel everywhere. The crowd starts panicking as Assassin drops his disguise and abandons the camera for his rifle. He takes careful aim, but as he fires, one of the Gargoyles moves in the way of the energy blast. The red ray hits the brave gargoyle with the force of a freight train and knocks him backwards. The Secret Service agent falls backwards, dead, his chest a smoking ruin. Cruger reacts immediately, placing himself in front of Winters.>

Cruger: MADAME PRESIDENT! Are you all right?!

Winters: I think so... Where did that come from?!

Cindy: Jake, this is all YOUR fault!

Jake: Okay! Okay! So it was a bad idea!

Cruger: Rangers, I'll guard the President.

Jeremy: Yes, sir.

Winters: I think that itís time you went to work.

Cruger: RANGERS! SUIT UP!

<The surviving Gargoyle picks up the President and rushes for the entrance to the building as the recruits get up and face the Assassin. Cruger watches their backs, a bad feeling curling in the back of his brain.>

Assassin: Cute, heroes, but the President wonít survive the day, and neither will you!

Jake: Weíll see about that!

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out towards Assassin. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

All: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jeremy finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a red battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Red!>

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Anya finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a yellow battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Yellow!>

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

Jeremy: <striking his usual pose> CYBER RED!

Jake: <ditto> CYBER BLUE!

Walter: <Ditto> CYBER GREEN!

Anya: <ditto> CYBER YELLOW!

Cindy: <ditto> CYBER PINK!

<They all salute>

All: POWER RANGERS CYBER V... FOR VICTORY!

Assassin: Was that REALLY necessary?

Walter: No, but it was really, really fun to do.

<As Winters and the remaining gargoyle reach the doors to the U.N. Building, there's a sudden sickening slice... and the gargoyle collapses with Winters pulling free. Slowly, she looks up to see Emeralde, her kitana dripping blood, poised to attack.>

Emeralde: Greetings, President Winters. I bring you tidings from my master Kalask. However, I don't believe you'll survive the experience.

Cruger: Don't even THINK about it.

<The Supreme Commander of SPD slowly steps forward, a quiet fury boiling in his eyes.>

Emeralde: We conducted quite a bit of research before coming to this reality. You are the one once known as the Shadow Ranger. BAH! I have no time for a retired warrior, not when I have a mission to complete.

Cruger: I'm afraid you're mistaken about two things. One, you're not laying one finger on President Winters.

Emeralde: And the second?

<Cruger raises his hand to reveal his Patrol Morpher.>

Cruger: I'm a long way from retired.

<Cruger thrusts his Morpher forward.>

Cruger: SPD EMERGENCY!

<The Morpher flips open and Cruger throws his robe aside as he leaps through a cyberized corridor. As he lands, armor forms around him and his entire head transforms, becoming an entirely different countenance.>

Cruger: SPD SHADOW RANGER!

<He immediately unsheathes his sword. Holding it in front of him, he snaps open the hilt, and the blade transforms from black marble to a silver sheen.>

Cruger: SHADOW SABER!

Emeralde: Excellent. It seems I shall get to test my abilities after all.

Assassin: ENOUGH! Get out of my way!

<Assassin fires repeatedly as he sweeps the area with his energy rifle. The Cyber Rangers are each struck by the blasts and knocked back, the built in force fields of the suits protecting them, but sparking in the process. They fall back, but quickly recover.>

Jake: You're not getting through us!

Assassin: Then I'll just go OVER YOU!

<Assassin reaches up and a grapple hook and line launch from his hand, attaching to a higher floor of the U.N. building. With one tug, the line starts retracting, pulling Assassin up into the air. He laughs maniacally as he fires his blaster again in mid-flight, forcing the team to scatter. Assassin reaches a window and kicks it in before sliding through.>

Anya: <recovering quickly and drawing her Data Ray> We can't let him get away!

<Anya leaps up, somehow reaching the window and jumping through it. As Anya lands in the same room as Assassin, she aims her Data Ray, but the Assassin merely chuckles.>

Anya: I've got you now.

<Anya aims her Data Ray at Assassin.>

Assassin: I think not. Ta-ta.

<A warning light in Anya's helmet flashes. However, the warning comes too late as Anya realizes that the grenades on the Assassin's belt are now all over the floor. Assassin bolts through the broken window just as the grenades erupt, turning the room into a massive fireball. Rubble from the wall crumbles down, blocking the entrance to the U.N. Assassin fires his grapple line again and swings down, drawing his sword with his free hand.>

Cindy: ANYA!

Walter: NO!

Cruger: ANYA!

Emeralde: You should keep your focus on ME!

<Emeralde lunges at Cruger, catching him off guard. Cruger, however, turns this to his advantage as he grabs her wrist, twisting to avoid her blade. He pulls backwards, getting Emeralde away from Winters, but, unfortunately, not far enough for his liking. Pulling free, Emeralde swings her kitana, and Cruger meets it halfway with his own blade.>

Emeralde: You're out of practice, Shadow Ranger. And a hundred years out of date!

Cruger: Haven't you ever heard that a classic never goes out of style?

<The two comatants begin a furious sword duel, neither giving an inch. Winters watches, trapped by the two battles and the rubble from the bomb.>

Assassin: And now it's your turn!

<Assassin charges the remaining members of the Cyber Rangers, who each draw their Data Blades. Before they can strike, Assassin pulls the ninja stars from his belt and throws them. Sparks fly as the Rangers are hit by the blades, allowing Assassin easier targets. With glee, he slashes down, striking Jake in the chest twice before elbowing him away and turning to do the same to Jeremy, who, after being slashed, grabs the blade arm of the Assassin, only to be lifted up into the air and flipped onto his back.>

Jeremy: Owww... What does it take to stop this guy?!

<Cindy and Walter tackle Assassin, but he refuses to fall, and instead slashes both of them in the back, before kicking them away and slashing them both across their chests. Walter somehow catches Cindy as she tumbles back, dazed.>

Walter: Hang in there, Cindy... We'll make it.

Assassin: I really don't see how.

<Assassin aims his rifle at the two Cyber Rangers.>

Walter: You would if you'd turn around.

Assassin: Huh?

<Assassin turns around and is shocked to see Anya, her Data Ray aimed squarely at the villain.>

Anya: Surprise, Slime.

<Anya fires, nailing the Assassin in his chest and knocking him to the pavement. The others get up and join her.>

Jake: I thought you were-

Anya: Matt and Wendy built these suits well. I was back on my feet in seconds.

Assassin: <picking himself up> DIE!

<Assassin fires his rifle again, but this time, the Cyber V Rangers roll out of the way, Anya and Cindy going to the right, the guys going to the left. As they roll to their feet, they kick up, launching into the air diagonally. They each draw their Data Rays and fire, peppering the Assassin with muptiple energy blasts, enough to stop a bull elephant in it's tracks. Weakened, Assassin tumbles backwards and erupts into a ball of flame. The heroes land in front of the fireball and holster their weapons.>

Winters: They did it. Oh thank God...

Anya: That was too easy.

Walter: You call that EASY?!

Anya: Kalask won't let his Assassin fall so easily.

Tem-Tar: <appearing from thin air> How very true, my dear Cyber Yellow. In fact, I would say that your problems are about to increase in scope and magnitude!

<Before anyone can think to stop him, Tem-Tar aims and fires a nanite from the tube up his sleeve. It lands in the remains of the Assassin and begins replicating, quickly making the Assassin grow and heal, making him into a deadly giant.>

Tem-Tar: Now you'll have no problem assassinating the President and these pests! Go to it!

Assassin: Of course.

<Tem-Tar vanishes as quickly as he came.>

Cindy: We need the Combat Zords!

Jake: Yeah, right! Not unless we teleport them here!

Jeremy: <speaking into his gauntlet> Guys, we need a plan!

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay

<Matt and Wendy are quickly running final checks in an unfamiliar cockpit. There are five seats in this cockpit, but the twins are the only occupants. It's very high tech, of course, with a large Cyber V symbol in the back.>

Wendy: We hear you! We have just the thing to help!

Matt: Assistance is on the way.

Wendy: ...Ummm... Matt? Aren't we supposed to stay on base?

Matt: Can't be helped. <He winks as he intentionally breaks a switch> Auto pilot failed test run.

Wendy: <mock sadness> What a pity... I think I'm rubbing off on you, Bro... I'm so proud.

<Matt and Wendy both put special radio communicators onto their heads.>

Matt: CV TRANSPORT ACTIVATE!

<In the Holding Bay, large metal rods extend from the ceiling and attach to the Combat Zords, locking on magnetically and lifting the battle machines off the ground. As this happens, the back wall of the Bay opens to reveal another Zord, larger than the five. It is sleek and black, resembling a gigantic skateboard, but thicker and far more powerful. Red windows line the front rim. The back has twin cylindrical engines propped up on a massive back. An alcove rests beneath this.>

Matt: CV Transport moving into position.

Wendy: Combat Zords, Docking Mode.

<The Combat Zords are quickly lowered into position by the rods, MortarTread being placed into the alcove, BlastTruck in front of it, LightTank to it's left, and WeatherTrain to it's right. The platform for Razor Bat lowers slowly and latches onto the engines of CV Transport.>

Wendy: Combat Zords docked.

Matt: CV Transport to surface.

<The roof to the Bay slides down, forming a ramp. CV Transport revs up and rolls up the ramp, quickly reaching the surface.>

Wendy: Let's ride.

<CV Transport begins rolling down the runway, picking up speed rapidly.>

Matt: We'll have to use the Warp Jump maneuver. You ready?

Wendy: You need to ASK?

<CV Transport begins glowing as it becomes a blur... and vanishes in a burst of light, leaving flaming wheeltracks in it's wake. It races through a green digital tunnel and quickly reemerges in New York, blazing down the streets, miraculously not killing anyone.>

Wendy: New York, New York, it's a helluva town...

<President Winters eyes widen as she realizes what's going on.>

Winters: Those little...

Assassin: What?!

<He turns to see CV Transport and the docked Combat Zords coming at him. He aims his Rifle, but even as he fires, CV Transport moves, deftly dodging the blasts before slamming into the Assassin, sending him sprawling away from the U.N. Building.>

Wendy: Power Rangers, meet CV Transport, the latest addition to your arsenal. It will greatly enhanse the power of Cyber Combat Megazord.

Jeremy: WOAH!

Jake: Check out the Skateboard of Doom!

Cindy: It's amazing...

Walter: Well, what are we waiting for? We have a monster to squash!

Anya: Indeed we do.

<The Rangers leap up and enter their cockpits.>

Jeremy: LOG ON!

Walter: This new Combat Zord rocks!

Jake: Time we put it to work!

Anya: Let's save New York!

Cindy: Hail to the Chief!

Jeremy: Launching Combat Zords!

<Razor Bat detaches from the engines and flies off, while a ramp extends from the front of CV Transport. As it finishes extending, the Combat Zords roll down it and charge forward.>

Jeremy: Time for round two! Razor Bat... Transform!

<Jeremy pulls the lever down. The effect is immediate. The transformation begins by extending the engine thrusters out, revealing them to be the feet. They continue extending into legs. Next, the tips of the wings separate, revealing themselves to be hand weapons, which are easily caught by twin arms that come out of the sides of Razor Bat's main body and extend. The wings fold backwards from their midway point, while the Bat head cycles forward, becoming a chestplate. A new head rises from the main body, a odd mix of humanoid robot and bat. The transformation complete, Razor Bat lands on it's legs and stands ready for battle, weapons raised.>

Wendy: No time to waste guys. New York is too crowded for an extended battle. Activate Cyber Combat Megazord transformation sequence.

<The Cyber Rangers all nod and unsheathe their Data Blades as slots open for the weapons. They slide the weapons in, and their helmets all flash with the phrase "Cyber Combat Megazord Initialized". Razor Bat flies into the air as it's legs fold in on themselves at the knees. The blade weapons return to the wings as the arms return to the main body of the mecha. The laser weaponry on LightTank retracts into various ports, while WeatherTrain closes it's weapons array as well. Blast Truck splits right down it's middle, forced apart by retrorockets. The two halves continue to race forward. They are joined by LightTank and WeatherTrain, which brace as Razor Bat flies down, back facing the ground, it's legs locking into the backs of the two mecha before they speed up, allowing BlastTruck to meet them at Razor Bat's shoulders. Blast Truck's halves moves in closer, revealing connector ports that lock onto Razor Bat and snap into place. MortarTread splits into two as well, the top half rocketing off and flying in behind Razor Bat as the treads and main body ride up the impromptu ramp created by WeatherTrain and LightTank. As it reaches the top of the ramp, it slams down onto the chest of Razor Bat, locking into place and revealing a stylized Cyber V logo, the Data Blade and a circle of binary code separating digital style letters CV. The other half of MortarTread begins a transformation as well, as the turret extends away from the remainder of the main body and turns around, revealing a helmet. The barrel rotates down the back of the barrel before the helmet snaps into place over Razor Bat's head. Finally, the combined machine takes to the air. The front ends of LightTank and WeatherTrain rotate forward, creating feet. The cab sections of BlastTruck move upwards as well, revealing two large metallic black hands. The missile launchers and missiles rotate and shift as well, forming massive shoulders. The remainder of MortarTread snaps into place on the back. The transformation complete, the new gestalt lands on it's feet and poses dramatically, raising and lowering it's fists as it's eyes light up green.>

Cyber V: CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD ONLINE!

<The Cyber V Rangers appear in a combined cockpit made of their five Zords' individual ones. Jeremy is in front, Walter to his left, and Jake on his right. Behind them are Anya, behind Walter, and Cindy, behind Jake.>

Matt: Be careful. This guy is agile and fast.

Walter: We know! We know!

<Assassin bares his blade and charges. Before Cyber Combat Megazord can react, the blade is swung, and slams into the chestplate. CCM staggers back as Assassin slashes it twice more.>

Jake: Why the hell didn't you guys give this thing a sword?!

Matt: It's SUCH a cliche...

Walter: Cliche or not, he's too fast with that blade!

Wendy: Fine. Stand back and leave this one to us.

<CCM falls back, it's chest smoking, as CV Transport revs up and blasts forward, slamming into Assassin and throwing him back.>

Matt: Need a lift?

<Cyber Combat Megazord leaps up and lands squarely on CV Transport. It braces itself as it rolls forward. Assassin raises his blade, but CCM swings it's massive fist, shattering the sword in two. CV Transport quickly turns around, allowing CCM to slam a fist into the monster's back, sending it flying, to land in the river. CCM leaps off of CV Transport and prepares itself to finish the fight.>

Assassin: You'd never be able to beat me without that blasted board!

Matt: Oh, so he doesn't like CV Transport's carrier mode, huh? What say we beta test it's Megazord Mode?

Wendy: I love it... CV Transport... Transform!

<CV Transport turns around and runs backwards, blazing forward as jets from underneath raise it up. The rocket engines detach and reattach to the front wheels as it props itself up on it's former back. A panel on the new front rotates down, revealing a robotic face with yellow eyes.>

Wendy: HYPER RUSH MEGAZORD! Oh yeah! Who's got a Megazord? WE DO!

Assassin: ...Oh, this can't be good.

Wendy: All a matter of perspective, isn't it? FIRE!

<Hyper Rush Megazord's "arms" glow and fire rapid bursts of energy. The bursts slam into Assassin, staggering him long enough for CCM to position itself between the new mecha and the villain.>

Jeremy: Nice shot!

Anya: Let's finish this.

Cindy: Any suggestions?

Matt: Only one. Prepare for linkup.

<On their helmets, the phrase Cannon Linkup appears>

All: CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD... BLAST MODE!

<Cyber Combat Megazord raises it's arms as the cannon arms of Hyper Rush Megazord disengage and rocket forward into the grasp of CCM.>

Assassin: ...Oh, come on... You have GOT to be kidding me...

<The cannons fire, left, then right, then left and right again, four massively powerful streams of energy that pummel the Assassin relentlessly, leaving him smoking and charred.>

Wendy: BIG BANG ATTACK!

<Both cannons charge up as Cyber Combat Megazord braces itself. When the energy reaches it's peak, both cannons release a wave of energy the size of a small building. The force of the blasts forces Cyber Combat Megazord to skid backwards until it is braced by Hyper Rush Megazord. The energy waves engulf Assassin, causing him to erupt into another fireball the instant they make contact. Cyber Combat Megazord releases the cannons, which return to Hyper Rush Megazord, before posing triumphantly next to it's new support mecha.>

Jake: Now that we've settles his hash, we've just got one more thing to do.

<Below, the battle continues between Shadow Ranger and Emeralde. Equally matches, neither opponent can score a hit off of the other.>

Cruger: Your monster's finished, Emeralde! You've lost!

Emeralde: Kalask never loses... He merely changes tactics and continues with his conquest!

Jeremy: NOT THIS TIME!

<Without further warning, Cyber Red jumps in and nails Emeralde with both fists, staggering her. As she recovers, Cyber Yellow and Cyber Green launch in firing their Data Rays, peppering the ninja with laser fire.>

Anya: Back away from the President and the Supreme Commander right now!

Emeralde: Do you really think you can stop me?

Walter: Yeah... Kinda do...

<As he says this, Cyber Blue and Cyber Pink blaze in on a beam of teleportational energy, slamming into Emeralde and sending her flying. As he lands, the two Rangers glance at each other. Pink tosses her blade to Blue, even as Blue tosses Pink his ray. Blue leaps into the air and comes down with both Data Blades. Emeralde tries to block it, but the sheer ferocity of the strike gets past her defenses, slashing her and weakening the villain. She is unprepared as Pink leaps in and, with a boost from both of Blue's blades, catapults at Emeralde, blasting repeatedly. Unable to defend against these maneuvers, Emeralde falls back and clutches at her wounds.>

Emeralde: Very well, Rangers. But mark my words... This is NOT over!

<A warp portal appears under Emeralde, and she theatrically sinks into it. It seals over her, and signals an end to the hostilities.>

Walter: Told ya.

Jeremy: Mission accomplished, Sir.

Cruger: Excellent work, all of you.

Winters: <recovering> Yes... I must agree. But I don't understand. From the files I've read, Cook and Taylor shouldn't have been able to do that just now. They haven't had the training!

Jake: You're right.

<Winters turns to see Jake and Cindy in their civilian clothes.>

Matt: But we have.

<Winters' eyes go wide as she turns to see Blue and Pink remove their helmets, revealing the Twins underneath.>

Jake: You see, they are kinda better trained than us, and stronger. And they had a score to settle with Emeralde anyway.

Cindy: We... We know how you feel about... But still, this is how the Cyber Rangers are supposed to be. We're just the alternates, after all. They're the ones that deserve to be out there.

<Wendy's looking over herself in the uniform.>

Wendy: Yep. Still got it.

Winters: You...

Matt: Madame President? Are you all right?

Winters: You... YOU MISBEGOTTEN HYBRID FREAKS! GET OUT OF THOSE UNIFORMS RIGHT NOW BEFORE I HAVE YOU SHOT!

<Taken aback, the Twins just stare at her. Horrified, Cindy covers her mouth. Jake glares at her.>

Wendy: But we just-

Winters: You disobey my orders, go out into the field, assume Ranger status without permission...

Cruger: Now hold on just a minute-

Winters: The day I let the two of you be Rangers is the day HELL FREEZES OVER! NO VENJIX BOT IS GOING TO BE A RANGER ON MY WATCH, IS THAT CLEAR!?!

<At a loss for words, the Twins silently summon the Cyber Ops to their wrists and take them off. As they hand them back to Jake and Cindy, their uniforms dematerialize from their bodies and reform around their replacements.>

Sauder: <Running up> President Winters! Tell me you didn't just-!

Winters: <Livid> Just do WHAT?!

Sauder: ...Broadcast their secret to the entire world...

<Slowly, everyone turns to see a still functional television camera pointed right at them, abandoned during the chaos and broadcasting live.>

Walter: ...Oh crappity...


***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask watches the end of the battle and chuckles.>

Kalask: Yet another new mecha. These Cyber V Rangersare just FULL of surprises. Ah, such a pity the Assassin failed, but no matter. I enjoy toying with these fools... and once I have taken their full measure, I shall relish crushing them personally...

<He watches the footage of Winters' revealing rant.>

Kalask: And Hybrids in the Rangers' midst, eh? I do believe I can use that... Oh yes indeed...

***

Location: Ft. Myers
Time: 1:00PM, Following Day

<The Rangers, Twins, and Cruger are all gathered in an abandoned conference room as a television screen tells the story.>

Reporter: Today's stop story continues to be the shocking revelations surrounding the Cyber V Power Rangers and confirmation that the government is knowingly employing the first known Venjix Hybrids to be identified in over 75 years. As you may well know, over one hundred years ago, the evil computer virus known as Venjix nearly annihilated the last of humanity through the use of-

<Wendy hits the remote, shattering it and turning off the monitor. She slumps bforward and buries her head under her arms.>

Wendy: Worst... Day... EVER...

Matt: I don't think we'll be leaving the base again for a while... Or ever.

Jeremy: I don't get it. It was so long ago, and there's no Venjix anymore...

Anya: Fear makes people stupid. In time, they will come to realize that they are in no danger.

Jake: It's all my fault. I'm the one who went and blabbed on national television...

Cruger: It was a noble effort. You were trying to get fired so Winters would reinstate one of the Twins, right?

Jake: Yeah, but who knew she was such a phobic? <He glances at Wendy.> Just so you know... It doesn't matter... Not to me... Not to ANY of us.

Cindy: He's right. Yeah, it scared me when she told us... But we know the REAL you, and I could never be afraid of you.

<Cindy places her hand on Wendy's shoulder.>

Wendy: Our dream is dead...

Cruger: No it's not. Not by a long shot. I'm not sure how yet, but I promise the both of you that I won't rest until I make this right.

Walter: The way Winters was behaving seemed strange. She wasn't just afraid of the Twins... She was petrified. Like she thought they were gonna get her.

Jeremy: You're right. There's more going on here than we know... and I don't like it.


***

Location: Oval office
Time: Midnight

<Winters looks out at the night sky as Sauder walks in.>

Sauder: The Twins are confined to base... Officially. Realistically, if they wanted to leave, I don't think we could stop them.

Winters: We held them there for years with the false hope of being Rangers. We'll think of something new. We have to. They ARE government property, after all.

Sauder: They're good kids, Ma'am. They're not a menace. And I know how to control them.

Winters: <Turning to face Sauder> Do you? If that's your idea of controlling them, than we have a serious problem!

Sauder: ...Of course.

Winters: I refuse to fail where our predecessors did. We must control the Venjix virus at all cost!

Sauder: Then, with all due respect, you need to conquer your fear... After all, Alphabet Soup has no room for cowards...

<Turning on his heel, Sauder walks away, leaving Winters alone in the dark, with only her paranoia and the night sky for company...>

Mission Log Completed.

Next time: As the team deals with the fallout, Cindy doubts her abilities in the battle field. Can she conquer these feelings before they bring about a final defeat for the Rangers?
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Previously on Power Rangers Cyber V: During a trip to New York to meet with President Winters, the Rangers are shocked to discover that Matt and Wendy are Hybrids. In a misguided attempt to both show his love and get the Twins reinstated as Rangers, Jake reveals classified information on television, leading to a confrontation with Emeralde and a new monster. Revealing their identies to the world, the Rangers joined forces with Shadow Ranger and, with the assistance of the Twins and the new Hyper Rush Megazord, handed Kalask's forces another defeat. However, in the aftermath, Winters revealed the Twins' secret to the entire world and stated that they would never again be Rangers. To make matters worse, unbeknownst to the team, Sauder and Winters have revealed themselves to be a part of a new incarnation of the infamous Alphabet Soup, the same organization that plunged the world into an apocalypse more than a century before...

***

Location: War Room, Fort Myers, Horizon, California
Time: 11:30 A.M.

<Every monitor is on, each displaying a different news channel. Multiple languages fill the air, but one thing is clear... They're all discussing the same thing. On the monitors, images from the battle in New York are constantly cycling. Growling softly, Supreme Commander Cruger narrows his eyes. Standing just off to the side are Jake, Walter, Anya, and Jeremy. They look no happier about the situation than Cruger.>

Cruger: Unbelievable. It's been over a century. The world's populated by species from all across the universe... and STILL those shortsighted fools insist on airing this ridiculous fear-mongering!

Jeremy: To be fair, Sir... Hybrids DID almost destroy the last of humanity.

<Cruger growls LOUDER.>

Jeremy: Now, we know Matt and Wendy. YOU know them. But the people out there DON'T. All they know is that there's still Venjix tech in the world, and it's in the bodies of two scientists living on a government base.

Anya: Two scientists who, I point out, apparently took a Megazord for a joyride through the streets of New York, commandeered a pair of Cyber Ops, and engaged in battle less than twenty feet from the President.

Walter: Gotta admit... They've got a reason to be nervous. And the way the media's spinning it, it's not going away any time soon.

Cruger: <Sighing heavily> You're right. But with General Sauder still in New York with the President, I'm in charge, and that makes this situation my responsibility. <He looks at the Rangers.> Where are Miss Cook and the Twins, anyway?

Jake: Matt's keeping himself busy in one of their private workshops. He said he suddenly had an idea for a new weapon. And as for the girls...

Cruger: Yes? Out with it.

Jake: Brai- I mean... Wendy... took what happened pretty hard. She's locked herself in her quarters. Cindy's trying to convince her to come out, but so far, no luck.

Anya: I've known her for years, Sir... I've never seen her like this... She wasn't even this devastated when her parents were kill- When they died.

<Jeremy gives Anya a quizzical look for a second, then dismisses it as a slip of the tongue.>

Cruger: Very well. Keep me informed. Dismissed.

<As the others turn and leave, Jeremy lingers behind.>

Jeremy: There's more bothing you than our public image, isn't there?

Cruger: I'm afraid so. It wasn't just the world that learned about the Twins... Kalask learned as well.

Jeremy: You think he'll go after the Venjix tech?

Cruger: It's only a matter of time. We'll have to keep a close eye on both of the Venturas Twins, for their own sakes.

***

Location: Wendy's Private Quarters

<Outside, the entrance isn't that different from those of the Rangers' rooms. However, where there was once pink trim, it has been rather hastily and crudely scraped away, revealing a dull gray underneath. Sitting on the floor is Cindy, deep in thought.>

<In her mind, Cindy replays the events of the last month... Her recruitment, the battle in the lab, morphing, seeing the look on Wendy's face as it became clear her dream was in jeopardy. Her mind flashes forward to her training sessions with Wendy, who was quickly becoming her mentor.>

<Finally, she sees the sickened look on Wendy's face as she returned the Cyber Op to Cindy, just a day before.>

Cindy: (quietly) I don't get it... She should be the Pink Ranger, not me...

<Inside the room, Wendy sits in the dark upon her bed, hiding her head behind her knees.>

Wendy: It's over... I'll never be Cyber Pink again...

<A single tear escapes her eye and strikes the sheets.>

***

Power Rangers Cyber V
Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 7: "The Dream"
Written by Aaron Thall

***

Cindy: It's my fault you got in so much trouble...

<Her mind flashes back to the day before once again. We can see what we did not see before: Jake and Cindy handing over their Cyber Ops to the Twins inside the Zords.>

Wendy: Are you two sure about this?

Cindy: Jake and I talked it over. It's how things are supposed to be... Now go show her just how good you are.

<Her mind returns to the present.>

Cindy: I should have known better. After the way the President spoke about you in her office...

<Frustrated, Cindy punches the wall behind her and gets up. Slowly, she forces herself to sound positive.>

Cindy: Don't worry, Wendy. Cruger said he could fix this! I'll bet he's already got a plan to get you back on the team!

<No response.>

Cindy: Wendy, are you okay? Please, come out of there! We're all getting worried about you!

Wendy: (completely miserable) Go away...

Cindy: But I-

Wendy: Please... I... I just need to be alone.

<Faced with talking uselessly to a door, Cindy concedes defeat. Slowly, she walks away.>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

Time: Inapplicable

<We enter a room we haven't seen before. Everywhere we look, we see computers and equipment buzzing away, all being tended by various alien beings. Standing amidst the chaos is Kalask, taking it all in.>

Kalask: Keep it up, all of you. The sooner the data is compiled, the sooner I can begin the next phase of my game.

<He grins. It's not a pretty sight.>

Kalask: The Rangers are only as good as the people supporting them. These two scientist friends of theirs'... The would-be Rangers. They're the key. Their intellects and courage alone make them dangerous... That delicious technology running in their veins is just too much to bear! Technician! How long until you are ready to proceed?

<A tan-skinned creature with three arms and fangs steps forward.>

Technician: At the present rate, another day or so, Master.

Kalask: And why the delay?

Technician: My apologies, Master, but there is a great deal of information relating to this Venjix to process. We must analyze all of it, or we risk jeopardizing your strategies.

Kalask: (cocking his head slightly) True enough, I suppose. Still, there's no sense allowing the grass to grow under the Rangers' feet. Midnai? Midnai, I know you're there. I have a task for you.

<Slowly, a feminine form fades into existance at the doorway. Midnai slinks in, smooth as glass, and saunters up to Kalask's side. Draping her arms around her leader, she smiles seductively.>

Midnai: And what would you wish of me?

Kalask: It occurs to me that, of all my most loyal followers, only you have not yet faced our new adversaries in battle.

Midnai: And you wish to see how these technologically inclined players fare against a more magical threat?

Kalask: Precicely. We always did think alike, didn't we?

Midnai: It's why we get along so well.

<Midnai swivels around and comes up in front of Kalask. Bringing her face right up to his, she smiles even more than before. She's going to enjoy this.>

Midnai: Do you mind if I take one of my pets along for company? It's been so long since Precious got to go out in the sun...

Kalask: Of course, my dear. And take a squadron of Dreads as well.

<At that, Midnai scoffs.>

Midnai: Those machines? Technology is so inferior to magic.

Kalask: Perhaps, but they'll make excellent bait for the Rangers, and even if they don't, you always did enjoy watching the suffering of the innocent...

***

Location: Fort Myers

<Cruger is sitting at Sauder's desk, deep in thought. He hears a knock at the door.>

Cruger: Enter.

<Quietly, Cindy walks into the room, closing the door behind her.>

Cruger: How is she?

Cindy: She still won't come out of there.

Cruger: I was afraid of that. She's had too many setbacks lately. They've taken a toll on her spirit. She was just recovering from the shock of losing her place the first time.

Cindy: Do... Do you have a plan yet?

Cruger: Hmmm...?

Cindy: You said.. You said you were going to find a way to make things right.

Cruger: And I'm a man of my word, but it WILL take time. She and Matt will just have to be patient. I'm also worried about you.

Cindy: (She blinks) Me, Sir?

Cruger: I've read your file. You never wanted to be a Ranger, did you?

Cindy: (looks down) ...No... I... I just wanted to go to college, but the others needed me and there wasn't time to think about it.

Cruger: I understand. And you think that you're not up to snuff, am I right?

Cindy: (She doesn't answer, and her hesitation speaks volumes.)

Cruger: Well you're wrong. (He looks her dead in the eye, his pronouncement getting her to look up.) History has shown time and again that heroes aren't born... They're made. You may not have chosen this life, but you also didn't run from it. You've faced it head on and come out stronger for it. You've got the potential to be a great Ranger, Cindy, as good and as brave as any of them. The only thing holding you back... is you. Stop comparing yourself to Wendy. She's not the Pink Ranger. YOU ARE. And you need to be the best you can be.

Cindy: (stunned, and at a loss for words) ...yes, sir...

Cruger: And now-

<Before he can continue, alarms begin blaring throughout the base.>

Cruger: Come on!

<He rises from Sauder's desk and he and Cindy rush to the War Room, where the other Rangers have already gathered.>

Cruger: Status report!

<The monitors show Midnai and the Dreads in the middle of the city.>

Jake: Who the hell is that? And where did she buy that outfit?

Anya: That's Midnai, the last of Kalask's generals. She's a sorceress.

Walter: Oh great. Now we've gotta deal with MAGIC?

Cruger: Go, Rangers!

Jeremy: Yes, Sir!

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

All: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jeremy finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a red battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Red!>

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Anya finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a yellow battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Yellow!>

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

***

Location: Wendy's quarters

<Still shrouded in darkness, the alarm blares even through the thick door. Slowly, Wendy looks up. Hesitantly, she gets up off the bed and heads towards the door. As she's about to open it, she stops.

Wendy: (thinking) I've lost almost everything... First my parents... Then my dream...

<An image of Cindy in the Cyber Pink uniform flashes through her mind. Wendy clenches her fists.>

Wendy: Damnit!

<She hits the door, and it automatically opens. Momentarily blinded by the lights after being in the darkness for hours, she watches as soldiers and technicians run left and right to get to their battle positions.>

Wendy: (thinking) Everyone else is being useful... Am I still useful? Do I serve any purpose without my Ranger powers?

<Images of Matt and Anya come unbidden from her memory.>

Wendy: (thinking) Matt's still fighting, isn't he? Anya's fighting, right? And the others...

<She sees Jeremy, Walter, Cindy, and Jake.>

Wendy: (Thinking) Even if I can't do anything... I have to see what's going on...

<Slowly, she begins to make her way down the hall.>

***

Location: Downtown Horizon

<The scene is complete anarchy. Dreads swarm everywhere, bringing death and destruction. Several bodies, not all of them intact, litter the ground amidst the rubble. Casually strolling through this horror is Midnai, who seems to be enjoying the display.>

Midnai: Excellent. And if these Rangers are true to form...

<Right that moment, all five Rangers come flipping in from out of nowhere. They land on their feet running.>

Jeremy: STOP RIGHT THERE!

Midnai: And they're punctual to boot. Exquisite!

<The Rangers stop in front of Midnai, who doesn't seem the least bit concerned about the imminent battle.>

Anya: MIDNAI! I was wondering when you'd crawl out from under your rock.

Midnai: Ah, you know me! You must be the escapee! Anne, right?

Anya: Anya.

Midnai: Oh, it doesn't matter! (She dismisses the matter with a wave of her hand) You're all about to die anyway, so why should I bother learning your names?

Anya: You lousy BITCH!

<Anya whips out her Data Ray and fires. Midnai casually blocks the blast with a spell.>

Midnai: You have NO idea how right you are.

<She thrusts her hand into the air and crimson lightning rains down, striking all around the Rangers, scattering them to the ground.>

Midnai: DREADS! ANNIHILATE THEM!

<From every direction, the Dreads come at the call of their general. The Rangers pull themselves up and regroup.>

Jeremy: Split up and take them out! Whatever you do, don't get too close to Midnai! We'll have to tackle her as a team!

Walter: And the laser immunity and lightning didn't make that obvious because...?

Jeremy: Not NOW, Walter...

<The Rangers spread out as the Dreads arrive. The battle is immediately joined. Anya wastes no time, sheathing her Data Ray and drawing her Data Blade. With an almost berserker fury, she begins slashing at the Dreads left and right. In seconds, six Dreads fall, but she's unsatisfied. Spying stragglers at the edge of the plaza, she leaps into the air and comes down, tackling one more. She rolls clear of her first target and kicks the second in it's midsection, staggering it long enough for her to get back upright completely, spin, and decapitate it with a second kick. The last Dread grabs her from behind and attempts to choke her, but she spins her Data Blade around and stabs it without hesitation in it's stomach area. It staggers back, the Data Blade still trapped there. Angrier than ever, Anya pulls the blade out and stabs the Dread right between the eyes, downing it.>

<Jake finds himself facing five Dreads. The first one swings at him, and he ducks under the fist. Coming back up being it, he grabs the Dread's arm and twists, pulling the robot in the opposite direction and slamming it into a second robot. As both machines tumble to the ground, Jake leaps up and draws his Data Ray.>

Jake: I don't mean to cut this short, but-

<He lets loose with a laser barriage that rips apart the five Dreads. He lands amidst their wreckage.>

Jake: Wait... I DID mean to. Sorry about that...

<Walter discovers that he's surrounded by six Dreads. As one punches towards him, he ducks and lets the Dread punch it's fellow machine. As he comes back up, he gives the Dread a thumbs up.>

Walter: Thanks for the help, but I can do this solo.

<The thumbs up becomes a fist, and he punches the Dread in the face. Not relaxing, he pulls is arm back, elbowing the Dread that had been punched. Grabbing it's head, he swings the entire robot around like a bludgeon, smashing the other Dreads. Surprised to see that his weapon is still relatively intact, he repeatedly dashes it on the pavement, pieces falling off bit by bit. As the final pieces fall off, he tosses what remains, a leg, aside. He doesn't notice a single tiny bit of red metal tuck itself into the trim of his glove.>

Walter: Not pretty, but I'll take it.

<Jeremy faces off against ten Dreads. With both his weapons in hand, he never stops moving. Bobbing to one side, he slashes a Dread diagonally with his Data Blade. As he turns with the slash, he fires the Ray, taking down two more Dreads. The remaining seven glower at him and prepare to release their hellfire blasts.>

Jeremy: Not good!

<Three Dreads fire. Their blasts strike the pavement just as Jeremy leaps up. As the hellfire barriage ends, he fires a single shot from his Data Ray, nailing the center Dread in the head with the blast. As it fall, he lands where it had been standing, and doing a 360 degree spin, he uses his Data Blade to take down the two robots.>

Jeremy: But getting better all the time!

<He turns to face the last four Dreads. Lined up in a row, they prepare to unleash another hellfire blast. Jeremy sees a nearby lamppost, shrugs, and tosses his Data Blade, severing it at it's base. Caught unaware, the four Dreads are all crushed under the heavy pole.>

Jeremy: Sorry. I forgot to say "timber".

<Cindy finds herself facing only three Dreads, much to her admitted relief. Wasting no time, she whips out her Data Ray and blows all three Dreads away.>

Cindy: Whew...

Midnai: You're scared of three measily machines? PATHETIC!

<Midnai thrusts her hand out, and more lightning strikes Cindy, knocking her back. The others rush to her side.>

Jeremy: CINDY! Are you all right?

Cindy: Yeah... But she's right. I was afraid.

Midnai: What a foolish child. Rushing into a battle she should be running away from instead.

Jake: Big talk from someone outnumbered five to one.

Midnai: Five to two, my boy.

Walter: Exqueeze me? I just see you.

Midnai: Oh, didn't I introduce you earlier? My apologies, Rangers. PRECIOUS! Come and play with the Rangers!

<A deafening roar and the sound of leathery wings flapping draws the attention of the Rangers. Looking up, they see a gigantic blood red dragon, as large as any giant monster.>

Walter: Oh. Right. Precious.

Matt: (over speakers) GUYS! I'm downmorphing a new program to your suits now! Activate it immediately!

Jeremy: Matt? What are you-?

Matt: JUST DO IT!

<Precious releases a massive fireball directly at the Rangers. To Midnai's delight, it strikes them dead on, creating a massive explosion.>

Midnai: Maybe they can be the Mighty Melted Power Rangers.

<She begins to laugh, but stops as the smoke clears, revealing the Cyber V Rangers, all very much alive and holding up clear shields, adorned only by binary trim.>

Matt: Rangers, these are your new Data Shields. They should protect you from the Dragon's flame.

Anya: So these are what you were working on?

Matt: Yeah. Sorry to keep you waiting.

Jeremy: What matters is that you came through when it mattered. Thanks, man. Now how about some Zords so we can take that Dragon?

Matt: It'll be a few minutes. They're not quite finished recharging after warping back and forth from Horizon to New York. Just hold on a little longer!

Jake: So we need Zords and we get shields. Yippie.

<Precious releases another fireball. Everyone but Cindy raises their Data Shields to block the blast. As it strikes, Cindy cringes.>

Midnai: You don't belong here, little girl.

<Midnai gestures, and golden energy surrounds Cindy, pulling her away from the group roughly and tossing her to the ground before Midnai. Midnai casually kicks Cindy in the head, knocking her onto her back.>

Cindy: Got... got to get up...

Midnai: Oh, by all means, get up. I won't stop you... Wait, yes I will.

<She snaps her fingers, and the energy holding Cindy erupts. Her suit sparks violently, and to Cindy's shock, her helmet goes flying from her head, landing a few feet away. Her face exposed, Cindy rolls over and lies there, trying to keep her eyes open.>

***

Location: War Room, Fort Myers

<Cruger watches the situation grimly.>

Cruger: Matt, how much longer on the Zords?

Matt: (over com) Two minutes!

Cruger: They don't HAVE two minutes!

<The door to the War Room opens to reveal Wendy, who clearly doesn't look like she belongs.>

Cruger: You came.

Wendy: I... I had to.

<Off to the side, two officers mutter under their breath.>

Cruger: ENOUGH! <He glares at both of them.> Miss Venturas has dedicated her LIFE and SOUL to this project. If you've got a problem with her, you're more than welcome to leave!

<The two officers flash Wendy a dirty look but say nothing more. Wendy steps inside and makes her way to Cruger.>

Cruger: It's not good. Midnai's made her presence known, and she's brought along a dragon big enough to fight the Zords... Matt's charging them now, but they're not ready. And Midnai's isolated Cindy.

<At that, Wendy's eyes widen and she looks at the screen as the drama plays out.>

Wendy: No...

***

Location: Downtown Horizon

<Midnai laughs at the prone Cindy, who struggles feebily to get up.>

Midnai: Oh come on! That's pathetic!

<Behind Cindy, the Rangers block another blast from Precious, but the effort is clearly taking a toll on them.>

Midnai: At least have the dignity to die on your feet, little girl.

Cindy: No...

<Slowly, she begins to gather her strength.>

Cindy: It can't... It can't end like this...

***

Location: War Room, Fort Myers

<They continue to watch this play out. Watching the scene, Wendy's legendary temper begins to flare, bringing her out of her funk. Livid, she shouts into the com so Cindy can hear.>

Wendy: It can't end like this... That was my dream... DON'T YOU DARE DIE ON ME CINDY! I WON'T BE REPLACED BY A QUITTER!

<Cruger chuckles.>

Cruger: At least you're not moping aound anymore...

***

Location: Downtown Horizon

<Hearing Wendy, Cindy struggles to her feet. Moving over a few feet, unsteadily, she picks up her fallen helmet. Glaring at Midnai, she regains her composure.>

Cindy: I hear you, Wendy. And I won't give up. I'll NEVER give up! You might not be the Pink Ranger anymore, but I promise you... I'LL TAKE UP YOUR DREAM FOR YOU! This might not be the life I wanted, or the life YOU wanted... But it's the life we both have! I can't be the Cyber Pink you were going to be! We both know that! But I won't live in your shadow either! I'm going to be the best Ranger I can be, and I'm going to surpass you, do you hear?!

Wendy: (over com) Prove it.

<Cindy nods. Emboldened by those words and her own declaration, she stares at Midnai.>

Cindy: I'm not afraid anymore, Midnai. If Wendy could overcome her demons to help me, I can overcome mine to beat you! BACK TO ACTION!

<Cindy dons her helmet once more and, holding up her shield, charges Midnai.>

Midnai: Oh please...

<Midnai thrusts her hand forward, unleashing a wave of fireballs. One after the other, they strike Cindy's Data Shield and disperse. Not hesitating, Cindy unsheathes her Data Blade and slashes hard at Midnai, striking the woman's golden armor and raising sparks. Midnai falls back, stunned by the sudden unexpected ferocity of Cindy's assault. Cindy presses her advantage, slashing twice more at Midnai before swinging with her shield arm and hitting the sorceress in the face. Furious, Midnai unleashes another bolt of lightning, but Cindy leaps out of it's path and slams the Shield into Midnai once again, sending the sorceress sprawling to the pavement.>

Cindy: My name is Cindy Cook! I'm the Cyber V Pink Ranger! AND DON'T YOU =EVER= FORGET IT!

<Glaring at Cindy, Midnai getsto her feet.>

Midnai: You're still just a pathetic child, but you're not fun to play with anymore. Another time, little girl.

<Midnai gestures, and a warp portal appears behind her. An almost invisible twitch of her finger makes the portal envelop her, spiriting her away.>

Cindy: I did it... <She thrusts her fist into the air.> I DID IT!

***

Location: War Room, Fort Myers

<Cruger, Wendy, and the rest of the staff watch as Cindy forces Midnai to retreat.>

Cruger: Excellent work, Cindy.

Wendy: Well I'll be damned...

<She feels herself beginning to smile a bit ruefully.>

Wendy: She may just be better than me after all...

***

Location: Downtown Horizon

<The Rangers are staggering under the constant assault from Precious.>

Jeremy: Matt, we need those Zords!

Matt: Zords fully charged!

Cindy: (rushing to rejoin the others) COMBAT ZORDS MOBILIZE!

<In the Holding Bay, large metal rods extend from the ceiling and attach to the Combat Zords, locking on magnetically and lifting the battle machines off the ground. As this happens, the back wall of the Bay opens to reveal another Zord, larger than the five. It is sleek and black, resembling a gigantic skateboard, but thicker and far more powerful. Red windows line the front rim. The back has twin cylindrical engines propped up on a massive back. An alcove rests beneath this.>

<The Combat Zords are quickly lowered into position by the rods, MortarTread being placed into the alcove, BlastTruck in front of it, LightTank to it's left, and WeatherTrain to it's right. The platform for Razor Bat lowers slowly and latches onto the engines of CV Transport.>

<The roof to the Bay slides down, forming a ramp. CV Transport revs up and rolls up the ramp, quickly reaching the surface.>

<CV Transport begins rolling down the runway, picking up speed rapidly. In seconds it reaches downtown Horizon.>

Jeremy: All right!

<The Rangers leap into their respective cockpits.>

Jeremy: LOG ON!

Walter: I think it's time to get midieval on this Dragon's butt!

Jake: Scaleface is goin' down!

Anya: Systems set!

Cindy: Time to say good knight!

Jeremy: Combat Zords... LAUNCH!

<Razor Bat detaches from the engines and flies off, while a ramp extends from the front of CV Transport. As it finishes extending, the Combat Zords roll down it and charge forward.>

Jeremy: Let's see what this dragon's made of!

<Razor Bat flies close to Precious, almost clipping the giant beast. In response, the dragon unleashes a torrent of fireballs that Razor Bat barely manages to outmaneuver.>

Jeremy: Okay, so it's made of FIRE. Got it. Razor Bat... Transform!

<Jeremy pulls the lever down. The effect is immediate. The transformation begins by extending the engine thrusters out, revealing them to be the feet. They continue extending into legs. Next, the tips of the wings separate, revealing themselves to be hand weapons, which are easily caught by twin arms that come out of the sides of Razor Bat's main body and extend. The wings fold backwards from their midway point, while the Bat head cycles forward, becoming a chestplate. A new head rises from the main body, a odd mix of humanoid robot and bat. The transformation complete, Razor Bat lands on it's legs and stands ready for battle, weapons raised.>

Cindy: We can't let this thing have a chance to pin us down! We'd better go right to the Megazord!

Jeremy: You heard her, guys! CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD!

<The Cyber Rangers all nod and unsheathe their Data Blades as slots open for the weapons. They slide the weapons in, and their helmets all flash with the phrase "Cyber Combat Megazord Initialized". Razor Bat flies into the air as it's legs fold in on themselves at the knees. The blade weapons return to the wings as the arms return to the main body of the mecha. The laser weaponry on LightTank retracts into various ports, while WeatherTrain closes it's weapons array as well. Blast Truck splits right down it's middle, forced apart by retrorockets. The two halves continue to race forward. They are joined by LightTank and WeatherTrain, which brace as Razor Bat flies down, back facing the ground, it's legs locking into the backs of the two mecha before they speed up, allowing BlastTruck to meet them at Razor Bat's shoulders. Blast Truck's halves moves in closer, revealing connector ports that lock onto Razor Bat and snap into place. MortarTread splits into two as well, the top half rocketing off and flying in behind Razor Bat as the treads and main body ride up the impromptu ramp created by WeatherTrain and LightTank. As it reaches the top of the ramp, it slams down onto the chest of Razor Bat, locking into place and revealing a stylized Cyber V logo, the Data Blade and a circle of binary code separating digital style letters CV. The other half of MortarTread begins a transformation as well, as the turret extends away from the remainder of the main body and turns around, revealing a helmet. The barrel rotates down the back of the barrel before the helmet snaps into place over Razor Bat's head. Finally, the combined machine takes to the air. The front ends of LightTank and WeatherTrain rotate forward, creating feet. The cab sections of BlastTruck move upwards as well, revealing two large metallic black hands. The missile launchers and missiles rotate and shift as well, forming massive shoulders. The remainder of MortarTread snaps into place on the back. The transformation complete, the new gestalt lands on it's feet and poses dramatically, raising and lowering it's fists as it's eyes light up green.>

Cyber V: CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD ONLINE!

<The Cyber V Rangers appear in a combined cockpit made of their five Zords' individual ones. Jeremy is in front, Walter to his left, and Jake on his right. Behind them are Anya, behind Walter, and Cindy, behind Jake.>

Jake: Combat Laser... FIRE!

<Cyber Combat Megazord's chestplate glows and fires into the air, striking Precious and staggering the beast.>

Jake: Oh come on! That move worked fine on Neutron!

Anya: If one move doesn't work, we'll simply have to try another! Walter, try freezing it's wings.

Walter: You've got it!

<CCMZ's eyes glow as they fire a white beam at Precious's wings. Slowly, ice begins to form. Roaring in protest as it's forced to land, Precious releases a massive blast of fire that staggers the Megazord.>

Anya: LASER FIST!

<CCMZ's fists begin to glow as it charges the dragon. First it strikes with it's left, followed by it's right. Both blows, energized, are powerful enough to shatter steel. Precious is thrown back, but refuses to fall.>

Anya: WHAT?! That should have finished it!

Wendy: (over com) It's thick hide must have protected it. You'll need to try something else.

<Angry and hurt, Precious flaps it's wings and again takes to the air. Fortunately, the Rangers see that it's trying to flee, heading away from the city.>

Cindy: We can't let it get away! It could kill innocent people! RIDER MODE NOW!

<CV Transport revs up and rolls forward, gaining speed by the second. CCMZ leaps up and lands atop CV Transport. Ever faster, CCMZ Rider Mode quickly matches, then exceeds, the flight of Precious. Pulling ahead, it begins to circle the dragon.>

Cindy: New move! RIDER VORTEX!

<The countless rotations of the Zord create a massive cyclone that catches Precious, throwing the now very dizzy dragon to the ground. As the Megazord stops, it leaps off of CV Transport, which rolls into position.>

Cindy: Now let's finish it! Hyper Rush Megazord!

<CV Transport turns around and runs backwards, blazing forward as jets from underneath raise it up. The rocket engines detach and reattach to the front wheels as it props itself up on it's former back. A panel on the new front rotates down, revealing a robotic face with yellow eyes.>

All: CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD... BLAST MODE!

<Cyber Combat Megazord raises it's arms as the cannon arms of Hyper Rush Megazord disengage and rocket forward into the grasp of CCMZ.>

<Both cannons charge up as Cyber Combat Megazord braces itself. When the energy reaches it's peak, both cannons release a wave of energy the size of a small building. The force of the blasts forces Cyber Combat Megazord to skid backwards until it is braced by Hyper Rush Megazord. The energy waves engulf Assassin, causing him to erupt into another fireball the instant they make contact. Cyber Combat Megazord releases the cannons, which return to Hyper Rush Megazord, before posing triumphantly next to it's support mecha.>

Cindy: Mission accomplished! <She salutes.>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask is looking over data as Midnai enters the room. Tem-Tar is assisting him.>

Kalask: Not as easy as you thought it'd be, hmmm?

Midnai: They destroyed my Precious! My defenseless darling Precious! They must PAY.

Kalask: Oh, relax, Midnai. You can always get another pet. I promise, once we've defeated these Rangers, we'll just make a stop at Briarwood, kill the locals, and harvest some dragon eggs. Won't that be fun?

Midnai: (sighing heavily) Oh, all right... But I still want to avenge Precious.

Kalask: And you shall... And sooner than you think. You see, my dear, I've finished my plans for those delightfully surprising Twins, and you have quite the role to play. Quite the role indeed...

Tem-Tar: Quite right, Master. In fact, the final pieces of the puzzle should soon be in place, thanks to my little nanite spy. During the battle, it placed itself on Cyber Green. We'll be able to hear everything going on inside their base. The instant an opportunity presents itself, we can strike.

Kalask: ...Tem-Tar? Don't tread over the dramatic lines. It's simply not done.

Tem-Tar: ...Yes, Sir...

***

Location: Fort Myers, Horizon

<Jeremy enters his room and slumps down in front of his computer.>

Jeremy: Man, what a day...

<His computer beeps.>

Computer: Incoming message.

<The message activates itself. On the screen is a stunning redhead.>

Jeremy: ...JUNE?!

<He couldn't believe his eyes. His old girlfriend? The one that had moved away, supposedly never to be seen again? Why was she calling him?>

***

<The rest of the team are relaxing in the rec room. Walter is sprawled out on a couch. Anya's busying herself with a kickboxing simulator. Jake is searching the video library for something to watch. Cindy's making herself a smoothie. Matt is tinkering with the climate controls out of boredom and the need to keep himself occupied. The door slides open to reveal Wendy as she enters the room.>

Jake: Hey hey, look who's out and about again.

Matt: Sis? Are you okay?

Wendy: I'm... I'm better than I've been for a while now... Listen, everyone...

<Anya halts her kickboxing program and Walter sits up. Unnoticed, the nanite that hitched a ride with him hops off and hides in the cushions.>

Wendy: Almost from the minute we came together, I've been on something of a downward spiral... What happened in New York... It was just the last straw. I'll admit... I was beaten, completely. I just wanted to crawl under the sheets and die.

<She looks squarely at Cindy.>

Wendy: Then I saw you out there, not just living my dream, but saying everything I should have been saying all along. Cindy... You don't have to try to surpass me... You already HAVE. When the going got rough, you kept fighting... and I didn't. I guess I've still got some growing up to do before I'm ready to take up the fight.

<Cindy sets her drink aside. Coming closer to Wendy, she looks her predecessor in the eyes.>

Cindy: You'll make it. And... thank you. I promise I won't let you down.

<Wendy almost comes to tears and hugs Cindy.>

Wendy: (softly) I don't think you could.

Cindy: <wincing> Cyborg... strength... Crushing... me...

<Abashed, Wendy lets go.>

Wendy: Oops. Sorry...

Cindy: <gasping> It's okay.

<Walter chuckles. Jake finds himself vaguely disappointed. Chicks hugging? Hot.>

Jake: So, what now?

Wendy: It's high time I focused on the really important tasks at hand... Not just building you guys new equipment, but expanding my horizons beyond the program. I mean, I've lived in this city for years... and I don't know it at all.

<She looks at Jake.>

Wendy: Jake? Will... Will you help me?

<Walter, Cindy, Matt, and Anya all exchange glances. Jake practically grins ear to ear.>

Jake: I thought you'd never ask.

Matt: Well, THIS can't end well...

<The others nod in agreement. And still unnoticed, the nanite begins broadcasting to it's master...>

MISSION LOG INCOMPLETE...

Next time: Jake takes Wendy out on the town, but is the town ready for Wendy? Kalask's new scheme takes root, Jeremy reconnects with his old flame, and Cruger begins a plan of his own!
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The Date

Previously, on Power Rangers Cyber V: In the aftermath of the incident in New York, the Twins found themselves banned from Ranger status and outed to the world as Hybrids. On the verge of giving up on her dream, Wendy is reinspired by Cindy's courage in battle and realizes that she simply isn't ready yet to be a Ranger. Deciding to expand her experiences beyond the program, she asks Jake for assistance. During their latest battle Tem-Tar slips a nanite spy onto Walter, which broadcasts everything the Rangers say to Kalask, who has plans for the Twins. Jeremy is surprised when he's contacted by his old girlfriend, June. Cruger notes members of the base staff reacting negatively to the news of Hybrids on staff. Unknown to the team, General Sauder and President Winters both reveal themselves as members of the new Alphabet Soup...

***

Mission Log Continued...

Location: Fort Myers, Horizon, California
Time: 6:23 PM

<In the rec room, Walter, who can't even BEGIN to hide his amusement, helps Jake with a supposedly stylish tie. Jake, as uncomfortable as he could ever imagine, is wearing a blue dress shirt and an expensive looking black suit.>

Jake: Could somebody clue me in on how I went from being at the top of Wendy's hate list to going out on the town with her?

Walter: Hey, she said she needed someone who knew the city and, let's face it, someone to watch her back. Now that people know she's a hybrid, there's gonna be a lot of frightened people out there, and having a Ranger right there'll help them relax. And why the hell are you complaining? You've been wanting to go out with the girl since you got here!

Jake: Yeah, but still... I mean, I can't even afford to take anybody out on a date! Not with what THIS place pays.

Walter: Relax. I've got it covered.

<Walter reaches into his pocket and pulls out a card that looks remarkably like platinum.>

Walter: Just use this. The night's on me.

Jake: But... You were a PIZZA GUY.

Walter: (smirks) Wendy's not the only one with secrets, m'man. Now normally, I'd be ragging on you, but the girl's been down long as I've known her, and she needs this. So don't let her down, or I'll sic Anya on you.

Jake: You wouldn't... (pause) ...You would.

<Walter grins.>

<The door to the rec room slides open.>

Wendy: Well?

<She steps into the room, and both Rangers forget to breathe for a second. Gone is her usual outfit. For the first time, they see her without a labcoat. Instead, she's wearing a form-fitting black gown and a gold necklace with a red gem in the center. As always, atop her head, lie her glasses, her disguise for the rest of the world.>

Wendy: Do... I look all right?

Walter: You look... Wow.

<Jake's jaw drops. Walter pats him on the back.>

Walter: Good luck... You're gonna need it.

<Jake gulps. Unseen, the nanite spy attaches itself to his pants cuff.>

***

Power Rangers Cyber V
Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 8: The Date
Written by: Aaron Thall

***

Location: Jeremy's quarters

<Jeremy is still at his computer screen. He's been there for at least an hour, catching up on old times with June, his ex-girlfriend.>

June: I still can't believe it. You. The Red Ranger. I mean, you were always the reliable one. The sensitive one... But a super hero?

Jeremy: It was a bit of a surprise to me, too. But I'm learning as I go, and the other Rangers are good people. ...Well, maybe not so much Jake...

<June giggles.>

June: God, I've missed you. It's so boring down here.

Jeremy: I could live with boring.

June: Yeah, right! You get to save the world every day! I've gotta know... How does it feel... You know... morphing?

Jeremy: It... It's kind of like being charged with electricity. Everything becomes so much more intense. ...I'm really not explaining it very well. Matt could probably explain it better.

June: He's one of those hybrids on the news, right? Is what they're saying true?

Jeremy: No, definitely not. The Twins are... eccentric, especially Wendy. But they're no threat to anybody.

June: Okay. Listen, I've got to go, but I'll be coming back to town for a few days while my parents wrap up some business. We should get together.

Jeremy: (smiling) That'd be great. I could give you a tour of the base. Cindy and the others would love to meet you.

June: I'll bet. I'll send you the details later! Bye!

<Her image vanishes from the screen. Jeremy sits back.>

Jeremy: ...Bye...

***

Location: Downtown Horizon

<In a jeep borrowed from the motor pool, Jake sits behind the wheel while Wendy takes in the sights of the city.>

Jake: (thinking) Wish I'd had more time to snag a cooler ride than this...

Wendy: It's... It's beautiful. I had no idea the city was so big!

<Indeed, everywhere she looks, there's activity. Humans and aliens alike walk the streets.>

Jake: I guess it'd have that effect on a first-timer. I guess I've just gotten used to it. But be careful, okay? Last I checked, we needed to keep a low profile. Between me being a Ranger and the news calling you the worst thing to hit the planet since Lord Zedd, we're conspicuous enough already.

Wendy: I know, I know...

<Wendy reaches into her purse and pulls out a small device. She presses a few buttons.>

Jake: So, any place in particular you want to see?

Wendy: I saw on the web that the museum's hosting a Rangers exhibit. (She turns the device so Jake can see it's screen.) Could we...?

Jake: I thought you wanted to get away from that for a little while.

Wendy: I do... But there's something there I need to see. Please?

Jake: (smiling) Ask and ye shall receive. The museum it is.

***

Location: Fort Myers

<Anya and Matt are in the gym. Anya is spotting for Matt as he lifts weights. He's effortlessly lifting over 700 pounds.>

Anya: Matt, you should be getting some rest. You've been working endlessly since our return from New York.

Matt: It helps me forget what happened... At least for a few minutes here and there. But something's bothering me, Anya. The way President Winters reacted to us... It was strange, even for a woman afraid of hybrids.

Anya: Yes, it's almost as if-

<Before she can finish her thought, Supreme Commander Cruger steps inside. Cindy's with him.>

Cindy: Guys, have Jake and Wendy left yet?

Anya: I believe so.

Cruger: That's not good.

Matt: Sir?

Cruger: Kalask knows that the two of you are hybrids. Your abilities make you prime targets for his campaigns.

Matt: I see... I'll stay on base then, Sir.

Cruger: Excellent. And contact Jake immediately. He needs to be on his guard.

Cindy: We can't tell Wendy... Not yet, anyway. She's still getting over the shock. The last thing she needs right now is something else to worry about.

Matt: I wouldn't worry too much, and I wouldn't contact Jake, either. When Wnedy asked Jake for help, I decided to take some... precautions.

Cruger: Oh? Such as...?

<Matt smirks.>

***

Location: Horizon Museum

<At this time of the day, the museum is nearly abandoned. Jake can only stare at what is before him as Wendy nearly squeals in delight.>

Jake: When you said they had a Rangers display, you weren't kidding...

<The museum is loaded to the brim with Ranger memoribelia. In the far corner, the Megatank sits, looking as new as the day the Space Rangers built it. Right next to it is a replica of the Trans-Armor Cycle. Across the room, a gigantic wall display proudly shows virtually every weapon ever used by a Ranger, from the legendary Power Weapons to the obscure Thunder Slingers. Every available place not designated for foot traffic is dedicated to Zords, allies, even enemies of the Rangers.>

Wendy: It's beautiful.

Unknown: I'm glad you like it.

<Wendy turns, shocked, to see a robot shorter than her with red armor, blue and black limbs, and a golden oval head, complete with flashing red lights. On it's chest, a lightning symbol continually lit up.>

Alpha 5: I am Alpha 5, caretaker of this exhibit.

Wendy: (thrilled beyond words) Oh wow... I know all about you! You're almost as famous as the Rangers! A fully sentient, multi-functional automaton!

Alpha 5: Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi! Oh, that takes me back to the good old days! Wait! (He looks at Wendy) I saw you on the news! You're one of the hybrids working with the new Rangers!

Wendy: (nods) Yeah, but could you keep that to yourself? We're trying to keep a low profile.

Alpha 5: "We"? (He looks and sees Jake.) Oh, of course! We just added him to the hall of Rangers!

Wendy: You've got a what?

Alpha 5: Come with me and I'll show you.

Wendy: Okay. (turns to Jake) Jake! I'm going over this way for a few minutes! Hurry up!

Jake: (lagging a bit) I'll be there in a minute!

<Jake moves to catch up, but a hand grabs his shoulder. Shocked, he turns and grabs... Walter, who motions for Jake to keep quiet.>

Walter: You've REALLY gotta relax, man.

Jake: What. Are. You. DOING HERE?!

Walter: Matt asked me to tag along and keep an eye on Wendy.

Jake: He didn't think I could do the job?

Walter: No... YOU'RE the one he wanted me to protect her from!

(pause)

Jake: (muttering) I'm gonna beat his ass...

Walter: Listen: The Big Dog called. He thinks Kalask may try to make a play for Wendy. He isn't ordering you two back to base, but keep a close eye on her. At the first sign of trouble, get her out of there.

Jake: I hear ya.

Walter: Oh, I almost forgot. I set up a table for you at the Azulong Phoenix. Best chinese food in town. And very, very exclusive.

Jake: How the heck did you-

Walter: I TOLD you I had secrets of my own, man. Now get going. You don't wanna keep that girl waiting.

Jake: And where the heck are you gonna be?

Walter: Oh... Around.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask sits at his throne as Jake and Walter's conversation is transmitted by the nanite spy. He turns to Tem-Tar, Thrak, and Midnai.>

Kalask: And now we know where to strike. Midnai, is the Fiddler ready?

Midnai: (bowing slightly) Of course, Master.

Kalask: Excellent. Thrak, your job will be to keep those Rangers away from the girl. Tem-Tar, you already know your own task.

Tem-Tar: Of course.

Thrak: It will be a PLEASURE.

Midnai: But Master... Where is Emeralde. Why isn't she included with this assignment?

Kalask: Emeralde has... a different task assigned to her. I assure you, all will soon be revealed.

***

Location: Unknown

<A warp portal opens, and Emeralde steps through, followed by a creature hidden by shadows.>

Emeralde: Stay here.

<The creature nods silently. With a graceful leap, Emeralde leaps onto the roof of the nearest building. Taking a moment to make certain she has not been detected, she reached down and, using her kitana, jimmies a window open. Once she succeeds, she backflips into the window, entering the building. Not a minute passes before she comes back to the window, signaling the creature to come closer. She tosses out something wrapped in a white sheet... which is quickly growing redder by the moment. The creature catches the bundle, and Emeralde leaps down gracefully, landing next to her compatriot.>

Emeralde: My work is done. The rest is up to you.

<The creature nods again, and it's form slowly begins to change...>

***

Location: Horizon Museum

<Wendy is letting Alpha regale her with tales of the Rangers as Jake catches up.>

Alpha 5: So with the Dragonzord finally immobilized by the Megazord, Jason challenged Tommy to a final battle where-

Jake: (interrupting) All really interesting, but we're gonna have to go soon if we're going to make our reservation.

Wendy: Reservation?

Jake: Yeah. The best resturaunt in town.

Wendy: Just a couple more minutes? Please? I need to see two more things real fast.

Jake: Okay.

<Wendy turns to Alpha.>

Wendy: Would it be okay for me to come and visit you from time to time?

Alpha 5: It would be my pleasure, Wendy. (As Alpha walks off, he looks at Jake.) Billy never interrupted me. HMPH!

Jake: So, what did you want to see?

Wendy: Him.

<She points behind Jake. He turns and sees the RPM Black Ranger.>

Wendy: Dillon. The first Hybrid Ranger. When Matt and I learned what we were, Dillon became our idol. Even though he had that affliction, and he had to live in fear of turning on his friends, he fought like a true hero right until the end. I guess we just wanted to prove that we were as good as he was.

Jake: You will. I know it.

Wendy: Well, there's one way to be sure.

<She heads down the corridor to an egglike device.>

Wendy: I read about this online. It's supposed to read your brainwaves and analyze your physical data, then tells you if you're Ranger material or not.

Jake: Go for it. But I can already tell you what it's gonna say.

<Wendy nods and carefully steps inside. Jake closes the door behind her. The chamber glows for a moment, then reopens. Wendy steps out, a smile on her face.>

Jake: So, how'd it go?

Wendy: I thought you already knew. Come on! You said we were going to be late.

<Chuckling, he let her lead the way to the jeep.>

***

Location: Fort Myers

<The door to General Sauder's office opens. Cruger looks up from paperwork to see Sauder himself, just returned from meeting with President winters.>

Cruger: Have a nice flight, General?

Sauder: Why isn't Venturas on base? I wanted her confined for disobeying orders!

Cruger: (getting up to stare Sauder in the eyes.) She's been through enough AND, last I checked, I don't work for you. Besides, you have a more immeidate problem.

Sauder: Oh?

Cruger: I'm afraid so. Since their condition has been revealed, about a fifth of your staff has suddenly requested transfers to other bases, citing personal reasons.

Sauder: Only a fifth? Better than I expected.

Cruger: I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty of arranging replacements. Each one imminently qualified for the job, and none of them likely to bat an eye about working alongside hybrids.

Sauder: You should have consulted with me first.

Cruger: Perhaps, but that's not relevant any longer. You're more than welcome to look over the incoming personnel yourself and make any changes you like, but I assure you, you won't find anybody better.

<Cruger comes out from behind Sauder's desk and begins to leave the office.>

Cruger: Oh, two more things. First of all, like I said, Wendy's been through enough, and you need her. Tread lightly.

Sauder: And second?

<Cruger stops right behind Sauder. Not looking at him, he narrows his eyes and holds back a growl.>

Cruger: I'll be watching you. Something strange is oing on around here, and I intend to find out what. General...

<With that, Cruger walks away. He doesn't get far before Jeremy, Cindy, and Anya block his path.>

Cindy: So that's it? You're just leaving?

Cruger: My duty lies with SPD, so yes, I'm leaving. But that doesn't mean I'm done here.

Jeremy: What do you have in mind, Sir?

Cruger: I'm going to address the Galactic Council. With luck, they'll grant SPD jurisdiction over the Kalask situation. If I can manage that, I can take command here and reactivate the Twins' Ranger status.

Anya: Will it take long? As much as I hate to admit it, I feel General Sauder hasn't been honest with us.

Cruger: It will take as long as it takes. Patience is a virtue, Anya. Good luck, Rangers. And be on your guard.

Jeremy, Cindy, Anya: Yes, Sir!

<They salute SPD style. Cruger smiles at that, and walks away. In seconds, he's gone.>

***

Location: Azulong Phoenix

<In the kitchen of the popular resturaunt the staff are hard at work filling the orders. They almost don't notice as a warpportal opens at the far end.>

Chef: What's that?!

Waiter: I think I saw that on tv!

<Midnai casually steps through the portal and surveys her surroundings.>

Midnai: It seems I have an audience. So be it.

<The owner of the resturaunt steps forward.>

Owner: Now listen here, Toots. You're not welcome here. And certainly not in THAT getup.

<midnai regards the man before her and raises a bemused eyebrow. Clearly, the man doesn't know who she is.>

Midnai: Oh, this simply won't do. I believe an attitude adjustment is in order.

<Midnai thrusts her hand forward, and a black beam of energy lances out, striking every person in the kitchen. As it fades, Midnai gives the owner her full attention.>

Midnai: Now, you were saying...?

Owner: I was saying that we live to serve you, Mistress.

<He drops to one knee, kneeling before her. Every employee does the same.>

Owner: What do you wish of us?

Midnai: Prepare to receive two very special guests. We must prepare a meal they'll never forget.

***

Location: Outside the Azulong Phoenix

<Having found a parking space with some difficulty, Jake and Wendy finally reach the entrance to the resturaunt. Looking like a futuristic pagoda, it is adorned with holographic chinese dragons and lions that roar at the customers.>

Wendy: Are all resturaunts this fancy looking?

Jake: You think this is something? You should see the Burger King. Although I think the mascot's kinda creepy.

Wendy: But you fight monsters all the time.

Jake: Yeah... No, the mascot's still creepier.

<As they enter, they sees that the place is packed. Clearly, this is the place to be.>

Wendy: This doesn't exactly scream "low profile"...

<Jake approaches the greeter.>

Jake: I have a reservation for two. Last name Taylor.

<The greeter checks their list.>

Greeter: Oh... Yes, here it is and... Wait... (She gasps) You're the Blue Ranger! OHMIGOD! IT'S THE BLUE RANGER!

<Everything seems to stop as the patrons and employees turn to see the celebrity in their midst.>

Wendy: Jake... Everybody's staring...

Jake: And why not? I'm famous and you're-

Wendy: Infamous?

Jake: I was going to say stunning.

Wendy: Well, they're definitely stunned...

<The patrons are already muttering amongst themselves.>

Patron: Yeah, it's him! But who's the girl?

Patron 2: Don't you watch the news? She's one of those hybrids from the news! I think she stole the Pink Ranger's Morpher!

Patron 3: Why is he having dinner with a bad guy?

Patron 4: She has some nerve being in public with normal decent people...

Patron 5: ...Do you think she'd wear that 7 of 9 catsuit I bought on Ebay last year if I asked?

<Able to hear everything being said, Wendy flushes red.>

Greeter: (recovering from her surprise) Please follow me.

<She grabs two menus and heads towards an isolated booth near the back. Jake and Wendy follow.>

Greeter: Your server will be with you momentarily. (She turns to Jake and holds out a pen and a small notebook.) Can... Can I have your autograph?

Jake: Ummm... Sure. Why not?

<He takes the pen and writes his name with flourish. Slowly, more people begin gathering, wanting to meet an actual superhero. Notably, no one comes near Wendy, maintaining a safe distance and avoding eye contact.>

Wendy: Must be nice to be wanted...

Jake: I can't help it if people want to meet the Blue Ranger.

Patron 6: Mr. Ranger, Sir? I've got to know... Is she your prisoner or something? Isn't she supposed to be trying to wipe us out?

<Jake glares at the patron.>

Jake: You heard wrong. Her name is Wendy Venturas. She's a super-genius. She BUILT my powers. She's as dedicated to saving the planet as any of us... and she's my friend. Hybrids may have been a threat once a long time ago, but that was then, and now she's probably the best chance everybody has of surviving!

<The patrons mutter to themselves. Confused by the declaration refuting everything they've heard, they just back off slowly and return to their seats... Without apologizing. Jake turns back to Wendy.>

Jake: Sorry about that. Those brainless-!

Wendy: No... Don't apologize. (She places her hand on his.) Thank you.

Jake: For what? All I did was tell the truth.

Wendy: Exactly. You stood up for me. Not many people would have done that.

Jake: Give 'em time. They'll see that those news vultures are wrong.

Wendy: Maybe... But... But that's not the only thing I wanted to thank you for.

Jake: Oh?

Wendy: (nodding) I... I know you're the one that got my glasses fixed.... Back when Emeralde broke them. You made yourself a target and risked your life... Just to help me.

Jake: You knew?

Wendy: (nods again) Super hearing and deductive reasoning. I could have been a detective, but the whole super science thing kinda grabbed me first. Jake... You've been there for me from the minute we met. Even when I treated you like an enemy, you still believed in me.

Jake: You're worth believing in.

<They stare into each other's eyes and begin drawing closer...>

***

<Nearby, Walter, having snuck inside watches as things progress.>

Walter: So far, so good. Now to make sure everything's perfect.

<Quietly, he sneaks towards the kitchen.>

<In the kitchen, Midnai's enslaved workforce is ahrd at work. One of the waiters enters the kitchen and kneels before Midnai.>

Waiter: The Blue Ranger and the Hybrid girl have arrived, Mistress.

Midnai: Excellent. (She gestures and a wine bottle appears.) Serve this to them.

<Walter peeks through the windowed kitchen door and spots Midnai.>

Walter: Oh man... Gotta warn them before-

<Before he can finish, another waiter comes up behind him and brings a hand down on Walter's shoulder. Magical energy surges from the possessed server into Walter.>

Walter: ...Aw crap...

<Walter goes limp, and the Waiter dags him into the kitchen.>

Waiter 2: Mistress, I caught this one spying.

Midnai: Very good. Put him somewhere out of the way. Kalask would be very cross if I simply killed him without giving him a chance of survival.

<She turns to the first waiter.>

Midnai: Carry out your orders. Kalask's game begins after they've had a chance to eat. After all, they have been worthy adversaries, and they've earned a last meal.

***

<Jake and Wendy draw closer, the magic of the moment pulling them both in. But just as it looks like they'll kiss->

Waiter: Compliments of the house, Sir.

<The moment ruined, both lean back as the waiter delivers the wine bottle and two glasses.>

Jake: I guess we might as well. We wouldn't want to insult them, right?

Wendy: I suppose so...

<Jake takes the bottle and pops the cork.>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask watches as Jake and Wendy drink from the magical wine.>

Kalask: Perfect. It's all going according to plan.

<Emeralde enters the chamber and kneels before her master.>

Emeralde: It is done.

Kalask: I expected no less from you. Well done. Now all we need to do is wait for the potion to take effect. Emeralde, prepare a squadron of Dreads. I wish to test the girl's abilities before I spring the trap.

<Emeralde stands.>

Emeralde: As you command.

***

Location: Azulong Phoenix

<At least an hour has passed, and the date is back on track. Their plates are set aside as they share stories of their childhood.>

Jake: So then what happened?

Wendy: Well, we figured that if the generator worked well at half strength, we should crank it up to full. Matt pulled the lever, and the next thing I remember is the sprinklers going off while he coughed up a cloud of soot and calmly took off the remains of his lab coat. It took a week for his hair to grow back.

Jake: Ouch.

Wendy: But the best part? He just looked at me and said "Sis? I think we should keep it where it was."

<Jake chuckles.>

Jake: You two sure seemed to blow stuff up a lot. You don't... you know... still do that, right?

Wendy: Well...

<Before she can formulate a response, there's suddenly a scream. They both turn and see a warp portal in the center of the room. A Dread steps through and it's mouth glows ominously. They get to their feet to confront it.>

Jake: Pfft. One Dread? No sweat.

<More portals appear around the room. Each spits out a Dread.>

Wendy: You just HAD to say it, didn't you?

<The patrons panic. Anarchy reigns as they begin running for the exits. The Dreads begin to move to stop them.>

Midnai: NO!

<Midnai appears in their midst.>

Midnai: Let them run. They're not our target tonight.

<The last of the civilians clear the room.>

Wendy: We should call in the Rangers.

Jake: Why? We can take 'em, no sweat.

Wendy: ...I was hoping you'd say that. Ummm... Excuse me? Dreads?

<She reaches down, grabs their table, and effortlessly lifts it up over her head.>

Wendy: Let me show you to your table!

<She throws the table like a frisbee at several Dreads near the exit. It slams into the robots and knocks them through the doors and out into the street.>

Jake: ...Wow. Just... wow.

<Shaking off his surprise, Jake rushes into the Dread horde and knocks three down with a low sweeping kick. Not stopping, he gets back up and backflips, thrusting his legs out to stagger a fourth robot. Wendy, meanwhile, picks up some discarded silverware.>

Wendy: Kids? Don't try this at home!

<She throws a fork and a knife. The nearest Dread falls back, the impliments sticking out of it's eye sockets. A second Dread tries to grab her, but she catches the robot's arm and pulls, yanking it free.>

Wendy: Batter up!

<She swings, ramming the robot with it's own severed shoulder and sending it flying. She glances at another Dread and grins.>

Wendy: Come over here... I just got an idea.

<The Dread almost seems to wimper as she approaches.>

Midnai: Interesting. It seems the girl is all she's cracked up to be.

<Jake flips a Dread onto it's back and quickly turns to punch another in the lower abdomen. As it staggers back, he delivers an uppercut that snaps the robot's neck. It falls to the ground as the remaining Dreads, ten in all, close in on him.>

Jake: Oh crud.

Wendy: JAKE! GET DOWN!

<Jake ducks as a massive blast of hellfire surges through the room. As he gets up, he sees that the Dreads are all in various states of melting. He turns to Wendy and sees her holding a makeshift napalm thrower cobbled together from Dread parts. She tosses it aside, it's fuel spent.>

Wendy: Typical. They took a licking and just stopped ticking. You okay?

Jake: Yeah. You?

Wendy: Actually, it was kinda fun. Are ALL dates like this?

Jake: Mine usually are.

Midnai: ENOUGH!

<Midnai thrusts her hand out, grabbing both of them telekinetically. With a sweep of her arm, she tosses both of them out into the street. As they pull themselves up, another portal appears. Thrak, Tem-Tar, and a new monster step through. The monster, thin, gaunt, and dressed in a strange tuxedo, was obviously not a fighter. Oddly enough, it carried a fiddle. Midnai levitates herself to the side of her comrades.>

Midnai: I assume the Master is pleased?

Tem-Tar: Oh, most definitely. He has sent us to collect the girl.

Jake: That's not gonna happen! If you think I'm gonna let you lay one finger on her, you've got another thing coming!

Thrak: You speak as if you've got a say in the matter! FIDDLER! Do your job!

Jake: CYBER OP-

<Before Jake can finish his morph call, the Fiddler begins to play, of all things, the Tango.>

Jake: ENERG-What the?!

<Jake finds himself unable to move freely. His hand stops, inches from the Cyber Op on his wrist. Instead, he turns to Wendy and takes her hands.>

Wendy: It's some kind of spell! I can't control my body!

<To their astonishment, they begin the famous dance.>

Midnai: Perhaps I should give them a rose to complete the tradition. If nothing else, it would go well with Fiddler's enchanted wine.

<Their eyes go wide.>

Midnai: Oh, didn't I tell you? Anyone that drinks his wine becomes unable to resist the Fiddler's musical spell.

<Jake twirls Wendy, even as he strains to regain control of his body.>

Jake: Got to... Reach the Morpher!

Wendy: It's no use! If I can't break their hold with my cybernetic strength, there's no way you can!

Tem-Tar: It looks like you're going to dance until you drop!

<Their only response are frustrated grunts of effort as Wendy is dipped.>

***

<In the kitchen, Walter finally stirs.>

Walter: Man, have I got a headache...

<He gets to his feet and looks around. All the resturaunt staff are unconscious, Midnai having finally released the spell controlling them.>

Walter: ...Oh no...

<He bolts out of the kitchen and sees the remnants of the Dread battle. As he gets to the remains of the door, he sees Jake and Wendy dancing under the Fiddler's spell.>

Walter: Hang on guys...

<He taps his Cyber Op.>

Walter: GUYS! Emergency at the Azulong Phoenix! Midnai, Thrak, Tem-Tar, and some new monster! It looks like he's got Jake and Wendy under some kind of spell!

Jeremy: (over the Cyber Op) We're on our way!

Walter: Okay then... CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<He lifts his left arm to chest level while raising and pulling back his right, palm facing out. He shoves his right arm forward, pushing the "disk" into the Cyber Op.>

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<Walter flips out into the street, even as the others teleport in, morphed and ready for battle.>

Walter: All right, that's enough! You've had your fun! Now let 'em go!

Midnai: Oh, but the fun has just begun! Thrak? I do believe you have a score to settle with these spandex-clad do-gooders.

Thrak: And it'll be a pleasure.

Wendy: IT'S NOT SPANDEX! YEOW!

<Jake dips her again.>

Jake: Any time, guys...

Anya: That monster is known as the Fiddler. If we destroy his insturment, the spell should be broken.

Matt: (over helmets) And if you can morph Jake, he should be temporarily free from the creature's control.

Jeremy: Walter, we'll keep them busy. Try to free Jake!

Walter: No problem!

Jeremy: LET'S GO!

<Jeremy, Cindy, and Anya draw their Data Blades and leap forward, trying to slash Thrak. Thrak swings his warclub and knocks back Jeremy and Cindy, but Anya manages to catch it.>

Anya: NO ONE harms my family, Thrak. NO ONE!

Thrak: Family? HAH! What a joke!

<He energizes his club, shocking Anya and allowing him to swat her aside.>

Cindy: ANYA!

<Cindy rushes to Anya's side and helps her up.>

Anya: I'm all right, but we have to hurry! Whatever they're up to... It's enough to get Kalask to go against his normal fair play rules!

Cindy: You're right. He'd never allow magic to be used like this normally!

Jeremy: Maybe whatever they're doing here is the start of something bigger! But whatever it is... WE CAN'T LET IT HAPPEN!

<Jeremy leaps into the air and brings down his Data Blade, slashing Thrak in the chest, but doing negligible damage before the neanderthal grabs him and lifts him up.>

Thrak: This is pathetic!

<He dashes Jeremy on the ground.>

Thrak: What did you hope to accomplish with such a foolish move?

Jeremy: A distraction. WALTER! NOW!

<Walter leaps over Thrak's head and makes a beeline for Wendy and Jake.>

Wendy: WALTER!

Jake: HURRY UP! I don't know how much more of this I can take!

Walter: All over it.

<He grabs Jake's wrist and shoves the disk into the Cyber Op.>

Jake: This better work... CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Suddenly free of the spell, Jake lets go of Wendy, who continues the dance alone.>

Jake: It worked! Now to get to Wendy!

Tem-Tar: Time to change tunes, Fiddler!

<Fiddler immeidately begins playing a different song, and Wendy's eyes widen as she slugs both Jake and Walter, sending them flying back.>

Wendy: SORRY!

Jake: (getting up, obviously in pain) It's okay! It's not you!

Walter: Just hold on!

Midnai: Excellent work! But time is fleeting. Thrak can't hold them off forever. We'd best get on with the plan.

Tem-Tar: Oh, I agree completely. Fiddler?

<Fiddler's tune changes again, becoming a rhythmic beat. Hesitantly, stiffly, Wendy turns and begins walking towards the villains.>

Jake: Fight it!

Wendy: I'm trying, but my body just won't respond!

Walter: We've gotta stop the music somehow!

<Wendy stops in front of Tem-Tar and turns around to face the Rangers, standing stiff as a mannequin.>

Tem-Tar: Very good, my dear. Now just hold still. I'd say this wasn't going to hurt, but it will. It most definitely WILL.

<Tem-Tar takes a small device from his sleeve and presses it to Wendy's neck. And Wendy screams.>

Jake: NO!

Tem-Tar: Oh, don't worry, Blue Ranger! We don't care about the girl... Only the precious Venjix nanotechnology permeating her body. This device extracts them, but I'm afraid the process is excruciatingly painful. Observe. Look at how lovely her features are when twisted with unimaginable pain.

Matt: (over helmet coms) You've got to stop him! The nanites that my sister and I share do more than just give us superhuman abilities... They control every aspect of our bodies. If they extract too many nanites... They'll kill her.

Jake: That's NOT gonna happen! TEM-TAR! LET HER GO!

<Jake charges at Tem-Tar, who uses his free hand to extend the tube he normally uses to send the growing nanites. This time it releases a fiery barriage that erupts all around Jake, knocking him down. Walter rushes to his teammate's side.>

Walter: We can't just save her by charging in! We'll never make it.

<They glare at their enemies and their captive.>

Walter: We've gotta use the same strategy Jeremy did to get me over to you.

Jake: Are you sure?

Walter: No, but we don't have time to think of anything better! DATA RAY! DATA SHIELD!

<The Data Shield apears on Walter's arm as he draws his Data Ray and takes aim at Tem-Tar.>

Tem-Tar: FOOL! You can't fire without risking the safety of the girl! But I can strike YOU!

<Tem-Tar unleashes another barriage, focusing all his attention on Walter. Shielding himself, Walter tries to force his way forward, closer to their enemies.>

Midnai: Allow me to assist!

Tem-Tar: But of course!

<Midnai adds her own lightning to the assault. It strikes Walter hard, sending his Data Shield flying and knocking him to the ground, his suit smouldering.

Wendy: WALTER! GET OUT OF THERE!

Walter: No chance girl... None of us are leaving you!

<Behind Walter, Anya and Cindy try to restrain Thrak's arms as Jeremy delivers a flying kick to the neanderthal's torso. The blow staggers the villain, but he refuses to fall, and yanks his arms free, throwing them both forward but not seriously injuring them.>

Wendy: I'M NOT WORTH IT! GET OUT OF HERE! AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tem-Tar: Excellent! The siphon's already taken thirty percent of her nanites! At this rate, she'll be completely drained in less than five minutes!

Jake: NEVER!

<Jake, using the others as a distraction, leaps into the air and draws his Data Blade.>

Tem-Tar: You can't strike me any more than your friend!

Jake: I DON'T HAVE TO! VICTORY SLASH!

<His Data Blade charges with blue energy as he comes down and swings hard, nailing the Fiddler with full force. The fiddle shatters into pieces as the monster falls backwards and explodes.>

Tem-Tar: OH NO! FIDDLER!

<The effect is immediate. Badly weakened, Wendy begins to collapse, pulling away from the siphon in the process. Jake rushes to her side, catching her and picking her up.>

Jake: It's okay. I'm here now. You're gonna be all right.

<Tem-Tar wisely backs away from them and goes to Midnai's side.>

Midnai: Only a third of her nanites? You'd best hope the master is in a good mood.

Tem-Tar: I always have a back-up plan, Midnai! Observe!

<Tem-Tar extends his nanite tube again and fires several of them at fallen Dreads. As always, they immediately replicate and rebuild. In seconds, five giant Dreads tower over the battle.>

Cindy: Oh, that's not good...

<Thrak aims his war club and releases a blast of energy that knocks his three opponents off their feet.>

Thrak: Too easy!

<He's suddenly stunned as he's blasted from behind. He turns slowly to see Walter, Data Ray aimed right at him.>

Walter: Surprise.

<Walter fires again, nailing Thrak in his face and staggering the villain.>

Jeremy: Jake, get Wendy out of here! Walter, Cindy, do you think you can handle Thrak?

Cindy: Sure, but why?

Anya: Jeremy and I have to do something about those Dreads.

Jeremy: Right. Good luck.

Walter: Just get going!

Jeremy: RAZOR BAT... MOBILIZE!

Anya: CV TRANSPORT... REV UP!

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay

Matt: They're on their way!

<Matt types in a few commands and the ceiling above Razor Bat slides away, revealing blue sky. The platform starts to rise, taking the machine to ground level.>

Matt: This one's for you, Sis.

<Razor Bat reaches ground level. It's engines start powering up, superheating the air around it.>

Matt: Razor Bat launch in five...

<The engines ignite>

Matt: FOUR...

<Razor Bat's cockpit lights up. It starts rolling down the runway, dwarfing the fighter jets parked nearby.>

Matt: THREE...

<Razor Bat picks up speed.>

Matt: TWO...

<Razor Bat angles it's wings for maximum lift.>

Matt: ONE...

<Razor Bat takes off blazing into the sky, rising to skyscraper height before blazing towards the city.>

<The giant ramp extends from the floor up to the ceiling. CV Transport immediately activates and races out of the Bay, quickly joining Razor Bat as they race to the city.>

Jeremy: Here we go!

<Jeremy and Anya leap up and into their cockpits.

Jeremy: Are you sure you can handle that thing solo?

Anya: We'll find out, won't we?

<She inserts her Data Blade, using it as a makeshift joystick.>

Jeremy: WARRIOR MODE NOW!

<Jeremy pulls the lever down. The effect is immediate. The transformation begins by extending the engine thrusters out, revealing them to be the feet. They continue extending into legs. Next, the tips of the wings separate, revealing themselves to be hand weapons, which are easily caught by twin arms that come out of the sides of Razor Bat's main body and extend. The wings fold backwards from their midway point, while the Bat head cycles forward, becoming a chestplate. A new head rises from the main body, a odd mix of humanoid robot and bat. The transformation complete, Razor Bat lands on it's legs and stands ready for battle, weapons raised.>

Anya: HYPER RUSH MEGAZORD!

<CV Transport turns around and runs backwards, blazing forward as jets from underneath raise it up. The rocket engines detach and reattach to the front wheels as it props itself up on it's former back. A panel on the new front rotates down, revealing a robotic face with yellow eyes.>

Jake: Come on, Gorgeous! I'm taking you home!

<Still holding the nearly unconscious Wendy, he taps his gauntlet and they vanish in a steam of blue and white light.>

Anya: We need to finish this quickly!

<Hyper Rush Megazord steps forward to confront the giant Dreads. The robots release hellfire from their mouths, but the Megazord takes the blow effortlessly and shrugs it off.>

Anya: GATTLING BARRIAGE!

<Hyper Rush Megazord raises both arms and lets loose with rapid blasts of destructive energy that strike the two closest Dreads, which fall over and explode.>

Jeremy: And I'll handle the rest!

<Razor Bat leaps over Hyper Rush Megazord, pushing off of it's shoulder as it draws it's sabers and slashes at the first Dread. The machine staggers back as Razor Bat turns and kicks the second. The third unleashes hellfire, striking the Zord and weakening it.>

Jeremy: It's getting hot in here... Time to cool these guys off! RAZOR CYCLONE!

<Razor Bat activates it's jets and blazes forward, spiraling around the three Dreads and forcing them into the air. As they fall back down, Razor bat leaps into their midst and quickly slahses through each one with its sabers. As they crash to the ground, Razor Bat lands silently and gracefully.>

Jeremy: Bye bye...

<Razor Bat returns it's sabers to it's wings and snaps it's fingers. The three Dreads erupt into fireballs.>

<Below, Thrak swings at Cindy and Walter, but they flip backwards and avoid the attack.>

Walter: Time we clobbered this creep!

Cindy: I'm with you!

<They both leap forward and slug Thrak in the face. As the villain falls back, they press their attack, mirroring each other with spinning kicks to his chest.>

Thrak: You DARE challenge ME?!

<There's a loud THOOM as two giant robotic feet slam down behind Thrak. He turns to see Razor Bat and Hyper Rush Megazord staring down at him.>

Anya: Yes. We do.

Thrak: BAH! We already have what we came for! We'll finish this another time!

<A warpportal appears under Thrak, pulling him down into Limbo.>

Midnai: For once, I agree with that lummox. Until we meet again, Rangers.

<Another portal appears behind her and Tem-Tar. Before any of the Rangers can think of making a move to stop them, it's already too late.>

Walter: They got away!

Jeremy: And with the Venjix tech!

Cindy: But what about Wendy?!

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

Time: Inapplicable

<Tem-Tar kneels before Kalash and holds up the siphon.>

Tem-Tar: We did our best, Master, but the Blue Ranger destroyed the Fiddler before I could finish.

<Kalask takes the siphon and examines it's contents.>

Kalask: Well, it's not as much as I would have liked, but it's definitely a promising start. Besides, it's not like I don't already have a back-up plan in place...

***

Location: Medical Bay, Fort Myers

<The other Rangers teleport in and remove their helmets. They rush to the doctor who's examining Wendy, who's sitting on the edge of a hospital bed, Jake and Matt by her side.>

Anya: How is she?

Doctor: Whatever they used on her took over a third of her body's nanites. It's taken a toll on her system, but they're already building replacements, so she's not in any danger. However, it will be at least a week before her superhuman abilites return. For the next week, she's effectively as human as I am.

Matt: That's not important, Doctor. All that matters is that she's safe.

<He hugs his sister.>

Matt: Don't ever worry me like that again!

Wendy: I... think... I'm starting... to understand... that we hug too hard...

<Matt lets go of her.>

Matt: Sorry.

Wendy: (turns to Jake) Thank you... If you hadn't gone after me...

Jake: Relax. It's what I do. Sorry your night didn't turn out the way you wanted, though.

Wendy: It wasn't your fault. And I'm sure that things will look up from here on out.

Jake: Good... So, your room or mine?

<There's a pregnant pause. Walter slaps his forehead.>

Walter: What an IDIOT...

Wendy: Jake... WHAT KIND OF GIRL DO YOU TAKE ME FOR?!

<The others wince as they hear a loud crash. Wendy, furious, storms past them, Matt following close behind. They look back towards Jake to see him sprawled over the hospital bed, clocked by a convenient bedpan.>

Jake: I think I'm in love...

<Unseen, the nanite spy hops off of Jake and crawls off into the electrical system.>

Doctor: I'm afraid there's more bad news.

Jeremy: What is it?

Doctor: It's already all over the news.

<The Doctor turns on the television. Footage of Wendy slugging Jake and Walter, then walking to the side of the villains, is shown>

Newscaster: And this footage, taken just moments ago, is just more proof that the hybrids in our midst are a threat! Fortunately, the Power Rangers succeeded in taking the hybrid back into custody, but not before it succeeded in passing Venjix technology into the hands of the interdimensional madman known only as Kalask. We will have more information as it becomes available. Stay tuned to NTTV for a report live from downtown.

<The Doctor hits the mute button.>

Cindy: How could they get it so wrong? Didn't they see that she wasn't doing it willingly? That Jake had been under the spell, too?

Walter: Oh, they saw... They just don't CARE.

<He clenches his fists, furious.>

***

<Matt easily catches up to his sister.>

Matt: Wendy, you need to rest! You have to let your body recover!

Wendy: I can't do that, Matt. I... I was completely helpless out there. They used me like a puppet, and now the entire universe has to worry about Venjix again! I refuse to be a damsel in distress. Not now. Not EVER.

<She stops and turns to face Matt.>

Wendy: I don't want to be helpless again, Matt... And I don't think we have to, either. I saw something... In the museum.

<She looks him in the eyes.>

Wendy: It was a message from Dr. K.

***

Location: Unknown

<Sequestered in a darkened room, with only a computer monitor and a freshly changed bed for company, a hearty African-American soldier reads a message and smiles. Silently, he gets up from the computer and picks up a tiny device. The light shows his uniform just enough that we can see his dog tags and the name Lt. Thomas Conner on them.>

Lt. Conner: It's done. I transfer to Fort Myers in two days.

<He smirks as he listens to instructions only he can hear.>

Lt. Conner: Understood. I'll begin the infiltration immediately. By the time I'm done, the Power Rangers will never be the same...

Mission Log Complete

Next time: Cindy gets an indecent proposal, Walter faces the ultimate challenge of training with Anya, and Jeremy continues reconnecting with June. But when the Master of Weapons arrives with an ultimatum the Rangers can't ignore, it's the Twins that find themselves in a race against time...
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The Master of Weapons

Previously on Power Rangers Cyber V: With addition of Hyper Rush Megazord and the Data Shields to the arsenal, the Cyber V Rangers have become more powerful than ever! However, Kalask discovers that Matt and Wendy are Venjix Hybrids, and sabotages a fledgling first date between Jake and Wendy to steal some of Wendy's nanites! The Rangers rescue her, but Tem-Tar still achieves his mission. Supreme Commander Cruger leaves to discuss the Kalask situation with the Intergalactic Council. Jeremy discovers that his ex-girlfriend is returning to town and wants to meet with him. Walter has a strange reaction to the media misrepresenting the events of their most recent battle. Wendy tells Matt that she's received a message from the RPM Rangers' old mentor, Dr. K. Kalask sets two plans in motion to infiltrate Fort Myers, sending a nanite spy into the compound and replacing an incoming new crew member with a disguised monster!

Begin Mission Log.

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask and his minions watch with keen interest as a viewscreen replays previous battles with the Cyber V. Midnai is by his side. Emeralde and Thrak, arms crossed, stand off to the side. Tem-Tar holds up the remote for the screen.>

Kalask: Data Blades...

<On the screen, Jeremy slashes full force, nailing Cybrilla.>

Kalask: Data Rays...

<On the screen, all five heroes roll and leap into the air, firing their blasters and causing Assassin to erupt.>

Kalask: Data Shields.

<On the screen, Cindy charges, wearing her Data Shield and using it to deflect fireballs.>

Kalask: Cyber Cycles.

<On the screen, the recruits roll forward on their Cycles.>

Kalask: And that is before we factor in the Combat Zords and CV Transport. Their power continues to grow steadily. However, while their Combat Zords offer them a multitude of weapons, their hand weapons remain quite limited. And they show inexperience using them. THAT is how we shall stop them.

Tem-Tar: An interesting notion, master, but if I may point out, they are quickly learning how to use those weapons to great effect. What we need is someone who can counter their moves with weapons of their own... weapons which are stronger than those rays and blades.

Kalask: Oh?

Emeralde: I find myself in agreement, Master. Cybrilla had one trick, and dispite his power, they defeated him quickly. Neutron, the most powerful robot in your arsenal, lost because they found teamwork. Assassin came closest to defeating them because he was clever, fast, did not rely on one mode of attack. If they had not summoned CV Transport, even with Cyber Combat Megazord, they would have lost. A monster with a more varied arsenal and the skill to use it could annihilate them easily.

Midnai: And with them gone, this reality would stand no chance against your entire army.

<Thrak says nothing, but flexes his metal hand.>

Kalask: I assume you already have a monster in mind, Tem-Tar?

Tem-Tar: Of course I do, Sire. The Master of Weapons himself.

<Emeralde and Midnai gasp at the suggestion. Kalask chuckles to himself.>

Kalask: Ambitious idea, isn't it?

Tem-Tar: Why bother with the rabble when you can send your very best fighter?

Kalask: Yes... Why indeed... Very well, summon him. The Rangers must not be allowed time to rest just yet. I need time to analyze these Venjix nanites.

<He holds up a canister holding the nanites stolen from Wendy.>

Kalask: Soon, very soon, the Rangers will fall... And if not by the hands of the Master of Weapons, than because they put their trust in their friends...

***

Power Rangers Cyber V
Created by Daniel Sauve and Aaron Thall

Episode 9: Master of Weapons
Written by Aaron Thall

***

Location: Weapons Lab, Fort Myers, Horizon, California
Time: Monday, 3:15 AM

<Despite the late hour, the Twins are hard at work on one of their many projects. Wendy is watching readouts while Matt continues construction. The device is unrecognizable, a mass of circuitry and wires. Matt inserts a microchip and reaches for a scanning rod. Both twins are wearing safety goggles and their usual outfits. Wendy's glasses are over her eyes, under her goggles.>

Matt: Are you sure about this, Sis?

Wendy: Absolutely. We need to have as many projects completed as possible. We never know when Kalask will spring something new on us, so we have to be ready to do the same to him.

Matt: But why this device? We've tested it before, and the design just doesn't work. If someone was to use it, they'd likely lose an arm.

Wendy: I know... But maybe we can refine it.

Matt: Maybe. But should we? I mean, we have so many other projects in the works, it almost seems like-

Wendy: I know, but... It's just better to be ready for anything and everything, right?

Matt: ...Agreed. All right, but I have reservations. This is dangerous technology we're working with. We should at least move the more sensitive stuff to an isolated location.

Wendy: Okay, where?

Matt: Well, there's always that underground bunker we originally considered retrofitting for the Combat Zord Holding Bay. It's big enough to suit our needs, isolated to limit potential casualties and thefts, and...

Wendy: And?

Matt: Jake wouldn't be able to find you.

Wendy: <quickly> I'm sold.

Matt: <chuckling> Well, it'll be hours before we're missed... Let's get to work.

***

Location: Workout Area.
Time: 6:00 AM

<Anya is meditating while sitting indian style on a blue mat. Her eyes are closed, her breathing shallow. She is focusing her mental energies for the day ahead. She is dressed in a simple yellow jumpsuit.>

Anya: I am one with the world. I am the eye of the hurricane. I am a force of nature herself.

<Anya slowly stands up and breathes deeply, before beginning the movements for Tai Chi Chuan, stepping forward before gliding backwards and pivoting her foot to change the direction of her body. Walter, wearing a green jumpsuit, walks down the hall and stops as he reaches the door of the workout area. He peers in and watches as Anya elegantly turns around and begins the second half of the movements.>

Walter: Damn... She's really going...

<Anya reaches the punching move. Walter watches, almost mesmerized by the careful movements.>

Walter: How does she DO that?

<Water attempts to copy her moves, to no avail.>

Walter: Heeeeyyyy... Maybe I could convince her to teach me... Yeah! That's it! HEY! ANYA!

<Walter opens the door and barges into the room. Anya begins her second cycle of the exercise and does not react.>

Anya: Yes, Walter?

Walter: ...What is that you're doing?

Anya: It's called Tai Chi Chuan. I use it to focus my energies. I find it calming.

Walter: Cool... Do you think you could teach it to me?

Anya: It's not something one learns on a lark, Walter. It is an involved process. You have to be able to move smoothly and dedicate hours upon hours to perfect your personal form.

Walter: It's... not a lark... I could... use a calming influence... Yeah, that's it.

Anya: I'd noticed.

Walter: ...ow... Okay, I deserved that one.

Anya: Yes, you did. <breathing deeply> Very well, Walter... I'll teach you, but only if you promise to not take it lightly and do as I say.

Walter: Deal!

Anya: <sighing> So much for being relaxing...

***

Location: Jeremy's Quarters.

<Jeremy's room is much like the ones shown in episode six. The difference is, of course, that his sheets are red. His room is well kept, very tidy. He has two pictures on his computer desk, one of Cindy, the other of June. Jeremy, wearing his normal outfit, is sitting at his computer, going through some files.>

Computer: You have fifty new messages.

<Jeremy nods to himself. Since the team "outed" themselves, their e-mail addresses have become fair game to both fans and detractors.>

Jeremy: So, what is there today...

<Jeremy's eyes scan the new messages. Spam... Complaint about damage to the streets caused by Cyber Combat Megazord... Request to visit someone at the hospital... Jeremy stops and reads that one. Perhaps he will respond to that... Marking that one to be saved, he moves on. More spam, offers of... ahem... and odd queries about how others can become members of Cyber V make up most of the remainder of the mail. Jeremy highlights these and deletes most. He moves on down the list until he sees the last new message. And he stops and stares at the address.>

Jeremy: <quietly, but excited> June! <He looks at the picture of the girl on the desk> Why didn't she just call?

<Jeremy moves his mouse and clicks on the message.>

June's E-Mail: Hey, Jeremy! Like I said, my family's coming back to Horizon for a few days to take care of some business. Well, it looks like we'll be arriving Wednesday. Meet me at the usual spot, around 2ish? LMK. -June

<Jeremy scans the e-mail again and grins.>

Jeremy: June...

***

Location: Cindy's Quarters.

<Cindy groans as her phone rings. She fumbles for her lamp and hits it, turning it on. She's wearing a silky pink nightgown as she sits up and reaches for the phone. Wearily, she picks it up and puts it to her ear.>

Cindy: Hello?

Voice: Yes, is this Cindy "Cyber Pink" Cook?

Cindy: Yes... Can I help you?

Voice: Maybe we can help each other.

Cindy: <concerned> Listen... Mr...

Voice: Oh, I'm sorry. My name is Maxwell Short, and I'm the current publisher of "Fantasies"... And we've had our eye on you ever since you appeared on the "super hero scene".

Cindy: <Annoyed> "Fantasies"?

Short: Yes indeed! Come for the articles, stay for the... well... you know.

Cindy: And you want what exactly?

Short: Well, it's just that our readers want superheroines, and you're really the most public one out there. And one of the only two, but that's besides the point! People love you, Miss Cook, and they want to know more about you. A lot more.

Cindy: Uh huh...

Short: Anyway, I'm thinking like this... The Cyber V Rangers aren't exactly the most popular heroes in history... All that property damage and peope afraid they'll be stepped on, makes the common citizen nervous, y'know... I'm thinking that a huge spread on the Cyber Rangers would be big, not just for my magazine, but for the reputation repair work it would do for you guys.

Cindy: I'm... still not sure I understand, Mr. Short... Don't you mean you'd like everyone?

Short: Well, it's a male audience, and they don't exactly read my stuff for the stories alone... No... We'd like you... and maybe that Anya chick... to pose for us.

Cindy: YOU WHAT?!

Short: Glad you're thrilled, Babe.

Cindy: I'm not! I'd never... Aw man!

Short: Aw, don't be so jumpy, Cindy... It'd be tasteful...

Cindy: "Tasteful"? What's your definition of that?

Short: Errr... Panties still on. I mean, yeah, you're just a dinky "a-cup", but you're the biggest celebrity out there these days, and you're a super hero! And that Anya... WOO! Egyptian features are just the exotic touch people love. The two of you together would be-

Cindy: Stop it.

Short: ...Excuse me?

Cindy: Stop it right now.

Short: Listen, Babe, I gotta scoot, but think it over, huh?

Cindy: But-!

<Before Cindy can continue, Short hangs up. Cindy stares at the phone, disgusted, bewildered, and wondering what she's going to do about this...>

***

Location: Mess Hall

<As Jake walks in, wearing his usual outfit, he sees the Twins half-dozing at a table.>

Jake: That's weird.

<Jake picks up a tray and gets a couple pancakes, sausage links, orange juice, and hashbrowns, before joining the exhausted scientists.>

Jake: What's with you guys? Pull an all nighter?

Wendy: Go 'way... Tired...

Jake: I can tell. So, really, what happened?

Matt: Like you care... Some of us don't get to sleep when we want to, Jake. And Wendy still hasn't recovered from that attack.

Wendy: Spent all night setting up a special lab for our more dangerous projects.

Jake: Cool. Where?

Both twins: Classified.

Jake: Oh, not that again...

Matt: If only we know the location, the chances for Kalask finding it are negligible.

Wendy: Plus, that way you can't sneak in and break things.

Jake: HEY! How was I supposed to know that thing was a particle accellerator?!

Matt: I'm more concerned that you turned it on before we bolted it down... We had to pay for that hole in the wall, pal.

Jake: Yeah yeah... Whatever. Anyway, Brai... I mean Wendy, if later you'd like to-

Wendy: No.

Jake: But I haven't finished yet.

Wendy: I know. You're definitely finished.

Jake: But I was just gonna ask you to-

Wendy: No. Un-uh. Absolutely not. Never. Nada. Bupkis. Donut hole. Zippo. Ain't gonna happen.

Jake: ...So you'll think about it?

Wendy: <exasperated, half groans, half screams and hits her head on the table, too tired to deal with Jake.>

Matt: ...You certainly have a way with women.

Jake: You think?

Matt: Yes. Not a good way, mind you, or even a half-competent way, but definitely a way.

Jake: ...I hate you.

Matt: Feeling's mutual, Jake.

***

<Just outside the base, General Sauder watches as the last of the new recruits get off their transport.>

Sauder: I apologize for the short notice on your reassignments. We've had some... upheaval lately, and we couldn't afford to wait to fill the roster. You each have already been informed on your assignments. Go inside, locate your quarters, then report for orientation.

Recruits: YES, SIR!

Sauder: Lt. Conner? Private Pei? Please step forward.

<Lt. Conner does so, as well as a petite Chinese girl that couldn't possibly be older than 18. They salute.>

Lt. Conner: Lieutenant Thomas Conner, reporting for duty, SIR!

Pvt. Pei: Private First Class Mai Pei, reporting for duty, SIR!

Sauder: At ease.

<They relax.>

Sauder: You were both given the highest recommdations by SPD Supreme Commander Doggie Cruger, moreso than the rest. I;ve read your files. Very impressive. You're both going to be assigned to the War Room. As it's the most sensitive area of the compound, for now, the two of you will simply observe and learn.

Both: Yes, Sir!

Sauder: Get your things, unpack, then report to the War Room in one hour. Dismissed!

<Sauder turns and walks away. Making sure Mai isn't loking, Conner taps a small device hidden in his sleeve.>

Lt. Conner: Infiltration underway. Will update as able.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable.

<Kalask and Thrak watch as a powerful looking warrior observes the footage of the Cyber V in action. The warrior wears black armor and has many weapons strapped to his body, including a prominent chain, blaster, sword, crossbow, and axe.>

Thrak: Master of Weapons, do you understand your mission?

Master of Weapons: I do. These five may well prove to be fitting sport for me, but I want your word that they will be suitable opponents.

Kalask: Whether or not they are is irrelivant. You work for me, remember?

Master of Weapons: True, my lord, but it has been a long time since I have had worthy adversaries. Knowing that they are worth my time will determine how I prepare.

Thrak: They are worthy. They have killed and annihilated many of our finest warriors; even Neutron fell to them!

Master of Weapons: NEUTRON?! Well then, that DOES make them rather interesting, doesn't it? Very well, I shall prepare to the fullest. These fools will soon be nothing more than a memory.

Kalask: And even if you don't, my spy is now fully entrenched within Fort Myers. Soon... Very soon, the next phase of my game can begin.

***

Location: General Sauder's Private Office
Time: Noon.

<Sauder is, as usual, sitting at his desk looking over files. The Twins are standing at attention.>

Sauder: I called you both in here to commend you. You've both adapted to the current situation like real pros. Cook is improving, tensions are waning, and they're all improving in the use of their weapons.

Matt: Thank you, Sir. We're doing our best to remain useful to the operation.

Sauder: As well you should. In any case, there's scuttlebutt that the two of you have been working late hours. Is this true?

Wendy: Yes, Sir. Sometimes projects require us to remain at the lab until they're finished.

Sauder: You don't have to do that, you know. Besides, you shouldn't even be on duty, considering what happened.

Wendy: We prefer it, Sir. Less chance of being interrupted or distracted. And... I need the distraction.

Matt: It also limits potential casualties when we work on some of our more unstable inventions.

Sauder: <nods> Just... just be careful. We can't afford to lose either of you, and we also need you in top form at all times. Try to limit your after hours research for the sake of all of us.

Both twins: Yes, Sir.

Sauder: Good. Dismissed.

<The Twins turn and leave. Sauder watches them go, and as the door closes behind them, he turns and looks at the picture of them when they were younger.>

Sauder: There's so much those two know... and so much they don't...

***

Location: Workout Area
Time: Tuesday, 6:00 AM

<Walter enters the room in the same green jumpsuit. Anya is there, waiting for him, wearing her yellow suit.>

Anya: Are you ready, Walter?

Walter: Definitely! Where do we start?

Anya: Stretching exercises. They'll help your body loosen up.

Walter: <slyly> I can think of a few ways to loosen up...

Anya: <ignoring him> We'll start with the basics. <Anya side stretches to the right side, her left arm going over her head loosely, her right hand sliding down her leg, and her torso contorting to the right.> Some side stretching first.

Walter: <watching her> ...I think something else of mine is already stretching...

Anya: <stands up, annoyed> WALTER!

Walter: ...yes?

Anya: I thought you promised to take this seriously!

Walter: I know! I know! It's just...

Anya: Just what?

Walter: ...Nothing... Sorry...

<Walter turns and leaves the room, ashamed and dejected.>

Anya: ...A very odd man...

***

Location: Hallway adjacent to team quarters.

<Jake's door opens. He steps out, stretches, yawns.>

Jake: Another day, another chance to impress the Babe...

<He starts down the hall, but stops as he hears Cindy slam her phone down.>

Cindy: God, what am I gonna do?

<Curious, Jack taps on her door.>

Jake: Cindy? Are you okay?

<Cindy walks to her door and opens it.>

Cindy: Oh, hi Jake. No... Not really...

Jake: <concerned> Care to talk about it?

Cindy: I... I don't know... It's... embarrassing.

Jake: Cindy, you can tell me. I promise I won't laugh or make fun of whatever it is.

Cindy: You promise?

Jake: Scout's honor.

Cindy: When were you a scout?

Jake: ...That doesn't matter... What I'm saying is that you can trust me. I want to help, so let me if I can.

Cindy: <hesitantly> A...All right... I've been getting calls... from "Fantasies". They want me to pose and they won't listen when I tell them no.

Jake: <pause> ...BWAHAHAHA!!! <eyes tear from the laughter. He wipes them with his thumb> Mercy...

Cindy: Blast it, Jake, you promised!

Jake: I know! I know! <snickers> But I was expecting something a little more serious than <chortle> perv harrassment.

Cindy: Fine. I'll handle it myself... somehow.

Jake: Hey there... I said I would help, and I'm gonna. Next time they call, just put me on the line, and I swear you'll never have to bother with them again.

Cindy: Are you sure?

Jake: One hundred percent.

Cindy: Fine. But I'm counting on you.

Jake: It's in the bag... Relax.

Cindy: I'm counting on you, Jake. That means I CAN'T relax.

***

Location: Jeremy's Quarters.

<Jeremy is sitting at his computer, rereading June's e-mail. He reaches for the keyboard, and stops. He pulls his hand back and rereads it. He then looks at her picture, then to Cindy's, back to the screen, and then sits back. Slowly, he types out a response.>

***

Location: Underground Weapons Lab. Exact location unspecified.

<This new lab is largely unfinished at this time. Computers await power, consoles lie unattached, various projects lie around unattended. The walls of the bunker are steel and concrete, and more than a few years old. The entire bunker is huge, perhaps the size of the Holding Bay. The twins breathe a sigh of relief as they drop off one final box of equipment.>

Wendy: Okay, so we're off to a good start, huh?

Matt: Yes... And we should have this place whipped into shape in a couple weeks. Of course it would be easier if we weren't doing all this alone.

Wendy: Very true, but it will certainly come in handy.

Matt: Maybe. If nothing else, those robots we designed for the Holding Bay could speed things along with construction.

Wendy: Yes... and they wouldn't be able to betray the location, either... Okay then.

Matt: Besides, we never did get to finish the bigger projects we started here before the Holding Bay began construction.

<Wendy's eyes light up>

Wendy: You mean...?

Matt: <nodding> It wouldn't be too hard to dust off the old equipment in storage. And if that message you got from Dr. K is for real...

Wendy: Sounds like a plan.

Matt: Perhaps.

***

Location: Horizon Sports Plaza
Time: 2:00 PM

<It is an average sports arena, currently in the midst of football season. They are in the middle of a scoreless game as a warp portal appears on the fifty yard line. The crowds murmur, confused, and the players stop to stare at the tear in the fabric of time and space.>

Player 1: What is it?

Player 2: It looks like a hole in time and space, a portal to another world with untold wonders and dangers on the other side!

Player 1: You've been reading dictionaries again, haven't you?

<The second player does not get a chance to respond before a blast of energy flies from the portal, striking him in the chest and frying his lungs to a crisp. He drops to the ground, dead, even as three more blasts issue from the portal, striking the players closest to it. The survivors scatter, even as the crowds start rushing for the exits. Calmly, casually, the Master of Weapons steps out of the portal and surveys the stadium.>

Master of Weapons: Excellent. Now all I must do is wait...

***

Location: Fort Myers

<Alarms begin blaring, and personnel scatter, rushing to battle positions. In various locations, the recruits immediately react, dropping whatever they are doing and rushing to the War Room. As they rush in, they see General Sauder and the twins waiting for them.>

Sauder: A monster teleported into the sports plaza five minutes ago, armed to the teeth and firing energy blasts. Several people are already dead.

Wendy: But after several rounds, he's stopped... He's just standing still, waiting.

Matt: Probably waiting for you five to show up. Get going, and take the Cyber Cycles. You may need the extra firepower this time, and the teleporter's down again.

Jeremy: We're all over it. Come on!

Sauder: (turning to Conner and Pei) You're in for a crash course. Watch carefully.

Lt. Conner: Of course, Sir.

<Jeremy runs out of the War Room, motioning for the others to follow. They quickly make their way to the Holding Bay, where the Cycles await them.>

Anya: We must hurry, before he loses his patience.

Jake: Ruin a football game? I'm gonna hurt this guy bad...

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out towards the Cyber Cycles. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

All: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jeremy finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a red battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Red!>

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Anya finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a yellow battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Yellow!>

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

<As one, they leap onto the Cyber Cycles, even as a ramp extends from the wall, revealing a passage to the surface. One by one, Jeremy in the lead, they race up the ramp, which continues on through the wall to the surface, where they come out into the open air and land easily on their wheels. As they race for the boundary of the Base, the fence slides apart, allowing the five heroes easy exit from the base.>

Anya: Do we have a visual of the creature?

Wendy: <over speaker> Yes, a tv camera is still transmitting. Uploading the visual to you guys now.

<Inside their helmets, the five recruits watch as a transparent image of what is occuring at the stadium is transmitted to their visors. They see their target standing casually, waiting confidently.>

Walter: Anya, who is that guy?

Anya: He is called Master of Weapons. He is extremely dangerous. He's rumored to be one of the greatest fighters in Kalask's army.

Cindy: But we can beat him, right?

Anya: ...I don't know.

***

Location: Horizon Sports Plaza
Time: 2:12 PM

<Master of Weapons continues to stand calmly, awaiting the arrival of the team.>

Master of Weapons: Yes, this shall prove to be most... amusing... Ah, I hear them coming. Perfect.

<In the distance, the sound of the Cyber Cycles' engines slowly increases, until their headlights flash from various open exit doors. In seconds, the Cyber Cycles burst out onto the field from five directions, allowing the team to surround the villain.>

Jeremy: You've got one chance to leave here peacefully.

Jake: And once you refuse it, we can start kicking your ass.

Cindy: You're not helping, Jake...

Jake: Oh, please, like this bozo's really as tough as his rep says he is?

Master of Weapons: I do believe that, if nothing else, you will find me... diverting, Cyber Blue.

<With no warning, Master of Weapons raises his blaster and fires at Jake, who is struck in his chest and thrown from his Cycle. Jake lands hard on the grass.>

Jake: ...Okay, so maybe he could be that tough...

Walter: BIG mistake!

<Walter revs up his Cycle and races at the villain, firing his Cycle's blasters. In response, Master of Weapons, dodges two blows before summoning a synthe and slashing as Walter as he comes close, striking him across the chest and sending him flying, even as his Cycle crashes against a wall. Walter lands on his feet, unsteadily, holding his hand to his chest.>

Walter: Aw, man! That freak tried to cut me in two!

Jake: Like one of you wasn't bad enough...

Cindy: My turn!

<Cindy dismounts her cycle and charges the villain, who returns to his blaster and opens fire.>

Cindy: DATA SHIELD! KE-YAH!

<The Data Shield materializes upon her arm, and she brings it up, shielding her from most of the damage as she draws closer.>

Master of Weapons: An impressive toy, but still just a toy, little girl. Here, try one of mine!

<Master of Weapons gestures, and a bola appears in his hand. He spins it over his head and tosses it. It flies through the air like lightning, and catches Cindy's legs, spinning around them and tying her legs together. Off balance, she falls to the ground.>

Cindy: WOOOAHHHH!!! OOF! ...That was embarrassing...

<Even as Master of Weapons begins to chuckle, Anya steps into his path, Data Blade drawn.>

Anya: Face me if you dare, monster. You helped annihilate my world, and now I shall do the same to you.

Master of Weapons: Ah, you must be the rebel that escaped. How quaint. How... cliche.

Anya: You won't feel that way when I slice you open and gut you like a fish.

Master of Weapons: Oh, I'm sure... (He motions for her to bring it on) Well, Cyber Yellow, show me what you've got.

Anya: GLADLY!

<Anya leaps up and thrusts forward with her Data Blade, even as Master of Weapons motions and summons a sword. As Anya comes down, he meets her blade with his own. This throws Anya back just a little, but she quickly recovers and ducks under a second swing, ducking and rolling past his arm and coming up behind him to kick him in the back of his right knee. Master of Weapons stumbles, allowing Anya to spin back to her feet and swing again. Master of Weapons turns his stumble into a roll and avoids the slash, before managing to slash Anya in the leg in midroll. Anya stumbles now, not having expected the blow. This throws her guard off for a half second, just long enough for him to slash again, nailing her in the side and sending her flying to the ground ten feet away, trailing sparks. She lands on her side, badly hurt.>

Master of Weapons: Really now, I was expecting more of a challenge than this!

<Before he can continue gloating, red laser blasts strike him, staggering him and forcing him to step back as Jeremy comes closer, weilding his Data Ray.>

Jeremy: This has gone far enough.

Master of Weapons: Oh, very true.

<Master of Weapons throws his sword, striking Jeremy in the chest and knocking him backwards. Anya, recovered enough to move, goes to his side to help him up, even as Walter and Jake help Cindy up.>

Walter: I've got this, Cindy...

<Walter unsheathes his Data Blade and slashes down, parting the bola and freeing her legs.>

Cindy: Thanks.

Master of Weapons: Oh, I was HOPING one of you would do that.

Jake: Huh?

<They look down to see that the sections of bola on the ground are now lit like fuses.>

Jake: MOVE!

<Even as Jake, Cindy, and Walter, start to run, the sections of bola erupt into a gigantic explosion that throws them forward into Jeremy and Anya, sending them all sprawling to the ground, bruised and battered. A huge crater lies in the field, and before it stands the Master of Weapons.>

Master of Weapons: Oh, this is insulting... You five didn't even last three minutes! I ought to complain to Kalask that he misled me! He said you were WORTHY adversaries! FEH! And to think I wasted so much time studying your weapons... You fools are not worth my time!

Anya: I'll show you not worthy...

Master of Weapons: You already have, but I'm a fair fellow... I'll give you three days to get your act together. I will be here at the same time, seventy two hours from now, and you five had better put up a decient fight. Otherwise, I'll break all your limbs and force you to watch as I bring down every building in the city. Three days, Cyber Rangers. Ta.

<A warp portal opens up behind him. He steps through it and is gone.>

Jeremy: Three days...

***

Location: War Room, Fort Myers

<Sauder turns to the twins.>

Sauder: You heard him. You have three days to come up with something to fight that guy.

Matt and Wendy: Yes, sir.

Lt. Conner: Was that what you wanted us to see, Sir?

<In response, Sauder growls. Pvt. Pei wisely sais nothing, but watches Matt go out the door.>

***

Location: Underground weapons lab.
Time: 6:00PM

<The twins work hard at their computers, devising and designing weapons.>

***

Location: Training Area
Time: 10:00 PM

<The five recruits practice their fighting skills against holographic Dreads.>

***

Location: Underground Weapons Lab.
Time: 5:30 AM

<The twins begin construction on the first weapons, seemingly inconsequential thin metallic bars and a shield.>

***

Location: Horizon Sports Plaza
Time: All day

<Word quickly spreads of the impending rematch, and tickets to the event become the hottest thing in town. Repair crews work overtime to repair the crater left by the Master of Weapons.>

***

Location: Workout Area.
Time: Noon.

<Anya focuses on her Tai Chi Chuan. Walter and Jeremy spar. Cindy and Jake focus on pushups and sit ups.>

***

Location: War Room
Time: 1:00 PM

<General Sauder reviews the battle footage, looking for weaknesses in the villain he knows he will not find.>

***

Location: Horizon Park

<Sitting under an apple tree, Jeremy looks up at the sky, wondering if tomorrow will be the last time he sees it.>

June: Room for one more?

<He turns and sees her as she sits down next to him.>

Jeremy: I'm surprised you came. After what happened at the Plaza...

June: You'll get him. You're the Red Ranger, right? Besides, I'll be in your corner. And if you need motivation...

<She leans over and kisses him.>

June: I'm sure I can think of SOMETHING...

***


Location: Underground Weapons Lab.
Time: 10:24 PM

<Construction complete on first two weapons, the twins begin on the next, a pair of projectile weapons.>

***

Location: Horizon Sports Plaza
Time: All day

<Sales continue until seats run out. Even then, standing room admittance is sold. Scalpers begin selling tickets for five hundred apiece. They manage to sell out in minutes.>

***

Location: Jeremy's Quarters
Time: 1:00 AM

<Jeremy stares at the pictures of June and Cindy. His fists clenched, he thinks long and hard... about what it is he truly wants.>

***

Location: Underground Weapons Lab
Time: 4:00 AM

<Construction ends on third and fourth weapons. Matt turns to his sister to see that she's finally given out.>

Matt: You're still not 100%, Sis... You shouldn't push yourself so hard.

<He removes his lb coat and drapes it over her as a makeshift blanket, then, ignoring fatigue, immediately begins on construction for a final weapon, an amalgam of computer and blade.>

***

Location: Mess Hall
Time: 6:15 AM

<Jake drinks from a cup of coffee and winces, for it is hot and bitter, much like the day ahead. He looks across the room to see Cindy biting her thumbnail. She looks as concerned as he feels. He says nothing, leaving her to her thoughts.>

***

Location: Walter's Quarters.
Time: 7:00 AM

<Walter picks up the phone and dials his home number, before talking to his parents for what he realizes could be the last time.>

***

Location: Underground Weapons Lab
Time: 8:00 AM

<Matt gingerly checks on Wendy before continuing, putting the programming into the final weapons and realizing how badly he needs to shave.>

***

Location: General Sauder's Private Office
Time: 1:15 PM

<Sauder is sitting at his desk silently. His intercom buzzes and he taps it.>

Sauder: Go ahead.

Matt: <over speaker> They're finished, Sir.

Sauder: Good. Get them to the Weapons Lab. I'll make sure the recruits are there.

<Sauder taps the com, switching it to basewide communication.>

Sauder: Cyber Rangers, report to the Weapons Lab immediately.

***

Location: Weapons Lab
Time: 1:25 PM

<The recruits and Sauder watch as the twins, looking terribly disshelved and ragged, enter the room with a roller tray, covered by a white sheet.>

Jake: <sniffing> ...I think someone needs a shower...

Matt, Wendy, Walter, Anya, and Sauder: Shut up, Jake.

Jake: Just saying...

Wendy: Well, you try staying up for three days straight without a rest!

Sauder: Restrain yourself, Wendy. We are short on time.

Matt: Of course, Sir. Guys, meet your new Cyber Weapons.

<Matt pulls off the sheet to reveal a tray covered by new weapons. The two bars from before are silverish in color with yellow bands. The Shield is pink and silver, and far more high tech than the Data Shields. The first projectile weapon is silver and blue, a massive cannon. The other is a smaller silver and green device, made to fit over a hand and fire some kind of physical object. The final weapon is a silvery blade with a large slightly cone shaped handle and a computer on the back.>

Matt: Cindy, this is your new Protection Shield. It is far more powerful than the Data Shield, and can emit a force field to defend whomever you wish. It can also be used as a throwing weapon. Jake, this is your Output Cannon. It can fire plasma blasts and, on a limited range, EMP bursts. I fear the latter will do you no good against your current opponent, however. Anya, your weapons are the Input Staves; these devices will go where you tell them and help keep enemies contained... or pummel them into submission. Your call. Walter, you will use the Disk Launcher. It fires explosive rounds, tracers, and computer viruses. Jeremy, you will use the Scanner Blade. It analyzes your opponent, finds the weak spot, and shows you how to take advantage of it.

Wendy: <yawning> And if you really need to, they combine into what we call the Cyber Blaster. Long story short, you're ready to nail this guy's ass to the wall. Now if you'll excuse me... I need a long bath and a nap...

<Wendy turns and leaves, yawning. Matt motions for the team to claim their weapons.>

Matt: Good luck, guys. It's go time.

***

Location: Horizon Sports Plaza
Time: 1:58 PM

<Master of Weapons steps from a Warp Portal and chuckles to himself at the sight of so many locals paying money to see their protectors die.>

Master of Weapons: What fools these people be... Do they not comprihend the threat I am?

<The clock ticks to 1:59.>

Master of Weapons: This battle will no doubt be short and decisive. More's the pity. Perhaps I'll toy with them a bit first.

<The crowd murmers as the seconds tick down. Then, there is complete silence as the clock reaches 2:00.>

Master of Weapons: So, they didn't show. Typical. I might as weYEAAAOW!

<Master of Weapons screams as he is suddenly nailed with a high energy plasma blast. He is thrown twenty feet and barely manages to land gracefully. Smoking and hurt, he turns to see Jake emerging from an exit, leveling his Output Cannon at the villain.>

Jake: Sorry we're late. Had to finish an upgrade.

<The crowd cheers as they see Jake.>

Jake: Ah, my adoring public... Oh, I'd turn around if I was you.

Master of Weapons: Eh?

<He turns, just in time for Anya's Input Staves to slam into his face, knocking him onto his ass. The Staves bounce back into Anya's hands and she poses triumphantly.>

Anya: You beat us once, but this round is ours'.

Walter: Got that right.

<The crowd cheers again as Walter leaps down from the roof and fires his Disk Launcher, energized flichettes striking the Master of Weapons and erupting, forcing the villain back again.>

Master of Weapons: You have new weapons. Cute. Can they save the crowd from my rifle?

<Master of Weapons turns sharply and fires at the crowd. In response, Cindy emerges from the shadows and leaps into the air and thrusts out her Protection Shield. It immediately releases a field of pink energy that easily deflects the energy blasts harmlessly into the air and ground. The field retracts and she lands gracefully before the villain.>

Cindy: You're through!

Jeremy: And here's the reason why!

<Master of Weapons turns, summoning his synthe as he does. As he finishes his turn, Jeremy swings the Scanner Blade, slicing the Synthe in two. Disgusted, Master of Weapons tosses it aside and reaches for his bolas.>

Jeremy: ANYA! Disarm him!

Anya: On it!

<Anya throws her staves again, which begin ricocheting around the villain in all directions, striking the weapons on his body left and right, ripping them away from him or smashing them altogether. This goes a full ten seconds before they return to her hands. Master of Weapons quickly scours his body with his eyes and gulps as he realizes his arsenal is trashed.>

Cindy: Oh, by the way... My weapon can hit, too...

<Cindy charges her Shield and throws. It nails Master of Weapons in the chest and sends him flying backwards to sprawl on the ground on his back.>

Jeremy: Scanner Blade, full power. Analyze.

<Scanner Blade's screen immediately analyzes Master of Weapons' armor and locates a weak spot between the shoulder blades on the back. Jeremy nods.>

Jeremy: GOT IT! KE-YAH!

<Jeremy leaps into the air, even as the villain gets up. Jeremy lands behind him and stabs suddenly, breaching the armor with his own blade. Master of Weapons screams with shock, pain, and rage before swinging futily as Jeremy, who ducks under the strike and kicks the villain in the side.>

Master of Weapons: You have not defeated me yet! All I must do is heal and rearm, and your weapons will no longer be a relevant factor!

Walter: That sounded like a threat. Did anyone else take that the same way?

Jake: Yep. Definitely a threat.

Walter: Stupid, isn't he?

Jake: Very.

Anya: Shall we finish him?

Cindy: Oh, I think so. Give the fans what they want...

Jeremy: All right! Form Cyber Blaster!

All: RIGHT!

<Walter attaches his Disk Launcher to Jake's Output Cannon. Anya's Input Staves attach to ports on both sides of the Cannon, even as Cindy's Protection Shield links to Walter's Launcher. Finally, Jeremy's blade retracts into it's hilt partially, before he places it between the staves' housings. The transformation complete, Jeremy levels the Cyber Blaster before him, the others bracing him. Walter and Anya on his right, Jake and Cindy on his left.>

Jeremy: Cyber Blaster ready!

Master of Weapons: ...Aw crap...

Jeremy: FIRE!

<Jeremy pulls the trigger, and a cascading wave of the five colors blasts forward, nailing the Master of Weapons and causing his armor to explode, taking him with it and leaving another crater in the ground. Satisfied, the Cyber V Rangers lower the Cyber Blaster and salute.>

Walter: Mission accomplished.

Jake: Cyber V... FOR VICTORY! YEAH!

<The Power Rangers listen to the crowd's cheers. Not bad for five minutes of work.>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask watches impassionately as the Cyber Blaster kills the Master of Weapons.>

Kalask: And so the Cyber Rangers gain new powers and an arrogant fool dies. Such is life when one is at war with such adversaries. So, whose idea was it to waste the Master of Weapons on a futile attempt at annihilating our enemies? Ah yes... Tem-Tar...

<Tem-Tar nervously comes forward.>

Tem-Tar: A thousand apologies, my Liege. I did not expect him to fail so badly and I didn't know they had other weapons and-

Kalask: Enough. <He charges his arm cannon and fires once at Tem-Tar's feet, knocking the villain onto his butt.> Now we know, and we will not make the same mistake again. Correct?

Tem-Tar: Yes! Of course!

Kalask: Than it was worth it. Knowledge is power, and I am mightiest... in all things.

***

Location: Workout Area, Fort Myers
Time: 5:00 PM.

<Anya is once more doing her Tai Chi Chuan. Walter watches her from the side and closes his eyes.>

Walter: Anya?

Anya: Yes, Walter?

Walter: I... just wanted to apologize for how I was the other day. I was a real jerk. I'm sorry... I do want to learn, but I'll understand if you decide against trying to teach me again.

<Anya pauses to consider this.>

Anya: <smiling weakly> Start stretching.

Walter: Yes, ma'am...

***

Location: Cindy's Quarters.

<Cindy's phone rings. She ignores it for a moment and runs out to Jake's room, knocking on his door.>

Cindy: It's time.

Jake: (his door opening) Cool.

<They walk into her room and she picks up the phone.>

Cindy: Yes?

Short: Ah, Cindy! Good to hear your voice! Nice work against that psycho today! Top notch stuff! So, when can I expect you and Anya to come in for the shoot?

Cindy: Ummm... I can't, really. It's hard to explain, but...

Jake: Oh, let me... (He winks at her as he takes the phone.) Hello, Mr. Short. This is Jake Taylor.

Short: As in Cyber Blue? Pretty cool...

Jake: Thanks. Yeah, you see, Cindy's a little shy, so she's having a hard time explaing why she can't help you out. You see, since Kalask knows who we are, and the entire world knows too, it would be a bit of a media feeding frenzy around your place. And Kalask would get word, send a few monsters to the shoot, start killing people left and right... I gotta tell you, Emeralde would love to get her blade into your cameramen. She's REALLY into the dismemberment thing. It wouldn't be pretty. So, you can understand why she's reluctant to come in. Now, if you still wanna do it...

Short: (slowly) ...Dismemberment?

Jake: A-yup.

Short: ...Bye!

<Short slams the phone down. Jake casually hangs up and turns to look at Cindy.>

Jake: ...What an idiot...

Cindy: He bought it?

Jake: Yep.

Cindy: ...WHEW!!!

Jake: Of course the stripping part sounded kinda cool...

<Cindy throws a pillow at Jake's face.>

***

Location: Jeremy's Room

<Jeremy looks at the pictures once again and picks up the phone.>

Jeremy: June? I was hoping we could meet again? Same place tomorrow? (pause) Great! I'll see you then!

***

Location: Somewhere in Horizon

<June hangs up and quickly picks up a second calling device.>

June: I'm in. Soon you'll have everything you could possibly want on the Rangers...

***

Location: Underground Weapons Lab
Time: Midnight

<The twins walk in, freshly cleaned. They see that the robots have finished work on the new Lab.>

Wendy: This place is looking good.

Matt: Definitely, and now we can begin our older projects all over again.

<Wendy hits the lights, but a massive shadow keeps most of the light from reaching them.>

Wendy: Yep. I loved our old projects. They were so... diverting...

Matt: One way to put it... Can't wait to finish them...

Wendy: Why wait?

Matt: No reason... No reason at all...

<Camera pans back to reveal more weapons, unfinished and disassembled, and also showing just how big that shadow is... As large as any Zord...>

Mission Log Completed.

Next time: Jeremy's been reunited with June, but is he making the right choice? And when the secret of Walter's wealth is revealed, he finds himself torn between his two lives. And when Thrak launches an attack on Fort Myers, will either of them answer the call to action?

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"Money In Mouth"

Previously on Power Rangers Cyber V: To help Jake cheer Wendy up, Walter lent him a platimum charge card. Where Walter, previously a pizza delivery boy, gained access to such funds remains unknown. A media outlet known as NTTV has begun a curious smear campaign against the Twins. Jeremy was contacted by his ex-girlfriend June, who has returned to town, supposedly so her family can take care of business; June, however, has another agenda entirely. Doggie Cruger leaves Earth to see the Galactic Council, in an attempt to take over operations against Kalask. President Winters and General Sauder have both been revealed as members of Alphabet Soup, an organization whose previous incarnation launched the Venjix apocalypse upon the globe. Kalask has placed two spies within Fort Myers... One, a small nanite that listens in on the Rangers' conversations, and a monster that has taken an unrevealed secret identity. Curiously, one of the new arrivals, Lt. Thomas Conner, seems to be sending verbal reports to someone...

***

BEGIN MISSION LOG

Location: Rec Room, Fort Myers, Horizon, California

<The Rangers are watching another broadcast fron NTTV News.>

Newscaster: And with one shot from their new Cyber Blaster, the Rangers succeeded in annihilating the Master of Weapons. Naturally, this station congratulates the Rangers on a job well done, but can't help but wonder why their pet Hybrids failed to build them such devices earlier. Are they sympathizing with Kalask, or do they have an agenda all their own? You be the judge.

<Jake turns off the television, disgusted.>

Jake: If those jerks were any more prejudiced, it'd be illegal to watch this garbage!

Anya: I agree, but you have to see it from their perspective. They don't know Matt and Wendy like we do, and that footage of Wendy attacking you and Walter was fairly damning.

Cindy: But it was obviously a spell... They had to have the footage showing the Fiddler controlling her.

Jake: Yeah, our little tango should've convinced them otherwise.

Jeremy: I don't think they WANT to be convinced otherwise. NTTV's always thrived on fear-mongering and sensationalism, and it doesn't get any more sensationalistic than hybrids living again.

Jake: Well I've got half a mind to go down there and start smacking sense into their empty heads!

Anya: (contemplative) Perhaps not the WORST idea...

Jake: Wow. If YOU'RE agreeing with me... Walter, you coming?

(Walter looks up, distracted)

Walter: Hmmm? Oh, uh... I don't think-

<The door slides open, revealing Private Pei.>

Pei: Ummm... Excuse me, Rangers? I have a visitor for-

<A middle-aged african-american man pushes past her and enters the room. Stern and uncompromising, his eyes scan the room and find Walter. Walter snaps to attention.>

Man: Thank you, Private. I can speak for myself.

Jeremy: Who are you?

<Anya narrows her eyes, spotting the NTTV press pass on the man's jacket.>

Anya: He's with NTTV. You're not welcome here.

Jake: We should toss him out right now before he does another smear story.

Man: I don't just work for NTTV... I =AM= NTTV. You should tell your friends to back off.

<His comment is directed at Walter, who glowers at him.>

Walter: Cool it, guys. I know him.

Cindy: You do? But who is he?

Man: Who am I? You didn't tell them?

<Disappointed, the man shakes his head.>

Man: I'm his father. THAT'S who I am.

<Walter glares HARDER.>


***

Power Rangers Cyber V

Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 10: Money In Mouth

Written by: Aaron Thall

***

Jake: Wait... Walter? Your DAD owns that trash-spewing piece of crap?

Walter: Ummm... Yeah. Kinda.

Jake: Well, that explains the Platinum card...

Jeremy: Walter... Why didn't you tell me? All the years I've known you, and you never even ONCE brought up your dad. And why were you working for a pizza place when you're rich?!

Walter: My dad and I have... never seen things eye to eye. He's always wanted me to join in the family business, be a part of the Alexander Jenkins legacy. But it just wasn't me.

Mr Jenkins: It is. You just refuse to admit it. Instead, you prance around the city in your tights and consort with those... THINGS.

<Anya and Jake both move quickly, ready to slug the man.>

Jake: You lousy-!

Anya: You have no-!

<Cindy grabs both of them by their wrists, stopping them short.>

Cindy: We should go... You and your dad have some catching up to do, apparently. We'll just get out of your way.

<Ignoring their protests, and with some help from Jeremy and Private Pei, Cindy drags them out of the rec room.>

Walter: Nice, Dad. Thirty seconds and you've already offended all my friends. I hope you're proud.

<Mr Jenkins sighs and sits down.>

Mr. Jenkins: Walter... We need to talk.

***

<Just outside the rec room, Anya and Jake pull free from Cindy.>

Anya: He has no right to say those things about my family!

Jake: Just gimme two minutes with the guy. It's all I need.

Cindy: Unfortunately, he has EVERY right, and you know it. Clobbering the guy isn't going to help. What we need to do is tell him that the Twins are good people.

Jeremy: I dunno. From what I've seen, I don't think he'll listen to anybody. Guys like him? They believe only what they see with their own eyes. And since he already doesn't trust them, any attempt they might make to prove their good intentions would be seen as dishonest.

Private Pei: He's right, Ma'am. I know it isn't my place to say anything, but people fear what they don't understand, and understanding takes time. You can't just force him to open his eyes. He has to WANT to see the truth first.

<Matt and Wendy come walking up.>

Matt: Good news. We've managed to tie your new weapons into the circuitry of your suits. Now you'll be able to summon them at will instead of lugging them around like you had to before.

Wendy: And you should see what ELSE we've been working on.

<She begins reaching into her pocket when Matt loudly clears his throat.>

Matt: We haven't perfected that yet, Sis. It won't do us any good to accidentally vaporize the entire wing.

Jake: You're joking, right?

Anya: I have never known Matt to make jokes.

Jake: ...Maybe we should get going...

Wendy: Hey... Where's Walter? He needs to know about the upgrade.

Cindy: He's... busy. His dad's here.

Matt: Ah. Well it can wait then.

Wendy: Funny, he's never mentioned his family. What's his dad like, anyway?

Cindy: Well...

<She tells them.>

<Matt restrains his sister, who's furiously trying to pull free so she can slug the man in the rec room.>

Wendy: LEMME AT 'IM! LEMME AT 'IM!

Matt: Well, it's nice to see that you're fully recovered from your encounter with Tem-Tar.

<Private Pei's headset beeps. She taps it.>

Private Pei: Yes, sir? Understood. He's right here.

<She looks at Jeremy.>

Private Pei: It seems you have a visitor as well.

***

<Jeremy enters the mess hall to see June waiting for him. Cindy follows closely behind.>

June: HEY!

Jeremy: hey! June, this is Cindy. Cindy, this is June.

Cindy: (holding out her hand) It's nice to meet you.

<June noticably ignores the gesture.>

June: Likewise. So, are you ready? One last trip around the city before I go home?

Jeremy: Definitely. Cindy, do you want to come?

Cindy: Sure, I'd-

June: Actually, I thought it should just be the two of us. One last date, you know?

<Cindy, hearing the word "date", immediately backs away, stunned and saddened by this.>

Jeremy: But I kind of promised Cindy that we'd-

Cindy: No... No, it's okay. You go and catch up with your... girlfriend. I've got to go... train. You know how it is, right?

Jeremy: Ummm... Right? Later then.

Cindy: Yeah... later...

<Cindy leaves, hiding her face. She doesn't want Jeremy to see her tears. Unseen by anyone, the nanite spy watches from the ceiling...>

***

<With some effort, Matt drags Wendy into an unused office. Anya, Jake, and Private Pei watch, unsure how to respond.>

Matt: Calm down! If you hit the guy, you'll kill him!

Private Pei: He's right! Don't let him get to you. It's exactly what he wants.

Wendy: I don't care! I'm gonna brain him!

<She pulls free of Matt.>

Private Pei: Would a Ranger act like this?!

<Wendy stops at the door.>

Wendy: Oh, that's just hitting below the belt. (She sighs) Fine, I won't hurt him. I'll just keep my distance, take his picture, and use it for a dartboard target later.

Anya: A wise decision.

Jake: Come on. I could use some help fixing my Cycle.

Wendy: Sigh... Coming...

<As they leave, Matt turns to Private Pei.>

Matt: That was quick thinking. Thanks.

Private Pei: My pleasure, Sir.

Matt: You're new here, aren't you?

Private Pei: Yes, Sir. I just transferred in a few days ago. I'm still learning how to navigate the base.

Matt: I'd be happy to give you the grand tour. But please, call me Matt.

Private Pei: That's... highly irregular.

Matt: Well, we've never been completely by the book. Here, we're family. What your name?

Private Pei: Mai, Si... I mean, Matt. My name's Mai.

Matt: Mai Pei, huh? I like it. It suits you.

<Mai blushes at that.>

Matt: Shall we?

<Mai nods.>

***

Mr. Jenkins: So, from a pizza boy to a Power Ranger, eh? You've certainly moved up in the world.

Walter: Don't give me that. Just three minutes ago you were insulting the job.


Mr. Jenkins: Don't talk back to me! I'm your father, and I deserve your respect! I allowed you to go find yourself instead of taking an executive position at the company, but ONLY so you could see for yourself that you belonged by my side! I can't maintain the channel forever, Walter. I'm getting too old to keep up with the competition. I need you to take the reins when I retire, to keep it going strong and in the family. Going out to save the world is fine, but someday, you'll need to settle down and get a real job. Preferably one WITHOUT those mechanical monstrosities running around!

Walter: They're my friends, Dad! They've saved my life so many times that you wouldn't believe it! They're not evil and they're not dangerous!

Mr. Jenkins: You're right. I don't believe it. Hybrids are a menace. Those two are hybrids. Do the math, son.

Walter: Just give them a chance! Yeah, Wendy's got a bit of a temper sometimes, but they're good people.

Mr. Jenkins: Even if I believed that... and I don't... it doesn't change the fact that you've got a responsibility to your family to come to the station.

Walter: Or maybe you just can't admit that I'm my own man, and that I don't have to be just like you.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

<Kalask admires the vial of nanites stolen from Wendy, then turns to his minions.>

Kalask: It is time to begin phase two. Thrak, have you chosen a warrior for the mission?

Thrak: I have. Boakahn.

<There is a terrifying hissing sound as snakes begin appearing from everywhere. Slithering together, they quickly form into a large snake man with vicious fangs.>

Boakahn: I live to sssserve, Masssster. Once I get the Rangersssss in my grasssssp, they ssssshall NEVER esssscape! I'll crusssssh the life from them!

Midnai: Oh please. If my Precious couldn't do it, this lisping fool will certainly fail.

Tem-Tar: But he doesn't NEED to succeed. All he needs to do is keep the Rangers occupied. The Dreads will do the rest!

Emeralde: You should leave the job in my hands. I could do it far more effectiely than those brainless machines.

Kalask: Undoubtedly true, my dear, but the Dreads are far better at creating panic and chaos. No, they'll do just fine. And with two of the Rangers preoccupied, it should be even easier.

***

Location: United Nations, New York

<President Winters is in the middle of a meeting with several other world leaders.>

Winters: And that is why we must continue to carefully monitor all extra-terrestrial immigration. The last thing we need are Pirannahtron causing a riot over a sushi bar!

<Before she can go off on a tirade, one of her Secret Service agents walks up to her and whispers something into her ear. Her eyes go wide with shock.>

Winters: I'm sorry, everyone, but something urgent has just come up. Please, carry on without me. I'll return as soon as I can.

<She gets up from the table and calmly walks out of the room. As soon as she's clear of the door, her face contorts in concern and anger.>

Winters: What do you mean there's an intruder in my office?

Secret Service Agent: Five minutes ago, our security systems registered movement in the room, but they've somehow barricaded the room shut from the inside.

Winters: Get them out of there by any means necessary! There are sensitive files in there that could destroy everything I've worked for!

<They reach the office, where several agents are trying to force the door open.>

Winters: Blow the door.

Secret Service Agent: But ma'am! We're inside the U.N.! We can't just-!

Winters: I SAID TO BLOW IT NOW!

<The agent slowly nods and, hesitantly, motions for one of his subordinates to pull out a grenade. He pulls the pin, places it by the door, and quickly moves back. In seconds, the grenade blows, taking out the door in a flash of light, sound, fury, and fire. Sprinklers go off as well in the hall. Winters ignores the ensuing chaos and alarms as she steps into her office. She narrows her eyes.>

Winters: You.

<Standing behind Winters' desk, clearly accessing the files on her computer, is Kat Manx.>

Kat: You got here sooner than I expected. I must say, you made good time.

Winters: What the hell are you doing here? I thought Cruger was off-planet.

Kat: He is. I'm here to represent his interests while he's away. And I'm sure he'll be interested in what I've discovered.

<Kat steps out from behind the desk and gets in Winters' face.>

Kat: Alphabet Soup, Madame President? Are you completely INSANE? That group nearly destroyed this planet the last time it was active! And even if it hadn't, manipulating the lives of young scientists just to create new weapons of mass destruction? It's despicable and it's sick.

Winters: What I do is for the good of this country.

Kat: The Venturas twins. They're your focus, aren't they? You used the Kalask situation to get your claws into them. The entire Cyber V program is just an excuse to have them building super-weapons for you.

Winters: They'd been on my radar long before Sauder selected them to head the project. They showed both talent and initiative.

Kat: And then you found out that they were hybrids. Convenient, isn't it?

Winters: What are you implying?

Kat: I'm not implying anything. The truth is obvious.

<Kat stares Winters right in the eyes.>

Kat: I don't know just how yet, but I do know that Doggie will stop you and pull your little conspiracy out into the light.

Winters: I don't see how, and you're not going to tell him anything!

<Winters moves to grab Kat, but her arm goes right through the S.P.D. scientist.>

Kat: You didn't really think I was here, did you? I'm with Doggie right now. R.I.C.! Time to go, boy!

<The image of Kat fades. From behind the remains of the blown door, R.I.C. barks loudly as the projector in it's mouth recedes. It's job done, R.I.C. rushes forward and through the window, shattering it. R.I.C. lands on the pavement below without so much as a scratch and takes off at supersonic speeds. In seconds, he's gone from sight. Winters watches him go and scowls.>

Winters: Cruger will stop me, huh? I don't think so, Miss Manx.

***

Location: Downtown, Horizon

<Jeremy and June are driving through the streets, taking in the sights.>

June: I've really missed this city. But I've missed seeing you more.

Jeremy: I know what you mean. Ever since I became the Red Ranger, I haven't had any time to just be myself. I can't even go out in public these days without getting mobbed.

<June fiddles with something in her purse.>

June: So, what's it really like getting to be a superhero, anyway?

Jeremy: It's like having my entire body charged with electricity. I feel like I can do anything, and wih the others helping me... I just might.

June: Go on... I want to hear EVERYTHING.

***

Location: War Room, Fort Myers

<Lt. Conner is checking readings while General Sauder watches the monitor.>

Sauder: Looks to be a quiet day for a change.

<An alarm begins blaring. Lt. Conner immediately rechecks the readings.>

Sauder: REPORT!

Lt. Conner: A dimensional incursion, Sir!

Sauder: Where?

Lt. Conner: Right here!

<The monitor view changes to the peremiter of the base. A warpportal appears just outside the fence and multiple Dreads emerge, along with BoaKahn.>

BoaKahn: GET TO WORK!

<Two Dreads unleash a torrent of flames, melting the fence. Not even waiting for the molten metal to cool, the Dreads swarm in, BoaKahn taking his time entering behind them.>

BoaKahn: This should be fun!

<Sauder turns to Lt. Conner.>

Sauder: Alert the Rangers, and then get our civilian guest and the Twins to a secure location. Kalask's probably trying to get more of their nanites.

Lt. Conner: Already on it, Sir! Rangers to base perimeter! We are under attack!

<Not even waiting to repeat the message, Lt. Conner runs out the door to the War Room to see to the rest of his orders.>

***

<In the training room, Cindy wipes her tears and looks up. Nearby, halfway to the Zord Bay, Jake and Anya exchange glances. Wendy motions for them to go on.>

Matt: Go. I'll make sure Walter's dad gets somewhere safe.

Anya: They're probably after the two of you again.

Wendy: We'll be fine. Just be careful.

Jake: You know it.

<Cindy runs by and stops just long enough to shout at them.>

Cindy: COME ON!

Jake: Later!

<He half-salutes as he and Anya run to join Cindy.>

***

<Matt and Mai look up as the alarm blares.>

Mai: What's that?!

Matt: That alarm means that the base itself is being attacked. Come on!

<They both run towards the Rec Room.

***

<Walter and his father hear the alarm.>

Walter: Dad, I've gotta go! They'll need me!

Mr. Jenkins: WALTER! Don't do it. You don't have to prove anything, not to me. You've got a bright future ahead of you. Don't throw it away for this!

<He puts a firm hand on Walter's shoulder.>

Walter: I can't just abandon them!

Mr. Jenkins: But you're willing to abandon me, is that what you're saying?

<Walter glares at his father again.>

***

<At the base perimeter, Jake, Anya, and Cindy arrive to see the Dreads battling with several of the base guards.>

Anya: WITHDRAW! Leave them to us!

<Badly battered and burned, the guards withdraw slowly, being careful to take their casualties with them. Anya can't help but notice that some of the casualties aren't breathing.>

BoaKahn: What? Only three Rangers? How disappointing!

Jake: Three Rangers are all we need to handle you! Ready?

Anya and Cindy: READY!

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out towards the monster. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

All: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Anya finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a yellow battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Yellow!>

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

Cindy: LET'S GO!

<The three Rangers rush forward to battle BoaKahn and the Dreads. Anya and Jake summon their Cyber Weapons.>

Anya: INPUT STAVES!

<She throws her weapons, which strike the two nearest Dreads and ricochet back to her even as she leaps into the air, spins, and delivers a punishing tornado kick to a third Dread's chest.>

Jake: OUTPUT CANNON!

<He fires while running, nailing two Dreads before jumping to the right and firing again, nailing another three.>

BoaKahn: Impressive! Now try THIS!

<The monster opens his mouth wide and a torrent of vipers bursts forth, filling the sky with serpents which begin to rain down on the Rangers. Unable to dodge the onslaught, the Rangers try to bat them away, only for many of the snakes to begin wrapping around their bodies. In seconds, Jake and Anya are completely swarmed.>

Anya: I... can't move...

Jake: I think I'm gonna hurl... in my helmet!

Cindy: HANG ON!

<Cindy draws her Data Ray and fires at BoaKahn, but two vipers spring from the ground and intercept her blasts. Before she can fire again, more snakes launch from the ground and entwine around her wrists.>

Cindy: NO!

<She tries to pull free, but the vipers bare their fangs and bite her hand. In pain and shocked by the vicious attack, Cindy drops her Data Ray. Before she can recover, more snakes swarm her from the ground, bonding her arms to her sides and tying her ankles as well. In seconds, she's as helpless as Jake and Anya.>

BoaKahn: You'll make an excellent meal for my children, Rangers. Dreads! Proceed with the mission! I'll finish off these three morsels personally!

Anya: YOU CAN'T!

<Ignoring the Rangers, the Dreads run past them and break down the entrance, swarming into the base.>

BoaKahn: Oh, but I can... Feed, my children! Feed on these fools to your hearts' content!

<Several serpents bare their fangs and lunge at the three heroes...>

***

Location: Downtown, Horizon

Jeremy: And you know how Jake can be. But still, he's not all bad. He's actually started showing a decent side.

June: And then there's that girl I met... Candy, right?

Jeremy: Cindy. She's... She's really something. Sometimes she's the shyest person I've ever met, but sometimes, when she gets excited, her eyes light up and I just...

June: You just what?

Jeremy: It's just that... well... When I'm with her, I feel... I dunno... Like I used to feel when I was with you... But stronger.

<They reach a stop light and June looks at Jeremy, shocked.>

June: Are you KIDDING ME?! YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH HER?!

<June turns so suddenly that her arm strikes her purse, tipping it over and spilling the contents out onto the floor of the car.>

Jeremy: Well, I... Wait, what's this?

<As he reaches down to help gather the spilled items, he hesitates, seeing something conspicuous among them. A running digital recorder.>

Jeremy: You're recording this?!

June: I... I can explain.

Jeremy: June...

June: I... lied about my parents having business. When you outed yourself on television, I saw my chance to get my own name out there in the world. I called a book company based here and they said they'd be interested in a tell-all about you... But I needed to get some dirt on the other Rangers, too. I... I didn't think you'd mind.

Jeremy: You didn't... ARGH!

<Furious, Jeremy gets out of the car.>

Jeremy: You lied to me! Why didn't you just ask?

June: Because of her. If I just came back to town asking to write about you, you'd've thought I was just golddigging and using you.

Jeremy: And lying to my face is better? June, if you'd just asked, I would've been happy to help you... But you didn't give me enough credit to give me the chance.

<Jeremy's Cyber Op beeps.>

Jeremy: I'm here.

Sauder: The base is under attack! Your team needs you.

Jeremy: I'm on my way, Sir.

June: WAIT! You... You'll come back, right?

Jeremy: I think you already know the answer to THAT question, too.

<He turns away from June and runs back towards Fort Myers. June, for her part, looks away.>

June: Jeremy...

***

<Walter pulls free of his father.>

Walter: Dad, don't try to stop me. This is more important than your stupid company! The entire planet is depending on me! My friends need me! I'm going.

<He opens the door to the Rec Room, just as both Wendy and Matt arrive.>

Wendy: The others have gone on ahead!

Matt: We'll get your dad to safety.

<Walter nods.>

Mr. Jenkins: You can't just leave me here with these THINGS!

Walter: Think of it as a learning experience.

<Walter turns and runs down the corridor.>

Wendy: Come on! There's a secure room not far from here.

Mr. Jenkins: And why should I trust you two?

<The back wall of the Rec Room explodes, revealing several Dreads.>

Matt: Any OTHER stupid questions?

<Mr. Jenkins runs out of the room, and Matt seals the doors behind him.>

Mai: This way, Sir.

<Lt. Conner appears from around the corner.>

Lt. Conner: I'm under orders to escort you to safety.

Wendy: Perfect timing!

<The Rec Room doors begin to sizzle.>

***

<Even as Walter reaches the torched exit to the base, Jeremy reaches the outskirts of the base.>

Jeremy: Hang on, guys!

Walter: I'm coming!

<They lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

Both: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jeremy finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a red battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Red!>

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<In the blink of an eye, both Jeremy and Walter leap into action.>

Walter: WOAH! NASTY! DISK LAUNCHER!

<Walter's weapon appears and he fires several precice shots, nailing the snakes holding the others in their heads. As the snakes go limp, Jake, Anya, and Cindy shakily pull themselves free.>

Jeremy: SCANNER BLADE!

<Jeremy leaps into the air. His sword appears in his hands and he brings it down with a powerful swing, slashing BoaKahn and forcing the monster back. Not hesitating, he spins around and slashes the monster again, horizontally.>

Jeremy: You're gonna pay for hurting my friends, scaleface.

BoaKahn: And you Rangers will pay for harming my babies!

<The creature's mouth opens wide and he releases another torrent of snakes. As it begins to rain down, Jeremy interfaces with the Scanner Blade and, flashing back and forth throug the battle field, he slices apart every single snake. Not a single one hits the ground alive, and none come close to the other Rangers. Walter, meanwhile, helps the others to their feet.>

Walter: Sorry we're late. You know how reunions are.

Anya: You're here now. That's all that matters.

Cindy: Some of the Dreads got into the base!

Jeremy: If they're after the Twins, I'd be more worried for the Dreads!

***

<Leading the way, Lt. Conner and Mai urge Mr. Jenkins onwards, the Twins guarding the rear. Much to their dismay, more than twenty Dreads rush after them.>

Wendy: I think it's time we tried out our new invention.

Matt: I concur.

<They reach into their lab coat lockets and pull out two identical small devices.>

Matt: ALL OF YOU! Close your eyes and cover your ears! This is going to be both bright and loud!

<Lt. Conner and Mai both nod and comply. Mr. Jenkins hesitantly does the same.>

Wendy: Ready?

Matt: Ready.

<They raise their left arms as the Dreads turn the corner, unleashing torrents of flame that strike the ceiling lights, causing a small explosion. Shocked by the noise, Mr. Jenkins opens his eyes, even as the Twins shout->

Matt and Wendy: ACTIVATION!

<Odd lights reflect in Mr. Jenkins eyes for three seconds, then fade. He closes them as the Twins turn around to face the others again. Behind them, the Dreads have been slagged.>

Wendy: All clear!

Lt. Conner: (surveying the damage) Wha tthe hell WAS that?!

Matt: Portable prototype maser cannons. They generated enough heat to melt even Dread armor, but the beam's compressed so it doesn't set fire to the surrounding area.

Wendy: Now let's get moving!

Mr. Jenkins: R-right!

***

Boakahn: You Rangers will suffer for that!

Walter: You picked a bad day to mess with me, freakshow.

Jeremy: And that goes double for me.

Both: CYBER BLASTER!

<Walter attaches his Disk Launcher to Jake's Output Cannon. Anya's Input Staves attach to ports on both sides of the Cannon, even as Cindy's Protection Shield links to Walter's Launcher. Finally, Jeremy's blade retracts into it's hilt partially, before he places it between the staves' housings. The transformation complete, Jeremy levels the Cyber Blaster before him, the others bracing him. Walter and Anya on his right, Jake and Cindy on his left.>

BoaKahn: Errr... About making you pay for that...

<Jeremy pulls the trigger, and a cascading wave of the five colors blasts forward, nailing the creature and causing him to explode. Satisfied, the Cyber V Rangers lower the Cyber Blaster and salute.>

Jeremy: Mission accomplished!

<Another warpportal appears and Tem-Tar materializes within.>

Tem-Tar: You'd think so, wouldn't you? THINK AGAIN!

<Tem-Tar extends the nanite tube from his sleeve and fires. A single red nanite launches out and lands in the remains of BoaKahn. In seconds, the monster is reconstructed, bigger and nastier than ever.>

BoaKahn: I'LL SWALLOW YOU FIVE WHOLE!

Walter: You've just bitten of fmore than you can chew! COMBAT ZORDS... MOBILIZE!

<In the Holding Bay, large metal rods extend from the ceiling and attach to the Combat Zords, locking on magnetically and lifting the battle machines off the ground. As this happens, the back wall of the Bay opens to reveal another Zord, larger than the five. It is sleek and black, resembling a gigantic skateboard, but thicker and far more powerful. Red windows line the front rim. The back has twin cylindrical engines propped up on a massive back. An alcove rests beneath this.>

<The Combat Zords are quickly lowered into position by the rods, MortarTread being placed into the alcove, BlastTruck in front of it, LightTank to it's left, and WeatherTrain to it's right. The platform for Razor Bat lowers slowly and latches onto the engines of CV Transport.>

<The roof to the Bay slides down, forming a ramp. CV Transport revs up and rolls up the ramp, quickly reaching the surface.>

<The Rangers leap into their respective cockpits.>

Jeremy: LOG ON!

Walter: Dad, I hope you're watching this!

Jake: Let's skin this snake!

Anya: All systems ready!

Cindy: Does anybody have any antiseptic on them?

Jeremy: Combat Zords... LAUNCH!

<Razor Bat detaches from the engines and flies off, while a ramp extends from the front of CV Transport. As it finishes extending, the Combat Zords roll down it and charge forward.>

<Jeremy pulls the lever down. The effect is immediate. The transformation begins by extending the engine thrusters out, revealing them to be the feet. They continue extending into legs. Next, the tips of the wings separate, revealing themselves to be hand weapons, which are easily caught by twin arms that come out of the sides of Razor Bat's main body and extend. The wings fold backwards from their midway point, while the Bat head cycles forward, becoming a chestplate. A new head rises from the main body, a odd mix of humanoid robot and bat. The transformation complete, Razor Bat lands on it's legs and stands ready for battle, weapons raised.>

Jeremy: We can't risk an extended battle on the base! Form Cyber Combat Megazord!

<The Cyber Rangers all nod and unsheathe their Data Blades as slots open for the weapons. They slide the weapons in, and their helmets all flash with the phrase "Cyber Combat Megazord Initialized". Razor Bat flies into the air as it's legs fold in on themselves at the knees. The blade weapons return to the wings as the arms return to the main body of the mecha. The laser weaponry on LightTank retracts into various ports, while WeatherTrain closes it's weapons array as well. Blast Truck splits right down it's middle, forced apart by retrorockets. The two halves continue to race forward. They are joined by LightTank and WeatherTrain, which brace as Razor Bat flies down, back facing the ground, it's legs locking into the backs of the two mecha before they speed up, allowing BlastTruck to meet them at Razor Bat's shoulders. Blast Truck's halves moves in closer, revealing connector ports that lock onto Razor Bat and snap into place. MortarTread splits into two as well, the top half rocketing off and flying in behind Razor Bat as the treads and main body ride up the impromptu ramp created by WeatherTrain and LightTank. As it reaches the top of the ramp, it slams down onto the chest of Razor Bat, locking into place and revealing a stylized Cyber V logo, the Data Blade and a circle of binary code separating digital style letters CV. The other half of MortarTread begins a transformation as well, as the turret extends away from the remainder of the main body and turns around, revealing a helmet. The barrel rotates down the back of the barrel before the helmet snaps into place over Razor Bat's head. Finally, the combined machine takes to the air. The front ends of LightTank and WeatherTrain rotate forward, creating feet. The cab sections of BlastTruck move upwards as well, revealing two large metallic black hands. The missile launchers and missiles rotate and shift as well, forming massive shoulders. The remainder of MortarTread snaps into place on the back. The transformation complete, the new gestalt lands on it's feet and poses dramatically, raising and lowering it's fists as it's eyes light up green.>

Cyber V: CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD ONLINE!

<The Cyber V Rangers appear in a combined cockpit made of their five Zords' individual ones. Jeremy is in front, Walter to his left, and Jake on his right. Behind them are Anya, behind Walter, and Cindy, behind Jake.>

<CV Transport turns around and runs backwards, blazing forward as jets from underneath raise it up. The rocket engines detach and reattach to the front wheels as it props itself up on it's former back. A panel on the new front rotates down, revealing a robotic face with yellow eyes.>

Walter: Hyper Rush Megazord's good to go!

BoaKahn: DIE!!!!

<Once again, BoaKahn unleashes a torrent of snakes, which quickly covers the Megazords in writhing reptiles.>

Cindy: They're blocking our sensors!

Jake: Shields aren't gonna hold for long!

Anya: WALTER! Snakes are cold-blooded! Use WeatherTrain's ice attacks!

Walter: All over it!

<Walter works the controls, lowering the outer temperature of Cyber Combat Megazord to sub-zero. In seconds, the snakes begin to freeze solid. With a tremendous show of power, the Megazord pulls free of the snakes, shattering them.>

Walter: And don't think we've forgotten about you, old buddy!

<The Megazord's helmet glows briefly as MortarTread's cannon turret rises up from behind, unleashing a blast of ice at Hyper Rush Megazord, freezing the snakes on it as well. Hyper Rush Megazord easily breaks free and moves to rejoin it's fellow Megazord.>

Walter: And Snakey makes THREE!

<The Megazord's chestplate unleashed a beam of pure cold that strikes BoaKahn, who staggers back in a futile attempt to escape the attack.>

BoaKahn: Noooo... Can't... move...

<The monster freezes solid, a gigantic grotesque statue right at the edge of the base.>

Jeremy: Let's finish this! Activate Blast Mode!

<The arms of Hyper Rush Megazord glow and launch forward, lowering into the hands of Cyber Combat Megazord. It aims both weapons carefully at the frozen BoaKahn.>

All: BIG BANG ATTACK!

<Both cannons charge up as Cyber Combat Megazord braces itself. When the energy reaches it's peak, both cannons release a wave of energy the size of a small building. The force of the blasts forces Cyber Combat Megazord to skid backwards until it is braced by Hyper Rush Megazord. The energy waves engulf the monster, causing him to erupt into another fireball the instant they make contact. Cyber Combat Megazord releases the cannons, which return to Hyper Rush Megazord, before posing triumphantly next to it's support mecha.>

Walter: MAN, I hate snakes...

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

<Kalask and his minions watch as BoaKahn erupts.>

Midnai: It seems the plan has failed, Master.

Kalask: Quite the contrary, my dear. It all went exactly as planned. My spy has no doubt made contact with the Venturas twins, and soon enough, they will fall right into my hands...

***

Location: Fort Myers

<Lt. Conner pulls away from the group and finds an empty room. Making sure no one is within range, he taps a hidden communiction node on his uniform.>

Lt Conner: Things are proceeding as expected. Conner out.

***

<Cindy and Jeremy are walking along the perimeter of the base, watching as the sun begins to set.>

Cindy: I'm sorry about June. I know she meant a lot to you.

Jeremy: It's okay. She wasn't who I thought she was. Fame can change people, and too often, it's not for the better. She saw me as a mealticket instead of as her friend, and the minute she did, there wasn't anything else I could do.

Cindy: Are you gonna be okay?

<Jeremy puts his arm around her.>

Jeremy: ...Yeah... I think I will...

***

<Mr. Jenkins adusts his tie as Walter stand sin the background.>

Walter: Do you see now, Dad? What I'm doing is important. Maybe not in your eyes, but to a lot people...

Mr. Jenkins: Walter, I haven't often approved of your choices in life. I always expected you to turn out... well... like me. But you said it yourself. You're your own man, and you've got to find your own way.

<He heads towards the door.>

Mr. Jenkins: For what it's worth, they've gotten the best man possible for the job.

<He walks out the door, and it closes behind him.>

Walter: Thanks... Dad.

<Just outside the door, Mr. Jenkins sees Wendy, arms crossed, leaning against the wall.>

Wendy: You know, don't you?

Mr. Jenkins: Yes, I do. But I won't tell anyone. You two could have left me to die, and instead you risked everything to protect me. Walter was right. You're not a threat. I'll back off for now, but if you EVER give the slightest indication of becoming a danger to my son, I'll do everything in my power to bring you down.

Wendy: I wouldn't have it any other way, Sir.

<Mr. Jenkins moves on. Wendy pulls the fried prototype from her pocket. Roughtly rectangular in shape, it's clearly no portable cannon.>

Wendy: Only three seconds? Back to the drawing board with you...

***

<Pocketing his own fried prototype, Matt stands on the roof of the base, watching the setting sun as it turns the sky pink and purple. Quietly, Mai walks up behind him.>

Matt: Mai? I'm sorry we weren't able to finish your tour.

Mai: That's okay. I... I just wanted to say... You were amazing back there. You didn't even hesitate to face those things.

<Matt turns to face her.>

Matt: It's what we do. It wasn't really a big deal.

Mai: Yes, it was. You're a hero, Matt. I don't care what anybody says, you're a hero. I... I... OH!

<Frustrated by her inability to find the right words, Mai impulsively rushes forward and kisses Matt as she wraps her arms around him. Matt is at first startled, but slowly he returns both the embrace and the kiss. It continues until the sun sets behind them...>

END MISSION LOG

Next Time: Matt's in love and finally coming out of his emotional shell, but when Kalask's spy stands revealed, Matt and Mai find themselves in mortal peril! Can the Rangers save two of their own?
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"Love And Joy"

Previously, on Power Rangers Cyber V: Doggie Cruger left Earth to speak to the Galactic Council in an attempt to take control of the battle against Kalask away from General Sauder. Subsequently, President Winters confronted Kat Manx in her office, with the latter revealing that SPD was aware of Winters' activities as a member of Alphabet Soup. Kalask sent two spies into Fort Myers... a small self-aware nanite and a monster that has taken the place of a newcomer to the base. Curiously, one of the newcomers, Lt. Thomas Conner, has been sending secret messages. Another newcomer, Private Mai Pei, has begun a romatic relationship with Matt following a Dread attack on the base. Having already taken Venjix nanites from Wendy once, Kalask schemes to steal more from the Twins using his monster spy...

***

BEGIN MISSION LOG...

Location: War Room, Fort Myers

<General Sauder is viewing recent mission footage on the main monitors while the Rangers, Wendy, and Lt. Conner watch.>

Sauder: It began when you two took that inadvisible journey into the city together.

<Wendy and Jake wince as the screens show the battle with Fiddler.>

Sauder: In the course of the conflict, Tem-Tar managed to steal a good portion of your nanites, one of only two sources on the planet now of Venjix technology.

Walter: Like we could forget? Fiddler made Wendy hit us so hard that I STILL have a headache.

Jake: (whispering) Nice Rita impression.

Sauder: FOCUS! After that, Kalask used a monster to attack the base directly, all so Dreads could infiltrate the compound. There's no reason to believe that it was nothing less than a second attempt to steal more Venjix nanobots.

Cindy: But they failed. We beat the monster and the Dreads were destroyed.

Sauder: Very true, but that was only because the Twins had a prototype weapon with them. We got lucky. We can't afford to rely on luck to win our battles.

Jeremy: There was also the Master of Weapons. That entire situation was strange. It was almost like he was stalling for something instead of seriously trying to beat us. Kalask didn't even bother to make him grow.

Anya: Jeremy's right. It was more like he was testing Wendy and Matt's abilities than our own.

Wendy: So you're saying that Kalask's been focused on the Venjixtech more than we realized?

Lt. Conner: It certainly seems to be the case.

Anya: The attack on the base worries me. It was far too direct and blunt for Kalask.

Jake: Think he was after something else?

Anya: Yes. It was obviously meant to distract us from something.

Jeremy: If that's the case, we need to figure out what it is.

Sauder: Regardless, we also need to put both of the Twins into protective custody immediately. You're both in grave danger and- Where is Matt?

Jake: Huh. I thought there was something dull and boring missing from this meeting.

<Wendy smacks Jake upside the head.>

Jake: OW!

Wendy: Yep. Still fun to do that.

Jeremy: We'll go find him, Sir. We can't afford any more distractions.

<Jeremy gets up and goes to the door. It slides open, revealing Matt and Mai in the midst of a passionate embrace.>

Jeremy: ...Nevermind...

<Both Matt and Mai look at him.>

Matt and Mai: What?

***

Power Rangers Cyber V
Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 11: Love and Joy
Written by: Aaron Thall

***

Location: Eltar

<The Chamber of the Galactic Council is a complete recreation of the Command Center, down to the last detail. The only difference is a hologram of Zordon, long gone, but never forgotten, projected overhead. Walking towards it with purpose, Doggie Cruger and Kat Manx waste no time. Kat is in the midst of giving her report to Cruger.>

Kat: And that's when R.I.C. escaped out of her window.

Cruger: So, it's as we feared. Alphabet Soup's been revived, and they've got their claws into the Cyber V project.

Kat: You think General Sauder's involved?

Cruger: He'd have to be. He was the one that recommended the Twins in the first place.

Kat: And the information you had R.I.C. retrive will be enough to convinve the Council to give S.P.D. clearance to take control of the situation?

Cruger: I hope so, Kat. Every second Alphabet Soup remains in control of the Rangers, the more danger they're in. Unless we do something, and quickly, this is going to end badly.

***

Location: Fort Myers

Wendy: This is going to end badly.

<In the Mess Hall, she and the Rangers watch as Matt and Mai eat together.>

Wendy: My brother doesn't know the first thing about dating. He barely knows how to EMOTE.

Jake: Yeah. Seems to be an epidemic around here.

<He glances at Anya, who smacks him upside the head.>

Jake: OW!

Wendy: Enjoying yourself?

Anya: No, but it IS oddly satisfying.

Walter: Yep. They're sisters, all right.

Jeremy: I dunno. I think it could be good for him. I mean, Matt's pretty shy... Maybe this will help him come out of his shell and start enjoying life a little.

Jake: No chance. The guy only livens up when he's in a Ranger uniform.

<Finishing their meal, Matt and Mai get up.>

Cindy: GUYS! SHHHH! They're coming this way!

<Everyone tries to mind their own business as the two walk past. Matt pauses and glances at them.>

Matt: First of all, my nanites give me super hearing. Second, I may be shy and not very lively, but at least I didn't blow it with the lady in under three hours.

Mai: Later, guys!

<Walter glances at Jake.>

Walter: Would you like some ointment for that burn?

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask and his minions watch the Rangers through the nanite spy.>

Emeralde: All is ready, my lord. Our spy merely awaits your orders.

Thrak: BAH! Watching them from the shadows! It's the move of a coward! I say we just TAKE what we want!

Midnai: Remember your place, Thrak!

Te
m-Tar: Midnai is correct! Brute force has it's place, but a true leader knows that true power comes from knowledge. Knowledge our spies have been gathering for us for weeks now.

Kalask: Well said, Tem-Tar. But fret not, Thrak. It's nearly time for us to make our move. Have our infiltrator begin the operation. And send the Dreads to the city. We don't want the Rangers to figure out what's going on TOO quickly.

Tem-Tar: At once, master!

***

Location: Fort Myers

<Matt and Mai are walking down a side corridor.>

Mai: Well, your friends sure seem to find us interesting.

Matt: They're not used to seeing me happy, I suppose. Well, outside the Blue suit, anyway. I suppose we should just give them time to get used to the idea. It's still pretty new for me, too.

Mai: New can be a good thing.

<She takes his hand.>

Matt: No arguments here...

<They stop and turn towards each other, slowly moving for another kiss. However, before they can reach each other...>

Lt. Conner: HEY! There you are!

<He runs up to them, not even remotely out of breath.>

Matt: What is it?

Lt. Conner: The General thinks Kalask's targeting your nanites, and he's ordered me to be your bodyguard for the time being.

Matt: I appreciate the gesture, but I can handle myself just fine.

Lt. Conner: Sorry, but orders are orders. He wants you in lockdown right away. Wendy, too.

Matt: THAT won't go over very well.

Mai: So much for some alone time...

<Alarms begin blaring. Sauder's voice comes over the P.A. system.>

Sauder: Warp portal detected. All Rangers report to Cyber Cycles for immediate deployment. All other personnel... BATTLE STATIONS.

Lt. Conner: Come on!

<Matt nods. They take two steps before realizing that Mai isn't letting go of Matt's hand. He turns towards her.>

Mai: I'm coming with you!

<Having no time to argue the point, he holds her hand a bit tighter as they head towards the high security wing.>

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay

<The five Rangers run into the room, where several technicians are finishing preparations on the Cyber Cycles.>

Jeremy: Teleportation's down again?

Tech: Afraid so. Sorry, Sir. Coordinates are programmed in.

Jeremy: We'll manage! Ready, guys?

Walter, Anya, Cindy, Jake: READY!

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

All: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jeremy finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a red battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Red!>

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Anya finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a yellow battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Yellow!>

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

<All five leap onto their respective Cycles simultaniously, while at the same time a ramp comes out from the wall. They tear out of the Holding Bay in no time.>

Anya: What's the situation?

Sauder (over com): Looks like an attack downtown. Reports are coming in of Dreads assaulting civilians. No word on a monster or one of Kalask's subordinates, though.

Jake: That's weird. You think this is another diversion?

Sauder: I don't know, but I've ordered the Twins into lockdown just to be safe. You five just focus on defending the city for now.

All: YES, SIR!

***

Location: High Security Wing, Fort Myers

<Wendy reaches the high security wing, escorted by two very grim and imposing MPs.>

Wendy: Okay, I'm here. Now what?

MP 1: Our orders are to stay here with you and your brother, Ma'am. The General's not taking any chances.

Wendy: (exasperated) Fine... How long until Matt gets here?

MP 2: He should already be inside.

<The MP opens the door to the wing, but aside from more MPs, there's no trace of Matt.>

Wendy: Maybe he got held up...

<She pulls a headset from her lab coat and puts it on.>

Wendy: Matt? Matt, where are you?

<No answer.>

Wendy: MATT! Come in, Matt!

MP 1: Maybe he turned it off, Ma'am.

Wendy: No chance. And Matt wouldn't be late for THIS order. Recall the Rangers NOW! It's a diversion! Kalask's after my brother!

***

Location: Decommissioned bunker, Fort Myers.

<Lying on the ground, Matt and Mai, not seriously injured, begin to stir.>

Matt: W...what happened?

<He raises his head and looks around.>

Matt: The last thing I remember is... MAI!

<He turns towards her and checks her vitals. Seeing that she's alive, he breathes a sigh of relief. Waking up, she looks at him, confused.>

Mai: Matt?

Matt: Are you all right?

Mai: I think so... But I've felt better. Where are we?

Matt: An old bunker the military used to use to hold tanks and fuel. It's no longer in service. But I have no idea how we got here.

<He looks around.>

Matt: And I don't see any trace of Lt. Conner, either. Whoever brought us here could have done something to him...

Mai: Or it could have BEEN him.

Matt: Yes, it's possible. Can you walk?

<She nods, and they both get up.>

Matt: We need to move before our host gets back.

<He checks his pocket, and sees that it's empty.>

Matt: They've taken my headset. I can't call for a rescue. You?

<Mai checks her pockets, and shakes her head no.>

Mai: We should go.

Matt: No point. We're unguarded, which means Kalask or whomever's behind this is confident that we're not going anywhere. Probably a force field in place at the peremeter. My nanites might be able to override it, but it'll take time.

Mai: Well we can't stay here.

<Matt clenches his fists, frustrated. Seeing no alternatives, he relaxes his hands and looks Mai right in the eyes.>

Matt: Let's go.

***

Location: Downtown Horizon

<A shopping center is the epicenter of a chaotic scene. Everywhere, civilians run for their lives as the Dreads spread out in all directions, launching blasts of hellfire that burn those they strike to the bone. One Dread targets a man and his young daughter, the latter having fallen during the initial horrors. Having already used it's flames to annihilate a security guard, it advances on the pair.>

Man: Come on! I've got you!

Daughter: DADDY!

<She screams as the Dread reaches for her. Instinctively, he bars the robot's path, earning himself a vicious backhand that knocks him flat on his back.>

Man: No... GET AWAY FROM HER!

<The Dread seems to laugh at that, but otherwise ignores the prone man as it pulls back it's fist to pulp the girl's head. She shreaks in terror as it begins to swing... Only to stop as a Data Blade stabs through the robot's head, annihilating it. Pulling the Data Blade free, Jeremy kicks the deactivated robot aside and honds his hand out to the little girl.>

Jeremy: Are you all right?

<She nods, too scared to talk. They look to the right to see Cindy and Walter helping her father up.>

Man: Thank you, Rangers.

Walter: Just get yourselves to safety and we'll call it even.

<The man nods and takes his daughter gently from Jeremy. His eyes say it all. Without another word, he runs for the exit with his precious cargo.>

Cindy: I can't believe Kalask would go after a kid...

Jeremy: I can... Let's show him some Ranger hospitality!

<The three run to join the others, who are already battling with the Dreads. Nearby, Jake leaps through the air and sissorkicks two Dreads while simultaneously unsheathing his Data Ray. As he lands, he fires a quick barrage that nails three more.>

Jake: I hate to say it, but this is actually starting to get boring.

<Busy boasting, Jake doesn't see another Dread coming up behind him. However, before it can strike him with hellfire, Walter rushes in and tackles the robot, sending them both into a roll. When they stop, Walter's on top, and he delivers a powerful punch to the robot's neck joints, severing them.>

Walter: Man, you REALLY talk too much, y'know that?

Jake: ...Hmmm? You say something?

Walter: SIGH...

<Back to back, Anya and Cindy each draw their Data Rays and begin firing in all directions, cutting the Dreads down.>

Anya: This is strange. No monster? Kalask doesn't attack without some purpose.

Cindy: But what? It's not like there's anything here that'd interest him.

Anya: Nothing but us.

<Jeremy finds himself surrounded by Dreads.>

Jeremy: I don't have TIME FOR THIS! SCANNER BLADE!

<He thrusts his hand out and the Scanner Blade appears.>

Jeremy: ANALYZE!

<Inside his visor, Jeremy sees the readout from his sword. He smiles grimly.>

Jeremy: Hey! DREADS! CATCH!

<Jeremy flings his Scanner Blade like a boomerang. Spinning as fast and as sharp as a buzzsaw, it lances through each Dread and returns to Jeremy's hands.>

Jeremy: Hey, it's not MY fault you didn't catch it.

<He turns around as the Dreads explode in a massive fireball. The others run to his side, all equally concerned.>

Cindy: Is that all of them?

Jake: I hope so.

Anya: This was far too easy.

Walter: I hate it when you say that...

<Lightning suddenly strikes where the Rangers are, scattering them in all directions. As they land hard, they look to see Midnai and Emeralde striding towards them.>

Emeralde: Well done, Rangers. You defeated the Dreads. Too bad the real fight's somewhere else entirely.

<Getting back on their feet, Jeremy points at the two villainesses with the Scanner Blade.>

Jeremy: What do you mean by that?! What's Kalask after?

Midnai: Oh, the usual. It's all in the spirit of the game. Think of it as a puzzle, if you must.

Anya: How about we MAKE you tell us?!

<Anya summons her Input Staves and moves to charge the two, but Jeremy blocks her with his other arm.>

Jeremy: NO! Remember what Emeralde said. They're just here to distract us! Whatever's going on, we can't waste time fighting them!

Emeralde: Are you certain of that, Red Ranger? Do you dare take the chance that you're wrong?

Jake: Man, this is our chance to get rid of these two! We can't just throw it away!

<Jeremy turns to Jake and Anya without moving his arms.>

Jeremy: We'll get another chance. I can't explain it, but every instinct I have is telling me that it's the right move.

<He sends the Scanner Blade away and turns from the two antagonists.>

Jeremy: Let's go, guys.

<Without waiting for the others, he walks away.>

Walter: WAIT UP!

Cindy: We're coming, too!

<They move to join him. Jake and Anya glare at the two.>

Jake: This ain't over.

<Anya says nothing, but growls in frustration as she and Jake turn to join the others. Midnai and Emeralde watch them go.>

Midnai: Hmmm... The Red one's smarter than I'd give him credit for.

Emeralde: It doesn't matter. In moments, the Master will have all that he needs.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

<Kalask watches as the Rangers ride back towards Fort Myers on the Cyber Cycles.>

Kalask: It all goes according to plan, Thrak. Like flies to honey, the Rangers couldn't help but be drawn to the Dread attack, leaving poor Matthew and Mai oh so vulnerable.

Thrak: But why let the Rangers return to their base? They'll find their friends for certain!

Kalask: Of course they will. I'm COUNTING on it.

***

Location: Decommissioned Bunker, Fort Myers

<Matt and Mai reach the exit to the bunker. Kicking the door open, Matt leads Mai outside and stops.>

Mai: It's just like you said... We're trapped.

<They look up and see a shimmering dome of energy covering the entire bunker.>

Matt: It's worse than you think. We're not alone.

<He turns slowly to face Tem-Tar, who chuckles to himself as he observes their plight.>

Tem-Tar: How very observant. Well? Aren't you going to attack me?

Matt: You've mistaken me for my sister. It may be her nature to rush headlong into things, but it's not mine. Since you don't have any Dreads with you, I'm assuming you've got something else in mind other than killing me. My nanites, I presume?

Tem-Tar: Naturally.

Matt: And since you didn't bring backup, that can only mean you've already got someone or something here inside the force field. The same being that ambushed us and brought us here.

Tem-Tar: Getting warmer...

Matt: And since there were three of us when we were attacked, I presume your agent is Lt. Conner.

Tem-Tar: Who?

Matt: Lt. Conner! He's the only one of us not here! He HAS to be the one who attacked us!

Tem-Tar: I'm sorry, but I don't KNOW any Lt. Conner. And besides... Kalask has a flair for the dramatic... and he'd NEVER do anything THAT obvious.

<Matt's eyes widen as Mai screams. He turns to help her.>

Matt: MAI!

<Suddenly clutching her stomach, Mai doubles over in agony.>

Mai: Matt... It... It hurts...

<She begins to collapse. Matt catches her and eases her to the ground. He checks her eyes. Glassy. NOT a good sign. He turns his head towards Tem-Tar.>

Matt: What did you do to her?!

Tem-Tar: Me? Nothing, I'm afraid. Oh, and as for who brought you here?

<Tem-Tar chuckles, then, without warning, aims his arm at Matt. A blast of energy launches from his nanite tube and slams into the scientist, throwing him into the bunker's wall and away from Mai.>

Tem-Tar: SHE did.

<Mai screams again, and this time, a sickly light eminates from her mouth. It shines between her and Matt, solidifying into a white and pink creature covered in decorative DNA strands. The creature chuckles darkly.>

Infiltrator: I am Infiltrator, Kalask's top spy and saboteur.

Tem-Tar: Infiltrator has a unique ability. She can bond to any subject's DNA, using them as a flesh and blood Trojan Horse without their knowledge. Infiltrator used the girl to spy on you for weeks now! She even disabled the Rangers' teleportation matrix to prevent them from arriving in time to save the day.

<Matt glares at the two creatures as he pulls himself up.>

Tem-Tar: Oh, don't worry. The girl had no idea she was being used. But then again, maybe you SHOULD. You see, Infiltrator's special power has one unfortunate side effect.

Matt: And what's that?

Infiltrator: In order for me to bond with a target... They have to DIE first!

<Both Matt and Mai gape at the monster.>

Mai: No... No, it can't be! I'm alive, damnit! I'm alive!

<She staggers to her feet, unwilling to believe what Tem-Tar's saying.>

Tem-Tar: True... and yet not true. Several weeks ago, right before you came to Fort Myers, Emeralde and Infiltrator came to you as you slept. Emeralde slit your throat with her blade, giving Infiltrator the opening she needed. She entered your body and revived you. She remained dormant inside your DNA, coming out briefly to give Kalask reports and, of course, to bring you to this location.

Matt: If what you're saying is true, why is Mai still alive? Infiltrator's out of her body!

Infiltrator: True, but we're still linked! As long as I live... SHE lives! If you can call unendurable agony LIVING...

Matt: You lousy...

Tem-Tar: Now now... I have a proposal for you. You can still save the girl. All you need to do is surrender your nanites, and Infiltrator will inject her with enough of her own DNA to sustain her for the rest of what would have been her natural life.

<Matt looks at Mai, who's doubling over again. She drops to her knees, unable to stand any longer.>

Mai: MATT! YOU CAN'T!

<Even as she says this, the slash to her throat begins to become visible. Stunned by all of this, Matt closes his eyes and weighs the options.>

Matt: Yes... I can.

Mai: NO!

Tem-Tar: A wise decision, Hybrid.

Mai: If you do this, Kalask will have all the power Venjix had! He'd become unstoppable!

Matt: He'd be harder to defeat, yes... But NO ONE's unstoppable, least of all Kalask. If he wanted to be invincible, he wouldn't play his games. And, more importantly... You'd live. Even if I'm branded a traitor... Even if I'm executed as a turncoat... I'd still do it to save you.

<He turns to Tem-Tar.>

Matt: Take them. Just spare her life.

Tem-Tar: Done.

<Tem-Tar produces the same Nanite Extractor he'd previously used on Wendy.>

Tem-Tar: Now hold still... This is going to hurt a LOT.

***

Location: War Room, Fort Myers

<The Rangers, still morphed but carrying their helmets, run in to see the flurry of activity.>

Jeremy: What's going on?

<Sauder turns towards them.>

Sauder: We've been played. While you were off fighting the Dreads, something abducted Matt and Private Pei. MPs found Lt. Conner unconscious in a bathroom.

Anya: We'll find them. I won't let Kalask take anyone else from me...

<Wendy runs in, obviously distressed.>

Wendy: Oh thank ZORDON you're back! I've found them! There's a large energy disturbance on the far side of the base! It has to be Kalask!

Cindy: We're on it!

Walter: Hell, we're already there!

<They turn to leave.>

Wendy: Please...

<The Rangers stop, unused to hearing Wendy speak softly. She's crying.>

Wendy: Please... Bring my brother back.

<Unable to face the tears in her eyes, Jake gives her a thumbs up.>

Jake: Let's go.

***

Location: Decommissioned Bunker, Fort Myers

<Matt is on his knees, with Tem-Tar standing behind him, Extractor at the ready. Mai is writheing on the ground, in obvious agony. Infiltrator stands over her, ready to fulfill her end of the pact.>

Tem-Tar: Sacrificing the world to save your lady love. And they say that chivalry is dead!

Matt: Shut up and do it already.

<Tem-Tar shrugs.>

Tem-Tar: As you wish!

<Tem-Tar jabs the Extractor into Matt's neck, and he screams in agony as his nanites begin to drain from his body.>

Mai: Matt... No...

Infiltrator: QUIET! Do you WANT to die?!

Mai: Not like this! You'll kill him!

Tem-Tar: Probably, but nothing ventured, nothing gained!

<Matt grinds his teeth together, struggling to fight against the pain wracking his body.>

Tem-Tar: He isn't struggling at all! It's going MUCH faster than with his sister. At this rate, he'll be drained in seconds! Kalask will be very pleased. Very pleased indeed!

Jeremy: NOT ON OUR WATCH!

<Just outside the force field, the five Rangers arriving, running as fast as they can.>

Walter: This doesn't look good, guys.

Jeremy: FORMATION V... NOW!

<Jeremy kneels down, along with Anya and Cindy. Jake and Walter remain standing. All five draw their Data Rays and charge to full power.>

Jeremy: FIRE!

<The five Rangers unleash a powerful blast of energy in the form of an energized V, which strikes the force field. Overloaded, the field shatters.>

Tem-Tar: NO! When did they gain THAT move?!

Jake: Doesn't matter. You creeps just made a special lady cry, and I won't forgive that!

Anya: Release them immediately and be annihilated!

Tem-Tar: Don't you mean OR be annihilated?

Anya: No.

Tem-Tar: Oh dear...

<He backs away from Matt, who collapses, dangerously weakened, but alive.>

Tem-Tar: Bah! It doesn't matter! I have what I came for! Infiltrator!

<Infiltrator steps forward, purposely going right over the prone Mai.>

Infiltrator: Time to rumble, Rangers!

<Tem-Tar opens a warpportal and steps into it.>

Matt: WAIT!

<He pulls himself up weakly.>

Matt: You... promised... to save her...

<Tem-Tar shrugs.>

Tem-Tar: You asked me to spare her life. I am. I'm sparing her a life under Kalask's rule. Never let it be said that I am anything but merciful.

<Still chuckling, Tem-Tar vanishes into the warpportal, which fades away.>

Matt: NO!

Jeremy: Be ready for anything, guys!

Infiltrator: Even THIS?!

<Infiltrator holds up a vial of red nanites. Without hesitation, she opens it and swallows the contents. Immediately, the nanites begin to multiply, restructuring her into a gigantic behemoth.>

Walter: Okay, raise your hand if you saw that coming!

Cindy: Not now, Walter!

Jeremy: It's time to bring out the big guns! COMBAT-

Matt: WAIT!

<They turn towards Matt, who's crawled to Mai's side. She's barely conscious and in obvious pain. He holds her gently.>

Matt: You can't just fight this monster the normal way! I need a chunk of her to save Mai!

Jake: You need WHAT?!

Jeremy: There's no time to waste on explanations! We'll do what we can, Matt. COMBAT ZORDS... MOBILIZE!

<At the Holding Bay, the ceiling above Razor Bat slides away, revealing blue sky. The platform starts to rise, taking the machine to ground level. Razor Bat reaches ground level. It's engines start powering up, superheating the air around it. The engines ignite, and Razor Bat launches into the sky. The floor of the Holding Bay tips upwards, forming a ramp as the ceiling slides away to reveal open airspace. Each of the four Combat Zords, MortarTread, WeatherTrain, LightTank, and BlastTruck, activate their cockpits before revving to life and rolling up onto the ramp, two by two. The Vehicles quickly reach the surface and pick up speed, catching up to Razor Bat easily.>

Jeremy: Let's take her down!

<He and the others leap up into their respective cockpits.>

Jeremy: LOG ON!

Walter: Ready to rock!

Jake: Time to make her pay!

Anya: All systems activated.

Cindy: Let's save Mai, guys!

Jeremy: CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD... COMBINE!

<Jeremy pulls the lever down. The effect is immediate. The transformation begins by extending the engine thrusters out, revealing them to be the feet. They continue extending into legs. Next, the tips of the wings separate, revealing themselves to be hand weapons, which are easily caught by twin arms that come out of the sides of Razor Bat's main body and extend. The wings fold backwards from their midway point, while the Bat head cycles forward, becoming a chestplate. A new head rises from the main body, a odd mix of humanoid robot and bat. The transformation complete, Razor Bat lands on it's legs and stands ready for battle, weapons raised.>

Jeremy: Initiate linkup!

<The Rangers all nod and unsheathe their Data Blades as slots open for the weapons. They slide the weapons in, and their helmets all flash with the phrase "Megazord Initialized". Razor Bat flies into the air as it's legs fold in on themselves at the knees. The blade weapons return to the wings as the arms return to the main body of the mecha. The laser weaponry on LightTank retracts into various ports, while WeatherTrain closes it's weapons array as well. Blast Truck splits right down it's middle, forced apart by retrorockets. The two halves continue to race forward. They are joined by LightTank and WeatherTrain, which brace as Razor Bat flies down, back facing the ground, it's legs locking into the backs of the two mecha before they speed up, allowing BlastTruck to meet them at Razor Bat's shoulders. Blast Truck's halves moves in closer, revealing connector ports that lock onto Razor Bat and snap into place. MortarTread splits into two as well, the top half rocketing off and flying in behind Razor Bat as the treads and main body ride up the impromptu ramp created by WeatherTrain and LightTank. As it reaches the top of the ramp, it slams down onto the chest of Razor Bat, locking into place and revealing a stylized Cyber V logo, the Data Blade and a circle of binary code separating digital style letters CV. The other half of MortarTread begins a transformation as well, as the turret extends away from the remainder of the main body and turns around, revealing a helmet. The barrel rotates down the back of the barrel before the helmet snaps into place over Razor Bat's head. Finally, the combined machine takes to the air. The front ends of LightTank and WeatherTrain rotate forward, creating feet. The cab sections of BlastTruck move upwards as well, revealing two large metallic black hands. The missile launchers and missiles rotate and shift as well, forming massive shoulders. The remainder of MortarTread snaps into place on the back. The transformation complete, the new gestalt lands on it's feet and poses dramatically, raising and lowering it's fists as it's eyes light up green.>

Cyber V Rangers: CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD... ON-LINE!

<The Rangers appear in a combined cockpit made of their five Vehicles' individual ones. Jeremy is in front, Walter to his left, and Jake on his right. Behind them are Anya, behind Walter, and Cindy, behind Jake.>

Jake: Firing artillery!

<The chestplate of the Megazord glows and fires, striking Infiltrator. As she sparks, on the ground, Ami convulses.>

Matt: AMI!

Infiltrator: Careful, Rangers. Any damage I take, the girl suffers as well... And I doubt she can take much more as it is.

<Jeremy grips the controls tightly.>

Jeremy: There has to be a way to fight her...

Infiltrator: Speaking of damage... It's time I CAUSED some!

<Infiltrator whips her hands out. Tentacles suddenly spurt from her body and wrap around the Megazord, tangling it. She laughs maniacally as she sends energy through the tendrils, rocking the Megazord. Managing to remain on it's feet, the Megazord braces for another round.>

Anya: There must be a way to sever the connection between them!

Jeremy: I'm already working on it!

<His helmet's visor flashes as he pulls out the Scanner Blade and focuses it on Infiltrator. Even as she sends another energy pulse through her tendrils, blasting the Megazord again, he sees the analysis.>

Jeremy: It looks like a straight symbiosis... Any pain we inflict on the monster gets duplicated on Ami...

Cindy: So what do we do? Unless we make a move, this monster's got us cold!

Jeremy: Cindy, you're a genius! Anya, transfer all power to WeatherTrain!

Anya: On it!

Jeremy: Walter! Get ready to hit Infiltrator with the biggest blast of cold you can create! Don't hold anything back!

Jake: Wanna clue us in, Leader Man?

Jeremy: Infiltrator's ability relies on her biology... So if we can hit her with an instant deep freeze, it might break the link with Ami... At least long enough to try and save her!

Anya: Power transfer complete.

Walter: WeatherTrain's good to go!

Infiltrator: You're boring me, Rangers. I think I'll just end this, once and for all!

Jeremy: NOW!

<Walter hits the controls, and all of WeatherTrain's weaponry deploys. Before the monster can react, all the weapons unleash a gigantic blast of near-absolute zero cold.>

Infiltrator: NO! YOU CAN-

<She stops mid-sentence, frozen solid. The tentacles holding the Megazord snap off and fall to the ground, unable to support their own weight. Crashing near Matt, a large chunk catches his eye. He grabs it and holds it to Ami's stomach.>

Matt: Hang on Ami!

Ami: Matt... I... I knew you could save me...

Jeremy: Good job, both of you! Now let's finish this!

Rangers: LASER FIST DOUBLE THRUST!

<Cyber Combat Megazord punches the frozen Infiltrator hard with a glowing left fist, and follows up with a punishing right. The two blows shatter Infiltrator, and her chunks rain down upon the battlefield.>

Jeremy: Mission complete!

<The five Rangers leap down, landing several yards from Matt. As they run up to check on Ami, they see him holding the chunk of Infiltrator against her body.>

Jake: MATT! We got her! How's...

<Jake's voice trails off. Matt's cradling Ami in his arms. The chunk of Infiltrator crumbles.>

Matt: It's gonna be okay, Ami. I promise... You'll be all right... Please wake up... You've got to be all right...

<She doesn't respond. Jeremy instinctively holds out the Scanner Blade, but he doesn't need to see it's readout to know what it says.>

Matt: You can't be gone...

<He hugs Ami tightly, her body little more than a ragdoll now.>

Matt: We saved you... We saved you...

<Cindy looks away, burying her head on Jeremy's shoulder. Furious, Walter punches the wall of the bunker. Anya watches the display stoically. Jake glares at her.>

Jake: Don't you feel ANYTHING?

Anya: I've lost my entire world. I live this every day, Jake. How do you WANT me to react? This is the reality of fighting Kalask.

<Matt's tears fall on Ami's face.>

Anya: Sometimes, people die.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

<Tem-Tar hands the Extractor to Kalask, who nods, satisfied.>

Kalask: Excellent work, Tem-Tar. This was well worth sacrificing Infiltrator.

Tem-Tar: Indeed, Master.

Kalask: And the girl?

Midnai: Ding dong, the girl's dead. Honestly, I don't get it. It doesn't matter what reality you go to... You just can't help killing off poor little Mai, can you?

<Kalask doesn't answer. He's too busy admiring the Venjix nanites, the core of his next twisted game.>

***

Location: Corinth Memorial, Horizon

<The Rangers, wearing full military dress, watch as Ami's coffin is lowered. General Sauder stands grimly by the side of Ami's parents. Her mother, sobbing uncontrollably, breaks down completely as she's handed a folded American flag. As a 21-gun salute begins, the camera pans out towards a tree off in the distance. Sitting under it, Matt watches the proceedings with Wendy.>

Matt: This shouldn't have happened.

Wendy: Matt, there was nothing you or the Rangers could have done. Tem-Tar wasn't exaggerating. Ami was already living on borrowed time. When the connection to Infiltrator was broken... There simply wasn't anything left to sustain her.

Matt: Knowing that doesn't help. I was happy, Sis. For the first time in years... I was genuinely happy. And now... I've lost that... Lost her... And all I can think about is nailing Kalask to the wall for doing this to her.

<He looks at his sister, furious.>

Matt: It's time to begin Operation T.

<Wendy blinks.>

Wendy: You've got it, Bro. We'll make 'em pay.

<She places her hand on his shoulder.>

Wendy: Together.

***

Location: Infirmary, Fort Myers

<Lying in a hospital bed, Lt. Conner puts on his earpiece.>

Lt. Conner: I assume you already know what's happened.

<A pause>

Lt. Conner: No, I'll continue observation. But the situation is going to deteriorate quickly. Time is running out.

<Another pause.>

Lt. Conner: Understood, Sir. Over and out.

***

Location: Eltar

<On the other end of the transmission, Doggie Cruger looks at Kat Manx and scowls.>

Cruger: It's worse than we thought, Kat. MUCH worse...

END MISSION LOG

Next time: As Alphabet Soup makes it's move to take control of the Rangers, Kalask puts the stolen Venjix nanites to dangerous use. And when General Sauder puts himself in the line of fire, a new mystery begins... What is Operation T?
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"Sauder in Command"

Previously on Power Rangers Cyber V: SPD Supreme Commander Doggie Cruger and Kat Manx have gone to Eltar to convince the Galactic Council to grant SPD jurisdiction over the Kalask situation, and control of the Cyber V Rangers. Meanwhile, Alphabet Soup, headed by President Winters and General Sauder, plot to strengthen their grip on the team. Kalask infiltrated Fort Myers with two spies: a sentient nanite and a hidden monster among new recruits. Matt fell in love with one of the recruits, Mai, but when she was revealed to be an unsuspecting carrier for the monster spy, she paid the ultimate price. In the aftermath, the Twins resolved to begin something they referred to only as Operation T, and Lt. Conner was revealed to be an SPD mole. Kalask has now succeeded in stealing Venjix nanites from both Twins, and his plans for them have yet to be revealed...

Begin Mission Log.

Location: General Sauder's Private Office
Time: Thursday 3:41 PM

<General Sauder is sitting at his desk, watching atentively as a dvd player and his personal view screen replay battle footage of encounters between the Rangers and Kalask's forces. Specifically, the screen is focusing on the still recient battle with the Master of Weapons.>

Sauder: Sloppy.

<On the screen, the team takes on the Master of Weapons one at a time, and lose badly.>

Sauder: Inexcusable.

<The screen changes, showing helmet-recorded footage of Matt holding Mai as she dies.>

President Winters (off-screen) : And they couldn't even save one solitary soldier.

<Sauder turns the display off. it's replaced by the face of President Winters.>

Winters: And it gets worse. My office was infiltrated by SPD. They know about Alphabet Soup's designs for the Rangers. We need to solidify our hold on them NOW, before Cruger makes his move. If we lose control of the rest of those Venjix nanites-

Sauder: I've heard enough.

<Sauder cuts her off mid-sentence. He's just buried one of the people under his command, and he's in no mood to be lectured to.>

Sauder: I agree. We need to do something immediately. I have faith in the Rangers, Ma'am. I truly do. But they're disorganized. They've been lucky so far, but it's high time they got their act together. They have almost no concept of teamwork, most of them try to out-do each other, and they're going to get themselves killed.

Winters: And what do you have in mind, General?

<Sauder narrows his eyes.>

Sauder: Perhaps it's time I took an active hand...

***
Power Rangers Cyber V

Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 12: Sauder in Command

Written by Aaron Thall

***

Location: Training Area
Time: Friday 8:00 AM

<Above in the control room, the twins are monitoring the progress of the five Cybers, who are down below, practicing with their Cyber Weapons.>

Matt: Okay, guys, here we go... Initializing program Alpha Beta Seven.

<In response, holographic Dreads appear and begin swarming around the team.>

Jake: Oh, come ON. I know you can do better than this...

Matt: Humor me.

Jeremy: We all know the drill, guys. Split them up and take them down.

Walter: No sweat. Check THIS out! DISK LAUNCHER!

<Walter powers up his weapon and thrusts forward, firing the weapon. Tiny disk shaped objects fly out and strike three Dreads, which immediately cease functioning.>

Walter: Those computer viruses work fast... WOAH!

<Walter dodges as a Dread opens it's mouth and lets loose with a jet of flame. Walter rolls and comes up on one knee, aiming his Disk Launcher percectly. He switches to explosive rounds.>

Walter: FIRE!

<He fires again, and this time, the projectile erupts when it strikes it's target, trashing the Dread.>

Walter: Oh yeah, who's the man? I'M the man!

Wendy: <sardonically> Yes, Walter. Whatever you say... Cindy, you're up.

<Several Dreads surround Cindy.>

Cindy: ...Why do they always pick on me? PROTECTION SHIELD!

<The Protection Shield powers up and emits pink energy that erects a force shield around her. The Dreads all fire blasts of flame, but she doesn't even feel warm. When the flames extinguish, Cindy drops the force field and launches forward, tackling a Dread and knocking it to the ground. Using her momentum, she rolls forward and come up on her feet. She turns, pivots, and kicks a second in the head, decapitating it, even as she manages to punch a third in the side. As she rights herself, two more come at her. Quickly, she backflips and throws her Protection Shield, which easily slams through both Dreads and ricochets around the room, picking off each one of her opponents in less than four seconds. The Shield returns to her arm and she nods, satisfied.>

Cindy: This thing never ceases to amaze me...

Wendy: Glad to hear it. Anya?

Anya: I am prepared.

<Several Dreads charge towards her. Anya steps back and twirls her Input Staves in her hands. Then, she throws them underhand style, and they fly like rockets, blasting through the chests of two Dreads before rocketing around the horde of dreads, ripping them to pieces, even as she spins and takes down two stragglers with well placed kicks.>

Anya: Is that all?

Matt: ...Remind me to upgrade her tests... Jake, your turn.

Jake: About time!

<As Dreads appear near Jack, he immediately charges and fires his cannon, letting the plasma bolts decimate his opponents.>

Jake: Happy now?

Matt: Not really, considering I was hoping to test the E.M.P. mode on your Cannon.

Jake: Yeah yeah... Damn, you nag worse than my mother.

Matt: I'm mildly surprised she admits to BEING related to you. Now, do try the E.M.P., and remember to aim it away from the others.

Jake: <muttering> Arrogant prick... Fine, fine...

<Jake activates the secondary mode and aims at a second horde of Dreads. He pulls the trigger, and a blue wave flies from the Output Cannon, washing over the robots and freezing them in their tracks.>

Matt: A complete success. Perfect. Good job, Jake.

Jake: Oh, sure... NOW it's a good job. Make up your damn mind already!

Wendy: Behave, boys... Remember, the General wants us getting along... not biting off each others' heads.

Jeremy: No offense, but could you guys PLEASE knock it off long enough for us to finish this little exercise?

Wendy: Go on, Jeremy... No sense wasting anymore time.

Jeremy: Glad to hear. Scanner Blade fully charged!

<Jeremy charged towards the remaining Dreads, holding his blade in front of him and checking the blade's computer readout as he goes. The Blade shows him the best place to strike the Dreads.>

Jeremy: Rock and roll...

<Jeremy swings once, slicing an arm off the nearest dresd before he kicks it away, spins, and kicks a second. A third tries to grab his legs, but he leaps up and backwards, flipping in midair to kick the Dread in the back and topple it. As he lands in a roll, he kicks out to both sides with his legs and trips two more before getting up and slicing the last two across the chest, making them fall to pieces.>

Wendy: And another test bites the dust...

Matt: Nice job, guys. Take five, and then we'll run tests on the Cyber Blaster mode.

Walter: Sounds like a plan.

<The Rangers walk to the edge of the training area room and remove their helmets. They each take drinks from color coordinated water bottles waiting for them.>

Cindy: Man, those holographic Dreads can be brutal...

Jake: Oh please. That was easy.

Cindy: Maybe for you, but I'm still kind of new to this fighting thing...

Jeremy: I'm more surprised that Matt and Wendy found the time to help us out. I've barely seen them the last few weeks. I mean, after all Matt's been through...Losing Mai like that... And just when he was starting to get over not being Cyber Blue.

Walter: Yeah, I noticed. They're spending all their time in that new lab of their's... Wonder what they're building...

Anya: Most likely new weaponry for us.

Jake: Maybe, but you gotta remember how freaked they were when they got booted from active duty. And like you said, that whole mess with Mai and Infiltrator. For all we know, they could be up to something.

Cindy: Oh, come on, Jake. We know you don't like Matt, but to accuse him of disobeying the PRESIDENT...

Jake: <shrugging, putting his hands up> I'm just saying... If they are making new weapons, where are they?

<The Training Area doors slide open, and General Sauder steps through them. Anya motions for the others, who turn and notice the General. Immediately, they get up and stand at attention.>

Sauder: I'm glad to see that training is going as well as it is, Rangers. However, it isn't good enough. Your teamwork is atrocious, and your discipline negligible.

<Above in the control room, the twins exchange nervous glances. It is obvious that they do not like where this is going.>

Sauder: I have always been a military man, and when I see a unit that needs shaping up, I do something about it. Simms, until further notice, your field leader status is revoked.

Anya: But Sir!

<Sauder glares at Anya>

Sauder: There will be no talking back from the ranks. Do I make myself clear?

Anya: ...Yes, sir.

Sauder: Good. It is obvious you five need a more experienced leader in the field, and that leader... will be me.

Walter: You're kidding... right?

<Sauder glares at him.>

Walter: Okay, so you're NOT kidding...

Sauder: Practice drills will begin at 0900 hours. I expect you all to be back here by then, and ready for everything I throw at you. Dismissed.

<Sauder turns on his heel and marches out of the Training Area. The Rangers watch him go, stunned. Above, the twins blink.>

Wendy: This is bad. This is very bad...

Matt: This isn't bad, Sis... This is potentially a disaster.

Wendy: We didn't want established military in the field for a reason... What is he THINKING?

Sauder: (coming up behind him) He's thinking that it's high time these five cleaned up their act.

Wendy: eep!

<The twins turn around in their seets to face him. Sauder raises an eyebrow, and they warily rise up and stand at attention.>

Matt: General! Sir, I must protest. This is a very poor choice. The Rangers have more experience with this enemy than you do. You could slow them down in the field. Plus, you'd be making yourself vulnerable, and we can't afford to lose you.

Sauder: I'll assume that insubordination's due to your recent loss.

<Matt looks down, hurt both by the reminder and the verbal rebuke.>

Sauder: I didn't get this far by playing it safe, Matt. If I saw another option, I'd take it, but these five need a guiding force in the field.

Wendy: We've done all right so far via comlink.

Sauder: And what happens if those links fail? No, it's better to have flesh and blood backup out there.

Matt: And if one of those creatures gets you, Sir, blood and flesh will fly in all directions, and this project will lose it's commanding officer.

Sauder: Well then, you two will just have to make sure that doesn't happen, won't you?

Both: Yes, Sir...

***

Location: Intergalactic Council, Primary Meeting Chamber, Eltar

<Doggie Cruger stands in the center of a large arena, a spotlight shining down uon him, while representatives of every species watch and listen. Kat Manx and R.I.C. watch from the rafters. The chamber itself is utilitarian, made more for function than for asthetic value.>

Cruger: You've all seen the evidence for yourselves. The Terran group known as Alphabet Soup is once more active on the planet Earth, and sinking it's claws into the only currently active team of Power Rangers. Furthermore, it's obvious that their primary goal is the control of the Venjix technology inside the project's main scientists.

<He looks directly at the head of the Council, an Aquitian.>

Cruger: We all remember what happened the last time Alphabet Soup had their hands on Venjix technology. It got out and nearly caused the extinction of the Human race. Earth was quarrantined, and the entire universe was brought to the brink of war, all because we feared that any of us could be next. We need to act immediately to put an end to this threat before it can lead to another disaster.

Lead Councilman: We've heard your testimony, Supreme Commander, but the risk itself seems questionable at best. It's been more than a century, and the technology is primative by current standards.

Cruger: I wish that were true, but the nanites have evolved with each new generation of Hybrid. The two current Hybrids, the Venturas siblings, are several generations removed, and far more advanced than even the generation 17 technology developed just prior to the fall of Venjix. Now that Kalask has possession of some of these nanites, their power could increase his exponentially.

Lead Councilman: What do you mean?

Cruger: The difference between the original Hybrid technology and these nanites is the same difference between a plasma grenade and an atomic bomb.

<The Council is stunned into silence. Slowly, they begin murmuring amongst themselves.>

Cruger: Whatever you decide, I ask that you do so quickly. Kalask has a terrible weapon at his disposal, and Alphabet Soup is on the cusp of possessing it as well. SPD stands ready to prevent that from happening. All we need is your approval.

Lead Councilman: ...Very well. You'll have our decision by the end of the solar cycle.

Cruger: Thank you, Sir.
***

Location: Training Area, Fort Myers
Time: 9 AM Western time

<The team, still morphed, stand at attention as General Sauder matches back into the room.>

Sauder: On time and prepared. Excellent. We'll begin immediately. Power down and follow me.

<Confused, the Rangers move to give the command.>

Jeremy: Power down!

<The uniforms vanish in a flash of light, revealing the five Rangers in their civilian garb. Sauder narrows his eyes.>

Sauder: You're in the military now, kiddies. I'll excuse it this time, but from now on, you are to be in proper military dress at all times.

Anya: Yes, sir!

<Anya salutes. Jake rolls his eyes.>

Sauder: TENNNNN HUT! MARCH! Hut two three four...

<Sauder heads for the door. Walter exchanges glances with the others before they follow. Predictably, Anya is right behind the General. A door slide sopen on the training area's wall, leading to the outside. They follow. The march is a short one, leading to the outer edge of the base's perimeter.>

Sauder: Twenty laps around the base. No exceptions, no questions, no breaks. Anya, keep 'em in line.

<Anya nods.>

Sauder: And... BEGIN!

<Sauder turns around and starts back towards the base.>

Anya: Come on. We have our orders.

Jake: Okay, this blows royally.

Walter: I can't believe I'm agreeing with you. Someone better tell Satan to turn up the heat.

Cindy: He's really intense... I wonder what set him off?

Jeremy: Doesn't matter. I'm more worried about what's going to happen when Kalask launches his next assault...

***

Location: Weapons Lab.

<The Twins are hard at work, modifying what seems to be a high tech belt. General Sauder walks in and "clears his throat".>

Matt: General, I know you won't listen, but I'm telling you that this is a bad idea. The team knows what it's like out there and, I'm sorry, but you don't.

Sauder: <ignoring Matt> What do you have to show me?

Wendy: You called it, Bro... Anyway, Sir, this belt we're working on uses the same technology as Cindy's Protection Shield. It will emit a force field to defend you from most of the stuff the monsters will throw at you. But it's admittedly a rush job... We can't promise that it will work.

Matt: Of course, you'll need to use the Ranger tech... bullets just won't do the job here. We're including a Data Blade and a Data Ray, just to be safe. We've also been working on retrofitting a jeep with the same technology, so you'll be able to keep up with the Cyber Cycles.

Sauder: When did you have time to do that?

Wendy: We DO have lives outside the Rangers, Sir. It's a prototype we've been tinkering with in our spare time in our primary lab.

Sauder: <nodding> It will do.

Matt: We've also rigged a headset for you, so you can summon any of the Combat Vehicles if needed. It will also allow you easier communication with the team and the base.

Sauder: Good. Keep it up. Inform me when they're ready.

Matt: Yes, sir...

<Sauder turns and leaves. The twins watch him go before exchanging glances.>

Wendy: He's going to need a lot more help than our technology can give him.

Matt: No arguement, so what do we do about it?

Wendy: Not much we can do... is there?

Matt: He and the President tied our hands.

Wendy: Yep.

Matt: We've got no options at all.

Wendy: Nope...

Matt: Not that we'd ever let such talk stop us...

Wendy: Of course not.

Matt: Operation T?

Wendy: Naturally.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask watches footage of his previous monsters, and specifically watches as every single one fails and dies.>

Kalask: These Cyber V Rangers are more formidable than I had hoped. Truly, they are valiant opponents. But no matter, the time has come to test them once again.

<The air shimmers, and Midnai appears. She chuckles to herself as she casually glances at the monitors and scoffs. With an almost etherial manner, she slinks forward and strolls around Kalask before standing behind him, putting her hands on his shoulders.>

Midnai: Perhaps, Master, we should not focus on brawn, but brains. The Cyber V have enough weaponry to level mountains, true, but they are still merely human, eager to believe what they see, frustrated when their routine fails to comply...

Kalask: You speak as though you have a plan in mind.

Midnai: Oh, but I do.

Kalask: More of your magicks, no doubt.

Midnai: Yes, I freely admit that I will never accept technology as superior to my own powers, but that doesn't matter; defeating the Rangers does, and you would do well to use any resources at your disposal, including me.

Kalask: <thinks, then nods> Very well. What is your plan?

Midnai: Simply, to prove to the Cyber V that they cannot even begin to grasp the true depths of our might...

***

Location: Unknown
Time: Unknown

<This location is nearly pitch black from lack of light. The only light at all comes from a futuristic computer monitor's flashing. We cannot see who, but their shadowed hand reaches forward and touches the screen, as though pushing through will give the subject all the answers they require. The glare from the screen also prevents us from being able to see any details of the hand, except that it appears human, or humanoid. Upon the screen are two simple words, small, understated, and destined to herald a new era... Construction Completed.>

***

Location: Mess Hall, Fort Myers
Time: 1 PM

<The five recruits, uncomfortably wearing army fatigues, sit at their usual table, aching from their new regimen. They each look down at what they have been given to eat... Army Rations.>

Walter: Think he'd respond to a hunger strike?

Jeremy: Doubt it. It'd just mean you'd have more later.

Walter: Shit...

Jake: Okay, the General just got added to the list of people I hate... Kalask, Hitler, Pee Wee Herman...

Walter; I dunno, Jake. Isn't it cruel to force Pee Wee into that list? I mean, Hitler deserves better.

Jake: ...True. Pee Wee and the General get their own list then.

<Cindy allows herself a stifled groan of annoyance>

Anya: The rations are not that bad. It's not unlike what I was forced to contend with back when I was with the Resistance.

Jake: And yet you wonder why Munch took to eating people? NO ONE should have to eat these... THINGS.

Anya: (obviously annoyed by Jake's thoughtless comment about Munch) However, I share your concern about the General. His actions are most unusual.

Cindy: Maybe he's getting antsy over how we haven't gotten rid of Kalask yet?

Jeremy: Maybe, but it's not for lack of trying.

Cindy: I just get this feeling that... well... he's not being honest with us.

Anya: What do you mean?

Cindy: It's like he's hiding something inside him, and it's eating away at him... Maybe he's doing this to convince himself of something.

Jake: What could he POSSIBLY be hiding?

Walter: Not much... He's got four sides inside him, and they form a square. Personally, I think he's flipped.

Anya: No, I believe Cindy may be correct...

<closeup on Anya's eyes. It's obvious by the way they look that she has a secret or two herself.>

Anya: One can never be COMPLETELY honest with everyone...

***

Location: General Sauder's Private Office

<Sauder is standing in front of his desk, holding the picture of the twins when they were younger. He clenches his left hand into a fist, steeling himself, before setting it down and going around his desk to the wall safe. Quietly, he opens it and takes out a small key, which he places into his pocket before closing the safe.>

Sauder: Just in case I need a reminder... to always do what must be done...

***

Location: Outskirts of the city

<The area is made of high hills. There are a few trees, and grass a few inches high. No developments, and only a few dirt roads. It is largely undisturbed by man... Monster, however, is another matter entirely as a warp portal appears in the air, ejecting Emeralde and a new monster. This newcomer is a male cyborg, wearing a black cloak and wizard hat. The cloak is wrapped around him, concealing much of his body. His face, uncovered by the cloak, is blue with red veins. His teeth are, of course, sharp and jagged. His head is slightly larger than it should be. His eyes are large, almost buglike, and green. Orange wires connect to these eyes and run under his cloak. Emeralde is wearing her usual kitana, and a new addition, iron knuckles and a wrist mounted spike on her left arm.>

Emeralde: Tange, you had best not fail in your duties this day. The master wishes for you to test these Rangers to the fullest. Conquer them, if you can. Frankly, I doubt you will succeed.

Tange: Relax, Emeralde. I know my job, and I can assure you that these multicolored humans will not last long against my might.

Emeralde: They had best not. In any case, I am here to lend assistance, if you do end up requiring it.

Tange: And I shall not. However, if you wish to annihilate some of them, so be it. It's no secret that you have a score to settle.

Emeralde: Indeed I do, and I shall greatly enjoy reducing these self styled heroes into bloody chunks. But first...

<Emeralde holds up a small syringe.>

Emeralde: A gift from the Master. He wishes for you to test the effectiveness of the Venjix nanites.

Tange: It would be an honor.

<Emeralde nods imperceptibly and injects the syringe into the monster's neck. Immediately, his skull begins to glow eerily.>

Tange: The power... I can FEEL IT!

Emeralde: And soon, the Rangers shall feel it as well.

***

Location: Secret Underground Lab

<The twins are laboring over design specs for potential future weapons.>

Wendy: Matt, you get the feeling that change is on the way?

Matt: Yeah, big changes. I have a feeling our problems are going to expand exponentially before we can stop Kalask...

Wendy: Hope you're wrong. The last thing we need these days are more problems. How do we convince the General to make things go back to the way they were?

Matt: We don't. We have to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

<An alarm light begins flashing.>

Wendy: So much for no more problems!

<Wendy hits the emergency signal on the wall next to her, setting up an instant radio link with the base.>

Wendy: Fort Myers, this is Wendy Venturas. Code red. Sensors detect a warp portal in sector 0-3-Beta-Nine! Mobilize the team immediately!

***

Location: Fort Myers War Room

<As alarms begin blaring, the five recruits rush to the war room.>

Jeremy: What is it?

Private Sanders (blonde hair blue eyes, too young for this job): We just got a report of a new monster. We've sent the coordinates to your Cycles.

Jake: So let's move already!

Anya: We can't. The General hasn't authorized us yet.

Walter: ...Okay, this is getting stupid. We need to move, so where the hell is he?

<The War Room door slides open to reveal Sauder, wearing a matching version of the Cyber V belt, complete with Blade and Ray.>

Sauder: TEN... HUT!

Private Sanders: Commander on deck!

<Everyone stands at attention, Cindy, Jake, and Walter lagging behind.>

Sauder: At ease. Situation?

Private Sanders: Warp portal detected in remote area, Sir.

Sauder: The perfect opportunity to test our new status quo out. Rangers, let's move out. Double time!

Anya and Jeremy: <saluting> Yes, sir!

Sauder: I will meet you at the coordinates.

Jeremy: Okay, guys. Time to rock and roll!

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out towards the main monitor. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

All: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jeremy finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a red battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Red!>

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Anya finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a yellow battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Yellow!>

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

<Without hesitation, they run towards the Combat Zord Holding Bay. Sauder watches them go.>

Sauder: <quietly, to himself> Once more into the fire go I, to test my mettle and forge my steel in the flames of Hades...

<The Rangers reach the Holding Bay. As one, they leap onto the Cyber Cycles, even as a ramp extends from the wall, revealing a passage to the surface. One by one, Jeremy in the lead, they race up the ramp, which continues on through the wall to the surface, where they come out into the open air and land easily on their wheels. As they race for the boundary of the Base, the fence slides apart, allowing the five recruits easy exit from the base.>

Anya: Remmeber, everyone, we have no idea what to expect once we arrive.

Cindy: I just hope we can stop it before the General catches up...

***

Location: Outskirts of city.
Time: 3:00 PM

<The Rangers arrive at the coordinates, parking their Cycles and leaping off. The area seems quiet.>

Anya: Beginning scans.

<Anya's visor lights up as she scans, looking around for signs of trouble.>

Anya: Yes, a warp portal was opened here, but I am getting strange readings... LOOK OUT!

<Before any of the team can duck, greenish energy blasts slam into them, illiciting sparks from their personal force fields and knocking them to the ground. As they pull themselves up, they see Tange coming towards them casually.>

Tange: Ah, Rangers, how good of you to come... Welcome to my magic show! I'm sure you'll never forget it!

Walter: Oh great, another covert of the Harry Potter craze...

Anya: This is no laughing matter. He is Tange, a deadly adversary. It is said that he is intangible, but can still harm his enemies.

Cindy: But that doesn't make sense... How can he touch us if we can't touch him?

Jake: What say we find out? Data Ray!

<Jake unholsters his Data Ray and fires. The beam passes right through Tange to no effect.>

Walter: Yeah, you sure showed him, Jake...

Tange: Awww... I'm disappointed. I was hoping for more of a fight, heroes.

Jeremy: Intangible or not, we have to try! Scanner Blade!

<Jeremy gestures and summons his Blade, which appears in his hands.>

Matt: (over speaker in helmet) Jeremy, I'm getting data from your Blade, but it's not making any sense.

Jeremy: Anya says this guy's intangible, but he can hit us anyway.

Matt: Weird. I'll see what I can come up with. Keep him busy until then.

Jeremy: Understood. Okay, everyone, get ready...

Tange: Now now, even intangible, five on one is a mite bit unfair... Here, let me invite some friends of my own!

<Tange thrusts his hands out. There is an explosion, and when the smoke clears, Emeralde and several Dreads are standing before him.>

Tange: MUCH better, wouldn't you agree?

Cindy: No, not really...

Jake: At least we can hit THESE jerks...

Anya: Hitting is good.

Emeralde: Be careful what you ask for, heroes... I'm in no mood to play. Prepare to die.

Walter: Does anybody REALLY talk like she does in real life?

Jeremy: No.

Anya: Doubtful.

Cindy: Un-un.

Walter: Thought so.

<Annoyed, Emeralde leaps into the midst of the Rangers, swinging her arm blade at Walter, who ducks under the strike and rolls out of her way. Anya grabs Emeralde, but the ninja easily breaks free and slashes again. Anya manages to catch her arm, long enough for Jeremy to slash at her with his Scanner Blade. Emeralde sees this and parries his strike with her free arm and kitana. Yanking her arm free from Anya, she begins fighting both heroes simultaneously.>

Cindy: They're keeping her busy, so what say we handle the Dreads?

Jake: Love to.

Walter: Bring on the psycho bots.

<Walter, Jake, and Cindy all summon their Cyber Weapons and charge into the fray. Jake goes immediately to EMP mode and begins using his blue energy wave to fry the circuitry of his opponents.>

Jake: From pinheads...

<Jake pushes one of the fried Dreads over.>

Jake: To bowling pins.

Walter: (flying leap and roll into the middle of a small group of Dreads) Well, you WOULD be the expert on PINHEADS...
<Walter fires, taking down two Dreads before switching to computer virus mode and firing at Tange, who chuckles as the disks fly right through his body with no effect.>

Walter: Okay, that really sucks...

Cindy: (dealing with her own group, uses her Data Shield and Protection Shield to simultaneously defend herself while decapitaitng enemies.) There's no way we can stop them before the General gets here!

Jeremy: (falling back as Emeralde kicks him in the gut) We have to try!

Anya: (holding off both of Emeralde's blades with her Input Staves) No, she's correct. We need a new plan of attack if we are to counter Tange.

<Walter kicks two Dreads, even as Cindy draws her Data Ray and begins mowing the Dreads down. Jake fires uselessly at Tange with the Output Cannon.>

Emeralde: You will NEVER defeat us!

<Suddenly, a souped up jeep rolls onto the scene, mowing down three Dreads. At the wheel is General Sauder, who immediately draws a Data Ray of his own and fires while still driving. Emeralde shoves Anya aside and narrowly dodges the laser.>

Sauder: Lady, you have NO idea what you're up against. Rangers, remember to work as a unit.

Walter: And how the hell are we supposed to do that in this kind of a battle?!

<Walter ducks under a Dread's kick.>

Cindy: Just ignore him and keep going!

<She uses her Protection Shield to save her from a Dread's flame breath.>

Jeremy: Sir! With all due respect, you're only getting in the way!

<Jeremy slashes a Dread, and then kicks at Emeralde, missing my inches.>

<Sauder parks his jeep and gets out, immediately firing his Data Ray and nailing a Dread in the face.>

Tange: Oh, how scary... an old man! HA! In your face, General!

<Tange thrusts his hands out, and waves of energy strike the jeep, forcing Sauder to abandon it entirely. Even as Sauder moves away from the jeep, more Dreads appear far behind him. He does not see them, nor do any members of the team.>

Sauder: Far as I'm concerned, you're just another punk with some power, and I ate punks for breakfast back in the day.

<Sauder begins firing at Tange, who merely advances casually upon the Jeep, which is starting to burn from fires started by Tange's attack, and Sauder, who still does not see the Dreads.>

Tange: I doubt it. I wouldn't be filling.

<Unseen and silent behind the General, the lead Dread powers up it's flamethrower to flashfry the General, but at the last second, a yellow band of energy lances out and wraps around it's neck. The band is then apparently yanked back, for the Dread goes flying. It lands harshly, and the Dreads turn and see a feminine figure way in the distance, shadowed completely. They chase after the newcomer behind a rock formation, where we see brief flashes of white gloves and boots kicking Dread ass. We never see more than pieces of the boots, gloves, or what we can figure is an energy whip, but when the battle is over, there is no one there except ruined pieces of Dreads...>

<Jeremy is holding his chest, which is smoking slightly, apparently from one of Emeralde's blades finding it's mark, staggers back>

Wendy: (over his helmet radio) Jeremy, we may have an answer... It's scientifically impossible for something to be immaterial and yet be able to hurt you like Tange is, so chances are he's not what he seems. In other words, he may be a telepath, messing with your heads. Get rid of Emeralde and the Dreads first, and we'll test our theory in the meantime.

Jeremy: You've got it! Thanks, Wendy.

<The team quickly regroups in front of Sauder, who has moved away from his flaming ride. Emeralde, the Dreads, and Tange have regrouped as well.>

Sauder: About damned time you followed my orders.

Anya: Sir, stand back. This could get ugly.

Jeremy: Form Cyber Blaster!

<Walter attaches his Disk Launcher to Jake's Output Cannon. Anya's Input Staves attach to ports on both sides of the Cannon, even as Cindy's Protection Shield links to Walter's Launcher. Finally, Jeremy's blade retracts into it's hilt partially, before he places it between the staves' housings. The transformation complete, Jeremy levels the Cyber Blaster before him, the others bracing him. Walter and Anya on his right, Jake and Cindy on his left.>

Jeremy: Cyber Blaster ready!

Emeralde: I don't fear your little toy...

Jeremy: FIRE!

<Jeremy pulls the trigger, and a cascading wave of the five colors blasts forward, slamming into the group of villains. The Dreads immediately erupt into little balls of fire, while Emeralde is staggered, forced to drop onto one knee to brace herself as she tries to regain her strength. Her arm blade is shattered, her iron knuckles charred. She looks pissed.>

Sauder: She's still in this?

Cindy: Emeralde, get out of here while you still can!

Jeremy: Ready to fire again...

Emeralde: <narrows her eyes> Another time, Cyber Rangers. This is not over.

Walter: Is it EVER?

<A warp portal appears under Emeralde, spiriting her away. Even as she vanishes, however, Tem-Tar rises from the portal.>

Tem-Tar: So you think you're clever, eh, Rangers? Well, let's see how your precious Combat Zords do against someone they can't hit!

<Tem-Tar raises his arm. The tube extends from his sleeve and fires a nanite. The usual effects, and Tange grows. Tem-Tar goes down the warp portal again and is gone. Surprisingly, the Cyber V Rangers seem rather calm about this.>

Sauder: What are you five waiting for? Call in Cyber Combat Megazord!

Jeremy: It wouldn't work, Sir. Wendy told us that-

Sauder: Wendy is not in charge of this mission. Call your Zords.

Anya: ...No, sir. We trust her judgement, and we believe that waiting is the best option.

Sauder: Waiting? WAITING?! I gave you a direct order.

Walter: Man, give us a LITTLE credit. We've done just fine so far without you barking useless orders. What good are fatigues gonna do? You think screaming at us is gonna help? Ot staying in formation in a battle where staying together just makes us easier targets? General, you have NO clue about fighting these guys, so BACK OFF and let us do our jobs!

Sauder: (furious) Fine. You're all going for a court martial once this is over.

<Sauder adjusts his headset>

Sauder: Send in the CV Transport! I'll handle this myself...

<Immediately, CV Transport rolls out and races towards the battle, firing a teleportation beam that hits Sauder and takes him to the cockpit.>

Sauder: Battle mode engage.

<CV Transport turns around and runs backwards, blazing forward as jets from underneath raise it up. The rocket engines detach and reattach to the front wheels as it props itself up on it's former back. A panel on the new front rotates down, revealing a robotic face with yellow eyes.>

Sauder: Hyper Rush Megazord should do the job just fine.

Tange: (chuckles as he sees Hyper Rush Megazord aiming at him) Oh, what is THAT gonna do?

Sauder: This.

<Hyper Rush Megazord opens fire, but does nothing except tear up the scenery behind Tange.>

Anya: We have to help the General!

Matt: (over helmet speakers) Guys, if Tange IS a telepath, a strong dose of Razor Bat's sonics ought to be able to scramble his focus and reveal his location.

Jeremy: Okay. Thanks again, Matt. Wish me luck, guys. RAZOR BAT... ACTIVATE!

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay

<The ceiling above Razor Bat slides away, revealing blue sky. The platform starts to rise, taking the machine to ground level.>

Wendy: On it's way.

<She types in the command codes.>

<Razor Bat reaches ground level. It's engines start powering up, superheating the air around it.>

Wendy: Razor Bat launch in five...

<The engines ignite.>

Wendy: FOUR...

<Razor Bat's cockpit lights up. It starts rolling down the runway, dwarfing the fighter jets parked nearby.>

Wendy: THREE...

<Razor Bat picks up speed.>

Wendy: TWO...

<Razor Bat angles it's wings for maximum lift.>

Wendy: ONE...

<Razor Bat takes off blazing into the sky, rising to skyscraper height before blazing towards the city.>

Wendy: Good luck!

<Back at the battle, Sauder continues to fire uselessly. Tange merely rubs his hands together and opens his cloak, revealing a large blaster in the center of his chest>

Tange: Impressive firepower, but now it's MY turn!

<Tange fires, and the blast rocks Hyper Rush Megazord. In the cockpit, Sauder is staggered by the impact, and flustered, not knowing what to do.>

Jeremy: Hang on, General!

<Jeremy teleports up as Razor Bat enters the scene. He lands in the cockpit.>

Jeremy: Razor Bat online!

<Razor Bat flies low, coming between Hyper Rush Megazord and Tange.>

Jeremy: Let's find out just how intangible you really are... Sonics on!

<Razor Bat opens it's mouth and releases it's sonic pulse. Tange covers his ears immediately and screams before his image wavers and vanishes.>

Jeremy: They were right!

Matt: (over speaker) Turn up the sonics! It may have further negative effect on Tange!

Jeremy: You've got it!

<Below, hiding higher up on the hills, Tange, at normal size since he never really grew, covers his ears and mutters to himself.>

Tange: How did they figure it out? Gah, my EARS!

<Suddenly, a metallic grapple latches to his arm. Tange turns, surprised, and is immediately horrified.>

Tange: NO! IT CAN'T BE!

<Suddenly, the thick black line attached to the grapple surges with electricity. In the distance, the team looks as they see an explosion on the nearest mountain. Suddenly, the air wavers, and any damage Hyper Rush Megazord incurred is gone, and the jeep is intact again, the telepathic imagery gone.>

Jake: Woah! What happened?!

Wendy: (over speakers) I guess your sonic barrage overloaded his cybernetics and broke his telepathic hold over you. Nice bonus, wouldn't you agree?

Anya: Yes... I would...

Jeremy: ...So he wasn't really hitting us?

Cindy: He made us THINK he was... Clever, for an evil guy.

Jake: ...He was gonna make us THINK ourselves to death?! My head hurts now...

<Sauder and Jeremy are teleported back to the ground as CV Transport changes back, and then, with Razor Bat, returns to the Holding Bay. Sauder watches as the team as they celebrate their latest victory.>

Sauder: They did it...

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo
Time: Inapplicable

<Midnai stares at the wavering image of the battlefield.>

Midnai: Impossible.

Kalask: How so? Your plan failed, predictably. The only useful outcome was a successful test of the nanites.

Midnai: The sonics should not have killed Tange. Something is amiss, my lord. And I fear it does not bode well for us...

***

Location: Training Area, Fort Myers
Time: Saturday, 7:00 AM

<The five recruits, wearing their army fatigues, stand at attention as Sauder enters the room.>

Sauder: I have felt since this project got off the ground that it was a mistake to use untrained civilians... I believed that soldiers that knew their duty would be professional enough to get the job done. Yesterday, I went in as a soldier, and I did not get the job done. Your flexibility in the field makes you far more potent a fighting force than I would have expected... I sold you short... all of you. Effective immediately, I am recinding my previous orders. Simms, you will resume your duties as field leader.

<Sauder turns to leave. Once he's gone, they exchange glances.>

Walter: Was that... an apology?

Anya: As close to one as you are ever likely to get from him.

Jeremy: Well, at least it's over...

Anya: Is it now? I wonder...

***

Location: Secret underground lab

<The twins look over the jeep, now returned to them by the General.>

Matt: Good thing the sonics from Razor Bat nailed Tange, huh?

Wendy: Oh, yes, a very good thing... Think the team will keep having such good luck in the future?

Matt: Probably.

Wendy: Glad to hear. Phase one of Operation T is an unqualified success.

***

Location: General Sauder's private quarters.

<Sauder walks in and turns on the light. He then pulls the key out of his pocket and presses a button on the monitor on his wall. It slides aside, revealing a hidden door. He puts the key in the lock and pushes open.>

Sauder: I made one mistake... I refuse to make another. One way or another, Kalask will be stopped...

<He flips on another light, and the shattered remains of a Dread are revealed. A little metallic black box lies next to the remains. Under the box are the undoctored files for the Twins.>

Sauder: And once he has, I can tell them the truth, and be at peace...

<Sauder's computer beeps. He turns it on and sees President Winters.>

President Winters: Status?

Sauder: The attempt was a complete failure. Forcing military tactics on them only got in their way, and they resisted. For now, I've returned things to status quo. We'll need to think of something else.

Winters: It could already be too late. Cruger's spoken to the Intergalactic Council. It may only be a matter of time before control of the operation is taken away from us.

Sauder: We can't let that happen. Not after all we've done to guarantee our control of the Rangers and the Twins.

Winters: They're still in the dark, I assume?

Sauder: Of course. If they knew the truth about what happened that night...

Winters: Make sure it STAYS that way, General.

<She cuts the transmission. Sauder stares at the blank screen and narrows his eyes, glancing at a picture of Anya and the Twins when they were just kids.>

Sauder: Yes, Ma'am...

Mission Log Completed.

Next time: Jeremy finds himself in the battle of his life when a new monster attacks the city and incapacitates the rest of the Rangers. All alone, can he overcome the odds, or will it be game over for the Prime Reality?

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"The Quick and the Red"

Previously, on Power Rangers Cyber V: Doggie Cruger and Kat Manx, having discovered that General Sauder and President Winters are involved with Alphabet Soup (a group that inadvertantly caused the near-annihilation of humanity), traveled to Eltar. Once there, Cruger began his efforts to take control of the Cyber V program for the good of the universe, even as it was revealed that Lt. Conners is secretly an SPD mole. Kalask, having succeeded in stealing Venjix nanites from both of the Twins, began testing their capibilities. He also infiltrated Fort Myers with a sentient nanite spy, which affords him a look into the day-to-day happenings for the Rangers. After Mai Pei, the girl Matt loved, died, he and Wendy put into effect something they referred to only as Operation T. Subsequently, someone or something secretly assisted the Rangers in defeating the monster Tange and saved Sauder's life. Jeremy's ex-girlfriend, June, returned to Horizon with the intention of writing a tell-all book about the Rangers; when Jeremy discovered her deception, he wrote her off. At the same time, it's becoming evident that there's more to his relationship with Cindy than simple friendship...

***

Location: General Sauder's office, Fort Myers, Horizon, California

<General Sauder is sitting at his desk, scowling. He's clearly looking at something, and it's not sitting well with him. He looks up as he hears a knocking at his door.>

Sauder: Enter.

<The door opens, revealing Jeremy.>

Jeremy: You wanted to see me, Sir?

Sauder: I did. Come in.

<Jeremy steps inside and closes the door.>

Jeremy: Sir, if this is about what happened the other day with Tange-

Sauder: No, it isn't. We have a situation. One that threatens the security of this project. And one that only you can handle.

Jeremy: Another spy?

Sauder: In a manner of speaking...

<Sauder holds up what he's been looking at. It's a book, hardcover, with both June and a knockoff Cyber Red costumed body double on the front.>

Sauder: Your girlfriend's written a book about you, and if this trash reaches the public, you can kiss any public support for the Rangers goodbye.

<Jeremy looks at the cover.>

Jeremy: "Sex, Lies, and Cyber Ops"? You've got to be kidding me... How'd you even get this?

Sauder: The publisher sent over some comp copies of the rough draft.

Jeremy: Has anybody else seen this?

<Suddenly, Sauder's door opens and Jake, holding a copy of the book, leans inside.>

Jake: Did you really do that thing with whipped creme and dental floss, man? 'Cause if you did... ACES.

<Jeremy narrows his eyes.>

Jeremy: Consider it handled, Sir.

<He turns on his heel and walks out, pushing past Jake, pausing only long enough to snatch the book from Jake's hand.>

Jake: ...So is that a no?

Sauder: Get out.

Jake: Are you sure, Sir, because I was wondering if-

<Sauder glares at him.>

Jake: Right. Going. Sorry.

<He closes the door behind him. Sauder begins to relax, when he opens the door again.>

Jake: Ummm... Jeremy took my copy. Can I borrow your's for a-

Sauder: OUT!

<Jake ducks as Sauder tosses the book at his head, missing him by inches.>

Jake: Thanks!

<Jake closes the door again. Sauder growls and reaches for some asprin.>

***

Power Rangers Cyber V

Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 13: The Quick and the Red

Written by Aaron Thall

***

Location: Lightmoon Publishing

<Jeremy, morphed, pulls up to the building on his Cyber Cycle.>

Jeremy: Power down!

<His costume vanishes, and he dismounts the cycle. Wordlessly, he enters the building. He walks directly to the reception desk.>

Receptionist: Name?

Jeremy: Jeremy Simms. I have a feeling I'm expected.

<The receptionist moves to check, but stops as a third voice intrudes.>

June: It's okay. He's with me.

<Jeremy turns to face her. Her expression is unreadable.>

June: So you got my invitation.

<Jeremy holds up the copy of the book he took from Jake.>

Jeremy: You call THIS an invitation?

June: You wouldn't return my calls.

Jeremy: You wouldn't return my trust.

<Her face seems to almost imperceptively wince at that.>

June: We should talk. In private.

Jeremy: Lead the way.

***

Location: Rec Room

<Finally repaired after the recent Dread infiltration, the Rec Room is back to it's former self. Anya is watching the news with a still-recovering Lt. Conner. Jake is parusing Sauder's copy of the book, laughing as he reads various passages. Walter is teaching Cindy how to play darts.>

Anya: Are you certain it's wise for you to be up and about? The injuries Infiltrator gave you were serious.

Lt. Conner: Docs cleared me. I'll be back on active duty in a couple days.

Anya: Good.

Lt. Conner: I... I just wish I could have done more. Maybe if I'd been a little faster, I coulda done something to help save Mai.

Anya: No. When the time came, none of us could do anything to help her. When Kalask decides to kill someone, there's very little anyone can do to prevent it.

<Jake bursts out laughing.>

Jake: Oh man! Who knew Jeremy was such a wild man?! Seven girls in seven days? Wow. Guy's a player!

<Cindy tosses a dart, which hits the outer edge of the board.>

Walter: Not true. And I would know. Before she moved away, June was the only girl he'd ever had eyes for.

Jake: Oh. Man... Then the story about him running down a street wearing a cape and tighty whities was fake, too?

Walter: ...No, that one was true...

<Jake sniggers.>

Walter: It was summer, we were bored, I dared him to do it... The pictures always make for good blackmail fodder.

Jake: Meh. Not as good as the fake story about the girls. Jer's so stiff he needs an oil can to move. It's too bad he and this June broke up. From what I've seen, she's hot. They'd be good together.

<Cindy tosses another cart, which misses by a mile. She turns suddenly towards Jake.>

Cindy: YOU'RE WRONG!

<Startled by her outburst, everyone turns to look at her. Blushing, she withdraws a bit.>

Cindy: I mean, she lied to him. How could anyone have a relationship with someone that won't be honest?

<Hearing this, Anya's eyes glance away.>

Anya: (softly) Yes... How?

Jake: Well, it's not like he's got anybody else interested right now... Right?

<Cindy blushes harder and turns away.>

Walter: Dude, back off. We all know how she feels about Jeremy.

<Stunned, she turns suddenly.>

Cindy: NO! I mean, he's nice but-

Walter: Girl. Please. It's obvious.

Jake: I'm a complete ass, and even =I= noticed.

<Cindy blushes again.>

Cindy: ...Am I really that easy to read?

Walter: Pretty much. You couldn't take your eyes off of him that day we met at the mall.

Cindy: But I...

Jake: It's simple. You like someone, you tell them. Pussyfooting around will only cost you your chance.

Walter: Yeah, like it's worked with Wendy?

Jake: ...Special case.

Walter: You're lucky she doesn't brain you half the time.

Anya: Jake is correct.

<They all stop and look at her.>

Anya: In my world, we didn't have the luxury of taking time to feel out situations. We had to jump right in because we had no idea if we'd be around later to deal with the outcome. It's obvious that there's some level of reciprocation on his part, or he never would have joined the recruitment program simply to provide you with moral suport. And you were the one he turned to when this June's deceptions came to light. So yes, Jake is correct. You should act on your feelings. Waiting will only make it harder for you to do anything.

<Cindy looks down and away, thinking about Anya's words.>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask watches the footage of Tange's battle with the Rangers.>

Kalask: It was a good first test of the Venjix nanites, but not quite good enough for my tastes. It's time we try again, with a more physical presence.

<Kalask gestures and the images vanish. His minions stand at the ready.>

Emeralde: Master, according to our intelligence, the Red Ranger is alone in the city and vulnerable. We could strike him down easily.

Kalask: Yes, but where would the fun be in THAT? No no, just having the Red Ranger fight for his own life would be dreadfully dull. Warriors like him value others over themselves. Threatening just him? It'd be a good fight, certainly, but nothing spectacular.

Thrak: But threatening the other Rangers?

Kalask: Excellent, Thrak. You're catching on. Tem-Tar?

Tem-Tar: Yes, Master?

Kalask: Send for Redline immediately.

Tem-Tar: Of course.

Midnai: Isn't that a bit extreme? You know what he's like once he sets his sights on a victim.

Kalask: Too true, but it's time we tested the Red Ranger to the fullest, and he's the best one for the job.

<He gestures again, and the images of Tange's battle pop back up.>

Emeralde: Is something bothering you? It's not often you review a battle for this long.

Kalask: I can't put my finger on it just yet, but something doesn't sit right about this confrontation...

***

Location: Twins' secret lab

<Wendy's practically giddy as she watches the same battle as Kalask. Matt, however, is busy working on a new weapon at a work bench.>

Wendy: It worked! I can't believe we pulled it off! Operation T was a complete success! And right under everyone's noses! (She grins) Thank you, Dr. K!

Matt: It was a good test run, but it will take more testing before we impliment it fully.

Wendy: (sighing) Party pooper. Come on, Matt! I know you're still depressed and all, but didn't it feel good to DO something about Kalask?

Matt: I suppose, but that doesn't change the fact that we still have preparations to make, and probably not much time to do them.

Wendy: So, what's left to do?

Matt: Just some reprogramming. We can do that in our sleep. In the meantime, you COULD help me with this.

Wendy: Is that the new weapon you've been working on?

Matt: Indeed it is. But unfortunately, it looks like I can only make the one. Some of the components are too hard to come by to make another.

Wendy: So, where do I start?

Matt: By cutting back on the coffee.

<He smirks. She sticks her tongue out at him and turns back to the footage.>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask turns away from the images of the last battle as a new monster steps into his throneroom. Sleek, streamlined, the creature is a coiled spring ready to strike. Black and red, the creature screams speed with his every movement, even standing still.>

Redline: You summoned me, master?

Kalask: I have a job for you. I think you'll enjoy it, actually. After all, it's been so long since you've gotten to kill anyone...

***

Location: Lightmoon Publishing

<Jeremy and June step into a small room.>

Jeremy: Well?

June: It's just... I never wanted to...

Jeremy: June... What are you trying to say?

June: I... I STILL LOVE YOU, OKAY?!

<She turns away from him, flustered. Jeremy, stunned, says nothing.>

June: I hated having to leave. I'd've given anything to stay here in Horizon.

Jeremy: You could have. You could have stayed with me.

<She turns to look at him.>

June: No, I couldn't. My aunt got sick and we had to go down to take care of her... She... She's gone now. The medical bills were piling up, so I managed to get that book deal, but you'd already found someone else. I couldn't tell you the truth. I couldn't burden you with something else when you've got the entire world to worry about.

Jeremy: What are you talking about?!

June: A girl can tell, Jeremy. She can look at the one she loves and tell if he still loves her. When I contacted you that first time, I could already tell that you had someone else now.

Jeremy: You keep saying that, but I-

June: It's Cindy, right? You couldn't help but talk about her the last time we saw each other. I could see it in your eyes, even through a monitor. And I can't really blame you. I've watched her on the news. I could never do the things she does. Risking her life like that...

Jeremy: And the stuff in the book?

June: That wasn't the real book. That was a fake I made to get you to talk to me. The only copies are the ones that got delivered to your base.

<She pulls out a PDA from her pocket and hands it to Jeremy.>

June: This is the REAL book.

Jeremy: June... You could have just told me all this. I might be a super hero now, but I'm still the same old Jeremy underneath the suit. I still care about you, and even if my feelings towards you change, they'll never be gone.

<He places his hand over her's.>

Jeremy: So, should we start that last conversation over?

***

Location: Fort Myers

<Alarms blare throughout the complex. The rest of the Rangers rush into the war room. Sauder looks at them imperceptibly.>

Sauder: Some kind of creature's attacking people in the park. Check it out and report back what you find.

Walter: I'll call Jeremy.

Sauder: No. Jeremy's got his own mission right now. We'll call him if you need him.

Anya: Understood, Sir.

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out towards Emeralde. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

All: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Anya finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a yellow battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Yellow!>

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

<In seconds, the Rangers are on the Cyber Cycles, racing for the park. They arrive in moments and dismount their Cycles. Looking around, they see nothing.>

Jake: I don't get it. They said the new freak'd be right here.

Walter: I'm guessing it's too much to hope that he heard we were coming and decided to go home?

Cindy: LOOK!

<She points off in the distance where, strangely, several civilians are in the middle of a picnic... and still as statues.>

Anya: Let's check it out.

<The Rangers rush to see what's going on. As they arrive, Jake waves his hand in front of a woman's face, getting no reaction.>

Jake: No one's home. You know anybody that can do that?

Anya: No... It couldn't...

<Anya's eyes go wide under her helmet. She's horrified by the realization.>

Anya: WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF HERE! NOW! IT'S A TRAP!

<The second she says it, a red and black blur slams into her, sending her flying into an open field.>

Cindy: ANYA!

<The others rush to her side. Walter moves to help her up, but the same blur slams into him, knocking him to the ground.>

Jake: Where is it?!

<Jake and Cindy draw their Data Blades and stand back to back, ready for the next attack.>

Cindy: I don't know! Walter! Anya! Are you okay?!

Anya: That's not important! We need to get away! We can't fight this creature!

Jake: Sorry, but I don't run from a fight.

<Punishing his bravado, the blur suddenly slams into Jake and Cindy repeatedly from multiple directions. They're knocked back towards the others as the blur finally stops for a moment. It's Redline, cackling like a madman.>

Redline: You really SHOULD listen to her. Not that it would help. Greetings, Rangers. I am Redline, Kalask's top mercenary. I've heard so much about you, but I must admit, I as hoping for more of a challenge.

<As he says that, he charges the Rangers, becoming a blur once more.>

Cindy: NO YOU DON'T!

<Cindy summons her Protection Shield, projecting a force field over herself and the others. Redline bounces off the field and, undaunted, begins striking it from multiple directions.>

Anya: Redline's the fastest monster Kalask has. But it makes no sense. He's far too powerful to use at this point in the "game".

Walter: So, what's this guy do besides super speed? I mean, what was up with those people?

Anya: Redline's favorite tactic is to steal the potential kinetic energy from his victims. He essentially turns them into living statues, forever aware but eternally unmoving. A hell I wouldn't wish on anyone.

Jake: You hear that, General?

Sauder (over comm): I did. I'm calling Jeremy immediately. Hold on as long as you can.

Walter: I just hope it's long enough!

<He, Anya, and Jake summon their Data Shields to reinforce the Protection Shield's field. In response, Redline begins circling around them in an ever faster blur...>

***

Location: Lightmoon Publishing

<Jeremy and June are laughing about old times when Jeremy's Cyber Op beeps. He taps the comm port.>

Jeremy: Go.

Sauder (over comm): The others need you in the park. Some kind of super-speedster.

Jeremy: On my way.

<He turns towards June.>

Jeremy: I'll be back.

<She shakes her head.>

June: I'm coming with you!

<A moment later, Jeremy (unmorphed) is riding his Cyber Cycle through the city, June holding on for dear life.>

Jeremy: THIS IS CRAZY! YOU SHOULDN'T BE HERE!

June: I DON'T CARE! I may not be a Ranger, but I'm still your friend, and something tells me that you're gonna need ALL your friends before this is over!

Jeremy: Guys, do you read?

<The line fills with static.>

Jeremy: RANGERS! RESPOND!

Matt (over comm): We've lost all contact with the others. Communications, biometrics... Nothing.

Wendy (over comm): We're also finishing a new weapon for you, Jeremy. We'll downmorph it to you the minute it's complete.

Jeremy: Understood!

<They quickly reach the park. Jeremy stops by some woods just outside the clearing and removes his helmet. June gets off and does the same as Jeremy dismounts and turns towards her.>

Jeremy: June, stay with the Cycle. If anything happens to me, take it and go to Fort Myers. Matt and Wendy'll know what to do... I hope.

June: But what about you?

Jeremy: My team... My friends... need me.

June: ...Be careful?

Jeremy: Always.

<He turns and runs towards the clearing. He only gets forty yards before he sees the first of the Dreads. Slowly, they mass, until nearly a hundred loom before him. Then, Redline blazes in from out of nowhere, stopping before the Dreads.>

Redline: Ah, Red Ranger, now nice of you to come!

Jeremy: What've you done with the others?!

Redline: What? No greeting? No plesantries at all? How very rude, and after I went through all the trouble of setting up this little test for you.

Jermey: Test?

Redline: Oh, yes. All this, just for you. You see, Kalask wants to see just what the leader of the Cyber Rangers is made of. Of course, you could just walk away. But if you do...

<Redline and the Dreads step aside, revealing the other Rangers, still as statues, clearly frozen while trying to maintain their shield.>

Redline: Well, you can guess.

Jeremy: What did you do to them?!

Redline: Oh, I just took their potential kinetic energy. They're still alive and fully aware of what's going on around them, but they can't move, and never will again unless you can beat me and my army of Dreads in a fight. The terms of the game are simple... You win, they and all the civilians I froze go back to normal. If I win, I get to use you for a coatrack for all of eternity. And if you walk away, they become statues in Kalask's throneroom, a permanent reminder of both your cowardice and my master's power.

Jeremy: I made the mistake of turning my back on a friend once, creep. I won't do that again. Bring it on!

Redline; Oh, wonderful! My master will be so pleased. In fact, he's watching this right now, so be sure to give him a good show. Dreads? ATTACK!

<The Dreads surge forward. Jeremy charges them, shoving the disk into his Cyber Op.>

Jeremy: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<He thrusts his fist out, and three circuit emblems matching the CyberV belt buckle shoot out from his Cyber Op. As he passes through the first, his belt and weapons materialize. As he runs through the second, his uniform appears. Passing through the final one, his helmet forms out of binary code, completing his morph into Cyber Red. Not even hesitating, he draws his Data Ray and begins firing at the Dreads as they come into range. Several fall, but not nearly enough. Changing tactics, he unsheathes his Data Blade as well and begins slashing as they get within arm's reach. A quick diagonal slash nails two, even as he shifts his body to blast another three on the other side. One Dread lunges at his feet, but Jeremy's helmet warns him, and he leaps at the last second, avoiding the tackle. In the air now, he rapidly fires on the Dreads and slashes again as he comes down, decapitating a Dread. Two more grab his arms, and Jeremy finds himself facing a third charging Dread. Shifting his weight, he pivots his body up, kicking the charging Dread in the chestplate and knocking it backwards. The impact also causes the two Dreads holding him to lose their balance, and they fall backwards, releasing him. He rolls free and holsters his Data Ray.>

Jeremy: God, I hate these things!

<Several Dreads' heads begin to glow.>

Jeremy: Uh oh!

<They let loose with torrents of hellfire, obscuring Jeremy from view. As the attack ends, Jeremy leaps from the flames, scorched but intact, wielding his Data Shield and Scanner Blade. Before the Dreads can react, he strikes, cutting each one in half before coming to a stop behind them. The sliced Dreads erupt into flames, even as more charge Jeremy. Not wasting a second, Jeremy spins and kicks one Dread while simultaneously slashing another. Five more charge up to unleash another flame attack, but Jeremy's ready, and darts right, allowing the flames to slag other Dreads instead.>

Jeremy: I'd call that friendly fire, but these guys aren't friendly! SCANNER BLADE! FULL POWER!

<Jeremy's weapon glows red as he runs right into the largest mass of Dreads, cutting six down with a single strike before slashing again in the opposite direction, nailing another eight. Not giving the robots a chance to regroup, he redraws his Data Ray and fires, nailing robots left and right before leaping into the air once more.>

Jeremy: VICTORY SLASH!

<Spinning like a top, he unleashes arcs of red energy in all directions, striking every remaining Dread. He lands before Redline well before the Dreads hit the ground and explode in a gigantic fireball.>

Jeremy: And now it's YOUR turn!

Redline: You want me? You've GOT me!

<Redline suddenly speeds up, becoming a blur. Jeremy swings his Scanner Blade at the blur, but misses. Undetered, he fires with his Data Ray, but the blasts all just miss the monster, who swerves, bobs and weaves through the barrage easily.>

***

Location: Twins' secret lab

<Wendy watches on a monitor as Jeremy misses with the Scanner Blade.>

Wendy: That shouldn't be possible! That creature's actually faster than the Scanner Blade's analytical abilities! Matt, what about Operation T?

<Ignoring the fight, Matt continues work on the new weapon.>

Matt: It's too fast even for that! This weapon's his only hope. Hang on, Jeremy! It's almost ready!

***

<Jeremy cries out in pain as the blur slams into his left arm, knocking his Data Ray aside.>

Jeremy: I don't know if I can! He's just toying with me! I can't get a bead on him!

<Jeremy reaches for his Data Blade, but the blur races past him again. As his hand reaches his sword holster, he's shocked to see that it's empty. The blur stops in front of him, revealing Redline, who's holding the Data Blade.>

Redline: Nice toy, but a little too sharp for the kiddies, don't you think?

<He casually tosses it off to the side, then becomes a blur again. Jeremy swings the Scanner Blade, but it's useless. The blur strikes him repeatedly from multiple directions, raising sparks and forcing him to his knee. His suit smoking, Jeremy staggers to his feet. Unsteadily, he readies himself for the next attack, but before he can determine it's location, he's struck behind by a burst of energy. Staggered, he can't react in time to stop Redline from striking his shoulder and forcing him to drop the Scanner Blade.>

Redline: Well, at least you put up a halfway decent fight...

<Watching from the edge of the woods, June's eyes go wide.>

June: Jeremy...

<Redline turns Jermey around and kicks him in the solar plexus, doubling him over, before striking him in the head and forcing him onto his back.>

Jeremy: Got to... hang on...

Redline: Well, the fight's over, Red Ranger, and you lose! You should look rather nice as a coatrack. Maybe I'll even buy a fez. Fezzes are cool.

<Redline becomes a blur again, and begins circling Jeremy, just like he did before with the others.>

Jeremy: Not good...

<He tries to move forward, but feels his limbs slowing down.>

Redline: Do me a favor and strike a good pose, will ya?

June: HANG ON!

<From out of nowhere, June rides in atop the Red Cyber Cycle. Moving too fast to stop, Redline barely dodges the Cycle as it lands in the middle of his circle and strikes Jeremy, knocking him free. As he rolls to a stop, Jeremy looks up to see June, now trapped as he had been.>

Jeremy: JUNE!

June: You can do it... I believe in you.

<Before his horrified eyes, June comes to a complete halt, her eyes revealing no fear, but faith. Frustrated, Redline stops and glares at the frozen girl.>

Redline: You stupid little tart! You've messed up the master's perfect plan! Now I'll have to start all over!

<Jeremy pulls himself up, unable to take his eyes off of June.>

Jeremy: June, you didn't have to...

<He clenches his fists, furious.>

Jeremy: I won't let you down. Not again! Matt, is it ready?

Matt (over comm): Just finished! Downmorphing now!

<Inside his helmet, Jeremy sees the new schematics and readies himself.>

Jeremy: CYBERRANG... ACTIVATE!

<A red and gold gauntlet appears over his right hand, topped by a vicious looking V device.>

Jeremy: BOOMERANG MODE!

<The V launches from the gauntlet. Jeremy grabs it and throws it. Spinning in the air, it arcs towards Redline, who easily sidesteps it.>

Redline: Oh please! What was that supposed to do? That was pathetic!

<Too busy boasting to notice, Redline doesn't see the Cyberrang turn around and head back. He DOES, however, notice it when the weapon strikes him in the calf, leaving a deep wound. The weapon returns to the gauntlet.>

Redline: WHAT? HEY! No one does sneak attacks around here but me!

<Redline begins to run again, but quickly stops and grabs his leg.>

Jeremy: What's wrong? Can't run? GOOD. CYBERRANG... GAUNTLET MODE!

<The gauntlet charges with energy. Redline can't escape as Jeremy runs right at him and slams the new weapon into his face, sending him flying backwards.>

Redline: But... But how?! I had you beaten! You were alone! Helpless!

Jeremy: I was NEVER alone! Even without the other Rangers, I still have friends I can count on to have my back! And right now, one of them's counting on me to end this!

Matt (over comm): Go for it, Jeremy!

Jeremy: CYBERRANG: SUPERCHARGE MODE!

<The V slides forward over his knuckles, even as the top half of it rotates a full 180 degrees, forming an X. The X begins to spin rapidly, becoming an even faster blur than Redline himself.>

Jeremy: VICTORY STRIKE!

<He thrusts his fist forward, and the spinning X launches in a vortex of energy that slams into and through Redline. Wordlessly, Redline falls backwards and erupts in a gigantic blast. Jeremy sends the Cyberrang away and turns towards June and the Rangers. Before his very relieved eyes, energy flows from the crater where Redline fell back into his victims. All at once, they begin to move, most collapsing from the strain.>

Jake: You're... late.

Jeremy: Nice to see you, too.

<June leans against the Red Cyber Cycle, worn out from the monster's effects.>

June: I knew you could do it.

Jeremy: WE did it, June. Heh. Maybe we should look into signing you up.

Wendy (over the comm): DON'T EVEN =THINK= ABOUT IT!

<The Rangers move to join Jeremy. As he turns to welcome them back properly, Cindy stumbles. Moving quickly, Jeremy catches her. June can only watch as Jeremy helps her up gingerly.>

Cindy: Sorry. I'm just a little dizzy, I guess.

Jeremy: I'm just glad you're all right. I was so worried about you... I mean... ALL of you.

June: Hmmm...

<Before she can say anything, a warp portal appears in the sky. Tem-Tar steps through, dismayed by the tableau before him.>

Walter: Aw man, not again...

Anya: Get ready!

Tem-Tar: An excellent display, Red Ranger. But can you pull it off AGAIN?

<Tem-Tar's nanite tube extends and fires a single red nanite into Redline's crater. In seconds, the nanite multiplies and rebuilds the monster. Now gigantic, the speedster looms over the Rangers and civilians.>

Jeremy: June, get those people out of here!

June: RIGHT! EVERYONE! FOLLOW ME!

Jeremy: REDLINE! It's time we put the brakes on you for good! COMBAT ZORDS... MOBILIZE!

<In an instant, the CV Transport arrives, carrying the five Combat Zords. The Rangers leap up into their cockpits.>

Jeremy: LOG ON!

Walter: Good to go!

Jake: Ready to rock!

Anya: All systems online!

Cindy: Am I the only one whose arms are still asleep?

Jeremy: Combat Zords... LAUNCH!

<Razor Bat detaches from the engines and flies off, while a ramp extends from the front of CV Transport. As it finishes extending, the Combat Zords roll down it and charge forward.>

Jeremy: Time to slow this creep down! Razor Bat... Transform!

<Jeremy pulls the lever down. The effect is immediate. The transformation begins by extending the engine thrusters out, revealing them to be the feet. They continue extending into legs. Next, the tips of the wings separate, revealing themselves to be hand weapons, which are easily caught by twin arms that come out of the sides of Razor Bat's main body and extend. The wings fold backwards from their midway point, while the Bat head cycles forward, becoming a chestplate. A new head rises from the main body, a odd mix of humanoid robot and bat. The transformation complete, Razor Bat lands on it's legs and stands ready for battle, weapons raised.>

Redline: Oh, whatever will I do? Oh, I know!

<Redline becomes a blur, striking at Razor Bat from every direction. Razor Bat staggers back, damaged but still in the fight.>

Redline: Oh, you want some MORE, huh? Fine by me!

<Redline charges at Razor Bat again, but is stopped by a sudden bolt of lightning. He turns and sees WeatherTrain barreling towards him.>

Walter: BACK OFF! You may be faster than us, but you're still not faster than lightning!

Anya: And as for breaking the speed of light? I doubt it.

<LightTank unleashes a barrage of lasers, forcing Redline to back away.>

Jeremy: He's slower now that he's big, but not enough! BRING 'EM TOGETHER!

<The Cyber Rangers all nod and unsheathe their Data Blades as slots open for the weapons. They slide the weapons in, and their helmets all flash with the phrase "Cyber Combat Megazord Initialized". Razor Bat flies into the air as it's legs fold in on themselves at the knees. The blade weapons return to the wings as the arms return to the main body of the mecha. The laser weaponry on LightTank retracts into various ports, while WeatherTrain closes it's weapons array as well. Blast Truck splits right down it's middle, forced apart by retrorockets. The two halves continue to race forward. They are joined by LightTank and WeatherTrain, which brace as Razor Bat flies down, back facing the ground, it's legs locking into the backs of the two mecha before they speed up, allowing BlastTruck to meet them at Razor Bat's shoulders. Blast Truck's halves moves in closer, revealing connector ports that lock onto Razor Bat and snap into place. MortarTread splits into two as well, the top half rocketing off and flying in behind Razor Bat as the treads and main body ride up the impromptu ramp created by WeatherTrain and LightTank. As it reaches the top of the ramp, it slams down onto the chest of Razor Bat, locking into place and revealing a stylized Cyber V logo, the Data Blade and a circle of binary code separating digital style letters CV. The other half of MortarTread begins a transformation as well, as the turret extends away from the remainder of the main body and turns around, revealing a helmet. The barrel rotates down the back of the barrel before the helmet snaps into place over Razor Bat's head. Finally, the combined machine takes to the air. The front ends of LightTank and WeatherTrain rotate forward, creating feet. The cab sections of BlastTruck move upwards as well, revealing two large metallic black hands. The missile launchers and missiles rotate and shift as well, forming massive shoulders. The remainder of MortarTread snaps into place on the back. The transformation complete, the new gestalt lands on it's feet and poses dramatically, raising and lowering it's fists as it's eyes light up green.>

Cyber V: CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD ONLINE!

<The Cyber V Rangers appear in a combined cockpit made of their five Zords' individual ones. Jeremy is in front, Walter to his left, and Jake on his right. Behind them are Anya, behind Walter, and Cindy, behind Jake.>

Redline: So you're bigger. So what?

<He turns into a blur and strikes the Megazord. However, the heavy armor of the Zord easily handles the blow, and deflects the monster to the ground.>

Jake: Sorry, pal, but together, we're just too much for ya. My MortarTread's built to take anything you can dish out and more!

Cindy: And here's a present from BlastTruck!

<The shoulder missiles fire, peppering the downed Redline with explosions. Backing away again, Redline growls.>

Redline: Fine! So what if I can't beat you? You still can't catch me! I'll just freeze the entire world instead! Later, losers!

<Redline turns and bolts, becoming a blur again.>

Jake: Creep's right! The Megazord's tough, but the Flash it ain't.

Wendy (over comm): What's that I hear? The sounds of you DOUBTING me?

Jeremy: You've got a plan?

Wendy (over comm): Well, my brother already pulled a surprise for you guys today, so now it's my turn! Jeremy, activate CV Transport. It's time for a new configuration.

<Jeremy sees the new data fill his visor.>

Jeremy: Got it! ZORDS... COMBINE! CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD... BLASTRIDER MODE!

<CV Transport rockets forward, with Cyber Combat Megazord running behind it. The Megazord leaps up and lands atop the carrier, even as it's engines launch up and come down in cannon mode in the Megazord's hands.>

Walter: WOAH! I didn't know we could do both modes at once!

Wendy (over comm): Indeed. As you know, when in Rider mode, you have great speed, but little in the way of offense. Meanwhile, in Blast mode, you have great offense, but you're stationary. This new mode solves that problem... Now go get that jerk!

Jeremy: Consider him got!

<The Megazord rockets forward, using the cannons to propel itself faster than ever. In seconds, Redline comes into view.>

Redline: Those Rangers are eating my dust! Kalask'll be thrilled when I freeze the world!

Anya: Guess again.

<Redline, shocked, turns and sees BlastRider Mode rocketing towards him.>

Redline: It can't be! They're faster than me?!

Jeremy: Time to end this! BlastRider... MEGATON CRASH!

<The Megazord actually picks up even more speed, turning into a massive fireball that slams into Redline and moves past him before slowing down and cooling off, revealing the Megazord once more. It turns in time to see Redline, fatally damaged by the attack, stagger to a stop.>

Redline: You may've beaten me... But you'll never cross Kalask's finishline!

<He collapses and erupts a final time.>

Cindy: Hey! My arms aren't asleep anymore!

<The others pause and give her a bemused look.>

Cindy: Well, they're not...

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask watches as Redline dies, and ends the transmission.>

Thrak: I can't believe he failed so badly! And all because of one normal human! Pathetic!

Kalask: Relax, Thrak. The game is far from over. Watch and learn.

***

Location: Fort Myers

<Jeremy helps June carry in a couple boxes of her real book. Setting them down in the rec room, they breathe a sigh of relief.>

Jeremy: That's the last of them.

June: Thanks for the help, Jeremy. The promo copies were fine, but now that you and the other Rangers've contributed, too, it'll take care of all the outstanding bills.

Jeremy: I'm just glad we're talking again. I really did miss you.

<Cindy walks in and sits down at a holoviewer displaying the current skyline in Honolulu.>

June: But not the way you used to, right?

<Jeremy starts to look away, but June puts a finger to his cheek and turns his head back.>

June: Just tell her already. She's good for you.

<Jeremy's eyes widen a little. June kisses him on the cheek.>

June: Stay in touch?

Jeremy: Always.

<June turns and leaves. As the door closes, Jeremy looks at Cindy. Hesitating for a few seconds, he pulls himself together and walks over to her.>

Jeremy: Cindy?

<She looks away from the viewer and at him instead.>

Cindy (simultaneously): Jeremy? I... I don't know how to say this...

Jeremy (simultaneously): I thought I should tell you that I...

Both (quickly): That I think I'm falling in love with you.

<There's a pause as both realize what the other has said.>

Both: You mean that I... That we...

<There's another pause, and both realize that words are meaningless. They lean in, and as they kiss, they fail to notice Kalask's spy nanite watching from a distant corner of the room.>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask chuckles to himself as he sees this play out.>

Kalask: Enjoy the romance while it lasts, Rangers. I'm done testing your leader's strength and character... Now I'll test your bonds of love... And rip out your hearts...

<His laughter fills his throneroom, an onimous omen of what he's already set in motion...>

Mission Log Incomplete...

Next Time: Kalask decides to test Jeremy and Cindy's bonds of love with an emotion-manipulating monster! Can the others save their friends from artificial hate? Plus: More on the mysterious Operation T!
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looks like I'm not the only one with the scripture writing style. Though when writing it, it seems to lack indicators to the reader to immediately know who becomes what, or if you decide to plot twist it at least afterwards who is talking, even morphed which is supposed to be this higher form or reality, were it not for the slashes on the sides, it would be tough to tell what is action, and what is dialogue. Cons aside, this has a lot of promise, and I like how you've grounded yourself in the lore. Keep it up.
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Grounded? I REVEL in the lore. The only reason I have it set 100 years after SPD is so I don't screw up ACTUAL continuity.

When I started, it was an exercise in TV script writing. I kept the style as it was easy to work with. I still have some difficulty with action sequences, but I think I do all right.

Glad you're enjoying the ride. The best (and my personal favorite storyarc, which is coming up in just two itty bitty chapters) are yet to come.
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The Emoti-Con Job

Previously, on Power Rangers CyberV: The Twins, apparently using knowledge gleaned from Dr. K, began work on something called "Operation T", which they subsequently used to assist the Rangers in secret. Unknown to the team, one of the base staffers, Thomas Conner, is actually an SPD spy keeping an eye on them and Alphabet Soup member General Sauder. The Rangers' base of operations, Fort Myers, has been infiltrated by one of Kalask's nanite spies, which has been relaying information to him. While the other Rangers called Cindy out on her feelings for Jeremy, June did the same for Jeremy. Following a harrowing battle, the two admitted their feelings to each other, unaware that Kalask saw the entire thing, and was already planning to use the knowledge in his next test...

Mission Log Continued...

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

Time: Inapplicable

<Kalask stands before the images being transmitted by his nanite spy, his arms behind his back as he observes Jeremy and Cindy. Midnai enters the chamber and walks up to her master.>

Kalask: Ah, love. Such a beautiful thing, is it not, Midnai?

Midnai: Errr... Yes, Master.

Kalask: No need to be demure, my dear. It's only human, after all. Even I was once in love, a long time ago.

Midnai: You were? But who? When?

<Kalask puts one hand up to signal an end to the questions.>

Kalask: Ah, but that is a tale for another day, dear Midnai. Suffice to say, I would not be the man I am today had it not been for her.

Midnai: Then who would you have been?

Kalask: <chuckling> Oh, that would be telling. For now, let us turn our attention towards the nacient romance blossoming before our eyes... You know what to do, I assume?

Midnai: Don't I always? Before the day is through, the Rangers will know why they say that love hurts.

Kalask: Oh, no, dear Midnai. Love doesn't hurt... It KILLS.


***

Power Rangers CyberV

Created by Aaron Thall

Episode 14: The Emoti-Con Job

Written by: Aaron Thall

***

Location: Fort Myers

<Jeremy and Cindy are outside, walking in an unused field, holding hands.>

Jeremy: I can't believe it took me this long to tell you the truth.

Cindy: How do you think =I= feel? I wanted to tell you for months, but I just couldn't make myself say it. Then the others all gang up on me...

Jeremy: You too? June did the same thing to me.

Cindy: Well, remind me to thank her later.

<They laugh as they stop and turn to face each other.>

Cindy: We wasted so much time, didn't we?

Jeremy: Well, we should probably stop wasting it then, shouldn't we?

Cindy: Good idea.

<They begin to draw in close for a kiss, but before they can, small explosions pepper the ground in front of them. Startled, they break apart and turn towards the source. Before them, warpportals appear, disgorging Dreads and a bizarre looking monster. Looking like a humanoid computer covered head to foot in emoticon symbols, the creature looks at the two, amused.>

Emoti-Con: Oh, don't stop on MY account. I love to watch.

Jeremy: Who are you?!

Emoti-Con: I am Emoti-Con, Kalask's finest technomancer! And before this day's over, I'll be serving you up to my master on a silver platter!

Cindy: You and what army?!

<There's a pause as the Dreads look at each other.>

Cindy: ...Oh. Right. Nevermind.

Jeremy: Cindy, I love you, but you REALLY need to work on your battle banter.

Cindy: Shouldn't we be morphing right about now?

Jeremy: Yes, dear... READY?

Cindy: READY!

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out towards Emeralde. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

Both: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!


<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

<Jeremy finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a red battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Red!>

<Emoti-Con looks at them, vaguely disappointed.>

Emoti-Con: What? No rolecall? No catchphrases or posing? I thought that was some kind of Ranger tradition.

Cindy: ...He sounds just like Wendy.

Jeremy: Sorry to disappoint you, but we're just not that kind of Rangers!

<They draw their Data Rays and fire multiple blasts at the Dreads as they charge. Several Dreads go down immediately. Almost instantly, they're in the thick of the Dreads. Jeremy coldcocks the first Dread with the bottom of his Data Ray, then grabs it's left arm, forcing it to fire on it's own comrades for a few seconds. As it's ammo runs out, Jeremy hauls the robot up and steadies it.>

Jeremy: Thanks!

<Having said that, he kicks it hard, sending it flying. Nearby, Cindy's swatting Dreads away with both her shields. She ducks under a vicious punch.>

Cindy: I know I'm cute, but this is NOT what they mean when they say "You should hit on a girl"!

<She slams her Protection shield into the offending Dread's neck assembily, decapitating it.>

Jeremy: MUCH better.

Cindy: You really think so?

Jeremy: I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it. CYBERRANG!

<He thrusts his fist out, and the mechanized gauntlet appears. He immediately throws the boomerang module, which slams into multiple Dreads before looping back and reattaching to his glove. The Dreads fall, disabled.>

Emoti-Con: Very nice. I especially like the new weapon. Can't wait to buy one at the toy store!

Jeremy: ...Okay, he DEFINITELY sounds too much like Wendy.

Cindy: Is the world REALLY ready for a fanboy monster? And what's up with the fourth wall breakage?

Emoti-Con: Oh, that's just to distract you from THIS!

<Emoti-Con puts his hand to an "angry face" on his chest and releases a blast of energy from his eyes. The assault strikes both Rangers, knocking them to the ground. The monster chuckles to himself as they pull themselves up.>

Emoti-Con: Oh come on! That was a love tap! You can do better!

<Before he can criticize anymore, he's suddenly slashed by three Data Blades. Staggered, he backs off as the remaining three Rangers, finally on the scene, get between him and the others.>

Jake: Wow, you're the ugliest thing I've ever seen!

Walter: And considering what Jake looks at in the mirror every day, that's really saying something!

Jake: Oh, you're just jealous because I'm the good looking one.

Anya: Shut up and fight!

<Anya summons her Input Staves and throws them at Emoti-Con.>

Emoti-Con: GTG! TTYL!

<He mock-salutes the Rangers and vanishes into a warpportal right before the Staves can reach him.>

Jeremy: He got away!

<He pushes past the others and glares at the empty field. The team demorphs and he clenches his fists.>

Walter: Chill, man. We'll have another shot at him.

<Walter puts his hand on Jeremy's shoulder, but Jeremy brushes it off and, furious, turns away and storms off.>

Walter: Jer? Man, what's up with that? He never gets riled like that.

Cindy: Who cares? We got jumped! Where WERE you guys?

<They turn to look at her, but she, to their surprise, starts walking away as well.>

Cindy: Absolutely worthless...

Jake: You know, she's CUTE when she's angry.

Anya: Hmmm... I wonder...

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

Time: Inapplicable

<Emoti-Con walks into Kalask's throneroom and bows before his master.>

Kalask: Report.

Emoti-Con: It's done, master. I hit both of them with the beam, as you ordered. But why didn't you want me attacking the other three? I could have eliminated all five at the same time!

Kalask: If you did that, the game would be over before it even began. What fun would THAT be? Oh no, you've done your part for now. Now we just sit back... and watch the fireworks.

<Off to the side, Thrak watches this, galled. Emeralde stands nearby.>

Thrak: What an idiotic plan... He should just crush them! We waste time playing these games when we could easily wipe them out in a single stroke!

Emeralde: It's not your place to question the master, Thrak. You would do well to remember that.

<His only response is a low growl as he turns and leaves the thromeroom.>

Emeralde: It would seem that Thrak bears watching...

***

Location: Fort Myers Rec Room

<Walter and Jake listen from just outside the Rec Room. So intent are they on listening that they fail to notice as Anya approaches them.>

Anya: What in the world are you doing?

<Both jump, startled. Walter recovers first.>

Walter: See for yourself.

<Anya moves to open the door, but Jake puts his hand on the controls first. She gives him a glare.>

Jake: Trust me, you don't wanna go in there right now.

Anya: Try me.

<She shoves Jake's hand away and activates the electronic lock. The door spides open to reveal a scene of complete chaos. The room is trashed... Again. Tables and chairs are overturned, several monitors are damaged, and in the midst of the carnage, Jeremy and Cindy are shouting at each other, absolutely livid.>

Jeremy: You were absolutely USELESS out there today! This isn't 1961! Grow a backbone and stop relying on everyone to bail you out!

Cindy: I didn't see you doing any better! You're the one with the fancy new weapon, and that monster tossed you like a salad! God, what did I ever see in you?!

Jeremy: Finally, we agree on something! I thought you were special, but you're just a simpering blonde ditz that can't do anything right! You wouldn't even BE here if I hadn't been proping you up from day one!

Cindy: I never asked you to help me! And frankly, I wish you'd stop!

Anya: Oh my...

Jeremy: GLADLY! From now on, just stay out of my way!

Cindy: Same to you, jerk!

<They both storm past Anya, ignoring her completely. As they pass through the door, they each take off in a different direction. Quietly, Jake and Walter enter the room. Jake whistles appreciatively.>

Jake: Lovers' spat?

Anya: No... No, I don't think so.

***

Location: The Museum, Downtown

<Matt looks around the Rangers exhibit, impressed.>

Matt: I'm surprised they even REMEMBERED the Thunder Slingers...

<Wendy walks in with Alpha 5.>

Wendy: Thanks again for helping us with those modifications to the Hyper Rush Megazord, Alpha. It would've taken us at least another month without you. And as far as the new weapon goes... We've been so busy, we hadn't even gotten past the design phase yet. But now it's back on track. You're every bit the miracle worker your reputation claimed.

Alpha: It was my pleasure, Wendy. And how is your other project coming along?

Matt: Operation T? It's progressing exactly on schedule. I doubt we'll be able to keep it a secret for much longer, but once it's out in the open...

Wendy: EVERYONE'll be in for a major surprise... Or ten. I've honestly lost count.

Alpha: I just hope you two know what you're doing. You're taking a tremendous risk. You should at least tell the Rangers about-

Wendy: NO! I mean, we can't.

Matt: The less they know, the better. If this backfires, we don't want them taking any of the blame.

Alpha: I understand, but last I checked, friends didn't keep secrets from friends.

<As they walk deeper into the exhibit, they fail to notice as Lt. Conner emerges from the shadows.>

Lt. Conner: Well said, Alpha. By all means... Tell me more...

***

Location: Sauder's Office

<Sauder's sitting at his desk as there's a knock at his door.>

Sauder: Enter.

<Anya enters the room and salutes.>

Anya: Sir.

Sauder: It's about time you got here, Anya. It's not like you to keep me waiting. Tell me everything you know about this new monster.

Anya: I'm afraid that's impossible, Sir. There's no record of a being called Emoti-Con in any of the data I brought with me. Either he changed his name and appearance...

Sauder: Or he was recruited after you escaped to this reality.

<Sauder sighs, heavily.>

Sauder: I don't like flying blind. As long as we don't know what his capabilities are, we're at Kalask's mercy.

Anya: I don't believe we are. Flying blind, I mean.

Sauder: Oh? What do you mean?

Anya: It's... It's Jeremy and Cindy, Sir. They're behaving... oddly. They're angry, harsh, even cruel to an extent. As far as I can tell, it began right after the monster attacked them. The monster's name implies some kind of emotion-manipulation ability... I think they're under some kind of spell, and it's getting worse every minute.

Sauder: And we've got no idea how to break this spell... Blast it! Find the both of them and get them to the medical bay. I want a complete physical and mental analysis of them done immediately!

Anya: I've already got the others following Jeremy. I'll find Cindy. Keep the rest of the base's personnel away from them... They could be dangerous in their current frame of mind.

<Unseen by Anya and Sauder, the nanite spy sees and hears the entire exchange...>

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

<Kalask chuckles to himself as he hears Anya's words.>

Kalask: She's a sharp one, all right. Nice to know that using a newer recruit isn't throwing her off her game.

<Kalask turns towards Emoti-Con.>

Kalask: Be ready to move.

Emoti-Con: Yes, Master!

***

Location: Fort Myers

<Cindy's sitting on the edge of her bed, stewing, and clearly in an increasingly foul mood. Her back is to her room's door. Her door opens, revealing Anya.>

Cindy: Go. Away.

Anya: I can't do that, Cindy. I'm worried about you. It's not like you to be so furious.

Cindy: Last I checked, my mood wasn't any of your business. And I can be whatever I want to be.

<Anya steps inside and makes her way to Cindy.>

Anya: Of course, but still... Maybe we'd better go to the medical bay and run a few tests... Just to make certain.

<Anya places her hand on Cindy's shoulder. Bad idea. Cindy suddenly pulls away and spins around, revealing a Data Ray that she levels at Anya.>

Cindy: BACK OFF!

<Shocked by the rapid progression of the spell, Anya puts her hands up halfway in a non-threatening manner.>

Anya: Cindy, you're not yourself. You need help.

Cindy: No. You do.

<She pulls the trigger. Anya dives to the left, barely avoiding the laser. She gets up just in time to see Cindy rush out of the room and down the hallway. Growling audibly, Anya taps her Cyber Op.>

Anya: It's worse than we feared! You've got to restrain Jeremy immediately! I'm going after Cindy!

<Anya rushes out the door, shoving the disk into her Cyber Op.>

Anya: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<A circuit pattern appears before her. As she runs through it, her uniform materializes around her, transforming her into Cyber Yellow.>

Anya: SCANNING!

<She taps her helmet and looks ahead. She quickly sees a trail of teleportational energy.>

Anya: Yellow to Sauder. Cindy's teleported out. Begin scanning for her new location!

***

Location: Combat Zord Holding Bay

<Jeremy storms into the Bay in a huff, Walter and Jake close behind.>

Walter: Hold up, man!

<Jeremy stops and turns. He's clearly in no mood for this.>

Jeremy: Why are you following me?

Walter: I'm your friend. Isn't that enough?

Jeremy: Make it fast.

Jake: You ever consider switching to decaf?

<Jeremy glares at him.>

Jake: So that's a 'no'. Got it.

Walter: We're just worried about you. I mean, first that mess with June, and now this fight with Cindy... It's just... Well... If you need to talk to someone, I'm here for you.

Jeremy: I... I appreciate it, but I-

<Before Jeremy can continue, Walter's Cyber Op beeps and Sauder's voice comes out from it.>

Sauder: Cindy got away from Anya. Corral Jeremy before he flies off the handle, too!

<Jeremy growls. Jake slaps his forehead.>

Jake: Nice timing, Sir. No, really...

Walter: Now Jeremy... Calm down... We think that monster did something to you, and we just need to get you checked out.

Jeremy: The only thing he did was open my eyes. Now get out of my way before I make you.

Jake: Not happening.

Jeremy: Your funeral.

<He suddenly charges forward and throws a punch at Walter's head. Walter barely ducks out of the way. As Jeremy goes past him, Jake grabs his arm. Jeremy responds by pulling free and shoving Jake back. Walter grabs him from behind, giving Jake a chance to grab him from the front.>

Walter: CALM DOWN! We don't want to hurt you!

Jake: Actually, I kinda want to right now...

Walter: Dude? Seriously? Not helping!

<Jeremy shifts his weight to the right, throwing both his friends off balance. Seizing the opportunity, he pivots his body and pulls free of both, and then immediately executes a tornado kick that knocks both of them to the ground.>

Jeremy: Next time, I won't be so nice.

<As the others pull themselves up, Jeremy runs for the Bay's exit.>

Walter: ...I think that went well.

Jake: Yeah. Me too.

Walter: So, YOU wanna tell the General we lost him?

Jake: Rock Paper Sissors?

Walter: Deal.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

<Kalask observes on the monitor as Jeremy rushes out of the Holding Bay and towards the outskirts of the base.>

Kalask: I believe the proper moment is at hand. Emoti-Con, you know what to do.

Emoti-Con: Gotcha! You can count on me, Master!

<Emoti-Con turns and leaves. As he exits, Midnai watches, amused.>

Midnai: He's certainly eager to please, isn't he? But something's different about you today.

Kalask: Oh? Whatever do you mean, my dear?

Midnai: You've been studying some of the recent battles. Something's troubling you.

Kalask: You always could read me like a book. Yes, it seems that something is amiss. That battle with Tange... I still cannot account for a handful of Dreads.

Midnai: Perhaps you miscounted?

Kalask: Perhaps, and yet... I wonder...

***

Location: Outskirts of Fort Myers

<Jeremy finally stops running, momentarily worn out. Looking back, he sees that Jake and Walter have apparently lost his trail.>

Jeremy: And good riddance.

Cindy: Wish I could say the same.

<He turns and sees her approaching.>

Cindy: Looks like we both had the same idea of getting out of there.

Jeremy: Too bad we didn't pick different directions.

<A warp-portal appears next to them. They both turn to face it as Emoti-Con materializes. They both tense instinctively, then glance at each other.>

Emoti-Con: Hey! I've missed you two! How've things been, hmmm?

Jeremy: You picked a bad time to come looking for a fight, freak.

Cindy: Get lost! We're busy!

Emoti-Con: What? Is that any way to greet a visitor? I mean, it's not like I'm the one that you want to fight, now is it?

<Emoti-Con touches the angry face again, and it pulses red. At the same time, both Jeremy and Cindy shake their heads as the spell intensifies. After a few seconds, they glare at each other. Tenatively, they each reach for their respective Ops Disks.>

Jeremy: You're just holding me back!

Cindy: And I'm tired of being in your shadow!

Both: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<There's a bright flash, and when the light fades, both have transformed. Jeremy immediately summons his Scanner Blade, while Cindy summons her Protection Shield.>

Emoti-Con: That's it, Cyber Rangers... The object of your hatred is right there in front of you... You know what you must do.

<Both Rangers lift their weapons and glare at each other. There's nothing but silence and the howl of the distant wind as each waits for the first move. They don't wait long. Cindy suddenly grabs her Data Ray and fires it without it leaving her holster. Jeremy deflects the shot with his Scanner Blade, sending it back in her direction. She deflects it with the Protection Shield and launches forward, intending to use the Shield as a cutting weapon. Jeremy moves to the right and swats the shield aside with the Blade before ramming his elbow into her back. Recovering quickly, Cindy swings her Shield again, knocking Jeremy away. Taking initiative, she pulls out her Data Blade and, before he can react, she slashes Jeremy diagonally across the chest. Forced back, he practically roars out of sheer rage and draws his Data Ray. Firing at close range, she deflects the blasts with her shield and rolls clear as he launches a second barrage. Sheaching her Data Blade, Cindy draws her own Data Ray and returns fire. Their blasts meet in the middle, creating explosions between them. This has the effect of creating a momentary lull in the battle as they size each other up.>

Emoti-Con: They never truly loved you... Deep down, you know it.

<Both hear his words and scream as they charge each other. Cindy strikes first, slashing her Shield into Jeremy's shoulder. Undaunted, he slashes her abdomen with the Blade.>

Emoti-Con: Yes, that's perfect. Those two will destroy each other! I don't even have to lift a finger!

Anya: THAT'S ENOUGH!

Jake and Walter: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<There's a flash of yellow, green, and blue as the others somersault over Emoti-Con's head and land between him and the battling lovers. Jeremy and Cindy continue to battle, totally oblivious to their friends' arrival.>

Walter: I don't know what you've done to them, but you'd better undo it right now!

Emoti-Con: Undo it? But I've barely even begun! By the time I'm done, those two will tear each other into pieces!

Jake: Not if we stop you first!

Walter: That's right! We won't rest until we put you down like all the rest!

Emoti-Con: Oh, you'll be resting, all right...

<Emoti-Con touches another symbol on his shoulder and thrusts his hand out. Before he can react, a beam strikes Walter.>

Walter: What... What did... You...

<He staggers forward, demorphs, and collapses, asleep.>

Anya: It's worse than we feared. He doesn't just control emotions!

Emoti-Con: That's right!

<He moves so that Anya and Jake can see the symbol on his shoulder. It's the text symbol for sleep.>

Emoti-Con: I'm a technomancer! The text symbols on my body give me more power than you could even dream of! Like THIS!

<He touches his leg, and another beam strikes all around Jake.>

Jake: You missed, Jerk! Now it's my turn! OUTPUT CANNON!

<Jake summons his weapon and fires. However, the blast immediately bounches off of an invisible wall and strikes him head on at nearly point-blank range. Unprepared, Jake falls backwards and demorphs. Furious, he gets up and moves to charge Emoti-Con. He gets all of one foot before striking the invisible wall. Instinctively feeling all around him, he realizes he's trapped on all sides.>

Emoti-Con: You'd make a great mime, Cyber Blue.

<Anya tenses as she sees another text symbol, one she'd seen Wendy use a few times. A head striking a brick wall.>

Anya: We're not beaten yet, Emoti-Con. As long as one Ranger stands, you'll still fall.

Emoti-Con: How very brave, my dear. I'm impressed. Really. And just so you know, I've got special orders regarding you. I'm to make you SUFFER.

<Emoti-Con touches his other shoulder twice, and a bazooka text symbol glows. The air above him shimmers as two monsterous yellow smile faces appear. Laughing cartoonishly, they grow arms, reach into their mouths, and pull out rocket launchers.>

Emoti-Con: GET HER!

<They fire, and Anya is surrounded by explosions that throw her backwards and to the ground. Pained by the attack, she struggles to get up.>

Anya: That... won't stop me! You'll have to kill me to stop me!

<She charges him, her Input Staves materializing in her hands.>

Emoti-Con: I certainly hope so!

<The two faces fire again. Anya ignores the explosions, charging at the monster.>


***

Location: Twins' Secret Lab

<The Twins materialize inside, responding to the alert. Matt reaches the comm system first and activates the screen in time to see Anya trying to fight Emoti-Con alone.>

Matt: It's bad, Sis. Jake's trapped, Walter's unconscious, and Jeremy and Cindy are trying to kill each other.

Wendy: We go off base for ONE day and this happens...

Matt: I think it's time to initiate Operation T again.

Wendy: But Anya might see and-

Matt: No. She won't. I have a plan.

<Wendy nods.>

Wendy: So, what do we do?

***

Location: Outskirts of Fort Myers

<Jeremy and Cindy are dueling now with their Data Blades. Their suits smoking in several places, it's obvious that they've been tearing into each other viciously.>

Jeremy: It's time we ended this!

Cindy: AGREED!

<Both charge at each other and slash as hard as they can. Passing each other, they turn to face each other. After a few seconds, both their suits spark violently and they demorph. Having taken a harder hit, Cindy falls down and struggles to get up. Jeremy staggers towards her and summons the Cyberrang. Fist raised, he prepares to deliver the finishing blow.>

Jeremy: It's all over now!

Cindy: Just shut up and do it already! At least then I won't have to look at you anymore!

Jeremy: FINE!

<He starts to swing his fist towards her, but stops short.>

Jeremy: Wait... No... This is...

Cindy: GO ON! DO IT! I'M TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU!

Jeremy: I CAN'T! I DON'T WANT TO HURT YOU!

Cindy: JUST DO IT!

<Jeremy screams as he swings, but at the last second, he turns it into a hug, grabbing Cindy as tears begin flowing from both of them.>

Jeremy: Oh god, what am I doing? Cindy... I'm so sorry... I never wanted to...

Cindy: I... I never meant to...

Both: AAAAHHHH!!!!

<Both cry out as they suddenly feel a pulse of red energy erupt from their bodies and fade away. Exhausted, they look at each other.>

Cindy: Next time, I think we SHOULD go to the doctor's office...

Jeremy: Good call...

<Nearby, Anya is thrown through the air by another explosion, landing close to Jake, who pounds helpessly against his invisible prison.>

Jake: Anya! You've gotta get me out of this!

Anya: I have a plan.

Jake: Is it a good one?

Anya: No.

Jake: NO?!?!

<Anya turns to face Emoti-Con.>

Anya: Your drones can't even aim their weapons. They're a joke!

Emoti-Con: Hey, they're not noobs! They're l33t! FIRE!

<The two faces fire another barrage. At the last instant, Anya dives left. The explosions trike the invisible prison, shattering the walls and sending Jake flying back. Caught at the edge of the blast, Anya collapses and demorphs, landing near Walter, who begins to stir.>

Anya: Come on! We've got to... get back... up!

<Still dazed from the blast, Anya finds she can't move yet. Emoti-Con advances towards her, ready to finish her off.>

Emoti-Con: Say bye-bye, rebel!

<He charges his claws to rend her apart, when there's a sudden flash of light, intense enough to blind him.>

Emoti-Con: OW! WHAT'S THAT?!

<Confused, Anya looks around, but can see no source for the light, which has already faded away. Thankfully, the light also has the added benefit of waking up Walter, who pulls himself up. Jake staggers to join them as Cindy and Jeremy, fully recovered from the spell, run to join their friends.>

Jeremy: Guys, we're so sorry...

Cindy: The things we said... The things we did...

Jake: It wasn't you.

Walter: (yawning) It was this jerk!

Anya: You've failed, Emoti-Con. You've given us your best shots, and we're still here!

Jeremy: And now it's time YOU got a taste of how agry we can get! READY?

All: READY!

<They all lift their left arms to chest level while they raise and pull back their right arms, palms facing out towards Emeralde. As one, they shove their right arms forward, pushing the "disks" into the Cyber Ops.>

All: CYBER OP ENERGIZE!

<Jeremy finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a red battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Red!>

<Walter finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a green battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Green!>

<Jake finds himself amidst more cascading binary that flows around him. It quickly forms a blue battle suit around his body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at his shoulders and meeting at his chest's center. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on him, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around his head, created by data swarming around his head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. His transformation completed, he was now Cyber Blue!>

<Anya finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a yellow battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Yellow!>

<Cindy finds herself amidst more cascading binary that flows around her. It quickly forms a pink battle suit around her body, a 16-bit style triangle forming at her shoulders and meeting at her chest's center. A short miniskirt appears as well. White gloves and boots, trimmed with binary at the cuffs, appear on her, before a belt with two holsters appear. A Data Ray and a Data Blade materialize in these. Finally, the helmet forms around her head, created by data swarming around her head. Its visor is not unlike a VR goggle set. Her transformation completed, she was now Cyber Pink!>

Emoti-Con: Oh, this can't be good...

<Each Ranger strikes a unique pose.>

Jeremy: CYBER RED!

Jake: CYBER BLUE!

Anya: CYBER YELLOW!

Walter: CYBER GREEN!

Cindy: CYBER PINK!

All: DEFENDING THE MULTIVERSE FROM THE FORCES OF DARKNESS! POWER RANGERS CYBER V! FOR VICTORY!

<Jeremy flashes a "v for victory" sign, then turns it into a thumbs down.>

Jeremy: And you're going down!

Emoti-Con: Errr... Can't we talk about this?!

Jake: Talk is cheap! OUTPUT CANNON!

Walter: We prefer action! DISK LAUNCHER!

<Both summon their personal weapons and fire, striking the two floating faces, which explode in matching fireballs.>

Anya: INPUT STAVES!

<Anya leaps up from behind them and, using their shoulders as a springboard, launches into the air and throws her Input Staves, which ram into Emoti-Con, ricochet off the ground, and strike him again before returning to her hands. As Anya lands, Jeremy and Cindy run past her, Data Blades drawn. Before Emoti-Con can react, they both slash him from either side, staggering him.>

Cindy: You tried to tear us apart, and now we're gonna do the same to you!

Jeremy: And this time, we're not stopping until the job's done!

<They slash again in perfect tandem. Emoti-Con touches another symbol and fires a beam, but they both roll out of the way in time.>

Jeremy: Not this time! CYBERRANG!

<The gauntlet appears on his hand.>

Jeremy: SUPERCHARGE MODE!

<The V slides forward over his knuckles, even as the top half of it rotates a full 180 degrees, forming an X. The X begins to spin rapidly, becoming a blur.>

Jeremy: VICTORY STRIKE!

<He thrusts his fist forward, and the spinning X launches in a vortex of energy that slams into and through Emoti-Con.>

Jeremy: BRING 'EM TOGETHER!

<Walter attaches his Disk Launcher to Jake's Output Cannon. Anya's Input Staves attach to ports on both sides of the Cannon, even as Cindy's Protection Shield links to Walter's Launcher. Finally, Jeremy's blade retracts into it's hilt partially, before he places it between the staves' housings. The transformation complete, Jeremy levels the Cyber Blaster before him, the others bracing him. Walter and Anya on his right, Jake and Cindy on his left.>

Cindy: Hey! Emoti-Con! You love hate? Well then you'll love this!

Jeremy: FIRE!

<Jeremy pulls the trigger and a cascading wave of all five colors launches, striking Emoti-Con dead-on.>

Emoti-Con: Love... Hurts...

<Emoti-Con collapses and erupts into a fireball.>

Cindy: So much for that creep.

Wendy (over comm): Hey! You finally did a rolecall! It's about time!

Jake: Seriously? We're fighting for our lives and you call to cheer on a rolecall?

<A warp-portal appears next to them, and Tem-Tar appears within.>

Tem-Tar: Oh dear... This won't do at all! Get up and show these Rangers what you can REALLY do!

<Tem-Tar's nanite tube extends and fires, striking the remains of Emoti-Con and his two drones. Before the Rangers can react, the nanites rebuild and expand all three into towering menaces.>

Emoti-Con: I JUST MADE THE BIG TIME!

Jeremy: Looks like it's not over yet! COMBAT ZORDS... MOBILIZE!

<Nearby, the egress to the Holding Bay opens wide, and CV Transport, carrying the Combat Zords, rolls out. Immediately, the Rangers leap up and into their respective cockpits.>

Jeremy: LOG ON!

Walter: Good to go!

Jake: Ready to rock!

Anya: All systems on-line.

Cindy: LET'S TEAR THIS CREEP A NEW ONE!

Jeremy: Combat Zords... LAUNCH!

<Razor Bat detaches from the engines and flies off, while a ramp extends from the front of CV Transport. As it finishes extending, the Combat Zords roll down it and charge forward.>

Jeremy: Razor Bat... Transform!

<Jeremy pulls the lever down. The effect is immediate. The transformation begins by extending the engine thrusters out, revealing them to be the feet. They continue extending into legs. Next, the tips of the wings separate, revealing themselves to be hand weapons, which are easily caught by twin arms that come out of the sides of Razor Bat's main body and extend. The wings fold backwards from their midway point, while the Bat head cycles forward, becoming a chestplate. A new head rises from the main body, a odd mix of humanoid robot and bat. The transformation complete, Razor Bat lands on it's legs and stands ready for battle, weapons raised.>

<The Cyber Rangers all nod and unsheathe their Data Blades as slots open for the weapons. They slide the weapons in, and their helmets all flash with the phrase "Cyber Combat Megazord Initialized". Razor Bat flies into the air as it's legs fold in on themselves at the knees. The blade weapons return to the wings as the arms return to the main body of the mecha. The laser weaponry on LightTank retracts into various ports, while WeatherTrain closes it's weapons array as well. Blast Truck splits right down it's middle, forced apart by retrorockets. The two halves continue to race forward. They are joined by LightTank and WeatherTrain, which brace as Razor Bat flies down, back facing the ground, it's legs locking into the backs of the two mecha before they speed up, allowing BlastTruck to meet them at Razor Bat's shoulders. Blast Truck's halves moves in closer, revealing connector ports that lock onto Razor Bat and snap into place. MortarTread splits into two as well, the top half rocketing off and flying in behind Razor Bat as the treads and main body ride up the impromptu ramp created by WeatherTrain and LightTank. As it reaches the top of the ramp, it slams down onto the chest of Razor Bat, locking into place and revealing a stylized Cyber V logo, the Data Blade and a circle of binary code separating digital style letters CV. The other half of MortarTread begins a transformation as well, as the turret extends away from the remainder of the main body and turns around, revealing a helmet. The barrel rotates down the back of the barrel before the helmet snaps into place over Razor Bat's head. Finally, the combined machine takes to the air. The front ends of LightTank and WeatherTrain rotate forward, creating feet. The cab sections of BlastTruck move upwards as well, revealing two large metallic black hands. The missile launchers and missiles rotate and shift as well, forming massive shoulders. The remainder of MortarTread snaps into place on the back. The transformation complete, the new gestalt lands on it's feet and poses dramatically, raising and lowering it's fists as it's eyes light up green.>

Cyber V: CYBER COMBAT MEGAZORD ONLINE!

<The Cyber V Rangers appear in a combined cockpit made of their five Zords' individual ones. Jeremy is in front, Walter to his left, and Jake on his right. Behind them are Anya, behind Walter, and Cindy, behind Jake.>

Anya: Begin Hyper Rush Megazord transformation!

<CV Transport turns around and runs backwards, blazing forward as jets from underneath raise it up. The rocket engines detach and reattach to the front wheels as it props itself up on it's former back. A panel on the new front rotates down, revealing a robotic face with yellow eyes.>

Emoti-Con: Well, you may have the Zords, but I have the numbers! GET 'EM!

<His two drones fly in and fire their missile launchers, peppering the two Megazords with explosions. In the cockpit, the Rangers are rocked by smaller explosions as several circuits overload.>

Walter: We've gotta swat those things and fast!

<As the drones fly past, the CCMZ swings it's fists, narrowly missing the creatures. The drones immediately retaliate by firing again, forcing the Megazord to back away.>

Jeremy: It's time for Blast Mode!

<Hyper Rush Megazord's arms glow and fly forward, becoming cannons for Cyber Combat Megazord.>

Jake: Blast Mode complete! Let's fry these suckers!

Emoti-Con: I can tell you now, that's not gonna work...

<The Megazord hefts the cannons up towards the drones.>

All: BIG BANG ATTACK!

<The two cannons let loose with a mighty barrage, but the two drones dart out of the way and launch another assault. The cannons return to Hyper Rush Megazord as it moves to cover it's fellow Zord.>

Emoti-Con: I told ya...

Cindy: What about BlastRider Mode?

Wendy (over comm): That won't work either. Hitting targets that small while moving that fast would be nearly impossible. But there is another option.

Matt (over comm): We've just finished modifying the Hyper Rush Megazord, Rangers. Activate mode 4.

Jeremy: There's a fourth mode? Okay, you've got it.

<His helmet scans the new information.>

Jeremy: COMBINE!

<Cyber Combat Megazord leaps into the air. Hyper Rush Megazord transforms back to CV Transport and rockets forward. As it does, it splits into several sections. The frontmost splits down the middle, forming shoulder armor. The back section and wheels open wide, forming new foot armor as Cyber Combat Megazord lands in them. The engines attach to Cyber Combat Megazord's arms. The remainder folds out, forming a stylized V pattern that attaches to the Megazord's chest.>

All: CYBER RUSH MEGAZORD, ROLL OUT!

Emoti-Con: Wait, did I miss a battle or something? Oh, snap! You busted out a new mode just for me? SWEET! Too bad I've gotta break it!

<The drones launch a new assault. Explosions pound the Cyber Rush Megazord, but the new Megazord ignores the attack completely as it rolls forward on it's foot wheels. Undeterred, the two drones begin buzzing the Megazord, looking for a vulnerable spot.>

Jeremy: Just what we wanted you to do! Let's take this bad boy for a spin!

<Cyber Rush Megazord lifts both it's arms up and begins rotating, becoming a blur as it's cannons begin to glow. Energy flies from both arm cannons in gigantic arcs of energy, striking both drones. The two smiley faces take a direct hit and crash to the ground, erupting in flames. The Megazord comes to a halt and turns to face Emoti-Con.>

Cindy: And now it's your turn!

Emoti-Con: I don't think so!

<He pushes the same symbol he'd used before to trap Jake. More walls, visible this time, appear between him and the Megazord.>

Emoti-Con: You'll never get past this barrier!

Jake: Don't you love it when they say things like that?

Jeremy: BIG BANG PUNCH!

<The Megazord's fists and cannons begin to glow. It swings with it's left, then it's right, and two gigantic energy fists launch forward. To Emoti-Con's horror, the energy fists shatter the barriers like they didn't even exist before engulfing him in a wave of sheer kinetic energy. As it fades, Emoti-Con staggers. The Megazord turns away from him.>

Emoti-Con: I GOT SCHOOLED!

<He falls and explodes. As the flames die out, Cyber Rush Megazord poses triumphantly, it's mission accomplished.>

Cindy: AND DON'T COME BACK!

***

Location: Twins' Secret Lab

<Matt and Wendy watch as the battle ends.>

Matt: Operation T successful. Nice work.

Wendy: But of course.

***

Location: Shadow Claw, Dimensional Limbo

<Kalask watches as Emoti-Con is annihilated by the Cyber Rush Megazord. Midnai stands off to the side.>

Kalask: Another mode? I must admit, their transport Zord is certainly a versatile little toy. But no matter. The game continues.

Midnai: Yes, but I see what you meant before. That odd flash of light... What was it?

Kalask: I'm not certain, but whatever or whomever it may be, I won't tolerate interference in my game for much longer...

***

Location: Rec Room, Fort Myers

<Jeremy picks up one of the broken monitors while Cindy sweeps up some debris.>

Jeremy: Cindy, I want to apologize.. The things I said... I didn't mean to hurt you like that.

Cindy: You're sorry? I tried to take your head off! I should be the one apologizing!

Jeremy: I tried to cut you with a sword!

Cindy: I shot at you!

<Anya steps into the doorway.>

Anya: Please tell me you two aren't going to start another fight...

<They both look at each other and burst out laughing. Anya walks inside, followed by Walter and Jake.>

Jake: I hope not. We're already down to one television and a blender.

Walter: So, what're you two crazy kids doing for your NEXT date?

<Both of them blush. Cindy grabs a couch cushion and throws it at Walter's face.>

Walter: Was it something I said?

***

Location: The Museum, Downtown

<Alpha 5 is checking on the settings for the museum's computer. With the lights dimmed, he fails to notice as a shadowy figure approaches him.>

Alpha: Oh dear, the security system's malfunctioning again. That's the third time this month!

<The figure walks up behind Alpha and growls softly. Startled, Alpha turns.>

Alpha: AY-YI-YI!

<Coming out of the shadows, Doggie Cruger bends over and looks Alpha dead on.>

Cruger: Hello, Alpha. I think it's time we had a little chat about a pair of mutual accquaintences...

MISSION LOG COMPLETE

Next Time: Special prelude to the biggest PRCV story ever! Anya, Wendy, and Matt grew up together as a part of the Ranger project. Now, see for the first time the formation of their bonds, and hints of secrets yet to be revealed. But none of that may matter when they're attacked by Kalask's newest monster! The mystery of Operation T deepens!
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