Characters don't belong to me. Characters belong to Spelling
Entertainment (Charmed) and BVE/VRP (Power Rangers Dino Thunder). The
character of Karen Ford belongs to Beth Epstein (tptigger).
note: This is a sequel to tptigger's "Ask Me No Questions, I'll
Tell You No Lies", and assumes you've read that story. If you don't,
you probably will be lost. This is a Charmed/PRDT crossover.
Keeping Up Appearances
by Estirose & Tptigger
"Hey, guys! There's a monster at Muir University library!" Ethan called
through the morpher.
Kira sighed. So much for her English assignment. She scribbled a note
to her mom, knowing that if something happened and her mom paniced
again, she'd have to deal with Chris. And after last time, she really
didn't want Chris to nose in on her business again.
She ran downstairs, leaving the note on the kitchen table and running
out the back door. After a moment, she ran back to lock it. She looked
around; no one in sight. "Dino Thunder! Power Up! Ha!"
In an instant, she was morphed and on her way to the battle site.
Chris was not having a good day. He had gone to the Muir University
Library in hopes of locating a rare text that had the information the
Charmed Ones needed. Unfortunately, the moment that he came out of the
stairwell, everybody started screaming and running away. "What's going
on?" he asked a man coming out of the stacks.
The man took one look at him, dropped his books, and ran into the
Chris froze for a moment. He should go to Leo about this; yet he also
critically needed to get the information.
As he was debating his choices, three figures in white, red, and yellow
appeared. "Hold it right there!" Red called.
Chris froze. He'd heard of the Power Rangers, never seen one in person.
"Wait a minute..."
"Are you going to go back to Mesogog, or are we going to have to kick
your sorry ass back there?" Red asked.
"Who's Mesogog?" Chris asked, more lost than ever.
"Guys, something is seriously wrong here." He half-turned towards the
figure in yellow, the one who had spoken. She looked at him. "What's
She seemed to ponder that for a moment. "Guys, I don't think he's one
"You're kidding, right?" Red asked.
"No, something's wrong here." There was a conviction in her voice now.
She looked at him. "Chris, whoever you are, you might want to get out
"You sure?" White asked Yellow. "I mean..."
"I know what he looks like!" Yellow declared. "Chris. Go."
Chris didn't need to be told twice. He got out of there and ran to the
nearest stairwell, orbing out to safety.
What did you do that for?" Conner demanded, after they'd demorphed.
They were standing outside the library after Chris had sensibly left.
"That was one of Mesogog's monsters!"
"How many monsters are named 'Chris'?" Kira demanded back.
"He could have just been saying that to get you off your guard," Trent
"Right," Kira said. She still couldn't see her whitelighter, but she
knew that had been him in there.
"He's right," Conner said. "Mesogog probably knows about that friend of
"Look," Kira blasted back, "Something's seriously wrong here. That
monster acted like Chris. I bet if I called Chris, he'd tell me how the
Power Rangers totally terrorized him."
Conner produced a cell phone. "Call him, then."
Kira rolled her eyes. "You think I know the phone number for the dork
right off the top of my head?"
"Right," Conner said. "I still say something weird's going on."
"You got that right," Kira said, almost to herself.
"Wait a minute, I thought the Power Rangers only attacked bad guys."
Paige, the only one of the three Charmed Ones present at the mansion,
looked at Chris.
"They thought I was some kind of monster," Chris offered. He looked
Leo shifted. "Generally, yes. However, we've had two other cases of the
Power Rangers attacking whitelighters in the past few weeks. We thought
it was a case of mistaken identity - they were both dealing with
"But they thought Chris was a monster," Paige interjected. "Except the
"I don't think she could see me," Chris said. "Just could tell that
Paige nodded. "Thankfully." She looked over at Leo. "I can see he's
Chris, why can't anybody else?"
"Maybe witches can see me as I am," Chris offered. "And everybody else
sees me as... a monster." He shook his head. "I need to get to the
bottom of this. I need that text!"
"We need to find out why everybody's seeing you as a monster first,"
Paige reminded him. "Anybody you know in the area?"
"Chris has charges in the area," Leo said, turning to Chris. "Why don't
you pay them a visit."
"Good idea," Chris said, orbing out.
Kira looked up from her homework. "What now?" she grumbled. She yelled
back, "I'm doing homework!"
"Can you come down for a moment, honey?" her mother called.
"Okay," Kira said, closing her book. "Be right down." She wondered if
she was in trouble from the note that she'd left. She was trying her
best not to alarm her mom, really.
Kira dragged her feet downstairs. Not seeing her mom in the living
room, she went into the kitchen, where her mom waited... as well as a
familiar monster. She blinked, her muscles going into an automatic
"It's okay, honey," her mother said, in her most soothing tone. "It's
"Um, mom, that's not Chris." She paused. The feeling was back. "Well,
it's kind of Chris, but it's not Chris."
"Right," the monster-form rumbled.
"Um, Chris, this is so not funny," Kira said.
"I'm not doing this on purpose," Chris said, sounding exasperated under
the furry form. "Something's making all whitelighters look like
monsters in this area. I needed to see how I appeared to you and your
"Chris says the Rangers have been attacking Whitelighters," her mom
"How many times?" Kira asked, her stomach suddenly doing a loop-de-loop.
"Three times, including this afternoon." Chris sounded annoyed. Kira
sat down heavily on a kitchen stool.
"Kira, what's wrong?" her mother asked.
"I just... it's kind of like it doesn't make any sense," Kira said,
evading the question. "I mean, they're supposed to be the good guys."
If Chris caught the slip, his monster face didn't reflect it. Her mom
appeared oblivious. "Anyway," Chris said, "At least we know now."
"Kira," her mom said, "You're under a spell."
"Well, duh. Of course I'm under a spell!"
"Chris," her mother said, rolling her eyes, "Is somebody handling this
The monster form nodded.
"Good," her mother said. "Maybe you and they can find a way to break
the spell on Kira?"
"Wouldn't the spell be on the whole town, not on every person?" Kira
asked, not wanting Chris or anyone else to find out about her Ranger
status. With her luck, the spell affected non-witch civilians
differently than it did Rangers. "It would make sense."
"Yes, but honey... I hate for you not to be able to recognize your own
Kira bit her tongue, knowing the last thing she needed was a lecture
from both Chris and her mother about Chris being her whitelighter.
"Chris looks like a monster right now. I get it. It's cool."
"But still..." her mom looked at her. Then monster-Chris. Then her
again. Then monster-Chris. "Honey, can you go with him to make sure?"
The Chris-monster held out his pincer. "Come on, Kira."
Kira sighed again. "Mom, I have homework!"
"Kira..." Her mom had that no-nonsense tone that Kira hated. "Chris
needs to break this spell badly. He's got other charges to help."
"I have a science test tomorrow!" It had always stopped Chris before.
"I have a text I need to read, but I can't do it like this!" Chris
"All right," Kira grumbled, hoping nobody would wonder where she was.
Chris held out his hand, and she took it, surprised to find a hand
beneath the apparent pincer. She closed her eyes.
Chris orbed himself and Kira back to the Halliwell mansion. Karen had
been right; he needed to break the spell, or at least help the Charmed
Ones break it, and Kira was not likely to balk. At least not compared
to someone from a non-witch family. He nudged her.
"Kira? We're here."
Kira opened her eyes, took one look at Leo, and took a step back,
falling once more into a defensive position. "Whitelighter?" she asked,
turning towards Chris.
"Elder," Chris told her. He studied her. She'd been able to tell with
him, maybe it was a witch family thing. "You can tell?"
Kira frowned. "I can't tell that he's not a monster, no. But since
you're taking me to get help, and he's not attacking you, and you're
not attacking him, I guess he's not a monster."
"No," Chris said.
"Not much experience with demons?" Paige asked.
"No magic," Chris said. "Did you call the others?"
"Piper took Wyatt to the store, and Phoebe just had to run down to the
post office," Paige said. "They'll be back in a few. I started looking
through the Book of Shadows..."
"Any luck?" Chris asked. Kira sat down on a nearby chair.
Paige shook her head. "No, but there has to be something."
"Chris," Kira asked, "Could you get my schoolbooks? The last thing I
need is to fail one of Dr. O's tests..."
Chris, wanting to forstall any arguments from Kira, nodded. "Okay." He
orbed out of the mansion back to the Ford home in Reefside.
"Chris? Is something wrong?" Karen Ford asked. She was sitting on her
"Kira wants to do her homework," Chris explained.
"Oh," Karen said. "Chris... is she going to be all right?"
Chris shook his head. "We don't know yet. She's not terrified of my
appearance, that's for sure."
Karen smiled sadly. "You're her Whitelighter. She knows that."
"She could tell it was me," Chris agreed. "She didn't recognize the
Elder that was giving us a hand."
"That's not good," Karen said. "Here are her books. If she has to stay
over, let me know, and I'll call her in sick for school tomorrow."
"I hope not," Chris told her, taking the offered books. "But if she has
to, I'll be sure to let you know."
Karen managed a small smile. "Thanks, Chris. I'll cover any way I can."
Chris nodded. "I'll have her home when I can." He orbed out, with the
Kira waited patiently while the other woman did research and the Elder
- well, monster-looking Elder - occasionally pointed out things. It was
just a tad disturbing to have the two of them talk about her and her
situation, as if she wasn't even in the room. But maybe that's how
Elders acted. It wasn't as if she tried to seek out the company of even
a whitelighter. In fact, in Chris' case, she'd tried her best to avoid
A familiar-looking monster orbed in, holding her books. "Thanks,
Chris," she said gratefully.
"Chris?" a second voice asked. A woman entered. "What's going on?" Kira
absently noted she was holding a child.
"Hi, Piper," the research woman said. "We're trying to figure out how
to break that spell that has Chris looking like a monster."
Kira raised her hand. "I got volunteered."
"Piper," Chris said, "This is Kira Ford. Her family's from Reefside,
part of the affected area."
"Hi," Piper said, in a distracted tone.
"My mom's a witch," Kira explained. "I'm not, so I'm here so that you
guys can break the spell on me so Chris doesn't look like he has
Chris handed the books to her. "You mom will call you in sick if she
needs to," Chris said.
"Chris, I have a science test tomorrow," Kira protested. "Not to
mention Conner's going to teach me soccer." She thought of the missed
practice. No way was Dr. O going to like this.
"He'll live," Chris informed her. "Witch duties come first."
Kira resisted throttling him. For one thing, she had no idea where she
was, or how to get home.
A third woman joined them. "What's going on?" she asked.
"Over here," the first woman said. The second woman handed the child
off to the Elder-monster. Kira reigned in her instincts to save the
child. She shifted uncomforatbly. I can't let any of them find out
about me being a Ranger.
But the three women were far too involved in their research to notice.
The elder had his eyes on the child, and Chris seemed involved in
keeping an eye on her. "Where's the bathroom in this place?" she asked.
"I'll show you," Chris volunteered.
"Just... point me in the right direction," Kira said. "It's... um...
that time of the month."
"And you were going to play soccer?" Chris asked in disbelief.
"Do you know how long it's taken him to agree?" Kira asked. "There's no
way that I would have let that stop me!"
Chris sighed. "Downstairs, and to your left."
"Thanks, Chris," she said, leaving her books on the chair. She walked
downstairs to find a bathroom... and, incidentally, call her teammates
before Dr. O, Conner, or Ethan worried themselves sick.
She soon found the bathroom. "Kira for Ethan."
"Ethan here. What's up?"
"Mom's having me stay over at Chris' tonight," Kira said.
"Okay, why aren't you telling Dr. O this?" Ethan asked, confused.
"'Cause I know he'll freak," Kira reasoned.
"So you want me to tell Dr. O that you're at Chris' place so he doesn't
freak. That works really well, Kira."
"Well, yeah," Kira said.
"Tell him yourself, you know how he gets," Ethan said.
"I can't!" Kira protested.
"Look, I'm not telling him. Get Conner to do it."
"Okay," Kira said. "I'll get Conner to do it."
"Right. Ethan out."
Kira sighed. Conner wouldn't listen. Maybe Trent would.
"Kira for Trent."
"Trent here. What's up, Kira?"
"Hey, could you tell Dr. O I'm at Chris' place for the night?" Kira
"You're where?" Trent demanded.
"Mom thinks I need to spend more time with Chris," Kira said though
"Are you sure it's safe? And why aren't you using your cell phone
"Long story," Kira said. "I'll talk to you later."
She deactivated the 'comm and left the bathroom before Chris could get
suspicious. She headed back upstairs, only to find that the three women
were still discussing spells, the elder was still holding the child,
and Chris was paging through her science textbook.
"A lot of this is so wrong."
"If you're talking about the fact that you look like you're brown,
furry, and have pincers, you're right," Kira said.
Chris indicated the text book. "No, this."
Kira sighed. "Could you not criticize my science teacher for once?"
Chris shook his head and closed the book with a thump. "Why don't you
do your homework. I'm going to see about setting up a couch for you."
"I can't take you home until I stop having pincers, I promised your
mother," Chris said.
"All right," Kira said.
Kira watched Chris go downstairs, and settled back into her homework
discontentedly. Her morpher bleeped loudly.
"I'll be right back," Kira said, getting up. She only hoped that the
others would think she had a cellphone on her when Chris had orbed her
She got up, heading downstairs yet again, and into the bathroom. "This
"Kira? Are you all right?" It was Dr. O's voice.
"I'm fine," she said.
"Trent didn't think so," Dr. O told her.
"Trent's a little biased, don't you think?"
"Trent is your teammate, he's supposed to be worried about you," Dr. O
pointed out. "And what's this about Chris?"
Kira rolled her eyes. "It's okay, Dr. O."
"Right," Dr. O said. "You gonna be in class tomorrow?"
"You're having a test. There's no way I'd miss it," Kira told him.
"Just remember the make-up test is always harder," Dr. O teased.
Kira rolled her eyes. "I know. And I don't want to miss practice,
"Good," Dr. O said. "Call if you need help, okay Kira?"
"Okay." She heard a knocking on the bathroom door. "I'll be in touch."
"Right. Dr. O out."
Kira sighed. "Be right out." She flushed the toilet, washed her hands,
and opened the door.
Chris was waiting for her. He looked at her suspiciously.
"What?" she demanded.
"You brought your cell phone with you?" Chris asked.
"Duh," Kira told him.
Chris made an exasperated noise. "Come on, I've got you a couch."
"A couch. Wow."
"Kira, be serious."
"Chris, I'm who knows where, I have a science test tomorrow, Conner's
expecting me at soccer practice, and I'm having a conversation with a
big furry thing with pincers!"
"And we're here to fix that last part," Chris said. "Come on, back
Kira shook her head. "Only if I can go to school tomorrow." Dr. O would
kill her if she didn't. Or call out every other Ranger in the time
period to find her.
"If the others can get you back to normal, then yes," Chris said.
Kira's morpher bleeped again.
"Right. I'll be upstairs."
Chris rolled his eyes. "All right, go answer your cellphone first."
"Thanks!" Kira exclaimed. Not that she really wanted to answer it,
Kira sat down on a nearby couch after Chris left. "Kira here."
"Kira, where does Chris live?" Dr. O's voice came through the morpher,
a hint of panic in his voice.
"Out of town," Kira said, shrugging. "Why?"
"I can't detect you on the scanners."
"Dr. O, I'm okay, just let me know if we get any more monsters," Kira
"Kira, are you sure you're all right?" Dr. O asked.
"Yeah," Kira said. "I'm good. I'm sure there's a scanner glitch or
something." She paused. "Take care, and tell Conner I was right."
"About what?" Dr. O asked.
"Something's making people show up as monsters. We accidentally
attacked Chris today, and I'm trying to figure out why."
"So, that's why you're at Chris'?" Dr. O asked.
Kira nodded, forgetting he couldn't see her. "Yeah. He was totally
tramatized by that. I'm just lucky I recognized how the dork moves."
"Right," Dr. O said. "See you in class tomorrow."
Kira nodded. "I will." Assuming Chris or his buddies don't pull
"Right. Out." The comm signal terminated. Kira sighed and went upstairs.
The three women were waiting for her. "Kira, could you come here
please?" Research Woman asked.
"Um, right," Kira said. Maybe she'd get back home tonight after all.
She stepped into a chalked circle nervously. "Ready?" Research woman
"I think so," Kira said. She looked at Chris.
"All that are blinded by magic sight, make your eyes see clear this
night!" the three witches chanted together, and Kira was blinded by a
Suddenly she was lying on the floor, blinking residual white spots out
of her eyes, with the three witches standing above her. "Kira, are you
okay?" Chris asked.
Kira looked up, trying to spot Chris' monster form. But there were no
monsters in the room; merely the three witches, Chris, another man, and
the child. "You're you again."
"It's only temporary, Chris," Research Woman warned. "The spell has to
be broken on the Dino Thunder Rangers for it to be permanent."
Kira only wished she could tell Research Woman that she was one of the
Rangers, which meant that the spell could be broken on the rest. "By
the way, who are you guys?"
"Chris, you didn't tell her?" Research Woman asked.
Chris shook his head. "I've been kind of occupied," he confessed.
"Hi, I'm Paige Matthews, this is my sister Phoebe Halliwell, and my
other sister, Piper Halliwell," Research woman said, turning towards
one, then the other.
Kira was sure her eyes were growing wide as plates. "The Charmed Ones?"
The spell on her had been broken by the Charmed Ones?
Which meant that her mom shared a Whitelighter with them. Even Kira
felt a sense of awe in that.
"Yes," Paige said. "So, Kira, you live in Reefside - I know the Dino
Thunder Rangers mainly appear there. Know anything on how to lure them
"Um..." Kira thought fast. "A monster attacking innocents might work."
"Chris does look like a monster to the rest of Reefside," Paige said
"The Yellow Ranger did get them to back away," Chris said.
Kira stopped herself from nodding. There was no way she could know
about what had happened in the library. "Maybe since they're good guys,
maybe the Yellow Ranger knew you were good as well?" she asked. "Which
means they probably wouldn't attack you again, if she convinced them
you were good."
"She's got a point," Phoebe told him. She looked thoughtful. "Let's
disguise you as a different monster!"
"Chris you may be now, but now look then, look a monster now again!"
In Kira's eyes, Chris went back to his monster form. "Um, he looks just
like he did a few minutes ago."
"Maybe... a different look," Piper suggested.
"Fur become scales, pincers become claws, let him change from what he
Instantly, the furry form changed into something remotely resembling
something from Star Trek. That was the only way Kira could think of it.
Phoebe examined the new form. "Kira? He look threatening enough?"
"I think so," Kira said, examining the form. "Okay, who's going to be
the damsel or guy in distress?" She looked at the elder, who was still
holding the child.
"Actually, he needs to stay here," Piper said. She smiled at Kira.
"You're familiar with the area, so you can go and be Chris' victim."
"Um, he's mom's whitelighter, I kinda don't have a reason to struggle
here," Kira pointed out.
"And yours," the Elder said.
Kira shrugged. "Anyway, I really don't make a good victim."
"I really don't make a good monster, so what's your point?" Chris
asked. "Kira, come on, I need this spell broken and us standing here
arguing about it won't get it broken."
"He's got a point," Paige said. "Chris, why don't you orb Kira out, and
I'll get Phoebe and Piper?"
The monster nodded. He held out a claw, and Kira took it. "By the
way... are they going to... remember any of this?"
"Given how you reacted," Paige said, "we really don't know."
"Gee, thanks," Kira muttered. With her luck, her teammates would see
The five of them reappeared in an alley in Reefside. "Now what?" Kira
"Chris, act monsterish," Phoebe instructed, as the three hid behind
Chris-monster nodded and suddenly Kira had a claw clamped around her
wrist. She barely managed not to scream; the last thing she wanted was
the Charmed Ones and Chris finding out about her new talent. However,
she did bring Chris off-balance. "Kira!" he whispered.
"Sorry," she mouthed. They didn't have time to do anything more as
Kira's teammates arrived in the alley, and Chris was thrown back by
Trent's attack. He let go of her wrist, and was getting up to 'attack'
once again as Kira saw the sisters stand up, preparing to cast their
spell. Then the world exploded in light again.
"Ugh, what hit us?" Conner muttered as the light cleared. Kira looked
over at her teammates.
"Kira, you okay?" Trent, her sometime boyfriend, asked.
Conner looked up, not seeing Chris, now back to his normal appearance.
"Kira? You all right? I swear I saw the library monster again."
"Everyone all right?" Dr. O said, getting up. He spotted her
Whitelighter, and she knew it was only Ranger protective instinct that
made him struggle up towards the other man. "Chris, what are you doing
"We attacked the dork... Chris again," Kira said.
Chris' eyes narrowed at that, and she hoped against hope that he was so
offended by the term that he wouldn't catch the 'again'. Behind him,
she could vaguely see the Charmed sisters, hiding behind a convenient
"Are you all right?" Dr. O asked, still in a 'protect the civilian'
"I'm fine. Kira?" Chris asked, obviously also in protective mode. "And
what are your friends doing here?"
"I'll be okay. I guess... um, I'll see you later, Chris," she said,
wanting to get out of there before her Whitelighter caught onto the
truth or her teammates realized what had happened.
"But..." Chris started, before she'd taken Conner and Trent by the arm
and started pulling them out of the alley before Chris could ask any
awkward questions. The rest of her team, as she glanced back, started
to follow, leaving her Whitelighter and the Charmed sisters behind.
"You sure you're okay, Kira?" Conner asked, still obviously stunned by
Trent paused, causing her to stop. "Wait a minute, weren't you at his
Kira sighed. "It's a long story." A long one, she knew, if she was to
keep her two worlds apart. She only hoped she'd succeed.
Chris had later managed to retrieve the scrolls that the Charmed ones
needed, and the family (sans Leo, who was of course taking care of
Elder business) was relaxing in the living room. Wyatt was in his
playpen, and all was well with the world. Which of course, left time to
think, for the moment.
"I'm so glad we didn't have to break the spell on the Yellow Ranger,"
Chris nodded. The revelation that the Rangers were Kira's schoolmates
and teacher did make him understand why they stuck around each other so
much, but he really didn't want to get attacked by them again.
"But we did," Paige said, after spraying a plant with some water. "She
"Where?" Phoebe asked. "I didn't..."
And suddenly, Chris knew. "We attacked Chris again."
Phoebe just looked at him.
Chris felt wobbly. Why hadn't we known? "She said, 'We attacked Chris
Chris got up to go visit a certain Charge of his. He suspected they
needed a very long talk. "Kira Ford... is the Yellow Ranger."
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