This is two different fragments of
the same story, the beginning and the ending. Since I'm trying to be as
complete as possible, here they both are.
One minute Tori was fighting with the others in the center of Blue Bay
Harbor. The next... well, she could be forgiven for not recognizing
where it was. All that she could tell was that there were a lot of
asian people about... at least the writings on the buildings confirmed
she was in Japan... or at least someplace where there would be a large
amount of kanji.
And she was demorphed. Thankfully. She didn't know how the residents of
this place... wherever it was... would react to someone in a costume
with a full-fledged helmet. Probably think she was some entertainment
venture or something. She wished her ninja uniform didn't look so out
of place, though.
She activated the 'comm function on her morpher. "Cam? Shane? Blake?
But nobody answered. She wondered if her morpher had been damaged in
what ever had happened, and stood up, determined to find out where she
was. Maybe the morpher didn't work so far away, even though Shane's had
worked when they'd been on that sinking island.
She walked over to the nearest person and politely asked where she was.
The guy stared at her but answered with something that made no sense to
her. So she asked for where the center of town was. Maybe they'd have
some tourist information there. In English.
The man gave her directions. She thanked him, painfully aware that the
center of town was likely to be a long hike... or worse. She made her
way slowly, hoping the guys would find her, and soon.
* * *
About a half hour later, she was still walking into the center of town
when she heard the multiple gabblings. Instinct honed in her ninja
training caused her to turn around to face... kelzaks. Knowing that she
might well be the only person in the area able to fight Lothor's
interchangeable minions caused her to charge into battle with the
beings, and she was able to down some of them. She was getting tired,
however, and when two of them managed to toss her into a bush and
entangle her, she thought it was the end.
Until the others arrived.
It was her team, but not her team. They moved wrong and never had her
team spoken Japanese as fluently as these five. Yellow rescued her from
the underbrush and spoke gently to her, but too fast to understand. He
was holding her, taking her away from the battle. *He thinks I'm a
civilian!* she thought. *I'm not a civilian.* She started struggling.
Yellow started speaking even more gently. "Let... me... go!" she
exclaimed, forgetting about trying to communicate with him with her
rusty spoken Japanese.
"Go. It is dangerous here," he answered, slowly, as if he didn't trust
what he was saying. Probably his English was as bad as her Japanese.
"Not for me," she said. "Let me go!"
It startled him so much, her disobedience, that he let her go
momentarily. And that was all that was needed. "Ninja Storm! Ranger
Form!" she called, letting her morph complete. She charged into battle,
heedless of the stunned Yellow Ranger.
The kelzaks were defeated easily by her team's duplicates, including
the still off-base yellow. Green Samurai slipped away, but the rest of
the team's visors slipped open to reveal a whole set of asian faces,
babbling at her. Yellow came last. "Who are you?" he asked in English.
Two of his teammates started babbling at him instead. Yellow shook his
head and said something into his morpher.
Just as suddenly, she was in a cave.
The four forms shimmered into four guys that she didn't recognize. Red
and Dark Blue had lightened hair, while Dark Red had spiky hair that
somehow, along with his face, made her think of Blake. Yellow, on the
other hair had rather poofy hair. That's the best she could describe
"Are you all right?" Yellow asked.
"Who are you?" Red asked at the same time, having gotten the clue to
speak English at her.
"My name is Tori, and I'm fine," Tori said, powering down. "Ninja Form!"
The four males gaped. Including her rescuer.
Red barked an order, and Tori found herself being escorted through the
cave until they reached an opening. A woman was sitting in a normal
office-type space. She chattered at Tori's rescuers/captors for a
moment, and Yellow answered. "Hello," she said. "You must be tired from
"Yes, thank you," Tori answered. It was the first non-order or
interrogation that she'd had.
"Please, sit down. I am Oboro." The woman smiled. She barked something
"I am Kouta," said Yellow unexpectedly.
"Hi," Tori said. "I'm Tori Hanson. Pleased to meet you." She figured
giving her name wouldn't hurt.
Yellow smiled at her. "I am Kouta Bitou."
"You're arranging your name in the western way?" she asked, knowing
that he would normally use his family name first.
"Yes," Kouta said, seemingly happy that she knew this.
"I am Yousuke," Red said, introducing himself.
"I am Ikkou," Darker Red - Crimson? - said. "This is my brother, Issou.
We are of the Ikazuchi school."
Tori took that to mean that they were Thunder ninjas like Blake and
Hunter, but didn't ask. Issou merely stared at her. When he saw her
staring back, he looked away.
The five Rangers sat at the table, enjoying their meal. "What a day!"
Shane announced, and various and sundry heads bobbed in agreement.
"Especially for Tori," Blake said, looking proud of his girlfriend.
"Not every day you get catapulted through space and time to end up in
an alternate universe Japan."
Tori shrugged. "It wasn't a big. They were kinda nice there," she said.
"Yeah, but the language barrier...."
"I lived," Tori answered, taking a bite of her pizza. "Wonder if Nanami
got home safe?"
"Hey, if you got home, she got home," Shane assured her. "That lady was
"Little weird to see her in your Ranger uniform, though," Dustin added.
"I have to say, it's even *weirder* to see a bunch of guys that you
don't even know in you guys' morphed forms rescuing you from the local
version of kelzaks," Tori said. She sipped at her soda. "I mean, here
was me, nearly panicking because I had no money, couldn't speak the
language worth anything, and couldn't reach you guys, and suddenly
'you' show up. Speaking Japanese. And calling me Nanami, at least until
I demorphed and scared them."
"Must have been scary for you too," Blake said, putting a hand on
"Not like Nanami was overly prepared to deal with suddenly-American
teammates any better," Shane pointed out. "Nor was her English that
"Better than my Japanese," Tori retorted. "My spoken was so rusty that
everybody had to speak English around me. Most of them didn't seem to
mind, except Issou. He didn't seem to like me very much, and I don't
"Issou?" Shane asked. "Who's Issou?" He looked genuinely confused.
"You could say he's Blake's counterpart," Tori said, motioning at her
boyfriend, "But Issou isn't anything like Blake. Of course, he didn't
seem to like me very much, as I said."
"So, who were the others?" Hunter asked. "I think Nanami named them
off, but it's not like she spent a huge amount of time around the five
of us. She mostly spent time around Cam!"
"Speaking of our resident computer genius," Tori said, "didn't he say
he'd be here by now?"
"Still fixing the computers, I guess," Dustin contributed. "Nanami
leaving really blew out the systems."
"He's gotta start leaving some of that to CyberCam," Shane said. "He's
overworking himself again."
"You *trust* CyberCam?" Hunter asked in amazement.
"Not outside Ops," Shane said. "But at least he's there so that Cam
doesn't think he has to be. We really need to drag him out to do more
stuff. Cam, that is. Can't imaging how *his* counterpart handles
things. If he has one."
"Two, actually," Tori said thoughtfully.
"Two?" Shane asked. "Who could put up with two Cams?"
"Hey, we put up with CyberCam," Tori pointed out.
"Barely," Shane pointed out.
"You were saying?" Hunter asked. "About Cam and two other people?"
"One of them's Oboro - she's kinda like Cam, same kind of attitude, and
like Cam, her father got turned into a rodent. A hamster. The other's
some guy named Shurikenger... Kouta and Yousuke say that they don't
know who he really is... a different looking guy morphs into him every
time. He was one of the ones who came in to 'rescue' me, but he left
shortly after. Looked exactly like Cam's morphed form, though. Spooky."
"I bet," Blake said, putting an arm around Tori's waist. She didn't
seem to notice.
Anticipating Shane's next question, Tori said, "They're the Yellow and
Red Rangers in that universe. Yousuke reminded me a little of you,
Shane, and Kenta a little of Dustin. But not much."
"How about mine?" Hunter wanted to know. "We know everyone's but mine."
"His name was Ikkou. He kinda... well, he vaguely looked like Blake,
but he most definitely wasn't!" Tori told him. "He spent the whole time
I was there either asking me about my battles or talking to Oboro about
what they'd need to do if I had to stay there, according to Kenta.
Yousuke and Kenta were sure that I'd get to get home, and they were
arguing with Ikkou...."
"At least we got you back," Shane said. "I liked Nanami, she seemed
nice, but I couldn't relate to her."
Tori nodded. "If they'd had to, most of her teammates would have gotten
used to me, but... I was glad to go home."
"I think Nanami was too," Blake said.
"Dude, she spent most of her time avoiding you," Dustin pointed out.
"Like she didn't know what to do with you."
"Hey, she didn't go for my magnetic personality. It happens," Blake
said, looking defensive. "At least she didn't spend most of her time
here pinching *me* and pulling my hair like she did Cam."
"I bet it's because she's seen so many people morph into Shurikenger,"
Tori said. "Probably to her, he was just one more identity." She bit
into a new slice of pizza.
"Wow," was Dustin's verdict.
"Just don't do it again, okay?" Blake told her.
"I won't," she promised. "I don't ever want to go through that, ever
Blake hugged her, and the group went back to eating pizza.
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