Abaranger belongs to Toei. PRDT belongs to BVE/VRP.
notes: I orignally posted this after "Lost and Found In
Translation" was announced. I pulled it for clarification and revision,
after several people pointed out that I didn't put enough explanation
of Abaranger. Hopefully I have now addressed the issue.
This fic is AU (in the sense that
"Lost and Found" doesn't exist), and is set past the end of the series.
To This World Or Another
Trent got to the beach and set the umbrella up. This time, he was going
to really enjoy his trip to the beach, and the beach party. The evil
was gone from his gem and everything was fine.
Okay, except for the psychotic doctor's ghost.
The other man had shown up one day while Trent was studying, and had
been appearing and disappearing ever since. He was a somewhat youthful
asian man in a long white coat - not a doctor's coat, just... well, a
white coat. He spoke English with an accent, and he smiled. A lot. In
not a good way. And he knew Trent's name.
He had explained that he was Mikoto Nakadai and that he was from a
different dimension. To do some good, he'd said. And he needed Trent's
help. Of course, he'd just smiled mysteriously when Trent had asked.
All he'd learned was that Mikoto was a doctor... and that he was insane.
"Lovely day, isn't it?"
Speak of the devil. Trent resolutely ignored the ghost, or whatever
Mikoto was. If he ignored him, maybe he'd go away.
"I thought you might want to know that your partner is ready," Mikoto
Whatever the hell that meant.
"You know," Mikoto said, "I'm doing you a favor."
"You're driving me insane," Trent muttered under his breath, glad he
hadn't set up anywhere near anybody else.
"Wouldn't you like to be free from here? To indulge your... artistry
somewhere that would truly appreciate you? To have a parter that would
never leave you?"
"I'm happy here. I have teammates, and a girlfriend," Trent muttered,
hoping that talking to the ghost would shut him up.
Mikoto just grinned.
Trent glared and went to join the action. If he was around other
people, Mikoto stopped bothering him.
Mikoto waved and disappeared.
- - -
As Trent was packing up his umbrella, Mikoto appeared again. "Not you
again," Trent muttered.
Mikoto grinned again. "It's time."
"Time for what?" Trent asked. He shook his head, picking up his
umbrella and passing right through Mikoto.
That, it turned out, was his mistake.
The world flashed white, and then Trent was in some kind of forest. He
didn't recognize any of the plants, and he knew that he had survival
training. Wherever he was, it wasn't California, or any place that had
similar plants. Mikoto was still there, however. "Where am I?" he asked.
"Dino Earth," Mikoto said mildly. "Enjoy your new home."
But Mikoto was gone, leaving him in a strange place. He got out the GPS
he carried around; nothing. "Great." He sat down with his umbrella and
the remains of his food, and hoped Mikoto would come back.
- - -
Mikoto didn't come back.
Trent found himself, after a day or so, foraging for food. This wasn't
a great place to sustain human life, but somebody had to be about,
because he saw signs of intelligent civilization. Soemwhere there were
people, friendly or no.
He was just grateful that his parents had insisted on making him take
survival training when he was younger. And maybe the natives were
friendly, but since Mikoto had called the place "Dino Earth", Trent
wasn't sure. Maybe the natives were carnivourous. And he had no idea
who this mysterious partner was supposed to be.
He swallowed the scraggly berries he'd found in a bush nearby, washing
them down with water. At least water existed. Soon, he fell asleep, the
screech of his old Zord echoing in his ears.
- - -
He awoke to find a three-foot-tall version of said zord sitting at his
head the next morning.
"Hello," he managed, eyeing it warily. "Great. Where did you come from
and where's your mommy?"
The perfect replica of his zord just screeched again, and then
something spoke. He looked to see where the voice was coming from, and
to his amazement, it was coming out of his morpher. Which was in
morpher form instead of bracelet form.
"Great," he mumbled. "Now my morpher is talking, I've got a baby zord
on my hands, and I'm going nuts."
He gathered up his few belongings and, still keeping an eye on the
miniature zord, carefully began to back away. Once he was out of the
clearing he started to walk. And walk fast. Very fast.
Eventually, still having no idea where he was, he settled down and got
out more of the berries. He chewed on them, hoping to get enough energy
to find the nearest settlement... and hope they didn't find him first.
He settled down. After a while, his stomach began to hurt, and Trent
knew that he must have reached the point where the berries were
poisonous. "Great." he muttered. He curled up in a ball.
- - -
Trent wasn't even aware he'd fallen asleep. But the screech of the
miniature DracoZord woke him up, to find several people, vaguely human,
surrounding him. They looked human, asian human, except for odd things
below their eyes. One spoke, but Trent couldn't understand. "I'm
harmless," he said, hoping that maybe they understood English.
He stood up, hands in front of him, hoping that they knew that he
wasn't going to fight back. The members of the group looked at him
suspiciously, but he was relatively unharmed as they hauled him towards
- - -
Trent sat down, rubbing his left wrist. It had been the first time
since he'd acquired his morpher that he'd been without it. In his own
world, it had always teleported back, but here, it didn't seem to have
that ability. He didn't know if it was a difference between his world
and this one.
He didn't know why the headman of the village had confiscated it, but
he had. The guy probably didn't even know what it was, probably
considered it pretty. The people of this planet seemed very primitive
and very advanced at the same time.
At least he was being fed, even if the people stared a lot. He wished
Mikoto would come back - at least he spoke English.
Beside him, the miniature version of DracoZord screeched. It seemed
unwilling to leave him. He wished he knew why, other than, at one time,
he had been in control of something similar to it.
Trent got up and walked out of the village boundaries. He wanted to see
if anyone would stop him, but nobody did, even with DracoZord Jr
screeching behind him. "Go away," he muttered, but the mini-zord didn't
seem to understand.
What did it matter that he didn't have his morpher? It had been a
curse, after all. And he didn't want to call upon his Power ever again.
Tommy and Hayley would find him, and he'd be out of here. He'd be away
from weird asian people with weird marks on their faces, and away from
Eventually, he walked into a grove of trees, having lost DracoZord Jr.
"Finally," he muttered, and used his power to blend in with the nearest
tree. He closed his eyes.
"You shouldn't leave him alone," Mikoto interrupted smoothly. Trent
opened his eyes, so startled that he lost his blend with the tree.
"What are you doing here? What are those people, and why do I have a
three-foot Zord trailing me?" Trent asked the ghost.
"That," Mikoto said, as said mini-Zord appeared in the grove, "is
TopGaler. You're his partner, as I was, once. If that idiot Asuka
hadn't taken your morpher, you'd be able to talk and he'd be able to
Trent was about to ask who Asuka was, but he remembered the man who had
taken his morpher away. "I couldn't understand him the first time, and
I don't have a problem with them having my morpher. They can't use it
Mikoto shook his head and said something to the miniZord. It screeched
in response. "Idiot do-gooders," Mikoto said.
Trent got up. "Send me home," he demanded. "I can't speak the language,
and I'm not spending the rest of my life here."
"TopGaler can help with the language," Mikoto said mildly. "And once
Asuka gets it through his think warrior skull that you're not going to
blow up like I did, he should return the morpher. He's honorable that
way." Mikoto snorted at that last.
"And what do I do in the meantime?" Trent asked, hoping that someone
would find him soon. Someone friendly.
"You have two choices," Mikoto told him. "Either stay out here, and
hope your survival skills can keep you alive, or go back to the
village. In either case, TopGaler won't leave you. He might even save
"Right," Trent said. "But...."
Mikoto chose that moment to fade out. Trent turned towards the
miniZord. "Okay, what do you think we should do?" he asked.
The miniZord - TopGaler, he corrected, screeched and pointed back
towards the village. Trent's shoulders slumped. "Too bad I can't ride
you," he muttered, starting back towards the village.
- - -
He arrived back at the village before dark, TopGaler coming in behind
him. He steadfastly ignored the stares and headed towards where he'd
woken up - in a tent with no walls, just a roof. He sat down on his
'bed', hoping that someone might do something soon. At the very least,
if he stayed there, maybe Dr. O or Hayley might find him.
TopGaler settled beside him, an impromptu bodyguard. "What's going to
happen to you when I go home?" he asked. He presumed that somebody
would become TopGaler's partner.
The miniZord screeched. He looked up to find that the headman's wife
was coming to him with food.
"Hi," he said to her. She looked at him, looked at TopGaler, and said
something to TopGaler. The miniZord screeched in response. She talked
more to it. It screeched back. Trent had to watch the whole
conversation unfold, and wonder what was going on, except they seemed
to be talking about him.
The woman finally walked off, leaving Trent wondering as to the whole
conversation. "Great. Now all I have to do is to get you to translate."
Except TopGaler couldn't, if Mikoto was to be believed.
A sound made him look up, and the village headman was back, eyeing him
warily. The headman reached in a pocket and held out Trent's morpher.
Trent put his hands up. He'd gotten rid of his morpher, now the guy
wanted to give it back? "No, thanks," he said, hoping against hope that
the man would understand.
The man looked confused, and said something that vaguely sounded like
TopGaler screeched. It seemed to glare at Trent, and then screeched
again at the man.
"I really don't need that, really," Trent said, knowing he wouldn't be
The headman just continued looking confused, and put the morpher
reverently down on the bed. Trent was left alone with TopGaler once
more, who put his nose down on the bed and pushed the morpher towards
"No, putting the morpher on doesn't help me understand you," Trent said
TopGaler pushed the morpher up next to Trent's leg, ignoring his
response. It put its head up and screeched at him once again. Trent got
up, ignoring it. "I'm taking a walk."
He walked off again, deciding that if worst came to worst, he'd figure
out how to live out in the wilderness. Or die. Or hope Hayley got him
out of there.
"You know, if you put the morpher on and kept it there, TopGaler would
start speaking English," Mikoto said.
"Suit yourself," Mikoto said, smirking. "It's up to you. You can either
live with the Dragon People, or die."
"Or get rescued," Trent said defensively. "I have teammates. People
that will never let me be stranded here!"
Mikoto laughed. "I don't think you'll find leaving as simple as you
think. You're part of this world now."
"Why?" Trent asked. "There's nothing to keep me here. TopGaler can find
Mikoto examined a pair of sunglasses. "Because if you don't stay,
TopGaler is unpartnered... and without the discipline of a partner
he'll go wild. There is a reason that his predecessor was trapped in
stone," The ghost looked up, still smirking. "To use a phrase, TopGaler
doesn't play well with others."
"Why can't I take TopGaler with me when I'm rescued?" Trent asked. He
realized, at that moment, that he'd agreed to be partnered with the
miniature Zord... and he wondered what his teammates would say when he
came back with something resembling his destroyed Zord. Especially when
it, as Mikoto implied, was somewhat of a discipline problem.
"You really want to go back to your boring world?" Mikoto asked.
"Besides, I think you'll like it here. I think you'll find that it'll
grow on you. You'll like it here."
"I'll like it here?" Trent exclaimed. "Do you know something about this
place that I don't?"
Mikoto smirked. "Yes. Plenty of things."
The ghost faded out. And TopGaler landed beside him. Trent sighed.
"Well, partner, I guess we'd better be getting back."
TopGaler screeched. Trent headed back, arriving back as dusk started
falling, TopGaler following. His morpher was still where it had been
when he'd left - either there was no crime here, or everybody knew
better than to steal it. He took a deep breath and put it on. "Okay,
TopGaler, time for you to understand English."
The miniZord screeched again. Something incomprehensible came out of
his morpher. Trent sighed. "I guess I start teaching you. Starting
He ate his dinner and lay down, tired after his adventure. He wondered
if he could eventually tell someone that he needed more to eat than
they were giving him. Maybe after he taught his partner English.
Without realizing it, he fell asleep.
- - -
Trent woke up to find TopGaler covering him - or at least his upper
body - with one of its wings, just as it had the last night and the
night before it. "Come on," he said, "Time to teach you English."
He walked out of the village, making sure TopGaler wasn't left behind,
and started naming things in the woods. Then he returned to the
village, and started naming things there, catching the interest of the
headman. He indicated a pot, used for cooking, and named it. "Pot."
"Nabe," the headman said. Trent looked up suddenly. The headman was
sitting there. "Nabe," the headman indicated again. He looked at Trent.
He and the headman - the Asuka of Mikoto's frequent curses - wandered
around, naming things to each other. He thought he was getting some
verbs and some adjectives, but he wasn't sure. By the time dinner came
around, he was sitting with the headman, trying his first sentences in
the Dragon People's language. He just hoped Asuka wasn't laughing
At the end of the day, Trent found himself in his tent, with TopGaler
by his side. "I wonder what you felt about today," he mused.
"Good," came from his morpher.
Trent blinked. "TopGaler, is that you?"
"Human, I am learning." The miniature Zord's voice came from the
morpher, as emotionless as a computer. He wondered if TopGaler would be
that way forever, or if the Zord was just shy.
"Oh," Trent managed. When Mikoto said that TopGaler would learn
English, he wasn't kidding. "But my name's Trent."
"I know." It was a statement of fact, nothing more.
Trent shook his head. "I see you're going to take a little getting used
to," he said.
"As are you, human," the morpher responded. It wasn't the most
scintillating conversation in the world, but at least TopGaler would
provide companionship... at least until he got home.
Trent shook his head again.
"You will not leave me, human?" TopGaler asked. This time, it sounded
less dispassionate this time. A computer that was afraid of losing its
mommy. Or its partner. Or something like that.
"No," Trent told it. "Mikoto told me what would happen. But you might
have to come to my world."
"I would miss the sky," TopGaler said. A statement of fact.
"But could you live there?" Trent asked.
The miniZord did not answer.
- - -
"Asuka," Trent asked, many days later, "Why did you take my morpher?"
He spoke carefully in the Dragon People's language. His bond with
TopGaler had helped him learn the language quickly - no doubt because
it was probably one that the original TopGaler had understood. He
didn't question it; he didn't question much since becoming a Ranger.
"Because I was afraid that it would explode," Asuka explained. "There
was a man... my teammate, Nakadai Mikoto, who had a Minder like yours.
It was how my teammates and I lost Mikoto." Asuka gently restrained his
daughter from walking away.
"Teammates?" Trent repeated, not sure he'd heard Asuka correctly.
Asuka pulled out a photograph and handed it to Trent. "These are my
teammates. They are from your world, AnotherEarth. I think you would
call it... Japan."
"Japan?" Trent asked. "You visited Japan?" He studied the picture
carefully. There were eight people in there - Mikoto, a stern-faced
young man in blue, a girl in pigtails, a man in a yellow robe, a woman
in a yellow jacket, a red-shirted young man holding a little girl, and
Asuka in some kind of coat.
"I spent a year there," Asuka said proudly.
"Oh," Trent managed. It would explain some things about the village's
headman. "Doing what?"
"Making sure the Evorian did not do to your world what it did to ours,"
Asuka said. He took something from a shelf and showed it to Trent.
Trent tried not to gape at the exact duplicate of Dr. O's morpher.
"I was my village's chosen warrior," Asuka said. "The Evorian were
going to attack AnotherEarth, turn it into a wasteland as they had
here." Trent nodded. He'd seen the desert-like area encroaching on the
forest where Asuka and his people lived.
"I managed to get through the portal and started calling for those who
would hold the power... Emiri and Ryunosuke were the first to answer my
call and the call of the Bakuryu. They could not hold the power, could
not transform, but the call still reached them because they were
needed. Yukito, Ranru, and Ryouga came too, and they became the
partners of Kera, Ptera, and Tyranno. We learned later that Mikoto also
received his powers that night, something that we would not know until
"Mikoto was the last to join us. He was powerful, but he cared little
for his power, only used it to keep himself entertained. But he did not
like to be used, and the Evorians brought him to their side, intending
to use him. His Minder was unstable, and TopGaler... they were a
perfect match for each other. We lost both when his Minder exploded,
destroying both the original TopGaler and Mikoto." He paused. "At least
your Minder won't explode, our scientists checked it out."
"You should know... I spent most of my time on the side of evil," Trent
confessed. Asuka might as well know what he'd let into his village. "Or
at least on the side of myself."
"As did Mikoto," Asuka said. He studied Trent, and the morpher on
Trent's wrist. "I think we should not be surprised at what our worlds
have in common."
"No," Trent agreed. "But eventually, my friends will find me. And
TopGaler and I will go home."
Asuka frowned at this. "I'm not sure it's wise for TopGaler to go to
AnotherEarth," he said. "The Bakuryu belong here. This is their home."
"Why not?" Trent asked. "I'm his partner, and I don't think my
teammates will allow me to stay here. I'm going to get rescued, whether
anyone likes it or not."
"They might have to," Asuka said finally. "TopGaler chose you, and
chose you here."
"So?" Trent asked, failing to see the connection.
"That makes this your home," Asuka replied. He looked away, and Trent
wondered if Asuka was going to do something they'd both regret.
"TopGaler didn't choose me," Trent said. "Mikoto did. Your teammate. He
transported me here and told me that I was TopGaler's partner. No
"Mikoto is dead," Asuka informed him, though Trent swore the headman
had gone pale. "I saw him die."
"That didn't stop his ghost from trapping me here after weeks of
driving me crazy," Trent said, hoping that he was getting his point
Asuka sat back. "I think you'd better tell me how you got here," he
- - -
"So, can you help me get back?" Trent asked, pleading.
Asuka shook his head. "To my AnotherEarth, maybe," the other Ranger
"I'll have to hope it's mine, then," Trent replied, hoping that it was,
truly, his world. But he knew it probably wasn't.
Asuka nodded. "It will take a while... but I will ask Ptera to see if
she can reach Ranru."
"All right," Trent said, the names starting to sound familiar after
spending time with Asuka. "She might want to see if there's a Dr.
Thomas Oliver teaching at Reefside High School in Reefside, California,
Asuka nodded. "In the meantime, you and TopGaler are our guests."
- - -
Trent found himself working on one of the reclamation projects. He
wasn't sure why the people were bothering to teach him a trade. Maybe
Asuka wasn't having much luck contacting his teammate Ranru, or maybe
they did want him here. Maybe Asuka wanted him to be helpful and do
something while they tried to get him home.
Or maybe Mikoto was working on everybody's mind and making sure Trent
didn't go home.
He was working on a seedling when he heard TopGaler screech. He looked
up. "Mikoto," he said, greeting the ghost.
"You know, there's a reason why you're here," the ghost said, hands in
"If this is about TopGaler, he can be my partner on my Earth as he is
here," Trent pointed out.
Mikoto shrugged. "He's not the only reason why you're here."
"What's that supposed to mean?" Trent demanded.
"You'll see," Mikoto said. "But believe me, you're needed more here
than you are in your world."
Trent shook his head. "My teammates will never stop searching until
they find me."
"Teammates," Mikoto said, looking thoughtful. "Very annoying at times."
Trent nodded. "Yes." He was reminded of how the others had insisted he
become one of them, despite his crimes.
"Wouldn't you like to be free of that?" Mikoto asked. "These people
don't care what you did. Asuka knows, and he hasn't thrown you out.
It's a chance to start anew. Certainly, you have to admit, being among
your teammates gets boring after a while."
"At least they accept what they've done. And they'll never stop
searching, no matter what."
Mikoto shrugged. "Doesn't mean they'll find you."
"If anybody can, Dr. O will," Trent said.
Mikoto shrugged and disappeared, leaving Trent to return back.
"He means well, Human," TopGaler said through Trent's morpher.
"He has a funny way of showing it," Trent said. "Do you know why he
wants me here?"
"Because I need a partner," TopGaler said. "Because Asuka needs a
"Power calls to Power," Trent realized.
"The gate between DinoEarth and AnotherEarth is closing," TopGaler said
softly. "Mikoto seeks to amend his last deeds."
"I wish he'd do it another way," Trent said. "Just because we share the
TopGaler seemed to nod. "Human, you are a gate between worlds."
That made Trent stop. "TopGaler," Trent said, "Can I get home?" For the
first time he'd landed on DinoEarth, he seemed to have hope of going
back home again. If he wanted.
He shook his head. Definitely too much listening to Mikoto. Of course
he wanted to get home, to Kira and Dr. O, and to Hayley and the others.
"Yes," the miniZord - mini-Bakuryu, more properly - replied. "Do not
let Mikoto or Asuka stop you."
"Why would Asuka stop me?" Trent asked, feeling lost. The headman had
been nothing but kind to him. "He's willing to help me get home."
"If you are here long enough, human, your Power will start to realign
"Realign to Asuka's?" Trent echoed. "I wasn't aware it was aligned to
anything. Besides, it's a gem, not a Power."
"Human, you are not of this world," TopGaler told him, "But the Power
you hold is of this world. As you remain here, that which is not of
this world is being purged away. It has started through our
partnership, and it will not end until you leave or become entirely of
Trent sat down. "So, eventually, I won't have a DinoGem?" he asked.
"I'll have power through this world?" No GemPower, no worries about
ever turning evil again... it was tempting.
"It will happen."
- - -
"Human, there is somebody trying to reach you from your world,"
TopGaler said softly. It had been a few weeks since Trent had
discovered that he was slowly becoming Asuka's teammate, at least in
terms of Power.
Trent looked at the bracelet containing his Gem in surprise. "But I
haven't heard anything from this."
"It is being blocked," TopGaler said.
"Mikoto," Trent said, knowing that the ghost was behind the block.
"And your own energies," TopGaler reminded him. "It is the way of
Trent shook his head. "I'm not ready to be part of here yet. Any way to
get them through?"
"You could convince Asuka to summon Yatsudenwani," the Bakuryu said
Trent got up. "I'll try that."
- - -
A day later, he was eyeing a leafy, bipedal crocodile with an old-style
telephone on its head. "This'll really work?" he asked doubtfully.
"Yatsudenwani can reach anywhere," Asuka said proudly.
"Here goes," Trent said, addressing the being. "Can you reach through
me and call Dr. Thomas Oliver of Reefside, California, in my dimension?
If not, Kira Ford, Ethan James, or Conner McKnight, same dimension?"
"I'll try," the being squeaked. "I don't think the boss would be very
"Just do it," Asuka told the crocodile. "Don't worry about Dr. Nakadai."
"Oh, right," the being said. He handed Trent his receiver, and
concentrated. Trent heard a telephone ring.
"McKnight residence," a male voice said. Trent let out a breath he
didn't know he'd been holding.
"Conner?" Trent asked. Of all the teammates he could reach, he had to
"Trent? Where are you? Do you know Dr. O's trying to reach you?" Conner
"It's a long story, Conner," Trent said, hoping that the leafy
crocodile could keep them in contact long enough to reassure everybody
he was all right. "Just tell him to keep tracking - my comm's blocked,
I'm using some weird means of calling you."
"Okay," Conner said. "Why didn't you call him?"
"This is the only way I could get in touch with anybody. I couldn't
choose which one of you to talk to, I was lucky to get you."
"Okay, I'll tell Dr. O," Conner said. The crocodile was making motions.
Trent nodded. "I have to go, Conner. I'll talk to you later, hopefully."
"Right," Conner said.
And with that, the connection dropped. "Sorry, the Boss kinda didn't
want that to happen," the crocodile squeaked.
Trent let out a breath he didn't realize he'd been holding. "I'll talk
to Mikoto Nakadai," Trent said. "Asuka, Mahoro, Yatsudenwani, if you'll
Asuka nodded. "Good luck," he said.
"I'll need it," Trent muttered.
Trent walked into the forest, TopGaler, as always, by his side.
"Mikoto!" he called, willing the ghost to appear.
Mikoto appeared out of nowhere, as usual. "You know, you shouldn't have
"Why not? I belong in my world, not here!"
"Not anymore," Mikoto insisted. "Besides, here, you will always have
TopGaler by your side. Can you say that of your world?"
"TopGaler I've got forever," Trent reminded him roughly, "Thanks to
Mikoto smiled. "Of course," he said. "You two are natural partners. You
both belong here."
"I have a father that's worried about me," Trent said. "I have friends,
family. I'm not going to abandon them."
"Who said anything about abandoning them?" Mikoto asked. "Yatsudenwani
has his uses... among other things, you could keep in touch with those
you love... without having to ever return home. Don't you feel
smothered by your teammates? Here, you wouldn't have to worry about
being smothered. Asuka may be a fool, but he is also practical. He
won't smother you."
"Asuka knows this isn't my home," Trent argued.
"And he'd be a fool to let TopGaler go to your world," Mikoto
countered. "And what would you do with him in your world, anyway? Here,
you can be true partners. Or would you rather see TopGaler in a zoo? In
a freak show?"
Trent took a deep breath. "TopGaler and I are partners," he said. "I'll
find a way. We'll find a way."
"Boring," Mikoto said. "No sense of adventure. No wonder your Gem had
such a fun time with you."
Tensing up, Trent glared at the ghost. "What my Gem forced me to do is
none of your business."
Mikoto seemed to be examining a tree. "But it is," he said. "There's
some part of you that still feels guilty about what your Gem did. Some
part of you that will never be at peace. Your mentor feels the same
way, and what happened to him happened years ago. Why not stay here,
where you've committed no crime?"
Trent turned away. "I'm not listening to you any more."
Behind him, Mikoto laughed. "But you will."
When Trent turned around, Mikoto was gone.
- - -
Trent returned to the village, greeted immediately by Asuka. "It didn't
help," Trent said. "But I don't think he's blocking me from talking to
Asuka nodded. "Mikoto is fond of games," he said. "He is also fond of
manipulating people." He looked disgusted. "I'm sorry he's involving
you in his game."
"What did you mean to him, Asuka?" Trent asked. "Why's he so determined
to keep me here?"
"Me?" Asuka asked, surprised, and Trent regretted not mentioning it to
the other Ranger earlier. "I thought he brought you here for TopGaler."
"Well, TopGaler too," Trent said, "But he wants me to stay on
DinoEarth. He said something about the portal to your AnotherEarth
closing, and that staying here was changing my energies so they were
Asuka got up. "We must get you back to your Earth. Immediately."
Trent nodded. "I know they're trying on my side."
"Then we must get in contact with them," Asuka said. "Yatsudenwani!"
The leafy crocodile being hurried up to them. "Yes?"
"We need to talk to Trent's friends again," Asuka said, looking
"I really need to get home," Trent pleaded.
"Oh, right!" Yatsudenwani exclaimed. "Right away!"
"Could you try to get Dr. Thomas Oliver this time?" Trent asked. "He's
Asuka's counterpart in my world, and if anybody can get me back home,
he and Hayley can."
"I can try," Yatsudenwani said, handing Trent his receiver.
"Thanks," Trent said. He listened to the phone ring.
"Hello?" Hayley answered.
"It's Hayley," Trent said to Asuka. "She can help."
"Trent? Is that you? Where are you?" Hayley asked.
"DinoEarth," Trent said. "Can you get me back?"
"We're trying," Hayley said. "We tried to call you, but...."
"It's not getting through, I know," Trent said. "Look, I've got to get
home. This weird ghost kidnapped me, and if I don't get home soon, I
might be a permanent resident here."
"Is there any way you could set up a beacon to amplify your
bio-signature?" Hayley asked.
"I don't know," Trent said. "I'd have you talk to Asuka and his people,
but he doesn't speak English. And I don't know if you can trace me
"Yatsudenwani?" Hayley asked. "What's a Yatsudewani?"
"Well, he kind of looks like a bipedal crocodile with dials for eyes,
leaves sprouting on his body, and an old-style telephone on his head,"
Trent said. "He's a...." He looked to Asuka. "What kind of being is
"He's a Toronoid," Asuka said.
Trent translated that. "Don't ask me what that means. All I know is
that he's a living being and he can telephone anywhere."
"That doesn't help me much," Hayley said.
"I know," Trent said. "What did you say needed to be done?"
"How advanced is the civilization that you're in?" Hayley asked.
"Not very advanced, and very advanced at the same time," Trent said.
"If you ask them to do something, they could probably do it."
"Good. Because I need them to find some way to amplify your
"Okay," Trent said. He repeated what she'd said to Asuka.
"We could do that," Asuka said. "We don't have many scientists left,
but those we have would surely find a way."
"Thanks, Asuka," Trent said quietly. "Hayley, Asuka says that they can
find a way to make you guys able to find me."
"Good," Hayley said. "I'll...."
Someone else picked up the receiver. "Trent, are you all right?" Dr. O
asked, sounding worried. Which meant that he was worried. Dr. O
worried. A lot.
"I'm fine, Hayley will get me home," Trent said. "I'll just stay here
until you guys can get me back."
"We'll get you back as soon as possible," Dr. O promised.
"Thanks. Hayley, please?"
"As I was about to say," Hayley said, "I'll see what I can do to
amplify the scan. Keep in touch, Trent."
"I will," Trent said. Yatsudenwani was making motions again. "Got to
"All right, take care of yourself," Hayley said.
"I will. Bye." Trent hung Yatsudenwani's receiver up. He turned to
Asuka. "My friends - teammates - are going to keep searching for me."
Asuka nodded. "And we'll do whatever we can to help them."
"Hey, do you still need me?" Yatsudenwani asked.
"Um... you'd better stay here," Trent asked. "They're going to expect
me to call in every so often."
"Okay," Yatsudenwani said. "Hey, I'd better call Ranru if you don't
need me right now."
"Sure," Trent said.
"Thanks!" Yatsudenwani said, hurrying off.
Trent shoved his hands in his pocket. "I guess I'm staying here a
little longer," he said.
"But not for long," Asuka promised. "As I said, you're our guest until
you can get home. I'll talk to Atako about the device to amplify your
Trent nodded. "I guess I'll go spend time with TopGaler."
"He is your partner," Asuka agreed. "I hope that there is room for him
on your AnotherEarth. As it is, it is a good thing he is a loner."
"Yeah," Trent agreed. "Though I kind of wonder if Mikoto was right."
"About what?" Asuka asked.
"About there not really being a place for TopGaler to be on my Earth,"
Trent said. "He's my partner, but if he's going to grow up, where's he
going to stretch his wings?"
Asuka gave a brief nod. "You'll find a place. TopGaler has confidence
in you, and so do I."
"Thanks," Trent said. "I guess... I guess I'll do something while Atako
makes the device Hayley needs."
"I'll go talk to him now," Asuka said.
- - -
Trent held Atako's device in his hands. It was a on a leather thong,
obviously meant to be portable. A lot of things in the village seemed
to be that way. He placed it around his neck. "Here goes nothing."
Yatsudenwani held out his receiver. Trent held it, listening to the
familiar ring tones. "Hello?" Dr. O asked.
"Hi," Trent said. "Tell Hayley that we've got the beacon active."
"I will. Hang in there, Trent."
Trent nodded. "I will. Bye." He replaced the receiver.
Asuka was watching him. "Can they find you?"
"They're scanning now," Trent said. He picked up the seedling he'd been
tending. "Hayley's good. They'll find me."
The headman nodded. "How are the plants growing?"
Trent looked at the plants in his work area. "They're in good shape. I
just hope that the new fertilizer works, or the desert's going to
overwhelm the new planting area."
"I hope it does too," Asuka said. "We need our fertile area to grow.
It's so small as it is."
"The Evorian really did a number on it," Trent said. "There's so much
work to be done here."
Asuka sat down. "It is, and there are so few of us left... so many of
us lost to the Evorians."
"Sometimes I wish I could stay," Trent said. "There's a lot I could do
The other Ranger nodded. "But it isn't your home," he reminded Trent.
"I know. That's the problem." Trent put the plant down. "All of you
have been so nice to me... or at least the ones I've talked to have.
But that's home. But then again, I did do a lot of damage as White
"We forgave Mikoto," Asuka said.
"My team forgave me," Trent said. "But sometimes I wonder if Mikoto was
right about it not being a bad idea to start over. I mean, I did some
evil things to them."
"So did Mikoto," Asuka said, "And he was not ever truly possessed. Not
in the way that you tell me you were."
Trent nodded. He watched as his partner landed nearby. The Bakuryu
seemed to have developed an independent streak, which was something
Trent didn't mind. "I wish Mikoto hadn't forced me here."
"As would I," Asuka admitted. "Though I am glad that TopGaler has a
"I like TopGaler," Trent said. "I'm glad I'm his partner. I wish that
Mikoto hadn't forced me into the bond, but...."
"I doubt Mikoto did," Asuka said, interrupting. "Your power is similar
to his, therefore TopGaler was attracted to you. And TopGaler had to
have liked what he had found to bond with you."
Trent sighed. "For once, I'd like to have a choice on the bonding
thing. First my Gem chose me and wrecked my life, and now I'm
permanently bonded to a baby Zo - er, Bakuryu."
"It's an honor not to be taken lightly," Asuka said, placing his hand
on Trent's shoulder. "And I like you far more than I did Mikoto."
Trent had to smile at that. "I have a feeling that's not hard to do."
"No," Asuka agreed. "I was afraid of TopGaler and Mikoto for a long
time. I am glad, this time, that TopGaler chose someone who could keep
his passions in check. In a way, I wonder if your return to your own
Earth will do him some good."
"I hope so," Trent said. "You know, I've never had anybody really
close? My natural parents were great, and my foster dad did a lot for
me, and of course I had my teammates later on, but I've never felt very
close to anybody."
"Maybe it was that need that TopGaler responded to," Asuka said. "We
were afraid when this TopGaler was reborn, that he would run wild and
we would have to destroy him. Your bond seems to have calmed him."
"I'll take good care of him, I promise," Trent said. "No matter where
we are. I like him. He deserves a good partner."
Asuka smiled. "I'll leave you to your planting," he said.
Trent, nodding, put the plants carefully in a shallow box, TopGaler
watching him curiously. "Thanks," he said. He picked up a bag, TopGaler
hopping to follow.
- - -
"Hey, Trent!" Yatsudenwani called. Trent got up from where he'd just
finished placing a seedling into a hole that TopGaler had helped him
dig. "Come back to the village."
"What's happened?" Trent asked, standing up. TopGaler screeched, and
Trent knew that both of them were tense. "Did the village get attacked?"
"Um, no," Yatsudenwani said. "But Mahoro sent me to get you. You see,
there's these strange people who stepped out of this hole, and we think
they're looking for you...."
Trent broke out in a run, TopGaler breaking into flight behind him.
The two of them ran - or, in TopGaler's case, flew - until they reached
the villiage. Trent could see TopGaler landing ahead of him. He jogged
until he reached the center, trying to crane his head over the gathered
"Trent," Dr. Oliver was calling, and Trent pushed his way through the
crowd. He put his hand on Trent's shoulder. "Are you all right?"
Kira just hugged him.
Trent nodded. "They've taken good care of me, Dr. O."
"Good," Dr O. said. "Are you ready to go?"
"I guess so," Trent said. He turned towards Asuka. "They're here to
take me home."
Asuka nodded. TopGaler spoke. "Human, Mikoto is here."
Trent slumped. "Great," he muttered.
"Trent, what's wrong?" Dr. O asked.
Asuka looked confused.
"Let me get my stuff," Trent said, heading towards his tent.
Dr. O and Kira followed. "So, this is where you've been living?" Kira
asked, looking around.
"Yeah," Trent said. He started to pack his meager belongings up, hoping
to avoid having to explain Mikoto. TopGaler had joined them, looking at
the intruders as if he wasn't sure whether to attack them or protect
them. "I actually like it here, but it's time to go home."
Dr. O smiled wistfully. "I know how you feel, Trent. New experiences
can be exciting."
"How about deja vu experiences?" Kira asked, indicating TopGaler.
"That's TopGaler," Trent said. "Don't be fooled by his resemblance to
DracoZord; he's a thinking, living being." He paused, hoping they'd
take his next announcement well. "We- he's coming back with me."
He was met by two astounded stares. "He's what?" Dr. O asked.
"He's my partner," Trent said, still trying to pack up before Mikoto
decided to show up and be a pain. "He's coming back. He can't stay
"Right," Dr. O said, eyeing TopGaler carefully. "How'd you end up with
"It was thanks to a ghost named Mikoto," Trent said. "His power was
similar to mine, just the power source was different. His morpher blew
up. He's trying to fix things for his teammates, and because our powers
were so similar, he brought me here." He decided to leave out the fact
that his powers now mirrored Mikoto's better than they did his team's.
"Similar to ours?" Kira asked.
Trent nodded. "I haven't met the rest of the team yet - Asuka, the
village headman, is the only one of Mikoto's team here - but from what
I can tell, they had powers like ours. Their enemy laid waste to
DinoEarth, which is where we are."
"This area doesn't look so bad," Kira said, looking around.
Shanking his head, Trent said, "They've pretty much reclaimed this
area. When you guys came in, however, I was working on one of the
reclamation projects." He looked out at the village. "There's a lot to
do here - and not a lot of people to do it. These people were pretty
much killed off." He shook his head. "If Mikoto hadn't kidnapped me,
I'd probably have come here. I can do so much good here, and they need
"So do we," Kira said firmly.
"I know," Trent told her. "You guys are my team. It just felt so good
to be where nobody knew what I've done. These people like me because
I'm TopGaler's partner, and that I'm an extra pair of hands."
"Trent," Dr. O gently told him, "I know how it is to feel guilty about
what you've done...."
"It's not that I feel guilty, Dr. O," Trent said, finishing packing his
stuff. "It's just... well, I'm going home. I know you guys are worried."
"Just a little," Kira said, hugging him.
Trent managed a small smile and hefted his bag over his shoulder. "I
know. I'm sorry to make you worry. If I'd known about Yatsudenwani
earlier, I'd have called."
Kira shrugged. "The most important thing is that you get home," she
said, hugging him once again, causing him to blush lightly.
"Yeah," he said. He looked once more over his tent, making sure he
hadn't forgotten anything. "I guess Dad will want me to start picking
colleges or something like that." There was a quaver in his voice, he
was sure of that. If it weren't for the fact that it was home, and that
he had teammates that were worried about him, he might have stayed.
On the other hand, these people needed him. There was no question about
"All ready?" Dr. O asked.
"Yeah," Trent said. He headed off towards the center of the village,
not looking back. He had to leave, Dr. O and Kira would expect him to
go home, and besides, if he didn't go home soon, Mikoto would show up
and who knew what would happen then....
By the time that he and the others returned to the center of the
village, most of the village had dispersed, though the villagers were
looking at the three of them covertly. Probably mostly at Kira, since
both he and Dr. O had both dark hair and eyes. Asuka and Mahoro were
still there, forming a vague honor guard, and they'd been joined by
Yatsudenwani. Kira and Dr. O were staring at Yatsudenwani.
"Thanks for everything," Trent said to Asuka. "I guess it's time to go
Asuka nodded. "We will miss you, but I know what it's like to be away
from your own home, people, and culture." Trent wasn't really
surprised; the other had spent a year in Japan, and so understood what
it was like to be in a place which wasn't home.
Mahoro just smiled.
"Yatsudenwani," Trent said, greeting the Toronoid. "You can reach me,
right? If you guys need me?"
"No problem!" the Toronoid said cheerfully. "Don't let The Boss boss
you around, okay?"
"Mikoto?" Trent asked. "He hasn't shown up, so I guess he's not going
to object." He mentally crossed his fingers. Mikoto could be a bit
unpredictable, and he didn't know why the ghost hadn't shown up yet to
cause havoc and destruction in his life at the moment.
"Yeah, but you know the Boss," Yatsudenwani said. "Always up to
Trent smiled for Yatsudenwani's sake. "I know. But I'm going home now."
He turned to face the portal. "You guys ready?" he asked.
Kira grinned. "Yeah."
Dr. O indicated the portal. "Why don't you go first."
Trent nodded, taking a deep breath, closing his eyes, and stepping into
- - -
When Trent opened his eyes, he was home. Or at least at Dino Ops.
"That was close," Kira was saying, and he heard TopGaler's screech
behind him. "I thought that portal was going to explode before we got
"The portal did become unstable," Hayley said. "I'm glad you guys came
through when you did." Trent shuddered a little, knowing that it had to
be Mikoto's parting gift.
"Um... what is that?" Ethan asked, pointing at something behind Trent's
leg. Trent turned to see TopGaler standing behind him.
"That's TopGaler," Trent said. "He's my partner."
"No way," Conner contributed. "A three-foot version of your old Zord?"
"TopGaler is not a Zord, he's a Bakuryu," Trent protested. "An
intelligent, living being. And we're partners. Live with it."
"Man, I thought my life was weird," Conner muttered.
"You sure this is going to go well with your Dad?" Ethan asked.
Trent shrugged. "He doesn't have a choice. TopGaler and I are partners
for life. If he tosses me out because of that... well, at least I have
other options." Including, he knew, going back to DinoEarth. But only
if he had to.
Dr. O nodded. "But try not to get kicked out, okay?"
"I'll try," Trent promised. "I can't promise, but I'll try."
"Good," Dr. O said. "Now we'd better get you home. Anton's really
Trent let himself be led off, TopGaler following. At last, he was home.
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