Note: This was part of a discussion about the character of Gai, and so was kind of a what-if - what if Gai was a little more serious?

Fancies Betrayed
by Estirose
c 2011

Gai slid down, staring at his Gokai Cellular. He’d always wished to be a Ranger, always wished to be part of a team. His wish had been granted, and he was now a Ranger, but he couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed.

The powers that had granted him his changer had made him part of a team of pirates. Now, that wouldn’t have been too bad if they’d just taken on the name and they were good guys, but most of them didn’t seem to care at all. They weren’t out there to rescue Earth or the universe, they were on the planet for treasure! How was he supposed to be part of a team that cared nothing but for their own greed?

He could just not transform, but that would have been a betrayal of his own dreams and of the beings that had granted him his power. Plus, there was nothing saying he had to have teammates. The three who had given him his powers, well, at least two of them had been loners. He could be a loner too, no matter how much it pained him. No matter how much he wanted to be on a team.

In the end, pretty much every extra Ranger was assimilated onto a team. It could be his fate, too, given that the others were pirates and pirates did their share of kidnappings. Captain Marvelous could well decide that Gai needed to join up with the rest of his team, and Gai could find himself unwillingly with teammates after all. But Gai would stay independent as long as he could, keep fighting for the planet and the universe, and if he was taken, he was taken. It was probably inevitable, but that didn’t mean that he couldn’t postpone it.

Smiling grimly, he put the Cellular back into his pocket and went to kick some alien butt.

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