I kicked the nearest enemy. Adrenaline rushed through my body as I fought. My heart pounded rapidly in my chest. I heard a loud bang and saw large cloud of smoke. My friends leapt out of the mist and joined the battle. I saw the ninja in yellow spin and kick Dopplegangers that surrounded her. One of the Dopplegangers managed to kick her in the stomach. I thought, Speed. If only I could get there fast enough to help her.
I felt a jolt of energy. In less than a millisecond, I was standing beside Trini. “ Hey.” I said as I blocked punches and kicked an enemy.
” What? You were all the way over there. How did you get here so fast?”
” Think speed. Then think where you want to be.”
” Okay, Hiyaa!” She punched a Doppleganger to the ground. We saw the ninja in blue get thrown into a pile of rocks. Trini yelled,” Billy!” She hyper sped over there and kicked the enemies away from him. I twirled and kicked a Doppleganger. The ninja in white came over to me.
” We need to retreat. There are too many of them,” Adam told me.
I stared at him. I can’t lead, I thought. But then it hit me. He wasn’t asking me to yell retreat. He wanted to know if we could all teleport to a far away place. “ We should take the van. They could read the license plate. Get everyone to the van.”
” Guys, to the van!” Adam yelled. I back flipped to the van. Once everyone was there, I thought,To Trini’s room.
An instant later we stood in that room. Luckily her house was empty. “ That was kinda fun,” Zack said.
” Fun? Fun? We could have been killed!” Rocky exclaimed.
I sat on the bed. I cupped my hands to my face trying to stop the tears that were beginning to flow. The word “kill” had reminded me of Dulcea. Adam sat beside me and put his arm around me for support.
” Great! Now she’s crying!” Rocky declared throwing up his arms.
Trini went straight for my defense. “ Her guardian just died. She’s allowed to cry.”
Rocky went on,” And you,” he pointed to Billy,” can’t fight.”
” He’s just learning how,” Trini protested.
” You had to save him.”
” Billy can learn. And he’s a genius. The aliens probably have computers. Billy would know how to use them.”
” So? That won’t help him in a fight!”
” So he’ll learn,” Trini said sternly.
” He can’t even stick up for himself. How do you expect him to fight against someone else!?”
” The van!” I yelled.
It started materializing in Trini’s room! “ OH MY GOSH!” Trini yelled. The van didn’t land on us. The van was taller than the room so the roof broke above it. Then the floor started to make sounds.
” Holy cow,” I whispered in disbelief as the floor gave way. We fell down. I heard Kimberly and Aisha shout ear piercing screams. Everyone else screamed too, but it wasn’t as high pitch. Bits and pieces of wood pricked and slammed against us as we fell. Miraculously none of us were hurt. I guess the special cotton polymer suits saved us. “ I’m so sorry, Trini!”
” It’s not your fault. We had to bring it with us.”
” Yes it is! I teleported us here. I could’ve put us somewhere else.”
” Why, did you put us here?” Aisha asked.
” I felt that it was the safest place. Trini’s parents are away on a cruise, so there’s no one home. I wanted to keep us away from prying eyes.” I felt terrible. I had tried to be careful and it had ruined my best friend’s house.
” This was the safest place? With a van?!” Zack exploded.
” Look, the point is, she tried to be cautious. Now we have a problem. Stop yelling and let’s deal with it!” Adam ordered.
” How are we gonna get this van outta here?” Zack said.
Rocky declared, ” Great! How are we going to clean this up, Billy? Since your sooo smart, you should know how to clean up a damaged house by tomorrow.”
” Rocky, I don’t need your attitude,” Adam scolded.
” Come on, Billy. Don’t be shy,” Rocky taunted.
” I can’t. Remember, you said I was useless,” Billy retorted.
” You are not useless, Billy,” Trini said sternly as she walked over to him and stood in front of him.
” According to someone, I am.”
” See, I was right!” Rocky said.
” Billy don’t listen to him. He’s just provoking you,” Trini said.
Rocky said,” Trini, stop making him your charity case.”
She spun around and her face was like solid stone. “ He is not my charity case. He is my friend.” I could have sworn I heard her growl.
She’s happy, I thought facetiously.
” He’s no use to us as a wimp!” Rocky argued.
” This has got to end. Trini’s parents are coming back tomorrow from their cruise,” Aisha said.
” Look, Billy’s really smart. We could use that,” Kimberly said.
” Use? You could use that?” Billy asked her moving towards her.
” I meant it’s one of your assets,” Kimberly stammered.
” Don’t you dare think about ganging up on my girlfriend.” Rocky walked in front of Billy. Billy and Rocky have been getting on eachothers nerves lately. Billy says he’s too careless and takes nothing seriously, and Rocky thinks Billy’s too logical and takes everything seriously. Rocky punched Billy’s head. I couldn’t believe he did that. As Billy staggered, Trini grabbed him away from Rocky. This was my opening.
I grabbed Rocky from behind. I twirled him swiftly. My feet danced against the floor and I backed him against some rubble. I placed my dagger against his throat. I said tersely, “ Who’s in a death situation now, Rocky? If you’re such a good fighter, then why can’t you escape?”
I pivoted my foot to the right. I put most of my weight on my other leg. Rocky’s eyes were filled with fear. He stared at the blade. The others stared at me in disbelief. “ Rocky, you can get away,” Billy said.
” She has a knife to my throat!”
” Her back leg has no weight on it. You can push her away.”
He pushed me and I fell backwards as Adam caught me. “ Now, who just saved you, Rocky?” I asked him.
” Okay, okay. I get it. I get it. It’s good to have brains to keep the dumb ones out of trouble.”
” That’s one way of putting it,” I said.
” I’m really sorry, Billy. I get angry sometimes and I can’t control it. I’m sorry. Let me get you an ice pack.”
” Apology accepted. Thanks.”
They’re okay, but I knew it would be awhile before those two did anything as a two- some. “ Alright, now how do we fix this problem?” Adam asked.
” I think I can put everything back with the power, but someone else has to get the van out of here,” I said. Once everyone else hefted the van into the drive way, I put the house back together with the power.
” How do we get these suits off?” Kimberly asked.
” One sec.” I focused on the Wolverine again. “ Ninja Ranger Power Down!” My outfit disappeared. The others said it all at once and the same thing happened; we were back in our clothes.
Adam said, ” Okay, now to our next problem. Diana has no where to live.”
” Wait. Before you go on, Adam, I found this in Dulcea’s hand,” I said as I pulled out the book.
” Read it,” Zack said eagerly.
” Ok, Here it goes.” I opened the thin book carefully. There was a tainted yellow piece of paper that took up two pages in it. I gasped. I looked at Trini. I handed her the paper.
She read it aloud, “ On June 20, 1980 was born Diana Argent. The child was illegitimate. The mother, Sagra Argent and Aunt of the child, Dulcea Argent are present at the child’s birth. The father, John Kwan, does not know of the existence of this child by will of the mother. The mother wishes her sister to look after this child.”
” Dulcea was my aunt? Your dad was....is my father?” I whispered barely able to breath.
She nodded, her eyes wide. “ I never knew.”
“ Read more. Maybe it will explain,” Adam suggested.
Trini turned the page, “ The prophecy has been fulfilled! Diana is the first to ever be born with a silver Ninja power. There has never been such a power within Ninjetti. You are destined to overcome all obstacles and defeat evil. You have many things in store for you, young one. I hope I can prepare you for them.....That’s all it says.”
” This is weird,” Kimberly said.
” Tell me about it,” Aisha agreed.
” Guys, the other pages are all blank,” Trini said.
” Let me see,” I said. I flipped through them. “ Yep, all blank.”
Billy said, ” You should confer with Mr. Kwan when he arrives tomorrow.”
” I can’t believe I have a sister!” Trini cried.
” Well, um....at least you guys are best friends. I mean it would be pretty bad if you weren’t, right?” Kimberly said.
” I wasn’t saying it was a bad thing. I was just surprised,” Trini replied.
” What about your mom?” I asked.
” What about her?”
” She most likely won’t be happy about this.”
” Yikes, you’re right!”
” Say, hey, mom! What would you do if I had a sister?” Zack said. We all laughed at his joke.
” Until we can figure out more, let’s just go on with are normal lives, okay?” Adam said. We all agreed.
The next day before Trini’s parents came home, Trini and I made dinner. The front door opened and Trini’s folks came in. “ Hmm. Smells good. What do you want?” Mr. Kwan said as he eyed the table.
“ Oh, hello Diana,” Mrs. Kwan said as she put some bags down. “ Ohh, nice dinner.” Okay, okay, so we put fancy dishes, and a tablecloth on the table.
” Let’s get this over with,” I said.
” Here dad.” Trini handed it to him . We’d ripped the page about my powers out of the book. I waited nervously as he read the paper.
” Where is your Aunt now?”
” She’s dead,” I answered.
He handed the book to his wife. “ I don’t believe she would keep this from you.”
” Mom, what do you mean? You knew?” Trini asked.
” I knew that your father had a sexual relationship with Sagra in his senior year in High School. Sagra was a friend of mine. But I never knew about Diana.”
” I didn’t either,” my father said.
” I know you didn’t. Why wouldn’t Sagra want to tell you?”
” I don’t know.”
” Well, let’s eat,” Trini said. We ate a wonderful dinner. I got my own room next to Trini’s. We have to share the bathroom.
” I don’t need any of this,” I said as we walked in the store.
” You need it if your going to live with Trini,” Aisha argued, “ You live in a middle class family now. You need to look like it.” She held up an orange mini skirt. I laughed. It was a clever answer.
” I don’t feel comfortable in short clothes,” I said.
” You have the body for it,” Aisha replied.
” That doesn’t mean I feel good wearing them.”
” Have you found anything?” Kimberly asked.
” Nope,” I said.
” Diana, what do you like to wear?” Trini asked.
” Jeans, shirts, jackets, vests- no skirts.”
” Okay, okay. How are these?” Aisha held up a pair of tight black jeans. She handed them to me.
” They’re good.”
” Yea, we found something she’ll wear! Quick, what’s the brand name?” Trini said.
” Bison.” Aisha replied looking on the back of the jeans.
” They’re a total fashion ‘don’t’,” Kimberly said, “ Skorts are in, not jeans.”
” Kimberly, fashion isn’t that important to me. No offense,” I said.
” Don’t blame me if hot guys don’t ask you out,” Kimberly replied.
We went to the Bison section. “ Welcome to Mooseville,” Aisha joked.
” Moose aren’t related to Bison,” I replied.
” Okay, now what colors do you like?” Trini asked.
” Black, gray, silver and white.”
” Okay here,” Trini said and gave me two pairs of jeans, one gray and one white. By the end of the shopping spree, I’d gotten the three pairs of jeans, three shirts, and two pairs of shoes.
I woke up the next morning feeling pretty good. I took a shower and rummaged through my closet. I pulled out my black jeans and silver top. I put on my black tennis shoes. Then I went down stairs for breakfast. “ Good morning,” I said.
” Good Afternoon,” Trini replied eating toast, “ I slept in late too.” I sat beside her and gulped my vitamins down with orange juice. Dulcea had never given me vitamins, but my body didn’t seem to have a problem with them. I ate toast and cereal. I glanced at the clock which read eleven thirty. I had to be at the daycare center in a couple of hours. While Trini went to teach Kung Fu class, I read a book until it was time to go. I hopped on my motor cycle, which Trini had taught me to ride a year ago, and sped down the road. I parked and entered the building. A lady was at the information desk.
’ Hi, I’m Diana Argent. I’m here to volunteer to watch the kids.”
” Down the hall, to the right.”
” Thank you.”
I walked into the room. Kids were everywhere! Toys were tossed and scattered carelessly across the room. A lanky woman came toward me and extended her hand. I shook it,” You must be Diana. I’m Miss Kein, but everyone calls me Miss K. All you really need to do is watch and interact with the children.” She walked away to stop a child from whining about a toy. I went over to a small boy who was staring at the wall. “ Hey, what’re doing?”
” There’s a way to see into the Play Room,” the boy said as he turned to face me.
” I thought this was the Play Room.”
” Not the play room. The Play Room.” He emphasized the second “play”.
” Huh?” He moved to let me see.
There was a small peep hole to look into. I saw a man crying as he stood with a large green arm holding him. “ Please don’t kill me. Please....” Then something in front of him stabbed him. The figure in the shadows laughed.
” Neat effect, huh?” the boy asked me. I glanced back at him and looked back into the hole.
The pale man fell to the floor, lifeless. I saw fresh blood. This wasn’t a play. The boy thought it was a play as in a theatrical production. This wasn’t an effect. It was real. A Doppleganger came out from behind the man. “ May I, Master?”
” Yes.” Then the thing who stabbed the man came into the light of the small light bulb hanging above him. I had never seen him before. He was eight or nine feet tall, with broad shoulders, four legs, and six arms. His skin was dark blue; he had a long spiked tail and round black eyes.
The Doppleganger began to eat the man. I covered the boys eyes and mouth. He couldn’t see, but I wanted to make sure. My stomach churned and I felt sick. Once he had finished his meal, he began to change into the man. I realized, they have to eat anything they morph.
I turned to the boy again. “ Yea, that’s a neat special effect. Now why don’t you go play with some toys.” He nodded and went to play with some blocks. I felt tears in my eyes. I forced them not to fall. I could have went home and got the others, but by that time they could kill more people. I needed a way into that room without anyone noticing I was missing.
” Miss K, someone asked me to get supplies from next door.” Next door is an arts and crafts store that the daycare bought supplies from.
” Go ahead.”
I ran into the restroom. My stomach was very queasy. I bent over a toilet and the contents came out. I wiped my mouth with a paper towels. I looked in every stall to make sure the room was empty. I locked my hands together as I had done before,” Silver Ninja Ranger Power!” My ninja suit appeared. My identity was concealed behind my mask. I pictured the room I wanted to be in, more importantly, the shadows of that room. I willed the smoke not to appear as I landed. I was hidden behind a large crate. For a few minutes I couldn’t breathe. Then I let my air out slowly knowing I was safe. Well, kind of. I listened.
” Banderdash!” the blue skinned one yelled. I wondered, Why can’t the children hear him? Carefully I craned my neck, and saw a force field encasing the room. I thought of shutting it off, but then an image of screaming helpless children getting killed by the Dopplegangers, stopped me from pondering the thought any further.
A really short, hairy, troll like, alien came running. Bowing his head, he said, “ You summoned me, Lord Ahriman?”
” Are you down with the Anti- gravitational Neutrino Device?”
” Yes, Master.”
” When will the sun be in range?”
” Two hours, my Lord.”
He laughed,” In exactly two hours, I want you to fire at the sun. Without their star this planet is helpless!” Ahriman laughed wickedly, ” Bring me my wonderful machine!”
A large slender cannon was rolled in on wheels. It was made of a sturdy brown alien metal. “ Tonight we will go to the tower and watch the destruction of this puny planet full of meat food!”
Well, that did it. They were definitely not vegetarians. I had to find the others. I was about to teleport, when I heard Ahriman say,” What of Dulcea? Has she been eliminated?”
The Doppleganger answered, ” Yes, Master. But at the lake yesterday, there were eight ninjas. They most likely have the Ninjetti power.”
” Curse that Dulcea! Her and her soothsayer abilities!”
Soothsayer? She could see into the future? That would mean- No!
Why Dulcea? Why? I couldn’t move. My limbs felt like lead and my lungs a sack of flour. I fought the tears in my eyes. She knew!! Dulcea knew she’d die! Rage boiled inside me. I opened my mouth to scream. I moved my hand to cover my mouth before a sound got out. The crate began to rock. My hand had hit it! My body froze. Fear held me to the floor. I had to get out of there! Bathroom! Bathroom! BATHROOM!
The teleportation wasn’t working! Panic was clouding my concentration! I couldn’t risk a fight. They could hurt the children. They could capture me and my friends wouldn’t know anything. Twenty Dopplegangers came toward me, swords extended, raised for the kill.