Chapter Twenty-Seven: A Power Ranger Wedding In Space Part 2
(May I Now Present…)
Date: November 2, 2002
The ceremony had been a beautiful one, creating a fluid mix of the traditions of both the Earth (well, America anyways) and KO-35. Andros and Ashley decided instead of using traditional vows from their homes to write their own.
Andros, who had been panicking right before he was to walk out in front of everyone, was calmer than anyone had seen him before.
“When I met you my life was a total wreck,” he told her. “I really had no idea where my sister was, KO-35 was pretty much destroyed, Zhane was in a cryo chamber. Then you guys showed up and were a burst of hope. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, you guys were what I needed. But of all of our friends, you were the one that drove me the most. You never gave up on me, even though I gave you plenty of opportunities to do just that. I was in love with you, but I distanced myself from you to avoid being hurt again. But apparently I’m really bad at that.” There were a few snickers in the audience and Andros continued. “When I had to tell you that I was leaving to go and find Zordon during the Countdown I didn’t think anything would hurt half as much as that. I was wrong. When everything was said and done and I was saying goodbye to you on KO-35, knowing that it was unlikely that we’d ever be really together, it hurt more. Luckily for the both of us, Zhane really knows how to tell a guy he’s an idiot.” Zhane grinned at the couple. “Coming back with you guys to Earth was the best decision I have ever made other than asking you to marry me. I love you, Ash.”
Ashley, who had tears in her eyes, smiled at him. “I’m pretty sure that I fell in love with you the moment I saw you. Though that does seem to be the norm when it comes to Rangers,” she said, resulting in a few chuckles from the Rangers in the audience. Out of the corner of her eye she noticed Xaren staring adoringly at Cassie and Zhane had the dopiest smile on his face as he gazed at Karone. “I may not have known that I’d fallen in love,” she continued, “but I knew I liked you. Cassie even ribbed me for it as soon as you were out of earshot. We went through a lot that year, both as friends and as teammates. And I have to say that I had never been as happy as I was when you walked back onto that ship. Of course, I’ve been happier since, like right now. The point is, Andros, that I love you. No matter what happens I’ll always love you. Forever and always.”
“Then, in the traditions of both Earth and KO-35, you may exchange your rings and be married,” the officiant from KO-35 said.
The ring that Andros had bought Ashley was freakishly large, the size that one equated with JLo or other celebrities of that nature. The stone was a 3 carat yellow diamond in a yellow gold setting. The band itself had platinum surrounding the gold band. The platinum had tiny diamonds set in it and the gold had more yellow diamonds set in the band. Over all it was a very impressive ring. Ashley had been shocked out of her mind when Andros had bought it, protesting that it was too much and she was fine with a smaller ring but Andros said that due to the amount of money that they were given for being the first Rangers made public that he could do what he wanted, and so he bought it. Ashley loved it for all that she thought it was an irrational purchase.
Andros’s ring, on the other hand, was simple and just simple gold.
Once the rings were on the two, the officiant said, “Forever may you be bound to one another in eternal happiness. Andros and Ashley Darkover, you may kiss.”
The kiss that the two exchanged had the boys catcalling and the girls sighing wistfully. Megan looked up at Laura and said, “Mommy, I want a boy like Uncle Andros. Only with better hair.”
That, of course, triggered a fair bit of laughter. Many of the Rangers had wondered exactly what was up with Andros’s hair. It hardly looked natural. And not a single member of his family had hair that had a streak of blonde, or any other color for that matter, in it.
After the newly married couple processed out everyone moved to the holodeck for the reception. Trini took this time to put her plan in effect. Tommy was going to propose to Kim. Tonight. All she had to do was get him to start thinking about it, despite the fact that they were at a wedding. Before that, though, she had to get him separated from Kim, which proved to be slightly hard. The two were usually attached to one another, but now it was just obnoxious. How was she supposed to drop hints if Kim was going to be there. After all, Kim didn’t know anything about the plan.
“What’s wrong?” Aisha asked her when she saw her covertly glaring at Tommy from across the room. He was dancing with Kim on the dance floor. Numerous couples were out there, and even Megan and Justin were dancing with one another, giggling their heads off as they did.
“I can’t get Tommy away from Kim,” Trini said.
“Why do you need to?” Aisha asked.
“Tommy’s going to propose,” Trini said firmly.
“Really?” Aisha squealed. “That’s great!”
“Not yet it isn’t. I haven’t gotten it in his head to propose yet,” Trini said.
“What? Oh,” Aisha said. “So that’s what the look was for at the spa.”
“Yup,” Trini said. “And I have to get them away from one another if I’m going to drop hints he’ll pick up.”
“I’m on it. How do you want to do this?” Aisha asked.
“Can you have something to complain about Rocky to her?” Trini asked.
“Oh, that’s easy,” Aisha said. “So, drag her off and send Tommy your way?”
“Tell him Jason wanted to talk to him. I’m abusing the boyfriend for this one.”
“It is of vital importance. They are epic,” Aisha said.
“Megan says that Wes and Jen are more because of time travel, but she’s clearly wrong. So, steal Kim, but leave her in sight, send Tommy my way and we’ll have a proposal.” Aisha nodded. “All right, Operation Proposal is a go.”
With that the two women split. Aisha maneuvered through the dance floor, working up an expression of annoyance, anger, and a bit of sadness to convey to Kim just how much she needed to talk to her. Trini headed to Jason and yanked him out of a conversation with some of Andros’s family.
“Sorry,” she said to them as she pulled him to a table and sat him down.
“What’s going on?” Jason asked.
“You’ll find out. Just sit. And don’t talk. I have a plan,” Trini told him.
“Why does that not reassure me?” Jason asked.
She saw Aisha and Kim head over to the buffet table (the opposite end Rocky was at, incidentally enough) and Trini listened for Tommy’s footsteps.
“You know,” Trini said to Jason conversationally, as if she had no idea that Tommy was standing less than ten steps behind the two of them. “Tommy and Kim really should have been the first to get married. They were, after all, the first Ranger Couple. We didn’t even start dating until they did. And now they didn’t even make the second. It’s just a shame. I mean, they’re practically married now. They just don’t have the rings to prove it.”
There was a sound behind them that was quite similar to someone tripping and then catching himself from falling. Trini gripped Jason’s hand hard to prevent him from looking behind them. Only when she saw Tommy making a beeline for Kim did she let out a giggle.
“Come on,” she said, yanking Jason once again. She gestured for Laura, who was closest, to get the other girls quickly.
“Did you just con Tommy into proposing?” Jason asked.
“Hopefully,” Trini grinned as they surreptitiously made their way to the buffet table.
“Have I told you how much I love you?” Jason grinned at her.
When Aisha had come up to them, looking distressed, Kim had immediately left Tommy, knowing something was wrong. But when Aisha started to complain about Rocky when he was nearly in hearing distance, she knew something was up. And then she noticed Trini, Laura, Kat, Tanya, and quite a number of other girls – including the bride – edging their way towards her.
Then Tommy spun her around and kissed her. When he broke it off she looked at him, startled. Typically he reserved those types of kisses for when they didn’t have an audience of their best friends.
“Tommy?” she asked.
“I love you,” was his response.
“Good to know,” she said nervously. There was definitely something going on here.
“And you love me. And we live in a house. Together. And we’re planning a vacation for next summer that involves none of our friends. And your mother keeps dropping hints about grandchildren.”
“Then what the heck am I?” Megan asked from somewhere nearby.
Kimberly could see a wickedly grinning Trini from over Tommy’s shoulder. Oh dear.
“Kim, I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Marry me? Please?”
Kim gaped for a second, kissed Tommy, said, “Yes,” and then marched over to Trini. She grabbed Trini’s ear and pulled her away, Trini protesting the entire way.
Tommy looked in confusion after his new fiancé. “What just happened?” he asked.
“You just got conned into proposing,” Jason said. “Trini knew you were behind us. And, by the way, you should have done this ages ago.”