Seaick Soul (Dawn/Gosei)
Title: Seaick SoulAuthor:
Right, I actually went and checked to be sure this time… Buffy the Vampire Slayer
and all associated characters belong to Fran and Kaz Kuzui. Because I'm drawing from elements of both the original Japanese and adapted American versions, I'm going to disclaim both Toei Company and SCG Power Rangers for the collective blend of Tensou Sentai Goseiger
and Power Rangers Megaforce
that I'm using here. Not mine, don't sue, et cetera.Summary:
A new life in a new city, and now it's finally Dawn's turn to do some ass-kicking…Joe's Note:
Saban scored - at least with me - a hit with their translation of Shinkenger
into Power Rangers Samurai
but got incredibly sloppy with the following season. Mostly because it's a prop-centric season and their costume department just… didn't show up. I mean, nothing beats Troy whipping out a card that clearly says 'Gosei Red' to transform into the 'Red Megaforce Ranger', or several of Noah's cards retaining the phrase 'Seaick'. And that's before you even take into account that the director opted to eliminate a key episode that explains the composition of the team. So just like in A Fiery New Flavor
, I decided to use the source material to retroactively sew shut some plot holes in the American version. Oh, and this is a sequel to both Once a Ranger
and A Fiery New Flavor
; this would be the year in which the S8 comics occur but… well, recycled garbage is still garbage. Accordingly, I decided to disregard it entirely and go my own way.
Crouching in the shadows at one end of the chamber she'd been teleported into, Dawn Summers did her best to stay quiet and absorb everything going on around her. She was good at that: watching, listening, processing. It was what made her one of the resurgent Watchers' Council's best researchers, even if the others didn't recognize her talents. And besides, if she was supposed to be standing there with the others talking to the giant glowing head? She would have been teleported in as part of the same pile as the first four, or at least somewhere nearby like the late-arriving girl in pink. Instead, she'd been plopped down out of sight and out of mind and so she was going to take the hint.
And seriously, Loud and Obnoxious Boy, the whole tiki thing was a part of Central Eastern Polynesian culture. This 'Gosei' character was clearly modeled after the ancient Japanese divinity statues.
Now, though, they were finally starting to get somewhere. Perilous time, extraordinary threat, alien invasion, Gosei was assembling a team of Power Rangers to stop them… and now the presence of five glowing pedestals made sense. Red, pink, blue, yellow, and a purple so deep it was nearly black. Slightly apart from the others sat an unlit pedestal with a green top, and suddenly Dawn knew exactly why all three attempts at flinging a dart blindly at a map to decide where she'd finish her high school career had landed on Harwood County, California.
Idly, Dawn found herself wondering if their team would get to do the team-up thing too at some point. Maybe with Faith and her girlfriend, or the rangers they'd helped in San Angeles? Or wait. Rangers generally teamed up with the team before them, which would mean the samurai-themed group from Panorama City, led by the Satsu girl who was both a Slayer and a Power Ranger. Dawn still thought that was kinda cool… and wondered how the requisite Super Special Extra Power Ranger was picked for each team. Because Vi really wasn't half bad for an assigned bodyguard-slash-protector type, and if Faith and 'Princess ShinkenRed' were anything to go by? A Slayer would make a kick ass addition to their ranger team.
Then again, this was all assuming she got to be part of this ranger team…
"Emma, you're not only a great BMX cyclist, but you also truly care about the environment. You go to great lengths to take care of it. You shall soar up from the flames like a phoenix and be the Pink Ranger."
"Pink is my favorite color. But what's this 'ranger' deal?" Emma's question made Dawn bite her lip to keep from laughing; in that moment, the girl had reminded Dawn of her sister. A lot. Although now she was kinda curious… if Emma was the nature girl, why not make her the Green Ranger?
Well, apart from the fact that green seemed to be Dawn's lot in life…
Rather than answer the question posed to him by his new Pink Ranger, Gosei opted to plow onward. "Noah, your thirst for knowledge is unequaled. Our future depends upon the work of great scientific minds like yours. As the Blue Ranger, your attacks will bite with the force of a shark." …what the heck did being smart and biting things hard have to do with each other? "There's nobody with the boundless athleticism and enthusiasm to match you, Jake. I am making you the Black Ranger, who will fight with the stealth of a snake." Um… "Then there is Gia. You are calm under pressure and pursue excellence with the ferocity of a tiger. You will be the Yellow Ranger." Okay, see, yeah. Dawn definitely would have switched those two. Because energy and athleticism seemed much more like tiger traits, while pursuit of excellent was generally a slow, steady, and disciplined thing… kinda like the advance of a snake. "As for you, Troy, your purity of spirit and strength are the result of incredible discipline. Since you've met adversity in your life with great skill, you shall be the Red Ranger and - like the dragon - you will serve as the team's leader."
Like several other of Gosei's choices, Dawn really had to question what dragons had to do with teamwork and leadership… but it was the reaction of Troy himself that surprised her most. Most people would have jumped at the chance to be in charge, especially of something like this. Him? Not so much. "There must be a mistake here. I'm new in town."
…so what, knowing the others since kindergarten would have made him more qualified to lead them as a team of Power Rangers or something? Dawn shook her head in disbelief even as Gosei decided to add his two cents. "There is no mistake. You have been chosen because of your skills and character."
"If you really don't want to lead, though, I wouldn't mind trying. I've never gotten a chance to be in charge of world save-age. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride…" Dawn let out a soft chuckle as she rose to her feet and stepped out of the shadows, watching as all five of the teenagers jumped and spun to face her. "So… six teenagers teleported into a secret command center and five got turned into Power Rangers." Pausing, she frowned. "Except I can't figure out how to make an entire joke out of that. Damn."
Edging his way in front of Gia, Jake eyed her suspiciously. And wow, based on the look on Gia's face, she evidently found macho protective bullshit about as amusing as Dawn did. Between that and Gosei's description of her, Dawn was pretty sure she'd have at least one friend on the team. Once she figured out how to get past the whole 'being excluded from the team' thing, that was. "Who are you? How did you get in here?"
Dawn let out a snort of laughter at that. "In reverse order? I got teleported here, same as the rest of you. Who am I? You know, I'm actually kind of hurt by that. I mean, I didn't have anything as memorable as Troy's 'go humans!' answer but I did answer a few questions in Mister Burley's class today. And Gia, Emma, I'm in Miss Burkle's physics class with you." As the group processed that, Dawn slowly made her way forward and brushed her hand over the top of the inert green pedestal. "So, Gosei, what about me? Lemme guess… Green Ranger?"
"In a time long past, I guided a team of six rangers. During the final battle, the Green Ranger was killed and his morpher so badly damaged that even I could not repair it." Gosei fell silent, his glowing green eyes dimming a bit. After nearly a minute, he finally spoke again. "However, I am not omnipotent and if you answered a call that should not have been sent…" The air in front of Dawn sparkled as a silver and gold device phased into view, hovering in place until she reached out and grabbed it. Turning it over in her hands, she winced at the cracks and burns that riddled the face. "Its connection to the Morphing Grid has been severed beyond my ability to repair."
Cradling what she assumed was a 'morpher' in both hands, Dawn reached out with her burgeoning mystical senses and brushed tendrils of her vast well of power against it. As much as it looked like something that was purely technological, it wasn't. It was technomancy, on a level that Willow could only dream of creating. That hybrid nature meant that while it wasn't firmly within Dawn's wheelhouse, it was close enough for her to be useful and she quickly intuited what had been damaged and how. From there, it didn't take long to figure out how to fix it. Letting tendrils of green power surge down her arms, she ignored the gasps from the others as she enveloped the morpher with magic. She focused on a singular goal with a laser-like intensity, bending the energy to her will as she sought to make the morpher whole. One by one, the burns disappeared and the cracks fused together to form an unblemished whole. Letting the remaining magic explode outward in a harmless - but bright - rush of power, Dawn thrust the morpher out with her left hand as the right came up to hook a finger in the ring protruding from the morpher's bottom. Here goes nothing, she thought, and then yanked downward.
There was a long moment where nothing happened, and Dawn felt incredibly stupid. Then Gosei's voice boomed from the device in her hands. "…r-r-ready!"
"…Dawn Summers. Your tenacity and belief in yourself has accomplished something I once thought impossible. Today, the Seaick Tribe welcomes home its long-lost sister: the Green Ranger, fueled by the patience and power of the mighty crocodile!" Gosei's eyes pulsed brightly and there was a soft tinkling of bells from behind Dawn. Turning, she found the other five rangers-to-be staring at their own morphers as they floated in midair. "Take your Gosei Morphers, my rangers; with them, you will learn to use Power Cards to unlock fantastic new abilities, weapons, and mighty machines called zords."
Grabbing his own morpher, Troy stared down at it for a moment before nodding decisively and looking up at Gosei. "If the Earth is under attack, and you think we're the ones to protect it? We're in." Nice of him to ask the rest of them first. Not that Dawn was against the idea; hell, she'd just fixed a broken morpher so she could get in on the fun. But still. Common courtesy and all that.
The glowing blue light behind Gosei pulsed brightly. "Very well. Rangers, your mission starts now."
And then the cavern dissolved around Dawn as she felt herself yanked off her feet once more and hurled across space and time.
Violet Day scowled in consternation as she glared at the strange green humanoids that were terrorizing the crowd. One minute, she'd been wandering around downtown Harwood County with Dawn, exploring their new - albeit temporary - home. The next, Dawn had disappeared in a shower of green sparkles. Now there were creatures that were definitely inhuman but didn't feel like demons terrorizing the townspeople, leaving Vi at a loss as to how to proceed. Not only because they were technically outside her mission parameters, but because they had swords that were apparently also ray guns… and she had two stakes, a small silver knife, and some mace.
Before Vi could do something noble but probably quite stupid, there was a flash of light in the corner of her eye. Turning her head, the redhead's jaw dropped as not one but six different sets of energy motes appeared: red, pink, blue, green, yellow, and a deep purple. They coalesced into six people, five of whom dropped gracelessly to the ground even as the last landed nimbly on her feet. "…Dawn?"
"Hey, Vi. Found out why I was so drawn to this town." Reaching behind her back, Dawn pulled out a strange silver and gold device. "If any of you are having second thoughts, toss your morpher at my redheaded shadow and she'll put it to good use. If not? Gosei sent his Power Rangers out to kick some evil alien ass." Thrusting her morpher out in front of her with her left hand, Dawn hooked a finger in the ring protruding from the base and yanked downward to expose… it was almost like the inside of the face-shaped device's mouth, Vi mused. "So let's give these guys some Power Rangers to fight. It's morphin' time!"
The two black eyes on the morpher's face came to life, glowing a bright red. "Ready!"
The air in front of Dawn shimmered as she pulled the morpher back, and she plucked a playing card-sized object out of midair. Slapping it into the opened mouth of the morpher, she forced the jaw closed and met Vi's wide eyes for a moment before grinning widely. "Gosei Change!" She thrust the morpher back out in front of her, its eyes now burning bright with yellowish-green light. "Hah!" Vi winced, bringing her hand up to shield her eyes as the world exploded in green light, the five teenagers laying on the ground behind Dawn letting out cries of pain as they were exposed to the phenomenon at point blank range. When it faded, Dawn was… all spandexy. Green and white with a little black and plenty of gold accents, her face hidden behind a green helmet with a black visor. "Seaick Power of the Nourishing River! Gosei Green!"
As Dawn let out a battle cry and charged forward, Vi let her back slide down the wall before burying her face in her hands. While technically 'become a Power Ranger' was not in fact on the list of things that she wasn't supposed to let Dawn do, Vi had a feeling that she was going to be in deep shit when the Scoobies found out about this.