Antonio joined the Samurai for breakfast every morning, regardless of what his own plans were for the day. For one, it annoyed Kevin which was worth it just for that. The other thing is that it gave him a chance to see his favorite people in one place before they got bruised and tired and the words "uncomfortably close" really had a meaning.
Because Emily in her Samurai uniform always needed, a hug and Mike deserved every prank Antonio devised. Mostly it was his excuse for forcing Jayden to share a futon with him, because how else was Antonio going to spoil his friend's breakfast. In the energetic chaos, Jayden's cereal bowl tended to gain extra inhabitants on a regular basis, some of them normal, some of them, not so much.
"Gummy bears?" Jayden said, as he looked down at his bowl. "Really, Antonio, do we have to do this every morning?"
Antonio affected an innocent look, "I don't know what you think I did. It was Mike. He's the Greenie around here."
"Yes, because I magically placed the gummy bears in from all the way over here," Mike retorted from where he was supervising Emily in making eggs.
"You heard him," Antonio said, "he admitted to it." He reached over and fished out one of the gold ones, "If you aren't going to eat these?"
"Its way too early in the morning," Jayden said, but started eating the Cheerios around the bears.
"Speaking of early," Antonio said, "I have a thing today, really important. Call if you need me, but I'm going to be late." He teased a red bear from the bowl and bit its head off. "I've been putting this off so long that now I have to do it, or else. Then I need to go fishing because, you know, fresh fish don't catch themselves."
"What about training?" Kevin asked.
"Sparring tonight," Antonio replied easily, "a friend asked me for a friendly match." He stole another bear, "Of course, then I'll have to fight James to, so I'll have plenty of practice."
"James?" Jayden asked.
"He's this kid," Antonio said, "Ranger brat, training since he was five, Black Ranger by heart, all of fifteen years old. He got this idea a few years ago that the day he can beat me in a spar he'll be ready for his morpher. Since his girl is just marking time before getting hers, it's not that unrealistic a goal." The fact that this made Jayden relax was almost cute.
Antonio glanced up at the clock, "I have to go if I'm getting back to the city on time."
"Why not just streak?" Jayden asked, "It seems like you're always going somewhere."
"Because if I leave now," Antonio replied, standing up, "I can get back in plenty of time, instead of just heading down at the last moment." He leaned over; staring down into Jayden's eyes for an eternal second, then he reached out and fished out two more gummy bears. Straightening up, he gave the group a grin, "See you guys later."
Once Antonio had finished the meeting, repeating his personal vow to avoid another one in the future, he headed down to the docks. Now was not the time to tell his friends that he was buying himself a car. He was setting up his gear when his phone rang, "Antonio's fresh fish," he said cheerfully.
"Antonio," Mike said, "is your meeting done?"
"Finally, what's up?" Antonio asked as he settled into his chair.
"We have an unusual visitor. He's a Red Ranger, says he's called Ranger Red and his name is Scott." Mike said.
Antonio straightened up, "Scott Truman, RPM Red Ranger, from Corinth?"
"Uh, let me ask him," Mike said. There was a muffled conversation that Antonio fidgeted through, trying to hear it. "He says yes."
"Ok," Antonio replied.
"You know him or something?" Mike asked.
"I know of him, I think. Ask him if he's ever dealt with time travel before." Antonio said.
"Let me put you on speaker," Mike said. There was a beep, "Can you still hear me?"
"Loud and clear," Antonio replied. "Scott Truman, can you hear me?"
"Yes," an unfamiliar man replied.
"Have you ever dealt with time travel before?" Antonio asked.
There was a pause, "Once," he said finally.
"Six people, Rangers, came from the past," Antonio prompted.
"Hunter Bradley, Cam Watanabe, Dustin Brooks, Conner McKnight, Kira Ford and Ethan James," Scott said promptly.
"Yeah," Antonio said, "it's been a year since they got back, by the way. Hunter and Cam got engaged recently."
"I thought Hunter was dating Dustin," Scott replied, sounding confused.
Antonio laughed, "They are, Hunter actually proposed to Dustin. Did you really invite an attack 'bot to the 'dark side' for cookies?"
"Is everyone going to tell that story? I was on the morphed side of drunk," Scott protested.
"Ok, Mike, get me off speaker," Antonio said.
"Yeah?" Mike said after a few minutes and another beep.
"He's real," Antonio said. "Cam and the others ended up in his time period by mistake. They changed the timeline when they came back. Cam called him arrogant, but a good person. Dustin and Kira both liked him, and Hunter was impressed. I'd trust him as a Ranger, but that's your call. Does Jayden need me at the house?"
"Jayden, want Antonio to come up?" Mike asked. There was a pause while Jayden answered, "He says to go ahead and fish, but keep an eye out. Scott came through with enemies, grinders. They're robots and our swords didn't really work on them."
"I'll remember that, and tell Scott and Jayden that of course our powers won't work. Grinders aren't part of our enemy line up. Say, that's why so many Rangers died. I'll be up in a few hours. You guys take care."
"You too," Mike replied.
Antonio had just landed his third fish when he heard a weird whirring sound. It took him a moment to realize he'd heard of this sound, the mechanical noise of the grinders had featured in a few of Dustin's stories of their adventure. Holding himself in a casual position, Antonio eased his hand in his pocket for his morpher, listening and sending an alert to Shiba House. When he judged them close enough, he moved, pulling off the headphones he'd used for his cover and morphing, "Gold Power!"
The grinders were, as he'd been warned, difficult to handle, but he kept fighting. "Need a hand?" Someone asked.
Antonio turned to find himself facing an unfamiliar Red Ranger, "The thought crossed my mind," he replied before ducking a grinder. "Scott Truman, I presume?"
"Antonio," Scott replied, "Heard we had mutual friends."
"Cam is my mentor," Antonio agreed. "We need to get away from the docks. There are always more civilians here than we expect."
"I'll draw them off," Scott said, "how far are the others?"
"Not that far," Antonio replied, "Jayden has a thing about traffic laws."
"Because a speeding ticket matters when you're saving the world," Scott muttered. "Get them and follow me. Hey Grinders, you can't hit the broad side of a barn."
Antonio backed out of the fight and watched as the other man went to town on the grinders, skillfully pulling them into one of the large open spaces with ease. "Antonio," Jayden said, running up beside him. "Are you ok?"
"I still breathe," Antonio replied.
"That's not good," Mike said, pointing.
A large robot had attacked Scott, "Let's help him," Jayden said, lifting his sword.
"Right behind you," Antonio said.
Fighting the robot was nothing like Antonio had expected, unlike Nighloks, there was no organic component, just metal. The robot didn't need armor, it was armor. He could feel bruises appearing on his legs and his shoulders vibrated from ever hit, but he didn't give up. When the robot powered up what looked like his main weapon, preparing to take out the downed Red Rangers, Antonio didn't think. He threw himself between the two and the monster, aiming to hit the monster. Kevin and the others were right with him, spreading the energy between them even as it ripped past them.
It was as if his body had been ripped apart and reformed. Antonio was not afraid to admit that he screamed.
When he was aware of his surroundings again, he lay on the floor of a large building. At first, he thought that it might be inside some warehouse they'd been blasted into, but then he heard Mike groan and someone say, "They're coming around, Dr K."
As Antonio began to push himself upright, he thought, that doesn't sound good. As soon as he sat up, he looked around. They'd been unmorphed, and all of them were here but Jayden and Scott. Looking up, he found two women watching them. One was a pretty blond in a leather jacket and yellow shirt, the other wore a uniform of some sort under a lab coat. "Hi," he offered, "I'm Antonio. We're Rangers. Scott showed up in our time, he was ok, last I saw. I'm Cam's protégé, we're from a year in the future from their time travel adventure."
"Easy," the blond said, "we can settle details later. I'm Summer, and this is Dr K."
"What's going on?" Kevin asked.
"If I had to take a guess," Mike said, "we've time traveled."