Trini feels the wind hit her face as the rocky fist of the Putty barely misses its upper hook, a result of Trini's last second dodge from the gigantic hand-shape boulder. Normally in a fight, you would take a moment to regain your composure following a close call like this one, but being a Power Ranger, if they were in battle there would be no time for that. So, Trini keeps fighting and focusing on the opponent, as she has been taught.
Her eyes follow the Putty, carefully watching its movements as it walks around the inside of the Ring, as the Rangers liked to call it. It was really just a circular hole in the back of the Pit, kind of like a crater, that had been carved into the ground when Zack accidentally dropped his Zord off of one of the ledges above the pit during one of their first Zord training sessions. The hole was about the perfect size for a one-person practice arena, so from then on, that's what they had used it for. And, currently, that's what Trini was doing, a one-person practice against three Putties, with her fellow Rangers watching from above on the ground level of the pit.
Trini glanced up at the four kids standing about fifteen feet up on the rock face. Zack was sitting with his feet dangling down over the edge, intently watching the match. Billy and Jason were a leaned up against a boulder right behind Zack, both checking each other for major injuries. And Kimberly, well, Kimberly was doing what she loved to do most: teasing Trini. Or, at least, attempting to. It's kind of hard to tease someone while they're in the middle of sparring with three giant rock aliens. But, Trini was easily distracted, especially when it came to her girlfriend.
Trini had already defeated two of the three Putties she had been pit against in the beginning of the fight, stopping one with a running tackle, pinning it against the while momentarily before the sheer force of the blow caused the Putty to dissolve into dust. The second one had been a small bit tougher to subdue, but Trini managed to get away by hitting it with a few strong roundhouse kicks and then an axe kick to the chest, feeling the dust cloud her leg as the final hit disintegrated the monster. Trini only had one enemy left, so it wasn't a very tense moment when she looked up at Kim. Kim took that into account, knowing Trini was prone to lose her focus right at that moment and let her eyes wander to the girl above her. When Trini's eyes met hers, Kim grinned slyly, and Trini took notice of the dangerous twinkle sparkling in her deep brown eyes. Kim stared at her for a moment, but her eyes shifted to something else to Trini's left. She heard Kim yell Trini's name, trying to grab her attention to something. Before Trini could react in any sort of way, she felt something hard plow into her left kneecap. She heard an audible cracking noise at the impact, and her hands immediately went right down to the area as she fell backward onto the ground in the pain. The final Putty backed up slowly, preparing for another attack. Trini saw this and tracked the Putty's motions, trying to figure out what it would do next. As the simulated alien leaned forward, it let out a deep battle cry, one that Trini knew well. The Putties only let out this cry right before they charged their opponents, the goal to hit the other as hard as they could with their head. It could be a devastating move if their enemy didn't see it coming, which Trini did. She immediately jumped back to her feet, ignoring the searing pain in her leg as she did so. She stood straight up, making it seem like she was ready to approach the Putty, which was just enough to trick the monster. It heaved itself forward, running full speed toward Trini. She just stood in place. Right when the Putty got about an inch away from hitting her, she ducked to the ground and the Putty jumped to finish the blow, but before its skull could crash into Trini's she was out of the way. The Putty hit the wall, hard, right on the top of its head. She heard the walls shake and rumble before the Putty disappeared completely, leaving only a small cloud in its wake. Trini sighed in relief, having defeated the attacker and successfully completed the task. Trini smiled as she heard whooping and cheering coming from above her, looking up at her friends.
"Yes! Good job Trini!" Billy said, giving her a big thumbs up. Zack stood up on the ledge, smiling.
"Way to go, crazy girl!"
"That was a good move there with that last Putty, Trini! I'm proud of you!" Jason said, beaming like a proud parent.
Trini smiled back at them.
"Thanks, guys!" She said through her teeth. The pain had started heating back up again in her knee, but this time it was throbbing all the way through her left leg. Trini's hand darted quickly to cover the area as she winced. She tried her hardest not to let it show, but Kim saw right through it.
Trini watched as Kim jumped off the rock ledge, landing on her feet with a loud thump against the ground of the Ring. Kim walked over to her as Trini kneaded circles around her kneecap, but that didn't relieve the pain, only made it worse. She winced again, more visibly this time, as Kim arrived at where she was sitting, one leg bent and the other straight out against the ground to try and stop the pain. Kim knelt down hurriedly, clearly worried.
"Trin, are you ok?" Kim said. Trini lifted her face to look at Kim's and she saw the worry clouding her girlfriend's vision. Trini gave her a soft smile to help ease her. It was really probably just a fracture or something, no big deal.
"I'm okay. I think it might be fractured or something, though." Trini made sure to make it seem like she was as calm as possible, even though the pain was getting slightly worse by the second. Kim smiled back a faint smile, then traded her attention to Trini's leg. She placed her hands on either side of the circular bone lightly, but even as she did it with the most gentle touch that Trini loved feeling so much, it still sent a wave of hurt up either side of Trini's leg. Trini gasped and grabbed for Kim's hands, but Kim just lifted one up and held onto her hand with her own. She squeezed Trini's hand, looking back into her eyes.
"I'm sorry. I know it hurts. I just need to feel if it's broken, okay baby?" Kim nodded for Trini to approve. Trini hesitated, not wanting to feel that pain again.
"I think it's okay, really..." Trini said, trying to sound convincing but even Kim could hear the cracking of her voice. Kim squeezed Trini's hand again before lifting it over Trini's body laying it down on her own thigh. In any other situation, Trini would've stuttered and her brain would've short-circuited at Kim placing her hand so high on her thigh with just a thin layer of workout leggings between their skin, but in this moment, the only thing in Trini's mind was how she could get this pain to just stop. As Kim let go of Trini's hand, now lying lifelessly on Kim's thigh, she moved her own hand back to hovering just above the inflicted kneecap.
"Trin, you know as well as I do that something is wrong with your knee. You just told me you thought it was fractured." Kim said, looking at Trini with those knowing eyes and her best 'I'm not that stupid' face. Trini gulped quietly and glanced back to her leg then back up to Kim. Kim tilted her head slightly, waiting for Trini's reply.
"Ugh - I - you...it just hurts like really fucking bad, and like it gets worse when you touch it, so just - please be careful. Please." Trini begged. Kim smirked, lifting her hand from its hovering position to cup Trini's reddening cheek.
"I'm going to be careful, babe. If it starts to hurt, just squeeze my thigh, okay? It will only take a second." Kim nodded for Trini's approval once more, and this time Trini nodded back slowly. She knew her knee needed to be checked out and she knew that Kim wasn't going to give up, so she surrendered and admitted defeat. Kim moved both of her hands back to just centimeters above Trini's knee, and even that slight bit of proximity with the bone caused Trini to tense her hand up slightly against Kim's upper thigh and pull her other hand up to cover her mouth. Kim's eyes focused hard as her hands got closer and closer to Trini's skin. As her hands touched her leg, Trini felt a tight stinging in the bones beneath the skin. She dug her fingers into Kim's leg hard, but Kim didn't say anything, didn't even flinch. Trini knew it had to hurt, but Kim knew how much the pain Trini was feeling hurt as well, so it was kind of like give some, take some. Kim pushed into her knee a little more, still with the softest touch, but God it hurt. Trini kept her hand tightly gripping Kim's muscles, whimpering beneath the hand on her mouth. Kim looked at Trini to let her know it was about to be the worst part. Trini knew it was almost over, so she nodded her head slightly to signal for Kim to do it. Kim looked back down to her knee. She stood for a moment, giving them both time to prepare, then she pushed into Trini's knee, moving her hand to feel for any sign of a break.
Trini barely held it together. She moved her hand from her mouth to scrape her nails against the dirt and grasped Kim's leg so tightly she probably bruised the skin beneath the cotton. Kim just felt around the kneecap one more time, one fail swoop of her hand across the skin then lifted her hands and immediately grabbed Trini's. Trini sighed in relief, knowing that it was now over. Kim just smiled at her with affection.
"And?" Trini muttered, barely able to speak. That pain had been one of the worst she'd experienced in a while. Kim scooted slightly closer to Trini so they were right up against each other. Trini didn't mind, she actually wanted to feel Kim against her at this point. It made the pain easier to bear.
"It's not broken, baby. Not even fractured. It's just gonna bruise, badly. But you're okay." Kim smiled at her seeing Trini's face fill with relief. "I'm sorry I distracted you, that was just really bad timing to do that. I should've waited until after you took down that last Putty, because now we won't be able to do what I had in mind for after training today. Probably." Kim smirked, staring deep into Trini's eyes. Trini felt the gears in her brain stop for a moment then resume spinning as she took in what Kim just said. Kim's plans were definitely NSFW. Trini glanced up to the top of the Ring, gladly finding that the guys had scattered away from the arena to continue their other training. Trini wanted to know what Kim was talking about, she wanted to know so bad, but she had to make sure their fellow Rangers were gone before she asked. She couldn't possibly inquire about something like this in front of the other 3/5 of the team. Kimberly, on the other hand, didn't care who saw or heard them. She had always been that way. No matter who was around, if Kim wanted something, she got it. And Trini was glad to oblige, even begrudgingly if it was in front of a bunch of people. Kim was free-spirited in that way.
Trini turned her glance back to Kim's. The glint of lust in Kim's eyes sent a tremble down Trini's spine.
"Um-" Trini cleared her throat as her words came out creaking. "W-what did you have in mind?" Trini muttered. Kim just grinned wider, turning on one knee to gracefully - oh, so gracefully - to place the opposite around Trini's waist, letting her weight slowly fall into Trini's lap. Trini's hands found their way to Kim's waist ever so quickly. Suddenly, Trini felt no pain, just the weight of Kim against her making the blood rushing in her head start churning violently.
Kim wrapped her arms around Trini's shoulders, sliding her hands beneath the hem of Trini's black tank top and lightly raking her nails up the outline of Trini's spine. Trini shivered, leaning up to press her lips against Kim's. Kim smiled into the kiss, loving the way Trini was so in tune with her. Trini relished in the soft heat that echoed off of Kimberly's lips as she worked that wonderful mouth of hers. Trini couldn't help but feel her breathing get the tiniest bit faster as Kim buried her with the most playful, teasing kisses. Trini opened her mouth slightly to allow Kim's tongue to slip through the gap. That tongue, goddammit, that fucking tongue. Kim's was a weakness for Trini as it was, everything about her made Trini's knees buckle and her heart race. But, that tongue. Kim's tongue was one of Trini's biggest weaknesses. She had no resolve when it came to the way Kim flicked it against Trini's teeth, or licked the full length of her lips, or even stroked it across her neck. That fucking tongue - it would be the death of her.
Trini felt Kim breathe a small noise into her mouth as Trini bit slightly onto Kim's lower lip, and Kim moved her tongue to slide it slowly across Trini's lower. Trini felt her hands shake slightly at the feeling, but she was gripping so tightly against Kim's hips she doubted that Kim had noticed. Kim didn't seem to have, because she slowly tapered off the kisses, placing one last firm touch against Trini's lips before dipping her head down to find Trini's neck. She leeched onto Trini's pulse point, sucking strongly against the skin. They had both memorized the exact spot on each other's necks where they could feel their heartbeat pounding. Kim sucked the skin tightly into her mouth again, leaving a trail of kisses leading back up to Trini's mouth. Trini kissed her, not able to wait any longer, and Kim bit into her lip, tugging slightly. Trini gasped lowly at the stinging, but she wasn't complaining. Kim's hands rose back to Trini's neck, lacing both sets of fingers against the soft skin. Kim pressed a kiss on Trini's lips followed by one more, soft and sweet yet definitely not innocent. Kim pulled back, not opening her eyes right away. When she did though, Trini took pride in the satisfaction she saw slathered on the surface of her face. Kim smirked.
"I guess you'll just have to figure out, won't you?" Kim spoke, letting her nails dig slightly into the nape of Trini's neck. Trini was just about to reply when they heard a yell coming from the top of the rock face above them.
"Hey, Trini, Kim, you two coming back up here or what?" Jason yelled, his figure appearing over the edge of the cliff. Trini grimaced slightly as Jason's face turned a bit sheepish when he saw Kim on top of Trini, realizing he had just interrupted something. He didn't waver though, just tried to ignore the fact that Kim was literally straddling her girlfriend in the middle of the Ring. Kim just smiled at the whole ordeal, letting a small chuckle escape her mouth before turning to face Jason.
"We're coming, Our Fearless Leader." Kimberly let the sarcasm slip through her lips. Jason just scoffed, flipped Kim the bird and walked back out of sight. Kim turned back to face Trini, sighing and moving her hands from Trini's neck to resting just on Trini's upper ribcage. Trini swallowed slowly.
"Time to get back to work," Kimberly smirked, pressing her fingertips a little harder into Trini's chest before standing up and holding her hand up to help Trini off the ground.
Trini groaned as she felt a twinge of pain shoot up her leg, one of about 400 times it had happened during the rest of training. She paused for a moment to let the pain dissipate, then continued to reach down, grabbing her yellow backpack off the ground of the spaceship. She slung one of the straps over her shoulder, feeling the weight of the textbooks tucked neatly inside pull on her shoulder. Luckily, her leg had started feeling better the more she stretched it and trained, so it didn't hurt as bad anymore. Alpha gave her an ace bandage to wrap around her injury, and that had helped a great deal with relieving the pain.
Trini turned away from the large base in the middle of the ship which housed the Morphin' Grid, climbing up the stairs and exiting through the gaping doorway to enter into the various corridors which led many different directions and were extremely confusing to the group during their first few weeks of being Rangers. It had been over a year now since that first night at the mines, so Trini had pretty much memorized the maze inside the underground spaceship. She turned left down the first hallway, followed the long stretch of metal to the the Pit. As she entered the rock-encompassed dome, she felt the immediate wave of cool air hit her face. When training first began, the Pit had been so hot and suffocating that Zack and Jason both passed out from heat exhaustion. After that Alpha had installed a few high-powered fans to circulate through the area, which now made the Pit extremely brisk. It was way better than the humidity they had to go through before the installation of the fans, though, so none of the Rangers complained about the cool temperature.
Trini crossed the length of the Pit, entering the small whole on the opposite side which led into yet another hallway. Trini turned right as she met a dead end followed by hallways on either side, following the path down the last corridor before she reached the room that would lead her back up to the mine. Trini's eyes adjusted slightly to the dark, blue-tinted room. She glanced up at the water ceiling and could see the blur of light in the distance. She took a deep breath before bending down slightly and jump up. She felt her clothes soak as she completely surfaced into the water, holding her stance for a second. Trini's feet were only inches from the break between water and the room below her. She looked up again, checking to see if any of her other Rangers were in the water but finding none. She figured they had all made it back to the top of the cliff anyway, seeing as though Trini had to stay in the ship for a few minutes after they were dismissed from training to re-wrap her leg. She felt her chest beginning to tighten instigating that she was running out of breath. Trini shot one last glance to the rocky surface below her before beginning to swim up and to the top of the water.
As Trini surfaced, she took a deep breath. She looked straight up into the sky above and at the cliff-side 100 feet above her where she thought she could see a faint glimpse of Billy's bright blue sweater and his figure standing a few feet from the edge. She smiled slightly, reached down to grab the other strap of her backpack and secure it tightly on her arms so she wouldn't lose it, and wasted no more time beginning to climb the ledges up the to the top of the cliff.
Trini sighed in relief as she finally scaled the large canyon, hooking her hands on the metal poles Jason had long ago drilled into the ground at the edge of the cliff. She tightened her grip as hard as she could and pulled herself up, standing up and feeling the slight burn in her forearms and shins after climbing. She didn't mind the burn, in fact, she actually liked it. It made her feel accomplished.
Trini locked eyes on the boulder about 20 feet away from the edge where her friends sat. Billy was propped up against the rock next Kimberly. He had some sort of device out that consisted of a small metal box with a few multi-colored wires poking out in different directions. His face was laser-focused as he used his pliers to twist the wires, connecting some and removing some. Next to him, Kim had a textbook out, and even though Trini couldn't see the title from where she stood, she guessed that it was for World Studies which they had a test in later the next day. Kim's pencil twirled in her hand as she read through the pages, her hair tied up in probably the most beautiful ponytail Trini had ever seen. She looked down at her legs, tangled 'criss-cross-applesauce' in front of her. The bronze skin shined in the afternoon sunlight, her Nike shorts leaving little to the imagination. She wore only a skimpy pink tank top, the spaghetti straps falling delicately against the sharp edges of her collarbone. Trini beamed at the sight of the girl every time, no matter what time, what she was wearing, how her hair was styled, etc. She just loved Kim, more than anything in this world. It still amazed her that she got to call this gorgeous girl her girlfriend, but it had been over a year now and it had slightly sunk in since then. That didn't stop her from still being a bit surprised, though.
Zack was lying down in front of them, his head propped on his backpack and his sweatshirt thrown messily on the ground next to him. He was looking up into the sky, studying the clouds like he had an exam on them coming up. Trini knew he was in deep thought, as he did this often. It seemed to help him to just lay down and stare into the space above him. He could clear his thoughts easier that way and it relaxed him. She had tried it a few times after his insistent badgering, and she had to admit that it was pretty nice.
Jason was a few feet away from the three of them leaning against the other side of the boulder, his phone pressed up against his ear. Trini could barely hear what he was saying, but she knew he was on the phone with their landlord.
A few months ago, Trini had come out to her parents, serious this time. She had tried to tell them before, but her parents had taken it nonchalantly and brushed it off without a care or even a comment. Trini knew that with her senior approaching quickly, she was running out of time to confess her secret to them and make sure they understood. So, after weeks of preparation and gaining the courage, she sat her parents down and gave them a speech that she didn't even get to finish before her dad was already yelling and screaming. Her mom broke into tears, saying things like 'How could you do this to us?' and 'I thought we raised you differently.' and a mouthful of other demeaning phrases that eventually pushed Trini to her boiling point, no matter how much she tried to stay calm and collected. She had been dating Kimberly for months at that point, and she knew her parents knew that in the back of their mind the whole time but they wouldn't admit it or accept it. Trini didn't yell, she didn't throw things, she didn't fall into a pit of rage. She simply stood up, looked both her parents in the eyes once then looked back at her feet. She said one simple phrase to them: 'Mom, Dad, I'm sorry, ok. I'm sorry for not being the daughter you want me to be. I'm sorry I'm not the picture-perfect child you thought I would be. But this is who I am. It's me. I'm still the same Trini you've known for seventeen years, I'm still the same girl you gave birth to. It's just me.' When her parents said nothing in response, she sighed and felt tears well up in her eyes. 'If you can't accept this, accept me...then I can't be here anymore. I don't want to live like this, with you two in constant denial when I've tried so hard to talk to you, to confide in you, to get you to understand. If you can't at least try to listen, try to love me for me....then I don't think I can do this.' Trini looked back up, trading pleading gazes with each of the people who had raised her. She felt it, the knots in her stomach, the waves of anger and sadness and desperation crashing in her brain. She knew at that moment that her parents could never accept her. The silence they gave her proved it. She stood for a few more seconds, feeling her tears begin to crawl down her cheeks slowly. She looked back to her the carpet beneath her feet, taking it all in. This was it. She brought her eyes up to face the people before her once more, smiling through her tears. 'I guess we got our answer then, didn't we?' She stifled the painful sobs wanting to escape her throat and walked up to her room. She called Kimberly, telling her what happened. Kim was overcome with anger, and Trini had to beg her not to come down to her house and give her parents a piece of her mind. She finally settled down, and Kim stayed on the phone with her as she packed up the things in her room. There wasn't much, just her clothes, school stuff, and a few other random belongings she had collected over the years. She piled it all into a duffel bag and a backpack, hearing Kim's calm breathing through the speaker soothing her slightly even though she continued to feel the tears run down her face. When she had packed everything, she told Kim she had to go and that she would be at her house soon. Kim wanted her to stay on the line, not wanting to leave her alone, but Trini had promised she would be ok. They hung up after Kimberly exchanged 'I love you's multiple times, grabbed her bags and headed out the door to her room. She took one last look at the purple walls, the yellow bedsheets and the pieces of tape stuck on various places of the wall where her favorite pictures of her and her friends and her girlfriend used to hang, now stuffed neatly into the backpack weighing down on her shoulders. As she flipped the light off, she turned on her heel, mustered up all her courage and the dignity she had left, and continued down the stairs. As she reached the living room, her dad sat on the couch flipping through the channels, looking relaxed as ever. Her mom was doing the dishes in the connecting kitchen, not stopping to even look up at her. Trini stepped forward, bags in tow, as her dad looked up her momentarily, gave her a once-over, and then turned his attention back to the TV. Trini chuckled dryly, tears still falling from her eyelashes erratically. At this point, she moved to the door, swung it open, stepped out into the cold night air and slammed it shut behind her. She rustled through her pockets, still standing on the front porch, grabbed her key and took the house key off, throwing it hard against the concrete. She felt one more tear fall as she trudged down the stairs and into the grass, crossing the yard for the last time. She walked all the way across town to Kimberly's house with her bags where Kim's parents awaited her at the door with affectionate hugs and kind words. Kimberly's parents knew they were dating from the start and loved Trini more than her own parents ever had. Trini immediately felt right at home. Kim had already informed them that night of what had happened, and they had already moved an extra dresser from the guest bedroom into Kimberly's room for Trini's stuff. Trini broke down in tears again at the sight, Kim pulling her into the tightest hug and kissing her head. Trini had lived there for about a month before Jason had the idea to buy a house together. They all had some money saved up from various different things, and so they decided to purchase it together. They took a few weeks to explore their choices but finally settled on a homey place right below the mountain that housed their training headquarters, within a mile from both Zack and Kim's house. Jason and Trini had no real reason to see their parents, but Jason still went to see his little sister occasionally. Billy saw his mom every week, taking her out to brunch every Sunday and dropping by her house sometimes to bring her something that Kim had baked for her. They all went to see Zack's mom as a group, playing hardcore games of checkers and Monopoly for hours. Kim's parents took Trini and Kim out for dinner a couple times a month and they dropped by their house sometimes to say hi. But other than that, the five of them were on their own as a group. And they wouldn't have it any other way.
Trini decided it was time to stop staring and walked over to the boulder where her friends were lounging. After training, they liked to come sit by this boulder and hang out for a little while to wind down and watch the sunset before going home. Trini smiled as she neared them, grabbing all of their attention at the sight of her presence.
"Hey, T, do you think this cloud looks like a crown or a castle?" Trini pointed her eyes in the direction of his finger, looking up at one of the clouds. "Kim insists it looks like a crown, but look, it's too squared on the edges to be a crown. It's definitely a castle, don't you think?" Trini pretended to think for a moment, tilting her head, but she already knew whose side she would take.
"Nah. It's definitely a crown, man." Trini smirked back down at Zack, seeing Kimberly's face breaking into a grin in her peripheral vision. Zack looked back up at her in complete shock.
"What the hell, it's totally a castle! You just took her side because she's your girlfriend." Zack muttered, flipping Trini the bird.
Trini scoffed, stepping over his body and plopping down next to Kim against the boulder. She shrugged her backpack off her shoulders, leaning into observe Kim's work.
"Worried about that World Studies test tomorrow, huh babe?" Trini asked sort of mockingly. Kim bumped her shoulder against Trini's and shook her head. Her eyebrows furrowed in confusion at the large book in her lap. She took one last look at the pages before shutting the book with her notes still inside. Kim dropped the book in front of her, lifting her hands in defeat and letting her eyebrows return back to their natural state. Trini smiled as Kim laid her head down on Trini's shoulder and Trini snaked her arm around her waist, pulling her in close.
"Forget it. I'm not gonna pass anyway, and I'm too tired to work right now. I'm accepting defeat." Kim took Trini's other hand with her own, interlocking their fingers and rubbing slow circles across Trini's scarred knuckles. Trini beamed and pressed a kiss to Kimberly's head. Kim leaned up, inviting Trini for a kiss to her lips, and Trini accepted. Trini felt a flutter in her stomach at the touch, before pulling back and placing another to Kimberly's forehead. Kim smiled at the gesture and locked eyes with Trini once more before laying her head back on Trini's shoulder, closing her eyes.
"Now, I'm going to take a nap, so you guys don't get too rowdy. I'm talking to you two." Kim said, motioning to Trini and Zack with Trini's hand still interlocked with her own. Trini and Zack smirked at each other. "Make sure he doesn't get loud, baby," Kim said quietly to Trini.
"I'll make sure." Trini smiled back at her, not able to take her eyes off the sweet girl laying against her. She couldn't help as her lips creased into a larger grin at the sight of how Kim's dark hair canvassed her face, still slightly damp from going through the water. Then, Trini had a thought that sent her whole world into orbit.
'I want to marry Kimberly Hart.'