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Tommy sighed and looked at Hayley; he knew Kira was worried about her future. What would happen to her once the CPS case closed; no one had told her that, if she wanted it, things would remain as they were. She would likely lose him as a science teacher since she’d be in his house and there would be no way to prove she couldn’t cheat on her assignments or tests. It wasn’t as if she would do that or he would even allow it but there would always be those questions if she remained in his class.

“Are you okay?” Hayley asked.

“No… I don’t know” Tommy sighed, “I got a phone call this morning, Kira’s mom pled guilty to the charges. She said she was drunk but also said it was no excuse for her behavior and the judge is giving Kira two options emancipation or spend the next few months as a minor and with me.”

“Kira can’t support herself as required to be emancipated by California law.” Hayley protested.

“Exactly and I’m sure Kira would agree, they asked if I would continue as her guardian until her 18th birthday, as if that was a question that needed asked.”

“Yeah, I would have asked but I would have already known you’d never turn her out. You wouldn’t turn any of those four away if they needed you.” Hayley’s tone was casual, it was obvious to her that Tommy would continue to care for Kira, he’d be there for her as long as she needed him.

Tommy looked the three boys seemed to gather around Kira in a protective group. Conner and Ethan had known about Kira’s problems at home for quite a while, Trent was just learning about what was going on in Kira’s life but that didn’t mean he wasn’t right there by her side when she needed him.
Kira was leaned against Trent, Conner had a hand on her arm and Ethan had her right hand in his. Trent kept a firm grip on her left hand.

Tommy wondered what she would say to remaining at his house. Did she have any other place to go? He was pretty sure the answer was no or the CPS workers would have found it by this time.

“At least now she knows she has a place to turn. Before she became a ranger she wouldn’t have had that.” Hayley pointed out. “She would have ended up in foster care if it weren’t for you…then again I think things might have been a lot worse if it weren’t for this development in her life.”

“True,” Tommy sighed “Her family life was bad, I’ve heard of so many girls in her place turning out so bad I don’t even want to think of what Kira would have turned into if I hadn’t been here to intervene in her life.”


“Kira I’m sure Dr. O won’t mind you stayed with him, he did take you in after all.” Ethan said.

“I think so too, but…” Kira didn’t know if the courts would allow her to stay there or if it was meant to be temporary. She hoped she could remain, she liked where she was. It was a lot better than with her mom. She leaned her head on Trent’s chest and just rested there.

“Don’t worry, Kira, you know we’re here for you.” Conner said.

“Yeah, he’s right; we’re a team, that’s all that matters.” Trent chimed in.

“Thanks guys,” Kira said looking at the trio that had quickly gathered around her in her time of need. She felt as if she was in the middle of a storm and her fellow rangers, Tommy and Hayley were the only ones keeping her from being swept away.

That evening, Tommy and Kira started home. Tommy knew she was worried about what the future after the CPS case closed held.

“So, after all of this dies down, what are we going to do?” she asked.

“Keep going with our lives.” Tommy replied simply.

“Wait, so this situation is permanent?” Kira asked.

“If you want it to be, yeah it is.” Tommy replied with a shrug.
Kira was stunned.

“Do you?” he prompted after a few minutes of silence.

“Well yes, of course I do” Kira replied as if that answer were completely obvious.

Tommy just smiled slightly; he should have expected that answer. She was better off with him than she was anywhere else at this point in her life.

“You’re aware that you won’t be allowed to continue in my class, right?”(A/n: I know Trent was in the class with Anton as a teacher but that didn’t seem like it would ever really happen given their relationship.)

“I know.” Kira sighed “But I’ll take a slight schedule change over the prospect of living with complete strangers and the risk that I’d have to leave the guys and not get to see any of you again.”

“Sounds reasonable,” Tommy conceded.

Tommy had never wanted to bring the teenagers into the fold as rangers but Mesogog and the dino gems had given him little choice. The gems had chosen the trio and Mesogog wasn’t willing to let them live normal lives with the power in them so he had to teach them to fight against this evil and protect themselves. He had stressed that more with Kira because he knew that she might have to protect herself from more than just the tyranno drones and other monsters Mesogog sent out. There were others that would hurt a girl like her he just never dreamed one of those people would be her own mother. He hated that the one person that she couldn’t fight back against was the one that hurt her in more ways than he could imagine.

They got to the house and a strange smile crossed Tommy’s features.

“You realize that if you aren’t my student you don’t really have to call me Dr. Oliver anymore, you can call me Tommy.” He said as they got out of the jeep. His tone carried a humorous edge and his smile was light, more like what she had seen when she went back those eleven years and met Tommy as a high school student.

“That would be a little too weird.” Kira replied with a chuckle.

“It was a thought.” He shrugged.

Kira went into her new bedroom and sat on the bed before falling backwards onto the pillows so she was staring at the celling. So much had changed in the past couple of days. She hadn’t wanted CPS to be called but the more she thought about it the better this was for her. Her mom couldn’t hurt her anymore, physically or emotionally. She couldn’t threaten to wreck her guitar again and Tommy definitely wouldn’t as he knows that is one of her prized possessions and he respected her and praised her talent. She sighed, it felt good to know she was with someone who actually cared about her and let her know it. She didn’t always feel that way with her mother. She sometimes got the feeling she was a burden to her mom or that her mom didn’t care that her daughter was a gifted musician whereas Tommy did know her talent, he’d heard her sing and encouraged her to keep singing even when it seemed he was the only one listening.

Time kept moving forward and since Kira’s mom didn’t dispute the charges but admitted to what she did, the case went quickly. This made it easy for Kira, Tommy and the other rangers to settle into a new state of normal. Kira’s school schedule changed so she was no longer in science class with the other rangers and while the others didn’t particularly like this fact they didn’t see her as often. They knew that she was better off living with Tommy than she had ever been at home with her mom. She was enjoying living with Tommy and of all of them she knew him better than the rest. She got to benefit from his casual confidence more than the rest and it showed in how her new songs came so easily.

Tommy’s sinus infection was easing away quickly when he noticed something wasn’t right with Kira. She seemed exhausted and that cough sounded bad. He didn’t want to believe it, she had been with him less than a month and she was already getting sick. He could tell she didn’t have the sinus infection he just recently got over. She had caught something else from someone else and with the fever she was running school was out of the question. He knew this meant another visit to the doctor and more medication, but given the fact that his insurance changed when he took her in he didn’t think it would be a problem.

Tommy contacted the school and told them that Kira couldn’t come he had a doctor’s appointment set for her. He honestly didn’t feel right leaving her at home alone. The only reason he went to work is that Hayley volunteered to leave the Cyberspace in the hands of employees and stay at the house with her to make sure she was okay until he could get her to the doctor that afternoon.

Trent came into the classroom a confused expression on his face, he hadn’t seen Kira all day even though he knew for a fact Tommy was there that day.

“Dr. Oliver; is Kira okay?” he asked.

“She isn’t feeling well; she’s going to the doctor this afternoon.”

“I hope she gets better soon.”

“Me too, Trent,” Tommy replied.

The message soon got around to the other rangers that Kira was out sick.

That afternoon Tommy drove Kira to the doctor’s office her breathing had gotten worse and both her throat and her chest were sore from the coughing, which had begun to bring up mucus from her chest. These developments had Tommy worried more than before he wasn’t sure what she had and the diagnosis of bronchitis seemed 100 times better than what he feared.

They went home with the recommendation to take something for pain and maybe something to get the mucus out of her chest. The doctor had also told Tommy that if her breathing got worse he might have to take her to the ER where there was a chance she’d be admitted.

Worry ate at Tommy on the drive home. He was sure she would do okay but something in the back of his mind kept telling him a ranger’s luck was never that good, and his luck was second-rate at best and could arguably have been the worst of any ranger in history. He looked over at her as she dozed on the way back home and a sigh escaped him, he was worried about her in that moment and could only hope things wouldn’t get any worse.

Hayley was at the house with the boys when Tommy and Kira returned home.

Trent walked with Kira back to her room to get her settled in to get some rest.

“What’s the diagnosis?” Hayley asked.

“Bronchitis,” Tommy replied dropping heavily into a chair.

“Oh,” Hayley winced. Conner and Ethan were in another room doing homework, they would find out later that day what the diagnosis was.

“Her breathing was bad; they said if it got worse she might have to be hospitalized.” Tommy sighed “With all the singing and fighting she does why did this hit her so hard?”

“I don’t know.” Hayley admitted taking a seat beside him placing a hand on his shoulder in an attempt at comfort.

Tommy rubbed his face with his hands, “Right now they said she needs to take something to get the mucus from her lungs and she could take something for pain if she needs it.”

“Well at least they gave you a plan of attack, that’s more than you had when you went up there. Sure it isn’t as satisfying as a cure all pill or something but at least bronchitis is something she’ll recover from.” Hayley replied rubbing slow circles on Tommy’s shoulder blade.

“True.” Tommy sighed jadedly.

“Tommy, you can’t forget it hasn’t been that long since you got over that sinus infection that had you kicked for a few weeks.” Hayley pointed out casually, “We can’t have you getting sick again as well, those boys are good but they still need a mentor.”

Tommy sighed and shook his head, she was right he needed to be careful after that as he was still recovering.

Trent returned after he was sure Kira was settled in and had all she needed within reach.

“She’s set for now, she said she’d call or text us if she needed anything.” He said “But I really doubt she will do much more than sleep for a while. I think the medication has made her drowsy.” Trent’s expression reflected the same kind of worry Tommy’s did and Hayley quickly realized both of them cared for Kira even if they looked at her in different ways.

“Good,” Tommy replied, “She needs the rest.”

Suddenly the alarm in Tommy’s morpher went off.

To Be Continued…
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Tommy pulled into his own driveway with a soft sigh then looked over to Kira who had dozed off somewhere along the way. He couldn’t very well blame her for being exhausted, the day had been long and apparently she hadn’t slept that well the night before. He understood that things were hard for her, a mom was supposed to be the person that protected her and, in Kira’s case, her mother had been the one to hurt her.

Kira woke when he cut the engine off, which saved him the trouble of waking her for a second time that evening. They entered the house and Kira headed to the bedroom she had used on occasion when circumstances forced the rangers to remain in the house. The assumed idea was this would become her permanent bedroom once they could get her belongings from her mother’s home.

Tommy went into the kitchen to work on grading papers only stopping at the bathroom to take his meds that he should have taken earlier. At this point it was hours late but even the doctor had told him better late than never.

He got to the kitchen and could tell Hayley had been there by the container of soup in the middle of the table and the note sitting with it. She and the rangers were clueless as to what happened over the course of that afternoon and Tommy didn’t look forward to telling them. He was pretty sure he could predict Conner and Ethan’s reactions to the day’s events but Trent was a wildcard. Tommy had no doubt Trent had feelings for Kira, loved her dearly in fact and this would not go over well with the white ranger.

Tommy put the soup in the microwave having focused more on getting something in Kira and getting her to bed than getting anything for himself. He then sighed as the phone rang, he answered with a tired hello.

Tommy, are you okay?” Hayley asked the exhaustion in his voice sending up red flags for the tech advisor.

“Define ‘okay’,” he replied looking up at the celling the events of the day crashing down on him like a wave he never saw coming.

Oh man, that isn’t good,” Hayley replied “what happened?” Her voice was laced with worry.

“Kira’s mom hit her last night; she now has a bruised face and blackened eye.” Tommy replied, “She also has a CPS file”.

Oh God, Tommy this is not good, where is she now?” Hayley was obviously extremely worried about Kira as she seemed as much a parent to Kira as Tommy did.

“She’s upstairs.” He replied, “I think she went to bed, she’s exhausted Hayley.”

I’m not surprised,” Hayley sighed, “The guys aren’t going to take this well, Tommy, you know that. They were worried about her today because she didn’t show up at the café or the command center. Yes we were there by the way; Trent helped me keep Conner and Ethan from trashing the house.

“I could tell you were here, not the guys. I know, I’m really worried what Trent will do, he’s too much like me and I’d want to confront her mom if I were in his place and believe me the outcome would not be good.” Tommy sighed leaning on the counter as the microwave told him the soup was finished.

You have a point there, Trent really does care for Kira; he’s not going to take kindly to her being hurt.” Hayley paused a moment “How bad does it look?

“You’ll probably see it tomorrow, and fair warning it is bad, Hayley, she took one heck of a blow, the social worker had her taken to the hospital to be checked out for other injuries.” Tommy replied.

Oh damn, that is bad, poor girl, no amount of makeup is going to hide that, everyone in school will see it.” Hayley sighed, “I’m sure the guys will stand with her about this but the question is will she let them.

“She didn’t sit with them in my class today.”

She was ashamed of her face Tommy, she didn’t want them to see it; she probably didn’t want you to see it either, not then anyway.” Hayley explained realizing that Tommy might not get that fact.

“I’m going to go check on her and see how she’s doing.”

Okay, take care of her Tommy, I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

“Talk to you then, Hayley”

Tommy got off the phone and headed to the room where Kira had retreated. He didn’t expect to hear her sobbing from within; the sound absolutely broke his heart. He knew she was hurting, she was ashamed of the mark on her face her mother had left and afraid of what her future might hold. He didn’t know what to do, did he go in there, hold her while she cried or did he let her cry it out on her own as much as every bit of him wanted to go to her in her time of need. As much as just hearing her sob hurt like hell.

He leaned his head on the door chewing on his lip, not knowing what, if anything, he could do to make this better. He let out a breath, he had to do something, so he finally knocked on the door, he couldn’t just stand there and listen to her sob and that seemed better than walking away.

Kira came to the door, eased it open and made eye contact with Tommy, this was the first time all day she had made full eye contact with him, or anybody else, and Tommy could see how bad this truly was for her.

Tommy embraced Kira without a word and she returned it and broke down into sobs again. The big question that rang between them was where they would go from here. They knew this was better than where Kira was but what would it be like in the future?

“Don’t worry, Kira, I’m right here.” He whispered into her hair “I’ll always be here for you.”

“Thank you, Dr. O,” she replied.

“You don’t have to thank me Kira.”

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The next day came and Tommy was not looking forward to what he had to deal with that day.
Tommy looked up as Kira came into the living room in the spare clothes she kept at his house for emergencies and Tommy knew things weren’t going to be easy for her until the bruise and black eye went away. At least now she was in a safer environment. He could tell she had done her best to cover it up and it looked a lot better than it had yesterday when her confidence was at an all-time low.

“Kira you know we have to tell the guys what happened.” He sighed

Kira sighed in reply. “I know, can’t say I’m looking forward to it, but I know it has to be done.”
Tommy gave her a side-hug before they started out to his jeep to go to school.

The ride to the school was for the most part quiet

“Sorry I broke down like that.” She sighed looking out at the road as Tommy drove.

“Hey, don’t apologize for that, after what you went through yesterday you needed to get that out.” Tommy sighed not fully understanding why Kira apologized for crying then things started to fall into place that made his blood boil. This once again had to do with Kira’s family; someone had taught her that it was shameful or somehow bad to cry.

They got to the school and split up, he knew he’d see her soon but he was concerned about her state of mind and wellbeing this soon after such a traumatic event.

The ranger’s class came around and Trent was first.

“Trent, close the door a moment I need to speak with you in private about Kira.” Tommy said approaching the white ranger his expression dark.

“Sure, Dr. Oliver, what’s going on?” Trent asked obligingly closing the door and walking over to where Tommy had stopped.

“I thought I should warn you that CPS was called yesterday about Kira.”

“Oh man… what happened?” Trent asked clearly in shock.

“She came to school yesterday with a bruised cheek and black eye.”

Trent bit back the swear word that wanted to come out and Tommy could tell he didn’t have to tell Trent who hurt Kira he’d already drawn that conclusion.

“Her mom hit her?” Trent was still in shock.

Tommy nodded in reply.

“When she comes to you don’t tell her I told you anything, I don’t think she’d like that I did.”

“Don’t worry, Dr. Oliver, I’ll take care of her” Trent sighed. Tommy knew that look on Trent’s face; he was out for revenge.

“Trent, facing her mother won’t change anything. In fact she’s already in jail.” Tommy sighed, “She confessed last night to the crime she apparently remembered it vaguely and thought she had dreamed it until CPS showed up on her doorstep.”

Trent’s clenched his fists in anger but then eased his hands open again, it wasn’t worth violence and he knew it; he needed to calm down for Kira’s sake and his own.

Tommy waited a few moments then opened the door again to allow other students to enter. Ethan and Devin entered within moments of each other along with several other students that had been blocked by the shut door.

“Dr. O what’s up?” Ethan asked then looked to see Kira walking into the room.

Trent resisted the urge to bolt from the desk and go to her; he didn’t want her to know he already knew what was going on.

Kira tried to hold her head a little higher today than she had the day before, and the guys got their first look at her face and nothing Tommy could have possibly said could have prepared Trent for what he saw.

“Kira, what happened?” Ethan asked.

“I’ll tell you the whole story after school” Kira told Trent and Ethan, she knew she would have to repeat it to Conner who was just getting into the classroom as she took her regular seat. She was terrified of what he might say as he took his seat.

“Kira what happened to your face?” he asked in a mercifully quiet voice.

“I’ll explain after school, let’s just say I’m getting a permanent change of address.”

Ethan and Trent seemed to catch the hint but Conner looked confused and decided he’d learn what she meant after school. Ethan rolled his eyes and class went on as usual.

Kira had a bad feeling she wouldn’t continue in this class much longer if she remained living with Tommy, and if she were honest with herself she wasn’t too sure she minded giving up the class for the housing change. The idea of an overcrowded foster home with strangers didn’t appeal to her in the slightest. Living with Tommy meant that she had the kind of support system she had never had before. She barely remembered having a father and compaired to the memories she did have, Tommy was a better dad than he had been when he was a part of her life.

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After school the rangers gathered at Hayley’s Cyberspace and gathered in a small corner at the edge of the stage to talk.

Tommy watched the quartet from the counter; he would let Kira deal with telling them herself even though he did leak what she would say to Trent. He was worried about how he would react if he got the information from Kira without any sort of outside warning as to what was going on.

“Okay what did you mean by what you said in Dr. O’s class?” Conner asked.

“I’ll get to that; just let me start at the beginning.” Kira sighed self-consciously.

Trent gave her shoulder a reassuring squeeze he knew this was going to be difficult for her to talk about from the moment Tommy let him in on what was going on.

Kira sighed and told the rangers the story of what her mother had done and how CPS got involved.

“So what now, where will you go?” Conner asked.

“I’m staying with Dr. Oliver right now, I don’t know what will happen if the case closes before I’m 18.” Kira said new worry edging into her tone.

To Be Continued…<blockquote>
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