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Old April 10th, 2018 (5:30 PM). Edited April 10th, 2018 by Pikafan5.
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    Tracy's parents have always been telling her that her older brother Chris is going to be the Silver Ranger. On the way home from the mall she gets the message arrow. Now she is confused why she got it, instead of him. How will she handle the stress of learning that she has become a samurai ranger?

    This story is a rewrite of The Silver Samurai. I decided to do it since I have different ideas I want to try. FYI in the version, Chris is 20, The Triplets are 5, Tracy's mom is still working as a nurse, and her dad is a seventh-grade math teacher.

    Chapter 1: The Mall and A Message Arrow

    Tracy's POV

    My mom tells me to bring Angela and Amelia with me to the mall. I don't want to since I've planned this day out for weeks. Ashley and I have to work around our work schedules to make sure we could do this. It was going to be our girls day. I have no choice since dad took Aaron on a fishing trip with him. Mom can't watch them since she got called into work. She works as a nurse at the local hospital in the emergency room. As we walk around the mall, I still can't believe that there are any stores in it since I read in the paper about how much the rent is.

    "Sissy, can we go to the arcade?" Angela and Amelia ask.

    "Sure,"

    Angela and Amelia drag me into the arcade and over to the claw machine. They let go of my wrists and each point at the toy they want me to 'win.'

    Now I have to spend almost ten dollars to win the bunny Isabella wants.

    I take my wallet out of my purse and put a five dollar bill into the machine. After six tries I win the bunny. I hand it to Angela.

    "Thank you, sissy," Angela says.

    "You're welcome,"

    Then I put another five dollar bill into the machine. After I try three times, I hear my cell phone ring. I nod to Ashley, and she takes over while I go to answer my phone.

    "Hi," dad says.

    "Hi, dad, what's up?"

    "I just wanted to make sure that you'll be home for dinner," Dad says.

    "I caught a fish and daddy says its big enough to eat it," Aaron says.

    "Good Job Aaron, and don't worry dad. We'll be heading home in five minutes."

    I walk back over to Ashley and my sisters. I smile when I see that Ashley managed to win the poodle Amelia wanted.

    "Do we have to leave Tracy?" Amelia asks.

    "Yes,"

    We start walking out to the parking lot. When we approach my car, I see an arrow fly past the door and land in the hedges next to the tree. I open the back door and tell my sisters to get it. Once they are buckled in, I closed the door. Ashley and I go over to the hedge, and I pick up the silver arrow.

    "So, I guess this means its time for you to become a Samurai ranger," Ashley says.

    "Why, am I getting the message arrow? Chris is the oldest and has done all of Samurai training and mastered all the symbol power."

    "I guess you'll have to ask your parents. I'm just as confused as you Trac," Ashley says.

    Chris's POV

    I'm heading home from talking with Tracy's boss. He was understanding when I handed him Tracy's two-week notice that she'll be leaving to fly to California due to a family problem. I stop at an intersection that has a four-way stop sign. I believe that it should be a stop light since there have been five serious car accidents here in the past few weeks. It's my turn to go, so I slowly pull out. The next thing I know the car is spinning around and I slam into a pole.

    "Mr. Burlew, our systems show you were in an accident, Are you okay?" my OnStar Advisor asks.

    "Everything is blurry," I say.

    "Emergency services are on their way. Everything will be alright, Mr. Burlew," my OnStar Advisor says.

    The sound of sirens was the last thing I remember as things fade to black.

    Tracy's POV

    We go back to my car. We get in, and I set the arrow down in the space in between the seats before we buckle up. I start the car and drive to Ashley's house. I park and turn around to face my little sisters.

    "I'll be right back, so don't try to get out and follow me,"

    "We won't," Angela and Amelia say.

    Ashley and I walk up to the front door.

    "One good thing is that the arrow didn't hit the door and got stuck," Ashley says.

    "Yeah, my parents would have a hard time trying to explain it to the insurance company. I wonder why you didn't get yours. I thought everyone would get them at the same time,"

    "I thought so too; maybe there is some reason why you got it before I got mine," Ashley says.

    I hope Chris is okay. I may be the second oldest, but I'm not even sure if I inherited Mom's symbol power. If I did, I'm not good under pressure or making split-second decisions.

    A few seconds later, I jump when I hear the honk of my car's horn. After I recover, I turn around to see Amelia waving to me. I spin around and say, "Sorry Ash, I got to get going, my passengers are restless."

    "I guess, I'll see you tomorrow," Ashley sighs.

    "I hope so," I sigh.
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      Chapter 2: New Responsibilites
      Ballade's POV

      I'm about to punch out when I get a call about a 19-year-old male automobile accident victim. I run to the ambulance entrance. My heart sinks when I see Chris being wheeled in on a stretcher. I try my best to forget that Chris is my son and just treat him like any other patient. Only my maternal instincts kick in, and I rush over to him.

      "Mom, I'm sorry I crashed the car you and dad bought for me. Plus I might not be able to help Tracy deal with her new responsibilities," Chris says.

      "Christopher, don't try to talk, your father and I will deal with the insurance company. Don't worry about Tracy. Just relax, everything is going to be fine,"

      The head nurse, Holly, pulls me aside and says, "Ballade, I'm afraid you can't help the others with Chris. Since he is your son, this case is too personal for you."

      I know Holly is right. My maternal instincts are in control right now, so I'd be getting in the others nurses way while they try to help Christopher. So I punch out and sit down in the waiting room.

      Tracy's POV

      I park my car and start to get worried when I didn't see Chris's car.

      I know work is twenty minutes away. Chris should have been home by now. I hope everything is alright.

      "Tracy, how come Chris isn't back yet?" Amelia asks.

      "I'm not sure, but I'll call him. Let's head inside, and I'll make us some lunch,"

      I pick up the message arrow, put it into my purse, and get out of the car. Amelia, Angela and I head inside. I hang it on the coat rack and the keys on the hook next to the door. We head to the kitchen and I start making lunch. After I set their food on the table, I hear the sound of a car door closing. I leave the room. I walk to the front door, take the message arrow out of my purse, and open it to see Aaron run up.

      "Mom and dad told me they wanted me to tell you that they wanted to talk to you," Aaron says.

      "Thank you for relaying the message," I say

      I place my left hand on his head and start to ruffle his hair. I chuckle when he starts to complain that I was messing up his hair, so I stop. Then I head over to mom and dad. My stomach is churning, and my heart starts to race when I don't see Chris's car parked behind dad's.

      "Tracy, I'm sorry, sweetheart, I was leaving work today. Chris was in a car accident," Mom says.

      "Oh my gosh, is he okay?"

      "The doctors said he has a broken jaw, along with his right leg, and several lacerations. He also has a concussion." Mom answers.

      "He will be coming home, right?"

      "Right now he is in a medically induced coma," Dad says.

      I hand dad the message arrow as tears start to stream down my cheeks. Mom hugs me as I continue to cry into her chest. Two minutes later I stop crying and look up at her. She moves my hair away from my eyes then kisses me on the forehead.

      "Sweetheart, I'm afraid that you're going to have to take Chris's place and become the Silver Ranger," Mom says.

      "Mom, I can't. I want to help you and dad while Chris is in the hospital. How are you going to handle taking care of Amelia, Angela and Arron, if you have to work another job to help pay for the hospital bills - not to mention the car insurance."

      "Don't worry, sweetheart, I contacted Ji. He is the mentor to the rangers." Dad says, "He offered to let you and the triplets stay at the Shiba house,"

      "Won't that complicate things and be putting them in danger?"

      "Tracy, don't worry, everything will be okay," Dad says.

      "How long do I have to train until Master Xandred shows up?"

      "It hard to say, honey, but you, me, and the triplets need to leave as soon as possible," Dad says.

      Great, so I'll have to worry about you figuring out how I'm going to learn how to be a samurai ranger, not to mention if Chris will even remember us once he wakes up. No pressure or anything. I'm starting to wish that I didn't go to the mall today.
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      Old May 30th, 2018 (6:57 AM). Edited May 30th, 2018 by Pikafan5.
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        Chapter 3: Packing and Confidence Boost
        JI's POV

        Jayden and I finished preparing the bedroom for Tracy's younger siblings. We walk into the kitchen, Jayden sits down at the table. I pour us some lemonade and set it on a tray with some snacks. I walk over to the table. Before I sit down, I place it down on the table and sit down in the chair next to me.

        "Are you sure having three five-year-old children staying here is a good idea?" Jayden asks as he picks up a glass of lemonade.

        "Jayden, I can assure you that Tracy's father, Fiacre, will make sure the triplets will be on their best behavior while they are staying with us,"

        "Has Tracy done any training?" Jayden asks, placing the empty cup back on the tray.

        "No, he and his wife just focused on training Christopher to become the silver ranger,"

        "What happened to Christopher?" Jayden asks.

        "He was in a car accident,"

        "That's terrible, Is he going to be alright?" Jayden asks.

        "All I was told the doctor put him in a medically induced coma,"

        "So, Tracy has been living a normal life for 18 years. Now, she has to take her brother's place. Tracy must be feeling pretty scared and nervous. She has had a lot of responsibility and pressure thrown at her all at once." Jayden says, "She must be worried about Christopher too. Do you know anything about Tracy that might help me while I'm training with her?"

        "Fiacre did mention that she loves to sing and has been taking Ballet classes since she was four."

        Tracy's POV

        I still can't believe that I'm going to have to become the silver ranger. I guess that means even if I get accepted to one of the colleges I applied to it won't matter since I can't go. Plus, I still need to decide if I want to become a Veterinarian specializing in reptiles or inspire young dancers to follow their dreams and get a bachelor's of fine arts dance degree and open a dance studio.

        I guess I shouldn't think about that. Now, I need to start packing and focus on becoming a ranger. Not to mention making my parents and my brother proud and not letting anyone down.

        We head inside, and I go to my room. I take out my phone and decide to open a new conversation to text Ashley instead of calling her. I don't want to start crying - again.

        'Hey, Ash, I found out why I got the message arrow instead of Chris.'

        'Why did you get the arrow?'

        'Chris was in a car accident.'

        'OMG, is he going to be okay?'

        'He is in a medically induced coma. Now I have to take his place as the silver ranger,'

        'I'm sorry Tracy *hug emoji* and don't worry you'll be a great ranger.'

        'Thanks for the vote of confidence Ash. I need to start packing. My dad and siblings are going to come with me to the Shiba house.'

        'You're welcome, and I told my dad about getting my arrow. He told me that I'd be leaving too, so I can help you train,'

        'Great having you there will help me be less nervous about this whole thing,'

        'See you soon BFF,'

        I put my phone back in my pocket. I go over to my closet, take out my suitcase and go over to my bed. I put it down and open it. Five minutes later I close the suitcase and zip it up. I pick it up and hear a knock at my door.

        "Come in,"

        I turn around, and dad walks over to me.

        "Are you ready to go?" Dad asks.

        "Yes, and dad when Chris gets better will he be taking my place since he was supposed to be the silver ranger? Do you think I can fill his shoes?"

        Dad moves my hair away from my eyes before he kisses my forehead and says, "Sweetheart, when Chris does get better it won't be a good idea to have him take your place. Your mother and I never compared you to him when you were going up, and we don't plan to start now."

        "Are you and mom going to be okay when Chris does get released from the hospital when I'm away?"

        "Don't worry about us sweetheart. I called Uncle Matt, and he'll be flying out tomorrow. Just stay focused on your training to be ready to fight Master Xandred." Dad says.

        Dad and I head downstairs to the kitchen. We walk into the room, and I see a box on the table. I walk over to the table, set my suitcase down and pick up the box. I look over at dad, and he gives me a reassuring nod. I slowly open it. I set the lid down, and the snow leopard folding zord jumps out of the box. I scream and fall backward then land on my back. The zord lands on my chest. It walks up to my shoulder when I start to sit up.

        "Dad, why did the zord do that?"

        "I'm not sure sweetheart, but are you okay?" Dad asks helping me up.

        "I'm fine,"

        I look inside the box and see my morpher and the sliver power disk. I put them in my pocket and turn to face mom.

        "Mom, I know you and dad believe in me, but I'm still scared that I might let you down,"

        "Tracy, your father and I love you, and we know you'll make us proud. You're going to be a great power ranger," Mom says.

        "Thanks, mom, but you will call to tell me any changes in Chris condition, right?"

        "Yes, honey, I will," Mom says.

        "Come on Sweetheart. We need to get going. We don't want to miss our flight to Panorama City," Dad says.
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          Chapter 4: Flight to Panorama City
          Tracy's POV

          I looked at my ticket, and it says were are flying on American Airlines. I decided to find out what time we'd arrive at Panorama City. I discover that we'll get there 11:32 pm.

          Great, it will be dark when we get there.

          We arrive at the airport parking lot. As we are unpacking our bag, out of the corner of my eye, I see Ashley and her parents walk up. I pick up my suitcase and turn around to face them.

          Okay stay focused on your training, Chris will come home.

          "So, Ashley, I can't believe we are going to be Power Rangers,"

          "Yes, this is going to be an amazing experience for both of us," Ashley says.

          We get onto the shuttle, and it takes us the terminal. After we go through all the security checks and grabbing a few snacks for the flight, we arrive at our gate.

          "Dad, how long are we going to be on the plane?" Angela asks.

          "Seven hours and twelve minutes," Dad answers.

          That's only the estimated time. It may take longer depending on the weather of the other states we have to fly over,

          Mom says goodbye to the triplets and hugs them. She hugs me too and tells me not to worry about Chris. We board the plane. Ashey's parents managed it so Ashley could sit by me. We sit down and listen to the flight attendant go over the preflight safety announcements, as I feel the plane start to take off I look down and see my hands begin to shake.

          I've bee on a plane before, Why am I so nervous?

          I look up and see my dad turn around. He reaches through the space between the seats and places his hand on top of mine. He gently squeezes it reminding me that everything is going to be okay. Then he lets go and sits back down in his seat.

          An hour into the flight I take out my IPod out of my purse. I look at the screen and see that the battery is at 35%.

          So, much for using music to distract me. I'm worried about how the other Rangers will react when they find out that Chris is supposed to be the silver ranger.

          I put it back into my purse. I see a TV on the headrest of the seat in front of me.

          It looks like I have uncle TV to distract me - that will work. I hope I can watch my favorite show.

          I turn it on and scroll through the available shows I can watch till I find my favorite show -Static Shock. I put on the headphones and start watching the first episode of season 1. After the tenth one, I start to get tired and turn it off. I look to my left and see the flight attendant come up to me and ask if I'd like something to eat.

          "No, thank you,"

          The attendant nod and pushes the cart to the next aisle.

          JI's POV

          Jayden and I are putting away the dinner dishes. I hand him the plate I finished drying off, and he puts it on the shelf then closes the door.

          "Do you know what time their flight will be in?" Jayden asks,

          "Yes, we have six hours till we have to head to the airport to pick them up."

          "I also got a call from the white ranger's father, Fernando, he told me his daughter Ashley would come early as well to help Tracy train," I say, "So, we have something to do before we have to head to airport,"

          Jayden and I discovered that we did have enough rooms for all the rangers to have one. Since Tracy's family will be staying with us while she is training, we don't have enough now. The only solution for the problem is that Tracy and Ashley have to share a room.

          "Do you think Tracy and Ashley will be okay with sharing?" Jayden asks as we put Ashley's bed down.

          "Fernando, also told me that Ashley and Tracy are best friends. They did have sleepovers a lot, so I think it's safe to assume that they'll be fine with this arrangement,"

          Jayden and I go back out into the hall and move the dresser into the room. Once we move the last piece of furniture, Jayden and I head to the kitchen to take a break.

          "When are you going to call the other rangers?" Jayden asks.

          "Soon, Jayden, we should let the girls get used to the house first before we spring most guest on them,"

          I looked up at the clock over the sink and was surprised by how fast time seemed to fly by while we were getting the room ready.

          "Jayden we need to get to the airport. The plane will be landing in twenty minutes."

          Jayden and I get to the airport with five minutes to spare, so we race inside to the information desk to find what gate we need to be at to meet everyone. We sit down in the chairs and catch our breath.

          "Flight 290 from Detriot Metro Airport now arriving at gate 20," plays over the intercom.

          I get up and walk over to the gate when I see three five-year-olds and their father walk out.

          "Hello, Fiacre it's nice to meet you. I'm Ji," I say holding out my hand.

          Fiacre shakes my hand and introduces me to the triplets. I have a feeling that I'm going have a tough time telling Angelia and Amelia apart. I see two young women walk out of the gate over to us. One looked like an older version of Angelia and Amelia. The other one must be Ashley.

          "Hello, girls, I'm Ji,"

          "Hi, Ji, I'm Tracy," Tracy says.

          "I'm Ashley, Tracy's best friend," Ashley says.

          We walk over to Jayden. He introduces himself to everyone. Then we go over baggage claim so they can get their bags.

          Tracy's POV

          Jayden and JI help us put our bags into the back of an SUV that has the Shiba family crest on it. I open the back door and count the seats.

          "We have a problem there aren't enough seats for all of us," I say, "So, that means Ashley and I will head to the Tengen gate,"

          "Why do you need to go there?" Jayden asks.

          "Dad told me I had to get a few things from the Guardians," Ashley answers,

          "Sorry girls, you'll have to go tomorrow. A night hike through the forest isn't the best idea after an eight-hour flight," Dad says.

          "I'm sure Jayden knows a Symbol that could teleport us there,"

          "Tracy," Dad scolds.

          "Fine, we'll go tomorrow, but how are we supposed to get to the Shiba house?"

          Somehow on que, another SUV drives up and parks in the spot next to us.

          Okay, that was creepy. I wonder if the Guardians know about the car accident and that I have to take Chris's place as the silver ranger.
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            Chapter 5:Tegen Gate Visit
            Tracy's POV

            I walk into the hospital and go to my brother's room. I step inside and see Chris laying in his bed. He is contacted to a ventilator and a few other pieces of medical equipment to track his vitals. A few seconds later, a doctor walks in and starts disconnecting everything.

            "Why are you doing that? Are you going to start to wean him off the medicine?"

            "No, I'm afraid that your parents believe he isn't going to make it," The doctor says.

            I sit up in my bed as tears roll down my cheeks.

            Thank goodness it was only a dream.

            I quietly get out of bed, pick up my glasses off the nightstand, put them on and go to the bathroom. After I finished drying my eyes, I head to the kitchen. I take a mug out of the cabinet and go over the fridge. I pour some milk into it and go over to the microwave. When it dings I hope that it doesn't wake anyone else up as I open the door, I carefully take out the mug, close the door and go over to the table. I sit down, tap a sip of my warm milk and hope it will help me fall back asleep.

            Fiacre's POV

            I wake up and check on the triplets. I open their bedroom door as quietly as I can and smile seeing them still fast asleep. I close the door and go to the kitchen. I walk into the room and see Tracy sleeping at the table. I walk over to her and gently shake her.

            "Morning dad," Tracy says.

            "You had a bad dream about your brother, didn't you?"

            "Yes, the doctors said you and mom believe that Chris won't make it," Tracy says wiping the sleep from her eyes.

            "Honey, I know you're stressed about having to take Chris's place. His injuries weren't life-threatening the doctors only put him in the coma so he wouldn't be in pain while he recovers."

            "Dad, are you going to make breakfast?" Tracy asks, "The last time you tried to make scrambled eggs. They were a little crunchy. The only thing that is meant to be crunchy is peanut butter,"

            "Honey, I'm not making breakfast, Ji said he would be making all the meals,"

            "Got it, I'm going to change. I know the guardians don't want to see me in my pajamas," Tracy says leaving the room.

            Tracy's POV

            After breakfast, Ashley and I head to the Tengen gate. Ji told us that Jayden would come too, so we had someone to guide us home, so we don't get lost. We are a few steps away from the entrance to the gate. Then a Shiba Inu puppy limps up to me. It collapses in front of my feet. I kneel down and scoops it up. I notice several cuts covering its body and the poor thing look exhausted too. Ashley starts to pet the top of the puppy's head gently The puppy finds the strength to wag it tail

            "How did it find us?" Jayden asks.

            "That's my fault Jayden. Stray or injured animals seen to know when I'm close by, but I have no clue why they come to me." I say, "Let's hope one of the guardians can help me treat her injuries,"

            We run up to the entrance and quickly bow before running inside. We go past the alter commemorating where the first samurai rangers battled the nighlock army. Ashley pulls me back by the arm to keep me from running into Daisuke.

            "Hello, Tracy, what's the rush?" Daisuke asks.

            "We have an emergency," I say holding up the puppy, "This little one found me, and she is in bad shape."

            Daisuke asks one of the guardians to help me while he leads Jayden and Ashley to another room to gather the items Ashley came here to get. The Guardian and I walk into one of the rooms. I set the puppy down on the pillow.

            "Could you bring me two bowls of water, a towel, some bandages," I say, "Are there any Calendula flowers growing the garden?"

            "Yes, we do, I can have someone bring them to you while I go gather the other items you need," The Guardian says.

            "That would be great thank you."

            "How did you know that Calendula flowers would be good to use on the puppy's injuries?" The Guardian asks.

            "I worked a paid internship at a veterinarian hospital during my senior year of high school."

            A few minutes later the guardians walk in with everything I needed. I get to work while she cleans the puppy's injuries it doesn't even flinch once. After all the cuts were clean I mashed up the Calendula flowers into a paste then put it onto some gauze. I ask one of the guardians to hold it in places over the cut on the puppy's front leg while I wrap a bandage around it. We repeat this process till all the cuts are bandaged.

            Ashley's POV

            Daisuke showed Jayden and me around before we sit down in a different room. He hands me a wooden box. I open it and see a crane with the time kanji on it wings. A white spin disk and a gold cell phone.

            "So, my morpher looks like an old flip phone from the nineties?"

            "Yes, but it also as a calligraphy brush inside," Daisuke says.

            I put my morpher and spin disc into my pocket. My zord stands up and flies over to me. It lands on my right shoulder. We up and start to leave as Tracy walks in carrying the puppy in her arms.

            "Well Doctor Burlew, how is the patient?" I joke.

            "Very funny Ash, I'm not a veterinarian yet. The little girl is tough, she didn't flinch or put up a fight while I was bandaging her up." Tracy says.

            "I really think we should name her,"

            "If we name her we'll get attached to her. Then it will be harder to give her away when we take her to the animal shelter so they can help her find a forever home," Tracy says.

            "I think we should wait till she is healed before we take her to the shelter. We don't want the people in charge to get the wrong impression of us," Jayden adds.

            "Okay, we'll name her," Tracy sighs, "But, when we bring her back to the house. You two are going to have to deal with hear Angela, Amelia, and Aaron begging dad if she can come home with them when they leave."

            "So what are you going to call her?' Daisuke asks.

            "Tracy, you were the one that the puppy chose to help her, so I think it's only fair that you name her," Ashley says.

            "I agree," Jayden says.

            "Okay, how about we call her Luna," Tracy says.

            The puppy starts to wag her tail and lets out a happy bark.

            "I think that means she likes it,"

            "Okay, Luna, let's head back to the Shiba house," Tracy says.
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              Chapter 6: Luna's Past
              Tracy POV

              Jayden, Ashley and I sit down on a log to take a break. I carefully put Luna down on my lap.

              "Guys, could we stop at a Vet Clinic on the way back to the house?"

              "You want to make sure the cuts aren't the only injuries Luna has, right?" Ashley says.

              "Yes, also I'm curious if anyone at the clinic has seen her before,"

              "I'm okay with it," Jayden says.

              "Well, then Jayden lead the way,"

              We stand up and continue to walk out of the forest. As we approach the entrance, I hand Luna to Ashley, so I can reach into my purse to take out my phone. I dial dad's number and patiently wait for him to answer.

              "Hi, sweetheart, when will you be home?" Dad asks.

              "We'll be home soon, and I apologize in advance because an injured puppy might have found me on the way to the Tengen gate,"

              "Tracy, Sweetheart, you don't have to apologize for having a good heart. That is just one of the qualities that others like about you." Dad says, "So, I'm guessing you named the puppy?"

              "Yes, her name is Luna,"

              "So, you're taking Luna to see a Vet?" Dad asks.

              "Yes,"

              "Okay, just come straight home afterward you need to start training," Dad says.

              "Yes, sir,"

              I hang up and put my phone back in my purse. Ashley hands Luna back to me. Jayden leads us to the Vet clinic. We walk into the clinic, and one of the Veterinarians walks up to us.

              "Hello, I'm Dr. Santiago, Ji is one of my closest friends. He called me and said you three would be coming," Dr. Santiago says, "Follow me to my exam room."

              I set Luna down on the scale to get her weight. She was 7.5 pounds. I pick Luna up, and Dr. Santiago leads us to the exam room.

              "Wait, Ji, never told me that he was friends with a Veterinarian," Jayden says.

              "Ji and I haven't talked much since the whole Samurai Rangers thing," Dr, Santiago says, "So, does this little girl have a name?"

              "Yes, her name is Luna. My friends and I were taking a hike through the forest. She found us," I say, "Dr, Santiago I'm aware that I'll have to pay to have you look at her, so go ahead and do all the necessary tests."

              "Don't worry I'll waive the fees this time." Dr. Santiago says.

              "Thank you, Dr. Santiago,"

              Dr. Santiago starts to examine Luna. I let out a sigh of relief when I see that she isn't dehydrated.

              "Dr. Santiago, have you seen any dogs that look like Luna around the city?"

              "No, but I heard the police located and closed down a puppy mill in the next town over," Dr. Santiago says.

              "What is a puppy mill?" Jayden asks.

              "It's a terrible place that breeds puppy just to sell them. The females are breed at every opportunity, and they don't even get time to recover before having another litter." I explain, "Is there a chance that Luna is one of the puppies from the mill?"

              "It would explain why she has a mild case of exhaustion," Dr. Santiago says, "Who treated Luna before the three of you brought her here?"

              "That would be Tracy, she is thinking about becoming a veterinarian," Ashley says.

              "Well, Tracy you must have done some volunteer work at a clinic. Most good Samaritans don't know about using the petals from a Calendula flower for first aid." Dr. Santiago says, "You'll make a fine Vet one day,"

              "Thank you, Dr. Santiago so is there a way to find out if Luna came from that puppy mill?"

              "You can call the shelter in the next town that took the puppies. While I take Luna to the back to run all the tests." Dr. Santiago says.

              I leave the room and look up the news article then call the shelter.

              "Hello, Harwood County animal shelter, how may I help you?" The woman asks.

              "I'm Tracy Burlew. I read an article that your shelter took in all the dogs rescued from the puppy mill the police located. I found a Shiba Inu puppy today and was curious if it could have been one that came from the mill."

              "Was the puppy you found a female?" The woman asks.

              "Yes,"

              "Thank you so much for calling miss. We were worried sick about her. The volunteer who took the puppies to the vet said when he opened the back door of the truck one puppy jumped out and took off into the woods." The woman says.

              Did fate guide Luna to me?

              "Miss are you still there?" She asks.

              "Yes, I'm sorry,"

              "You are welcome to keep her. I have a feeling you two are meant to be together." She says.

              I thank her before I hang up and go back into the exam room. As I enter, Dr. Santiago comes back with Luna. He sets her down on the exam table

              "So, Dr. Santiago, it looks like your hunch about Luna is correct. She did come from that puppy mill, so how did Luna's test come out?"

              "All her tests came back negative which is surprising since puppy mills the owners normally don't concern themselves with the health of the dogs." Dr.Santiago answers.

              "So, when is Luna going to be strong enough to be taken to shelter so they can find her a forever home?"

              "She should be back on her feet in two weeks until then just follow these instructions to prevent any infection as well as the feeding schedule to help her regain the strength in her muscles, and make sure she gets socialized with children." Dr. Santiago says.

              "Don't worry Dr. Santiago I'll follow your instructions to the letter. Thank you again for everything,"

              I pick up Luna, and we leave the clinic to head to the Shiba house.

              I know the triplets will want to help me with taking care of Luna, so she'll have a chance to get used to children.
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                Chapter 7: Training Begins Part 1, - Symbol Power
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                Me, Jayden and Ashley walk through the front gate. Ji and my dad walk up to us.

                "Dr. Santiago called me and said that the puppy was from a puppy mill," Ji says.

                "That's terrible," Dad says.

                "I decided to call her Luna,"

                "I think that name suits her," Ji says as he reaches out his hand to pet her.

                Luna jumps out of my arms and hides behind my legs.

                "Sorry Ji, Luna just needs to know you." I apologize.

                "You don't need to apologize; Luna just needs time to adjust to her new surrounds," Ji says.

                "I helped Ji set up the recovery room for Luna," Dad says.

                I turn around and pick up Luna. Then we walk into the house to go to the recovery room. I hear running footfalls as soon as I step through the doorway. Amelia and Angela stop in front of us. Luna jumps out of my arms and hides behind me again.

                "Why did the puppy run away from us?" Amelia says.

                "We wanted to pet it," Angela adds.

                "Luna has had a rough life, you two. Some nice people from a shelter in Harwood county rescued her, several other dogs and a few puppies from a puppy mill." I explain.

                "What if we help you take care of her," The girls say.

                "Dad, would that be okay with you?"

                "They do need to learn responsibility, so it's okay with me," Dad says.

                "Let's take Luna to the recovery to get some rest,"

                "Can I carry her?" Angela asks.

                "Sorry, but Luna is too heavy for you Angela better let me do it okay?"

                Angela nods, and I pick Luna up again. We walk to the recovery room. After Ji opens the door, I go over to the dog bed and gently put Luna onto it.

                "Tracy, while you are training I'm going to take the triplets to the park," Dad says.

                I turn around and start to walk over to everyone. I get about three or four steps away before Luna begins to whimper.

                "Well, Tracy, it looks like Luna has already decided that you are her new family. She doesn't want you to leave her side." Ji says.

                "Aw, but dad we were going to ask if we could take Luna home with us," Angelia and Amelia say.

                "Sorry girls but Ji might be right," I say, "So, i guess I could move the bed outside so she can still see me while I'm training,"

                Luna stops whimpering, and I turn around to pick up the bed then head outside. I put it down on the front porch in a beautiful spot where she could feel the sun hit her. I go back inside to get her food and water bowls. I put some puppy food and water into them. Then help Jayden, and Ji set up some easels. I turn mine away from Luna and the sun to keep the ice or snow I create with the symbol power from melting.

                I wave goodbye to dad and the triplets as they walk out of the gate. Ji shows me a picture of the ice kanji. I start to have a flashback from when I was five.

                I walked out to the shed with a glass of lemonade for Chris. I open the door and see him painting something on the easel. I go over to him and hand the lemonade to him.

                "Thanks, Trac," Chris says.

                "Whatcha' doing?"

                "Working on my symbol power," Chris answers.

                I look at the symbol and ask, "Was something supposed to happen when you finished painting it?"

                "Yes, ice was supposed to fly off the paper," Chris says.

                "Maybe you did something wrong. Can I try to paint it?"

                "I guess so," Chris says.

                He sets the cup down and flips over to a clean page. Then he moves out of the way, and I pick up the paintbrush. He teaches me how to make the symbol and when I paint the last stroke. We see a bunch of tiny pieces of ice fly off the page. Chris pulls me out of the way so none of them would hit me.


                Back in reality, I pick up the brush and paint the symbol the same way as Chris taught me that day. When I painted the last stroke this time three giant balls of ice pop off the page, I jump to my right to dodge them.

                "Wow, I'm impressed but how did you know the correct order for the stroke?" Ji asks.

                I tell him about the flashback I just experienced and how Chris and I were surprised that something happened the first time I made that symbol and nothing occurs whenever he practices it.

                "Your mother was the last member of your family to be the silver ranger right?" Jayden asks.

                "Yes, but what does that have to do with me being able to activate the symbol power when I was five?"

                "Maybe you brother didn't inherit the symbol power, and you did," Ji says.

                "So, the symbol is gender specific,"

                "It could be since is it passed down from parent to child. Maybe only the girls in your family can use the symbol power," Ji says.

                "Maybe, so for now we should just keep working on my symbols,"

                "Okay, but only for ten more minutes. You need to learn how to wield a sword as well," Ji says
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                  Ashley, Jayden, and JI put the easels away. Ji told me that I could take a short break since I was feeling a tad drained from symbol training. I sit down next to Luna. She gets out of the bed, walks over to me and lays down on my lap.

                  Okay, no ballet moves. I'm training to be a samurai. I'm supposed to be a warrior now not a ballerina.

                  Jayden and Ashley are standing on the platform holding bamboo swords. They go into a ready stance. Ji walks over to me. Then we watch them begin to spar. Even though they just met. It was like they've been training together for years since they can perfectly anticipate the others attack. When their swords bang together, Luna covers her ears with her paws. I pet her on the head to calm her down when she turns around and tries to block the sound by hiding her head underneath my shirt. I pull her out and slowly stand up. Ji looks over at me. He walks to a door that was behind the bench on the porch. I smile as he opens it. Then pick up the dog bed and puts it down on the floor. I go over to him and put Luna down on the bed.

                  "I think the noise from the swords shouldn't bother Luna if she stays here," Ji says.

                  JI and I walk back outside and continue to watch the match. Jayden swings his sword at Ashley's feet. Then she lands on her back. Jayden taps his sword on Ashley's left shoulder.

                  "Nice one Jayden, I guess I need a refresher course," Ashley says.

                  "Don't beat yourself over a lost point," Jayden says helping her up.

                  They walk over to us. Ashley sets her swords down and makes a fist. Then I see her crack a smile. I chuckle then make a fist too. A few seconds later we do the handshake we made up in second grade. After we finish, she hands the sword to me, and we look over at the others.

                  "What was that handshake for?" Jayden asks.

                  "It's our good luck ritual," Ashley says,

                  "I would say it's used this handshake more for us to give each other confidence boost than for wish each other good luck,"

                  "Why would you say that?" Ji asks.

                  "The first time we did it was when Ashley was in the second grade spelling bee. She was scared that we wouldn't get past the first round,"

                  "Yeah, I remember now, you're right. The next time when we were competing in the all grade talent show. You were afraid that you'd forget the routine," Ashley says.

                  Ashley hands the sword to me. Jayden walks over to the platform. The only problem is my feet wouldn't move. I was scared that I would end up dancing instead of sparing. Ashley gives me a friendly shove, and I go over to the platform. Jayden gets into his ready stance. While I Slide my right foot until its heel touches the inside of my left foot., I have my left arm in close enough to my body till my fingers almost land on my thighs. I hold the sword in my right hand and raise it untill my fingertips are even with my hips.

                  "Begin," Ji says.

                  When Jayden moves in to attack, I make a v with my feet and bring my right hand in towards me. When both of my hands are on the handle, close my eyes when I hear a banging sound. I slowly open my eyes and smile when I see I managed to block his attack. He attacks again so I try to think of something I could do to dodge it. I did a quick Foruette Turn. I hear a groan when I put my left leg down and see Jayden laying down on his back on the grass near the platform. I set my sword down and run over to him.

                  "Jayden, I'm sorry are you okay?"

                  "Yes, I'm okay," Jayden says as he stands up.

                  "That's good, should we keep going?"

                  "Yes, but a true Samurai doesn't fight an unarmed opponent go get your sword," Jayden says.

                  I did a back walkover then went into a handspring. I land right next to my sword, so I pick it up.

                  Stop it, Tracy, this is a sparring match, not a dance competition.

                  When Jayden runs up and swings his sword at my feet, I try to think of someway to I can recover to get in a position to counter-attack. I do a flip to dodge Jayden's attack then do a one-handed roundoff and when I stand up to attack I see Jayden on his back again.

                  "Jayden, let's stop. It obvious before I can master fighting with the sword. I need to forget everything I learned in my ballet and acro dance classes,"

                  "Tracy, you don't have to change who you are to become a ranger," Ashley says.

                  "Ashley is right. Tracy, you can still be worthy Samurai all we need to do figure out a different way of teaching you that's all," Ji says.
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                    Chapter 9: Meeting another Ranger or a new crush
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                    Ashley is about to put her hand on my shoulder. I push her away and go to the front gate. Luna walks up to me. I kneel down and pet her on the head. Then she follows me as I head into the forest.

                    I know I shouldn't run away, but I need some space.

                    I look down at Luna when we are halfway into the woods. She is panting due to all the walking we've been doing. I sit down on a stump and take out my morpher. I'm about to draw the snow symbol so Luna could eat it to get some water to rehydrate after our hike. Then a boy with short black hair pulling a fishing cart walks up to me. My heart starts to race as he gets closer to me.

                    Calm down, Tracy. It's only a boy - he is super cute and handsome.

                    "So, Bonita, does this cute puppy have a name?" The boy asks looking over at me.

                    "Yes, her name is Luna. I'm Tracy," I say after swallowing the nervous lump in my throat.

                    "Hi Tracy I'm Antonio Garcia," Antonio says.

                    I watch him bend down to pet Luna. She was worn out from the hike, but I had a feeling she would try to hide from him. I smile when I see that Luna didn't flinch. She wags her tail and even licks his fingers when he pulls his hand away.

                    "So, what are you two doing out here?" Antonio asks.

                    "I'm not sure if I should tell you this, but I'm training to be a samurai,"

                    "That is amazing, I'm not only a great fisherman but also a samurai myself," Antonio says.

                    "That's great maybe you can help me. I need a way to forget everything I learned from my ballet and acro dance classes to become a warrior,"

                    "Why would you think that you need to change who you are to become a samurai?" Antonio asks.

                    "It's the only way I can learn everything I need before Master Xandred attacks and the nighloks show up."

                    "All you need is someone who knows how to turn all your dance moves into a unique fighting style that's all," Antonio says.

                    "Jayden, Ji and even my best friends Ashley said that same thing, but do you know someone who can teach me?"

                    "Yes, I do Bonita, I'd be happy to take you under my wing and teach you," Antonio says.

                    Then I hear Luna bark telling me that she is thirsty.

                    "Sorry about that girl," I apologize petting her on the head.

                    Antonio turns around and opens one of the lids on the cart. Then a squid flies out holding a water bottle. A few seconds later my leopard zord crawls out of my pocket and sits down on my shoulder. Antonio unhooks the lid and sets it on the ground. He takes the water bottle form the squid, open the water bottle and pours some into it.

                    "Thank you,"

                    "So, how did Luna get hurt?" Antonio asks.

                    I tell Antonio about how Luna found me and Luna's past about her being born in a puppy mill in the next town over.

                    "That is amazing, so Luna is one tough pup," Antonio says.

                    "Yes, and I'm surprised that she let you pet her since she was rescued from the mill yesterday. She did let Ji. Jayden, Ashley or even my younger siblings pet her."

                    "I guess Luna must think we might have something blooming between us," Antonio says in a flirty tone.

                    "What makes you think that?" I ask trying not blush.

                    "My mom said that a dog could tell if a boy is good boyfriend material," Antonio says.

                    "No offense to your mom Antonio, but I think she can tell you're a kind, confident and caring person. So we have a few things in common,"

                    Then the wind starts to pick up, so some of my hair gets blown into my face. I reach up to fix it, and when I open my eyes, I see that Antonio's hand and mine are touching. Our eyes met for the first time in a romantic kind of way. The butterflies in my stomach start to flutter.

                    "Your eyes are amazing," I say in my cute voice.

                    "Thank you, Bonita, you're the first girl to say that, and I'd like to add that you have gorgeous blue eyes too," Antonio flirts back.

                    "Thank you but could you move your hand," I flirt back.

                    Antonio nods and picks up the lid then puts it back on the chart. The squid flies back over to it and goes inside. He closes the top. Then we hear a loud rumble of thunder Luna jumps onto my lap and tucks her head underneath my shirt.

                    "We should head to Gracie's apartment, I know she won't mind if you ride out the storm," Antonio says.

                    I nod and pulls Luna's head out from underneath my shirt. She lets Antonio pick her up. I stand up, and he hands Luna back to me, and we head to Gracie's apartment.

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                      Chapter 10: Meeting Antonio's Family
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                      tu novia - your girlfriend

                      papá - dad


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                      Antonio and I walk up to the entrance of the apartment complex. I set Luna down since my arms are getting tired. Another loud crackling sound startles her, and she runs up to the door. Once it opens I chase after her when Luna runs into to lobby. I look around and see there are too many places in the lobby that Luna could hide.

                      "Tracy, I'll help you find Luna," Antonio says.

                      "Thank you,"

                      Antonio and I split up to look for Luna. A few seconds later a man walks up to me.

                      "Hello, I'm Lupe Hahn, the landlord. I'm curious was the scared puppy that ran into my office and jumped onto my desk chair belongs to you, young lady?" Mr. Hahn asks.

                      "Yes, Mr. Hahn, I just adopted her. I found out she rescued from a puppy mill."

                      "That would explain why she didn't let me touch her," Mr. Hahn says.

                      Antonio walks up and says, "Hi, Mr. Hahn have you seen an adorable Shiba Inu puppy?"

                      "Yes, Antonio, I have. I'll take you to her," Mr. Hahn answers.

                      Mr. Hahn guides us to his office. As we enter the room, I hear Luna whimpers of fear as rain pounds against the window. I walk over to Mr. Hahn's desk since he told me that was where she is hiding. I pull out the chair and kneel down in front of it. Luna is curled up into a ball. She slowly lifts up her head, and I smile at her. A few seconds later she quickly stands up and jumps into my arms when a tree branch tap against the window.

                      "It's okay Luna you're safe."

                      I use my elbow to push the chair back underneath the desk then walk about over to Antonio and Mr. Hahn.

                      "Mr. Hahn is the complex pet-friendly?"

                      "Yes, it is. A few of the tenants have dogs." Mr. Hahn says.

                      A few moments later I feel my pocket vibrate, so I hand Luan to Antonio. I take out my phone to see that Dad is calling, so I answer it.

                      "Hi, dad, and don't worry Luna and I are fine. we're riding out the storm at a pet-friendly apartment complex,"

                      "Okay, sweetheart, come home as soon as the storm passes," Dad says.

                      "I will,"

                      I hang up and put my phone back into my jacket pocket. I'm about to tell Antonio that he can give Luna back to me when I see Luna fast asleep in his arms. I let him carry her since I didn't want to wake Luna up. So, we say goodbye to Mr. Hahn, and Antonio leads me to Gracie's apartment. When we arrive, I see a woman with medium length brown hair and is very tall standing next to a man who has the same appearance as Antonio, but he is a little taller. They are standing in front of the door. I guess they must have seen us walking up since they turn around to face us.

                      "Hello, son, is this beautiful young woman tu novia?" The man asks.

                      "No, papá." Antonio says, "Tracy and I just met."

                      I'm trying my best not to blush since Antonio's dad thought I was Antonio's girlfriend. Even though I think my heart is telling me that I'm ready to start dating again after what happened with Adolph Weller. I'm about to say something when I hear the door open.

                      "Hola, everyone, come on in," a girl says.

                      We turn to the right. I see a girl who looks to be two years older than me. She is wearing a tie-dyed shirt, a puffy skirt, leggings and ankle boots.

                      "Tracy, this is my cousin Gracie," Antonio says.

                      Gracie walks up to me and grabs my hand. She excitedly shakes my hand. I wince in pain as I start to lose feeling in my hand.

                      "Gracie, you can stop shaking Tracy's hand. It's turning blue," Antonio says.

                      Gracie lets go of my hand. Then we walk into the apartment. Antonio lays Luna down on a dog that was next to the couch. Then we walk into the kitchen.

                      "So, Gracie, you have a dog?"

                      "Yes, I do, his name is Angelo," Gracie says.

                      Gracie calls the dog's name. A few seconds later a 16-week old tricolor Coton De Tulear puppy runs into the room. Angelo jumps on me, and I fall to the floor. I use my right hand to break my fall, and I wince in pain when I land on the floor.

                      "Angelo, bad dog. Tracy, I'm so sorry about that. I just signed him up for a puppy training class, so he still learning that he's not supposed to jump on people," Gracie says quickly picking up Angelo off my chest.

                      "It's okay." I say as I push myself back up using my right hand, "I'm fine," I sit back down when a sudden rush of pain flows through my wrist.

                      "Here, let me help you," Antonio say holding out his left hand.

                      I put my left hand on his. I try not to blush as he helps me to my feet. I quickly take my hand away when I realize that I was holding his hand. I try to brush it off but couldn't think of something.

                      "Tracy, your wrist is starting to swell," Mrs. Garcia says, "I'm a nurse. Is it alright if I take a look at it?"

                      I turn to face her and nod. Mrs. Garcia and I go over to the table. I sit down, and she asks me to make a fist. Then she places her left hand on my wrist. I sharply inhale as another wave of pain flows through it.

                      "Mom, is it broken?" Antonio asks.

                      "It doesn't feel broken. Tracy, could you straighten your finger for me?" Mrs. Garcia says.

                      I nod and slowly extend my fingers. I'm able to go out about halfway till I quickly bring them back in towards my hand.

                      "I'm sorry Mrs. Garcia, I can try again,"

                      "No, Tracy, it's fine. Also, you can call me Sonia. You have a sprained wrist, so try not to move it for the next 3-5 days." Sonia says.

                      Sonia lets go of my wrist. Mr. Garcia hands her the first aid kit and she wraps my wrist with a bandage.

                      Great now Antonio will have to come back to the Shiba house. I hope dad won't embarrass me.
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                        I"m anxiously waiting for the storm to pass since I know that my father would embarrass me for sure. Ten minutes later the rain stops and the wind dies down then Antonio, and I say goodbye to his parents and Gracie. Antonio picks up Luna, and we start to walk back to the Shiba house. Luckily, when we arrived my family wasn't around, so we walk inside the house. Ji, Jayden, and Ashley walked up to us.

                        "JI, where did my dad and the triplets go?"

                        "They went to the store to get some things for dinner," Ji answers.

                        "Okay, so Tracy who is the handsome guy you brought to the house?" Ashley asks.

                        "It's Antonio he is my friend," Jayden says.

                        Jayden introduces Ashley to him. Then we go to the recovery room, and the whole way Ashley keeps flirting with Antonio. As we enter the room, Antonio walks over to the dog bed and sets Luna down on it. I know Luna would start to whimpers as soon as I leave, so I ask Ashley to get the pillow out our room. I made it from a t-shirt I put one of my senior pictures on it.

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                        I look over at Tracy and notice she is trying to hide the fact that she is jealous of Ashley flirting with Antonio. I offer to go since Ashley is distracted by Antonio. Tracy thanks me and I leave to go to Tracy and Ashley's room. Ji follows me.

                        "Jayden, so I take you've noticed that Tracy may have feelings for Antonio?" Ji asks.

                        "Yes, and that would explain why she is jealous of Ashley,"

                        "I'm sure they'll talk about it tonight," JI says.

                        I know Ji they will, but what if they don't. Would they risk their friendship over one boy?

                        JI heads to the kitchen when I get to the entrance to the hallway leading to where the rooms are. I walk down and go into the Tracy and Ashley's room. I find the pillow, and I'm a little dubious that a picture of her will keep Luna from whimpering when Tracy leaves the room. I pick it up and go back to the recovery room.

                        Tracy's POV

                        Jayden returns and walks up to me. He hands me the pillow. I set it down so the picture is facing Luna so she can see it. Luna sniffs it then licks the photo before grabbing it with her front paws and snuggling it. Then we walk out of the room while she is distracted.

                        "Tracy, how did you know that pillow would keep Luna from whimpering?" Antonio asks.

                        I explain that I read about online about how to calm a dog with separation anxiety. I found out that leaving an item with a familiar scent will help to keep the dog calm.

                        "That was smart, so to change the subject slightly. What happened to your wrist?" Jayden asks.

                        Antonio explains what happened at Grace's apartment. We walk into the kitchen. I try to ask Antonio a few questions to make sure we are compatible before I even considering risking my friendship with Ashley over this. The only problem Ashey won't let me get a word in, so after we have a light snack. I go outside and sit down on the bench on the front porch. A few seconds later I hear the front door open. I turn my head and see Ji.

                        "Hi, Ji,"

                        "Tracy, you like Antonio don't you?" Ji asks.

                        "I don't know, Ji, I might but after what happened with Adolph Weller. I swore I was never going to date again."

                        "Tracy, I'm not going to ask what happened while you were dating Adolph, but sometimes life works out in ways you don't expect," Ji says.

                        "I know, but Ashley and I've been friends since we were 4. Even when we started middle school, we promised we'd never let a boy get between us, but it looks like Ashley forgot about the pact we made."

                        Ji walks over to me and puts his hand on my shoulder then says, "Tracy, you need to talk to her."

                        "I know," I sigh.

                        "If you have been friends for over ten years, I'm sure you'll work things out," Ji says confidently.

                        Then he pats my shoulder before heading back inside the house.

                        What am I supposed to tell Ashley? Ashley, I noticed that you have a crush on Antonio, but I did meet him first. No, if I say that she'll think that we'll have to compete for Antonio's heart. I may not know him that well, but I don't want to hurt him. Man, I wish that we never got those message arrows. Still, Ashley should have picked up on my cues that I like Antonio. So, I'm not talking to her until she brings it up.
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                          The daily routine around the Shiba House has changed a lot in the past three days. Antonio has moved in. Ji told He and Jayden that they would be sharing a room it allowed them to catch up, so the boys didn't mind the new sleeping arrangements. Tracy still refuses to talk to Ashley about the situation with Antonio and their feelings towards him. Dr. Santiago made a house call. He was amazed by how quickly Luna has recovered and told Tracy that Luna was clear to start training tomorrow.

                          Tracy and Antonio are in the dojo. Tracy is lying flat on the floor. Tracy lifts both of her legs up toward the ceiling and goes through the five ballet positions. She slowly brings her legs back down and goes into a rollback to get back on her feet. Then walk over to Antonio.

                          "I know how important it is for me to be ready to fight when Master Xandred finally shows up I shouldn't be wasting time stretching," Tracy says.

                          "You don't have to apologize. I don't want to see you get hurt again. Now, let's get to work, I hope that I can teach you how to become a good fighter like me," Antonio says.

                          Antonio takes hold of her wrist. He leads her to the middle of the room. Tracy slowly slides her hand out of Antonio's grasp. She starts to blush when their fingers brush against each other. She places her hand over her heart and feels it beating so fast that Tracy is scared it will pop out of her chest. Antonio looks over at her and asks, "Are you okay?"

                          Tracy takes a deep breath and looks over her shoulder, "Yeah I'm good,"

                          Antonio chuckles and steps closer to her. He starts to show her some of the moves he learned from Jayden. After Antonio felt she mastered them, they are standing in the middle of the room again, but Tracy is facing him, so her back is towards the wall where the swords are setting on a stand. He cups his hands and tells Tracy to place her right foot on top of his hands. Tracy lets out a quiet gasp of fear before starting to walk backward. She is moving so fast that she trips over her own feet and groans as she lands on the floor.

                          "Tracy are you alright? You didn't hurt your ankle did you?" Antonio asks dashing over to her and carefully helping Tracy to her feet.

                          "I'm fine Antonio, but we can't do that flip," Tracy says in a wobbly tone.

                          "Why not?" Antonio asks as he sees a few tears start to build up in Tracy's eyes.

                          "Because I've never tried to do that flip ever since what happened the day my ballet teacher had me try it two years ago," Tracy says through the tears, "I'm scared the same thing will happen again."

                          Antonio moves his right hand and gently wipes away Tracy's tears with his fingers. He thought his heart slipt in half hearing the fear in Tracy's voice and seeing her crying.

                          "Tracy, I never meant to scare you like that. I want to help you, but if you don't feel like talking about it now, I can move onto something different," Antonio says.

                          Tracy takes a deep breath to calm herself down. Then she dries the rest of her tears.

                          "No, Antonio I should have told you about this before we started training," Tracy says, "I'm okay with talking about it now."

                          Antonio walks her into the living room. They sit down on the chairs. A few moments later, Jayden and Ji come into the room.

                          "Antonio, why aren't the two of you training?" Ji asks.

                          Antonio explains what just happened in the dojo. The three of them sit down after Tracy said it was okay for them to hear her story too, even though Ashley already knew about it since she was there that day also. Antonio moves his closer and puts his hand on Tracy's shoulder.

                          "It happened two years ago, I was in my acro class, and my teacher just paired me up with one of the boys in the class. We were work on a routine for the competition coming up at the end of the month. It was the first day we were practicing the trick." Tracy sighs, "After my teacher told us how we are supposed to do it. I was getting myself into position when my partner flipped me up so high I didn't have much time to react. My right foot slipped on the mat when I tried to land, and the next thing I know I'm waking up and I couldn't breathe for a few seconds."

                          "It sounds to me like your partner was too impatient," Ji says.

                          "Yes, but you shouldn't be worried about that happening again with Antonio as your partner," Jayden says.

                          Tracy looks over at Antonio. He slowly moves his right hand and uses his fingers to wipes the tears from her eyes - again.

                          "Tracy, as I said earlier I don't want to see you get hurt again. Plus, I'd never forgive myself if I was the one responsible for your injuries." Antonio says, "When you feel like you're ready to conquer this fear, I'll be right by your side to help you."

                          Tracy reaches over and hugs him. Antonio hugs her back and when they break apart the duo freezes when their eyes meet. Ji brings them back to reality by loudly clearing his throat.

                          "I have nothing against the fact you two having feelings for each other and may start dating, but training needs to come first. we don't know how much time we have left before Master Xandred or his mooger army start appearing in our world," JI says

                          The duo turns their heads towards Ji and says, "Yes, Ji,"

                          Ashley's POV

                          I went outside to talk with Tracy to ask her why she refuses to speak to me. Tracy is working on her symbol powers. She finishes painting the blizzard symbol. Then Tracy quickly moves out of the way when it activates a bunch of ice and snow fly towards me. Tracy turns around takes out her morpher. She draws a new symbol. This one manages to control the blizzard, so everything only hits my shoulder and freezes them.

                          "Thanks for saving me,"

                          Tracy rolls her eyes and turns back around. She starts to paint a different symbol. I walk over to her.

                          "Tracy, how much longer are you going to be giving me the silent treatment?"

                          Tracy stops paint and turns the easel, so it is facing towards the sun. Then picks up the brush and gets back to work.

                          "What did I do to get you so upset?"

                          This time Tracy finishes the symbol, and a massive block of ice surrounds her once it activates. I sigh in defeat and head back inside to see if Jayden can help me get to the bottom of why Tracy froze my shoulders and suddenly decided to shut me out. I walk down the hallway to Jayden and Antonio's room and knock on the door.

                          "Come in," Jayden says.

                          I open the door and walk in. Jayden is sitting at the desk. He is working on his symbol power. When I get to him, he sets down his brush and turns around to face me. I see his eye widen in shock seeing my shoulders encased in ice.

                          "Ashley, what happened?" He asks.

                          "I went outside to talk to Tracy about by she stopped talking to me. She was working on her blizzard symbol, and it was heading toward me. Tracy drew a different symbol to control it, and this is the result."

                          "Using her symbol power on you is wrong, but the bright side it looks like Tracy has mastered the blizzard symbol," Jayden says.

                          "I guess so," I say rolling my eyes.

                          Jayden picks up his morpher and draws two small fire kanji. He activates them, and I sigh in relief when the ice melt. I roll my shoulders and go over to the bed then sit down placing my elbows on my knees then rest my chin on my hands.

                          "So, why did you come here to talk to me?" Jayden asks.

                          "I was hoping that you know why Tracy has stopped talking to me."

                          "Yes, I do. Once Tracy introduced Antonio to you a few seconds later you started to flirt with him." Jayden says.

                          "But why would that cause Tracy to give me the silent treatment?"

                          "Ji and I have noticed that Tracy is developing feelings for Antonio," Jayden says.

                          "Wait, your saying Tracy was afraid that I would ask him out?"

                          "Maybe, but Tracy started to be jealous that you were flirting with Antonio," Jayden says.

                          "I can't believe that I didn't pick up on Tracy cues that she likes him," I say standing up then pecking Jayden on the cheek, "I need to go back outside and apologize,"

                          I chuckle softly seeing Jayden blushing once he realizes that just kissed him. Then I leave and go back outside to try to apologize to Tracy.

                          Tracy's POV

                          I walk back outside to work on some of my fighting moves after putting away the easel. I'm about to step onto the platform I hear the front door open. I do an aerial and pick up my morpher off of the bench. When I see Ashley walking over me, I draw the glacier symbol and activate it. A thin wall of ice appears between us, and I turn around, so my back is facing Ashley.

                          "Tracy, I just talked to Jayden. I found out why you are mad at me." Ashley says.

                          I quickly turn around and see tears starting to form in Ashley's eyes. Ashley's voice begins to crack when she says, "I'm sorry for being so dense about not noticing that you like Antonio."

                          "You're right you should have," I snap, "We've been friends for so long, and you also didn't realize how your actions hurt me."

                          "I'm sorry about that too," Ashley says through her tears.

                          "How can I be sure that you're just not crying to make your apology seem sincere," I snap again.

                          "Tracy, I never act like that, you know me better than that," Ashley says still crying.

                          "True, but you should have figured this out sooner," I shout.

                          My throat starts to hurt from all the shouting I'm doing. I begin to cough and go back over to the bench. Then pick up a glass of water and drink some of it once I stop coughing. I turn around and see Ashley drying her tears and draw a symbol to summon her sword. She cuts through the ice and walks closer to me.

                          "Tracy, I want you to ask Antonio out," Ashley says.

                          "Why? Don't you like him?"

                          "I thought Antonio and I had something in common, but we aren't as compatible as I thought. He likes fishing, and I can't stand the smell of fish." Ashley says, "While I was trying to get to know him, he did mention you a lot. Can we start over and forget this ever happened?"

                          I make a fist with my right hand and hold it out in front of me. Ashley smiles and makes a fist too. We did the special handshake that we made up in first grade.

                          "So does this mean we are friends again?" Ashley asks.

                          "Yes, since you found out that you and Antonio aren't compatible. So, you have a crush on Jayden?"

                          "Yes, and I think he might like me back," Ashley says.

                          "Really, how did you come to that conclusion?"

                          "When I kissed him on the cheek he starts to blush," Ashley answers, "So are you ever going to tell Antonio how you feel?"

                          "I'm not sure if Antonio and I are even compatible since I don't know him that well," I say, "Once I learn that, I'll find the courage to tell him how I feel,"
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                            Chapter 13: Not So Good Walk Through The Park

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                            A month went by, and Fiarce was confident that his daughter is ready to fight master Xandred. He is sitting at the desk and hear his phone ring. He sees his wife's number on the scene when he picks it up.

                            "Hi, honey, is Chris coming home soon? You know that Tracy been worried about him," Fiarce says.

                            "I know Fiarce, but the doctors found a tumor on Chris's last CT scan," Ballade asks.

                            "Is it cancerous," Fiarce asks.

                            "They did a biopsy, and it came back benign, and his surgery to remove it is on Friday," Ballade says.

                            "Should I tell Tracy?" Fiarce asks.

                            "Not yet, I called Derrial. He will fly in to help take care of Chris while he is recovering, " Ballade says, "I'll be flying to Panorama city. We need to tell Tracy about why we didn't start to train her when we found out that she inherited the symbol power,"

                            They hang up, and Fiarce sets his phone back down on the desk. He puts his hands on his temples and rubs them while he is trying to process that Chris has a benign brain tumor.

                            Meanwhile, Luna woke Tracy up to take her for her morning walk. They walk into the park. A lump starts to form in Tracy's throat when a bot around 5'4'' with hazel eyes and brown hair and a girl around 5'8'' with green eyes and chestnut brown hair walk up to her. Luna sense that Tracy didn't want them to get too close to her, so she stands in front of Tracy's feet. These people are Tracy's ex Adolph and his girlfriend, Antoinette Corielli.

                            "Tracy, did you move out here?" Adolph asks.

                            "It is nice to see you again," Antoinette adds.

                            Tracy swallows the lump and takes a deep breath to calm herself down before she says, "No, one of my mom's friends called and asked if I can come out here to help with his service project. So, what are you two doing here?"

                            "We are just visiting to spend more time together before we go off to college," Antoinette says.

                            A wave of anger and shock rushes through Tracy's body when she hears Adolph ask, "Tracy, do you think we can be friends?" Tears begin to form in Tracy's eyes when she says, 'Adolph your name may mean noble wolf but your nothing but a devil in disguise. There is no way I could even be friends with an insensitive, and pig-headed jerk like you,"

                            "What do you mean that Adolph is an insensitive, and pig-headed jerk?" Antoinette asks.

                            Tracy couldn't hold back her tears anymore when she says "Antoniette I'd hate to see you two break up after I answer your question, but you need to hear this." Tracy wipes her tears away the best she could, but it was no use they keep escaping from of her eyes. She explains that she was completely honest with Adolph and open up to him. The only thing he did was fake a smile and spit out a few compliments that he didn't mean. Tracy lets out another shaky sigh when she reminds Adolph that he asked her to Prom, giving her the ticket and the night of the dance she finished getting ready and is sitting in her room waiting for him pick her up. He texted her and Tracy hiccups as she recites the message 'Tracy thanks for doing such a good job pretending to like me. You made Antoinette Corielli so jealous that she admitted that she liked me and asked me out. So, I'm taking her to prom instead of you. Also, we don't have to hang out anymore.'

                            Tracy drops Luna's leash and runs away since she didn't want to see through her tears what would happen next with Adolph and Antoinette. Luna picks up the leach and runs after her. Her vision is fuzzy from her tears, so she didn't see Antonio walking down the path. She bumps into him and starts to fall to the ground. Antonio lets go of his fishing cart and takes hold of her wrist to save her from falling. He gently pulls her towards him. After Tracy is back on her feet, she looks up and sees Antonio unties his scarf and uses it to dry her eyes. Then puts it in his pocket. He hands her a bottle of water, and Tracy nods to thank him then drinks about half of it before putting the lid back on.

                            "Tracy, why were you crying?" Antonio asks as he lets go of her wrist.

                            "I ran into my old boyfriend from high school, and he asked me if we could be friends," Tracy says.

                            They walk over to a log and sit down. Tracy smiles when she sees Luna run up and sit down in between her and Antonio's feet.

                            "Tracy, if you don't want to talk about the details its okay," Antonio says.

                            "Thank you," Tracy says placing her head on his chest.

                            Antonio is in shock when she suddenly hugs him. He recovers quickly and hugs her back. They sit like that for a few minutes before Tracy lifts up her head and back away.

                            "We should head back to the house, so we aren't late for training," Tracy says.

                            Antonio nods and they stand up then head back to the house. On the way, Tracy summons up the courage and wraps her left hand around his right arm. Antonio stops and looks over at her. She turns her head, and their eyes meet. They smile and each other and let the moment play out till Luna barks bringing them back to reality.

                            "I guess you want to hold my hand?" Antonio asks.

                            "Yes," Tracy answers.

                            She lets go of his arm and slowly moves her hand down so it a few inches away from his. Antonio turns his right hand up towards Tracy's, and Tracy feels her heart race as she puts her hand on top of Antonio's. Antonio laces his fingers in between hers. Tracy is amazed by how perfectly their hands fit together. Before they continue walking down the path, Tracy sets her head on Antonio's shoulder. He looks down at her.

                            "Sorry, Antonio, I guess I'm getting too bold," Tracy says.

                            "You don't have to apologize, but would someone by that I mean your father might think we're dating if we walk through the front gate like this?" Antonio says.
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                              Chapter 14: A Father's Disappraval
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                              Fiacre is sitting on the bench on the porch waiting for Tracy to come home. After the front gate opens, he feels his blood start to boil when seeing his daughter holding Antonio's hand and rest her head on his shoulder as they walk through.

                              I'm going to make sure this relationship doesn't start. I don't want my daughter's heart to get broken again. Fiacre thinks.

                              The loving father takes a few deep breaths to calm himself down before standing up and walking over to his daughter and Antonio. Tracy lets go of Antonio's hand and takes her head off of his shoulder as he approaches them.

                              "Tracy Anne, are you and Antonio dating?" Fiacre asks.

                              "No, dad we aren't. I'm hoping we will become a couple someday," Tracy answers.

                              "Tracy, I'm afraid the two of you will never become a couple," Fiacre says.

                              "Why can't we become a couple?" Tracy asks.

                              "If you and Antonio start dating, mistakes could be made on the battlefield if you two let your feelings for each other take over," Fiacre answers.

                              "Dad, Antonio and I have been training together for a month. We've had no problem acting professional," Tracy says, "Also, Ji is okay with us becoming a couple,"

                              "I don't care if Ji is okay with it. I'm your father. So, you two are not going to date," Fiacre snaps.

                              Antonio looks over at Tracy and sees tears forming in her eyes. Tracy drops Luna's leash and says "Dad, I hate you." before she runs into the house. She runs to her and Ashley's room. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, the triplets are helping Ji doing the dishes. The Burlew siblings jump when they hear their old sister slam the bedroom door shut.

                              "Ji, why is Tracy upset?" Aaron asks.

                              "I'm not sure Aaron," Ji answers.

                              Back with Tracy, she leans her back up against the bedroom door. Then slowly slides down and sits on the floor. She pulls her knees to her chest and continues to cry. When she hears the faint clicking sound as Luna runs down the hall, so she slowly reaches her left hand up to open the door to let the puppy in the room. Luna puts her front paws on Tracy's knees and licks her face to dry the tears from Tracy's cheek.

                              "Thank you, Luna, but I wish dad would stop being so suborned. We've been living in the Shiba house for a month and refused to get to know Antonio." Tracy says petting Luna on the head.

                              Tracy's POV

                              I have a hunch that Antonio will be showing up soon since he wants to make sure I'm okay. Once I stop crying, I unclip the leash from Luna's collar before I stand up. Luna follows me over to the desk. I set it down, and use a couple of tissues to clean myself up. A few seconds later I hear a knock at the door.

                              "Tracy, can I come in?" Antonio asks.

                              "Sure, Antonio," I answer.

                              I look over towards the door and smile seeing him walk over to me. He stops so we are about a shoulder's length apart from each other.

                              "Antonio, I'm sorry about my father,"

                              "It's okay. Your father is upset about you dating again I guessing that Adolph didn't treat you with respect and hurt you." Antonio says.

                              "You've got that right. Adolph is nothing but an insensitive, and pig-headed jerk. He only asked me out to make me out to make another girl Antoinette jealous enough to ask him out. What hurt me, even more, is that Adolph believed that would pretend to have feelings form him."

                              Antonio moves closer and places his hand on my cheek. I feel my heart begin to race as he leans in and his lips were a few inches from touching mine.

                              Is he going to kiss me? Am I finally going to have my first kiss?

                              I see Antonio moves his lips away from mine and kiss me on the cheek.

                              "Your father shouldn't ban you from dating. You didn't do anything wrong. It was Adolph. He never learned that any girl's feelings are important, they are humans too and are not some pawn in the game of love, and her heart isn't a yo-yo." Antonio says.

                              He starts to walk away. I grab his wrist and turn back around.

                              I know my father doesn't want us to be together, but I have to follow my heart.

                              I pull him back in towards me then quickly kiss him on the lips. I walk back towards my bed and nervously wait for Antonio's response. My heart is beating so fast I'm nervous it may jump right out of my chest. As Antonio walks over, I lean back and begin to fall onto the bed. He grabs my hand and pulls me back onto my feet.

                              "Thanks for the save, and Antonio am sorry about the kiss. I wanted to see..." I say getting cut off as Antonio kisses me back.

                              Antonio backs away, and all I can do is smile.

                              "So, does this mean we're going to work together to show my dad that we can date and still be rangers at the same time?"

                              "Yes," Antonio answers.

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                              Tracy, Antonio, and Luna go to the kitchen. Ji and the Triplets just finished putting the dishes away. Amelia turns around and sees a big smile still plastered on her big sister's face.

                              "Tracy, did you and Antonio kiss?" Amelia asks.

                              "Amelia, why would you think that?" Tracy answers.

                              "Becuase you are smiling a lot," Amelia says.

                              "Yeah, mom said girls do that a lot after their first kiss," Angela adds.

                              "Ew, stop talking about that gross stuff," Aaron complains.

                              "Calm down you three, trust me someday you'll start dating, and you'll have to deal with mom and dad reactions," Tracy says.

                              "When we dad, let me and Angelia date?" Amelia asks.

                              "Yeah, I want a boyfriend," Angela says.

                              "Not me, I'm never going to have a girlfriend. Girls will always have cooties," Arron says.

                              "Girls, dad probably won't let you start dating till you're 17," Tracy says.

                              "Why do we have to wait so long," Angela and Amelia complain.

                              Tracy lets go of Antonio's hand and walks over to her little brother. Then she ruffles his hair and says, "Arron, believe me, one day you'll meet a pretty girl, and also cooties aren't real,"
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                                Chapter 15: A surprise visit from Mom
                                Tracy's POV

                                The next morning I wake up and still can't believe that Antonio kissed me since we haven't admitted our feeling for each other. I'm confident that we have a connection just like he said the first day we meet. When he kissed me, I felt such a string spark between us it has to mean we are meant to be. I change out of my pajamas into a tank top with a built-in bra and a camo t-shirt on top, a pair of work out pants and my tennis shoes. I watch Luna quietly take the leash off of the desk. Then she walks over to me and sets it in front of my feet.

                                "We'll leave for your walk after we eat something, okay girl?" I chuckle reaching down to pick it up.

                                Luna wags her tail happily, and we go to the kitchen. I thought Antonio left to go fishing since he likes to head out to the stream in the forest early in the morning. So, I'm surprised to see him when Luna and I walk into the room. He is cooking scrambled eggs. I smile seeing he already filled Luna's bowl with food. She walks over to it and starts to eat. I set the leash on the table before I go over to the counter and pour myself and Antonio a glass of orange juice. Antonio walks over and sets two plates down in front of our seats.

                                "Good morning, I thought you left to go fishing,"

                                "Not this morning, I'd thought we could get to know each other better while we take Luna for her morning walk through the park," Antonio says winking.

                                I start to blush as I set my glass down in front of my seat. Then we sit down and start eating. After a few bites I put my fork down and says, "Antonio, you didn't have to feed Luna."

                                "I know, but I wanted to, Luna already thinks we're are made for each other and will get married someday," Antonio says.

                                "Don't get ahead of yourself, Antonio, we still need to convince my father to lets us date first before you even think about buying an engagement ring," I say giving him a friendly shove.

                                I look down at my lap and see Antonio's left hand on top of my right. I try not to blush for the second time this morning as I quickly turn my attention back to my breakfast and start eating again. After we finish eating I feel Luna gently pulling at my pant leg. I get up and go over to the table pick up the leash and attach it to Luna's collar after she sits down in front of me. As I stand up, Antonio comes up to me.

                                "Shall we Angel," Antonio says.

                                "I'm happy you''re trying to come up with a pet name for, but you may need to come up with something else so Angela won't get confused,"

                                "I'll work on it," Antonio says before he kisses me on the cheek.

                                "What about the dishes?" I ask.

                                "Don't worry sweetheart. I'll do them," Mom says.

                                I jump and accidentally step on Luna. She yelps in pain and I kneel back down to check on her.

                                "Sorry girl," I apologize.

                                I chuckle when Luna's licks my cheek.

                                "I guess that means she accepts your apology," Antonio says.

                                I stand up and turn towards the doorway to the kitchen. Then see my mom walk over to us.

                                "Tracy, you didn't tell me you had an older sister," Antonio says.

                                "Mom, this is Antonio. Antonio, this is my mom," I say.

                                Antonio shakes my mom's hand.

                                "Tracy, this one is a keeper. I'd have no problem with him being my future son-in-law," Mom says.

                                "Mom, you may not want to start planning the wedding yet. Dad is forbidding us from even dating,"

                                "Don't worry sweetheart. Your father will come around in time," Mom says.

                                "I hope so Mom. Now to address the elephant in the room, what are you doing here?" I ask.

                                "Your father and I need to discuss something important to you and the triplets. After you and your handsome boyfriend take that adorable puppy for her morning walk," Mom says kneeling down to pet Luna.

                                Luna doesn't back away from my mom's hand when she reaches out to let her sniff it. Luna licks it then rubs her heads against the palm and lets mom pet her.

                                "So does this cutie have a name?" Mom asks standing up.

                                "Yes, her name is Luna,"

                                "So did you find her or did she find you?" Mom asks.

                                "Luna found me," I say.

                                "Why am I not surprised," Mom says.

                                I chuckle as Luna gently pulls me towards the door. Antonio follows behind me. Ten minutes later, we arrive at the park and walk down the path leading through the forest. I'm so worried about what mom and dad are going to tell me I didn't see the tree root. Luna jumps over it, and Antonio grabs my wrist. I drop the leash when he pulls me towards him.

                                "Tracy, you seem a little distracted, are you okay?" Antonio asks as he lets go of my wrist.

                                "Yes, I'm fine thanks for the save."

                                "You're welcome, so what's bugging you?" Antonio asks.

                                I walk over to a log and sit down.

                                "I'm just worried about what my parents want to discuss. It could be about Chris,"

                                "Maybe or you never know one of your cousins, Nina, she could be having a baby," Antonio says sitting down next to me and placing his hand on top of mine.

                                I hope Nina is having a baby. I don't want to find out that Chris has Amnesia or worse the doctors discovered a tumor on his brain.
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