Summary: Graduation, a talk,
moving, and a few surprises!
Ships: NM, VX, CC, UL, DOC
Disclaimer: I don’t own them, I wish I did.
Dedication: To all the MF fans, hope you enjoyed the journey
AN: Okay, so this is the final chapter of this story, BUT, for all of you loyal fans of this story, I’m leaving it open for a sequel, just cause I like working with these characters
“Xander Dimitri Bly.”
“Madison Dalila Rocca.”
“Vida Anila Rocca.”
“Charles Luken Thorn.”
“Congratulations to the Class of 2008!”
The Rock Porium was alive with celebration. The store was decorated in pink, blue, green and yellow streamers, balloons, and confetti. Music was blaring out from the sound system at the D.J. stand, which for once wasn’t manned by Vida. Nick and Leelee were at the refreshments table, setting out glasses for punch and cutting the large sheet cake that Ella had gotten for the four graduates. Madison and Vida’s brothers and sister were running around, causing all sorts of mischief while family, friends, and fellow classmates of the former Rangers mingled, shared stories, and just got to hang out together. The graduation ceremony had been short but memorable. They’d had wonderful speeches from their principal, the valedictorian and salutatorian, and Udonna had even been invited to participate, blessing the class with future success on behalf of the magical realm, and of course the Power Rangers.
“So what are you going to do now that you’ve graduated?” Nikki asked the four, who were at the center of the room.
“Well, Maddy and I found an affordable apartment not far from here,” Vida started. “We’re going to take classes at the University and work here. Since Mom and Alexander work there, we get free tuition.”
“Have you decided what you’re going to study yet?” Toby wanted to know.
“Film,” Maddy grinned widely. “Vida’s taking music and business classes.”
“Why does that not surprise me,” Leelee giggled, coming up to lean against her mother. “By the way, what’s with you two and those two handsome boys standing over there staring at you?”
Vida and Maddy whirled around in the direction Leelee was pointing and saw Nick and Xander grinning at them and nudging each other. Both girls were blushing when they turned around. “What do you mean?” Vida countered, hoping to try and act like she didn’t know what Leelee was talking about.
“You four have been awfully chummy lately. I mean, I know Nick and Maddy have been dating for a while now, but what about you and Xander?” Leelee nudged her friend, who again, blushed beat red.
Vida didn’t get a chance to answer because Nick and Xander had finally joined the group, each slipping their arms around their respective girlfriend. “Love?” Xander started, causing Vida to tilt her head to the side and back.
“What?” she asked, sounding slightly embarrassed by his affectionate nickname, even though it sent little flutters straight down to her stomach and curled her toes.
“Come with me?” he asked.
Xander gave her a mildly suffering look that had her trying not to laugh. “I have something I need to talk to you about.”
Vida rolled her eyes but nodded in agreement and let him lead her out the front door toward the park across the street. He let her hand go and stopped at the edge of the park. “Xander, what are you doing?” she asked, turning toward him, only to find he wasn’t standing there. Instead, Alexander Rocca was standing before her, an apologetic and hopeful expression on his face. “What the hell do you want?”
“Can we talk?” he softly asked her, wondering if he was every going to be able to make it up to his spunky, independent daughter.
“Why should I even give you the satisfaction?” Vida laughed humorlessly. “You don’t care, you’re just trying to make yourself look good to my mother and my sister, and you don’t want my dad using his magic against you.”
Her words cut deep, she knew, because she saw him visibly wince at the words ‘my dad’. It seemed like a lifetime ago when she’d called him that, and it had really only been a few months. No matter how long ago it had been, the hurt he’d caused by his inability to accept that she’d found her biological father still cut as deeply now as it had been. Vida knew that the image she projected to the world was a tough, independent, capable woman who had become a Power Ranger and was making a life for herself, but she had been a daddy’s girl at heart, and the one she’d always called Daddy had ripped that heart right out of her chest and all but destroyed it.
Forgiveness would not come easy, because she was so afraid of being hurt again. They stared at each other for a very long time, the silence hanging between them. “Vida, I have things to say to you, that I’ve been trying to say for months, will you listen to me? Please?”
“Fine, you’ve got five minutes, and then I’m going to go find my boyfriend and kick his ass,” she muttered.
“This isn’t Xander’s fault, your mother asked him to help,” he told her, walking toward her only to watch her turn and walk away from him, her destination the path around the park. He fell into step beside her, his hands in his pockets. “First of all, I need to apologize to you.”
She kept her eyes on the path before her, but her stance shifted a tiny bit toward him. “For what?”
“For not acting like a man who loved his daughters with every fiber of his being, for flipping out when I thought I was losing you,” he told her honestly, his eyes full of emotion and his voice trembling. “I made a big mistake, I leapt without thinking, and I said things in the heat of the moment because I didn’t take a step back from my fears to think it over rationally. I’m human, Vida, much like everyone else on Earth. I made the biggest mistake of my life. Forbidding you from even being with Daggeron was stupid, childish, and uncalled for. I’ve had months to think about it, and I am genuinely happy that you’ve found him, that he’s found you.”
“You hurt me!” she threw at him, her lips trembling as her eyes filled. “You hurt Maddy, you hurt Mom! How can you expect me to ever forgive you? I wasn’t ever going to let him replace you!” she all but screamed the last part. “You’re the only father I’ve ever known, how could you think I’d let him replace you? Yes, I’d have made room for him in my heart, as I already had the day he became mentor and friend! BUT YOU WERE MY FATHER!”
Alexander looked at her and for the first time, he noticed exactly how much his little girl had grown up. “Because I know you’re so much more mature then I’ve ever given you credit for,” he whispered. “Because you’re more of an adult than I can ever claim to be.”
Vida just stared at him, hurt arrowing so deeply through her that she thought she’d choke on it. “I hate you.”
The elder Rocca swallowed hard, understanding that he deserved her hatred after what he’d put her through. “Vida…”
“No, you went too far, and the hurt runs too deeply for me to forgive you right now,” she told him, knowing her words would leave and opening for him to hope he could earn her trust back. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to consider you my father again, at least not now. Friend, eventually, but I just can’t forgive as quickly as Maddy can. Maybe that makes her a better person, but I don’t care.”
He hurt. Hearing her say the words hurt. And he knew he’d brought it on himself. “I can settle for friend, for now. Will you accept my apology?”
“Actions speak louder than words, so we’ll see,” she told him, her body vibrating with every emotion whirling through her.
Alexander watched her walk away from him, his heart breaking with every step that carried her farther from him. When she’d gone back the way they’d come, disappearing from sight, he finally moved over to the nearby bench, buried his face in his hands, and cried for what he’d done to his little girls.
Vida ran as fast as her legs could carry her. Tears blurred her vision but she refused to let them fall. So much pain was welling in her chest. It just wasn’t fair; on a day when she should have been happy and celebrating, she was once again on the verge of an emotional break down. As she neared the exit of the park that was across from the record store, she saw a tall, familiar figured standing there with worry etched across his face. As pissed off at him as she was, she just didn’t care. Without a word, she slowed down and walked toward him, looking up into his face. His feelings were plain as day; he was worried about her, but most of all, he loved her so much. Biting back a sob, she rushed the last two feet into his arms, burying her face against his chest while his arms slid around her.
“I’m so sorry,” he murmured softly, his lips pecking kisses to the top of her head while one hand held the back of her head and the other stroked up and down her back. “Your mom just asked me to help; she didn’t tell me it was because he wanted to talk to you. If I had known…”
“Just hold me,” she managed to utter, her arms locked around his waist as she held on for dear life.
They stood there for what seemed like hours before Vida groggily raised her head and looked up into his eyes. “If there anything I can do?” he asked softly, bringing a hand up to wipe the tears from her eyes. His heart wrenched when two lone tears slipped passed the pad of his thumb and spilled down her cheek.
“I want to go back to our party, and I want to enjoy our celebration. I’ve had enough sad things for one day,” she whispered, reaching up and swiping the back of her hand over her face.
Xander nodded and leaned in to kiss her forehead before tipping her chin up and caressing her smooth lips with his own. “If you don’t believe anything else, please believe that I love you,” he told her honestly, watching a smile light her face.
“Right now, that’s the only true thing I know,” she replied, watching him smile at her. “I must look absolutely horrible right now.”
“No, you look beautiful, V, as always, but you might want to do a simple glamour, just to mask that you’ve been crying from those who can’t see through magic. The others probably already know what happened.”
Nodding, Vida took a step back, closed her eyes and slowly brought her hands up over her face, her magic instantly removing the remnants of her crying jag. When she opened her eyes, they wavered for a moment, allowing Xander to see the glamour working before he saw through it. “Good?” she asked.
“Perfect, as always,” he laughed. “Come on, Maddy’s probably starting to worry.” Taking her hand, he walked her back to the party, hoping that for now they could put the pain behind them, even if for a little while.
“GREAT CEASAR’S GHOST!” Chip exclaimed as he and Nick dropped yet another heavy piece of furniture inside the modest two bedroom apartment the Rocca sisters had rented out.
“How the heck can you two have so much crap?” Nick muttered. “I mean, damn, didn’t you two share a room?”
Vida stood in the doorway, with Xander right behind her, glaring at the two boys while Maddy came out of the kitchen where she’d taken a box and had her arms crossed and was giving Nick a look that said he was in so much trouble. “Can it, both of you,” Vida snapped. “We’ve had a lot of stuff in storage since we had to start sharing a room a few years ago.”
Xander started cracking up as Chip and Nick put up the ‘I surrender’ poses. “Say V, I got a question for ya?”
“What?” she asked, looking over her shoulder even as she carried the box of shoes toward her room.
“Can I help you unpack your, um, unmentionables?” Xander teased as he held up the box he was carrying marked Vida underclothes. Vida gave him a look as they disappeared into her bedroom, the door closing behind him a few seconds later.
“Well, I guess it’s a good thing we’ve only got minor stuff to bring up,” Maddy sighed, leaning against Nick’s shoulder. “We won’t be seeing those two for a few hours now.”
Nick shook his head and wrapped Maddy in his arms while Chip made a face. “You know, the thought of Vida and Xander having sex…it gives me the same heebie jeebies that the thought of my parents having sex gives me,” the former Yellow Ranger muttered as he headed out the door for more boxes.
Maddy made a face while Nick cracked up at that. “He’s got a point,” Nick muttered.
The former Blue Ranger gave him a look. “How do you think he feels knowing we’re having sex?” Her only answer was Nick’s fading laughter as he headed back outside to help chip.
“All we can do is wait,” Maddy murmured, sliding down the bathroom wall opposite of where her sister sat on the toilet, face buried in her hands and elbows resting on her knees.
“Maddy, how the hell did this happen to us?” Vida’s question was muffled by her hands.
The former Blue Ranger brought her knees to her chest and wrapped her arms around her legs. “I don’t know,” she whispered. “We’ve always been the two who stayed out of this kind of trouble.”
The two let their eyes dark over to the bathroom counter where two little white wands sat next to a kitchen timer that was steadily clicking away. It had been a surprise to Maddy when Vida had come to her a week before and mentioned she’d been late for her period, until the former Blue Ranger had done the math on her own and realized she too was late. Both girls had freaked out and resolved to find out the answer to the serious dilemma together after work on the last night of the week.
They both broke their Friday night dates with their boyfriends, citing that they had something of utter importance to take care of. Now here they were, locked in the bathroom together, waiting for the home pregnancy tests to give them a verdict.
“I feel like I’m going to throw up,” Vida gasped.
“Please, don’t, now is not the time to get sick,” Maddy told her, closing her eyes and leaning her head back against the wall.
When the timer ticked off, they both jumped. Their eyes met as they both stood up on wobbly legs and moved to the counter of their shared bathroom. “I’m scared, Maddy,” Vida admitted.
Maddy reached over and took her sister’s left hand. “I’m terrified, but at least we’re together,” she murmured. “Ready?” With a shaky nod from Vida, the pair reached out to find out exactly what the tests said about their futures.
Well, that’s it, it’s finished. Thanks for all the support. Enigmaforum and angel17712 thank you for all the support, encouragement, and laughter. I dedicate this to you both!
And guess what, YES – there will be a sequel! ;P