The sun was shining brightly through the partially closed curtains, striking the closed eyes of Sarah King, who was sleeping beneath her warm covers. That was until the sun began seeping into her room. Groaning the girl rolled onto her stomach. All she wanted to do was go back to sleep and rest for a few more hours, but it was impossible. She was already awake.
Sighing deeply the girl tossed her warm blankets off her body and swung her bare feet over the side of her bed. “Darn…” The girl breathed, rubbing her sleepy eyes. “I’m so tired…” She groaned.
Sarah was a cute girl. She had short, brown hair that fell to her small, rounded shoulders. She had dark brown eyes and was currently dressed in a long, white t-shirt that fell to her bare knees with matching shorts.
“Sarah?” Came the voice of her older sister, Tara King.
“I’m awake.” Sarah said, rubbing her eyes once more. “Sorry… Did I oversleep?” The girl wondered.
“No sweetie. Take your time getting ready.” Tara said. “Breakfast will be done in a bit.”
“Thanks!” Sarah said, hopping off her bed.
Sarah couldn’t help, but smile. Her big sister had been taking care of her ever since their grandfather passed away, and her grandfather had been taking care of Sarah ever since her parents died.
Sarah didn’t know a lot about her parents, all she knew was they died in an automobile accident. Her grandfather took her in when she was only seven years old. Three years after that her grandfather died, and Tara had moved to their grandfathers farm ever since then and raised the girl like she was her own daughter.
Tara had been living overseas in France working as a tour guide. A job that paid a lot more then the witnessing job the girl was currently employed as. It was her dream to be a tour guide, but when their grandfather died and Sarah was left alone without anyone to take care of her, the girl moved back to the United States. Sarah knew she owed a lot to her big sister, but didn’t know how to repay her. Or if she ever could.
After taking a shower and changing into her school uniform the girl headed into the kitchen. The girl spotted Tara standing in front of a stove frying bacon in a large, black pan.
“Good morning.” Sarah said, taking a seat at the kitchen table.
“Good morning!” Tara said, looking over her shoulder at her little sister and smiling lovingly at the girl. “How did you sleep?” She asked.
Tara was a beautiful girl who had long, brown hair that fell to the small of her back. She had dark brown eyes, small rounded shoulders and perky breasts. The girl was garbed in a white shirt that was tucked into a matching skirt that fell to her bare knees, and white shoes tied tightly to her feet.
“Pretty good, thanks.” Sarah said, returning the smile. “How about you?” The girl asked.
Tara nodded. “Can’t complain.” She said. “Oh right…” The girl began, turning on her heels to face Sarah. “Did you finish your homework?” She asked.
“Yep!” Sarah said, nodding.
“Really…” Tara said, narrowing her eyes at her sister.
“Really!” Sarah said, the girl was starting to feel nervous. “I swear I did! You can check it if you want!” The girl cried.
Tara sighed deeply and shook her head. “No… I believe you.” She said, her loving smile reappeared on her face. “Breakfast is done!” She declared, seconds later. The girl shoved the bacon and an egg into a plate and sat it down in front of her sister. “I’ll get you some juice.”
“Thanks!” Sarah said, taking up her fork. The girl was about to dig in when she remembered something. “Oh right, sis?” Sarah began. “Did you ever play sports at school?”
“Sports?” Tara said. “I didn’t, sorry…”
“It’s ok.” Sarah said, and began eating her breakfast.
Tara poured her sister some orange juice and placed the glass down in front of the young girl. “Why do you ask?” The girl asked, taking a seat next to her sister and peering into her eyes.
“Oh…” Sarah began, laughing a little. “My friends keep trying to get me to join one of the sports teams. Baseball, soccer, volleyball…” Sarah said, naming off the teams her friends wanted her to join. “Do you remember Lisa? She wants me to join all of them.”
“At the same time?” Tara asked, amused.
“Yeah! Has that girl ever heard of moderation?!” Sarah asked.
Tara laughed. “It’s the consequences of being a tomboy.” Lisa said.
“Hey.” Sarah said, narrowing her eyes at her older sister. It was true though. Sarah was good at sports and other things.
Lisa’s a good girl” Tara continued. “And I know she admires you.” Tara said, matter-of-factly.
“Yeah I know…” Sarah said, her voice trailed. “Anyways I better hurry. I told everyone I would make a decision today.”
“Ok.” Tara said, getting to her feet. “You do know you don’t have to join any team unless you want to right?” Tara asked.
“I know.” Sarah said, going seriously. “I’m stubborn that way.”
“Yeah.” Tara said, nodding. “Tell me about it….”
“Hey.” Sarah said, narrowing her eyes at Tara once more. A few moments later Sarah had finished her breakfast and was racing to the front door carrying her schoolbooks in her left hand. “I’m off!” The girl announced.
“Have a good day!” Tara called back.
Sarah headed out of the farmhouse and into the fresh, morning air. The girl’s eyes turned towards the large barn sitting on the hill that loomed over the farmhouse. The barn was one of Sarah’s favorite places to go when she needed to be alone or to think about things.
It was also the place her grandfather died.
The girl pushed all the sad thoughts she was currently feeling out of her head, turning towards the long, dirt road that led away from the farm she began running as fast as she could. The girl couldn’t wait to get to school.
The city of Viridian was enormous and was the home of thousands of citizens and hundreds of businesses. It was also the place where Sarah’s school was located.
Sarah was still running when she reached the city and was now making her way towards the large school that was located directly in front of her. The girl remembered when she started going to that high school. The building seemed so big and ominous, but now the school seemed a little smaller and a lot less scary.
“Sarah!” Lisa cried, waving her hands happily over her head. Lisa was one of Sarah’s best friends. She was a cute girl who had long, black hair that fell to the small of her back. Dark brown eyes and small, rounded shoulders. The girl was garbed in the same school uniform as Sarah.
“Hey Lisa!” Sarah said, slowing down.
“So? Did you decide?” Lisa asked, running up to the girl. “Are you going to play all the sports?” The girl asked.
Sarah giggled. Lisa was considered the baby of their group simply because of her wild ideas, though sometimes she was considered the baby of the group because of her size. She stood four feet tall while Sarah stood five feet tall and Samantha stood five and a half feet tall.
“I don’t think that’ll be possible.” Sarah said.
“Aw… Come on!” Lisa whined.
Sarah giggled and patted Lisa on the head. “Come on Lisa. Let’s go before were late.”
“SARAH!” Someone shouted.
Sarah turned just in time to see a soccer ball rocketing towards her. Before the ball could strike the girl Sarah reached out and snatched it out of the air.
“Hey!” Samantha cried, running up to Sarah and Lisa. Samantha was Sarah’s other best friend. She had bright red hair, that was tied to the back of her head. Bright, emerald green eyes, small rounded shoulders and was garbed in the exact same outfit as Sarah and Lisa, but she wore a soccer ball pin on her shirt. “You’re not supposed to use your hands!” The girl said.
“Were not playing soccer.” Sarah said.
“We could be.” Samantha said, smiling brightly at Sarah. “If you join the team!”
“You should!” Lisa said, wrapping her arms around Sarah’s left arm. “Then you should join all the other sports teams! I know you can do it Sarah!”
“Thanks!” Sarah said. She only wished she had the same confidence in herself as Lisa did.
“That’s the spirit little baby.” Samantha said, placing a firm hand on Lisa’s head.
“Don’t call me a baby…” Lisa said, in a low voice.
Sarah couldn’t help, but laugh. She stopped laughing and her smile vanished when she saw a police car quickly followed by a large truck drive by.
“Hey…” Sarah began. “Are those robbers still holding hostages in that bank?” Sarah asked.
Samantha and Lisa nodded. “Yeah.” Samantha said, glancing over her shoulder at the police car and the large truck that was probably filled with food and water for the robbers and hostages. “It’s been about two days now, right?” The girl asked.
“Yeah.” Lisa said. “The bad guys haven’t made any demands yet. My daddy said they are probably waiting so the police know they are being serious.” The girl began. “I don’t know what I would do if that happened to me.” The girl said, hugging herself.
“Don’t worry.” Samantha said, patting Lisa’s head. “I’ll come rescue you if that happened.”
“I can’t stand people like that. People who take without working or giving anything back.” Sarah said, in a low voice. When the girl’s heard a loud bell overhead start to ring they moved their attention back to going to school. “Oh man!” Sarah cried, taking Lisa by the hand. “We better get going or were going to be late!” Sarah turned towards the school and began running with Lisa in tow.
“Wait for me!” Samantha cried, running after the girls.
The school day finally ended at five o’clock and the students began their long march out of their classrooms and then out of the school. Most of the boys ran as fast as they could out of the school building, while most of the girls took their time leaving the building.
Even though Sarah told her sister that she would be making her mind up about the team she wanted to join she still wasn’t able to make a decision.
“Hey Sarah!” Samantha said, running up to the girl. Samantha was now dressed in her soccer uniform. She wore a red t-shirt, black shorts and white shoes tied tightly to her feet. “Do you want to watch us practice?” The girl asked.
“I can’t.” Sarah said. “I have to go home and cook dinner.”
“Oh…” Samantha said, her voice trailed. At first Sarah thought she hurt Samantha’s feelings, but quickly saw it wasn’t true. “Hey… I’ve been bothering you about this lately, haven’t I?” The girl asked.
“Oh no! No you haven’t!” Sarah said, quickly.
“Thanks, but I know I have.” Samantha said. “Everyday I ask you about it. You know what? Any team you join will be fine with me. As long as you don’t become so cool that you can’t talk to me.”
Sarah smiled warmly. “We’ll see when it happens.” The girl said.
“Hey!” Samantha cried.
“I’m sorry.” Sarah giggled. “I’ll talk to you no matter what.”
Samantha nodded. “Good.” She said.
Moments later Sarah was making her way out of the city of Viridian and heading for the farm. The girl was feeling a little depressed. She wanted to tell Samantha that she wanted to join the soccer team, but so many other people was counting on her to join their teams instead. She didn’t know what to choose.
“I’m thinking about this too much…” Sarah thought. When the girl reached the farm she headed for the large barn, but not before dropping her school books off in her room.
It would still be a few hours before Tara got home from her second job so the girl had a little time before she started dinner.
When the girl arrived at the barn she climbed several ladders until she reached the roof of the barn. Lying backwards and laying her head in the palms of her hands the girl closed her eyes. She could feel a warm breeze blowing through her hair and sun beating down on her.
Sarah opened her eyes. A loud whistling sound struck her ears. The girl sat up and stared up at the sky, but couldn’t see the source of the sound. “Huh…” Sarah breathed, leaning back against the barn. She closed her eyes and tried to push the sound out of her head, but it was impossible. The sound was getting louder and louder.
“What is that?” Sarah wondered, glancing up at the sky again. Her eyes widened and her jaw dropped when she saw something huge and oval shaped suddenly appear above her. The girl wanted to cry out. She wanted to run, but she couldn’t form the words.
The oval shaped object was falling at an incredible speed and soon it would collide with her and the barn.
Just before the oval shaped object smashed into the barn and killed Sarah, several large cannons appeared in the front of the object and fired a strange, green substance. The substance enveloped the entire barn and Sarah. At first Sarah couldn’t breathe and the only thing she could see was a dark outlining of the ship as it smashed into the green substance and slow down.
The next thing Sarah knew she was flying through the air and landing softly on the ground several meters away. The only reason she landed safely on the ground at all was because some of the green substance that had enveloped her stayed with her.
When Sarah’s back touched the ground the green substance vanished. Quickly rolling onto her stomach, Sarah jumped to her feet and ran several yards away from the barn and oval shaped object. She had no idea what was going on or what the object was. “What the… what the heck…” Sarah breathed, dropping to her knees. Sweat was trickling down her brow.
Her eyes were trained on the large, oval object as it slowly crushed the barn underneath it’s massive size and weight. The girl felt a pang of sadness in her heart as the barn was completely flattened by the ship, but that pain was quickly replaced with curiosity.
Now that the object had landed the girl could really appreciate it’s size. It was silver in color and wasn’t completely oval. The back part of the object was actually flat and had several oval shaped objects poking out of it. “This is a ship.” Sarah breathed, getting to her feet.
When a section of the ship opened and smoke began bellowing out Sarah thought about running to the farmhouse and calling for help, but curiosity got the better of the girl and she slowly began making her way towards the opening in the ship.
“Hello?” Sarah called, when she got close enough to peer inside. No one responded. “Is everyone ok?” She then asked, but still no one replied.
Sarah furrowed her eyebrows. “I’m coming in!” She announced and with that the girl climbed into the ship. The room the girl sat in was huge, but empty.
The walls were silver in color. The middle of the room was white and had a moving light underneath. Not only that, but their was a low humming sound that irritated the girl’s ears.
“Anyone here?!” Sarah cried, glancing around the empty room. “If you’re hurt let me know! I promise I’ll help you!” Still no one answered.
Sarah walked around the massive room. “Where did this come from?” The girl wondered, to herself. The girl began exploring everything in the room. She explored the walls, the white section in the middle of the room, but nothing in particular caught her attention.
“Lame…” Sarah said, sighing deeply. The girl turned to the opening and was about to leave the ship, but before she could the entire ship began shaking violently. “WHOA!” Sarah cried out, falling hard on her butt. The girl was starting to get nervous. She had no idea what was going on.
Suddenly from behind several metallic hands grabbed the girl’s arms and legs and hoisted her high into the air. Sarah cried out in terror and began thrashing wildly around in their metallic grips.
“LET GO! LET ME GO!” She cried, struggling even harder.
The ship continued to shake violently. It even began tilting towards the right. Sarah closed her eyes and continued to pull against the metallic hands, but no matter what she couldn’t escape. “HELP ME! PLEASE! BIG SISTER!” Sarah cried.
A strange green light struck Sarah and began moving over her body. Sarah opened her eyes and gasped. Below her a small, white disk with a green light coming out of it could be seen.
The disk was no bigger then a half-dollar. When the light vanished a bright, white light flooded the entire room. Sarah wasn’t sure, but she had a feeling the white light was coming from the disk.
When Sarah opened her eyes she saw she was still high in the air, but the metallic hands that were binding her were dangling lifelessly from the ceiling. “What the…” Sarah began, glancing down at her body. The girl gasped. She was no longer wearing her school uniform. Instead she was wearing a strange, blue and white outfit.
The outfit the girl now wore included a pair of glove that rose to her elbows. Shoulder pads that were also blue in color and matching boots. She wore a long sleeved-shirt, a skirt that fell to her knees and pants underneath that. Wrapped around her waist was a belt with a strange crystal embedded into the buckle. And finally on top of her head the girl wore a blue helmet with a clear, white visor over her eyes.
“Oh my God…” Sarah breathed, when she realized nothing was holding her up. “I’m flying!” The girl cheered, throwing her hands into the air. The girl only then realized the ship was still shaking. Before she could react Sarah’s body began moving on it’s own. It flew through the opening of the ship and high into the air. As the girl flew information began pouring into her mind. For some reason she now knew how to fly on her own.
When the girl was outside and flying high over the ship the girl turned herself around and glanced down. The ship’s body was turning bright, white in color. With a loud pop and flash of light the ship and remains of the barn had vanished. All that remained was the hill the barn once stood on.
Sarah slowly shook her head and glanced down at her gloved hands. “I… Can’t believe this.” She said, a smile creased her lips. The girl turned and began flying through the air. She did loops and flips, she flew high into the air over clouds and then close to the ground.
The girl felt like a superhero.
“I can’t believe this!” Sarah said, again as she picked up her speed. “I can’t believe this! I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS!” She cheered.
The girl landed, rather ungracefully in the front yard of the farmhouse. The girl wanted to show her sister the suit, but wanted to surprise her. The girl tried to pry her gloves off her hands, but they refused to budge. “Huh…” Sarah said, bending down and grabbed her left boot. The girl tried to pull it off her foot, but it refused to budge.
“What the heck…” Sarah said, tapping her chin thoughtfully. Reaching up the girl pulled her helmet off her head. “Well that came off, but what about the rest of my suit?” The girl wondered. With a bright flash the suit suddenly vanished and was replaced with her school uniform.
“Whoa!” Sarah cried. “Awesome!” She cheered. The girl felt something in her hand. Glancing down she saw she was now holding the white disk. “Really awesome!” The girl cheered. She couldn’t wait to show her Tara.
Sarah forgot all about dinner as she practiced her flying and landings. After the first hour the girl was getting used to everything. She could land gracefully on her feet and take off like a rocket. The girl tried to time her take off speed, but it was impossible. Each and every time she kicked off the ground and started flying her speed seemed to get a little bit faster.
The last time Sarah flew into the air she spotted a red car heading towards the farm. She knew it was Tara.
The girl quickly landed and deactivated her suit. Stuffing the white disk into her pocket the girl waited until Tara pulled up beside the house and step outside.
“Did you lock yourself out again honey?” Tara asked.
“No, listen!” Sarah said, happily running up to her sister. “I have something to show you!”
“Ok.” Tara said, nodding. “Let me put away the groceries first.” The girl said, heading around the car to the passenger side. Opening the door she took out two bags filled with groceries.
“Wait… No you don’t understand.” Sarah said.
“Get the door for me, please.” Tara said, heading for the house.
Sarah sighed deeply and closed the car door. After that she ran up to her sister and took her by the arm. “Just come with me.” The girl said, leading Tara away from the house.
“Ok, ok.” Tara said, giggling. The girl knew her sister needed her attention right now.
When Sarah found the right spot she let her sister go and ran in front of her. “Alright.” Sarah began, running in front of her sister. “Watch this!” Sarah reached into her pocket and removed the white disk. “Alright.” The girl said, closing her eyes and concentrating. At first nothing happened, but then a bright flash of light erupted from the disk and Sarah was now garbed in her blue and white suit.
Tara’s eyes widened and she dropped the grocery bags she was carrying onto the ground spilling their contents. “What is that!” The girl cried, pointing at Sarah’s suit.
“I know, right?” Sarah said, smiling brightly. The girl quickly explained everything that happened, she didn’t leave anything out, when she finished her story Tara walked up to the girl and wrapped her arms lovingly around her sister. “Hey… What’s this?” Sarah asked.
“I’m glad you’re safe, but I’m sorry.” Tara said. “I know how much that barn meant to you.”
“No.” Sarah said, shaking her head. “Grandpa was important to me. That barn was just a place I liked hanging out.” The girl said.
Tara hugged Sarah closer to her. “So… Are you ok?” She asked.
“Yeah.” Sarah said, nodding. The girl then thought of something. “Oh right, watch this!” Sarah wrapped her arms around her sisters waist and leapt into the air. Tara yelped when she saw the farmhouse several meters below them.
“Oh my…” Tara breathed. “How are you doing this?” The girl asked.
“I don’t know.” Sarah admitted.
“Could you please set us down?” Tara asked.
“Oh!” Sarah said, remembering her sister had a fear of heights. The girl gently sat them both down. “Pretty cool, huh?” The girl continued, when they landed. Sarah flew several times around her sister before coming to a halt in front of the girl. “I can fly really fast and not only that, but I’m also really strong.” The girl said, flexing the muscles in her arms. “When I lifted you…” Sarah began, but the dark look Tara was giving her told her to phrase her next sentence carefully. “I couldn’t feel your already light weight.” Sarah said, in a monotone voice.
“Very good.” Tara said. “Where’s mine?” The girl asked.
Sarah sat down in front of her sister. Looking down at her feet she said in a low voice, “I’m sorry… I only saw one.” The girl said.
Tara smiled. “That’s ok. Can I try your’s out?” The girl asked, staring hopefully at the suit.
“You want to try it?” Sarah asked, surprised.
“Yeah. I figure I could get over my fear of flying if I flew around with that suit. You don’t mind do you?” Tara asked.
Sarah shook her head. “Of course not!” She said. After deactivating the suit the girl handed the white disk over to her sister.
“It’s so light.” Tara said, taking the disk. “Ok, what do I do?” She asked.
“What I do is concentrate on the suit I was just wearing and the disk does the rest of the work.” Sarah said, putting her hands on her hips.
Tara nodded. Closing her eyes she began concentrating on the suit. After a few moments the girl opened her eyes. Nothing had changed. “What…” Tara began, looking down at her body. “What’s wrong?” She asked.
“Let me see.” Sarah began, taking back the disk. The girl closed her eyes and concentrated. Like before the suit appeared on her body. “I don’t get it.” Sarah said. “I’m telling the truth. Why isn’t it working for you?” The girl wondered, aloud.
“That’s ok.” Tara said, shrugging her shoulders.
“Big sister!” Sarah began, she felt horrible that the suit wouldn’t work for her sister.
“Really baby.” Tara said, hugging her sister again. “It’s ok.”
“Thanks.” Sarah said.
“So what do you want to do with the suit?” Tara asked.
“Oh! I want to fight crime!” Sarah said.
Tara nodded. “Sounds good. You can fight all the imaginary criminals you want right here.”
“Huh!?” Sarah cried, she couldn’t believe her ears. “I want to fight real criminals!”
Tara shook her head. “No. It’s too dangerous.” The girl said, turning to their fallen groceries. “Now please give me a hand, will you?” The girl asked.
Sarah sighed deeply. “Alright.” She said, bending down to help her sister take up the groceries. “I want to be a superhero…” Sarah thought, bitterly.
“I know you’re disappointed.” Tara said. “I’m just looking out for you.”
Sarah nodded. “I know.” She said. “But I still want to come up with a name for myself.”
“A name?” Tara asked.
“Yeah. You know, something like, ‘Super Ranger’ or ‘Power Girl’.” Sarah said.
Tara thought for a moment. “Since we live near Viridian. How about, ‘Viridian Ranger’?” The girl offered.
“Huh…” Sarah said, running the name through her head. “I like it! From now on I’ll be Viridian Ranger!”