8 Second Revilation
Alex reacting to Maggie’s fight with the Phantom in Ch18 of Kryptonite is a Painbow by @green-ranger-maggie-sawyer
Alex had been staring at the monitor for what felt like hours. She’s seen the video dozens of times and still she doesn’t want to believe it.
The fight had lasted maybe five minutes, probably significantly less but Alex was trying not to think about it (2 minutes and 41 seconds - 2 minutes and 41 seconds from appearance and disappearance). Seeing the first few seconds of Maggie transforming had momentarily stunned her, not that she’d admit it. That Maggie had been hiding something had occurred to the operative in her. Little pieces that didn’t add up in stories and check ups that the doctor in her had brushed off. That Maggie was a Power Ranger? One of Earth’s sworn defenders?
At least the oddities made more sense now.
The first thirty seconds or so of the video were of little interest to Alex. It was the actual fighting that had Alex holding her breath, that had Alex reeling internally, that had Alex watching the video again and again and again. In two moves Maggie had been disarmed and striped of her armor. Now Alex had no idea how Ranger Armor worked, but she had to bet the tech used to remove it was explicitly designed to do that. When she’d first watched the video seeing Maggie get back on her knees after collapsing had her heart in her throat as she silently encouraged her girl on.
Then she realized it.
At second 46 Alex felt her world slip out from under her. Realization had stolen her breath right out of her lungs even as horror had turned her blood to ice in her veins.
There was no doubt that in that exact second Maggie had been about to die.
And Alex had had no idea.
The what if’s ran rampant in Alex’s mind with each rewatch. The trained operative rallied at the use of the Daxamite weapon and the arrival of the Pink and Yellow Rangers. The doctor in her filed away the knowledge that if the Daxamite weapon could hurt the interloper it could still hurt Maggie. The DEO agent in her noted the fighting styles used and the near loss had Maggie not summoned her armor in time to aid the others. The scientist in her wondered at the visible struggle Maggie had been in to summon the armor compared to the near instantaneous summoning at the start. Multiple parts of her noted the blood of the attacking ranger was blue.
Every part of her noted the threat of a repeat attack.
Every part of her watched the eight seconds of combat that had literally placed Maggie seconds away from death.
Every part of her was terrified that Maggie wouldn’t survive next time.