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Challenge: Spellbound

Summary: He actually hated getting dressed up, but seeing her just left him spellbound.

AN: Takes place post Mystic Force, shortly after 'Once a Ranger'.

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He pulled on the collar of his shirt as he fixed his tie. He hated getting dressed up, much preferred being in jeans and a t-shirt or something casual to the black slacks and green button up he had on right now. But when he had gotten a call from Mack two weeks ago begging him to come along to some formal thing his dad was throwing he hadn't been able to say no. He genuinely liked the red overdrive ranger and they talked frequently, Xander knew that Mack was struggling with his identity right now. He also knew that the red ranger was trying to hold it all together for the sake of his team and the fate of the world and that he needed some people who weren't on his team to be there for him. Xander decided that he could suck it up and go to this party in order to be there for his friend and to see Spencer as well.

It was a comfort to know that everyone from the Thrax incident, minus Bridge was going to be there as well. It also helped Xander to know that he was getting to bring his girlfriend along to this event. He could in fact hear her humming in the bathroom that attached to his room in his small one bedroom apartment right now. She had kicked him out a half an hour ago to get ready.

He had finally screwed up the courage to ask her out a month after the Master's defeat and they had been going strong ever since. They still fought all the time but he loved her, was committed to her, and knew she felt the same way about him. It worked ad he was happier than he had ever been.

"V we need to get going if we're going to be on time," he called out as he surveyed himself in the mirror.

"I'm coming, I'm coming," she answered and he turned to find that she was standing in the doorway of the bathroom. He felt completely speechless at the sight of her, dressed in a form fitting forest green cocktail dress. It had material that crisscrossed against her chest, hugged her in all the right places, cinched at the waist, and flowed down past her hips, stopping just above her knees. To complement the dress she had pink peep toe heels on, paired with the pink ring he had given her for her birthday two months ago. She looked positively gorgeous like this.

"Xander?" she questioned and he found her looking at him, eyes unsure.

"V you…."he approached her and pulled her into his arms. She wrapped her own around his neck, leaning into the touch instantly. "Look brilliant. When did you…"

"Kim and Kira helped me pick it out," she said and he nodded. Adam had introduced the entirety of Mystic Force to the rest of the rangers about a month ago. Kimberly, Kira, and Vida had clicked instantly and talked all the time. Xander was mildly afraid by this new friendship because Kim was scary enough on her own, pair that with Vida and Kira? He, Conner, and Tommy just knew to keep their mouths shut. "Said it'd make your jaw drop….did it?"

"V…I'm absolutely spellbound," he assured her before he pressed his lips to hers. He decided that they could afford to be a little late if it meant getting to kiss her thoroughly like this. She really did have him under a spell, one that he didn't want to be cured from.

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