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in the whole DBZ universe which I worship so.
I thank you guys again, from the bottom of my heart. I know most of you are
writers here as well, and I'm sure you understand that warmth it brings
when you read the words, ".Your story is great, please keep writing."
Clears her throat Well enough of that! I'm sure you want to read the
chapter now!. Enjoy Evening's final chapter!
-------------------- = Changing view points or location. (Such as switching
from Goku's point of view to Piccolo's)
'...' = Thoughts
***= Flash back
Chapter 27: As the Sun Rises
Piccolo looked out of the corner of his eye to see the Son family leave
into the kitchen. He listened to their idol talk for a moment, before
walking silently around the couch. His eyes shifted to the still form
huddled beneath the blankets as he sat on the floor beside her. Piccolo's
hand smoothed her silky black hair from her flushed face and watched her
breathing softly in sleep.
The feeling inside him that had been growing tense suddenly relaxed and
disappeared. It resembled what he had felt when Gohan had nearly died when
the saiyan's attacked. But it was, different somehow. He sighed deeply and
closed his eyes. Whatever it was, all that mattered now was that Dawn was
safe, and alive.
Dawn moved slightly and groaned, jolting him physically. "Dawn?" he
whispered. A smiled reached his lips when her tiny sapphire eyes opened.
She could sense Piccolo close by, but her arms and legs seemed reluctant to
respond to her need to get up. Though finally her eyelids gave way to her
commands and opened. She immediately saw her Daddy beside her. Joy swelled
inside of her, knowing it had not been a dream when she felt him carrying
"D..addy." she murmured weakly.
Piccolo placed his large hand against her cheek, cupping her head in his
palm. He nodded, his throat tight suddenly. The hope and love in her orbs
struck something inside of him and he began stroking her right ear slowly,
because that was what Eve did when Dawn was upset, or couldn't sleep.
"What happened?" he asked softly, not wanting to push her, but he needed to
know why she had been stranded out there.
Piccolo's jaw turned rigid when her eyes watered and tears fell with a
blink. "Tell me." he urged.
The memory of Ken'ichi's words was painful to remember, but he was right,
he needed to know. And Ken'ichi didn't tell her it was a secret.
"Ken'ichi took me before I was awake." she looked down remembering she was
having a really nice dream, about flying. "But I woke up when she set me
down, it was still cold since the sun wasn't really awake yet either." She
sniffled, trying to hold her tears in, 'Don't cry, he doesn't like that.'
she reminded herself before she continued.
"S.. she told me I was a disgrace. That I wasn't worthy of the tiger blood
I have." Her voice quivered with unshed tears. "Sh..e said I..I could be
he.r dau..ghter i..f I made it h..home ali..ve. Then sh..e left me."
Her tears began to slide down her cheeks, and she couldn't make them stop.
Dawn started wiping them away frantically. But soon all she could do was
hide her face in her palms.
Piccolo listened silently, and disbelief lurked in his eyes. But he then
remembered what he had done to Gohan those many years ago. It made him feel
sick for a moment, knowing that if he had been wrong about Gohan's
abilities, he could have died, like Dawn nearly did.
His thoughts were interrupted as he watched her struggled to keep her tears
from falling, and in the end sobbing quietly into her paws. Before he could
stop himself he enclosed his arms around her, blanket and all, and pulled
her into his lap. Nearly the moment he did so, Dawn cuddled into him and
let it all go, her tiny cries making her slender frame shake.
Piccolo stroked her back slowly, letting her cry, even though it made him
want to do so as well.
In the kitchen Goku listened to every word spoken in the other room with
his saiyan ears. It made his brows crease as he watched Gohan and Chi-Chi
still hard at work. But when he heard Dawn crying he had to turn around.
What Goku was seeing, didn't seem to match who he was seeing. All he could
do was gawk and blink as he watched Piccolo embracing the child.
Gohan stole a glimpse out the window before he continued helping his mother
with dinner. "It's getting dark dad.. Ya think you should go get Eve?" He
turned and noticed his Dad staring into the other room. 'What's he looking
at?' He wondered. But before he could go over Goku turned and rubbed the
back of his head,
"Uh what was that son?" he asked laughing nervously. Gohan fought the sweat
drop the followed.
"Uh.. The sun's almost down, do ya think you should go get Eve?"
Chi-Chi turned and crossed her arms, "Yeah Goku, why don't you do
She could see the light go on behind Goku's onyx eyes as he jumped up. She
nodded triumphantly and turned to finish supper.
He leapt out of his chair, "Good idea! Why didn't I think of that !?" he
laughed loudly a sweat drop forming as he looked back at Piccolo, who was
blinking at him, and Dawn had stopped crying and was looking to see what
all the noise was.
"I'll be right back with Eve." He stated to his namakian friend as he
reached up with two fingers and in an instant he was gone.
Piccolo smirked at Goku's antics and looked down at Dawn, who was already
gazing up at him. He lifted a finger to her eyes and wiped away her cold
"Your mother is coming Noksa ne," he whispered to her while he stood and
moved to sit on the couch. Dawn sniffled with old tears and her ears
perched high on her head. "Really?" she asked. He nodded curtly with a
smile that might have been unreadable to anyone but her, Eve and Gohan. The
child sat up in his lap with her broad hands against his chest.
'I hope he means my human mommy' she thought while smiling. She wasn't sure
how her other one would react. 'Kenichi is probably mad at me..' She waved
her tail weakly beneath the blanket, and just being in Piccolo's presence
seemed to make her feel stronger.
Dawn flexed her fingers against his gi like what cats do to blankets. You
know what I mean? and purred cutely.
But her smiled dimmed lightly, "Its tonight, isn't it?" she questioned
softly, referring to the wish. Piccolo nodded softly to her and she looked
down, "Can I come with you and Mommy?" her ears fell back submissively and
her eyes softened.
He sighed and gently placed a hand on her shoulder. "That is not really for
me to say. When your mother gets here you may ask her. But I do not see why
you wouldn't be able to. This involves you as much as anyone."
Dawn's eyes sparkled brightly and she purred loudly at him. To another,
that might have seemed odd, but it was just Dawn to him. The child yawned
unexpectedly and her eyes grew heavy. He could see her tiny fangs as she
yawned and laughed shortly as she rested against him, her cheek against the
upper portion of his chest just above the neck of his gi. Piccolo leaned
back against the couch to give her a more reclined surface to sleep on. He
drew the blanket up to cover her.
"Get some rest Kioko ((happy child))" he whispered. Piccolo looked back to
where Goku had been standing, wondering why he was not back yet.
Goku appeared in the cave minutes before sunset. He right away saw Eve in
tiger form perched at the Cave entrance. He smiled widely.
"Eve!! Hey! Good news we found Dawn and she's ok!" He mentioned happily as
he approached her. But he paused when she turned, her teeth bared and a low
growl rolling from her ebony throat. He then remembered the nature of
Dawn's disappearance and his eyes narrowed and he began backing up. His
eyes shot to the sinking sun, 'hurry up.' The last thing he wanted to do
was accidentally hurt Eve while defending himself, and by the looks of the
large, ominous tiger stalking towards him, it seemed that would be the
"Just, take it easy now." He said soothingly, his palms held out
defensively in front of him. But the tigress curled back her jowls baring
dagger-like teeth that shown vivid white in the failing light. Goku didn't
know if she was acting this way out of wild nature, or if his words had
upset her. Because she was not happy to say the least.
A thought came to Goku then, "Is it because this is the end of your last
day with Eve? " he asked lightly and watched the Tigress pause, as if it
seemed more real, now spoken. But the lull in rage passed and the fire in
her sapphire depths was rekindled. The massive ebony beast leapt into the
air, claws outstretched.
The great saiyan braced himself, ready to catch the relatively slow
attacker by the forelegs to keep those talons from sinking into his skin.
However, in mid lunge her body contorted abruptly and she fell short
writhing on the stone floor. A low moan escaped the tiger's throat and her
claws attempted to rip into the granite, only to have them begin crack and
break against the hard, rough surface. Goku witnessed something desperate
in Tigress' eyes, it was as if she was trying to keep herself from
changing, knowing that she might never see the sun's light again.
He walked casually over to where he assumed Eve slept and lifted a blanket,
which he took back to the shrinking figure. Goku draped it over her just as
the feline features were giving way to human ones. Soon what was once a
magnificent beast now appeared as a disoriented woman, Eve.
Eve opened her eyes, having been pushed out of consciousness several hours
ago. She had no clue what had happened, to Piccolo or Dawn.
As her mind began to clear and movement was possible, she glanced up to see
Goku. 'Goku is here? Why?' Though Piccolo not being there worried her,
Goku's warm smile brought her reassurance, and hope. She stood, pulling the
blanket securely around her. She could easily see Goku's blush, even in the
"Is my daughter all right?" she asked, unable to keep the stress from her
He averted his eyes slightly as she adjusted her 'cloak' and rubbed the
back of his head. Though when she asked about Dawn he eagerly answered,
"She's great! Piccolo is with her and he wanted me to escort you to my
house. That being where he is in all."
Though he left out the part about Dawn having nearly died he told her most
of it. A non-hysterical woman would be easier to handle. 'And chi-Chi said
I don't know anything 'bout women!'
He moved to take her hand, but both were holding the blanket. "Um, you got
any clothes?" he looked around nervously for something they could use.
Eve laughed softly, "Yes I do have clothes." She walked over to her bedroll
and produced a simple white dress, identical to the one Goku had found her
in, and Piccolo had magically conjured a newer one. She paused for a moment
and turned her head to look at Goku. He just stood there.
".Mr. Goku. Could you perhaps turn around while I change?"
He blinked, and then nodded vigorously, "Yeah sure!" With that the saiyan
turned and started inspecting that section of the cave. 'Great place he's
got here.' He thought with a nod. 'I wonder if she and Dawn will stay with
here with him. I hope so, he seems so happy now.'
He heard Eve clear her throat and he cautiously turned, "Can I turn around
"Yes you may." She said gently and he turned. Goku blinked several times.
"You haven't changed at all!" Seeing her in that dress, and in the dull
light, it was like he had just found her.
"Yes you may," she said gently. Eve blushed when seeing his bewilderment,
and his words that followed. Her eyes fell slightly to the cold fire pit.
"Well, that is how things are when one is immortally cursed." She looked up
and smiled softly, "But not much longer, right?" she said with something
like false hope.
Goku nodded and she walked up to him. "Let us go?"
Goku smirked and gripped her hand with his left, and placed two of his
right hand's fingers to his forehead. He locked onto Piccolo's distinct
energy and started to leave but paused in thought, 'that's odd. When I came
here she had a ki signal. and now. there's nothing. '
In an instant they appeared in the Son's Kitchen. Goku released Eve and
said triumphantly, "I found her!"
Chi-Chi turned and scolded Goku swiftly, "Shush! Dawn's sleeping!" Her hand
slapped his bicep harshly. Her anger subsided suddenly when her attention
turned to Eve. The worry and fear present in the girl's eyes was chilling.
Chi-Chi smiled reassuringly, "Don't you worry Eve, I gave her something to
eat and drink and she nodded right off." She gestured to the next room
gently, "She's in there with Piccolo"
Gohan smiled and waved to Eve and she nodded weakly to him; she looked very
tired. He understood her not visiting with him; she had other things on her
mind. His curiosity peeked when she went into the room with Piccolo. He
moved to listen.
But before they had spoken any, his mother was before him, arms crossed,
skillet in hand, "And what do you think your doing?" Her anger was easily
read in her voice and he quickly made his was back to the sink and
continued washing dishes.
Eve entered the dark room; the only light was an oil lamp on the table
beside the couch. It flickered faintly and she paused at the end of the
sofa. The image strewn before her melted her heart and soul to the core. It
almost brought tears to her tired eyes.
Piccolo was partially lying on the couch. What wouldn't fit hung off the
end touching the floor. His head was tilted slightly, resting against the
sofa's back; eyes closed.
Sprawled lazily over his chest and stomach was Dawn. The child was on her
stomach, underneath a blanket and her cheek resting just below his
collarbone. Her ebony ears flickered in her sleep. Piccolo's right hand
encircled her gently, and one of Dawn's velvet paws was propped on his
She didn't to breathe for a few moments, fearing she would wake them.
Quietly her bare feet carried her around to where Piccolo's head rested.
Eve watched Dawn rise and fall with each large sleeping breath the namake
She licked her lips, not wishing to disturb them, but she just had to speak
"Piccolo?" she whispered into his ear, knowing with his acute hearing, he
more than heard her.
Piccolo did not jerk awake; he merely opened one eye and, upon seeing the
whisper's owner, opened the other. He blinked several times, not having
sleep that soundly in a long time and the darkness making his eye sight
more blurred than normal.
Eve stood, leaned over him. She was smiling sweetly. 'Why is she looking at
me like that?' he wondered off handedly, and then he felt Dawn stir and was
reminded of the little baka's presence. He frowned and shrugged with his
eyes, earning him a brighter smile from the woman over him.
She mouthed the words, 'We need to talk' and he nodded curtly. He listened
to her move around towards the door that lead outside, and pause waiting
He rolled to the left and eased Dawn down off of him and onto the cushions
on which he had just been sleeping. Luckily she gave little protest before
falling right back into a deep, peaceful sleep. Piccolo stood up after
adjusting the blanket over her and then strode over to Eve quietly.
Eve watched how gentle he was with her daughter, and complete parallel to
his normal behavior. Her eyes followed him as he walked towards her almost
soundlessly. She opened the door and existed the house.
The air outside was slightly cooler, and her ears were filled with the
nighttime's symphony, one that she was quite accustomed to. Eve heard
Piccolo shut the door quietly behind him.
"How is she?" she whispered. Even though Ken'ichi had taken over, it was
still she, even if in a twisted way. She had left Dawn helpless.
Piccolo stepped closer, until he was directly behind her. He spoke quietly,
and told her everything, including how ill Dawn had been, and how upset she
was after hearing what Ken'ichi thought.
Tears welled in her eyes again, but these were not tears of happiness. 'She
could have died. My curse nearly killed my baby girl.' Her shoulders began
to shake softly and she closed her eyes, feeling her cold tears slide down
Eve then felt Piccolo's hands on her shoulders, and was turned around to
He looked down at her. Even in the dim light flowing from the opened
windows, he could see her tears. The light danced across them like stars in
the velvet blue depths of her eyes. The words Piccolo was going to say
evaded him them and he sighed heavily.
His hand brushed her cheek and he swept the tears from her eyes. Piccolo
wanted to say something, anything to wipe away the pain that drew forth her
tears, but he was no good with words, or emotions for that matter.
"She's doing well." He said softly and he smiled faintly. " So well in fact
that she wanted me to ask you something." Eve's brow rose questioningly.
"Dawn wants to go with us, to make the wish after midnight." He smoothed
back her raven locks.
Eve lowered her eyes, one of her hands pressed against his chest," and what
did you tell her?" "I told her I'd ask you. This concerns her as much as
you or I." Eve nodded slowly, agreeing silently. He looked up at the bright
night sky and an idea came to him. Piccolo abruptly scooped her
effortlessly into his arms and leapt into the air.
Take a breather! I don't wanna be responsible for you getting a headache
from staring at the computer too long. I bet you need something to drink? A
snack? Huh? Huh? Well I thought I'd remind you to look at the clock, make
sure your not completely dead by the endknows it can happen, got a
migraine that way once
Welcome back! Now back to Evening...
She gasped when his massive arms shifted her against him, and brilliant
flash of light and wind swirled about them. Eve tightened her weak hold on
his neck when she realized they were flying. "Where are we going?" she
spoke loudly into his ear to keep the rushing air from snatching away her
He made no motion to answer he only sailed upwards faster, his hands
holding her firmly against his body. Eve closed her eyes and buried her
face in his neck as she felt her ears pop with the change in altitude and
her skin grew chilled against the quickening wind.
But just as suddenly as it all happened Piccolo stopped. Eve hesitantly
drew back from him and parted her lids. A luminous glow flooded her eyes
for a brief moment before she could clearly see what lye before her.
What Eve saw made her heart swell and a smile to grace her lips. 'He
She felt as if she were flying! His hands had her firmly held at the waist
several feet below him, her chest barely a foot over the clouds. One that
was higher than the rest swept over her and she smiled widely.
Eve held out her arms like a bird and laughed jubilantly.
He permitted himself to chuckle softly at her was she 'flew' over the
clouds. It seemed to warm him inside to see her so happy. This simple thing
had made her practically light up. Which made her even more stunning if
that were even possible.
Piccolo glanced up to see the lookout drawing close. 'Fun's over.' he
frowned lightly and drew her back into his arms, receiving a piccolo-like
huff. That made him laugh shortly, "We'll do it again sometime. alright?"
They were hovering over a field of clouds, glowing with the like of a
quarter moon. It was just like that night several months ago. Eve inhaled
the cool, still air.
"Piccolo." she whispered breathlessly and returned her gaze to him. He
smirked and all of a suddenly transferred her in his arms to hold her just
by the waist and then sped off across the clouds.
Without hesitation she spread her arms and gazed into the breeze. The joy
swelled within her until laughter crossed her lips. Singing out into the
night that stretched out before them. Eve's eyes glanced up at the curved
moon, and the sparkling diamonds in the cold blue of the sky.
He flew across the valley of clouds, watching her delight, feeling that
same happiness as she was feeling. He smiled, truly smiled as he gazed down
at her. The ivory mist rushing past her, the lunar hues dancing over her
ebony hair and alabaster skin.
Time seemed the fly with them, and after an hour or more pasted he slowed
until they stopped and he drew her back against him. She was breathing
heavy from laughter and the excitement of it all. Her hair was tussled
badly and she made a few laden attempts to smooth it back down.
He sighed heavily in contentment and restrained her hand, preventing her
from fixing her unruly mane. He stared into her depths once more, the
light glittering against them, the stars reflecting on their glassy
surface. For the first time the words he held on his tongue did not abandon
him, rather they were drawn out.
"I love you." he whispered, as if fearing the reaction she would have to
his words. But to his surprise, only warmth met him.
"I know." She replied. 'She knew, all this time?' he laughed shortly, as he
thought about it, he wasn't all to discreet about his emotions towards her,
how could he be, she had always been so in tuned to his feelings, even when
he himself wasn't.
She heard the words roll over his tongue, and the truth behind them made
her soul seem whole. She knew he loved her, she had known for a long time.
But his saying it made it seem real, and tangible.
"I know." She replied. He laughed shortly and she pressed her cheek against
his fingers wrapped about her delicate hand. "And I love you, with all my
soul." she added softly with her eyes closed.
She gasped when she felt them descending rapidly. Her eyes flew open, and
she met his passionate gaze. Something in his gaze made her face grow hot.
Her heart jumped when they touched ground. Eve looked around; they were on
a grassy plateau in the middle of, well nowhere. All she could see was
untouched wilderness, and roaming shadows cast down from the drifting
Piccolo let her stand and she turned to look up at him. "Piccolo?" she
whispered. He did not answer, he merely took her lips with his and closed
Eve's eyes fell shut suddenly and her arms firmly gripped his strong neck.
She could feel his hands sliding over her body and she moaned against his
He tasted her sweet lips with his tongue and her arms closed around his
neck. He suddenly felt incredibly week in the knees and widened his stance
Piccolo's ears twitched hearing her moan against his mouth and her hands
began to wander as well. One of his eyes parted as her fingers slide the
loose sleeves of his gi off his shoulders. But as her returning kiss grew
more fervent his eye closed.
Just as his mind had fallen back into her kiss Eve's nails ran down his
back. This sent chills down his back and made his knees buckle, drawing
both of them to the dew covered grass. Their kiss broke and Eve giggled
cutely at his reaction. He could feel a blush rising on his features, and
In retaliation he gripped the back of her head and kissed her deeply. His
other hand curled around her waist.
Eve giggled, 'strong warrior huh?' she thought inwardly, and watched
embarrassment cloud his features; her eyes grew large as he abruptly drew
her into a kiss. This one was more passionate than before as he explored
her mouth softly. She felt her arms grow weak as she rested them on his
When she felt his other hand supporting her, she allowed her hands to
wander once more; this time her fingertips faintly traced over his slender
namakian ears. She paused when he grew still and took a deep breath. She
brushed them again, not as lightly this time. It drew a moan from Piccolo's
Eve recaptured his lips, showing no mercy. Her fingers ventured further up
still, she had an idea. Her frail fingers found his antennae and rubbed
them once. He shuddered and moaned again, breaking her kiss. She caught his
gaze through laden eyes. She gathered he enjoyed that. Eve shifted to her
knees and rose until she was high enough to take one of his antenna into
Piccolo's mind was swimming, and his skin was hot. Every touch seemed to
drive his senses crazy, then her hands found his antennae and a moan was
ripped from his throat. He looked up at her, and wanted to say something,
what he didn't know, but something.
Eve moved and he closed his eyes, vaguely wondering where she was going.
Suddenly sparks of white light flash across his vision and his eyes rolled
into the back of his head. For several moments he couldn't breathe or
think. Only intense pleasure coursed through his body. If that wasn't
enough, she started lightly sucking on it. His hands then abruptly gripped
her waist. He felt close to something, and he didn't want that, not yet. So
he pulled her off of him and forced her onto her back.
She looked surprised, but not afraid. He was thankful she never feared his
strength. He leaned over her and began kissing her neck sucking on her
velvet skin lightly, careful that his fangs didn't meet her delicate flesh.
Eve's hands rested on his shoulders and kneaded them slowly. He moved to
her ear and drew it into his mouth and sucked on it gently. Eve shifted
restlessly underneath him and he smiled.
His lips migrated south over her chest and he drew one of her nipples
between his teeth, running his tongue over it slowly. She moaned, her
fingers tightening their hold on his shoulders. At that he moved back to
her lips and kissed her softly.
"Do you want me?" he breathed, his mouth hovering over hers as he watched
her eyes open.
His hands moved her forcibly to her back and her heart began to race. This
was new to her, and slight fear seeped its way into her mind, but she did
not show it. It was not him she feared, but the same fear most women feel
at that moment, when they know there is no going back.
Soon piccolo drew her attention back to him as his mouth explored her
relaxed body. 'I can not believe this is happening. I have dreamed of this
for ages. '
Eve felt him take her lips with his once more, but this kiss felt
different, it was chaste and, loving. "Do you want me?" she heard his words
whispered against her lips. Her eyes opened to see him smiling down at her,
wanting her, but there was something else. He looked scared, like maybe she
wouldn't want him. That was farther from the truth. Eve placed a trembling
hand on his cheek.
"I want you." She kissed him, "I need you" Eve rubbed her cheek against his
and spoke softly, "I love you."
That settled it for him apparently, for Piccolo immediately continued where
he had left off. And all coherent thought was lost.
Back at the Son house, Gohan had been sitting on the couch with Dawn for a
few hours, making sure she was all right while Piccolo was gone with Eve.
Occasionally he stole a glance out the window in the direction he felt his
mentor. He had felt his sensei's power level swell suddenly, and then drop
below normal a while ago.
"I hope their ok." He muttered to himself, and Dawn moved slightly. Gohan
turned to her completely and smiled comfortingly. "Hi Dawn."
She stretched in a feline-like fashion and yawned, "Hello." she said with
sleep-burdened eyes. Dawn looked a lot like he had when the saiyans' first
arrived. Though he didn't have large ears or stripes, or paws. As bizarre
as she looked, she still seemed cute, and well, close to him. Like she was
part of the group.
She parted her eyes, and looked at the greeting's owner. Her night vision
was pretty good, so she easily realized it was a friend. "Hello", she said
sleepily. As the drossiness left her eyes she recognized that it was the
boy who had found her. She sat up and smiled her tail taping he sofa
"You saved me!" she exclaimed, ". Um, what's your name?" A purr began to
resonate from her throat involuntarily. As she thought about it, she had
never met someone new.
He laughed at her sudden jubilance over seeing him, and remembering who he
was. "I'm Gohan, its nice to meet you Dawn." She giggled and placed her
paws on his shoulders and licked his cheek. "Let's be friends! Daddy tells
me you're a nice boy. I like nice people." He blinked several times and
fought getting a sweat drop as Piccolo's, daughter?, licked his face.
"So he's mentioned me huh?" Gohan questioned wiping the saliva from his
face as she sat back, grinning ear to ear. Dawn nodded vigorously, ears
flopping back and forth lazily. "Well I agree, lets be friends." Gohan
added She mewed and then hugged him tightly. Her strength made him raise a
brow as he hugged back gently. She was strong for a child her age, for a
child for that matter. He then smirked, 'probably has to do with the tiger
Before he could question her, as he wanted to, he felt Piccolo coming back,
no doubt with Eve. His eyes then shifted to the clock, it was a little
after midnight. 'Its time.' Gohan stood. "Well let's get ready to go,
Piccolo's coming." He smiled and held out his hand to help her up, "and
when he gets here we're going to go watch something amazing." Dawn smiled
and pulled herself up with his hand. She then followed him to the kitchen.
"What's amazing?" Gohan laughed, "A dragon." "What's a dragon?" she mused.
He laughed again, and then took her towards the bathroom through the
kitchen to get her cleaned up, and started to explain about the
Goku smiled as Dawn pranced by holding his son's hand tightly. "Looks like
someone's feeling better!" he said with his best smiled, knowing she hadn't
really seen him yet. Nervous at her reaction for a moment as she blankly
stared at him, he got a sweat drop.
Abruptly the cub-child nodded with a wide grin, "Yep!" Dawn's tail waved
back and forth wildly and she turned a little more to face him as his son
watched her. "I'm Dawn! What's your name!?" Goku laughed warmly at that,
'she's defiantly not like Piccolo, I can tell right now she's a chatter
box.' "Well hi there Dawn. I'm Goku."
She liked this man, his voice was a lot like her mother's, warm, gentle,
and sincere. Not that Piccolo wasn't sincere. She just knew he wasn't warm,
and not really to gentle either. She flickered her ears at a draft and
giggled, "Daddy's told me about you. Your Gohan's daddy" She left Gohan and
walked the few feet standing between her and Goku and looked up at him with
large azure eyes. " He said I was ludicrous like you, except he never
taught me what that word was."
She trailed off, 'I don't see anything wrong with him. he is kinda like me
though.' "Does ludicrous mean I have black hair?. No then mommy would be
Gohan tried his absolute best not to laugh, 'he called her ludicrous and
didn't explain what he meant! Very slick.' He then patted Dawn on the head
between her ears. He blinked at the texture of her hair; it was fur-like
and incredibly soft.
"Ludicrous means you're good natured." He smiled and Dawn blinked up at
him, thinking. "Really?" she questioned. Gohan nodded and took her hand.
"Don't worry Goku will be here when we get done, right dad?" he glanced up
at his father, who seemed to be getting a kick out of seeing a little
child, being how he was grown now.
Goku nodded emphatically and rubbed Dawn's head. "Yep, I'll be right here."
Gohan smiled, pleased, as she seemed to believe them and took Gohan's hand
again. He then continued his explanation of the Dragonballs.
Several moments later Piccolo arrived, holding Eve. He touched ground just
outside the Son house and glanced through the window. Dawn was sitting in
Gohan's lap and was playing some sort of hand game with Goku. He could hear
her laughing loudly through the closed window.
Piccolo set Eve down as his thoughts drifted. He watched how well Goku
handled Dawn and wondered, 'Can I do this? Be a.father.' He still had
problems calling himself such; it just didn't seem to fit him. But then
again, Dawn had turned out all right so far.
Eve's voice brought him back from his trance. "I am afraid Piccolo." she
whispered looking up at him.
She watched him for a minute or so as he seemed to gaze at the window, but
without seeing it. 'What is he thinking about?' He gently let her stand,
still apparently in a daze.
'I do not want to bother him, but. I have to tell him.' "I am afraid
Piccolo." she whispered looking up at him. Eve watched him blink and his
eyes focusing once more to look down at her. Piccolo didn't speak he just
gave her a questioning look, telling her to continue.
"What if something goes wrong? Or if the dragon cannot lift my curse?"
He listened to her worries, and he smirked lightly," Don't be. Everything
will work out." He said, lightly brushing a stray strand of hair from her
face. 'I hope.'
With that he walked to the front door and opened it. Piccolo then turned to
watch her follow and go in. He once more grew worried, 'I can't sense her,
at all. It's as if she's not even there.' His eyes narrowed and he drew
closed the door. Before he could think further on it, he heard a joyful
Piccolo's eyes flew wide to see Dawn all but fly into Eve's arms. The child
climbed onto the table and leapt. Eve caught her and laughed, rubbing
Dawn's back softly. He smirked and moved to stand over Gohan and Goku who
both apparently found it amusing too.
Gohan was the first to look up at him. "Hiya Piccolo! Where did you and Eve
go?" He had been afraid of that, and prepared for it, but that still didn't
prevent the faint blush from rising in his cheeks. He glanced up to see Eve
looking at him with a blush as well.
Piccolo huffed and pointed in the direction they had been at for the
majority of their absence. "That way."
He could obviously tell that wasn't the answer they were wanting, but
that's all they were going to get. Then Gohan blinked and asked another
question, one more devastating than the first, "What were you two doing all
Images of their interlude flashed in his mind vividly and he gritted his
teeth. "What's it matter to you?" he spoke through gritted teeth. He was
grateful when Dawn broke the stretching silence.
"So can I go with you mommy?!" she asked giving Eve her best, 'I'm cute and
you can't tell me no' face. The fact she had to large cute ears and a tail
didn't help either. It apparently worked because Eve smiled and brushed
Dawn's bangs back. "Yes, you may."
Eve was thankful for Dawn's interruption as well. If she hadn't stopped the
line of questioning there, her blush would have covered her entire face.
"When shall we depart?" she asked, no one in particular. Goku stood and
smiled at her.
"I'm ready when you are!" he turned to look at Chi-Chi as she reentered the
kitchen. "You coming Honey?" He asked and she looked over at Eve, who
seemed to give her a look that said she'd like her to.
"I'll come." She said with a nod. "Someone has to keep you men, and namakes
in line." Goku blinked shifting his sight to Piccolo who huffed at her, but
smirked evilly. He was very glad that those two had settled their
differences silently a few months ago. When Eve had Dawn, and she saw how
Piccolo really was, she had given up on her personally battle to destroy
the namake Gohan cherished.
Goku watched as they all moved to his side of the room. He gripped Chi-
Chi's hand gently. Gohan wrapped his arm around his mother's shoulders. The
saiyan glanced back as he felt Piccolo's strong hand clamp down on his
shoulder. He was holding Eve close to him, and Eve was holding Dawn.
"I thought we were leaving." The child stated, evidently confused to why
they were standing there, hugging.
He laughed and lifted his free hand to his forehead. He focused, and felt
Kami's ki. In a flash the Son house was empty.
Thought I'd give you another break, sorry, I didn't really intend it to be
so long, but hey, you guys wanted longer chapters! Well don't panic, its
near the end I promise!
Now back to Evening! ----
Kami stood in the largest open section of the Lookout. The one fights
occurred on. The Dragonballs glowed, set out before him in the typical
fashion, just as he had done countless times before.
The old guardian smiled seconds before the group appeared no more than five
feet in front of where he stood.
"Welcome!" He greeted them warmly. It had been a long time since he had
last seen Earth's champion, and his family. Things on the Earth had been
relatively peaceful for years. It did his aged heart good to see them
'My Gohan has grown much over these years.' He smiled nodding to the boy.
His eyes moved to Chichi then Piccolo. He had watched Piccolo closely over
the past year, and he was proud of how he had handled this whole ordeal.
'You are better for it, son.' He nodded to him, and Piccolo returned the
gesture, as if he had heard Kami's words. Then his eyes shifted to Eve,
and the child in her arms. His eyes widened. 'She looks to be six years of
age, but that cannot be. She was born only months ago!'
Eve bowed her head and curtseyed slightly. Dawn's large curious eyes
sparkled and she pointed at Kami, "He looks like daddy!"
Dawn felt uneasy as Eve sat her down, though she understood she was getting
to big to be held all the time. None-the-less the longer she stared at the
older green man she felt at ease. 'He looks nice to me.'
"Hi I'm Dawn, what's your name!?" she questioned jubilantly. She heard her
mother hush her, but she twitched her ears and ignored her, when it came to
learning, she would stop at nothing.
The elder namake laughed heartily and approached Dawn. He watched as she
looked slightly nervous and one of her ears tilted back against her head.
"Hello Dawn, My name is Kami." Then before she could word her next
question, anticipating it, he added, "Your 'Daddy' and I are related."
Piccolo watched the conversation continue from there and he crossed his
arms. His anxiety only growing as more time passed. His eyes shifted from
Dawn and Kami, to Eve. She looked rather on edge herself. He was about to
ask Kami to proceed with the wish, but luckily Gohan stepped in.
"Let's make a wish Eve!" he said smiling. "You've been waiting a whole year
for this!" Piccolo grinned down at his former pupil and rubbed the top of
his head, ruffling the boy's hair.
Piccolo nodded to Dawn who went silent and gripped her mother's hand. "Eve,
since this is your wish, you can summon the dragon."
Eve knew how the process was done, she had asked Piccolo many times how the
dragon was summoned, and what to expect, but now she good feel her heart in
her chest, beating wildly. '.Please.may my wish be granted.' she whispered
"Rise Eternal Dragon!!!" she shouted downwards at the 7 dragonballs,
pulsating with golden light.
In that instant the amber marbles illuminated the entire lookout and the
heavens roared with thunder. Eve Stepped back and gazed up at the now
scorched black sky. Soon lightening danced through the clouds and a
brilliant beam of light shot forth for the dragonballs and flew into the
The stream of light spiraled upwards and gradually took on a shape; the
shape of a dragon.
Eve felt her body tremble as the blinding light gave way to a river of
emerald scales. 'This. is. impossible..' Soon the heavens grew silent and
towering above her was Shin Long.
Dawn hid behind Kami's body and hugged the old man's leg firmly, her whole
frame shaking violently as the sky cried out and lightening raged above.
Her velvet ears stayed pressed against the back of her head and her eyes
clutched shut. Dawn did not release her death grip until the roaring
Alas, when Dawn peered around the man's white robe fear grasped her body.
"Is. Is that a Dr..ag... Drag..on!?" She stammered, her knees feeling
weak. She watched Piccolo walk up to Eve and place his hands on her
shoulders. At that moment she wished she were there with her mommy.
Just then she heard something from behind and she turned to see Gohan
approaching her. "Yes Dawn, that is the dragon I told you about." He said
comfortingly as he lifted her into his arms. She was grateful; being held
made her feel safe.
'And if he's not worried, then I shouldn't be either!' Dawn deduced. But
for once the small cub's ever pondering mind hushed as her Mother cleared
her throat after her daddy said something to her mother.
Piccolo watched passively as the Dragon formed in the sky. He had seen it
more times than he cared to remember. But his gaze shifted to Eve, who
looked terrified. Piccolo had considered this, most humans react with fear
the first time they meet Shen Ron.
He stepped forward and placed his hands gently on Eve's shoulders. When the
roaring stopped he looked up at Shen Long, and he looked amused.
"Eternal Dragon! This woman before you would like your assistance in making
a wish!" shouted Kami from behind. Piccolo smirked, glancing back. He was
glad he had not spoken to the dragon; he never did seem to have such a
pleasant way with words.
The dragon's massive head tilted downward to look at Eve. This simple
movement made her step back against Piccolo's body. He didn't step away.
"He won't harm you." he whispered.
Eve watched in horror as the fierce dragon looked at her with flaming
crimson orbs, it's large ivory teeth shimmering. She could all too well
picture herself being devoured by those very same jaws.
"He won't hurt you." Piccolo whispered from behind her. She could feel body
pressed against her, and his strong hands on her shoulders; her fear fled
her then. She could feel her purpose rise within her, and her decades of
cursed existence flashed before her eyes. Determination glowed in her eyes
and she stepped away from her lover.
"Greetings Shen Long! I hope you are well!" Eve smiled nervously, hoping it
was all right to address the dragon directly. Her heart, though now
confident, was pounding in her chest, and sweat beaded on her brow.
The Dragon laughed shortly, and his voice rang loud and resonant," Have you
wishes for me kind one? " Eve turned to see a sweat drop on Piccolo's head
as he was smirking at her nervously. She moved the word 'What?' to him but
the namake simply shook his head and motioned for her to continue.
"Please, Eternal Dragon! My first wish is for you to separate the being
known as Ken'ichi from me, and give her life!" She watched the dragon
remain silent for a moment; 'I do hope he considers that as just one wish.'
The dragon then nodded shortly, "It shall be done!" and his eyes glowed
even more brilliantly. Eve for an instant wondered if that was normal, but
suddenly her back bowed and her entire body began to glow. Then all went
black for her.
Piccolo stepped back and shielded his eyes as there came a blinding light
after her life aura seemed to set fire. "What the!?" he managed before the
light abruptly faded. He felt a ki signature from where Eve was standing,
and he hoped that meant that whatever reason it had been masked in human
form was resolved.
But when he lowered his arm and looked at her, there was a massive black
tiger standing in front of Eve. 'Ken'ichi.'
The Tigress stared up at Eve, and when Eve seemed to wake from her trance,
she returned the gaze. Piccolo didn't see the significance at first, but
then he narrowed his eyes and nodded. 'Of course, this is the first time
they have actually seen one another. They have shared each other's bodies
for nearly an eternity, yet have never truly met.'
Dawn blinked, "Now that is weird looking." She murmured, still in a daze
over all that was happening. The sheer power of the dragon made her fur
stand on end and her normally sleek tail to become fluffy in appearance.
Her round azure eyes gleamed with tears, her worries now fading away as she
watched her mother kneel before her other mother Ken'ichi. Her mother
wrapped her arms around Ken'ichi and the Tigress nuzzled against her.
'I can have them both.' she smiled, tears threatening to fall from her
eyes, tears of joy.
Eve embraced her fellow cursed companion and sighed heavily, feeling the
weight of the world was lifted from her. She could hear Ken'ichi purring
loudly against her.
Reluctantly she stood, releasing the Tigress. Sadly she now felt empty, as
if everything she had been was standing before of her. 'The curse is
lifted. after all these years. I am free.' she smiled and sighed deeply.
But suddenly a voice came from behind, Kami's. "Eternal Dragon! Can you
tell me if there is still a curse placed on Eve?" She turned looking at him
questioningly. The expression on the elder namake's face worried her, for
he seemed troubled.
Shen Long's dominant voice drew her attention back to the sky, and her
heart sank. "There is still a curse on this woman. When the sun rises a new
being will be formed to house her human body during the day."
Piccolo listened the dragon and watched the heart ache in Eve's eyes. It
hurt him to see this. The sadness in those sapphire eyes was to harsh, and
to raw. But then a thought came to him. "Eve, you didn't ask him to lift
your curse, you simply freed the Tiger."
Thankfully, he watched the sparkle in her night blue eyes was rekindled and
he was instantly relieved. Piccolo watched her turn back to Shen Long and
heard her make her second wish.
"Shen Long!" she began, "For my second request, I wish for my curse to be
lifted!" His onyx eyes gazed upward at the dragon as he spoke back to Eve,
"Are you sure that is your wish? There will be dire consequences for such a
wish to be granted."
Piccolo blinked and looked back down at Eve, who had grown still. She
whispered something then, but the wind grabbed up the sound of her voice
and he could not hear what she said. "Eve?" he question too a step towards
His love turned, and something about the look she was giving him made his
throat tight and his heart sink. 'What is it Eve?'
Piccolo's thoughts were cut short as he heard Dawn scream from behind. He
turned to see Dawn fighting for Gohan to set her down.
"No Mommy! Don't leave me!" the child was shouting at the top of her lungs.
He turned just in time to see a tears fall from Eve's eyes as she said,
"That is my wish."
"It shall be done." The dragon echoed solemnly. Eve blinked, feeling her
tears fall to the marble tiles beneath her. She knew what was happening,
and judging by the look in Piccolo's eyes, he did as well. A moment passed,
but it seemed to move in slow motion, and certain sounds grew louder, while
other's faded away to nothingness.
Her baby's cries in the distance, and her heart, gradually slowing down
seemed to echo in her mind. She blinked, and she was in Piccolo's arms on
the ground. Eve didn't remember falling; in fact she couldn't even feel
Piccolo at all. She could see him though. He was crying, and shaking her.
His lips moved, but she couldn't hear him. All she could hear now was her
heart beating. Her eyes shifted towards another bright light. The sun was
rising. Eve felt it's warmth for a moment
Everything turned white and she was somewhere else. It was from earlier
that night. She was lying in his arms, but he wasn't crying now, and she
could hear his voice, the one she loved so much.
"I will never leave you." He said. "I love you." He whispered.
Eve smiled weakly and whispered back, "I love you." As her lips parted, it
seemed as though all that was left escaped. She listened to her heart once
more as it sounded for the last time..
Piccolo heard the dragon say the words, "No! Don't grant that wish!" he
yelled up at Shen Long, but it was too late, in the typical display his
light returned to the dragonballs, and they shot off to the farthest
reaches of Earth.
He didn't wait to watch, for as his eyes fixed back on Eve, he could see
the life had left her eyes. They were pale blue as she looked around for a
moment. He caught her as her legs buckled beneath her and he lowered
himself to the cold tile floor. Piccolo could not control the tears that
fell from his eyes freely as he shook her lithe body. She was cold to the
touch now and she stared blankly up at him.
"Eve! Can you hear me!? Please! Don't leave me!" He was practically yelling
at this point, but she didn't respond. Piccolo stopped shaking her as he
felt Goku place a hand on his shoulder.
"She's gone Piccolo."the saiyan said, sorrow thick in his words. Piccolo
could hear Dawn screaming, and Gohan struggling to keep her back. He was
thankful for that, she didn't need to see this.
Piccolo looked back down at her, he knew she was still alive, he could hear
her heart stopping. There was nothing he, or anyone could do. He watched
her lips curl upward faintly, and his eyes narrowed.
"I love you." It was nearly inaudible, but he heard her spend her last
breath. His grip on her tightened and he closed his eyes and he heard her
heart beat for the last time.
The namake could hear Kami explaining to everyone what must have happened.
Eve was being kept alive these hundreds of years, and to remove it; that
was why she passed on. Her life had ended a while ago. He also mused that
when she gave birth to Dawn, it spent the last of her life's energy.
Ken'ichi survived only because so was a magically created creature.
Piccolo didn't really care why, Eve was dead; that's all that mattered. He
opened his eyes and looked down at her lifeless form, and in a blink of an
eye it turned to dust and was blown away, into the morning sky.
Piccolo turned his head and watched Dawn walking towards him; her eyes tear
laden, catching the sun's newest light. The child looked at the ground
where her mother had just been. Dawn lay down suddenly, rubbing her face
against the cold tiles, her now silent tears pooling on the tiles.
Dawn approached her daddy slowly, the sadness in his eyes matched what her
heart was feeling. Cold, vast cold that swept over her heart. The light
that had kindled her life was gone. Her mommy.
She looked at him for a moment, then gazed down at the tiles she could see
nothing left where her mother was. But all the same, she got on all fours
and pressed her cheek against where she had last been.
She felt his dad's hand rest on her back. She wanted to cry more, but her
head was throbbing from having cried so much already. All she could do was
shed tears now. Piccolo scooped her up effortlessly and cradled her close
to him, pulling his cape around her. She was still shaking, but not from
the cool temperature, but the cold absence inside.
Her eyes shifted downward again, and she saw Ken'ichi, she was staring at
the now void space where Eve had fallen. Dawn then met her mother's eyes as
they turned up to her. The grief, deep and felt shown in her orbs. Dawn
felt bad for her, 'Tigers can't cry.' her ears fell back and she spoke to
Ken'ichi in her tongue.
'' Come with us mommy.'' Ken'ichi tilted one of her ears to the side and
replied ''I grieve alone.''
She sniffled and looked up at Piccolo, who was already watching her. "Can
Goku take Ken'ichi to the woods?.she doesn't want to come home with us."
She whispered, her throat burning still.
Goku nodded without Piccolo asking, "I'll take care of it." He seen all
that had just come to pass, and remembered when Krillian had died. But it
was still nothing compared to this; he had never watched Chi-Chi die. or
his son. He was normally the one that died.
"If there is anything else I can do Piccolo--" But Piccolo cut him short.
"No, I think I'll just take Dawn home."
Piccolo nodded to Kami then walked towards the edge of the lookout. He
heard Goku leave instantly with Ken'ichi, and only stopped when he heard
"Piccolo!" the boy shouted. He stopped, and turned slightly, Dawn looked
too. "Take care.If you two ever need me. you know where I am." He said,
The namake nodded, and turned, "Bye Gohan." Dawn murmured.
Back in the cave, neither Piccolo or Dawn left the cave that day. They both
lay in Eve's bed, Dawn cuddled as close as she could to Piccolo, and he
held her to him. As the two slipped in and out of conscience, they listened
to the life outside the cavern, and the echoing memories of Eve everywhere
Well, that was the ending. I cannot say much, but do not worry, there is a
sequel on the way. I hope you do not hate me now, but this ending was
decided a long time ago. This is the ending I wanted. I hope you enjoyed my
fan fiction. Evening.