Days passed, and things slowly went back to normal. Well, not exactly normal. Things were definitely changing. For one, Majin Buu settled down to live with them, confined to their house because people would recognise him. It was difficult enough convincing their staff that he wasn't going to kill them, and swearing them to secrecy. Despite everything she had heard, he wasn't as stupid or evil as she thought he was. Besides one terrifying moment when he woke her up in the middle of the night, unaware that humans needed sleep, he behaved almost normally. Her father doted over him and their new puppy like best friends, and, for once, Videl didn't mind. Piccolo had told her what her father did to save the Earth. Even if he didn't fight like the Saiyans did, he contributed as much as they did towards this peace. And Goku had explained that he had helped immensely in the final battle. They wouldn't have been able to win without him.
The other main difference was she was going out with Gohan. It wasn't like her previous relationships, where they would go on constant dates and parties and used each other to improve social status. It felt like she and Gohan were friends. They'd talk on the phone almost every night. Gohan himself was also adjusting to changes in his life, now that his father was alive again. In their rapidly changing worlds, it was great to have someone to talk to, to help keep them grounded.
And they weren't the only ones whose lives had been changed. It turned out most of the public clearly remembered being hunted and killed by Majin Buu. Bulma had promised Mr. Satan that, once the Dragon Balls were active again, they would use one of their wishes to wipe the memories of Majin Buu from the people, so he didn't have to be hidden anymore. Videl wasn't entirely sure how that was going to work – were they going to wipe the memories of those entire days, or just the memories of what Majin Buu looked like? But it wasn't going to happen for a few months. In the meanwhile, it seemed everyone's method of coping with the traumatic events was to try not to dwell on them. Perhaps erasing their memories wouldn't change much, even if Videl found the idea a little unsettling.
Then, a few days after peace started, her father got the notification that school was starting up again. After everything that had happened, going back to school felt like something from a different life. But she knew she had to go. It was the first step to try and return to normalcy.
That day, she got her driver to drop her off at the school gates, as usual. Videl stared at the school entrance, reflecting. The gates, the courtyard, the garden…they looked exactly the same. But she had changed immensely. Everything she thought she knew about the world had been turned upside-down. She had learnt how to fly, had met aliens, had died, and had been brought back to life. She had seen horrors and miracles, dreams and nightmares. She most definitely didn't feel like the same girl who had walked in those gates over a month ago, embarrassed about her breaking up with Tape, fuming about the appearance of the Gold Fighter.
And then she saw a lone figure, lurking behind a tree. It was Gohan!
She walked up to him. "Hey," she said, poking him in the shoulder to get his attention.
Gohan turned his head and saw her. "I was waiting for you," he said, smiling. "I didn't want to go in on my own."
"You scared?" she asked, jokingly. "Compared to Majin Buu, high school should be a piece of cake."
"Should be," Gohan emphasised. "But…I kind of blew my cover at the tournament. Now I'm sure everyone knows who I am. I don't know what they'll do."
"Don't worry about it!" she assured him. "They'll be fine. They won't overreact."
"But what if they do?" asked Gohan, still concerned.
"Then we'll deal with it together." She placed her hand in his. "After all, I don't care what anyone thinks."
They walked through the gates, hand in hand.
AN: Well, it's been...not such a long ride. But this fanfiction is officially over! I'd like to thank everyone who's been reading this, I didn't expect anyone was going to enjoy it. Thanks to the followers (over 100 followers! What a milestone!), favourites and reviewers (even the guys who seem to write the same review every time I update. I still don't understand that.) Special thanks to the people who I can tell were reading this story closely, including the guys giving constructive criticism. You all know who you are. Your comments were always appreciated. I know no story is perfect, and it's great you could pick up on things I overlooked.
So now, the question is "where do I go from here?". I still have plenty of fanfic ideas. Perhaps a little too many. So I need your help in deciding what I'm going to write next.
A surprising amount of people seem to want me to continue this story. And it's true that the aftermath of the events aren't fully explored. But I feel like those things would be best suited for another fanfiction. This story was mainly about Gohan and Videl's relationship, and the Buu Saga. Those two things are now resolved. However, that doesn't mean Videl's story is over. Far from it. There are two fanfic ideas I have that take place after this one. Semi-sequels, you could say. Some ideas will be fully explored there.
Gohan and Videl watch the Cell Games - what better way to do emotional therapy then doing it together! Gohan and Videl have to face the truth - Gohan about him being responsible for his father's death and Videl seeing the evidence of just how outclassed her father was. Keep in mind, this isn't just them watching the Goku/Gohan vs Cell fight on Youtube. They're watching the Cell Games footage. That is, the cameraman trying to capture the fights with Cell, with the announcer and Mr. Satan providing commentary in the background. And Gohan and Videl would pause the footage if there was something they needed to talk about. It wouldn't be that long. Maybe 2-3 long chapters.
Second Chances - original material! After the Buu Saga, Gohan is struggling to find his place in the world. His father is back, everyone at school knows his secret identity, and even Videl is acting strange. And now he's become involved in a mystery about stolen documents from Capsule Corp. But those documents are...blueprints for the Androids? Focused on Gohan, but Videl will still be a major character. She even gets some chapters from her perspective. I'm trying to make this a little different to DBZ other fanfics - there isn't much fighting until the end, and even then, it becomes more of an ideological battle than a physical one. I'm also trying to make Gohan an actual CHARACTER with real flaws, rather than some perfect superhero. I've noticed attempts to rewrite Gohan to make him a 'better' character often make him incredibly bland. Or some generic badass.
I also have two ideas for fanfictions that aren't related to Only Human. The first is about 12-year-old Pan and her attempts to become a Super Saiyan. Is it possible for her to transform? And, if so, how will everyone react? A lot of family fluff, focusing on the relationship between Pan and Bra.
My last idea is Bulma's diary, that she writes during the first arc of Dragon Ball. She might whip it out during other events in Dragon Ball, like the tournaments. And who knows? Maybe she'll take it to Namek!
If any of those ideas sound interesting, tell me in the reviews! Or PM me. And tell me if you have any other ideas you want me to consider writing a fanfic for. I'm open to requests.
In all honesty, I'm probably going to publish Second Chances at some point. I've already started writing it. But perhaps I might publish some other, shorter stories in the meantime. Because it'll be a while before I start publishing it. I want to make sure a significant amount of it is done before I start. That way I know I won't put it on hiatus halfway through and disappointing everyone.
Just keep in mind, I don't think I want to make a typical Gohan/Videl romance fic. Or a typical highschool fic. There's PLENTY of that stuff around, especially the high school fics. Let's put it this way: I don't think I can write pages about Gohan and Videl talking about how much they love each other. I just can't take myself seriously when writing stuff like that. It doesn't feel real.
So, thanks for reading! I hope to see you soon!