AN: How bizarre is this…I was putting the finishing touches on "Upturned Face" when this idea just jumped into my head, demanding to be typed out and posted on ff.net. And I don't usually disagree with those little impulses, cuz most of the time they turn out to be fairly correct. Onward! I don't own DBZ, but this little poem is mine, you hear me! All mine!!!!!

Unsung Hero

Do you remember the first time you died?

You were barely more than a child

It was doing a favor to your friend

Running back to gather a few things

He had carelessly left behind

It had been a long day and a long fight

And it was time for a celebration,

One you would not keep your friend from

You were doing something nice,

Offering a helping hand

And your friend found you dead

Dead on the floor

A trickle of blood stained the corner of your mouth

And the very things you had offered to run back for

Were taken, stolen by your murderer

It should not have been you, but it was…

~*~

Do you remember the second time you died?

It was on a distant planet, far away from Earth

Far away from home and friends

You went to this far off place called Namek

For a chance to bring your friends back to life

They were brutally murdered, just as you had been once

Doing a favor to friends in need, you would wish them back

You whole time there was spent protecting Gohan

Keeping an eye on the son of your best friend

Because he asked you to—another favor

And you died at the hands of a monster, a heartless beast

He slaughtered you without a second thought

Why? Why you?

For the whole journey, you had done two important things

You found the means to revive your murdered friends

And you protected your best friend's son

Sometimes against impossible odds and almost certain death

But you had promised, and you delivered until the end

Perhaps it should not have been you, but it was…

~*~

Do you remember the third time you died?

The white-tiled lookout spanned out around you

Your friends and family—yes, your family—gathered beside you

And the enemy, the Angel of Death, merely a stone's throw away

Desperate to protect your loved ones, you did what you could

Attacking when you knew you had no chance

Charging when you knew you were outclassed

And sacrificing to give your loved ones a chance to escape

You could hear them behind you, protesting

But this is your choice now

It you have to go this time, so be it

But be it on your terms, and your terms only

Death comes this time in the form of a blinding pink light

And you are gone, with only the last scream of your wife

Echoing in your ears

You don't know if they will escape

But you can only pray that they do

So walk into the light, and seek the heavens

Just as you have before

It didn't have to be you this time, but it was…

And that's how you wanted it

AN: This is dedicated to a character I don't usually write about. Krillen really is an unsung hero of DBZ. As I've pointed out, every time he dies, it's doing something for someone else. The first time is running back to get Goku's stuff from the tournament arena; the second is after he did another favor to Goku by watching out for Gohan during the entire Namek saga; finally, the third time was against Majin Buu, in a vain attempt to protect his family. So for anyone who doesn't appreciate him, SHAME ON YOU!!!! Thanks for reading, I hope I opened your eyes a bit. Hasta la pasta!