Author's Note/Foreword: "I'm back baby." lights cigar

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Bulma sighed as the phone rang, interrupting her study of a shard of the fortress Angel. She dug around the papers covering her table until she finally found the cordless phone. Damn, she thought. I'm really getting sloppy.

"Hello, Capsule Corp. Main Lab. Bulma speaking. No, Eva's not here. Yeah, she normally has lessons today, but I gave her the day off. May I take a message?"

She quickly grabbed a pen and a random sheet of paper and jotted the phone number down.

"All righty. And what did you say your name was?"

The speaker replied, and Bulma dropped the phone.

Plan B

"Eva?" Trunks called as he wandered around the wilderness surrounding the Son house. "Eva, you around?"

"Up here, Trunks," came the reply. The teenage girl was sitting on a ledge, staring off into space. "How'd you find me? I got my Ki as low as it'll go."

"Oh come on," Trunk said as he floated up and then sat next to her. "You know we know you better than that."

"And you know I always pick a new spot when someone figures out the old one."

Trunks chuckled. "Which is why I've been looking for over an hour. What's up, kid?"

"Don't call me that."

Trunks nodded, and the two sat in silence for a few minutes.

"What did your mom tell you?" Eva asked, still staring off into space.

"Just that you probably needed a friend right about now."

She nodded. "Someone called to offer their condolences about Daddy passing away."

"Well, I can see why--"

"It was Makoto."

Silence.

"You mean that asshole who…"

"Treated me like shit and left me for some scank in America, yeah."

"Guy must balls of steel to even pretend to be…"

"Trunks?"

"Yeah?"

"I…I'm not sure he was pretending…I think he actually cares…"

"WHAT!"

Eva winced. "Well, why else would he call?"

"Eva, do you remember how you met the guy in the first place?"

"What that got to do with anything?"

"It was the anniversary of your Mom's death. You had a huge fight with your Dad and bolted off to cry somewhere."

"Yeah, and he comforted me 'cause you guys couldn't find me!"

"Exactly. And every time you wanted to do something with us, he used that to guilt you into going out with him instead."

She sighed. "During which he didn't do anything but try to get to second and third base…"

"Guy was worse than Roshi."

"He wasn't that bad…"

"Eva."

"I know, I know! But…he really was there for me…"

"Only when you were down and vulnerable. When you told him about your perfect test scores, he didn't give a rat's ass. Me and Goten took you out to celebrate."

"…and he took his sweet time to call when Daddy's death has been on all the world news…"

"Scank probably dumped him."

"Yeah…"

Another silence.

"Thanks for talking some sense into me, Brief."

"Anytime Stone. Or is it Son now?"

Eva made a face of mock disgust. "God no! That means I'm related to Goten!" She pretended to shutter.

Trunks laughed.

"Speaking of Goten," Eva said, growing serious. "Don't tell him about the call, okay?"

Trunks raised an eyebrow.

"If you do, he's likely to jet to America and atomize the guy."

"Can't say I'm not tempted to do the same thing."

"Me either, but he's just not worth it. Energy better spent sparring, y'know?"

Trunks smiled. "Point made. All right. Consider my lips sealed."

Eva smiled back and wrapped her arms around him in an embrace.

The Lookout:

"I don't know Goku," Piccolo said. "She seems fine now."

"Yeah, now," Goku said as he paced. "Goten tells me she was laughing right before the last attack, and we all saw how she acted during and afterwards."

"But we'll need those wishes to restore everything the Angels have destroyed."

"But who knows how long it'll take to destroy them all," Gohan offered. "Plus, each one has gotten tougher, or had some kind of advantage. Brick was able to see the first one's weakness as soon as he transformed."

"And we could really use his firepower," Goku added.

Vegeta hmphed. "I'm afraid I agree with Kakarott on this one. The girl hasn't been herself and Rokkon is one of our strongest warriors."

Piccolo sighed. "All right. I concede that wishing Brick back to life would be a wise strategic move and would be good for the girl's mental health, but why does Goku have to be the one to go?"

" 'Cause I'm the only one who can teleport besides Eva, and she's likely to get so excited that she words the wish wrong and end up with a bunch of rocks."

Piccolo sighed again and nodded. "Fine, but hurry back."

"You got it!" Goku grinned. "I'm off, and when I'm back, I'll give Eva the best souvenir ever!"

"That's WONDERFUL!"

Everyone jumped in surprise and spun around just in time to see Eva, dressed her in battle suit, glomp onto Goku and squeeze him tightly.

"What are you doing here girl!" Vegeta cried.

"I wanted to spar with you or Goku 'cause Trunks and Goten kept whining that I use my force field," Eva replied. "But this is even better!" She moved from hugging Goku to hugging Vegeta faster than the eye could blink.

"Guess we don't need to ask how much she heard," Gohan sighed as he sweatdropped.

Piccolo was about to say something but was cut off when Eva suddenly started hugging him. "Knock it off!" he yelled as he pushed her away.

Eva did stop hugging, and instead started dancing around happily with the biggest grin on her face.

"Well, I'd better be off," Goku sighed. "Be back soon."

And with that, be pressed his fingers to his forehead and was gone.

"Souvenirs! Souvenirs!" Eva sang happily as she danced. She then suddenly stopped, looking off into space. Her expression turned grim. "Of course," she muttered as she activated the lancer retrieval device.

"An Angel?" Gohan asked.

"Yes," Piccolo replied, following Eva's glance. "How did you know?"

"Does it matter?" Eva asked as she caught her lancer. "Let's go!"

The Sacred World of the Kais:

"Brick, I realize you're excited about the idea of being restored to life, but the halo will remain until the wish is granted."

"Less talking more pulling!"

Earth:

Damn, Eva thought as she, Gohan, Vegeta and Piccolo approached the desolate island where the Angel awaited them. These things just get uglier and uglier.

The creature slowly walking out of the ocean and onto the shore was just barely recognizable as humanoid. In fact, it reminded Eva of Pan's old finger painting portraits. IE: A giant smear with offshoots that served as arms and legs. It was mostly black, with only two real exceptions. One, of course being the bright red core in the center of what passed for its torso. The other was a stone like circle a few feet above the core. It was shaped like a Yin Yang, only gold and silver rather than black and white. The Yin Yang's gold and silver "dots" blinked like eyes as the Angel looked up in their general direction. As the fighters slowed to a hovering halt, Eva was relieved to see that, unlike the ones before it, this Angel couldn't be more than 10 feet tall.

Eva looked away from the Angel when she felt other power levels approaching. Goten and Trunks finally arrived, looking embarrassed for being late. She was slightly surprised to see Krillin, Tien and Yamcha arrive as well.

"Didn't think we were gonna let you guys have all the fun, did you?" Yamcha said with a smirk.

"Believe me Yamcha," Krillin said, "the last one was anything but fun."

"You humans may as well leave now," Vegeta growled. "Let the real warriors handle this."

"Not so fast Vegeta," Piccolo said. "We don't have Goku this time. We could use all the power we can get."

"Where is the big guy anyway?" Krillin asked.

"New Namek by now," Gohan said. "He's gonna wish Brick back to life."

Eva smiled despite herself. "Besides Uncle Veggie," she said. "Didn't you say that the last time?"

Vegeta's arm tensed, soon followed by the rest of his body. "Well, we're standing around yakking like women just like last time! It's just standing there staring at us! Why aren't we killing it!"

"Good point," Eva said as she transformed to her Super Saiyan form and folded her lancer in half. "Let me go fix that!"

Ignoring the shouts for her to wait, Eva charged forward, her lancer held like a sword above her head. The Angel looked up and blinked just in time to be sliced right down the middle.

"Well I'll be damned," Goten said, blinking himself.

Eva floated above the remains, lancer causally resting on her shoulder and a smug expression on her face. "A fight should be clean and elegant without waste."

"Never thought I'd hear a Saiyan say that," Yamcha muttered.

"She's not just Saiyan," Trunks said in a slightly mocking tone. "She's Madar."

"The halves are moving!" Krillin shouted suddenly.

"Wha…?" Eva said, looking down. Indeed, the two halves were shuddering as if they were still alive. "But I cut right through the core…"

The two halves suddenly morphed into two slightly smaller versions of the Angel, one silver and the other gold. The two new Angels stood up straight, revealing two glowing and very much intact cores.

"Crap!" Eva called out raising her force field just in time to block a strike from the gold creature. However, she was unable to move fast enough to evade a strike from the silver one, which quickly attacked from behind.

The other Z Fighters wasted no time, attacking before the girl even had time to cry out. By the time she had righted herself, chaos ruled the island. The Angels moved with impossible speed, even by their standards. She dodged a punch from the gold one at the same time the silver one sent Yamcha and Tien sailing out of control.

"I think we're in trouble," she whispered.

The Sacred World of the Kais:

"No shit," Brick whispered as he watched his daughter and friends get wailed on by the Angelic duo. "Dammit! Why am I still dead?"

"Patience, Brick," Shin said. "There are many factors to consider. You of all people should know about Goku's...absent mind--"

"Yeah," Brick growled. "I also know that he can grow a brain when he really needs to. What I don't know is what's going on with my daughter! How did she know about the Angel? Or that force field of hers?"

"Well, I think I can answer most of your questions in that area," said a new voice. A voice that caused Brick's blood to suddenly run cold.

"Ah, Kibito," Shin said happily. "You've returned with our new guest."

"No," Brick snarled spinning around to face the newcomer. "What the hell are you doing here?"

Earth:

Vegeta was a bullet, slamming into the golden Angel with a force that shook the very island. Even if the creature had been sentient enough in the first place, there was no way for it to know what had hit it. Somehow, over the Saiyan's screams of rage and the Angel's roars of pain, the other Z Fighters thought they heard the sound of the core cracking.

However, weather they did or not soon proved irrelevant as the silver Angel grabbed Vegeta by the hair and ripped him away from its other half. It then slammed the Saiyan Prince into the ground, cracking the very Earth. Vegeta was motionless as his hair faded from gold to black.

Gohan soared over to check on his comrade only to be greeted what passed for the golden Angel's fist. As her adopted brother went sailing past, Eva charged, her lancer fully powered and raised to strike, only for her to stop short.

Eva watched in shock as the golden Angel's core, which had indeed been cracked by Vegeta's assault, slowly sealed itself back together. "No fucking w--"

Her vulgarity was cut off when the silver creature's eyes flashed, engulfing her in blinding white light. The attack sent her reeling out of control until she crashed hard onto the beach, which proved fortunate as the sand smothered the flames.

"You all right Eva?" Krillin asked as he limped over to the girl.

"I'll live," she muttered as she sat up, holding her bleeding head. "Dammit, nothing we do seems to hurt these things. Thing. Whatever!"

"Well actually," Krillin said, pointing upwards.

Curious, Eva followed the human's gesture, and her eyes doubled in size.

Trunks and Goten were each facing off against one of the Angels, and each holding their own without any trouble. "What the...?"

"I guess it sort of makes sense," Krillin said as he watched the ariel ballet. "After all, their blows haven't really felt that powerful. They're just crazy fast! They nail us before we can even aim a punch."

"But then why are those two holding their own?" Eva asked. "They aren't as fast as Gohan or Vegeta...Of course!"

" 'Of course' what? Hey watch the hair!"

Eva grabbed Krillin by the head and shoved his face closer to the battle. "Look at those two!" she shouted, indicating Trunk and Goten. "They're each making the exact same move at the exact same time!"

"Yeah, it's a result of their Fusion training," Krillin said. "You can let go of me anytime now."

"But think about it! Never once have the Angels gotten in each other's way! While Tien is now out of commission because you and Yamcha didn't see him get it the way of your attacks."

"Oh sure bring that up..."

"The Angels are in perfect sync with each other. Itself. Whatever! But so are Trunks and Goten!"

Krillin grinned as he realized what he meant. "So all we have to do is sit back and stay out of the way and those two will take care of this guy for us!"

"Yes!" Eva cheered, pumping her fist into the air.

Just then, the two Saiyan teens hit their respective targets with a powerful snap kick. The two Angels collided with each other, but instead of impacting and falling away, there was a disgusting squishing sound. Next thing either of the two teens knew, the original, larger Angel grabbed each of them by the head and bashed their skulls together with a deafening impact.

"Dammit," Eva sighed as she let got of Krillin, who immediately fell face first into the sand.

Sacred World of the Kais:

"I repeat," Brick snarled, "what the hell are you doing here?"

The attractive young woman closed her calming blue eyes and titled her head to the side. "Well, Shin invited me of course," she replied. Her ebony hair was grown in such a way that her soft face was framed by her bangs.

Brick instantly turned his glare to the Supreme Kai. "You what?"

"I invited Yui to join us here and watch the events on Earth," Shin replied.

"Why?" Brick yelled, stomping toward the smaller purple man. "Do you have any idea what this thing is!"

"Yes, I do," Shin replied, his eyes narrowing at the Saiyan. "And she has much right to be here as you. Eva is her daughter too, after all."

Both Shin and Brick glared at each other, not saying a word for several long minutes. Eventually, Brick turned his heated gaze toward his former wife, who continued to smile warmly in return. No one said a word.

Finally, Brick returned his attention back to the crystal ball and resumed watching the battle in silence.

Earth:

"Fuck. Fuck! FUCK!" Eva cried as she deflected several blows from the silver half of the Angel with her force field before knocking it back with a deluxe sized Ki attack. "We beat the big one and it splits. Goten and Trunks start to win against Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb and they mush back together! It's really starting to piss me off!"

"Maybe Piccolo can split himself in half," Krillin suggested as he hurled a Destructio Disk at the golden Angel, and missed by a mile. "That way--"

"No good!" Piccolo retorted as he leapt over a blow from the silver half. "My strength and speed would be cut in half, and even then, I'm not nearly as in synch as this thing is."

The Namekian unleashed a Special Beam Cannon. The attack hit the silver half's core dead on, but unfortunately sent it flying directly into its golden counterpart, causing the two to become one once again. The Angel immediately joined its blobs of fists together and delivered a joined uppercut that sent Piccolo flying out of sight over the horizon.

"That's it," Eva whispered as the Angel turned its attention to beating on Yamcha. "This thing is it's most powerful when it's together. Fused!"

"I see what you mean," Gohan said, watching as Goten and Trunks attacked from either side, rescuing Yamcha, but putting themselves in jeopardy. "But if they fuse and it splits, they'd be outnumbered."

"Dammit!" Eva cursed. "Why must there always be a problem!"

She, Krillin and Gohan then scattered as the Angel slammed into the ground where they had been moments before. It was about to give chase when it was hit by Trunks and Goten hurling Ki blasts from above. It batted most of the attacks aside, leaving it distracted and allowing Eva to come up from beneath it and slice it neatly up the middle with her charged lancer. Of course, this simply allowed for another separation. However, before the halves could make a move against their opponents, the two Saiyan teens came down on them, their knees slamming into what one would assume was their face.

While the Angel was regaining itself, the teens landed and unleashed a massive hail of energy blasts, keeping it further off balance.

"Don't think any of us expected them to use their training like this," Gohan said as his brother and friend began doing a series of backward flips to evade the Angels' return fire.

"Yeah," Krillin nodded. "But how long can they keep it up before they merge again?"

"I don't know," Eva said, the worry obvious in her voice. "There's gotta be a way to beat this thing. There's gotta..."

"The face..."

The three Z Fighters turned around to see Tien weakly pulling himself onto his hands and knees. "It's face," he repeated. "Watch it when they join..."

As if on cue, the other turned back to the battle just as Goten and Trunks delivered a spinning kick that sent the Angels back into each other, and back into one body.

Quickly taking to the air for a better view, Eva saw it, but barely. Where the Angel's Yin Yang-like circle had been when they first saw it, was an empty hole. Then, almost too fast to see, the silver half moved back into place, followed immediately by the gold.

"I don't believe it," Eva muttered as she disappeared and reappeared back by Krillin and Gohan. "Did you guys catch that?"

"Yeah," Gohan nodded, watching the Angel attack the two Super Saiyans with a vengeance. "The eye or whatever it is locked back into place when they re-joined."

"Now that you mention it," Krillin said, "I thought I saw that thing retract just before Eva's lancer hit..."

"And you didn't think to tell us before now!" Eva demanded, glaring at the monk.

"It's fast," Tien said, forcing himself to his feet. "I barely caught it myself."

"The question now becomes," Gohan said, "now that we know, what do we do? It seems to have caught on that our boys are the biggest threat and probably won't let itself be separate till they're out of the picture."

"Maybe," Eva said slowly, "we don't want it to separate..."

"What are talking about!" Krillin shouted. "Of course we do! The big one is crazy strong! We only stand a chance against the little two!"

"But it's like I said before," Eva insisted. "It's stronger when it's fused! And so are the biggest threat!"

"So if we find a way to stop it from separating," Gohan said as the realization dawned on him.

"And give Goten and Trunks time to perform the Fusion Dance," Krillin continued.

"Right!" Eva nodded.

"Well, you guys need to get to work," Yamcha said as he pulled himself out of the sand. " 'Cause our boys are getting their asses beat."

"On it!" Krillin shouted as he ignited his white aurora and took off. He collided head first with the Angel, which was knocked back by the unexpected assault. However, it didn't take long for it to recover and return the favor. It stomped Krillin into the ground, and when it raised its foot back up, the human did not move.

"Let's go Tien!" Yamcha shouted before going to avenge his smaller friend.

"Right behind you!" Tien replied before taking off as well.

"Go give them a hand!" Eva commanded. "I'll go fill in the guys!"

"Right!" Gohan shouted. He crashed into the Angel just as it had finished using the last two human fighters as symbols. It moved to punch him in the face, but he ducked under the blow and kicked it hard in the side.

"You guys okay?" Eva asked as her two best friends struggled back to their feet, their hair back to its original colors.

" 'Tis but a scratch," Goten said lamely as he nearly lost his balance.

"Yeah, I've had worse," Trunks nodded. "Can't think of any right now, but..."

"This isn't the time to show off how macho you aren't!" Eva shouted, catching them both off guard. "You guys need to get some space and perform the Fusion Dance now!"

"Are you nuts!" Goten insisted. "I mean yeah, Gotenks is strong but if that thing splits again--"

"Don't worry about that," Eva said, smirking. "I've got a plan."

"That's hardly comforting," Trunks muttered.

"Shut up," she growled. "Now, both of you, dance like you want to win!"

She then flared her aurora and took her turn to bullet into the Angel just in the nick of time. She pulled her lancer back, and, charging it with as much power as she could spare, made to strike not the Angel's core, but the stone face.

However, even in its larger form, the Angel was still horribly fast. With a strange sound that was both a menacing roar and a startled screech, it knocked the lancer out of Eva's grip and the kicked her hard in the side. She was knocked into the sand, and before she could even think about getting back up, it was upon her.

Or it would have been, had four green Namekian arms not burst onto the scene and ensnared the creature's arms and legs.

Blinking in surprise, Eva stared as two Piccolos, one on each side of the Angel, struggled to hold the monster in place.

"Stop gawking!" the Namekians shouted in perfect unison. "Hurry up and do whatever it is you're going to do! I can't hold this thing much longer!"

"Right!" Eva shouted, recharging her Ki. No time to wait for the retrieval device, she thought as she instead sent the power into her open hand. With a scream, she leapt at the Angel and slammed her palm onto the Yin Yang.

Eva's scream was soon joined by the Angel's own as it convulsed and struggled harder. Finally, the beast let out a deafening roar and ripped free from the Piccolos' grip, using them as the bread for an Eva sandwich.

The three warriors collapsed in a heap onto the sand, Eva's hair fading to black and all of them tangled in the Piccolos' extended arms. Groaning, Eva looked up as a shadow fell over them and was greeted by the visage of the Angel, it's Yin Yang glowing red hot like molten lava.

Making another strange sound, this one a mixture of anger and satisfaction, it raised both of its fists into the air. It was about to bring them down on the helpless trio when it was knocked back by a blinding beam of golden energy.

"I'm baaaaaaack!"

New Namek:

One would think that with their village being the center of so many events significant to the fate of the universe, the members of a certain Namekian village would be used to people suddenly showing up out of no-where. However, the fact of the matter is that these said events are years, sometimes even over a decade, apart, giving the villagers plenty of time to move on and readjust to the status quo.

Therefore, it still startled the bejeezus out of more than a couple of them when Son Goku simply appeared smack dab in the center of the village during the middle of a festival celebration.

"Hiya!" the Saiyan said cheerfully, apparently oblivious to the fact many of the people he was greeting were clutching their chests.

"Hey!" one of the villagers suddenly shouted. "That's Son Goku!"

"The legendary hero that destroyed Frieza?" another asked.

"It is him! He has returned!"

It was then that the Namekians recovered from their initial shock and Goku received a brief glimpse into the life of a rock star.

"Whoa-whoa-whoa!" Goku shouted over the gathering crowd. "Gosh, I'm flattered you guys remember that after all this time, but I came by 'cause I really to ask your permission to use the Dragonballs..."

"Of course," chuckled a stout, elder Namekian as the crowd parted to allow him to reach the visitor. "You Earthlings never come by for a social call, do you?"

"Yeah, sorry," Goku said, rubbing the back of his head in embarrassment. "I know I should, but..."

"It's all right," the Elder said. "However, I'm afraid we cannot help you this time."

Goku blinked. "What?"

Earth:

Eva wasn't sure what surprised her more about the reborn Gotenks: how much he looked like a teenage version of the unconscious Saiyan Prince, or the fact he was so arrogant that he made Vegeta look hopelessly insecure.

"He's playing with it," she whispered as the Fusion casually dodged another of the Angel's attacks. "The arrogant son of two bitches is playing with it."

Aside from the initial attack to gain the Angel's attention, Gotenks had taken little to no actions against the creature. He had both taken or dodged every attack, even performed the standard "disappear and reappear behind the enemy," but the only time he made any kind of offensive move was when it tried to switch targets from him to one of the other disabled Z Fighters.

She would have destroyed the Angel herself, while it was distracted, if it weren't for the fact she had put so much energy into welding the Yin Yang together. As she was now, she doubted she could teleport, let alone fight.

Her comrades weren't in any better shape. Tien, Yamcha and Krillin were out cold and wouldn't be doing much of anything any time soon. Gohan and Vegeta were also unconscious, and while they were beginning to stir, it would be a while before they could rejoin the fight. And while Piccolo had been able to reform back into one body, his arms were still extended, tangled and just not wanting to right themselves.

The good news in all of this was that her theory seemed to be correct. Since welding the Yin Yang together, the Angel had not once split itself in two. It has paused several times as if it were attempting to do so, but taunts from Gotenks always sent it back into a berserker rage.

The bad news however, was that time was against them. Trunks and Gotenks would only remained fused for half an hour, and after they separated, it would be an hour before they could perform the dance again. From their previous battles, she knew the two boys didn't stand much of a chance against the Angel as individuals, and she doubted that she and the others would recover enough by then to put up any kind of a fight, let alone stall for an hour.

To make matters worse, Eva had no way of telling how much time Gotenks had left. She had passed out after his arrival and had no idea how long she bad been out before Piccolo had managed to shake her back into consciousness. Add that to the fact it felt like she had been watching the "battle" for hours, she was beginning to panic.

Okay, think, she thought. There has to be a way to motivate the stupid bastard. He's a Fusion, a combination of Trunks and Goten, and no one knows those two better than me. What can I do to appeal to those two...boys. Those teenage...hormonal...heterosexual...boys.

...Well, it's worth a shot.

"Hey Gotenks!" she cried. "You defeat that Angel in the next thirty seconds, and I'll give you a peek at my breasts!"

The Sacred World of the Kais:

"WHAT!"

Earth:

Gotenks stared down at Eva in shock, oblivious to the Angel's fist pressed hard against his cheek. "What...what did you say?"

"You destroy that thing in thirty seconds," Eva said seductively, "and I'll let you see what Goten and Trunks have only dreamed about."

"You mean it? You'll really let me see?"

"Thirty seconds," she replied, cradling her hands behind her head and putting out her chest suggestively. "Starting now."

Without another word, Gotenks vanished, causing the Angel to fall face first into the sand. Reappearing high above the island, the Fusion screamed, his aurora exploding to life and his hair blazing to gold. He screamed louder and his hair spiked. He screamed louder still and it was suddenly past his waist.

Eva blinked. "Holy shit."

The Angel climbed back to its feet, and Gotenks struck, coming down on the monster with a thunderous kick to the core. For a brief moment, time seemed to freeze as the impact gave tremendous shockwave and nearly knocked Eva and Piccolo off their feet. The two combatants then went crashing through the island, leaving a trail of destruction that practically ripped it in half. There was a tidal wave as they hit water followed by an explosion that forced Eva and Piccolo to shield their eyes before they were sent flying back several yards.

"God did that suck!" Eva shouted as she coughed up sand and weakly pushed herself off of the ground. She had just finished dusting herself off when Gotenks suddenly appeared in front of her, smirking. "Oh..."

"Twenty nine point ninety nine," he said smugly. "Pay up, sugar."

"Oh, all right," she said, giving the boy a smile. "A deal's a deal after all."

She held up her right wrist and was about to adjust her battle suit when there was another flash of light. When it faded, she was greeted with Trunk and Goten, who each stared back with looks of anticipation.

Thank God, she thought. Aloud, she said. "Oh well. Better luck next time boys."

"Huh?" the two said in unison. They then looked at each other. "Ah!"

She chuckled. "Maybe that'll teach your alter ego a lesson in time management."

"Now wait a second Eva!" Goten called.

"You said it yourself," Trunks said. "A deal's a deal."

"You're right," Eva nodded. "But I made a deal with Gotenks, not you two. Come talk to me in an hour." She then turned and began to walk away. "Till then you can keep dreaming."

New Namek:

"What do you mean you can't let me use the Dragonballs?" Goku asked. "Is this because I interrupted your festival?"

"It's not that," Mori replied. "Normally we'd be more than happy to summon the Dragon for you, but I'm afraid someone has beaten you to it."

"What do you mean?"

"Parunga has already been summoned, the wishes already made. Someone came to our village and made off with the Dragonballs like a thief in the night. By the time we realized what had happened, it was too late. We were able to recover the Dragonballs, but they were stone. We don't even know what wishes were made."

"When this happen?"

"Eight days ago."

That's more than a week, Goku repeated mentally. Before the first Angel even showed up. It's as if...it's almost as if someone wants to make sure Brick stays dead...

"Well," he said aloud, "that's just wonderful."

"I close my eyes when it gets too sad
I think thoughts that I know are bad
Close my eyes and I count to ten
Hope it's over when I open them
I want the things that I had before
Like a Star Wars poster on my bedroom door
I wish I could count to ten
Make everything be Wonderful again

I close my eyes when I go to bed and I
dream of Angels who make me smile
I feel better when I hear them say
'Everything will be Wonderful someday' "
–Everclear

End Credits:
April 15, 2005

I know, I know. "About time" right?

I don't what the deal was with this chapter. I tried ever trick I knew to get past my writer's block. I asked for help from my friends and fellow writers. I watched tons of DBZ and Evangelion Anime. I wrote future chapters for this saga. I wrote scenes for future sagas. I even wrote a Dragonball NGE "movie"! But every attempt to write this particular story yielded little to no results.

Then, a couple of days ago, I realized that I could probably have WordPerfect, Power DVD and Windows Media Player (with my Evanescence play list) all run at the same time. I also eventually remembered that I own and found the fourth volume of the Evangelion magna.

Needless to say it worked, and I now have the final Asuka/Shinji/7th Angel fight forever scorched into my brain.

Angel Visual Reference: Evangelion's 7th Angel, episode 9. If you watch only one Evangelion episode, this should be it. (At least, until I re-watch the series again and recommend another one...)

And yes, as a matter of fact I did have to work that line into the story.

Preview Of Next Chapter:
There is an old saying:
"If you want to make God laugh,
make plans."
It may seem cold and uncaring,
but the fact of the matter is that life cannot be mapped out on an itinerary.
Life is always moving, always changing.
Unpredictable.
Inevitable.
And if you spend all of your time trying to control it,
life just may pass you by.

Rite Of Passage