Vegeta sat there on the carpeted floor with Bulma in his arms stunned at what she just told him. Dying? Bulma? But she was so young. She wasn't even fifty. She hadn't even gotten a gray hair yet. She may have a few wrinkles around her eyes and mouth but that was it. She looked to be in good health as she kept her figure in tact. So how could she be dying?
Bulma pulled back enough to wipe the tears from her eyes. "I was diagnosed a year ago with this strange virus that attacks the body. It breaks everything down. Anybody can get it no matter how healthy they are."
"Like that heart virus Kakarot got?" Vegeta asked.
"Yeah, but this lasts longer and breaks down the body slower."
"Why didn't you tell me?"
"I didn't know how."
"What, you thought you would die and I wouldn't notice?" Vegeta asked angrily. He wasn't mad at her but the thought of her dying angered him. He couldn't believe it.
"I told you I didn't know how to tell you."
"A year ago when Gogeta first stayed here, we were talking on the phone and you were coughing. Did you have it then?"
"I was just diagnosed," Bulma answered.
"How long do you have to live now?"
"The doctor told me about six months now." She cried heavily again and buried her face in Vegeta's muscled chest. "This isn't fair."
"Do your parents know about this?"
"No, no one knows. I know Ami suspects something, though. Oh, Vegeta, how are we going to tell Trunks? How am I going to tell my fourteen-year-old son that I'm going to die? I'm going to miss him so much--his first date, his wedding. It's not fair, Vegeta. I want to see my son grow up."
Vegeta just held Bulma and allowed her to cry on him. He didn't know what else to do. His wife was dying and there nothing he could do about it unless…
"Bulma, what about the dragon balls? That can cure your illness."
Bulma shook her head. "I already thought of that. My dying is by illness, by natural cause, just like the future Goku and that heart virus. He couldn't be revived because it was a natural cause of death. There's nothing to save me. The doctors tried everything. There is no cure."
Vegeta held her closer knowing there was nothing to do now except prepare for the end and hold her. "It's gonna be all right."
"How is it going to be all right?! I'm dying!" Bulma screamed.
Vegeta allowed Bulma to take her emotions out on him. He didn't know what to say. What do you say to your dying wife? He didn't know what, so, he didn't say anything. He kept quiet and let her sob on him, no matter how wet his shirt was getting, until she fell asleep. Vegeta pulled Bulma off him and put her to bed. He pulled off his shirt that was wet from Bulma's tears. Now a lot of things were starting to make sense. Bulma hiring Ami, her coughing spells where Bulma excused it as she has a little cold or something got caught in her throat, and the pills she took she called vitamins. Why had he not noticed it before? It had been going on for nearly a year now.
'Maybe I did know, but chose to ignore it. I knew something wasn't right, but I didn't look into it probably because I didn't want to know.'
He had to deal with it now. As he was going to get in bed, he felt Trunks entering the house. Vegeta noticed that Bulma and Trunks were becoming close again. He wasn't going to ruin Trunks' fun today with the news of his mother dying. He had to tell him another time.
Vegeta and Bulma told Bulma's parents first. They were both shock at the news that their only child was dying. Vegeta and Bulma made sure Trunks was gone to Goten's house while they broke the news to her parents in case he stumbled upon them because Bulma and her parents had a lot to talk about.
They waited another day before they broke the news to their son. Vegeta and Bulma stood at the door of Trunks' bedroom. He was for once, cleaning up his room, not something the teenager likes to do. When he saw both his parents standing at his door, Trunks got the feeling something was wrong. For one thing, it was strange to see them together. He knew their relationship was getting better, but something wasn't right. His father didn't have any expressions on his face while his mother looked solemn.
"What's going on?"
They both walk him. Bulma sat in a chair while Vegeta kept quiet and stood by her. "Trunks, there's something you father and I have to tell you."
Trunks didn't like the sound of his mother's first. "What is it? Spill it."
"Trunks, about a year ago, I went to the doctor and I discovered that I have an illness. It's a virus and…it's not curable. I'm…" She held back her tears as best she could. "I'm going to die."
Trunks stood in place, unable to move at what he heard. "Die? You're going to die?"
"Yes, and I don't have long. I have six months."
Trunks grabbed his mother by her shoulders. "But you can't be dying. You're my mom. You're old, but you're not that old. You don't have gray hair."
Bulma embraced Trunks. "It doesn't always work that way, Trunks. People of all ages die. It can't be helped."
Trunks remembered how he was mad at his mother for having Gogeta killed he but didn't wish death on her. He didn't want her to die. He was already forming a relationship with his mother again and now she was going to die. He looked at her with desperate eyes. "We have the dragon balls. We can use that to cure you," Trunks explained desperately.
Bulma shook her head. "It can't be done. The dragon can't stop anyone from dying of a natural cause. My illness is a natural cause. I don't want this but I have no choice." She placed a comforting hand on his face. "You're going to be all right. I've died before. It wasn't that bad," she said trying to cheer her son up.
"But you weren't gone forever. This time you will be."
"Not really. Just until you die and then we will be together again. I know that will seem a long time, but it will fly," Bulma explained trying to make the best of the situation.
"That doesn't make it better," Trunks said smartly.
"Quiet, Trunks! Your mother is trying to make the best of this situation!" Vegeta argued.
Trunks started to get mad at his father but then relented. He couldn't help but get mad because his mother was dying but he had no right to get mad in front of her since she was trying to make the best out of the situation.
"I'm sorry. What are we going to do?" Trunks asked.
"Spend the rest of our time together and prepare. That's all we can do. That's all I want now."
"We're gonna get you this time, Dad!" Gogeta said.
"Yeah, right," Goku said confidently as he dodged a punch from Gogeta and a kick from Goten.
The three were sparring several yards of their home. It was Gogeta and Goten vs. Goku and the two sons were losing to their father. Not a big surprise considering Goku was the strongest warrior in the universe. They have been training and sparring for, well, they didn't know how many hours now. Whenever they fight together, they lose track of time.
"Ow!" Gogeta grunted as Goku punched him in the face and a grunt came from Goten as Goku kicked him in the stomach and knocked him to the ground.
"Yeah, all right. I won again!" Goku cheered. "You guys almost had me this time."
Goten sat up, not believing what his father said. "Yeah, right."
Gogeta was more cheerful with his defeat. "That's okay. I'll get you next time, Dad!"
Goku laughed at the cheerfulness of his son. He had a strong fighting spirit in him. Whenever he was knocked down, he still got up and was determine to win. Goku frowned when he saw Chi-Chi approaching and she wasn't looking happy. "Uh-oh."
Goten looked behind his Dad and saw his Mom approaching. He snickered. "I think you lost this time, Dad. We're supposed to be home a couple of hours ago."
Goku slapped his forehead. That's right. Goku and his sons left after breakfast and Goku told Chi-Chi they were going to come back before one and it was, well he didn't know what time it was but judging by the look of his wife's face, he went over the time.
"Mom looks mad," Gogeta noted seeing his Mom approach.
"Hey, honey, how are you?" Goku said sweetly as Chi-Chi approached them.
Chi-Chi marched to Goku and stopped. Her fists were clenched and anger flashed in her eyes. Goku knew he was in a lot of trouble. Instead of attacking Goku, Chi-Chi did something unexpected. She calmly knelt to Gogeta and dusted him off.
"Look at you--all sweaty and dirty." She looked at Goten. "You're the same way, Goten. Take your little brother in the house and get both of yourselves cleaned up."
Goten looked surprise for a moment. His mom didn't raise her voice at Dad. "Oh, sure," he said still not certain of his mother's behavior. He got up and took his little brother's hand. "Come on, Gogeta."
Chi-Chi waited for her sons to enter the house before she turned back to Goku. "Goku, remember what you said this morning that you were going to bring the boys back by one so they can do their schoolwork?"
"Uh, yeah," Goku said nervously as he rubbed the back of his head.
"It's three o' clock, Goku! You and the boy have been fighting for five hours!"
"I'm sorry," Goku apologize. "I lose track of time when I fight. You know that."
Chi-Chi folded her arms and glared at Goku. "I agree to let the boys fight. I even train Goten myself because I wanted him to know how to fight like his father, but I want them to get an education. They can't make a living off fighting."
"They love to fight. Gogeta likes it more than Goten," Goku said trying to placate his wife. "I remember you used to like fighting, too."
"That was before I became a mother. I don't have time to fight. If I didn't cook and clean for you all… Ugh!" She threw her hands up in frustration. "I don't want to imagine it," Chi-Chi groaned.
Goku laughed. "We would've been okay," he said.
Chi-Chi rolled her eyes at that. "Yeah, right." She stepped closer and smiled him. "Hmm, you're sweaty and you smell. You should take a shower, too."
"Okay," Goku said cheerfully before he sent Chi-Chi mischievous grin. "Wanna join me?"
Chi-Chi's faced turned red at Goku's suggestion. "Goku!"
"What?" He asked as if he didn't say anything wrong.
She smirked. "You're not as innocent as you lead people to believe."
"We took a bath in the barrel last week," Goku said as if it wasn't a big deal.
"That was after the boys were asleep and I wouldn't call what happened that night taking a bath," she said giving Goku a knowing look. "Besides, this is broad daylight and our sons are awake."
Goku scooped Chi-Chi in his arms suddenly and smothered her with kisses, rubbing his sweat and dirt on her. Chi-Chi squealed, laughing and tried to push Goku away as he rubbed his sweat on her. He looked at her with a wicked look.
"Now you'll have to take that shower with me."
Chi-Chi smacked Goku playfully as they headed for the house. When they entered their home, they saw Goten hanging up the phone looking sad.
"Goten, what's wrong?" Chi-Chi asked.
"That was Trunks. He said Bulma's dying."
Goku and Chi-Chi froze in place. "Bulma's dying?" They said together.
"Trunks said she got a virus a year ago and was diagnosed. They doctors did everything they could. She has six months now."
Chi-Chi gasped in shock. "I suspected she was sick, but not anything like this. That explains the way she looked, too. Poor Trunks. He's going to go the rest of his life without his mother."
"How's Vegeta taking it?" Goku asked his son.
"Trunks said Vegeta's not saying anything." Goten then remembered he left Gogeta in the bathroom when he went to answer the phone. "I gotta go check on Gogeta. I left him playing in the tub. He probably got water everywhere." He quickly left the room.
Chi-Chi turned to Goku. "I didn't expect this. It really put things in perspective, doesn't it? Bulma isn't that many years older than me. To die so young. I wonder what's going through her mind."
"She's probably gonna try to get everything in for her last days. I know with Cell, I had a good feeling I would die and so I spent the last days with you and Gohan because in the end, fighting wasn't all the important to me. It was my family. Bulma's probably realizing the same thing," Goku explained.
"I guess I will go to her then. She has changed. I don't want to die knowing I didn't try to make peace with her, learn why she did all she did. She is dying. This will be my only chance."
Gogeta sat at a desk in Trunks room coloring in his coloring book he brought over. Trunks wanted Gogeta to come to Capsule Corp and the little boy got his older brother to color with him. The two spent their time coloring and talking. Trunks had left the room to bring them some snacks.
"Coloring. Coloring. Coloring," Gogeta sang. "I like coloring."
Vegeta was walking down the hall to his room when he heard a singing voice as he passed Trunks' room. It sounded like Gogeta. He opened the door and saw his son sitting at a table coloring. He didn't know he was here at the house.
"What are you doing here?" Vegeta asked as he stepped in the room.
Gogeta looked back and saw Vegeta. "Hi, Vegeta. I'm coloring. Wanna join me?" He invited.
"I don't color," Vegeta said brashly.
"You don't color?" The five-year-old said as if that was the craziest thing he had ever heard. "You're strange. Everybody color!" he said cheerfully lifting his coloring book and crayons.
"What's so special about coloring?" Vegeta said looking down at the coloring book.
"You can turn a plain paper into different colors. Look!" he said pointing at a picture of a dinosaur he colored teal.
"Dinosaurs aren't teal," Vegeta told Gogeta.
"I know, but Mommy said I can colored it whatever I wanted."
Vegeta sat in the empty seat besides Gogeta. "It's a child's activity. Men do not color."
"My Daddy colors with me."
'Kakarot has the mind of a carrot,' Vegeta thought. 'Head's shaped like one, too,' he thought and chuckled at his own joke.
"What's so funny?" Gogeta asked.
Vegeta looked at Gogeta who was looking at him confused. "Nothing."
"If it's nothing, they why did you laugh?"
Vegeta kept himself from rolling his eyes. He was just like Goku, always asking questions. "Something you wouldn't understand."
Gogeta stared at Vegeta as if he was trying to figure out what Vegeta was laughing about. He shrugged as if giving up and went back to his coloring. "Grown ups sure are strange." He tore a page from his coloring book and put it in front of Vegeta with a box of his crayons. "You're coloring with me."
Vegeta blinked in surprise. The child was giving him an order? "I told you. I don't color."
"You need to," Gogeta said as he colored a dog's ears red. He grabbed a green crayon and colored the tail green. "Now color."
He didn't order him to, but Vegeta got the feeling Gogeta was but in a kind way. 'He does have some of me in him,' Vegeta thought.
Vegeta looked at the paper. Before him was a picture of vegetables in a garden, ranging from squashes, cucumbers, tomatoes, to onions, carrots, radishes, broccoli and lettuces. At the top of the picture was a man in a cape and crown acting as if he was Lord over the vegetables. 'Is this some kind of stupid joke? What kind of idiot rules over vegetables?' He took out an orange and begin coloring the carrot. 'Thank Kami, I'm not at Kakarot's house. That dolt would get out his video camera. I can't believe that I, a Saiyan Prince, coloring with a five year old.'
"Vegeta, can I ask you a question?" Gogeta asked now using a blue to color the body of the dog.
"How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?"
Vegeta stopped his coloring and blinked. "What are you talking about? What's a tootsie roll center?"
Gogeta looked at Vegeta confused. "You mean you don't know?"
"No, I don't," Vegeta said taking a fuchsia crayon and coloring the radishes that were by the carrots in the picture. He was getting annoyed by the fact that a child knew something that he didn't.
Gogeta resumed coloring. "My Dad and I saw this commercial on TV where this little boy was asking a turtle and owl how many licks it took to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop. The turtle didn't have any teeth so he told the boy to ask the owl. The owl took two licks and bit the candy off and said three. Then this voice appeared and asked how many licks it took to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop and he said the world would never know. So, I asked my Daddy and he said he didn't know. When my Mommy and Daddy went to the store and they bought a bag of tootsie rolls so we can figured out how many licks it took."
'Oh, good Kami,' Vegeta thought.
"Mommy forgot how many licks because she was making dinner. Goten, Daddy and I tried it. After twenty licks, Goten ate the candy. Daddy and I forgot we were suppose to be counting and ate it. When Gohan and Videl came over, they tried but after forty licks, they gave up and ate the candy like the owl did. So, do you know?"
Vegeta couldn't believe he was listening to this. "No, I don't, Gogeta. I never ate it."
Trunks came in holding a load of food in his arms for him and Gogeta. He didn't see his father since the food was blocking his view until he put the food on another table and then saw his father coloring with Gogeta. He had to bite his lip to not laugh. Vegeta sent Trunks a death glare. Trunks knew to keep quiet. If he didn't, well he was going have to do five thousand one hand pushups upside down at 1,000 thousand times Earth's gravity.
'It'll be worth it,' he thought. Trunks sat at the table with his Dad and brother. "I didn't know you like coloring, Dad. You are a softy," he snickered.
"Quiet, boy," Vegeta ordered.
"Come on, Trunks," Gogeta said tearing off a paper and handing it to Trunks. "Let's color."
"Sure," Trunks said. He looked at his Dad coloring from the corner of his eye and snickered again. Vegeta growled at Trunks, shutting him up.
Gogeta didn't understand them as he was too drawn into his coloring. "My Mommy and Daddy told me about Bulma. I'm sorry she's dying."
"Thanks," Trunks said.
"I like to color when I'm sad. I feel happy when I do and I thought if you color it'll make you happy. Does it?"
"Yeah, it cheered me up a bit," Trunks said ruffling Gogeta's hair, smiling thoughtfully at Gogeta's attempt to cheer him and his father up. "Right, Dad?" He smirked at his Dad waiting for him to answer.
"No," Vegeta said and Trunks kicked Vegeta in the shin. Vegeta winced and glared at Trunks. Trunks sent him a glare telling him to be nice to Gogeta. "I guess so." Vegeta glared at Trunks. 'I'm going make him do an extra thousand pushups for that.'
Chi-Chi walked in Capsule Corp. This was the first time in a long time she had been to this place. It looked the same as was the last time she was there. Gogeta on the other hand has been there plenty of times. Chi-Chi was there to pick him up and talk to Bulma.
Mrs. Briefs walked into the foyer carrying fresh flowers in a pot. She almost dropped her pot, seeing Chi-Chi. "Oh, Chi-Chi, you're here? What a surprise? What are you doing here?"
"I've come to say hello. I'm sorry about your daughter."
Mrs. Briefs frowned thinking about her daughter. "Thank you. That's so kind of you considering what my daughter did to your child."
Chi-Chi looked around nervously. "Where is Bulma?"
"She's upstairs in her room, talking with Ami. She's not feeling well today."
"Oh. Is it all right to see her?" Chi-Chi asked.
"Um, you're not going to punch her, are you?" Mrs. Brief asked nervously.
"No," Chi-Chi answered quickly.
"I guess you can see her. Her room is on the third floor three doors down on your right."
"Thank you," Chi-Chi said and headed up the stairs to see Bulma.
Bulma was sitting in bed and Ami was in a chair and the two were talking. Ami had taken up Bulma's request to move in with Capsule Corp. especially after learning about Bulma's illness. "I'm not sure I can handle this without you here, Bulma."
Bulma smiled. "You will do fine. You're very smart. I wouldn't have hired you and shown you all of what I shown if I didn't think you can do the job. Now, what I do advise of you is to change your attitude. You will have to be loud dealing with Vegeta and Trunks. If they keep seeing you being quiet and meek to them, they will try to rule you because they think they can. Don't let them think that. The only way to get any respect from them is argue, be firm and stand your ground."
Ami nodded. "I'll continue to run Capsule Corp. well like your father continues to do. I even have some ideas in mind that can expand the business." Their conversation was interrupted with a knock and then a soft voice calling Bulma's name whom Bulma recognized.
"Come in, Chi-Chi."
Chi-Chi entered the room. She saw Ami. "Oh, I didn't know you had a guest."
Ami rose from her seat. "I was just leaving. I'll talk to you later." She walked passed Chi-Chi and closed the door behind her.
Bulma sat up in bed. "I guess you heard."
"I did. I'm sorry."
Bulma looked at her surprised. "I'm surprised to hear you say that. I didn't know what you would say really," she said trying to figure out why Chi-Chi was here and then she figured it out. "You want closure don't you?"
"I do," Chi-Chi admitted quietly. "I don't want to go the rest of my life wondering about questions I wanted to ask you or go wondering if we could have ever made peace. For years, you were a friend. I don't want to die and I know you don't want to die not making peace."
Bulma nodded. "You're right. I don't. I don't know what else to say, Chi-Chi, other than I'm really sorry for what I did to Gogeta. Thinking about it, I realized it was a stupid thing to do. I should've confronted you, Goku and Vegeta about it than keep quiet with what I knew."
"Why did you do it, Bulma?" Chi-Chi asked. "I can understand your anger at Goku, Vegeta and me for not telling you the baby belongs to Vegeta too, but to kill the baby...I don't understand."
"I was selfish, upset. I was a lot of things. Chi-Chi, I knew Vegeta was attracted to you for years. I discovered it when he had a sex dream and he called your name." Chi-Chi looked surprised at the statement. "I was upset, but I knew you were still mourning Goku's death that you loved him and wouldn't betray him. I never trusted him with you. I should've come out to him about it but I didn't. I was afraid he would admit and leave me for you. You were single. Who knows what would've happen? Maybe you would've forgotten about Goku and went with Vegeta.
"Then the fusion came and you wanted Vegito to stay with you. I knew Vegeta would like you more if he stayed with you and then the child came. I was angry with Vegeta for liking you but I didn't want to believe he would cheat on me. He was my husband. I didn't want to think he did so I thought you seduced him."
"I guess I did in a way, but Goku was in control of the body at the time and it's been seven years for us and I saw him in Vegito everyday that it was becoming too hard for Goku and I to resist each other. He wanted to be with me and I wanted to be with him. It was that simple."
"I know," Bulma said regretfully. "So do I. I wanted to be with Vegito, but he rejected me. He chose you instead. I made a huge mistake and I don't know if it's a blessing or not because it led to Gogeta's birth."
"What are you talking about?"
"Well, I could've gone after the dragon balls and separate Vegito the exact time the Dragon balls were ready. I didn't. I waited. I told Vegito that I wanted him to be with me. I waited until he told me it wouldn't work and that was after the dragon balls were ready. Vegeta told me that you and Goku waited until you thought the fusion was permanent. You thought I was going to separate you but I didn't and assume it didn't work. It led the way for Gogeta to be born."
"I guess I should thank you then," Chi-Chi said. "Gogeta is a joy in my life. I love him as I do any of my sons. He's so sweet and innocent like Goku, but I do see Vegeta in him. Gogeta can be quite stubborn when things don't go his way. He's determine to defeat Goku. Just like Vegeta, but Goku was always excited to defeat an opponent stronger than him so it blends together nicely."
"Vegeta cares for him a lot doesn't he?" Bulma asked. "He doesn't really tell me. He just says he says he spars and talks to him, but I can tell he really likes the boy."
"We've videotape Vegeta with Gogeta. He doesn't like some of those pictures though. He hates being filmed. We're going to show them to Gogeta when he's older, when we think it's time he knows the truth. He wouldn't understand now as a child."
"He's going to look a lot like Vegito when he's older."
Chi-Chi nodded. "I agree."
"Anyway, Chi-Chi. I was full of anger that I decided to take it out on you because in some crazy way I felt you took him from me. I didn't fully realize the error of my ways until I went to a shrink. I guess Vegeta told you about that."
"Only after I asked what you were doing. He would never talk about his life here unless I asked him."
"He's always going to have a special place in his heart for you," Bulma noted sadly.
Chi-Chi frowned, understanding why Bulma was sad. "I'm really sorry, Bulma."
"It's okay. I've learned to deal with it and realize it's not your fault. My shrink has really helped me and showed me how spoiled, arrogant and rude I've been over the years. Vegeta and I have been working on rebuilding our relationship. I doubt it we would've ever gotten to where we were before this all happened. Maybe I should've made a wish to the dragon to remove everyone's memory of what I did," she joked. "Well, I guess the good thing about dying young is that I won't get old. I never wanted to picture myself with wrinkles and gray hair. I guess I avoided that now."
"Do you feel ill often?"
"Sometimes the days are bad, sometimes good. I cough a lot. I have to take pills and sometimes I stay in bed when I feel tired a lot. Over the past weeks, Vegeta's actually helpful. I guess it's because I'm sick and dying." Bulma said.
"It could be because he's showing his love for you."
"About time, don't you think?" Bulma joked.
Chi-Chi grinned. "Yes."
"Chi-Chi, I have a request."
"I want you to take care of Vegeta for me."
Chi-Chi blinked. "Huh?"
"Vegeta puts up this tough shell but beneath all that, he has genuine feelings. He really cares, but he keeps it buried in him. My dying has affected him. He's helping me out more, talking to me more. It's as if he's doing all he can to make my final days peaceful and try to make up for all the time he ignored me. I really appreciate what he's doing for me. If he really didn't love me, he wouldn't be doing this. He's even put off most of his training to assist me."
"Bulma, I don't think I--"
"Just talk to him sometimes and keep his mind on the right track. I want him to be happy," Bulma interrupted Chi-Chi. "I know you and Gogeta can do that. Please…it's my dying request."
Chi-Chi didn't know what to say. Should she or shouldn't she? It was her dying request. "I'll try."
"Thank you, Chi-Chi. I really appreciate this."
"You really helped the group out, Bulma. I wanted you to know that. Your son from the future saved my husband's life and I'll always be grateful to that. If it wasn't for you and your quest for the dragon balls, I never would've met Goku. I've never been so happy since I met him."
Chi-Chi sat on the bed and embraced Bulma. "I'm glad we had this talk. I'm glad we had finally made peace. It's sad that it took your illness to do it. I'm gonna miss you."
Bulma returned the hug. "Yeah, I know. I'm gonna miss you, Chi-Chi. You were a good a friend to me."
"What are you doing here?" Bulma laughed, seeing Yamcha entering the room holding a baby carriage. Sleeping in the carriage was his daughter, Talia.
"I came to see you that's why." Yamcha said putting the baby carriage in a chair. "Also I heard Chi-Chi came by here the other day. I came to check the damages of World War III."
"Ha. Ha." Bulma laughed dryly. She looked over at Yamcha's sleeping daughter. "Can I hold her?"
"Sure," Yamcha said taking his daughter out of the carriage. He gently put her in Bulma's arms. "So, what happened between you and Chi-Chi?"
Bulma ran her fingers through Talia's black hair that was coming out of her little hat. "We made peace and I'm glad. I didn't want to die without resolving our conflict. Talia sure does have a lot of black hair."
"I think she gets that good hair from both me, but she has her mother's eyes," Yamcha commented.
"She is a beautiful girl." She laughed a little. "I find it amazing that you are a father, Yamcha. I don't know. I guess I didn't think you would be one. I didn't think I would be one either, but I did."
Bulma looked up at Yamcha. "Remember when I came to your apartment after one of my appointments with Kaori, you told me that you had actually thought about marrying me and us having a kid. I wonder what our child would've been like."
Yamcha sat on the bed, thinking. "Hmm, well, if it was a boy-- strong and handsome like me." Bulma rolled her eyes amused. "If it was a girl--loud and annoying like you," he said with a grin.
Bulma scoffed, feigning hurt. "You're lucky I'm holding your baby otherwise I'll bop you on the head." She held his daughter up for him to take back.
Yamcha took his daughter out of Bulma's arms and put her back in the carriage. "In the end, it doesn't matter because we found our real partners and had our children." He looked at her with a warm smile. "But you gotta admit, we did have some good times together."
Bulma leaned back on the bed, remembering their past together. "Yeah, we did. Remember how we were when we first started dating."
"I remember you being a bit controlling at times. Like you insisted I get a haircut because long hair was out, but there were some great times like you taking care of me when I broke my leg with Tien at the tournament. Remember when we were running from Emperor Pilaf when he had us in that pinball game and how fast we were running from Goku when he turned into a giant monkey."
Bulma laughed. "I never ran so fast in my life! That was a crazy time."
Yamcha laughed at the memory. "We had a lot of fun together. It's not going to be the same without you, Bulma. You were the brains for technology in our group."
Bulma smiled smugly. "Glad I was of some assistance. I did help get Gohan and Krillin to Namek and I created the dragon radar. You guys would've been lost without me over the years." She laughed at herself. "Don't worry. You have Ami now. She's a whiz at that stuff and she told me about some amazing things she wants to do for Capsule Corp. in the future."
"Yeah, but it still won't be the same without you." He smiled wistfully at Bulma. "I'm gonna miss you, Bulma. You were my first love and all and really changed my life." He reached out to hug Bulma.
"Thanks, Yamcha. I'm gonna miss you, too."
Bulma sat outside in the backyard enjoying the sun. With her illness killing her body as her time on Earth continued to dwindle, it left her weak and coughing heavily. This time she had enough strength to come to go out and enjoy the nice warmth and light from the sun. With little time on Earth left, she was willing to enjoy it to her fullest. Her shades were on to protect her eyes, but she saw something in the sky that didn't look like it was a flying bird. More like a flying Saiyan. As it got closer, she saw it was Goku landing beside her chair.
It warmed Bulma's heart to see her friend she knew longer than anyone. "Goku."
Goku smiled down at Bulma. "Hey, Bulma. I thought I'd come by."
"I'm glad. It's been a long time."
Goku sat in the lounge chair beside Bulma. "It has." He frowned slightly at Bulma. "I'm sorry about your illness."
"Is it painful?"
"Some days are good and some days aren't. It…it's get worse as I get closer to the end."
"I think I know how you feel. When I was sick with the heart virus, I thought I was going to die at first with all the pain I was feeling but as I got more of the medicine, rest and being near Chi-Chi and Gohan…oh, wait," Goku thought frowning. "I got well. You're not going to get well," he said slowly. "Oops."
Bulma shook her head. He'll never change. "Goku, when it was days before the Cell Games, did you have a feeling you would die?"
Goku frowned as if thinking carefully and trying to choose the best words. "I knew there was a chance I would. I knew I wasn't strong enough to defeat him but I knew Gohan was. I had a strong feeling I would die--"
"But Goku, you could've gone back inside the chamber to train another day. Vegeta told me so, but you decided to stay out of the chamber. I knew you could've surpassed Cell if you went in another day."
Goku mused Bulma's thought over. "I could've, but I guess we'll never know. I had a lot to think about in the chamber and I realized in a strange way, I was causing the threats to Earth. I want my family and friends to live in peace not worry about the next threat and my presence brought that."
"But you're here now."
"It's not like I wanted to leave, Bulma. I felt I should so my family and everyone else would be safe. Why did you ask me this?"
"I don't know. I guess I was wondering if you were thinking what I was thinking."
"And what's that?"
"I was wondering what I could've done more in my life. I wondered if I lived my life to the fullest. You always think, 'Oh, I'll have time to do this later. I'll put this off another week.' Soon your procrastination turns into days, weeks, months, years and then you realize it's too late."
"You lived your life to the fullest, Bulma. Remember all those adventures we had when we were kids--getting the dragon balls before Emperor Pilaf, fighting off Commander Blue when we were looking for that dragon ball."
"I remember thinking Commander Blue was cute, trying to get some of that pirate's treasure but Krillin and I had to make a run for it, and wait for you. Didn't you have a rat in your mouth?" Bulma asked trying to remember all the details in their adventure with Commander Blue.
Goku thought back remembering. "Oh, yeah, I did. He did save my life when I was fighting Commander Blue. I couldn't let him die."
"What took you so long to get to us? Krillin was getting clobber by Commander Blue."
Goku thought back, remembering fighting an octopus and eating it. "Well, I ran into this octopus. I didn't know it was one at the time but he tried to eat me so I killed it and ate him. I was hungry at the time, too."
"Oh, Goku," Bulma thought rolling her eyes and laughing.
"We had a lot adventures together."
"I think that was the last major one we had together. After that, you were starting adventures on your own. You had adventures more than anyone."
"You had your share, too, Bulma. What about you going to Namek?"
Bulma laughed. "If you excuse the fact that I was starving, got turned into a frog, had major B.O., was lonely, almost lost my voice from all the screaming I did, almost got killed like ten thousand times with the enemies we face and the fact that Namek was on the verge of blowing up, then yeah, it was a fun adventure." She smiled at the thought. "I guess I did do a lot more than the average human."
Bulma sat up frowning as she realized something. "Goku…when I die and meet King Yemma…do you think he will show leniency to me or send me to Hell with all those other bad guys like Freeza and Cell?"
Goku wasn't sure how to answer that question. He hasn't been around Bulma to see her change though she made the effort. "The only major bad thing you did was having Gogeta killed."
"Goku, I'm so sorry about that. If I could--"
Goku smiled at Bulma understanding. "I know. You're not all to blame for what happened. If Chi-Chi, Vegeta and I told you about the baby…we were just trying to protect you, but it backfired. Maybe we could've prevented Gogeta from dying if you knew, but that's in the past now. He's alive, happy and going to be just fine. You've changed, so who knows."
"Gogeta's cute. He's going to look like both of you and Vegeta when he gets older."
"Yeah, he is." Goku leaned back in his chair. "It's gonna be strange you're not around, but I wouldn't worry about dying. Next thing you know, we'll all be dead. You can see your old relatives. When I was dead, I saw my grandpa again. Plus Baba sometimes go to the Other World so it won't be so bad."
Bulma shook her head. "Just like something you would say, Goku. Always making other people happy." Bulma sat next to Goku and hugged. "I'm gonna miss you so much. You were such a good friend."
"I'm gonna miss you, too, Bulma. You are my friend. Thanks. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have met Chi-Chi and had my children."
Bulma pulled back. "Just stay home and take care of them this time and not run off."
Over the past months as Bulma's condition worsen, from heavy coughing to severe bed rests and her body breaking down on her. Everyone came by to say their goodbyes. It was past six months now and Bulma's health was failing sharply, yet she was still alive. She noted how tired and drained she was one evening as she and Vegeta got ready for bed one night. Her tiredness wasn't a surprise. Everyday was a miracle she was alive. The doctor said it would be anytime now and Bulma was ready to go. She had made peace and said her goodbyes to everyone. She was watching the moonless sky. She didn't want to die in a hospital but in her home she grew up in, in her bed.
"You know, the good thing about dying, Vegeta, is that if I'm lucky to keep my body, I won't have aged much. I have a few wrinkles around my eyes but I don't have any gray hair. You'd probably still have some youth on you because Saiyans don't seem to age." She rolled over in the bed and looked at him. "How long is your lifespan?"
"Very long. It's gonna be a while before I worry about aging."
"I guess when I die you'll be free to love Chi-Chi without having to worry about how I feel, though you can't have her because she loves Goku," Bulma commented.
Vegeta sighed. "It doesn't matter what my feelings are. I'm your husband. You're my wife. When I die and if I'm allowed to keep my body, I'll join you in Other World."
That simple statement surprised Bulma to the point of tears streaming down her cheeks. "Really?"
"Yes. I still love you."
Bulma threw her arms around Vegeta. "Oh, I didn't think I'll hear you say those words again. I love you, too. I'll always will."
"I may still desire Kakarot's wife, but you belong to me as I belong to you. Chi-Chi belongs to Kakarot, not me." Bulma sobbed on Vegeta heavily, happy at what he just told her and Vegeta held her tighter so she could relax.
Bulma pulled her face off Vegeta's chest and wiped her tears. "Look at me I'm a mess. I don't cry like this, but I'm just so happy." She looked at her husband with glistened eyes. "Vegeta, could you…would you…make love to me? It's been so long and I've missed you so much. I may never get this chance to be with you again. Please."
"Are you going to cry all over me during it like you are now?"
Bulma laughed at the sound of his deep voice as he pretended to be annoyed. "No." She placed a hand on his cheek. "Just love me."
Vegeta placed a finger under Bulma's chin, tilted her face upwards to him and kissed her. Bulma melted in the kiss, and put her arms around Vegeta, memorizing this special moment with her husband.
Vegeta held her afterwards, her body pressed to his. She fell asleep soon afterwards into his arms, telling Vegeta one more time that she loved him. While she slept, Vegeta stayed awake holding her. He felt her heartbeat slowed with every breath she took and with each passing moment on the clock. He knew she was dying tonight and so he stayed there, holding her, watching her until she took her final breath and her heart took its final beat.
"Goodbye, Bulma," Vegeta said when he felt her heart stopped. It was just before sunrise when she died.
Bulma's funeral was held two days later. Everyone was there from Goku and his family, Krillin and his family, Yamcha, Kaori and their newborn, to Master Roshi, Baba, Launch, Oolong, Puar, Piccolo, Dende, Mr. Popo, to Tien and Chiaotsu.
It was a simple ceremony with just the friends and family. Everyone rode or flew to the cemetery by there own means of transportation where Bulma was given her final resting place.
When the final ceremony was over, one by one, everyone passed by Bulma's white casket to say goodbye. Trunks walked over to his mother's casket and touched it. His mother was dead and she wasn't going to come back. He didn't want to cry. He refused to cry. Men don't cry is what his father told him and Trunks considered himself to be a man.
Trunks felt a hand being placed on his left shoulder and he looked up to see his Dad looking at him with a somber look. The two sent a mental message between each other as if saying it was going to be all right. He looked back at his mother's casket. The two stood there for several moments until Trunks got the feeling his father wanted to be alone. So, he said a final goodbye to his mother and walked away.
Vegeta stood there last. He ran a hand over the smooth white casket. It was his wife that died and though he never showed much open affection for her, he knew he loved her and he was going to miss her. He felt guilty for the final years of the marriage when he and Bulma were estrange, but he was angry with her for what she did to Gogeta. Who wouldn't be upset?
'If only I had known it would end like this…things could've been different for us. I could've given you that second child you wanted. Now…I won't get the chance. You're in a better place now. You're not suffering anymore. Maybe King Yemma will go easy on when he passes judgment on you. You have changed. You worked so hard. You learned to think of others than yourself in your last years. You were nice to Gogeta, my son that I didn't have with you. I forgive you for what you did because I'm partly blamed for your actions. If Gogeta gets mad at what you did to him when he learns the truth, I won't let him stay mad at you. I'll make him understand. I promise.'
Suddenly, Vegeta felt a warm hand in his. He looked down and saw Gogeta's small hand in his much larger one. Gogeta had a cheerful smile on his face.
"I'm sorry about you losing your wife, Vegeta, but she's happy where she is. She's not in pain anymore. That's what Mommy told me. Mommy also said that it's best to not be sad when someone dies but be happy because they would want us to be happy."
Vegeta smiled. "Your mother's very wise."
"Mommy always gives me something to eat when I'm sad and there's lots of food at your house 'cause Mommy said lots of people send food to families when people die." Gogeta tugged on his hand. "Come on. It'll make you feel better."
Vegeta smiled again at the child's innocence and cheerfulness. The child was making him feel better with the death of his wife. Actually, both his sons were. He still had Trunks and a lot of him was in his mother. He would always be proud of Trunks and love him as equally as he loved Gogeta because they were both his sons. He didn't have a reason to be sad. He had his children and Gogeta was right. Bulma would want him to be happy.
"All right. Let's go," Vegeta spoke, and hand in hand, Vegeta and Gogeta walked away from the casket to join the others and their new life together.
AN: Yes, this is the end of an epic of a story. WHAAAA!! It's not fair!!!! Four months. Wow. I never spent that long on a story. Ah, it's sad to end this one because I had a lot of fun writing this fic and reading your reviews. Well, 95% of them anyway. Now, I've been receiving pleas for a sequel and Helga96 said I was avoiding the answer to your request. Well, I'm ready to answer. Yes, there is a sequel in the works! It's called 'The Past Returns' and like many of my stories there will be endings that starts with a 'c' and ends with an 'r'. Come on, you know I can't have a story without them! I'm also enjoying what I've done with this one, too. Heh. Heh. You're going to like this one. It's kind of long and as of yet, unfinished. I'll post the first chapter next Friday.
Now, some may be disappointed that Bra won't be in my stories now that Bulma is dead while others are probably celebrating. I haven't seen GT, not really interested in watching it anyway because the new generation doesn't interest me and it wasn't created by Akira Toriyama, so I don't know much about Bra. Not many people like her anyway from what I hear. Please, don't tell me any spoilers. I prefer to wait until GT airs and watch it myself to learn everything. Yeah, I know some may be disappointed because Goten/Bra aren't going to be a couple but to me that whole T/P and G/B pairing is a little too much in the family for me. By marrying Pan, Trunks becomes Goten's brother-in-law and Bra is going to be Goten's sister-in-law and they get together? I know they're not related by blood but that's too close for me. That's more of my problem than the age difference. I know I probably angered some people by what I just said but that's my opinion on it and there's no sense arguing since I won't be replying to these reviews since the story has come to an end.
I hope to see some of you back for reviewing 'The Past Returns.' Well 95% of you anyway. Hee. Hee. The other 5% well, you know what you can do. Hmm, I'm betting the reviews are going to be mixed on this one because of Bulma dying and everyone being nice and making peace. Well, she is dying and she was a good friend to them. That's kind of sad and I think everyone would want to make peace with Bulma because they wouldn't want to wonder later in life if they could've done so.
Moonlight Angel: Ouch. Well, Bulma wasn't going to hurt Gogeta. She had changed her ways. Bulma is dying. I thought everyone would want to make peace with her before she dies. I know I wouldn't want to go the rest of my life wondering if I could've made peace with a former friend because it can be something you regret for the rest of our life. Yep, no Bra. I don't know anything about her. Haven't watched GT yet. Haven't heard any good things about her anyway.
Teknoman Dark: Thanks.
ChibiRena: ::hands tissue:: Let's all get together for a crying session since this story is ending. Every beginning has an ending.
Dr. Brown: I've heard of Freud. Kind of a strange guy. Trunks is going to be fine. He's going to have his father, family and friends to help him out.
Dillpops: Thanks. I like throwing twist. I guess I'm surprised no one knew she was going to die.
Dark Angel: Exactly. So, there's no need to worry about the future of CC.
Satan's Advocate: That's why I created Ami. Ami will be the next technological genius. Bulma played her role in DB/DBZ no doubt about that but there's nothing to do now for her anyway. Gohan and Videl. I like them, but I don't think I'll write a story about them. I'm too crazy about G/CC.
Raquel: No Pan's birth but she will make an appearance in The Past Returns. I decided not to put in Bra. I don't know much about her anyway and I haven't heard go things about her.
Leigh: You guilty? Nah! I'd like to see you guess what I have in store for the sequel. There are going to be some things you won't expect. Mwhahahaha.
Lil Chi: LOL! I guess you got your wish.
Chi-Chi: Oh, that's wrong using Chi-Chi against Vegeta. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Hee. Hee. Maybe you can use that sugar to run from Vegeta if he sees you watching that tape.
Helga96: Wow. Thanks for the compliment. I guess you're happy. I do have a sequel in the works. So, the story isn't at a complete end since we will see all of our characters again, well except Bulma.
Danichan667: Stop laughing. Hey, put down those fireworks. It's a time of mourning not celebrating. We actually have some mourners for Bulma here. I think you didn't feel great joy because you already knew she was going to die. I thought ChiChi should forgive Bulma since she is dying and this will be ChiChi's last time to make peace with her.
La De Da: See, you should be careful what you wish for.
Oninu: How could I? Because I can. I'm evil and cruel? I told you several chapters ago and ever since then to stop reading because you won't like it and now you see it's true. You should've listened to me. You only got yourself to blame.
Xephon: Well, Bulma is dying and I thought everyone would want to make peace with Bulma. They will never get this chance again and I know they wouldn't want to spend the rest of their lives wondering if some kind of peace could be made. She has worked to change herself. She's not as selfish anymore. Parenting really does affect the child.
Lady Athena: Hmm, I wonder if I did it a third time with making you feel sorry for Bulma. Miracles do happen. Yep, ChiChi wanted to know and make peace with her. You're right on about ChiChi. I guess I can look forward to your reviews for the sequel. Vegeta and Trunks will be okay. They'll miss Bulma, but they'll be fine. I didn't want it to end either, but hey, there's the sequel! It's a lot of fun and I'll get hate mail for the chapters that ends with… starts with a 'c' ends in an 'r'. I can't help it! I love ending stories like that! It makes you come back the next time.
GD: I love that show, too. Oh, that story is called 'Inuyasha's Guide to Mating.' It's in the PG-13 section under humor. It's hilarious! You should read it if you can. That's what a lot of people are saying but no spoilers please. I'll wait. Still, DBGT isn't DB/DBZ to me because it wasn't created by Akira Toriyama. It's like when other people try to revise a show from the past and it turns out to be crap. The latest thing now are 80s shows. i.e. Transformers Armada.
Constructicons: Ouch, Bulma and Oolong. I don't even want to picture that.
Xshiny: Of course cliffhangers are fun. No need to go crazy.
CB: I'm not going to write that story about Goku and ChiChi as teenagers. I've been watching the latest DB eps and it wouldn't work right with I wanted to do with my story, so I scrapped it. No one really knows what Turlus' relation is to Goku. He was created for a movie and you know how the DBZ movies are and how they don't follow the storyline of the series so anything goes. Turlus said something along the lines that Goku and Turlus were struck from the same mold so that could mean they are brothers or cousins. Never trust CN to keep a show on long once the reruns began unless it's something they created like Dexter's Laboratory or the Powerpuff Girls. I don't know of any other stations airing. I think CN owns the rights to air DBZ so you're kind of screwed waiting for them to reair it. The best thing to do is tape them when they do air so you can watch them whenever you like. They still have them airing on Saturday nights at 11:30 EST. Well, if you're watching DB regularly, you'll see that they are starting on the tournament.
Moon Girl: Wow, you're crying for Bulma and here you were hating on her. Yep, I decided to marry him off. CC as a Sailor Scout. Didn't expect that.
Chuquita: I love throwing in surprises. I'm wicked that way--make everyone think one thing and throw in something else. Gogeta doesn't know what Bulma did to him so he's going to easily like her, knowing she's Trunks mother and he likes him.
SSJ Kain: I love throwing surprises. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, something changes that. It's fun to do. Does Veel Geluck means good luck in Belgium?
Gogirl: I read the first lines about something in Goku in DB and I stopped so I don't know what you said. I have to say please don't tell me any spoilers. I think it was one. I told you before that I DON'T like spoilers so don't tell me. I like to find things out for myself. I like to wait and see. I don't want to know in advance. It spoils the surprise for me so no more spoilers. We're near the end of DB anyway so you can wait right. I know I can. So, please don't tell me anything else. I DON'T want to know. I'll never understand why people keep telling me spoilers when I keep saying I don't want to know. Fan-Fan isn't ChiChi's grandma. The clothes she wore are the traditional clothes Chinese people wore.
Shygurl: Yep, Bulma's dying. Wow. I must thrown you for a loop. With the story ending, you can go to the sequel. It's not bad knowing that.
Xmadgirlx: Pure evil cliffy and pure fun to do!
Gogeta's Nemisis: A virus but close enough.
Contrail: Gogeta's the young and innocent one.
C-town Chica: Yeah, Bulma is going to die. I couldn't really think of a way for everyone to forgive or make peace with her any sooner other than making her die. No, Bra. I explained my reasons in the author's notes.
Negi Ramen: I had to throw in one more twist before I ended the story. Well, the others kept Bulma from Gogeta because they didn't trust her and she wasn't a friend to them anymore.
Three Fates: Wow. I'm surprised and happy you're not taking this in a bad way like some other Bulma fans. You have my total respect. I don't hate B/V. They're just not my favorite couple. Some people may think I do with this story but I don't.
Ssjchika: How could I? Because I can. Hee. Hee.
Lady Kouga: Now the story's ended, we can go to the sequel.
The Lost Saiyan: I bet this is a bigger twist here to see that I've ended it in this chapter. Oh, well. There's the sequel. You know, my stories are somewhat unpredictable and I like to throw in a twist here and there to throw everyone off. Wow. That is a long time to forgive. She lost so many years because of that. That's just sad. See, with Bulma's death, everyone forgave and made peace with her a lot sooner.
Midnight Lily: That was the point.