Chapter One: That Way
"I love you Pan."
"I love you too Trunks."
The two embraced each other, sharing warm kisses as well as each other's tender touch. Trunks' hand slid underneath Pan's shirt and along her back, as she began to lift off his shirt.
"Pan! It's getting late! Come inside!"
Pan pulled back, adjusting her clothes. "I'm sorry." she whispered. "I better go." Trunks nodded. He stood, pulling her up with him, and kissed her gently before turning away. "Next time."
Pan ran towards her house, hoping she hadn't been seen. She quickly ran into her house and up to her room to her window. Looking out she could make out Trunks' figure walking off into the distance. When she could no longer see him she walked over to her desk, and pulled out her diary. Flipping through towards a blank page, Pans eyes fell on the page where she had written about when the two had first begun going out. Tears filled her eyes as she thought back to that fateful day.
"I was wondering if you wanted to go out sometime." Pan's eyes lit up, hearing Trunks' words.
"Of course I would."
"R- really? How about tonight?"
"Sure. Call me later and let me know when okay?"
"Alright. Later, bye."
"Bye." Pan hung up the phone and jumped up from her bed. She quickly rummaged through the piles of clothes on the floor and in the closet before picking out her best outfit and throwing it on. Before she knew it, her mother was calling her for dinner.
"Coming!" Pan bounded down the stairs in a white skirt, and a dark green sweater.
"Oh my, what are we all dressed up for?" Videl asked as her daughter sat down.
"I'm going on a date with Trunks tonight."
Goten spit his food across the table, and in unison, Videl and Gohan dropped their chopsticks.
"No you're not." Gohan stated as he picked up his chopsticks and began eating again.
"Because, he's too old for you. I don't trust a guy that age with a girl your age."
"You're acting as if he's a total stranger. We're talking about Trunks here."
"I don't care. He's got ideas in his head that you know nothing about."
"I'm seventeen dad, I'm not an ignorant little girl."
"In that case I don't trust you with him. Too many things can happen, you're not going out tonight."
"I said no! Now finish your dinner."
"It's no fair! I can go out with whoever I want to! How would you feel if grandma didn't let you go out with mom!"
"Actually, your grandmother was begging me to marry Videl the day she met her, and don't compare me and your mother with you and Trunks."
"Because it's different. First of all, I'm NOT fourteen years older than your mother, and secondly I love her."
"So, even if he is older, how do you know he doesn't love me, or that I don't love him?"
"I just know. You never mentioned him before, and I'm surprised he agreed to go out with you in the first place. You're like a little sister to him, I mean you're his sister's best friend, he's baby-sat you before. You two shouldn't be dating. Find someone your own age."
"I can't believe you dad!" Pan cried, standing and slamming her palms against the table. "I can't believe you'd deny me what makes me happy. I hate you!"
Pan ran to her bedroom, slamming the door behind her. She threw herself against her bed crying, and slowly turned over, reaching her hand out towards the phone.
"Capsule Corporation. How may I help you?"
"I'd like to speak with President Trunks please."
"I'm sorry, he just left. Would you like to leave a message?"
"Would you like me to tell hi-"
Pan placed the phone back on the receiver and rolled onto her back. "So he's already on his way here"
"Oh, hello Trunks, nice of you to stop by."
"Hi Gohan-san. Actually I'm here to pick Pan up."
"Is that so? Where are you taking her?"
"Just to a movie, it's a little late for dinner."
"Right, well I'm sorry but Pan's not here right now. She didn't ask us to tell you anything, I guess she must have forgotten."
Pan swung her door open, ready to run down the stairs and prove her father wrong, but her mother stood in the way.
"Really? She isn't here? That's funny, she seemed pretty enthusiastic about it when she talked to me on the phone before."
"Well those are the breaks kid. Maybe you should just see it with someone else."
"No, I wasn't really too interested in the movie, Pan chose it. I just wanted to take her to something she'd enjoy."
"Oh, well I'm sorry things didn't work out as planned."
"It's alright, maybe next time. Let her know I stopped by okay?"
"Sure. See ya Trunks."
Gohan closed the door quietly and turned around. He was instantly faced with a furiously angry teenager.
"How could you!" Pan screamed, hoping Trunks might hear her. " You made it sound like I didn't care about tonight at all!"
"Good, that's what I was trying to do. I don't want him to think you're interested."
"And what if I am!"
"Well then that's too bad. No is no, and that's final."
Pan glared at her father with utter hatred, no longer seeing him as her loving father, but as an enemy. "Fine!" Pan turned and headed back to her room. After several minutes she heard a soft knock at her door.
Videl let herself into the room, and closed the door behind her. "Do you want to talk about this?" she asked.
Videl sat on the bed next to Pan. "I know you think your father is wrong but he's only trying to do what's best for you."
"Well he isn't trying hard enough."
"You have to accept what your father is saying. He's much too old for you. How long do you honestly think you two could last?"
"Long enough." Videl chuckled slightly at her daughters answer.
"Honey, if you love him, an entire lifetime will never be enough. Somehow I doubt the feelings you have for him are true."
Pan turned over to face her mother. "Mom, I've wanted to go out with him ever since I was little, and he finally asked me out. How can I let this slip by?"
"I don't know. But you have to."
Videl stood, and kissed Pan lightly on her forehead, then turned and left. Pan curled up, holding her knees against her chest, and allowed her tears to fall until she finally drifted into a restless sleep.
Pan, Gohan, Videl and Goten sat eating their breakfast in silence. Pan poked at the eggs in front of her, eating slowly despite the fact that she was starving from skipping dinner the night before. After sitting still for as long as she could, Pan finally broke the silence.
"Father, I want to talk."
"About what dear?"
"Whatever you say the answer is no."
"But you don't even know what I was going to say." Pan pleaded as Goten and Videl hurriedly left the room.
"I don't care what you were going to say. I don't want you near that boy anymore, understand? You can't go out with him, you can't spar with him, you can't see him, and you can't call him. Got it?"
Pan sighed, lowering her head. "Yes sir."
"Good, now finish eating and go get dressed. We're going into the city today."
Pan stood, without touching her food, and left for her room. She returned several minutes later in a pair of jeans and a large T-shirt. Without a word she followed her family through the air to Satan City. She refused to participate in what they were doing, and stood outside the stores while they were shopping. While outside a clothing store she heard a familiar voice calling her name.
"Hey!" Trunks ran up to stand alongside her. "What are you doing here?"
"Uh nothing." Pan answered, glancing into the store. Her mother was jumping from rack to rack while the piles Gohan and Goten held grew rapidly. "Say, can we go over there to talk? I'm starving." Pan pointed across the street to a sushi bar.
The two walked into the restaurant and Pan headed for the back room, quickly grabbing a table for two. A waiter came over and handed the two of them a menu.
"Oh don't bother." Pan said kindly to the man. "Just give me two, no three of everything."
"EVERYTHING? We have over seventy items to choose from."
"Seventy?" she asked, frowning slightly. Better make it five of everything then. I didn't have much of a breakfast this morning."
The waiter nodded, and shakily made his way to the kitchen. He returned a few minutes later, his arms full with piles of food which he laid on a six-person table.
"I'm sorry miss, but if you wish to eat this you must sit over here. And sir? We expect all this food to be paid for, eaten or not."
"Sure thing. C'mon Pan" The two sat at their new table and began to work their way through the massive selection, as the rest of the people in the room watched in awe. Once they were through they returned to the smaller table.
"So" Trunks began, cutting straight to the point. "Where were you last night?"
"Oh yeah, I have to talk to you about that."
"Damn right you do." Trunks demanded. "I called you an hour before I came over and you still forgot! I thought you wanted to go out!"
"Don't yell at me! It's not my fault! My father won't let me!"
"Huh?" Trunks' eyes blinked rapidly in confusion. "I- I'm sorry Pan. I didn't mean to yell. I've just been a little tense since you stood me up."
"I know. I'm really sorry. I begged my father to let me go but he wouldn't. And then when you came over he had my mother make sure I stayed in my room and keep quiet. I tried to talk to him this morning but he wouldn't listen. And now he won't let me see you, or talk to you or anything!" Tears began to rolls down Pan's cheeks, and Trunks reached out to wipe them from her face.
"It's okay. I'm sure he has his reasons. It's just, well, I really wanted to go out with you."
"I wanted to go out with you too. I still want to. I would right now if I could."
"Then why don't you? What are the odds of your dad actually finding us?" Trunks flashed Pan a smile that she knew all to well.
"As temping as that sounds Trunks, I can't. My family is in that store across the street."
"Oh, so that's why you were just standing there?"
"Uh-uh. I should probably get back out there before they finish."
"Alright, umm, look. I'm not letting you go this easily though. Wait on your roof tonight k? Oh, and don't worry about the bill, I'll get it."
"Huh? Umm, okay I better go. Bye Trunks."
Pan ran out, and jumped in front of the store, just as her family was coming out. Fortunately none of them had noticed her absence and the rest of the day went by without problems.
"Say Pan" Goten said between huge mouthfuls of his dinner. "My friends got a younger brother. Seems pretty nice. If you want I can-"
"I can't believe you Dad!" Pan jumped up from her seat, ready to miss yet another meal. "How could you try to set me up with some other guy! And you used Goten to do it!"
"I don't know what you're talking about." Gohan answered coolly. "I have nothing to do with this."
"I'm sure. Excuse me Mom, Goten, but I don't feel that hungry anymore."
Pan left, her stomach growling. This was the third meal she was missing in the last two days. Fortunately lunch with Trunks was enough to keep her from surrendering to her father and eating with him. She entered her room, locking the door behind her, and grabbed a jacket before walking over to her window. She quietly opened it and slid out, climbing up to the roof. She wrapped the coat around her to protect herself from the cold night air, and looked out, watching for Trunks.
More than an hour later she heard her name being whispered from below. Slowly she crawled to the edge of the roof and looked down. Trunks smiled up at her and jumped up, landing on the roof without a sound. Silently he took hold of her wrist and jumped back to the ground. The two had been walking for about ten minutes when Trunks signaled her to stop, and he pulled her aside to a slightly wooded area.
"What is this? Why'd we stop." Pan asked baffled.
"Huh?" Pan looked at Trunks in confusion.
"Next time I want to meet you, come here okay?"
"Wait a second, you actually plan on doing this again."
"Yeah. I told you I'm not letting you go." The color rose in Pan's cheeks as she found herself speechless. "Anyway, you probably shouldn't stay out here too long or your parents will notice." Pan nodded, still unable to speak.
"Umm, are you okay with this Pan? I mean lying to your parents and all." Pan struggled to find a voice to answer and finally managed a weak "Yes."
"Good. Why don't you come here tomorrow, around, hmm how about eight?"
"Alright. Thanks." Trunks kissed Pan quickly on her cheek and ran, till he reached a safe distance to fly away without Gohan noticing, as Pan walked back to her house and climbed back into her room.
It continued like that for months as the two grew closer and closer. Gohan still refused the idea of the two going out so it was kept secret, and it stayed that way.