Meri Kurisumasu

Chapter 10: Minna no Kurisumasu

At home, Chichi sighed as she looked through old photo albums. Birthdays, get togethers, … Christmas parties. None of them were the same without Gokou around. In fact, without him, they didn't seem to happen very often at all. He was the binding that held them all together, and she feared that since he was gone, their friendships would soon be too.

Then, an old photograph caught her eye. A group of them when they were much younger outside of Capsule Corp. Filled with determination, Chichi donned her coat and headed out into the cold night.

"Ahm dreaming ov a vite kurismas, jus like the ones ah use to know…."

[[[Ah, nothing better than English songs sung by Japanese folks :p]]]

The party at Capsule Corp was well underway by early evening. Everyone was dancing, eating, talking and just having a good time. Vegeta was standing in the corner, watching his wife jump around seemingly aimlessly, but rather to his amusement as well. She was so happy, he was tempted to actually do the same, but another look at her ridiculous actions kept him from doing so.

With his new clothes, Uub had turned out to be quite popular with the younger employees. His looks charmed the lady's while his strength kept him cool with the guys as well. Bra smiled as she clung to his arm, proud of her accomplishments. She had turned a clueless outcast into the life of the party in her mind, and she would be there to reap the benefits. She had realized though that even with the new clothes and confidence, he was still the same old Uub, and there was something to be said for that.

While everyone continued to party, one of the main doors opened and Gohan entered with Videl. Bulma ran over to greet them, and a few of the other guests nodded in their direction, Bra and Uub included.

"What are you guys doing here?" Bulma asked, giving them each a hug. Gohan smiled at his long time friend. "Well, Pan was out and so was Goten, and as much as I'd love to spend Christmas alone, Videl wouldn't have it so we came here." Videl giggled and pushed Gohan inside, not willing to wait anymore. Bulma laughed a bit and moved to close the door behind them, but she felt something resisting and opened it back up. "Marron? We weren't expecting you."

"I hope it's not a bother Miss Bulma. We weren't going to celebrate in my house so I thought I'd come over."

"No problem. You're always welcome here Dear, although I'm afraid Trunks and Goten aren't here so…"

"Rrrr. Why does everyone assume I'm coming for them…" Not waiting for the obvious answer, Marron walked over to Bra who was getting two drinks. "Hey Bra. How's it going?"

"Not bad. This has actually been pretty fun this year."

"Really? I thought you'd be upset since all the attention was on that cute guy over there."

"What guy?"

"The one over buy the tree, in the silver shirt. Do you know who he is?"

Bra smiled and had to hold back laughter. "Can't you recognize Uub when you see him?"

"That's Uub!!!" Marron exclaimed, then covered her mouth at her little outburst. "Are you serious? Where'd he get those clothes?"

"I bought them at Trends in the mall today. He really looks good in them doe-"

"HEY EVERYONE! WE'RE HERE!"

Both girls turned to where an obviously drunk Paris was standing, or at least trying to. Goten laughed nervously and tried to pull Paris down the hall to one of the bathrooms. "Come on honey….. Let's leave the people to their party and get you a little freshened up, huh?"

"Wah for? I'm alreagy the life ah da paty. See? Eveyone looking ah me!"

"Yeah…uh, that's because you're drunk. Come on." The half saiyan dragged his date down the hall, leaving everyone murmuring. He came back a few minutes later, this time alone.

"Hey Goten!" Bra and Marron yelled in unison. He quickly trotted over to say hello. "What's wrong with Paris?" Marron asked. "Well, she had a little too much to drink and isn't handling it too well. She's sleeping right now, so hopefully she'll be a bit calmer when she wakes up. Say Bra, I haven't seen Trunks around. Is he here?"

"Nah. That dope decided to work the night away. He's got no social life anyway so he shouldn't even bother trying. Not like he'd get anywhere with his lack of charm."

"Actually, many women find me quite charming." Trunks was standing a few feet away, heading towards them with Pan. "Trunks? What are you doing? I thought you were working."

"Someone convinced me to do otherwise." Trunks rubbed the top of Pan's head, ruffling her hair. "Hey! Cut it out!" she yelled, ducking away.

"Can I help it if you're so short?" he asked with a smile. Pan stuck her tongue out at him from behind Goten and everyone started laughing.

"I can't believe we're all here." Marron said, once the laughter had calmed down. It's been awhile, hasn't it?" Everyone nodded in agreement. The five of them had been close in their younger years, but rarely saw each other now, and getting together as a full group was even more rare. "I see we've grown in number though." Marron added, pointing towards Uub and then smiling at Goten.

"So Goten, when are ya gonna pop the question to that girl of your anyway?" Trunks asked, resting his arm against his best friends shoulder. "W- what do you mean Trunks? I never said I was gonna…"

"Ah please. You've been together so long, you'd be a chicken not to. Just make sure you don't let her drink before you ask."

"Hey, shut up!"

"Marron? Hey, Marron?" Kuririn and Juuhachi-gou walked in, looking for their daughter. Hearing their voices, she walked over with some hesitation. "Hi." She said hoarsely. "Hey." Her mother greeted back. "Listen Marron. Your mother and I wanted to apologize. We didn't really listen to you and-"

"It's okay. I don't care. I'm having fun with my friends so it doesn't matter."

"Are you sure?"

"Yeah. Bulma and Gohan are here so why don't you talk to them? I'll be with everyone else over there." Marron pointed to the four part-saiyans conversing in the corner, then walked over.

Not much later, Chichi arrived, after having her aircar stall out and having to walk. Much to her delight, everyone had gathered together already, for the first time in ages. It was soon time for presents, a company grab bag. None of the DB crew received gifts, but none of them thought it necessary. They were surrounded by good friends they hadn't seen in a long time, and best of all, there was tons of food.

Merry Christmas Everyone! ~love Panny