First and foremost, I'm sorry. I never meant to just leave everyone hanging with this story, but you know what? Life happened, muses stopped talking, so on and so forth. I'll break the bad news to you first: this is not a new chapter. There, that's over with. Now good news! I'm in the process of revising/rewriting/reinventing this story. My muses for this story have come back with a very big vengeance it seems. And I think I understand why they stopped talking in the first place. Apparently I didn't have things exactly as they wanted-probably something to do with the way I used to write, I'm much more open to just letting them take over and run amok now.
Now, this said, I don't want to get anyone's hopes way up. This will essentially be the same story, but at the same time it will be very different. I'm older now, much older, and so I will be able to go darker, be more mature with the characters and even delve deeper into the romance aspect of the story. It will not be a romance like that of the Sailor Moon series-anime at least-where it is very chaste.
No, sorry. The way I see it, Saiya-jins are a very primal race. I mean they are a race of warriors, the strongest survive and the weak are weeded out. In the DBZ world we definitely see that through fighting, but not really anywhere else. I really want to explore this a bit farther, especially in regards to how relationships-familial and sexual-would be shown. They strike me as almost working in the way a pack of wolves would: in that I imagine they would mate for life-they can hardly show emotion enough to get one mate, can you imagine if they had to do so multiple times?-and would probably show affection more by means of touching than words. Also I assume, them being a primal, almost instinct driven race, that they would be more protective and possessive, almost a little-dare I insult Vegeta this way?-caveman-esque about the whole process. It wouldn't be done like we humans do things, looks first. I imagine it would really start for them with scent being the main factor, being able to scent-and being completely aware of what they were doing!-a mate that would be fertile/compatible with them. That said, I also think that staking a claim on one's mate would be instinctual and immediately shown. This does not mean instant sex, just add water! No, this means that they will declare, I guess the most appropriate word would be intent, though it goes much deeper than that, immediately-no matter the age. If you have problems with this, well, this rewrite won't be for you. Sorry.
I already have the prologue written up by hand and the muses are eager to dig deeper in. Keep in mind though, that I don't have as much free time now as I did when I was a teen, and in addition to that I have other stories that are all begging for attention. I will try to never let it go so long again without posting anything. I'm going to try and get a little bit more written before I post anything, besides I still need to get what I have beta'd so I'm not just coming out with crap.
Which brings me to the last thing I have to do, is ask if anyone is at all interested in being a beta/sounding board for me. You'll get to read things before anyone else! I do ask that you have a good grasp of the English grammar system so that when I go on a writing binge you can catch what mistakes I slip up and make. Go ahead and drop me a PM if you're interested and we can talk.
That's it for now. Hopefully I can have the prologue up soon enough. Just to let you know, it will not be under this entry. It may even get a different name since things have changed, but when I know I'll post an edit or something to this. Thanks to everyone for all the encouragement over the years. You guys are completely amazing and I hope, really and truly, that you will enjoy the new version!