I wish I owned DBZ, but I don't. I own DVD's and tapes, but it just isn't the same. I also don't own the right to any of the music pieces you may see selected, just copies of merchandise, such a shame. The artists that created them are geniuses and we all must bow to them.

Chapter 22: A Hero Returns

Once news traveled around to the respective Z fighters, Goten called Trunks right away and told him he was gonna train to be in the tournament. That was all Trunks needed for motivation to train as well. I trained like there was no tomorrow, I knew I would need it for after the tournament, if the timeline didn't change from what the TV series was. So far it had been very much on target, except for what had happened with the other universes, not to mention with some of what had occurred in the past few days. Vegeta certainly had no problem with us training with him, gave him something to punch at other than air. I learned that Piccolo, Krillin and Eighteen were all going to enter as well, spicing it up even more so.

Shortly afterward I heard that Videl was mastering flight over at Gohan's house. The hotline of Chichi to Mom sounded that one out since Chichi was now into the idea of getting Gohan and Videl hooked up. I continued training hard with Vegeta, as well as Trunks, giving most of my time to the gravity room. Thirty days passed all too quickly, and while my power level had risen, I knew it would not be enough. Vegeta's level had risen quite sharply as he had sparring partners, and an occasional transformation from me to look at. The secret remained though, Trunks was always too exhausted to stick around for that. On the final day of training, Vegeta kept sparring light so we didn't end up too tired for the next day, when our powers would need to be at their fullest. The Son family plus Ox king met at Capsule corp., Krillin and Eighteen arrived with Master Roshi and Marron, and Yamcha came with Puar and Oolong. Piling into the huge Cargo airboat, Mom flew us straight toward the island where the tournament was to be held.

"I've ridden galactic slugs faster then this blasted thing!" Vegeta whined.

"Oh hush, they won't start without you!" Mom screamed back.

"Hey Vegeta? And you kids too, I think we should all agree not to transform into Super Saiyans during the battles," Gohan suggested.

"What for?" Vegeta snapped.

"Good idea. If you transform, people might recognize you from the Cell games, they would get your names off of the fight list. And there would be reporter's all over my front lawn!" Mom said.

"Yeah, then you see first hand what I deal with all the time!" Gohan said with a smile.

"I don't see the problem. When the press come, I'll just destroy them, again!" Vegeta cracked a smile at the chance to blow up more reporters.

"Behave yourself Vegeta!" Mom said.

"Fine, there will be no Super Saiyan Transformations during the battles, but I'll still have the advantage," Vegeta concluded.

"That's okay with us Dad!" Trunks said, sitting next to Goten and myself.

"That sure is good news for me, maybe this way I'll still have a chance! Fighting a Super Saiyan is like trying to take on a steam roller while tied to the ground!" Krillin exclaimed.

"So when is Goku supposed to show up?" Mom asked.

"He'll show, Kakarot is one to stay true to his word," Vegeta said, scowling again.

"When has Goku ever let us down?" Master Roshi proclaimed.

"Are you going to fight too Yamcha?" Chichi asked.

"No, I'd just embarrass myself, I gave up fighting," he said.

"Wise move," Vegeta snorted from up front.

"Look there it is guys, the island where the tournament is taking place!" Mom said, pointing it out. I looked out the window to catch a glance at the island, and saw the many aircraft also approaching it. Mom guided the airboat down to a safe landing zone and we walked the rest of the way towards the main entrance.

About halfway there, a large mob came up from behind and ran past us.

"Where is he?"

"I saw him first!" a few voices came past.

"Oh look guys, its the man who saved us all from Cell because we were too weak remember!" Krillin joked.

"What a goof!" I said aloud.

"Do they actually believe all that? Mr. Satan," Mom sighed. Over where his plane landed, Satan and Videl stepped out, I could hear him ranting about something and the crowd cheering.

"Old fool hasn't changed much," Krillin said.

"I wonder if he recalls the beating I gave him last month," I said.

"Forget about him, I'd rather track down my dad!" Gohan said.

"I don't sense Goku here, but someone else we know is!" Roshi pointed out. We all spun to see the green man himself.

"It's Mr. Piccolo!" Goten said happily. Gohan made his greeting to Piccolo first, discussing Goku and Gohan's outfit as Saiyaman.

I trotted over to Piccolo next, "Hey kid, good to see you again," he said, smiling a bit.

"You too Piccolo, though I'm kinda nervous to meet Goku. After all that I've heard about him," I said.

"Don't worry about it, he's easy to get along with, just a bit dense," Piccolo said. I turned back to our main party where Chichi was beginning to worry about where Goku was.

"I'll go comb the area!" Krillin said. Just then a huge ki popped up out of nowhere, and right in front of us. There was the legend himself, Son Goku, halo above his head and all. The old witch Baba was floating on her crystal ball directly behind him.

"Hey! I'm back!" he smiled. The gang started to celebrate, though some in their own unique way.

"Dad!" Gohan cheered.


"Goku!" Piccolo said.

"Wow you guys have changed a lot in seven years! Gohan your huge!" Goku said with a bright smile on his face. Krillin seemed to resent that. No one said anything or moved for a few seconds.

"So are you guys just going to stand there?" Goku asked.

"Dad!" "Goku!" Gohan, Puar, Yamcha, Krillin and Oolong all said at once, rushing in and hugging him tight.

"Oh Goku, I've missed you!" Chichi said.

"I've missed you Chichi...huh? I think there's a little me hiding behind your leg Chichi!" Goku said, pointing out the nervous Goten.

"Oh Goten, its okay!" Chichi said.

Goten popped back out and took a few seconds to respond, "Hi...I'm Goten…"

"I'm Goku, your daddy! Hi!" Goku approached.

At first I was wondering if there would be a problem, but instead Goten rushed up to him, "DADDY!" Goku hoisted him up to his shoulder and properly said hello to his second born son. I smiled at the new father son bond that had literally blossomed right in front of me. Goku nodded to Vegeta, who only scowled in response. He waved at Trunks, he didn't know what to do, so he just gave him a nod up with his head. Then he got to me, and was instantly confused. He glanced at both Vegeta and Bulma for a moment, but seemed to dismiss what he might have come up with. With Goten on his shoulder, he walked over to me, confusion rattled his face, and others around were staring at our official meeting.

"Um, who are you?" he asked.

I stuck out my hand with a slight smile, more than likely earning a frown from Vegeta in the process, "Hello Goku, I'm Verto."

FINAL POWERLEVELS, these will be the power levels to begin with at the tournament, again not necessarily used to their maximums.

Verto: 40,000,000, Super Saiyan: 100,000,000, transformed: 400,000,000

Trunks: 35,000,000, Super Saiyan: 95,000,000

Goten: 30,000,000, Super Saiyan: 90,000,000

Vegeta: 75,000,000, Super Saiyan: 200,000,000, SS2: 340,000,000

Gohan: 68,000,000, Super Saiyan: 190,000,000, SS2: 315,000,000

Goku: 78,000,000, Super Saiyan: 215,000,000, SS2: 360,000,000

Piccolo: 180,000,000 (max)

Krillin: 25,000,000

18: 60,000,000

Hercule Satan: 185

Videl: 315

Preview of next Series:

The tournament is here, Verto has finally met Goku and prepares himself for the events to come. Then when he meets the Supreme Kai, his memory fails and he no longer remembers what happens. Verto finds himself on the front lines to defend the earth from Babidi and the threat of Majin Buu. Can the young Super Saiyan prevent the destruction of earth, or will he merely delay the inevitable? Find out next time in DBV Series 2: The Buu Ordeal.

A/N: It will be different compared to the original, especially farther into the story. As with many parts of my story, little things early on mean a lot later on, catch it if you can.

And this whole saga has been reloaded for all those damn errors I still had in there, plus the new ones that the powers that be provided. I will be working on the next ones soon.