Bad Man

Epilogue: Full Circle

Disclaimer: Characters and premise are the property of Akira Toriyama, I'm just borrowing them for a little non-profit fun.


Five weeks after their daughter's birth, Vegeta and Bulma take her home. Bulma named her Bra while Vegeta was distracted by keeping her alive. He complains about the name, but if they'd left it to him she'd still be in need of one.

Bra is still terribly small. There's a special light they're supposed to expose her to each day to help keep her from becoming jaundiced, whatever that is. They've got a list of instructions on things to watch for and things to do. But the doctors are tentatively hopeful about her prognosis.

A week later, when Capsule Corp's head of security arrives for the start of his shift he finds Vegeta waiting for him.

"I'm taking over. The next time something happens I will see to it that you are less inadequate."

"Okay. What do we do?"

"First, you will teach me your current methodologies."

In the following month the security personnel at Capsule Corp begin to learn to focus and make use of their ki. And Vegeta learns enough about how humans track one another to locate Andrew Deshay.

When Vegeta had been a very small child he'd believed that he could protect the things he cared about through obedience to Freiza. Then for a very long time he'd had nothing to protect. When that had changed he'd fought against it, hadn't wanted to accept it and certainly hadn't considered it a good thing for a very, very long time.

Once he would have made the mistake of trying to satisfy his pride before anything else. This time he'd taken care of his family first.

Vegeta watched Deshay's fearful routines. Apparently anticipation of what was coming to him has kept the worm company during the three months reprieve Vegeta had allowed him while dealing with more important things.

Vegeta smiled darkly. "You don't have much longer to worry about what I might do," he said to himself as he landed directly in the path of Deshay's speeding car.