And quietly from the other world, a gathering of familiar faces -- Krillin, 18, and Marron, Piccolo (who was allowed by King Yemma to return to heaven), Master Roshi, Tien, Chiaoutzu, OxKing, Puar, Oolong, and even Yamcha, who stood at a safe distance, Mr. and Mrs. Briefs, and Goku, ChiChi, Gohan, Videl and Goten, as well as Queen Anuhea, Vegeta, Bulma, Trunks, and Bra -- all joined to together to watch as little Vegeta, Jr., and little Goku, Jr., took their places on the arena floor of that Tenkaichi Budoukai taking place in the world of the living, some 100 years in the future.

"You've done well in your lifetimes, my son and my daughter" the still young and exquisitely beautiful, former Saiyan Queen Anuhea said proudly to Vegeta and Bulma.

"Just look at him!" the wild little Queen beamed. "He looks just like you, Vegeta!"

"Vegeta, that little warrior exists today only because you, my son, in the face of great adversity, chose life rather than death, chose love rather than hate, and chose to create rather than to destroy".

And the onyx black eyes of the exquisitely beautiful, tiny Anuhea welled with tears as she smiled proudly at Vegeta, knowing that her son had indeed assumed his place with the legendary Saiyan warriors of old. And the onyx black eyes of the proud Prince welled with tears as he smiled right back, knowing that she knew.

When she walked up to him and embraced him, he didn't turn her away even though he knew everyone was watching.

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Greetings from the author:

I had recently published the complete version of this chapter to conclude the Shattering, but I soon realized that Vegeta still has too much more to say, and so the story will continue for a while. And with that, I decided to place it as the prologue to The Shattering so you can see a happy ending really does exist for Vegeta, but it's still going to take some time for our proud little Prince to get there.

And when the story is complete, a chapter titled "And quietly from the other world…The Conclusion" will appear as the final chapter.

In the anime world of Akira Toriyama's DBZ and DBGT, Vegeta starts out as a ruthless killer and almost 30 years later, ends up a proud middle-aged warrior completely devoted to Bulma and to his family. He goes on to have a daughter named Bra, who he adores and spoils rotten. And apart from his time spent in the other world after he sacrifices himself to try to destroy Majin Buu, he stays with his family on a daily basis from the conclusion of the Cell Games forward to the end of DBGT. The power of love in his character's life changes Vegeta dramatically, and throughout the anime, the passionate Prince cries more times than even Krillen. He eventually even calls a truce with Kakarotto and together they fight Majin Buu -- and in a true act of impassioned heroics, Vegeta helps save the very earth he set out so long ago to destroy.

The Shattering follows the DBZ storyline, but is indeed its own story as it looks at the sounds of the shattering of Vegeta's barriers to happiness, as he tells his story and shares his heart and mind with us. Like Vegeta, the story is strong and intense, it's wild, passionate, and erotic, it's funny and sad without being weak and out of character for Vegeta, and it's even brutal at times.

As you read The Shattering, I can safely guarantee that at least 99% of you will laugh out loud at least once and I can also safely guarantee that at least 99% of even the strongest warrior out there among you will have eyes that well up with tears at least once as well. But in the words of Anuhea, "it's okay to weep", dear reader, "tears bring life".

And finally, The Shattering a love story involving Vegeta, Bulma, and Trunks.

Thank you, Vegeta, for touching our lives. We love you.

LindaN

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It is now with great excitement that I now launch you into Chapter two as Vegeta's story begins. You will journey with Vegeta as the shear intensity of his body's desire, in combination with the love in his heart for Bulma finally overcomes his sense of reason and two of them connect for the first time.