How Things Turn Out
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To get the full gist of where we are at with this you will need to read How Things Work Out . That will explain who Serena is, what happened to her and how she came to be. It will also explain Tiffany and Jo and many other characters who you will see throughout this piece.
At the bottom of each chapter will be a soundtrack which will feature perfect backing music for the content of that chapter. As well as a small synopsis or teaser for the next chapter. Reviews are greatly appreciated they make me a better writer and also inspire me to write more sooner. Updates will be on an irregular basis unfortunately.
Chapter Two – Announcement
Every proceeded to take their seats at the table. Videl and Gohan continued to reintroduce everyone. Just so they could get familiar with everyone after all these years. Pan, Nicole and Gotran went off and began to play with the pile of toys Bulma had set up for them.
"Play nice Pan" Videl shouted as her daughter waved her hand in the air as if to say 'yeah yeah'. Videl sighed, she was definitely like her. Eraser smiled.
"She's going to be a feisty one" Eraser teased as Lime and Jo laughed.
"Oh too funny" Jo laughed, she stopped when Tiffany poked her.
"What's so funny" Tiffany queried from her position beside Lime. Jo shrugged and tried to maintain her laugher. "Spill it"
"Oh just thinking of that picture of Sharpener dressed up" Jo answered, "Also when he was stuck on the toilet because of those two" she pointed to two teenagers who were sitting next to Sharpener almost looking scared.
"Oh yes I remember that" Tiffany answered with a giggle. "So what have you ladies been up too since we last got together?"
Videl frowned. "Nothing really. Being pregnant with a saiyans kind of stopped any plans I had. I did get through university though thankfully, what about you?"
"My album comes out in December" Tiffany answered, "That is if it gets to where I want it"
"I'm sure it's lovely" Eraser spoke up. "Everything you wrote in high school was wonderful and everyone loved it"
"The difference is I'm on my own I don't have the wonderful band I had in school" Tiffany answered. "We made an awesome band, How about you Lime?"
"She's become a bit of a bookworm" Jo teased dodging a playful punch from Lime. Lime smiled then blushed nervously.
"I'm studying for my masters in Education and Music" She said softly.
"That's amazing!" Videl and Eraser exclaimed. "You should be proud" Videl added. She was proud of her friend.
"That's a big achievement" Eraser answered. "I myself am doing some study via correspondence and looking after my daughter"
"So why no kids for you three?" Videl asked out of curiosity. "Didn't Leo want any?"
Tiffany hung her head in shame. "Leo and I broke up four years ago"
Videl gave her friend a hug. "Oh I'm sorry"
Tiffany looked up at her friends and smiled. "It's okay, really it is. I'm not going to lie it does still hurt. I think I actually loved him. He said he felt like second best to my music. He didn't like that, and that's understandable"
The group just looked at their friend in awe. Only Tiffany could see a positive in a breakup. It was what made them love her all the more. Her ability to see the good in everyone and everything.
"Okay everyone" Bulma stood on the table and tapped the edge of her cup. She smiled when she got everyone's attention. "There was actually a reason I called you all here today"
"Uh oh" Gohan shouted, "I'd run now Vegeta"
The group laughed as Vegeta growled under his breath about the comment.
"Shush!" Bulma hissed, "Actually I called you here because I have a favor to ask of you" she turned her attention to the younger group. "Capsule Corporation has been asked to sponsor a fund created to aid our education system in Satan City. To do this they want us to run a concert. However we need acts and they need to be free"
"You expect us to work for free?" Marker asked, "Talent doesn't come in bottles you know"
"It will if you expect to be able to have kids" Bulma answered causing the young man to shut up as his hand ran down to his crotch and he moaned after imagining the pain he would be in. "I wouldn't be asking If I really didn't need your help. This is for a good cause, in whichever case I'll let you rest on it for twenty four hours"
She stepped off the table and returned to her spot within the group. The youngsters found themselves lost in their own conversation. Should they get together at the age of twenty four to perform like they were sixteen again?
Videl and Gohan walked into their household, Gohan had hold of Pan who was sleeping in his arms with her head on his shoulder. She smiled to his wife as he bent down and gave her a quick kiss.
"Put her in bed and then come back out?" Videl whispered to him, he nodded as he walked up the stairs to his daughter's room.
Gohan would have to admit being a husband was great. But the greatest fulfillment he got was being a father to Pan. He loved her more than anything in this world. He would be extremely protective of her. The moment his daughter was born he suddenly understood Hercule's actions back when they were in high school. It's a different feeling when you have a daughter. You don't become a dad you became a daddy.
He placed Pan in her bed; he knelt down to remove her shoes and socks. He'd decided to let her sleep in the outfit she was wearing. He pulled the blankets up to cover her, brushing her hair out of her face he gave her a quick kiss on the forehead and whispered 'Goodnight Panny' as he walked over to the window and opened it up a little. This was just how she liked it. As he went to walk out the door he flicked on the night light and exited the room and made his way down the stairs to his wife.
"Still asleep?" Videl asked as Gohan came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her slender waist and pulled her close. "So what do you think of this 'concert' idea Bulma has?"
"To be honest, I think it would be a great idea. But I don't know if we can fit in all the rehearsing that would be required. We haven't seen each other in several years we need to get back together to what we were before we can even consider it" Gohan answered kissing her forehead. "Besides, are you really sure you are up to performing on stage again?"
Videl cuddled close to him as she considered what he had just said. She knew what he was referring too.
I hold you close
And shout the words I only whispered before
For one more chance, for one last dance
There's nothing that I would not give and more
If only tears could bring you back to me
If only love could find a way
What I would do, what I would give
If you returned to me someday
As Videl finished that part of the song, she allowed the music to drag out before she said her final line. She looked around; there was no sign of her parents anywhere. They'd missed it.
However the sound of a fire truck and ambulance rushing down the streets filled the air. As did the smell of smoke. Everyone knew it was too loud to be far away.
Just to confirm their fears colliding cars and explosions were heard. Without thinking Videl dropped the microphone and ran outside. Gohan following her. She ran outside, everything was foggy. However she saw what looked to be her parent's car driving towards to the car park of auditorium. Only a truck that had been caught ablaze was coming towards them.
It didn't stop at all. IT was a head on collision, as the car tried to swerve the truck. It didn't make it in time as both cars went up in flames.
Videl dropped to the ground Gohan holding her tightly as she tried to run away. She banged her fist on the ground.
"NO!!!" she yelled as the flames engulfed the cars again. She broke down in tears, tears streaming down her cheeks like water running through rocks over a waterfall. The pain. The Loneliness. It all returned.
If my tears could bring you back to me
That wasn't the last time she'd performed, but each time was just as emotional. Even though she wouldn't show it, it was still there. She looked up at him.
"I think mom would be proud if I did this" Videl said softly, she tilted her head to kiss him on his lips. She melted in his arms as he pulled her closer. Oh how she loved this man.
Marker, Jo, Tiffany, Lime and Sharpener sat in the kitchen of Jo and Marker's house. Jo returned with cups of coffee for each of them. She sat down and smiled.
"So what do you guys think?" Jo asked.
"I think it's a great cause" Lime said happily as she got glared at from Jo.
"You would, you know I think you and the dweebster here were the only ones who enjoyed school" Marker teased.
"We were not!!" Tiffany and Lime answered in unison. "We just happened to like learning that's all" Tiffany finished. "Besides Gohan liked it as well"
"Yeah but with a mother like his he had no choice" Jo answered with a grin.
"Back to the subject at hand, we can use some songs I've worked on over the years" Tiffany suggested,
"Sounds wonderful" Lime answered "Your songs were amazing"
"Only cause I had a great band" Tiffany finished. "So I guess that's a yes from us"
The group smiled and began chatting amongst themselves about song choices etc.