He's Like An Angel, Goten-A Tale of Dragon Ball Z
Disclaimer: As usual, Dragon Ball Z and related characters
are property of Akira Toriyama.
Authors note: This story is based upon the English Dubbed
episode "I'll Fight Too". I prefer the
Japanese versions, but I thought the climax of this episode was sweet.
Gohan turned off the lamp in the room he shared with his
little brother Goten. It had been a
long day for them and there would be even longer days as they prepared for the
"Gohan," Goten called as they settled down in their beds.
The elder turned to the other and asked, "Hmm?" He game the younger his full attention.
"What's our dad like?" Goten asked him. Inside he was very anxious to meet his
father at the World Martial Arts tournament almost a month away.
Gohan smiled at the seven year-old in the feint
moonlight. "He's like an angel, Goten,"
"What's an angel like?" the younger half-saiyan enquired.
The elder half-saiyan reached over to ruffle through the spiky
tufts of his little brother's black hair.
"I don't know for sure," he murmured, "but they make you feel all happy
inside when you're around them." For
several moments he sat up in a deep silence.
"You miss our dad,
don't you?" Goten asked, after observing how his brother had become so quiet
after answering his last question. He
scooted next to Gohan and gave him a brotherly hug.
Gohan nodded. "I do
miss him a lot," he whispered. He then
smiled a little bit as Goten embraced his chibi arms about his waist. "How about we sneak out for a night ride on
"Yeah!" Goten beamed as he tumbled into his brother's lap,
"I'm not tired anyway."
And so they rode together on the small yellow nimbus cloud
until they came over a field of green grass and yellow wildflowers. Here they landed and sat down amongst the
blossoms and gazed up at the starry diamonds of the night sky.
"Can you tell me how daddy died?" Goten asked, looking over
to Gohan, "Mom never would tell me whenever I asked her. I have to know, Gohan.
Gohan studied the seriousness on the little saiya-jin's
face. He knew that their mother didn't
want to hurt Goten, but he did have a right to know the truth. "I'll tell you, Goten," he answered, "but
you have to promise to keep it just between us."
"Deal then," Goten said as he lay back into the soft grass.
It nearly covered him.
"Several months before you were born there was an evil
android named Cell," Gohan began, "he killed many people for their energy
because the more energy he consumed, the stronger he would become. Cell even challenged the Earth's most
powerful fighters to a tournament-our father was one of them. He faught so valiantly against Cell, but he
knew that it was up to me to destroy his wickedness. But I was very afraid you see, and Cell tried to kill me. Dad knew this and sacrificed his own life to
save me, but Cell came back. I was
still afraid, but dad spoke to me from Heaven and gave me the strength and
encouragement I needed to save the world.
Our father gave up everything he had because he loved all of us."
Goten brushed tears away and hugged his big brother. "Dad's not like an angel then, Gohan," he
said, "he is an angel. I bet he even
has wings too!"
"I think you're right, squirt," Gohan replied, gazing up at
the stars as they danced like white jewels against the black sky. Both brothers sat there for about an hour
before summoning kinto'un to carry them back home to their beds. Goten himself felt more proud of his father
now that he knew why he had died. Both
brothers went to rest for their training.
As they drifted off to sleep, a figure in Heaven too went to
rest. As he removed his orange gi and
blue undershirt, shimmering white plumage unfolded into two majestic wings that
wavered gently in a breeze.