A light breeze blew over the remains of the battlefield as the five surviving saiyans surveyed it. It seemed from the moment Jenemba had been destroyed, the world around them was changing once more. Instead of the twisted place the demon had created, a more barren place came to be with rocky mountains, dead grey clouds, and streams of red water.
"So this is what Hell really looks like," Gohan commented.
"Yep, this is the place," his father answered.
"Seems inviting, though I think I'll wait until I'm actually dead to come back here."
"I think I'm gonna have to agree with you on that one."
Suddenly, Vegeta spoke up. "So that form you took, the golden one with the aura; was that the Super Saiyan of legend?"
Gohan chuckled a bit. "I was wondering when you'd get around to asking that."
Vegeta scowled. "Well? I'm still waiting for an answer."
Sighing, the saiyan replied "Yes and no."
"Yes and no? How's that?"
"Well, the blond hair, teal eyes, and the appearance of the aura were the same as the Super Saiyan, but the power I had, it wasn't like it at all. Even the aura was different too. I don't think I've ever had it that fierce and…showy."
"Showy?" Goku spoke up, slightly confused. "What do you mean 'showy'?"
"Normally I don't have those bolts of electricity bouncing around me."
The saiyan prince then turned his attention back to the world in front of them. "This does raise up some questions," he finally acknowledged.
A silence fell upon the warriors then, neither one of them finding anything worthwhile to say. It just felt like one of those moments that no one really had to say anything.
But then a thought occurred to one of them, specifically Goten. "Umm guys? How are we gonna get out of this place?"
That brought everyone back to reality as the realization of their situation weighted down upon them.
"Is there anyway out of this…?" Gohan trailed off.
"Otherworld," Goku supplied him.
"Right, Otherworld. Well, is there a way out of here?"
"Not that I know of," his father said as he scratched the back of his head. "This place was meant to keep things in, not let them out."
"So that means we're stuck here?" Trunks inquired, slightly becoming alarmed.
"It would seem that way," Vegeta answered.
This time a melancholy feeling descended upon the group. Were these three youths truly trapped in the afterlife?
Sighing a bit, Gohan finally said "I guess we just have to get use to being here for awhile."
"But there's got to be a way out of here!" Goten protested. "We still have to get back home!"
"Yeah!" Trunks agreed.
"That's enough out of you two," Vegeta suddenly snapped. "Like it or not, you're gonna have to learn to tolerate this place. There's nothing you can do that will change that fact."
"Besides," Goku added, "it's not so bad once you get use to the place. And you have us for company! We can have all sorts of adventures here!"
"That's very comforting Kakarot," the saiyan princes retorted. "You're talking to two teenage boys that haven't even lived a full life. What makes you think hanging around a couple dead guys is gonna make it any better for them?"
"Oh…you have a point."
It was amongst the banter though, that something caught Gohan's eye. As he looked out towards the horizon, a small green speck floated through the clouds and seemed to flounder about as if it was trying to decide whether to land or not. Truly an odd spectacle.
After a couple minutes, the speck came to some kind of conclusion and started heading towards the group. Though wary at first, the saiyan's instincts weren't perturb by it. Was it possible that this phenomenon was harmless?
And as it grew closer and closer, it grew bigger and bigger, though no bigger than Vegeta. One thing was for certain though, there was someone within the speck.
"Finally!" a familiar voice shouted. "It took me forever to find you!"
That one line caught all of the other saiyans' attentions as their conversation came to a sudden close. "Who is that?!" Vegeta demanded as he and Goku dropped into fighting stances.
Gohan, however, came alive at the voice. "Bibidi, is that you?"
The green orb came to a rest in front of the pack of warriors and quickly vanished, revealing the small wizard. "Yes, it's me," he replied. "You're a hard person to find, even when you're not moving around."
"Gohan, you know this guy?" Goku asked, slowly dropping his focus on fighting.
"Yeah, all three of us do," the Son answered as he indicated Trunks and Goten. "We met him while we were in Outer Space."
"Since when were you in Outer Space?!"
"Ehh, whoops?" Gohan said as he scratched the back of his head. "Guess I forgot to mention that."
"Never mind that," Vegeta said, "I want to know what this guy wants."
Bibidi looked a little startled at the angry appearing saiyan. "I…I just came to retrieve these friends of yours," he stammered.
"Is that so?"
"Yes it is. May I ask who you are?"
"I am Prince Vegeta of Planet Vegeta. That is all you need to know," the saiyan replied gruffly.
Bibidi looked between the small man and all the other saiyans before something clicked in his head. "You actually know this person?"
"Watch your mouth freak!"
"Now Vegeta," Gohan said gently. "We need his help to get me, my brother, and your son out of here."
"You mean one of you is related to him?!"
"Bibidi, shut up!"
Veins had started to pop on both Gohan and Vegeta's foreheads, though for obviously different reasons; Vegeta's out of anger and Gohan's out of exasperation. It seemed things were deteriorating quickly.
"Things don't seem to be going well," Trunks whispered to Goten.
"Yeah, no kidding."
In the meantime, Gohan kept an eye on Vegeta to make sure he wouldn't erupt soon. When he thought the prince had a hold on himself, albeit slightly, he swung himself around and said to Bibidi "I suppose I should do a quick introduction. As you already know, this is Prince Vegeta," making sure to put the "Prince" title into the mix. "He's Trunks' father. The other man," he gestured towards Goku, "is mine and Goten's father. To his friends he's called Goku but to most saiyans it's Kakarot."
"Hiya!" Goku greeted.
Blowing air out of his mouth to help calm his nerves, Gohan then turned back to Goku and Vegeta. "Dad, Vegeta, this is the Bibidi, a very skilled wizard of the Majins."
That last part caught Vegeta's attention immediately. "Majin?! He's one of the Majin?!"
"Uhh, yeah. Is there a problem?"
All the saiyan prince did was stare at the little alien in astonishment. "To think I'd ever see one of that race."
Sweeping his eyes on the group, Gohan finally allowed himself to relax. That situation had been a little bit too tense for him, especially after getting out of a fight with a really powerful demon. He was gonna need a vacation…a very long vacation.
For awhile, the whole group remained quiet. Eventually, Bibidi took a look around and said "So I take it you beat the Beast. How was that?"
Gohan hung his head for a little bit before lifting it and answering. "It was one of the toughest battles I had ever been in. All five of us had a hard time keeping up with him."
The wizard nodded. "Well, you all managed to pull it off and that's all that matters. Now then, I think it's time we left this place."
Moving towards the Majin, Gohan, Goten, and Trunks stood close to him before looking back at their fathers. "It was nice seeing you again," Gohan said.
"Yeah, it was great," Goten agreed.
"Wished it was under better circumstances," Trunks added.
Both saiyans smirked before giving a simple wave. "The sentiment is mutual," Vegeta replied.
"Hopefully the next time we meet is much later," Goku said. "You know, after you're dead."
The three warriors nodded their heads before the green orb of energy formed around them and lifted off into the sky.
Watching their sons disappear through the clouds, Goku finally spoke "They've come a long way."
"Yes they have Kakarot. I can't tell you how proud of them I am."
"So that was your family," Bibidi said for lack of anything better.
"Yeah," Gohan answered. "Something wrong with that?"
"No, no; it's just that I thought you'd have…different parental figures."
"Different? How so?"
"Hey Bibidi," Goten butted it. "High far up are we gonna have to go?"
"Quite a ways up," the wizard answered. "Why do you ask?"
"Cause I'm bored."
"Already?! But we only just started!"
"Yeah, but I just have this need to do something."
"What's wrong with you?! Do you have the attention span of a goldfish?!" Bibidi exclaimed.
Goten scowled. "That wasn't nice."
"He does have a point Goten," Trunks interceded. "You do get bored pretty quickly."
"You stay out of this Trunks."
Bibidi slowly turned his head to look at Gohan, his mouth slightly open from disbelief. In response, the saiyan said "Yeah, this is how they usually are when there's nothing pressing to worry about."
The look of disbelief became shock. "You can't be serious."
"Do you see me laughing?"
Such banter continued until the group rose from a large pit. From what the saiyans could tell, they weren't in the same place as they had been when they entered the palace. A gaping hole with mountains acting as its borders was below them.
"Where in Kami are we?" Trunks asked aloud.
"We're at the place of Dabura's palace," Bibidi answered casually.
"Okay then, where's the palace? That place is a little too big to just suddenly vanish from sight."
"Well, after you three went in, the place kinda collapsed on itself. The powers of Jenemba pretty much caused the destruction of the building and the battlefield around it."
"Must've been a sight to see," Goten mused.
"Yes it was," another voice said.
Startled, everyone within Bibidi's shield jerked to their right, their eyes falling upon a fully dressed Piccolo; dressed meaning a gi, cape, and turban.
"Piccolo!" Goten shouted. "You're alright!"
"Sure am," the Namekian replied with a half smile. "You three aren't looking so bad yourselves."
Bibidi soon dropped his shield, which allowed the three saiyans to crowd around their comrade. "How's it feel to have your body back?" Trunks questioned.
"Pretty good actually," the green man replied. "I had almost forgotten what it was like to have one."
"Well, fortunately you didn't forget too much," Gohan said with a small smirk.
Piccolo returned the same look before looking around. "So now what?"
"Well, there's not much of anything else left to fight on this rock, right?" the saiyan responded.
"Well then, I don't know about ya'll, but I'm going home."
A cheer erupted from the two younger saiyans. "Finally!" they shouted simultaneously.
The two older warriors just looked at them before smiling. Wordlessly they took off towards their ship, or at least where they thought it was. "So long Babidi!" either Trunks or Goten shouted back to the wizard as they flew away.
All the Majin did was wave his hand after him before descending down towards the group of his colleagues. "Well, they took care of our pest problem."
"Thank Kami," one of them spoke.
"You think this is finally over?" another asked.
"Hopefully," Bibidi answered. "Hopefully we all don't have to worry about something like this for the rest of our lives."
Videl was staring intently at the oldest Son, trying to figure out her next move.
Ever since the four warriors had arrived on the ship, they had all taken a room on board and pretty much closed themselves off from the world; though for different reasons. The saiyans because they were worn out and the sole Namek so he could avoid any and all human contact.
However, Videl had managed to get into Gohan's room before he had the chance to completely shut himself off from the world. After much strenuous attempts to find out what had happened with the demon lord, the Satan girl's curiosity had grown to unbearable levels.
And one of the only people who could tell her was not even uttering a word to satisfy her.
Sure, Gohan had claimed to be completely worn out and said he would tell her later, but that wasn't what she wanted. She wanted answers now and then some. She would not be denied what she wanted.
Suddenly, the saiyan said out of the blue "You look good."
A slight blush crept onto the dark headed girl's face. Though she still had her baggy white shirt on, her shorts were lacking; meaning the only thing that covered her bottom half was her underwear.
Though her bed companion had been baffled by them, since he had never known such garments existed, he did find their uses, mostly aesthetically, rather pleasing.
It also didn't help that she was lying on her side on the bed with the curve of her hip prominent. Added to the fact that Gohan was lying on his back with his head turned towards her, she had to think that she must've been a sight, at least at that angle.
"You're changing the subject," Videl protested as she pushed away her blush.
The saiyan, however, just looked at her, his eyes blinking slowly. Slowly, he extended a hand that cupped her face and then brought it closer to his, giving her a soft, tender kiss.
That kiss soon grew more passionate, causing Videl to scoot closer to her lover's battle worn body. Somewhere amongst the sign of affection, Gohan had rolled on top of the Satan girl, pinning her beneath him.
Finally, they released the kiss breathlessly; small pants coming from their mouths. "I thought you were tired," Videl managed to say after awhile.
A small smile came upon Gohan's face. "I just caught my second wind."
And that was the last thing he said to her before his lips descended upon hers.
And with that, Breaking Grace is finished. Much thanks to all who reviewed, especially Anonymous Void who reviewed every chapter.
I rather enjoyed making this story and I'm glad some of you liked it too. It's now my longest chaptered story which is a big accomplishment for me. I don't put that many chapters in my writing as some of you may have noticed. Also, as I've mentioned before, and have said to some people in my review replies, a third story in this series will be made under the name Blue Angels. But before that, I'll be finishing up a project that's been sitting for awhile, namely the fic I'm working on for Ms. Videl Son. I'm almost done with it and hopefully I can start posting it soon. After that, I'll be back to finishing this trilogy.
And hey, at least Gohan's not in a coma, right? Once again, thanks for reading and a special thanks to all who reviewed.