Disclaimer: I don't own Dragonball Z, and I don't own Three Little Birds by Bob Marley either.
"Don't worry about a thing
'cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: don't worry about a thing…"
I hugged Dad, patting him on the back. I knew he'd do it; he always saves us.
My Dad is a hero. Once, Goten asked me what he was like. 'He's like an angel,' I had replied. Yes, my father was an angel. An angel who died, seven years ago.
Until yesterday, it had been seven years since I had seen him. What hurts the most is that I know his death was my fault. I may have not have made the fatal blast, but my actions had killed my father, my amazing dad.
I will always regret my actions. The worst thing about memory is that its often the most traumatic experiences that you remember. I remember the day I fought Cell with perfect clarity.
No one knows how much that day has haunted me.
Its part of the reason I stopped training so much. I didn't even mind that mom made me study so much, it took my mind off Cell. If I trained, however, I remembered training with my dad. Then I remembered his confidence in me, then my stupidity.
Why did I have to go and be so damn cocky!
Because of me, my stupid decision to drag the fight out, to savour the victory, Cell had chosen to self-destruct.
And dad had chosen to give up his life to save us all.
It was one of the reasons why I didn't mind the fact that Hurcule took credit for the destruction of Cell. I may have killed Cell, but I also killed the greatest hero that had ever walked this planet.
I didn't deserve any praise. What I did, was as bad as any villain.
I looked over to see Videl standing with her father, his arms around her much smaller frame. She talked about how annoying her dad could be sometimes, but I could tell that she loved him dearly.
I wonder what she would think of me if she found out what I did.
I feel sick at that thought; she would probably think I was terrible. Did she think I was terrible now? I've hid so many things from her, I never told her I was a Saiyan, I never told her what really happened at the Cell games…hell, she probably feels like she doesn't even know me anymore.
That hurts, because I really want to know her.
Growing up in the country, I've never really known any girls. Sure, I bumped into a few here and there, but the only constant females in my life have been Bulma, and my mom. So I'm not that good when it comes to knowing how to act around the opposite sex.
But I realised something, in these last few weeks.
I love Videl.
When I first met Videl, I just thought she was crazy. Always following me around, trying to unmask 'Saiyaman,' she made life kind of hard.
But then I got to know her better. She just wanted to beat Saiyaman because she wanted to be the best. She was a hard worker, in all aspects of life. And she cared about the people, always risking her life, not for the fame, but for the sake of others.
That was the first thing I realised about Videl; she was a good person.
Well, maybe it wasn't the first thing I noticed about Videl. To be honest, the first thing I noticed about her was actually how pretty she was. Even in her tomboy outfits, she always looked great to me, far better than all the other girls in our class.
I had been annoyed at first, when she first made me teach her how to fly. But when her ten days of training were over, I felt sad. Secretly, I didn't want her to go, and I missed her company. And the way she smelled, and her laugh, and how nice her butt looked in those shorts.
What can I say? I'm a teenage guy.
It was when she fought Spopovich, that I finally realised the extent of my feelings for her. As I saw her getting beaten, it made me so mad, mad enough that I almost lost control. I don't want to think of what would've happened had he not stopped when he did.
I think I would have ripped his throat out. Literally.
But now we're all safe. Dad defeated Kid Buu, with the help of Vegeta- and even Hurcule- and the world can go back to normal once more.
Which leaves me with the question, what am I going to do about Videl?
I suppose I have to tell her, although she probably doesn't feel the same way about me. I'm not really too keen on getting rejected.
She's been staring at me a bit today, so maybe she does like me. She always looks away when she sees I've caught her looking. She really is beautiful; I like the way her cheeks turn pink, and how she glances back at me demurely.
Does she even realise what she's doing to me?
She leaves then, flying in her capsule plane with her dad, and the puppy. Buu flies along beside them, something that I'm not too happy about.
"That Buu can be trusted, so don't worry," my dad tells me. I still feel funny about leaving Videl with him around, but if dad isn't worried, I suppose I shouldn't be either.
Eventually, we all say our goodbyes to everyone on the lookout. I tell Piccolo that I'll come visit soon, and he smiles, something he only really does for me.
Even though I don't see him that often these days, Piccolo is still one of the most important people in my life. After my dad died, it was Piccolo who saw through my happy façade, and actually acknowledged that I was having a hard time.
The best thing about Piccolo is that he doesn't lie. He just tells it like it is, regardless of whether it might be offensive. When my dad died, he told me straight up that I had made a huge mistake during the fight.
But he also told me that dad's death wasn't my fault, and I felt better, knowing that that was what he really thought. Like I said before, Piccolo doesn't lie to me.
Dad used instant transmission to get us back home. Straight away, mom set to work making us dinner.
I always feel sorry for her, having to feed so many Saiyans. And its not like we can help her either, we have a tendency to break the china by accident.
I can tell something is bothering dad, but I don't let him know that I can see past his happy front. Today should be a day for celebration, its Goten's first night with dad home, and I don't want to ruin it for him.
Its amazing, really, just how much Goten is like dad, even though mom's the one who has brought him up. They both have the same innocence, exactly the same looks, and the same ability to make everyone around feel happy.
I suppose tonight I shouldn't worry about the negative things, I should focus on the positive- the fact that my family is back together at last. I hope this is the way it will always stay.
When its time for bed, dad comes and tells us a story, about his very first martial arts tournament. I close my eyes; happy to listen to the voice I've missed for so long.
When he finishes, he kisses Goten on the head, tucking him in, before heading over to my bed.
"I guess you're too old for that now, huh?" he asks, sadness evident in his eyes.
"No way, dad," I whisper back. I'm afraid that if I speak any louder, I might actually break down. I've really missed having him around.
He smiles, but his smile is a sad one, before he leans down, kissing my forehead like he used to do all those years ago. Then he switches off the light, shutting the door quietly after that. I hear him walk into his room, followed by mom, but I don't hear anything after that for a while.
Goten starts to snore quietly, but I can't get to sleep. I hear voices coming from my parents' room, but they're too quiet to know what they're saying. I guess they have a lot to talk about.
Mom's voice rises for a moment, but after that its silent. After a while, I hear the same noises that I remember hearing as a kid. I didn't use to know what it was, but now I know better.
I wish I didn't know. I'd rather not hear.
I roll over, pulling my pillow over my head in attempt to block out the sounds. It doesn't work, and I decide that I have to get out before I go crazy. Quietly, so that I don't wake Goten, I open the window and slip out, closing it behind me.
I look up at the stars, it's a clear night, and it's beautiful. Not as beautiful as Videl.
Suddenly, I can't stand being here any longer. I have to be with her, I have to tell her how I feel. The events of the past few days have just been to crazy, what if I never had the chance to see her again?
I don't even want to think about it. She's too important to me now.
I run through the forest near our home, making sure I'm a safe distance from the house before taking off. I'm not sure if dad will notice me leaving or not, and I hope that if he does, he just decides to ignore it.
I use my new form to fly as fast as I can, rather than turning Super Saiyan. Its good, because no one will see me from the ground, so I don't have to worry about any 'gold fighter' sightings.
Soon, I can sense Videl's ki, too. What is she doing? I realise she's headed straight for me, and I get that nervous sick feeling in my stomach.
Maybe she wanted to see me tonight?
Now I don't know what to say to her, and I'm freaking out. How could I be so stupid? I'm going to make an absolute fool out of myself.
Before I have much more of a chance to think, I'm already there, hovering in front of her.
"Hi Videl," I say, hoping she didn't notice the fact that my voice just broke, "I wanted to talk to you about something."
"Hi," she replies, her voice also a little nervous, "I wanted to say something, too."
She wants to say something. She wants to say something. She must feel the same way, why else would she be out here in the middle of the night?
I want to tell her how I feel, but nothings coming out of my mouth. What can I do? I can't just stay here staring at her; she'll think I'm a freak!
What do I do?
Suddenly, I know exactly what I need to do. Words just won't be enough, anyway. I need to show her how I feel.
As I start moving, I here her begin to say something, but its too late to stop now.
I kiss her.
At first I feel her tense up, and I worry that this was the wrong idea. You don't go round kissing girls without their permission!
She kisses me back.
My heart starts to pound, and I'm kissing her like there's no tomorrow. This is so much better than I imagined it would be.
I still have to speak to her, though.
I pull away, and I hear her sigh, her sweet breath blowing on my cheek. I look into her eyes, hoping that she feels the same way for me, and gaining courage by what I see in her.
"I love you, Videl."
There, I said it. Now at least she knows.
"I love you, too," she replies, and my heart soars. She loves me!
I kiss her again, holding her close to me, never wanting to let her go. I don't know how long we stay there for, but when I finally look up the stars have moved from their original positions.
"Gohan," Videl starts laughing, "what are you wearing?"
"Huh?" I look down too see that I'm in nothing but what I wore to bed, which were a pair of boxer shorts with teddies on them, and a white tank top. How did I forget the most basic thing, like getting dressed? "Ohh…" I trail off, blushing furiously.
"So you this is what you do in the middle of the night, fly around in your underwear?" she questions teasingly.
"Look, I can explain!" I begin, trying to save myself. She just laughs, before kissing me again.
"I get it, you were just in bed, and spontaneously decided to talk to me, right?" she says.
"Yeah. I didn't even think about clothes," I laugh nervously.
"All I could think about was you, Gohan."
I kiss her forehead, hugging her tighter.
Tonight is definitely about the positive things in life.
"'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"
A/N: Thank you to all who reviewed in the last chapter, its great to get your feedback! I hope you liked this one... Its longer than the rest because there were so many things I felt I had to cover.