"Papa. Please believe me. I have to save the universe, and in order to do that, I have to go into space. Don't worry! I'll be fine! Gohan and his friends will be there! They're very strong!"
Videl paused in front of the mirror. She sighed. "No, that's not going to work. How about…
"Papa, I know that this may be hard for you to understand, but I'm a big girl now, and can take care of myself. Well, I have to go into outer-space…"
Videl shook her head. "No, that won't work, either. Hmm…
"Papa, I have to help save the universe from a group of killer aliens that want to destroy things…"
Videl threw up her arms in frustration. "That won't work, either!! What the hell am I going to do?!"
She plopped down on the bed and stared at the ceiling. "How would Gohan do this?" He'd come right out with the truth, that's what he'd do. That's why I love him. Videl blushed, then stood up and walked back to the mirror.
"Um…papa? In three days, I'm going to be leaving. I may not be back for a while. You see, I volunteered to go into space. I guess I'm sort of expanding my community service of helping the police to helping the universe against some alien thugs. I really have to go. I won't be alone. So…don't worry about me."
Videl considered it. She grinned. "That's what I'll tell him!" She walked out of the room to find him.
"The master went on a business trip this afternoon," The butler stated when Videl asked his whereabouts, "Didn't he tell you?"
"I wasn't home…" Videl responded. "When's he going to be back?"
"In four days," the butler replied.
Videl bit her lip. "Is there a phone number? Did he take his cell-phone? I have to talk to him."
"Unfortunately, he forgot his cell-phone, and didn't leave a number to call." the butler shook his head. "He said not to expect any calls from him because he won't be able to get to a phone."
Videl sighed. Her eyes narrowed a bit in annoyance, Yea…he's probably going to be too busy flirting and prancing around with some floozy women to call.
"I'm terribly sorry, Miss Videl." the butler bowed. "I will take my leave now."
"Thank you." Videl nodded, then walked back to her room. She closed the door behind her. What am I going to do now? We'll be in outer space by the time papa comes back.
Videl picked up the phone and dialed Gohan's number.
"Hi…Chichi? It's Videl."
"Oh, hi, Videl! Are you looking for Gohan?"
"Yea…is he there?" Videl asked. I know it's late, but…
"You're in luck. He just came through the door from his training with Trunks, Goten, and Vegeta! I'll put him on! Hold on a minute!"
Videl waited until she heard a tired voice come on.
"Hey, Gohan." Videl smiled, and a blush rose to her cheeks. "You sound tired."
"Yea…Vegeta's training sessions are rough."
Videl cleared her throat. "Anyway…um…papa went away for four days on a business trip."
"Four days? How will you tell him about the space trip…?"
"I don't know!" Videl cried, tears in her eyes. "That's why I called you! I don't know what to do! I can't call him, he doesn't call us, and by the time I mail something, we'd be gone when he received it! I can't just fly over, either! I don't even know where he is…!"
"Woa! Calm down, Videl…!"
"I'll show you calm…" Videl gritted her teeth.
"You're going to have to make a choice."
Videl blinked at the serious tone. "What do you mean…?"
"Well, there's only one way to tell your father that I can think of. And that would be leaving a note. So, you can either do that and come with us, or not come."
"I'm coming," Videl stated certainly, "There's no doubt about that!"
"Are you sure, Videl? It's a very sudden thing. Your father will probably be upset."
"He's always upset about something." Videl shook her head. "Thanks for the tip, Gohan! Bye!" She hung up before he could say anything.
On the other end, Gohan stared at the phone. He slapped a hand to his forehead. "I'll never understand girls. Ever."
Gohan didn't see much of Videl the next day, since they trained separately. Vegeta was sparring with him in the Gravity Room. Trunks and Goten were training inside as well, and Videl was just training on her own. Bulma worked with her father on the spaceship, and reported that they were almost done. They would actually finish early. That meant that everyone could say good bye in two days.
Videl sighed as she walked down the hallways in school. Gohan was absent again. Probably taking these days off to train with Vegeta. She had things on her own mind, too. The thought of going into space was exciting at first, but now she was afraid. Mainly over losing Gohan, especially after they admitted how they felt. But also, since it was something new. She'd never been into space. The farthest she'd ever gone was from Satan City to the island where they held the Tenkaichi Budokai when she was 11.
"Earth to Videl. Come in, Videl."
Videl looked up. "Huh?"
Erasa smiled. "You've been out of it!"
"Oh, sorry, Erasa." Videl sighed. She glanced at the clock. They still had a couple of minutes study hall (and the school day) officially ended.
"Gohan's been out for the entire week." Sharpener leaned back. "I wonder what's up with that."
"Okay." Videl took a breath. "Listen. I will be leaving in two days."
"Leaving…?" Erasa blinked. "Like, moving?"
"No, not really…"
"How long will you be gone?" Erasa asked.
"I'm not sure, actually," Videl replied, "All I know is that it may take a week, or it may take a month. I don't know how long it will take."
"You don't know…?" Erasa's brow furred in worry. What was her friend talking about…?
"It's a dangerous mission," Videl continued, "I'm going with a man named Vegeta, a boy named Trunks, Gohan's younger brother Goten, and Gohan."
"With Gohan, hmm…?" Sharpener raised an eyebrow.
Videl shot him a glare that would have made Vegeta proud.
Sharpener shrunk back in his seat.
"But…why do you have to go?" Erasa asked, "Why do you have to go with them?"
Videl smiled. "I volunteered, Erasa. Just consider it part of my community service. Besides…someone has to do this. There's a threat that needs to be taken care of."
"A threat? Are we in danger?" Erasa gulped.
"Everyone will if we don't go," Videl stated, "It's essential that I go."
"But, Videl…that sounds too dangerous…" Erasa bit her lip, concern edging her features for her friend.
Videl offered a smile. "Don't worry, Erasa. I'll be fine. I've been training very hard, and I'm a lot stronger than before. I'm not going to be in school after today because of it. I have to prepare for leaving. You won't be able to find me, so don't try. So, I just wanted to say goodbye."
The bell rang.
Videl stood up. "Well, I don't know when the next time I see you guys will be, but take care."
Erasa threw her arms around her friend. "Videl!"
Videl blinked. "Erasa…?"
"What if you never come back?" Erasa cried.
Videl pulled her friend off of her. "Erasa, I will be back. I promise. And that's one I intend to keep."
Sharpener put a hand on Erasa's shoulder. "Hey, don't worry. Videl will be just fine. She can take care of herself. She is the daughter of Mister Satan, after all."
Erasa wiped her eyes. "You're right…"
"We know you can do it, Videl." Sharpener said with a smile.
Erasa nodded. "We believe in you. I guess it's more of a 'see you later' than a 'goodbye'."
Videl smiled at them. "Yep. Thanks, guys. I'll see you around sometime. See ya." She waved, then turned quickly and walked at a fast pace away. When she got off of the school grounds, she broke into a run, tears running down her face. Saying good bye to her friends was one of the hardest things she'd had to do.
Erasa and Sharpener walked out of the school, watching her until she disappeared around the corner.
"Will she be alright, do you think?" Erasa asked.
"She said she'll come back, and she will," Sharpener replied, "We can't go with her, so the only thing we can do now is trust in her."
Erasa nodded. "Yea. You're right. She'll be back."
Erasa smiled at him. "You know…that's the most intelligent thing you've said all year, Sharpener."
"Don't start, Erasa…"
Videl wasn't the only one saying farewell to her friends.
Gohan was giving the news of their departure to Krillin and Eighteen. Master Roshi and Oolong listened in as well.
"So, you see," Gohan concluded, "We'll be gone for quite some time."
Krillin sighed. "I wish I could come with you guys, but I know I'd regret it in the morning. I wouldn't stand a chance against Saiyans."
"You're not going to wear that goofy costume there, are you?" Krillin sweatdropped.
Gohan turned red with a bit of anger. "It's not goofy! It's cool!" He cleared his throat, his face returning to normal color. "I will be going in my fighting dogi."
"That's a relief." Krillin sighed. "So who's going aside from you?"
"Vegeta, Trunks, Goten, and Videl." Gohan counted.
They all knew who Videl was since Turupu's attack.
Krillin got a sly look on his face and he elbowed Gohan playfully a couple of times. "You mean, your girlfriend, right?"
Gohan turned red.
"I was right!" Krillin laughed, then he bent in and whispered in Gohan's ear. "So, how far have you gotten with her, hmm? Did you two get in your first kiss yet? Huh? Did you?"
Gohan stammered something, "Kn-knock it off, Krillin! Um…I've got to go train…"
"Sure you do…" Krillin grinned.
"S-see you guys around!" Gohan flew off.
"You enjoy teasing him, don't you?" Master Roshi spoke up.
Krillin just smiled and walked back inside.
The two days passed too quickly for some. They were gathered at Bulma's place after saying their final farewells to their family and friends. It was night time, since that was the best time to take off without attracting too much attention.
They were dressed in their usual fighting clothing; whatever they felt comfortable wearing. Trunks was wearing his dark green dogi, Goten was wearing his usual outfit of an orange dogi with a long-sleeved navy shirt, Videl was wearing a light red T-shirt under a white sleeveless with black shorts, Vegeta was wearing his usual Saiyan armor, and Gohan was wearing a dogi that looked almost exactly like his father's.
"Well," Bulma stated, "I already went over the controls and everything. Gohan, you've had the most experience, so you're in charge."
Gohan nodded. "Right."
"Now, you all take care of yourselves," Bulma stated. "Oh! Before I forget, here." She handed Gohan a small brown bag.
"Piccolo dropped by with some of them," Bulma stated, "There's about ten in there, enough for two each. Use them wisely, though. Once you run out, you run out. There aren't any more at Korin's tower, either. He made them especially for the trip."
"Gosh…tell Piccolo-san 'thanks', and to thank Korin for us, okay?" Gohan requested as he attached the bag to his belt.
Bulma nodded. "I will. Remember to stay in touch."
Gohan smiled. "Right."
Chichi sniffled, and hugged Gohan. "Take care, Gohan."
Gohan hugged her back. "I will."
Chichi then bent down and hugged Goten. "And you take care, too."
"Don't worry, mom." Goten sniffled. "Besides, Gohan can protect me."
Chichi straightened up and held out her hand to Videl.
Videl took it.
"Make sure that these boys don't go crazy with their fights." Chichi winked. "You're in charge to keep them in line."
"Mom!" Gohan protested.
Chichi chuckled. "Joking, joking. Take care of yourselves. All of you."
They nodded and boarded the ship.
The door closed.
Gohan sat down at the controls, "Okay, everyone get strapped in, and we'll take off."
They all sat in a seat. Videl sat to co-pilot with Gohan. Behind Gohan was Goten, and next to Goten was Trunks. Vegeta was in the far back seat, not saying a word.
Gohan took a deep breath. "Here we go." He turned on the ignition, and pressed a few buttons.
The ship vibrated as it prepared for take off.
"Everyone got all they need?" Gohan asked. "Remember, we don't know how long we'll be there…"
"We've got everything." Vegeta spat. "Just take off already or I'll do it myself!"
"Alright, alright." Gohan grumbled. "Pushy…" He pressed more buttons, and the ship started to lift off. It shot out into the air, and increased speed as it passed through the atmosphere.
Soon, they had passed out of the Earth's gravitational pull and were in space.
"Wow!" Videl gasped. "It's beautiful!"
"Everyone stay seated." Gohan instructed. "I'm turning on the gravity."
"Cool!" Goten unbuckled his seat belt and floated over to the window.
Gohan pressed the button to activate the device that regulates the gravity to Earth's level. Instantly, he heard two crashes. He turned around and saw Trunks and Goten twitching on the ground. He slapped a hand to his face.
"Where exactly are we going, anyway?" Videl asked, unbuckling her belt.
"Well…" Gohan looked at the map. "Bulma said that the easiest way to track them down would be to follow the energy readings. She made a device in here that basically does that."
"And if that doesn't work, boy?" Vegeta snarled.
Gohan shrugged. "We take the long way."
"The long way?" Goten and Trunks blinked.
"We go from planet to planet and see if they're there." Gohan sighed.
"Bulma already crossed off the known planets without breathable air," Gohan stated, "Vegeta supplied the information about the Saiyans. Some of them can breathe in outer-space, but none of them can breathe in air containing certain gasses. So, we were able to eliminate those possibilities."
"What if they wear space suits?" Videl asked.
"Where the hell would they get space suits from?" Vegeta growled. "This is stupid. I'm going to bed." He left the room.
"What's with him?" Videl blinked.
Gohan grinned. "He's a bit upset that Bulma didn't install a training area on the ship."
Trunks and Goten bounded out of the room to check out the ship.
Gohan stood up. "Come on. We should get situated in the living quarters, too."
Videl nodded, then glanced back. "What about the steering…?"
"It's on autopilot to the first energy signature when it picks something up," Gohan responded, pressing a few buttons on the control panel, "We're still too close to the Earth to get a reading. But when the ship locks onto something, it'll continue towards it. It'll tell us by beeping, of course."
Videl nodded. "I see. Bulma's a genius."
"Well, yea." Gohan grinned. "Come on. She probably made a separate area for you since you're a girl."
They walked towards the area. Sure enough, there were two sections. One for the guys, and the other for Videl.
"Well…" Gohan blushed. "Good night."
Videl smiled. "Good night."
The two paused, then embraced each other.
"I've missed this," Videl whispered to him.
"So have I," Gohan admitted.
Gohan gently kissed Videl on the cheek, then broke apart. "Good night, Videl."
Videl smiled. "Good night, Gohan."
The two walked into separate rooms.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, at the Satan residence, a lone note hung pinned to a door. It read:
By the time you read this, I will be gone. I wanted to tell you in person, but you had already left by the time I worked up the courage to say something. I have a duty to perform that will work to the benefit of all people. The peace of the universe is being threatened, and the fate of our universe is in jeopardy.
Because of that, I am going with Vegeta, Trunks, Goten, and Gohan into outer-space. Don't try to follow, because you won't be able to find us. Don't worry, because I'm safe. Gohan would never let me get into mortal danger.
I don't know when we'll be back, or how long this will take. I don't know if we'll be able to talk to the force threatening the universe peacefully or if we'll have to fight. But the one thing I do know is that we will be back. So, please, don't worry too much about me. And when I come back, I promise to explain everything.
Well, I'll see you when I return. I just wish I could have told you this in person. And, I wish I said that I loved you more often. I may be a teenager, but I still do care. I love you, papa. Bye.