A/A: This is the final chapter. I am very happy with where they end up in this one, and with the ending itself for once. I think this is the first chapter I was actually pleased with…hopefully that doesn't mean you all won't like it, since you seemed to like the ones I didn't. Haha. Oh well. I hope that didn't jinx me. And I want to thank everyone that read this story, whether they were with me from the beginning, or they started somewhere in the middle. You're reviews meant a lot to me, and you helped me in proving that my big chapter five writer's block was just an obstacle. I know now that I can write a story and stick with it to the end. So thank you for letting me try. You're feedback really helped me.
So, this ends my last rambling session. It's kind of sad now that I think of it. But I really do appreciate all the reviews, and favourites and story alerts you've all given me, and I thank you yet again. That's all I'll say for now I think. So, here's the final chapter, chapter eighteen:
Title: Hunt for the Dark Haired Angel
Disclaimer: I don't own DBZ or its characters.
Chi-Chi was really starting to worry about Gohan. Well, a lot more than usual. He'd gone through the past two days in utter misery, and refused to talk to her about it. Goten was the only one that could get him to talk, and she figured that was only because Goten looked so much like Goku.
He must need a father's advice.
Unfortunately, there was no father to give it.
It was times like these that she was mad at Goku's choice. Sure, the world could be a better place with fewer threats, but it was at the sake of her family. Goku took the easier option that was for sure.
Gohan was so upset that he didn't want to go to school that morning. She'd tried to get him out of bed, but she hadn't been able to. That was definitely the Saiyan in him. Not to say that she wasn't incredibly stubborn herself, but with the added strength, it was that much more difficult.
Why couldn't she just have normal children?
She shook her head. She didn't want normal children. Her boys were perfect the way they were. But Goten could focus a little bit more on his studying. He was way behind from when Gohan was his age.
She piled a tray with food—steaming rice, some poached fish and some glazed vegetables—and made her way to her sons' room. And there was Gohan, lying on his back, staring at the ceiling.
"Gohan," she called. "I brought up a snack. You skipped breakfast, and I know how hungry you Saiyans can get."
"Thanks," Gohan muttered, his gaze not wavering in the slightest.
Chi-Chi thought herself to be a reasonable mother. And she just was not going to put up with this behaviour any longer.
"Gohan," she said sternly. "What is wrong with you? You aren't studying; you aren't eating; you're not even training."
"I don't feel like it," Gohan said. He wasn't moping. Or at least he didn't think he was. He was just waiting. And it was better waiting at home, where he didn't get his hopes up only to see she didn't want to go to school.
He heard his mother sigh.
"Why don't you invite one of your school friends out here? At least then I'll know you aren't coming down with something," Chi-Chi suggested.
School had been horrible those passed two days. Lime was trying to be supportive, but at the same time chose that now was a good time to stop meddling. Why she thought that, he'd never understand. She could have stopped meddling at the start, and not pressured him into telling her.
He'd needed her to act as she did.
Sharpener and Erasa hadn't been all that supportive either. Actually, they were more or less disappointed in him. They didn't know he was Saiyaman. And maybe he should tell them, but he was kind of hoping Videl would do that for him. It would explain a lot, and then they wouldn't be so disapproving.
Other than them, his only friends were the Z-Warriors. They weren't exactly a group of supportive listeners. They were more of a hands-on crew.
"Why don't you invite that girl," Chi-Chi said with sudden stars in her eyes. "That Videl girl. You said she could be my daughter-in-law, didn't you?"
"Yeah," Gohan sighed.
"Well, I want to meet her," Chi-Chi said with a bright smile.
"She won't come," Gohan said, much to his mother's disappointment.
"She's avoiding me," Gohan said simply.
"And why is that?"
He winces as his mother got that shrill tone to her voice. The tone that meant there was going to be trouble if the answer didn't suit her.
"I told her I love her," Gohan said. It wasn't an exact lie. But it wasn't the real reason. Having not told his mother about his stint as Saiyaman, that was about as close to the truth as he was going to get.
"Oh, Gohan," Chi-Chi said. "Why'd you have to go and do that?"
"Because it was true," he said defensively.
"Don't you think it was too much too soon?"
"I don't know anymore," he said throwing up his hands in surrender.
"What do you mean?"
"You say it's too much too soon, Lime says it's too little too late," Gohan explained. "Why is this so freaking complicated?"
"Watch your mouth young man," Chi-Chi warned.
"Sorry," Gohan said with sheepish smile. "I just don't understand."
"Does she like you?"
"Does she like you?" Chi-Chi repeated.
"She used to," Gohan admitted.
"That's a good start," his mother said. "What were your exact words, and what was her exact answer?"
"Gack! Mom, I'm not going to talk about that with you," Gohan said with wide eyes.
"It's not something one discusses with their mother," he said in his defence.
"I was right," Chi-Chi said with a sigh.
"About what?" he asked.
"It's something for your father," she said with a frown.
"I wouldn't say that exactly," Gohan said. "It's more of a figure-it-out-for-yourself sort of thing. She told me to give her some time."
"So you're just waiting?"
"Yep," Gohan said with a shrug. "That's all I can do. That and hope anyway. She might still like me after she sorts through some stuff."
"That's it? You're going to sit back and wait? You aren't going to try to win her over?"
"No," Gohan said quickly. "I tried that once, and it ended in disaster. I want her to decide. That's all."
"Alright," Chi-Chi said with a smile. "You know, this is the first time you trusted me with any sort of personal problem. It's really exciting."
"For you maybe," Gohan said laughing. His hand found its way to the back of his neck, and they shared a laugh.
"Are you feeling better?"
"A bit," Gohan admitted. "Waiting isn't very fun."
"Go out and play with Goten then," Chi-Chi suggested.
"Isn't he studying?"
"I highly doubt it," Chi-Chi said with a laugh. "He just likes to fool me into believing he is."
"And you don't force him?" Gohan asked confused.
"Could I force your father into studying?" she asked as an answer.
"No," Gohan sighed. "It's not fair though."
"I had to study while I was in the hospital even," Gohan said. "And he gets to goof around."
"Are you saying that a good education isn't worth it?"
"No," Gohan said quickly, noting the look in her eyes. "But I didn't get to have a lot of fun when I was little."
"No," Chi-Chi agreed. "You didn't. But now you're all grown up, and have girl troubles."
He got a little wary, seeing the tears forming in her eyes.
"My baby is growing up," she said through her tears. "Soon you'll be out of the house, with a wife and a family of your own."
"I don't know about that," Gohan said nervously. He'd only really had to deal with her tears when she first told her about Goku's death.
"You're going to leave me all alone," Chi-Chi cried.
"What about Goten?"
"He'll get married soon after you do," she lamented. "He's just like your father. He'll get married after joining that tournament he wants to enter."
"Mom, aren't you jumping the gun a little bit?" Gohan asked worriedly.
"You're right," she said, straightening herself up and drying her tears.
"I still have you for now," she said. "I'll just have to make the most of it."
"Even after I move out," Gohan reassured her. "I'll still come and visit you all the time."
"With the grandchildren?" Chi-Chi asked hopeful.
"Yeah," Gohan said nervously. "With whatever kids I have."
"You'll have lots," Chi-Chi said happily. "I know you will. You never disappoint your mother."
"Right," Gohan said slowly. "Could you send Goten in?"
"Oh, alright," she said. "You're done talking to your mother aren't you?"
Gohan very wisely didn't answer, as she went out to send Goten in.
"Hiya Gohan," Goten said with a great big smile. "Do you wanna play super-people now?"
"Do you have anyone else other than Saiyaman and Goten-guy?" Gohan asked hopeful.
"Yep," Goten said with a silly grin. "Mom made me Goten-guy with some old clothes. And guess what?"
"What?" Gohan asked with a smile.
"She made me a Gohan-guy too! She doesn't know that you're Saiyaman o' course, 'cause if she did she woulda made him instead. But Gohan-guy is really cool too!" Goten said happily, digging through his small toy chest until he came up with a raggedy doll that slightly resembled Gohan wearing a mask. "Here he is!"
"Okay," Gohan sighed. "Call me Gohan-guy."
"I also got Videl," Goten said happily. "Bulma bought her for me. Did ya know that they made toys of her? She's super nice. I always have her be the girl that needs saving. Most a the time Goten-guy saves her, since she's so pretty, but Gohan-guy can save her with him if you want."
Gohan had to chuckle at that.
"I'd like that," he said happily. A day with his family really could make things seem a whole lot simpler.
Goten ran to Gohan's dresser and pulled out a pair of Gohan's red pants. He drapped the pants around the toy chest, and placed the Videl toy on the top.
"That's a building," Goten announced happily. "And it's on fire. We gotta go save her before she gets melted."
"Okay," Gohan said smiling at his brother's inventiveness.
"HELP ME! HELP ME, GOTEN-GUY!" Goten shouted in a higher voice. "That's what she always says. She doesn't know about Gohan-guy yet though. So we'll have to introduce her."
"Right," Gohan said.
"HELP ME!" Goten shouted again. "I'm going to melt!"
Suddenly, Goten's whole demeanour changed.
"I'll save you Videl," he said in a low voice. "I'm Goten-guy, at your service."
"Oh, thank you Goten-guy," he said in his Videl voice. "But who is that?"
"That is the bestest big brother ever," Goten said happily. "That's Gohan-guy!"
"Gohan," Goten complained. "You have to say something!"
"Er, right," Gohan nodded. "I'm here to rescue you, lovely maiden. You won't be melting today!"
Goten giggled at Gohan's super hero voice. It was just so funny.
"But Goten-guy always saves me," Goten said confused.
"I'm his helper today," Gohan said, glad no one was there to witness this.
"Wow," Goten said. "Two big strong handsome men come to save me. I'm really lucky today."
"Who told you to that girls act like that Goten?" Gohan asked, confused by his little brother's behaviour.
"I play this game with Trunks all the time," Goten explained. "But sometimes, we don't use toys, and we pretend that his grandma is the dispressed lady."
"Distressed," Gohan corrected.
"Right," Goten said with a silly grin. "And that's what she always says when me and Trunks—"
"Trunks and I," Gohan reminded him.
"But you're not there Gohan," Goten said confused. "It's just me and Trunks."
"Never mind," Gohan said shaking his head.
"She says that when we save her. I think she thinks we're superheroes, don't you think?" Goten asked excitedly.
"Maybe she does," Gohan said, thinking about Mrs. Briefs. If he remembered correctly, she used to say such things about Vegeta before he married Bulma. And she did refer to Gohan like that a few times too.
She was a strange one.
"Oh no, Gohan," Goten said suddenly.
"The building's about ta burn all up," Goten said pointing at the box. "We hafta save Videl before it's too late!"
"Okay," Gohan said amused by Goten's seriousness.
Goten brought Goten-guy up to the building, but surprisingly didn't just fly him up to the roof.
"There's too much fire, Gohan-guy," Goten said. "How are we gonna get up to her?"
"Why don't we fly, Goten," Gohan suggested.
"Shh," Goten hissed. "Nobody's supposed ta know my real name. Call me Goten-guy!"
"Er, right. Sorry Goten-guy," Gohan said shocked. Did Goten really think that was fooling anybody?
"It's okay, Gohan-guy," Goten said. "Just remember to not let it happen again okay?"
"I will," Gohan said. "But why don't you just fly?"
"I don't know how ta fly, silly," Goten said giggling. "I can't just go up there…but you can! You know how ta fly."
"Right," Gohan said. Goten can't fly? I'll have to teach him at some point… "I'll go up and save the damsel in distress."
"Videl's a girl Gohan," Goten said giggling again.
"I know," Gohan said in confusion.
"You said she was a damsel," Goten said pouting.
"A damsel is a girl," Gohan sighed.
"Oh, okay then! You have to save her Gohan-guy. Her feets are already starting to melt. We can't let them melt. She needs her feet," Goten said.
"Okay, Gohan-guy is ready to save the day," Gohan said with a smile, swooping the toy in from above, and picking Videl up carefully from the burning building.
"Oh, Gohan-guy, you're my hero!" Goten said goofily. "Now you get a kiss!"
"Videl always kisses Goten-guy when he saves her. Just like she always kisses Saiyaman in real life. But she only kisses Goten-guy on the cheek, 'cause the lips are icky," Goten explained. "But, you are Saiyaman, so you can pick."
"How about I don't get a kiss?" Gohan suggested.
"Why not?" Goten asked with a pout.
"Because I don't deserve one," Gohan sighed. "But Goten-guy does. It was his idea that saved the day."
Gohan started chasing Goten around the room with the Videl toy. He didn't want to let it kiss his Goten-guy toy. Gohan was going to make it kiss him on the mouth. And that could give him coodies. Trunks told him that coodies are really hard to get rid of. Only mommy's don't have coodies, 'cause daddy's know how to get rid of them.
"I don't want you to kiss me!" Goten shouted in his Goten-guy voice.
"But you saved me," Gohan shouted after him in a horrible girl voice. He was laughing quite hard.
"No I didn't," Goten said desperately. "Kiss Gohan-guy, he saved you! Not me."
"How about I kiss you both?"
That stopped both boys in their tracks.
"Gohan, you have a really good girly voice," Goten complimented.
"I didn't say anything," Gohan said confused.
"Honestly, Gohan," the voice continued. "For a near-genius, you aren't very bright."
"Videl?" Gohan asked, looking around the room, his eyes meeting hers in the doorway. "What are you doing here?"
"You weren't at school today," Videl said shrugging. "So I ducked out of class to come find you."
"Okay," Gohan said, hiding the toy of her behind his back.
"I see you even play superhero at home," she commented.
"Yep," Goten said, thinking he was being helpful. "But he doesn't like Saiyaman anymore."
"Nope," Goten said with a silly grin. "He's being Gohan-guy today. And he saved Videl 'cause she was gonna melt if he didn't 'cause I can't fly."
"Oh," Videl said with a smirk. "Is that what the kiss was for?"
"Yep," Goten said happily. "But he didn't want it. I don't know why. But he was trying to make Goten-guy get it instead."
"You told me that Videl always kisses Goten-guy," Gohan pointed out.
"Yep," Goten said grinning. "Just 'cause she's so super pretty. But you were gonna do it on the lips like in real life!"
Videl chuckled, and walked up to Goten. He froze in place. She leaned down and kissed his cheek. "Is that how Videl thanks Goten-guy?"
"Yuck," Goten said, wiping the kiss off of his cheek. "Now I got coodies. How am I supposed to get rid of them?"
"You kiss your mom," Videl said. She'd just come up with it on the spot of course. "Mom's don't have coodies, right?"
Goten shook his head.
"So they can get rid of them easy," Videl surmised.
"Okay," Goten said happily, running out of the room. "Mom! You hafta kiss me!"
"And I," Videl said, walking up to Gohan. Making him realize how very alone they were. This was it. This was where she'd tell him that she didn't want to continue to be his girlfriend. "Have to kiss you," she finished, before doing just that.
As she pulled away, she whispered, "I'm sorry."
Gohan looked down at her confused.
"What are you sorry for? I'm the one that should be apologizing," he pointed out.
"But I made you worry for nothing," she said before kissing him again.
Gohan's heart was soaring. She threw her arms around his neck, pulling him down closer to her. He in turn pulled her upwards, holding her waist securely. It wasn't long before their tongues were dancing with one another, both trying to pull the other closer.
"Gohan," she whispered.
He smiled. That was what he wanted to hear. Not Saiyaman, but Gohan.
"Yes, Videl?" he asked between kisses.
"I love you," she said. She didn't wait for him to say it back, before she was kissing him again.
"Eww," Goten said coming back to the doorway.
"Gohan," Chi-Chi gasped, causing the two teens to pull apart. "I thought I was sending you to school to get an education."
"I sent myself to school," Gohan reminded her.
"And you weren't over that Videl girl just an hour ago," Chi-Chi said. She was shocked to say the least. Gohan bounced back faster than she figured he would.
"I went to school to find her," Gohan admitted.
"Videl or this floozy?" Chi-Chi asked.
"Excuse me?" Videl asked in annoyance. Gohan's mother or not, no one calls her a floozy.
"Videl," Gohan said quickly. "This is my mom."
"I know," Videl said, glaring dangerously at her. "We met at the door."
"Mom," Gohan said. "Meet Videl, my dark haired angel."
Chi-Chi's eyes widened, before filling with stars. Gohan sighed. She was off in her dream land again.
"Is she gonna be my sister?"
"I-I don't know," Gohan spluttered. "Why do you ask?"
"I wanna know if I need to have a new girl in dispress," Goten said with a shrug.
"Distress," Gohan corrected.
"Well, do I?"
"Yeah," Videl said, kissing Gohan's cheek. "You will. I think Videl wants to be a superhero with you guys from now on."
"Oh, okay," Goten said. "We can call her Videl-guy!"
"Er, how about Videl-girl?" Gohan suggested.
"Okay!" Goten said. "But what's her super power?"
"Coodies," Videl suggested, sneaking in another kiss on the unsuspecting boy's cheek.
"Eww," Goten complained, causing everyone to laugh. "Not again!"