Only a Child
FIRST THINGS FIRST, I DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCS OWN ANYTHING TO DO WITH DRAGONBALL Z
His son, his little boy sacrificed himself for the better of the world and now he must live with the pain and the guilt whilst raising his second child. Meanwhile his son was chosen by the kai's to become the protector of all at a cost and that cost is something no one would truly desire. He was to become the first and last immortal saiyan.
He watched as his own son fought for his life, not just his life, but the lives of everyone on this planet. He fought for the obliteration of a being which caused so much damage, a being which his father was unable to destroy. Surely it shouldn't be his son protecting him, it should be the other way around, yet his son held an amazing power hidden deep within him. The words of his previous enemy flew throughout his head; Gohan was only a child and he was sending his son to his own destruction. Even though he had already ascended, he proved to be stronger then Cell. He proved that he was able to fight and that he could easily destroy the being, yet why was his son toying with this monstrosity?
"GOHAN, WE ALL KNOW YOU HAVE THE POWER! END THIS NOW!" He yelled out, hoping for his son to take action and listen to his words. Instead Gohan just laughed as he continued toying with the out-of-breath monster, causing a shocked gasp throughout the Z fighters.
They watched as the boy punched the monstrosity's stomach and Android Eighteen was expelled out of its mouth. Her body was covered in thick goo. From the corner of his eye, he saw Krillin flinch and have a look of horror upon his face.
"Eighteen," his best friend cried out, yet his cries were unnoticed by the other Z fighters. Each one stared straight into the battle, waiting and hoping that Gohan would hurry up and end it. Cell was curled over, holding onto his stomach in pain whilst a sinister grin appeared upon Gohan's face; a grin which made even Vegeta flinch in fear. He casually strolled up to the monster where he picked him up with one hand by the monsters neck and threw him across the small battle field. As Gohan walked over to Cell once more, a blinding light occurred from the creature's body, all of them watching as his body appeared to change shape. In a matter of moments, Cell had returned to his previous imperfect form.
"He's…really...going…to...do...this," a startled Piccolo muttered under his breath as he watched the child who was his student stroll back up to the monster. Goku and the others nodded their heads in agreement to his words; nearly all had their mouths wide open.
"Please," Cell begged whilst Gohan's sinister smile appeared back on his face.
"What's the matter Cell? Isn't this what you wanted? Now that you've seen my hidden power, you're afraid because you know I'm going to kill you," the half-saiyan said in an evil tone as he pointed his hand at Cell). The monster then stood up and flew into the sky. Gohan standing there and watching as the being produced a powerful Kamehameha wave, one which could have been capable of destroying the earth. "That won't work Cell."
"It's not for you, it's for the planet that you..." Without letting Cell finish what he was saying, Gohan used a burst of speed to disappear from sight, reappearing next to the creature and brought his fist into the monster's stomach, causing the Kamehameha energy to dissipate.
"Like I said Cell, that won't work. You're going to die for being a killer; you're going to die for releasing my inner strength." He then slammed the monster's neck with enough force to cause him to slam back down to the ground again, a small crater emerged as Cell's body slammed into the ground. Gohan landed a few feet away, gently he spat on the ground. "Are you not going to fight back Cell?"
"This…can't be happening...I'm Cell... the strongest creature in the universe," the monster panted as he retreated from the approaching child. "I WON'T LET A CHILD BEAT ME!"
He began screaming as the child stepped closer, still with that sinister smirk upon his face. Cell's body began growing taller and fatter, his face showing odd patches of redness; however, Gohan laughed at the being, muttering something along the lines of "Please, is this some kind of joke?" The rest of the Z fighters watched in horror as Cell's muscles began bulging; Gohan should have finished him off while he had the chance.
"DO IT GOHAN!" His father screamed, getting more and more impatient as he felt the monster's power rise. Gohan looked up to the monster, who easily appeared to look stronger and more intimidating than the eleven year old child.
"Nah, I think I'm going to wait and see what he has to offer," the child replied cockily, still with that sinister smirk upon his face. However, now he wasn't the only one who held that smile. "He has just gained a few pounds"
"YOU'RE GOING TO PAY SON GOHAN!" Cell yelled as he watched Gohan fly towards him. He began laughing, which caused Gohan to pause and raise an eye brow. The monster went in for a strike yet, quickly Gohan moved out the way.
"You move slower, if anything you have gotten weaker Cell."
"SHUT UP" The monster roared as he began screaming louder and louder. This time his body grew bigger and bigger as he grunted in pain. "IT'S IMPOSSIBLE, I'M THE STRONGEST CREATURE IN THE UNIVERSE AND YOU, YOUR'RE A FILTHY SAIYAN! I'M THE STRONGEST; I WAS MADE TO BE, SO I CAN'T LOSE!"
"Looks like you have Cell."
"NO, I WON'T LET YOU, I MUST WIN!" With a final push of the monsters energy, he stayed the same size. Now he was taller and wider than before.
"What's Cell trying to do?" Krillin yelled out to the others as slowly his legs began shaking wildly. "Look at the size of him"
Goku nodded his head as a single drop of sweat raced down his face at a rather fast rate; his facial expressions changed to one which appeared to be worried, "RUN GOHAN!" His father yelled, Cell continuing his wicked laughter whilst Gohan stood there looking as if this was nothing.
"Boy, this is the end of you. You thought you could beat me but you can't. I'm going to blow myself up now, taking you with me. You better say goodbye to your precious planet."
Gohan's eyes shot wide open. "NO, DON'T!" he screamed. This time he was no longer holding a straight face—this time he looked as though he was about to break down and bow towards the monster. From the distance, he heard the Z fighters mutter amongst themselves. Slowly he wiped away a drop of blood on his forehead. He then turned his head around to look at his father, who appeared to have either a surprised or a disappointed expression on his face. He then moved into an offensive posture, ready to finish that being before it was too late; however, Cell began laughing even more manically as he raised his hand up in the air.
"Do it" Cell egged on. "One touch and you may make me explode. One little shock can set me off, then it's bye-bye Gohan, bye-bye Goku and bye-bye the Earth. In about two minutes, everything will be over."
"Dad was right," Gohan muttered as he appeared to have a look of defeat upon his face. Slowly the boy fell to his knees. "And...now..it's too late."
"Goku, do something!" He heard one of the fellow Z fighters yell out as he fully collapsed to the ground.
"What have I DONE?" Tears slowly fell from within his blue eyes as he began punching the desert ground, forcefully he powered down as the golden aura surrounding him disappeared. Cracks from where his fist impacted emerged after the first punch, the hole becoming deeper and deeper as a few more tears dripped into it. "I should…have...finished you off earlier and now it is too late. I COULD HAVE DESTROYED YOU and now there is nothing for me to do. I've failed."
"That you have failed boy" Cell coldly replied. "One more minute Son Gohan; I suppose I should thank you for pushing me to this point."
"WHAT HAVE I DONE?" the child screamed at himself as anger and hatred filled his eyes. "I've been a fool, I've let Cell win again."
Over by Goku, the Z fighters began to panic, each and every one of them wanting to somehow prevent what was to come, yet at this point it seemed impossible to them. Their greatest hope failed as he became arrogant with his power. This could have been avoided earlier on, yet it wasn't. Goku scowled angrily. He was angry as the monster beat them; he was angry as they were all about to die; he was angry his own flesh and blood didn't listen to him when he had the chance and most of all, far beyond anything else, he was angry at himself. It was his fault Gohan got into this mess; it was his fault for making an eleven year old go out and fight whilst he should have been at home with his mother. Krillin appeared to be staring directly at Goku, wondering what he was thinking, slowly he stepped forward.
"What is it Goku? Do you have a plan or something?" he asked as he watched his friend raise his eyebrows and began smiling. "What do you want us to do?"
"Listen there is not much time left and I can only think of one way to save the Earth now, but none of you will like this," Goku replied, sounding slightly relieved. "I know of a way to defeat Cell and the Earth will be in peace."
"What are you talking about?" Piccolo asked whilst Trunks appeared to have an understanding look upon his face. Vegeta just scowled like normal.
"No don't, I think I know what you have planned! "Trunks almost yelled as Goku raised his fingers to his forehead. "You don't have to do this!"
Goku just smiled at them. "Goodbye, friends"
"NO GOKU, DONT'!"
Goku reappeared just in front of Cell; slowly he placed his hand on the panicked creature's stomach as his eyes moved down to his only child. Gohan responded by jumping up, slowly wiping away the tears around his eyes. He then clenched his fist, which went unnoticed by Goku. "I'm proud of you son."
"Daddy, I can't let you," he growled back, Goku looking directly into his son's eyes.
"Tell your mother that I love her and..." Goku replied as he diverted his eyes, then felt himself get pulled back roughly as suddenly Gohan re-appeared in his place. He moved his free arm to shoot a surprise Ki blast towards his father, knocking him back even further.
"I'm sorry Daddy." Gohan mouthed towards him as more tears slipped down the child's face, the Z fighters stood there surprised, knowing that still they were going to die. Slowly, they felt his Ki begin to rise once again whilst he began screaming. "I FAILED YOU...BUT I...WON'T...LET YOU...DIE FOR ME! I WON'T LET YOU DIE FOR MY MISTAKES!"
"GOHAN NOOO!" both Piccolo and Goku screamed, both completely frozen as they saw the screaming boy somehow disappeared from the spot, along with the monster Cell. Immediately their eyes moved to the sky where they felt Gohan's power increase, unable to see the boy and monster until a spot in the sky flashed white. Immediately after they felt the large increase in power levels decrease until it was next to nothing. Goku fell to the ground; now it was his turn to cry. Tears fell out of his eyes as he felt Piccolo roughly grab him by his collar in disgust before he pulled the man up.
"It's your fault Gohan's dead." he growled as he punched his fist into his stomach, Goku just stared at him as the Namek threw him back to the ground. "YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE EVER MADE HIM FIGHT AND NOW HE'S DEAD!"
Goku just stared at the others, lost in his own thoughts. His head tilted up to the bright sky as more tears shredded from his eyes, the other Z fighters watched as for the first time, Son Goku was acting weak. Whilst staring at the sky, he watched as a golden ball started flying down at a great speed towards them. Slowly the golden ball turned to a red flame as it came flying, heading for the ground of planet Earth.
"Gohan" Goku whispered as he lifted off the ground towards the falling flame at full speed. "My son, I get to see you again."
Thank you to ShadowMajin for being my beta. Also thank you to all the readers and reviewers... I hope you've enjoyed it so far