"Could You Love Me?"

Written 2001 - Debs-Dragon

Disclaimer: I don't own the Dbz crew, I just like to play with them. ^_^

Warnings: Angst, sap, romance

Summary: Trunks, Goten, Marron, Bra and Pan have always been good friends, but what happens as they grow older and Trunks and Marron find themselves drawn to each other?

Chapter 1

The phone rang shrilly and Marron jumped. She heard her mother answer it.

"Hang on a minute and I'll get her for you," she said. "Marron... Phone..."

"Coming," said Marron. "Hello?"

"Hi there," said Pan. "When did you get home from school?"

"Last night. What about you?" said Marron.

"Yesterday morning. The gang is going to get together tonight for a beach party to celebrate the holidays, you will come, won't you?" asked Pan.

"I'd love to," replied Marron.

"Okay, we will pick you up around seven."

"Do I need to bring anything?" asked Marron.

"No, just yourself and some CD's if you want. Goten and Trunks are taking care of the refreshments," said Pan.

"Speaking of the terrible twins, how are they both?" asked Marron.

"Oh, still the same, they won't ever grow up I don't think," said Pan.

Marron laughed. "Okay, see you at seven. Bye."

"Bye," said Pan and hung up.

"Was that Pan?" asked her mother.

"Yes. We are going to have a beach party to celebrate the holidays," replied Marron.

"Sounds like fun." said Eighteen.

"With Goten and Trunks it couldn't be anything else," she said.

Eighteen laughed, "Those two won't ever change," she said.

Marron went outside and sat on the swing under the tree. For as long as she could remember they had always been a close knit group, Goten, Trunks, Pan, Bra and herself. They had gone everywhere and done everything together. The boys were best mates, both clowns and totally inseparable, always laughing and joking. Bra, Pan and herself had all suffered on many an occasion from their good natured ribbing and jokes. Since the girls were all attending different colleges, they didn't get to see each other all that often so when it was holidays they all got together and made up for lost time. It had been almost a year since they had last all been together and she wondered how much they had each changed. She chuckled to herself remembering how last holidays Bra had come home with her hair dyed bright orange! Vegeta had gone ballistic at her. Trunks and Goten had thought it hilarious But Vegeta, who doted on his daughter, couldn't see anything humorous in it at all and had grounded Bra until she changed it back to her natural color. She wondered just what lay ahead this time.

A little after seven she heard a commotion out the front signaling that the gang had arrived. She quickly checked that she had everything and ran downstairs. Krillin was standing at the front door talking to Goten.

"Ahh, here she is," he said.

"About time," teased Goten.

"And a warm hello, long time no see, to you too, Goten," she replied. "See you later Dad," she said and gave Krillin a kiss on the cheek.

"Bye guys, have fun," said Krillin.

"Come on, we're wasting time," yelled Trunks from inside the Capsule Corp plane.

Marron and Goten ran down the path and climbed in the plane. Trunks took off. Goten dropped into the seat next to him. Marron sat beside Pan and Bra.

"So, girls, what's new? I see you didn't color your hair this time, Bra," said Marron.

"No, I thought I'd better not. I don' t think Dad could handle the stress," laughed Bra.

"How did your exams go?" asked Pan.

"Well I managed to pass them all," replied Marron. "What about you two?"

"Passed all mine," said Pan.

"I only just scraped through," sighed Bra.

"Yeah, the folks weren't too impressed either," laughed Trunks.

"I'm glad I don't have to worry about exams," said Goten.

"You haven't got a brain to start with," teased Pan.

"Why don't you go back to your tree?" retorted Goten.

"I would, but some big ape is in my place," she replied.

Marron laughed. It was good to be home with her friends again. She stuck her head in-between Goten and Trunks.

"How much longer till we get there?" she asked.

"Impatient aren't we?" said Trunks.

"Nah... It's just that I hate being cooped up with animals," she replied.

"You'll keep." said Goten.

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Trunks landed the plane on a stretch of remote beach and they all piled out. The girls stripped down to their swimming costumes. The setting sun cast shadows of orange, red and yellow across the water.

"Isn't it just gorgeous?" sighed Marron.

Trunks and Goten came up beside her.

"Yeah, just wonderful." Trunks and Goten had an evil glint in their eyes.

"Oh no, What are you two up to?" asked Marron as she backed away.

Goten and Trunks jumped her at the same time.

Trunks caught her arms, Goten grabbed her legs; fight and struggle as she may there was no escaping them. They carried her screaming and yelling to the water and threw her in.

She came up spluttering. "Hey, No fair! that's two against one."

Trunks and Goten were holding their sides laughing.

They didn't see Bra and Pan sneaking up behind them. Pan and Bra each had a handful of ice and in one swift movement they dumped the ice down the back of the guys' pants.

Goten and Trunks both yelled in surprise then shock as the icy coldness traveled to places it shouldn't.

Marron was laughing so much she thought she was going to drown. Bra and Pan had retreated to the safety of the sand dunes, whilst on the beach, Trunks and Goten were removing their clothes at incredible speed. When they reached their board shorts they managed to remove the remainder of the ice.

Marron came out of the water and walked up the beach. As she passed the guys she whispered, "Ohh, make sure it doesn't shrink too much or you will never find it."

"Why you!" said Trunks and chased her up the beach - he caught her. "Hmmm... now what shall I do with you?" he said and looked at her.

She stared back at him and felt her insides turn to jelly. She had begun to notice just how much he had changed during the last 12 months.

He picked her up and carried her back to Goten. "I have a prisoner," he said.

"Hmm... shall we torture the prisoner to make her talk?" said Goten, playing along.

Trunks dropped her on to the sand and sat on her pinning her arms above her head.

"Agghhhh... the tickle torture!" shouted Goten and dropping to his knees began to tickle her ribs mercilessly while Trunks held her down.

She squealed and squirmed "Oh stop! No! Don't! Help me, help me," she laughed.

Suddenly, Pan and Bra appeared and wrestled the two boys off her and they all ended up in a tangle of arms and legs.

Later they sat around the fire they had built and caught up on each other's news. Trunks brought out the drinks .

"So' what are you girls going to do now you have finished college?" said Goten.

"Looks like I will have to get a job," said Pan.

"I'm having a break before looking for work," said Marron.

"Well I suppose I will be stuck in the family business," sighed Bra.

Marron sipped her drink and stared dreamily into the fire. "We could always get lucky you know," she said.

"Oh. And how's that?" asked Pan.

"We could get swept off our feet by someone tall, dark and handsome," she replied.

"Yeah, sure... around here? Dream on!" said Bra.

"Boy you girls sure have vivid imaginations," laughed Goten.

Marron continued to stare into the fire. She could see Trunks just off to the side and studied his profile through the flames.

He had changed during these past few months. Gone was the boyish body and in its place was that of a young, muscular youth. His face had matured too, it had become leaner, more masculine and his eyes... They were so clear ...so blue. She began to get a funny feeling in the pit of her stomach as she watched him.

He turned as if aware of her gaze and stared straight at her.

She blushed and quickly averted her eyes.

# # #

* 4 weeks later *

It was Bra's birthday and a big party was planned. All the gang were going to be there and Marron was really looking forward to it. She stood admiring herself in the mirror. She had a new dress for the occasion, It was strapless, showing just enough cleavage with a gathered waist. The skirt flared out and stopped around mid calf. It was midnight blue, which served to highlight her eyes and blond beauty. She slipped on her matching shoes and was ready to go.

The party was in full swing when they arrived. They went out the back to the big marquee where Marron left her parents with Goku and Chi Chi and found the rest of the gang.

"Hey, Happy Birthday, Bra," said Marron.

"Thanks," replied Bra.

"Where's Pan?" asked Marron.

"She's around here somewhere. She's got herself a boyfriend and is showing him off," winked Bra.

Suddenly her eyes were covered with a pair of hands.

"Guess who?"

"I give up," she said and pulling the hands from her eyes, she turned around.

Trunks stood before her.

"Wow!" he exclaimed, "Nice dress."

She noticed with amusement that he was making sure he got a good look at her.

"You scrub up okay yourself," she teased and gave him a playful punch. " Where's Goten?"

"He's discovered the female species and is off chasing it," laughed Trunks.

Marron rolled her eyes. "Say no more," she said.

"Would you like a drink?" asked Trunks.

"Love one," she replied.

"Okay, Follow me."

Marron followed Trunks to the bar. She couldn't help but cast her eyes over his sleek, muscular frame. His black shirt with the top 3 buttons undone showed just a hint of the muscular chest beneath. The tight black jeans accented his strong legs and narrow waist and hips. Mmmmm how she would like to run her hands over his frame...

She stopped in her tracks.

What the hell was she thinking? This was Trunks, her friend and big brother of sorts, a buddy, someone to share a joke with, nothing more. She swallowed hard and tried vainly to concentrate on joining the conversation going on around her.

Trunks was chatting to some old school friends and found his mind wandering back to Marron. That dress... it had to be that dress. It made her look so... so... sensuous. A stirring began in his stomach. A feeling he'd never experienced before.

Later in the evening when the older guests had retired to the house, the younger ones cranked up the stereo.

"Come on, let's dance," said Bra, and grabbing Goten, pulled him on to the floor. They began to move to the music.

Marron found herself alone at the table with Trunks. She couldn't help but continue to cast glances at his fabulous body. The silence was broken by Trunks.

"Want to dance?" he asked.

"Yeah, okay," she replied.

They got up and moved to the floor. Trunks gently took her in his arms and they began to sway to the music. As they moved around the floor Marron felt as if she was on cloud nine. She couldn't deny her feelings any more. She was head over heels in love. But how do you let someone know you care for them, when they are only aware of your existence as a friend?

Goten and Bra danced their way across the floor towards Trunks and Marron. Goten winked at Trunks and gave him a punch to the arm.

"You dog you!" he said.

"Well, I couldn't leave her all alone, it wouldn't be fair," said Trunks.

Marron froze. So this was their idea of some sort of joke! Something inside her snapped. It was about time they grew up. She pulled away from Trunks and looked him square in the eye.

"So that's it then? I'm just the butt of another of your silly jokes. Well I'm sorry, but I've had enough of your childish ways. I thought you asked me to dance because you wanted to, not so you could make fun of me. It's about time you acted your age. You two, you... you... both disgust me!" she stamped her foot at them and with tears threatening to burst forth she turned and ran.

Trunks and Goten stood with their mouths open at this outburst.

"Err... now we have done it," said Goten.

"Yeah, I think we went too far," said Trunks.

"You know guys, your problem is that you don't think before you open your mouths," said Bra. "This time you have gone too far and hurt her feelings."

Goten hung his head. "Yeah, I guess you're right, Bra."

"I feel really bad," said Trunks. "I should go after her and apologize."

"That would be one step in the right direction," said Bra.

"Yeah, well, we didn't intend to hurt anyone," mumbled Trunks.

"No, you never do, but sometimes things don't work out the way you want them too," said Bra.

"Look, I'd better go find her and do some fast talking," said Trunks.

"Good luck," said Bra.

Goten walked over and grabbed Bra around the waist. "Go get the girl, buddy," he said and winked at Trunks. Goten planted a kiss upon Bra's astonished mouth, "I've got mine here," he grinned wickedly.

"Oh, Goten, I never knew you cared," said Bra sarcastically.

Trunks left them to their friendly bantering and went in search of Marron.

Tbc...