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It's been nearly 3 weeks since Gohan had defeated Cell. That's not what had been on Krillin's mind though. As he lay on his bed in Master Roshi's home, where he had lived since he was 13 years old, Krillin looks up at the ceiling and remembers the last time he saw her.
"Expect me to fall at your feet now? Big, strong boy rescues me, so I'm his forever, right? Not that easy. I was wrong about you, Krillin."
Hearing her say that hurt worse than anything. He had thought that was the last time he'd ever see her. But after they called on Shenron, she came back.
"I didn't ask for your help!" He remembered her yell coldly. But then her voice went soft.
"But it was really nice of you." Then he had asked her if she wanted to hang out with them. She declined, dampening Krillin's spirits as she left the lookout.
Krillin thought to himself.
"Damn it, Krillin. There you go thinking about her again. She's gone, okay? You'll probably never see her again!"
But he then thought of when he was carrying her after Cell spat her out. If anything happened to her. If Cell tried to take her again, he'd protect her. Or at least try. He had already failed the first time. He wouldn't fail again.
He then remembered the kiss she had given him. He once again was lost in thought.
"Why?", he thought, "Why did she kiss me? Why can't I get her out of my head? I guess I'll never know."
Krillin sighed as he turned himself over and buried his head into his pillow.
Somewhere in West City, Android 18 sits by herself at a bench, looking up at the huge TV screen where all of the newscasts are played. On screen, the news reporters talk to Hercule Satan about "defeating" Cell.
"Oh, Mr. Satan, please. Tell us what it was like to fight the dangerous entity known as Cell." a newsman asked.
"Were you scared?" another asked.
Hercule just laughed.
"AH HAHAHA! Scared? No way! Why, I beat him up so bad, that even though he's dead, he's still having nightmares about me kickin' his butt! AH HAHAHAHA!"
18 scoffed at what she saw.
"What a hack." She said.
"How boring.", she thought. She had been sitting at that bench for half an hour. What else was she gonna do, anyway? Life had felt so empty these past couple weeks. She was surrounded by thousands of people she didn't even know, let alone talk to. 18 just sat there with her head down.
18 looked up to see a guy she'd never seen before.
"Oh, great. Another loser that's come by to see if he can get in my pants" 18 thought to herself.
"You lookin' for someone in particular?" the guy asked.
"Not you." 18 said as she stood up and walked away from that loser. But, he decides to follow her.
"Wait a minute, baby. Don't be like that." he said.
18 rolled her eyes and stopped walking as the guy stepped in front of her.
"Listen, how about you and me-"
"Buzz off.", she interrupted before she just kept on walking.
She takes off and flies away.
"Idiots. No one seems to understand that I just want to be left alone." 18 thought to herself as she flew out of the city.
At Chi-Chi and Gohan's house, Krillin is there visiting. He is sitting at the table with Gohan, while Chi-Chi prepares some food.
"So, how far along are you, Chi-Chi?" Krillin asked.
"Oh, about 4 weeks." she replied. "It must've happened a few days before the Cell games." She sits down at the table.
"So I guess you're gonna have a little brother, huh, Gohan?" Krillin asked.
"Yeah. I'm real exited. I'll finally have someone else to hang around with." Gohan said.
Krillin half smiled, then his face turned to depression. Gohan noticed this.
"What's wrong, Krillin? You look sad." he asked.
"Oh. It's nothing." Krillin replied.
But there was something. His mind was still on Android 18.
"You still thinking about that android?" Gohan asked.
"Yeah." Krillin reluctantly answered. He sighed.
"Well, if you like this girl, why don't you talk to her? Get to know her. Ask her out on a date?" Chi-Chi suggested.
"That's the problem." Krillin said. "I have no idea where she could be. The last time I saw her was on Kami's lookout. It doesn't matter. She doesn't like me. I'll probably never see her again anyway."
Krillin rested his hands on his chin and sighed again.
At the same island where she had been absorbed, Android 18 sits in the same spot she was when she and Android 16 were hiding from Cell as he fought Vegeta.
As she sat there, she thought about 16, and 17. About how it was like to have someone around to talk to. She'd never thought it would end up like this.
"Why did this have to happen to me? Things were fine before Cell showed up. No, actually. Things were fine before Dr. Gero. That bastard made me what I am. And then he made that thing to absorb me."
18 wasn't always this machine. She was a normal human girl who ran away with her twin brother. Dr. Gero had kidnapped them and made them into these machines. These cyborgs.
"I can't even really call myself human anymore. All I am now is….alone."
Just the thought of that made her angry. As she sat, she slammed her fist against a boulder like a hammer, and it broke into a million pieces.
She sighed and stood up and turned to leave, but then stops as she saw the wires, and bolts left from the Shut Down remote Krillin had smashed.
She looked down at them, and remembered.
"Nice day, huh? I came here to kill you. I guess you recognize this device."
"Yes. I do."
Krillin lifted up his foot and smashed the controller. 18 looked at him in shock.
"You shouldn't be here. Look, if Cell finds you, then we're all doomed. Please go."
18's mind goes back to reality and she continues staring at the smashed pieces of the controller.
"Why? Why did he do it?" she thought. "Can he really care about me the way he said he did?"
18 couldn't believe what she was thinking. She was used to guys always telling her they liked her because of her beauty. But this one was different.
"He tried so hard to protect me from Cell. Even though he knew he was outmatched. Maybe…no. No. Don't think like that. Why should you even think about him? He's just another stupid, clueless, human."
18 quickly pushed Krillin out of her mind, and just started to fly away. She never wanted to see that island again.
"Bad memories", she thought.
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