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A/N: :'( It's the last chapter. I want to thank you all so much for all the support you've given me on this, it means so much to me. Thank-you to every person who left a review, if there was a way to come around and thank-you all personally I would. Anyway, on with the fic. ~Deadly Beauty
A Helping Hand
Bulma was running around trying to make sure everyone had arrived safely, and that the food was ready and that no sudden explosions occurred thanks to her husband's short temper.
"Bulma, calm down will you, everything's fine" reassured Chi-chi as she came up beside her friend.
"Yeah I know, I'm just going to step out side and take a breather ok" said Bulma and she walked off.
Bulma was sitting on a bench out the front of the reception hall when a white limo pulled into the car park. She quickly stood up and went to greet her friends.
"You made it" said Bulma.
"Of course we did" said 18 as she gracefully climbed out the limo, Krillen got out shortly after.
"Well are you ready to go inside?" asked Bulma.
"Yes we are" replied Krillen as he took hold of 18's hand and followed Bulma into the building.
"Ladies and gentlemen could I have your attention for just a minute please?," asked Bulma politely. The whole room fell silent and Bulma continued to speak "I am please to say that the happy couple have finally arrived, so could you please give a warm welcome for Krillen and 18".
The doors pushed were pushed open and Krillen and 18 made the grand entrance into the party, everyone stood up and clapped for them. Krillen gave a small bow and 18 couldn't help laughing at his cute stupidity. They made their way to the far end of the hall toward the table where the bridal party was seated. Because of the unusual circumstances of this party they were not seated the traditional way. Instead, 17 was on the far left, then a spot for 18 and one next to that for Krillen, Kira was sitting in the next seat with Marron on her lap and next to her was Bulma then Chi-chi and Yumcha then on the far right was Tien. 18 and Krillen took their spots at the table and conversations resumed throughout the hall.
"So are you still happy?" 17 asked his sister.
"17, I've never ever been happier than this". Suddenly Marron was placed on 18's lap, she looked across at Krillen, who was grinning sheepishly at her and she gave him a kiss on the cheek, then she turned back to her brother.
"Do you want to hold Marron?" she asked.
"Um alright then" replied 17.
"Krillen, you've grown up so much from the 5 year old I remember" said Kira as she wiped a tear from the corner of her eye.
"Funny, you haven't changed at all," said Krillen "I've missed you so much".
"And I you, it really was nice of your wife to do this, she's a wonderful person" said Kira.
"I know, she's amazing, I don't ever think I'll be able to thank her enough for this" said Krillen, just then 18's arm snaked around him and her hand rested on her chest. Krillen felt his face go bright red, but he didn't care, not today anyway. He reached up and took hold of 18's hand, he briefly looked out at the people on the dance floor, he had to laugh when he saw Goten and Trunks dancing out there.
"Would you like to dance, my bride?" asked Krillen.
"Why I would love to dance with you" replied 18 and she stood up and let Krillen lead her to the dance floor.
They spun and twirled around the dance floor to the beat of the music, 18 was humming the tune as she and Krillen danced.
"This is so nice" said Krillen, right now he felt like he was in heaven.
18 sighed happily "I love you Krillen" she said
"I love you too babe" said Krillen. Just then he felt someone tap on his shoulder.
"Mind if I have the next dance with this lovely lady?" asked 17
"Of course" said Krillen and he stepped away and 17 took his spot. Then he walked back to the table.
"C'mon mum, let's go dance" he said.
"I thought you'd never ask" said Kira and she stood up and walked over to the dance floor with Krillen
Bulma looked over at the table where Vegeta was seated and groaned, dinner had only been served about 10 minutes ago and already he was on his 4th helping. She pushed her seat back and went to talk with her husband.
"Hi mum" said Trunks as Bulma approached the table.
"Hi sweetie. Are you and Goten being good?"
"Yes mum" replied Trunks.
"What do you want women, can't you see I'm eating"
"Vegeta, would you please be a little more polite? You're in public" said Bulma.
"Will you please eat a little more civilised?," asked Bulma politely "I'm sure Ox King doesn't appreciate the mess you making very much". She looked at Ox King and smiled, at least he was respectable. Vegeta grunted, "Fine" he said, disgusted that Bulma would be more impressed with anyone that was even remotely related to Kakkarot.
"Thank-you Vegeta" said Bulma and she made her way back over to the table she was seated at.
18 looked across the room at the woman with the long blue hair and pink dress, she was sitting at a table with another man she didn't know, Master Roshi and Oolong, "Who's that?" she asked Krillen. He gulped. "That's Maron".
"That's your ex?"
"Yeah," he turned to face 18 then, "I don't know what I saw in her. She never saw past my wallet, not once". 18 took hold of Krillens hands and laced them with hers, "Don't worry, she's all in the past now". Krillen smiled at his beautiful wife, she was so fantastic, Krillen still couldn't believe he was married to her and he silently wondered how long it would last, if she would ever get sick of him and leave. He sure hoped not. Next he turned his gaze to little Marron, who was lying a pink blanket on the floor playing with her toy elephant, she lost interest in that when she spotted a rattle lying about a meter away from her.
"18 look, she gonna do it!" exclaimed Krillen. 18 looked down at Marron and watched and sure enough she pushed herself up onto her hands and knees and she crawled for the very first time, but she didn't get very far before she fell onto the floor and began to scream. Krillen quickly jumped up and went to pick her up.
"Hey stop crying firefly, daddy's here. I bet mummy's gonna want to give you a big hug to, cause you crawled all by yourself, I'm very proud of you" Krillen told his 6-month-old. Marron stopped crying, looked up at Krillen and smiled. Krillen laughed and gave her a big kiss.
A little later on 18 sat alone at the table watching everyone else enjoy them selves. Krillen was dancing with Kira, Bulma was dancing with her dad, in-fact the only people who weren't dancing or hovering around the buffet table were Vegeta and the woman who was currently stomping over to 18.
"Great," 18 muttered to herself, "Here comes trouble". She put on her most polite face and greeted Maron.
"Hello, I'm glad you could be here" she said. Maron put her hands on the table and bent down so she was at eye level with 18.
"Just who do you think you are?" asked Maron. 18 was confused, "What is your problem?".
"You have some nerve to invade on my territory" hissed Maron.
"What are you talking about?" asked 18.
"Krillen is mine, everybody knows that". 18 smirked and looked towards the far end of the room, "I don't think your boyfriend would appreciate you talking about my husband like that" said 18, emphasising the word my. Maron rolled her eyes "Aaron is none of your concern"
"And Krillen's none of yours, leave me alone," said 18 raising her voice slightly, causing little Marron to cry, 18 bent over and picked her up, sitting her down in her lap "I can't believe you". 18 took a piece of bread off Krillens plate and handed it to her daughter.
"Oh really, why not?" asked Maron.
"I've heard all the stories about you. How you left with your hundreds of boyfriends because you got sick of waiting for Krillen, because he was off trying to save the world so you'd be safe. That's not love, that's just you being a bitch"
"And you would have waited?"
"Yes, I would of. You see, I love Krillen and I love our daughter and I would wait forever if I had to," 18 looked Maron straight in the eyes. "Which is more than I can say for you"
"And what makes you think Krillen loves you huh?"
"I'm the one wearing the wedding dress aren't I"
"Ohhh," Maron was about to start screaming something, but she suddenly disappeared. 18 smirked and shook her head, Vegeta had obviously got sick of her annoying whining. Soon Vegeta came back in the door and walked over to 18.
"Thank-you Vegeta. But what did you do to her?"
"I told that stupid harpy to shut her damn trap or I'd shut it for her" said Vegeta.
"Thanks". 18 had never imagined herself saying that in a million years.
"I never really liked her much anyway" said Vegeta. 18 was surprised that he was being so unusually nice to her.
"Do you want to dance?" the words left 18's mouth before she her brain had even registered the thought.
"Hell no" replied Vegeta almost instantly. 18 rolled her eyes, she had made the offer and there was no way she was backing down now. "Your dancing with me whether you like it or not," said 18 and she stood up and handed Marron over to Master Roshi who was just walking past, then she grabbed Vegeta's hand and dragged him off.
"Oh my god Bulma look" said Krillen, who was now dancing with Bulma.
"Are my eyes seeing right?" asked Bulma.
"Is that 18 dancing with Vegeta?".
"I think I'm going to pass out" said Bulma. Krillen laughed.
The first few minutes of their dance was spent in silence, and surprisingly enough it was Vegeta who spoke first, and he seemed to want to have a serious chat.
"How did you do it?" he asked.
"How did you change so much. You have nearly as much pride and strength as me, and yet you seem to have just thrown it all away, you had the power to rule the world in the palm of you hand and you gave it up." 18 couldn't help laughing a little.
"Vegeta, I haven't given anything up, but having someone to love and love you back is an amazing feeling, you know that as well as I do. Believe me I still have my pride, but letting the ones you love know, is so much more important," 18 took a few steps backward. "Think about it, there not gonna be around forever".
About half an hour later it was time for the speeches. First to speak was Yumcha, who was speaking on behalf of Tien as well.
"Wow, you guys. You did it. I guess Tien and me don't really have a whole lot to say, except congratulations. We always knew you'd end up with the woman of your dreams and today you dream came true, you truly are one of the luckiest guys we know Krillen. And 18, you chose well, Krillen will make you a happy woman, and it's true that we don't really know you that well, but we know you well enough to know that you'll love Krillen back as much as he loves you. Congratulations you guys," Yumcha raised his glass, "To years of happiness to come".
Everyone raised their glasses to the toast and Yumcha sat back in his seat.
"That was beautiful Yumcha" said Chi-chi. Yumcha blushed and Chi-chi couldn't help giggling a little as she watched his cheeks go red.
"Well you and Bulma probably wrote something heaps better". Chi-chi just shrugged her shoulders and stood up with Bulma so they could make their speech. Bulma spoke first.
"Krillen, 18, well like Yumcha the first thing we want to say is congratulations, the wedding was beautiful and 18, you look like a goddess." Chi-chi took over at this point. "You two really are perfect for each other and it shows in everything you do. I remember this morning when 18 was a nervous wreck because she lost her shoe. To me that just proves how much she was looking forward to today, she wanted it to be absolutely perfect and I'm glad to say that so far it's been perfect. I'm so happy for both of you." Chi-chi stopped talking and Bulma concluded their speech. "Well I guess that's about all we have to say, we love you both guys." Everyone in the room applauded the two ladies and they sat back down.
"Thank-you that was great" said Krillen from a few seats down.
"Anytime" said Bulma and she winked at him.
"17, it's your turn," 18 informed her brother as she switched her sleeping daughter to her other arm.
"18, I don't know if I want to do this anymore" said 17. 18 narrowed her eyes, "You have to, cause if you don't I'm gonna kick your butt". 17 sighed. "Alright, alright, I'll do it" he said and he stood up and pulled a folded up piece of paper from his pocket. Carefully unfolding the paper he cleared his throat and began his little speech.
"A little over a year ago my sister found out she was going to have a baby, and who would've guessed that that little bit of information would send her life in a whole new direction and that she would end up here. Certainly not me. She made the best of what, at the time, was a bad situation and now she has a beautiful daughter and a husband who loves her as much as I do, maybe even more. Two years ago you didn't even know what marriage was and look at you now, 18 you have every reason in the world to be smiling today because once again you've proved that dreams do come true. I'm so proud of you 18, you got where you wanted to be, I always knew you would". 17 looked down at his sister and smiled, then he sat back down next to her. She immediately threw her free arm around his neck.
"Thank-you 17. That was so beautiful," she said "I love you so much".
"I know you do, just don't forget about me ok," said 17 "or I'll kick your butt"
"I promise". 18 pulled away from her brother and turned to face her husband, who was staring at her.
"What are you looking at?" she asked.
"You," replied Krillen "You're so beautiful". He cupped 18's cheek in his hand and gently kissed her. "I love you" she whispered to him.
"I love you more"
"Prove it" challenged 18.
"Ah, well I don't think this is really the appropriate place or time for me to do that, you're gonna have to wait till later" said Krillen and he kissed her again, then he stood up to say a few words.
"Ok the first thing I want to do is to say thank-you to you all for coming today, it really means a lot to 18 and I that you would come," Krillen stopped and looked at 18 for a few seconds before he continued to speak. "Someone once told me that everyone has a soul mate out there, but only a few will ever find them and experience true love. That person was one of the greatest people the universe has ever known, and my best friend. It was Goku. And today I'm celebrating the fact that not only have I found my soul mate but the greatest woman in the world. 18, I have so much to thank you for, in the short time we've know each other you've given me so much and I thank-you. You gave me the most beautiful daughter in the world and you made me happier than I've ever been before. But most of all I want to thank-you for loving me, and making all my dreams come true. I love you 18".
Krillen had only just sat down when he felt 18's soft lips against his, at first he was surprised, but a few seconds later he kissed her back. When they pulled away Krillen noticed that 18 had tears on her face.
"Was my speech that bad?" asked Krillen as he wiped the tears away with his thumb.
"I don't know what to say" said 18.
"Then don't say anything, I know how you feel. It's overwhelming isn't it?". 18 just nodded her head and stood up.
"What are you doing?" asked Krillen.
"Well if you get to make a speech then so do I" replied 18 as she carefully handed Marron to Krillen, she stirred a little, but rolled over in her fathers arms and continued to sleep.
"Ah, hi everyone. I didn't really know what you were supposed to say to your guests and husband at your wedding so I thought I'd just thank all the guests for coming and I thought I'd write Krillen a poem.," said 18 and she began her poem.
"Happiness can't be defined,
It's a certain mood, a state of mind.
It's sharing everyday affairs,
With someone who understands and cares.
It's a tender look or a gentle touch,
That says "I Love You Very Much."
It's a smile of welcome when you're blue,
It's a dream to share, a dream for two.
And happiness is more than this,
It's a warm embrace and a magic kiss.
It's a special blessing from above,
It's what you have when you're in love.
I love you not only for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you." 18 didn't even get to sit down before two strong arms were around her and a warm pair of lips were gently caressing her own.
"That was so beautiful 18, you have no idea how much I love you" said Krillen as they sat back down. Kira was holding Marron now and even she had a few tears on her face. She really liked 18 a lot.
They were only a little nervous as the glided around the dance floor. All eyes were on them, watching their every move. They had the whole dance floor to themselves, it was their dance and they were loving every second of it.
"This is fun" 18 whispered into Krillens ear.
"It is isn't it" replied Krillen softly, knowing full well that there were only about 30 seconds left of the song, then it would be over and he would have to talk with other people and pretend he was interested in what they had to say. When really all he could think about was how gorgeous his wife looked and how badly he wanted to take her home and prove just how much he really did love her.
The song ended and everybody clapped for them as they made their way off the dance floor, a few other couples took their place. As much as he had enjoyed dancing with 18, he didn't really like having 35 pairs of eyes watching his every move, even for the bravest man – which Krillen certainly was not – it was nerve racking and he was glad when the focus wasn't entirely on him anymore.
"That was lovely," said Kira "You two really make a beautiful couple".
"Thanks mum," said Krillen as he sat back down but then he changed his mind and stood back up so he could give his mum a hug "I'm so glad your here".
18 walked over to the table then, she was holding something black in her hands.
"What's that babe?" asked Krillen. 18 held up the object, "It's a camera, smile". Krillen threw an arm across Kira's shoulders and they both smiled and identical smile, 18 took the shot and a few minutes later it spat out the end of the camera. Once the picture had fully appeared she handed it to Kira
"Here you go, this one's for you". Kira took the picture and looked at it for a few seconds, then she looked up at 18.
"Thank-you, you really are amazing 18, I'm glad Krillen met you. You know, I never did hear the story of how you two met". 18 suddenly went quiet and glanced across at her brother, who had also been listening in on the conversation. Kira realised at this was a story nobody was wiling to tell so she asked a new question.
"18, is that you brother?". 18 smiled. "Uh-huh, that's my twin brother 17" she said proudly. "Hi" said 17, he didn't want to seem rude in-front of 18's mother-in-law, even if she was going to be dead again in 45 minutes.
"Hello," said Kira "it's nice to meet you". Marron opened her eyes and stretched her little arms out. Kira shifted Marron's position so she was sitting up.
"You up again firefly?" asked Krillen as he rubbed Marron's head. She looked up at Krillen and smiled.
"Marron's so beautiful" said Kira sweetly.
"I know, she's a little miracle isn't she" agreed Krillen.
"She looks just like you"
"Oh don't tell her that, you'll scare her" joked Krillen.
"You were such a cute baby Krillen" said Kira. Krillen went bright red
"To bad I didn't stay cute huh".
"Yes you did," said 18 as she rested her hand on Krillens shoulder "Why must you always put yourself down like that?".
"Yes, you've done it so many times today I've lost count" said Kira.
"Yeah baldy" said 17. 18 whirled on her brother, "Shut up 17" she hissed at him, her voice was just daring him to try something. He gulped and left to get something from the buffet table.
"Well I guess I just never had very much self-esteem. I mean after what I've seen, you know, Frieza, Cell, the and..." Krillen stopped.
"It's ok Krillen, you can say it. The androids, it's know use denying the stages of our lives never happened".
"I guess so," said Krillen but he didn't bring it back up again, "It's just through all of it I've never been strong enough to make a difference. I always just get in peoples way, I've never helped anyone".
"I don't believe that" said Kira.
18 looked across at Kira, "Well you shouldn't because that is definitely not true".
"Yes it is" said Krillen glumly.
"I think your forgetting something Krillen" said 18 as her arms encircled him.
"What's that?" he asked.
"How much you've helped me, I'd probably be dead now if it wasn't for you" 18 gave Krillen a kiss on the cheek and he grinned sheepishly. "I suppose so" he said.
"That's better" said 18 and she gave him another kiss.
18 watched as Krillen and Kira shared their last hug, it was an emotional moment for both of them, so she let them take as long as the needed. She looked down at Marron who was sitting on her hip and smiled.
"Kira, we must leave" came Baba's croaky old voice.
"5 more minutes" begged Kira. Baba rolled her eyes, "You said that 5 minutes ago". Kira wiped some tears off her cheeks. "You take care ok Krillen" she said.
"I will I promise" he said. Kira walked over to 18 and Marron and hugged them.
"These are for you," said 18 as she held out some photos "So you don't forget us". She quickly wiped a tear off her cheek before anyone noticed.
"Look after Krillen for me ok"
"I'll try my best".
"Kira, we have to.." Kira cut in before Baba could finish
"I know" her return to Other World couldn't be put off any longer.
"Thank-you 18, thank-you so much for bringing me here, I've had a great time. I'll pay you back somehow".
"Don't even think about it," warned 18 "This was my treat ok" more tears slipped down her cheeks and she handed Marron over to Kira for one last hug. Krillen slipped his arms around 18's waist and watched his mother and his daughter share their last moment together for a long time. He could feel 18's body shaking as she chocked back sobs and he flew up so he was at eye level with her and held her tight.
"Thank-you so much 18, not even Shenron could give me a day as perfect as this" he said to her
"Kira" Baba was becoming impatient. Kira looked up at the little old lady sitting on the floating crystal ball and sighed, this was it, it was time to go home. She handed Marron back to 18 and with one final group hug, Kira floated back up into heaven with Baba.
The bride and groom watched the duo ascend into the sky until they were no longer visible, and even then they stood there for a long moment just staring at the spot where Kira had been only minutes earlier. It was the sound of another voice that brought them back to the present.
"Good, you two are still here," said 17 as he approached the two. 18 handed Marron over to him, she didn't feel strong enough to hold her at the moment. "We all thought you'd done a runner". Krillen chuckled, "No, just saying goodbye".
"Well come inside and cut me some damn wedding cake would you" said 17. 18 rolled her eyes and looked at Krillen. There was a certain sparkle in her eyes that hadn't existed there before. It seemed to be telling Krillen that she loved him and was promising many more happy and exciting years to come.
Krillen smirked. He couldn't wait
A/N; Well there you have it, it's taken us nearly 5 months to get here, but we did it. I would really appreciate it if in your review you could tell me what you thought of the whole story in general as well as this chapter. Now I have a few special thank-you's to say.
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