Show me Love.
A/N: I apologize for the delay! Also, I had intended to keep this chapter short...but as usual it turned out way longer. Oh well, just more K18 for you guys to enjoy!
Thank you for reviewing and sending me messages! Also, welcome to the new readers! Glad to have you. Now let us continue with the story, and as I mentioned at the end of the previous chapter, I did have a small part to add to that chapter so this one will start of with that.
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Oolong slowly opened one eye, squinting it close almost immediately when the bright rays of the morning sun assaulted his vision.
"I left my curtains open?"
He rubbed the side of his head, it was hurting a lot. He frowned in concentration, pondering why he would have a splitting headache when the memories of Bulma's party came rushing back to him.
"Oh Kami..." He muttered while sitting up carefully. It was then that he noticed he wasn't in his room but rather outside on the cool sand of the beach.
"What the hell?!" He exclaimed softly as he looked around. He was alone, or at least that's what he thought until he heard a small commotion next to him. He turned his head and came face to face with Master Roshi who had unceremoniously fallen out of the open door of the air-car.
"Owwww." The old man said with grimace before he noticed the pig next to him who was trying not to laugh at the old man's dumbfounded expression.
"Why am I outside?" Master Roshi asked. Oolong shrugged.
"I have no idea. I, myself, am wondering what the hell happened."
Master Roshi rubbed his chin at that before locking his eyes on the pig's. They both frowned as one conclusion came to mind.
"Krillin!" They said simultaneously before scrambling to their feet.
Apparently their so called roommate had thought it funny to leave them to themselves, outside without protection from the elements. At least Master Roshi had been lucky enough to be in the car.
"Oh he will regret doing this to me! I'll lock him out, let's see if he still thinks its funny that he just left us outside!" Master Roshi said with a frown. They both marched into the house, ready to give Krillin an earful when they noticed the house appeared to be empty.
"Where is he?" Oolong said with balded fists.
"Where is who?" Came a voice from behind them, both men turned their attention to the stairs. Krillin stepped down onto the floor of the living room, Eighteen right behind him. She stretched a little. She had slept well. Spending the night had made her realize how much she missed the little island. When Krillin stopped walking, she raised a brow.
"What's going on?" She stepped around him so she could see what was happening in the living-room.
Master Roshi and Oolong just stared at them with open mouths. Krillin scratched the back of his head.
"Uhm yeah, sorry about leaving you out on the beach, it's just that you were so drunk, I did not feel the need to hoist you up to your rooms and neither did Eighteen." He said pointing a thumb towards the cyborg next to him.
When no reaction came, Krillin cleared his throat softly before turning his attention to her.
"I'm starting to wonder if we should have just brought them in, they're behaving kind of strange." He said softly, Eighteen had to bend down a little to hear him.
"Did you stay over?" Master Roshi suddenly asked which got both their attention. Eighteen simply nodded while Krillin slowly began to realize something. His face colored as he hastily threw his hands up in front of him.
"W..wait, no this is NOT what you think right now!" He said in a high voice. Eighteen arched her brow at that, not quite catching on. She wondered why Krillin seemed to panic all of a sudden.
"Really now? I mean you two have been rather chummy with each other after that big date of yours. Been around each other for a long time now too, things happen."
"Nothing happened! Get your minds out of the gutter!"
Master Roshi and Oolong shared a look before grinning.
"Sure thing, whatever you say. Anyway, I won't lock you out of the house as long as you share some of the details with us later!" Master Roshi said with wink before turning away and walking towards the kitchen.
"Seems like we missed the real party!" Oolong said with a suggestive wink which only made Krillin blush harder.
"S..shut up!" Oolong merely smirked before gently pushing past him up the stairs.
"What was that all about?" Eighteen asked. Krillin's blush intensified. He wanted to disappear right in that moment, he looked down at the floorboards as if hoping they'd open up to swallow him whole.
Eighteen gave him a questioning look, the redness in his face confused her. He seemed very uncomfortable for some reason.
"Uhm, it's nothing really." Krillin said with a small grin.
"Oh? Then why is your face red?" Eighteen asked folding her arms. She had a feeling she was missing a rather big point but she couldn't lay a finger on it.
Krillin bit his lip.
"Uhm well you see, they kind of got the wrong idea about us." He said hoping she would get the hint and stop questioning him.
"The wrong idea? About what?"
Krillin groaned, it looked like he was going to have to spell it out for her.
'Kami kill me now.' He thought to himself.
"Well you know how those two are, they saw us both come down. Together." Krillin put extra emphasis on the last word before continuing.
"So they jumped to the wrong conclusion about you spending the night here."
Eighteen frowned at that before adopting a very serious expression as she thought about something. She felt her cheeks warm up but regulated her temperature quickly.
"Those perverts think we slept together, don't they?" She said bluntly. There was an annoyed edge to her voice as she shook her head.
Krillin released the breath he was holding, he had expected a different reaction but was glad she stayed so calm.
"Yeah, sorry they're just bad like that." He said. Eighteen didn't say anything else, instead she walked over to the kitchen to get a small glass of water.
Krillin followed her, shooting an annoyed look at Master Roshi who was at the table wriggling his brows at him. He was afraid he wouldn't hear the end of this today.
Eighteen finished her water and set the glass down on the counter.
"I'm going home now, Seventeen is probably wondering where I am...or not." She added as an afterthought as she turned towards Krillin.
She stared at him for a moment, hesitating a little and letting out a small sigh before almost awkwardly grabbing his hand. Then she turned her attention to Master Roshi who had been observing the interaction with interest. Krillin licked his lips nervously when he saw the fierce glare she directed to the old man. This was probably not going to end well after all.
"And just so you know, what he and I do in private is really none of your concern." She said pointing to Krillin who's eyes widened at her statement.
"So I suggest you keep your nose out of our business." Eighteen smirked before turning her attention back to the short man next to her. Bending down, she quickly kissed his cheek before letting go of his hand.
Krillin groaned, although it was not the reaction he had expected it was one that made him squirm uncomfortably. Eighteen might not realize it, but she had actually made the situation worse! Now he really wouldn't see the end of this, at least not today.
"Sorry." She mouthed before walking out of the kitchen and the front door. He frowned at that, looked like she had known exactly what she was doing by making a statement like that! That and his blushing face which made Roshi eye him with a leery grin.
"Eighteen!" He said running after her but she had already vanished.
"This is going to be the longest day of my life." He muttered as he walked back into the kitchen where his master was watching his every move until it got on his nerves.
"Would you please stop!?"
"I'm just waiting for you to share some details with me, that's all! I mean it's a huge step forward, I'm merely happy for you."
Krillin covered his face with his palm in annoyance, mentally scolding Eighteen for leaving the way she did.
"Even if something like that happened, which didn't, it would have been nothing of your business and I certainly wouldn't spill the beans over it either. We just kissed that's all." He rambled before abruptly stopping. Master Roshi arched his brows at that new snippet of information.
"Just...just stop being so nosy! Don't you have a trip to plan still?" Krillin said before hastily making his way out of the kitchen and outside. His cheeks felt like they were burning up. He had not meant to relay that small snippet of information, curse his master for letting the words slip past his lips. He sat down at the shoreline with his feet in the water while softly touching his mouth with his fingers.
Kissing Eighteen the previous night had been wonderful, he longed to experience it again. Krillin chuckled to himself, the time would come. For now he had to think of a way to avoid the two other occupants of the house. He stood up and stretched, a trip to the grocery store and maybe a visit with Yamcha would do.
When Eighteen arrived home she was surprised by the sight that greeted her. Seventeen was sitting on the front porch with a smug grin on his face, his clothes were soaked in blood.
"What did you do?" Eighteen asked when she landed in front of him. Seventeen raised a brow at her sudden entrance but pointed to a tree in front of them nonetheless.
"Finally caught it!" He said proud. Eighteen squinted her eyes in disgust for on the tree was the carcass of a dead animal. He had already skinned it and was holding a skull in his hands. It still had chunks of flesh attached.
"Just look at this beauty! It's a ten pointer according to the old guide I found in the woods a long time ago!" Seventeen said with a grin.
"This skull will look so good on my wall! Of course I have to boil the remainder of the meat and brains off first."
Eighteen just shook her head at that before stepping into the cabin. Seventeen followed her, discarding his bloody shirt and the skull on the porch before stepping in.
"But enough about that, where have you been? Here I am worrying sick about you and you just walk in without a care in the world." He said with a serious expression.
Eighteen snorted at that.
"Fine don't believe me then, but you didn't answer my question."
"I don't need to explain myself to you of all people, really." Eighteen said with a frown but continued anyway.
"The party ended kind of late so I stayed over at the island, no big deal."
"I kind of figured that yeah, you spend a lot of time there. At this rate you might as well go back and live there again." He said jokingly.
Eighteen frowned at that, she couldn't deny that thought had crossed her mind a few times already and spending the night had only made her contemplate it more.
Seventeen cocked his head, he had meant it as a joke but the serious expression on his sister's face worried him. Of course he wouldn't stop her from going, it was her life, but he would be very sad to see her go.
"I was just joking but it seems to me you're seriously thinking about, aren't you?"
Eighteen let out a sigh.
"It did cross my mind several times." She started. "But I'm not sure if I want to leave just yet. I like it here. I like the island too but at least here I don't have to deal with those other two idiots." She finished.
Seventeen snorted at that.
"I'm sure you can handle those two weaklings no problem!"
Eighteen just nodded before walking out of the kitchen into the direction of her room. Seventeen watched her go before shrugging. He grabbed a big iron tub and a clean butcher's knife.
"Alright, now where is that guide?" He said softly looking around until he spotted it on one of the kitchen counters. He considered himself very lucky to have found that little book in the woods, it was full of useful information pertaining to hunting and how to preserve the meat.
"Time to get busy!" He said with a grin before walking outside.
Meanwhile, Eighteen was in her room swapping the battery on her music player before stepping outside through her opened glass doors. She carefully made her way along the familiar sandy path towards the creek. She didn't feel like stepping on the stones to get to her favourite tree, instead she just flew up and carefully landed on one of it's hanging limbs. Resting her back against the tree's wide trunk she let out a sigh as she took in her surroundings. The sun was out, it's rays filtering through the leaves above her.
A small blush covered her cheeks as she thought back to the commotion of the morning. Those pervs sure had some nerve to go there! She frowned heavily then smirked. She hoped Krillin didn't have too much of a hard time right now, knowing full well that the old leech would not stop pestering the small man about any details and already knowing that Krillin wouldn't indulge him no matter what.
Eighteen's blush intensified as she recalled the events of the night before. She let out a small sigh, that kiss had been wonderful. Never had she thought she could have felt so many different things at the same time the moment their lips had met. It was new, exciting, and yet a bit scary though she surely wouldn't mind kissing him again and she had wanted too that morning, but Roshi's presence had stopped her. She had felt awkward which was strange and frustrating. She shook her head before scrunching up her nose in disgust.
"What's that smell?" She wondered softly to herself. She almost gagged, it was so bad.
Curiosity got the best of her so she left her comfortable spot on the tree to investigate. When she arrived at the cabin the smell had almost become unbearable. She hastily made her way around the small house to come face to face with her brother who was standing over an iron tub. The odor seemed to come from whatever he had in there.
"What are you doing?" Eighteen asked fighting the urge to hold her nose.
"Boiling the meat off that skull so I can hang it on my wall." Seventeen answered. He didn't seem to be fazed by the fumes that rose up from the water as he heated it some more with a carefully aimed energy beam.
"How long is that going to take?" Eighteen asked no longer able to keep her hands off her nose as she pinched it shut.
Seventeen shrugged at that.
"I think it will be done in half an hour or less."
Eighteen shook her head at him before walking into the house, hastily making her way to her room to shut the glass doors. She let herself fall back on her bed with a sigh. It was things like this that made her want to leave to go to the island. She upped the volume of her music and decided to just stay in her room until Seventeen was done.
Master Roshi was rubbing his chin thoughtfully as he and Oolong went over their map once more. They had already eliminated quite a few spots for their trip, after all they couldn't visit every place even if they wanted too.
"Alright, how about this one then. We can save that for next time." He said pointing to a particular spot on the map.
"But I hear that one is especially famous for it's services!" Oolong argued. He let out a sigh and crossed his arms.
"Well then I don't really see an other option then to extend our trip. We will never have enough time to visit all these must see places in just two weeks!"
Oolong nodded at that.
"We might as well, it is not like we have something better to do anyway." He said with a grin.
Krillin shook his head as he listened in to the conversation. Those two were really excited about their trip. He personally couldn't see how a trip such as theirs could be fun, he'd rather do some very different sightseeing.
"I trust we can leave the house in your capable hands." Master Roshi said directing his attention to Krillin who shrugged.
"Hn, don't know, I might accidentally burn it down you know." He retorted with a hint of sarcasm in his voice. Master Roshi shook his head at that.
"I guess it's settled then, now all we have to do is pack and decide when to leave!"
Oolong nodded as he carefully folded the map back up and put it back in it's special booklet.
"We could leave right now."
"No, we need to prepare ourselves properly first." Master Roshi said standing up.
"We'll leave in a week." He said before disappearing upstairs, no doubt trying to make a start with packing.
"Bummer, I already have all my essentials packed for days!" Oolong said with a smirk, Krillin just shook his head at that.
"Whatever, I'm going to enjoy those weeks without you guys here, finally some peace and quiet!" He joked.
Oolong nudged his shoulder as he leered at him.
"I'm sure you will not be the only one, I trust you will use your time wisely?" He said wriggling his brows. Krillin blushed lightly and shoved the pig away from him.
"Stop." Was all he said but Oolong got the message loud and clear by the glare he send his way.
"Geesh, you really need to stop copying your girlfriend, it's almost scary!" He said before he too disappeared upstairs.
Krillin shrugged at that before going into the kitchen to get a drink. Grabbing a glass of juice from the fridge, his thoughts went to the one person who occupied his mind 24/7 nowadays.
He leaned against the kitchen counter, drinking his juice all the while wondering when Eighteen would come by the island. He missed her. He was used to her being around almost everyday but she hadn't been back since that night she had stayed over and that was almost a week ago.
Krillin sighed, of course that didn't seem like a long time but for him it felt that way. He longed to see her again. Maybe she had been overwhelmed by what had happened? He grinned, he sure had been. The memory of their shared kiss still lingered in the back of his mind.
He would just have to wait for her to come visit again but it was hard. Sometimes he wished he knew where she and her brother lived. She had told him they lived in the woods in a home made cabin, build by Seventeen himself but that didn't really help him out. There were woods everywhere. He frowned, on the other hand he wasn't so sure if he wanted to know where they lived, he hadn't really interacted with Seventeen yet and he wasn't sure how to feel about the male cyborg. He was still very wary about him though Eighteen seemed to think her brother didn't have anything against him.
Krillin emptied his glass and set it down on the kitchen sink. He didn't really feel like doing anything today. He stepped outside, the sun was shining brightly, it felt warm which was strange because normally around this time of year the heat would cool down.
They didn't really get winters on the small island but it could get chilly at times. He stretched before walking up to the shoreline, the cool shallow water rushed over his feet. He squinted his eyes at the horizon but there was no sign of Eighteen.
"Krillin! You have a phone call!"
Krillin turned towards the house where Oolong was standing on the porch waving the cordless phone around. Wondering who would be calling him, he jogged towards the house and took the phone from his friend's hands.
"Hi Gohan, what's the matter?" Krillin asked with a smile.
"Nothing but mom wants to know when you'll bring her the herbs and spices you promised her last time you visited. She wants to use them in a new dish."
Krillin mentally slapped his forehead. He had totally forgotten about those! He had promised her to get some more of those herbs Oolong had brought since they had plenty and didn't use them a lot anyway.
"I forgot about those, I can bring them over now." He answered.
"Great! Will you stay for lunch then? Please?"
Krillin chuckled at the pleads of the teen.
"I guess, if it's alright with Chichi."
"I think she won't mind at all! Let me ask her!" Krillin could hear him slam the phone down on the table in his excitement and winched slightly. That boy really needed to watch himself, he wasn't aware of his own strength. A fact Krillin had experienced first hand in their last spar.
Suddenly his vision was blocked by a pair of hands covering his face.
"Guess who?" Came a soft voice near his ear. He almost jumped up in the air in surprise. He quickly turned around and came face to face with Eighteen who was grinning smugly at him.
He smiled broadly at her and was about to greet her when Gohan came back to the phone.
"I told you she didn't mind, so are you coming over right now?" He asked.
Krillin mulled it over, now that Eighteen was here he didn't feel the need to hurry but he didn't want to disappoint Gohan either. Then he got an idea.
"Yes, let me get the herbs and I'll be on my way. Oh and tell your mom I might be bringing someone with me."
"Who? Master Roshi?"
"Maybe, you'll see. I'll be there in a little bit."
With that Krillin hung up the phone turning his attention back to Eighteen who had been following the last bit of the conversation with interest. She had a sneaking suspicion who it was he would be bringing to where she didn't know exactly but she could very well guess.
Time to dwell on it was something she didn't have however because Krillin had closed the distance between them and wrapped his arms around her waist in a hug. She lifted her brows at that but returned the sentiment nonetheless.
"I was wondering when you'd come back to visit, I missed you." He said softly as he let go of her. Eighteen blushed despite herself but shrugged it off.
"I hope that old leech didn't give you a hard time after I left last time?"
Krillin frowned up t her.
"You knew exactly what you were doing that day, didn't you? Anyway not really since I was gone the remainder of the day visiting Yamcha." Krillin said running a hand through his hair before he turned serious.
"But you know, you owe me one now."
Eighteen cocked her head at that.
"So...I think it is only fair you come with me, I already told Gohan I would come by before you came in and as you may have heard, I just told him I might bring an extra guest and stay over for lunch since Chichi is making a new dish. So what do you say?" He said wriggling his brows.
Eighteen rubbed her chin as she contemplated what to do. She actually wouldn't mind going, Gohan was a nice kid though Chichi was a different story. Sure she was nice and all but there was just something about the black haired widow that made Eighteen want to be wary around her. She voiced her thoughts to Krillin.
"There is something funny about that woman. I can't pinpoint it but I have a feeling she is up to something, after all she did say she would keep an eye on me, whatever she might mean by that" She said.
Krillin chuckled at that.
"Nah, don't worry about that. Chichi might come across as fierce and say things like that but in reality she just wants to know you better like the rest of them. She just might give you a bit of a harder time since well..you know." He trailed off.
"But she will be thrilled if you come with me, I'm sure of it. I know I will be." He added as an afterthought.
Eighteen let out a small sigh, there really was no harm in going with him. She had discovered his friends weren't half bad. They intrigued her.
"Alright, I'll come with you." She started. Krillin smiled happily and was about to reply when she dropped a bombshell on him.
"On one condition, afterward you come to the cabin with me and visit my brother. It is only fair."
Krillin's smile faltered slightly, he had not expected that.
"Uhm, sure no problem." He said. "As long as he doesn't want to kill me." He muttered softly thinking Eighteen didn't hear him but she had.
"I won't let him do such a thing, besides he is way to engrossed in hunting and killing Game to worry about you." She said with a grin. She could relate to the obvious anxiety Krillin displayed at the moment though, she had felt the same way about meeting up with his friends, the only difference being that his friends hadn't crushed someone's head in front of her. She could very well guess that scene was still fresh in the small man's memory after all this time.
She chuckled softy before bending down and lifting his chin with her finger.
"He won't crush you head, don't worry so much. My brother is pretty docile once you get to know him."
"That's not funny, you know..." Krillin trailed off as he stared up at her. Their sudden closeness made him a little nervous though he really didn't know why. There was no reason to be.
Eighteen gazed at him, the same feeling she had felt that night came rushing back. She hadn't realized how much they had leaned in until someone cleared their throat.
"Ah sorry! I didn't know I was interrupting something!" Master Roshi said but his grin told them otherwise. They both stepped back, the moment was gone. Krillin cleared his throat.
"Right, well let me get these herbs and we'll be on the way."
"I'll wait outside." Eighteen said folding her arms over her chest as she walked past Master Roshi who gave her a friendly leer. She ignored him.
Once Krillin had gotten the things he needed, he joined Eighteen outside.
"Let's go." He said ascending into the air. Eighteen followed him.
When they reached the Son household, they softly landed on the lush grass that surrounded the small dome shaped house. Eighteen took in her surroundings, it hadn't changed much from what she remembered when she had ransacked the place in their search for Goku.
"Welcome to the mountain." Krillin said with a chuckle. He breathed in the fresh air.
"This is a good place to live, I'll have to admit that but I would never trade the island for it though. Come on." He motioned for Eighteen to follow him. He knocked gently on the door which swung open the moment his hand made contact with the wood knocking him in the head rather painfully.
"Ah man! Every time!" Krillin yelled out as he clutched his forehead, Eighteen just looked at him with wide eyes before hastily covering her mouth with her hand.
"Oh! Krillin! Sorry about that, are you alright?" Chichi said with a hint of concern as she set a basket with clean laundry on the ground beside her.
"I'm fine, I'm used to getting slammed by that door by now." Krillin joked before he send a mild glare towards Eighteen.
"That doesn't mean it's funny though." He said semi serious.
Eighteen just shrugged. Gohan, who had been alarmed by all the commotion, came running towards them from behind of the trees.
"Hi Krillin! Door got you again?" He asked with a grin before turning to Eighteen.
"Hi Eighteen, good to see you again, glad you came too." At this Chichi turned to face Eighteen who smiled slightly at Gohan in greeting.
"Where are my manners? Welcome to my home." Chichi said with a small smile before picking up the basket and thrusting it in Gohan's hands.
"Gohan, I told you to hang these sheets on the line before lunch."
"I forgot, I'll do it right now." The teen answered. Chichi motioned for Krillin and Eighteen to follow her into the house.
Eighteen sniffed the air around her, it smelled good. Chichi was probably cooking up something really tasty. She wasn't hungry but wouldn't mind trying some food, if it was as delicious as it smelled.
"Did you bring the herbs, Krillin?" Chichi asked as she stood over a pot bubbling with some kind of soup.
"Yes, here they are." Krillin handed her the small pouch before sneaking a peek at the soup.
"You have quite a spread here Chichi, honestly how many people did you think I would bring?"
"I have two growing boys in the house remember? And both have an appetite that rival's Goku's so I need to cook a lot. I don't want them to go hungry!"
Krillin nodded in understanding.
"It all looks so good though, what are these dishes?"
"You'll see, I'm not gonna tell you, it's a surprise, now get out of my kitchen, sit at the table because you're in my way!"
Krillin chuckled at that but did as she said. He sat down next to Eighteen who was already seated. He felt a sudden tug on his pants and looked down in surprise before smiling brightly.
"Hey there little guy!" He exclaimed happily as he lifted Goten up and into his lap, the small boy giggled as the short man tickled his sides.
"Wow, I guess Chichi wasn't kidding when she said you have an appetite, you've grown so much!" Goten grabbed a hold of his hair and yanked it.
"Ow! Hey no, the hair is off limits! I'd like to keep it please!" Krillin said alarmed as he pried Goten's fingers away from his head and put the toddler back on the floor.
He rubbed his head with a painful winch.
"Geez, every time I come to visit, I get injured somehow." He said softly to Eighteen who didn't really respond to him.
She folded her arms in front of her chest, she felt out of place. She took in her surroundings, the house looked the same as it had when she came here for the first time but yet different.
Chichi, who noticed her looking around, smile slightly as she addressed her.
"It might not be as fancy as Bulma's house but it is home. I recently re-decorated it a little to create more space for Goten to walk around without knocking over stuff every two steps."
"It doesn't look that different." Eighteen commented without thinking. Chichi squinted her eyes.
"What do you mean? How would you know? You haven't been here before."
Eighteen grimaced, she let out a small sigh as she returned Chichi's stare.
"Actually I have, when we were looking for Goku." She said. Krillin raised his brows in surprise at that before he licked his lips nervously, the tension in the room seemed to thicken all of a sudden when Chichi frowned heavily before pointing at Eighteen with the soup ladle she had in her hands.
"So the state the house was in when we got back here in those peaceful days before the whole Cell games, that was your doing?"
Eighteen nodded, she kept her guard up knowing that the widow would probably not like this new snippet of information. She should have just kept her mouth shut.
Chichi was glaring at her before deflating and letting out a long sigh.
"Was it really necessary to go through everything? A person's belongings are personal you know, but then again you were evil and probably didn't care."
Chichi turned her back towards them for a second to stir the soup before facing them again.
"Things are different now, aren't they?" Eighteen frowned at that, she could sense the meaning in that question. She let out a small sigh. She didn't think she would ever do what she was about to do but if she were to make amends and get along with this woman, she had to swallow her pride just this once.
"For what it's worth, I apologize. For everything." She said. Krillin lifted his eyebrows at that as he was sipping some water he had just poured. He eyed the two women who were locked in a staring match still until Chichi smiled slightly.
"Apology accepted." She simply said before turning back to her pots and pans of food, chatting away about everything and nothing.
"That was nice of you." Krillin whispered as he leaned into Eighteen who shrugged.
"It was only the right thing to do." She whispered back. Krillin flashed her a smile before nudging her with his shoulder.
"I'm willing to bet she won't be too hard on you from now on." Eighteen just gave him a look.
Gohan chose that moment to come back in, he was carrying the now empty laundry basket which he placed in it's designated corner on the floor. Goten immediately made his way over to it and tried climbing into it.
"Laundry is done! The food smells good mom!" Gohan said as he too sat at the table.
"Good. We'll be ready to eat in about 20 minutes."
"Alright, Krillin wanna have a quick spar before lunch? You know, to work up an appetite?"
"Sure, just promise to not go all out okay? You are a lot stronger than me already, I'd rather go home unscathed!
"I'll try! Come on!" With that they stood up. Eighteen stood up too, intending to follow them but Chichi stopped her.
"I'm sure they'll do fine without us interfering, I can use some help with these last two dishes." Eighteen raised her brows at that. She didn't really know what to do, she never cooked. Not that she couldn't, she just never did and besides she still was slightly wary of Chichi despite Krillin's reassuring words.
She looked at him in question but all he did was grin and give her a thumbs up before dashing after Gohan. She muttered something under her breath before turning towards Chichi who handed her a knife and wood board.
"If you would cut these onions up please, that would be a great help!"
Eighteen raised her brows as Chichi stacked a few onions on the board for her to cut up.
"Just cut them up in tiny squares please."
Eighteen shrugged before starting to peel the onions to cut. This wasn't so hard. Chichi was measuring different herbs and spices and throwing them into different pans all the while making small talk.
"I sure love to cook for my family, it's always so nice to see them enjoy their meals with such gusto. Even if it means being in the kitchen for most of the day." She grabbed another measuring cup before continuing.
"I bet on the island they don't cook this much, they could live off this for a week! Who does the cooking there anyway? I hope not Roshi! That man is good for nothing if I have to be honest."
Eighteen couldn't stop the grin that surfaced before answering.
"Krillin cooks, at least when I lived there he was the one who would do it most of the time, I don't think that has changed."
"Oh that's right, you don't live on the island anymore." Chichi said as she turned to face Eighteen who had chopped most of the onions by now. Her eyes widened in disbelieve as she stared at the cyborg who noticed.
"Did I do something wrong?" She asked.
"No, you're fine it's just that, don't those onions hurt your eyes?!" Chichi said rubbing hers, even if she wasn't cutting them, she could still feel their sting and it made her eyes water just slightly.
Eighteen raised a brow.
"They don't bother me."
Chichi shook her head at that before continuing their conversation which was kind of one sided since Eighteen mostly just listened to the black haired widow's stories. When she finished with the onions, she stood up and poured them in a casserole dish as Chichi told her too.
"Thanks, now can you take this bowl of pudding and put it in the fridge over there? It needs to be cooled down for dessert."
Eighteen carefully took the bowl from Chichi's hands and made her way to the fridge. However, both women hadn't been paying too much attention to Goten who was running around the room chasing his little toy dragon.
The little boy squealed as he ran without looking where he was going. He crashed right into the back of Eighteen's legs which caused her to lose her balance. Her eyes widened in shock as the bowl slipped from her hands.
Chichi watched the scene as if it was playing in slow-motion, Eighteen fell backwards as the bowl fell and skidded around the floor until it hit the wall and shattered, sending pieces of glass and pudding everywhere.
The noise of the bowl shattering had alarmed Gohan and Krillin who had been taking a small break from their sparring session. They rushed into the house.
"What happened, are you okay?" Krillin asked before coming to an abrupt halt, his eyes widening as he took in the messy state of the kitchen before his gaze fell on Eighteen, who was sitting on the floor with her knees up and her face down, holding on to something. He then realized it was Goten who was squirming to get loose.
Eighteen looked up in shock, both her and Goten were covered in pudding splatter. She looked down at the small child who was grinning up at her while tugging at her hair. She hadn't realized what she had done at first, just had felt the need to protect herself and apparently Goten from the glass that went everywhere.
"Oh I am so sorry!" Chichi said as she came back to her senses. She hastily splashed a clean kitchen towel with warm water before kneeling in front of Eighteen and handing it to her.
"I should have paid better attention! Thank you for shielding him from harm." Chichi rambled on as she took her son from Eighteen's lap. Then she turned towards Gohan and Krillin.
"Well don't just stand there! Help clean up this mess!" Gohan nodded hastily before running outside to get the mop bucket while Krillin knelt in front of Eighteen who was trying to get as much pudding off her as possible.
"Are you alright?"
"I need a new towel."
Chichi had already prepared a new one. She gave it to Krillin who handed it to Eighteen.
"If you want, I can wash your clothes and you can wear some of mine until they are done?" Chichi asked.
Eighteen shook her head, remembering the kind of clothes Chichi had in her closet.
"No, thank you." She politely declined. She had managed to get most of the pudding off her shirt and pants by now. She would just change when she went home later today.
"You missed a spot." Krillin said with a chuckle taking the towel from her hands. He gently wiped some of the gooey stuff out of her hair.
Gohan came back in with the mop and dustpan.
"Alright let's get this place cleaned up." Krillin said. He held out his hand to help Eighteen up from the floor before he grabbed a broom and the dustpan to try and get the glass shards of the floor.
Chichi had cleaned up Goten and put him in his chair so he wouldn't cause more havoc running around. She eyed Eighteen who was sitting at the table combing through her hair with her fingers. The widow felt a sense of gratitude for the cyborg, after all she had protected her son from harm, intentionally or not, that didn't matter. Every doubt that still persisted to linger about Eighteen being a bad person vanished instantly after that. She quietly left the kitchen for a moment. When she came back, Krillin and Gohan had gotten most of the mess cleaned up.
"Here you go." Chichi said handing Eighteen a comb.
"Makes it a little easier."
"Phew, alright I think that does it!" Krillin said wiping his brow. The floor was spotless.
"Thanks, now I think it's time to eat. We won't have dessert but there are plenty of other tasty dishes for you to try." Chichi said with a small smile.
"Yes!" Gohan said grinning. "I'm starving!"
The meal progressed smoothly. Eighteen did try a few things but after she learned what exactly Chichi had all cooked, she wasn't very keen on eating any more.
"Man, this lizard soup is amazing! Normally I wouldn't eat things like this but wow." Krillin said with a grin. Eighteen just shook her head and opted to just stick with some bread rolls for the rest of the meal.
"Hmm, yes, though these particular lizards are very hard to find! It took me a long time to finally catch one. Luckily these mountain lizards we have here are pretty huge so one was enough!" Gohan chimed in.
After everyone had eaten their share, Chichi packed some food for Krillin to take home to the island.
"You don't have to do that." Krillin said as he took the capsule that contained the food from Chichi.
"I have plenty, we will be eating from this for at least a day or two, depending on the boy's their appetite plus I know Master Roshi will love some of these dishes. It's no problem at all."
"Alright." Krillin smiled as he pocketed the capsule before turning towards Eighteen.
"I guess we should go so you can go home and clean up."
"I would like that, yes." Eighteen said before turning towards Chichi.
"Thanks for the meal."
Chichi nodded in reply.
"You're welcome! Thank you for coming by. Don't hesitate to come visit us again! Soon!" Chichi frowned at Krillin at the last part of her sentence.
Krillin scratched his head.
"Yeah I know, I promised to come by a little more often and I will! But you guys can come visit the island too. I think this little guy here would love the ocean!" Krillin picked up Goten who giggled in delight when he threw him up in the air a few times before putting him back on the ground.
"Anyway, take care. Thanks for the meal once again and see you soon! Gohan, take care of your brother and mother."
Gohan grinned, that was Krillin's standard going away phrase nowadays.
"You know I will!"
With that, Krillin and Eighteen waved goodbye and ascended into the sky.
Chichi watched them disappear on the horizon, before letting out a small sigh as she turned back to the house. Today had been eventful to say the least but she had enjoyed herself. The mountain could get a little lonely at times even if she had her boys to take care of.
"Hn, maybe we should get out more, I haven't seen Bulma in a while either." She softly mused before closing the door behind her.
Meanwhile, Krillin and Eighteen were flying at a steady pace back towards Kame island. At least that is what Krillin had in mind until Eighteen slowed down remarkably before coming to a complete stop in midair.
Krillin raised his brows as he halted next to her.
"Why are we stopping?"
"Because we're going the wrong way." Eighteen said with a smirk. She patiently waited for Krillin to process that information.
"The wrong way? I don't think so..." Krillin's eyes widened as something clicked. He gulped almost nervously as he remembered Eighteen's words from earlier in the day. He had agreed to go with her and visit her brother, a fact that had completely slipped his mind until now.
"Oh." He said.
Eighteen chuckled at his reaction.
"I would've let it slip but since I am in desperate need of a change of clothes, we need to go by there anyway." She said.
"Right, yeah. It's okay. I mean...you did come with me and met all my friends, it's like you said, it's only fair for me to come with you." Krillin said softly, he was tapping his fingers together.
"It's just that...well." But Eighteen interrupted him.
"I already told you, my brother won't harm you." She said.
Krillin nodded at that before scratching the back of his head.
"Alright, well lead the way then."
Eighteen watched him for a moment before smiling slightly. She took a hold of his hand and squeezed it.
"And it's not like you can't defend yourself." She said tugging at his hand gently to indicate she wanted to get going.
"Gee, just when I was getting a little more comfortable, you go and say something like that. Thanks." Krillin joked softly as he flew beside her. He looked down on their intertwined fingers, the physical contact, small as it was, made him smile. He had missed it. He observed his surroundings, the vast ocean was gone now, replaced by small cities and forests.
Krillin wondered about the cabin, what it would look like. Eighteen had told him about it of course but still, he was impressed Seventeen had build one from scratch by himself. In a way he was curious about the black haired cyborg but the images of him crushing Dr Gero's head underfoot would not leave him alone. That memory would probably forever be etched in his mind. He shook his head, he didn't want to think about that now, it only made him more apprehensive.
He glanced at Eighteen, she was looking downwards, scanning the area. They probably were close. Eighteen turned and caught his stare.
"Nothing, just wondering how long it will take us to arrive."
"We're almost there." She replied.
Sure enough, after a few more minutes of flying, Eighteen came to a halt above a vast forest.
"We're here." She said. She observed the small man next to her, he was doing his best not to show how nervous he was but she looked right through that facade. She chuckled softly to herself.
"What's so funny?" Krillin asked.
Krillin frowned at that, his brave mask didn't fool her then.
"Ah, sorry, I can't help it."
Eighteen snorted at that before letting go of his hand. Krillin inwardly sighed, he wished she hadn't done that. Somehow her touch was very comforting and calmed him down. But before he could voice his thoughts, Eighteen had closed the distance between them. Krillin's eyes widened at her close proximity, a blush spreading steadily over his face as he locked eyes with her.
Eighteen tugged at a strand of hair that fell in his face.
"You'll be fine." She reassured him. She softly kissed his cheek, intending to calm his nerves just a little by providing a small distraction but she was caught off guard by the rush of feelings that coursed through her at that very moment, no doubt caused in part by their very close proximity. It made her think back to earlier in the day, back to the moment they had been very close like this also but had been interrupted by the old leech.
But now there was no one to interrupt them and Eighteen ceased her chance, closing the distance between them a second time.
Krillin reacted immediately, sinking into her kiss while his arms found their way around her waist, pulling her closer. Because they were floating in the air, height difference wasn't much of an issue now. Krillin smiled slightly as he registered this fact. He felt Eighteen wrap her arms around his shoulders and the kiss deepened slightly before they broke apart.
"You have no idea how much I longed to kiss you again." Krillin whispered.
"And I just wanted to distract you a little bit, but that escalated quickly." Eighteen muttered. She regulated her temperature making her blush disappear slowly.
"Aw, why'd you do that?" Krillin joked.
Eighteen just grinned as she touched her forehead to his. Krillin kissed the tip of her nose.
"I would love to just stay here with you, floating in the air and kiss you some more...but I guess we should go now." He said with a grin. Eighteen raised her brow.
"Looks like my tactic did work, if only a little bit, you sound awfully confident now."
She let go of him.
"Alright, let's go then." She took his hand again and dropped down from the sky, pulling him with her. Krillin barely had time to adjust to the sudden drop.
"H..hey wait! Not so fast!" He said. They landed softly on a sandy path that zigzagged through the trees. Krillin clutched his shirt over his heart.
"Please don't do that again." Eighteen just shook her head at him as she grinned.
"Come on, we're almost there." She led him on the path until they came across a clearing where a small cabin stood.
Krillin's eyes widened, it really did look quite impressive from the outside. He took in his surroundings while Eighteen had let go of his hand and was walking towards the cabin. He observed several animal carcasses at the side of the small house. Eighteen hadn't been kidding when she had told him that her brother liked to hunt. He hastily turned his gaze back towards the cabin. Eighteen had already disappeared inside, he could hear her call out for her brother. Maybe he wasn't here?
Krillin couldn't help but feel a sense of relieve if that were the case while slowly making his way towards the steps of the cabin that would lead him onto the porch and inside. But that same feeling of relieve dissipated fast when he heard a click behind him and something cold press against the back of his head.
He stiffened completely.
Seventeen smirked, he had seen his sister and Krillin come down the path when he came back from hunting and waited patiently until his sister went into the house, separating herself from the small fighter before ceasing his chance.
"What are you doing on my property?" He hissed.
"I came with your sister, she is in the house." Krillin said hastily. He still didn't move. He could stand his ground that much was true but Seventeen actually had a gun to his head and he had a feeling the cyborg would not hesitate to use it. He gulped inwardly pleading for Eighteen to walk back out.
"Look, I don't mean any harm, please put the gun down." Krillin said but Seventeen shook his head.
"No can do, now do as I say and walk towards that smaller building."
Krillin decided it was best to do what the male cyborg told him. He began to think of ways to get him to lower the gun as he walked. Turned out he didn't really need too for Seventeen set the gun aside as soon as they stepped into the small space of what looked to be his storage room. Krillin turned around, coming face to face with Seventeen who was looking down at him.
He narrowed his eyes at the small man before him who was visibly sweating under his intense glare. Inward, Seventeen was enjoying himself immensely but knew he had to hurry up before his sister would reappear. He knew she would get mad at him if she found out what he was doing to her precious boyfriend.
"Tch." He sneered.
"Relax a little will you, It's not like I'm going to kill you, not yet at least."
"That's good to hear." Krillin said softly attempting to lighten the atmosphere, it didn't help much. Flashes of Seventeen crushing Gero's head invaded his mind again. He swallowed thickly and wrung his hands together.
"Yeah well, you better not give me a reason to kill you either." Seventeen said.
"My sister seems to really like you, can't say I understand why though, you're not all that special. You're a pathetic fighter if I go by the data Gero gave me. But apparently she sees something in you and I support her. Doesn't mean I have to like it."
Seventeen let out a small sigh.
"You better take good care of her, if anything ever happens to her or you hurt her, I will not hesitate to kill you. My sister is important to me, don't tell her I said that."
Krillin shook his head before carefully clearing his throat. He calmed down somewhat as he realized that Seventeen was just looking out for his sister and he couldn't blame him.
Meanwhile back at the cabin, Eighteen had noticed that Krillin hadn't followed her inside. She made her way back outside but he was nowhere to be seen.
"Krillin?" She called out before a though crossed her mind. She frowned. It was very suspicious that her brother wasn't home and Krillin had disappeared all of a sudden. She walked over to the small building where she knew her brother would be if he wasn't hunting.
Seventeen turned around when he heard footsteps outside the building. Krillin let out a soft relieved sigh when Eighteen poked her head through the opened door.
"What's going on here?" She asked as she observed Krillin and Seventeen, narrowing her eyes at the latter.
"Nothing, just showing your boyfriend here around. You should have told me you'd bring him by, I would've cleaned up a bit. Right?" Seventeen said slapping Krillin on the back. Krillin didn't miss the look of warning he shot at him so he played along.
He hastily nodded.
Eighteen wasn't buying it however.
"Seventeen." She said in a low voice.
Seventeen rolled his eyes at her before walking out to the cabin.
"You can continue the tour, I have other things to do."
Eighteen watched him go before turning her attention towards Krillin again.
"Are you alright? He didn't do anything to you, did he?" She said with a frown.
"No, he didn't. We just had a little talk that's all." Krillin said with a small smile. "Honestly."
Eighteen raised her brows at that but didn't ask any more questions, instead she walked out motioning for Krillin to follow her. She gave him a quick tour of the house and it's surroundings.
"It's not much but it's a nice cabin, Seventeen really outdid himself."
"I'll agree with that." Krillin said as he followed her back outside. Seventeen was still on the porch polishing his rifle. He looked up when they came out, his eyes widening when he got a good look at Eighteen.
"What happened to you?" He asked with a grin.
Eighteen merely shrugged.
"There was a little pudding incident, nothing special, I'm going to change." With that she disappeared inside. Krillin twiddled his thumbs, he felt awkward and tense even if he wasn't confined in a building this time and Seventeen wasn't really paying him attention anymore.
He clasped his hands together.
"Uhm, I must say I think it's really impressive how you build this cabin by yourself." He started. Seventeen just gave him a look before putting his rifle down.
"It wasn't that hard, just took up a lot of time, that's all." He replied. He figured he could humor the small fighter with some small talk.
"Right, but still. I don't think I could've done it." Krillin smiled slightly. Seventeen just stared impassively back at him. He scrambled for something else to say.
"So uhm, Eighteen says you like to hunt?"
Seventeen lifted a brow at that.
"Oh does she now? Yeah I guess so. It's fun." Seventeen crossed his arms. "Do you hunt?"
Krillin shook his head. " Not really, I mean there isn't much to hunt on an island as small as Kame island but I do sometimes help Gohan hunt dinosaurs in the mountains."
Seventeen's eyes widened slightly at that.
"Wait, did you just say dinosaurs?"
Krillin nodded. "Yes, the mountains are crawling with them. It's pretty good meat but they're hard to catch."
Seventeen mulled this over in his head. It would be very nice to be able to hunt and catch a dinosaur. He smirked as he thought about how good a dinosaur skull would look on his wall.
"That sounds interesting."
Krillin cocked his head, it seemed he had found something that interested the male cyborg.
"Well, if you'd like, I could show you someday?" He asked, not really expecting for Seventeen to agree with him. But he was surprised when Seventeen nodded.
"Maybe." Was all he said. He stood up taking his gun with him as he went inside, motioning for Krillin to follow him.
He listened intently as Seventeen showed and told him about the skulls he had already collected on his wall.
"A dinosaur skull would be the icing on the cake, so to speak." Seventeen said with a smirk.
Both men didn't know that Eighteen was observing them from the hallway. She smiled slightly, it looked like Krillin and her brother had found something to talk about. She hoped they would continue to get along.
Krillin stuck his hands in the pockets of his pants as he listened to one of Seventeen's hunting stories. Although his anxiety hadn't vanished completely and Seventeen's warning still rung through his mind, he couldn't help but think that, in time, they could become friends. He turned towards Eighteen who made her presence known by stepping into the room, a small smile formed on his face.
Eighteen joined them, teasing Seventeen about his hunting skills and to stop bragging. Seventeen just ignored her little jabs and in turn told Krillin just why exactly he didn't take his sister hunting with him anymore.
"Seriously, she ruined my day!"
Krillin just laughed softly to himself as he watched the siblings interact. He could get used to this even if Seventeen was still a little intimidating.
After a little while when the sky started to turn, Krillin told them he would head out. Eighteen followed him outside.
"I told you my brother wasn't that bad, didn't I?" She said with a grin. Krillin shrugged.
"He was a little scary at first but...now not so much anymore. Hes pretty cool. I think we can get along."
"I'm glad to hear that." Eighteen said softly.
"Anyway, I'm going home now. I still have the food from Chichi that I have to give to Master Roshi. I don't want it to spoil in the capsule." Krillin said with a smile.
"I trust you can find your way back?" Eighteen asked.
"Yeah, no problem, I fly around the world all the time you know." Krillin joked softly. He squeezed her hand before letting go. Smiling slightly, he levitated up a little and cupped her face in his hands.
Eighteen gazed up at him.
"You're cheating." She murmured, referring to him floating so he was taller than her.
"Don't care." Krillin murmured back before closing the distance between them and kissing her.
Eighteen drifted into the moment which was over way too soon for her liking when Krillin slowly broke away. He smiled slightly as he ascended further into the sky.
"See you soon?" He asked.
Eighteen nodded. With a short wave he turned away from her and went on his way. She just watched him until he disappeared on the horizon before turning back towards the cabin where Seventeen was waiting for her with a smirk on his face.
"Not a word." She said.
"Hey, I wasn't going to say anything other then to please don't do that again where I can see it, ugh it'll ruin my appetite." He said referring to the kiss he had witnessed. Eighteen ignored him. Seventeen followed her into the kitchen.
"But seriously sis, I didn't think I would say this but...he's not as bad as I thought he would be."
"I'll agree with you on that."
Of this chapter. Thank you for reading!
Excerpt from the next chapter.
The rain was relentless, beating against the windows while the wind was howling and slamming into the house making it tremble slightly.
But Krillin wasn't fazed by any of this as he turned his face slightly to look at Eighteen who was fast asleep and draped half over him. He smiled as he felt her breath against him. His arm was starting to get numb from her weight but he didn't care. He planted a soft kiss on her forehead which made her stir. He expected her to wake up but instead she just snuggled closer before letting out a small content sigh...
Show me Love chapter 12, Storm.