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2 Weeks at Camp Hercule

Chapter 19 - Gohan's Tough Decision

Written by RJ

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Everyone: Hey, terribly sorry it's been so long since I last updated, and I'm only really updating because I had a email from a reader practically begging me to continue, so here I am, straining my brain to remember stuff about DBZ and where I was going with this story. I stopped watching DBZ ages ago, and I've forgotten basically everything about it. I took a quick crash course by re-reading my stories, but I still don't have much inspiration, so forgive me if this is a bit rusty. Also, forgive me if I don't put anyone else in the story, I'm sure most of you probably won't read this is protest to my deserting it, and it's a little hard cause I lost most of my notes. If you're desperate to still be in the story, you can remind me of your name and details in a review or email. Updates probably won't be very regular as well, because I'm in my last year of school and I've gotta work real hard and I'm also working on a couple of other fics in the Pirates of the Caribbean category, which is my latest obsession. So, in spite of all that, if you're still sticking with me, my thanks to you and here's your (very rusty) chapter…

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Gohan sighed. There was really no way he could get out of this. He'd have to tell the secret he'd been keeping from the rest of the world for so long. "Yeah, that boy was me." He confirmed.

Collective gasps of shock circled the group of campers around Gohan, as he wished the earth would open up this instant and swallow him whole.

Hercule recoiled in shock at his accusations being admitted true. He wasn't expecting this kind of answer, and he took half a step back in fear of the young boy who could easily destroy the world if he cared to do so.

The rest of the group, except Gohan's group of friends, followed Hercule's example and also stepped back, leaving a large gap between him and his friends and the rest of the campers, who had become immediately wary of the demi-Saiyan.

"See, this is not what I wanted!" Gohan burst out, surprising everyone at the sudden outburst from the normally placid boy. "Now you're all scared of me! Why do you think I never told anyone?"

Murmurs of agreement rose from the campers as they tentatively spread out once again, deciding that the boy had not done anything remotely scary the whole time they'd been aware of him, minus the excessive eating of the camp food, which was a bit bizarre.

"Well, I don't have a problem with it and neither do these guys." Reez piped up, motioning to the rest of their group of friends. "Gohan's a nice guy, and he'd never do anything to hurt anyone, so don't even think about accusing him of anything, or I'll kick your ass…alright?"

The rest of Gohan's friends expressed their agreement and support for their demi-Saiyan friend.

Gohan gave them a thankful smile.

"Alrighty campers, nothing more to see here! I think we should be moving on back to the campsite now. Move it, move it, move it!" Sylver yelled, getting the campers moving back in the direction of the camp.

Gohan was about to turn and follow the rest of the campers towards their campsite, when he spotted Videl making a beeline for him.

"Uh oh, here comes trouble." Tobun commented as she observed Videl's determined stride.

Reez, Tobun, Kara, Chelsea and Jade all surrounded Gohan, and folded their arms defiantly to somewhat protect Gohan from the verbal onslaught that was sure to come. World Champion he may be, good at dealing with angry girls, he was not.

"Can we help you?" Chelsea asked as Videl approached the group.

"No. You may not. Gohan may, though. I would like to speak with him. Now." Videl demanded.

The girls didn't move.

"Shoo. Vamoose. Go do whatever it is that you do." Videl said, making shooing motions with her hands.

"If you wanna talk to Gohan, you're gonna hafta do it with us here, or not at all." Reez enforced.

Videl rolled her eyes and decided to ignore the girls surrounding Gohan. She uncrossed her arms and poked Gohan in the chest, ignoring his shocked expression.

"I knew there was something fishy about you from the start. Always hiding things, and covering up things. You're a sucky liar, Gohan." Videl said, then she suddenly got a brainwave. "I get it. You're Saiyaman too, aren't you?"

Gohan gave a sheepish smile.

"It all suddenly fits. Why you're late for class all the time. Everything." Videl said, triumphant that she'd finally pieced everything together.

"All right. I think you've had enough time now. We must be moving off." Kara said, pushing Gohan in the direction of the camp, the other girls following suit. "I'll see you later." She called over her shoulder to Videl, giving her a smirk.

"Uh, thanks guys." Gohan said sheepishly, putting his hand to the back of his head. "I didn't really mean for that to happen."

"Gohan, it's all right. And we don't care who you are or what you did. You're one of us. And we take care of our own." Reez said, the other girls adding murmurs of agreement.

"'Sides, no one really believed that Hercule really beat that monster, I mean look at him, he's scrawny!" Tobun said. "I mean, even Timmy over there could beat him." She added, pointing to the short, skinny boy over the other side of the clearing.

"Yeah, you're probably right." Jade agreed.

"Well, come on then, guys. Let's go get Gohan some dinner." Tobun said, leading the group back to the campsite.

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Terribly sorry it's been so short. This chapter's been in the works for about two weeks now. It's amazing how life can catch up with you, isn't it?

Anyways, if you want me to finish up the story, please give me ideas on what to do for the next few chapters. Anything plausible (and writable) will be considered, otherwise, I shall re-abandon the fic.

Cheers

~Rhi