Choose Your Path

Disclaimer:: I do not own any of the Dragonball/z/gt characters.

Roshi looked up from his plate and glanced at 18 and Krillin. They were both just poking at their food, not looking at each other. The tension in the room was becoming unbearable for Roshi. He set down his fork and looked at 18, "So-"

"I'm going to bed." 18 got up from the table and walked out of the room.

Once she was gone, Krillin looked up at Roshi and sighed. Roshi gave him a sympathetic smile, "How are you holding up?"

"I don't know." He pushed his plate away and rested his arms on the table, "I guess I'll get over it eventually."

"I'm sure you will. . .How did she take it?"

Krillin looked in the direction where 18 had walked out, "I don't think she cares."

Roshi arched his brow, "Oh really?"

Krillin nodded.

"I think you're letting your grief blind you."

". . .What do you mean?"

Roshi sighed, "Krillin, I know that you understand how 18's emotions work better then anyone else. Being around her all these months, I've learned something. 18 likes to put up a wall when her emotions start to become too much for her."

Krillin stared down at the table, "You're right. . .I've been so upset that I looked past that." He suddenly realized how sensitive Roshi had just been, "You're so wise mast-" He looked up at Roshi and sighed.

"Hehehehehe." Roshi had his face buried in one of his magazines.

Krillin got up and cleared his and 18's dishes from the table, ~Now that's the Roshi I know~

After he finished with the dishes he walked back into the dining room, "I'm calling it a night. See you in the morning."

Roshi muttered something as he continued to look at his magazine.

Krillin went up the stairs and walked to his room. He put his hand on the knob but stopped when he heard a noise. He looked towards 18's room, ~It sounds like it's coming from there~ He walked quietly to her door and put his ear up against it. He carefully turned the knob and peeked inside. 18 was sitting on the edge of her bed with her back to him and he noticed that she was shaking. Krillin opened the door a couple inches further, which caused it to make a creaking sound.

18 gasped and turned her head, "What the hell do you want?!" She turned back away from him and wiped her eyes.

"18 are you ok?"

"Just get out, leave me alone."

Normally he would have done as she asked but this time he wasn't going to leave until he talked to her. He walked around to the other side of the bed and looked at her tear soaked face.

"I said leave!"

"No 18. Not this time."

She got up and looked at him, "I'm going to give you one last chance." Her voice was soft yet dangerous.

Krillin shook his head.

"Fine!" 18 thrust her right fist forward but he grabbed her wrist before it hit him. 18 growled and tried to punch him with her other fist but he grabbed that wrist as well. She tried to pull away from him but she felt so weak, "Let go!," she cried.

He continued to hold on to her, he didn't know what had gotten into him. He had never been this bold in his entire life.

She tried to pull back one last time then fell to her knees and started sobbing inconsolably. Krillin let go of her and as soon as he did she wrapped her arms around him and held him tightly. This took Krillin by surprise but he put his arms around her as well. She started shaking even harder and he could feel her tears soaking through his shirt. He started running his fingers through her hair, "You don't have to be ashamed, just let it out."

After a few minutes 18 had calmed down enough to speak, "It's not fair."

He sighed, "I know 18. But it wasn't your fault."

"How can you be so sure."

He leaned back and looked at her face curiously.

"I feel like I'm being punished. . ." She let go of him and wiped her eyes as best as she could. "My only purpose in life is to destroy. . .Looks like that's what happened."

Krillin's eyes widened, "No! No 18. That just isn't true."

18 got to her feet, "Isn't it though!? It seems I cause misery to everyone around me!" She sat down on the edge of the bed and covered her face, "My brother. . .You and all your friends. .I killed my own child. . .I know I didn't want it at first but I've changed my mind about a lot of things in the last few months."

"18, you didn't kill anybody." He sat down beside her and put his arm around her back, "What happened wasn't your fault. . .There's nothing you could have done to prevent it."

18 took a deep breath then took her hands away from her face, "Yes. . .there was a way to prevent all of this. I should have just stayed away from all of you. . .I was just too stubborn to listen to my brother. . .He tried to warn me not to get mixed up with humans."

"Well there's no way to go back now. You chose your path and now you have to live with it. I know that sounds harsh but that's the way life is."

18 leaned towards him and rested her head on his shoulder. She had managed to stop crying, "I'm sorry. . .," she whispered.

"For what?"

"All the misery and pain I've caused you."

Krillin sighed, "Oh 18." He put his other arm around her, "These last sixth months have been the happiest of my life."

18's eyes widened, "What?"

"It's the truth. . . I love you 18."

18's eyes began to water once again but this time a small smile came across her lips. "You love me?"

Krillin smiled. He was glad that he was finally able to get that off his chest, "More then you know."

She closed her eyes and a small tear fell down her face and hit his shoulder. Her breathing slowed down and her body relaxed. Krillin realized she had fallen asleep so he put one arm under her legs and picked her up. He turned around and set her down in the middle of the bed. He walked to the door and took one last look at her before leaving. He walked into his room and plopped down on his bed. He put his hands behind the back of his neck, ~I finally did it~ He closed his eyes and took a deep breath. After a while he drifted off into a sound sleep

Krillin slowly regained consciousness as he felt something moving on his bed. He couldn't be sure if he was dreaming or awake but he was reassured as he felt warm breeze on his face. He opened his eyes and was shocked at the sight of 18's face.

"Hey you."

Krillin rubbed his eyes, "Hey." He suddenly realized that she was sitting on top of him with her legs straddled around his waist and she had her hands on the bed at each side of his head.

She leaned down to the point where her face was only inches away from his, "Tell me again Krillin."

Krillin gulped and looked at her nervously, "Tell you what?"

She kissed his lips softly then whispered in his ear, "Tell me."

~Oh~ He smiled and touched her cheek lightly, "I love you 18."

She smiled and tried to hold back her tears, "I love you too." She leaned back down and put her lips to his once again, bringing them into a passionate kiss.

After a couple of minutes she sat back up and looked down at him. She grabbed his hand and rubbed it against her cheek, "I want to have your baby. . .No matter how long it takes."

Krillin smirked and pulled her back down, "Even if that never happens, I have all I could ever hope for right here." He put his hand around the back of her neck and pulled her into a long deep kiss.

~The End~