opened his eyes, he quickly took in the scene and tried to piece
together the events of the last few moments. He had been carrying
Bulma and Rico out of the base, and just when they came upon the
main exit the explosion's shockwave caught up to them, throwing
them out of the tunnel and more or less to safety. Rico lay next
to him, unconcious but still breathing, and Bulma still had a
tight grip on his waist, holding herself close to him and whimpering.
They were all alright.
Is it over?" Bulma opened her eyes and looked at the entrance
from which they had just came. It was now engulfed in flames,
and smoke was pouring into the sky. Looking upwards, she saw what
was left of the mountain's peak, also smoking like crazy. "Geez,
Vegeta. You sure were subtle. You can't even tell you were here."
woman. But the fact remains. The Amazon threat is gone. I suppose
a mountain top is worth that." He turned to her and smiled. "And
it's certainly worth your safety."
Bulma could only blush. Though the typical carnage that followed
Vegeta around was present, it all seemed worth it this time. She
was in fact OK, and so was Mizuki, not to mention the Saiyan race
in an entirely different dimension. Not bad for a selfish, egotistical
royal pain in the ass. Her flush ended quickly, though, as she
turned her attention to Vegeta's interdimensional sibling. "Rico!
Is he alright?"
It took them
a few moments, but they managed to wake the valiant Saiyan from
his state of unconciousness. As his eyes opened, he saw Vegeta
and Bulma sitting next to him. The latter was all smiles, happy
to see him awake and alright. And the former, well, he'd grown
to miss his brother's scowl after he was killed. Seeing it again
made him smile. "Did we do it? Did we win? Where's the Amazon?"
rest now. The Amazon has been destroyed, I've seen to that one
personally." Vegeta was always matter-of-fact about these sort
of things. "You can go back to your dimension and tell your comrades
that the Amazon threat is over."
to hear. Speaking of my dimension..." He reached into his pocket
and pulled out the dimensional travel device he'd been carrying.
"You know, I thought for sure that I'd be taking that beast back
there with me. Knowing that he won't be coming back is an unexpected
bonus. I can't thank you enough, Vegeta."
Saiyan Prince was never big on recieving thanks, as it was rare
that he ever heard those words spoken to him before, aside from
Bulma and her incessant chattering about this and that.
that as a 'you're welcome' then, alright? Anyway, I've got to
be going back. We've got alot of rebuilding to do there." He looked
over to his brother, and to the woman that he knew his brother
loved. "You two are something else, you know that?"
"What do you
mean, Rico?" Bulma looked at him inquisitively, wondering what
exactly he meant.
"Well, I can't
really say for sure. But if you and Vegeta have bonded... Let's
just say that I've got a feeling you two are going to have one
heck of a ride through life." Smiling, he hugged Bulma and turned
his attention to Vegeta. "And you."
not one for emotional drivel, so you can just keep your goodbyes
to yourself." Ever the snappy crab, Vegeta barked out his response.
After a short pause, he relaxed a bit and spoke again. "Though
I may have no brother in this dimension, I'm proud to have one
in yours. You and your compatriots fought like true Saiyan warriors,
and I commend you. You have earned your victory, and earned it
A single tear
welled up in Rico's eye, but he held it back and brushed it away.
He didn't want his long lost brother to see his emotion. He thought
it funny, though. While he was trying to do what Vegeta normally
would have done in hiding his feelings, he saw that Vegeta himself
was dealing with new feelings himself, showing them outwardly
for the first time in his life. "Take care you two. I'll never
forget what you've done for us. Your people are forever endebted
to you, Prince Vegeta." He held the device up and pushed a button,
which made it hum and whir rhythmically. As he started to phase
out of site, Rico smiled and gave the Saiyan farewell sign, similar
to the human "peace" sign, only with the index and middle fingers
there for what seemed like hours, looking at the spot where their
friend and compatriot had just been. It wasn't every day that
Vegeta had family come for a visit, especially family from another
dimension. Bulma smiled at the thought, and turned to look at
her Prince. She was surprised to see him already staring at her.
Blushing, she spoke. So, how long have you been staring at me?"
enough, Bulma-chan." Ever the man of few words, even that little
statement succeeded in what he wanted it to do. It made her smile.
After a moment
and much more blushing, Bulma gathered her wits and responded.
"Thank you, Vegeta. Thank you for coming after me. I knew the
whole time you would, but all the same, I owe you one for this."
owe me a thing, woman. But you could do me one favor."
to cook a decent tasting meal every once in a while."
She smacked him in the shoulder, annoyed but amused. He was right,
after all. Even she wouldn't eat her own cooking sometimes. "I'll
see what I can do, alright?"
Now, are we going to stand here on this island looking like tourists?
Or are we going to go home already?"
arms around his muscular neck, she settled into his arms and got
ready for takeoff. "Whenever you're ready, Vegeta. Let's go home."
powered up his Ki and lept into the air, headed back home after
a short, and very odd, vacation.
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