Having heard the update of the story and what Vegeta and Raditz did not
want to tell them before, 17 realized that they faced a terrible dilemma.
After a moment of thought, he said finally, “And if the source of their
mind control is killed off, will they go back to normal?”
“It’s possible,” Vegeta said dully, “If they survive it.” Seeing their
expressions, he ceded, “Alright. I was going to leave them their dignity,
but you seem to think there’s some miraculous solution somewhere, so fine.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
“I’m not saying there is,” Goten said hollowly, “But we have to at least
try.” Vegeta said nothing, and the matter appeared to be settled.
“So… what now?” 17 didn’t know what to think, their uneasiness from
earlier that day now justified.
“You’re coming back with us,” Vegeta told him. Knowing that he didn’t care
for the idea of being around the other Saiyans he added, “I don’t feel like
hearing your sister bitch all day.”
17 nodded and they flew off in silence. Vegeta and Goten clearly felt
stupid for nearly being driven to a fight by their own demons, and 17 was
simply lost. The silence during their long flight back to Black Mountain
was tense, and the three of them were glad to finally land in the side yard.
“We’re just glad you’re okay,” Goten told 17. He squeezed their arms and
they went inside. Everyone looked at them with relief.
“Where in the hell have you been?” 18 scolded her brother now after so many
hours of silent worry. “What happened?” She examined his torn shirt.
“Had a bit of a scrape,” 17 replied, “Luckily they got there. I didn’t even
“If you were going for groceries, you were out of luck,” she commented.
17 frowned. “Never mind.”
“We can give you plenty of stuff,” Goku told him, who wanted to hear what
Raditz gave Vegeta a questioning look, who raised an eyebrow and called him
aside. They spoke in low, furtive tones, and it was not difficult to guess
about what. Goten looked at the floor.
“Everything okay, little bro?” Videl asked him in concern.
“Yeah,” Goten replied, “I knew it was bad, but…” His cell phone beeped
and he pulled it from his jacket pocket. “Hang on.”
A text from Trunks read: ‘Have you heard from Hiroshi? I’ve been trying
to text him all day, no answer.’
Goten typed back, ‘No. I’ll let you know if I do.’ To Hiroshi he
typed, ‘Hiroshi? Anyone? We saw on TV. :( RSVP!’ He spoke with Videl
for awhile, then a new text came through:
‘Goten, it’s Ayumi. Can one of you meet me at the shrine tonight?
Hiroshi asks if you can bring him something called a senzu bean. Will
Goten paled and texted back, ‘Sure. Is he OK? What happened??’
‘We’re all fine. I’ll explain later, OK?’ she replied.
Goten sat on the floor and propped his head on his knees, not daring to ask
what else could go wrong.
scene TBC in part 6…