Yuki stayed in her room all afternoon till the late evening came, and all the while finishing the last bit of homework she had, then she sorted her stuffed animals alphabetically, and laid in bed while counting the squares on her ceiling. Suddenly, Kiyoteru slowly opened her bedroom door while holding a paper plate with a slice of pepperoni pizza in his other hand. Yuki turn to see who entered the room, and immediately looked away in fear when she saw that it was her father that entered the room.
"Hey wait, Yuki. We need to talk for a minute." Kiyoteru told as he walked across the room towards Yuki's bed and sat down beside her. Yuki only covered her ears and looked away, fearing the worst. "IA told me what happened earlier today while we were gone, and I want to say that I am a bit upset with you. But you're not in trouble." The brown haired man explained to her when she turned around to look at him, this time with a little more assurance. "You're not mad at me about what happened today?" "Like I said Yuki, I'm a bit upset, especially about that. Why didn't you say anything about it before?" Yuki then looked to her side and grabbed her left arm with her right hand, expressing guilt. "You'd get mad at me like you would get mad at IA." Kiyoteru only shook his head, then squinted his eyes. "Yuki, IA is...um...a different story. She went through a lot of trouble in her lifetime, and the family and I worry about her sometimes. As for you, you are almost 10 years old. You still have the rest of your life left to make it a good one. You know I can never stay mad at you forever."
Yuki grinned and held out her arms to hug him. Kiyoteru then placed the plate of pizza down on the bed beside them, and wrapped his arms around the daughter's waist and pulled her close. "Is Mama mad at me?" Yuki questioned, referring to her mother who had died a year after she was born. "Of course not...We'll have everything sorted out when we go back to school on Monday." the father chuckled heartily. He let go of her and then sat up. "Come on, everyone else is downstairs getting ready for a family movie, we got pizza and two bottles of soda in the living room. Also plastic cups." Kiyoteru told as he handed Yuki her plate of pizza, got off the bed and headed towards the door while she followed him. "What are we watching?" She questioned as she stopped at the door. "I don't know, you'll have to wait and see, as it is a surprise," Kiyoteru answered as he wiggled his fingers.
The two walked out of the bedroom, walked down the flight of stairs, and entered the living room. IA and her grandparents were sitting on the couch in front of the TV while a box of pizza sat on one side of the coffee table while the two 2L bottles of soda stood on the other. "Yuki! So glad you're up!" IA said excitedly as she looked up at the two walking into the room. "This is going to be exciting! I got you a cup of soda, it's your favourite soda by the way, and I even saved you a seat." The blonde said as she took the plastic cup filled with soda from the table and pulled it towards her, then patted on a cushion beside her. Yuki placed her plate of pizza down on the table and climbed to the spot on the couch when IA handed her the cup. "So IA, what's the surprise movie about?" Yuki asked before taking a sip of her soda. Good, Kiyo didn't tell her what it was. "Well, it wouldn't be a surprise if I told you what it was about." IA told when she picked up the DVD player remote and pushed a button to close the disk.
An hour and a half later, the movie credits began to roll. Yuki fell asleep on IA's shoulder while Hayato fell asleep staring at the ceiling, as usual. The pizza box had a few slices left for leftovers, and one of the bottles of soda was empty by the end of the movie. IA got up, while trying to not disturb Yuki doing so, and attempted to help her grandfather, but was stopped by her grandmother. "It's alright IA dear, Kiyo and I will help your grandfather get to bed. Can you help Yuki though?" "Of course!" IA nodded when she turned around and walked towards the sleeping little girl. She slipped one arm under her kneecaps and the other underneath her neck, and picked her up, carrying her bridal style. IA almost stumbled over due to Yuki's weight but kept herself still in order to regain her balance, luckily.
"IA, are you sure you got her?" A worried Kiyoteru looked over to IA. "Yes, I got her, dingus. I'm not perfect you know." The blonde said as she stood up straight and walked out of the living room. "I swear this girl is going to be the death of me one day," Kiyoteru said when Ayako shook her head while keeping a grin on her lips. IA walked up the stairs, all the while trying to keep her balance, walked towards Yuki's room, lifted the corner of her sheets, and placed her under them. She pulled the sheets over her sleeping body to tuck her in. "Goodnight Yuki, we'll see you in the morning." IA whispered softly as she leaned towards the younger girl's face while tucking a strand of hair behind her ear, a gave her a kiss on the cheek. She then stood onto her feet and proceeded to leave the room.
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Piccolo had just recently arrived at the Lookout, regenerating his turban and cape with his ki when he landed on the floor of the floating temple. It was around midnight when he had got there, and the environment around him was dark, save for a few candles that lit up the walls of the temple, and the lantern that had hung from Kami's staff. The old and wise Namekian glared at the younger one furiously, as the other did the same, startling the already nervous Mr. Popo, who stood beside him. Piccolo groaned in a fit of anger as he walked towards them. "You can probably guess as to why I'm here," He said when he stopped and crossed his arms. Kami grinned before replying, "I would never imagine that tonight would be the time that we become one Namekian." "I warn you that this won't be an equal union. I only need you to fuse with me in order to be strong enough to fend off these Androids. Your only reason for existence anymore is so we can use the Dragon Balls." Piccolo barked.
"That's not true! You can't just..." Just as Mr. Popo walked up to defend Kami's honour, the old Namekian blocked him by placing his frail hand over his chest. "No, Piccolo is right. The difference in our power has grown wider without me even realizing it." Kami began as he watched the light in his lantern flickered as the wind flew past them, their capes flowing along with it. "In these dark times, I've become useless. They defeated Trunks Brief, the same boy who had put an end to Frieza and his father, King Cold, once and for all. They have even defeated Vegeta, who was stronger than Trunks. As for Goku, even if his illness passed by, I believe he won't stand a chance against them either."
"I know that," Piccolo told when Kami looked up to pay attention to him. "What the world needs now isn't a guardian to watch over the world, but a warrior to protect it." He reasoned as Kami nodded. Mr. Popo shivered nervously, afraid of the decision he knew his friend was going to make. "K-Kami..." "I understand what you're implying Piccolo, and I agree to give you my body." The old guardian told as he walked over to the edge of the floating temple, looking at the world below him. "However, I need to see if these Androids are truly a threat to Earth."
Piccolo stared at Kami in shock, "What? No, I don't have that kind of time! You can't just expect me to wait while you "look things over." They were going to kill..." "You and the others started that fight! If none of you were so reckless like you were, then I'll consider fusing with you now. Even so, they had no intentions of killing you." Just then, Piccolo grinned in annoyance, then replied, "You've got a lot of nerve blaming us for that mess. You probably heard what Trunks had said about these Androids. Because of them, everyone will be dead." "Yes, I heard of Trunk's warnings, but from what I've seen so far, these Androids from this timeline are very much different from the ones in his timeline."
Piccolo frowned at Kami's comparison of the two cyborgs and stared at the guardian in confusion. "What about the other two Androids, are you going to say that they're cute too?" "Now Piccolo, I did not say that. So far, one Android does not wish to fight. The other can be easily misled." Kami explained. "Are you saying that all four of these androids are the good guys here?" "Not exactly, I haven't done many observations on them yet to consider that. If I'm ever going to going to make the final decision of my life, I want to have a good reason to do so."
"Fine, until you find your reason, I'll wait here," Piccolo told when he sat down on the ground and began to meditate.
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After arriving at Goku's house, with a bit of convincing to do, the Z-Fighters got him onto an airplane. After Gohan arrived, he and ChiChi began to pack their clothes and placed their bags on the plane. Yamcha closed the ramp after everyone got on board, and flew them away from their home.
"So it's like a game to them. They still want to kill Goku, even though they hate Gero's guts." Krillin explained to Yamcha, ChiChi, and Gohan. ChiChi sat on the side of the mattress Goku slept on, to keep watch over him while she listened. "Are they really that strong?" Gohan questioned, leaning forward to listen to the conversation. "Yep," Kanon replied bluntly when she ate a potato chip from a bag she bought with her last bit of change on her way to Goku's house. She swallowed before continuing. "They also got two more androids with them. The one tall guy with the red Mohawk and has a thing with birds. The other was a girl with long hair and pink streaks. She looked a bit familiar though I can't put my finger on it." "These Androids are making me nervous here..." Anon quivered, rubbing her arms as a sudden chill ran down her spine.
"Uh...moving on...you might as well say that they are stronger than Trunks here originally anticipated," Krillin replied with a hint of nervousness in his tone of voice. Everyone on the plane was quiet for that moment. The twins turned to each other with fearful looks on their faces, while ChiChi looked over to her sleeping husband and frowned. Yamcha then broke the silence, "So guys, what do we do now?" "That's what I want to know, Yamcha. With Goku bed ridden, Piccolo gone nuts, and a band of Androids loose, what CAN we do?"
Trunks played with his thumb and index finger while everyone else talked amongst themselves, trying to think of a plan. Just then, an idea came to him. "I might have a plan," the lavender-haired warrior told when the group stopped talking and turned their attention to him. "You have a plan to stop the Androids?" Anon asked when she got up from her seat, walked around the mattress, and sat in a seat beside him. "Lay it on us, pal." Kanon requested. Trunks cleared his throat before speaking, "I could use my Time Machine my Mom built to go further back into the past and destroy them before Dr. Gero could get a chance to activate them. I finally know where he kept his laboratory at." Suddenly, Yamcha turned to look at Trunks, "I think that's a great plan!" "Wait a minute Trunks, remember when you came back the first time? Your Time Machine took a lot of energy to get it working again. Are you sure it's a good idea to go even further back in time?" Krillin remembered.
Trunks sat up straight. "You see..." Just before he could speak any further, Gohan asked a different question. "If you go back in time to destroy those Androids, what will happen to the ones here?" Trunks then shot up, startling Anon. "I forgot a very important detail. If I go back, I'll save that future, but this timeline wouldn't even change at all."
"Wait, what are you saying?" Kanon questioned when she scratched her head. Trunks turned his attention to her, "Before you guys came along, I was able to save Goku by bringing him the medicine needed to cure his heart. In my time, he's still dead." He then slouched down in his seat and dug his face into the palm of his hand. "I am such an idiot..." That was when ChiChi looked at him with a frown. "Trunks, don't put yourself down like that. I, for one, am glad you brought the medicine. I've lost him once, and I don't ever want to lose him again."
Just then, the phone at the plane's cockpit began to ring. "Someone get the phone, Goku's still sleeping over here." Anon waved her arms in panic. "That's probably Bulma," Krillin guessed. "The blue haired chick that was with us earlier?" Kanon added. "Yeah, but I might as well stay away from this one. She likes to bite people's heads off when she talks to people. Try living with her for a few years and you'll know what I mean." Krillin joked, referring to the past when he, Bulma, and Goku were kids. "I know what you mean." Trunks said as he let out a nervous chuckle. "Well she seemed pretty nice when Anon and I met her in the mountains, so if no one's gonna answer her call then I will." Kanon offered when she got out of her seat and walked to the cockpit. She took a seat beside Yamcha and picked up the phone. "Hello?" She spoke. "KRILLIN WHERE THE HECK ARE YOU?!" Bulma shouted into the phone, startling the apricot-haired girl and making her fall out of her seat.
"Whoa, are you okay there Kanon?" Yamcha questioned when he watched her regaining her balance and sat back onto her seat. "Thanks for helping me up, Yamcha," Kanon said sarcastically when she grabbed the phone that hung on the control panel. "Sorry Ms. Briefs, this is Kanon Anzu, one of the twins from the mountains earlier." Kanon corrected. "Oh, the one with the ponytail? I am so sorry for the unnecessary shouting. Couldn't contain my excitement. Is Trunks there?" Bulma asked. "Uh...yeah! He's here!" She answered when she turned to look at Trunks. "Okay good, could you put him on for me? This is very important!" "Wait, this phone can go on speaker. Do you mind if you tell everyone? I just need to turn down the volume because we have Goku on board." "Sure!" Kanon pressed a button with a speaker icon, then turned down the phone's volume.
Krillin, Trunks, and the rest of the group gathered around Kanon and Yamcha to listen. "This afternoon, a policewoman from Gingertown called in. She told me that her team found a strange vehicle in the middle of a forest beyond the town's boundary." Bulma explained as she looked at a picture she printed out earlier. "O-Okay, what else did she say?" Krillin asked. "She called me because she wanted to know how to get it working. I couldn't recognize it over her description, then she told me that this vehicle had the Capsule Corps logo on the side. After Gohan dropped me and Yajirobe off to my place, I ran over there to take a look at it myself."
"And?" Kanon said, wanted to hear more. "It turned out to be Trunks's Time Machine, only covered in moss and looked a bit beat up." "Huh?!" Trunks shot up when his mother mentioned the said Time Machine. "How is that possible? There was only one Time Machine built and I have it with me in a capsule." He took a metal case out of his pocket, which contained the said capsule inside of it, and presented it to the group. Krillin and the others turned to observe the capsule and then turned around. "Trunks said he has the Time Machine with him." "I could hear him Krillin, I'm not deaf." Bulma countered. "Odd, if Trunks said there was only one Time Machine made, then where did this one come from?" Anon questioned as she rubbed her cheek to think. "Here, I'll fax you the picture. I want some of you guys to meet me at the spot first thing in the morning to check it out. So try to get some sleep." The teal haired woman told as she placed the picture she held into the fax machine slot on top of her printer.
Just then, the picture slid out of the fax machine that was built into plane's control panel. Kanon pulled it out of the machine and took a look at it while the group looked over her shoulders. "Uh, Trunks? I haven't really seen what your Time Machine looks like, but does it look roughly like this?" She questioned when she handed him the picture. His eyes widened in horror, it was just as his mother described it. It looked exactly like his Time Machine, only battered up and had moss growing on the sides. What Bulma forgot to mention, though, was the hole in the glass that surrounded the driver.
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A few hours before sunrise, Piccolo still sat crisscrossed on the floor, waiting for the moment for Kami to change his mind. He looked over at him and smirked, "Why look so down? You'll lose that ability once we fuse." He mocked when continued to meditate. Suddenly, Kami began to shiver, as if the Lookout's temperature had dropped drastically. Mr. Popo noticed it as well. "K-Kami, are you alright?" "I've never felt so horrified in my life," Kami replied. "Now see," Piccolo began to gloat, "I told you those Androids were trouble."
"It has been worrying me for the past four years." The old Namekian uttered when Piccolo shot up. "Four years? Kami, what are you talking about? These Androids were released hours ago." "It's not that, young one. There's a life form that had come back to this time, and they are stronger than the Androids." Piccolo shook his head in disbelief and stood on his feet. Kami held his grasp on his staff tightly and turned to face the younger Namekian. He almost hit Mr. Popo with his staff when he turned, thankfully he ducked. "Piccolo, I've made my decision. Once we fuse, you'll know everything that I had sensed."