Till Death Do Us Part
A Dragonball Z Fanfiction by Aoikami Sarah
Written November 27th 2000 – February 1st 2001
They had only just turned in for the night and she was surprised to find him so quiet and inclined towards romance. Chi-chi smiled and leaned into his kiss. Her arms barely reached all the way around his back. She smiled and looked up into his eyes. There was something strange about them; a twist of sadness mingled with longing.
Chi-chi pouted and for the fiftieth time that night, she tried to bring up the future, and for the fiftieth time he changed the subject.
“Please!” she held his face and made him meet her eyes. “I need to know Goku-san. What’s going to happen? Why won’t you even say you don’t know!?”
He was silent. A soft, sad expression slowly fell across his face.
“You DO know, don’t you. My God, we’re all going to die arn’t we!?” Chi-chi cried out.
“No! No...” Goku put his fingers to her lips. “Shhh, Chi-chi, it’s not like that at all.”
She frowned. “Then tell me. Tell me the big secret! I can’t stand it anymore! I am your wife! I thought we were supposed to trust each other!”
“I don’t think we’re going to lose.”
This calmed her significantly, but there was still something he was holding back. Goku was not a smart man, and he was choosing his words very carefully.
“If I tell you, you CAN’T tell anyone else.”
“Because... Well, I have to tell you first, then you’ll understand why. Do you promise?” he asked, arching his eyebrows pleadingly. She sighed. ‘Those damned puppy-dog eyes!’ she thought. ‘It’s so hard to stay mad at him!’
He sat on the bed and she crawled into his lap. Chi-chi laced her arms around his neck and leaned her head against his chest. He wrapped his arms around her and gave his secret away.
“I’m not going to be the one to defeat Cell, Gohan is.”
“WHAT!?!” she cried. He kept his hold on her and continued.
“If I just flat out tell him that the whole world is counting on him, he’ll worry too much. He doesn’t really want to fight. It’s not in his nature. It IS in his nature to protect the ones he loves, and when he gets all riled up, he explodes! His power far surpasses mine. I think it’s cause I’m a pure blooded Saiyan. My desire for fighting is sort of… I dunno, like a hurdle. Gohan doesn’t have that problem. He has the greatest potential out of any fighter I’ve ever known. But cause he’s such a good guy, he may never use it. So you can’t tell him, ok? If ya do, he’ll just get all nervous and we’ll all be done for.”
Chi-chi panted as if she had been running.
“You ok, hun?”
She clung to his neck, but the rest of her body was limp. “So... Will you fight at all?”
“Yeah,” he replied gravely.
“So...” She took a deep breath but still could only manage a whisper. “You’re not coming back, are you?”
He bowed his head and kissed the top of hers. “No, I don’t think so.”
The tears finally came and Chi-chi could hold back no more. She pulled away from him and let it out.
“Damn it, Goku-san! Why do you always do this to me! You can’t leave me! Not again!” she wailed.
He took her hands in his as she beat against his chest and pulled her back to him. She sobbed heavily. “Why?! Why!!? Why Goku-san?!”
“I don’t know, Chi-chi. It’s just what I have to do.”
“Please...” She stopped fighting and fell against him. “Please don’t leave me, Goku-san... You and Gohan.. You’re all I have... Please...”
The warrior furrowed his brows and pouted. ‘I don’t wanna go,’ he thought. ‘I HAVE to.’ Her sobbing made his heart ache. Goku lifted her chin and gently kissed her lips.
“Come on, Chi-chi. It’s going to be ok. I believe in Gohan. He’s going to save the world, you’ll see and you’ll be the proudest Mama on the planet!” He brushed away her tears with his thumbs and kissed her forehead.
Slowly, she stopped sobbing, but continued to cling to him as if she were sinking. “Goku-san,” she whispered after a long while. “I know I yell at you a lot, but you know that I only do it because I care, don’t you?”
“Nani? You yell at me a lot?” he asked and smirked.
“Goku-san! I’m being serious!”
“Gomen, Chi-chi,” he smiled.
“What I’m trying to say is.. I don’t say it enough. I wish now that I said it every day!”
“Said what, Chi-chi?” he asked, clueless.
“I love you.”
They stared at each other for a moment then he slowly kissed her again.
“I love you too, Chi-chi.”
She threw her arms around him and squeezed tightly. “Before you go,” Chi-chi whispered in his ear a bit nervously. She was not accustomed to being this close to him even after almost ten years of marriage. “Make love to me.”
Son Goku waved good-bye as he and his only son took to the air. Today was day Cell had chosen for his Budoukai: The Cell Game. Chi-chi waved and held back her tears as she watched him lift off the ground. ‘Like an angel,’ she thought. ‘He’s an angel...’ Suddenly she pictured huge, white wings sprouting from his back. Chi-chi gasped back a sob and continued to wave until he was out of sight. “Hurry home Gohan-chan! Hurry home... Goku-san...”